February 1976

VOL. 9, NO. h'” SERViN~(;THE PEOPLE=0E~C~iNjjOHN ANI) BEY'()ND – “~FE~~~::~976- ……. By Morris Fradin Dennis Touhey became the first postmaster of the tiny com- munity of Cabin John in 1890. Dennis was a descendant of Irish immigrants who helped build the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal and the Union Arch, then stayed to settle the area. For 35 years, until Dennis resigned in 1 925, the postof- fice was a tiny but vital part of the general store on Con- duit Road that became Touhey’s Tavern. The white frame buil- ding stood, on MacArth~r Blvd., west of the fire house, ~mtil it was demolished about 1973. Between 192.5 and 1 936, Mr. and Mrs. Charles SCott ran the Cabin John Postoffice as pax% of the general store at 77th S~. and MacArth~r Blvd., across the street from the Meth~ist Church. ~ Wilbur and Irene Carper purchased the property from the Sc~ts and ran the general store, with its stock of meats, groceries, ribbons, thread, drygoods, shoes oh, yes.., and ~also the postoffice, until World War II in l 942, when Ruth Touhey Shuff, granddaughter of Dennis, took over as postmis- tress until 1943. , Laura McKelvey assumed the position of postmistress from August I, 19~ until she retired in June 30, 1972. The Post- office was a small frame adjunct to her home on 77th S~reet. She originated the graceful custom of wrapping stamps in waxed paper, bless ‘er! And with a smile too. 29731 attract- ed customers, especially near Christmastime, from Virginia, D.C., Potomac, and all points: North, East, So~th and West. (continued on page 2) ‘,~HY NOT<–OPEN ~’-THE I~IDGE.. . ON- TEMPORARY~BASI$?”-:~ASKS . ….. • CABIN JOHN~CITIZENS. By Carl~ta Ar~erson At ~ ~ impassi~nedmesting .January 27~at*which Cabin John residents demanded that the Union Arch Bridge be re- opened one way or anther very soon, Harry Ways, Chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, admitted that no ..one had investigated the pos- sibility of re-opening the bridge on a temporary basis. His surprising admission came in response to a ques- tion from one of the frus- trated Cabin John residents– c~ off more than a year from neighboring communities on the east : Why can’t the bridge be opened to traffic immedi- ately since it is structural- ly sound and has fencing erec- ted where parapets ~:~¢od2 ‘ Ways said he w~~ a st%~ly of temporary re-“~. ~ ” ~~:- ‘ straints to permit re-opening of the bridge and asked that citizens write letters to his s~perior, Col. Robert!~arry, District Engineer, makl~i,- same request. Meanwhile, the Cabin John Citizens Association, which -held the meeting, voted to seek legal advice regarding the possibility of suing the Arm  Corps of Engineers for damages and demanding the re- opening of the bridge. Also present at the meeting at Clara Barton School was- Keith Schizik from Congress, man Gilbert Gude’s office, who called the bridge problem “the biggest bureaucratic tangle I’ve ever seen,” So far no one–S~ate, County, District of Federal (continued on nex  pa e) THE VILLAGE NEWS ~ POTOMAC FLOWS ~N Kevim Flymn The Potomac River averag- ed 10 billion gallons a day in flow past Washington during 1975, the fo.rth largest flow on .regord with~.the~U. S. Geo- logical Survey since record- keeping began in 1930, The 1975 flow peaked in late Sep- tember following tropical storm Eloise; and the low flow for the year occurred August 6, when 2.6 billion gallons were recorded. The estimated sediment load for the year: 2.6 million toms of sediment, • most of which settled in the PO~’Oma% estuary below Washing- ton, D.C. (From the January 1 976 Poto- mac Basin Reporter with t-t-~ permission of its editor) BIC~TENNIAL