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APRIL 2012

Volume 2 Issue 4






’S CO 13...MOM



Thank you to our Awesome MC Easter Bunny!!

Special thanks to Mike Burns at

Woodburn Photo for the awesome pictures.


Not for the very young.  This is an interactive show.  If you dress as if you are going to a prom, you will be pulled onto the stage and become part of the show.   :)  We will also be selling corsages pre-show.  *May 7th-17th - AP Exams

*May 7th-11th - SOL Testing

*May 29th - Senior Final Exams

*June 5th - Field Day (Grades K-2)

Briar Woods High School

*June 5th-8th - Underclassmen Final Exams

Stone Hill Middle School

*The Awesome 80's Prom April 26th, 27th, and 28th Apr 26th - 7:00 PM Apr 27th - 7:00 PM Apr 28th - 2:30 PM Tickets: $7.00 Adults - $5.00 Students/Kids

Briar Woods sports schedule can be found at

*April 24th 7:00pm - 8th Grade Guitar & 6th Grade Orchestra Concert

Creighton’s Corner Elementary

*April 26th 7:00pm - 6th Grade Band Concert

Dates for the calendar: *May


Holiday (Memorial Day)


*June Last Day of School for Students/ End of Grading Period



- Spring Picture Day

*May 30th 7:00pm - PTA Meeting *May 31st 1:15pm - Chorus Concert *June 4th - Field Day (Grades 3-5)

*April 26th 7:00pm - PTA Meeting

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Lowlands Farm (Martin’s Chase Barn) The Lowlands farm is a historic area with wetlands that housed many species of

Virginia Regional Park Authority, Piedmont Environmental Council, and the

animals and sometimes even swans. Today, there is a historic barn still standing

Loudoun Heritage Commission.

and the remains of a house on the property. I have traced the farm back as far as 1759 by a land grant from Lord Fairfax. Lowlands Farm has been bought and passed on through many generations of kids or family. Currently the barn and farm are owned by Loudoun County Parks & Recreation. This happened from a proffer by a builder/developer in 2006. ( a proffer is when a developer gives something to the government planners in exchange for rights to develop the property). This usually translates to cut down trees and destroy wildlife habitat and stream buffers. The proffer states that the property must be preserved and made into a passive park (no ball fields, motorized vehicles, or commuter parking lots). I am trying to get someone to take responsibility to protect the Wetlands and save the barn. This barn and other small buildings have been here since before 1853. I am doing this because I live next to the barn and enjoy looking at it and the Wetlands every day. The problem is that Parks & Rec are not fixing the barn and the barn is deteriorating and the areas around it are, too. I have gone through many steps to preserve the barn. I have gotten people’s signatures of who wants to see it restored. I have researched old articles, maps, books, and documents at the Balch Library. I have studied old pictures and drawings from 1853 to find where the farm house was because it is no longer standing. However, I have found the foundation. I have sent emails, made phone calls, and spoken to several people and organizations to find someone responsible. I have contacted the Loudoun Wildlife

The Wetlands next to the barn have historical significance because it was there before the barn on many old maps of Brambleton. It houses many species of animals like snakes, fish, turtles, frogs, toads, geese, deer, foxes, beavers, and many bird species. The current status of the property and barn seem to be a mystery. In 2010, the property was supposed to be conveyed to the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority to become part of Beaverdam Reservoir Park. This did not happen, so it is still the property of Loudoun County Parks & Rec. However, as you can see, the barn is being neglected and deteriorating. Loudoun County Parks & Rec said that they would come out and repair the roof, but that did not happen. All they did was put up “no trespassing” signs. At this time I have the Piedmont Environmental Council and the Loudoun Heritage Commission looking into forcing Loudoun County Parks & Rec to do something through a new County ordinance called “Demolition by Neglect”. This is supposed to protect historic properties from deteriorating because no one takes care of them. My next step is to give this presentation before the new Board of Supervisors in hope that they will force some action to be taken. Please help support my efforts to restore the historic Lowlands Farm. If you are interested in starting and joining a barn preservation committee (not currently chartered by the HOA) please contact me at:

