and OaktonViennaThe crowd enjoys listening to the Bluegrass group Bill Emerson andthe Sweet Dixie Band at Vienna’s Summer Concerts on the Green.Page 6Opinion, Page 4 ❖ Entertainment, Page 9 ❖ Sports, Page 8 ❖ Classifieds, Page 10Vienna EnjoysSummer onthe GreenPhoto by Steve Hibbard/The ConnectionHealing Wall PuzzleUnveiled in ViennaNews, Page 3Vienna Church Receives‘Changing Lives’ AwardNews, Page 6News, Page July 15-21, 2015online at www.connectionnewspapers.comVienna/Oakton Connection ❖ July 15-21, 2015 ❖ 1

NewsBlue Jays Win Championship for a SecondYear in a RowThe Blue Jays won the Vienna Little League majors championship for asecond year in a row. The boys in the back row were the boys from lastyears team (hence holding up “2” for second win) and the boys in thefront row are new this year to the team. The boys/coaches in the pictureare — back row coaches: Marc Polymeropoulos, Phil Whitworth andAdam Vance; back row players: Jason Pan, Chris Polymeropoulos, JamesMills, PJ Whitworth, Matt Shutello, Dean Vance.Front row players: Christian Pexton, Luke Van Demark, Eric Podolny,Matt Handel, Jonah Pacheco, Joey Painter.Week in Vienna‘Music of the CivilWar’ at FreemanStore and MuseumHistoric Vienna, (the Freeman Store andMuseum), 131 Church Street, NE will beparticipating in the third of the Town ofVienna’s Afternoons on Church Street, thenext being Sunday, July 26, from 1 to 5 p.m.(the theme will be Party on the Porch). Themajor events for the day will feature PrudenceTraut’s quilting display and demonstrationat the Freeman Store, and, from 2-3 p.m., Jon Vrana will be on the porch presenting“Music of the Civil War” — a programof traditional music of the AmericanCivil War, the Irish, and the 19th century.Vrana will feature mandolin, concertina,harmonica, and other instruments. Eventsare rain or shine. As an extra treat therewill be a watermelon spitting contest foryoung and old from 3-4 p.m. As in the past,Historic Vienna will also offer a wide varietyof vintage children’s games(tiddlywinks, hop-scotch, hoops, and more),and there will again be homemade icecream to churn and enjoy.Vienna Excels in theSolarize ChallengeWith 288 signups, Vienna has finishedfirst in the competition to see whose communitycould enroll the greatest number ofparticipants for free home energy checkupsand solar PV reviews. The friendly raceamong Vienna and Falls Church heightenedcommunity awareness of efficient energy,as part of the Solarize NOVA campaign.On June 30, Solarize NOVA completed itslocal campaign for easier and affordablehome solar power by offering bulk purchasingdiscounts, and free solar site assessmentsto homeowners in select communitiesin Northern Virginia. The campaignencouraged community members to learnmore about home solar power options, facilitatingthe installation of solar panels andfinancing their own project.Following the spring campaign, SolarizeNOVA welcomes 904 families who signedup for home energy checkups and/or solarPV reviews. Since its inception in the fall of2014, the total number of sign-ups for SolarizeNOVA has reached 1,278. Overall,Solarize NOVA has 27 signed contracts for196.6 kW of new solar PV, a 7 percent increasein the region since 2013, with a constructionvalue of nearly $700K. The initiativeexpects future contracts added to accumulateclose to $1 million in construction,all handled by local construction companies.Volunteers NeededThe Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Viennahas an urgent need for volunteer drivers totake area seniors to medical appointmentsand other activities. Opportunities to volunteerfor other services are also available.No long-term commitment and hours areflexible to fit your or contact the Volunteer Coordinatorat 703-281-5086 or emailvolunteer@scov.org2 ❖ Vienna/Oakton Connection ❖ July 15-21, 2015

Photos by Steve Hibbard/The ConnectionNewsVienna/Oakton Connection Editor Kemal Kurspahic703-778-9414 or vienna@connectionnewspapers.comDore Skidmore,president of theVienna Arts Society,addresses the crowdat the reception.Artist ShariMacFarlane standsin front of theHealing Wall Puzzlepainted by soldierswho suffer fromPTSD.Healing Wall Puzzle Unveiled in ViennaVienna Arts Society exhibits art work fromsoldiers suffering from PTSD.By Steve HibbardThe ConnectionThe Vienna Arts Society hosted a“Puzzled Again” reception onSaturday, July 11 at the ViennaArt Center with an exhibit of theHealing Wall puzzle. The artwork is from24 soldiers on the mend at Fort Belvoir CommunityHospital who suffer from post-traumaticstress disorder. The original puzzle,from 2014, was also exhibited, and the artworkwill be on display through July 31 at115 Pleasant Street, NW, Vienna.During May and June for five sessions,five staff members from the Vienna ArtsSociety worked with soldiers at Fort Belvoir,helping them to translate their feelings intoa visual expression on 12-inch puzzle piecesthat were painted with black backgrounds.The artists provided paints and brushes andshowed the soldiers different techniques tohelp motivate them in expressing themselvesvisually.Art Center Director Lu Elizabeth Cousins,who calls the center the heartbeat of theart community in Northern Virginia, saidthe artists gave everything from their heartsto this project — paint supplies and theirtime. She said their first effort was last yearand they wanted to repeat it again this year.“You can see the raw emotion of these pieces... the fact that each individual piece is apiece of a puzzle and part of a much biggerpicture,” she said.Shari MacFarlane, an artist with the ViennaArts Society, one of 200 member artists, saidthe puzzle project is a good one because itshows how all the soldiers are connected.