Montgomery County Executive Sidney Kramer and County Council members honored four individuals, one couple and three volunteer groups last week as winners of the county segment of the "Maryland, You Are Beautiful" contest.
The "Beautiful" contest, originated by Gov. William Donald Schaefer, is designed to recognize community service volunteers. Competitions are being held in all Maryland counties and Baltimore.
In the Montgomery contest, a foster care parent, a translator who works with the Hispanic community, and volunteers who assist the homeless, handicapped children, stroke victims and senior citizens were among those selected from the more than 100 nominations.
One winner, Alfredo Hidalgo, 59, has spent more than 20 years serving as an interpreter and translator. Hidalgo, who lives in Silver Spring, is on call 24 hours a day to help police get information from a Spanish-speaking crime victim or from someone being questioned. Hidalgo also translates immigration documents and provides transportation to the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.
Alberta Marks, 55, of Silver Spring was selected for her work at the Rosemary Hills Recreation Center. Marks works about 30 hours a week at the center, spending two mornings each week assisting stroke victims in an exercise program, and afternoons helping severely handicapped children.
Juanita Preston of Rockville served as foster parent for 12 foster children, many of whom have behavioral, emotional or learning problems.
Shirley Settle, 61, with her husband reared their own children as well as 17 foster children. In 1983, she became a volunteer at the Asbury Methodist Village, a senior citizens care facility in Gaithersburg.
Evelyn and Kermit Mohn of Rockville were selected as "the most beautiful couple." They perform such tasks as working at a night shelter, disseminating information on disability issues and collecting contributions.
In the volunteer group category, the Gaithersburg Community Volunteer Soup Kitchen was honored for its work in providing a four-course meal for 30 to 80 people each day.
The 75 Jewish Community Hospice Home Care Volunteers of the Jewish Social Service Agency were recognized for their work with the terminally ill and their families.
The Gaithersburg High School Key Club was honored for its work in collecting more than $2,000 for West Virginia flood victims and collecting and delivering toys for sick and needy children.