Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008

Got pipes? Sing your little hearts out

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Charles E. Shoemaker⁄The Gazette
The Gaithersburg Library hosted a children’s cooking class centered on C. S. Lewis’ ‘‘The Chronicles of Narnia” last month. Kemburu Rauiteja, 8, (from left) Malikh Smith, 10, and Anastasia Illinger, 10, all of Gaithersburg, cook sausage.
The photo information with this story was corrected from its print version on Jan. 9, 2008.

Fans of High School Musical and other aspiring young vocalists in the greater Gaithersburg area are invited to join the Kentlands Community Children’s Chorus in its second season this spring. Practice runs 5:30-6:30 p.m. every Monday from mid-January through May at the Kentlands Clubhouse, located at 485 Tschiffely Square Road in Gaithersburg. The first practice will be held Monday.

Children 4-18 are welcome. No auditions required.

Polly Edmonds of Damascus, a professional singer and graduate of the University of Maryland School of Music, will again lead the chorus, said Bridget Ryder, director of the Kentlands Community Foundation. Mark Pfannschmidt of Gaithersburg will again accompany on piano.

The spring chorus will learn Broadway tunes and folk songs to be performed at a formal concert in May, she said. Other performances are also possible. Last fall, the chorus’ then-33 members also performed at Asbury Methodist Village and Whole Foods Market in Gaithersburg.

Registration is $60 per member for the 12-week choral season. Sign up on the Kentlands Community Foundation Web site at or call 301-948-2071 with questions.

New year, new digs

The Gazette’s Montgomery County newsroom is now in a new home at what used to be known as the Comprint building at 9030 Comprint Court, just off Shady Grove Road. Our phone numbers will remain the same.

A hole-in-one

The Town of Laytonsville donated more than $5,000 in proceeds from its annual fall picnic to the Salute to Military Golf Association. The association, based in Germantown, provides golf rehabilitation therapy to veterans wounded in combat.

Jim Estes, Director of Instruction at Olney Golf Park, started the nonprofit for soldiers undergoing rehabilitative medical treatment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. The organization now aims to help provide recreational therapy especially for soldiers injured in combat in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

According to its Web site,, the association has provided more than 40 soldiers properly fitted golf clubs since 2004, offered free lessons and range balls to more than 300 combat-wounded soldiers and provided injured soldiers with tailor-made development programs, including golf clinics, personal lessons and specialized equipment.

Flying high

E.E. Aller, a longtime tennis instructor for the City of Gaithersburg known affectionately as ‘‘Ski”, recently donated a framed photograph to the city. The color photograph of a bald eagle in flight will likely hang in the hallway to the Council Chambers at City Hall, according to city spokeswoman Britta Monaco.


Janice L. Fisher of Gaithersburg, a 2002 graduate of Quince Orchard High School, recently completed a basic qualification course to become a Navy Supply Corps Officer. She completed the in-depth training course while assigned to Marine Detachment, Navy Supply Corps School in Athens, Ga.

Fisher, a newly commissioned supply corps officer, learned about major areas of a naval supply department, including: supply management, food service, retail operations, disbursing management and personnel administration. She also learned other naval officer duties that will be required in her new career.

Marina Ruiz, 2005 graduate of Quince Orchard High School, and daughter of Art and Cheryl Ruiz of North Potomac, was recently designated a Provost Scholar at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Patrick J. Ewing, a 2004 graduate of Colonel Zadok Magruder High School and the son of James and Clarice Ewing of Derwood graduated Summa Cum Laude on Dec. 19 from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N. C. He received a Bachelor of Science in mathematics education and a Bachelor of Science in mathematics.

Matthew Arnsberger, son of Mark and Julie Arnsberger of Gaithersburg, a Plebe at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, made the Commandant List. He is a 2007 graduate of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Olney.

Asbury Methodist Village, a senior living community in Gaithersburg, recently helped its parent organization Asbury Communities Inc. win nine awards the company received from the 16th Annual National Mature Media Awards Program.

Asbury’s AVTV station, which won a Gold Award from the program in 2006, was honored for the fourth consecutive year with a Silver Award for the television program, ‘‘Asbury Classroom,” a program for residents to demonstrate their hobbies and talents. Asbury also won a Bronze Award in the Special Events Marketing category.

The National Mature Media Awards are sponsored by the Mature Market Resource Center of Libertyville, Ill., a leader in the mature media market.

Submissions for People and Places must be received by 10 a.m. Thursday. Send submissions to Patricia M. Murret via e-mail at, fax at 301-670-7183 or mail to The Gaithersburg-Montgomery Village Gazette, 9030 Comprint Court, Gaithersburg, MD 20877.