FREEBIES Spring approaches, bicen- tennial fever spreads. Need something to de on a nice afternoon in March? Below is a listing of just a few walks, talks and tours in the area. THE VILLAGE NEWS is published monthly in Cabin John, Maryland. Subscriptions are $3,00 per year for n0n-r0sidents and fxee to Cabin John residents. Mail all articles, in- quiries, suggestions, complaints, letters and subscriptions (with payment) to: The Editor ‘ ” THE VILLAGE NEWS : . Post Office Box 184 Cabin John, Maryland 20731 Shelly Keller, Editor Steve Magnuson, Art Director Beverly Sullivan, Circulation Susan Gash, Advertising • ~KEvin I:lynn, l)cborah Hollander, : l l’,,l~y Lynch, Slcve Magnuson, Mary .~.’:”;~I/~! i.i~<~ ‘~ aw m;d Bruce Youngblood, Staff. o The ART BARN located at Beach Drive and Tilden St , NW will featl~re a n~1~ sculp- ture exhibi t beginning Febru- ary I 0 through March 7. The Art Barn is open T.eeday thru Friday I Q:3Oam to 2:30pro and Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm. For more information cal 426-671 9. o Though February and March may be cold to some, the C&O CANAL ex%ends a warm invita- tion to all visitors to view the historic struct~reswhile hiking or biking the serene towpath. ~ When below freezing, there are opportunities %o skate on the rewatered areas. Call 299-3613 for program in- formation. o OLD STONE HOUSE, Washing- tonWs oldest home, located at 3051 M Strest, NW, in George- town is open from 9:30am to 5:00pro daily. Tours of the house, Georgetown and the C&O Canal may be arranged by cal- ling 426-6851. o PEIRCE MILL, a 19th century Grist Mill, is open 9am to 5pro Wednesday thru Sunday. A slide show will be presented about milling, at I and 3pro on Sat- urdays and Sundays and upon request weekdays. Call 426- 6908 for reservations and more .informat ion. o Discover the natural won- ders of THEODORE ROOSEVW~.T IS- LAND on a guided nature walk. Meet the range~, at the memor- ial. Walks will/ be held each  day at 11am and 2pm, o T~/KEY R~N FARM portrays the day-to-day existence of a low-income homestead of Virginia in the 1770’s. The scene is recreated by costum- ed interpreters who work with croPS and animals representa- tive of the period. Household activities may also be seen in the Small cabin. Hours are lOam to 4:3Opm, Wednesday thru Sunday. For information call 557-I 356. 2o73  ….. government–~ ~ been Wining to accept responsibility for °’~ spending the $850,000 Ways Sairley Shuler, a former Cabin John Gardener, now a Virginian, b@came the present …. postmistress in 1972. She helped engimeer the move of 20731 on TueSday, February I 0 to the attractive new quarters (once the old auditorium) in the north end of the Clara Barton School. And if you have trouble remembering the PRESENT cost of ~ mailing a first-class let- ter (I oz.), just add UP the sum to~al 6~20731. — CA~I~ JO~ ~E from page I estimates would be needed to restore the bridge to its original appearance, as pro- mised to the Committee on Historic Preservation. If money were available, Ways estimated it would take nine or ten months to repair the bridge, with a three month process “Just to get started.” When some residents scoffed at the lengthy period, he retorted that “it took nine years to build.” It was completed in 1860. He said damage to the sur- face of the bridge was done by putting salt on it for 20- 30 years. However, the major problem is replacing the sand- stones on the sides, one of which fell to the Parkway be- low last year. The S~ate of Maryland spent $80,000 remov- ing the remaining loose stones above the Parkway, but refus- ed to spend money to replace them. Ways said it would be “to- tally irresponsible” to re- .