Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Son becomes mom’s hero

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Laurie DeWitt⁄The Gazette
Damascus resident Teresa Willis credits her son, Hunter, 7, with saving her life after she suffered a bronchial attack.
Teresa Willis of Damascus will always think of her son, Hunter, 7, as her hero. Earlier this month, he saved her life.

Willis, 38, had been battling a bad case of bronchitis for about two weeks when she suffered an especially bad coughing attack and felt like she could not breathe. She rushed to the kitchen to find an inhaler and began tossing things out of the cabinets as she searched frantically.

Hunter ran into the kitchen, saw the inhaler on the floor, grabbed it and stuck it in his mother’s mouth.

‘‘I was on the verge of passing out,” Willis said.

Hunter, a first-grader at Woodfield Elementary School, said his mother was coughing so long it scared him, so he ran into the kitchen to help.

His fast thinking probably saved her life, Willis said. ‘‘I tell him everyday I’m very proud of him.”

Last week, she posted Hunter’s picture and the story on the bulletin board at the Woodfield Country Store and went to his school May 7 to give a speech about Hunter during lunch.

‘‘I wanted everybody to know they had a hero in their school,” Willis said.

Legion announcesessay winners

Local winners of the American Legion Auxiliary Americanism Essay Contest were honored at an awards presentation March 10. Contestants wrote essays on the topic, ‘‘America, Land That I Love.”

Winners are Shelby O’Neill, eighth grade, Rocky Hill Middle School; Will Cooper, fourth grade, Clearspring Elementary School; Travis Rieger, fifth grade, Clearspring Elementary School; Brady Osterman, fourth grade, Woodfield Elementary School; Ceara McAtee, fourth grade, Woodfield Elementary School; Adam Ervin, fifth grade, Woodfield Elementary School; and Michael Merollini, fifth grade, Woodfield Elementary School.

Volunteers neededto teach English

The Damascus Library is training volunteers for an English language club.

The library will hold an orientation for volunteers interested in helping at an English Conversation Club at 3 p.m. today in the large meeting room at the library.

The English Conversation Club is a place for people who want to practice speaking English in a friendly setting. Volunteers should be able to speak English clearly, listen patiently and accommodate a varied group and be available two hours per week.

A golden gardeningopportunity

The Damascus Garden Club will hold its biennial flower show June 7 at the Damascus Library.

This year’s theme is ‘‘50 years of Memories” to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the club.

Flowers used in the arrangement category do not have to be grown by the exhibitor. Entries in the horticultural division must be grown by the exhibitor. Containers will be supplied by the Damascus Garden Club.

For details, call Fran Fountain, chairwoman of the flower show, at 301-253-3211 or club President Margie Harich at 301-253-4932.

Entries will be accepted a between 10 and 11 a.m. June 7. The show will be open to the public between 1 and 3 p.m. Admission is free.

An award for conservation

Dr. Joe Rice of Damascus received the annual Greydon Tolson Forest Resources Conservation Award as part of the annual Arbor Day Celebration at the Agricultural History Farm Park in Derwood on April 27.

Rice was honored for his many years of service to the Montgomery County Forestry Board and to the Maryland State Forestry Board.

Vendors wantedfor Clarksburg Day

The Clarksburg Historical Society is taking reservations for vendor space for arts, crafts, home businesses and flea markets for this year’s Clarksburg Day, which will be held June 7.

The annual event will feature live entertainment, a pet show, vendors, a variety show, free trolley rides and historical displays.

The daylong celebration will be held at Clarksburg High School, 22500 Wims Road. For more information, call 301-253-3807.

Protect your valuables

A volunteer with the county’s 5th District police station in Germantown will distribute 3-by-5 cards on vehicles that have items in plain view that could be attractive to thieves.

The man, who will wear something that identifies him as a police volunteer, will visit neighborhoods in the 5th District, which spans from Poolesville to Damascus and north to the Frederick County border, said Capt. Thomas Didone, district commander.

‘‘People are locking doors, but the bad news is, they aren’t hiding their stuff,” Didone said.

Items appropriate for People and Places must be received by 9 a.m. Friday for consideration. They can be mailed to The Damascus-Clarksburg Gazette, 9030 Comprint Court, Gaithersburg, MD 20877; sent by fax to 301-670-7183; or e-mailed

Library holding teen summer reading video contest

Teenagers between the ages of 14 and 18 are invited to test their creative skills in the Teen Summer Reading 2008 Video Contest.

The contest was developed by members of the Teensite Advisory Group in cooperation with Montgomery County Public Libraries.

Videos can range from short commercials to mini-movies, but must be no longer than five minutes.

The theme of this year’s reading program is ‘‘Metamorphosis” or the concept of a change. Although it is not a required element in the video, participants are encouraged to incorporate the theme when possible. The videos must also include Montgomery County Public Libraries, Teen Summer Reading 2008 and the dates — June 12 to Aug. 15, 2008.

The content must be original, the use of copyrighted material is not permitted. The deadline for submission of the required forms and videos is May 20.

Teens can register at their local libraries or through Teensite on the Montgomery County Public Libraries homepage⁄library.

Winning videos will be selected by members of the Teensite Advisory Group and library staff, and the creators will be notified by May 28.

The top entries will be featured at the Video Contest Premier Party on June 3, with the first- second- and third-place videos being shown on Teensite from June 1 to July 31. The first- place winner will be broadcast on local cable channels from June 6 to July 31.

Videos may be e-mailed to or put on a DVD and taken to the local library.