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Joe’s Ride – May 16, 2015

For the past several years, Joe’s Ride has been an integral part of the Olney Days events.

Click here for information on Joe’s Ride 2015

The friends and family of Joe Sanford and the Greater Olney Civic Association have joined together to honor and remember our precious Olney children.
Joe’s Ride helps to recognize and remember all the families in the Olney area who have endured the sorrow of losing a child. Our goal is to ensure that every child, no matter how long or how brief their time on earth was measured, is never forgotten. Joe’s Ride affords us all the opportunity to see and hear their names and to memorialize our precious children.
At the staging area, the Joe’s Ride – Remembering Olney’s Kids banner will be displayed and we invite, encourage, and welcome any family who has lost a child to sign the child’s name on the banner as both a tribute and a memorial. Balloons printed with each child’s name will be released in a brief, yet touching remembrance ceremony at 7:45 a.m. Please contact Betsy or Russ Sanford at 301-519-3835 to discuss how to memorialize a child.

2014 GOCA Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2014 GOCA Award winners:

2014 GOCA Award Winners Left to Right George Brown, Elizabeth Homick, Lee Lofthus, Jim Smith, Dan McNickle, Jessica Weiss, Howard Greif (not pictured, Amy Harbison)

2014 GOCA Award Winners
Left to Right
George Brown, Elizabeth Homick, Lee Lofthus, Jim Smith, Dan McNickle, Jessica Weiss, Howard Greif (not pictured, Amy Harbison)

Howard J. Garber Citizen of the Year:
Jim Smith

Contribution to the Community Award Winners:
Howard Greif
Jessica Weiss
Daniel McNickle

Youth Contribution to the Community
Elizabeth Homick

GOCA Worker of the Year:
Lee Lofthus

Ron Berger Heritage Award Winner:
George Brown

Special President’s Award Winner:
Amy Harbison

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 the event and to post your own.

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.

ECR:BFR Post Meeting Notes

At the February 12th meeting, there was a presentation and discussion regarding a road connection between Emory Church Road and Batchellors Forest Road through the proposed project on Trotter’s Glen Golf Course. Click here to see the presentation that includes input from those at the meeting.