April 1, 2011
A Biweekly Newspaper April 1, 2011 Volume VIII, Number 3
Ayrlawn, a local goat of some House Fire at accidentally by a worker’s
cigarette started the fire.
repute, wins international
humanitarian award. Details Historic Site Fueled by strong winds,
the flames consumed the
on page 21. By Rande Davis cedar shingle roof and
swept through the upper
A house fire broke out on floor of the residence. Ms.
Saturday, March 19 at 18200 Brown, who was home at
Beallsville Road, Poolesville. the time, called 911, tossed
The home is on the property out dogs and cats, and
of George Kephart, Sr. and evacuated the site.
is the house located about The Upper Montgom-
seventy-five yards north of Pam Boe of the UMCVFD
ery County Volunteer Fire
the main home on the historic talks with George Kephart, Sr.
Department got the call at
homestead, which is registered as both watch a house on his
Carol Hansen was the who 12:46 p.m. and, arriving
as Chiswell’s Inheritance. The property burn.
in who-done-it, and she and in minutes, was the first
main home, built in 1796, was on the scene. Other responders
Chris Hall won awards for untouched by the fire.
Best Costumes. See the Family from Carroll Manor and down
Ann Brown, daughter of county departments came later
Album on page 2 to make sense Mr. Kephart, resided in the buildings of the late 1700s on
of this. to assist. The fire damage was the Sotterley Plantation in Hol-
house. Her daughter, Amanda, limited to the roof and upper
lives in Rockville; and her son, lywood, Maryland. Ann Brown
rooms, although smoke and teaches art and runs her alpaca
Simon, currently serving in the water unavoidably caused fur-
marine corps, is stationed in farm, Rainbow Pacas, on the
ther damage on the first floor property.
Florida. No one was injured in and in the basement.
the fire. Apparently, an em- By Sunday, the Kepharts,
The house was built in 1931
ber from a burning brush pile for the farm’s dairyman and his -Continue on Page 6.
thought to have been set off family and is modeled after the
ing Hands-Poolesville (HH-
P)—whose funding and person
Residents Plan power for the work is possible
only because of the support of
To Rebuild local churches, civic organiza-
tions, and businesses, will join
Together hands and talents on a Rebuild-
By Catherine Beliveau, Ray ing Together (formerly Christ-
Rachel Macairan won the Hoewing, and Bernie Mihm mas in April) project.
Knights of Columbus Poster Every April for the past
contest about alcohol abuse. It may not be “Extreme dozen years, with one or two
See Tidbits on page 10 for Makeover,” but for the elderly exceptions, has witnessed
Together has a project planned
another winner. Dickerson couple whose small the renovation of at least one
for later in April.
two-story house will be scraped house owned by individuals
and painted, rotting window or families in the Poolesville/ on Saturdays, April 23 and
sills and damaged siding Upcounty area facing economic 30. Besides the work noted
replaced, basement stairs and difficulties. House Captain previously, unsafe wiring will
door rebuilt, and new deck for this year’s Rebuilding be replaced, safety rails built
installed later this month, the Together project, Chrisler at one entrance, and debris
results will be the same: A Homes’s owner, Joe Hetrick, removal and landscaping
drastic improvement in ap- says the required work will undertaken. While skilled
pearance, safety, and comfort. be challenging but certainly tradespersons will obviously be
Read about Robert Winning Once again, a group of local “doable.” Two large crews, as required, many of the workers
and the rest of the PHS residents, this year mobilized many as twenty to twenty-five
wrestlers in Youth Sports on by a new ecumenical nonprofit persons each day, are needed
-Continued on Page 9.
page 8. service organization—Help- to tackle the various tasks
April 1, 2011 The Monocacy Monocle Page 2
The kids are feeding the kids as
a big kid looks on. Joshua and
Alexandra Davis with Dominique
These ladies enjoyed the Pinot on the Patio
wine-tasting event at Bassett’s. The St. Peter’s High School Youth Group, at
their Balmy Bahamas Murder Mystery Dinner
fundraiser. Hannah Dowdy, adult leader Traci
Stevens, Connor Hall, Jesse Stevens, Anna
Clayton, Alex Wiley, and William Stamm.
Attending the grand opening of Poolesville Vision Services
are Franzisca Mayer, Monika Mevissen, Jean Pierre and
Helga Schwartz, Robin Mevissen, and Jim Belson.
April 1, 2011 The Monocacy Monocle Page 3
In The Garden percent below the age of twenty- at the water’s edge and dry them For two days, we slowly traveled
five; however, these statistics by spreading them out on plants, through the labyrinth of canals,
bring with them many prob- shrubs, and trees in the sun. The lakes, and rivers, their banks
lems. In urban and rural areas, area’s main business and export lined with dense tropical plants,
The Many Faces overpopulation, noise, animals, trade is tea and spices. They have coconut, banana, and rubber
poverty, garbage, and a lack of their own culture, language, and trees. Lining the shores, there
Of India clean water are constant concerns. cooking. were small villages where men,
By Maureen O’Connell Improvements are held back or Our tour first took us to the women, and children carried out
slowed by the government’s low backwaters of Kerala around the their daily lives. If you stopped
I recently returned from a budgets and a lack of technology town of Kollam. The best way to and looked closely, you could
two-week photographic study and trained manpower. Cows, observe the life of this area is on a see women in colorful saris at
course in Kerala, a state in the goats, dogs, and monkeys roam houseboat, modeled after the old the river’s edge, slapping their
southern part of India. It was the streets; nobody follows driv- rice barges, called kettuvallam.
offered by a small London travel ing guidelines, so congestion is We had four houseboats, each
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company, Frui Creative Holidays overwhelming. Huge billboards having three to four bedrooms.
and Courses, that specializes line the highways and small
in small photography, cooking, villages’ narrow, dusty streets.
and painting tours in locations Looking skyward at them, you
all over the world. We bypassed see beautiful sari-clad women
the usual tourist destinations of advertising diamonds and gold
India and focused on the off-the- jewelry and expensive seaside
beaten-path small villages in the condos for sale. Look downward
wonderfully expressive Kerala. toward the streets and you see
The Taj Mahal would have to wait trash: plastic bags, plastic bottles,
for another trip. beer cans, crisp packets, and
India is a country of contra- discarded food. What is amazing
dictions. It has positioned itself as is that the people seem unaware
an emerging world power, glob- of the need to change their at-
ally, politically, and economically. titude towards trash disposal and
With a population of 1.25 billion, removal. Now that I have spoken
it is the second most populated of some of the problems facing
country in the world, with fifty India, let me tell you why I grew
to love India.
