Washington Golden Gloves Championship Finals

April 02, 2016, Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, MD.

 

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Photo Courtesy of Minnie Larry

NOVICE

The Golden Gloves kicked off its Championship Finals with a action packed night of boxing. Adrien Broner fresh of his vicious beating of Ashley Theophane, took in the festivities.  In the first bout, Marcus Johnson (LIMLITE) defeated Joshua Woodard (Headbangers Gym) for the 123lbs Championship.  In the 132lbs Championship, Blaze Fidler (Hillcrest Gym) defeated Ahmad Jones (UMAR Gym).

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IMG_3176In an entertaining bout, Leroy Payne (Headbangers Gym) and Tariq Harris (1st Class Gym) warred in the ring; with Payne pulling off the victory for the 141lbs Championship.

 

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Mike Crain (Dog Pound) defeated Kalonni Daily (Sugar Ray Gym) for the 151lbs Championship.  Ashton Sykes (Switch Hitters) won the 165lbs Championship with a win over Antonio Haywood (Hillcrest Gym). The bout was called after Haywood could not continue due to a shoulder injury.

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Leonard Poe (Hillcrest Gym) stopped Francis Poulos II (Sugar Ray Gym) in the 1st Round to win the 178lbs Championship.

The 201+ division saw two Championship fights. In the first, Thomas Mottinger (Main Street Gym) defeated Jordon Scott (Woodland Tigers) for the 201lbs Championship. Post fight, Mottinger spoke about how boxing has made him understand true sacrifice. The up and comer works hard, makes time for family, trains constantly all while attending college. Mottinger doesn’t stop there, he gives reverence to his spiritually saying, ” I hope God continues blessing me.

The 2nd bout featured  Jimmy Speros (Olympia Boxing Center) who defeated Aaron Blackwell (D-Block). 

Walkover:

Davonte Lee (Hillcrest Gym) Donte Lovelace (Headbangers Gym), and Rasheed Wright (Headbangers Gym) all won by walkover.

Open Division:

Malik Jackson (Limelite) won the 114lbs Championship over Paul Jerry (Fighting for the Future). Hector Soto (Downunder Gym) defeated Christopher Glen (Hagerstown Boxing) for the 123lbs Championship. In the 132lbs Championship,  Tommy Avelar (Sugar Ray Gym) defeated Ebrima Jawara (Laurel Boxing Club). Avelar,  was surrounded by family and friends and was just over the top excited about the next step in his burgeoning  career; “Im looking forward to the regional Championship then Nation -wide BABY!”

 

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Tyrek Irby (Headbangers Gym) defeated Joshua Lee (Umar Gym) for the 141lbs Championship after the Referee call the fight when Lee could not continue due to an arm injury. Young Mr. Irby has aspirations to win the Nationals, after which, become pro.

Mailwak Da’Goot (Hillcrest Gym) defeated Mansabory Conde (Odenton Fitness) for the 152lbs Championship.  Tavon Body (Headbangers Gym) would go on to win the Jordon Payne (Woodland Tigers) for the 165lbs Championship.

Mark Duncan (Headbangers Gym) would loose the 178lbs Championship to Genc Pllana (Bowerhouse Boxing Club) The 201lb Championship was settled between  Jonathan Surratt (Tony Gym) and Shak Williams (Nomis Youth Network). The Super Heavyweights closed out the night with Cortez Duncan (Umar Gym) defeating Nathaniel Copeland Jr. (D-Block)

 

BoxHerNews would like to spotlight one of the people who make the Golden Gloves possible. This guy is typically one of the first ones in and last one out. He is a multi-tasker who doesn’t mind giving a helping hand, where ever its needed. Bobby White; Doorman/Bouncer/all around caretaker or all put together, Chairman of the board. And By the way, did we tell you he is “Fresh -To-Def”

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Joshua Woodard a Testament of Courage

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Photo Courtesy of Joshua Woodward

 

After landing the final blow that gained him the TKO, the outward exuberance shown by the young victor, could be viewed by the audience as a display of hard work and sacrifice. But for this young man, the victory is a testament to his undying devotion to his family; to his cousin, who was senselessly gunned down on Memorial Day, May 30, 2011. The win on this March 5th took an emotional toll, both physically and mentally.

