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Ashburn Village Light Tour Winners - Details on page 18 Volume XIX, No. 1

January 2009

A Griswald Christmas

Volunteer Editor: Meg Carlson PRESORTED STD U.S. POSTAGE P AID Sterling, VA Permit No. 8


Ashburn Village Community Association, Inc. Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (703) 723-7910 Direct • (703) 478-8583 Fax


Board of Directors President

Mark “Doug” Carlson 2008-2010 Term

Inside This Issue Monthly Departments

Vice President

Bob Graham 2008-2010 Term Secretary

Jennifer Horvath 2007–2009 Term

David Austin 703-729-0832 (home) 2008 – 2010 Term Lester Benitez 2008 – 2009 Term

Board Meeting Information The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Directors will be held at 6:00 p.m. on January 27, 2009 at the Lakes Recreation Center, 44078 Cheltenham Circle.

9 What You Might See Going On in the Village 10 Common Interest Communities Survey 11 Safety Articles YouCan Use 22 Fiscal Year 2009 Budget Summary 28 Health News You Can Use


19 Housing Report 26 Critter Corner 15 Neighborhood Watch

Community News & Information

Richard Nutwell 2008 – 2010 Term Need to contact the Board? Email messages can be sent to

President’s Report Board Briefs Around the Village Ashburn Volunteer Fire & Rescue Pavilion News Library Corner

Featured Information


Perry Immerman 2008 – 2009 Term

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Homeowner Board Member Association Staff Committee Meeting Dates Important Numbers Calendar


33 Classified Advertising 42 Advertiser Index 42 Rate Card The Villager is published monthly by the Ashburn Village Community Association, Inc., for the residents of Ashburn Village.

An agenda is posted on the website, www.ashburn and at both the Ashburn Village Sports Pavilion and AVCA office on Courtland Drive at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting. Homeowners with Board business should arrive in time to sign in and will be asked to adhere to a 3-minute speaker’s limit. Contact the AVCA office at (703) 723-7910 if you have any questions. The Villager

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Committee Meetings

Ashburn Village Community Association, Inc. Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (703) 723-7910 Direct • (703) 478-8583 Fax

Association Staff Management Team

Jim Tracy, x101 Interim General Manager & Notary Public Crishana Loritsch, CMCA®, AMS®, x102 Resident Services Manager & Notary Public Mark Schnupp, x104 Facilities & Grounds Manager Gail Fishkin-Ogle, x103 Finance & HR Manager Office Staff

NOW HIRING Covenants Administrator Taycha Wolfries, x107 Covenants Assistant Lyn Laws, x100 Member Services & Newsletter Coordinator Teresa Reifsnyder, x123 Accounts Payable

Upcoming Meetings Board of Directors (BOD) Tuesday, January 27, 6:00 p.m. Lakes Recreation Center, Cheltenham Circle Architectural (AERC) Tuesday, January 6, 6:00 p.m. ACVA Office, Courtland Drive Budget & Finance (B&FC) Thursday, January 22, 6:30 p.m. Lakes Recreation Center, Cheltenham Circle Competitive Swimming Committee (AVCSC) Thursday, January 8, 7:30 p.m. Lakes Recreation Center, Cheltenham Circle Facilities & Grounds (F&GC) Monday, January 12, 6:00 p.m. Mills Recreation Center, Grottoes Drive Lakes & Ponds (L&PC) Wednesday, January 21, 7:00 p.m. Mills Recreation Center, Grottoes Drive

Katrina Bilikha, x124 Accounts Receivable

Neighborhood Watch (NHW) Tuesday, January 13, 7:00 p.m. Lakes Recreation Center, Cheltenham Circle

Adam Puffinburger Facilities & Grounds Supervisor

Recreation and Community Events (R&CEC) Wednesday, January 7, 7:00 p.m. Sports Pavilion

McKane Goldizen Facilities & Grounds Assistant Neil Puffinburger Facilities & Grounds Assistant 4

Check Village message boards and our website for any last minute changes and for important information. Message boards are located on Ashburn Village Boulevard at the Farmwell entrance of the Village near Fultonham Circle (northbound lane) and at the Rt. 7 entrance to the Village at Courtland Drive (southbound lane), as well as near the pool areas of the Mills, Lakes, and Woods Recreation Centers.

Tennis (AVTC) Wednesday, January 14, 7:00 p.m. Woods Recreation Center, Louisa Drive

president ’ s report

Doug Carlson President 2008 - 2010 term

Greetings, fellow Villagers and Happy New Year! This month I would like to discuss several items that are very important to the Village as a whole: neighborhood watch, and community policy, protecting our lakes, and road construction updates. Many years ago several pioneering residents came together to form the Neighborhood Watch Committee or NWC. They worked closely with the Sheriff ’s Office, AVCA staff and of course other members of the community to create the initial framework of the committee. Their efforts included the installation of signs, recruitment of neighborhood block captains, engaging in active patrols and providing information to the community on safety. Over time and probably due to the fact that the area was devoid of visible crime, the luster of the committee wore off. After a few years the committee no longer met regularly and became inactive. Then a few tragic events within the Village and a few within the immediate area started a resurgence of the committee. The Board President met with residents and the Sheriff to discuss options for the community. Following these meetings the President of the Board, with the full cooperation of other directors, worked with the Sheriff ’s Office for the placement of a “Community Police Officer” within Ashburn Village. This began the next chapter of the NWC and our community’s direct involvement with Community Policing. Through all these efforts, today Ashburn Village is very fortunate to have a specially trained Sheriff ’s Deputy assigned to our patrol area in what amounts to a full-time “cop on the beat” position. We have an office in the Sports Pavilion

dedicated to the Sheriff ’s Office and have purchased some equipment for their use over the past few years that includes a bike, office furniture and a radar unit. Today, our NWC is once again in full swing due to the efforts of several key residents and a committed Board of Directors. In 2009 we would like to make a concerted effort to get as many residents involved in our neighborhood watch program as possible. Many aspects of neighborhood watch have evolved over the years. Active patrols have been replaced with passive ones, and monthly meetings are a thing of the past, having been replaced with training and special event participation. Our goal is to involve as many residents as possible to assist the local authorities with reporting and preventing crime. The committee is planning several events this year to reinforce our commitment to the program and safety of the entire community. If you would like to know more about this very important committee and either volunteer to be a block captain or participate in other ways, please contact Tim Tynyk, ttynyk@ or David Horn, Next, I would like to pass along a few reminders which affect over lakes. In recent years we have seen an overwhelming increase in trash being deposited in the lakes around the Village. Please keep in mind that the primary purpose of our lakes and ponds is to retain storm water. All of the storm water structures on the streets and in parking lots eventually flow into one or more of these bodies of water. As such it is vitally important that you secure your trash on collection days. ( C ontinued on next page)

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Important Numbers Ashburn Library  (703) 737-8100 Ashburn Volunteer Fire Department (703) 729-0006 AVCA Office Direct Dial  (703) 723-7910 Fax Line (703) 478-8583 E-mail Website Dominion Virginia Power  (888) 667-3000 DMV  1(866) 368-5463 Loudoun Co. Animal Control  (703) 777-0406 Loudoun Co. Board of Supervisors  (703) 777-0204 Comment Line  (703) 777-0115 Loudoun Co. Chamber of Commerce  (703) 777-2176 Loudoun Co. Crime Solvers (703) 777-1919 Loudoun Co. Game Warden (703) 777-0445 Loudoun Co. Health Department (703) 777-0236 Loudoun Co. Parks, Recreation & Community Services (703) 777-0343 Loudoun Co. Public Schools (703) 771-6400 Ashburn Elementary (571) 252-2350 Broad Run High School  (571) 252-2300 Dominion Trail Elementary (571) 252-2340 Farmwell Station Middle School  (571) 252-2320 Loudoun Co. Senior Center, Cascades  (703) 430-2397 Loudoun Co. Sheriff ’s Department Administration  (703) 777-0407 Emergency  911 Non Emergency  (703) 777-1021 Community Policing  (703) 729-0581 x123 Loudoun Co. Traffic Hotline  (703) 771-5798 Loudoun Hospital Center  (703) 858-6000 Loudoun Co. Library Administration  (703) 777-0368 Loudoun Co. Planning Department  (703) 777-0246 Building Permits  (703) 777-0220 Miss Utility  1 (800) 552-7001 New Vision Trash and Recycling  (703) 830-7908 Saddle Ridge Apartments  (703) 729-0090 Sequoia Realty-Lakeshore Condos  (703) 723-7960 Sports Pavilion  (703) 729-0581 Virginia State Police  1 (800) 572-4510 Washington Dulles Int’l Airport  (703) 572-2700 Washington Gas  (703) 750-1000 Wingler House Apartments  (703) 858-9507 YMCA of Loudoun County  (703) 777-9622 6

President’s report


This prevents trash from collecting in the storm drains, your neighbor’s yards and our common areas. As an additional reminder, please be very cautious this spring and summer with your lawn treatments. Excess fertilizer runoff from areas near the lakes and ponds exacerbates the growth of algae and other harmful aquatic plant life. The advisors of the board and the Lakes and Ponds Committee are committed to the maintenance of the lakes and ponds for the benefit of all. Your assistance is required to control the costs of these efforts. Without the participation of the residents, we will all pay a hefty price in the future. Finally let me convey a few tidbits of information recently provided to me by Lori Waters, Broad Run District Supervisor. As many of you may have seen in the local papers, the County has entered into an agreement with Shirley Contracting to construct the Loudoun County Parkway/ Route 7 Interchange. This will definitely create some challenges from a commuting perspective but will be well worth the final outcome. Additionally, Russell Branch Parkway construction will commence soon to complete the final section between Ashburn Village Boulevard and Ashburn Road. In addition, the segment of Russell Branch that connects the Boulevard to the Loudoun County Parkway will open soon. Finally, with the recent opening of the Gloucester extension to the Loudoun County Parkway, the intersection of Gloucester and Marblehead has become rather dangerous. Ms. Waters assures me that the County and VDOT are in touch regarding the situation. A plan for a light at this intersection is in the works. Please be cautious in this area until the light array is constructed. With some luck the intersection improvements will be completed within a minimal amount of time. Again, let me wish everyone a Happy New Year. See you around the Village!

