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Hey, Damascus, Somebody Cares

photo of Betsy and Damascus welcome signWe all want to know that someone, somewhere, has our back.

It’s a basic human need, right? Despite what some might say, at some level, in some way, we all need to know that that parent, that friend, that co-worker, that community…wait, that community?

Twenty-nine years ago, a well-meaning real estate agent said “Young, up-and-comers like yourselves should be considering a nice, new townhouse on Connecticut Avenue.” We instead asked where we could find some trees, grass and no homeowners’ associations. “Well, there’s always Damascus.” That answer has stuck with me nearly three decades later.

Over 20 years ago, I was preparing to face a divorce and contemplating raising my two young kids on my own. The nearest family was two states away. Moving was not an option, but staying in Damascus and raising my family was. And stay, we did. We kept our house and built a new family…the community of Damascus.

And what is a community but a chorus of stories, not unlike my own, coming together and having each other’s backs.

After 30 years of watching the community of Damascus grow, expand, continue old and start new traditions and welcome new members into the community, I keep asking “Who has Damascus’ back?” As an unincorporated town, we have no government, little county representation, no radio stations of our own and no more delivery of what little news was covered about our hometown. And then the email arrived.

“Write for us. Write about what is going on in Damascus, share news stories and thoughts. We’ll help you get started.”

And write, I will. Montgomery Community Media’s vision is to educate and empower Montgomery County residents by providing a means to creatively engage and more effectively connect the community through its media platforms.

Join me. Check in to read thoughts, but better still, tell me what you most want to do to have Damascus’ back. After all, they say it takes a community. And aren’t we lucky that we already have a great one?

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Betsy Freeman

About Betsy Freeman

Betsy Freeman knows Damascus, Maryland and has seen it grow and change and yet stay the same in many ways. Creator and monitor of an active town online group, Betsy keeps in touch daily with the thoughts, issues, concerns and the great big, little town presence of Damascus.


4 Responses to “Hey, Damascus, Somebody Cares”

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    On August 12, 2014 at 6:20 pm responded with... #

    The reasons that brought you to Damascus are the same ones that brought us here almost seven years ago … grass and trees, no HOA, and a break from non-stop sirens and noise. We found it in Damascus! Additional perks were that the commute ended up being a lot easier than driving to Frederick, the kids found a real sense of community in their schools, and we love the small town feel so close to everything we want and need to do. Damascus is perfect for us!

    • Betsy Freeman
      On August 12, 2014 at 6:25 pm responded with... #

      Fantastic, Kim! I imagine there are an awful lot of folks who feel the same as we do!!

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    On August 14, 2014 at 5:28 am responded with... #

    We love Damascus !!! As a mom of 3 small, very active kids, Damascus has provided the support a family needs with dad sometime working evening hours and mom trying to get one to cheer, one to gymnastics and one to football. We all rely on carpools and friends-as they say, it takes a village!!! I couldn’t survive with out all the wonderful people I feel blessed to call neighbors and friends. We are a very close community and I couldn’t imagine going to the grocery store and not running into at least 2 people that I know. I wouldn’t live anywhere else.

    • Betsy Freeman
      On August 14, 2014 at 8:15 am responded with... #

      Couldn’t agree with you more, Denise! My kids are grown now, but the support I had while raising them was wonderful!! And other community supports, like the Damascus Rec League for soccer was so great!

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