May 1974

Vol. ….. ;j– ~, ~, May 1974; 7t .No. 8 ,. CABIN JOHN FOU£. YEAR OLD CIASS .NOi.,~ TAKING RESERVATIONS FOP. ‘1974-75 C lend   Kindergarten ~ound-up – 8:30-11 a.m. Clara Barton School “Mary of Scotland” – 7:30 p.m. Little Falls Library Meetin~ – School Surve – 8 p.m. Clara Barton School Meet Author Morris Fradin 1-~p.m; Great Falls Tavern, G.F. Maryland Free l~abies Shots See article Mee$ing of 4 year old parents – 7:30pm Clara Barton School Hymn Sing – ~:30 p.m. Cabin John United Methodist Church Cabin John Citizens Association- 8pm Clara Barton School NOTICE _ 7- 8- ll- 12- 13- 15- 23- 26- 29- There will be a community meeting on the 8th of May, at 8:00 p.m. at Clara Bar- ton School to discuss the results of the school survey. $chool Superintendent Homer Elseroad and area assistant superin- tendent Eugene Pat Moran will be there. Also, educational and social aspects of closing Clara Barton School will be dis- cussed. ~rk this important meeting on your calendar, and elan to attend.• This may be the last public meeting in Cabin John on•this subject. ~. CITIZENS’ASSOCIATION NEWS The Citizens’ Associatiem needs one er more eeerdinatere for it~, Senior Citizens’ committee. . A~one interested im helping should eall Mi~da Wetzel at 229-4618 or Cappi Merman at 320-3269. OtMer eemmit~ees are also being formed ~e help with the ta~k of run.ins our ecmm~ty for the next year. ~u’t~ree~d perse~ shemld call Miz~a Wetzel or the committee e~ereem. The eemmittees are: mane K el.leg 229-8163 2 -3506 Calvin Eyrie 229-6609 Arlym Jarlm ~rarm~ertatio~Romds/ C~pie Morgan Trails ) 320-3269 Membership and PublieityJim Plumb 229-0463 E~mcatien/Reereation Environment Health The cemmumity of Cabin John will be welcoming eight mew families ever the rammer. They are Joining our community tkreugh a federally funded program under, t~ housing &uthority of Montgomery County. They have all beem resident8 ef ~he county but ~ be new to our area. We hope that they will ~nd Cabin Jokm a happy home. Ninda Wet  Residents with eligible ch~IdrenlmaY reserve a place in next year’s program, I) at a meeting at Clara Barton School library on Thursday, Pay 23 at 7:30 p~m., or 2) by calling Betsy Haas – 229-1982 or Mary Anne Vilson – 229-3397. ! The Cabin JohnFour Year Old Class is a 5 day per Week, 2½ hours per dayl pro-kindergarten. All Cabin John children that will be 4 by January l, 1975 are eli- gible, with a~possibility that some advanced 3 year Olds can also be admitted. Classes are held in the Clara Barton ~School. The teacher is hired and paid by the parents, an aide and school bus ser- vice are provided by the County. Parents are asked to pay ~20 per month, but no eligible child will be turned away for inability to pay that amount. The Cabin John Four Year Old Class has been actively supported by the com- munity since 196~. Parents have indi- cated that their children have benefited in the areas of greater independence, more confidence, improved self.concept, aware- ness.and interest in learning, and basic learning skills. The class is unique in that it functions in the public elementary school with access to the school facilities such as the library, audio-visual aids, music, gym, ahd playground. Also, it is open to all t~e children of the community, not just thos~ with limited income, o r working mothers, or to the affluent~ ~hese factors aid the children in later adjust- ment to school life. Most children in the four year old class are forming friendships which will Continue through- out school. Every effort will be made to seeithat this program continues to be the success that the community has been justly proud ~ of in the past, if Clara Barton shoul~ close, i The meeting Thursday, May 23 at 7,30 p.m. in the school library will be held todiscuss funances, educational goals for 1974-75, selection of a teacher, formation of policy in regard to enrollment, waiting lists, late payments, parent involve- ment, etc. /1/1/I/Ill/M//////////////////////////// The Meeting of the Cabin John