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					    Volume 39, Issue 2 ~ Published by Olney Mill Community Association, Inc. ~ February 2009

           Freezing Pipes                                         Healthy Eating For A
                                                                    Health y Weight
As it appears that this winter may be one of the coldest
in years, this article from the American Red Cross may        Many Olney Mill residents made a New Year’s
provide you with some handy tips on being prepared            Resolution to get in shape and eat healthier. We
when it comes to water pipes in your home. For more           thought the following information from the US
information, visit their website at          Department of Health & Human Services Center for
                 Why Pipe Freezing Is a Problem               Disease Control might help. Remember, getting to a
                                                              healthy weight is not a diet, it’s a lifestyle! For additional
                  Water has a unique property in that it
                                                              information on eating healthy, visit,
                  expands as it freezes. This expansion
                  puts tremendous pressure on
                  whatever is containing it, including        A healthy lifestyle involves many choices. Among them,
                  metal or plastic pipes. No matter the       choosing a balanced diet or eating plan. So how do
“strength” of a container, expanding water can cause          you choose a healthy eating plan? Let’s begin by
pipes to break. Pipes that freeze most frequently are         defining what a healthy eating plan is.
those that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose
                                                              According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a
bibs, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines
                                                              healthy eating plan:
and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like
basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages or                · Emphasizes fruits, vegetables,
kitchen cabinets. Also, pipes that run against exterior          whole grains, and fat-free or low-
walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to      fat milk and milk products
freezing.                                                     · Includes lean meats, poultry, fish,
                                                                 beans, eggs, and nuts
Pipe freezing is a particular problem in warmer               · Is low in saturated fats, trans fats,
climates where pipes often run through uninsulated or            cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars
underinsulated attics or crawl spaces.
                                                              · Stays within your daily calorie needs
Preventing Frozen Pipes                                       (Continued on Page 8)
Before the onset of cold weather, prevent freezing of
these water supply lines and pipes by following these
                                                                            In T his Issue:
·   Drain water from swimming pool and water
    sprinkler supply lines following manufacturer’s or
    installer’s directions. Do not put antifreeze in these       Board Notes ............................................. 2
    lines unless directed. Antifreeze is environmentally         Crime Watch ............................................. 5
    harmful, and is dangerous to humans, pets, wildlife          ACC Corner .............................................. 6
    and landscaping.                                             Neighbor to Neighbor ................................ 7
                                                                 Welcome to Olney Mill ............................... 9
·   Remove, drain and store hoses used outdoors.
                                                                 Community Events .................................. 10
    Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs.
                                                                 Around the Mill ........................................ 12
    Open the outside hose bibs to allow water to drain.
(Continued on Page 4)
OMCA Board of Directors                                                   Board Notes
    Olney Mill Community Association, Inc.
       P.O. Box 217 • Olney, MD 20830                       The Olney Mill Community Association Board of
                (301) 231-3739                              Directors held its most recent meeting on January 14,
                                                            2009. Summaries of previous Board meetings may
                                                            be found in the Board Notes section of The Mill Stream,
                                                            which is available on the Olney Mill Community website
          OFFICERS                    DIRECTORS             at Upon request, hard copy
President:       Dennis Twombly        Brad Branch          versions of the notes are available for review.
Vice President: Dominique D’Anna       Robert Morell
                                     Maryland Lehmann
                                                            COMMUNITY COMMENTS
Treasurer:         Collin Sandifer                          Steve Ornstein, president of the Olney Mill Swim Club,
Secretary:           Tania Dynda                            updated the Board on the status of the membership
                                                            software for the pool. They are currently testing the
                   COMMITTEES                               software and are expecting that it will be ready for use
Architectural Control:       Maryland Lehmann, Chair        by summer.
All inquiries or concerns regarding Architectural Control   TREASURER’S REPORT
must be made in writing to the Chair. Mail inquiries to:    The Community Association had net income of $800
OMCA, P.O. Box 217, Olney, MD 20830.                        for 2008, despite the unplanned capital improvements
Communications:                      Brad Branch, Chair     on the Mill House. As of the Board meeting, nearly
GOCA:                          Brad Branch, Co-Chair        70% of homeowners have paid their 2009 dues. As
                          Dominique D’Anna, Co-Chair        interest rates have dropped, the Treasurer will shop
                                                            around to find the best rate for the Association’s
Nominating Committee:                 Rob Morell, Chair     certificate of deposit.
Parks & Common Areas:                 Rob Morell, Chair
                                                            PARKS & COMMON AREAS
Recreation:                      Collin Sandifer, Liaison   The Board is contacting other
Safety & Transportation:              Rob Morell, Chair     landscaping companies to get
                                                            estimates for lawn & leaf
Scholarship:                 Maryland Lehmann, Chair
                                                            maintenance of OMCA property for
Welcoming:                  Dominique D’Anna, Liaison       the coming year. They will also look into having the
                                                            rear wall of the Mill House repaired.
                    OMCA Staff
                                                            Adult volunteers are needed to help remove and store
These are paid positions and are not elected Board
                                                            the holiday lights on the Mill House. If you are interested
                                                            in helping out, please call the Hotline at (301) 231-3739.
Assistant Treasurer:             Geoff Brundage, CPA        (This will try to be coordinated for a warmer day.)
                                       (301) 774-8000       (Continued on Page 3)
Administrative Assistant:            Nancy Marchone
                                       (301) 774-1476       The Mill Stream is published and distributed to members
The Mill Stream Editor:                  Suzann Tom         and friends of the Olney Mill Community Association.
                                                            The Mill Stream makes no warranties, express or implied,
                                       (301) 570-3235
                                                            about the accuracy or completeness of information. The
                                                            Mill Stream reserves the right to edit or refuse any or all
    To contact the OMCA Board of Directors:                 advertisements or articles. All advertisements and
                                                            articles are subject to the approval of the Olney Mill Board
•    Call the Hotline at (301) 231-3739                     of Directors or its designee. The Mill Stream shall not
•    Go to the “Contact OMCA” page at the new               be held liable for any act of omission or commission with
                                                            regard to the publishing or failure to publish any
     Olney Mill website at            advertisement or article.

