An old-fashioned event with a modern mission

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

We’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating: Don’t miss the Montgomery General Hospital Women’s Board’s annual Picnic and Bazaar next week.

Arguably one of the most popular events of the year in the greater Olney area, the venerable picnic will be held 10 a.m. to8 p.m. July 25 on the old hospital grounds at the corner of Prince Philip Drive and Olney-Sand Spring Road (Route 108). Please read Terri Hogan’s front-page story for all the details.

In the interest of full disclosure, yours truly has never attended the event, as I am always on deadline on Tuesdays and generally don’t see the light of day from about 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

But that doesn’t mean I don’t know what a golden opportunity it is to meet your neighbors, take part in a generations-old tradition, and help the hospital at the same time.

In the meantime, the Women’s Board can use your help with donating homemade baked goods.

The baked goods table is one of the event’s most popular booths with fruit pies, breads, rolls, coffee cakes, pound cakes, cupcakes, brownies and cookies among the bestsellers.

Cream or custard items cannot be accepted, as refrigeration is not available. Brownies and bar cookies should be cut into 2-inch by 2-inch squares for uniform pricing and all items should be labeled and wrapped in plastic wrap or sealed plastic bags.

Donations of baked goods may be delivered to St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Olney-Sandy Spring Road on July 24 between 1 and 4 p.m. or to the Picnic & Bazaar on July 25 before 9 a.m.

Donations are tax deductible. For more information or to make contributions, call 301-774-9239.

Seventeen added to the list of Merit Scholars

Seventeen seniors from Montgomery County public schools, including one form James Hubert Blake High School and one each from Paint Branch and Springbrook high schools, have won college- or university-sponsored National Merit Scholarships, bringing this year’s number of MCPS Merit Scholars to 58.

The local scholars in this round of awards are among 36 winners from Maryland and 2,100 winners nationally who were selected to receive scholarships financed by colleges and universities.

The winners, intended majors and sponsoring institutions are:

* James Hubert Blake High School: Adam Purucker, law, University of Maryland.

* Paint Branch High School: Rachel Blair, medicine, University of Maryland.

* Springbrook High School: Pratiksha Thakore, bioengineering, University of Maryland.

* Montgomery Blair High School: Rachel Kirsch, mathematics, University of Maryland; Abhishek Dhar, medicine, Northwestern University; and Erik Li, bioengineering, University of Maryland.

* Damascus High School: Erica Choi, law, New York University.

* Gaithersburg High School: Andrew Breiner, political science⁄English, New York University.

* Walter Johnson High School: Derby Cox, journalism, University of Maryland; and Kevin McCoy, economics, Clemson University.

* Richard Montgomery High School: Derek Turnbull, international development, Washington University; David Liu, business, Washington University; Christopher Higgins, engineering, University of Maryland; and Dora Larson, law, University of Maryland.

* Quince Orchard High School: Nicholas Cutler, film, Macalester College.

* Walt Whitman High School: Justine Cummins-Oman, psychiatry, Brandeis University; and Benjamin Umans, science, University of Chicago.

Earlier this year, 22 MCPS students won $2,500 awards funded by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, and 12 won corporate-sponsored scholarships. Seven students previously won college-sponsored awards.

Olney Help is ready to help

Olney Help, an all-volunteer, nonprofit group, provides food and emergency financial aid to people who are threatened with eviction, utility cut-off or who need prescriptions. It also refers clients to other agencies and organizations if additional help is needed.

Olney Help serves people in Olney, Brookeville, Ashton and Sandy Spring. Anyone needing assistance is welcome to call 301-774-4334.