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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).

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    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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    The First Tee Organization will be collecting donations on Saturday, Oct. 18 and Sunday, Oct. 19 at the River Creek Club from 8 a.m. to noon. On Monday, Oct. 27 as part of the fundraiser the professional golf staff at River Creek will be engaged in a First Tee Golf-A-Thon, all on behalf of an organization that provides material and educational programs for youngsters. It blends the ethics of golf with nine core values – honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment and applies them using golf experiences as a template.

    The River Creek Women’s Golf Association (WGA) has entered a sponsoring partnership with Club Corps. WGA President Marlys Rustad says, “I am pleased that River Creek WGA in good cooperation with River Creek Club will play a small part in promoting life-long principles for young people through the game of golf.”

    As a former teacher she understands the importance of “Instilling character building traits…at an early age.”

    Co-chair Jan Ferrell, along with Shannon Brennan, says, “We hope our contributions will help with the programs designed to develop life skills for young golfers in the Washington area.”

    A table will be set up on the two days and times indicated outside the pro shop at River Creek where folks are encouraged to donate golfing equipment, clothing and golf accessories.

    “We’ll also be accepting pledge money for every hole played by the River Creek golfing staff,” Ferrell said.

    According to Damon Aswad, the head golf pro at River Creek, he and his staff will play as many holes on Oct. 27 as time and daylight permit. In his previous experiences his team has played as many as 72 holes, but more likely this time of year it could be 54 holes. So if you pledge a $1 for each hole your total donation would be $54.

    The World Golf Foundation established The First Tee in 1997 as a nonprofit organization. The initial purpose involved creating affordable access for those who had not been previously exposed to the game of golf. But since then it has become a “youth development organization that teaches life skills using golf as a platform.” The First Tee National School Program works with elementary age students through “physical education classes.” There are 180 chapters nationwide.

    First Tee founding partners include the PGA, LPGA and USGA.

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