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Potomac Falls High School presents "Footloose" a teen romance written by Dean Pitchford. This show will be performed on Friday, May 21 and Saturday, May 22 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23 at 2 p.m.

Online and telephone registration is now open for the summer sessions at Northern Virginia Community College through the NovaConnect system. Classes began May 17 for the 12-week and first six-week sessions. The second six-week session begins June 28. To access NovaConnect, go to and click on the NovaConnect icon. Telephone registration is also available at 703-330-3770. Call 703-257-6600 for more information.

Munger Academy has scheduled its annual May Fair on Friday, May 21, 5-8 p.m. Attractions will include food, games, raffles, moon bounces and slides. The school is located at 624 West Church Road, Sterling. Call 703-430-781 for more information.

The Loudoun County High School Parent-Teacher Student Association is hosting a farewell reception for outgoing LCHS Principal Edward Starzenski on Wednesday, May 19 from 7:00 - 7:45 p.m. in the school's cafeteria. Parents, current and former students, and colleagues are invited. Starzenski was the LCHS principal for 15 years.

Loudoun County Public Schools will honor 75 employees who will retire during or at the end of the 2003-2004, as well as those who retired late in the 2002-2003 school year, at a banquet on Wednesday, May 19, at Raspberry Plain. These retirees gave a total of 1,926.5 years of service to education. The employee names, the school at which they last served, their years of experience with Loudoun County Public Schools and their total number of years in education are listed below:

* Patricia A. Ahrens, Teacher, Loudoun County HS, 26 Years

(31 Years in Education); Verena Albertin, Teacher Assistant, Ball's Bluff ES, 15 Years; David Bartlett, Teacher, Harmony Intermediate, 6 Years (35 Years in Education; Andrew W. Blount, Teacher, Broad Run HS, 3 Years (28 Years in Education); Frederick M. Bush, Custodian, Rolling Ridge ES, 12 Years; Judy A. Compton, Guidance Counselor, Harper Park MS, 22 Years; Marjorie A. Cook, Custodian, Broad Run HS, 18 Years; Martha B. Cooper, Teacher, Harper Park MS. 32 Years; Dondria A. Culbert, Teacher, Park View HS, 25 Years; Kenneth W. Culbert, Principal, Loudoun Valley HS, 40 Years; Margaret K. Curley, Principal, Aldie ES, 9 Years(24 Years in Education); Sharon L. Dalton, Teacher, Hamilton ES, 34 Years; Dorothea J. Downey, Physical Therapist, Cedar Lane ES, 14 Years; Mary E. Fairfax, Custodian, North Street, 5 Years; Sheila J. Funkhouser, Teacher, Blue Ridge MS, 32 Years; Richard T. Gillespie, Teacher, Loudoun Valley HS, 30 Years; Cathryn A. Goodman, Teacher, Guilford ES, 2 Years (26 Years in Education); Charlotte W. Giordano, Teacher, Lowes Island ES, 14 Years (26 Years in Education); Earle W. Griffith, Principal, Potomac Falls HS, 33.5 Years; Frances L. Hall, Teacher Assistant, Cool Spring ES, 22 Years; Carol E. Hatcher, Bus Driver, Transportation, 21 Years(34 Years in Education); Violet S. Herlocker, Assistant Principal, Lovettsville ES 23 years (30 Years in Education); Diana K. Herrmann, Teacher, Leesburg ES, 28 Years; Richard H. Hickman, Jr., Teacher, Lovettsville ES, 36 Years; Martha S. Hoeltzel, Teacher, Hamilton ES, 30 Years; Mary C. Hoeltzel, Teacher, Loudoun Valley HS, 22 Years; Theresa Hotaling, Teacher Assistant, Sterling ES, 24 Years; David H. Hrbek, Teacher, Park View HS, 4 Years (30 Years in Education); Annabel W. Johnson, Teacher, Sully ES, 35 Years; Wendy I. Jones, Teacher, Lovettsville ES, 25 Years; Martha M. King, Cafeteria Worker, Park View HS, 19 Years; Carole A. Korber, Cafeteria Worker, Farmwell Station MS, 11 Years; Virginia E. Lee, Cafeteria Worker, Park View HS, 19 Years; Betty Mar Little, Supervisor, North Street, 29 Years(33 Years in Education); Charles D. Longerbeam, Teacher, C.S. Monroe Technology Center, 30 Years; Carolyn S. Lowry, Teacher, Potomac Falls HS, 16 Years; Charles E. Lutman, Athletic Director, Potomac Falls HS, 8 Years(37 Years in Education);Karen E. Mason, Nurse, C. S. Monroe Technology Center, 27 Years; Barbara A. McNeil, Teacher, Loudoun Valley HS, 36 Years; Natalie F. McShane, Teacher, Leesburg ES, 30 Years.; Mary H. Megeath, Teacher, J. L. Simpson MS, 28 Years; Larry N. Miller, Teacher, Potomac Falls HS, 5 Years; Susan Y. Mills, Principal, Catoctin ES, 35 Years; Lorna M. Moran, Teacher, Potowmack ES, 17 Years (29 Years in Education); Anne F. Payne, Teacher, Farmwell Station MS, 13 Years(21 Years in Education); Faye S. Payne, Secretary, Blue Ridge MS, 31 Years; Larry D. Payne, Custodian, Hillsboro ES, 14 Years; Frank J. Pearson III, Teacher, Heritage HS, 31 Years; Leisa P. Pedone, Secretary, Rolling Ridge ES, 23 Years; Betty H. Phillips, Teacher, Catoctin ES, 39 Years; Mildred M. Pratt, Cafeteria Manager, Loudoun County HS 34 Years; Sara P. Reed, Teacher, Sterling ES, 31 Years; Kristine L. Reid, Teacher, Eagle Ridge MS, 18 Years; Mary V. Reid, Teacher Assistant, Loudoun Valley HS, 25 Years; Shelby J. Richardson, Cafeteria Worker, Banneker ES, 25 Years; Linda S. Robinson, Principal, John W. Tolbert ES, 30 Years; Peggy J. Rose, Secretary, Evergreen Mill ES, 27 Years; Lucille A. Sellers, Career, Technical & Adult Ed. Supervisor, 33 Years; Diane N. Shipp, Teacher, Loudoun Valley HS, 34 Years; Anne B. Siler, Guidance Counselor, Stone Bridge HS, 10 Years(35 Years in Education); May J. Sones, Bus Driver, Transportation, 6 Years; Susan I. Spage, Teacher, Heritage HS, 5 Years(30 Years in Education); Raymond D. Steckman, Teacher, Park View HS, 4 Years (29 Years in Education); Willie Stone, Jr., Teacher, Sterling MS, 30 Years ; William R. Talbot, Guidance Counselor, J. L. Simpson MS, 24 Years(37 Years in Education); William A. Tiffany, Jr., Bus Driver, Transportation, 5 Years; Barbara K. Tobler, Teacher, J. L. Simpson MS, 34 Years; Kingsley K. Trumbo, Jr., Bus Driver, Transportation, 8 Years; Ruth R. Trumbo, Teacher Assistant, Loudoun County HS, 29 Years; Nancy W. Vollmer, Librarian, Sterling ES, 30 Years; William P. Wadbrook, Teacher Assistant, Farmwell Station MS, 2 Years(5 Years in Education); Carolyn B. Whitmore, Teacher, Emerick ES, 26 Years; Lurlene G. Willoughby, Teacher, Harper Park MS, 12 Years; Dennis A. Young, Principal, Meadowland ES, 36 Years; and Edward M. Zehnder, Teacher, Park View HS, 5 Years.

Believers Baptist Church and Leesburg Christian School, 21336 Evergreen Mills Rd., Leesburg, will host a Homeschool Event for all home school families and those interested in learning more about home schooling on Saturday, June 4, 1-9 p.m. Workshops will include "Teaching for Understanding," "New Home Schooler-- Hammer or the Nail?" and "Virginia Laws and the Special Needs Child." For more information, contact Becky Stewart at Leesburg Christian School, 703-777-4220.

Algonkian Elementary students played "Who Wants To Master the SOL's" on Monday, May 3. The third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students played the version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" to review for the Virginia Standards of Learning tests later this month. Principal Rob Duckworth served as host.

Three Park View High School Latin students won honorable mention summa cum laude awards in the public school division at the 74th annual Tournament of the Classical Association of Virginia. Senior Richard Hang competed in the Virgil exam, while freshman Kevin Jefferson and senior Thanh-Thanh Nguyen competed on the Level II exam.

Park View High School students will view a presentation of "IRL ... In Real Life" on Friday, May 21. The multi-media program, sponsored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), uses music and movie clips to focus on alcohol and other drug prevention. The program was also screened at Loudoun Valley High School on April 12, and Potomac Falls High School on April 26. A companion program aimed at elementary school students, Street Smarts, will be shown at Hamilton, Aldie Little River, Forest Ridge and Sugarland Elementary Schools. For more information about MADD assembly programs, visit Loudoun County MADD at or call 703-771-8127.