B oard Briefs

November Meeting The November 25, 2008 regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the 2008-2009 Board of Directors was called to order at 6:01 p.m. by President M. Doug Carlson. Among other business:

n Received the AVSP management report.

n Received the monthly Community Policing report.

n Tabled discussion of 2009 Comedy Night Pricing to December 16, 2008 meeting.

n Approved the minutes of the October 28, 2008 Board of Directors meeting.

n Received the Facilities and Grounds Manager’s report. Highlights included reports on the remodeling efforts for the community center buildings.

n Received comments from residents in attendance regarding the Association’s tree removal and sign policies. n Received the President’s Report. n Received the Treasurer’s Report. Old Business consisted of the following items: n Tippecanoe Reserved Parking: a revision of the Reserved Parking Policy will be presented at the January 2009 Board of Directors meeting for review and approval. New Business consisted of the following items: n Authorized the General Manager to enter into a bridge replacement contract not to exceed $60,000. n Approved: the writing off of remaining balances for accounting purposes, for the following properties as recommended by Collections counsel- 21011 Kittanning Lane, 20935 Winola Terrace, 21105 Mossy Glen Terrace, 20718 Apollo Terrace, and 44253 Litchfield Terrace. n Rescheduled December 2008 Board of Directors meeting to Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. n Approved the nomination of Dave Horn as Co-Chairperson of the Neighborhood Watch Committee. n Adopted the Tree Removal and Replacement Policy as submitted.

n Received the Resident Services Manager’s report. Highlights included statistics of the 2008 lot by lot process. n Committee reports and minutes were reviewed. The following lawn and landscaping violations were cured; the association took no further action: n 44213 Litchfield Terrace n 21092 Mossy Glen Terrace n 21100 Mossy Glen The following properties were assessed for trash and recycling violations. Assessments will be waived if properties are brought into compliance by the compliance deadline: n 44027 Florence Terrace n 44199 Litchfield Terrace n 44235 Litchfield Terrace n 21092 Mossy Glen Terrace n 44128 Paget Terrace The following property was assessed for property maintenance violations. Assessments will be waived if the property is brought into compliance by the deadline: n 21332 Victoria’s Cross Terrace ( C ontinued on nex t page)

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B oard Briefs


The following properties were assessed for vehicle violations. Assessments will be waived if the property is brought into compliance by the compliance deadline: n 44023 Florence Terrace n 43962 Maiden Creek Court The following property was assessed for vehicle violations with assessment to be applied to the property immediately: n 44166 Paget Terrace The Board went into Executive Session at 8:36 p.m.

The Board came out of Executive Session at 10:29 p.m. n The Board approved leasing a maintenance facility from the recommended company out of three companies bidding and authorized the General Manager to enter into a five year lease with five year option at a lease cost not to exceed $65,000 for the first year. n Approved the one time continuance of the violation hearing for 44030 Cheltenham Circle to December 16, 2008. The meeting adjourned at 10:40 p.m.

Facts About A shburn Village

Did You Know? The lakes and ponds are some of the features that make Ashburn Village a special place to live. There are actually seven lakes which belong to the Association and therefore to all homeowners. They include, from north to south, n Pavilion Lake n Tippecanoe Pond n Lake Ashburn n Alder, Beech and Cedar Ponds n Lake Killawog Some sharp readers might notice that Heron Pond, the small body of water next to the Association office, is not included. This pond still belongs to the Developer. These seven lakes have about 70 acres of open water depending on the time of the year. In addition they include about 5.8 miles of shore line. These lakes are also the home to or rest stop for lesser green and great blue herons, kingfishers, goldfinches, egrets, pintail ducks and loons among 8

other birds. Amphibians recently observed include painted, stinkpot, and box turtles; tree frogs, peepers, and bullfrogs again among others. Butterflies observed included monarchs, cabbage whites, fritilleries, singlespots, zebra swallowtails, orange and dainty sulphurs, and hairstreaks, Because these lakes and ponds are classified under Virginia law as “storm management ponds� there are special reporting and inspection requirements imposed on the Association. In addition because a portion of the woods surrounding Lake Killawog is designated as wetlands, the US Army Corps of Engineers gets a say as well. Rules and regulations are dictated to the Association by these jurisdictions. For example the type of vegetation permitted on a dam is very limited. What does all this mean to a homeowner? You have some great resources available to you and your family as a result of your choice of Ashburn Village as your home. The next warm day this winter or the first day of spring take a walk around the lake closest to you and enjoy the beauty of your Village.

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What You Might See Going On in the Village in December Bridge Work on Pavilion Lake – Although not immediately evident to most homeowners, we have made good progress on the bridge replacement. If all goes well, by the time you read this we will have released the RFP and will be receiving proposals. The County has been very supportive to our efforts, and we hope to be ready to begin work in early January. The first visible signs will be digging and pouring concrete for the two abutments to secure the ends of the new bridge. After that has cured, we will be bringing in a crane to take out the old bridge and pilings and put the new bridge in place. The new bridge will be a clear span bridge and will be fully ADA compliant. Although we will minimize the impact, there will be the need to temporarily restrict parking for very short periods of time in the Lakeshore Condominiums to permit the heavy equipment to move in and out. We are still on target to finish in February 2009. Tree Removal Work – Over October and November we have removed dead trees and shrubs from the common areas in the north end of the Village. This covers the area west of the Boulevard from the north side of Lake Ashburn to the front of the Village and the area east of the Boulevard from Capital Community Church to

the front of the Village. Some of those trees will be replaced this winter while other open spots will be sodded or seeded in the spring. In the fall of 2009 if funds are available we hope to continue the work further south along the Boulevard. Landscape Restoration Project – The first area is approximately bounded by the Village limits on the north, Marblehead to the east, Gloucester Parkway to the south, and Wingler House to the west. It will include Lake Killawog but will not include the County Parks-owned recreation facility. The second area is approximately bounded by Gloucester Parkway to the north, Farmwell Middle School to the west and Ashburn Meadows to the east. It will not include either Four Seasons or Ashburn Meadows since their common land does not belong to the Association. Work has begun on planting new trees and shrubs in the Lake Killawog area. This will continue for several weeks. If all goes well we will begin the installation of a new trail along the west side of Lake Killawog to connect to the existing trails. We will also begin the renovation of the trail through Killawog Woods. The new trail will deviate in several places from the old trail as a result of Army Corps of Engineer, reviews of the wetlands. Finally, in early 2009 we hope to begin the construction of the new entrance feature along Gloucester Parkway. If you have any questions on these three items, please contact the Office at 703-723-7910 or by email at

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common interest communities survey

Participants Needed by January 31, 2009 Hannah Wiseman, a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, is conducting a survey of residents in common interest communities, defined for the purposes of the survey as communities wherein residents agree to a common set of conditions, covenants, and restrictions enforced by a homeowners’ or similar association. The survey is online at https://www. NYSrDjsA_3d_3d and will run through January 31, 2009. Survey respondents’ identities will not be revealed, and the survey is encrypted. She hopes to receive at least three hundred responses, so please pass on the word to anyone who might be interested in contributing to her research. Ms. Wiseman is originally from New Hampshire but in 2007 moved to Austin, Texas, with her husband, who was born and raised in Austin. Ms. Wiseman first became interested in residents’ community-related preferences when studying land use with Robert Ellickson at Yale Law School. Ellickson inspired students to think about methods initiated by neighbors to avoid nuisances and incompatible uses. Ellickson suggested that many neighbors may reach private agreements about appropriate uses of property without government intervention. But after moving to Austin, to a neighborhood close to the center of the city, Ms. Wiseman wondered whether the costs of individual bargaining are unusually high in cities and suburbs. In such areas, residents often move in and out as jobs and circumstances change, forcing residents to repeat the bargaining process with new neighbors with each move. As a result, she wondered whether reaching a single up-front agreement as to aesthetics and uses of property – as is done through the conditions, covenants, and restrictions in common interest communities – might be a preferred method of neighbor “bargaining.” She also wondered whether people had other reasons for preferring these communities. 10

When Ms. Wiseman began studying common interest communities, however, she found a dearth of recent legal literature on the topic. Planners, sociologists, and psychologists studied common interest communities in the 1990s and concluded that residents generally move to them for two reasons: to live in a safer place and to preserve property values. While many people do prefer these communities for these reasons, Ms. Wiseman believes that there is more to the story. Some of the existing research has begun to delve into this story, but it is not fully up-to-date and has not answered Ms. Wiseman’s specific research questions. Edward Blakely and Gail Snyder. For example, sent out more than 7,000 surveys to community association boards and organized focus groups in Texas, California, and Florida in 1995. They concluded in their book Fortress America that in addition to preferring common interest communities for reasons of security and property values, residents also “want control over their homes, their streets, their neighborhoods.” Ms. Wiseman wants to know more, however, about the type of control residents seek, and how they are achieving such control. Are people moving to common interest communities to ensure that industrial or commercial development does not encroach upon their residential neighborhood? To have a more “local” government in the form of a homeowners’ or community association? To find an architecturally pleasing community, with quiet streets and sidewalks where their children can play? To find neighbors with similar interests and ideals? Or for reasons entirely unrelated to these? Ms. Wiseman surmises that there are many reasons for the increasing popularity of these communities, and that many of them differ by resident and region. A private subdivision for retirees will of course differ from one that is conveniently located near jobs and schools. Furthermore, many ( C ontinued on next page)

common interest communities survey people may be moving to these types of communities simply because so many are being built, or for affordability and location. But to move her research further, she believes the answers will best be provided by the residents themselves. Ms. Wiseman hopes that you will consider participating in her short, ten-question survey online

at dAFijUlceVBKVNYSrDjsA_3d_3d. She is also seeking out residents who would be willing to give more in-depth answers over the phone. She can be reached at 512-232-3646 or hwiseman@law. She plans to share the survey results with anyone interested in seeing them.

