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COUNTRYSIDE/CASCADES/STERLING: Sterling Ruritans Present $14,800 in Scholarships
The Sterling Ruritan Club launched the end-of-the-school-year season with its 61st annual Awards and Scholarship program, presenting scholarship awards to 24 students representing the 18 public schools in eastern Loudoun.

The annual tradition began in 1954, with the recognition of students at Sterling Elementary School, at the time the only elementary school in Loudoun County. In those days, the award was a $25 savings bond.

This year, elementary school students received a $50 scholarship award, middle school students received a $250 award and high school students received up to a $1500 scholarship. The awards are funded through the hard work of Ruritan members through projects such as the organization’s weekly Thursday night bingo games, Ruritan Club hall rentals and food sales at special events in the county.

Students are selected for the awards on the basis of their academic achievements and their community service.

Twelve elementary school students received Sterling Ruritan Outstanding Student awards: Daniel Pappalardo (Algonkian Elementary), Brianna Daly (Countryside Elementary), Chrysa Krivak (Forest Grove Elementary), Ashley Mia Vides-Avalos (Guilford Elementary), Jaclyn Huyhn (Horizon Elementary), Mahika Shetty (Lowes Island Elementary), Theresa Tran (Meadowland Elementary), Carris Morris (Potowmack Elementary), Pedro Gamboa-Robles (Rolling Ridge Elementary), Colin Lathrop (Sterling Elementary), Estephanie Mazariego (Sugarland Elementary) and Natalie Ramires (Sully Elementary).

The middle school students receiving scholarship awards included: Jamie Lawall (River Bend Middle School), Bridget Spruill (Seneca Ridge Middle School) and Daniel Mohr (Sterling Middle School).

Three high school students received Outstanding Student awards: Jonathan Huaman (Dominion High School), Jonatan Membremo Mejia (Park View High School) and Caroline Lee Dorsey (Potomac Falls High School).

In addition, six high school students received Sterling Ruritan Scholarships: Dominion High School students Sarah Joyce St. Pierre (Academic Excellence) and Rehan Baddeliyanage (Community Service), Park View High School students Justin Mooney (Academic Excellence) and Jessica Bridgeman (Community Service) and Potomac Falls High School students Emily Schmid (Academic Excellence) and Raymond Massey (Community Service).

Membership in the Sterling Ruritan Club is open to anyone in the area. The club meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. The next meeting is July 15 at the Sterling Ruritan Club building on Ruritan Road, near the intersection of Route 28 and Church Road in Sterling.

Upcoming club events include bingo every Thursday at 7 p.m. For information on membership or booking the Ruritan building for a special event or celebration, call 703-444-6039.

Contact Kathie Felix at KFinLoudoun[at]aol.com.

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COUNTRYSIDE/CASCADES/STERLING: Sterling’s Own American Legion Riders
For many veterans, helping others includes a bike and a ride. A motorcycle ride, that is.

For generations, the American Legion has offered an array of programs designed to help veterans after their return from the front lines of battle. And, since the 1970s, access to those programs has been available in Sterling through American Legion Post 150.

In 2012, two Post 150 members and Sterling residents—Pat Linehan and Matt Matyuf—began floating the idea of launching an American Legion Riders chapter in the area to provide motorcycle escorts for military-related functions and fundraising assistance for American Legion activities. They contacted Charlie King at the American Legion post in Purcellville, who quickly got on board, and soon afterward the Loudoun County American Legion Riders chapter was formed.

Among other projects, the Loudoun chapter meets the honor flights that arrive at Dulles and National airports, usually on a Saturday morning, and escorts the buses filled with the arriving veterans to the World War II memorial in Washington. In addition, the group provides escorts for military funerals and funding for special projects such as the transportation for delegates to the Girls State and Boys State summer leadership programs sponsored by the American Legion.

This weekend, the area’s American Legion Riders are presenting a steak dinner fundraiser to benefit an array of American Legion Rider and American Legion Auxiliary programs. The dinner takes place June 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 293, located at 112 N. 21st Street in Purcellville. The evening includes a steak dinner with baked potato, salad bar and dessert, as well as raffles and 50/50 prizes. The cost is $20. Children are welcome to attend. If you can’t get to the fundraiser, donations may be sent to American Legion Chapter 150, P.O. Box 111, Sterling, Va. 20167.

You can expect to hear a lot more nationally about the American Legion Riders. Beginning June 23, actor/writer/producer William Shatner will be traveling Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles with a group of American Legion Riders and a team from American Wrench, a builder of custom motorcycles. The road trip, featuring “Missions for Bill” suggested by American Legion Rider chapters along the route, is a test drive for the Rivet, a new vehicle created by Shatner and American Wrench. And, yes, the entire trip will be filmed for a future television broadcast.

For information on the American Legion Riders in Sterling, contact Matt Matyuf, the assistant director of Loudoun County American Legion Riders Chapter 293, at 703-444-9270.

Contact at KathieFelix at KFinLoudoun[at]aol.com.

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STERLING BOULEVARD: Fireworks
By Jen Lofquist

Sometime before 1000 AD, inventors in China figured out how to make gunpowder, which is a mixture of sulfur, charcoal and potassium nitrate. They used this mixture to create the world’s first fireworks. Although it took a bit to make them rocket propelled, fireworks were used to scare away evil spirits and bring good luck. So obviously they should be part of any and all celebrations.

Of course, you can find a fireworks stand on nearly every street corner about this time – but sparklers (as lovely as they are) aren’t that much bang for your fireworking buck. Good fireworks – the kind that make your ears rattle and your heart miss a beat as they explode – are best done by professionals, especially professionals who have fire departments watching over them.

This coming weekend, Saturday, June 27, Sterling Golf and Swim (located right on Sterling Boulevard) is hosting a Fireworks Festivals, guaranteed to brighten your eyes, still your heart and bring good fortune to everyone in Sterling. The festivities kick off with a golf tournament complete with prizes, which promises to be more fun than you can shake a golf club at.

Then at 7 p.m., Swing Shift Big Band hits the stage to bring you the best in live swing music, including “Come Fly with Me” and the hopefully not appropriate “Stormy Weather.” After you’ve danced your feet off and it’s gotten really good and dark, Sterling Golf and Swim is going to make some noise with a huge fireworks extravaganza.

Now all this sounds like a really good time, but the best part is the show and the fireworks are all free. Just show up and have fun. Food and beverages will be on sale at the event, so please don’t pack a cooler. Even better than the cost is what you’ll be supporting when you come – the Wounded Warrior Project.
Proceeds from this wonderful event will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, which gives assistance to our wounded veterans when they come home. It’s a wonderful charity, and you can learn more about it at http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

In the meantime, mark your calendars, shine your dancing shoes and be ready to have every evil spirit around make a run for the hills. For more information about the event, or to find out how you or your business can become a sponsor, visit http://www.sterlinggolfandswim.com or call 703-430-1400.

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