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St. Joseph's Students Awarded

<bt>St. Joseph's School eighth graders Matthew Becker, 13, and Ali Koger, 13, were recently named finalists in the Noreascon 4 Student Science Fiction and Fantasy Middle School Science Essay Contest, sponsored by the World Science Fiction Society. The students' works were selected among the nearly 650 entries received in this year's contest.

To qualify in the science essay category, students were required to submit original factual work at least six pages in length. Becker's topic was "How diet affects memory," while Koger's was "The world of amphibians."

The students each received a $10 bookstore gift certificate, a t-shirt featuring artwork from this year's contest, and an invitation to attend the national convention in Baltimore.

<sh>Society Presents Paul McCray

<bt>The Herndon Historical Society presents "Labor Unrest on the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad" by Paul McCray on Nov. 17.

One episode in the history of the W & OD Railroad was the period of labor unrest during 1916. As was happening at many other railroads during that time, the employees were seeking better working conditions through affiliation with a union, but on the W& OD the results were surprising and unexpected.

Paul McCray has been the manager of the W&OD Trail for 19 years and almost from the time he took it over, has studied the history of the railroad.

The meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Herndon Train Depot on Lynn Street. For more information, contact Chuck Mauro, 703-787-9879.

<sh>Elden Street Players

<bt>The fall play season has begun for The Elden Street Players, who will open the season with "Thumbs," a comedy-thriller from Rupert Holmes. The play takes place in a small ski-country town in Vermont where a stalking serial killer has a penchant for removing victim's thumbs.

Shows run at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12 and Saturday, Nov. 13. All shows are at the Industrial Strength Theatre, 269 Sunset Business Park Drive in Herndon. Tickets are $15 adult, $12 senior/student. For information and reservations call 703-481-5930.

<sh>'Inherit the Wind' at HHS

<bt>Herndon High School will present its fall play, "Inherit the Wind," Nov. 11-13 at 7:30 p.m. Set in Tennessee in 1925, "Inherit the Wind" is the dramatized story of the "Stokes Monkey Trial" Ñ a courtroom battle that captured the interest of the nation when a local teacher, was accused of violating state law, which forbade the teaching of evolution. The play was written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee. Tickets are $5 for students/senior citizens and $10 for adults.

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<pc>Photo courtesy Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce.

<cl>Last year's Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce's Holiday Gift Extravaganza.

<sh>Holiday Gift Extravaganza

<bt>The Herndon-Dulles Chamber of Commerce's annual Holiday Gift Extravaganza and Mixer is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 18, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at FSI Furniture Systems, 503 Carlisle Drive, Suite 300. Cost is $10 for HDCC members/$15 for the public. For more information, contact Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce 703-437-5556, ext. 100.

<sh>Herndon Festival Volunteers

<bt>Volunteers are needed for the Herndon Festival planning and entertainment committees. Interested members of the community and civic groups from throughout the town are invited to assist the Herndon Parks and Recreation Department in the planning and execution of the 25th annual Herndon Festival to be held June 2 - 5, 2005.

Volunteers are also needed to serve on the Entertainment sub-committee, which will meet once or twice to consider possible performers and make suggestions to the festival executive committee.

For more information about the planning committee call the Herndon Community Center at 703-435-6800, ext. 2123. Those interested in the Entertainment sub-committee should call 703-435-6800, ext. 2120.

<sh>Construction To Affect Elden Street

<bt>Construction work required for the completion of the new Safeway on Elden Street between Grant Street and Post Drive is under way. One lane heading eastbound will be eliminated for approximately 60 days. Traffic will be slowed, but should flow smoothly. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes to avoid delays. For more information, contact Hardaway Construction at 1-540-295-5768.

<sh>Sewer Reconstruction Project

<bt>A contractor for the Town of Herndon will be repairing the sewer system at the locations listed below. Restoration is necessary to meet current standards and eliminate maintenance problems.

The construction will take place with advance notice to all businesses and residences that will be affected. Effort will be made to complete this project with minimum inconvenience to residents, businesses and motorists.

For more information, call the Department of Public Works at 703-435-6860 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., weekdays.

Sewer reconstruction locations are: Elden Street between Van Buren Street and after Herndon Parkway; Charlton Place -- all; Dranesville Road between Madison Forest Drive and Fillmore Street; Missouri Avenue between Alabama Drive and Stuart Court; Stuart Court -- all; Virginia Avenue -- all; Cordell Way -- all; Reneau Way -- all; Tamarack Way -- all.

<sh>Senior Cinema at Community Center

<bt>Seniors can enjoy an afternoon of refreshments and a movie for free. Senior Cinema will be held every first and third Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Herndon Community Center. All movies are rated PG or PG-13.

Senior Cinema schedule is:

* Nov. 18: "Paycheck," starring Ben Affleck.

* Dec. 2: Dr. Seuss's "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," starring Jim Carrey.

* Dec. 16: "A Christmas Story."

For more information, call 703-435-6868 or register on-line at www.herndon-va.gov. The Herndon Community Center is located at 814 Ferndale Avenue.

<sh>Driver Sought After Accident

<bt>A two-vehicle accident Sunday, Nov. 7, left

one man injured and has Loudoun County Sheriff's investigators searching for another man who fled the scene.

According to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, around 8:15 a.m., a 1993 Jeep Cherokee was heading west on Route 7 when according to witnesses the vehicle ran a red light and struck a 2001 Honda Accord broadside. The driver of the Jeep then fled the scene on foot.

The driver of the Honda, Francis Townsend of Sterling was airlifted to Inova Fairfax Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Investigators continue to search for the driver of the vehicle who was described as a Hispanic male, 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 8 inches in height with a medium build.

A passenger in the Jeep, Henry Jesus Maldonado-Bujaico of Herndon was arrested at the scene and was charged with drunk in public and obstruction of justice. He remains held without bond at the Adult Detention Center in Leesburg.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the driver is asked to contact the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office at 703-777-1021.

Callers who would like to remain anonymous can call Loudoun County Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919. If the tip leads to an arrest and indictment in this case, there is a cash reward of up to $1,000.

<sh>Town Calendar

<bt>Leaf Collection North of the Bike Trail Nov. 15 to Nov. 20

Thursday, Nov. 11

Veterans Day Ceremony, Town Green, 11 a.m.

Monday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m.

Architectural Review Board/Historic Preservation Review Board Public Hearing.

Tuesday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m.

Town Council Work Session.

Thursday, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m.

Board of Zoning Appeals.

Saturday, Nov. 20

Turkey Trot 5k race, Community Center, 4 p.m.

Herndon Lights up the Holidays, Worldgate