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ArtSpace Herndon and the Council for the Arts of Herndon have announced the winners of the Paint Herndon 2012 painting competition, which took place Labor Day weekend.

The daylong event, marking the fifth annual celebration of ArtSpace Herndon’s opening in 2008, featured live music, a kids' activity tent, a plein air painting competition, face painting and balloon characters by Crickett, cake and ice cream and artist and vendor tents.

In the Adult Division, Jill Banks won first place with her oil painting, “Fresh Bread.” Second place went to Vicki Vidal Blum for her oil painting, “Park Avenue,” and third place went to Donna Robinson for her oil painting, “Blue Morning.” Catherine Hillis received an honorable mention for her watercolor painting, “Lil Caboose.”

In the Teen Division, the grand prize went to Annabelle Goll for her drawing, “Collision.” Catherine Evans received an honorable mention for her watercolor, “Fawn.”

In the Youth Division, the grand prize went to Hannah Cadnazzi for her oil painting “Sisters.” Tanvir Dhaliwal received an honorable mention for “Gerbera Daisies,” an acrylic painting.

Oakton minister celebrates 25 years

The Rev. Mary Katherine Morn, parish minister for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, celebrates the 25th anniversary of her ministerial ordination this month.

As the lead minister at the Oakton church on Hunter Mill Road, Morn is responsible for worship, programming and staff resources in the social justice, music and arts and stewardship areas.

“I love being a part of this congregation,” Morn said. “This is a congregation filled with spirit and generosity.”

“She brings boundless energy, dedication and enthusiasm to everything she does here, with a deep commitment to spirituality, inclusiveness and care for others,” said David Addis, president of the board of directors.

Morn graduated from Centenary College of Louisiana. She received her Master of Divinity from the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, and was ordained to the Unitarian Universalist ministry in 1987.

Before coming to UUCF in 2005, Morn served congregations in Macon, Ga., Nashville, Tenn., and Washington, D.C.

Fairfax City, Herndon win state awards

The Parks and Recreation departments for the town of Herndon and the city of Fairfax walked away with major awards from the 58th Annual Conference of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society, which took place at Wintergreen Resort earlier this month.

A jury of professional peers judged the more than 100 applications received for awards in 14 categories.

Two items submitted by Herndon Parks and Recreation were selected in the 25,000-and-less population category: the 2011 Herndon Festival Sponsorship Brochure, which was voted Best Promotional Effort-Traditional; and the 2011 Herndon Festival Special Design T-shirt, which was voted Best Promotional Effort-Specialty.

For Fairfax city’s Parks and Recreation Department, the Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center, which opened in 2011, won the Best New Facility Award.

The conference, attended by about 450 delegates, is a learning exchange, providing an opportunity for recreation and park professionals to discuss areas of common interest.

McLean Chamber to fete community leaders

The Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce is set to honor its community award winners for 2012 at its third annual Suits and Sneakers event, taking place Oct. 2 at Claude Moore Colonial Farm in McLean.

These are the honorees chosen for awards and recognition this year.

ź Youth Recognition Award: Will Thomas, Operation Hawkeye

ź Community Volunteers of the Year: Trish Butler, Lynn Gulick, Clyde Clark, Homer Johns, Maureen Scholz, Marcia Twomey, Leigh Bowes, Vance S. Zavela, Robin Walker, David Scholz, Chip Frederick, Ashley Smith, Gita Bhandain, Cheryl Patten, Jessica Fay, Cheryl Patten, Adrienne Albers, Gita Bhandari and Pam Fusco, all members of the McLean Winterfest Committee

ź Collaborative Impact Award: Bob Hahne (Stop Hunger Now)

ź Outstanding Business Citizen: Bill Dubose

ź Community Leadership Award: Margi Vanderhye

ź Community Leadership (recognition of Elected Community Leadership): John W. Foust, Dranesville District Supervisor; Frank Wolf; Janet Howell; and Barbara Comstock

ź Hometown Hero: Rob Jackson

ź Outstanding Chamber Member: Marcus Simon

ź Community Commitment Award: Elizabeth Page, Falls Church - McLean Children's Center

ź Mary Kingman Pillar of McLean Recognition Award: Bob Alden, Ted Gray, Maya Huber, Bob Rosenbaum Sr. and Ed Shahin

ź Corporate Social Responsibility: Karen Briscoe, HBC Realty

ź Community Impact Award: William Sudow

ź Community Champion: Joe Cacciapaglia, Tree Doc Joe.

To purchase tickets to the Suits and Sneakers event, call 703-356-5424 or visit

New titles from local authors

Michael Justin Lee of Clifton, a lecturer in the departments of finance at George Mason University and the University of Maryland, has published a new book, “The Chinese Way to Wealth and Prosperity: 8 Timeless Strategies for Achieving Financial Success.” McGraw-Hill is the publisher.

The book applies ancient Chinese wisdom to modern personal finance. For more, visit

Marel Brady’s second novel, “It’s all about Jack!” will be released Oct. 2. The story, a romantic mystery, unfolds in Tysons Corner. A former McLean resident, Brady now lives in Vienna.

“It’s all about Jack!” is available from Tate Publishing and Enterprises. For more, visit

Former Falls Church and Fairfax-area resident Robert Harris Blum has released his latest historical fiction novel, “Truman Black-Iron.” The story takes place in the Antebellum South, where the main character, Black-Iron, escapes slavery and finds freedom in the North.

Blum now lives in New Albany, Ohio. His book is available as a paperback through the publisher. Visit