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Purcellville Blog: Round Hill to welcome newest HeroHome recipient

Heroes Lane in Round Hill is soon to be home to it's first residents. The Davenport family will be moving into their new three bedroom home built by HeroHomes Loudoun on Dec. 22.

Look out for the Street Trees

Homes in South Riding come in different shapes, sizes, ages and locations. Though there are differences, one thing all of our streets have in common are the required trees your builder plants before the roads can be turned over to Loudoun County for maintenance. These trees provide shade and support the ecological development while replacing trees lost during the building process. They usually make things look better too.

On occasion homeowners will see issues crop up regarding street trees. For example, sidewalks in older sections of the neighborhood are cracking due to roots breaking through the concrete. Limbs sometimes hang low enough to become dangerous next to walkways. Trees become diseased, or even die without proper intervention. Street trees located on common ground are maintained by the community; however, homeowners should water the trees in front of their homes during drier seasons. Street trees planted on personal property (this happens if there’s no sidewalk or median strip) are the sole responsibility of the homeowner—so really once in the ground they’re YOUR trees.. Questions or issues regarding street trees can be addressed by calling the Town Hall at 703-327-4390.

School Days Fast Approaching

It’s hard to believe that the Freedom High School Fall sports have been in full practice mode for a couple of weeks already. For those still in vacation mode, it’s time to get prepared!

Each school has their own website with specific information regarding Back to School Nights and orientation programs. You will also find school supply lists for each grade on these sights. Just go to Loudoun County Public School's Website and click on your school.

Enjoy the last couple weeks of summer!

The Junior Golfers’ Association Tournament at River Creek

The American Junior Gofers’ Association (AJGA) held its tournament Monday, August 2 to Thursday August 5 at the River Creek Club in Leesburg, Virginia . The field of 99 girls and boys ages 12 to 18—came in from as far away as Italy, London and South Africa

The 54 hole tournament had to revert to 36 holes when the final round was disrupted repeatedly by thunder showers.

Shabril Brewer, age 17 from Herndon, Virginia won the girls title with a two round score of 143. Shabril grinning said, “I’m happy with the way I played.”

Zheng Liang also 17 from Brabenpon, Florida shot 136 to win the boys title. He said, “I liked the course, especially the last four holes (along the Potomac River).”
The AJGA sponsors some 80 tournaments a year but this is the first one to be played in Northern Virginia.

The AJGA history began in 1978 with its first tournament at the Inverrary Club in Landerhill, Florida. Over 200 golfing graduates from this program have played on the PGA and LPGA tours claiming more than 350 victories. Among the alumni are Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Steward Cink; Paula Creamer, Morgan Pressel, Julieta Granda and Pat Hurst.

Paula Creamer, the winner of the 2010 LPGA U.S. Open golf tournament at Oakmont, says, “The AJGA is one of the finest organizations for junior golfers in the country.”

Tim Brogan, the director of golf at River Creek has been involved with junior golfers most all his life and has special interest in encouraging young golfers. “They are the future of our business.” He says.

For further information call River Creek Club Manager, John Cegielski at 703-779-2022 ext. 230 or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Or access the AJGA web site http://www.ajga.org.

‘Brigadoon’ is a Family Affair

The Sterling Playmakers take their commitment to the community — and the families in the community — very seriously. The organization’s current production, “Brigadoon,” brings more than a dozen family groups to the stage at Potomac Falls High School in an all-ages production of the musical classic.

“We like to cast families,” said Angela Hepola, the show’s public relations manager. “If we’re going to be working on a play for the whole summer, we don’t want to take you away from your family.”

The story begins at the director’s chair. Director Kathy Bleutge, of Sterling, a founding member of the Sterling Playmakers and a retired drama teacher from Park View High School, is working with a cast that includes members of her own family. Her son Michael Bleutge, of Ashburn, plays Sandy Dean and her daughter, Laura Buckman, also of Ashburn, manages the props. A third Bleutge generation shares the spotlight in this production — granddaughter Beth Bleutge is a Villager Bairn and granddaughter Kathryn Buckman is one of Jean’s Lassies.

At least three families represent Potomac Falls onstage.

Courtney Garofalo is one of Jean’s Lassies and her sister, Jen, is a Villager Bairn. John Hur plays a Villager Gentleman and his son, Daniel, in his first Playmakers show, appears as a Villager Bairn. Lindsey Silk is also a Villager Bairn, along with her sister, Leecy, who is making her first Playmakers appearance.

Five Ashburn families are in the production.

Chris Gray, in the lead role of Tommy, is working with his wife, Kelly, a featured dancer/villager and daughter, Abby, one of Jean’s Lassies. Scott Tousley is Angus MacGuffie; his daughter, Carolyn, is a Villager Lady. Jack Tenshaw is Frank the bartender, sharing the stage with his daughter, Ashley, as one of Jean’s Lassies and daughter, Abigail, as a Villager Bairn.

Anneliese Lohmeyer, of Ashburn, is a Villager Lady. Her daughter, Jordan, is Maggie Anderson and her daughter, Abby, is a Villager Bairn. Stage manager David Reed of Ashburn is working with his wife, Edith, a Villager Lady. Their daughter, Heather, appears in the role of Kate and their daughter, Sarah, is one of Jean’s Lassies.