“Whatever affects one person or thing affectsall,” she said. “Art is specifically a human activity.It shows our basic humanity ... I lovethe collaborative idea of everyone workingtogether to create art.” She said that her fathersuffered from PTSD from World War IIbut it was undiagnosed at the time.Terry Svat, a retired art therapist and artist,said the soldiers, who painted everythingfrom cute stuff to very serious stuff,had so much fun doing it. “I think peoplehave to understand how much power thereis in art,” she said. “The beauty is they don’tlook at it as power. They let go of a lot oftheir feelings in a way that’s acceptable.”To learn more about the Vienna Arts Societyand its classes and community outreachprograms, visit Vienna Art Center is located at 115Pleasant Street NW, around the corner fromMaple Avenue.The receptionat the ViennaArt Center forthe “HealingWall” puzzlelast Saturday.Artist Terry Svat atthe Healing WallPuzzle left): Dore Skidmore, president of the Vienna Arts Society; ShariMacFarlane, artist; Terry Svat, artist; and Lu Elizabeth Cousins, ArtCenter director.Vienna/Oakton Connection ❖ July 15-21, 2015 ❖ 3

OpinionVienna & OaktonBackpacks for AllThousands of students will begin school this fall ata disadvantage; help now so they have the basics.Letters to the EditorVirginians HavePaid for MedicaidExpansionTo the Editor:The concern expressed in theletter regarding Medicaid Expansionin Virginia (How to Pay forMedicaid Expansion?, Connection,June 24-30) focused on the questionof “how to pay for it” and thatthose favoring expansion “do notdiscuss cost specifics.”The writer would have readersbelieve that we in Virginia havenot already paid for Medicaid expansionwith our tax dollars, Virginiatax dollars that are now goingto other states, states that haveEditorialThe first day of school each year isfraught with anticipation and anxiety.Many local students will beconcerned about what they wear,who they will see, what it will be like. They’vealready had multiple shopping trips, online andotherwise, to be sure they have the suppliesand extras they need.We live in an area where many if not mostfamilies have the means and desire to do almostwhatever it takes to give theirchildren the best chances for success.But for thousands of students, familieslack the financial resources to equipthem for success on the first day of school andbeyond.In our affluent area, there are many poorfamilies.In Fairfax County Public Schools, more than27 percent of more than 184,000 students arepoor enough to qualify for subsidized meals.That’s more than 50,000 children in FairfaxCounty who are going through the summerwithout their usual access to breakfast andlunch. For many of those children, having afully equipped backpack on the first day ofschool is out of reach.In the City of Alexandria, about 60 percentof the Alexandria Public Schools students arepoor enough to qualify for subsidized meals.That’s more than 8,000 of the city’s 13,000-plus students.In Arlington, more than 32 percent of thecounty’s 23,000-plus students are poor enoughto receive subsidized meals; more than 7,000students.Help these students get started on the rightfoot by contributing to one of the many localbackpack drives.Virginia sales tax holiday for school suppliesand clothing is Aug. 7-9. Purchases of certainschool supplies, clothing and footwear are exemptfrom the Virginia sales tax. Each eligibleschool supply item must be priced at $20 orless, and each eligible article of clothing andfootwear must be priced at $100 or less. See is a good place to start, but these studentsneed more than backpacks. In this area,we need to address the impacts of income inequalityin the schools. If we succeed in effectivelyeducating these students, thesavings overall will be enormous. Thesestudents need protection from budgetcuts in their classrooms. They needhelp addressing inequality in the face of “bringyour own device policies,” and other technologyneeds.Here are a few ways to give:❖ Fairfax County Collect for Kids is apublic private partnership that provides localchildren from economically challenged familieswith the school supplies they need to beginthe school year, and has provided 90,000supply kits and backpacks in its first threeyears. They seek donations of cash, backpacksdonated by citizens and calculators donatedby businesses. Contact Jay Garant in FairfaxCounty Public Schools Office of Business andCommunity Partnerships at or Sherry 571-423-4300, FairfaxCounty Public Schools Office of Social WorkServices.❖ Cornerstones in Reston needs 3,000backpacks. Each year, Cornerstones and itspartner, Kids R First, equip thousands of K-12children in the Reston-Herndon area (Cornerstones’clients, as well as other local studentswho receive free or reduced cost school meals)with brand-new backpacks. You can buy backpacksonline and have them delivered to Cor-expanded Medicaid; and some ofthose states are led by Republicangovernors that have favored Medicaidexpansion because they sawit as a good deal financially as wellas a reasonable way of makinghealthcare accessible to so manyof their working poor — 400,000in Virginia would benefit from theexpansion.With respect to the writer’s fiscalconcerns, that issue has beenaddressed multiple times by TheCenter on Budget and Policy Prioritiesand The CommonwealthInstitute. The conclusion, which isdocumented by the numbers citedin the various reports, is this:“Medicaid Expansion is ProducingLarge Gains in Health Care andSaving States Money.”The letter-writer’s fiscal concernshave already been essentiallyaddressed, but opponentshave apparently already made uptheir minds and have manifestedlittle interest in the documentationprovided. This documentation hasbeen cited numerous times, and itis not reasonable to assume thatDelegate Ken Plum, a delegate reelectedmultiple times that takesseriously his fiduciary responsibilities,and other legislators in solidaritywith him have not lookedat the numbers before advocatingfor the expansion of MedicaidDr. Paul Krugman, an economicsprofessor at Princeton and the winnerof the Nobel Prize for Economicsin 2008, recently asked this question:“But why would any statenerstones. Or deliver the backpacks to CornerstonesAdministrative Office at 11150 SunsetHills Road, Suite 210, Reston; Aug. 10-14(Monday - Friday); 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. ContactAlacia Earley, Volunteer and Drives Manager,571-323-9568.