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Montgomery County News in Brief

Montco lawyer to take post as bar association president

The inauguration of Montgomery County lawyer C. Dale McClain as the 114th president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association will take place Thursday in Hershey at the association's annual meeting.

McClain, of Lansdale, will be the first solo practitioner to be named president of the 29,000-member PBA. He is sole practitioner in the Haverford and Worcester law firm of C. Dale McClain Ltd. McClain is also the first certified public accountant to hold the office, and the first president from Montgomery County since 1963. He also served as president of the Montgomery Bar Association in 1990.

Active in his community, McClain served as vice president of the board of commissioners of Lower Merion Township, chairman of the Delaware Valley Regional Finance Authority, and president of the Lower Merion Federation of Civic Associations.

McClain is a graduate of Villanova University and the Villanova University School of Law. He also holds a LLM degree in taxation from the Temple University School of Law.

The Pennsylvania Bar Association was founded in 1895 to promote justice, improve public understanding of the legal system and create access to legal services.

Group that helps families

seeks benefactors for gala

The Ted Lindeman Outreach Foundation is seeking sponsors - and items for a silent auction and raffle - for a gala on Friday that benefits young families who have lost a parent.

The outreach foundation was created by Ellen Lindeman of Hartsville, whose husband, Ted, died of esophageal cancer in 2004 at the age of 33, leaving her to raise two young children. The foundation provides financial and emotional assistance to young families in Bucks and Montgomery counties that have suffered the loss of a father or mother.

Sponsorships are available for $500 (Gold), $250 (Silver), $100 (Bronze). All sponsors will be listed in the event program, on event signs, and on the foundation's Web site. Gold sponsors will be included in all advertising and promotional materials, and also will have a link to their Web sites on the foundation site. The foundation is also seeking donations of services, merchandise or gift certificates for the silent auction and raffle.

The gala will be held at Spring Mill Country Club, 80 Jacksonville Rd., in Ivyland. The four-hour event begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $55, which includes dinner, beer, wine, live music, raffle, silent auction and door prizes.

For more information, visit the foundation's Web site at


. To become a sponsor or donate an item, call Ellen Lindeman at 215-918-2796.

Alternative sports festival

to hit King of Prussia Mall

The Journeys Backyard Barbeque Tour, an alternative sports and music festival, will make a stop in King of Prussia on Saturday. The free, all-ages event will set up outside the King of Prussia Mall and will feature live demonstrations by international athletes and talent competitions for local musicians.

A five-city national tour, the Backyard Barbeque Tour will showcase some of the world's top professional, X Games-winning sports athletes, who will participate in freestyle motocross and skateboard demonstrations. The X-Games stars will use a 60,000 square-foot "alternative sport playground" of ramps and jumps. Young athletes from Woodward Skatepark of Philly at Franklin Mills Mall will also participate.

Philly-area bands The Great American Soundtrack, Even the Resolution, and Capital Risk will compete in the "Converse All-Star Battle of the Bands." Winners will be picked by the audience.

The event begins at noon with the Battle of the Bands. Journeys Backyard Barbeque concludes with a 6 p.m. performance by pop-rockers All Time Low. For more information, visit



- Gene D'Alessandro