County’s Dairy Roots Remembered; Hoyer Released from Hospital; Comptroller’s Coins Challenged

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Montgomery County dairy roots remembered

Wilfred and Georgia Lawson were dairy farmers when a lot of Montgomery County residents were dairy farmers. But they were one of only two African American families that owned dairy farms in the area. The Lawsons ran the 162-acre Dun Roamin Farm along Ten Mile Creek Road in Boyds. A special exhibit on the Lawson family is at the King Barn Dairy Mooseum, and a special celebration of the Lawsons, including visits by descendants, is planned for July 22. [Washington Post]

Hoyer released from hospital 

U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-5th) will be back to work at the Capitol by Tuesday after his release from a D.C. hospital, where he was treated for pneumonia. Hoyer, the No. 2 House Democrat, was released from George Washington University Hospital over the weekend. [Baltimore Sun]

Comptroller’s coins challenged

Comptroller Peter Franchot’s Republican opponent, Anjali Reed Phukan, plans to file an ethics complaint against the three-term incumbent for passing out embossed medallions that bear the authority line of his campaign committee. In a campaign email, Phukan said the distribution of the coins at official functions violates Maryland law because “an official may not intentionally use the prestige of his elected office for personal gain.” Franchot’s office responded that the coins carry on a long-time tradition for the office, which will continue “for as long as he’s in office.” Franchot pays for the coins out of his campaign finance account, spending about $13,000 in the past 18 months. [Maryland Reporter]

The Spot opens in Rockville 

A new food hall has opened in Rockville Town Center. The Spot, an Asian food hall, is a 200-seat, 6,000-square-foot space with five food stall-style vendors including those serving bubble tea, Taiwanese fried chicken, noodles, Hawaiian-style poke and snow ice. The Spot is open now from 11 a.m. to midnight each day, with plans for extended hours after a liquor license is acquired. [Washingtonian]

Cooler, less humid today

Expect partly sunny and less humidity today, with an expected high near 89 degrees, with temperatures dipping into the 60s overnight. 

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