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                 Olney Mill residents are reminded           Numbers to Note
                 that they must obtain ACC approval
                 and a Montgomery County building           Abused Person Hotline (24 hrs) ......... (240)                  777-4000
                 permit before they construct any           Automobiles - Untagged .................... (240)               777-3785
                 fence, shed or structure. Failure to       Automobiles - Abandoned .................. (301)                840-2454
                 do so may result in the resident           Animals - Pet Licenses ...................... (301)             279-1249
having to remove the structure.                             Animals - Shelter/Complaints ............. (240)                773-5960
RECREATION                                                  Building/Permit Services .................... (240)             777-6240
The Olney Mill Community Clean Up will take place on        Child Care Connection ...................... (301)              279-1773
Saturday, March 28 with a raindate of Sunday, March         Child Protective Services (24 hrs) ..... (240)                  777-4417
29. More information will appear in next month’s issue.     Child Safety Seat Hotline ................... (240)             777-3660
                                                            Consumer Affairs ............................... (240)          777-3636
Volunteers are needed to help stuff 3,000 plastic eggs      County Information ............................ (240)           777-1000
with candy and toys for Olney Mill’s Easter Egg Hunt.       County Council .................................. (240)         777-7900
Much of this work can be done well in advance. If you       County Executive ............................... (240)          777-2500
can help out, please call Ginger Twombly at (301) 570-      Drug Abuse / Addiction Hotline ........... (240)                777-1680
0394.                                                       Environmental Protection ................... (240)              777-7770
SAFETY & TRANSPORTATION                                     Fire Code Violations .......................... (240)           777-2457
It was noted that, during the holiday                       Health & Human Services .................. (240)                777-1755
season, a significant number of                             Housing Code Enforcement ............... (240)                  777-3785
alcohol bottles and cans were strewn                        Library (Olney Branch) ...................... (240)             773-9545
throughout the Mill, especially in the area of Greyheaven   Library Telephone Reference ............ (240)                  777-0001
Manor. Residents are asked to please pick up bottles        Miss Utility .......................................... (800)   257-7777
and cans left on their property.                            M-NCPPC (Recreation Dept.) ............ (240)                   777-6840
                                                            M-NCPPC (Trash in Park) .................. (301)                774-6255
(Continued on Page 6)
                                                            Montgomery General Hospital ........... (301)                   774-8882
                                                            Noise Control ..................................... (240)       777-7770
                                                            Olney Indoor Swim Center ................. (301)                570-1210
                                                            Olney Mill Swim Club (membership) ... (301)                     260-0717

