October 13, 2021
The life-sized marble statue of George Washington sculpted by Jean-Antoine Houdon is probably the truest likeness of “the Father of Our Country” having been made from actual measurements and a life mask done by the sculptor. The statue was put in place in the Virginia State Capitol rotunda in 1796, the year Washington published his Farewell Address.
IN THIS ISSUE
  • Commentary: Maintaining Our Democracy
  • Latest Update on COVID-19
  • Bulletin Board
  • What Can I Do?
  • Check your Calendar
COMMENTARY

Maintaining Our Democracy
The most recent issue of the periodic publication of the Virginia Museum of History and Culture reminds us that it was 225 years ago that President George Washington gave his Farewell Address. Revered as president, Washington could have kept the job as long as he wanted. He was so beloved by the people of the country that he probably could have turned the presidency into a monarchy had he chosen to do so. Of all his accomplishments in getting our new country underway, the wisdom he imparted in his Farewell Address has to be among his greatest accomplishments. He decided on his own to step down after two terms thus setting a precedent that was followed with one exception until a constitutional amendment limited the terms an individual can serve. He left behind wisdom and insights that are as pertinent today as they were in his time.

Washington stated that “Respect for (the Constitution’s) authority, compliance with its Laws, acquiescence in its measures, are duties enjoined by the fundamental maxims of true Liberty.” He warned at length of “the dangers of (political) parties” and “the baneful effects” of the spirit of parties. He warned that the rise of political parties “agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection.”

Do his warnings sound all too familiar for today as they have at other times in our history? What would Washington have thought of today’s circumstances whereby a former president is being investigated for fomenting an insurrection to overturn the results of an election he clearly lost but by which he attempts with bogus claims and physical force to have himself declared the winner? The “false alarms” about which Washington warned us are rampant with social media and around the clock “news” programming spreading misinformation that is unfortunately undermining too many people’s faith in our system of government.

I am very pleased that there are many ways that technology can further our democracy by having more persons involved. At the same time, it can be the method by which our democracy is undermined. Among the many e-mails I receive daily are concerns expressed by citizens that there be a forensic audit of the results of the last election. They have been taken in by the “big lie” repeated so often as to be seen as true by some. Never mind the thorough and careful ways that elections are conducted and the results are checked and re-checked. Not a scintilla of evidence has been found from investigations and court cases to support the allegations that fraud was involved. Not only are the repeated claims of fraud affecting citizens, but they affect persons in leadership positions who are unwilling to speak the truth or to take on the thugs who are trying to force a different result.

Washington offered this admonition to the citizenry: “the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.” Our next opportunity to assume that responsibility comes by voting—early or on election day—November 2.
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BULLETIN BOARD
No One Should Go Without a Coat
Cornerstones, in partnership with the Hunter Mill District Supervisor’s Office, is once again operating the Hunter Mill District Winter Coat Closet for 2021–2022 in order to provide free winter coats, hats, gloves, mittens and scarves to all who need them. Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, the coat closet will be running on a modified schedule this winter. All distribution events will be outdoors, and all participants will be required to wear masks to ensure everyone’s safety. Learn more at Winter Coat Closet.
Donate to Support the Lake Thoreau Spillway Temporary Public Art Project and Receive a 2022 Photo Calendar Gift!
Donate and you will receive a 2022 wall calendar filled with stunning nature photographs donated by Lake Thoreau resident, Mary Prochnow. ONE HUNDRED PERCENT OF YOUR DONATION** will go directly to supporting the 2021-2022 STEAM Team. Donations will be used to cover the cost of materials needed to create the team’s 8th temporary sculpture, which will be installed on the spillway in June 2022. This impactful educational program is independently funded and relies on the generous support of donors like you. This fundraiser ends on October 31, 2021.
Become a NASCOW Sponsor

Nine of Frying Pan Farm's cows will compete in a real live race called -- you guessed it -- NASCOW! They'll be motivated to "race" across a field by one of their favorite treats: spent brewer's grain. Frying Pan's friends group hopes to raise $50,000 from fans like you who sponsor your favorite cows in the race. Funds raised from NASCOW will be used to pay for food and vet care for almost 100 animals and support the farm.
To keep everyone safe, the cows will race for the cameras instead of for a live audience. You'll be able to watch the NASCOW race online October 22.
For photos and bios of the cow contestants, and how to sponsor them, visit NASCOW.
WHAT CAN I DO? CIVIC INVOLVEMENT
Watch the video if you missed the candidates debate for
the House of Delegates in Districts 36 and 86.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Wednesday, October 13, 7:00 p.m., Reston Association Board of Directors Public Budget Hearing for members to provide comments on Reston Association's 2022 Capital and Operating budgets. Zoom: https://bit.ly/RA-PBH-Oct13, Meeting ID: 820 4699 7634. Passcode: 556636

Thursday, October 14, 10:00 a.m., Gun Violence Awareness Vigil at National Rifle Association headquarters, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax. The vigil commemorates the anniversary of the day 26 children and educators were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Please DO NOT park in the NRA's parking lot. There is plenty of free parking in the office building lot on Fairfax Ridge Drive across Waples Mill Road. Signs and flags will be provided. Some protesters will drive past the NRA with signs taped to their car windows or doors; others will stand on the sidewalk.

Thursday, October 14, noon to 1:30 p.m., Medicare 101, at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods. The training is for individuals who will soon be eligible for Medicare. The session will address Medicare Part A (inpatient hospitalization/skilled nursing), Part B (outpatient hospital services, doctors, labs, radiology), Part C (Medicare Advantage Plans) and Part D (prescription drugs), as well as how to cover the gaps in Medicare benefits through Medicare Supplement Plans. For patrons unable to participate in person, this program is also available on the RCC YouTube channel. Register at Medicare 101.

Saturday, October 16, 8:00 a.m. to noon, Vienna Farmers Market in the Vienna Community Center Parking lot. Continues every Saturday through October 30. More is at Vienna Farmers Market.

Saturday, October 16, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Reston Home Tour. Purchase tickets for the 2021 self-guided tour of four uniquely remodeled Reston Homes and lunch at the Kensington Reston. Learn more and register at Reston Home Tour. E-Tickets/link to map will be in the confirmation email. Masks are required.

Saturday and Sunday, October 16 and 17, noon to 5:00 p.m., Vienna Fall 2021 Pop-Up. Shop safely and explore a variety of handmade gifts at the the Town of Vienna Fall Pop-Up Market at the Vienna Shopping Center. Up to 25 local artisans will be on hand with unique items for sale including jewelry, home gifts, art and more. Details are at Vienna Pop-Up.

Saturday, October 16, 2:00 p.m., Southgate Community Center Renaming Ceremony at Community Day. Celebrate the renaming of Southgate Community Center in honor of former Hunter Mill District Supervisor Cathy Hudgins. Community Day features games, kids' activities, food trucks, community vendors, and more. Register at Community Day

Saturday, October 16, 4:00 p.m., Reston Community Orchestra Begins Its 2021-2022 Season with Unbridled Passion, at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods. Details and information about purchasing tickets is at Unbridled Passion.

Sunday, October 17, 4th Annual SLHS PTSA Food Pantry's "Do It Your Way 0.5K." This year participate in person or virtually. Learn more.

Wednesday, October 27, 7:00 p.m., 75th annual Vienna Halloween Parade. The theme for this year’s parade is "The Roaring Twenties." The 2021 Vienna Halloween Parade Grand Marshals are Rustic Love Vienna and the Vienna VA Foodies. Learn more at Halloween Parade.