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Dr. Barbara Wolanin, juror, Ann Barbieri, Judy Wilsey and Stephen Madison of the Friends of the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Barbieri, long-time Reston resident, received "The Artist of the Year" award by the Friends of the Torpedo Factory Art Center. The award consists of a stipend and a one-person show at the Target Gallery in 2005. Barbieri's works can be seen at Studio 322 at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Locally, she will exhibit in May at the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival at Reston Town Center.

Four local Scouts were honored with the award of the highest rank in scouting, Eagle Scout. Zeke Brody (from, left), Thomas Newcomb, Billy Cauley and Max Schmer of Troop 1970 achieved the highest rank which only 4 percent of Boy Scouts reach. Zeke Brody is serving a second non-consecutive term as Troop 1970 Senior Patrol Leader and is a junior at Thomas Jefferson High School. Billy Cauley graduated from South Lakes last year and is currently at NOVA. He plans on attending VCU with a long-term goal to become a photographer for National Geographic. Thomas Newcomb and Max Schmer are seniors at South Lakes. Thomas has accepted an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy with the Class of 2008 and Max will be seeking an undergraduate degree from Old Dominion University with a major in Information Systems and Technology.

Marianne Cordyack, former art teacher at Langston Hughes and long-time Reston resident, will be the featured guest artist at the upcoming ValeArts Group Spring Art Show. Her work will be on display with more than 100 pieces of original art by the ValeArts Group at the historic Vale Schoolhouse in Oakton. Friday-Sunday, April 30-May 2 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Free. For more information, call 703-860-1888.

Shirley Jackson, TEA Red Hat Society, visits with Barbara Dirst, Tall Oaks resident. Residents at Tall Oaks helped honor their home's 16th birthday. To celebrate, the facility had a high tea with finger sandwiches, fresh fruit and scones. Tall Oaks' activity director also performed a classical piano concert. The event was headed by Shirley Jackson, a member of the TEA Red Hat Society. Attendees wore attire resembling what they wore when they were 16 in order to see if the year could be guessed. Barbara Dirst, Georgia Richmond and Mary Shenkman are three residents who shared their memories of Tall Oaks at Reston Assisted Living as they've lived there since the beginning.

Brian Buck, Kenneth Marty, Ellen Shor and Teen Council will be some of more than 39 individuals and groups to be honored by the Fairfax County Public Library Board of Trustees at a special volunteer awards ceremony at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14 at Mason Governmental Center. Volunteers to be honored include individuals who have reached service milestones. Buck, Marty, Shor and Teen Council, volunteers at Reston Regional Library, will be honored for exceptional service.