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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.

The 6th Annual Brambleton Freedom Festival is Right Around the Corner

Lansdowne Town Center Activity and Historical River Creek

River Creek/Lansdowne May 2, 2010 by Joe Motheral
Lansdwone Town Center
The Lansdowne Town Center led by the Harper Clubhouse (571-333-0481) is getting organized. Tim Crews, the manager, says that the Home Owners have approved a summer concert series. The weekly performances will begin in June and will be held near the fountain on the south side of Lansdowne Town Center.
The Home Owners have formed four committees to deal with everyday business: Grounds and Facilities, Activities and Communications, Neighborhood Watch and Technology.
The Lansdowne Animal Hospital offers services for pet owners and has made recommendations on how to deal with Lyme Disease, Heartworm, and Flea Allergy Dermatitis. For assistance call 571-333-2247.
Tim Tran was working out in the fitness center at the Clubhouse. While he was pulling on some bars he was able to tell me that he thought Lansdowne Town Center where he has lived for just four months is “Pretty good. I like the way the removed the snow this winter and keep the landscape. And everything is convenient.”
Historical Perspectives on the Golf Course
Pausing every so often to enjoy the historical and scenic aspects of the golf course at River Creek could put the mind at ease and help subdue the tension that comes with the game. Some examples:
Near the no. 9 tee box, you can think of Edwards’ Ferry that once made its passage back and forth across the River for over 120 years—the last time in 1915. You can still see the ferry landing on the Maryland side of the River. Union troops crossed the River at this very spot headed for Gettysburg.
If you hit your ball to the right on No. 11 you may find yourself in the midst of twin rows of cedar trees flanking what was once Edwards Ferry Road. While you are engaged in uttering colorful language because your ball rests behind one of those trees you may want to think that in the 1800s horse drawn vehicles brought passengers to and from Edwards Ferry and Civil War troops trod the very ground where you stand.
There’s more…

Foxes, Water and Daffodils

River Creek/Lansdowne by Joe Motheral
April 25, 2010

A Fox Comes Calling
Irony is alive and well in River Creek. For folks who are slowly forgetting the winter we had—this will serve as a reminder. A healthy looking fox showed up in the back yard of one of the residents in River Creek. The name of the residents? Janet and Jack Fox. Foxes have a reputation for being clever so it’s no wonder that he must have known he was visiting distant relatives.
Water Rates
A consistent series of rulings by the courts has led to a reduction in the 100 percent water rate surcharge imposed by the Town of Leesburg on River Creek and adjoining communities more than two years ago. The Town apparently has decided to appeal to the State Supreme Court for a judge based ruling. The 47 percent surcharge now paid by River Creek has been considered fair in the sense that it covers the extra cost of supplying water to the homes in River Creek and the other communities. According to the River Creek Owner’s Association (RCOA), “If the Town raised the surcharge back to 100 percent it would cost River Creek residents about $600,000 per year.” That’s an average of almost $1,000 per residential household—money, I’ve been reminded, that could otherwise be spent in local shops, restaurants, and businesses
Daffodil Ball
Sherri Anderson of Capital Hospice reports that the Daffodil Ball with its Statewide attendance and sponsorships held at River Creek last month raised in excess of $223,000. This money will be combined with previous donations and funds from sponsorships to build an in patient clinic—the Adler Center for Caring on the Van Metre Campus near Route 50 and Gum Tree Road. Sherri says, “This year we had a record number of nine Bronze Sponsors donating $10,000 each.” The Daffodil Ball annually since 2005 has been a prime example of responsible River Creek community members volunteering their time to organize and implement such a function on behalf of a worthy cause.

All-State Band, Jazz Notes, Sew ‘n’ Sews, Eat at Joe’s, Yard Sales, Big Band Dancing

All-State Band: Four eastern Loudoun musicians were among the 17 Loudoun County students selected for the 2010 Virginia All-State Band hosted by the Virginia Music Educators Association at Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake, Virginia. The students, selected through auditions at James Madison University, are: Caroline Henderson (Dominion High School), Natalie Jefferson (Park View High School), Anna-Louisa Mirto (Potomac Falls High School) and Turner Thornberry (Dominion High School).

