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Sterling Blog: Celebrate Sterling this Friday

This Friday our Park View High School Patriots are hosting a huge pre-game event to celebrate Sterling as the best home town.

Girdie Looking for a New Roosting place

A Visitor from Texas by Joe Motheral
Kelly Burns at Lansdowne Resort has been playing host to a white homing pigeon, given to her by a colleague. The pigeon journeyed to the Resort from a funeral parlor in Burke, Texas understandably for a vacation and probably to look for a new home. Kelly says ,“Girdie is hanging out in my garage. I’ve had two emails, one from a woman from the Middleburg Humane Foundation in Marshall where they have 30 white pigeons.” Later Kelly told me she had five more emails from interested parties. By now she may have even more. If anyone out there has an inclination to have a white pigeon named Girdie email Kelly at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

A Golden Heart on the Golden Express

School has officially ended. Summer is in full swing and we are all winding down from the mad rush to attend our kid’s end of the year parties and buy last minute teacher gifts. How many of you purchased gifts for your kid’s bus driver? How many of your kids even spoke about their bus driver?

Our kids used to talk about their bus driver all of the time, when we lived on a different bus route in South Riding. The parents who are still lucky enough to have Miss Tracy driving their kids are STILL talking about her, weeks after school’s end.

Tracy Breeden is a single mother of two; Andre 9 & Adriana 7. She began driving a bus for Loudoun County in March of 2005 in order to be able to spend as much quality time with her children as possible. She liked being able to work while they were in school. “I love my job. I've been driving bus 543 in South Riding for 5 years. I think of each student as my own, all 110 of them! Keeping my students safe, happy and healthy are always most important, these kids are my life. I've got the best group of kids in Loudoun County. I'm honored to be able to watch them change, grow and learn. Being a positive part of their childhood makes it all worthwhile”, shared Breeden.

A “positive part” is an understatement. Miss Tracy remembers all of the kid’s birthdays and even sends them home with pencils, stickers, bubbles, silly bands & toys on her birthday! This year, she sent a note home with each child thanking them for the opportunity to be their bus driver! We think that Miss Tracy is the best! We are so grateful that she drove our kids at one time. She is a true example that no matter what you do, you have the ability to make a difference. The teachers are not the only ones that teach. Miss Tracy has taught these kids unconditional kindness. Loudoun County is so fortunate to have her in their employ!


Purcellville Host Families Needed for 2010 Babe Ruth World Series

Horizon Champs, Brigadoon Cast, Carnival at DTC, Sit and Sew, Honoring America

Lego champs: The Golden Bricks team from Horizon Elementary School in Cascades recently won first place in their division of the First Lego League regional competition. To win the honor, the team competently handled a series of assignments: designing and building a robot that had to perform specific tasks; identifying, researching and offering a solution to a community transportation problem; and performing a group activity that enabled judging of their teamwork.

The Horizon Golden Bricks are Eric Blackwell, Claire Gleason, Harrison Helmich, Kiara Jasunas, Mikey Mulhearn, Neal Pillai, Matthew Rubloff, Jenna Shackelford, Dillon Sohi and Joshua Toohey. The team is coached by Linet Blackwell, Mike Shackelford and Lisa Toohey.

The Golden Bricks also traveled to James Madison University to compete in the Lego state tournament there.

Brigadoon cast: The Sterling Playmakers announced the cast for the musical “Brigadoon” scheduled to take the stage at Potomac Falls High School on weekends from July 30 through August 15.

The cast members from Sterling are Luis Mora in the role of Hamish MacGregor and Joan Marshall as one of the Villager Bairns (children). Ramon Antonio, Keaton Crowe and Nguyen Nguyen appear as some of Charlie’s Lads. Jessica Ashworth and Marion Smedberg are among Jean’s Lassies.

The cast members from Potomac Falls include Nathan Trexler as Harry Beaton, Courtney Garofalo as one of Jean’s Lassies and Amy Lindsay Litteral as a Villager Lady. David H. Hopkins, John Hur and H. Craig McKee are Villager Gentlemen. Jen Garofalo, Daniel Hur, Elizabeth Pittman, Leecy Silk, Lindsey Silk and Kristen Waagner are Villager Bairns (children).

Summer carnival: The Carnival at Dulles Town Center is underway through July 3. The rides are open Monday through Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m., Friday from 6 to 11 p.m. and Saturday from noon until 11 p.m. Ride tickets are priced at $20 for 24 tickets, or $1 per ticket. A $5 off coupon for Monday through Thursday use can be found online at http://www.shopdullestowncenter.com under the News & Events tab. For more information, see http://www.colerides.com.

Sit and sew: The CountrySide Quilters hold a business meeting and sit’n’sew on Tuesday, July 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Lutheran Church in Cascades. Bring a show-and-tell item and a nonperishable food donation for the church’s LINK pantry. For more information, call 703-409-9893.

Honoring America: Members of American Legion Post 150/Sterling will provide an official flag ceremony near the start of the Old-Fashioned Fourth of July celebration at Claude Moore Farm in Sterling. The flag honors begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 4.

