Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Grab a rake and hit the lake

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The ongoing push to keep Montgomery Village’s recreational centerpiece pristine and visitor-friendly is alive and kicking as the Friends of Whetstone Lake rallied another ‘‘Rake the Lake” event to pick up trash.

FOWL brought out 25 volunteers June 28 and collected 15 bags of trash from the lake and Mooring Creek and Whetstone Run streams.

Besides the pro-green posse of HOA leaders, Montgomery Village Foundation staff, and handful of kids walking the shoreline and manning kayaks, Del. Kirill Reznik (D-Dist. 39) made a surprise appearance to show his support.

Several youngsters got involved in the effort. FOWL member Rich Wilder took Rosario Hernandez, 11, in a boat while FOWL members Suzanne Wheeler and Steve Daniels took Michael Griffith, 11, in theirs. Jonah Pool, 9, shared a boat with his dad, Gary, also a FOWL member. The group hopes to educate the young as to the importance of disposing of trash properly.

Simon Maxwell, 11, came to the clean up with his dad Gary and brother Robert. Simon is studying the impact of trash on Lake Whetstone.

For more about FOWL, visit www.friendsofwhetstonelake.org.

It takes a village

Several members of the Emory Grove United Methodist Church in Gaithersburg will embark on a mission trip to Ghana in West Africa next month. A silent auction on Saturday will help them pay for the trip and their efforts in Ghana.

Saturday’s event, ‘‘Heroes of the Faith,” will recognize four people who have improved the lives of people in Gaithersburg and around the world. The honorees are W. Greg Wims of the Victim’s Rights Foundation, Judith Clark of Women Who Care Ministries and Irvin and Thelma Nolan of Heart to Heart to Heart Ministries.

The event starts at 6 p.m. at the Upper Montgomery County Recreational Center, 8201 Emory Grove Road, Gaithersburg. A $10 donation is requested. No tickets will be sold at the door. Call 301-963-3434 or e-mail ghana2008@emorygroveumc.org. Or, to make a donation call Lenie Thompson at 240-425-3766.

Queen teen

Brittany Sullivan of Gaithersburg, Starlight MidAtlantic’s Teen Ambassador and Miss Teen Maryland International 2008 recently hosted a dinner at The Potomac Grill to help raise money for Starlight MidAtlantic, a local nonprofit that offers fun and entertainment to seriously ill children and their families in the mid-Atlantic area. Sullivan, a 15-year-old sophomore at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Olney first got involved with the nonprofit, after watching a childhood friend suffer from leukemia and see the toll the disease took on his body and his life.

‘‘The most important reason I have joined the Starlight MidAtlantic team is because the children they help are my generation,” Sullivan said in a prepared statement. ‘‘Every teen should know what it feels like to make a difference in somebody’s life.

Campus Congratulations

*Margo Carr, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Carr of Gaithersburg, was named a ‘‘Student Distinguished in Scholarship” at Bethany College, in Bethany, W. Va. She was named to the dean’s list for the spring semester.

*Megan Smith, daughter of Alexander and Judith Smith of Gaithersburg, made the fall dean’s list at Bryan College in Dayton, Tenn.

*Aimee Mathewes of Gaithersburg, an online student at the College of Court Reporting received highest honors with a 4.0 GPA for the winter 2008 semester.

*Derwood resident Alyssa Strand was named to the spring dean’s list at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.Va.

*Jeremiah Raveling of Gaithersburg, an electrical engineering major at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, made the fall dean’s list.

*Gabriela Lemus of Gaithersburg made the spring dean’s list at Immaculata University, west of Philadelphia.

*Thomas J. Culliton Jr., 21, of Montgomery Village, graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland, College Park with dual degrees in history and French. He will teach in France for the next year. His brother, Todd C. Culliton, 19, a 2006 graduate of Watkins Mill High School, has just completed two years in the Montgomery College Honors Scholars Program. He will attend Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

*Vicky Lisle, a 2008 graduate of Quince Orchard High School and the daughter of James and Nancy Lisle of North Potomac, received a $1,000 Nancy J. King Senatorial Scholarship (39th Legislative District). She will attend the University of Maryland, College Park this fall.

A group effort

Ten city employees joined about 800 volunteers to help build a new home for a homeless family of 15 as part of ABC’s television reality show ‘‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”

Sarah Paxton, Patty Woodruff, Sarah Messier, Jill Ward, Amy McGuire, Andrew Barnes, Charlene Milton, Denise Gantz, Katie Gleeson and Maureen Herndon helped tear down a two-story, 1,032-square-foot home outside Poolesville and build a 4,887 square foot residence for the family, which includes 14 children.

Wolverines Wanted

The Watkins Mill High School Class of 2003 is holding its five-year reunion from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on July 26. The reunion is at the Tiki Bar, outside the Star Diner, 705 Center Point Way, Gaithersburg. Cost is $30 per person, which includes food and drinks. For more information, call Chris McCasland at 240-388-7208. To be added to the guest list, e-mail Erica.Schlaikjer@gmail.com. For more details, visit the WMHS class of 2003’s Facebook page.

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