Conservancy, Loudoun County Parks & Recreation Department, Northern

By: Jordan Ryan


RECIPE CORNER CINCO DE MAYO is just around the corner, and with the weather warming, it’s the perfect time to take out the grill for fish tacos and make yourself a margarita. Margarita Fish Tacos 2 pounds white fish fillets (tilapia, cod, red snapper, mahi mahi) 1/3 cup tequila 3 limes, juiced 3 tablespoons miel de agave (or agave nectar) 1 1/2 tablespoon avocado oil (or any light oil) 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt Basting: 1 lime, juiced 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt Salsa Fresca: 1 large tomato diced 1/2 onion diced (yellow or red) 1/2 large green pepper diced 1 jalapeño, finely chopped 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped 1 lime, juiced kosher salt, to taste Assembly: 20 white corn tortillas shredded romaine lettuce

sour cream diced jalapeños guacamole cotija or a white cheese, shredded/crumbled Mix tequila, lime juice, agave, oil and salt in a ziptop bag. Add fish and refrigerate from one hour to overnight. Grill fish on a hot, oiled grill (450 to 500° F) three minutes per side. Squeeze lime over fish after the first flip and sprinkle with salt. Remove the grilled fish pieces to aluminum foil and wrap to retain heat. Prepare salsa fresca by combining tomato, onion, pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, lime juice and salt. Refrigerate if it is made ahead of time. Warm tortillas on the grill or otherwise. Assemble tacos with fish, salsa and other additions of your choice. Makes 6 servings

Agave Margarita For each margarita: 1 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed 1/2 ounce miel de agave (agave nectar)** 1/2 ounce water, club soda or fresh-squeezed orange juice 2 ounces 100% agave silver tequila (Patron, Corazón) 1 lime wedge salt for rim ice In a glass add lime juice, miel de agave, water/club soda and tequila. Run lime wedges over rim of glass and roll edge in salt to rim. Fill glass with ice. Shake margarita mix with ice and strain into the saltrimmed glass over the ice. Serve with the lime wedge **You can substitute miel de agave and the water/ club soda/orange juice for 1 full ounce of simple syrup. **for virgin margaritas, omit tequila and add additional club soda Makes 1 margarita.

PRESS RELEASE 4th Annual Tommy’s  Run  for  a  Reason Sunday, May 20th 2012 ALGONKIAN REGIONAL PARK, Sterling VA Thomas was a happy and wonderful child. At the age of 2, Tommy went to sleep and never woke up. We still do not know why. Since Tommy was over the age of one year; his passing is not considered Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Instead, it belongs to a lesser-known category, Sudden Unexplained Death In Childhood (SUDC) that occurs when an apparently healthy child beyond the age of 12 months dies without warning and without a known cause found after a thorough investigation. Tommy’s   Run   for   a   Reason is in memory of Tommy to raise awareness for SUDC and help bring about a future where no family ever has to experience SUDC again. The 4th Annual  Tommy’s  Run  For  A  Reason  will  take  place  on  Sunday, May 20th 2012, at Algonkian Regional Park in Sterling, VA. It will include a 5K Run and 2K Fitness Walk.     The   event   is   catered   towards   families.   Children’s   activities   include   pony   rides,   face painting, crafts and games. An extensive raffle and silent auction will be held that includes plane tickets, Disney World Tickets, gift cards, gift bags, golf outings and much more. A catered BBQ lunch will be served. Registration opens at 9 am, 5K Race starts at 10:15, 2K Family Fun Walk begins at 10:30. Cost is $30 per adult and $5 for children under 10. All proceeds directly benefit the SUDC Program which was created in 2001 as part of the CJ Foundation for SIDS. It is the only program in the world devoted solely to supporting families affected by SUDC and advocating for SUDC research to find answers. While The SUDC Program is making progress, much work remains ahead. Contact: Beth Marshall Telephone: 703-220-3730 E-mail: Website:

FACILITIES COMMITTEE REPORT A Warm Welcome to all our new neighbors to Martin’s Chase!

block Homeowner mailboxes at any time.

