Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Eating her way to fame

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Juliet Lee of Germantown ate her way to eighth place in the Nathan’s Famous July Fourth International Hot Dog Eating Contest, hosted at the historic Coney Island establishment.

She gulped down 29 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes and beat 13 competitors, all male and all much bigger than the petite Lee, who is described as 105 pounds on her ‘‘bib sheet.”

Lee, 42, who lives with her husband and two daughters, bested last year’s total when she ate 26 hot dogs and buns in 12 minutes in her inaugural Nathan’s competition.

Lee started eating competitively in 2006 and is ranked 10th by the International Federation of Competitive Eaters.

Friday’s competition came down to a ‘‘five-dog overtime” after two competitive eaters both ate 59 hot dogs and buns. Joey Chestnut of San Jose, Calif., defended his title when he ate an additional five hot dogs and buns faster than Takeru Kobayashi of Japan.

Now that’s fast food.

Green grant

Am Kolel Sanctuary and Renewal Center in Beallsville recently received a grant to help its community garden grow.

The nonprofit Jewish retreat recently received a 2007 mini-grant from Hazon, a New York City-based nonprofit that advocates environmental issues and community-supported agriculture, to expand its Gene Lipman Acre Plus garden, according to Rabbi David Shneyer, founder and executive director of Am Kolel.

Volunteers tend to the organic garden, and its tomatoes, zucchinis, radishes, sweet potatoes and snap peas are given to local soup kitchens, Shneyer said. The $1,800 grant will allow the center to hire part-time help for the 1-acre garden, he said.

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Art on display

Artists in the Art League of Germantown will exhibit paintings about Montgomery County historical sites in the Historical Montgomery County show which begins Saturday at the Waters House History Center in Germantown.

The artists’ reception will be 1 to 3 p.m. July 19. The show ends Sept. 20. The Waters House, 12535 Milestone Manor Lane, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and by appointment. Admission to the art show is free.

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Campus Congratulations

Morgan Elise Hammett, daughter of Dennis and Melissa Hammett of Poolesville, was named to the spring dean’s list at University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Go straight to the source

Montgomery County’s 2008 Annual Farm Tour and Harvest Sale is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 26, with some farms participating on July 27 as well. Some events and activities may be delayed or cancelled if it rains.

Several farms have hayrides, pony rides, music, demonstrations and other activities planned for people of all ages.

For more information, call 301-590-2823 or visit⁄farmtour.

Goin’ over the top

Seneca Valley High School’s PTSA received nominations from students and parents for staff members who ‘‘went the extra mile, beyond what is required, and over the top to promote student achievement.”

The 2008 ‘‘Over The Top” Award was presented to guidance secretary Rogena Parrish.

Other nominees were: Jeff Baker, Phoebe Barsky, Charles Burrall, Katie Caldwell, William Derge, Lauri Friedman, Judy Gottleib, Jennifer Jarrett-Harder, Matt Moran, Mandy Carpency-Schlosburg, Frank Tufano and Joyce Wootten.

Join historical society

The Germantown Historical Society is looking for members and at least two new board members. The group meets at the Historic Germantown Bank, 19320 Mateny Hill Road. Meetings are 7-8:30 p.m. the last Tuesday of the month. For more information, call Susan Soderberg at 301-972-0795.

BlackRock summer concerts

Pack a blanket, grab some chairs, bring a picnic dinner (and some bug spray) and unwind on Saturday nights this summer during free concerts at BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown. The outdoor concerts begin at 7 p.m. on BlackRock’s lawn, 12901 Town Commons Drive.

The show schedule is as follows: speed things up on Saturday as The Crawdaddies show off their Cajun⁄Zydeco music; it’s blues night on July 19 with the Mary Shaver Band and on July 26 hear the vocal sounds of the U.S. Navy Sea Chanters.

For more information, call 301-528-2260 or visit

Photo contest

Poolesville-area middle and high school students, get your cameras – the town is sponsoring a photo contest centered around the best and worst aspects of life in town.

Entrants must submit two photographs by Sept. 5 that depict what the student likes best about Poolesville and what they would like to see improved. Winners will be announced on Poolesville Day, Sept. 20.

For more information, call 301-428-8927.

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