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Appalachian Trail: As ‘Wild’ as It Gets for Area Hikers

Film boosts interest in hiking.

After hiking a few miles into the Appalachian Trail's southernmost point in Georgia, Yorktown High School alumnae James Randle came to a realization of what an enormous task he was taking on, attempting a thru-hike on the 2,180 mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine.

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Oakton High Drama Explores Propaganda

Oakton students to perform in “Signature in the Schools 20th Anniversary Festival.”

"We are so proud to be part of the ‘Signature in the Schools 20th Anniversary Festival,’” said Vanessa L. Gelinas, Oakton High School Theater Arts teacher. "It is a tremendous opportunity for the students to perform and learn."

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Vienna Theatre Company Says, ‘Be My Baby’

If there are hallmarks of a typical “romantic comedy,” they may include a couple falling in love in spite of themselves, and, maybe, a bit of “misdirection,” in which something that was predicted to happen, does not. There’s a happy ending to the quagmire. The Vienna Theatre Company’s production of award-winning playwright Ken Ludwig’s “Be My Baby” embraces the common attributes of the genre. And, it’s fun to be drawn into the story arc.

Vilma L. Musk, 77, of Reston, Dies

Vilma L. Musk, age 77, died Dec. 7, 2014, in her home in Reston. She has been a Reston resident for 13 years and is missed by her many friends.

Sue W. Erickson, 79, Dies

Sue W. Erickson, age 79, of Ashburn, formerly of Reston passed Jan. 14, 2015. Beloved wife of late Robert D. Erickson. Loving mother of Michael (Karen) Erickson of Mont Vernon, N.H., Donna (Ricki) Church of Ashburn, Jerry (Nancy) Erickson, of Reston.

Building a New Virginia Economy

Candidate Terry McAuliffe campaigned on a platform of “building a new Virginia economy.” His theme clearly resonated with voters who elected him and with those who were concerned with Virginia’s sluggish recovery from the Great Recession. Following his campaign closely, I was impressed with his grasp of the issues and his commitment to resolving them. With his usual exuberance, the Candidate and now Governor made clear that he broadly defines the elements of a new economy.

Ethics Reform Tough in Virginia—Despite McDonnell

There is a lot of talk in the media that serious ethics reform could happen in this session of the Virginia General Assembly. Don’t count on it! Too many legislators regard special interest gifts as entitlements. While they profess to support limiting “tangible” gifts to a minimal value and more reporting, they fiercely guard their rights to certain gifts which supplement their incomes.

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Marshall Academy CyberPatriots Advance to the National Competition

Students from Marshall, a Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Academy, are advancing to the national round of the annual CyberPatriot Competition. They are doing so after two teams were awarded first and third place in the state competition, and after a long day of regional competition that took place on Saturday, Jan. 17.

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New Additions at Tower Club

The Tower Club at Tysons Corner, a ClubCorp property, has recently unveiled its expansion as part of the continued development at Tysons Corner Center. For the unveiling of the club’s new Crescent Lounge and upscale restaurant Reserve, members were invited to the Tower Club’s winter wonderland re-opening celebration on Jan. 8.

Perform in Honors Orchestra Concert

Eleven students represented Langley High School in the District XII Honors Orchestra Concert on Jan. 10, at Wakefield High School.

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Lady Saxons Hold Skills Tournament for Special Olympians

The Lady Saxons — Langley High School’s Varsity Basketball Team — is doing its part both on and off the court. Last Saturday, the Lady Saxons traveled to Catoctin Elementary School in Leesburg to help run an afternoon Skills Tournament for Special Olympics basketball athletes. The athletes worked on shooting, dribbling, passing and having fun.

Two Potomac School Seniors Honored for Science Research

It's been a banner year for Ashley Rodriguez and Josh Tarplin, two seniors in The Potomac School's Science and Engineering Research Center (SERC) program. Over the past few months, Rodriguez and Tarplin’s two-year independent research projects have earned them awards and scholarships from some of the most prestigious competitions in the country.

McLean Community Foundation Announces Grants Recipients, New Grants Cycle

The McLean Community Foundation (MCF) has announced the following grants recently awarded to organizations benefiting the citizens of McLean:

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A Musical on Challenges of Growing Up

“13,” the musical, arriving on the Alden stage.

"I face the world for what it is, and not what I wish it could be" are key lyrics from the McLean Community Players (MCP) production of the musical "13." With rock-infused music and thought-provoking lyrics by Tony Award winning Jason Robert Brown, "13" is about the challenges of growing up.

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Where ‘New McLean’ Met ‘Old McLean’

Carole L. Herrick publishes a new book on McLean local legends.

”There’s old McLean and there’s new McLean,” said Carole L. Herrick, author of “Legendary Locals of McLean” which went on sale on Jan. 19. Old McLean are property owners who once owned expansive farms or dairies, while new McLean are people who settled in the area when the Central Intelligence Agency came in 1961. For a while old and new McLeans coexisted, new Cadillacs would be parked next to beat up old Chevy trucks used in the farms.

Theresa K. Robinson of Reston Dies

Theresa K. Robinson of Reston, passed away Jan. 3, 2015. She is survived by her daughters Lisa Robinson and Wendy Fox; brother Raymond Konisky Jr.; sister-in-law Lorraine Konisky; nephew Raymond Konisky III; nieces Cindy Konisky and Kathy Mitsin; great-niece Alexandra Konisky and great-nephew Brian Konisky.

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Herndon Author Writes New Book on Sports Training for Young Athletes

According to Wendy LeBolt, Ph.D., in her new book “Fit 2 Finish – Keeping Your Soccer Players in the Game” the cycle of success boils down to “Develop – Balance – Observe – and repeat” to keep our young athletes fit and on the field, and taking their sport as far as their interest and skill can take them. Herndon resident LeBolt has some real skin in the game of soccer – literally.

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Four Brave Girls Take Immediate Action to Help a Friend in Distress

One year ago, on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, during their lunch hour at Fox Mill Elementary School in Herndon, four fourth grade Junior Girl Scouts jumped to the aid of their classmate as she found herself choking on a piece of food. Using the skills that they had just learned a few months prior, in a First Aid class they attended with other Junior Troop’s members from Fox Mill, the four girl scouts (ages 9 and 10) immediately jumped into action.

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Bald Eagles at Great Falls Rebuild Fallen Nest

New nest is visible from Potomac, Md. or Great Falls, Va. national parks.

The current pair of adult Bald Eagles at Great Falls have rebuilt their nest, which fell or blew down last spring. For at least 20 years, Bald Eagles, although surely not the same two birds, have been nesting on Conn Island, which is the large tree-covered island in the middle of the Potomac just above the cofferdam, up river from the Great Falls themselves.

Col. Peter L. Hilgartner, 87, of Great Falls, Dies

Col. Peter L. Hilgartner, USMC retired, died at Brightview Assisted Living on Jan. 8, 2015, in Great Falls, at 87 years of age. Funeral services are being held Saturday, Jan. 24 at 10:30 a.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 10550 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls.