Five Things to Know Today


A sparking power line illuminates the night sky along River Road in Potomac.

Here’s a quick look at five things you should know today (March 13) in Montgomery County.

1. High winds have left hundreds without power overnight in Montgomery County.

One of MyMCMedia’s You Report photographers captured a sparking power line in Potomac along River Road last night (see photo, right).

You can keep up with the status of the latest outages in Montgomery County by perusing Pepco’s online outage maps at

2. MyMCMedia’s Valerie Bonk has uncovered Silver Spring’s beloved penguin mural, which she learned is being stored in a locked room at the Silver Spring Civic Building. Watch the story here:

3. The County Council’s Public Safety Committee meets today and on the agenda is the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters. Find out more here:

4. Academy award winner Olympia Dukakis performs at Strathmore tonight:

5. High honors for a Montgomery Blair student, who has placed 10th in the Intel Science Talent Search. Ashaun Datta brings home an award of $20,000 for his research. Read the story here:

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Sonya Burke

About Sonya Burke

Sonya Burke is the Multimedia Manager at Montgomery Community Media (MCM). You can email story ideas at or reach her on Twitter @SonyaNBurke.


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