The following stories have appeared earlier in the Westbriar Crier:
The work on Echols Street
SE near Branch Road will take a little longer than expected. The projection
for completion is now July 17.
the activities are not within the Westbriar boundaries, Echols is the route of
choice to get to the Giant store from our Zones A and B.
Echols Street is a morning
and evening commuter route also. Residents are enjoying the unusual calm along
Echols and Wolftrap Road these days.
CENTER EXPANSION STUDY 6/26/14
The Town Council is studying
expanding the Community Center on Park Street by adding a gymnasiam on the western
end, depicted in red in the image on right. The study at this point is conceptual,
and no commitments have been made toward construction or detailed engineering.
The gym would contain a
full size basketball court (the current Center has a High School size) and provide
seating for 128. The court would be designed to also accomodate volleyball,
badmitten as well as other community needs.
There would be emergency
exit doors to the outside. However, entry would be through the existing building.
The existing security system would be upgraded to accommodate the expansion.
Line Break 6/25/14
At 9:00 AM today, emergency crews were sent out to fix a water line break in
Westbriar Zone D. Roads were soaked in brown muddy water as repairs progressed.
The break occured as a contractor for Dominion Power Company was drilling horizontally
under the road to hook up electrical power for a new house being built at 1102
Westbriar Court. The drill punctured a 12" water line in front of the house.
Muddy water rounds the curve into Old Courthouse Road as crews
work on Westbriar Court above.
According to a Dominion repair crew member, the damaged water line was not
marked on the work order. There are two lines that come down the road, one on
each side. The other line was properly marked.
The water service had to be shut off at the water tower located in the woods
above the horseshoe street.
The diligent work of the crews put the emergency to bed by 1:15 PM
Tour de Tysons Bike Race 6/23/14
Sunday, June 29
Activities for families and potential bike travelers.
More information: Here, here,
Also, email here
8:30 AM Members of Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling will lead
"bike trains" to show safe routes to the Silver line
10:30 AM League of American Bicyclist will hold a bike travel educational
1:00 PM Race begins
Notes from the County 6/30/14
Meals Tax? Probably Not ... at least for now
During deliberation on the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget, a number of individuals
and organizations have urged Fairfax County to revisit a restaurant meals tax.
In the Commonwealth of Virginia, towns and cities are permitted to have a meals
tax subject to an affirmative vote by the governing body, and most have done
so. Counties, however, may establish a meals tax only if a referendum is approved
by the voters. The last time this proposal was put on the ballot (unsuccessful)
in Fairfax County was in April 1992.
There had been growing sentiment during recent years for Fairfax to once again
allow the voters to decide if they wish to avail themselves of this additional
source of revenue. Reasons for urging this include the desire to diversify the
revenues we have available to fund schools, public safety, parks, libraries
and human services. If a meals tax were adopted at the state-approved rate of
4% of the cost of the meal cost, it would generate about $88 million annually.
A Task Force of about forty county organizations and individuals, co-chaired
by former Board Chairmen Kate Hanley and Tom Davis, was convened by the Board
of Supervisors to study the issue and return with their recommendation on June
17th. However the Task Force did not present a straight up recommendation. Rather,
they submitted an extensive report detailing the pros and cons of instituting
the meals tax. At this late date in an election year, and with only tepid support
on the Board, it is unlikely that the tax issue will move forward this year.
Read more details in the Washington Post HERE.
Lord and Lady Fairfax
the Hunter Mill District for 2014 are Michael Amouri, and Baba Freeman.
Baba Freeman has an unbroken 28 year record of service to Fairfax County under
three different Hunter Mill area Supervisors on the Advisory Social Services
Board, and subsequently, on the Human Services Council. Michael Amouri, proprietor
of Caffe Amouri in Vienna, was recognized for his support of community organizations,
service projects, and his founding of hometown programs including Vienna's First
Night New Year's Eve Celebration and Vienna Idol competition. Oakton High School
athletes representing various sports were recognized for their state championships:
Girls Cross Country team, Jack Stone for individual men's cross country, and
the Girls Swim and Dive team for their third consecutive championship.
