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The Town is devastated by the tragic event at Maple Lake. Our hearts and thoughts go out to the family of the victim. Town authorities are continuing to cooperate with the investigators of this incident. I must send out gratitude to our life guards Haley McClelland, Sita Strother and Lainey Selby who were on the scene during the recovery operation. Their high level of professionalism was more than impressive. Many thanks to these dedicated employees. On June 20, the water at Maple Lake was tested, as it is monthly, and the results show the quality of the water is fine.

Swimming Instructor and Lifeguard Lainey Selby is hosting a Water Safety Potluck Banquet for children up to 18 years of age, and their families. This is on Friday, July 14 from 4-7 p.m. at McCathran Hall. Join in the fun of a potluck and learn more about water safety at the same time. There will be games and prizes for children of all ages. Safety materials will be given to parents.

On Tuesday, June 13, 2017, John Hutchinson (Hutch), Shelley Winkler, Pat Klein, and I met with Montgomery County Police District 6 Commander
Dinesh Patil and Officer Hudson to discuss Maple Lake issues and additional concerns in Washington Grove. After this meeting, Hutch wrote up the following about what to do regarding intruders at

Maple Lake. In light of the recent incident, I felt it is important to share this with all Town residents.
What to do when encountering intruders at the lake:

  1. When encountering people at the lake, ask if they live in Washington Grove. (Ask their street address if they say “Yes.”)
  2. Explain that this lake is “Private Property” and only for residents of Washington Grove. Lake Passes are available for residents at the Town Hall on weekdays.
  3. Ask them to leave if they are not residents.
  4. If they do not leave, go out of the lake and call the Montgomery County Police (MCPD) non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.
  5. When talking to the police, explain that we have an “Agent of Property” letter on file for the lake.
  6. If there are any threatening situations, call 911.
  7. If there are adults available, ask them to wait at the lake entrance on Washington Grove Lane (#304) for the police to arrive.
  8. If life guards are on duty, file an incident report available in the Life Guards Handbook and turn it into the Town office.
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