Safety T IPS you can use

Here’s a Refresher Course: Driving in Snow Before you start: Clear the snow and ice off your whole car, (not just the windows) so you have an unobstructed view of the road. Don’t forget to clean the headlights. Carry a cell phone, shovel, sand or kitty litter, snacks and water in case you get stuck. After a big snow, don’t leave until the snow plows and sanding trucks have done their work. For a frozen door lock, heat the end of the key with a match. Turn your lights on when you leave. n When renting a car during bad weather, ask for one with four-wheel drive. It won’t solve all driving problems, but four-wheel drive can help you get through snow. Drive slowly. n If you don’t have much experience driving in winter conditions, practice your moves and check your car’s response in a vacant parking lot before starting your trip. In January 2008, warmer climes, such as in Atlanta, had a mix of snow and sleet. On the road: Drive slowly and leave three times the amount of space you normally allow between your car and the one ahead. Don’t use cruise control. To stop, brake gently. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake. In a skid: If your rear wheels skid, stop accelerating and steer in the direction you want the front wheels to go. Apply anti-lock brakes with steady pressure. If you have standard brakes, pump them gently. What if you get stuck? It can happen in your yard, in front of a house, or anywhere you happen to slide off the road for even a few feet. When it does, don’t spin your wheels. n Turn the wheels from side to side to push away the snow. Use a light touch to ease your car out. If that doesn’t work, use a shovel to clear the snow from the wheels and underside of the car and put sand under the wheels. Try gently rocking the vehicle back and forth.

n Don’t gun the engine repeatedly, or you could ruin the transmission. If none of this works, dial up a tow truck. Have a snack and a drink of water. Call your boss to say you’ll be late, then just relax and wait for help.

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Around the village Crishana L. Loritsch, CMCA®, AMS® Resident Services Manager

As many people’s thoughts turn to New Year’s resolutions, I wonder if the word resolution has lost its significance. Resolve means to make a firm decision about something. But if any of our Villager readers are like me, “firm” decisions that I made in January become pretty lax by March. Let’s break the cycle and resolve to make choices, decisions, goals, and plans to better our lives and the lives of those around us. Resolve to Get Involved! There are several committees within the Ashburn Village Community Association (AVCA) that could use some new blood to infuse the group and continue the momentum. Got a green thumb and know your way around the garden? Consider joining the Facilities and Grounds Committee. Do your favorite memories from growing up include spending hours at the lake? Consider joining the Lakes and Ponds Committee. Are you a good look out? Consider joining the Neighborhood Watch Committee. Do you have an eye for detail? Consider joining the Architectural and Environmental Committee. Check out the AVCA calendar at the back of the Villager for a schedule of committee meetings that interest you.

Resolve to Stay Fit! Residents enjoy a wonderful amenity in the Sports Pavilion and yet I have residents tell me quite often that they don’t use the Pavilion. Why? It’s convenient. There is a variety of class offerings designed to appeal to every walk of life. The Pavilion features state of the art equipment designed to help you meet your health and fitness goals. It truly is the crown jewel of the community and one that should be enjoyed to its fullest. Be sure to take advantage of what other communities in surrounding communities covet. You’ll be healthier for it.

Resolve to Keep Looking Good! Now that we have taken care of ourselves, let’s resolve to take care of our properties. Does your front door need a fresh coat of paint? Has your garage door seen better days? Could your lawn and land12

scaping benefit from fertilization? Take the time to budget for those items now so that you can schedule your necessary repairs when the time comes. Don’t get caught behind once the lot by lot inspection process starts. Good contractors book early so don’t procrastinate. Plan your repairs today.

Resolve to Keep the Association Informed! Have you moved outside of the area but still maintain your home in the Village? Have you recently changed your name? Please be sure to contact the AVCA office with the appropriate documentation so that we may update your information in our files. Another way you can keep the AVCA informed is to contact us with any issues or concerns you have regarding the Village. If you notice something that may be in contradiction to the association’s rules and regulations, please let us know. We rely on our residents to keep us abreast of issues and concerns such as these which often happen outside of normal business hours. Is there a streetlight out? Call us so that we can get it taken care of in a timely manner. We appreciate the efforts of our residents in helping us make the Village a wonderful place in which to live and work.

We Resolve Too! On behalf of the Covenants Department and the rest of the AVCA staff, we are committed to providing the best service to our residents and we value your input. Don’t hesitate to drop me a line anytime you have a suggestion, question, comment or even gripe. I’d love to hear from you! Best wishes for a safe and prosperous New Year!

Business E TIQU E TTE

Who Thinks Manners are Important? It’s All About How You Treat Others More than 80 years have passed since Emily Post wrote her first book on etiquette. In 1922, people thought everyone was rude. That attitude is more in the spotlight today, according to Peggy Post, director of the Emily Post Institute. Post reminds us that manners are not mainly about which fork to use. They are about how we treat each other. In the workplace, manners begin with simple words like please, thank you and good morning. During hurried and difficult times, manners are about maintaining an attitude of respect for others, regardless of what their jobs may be. When fellow workers feel they are valued, they work better and cooperate more fully. Good manners grease the wheels of an operation. The updated 2004 version of Emily Post’s Etiquette still gives information on how to properly set the table and hold weddings, funerals and parties. It also urges people to be courteous in their email and to act properly in a theater. Like law and language, etiquette changes with the times. There have been 17 editions of Etiquette

between 1922 and 2004. They have sold more than 2.6 million copies. Unfortunately, libraries report that it’s the second most-stolen book, second only to the Bible. Post is the subject of a new biography on her life; Emily Post, Daughter of the Gilded Age, Mistress of American Manners, by Laura Claridge. Post’s life was not an easy one, but like successful women today, she persevered.

Now Notarizing! The Ashburn Village Community Association is happy to announce that Notary Services are now available to Village residents – FREE! Residents must be in good standing with no balances due. Not a resident of The Village? That’s okay; Notary Services are available for a minimal fee of $2 per document. Please call ahead for an appointment at 703-723-7910. The Villager

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G eorge mason

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Lifelong Learning at GMU in Loudoun County invites you to join us for the winter 2009 term and beyond! Whether you have been here before, attended as a guest, or are just learning about us, you can be part of the college classroom experience, live, within Loudoun County.

OLLI has a great program: n History of Reading with Nancy Robinson n The Blogosphere with Ray Beery (Computer Lab) n Seminar in Science and Technology n Marcel Proust with Michael Coyne n Medical Updates with Lynda Hollidge n Basic Word Processing with Charlie Pryor (Computer Lab) n Learn Mah Jongg with Pat Coshland n Creative Writing Workshop with Madeline Lynn

OLLI members enjoying a class

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) offers intellectual and cultural experiences in a welcoming atmosphere to Loudoun residents in their retirement years.

n Our Sports Neighbors with Ram Krisn n Explorations in Religion

• Enjoy learning with no homework, no exams, no required college degree, no age threshold.

n Art Workshop with Sigrid Blalock

• Ninety-minute classes meet between 10:30 am and 3:30 pm on weekdays (Monday – Thursday) during four terms for a total of 26 weeks per year.

n Financial Planning with Eric Showalter

• One annual fee of $125 covers an unlimited number of courses and special events for a whole year. The winter term is four weeks beginning January 26, 2009. Ask for a catalog to be delivered in midDecember.


n Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation Videos

n George Marshall with Rachel Thompson

n Paris is Forever with Vera Wentworth Contact us: Voice mail 703-993-4488. Emails to The Loudoun campus is at 21641 Ridgetop Circle in Sterling (same building as the County Treasurer).

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Goals for 2009 Timothy Tynyk

It’s a new year and unlike the tradition of making resolutions, I prefer to set goals and make plans. And that’s just what your Neighborhood Watch Committee has been doing during the month of December. So this month I would like to share the committee’s goals and plans for 2009 and ask you to consider joining a great group of volunteers. This year Neighborhood Watch has five major goals. Still number one on the list is growing our membership, which currently stands around 50. By the end of the year we want to at least double membership so we have set our hard number as 100 members. Additionally, our second priority is to have at least one section coordinator for each of the seven sections in the village. Currently we have two sections without designated coordinators and we feel it’s imperative to have coordinators in each section for the program to function correctly and efficiently. Our third goal is to get the word out, to let people know what Neighborhood Watch is all about, how it benefits the community and how they can help. in 2009 we intend to have at least one major informational recruiting event each quarter, which will include attending Village events, Halloween bag handouts and providing educational and informative material to residents.

Once the training is done, it’s time to relax and enjoy the good fun and company of our neighbors, A.K.A. parties. For our fifth goal in 2009, we intend to promote and encourage two block parties, one for spring, probably in April, and one for the fall to coincide with National Night Out in August. Last year’s block parties were a great success so I expect the number of neighborhoods participating to be even greater and the parties to be even bigger and better. Last year we kept and started the rebuilding of our program. This year we grow and improve the program. Remember, being a member of Neighborhood Watch is very passive. You can even do it from the comfort of your home. It’s all about looking out for each other and each other’s property. The amount of time you devote is entirely up to you and any involvement is going to be valuable and helpful to our community. If you would like to volunteer, we would love to have your help. Our meetings are every second Tuesday of the month at the Lakes Recreation Center at 7:00 p.m. We look forward to hearing what you have to say. Have a wonderful and happy New Year. Don’t react to headlines; help prevent them, Join Neighborhood Watch!