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Photo Courtesy of Joshua Woodard

Joshua Woodard bears a weight that no 16-year old kid should have to suffer. Woodard is not in the sport just for the prize, Oh no, there’s more to the story than the sought out ‘W’. The win, this Saturday, comes on the day; his slain cousin would’ve turned 20. It signifies a defeat of a different kind, one where Joshua can avenge his cousin’s death, in a positive manner, on what should’ve been a day of celebration for his family.

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As the newscasts moves on to the latest breaking action, when no large groups line the streets to demand justice, and life in general goes on, one of the families living with the emotional heartbreak of losing a member to violence will never forget. So that brings us to the here and now, where five years after a horrific event, one young man brings into focus, what matters most, love. While climbing the ranks as an elite prospect in the world of boxing, Joshua Woodard knows exactly who he is, where he’s from and where he’s going. The win signifies 1 victory for family, but definitely not the last.

Joshua is tearing through the Washington Golden Gloves Tournament. Woodard’s ferocity in the ring is a testament to his commitment, while also, honoring Isaiah’s memory.

On March 05, 2016, Boxhernews.com sat down with Joshua Woodard after his TKO victory and discussed his motivation for boxing.

Minnie: How are you feeling right now?

Woodard: (Crying. After several minutes, he begins to speak)

My cousin Isaiah Daniel Harris was killed Memorial Day, May 30, 2011. I felt his presence in the ring. March 05 is his birthday and so I said I was going to go out there and win.

Minnie: Your cousin was taken from the world he could have given us something special?

Woodard: He was a football player

Minnie: Have authorities caught the person?

Woodard: Yes

Minnie: If his mom were standing her right now what would say to her?

Woodard: She would be proud I’m going to her house and show her I won.

Minnie: What would you say to her?

Woodard: Man, I do not even know, I’m about to start shaking he would be so proud.

Minnie: What was the last thing you told your cousin before he passed?

Woodard: Every night we will play Call of Duty on line till 3 to 4 in the morning. I told him I would talk to him tomorrow. On the night, he died; he sent me a Facebook message to go to the store. That Sunday night, I was supposed to call him. I found out about it on Monday morning on Facebook.

Minnie: How did it make you feel, why do you fight?

Woodard: I’m trying to find my place; because once I started I cannot stop. There is always a light at the end of that dark tunnel. I have a sense of accomplishment, I told myself I was going to do it and I did it. I stood in the mirror and told myself I was going to do it.

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Isaiah Daniel Harris – Photo Courtesy of Joshua Woodard

Gone but never…..FORGOTTEN

Golden Gloves 141lb Novice Champion Kierra “Kelola” Kerry

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One boxer stood out for more than owning the ring. In a brilliant performance of self-will and determination, the one time street brawler turned to boxing as a means of living ones dream. Kierra “Kelola” Kerry has been fighting her whole life.  She adopted the nickname Kelola which means Victorious to signify her struggle. The one focus this Maryland made contender whose blood line has bore a lineage of boxers is more on being a great parent to two little girls.

What do you tell your girls after coming home after a fight?

Stay strong and you can do anything as long as you stay focused, dedicated, and motivated. Faith is the number one key. You have to have faith in yourself and everything you do.

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What made you get into boxing?

I asked God about it, I always been a fighter. I always have been upright. In life you have to be physically and mentally there, it’s my strength. Always love strong. Sportsmanship, and being around the other people socially; I love being sociable and boxing is just it. You will always see a lot of people and boxing is it.

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Where does God fit in all of this?

He is the number one reason I’m here. When I was younger I always had boxing gloves. My family has boxers. People like Lala Ali, Mike Tyson, and Muhammad Ali are the boxers I looked up to. Also, I admire Rhonda Rousey.

What would you tell your girls ten years from now?

Never change always; be yourself; the world may change but always be yourself.

 

Author: Minnie Larry

 

 

 

 

 

Mike Stafford, answer to “The Problem”…Adrien Broner

Mike Stafford, the man behind Broners success and trainer since childhood, speaks with boxhernews.com, giving viewers a glimpse into the soul of the man…WBA (Super) Super Lightweight Champion Adrien Broner (31-2, 23 KOs).

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Photos Courtesy of Minnie Larry

Saturday March 12th– Oohs and Ahh’s notify onlookers of the champs’ arrival. Adrien “The Problem” Broner strides through the double doors at the Sugar Ray boxing gym to take in a night of amateur bouts, at the Golden Gloves boxing tournament. With a few accompanying friends in tow, he tries making his way to his seat. However, when you’re one of the most successful and outspoken millennial, in the sport, the trek to finding a seat, can seem like a monumental task. As he makes his way through the crowd, Park Police Officer, McCracker, approaches the Phenom and asks for a picture. The often publically brash, Broner, appears honored by the request and obliges the serviceman. As more and more attendants become aware of his presence, Broner stops to shake hands, take more pics and engage every person wanting to be noticed.

