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Orchid Extravaganza, Longwood Gardens January 19 to March 24, 2013 Orchid lovers and flower photographers should be planning a trip to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. The annual Orchid Extravaganza will be presented to March 24, 2013.  This is a show that Dolores and I always enjoy to see and photograph.  Longwood Gardens is just west of Wilmington, Delaware. Orchids were among the first collections of Mr. and Mrs. Pierre S. du Pont when they created the wonderful Conservatory at Longwood Gardens.  This year, close to 5,000 orchids will be on display.  The very creative staff at Longwood Gardens is now working on the displays at this world class facility. Orchids, of course, will be the primary focus of Orchid Extravaganza.  However, there will be thousands of other pl...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Free Tax Preparation Assistance for Gaithersburg Residents The annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax preparation assistance for Gaithersburg residents that earn less than $51,000 per year.  Services are offered in English and Spanish by IRS trained volunteers. The VITA address in Gaithersburg is 610 North Diamond Avenue.  They will be open for appointments on Mondays from through April 15, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Call 240-777-1123 on weekdays to schedule an appointment. Additional VITA locations will be available in Rockville, Silver Spring and Takoma Park. For more information on those facilities, please call the the Montgomery County Information Line at 311. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden IMG_3703 Photograph by Roy Kelley Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, Maryland When the weather is too cold for outdoor activities, it is a good time to spend some time at a museum.   Dolores and I visited the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown, Maryland.  This regional museum is delightful travel destination for those in the area of Baltimore, Maryland or Washington, DC.  Hagerstown is located in Washington County, Maryland. We were able to take photographs of some of the art in the museum collection and our photographs my be viewed in this Flickr album Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts IMG_3697 Washington County Museum of Fine Arts IMG_3696 Washington County Museum of Fine Arts IMG_3689 Washington County Museum of Fine Arts IMG_3685 Washington ...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Gaithersburg Residents Asked To Be Ready For Winter Weather When we have snow on the ground in Gaithersburg, all residents need to be prepared for the challenges of driving and parking when dealing with ice and snow.  Many of the sidewalks and walkways may not yet be cleared. Walkers and runners need to be extra careful if they are using the streets rather than the walkways. Parents need keep a close eye on children that may be playing close to the lakes. The ice is thin and those that try to walk on the ice are likely to end up in the very cold water.  The survival time is very short for those that fall into the water. In Kentlands, the City trucks will be plowing snow in the public streets and the private contractors will be working for the home owners association to clear alleys and ...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Dahlia Show, Brookside Gardens   Dolores and I always enjoy visiting Brookside Gardens, located in the Wheaton Regional Park in Montgomery County, Maryland.  The location in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC attracts visitors from around the world.  You do not need to be able to speak the language to enjoy beautiful gardens and flowers. Brookside Gardens hosts several flower shows each year and all of them are well done.  The photographs in this blog were taken at the Dahlia Show, one of our favorites. Do you have a favorite? Dahlia, Brookside Gardens,Dahlia Show IMG_7352   Dahlia, Brookside Gardens,Dahlia Show IMG_7353   Dahlia, Brookside Gardens,Dahlia Show IMG_7366   Dahlia, Brookside Gardens, Dahlia Show IMG_7365   Dahlia, Brookside Gardens,Dahlia Show IMG_7368   Dahlia, Brooks...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Gaithersburg Men's Softball Leagues   A cold winter day is a good time to turn our thoughts to spring softball games.  Registration opens on February 5 for the Gaithersburg 2013 Men's Softball Leagues.  Now is the time to make your plans and be prepared register your team. The official notice from the City of Gaithersburg is posted below.  There is a number to call if you have questions about the program or the registration process. Allium, Kentlands, Spring Flowers IMG_9525 Photograph by Roy Kelley using a Canon PowerShot G11 camera. Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs      Gaithersburg Men's Softball Leagues Registration Deadlines: Registration opens February 5Deposit: $300 per team due at time if registration (prior to March 1)After March 1: $600 paymentApril 1: Remaining balance Team...