Citizens for .May willbe held on the 29th of May. Ida Mac Garroth a member of the County Council who is running for County Execu- tive, will be present to speak on Montgomm- ery County property taxes. Time is 8:00 p.m. 1/1111111/I/11/1111////1111/1111111/1111/ i NOTES FKOM THE CABIN JOHN POST OFFICE :,The ~mil carriers who serve Cabin Johnlremin~ you to mark your mail box with your name and address. John Baxter who regularly serves Cabin John mail deliveries, is pretty well in the know about which box belongs to which house, and which house belongs toeach family, but there are substitute deliverers who cannot be expected to know every house on every route. See that your mailboxes are in good shape, and that no one parks his car in front of your mailbox, so that you can get your mail, andget it in good shape. IIIIIIIIII/////////////////////////////// I am very sorry to report that an error on my part resulted in mail subscribers not receiving their April issues of the Cabin John Village News. If you subscribe to the Village News by mail, your subscrip- tion will be extended for an additional r monthto help make up for the error. Mary Anne Nilson RESULTS OF SURVEY As of Noon the last day of April, I have 217 questionnaires in hand. The breakdown for keeping open or closing is as follows: ~want Clara Barton to stay open. 3~ or almost 25~, are parents of children now attending 30~I, or almost 25% are parents of child- ren now attending Clara Barton~ 44 were parents or students at Clara Barton in the past …. 44 have never had children attend CYara Barton. ,!~ 31~ want Clara Barton to close. –4~ ~ of the 31¼ or almost 50%. now have children attending Clara Barton. I0 have ~ had children attend Clara Barton in the past (more than 80%) of the 31~ have had direct contact with Clara Barton now or in the past. 45 persons did not complete or did not chose to answer the open-close question. 22 were returned unmarked because no one was home. Decision was not easy for many people. Many people told me personally that they felt this or that factor should be changed but they did not want the school to close, either. One person at least thought the questionnaire was not objective, but slant- ed to keeoing the school open. If you did not get a chance at the questionnaire, call me, Diane Kellogg, 229-8163. There ~ill be a public hearing at Clara 3arton on L’ednesday, May 8 at 8 o.m. The meeting is ooen to everyone in Cabin John and orobably will be the last and biggest I chance to make any input on the question. Superintendent of Schools Homer Elseroad and our area Assistant Sup- erlntendent Eugene Pat Moran will be there. The persons who rated various aspect~ of the school (many did not do a complete -.~ rating) numbered as follows: Excel. Satisfactory Unsatis. Administration 23 37 30 Faculty 29 45 5 Building 33 32 0 Teaching Basic Skills 23 50 20 Discipline 13 44 21 Library 22 49 9 Lunch Facility 16 43 16 Phys Ed 25 47 4 4 Y.O. Prog. 27 38 5 Ungraded Prim- aryUn~t 15 40 9 Music & Art 12 31 ll Transition to Jr. High 12 27 24 The following is a rundown of mention- ed uses for the building should the school close. Obviously, if it were a community or recreation center, it could serve many of the functions. Community center -~0, Recreation center – 16, Library- 15, College Extension – 2, Boys Club- 7, Movie Theater – l, Swimming pool – 2, Medical Services – 9, Mental Health – l, Adult Education -24, Senior Citizens – 2, Meeting Place – 4, MCPS Resources Center and Childrens’ Museum – l, County Government Office or other – 3, hTils ~!est Saloon -l, Take building down and replace with high quality housing – l, Day Care and Pre School – ll, Research Center – l, Hot Shop – l, School for retarded – l, Vocational School – 3, Office Building – l, Not an office build- ing – l, Special Education – 2, Close build- ing – l, Park – l, Private School – l, Some educational purpose – 3. METHODIST CHURCH N~S All members of the cemmuni~y are invited and welcome to .Join us for worship, 8tud~ and fellewship. You rased mot be members of our eengregatign or ef the United Methodimt Church. We are leea~ed at 77th S~res% amd HacArthar Blvd. Church Sekool fer all ages is held each S~ at 9:3Oam. Worship each S~ is a~ lla.m, amd a mmmsery is provided. The schedule for Ma~ is: May 5 “The High Priestl~ Pra~er. OehalT:l-26 12 MetMer6~ D~r–Noma Neal, a mother will preach 19 “The New C~mma~t, Jehn 13~,31-35j i5,i2-I? May 26 “Peace, Joy, Seeuri%y. Johml~:27-31 16:29-33 Exalidim~ Mether~j Dmy, the se~ons are par% of a series drawn ~ Jesus, Last Supper Dis¢ourse~ Jehm 13,31-17:26. 