    Expert Floors                                           Park Police ........................................ (301)
                                                            PEPCO (emergencies) ...................... (202)
                                                            PEPCO (power outage) ..................... (877)
        (301) 570-5700                                      Poison Control Center ....................... (800)
                                                            Police (non-emergency) .................... (301)
                                                            Post Office (Olney) ............................ (301)          260-9013
   Specializing in Hardwood Floors                          Recycling / Solid Waste ..................... (240)             777-6410
  Installation * Sanding * Refinishing                      Senior Services ................................. (240)         777-3000
                                                            Sexual Assault Crisis (24 hrs) ............ (240)               777-4357
 We Expertly Install Ceramic & Marble Tile                  Snow Removal / Pot Holes ................. (240)                777-7623
    Licensed & Insured MHIC #50075                          SSVFD (non-emergency) .................. (301)                  774-7400
                                                            State Highway - Route 108 cleanup ... (301)                     948-2477
          References Available
                                                            Street Lights Out ................................ (240)        777-2190
               Free Estimates                               Voter Registration .............................. (240)         777-8683
                                                            Washington Gas (emergency & non) . (800)                        752-7520
              Olney Mill Resident                           Water Quality Control ........................ (240)            777-7770
                                                            WSSC (emergency) ........................... (301)              206-4002
                                                            WSSC (non-emergency) .................... (301)                 206-4001

February 2009                                                                                                           Page 3
           Freezing Pipes                                        protection to exposed pipes—even ¼” of
                                                                 newspaper can provide significant protection in
      (Contin ued fr om Cover)
      (Continued from Cov                                        areas that usually do not have frequent or prolonged
                                                                 temperatures below freezing.
    Keep the outside valve open so that any water
    remaining in the pipe can expand without cause           During Cold Weather, Take Preventive Action
    the pipe to break.                                       ·   Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply
·   Check around the home for other areas where                  lines in the garage.
    water supply lines are located and are in unheated       ·   Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow
    areas. Look in the basement, crawl space,                       warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
    attic, garage and under kitchen and                             Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and
    bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold                            household chemicals up out of the reach of
    water pipes in these areas should be                            children.
    insulated. A hot water supply line can
    freeze just as a cold water supply line can                       ·      When the weather is very cold outside,
    freeze if the water is not running through                        let the cold water drip from the faucet served
    the pipe and the water temperature in the                         by exposed pipes. Running water through the
    pipe is cold.                                                     pipe—even at a trickle—helps prevent pipes
                                                                      from freezing because the temperature of the
·   Consider installing specific products made                        water running through it is above freezing.
    to insulate water pipes like a “pipe sleeve”
    or installing UL-listed “heat tape,” “heat cable” or     ·   Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature
    similar materials on exposed water pipes. Many               both during the day and at night. By temporarily
    products are available at your local building                suspending the use of lower nighttime
    supplies retailer. Pipes should be carefully wrapped,        temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill,
    with ends butted tightly and joints wrapped with tape.       but you can prevent a much more costly repair job
    Follow manufacturer’s recommendations for                    if pipes freeze and burst.
    installing and using these products. Newspaper           · If you will be going away during cold weather, leave
    can provide some degree of insulation and                (Continued on Page 5)

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      the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no
      lower than 55ºF.
                                                                           Crime Watch
To Thaw Frozen Pipes                                           The following is a summary of incidents in the Olney
If you turn on a faucet and only a                             Mill area as reported by the Montgomery County Police
trickle comes out, suspect a frozen                            Department.
pipe. Locate the suspected frozen                              •   On Friday, January 2, 2009 a theft from a
area of the water pipe. Likely places
                                                                   vehicle occurred in the 19500 block of Olney
include pipes running against exterior
walls or where your water service enters your home                 Mill Road.
through the foundation.                                        •   On Sunday, January 4, 2009 a theft occurred
·     Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe           in the 4300 block of Mount Olney Lane.
      and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin
                                                               •   On Sunday, January 11, 2009 a break-in
      to flow through the frozen area. Running water
      through the pipe will help melt more ice in the pipe.        occurred in the 3200 block of Llewellyn Field
·     Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric
      heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric                     The Olney Mill Community Association
      hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from                  wishes to make residents aware of
      flammable materials) or wrapping pipes with towels                   illegal activities in our community. You
      soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch,                         are urged to report any suspicious
      kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove or                        activity to the Montgomery County
      other open flame device. A blowtorch can make                        Police at 911 (emergency) or (301) 279-
      water in a frozen pipe boil and cause the pipe to        8000 (non-emergency). The above information is
      explode. All open flames in homes present a              provided by the Montgomery County Police at
      serious fire danger, as well as a severe risk of
      exposure to lethal carbon monoxide.
·     Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If
      you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the                                                   Specializing in Patios
      frozen area is not accessible or if you can not thaw                                                   Commercial and
                                                                                                       Residential Bricklaying
      the pipe, call a licensed plumber.                                                    MHIC # 50902    Bonded & Insured