Education and information are key to having a safe community, which means we can’t forget about the need to train and inform our residents. Therefore, our fourth goal is to have at least two, preferably three training sessions taught by the Sheriff ’s department on topics such as home security, gang awareness and crime prevention. The Villager

JAN 09


ashburn volunteer fire rescue department

Notes From Your Neighbors… Karleen Hagan Chair (703) 729-2103 Barbara J Murphy (703) 729-2051

My name is Terry the Traumasaurus, and I am a paramedic dinosaur whose job it is to help promote the well being and safety of children in the Ashburn community. I am big, friendly and green. My friends say I am cuddly, too! I really like children and they like me. I have found they understand what I have to say to help them stay safe, and to learn good habits. I will be bringing you safety tips all year long. After all, accidents are preventable!! Boys & Girls – this message is for Moms & Dads - so they can keep you safe.

Winter Safety • Be prepared – for cold/nasty weather o Plan your travel and check the latest weather reports to avoid the storm! o Fully check and winterize your vehicle before the winter season begins. • In your cars or truck... o Carry a WINTER STORM SURVIVAL KIT: • first-aid kit • knife • a survival blanket or two • high-calorie, non-perishable food • extra clothing to keep dry • a large empty can and plastic cover with tissues and paper towels for sanitary purposes • sack of sand (or cat litter) • shovel • windshield scraper and brush • booster cables • water container o Keep your gas tank near full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.

Interested in Becoming a Firefighter/EMT? We are always looking for new members. We NEED You!! We promise great job satisfaction – being there and trained to help your friends and neighbors when they need you! FREE training! Call 703-729-0006, or stop by the fire station & pick up an application. Prospective Member Meetings are held the last Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m. at the AVFRD, 20688 Ashburn Rd. Firefighter Mike Crisafulli uses a pike pole to vent the smoke

16 This is a community message from the Ashburn Volunteer Fire Rescue Department. “We never have enough volunteers”

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Pancake Breakfast January 4 20688 Ashburn Rd.

Laura Keister & her BFF were among the 460 that attended December breakfast

First Sunday of every month. Next dates: January 4, February 1, March 1, 2009, 8 a.m. till noon, Adults $6.00, Ages 3-8 $4.00, & Seniors $5.00, under 3 is free. Bring your camera; Terry the Traumasaurus will be making an appearance for great picture taking.

Join us for “Kid’s Corner” Every month will feature a new surprise, a visit by a special guest, a craft project, etc. As always there is an opportunity for child and adult to tour the fire engines and ambulances that protect you every day. If you have a youth group that requires community service hours, please contact 703-729-2103 or 703-729-2051.

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Ashburn Girl Scouts Honor Fallen Soldiers Ashburn Girl Scouts from Troop 6369, along with their dads, went to Quantico Cemetery on December 6, 2008 to lay wreaths on the graves of fallen soldiers as part of the National Wreath Project. The troop donated 15 wreaths for this event and helped to lay 2,200 wreaths that day. National Wreath Project is an extension of a program started two years ago by John and Susan McColley and the Sgt. Mac Foundation. The McColleys are parents of Gettysburg native and United States Marine Corps Sergeant Eric McColley who was killed along with seven other Marines and two Airmen in a helicopter accident in the Horn of Africa on February 17, 2006. Last year the Foundation placed 2,100 wreaths on graves at Quantico National Cemetery where Eric is interred. In attendance this year from Troop 6369 were Scott, Cassie and Regan Holstein; Andrew, Kira and Katy Shinas; Paul and Kelsie VanderVoort;

Winston and Rita Beauchamp; Dan, Russell and Lydia Smith; and Mike and Amanda Lang. For more information on other activities sponsored by Ashburn’s Girl Scout Service Unit 70-10, please contact Joanne Poesch, Local Press Representative, at or 703-858-9560. The Villager

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Holiday Light Tour Winners The Villager would like to congratulate all the finalists. The holidays really demonstrate community fun in a way that only incandesent light and unmentioned electic bills can deliver. Thank you to all the participants for your hard work again this year. As always, we genuinely enjoy it! Single Family Homes

1st Place “A Griswald Christmas” 43861 Cowgill Ct.

2nd Place

3rd Place

“Rudolph & The Nutcrackers”

“Christmas Extravaganza”

43860 Delightful Pl.

44140 Merrywood Ct. Townhomes

1st Place “Santa Town” 43954 Kittshill Terr.

2nd Place

3rd Place

“Santa Comes to Ashburn Village”

“Winter Fun”

21033 Laporte Terr. 18

44315 Susan Sq.

On the Home Scene

Tenants Beware Recently, local papers reported on a tenant who rented a townhouse and then was evicted a couple of months later. What happened? The tenant did what she agreed to do – signed the lease, lived up to the terms, and paid the rent. The problem was that the landlord did not make the loan payment, and the lender foreclosed. I was surprised by the impact of this article; this is not a new problem. However, we have seen an increased number of these situations in the last couple of years. In addition to property owners who have been hit by adjusting rates or economic problems, we now have homeowners, who never intended to be landlords, forced into renting and not knowing how to manage it. Even worse, we have “investors” who take advantage of the hot rental market, not knowing how or unwilling to manage the investment. (Please note this is not true of all of investors – most do educate themselves and manage their investments.) How can tenants protect themselves from this situation? Short of sending rent that covers the entire loan payment directly to the lender, they can’t. Typically leases are subject to the Deed of Trust. In addition, the agreement is with the owner at the time of the lease, not the new owner. There are, however, a few things that can be done to help assess the risk: n Check the local real estate records. Things to look for include: • Are the taxes paid current? If the owner is not paying the real estate taxes, chances are the loan is not being paid either. • When did the current owner purchase the property? How much did the current

Ashburn Activity (Zip Codes 20147, 20148 as of 12/12/08): Active listings..........................291 Under contract.......................110 Sold in last month.....................47 Approx. 6 months of inventory on the market.

Jeanne Siracuse, ABR, Realtor Weichert, Realtors – Ashburn Cell 703.999.6640/Office 703.726.3909

owner pay? Is it feasible that the rent covers the loan payment? If not, what makes up the difference? n Ask to see the most recent loan statement. Is the loan current? This won’t protect from future defaults, but will at least show a history. n Ask for landlord references. Call the HOA to see if the dues are current. n The Internet is a wonderful place to find reports of previous incidents. Search on the landlord and local legal notices. If you find yourself in this situation – NEGOTIATE!!! Talk to the new owner about a lease. It may be better for the new owner to have that income than an empty property. Or negotiate “cash for keys” to assist with moving costs. If a bank took back the property, consider if you want to purchase. This may be best for you and the bank: limited competition in the bidding process, no move, and you know the property. If purchasing, get representation. I promise you the bank will have it. I wish you the very best in the new year. The Villager

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Hours of Operation Monday - Friday: 5:00a.m. - 10:00p.m. Saturday - Sunday: 7:00a.m. - 8:00p.m. 20585 Ashburn Village Boulevard

Welcome to 2009. Join us this year to start the year off right. We can leave all those empty promises of making it to the gym on a regular basis in 2008. The AVSP wants to institute new health and exercise habits with you. This is the year of change. To help kick it off, we have equipped you with an array of programs designed to give you the knowledge you need to make right decisions this year. We encourage you to check out our new programs Shred It and Group Personal Training Fitness Challenge. Each program offers different approaches to fitness, targeting specific goals to achieve. ttt


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Shred it is a signature program designed to improve the body’s health and composition. It consists of group personal training, specialized group exercise classes, and nutritional tip seminars for a full 8 weeks. We are offering two sessions that you may sign up for. t4FTTJPONFFUTPO.POEBZT & Wednesdays frPN BN 4BUVrdays frPN BNTUBrUJOH+BOVBSZUI t4FTTJPONFFUTPOTuesdays & Fridays frPNQN  4BUVrdays frPNBN starUJOH+BOVBSZUI $PTUGPSNFNCFST GPS non-members. 8 Weeks of Group Exercise/ Group PerTPOBMUSBJOJOHJODMVEFT t"DPNQMFUFVQQFSBOEMPXFSCPEZ workout t4QFDJBMJ[FEUSBJOJOHUPBDDPNNPEBUF all levels of fitness tTailored training sessions that entail a dynamic and unique workout to help strengthen and firm all muscle groups. The certified fitness staff will provide the necessary tools for variety, direction, instruction, and motivation. In addition to group exercise and personal training, the program includes nutritional tip seminars. These seminars will provide you with inspiring information that you need to reach your desired goal and shred it for good!

Group Personal Training Fitness Challenge is a new program that gives you the attention of personal training, but in a small group setting. t'PSTJYXFFLT Hroups of four will meet twice a week. t$MBTTPffered at various times t'VMMCPEZDPNQPTJUJPOBOBMZTJTDPOEVDUFEBU CFHJOOJOHBOEFOEPGXFFLTFTTJPO t1SJ[FTBXBrded to most improved participants "TBCPOVT BMMQBrticipants will be offerFEPff their next personal training package, so long as the package is purchased during the period of the Fitness Challenge, and excluding the Foundations Package. This offer applies to group or private personal training sessions. The cost of the prPHSBNJTGPSXFFLT  sessions). Ensure your spot today by signing up at the Front Desk and start making the difference! Refer UPQBHFGPSNPre offered fee-based fitness programs.