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The night of fights seem to preoccupy Broner’s mellow mood. In just 2-weeks, he will go head to head with fellow boxer, Ashley Theophane,(36-6-1, 11 KOs) who’s a member of the esteemed Money Team. Now, for most, going against any part of the Mayweather machine, would cause one to tremble in intimidation, however 26-year old Broner seems the least bit phased, as he interrupts an intense day of training, to support amateur boxers.

 

After my many attempts at getting the athlete to speak to me, when I am denied again, do I find myself simply staring at him, waiting for some volcanic like eruption to ooze from his mouth? “The Problem” simply states, “I don’t do interviews”, and he says it with a smile. Ohh Kay, what was that?! The publically feral, and habitually flippant super lightweight champ, I was expecting, gave me a stern, but gracious response. While I know probing him will not be in my best interest, I notice something. What I’ve come to believe about his persona non grata, may be an allusion, a well formulated character, who lives in stark contrast to the man himself. Now my mind and eyes are warring trying to make sense of the person I believed Broner to be, and the kind, generous superstar seated just a couple of feet away.

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Once the dust is settled and the fights begin, it’s easy to see the man affectionately known as “Coach Mike” standing off to the side, studying each person entering the ring. Most of the attendees don’t take a second look at the kind gentleman standing towards the back. While unassuming, the always smiling Mike, lurks in the backdrop, quietly. As the many fighters test out nerves and prepare for their moment of stardom, none of the potential prospects pay attention to the one person, who could develop their talents, just like he did with his most famed protégé.

 

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While his appearance isn’t lost on everyone in the packed gym, his show of support for the hungry talent, speaks louder than any knuckle crunching and faces splitting action taking place inside the square-ring. The Ohio born Stafford, on the surface is the complete contradiction to the aura emanating from his famed apprentice. Mike keeps Broner feet planted on the ground. When Mike is in the room, everyone including Adrien Broner listens.

 

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Famed Trainer Mike Stafford took a moment out of his time to talk about Adrien Broner, and offer a couple clues into solving “The Problem”:

As a man; Adrien Broner (he) cares about kids. He got 7 kids now, he is a good father.  He has over 20 members at my gym.  He helps the kids at my gym. He provides transportation, meal money and uniforms, whenever I come to him he cuts a check; that’s the type of guy he is. Adrien employs a lot of people. He has over fifteen people he employes.

When you see negative articles about him?

You know you got to remember he’s a kid, an inner city kid too. He did a lot of growing up.  He is not pushing or smoking dope, he always tested negative for drugs.  Most of these guys test positive for a lot of stuff.

Next fight against Ashley Theophane?

Training going great, Adrien is a World Champion, and he acting like a World Champion.  It just so happen its Floyd’s fighter.  Adrien did not call Ashley out, Ashley called Adrien out, and Al Haymon made the fight happen. Its going to do wonders for Ashley to get in the ring with Adrien.  A lot of fighters do not want to fight Adrien.  I’ve seen him knock guys out with a jab.  Adrien is an all time talented kid.  He’s not going let any one steamroll him and take his belt.  His smartness is there; all is left is to raise his hand on April 01.

 

Adrien  Broner takes on Ashley Theophane Friday, April 01, 2015 at the DC Armory.

 

Written by Minnie Larry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Washington Golden Gloves Championship Tournament (Semifinals) at The Sugar Ray Leonard Community Center, Palmer Park, Maryland.

March 20 Results:

Golden Gloves, the country’s oldest amateur boxing tournament, held its Semi-Finals on Saturday March 20, at the Sugar Ray Leonard community center Palmer Park, Maryland. The action last week was so intense, boxing fans could not stay away. Even, WBA Super Lightweight Champion Adrien Broner (31-2, 23 KOs) interrupted training for his April 01, 2016 against Ashley Theophane (39-6-1, 11 KOs), to check out the Golden Gloves fights.

