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What would you expect a four-and-three-quarter-year-old to say at the end of a four-and-a-half-mile hike that she just finished using her own two feet? “What a wonderful day,” Sofi announced when we walked past the old Tavern (that I was wishing was still a tavern) at Great Falls National Park.

Loudoun Design Cabinet To Unveil 9 Winners For 2011 Signatures Of Loudoun Design Excellence Program

Loudoun Design Cabinet To Unveil 9 Winners For 2011 Signatures Of Loudoun Design Excellence Program

The Loudoun County Design Cabinet, together with the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors and selected Loudoun County high school students, will unveil the 2011 winners in the Signatures of Loudoun Design Excellence program Monday, June 13. The awards presentation will be at 5 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors Room in the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison Street, S.E. in Leesburg. The public is encouraged to attend.

2nd Annual Drowning Prevention Event in Leesburg Hopes to Set World Record

2nd Annual Drowning Prevention Event in Leesburg Hopes to Set World Record

Leesburg’s A.V. Symington Aquatic Center Will Be An Official Host Location for the “World’s Largest Swimming Lesson” on Tuesday, June 14, 2011

On Tuesday, June 14th, 2011, thousands of kids and adults at aquatics facilities around the globe will unite to set a new global record for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL).  The A.V. Symington Aquatic Center in Leesburg’s Ida Lee Park will be an official host location for the event, taking place at 11:00 a.m.

In 2010, the inaugural WLSL event established the Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson ever conducted when almost 4,000 participants across 34 states, five countries and three continents participated to build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to prevent drowning.

Local Scout Troops Tour Loudoun County Landfill

Local Scout Troops Tour Loudoun County Landfill

Scout groups who recently toured the Loudoun County landfill included Girl Scouts Junior Troop #2221 from Sycolin Creek Elementary School in Leesburg and Sterling Girl Scouts Daisy Troop 2590. Each troop visited the Loudoun County landfill recently for separate tours and to learn more about recycling.  The groups saw large equipment operating in the landfill as garbage trucks lined up to unload their trash.

The Loudoun County landfill is located at 21101 Evergreen Mills Road, Leesburg, and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.  Tours are currently being scheduled for weekdays July through November.  Call 703-771-5514 for information.

Uncle Sam Wants YOU to Join Leesburg’s 21st Annual Independence Day Parade!

Uncle Sam Wants YOU to Join Leesburg’s 21st Annual Independence Day Parade!

The Town of Leesburg’s Independence Day Celebration will be held on Monday, July 4, 2011. The day will be full of festivities, starting with the 21st annual Independence Day Parade.

The parade, organized in conjunction with Leesburg Daybreak Rotary, will kick-off at 10:00 a.m. from Ida Lee Park, travel south on King Street and conclude at Fairfax Street. Civic groups, youth organizations, community groups, families and others are encouraged to participate in the parade. No fee is required to participate and pre-registration is encouraged, but is not mandatory. The application for the parade is available online at www.idalee.org, or at the front desk of Ida Lee Park Recreation Center.

Nat'l Park Svc Photographer Frank Ruggles Speaking at in Leesburg on Sunday, June 12

Nat'l Park Svc Photographer Frank Ruggles Speaking at in Leesburg on Sunday, June 12

From the Town of Leesburg, VA – At 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 12, 2011, Frank Ruggles, formerly  an official photographer with the National Park Service, will be speaking at the Thomas Balch Library.  The lecture is free and open to the public.  The Thomas Balch Library is located at 208 West Market Street in downtown Leesburg.

Frank Ruggles served as an official photographer of the National Park Service from 2007 to 2010.  During his tenure, he visited and photographed over 150 National Parks, Monuments and Forests across the nation.  Frank described his work as a National Park Service photographer as his “dream job,” a position once held by his photographic hero, Ansel Adams.

Daisy Girl Scouts Tour Loudoun County Landfill

Daisy Girl Scouts Tour Loudoun County Landfill

Girl Scouts Daisy Troop 1965 from Catoctin Elementary School in Leesburg earned their "Use Resources Wisely" petal by visiting the Loudoun County landfill for a tour.  The group was able to see the garbage trucks that pick up trash from their homes unload trash into the landfill. 

The Loudoun County landfill is located at 21101 Evergreen Mills Road, Leesburg, and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.  Tours are currently being scheduled for weekdays July through November.  Call 703-771-5514 for information.