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fiscal year 2009 budget summary

2009 Operating Budget and Annual Assessment Approved The Fiscal Year 2009 Annual Operating Budget was approved by the Board of Directors during their meeting on October 28, 2008. The 2009 Annual Operating Budget Summary (shown below) provides a summary of the budget. The Fiscal Year 2009 Annual Assessment Notice (facing page) provides a comparison of the 2008 assessments currently in place to the newly approved 2009 assessments by dwelling type. The 2009 assessments were also approved by the Board of Directors during their meeting on October 28, 2008 and are effective January 1, 2009. Homeowners who pay by check or who use an automatic banking function should note any change in payment amount for their January 2009 payment. Questions about the 2009 Budget Summary or Assessment Notice should be directed to Gail Ogle, Finance Manager, at (703) 723-7910, x103 or TOTAL AVCA 2009 ANNUAL OPERATING BUDGET SUMMARY INCOME Assessment Income Other Income Special Income TOTAL INCOME

$ 5,911,943 $ 358,100 $ 1,158,448 $ 7,428,491

EXPENSE General Common Expenses General Assessment equals General Expenses, less Other Income, Commercial Income, Builder Assessments and Deferred Assessments divided by total unit months for all SFD, TH, CONDO and MF dwellings. Administrative Expense General Operating Expense General Services/Utilities Expense

$ 1,618,363 $ 1,479,211 $ 443,390

Townhome Limited Common Expense Townhome Limited Common Expense TH Services/Utilities Limited Common Expense Services/Utilities (Gala Circle) TH Refuse/Recycling Limited Common Expense

$ $ $ $

203,176 --10,783 436,320

Single Family Detached Limited Common Expense Single Family Detached Limited Common Expense SFD Services/Utilities Limited Common Expense SFD Refuse/Recycling Limited Common Expense

$ $ $

27,336 --361,200


Recreational Facilities Limited Common Expense Recreational Facilities Limited Common Expense RF Services/Utilities Limited Common Expense RF AVSP Services/Utilities Limited Common Expense RF AVSP Limited Common Expense Special Expense TOTAL EXPENSE

$ 617,054 $ 44,223 $ 151,597 $ 877,390 $ 1,158,448 $ 7,428,491

AVCA 2009 ANNUAL ASSESSMENT NOTICE Assessment (Per Unit Per Month) 2008 Single Family Detached $ 102.57 Townhome1 $ 98.52 Gala Circle TH $ 112.24 Age-Restricted TH $ 118.04 Condominium $ 84.57 Age-Restricted Condos $ 86.57 Multi-family $ 45.08 Commercial $ 0.3927/sq. ft.

2009 $ 106.92 $ 106.59 $ 116.80 $ 124.59 $ 85.41 $ 85.41 $ 52.30 $ 0.3927/sq. ft.

% Increase 4.2% 8.2% 4.1% 5.6% 1.0% -1.3% 16.0% 0%

General and Limited Common Expense Breakdown (PUPM) FY 2009 Applicable Units General Common Expenses $ 2,739,474 SFD, TH, CONDO, MF General Services/Utilities $ 443,390 SFD, TH, CONDO, MF Fire & Rescue Squad Fee $ --- SFD, TH, CONDO, MF 2 $ --- AR CONDOS Age-Restricted Condo Management Fee Townhome LCE TH Services/Utilities LCE Gala Circle TH Services/Utilities LCE TH Refuse/Recycling Age-Restricted TH

$ 179,848 $ --- $ 10,783 $ 436,320 $ 23,328


Single Family Detached LCE SFD Services/Utilities LCE SFD Refuse/Recycling LCE

$ 27,336 $ $ 361,200


Recreational Facilities LCE RF Services/Utilities LCE RF AVSP Services/Utilities LCE RF AVSP LCE

$ 617,054 $ 44,223 $ 151,597 $ 877,390



2008 Townhome assessment included a minimal contribution to Reserves. The 2009 assessment includes a return to normal Reserve component contribution. This is the reason for the large percentage increase. 2 No longer applicable 1

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Jump Start

your Fitness Goals • Classes Begin Second Week in January. Sign up early! January Group Exercise Program of the Month Cardio Spin & Sculpt

Instructor: Laura & Theresa Days: Mondays at 5:15pm with Laura Thursdays at 7:15pm with Laura & Theresa Cost: FREE

Reformer Pilates Mixed Levels

Instructor: Stephanie Niday Days: Saturdays, January 3 - February 21 Time: Beginners, 12:30 - 1:30pm Advanced, 1:00 - 2:00pm Cost: $60, Members for 8 Classes $82, Non-members $10, Member Drop-in

Basic Self Defense Techniques for Women

Instructor: Olena Koloyimets Days: January 11 - March 1 Time: Sundays, 6:00pm Cost: $180, Members for 8 Classes $264, Non-members

Instructor: Chuck Abbott Days: January 3 - February 14 (No Class Feb. 7) Time: Saturdays, 11:15am Cost: $60 for 6 Classes

Reformer Pilates Level III

Teen Weight Training

Instructor: Olena Koloyimets Days: January 12 - March 2 Time: Mondays, 4:00pm Cost: $180, Members for 8 Classes $264, Non-members

Reformer Pilates Level I/II

Instructor: Jen Birchmeier Days: Every week, starting January 14 Time: Wednesdays & Fridays, 4:30 - 5:30pm Cost: $15 for 2 Classes

Yoga Kid Fit

Instructor: Olena Koloyimets Days: January 13 - Feb. 5; Feb. 10 - March 5 Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:30am Cost: $180, Members for 8 Classes $264, Non-Members

Instructor: Lorraine Rosati Days: FREE Demo Class Jan. 8, 4:30 - 5:15 January 13 - February 5; Feb. 10 - March 5 Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:30 - 5:15pm Cost: $60 for 8 Classes Ages: 8 - 10 Years Old

Fit Camp

Youth Zumba

Instructor: Kristin Tan Days: January 14 - March 4 Time: Wednesdays, 5:30am Cost: $60 for 8 Classes $10, Member Drop-in

Tai Chi * Takes place at Woods Rec. Center Instructor: Bernadette O’Donnell Days: January 26th - March 30th Time: Mondays, 1:00pm Cost: $95 for 10 Classes


Belly Dancing: American Tribal Style

Instructor: Cathy Camino Days: Wednesdays, 4:00pm Cost: FREE Ages: 12 - 15 Years Old

Ashburn Village

Group Swim Registration The January Ashburn Village Resident swim lesson registration will begin on January 2 at 7:00pm and end January 15. To download a registration packet visit www. For more information on group or private swim lessons, please contact Andre Guice, Aquatics Director at (703) 7290581, ext. 116 or Ashburn Village collected new gifts for the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter.

Program Price Increases Each year, the AVSP staff evaluates our pricing structure for all of our programs to make sure we are offering them at a cost that provides our members the highest quality programs led by the best instructors in the area.

Abrakadoodle’s new art program ignites the creative side of children by introducing them to different mediums. They learn about drawing, patterning, perspective, creating unusual environments, and other techniques. Take a Masterpiece home every time.

Program price increases are now in effect. If you have any questions regarding any price increases, please contact the Front Desk at 703-7290581, ext. 0.

Date: January 13 - February 3 January 15 - February 5 Time: Pre-Kindergarten (2-3 years) Tuesdays, 10:00 - 10:45am Kindergarten (3-5 years) Tuesdays, 11:00 - 11:45am Elementary (5+ years) Thursdays, 5:00 - 5:45pm Cost: $68 for 4 Classes, Residents $83 for 4 Classes, Non-Residents Register now at the AVSP Front Desk!

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Pinching Pennies on Your Pets Dr. Steve Velling

With the economy the way it is, we’re all watching where our dollars go. That goes for pet care, too. By focusing on prevention, you will keep your pet healthy and avoid expensive procedures without sacrificing Fluffy or Fido’s health. Here are some tips: Keep pets fit and trim – Many pets we see are overweight, and that extra weight increases the chance of some serious health threats such as arthritis, diabetes, or cancer. To help maintain a normal weight on your pal (you know when you can feel the ribs on your dog, or see a waist line on your cat), make sure to measure your pet’s food (with an actual measuring cup – not a “coffee can”!), minimize the treats, and work in a daily exercise regimen. ( Continued on ne x t page)


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Do It Yourself – You can learn basic grooming at home, from bathing to nail trims. Don’t know how? Ask your groomer or vet how they do it and you can save some money! Also, learn to brush your pet’s teeth, or find the right chew toys to use to lengthen the time between potentially pricey cleanings. Buy Smart – You can still buy toys for Shadow or Sadie, but you don’t need to get designer clothes, collars or pillows. Also, when getting food or litter, buy in bulk to take advantage of the savings, and store the product in airtight containers. Work with your Vet – Ask your vet if Bowzer or Brenda need all the shots that they are recommending (but don’t stop going in at least once a year). Wellness exams can spot problems when

they are smaller and usually easier to treat. And ask your veterinarian to write prescriptions for expensive medications that can be filled at wholesale places like Costco, or to prescribe the generic form when possible. Finally, take advantage of monthly specials that some veterinarians offer. Be Prepared – Pet insurance is growing in popularity because many people don’t want the cost of treating their four-legged friend to dictate whether they seek veterinary care or not. There are many different plans and options (I like Pets Best Insurance personally), so check them out before deciding. I hope you are all weathering the financial storms we’re going through, and I wish all of you a happy and healthy holiday season, and all the best for 2009!

