Hospice Opens in Rockville

The first newly built inpatient hospice house in Montgomery County opened last month in Rockville and is currently home to 11 patients. Montgomery Hospice at Casey House is a 14-bedroom facility designed to provide care to terminally ill patients and their families.

The $2.6 million facility was built with the help of the Gaithersburg-based Eugene B. Casey Foundation, a state grant and donations from individuals, businesses and foundations. Foundation Director Ken Nicholls said he expects all rooms to be filled before the end of the month. "Families are thrilled," he said.

The nonprofit Montgomery House Hospice organization has been providing private-home hospice care for 18 years. Casey House, according to Nicholls, "extends our continuum of care for unique needs and respite care, acute care and intensive care" for terminally ill people. Its services, he said, may be paid for by most insurance plans and also are fully certified by Medicare and Medicaid. "We've never turned anyone away for lack of ability to pay," Nicholls said.

Casey House is at 6001 Muncaster Mill Rd. For admissions information, contact Anna Moretti at 301-279-2566. To make a donation or to get information about volunteer opportunities, contact Nicholls at 301-279-2566.

C&O Park Begins Project

The C&O Canal National Historical Park has begun a two-year project to locate and document rare plants and "critical habitats" in the eastern half of the park. This portion passes through Frederick and Montgomery counties, and Washington.

The park is conducting the project in conjunction with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and with the help of a $50,000 grant from Canon USA.

The C&O Canal National Historic Park contains one of the highest concentrations of rare plants in the eastern United States. The study will gather up-to-date information about the plants and their locations. This knowledge is considered vital to effective management strategies for the 184-mile, 20,000 acre park, whose borders are affected by dense urbanization and rapid residential development in rural areas.

Library Expands Hours

The Poolesville Community Library has expanded its hours of operation. It is now open extra hours six days a week. The new schedule is as follows:

Mondays through Wednesdays, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Poolesville Community Library is at 19633 Fisher Ave.