Rotary of Great Falls Celebrates Ten Years

Ten years is an anniversary to celebrate, and the Rotary of Great Falls did it in great style. A gala reception at River Bend Country Club provided the occasion for remembering the club’s projects, speakers, and friends. President Stephen Clark introduced Master of Ceremonies Jeff Thinnes, the dynamo life-long Rotarian who founded the club. On that occasion, 85 newly minted Rotarians gathered at River Bend, a number that so amazed Rotary International that Thinnes was invited to speak at the international conference in Thailand that year. Continue reading

Long Branch Central Watershed Management Area Project To Be Launched In Fairfax County

The Long Branch Watershed is eight miles of streams over 3.71 miles in a heavily suburbanized area in mid-Fairfax County. It was declared an “impaired water” by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, due to erosion and sediment input, so Fairfax County is launching the "Long Branch Central Watershed Management Area Project," to reduce the waste load on the stream, improve water quality within the Long Branch Central watershed and improve habitat and environmental health of this county stream. Continue reading

Congressional Award Gold Medal To Be Rewcieved By Fairfax Co. Teen

Young students nationwide who have achieved extraordinary things are set to be honored by Congress later this month. And a Fairfax County, Virginia, the teen is among them. The Congressional Award Gold Medal, which is Congress’ highest honor for young Americans, is given out annually, and about 500 students will receive one this year. Established by Congress as a public-private partnership in 1979, the program encourages and recognizes initiative, service, and achievement in youth. Continue reading

National KidWind Award Recieved By Centreville Student

Cardinal Ridge Elementary School student Pranamya Jindal won first place in the elementary-school division under the team name Nature Wings. This was the Centreville resident’s first time participating in the renewable energy competition. The 2021 National KidWind Challenge was hosted virtually from June 8-10 on Zoom. The competition is a project where students test their knowledge of renewable energy. Continue reading

Independence Day Celebrated In Herndon

The Town of Herndon celebrated the 4th of July after canceling last year’s event due to the pandemic. What made the evening extra special was that the firework display launched from the Herndon Centennial Golf Course was the first large group community gathering for town residents since the COVID-19 lockdown in March of 2020. The opportunity proved to be freedom for friends and family. They gathered at neighborhood picnics as the people living on Nash Street did at their “island” located in the center of the cul-de-sac. Continue reading

Great Falls Traditions Returned To Village Centre Green

Great Falls traditions returned to the Village Centre Green for the 4th of July 2021. Presented by Celebrate Great Falls, the welcoming atmosphere and organization drew families from the community and surrounding areas to the shaded, grassy common. Before the younger children paraded around the perimeter of the interior common, dressed in their finest patriotic displays in the Little Patriot Parade, the older children, like Michael Picard, 7, and his sister Caitlyn, 10, provided service hours. Continue reading