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Vienna Volunteer Fire Department Honors Volunteers

Fire department, Auxiliary recognizes selfless service in 2015.

Approximately 130 friends of the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department came out on Feb. 6 to salute the department’s volunteers and staff for service to the community in 2015.

Oakton’s Bassett is Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital CFO

Laura Bassett, of Oakton, was appointed chief financial officer of Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital.

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Vienna Church Starts the Holy Season of Lent with Ashes and Dashes

Emmanuel Lutheran Church at 2589 Chain Bridge Road will once again be offering Ashes and Dashes, a drive-thru service that quickly provides ashes and prayer to Christian observers of Ash Wednesday, in its church parking lot on Feb. 10, from 6-8:45 a.m.

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Potomac School Senior Commits to Swim for University of Chicago

Sydney Grube, a senior at The Potomac School, has committed to swim for the University of Chicago.

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Potomac School Senior Commits to Wellesley for Soccer

Emily Tran, a senior at The Potomac School, has committed to play Division III soccer for Wellesley College.

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McLean and Great Falls Celebrate Virginia Merges with McLean Historical Society

McLean and Great Falls Celebrate Virginia, a statewide community organization organized by Del. Vince Callahan in 2003 to help with the commonwealth’s 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown by promoting its local history, has merged with the McLean Historical Society.

Letter: Helping Search for Best Solutions

To the Editor

At its Feb. 4 meeting, the McLean Community Center Capital Facilities Committee (MCC CFC) deferred a vote on whether to retain Maffitt Hall as a community meeting room or turn it into office and administration space.

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McLean Woman’s Club: Discussing Senior Nutrition

Dr. Lewis Suskiewicz, M. D., a distinguished local internist retired from Inova Fairfax and Fair Oaks Hospitals, spoke about senior nutrition to the Woman’s Club of McLean at its meeting on Feb. 2.

Letter: A Safe Space for Creative Leaps

To the Editor

I have been a resident of Great Falls for 26 years and my father has lived here for 36.

Great Falls Teen Brings Organ Back

Jack Wood, 16, is on a mission to take organists out of the endangered musician category.

Sixteen-year-old organist Jack Wood can pinpoint the exact moment when the grand instrument piqued his interest.

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Burke, Lorton, Mount Vernon and Springfield: Kegs of Kerri’s Cure special ale kick within hours

Golden afternoon sun gleamed in through windows and lit up cold, grey cinder blocks, faces already beginning to blush after a beer or two, and lush flowers atop large barrels in memory of Kerri Rose. Rose and her husband Matt, Mount Vernon residents, own Forge Brew Works in Lorton. In August of 2015, she was diagnosed with Stage IV stomach cancer. Kerri was also pregnant.

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Springfield: Honoring Life of Service

Arnold Sells, WWII Veteran and Purple Heart Recipient, receives Lifetime Achievement Award.

World War II veteran and Greenspring resident Arnold Sells was recently recognized by Chapter 10 (Arlington/Fairfax) of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) with the chapter’s first Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Mount Vernon: Officer Helps Freezing Child

PFC Chris Mamalis of the Mount Vernon District police station helped rescue a freezing nine-year-old boy from his neighborhood while off-duty on Jan. 21.

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Mount Vernon: Skydiver Wins Gold at Championships

West Potomac High School graduate Trevor Woods won a gold medal last month at the 2015 U.S. Parachute Association National Collegiate Parachuting Championships, held at the Florida Skydiving Center in Lake Wales.

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Kostbar: Bike Noise Is Epidemic

People at Work

A week after the big snowstorm, a blue and silver Trek Excalibur sits on a bike rack waiting for its one-year warranty tune up and replacement of the chain links for more speed. Garrett Kostbar, service manager of Spokes etc. on Quaker Lane, will check all the bolts to be sure nothing has loosened up, adjust the head set to prevent slop or play in the bearing assembly, check the brake adjustment, make sure the wheels are true since the braided stainless steel cable can stretch out and break.