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How appropriate for July 4th weekend, to see a house all decked out to welcome home a soldier! The Eckman Family of Pegram Street happily welcomed home Dad Craig, on leave from a stint in Kabul. The house was festooned with posters and ribbons, and even the car was bedazzled. Hopefully Craig will get to take out his sailboat and do some cruising before he heads back in a few short weeks.

Also overseas is neighbor David Gilmer, on his fourth trip to the Middle East (three trips to Iraq, one to Afghanistan). David does communications work for a government contractor (if he told me what he was doing, he’d have to kill me). Wife Michelle adds that David would love to spend next summer in Virginia (so if you can employ someone with a top secret clearance, I’ll pass along any job opportunities).

Please let me know if you know of any other neighbors serving their country, and I’ll give them a shout-out in this space.

If you are looking for some light summer entertainment, look no further than Bishop Ireton High School where Blessed Sacrament is sponsoring a teens-only production of Cole Porter’s "Anything Goes". Several West End teens are taking part: Andrew Flack, Zachary Frank, Sam Jones, Maria Jones, Abby Keller and Maria Simpkins. On another side of teen-hood is yours truly and John and Sarah Fargo, taking our annual turn in the pit orchestra. The production runs from Thursday, July 16 through Saturday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m.; there is a matinee on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. As Cole Porter says, "It’s Delightful, It’s De-lovely …."!

Many Seminary Valley children are part of the Dowden Terrace Dolphins swim team. The Dolphins are ranked number one in the Northern Virginia Swimming League’s Division 6. Several swimmers have already set team records! Names, dates and serial numbers to come .…

Mia Jones

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