❖ United Community Ministries annualBack to School campaign is underway, and theyrely on your support to meet the needs of studentsfrom low-income families in the MountVernon community. They especially needlarger-sized backpacks for middle and highschool students, and seek cash contributionsto buy supplies.❖ OUR DAILY BREAD Collect for Kids Backto School program runs each summer in partnershipwith with Collect for Kids in a countywideeffort to ensure that the neediest childrenin our community receive the suppliesthey need to succeed in school. The programis made possible through a partnership withKids R First, Fairfax County Public Schools, theFairfax County Office of Public and PrivatePartnerships, Apple Federal Credit Union andnumerous community-based organizations andbusinesses in the Fairfax County area who areworking together to provide supplies in a morecost-effective and efficient way. Contact DawnSykes at 703-273-8829.❖ Arlington Partnership for AffordableHousing APAH is collecting backpacksand supplies for more than 400 children amongthe 1,200-plus households a year served byAPAH, providing low income families with affordablehousing. Purchase items on their list.Donations can be dropped off at the APAH office:2704 N. Pershing Drive in Arlington. Questions?Contact Emily Button, Resident ServicesManager, at 703-851-3635— Mary Kimm,mkimm@connectionnewspapers.comchoose to exercise that option (notexpand Medicaid)? After all, stateswere being offered a federallyfundedprogram (a program alreadypaid for by taxpayers) that wouldprovide major benefits to millionsof their citizens, pour billions intotheir economies, and help supporttheir health-care providers. Whowould turn down such an offer?”It is the same question many ofus in Virginia have been askingand have not received any satisfyinganswers from the Republicanlegislators that dominate the VirginiaHouse and Senate.John Horejsi (and SALT’s1200 advocates)SALT CoordinatorViennawww.ConnectionNewspapers.comAn independent, locally owned weeklynewspaper deliveredto homes and businesses.Published byLocal Media Connection LLC1606 King StreetAlexandria, Virginia 22314Free digital edition delivered toyour email box. 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NewsVienna Rotary Supports Freedom inCreation, Madison High Honor SocietyBilly Thompson of Vienna Rotary Club presented a checkto Andrew Briggs of Freedom In Creation. Thompson hasknown Briggs since he was in “diapers” and is proud ofthe man he has become over the years. Briggs is also aproud father of a 1 month old son. His nonprofit organizationhas been supporting former child soldiers inUganda. The Vienna Rotary has been supporting theorganization for the past five years. Freedom In Creationprovides art therapy to the former soldiers and cleandrinking water as well as sustainable water solutions fora working farm. The organization is seeking to buildpartnerships with universities, churches or high schoolsthat are looking to help in the field of education. Moreinformation about Freedom In Creation can be found at contributedKathleen Miller presented a check to the National HonorSociety of Madison High School on behalf of ViennaRotary Club. This is the second year that a check has beenprovided to the NHS to assist in putting anti-bacterialplaygrounds in local children’s hospitals.www.ConnectionNewspapers.comVienna/Oakton Connection ❖ July 15-21, 2015 ❖ 5

Photo by Marilyn CampbellArt supplies and games that allow for creative play can bean important part of unstructured free time.UnschedulingSummer PlayExperts praise thebenefits of freeplay for children.By Marilyn CampbellThe ConnectionWhat was once atime for catchingfireflies, swimmingand exploringhas evolved into a period of eliteday camps, academic enrichmentclasses and top-dollar sports clinics.For many children, summer ispacked with so many activities thatit can hardly be called a break, saylocal educators, reminding parentsof the benefits of unregulated play.“Camps and activities are fine inmoderation because children needstructure,” said Andrew Clarke,Ph.D., an Arlington-based childpsychologist. “But allowing childrento have free time during thesummer is important for their selfconfidenceand overall well-being.… Children can become enrichedsimply by being allowed to exploretheir own environments.”NOT ALL CHILDREN are naturallyself-directed, but parents canprovide minimal structure throughwhich children can gain the benefitsof unstructured free time.For example, help children developa list of potential activitiesthat might interest them. This couldassist children who have difficultythinking of things to do on theirown or who might be prone to saying“I’m bored” when faced withfree time and no planned activities.“I recommend giving kids suggestionsof various activities and havingthem choose, said Stacie B.Isenberg, Psy.D., a child psychologistbased in Bethesda, Md. “Sometimesit is helpful to make a list togetherwith them and post it on the refrigeratoror other prominent place.”Isenberg suggests including activitiessuch as playing boardgames, reading books, hula hooping,kicking around a ball, blowingbubbles, doing mazes, puzzlesor painting. “When it’s time for anew activity, have them check outthe list,” she said.It’s especially beneficial if theactivity won’t require constant supervision.“Provide safe spaces forthem to play in,” said Joan L.Ehrlich, Ph.D., a coordinator in theInterpreter Services Office atNorthern Virginia Community College.