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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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Olney Library Reopening – March 15th

In addition to the official ribbon cutting marking the Grand Reopening of the Olney Library on March 15 at 9 a.m., special family-oriented programs will be held during the weekend.

Following the ribbon cutting and actual opening of the library on Saturday, the following programs will be held:

At 11 a.m., Christiana Drapkin and her trio will perform “Bop Goes the Weasel,” an introduction to jazz for children of all ages and their parents; and

At 2 p.m., acclaimed storyteller Diane Macklin will involve the audience as she shares stories from around the world, for children of all ages and their parents.

The Grand Reopening celebration continues on Sunday, March 16 with a program at 2 p.m. by caricature artist Paul Merklein who will draw “Great Big Faces,” including some famous faces and some from the audience. The program is suitable for children of all ages and their parents.

To view the countdown clock and see other information about the renovation project, visit the Olney Library website.

Library Hours

Monday 9 am – 9 pm
Tuesday 9 am – 9 pm
Wednesday 9 am – 9 pm
Thursday 9 am – 9 pm
Friday 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday Noon – 5 pm


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.

2013 List of Olney Day’s Winners!

Some of the winners were not there when winners were announced at the end of the Fun Fair and Fireworks at Olney Manor Park on Saturday and the Olney Days Parade.  Any of these prizes can be picked up at Fletcher’s BP Service Center in the Food Store any time after Friday, May 24th.  Just let the clerk(s) know that you are there to pick up an Olney Days trophy, and identify yourself, and what event you were in.  For additional information, contact, Helene Rosenheim, the 2013 Olney Days Coordinator at or 301 774-6774.

Click Here for a full list of the 2013 Olney Days Winners