Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007

Knights to honor Brookeville’s place in history

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The local Knights of Columbus will hold a small celebration at 11 a.m. Sunday to celebrate the anniversary of Brookeville serving as United States capital on Aug. 26, 1814.

President James Madison fled to Brookeville as Washington, D.C., was burning during the War of 1812.

The Madison House, where the president set up his temporary capital, remains a private residence.

Among the Knights of Columbus’ contributions to local communities is commitment to patriotism, Knight Joe Feakes said.

The celebration will be held at the town plaque along Route 97 in Brookeville.

Firefighters will help‘Fill the Boot’

Members of the Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department will team up next week with members of Montgomery County Firefighters Local 1664 to ‘‘Fill the Boot” for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Jerry’s Kids.

The fire and rescue personnel will collect donations Aug. 29, 30 and 21 at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Route 108, in the heart of Olney.

Donations also can be taken to Sandy Spring Station 40 at 16911 Georgia Ave. in Olney.

For more information, call firefighters Dave Carter or Nancy Thornton at 301-774-6266.

Community Nightis coming soon

The Olney Chamber of Commerce’s 28th Community Night is just six weeks away, and plans are under way for the popular event, set for Oct. 3 at Longwood Community Center.

Community Night highlights local businesses and community groups, as well as offering a small sampling of the area’s restaurants at the ‘‘Taste of Olney” portion of the event.

Registration forms for this year’s event will be in the mail to area businesses this week, chamber officials have reported. For more information on registering or participating as a raffle or silent auction donor, call the chamber office at 301-924-3555.

Joe Buffington of RE⁄MAX Realty Center is chairing the event. He can be reached at 301-774-5900.

Friends takesimilar career paths

Lt. j.g. Kent Gebicke and 1st Lt. Kurt Cheeseman have been friends since they were 3 years old.

‘‘They were pretty much inseparable,” said Gebicke’s mother, Beverly.

Each earned a scholarship from a branch of the armed forces — Gebicke from the United States Navy, Cheeseman from the United States Army.

Now each is beginning his military career.

Gebicke received his aviator wings at a ceremony on March 9 in Pensacola, Fla. He completed primary aviation and advanced helicopter aviation and is flying the HS60 Bravo helicopter at his duty station at North Island in Coronado, Calif. He is involved in drug intervention as well as search and rescue.

Gebicke is also the son of Mark Gebicke. The family is formerly of Brinklow and his parents now resides in Ninety Six, S.C. He is a 2000 graduate of Sherwood High School and a 2004 graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Cheeseman, who is stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., completed advanced artillery training at Fort Sill, Okla. He deployed to Iraq on March 11 for a 15-month tour of duty. He is an artillery officer with the 3rd Infantry Division, leading a Bradley platoon.

Cheeseman is the son of Ed and Kris Cheeseman, formerly of Olney, now residing in Greenwood, S.C. He is a 2001 graduate of Sherwood High School and a 2005 graduate of West Point.

Olney Help is readyto assist area residents

Olney Help, an all-volunteer organization that provides individuals and families with short-term emergency assistance, is offering its aid to area residents.

The organization provides fresh and non-perishable food items, limited financial aid to avert eviction and⁄or utility termination, essential medication, and access to resources for additional services from private and governmental agencies.

For more information, call Bruce Gibbs, food coordinator, at 301-774-4334.

Tutors needed to teach adults to read, speak English

The Literacy Council of Montgomery County has more than 200 adult students on its waiting list for tutors to teach them how to read, write or speak English.

Tutor orientations will be held at the Rockville Library from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Aug. 29.

Registration is required. For information, call 301-610-0030 or send an e-mail to

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, 1200 Quince Orchard Blvd., Gaithersburg, Md. 20878; or e-mail it to me at Our fax numbers are 301-670-7182 or 301-670-7183. Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday. All items are subject to space availability.