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Fairfax Station Clifton LortonSports, Page 8 Calendar, Page 7 Classified, Page 13From left,Charlt Yakovleff,Terri Marin,Hilary Rinke,Helen Rusnak,Nichole Klockede Rodriguez,Andie Matten,Rak Ieng,Lorraine Hoppeand WayneMatten go overa scene from‘I’m GettingMurdered inthe Morning.’Arrests inPlayground FireNews, Page 4PERMIT #322Easton, MDPRSRT STDU.S. PostagePAIDDinnerAnd MurderLeft-HandedLivingAttention Postmaster:Time sensitive material.Requested in home 3-11-11Photo by Bonnie Hobbs/The ConnectionNews, Page 3News, Page 3www.ConnectionNewspapers.comMarch 10-16, 2011onlineat www.connectionnewspapers.comFairfax Station/Clifton/Lorton Connection March 10-16, 2011 1

NewsFrom Hardship to VictoryFairfax Station skier excels on the slopes.uth Geier Conner is a lifetimeskier from the Bavarian Alps, living for nearly 40 years in FairfaxStation. During that time, on thedays she was not teaching at a communitycollege in Maryland, she cleaned out an oldunofficial trash dump directly above thecounty’s drinking water Sandy Run, a tributary of the Occoquan River“It’s now our 2-1/2 acre paradise,” saidConnor, who went on to pull out enoughstumps for an organic vegetable garden —homecoming surprise for her husband ofmore than 50 years, U.S.A.F Jerry Conner,when he retired. “There was basically nosoil, just clay and sand from leached outformer tobacco fields which needed a lot oferosion ditches filled, and then I startedmaking soil by composting all leaves andkitchen scrap”The Conners still raise an impressive cropof all organic vegetables for the family andto give away.This work caught the attention of OrganicGarden Magazine, which awarded RuthGeier Conner with a bronze medallion forerosion prevention and composting.“ I am an immigrant who came right after World War II,” she said. “People alwaysRsay: ‘You must be from a small village to beso crazy about agriculture. I am fromMunich, a big town, but, like skiing, gardening is sort of a passion for me, a kind ofreligious duty, to treat the earth well. Sothat’s how I got the idea for a full collection of ski race medals in memory of myfather, who died too young.”Back in the 1920s Ruth Geier Conner’sfather, Michael Geier, became the four-timenational champion of Germany in GrecoRoman (classical) wrestling. At that time,her parents had waited 10 years for “a littlechampion.” They even had a boy’s namepicked out, then Ruth was born in 1930.Her mother died a few short years laterof cancer and, although her father then hadan invitation to the Olympics, he chose toturn down this huge opportunity to take herhome from a place in the mountains whereshe had been kept duringºher mother’s final struggle.“He could have left me there and gone tothe Olympics, but he gave it up and paidnannies,” said Ruth Geier Conner. “It wasthe depth of the depression. All savings hadbeen devaluated. We ate lots of cabbage/See Skier, Page 12USEYOURTRICAREB E N E F I T !TWOCONVENIENTLOCATIONS Family & Pediatric Vision Care Comprehensive Eye Exams Treatment of Eye Diseases 17 yrs. Naval Service, 6 yrs. Active Duty Laser Vision Consultants Over a thousand frames in stock We carry all major brands of contact lenses In-house labMost Insurances Accepted:Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Care First, Medicare, Tricare In-networkDoctor, Vision One Discount, Avesis, Aetna HMO/PPO/POS, PHCS,VSP Network Doctor, EyeMed Vision Care, United Healthcare, VA MedicaidWE WELCOME YOUR DOCTOR’S PRESCRIPTIONDR. GENE SWEETNAMDR. THANH YANGO P T O M E T R I S T S5204A Rolling Rd.Burke Professional CenterBurke, VA 220158951 Ox Rd., Suite 100Shoppes at Lorton ValleyLorton, VA 22079703-425-2000703-493-9910www.drsweetnam.com www.sightforvision.com2 Fairfax Station/Clifton/Lorton Connection March 10-16, 2011www.ConnectionNewspapers.com

Lorton/Fairfax Station/Clifton Connection Editor Michael O’Connell703-778-9416 or [email protected]‘I’m Getting Murdered in the Morning’Dinner theater comesto Town of Clifton.“It’s not the KennedyCenter, but it sure is fun.”By Bonnie Hobbs— Helen Rusnak, playing the motherof the brideThe Connectionhe Town of Clifton is having itsfirst-ever dinner theater. Themurder-mystery/comedy, “I’mGetting Murdered in the Morning,” will be presented Friday-Saturday,March 18-19, at 7 p.m., in the Clifton TownMeeting Hall, 12641 Chapel Road.Tickets are 30/person for the show anda catered dinner. They’re available at AFlower Blooms in Clifton, The Clifton Café,T & K Treasures and The Clifton Wine Shop& Tasting Room, or by [email protected]“The story is about a disgruntled bridewhose wedding is interrupted by a murder,”said producer Dianne Janczewski, a Cliftonresident and Fairfax High grad. “While everyone is trying to solve the murder, shejust wants to eat a good meal at her reception.”Audience members will become theguests at the wedding reception, andClifton’s Brant Baber, as the detective, willinteract with them, asking them questionsPhoto by Bonnie Hobbs/The ConnectionTFrom left, maid of honor Terri Marin; best man Hilary Rinke; brideNichole Klocke de Rodriguez; and reporter Lorraine Hoppe rehearse ascene.as part of the plot. The fun begins at 7 p.m.with hors d’ oeuvres and drinks from thecash bar, followed by dinner and the showat 8 p.m.Shirley’s Catering of Lorton is providingstuffed chicken breasts, rice and vegetables,with vegetarian meals also available. Students from Rocky Run Middle School willserve the food and have some surprise linesduring the play.The show boasts a cast and crew of 18,plus 17 students. Half the cast is from theTown of Clifton and the rest are fromCentreville, Fairfax Station, Fairfax andReston.