~ open the ‘.bridge in its present ~ condition because the fencing …. i~/~ on-the sides is not sufficient-/i~ ly strong to present a car . <~ from breaking through. . ,.~ (Reprinted. from the February~ i~!! 1 976 issue of THE ECHO) ~:~ ~ ~-~-, TIlE VILLAGE NEWS CABIN JOHN BICENTENNIAL CELEm TION SET FOR JUNE 5 By Shelly Keller Under the able g~ida~ce of Calvin Kytle, Chairperson, the Bicentennial Committee’s plans for Cabin John’s June celebratien~*see~ to be well m~er way. At the October meeting of the Citizens Association, it was decided that Cabin John hold• its bicentennial obser- vance on a single day rather than over a weekend as ori- ginally proposed. The date is S~t~lay, June• 5th. Our event is new listed in the official bicentennial calen- dar of the Montgomery County • BIcentennial Commission, and• one of the commissioners will present us with the official bicentennial flag at the February 24 meeting of the Citizens Association. We will also receive a grant of $200 to help defray expenses. Since no work has been started on the Seven Locks Park, we can get no assurance that it will be ready in time ‘to serve as the site of Chautauqua ’76. Therefore, the day-long celebration will be held at three principal locations: Clara Barton School, Cabin John Recreation Center and Cabin John Gardens Community Center. In addition the congregations of Cabin John United Methodist and Gib- son Grove Mr. AME Zion chcrch- es have been invited to par- ticipate in the events. Among the activities plsm- ned are the publication of a I sowvenir booklet on local history and the day’s events, a photo contest for young people in the community, a crafts show with demenstra’ tions, a softball game fea- turing our volm~eer firemen vs¥-THE VII/~GE NEWS, an old fashioned t~g-o-war, a play based on Morris FradiDIs his- tory of the C&O Canal, an ole-timers’ night, a square dance, a bake sale, snack stand and soft drinks and beer, and a CoRm~nity Box Supper featuring Maryland Fried Chicken, a delicacy that originated at the old Cabin John Hotel. If Cabin John is blessed with the same beautiful wea- ther and high spirits which graced the Crab Feast last July, the celebration should. be a high note of everyone’s s~m~er of ‘ 76. If you would like to participate in the planning and execntion of this event, you should, con- tact one of the following Cabin Johners: Bill White or Jim Wilner (for Fun and Games), Allyn Reike or Dagny Newman (for Food and Drink), Peter Vogt, Ron and Cappie Morgan, Dagny Newman or Mor- ris Fradin (for Exhibits), Janet Dence or Frank-McKin ~- hey (co-chairpersons for Ar- rangements), or Calvin K~le (chairperson of the Bicenten- . nial Committee). If this event is to be a community event, it will take everyone’ s participation. It’s yo~ community’ s celebration, and it will take yec to make it happen! CABIN JOHN FO~ YEAR OLD SCHOOL REGISTRATION SET FOR APRIL 8 Registration for next year’s Cabin John Four Year Old School will take place on Thursday, Apr1± bth at 7:30pro at Clara Barton School. The meeting will be in the Four Year 01d Class- room. Annette Davis, who will teach the class again next year, will discuss her ideas abo~t teaching. After Ms. Davis talks and answers quest ion s,- plans will-be– ~_. made for next year and re- gistration forms will be completed. The Board of Di- rectors for next year will also be formed. The Board has responsibility for deci- sions regarding policy ar~ administration of the pro- gram. The School is a five day per week, 2~ hour Per:morn- ing, pre-kindergart~ * Pri’ ority is given to Cabin John resident children who will be four years o~ by Janu- ary 1977 and to members of this pear’s class. To insure a place for your child in next fall’ s program, you must attend the April 8th meet icg. The Cabin John Four Year Old Program has been active- ly supported by the con~u- nity sin c-e-19–64-.