Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008

Local television producers bring home awards

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Access Montgomery volunteer producers, including Brookeville and Olney residents, were honored with three winning entries and one honorable mention at the 2008 Hometown Video Festival.

Vera Elliott of Brookeville received the winning entry in the category of Education Profile, nonprofessional, for her program "A Day in the Life: Episode 4," which shows how chocolate is made and how to use it in recipes.

Karen Allyn of Olney received an honorable mention for her long-running program "Forward Motion."

George Ramick of Rockville won in the Cultural Perspectives, nonprofessional category, for his program "Beltway Bistros: Spain." The episode takes an in-depth look at different restaurants and recipes in Spain.

In the category of Local Performances, professional category, co-producers Eugene Saunders of North Potomac, Alvaro Calabia of Montgomery Village and Susan Gardiner of Montgomery Village won for their program "A Little New Music: Episode 7," which presents voice and piano concerts of contemporary music.

"I'm constantly impressed by the quality of videos our volunteers make on their own time," said Richard Turner, executive director of Montgomery Community Television.

The Hometown Video Festival Awards were presented at the Alliance for Community Media's 2008 International Conference and Exhibition in July. The annual awards recognize the achievements made by public access stations from across the country.

Access Montgomery, a service of Montgomery Community Television Inc., is the county's independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing residents with diverse programming, television production and training resources. Access Montgomery operates two cable channels, Access Montgomery TV 19 and Access Montgomery TV 21. For more information, visit

‘The Loop' offers new episode for August

A brand-new episode of "The Olney Loop," a show for Olney and about Olney produced by the Greater Olney Civic Association, is showing this month on Comcast cable channel 21 or Verizon cable channel 19.

The episode will be rebroadcast at 9:30 p.m. Sundays and 6 p.m. Wednesdays throughout the month.

August's episode features Blake High School's presentation of "High School Musical 2 On Stage," the Olney Farmers and Artists Market, the Montgomery General Hospital Women's Board Picnic and Bazaar, the Olney Skate Park, the Antiques Village of Olney, and Boy Scout Troop 774's Den 5.

Producers of the show welcome ideas and news about town events. Send questions or suggestions to the Greater Olney Civic Association Web site at or to

Lions Club preparing

for annual golf tourney

The Olney Lions Club is sponsoring the 15th annual Olney Open Charity Golf Tournament on Sept. 5 at the Laytonsville Golf Course, featuring honorary chairman and master of ceremonies Frank Herzog of WTOP and for 25 years the voice of the Washington Redskins.

The $100 fee per golfer includes green fees, carts, range balls, post-tournament cookout and door prizes.

Golfers are welcome. Local businesses who want to help can do so by sponsoring a hole for $125 or donating items or services for door prizes, gifts or auction.

For more information about participating either as a golfer or a sponsor, call Lon Anderson at 301-587-7701 or send an e-mail to or call Mike Fekete at 301-774-6590 or 301-466-9342 or send an e-mail to

Back-to-school memories

What was it like the first time you (or your children) 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 Thursday.

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

If you have an interesting note about the people and the events of Olney, Brookeville, Sandy Spring and Ashton, send it to Judith Hruz, Editor, The Olney Gazette, 9030 Comprint Court, Gaithersburg, Md. 20877; or e-mail it to me at Our fax numbers are 301-670-7182 or 301-670-7183. Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday for consideration. All items subject to editing and space availability.