·     Check all other faucets in your home to find out if
      you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes,                         CHRIS CHAKALAKIS
      others may freeze, too.

Future Protection                                                                                   CELL: 301-526-6007
·     Consider relocating exposed pipes to provide
                                                               MASONRY, INC.                      OFFICE: 301-774-8103
      increased protection from freezing. Pipes can be
      relocated by a professional if the home is
·     Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl                              Get Cooking With
      spaces. Insulation will maintain higher                         THE PAMPERED CHEF ®
      temperatures in these areas.
                                                                                      AMY WERT
                     For more information, please contact
                                                                                 Independent Kitchen Consultant
                     a licensed plumber or building
                     professional.                                                 (301) 774-5889
                                                                            10% Discount for Olney Mill Residents!

    February 2009                                                                                              Page 5
              Board Notes                                                  ACC Cor ner
     (Continued from Page 3)
                                                              The following modifications were approved by the
GOCA                                                          OMCA Architectural Control Committee:
Ike Leggett attended the last GOCA meeting to address         3717 Dellabrook Street ..................... garage
the $450 million budget shortfall Montgomery County
is experiencing. He noted that the priority for spending      ARCHITECTURAL CONTROL
will occur in the areas of (1) public safety, (2) education   OMCA covenants provide that all
and (3) transportation.                                       fences, outside structures and/or
                  It was also reported that crime is on       additions must be approved in
                  an increase in the county. Many of          advance, and in writing, by the
                  the thefts could have been prevented        OMCA Architectural Control Committee (ACC), in
                  if people locked their cars and kept        addition to permits and approvals required by
                  valuables out of sight. Residents are       Montgomery County. Included are driveways
                  encouraged to call police if they notice    alterations, swimming pools, storage of commercial
                  any suspicious activity.                    vehicles, and outside antennas, among others. Check
                                                              page 23 through 34 of the current OMCA Homeowner’s
The next OMCA Board meeting will take place on                Manual (available at for more
February 11, 2009 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the               information.
Community Room of the Buffington/REMAX building.
All homeowners are encouraged to attend! Please
call the Hotline at (301) 231-3739 should you wish to
address the Board regarding a specific issue, so that              Be sure to get ACC &
it may be added to the agenda.                                    County approval before
                                                                beginning any construction!

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                  Neighbor to Neighbor
                                                                Advertisements in The Mill Stream fall into three
                 SERVICES                                       categories: Community Service Ads, Commercial/
                                                                Business Ads, and Fliers.
HANDYMAN SERVICE: Repair chimneys, drains                       Neighbor to Neighbor Ads include For Sale, Wanted,
cleaned, and everything in between. Call Dave’s Home            Lost & Found and Give Aways advertisements. These
Improvement (MHIC #2953612) at (301) 520-4353.                  ads are free only to Olney Mill residents and must be
                                                                submitted with name, phone number and address
HANDYMAN: 30 year Mill resident. All repairs interior
                                                                included. These ads must be resubmitted each month.
& exterior. gutter cleaning, paint, trim, tiling, pressure
washing, etc. Free estimates. Call (301) 774-2521.              Community Service Ads are service or rental
                                                                advertisements included in the “Neighbor to Neighbor”
                                                                section. The cost for these ads is $6 per 3 lines, $1
                                                                per each additional line. Daycare providers must
                                                                submit a copy of their license and the ad must include
                                                                the provider's registration number, in accordance with
                                                                state law.
                                                                Commercial/Business Ads are available monthly or
                                                                in one-year subscriptions as space permits on the
                                                                following priority basis: (1) Olney Mill residents and
                                                                property owners; (2) Olney businesses; (3)
                                                                Montgomery County businesses; and (4) all others.
                                                                Business ads are available in the following sizes:
                                                                business card sized blocks (2"H by 3 1/2"W) at a cost
                                                                of $25 per month or $250 per year, quarter-page blocks
                                                                (4"H x 3 1/2"W) at a cost of $50 per month or $500 per
                                                                year, and half-page blocks (4”H x 7”W) at a cost of
                                                                $100 per month or $1,000 per year.
                                                                Fliers may be inserted under the following guidelines:
                                                                Up to five commercial fliers per month will be accepted
                                                                following the priorities that apply to "Commercial/
                                                                Business" ads. The cost for this service is $125 per
                                                                month and the advertiser is responsible for providing
                                                                1,100 fliers and delivering them to the printer. Space
                                                                is available on a month-to-month basis to be
                               Air Conditioning Air Handlers
                                                                determined by the order in which requests are received.
                               Furnaces Heat Pumps Boilers
                              Humidification Plumbing Water
                                                                To inquire about ad space availability , contact Suzann
                                Heaters Garbage Disposals       Tom at Camera-ready
                              Clogged Drains Security Systems   copy and payment must be received by the 15th
                                     Alarm Monitoring
                                                                of the prior month in order to be included in the
                                    Fred Whitman                issue. Checks should be made out to: OMCA, P.O.
                            Box 217, Olney, MD 20830, Attn: Mill Stream.
    5301 Holland Drive           Office: (301) 313-1285
                                                                Advertisements in The Mill Stream do not represent
   Beltsville, MD 20705           Cell: (240) 882-6748                                         an endorsement by the Editor or OMCA Board of
                                         DCJS 11-3056

