The new Damascus Community Library, which opened its doors to patrons Sept. 4, will hold its grand opening ceremony from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

County officials will gather to dedicate the complex, which also includes a senior citizens center and a child day-care center, the first such combined facility in the county.

Located at 9701 Main St., the facility cost $6 million.


The village hold its its annual fall festival, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave.

The event will celebrate the emerging democracies of Eastern Europe by featuring folk songs, dances, music and desserts from that area. Officials from Eastern European countries are expected to attend.


Commuter train service between Gaithersburg and the District will operate on a new schedule, effective Oct. 29, as follows:

One late-morning stop at the Gaithersburg Railroad Station on South Summit Avenue in the Old Town section will be discontinued in response to complaints of parking shortages there during the late morning rush hour. Morning trains to the District will depart at 5:59 a.m., 6:26 a.m., 6:55 a.m., 7:06 a.m. and 7:27 a.m.

A morning stop will be added, at 7:53 a.m., at the Metropolitan Grove station off of Clopper Road, next to the Motor Vehicle Administration office. Other morning trains to the District depart at 5:54 a.m., 6:21 a.m., 6:51 a.m., 7:01 a.m., 7:23 a.m. and 7:53 a.m.

In other news, Mayor W. Edward Bohrer has announced that the city will erect a sign at the new Rachel Carson Elementary School formally protesting the School Board's decision not to name the school for local conservationist Otis Beall Kent.

Bohrer's action represents the latest development in a months-long dispute between city leaders and county school board members. In naming the school for Rachel Carson, the renowned environmentalist who alerted the world to the dangers of the pesticide DDT, school board members were adhering to their new policy of naming new schools for a celebrated woman or member of a minority group. By agreeing to that name, the board rejected a bid by some members of the Gaithersburg community to name the school in memory of Kent, who in the 1940s turned his 1,000-acre Gaithersburg estate into a nature preserve.

Although Rachel Carson Elementary School opened in August, the city has withheld the deed to the property from the school board as a protest. Bohrer announced last week that the deed will be handed over, but will be written so as to exclude the land on which the sign will stand. That parcel will remain under city control.

Board President Robert Shoenberg described the city's decision to post a sign as "small-minded."

The sign, with four paragraphs of text, describes Kent's contributions to the area, refers to an "intractable school board," and says the board "refused to honor the spirit that still walks this land -- that of Otis Beal Kent."

Under the text appear the names of the mayor and members of the City Council and school board.


A bid by Poolesville leaders to install the town's first traffic light has failed. State transportation officials have said there is insufficient traffic to warrant one.

Based on the results of a two-month study by the State Highway Administration, it was determined that despite Poolesville's growth, a traffic signal is not yet necessary at the town's main intersection of Routes 109 and 107.

Town Commission President Charles Elgin Sr. had pushed the proposal, citing safety concerns.


Free child safety car seat inspections will be made by two Rockville police officers from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27 in the parking lot at the rear of City Hall, Maryland Avenue at Vinson Street.