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Archetypal Towns and Villages of Country and City

Maryland 20878® began as Kentlands Dot Us in 2004. We were a publication of the Kentlands community.

     Kentlands is a village which was designed and built on the concept of 19th century towns. Archetypal towns and villages, of which Kentlands is the first, are actually designed by architects who develop communities and the towns in which they exist for a more pleasing life-style than in the developments that arose in the 1950’s.  These community designers eschew the "little boxes" types of houses that were built in single use communities during the second half of the twentieth century, and hearken to the classic hometowns that dotted the landscape from New England to the Pacific coast before 1950. These architects recreate Currier and Ives villages.

   As a result of our growing popularity, we soon expanded to cover the Lakelands community as well at KentLakes®, and then once again expanded to Maryland 20878® covering Gaithersburg and beyond.

This series of feature articles is the recipient of an Apex Grand Award of 2008
In a pdf file: To download a Free Copy click>

Our Spouses: Looking at how the spouses of Gaithersburg's elected officials handle the glare of public scrutiny.

 

  • Click> Part I - How Do "Our" Spouses Cope?

  • Click> Part II - Sally Katz 

  • Click> Part III - Ann Lynn Alster

  • Click> Part IV - Donna Jean Marraffa

  • Click> Part V - Eileen Schlichting

  • Click> Part VI - Conclusions and Insights

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    Past Editorials and Features

    Harris took on the Presidency of Kentlands when the board had taken the unprecedented
    step of gerrymandering the HOA. There was an uproar which resulted in Harris, Renas, and
    Anderson being elected and turning out the incumbents. This resulted in a once again contented
    electorate and the consequent low attendance at board meetings.

     


    Posted 2009

    We’re pleased to announce that Maryland 20878® writers, Graceann Macleod and M H Perry are the recipients of an 2009 Apex Award of Excellence for Magazine & Journal Writing.  They, Jean Katter and Rita Banerji, received awards for columns written in our literary complement, Word Worth®.

    Posted July 2008

    M. H. Perry Is the Recipient of
    The 2008 Apex Grand Award of Excellence

    M. H. Perry has been awarded the APEX 2008 Grand Award in the category Writing for the Feature Writing series, How Do "Our" Spouses Cope? published in KentLakes®. The series looks at the "job" of being the spouse of an elected official and investigates how our local spouses of officials deal with the spotlight.

    APEX 2008 is the 20th  Annual Awards for Publication Excellence Competition which  recognizes international outstanding publications ranging from newspapers, newsletters, and magazines to annual reports, brochures and websites.            Continue g

    Writers, editors, publishers, and agencies from around the world select what they feel is their best work to submit for award consideration. This year, among the thousands of awards submitted, approximately 31% received an Apex Award of Excellence. Approximately 2% received a Grand Award.

    The Apex judges had this to say about Perry's work:

    "A wonderfully written, exceptionally interesting and insightful look at the role of the elected official's spouse at the local level. An extremely astute 'behind the scenes' view of how the political process works."

    Maryland 20878®  began as Kentlands Dot Us magazine for Kentlands and quickly expanded to cover the wider surrounding region. It is published by Aurora Artisans® LLC which also publishes Word Worth®, KentLakes®, and Kentlands Dot Us magazines.

    Posted July 2007

    Four Maryland 20878® writers win APEX 2007 Awards including a Grand Award!

    Marien Helz has been awarded the APEX 2007 Grand Award in the category Writing for the writing series, Growing Up in Gaithersburg published in Maryland 20878®. The series covers a wide span of topics ranging from being a “paper boy” in the 1950s to a Gaithersburg child who put himself in “Grave Danger” playing in the street in 2006. The articles are inspired by events in Helz’s years growing up, and nearly always have the phrase, “growing up in Gaithersburg,” somewhere in the column. Helz won an Apex Award of Excellence 2005 for an editorial published in Word Worth®—World magazine of Ideas and the Arts in 2004.

    Graceann Macleod, 20878 columnist, has won an Apex Award of Excellence for a column published in Word Worth in May of 2006. In that column, Macleod writes about her mother who died when Macleod was just twenty-two years old. Macleod’s column is extremely moving without a trace of sentimentality.

    Charles Miess won an Apex Award of Excellence for his column, “Superlatives Grow as the Standards Go” published in the July 2006 issue of Maryland 20878.

    M. H. Perry, editor of Maryland 20878, has received an Apex Award for an editorial published in Word Worth, “Rediscovering Rupert Brooke.”

    APEX 2007—the 19th Annual Awards for Publication Excellence—is an international competition that recognizes outstanding publications from newsletters and magazines to annual reports, brochures and Web sites.                            Continue g

     

    The initial selection process for the Apex Awards involves writers, editors, publishers, and agencies selecting their best work to submit for awards. From approximately 5000 entries, judges select the works which they deem to represent excellence in graphic design, editorial content, writing, and the success of the entry in achieving overall communications effectiveness and excellence. Only about a third meet the high standards set by the judges for an Award of Excellence. Of those, the work of approximately two percent are considered to be of the caliber worthy of a Grand Award.

    According to the APEX 2007 judges, "The awards were based on excellence in graphic design, quality of editorial content and the success of the entry in conveying the message and achieving overall communications effectiveness." Of 4916 entries this year, a total of 114 APEX Grand Awards were presented in 11 major categories to honor the outstanding works in those categories.

    The APEX Awards for Publication Excellence is an annual competition for writers, editors, publications staff and business and nonprofit communicators. It is sponsored by Communications Concepts, Inc., publishers of business communication reports.

    In the Nineteenth Annual APEX Awards, awards were given in 105 communications categories, in 11 main categories including: newsletters; magazines and journals; magapapers and newspapers; annual reports; brochures, manuals and reports; electronic and video publications; Web and intranet sites; campaigns, programs and plans; writing; design and illustration; and one-of-a-kind publications.

    Posted 2006


    Kentlands Dot Us is the recipient of the
    2006 Apex Award
    for Excellence in Publication.

    Maryland 20878®  began as Kentlands Dot Us magazine for Kentlands and quickly expanded to cover the wider surrounding region, now including the 208** zip code regions. It is published by Aurora Artisans® LLC which also publishes Word Worth®, KentLakes®, and Kentlands Dot Us magazines.

    Apex® Awards are given by Communications Concepts, Inc.

     

     

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