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Sterling Blog: ‘On 42nd Street’

In just a week, “42nd Street,” directed by Sterling’s own John Geddie, will hit the stage at the theatre at Potomac Falls High School, 6400 Algonkian Pkwy., and the cast is bringing their dancing shoes and singing songs that you will be belting out in the shower for weeks to come, including “We’re in the Money” and “The Lullaby of Broadway.”

Register For the Brambleton Ribbon Run/Walk 5K

The Brambleton Ribbon Run/Walk 5K will be held on March 20, 2010. Registration is open now through March 19th by visiting: http://www.brambletonribbonrun.vpweb.com . The first 500 registered participants will receive a race t-shirt. Prizes include cash and items donated by area businesses.

In addition to the 5K race, this event includes: a (free) fun run for kids, community shred, vendor sales and Brambleton Town Center merchant sidewalk sales. 2010 marks the third year for this event, and an estimated 1,000 participants are expected with this year’s addition of the 5K race.

Sponsors for the event include: The Brambleton Group;Beazer Homes; Camberley/Winchester Homes; Miller & Smith; Van Metre Homes; Centex Homes; Bloo- Dental; Northern Virginia Orthodontics; Applied Information Sciences (AIS); Summit Insurance Services; Cooley & Darling Insurance Agency; Exclusive Realty Incorporated; Tiny Toes Dance Academy ; True Athlete Performance; Potomac River Running; Allstate - Pat Booth Agency; Sport & Health; The Next Step Footwear. Donors include: Amie Otto Photography; Caribou Coffee; Commonhealth Chiropractic; Entertainment Connection; Firesults’ Boot Camp Programs; Great American Restaurants; Medical Spa at NOVA; Rubino’s Pizzeria; Scoop Chicks; The Armstrong Riner Team/ Sara Frick Armstrong; The Cheesecake Factory; The UPS Store; Tiny Toes Dance Academy; Costco. A limited number of sponsorships are still available.

All proceeds from the event go to the Step Sisters' fundraising efforts for the Avon Foundation for Breast Cancer. The Step Sisters first came together as a team four years ago to participate in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Since then, the team has raised more than $270,000 and has been among the top 10 teams in the region in the fight against this disease that affects 1 in 8 women. For more information visit the event website: http://www.brambletonribbonrun.vpweb.com.

Snow Much Fun, Stitching Olympics, New Yoga studio

Snow much fun: Girl Scouts from Service Unit 70-8 of the CountrySide/Cascades/Sterling area tracked the first blizzard of 2010 with measuring tools in hand while on the hunt for non-drift snow. On Saturday, Feb. 6, Bekah Harding, age 9, reported 21 inches of snow at 9 a.m. on Thornwood Court in Cascades. At 3:30 p.m., Arey Royce, age 7, and Ainsley Royce, 4, measured 32 inches of snow in a yard on Felsted Court in Countryside. At 6 p.m., Madeline and Olivia Emery, both 12 years old, reported 27 inches of snow in Broad Run Farms.

The snow reports continued on Sunday, Feb. 7. Kealy Faughnan, 9, and Erin Faughnan, 6, reported 21 inches at 10 a.m. in the Rivercrest community of Potomac Falls. Rachel, Katlin and Ashley Koethe wrapped up the weekend’s reporting with news of 24.5 inches in their Countryside neighborhood.

Many thanks to this energetic local weather team put together by Lisa Humpton of Countryside.

The stitching Olympics: The CountrySide Quilters group is hosting its own indoor Stitching Olympics throughout the month of February. The competition is focused on two main events—Quilt Binding and Finished Pillowcases. At press time, Jane Coleman was in the lead in the quilt binding event with 620 inches of completed binding. Judy Moorman held second place and Sarah Entsminger was in third. Jane Coleman also held the top spot in pillowcase making, with Cindy Paez in the silver medal spot and Karen Fry in the bronze. If the record snowfalls continue, this first Stitching Olympics could set records that just may remain unbreakable for years to come.