“If you know the space is safe,you can give them more leeway toplay on their own, and can pullback on the direct supervision.”PARENTS SHOULD ALSO SETboundaries and standards regardingacceptable and unacceptableactivities, she continued. “When mykids were small, we had designated‘no screen’ time. It was wonderfulto hang back and watch them engagein a board game or card game.You would be amazed at what kidswill choose to do when televisions,computers [and other electronics]are not an option. Nothing againstthose devices, but, let’s face it, theycan be addictive which makes ithard to compete with other healthy,educational options.”“All you need to do to facilitateunstructured downtime is to notover schedule them … and providean open-ended learning environment,”added Gail Multop, an earlychildhood education professor atNorthern Virginia Community College.She believes the tools for suchplay are simple: “Puzzles, books,an art table with supplies and timeoutdoors in nature.”FaithArea Youth Re-enact MormonPioneer ExodusApproximately 225 Northern Virginiahigh school students donned19 th -century frontier dress, lefttheir cell phones, other devices andother modern conveniences behindand headed out on a 12-mile reenactmentof the Mormon PioneerExodus which took place from1847 through the 1850s.Youth from the following highschools participated in this year’sPioneer Trek Reenactment:Chantilly, Fairfax, Herndon, Langley,South Lakes, Oakton, Madisonand Westfield.This year’s Pioneer Trek was heldJune 25-26 on a portion of theMarriott Ranch near Hume, Va.While the terrain was different –and more humid – than what theMichael CopelandVienna’s Churchof the GoodShepherdWelcomes NewPastorThe Church of the Good Shepherd,a United Methodist churchin Vienna, welcomed its new pastorMichael Copeland July 5 witha reception following its 10:15a.m. worship service.The Rev. Copeland comes fromSt. Paul United Methodist Churchin Christiansburg, where heserved for the last five years.A graduate of SoutheasternBaptist Theological Seminary, healso has completed his clinicalpastoral education at the MedicalCollege of Virginia Hospital. Thenative of Oak Ridge, Tenn.,worked his way through collegeand seminary as a church musician.He has served UnitedMethodist churches across Virginia,after spending four years inpastoral positions in SouthernBaptist churches. The Rev.Copeland and his wife Donna arethe parents of two grown children.The Church of the Good Shepherd,located at 2351 Hunter MillRoad in Vienna, has been an activeUnited Methodist churchsince 1967. For more information,visit www.GoodShepherdVA.comoriginal Mormon Pioneers facedwhen they crossed the plains fromCouncil Bluffs, Iowa, walkingthrough Nebraska and Wyoming,and across the Rockies into Utah,the re-enactment still challengedthese young people, ages 13-18.The teens used reproductionhand-carts, built by the samecraftsmen who supply the Amishwith wheels for their buggies.To enhance the experience, smallgroups of about a dozen young menand women were grouped togetherinto different pioneer “families,” ledby a volunteer couple who servedas “Ma & Pa” for each family.This local Pioneer Trek experienceextended over two days andone night (it was shortened due toFaith NotesEmmanuel Lutheran Church,2589 Chain Bridge Road, Vienna, is holdingSunday evening worship service in aless formal atmosphere and more intimatesetting to help you get ready for theweek ahead. Sundays, 6 p.m. Communionoffered. No childcare. 703-938-2119or Francis Episcopal Church,9220 Georgetown Pike in Great Falls, offersmusical, educational, outreach andfellowship ministries in addition to worshipservices, including a 7:45 a.m.worship service without music; 9 a.m.worship service, children’s chapel andchildren’s choirs; 10 a.m. Sunday schooland adult forum; and 11 a.m. worshipservice with adult choir. 703-759-2082.The Antioch Christian Church offersa time of Prayer and Healing onWednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. foranyone wanting encouragement andhealing through prayers. People areavailable to pray with you or for you.Antioch Christian Church is located at1860 Beulah Road in Vienna.www.antiochdoc.orgThe Jewish Social ServicesAgency (JSSA) offers a wide variety ofPhoto contributedArea youth participate in re-enactment of the historicMormon Pioneer Exodus.stormy weather), with the participantscamping overnight in tents,cooking their own food over campfiresand culminating in a “testimony”meeting. Nearly all of theyouth spoke one at a time abouttheir own personal hardships, theirappreciation for what the originalVienna Church Receives ‘Changing Lives’ AwardEmmanuel Lutheran Churchin Vienna was again recognizedthis year with theShelter House’s “ChangingLives” award for the impactthey had on the life of aclient in the nonprofit’sNOVACO program thatprovides transitional housing,support and guidanceto survivors of domesticabuse. From left: ShelterHouse Marketing and CommunicationsDirector JolieSmith, Emmanuel LutheranChurch members VickiPettit, Jane Holtorf andGretchen Thiele, and ShelterHouse Executive DirectorJoe Meyer.Faith Notes are for announcements and events in the faith community.Send to Deadline is groups for those with emotional,social, and physical of Northern Virginia offersa variety of free bereavementsupport groups, meeting on a weeklybasis. 703-941-7000 Bible Church Fitness Classat Body & Soul Fitness. Gain balance,energy and strength at 9:45 a.m. Mondaysand Fridays. Free childcare forregistered students. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church,1830 Kirby Road in McLean, holds athird Sunday service every month at10:15 a.m. which allows children to playactive roles in the music and as greetersand ushers. Traditional services are everySunday at 8:15 and 10:15 a.m.Vienna Christian HealingRooms are open, every Saturday, 1-5p.m., at 8200 Bell Lane. A team of Christiansis available to anyone requestingprayer. Free and open to the public. 