“It’s a fun evening, dinner and local theater with a community feel,” saidJanczewski.Charlt Yakovleff of Centreville’s MarleighDowns community is directing the show.Professionally, she works in the televisionand film industry as a production freelancerfor major networks in the Washington Metropolitan area. She’s currently co-producing and co-directing three films, includingone on 23-year-old LaVonda “Nikki” King,who was killed in the June 2009 Metro traincrash.“I’m thrilled to be directing the inaugural, Clifton Dinner Theater production,” saidYakovleff. “I’m honored. It’s great to see howthe actors come from their everyday livesSee A Little, Page 12Four Teens Charged in FireFeb. 19 blaze causes 50,000 in damages toplayground equipment.Three of the teens lived in Hayfield and one resided in Virginia Beach.“Our parks and playgrounds are valuable resourcesthat should be enjoyed by all, and it’s going to costtens of thousands of dollars to replace the playgroundequipment,” said Dan Schmidt, spokesman for theFairfax County Fire & Rescue Department. “Until it’sairfax County Fire and Rescue Department in replaced, kids won’t have a place to play in the area.”vestigators charged four teenagers Friday,According to fire investigators, the teens set fire toMarch 4, in connection with the Feb. 19 play- the rubber composite flooring of the playground onground fire at Levelle Dupell Community Park in Saturday, Feb. 19, around 3 a.m. No injuries wereLorton that destroyed 50,000reported. The playground, part ofworth of playground equipa 27-acre park in the Mountment and shut down the playVernon district, is located at 6812ground.Newington Road.All four teens were chargedAccording to Judy Pedersen,with destruction of propertypublic information officer for thegreater than 1,000 and deFairfax County Park Authority, thestruction of property less thanequipment loss was estimated at 1,000 in value, and unlawfully 50,000, and the playground mayentering a Fairfax County park. — Dan Schmidt, Fairfax County not reopen to the public until theFire & Rescue Department end of this year. However, theIn addition, two of the teenswere charged with vehicle tampark will remain open while thepering, and one juvenile wasplayground is being reconcharged with grand larceny.structed, Pedersen said.If convicted of the destruction of property charges,— Victoria Rossthe court could order the teens to pay fair-marketreplacement value, according to Virginia criminal Four teens have been charged with startstatutes. The most serious charge, grand larceny, is ing an early morning fire that causedpunishable by imprisonment in a state correctional 50,000 in damages to a playground atfacility from one to 20 years, or fines up to 2,500. Levelle Dupell Community Park in Lorton.Fwww.ConnectionNewspapers.comPhoto by Louise Krafft/The Connection“Until it’s replaced,kids won’t have aplace to play in thearea.”Fairfax Station/Clifton/Lorton Connection March 10-16, 2011 3

NewsNews BriefsLeft-Leaning and Proud of ItFairfax Station children’sauthor wants to createleft-handed awareness.By Victoria RossThe Connectiont’s not always easy being a lefty. And we’renot talking about the current political climate.Left-handed people, who make up 15 percentof the population, have been celebrated andreviled throughout history. In the past, being lefthanded was inaccurately associated with everythingfrom being awkward, as in ‘having two left feet,’ tobeing a mark of evil.But left-handedness, like the color of one’s eyes,is just another difference, part of the cosmic dicegame, according to most scientific studies.Fairfax Station writer Claire Rolince, who is lefthanded and has a left-handed son, recently, published “Lefty Louie,” her first children’s book. It’s abook she hopes will raise awareness of left-handedpeople.“I actually wrote this book when my son, Michael,was young and we noticed that he was left-handed,like me,” she said. “But I put the book in a closet foryears, and a few years ago decided to devote moretime to getting it published and marketing it.”Michael Rolince, who is now 23 and works forconsulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, was 6 whenRolince’s husband, Michael, got him a baseball glove,which is typically made for right-handers.