26 at 7,30 H~a s~ Eash Thursd~ at 7,30–Choir rehearsal Other o~maunity argamizatioms are welcome to ue oar facilities. Contact the paster, Allym Ricks at 229-82.33 for i~ormatien. I IIIIIIIIIIIIIIII/III ~eyelist~ on the George Washingtea Parkwa~ will Me tioketod III IIIIIIIII!IIIIIIIIII P . . A ~NDOW ON THE OPEN HOUSE Cabin John’s open house on the 21st of April was a very special event, involv- ing very special people. Former Cabin John Citizens Association Rresident, EdWinslow, provided the group with the background and history of the Community Plan. Congress- man Gilbert Gudepresented a scroll of sig- natures of appreciative Cabin Johnersto Bill Green, whose efforts on behalf of the Potomac Valley League and Cabin John helped to win the victory in the Polinger case. Mm. Green said that he is convinced that his work in the Potomac Valley League is the “right thing to do for the right kind of people.’ He said that he would continue in the fight for as long as neces- sary to preserve the family atmosphere of communities like Cabin John. Morris Fradin provided the group with some historical information on the communi- ty, and he brought along with him some pictures of Cabin John from the past. Everyon e was given the opportunity to sign up for committee work to help implement the plan, as well asto meet their Cabin John neighbors, and munch some treats. The kids who came got a bang (literal- ly) from Ron Morgan who filled balloon after balloon with helium so they could decorate the buildin~ (includin~ the ceiling and the Sky). I did not hear one unhappy sound from any child for the length of the party. I take this opportunity to thank Cappie M0rganwho arranged the shindig, and all the men and women who saw that everyone got a personal invitation. From where I sat, it looked like a beautiful afternoon. CABIN JOHN TRAILS – byE d Clark Recently, a hit-and-run driver was a apprehended when a motorcyclist followed him and alerted the-policeman. Just a short while ag~ in nearby Maryland, trail riding CYclists came upon a campfire that had been”put out” bythe campers, but which hadthereafter resurrected itself among the dry leaves! had the cyclists not • come along in that remote area a serious fire would have raged out of control. It’s a fact that many young men have learned mechanics, while repairing and maintaining their motorcycles. In my personal experi- ence with my sons l’ve sharedwith them in many meaningful aspects of motorcycling. The motorcycle population, not just of Cabin John, but of the whole area is grow- ing rapidly and with the energy crisis, certainly the motorcycle is here to stay, along with the bicycle and the trail bike and the mini-bike. ~ny riders are inexper- ienced and need your patience and consider- ation until better riding trails are made available. There are many ~ositive aspects to mo- torcycling that people who aren’t involved with it can hardly know. Consider that the average age of a licensed motorcyclist in D.C. is about 37 years, hardl~ the black leather jacket, teenage hood of the films. I think you’ll find upon closer observation that motorcyclists are a pretty Safe and sane group for the most part. Since it’s easier to become a statistic ontwo wheels than on four, the motorcyclist either learns to drive safely or is forced to give up cycling because of the costs of accident involvement. Much truth has been written about the dangers of motorcycling| however, most