703-698-9779 had to endure and theirgratitude to the Lord.The Oakton Stake of the Churchof Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saintscomprises nine local congregationsthat include most ofHerndon, Reston, Chantilly,Oakton and Vienna.Chesterbrook United MethodistChurch is at 1711 Kirby Road, McLean.Worship service is at 11 a.m. Sundayschool is at 9:30 a.m. for adults and children.703-356-7100 or Remodel Special $6,850Celebrating 15 Years in Business!Free Estimates703-999-2928New Lane to Ease Rush HourTravel on I-495 NorthCommuters on the inner loop of the Capital Beltway(I-495) traveled on an additional lane Tuesday morning,July 7, after the Virginia Department of Transportation(VDOT) opened the I-495 shoulder lane, improvingtravel conditions where the northbound 495Express Lanes join the regular lanes. The 1.5-milelane allowed traffic to travel on the left shoulder ofnorthbound I-495 from where the 495 Express Lanesend to the George Washington Parkway. This shoulderlane will be open to all traffic from 7-11 a.m. and 2-8p.m. on weekdays. A lane-use management system,with green arrows and red “X’s,” similar to the lanecontrolsystem on I-66, will alert travelers when theshoulder is open. In addition to the extra lane, severalsafety enhancements have been implementedsuch as upgraded concrete barriers in the median ofI-495, new cameras and electronic highway signs tohelp with incident response and traveler information,and new pavement. All travelers and buses will benefitfrom the new capacity and improved merge.There will be no barrier separation between theshoulder lane and the regular Beltway lanes, ensuringeasy access for travelers. 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SportsQ&A: Vienna Resident Sweeneyto Play Softball at The MountO’Connell grad rootsfor Nationals, enjoys"classic baseball movies."Erin Sweeney was a four-year member ofthe Bishop O’Connell softball team andspent two seasons as the ace of the Knightspitching staff.Sweeney, a Vienna resident, experienced fourVISAA state championships and a pair of WashingtonCatholic Athletic Conference titles during herhigh school career. As a senior, she went 15-1 in thepitcher’s circle with a 1.11 ERA, striking out 100batters in 88 innings. She earned first-team all-stateand first-team all-WCAC honors, and was namedteam MVP.Sweeney graduated from Bishop O’Connell in 2015but will continue her softball career at Mount St.Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md. The Mountaineerscompete at the Division I level in the NortheastConference.Sweeney recently participated via email in a Q&Awith The Connection.Connection: You’ll be playing softball for MountSt. Mary’s next season. What made Mount St. Mary’sthe right choice for you?Sweeney: The Mount has everything I was lookingfor in a school. It has a great Health Sciencesprogram, it is close to home and I have the ability toplay Division I softball for a great coach and withsome incredible teammates. It is just a perfect fit forme.Connection: What position(s) will you play?Sweeney: I will have the opportunity to pitch andplay other positions at The Mount. I am looking forwardto helping The Mount team any way I can.Connection: What are you most looking forwardto about going to college?Sweeney: I am really looking forward to meetingnew people and experiencing all the things thatMount St. Mary’s has to offer. I am also looking forwardto continuing to play softball.Connection: At what age did you start playingsoftball?Sweeney: I started playing softball when I was 8years old.Connection: When did you realize playing collegesoftball was an option for you?Sweeney: Playing college softball has been a goalof mine since I was 10 years old.Connection: The O’Connell softball program haswon many championships over the years. How, if atall, did playing for a prestigious program affect theamount of pressure you felt to succeed?Sweeney: O’Connell softball has a long winningtradition and Tommy [Orndorff] is a Hall of Famecoach, so I definitely felt a lot of pressure to succeed.But the reason the program has been so successfulover the past 30 years is because the playersunderstand that it is their responsibility to play“O’Connell Softball,” which means we honor the sportevery time we take the field and we play the gamethe right way. This is what Tommy has instilled inhis players and that is why the program has been soconsistently successful over the years. It is a lot ofpressure, but it is also a lot of fun.Connection: What is your favorite memory ofConnection file photoErin Sweeney, a Vienna resident and 2015graduate of Arlington’s Bishop O’ConnellHigh School, will play softball at Mount St.Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md.playing softball at O’Connell?Sweeney: I have had a lot of great memories fromplaying softball at O’Connell, but what has meantthe most to me is the lasting friendships I have madewith all of my amazing teammates.Connection: Do you have any game day superstitions?Sweeney: I wouldn’t consider myself to be reallysuperstitious, but I definitely have a set game dayroutine that I follow.Connection: What do you like to do when you’renot playing a sport?Sweeney: When I am not playing softball, I liketo watch my brother play baseball and my sister playsoftball. I like coaching softball, especially workingwith young pitchers. I also love going to the beach.Connection: Are you a pro sports fan? Whichteam(s) do you root for?Sweeney: I am a huge baseball fan! My favoriteteams are the Nationals and the Kansas City Royals.Connection: What’s your favorite food?Sweeney: I love Italian food, especially pasta.Connection: Who is your favorite music artist?Why?Sweeney: I enjoy listening to all types of music,and I am a really big fan of country music, but I don’treally have a favorite artist.Connection: What is your favorite movie? Why?Sweeney: I really love those classic baseball movies,like ‘Field of Dreams’ and ‘The Sandlot.’ Theyare just fun to watch.— Jon RoetmanPhotos by Brandon GinsburgOakton Otter Lexi Pierce dives during a recent competition.Oakton Otters RemainUndefeatedThe Oakton Otter diversremain undefeated inDivision 4 (3-0) aftertheir decisive win on July 7 overOrange Hunt, 43-28.Five Otter divers took firstplace in their respective categories:Haley Liddell in freshmangirls with a score of 62.50;Spencer Dearman in junior boyswith a score of 105.50; JoshShipley in intermediate boyswith a score of 99.25; ElanaColbert in senior girls with ascore of 183.35; Brad Burgesonin senior boys with a score of189.80.The other Otter divers whoplaced were: Gabriella Mancusi(freshman girls, second), JonAnthony Montel (freshmanboys, second), Finn MacStravic(freshman boys, third), SarahGurley (junior girls, second),Blaise Wuest (junior boys,third), Kenna Campfield (intermediategirls, second), KylaStraker (intermediate girls,third), and Liam Klopfenstein(senior boys, second). SarahGurley set a new Oakton Swimand Racquet Club dive teamrecord for junior girls with ascore of 128.60, breaking theold record of 122.85 set byteammate Elana Colbert in2010.Brad Burgeson competes for the Oakton Otter diveteam.8 ❖ Vienna/Oakton Connection ❖ July 15-21, 2015

CalendarSend announcements to Deadline isFriday for the following week’s paper.Photos/artwork encouraged.ONGOING“The Healing Wall.” Tuesdays –Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., throughAug. 1. Vienna Art Center, 115Pleasant St., NW, Vienna. “TheHealing Wall” is assembled from twodozen puzzle pieces created bysoldiers recovering at the Fort BelvoirCommunity Hospital. Each piecemakes a powerful statement by itselfas well as part of the larger puzzle.What’s in Your Garden? Tuesdays -Saturdays, through Aug. 1. ViennaArts Society “Gallery in the VillageGreen,” 513 Maple Ave. W, Vienna.Featured artist Loy McGaughy ofReston exhibits a collection ofwatercolors inspired by her personalphotographs. The exhibition includesmore than a dozen other artists.Vienna’s Summer on the GreenConcert Series. Fridays-Sundays,through Sept. 27. 6:30 p.m. atVienna Town Green, 144 MapleAvenue E, Vienna. Come out on theweekend and listen to some goodmusic.Visit 15Rock-A-Bye Baby. 11:30 a.m. - 12p.m. Patrick Henry Library, 101Maple Avenue East, Vienna. An earlyliteracy enhanced storytime,featuring rhymes, stories and songs.Birth-12 months with adult. Registerat Wonders. 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.Oakton Library,10304 LynnhavenPlace, Oakton. Short stories for youand your child. Age 13-23 monthswith adult. Register at JULY 16Wine Class. 7-8 p.m. The Wine Outlet,278 Cedar Lane, SE, Vienna. At thenorthern tip of the South Island ofNew Zealand lies one of the mostexplosive wine areas in the NewWorld: Marlborough. Call 703-639-0155 to reserve your spot. Cost: $5.Classics Books Discussion Group.1 - 2 p.m. Patrick Henry Library, 101Maple Avenue East, Vienna. Joinwriter/scholar Amanda Holmes Duffyfor a discussion of “The Loved One”by Evelyn Waugh. Adults and teens.Visit G. 10:30 a.m. Wolf Trap, 1645Trap Road, Vienna. Sing and danceto bilingual tunes in Spanish andEnglish. Ages 3 and up. Tickets: $10.Visit www.wolftrap.orgGuster. 8 p.m. Wolf Trap, 1645 WolfTrap Road Vienna. Alternative rockand on-stage humor. Tickets: $32-$45. Visit www.wolftrap.orgFRIDAY/JULY 17Pokemon League. 3- 6 p.m. PatrickHenry Library, 101 Maple AvenueEast, Vienna. Learn and play. Ages 5-18. Visit Vagabond Puppets. 10:30a.m. Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road,Vienna. A pre-historic adventure,presenting “Mammoth Follies”.Featuring songs, jokes and dances.Tickets $10. Visit www.wolftrap.orgSATURDAY/JULY 18SocialBurger Wine Pairing. 1-6 p.m.The Wine Outlet, 278 Cedar Lane SE,Vienna. Cost: $7. Visitwww.viennawineoutlet.comModel Trains and Thomas at OpenHouse. 1-5 p.m. Historic ViennaTrain Station, 231 Dominion RoadNE, Vienna. See and hear modeltrolleys and steam and diesel trainswww.ConnectionNewspapers.comMultiple-WAMMIE award winner, Lisa Lim, will rock thepark with masterful songwriting, burning guitar anddistinctive vocals—all with a blues/rock edge on July 26.The Alden and the McLean Community Center’s (MCC)Summer Sunday Concerts in the Park starts at 5 p.m. atMcLean Central Thomas and some of his friends.The layout reflects the mountainousterrain and towns of Western NorthCarolina. Free. Visit Bicycle Event. 10 a.m. - 4p.m. 224 Maple Avenue East, Vienna.Learn more about the benefits, easeof use and fun that an electric bicyclecan offer everyone. Come test ride abike, and have a burger and drink onus.The Ghosts of Versailles. 7:30 p.m.Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna.“The Ghosts of Versailles”encompasses comedy, romance,intrigue, revenge and malice. Tickets$32-$88. Visit www.wolftrap.orgHudson Vagabond Puppets. 10:30a.m. Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road,Vienna. A pre-historic adventure,presenting “Mammoth Follies”.Featuring songs, jokes and dances.$10. Visit www.wolftrap.orgPokemon: Symphonic Evolutions.8:30 a.m. Wolf Trap, 1645 TrapRoad, Vienna. Journey throughnearly 20 years of memorablePokemon music from the popularfranchise. Tickets $25-$45. 19Scott Miller. 7:30 p.m. Jammin’ Java,227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. Singer,songwriter and farmer Scott Millerwill perform an acoustic show. Visit Labelle. 8 p.m. Wolf Trap, 1645Wolf Trap Road, Vienna Performanceby the Grammy-winning and Emmynominatedactress. Tickets $30-$65.Visit www.wolftrap.orgMONDAY/JULY 20Game On! 2 - 3 p.m. Patrick HenryLibrary, 101 Maple Avenue East,Vienna. Learn how to playKrosmaster, a new strategy gamewith playful characters!. Additionalgames will be available to play.Teens. Register at 21Around the World MusicalAdventure. 