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Volunteers to Install Rain Garden at Freedom Park on Saturday, November 13, 2010

From the Town of Leesburg – The Town of Leesburg’s Watershed Committee is seeking volunteers to help install a rain garden at Freedom Park in Leesburg on Saturday, November 13, 2010. 

A rain garden is a landscaped area that collects rainfall and stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces such as parking lots and rooftops and filters pollutants from the runoff before it drains into local streams. On the surface, a rain garden looks like any other landscaped area, but it is different in three key ways.  First, rain gardens are located in low areas, or depressions, so that stormwater is intercepted before flowing into storm sewers or streams.  Secondly, a rain garden features native plants that absorb and transform stormwater pollutants.  Finally, the soil in rain gardens is engineered to detain stormwater runoff long enough for the plants to absorb the pollutants. 

Two NoVA Cancer Non-Profits Will Represent Washington, D.C., at Academy Awards of Philanthropy

The Brad Kaminsky Foundation (TBKF) has won the distinction of being named Charity of the Year for Washington, D.C.,  by StayClassy. TBKF now moves onto the national round in California to compete with charities from seven other U.S. cities for the Classy Award and title of National Charity of the Year.

The Classy Awards are sponsored by StayClassy.org, an innovative outlet for non-profit organizations. The awards recognize the philanthropic work of charitable foundations, businesses, and individuals.  Awards are given in one of ten categories including Charity of the Year, Small Charity of the Year, and Most Creative Awareness Campaign.  The Charity of the Year winner will receive a $25,000 prize, while other winners will receive $10,000. Presented in downtown San Diego on November 7, the Classy Awards are the Academy Awards of philanthropy.

TBKF went up against 10 other Washington, D.C. based charities in the first round of online voting. First round voting took place from October 9 through October 22. The final stage of voting is happening now and will continue through November 5.

Lisa Millar, founder of TBKF, said, “We are so honored to represent the brain tumor and cancer community and to be able to increase much needed awareness. We are fighting for everyone touched by cancer and for all the angels taken too soon.”

DC Candlelighters, an organization for childhood cancer awareness and support was also awarded Small Charity of the Year for Washington, D.C.  The DC Candlelighters an all-volunteer charity that supports families of children fighting cancer and was started by families whose own children had been diagnosed with cancer. 

TBKF was born out of love, by Lisa Millar, for her 29-year-old brother who died from a brain tumor and for her need to avenge the disease that took him. TBKF co-founded a national branding and unification movement to join all those working towards a cure for brain tumors. Over 71 non-profits have united under the Heroes of Hope Grey Ribbon Crusade campaign. TBKF, along with its many D.C. Metro events, including their Kids Helping Kids event for Pediatric Cancer Awareness, is developing a new project that will motivate and guide members of communities to join together and do their part to help put an end to all cancer.

Both The Brad Kaminksy Foundation and DC Candlelighters are founded by women whose personal lives have been impacted by cancer.  These charities are informing and motivating our communities to get involved and raise awareness to beat cancer.

Loudoun History Awards to Honor Local History Advocates

Leesburg’s Thomas Balch Library will host the awards ceremony on Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.

Smithsonian Air and Scare Draws Thousands

Thousands of goblins, ghosts, Obi-Wans and princesses swarmed to the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F.

Leesburg’s Annual Halloween Parade Planned for Sunday, October 31, 2010

Leesburg Police Offer Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

Leesburg Executive Airport Hosts 2010 Open House and Air Show on Saturday, October 23, 2010

Free event promises fun for the whole family

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