There are many improvements and activities to report on this

Community Gas Grill - currently the gas grill is still running on

Spring. Summer is just around the corner, so I’ll start with the Pool   -  We look forward to a lot of fun activities, including

propane. A conversion kit has been ordered to run a direct gas line.

extended pool hours on special dates throughout the Summer.

If you've noticed some Survey equipment and flags in the areas

Also, you should be happy to hear we will be ordering additional

behind Mill Quarter and the area between Brickshire and

chairs, tables and umbrellas for the 2012 Summer Pool Season.

Reservoir Road it's for a rain garden which is required by the

As our neighborhood has grown by leaps and bounds since last

County. The Rain Garden is designed for better water quality for

Summer, the Facilities Committee will be sending a query to all

the Aquifer. The Rain Garden creates better water quality for the

neighbors to get feedback on a few items regarding the pool, to

community. The following two links will explain the Aquifer and

highlight a few: In the years past we have had a late opening of the

Rain Garden.

pool during weekdays until school was out - then extended the opening past Labor Day. We have also had swim lessons for the


Children **Free of Charge** as part of our contract with High

Sierra. We want your feedback! Look for the query to be sent to your home within the next few weeks so we can gain a Community

Rain Garden


Walking Path Status:  Bids have been requested, Lennar will be

More to come - if you have any concerns please do not hesitate to

doing another walk-thru with the contractors and meet with the

contact James Hames, our on-site Community Coordinator who

county. They do not have an exact date but expect to start within

has an office in the clubhouse. His contact information is: Direct

the next 60 days.

Dial 703-542-6694 / Email

Bike Rack - We will be installing a Bike Rack by the pool. This


should be in place in time for the Pool Opening.

Kathy Redel Facilities Committee

Common Area Parking Spaces - Just a friendly reminder not to

2012 POOL HOURS ***SUBJECT TO CHANGE*** May 26th-28th 10-8pm May 29th - June 1st 1-7pm June 2nd-3rd. 10-8pm June 4th-7th 1-7pm June 8th - Sept. 3rd 10-8pm Sept. 4th-7th. 1-7pm Sept. 8th-9th  10-8pm Sept. 10th-14th 1-7pm Sept. 15th 10-8pm

Sept. 16th 10-5pm. Sept. 16th. 6pm-7pm Doggie Swim Extended hours on Four Fridays til 9pm June 22nd July 6th July 20th Aug. 3rd


Juárez rounded up a rag-tag force of 2,000 loyal men and sent them

The holiday of Cinco De Mayo, The 5th Of May, commemorates the

to Puebla. Led by Texas-born General Ignacio Zaragoza (1829-1862),

victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of

the vastly outnumbered and poorly supplied Mexicans prepared for the

Puebla in 1862. Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi

French assault. On May 5, 1862, Lorencez drew his army of 6,000

music performances, and street festivals in cities and towns across

well prepared troops, before the city of Puebla. The battle lasted from

Mexico and the United States. It is not, as many people think, Mexico's

daybreak to early evening, and when the French finally retreated they

Independence Day, which is actually September 16. History of Cinco de Mayo: Battle of Puebla In 1861 Mexican Benito Juárez (1806-1872) became president of a country in financial ruin, and he was forced to default on his debts to European governments. In response, France, Britain and Spain sent naval forces to Veracruz to demand reimbursement. Britain and Spain negotiated with Mexico and withdrew, but France decided to use the opportunity to carve a dependent empire out of Mexican territory. Certain that success would come swiftly, 6,000 French troops under General Charles Latrille de Lorencez (1814-1892) set out to attack Puebla de Los Angeles, a small town in east-central Mexico. President