The Board authorized the Fairfax County Police Department to accept U.S. Department
of Homeland Security Urban Areas grant funding to support the Capital Shield
joint training exercise program. The Capital Shield program prepares government
agencies to prevent, respond to and recover from local acts of terrorism.
The Board authorized the Fire and Rescue Department to accept grant funding
from the Department of Homeland Security for the purchase of swift-water rescue
equipment to be used to support water rescue operations.
The Board approved the proposed reduction of parking for the Veatch property,
located north of Route 267, south of Sunset Hills Road, and east of Metro Center
Drive. The basis for the request is proximity to mass transit.
The Board approved a memorandum of agreement between Washington Metropolitan
Areas Transit Authority (WMATA) and the County to provide emergency bus service
to Metrorail patrons during Metrorail service disruptions in and around Fairfax
County. WMATA will fully reimburse the County for any emergency Fairfax Connector
bus service operated under this agreement. INFORMATION ITEMS Info 1: New bus
service, Route 983, will replace Virginia Regional Transit (VRT) Route 83 service
from Dulles Airport to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center.
Closed for Repairs 6/6/14
Echols Street SE is closed
to traffic until July 9 for road resurfacing and some drainage, curbing and
sidewalks. This work will take place in the block where Wolftrap Creek passes
under near Branch Road.
Although the activities
are not within the Westbriar boundaries, Echols is the route of choice to get
to the Giant store from our Zones A and B.
Echols Street is also a
favorite of knowledgeable commuters avoiding 123 during morning and evening
rush hours. The closure will probably cause noticeably worse congestion there
until the job is done.
ISS Coming to Vienna 6/16/16
Space Station zips around the Earth every 90 minutes, but it is rarely noticed.
You have to know when and where to look in the sky. Of course the weatherman
has to do his part.
Vienna will be treated to a near
perfect overhead pass on Wednesday June 18. It will rise off the horizon in
the direction of Reston at 10:34 PM, be directly overhead at 10:37, and just
one minute later, when you are really getting to enjoy it, it will enter the
Earth's shadow and suddenly extinguish.
It will be bright, about like Venus,
or an airplane with landing lights on. But unlike an airplane, there will be
no red, green or white strobe lights. A great educational moment for the kids.
Look for the photo at the right to
become a permanent link in the right column of the Crier. It will let you know
the schedule of particularly bright passes in the future.
The current crew took over in March, and their mission will end
in September. A resupply ship will launch July 1st with some beer, charcoal
and ribs for the 4th.
FAIRFAX COUNTY ADOPTS
PARK PROGRAM 1/30/14
The Fairfax County Park
Authority Board adopted a new Natural Resource Management Plan on Jan. 29. The
Park Authority owns over 23,000 acres, most of it undeveloped. Residents expect
and rely on natural areas to provide recreational opportunities as well as environmental
services and benefits. This plan spells out how agency staff and partners are
to protect, restore and manage the natural treasures entrusted to their care.
The Plan also provides direction
to staff to incorporate natural resource management into all Park Authority
functions and requires that we inventory, plan, protect, manage, educate and
build partnerships to ensure proper stewardship in support of the agency mission.
The Park Authority Board approved the first agency wide Natural Resource Management
Plan on January 14, 2004.
To read the plan, Click HERE.
SILVER LINE CLOSE 5/20/14
The Silver Line is slated to be turned over to Metro next week
to do final testing, which is estimated to take about 30 days.
But as we know, schedules can slip. Last year at this time,
the opening date for full operations was December 30. Then came some glitches
in software that had safety implications.
We certainly want the new line to be safe, no matter what. But
the opening date has been changed so often that it calls for a bit of fun.
So .... When do YOU think it will
Send in your best guess
for the first day of full passenger service.
your date, name and address. If
you are the closest, you win free annual Civic Association dues for this year.
Open to Westbriar Civic
Contest Deadline is June 15.
MEMORIAL WEEKEND HUGELY POPULAR.