February 2009                                                                                              Page 7
           Healthy Eating                                      pan with a small amount of cooking spray. Or try
                                                               frozen or canned vegetables for a quick side dish
      (Contin ued fr om Cover)
      (Continued from Cov                                      — just microwave and serve. When trying canned
                                                               vegetables, look for vegetables without added salt,
EAT HEALTHY AND ENJOY IT!                                      butter, or cream sauces. Commit to going to the
A healthy eating plan that helps you manage your weight        produce department and trying a new vegetable
includes a variety of foods you may not have                   each week.
considered. If “healthy eating” makes                                        ·    Calcium-rich foods - you may
you think about the foods you can’t                                          automatically think of a glass of low-
have, try refocusing on all the new                                          fat or fat-free milk when someone
foods you can eat—                                                           says “eat more dairy products.” But
·   Fresh fruits - don’t think just                                          what about low-fat and fat-free
    apples or bananas. These are                                             yogurts without added sugars?
    great choices, but try some                                              These come in a wide variety of
    “exotic” fruits, too. How about a                                        flavors and can be a great dessert
    mango? Or a juicy pineapple or                                           substitute for those with a sweet
    kiwi fruit! When your favorite fresh                                     tooth.
    fruits aren’t in season, try a frozen,                 ·   A new twist on an old favorite - if your favorite
    canned, or dried variety of a fresh fruit you enjoy.       recipe calls for frying fish or breaded chicken, try
    One caution about canned fruits is that they may           healthier variations using baking or grilling. Maybe
    contain added sugars or syrups. Be sure and                even try a recipe that uses dry beans in place of
    choose canned varieties of fruit packed in water or        higher-fat meats. Ask around or search the internet
    in their own juice.                                        and magazines for recipes with fewer calories you
·   Fresh vegetables - try something new. You may              might be surprised to find you have a new favorite
    find that you love grilled vegetables or steamed           dish!
    vegetables with an herb you haven’t tried like
    rosemary. You can sauté vegetables in a non-stick      (Continued on Page 9)

