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CERT Classes Offered

<bt>The next class for the Herndon Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) begins Jan. 21, 2004.

The CERT program, under the supervision of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Citizen Corps, assists in the response to hazards within the community. The team also distributes and installs smoke alarms for the elderly or disabled; helps with evacuations and traffic control; promotes awareness of potential hazards and preparedness measures; supplements staff at special events; and acts as victims in training exercises. They are additionally trained to locate and turn off utilities; extinguish small fires; triage and treat injures; conduct light searches and rescue; and help relieve survivor stress.

Interested potential CERT members should be able to attend eight three-to-four-hour classes every Wednesday for eight weeks and one eight-hour practical class on a Saturday at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy, 4600 West Ox Road in Fairfax. For more information, contact the Herndon CERT Team at 703-862-3766 or e-mail herndoncert@yahoo.com.

<sh>Online Recreation Registration

<bt>Herndon Parks and Recreation offers online and touchtone phone registration for most recreation programs, classes and activities beginning with the Winter 2004 schedule. Patrons will establish a customer identification number and registrations will be on a first-come, first-served system with priority given to Herndon residents. Visit www.Herndon-va.gov and click on the Parks and Recreation Online Registration button to follow the step-by-step instructions.

<cl>The 2003 Herndon holiday ornament depicting The Oaks on Monroe Street.

<sh>'The Oaks' as Ornament

<bt>The Council for the Arts of Herndon is offering its annual holiday ornament which features another of Herndon's historic homes. The ornament costs $12; a complete set of ornaments is $50. The subject of the fifth in the series is The Oaks on Monroe Street. Edwin Hutchison, a prominent Town educator, owned the original house. Hutchison Elementary bears his name. The gold-plated brass ornament was designed by local artist Pat Macintyre and can be purchased at Herndon Florist, 712 Lynn St., the train deport visitor center in downtown Herndon or the Council for the Arts. Proceeds from the sales augment the Council's scholarship program for Herndon area students. Call 703-689-9535, for more information.

<sh>Town Calendar

<bt>Wednesday, Dec. 24

Town offices close at noon; Community Center open 6 a.m.-4 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 25

Town offices and Community Center closed.

Friday, Dec. 26, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Community Center open.