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    RIVER CREEK/LANSDOWNE: Tree lighting
    The Christmas tree at Inova Loudoun Hospital was lit Dec. 7 by Bob Snyder, a longtime volunteer at the hospital.
    Longtime River Creek resident Bob Snyder has been volunteering at Inova Loudoun Hospital in Lansdowne for over 14 years.

    On Dec. 7, the hospital honored him by having him, as a World War II Navy veteran, light the Christmas tree in the lobby, an annual ceremonial occasion sponsored by the Ladies Board of the Hospital. People had dedicated lights for loved ones who have passed or for someone they would like to honor with music by the Loudoun County High School Chamber Choir.

    Snyder volunteers every Wednesday to assist at hospital's front desk. His presence can be reassuring to folks entering the hospital either as visitors or potential patients. One person, scheduled for surgery, was naturally nervous. When she saw Snyder, she said it made her “feel better.”

    Snyder said he volunteers at the hospital because “it’s something good to do and I was once associated with hospitals.” He had had a career with General Electric.

    Holiday giveaway

    The Bright Life Buddies at Belmont Ridge Middle School will join Ignite Church International and the Kids Now Network at 10 a.m. Dec. 21 to participate in a giveaway of toys at the Leesburg Senior Center, 102 North St. NW. There will be a presentation capturing, “the real meaning of Christmas” preceding the giveaway and a luncheon. For further information, call 703-651-2876.

    New restaurant in town

    Pike’s Fish House will be opening its doors on Dec. 19 in Lansdowne Town Center. A relatively new restaurant, founded in 2013 they have been advertising for employees.

    Located at 19308 Promenade Ave. in the Town Center, it promises to bring giant lobsters claws, a bar and a medley of seafood. Its opening week will likely be rewarded with customers eager for a trial run.

    Aside from advertising on Facebook and elsewhere, word-of-mouth will be the key element in determining its future. At the moment there are no other seafood restaurants in Lansdowne.

    Looking ahead

    During the month of January, the River Creek Club will be sponsoring its annual series of Martinis Matter, with each Saturday evening dedicated to various nonprofit charities.

    The first one, on Jan. 3 will be for the Jason Beach Foundation “that aids families that have been hit by tragedy, whether it is medical or accidental.”

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    RIVER CREEK/LANSDOWNE: Gifts of the season
    This time of year brings out an ultra-generous social spirit in organizations and the volunteers that serve them for those whose seasonal holiday would otherwise be barren. It’s a heartwarming experience for all concerned.

    In the River Creek community, Barbara and John Bird hosted their annual open house last weekend on behalf of the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter. Neighbors and members of the community brought toys for the children whose lives have been affected by domestic unrest.

    Volunteers for Operation Homefront, the organization led by River Creek resident Vivian Dietrich, who is the president of the OH Metro chapter, have been collecting toys at the regions’ 24 Dollar Tree stores from Alexandria to Winchester.

    Donations from their customers provide bundles of toys that the volunteers deliver to the Operation Homefront office. They in turn organize the toys into individual packages to be handed out to children of military families at Christmas.

    Dietrich says, “River Creek has always stepped up to meet the needs of our community. We have many volunteers from River Creek. Without their support we would never have made the progress so quickly.”

    Dietrich explains the mission of OH:

    “We provide emergency financial and other assistance to families of our service members and wounded warriors.” The toy brigade comprises over a dozen volunteers who all live in River Creek. Each year the children of these families have a far more cheerful holiday because of OH.

    Bright Life Buddies at Belmont Ridge Middle School in Lansdowne sponsored a Bingo night Dec. 4 “to kick off the Joy of our annual Toy Drive. Over 100 people were in attendance.”

    These included parents, teachers, administrators and their guests who entered the contest by donating a toy. Bright Life Buddies is a group formed originally to enhance relationships with students who have autism. They are collaborating with several local businesses and organizations with shared interests.

    According to the school’s spokesperson, “Our goal is to make a radical difference in the lives of 100 families. To date, 112 items have been collected,” she said. “It’s not too late for you to get involved. If you are in the neighborhood stop by and drop off donations at Belmont Ridge Middle School”

    “Thanks to our community for joining together in making a radical difference in the lives of families in Loudoun County.”

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    RIVER CREEK/LANSDOWNE: Driving in deer country
    Cut: Deer recently scamper away in the River Creek area. Times-Mirror/Joe Motheral
    The holiday season can increase auto traveling and one has to be careful when leaving the garage and returning to it. Recently the side of our garage shifted sideways and clipped my vehicle’s right rear view mirror. The auto body shop repaired it and as I was leaving I said: “I really like you guys but I don’t want to see you again any time soon.”

    Then three days later, while driving on a back road in western Loudoun, a deer leaped in front of my vehicle; a collision ensued, the deer scampered off and I sheepishly returned to the auto body shop to see the same guys I had told I didn’t want to see again so soon. They looked at me in wonder and amazement while concealing a sly grin.

    According to information gleaned from the Internet, the deer population in our area doubles annually. No one remembers so many of these wild creatures as we’ve seen this year. They have brazenly threatened to overtake the number of residents in River Creek and Lansdowne. Drivers in both communities must exercise caution and even then could still have an accident involving a deer.

    Advice from the insurance company:

    * Dawn and dusk are when you are likely to encounter a deer – mine, however, occurred at noon.

    * This time of year is breeding season, so deer are “highly active and on the move.”

    * They are pack animals and rarely travel alone.

    * When you see a deer, slow down, honk your horn, flash your lights and look out for his cousins.

    * Keep your seatbelt fastened at all times and use high beams when you can. Swerving can be dangerous especially on a two-lane road.

    * When on four lanes, if possible, drive in the center lane to give yourself more space between you and a grazing deer.

    Despite my comment at the body shop resulting in my hesitancy to return “so soon,” I reluctantly did so and called the insurance company. I temporarily have a rental car. I’m not using it much, but when I do I stay on main roads, drive the speed limit, keep my eyes glued to the road and its perimeter and I’m never, ever going to tell the folks at the auto body shop that I don’t want to see them again.

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