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Sterling Blog: Girls getting it done

So often when we see a problem, we note it and figure someone else will take care of it. However, it takes a leader (or maybe two) to see a problem and say “let’s get that done.” Two girl scouts from our neighborhood earned their Silver Award (the second highest in girl scouts) by doing just that.

Cadettes Kymmie Brooks and Savannah Strope, from Sterling troop 2157, noticed that Forest Grove didn’t have a bike rack for kids to use, prompting some students to hide their bikes in the woods for safety. The girls raised money to get a bike rack for the school, but then they went even further. Two years ago, Forest Grove’s gym teacher, Marty Kirwan, died of cancer. With his focus on physical fitness, the Cadettes decided it was more than fitting to dedicate the bike rack to him—not with just a plaque, but with a boulder. Brooks and Strope arranged for a boulder to be donated (and delivered) by Barrett Trucking and then designed and painted it.

Shout outs also to the other Sterling Cadettes earning their Silver Award: Helen Gertig and Madi Cosgrove for starting afterschool Improv club and Anastasia Stubbs and Olivia Bogar for helping with the Loudoun County Animal Shelter.

Sterling's local Elks Lodge 2406 participated in the Annual Poker Fun Run on Sept. 9. This fundraising event helps make Virginia Elks Youth Camp possible for camper. Through events like these - as well as yard sales and private donation - the local lodge raised enough to send ten kids from the Sterling community to the camp, not only covering admission fees but also the transportation. The Elks, located at 401 W. Holly Ave. in the “barn,” is a nonprofit group dedicated to doing good, whether through charitable giving, scholarships, or events. To learn more about the local lodge and all the good they do, visit them at http://www.elks2406.com/.

Ever left a show and wondered, but…what happened then. The new one-act festival from the Sterling Playmakers looks at just that. What If… / What Then? is a one weekend show of 10 minute one acts that take your favorite characters from well-known plays and twist the story a bit. Shows are Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. and Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., at Sterling Middle School, 201 W. Holly Ave. Tickets are only $10 and available at Sterlingplaymakers.com or at the door.

Monday, Oct. 2, Burton’s Grill and Bar in Cascades Overlook will host a fundraising night for three local Sterling Baseliners travel girls softball teams. Just show up for dinner between 5 and 9 p.m. and part of the proceeds will go to support local young athletes as they swing for the fences. To learn more about the Baseliners teams and this event, visit http://www.facebook.com/BaselinersTravelSoftball/

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