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Sterling Blog: Congrats to the Thunder Cats!

This past weekend, our own Lower Loudoun Girls Softball League’s 10U Thundercats won the Loudoun Softball Alliance Championship, going against the Herndon S.W.A.T.

Science Stars, Fresh Paint and Bunny Sightings

Science Stars: Eastern Loudoun made an impressive showing this month at the 29th annual Loudoun County Regional Science and Engineering Fair. The Best of Fair awards went to Nicholas Sharp of Dominion High School and the team of Robert Daitzman of Dominion High School/Loudoun Academy of Science and Joanne Guidry of Potomac Falls High School/Loudoun Academy of Science. The three students are eligible to participate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in San Jose, CA in early May.

The Dominion High School students recognized at the fair include Mary Armstrong (2nd place, Behavioral & Social Sciences), Kara Crosser (2nd place, Cellular & Molecular Biology), Robert Daltzman (1st place, Microbiology), Thomas Dewar (3rd place, Medicine & Health Sciences), Sara Dufour (3rd place, Computer Science), Lindsey Gulla (1st place, Plant Sciences), Philip Koranteng (Honorable Mention, Environmental Management), Emily McGlone (3rd place, Cellular & Molecular Biology), Alexa Rizzo (1st place, Animal Sciences), Jessica Pappano (1st place, Behavioral & Social Sciences), Nicholas Sharp (1st place, Chemistry), Sean Stallings (3rd place, Microbiology), Gabriella Ubilla (1st place, Environmental Sciences), Jennifer Von Erden (2nd place, Environmental Management) and Roy Ziao (Honorable Mention, Energy & Transportation).

The Park View High School honorees are Cailey Barker (Honorable Mention, Behavioral & Social Sciences), Leesun Chea (Honorable Mention, Medicine & Health Sciences) and Cheyenne Williams (Honorable Mention, Chemistry).

The Potomac Falls High School awardees are Rachael Diniega (2nd place, Mathematical Sciences), Joanne Guidry (1st place, Microbiology), Carlyn Hanzel (Honorable Mention, Physics & Astronomy), Mardeen Karim (Honorable Mention, Behavioral & Social Sciences), Bronwyn Pascal (2nd place, Medicine & Health Sciences), Jennifer Schmid (2nd Place, Environmental Sciences) and Alexandra Wassenberg (2nd place, Physics & Astronomy).

Fresh paint: The Sterling Community Center is in the middle of a spring facelift. The first change you may notice is the color of the walls. The dark wood paneling is now beige, which makes the facility much brighter and lends a sense of additional space. All of the offices have been painted as well. Additional improvements are planned for the coming weeks. This season, a roofed outdoor pavilion at the Community Center is newly available for rental for special events. The 966-square-foot space accommodates 60 people. The cost is $101 for a full day or $68 for a half day. For information, call 703-430-9480.

Bunny sightings: The Sterling Community Center Advisory Board presents Breakfast with the Bunny on Thursday, April 1, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The event, for children ages 5 and younger, includes egg decorating and moon bounces. Admission is $5. Bring hard-boiled eggs to decorate and a camera to photograph your child with the bunny. For information, call 703-430-9480.

OUR BLACKBERRYS IS GONE?

The sign in the window addressed to “Our Valued Customers”, tells the story of the temporary closing of Blackberrys. Although they are moving, they will not have a storefront until sometime this Fall.

Their new build out is in process (at an undisclosed location) which will allow them to expand the Design Studio portion of the business.

If you would like to keep updated on their progress, you can visit them online at blackberrysonline.com or get on the email list at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Easter Services

The Hamilton Baptist Church Choir will present a narrated musical Easter story titled "There Stands A Cross" on Easter Sunday, April 4th at 10:30 a.m. Please join Pastor Tim White and the HBC congregation for an emotionally filled event.

Hamilton Baptist Church is located at 16 East Colonial Highway, Hamilton.

Is your church planning a special Easter event? If so, please email me with the details!!

The Mysterious Professor Corrigan

If you studied American literature, English composition or technical writing at the Sterling campus of Northern Virginia Community College from 1975 to 1989, the chances are very good that your instructor was Mary Ann Corrigan, a writer currently building a career in suspense and mystery writing.

Her latest offering, a short story titled “Delicious Death,” appears in the mystery anthology Chesapeake Crimes: They Had It Comin’ published this month by Wildside Press. The book, volume four in an award-winning anthology series, was edited by mystery writers Donna Andrews, Barb Goffman and Marcia Talley.

The inspiration for Corrigan’s story came from a couple of seemingly normal experiences drawn from daily life.

“The first [inspiration] is the situation which I think is very common where people have to entertain a couple, one half of which they like and one half of which is horrible,” she said. “This happens to people all the time.”

