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Maryland County Spends $1 Mil on 'Uncle Tom's Cabin', Turns Out it isn't the REAL Cabin

TheMoneyTimes.com reports, that according to historians, a Maryland county has put more than $2 million into buying and expanding a cabin falsely believed to be the basis of "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

Montgomery County purchased a two-story colonial house in Bethesda with the log cabin extending from one side in 2006 for $1 million and has since spent $1 million more on expanding and studying the property, which was believed to be the former home of Josiah Henson, whose life story inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

However, historians said they have now determined Stowe never lived in the cabin although it did belong to the Riley family who held Henson as a slave from 1795 to 1830.  Henson lived in slave quarters that have long disappeared, and never in the house or the cabin, which was then a kitchen.

Montgomery County to Get $2.6M for Snow Removal

(AP)-Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski says Montgomery County will receive $2.6 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to recover some of the costs for snow removal last December.

Mikulski said Friday that the agency had allocated the money to the state of Maryland.

A federal disaster declaration after the heavy snow storm made federal funding available to state and local governments for their cleanup costs.

On Thursday, FEMA also awarded funds to the District of Columbia, Virginia and Baltimore County.

Teens Sentenced After Fatal Attack with Shovel

John J. McCarthy, State’s Attorney for Montgomery County, announced that Artie Ellis, 16, was sentenced to life in prison, with all but 25 years suspended, for Murder in the First Degree today.  Ellis pleaded guilty in front of Judge Dugan on March 15.  

The victim, Ali Zare, was an adult acquaintance of Ellis’ girlfriend, Emily Geller.  On May 10, 2009, Geller arranged to meet the victim.  She lured him down a path into a wooded area adjacent to Bells Mill Road in Potomac.  Geller and Ellis had plotted to hit the victim with a shovel and rob him.  Unfortunately, after Ellis hit him with the shovel, the victim fell to the ground and struck his head on the pavement.  The head wound proved fatal.  Ellis and Geller stole the victim’s cash, credit card, cell phone and car.  The teenagers then used the victim’s credit card, and witnesses saw her driving his car.  Police arrested Geller and Ellis in October.

Court Orders Vote On Montgomery Co. Ambulance Fee

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Maryland's highest court has ordered a public vote on a recently passed ambulance fee in Montgomery County.

The Court of Appeals on Wednesday reversed a lower court ruling and ordered the referendum on the ballot for Nov. 2.

The lower court had ruled that elections officials were correct to bar referendums because thousands of people signed their names on petition forms in a manner that conflicted with state law. The county board of elections rejected thousands of petition signatures, including illegible ones and some from people who signed without a middle initial.ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Maryland's highest court has ordered a public vote on a recently passed ambulance fee in Montgomery County.

The Court of Appeals on Wednesday reversed a lower court ruling and ordered the referendum on the ballot for Nov. 2.

County Facing $140M Shortfall for Fiscal 2012

The Gazette reports that Montgomery County has a $145 million budget shortfall that officials already have identified for fiscal 2012, which begins next July.

On Tuesday, county officials told the County Council that known expenditures will be 4.3 percent higher in fiscal 2012 than this year. A fiscal plan approved by the council earlier this year allows for growth of one-tenth of one percent.

To help curb government expenses, County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) has directed all county agencies to prepare to trim their budgets by as much as 15 percent. County spokesman Patrick K. Lacefield said such a scenario might not even be the worst case if decisions during the next Maryland General Assembly session, which begins in January, transfer more state expenses — such as teacher pensions — to county government.

157 Montgomery County Public School Students Are National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

There are 157 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists from Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) in the 2011 competition, eight more than the previous year. The semifinalists will go on to compete nationally for scholarships that will be offered in the spring. The competition is sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. 

The MCPS semifinalists come from 16 high schools. The schools and their number of semifinalists are:

Bethesda-Chevy Chase: 8
Montgomery Blair: 40
Blake: 1
Winston Churchill: 13
Clarksburg: 1
Einstein: 1
Poolesville:  9
Quince Orchard: 2
Richard Montgomery: 30
Rockville: 1
Seneca Valley: 1
Springbrook: 3
Walter Johnson: 7
Walt Whitman: 24
Watkins Mill: 1
Wootton: 15

Montgomery County Marks Fire Prevention Month

(WUSA) -- The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service plans to hold several open houses at fire stations around the county for Fire Prevention Month. This year's theme is "Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With".

All open house events will be free and feature tours of the station, fire safety activities, information and handouts and demonstrations of emergency equipment.

Here's a list of the open houses:

9/25
1 - 4pm
Bethesda Fire Department Station 6
6600 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD
301-652-5602

10/2
11am - 4pm
Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad 5020 Battery Lane, Bethesda, MD
301-652-0077