“We realized he was left-handed, and we had togo to two stores beforefinding a left-handedglove,” Claire Rolincesaid.Last January, after talking to some friends inmarketing, she decidedto self-publish her bookthrough CreateSpace, anonline publishing company that helps writerswith everything from design and editing to marketing tips.The story, illustrated by Claire Rolince with thehelp of graphic designer Drew Townsend, is aboutLefty Louie, a left-handed little boy whose family isright-handed. Louie eventually finds that being lefthanded has its advantages, and he becomes bestfriends with a new girl in school who is also lefthanded.”Lefty Louie” is currently sold at The Pickett Fencein Burke, on Amazon.com and specialty stores forsouthpaws in several states.“I hope this book brings awareness to parents andanyone involved with left-handed children, of thesmall but important differences in their everydaylives,” Claire Rolince said. “Even if you don’t have aleft-handed child, this book will bring awareness toyou and your child of how truly ‘right-handed’ theworld is, and how lefties must adjust to it.”Claire Rolince, an accomplished equestrian whoteaches riding classes on her property and also competes in dog obedience shows, wants people to knowthat growing up left-handed has benefits.“There are differences, but they are not problems,and I think that’s the main message of the book,”she said. “I think every left-hander I’ve talked toI thought I would sendyou this picture I tooktoday of a bald eaglefeeding at Lake Mercer inFairfax Station. I’m an avid nature photographer and have been photographing the wildlifearound here since the weather warmed up. I’vebeen a resident here in Fairfax Station since1998 and have been in Northern Virginia all ofmy life. — Blaine KorcelAvian VisitorSexual Assault in LortonFCPDOn Thursday, March 3, a 28year-old Lorton area womanwas walking from her car toher residence around 12 am.when a man grabbed her frombehind and touched her inappropriately. The victim wasstanding on the porch of hertownhome, about to enter herhome, according to FairfaxCounty Police spokespersonTawny Wright. The womanscreamed and the suspect fled Composite sketchon foot. She did not requiremedical attention.Police are continuing to investigate the sexual assaultthat occurred in the 8500 block of Koluder Court and areasking for help in identifying the suspect.According to Wright, the suspect was described as having a light complexion, in his mid-20s to early-30s, withbrown eyes, a medium build and a wide nose. He waswearing a white T-shirt, jeans and white tennis shoes anda red bandana around his head.“We have put out dozens of fliers in the neighborhood.Right now, we’re not sure if it was a targeted assault, or arandom act,” Wright said. “Was this some guy peeping intoher home, who had been watching and waiting, or wasthis an off-the-cuff incident?”“We always tell people to be aware of your surroundings,” Wright said. “We can’t stress that enough. Make sureto look around when you are getting out of your car andbe mindful of who is around. Nowadays, there are so manythings that distract us, especially when you feel you’re in asafe area. People are messing with keys, on their cell phonesor texting, and, unfortunately, criminals take advantageof that.”Detectives from the sex crimes unit are asking anyonewho may have been in the area at the time of the assaultor has information about the suspect or similar incidentsin the area to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org ortext “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 orcall Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.-— Victoria Ross4 Fairfax Station/Clifton/Lorton Connection March 10-16, 2011Photo by Victoria Ross/The ConnectionIClaire Rolince, author of ‘Lefty Louie,’with dogs Freddie and Jacksonthinks it’s neat.”While researching her book, Claire Rolince said shecame across some interesting studies about left-handedness.“I discovered that many studies show that lefthanded people are more artistic, creative and intuitive. I learned thatMichelangeloandLeonardo Da Vinci wereleft-handed,” she said.Also, while studiesshow that left-handedness may be associatedwith dyslexia, autismand other learning dis— Claire Rolince abilities, other studiesshow that being lefthanded people have more intellectual prowess.Tests conducted by Alan Searleman from StLawrence University in New York found there weremore left-handed people with IQs over 140 than righthanded people.Claire Rolince points out that four of our last sixpresidents have been left-handed, including BarackObama and George H.W. Bush. Famous thinkers inhistory from Albert Einstein to Benjamin Franklinwere also left-handed.Left-handed people also come out on top in certain sports, Claire Rolince points out, because of theelement of surprise. Research shows that left-handedathletes often thrive in contact sports, like boxing’sOscar de la Hoya and fencing, precisely because themajority of people are right-handed, and lefties havethe advantage of surprise, according to a 2007 studyconducted by Charlotte Faurie and Michel Raymondof the University of Montpellier in France.Claire Rolince said that if you are a parent of a lefthanded child, be aware of the adjustments your childwill need to make.“In general left-handed people are happy and feelunique being left-handed,” she said.For more information about Rolince and the book,go to her website at www.Clairerolincecom.“I actually wrote this bookwhen my son, Michael, wasyoung and we noticed that hewas left-handed, like me.”www.ConnectionNewspapers.com

