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Thanks to Keep Loudoun Beautiful, some community-minded residents and enthusiastic town leadership, folks driving in and out of town may notice a lot less litter along the road than there was a couple weeks ago.

Don’t Miss the BWHS Concert and Silent Auction

IMPORTANT BOUNDARY AND BUDGET MEETINGS THIS WEEK

This upcoming week has several important meetings/hearings which involve the Dulles South Schools. Robert DuPree and possibly Tom Reed will be at Freedom High School tomorrow night (Monday, 22 February) from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm to discuss upcoming middle and high school boundary hearings.

Additionally, the Board of Supervisors is holding a series of hearings on the FY 2011 budget. The times and dates are below, but the primary focus of DSNFE will be at the 6:30 PM hearing on Wednesday 24 February. Please come out and support the budget! See below for details on the hearings/speaker sign up process.



BUDGET HEARINGS

3:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 24, 2010, Board Room, Loudoun County Government Center
6:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 24, 2010, Board Room, Loudoun County Government Center
6:30 p.m., Thursday, February 25, 2010, Board Room, Loudoun County Government Center (Note: This is scheduled if needed.)
9:30 a.m., Saturday, February 27, 2010, School Administration Building, 21000 Education Court, Ashburn

Anyone who wishes to speak at the public hearings may sign up in advance for one speaking slot, beginning Wednesday, February 10, by calling 703-771-5072 or 703-777-0200. Residents may also provide their comments to the Board of Supervisors by e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); by calling the Citizen Comment Line, 703-777-0115; or by writing to the Board of Supervisors, P.O. Box 7000, Leesburg, VA 20177.


Mercer Madness

If you want to be a sponsor of the First Annual Mercer Madness at Mercer Middle School, this week is your last opportunity! Any/all local businesses or persons are welcome to sponsor. Sponsorship is $150 and will include your name or business on all signage and shirts. All proceeds will go to the school and are tax deductible. It is a wonderful way to advertise your business and help the children in our community while you are at it! The deadline for sponsorship submission is February 26th, 2010. Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.


Now’s Your Chance!

How many times have you been outside with your kids playing and silently cursed the car that went speeding by? Have you been in the checkout line at Bloom and thought “Hmmmm, now what would someone want with 87 containers of butter”? How about hearing, yet another, heartwarming tale about the kindness of the people in South Riding?

Well, here is your opportunity to talk, gossip, vent or write about it! In addition to print, The South Riding Scoop is going online! South Riding will have its very own blog and we want your help!

Send us photos from South Riding events, stories, opinions and thoughts. We will post them on the blog for all to see! What a great way to share with extended family! To submit content, e-mail us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and please visit the new South Riding Blog by going to Loudountimes.com and choose South Riding from the Community drop down.

SNOWhere to Go!

With the amount of snow Brambleton received, there was one major problem. Where do we put the snow? As if 33 inches wasn’t enough the first time around, a 2nd storm added another 10+ inches just days later.

The Brambleton Group (developer), the Brambleton Community Association (HOA), and their contractors worked around the clock for days to ensure that emergency vehicles and Brambleton residents had access throughout the community. The result of pushing snow for days left piles and mounts of snow throughout the community; at intersections, front yards, on fire hydrants, sidewalks and driveway entrances.

In an effort to widen the streets and open parking spaces throughout the community, Brambleton’s staff and contractors had to use dump trucks, loaders, back hoes and skid steers to physically load and haul the snow to various unused parking lots throughout the community such as the Community Center, Beacon Crest Pool and Brambleton Commuter parking lot. The commuter lot in Brambleton, off of Creighton Road, received the largest deposits of relocated snow which created massive walls of snow. The lot was perfect; currently not in use and adjacent to a stormwater management pond. With the amount of snow that was hauled to this site, it may be months before it all melts.

A special thanks goes out to the Brambleton Group, Brambleton Community Association, Armstrong Management, Heritage Landscape Services, KT Enterprises, Total Development Solutions and Fox Properties for the efforts and services provided before, during and after these historical weather events. Your services were exceptional and beyond expectations.

Winter Olympics at River Creek and Lansdowne

by Joe Motheral

I’m wondering why they haven’t held the winter Olympics in River Creek and Lansdowne. We have more snow than they do in Vancouver and we certainly have the terrain and the infrastructure for it. The figure skating could have been held on Reflections Pond with seating for spectators in the comfort of the River Creek Clubhouse. And for speed skating what could be better than the Potomac River? Well that may be a stretch, but several frozen ponds on the premises would suffice. The sloping uneven ground behind the Lansdowne Resort makes a perfect venue for mogul events. The bluffs in River Creek are an ideal setting for ski jumping. For snow boarding the down slope behind the fourth green at River Creek would be an excellent locale with permission from the McDaniels to lend their front yard, driveway and an open garage in case of an extended run. Slolam and down hill ski runs could be in several locations—the downward slope toward the 15th green at River Creek for example.