had lost nearly 500 soldiers. Fewer than 100 Mexicans had been killed in the clash. Unfortunately, the victory was short lived. Upon hearing the bad news, Napoleon III had found an excuse to send more troops overseas to try and invade Mexico again. 30,000 more troops and a full year later, the French were eventually able to depose the Mexican army and take over Mexico City. By this time, the American Civil War now over, the U.S. began to provide more assistance to Mexico to expel the French. So despite the eventual French invasion of Mexico City, Cinco de Mayo honors the bravery and victory of General Zaragoza's smaller, outnumbered militia at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.

Notes from CMC...... 1- Please use proper etiquette in the Club House Gym. We ask that you do not drop weights after use. Not only does this severally impact the drywall and structure on the main level it also distrupts the card reader system. The vibration from the weights cause the power supply to dislocate. 2-CMC offers two programs for residents to take advantage of in the community. Associa Advantage and Associerge. Please check Facebook, CMC website and your email for additional info. 3-Spring is approaching and this is a great time to get your lawns healthy and green. Spring also promotes growth and lawn repair. Thank you, Jimmy Hames

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Around Town

Leesburg’s First Friday Held the first Friday of every month, except January, Leesburg’s First Friday lets you fully experience all that Historic Downtown Leesburg has to offer. Over 35 specialty shops, art galleries, antique shops and restaurants are open until 9pm or later, many offering free refreshments and/or special sales. Enjoy live music throughout the evening, art exhibits, wine tastings, a comedy show and even a yoga happy hour! Leesburg’s First Friday is a program of the Loudoun Arts Council.

something as unique as a fresh asparagus bouquet! Asparagus will be at its peak – fresh and full of flavor. As a special treat, we want your whole family to enjoy a theatrical performance put together just for Mom. While the children are challenging themselves in our 5 acre play area, Mom can walk among the local artists and admire their talents. 4th Annual Tommy’s Run For a Reason Sunday, May 20th , 9am Algonkian Regional Park , Sterling, VA. The whole family will enjoy a 5K Run or 2K Family Fitness Walk, fun kids’ activities, raffle, a silent auction, music and a catered BBQ lunch! Events and registration begin at 9:00 am.

FROGS Family Fun Walk Saturday, April 21, 9am – 12pm 24609 Nettle Mill Square, Stone Ridge, VA Support the Gum Spring Library at this fun 2-mile walk. There will be a face painter, moonbounce, and more. T-shirts are guaranteed for registrations received by March 31. Adults: $15, Ages 2-18: $10, Under 2: free! Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival Spend a day walking around the Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival on April 21 – 22nd. Historic Leesburg will be full of beautiful garden displays and landscaping while you shop for fresh flowers, fountains and more. Live music will entertain and kids can explore the hands-on art area.

The MOMS Club Ashburn Broadlands - Annual Open House Monday, May 21st 2012 from 4:00 - 6:00 at the George Washington Chick-fil-A. Contact Amy Beahm for more info. Viva Vienna! 2012 Memorial Day Festival Sunday, May 27, 10am – 10pm ViVa Vienna! Vienna’s biggest, most festive annual event returns for three days starting on May 26. There will be approximately 300 vendors, selling everything from food to gifts to services, nonstop entertainment on a main stage and a children’s stage, and more than 25 amusement rides. Kids’ favorite performers include: Rocknoceros, Banjo Man, Knick Knack, Noland the Magician and Mr. Dave, among a slew of others. All net proceeds go to charity and nonprofit services,

Lost Creek Winery

mostly in the Vienna-Oakton area. Parking is free at James Madison

Sunday, April 29

High School and the Vienna Metro Station and shuttles move guests

1pm to 5pm Come enjoy the great sounds of Ken Wenzel as you taste 9 delicious

from those parking lots to the festival.


wines. Sit, have a glass, some warm bread, cheese and salami, and relax on Slow Down Sunday.