 

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Adrien Broner (Photo Courtesy Minnie Larry)
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Anthony Pullen (Photo Courtesy Minnie Larry)

 

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Deon Giles in the 12-13 year old division, defeated Anthony Pullen. 12-year-old Pullen suffered a loss but was gracious in defeat. He stated “I feel good, I know I can work on some other things like conditioning and breathing.” Pullen lost but was far from being a loser. He gave thanks to his opponent Deon Giles, who will continue on to Championship finals. Both young men have bright futures ahead of them.

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Tommy Avelar watching brother Brian Avelar (Photo Courtesy Minnie Larry)

Tyrek Irby went toe-to-toe with Brian Avelar. Irby pulled out the gritty win.  The knock out of the night belonged to Genc Pllana who scored a 2nd round TKO over D. Marque Hall.

 

The tenacity of the fighters made for an enjoyable night; here are the results:

 

Junior Division:

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Kia Allen (Photo Courtesy Minnie Larry)

 

Kia Allen (Keystone) walkover

Tyquan Johnson (#11 Overcomers) over Samuel Edmunds (Headbangers)

Deon Giles (NOXCUSE) over Anthony Pullen  (Oxon Hill)

Chamar Flowers (unattached) walkover

Kelsi Gross (NOXCUSE) walkover

Osei Akinyele (Headbangers) walkover.

 

Novice Division:

 

Joshua Woodard (Headbangers) over Marlon Cash (Dream Team)

Ahmad Jones (UMAR) over Micah Johnson (Tony’s Gym)

Tariq Harris (1st Class) over Sean Cormeir (Kicked Up)

Leroy Payne (Headbangers) over Donnell Poe (Old School)

Ashton Sykes (Switch Hitters) over Champ Moultrie (Laurel)

Jordon Scott (Woodland Tigers) over Alvin Amana (Switch Hitters)

 

Open Division:

Paul Jerry (Fighting For The Future) over Duglas Soto (Down Under)

Hector Soto (Down Under) walkover.

Ebrima Jawara (Laurel) vs. Ulises Castaneda (Dog Pound)

 

Tommy Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Montel Pridgett (UMAR)

Tyrek Irby (Headbangers) over Brian Avelar (Sugar Ray Gym)

Genc Pllana (Bowerhouse) over D. Marque Hall (Unattached)

 

Nathaniel Copeland (D-Block) over Timothy Crawford (Sugar Ray Leonard)

 

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The Washington Golden Gloves Championship Finals takes place on April 02, 2015 at the Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, Maryland at 7:30pm.

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Former WBO Cruiserweight Champion Boone Pultz (Photo Courtesy Minnie Larry)

 

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For General information call 301-843-6165.

Minnie Larry

The Saga Continues: Washington Golden Gloves Championship Tournament (Semifinals) at The Sugar Ray Leonard Community Center, Palmer Park, Maryland.

March 12 Results:

The Washington Golden Gloves championship tournament continued with the Semi-Finals, Saturday March 12, at the Sugar Ray Leonard community center Palmer Park, Maryland. This hot night of boxing brought out current WBA Super Lightweight Champion Adrien Broner and former WBA Middleweight Champion William Joppy.

Every punch thrown, and every punch taken, had the packed house on the edge of their seats. Alvain Amana won a stunning TKO victory over Daniel Hawkins sending the crowd into an uproar. The fight of the night belonged to Tyrek Irby in the Open Division. The action between Irby and Gregory Outlaw was intense and resulted in each fighter landing strong punches, which could have seen the fight go either way. Irby would take the win after the final bell.

 

Tonight was a showcase of tenacity, and a battle of wills…..here are the results:

 

Junior Division:

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Semifinal bout: Deon Giles (No Xcuse) won over Damare Dawkins (Unattached)

 

Championship Bout: Shakell Daly (Sugar Ray Leonard) won the title by defeating Donte Baytop (UMAR)

 

Novice Division:

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Joshua Woodard (Headbangers) over Sang Kim (Unattached)

 

Marcus Johnson (Limelite) over Jaqueem Hutcherson (Keystone)

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Leroy Payne (Headbangers) over Charles Johnson (UMAR)

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Female Championship – Kierra Kerry of D-Block defeated Ladasha Lewis for the female 141lb Championship

 

Donnell Poe (Old School) won by walkover (other opponent did not make weight)

 

Kalonni Daly (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Felix Manzueta (Dog Pound)

 

Champ Moultrie (Laurel) over William Joppy, Jr. (Sugar Ray Leonard)

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Alvin Amana (Switch Hitters) TKO victory over Daniel Hawkins (Keystone) 

Thomas Mottinger (Main Street) over Nelson Reyes (Champions)

