Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007

The fire in their hearts

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Courtesy of Domenic Cicala
Stylist Lindsay Dacey, with O’Hair Salon and Spa in the Kentlands, administers a trim for Shana Newman, of Habitat for Humanity, during O’Hair’s Cut-a-Thon at its store Sept 9. The event was coordinated with Habitat for Humanity through the Unlocking Hope program to provide funds for home construction in the southeast United States in wake of Hurricane Katrina. O’Hair has raised more than $4,900 through its Unlocking Hope initiatives.
The Damascus Volunteer Fire Department hosted the annual convention of the county Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association and the executive committee meeting of the Maryland State Firemen’s Association last month.

More than 150 volunteer firefighters, fire chiefs, politicians and guests attended the association’s annual awards dinner.

The Damascus department dedicated this year’s program to Marcine Goodloe, president of the Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association.

The association created a new award this year, calling it the T.J. Barbieri Red Badge of Courage Award in honor of Thomas J. Barbieri, a Rockville Volunteer Fire Department member who died in Iraq on Aug. 23, 2006.

Barbieri, a graduate of Thomas S. Wootton High School, joined the Army in October 2004 and was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division as a gunner. He was deployed to Afghanistan in July 2005 and then to Iraq. Barbieri received a Silver Star for gallantry and the Purple Heart, among many more decorations.

The President’s Award was given to Joseph Chornock of the Germantown Volunteer Fire Department.

The Chief George Hilliard Volunteer of the Year Award went to Tommy Baker of the Laytonsville Volunteer Fire Department.

Capt. Adam Jones of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Squad earned the Chief David Gratz Award, Master Paramedic Dave DeVore of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service received the Mary Beth Michos Award, Lt. Jon Feidler of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service received the John A. White Award and Paramedic Kendall F. Sanderson of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Squad received the James S. Nicewarner Memorial Award.

Five volunteers were inducted into the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association’s Hall of Fame: Chief Russell W. Dawson of the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department, Ann Hughes and Maryanne Herren-Prather of the Gaithersburg-Washington Grove Volunteer Fire Department, Earl L. Moore of the Upper Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Department and past president Theresa Gartner-Surette of the Damascus Volunteer Fire Department.

A religious experience

The Bishop of Washington, The Right Rev. John Bryson Chane is coming 7:30 p.m. Thursday to welcome the new Rector of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, The Rev. Dr. Carol Flett, in a ministry service in the church, 21611 Laytonsville Road.

Flett was a suburban parish priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts for 20 years and served as Rector of two churches in the Boston area.

She also served as associate director for interfaith relations on the Massachusetts Council of Churches, coordinating dialogues between Christian and Jewish clergy, Christian and Muslim leaders and Liberal and Evangelical Christian clergy.

Flett moved to the Washington, D.C., area to be near her two children and three grandchildren and lead St. Bartholomew’s, which was established as a chapel of ease in 1812 and is one the oldest churches in Montgomery County.

For more information, call 301-948-8201.

Music to her ears

As part Montgomery County Public Libraries’ 2007 Teen Summer Reading drawing, Alicia Irikura, an eighth-grade student at Roberto Clemente Middle School in Germantown, received a white iPod Nano from Gaithersburg Library Manager Lillian Snyder on Sept. 25.

Teens from around Montgomery County submitted more than 1,900 recommendations of books they enjoyed reading this summer through the seventh annual drawing.

‘‘Teen2Teen: Book Recommendations by Teens for Teens,” a booklet containing many of the recommendations contributed this summer, will be printed this month and distributed to all the libraries during Teen Read Week from Oct. 14-20.

Submissions for People and Places must be received by 10 a.m. Thursday. Send submissions to Chris Robinson via e-mail at, fax at 301-670-7183 or mail to The Gaithersburg-Montgomery Village Gazette, 1200 Quince Orchard Blvd., Gaithersburg, MD 20878.