This year the community yard sale gets even bigger as Montgomery Square joins Potomac Woods and Regency Estates in what is sure to be a great shopping event. If you're interested in participating, MSCA will advertise your sale free of charge.  Please email Steve Schuck prior to 6/1/17
Come out to meet community members and get an update about what the civic association has planned for this year.  Elections are held every May.
Message from the President This issue of the Tetragon is dedicated to Tom Hall, who recently passed away after courageously fighting a sudden illness. Tom was an active member of our community association for over two decades and my predecessor as the MSCA President. Since the late 1990s, when I became President, he remained on the MSCA Board as its Vice President and then its Secretary. He was the glue that held our association together, and was always there to guide the Board and help answer interesting land-use and other questions. He also drafted detailed and informative Board and Annual Meeting minutes and wrote an impressive article on Coyotes in our neighborhood. A large share of our association’s accomplishments over the years can be attributed to Tom’s tireless dedication and voluntary efforts in making Montgomery Square a great place to live. Prior to Tom’s passing, the Board named the garden that MSCA maintains at the corner of Montrose Road and Whites Ford Way, the “Tom Hall Garden.” An engraved stone that rests in the garden was presented to Tom during a lunch in September. Please stop by to see it. Also at the lunch, our neighborhood’s State Senator, Brian Feldman, presented Tom with an Official Citation from the Maryland General Assembly thanking him for his years of service to the community and the State of Maryland. After the event, Tom’s wife, Lisa, wrote in a journal entry on the CaringBridge website: “It was heartwarming to see how much this outpouring of appreciation from Senator Feldman and the MSCA Board members meant to Tom. He was absolutely glowing.” Tom will be deeply missed. After Tom passed away, Lisa gave me two large boxes of materials pertaining to Montgomery Square that were in her basement. These boxes contain brochures, photographs and documents that date back to the early 1960s. I noticed that in the 1960s, MSCA sponsored neighborhood Santa Stops with Santa riding on a firetruck, along with a police motorcycle escort! Our present-day Santa runs are not quite as elaborate but still lots of fun. If anyone is interesting in reviewing these historical records, please let me know. In 2016, MSCA accomplished many things, including organizing and holding a multi-family yard sale, a spring ice cream social, and a fall block party.  These events were highly successful, included terrific entertainment, and produced great turnouts.  MSCA thanks all who organized or participated in these events. Your Board also arranged two special community-wide meetings; one with WSSC at Ritchie Park Elementary School concerning the water-line replacement project on Montgomery Square’s north side, and one with Washington Gas at the Beverly Farms Elementary School concerning the gas-line replacement project on Montgomery Square’s south side.  We also posted important information and updates about these projects on the MSCA website and in e-announcements to those who provided MSCA with an email address. This past year, the Montgomery County Arborist planted over 50 additional flowering trees along the right-of-way in our neighborhood.  To date, MSCA’s efforts to participate in the County program has resulted in about 185 new trees. For 2017, the County is willing to plant more trees, but due to other priorities, may only grant the request of the first 10 homeowners who sign up.  So, if you are interested in FREE trees, please get the enclosed form back to us without delay!  MSCA encourages all homeowners to participate because these trees will both beautify your street and improve property values.  In addition, keep in mind that, by signing up for free trees, you are not only helping yourself but also future generations. MSCA also hired a specialist who rebuilt the two gas lampposts located at the intersection of Seven Locks Road and Inspection House Road.  One of the lamps was quite dim; the other was not working at all.  Montgomery Square’s builder, Kettler Brothers, installed the lamps in the 1960s.  The lamps now look great and work well. Last year, MSCA also wrote a letter to the Montgomery County Council in support of an amendment to proposed legislation granting tax breaks to senior citizens who have been living in their home for at least 40 years.  The bill is pending. We have already started to plan for the 2017 two-day community-wide yard sale, which for the first time will include homes in both the Potomac Woods and Regency Estates communities!  We have also renewed our community’s landscaping and watering contract with Greenlink, paid for liability insurance, and took care of other needs and expenses. As spring is upon us, we hope you will actively support your community association and plan to join the upcoming social events. All the best, Bob Gross Montgomery County Services — Please call 311 to report pot holes, request replacement recycle bins, ask for bulk trash pick-ups, report street light outages, report suspected code violations, etc. You can also make service requests on the web - MontgomeryCountyMD.gov/311. Be a Good Neighbor — Life is busy, but taking time to Be a Good Neighbor helps make Montgomery Square a great neighborhood to live in which is good for all of us and it also helps property values. Introduce yourself to neighbors Check in with neighbors & find ways to help Be careful driving around the neighborhood We love our dogs, so please help others love them by cleaning up after them & making sure they aren’t causing a nuisance Keep your yard & garden tidy Remove unsightly tree stumps Consider home improvements such as new siding, windows, driveways, walkways & light posts. Replace or remove worn out basketball nets, backboards & posts Alert your neighbors to parties & community events When snow is coming, try to get as many cars as possible in the driveways to make plowing easier. Clear your sidewalks within 24 hours of the end of a snowstorm Discourage thieves & lock your cars Be aware of your surroundings & your neighbors as well Call 911 if you see any suspicious activity Call 311 to get the County to help On May 2, 2016, many roofs were damaged due to a record-setting hail storm. If you have not already done so, consider contacting a professional roofer and making an insurance claim before it’s too late. MSCA Directory & Dues — Please fill out and return the Dues & Information Form included. Dues continue to be $50 per year. All Board members volunteer their time and efforts. Please show your support by becoming a MSCA member. Our thanks to all who have supported MSCA thru the years.    
