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Neighborhoods: Seminary Valley

Bob Bates reminds you all that there is an active Neighborhood Watch community here in Seminary Valley. This group will: conduct home security evaluations, watch for unusual or suspicious persons, activities or vehicles (and report crimes in progress to the police), participate in scheduled watch patrols, educate and recruit neighbors and always emphasize safety of participants. If you are interested in being part of such a group, please contact Officer Charlette Young at 703-838-4520 or e-mail her at: charlotte.mitchell-young@alexandriava.gov.

Kassy Benson, our Hammond High School Alumni contact, has some important reunion news for the classes of '58 and '59, '62, '66 and '67. Class reunions for those graduating in '58 and '59 is set for Oct. 3, 4 and 5. These Hammond classes are joining with their counterparts at George Washington for a gala 50-year reunion. Ann Smith Hughes is your contact, at annhughes@cox.net. Class of ’62: you should have received an invitation from the Admirals recording studio. Tommy Morris is your contact: hammond62@msn.com. That class’ reunion is set for June 22, 23 and 24. Richard Hobbie rhobbie@WQIS.com and Jeff Obermiller Obermiller@api.org are coordinating the Class of ’66 event. Last but not least, the class of ’67 will meet the weekend of Oct. 12-14. Susan Rushing Wise can handle all inquiries at susan719@hotmail.com.

By the way, March is an important month for Francis C. Hammond Middle School (formerly the high school noted above). It’s namesake, Francis C. Hammond, died in the line of duty on March 26, 1953. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his sacrifice during the Korean War.

Your Biggest Losers continue their fight against the scales. Lara Lusher and John LaValle are the current week’s winners, going for the $300 title. The Red Team has lost a total of 66 pounds so far (a 5.2 percent weight loss) and the Blue Team is 61 pounds lighter (5.1 percent less). One of the participants, Jacky Krooneman, cites the website www.novarun.com as a source of inspiration. I saw her running up the Hospital Hill (Howard Street, for you nonrunners), and it must be working! Good luck to all.