- s have not that adjustment to kindergarten is usually eas -~ ier for graduates of the Four Year Old School. The program is unique in that it is open to all mem- bers of the co.mmmity –net just to the affluent or those with lower incomes. No erie is turned away for inability to pay although parents are asked to pledge a specific amD~t each month usually $25. The Scheel will centinue to meet at Clara Barton. We feel very fortunate that Annette Davis and JaAnn Bast will again teach the class. The program this year has besn exciting and successful. Ms. Davis is a highly train- ed and qualified teacher. If anyone has questions, call ~san Luchs, 229-0187. THE VILLAGE NEWS On December 23 Andy Rice, jim Wilner and I met with of- ficlals of the Parkland Plan- n~g/Commfssion to discuss the iileans of returning, the- …. downzoned properties in Cabin John ~ ~o their previous C,I’ status, we informed these of- ficials of the decision reached at our town meeting and of our town’s willingness to re-examine this issue. We • expect the same” will£ngness of these officials and we shall wholeheartedly s~ort them in their efforts tO:~ggr~.; rect this situation as soon as possible. The individuals in charge ~e Messers. John Mathews and.Lee Cmmingham. Sometime in the nex few months, each of these gentle- men will be invited to Cabin John s eak before our CitiZens AssoCiation Smd%o explain how they are helping us to correct this zoning misfortune. We expect to cooperate with each other to • prove that zoning conce/~s are really in the hands of the people, and are not ab- stract- decisionsmade at higher bureaucratic levels. The future of these pro- perties concerns us in Cabin John more than anyone else.: :Their status really only affects Cabin John residents, and we are the ones who should have th e right to de- tdrmine what Our town will be-like..EDITOR CIARA BARTON DAY CARE. ~ENTER IN F~LL-TIME OP~ATION ‘ 0n. February 9, the Clara Bar, on Day Care Center hours changed to 8amto 6pro. Chil- dren may attend either for a full day or for themorning or afternoon session, 2, 3 or 5 days per week. Financial assistance is possible. Please call 320-3796 or 229-Ih44- for mere information. .~ .. •%, ” ” “•~ ” ” ” “‘.• ‘,’.?~’~’,’i ‘~,’`:~I’ :. “‘:::’/'”””:” ‘~ / •’~. AN OPINION: Cabin John can surely have a beSter name for its bicentennial celebra- tion than Chautauqua ‘ 76, Why not, “Cabin John–Bicen- tenni~l and Beyond!” or “Cabin_John Times.,. a ~ique Community Experience.” Chautauqua ’76 does nct seem to represent accurately the nature or character of our t ow~ and it seems like an attempt to rip off the glory that is Glen Echo’s, and. nct Cabin John ‘ s. Bruce Youngblood i I i LOCAL DEMONSTRATORS DEMAND HRIDGE RE-OPENING By Carlotta Anderson A group of local citizens Carrying signs marched across the ffnion Arch Bridge from both sides on Saturday, Jan- uary 24, to ask for re-opening of the bridge. They were led. by Delegates Judith Toth and John X. Ward. Town Co~mcilwoman Nancy Long (of Glen Echo) estimated the group to n~mber about 100, and said the demonstration was orderly. Reporters from Chan- nel 4 and 9 were covering the event. “Open the Bridge” and ‘qLet i s Get Across to People” were’ on two of the signs. The citizens issued a statement saying the closing of the bridge “has had dire effect s on the commmmity…” (Reprinted from the Febrv~v 7 1 976 issue of THE ECHO) ” CLARA BARTON HOUSE VI SITNG HO~S The Clara Barton House in Glen Echo, now a part of the National Park