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Week in Reston

<sh>Sunrise Valley 5K Raises Money for Make a Wish

<bt>Wearing comfortable shoes, about 150 people came out for the fifth Sunrise Valley 5K Run/Walk, which started at 8:30 a.m., June 18. The event helped raise $4,000 for Make A Wish Foundation and also honored Becky Shaler, a teacher at Sunrise Valley Elementary School fighting breast cancer.

SL Principal to Meet with Parents

A Parent/Community Forum with the new South Lakes Principal Bruce Butler will be held Monday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m. The forum, which will be in the high school’s media center, has been scheduled to give Butler the opportunity to share his ideas and respond to questions and concerns from parents and the community about South Lakes. Contact southlakesptsa@comcast.net.

Volunteers Needed for RTC Bicycle Race

Volunteers are needed for the 4th Annual Reston Town Center Grand Prix Bicycle Races on Sunday, June 26. Volunteers will serve as course marshals during the races to help keep the cyclists safe. There are three volunteer shifts available: 8 to 11:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. The races are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and will be held in the downtown area of the Reston Town Center. This year’s races will feature the Mid-Atlantic’s most competitive cyclists, in eight individual races on a 1.25K six-turn course. Volunteer Fairfax and Bikes for the World are the charitable partners for the race. For additional information about volunteer opportunities or to sign up, please contact Denise Cruse at 703-246-3460 or dcruse@volunteerfairfax.org. Volunteer Fairfax is a private non-profit corporation serving the Fairfax County community since 1975.

Restonian Elected to Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame

Rev. Ralph L. Minker, Jr., of Reston was elected last month to enter the Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame. Minker, who will be inducted in October at the University of Delaware, piloted a B-17 in World War II, which he dubbed “Blue Hen Chick.” He piloted 37 missions over Europe and, at age 20, he was the youngest pilot in his bomber group.

In the decades that followed his military service, he became a Methodist minister as well as an aviation historian. In 1999, Minker donated his wartime correspondence — some 800 letters, his own letters from family and friends — to the Historical Society of Delaware. In 2003, his service was honored again at the Dover Air Force Base when a C-5B plane was dedicated as the “Spirit of the Blue Hen.” A native of Delaware, he held pastorates in Delaware and Maryland. He moved to Reston in 1980 when he married Sandra O’Connell.

“He was, of course, very pleased to be recognized by his home state,” said O’Connell. “It’s not just recognizing his World War II service, but his life of service.”

“The prize is set up to recognize citizens of Delaware that distinguished themselves in aviation, and I couldn’t think of a better person,” said Harry Butowsky of Reston, a World War II history professor who seconded Minker’s nomination.

RCA to Hold Elections at Reston Festival

The Reston Citizens Association has four board vacancies and three board members up for re-election. The North Point, South Lakes, Lake Anne and Hunters Woods board seats are vacant. Mike Corrigan, RCA president, John Fay, Lake Anne director, and Susan Merk, at-large director, are up for election. The candidate filing deadline is June 25. Elections will be held at the RCA booth at the Reston Festival on July 9-10. More information can be found on RCA’s Web site, www.restoncitizensassociation.org.

Calendar

Thursday, June 23, 7 p.m.

Reston Association Board Meeting, Isaac Newton Square.

Monday, June 27, 8 p.m.

Reston Citizens Association Board Meeting, Comcast TV studio, 12345-G Sunrise Valley Drive.

July 9-10, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Reston Festival, Reston Town Center.