Yoga studio: If you spent a little too much time on the couch during the winter storms, you may be happy to know that CountrySide resident Ursula Cox recently opened Inner Power Yoga in the Lake Center Plaza (located between the Potomac Falls post office and Melodee Music). The studio features vinyasa (flow) yoga, one of the most popular forms of yoga practiced in the world today. More than 20 group classes are offered weekly, in addition to specialty classes such as kids’ yoga, corporate yoga and yoga for beginners. Founded in 2003, Inner Power Yoga was first located at the Sport & Health Club in Tysons Corner. For more information, call 703-795-8400 or go to the web site at http://www.inner-power-yoga.com.

Purcellville’s Online Coupons Are Here!

To redeem your Loudoun Times Mirror coupon, just print it out, and present it to your Magnolia's server with your payment . Good on all food items (no alcohol) thru the end of February!

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Ten to twelve foot snow drifts covered a major portion of Lakefield Road just outside of Purcellville, but that did not stop one resident from digging out. Winds blew relentlessly for days across open fields causing the already narrow dirt road to close back shut in just a matter of hours. With the help of the employees from the Round Hill Sewer Treatment Plant, Ken Fleming worked assiduously for days keeping the road open for his friends & neighbors. Can you just imagine driving an "open" cab tractor for hours in the blinding snow, while those bits of icy flakes relentlessly sting your face, whirling around the cab distorting your vision? This of course is compounded by the fact that you have to drive "backwards" in order to operate the eight foot blower attached to the back of your tractor. If you look closely in the photo you can make out the tractor beneath the blowing snow.

I commend people like Ken & the employees at the Round Hill Sewer Treatment Plant who are still willing to help their neighbors. If you have a neighbor who has helped you out, please take a moment to whole heartedly thank them!

More snow, volunteer fire and rescue and a personal Valentine

More Snow
Last Tuesday and Wednesday, Mother Nature in a surprise move distributed more snow over the landscape. By all accounts, driving conditions most of last week were treacherous; there were potential injuries from icy surfaces; danger from power outages, loss of heat and overexertion shoveling and removing snow. I checked with both Station 22 in Lansdowne and the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company (LVFC) and while there were some emergencies they were relatively minor given the conditions.

AVFRD Barbara Murphy of the Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department (AVFRD), which operates Station 22, reported that, “A total of eight pieces of emergency equipment were fully staffed and on the ready. The calls were mostly related to fall injuries, the flu, chest pains (from shoveling snow) and two delivery calls.” She says, “Both moms waited until safely deposited at the hospital to deliver.” She goes on to say that the community listened to the warnings about driving and there were no serious auto accidents.

LVFC We heard of no emergencies in River Creek. Power outages were few and only for a few minutes at a time. The River Creek Club is hosting a fund raiser for the LVFC. On Saturday, February 20th at 5:30 PM the Martinis Matter series will feature raffle prizes during an evening when they will be serving “Two Alarm Martinis”. They will be mixed by some of the firefighters for $10 each to support the LVFC. According to spokesperson, Georgina Potter of River Creek all of the money derived from this one evening will be earmarked to cover 30 percent of the cost of the LVFC budget for “operations and equipment costs, including fuel costs as well as vehicle maintenance.”
Valentines Day

They say that St. Valentine was the mogul of romance and love. Following this premise, John Kimball of River Creek in true Valentine spirit invited his wife Lori to share in shoveling snow off their deck. Lori says she decided instead (reluctantly) to stay inside and read. On Valentine eve they did have a nice dinner at Tuskies.

Broadlands Resident Appears in 1st Stage Production

Sydney Maloney, Broadlands resident and professional actress is appearing in By the Bog of Cats, a 1st Stage production. 1st Stage is a nonprofit theater located in Tysons Corner. Penned by Marina Carr and loosely based on Medea, By the Bog of Cats tells a timeless story of love and abandonment in rural Ireland. Ms. Maloney a fourth grader, plays seven year old Josie, the daughter Hester Swane. 1st Stage will donate 20% of ticket sales to the American Red Cross Haitian relief efforts during the opening weekend of By the Bog of Cats, Feb. 12-14. Tickets are available at http://www.1stStageTysons.org/cats.

Laissez les Bon Temps Roulez!