 

 

Open Division:

 

Malik Jackson (Limelite) over Dwayne Holmes, Jr. (Sugar Ray Leonard)

 

Tommy Avelar (Sugar Ray) over Cody Woodland (Woodland Rec)

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Tyrek Irby (Headbangers) over Cody Woodland (Woodland Rec)

 

Joshua Lee (UMAR) over Dionte Burts (Woodland)

 

Maiwak Da’goot (Hillcrest) over Alonzo Thompson (Headbangers)

 

Mark Duncan (Headbangers) over Troy Moody (Old School)

 

Cortez Dunston (UMAR) over Ralph Alexander (Sugar Ray Leonard)

 

Nathaniel Copeland (D-Block) TKO victory over Jeraldo Cotto (Tony’s Athletic Club)

 

 

 

Let’s continue to support such positive events. The saga continues March 19.

 

All preliminary bouts General Seating $20.

 

For General information call 301-843-6165.

 

The Washington Golden Gloves Championship Tournament continues March 12 at The Sugar Ray Leonard Community Center, Palmer Park, Maryland.

March 05, 2016 Results: 

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The Washington Golden Gloves Championship Tournament continued Saturday, March 05 at the Sugar Ray Leonard community center Palmer Park, Maryland. The USA boxing sanctioned event hosted boxing’s amateur up and comings.

The Seven Nights of Boxing will come to an end Saturday April 30 with the Regional Championship; where DC, Maryland, and Delaware Champions go head to head with the Virginia and North Carolina winners at the Rosecroft Raceway.

While getting the big win is definitely the epitome of sacrifice. The young men and woman participate in this event for reasons beyond guts and glory. It’s the measure of their character; the means to accomplishment.

The Junior Division: 

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(Championship): Jahmal Harvey (Oxon Hill) over Teon Jackson (Lyfestyle)

(Championship): Dennis Zeiglar (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Dequan Clark (Tony’s Gym)

Tyquawn Johnson (No. 11 Overcomers) over Owen Pannucci (Bowerhouse)

Donte Baytop (UMAR) over DeAngelo McDonald (D-Block)

Novice Division:

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Marlon Cash (Dream Team) over Oscar Bonilla (Old School)

Joshua Woodard (Headbangers) over Brient Rodriguez (Champions)

(Female): Kierra Kerry (D-Block) over Wezi Thindwa (Unattached)

(Female): Ladasia Lewis (D-Block) over April Ademiluyi (Laurel)

Leroy Payne (Headbangers) over Tre’von Bush (Sugar Ray Leonard)

Joseph Flores (Champions) won his bout by walkover

Felix Manzulta (Dog Pound) over Sung Park (Laurel)

Kalonni Daly (Sugar Ray Leonard) won his bout by walkover

William Joppy, Jr. (Tony’s Gym) over Jalil Hunter (Headbangers)

(Female Championship): Christina Kay (Champions) over Pamela Herasingh (Keystone)

Leonard Poe (Hillcrest) over Tigra Coleman (Tony’s Gym)

Open Division:

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Hector Soto (Down Under) over Jordon Hunter (Keystone)

Montel Pridgett (UMAR) over Denzel Bowling (First Class)

Donte Burts (Woodland) over Dante Cox (Laurel)

Maiwak Da’goot (Hillcrest) over Nigel Fennell (Down Under)

Mansabory Conde (Odenton) over Monyae Gregory (Upton)

Jonathan Burrs II (Headbangers) over Travis Roberts (Ground Control)

Tavon Body (Headbangers) over Aaron Anderson (Mack Lewis)

One of the participants, Joshua Woodard was particularly emotional over his victory. Josh recently lost a cousin to street violence. He dedicated his fight to him. Josh felt his cousin’s presence in the ring. Josh stated, after his TKO victory, “I told my cousin what I was going to do and did it.” By hosting the event, the Sugar Ray Community Center provides an avenue for young adults to focus their energies on something positive.

As, Diana Fennell, Delegate for the 47th A District State of Maryland, said, “this is something (Boxing) these young men and women can do in terms of sportsmanship. They reward each other. I look forward to working with Juicy and others to continue to promote boxing at the Sugar Ray Community Center.”

The saga continues, tonight, Saturday March 12, 2016.

All preliminary bouts General Seating $20.

For General information call 301-843-6165.

Special Thanks to Robert (Mack) and Sheila McConnell for all of their help.

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