Technology and You

Public Wi-Fi Services Are Often Not Encrypted It pays to be wary when using wireless services in coffee shops, airports and hotels. They are almost always not encrypted, which means anyone else on the network who is equipped with available software can easily read your transmissions. When there is a form of encrpyption, it’s usually a Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) system that is easily broken. The editors of Business Week say you should not connect to just any public Wi-Fi network, and never connect to “ad hoc” or “peer-to-peer” wireless networks. Be sure not to send private information over a network that doesn’t use a secure site. Look for wireless networks that use Wi-Fi Protected Access. The Villager

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Health N E WS you can use

To Perk up Your Memory: Take a Walk and Eat a Fish Though they are some distance from each other in your body, your heart and your brain are linked. Doctors at the American Heart Association say that when the brain is fueled by plenty of oxygen-rich blood, it works much better and can even reduce age-related tissue damage. Brain tissue is vital for memory and cognitive function. To keep your blood pumping and your brain functioning at its best, take a brisk walk every day or get some other exercise, whether it’s in the gym or around the block. What you eat also affects how well you remember someone’s name or what you were thinking about before you were interrupted. Omega-3s found

in fish and fish oil promote healthy brain functioning. They contain DHA and EPA that are both vital to proper functioning of the brain. If you don’t eat fish regularly, a supplement is advised. Fish oil can make you look better, too. It gives skin a more vibrant look by enhancing the production of collagen and elastin. Fish oil lowers the risk of heart disease by increasing HDL, the good cholesterol, and it increases serotonin production, a hormone that tends to make people happy. It also reduces inflammatory pain from arthritis and reduces or eliminates dry eye syndrome. So take a walk and eat a fish. Don’t forget.

Oatmeal with Raisins: A convenient, sweet dish for a cold winter day Would you like to protect your heart, fight cancer, boost your bones and have a sweet treat for breakfast? A toaster pastry won’t do it, but a dish that’s almost as convenient will. Try oatmeal and raisins. You might be too busy to cook, but placing equal amounts of regular oatmeal and water (2/3 cup) in the microwave, adding a handful of raisins and cooking for a minute and 20 seconds will bring you a great breakfast. n I t has a chewy, sweet, nut-like flavor. Raisins are called “nature’s candy,” but you can also add fake sugar to sweeten even more without adding calories. nU se regular oatmeal instead of instant. The difference in microwave time is only a few seconds, and you get more of these health benefits: n I nsoluble fiber and phytochemicals that are cancer fighters. Oatmeal has soluble fiber that reduces bad cholesterol without lowering the good kind. n P eople who eat oatmeal are less likely to develop heart disease. They think better and don’t get hungry before lunch. And oats are good sources of many other vitamins and nutrients. n Raisins have high antioxidant activity that prevents cell damage. They are one of the best sources of boron, which is vital to bone health. n Raisins are a fruit that can lower your risk of macular degeneration. n Y ou add milk, of course, a rich source of calcium and vitamin D.


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January Scott Steward Loudoun County Library Board of Trustees

The New Year brings cold weather and opportunities. A cold wind confronts the future of the libraries in Loudoun County. The county faces a budget crisis, and the Loudoun County Library Board of Trustees has been asked to approve drastic cuts to programs, personnel, collections and even libraries by the County Administrator as options for the Supervisors. In difficult economic times, Libraries are a refuge, a source of solace, free services and learning, and a resource to find employment. Of course, the standard library functions and collections continue to serve the residents of our community. However, our libraries as we know them are severely threatened. Our Libraries are extremely well managed. In fact, our library system was recently ranked tenth in the nation in our population category by Hennen American Public Library Rankings (, a ranking we’ve earned three times before. Our excellent librarians and staff are the backbone of our success. As a result of the superb management we have, there is virtually no surplus or “fat” in our budget. The Library, as with all other departments in the county, has been asked to submit the preferred scenarios to cut 5%, 10%, 15%, 20% and 30% from our current costs. In the absence of fat and due to the predominance of personnel-related costs in our budgets, we will have no alternative but to cut staff, cut hours and reduce the collection to achieve even moderate budget reductions. The entire library budget is less than one percent of the entire county budget. The draconian cuts being demanded by the Board of Supervisors of the library don’t make any sense. Our tiny, well managed fraction of the total county budget will

make virtually no difference in the overall expenses of the county. At a 20% reduction, we lose 37 positions, we can only stay open eight hours per day and close Sundays, and we must cut our collection budget by almost $350,000. At a 30% cut, we lose a total of 65 positions, and must go to a five day, 40 hour week or close two of our eight branches. The Library Trustees do not want to recommend such cuts. There is only one other alternative. The Board of Supervisors must resist the easy impulse to order a blanket percentage cut in the budgets of all agencies. That would punish the libraries for being well managed and efficient. This all too easy course would encourage wastefulness, unnecessary spending and padded budgets. The residents of the county deserve better than that. Although more difficult, cuts should be directed at the budgets of departments and agencies that are inefficient, overstaffed or bloated. If you value the programs and services offered by your library, you have the opportunity to help. You must write to the Board of Supervisors at and urge them not to cut the library budget as part of the overall reduction in the county budget process. I also want to call special attention to the Annual Ashburn Library Used Book Sale. Come buy used books, videos, and music at the 2009 Ashburn Library Advisory Board (ALAB) book sale. The sale will be held at the Ashburn Library (43316 Hay Rd.) on Friday, January 23rd (10 am to 9 pm), Saturday, January 24th (10 am to 5 pm), and Sunday, January 25th (12 noon to 3 pm). Bargains will abound, with prices ranging from 50 cents to $2.00. Also, please bring in your used ( C ontinued on next page)

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book, software, video, and music donations between Saturday, January 10 and Wednesday, January 21 during normal library hours. For more information, contact Larry Stepnick at 703-858-9066 or If you would like to volunteer to help during the sorting period or sale, contact Douglas Nelms at All of the funds

raised by the ALAB all year long go to support the Ashburn Library, its programs and staff activities. Your donations of used materials help make the sale a success, and everyone benefits from the bargains! Please help make this sale a success. Thanks in advance for your support of our library! Check out what else is going on at the Ashburn Library, below:


Babygarten Recommended for ages 0-18 months with a parent or caregiver. Registration begins two weeks before the program Wednesdays, January 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4 & 11, 10:00 a.m. Wednesdays, January 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4 & 11, 2:30 p.m. (BHM) – Black History Month

New Year’s Day Thursday, January 1, 2009 Friday, January 2, 2009 Lee-Jackson Day Friday, January 16, 2009 Martin Luther King Day Monday, January 19, 2009

STORYTIMES Baby Lapsit (0-18 months) Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. Toddler Storytime (18 to 24 months) Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. Terrific 2s Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:45 a.m. Preschool Storytime (3 to 5s) Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Family Storytime (2 and up with Caregiver) Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. Rhythm, Rhyme and Tune Time Early Literacy through Music Recommended for ages 0-4 with a parent or caregiver. Registration begins two weeks before the program. Mondays, January 5, 12, 26, February 2 & 9, 11:15 a.m. Wednesdays January 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4 & 11, 11:15 a.m.

BOOK CLUBS FOR KIDS Ashburn Kids Book Club Recommended for ages 8-11. Books will be available at the Children’s Desk. Registration begins 4 weeks before the program. Thursday, January 8, 7:00 p.m. The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman. Magic Tree House Book Club Recommended for ages 7-9. Registration begins two weeks before the program. Wednesday, January 14, 4:00 p.m. Day of the Dragon King Kids Explore Book Club Recommended for ages 6-8. Registration begins 2 weeks before the program. Thursday, January 15, 4:00 p.m. Actual Size by Steve Jenkins. Virginia Readers’ Choice Primary Book Club Recommended for ages 5-8. Registration begins two weeks before the program. Monday, January 26, 7:00 p.m. Duck at the Door by Jackie Urbanovich. ( C ontinued on next page)


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American Girls Book Club Recommended for ages 7 - 11. Registration begins two weeks before the program. Tuesday, January 27, 4:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Your favorite American Girl or one of her friends! Junie B. Jones Book Club Recommended for ages 6-9. Registration begins two weeks before the program. Thursday, February 26, 7:00 p.m. Junie B. First Grader: Toothless Wonder.

PROGRAMS Storytime Matinee Saturday, January 3, 2:00 p.m. Stories, songs, a video storybook and a craft. Recommended for ages 3 - 6. Teen Reading Buddies Storytime Mondays, January 12, 26, at 4:30 p.m. One-on-one reading time for your children as they buddy up with teen volunteers who read picture books to them. Recommended for ages 3-6. Mad Scientists’ Club Explore scientific topics through recreational and informational activities. Recommended for ages 8 - 11. Registration begins two weeks before the program. Tuesday, January 13, 7:00 p.m. Weird and Wacky Inventions. Martin’s Big Words (BHM) Thursday, January 15, 7:00 p.m. Learn about this famous American and take home one of his “big” words. Recommended for ages 6 - 8. Registration begins two weeks before the program. Brilliant Braille Wednesday, January 28, 4:00 p.m. Learn about braille with a speaker from the Maryland School for the Blind. Recommended for ages 7-11. Registration begins two weeks before the program. Family Movie Night Recommended for all ages. Thursday, January 29, 7:00 p.m. Wall-E, Rated G, 98 minutes.

TEENS 2009 WrestleMania Reading Challenge Through January 12, 2009. Don’t forget to submit your reading log and bookmark entry for a chance to win prizes and a trip to Houston for WrestleMania 25! Middle School Book Club Thursdays, January 8 7:00 p.m. January: Down the Rabbit Hole by Peter Abrams. Reading Buddy Volunteers Mondays, January 12 & 26 4:30 pm Read stories to children, ages 3-6. Orientation for the January - February session is January 5 at 4:30 p.m. Registration begins December 15.

