CJCA Dues & News

CJCA Membership – Contribute Your Dues by May 1

We’re hard-pressed to imagine a better value for the money than the $20 annual dues that we ask each household to contribute to the Cabin John Citizens Association.  

Your contribution makes possible community events such as the Turkey Trot, Holiday Party, Spring Egg Hunt, History Walk, Bike Clinic and 4th of July Parade; neighborhood communication and information via The Village News and cabinjohn.org; and ongoing advocacy for safe streets, quiet skies, unspoiled parks and streams, and preserved and interpreted history.

Cabin John is the vibrant, congenial, connected place it is because so many people here have decided that investing their time, talents, and resources in our community is worth it. 

Please watch for a separate letter to be emailed to all households in Cabin John.  And thank you to all those who donate their time, money and resources to our community!

CJCA News – February Meeting Minutes (National Park Service updates); Spring Egg Hunt; April 6 Bike Clinic; Topics for March 20 & April 24 Meetings

National Park Service Presentation at February CJCA Meeting

Attendees at our February meeting were treated to an excellent presentation on the National Park Service (NPS) projects underway along our beloved canal.  Joe Reed, Professional Engineer and Certified Floodplain Manager, used a presentation (https://cabinjohn.org/wp-content/uploads/2024) to provide this detailed update to our community.  Here are the highlights:

– The Log Wall – This has been a frequent topic for our community as there is much interest, particularly as it impacts the water level in the canal.  The dry-laid stone wall was originally built in 1828 and suffered a flood in 1889, was disrupted in the 1960s with the construction of the Potomac Interceptor, and suffered sinkholes formation in the past decade. The NPS has an active project to remediate these issues and prevent the failure of the 1,015 foot long wall, maintain the continuity of the 184.5 mile towpath, restore hydraulic connectivity (“fill it up with water”) and stabilize the nearby tributaries.  Completion of the project is expected this summer if the weather cooperates.

– Georgetown Locks and Walls – A large-scale construction project to rehabilitate multiple historic structures including Locks 1, 2, and 5; Inlet Lock 1; Guard Lock 1; Level 4 North and South Walls upstream of Wisconsin Avenue; and Level 4 Wall at 34th Street. All of these sites are located along the lower five miles of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park.  The project will begin in early Spring 2024 and construction will last approximately two years, weather dependent.

– Fletchers Cove Access Road – This is to repair damage caused by a flash flood on July 8, 2019. During the high-intensity rainfall event, the existing stormwater drainage system was overcome, causing damage to NPS infrastructure. This project will repair stormwater drainage features (swales, pipes, drainage channels, and underdrain systems), stabilize bridges and roadways supporting traffic along the access road to the lower Fletchers Cove Parking Lot, and repave damaged road surfaces.

– Rehabilitation of Levels 20, 21, and 22 – There are plans to rehabilitate portions of the canal in a 7.8-mile section of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal. The project is located between Milepost 14.3 (Lock 20) and Milepost 22.1 (Lock 23 and Inlet Lock 2). This reach is the most upstream portion of the watered section of the canal near Great Falls and is a very popular recreation area with over one million visitors per year. The primary objective of the sediment and debris removal is to improve the hydraulic connectivity of the canal along this reach, referred to as Levels 20, 21, and 22.  Over time, sediment and debris have accumulated within the project area to the point where it has disrupted canal water flow and impacted many of the park’s critical mission components. Due to funding constraints, it’s anticipated that not all accumulated sediment within this reach of the canal will be addressed. Currently, only sediment removal from the canal prism extending from Lock 20 and moving upstream to just past the Great Falls Tavern Parking Area are included in the awarded construction project.

A big thank you to Joe Reed and the National Park Service!

Spring Egg Hunt

Sunday, March 17, 2024 at 4 pm at Cabin John Local Park (aka the field behind Clara Barton Neighborhood Recreation Center).

All Cabin John Kids elementary school age and younger (accompanied by parents or responsible adults) are invited to the Cabin John Spring Egg Hunt. Bring a basket and don’t be late because all the eggs are usually found within 15 minutes!

Thank you to Kelly Banuls and Kathleen Levernz for organizing and running the egg hunt. Email cjcapresidents@gmail.com if you have any questions. 

Bike Clinic – Saturday, April 6

The CJCA will be holding a bike clinic at the Clara Barton Neighborhood Recreation Center on Saturday, April 6 at 10am.  We expect to have instructions on how to fix a flat tire, traffic safety information, helmet fitting and other simple bike maintenance.  Additionally, we plan to have bike technicians on hand who can fix those flat tires, lubricate chains, adjust brakes and gear shifts, tighten wheel hubs, and adjust seats. Watch for more information and sign-up details in March. Information on how to register will be provided on the CJCA GoogleGroup ListServ.  If you are not receiving emails please visit the “Get Connected” tab on cabinjohn.org for more details.  How do you know if you are on the CJCA GoogleGroup ListServ?  If you receive emails with a subject line starting with [CJCA] then you do indeed receive them.

CJCA Meeting – March 20

The March meeting is a week earlier than usual to avoid MCPS spring break.  In addition to the usual updates on CJCA, we will also have an update on Minnie’s Island and a discussion on the Village News.

CJCA Meeting – April 24

Panel Discussion: Preservation of Two Historic African American Churches on Seven Locks Road

Please mark your calendars to attend an informative and inspiring panel discussion at our April 24 CJCA community meeting (7:30pm at Clara Barton NRC with a virtual option). We look forward to welcoming Rev. Dr. Evalina Huggins of Scotland AME Zion Church; Rev. Edgar S. Bankhead of First Agape AME Zion Church at Gibson Grove; and Rebeccah Ballo, the Historic Preservation Supervisor for Montgomery County Planning. Our special guests will share plans and progress for restoration of these cherished historic resources, both of which are part of Montgomery County’s Master Plan for Historic Preservation.

By Scott and Heidi Lewis

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