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    RIVER CREEK/LANSDOWNE: Remembering 9/11
    Former River Creek resident Ernie Carpico.
    Former River Creek resident Ernie Carpico was the captain on a United flight that took off from Frankfurt, Germany, bound for Dulles Airport at noon on Sept. 11, 2001, along with a full flight crew and 300 passengers.

    ““We had just left the coastline when a British Airliner reported they had heard over BBC that a plane had hit the World Trade Center. We first thought maybe a private plane had wandered off course. Right after that we got word that a second plane had hit the WTC.”

    After trying to get more information to no avail, he said, “When we reached the midpoint of our flight over the Atlantic we received a message saying that U.S. air space had been closed and that we had to land somewhere else. We still didn’t know for sure what had happened. We were on our own.”

    The flight crew discussed several options, including Ireland, as they still were unaware of the circumstances. A short while later they heard from United that it had been a terrorist attack. Carpico decided they should return to Frankfurt.

    “We had plenty of fuel and the weather favored us. Then we had to think that we might have some bad guys on board so we couldn’t let anyone know that we would be reversing course. Before gradually turning around we disabled the air show that indicates the location of the plane on the individual monitors.”

    The flight crew learned from the manifest that they had 15 U.S. military personnel on board.

    “We called them individually and discreetly into the galley where the chief purser briefed them and asked for their help in securing the aircraft. We had a couple of them hang around the cockpit area and others near the exits.”

    As they reversed course, Carpico said they made an extra wide turn to head back to Frankfurt. One “little old lady” in the rear of the plane commented that the sun had been on the other side of the plane.

    “Once we were over land again, I made the announcement of what had happened. There was almost complete quiet among the passengers.” They stayed in Frankfurt three days before returning safely to the states.

    Passengers wrote Carpico letters of commendation. He said simply, “It’s my job.” Carpico continued flying until his retirement a few years ago.
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    RIVER CREEK/LANSDOWNE: Dialogues of Discovery
    The Janelia Farm Campus at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Lansdowne sponsors quarterly lectures involving a variety of subjects related to medical science. On Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m., the institute will have host “Unraveling Infectious Disease Mysteries Through Genomics.” We have previously attended lectures and they are fashioned to be understood by laymen. Acoustics are excellent as is visibility from every seat in the amphitheater at the campus. A giant screen supplements the lecture with related videos, graphs and illustrations.

    On this occasion Dr. Joseph DeRisi of the University of Southern California, San Francisco will “describe both the tools and the application of new approaches to the study of infectious disease in veterinary and human medicine, highlighting the surprising findings that have come as a result.”

    The doors for the lecture will open at 6:30 p.m. at which time you can enjoy refreshments before the program starts at 7 p.m. For reservations call Margaret Oriot at 571-209-4332 or by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) no later than Wednesday, Sept. 10. Admission is free and parking is available after giving your name to the official at the gate near the east end of the campus.

    Last year at the Institute, Joann Theurich, chief administrative officer described their mission, “We search for neural pathways, connections within the cellular level of the brain.” They have a staff of over 200 scientists engaged in this endeavor.

    Dr. Zarixia Zavala-Ruiz, the Science Program manager said, “Our work also consists of developing microscopes and tools to assist in studying the brain.”

    I found the test subjects fascinating: fruit flies plus mice, rats and dragon flies. Zavala explained that fruit flies are, “The simplest organisms.” So don’t be surprised if you see images of fruit flies crawling around on that giant screen when attending a lecture.

    “The LEGO Movie” at River Creek

    A spate of rain last week forced the postponement of the “The LEGO Movie” until Saturday, Sept. 13 on the lawn at the River Creek Clubhouse. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. And speaking of amphitheaters, the lawn is tilted toward the river in what seems an ideal arrangement for an outdoor movie. “The LEGO Movie” came out in February and was met with critical acclaim along with commercial success. With no admission fee, this is an opportunity to enjoy the show for free.

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    RIVER CREEK/LANSDOWNE: The dog’s day of summer
    As one person put it, “This summer has flown by like a rocket ship.” It seemed only a couple weeks ago that swimming pools were opening, summer vacations were underway, golfing and tennis addicts had swelled the courts and courses. Baseball fans sat in the stands watching their teams play ball. Outdoor concerts and movies had the usual appeal. And almost everyone complimented nature on providing what must have been one of the least humid and hot summers in some time.

    Next week, school buses will be back on the streets; nightfall will come earlier and there will be a closing of the swimming pools. On Monday, Sept. 1 at the Potomac Club at Lansdowne on the Potomac, the outdoor pool will have its annual Dog Expo/Pooch Pool Party. Dog owners will have access to the pool prior to 5 p.m. At 6 p.m. the dogs will have the run of the place and be able to take a dip. The party will end at 7 p.m. when the pool will be closed until next year. Several vendors will be offering training, pet sitting, mobile pet spa, pet nutrition and veterinary advice.

    Labor Day driving tips for seniors

    A few seniors in River Creek and Lansdowne will be driving to visit friends and relatives on the Labor Day weekend even though every day can be a day of labor for retired seniors. Nevertheless, some informal guidelines based on experience might be helpful:

    *Turning off the freeway to attend to natural business or buy gasoline can be disorienting when returning to the freeway. One way to avoid heading north when you should be going south is to write yourself a destination note and paste it to the steering wheel.

    *A stiff cup of coffee for an advisable early morning departure plus a travel cup of the caffeine laced drink could be essential in keeping the driver awake. Falling asleep at the wheel can cause panic among the passengers even though you're on cruise control.

    *Now that seniors have cellphones it’s a good idea to ask one of the passengers to take care of texting and calling. You may have to explain to them how to do it unless you have grandchildren in the car.

    Otherwise have a safe and fun-filled Labor Day weekend.

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