Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Going for the gold

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Brian Lewis⁄The Gazette
Drew Abramson,17, of Laytonsville with the trophies he won at the U.S. Twirling Association national competition earlier this month. Abramson is the senior men’s champion.
The world of baton twirling has a new champion, Drew Abramson, 17, of Laytonsville.

Abramson, who teaches twirling and dance at the Shining Stars Performing Arts School in Damascus, is the new National Men’s Senior Champion. He is also the Senior Champion in the doubles event, where he partnered with Mackenzie Snyder of Bowie. In the overall competition, where he competed against twirlers of both sexes, Abramson placed third.

Since May Abramson has won the state, regional and national men’s titles. He has been twirling competitively for six years. Next week he will compete on the U.S. team in the World Twirling competition in Hamilton, Ontario.

Summer of love revisited

Gaithersburg High School Class of 1967 alumni are planning their 40th reunion on Aug. 11. Graduates from 1965 to 1969 are also welcome to join.

The event begins at 1 p.m. with a ride around the Montgomery County Agricultural Fairgrounds in a trolley car. Mayor Sidney A. Katz is anticipated to greet the alumni at the fairgrounds.Celebrations will carry on from 6-10 p.m. at the Golden Bull restaurant, 7 Dalamar St. in Gaithersburg.

Cost for the reunion is $50 per person, and will include a buffet with three entrees, including roast beef, chicken and fish. The class booklet is $10 each, and $12 for non-attendees.

For more information, contact Linda Gassaway-Plummer at or Diana Umberger Krop at

Work it off

Volunteers and participants are needed for the City of Gaithersburg’s 69th Annual Labor Day Parade at 1 p.m. Sept. 3.

The city is looking for community groups and other organizations to march in the parade, as well as volunteer to help with other activities during the parade.

The route winds through Olde Towne, including East Diamond and Russell avenues, rain-or-shine.

For more information, contact Dorthy Winder at 301-258-6350.

Young folks

See things through the eyes of 12 kids whose recent photographs are displayed in the exhibit ‘‘Through My Eyes,” hosted by the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County.

All of the featured photographers, ages 9 to 17, are residents of Emory Grove Village and Camp Hill Square, subsidized housing communities in Derwood.

The exhibit is on display in the Commissioners Hearing Room, at the Housing Opportunities Commission, 10400 Detrick Ave. in Kensington, until Aug. 31.

For more information, call 301-929-2382.

Campus Congratulations

Ricky Flynn, son of Richard and Deborah Flynn of Gaithersburg, a Damascus High School graduate, a sophomore business administration major at Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Va., was named to the spring dean’s list.

Andrew Suarez, son of George Suarez of Montgomery Village, a Gaithersburg High School graduate, a senior special education major at Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Va., was named to the spring dean’s list.

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