OpinionNote to Governor: Sign Autism BillBipartisan effort supports early treatment.new law to mandate very basic andlimited insurance coverage for treating autism in young children awaitsthe signature of Gov. BobMcDonnell. The added coverage will be a lifeline to many families already coping with major challenges.The bill passed by wide margins with wonderful bipartisan support (including all of ourNorthern Virginia legislators). It passed 29-8in the Senate; 73-24 in the House of Delegates.The governor is facing a major lobbying ef-Afort by some business and insurance companyinterests to veto the bill, and he has not yetsaid what his intentions are.law would save moneyEditorials Theover time, because it will result in young adults with autism functioning at a higher level.Contact him and urge him to sign this billinto law.h t t p : / / w w w. g o v e r n o r. v i r g i n i a . g o v /contact.cfm; (804) 786-2211.— Mary KimmSafe for Saint Patrick’s Dayhile the City of Alexandria holds itsSaint Patrick’s Day parade early,that leaves that much more time forcelebration on the day itself, March 17.The Saint Patty’s Day SoberRide program willoffer 12 hours of safe passage from 4 p.m. onThursday, March 17th until 4 a.m. the following day impaired drivers off the road duringthis traditionally high-risk holiday.First, plan ahead to manage this yourself:leave your car at home, take public transportation, arrange for a designated driver, orchoose to abstain if a designated driver isn’tWAn Open LetterTo GovernorTo the Governor:We write to urge you to veto SB966, a bill, which would mandate150 minutes per week for physical education to all students ingrades K-8 during the regularschool year by 2014. This legislation would represent the first timethat the Standards of Qualitywould mandate a specific amountof time for any individual subject.We appreciate the concernsabout childhood obesity that werefocused on in the debate on thisbill. However, there are significantfiscal and instructional impactsfrom this bill that were not thoroughly vetted or considered during our General Assembly session.In addition, our school system inFairfax County, quite frankly,dropped the ball in communicating their concerns and many of mycolleagues were left unaware ofthe financial and instructional impacts of this bill. We did voteagainst the bill. However, a number of our Fairfax colleagues whovoted for the bill told us that it wasonly after final passage that theyever heard anything from theschool system and they might havevoted differently had they knownof these concerns. We know thatour Superintendent and Schoolwww.ConnectionNewspapers.comavailable.But if you find yourself needing a ride, arearesidents 21 and over celebrating with alcoholcan call the SoberRide phone number 1-800200-TAXI for a free, safe way home (up to 30cab fare).Last Saint Patrick’s Day, 525 possibly impaired people used the SoberRide servicerather than possibly driving home impaired.More than a third of traffic fatalities on SaintPatrick’s Day and the early morning hours ofthe next day are alcohol related nationwide.Sponsors of this year’s Saint Patrick’s DayBoard Chair have now communicated to you and to our colleaguesin detail about their concerns andwe endorse their efforts. However,this information was unknown bymany of our colleagues when wevoted on this measure.This bill is, first, an unfundedmandate that will cost FairfaxCounty schools, as well as others,millions of dollars. In Fairfax it isestimated that the additional costsfor staffing alone willbe between 18-24Letters million. Second, thisbill will crowd outother mandates andaccountability requirements inacademics. In science and math,we need to be increasing our timeon task, not decreasing it. This billwould have the opposite impactand set us back academically.Given that there is no other subject where 150 minutes a week ismandated, it is illogical that physical education would get this kindof unique status over math, science, reading, or the humanities.Already we require physical education for the many of our studentswho participate in two or threesports outside school and wouldprefer more academic time instead. And this bill does not allow recess to count as physicaleducation time, so it is only academic time that can be depletedby this bill. If this bill goes intoSB 1062/HB 2467 verbatim:Health insurance; mandated