Dawson’s Market in Rockville has banned single-use plastic straws in its store.

The plastic straws have been replaced with compostable straws that turn to dirt within three to six months in a compositing facility, the store said in a Thursday press release announcing the change. 

Bart Yablonsky, director of store operations, said the decision to eliminate plastic straws was an easy one. “Too many, completely unnecessary for beverage consumption, end up in our oceans,” he said.

The market’s announcement on banning plastic straws is part of a movement that has been gaining international momentum throughout the past couple of years, with viral videos and social media posts depicting the harmful environmental effects of single-use plastic straws. U.S. cities such as Miami Beach and Malibu, California, have already outlawed plastic-straws, and a Seattle ban on plastic straws will go into effect July 1.

Dawson’s Market’s announcement is in line with other initiatives that the store at 225 N. Washington St. has taken to promote environmental sustainability, such as a pledge to eliminate plastic bags and composting of most food scraps, according to the release.

Montgomery County farmers markets open for business

Now that summer is here, farmers markets are in full swing, offering a variety of farm-fresh produce and other items for sale at numerous locations in Montgomery County.

Two dozen farmers markets operate in the county. Market times and days of operations vary. Here’s a complete list of markets.

Those in Bethesda include the Bethesda Central Farm Market, which is held on Sundays at the Bethesda Elementary School, 7600 Arlington Road. Summer hours are from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Bethesda Farm Women’s Market at 7155 Wisconsin Ave. is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. And the Central Farmers Market at Westfield Montgomery mall at 10447 Westlake Drive runs from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturdays.

Caddies Bar and Grill Hosts Yappy Hour

There will be pups on the patio when Caddies Bar and Grill on Cordell Avenue in Bethesda hosts a fundraising yappy hour from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday to benefit Lab Rescue LRCP.

The regional nonprofit rescues, fosters and finds homes for Labrador retrievers in the Mid-Atlantic area that are homeless or have been abused and/or abandoned, according to its website. Lab Rescue will be bringing alumni dogs and dogs available for adoption, according to a release from the restaurant.

Yappy hour, which is co-sponsored by Fireball Whisky, will include a prize raffle, happy hour specials on food and drinks, Fireball Whisky models with free samples and complimentary doggy treats and toys, the release said. The raffle and part of the proceeds will benefit Lab Rescue LRCP.

“I am a dog lover and Caddies is very excited to host an event where people can have a great time and it benefits animals. It’s a win for everyone,” Caddies owner Ronnie Heckman said.



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