Kerala has its share of prob-
lems, but it is a long way, dis-
tance wise and emotionally, from
the densely-populated, fast-paced
large cities of Mumbai, Delhi, and
Bangalore. The people of Kerala
live in an area that time seems
to have forgotten. They live in a
relaxed state and carry out their
daily lives in much the same way
as their forbears did decades ago.
The men cast their nets in the sea
every morning and night, the
women wash the family’s cloth-
ing by pounding them on rocks
April 1, 2011 The Monocacy Monocle Page 4
Letter to the Editor
RDT, is not okay? For the record,
Editor: I am quite happy that we receive
Let me get this straight. excellent cell phone service via
Property owners cannot the large tower right across the
fly a small plane for pleasure street from our home.
from their own Rural Density I am a strong supporter of
Transfer (RDT) zoned property the current RDT zoning and its
even if there are only two flights minimum lot size of twenty-five
per week; however, if the same acres. We even sold our develop-
people want to fly the same plane ment rights to create a permanent
from the same property fifty conservation easement on our
times per week in order to spray own property. It is important to
pesticides on their hayfield, that’s keep in mind, however, that there
okay? Let’s remember that farm- is a vast difference between RDT
ers start early and work late, so if low density zoning and a wilder-
the first flight is at dawn and the ness area or national park.
last at dusk, that’s okay as well? Bernie Mihm, Jr.
There are thousands of tele-
phone poles spaced every couple LCA Grand Award Winner-
hundred feet and miles and miles Hardscape Construction
of telephone lines spread along International Society of Arbori-
every road in the RDT; however, culture-Certified Arborist
a comparatively few cell phone Certified Professional Horticul-
towers, necessary to provide com- turist
petitive cell phone and internet
service for us residents of the
said that, I think the item was in-
Warning: This taxes; conservation; moderation;
more voice in government by the
about how all this translates into
our twenty-first century world. I
sightful and desirable. There is no
denying that the fragmentation of
Column Features individual; and a good cigaret [sic]
after a delicious meal.
noted that the Packet’s concerns
about the size, role, and scope
our policies into special interests
is counterproductive. It also oc-
Smoking Actually, this isn’t the stated
philosophy of the Monocacy
of the federal government are as
fresh today as then, but one has
curs to me that if the Packet folks
don’t approve of special-interest
By John Clayton Monocle, which is not to say that to admit that some of these ships
Editorially, [we] will be indepen- advocacy dominating the politi-
it is all bad. This is from The have sailed. The welfare state,
dent Republican. We tend to Repub- cal process, then they probably
Weekly Packet, which serves Blue cradle-to-the-grave security, and
lican philosophy, but won’t follow haven’t become Democrats yet.
Hill, Maine, and other nearby federal aid to education are the
the party when we think it’s in the I’m sure they would continue
communities, and the section is rule of the land, and certain com-
wrong. to lament the challenges to
their inaugural pronouncement ponents of these are considered
That’s sort of a fancy way of say- individual freedoms. This might
to the world (or at least their part third-rails of American politics,
ing we’re conservative. not even be from the big ticket
of Maine) in their first issue on that is, to suggest reducing
We strongly oppose massive- challenges such as wire-tapping,
December 1, 1960, which was benefits is regarded as political
ness in government; the paring away electronic surveillance, Barrack
printed late last year as a fifti- suicide. Not even the Tea Party
of individual freedoms; the welfare Obama’s prison in Guantanamo
eth anniversary celebration. A has seriously sustained a call for
state; bad roads; cradle-to-the-grave Bay (say what?), and speed
copy was kindly sent to me by cutting its own health benefits.
security, federal aid to education; cameras. I suspect they would
Kathleen and Steve Hayward, Admit it—we like our welfare
class legislation; hot-rod driving; most lament the loss of our
who live in Maine. Steve was state—we just don’t like paying
pessimists; suppression of minor- freedom to pursue annoying
the longtime rector at St. Peter’s for it, especially not for someone
ity groups; government waste; high habits such as letting our cats
Parish, and Kathleen, it should else.
fashion; teen-age alcoholics; news run loose and smoking cigars
be noted, has some responsibil- I found their aversion to
suppression; high taxes; and newspa- in public, or maybe the loss of
ity for the Monocle as she was the “class legislation” interesting. I
pers that never take a stand. public clam flats. Such pleasures
one who told me, while we were inferred this to be an objection to
We strongly favor a sound, non- are greatly eroded by the simple
in Maine, that there was someone special interest politics in all its
inflationary economy; the private fact that so many more of us are
else I knew in Poolesville who forms. It’s easy to be cynical and
enterprise system; integration; an or- living closer together. This is also
was interested in starting a local say that someone else’s remedy
derly, economic growth for this area; known as Smart Growth, the art
newspaper. is class legislation and one’s own
less pork-barrel legislation; a massive of getting other people to live
I found the Packet’s political remedy is the furtherance of our
foreign exchange program as the key positioning fascinating as a pe- precious freedoms, but having -Continued on Page 11.
