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Sterling Blog: Odysseys, overpasses and opportunities

Last Saturday, Park View High School again hosted Region 16’s Odyssey of the Mind Tournament. Three of our local schools sent teams to the competition, including Forest Grove, Rolling Ridge, and Sterling Middle. Although none went on to state, you can bet a lot of these kids will be back next year—and your kid should be with them!

Odyssey of the Mind is a competition that rewards creative and innovative problem solving. In the beginning of the school year, teams of five to seven players form and choose their long-term problem. Then they get to work creating sets, costumes, and props that challenge their engineering skills, their creativity and their ability to not cut themselves. Everything has to be done by the kids—from the painting to the building to the moving in. They have to do it all. And it is awesome to watch. I work directly with the Sterling Middle School teams—and I want to thank our sponsors, including the SMS administration, Burton’s Grill, the Sterling Elks, and Zoup! Also, a huge thanks to the parents, coaches, volunteers and school staff that make this possible for our amazing kids. We couldn’t do it without you. If your child was on a team this year—congratulations. If your kid wasn’t, contact me. I’ll get you in touch with someone that can help.

The zigzags

One of my first columns was about the painting of the zigzag lines where the WO&D trail crosses Sterling Boulevard—and it’s wonderful that I get to report something even better. We’re getting an overpass. Not only is an overpass so much safer than hoping someone will remember what zigzag lines mean, but it will also help with traffic flow. The budget was approved just recently and we should have something in place by 2021—which can’t come soon enough. Thank you to Supervisor Koran Saines (D) for his hard work and determination to get this project moved up on the priority list.

Our new library is well in the works and I, for one, can’t wait. I love everything about books and reading, and I love that we’re getting a wonderful new space. Though I would argue that, inch for inch, our Sterling library was the best one in the county—now they’ll just have a lot more inches. One of the projects for the library is art showing the wonderful history of our little haven. The Loudoun Arts Council – an amazing organization in itself -- is commissioning Loudoun artist Joan Gardner to create a piece of art in tile that will depict what make our community so special called “Journeys to Sterling.” However, they need our help. You can learn more about the project and make a tax-deductible donation at gofundme.com/sterlinglibrary.

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