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Cascades Blog: Top High School Scholars Honored

A total of 30 high school seniors representing Dominion and Potomac Falls high schools were recognized at the annual Excellence in Education Banquet held Dec. 10 at the National Conference Center in Leesburg.

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.

Winter Olympics at River Creek and Lansdowne

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..

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.

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