Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008

Second Chance Wildlife seeks second chance

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Mother Nature took a hit at Second Chance Wildlife Center in Gaithersburg on Aug. 7, forcing a need for renovations and help.

High winds toppled a pine tree into a cage housing Canada Geese, killing one goose and injuring another's wing and shoulder so severely it had to be euthanized, said Kathleen Handley, manager and rehabilitator.

"At the time, we were holding geese we had raised all summer in that cage," Handley said. "All the other geese were traumatized, terrified, but we were able to put them in a smaller cage, calm them down."

The 12-feet by 24-feet cage, which houses recovering waterfowl, was destroyed. The center is seeking donations to repair or replace it.

Second Chance is the only wildlife rehabilitation center in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and is one of two in the state. The center cares for 5,000 injured and orphaned wild animals each year, officials said.

Back to school memories

What was it like the first time you (or your kids) boarded the school bus and left summer behind? How long did it take you to pick out the perfect back-to-school outfit? Do you have a plan for getting the best deal on school supplies? Tell us about it!

The Gazette wants to hear all your back-to-school memories, from first-day jitters and disasters, to making fast friends with your desk- or office-mate. Montgomery County Public Schools open Aug. 26, so send us your photos and share your memories by Aug. 21.

Photos and stories will be considered for print and online. E-mail us at memories@ or write to The Gaithersburg Gazette, 9030 Comprint Court, Gaithersburg, MD, 20877.

Campus Congratulations

‘Ann Liu of Gaithersburg, made the spring dean's list at American University, where she is a student in the School of Communication.

‘Kim Thanh Nguyen of Gaithersburg was also named to American's spring dean's list. She is a biology major in the school's College of Arts and Sciences.

‘Christina Marino of Gaithersburg was named to the spring dean's list at Niagara University, which sits on the Niagara River near the city of Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Lessons for all ages

Adults 50 and older wanting to make a difference in a child's life are invited to attend a volunteer open house for Interages from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 4 or Sept. 10 at the Gaithersburg Upcounty Senior Center, 80A Bureau Drive in Gaithersburg.

Seniors will learn about how they can volunteer in intergenerational school-based programs at schools. Training, materials and on-site staff support are provided.

For more information, call Sara Cartmill at 301-949-3551, ext. 19 or e-mail Cartmill@inter

Make wishes come true

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic needs volunteers for the 25th Anniversary Make-A-Wish Triathlon to be held Sept. 20 at Sea Colony Resort in Bethany Beach, Del.

The event benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic, a nonprofit organization that fulfills the wishes of area children fighting life-threatening disease.

Volunteers are needed Sept. 19 and on race day. Volunteers receive an event T-shirt and complimentary tickets to the post-race picnic.

For more information, call Melanie Peck at 301.962.9474 or visit

Community chorus

The Gaithersburg Community Chorus is recruiting new members to sing with them for their winter concert, tentatively scheduled for Dec. 13. The chorus will be performing the Daniel Pinkham Christmas Cantata and the Camille Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio.

All voice sections are welcome, but tenors and basses are especially needed. No audition is required. Practices are held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Bohrer Activity Center, at 506 S. Frederick Ave. beginning Sept. 2. For more information, call Nansie Wilde at 301-258-6350.

Grace and etiquette

Want to wow your dinner date? Throw a proper supper party? Fay Brown Johnson, owner of Gaithersburg Antiques and Home Accessories is offering a $25 class "Learn to Navigate Socially with Ease and Grace" 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at her store, 5 N. Summit Ave., Gaithersburg. The class will focus on "‘Must Have' Dining Skills from Start to Finish," said Johnson, an interior designer and etiquette consultant.

Classes are for those older than 12, Johnson said. E-mail Johnson at or call 301-670-5870.

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