Service, is open from I :O0-5:00pm daily except Mondays, holidays and holiday weekends. There is no charge for admission. PASTRIES*MEATS*CARRY OUT t GROC EP-dE$ &B~rdeAST*LUNC H MONDAY THROUGH sATURDAY – 16:30 am to 6:00pm ” i CHILDREN*ADULTS*ALL LEVELS VERA DOLEZAL 6701 Persimmon Tree Road 229-5685 i BEAUTY SALON TUESDAY THROUGH SA TURDA Y 9:00 am to 5:00 pm 7630 TOML!NSON A VENUE at No. 15 229-1361 or 229-9811 THE VILLAGE NEWS DISPLAY ADVERTISING RATES: Full page $40.00 2/3 page $30.00 1/2 page $25.00 1/3 page $15.00 1/6 page $I0.00 1/12 page $ 6.00 Yearly subscription discount of 10%. Classified rates are 50 cents per line (7 words per line). THE VILLAGE NEWS • z ……….. ” I • IN THE PARK AT ~oEN ECHO By Deborah Hollander Glen Echo Park is an “art park”, a gathering place for artists and those interested in tryi~ a craft themselves or jus~ watching the artists do their own .work. l~en:.-~he-:area-. …….. was ~mder the influence of the National Chautauqua Associa- tion (1891-93) there existed a very ambitious b~t ~ortu- natel~ a fleeting educational vent~re~ the attempt to b~ild the nation’s greatest center of general culture. In fact, in “the original deeding of the land by the Baltzley Brothers (bmilders of the unique early etrmct~res similar to the Tower still standing at the entrance to the park) it was stipulat- ed that the property comld be devoted only to edmcationl any other use would invalidate the deed. The Chautauqua Charber best explains the movement’s purposes: to prom~be liberal and practical education especially among the masses of the people: to teach the sciences, arts, Y~uguages and iitera- t~e. Before introducing the proposed changes for Glen Echo Park outlined in the master plan being considered by the National Park Service, I’d llke to delve somewhat into what actmally is happening at the Park today. What art co~rses are offered, and how to get involved. This month I visited the pottery and sculpture st~dios. The largest part of the Y~rt Village (those ro~md, wooden, earth-roofed structures) serves as housing for the Glen Echo Pottery. The pottery is composed of a two b~ilding work area and a kiln section. These three different areas separate the fo~r processes in making pottery: the actmal construction, the first firing, the glaze and the final glaze firing. The largest yurb is completely equipped with 5 electrical~ pow- ered and I 7 kick wheels and the smaller ~ contains the glazing area. The kiln area has several types of propane powered kilns plms two electric kilns that all display a variety of glazing effects. A staff of 5 professional potters offer classes geared for beginner m~d intermediate levels in techniques of throw- ing (working on the wheel) and in the handbmilding of pottery. More advanced students are once,aged to try different glaz- ing techniques as well as kiln building and firing. The at- mosphere is relaxed and friendly. For class and sales infor- mation, call 229-5585. One of the fastest growing and busiest stu~llos as the park is that of the sculptors. Located in the locker and filter rooms of the defunct Crystal Pool are the sculpture st~lios and the Big City Foundry. Four resident artists, all working under grants approved by the federal government, do their work and enjoy conversing with the visitors who come through the st~dios. These sculptors offer classes in stone and wood carving, welded sculpture, figure modeling, metal casting and sculpture, and sc~!pt~re for children. Workshops can be arranged and the classes are offered both days and evenings. .,” IN Tn,’- ra~ NEW MARIONETTE SHOW AT GLEN ECHO PARK The Chauta~uateers, in cooperation with the Nation- al Park Service, the Montgo- mery