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County Cable Montgomery’s ‘Bottom Line’ Features Teen Driving Advocate Tom Didone, Family Reunion With Deep Montgomery County History Also: Video Look at Canada Geese at Lake Churchill
  • Release ID: 14-235
  • Release Date: 8/20/2014
  • Contact: Neil Greenberger 240-777-7939 or Delphine Harriston240-777-7931
  • From: Council Office
Montgomery County Police Captain Tom Didone, who recently won a national award for his efforts to keep Montgomery’s teen drivers safe, and the Howard-Holland Family Reunion that has deep roots in the Sandy Spring area, are the featured stories in the latest edition of “The Bottom Line” show on County Cable Montgomery (CCM). The show, which takes introspective looks at people, issues and events around the County, is now on the County’s cable channel and the segments are available on demand via the Internet.

Bottom Line host Susan Kenedy talked with Captain Didone about the award he recently received from the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety for his tireless efforts to warn young drivers and their parents of why new drivers must approach the road with extra precautions. Captain Didone also talks about the 2008 death of his son, Ryan, in a car accident involving a young driver. In addition, he discusses the County’s new school bus camera program, spurred by the County Council, to deter drivers from passing stopped school buses and endangering the lives of students.

The Howard-Holland Family Reunion traces its history back to the 1850s, when brothers Thomas and William Howard went through Maryland while escaping slavery. They ended up in Canada, and about 150 years later, the Maryland and Canadien members of the family first organized a two-nation family reunion. Since 1992, the family has held a reunion every two years. This summer’s reunion was in Montgomery County.

The show’s traditional video closing, Montgomery Moments, in this episode is a video essay on the Canada Geese at Lake Churchill.

The 15-minute show can be viewed at numerous times on CCM in August. Upcoming viewing times include Sundays at 4 p.m.; Tuesdays at 10 p.m.; Wednesdays at 12 noon; Fridays at 2:30 and 6 p.m.; and Saturdays at 12:30 p.m.

The show’s individual segments also can be viewed on demand via the Internet:

Thomas Didone:
Howard Holland Family Reunion:
Montgomery Moments - Lake Churchill:

The show is viewable on demand from the Montgomery County web site at:

The video editor for “The Bottom Line” is Loren Olson. Mike Springirth was the chief videographer and shot Montgomery Moments.


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