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September 15, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Matriarch of Butler’s Orchard ‘Who Never Really Retired’ Dies

Shirley Brown Butler, whose family owns Butler’s Orchard in Germantown, died Sept. 10 at the age of 91. She died peacefully at home surrounded by her family during pumpkin picking season. Mrs. Butler grew up in Silver Spring and attended Montgomery Blair High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics at Penn State University […]

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June 29, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Elrich: ‘The County Has Lost A True Champion For The People’

Dr. Sam Mukherjee, a longtime advocate and leader for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, died June 18 at his home in North Potomac. “Dr. Mukherjee will be greatly missed for his work and commitment to ensuring that the voice of the Asian American and Pacific Islander be heard throughout the County and State,” […]

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May 18, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

‘We Lost a Giant Last Night’: Trailblazer on County Board of Education Dies

Odessa Shannon, the first African American woman elected to the Montgomery County Board of Education, passed away Sunday. She had been in hospice following a lengthy illness. “Today the council is heartbroken to learn about the loss of our extraordinary friend and county leader Odessa Shannon. Montgomery County is a more just and fairer place […]

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February 10, 2017 | Sonya Burke

Remembering Child Safety Advocate Emilie Crown, Memorial Service Planned for Saturday in Damascus

Local officials are mourning the loss of Emilie Crown, the program manager of Montgomery County’s nationally acclaimed car seat program, who died suddenly on Monday. In an online blog post headlined, “Loss of a Champion,” Fire Chief Scott Goldstein announced Crown’s sudden passing. According to the chief, Crown was a tireless advocate for child safety. She […]

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May 15, 2015 | Krista Brick

Funeral Services Planned for Rockville Couple Slain at Their Home

Funeral services for the Rockville couple slain at their home last weekend are scheduled to be held today and Friday. Julianne Vilardo and her husband Richard Vilardo were found dead by a family member at their Rockville home on May 10. Montgomery County Police are calling their deaths a homicide. According to an online obituary […]

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