MS. REBECCA SHEIR
And now our weekly trip around the region. On today's "Door to Door," we visit Mason Neck, Va. and Gaithersburg, Md.
MR. PETER WEYLAND
My name is Peter Weyland and I'm 60 years old and I live in Gunston Manor, which is located on Mason Neck in Fairfax County, Va. I moved here in 1976 and have been a resident for the past 35 years. Mason Neck is roughly 15 miles south of Washington D.C. It's a peninsula of approximately 9,000 acres, 6,000 acres are devoted to parks. The first national wildlife refuge for the preservation of the bald eagle is located here. There's also Pohick Bay Regional Park, which hosts the largest camp ground in the Washington-Metro area.
MR. PETER WEYLAND
It also has a large boat ramp and marina facilities. Every morning, I wake up and have a cup of coffee and read the paper and I have a show of birds, whether they're sparring with one another, chattering, ospreys fighting eagles, it's always interesting. And it's peaceful and relaxing and quiet. This is paradise found.
MR. SIDNEY KATZ
My name is Sidney Katz and I'm the mayor of the city of Gaithersburg. My family's lived here for many, many years. When I was born, the population of Gaithersburg was about 1,750 people. Today, we're about 60,000. This census, we were the fourth largest city in Maryland. Gaithersburg, in general, has a population that's extremely diverse, very different from when I was growing up. It was obviously a much smaller place. People in my class would go to the Montgomery County Fair to show their cattle.
MR. SIDNEY KATZ
Today we actually take your children to the Montgomery County Fair to show them what cattle looks like. We've changed over the years and obviously we're continuing to grow. There's a true sense of pride in the community and I always like to remind people that there are many places called Montgomery in the world. There's many places called Washington in the world. But there's only one Gaithersburg. You Google Gaithersburg, you're going to come up with Gaithersburg, Md.
You heard from Peter Weyland in Mason Neck and Sydney Katz in Gaithersburg. If you'd like us to feature your neighborhood on "Door to Door," send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us on Facebook, that's Facebook.com/metroconnection.org. And to surf around an interactive map of all the doors we've knocked on so far, visit our website, metroconnection.org.
Time for another break. But when we get back...
MR. LLOYD HARRISON
These were some of the American ages most perilous hours. The nation could have perished, but it didn't.
We meet the history buffs seeking to save our region's Civil War battlegrounds and then...
MR. ADAM WOJCIECHOWICZ
It is so indispensible that almost every Korean house owns a refrigerator exclusively for kimchi. If Europe has wine refrigerator, Korea has kimchi refrigerators.
Getting to know the spicy preserved delicacy that, for many Korean-Americans, is more than just food. That and more in a minute, on "Metro Connection," here on WAMU 88.5.
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