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<lst>Eagle Scout candidate Jonathan Nylen of Boy Scout Troop 688 is collecting non-serviceable American flags to retire them during a ceremony the Sunday before Veterans Day. Anyone with a flag that needs to be retired can place it in a box located at the following locations: Hearts in Motion Dance Center (Music And Dance), 8600 Rolling Road in Springfield; Lorton Community Action Center, 9518 Richmond Highway in Lorton; American Legion Post 162, Legion Road in Lorton; and Christ United Methodist Church, 8285 Glen Eagles Lane in Fairfax Station. The retirement ceremony hosted by Boy Scout Troop 688 in conjunction with American Legion Post 162 is open to the public on Sunday, Nov. 10 at the Burke Lake Amphitheater at 4 p.m. Any questions, contact jnylen@cox.net .

The Springfield Chapter 893 of NARFE (National Association of Retired Federal Employees) meets the second Wednesday each month (except July and August) at 1 p.m., St. John's United Methodist Church, 5312 Backlick Road in Springfield. At the Nov. 13 meeting, a Sierra Club representative will make a brief presentation about air pollution and sprawl in the metro area, using a new award-winning video entitled "Red Alert." For more information, contact Chapter 893 President, Ann M. Collins at 703-569-5224 or e-mail: NARFE893@aol.com.