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Scouts Experience High Adventure

BSA Troop 688 of Christ United Methodist Church in Fairfax Station returned from their trip to Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico on Aug. 21. The journey started on Aug. 14, and for the next 7 days the scouts hiked in the mountains of New Mexico.

From the left back row clockwise: John Sciacca (Troop Leader), Cameron Bouton, Dave Freitas (Adult Leader), Jon Mayer, Ryan Dennison, Randy Mayer (Adult Leader), John Kilroy (Scout Leader), Matt Irwin, Robby Stewart, Eric Jenlink (Ranger Guide), Joe Sciacca, Michael Schecht and Michael Cimino.

Weddings

Lukacs, Buchanan Married

Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Lukacs of Fairfax are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Lisa Marie, to Andrew Howard Buchanan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Buchanan of Burke. The wedding took place on July 5, 2002 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Annandale, followed by a reception at Ft. Myer Officer’s Club.

Maria Volcheck, friend of the bride, served as Maid of Honor, and Karrin Lukacs, sister-in-law of the bride, served as Matron of Honor. Bridesmaids were Kelly Matoney, Stacy Matoney, and Mary Buchanan. The Best Man was Brian Vaccaro, friend of the groom. Michael D. Lukacs, John Buchanan, Peter Buchanan, and Patrick Buchanan were groomsmen.

The bride is a graduate of Paul VI High School and Marymount University and now teaches at Bishop O’Connell High School. The groom graduated from Bishop Ireton High School and Mary Washington College, and works for the federal government. After honeymooning in Ireland, the couple currently resides in Burke.

People Notes

Elizabeth Hillis, a rising seventh grader at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School, has written a poem selected for publication in the Spring 2002 anthology A Celebration of Young Poets. Elizabeth’s poem, entitled “The Nightlight,” was selected in the Creative Communications “Young Poets Contest.”

The anthology will contain poems written exclusively by fourth, fifth and sixth graders from throughout the U.S. The poems were selected based on merit and creativity and the book will be available this fall. Elizabeth is the daughter of John and Catherine Hillis of Fairfax Station.

Laura Herrmann of Fairfax Station, 14, participated in Gulf World Marine Park’s Dolphin Trainer for a Day Program on Aug. 21.

During this six-hour program, Laura had the chance to experience the daily responsibilities of the Marine Mammal Department at Gulf World in Panama City Beach, Florida. Meeting the dolphins, sea lions, penguins, and otters enabled Laura to learn the daily care, husbandry, and training of these various animals. Assisting staff in training sessions, watching medical inspections, helping with food preparation, and feeding some of the animals also gave Laura an opportunity to learn about the different aspects of a trainer’s job responsibilities. Laura also appeared onstage to perform a special segment of the Dolphin Show.

The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra presented its prestigious annual Pyramid Awards June 6 to individuals and companies who made significant contributions to the advancement of the arts within the community over the past year. Nextel president and CEO Tim Donahue accepted the National Corporate Citizenship Award on behalf of Nextel, which was the symphony’s season sponsor.

The Regional Corporate Citizenship Award was accepted by former symphony band member John Stroud on behalf of Riggs & Co., the only organization to receive this award twice.

Ted Britt Ford was the first automobile dealership to receive the Virginia Corporate Citizenship Award.

The Dorothy Farnham Feuer Award, named after the symphony’s founder, was awarded to Lorraine Hutchinson and Marty Irving for their outstanding efforts during the annual Valentine Pops gala.

The Arthur Kellar family received the Barbara Serage Award for its outstanding support of the symphony’s music education for youth programs.

The Ruth Capone Award was presented to Suzy Broyhill and Penny Geiger for significant contributions of time, talent and resources.

Former Postmaster General Paul Carlin was awarded the Outstanding Service Award for overall leadership and guidance of the symphony’s development efforts. Barbara and Jack Lewis were given the Zeki Erim Award for outstanding philanthropic support.

Jody Baptie received the last award of the night, a special award for her dedicated leadership of the symphony’s Volunteer Council.

Crestwood Elementary School in Springfield was one of the five Fairfax County schools that was named a winner of the second annual Best of the Web contest, sponsored by the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Office of Community Relations. Kathy Nutter is the website curator and Pat Zissios is the principal.

The winners were selected from a group of 23 nominated schools and were judged on the high quality of web-based communication between each school and the community it serves. World Wide Web sites were assessed for the usefulness of content, clarity of design, timeliness and frequency of updates, ease of navigation, and adherence to FCPS web policies. Three elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school are selected for the annual awards.

Pinnacle Design & Consulting, a Fairfax-based residential and commercial architectural design firm, has been hired to design an addition to a home for the Turning Point Domestic Violence program, part of Action in Community Through Services (ACTS), that provides shelters and services to battered women and children.

The home, located in western Prince William County, will provide safe shelter for victims of domestic violence and security to families in need. When complete, the home will sleep 20.

Bank of America associates from across Greater Washington are helping to build a Habitat for Humanity home in Fairfax as part of a project named in honor of former Bank of America chairman and CEO Hugh McColl Jr. Bank of America associates began construction of the future home of Yohannes Tamiru and Sosina Merid and their three children in Fairfax on Saturday, Sept. 7.

Engagements

Lovell, Percy

Colonel (USA, Ret) and Mrs. Larry G. Lovell of Burke, Va. are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Leslie Ann, to David Allison Percy, son of Colonel (USMC, Ret) and Mrs. David L. Percy of Clifton.

The bride-to-be is a graduate of James Robinson High School in Fairfax and James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., where she received a B.S. in health services administration. Lovell is a systems analyst for Scottsdale Healthcare in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The future groom is also a graduate of James Robinson High School. He received a B.S. degree in industrial engineering and a master’s degree in integrated systems from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. He is an automation systems engineer with Intel Corporation in Chandler, Ariz.

An Oct. 19 wedding is planned at Fairfax Chapel, Ft. Belvoir.

Webster, Gon

Mr. and Mrs. Wade Webster of Burke are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Lindsay Marie Webster, to Casey John Gon.

Webster graduated from Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax in 2000 and is currently a junior majoring in Communications at Virginia Tech. Gon is from Buffalo, New York and attends the United States Naval Academy. He will graduate from the Naval Academy on May 23, 2003 and be commissioned as an Ensign into the United States Navy.

The day after graduation, May 24, 2003, the couple will be married at the Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis, Maryland.