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Rites of Fall

Viewpoints: What do you like to do during Fall and before the start of the holidays?

As the foliage reached its peak, Fairfax County residents turned to their favorite fall activities before the mad rush of the holidays. At the Burke Farmers Market, which runs until Nov. 22, John and Nancy Menke, of Burke, found a way to keep the fresh and local fruits and vegetables they love throughout the year.

Bubbling Caldron, Rambunctious Theatre

Robinson company puts on Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.”

Double, double, toil and trouble; fire burn and caldron bubble. The Robinson High School theatre department, newly named Rambunctious Theatre Company, is changing it up with their fall show: Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.” The show opens Nov. 20 and runs through Nov. 22.

Alexandria: Bench to Bedside

Collegiate inventors show off cutting edge technology at Alexandria conference.

At his table at the Collegiate Inventor’s Conference, Keith Hearon from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology had a variety of plastic objects on display next to a bowl full of oranges.

Chantilly: Great Beginnings Hosts Toys for Tots

Chantilly children's store is a drop-off for U.S. Marine Corps' toy collection program.

Tina Coulson, store manager of Great Beginnings Baby & Kids of Chantilly, is conducting a Toys for Tots campaign with the U.S. Marine Corps from now through Dec. 21 at the store located at 13920-B Lee Jackson Memorial Highway (Route 50) in the Sully Plaza Shopping Center.

Alexandria: Local Public Defenders Make Their Cases Abroad

Lecturing on criminal defense in the Bahamas.

Regardless of the crime, when it comes to defendants everyone gets an attorney.

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Chantilly: Helping the Community

Boy Scout Troop 7369 was asked by Saint Timothy Parish to build an exhibit for the International festival. The troop’s Scoutmaster, Mike Warsocki, brought up the request during a scout meeting.

Chantilly: Taking the Plunge for ALS

Students of LearningRx Chantilly accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money and awareness for ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. The challenge entails people getting drenched by buckets of ice water on video and nominating others to do the same, in an effort to raise awareness of ALS.

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Potter’s Fire of Herndon is All Fired Up for the Holidays

Business gears up for the season with special dinnerware and holiday decor sets.

Although Potter’s Fire is barely a year old, they are already veterans of the holiday season. The potters and glazers in the shop are busy creating holiday dinnerware and their popular mugs for gift givers who love to buy local.

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Great Falls Residents Get Update on Toxic Plume

Only one of the three requested pumps to be installed for now.

Residents got an update about the methyl tert-butyl ether [MTBE] plume below the Georgetown Pike and Walker Road intersection last week. Officials from Kleinfelder and the Department of Environmental Quality talked about the removal of the toxic plume so far, assuring residents that their well water will remain clean throughout the cleanup efforts during a Great Falls Citizens Association Town Hall meeting on Nov. 11.

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Promoting Rugby in Great Falls

Proceeds from the weekend tournament will support MedStar National Hospital’s spinal cord injury program.

About a year ago, Gary Coetzee nearly died out on the rugby field behind the Great Falls Library. A freak accident left the former professional rugby player quadriplegic on the grass during a game. On Saturday, Nov. 22, he is hosting the inaugural Great Falls Rugby Tournament to celebrate how far he has come a year after the accident and raise money for MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital’s spinal cord injury program.

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Many Herndon Residents in Opposition to November Elections

Town Council holds second public hearing on possible town charter changes.

Herndon’s town council heard from another crowd of residents about proposed changes to the town’s election process. Residents for and against changes to the number of years councilmembers and the mayor serve and moving the election to November spoke out at Nov. 11 town council public hearing.

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Lake Fairfax's Real Jonathan Swift

Kentucky native strikes gold with nonfiction pirate tale.

Robert Prather has spent years trying to figure out the real Jonathan Swift - the man behind the legends of pirates, treasure and mystery. After his most recent visit to Alexandria and Lake Fairfax - two areas that Swift called home during his time - he is piecing together the third edition of The Strange Case of Jonathan Swift and the Real Long John Silver.

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The Soap Engineers Are a Hit at Lake Anne

Business combines science with a love for pampering.

All of Janette Lew’s and Brooke Goad’s best ideas start with wine. The two created The Soap Engineers, a local company that features high quality bath and body products, after the two chatted over happy hour about their mutual love for making handmade bath salts and fizzies.

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McLean Artisans Are Ready for the Holiday Season

Shop supports national and local artists.

Shannon Denny Price has seen her shop, The Artisans, move three times in the last 25 years. As a veteran of the holiday season, the shop co-owner has already begun filling the store with holiday decor as well as gifts and stocking stuffers of all price points. Christmas trees, themed wreaths and ornaments will all be available for purchase.

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Centreville: It’s Time for Turkey Trot

A great way to burn calories before Thanksgiving dinner is to participate in the Virginia Run Turkey Trot. This year’s 26th annual 5K race and 2K fun walk will be held Thursday morning, Nov. 27.