to world peace; individualism; lower riod piece, and it made me think
April 1, 2011 The Monocacy Monocle Page 5
Business Briefs camp is for kids and adults. Fur-
ther information can be obtained at
New Winemaker At SMV
Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard
Grand Opening: Poolesville
is pleased to welcome Benoit Pine- Vision Services
au as their new winemaker. Ben Congratulations to Drs. Robin
hails from France and was edu- Mevissen and Thomas McInnes
cated in oenology and viticulture in on the grand opening of their
Bordeaux and Toulouse. He went new professional offices located at
right to work to inventory and 20005B Fisher Avenue. Poolesville
taste SMV wines aging in barrel Vision has serviced the area since
storage and to put new approaches 2006, and this new location has
in place, such as aging the Rosé been beautifully renovated, is
wine in the tanks to keep it fresh cheerfully bright and open, and
and crisp. He has also established offers a larger selection of glasses
a new racking regimen where the and specialty frames for children.
wines are removed from the bar- Ballet Garden Grows
rels, the lees (i.e., yeast remnants) is The Hope Garden Ballet Acad-
removed, and the wine returned to emy and Hope Garden Children’s
the barrel. Ballet Theatre have made the move
Fire Will Not Disrupt Art to a bigger and better space—but
still in Poolesville. Hope Garden’s
new location is in the Poolesville
Ann Brown, whose residence
Village Center. The dancers will
suffered major damage in the
use the old Curves space temporar-
recent fire, has reported that her
ily as they build out the old CVS
planned art camp in Poolesville
location. New construction (gen-
will go on as scheduled. “They will
erously contributed by Wathen
be held at the farm, but maybe not
Construction and volunteers)
on the porch. None of the art camp
supplies were damaged.” The
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April 1, 2011 The Monocacy Monocle Page 6
“Fire at Chiswell Inheritance”
Continued From Page 1. Remembrance as owner/operator of Poolesville
Barber and Stylist.
humor about the wonderful way
Whit filled the iconic position as
with assistance from friends and During the memorial service a barber in Small Town, America.
neighbors, were able to put a at Memorial United Methodist Gini plans to keep the barbershop
temporary roof beam in place Church, retired Baptist minister, open.
and drape the house with a huge, Ken Fitzwater, performed the cer- In lieu of flowers, the family
blue tarp. The family is planning emony. Whit had been a member requested that donations in Whit-
to restore the house, but cedar of the International Order of Odd ney’s name be made to WUMCO,
shingles will not be used for the Fellows (I.O.O.F.) Post #97
By Rande Davis since 1996. Grand Noble
The Kephart family ex- Thomas Dillingham led a
Whitney Staver, 63, of special remembrance service
pressed their deep appreciation
Poolesville died suddenly March by the Odd Fellows in honor
for the quick action of the fire
21, 2011 of a heart attack. He is of Whit’s service to the
department personnel and for the
survived by his wife of twenty- organization and the com-
family, friends, and neighbors
nine years Gini, son Whit Wil- munity and for his valued
who helped in the massive job of
liam, daughter Victoria, his friendship. Whit was also a
cleanup and in securing the tarps
parents Preble and Isabell, three member of the Poolesville
against inclement weather. They
sisters, Leslie, Lynne, and Laurie, American Legion Post #247.
offer a special thanks to Chris
niece Cindy Broderick, nephew Friends and family
Hren, Robert diGregorio, Bob
Eric Bouvet, and their families. spoke of his perpetual warm
Kapsch, Don Brown, Amanda
Whitney also leaves his dogs and wry humor and pleas-
Brown, Erin Mansfield, Patricia
Cayda and Jazz. antness, always greeting
Brown, Elise Muldoon, Caroline
Whit served his nation as each customer as a friend
Taylor, Jim Snider, Robin Snider,
a marine with two tours in the and sometimes with a bit
Patt Robertson, and Susie Homire
Vietnam War during the 1960s. of teasing. It was not un-
with her brother, Rick, and
Afterwards, he worked as a usual, as William Poole
nieces, Annie and Lizzy.
contract employee with the CIA pointed out, for customers
in McLean, Virginia for thirteen to come for the haircut and
years and as a stay-at-home dad stay for the company. Whitney Staver—Poolesville’s Barber
for two years before joining Gini Many shared stories of
April 1, 2011 The Monocacy Monocle Page 7
Daytripper um. Within its twenty-five acres,
she established gardens, four
fall-out shelters, statuary, foun-
tains, pools, sculptures, paths and
The Legacy of walks, a dacha (small, Russian
Lady Bountiful of second/vacation home), and ex-
panded the greenhouse (200 spe-
Hell’s Kitchen: cies of orchids then, 2500 now).
The museum showcases her two
Hillwood Estate, principal interests: decorative and
fine arts of eighteenth-century
Museum and France (including tapestries and
porcelain) and Imperial Russia
Gardens (two imperial Fabergé eggs and
By Ingeborg Westfall numerous icons). When she lived
in Moscow with third husband
Born March 15, 1887, Marjorie Ambassador Joseph Davies, Sta-
Merriweather Post has been de- lin opened to the diplomatic com-
scribed as America’s Empress be- munity warehouses of valuable
cause she inherited a vast fortune items stolen from Russian aristo-
from her father, C. W. Post, who crats. Items she purchased then
developed Postum and founded formed the foundation of her
Postum Cereal Company. Her Russian collection, which became
earliest memories were of gluing one of the finest in the world.
Postum boxtops. By age ten, she The museum is breath-taking,
was accompanying her father to and the gardens are its match.
board meetings. Later, she and Serene and welcoming, the Rose
then-husband E.F. Hutton trans- Garden, the French Parterre, and
formed Postum Cereal Company others present different rooms or
into General Foods Corporation, spaces that feature a variety of
buying Birdseye Frozen Foods historical styles combined with
in the process. During her life horticultural designs of the time.
she was famous for her lavish, My favorite is the Japanese-style
glamorous lifestyle, her four garden, an artful hybrid of Japa-
marriages, and her grand enter- nese and American gardening
taining. Since her death in 1973 at traditions.
age eighty-six, it has become clear These paragraphs offer just
that she was also a shrewd, far- the barest glimpse of the trea-
sighted businesswoman (it was sure that is Hillwood and the
her idea to acquire Birdseye). She extraordinary life of the woman
was known as a discerning art who gifted the nation with it. Her
collector and generous patron of ashes are there, in an urn at the
the arts (the Kennedy Center and base of a granite monument in
the Washington Ballet, among the Rose Garden. The monument
others) and other causes. During is inscribed, “All my hopes rest in
the Depression, she put her jewels me,” an accurate summation of a
in safe-keeping, canceled the well-lived life.
insurance, and used the money
to establish a soup kitchen serv-
ing daily meals to one thousand
women and children (other soup
kitchens fed only men); for that,
she was given the nickname:
Lady Bountiful of Hell’s Kitchen.