Over 100 Broadlands residents, "Let the Good Times Roll" on Friday, February 13th as they celebrated Mardi Gras at this always well attended annual event. Cajun Experience in Leesburg provided yummy appetizers including crayfish pies, jambalaya, boudin balls and andouille sausage; and what Mardi Gras Celebration would be complete with out King Cake? While the Events Committee served up Hurricane Punch, beer and wine, DJ Neal Keller got the crowd moving with Zydeco, New Orleans Blues and dance tunes from the 80's up to today's top hits.
The Broadlands events Committee plans parties, celebrations and special events year round for Broadlands residents and their families.

Boy Scout Troop 2970 Working With AVFRD

Boy Scout leaders and more than twenty scouts of Troop 2970 - which meets at Our Saviors Way Lutheran Church in Broadlands - worked to clear snow and ice and to create access pathways to the fire hydrants of the 25 Loudoun County Public Schools from east of Belmont Ridge Road all the way to the county line. Working in conjunction with the Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, three to five hydrants were cleared at each school location. Troop 2970 joined with scouts from across the DC Metro area in this service project for public safety as a way to celebrate this week's 100th anniversary of Scouting in America.

New Consignment Shop Coming To Purcellville

21st Street has a new business! Re-Love It is Purcellville's new "consignment" store which is owned by Mike Oaks and his fiancé Kim Patterson. Mike, who is also a metal artist & sculptor, stated that their grand opening has been delayed by about two weeks due to the mounds of white stuff wreaking havoc on our roadways. This of course caused a spiraling effect for their potential consignment clients who are trying to bring in their unique treasures in hopes of improving needed cash flow. Mike pointed out that their store need not be confused with Blue Ridge Hospice's Thrift Store. The difference being that in a consignment store individual's are selling their items verses giving them for a tax donation to a thrift store. He also stated that any items that did not sell would most likely be donated to Blue Ridge Hospice.

Kim feels that their sporting goods section, will be a great hit with parents with children who have outgrown a sport and wish to recoup a portion of their monies or some parent with a child new to a sport.

So come on down to 21st Street and see the many nook & cranny stores Purcellville has to offer!! Mike & Kim's web site can be found at http://www.reloveit.com. As Mike says, "Everyone has something they want to get rid of"

Valentines’ Day Greetings from Eastern Loudoun

Our valentines: This is an open love letter to the valiant staff of the Intensive Care Unit at the Lansdowne campus of Loudoun Hospital. For the 10 days before I wrote this column, a member of my extended family was fighting for her life with their expert assistance and support.

On the front lines of the battle at her bedside was a group of highly-skilled nurses, including Zack, Lennis, Bernie, Lorrie, Kathy, Heather and Amy. I sincerely apologize to those whose names do not appear here; I tried to keep a complete list but often was sidetracked by developing events.

In addition to these round-the-clock nurses, countless clinic technicians, respiratory technicians, doctors and other staff members were on the case. It was clear to see that all of them love their work and their patients. In the event that you or someone you love ever have a need for a hospital’s intensive care, this is a very good place to be.

One of the most amazing things to me was the way the nurses were able to keep a constant eye on their patients, the patients’ many vital sign monitors and the patients’ family members. With complicated medical interventions underway, the nurses knew just the right things to say to family members, the best way to say them and the perfect time for these conversations. In this high stress situation, those talks were almost as critical as the high tech medicine at work.

One more hero: In my last visit to the ICU waiting room, I met a gentleman from Loudoun who had memories of the county dating back to the 1930s. He told me that this winter’s big snowstorms reminded him of Loudoun’s weather in the 1940s.

In the course of our conversation, I learned a great deal about the county in the days before integration. At that time, African-American children walked miles to be educated, well beyond the schools near their neighborhoods, because the closer schools had been designated for use by white children only. Once in their classrooms, the youngsters were warmed by the heat from a wood-burning stove. The older students chopped the wood for the stove themselves. The younger students were seated closest to the stove to make sure that they stayed as warm as possible throughout the school day.

Our discussion was enhanced from time to time by comments from the members of his extended family sitting nearby. Some had come from as far as southern Maryland to be with him as he waited for word on his wife’s condition. It was obvious from the conversation that this was a large, loving and warm family. I was very fortunate to spend some time with them. I will be thinking of all of them on Valentines’ Day.

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