Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Looking for a few good volunteers

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Brian Lewis⁄The Gazette
Nicholas Hassan, 3, of Germantown hopes for more goodies during the Celebrate Damascus parade July 13.
New members are sought for the 5th District Citizens Advisory Board, which meets monthly to discuss crime, public safety, traffic and other safety concerns in the upcounty.

Residents of the 5th District, which covers 230-square miles from Damascus to Poolesville and Germantown to the Frederick County line are welcome to apply.

The 12-15 member board meets with 5th District Commander Capt. Thomas Didone and Community Services Officer Marcus Dixon.

The advisory board also works to plan the annual National Night Out celebration.

Members must be at least 18 years old.

For more information, call Fritzi Moyars at301-840-2386.

Celebrating a centenarian

Kaye Silverwood of Gaithersburg celebrated her 100th birthday with friends at the United Church of Christ of Seneca Valley on Clopper Road in Germantown last week. Her birthday was Friday.

Silverwood, who was born and raised in Chicago, traveled the world as a student and tourist, according to her friend Debbie Myers. She raised three children and loved to golf, dance and do yoga, Myers wrote in an e-mail to The Gazette.

‘‘She continues to study and learn using her computer skills to email and to do research, along with participating in yoga classes and being a fervent opera fan,” Myers wrote. ‘‘Kaye is remarkable with her positive outlook on life, [she believes] that the young people of today will turn around what ails our society.”

Happy Birthday!

St. Mary’s BBQ and picnic

Enjoy the 132nd annual picnic and fair at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Barnesville noon to7 p.m. Saturday at the parish, 18230 Barnesville Road.

This year marks the church’s 200th anniversary.

A jousting competition is noon to 3 p.m. with horsemen from Maryland and Virginia.

More than a dozen booths — including a white elephant stand, a cake wheel stand and other baked goods — will offer items for sale.

There will be games for children such as dime pitch, duck pond and moonbounces.

A full course barbecue chicken dinner is $10 for adults and children 12 and younger are free. Carryout dinners are also $10.

The event is rain or shine. For more information call Jack Drescher at 301-831-6391.

Check out stamps at Black Hill park

Black Hill Regional Park visitor’s center, 20926 Lake Ridge Drive in Boyds, is hosting the exhibit of this year’s winning entries to the Maryland Junior Duck Stamp contest through Aug. 6.

The Junior Duck Stamp Program is sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and teaches children about the importance of wetlands and waterfowl conservation.

This year’s Best of Show winner in the state competition is Richard Zhao, 15, a student of Rulei Bu at AA Studio Inc. in Boyds. Zhao’s oil painting of a Canada goose, entitled ‘‘Peaceful Goose on a Lake,” was selected from more than 680 entries statewide.

His entry will compete with other state winners in the national competition, which will determine the print for the official collectible Federal Junior Duck Stamp.

‘‘We are pleased to be selected as one of the host site locations for this year’s display,” said Jim McMahon, park manager.

The display rotates throughout the state, throughout the year. For more information about the Maryland Junior Duck Stamp Program, visit⁄duckstamps⁄junior⁄JDprogram⁄Maryland.htm.

Going for the gold

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.

This column is for and about you! Share your good news. Submissions for People and Places must be received by 9 a.m. Friday. Send items to Melissa Chadwick via e-mail at, fax at 301-670-7183 or mail to The Germantown, Boyds, Poolesville Gazette, 1200 Quince Orchard Blvd., Gaithersburg, MD 20878.