Years later, the New York Times
wrote of her, “While she always
lived like a queen, she always
gave like a philanthropist.”
In 1955, she bought a prop-
erty in D.C.’s Van Ness area,
renaming it Hillwood. She over-
saw its redesign and expansion
to house her art collection, with a
mind to later making it a muse-
April 1, 2011 The Monocacy Monocle Page 8
Local News much flexibility.” Volunteer vacancies still remain on
The commissioners voted to the planning commission, ethics
accept the reappointment of Den- commission, and the resident posi-
Town Government nis Minor on the Board of Zoning tion on the CEDC.
Report Appeals, Lynne Bodmer and Helen
Gunther on the CEDC, and Rande
Public Hearing on Davis with the Sign Review Board.
Budget Draws Few
Comments Youth Sports one thing: Hungry.
By Rande Davis This season had all the ap-
Bob Roit (right) was one of only two pearances of a rebuilding year
The public hearing on the offering comments at the public hearing with a very young starting lineup
proposed 2012 town budget on Poolesville’s proposed budget. The Longhorn Tradition including one freshman, seven
set for the March 21 commis- By Dominique Agnew sophomores, and two juniors.
panding with the two new housing Coach Dorsey and Assistant
sioners’ meeting attracted only two
developments and parkland, the Coach Mark Agnew concurred at
speakers. Rudy Gole queried the Each season, the ultimate
town commissioners considered the beginning of the season that
commissioners on the changing dream of any high school wres-
subcontracting the lawn mowing it was going to be a wild one. “It
scale of pay over the past few years tler is to be a state champion.
responsibilities to an outside firm. seemed like, against some teams,
that has resulted in a narrowing of Four years ago, in his second sea-
Currently, town employees handle at least half the matches were
pay structure from employment son as head coach, Kevin Dorsey
this responsibility. swing matches,” says Agnew.
grades sixteen to twenty. The town decided to take his lone state
A request for proposal for “We knew it was going to be a
manager is a grade twenty. Mr. qualifier, David Johnson, to the
lawn maintenance resulted in three rollercoaster ride every match.”
Gole opined that in considering Longhorn Steak House after the
firms submitting a bid. The bidding Despite getting off to a strong
the responsibilities of the town state tournament. Since then, he
on the RFP ranged from $37,000 start in a win against Rockville,
manager and, in his estimation, the has continued the tradition—and
to $77,000. The proposed FY2012 the second match against Da-
exemplary performance of the cur- it’s beginning to hurt his wallet.
budget had not included this cost mascus was a perfect example.
rent town manager, Wade Yost, the Last year, the Poolesville team
and, after considering the propos- Leading by one point going into
grade twenty should be raised. Mr. qualified a school-record seven
als, the concept was dropped. In the final match at heavyweight,
Gole lobbied the commissioners on wrestlers from a senior-led team
rejecting all bids, the commis-
a salary range “in the six figures.” that was expected to do very well.
sioners were swayed by the town
Commissioner Jim Brown con- At the end of a state tournament -Continued on Page 12.
manager to hold off on contracting
curred on Mr. Gole’s evaluation and a long season, wrestlers are
out lawn mowing and to instead
of the performance of the town
consider expanding the two part-
manager, but no commissioner
time employee summer work from
committed to the proposal.
the current eight-to-ten weeks to
Bob Roit asked for clarification
eighteen weeks. The estimate of
on the budget plans of a lawn-
these expanded work hours was
mowing contract that was under
consideration that evening.
Director of the Parks and
After Jerry Klobukowski asked
Streets, Preston King, and his staff
for clarification on the verbiage
were present at the meeting, and
used in the proposed new forest
Mr. King supported the part-time
conservation ordinance (Ordinance
concept and in so doing spoke of
#122) with specific concern on its
the pride his staff takes in the care
requirements for replanting of
of the lawns. He emphasized that
trees, the commissioners unani-
an outside contractor cannot match
mously approved it.
their work ethic and love of the
The Request for Proposal (RFP)
town. “Our staff either lives in the
for the paving in Seneca Chase had
town or their parents and grand-
ten firms requesting a proposal
parents do. Outsiders will not have
package for the RFP, while six
the high standards, personal touch,
actually submitted a bid. The con-
or how they (the staff) relate to
tract was awarded to M. T. Laney
town residents.” He also pointed
Company, Inc. In addition to the
out that the town is “starved for
work to be done in Seneca Chase,
entry-level jobs” for young people
the contract also provides curb and
coming out of high school. Mr.
gutter installation at Dr. Thomas
Yost also spoke of concern that
Dillingham Park. M. T. Laney sub-
first bids often lead to increases
mitted the bid at $486,848.40. The
once a contract is locked in and the
paving work is anticipated to be
town becomes dependent on those
completed by this spring.
services. With an outside contrac-
With anticipation that lawn
tor, Yost stated, “We won’t have as
maintenance in the town will be ex-
April 1, 2011 The Monocacy Monocle Page 9
“Rebuilding Together” Continued as the sponsor and coordinator staffed by willing volunteers to
supplied over sixty percent of the
From Page 1. of the project, is less than a year respond to modest house-related
funding (Memorial Methodist,
old. Its most noteworthy project emergencies of elderly and low-
Poolesville Presbyterian, St. Pe-
will be doing important grunt previously was a Rebuilding To- income residents.
ter’s Episcopal, and Our Lady of
work, such as paint scraping, gether-like work day last fall that Helping Hands is proud to
the Presentation Catholic), three
assisting carpenters, hauling resulted in extensive inside and be the sponsor of one of the thirty
civic organizations (Monocacy
debris, and wielding paint outside repairs to the headquar- separate Rebuilding Together
Lions, Poolesville Area Chamber
brushes. ters of WUMCO Help, Inc. While projects taking place all over
of Commerce, and Odd Fellows
Organizational work for the the committee is still defining its Montgomery County this month.