mo- torcycle accidents do not involve anbther vehicle and cause minor damage to the cycle and no damage to the rider. I’ve been ridin~ a motorcycle for five years and have had a good look at the situation during my 35,000 miles of cycle riding. During that time I’ve been “down” eight different times, but with no • damage to me, no damage to anyone else and only minor damage to my cycle, whlchwas easily re- paired. Of the four children in the family, three are cycle riders and the other one, my daughter, ~ is learning. So next~itime you are driving in the same part off!the world as a cyclist,~ give the cyclist plenty of room, plenty of courtesy and~ at least as much respect as you would another auto driver. That cyclist has passed a rigid driving test, is licensed, registered and insured- Just as are you. He or she may, however, be les~ experienced ‘ on a motorcycle ithan you are with the handling of your car. YoU can help by giving them a little extra room and consideration. Closing with a little of the other point of view let me say that if you are trail bike Or mini-bike rider you can help neighborhood relations, preserve your physical well-being and save yourself or your parents from hundreds of dollars in fines by not riding on the streets. • Did Fou know that impoundment of your cycle or minl-bike by %he police will also mean no auto l~cense for you until you become 21 years of age – fact, right from the police. And about that overnite camper and his fire, remember to clear the ground around your fire before you build it and to make sure itt s “out” before you leave your camp- site. Covering it with dirt will give ad- ded insurance even though some water was used. Our Cabin John trails wouldn’t be “that much” without the trees, even if lives were not lost in such a fire. ~±Tell then, for this version of Cabin John Trails, that’s it, speaking as a bicyclist we are looking forward to the resurfacing of ~’,~acArthur Blvd this year which, with i~s added bikeway, will make ~ . things much easler for autoist and biker alike. IIII!IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIiiliiiiiiiiliiiiiii The Planning Board will be updating ~.he Census records, probably by mail Survey sometime in the near future. Your cooper- ation in this effortwill be of grea~ help toyourcounty government in planning programs for you and your family. ~~1~~~~~~~~~1~Ill~Ill~H/~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ POTOMAC NATIONAL RIVER , .~ . To save the Potomac and its heritage from the worst ravages of “progress,” Congressman Gilbert Gude of Maryland has introduced a bill to protect the Potomac shoreline from Cumberland, Mmryland to ~shlngton D.C., bill HR 12785, would cre@te a “green ribbon” on each shore sufficient for a trail and fishing access, and enough to protect the natural appearance of the river. To minimize the impact of federal land acquisition along the river, HR 12785 proposes that: I. State and local governments have five years to use zoning and other tools to iprotect the Potomac shoreline. Only if these efforts fail will the ~Fede~ml government acquire an interest. 2. IPresent home owners and vacation-home iowners have lifetime tenancy. 3. Towns; along the river be helped – but not required – to develophistoric districts to tie into the plan. An Historic Council, composed of local ihistorians and architects, would be iavailable ~o advise on restoration !~: projects and to help communities seek federal and private funds for them. “The bill is not designed as a means for federal intrusion into the states, but is designed to help localities eeep their options open. Without this bill, those options ~±ll be closed forever by industri- al and other private development along the shoreline,” Gude said. To learn when action onthe Potomac National River is needed, and to be on our mailing list, contact: Citizens for the Potomac National River, c/o Mrs. Carolyn Hoffman, Kearneysville, West Va. 25430. LITTLE FALLS LIBRARY NOTES Pem~ Theatre will be presented on .4 M~” at i0:30 for children 4 and up. On Tuesday, Ma~ 14 at 4~the program is “Stories for an English Springtime~ The movie “Mary of Scot- land” will be shown at ?:30p.m. on 7 Ma~. Th, movie is for adults. WANT ADS Only one person took advantage of the offer we made last month to print rental or sale property advertising ads for free, but that’s okay, and the offer stands for next month’s issue, the last until mid- summer. ROOM FOR RENT or house to share. Board arrangements can be made. Call 229-3379 evenings. HANDYMAN AND CARPENTERWORK in exchange for use of mountain Cabin. 