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Literacy volunteer saluted on TV

Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2005

Ana Lugo Schmitz, site coordinator for Linkages to Learning at the Summit Hall Elementary School in Gaithersburg, is being featured this month as one of WETA television’s ‘‘Hometown Heroes.”

In a statement, WETA said it selected Schmitz for her dedication to developing family literacy programs for low income and immigrant families.

The profile, which began airing this week, will be shown throughout the month.

Last year, more than 80 families and more than 100 children participated in programs Schmitz coordinated at Linkages to Learning, WETA said.

‘‘WETA’s Hometown Heroes” is an Emmy Award-winning project that this year is honoring people who work on literacy projects.

WETA is a public TV station serving the greater Washington market.

Shady Grove plan is oncivic group’s agenda

Montgomery County Councilman Phil Andrews has been invited to speak at next week’s meeting of the Greater Shady Grove Civic Alliance.

The monthly meeting will include a discussion on the master plan discussion and reviews for the Shady Grove area.

The meeting, at 8 p.m. Sept. 14, will be at Mill Creek Towne Elementary,17700 Park Mill Drive, Derwood.

The 20-year-old civic alliance works to increase community awareness about issues such as land development, transportation, education and public safety.

Call Jim Snee, 301-924-6424, for additional information.

Grocer plans donationto health clinic

Mercy Health Clinic, a Germantown clinic that provides free medical care to uninsured low-income residents, said it will receive a contribution from Whole Foods market based on sales at the Gaithersburg grocery Sept. 21.

The clinic said the store, at 316 Kentlands Blvd., will donate 5 percent of all sales from that day to Mercy.

For more information, call Alvina E. Long, 301-758-2635.

Language clubexpanding sessions

The English Language Conversation Club at the Gaithersburg Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., has added another section that will begin Sept. 6 at 7 p.m.

The club, which helps non-native speakers practice English, is free and conducted by volunteers.

The club meets from 10:30 a.m. until noon Tuesdays and Fridays and from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursday in the large library meeting room.

Registration is not required. For more information, call the library at 301-840-2515.

La Leche League sets topic for monthly meeting

This month’s topic for the La Leche League of Gaithersburg is ‘‘Avoiding and Overcoming Difficulties.” The league, a support group for breastfeeding and pregnant mothers, will meet at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14 at OBA Bank, 20300 Seneca Meadows Parkway, Germantown.

Call Carol at 301-977-9856 for additional information.

Girl scouts planfund-raising yard sale

Girl Scout Troop 3126 of Derwood will be holding a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Mill Creek Towne Pool on Mill Run Drive.

Books, toys, clothing and housewares will be available. For more information, call 301-216-2311.

Boating safety classesscheduled by auxiliary

The USCG Auxiliary Flotilla of Gaithersburg will conduct boating safety classes at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda starting Tuesday, Sept. 20.

The courses are on boating safety and seamanship, sailing and advanced coastal navigation.

For information regarding cost and times, contact Ed Duffy at or call 301-816-0045, ext 109.

Tutors neededfor elementary students

Volunteers are needed to tutor students at Gaithersburg, Lake Seneca, Maryvale and Rosemont elementary schools, as well as others in the county, under a program coordinated by the nonprofit organization Interages.

Training, materials and on-site supervision are provided.

For more information, call Sara Cartmill, 301-949-3551, ext. 19.

Salvation Army takingapplications for aid

The Salvation Army of Montgomery County is accepting applications for Christmas assistance.

Applications can be obtained and completed between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sept. 12 through Sept. 30 at the group’s offices, 20021 Aircraft Drive, Germantown.

Applicants must have a Maryland driver’s license or picture identification, proof of income, proof of household expenses, a copy of a lease, Social Security cards and birth certificates for each child age 12 and younger.

For more information, contact Judy Costello, director of social services, or Michael and Christine Rojas, commanding officers, at 301-515-5354.

Midas golf classic

The second annual Midas Automotive Golf Classic, to benefit Community Ministry of Montgomery County, is Sept. 26 at Montgomery Country Club in Laytonsville. Community Ministry, comprised of 130 county congregations of all faiths, serves 45,000 households.

There is still sapce for more individual golfers and foursomes. Individuals pay $175 to play and foursomes pay $675.

There will be a buffet lunch, silent auction, refreshments and a buffet dinner.

The driving range opens at 10:30 a.m. Shotgun start is at noon.

For more information, call Warren Rosenfeld, director of business and development programs, at 240-361-0858, or

Housing fair participants sought

The fifth annual housing fair sponsored by the county’s Department of Housing and Community Affairs will be from10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park, Summit Hall Farm, 506 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg.

The fair will include a special Consumer Protection Day feature as well as food, entertainment and raffles.

Covered issues include credit, consumer scams, home improvements, identity theft, utility assistance, and Medicare.

Translation services will be available. Businesses, government agencies and community organizations interested in becoming sponsors or exhibitors should call Myriam Torrico, at 240-777-3627.

In uniform

Petty Officer Third Class Gero A. Spearman of Montgomery Village, recently participated in a 3.8-mile race through the dense jungle of northern Okinawa at the Jungle Warfare Training Center, the Marine Corps announced.

Spearman was among 50 Navy Seabees with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74’s Air Detachment, which was divided into four teams to participate in the timed endurance course.

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