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This Week in Potomac 8-31-05

BODY FOUND IN POTOMAC

Montgomery County Police detectives are investigating the discovery of the body of a man Monday in Potomac.

At 11:14 a.m., 2nd District officers were called to the area of Seven Locks Road and Bradley Boulevard by a woman who found the body of a deceased male while she was out walking. The preliminary investigation has revealed that Arquimedes Loyola, 53, of the 13000 block of Clifton Road in Silver Spring, had taken a bus from his home and was walking to his job in the area when, for an unknown reason, he collapsed and died. Loyola was last seen at 3:30 p.m. Sunday and he did not arrive at work that day.

Police have labeled the death “undetermined” but said that there were no signs of trauma to the body and no evidence of foul play.

“We believe the death was from natural causes,” said Lucille Baur, a police spokeswoman.

Loyola’s body has been taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore for an autopsy to help determine the cause, manner, and approximate time of death.

CABIN JOHN RESPONDS TO ACCIDENTS

Rescuers from the Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department responded to two accident calls yesterday.

At 1 p.m., units responded to reports of an overturned truck in the C&O Canal near the Great Falls Tavern visitors center. No one was injured in the accident.

At 6:10 p.m. rescuers were called to 10700 South Glen Road, where a senior citizen had struck a tree in a late model Toyota Prius.

The man was transported to Suburban Hospital as a priority II trauma. His injuries were moderately serious, but he remained conscious, according to Eugene Roesser, spokesman for Cabin John.

Roesser said that gas-electric hybrid vehicles like the Prius present problems for rescuers, who can’t cut through the cars’ main support posts because they house high-voltage electric wiring.

“We wont use those tools right now,” Roesser said, referring to the hydraulic cutters known as the “jaws of life” and other extrication tools. Hybrid cars may offer savings on gasoline, but they introduce costly safety hazards, he said.

CLUB FRIDAY REGISTRATION

The Potomac Community Center will begin its 14th year of Club Friday Oct. 7. The program offers activities for third- through sixth-graders at the center every Friday night from October-March.

From 7-9 p.m. each week, children enjoy basketball, billiards, bingo, ping pong, dancing, games, crafts, movies, and special themed events.

The club accepts 550 students each year and routinely receives 800 or more applications. Spots are given out by lottery.

Applications for membership will be accepted Sept. 1-10 and can be mailed or dropped off at the community center. Each application must include a $40 registration fee and a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Applications have been distributed at several local elementary and middle schools, and can also be picked up at the Community Center at 11315 Falls Road.

For more information about the program or registration, call the Potomac Community Center at 240-777-6960.

CUB SCOUTS SEEK MEMEBERS

Potomac Cub Scout Pack 773 will have a membership meeting Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the meeting hall at Potomac United Methodist Church at the corner of Glen Road and Falls Road in Potomac.

Membership is open to all boys entering first through fifth grade this September. Children of all backgrounds are welcome to join, regardless of race, creed, ethnic origin, religion or physical or mental ability. No previous scouting experience is required.

During the year, the boys will learn life skills and practice camping, hiking, swimming, canoeing and service.

Membership costs $100 annually. The fee covers, books, awards, patches, craft materials, Pinewood Derby raw materials and a subscription to the national Scouting magazine, “Boys Life.”  Each boy must also purchase a uniform, which can last his entire Cub Scout career. Financial assistance is available.

For more information or to join, attend the meeting or contact Jim Schleckser, membership director at 301-765-0249 or jschleckser@comcast.net.

CABIN JOHN CRAB FEAST

Cabin John will hold its 36th annual Cabin John Crab and Chicken Feast on Saturday Sept. 10, 2-6 p.m. at the Clara Barton Community Center, 75th Street and MacArthur Boulevard, Cabin John.

Tickets are $11 at the door or $10 in advance. Tickets offer a choice of six crabs, three crabs and three vegetables, or barbecue chicken and three vegetables. Sodas, beer, wine, lemonade, pizza and popcorn will be available for sale.

Proceeds benefit the Cabin John Citizens Association, to support advocacy efforts and publication of the Cabin John Village Newsletter.

A bicycle parade for children starts at 2 p.m. at the corner of 79th Street and MacArthur Boulevard, across from the market, and goes to the Clara Barton Community Center.

'PADDLE-A-THON' TO BENEFIT CAMP

Kayakers of all ability levels are invited to take part in a Sept. 18 “paddle-a-thon” to benefit First Descents, a free, week-long paddling camp in Vail, Colo., for young adults with cancer.

Started by professional Brad Ludden, First Descents uses kayaking and other outdoor activities to help campers face challenges and overcome obstacles associated with living with cancer in a fun and supportive environment.

From 10 a.m.-noon, kayakers and canoeists alike will log as many laps as possible from the Washington Canoe Club to Thompson’s Boathouse on the Potomac River. The event will be held rain or shine, beginning at 9 a.m. with a safety talk at 9:30 a.m. Participants raise money through pledges.

The event is partly organized by Potomac Paddlesports, a Potomac, Md., paddling school. The school will provide kayak rentals on-site, with all proceeds donated to First Descents.

To register, visit www.potomacpaddlesports.com/firstdescents.asp. For more information, contact Risa Shimoda at risa@theshimodagroup.com or 301-502-6548 or Sunny Pitcher at sunny@potomacpaddlesports.com or 301-831-8270. The Washington Canoe Club is located at 3700 Water Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

To learn more about First Descents, visit www.firstdescents.org.