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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.

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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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    RIVER CREEK/LANSDOWNE: Book clubs in River Creek
    I find myself admiring book clubs, clubs whose members actually read books. Their selections result from a consensus among the participants and they wander amid educational forests, take on romance and historical novels – fiction and nonfiction of every conceivable subject.

    The Between the Covers Book Club has fastened itself on best selling author, James McBride’s book “The Good Lord Bird,” a story about a slave boy who joins John Brown’s “antislavery crusade – and who must pass as a girl to survive.” The story follows John Brown and his band of renegades to the National Arsenal in Harper’s Ferry where they're eventually captured by Robert E. Lee. Later as history tells us, Brown was hanged in Charles Town. What happened to “Little Onion?” We’ll have to read the book or wheedle it out of Mackie Christensen and her book club.

    The Ladies of Lake View have read “The Light Between the Oceans “ by M.L. Stedman. Earlier this month the group met and discussed the book. Bea Snyder describes the opening, “A baby washes up to the shore of the lighthouse, located at the confluence where two oceans come together at the tip of Australia and was found by a childless couple operating the lighthouse.”

    The Ladies have decided on their next book: “Beloved Infidel,” written by Sheila Graham, a gossip columnist, journalist about her relationship with F. Scott Fitzgerald. The book was written in 1957.

    The Book Club for Blondes have cast their lot with “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doer. The story takes place in France during World War II between a German boy and a blind French girl. One member of the club mid-way through the book waits for the character threads to be woven together. “I know they will eventually meet.” Thus encouraging the reader to read on.

    The annual yard sale

    Lansdowne residents will have a yard sale on Saturday, Oct. 11 beginning at 7 p.m. Typical signs could read, Go to Bermuda (grass, i.e.); Have fun in St. Augustine (grass .i.e.) $5 per square yard. Title notwithstanding, the sale involves disposing of lamps, carpets, furniture and knickknacks. The residents have an opportunity to discard miscellaneous items that have been relegated to misuse. It’s an opportunity to dispose of things that take up space in readiness for things that take up space.

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