Gazette.Net: Damascus couple invents cake decorating tool

Gazette.Net: Damascus couple invents cake decorating tool Rob and Wilma Yost of Polymer Clay Express in Damascus are making cake decorating easier for professional and amateur bakers with a tool for shaping fondant decorations….

Rob and Wilma Yost of Polymer Clay Express in Damascus are making cake decorating easier for professional and amateur bakers with a tool for shaping fondant decorations.

They modified an extruder normally used for making polymer shapes into a tool for cake decorators. Their extruder holds up to one pound of fondant, compared to the two ounces held by a standard extruder, Rob Yost said.

The cake decorating extruder is aluminum so it looks like a kitchen tool and is easily cleaned, Wilma Yost said. The dispensing mechanism has extra thrust capacity, she said.

“I didn’t want anything scratchable or peelable to be used with food,” she said.

Wilma Yost got the idea of modifying the tool for food use when she was displaying the larger tool at a hobby show about two years ago, she said. Cake decorators asked about using the tool and from there the business has taken off in a new direction, Rob Yost said.

Master confectioner Julie Bashore, founder of the Sugar Art School in Lancaster, Pa., has arthritis in her hands and finds the tool easy to use and to keep clean.

“I think it’s fantastic to work with,” she said. “It’s also fantastic for people who don’t have those health issues so they won’t get them.”

For more information on the extruder, visit www.polymerclayexpress.com.

Bowl to support CHS Post Prom

Grab your spouse, neighbor and bowling buddy and come out for a night of bowling, food and fun Jan. 23 to raise money for the Clarksburg High School post prom.

The event will take place from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Bowl 300, 15720 Shady Grove Road in Gaithersburg, which will also be the site of the post prom in April.

The $25 per person fee will cover two hours of bowling, shoe rental, pizza, Caesar salad and unlimited fountain drinks.

The post prom is a PTSA-sponsored event that provides a safe place for juniors and seniors to have fun with their friends and classmates in an alcohol- and drug-free environment after the CHS prom. Last year’s event was canceled when student indicated they would not attend, a decision that alarmed promoters of safe events for teenagers around the county.

For information, email to Kathleen Danis at danisak@comcast.net.

Need an absentee ballot?

Primary election season will reach Maryland in April. Voters who will need an absentee ballot for the April 3 presidential and congressional primary can apply for one now.

To obtain the application electronically, visit www.777vote.org and select “Absentee Voting.”

Completed applications may be mailed to the Board of Elections. Registered voters may return completed applications by fax to 240-777-8560 or email to absentee@montgomerycountymd.gov.

To obtain an application for another person, call 240-777-8550.

The deadline for requesting an absentee ballot by mail is 8 p.m. March 27 or 11:59 p.m. if requesting via fax or email. After that date, absentee ballot applications may be requested in person at the Board of Elections, 18753 N. Frederick Ave., suite 210, in Gaithersburg. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 1 to 5 p.m. March 10; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 24 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 31.

Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber names small business of the year

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce named Cartridge on Wheels in Gaithersburg as its Small Business of the Year.

Owner Bruce Kanner was presented the award Dec. 8 at a celebration dinner.

The chamber’s Small Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union, is presented to the small business that demonstrates success, community involvement and excellent customer relations.

“While thanking the chamber for this honor, I also thank all of my customers who have helped me prove that a local business built on a serving attitude, delivering old-fashioned outstanding customer service and providing superior products can grow and succeed even in today’s climate,” Kanner said. “They have all helped me become the trusted authority for toner, ink and customer service for desktop printers and faxes.”

Kanner, a 26-year resident of Gaithersburg, is on the chamber’s membership committee and facilitates one of the chamber’s Direct Connect groups. He was awarded as an exceptional volunteer in 2010.

Hospice Caring receives grant from foundation

Hospice Caring Inc.in Gaithersburg is the recipient of the 2011 Carl M. Freeman Foundation’s Freeman Foundation Assists Communities with Extra Support grant.

The $5,000 grant will help fund the organization’s Patient and Family Program Services.

The award check was presented Dec. 1 to Jeannette Mendonca, executive director of the organization.

Pritchard Music Academy students offer free concerts

The young musicians of Pritchard Music Academy in Gaithersburg helped county residents and workers celebrate the holidays this December.

The brass and woodwind ensembles, composed of students who are in elementary, middle and high school, performed a string of complimentary holiday concerts across the country.

The musicians performed at Breakfast with Santa in the Kentlands, Gaithersburg tree lightings, for county employees at a holiday party and more.

Visit www.Facebook.com/PritchardMusicAcademy for a calendar of their upcoming dates and footage of past performances.

If you have an interesting note about the people and the events of our community, send it to Susan Singer-Bart, Staff Writer, The Gazette, 9030 Comprint Court, Gaithersburg, MD 20877, or email it to ssingerbart@gazette.net. Our fax numbers are 301-670-7182 or 301-670-7183. Deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday for consideration for the following week. All items are subject to space availability.

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