Lodge 97), Hilton Funeral Homes,
late April renovations began in program, the vision is that of an Readers who may be interested
and an anonymous contributor
early December when HH-P ap- ecumenical community service in joining their fellow residents
of a significant sum. Three busi-
proached a number of entities in organization that will support at the local Rebuilding Together
nesses—Kettler Forlines Homes,
the Poolesville area for financial WUMCO, not only in maintain- project should contact Catherine
Cugini’s Pizza, and Selby’s Mar-
support. The $2,750 fee required ing and improving its physical Beliveau at 301-452-5318 or Ray
ket—will be providing in-kind
to participate in the county-wide facilities, but also in raising funds Hoewing at 301-461-9399 for fur-
Rebuilding Together program for its critical social service work ther information.
came from four churches that and in developing a program
April 1, 2011 The Monocacy Monocle Page 10
Tidbits An informational meeting is
planned for Wednesday, April 27 in
Substance Abuse Awareness Poster
Contest. In this contest, students
the school auditorium. The meet- were encouraged to develop an
PES Turn 50! ing will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will original poster and slogan idea
Poolesville Elementary School encompass some of the following designed to discourage their peers
(PES) turns fifty this year. To agenda items: election of officers, from experimenting with drugs
celebrate this big event, PES PTA (a formation of committees and and alcohol. Winning entries now
501(c)3 organization) is planning a alumni database, and fundraising. progress to local, district, state, and
lot of fun events for the community, There is also interest in estab- international levels of competition.
students, alumni, staff, and parents. lishing a scholarship fund, reunion The winners at the council Pete Barry won the Knights of
The PES PTA is also looking for networks, alumni picnics and level were both from Poolesville Columbus Poster contest about
business sponsors. For only $50, dances, Indian/Falcon alumni bas- Elementary School: Pete Barry drug abuse.
your business can have its logo with ketball games, and the long-awaited for Drug Abuse Awareness, and Perry Dominici.
a link to its website from the spon- institution of a PHS Sports Hall of Rachel Macairan for Alcohol Abuse Council winners receive a spe-
sors’ webpage. Fame. Awareness. Posters were submit- cial certificate of recognition and a
Activities will go from the week Please feel free to share this ted from Poolesville Elementary $100 savings bond. First place win-
of May 2 (Spirit Week) through an opportunity with any alumni you and Monocacy Elementary Schools, ners receive a special certificate of
open house event on Poolesville know. The Poolesville High School were judged by individuals selected recognition and a $50 savings bond.
Day, along with active participation Alumni Association hopes to, as from the community, and winners Runnersup received a $10 gift cer-
in Poolesville Day events. part of its mission, make a posi- from each school then went onto the tificate from Café 107 in Poolesville.
Individuals or businesses who tive impact on the community and council level for further judging. All contestants receive a certificate
may wish to donate can do so at school. If you are interested, please Winners at the school level of recognition for their participation.
www.pespta.com, as well. Please contact Skip by April 22 through from Monocacy Elementary School A total of 127 posters were entered
email firstname.lastname@example.org for more the Poolesville High School Athletic were: for Drug Abuse Awareness, from both elementary schools.
information. Booster Club or email him directly Chloe Insalaco (first place) and Contest judges were Julia
Call Out to PHS Alumni at James_M_Etheridge@mcpsmd. runner-up Sam Garrett; for Alcohol Barnes, senior, Poolesville High
Skip Etheridge, in conjunction Abuse Awareness, Alexis Abrigo School; Doreen Fowler, owner,
with the PHS Boosters Club, is or- (first place) and runner-up Su- Healthworks Fitness Center,
Knights of Columbus Abuse
ganizing the formation of an alumni sanna Schmidt. The runners-up at Poolesville; Nick Tucci, Mont-
Awareness Poster Contest
association for the high school. Poolesville Elementary School Drug gomery County Official, retired;
The local council of the Knights
Alumni are invited to be a part of Abuse Awareness was Kellie Dahlin and Pete Picariello, Montgomery
of Columbus is proud to announce
a committee to spearhead this new and for Alcohol Abuse Awareness, County Official, retired and high
the winners of the eighth annual
organization. school teacher.
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“Commentary” Continued From
Police Blotter: Past and Present April 7, 1960 The summer
resort town of Seneca was inun- Page 4.
dated by floodwaters caused by
By Jack Toomey house at Monocacy Cemetery
the Potomac River and Seneca
closer together to allow the rest of
caught fire and burned to the us to live further apart, at least for
Creek overflowing their banks.
Current Crime ground. Sparks from the burn- a little longer.
The Seneca Hotel was particu-
Sex offense: 17500 block of ing building took flight and set Indeed, the Packet’s para-
larly hard hit with water enter-
Kohlhoss Road. fire to other buildings nearby. graph of things they “strongly
ing the first floor. Most residents
Assault: 17100 block of favor” would be hard for any
took to boats to escape the high
Conoy Road, Barnesville. April 5, 1906 The family of rational person to contest, and
Theft: 17500 block of Collier Edward Green of near Frederick I’m sure they are unhappy with
April 7, 1942 Edward Dowd,
Circle, 20400 block of West Of- were said to be greatly relieved our forty-one years of progress
nineteen years old, was killed
futt Road, 22200 block of Peach when they were notified that on pork-barrel legislation—at
when he fell thirty-five feet into
Tree Road. Mr. Green was alive and well in least we’re still arguing about it.
a rocky crevice while hiking
Disorderly conduct com- Baltimore. The family had been A comment on women’s rights
with fellow Bethesda-Chevy
plaints: 19500 block of Jerusalem previously told that the body would have been nice, but maybe
Chase High School students on
Terrace, 19950 Fisher Avenue. of a man, identified as Green, that’s a cheap shot given that it
Sugarloaf Mountain. Dowd was
Past Crime had been buried in the Potters was 1960. Even a more liberal
the son of the superintendent of
April 5, 1896 The cemetery Field near the Frederick County publication probably would have
the Postal Telegraph Company.
