Carolyn Snowden is community’s first Athena

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Carolyn Snowden, long respected for her tireless community activism, particularly in her beloved Sandy Spring, was named the community’s first recipient of the Greater Olney-Sandy Spring Athena Award.

The award was handed out Tuesday at a luncheon at Brooke Grove Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

Established by the Olney Chamber of Commerce and Brooke Grove Foundation and named in memory of Brooke Grove founder Eleanor Howe Marston, the program was created to honor women for community service and professional and personal leadership.

Seven other local women, all heralded for their dedication of self and generosity of spirit, were nominated for the award. In addition to Snowden, the nominees for the inaugural award were:

*Bette Buffington, broker and owner, RE⁄MAX Realty Centre.

*Diane Fillah, nurse, Brooke Grove Foundation.

*Debbie Heibein, practice manager, office of Dr. Robert Fields,

*Mija Jakobowski, community volunteer.

*Paula Kahla, owner and president, Paula’s Boutique.

*Patricia Lansdale, community volunteer.

*Mary Seiler, community volunteer.

Proceeds from Tuesday’s event will benefit the Olney Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund and the Brooke Grove Foundation Sue Howe Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Come one, come allto Earth Day

Students, parents and the community will join together to celebrate Earth Day this Saturday at Rosa Parks Middle School.

PTA President Lori Kurtzman said it is the first Earth Day celebration at the school to the best of her knowledge.

More importantly, she said, is how the community has come together for the occasion.

The PTA-sponsored event is not designed to raise funds, but to raise awareness, Kurtzman said.

The free event will feature entertainment, a Recycled Art Gallery and a Film Festival. Table exhibits will feature recycling, preserving the Earth, climate change, organic lifestyles and choices, organic gardening and more. There will be hybrid car displays and bio-diesel exhibits.

Collections for Earthworks Cell Phone Recycling and Bikes for the World, a global bike-recycling program, will be held during the event.

Earth Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school, 19200 Olney Mill Road.

The PTA sends special thanks to its community partners for the event, including The Good Earth, Starbucks & Ethos Water, Pogo Organics, Roots Organic Market, Nest, Maryland State Department of Natural Resources, NASA, Environmental Protection Agency, The Earth Day Network, The Montgomery County Department of Public Works and Transportation, and more.

Public Works to presentEarth Day celebration

An Earth Day celebration featuring educational exhibits, demonstrations, entertainment and refreshments will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the parking lot in front of Montgomery County Public Schools headquarters at 850 Hungerford Drive in Rockville.

The event, which will be held rain or shine, is sponsored by the county Department of Public Works and Transportation’s Division of Solid Waste Services.

Tours of the Recycling Center will be offered throughout the day, with some of the county’s new hybrid Ride On buses shuttling visitors every 15 minutes from the Hungerford Drive location. The center will be fully operational so the public can view how recyclable materials are processed.

Other educational activities will include compost demonstrations and free bags of Leafgro, waste reduction techniques, buying recycled items, and information on recycling for single- and multi-family residences and businesses.

Activities for children will include face painting, spin art, papermaking and creating items from recyclable materials.

For more information about the event and the latest list of activities and exhibitors, call 240-777-6400 or visit⁄recycling.

Winter Growth to celebrate its special treasures

Volunteers are a gift, and Winter Growth treasures its special helpers.

In honor of National Volunteer Week, April 23-29, Winter Growth will transform its dining room into a tropical isle to carry through the theme of Treasure Island.

Pirate map invitations have been sent to each adult volunteer, offering them a chance to take part in a treasure hunt organized in their honor.

The individuals who offer their time and effort to assist the older adults at the medical day center in Olney are the inspiration for the theme, Winter Growth officials announced. In sharing their many interesting talents, the volunteers provide the gifts of love, patience, kindness, joy and friendship to older adults, who otherwise might live isolated, lonely lives.

The volunteers are Winter Growth’s true treasurers.

Everyone has a gift to give, and volunteering can be a successful effort for all involved. People volunteer for many reasons.

Paul Yi, a senior at River Hill High School, ‘‘aspires to be a doctor and work with the elderly.” He volunteers at Winter Growth because he wanted to ‘‘gain insight into the needs of the elderly in order to treat them with respect and compassion, especially in regards to their health limitations.”

What skills are required to be a good volunteer? The general requirements are commitment, enthusiasm, cooperation and dependability, Winter Growth officials said.

A good volunteer will also show initiative and make the effort to be outgoing and friendly.

Yvonne McCullough, 76 years young, shares her plants and ‘‘green thumb” in the Winter Growth garden. She is nicknamed the ‘‘Nail Lady” for doing manicures every week; and with her husband has entertained the clients with her square dance troop. She also is an accomplished world traveler who has shared fascinating trips to China, Australia and Costa Rica with the Winter Growth seniors.

The rewards are many for the person who volunteers, Winter Growth officials said.

Sara Greene, a Magruder High School student, may have summed it up the best: ‘‘Volunteering is an amazing and fulfilling journey; you learn so much that I would tell everyone to try it.”

Celebrate Mom, and helpthe fire department

A Mother’s Day Brunch will be held May 14 at The Ballroom in Sandy Spring to benefit the Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department.

The event will feature brunch and entertainment by the Olney Jazz Troupe.

Two seatings will be offered: 9 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The price for adults is $19.95; for youngsters 5-12 years old, $14.95; and under 5, $4.95. Tickets are available at B.J. Pumpernickel’s in the Olney Town Center shopping center and must be purchased in advance.

For more information, call 301-924-1400.

SSVFD holding annualphoto fund-raiser

Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department is conducting its annual Photo Fund Drive over the next two months as it continues to raise money for the purchase of apparatus and the renovation of its station on Georgia Avenue in Olney.

Fire department officials want the community to know that the professional fund-raising group that has helped Sandy Spring raise nearly $750,000 over the past 10 years may be calling on residents to help.

Members of the fund-raising team will be wearing special shirts that will identify them as they go door to door in the community, Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department President Michael Weiner said. The solicitors also will carry identification and a letter from Weiner.

The fire department is in the planning stages of a major renovation to Station 40 on Georgia Avenue, which could cost as much as $2 million, Weiner said.

For more information, visit the fire department Web site at or call Angela at the department offices at 301-774-7400 or send an e-mail to