The Washington Gas Project for the south side of Montgomery Square has being suspended.  See the below announcement from Washington Gas. MSCA Board members will get more information.  
 
Due to some shifting priorities and unforeseen budget constraints, we are going to be demobilizing from the Washington Gas work. I would expect that the crew will begin cleaning up the area and pulling out in the next 2-4 weeks. Please know that we will be monitoring our system because safety is of utmost importance to us. The impacted work areas and private property will be temporarily repaired and when the weather warms up, the areas will be permanently repaired. In the meantime, if any of the road patches start to fail, please let us know and we will get them repaired.   
 
We expect to re-mobilize either later this year or early 2018. We will be back in touch at that time. I am very sorry about any inconvenience this may cause. But I'm glad that we were not very far into the work. Questions, please let us know.
Kelly Gibson Caplan
Washington Gas
Community Outreach & WAFF Manager
kelly.caplan@washgas.com
Have a tree that has been planted by the County? 
All street tree inspection requests should be submitted through the MC311 call center (240-777-0311) or the county website so that there is a formal record of the request in our system. Once we receive the request, an arborist will usually be out within 3-4 weeks or earlier to inspect the trees. Then, the arborist leaves a door-hanger specifying the result of our inspection (tree will be removed/tree will be pruned/no maintenance required at this time etc.). Since the trees are planted on the county right-of-way, they are county property and may only be maintained by county personnel/contractors. If a resident strongly wishes to remove a tree themselves, they may apply for a permit from the Department of Permitting Services through the same MC311 call center.
As for street tree care - during the winter it is not necessary to water the newly planted trees, especially since we are having a rainy winter. Once spring comes, we recommend watering the trees at least twice a week during weeks there is not rainfall. Again, since we have had wet springs the past several years it may not be necessary to do any spring watering. We mostly want the residents to water the trees during the hotter summer months, especially during July when we routinely have a drought. We recommend watering 10 gallons per session, or by leaving the hose on at a trickle overnight if able (to imitate slower rainfall). Once the trees are established, all future maintenance is the county's responsibility.
Sincerely,
Joel Spano
ISA Certified Arborist, Municipal Specialist
DOT, Highway Services
Saturday 12/17 Look for Santa in Potomac Woods & Montgomery Square
Come out to greet St. Nick's arrival as he makes his neighborhood rounds. At a series of stops throughout the community, he greets children young and old while passing out treats and holiday cheer. New, unwrapped toys and non-perishable food are being collected for Stepping Stones Shelter in Rockville Santa Stops - approximate times 1:00 p.m. Stratton Drive and Kimblewick 1:10 p.m. Stratton and Selworthy 1:20 Kersey Lane and Milboro 1:30 Circle near 42 Orchard Way North 1:40 Circle near 23 Orchard Way South 1:50 Milboro and Lancashire 2:00 Canterbury and Dunster 2:10 Dunster and Derbyshire 2:20 Aqueduct and Stratton 2:30 Devilwood Drive/Smoketree
Washington Gas Project - South Side of Montgomery Square
 
As this project ramps up the MSCA Board will meet Monday December 5th at 7pm at the home of Bob Gross - 12013 Smoketree Road
The gas line replacement project will impact individual homeowners because the gas lines will be replaced to the house and the meters will be moved to a location outside of the house.  For many, that means that the gas meter will end up by their front door.  In addition, the gas mains will be replaced and the streets will need to be repaired as part of the project.
The board is meeting to discuss ways that the citizens association can provide a unified voice to help homeowners successfully navigate thru issues that come up with this project.  If you would like to provide input, feel free to stop by.
WSSC Project  - North Side of Montgomery Square
On 11/16/16, at Ritchie Park ES, representatives from WSSC and their construction team gave a presentation on the WSSC Project that will impact parts of Montgomery Square North and Potomac Woods.  Below is a link to the presentation slides from the meeting.  WSSC will continue to communicate to the impacted households.  Impacted streets are:
  Aqueduct Rd, Aqueduct Ct, Bartonshire Way, Canterbury Way, Captain Smith Ct, Chilham Ct, Chilham Pl, Derbyshire Rd, Dunster La, Greyswood Ct, Jeb Stuart Rd, Jeb Stuart Ct, Kimblewick Rd, Old Canal Rd, Old Canal Ct and Stratton Dr.   WSSC Information Letter for project called Kimblewick Water Main Replacement   WSSC Meeting Slides 
Concert December 10th - 
Come and enjoy "English Fantasy", featuring music from the British Isles presented by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Community Orchestra and Chorus performing as the "Cedar Lane Waits "in keeping with the English theme for this concert. The one-time only performance will take place on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. at Cedar Lane Unitarian Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda, Maryland.