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.Patrick Henry Library, 101 MapleAvenue East, Vienna. Music andmovement with Miss Susan. Age 3-7with adult. Sign up each child andadult separately at Rockers. 10:30 a.m. WolfTrap, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. Anenergetic show with hip hop grooves,rhymes, and positive messages forkids. Ages 4-10. Tickets $8. Visitwww.wolftrap.orgWEDNESDAY/JULY 22Woof, And Paws- Read to a Dog.2:30, 2:45, 3, 3:15 and 4 p.m. PatrickHenry Library, 101 Maple AvenueEast, Vienna. Need a little readinghelp? Sign up to read with a readingtherapy dog. Age 6-12. Registeronline at Tales. 10:30 a.m. OaktonLibrary, 10304 Lynnhaven Place,Oakton. Stories and activities for youand your toddler. Age 2-3 with adult.Brandi Carlile. 7:30 p.m. Wolf Trap,1645 Trap Road, Vienna. Spend asummer evening with song writerCarlile who bridges folk rock withAmericana. Tickets $30-$55. Visitwww.wolftrap.orgTHURSDAY/JULY 23“Not Just for Teens” Adult BookClub. 7 - 8 p.m. Patrick HenryLibrary, 101 Maple Avenue East,Vienna. Are you an adult who lovesYA lit? If so, join for discussion, funand dessert. June’s title will be TokyoHeist by Diana Renn. Register at Boys Chorus. 10:30a.m. Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road,Vienna. Boys choir playing songsfrom the Beach Boys to contemporaryfavorites. Ages 8-14. Tickets $8.Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! 8 p.m.Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna.Watch comedians, journalists andcelebrity guests compete in NPR’saward-winning current events quizshow. Tickets $25-$60. Visitwww.wolftrap.orgDermatology & Allergy1800 Town Center Dr., Ste. 415Reston, VA 20190SPECIALISTS OF VIRGINIAKathryn J. Sowerwine, MDDr. Kathryn J. Sowerwine is a boardcertified Allergist and Immunologistwith a special interest in dermatologicaldiseases linked to allergy. She completeda residency in Internal Medicine atGeorgetown University Hospital and herclinical and research fellowship in allergyand immunology at the National Institutesof Health in Bethesda, MD.Dr. Sowerwine has specialized training and experienceto find out what causes your allergies, prevent andtreat symptoms, and help keep them under control.Allergy Patch Testing • Asthma • Hives • Allergy EczemaFood & Environmental Allergy Testing • SinusitisInsect Venom Allergy Testing • Immunotherapy • Allergic RhinitisAccepting New PatientsPhone 703-709-1492 • Fax 703-709-5111www.dermspecialistsva.comVisit These Houses of WorshipTo Highlight Your Faith Community,call Karen at 703-917-6468Welcoming, Diverse, ProgressiveST. ANNE’SEPISCOPALCHURCH • Reston1715 N. George Mason Dr., Ste. 105Arlington, VA 222058:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II5:00 p.m. Come Just as You Are Contemporary ServiceNursery care provided at 10:00 a.m. serviceThe Rev. 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LOURIEAfter six years, four months and two weekssince being diagnosed with stage IV, non-smallcell lung cancer (the “terminal” kind), I can saywith certainty that I have no sense of what mynext CT scan, scheduled for July 15th, will indicate.Previously (multiple scans over multipleyears), I’ve felt something in my upper chest/lungs where the largest tumors are located andthe subsequent scan showed nothing of consequence.On other scan occasions, I’ve felt nothingof consequence in my chest and the scanshowed tumor growth, enough to change mymedication. On still other scan occasions, Ihave felt something in my chest (where thetumors are located), and sure enough the CTscan showed some growth. Finally, and conversely,on still other CT scans, I’ve felt nothingof consequence and there was no tumor activityof concern. As a result of these four contradictoryishindicators of possible growth/no growth, forthe weeks, then days, leading up to my everythree-monthCT scan, I never know what tothink I feel any more than I know what to feel Ithink. Thirty or so scans into my cancer-controlledlife, I’m still teetering emotionallybefore, during and after the computerizedtomography. And though the actual scan itselftakes less than a minute, the damage is doneand can only be undone after we learn theresults.Which oddly enough presents another similarlyjuxtaposed problem. In the early years,during our post-scan “scanxiety,” waiting theweek or so until our next face-to-face appointmentwith my oncologist to learn the results wasunbearable, so usually I would call a day or twolater and get a message to him or my oncologynurse, attempting to speed up a response.Typically, I would hear back sooner rather thanlater. Eventually, e-mail communication becamepart of the process, and after my scan was completed,I started e-mailing my oncologist directly,advising him of my status and asking for results.Usually, the news was good. Occasionallythe news was not. And though my oncologistwould rather have delivered bad news in person,he certainly could appreciate how difficultit was for me/patients to wait, so he continuedto e-mail. One time however, the post-scane-mail he sent us was discouraging and said hewould discuss it further at our next appointment,scheduled as usual within the week.When he saw us in person, he was surprisinglyupbeat and immediately told us/apologized forhaving e-mailed us some incomplete informationconcerning my scan, and told us insteadthat the “results were good,” not bad, somethingabout the radiologist comparing the wrongscan (he had me at “results were good”), theexact kind of potential miscommunication waitingand discussing results in person eliminates.As a result, we have, with experience gainedover the last few years, begun to be able to waitfor the appointment to discuss the scan and notstress too much in the interim, generally.Since we stopped e-mailing and requestingscan results, my oncologist oddly enough has,on his own initiative, e-mailed