County Recreation De- partment, and Ad~emt~ Thea- tre, are ~resenting their original marionette mmsical, “Somehwere in Forever,” at Glen Echo Park Febrmary 28 through March 21~ Performances are at I :30 and 2:30 Sat~lays and Sum’ ~ays and tickets are $1.50. For reservations phone 320- 5331 between I Oam and 2pro weekdays. YOUNG ACTORS S01~.HT FOR CABIN JOHN PLAY ABOUT C&O CANAL , As part of the bicentennial celebration in CaBin John set for J~ne 5, 1976, there will be a special play about the C&O Canal in which you Comld star! If yo~ are interested in participating in this play, contact Diane Kellogg at 229-8163. . REGISTERED MASTER PLUMBER :~: PLUMBING ANDHEATING ” • Where free expression of creative ideas is the rule rathpr ::” ~DISHWASHilRS’REMODELING*HEATI~.R,~-! than the exception, this studio is raptd!y.,beco~.g-:o~O:-:.of;7 :.; !(1~! AIR$:~I)t(~_AIN::S!}RVICI ~ .I)ISPOSE.RS.. the main focal points of Ol~l Echo Park’.. The .-~0,~,N .~!rb’:~-b~IJ~ i’Uii|,V~I!ORDi~I}~;ANI) INSURED • ~ • ~ ~.~ d.j.os may be contacted a,J)O0’~;y”~-:~;t,:.229L!l13~!;~o ” .”.!:i~i!;-:i!:!: –‘: : .- ” ” “: ,~:~ig2ii~:~2~Q: : –:. “/- -/.”t I ‘ ‘ I I I – II I II – I” I- – ” ~ | “-it/: .~.B~ “TILUg:~I~I”4~- Small classes ‘~ ‘” “Day 5r Evening ~3..:~:, ” …… <‘,d– ~’, %”.-~.~”-t-“. “;2 ” -‘:~ .”‘ ~ ~ “‘:*” i?d:7:rl!~.i~8~o~:/.gl-30-.-ito 11:30 @ -.. 7687 ~acArmur;B6ule~v~rd.. ,.. .,… … ..:.. {~c~?gl~,:,morfaingi. c~t the Club- ,229-2255 f?/’.:h~lSe,:631-11 mm, A,,,m,,,~ ………………… ~ ……. :: ………. ~mnockb~rn Drive. ! dren and their parents are i: ~,~ted to s.e the school ~d meet the teachers. For more i~f~rmation, please call Lauri ~ :.i’t~”229-~076- • Am) CARNIVAL ON MAY 8 Please begin to “save your rummage for the rummage-bake sale to he’held for the bene- fit of%he±CAbin John Four Year Old S~oOI. In order to centinue:the”program, we must raise more money for next year. We have net in the past relied entirely upon trait ion to cover our expenses. If the c~unty continues to give ~s the use of the building and a teacher’s aide, we will still Lha~e to raise a fairly large sum. :Donations of good. ~sable ~/~mmage, any household goods, !or even money would be great- iyappreciated. Please call any of>!the following people an@ they~will be happy to -pick up any items from your home~-if you cannet, deliver them~to their homes. Judy SMillman, 229-3292, Fran Patch, 229-8542, Susan Luchs, 229-0187, or Sissy Peyton, 229-6030. ,’,. , • yard Worl x,.eaSon~able -. 229’7311 CLASSIFIE~S FOR SALE: 1 911 l,indemamm upright piano, new=inside~ needs tuning, g~oo c,31 Linda at 229-9~ SPANISH: Adult group meets we. cellent tutor, bers. Call Ann. 229-0754. ALTERATION S, m women and chi~ tions for men. WANTED TO RENT in Cabin John. excellent refe~ Joel at 362-I 01 WANTED: Player~ NEWS Softball i on fire depart2 Bicentennial C, ~une 5. Only tl and daring ne~ 229-7530. . phi. ~” ‘” Layout & Design ~ Composition * Printing .:, i) !!!ioSoudcr @hs x:::iatc,s L2,~ …. 7414 Wisconsin Ave. Bethesda, Md. 20014 Telephone. 652-0208 .. Smocks,. dresses~, caftans, das “l~d% kur{as, aprohs, patching, ori~al tie-dyes, app~que and tiedyed pillows. ~ alterations. .. ~ • “HAND CREATIONS BYG!NGER: call.g, souder at 30t-253-3758 Sm2der amd Asso¢iateS of ~he~ ~,r its c~?~a- tion ~:~~ ~’~the ECHO GRAPHICS WORKSHOP An exhibiti~ of graphics by more than 25 metropolitan area artists will open in the Graphics Workshop on March 7, with a recel~ion from 2-5pro. Included will be etchings, lithographs, silkscreens and woodblocks. The exhibit will remain on view until March 28. Ho~rs are I Oam-5pm daily and Saturdays. For further infor- mation , call 229-9741.

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