Almshouse. overlooked that one in 1960. I
April 9, 1969 Montgomery
note that the after-dinner smoke
County announced plans to
was expressed using the mascu-
purchase 233 acres of property
line form of the noun, rather than
on Route 28. The intention was
the preferred “-ette” spelling, but
to build the county’s first police
we don’t speak of such things
and fire academy.
Hot-rod driving needs no
comment. You know who you
April 1, 2011 The Monocacy Monocle Page 12
School News with unforgettable characters. If
you haven’t, it’s time to come out
sic. This isn’t a show just for kids;
people of all ages will delight in
entertained. Mark your calendars
for April 7 at 7:00 p.m., April 8
from under that rock you’ve been this exhilarating adventure. at 7:30 p.m., and April 9 at 2:00
living under and experience the The Midnight Players have
p.m. and 7:30 p.m.Tickets go on
magic of Dr. Seuss live onstage. been working nonstop since Janu- sale Wednesday, March 30 in the
This isn’t a show just for ary to produce this one-of-a-kind
Hears a Who?
Falcon Foyer from 11:00 a.m. to
kids. The value of friendship, the performance experience. Music 11:30 a.m. and from 2:15 p.m.
By Celeste Kelly insanity of what we fight about, director Mrs. Christine Pappas to 2:45 p.m. Tickets may also
and the power of standing up for has worked with Mr. Kenneth be reserved online by emailing
The Cat in the Hat will soon what we believe in are lessons of Goldsborough to bring beautiful Mrs. Lisa Templeton at jlh.temp@
arrive at Poolesville High School. which we can all be reminded. sound to the stage, and Mr. Kelly verizon.net. It is expected that all
He will be accompanied by The Midnight Players will be DeLameter has choreographed reserved tickets will be paid for
Horton the Elephant, Gertrude performing Seussical, and it’s sure the dance numbers. Costumes at the will call table before each
McFuzz, Mayzie LaBird, the Sour to be an unforgettable show. Fol- were created by the talented Ms. show. Come prepared to use your
Kangaroo, a little boy named lowing the basic plot of “Horton Nanci Niebauer, and the world of imagination!
Jojo… and the entire population Hears a Who,” Seussical incor- Dr. Seuss has been made a reality
of Whoville! Have you ever read porates aspects from over nine- by the technical crew, led by Mr.
a Dr. Seuss book? If you have, teen other Dr. Seuss stories. The Matt Johnson and senior Anna
you remember what fun it is to characters are zany, the songs are Mihm, student tech director.
dive into a fantastical world filled catchy, and the rhymes are clas- Come to support and leave
“The Longhorn Tradition”
sification along with Rockville tournament, the team was looking and Cody Savage ended his career
Continued From Page 8.
and Wheaton, separating them for its best state performance ever, on a high note, finishing sixth
the Falcons lost a heartbreaker from the other county schools and it proved to be just that. In the in the state—quite an accom-
on a disqualification on too many to compete in the 1A/2A south previous four years, the Falcons plishment for a team that many
technical violations by a first-year regional tournament at Glenelg had only one wrestler place in the thought might be in a rebuild-
wrestler who was winning the High School in Howard County. top six in the state. This season ing year. As for Coach Dorsey, it
match before disqualification, giv- The first day of the tournament they had three state placers. Cory would prove to be a costly year as
ing Damascus the win. There were was cancelled due to a power out- Savage had a great tournament well, feeding six hungry wrestlers
several more close losses that were age, forcing the entire tournament and finished fourth in the state, at Longhorn would not be cheap,
decided on the final match, but the into an all-day affair on Saturday. Robert Winning capped off a great but he doesn’t mind. This is the
wrestlers kept working hard and The top eight wrestlers from the season with a fifth place finish, tradition.
continued to improve. By the time region qualify with the top four
the county championship rolled advancing to the state tourna-
around, the Falcons were starting ment located at the University
to peak. The team finished eighth of Maryland, Cole Field House.
in the county out of twenty-five Poolesville qualified ten wrestlers
teams, and junior Robert Win- for the tournament.
ning was county champion at 145 Winning added to his first place
pounds, sophomore Cory Savage county finish with a regional
placed second at 103 pounds, championship, Cory Savage,
sophomore Will Korzenieski sophomore Cody Dorsey (125),
placed fourth at 119 pounds, and and Cody Savage placed second.
seniors Cody Savage (130) and Will Korzenieski and sophomore
Henry Mangold (215) placed sixth heavyweight Robby Lenz placed
overall. fourth, leading the Falcons to a
Poolesville is one of only three fifth place team finish. With six
county teams in the 1A/2A clas- wrestlers qualifying for the state
April 1, 2011 The Monocacy Monocle Page 13
ous nieces and nephews.
Remembrance He was remembered as a very
anyway.” Family knew if he could
have attended his own funeral, that
friendly man with a ready smile
Jack Lee “Rip” and a love for flowers, numbers,
twinkle would have come into his
eyes, a smile would be on his lips,
Broadwater and riddles. Daughter Cherise
and he would have pointed that fin-
Praniewski recalled her father in a
ger and instead of saying goodbye
touching poem, acknowledging his
would have simply said, “I never
bravery, pride, and strength. She
liked you anyway.” Every one
marveled that he died on March 17
would have understood the true
since he always played 317 in the
love behind those words.
lottery and the irony of his funeral
In lieu of flowers, donations
being on March 21 since he enjoyed
may be made to WUMCO Help,
cards, especially black jack.