The second part of the plot was a nod to a happy experience with her least favorite vegetable.

“I hate broccoli,” she said.

“I went to a party once and there was this dip that looked like any other dip. I tasted it. It was very good. I had some more. Soon, I was hovering over it. No one could get any.”

Corrigan asked the hostess what was in the dish and was amazed to learn that broccoli was a key ingredient. She brought the recipe home.

You’ll have to read the book to find out how she used these situations to craft the story published in They Had It Comin’.

In the meantime, if you want to try the inspirational broccoli dip, gather up 1 stick of butter, 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup, 2 packages of soft garlic cheese (such as Alouette or Boursin), fresh or canned mushrooms, 1 cup chopped almonds, 1 cup bread crumbs, a bunch of green onions, 4 packages of chopped broccoli (or an equivalent amount of fresh broccoli) and 1 cup of grated sharp cheddar cheese.

Steam the broccoli until tender. Sautee the onions and mushrooms in the butter; add the broccoli and cook until mashed. Add the soup, cheeses, almonds and part of the bread crumbs. Bake at 300 degrees until bubbling. Top with the remaining bread crumbs. Serve with corn chips and other dipping chips.

The Chesapeake Crimes anthology is a project started in 2003 by members of the Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime, an organization of mystery authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers, librarians and others who love mysteries. The chapter, founded in 1990, holds monthly meetings at a variety of locations in Virginia and Maryland.

The Sisters in Crime are hosting a celebration in honor of the launch of They Had It Comin’ at the Southgate Community Center in Reston on April 10 from 2 until 5 p.m. Mary Ann Corrigan and many of the writers represented in the anthology will be on hand to discuss their stories and sign copies of the book. The event is free and open to the public.



Brambleton Residents Sham Rocked It in Virginia Beach

Brambleton runners (and friends) ventured to Virginia Beach over the weekend to run the Shamrock 1/2 Marathon. Training for most of the runners began in mid November. As outside temperatures dropped and historic snowfalls came and went, training proved to be diffcult. But even the frigid temperatures didn't stop anyone from training for the 13.1 mile trek.

It was all worth it in the end as everyone finished and enjoyed the post celebration. Post run festivities included swag, snacks and plenty of Yeungling and Irish stew at the beer tent.

The Ribbon Run Raises Close to 20k For the Cause

The Step Sisters held their very first Ribbon Run/Walk 5k on Saturday, March 20. With over 1,000 people in attendance, the team raised close to 20k for the cause. Due to sponsorship support, 100% of the registration fees will directly benefit the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.

To view more photos of this event:

http://amieottophotography.zenfolio.com/p674953526
http://picasaweb.google.com/celansary/RibbonRun2010?feat=email



State Champions!!

The Freedom Girls Basketball Team defeated Spotswood to win Back to Back State Championships. Congratulations to all of the ladies.

South Riding Book Club Meets Local Author

There are many book clubs in South Riding. Few seem to be alike. Some read only the classics, some discuss the bible, some tend to be a bit more remedial by selection while others enjoy the wine and socializing so much, they never actually get around to reading or discussing anything book related!

While our book club does fall into a few of those categories, one thing remains the same. Each year, we try to read a book by a local author and have the author run the book discussion. This year, we read Relentless Pursuit by Kevin Flynn.

Flynn began his career as an attorney in a private law firm. In the 90’s, he joined the US attorney’s office as a prosecutor. Relentless Pursuit tells the true story of the double murder of Diane Hawkins and her daughter Katrina. Flynn tells of the murder, arrest, trial, and verdict in this graphic, detailed, and moving account of a families fight for justice.

In 2008, the Mystery Writers of America named Relentless Pursuit as one of five nominees for its prestigious Edgar Allen Poe Award in the category of "fact crime." The Edgar Awards honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television and film published or produced.

We found Flynn to be humble but passionate about the work that he does. He seems determined still, to make our world a better place. He is currently working on his next literary project, a work of fiction set in the 1950’s. We look forward to the opportunity to enjoy another read by Kevin Flynn.

Ladies Night Out in Purcellville!! Friday Night Only!!

Brambleton Ribbon Run/Walk 5k This Saturday!

It’s not too late to register for the Brambleton Ribbon Run/Walk 5k this Saturday. Although online registration closed today, Race Day Registration will be available from 7:00 – 7:50 a.m. at the Brambleton Town Center, near the movie theaters. If you’re not able to participate, please show the Brambleton spirit by cheering the runners and walkers along the route! Or, stop by and take advantage of some of post-race activities including a moonbounce for kids, crafts provided by The Children’s Science Museum, FREE health screenings by INOVA, Spring Boutique and more! For a schedule of events and course map, visit: http://www.brambletonribbonrun.vpweb.com

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