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July 13, 2021 | Michelle Queen

Washington Monument to Reopen July 14

After a six-month closure, the Washington Monument will reopen to visitors on Wednesday at 9 a.m. The monument will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors are required to wear masks inside the monument, regardless of vaccination status. Visitors must obtain a ticket for the Washington Monument which will […]

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April 9, 2021 | Jasmine Boykin

‘Know Before You Go’: Officials Emphasize Safety After Two Hikers Rescued from Billy Goat Trail

Two adults were rescued by first responders on the Billy Goat Trail in Potomac on Thursday night. The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue (MCFRS) Swift Water units were alerted of two missing individuals around 8:45 p.m. The hikers were rescued with no life-threatening injuries. They were returned to the Great Falls parking lot about 15 […]

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March 29, 2021 | Jasmine Boykin

Tidal Basin’s Cherry Blossoms Peak Early; Kenwood’s are Close

The Washington, D.C. Tidal Basin cherry blossoms reached peak bloom Sunday – four days earlier than expected – according to the National Park Service. The Park Service had originally predicted the bloom between April 2-5 but due to above-average temperatures last week, the National Park Service believes the peaking stage was reached ahead of schedule. […]

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March 2, 2021 | Andrea Sarralde

Anuncian Fechas Proyectadas para ver los Cerezos en Flor

El lunes, el Servicio de Parques Nacionales (NPS) anunció que están proyectando este año el punto máximo de los cerezos en flor en su esplendor entre el 2 de abril y el 5 de abril, en Tidal Basin en Washington. D.C. Según el sitio web oficial de Cherry Blossom Watch, el esperado desfile anual del […]

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March 1, 2021 | Abby Espiritu

Projected Peak Bloom Dates for Cherry Blossoms Announced

On Monday, the National Park Service (NPS) announced that they are projecting peak bloom for this year’s cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin in Washington. D.C. to fall between April 2 and April 5. “The peak bloom date is defined as the day when 70% of the Yoshino Cherry (Prunus x yedoensis) blossoms are open,” […]

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November 17, 2020 | Reid Flumbaum

C&O Towpath Rehabilitation Moves Closer to Completion

Hiking and biking along major sections of the C&O Canal are shaping up to be a lot smoother as the towpath receives much needed attention. According to the C&O Canal Trust, a 2016 engineering study identified 80 miles of towpath that critically needed resurfacing and rehabilitation. Four phases were implemented to complete the project, and […]

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March 4, 2020 | Grace Mottley

Cherry Blossoms Predicted to Reach Full Bloom in Late March

The National Park Service (NPS) announced that the cherry blossoms will mostly likely reach peak bloom between March 27 to 30. This initial bloom prediction indicates that the blossoms will reach the final stage of bloom progression much earlier than in 2019. This early bloom is due to a warmer-than-typical winter, according to NPS. Last year, […]

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March 2, 2020 | Grace Mottley

Warm Winter Leads to Potential Early Cherry Blossom Bloom

The National Park Service plans to announce their initial prediction for cherry blossom blooms this Wednesday. Current buds indicate the blossoms will reach peak bloom during mid-March, according to Cherry Blossom Watch. The blossoms are expected to bloom early this year, due to a warmer-than-normal winter. As of Feb. 28, the indicator trees have reached […]

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September 26, 2019 | Michelle Queen

Brush Fire Continues to Burn on Hermit Island Near Great Falls

A brush fire on Hermit Island, located south of Great Falls Park in the Potomac River, has been burning since last week. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) responded to the fire on Hermit Island on Friday, according to MCFRS spokesman Pete Piringer. Fifteen firefighters were on the island while others assisted nearby on […]

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March 6, 2019 | Ashley Profitt

Cherry Blossom Watch: First Forecast for Peak Bloom

Cherry Blossom DC announced their forecast for the peak cherry blossom bloom. The National Park service predicts peak bloom will be between April 3 and 6. But, The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang expects the peak between April 1 and 5. Blooming depends on the weather, due to our cold spell, the buds are currently […]

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