63 miles from here, 5 miles this side of front Royal. THREE WORKING ~JOMEN on same street in Cabin John need HOUSEKEEP~I three days a week (one day at each home). Will pay $20 per day plus sick and annual leave to competent person. Call evenings: 229-2609, or 229-6795, or 229-2237. $1,200–TRAILER for $400. 5 X 10ft. fiber- glass covered Selma across country • trailer. Selma dual axle – inner clearance 6 ft. Can be used for haul- ing, storage, or trailer home. Phone 229-8049. RECIPEFILE Keftethes (Fried Meat Balls)-Carol Snowmen 2 Ibs. chopped beef I cup chopped onions • 2 cups moist, soft bread crumbs (6 slices) 2 eggs 3 Tbl. chopped parsley and mint leaves 1 Tbi. salt A2 t. lpepper 1 cup flour 1 cup oil or butter for frying Fry onion with 1 Tb. oil until golden brown. Remov~ to a bowl. Addchopped meat and all other ingredients; mix well by hand. Roll meat~into balls about the si~e of an egg and roll lightly in flour. Fry in very hot oil until brown. Do not fry mo#e than l0 to 12 meatballs at a time; that lowers the temper- ature and they will not be crisp. Serve with a salad or any boiled vegetable and french fried potatoes. This is one of my favorite, simple Greek recipes. I noticed my mint was coming up so it seemed time. Carol Snowden GAS FURNACE, 95,000 BTU, $60. Call 229-8679 LIMESTONE BRICKS, $.10 each, call 229-8679. NOTARY PUBLIC- H~. E.M. Clark, II Carver Rd., Cabin John Phone 229-7311 Evenings and weekends (will come to your home if you wish). MOWING LAbmS and other yard work. We have our own equipmeat and would like work in the Cabin John area. Philip Riddle at 229- 4583, Jehnny RaMmer at 229-2551 and Joey Ole  at 229-5865. CABIN JOHN BASEBALL GAMES The Cabin John Fire Department has a good baseball team this year and for cltilens inter- uted in attending we will publish the schedule each month. Gamesare at 6:30. ~ For last mimate schedule changes or other information, call the fire house at 229-4300 (not the e~ergeney number) 5-~ I~llendale I at, 5-7 CJ and….K~mul~ at, Wheaten Woods ~-9 Silver Spring and r_~ at 5-14 CJ and Bur~onsville a~ Burte~villo 5-16 Leoal and CJ at CJ 5-21 Tacoma Park and CJ at Hodges Field 5-23 CJ and Local a~ Hillendale 5-28 CJ m d BCC at the Old Draft Beard ~-30 Hillendale II and CJ at CJ – J June is Mone~ Month I owe deep gratitude to those hosts and hostesses who included the Village News in their information about Cabin John as they made their way to each home, issuing invitations to the Cpen House. A hundred dollars has been collected in this way. Ifyou weren’t home, and would like tosend a dollar contribution for the Village News, it would be greatly appreciated. Make your checks payable to The CabinJohn Village News, and send to, Mary Anne Wilson P. O. Box 186 Cabin John, Md. 20731 Dear Editor, I am concerned about the way in which the Cabin John Citizens Association seems to be viewed by some residents of this community. A letter printed in the April edition of the Village News stated that the Citizens Association, made up of only “a handfull of citizens,” is trying to regulate this community’s growth. As a newresident of Cabin John, I was greatly impressed on my arrival in 1973 at the community-wide effort that had gone into creating the Cabin John Community Plan. I have continued to be impressed with the Association’s efforts to advertize its monthly meetings, to mention in theVillage News issues and suggestions which affect the entire