Jazz Ensemble: Eastern Loudoun was represented by six of the 19 students selected for the Virginia Music Educators Association District 16 Jazz Ensemble. The Dominion High School contingent included Ryan Anderson (piano), Molly Menickelly (tenor trombone) and Turner Thornberry (bass trombone). The Park View High School musicians were Patrick Fisher (vibes), Daniel Shafer (tenor trombone) and Jonathan Thurston (tenor trombone). The group was assembled by audition and performed at the 2010 Loudoun County Jazz Festival on April 23 and 24 at Loudoun County High School.

Jazz Festival Awards: Three eastern Loudoun students were named to the Loudoun County Jazz Festival’s High School All-Star Band: Andrew Coyle (Potomac Falls High School, drums), David Eldridge (Potomac Falls High School, trumpet) and Becca Nagley (Park View High School, trumpet).

Sew ‘n’ Sews: The eastern Loudoun chapter of the American Sewing Guild meets Wednesday, May 12, from 10 a.m. until noon at the Cascades branch of the Loudoun County Public Library. Members of the chapter, the Sterling Sew ‘n’ Sews, are participating in an ASG Community Service Day on May 15. The event, free and open to the public, offers an opportunity to make drawstring bags for American soldiers. The service day takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cameron United Methodist Church, 3130 Franconia Road, in Alexandria. To R.S.V.P., call 703-354-9467.

Eat at Joe’s: Support the fundraising efforts of the Eastern Loudoun Basketball League by eating at Joe’s Pizzaria and Italian Restaurant in the Sterling Shopping Center on Thursday, May 13, from 5 to 8 p.m. The funds will be used to assist the league’s sixth summer basketball team. The Eastern Loudoun Basketball League is made up of players in grades 3 through 8. For more information, go to http://www.elbl.org.

Yard Sales: The annual Cascades community spring yard sale takes place on Saturday, May 15, from 8 a.m. until noon. The rain date is Sunday, May 16. A list of yard sale participants will be available on the Cascades web site, http://www.cascadesva.com; a printed version of the list can be picked up at the Lowes Island Association office on Saulty Drive on the day of the sale. On May 15, the Cascades Community Association also offers a yard sale at the Lowes Island Community Center to benefit earthquake victims. Item donations will be accepted through May 13. For more information, call 703-406-0820, ext. 101 or send email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Big Band Dancing:The Park View High School music department and the school’s Parent Teacher Student Association present a Big Band Extravaganza on Saturday, May 15, at 7 p.m. in the Park View cafeteria. The Park View Jazz Band and Swing Shift, a top DC area big band, will perform. Coffee, dessert and soft drinks will be available; dancing is encouraged. The admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students.

Don’t Miss the Brambleton Sizzlin’ Summer Concert Series

Blooming in Ashburn

Spring is blooming in Ashburn with hundreds of annuals to pick for summer color. While THE BEST 'secret' greenhouse is not in Ashburn,
I firmly believe after years of planting and often replanting there is one really great place to buy annuals and perennials. Williams Greenhouse
is located in Sterling just off Cascades Parkway on Marie Place. If you're headed to Costco it's on the left hand side, directly opposite of
Claude Moore Park.

Also, its on a dirt road, so if you are driving down gravel, that means you're about to approach Loudoun's best, best greenhouse. It's also
adjacent to office parks so again, don't think you're going down the wrong road. However, once you go in and out of it's eight or so green houses,
(plus there's a little pond, island and horses even Koi fish that kids love to watch) you'll feel like you're in paradise.