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Take a look at these healthy meal plans and see
what you can have!
                                                                Welcome to Olney Mill!
·     The eating plan is based upon the              Scott & Susan Dowling
      approximate number of calories your body needs               4240 Charley Forest Street
      according to your age, sex, height, weight, and
      activity level. The plan gives you the amounts of            Brian & Dawne Harl
      foods from the various food groups you should eat            3716 Briars Road
      each day to meet that calorie goal.
                                                               Please help us in welcoming these
·     The DASH eating plan (available at                       new members to our Olney Mill          community! If we have omitted any
      was originally developed as an eating plan to            new residents, let us know by calling the OMCA Hotline
      reduce hypertension. (DASH stands for Dietary            at (301) 231-3739.
      Approaches to Stop Hypertension.) However, the
      plan also represents a healthy approach to eating
      for those who do not have a problem with
      hypertension.                                                 Edward J. Lehman, CPA
No matter which of these plans you choose, you’ll get                 ACCOUNTING, TAX & CONSULTING SERVICES
healthy recommendations for foods you can enjoy.
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or added sugars. The key is eating them only once in
a while and balance them out with healthier foods and
more physical activity.
Some general tips for comfort foods:                                   Potomac Disposal Inc.
·     Consume them less often. If you normally eat                            (301) 294-9700
      these foods every day, cut
                                                                       Olney Mill’s Choice for Service
      back to once a week or
      once a month. You’ll be                                               1x and 2x per week service
      cutting your calories                                                  (Tuesday/Friday Service)
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·     Eat smaller amounts. If your
      favorite higher calorie food is an afternoon chocolate
      bar, have a smaller size or only half a bar. Be             to cut back on calories, see “Eat More Weigh Less”
      careful! This technique works well for some people,         at
      but others may find it is too tempting to have their        healthy_eating/energy_density.htm
      favorite food available, even in smaller amounts.        The point is, you can figure out how to include almost
·     Try a lower-calorie version. Use lower-calorie           any food in your healthy eating plan in a way that still
      ingredients or prepare it differently. For example, if   helps you lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.
      your macaroni and cheese recipe uses whole milk,
      butter, and full-fat cheese, try remaking it with non-   Being consistently healthy in your eating choices is
      fat milk, less butter, light cream cheese, fresh         the key. Making the same healthy eating choices over
      spinach and tomatoes. Just remember to not               time can lead to better eating habits. By thinking more
      increase your portion size. For more ideas on how        positively and focusing on what you can have, you’ll
                                                               help yourself establish healthy eating habits.

    February 2009                                                                                          Page 9
                       Community Events
                       Community Events
                     33rd Annual Pancake &                 Family Fun Day. Come to the Sandy Spring Museum
                     Sausage Day. The Olney Lions          on February 16 (President’s Day) from 11 a.m. to 5
                      and the St. Peter’s Knights of       p.m. and enjoy a family friendly look at the history and
                      Columbus would like to invite you    events of our area. Hands-on activities and
                      and your family to their “All You    demonstrations will include basket making,
                      Can Eat” fundraiser on February      blacksmithing, ropemaking, butter churning and
                      21 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the   spinning weaving. There will be lots to do for all ages.
St. John’s Episcopal Church Hall. The cost is $7/adult     This event is free! For more information, visit their
and $3/child (ages 6-12). Kids under 6 eat free! Tickets   website at or call them
will be available at the door. They will also offer free   at (301) 774-0022.
Glaucoma Testing from 9 a.m. -2 p.m. Please contact
Steve Bready at (301) 598-8585 should you have any         Rock ‘N Roll Revival.
                                                           Sherwood High School will present
                                                           its annual Rock N’ Roll Revival on
Hide Your Horses! Come to the Sandy Spring                 March 6,7, 8 and 13,14,15. Tickets
Friends School Performing Arts Center on February          cost $15/each. Be sure to order
26-38 or March 1, 2 at 7:15 p.m. to see this historical    your tickets early, as this event
play about the Sandy Spring community and                  usually sells out well in advance!
surrounding Maryland during the Civil War. Donations       For ticket order forms, visit and
at the door will benefit the school and the museum.        click on “Rock and Roll Revival Ticket Order Form” in
For more information call (301) 774-0022.                  the News section. If you have questions, call the school
                                                           at (301) 924-3200.

