Theatre Center earns four Helen Hayes nominations
Mar. 26, 2002
Judy Hruz

Three Olney Theatre Center productions from season 2001 were recognized for excellence by the Helen Hayes Awards at a March 11 ceremony at the Canadian Embassy in Washington.

OTC received a total of four nominations, all in performing categories.

The Helen Hayes Awards, named for the legendary "First Lady of the American Theater" and Washington, D.C., native Helen Hayes, pay tribute annually to outstanding achievement in professional theater in the D.C. metropolitan area.

Kelly McAndrew was nominated in the category of outstanding lead actress in a resident play for her critically acclaimed turn as the loyal, yet lovelorn, socialite sister Linda Seton in last summer's production of "Holiday." The nomination is McAndrew's first.

Peggy Yates received her nod in the category of outstanding lead actress in a resident musical for her performance as Amalia Balish, the unwitting pen-pal and love interest in last season's holiday musical "She Loves Me."

Yates also was nominated in 2000, in the category of outstanding supporting actress in a resident musical for her performance in Rep Stage's "Dreams From a Summer House."

Also nominated from "She Loves Me," Sherri L. Edelen was cited in the category of outstanding supporting actress in a resident musical for her portrayal of Ilona Ritter, the spunky yet put-upon shop clerk with a knack for choosing the wrong man.

Edelen has been nominated three times before, receiving an award once, all for performances at Signature Theatre.

For his performance as the bumbling family patriarch Sir Anthony Absolute in "The Rivals," David Marks was nominated in the category of outstanding supporting actor in a resident play. Marks also has been nominated three times before, receiving one award.

This year's nominations bring Olney's total nominations since the inception of the awards in 1985 to 76. The theater has received a total of 10 awards.

The awards will be announced at a presentation at the Kennedy Center on May 6.

Marian residents lead

active lives

The residents of Marian Assisted Living in Brookeville lead full and productive lives, judging by the activities in which they take part.

For example, they have been participating in "Walking and Wheeling for Peace" since November.

As part of the program, the residents calculate their steps each day and those who walk the most earn prizes, such as "God Bless America" and Protect and Preserve Our Freedom" T-shirts.

The residents also enjoy sign language classes the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.

Jane Knebel, daughter-in-law of one of the residents, started learning to sign last September through the ministry at the church she attends. She brought her lessons to the Marian residents.

"On the days I volunteer at Marian I leave the class exhilarated after seeing how eager the residents are to learn," she said.

Sherwood graduate earns Murrow award

The Radio and Television News Directors Association recently awarded Scott J. Wolfson, a 1992 Sherwood High School graduate, the 2002 Region 12 Edward R. Murrow videography award.

The award was for a news story Wolfson produced, shot and edited featuring an Ocean City mailman who runs his entire delivery route every day.

Wolfson is currently chief photographer for WBOC-TV in Salisbury.

His regional award makes him eligible for the national RTNDA awards which will be announced in June.

Scout assists Olney Help

Vianne Lyskawa of Girl Scout Troop 77 is collecting personal care items to benefit Olney Help.

Collection boxes, decorated with hearts, are located at Belmont, Greenwood, Olney and Brooke Grove elementary schools and the pharmacy at Giant Foods through the end of March.

Donated items will be distributed to needy families in the community.

Library look for volunteers

The Olney Library is seeking adults to volunteer to assist the library with using the Internet.

Help is needed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For information, call 301-570-1234.

On campus

*Meredith Gangler, a sophomore majoring in applied music at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, has been named to the Director's List for the fall semester. A graduate of Sherwood High School, she is a resident of Silver Spring.

*Jamie Katzen of Olney made the Dean's List at Towson University for the fall semester. She is a 2001 graduate of Sherwood High School and is majoring in early childhood education.

*Erin Dieckman of Brookeville has been named to the Dean's List for the fall semester at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass.

*Kelley Renee Farmer of Brookeville has been named to the Dean's List for the fall semester at Western Maryland College. She is a sophomore who earned honors.

*Anita Camille Edwards of Olney has been named to the Dean's List for the fall semester at Western Maryland College. She is a senior business administration major who earned highest honors.

*Stephanie Nicole Pisciotta of Olney has been named to the Dean's List for the fall semester at Western Maryland College. She is a senior biology major who earned highest honors.

*Chelsea F. Coffin, daughter of Faith Coffin of Olney and Stephen Coffin of Summit, N.J., has been named a College Scholar for academic excellence during the fall term at Middlebury College.

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On Campus contributors

Due to the large volume of items we receive for inclusion in our "On Campus" portion of this column, and due to the fact that the fall semester ended in December at most colleges and universities, the deadline for items regarding the fall semester is April 12. Please get all fall items to us by that date, as we are already receiving a large volume of items for the spring semester.

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Support the substation,

buy a T-shirt

"Support the Olney Police Station" T-shirts are now on sale as a fund-raiser for the Montgomery County Police Station in Olney.

The T-shirts are $15 and available in sizes medium, large, extra-large and extra-extra-large. Stop by Paula's Boutique, Fletcher's Amoco and Town & Country Animal Hospital to buy one.

For more information, call 301-570-9431.

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