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War of 1812 – Who Won?

After the British left Washington and Alexandria, their good luck changed. On Sept. 12-14, 1814, the Americans defeated them at Baltimore and on Jan. 8, 1815, defeated them again at New Orleans. Even before the Battle of New Orleans, the British had had enough of the war. In Ghent, Belgium on Dec. 24, 1814, they and American negotiators signed a treaty to end it. The U.S. Senate ratified the treaty, and President Madison signed it on Feb. 16, 1815. The War of 1812 finally was over.

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Alternatives to Institutional Care Needed for Seniors

Forum highlights long term care issues.

A community forum, hosted by Mount Vernon At Home and the Association of Retired Persons, focused on the challenge of a fast-growing aging population of 55 and over

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Search for Hannah Graham Expands

UVA second year Hannah Graham last seen on Sept. 13.

Hannah Graham, University of Virginia sophomore and alumna of West Potomac High School, has been missing since the early morning hours of Saturday, Sept. 13.

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Art as Mindfulness

Learning to be present and aware.

Art plays a central role in Lisa Richard’s family.

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GRACE, Macintyres to Receive County Art Awards

Arts Council of Fairfax County presenting annual Art Awards in October.

Two Reston art organizations will be recognized by the Arts Council of Fairfax County next month. The council will present their annual Art Awards to Patricia and Steve Macintyre - owners of Reston Art Gallery and Studios - and Greater Reston Arts Center on Oct. 24 for their work with the community.

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Former Delegate Vince Callahan Dies at 82

Represented McLean, Great Falls in House of Delegates for 40 years.

Former delegate Vincent Callahan Jr., who spent 40 years representing McLean, Great Falls and Tysons Corner in Virginia House of Delegates, died on Sept. 20.

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Preparing for the Worst

MCA holds ‘Emergency Preparedness’ panel

McLean residents learned how to prepare themselves for future catastrophes at McLean Citizens Association’s first fall event. MCA held an Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery panel with several county emergency officials on Sept. 17, teaching residents how to be proactive in an emergency.

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Local Aikido Studio Reduces PTSD Effects

As a soldier fighting in Iraq, Brian Ericksen thought the idea of martial arts in a war zone was ridiculous. Then, one day, it clicked for him. The owner of Heaven and Earth Aikido used the calming form of martial arts while in the service to center himself in some of the most dangerous places in the world and now wants to help former veterans and sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder to do the same.

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Residents Have Their Say

Assisted-Living facility could pose traffic, drainage, noise problems.

As the number of senior citizens in Fairfax County continues to grow, so does the need for an assisted-living facility for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

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Local Group Gives Scholarships to Women

Great Falls Friends and Neighbors gave out $10,000 in scholarships to college women to kick off the start of the school year. Six women from George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College, ranging in ages and opportunities, were presented scholarships during a luncheon at Riverbend Country Club on Friday, Sept 19.

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Board of Supervisors Approves 50+ Community Action Plan

Vote is “the beginning, not the end” for Herrity.

Supervisor Pat Herrity’s so-called “Silver Tsunami” population in Fairfax County isn’t getting any younger. The data haven’t changed: the amount of people over 50 should increase by 40 percent between 2005 and 2030, and those 70 and older should shoot up 80 percent in the same period.

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Patching City’s Potholes

A matter of teamwork.

Earplugs in, yellow vests zipped up and protective eyewear in place. A large white knob on the back of the protective helmet adjusts it to an individual’s head size. The 65 -pound jackhammer blasts into the 6 x6 foot square of asphalt at the High and Orchard intersection in Alexandria.

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Supervisors Break Ground on New Public Safety Headquarters

The Fairfax County Police and Fire Departments are getting a new home. On Tuesday, Sept. 16, Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova and Supervisor John Cook broke ground on what will be a $142 million, eight-story headquarters.

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Riding and Thriving

Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program holds annual Polo Classic.

At 3 years old, Blythe Champion was diagnosed with herpes encephalitis, a rare and aggressive central nervous system infection. The infection put her into a coma; when she woke up, she was blind. Eventually Champion regained her central vision, but never peripheral.

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Ring Cycle

Lee graduate features in boxing documentary.

Christian Vick was a standout basketball player for Robert E. Lee High School, but boxing was really his first sport. A family sport. His father James worked in boxing promotion for Washington, D.C. boxers Maurice Blocker and Simon Brown, and his great uncle Louie Vick was a heavyweight fighter. And Vick grew up spending every Saturday with his father and brother Zachary, watching bouts of Sugar Ray Leonard and Hector Camacho on the family room floor.