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NatureFest 2010: Connecting to Nature

On Sunday, September 19, The Friends of Runnymede Park and Herndon Parks and Recreation Department are co-sponsoring NatureFest 2010 at the Runnymede Park. The event will take place from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. and include 12 different stations throughout the park with hands-on activities and crafts. You will get a passport at the beginning of the event and get stamped at each station.  Be sure to get your stamp because you get a prize at the end of the day for a completed passport! There will also be food provided by JJ Deli.

Stations include the following:

Honey Bees
Meadow Adventures
Web of Life
Herndon Farm Life
Life in the Stream (fish shocking)
Native Plants
Forest Habitat
Fairfax County Wildlife Mgmt
Water Quality(Little Critters)

Fire Rips Through Five Herndon Townhouses

HERNDON, Va. (WUSA) -- Nobody noticed the flames until it was too late. Until the fire was too strong to stop from burning five townhouses in. One after the other. Stunned neighbors watched in disbelief.

"It was horrible. It was horrific. The flames were shooting so high I thought the trees were on fire," said neighbor Delbra Anderson who was jolted out of her trace to think of knocking on the doors of people who were in the fire's path. It raged around 11:00 in the 13,000 block of Shea Place in Herndon.

"A whole bunch of smoke and fire. I went around behind the house and saw the shed on fire and I came around the front and flame were shooting off the roof," said Shawn Austin, another neighbor who started knocking on doors to get people out.

Fairfax County Schools Drop Chocolate Milk, Nuggets, Corn Dogs

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA) - Fairfax County elementary school students will no longer be able to buy chocolate milk in school cafeterias. It's one of several new recommendations to make school food healthier, according to the Fairfax County Public Schools.

"They don't need all that sugar and calories. No child does," says Penny McConnell, Director of FCPS Food and Nutrition Services.

Not all parents are happy about this new decision. Some worry if there's no chocolate milk, their children won't drink any milk. McConnell says if kids won't drink fat free milk, they can drink water.

But some parents support the decision. "Chocolate milk is only for special occasions. It's like a milkshake, not for everyday," said Monika Sibert.

McConnell and her team have also taken corn dogs and chicken nuggets off the menu because they're too high in fat. More meaty, less breading chicken tenders are still available and so are low fat hot dogs on a whole wheat bun.

Living Well Expo Coming Soon to Herndon

This was sent to us by Marion Myers of Myers Public Relations, LLC:

Announcing The Living Well Expo, the area's first region-wide health expo! Held on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at the Dulles Hyatt in Herndon, presented by Title Sponsor Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield, The Living Well Expo will bring together area residents and health care professionals and organizations under one roof for an entire day.  The Expo with feature health care exhibitors, interactive health & fitness demonstrations, a healthy food stage featuring demonstrations and cook-offs, free health screenings, entertainment, food, and much more!  We are also pleased to announce that Radio Disney will be prominently featured, bringing their "Move It" campaign to the Expo.  This event will be free to the public.

Herndon Community Center Introduces Revised Fees

The Herndon Community Center continues to offer classes for all ages and all interests. These classes are year round and give you the opportunity to learn some new skills or improve on the ones you have for a variety of different activities. Starting on September 7, the Herndon Community Center will have revised fees for admission and passes. Also, the center hours starting on September 7 are as follows:

Monday – Friday               6:00 a.m.

Fairfax Fugitive Coach Captured In Poland

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA)  More than a year after sexual misconduct charges were filed against him, a one-time youth coach in Fairfax County is in custody.

Fairfax Police say 39-year-old John E. Hamilton was arrested Wednesday by the Polish Border Guard as he attempted to cross into the Czech Republic.   Efforts are now underway to have him extradited back to the United States.

Hamilton faces two counts of aggravated sexual batter of a child and two counts of indecent liberties with a child and one count of crimes against nature with a minor.  All the alleged crimes took place in Fairfax County.

In 2009, a 24-year-old man came forward and accused Hamilton of committing the acts twelve years earlier.  Hamilton was a little league baseball coach for the Fort Hunt Youth Athletic Association at that time.


Road Paving in Progress

Work on the annual asphalt repaving project began on Monday. The repaving project is aimed to improve the safety of the streets of Herndon.

Herndon residents should be aware of alternate routes during the paving to avoid delays. While notices will be posted door-to-door, you can call 703-435-6860, the Herndon Maintenance Facility, Public Works, for more information.

Paving on Van Buren Street between Elden and Monrore streets and northbound lanes from the intersection of Spring and Van Buren streets to the W&OD trail are in the course of planning.