The towns of Herndon and Vienna are celebrating the prettiest and most-sustainable residential gardens, yards and landscapes in their communities.
Winners of Herndonís "Yard of the Month" contest for July are the Metcalfe home on Monroe Street and the Castillo-Robey garden on Herndon Mill Court. Members of the Town of Herndon's Cultivating Community Initiative, a volunteer group dedicated to beautification and community spirit, judge the yards. The next award is in October; deadline to submit nomination(s) is Sept. 15.
In Vienna, the McCoy family of Aponi Road Southeast and the Simeck family of Courthouse Road Southwest received the Beauty Award. The Lau family of Marshall Road Southwest. and the Holmes family of Nutley Street Northwest received the Sustainability Award for their vegetable gardens.
Vienna's Community Enhancement Commission recognizes residents and businesses for beautification and sustainability projects. The town council recognized the families at its July 2 meeting.
Beauty Award recipients are determined by the appearance of the property's landscape or hardscape, and its contribution to the overall beauty of the community. Sustainability Awards are given to businesses and homeowners who have made significant improvements to the sustainability of their home, business or garden.
To view photos, visit www.viennava.gov/Archive.aspx?ADID=878.
Service academy appointments announced
Eleven recent graduates of Fairfax County high schools, who live in the 10th District, are heading to the nationís service academies this fall. U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Dist. 10) announced the appointments July 11.
üUnited States Military Academy: Benjamin Davies of McLean, Molly Shannon of McLean, Matthew Ziegler of Centreville and Richard Xue of Centreville
üUnited States Naval Academy: David Kim of Great Falls, Robert Mason of Oak Hill, Darby Nelson of Centreville and Spencer Shabshab of McLean
üUnited States Naval Academy Foundation Scholarship: Catherine Macklin of McLean
üUnited States Air Force Academy: Troy Dennis of Centreville and Gavin McDonald of Centreville
Davies, Shannon, Ziegler, Kim, Shabshab, Dennis and McDonald were nominated by Wolf's 10th District Service Academy Advisory Board, which interviews candidates and recommends nominees. The others received their appointments through presidential, Senate or other nomination sources.
Panetta announces appointments
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced the following Department of Defense Senior Executive Service appointments and reassignments on July 24:
üJames Coyne has been appointed to the Senior Executive Service and is assigned as deputy general counsel, Defense Logistics Agency at Fort Belvoir. He previously served as associate general counsel, operations/chief counsel, overseas operations and international law, Defense Logistics Agency, Fort Belvoir.
üFrederick Baillie has been assigned as chief of staff, Defense Logistics Agency at Fort Belvoir. He previously served as director, Defense Logistics Agency accountability office, Defense Logistics Agency, Fort Belvoir.
Military salutesüArmy Capt. Ryan David has assumed command of Alpha Company, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum in New York. He has served in the military for six years.
David graduated in 2002 from West Springfield High School and earned a bachelor's degree in 2005 from Arizona State University, Tempe. He is the son of Richard and Ruth David of Springfield.
üAir Force Airmen Jared Campbell, Jonathan Garland, Ryan Higgin, James Posey, Yasmin Said and Howard Williams and Air National Guard Airman Amonh Chinyavong have graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
Campbell, who earned distinction as an honor graduate, is a 2005 graduate of Lake Braddock Secondary School and earned a bachelor's degree in 2011 from the University of South Carolina, Beaufort. He is the son of Steve Campbell of Beaufort, S.C.
Garland, a 2010 graduate of Lake Braddock Secondary School, is the son of Tanya Jones of Fairfax Station and Wayne Garland of Fairfax.
Higgins, a 2011 graduate of South County Secondary School, is the son of Julia Higgins and brother of Timothy Higgins, both of Springfield.
Posey is the son of Debbie Posey of Falls Church.
Said, a 2008 graduate of Annandale High School, is the sister of Venus Said of Springfield.
Williams, a 2011 graduate of Hayfield Secondary School, is the son of Monica Dessau of Lorton.
Chinyavong, a 2009 graduate of Thomas Edison High School, is the son of Pornked Chinyavong and brother of Nick Chinyavong, both of Alexandria.
Governor appoints 5 to state boards
Gov. Robert F. McDonnell appointed five Fairfax County residents to state boards on July 13.
üCommon Interest Community Board: Milton Matthews of Reston, CEO of Reston Association (reappointment).
üMetropolitan Washington Airports Authority: Elaine McConnell of Springfield, CEO of Accotink Academy.
üVirginia Board for People with Disabilities: Dennis Findley of McLean, architect with Bowie, Gridley Architects (reappointment).
üVirginia-Israel Advisory Board: Sophie Hoffman of Fairfax Station, retired (reappointment).
üState Rehabilitation Advisory Council for the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired: Melanie Brunson of Vienna, executive director of the American Council of the Blind (reappointment).
Fairfax woman to serve Siena College
Anne Patenaude of Fairfax has been elected to the Board of Associate Trustees at Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y.
Patenaude, a principal of Booz Allen Hamilton, graduated from Siena College in 1979.