community, and to recruit new membership and involvement in Association activities. Every resident in this community was invited to the Association’s Open House held Sunday, April 21, 197~ to inform community members about the progress of the Plan and to interest people in helping with work that remains to be done. New commit- tees have recently been set up to encourage specific involvement in the areas of Trans- portation, Education/Recreation, Health, Environment, Land Use and Senior Citizens. There is also a committee on Membershipand Publicity charged with publicizing issues and involving as many residents of Cabin John as possible in the Association’s efforts. Membership of these committees remains open. Differing opinions and approaches are being sought. I strongly hope that people concerned about the traffic flow over Union Arch, about the future of Clara Barton, about the County’s handling of matters which affect our neighborhood, and aboutany and all developments in this communitywill join such committees and/or attend the monthly community meetings, and, in this way, help the Association fully to represent the views of those of us who live in and care about Cabin John. Cappie Morgan Hey-ey-ey, Lock, by Morris Fradin ‘: Adventure on. the Chesapeake and Ohio ! Canal He~-ey-ey~ Lock is rather like the picture on the cover – eye-catching, i~ter- esting, full of detail. The C & O Canal is viewed from the Daisy Mac, a canal boat which travels the canal at three miles per hour. That is a pacewell suited to taking in all sights, sounds, and points of inter- est along the way. Abigail Clark and her English cousin Michael enjoy a trip from Georgetown to • Cumberland in the summer of 1908, hearing with curiosity Captain Tom Clark’s inter- ~ pretation of history, man-made and natural phenomena, and story telling the full length of the canal. Hey-ey-e~, Lock is fast-moving story telling, it is fun, good natured, and almost every question that could be asked about the operation of the canal is answered by the book. No reference is made to the present, of course, so Hey-ey- ey, Lock is a sour to curiosity (some day I intent to either see or find out what happened to the castle at Berkeley 5Drin~s). H_H~e~–ey~ Loc~ ~ delightful!_~_~us- trated by Carol ;Stuart ~:Jatson. It is informative, itlis to enjoy. .FR~z mmzEs SHOTS Free rabies shots viil be givea by ceun   aday, IS 5,3q 7:00 a% Potomac Elementary ~hool, 10311 i River Road and Wedaesda~, Ma~ 15 from 5:30 te 7:00 at Wal% Whi~asm High Seheel, 71OO Whittier Blvd. The deg mrs% be licensed t~o receive the free racine, m PAPm R CZC NO Bring yemr aewspaper a~e–day or might te Baaaoekh~a Elementary Sehoel at 6520 Dalroy Lane. The paper aeed not be bumdled, but do it if it’s easier fer yea. .i- Take ~y ether reey~lable materials %@ the Sou~iI~a Laae Xacinerator .~oy@li,~ Area, 15100 SeutMlawa Lane~ Rockville. If yea have any ques- tie~ abou% reeyeli~, call 424-2200. I KINDE~ARDEN ROUNDUP Bring your cMildrea eli~le for kimder- garden nex~ year and get aeq~ted with Clara Barton Sehoel fr~ 8:30 te ii:00 a.a. on ~zas~, ? May. Your ma~ pick up doeter -msd dentAst ~ at the sehoel effiee or at ” tMe rerm,~p. IIIIIIIIIIIIII’/IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII/,/IIII …. ~eet the author”, of Hey-.ey-ey, Lock, :,Torris Fradin at the Great Falls Tavern, May 12, 1 to4 p.m. ///H/1//1/Ill//////////////////////Ill,//// Last month, Bill and Marie Keefe put the paper together practically double- handed, and I thank them for getting it out on time. Also, a special thank-you to Chris Donnelly, who takes the paper to the printer. VtllaRe News Staff, Mar’y ~Anne Wilson – Fxli%or P.O. Box 186, 229-3997 Janet Denoe – News 6503 ?6t.h :st. 229-,739~ Joann Bast, matltn~ 229-8789 Concord School – Collating and .t~pelin~ \ Phcme: 229-1~161 • or 2ff.981 ! BEAUTY SALON ~la ToJMm~ A~L A~. II TL~R ~. IL IIm. rood — 1″ ~ 0 p Imln. ~m. B,~lC~.r, l~h.~l  IPLUMEIN6 . . /~ID .. I —

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