Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008

Rockville man earns Bronze Star Medal

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Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer II Jerry S. Godwin has been decorated with the Bronze Star Medal for his service as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The resident of Rockville's Twinbrook community recently returned to the 58th Brigade Combat Team Unit based in Pikesville after a year in Iraq.

The medal is given to a member of the armed forces who has performed a heroic act, meritorious achievement or distinguished service during armed conflict or ground combat while engaged against an armed enemy.

Godwin did not want to elaborate on why he earned the medal.

Godwin, a helicopter pilot who has served in the military for 22 years, works for the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development Business Incubator Network.

Grant will help Peerless replace schoolhouse roof

The Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) and Maryland Department of Planning have awarded $24,000 from the capital grant program to fund Peerless Rockville's effort to replace the tin roof of the Montrose Schoolhouse – just in time to help celebrate the school's 100th anniversary.

The school, located at 5721 Randolph Road in Rockville, has stood since 1909 and held classes for more than 60 years.

Peerless has worked to preserve the school since 1977, and with the help and contributions of the community the once-dilapidated building has now been renovated and restored.

However, the original 1909 patterned tin roof has reached the end of its functional life and must be replaced in order to prevent water damage to the structure, Peerless officials reported. The grant funds will allow Peerless to install a new metal roof matching the original.

"With the receipt of this MHT capital grant we can help preserve this important piece of Rockville's history," Mary van Balgooy, executive director of Peerless Rockville, said in a press release. "This is an exciting opportunity to help ensure that Montrose Schoolhouse and the history it embodies will continue enrich our community for decades to come."

The Maryland Historical Trust's grant program awards more than $1 million annually to nonprofit organizations, local communities and individuals to "encourage a wide range of heritage resource activities." Capital grant awards are contingent upon the contribution of matching funds from the winning organization and the donation of a perpetual preservation easement to the trust, a document which offers strong legal protection for historically significant sites.

For more information on Peerless Rockville, call 301-762-0096 or visit

Local television producers bring home awards

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

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.

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.

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.

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

"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 www.

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.

‘Amadeus' to be presented Aug. 29

The Rockville Sister City Corporation will show the movie "Amadeus" at 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Rockville Senior Center's Azalea Room.

"Amadeus" tells the story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and fellow composer Antonio Salieri, who is intensely jealous of Mozart's genius. The R-rated film won eight Oscars and is 160 minutes long.

The movie will be shown at no charge. Light refreshments will be served.

The Rockville Senior Center is located at 1150 Carnation Drive.

For more information, call Liz von Kaenel at home at 301-251-6303, at work at 301-10-2239 or e-mail her at

The film night is part of the cultural awareness program by the Rockville Sister City Corporation, which is celebrating its 51st anniversary with its sister city Pinneberg, Germany. For additional information, visit

Nonprofit school to offer Chinese classes

The American Chinese School, a nonprofit organization, will offer Chinese classes for adults in Rockville beginning in September.

The classes will be held 2-4 p.m. Saturdays from Sept. 6 through Dec. 20 at Robert Frost Middle School, 9201 Scott Drive.

Cost is $135 for 28 hours of lessons. For information, send an e-mail to He Huang at or call 240-506-1663 or 301-919-3836.

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