Inc., P.O. Box 247, Poolesville, MD
Jack served in the army. He
20837 or ASPCA, American Society
hated water, swimming, and the
for the Prevention of Cruelty to
like, but always saw the humor that
Animals, 424 E. 92nd St., New York,
his first assignment in the army
Mr. Jack Lee “Rip” Broadwater, was scraping paint on a ship for six
months. “Business Briefs” Continued
69, of Poolesville, died suddenly From Page 5
on Thursday March 17, 2011. He Granddaughter Kori recalled
was the loving husband of Jeanette his smiles of happiness, mid-night should be finished by mid-
Broadwater. snacks, and his wonderful silly May. “I can’t be more pleased
Born on October 14, 1941 in jokes. Neighbor Bob Hernandez with the location and amenities
Oakland, Maryland, he was the spoke of his appreciation for Jack as the new space will offer to my
son of the late Gerald and Hope a good neighbor, someone always dancers and their families,” says
Broadwater. Surviving him besides with a warm greeting. He recalled Fran Ichijo, artistic director of
his wife are one son, Jerry Broadwa- Jack as a “gentleman and gentle Hope Garden. “The size of the
ter of Cumberland, one daughter, man.” space will allow for more studios,
Cherise Praniewski of Poolesville, Jack was seldom serious and and the quality restaurants in
one brother, Leonard Broadwater never, ever said goodbye. Instead he this shopping center will make
of Annapolis, two grandchildren, would smile, point his finger, and for great convenience for waiting
Kandyce and Kori Lee, and numer- humorously say, “I never liked you parents.”
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Local News everything associated with their
equine operation—feed, tack,
farming and mowing equipment
in the fire.
rope, halters, animal husbandry Mr. Bauer told the Monocle
equipment, pails, and all “the that no livestock was in the barn
Barn a Total little stuff”—was completely gone at the time and that “no life was
in a smoldering heap. The Bauers lost; only stuff.”
Loss in Morning also lost their tractor and other
By John Clayton
On an unseasonably chilly
spring morning this past Mon-
day, March 28, Hap and Sha-
ron Bauer of the 18600 block of The remains of the Bauer’s barn.
Barnesville Road were getting
ready to feed their horses on and the barn was a total loss. The
their sprawling Silver Lining structure, which was visible from
Farm near Monocacy Elemen- Barnesville Road and very much
tary School when they noticed a part of the spectacular agrarian
that their horses, none of which scenery of the Barnesville vicin-
were in the barn at the time, were ity, was about twenty-one years
extremely agitated. The Bauers old, with six stalls and a machine
were subsequently stunned to see shed on one end. It was built by
flames shooting out of their barn. Doug Stein and Cornerstone, Inc.
The fire was far too advanced in Beallsville. The cause of the fire
for the Upper Montgomery is presently unknown.
County Volunteer Fire Depart- Mr. Bauer lamented the chal-
ment and the other companies lenges they now face in “keeping
that responded to have any effect, the horses going,” as virtually
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“India” Continued From Page 3. came into the church with their
well-groomed and well-dressed
Things to Do combination of serious organ
works, orchestral transcrip-
washing against rocks and young children. Then, men in tions, and colorful novelty
rinsing them in the river’s water; clean-pressed suits followed. Reminder: Orders for PHS works. A reception with re-
children in school uniforms There must have been about two Booster Club spring mulch freshments will provide an op-
waiting for the their ferry-bus hundred people, who had all re-
sale are due by April 8. Order portunity to meet Mr. Cheban.
to school; men casting their nets moved their shoes before they en-
tered, there for the weekday four
online at www.phsbooster- Freewill offering with sug-
hoping to catch fish for their club.org/mulchsale.
o’clock mass. Far above this little gested donation of $15.00 per
evening meal; shimmering rice
paddies glistening in the morning town were the jewels of the area: person.
the beautiful, green, manicured April 1, 2, and 3 7:00 p.m.
sun; and monkeys leaping from
coconut tree to coconut tree. tea plantations. Here, high on the Shades of Spring
One of the largest and most verdant slopes, women work all Art League of Germantown Cugini’s Entertainment Night
visited wildlife reserves in India day hand-picking tea leaves and Spring art show Featuring: Doug Bell. 8:00 p.m.
is the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary earn about $2.00 a day. BlackRock Center for the Arts
in the Cardamom Hills region of We finished our tour in Co- Friday and Saturday, 10:00 April 3
the Western Ghats Mountains. chin, which is situated between
a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wine Tasting At Sugarloaf
There are few, if any, tigers or the Arabian Sea and the backwa-
ters. We stayed in Fort Cochin,
Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mountain Vineyards
leopards to see here anymore, but Artist reception: Sunday, 1:00
with its grid of venerable old Live Music: Mike Bowers
there are plenty of other animals, p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
including a good population of streets and vestiges of the early 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
elephants. In addition to the wild- Dutch and Portuguese settlers.
life sanctuary, the area is well The most iconic photographic im- April 1 April 4
known for its tea factories and age of Kerala is the huge, elegant PHS Boys’ and Girls’ Lacrosse, Poolesville Town Commis-
spice plantations. As accommoda- Chinese fishing nets lining the Northwood at home sioners
tions are limited in the sanctuary, northern shore of Fort Cochin. Girls – 5:15; Boys – 7:00 p.m. Town Hall, 7:30 p.m.
we stayed in the busy market Traders from the court of Kublai
town of Kumily. This is a feast for Khan are said to have introduced
Cugini’s Entertainment Night
the eyes for any photographer. them to the Malabar region.
