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Mariana Ruiz Wins 5K T-shirt Contest The winner of the 2014 Kentlands/Lakelands 5K T-shirt design contest is Mariana Ruiz, a student at Rachel Carson Elementary School.  Ruiz’ design was selected from a pool of more than 100 submitted drawings. Calling…

Mike at the Movies

And So It Goes (PG-13) **** Love among the aging is a topic often developed and often laughed at, mainly because many audiences are too young to realize that life’s urges die slowly, if at all. Stories of elder love…

‘Sisterland’ Written by Curtis Sittenfeld

Curtis Sittenfeld came into the spotlight with her 2005 novel “Prep” and 2008 bestseller “American Wife,” the latter loosely based on first lady Laura Bush. (Although “American Wife” is a positive portrayal of the main character, Mrs. Bush insists she’s…

A Destination Wedding at 8,200 Feet

Last fall, I received the “save the date” notice of my second grandson’s and his fiancee’s wedding to be held in Vail, Colorado, in June 2014. It is a familiar place to the bridal pair who live in Denver and…

QO Wins Summer League Hoop Championship

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Quince Orchard sophomore Johnny Fierstein has the ball at the St. Andrews Summer Basketball League Championship game on July 17.

A precocious Quince Orchard High School boys’ basketball team announced its arrival on the Montgomery County scene last month, winning the St. Andrew’s Summer Basketball League Championship and setting the stage for a promising future of Cougar basketball for the…

Missy Danforth Is Little But Fierce

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Missy Danforth placed 70th in the women’s black belt division at the World Championships hosted by the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation in May.

At 5 feet 1 inch and 99 pounds, Missy Danforth can throw someone twice her size. The 37-year-old has been training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) for the last 10 years and has competed in over 20 BJJ tournaments. Add that…

Lionfish Close Season With Fun

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15-18 swimmer Katie Coulson swam butterfly at Divisionals on July 19.

The Lionfish concluded its regular dual meet season with an A Meet against Regency Estates Swim Club, which ended in a steep defeat of 302-489. The following week on July 19, the Lionfish returned to the Regency Estates pool to…