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                         Community Events
                         Community Events
                     Great Backyard Bird Count.                 Thanksgiving in February. For
                    A joint project of the Cornell Lab of       over 20 years, “Thanksgiving in
                    Ornithology and the National                February” has helped to support the
                    Audubon Society, this free event is         local nonprofit agencies that feed our
                    an opportunity for families, students,      hungry neighbors. The following
                    and people of all ages to discover          Olney-area restaurants will donate up
the wonders of nature in backyards, schoolyards, and            to 20% of their February 17th receipts to support
local parks, and, at the same time, make an important           agencies in Montgomery County that are working to
contribution to conservation. Anyone can take part,             help those in need. For a full list of participating
from novice bird watchers to experts, by counting birds         restaurants, visit If
for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish)           you have additional questions, contact Julie Kirby at
from February 13 - 16 and reporting their sightings             Interfaith Works at or (301) 315-
online at The data these “citizen            1092.
scientists” collect helps researchers understand bird           • Al Sospiro Trattoria (L D) ............ (301) 570-3185
population trends, information that is critical for effective   • B.J. Pumpernickel’s (B L D) ........ (301) 924-1400
conservation. Their efforts enable everyone to see
                                                                • Dave’s American Bistro (L D) ..... (301) 740-3003
what would otherwise be impossible: a comprehensive
picture of where birds are in late winter and how their         • Hunan Delight (D) ...................... (301) 774-7944
numbers and distribution compare with previous years.           • Julliano’s Italian Cafe (L D) ......... (301) 921-0199
In 2008, participants submitted more than 85,000                • Mamma Lucia (L D) .................... (301) 570-9500
checklists.        For more information, visit                  • Olney Grille (L D)........................ (301) 570-0202                                              • The Olney Tavern (L D) .............. (301) 260-0500
                                                                • Ricciuti’s (L D) ........................... (301) 570-3388
                                                                • Sol Azteca Restaurant (D) .......... (301) 260-1650
 I Buy Mortgage Notes!                                                   Key: (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

                                                                New Year Celebration. The Olney Library will host
  If you have sold a home and would
                                                                an Asian Lunar New Year Celebration on February 7 at
  like cash for your promissory note                            1:30 p.m. Celebrate the “Year of the Ox” as the Wong
      please call 301-768-1079 or                               People Association perform the lion dance. This event
   write to                               is for all ages and is free. For more information, call
                                                                (240) 773-9545.

                                                                        Cabinet                     Open M-F 9am to 6pm
                                                                      Discounters                     Thur. 9am to 8pm

                                                                  DISTINCTIVE KITCHENS & BATHS™

                                                                                        Mike Bliss
                                                                                       (301) 258-7360
                                                                  9153 Arbuckle Dr., Gaithersburg, MD 20877 / Fax (301) 926-8133

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        Dues Notice!                                         Olney Mill residents
                                                             are asked to please
 2009 Annual Dues not received by                        shovel sidewalks as
 February 15, 2009 will incur a                   soon as possible after a
 processing fee.                                  snow. It is important to keep
 The dues notice was mailed to homeowners         them passable so that
 early in December 2008. The OMCA annual          children walking to and from school and those
 fee is $55 per household. Remit payment to:      trying to get some exercise have a safe place
 OMCA, PO Box 217, Olney, MD 20830.               to travel.

 If you have any questions about whether or
 not your account has a balance due, please            Send items for "Around the Mill" to:
 contact call the Hotline at (301) 231-3739 and          Suzann Tom, Mill Stream Editor
 leave a message. Someone will get back to               P.O. Box 217, Olney, MD 20830
 you right away!

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                                                                             Larry Van Druff
                                                                                  OMCA President, Retired
                                                                               Olney Mill Residential Specialist
                I love my work...                                                     RE/MAX Realty Center
                                                                                    (301) 774-1348 (Office)
                   You will, too.                                                    (301) 580-5914 (Cell)
Larry Van Druff, Realtor, RE/MAX Realty Centre                                                            February 2009

                             Just Listed by Larry


                                      4140 MOUNT OLNEY LANE
                           Open Sunday, 1-3pm
This gorgeous Greenbrier won’t last long, even in this market. Much of the home was gutted and remodeled and the
results are stunning. Featured is a new Cherry Kitchen, an open floor plan with cathedral ceilings and two stunning floor
to ceiling Mill Stone fireplaces, three totally remodeled full bathrooms and many updates too plentiful to enumerate.
Stop by and check out this beauty!

The spring real estate market is just around the corner. The Sellers who will maximize their bottom lines will be those
who prepare their properties for the market. Pre-sale preparation is THE NAME OF THE GAME. I can’t tell you
how many homes I’ve been in recently that are on the market and are just sitting there (in mediocre condition) and not
selling. If you are considering a sale, call me. I’d be happy to stop by and advise you in the art of pre-sale preparation.

 Dates to remember in February:                                                     A degree in economics and math,
 2   Groundhog Day                                                                  make Larrys insights in the market the
 12 Lincoln’s Birthday                                                              best choice as YOUR REALTOR!
 14 Valentine’s Day
                                                                                    Couple this with over 35 years of
 16 Presidents Day observed
 February 2009
 22 Washington’s Birthday
                                                                                                               Page the
                                                                                    marketing skills and you will reap13
 25 Ash Wednesday                                                                   benefits of amazing results!
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