From medieval times up to the early 19th century, every British municipality had a band of "waits" whose duties included playing their musical instruments through the town at night. This practice evolved to include any group of musicians or singers who came together to perform around their locale at night during the Christmas period. The Orchestra will perform Vaughan William's Fantasia on Greensleeves, Delius' Brigg Fair: An English Rhapsody, Grainger's Colonial Song, and Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4. The Cedar Lane Waits will join the Orchestra in the performance of Vaughn William's Fantasia on Christmas Carols. In keeping with the tradition of the Waits, they will also sing Burt's The Star Carol and Come, Dear Children, Carol of the Bells, a traditional Ukrainian carol, arranged by Peter Wilhousky, Shepherds, What Fragrance, and Gloucestershire Wassail, a traditional English carol.
Free parking, no tickets; donations welcome to benefit the NIH charities. Reception immediately following the performance.
For more information, please call 240-277-3480 or visit the following website:http://www.nihco.org
A WSSC Project is coming to parts of the north side of Montgomery Square and parts of Potomac Woods.  We have arranged to have representatives from WSSC construction team out to discuss the project and take community questions.
The meeting is scheduled for 11/16/16 at 7pm - Ritchie Park ES - 
All Purpose Room
WSSC has mailed out an information piece to the impacted homes.
The streets impacted are:
  Aqueduct Rd, Aqueduct Ct, Bartonshire Way, Canterbury Way, Captain Smith Ct, Chilham Ct, Chilham Pl, Derbyshire Rd, Downham Way, Dunster La, Greyswood Ct, Jeb Stuart Rd, Jeb Stuart Ct, Kimblewick Rd, Old Canal Rd, Old Canal Ct and Stratton Dr.   WSSC Information Letter for project called Kimblewick Water Main Replacement   WSSC Meeting Notice 
Other Information
Paving - As with all utility work, Montgomery County specifies the repairs that the utility companies are required to do upon completion on the utility work.  In the case of all projects, the county looks at factors such as: road width, location of pavement cuts/patches, number of cuts/patches and distance from one cut/patch to another.  It might be too early to predict how the roads will be impacted and repaired once the utility work is done but that is one piece of information that we hope to learn more about at the meeting.
On September 13th, MSCA had a general meeting to discuss various items. Here's a link to the minutes 
A WSSC Project is coming to parts of the north side of Montgomery Square and parts of Potomac Woods.  We have arranged to have representatives from WSSC out to discuss the project and take community questions.
The meeting is scheduled for 11/16/16 at 7pm - Ritchie Park ES - 
All Purpose Room
WSSC has mailed out an information piece to the impacted homes.
The streets impacted are:
  Aqueduct Rd, Aqueduct Ct, Bartonshire Way, Canterbury Way, Captain Smith Ct, Chilham Ct, Chilham Pl, Derbyshire Rd, Downham Way, Dunster La, Greyswood Ct, Jeb Stuart Rd, Jeb Stuart Ct, Kimblewick Rd, Old Canal Rd, Old Canal Ct and Stratton Dr. WSSC Information Letter for project called Kimblewick Water Main Replacement
Other Information
Paving - As with all utility work, Montgomery County specifies the repairs that the utility companies are required to do upon completion on the utility work.  In the case of all projects, the county looks at factors such as: road width, location of pavement cuts/patches, number of cuts/patches and distance from one cut/patch to another.  It might be too early to predict how the roads will be impacted and repaired once the utility work is done but that is one piece of information that we hope to learn more about at the meeting.
On 10/26/16, representatives from Washington Gas came to Beverly Farms ES to give information about a Pipe Replacement Project.  Below you will find a link to the presentation, the impacted streets and other information.  If you have questions, probably the best place to start is with Washington Gas Community Outreach Manager Kelly Caplan.
The streets impacted are
  • Devilwood Dr.
  • Devilwood Ct.
  • Henry Fleet Dr.
  • Jubal Early Ct.
  • Smoketree Rd.
  • Inspection House
  • Postoak Rd.
  • White Fords Way
Detailed Information
Washington Gas Project Contacts 
Other Information
Paving - As with all utility work, Montgomery County specifies the repairs that the utility companies are required to do upon completion on the utility work.  In the case of the Washington Gas project, the county looks at factors such as: road width, location of pavement cuts/patches, number of cuts/patches and distance from one cut/patch to another.  It's too early to predict how the roads will be repaired once the utility work is done so please stay tuned for more information.
Snow Removal Around Gas Meters - 
Check your gas meter, gas piping and appliance vents regularly to ensure they are clear of snow and ice.Use a snow brush or broom to gently clear any snow or ice on all sides of the meter.Be careful using your shovel, plow or snow blower nearby. Don't kick, hit or use sharp objects to remove snow or ice.