ADULTS Adult Book Club Monday, January 5, 7:00 p.m. Recommended Reads. Talk about any book you’ve enjoyed in the last year. ESL English Conversation Group Every Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. An informal conversation circle for non-native speakers to practice speaking English. Ashburn Library Advisory Board Book Sale Friday, January 23, 10:00 am – 9:00 p.m. Saturday, January 24, 10:00 am – 5:00 p.m. Sunday, January 25, 12:00 pm – 3:00 p.m. Books, movies, music and more – all at great prices. Donations of paperback and hardback books, CDs, DVDs and software will be accepted January 10 – 21, during regular library hours. Book Chat for Busy Parents “Book chat” while keeping an eye on your youngsters. Tuesday, January 27, 10:00 a.m. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks. Art on Exhibit Photography by Linda Holtslander Helsinki – Every Picture Tells a Story

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Trivia Teaser American History (answers on page 39) 1. Which U.S. President arranged the Louisiana Purchase from France in 1803? a. John Quincy Adams b. James Monroe c. Thomas Jefferson d-James Madison 2. From what country did the United States purchase Alaska in 1867? a. Spain b. Russia c. Japan d. Canada 3. Which city served as the capital of the United States for ten years prior to the capital’s move to Washington, D.C.? a. New York City b. Nashville c. Philadelphia d. Boston 4. The Star-Spangled Banner was written by Francis Scott Key during which war? a. American Revolution b. The War of 1812 c. French-Indian War d. U.S. Civil War 5. Which amendment to the U.S. Constitution limits the President to serving no more than two terms? a. 18th b. 19th c. 20th d. 22nd 6. The word “gerrymander,” meaning to fiddle with electoral boundaries, takes its name from Elbridge Gerry, a former governor of which U.S. state? a. Massachusetts b. Maine c. Illinois d. New Hampshire 7. Which politician created the Share Our Wealth program in 1934, with the motto “Every Man a King,” guaranteeing every family a basic household grant of $5,000? a. Herbert Hoover b. Franklin D. Roosevelt c. Andrew Mellon d. Huey Long 8. Which state capital was founded by John Sutter in 1840? a. Providence, Rhode Island b. Raleigh, North Carolina c. Des Moines, Iowa d. Sacramento, California 9. Which U.S. President’s image appeared on a dollar coin from 1971-78? a. Dwight Eisenhower b. John F. Kennedy c. George Washington d. Jimmy Carter 10. Who was the first president to appoint an African American to his Cabinet? a. Jimmy Carter b.Theodore Roosevelt c. Bill Clinton d. Lyndon Johnson


Hawaii Quarter Completes the U.S. Mints 10-Year Program It’s been a long haul, but people all over the United States have had fun searching for each year’s new state quarters. The collectors included family and extended family in the project, as well as friends and accommodating bank tellers. Now, their quarter books are complete with every circle filled. The program was the U.S. Mint’s most successful one in history with about 147 million collectors in the United States participating. And it was the most profitable, bringing in a profit of $3.5 billion over 10 years. It fulfilled the government’s goal of igniting interest among young people in U.S. history, geography and coin collecting. The Mint issued the quarters in the order each state joined the Union, with five releases a year at intervals of about 10 weeks. School teachers took advantage of the program, downloading thousands of free lesson plans on the states from the Mint’s Web site. New quarters! Kids, their parents and all coin collectors now have something new to look forward to. In 2009, the Mint will begin producing quarters honoring the left-out District of Columbia, the commonwealths of Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands, and the territories of Guam, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

the villager classifieds CHILDCARE Childcare: Loving Ashburn Village family has many babysitters to offer: Hannah (16) CPR, Alex (13 ½): will team and pet sit and Emily (23) great with kids and very responsible. Call 571223-0932 or email CLEANING Anita’s Home Services: Residential, commercial cleaning, apartments, houses and offices. Painting. All work guaranteed. Excellent references. Free estimates. Please call 571-258-7829. EDUCATION A Child’s Place Preschool: A quality social, educational, and growing experience! Classes for 3, 4, and 5 year olds; 9-12 noon. 2, 3, or 5 days per week. Located at Galilee UMC- Algonkian Parkway at Winding Road. 703-421-2939;

Tutoring: K-6 all subjects. Caring educator with Master’s Degree in Special Education. Contact Anne, 703-501-4780 FOR SALE For Sale: Panasonic OmniMovie VHS video recorder (PV-602) with tripod and manual. Great working condition. Both items $40 OBO. Call 703-444-4247. For Sale: Computer games for Windows 98/95. Mathblaster 2nd Grade, Groovy Games, Disney Villain’s Revenge, and Myst. All four games in original boxes- $10. 703-444-4247. For Sale: GeoSafari Talking Globe Jr. guides young children on exciting interactive learning adventure to introduce geography basics! Like new-sells for $80. Yours for $35. Call 703-4444247.

January Public Skate Public Skate Schedule -

Special Anniversary Pricing For January Public Skate Only $5.00 Per Person* Winter Learn To Skate Classes only $98.00

January 3 to June 21, 2009 Monday - 9:00 to 11:00 AM and 4:30 to 5:30 PM Tuesday - 9:00 to 10:30 AM and 12:30 to 2:00 PM 3:30 to 5:30 PM (Cheapskates) Wednesday - 9:00 to 10:30 AM and 12:30 to 2:00 PM 9:00 to 10:00 PM (Adult Skate) Thursday - 12:30 to 2:00 PM and 6:00 to 7:00 PM Friday - 11:00 to 1:00 PM 8:00 to 9:30 PM (Friday Fun Skate) Saturday - 12:00 to 2:00 PM Sunday - 1:00 to 3:00 PM *Excludes Friday Night Fun Skate

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Winter Learn To Skate Lessons Lessons for the Whole Family Group skating lessons from ages 3 to adult.

Lessons are half hour once a week and include: Free skate rental 7 free public session pass (Pass can be used during any public skating session.)

Certificate of completion

To Register go online or Stop by our Front Desk

A Great Place To Skate

21595 Smiths Switch Rd. Ashburn, VA 20147

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For Sale: Sport Stacking with Speed Stacks is one of the fastest growing new sports in the country. Stackers up stack and down stack 12 specifically designed cups in specific patterns using the patented StackMat to measure and record their best times. Set complete and in perfect condition(new $33). $10- Call 703-444-4247.

For Sale: Robopet from Wow Wee Company with user manual. Excellent condition. Yours for $15. 703-444-4247.

For Sale: Boy’s dream-Radio control wireless cars including: The Inspector with rollover maneuver-new $80; yours for $35. Toy Story 2 Tyco car $15. Other radio control cars: 6.0 Jet Turbo, The Rambler, ET on bike, Harley Davidson motorcycle, Expert racer car. $10-$15 each. 703-444-4247.

For Sale: Percussion tubes (drum) musical instrument. Use your creativity. Special tubes play and record. Connects with your Ipod. Blue Man Group inspired. New $80. Yours $25. 703-444-4247.

For Sale: Radica Baseball (with bat) plug and play on regular TV- $10. 703-444-4247.


For Sale: Ravensburger puzzles (200-300 pieces each)- great condition. New price over $10 each. All 11 puzzles for $30.

For Sale: Super Scooter Shannon wireless remote and Radical Rollin’ Rachel with wireless remote. Both for $25. 703-444-4247. ( C ontinued on next page)

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For Sale: Troy-Built Snap-On Yard Maintenance accessories. Tiller (like new) $50.00. Weed wacker $15.00. Edger $15.00. Call 703-729-8651 after 7 p.m. For Sale: FUTON: Great condition, natural wood frame, $50. COUCH: Comfortable with slight wear, $50. COUCH: great condition, slip cover included, $120. 27” RCA TV: like new, HD compatible, $65. SHARP Stereo system: CD player does not work, but radio and tape players work great, 4 speaker Dolby surround sound, $30. 703-723-7512 For Sale: Scalloped brick edging 2 sizes: 12”L x 4” h, 3 scallops per piece or 24”L x 6”h, 5 scallops per piece. Call for quantities. Great for border beds and tree surrounds any time of the year. Leftovers from design plan. Make an offer. 703858-9433.

HEALTH & WELLNESS The Art of Living: The Art of Living Yoga and Meditation course with a simple but powerful breathing technique Sudarshanakriya is an Excellent Stress Elimination Course. For upcoming courses at Ashburn call 703-723-8181 For more information, visit, . HOME IMPROVEMENT Flooring: Laminate, Hardwood, Carpet, Ceramic, Vinyl Installations. Free estimates. Receive advice, labor estimate, materials list. Wholesale showrooms in the Dulles area or you may shop for best deal on materials. Fully Licensed/Insured. Established in 1986. PTB, Inc. 703-257-3232. ( C ontinued on next page)

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Full Circle Home Improvement: Kitchen and Bath remodeling. Flooring installation- hardwood, tile, etc. Moldings, finish trim. Lighting and other inside work. Decks and sheds. Licensed and insured. Call Rich at 703-723-4268. Home Improvement Specialist: Low rates for basements, drywall, fences, decks and small jobs. 25 years carpentry experience. Member Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce. Excellent Ashburn Village references available. Licensed/insured. Call Chris 703-771-9004. Home Remodeling You Can Trust. Let Integrity Homes remodel your kitchen, bathroom, or convert your basement into a finished area. We’re committed to providing exceptional quality at a reasonable price. Visit our showroom for a vast array of ideas. 703-667-4524.