MAY Spring Festival Saturday, May 5, 1pm – 5pm Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Drive, Reston Free. For more information, please call 703-476-9689. The festival will feature hands-on activities and entertainment, including live animals, craft making for kids, displays and information from environmental groups as well as fishing and canoe/kayak rentals on Lake Audubon. There will be a native plant sale by Nature By Design. Loudoun Youth Battle of the Bands Sunday, May 6, 2pm-5pm Brambleton Town Center Amphitheatre Great Country Farms May 12-13, 10am-5pm What better way for Mom to celebrate Mother’s Day than watching her children play on the farm? Why buy roses when you can buy her

The 2012 season will feature eleven free concerts on Saturday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on the Town Green (25 West Market Street, Leesburg), beginning on June 9th and running through August 25th. Concert dates and artists for the 2012 Acoustic on the Green series are:

June 9, 2012

Jon Carroll

June 16, 2012

Ted Garber

June 23, 2012

Naked Blue

June 30, 2012 

Native Run

July 14, 2012

Cal Everett

July 21, 2012

Prescott Engle

July 28, 2012

Michael Sheppard

August 4, 2012

Gary Smallwood

August 11, 2012

Don Chapman

August 18, 2012

Robbie Limon

August 25, 2012

Jennifer Daniels

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MC EVENTS Save the Date...

HOA Board Meeting - May 1st 7:00pm Spring Yard Sale – May 5th 8am - 12pm Pool Opening - Saturday, May 26th. School’s Out Party - June 8th 7:00pm Spring Movie Night - June TBD July 4th Parade - July 4th National Night Out - August 7th Summer Adult Social - August (TBD)

Our book club is growing! Close to a dozen of us gathered in

Trudy's sole evidence of the past is an old photograph: a family

and a thought-provoking discussion of The Hunger Games.

Obersturmfuhrer of Buchenwald. Driven by the guilt of her

March at Mary Krygiel's lovely home to enjoy wine, appetizers Several in the group met a week later for dinner and to see The Hunger Games at the theater in Brambleton. Our next meeting will be on April 24 at 7:00, at Laurie Kelly's house. The address is 41965 Donnington Place. For that meeting we will be reading Those Who Save Us, by Jenna Blum. Below is the Amazon synopsis of the book:

portrait showing Anna, Trudy, and a Nazi officer, the heritage, Trudy, now a professor of German history, begins investigating the past and finally unearths the dramatic and heartbreaking truth of her mother's life. Combining a passionate, doomed love story, a vivid evocation of life during the war, and a poignant mother/daughter drama, Those Who Save Us is a profound exploration of what we endure to survive and the legacy of shame.

For fifty years, Anna Schlemmer has refused to talk about her

Happy reading and we look forward to seeing you in April!

only three when she and her mother were liberated by an

life in Germany during World War II. Her daughter, Trudy, was American soldier and went to live with him in Minnesota.

If you have questions please contact Nancy Graham at

A great group for meeting other moms in the area and keeping the kids busy. Please come join us for some fun events.  Upcoming Events: Tuesday play group- ongoing; additional groups may be starting. Please contact Kristin for more info Kindergarten play group - for all kids going into K next fall - contact Jocelyn for more info Playground gatherings- starting up once school is out. Mom's Night Out- May 17th, starting at 8:00pm - Caliente’s Please RSVP to Jocelyn   Please contact Jocelyn if you have any questions or other ideas.....

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Pediatrics@Nite Office is relocated to the building behind Wegmans in Leesburg. 571-434-0400 1509 Dodona Terrace SE, Leesburg VA

Loudoun County Sheriff Emergency 911 703-777-1021 Loudoun Hospital Center 44045 Riverside Parkway Leesburg,VA 703-858-6000

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