Mr. Williams is the owner of the greenhouse, his health at 80+ is starting to take a toll so my feeling is that the business may end when he decides to call it quits. And all the encroaching business parks probably would make it more appealing to him to sell off the land if he had the choice but that's just my opinion. In the meantime, on your travels to Sterling, don't miss out on this beautiful garden sanctuary. He gets annuals by the truckloads weekly and grows them himself like the very popular 'Proven Winners' and 'Proven Selections" by 'plugs'. Either way, whatever is purchased at Williams is sure to be beautiful because as you'll find out by speaking to Mr. Williams, he really knows his flowers and you'll see it in your own yard if you plant his art work.


Finally, and as a personal favorite, if you are looking for a very cool accent heat tolerant flower, try the Diamond Frost, another 'Proven Winner'. Proven winners are annuals that are guaranteed to look great in your garden, but don't expect to buy seeds and grow them yourself, They all have patents on them and while it can get pricey, they are great accent flowers when all else dies in August.



5k Run For Breast Cancer Research May 8th in Purcellville!

Governor’s Academies, The Splatter Zone, Spring Luncheon, Blithe Spirits, Bike and Walk Safety

Governor’s academies: Four top-ranked eastern Loudoun language students will be attending the Virginia Governor’s Foreign Language Academies this summer. Two students from Dominion High School will participate in the session: Stephanie Dotterer (studying Arabic) and Paul Howell (studying Russian). Two students from Park View High School also will attend: Anson Rosenthal (studying Spanish) and Margaret Zhou (studying Japanese).

The splatter zone: Tickets are now on sale for the Taking Flight Theatre Company’s production of “Evil Dead: The Musical” at the Waddell Theatre on the Sterling campus of Northern Virginia Community College. The play, based on Sam Raimi’s early-1980s classic “Evil Dead” film series, tells the story of a group of college students on a forest getaway where they accidentally unleash an ancient evil force. The musical has been described as a “raucous rock concert” of an experience that mixes up elements of the three cult films for maximum comedic effect. The Taking Flight production will include a splatter zone; patrons in the first three rows of the theatre are warned to dress down and prepare to be soaked.

“Evil Dead” takes the stage on weekends from May 28 through June 12. The show begins at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 7 p.m. on Sundays. The general admission tickets are $18; students and seniors can purchase tickets for $12. Theatre-goers can upgrade to the splatter zone for an additional $2 at the door. (Be sure to get there early for these prized premium seats.) For more information, go online to http://tftheatre.org.

Spring luncheon: The CountrySide Women’s Club holds its annual spring luncheon and installation of officers on Friday, May 14, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn/Dulles North at 22400 Flagstaff Plaza in Ashburn. This festive event is the group’s final general meeting before a long summer break, although some of the special interest groups may continue to meet during the warmer months. The cost of the luncheon is $32. Payment must be received by May 7, 2010. For more information, call 703-726-2784.

Blithe spirits: Dominion High School presents “Blithe Spirit,” Noel Coward’s classic British farce centered on spirits and séances. The show runs on weekends, May 7 through 16. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. on May 7, 8, 14 and 15 and at 2 p.m. on May 16. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students. For more information, call 571-434-4400.

MOMS Club: The MOMS Club of Sterling East meets Friday, May 7, at 10 a.m. at the Sterling Community Center. The session includes a discussion with Jennifer Frueh of Cultural Care Au Pair, a company that has placed more than 75,000 au pairs in American homes since 1989. The meeting is free and open to prospective MOMS Club members. Bring the kids; they can color, play and snack during the session. For more information, see http://www.momsclubofsterlingva.org.

Safer walking and biking: Supervisor Andrea McGimsey hosts a community meeting on Pedestrian and Bicycle Access and Safety on Tuesday, May 11, from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the County’s Sterling satellite office at 21641 Ridgetop Circle, Suite 100. The session will include an update on county initiatives designed to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety in the Potomac District. For more information, call 703-777-0204.

Local Golf Charity Event Seeks Sponsorships

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