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2014 Olney Awards Nominations

Olney is a great place to live because of the great things people do. Each year GOCA celebrates people who make a difference in Olney. Please think about your neighbors, co-workers, and friends that have contributed to the quality of life here and nominate them for one of this year’s awards. There is also an award for a student. Click here for the nomination form.

Pictures from Olney Days

Olney Days is an annual community celebration with many events for all ages: a Ride and Stride, An Olney Idol Contest, Fun Fair and Fireworks, Car & Truck Show, parade, Rock the Lot Block Party with a Beer Garden. Click here to see pictures from

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GOCA 35th Awards Ceremony

The 2013 GOCA Awards Ceremony will be held on Sunday, March 2nd at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School (17301 Old Vic Blvd) from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Since 1978, the Greater Olney Civic Association (GOCA) has recognized individuals, businesses, and organizations the community has identified as having made a notable contribution to the greater Olney community during the past year. This year’s award winners are:

Howard J. Garber Memorial Citizen of the Year Award – John Webster
Contribution to Community Award – Gina Angiola
Contribution to Community Award – Olney Giant Food Store
Youth Contribution to Community Award – Summer White
Ron Berger Olney Heritage Award – Barbara Barry
GOCA Worker of the Year Award – Lee Lofthus
Special President’s Award – To be announced at the ceremony

The character of a community is a reflection of the people that live and work there. Olney is such a special place because it is filled with so many people who care about Olney and are willing to “get involved” and give something back to the community, each in their own way. Come celebrate the community and this year’s award winners on March 2nd.

Links for Information on Bus Rapid Transit

The Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan is a planning document that contains an examination of and recommendations for transit, bicycle, and pedestrian infrastructure that will help create complete transportation options in Montgomery County.

This document is being considered by the County Council and there are public hearings on September 24 & 26.

“The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy works with cities worldwide to bring sustainable transport solutions that cut greenhouse gas emissions, reduce poverty, and improve the quality of urban life.” Their website offers background on BRT, how it works, and where it has been implemented (see Where We Work link).

Click here for the ITDP Report on its evaluation of Montgomery County’s bus rapid transit.

A motion from GOCA’s Transportation Committee to oppose funds or taxing districts to fund expansion of BRT to Olney was postponed at the September meeting to either the October or November meeting. Watch for upcoming agendas.

GOCA Awards Ceremony

Congratulations to all of this year’s GOCA Award winners:

Contribution to the Community Award Winners:
Jackie and Danny Benn
The Olney Theatre
Dave Peers & Ariana Peers

Howard J. Garber Citizen of the Year:
Arnie Gordon

GOCA Worker of the Year:
Kathy Curtis

Ron Berger Heritage Award Winner:
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd

Special President’s Award Winner:
Alden English