Esteemed Federal Government columnist and radio host Norman “Mike” Causey passed away late last month at the age of 82.

At the Federal News Network and WTOP Radio studios in Friendship Heights, Causey had wrapped up recording a radio segment when he was found unresponsive in his office by a colleague. Valiant bystander CPR, as well as attempts from Montgomery County Fire & Rescue, proved unsuccessful.

Causey joined Federal News Network, previously Federal News Radio, in the early 2000s. Prior to jumping over to radio, Mike Causey wrote the iconic Federal Diary daily column in the Washington Post. Causey remained a newsroom legend at Federal News Network and throughout the Federal Government. At FNN, his columns and posts were frequently their most popular online content. Mike Causey is also credited with popularizing the now-mainstream phrase “Inside the Beltway.”

In a tweet, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin remembered Mike Causey as “a fierce advocate for the federal workforce. His institutional knowledge, which was legendary, and his distinct voice will be missed dearly. My condolences to his family and colleagues.”

An online Federal News Network remembrance, posted shortly after Causey’s death, highlighted how “Mike never took himself, or the content, too seriously…Former Federal News Network workforce reporter Nicole Ogrysko…recalled how Causey, preferring to read things in hard copy, once tried to print out the entire bill text of the Affordable Care Act — all 974 pages of it”.

Mike Causey’s grandson, Tyler Guthrie, highlighted Causey’s extensive familial presence in Montgomery County. The day he died, Causey had been planning to meet family at Pines of Rome, an Italian Restaurant that Causey had been visiting with two generations of his family for almost four decades. He also patronized Wild Tomato restaurant in Cabin John, where he lived for more than three decades, and the Irish Inn at Glen Echo. Causey’s morning routines often revolved around stopping for coffee and visiting friends at Cabin John’s Market on the Boulevard.

Causey’s son, Michael Causey, further emphasized how much Causey loved Montgomery County and the surrounding area, remembering him as a man of the World who especially loved the DC area. Mike loved spending time along the C & O Canal and visiting other establishments including Clyde’s of Chevy Chase, Signature Cigars, and Cafe Deluxe.

After hearing of his death, the owners of Signature Cigars hung Mike Causey’s photo on the wall of their shop, in remembrance of an exceptional journalist and pillar of the community.

Featured Image: Family Photo


Arrest Made After Numerous Indecent Exposure Reports on The C&O Canal in Cabin John

U.S. Park Police arrested a man earlier this week who was linked to several indecent exposure incidents and assaults that occurred recently along the C&O Canal near Locks 8, 9, and 10.

Information regarding the suspect has not been released.

The United States Park Police posted the following message asking anyone with more information, or anyone potential victims/witnesses to reach out to them.


Cabin John Train and Wheaton Train & Carousel Now Open on Weekends

Cabin John Train and Wheaton Train & Carousel will reopen for the season starting on April 9, 2021. The current opening is limited to weekends.

Tickets are limited so be sure to pre-purchase online at

Spring Hours:

Fridays: 3pm – 6pm
Saturdays: 10am – 6pm
Sundays: 10am – 6pm

2021 Ticket Prices

$2.50 Train Ticket
*Children under 2 years of age ride for free accompanied with a paying adult.
$22.50 Train Ticket Booklet
*10 tickets for the price of 9

Cabin John Regional Park is located at

7410 Tuckerman Lane

Rockville, MD 20852

Wheaton Regional Park is located at

2000 Shorefield Road

Wheaton, MD 20902


Cabin John Firefighters Use Ice Cleats, Rope While Rescuing Injured Driver

Photos Courtesy Cabin John Park VFD Sergeant Patrick Khaghani

Shortly after 7PM Saturday evening, career and volunteer Firefighters and Paramedics from the Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department responded to the 9300 block of Kendale Road where a SUV had ran off a slick driveway and its driver had fallen and was injured.

Responders arrived and were faced with extremely slick conditions caused by snow and ice buildup. Cabin John Park Volunteer Sergeant Patrick Khaghani tweeted that firefighters utilized a “simple rope system, ice cleats, and some sledding ingenuity” to rescue the driver from the icy conditions. The driver was then evaluated for their minor injuries.





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