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Redskins' Cooley Back At Practice After Concussion

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley appears set to play in this week's game at Chicago after recovering from a mild concussion.

Cooley was injured in Sunday's game against Indianapolis, but he was able to practice in a helmet and pads Thursday after going two days without showing any symptoms.

Cooley has 28 catches for 340 yards and two touchdowns this season.

Linebacker Rocky McIntosh, who missed Sunday's game with a concussion, practiced for the second straight day and also appears ready to play.

Fire Chief Selects Charles W. Ryan For Deputy Chief

The following was sent to us by Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department:

Fire Chief Ronald L. Mastin has selected Battalion Chief Charles W. Ryan for promotion to Deputy Chief. Chief Ryan will be assigned as Deputy Chief, B-Shift, Operations Bureau, effective October 23, 2010. Since August 2007, he has served as a field Battalion Chief in the First Battalion.

Chief Ryan began his career as a recruit firefighter in January of 1994, and was initially assigned to Fire and Rescue Station 24, Woodlawn. Career assignments and promotions include:

Detours & OnRamps: An Oct. 25th Forum On The Issues Facing Mothers In The Workplace

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Local Ashburn Teacher Wins $25,000 Milken Educator Award

This was sent to us by the Milken Family Foundation:

Ashburn, VA (October 7, 2010)—The tables turned at a schoolwide assembly in Ashburn, Virginia, today when the Milken Family Foundation honored—and stunned—fifth-grade teacher Sean Patrick Griffin of Belmont Station Elementary with its Milken Educator Award, which comes with a no-strings-attached cash prize of $25,000. Foundation Chairman and Co-Founder Lowell Milken, Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Patricia Wright and Loudoun County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Edgar B. Hatrick were among the leaders participating in the surprise celebration.


Dubbed “the Oscars of teaching” by Teacher Magazine, the Milken Educator Awards program was conceived by Lowell Milken to recognize the importance of outstanding educators and encourage talented young people to enter the teaching profession.

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This Weekend: Loudoun Ballet Company Presents Deep in the Forest

Deep in the Forest, an original story ballet created by Artistic Director Maureen Miller, premiered in the spring of 2005 with rave reviews. Deep in the Forest tells the story of a fairy princess, her unicorn, a pesky dragon, and a host of woodland characters that are bound to charm audiences of all ages with its happy ending and moral lesson.The inspiration for Deep in the Forest came from Miller's fairy collection, which numbers about 100 pieces. And not surprisingly, many of those fairies were gifts from ballet students over the years.Join LBC and its talented dancers this weekend only Potomac Falls High School. Showtimes are Saturday, October 9, at 1 PM and 4PM. And Sunday, October 10, at 4PM. Tickets will be sold at the door and are general admission. Prices are $15.00 for Adults, and $10.00 for Children (12 & under) & Seniors (60 & above).

Cindy Vance serving beef stew at Ashburn Farmers' Market Saturday

This was sent to us by Polly Elmore of PR Works:

Ashburn, VA - Personal Chef Cindy Vance will be cooking beef stew and providing samplings to visitors at the Ashburn Farmer's Market at 11 a.m., Saturday, October 9. The ingredients all come from Loudoun County Farms, including the beef, and are on sale at the Farmers' Market from 8 a.m. to 12 noon Saturdays at the Ashburn Crossroads Restaurant Park, 44036 Pipeline Plaza.

 A personal chef and owner of Cindy's Fit Food, Cindy is on a mission to bring families back to the dinner table. She is working with the Loudoun Valley Growers to demonstrate how to prepare and serve the fresh produce offered by local famers. She launched her personal chef business in January, after managing a local landscaping business for 17 years. She is studying for her chef certificate with the Culinary Business Academy.