Members of the Park View High School Latin Club achieved high honors in the Medusa Mythology Exam recently. The Mythology Exam, now in its eighth year, is designed to encourage students to excel in knowledge of classical mythology. Approximately 7,500 students worldwide took part in the exam this year.

On the Upper Level, for Latin III-IV and AP students, Jimmy Tipton earned a Corona Laurea certificate. Brian Baird and Richard Hang won bronze medals.

On the Lower Level, for Latin I and II students, Laura Belcher, Adam Brubaker and Trevor Hurd earned Corona Oliva certificates; Prianka Debnath earned a Corona Laurea certificate; Caitlin Steiner, Brady Tyra and David Yates earned bronze medals; and Kevin Jefferson won a silver medal.

Park View Latin Club sponsor Howard Chang will serve on the Medusa Mythology Exam Committee for the 2004-05 school year, allowing him to participate in the creation of the 2005 exam, set to focus on "Oracles and Prophecies."

Winnie-the-Pooh Preschool located at Mount Hope Baptist Church on Belmont Ridge Road in Ashburn, has added another 3-year-old class for the 2004-05 school year. Winnie-the-Pooh is a nondenominational cooperative preschool offering morning and afternoon classes for 3-to-5 year-olds. Winnie-the-Pooh is the only preschool in Loudoun County owned and operated by the parents. Applications are available by contacting 703-724-0496 or visiting .

Eleven short films produced by Loudoun County high school

filmmakers will debut at the Tally Ho Theater, 19 West Market Street, Leesburg at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, with additional 5 p.m. showings on May 26 and 27. Tickets are $5 each. The students’ films will be judged as part of the Travis Film Festival competition, an event hosted by the Loudoun Arts Council. Awards will be presented at a special ceremony on Friday, May 28.

The awards ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. Friday in the

“Loudoun Room” of the Holiday Inn at Carradoc Hall in Leesburg. Film clips will be shown, and students will be awarded cash prizes in three categories: comedy, drama, and documentary/other. The student producer of the best film will be presented “The Corrin Award.” Like the Film Festival, the top honor is named for Corrin Travis, a 16-year-old Loudoun Valley High School student filmmaker who was killed in an automobile accident over a year ago.

Tickets to the awards ceremony are $10 and can be purchased during the showings at the Tally Ho Theater or by contacting the Loudoun Arts Council at 703-777-7838.

The Loudoun Volunteer Services Board has selected the 2004 Student Volunteer Scholarship recipients. The program provides $500 scholarships to graduating seniors throughout Loudoun county, with recipients selected based on their volunteer service to the Loudoun community. The program is funded each year by donations from Loudoun County businesses, civic groups and individuals.

The 2004 Student Volunteer Scholarship recipients are:

* Broad Run High School - Lisa Robinson

* Home School - Micah Willard

* Loudoun County High School - Bradley Cypher

* Loudoun Valley High School - Patrick Godfrey

* Park View High School - Richard Hang

* Potomac View High School - Joseph Boukhira

* Stone Bridge High School - Joshua Burnheimer

* Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology - Alexandra Shin

Ten finalists in Shenandoah University's Loudoun County Public Schools Teacher of the Year competition will be honored at a Tuesday, May 25 reception at Tuscararo Mills Restaurant, Leesburg, 4-6 p.m. The finalists are: Ron Heath and Julie Pearson of Blue Ridge Middle School; Mary Kathleen Bennett of Catoctin Elementary; Barbara Lee and Mara Morgan of Horizon Elementary; Barbara O'Byrne of Leesburg Elementary; Ella Hopkins of Loudoun Valley High School; Michael Stine of Round Hill Elementary; Nancy Vollmer of Sterling; and Jennifer Steeprow of Sugarland Elementary. The award, given out by Leesburg's Shenandoah University, recognizes outstanding teachers in special instruction areas, such as art, drama, and English as a Second Language.

Baby lambs, goats, piglets, and chickens are among the farm animals welcoming educational groups to guided tours of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority's Temple Hall Farm Regional Park Interpretive Center in Leesburg. The farm is accepting summer and fall educational tour reservations. Admission for teachers is complimentary and the minimum group reservation size is 15 paid visitors. Tours are available Tuesdays through Fridays, between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at NVRPA's working farm. Reservations are required. The new reservations telephone number is 703-352-5900. Fees apply to chaperones and siblings older than age 2. The farm tour is $3 per person, with an additional $1 per person for a wagon ride. Free Sunday afternoon farm visits, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., will continue through October. For more information about tours, adventures and opportunities at Temple Hall Farm Regional Park, visit

Park View High School's graduation has changed from 7:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 17.