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    Last week, at the end of what seemed to be an endless work day, I was sitting in slow-moving traffic behind a car with a license plate that read “Sam I Am.” Thoughts of green eggs and ham instantly swirled up in my mind, launching a cascade of silliness that carried me most of the way home.

    The three words, using a mere four letters, triggered vivid memories of the series of simple rhymes in the Dr. Seuss book, “Green Eggs and Ham”—and led me to wonder how much of the story I could recite at that very moment. They also amazed me with the realization that countless priceless, precious and amusing family memories would forever be attached to them.

    The next time I had a few spare minutes, I did a little research into “Green Eggs and Ham.”

    According to a Nov. 2014 report in Publishers Weekly, “Green Eggs and Ham,” first published in 1960, has been the top book read by first graders for the past three years. The book in the number two spot on the list is “The Foot Book,” also by Dr. Seuss. In addition, “Green Eggs and Ham” is the No. 1 most-read book for second graders.

    In 2012, “Green Eggs and Ham” was selected by a public vote as the 110 millionth new book to be donated to a child from a low-income family by First Book, a nonprofit literacy organization. A total of 14,000 ballots were cast. In celebration of the milestone, the book was donated to children at Martha’s Table, a nonprofit community organization in Washington that works to meet the needs of homeless and low-income children. The launch of First Book, which led to 100 million book donations, was inspired by the work done at Martha’s Table.

    It has been reported that Theodor Seuss Geisel, more popularly known as Dr. Seuss, wrote “Green Eggs and Ham” as a result of a bet with his publisher, Bennett Cerf. The bet was that he could not write a book containing only 50 words. Fifty-five years later, it’s very clear that Geisel won that bet, in more ways than the two of them ever could have imagined.

    On March 2, youngsters can celebrate the 111th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Seuss at the Cascades branch of the Loudoun County Public Library. At 11 a.m., the library presents silly stories, songs and activities for preschoolers. From 4 to 6 p.m., youngsters in grades K-5 can spend an afternoon in Seussville, making silly crafts from the “wubbulous” world of Dr. Seuss. For information, call 703-444-3228.

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    COUNTRYSIDE/CASCADES/STERLING: Frozen: The running water blues
    At about 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15, at about the same time a pipe was bursting in the control tower at Dulles Airport, a water pipe in a multifamily residential building was bursting in eastern Loudoun. It was the second pipe malfunction of the evening at the eastern Loudoun property, and it would be followed by a third pipe failure at another building on the site the next morning.

    The two significant cold snaps of the past few days have caused quite a few water pipe problems, and a third bout of extremely cold weather is headed our way. If you haven’t done so already, this is a good time to review tips from the experts to prevent water damage during cold weather.

    In its advice to consumers, Loudoun Water points out that water expands as it freezes, which can put tremendous stress on anything containing it, such as metal or plastic pipes. The pipes most likely to freeze, according to the water agency, are those exposed to severe cold weather, including outdoor hose bibs and water supply pipes in unheated areas (kitchen cabinets, basements, garages).

    Among the tips from Loudoun Water:

    Open the cabinets beneath any place with a water supply, such as kitchen and bathroom sinks, to allow warm air to circulate. If there are small children in the home, remove any toxic substances from the area.

    Allow a faucet to drip cold water slowly, to prevent pipes from freezing. Choose the faucet that is the greatest distance from the main water shut-off valve.

    Know where the main shut-off valve is and label it. Make sure everyone in the household knows how to shut off the water in case of an emergency.

    If it has been very cold for a period of time and you turn on a faucet and find only a trickle of water, or no water at all, suspect a frozen pipe or meter. Identify whether the problem is throughout the home or only in one area.

    If the problem is in only one area of your home, Loudoun Water offers some online advice at that may help.

    If there is no water in your home, or if you think you may have a frozen water pipe or meter and have determined that it is not within your home, call Loudoun Water at 571-291-7880 (from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or after hours at 571-291-7878. In this situation, always contact Loudoun Water before contacting a plumber.

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    You could say it’s always Valentine’s Day in eastern Loudoun. This is clearly a community based on a strong foundation of love, filled with residents always on the lookout for opportunities to help those in need.

    This month, two projects created to provide loving support in the face of devastating illness are gearing up for their second annual outings.

    Julia Koehler, a 5th grade teacher at Horizon Elementary School in Cascades, and Alexis Schaeffer, a special education teacher at Sycolin Creek Elementary in Leesburg, are teaming up again to present the second annual St. Baldrick’s fundraiser for childhood cancer research, to be held Saturday, April 11, at O’Faolain’s Irish Pub in Sterling.

    To show support for youngsters fighting cancer, the St. Baldrick’s celebration will include haircuts and head shaving for all ages. Donations of eight inches or more of hair will be accepted for the charity Children With Hair Loss (CWHL). Gray hair, as well as hair that has been highlighted or colored, will be accepted. On the wish list for the event are corporate and business sponsors (sponsorships begin at $250), individual donors and volunteers. For information, go to

    The Cascades community is launching preparations for the second annual MelaNoMore 5K and 1K Fun Run, to be held on Saturday, Oct. 25. The event is a fundraiser for the Melanoma Research Foundation. The 2015 race committee is forming now. To participate, contact Sheila Traenkle at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Event information is available online at

    Heart health: The CountrySide Women’s Club presents a discussion of women’s heart health by cardiologist Anne Safko, MD, FACC, of the Virginia Heart practice at Lansdowne and Purcellville. The session takes place at the club’s general meeting on Friday, Feb. 13, at the Cascades Library. A coffee/social time starts at 10:30 a.m. The meeting gets underway at 11 a.m. Nonmembers are welcome to attend. For information, call 703-430-6505.

    Valentine’s cabaret:
    If you have a Broadway-loving sweetheart, the Valentine’s cabaret, “He Loves Me, She Loves Me Not,” presented by eastern Loudoun’s StageCoach Theatre Company may be the perfect romantic outing. The show takes on the ups and downs of love with traditional and new Broadway show tunes in a New York cabaret setting. The Feb. 13 and 14 performances are accompanied by a dinner with wine offerings. In conjunction with the show, special hotel rates are available at the Holiday Inn Leesburg at Carradoc Hall. A free hotel shuttle can take guests to Oatlands and back for the performance. Information is online at

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