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Sterling Blog: Swimmers, tappers and learners

Swimmers Sally Burkley, Kathleen Dinoso, Samantha Farmer and Lauren Belt hold up their trophy for 15-18 girls. Courtesy Photo/Suzanne Belt
You may be noticing many of our local swimmers sleeping in this week as the summer swim season wraps up. From 7:30 a.m. practices to 6:30 a.m. meets, swimmers have got this whole morning thing down—as do their parents, unfortunately.

As most of our area doesn’t have a neighborhood swim team, our local swimmers who want to stay in the area look locally for a pool. Many of them swim for our friends across Route 7, the Sugarland Run Dolphins, which allows outside swimmers to join and is coached by one of the Park View High School swim coaches.

This past Sunday was the divisional meet for the Gold Division of Colonial Swim League. The Sugarland Run Dolphins won three of 10 age groups – 9-10 boys, 13-14 boys, and the 15-18 girls. This builds on the team’s earlier success of winning the Relay Carnival held at the Sugarland Run pool in July. Congratulations to all our local Dolphins, and a thanks to Sugarland Run for being such a great home to our swimmers.

Just a reminder, if you haven’t caught the Sterling Playmakers’ production of “42nd Street”—you should. I saw it on Sunday, and because I’m biased about Sterling Playmakers, I was all set to love it. But I wasn’t prepared to be blown away by dancing. It was downright amazing—especially considering many of them had never put on tap shoes before being cast. The audience broke out into spontaneous applause after a few of the dance numbers because they were that good. You can be as impressed as I was by catching the show over the next two weekends, Aug. 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, and 13. Show times are 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays, and the curtain rises at the Theatre at Potomac Falls High School, 46400 Algonkian Parkway. Tickets are available at Sterlingplaymakers.com or at the door.

This upcoming weekend, Aug 4, 5, and 6, is Virginia’s annual tax-free weekend. This allows you to buy school supplies and clothing without paying sales tax—which can save you some money as we get our local scholars ready for school. Even if you don’t have any students, you can still benefit from the tax vacation as the deal extends to goods to help you weather hurricanes and other emergencies as well as Energy Star products. You can get the full list at tax.virginia.gov/virginia-sales-tax-holiday. Please do remember to pick up some extra school supplies for students who may have trouble fitting all the supplies into the family budget. Just drop them by your local school and they’ll be sure to find a grateful recipient.
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