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Today is National Wear Red Day Our friend in West Virginia, Rebecca Gaujot, brought the National Wear Red Day to the attention of bloggers in the ActiveRain network.  Let's encourage all of our friends and family members to make themselves aware of the risks of heart disease.  Now is a good time to schedule that appointment for your annual physical examination. ActiveRain staff member Kerrie Greenhaugh posted this comment at Rebecca's blog:  "Anyone that wears red and posts a picture of themselves on ActiveRain's Facebook page on Friday will receive 500 points. The AR fam bam is getting healthy which leads to more happiness!"  If you are a member of ActiveRain, be sure to post your photograph today.   What is National Wear Red Day?      Dahlia, Brookside Gardens, Dahlia Show IMG_7330 Ph...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
The colors of spring at Longwood Gardens  Those of us that enjoy photography respond to light and colors and dearly love the colors of spring. Flower photographers find wonderful colors at any time of the year in the Conservatory at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.  Please share the colors that create your more positive attitude and have an outstanding week.  Longwood Gardens Orchid Extravaganza IMG_4130 Photograph by Roy Kelley using a Canon PowerShot G11 camera Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
M. Cutone Mushroom Company, Avondale, PA - Fresh Mushrooms   On Tuesday, Dolores and I made one of our regular visits to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.  The primary purpose for our day trip was to see and photograph Orchid Extravaganza, the current major exhibit at Longwood Gardens.  When we visit eastern Pennsylvania, we also know that we are visiting the heart of mushroom country.  Dolores asked me to make some shopping stops on the way home to Kentlands in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  The first stop on her list was M. Cutone Mushroom Company on Route 41 in Avondale, PA.  This is a wonderful place to purchase fresh mushrooms to take home.  So, when you are in the area, you now know where to purchase fresh mushrooms.  M. Cutone Mushroom Company is open 7 days a week.  Gi...
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By Dave Bender, Germantown & Rockville Area Home Sales
(Century 21 New Millennium)
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Editing Flower Pictures with iPiccy   All of us that are in real estate know that editing will improve any photograph that we plan to use in marketing materials.  We also know that we must present a true picture of the property so the images will not be misleading. When we take photographs for personal use, there are no editing rules other than to enjoy to process and to have fun with colors.  Those that follow my blogs know that I use a lot of flower photographs in my blogs and in my comments.  I use the free photo editing service of iPiccy.com and recommend it to you if you are not currently editing your photographs. So, my advice is to enjoy your camera and be creative with your photo editing.  These two dahlia photographs were taken at the Dahlia Show at Brookside Gardens in Montgom...
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By Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA
(Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001)
http://www.reallynicehomes.com/blog/market-report-gaithersburg-md-latest-listings-lakelands/ December 2012Gaithersburg-Montgomery County, MD Lakelands Real Estate Gaithersburg Maryland Statistics Lakelands is located in the heart of Gaithersburg as far as convenience and location is concerned. "The newly constructed ICC Intercounty Connector has radically changed the way people move from point to point in Montgomery County and now this community has been enhanced with even more benefits in the transportation side" The market stats for Gaithersburg in Montgomery County are very encouraging for 2013.  As you can see on the chart below. . For the last month of 2012 there were 753 closed sales in Montgomery County, that is an increase for the year  of 6.8% higher than 2012  Overall, prosper...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Kentlands Named "Best Gaithersburg Neighborhood"   Dolores and I have lived in the Kentlands neighborhood in Gaithersburg, Maryland for many years and love the community.  It is always nice to hear nice things about the community that you call home.  Bethesda Magazine named Kentlands as the "Best Gaithersburg Neighborhood" in its annual Best of Bethesda issue.  Lakelands and Washingtonian Woods were the runners up in the category. Two Kentlands businesses earned spots on the Best of Bethesda lineup as well. Red Door Spa won Best Gaithersburg Salon and Bonefish Grill won Best Gaithersburg Restaurant.  