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    RIVER CREEK/LANSDOWNE: Autumn, Halloween and evolution
    The River Creek/Lansdowne area is decked out and ready for Halloween. Times-Mirror/Joe Motheral
    This week Halloween blended with autumn leaves and a breath of chill in the air will be the center of attention. Halloween has become the symbol of a decorator’s delight, a culmination of an evolutionary commercial scale covering the past 70 years or so. In these days, what used to be a perfect balance between trick or treat, now leans perceptibly toward treat.

    In a bygone era, trick – a synonym for art – was the focus of Halloween gigs. For example, no one in those days ever decorated their house. So outsiders had to fill the gap. Self- appointed artists we would take aim at front yard trees with rolls of toilet paper. They would unfurl in a beautiful parabolic trajectory and lodge themselves in the topmost branches, leaving a trail of white ribbon. Before we were through, the tree would be draped in streamers that presented a decorative quality not always appreciated by the homeowner.

    One River Creek person recalled good naturedly, “We would take shaving cream and write nasty things on cars, such as ‘get rid of this junk heap’.” Bars of soap were used for writing and inscribing swirls and memorable words on panes of glass. Spray paint came along later but also had its purpose. These elements of art became known as ‘graffiween.”

    Theatrics played a role as well. River Creek resident Barbara Bird recalls a neighbor when she was 10 years old did have an innovative bent. He dressed himself as a vampire, lay in a coffin on Halloween and when kids came along for trick or treat, he would “throw the lid open and jump out with fake blood running down his face.” A terrifying experience, but creative.

    We used to hear stories of outhouses being turned over or transported to a new location; instances of stop signs being painted orange; trees being engraved with ominous messages.

    Now with these revelations we trust that the statute of limitations has expired. Today the balance has shifted safely and thankfully to treats. Now some homeowners have become artists in their own right with clever collages of spider webs, pumpkins and the like and youngsters have access to a full range of costumes unlike in the past.

    Please cautiously drive through neighborhoods; kids watch out for cars and may your costume and candy wishes be granted.

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    RIVER CREEK/LANSDOWNE: Belmont Ridge goes pink
    Belmont Ridge Middle School typically expresses its social consciousness, and this month is no exception. Every Friday students, faculty and staff have worn pink and will continue the practice until the end of October. They have been doing so on behalf of Breast Cancer Awareness. They have been selling pink T-shirts and sweatshirts; you can pre-order pink mums for your garden or a pink pumpkin for your child.

    Students will decorate these pumpkins pink during the last week of October, and the school garden will transform into a PINKin Patch.

    The PINKin Patch has been a particularly heartfelt program for the school. All the money raised will be donated to Belmont Ridge Middle School Relay for Life Team in honor of Rae Comparin.

    Comparin is the former front office secretary at Belmont who is now fighting breast cancer.

    This is an opportunity not only to give back but to lend a helping hand to a special person. For further information and for donations, you can get in touch with Gina DeGaetano at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    Outside the gate

    Should River Creek residents find themselves driving into Leesburg on Edwards Ferry Road, as they approach downtown a large yellow manor house situated on high ground will appear on one’s left. It’s the former home of Gen. George C. Marshall who lived in Leesburg for 12 years. And while his name has been wrapped in the folds of history, he stands by most historian’s accounts as a great American. Most will recall he was the author of the Marshall Plan that essentially rebuilt Europe following World War II.

    Tours of the home are available most weekends and in addition. The George C. Marshall International Center headquartered on the Marshall property, periodically sponsors special events. Such notables as Jim Lehrer and Andrew Young, both Marshall fans, have been in the past featured as speakers.

    On Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. local historian Eugene Scheel will be discussing “research for his book about the Catoctin Farmer’s Club of which Marshall was an active member.” Friends and volunteers have free admission. Becoming a friend entails making a reasonable donation. For more information call 703-777-1301.

    Scheel will speak about Loudoun County during World War II as extracted from the minutes of the Farmers’ Club. Anyone with a historical bent should find this of interest.

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    RIVER CREEK/LANSDOWNE: Nobel Prize visits Janelia
    Dr. Robert Eric Belzig, group leader at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has been awarded the Nobel Prize for chemistry along with two other scientists. His work with the “development of the super-resolved fluorescent microscopy” has brought him international recognition.

    Belzig came to Janelia in 2006 and for the first time had his own lab in which to pursue his goal. Prior to that, he had an office in his cottage in Michigan where he worked at his father’s tool company. According to Belzig his tools comprised, “a laptop and a couple of really good ideas.” Apparently some days, to find more solitude, he went out on the lake in his boat to do his research.

    The culmination of his work didn’t happen overnight. Reports have it that “as a graduate student at Cornell University, and then during six years at Bell labs, he advanced the technology to make it more practical for biologists allowing powerful imaging of dead cells.”

    This new technology will enable scientists to view molecules with the ‘nanoscope’; molecules that were too small to be seen with regular microscopes.

    The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has a wealth of talent with over 200 scientists on board. Joanne Theurich, the program director, described the institute’s purpose like this: “We search for neuronal pathways; connections within the cellular level of the brain.”

    Dr. Zarixia Zavala-Ruiz, science program manager, says, “Our work also consists of developing microscopes and tools to assist in studying the brain.”

    This is the area of interest to Belzig and prior to his discovery, HHMI had developed a high-resolution microscope. Belzig with his revolutionary work has changed micro to nano.


    The Potomac Club in Lansdowne will host its annual ‘Spooktacular’ on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with an impressive array of activities: Halloween parade, hayrides, marshmallow roast, Halloween crafts and a magic and illusion show.

    Meanwhile on Sunday, Oct. 26, the River Creek Club will have a Halloweenfest Parade and Spookfest. The parade will get underway at 3 p.m. which will include a costume contest plus “Spoooky buffet.” In both cases you can use the spookmeter to gauge the spookiest costume. As we approach the celebration of Halloween, many residents will be adorning their homes with goblins, pumpkins and other sinister objects.

    Using a spookmeter? Please send your photos to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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