Author: Scott Harris

Teachers Take It Easy—But Not Too Easy—in the Summer

If you think teachers spend their summers lounging around the pool, well, you’re absolutely right. But it’s not an extended vacation they’re after. They’re volunteering for one of the area’s youth swim teams, and it’s just one of the ways…

Summertime Fishing

You don’t have to drive very far—or at all—to satisfy your fishing urge. Lakes Nirvana and Inspiration, both in the Kentlands, are open to sportsmen and women from around the area. Largemouth bass, catfish, bluegill, tiger muskie and crappie all…

Skywatching Program Returns by Popular Demand

By Scott Harris This summer, Gaithersburg residents can travel across space, back in time or both. And they can do it all without leaving their city. For the second year, the Gaithersburg Community Museum will sponsor its Skywatching series, a…

‘Hidden Gem’ Water Park Has New Perks for City Residents

Leaders at the Water Park at Bohrer Park have a simple message for Gaithersburg city residents: Come on over! The water park has cheaper daily, weekend and season-pass rates for residents. New this year, residents also can enter the park…

City Now Owes $3.5 Million After State Accounting Error

The bad news is that Gaithersburg owes more than originally estimated because of a coding error in the state comptroller’s office that misdirected millions in funding. The good news is that the city has until the year 2024 to begin…

City Releases Proposed Budget

New staff positions and facilities improvements are highlights of Gaithersburg’s proposed $66.5 million budget for fiscal 2017, which the city manager recently made public. The fiscal 2017 budget represents a 2.5 percent decrease from fiscal 2016, mainly because of an…

Residents Comment on MARC Station Development Plans

Smoother traffic and historic preservation are the two key nodes in ongoing discussions over development at and near the MARC train stations at Germantown and Boyds. Local residents expressed a desire for more robust transit options—but not at the expense…