The lovely snow covered golf course both at River Creek and Lansdowne could serve the cross country skiing.
For those Olympians that like to work out there are three fitness centers, no actually four—Potomac Club, Harper Clubhouse, Lansdowne Golf Club and the River Creek Club depending on where they are staying. And speaking of that the Lansdowne Resort could make rooms available. Residents of both Lansdowne and River Creek would be most hospitable in offering to open their homes to the athletes. Training meals would be available at the Resort and the River Creek Clubhouse not to mention the 13 or 14 restaurants in Lansdowne Town Center.

I’m confident that the Olympic Committee will give River Creek and Lansdowne due consideration in 2014..


South Riding Runners Club Keeps it Fun!

Saturday, June 23rd marked the first annual “Brave Heart Kilt Run” hosted by South Riding resident and fellow Club member Byron Johnston. Johnston and his wife are both of Scottish descent. “We thought this run would be a great way to honor our heritage while making our Saturday run fun”, said Johnston.

An award was given for the fastest kilt, best looking kilt, most creative kilt and a few more creative awards that are probably not appropriate to mention. Participants celebrated with Scottish shortbread and coffee after the run. “There is a Scottish proverb that I think is a good way to think about life; Be happy while you're living, for you're a long time dead”, shared Johnston. If you are interested in joining the South Riding Runners Club, visit their website at http://www.srrunners.org.

South Riding Scouts Save the Day!

Our neighbors all feel differently about snow. Since South Riding is quite transient, we have many residents from the South. They stare in amazement at the snowfall. Many kids see their first few flakes and begin praying for school closures. Most adults are consumed with concerns regarding a commute or getting to the Bloom before they run out of milk.

For several of our South Riding Boy scouts in troop 2010, the snow brought far more than the winter camp out they had planned. Saturday began on schedule. They were to depart at 9 am. They would set up camp at Dolly Sods, WV and embark on a snow shoe hike before turning in for the night.
The Dozier family, from Fairfax, VA left around the same time. They were to meet friends and spend the weekend in a rented ski house in Canaan Valley, WV. The two families left in separate cars and utilized two different navigation systems. Unfortunately for the Doziers, their navigation system directed them over the Eastern Continental Divide on a road that was impassable during winter months. This remote stretch reaches an elevation of 4000 feet and as you neared the top, was covered in approximately 1” of ice. Once you enter, it is impossible to turn around. The Doziers were less than a mile from crossing over when they slid into a deep, snow filled ditch.

When the SR scouts and their chaperones came upon the family, they were determined to help them. They spent hours trying to pull the car out. They utilized everything from chains to a pick ax and were simply unable to free their vehicle. As they began to lose sunlight, they decided to drive the family to meet their friends and leave the car in the ditch for the evening. By now, it was too dark and late for the boys to safely set up camp. The Doziers insisted they join them in the ski house for a hot meal and a warm place to sleep.

They spent the evening getting to know each other, 5 children and six adults total. They played cards and laughed about the random events of the day, strangers, sharing a home and a meal. It was as if the misadventures hadn’t even happened.

At first light, the group shared breakfast and eventually went their separate ways. The Doziers enjoyed some skiing while the boys of South Riding Troop 2010, finally got in their snow shoe hike. They exchanged contact information and made plans to spend July 4th together. Just as each snowflake is unique, so too are the experiences shared by these strangers, now accidental friends.

photoRyan Fuller, Evan Teran and Michael Cardone (Note the "impassable in winter")

Snow, Snow, Snow

Where Do I Start?

Fire and Ice

A picture still says a thousand words...

The week begins with Joe Cardone’s car catching on fire in their driveway. As soon as the fire dept arrived (in four minutes) the vehicle did a thing that sounded like an explosion and the fire became even larger. The Cardone family needs a new car and a new driveway.

Heathfield Circle residents embraced the impending snowstorm by constructing an igloo. The next day the igloo was enhanced by a 30 inch topping on its roof.




photoJackson Prehn pictured outside the igloo.





photoErin Moore and Noah Hickman relax inside the Heathfield Dr. igloo.


The new section of Tall Cedars Parkway is a popular cut through and an even more popular place to sled this winter. Kids and adults could not have had more fun on this hill.
photoThe awesome Sledding Hill at Tall Cedars


photoWith the help of friends, the Siegel house begins their igloo.

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