Olney's Project Change youths are doing just what the group's name implies -- trying to make a change.
Three members of the new organization are members of the National Organization for Youth Safety, or NOYS.
Three times each year, some 40 NOYS member organizations meet to receive training on youth safety issues such as motor vehicle safety, bicycle safety and violence prevention, and to learn how to take that knowledge back to their own communities.
During a NOYS meeting in Crystal City, Va., Sherwood High School students Brandon Bryn, Katie Yee and Anthony DeCicco trained their peers in how to organize their own Project Change groups.
Yee, DeCicco and Mandy Woofield then attended the national Students Against Destruction Decisions (SADD) meeting in Crystal City, where they also conducted a workshop on how to build coalitions within a community.
Sherwood cheerleaders named camp champs
Members of the Sherwood Varsity Cheerleading Squad participated in the Universal Cheerleading Association Summer Camp in early July and walked away with several honors.
The girls incorporated a few new stunts -- the single-base shoulder stand and a double twist down from a full -- into their routine to win the Extreme Routine event.
The squad also captured the most accomplished camp honor, the UCA Camp Leadership Award.
The award is given to the squad that shows the most sportsmanship, teamwork and leadership at the camp.
All-Star honors went to squad captain Karen Agresti and squad member Tracy Ohlhaver. Tracy also placed second in the jump competition and Kelly Fyfe placed fourth.
Other cheerleaders who attended were Kevie Carmick, Laura Fitzgerald, Demetria Loukas, Tera-Lynn Lueben, Carole Ann Premont and Jennifer Whalen.
Red Cross Olney
The American Red Cross of Montgomery County is encouraging local residents to take health and safety courses.
The adult CPR course offered by the Red Cross is a four-hour learning experience in which students will learn to recognize and care for choking, rescue breathing and CPR for an adult victim (ages 9 and older).
Certification is valid for one year.
The classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 14 and 28 and Sept. 11 at the Red Cross' Olney office, 1912 Olney-Sandy Spring Road.
Course fee is $25 per person, plus a textbook fee of $11.34.
Pre-registration is required by calling 301-588-2515, Ext. 707.
*Army Reserve Pvt. Jason P. Chin has graduated from the food service specialist course at Fort Lee, Petersburg, Va.
Chin is the son of Barbara Chin of Gaithersburg. He is a 1998 graduate of Magruder High School in Derwood.
*Navy Seaman Christopher J. Stockel, son of Joseph F. and Jeannette B. Stockel of Granby Road in Derwood, recently completed the Navy's Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training at Naval Special Warfare Center, San Diego.
The 1988 graduate of Good Counsel High School in Wheaton joined the Navy in March 1996. Stockel is a 1993 graduate of Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa., with a bachelor of arts degree.
*Jay Kevin Koetitz has received his commission as a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force from the University of Maryland.
Koetitz and his wife Susan are stationed at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama until he begins pilot training.
Koetitz is the son of former Derwood residents Gene and Judy Koetitz and the son-in-law of longtime Gaithersburg residents Dee and Bob Gherna.
He is a 1989 graduate of Magruder High School.
*Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew M. Garten, son of John W. and Sue M. Garten of Rockville, was recently promoted to his present rank while serving aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, homeported in Bremerton, Wash.
The 1989 graduate of Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring joined the Navy in May 1995.
*Navy Seaman John W. Powell, son of Christine A. Kent of Olney, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
He is a 1994 graduate of Magruder High School in Derwood.
The Olney 4-H Eagles Club, open to boys and girls from 8-18 years of age, meets from 7 to 8 p.m. two Thursdays each month from September to June at Brooke Grove Elementary School.
Club members participate in projects and community activities that reflect their personal interests. Projects are varied, and may involve such skills as woodworking, electronics, gardening, or arts and crafts.
For further information on being a member, call Sau Lai Chung at 301-774-8260 or Bobby Berg at 301-570-5139.
Community Festival seeks crafters, sponsors
Crafters and sponsors are invited to participate in B.J. Pumpernickel's 9th annual Community Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 2 and 3 on the Montgomery General Hospital campus.
An auction and dinner will precede the festival Oct. 1 at Sandy Spring Museum.
Crafters may reserve space under a tent on a first-come, first-served basis. Deadline is Sept. 24.
Sponsorship is offered at a variety of levels and a printed program booklet will provide additional opportunities for advertisement.
Contact the MGH Health Foundation at 301-774-8777 or B.J. Pumpernickel's at 301-924-9666 for applications and more information.
Proceeds will benefit Montgomery General, Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department, Sandy Spring Museum, Montgomery County Crime Solvers, Olney Police Substation and the Olney and Sandy Spring Lions Clubs.
The auxiliary to the Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department has a cure for your hunger pangs.
The group is selling a second printing of its cookbook, "Appetite Extinguishers," for $6.
The books are now available at One Swanky Shop in Sandy Spring.
All proceeds will benefit the building fund.
Sandy Spring Museum
Sandy Spring Museum, a repository of Quaker and local history, is seeking docents who will be available to greet the public and provide information about the new facility.
Volunteers are also needed to assist at the Museum Gift Shop.
The museum is located on Bentley Road off Route 108.
For more information, call Fran Parker, director, at 301-774-0022.
The Olney Theatre Center for the Arts is looking for dedicated and enthusiastic individuals to join its backstage production team for the upcoming 1999 season.
Positions available include stage hands, light board operators and wardrobe assistants.
Previous experience a plus, but not essential; training will be provided.
Interested persons must be able to commit to six-week blocks of evening and weekend work.
For more information, call Heather Joireman at 301-924-4485, Ext. 102.
If you have an interesting note about the people and the events of Olney, Brookeville, Sandy Spring and Ashton, send items to Judy Hruz, Editor, Olney Gazette, 1200 Quince Orchard Blvd., Gaithersburg, Md. 20878. Our fax number is 301-670-7182. Include a phone number in case we have any questions.