What do I remember most
Featuring: JDN Band
The dusty main street is a road- Jack Worthington, Denise
side bazaar jammed with sari- about India? India is all about - Continued on Page 18.
colors, smells, sounds, and above D’Amico, and Neal Herron
wearing women, row after row
all its people, especially the 8:00 p.m.
of little shops selling local herbs,
essential oils, cooking spices, children. They are all captured in
bejeweled cotton shirts and hand- the brilliant hues of the women’s April 2
bags, and vendors cooking and saris, a small girl’s sparkling, col- Poolesville Library
selling on the sidewalks all kinds ored dress, the pastel colors of a Puppet Show: Animal Crack-
of curries. Cows, goats, stray humble abode, the brightly-paint- ers by Bob Brown
dogs, and a very pushy group of ed fishing boats, the red pep-
Once again, Master Puppeteer
monkeys roamed the streets at pers, the deep green tea leaves;
the pungent smell of incense in
Bob Brown brings his magical
will, scrounging for any tidbit of marionettes to life in this pre-
thrash or discarded food. the temples and churches, the
smell of curry that everyone eats sentation of “Animal Crack-
We left behind this stew of
for breakfast, lunch, and din- ers.” For children ages 2 to 9.
sights, smells, and sounds and
traveled four hours in a bus to ner, the overwhelming scent of Registration not required.
the town of Munnar, the center flowers everywhere, the smell of 1:00 p.m.
of Kerala’s principal tea-growing spices flowing out of the many
region. The town was a scruffy shops; the sounds of the call to PHS Baseball and Softball,
agglomeration of corrugated- prayer several times a day, the Gaithersburg at home,
iron-roofed shacks selling the low, rhythmic sound of women
most fantastic array of food, live gliding through tea gardens pick-
chickens, fish, clothing, spices, ing tea leaves. Above all, I will
remember the smiling faces of the Wine Tasting At Sugarloaf
jewelry, and household goods. Mountain Vineyards
Cars, motorized rickshaws, women, men, and children who
were so excited to have their pic- Live Music: Robert Thorworth
people, cows, and goats came at
you from all directions. Coming tures taken. They were the faces 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
to the edge of the town, I walked of hope, both for themselves and
up a steep hill and came upon a for India. Organ Dedication Concert
large, beautiful Catholic church. I Memorial United Methodist
went inside to get out of the heat Church
and to look at the pictures in my Enjoy a performance by guest
camera. Soon, women in im- organist, Marc Cheban, who
maculate saris in jeweled colors will present a delightful
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Things to Do
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“Things to Do” Continued From items, clothing for the whole PHS Boys’ Volleyball Proceeds will support Holy
family, books, electronics, jew- Einstein at home, 5:15 p.m. Name charitable activities.
April 5 elry, linens, baby equipment, 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
PHS Tennis toys, sporting goods, tools, Cugini’s Entertainment Night
Blake at home, 3:30 p.m. gardening items, and one-of- Jay Summerour, 8:00 p.m. Spring Cleanup at John Poole
a-kind treasures. To donate House
April 6 your unwanted stuff, drop off April 9 Sponsored by Historic Medley
PHS Baseball and Softball any time until Monday, April PHS Boys’ Tennis District, Inc.
Wheaton at home, 3:30 p.m. 4. Hours are Thursday, April Churchill at home, 10:00 a.m. Volunteers needed
7 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Refreshments served
PHS Girls’ Lacrosse Friday, April 8 from 9:00 a.m. Fourth Annual Inclusive Earth 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Rockville at home, 7:00 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, April Day Celebration
9 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A 2011 Maryland Recreation 23rd Potomac River Cleanup
Poolesville Parks Board Meet- St. Peter’s is located at 20100 and Parks Association Innova- Hosted by Landscape and
ing Fisher Avenue in Poolesville. tive Program Award Recipient Nature Discoveries, Inc.
Town Hall, 7:30 p.m. Call 301-349-2073 for more Join this environmental stew- Local site: Along the
information. ardship program hosted by Monocacy River in Dicker-
April 7, 8, and 9 Calleva and Potomac Commu- son; meet at parking lot of
PHS Spring Play: “Seussical” April 8 nity Resource (PCR). Calleva is Monocacy Bridge
Thursday: 7:00 p.m. AARP Tax Assistance a local nonprofit organization Qualifies for SSL hours - dress
Friday: 7:30 p.m. Poolesville Library April 7 to providing outdoor education to get dirty
Saturday: 2:00 p.m. and April 9 to youth and adults in the 9:00 a.m. to noon
7:30 p.m. AARP will be providing free region, and PCR provides ser-
income tax preparation (be- vices to teens and adults with April 10
Super Rummage Sale tween 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. developmental differences in Wine Tasting at Sugarloaf
Another fabulous Rummage by appointment) to indi- their families. Mountain Vineyards
Sale at St. Peter’s Parish is just viduals with emphasis on low Come join with other vol- Live Music: Dave Pepper
around the corner. There will income and elderly people. unteers to help repair trails, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
be thousands of household Counselors are certified by remove invasive weeds, and
IRS. 10:00 p.m. begin spring composting and April 12
planting. PHS Baseball and Softball
Calleva Farm, 19120 Martins- Blair at home, 3:30 p.m.
burg Road, Dickerson
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PHS Boys’ Lacrosse
Seneca Valley at home,
Wine Tasting At Sugarloaf 7:00 p.m.
Live Music: Ken Wenzel April 13
2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Poolesville Planning Commis-
Cugini’s Entertainment Night Town Hall, 7:30 p.m.
Featuring So Far Gone.
9:00 p.m. April 14
Pre-School Storytime (3-6)
Swing into Spring Dance Poolesville Library
Break out of your winter cabin Stories, fingerplays, and music
fever and come and enjoy an for pre-school ages three to six
evening of DJ music and fond 10:30 a.m.
memories of the 40s, 50s, 60s,
and 70s, and maybe even the April 15
80s. Beer, wine, soft drinks, Cugini’s Entertainment Night
and food will be served. There Featuring The Colliders,
will also be a raffle, silent auc- 9:00 p.m.
tion, and a professional pho-
tographer. $15 per person. For
reservations, call 301-972-7208,
or buy tickets at the door. St
Mary’s Pavilion, Barnesville.
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