Three more Loudoun families are included in the cast.

Brian Layman, of Leesburg, appears as Archie Beaton and his wife, Elaine, is a Villager Lady. Their son, Bennett, is Charlie Dalrymple and daughter, Katy, is one of Jean’s Lassies. Nancy Tanner, of South Riding, appears as Fiona MacLaren; her son Demetrio DuPlissey is a Villager Bairn. Francine Orr, of Leesburg, is a Villager Lady and her daughter, Caitlin, is a Villager Bairn.

The family focus also extends into Fairfax County.

Ted Frederick, of Herndon, appears in the role of Andrew MacLaren; his wife, Wyndy Frederick, is the show’s choral director. Kieth Flores, of Fairfax, is onstage as a Villager Gentleman; his wife, Sally Ann, is a Villager Lady and their daughter, Melody, is a Villager Bairn.

Once you get to know who’s on stage, you’re bound to come upon a piece or two of family-focused trivia. Here’s an example: one on-stage husband and wife (not married in real life) were good friends and prom dates from different Loudoun County high schools more than two decades ago.

This is the last weekend to see the Sterling Playmakers’ production of “Brigadoon” at Potomac Falls High School. The show begins at 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 13, and Saturday, Aug. 14. The final performance takes place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 15. General admission tickets are $12.60; reserved seats are $15.60. For more information, go to sterlingplaymakers.com.

photoMembers of the MacDougal family of Brigadoon: (from left) Joanie Marshall of Sterling, Lori Brooks of Ashburn and Jen and Courtney Garofalo of Potomac Falls. Photo courtesy of PaulOnline.com.

Freedom High School Marching Band

Freedom High School Marching Band has been preparing their new show called, “Rise of the Humans”. They are looking forward to another successful season this fall in the USBA marching competitions. Come to the Freedom High School Football games and enjoy the show presented by their Band Director, Mr. Galway, and the Spirit of Freedom High School Marching Band.
The Marching Band will also be participating in fund-raising efforts this fall to support the band activities throughout the year. On Saturday August 28th, Freedom High School Gymnasium will be transformed into a mattress showroom. A portion of the sales will support the band program. If you are in the market for a new mattress, please consider stopping by at the event. New mattresses will be delivered to your home.
The band will also be holding the annual Tag Day Event on Saturday, September 11th, 2010. Students will be out in the neighborhood, dressed in their uniforms, requesting funds to support the fine arts program at Freedom High School. All donations are tax deductible.

Scuba Anyone?

If you have ever wanted to learn scuba but didn’t want to brave the deep blue, here is your chance! For $25, you can learn in the safe waters of the South Riding Center pool. On August 28th from 9am to 11am, you can learn the basics of scuba with equipment and all! To register or for more information, contact the Events Department at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). You must have a valid South Riding RecPass to participate.




The Amazing Waves, Quilting for Charity, Helping Neighbors, American Legion

The Amazing Waves: The CountrySide Waves swim team topped an undefeated season on Saturday, July 31, by bringing home the Colonial Swim League’s Gold Division Trophy.

This week, the Waves are preparing to host the final event of the swim season – the League’s All-Star Swim Meet on Saturday, August 7, at CountrySide’s Parkway Pool. The competition is expected to draw as many as 400 of the region’s top swimmers and may bring up to 2,000 swim enthusiasts to the Algonkian Parkway event.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s office will help with traffic control near the pool on Saturday morning. The All-Star events begin at 8 a.m. and may run until 2 p.m. Some swim meet participants are expected to arrive as early as 6 a.m.

Members of the community are invited to come by to support our local swimmers. Food and beverages will be available at the meet.

Quilting for charity: The CountrySide Quilters group closed out a year of good works with some significant accomplishments. The quilters participated in the American Patchwork & Quilting magazine’s Million Pillow Case Challenge by making 68 pillowcases for the Loudoun County Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS). The guild also provided LAWS with 12 children’s quilts and a quilted wall hanging. Additional projects for charity completed this year included 42 placemats and matching coasters for the Reston-Herndon area Meals on Wheels program, 24 quilt blocks to be made into quilts for the families and victims of the shooting at Fort Hood, TX, 12 quilts delivered in response to an emergency call to assist survivors of the Haitian earthquake and 11 patriotic quilts that will be given to U.S. troops flown in to Landstuhl Air Force Base in Germany for emergency treatment. The CountrySide Quilters’ next meeting is Tuesday, August 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Lutheran Church in Cascades. For more information, call 703-409-9893.

Helping neighbors: The Community Service Group of the CountrySide Women’s Club is scheduling a planning meeting later this month to identify service projects for the upcoming club year. New members are welcome to attend. In the past 12 months, the group participated in the Christmas in April program, raised funds for the Loudoun Interfaith Relief food bank and held a toy drive for the Birthday Blessings organization. For more information, contact Debbie Goldman at 703-726-9913.

American Legion: American Legion Post 150/Sterling meets on Wednesday, August 4, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Sterling Ruritan Club on Ruritan Circle, near the intersection of route 28 and Church Road. For more information, call 703-444-9255.

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