Siding Replacement: Energy bills too high? Too much noise? Tired of painting your home? Install quality insulated siding. Lifetime warranty: labor and materials. Loudoun Exteriors Inc: 20 years experience in home improvements. Ask about the Village Discount. www.loudoun Call us today. 703-729-6633. Use U.S.E. for your air conditioning and heating needs. Utility Service Express is your local Lennox Premier dealer. Special discounts for Ashburn Village residents. Visit us online at www.iuseUSE. com for information and free HVAC quotes. Window Replacement: Cold in your home? Energy bills too high? Too much road noise? Energy efficient vinyl windows. Loudoun Exteriors Inc: 20 years experience in home improvements. ( C ontinued on next page)

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Lifetime warranty: labor and materials. Ask about the Village Discount! Call us today. 703-729-6633. PROFESSIONAL SERVICES Circle Blue, LLC (Computer Repair): Need computer repairs, wireless networking, virus removal, or spyware removal? Call Circle Blue for fast, fair pricing, and fixed right the first time services! We do not charge outrageous prices like other “geek� companies. Call 703-648-0810! 10% discount with this ad! Gggggrrrrrrr! Computer crashed? Network down? Kids installed a game and killed your computer? Computers confuse you? Email an enigma? Internet incomprehensible? Call Less Silberberg, your local Ashburn computer guy. 703-304-1130.

PCs, Macs, Networks- Maintenance, installation, problem solving. Daytime, evening, weekend appointments. Use U.S.E. for your air conditioning and heating needs. Utility Service Express is your local Lennox Premier dealer. Special discounts for Ashburn Village residents. Visit us online at www.iuseUSE. com for information and free HVAC quotes. REAL ESTATE $mart Choice, Right Price! Offering 4-4.5% full service listings. Aggressive marketing strategy! The difference is dedication! Call Kristine Price 703-328-1025 or, Northern VA Resident for over 30 years, Samson Realty, LLC. ( C ontinued on next page)

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SPECIAL INTEREST Moms Club of Ashburn Village Area offers fun and support to mothers through playgroups, field trips, Mom’s Night Out, and more! Meetings held the third Tuesday of each month are open to prospective members. Email ashburnmomsclub@ or visit http://www.geocities/ashburn momsclub for more information. Tax time around the corner. Mark Pino, Ashburn Village’s “Man for all tax seasons” is ready again to prepare your taxes. Experienced, friendly, and affordable- Wow! Call 703-463-9582 or email at VILLAGE HELPERS Babysitting and Pet Care: Babysitting and pet care offered. Red Cross certified and straight A student. References available. Caroline Orr (age 12) at 703-729-4959. Babysitter and/or Tutor: Ty Sheedlo, 13 years old. Great with kids. Babysitter training

Ashburn Town Square 43930 Farmwell Hunt Plaza, Suite 136 Ashburn, VA 20147 703-858-0045

Between the Bloom and CVS in the Ashburn Town Square Center Visit us at 38

course and experience. All honors classes and Spectrum. Very patient and good at entertaining kids. Please call 703-729-2182. Babysitting: Brice Pinson, age 13. Will baby-sit 6 months on up. 3 years experience (can provide references). Please call 703-729-5642. Babysitting: Sydney Taub, 13. Red Cross Babysitting Certified, YMCA Counselor in Training, Honor Roll student. Ages newborn to 10. Comfortable with multiple children. Reasonable hourly rate. 703-726-0703. Babysitting and Pet Sitting: Nicole Quigg, 15 years old, very responsible and enjoys kids and pets, please call 703-729-2460. Babysitting/Pet Sitting/Tutoring: Mackenzie Scofield, 16 years old, 4 plus years of experience as a Village Helper, with significant repeat business. Babysits for ages newborn – 12 years of age. Contact Mackenzie at 703-858-9707.

Personalized Care a Quality Location

Brother-Sister Team- Babysitting: Danielle McLean (18) will babysit or pet sit, lots of experience. Bret McLean (15) will tutor or babysit, especially good with boys. Straight A student, Spectrum and honors classes. Please call at 703-8580452. Pet Sitting and Babysitting: Neil Hartman (age 13), call 703-729-2453.

Ashburn Foot and Ankle Center

Dr. Richard S. Mendelsohn* Dr. Gary J. Scheib Dr. Deena L. Charney* Dr. Stanley Idiculla *Fellow, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons *Board Certified in Foot Surgery

Answers to ‘American History’ 1. c, Thomas Jefferson 2. b, Russia 3. c, Philadelphia 4. b, The War of 1812 5. d, 22nd 6. a, Massachusetts 7. d, Huey Long 8. d, Sacramento, California 9. a, Dwight Eisenhower 10. d, Lyndon Johnson

Medical Care of the Foot and Ankle Now offering Northern Virginia’s Only Foot spa featuring Silk Peels Foot Facial and Laser Fungus Nail Treatment 20905 Professional Plaza Suite 310 Ashburn, Virginia


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FULL-SERVICE VETERINARY FACILITIES OUR SERVICES INCLUDE: t Routine Vaccinations & Wellness Visits t Spaying, Neutering & Dentistry t New Facility with Modern Equipment t In-House Laboratory, Pharmacy & Radiology t Holistic Approach Available — Acupuncture, Herbal Therapies & Homeopathy offered at our Ashburn Farm Location Only


receive $20 off your first visit with this ad!

Ashburn Farm




(Next to Giant Food at the Claiborne & Ashburn Farm Pkwy. Intersection)

(Harris Teeter Shopping Center ‘around back’, behind Subway)

43330 Junction Plaza Blvd. Suite 172 Ashburn, VA 20147

42385 Ryan Road Suite 112 Ashburn, VA 20148

www.LoudounVet .com

“We’re your other family doctor”


TAILS ARE WAGGING Offering a large selection of natural and organic pet foods, treats and supplements at affordable prices

Ashburn Farm Market Center 43330 Junction Plaza s Suite 176 s Ashburn, VA 20147 703-724-4319 s Open M– F 10 – 8 PM s SAT 10 AM– 6 PM s SUN 12-5 PM All major credit cards accepted


Escrip Program Do you live in Ashburn Village? Do you have children? Are you single? Are you a parent? Are you a grandparent? If you have answered YES to any of the above questions then you have the power! The power to improve your home values while helping our neighborhood schools! We can all agree that over the past year it is harder to stretch our dollars, whether we are purchasing groceries, clothing or gas. Hard hit is an understatement, but there is one place where we can earn free, yes that is right, FREE MONEY for our schools. And let’s be honest, with budget cuts our schools can use all the help they can get. How, you ask? Simply by linking your Giant A+ Bonus Bucks card and your Harris Teeter VIC card to one or all three of the neighborhood schools. Why? Each time you make a purchase using your shopping cards the schools you select earn FREE MONEY. These shopping cards give you the benefit of the sale prices and give our schools money to purchase educational materials. This is Giant and Harris Teeter’s way to give back to the community. The more you grocery shop, the more schools earn, but your card MUST be linked and re-linked every year. How do you link? Stop by the Customer Service Desk and ask them to link your card to one or each of the three neighborhood schools. If you are computer savvy go on line and link your cards to the schools. The best part….You DO NOT need to have children enrolled in school to participate. Let’s all pull together to ensure that our neighborhood schools are the best in the area. GOOD SCHOOLS = EXCELLENT HOME VALUES! Giant A+Bonus Bucks Program Program Duration: 10/08 ~ 4/09 (must designate your schools yearly) Web Address: Phone to designate: 1-877-366-2668 Ashburn Elementary: #01842 Dominion Trail: #03473 Farmwell Middle School: #03267 Harris Teeter Together In Education Program Program Duration: 8/08 - 5/09 (must designate your schools yearly) Web Address: click on Together in Education icon Ashburn Elementary: #6048 Dominion Trail: #5871 Farmwell Middle School: #5900 The Villager

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Ashburn Eyecare Associates


Ashburn Farm Animal Hospital


Ashburn Foot and Ankle


Ashburn Ice House


Ashburn Village Animal Hospital


Creative Windows




Kris’ Painting Service


Moss Construction


Ronald Ray DDS


Surrounds Inc


Wiger Orthodontics


Whole Pet Central


Zampiello Paint Contractors

2009 Advertising The Villager is published the last week of each month by the: Ashburn Village Community Association, Inc. 44025 Courtland Drive Ashburn, Virginia 20147 Advertising space is limited. All advertising must be paid for in advance or at the time of ad placement. Absolutely no advertiser refunds will be made on missed copy due dates! Contact us at to confirm ad deadlines. Advertiser prepayment is not refundable when “reserved space” advertising copy is not submitted by the due date. An Insertion Order (IO) is required for Display and Classified advertisements and can be obtained at the office, by fax, or on our website at Camera-ready artwork, properly sized, is required. No changes will be made by AVCA.

Neither the AVCA, its members, Board of Directors, or the Ashburn Village Development Corporation (AVDC) recommends or endorses any advertiser. The AVCA reserves the right to decline any advertisement for any reason it deems appropriate. Submitted articles are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the AVCA or the Board of Directors. Articles may be edited for the sake of clarity or length.


The Villager

JAN 09







Martin Luther King, Jr. Day AVCA Office Closed



Facilities & Grounds 6:00 pm Mills Rec Center





Board of Directors Meeting 6:00 pm Lakes Rec Center

Inauguration Day


Neighborhood Watch 7:00 pm Lakes Rec Center



Architectural & Environmental Committee (AERC) 6:00 pm AVCA Office





Lakes & Ponds Committee 7:00 pm Mills Rec Center


Tennis Committee 7:00 pm Woods Rec Center

Recreation & Community Events 7:00 pm Sports Pavilion





22 Budget & Finance 6:30 p.m. Lakes Recreation Center Lakeshore Condominium Board Meeting 6:30 p.m. Lakeshore Clubhouse


Competitive Swim Committee 7:30 pm Lakes Rec Center

New Year’s Day AVCA Office Closed


JANUARY 2009 Friday















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Monthly Publication of the Ashburn Village Community Association

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