Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008

Love's labor finds a home

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Reni Malloy, the widow of sculptor Cy Malloy, recently moved "Family in Distress," which her husband completed the day he died. The 5-ton sculpture was recently moved to a new location in Boyds. It is pictured here at its former location, a Boyds farm that was sold in February.

After several months of searching, a 10-foot tall, 5-ton statue has a new home.

North Potomac resident Reni Malloy's search for a place to move her husband's sculpture was featured in the May 12 issue of The Gazette.

Malloy's husband, Cy Malloy, was a lobbyist who strived all his life to become a sculptor. He worked on "Family in Distress" for 20 years and on the day he finished, he died.

Since that day, March 23, 2004, his sandstone statue had stood at the Friends-a-Plenty Farm in Boyds, where Malloy liked to work. But after the farm was sold on Feb. 29, the sculpture needed a new home and new owners.

After reading about Reni Malloy in The Gazette, Cindy and John Petrella of Boyds contacted her with an offer.

"It is placed on a seven acre farm in Boyds," Reni Malloy recently wrote to The Gazette. "It looks absolutely beautiful and I am so thrilled about it."

Her husband's statue now stands between two huge trees with a lake in the background. The Petrellas "even put a spotlight on it, so they can see it in the evening," Malloy said. "I am at peace now and I am sure that my husband would have been very happy as well."

Malloy helped the new owners decide where the statue should stand, Cindy Petrella said.

"I think it really speaks that she loved her husband a lot that she took such an effort to find his statue the right resting place," she said. "It makes us happy every time we look at it."

Malloy and her children and grandchildren are "welcome any time."

North Potomac resident

to study the sea

A 1991 graduate of Quince Orchard High School was recently awarded with a research fellowship for &#e6;28,000 by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, a Washington-based coalition of public and private ocean research and education groups.

Greg Horn, of Los Angeles, was one of five graduate students to receive the fellowship. Recipients will use the funds for research aimed at enhancing knowledge about oceans.

Horn, who is a Ph.D. student in marine environmental biology at the University of Southern California, will study microbes living deep beneath the sea floor and how their metabolism affects biogeochemical processes in their environment. After pursuing his research for two years, Horn and the other fellowship recipients will present their initial findings at the Ocean Leadership headquarters in Washington.

Potomac youth comes out

on top for sports competition

Nesiah Ely, of Potomac, has qualified for the U.S. Junior Skills Competition the official youth competition of the United States Olympic Committee.

Seventy-two young athletes, aged 8-13, competed in the National Finals in Chicago in basketball, soccer, tennis and track and field. Finalists were culled from a pool of 1.7 million competitors nationwide who took part in 7,500 local qualifying events, and top performers went on to compete in one of 150 regional sports events. The 72 winners who competed including Ely ranked at the top during the regional events.

The U.S. Junior Skills Competition in its third year aims to introduce youth to sportsmanship, an active lifestyle, and participation in Olympic sport. For more information, visit www.jrolympicskills.com

Holy Child student returns from scholarship program

Kelsey Albanese, a rising senior at Connelly School of the Holy Child in Potomac, recently attended the Governor's School for Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Richmond a four-week program of workshops, field trips, classes and events for outstanding students. Albanese is member of Holy Child's Varsity Dance Team and a senior dancer with the School of Theatrical Dance in Great Falls, Va. Albanese was one of 400 Virginia students who were nominated by their local high schools to receive a scholarship to attend the program, which took place from June 29 through July 26.

New president elected

for Rotary Club of Potomac

The Rev. Anne Benefield, pastor of the Geneva Presbyterian Church in Potomac, has been elected the president of the Rotary Club of Potomac. The group is a local chapter of Rotary International, a group dedicated to service around the world.Benefield homes to focus the group on local community service projects, as well as continue the club's work in helping to provide clean drinking water in Togo, an African nation. Locally, Benefield said she hopes to lead the group in sponsoring or co-sponsoring a blood drive and literacy tutoring in elementary schools. The Rotary Club of Potomac meets at noon every Wednesday Normandie Farm Restaurant, 10710 Falls Road, Potomac.

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