us good news,not e-mailed us bad news and not e-mailed usgood news. This inconsistency has remade thetime leading up to the scan stressful again,because now we don’t know what not hearingfrom the oncologist might mean; heck, it mightmean nothing, it just might just be that he’s onvacation (as was the actual case one time and itwas no one’s responsibility to inform us of anythingso no one did). Of course, we didn’tknow, so naturally we went negative thinking itwas bad news.Similar to the CT scan results meaning/notmeaning, this is not exactly two halves making awhole, this is more like eight quarters makingup two different wholes. Unfortunately, easy isthe last thing it has become, when it’s the firstthing it needs to be. Cancer is tough enough onits own. It doesn’t need any help. I’m extremelygrateful to still have a chance. I just wish I hadmore of a choice.Kenny Lourie is an Advertising Representative forThe Potomac Almanac & The Connection Newspapers.Fairfax County’s free Family CaregiverTelephone Support Group meets byphone on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 7-8 p.m. to discuss“Keeping Organized as a Caregiver.”Register at and click on CaregiverSupport. Call 703-324-5484, TTY 711.Fairfax County’s Long Term Care OmbudsmanProgram needs volunteeradvocates for residents in nursing homesand assisted living facilities. Contact LisaCallahan at 703-324-5861, TTY 711 oremail visit the Northern Virginia Long TermCare Ombudsman Wakefield Senior Center inAnnandale needs an experiencedCanasta Player, an Art Instructor andcertified instructors Pilates and BallroomDance. For these and other opportunities,call 703-324-5406, TTY 711 or andclick on Volunteer Solutions.The Herndon Adult Day Health CareCenter needs a Piano Player to play classicalor music from the 1960s and before.For these and other opportunities, call 703-324-5406, TTY 711 or andclick on Volunteer Solutions.The Hollin Hall Senior Center in Alexandrianeeds instructors for the followingclasses: Basic Guitar, Italian, Potteryand Ballroom Dance. For these andother volunteer opportunities, call 703-324-5406, TTY 711 or andclick on Volunteer Solutions.Fairfax County Meals on Wheelsneeds coordinators, co-coordinators,and substitute drivers for routesthroughout the county. For these and othervolunteer opportunities, call 703-324-5406,TTY 711 or visit and click on Volunteer Solutions.The Little River Glen Senior Centerin Fairfax needs a Computer Lab Assistantand a Zumba Gold Instructor.For these and other volunteer opportunities,call 703-324-5406, TTY 711 or andclick on Volunteer Solutions.The Kingstowne Center for ActiveAdults in Alexandria needs a CountryWestern Line Dance Instructor, MosaicArt or Jewelry Making Instructor,Hula Hoop Class Leader and anAfrican Style Dance Instructor. Forthese and other volunteer opportunities, call703-324-5406, TTY 711 or andclick on Volunteer Solutions.Fairfax County needs volunteers to driveolder adults to medical appointmentsand wellness programs. For theseand other volunteer opportunities, call 703-324-5406, TTY 711 or andclick on Volunteer Solutions.Vienna/Oakton Connection ❖ July 15-21, 2015 ❖ 11

NewsThe crowd enjoys listening to the Bluegrass group Bill Emerson and theSweet Dixie Band as Vienna Summer Concerts on the Green continue atthe Vienna Town Green.Vienna EnjoysSummer onthe GreenThe Town of Vienna offersfree concerts during thesummer on Wednesdays,Fridays, Saturdays and Sundaysat 6:30 p.m. at the Vienna TownGreen, 144 Maple Avenue, East, Vienna.On Sunday evening, the Bluegrass groupBill Emerson and the Sweet Dixie Bandperformed to a delighted crowd. Theconcerts are sponsored by the Rotary Clubof Vienna and Whole Foods of Vienna.Visit; in the event ofinclement weather, call 703-255-7842.Photos by Steve Hibbard/The ConnectionLola Emerson, wife of band leaderBill Emerson, mans the booth.ViewpointsWhat do you like about the Summer on theGreen Concerts in Vienna?Interviews conducted during the Bluegrass concert featuring Bill Emerson andthe Sweet Dixie Band on Sunday, July 12 in Vienna.Chris Mason, ofBethesda, and EdRichmond ofVienna:“It’s my tax dollars atwork in the best possibleway and the camaraderieof my fellow Viennanswho I wouldn’t normallymeet, and the quality ofthe music,” said ChrisMason.“The only thing Icome for is the Bluegrassmusic," said EdRichmond.DragosCiobanu ofMerrifield:“I think theatmosphere andthe music. Thisis my first time;I was runningthrough andcame upon it; Ilive two milesaway.”- Steve HibbardNateUnderhillfrom Vienna:“It’s a greatvenue forbringingtogetherdifferent ages inVienna to enjoyall sorts ofgenres ofmusic.”Jim Gray fromManassas:“I just love Bluegrassmusic. Bill Emerson, thebanjo player, is myuncle.”Kathy Underhill fromVienna:“I love that they’re outdoors,family-friendly andhigh-quality with a varietyof all types of music.”Jim Milosavich ofVienna:“I think it’s enjoyableand a nice get-togetherand a fun way to relax.”The Bluegrass group Bill Emerson and the Sweet Dixie Band performsSunday night at the Summer on the Green Concert.2015 Vienna Town GreenConcert Series*FRIDAY NIGHTS — JULY17 – Sarah Bennett Swanner – Soulful Blues24 – Feedback – Rock31 – Wayne Tympanick Quartet – Jazz/Dixieland*AUGUST7 – Difficult Run Jazz Band14 – US Navy Sea Chanters21 – Clarence Buffalo – Soulful Blues28 – Richard Walton Group*WEDNESDAY NIGHTS — JULY15 – The Great Zucchini22 – Mr. Gabe & the Circle Time All-stars*SUNDAY NIGHTS — JULY19 – Vienna Community Band26 – Afternoons on Church Concert - 5 p.m.*AUGUST2 – SOHO Down – Country9 – Tommy and the Bahamas – Beach Music16 – Shenandoah Run – Folk/Americana23– Kingsley Winter Band30 – Afternoons on Church Concert - 5 p.m.*SEPTEMBER27 – Afternoons on Church Concert – 5 p.m.*OCTOBER25 – Afternoons on Church Concert – 5 p.m.12 ❖ Vienna/Oakton Connection ❖ July 15-21, 2015

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