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<sh>Venturing Crew Hikes Adirondacks

<bt>On July 13, Venturing Crew 1100 completed a 50-mile backpacking/canoeing expedition through New York’s Adirondack Wilderness.

From their base at Camp Massawepie, near Tupper Lake, N.Y., the Crew members backpacked through some of the most remote stretches of the Cranberry Lake Wilderness Area. After three days of hiking, they traded their backpacks for canoes and explored Cranberry Lake and its 50 miles of forested shoreline and deep bays, flows and islands. For the next three days, they guided their canoes over the pristine waters, side hiking to remote sections of the adjoining forests. After a total of six days, they returned to their base camp, having completed their first high-adventure expedition.

In preparation for the expedition, Crew members began training in February. They conducted monthly classes in outdoor skills and participated in overnight shakedowns to hone their skills in backpacking and canoeing techniques.

Sponsored by the Church of Nativity in Burke, Venturing Crew 1100 members included Bryan DeRosa, Erin Gray, Eric Eichelberger, Adam Kordell, Maria Olivieri, Patrick Toy and Jennifer Wolf, along with adult leaders Lee Cass, Maureen Gray and Bob Melchior.

<sh>Howlin to Star in 'Blithe Spirit'

<bt>Barbara M. Howlin of Springfield has been tapped to play Mrs. Bradman in the Mary Washington College production of "Blithe Spirit." Howlin is the daughter of Kathy Heizer and James Howlin of Springfield and is a 1999 graduate of Lake Braddock Secondary School.

Performances of "Blithe Spirit" will be given Nov. 14-17 and Nov. 21-24. Sunday performances will be at 2 p.m., and all other performances will be at 8 p.m., in the Klein Theatre, located in duPont Hall on the Mary Washington campus in Fredericksburg, Va. Tickets are $8 for general admission and $6 for students and senior citizens. For more information, call 540-654-1124.