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RIVER CREEK/LANSDOWNE: Mailman given prestigious award
River Creek resident Jack Wargo was awarded the Mail Industry Partnership Award. Times-Mirror/Joe Motheral
The National Association of College and University Mail Services (NACUMS) has presented River Creek resident Jack Wargo with its most prestigious award, the Mail Industry Partnership Award.

This substance of the honor consists of a plaque and a letter from Sen. Orin Hatch accompanying an American flag that had flown over the U.S. Capitol. According to the specifics, Wargo “was instrumental in changing the culture at USPS headquarters in recognizing the importance of higher education and the contribution that our industry provides the USPS.”

Wargo explained the complexities of mail centers at universities and the value of the mail center manager. Universities nationwide have mail centers that have to deal with students changing addresses, sending newsletters, distributing mail and intra campus mail.

He pushed for the elevation of the mail service manager to professional status; encouraged participation of nonprofits and facilitated the relationship between the universities and the mail center by educating and “helping students understand the postal services.” The net result was a more efficient process along with giving the mail service managers the traction they deserved. Most all of them are members of NACUMS.

I spoke with Mr. Richard A. Boudrero, the president of NACUMS who has known Wargo since 1989. He said, “John did a dozen things to support our organization; attending national conferences, providing scholarships, helped establish liaison, worked with hardware and software vendors, all to support higher education. He went the extra 10 miles.”

The purpose of NACUMS “is to establish a communication channel for colleges and universities to share ideas with the United States Postal Service, Postal Rate Commission or others appropriate to insure the best interests of the mailing industry.”

The Wartgos have been living in River Creek for 11 years. He was with the postal service in Salt Lake City and just before his retirement in Philadelphia as senior vice president. “It was quite an honor and especially getting a call from NACUMS 10 years later.” Boudrero says they wanted to recognize his “legacy.” Indeed they have.
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River Creek and Lansdowne: Advancement for people and families dealing with Austim
Children with Autism

River Creek resident Noel Boyle has been gathering support for Sharon Cummings, who has a 22-year-old son named Connor with autism.

Boyle says, “Sharon is a divorced mother whose former husband refused to provide financial support for their son after his 18th birthday.”

Apparently, this situation is not uncommon. As a result Doyle says Cummings approached two state senators and the ultimate result was a new law entitled Connor’s Law that enforces parental support without age restrictions.

Thanks to Sens. Jennifer Wexton of Leesburg and Barbara Favola of Arlington the bill passed unanimously and was signed into law on July 1, 2015.

Night at the Museum

The summer is winding down and as a last hurrah on Friday, Aug. 21, the Lansdowne Town Center will show the movie “Night at the Museum” on the Village Green.

There will be extra curricular activities, notably a scavenger hunt, face painting and a moon bounce beginning at 6:30 p.m. prior to opening the movie at sundown.

For those who haven’t seen the movie, it’s a rambunctious performance by Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Ricky Gervais and Owen Wilson to name several. And, of course, there are rampaging dinosaur skeletons.

Bring something to sit on, refreshments and an interest in spending a night at the museum.

Tribulations of air travel

After decades of air travel we have learned to be at the airport at least three hours before flight time.

Recently we arrived at Dulles in the aforementioned three hours; checked in and went to security. Being of sound mind―I thought, as I had in the past, without removing my laptop computer from the carry-on bag, I sent it through the tunnel. The next thing I know they are patting me down and the TSA person had opened the carry-on, removing everything and wiping each item with some kind of mysterious piece of paper.

Another passenger came through and knocked my container of pills off the table, scattering an estimated 53 of them across the floor. It took a half hour to round them all up and complete the security check.

Much relieved, we headed for the D terminal on the bus only to learn that we should be in B terminal. We had to retrace our steps before finally arriving at B73 just in time to catch our flight.
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RIVER CREEK/ LANSDOWNE Lansdowne’s musical talent
Guitarist Ted Garber has just within the past few days moved himself and his family into the Lansdowne community – some distance from his roots in New Orleans where his career as a musical talent started. It may have been in his DNA as his dad was also a musician. He lists his genre as Blues Americana Rock.

Garber remembers when he ventured out to the French Quarter’s Jackson Square. He says he went to Tulane in the fall of 1995, and that’s when he “really found compulsion to join the street musicians and jam out.” So in spring 1996 he and a buddy played to a street audience and according to Garber they, “played and played and played. We made three dollars.”

His musical trail later led him to the House of Blues for free eats and drinks. He continued his studies at Tulane and during one spring he booked 25 shows a month for the summer.

“I graduated the following summer in 1999 and just kept going,” he said.

Indeed he did keep going to DC’s 9:30 Club, Blues Alley and the Strathmore where he has been “Artist in Residence at the performing arts center.”He has been on stage at Los Angeles’ The Viper Room and Nashville’s Bluebird Café. He is the two-time winner of the WAMA Pop/Rock Recording of the Year for the albums “Live at Strathmore” (2011) and “American Rail” (2010). Garber was named Top Entertainer by WUSA-Chanel 9 and won On Tap magazine’s Battle of the Bands Taste of Arlington Competition in 2006.

He mentions Bruce Springsteen as someone he admires because, “he’s a genius and a legend and one of the most profoundly captivating entertainers I’ve ever seen or heard of.”

His idol? “My dad was and always will be my idol. Not only could he sing, play, write and entertain circles around me, but he was also the best dad a guy could hope for.” Garber goes on to say that his dad was “never too busy for his wife and kids…he traded what could have been a huge success on the road to be a local success and a huge success with his family.”

The musical team of vocalist Barbara Gracewood and Garber will be at the Tally Ho Theater from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27. Tickets are $10 at door; pre-order at http://www.tallyholeesburg.com .
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