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On Dec. 28, Berenice and Mark Eberhart, residents of Reston since 1999, welcomed into the world their son, Nathaniel Lagranha do Amaral Eberhart, Born at 9:05 a.m., at Georgetown University Hospital, weighing 7 pounds 1.2 ounces, and 19.5 inches in length. Greice, his big sister, was there to greet him at the delivery. Nathaniel's grandparents are Sandra and Adao Amaral, Russell and Francesca Eberhart, and Jane Shier.

England, King To Wed

Lori King, daughter of Jimmy and Gwen King of Clarksville, Tenn., is engaged to Jim England, son of David and Aileen England of Reston. The England family has resided in Reston since 1971.

King and England met, in July 2002, in Nashville, Tenn., where England currently resides and manages a design company, which specializes in consumer products. King is a 2000 graduate of the University of Tennessee and currently practicing dental hygiene in Clarksville. England is a 1987 graduate of South Lakes High School, and received a BSME at Purdue University, West Lafayette in 1992.

Their wedding will be held in April 2005 at the St. Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Clarksville, Tenn. Following the wedding, the couple will reside in Nashville, Tenn., after their honeymoon in Barbados.

Through Feb. 12, the Black Rock Center for the Arts in Germantown, Md., presents, "Stealing Dead Souls," an exhibition of "Rough Edge Photography" by Reston photographer James W. Bailey, which explores the concept of photography and its mystical ability to steal the life of the non-living.

Del. Ken Plum will discuss the importance of newborn screening with March of Dimes representatives during his cable program, Virginia Report, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, on Reston Comcast Channel 28. Volunteer Mark Engman will talk about the need for expanding the list of diseases screened after the birth of a child. Other guests on the Virginia Report are Betty Connal, executive director of

SIDS Mid-Atlantic and a 30-year MOD volunteer, and Doug Brown, a managing partner at Deloitte and chairman of MOD's Northern Virginia board. January is March of Dimes Birth Defects Prevention Month. The program will repeat on Wednesday, Jan. 26, at 10:30 p.m.

Coast Guard Seaman Jacob B. Duda, son of Barbara

E. and James L. Duda of Reston, recently graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, N.J.

During the eight-week training program, Duda completed a training curriculum consisting of academics and practical instruction on water safety and survival, military customs and courtesies, seamanship skills, first aid, fire fighting and marksmanship. A major emphasis is also placed on physical fitness, health and wellness. Duda, and other recruits, also received instruction on the Coast Guard's core values — honor, respect and devotion to duty — and how to apply them in their military performance and personal conduct. Duda will join 36,000 other men and women who comprise Coast Guard's force.

Duda is a 2003 graduate of South Lakes High School of Reston.

Marine Corps Pfc. Lathius M. Foster, son of Arnetta and William Foster of Reston, and more than 2,100 Marines and Sailors assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), recently joined the 15,000 service member sweep of Fallujah, and has since committed to ensuring the security and stability in the cities Kandari and Nasar Wa Salam.

Members of Foster's unit have conducted more than 120 patrols, 13 platoon reinforced raids and a company reinforced search of Kandari. Most importantly they insured that the 1st Marine Division did not have to worry about their rear supply routes and communications during the fight in Fallujah.

Foster is a 2003 graduate of South Lakes High School of Reston and joined the Marine Corps in July 2003.

Army National Guard Pfc. Sarun Kumdoung has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

He is the stepson of Larry and son of Ratchanee Ellison of Reston. Kumdoung is a 2004 graduate of South Lakes High School.

Marine Corps Pvt. Ribkah N. Latuharhary, daughter

of Eddy J. Latuharhary of Reston, recently completed the

administrative clerk course at Personnel Administration School, Marine Corps Combat Service Support Schools, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

During the eight-week course, Latuharhary learned basic skills and knowledge in personnel management and administration procedures. With her newly acquired knowledge, Latuharhary is ready to prepare

personnel evaluations and reports, leave authorizations, military identification cards, and official orders for Marines changing duty station.

Latuharhary is a 2003 graduate of South Lakes High School and joined the Marine Corps in May 2004.

Fourth-grader Mason Park at Buzz Aldrin Elementary in Reston, has been a volunteer with the American Diabetes Association for more than three and a half years through the San Antonio, Texas South Central District office. Within those years Mason has managed to raise more than $12,000 as an individual and formed a walk team named Team MASON to raise an additional $9,487 in 2003 and more than $12,000 in 2004. Mason has set a personal goal this year of raising $10,000 and has currently raised $6,500 since the campaign began in mid August 2004 when he moved to Reston. Mason would like to reach his goal of $10,000 and has been setting up in front of several different businesses in Reston playing his viola and selling his TY beanie babies, books, and ADA walk bears for contribution funds.

The Ciao Bella Gelato Company announces the winner of its recent "Apprentice"-inspired design-a-new-flavor contest: Peppermint Bark Gelato, created by Natala Constantine of Reston, which won her two tickets to the live taping of the finale of NBC's show, which aired Thursday, Dec. 16, in addition to five pints of Peppermint Bark Gelato. The winning flavor features bits of peppermint candy and chocolate chunks swirled through a base of white chocolate gelato. Entries were judged by a panel of Ciao Bella experts on the basis of their originality, taste and commercial viability.

Alan Gersman of Reston will take part in the AKC National Agility Championship Jan. 15-16, at the Tampa Convention Center. Competitors and their dogs will run the timed agility course, off leash, in an attempt to score the highest out of a perfect 100, missed obstacles result in penalty faults. The event will air on the cable channel Animal Planet, Feb. 13, at 8 p.m.