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    RIVER CREEK/LANSDOWNE: Gifts of the season
    This time of year brings out an ultra-generous social spirit in organizations and the volunteers that serve them for those whose seasonal holiday would otherwise be barren. It’s a heartwarming experience for all concerned.

    In the River Creek community, Barbara and John Bird hosted their annual open house last weekend on behalf of the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter. Neighbors and members of the community brought toys for the children whose lives have been affected by domestic unrest.

    Volunteers for Operation Homefront, the organization led by River Creek resident Vivian Dietrich, who is the president of the OH Metro chapter, have been collecting toys at the regions’ 24 Dollar Tree stores from Alexandria to Winchester.

    Donations from their customers provide bundles of toys that the volunteers deliver to the Operation Homefront office. They in turn organize the toys into individual packages to be handed out to children of military families at Christmas.

    Dietrich says, “River Creek has always stepped up to meet the needs of our community. We have many volunteers from River Creek. Without their support we would never have made the progress so quickly.”

    Dietrich explains the mission of OH:

    “We provide emergency financial and other assistance to families of our service members and wounded warriors.” The toy brigade comprises over a dozen volunteers who all live in River Creek. Each year the children of these families have a far more cheerful holiday because of OH.

    Bright Life Buddies at Belmont Ridge Middle School in Lansdowne sponsored a Bingo night Dec. 4 “to kick off the Joy of our annual Toy Drive. Over 100 people were in attendance.”

    These included parents, teachers, administrators and their guests who entered the contest by donating a toy. Bright Life Buddies is a group formed originally to enhance relationships with students who have autism. They are collaborating with several local businesses and organizations with shared interests.

    According to the school’s spokesperson, “Our goal is to make a radical difference in the lives of 100 families. To date, 112 items have been collected,” she said. “It’s not too late for you to get involved. If you are in the neighborhood stop by and drop off donations at Belmont Ridge Middle School”

    “Thanks to our community for joining together in making a radical difference in the lives of families in Loudoun County.”

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    RIVER CREEK/LANSDOWNE: Driving in deer country
    Cut: Deer recently scamper away in the River Creek area. Times-Mirror/Joe Motheral
    The holiday season can increase auto traveling and one has to be careful when leaving the garage and returning to it. Recently the side of our garage shifted sideways and clipped my vehicle’s right rear view mirror. The auto body shop repaired it and as I was leaving I said: “I really like you guys but I don’t want to see you again any time soon.”

    Then three days later, while driving on a back road in western Loudoun, a deer leaped in front of my vehicle; a collision ensued, the deer scampered off and I sheepishly returned to the auto body shop to see the same guys I had told I didn’t want to see again so soon. They looked at me in wonder and amazement while concealing a sly grin.

    According to information gleaned from the Internet, the deer population in our area doubles annually. No one remembers so many of these wild creatures as we’ve seen this year. They have brazenly threatened to overtake the number of residents in River Creek and Lansdowne. Drivers in both communities must exercise caution and even then could still have an accident involving a deer.

    Advice from the insurance company:

    * Dawn and dusk are when you are likely to encounter a deer – mine, however, occurred at noon.

    * This time of year is breeding season, so deer are “highly active and on the move.”

    * They are pack animals and rarely travel alone.

    * When you see a deer, slow down, honk your horn, flash your lights and look out for his cousins.

    * Keep your seatbelt fastened at all times and use high beams when you can. Swerving can be dangerous especially on a two-lane road.

    * When on four lanes, if possible, drive in the center lane to give yourself more space between you and a grazing deer.

    Despite my comment at the body shop resulting in my hesitancy to return “so soon,” I reluctantly did so and called the insurance company. I temporarily have a rental car. I’m not using it much, but when I do I stay on main roads, drive the speed limit, keep my eyes glued to the road and its perimeter and I’m never, ever going to tell the folks at the auto body shop that I don’t want to see them again.

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    RIVER CREEK/LANSDOWNE: Turkey trotters
    The season of Thanksgiving and the holidays inevitably produce a sense of family and community. At 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 27, Lansdowne on the Potomac will stage its 7th annual 5K Turkey Trot. Each year participants pay a fee to join in the activity that comprises a family style walk/run or the 5K race. The cost for adults is $25 with $12 going to a charitable organization; for youth (17 and under) the cost is $12 with $3 as a charitable donation.

    Each year the club selects an organization worthy of funding. This year it’s Boulder Crest Retreat near Bluemont that hosts military families that have had to deal with “combat-stress related injuries.” As described, “They can bring their families and enjoy non-clinical, recreational therapeutic activities aimed at assisting with their physical, mental, financial and spiritual recovery. Boulder Crest Retreat recognizes both visible and invisible injuries.”

    The Lansdowne Potomac Club at 43459 Riverpointe Drive will be the starting and finishing line for the race. The Turkey Trot will take place regardless of weather conditions and no dogs will be allowed. And the run/walk is not just a day in the park. It’s a competition and prizes will be awarded for first overall male and female finisher; the top three for those 18 and under; 13-17; and 12 and under.

    The Potomac Club of Lansdowne has openings for sponsors. For further information, call Jennifer DiCenzo at 703-675-2544 or email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    BOWS and bingo

    At Belmont Ridge Middle School, BOWS (Being One Who Serves) consists of a group of eighth grade girls who raise money by decorating mailboxes.

    Tracy Bongianeno in the front office at the school told me that they “presented over $2,000 to the Loudoun Impact Fund at a local reception on Nov. 15 at River Creek Club. The $2,000 was being granted though the Loudoun Impact Fund to LAWS (Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter).”

    She says the girls will decorate mailboxes again this holiday season. “In hopes to donate even more money to help Loudoun families in need.”

    Bright Lights Buddies will host a bingo night on Dec. 4th. Parents and guests have been encouraged to bring toys for needy children. Bright Lights Buddies is a collaboration involving students with autism. You can call the school at 571-252-2220 for more information.
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