The winners were selected by over 10,000 people that voted for their favorites in many categories. Kentlands is a neo-traditional community that is among the favorite areas for families tha...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Lifeguard Training in Gaithersburg   If you have family members that aspire to be lifeguards, now is the time to register for the required training program in Gaithersburg. You do not not need to be a Gaithersburg resident to register.  I recommend this training for every young person in your household.  You never know when swimming skills may be needed to save a life. Study the requirements in the official announcement posted below.    Orchids, Longwood Gardens, Orchid House IMG_2346 Photograph by Roy Kelley.  Canon PowerShot G11 camera. Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs   This is the City of Gaithersburg announcement that includes all of the details: Registration now being accepted. UPDATE: Even thought the Aquatic Center is currently closed, we are still accepting registrations for ...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Snowy Day Project:  Decorate a Wildlife Tree   The kids in the family and the neighborhood will love making edible ornaments to decorate a wildlife tree to treat your feathered and furry friends in the community.  There are no limitations on design ideas or on contents and artistic skills are not as important as the purpose of the project. One of the best examples that I have seen of a wildlife tree is one that was decorated at Longwood Gardens.  Your tree does not need to be this fancy to be just as effective.  Have fun and help the wildlife cope with the winter weather. Please share your wildlife tree ideas in your blogs and emails.  A real estate professional could easily sponsor a wildlife tree project in a neighborhood. Wildlife Tree at Longwood Gardens IMG_2510 Wildlife Tree at Lo...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Ready for snow in Maryland We had about an inch of snow this morning and clearing the walks and driveway was not difficult work.  However, it is very cold and much more snow is predicted for tomorrow. These photographs are from a previous season and remind us of the challenges and the beauty of deep snow in Kentlands, in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Be prepared and put safety first as we face more severe winter weather.  Be sure to have your camera in hand to capture the special moments. Kentlands in the Snow IMG_0735 Kentlands in the Snow IMG_0732 Kentlands in the Snow IMG_0751 Kentlands in the Snow IMG_0757 Kentlands in the Snow IMG_0760 Photographs by Roy Kelley using a Canon PowerShot G11 camera. Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Expecting snow in Maryland It is very cold in Maryland.  Snow is predicted for tonight.  The morning rush  hour may be a difficult time in the metro area of Washington, DC.  Be very careful if you have to be on the road.  A better idea to stay home and read a good book as you sit by the fireplace. Always have your camera in hand to capture those special moments as you are out and about in your community and your travels. Blooming in the Rain at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden IMG_3507 Photograph by Roy Kelley Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs 
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Cleaning An Egged Car    Every now and then cars in our neighborhood have been egged.  So, many have asked how to remove the eggs. Ted Blitgen provided these tips for his Kentlands neighbors A solution for removing the egg:If you've ever been victimized by neighborhood pranksters or vandalism, you've likely had your car egged. While discovering an egged car is nerve racking, trying to remove the egg and yolk creates further irritation. The key is to remove the egg stain shortly after the incident. However, if the egging occurred overnight, or while you were out of town, the yolk will crust, making removal twice and hard. Here are a few tips for removing egg from cars, without ruining the paint. Step 1: If possible, do not allow the egg to sit on the car for an extended period, especiall...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Skating Prohibited on the Kentlands and Lakelands Lakes The frozen lakes may look inviting, but please do not attempt to play or skate on any of the lakes in Kentlands and Lakelands.  The ice could give way and you would fall into freezing water!  If this were to happen, it could prove fatal before rescuers could reach the scene.  Talk to your children about the extreme danger of playing on the ice or the rocks surrounding the lakes. Even though the ice looks stable, our lakes double as a storm drainage network. This means that the level of water under the ice may be lowering.  In addition, the water is constantly moving under the ice, thus further contributing to a very dangerous environment.  An adult can lose motor skills within a minute of being in freezing water and it's even faste...
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