Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Share these tips with your family and friends to keep man’s bestfriend safe.
This holiday season is almost over, and as you toss plants and holiday decorations away make sure to keep the family pet in mind. Five Quick Tips: Read more: 20 Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe this Holiday Season Join Patch’s Local Voices! We want to provide a platform for your message. Email Tamika Smith, the Community Manager for Montgomery County, at Tamika@Patch.com to sign up.
Monday, December 24, 2012
Christmas carols can bring holiday cheer to the season (and evoke other emotions, as well). Here are a few favorites.
Monday, December 24, 2012
What's your favorite holiday song or carol? Tell us in the comments or upload the YouTube video to this post so others can enjoy!
Friday, December 21, 2012
Planetary nebula called NGC 5189 that looks a lot like a glass-blown holiday ornament.
Do they celebrate the holidays in space? Looks like it. NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured a nearby planetary nebula called NGC 5189 that looks a lot like a glass-blown holiday ornament with a glowing ribbon entwined.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Vote and help a Maryland school district win $100,000.
A Maryland school district has the chance to win $100,000 if a home in its community wins our national Deck the House contest. According to users who voted, three homes—in Columbia, Bel Air and Glen Burnie—made it as finalists for their holiday light decorations. But now it's up to you to narrow the list down from our 25 finalists to the best decorated home in America. Until Dec. 28, vote for your favorite and that person could win $100,000 for his or her local school district. All you have to do is visit this page to browse a gallery of the finalists and cast your vote. On Dec. 29, we’ll announce the grand prize winner of our Deck the House contest. So, now’s your chance to tell us who has the best “decked” house in the country. Let us …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Five quick tips for keeping toys safe for kids.
As the countdown to Christmas Day continues and parents rush out to get their children gifts this season, safety tops the list for one expert. Local Voice’s blogger Anna Schmitt from the American Academy of Ophthalmology advises parents to keep in mind their kids' eye safety. Schmitt says toys such as airsoft guns, bb guns and paintball guns can be particularly hazardous. Read more: Keep Eye Safety in Mind When Choosing Gifts this Holiday Season. Join Patch’s Local Voices! We want to provide a platform for your message. Email Tamika Smith, the Community Manager for Montgomery County, at Tamika@Patch.com to sign up.
Bike-riding Santa led charitable effort by Montgomery County Police to collect, deliver donations to Children’s Inn in Bethesda. Germantown was a stop along the way.
Santa Claus swooped through Germantown on a motorcycle last week, on his way to drop off donations and gifts at Children’s Inn in Bethesda. St. Nick stopped by the Upcounty Regional Services Center to visit with kids from Peppertree Children’s Center. Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce presented Santa with a cash donation. Germantown’s 5th District Cmd. Luther Reynolds was part of the charity procession. As part of a charitable effort, Montgomery County officers collect donations from the county’s six police districts, local businesses and private citizens to give to Children’s Inn, a nonprofit facility that is part of the National Institutes of Health and offers lodging for children receiving treatment at NIH and their families.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Bonfire begins after 5 p.m. Friday, assistant farm manager Tyler Butler said.
It might not be too late to get a tree, but time’s running out if your tree shopping must include a warm bonfire. Butler’s Orchard in Germantown is hosting its final bonfire of the year on Friday. There will be plenty of marshmallows to go around, according to Tyler Butler, assistant farm manager. Butler said while it wasn't the first time the orchard has had bonfires, it was the first time they've offered up marshmallows. He said he hopes it becomes a new tradition and attracts people to the orchard on a Friday night. “We get so busy on weekends,” Butler said. “But some people say it’s the only time they can get out to the farm.” On Friday, the orchard will be open until 9:30 p.m. The bonfire begins after 5. More details are available on…
Take note of these holiday shipping deadlines, and plan accordingly.
Time is running out for holiday gift and card shipping through the U.S. Postal Service. Mail parcels and packages by Dec. 14 for parcel post delivery by Christmas, and cards by Dec. 21, the post office's blog advises. If you miss those days, though, you're still OK—as long as you're fine with paying a little extra. Here are the absolute-last-day deadlines to keep in mind, according to the U.S. Postal Service's holiday calendar: One more date to keep in mind is Monday, Dec. 18: Traditionally, the post office's "busiest day is ... the Monday before Christmas as people mail cards and packages they prepared over the weekend," The Huffington Post reported last year. A good way to cut down on time spent waiting in line is to order your holiday…
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Occasionally, Patch will highlight stories from the past—like this column from on what Christmas in Germantown was like 60 years ago. This story was originally published Dec. 18, 2011.
Monday, December 10, 2012
Try one of the thrift or secondhand stores in Montgomery County for holiday gifts.
- HOLIDAY GUIDE
- Ben Gross
Monday, December 10, 2012
Have you ever regifted? You know, taken that unwanted desk adornment you got from your uncle last year and given it to a co-worker. While regifting has traditionally been frowned upon, the economy and environment may be helping shed some of the stigma associated with it. Some see it as a smart way to keep items out of landfills, while others view it as an opportunity to save money. In fact, regifting websites are cropping up all over the place, each with their own spin on the closeted practice. One site has proclaimed Dec. 20 as “National Regifting Day,” another has given prizes for the best regifting story and a third offers a “Gift Giver’s Guide to Gracious Regifting.” Even if you don’t have some unwanted gifts on the top shelf of …