Great Location, No Aggravation!

Being home for the 4th of July weekend is a “blast”, when you live in South Riding. Just head over to the Dulles South Multipurpose Center (the new location) for the Star Spangled South Riding from 6-10 on July 3rd.
Stars and Stripes Parade: Meet in the South Riding Center parking lot at 5:30pm to get into formation with your decorated bikes, trikes, wagons, scooters, buggies and strollers. Walk as a block, club or group, team or just with friends and family. The parade will begin promptly at 6pm and will stroll down Riding Center Drive to end up at the Dulles South Multipurpose Center
Bring a blanket, chair, and your own picnic or purchase dinner from one of the many food vendors. Summer Menu includes: hamburgers, hot dogs, ribs, french fries, fish fry, BBQ sandwiches, calzones and more! Absolutely no alcohol is permitted to be brought onto the Multipurpose Center property. However, if you are 21 or older, you may purchase beer and wine from the beverage tents but need to remain in the beer garden. ID required. The night ends with a fabulous fireworks display that has become a tradition here in South Riding. Please keep your dogs at home for their safety and the safety of others.
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Summer Concert Series

Don’t forget about the summer concert series! The first performance was this past Friday, the 25th. Electric Company rocked the green! Don’t miss out on all of the upcoming concerts that are scheduled. Concerts are from 7-9:30pm on the green. Here is the July schedule:

Texas Pride – July 9
Experience Hard-Driving Country Western and Southern Rock sounds with clear country vocals in the Texas Pride way!

Hipshack – July 16
Hipshack is a Rock-Funk-Soul-Jazz-Jam Party Band. With influences ranging from James Brown to Miles Davis and Van Morrison to the Stone Temple Pilots, these jazz-trained musicians incorporate a large variety of styles into the unique groove that is Hipshack.
Miles Steibel – July 23 As a musician and band leader, Miles Stiebel has provided first class music for some of the country's most prestigious events. As a recording artist, Miles’ progressive musicality and sound have led to his music being played on over 90 jazz radio stations and on the Weather Channel.

Key West – July 30
With special guest Doyle Grisham (Steel Pedal Guitarist from Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band), Key West is the band to have for a high-energy night of Caribbean influenced music. With a large supply of Jimmy Buffett songs as well as Reggae’, Creole, Latin and original songs this band can turn the darkest of winter nights into an island party.



Sterling Ruritan Club Presents $20,700 to Local Students

The Sterling Ruritan Club presented awards and scholarships to 24 eastern Loudoun students at its 57th annual Awards and Scholarship Banquet this month.

A total of $20,700 was distributed among the student honorees in recognition of their academic achievements and community service. The annual awards program is funded from the proceeds of the club’s weekly Thursday night bingo games, club hall rentals and food sales.

The awards ceremony put the spotlight on some of Loudoun’s finest students and their teachers, families and friends. The guest speaker, Loudoun County Public Schools Superintendent Edgar B. Hatrick, has participated in the event nearly every year he has been with the school system.

Twelve elementary students received Sterling Ruritan Outstanding Student awards: Nardin Ageeb (Sully Elementary), Mark Geppert (Countryside Elementary), Caitlin Knapp (Sterling Elementary), Iris Le (Guilford Elementary), Zachary Morris (Rolling Ridge Elementary), Corinne Parry (Horizon Elementary), Joseph Pavich (Meadowland Elementary), Kenneth Pentimonti (Lowes Island Elementary), Zain Safdar (Sugarland Elementary), Katrina Schmid (Potowmack Elementary), Kelsey Sheridan (Forest Grove Elementary) and Ashley Vayo (Algonkian Elementary).

The Outstanding Student awards in the middle school category went to Vaidehi Patel (River Bend Middle School), Charlotte Rothman (Sterling Middle School) and Matthew Richard Szelc (Seneca Ridge Middle School).

Three high school students received the Outstanding Student awards: Aliya Rehman (Dominion High School), Joyce Urban (Park View High School) and Daniel Zimmerman (Potomac Falls High School).

In addition, the Sterling Ruritan Club presented $2,000 scholarships to six high school students: Gabriella Ubilla and Kianna Paige Williams of Dominion High School, Kelly Griffith and Melissa Stuckey of Park View High School and Molly Ann Brennan and Rachael Diniega of Potomac Falls High School.

According to Sterling Ruritan volunteer Martha Hummer, the club’s student award program has increased tremendously since its beginning in 1954.

“At that time, we had one school, Sterling Elementary. Now we have 18 schools,” she said.

“The program has grown from about a $25 to $50 savings bond to $100 for elementary students, $500 for middle school and $2,000 for high school students,” she added.

Membership in the Sterling Ruritan Club is open to anyone in the area. The club meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. The next meeting is July 14 at the Sterling Ruritan Club building on Ruritan Road, near the intersection of Route 28 and Church Road in Sterling.

The Club’s upcoming events include bingo every Thursday at 7 p.m. To book the Ruritan building for a special event or celebration, call 703-444-6039.

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