Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Keeping the peace with Peace Corps

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Nicole Paige Schreibstein, 24, of Montgomery Village and Adam R. Swisher, 24, of Gaithersburg, were recently accepted into the Peace Corps and will spend two years in Honduras following training that ends in May.

Schreibstein, a Watkins Mill High School graduate, began her 27-month commitment on Feb. 13 when she started training in Honduras as a water and sanitation volunteer. Upon graduating from training in May, she will work building water and sanitation projects in the small Central American country.

Schreibstein, who graduated from the University of Maryland in College Park, previously worked as a sales coordinator for the Marriott International Hotel at the Washingtonian Center Courtyard in Gaithersburg.

Swisher, son of Rob and Kathleen Swisher of Gaithersburg, is a graduate of Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in cell biology in 2007 from Montana State University, in Bozeman.

He has worked as a volunteer ski patroller at Montana’s Big Sky Resort and as a rock climbing guide for children at Calleva Outdoors in Poolesville.

Swisher also left Feb. 13 for training in Honduras. When he completes his training in May, he will be working on HIV⁄AIDS prevention and child survival as a health education volunteer.

During training, the volunteers will live with Honduran host families, developing language and cultural skills to help their new communities.

Campus congratulations

*Margaret Renee Bivans, daughter of David and Laura Bivans of Darnestown, has made the dean’s list at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va.

Her 3.8 grade point average also earned her a spot on the school’s elite Honors list.

*Gareth L. Stonebraker, a 2005 graduate of Gaithersburg High School and the son of Glen and Anita Stonebraker of Montgomery Village, made the dean’s list at St. Mary’s College of Maryland in St. Mary’s City.

Darnestown social outing

The Darnestown Civic Association will hold its Annual Spring Social for Darnestown residents from 6-9 p.m. on April 23 at Smokey Glen Farm, located at 16407 Riffleford Road in Gaithersburg.

For more information, contact Lisa Patterson-Troike at or 301-548-0999.

Trolling for Trojans

Gaithersburg High School Class of 1978 will hold its 30-year reunion from 7 to 11 p.m. on Sept. 6 at That’s Amore Restaurant, 15201 Shady Grove Road, Rockville.

If you are a Trojan who would like to attend, e-mail your contact information to Krista Corrallo Paquin at or Pam Peoples Moxley at

Streamline recycling

The City of Gaithersburg recently converted its recycling system to a ‘‘single stream” system in which glass, aluminum and paper products can be combined in the same recycling bin, rather than in separate bins. There are a few hitches in the system.

Paper placed on top of bins scatter through the streets on breezy days, causing problems for homeowners associations and neighbors, according to city spokeswoman Britta Monaco.

To keep paper products intact, the city asks residents to place mixed paper and newspaper in brown paper bags before recycling. Better yet, tie newspaper bundles with string or twine.

For more information on the City’s recycling program please visit or call 301-258-6370.

Sign up for sales

City residents who plan to be vendors at the City of Gaithersburg’s Spring Baby Bazaar and Flea Market in May can sign up starting Sunday and nonresidents may apply beginning April 7.

Vendors should sell gently-used or new baby and children’s merchandise for the outdoor Baby Bazaar, scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon on May 17 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, located at 16 Chestnut St., in Gaithersburg.

Vendors selling gently used or new clothing, household items and collectibles are also needed for the annual Flea Market, to be held this year from 8 a.m to noon on June 21 at the fairgrounds. Both events will run rain or shine. Admission is free.

Vendor fees for selling used merchandise are $20 for residents and $25 for nonresidents. Vendor fees for selling new merchandise are $25 for residents and $30 for nonresidents.


Under the sea

Why sit home and watch ‘‘The Little Mermaid” on DVD when you can get the real deal in Gaithersburg?

The city kicks off its annual Green Week celebration, which runs April 18-26, at its ‘‘Under the Sea” family fun night at 7:30 p.m. on Friday April 18 at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park, 506 S. Frederick Ave.

Marine biologists will introduce ocean ecology with live crabs, sea snails, claims, sea urchins, starfish and other aquatic life.

Admission is $2, with a maximum of $5 per family of three or more. Children under 2 are admitted free. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

To register call 301-258-6350 or find out more about the city’s Green Week events visit

You can plant a tree on Arbor Day, April 22, lug-a-mug instead of disposable cup on April 24 or save energy by installing a fluorescent bulb on Change-A-Light Day Friday, April 25.

On April 23 hundreds of volunteers will clean up streams, schools and parks around the city to celebrate Community Green-Up Day.

Master of mime

Master mime Mark Jaster, who mimics his master teachers Marcel Marceau and Etienne Decroux, will put on a children’s performance from 2 p.m. on April 20 at McCathran Hall, 300 Grove Ave., in Washington Grove. The show will be followed by a hands-on workshop.

Attendance is limited to Grove residents and friends. For more information, call the town’s Recreation Committee: 301-990-0184.

Calling furry friends

Four-legged friends can get frisky at Bark in the Park, the city of Gaithersburg’s annual ‘‘canine celebration” scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. on April 26 at Bohrer Park, located at Summit Hall Farm, 506 S. Frederick Ave.

Dress your dog up for the ‘‘Doggone It Parade” or set him loose at the ‘‘No Bones About It” bone hunt designed to demonstrate hunting skills.

Or take advantage of other activities including dog obstacle course and rabies clinic. Vendors will be on hand to provide information.

Admission is $10 per dog. City dogs receive a $2 discount if tickets are purchased in advance at the Activity Center, also located at Bohrer Park.

For more information, call 301-258-6350, e-mail or visit

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