A perfect 3 day weather
streak swelled the Memorial crowds at Vienna's
signature summer kickoff: VIVA VIENNA.
Judging from the length
of the lines, the Rainbow seemed to take First Prize in the rides. Twenty brave
souls belted themselves in to a pendulum of sorts, which began moving back and
forth, slowly at first, but after 8 swings of increasing energy, the riders
finally go over the top, and get another ten for good measure. It's pretty high,
and the view must be pretty good up there!
Down below, it was a steady
beat of entertainment both at the Children's and the Main stages. The festive
crowd was large, but never to the point of gridlock. Plenty of room in the Town
Green for families to spread out a blanket and enjoy a picnic. The only problem
with the food was the awesome number of choices available.
Monday, May 26, 2014
American Legion Post 180 provided a service at the Flint Hill
Cemetery in Oakton this morning. The keynote speaker (left) was Walter Basnight,
Jr. Behind him, Vienna Manager Mercury Peyton, Mayor Laurie DiRicco, and Virginia
Delegate Mark Keam.
At right, Post 180 2nd Vice Commander, Joseph Payne, and President
Emilie Larson lay a wreath in honor of the fallen.
Saturday 10-10 Sunday 10-0 Monday 10-6
See you there!
You know that Summer
begins in Vienna when you see VIVA!
The Rotary Club of Vienna kicks
off the season in its own special way. The area more or less centered on the
Caboose becomes the focus of fun, food, and entertainment for a 3 day bash.
Church Street will become pedestrian only, and filled with the aromas of funnel
cake, popcorn, cotton candy, and loads of other food, both home-spun and exotic.
There will be continual entertainment,
both on the Main Stage, and the Children's Stage. To see the talent line-up
and schedule click HERE.
NEW Vienna Elections
Laurie DiRocco (right) was elected
Mayor. She had been serving as Mayor for the last month after she was appointed
to fill the remaining term of the late Jane Seeman.
The three open Town Council seats were won by incumbent Edythe Kelleher, and
newcomers Pasha Majdi, and Linda Colbert.
Westbriar Civic Association congratulates our new representatives, and wishes
them well in their work ahead. Their terms begin on July 1.
|MATURE DRIVING SAFETY PROGRAM 4/16/15
The Vienna Community Center will host the AARP mature Driving Safety Program,
May 8 and 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This two-day comprehensive classroom
driver retraining course is geared to the needs of motorists 50 and older. Graduates
of the course could receive a five to ten percent discount from their car insurance
company. The cost of the course is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members
and is paid on the first day of class. Advanced registration is required and registration
cannot be taken over the phone.
On the Move 4/13/14
The parking lot at OLGC
Church was the scene of speed and driving skill, as Pack 976 put on a Cubmobile
Derby to introduce their young set to automotive wonders.
The cars are open air,
and the breeze in the face is part of the allure.
Ready to Go
A power boost at the start
line was provided by a large plywood ramp. From that point on, the racer's job
was to keep it between the lines, steering with a little foot pressure on the
movable front axle.
After crossing the finish
line, the driver brought his car to a halt by a hand brake.
Crossing the Finish Line
Sidewalk Project Begins
Planning has been underway
now for well over a year. But the first signs of real work are the huge mounds
of wood chips, formerly trees, on the Maple Avenue median in Westbriar Zone
The Sidewalks to Downtown
program is largely funded by Virginia, and is designed to give easy pedestrian
access to local business districts. The upgrade here is one of four sidewalk
projects taking place in Vienna, and will be accomplished in three phases. Phase
One will place a sidewalk and bus pads on the median. When this is completed,
the trees along Maple Avenue will be replaced.
Phase 2 will create
sidewalks along Westbriar Drive, and Phase 3 will complete the sidewalks
back to the frontage road on Saint Andrews and Saint Bernard Drives. The remaining
major street of Zone C, Saratoga Waye, already has complete sidewalk access.
Plans for this project are found HERE.
Clean-Up Day 4/12/14
A dozen bags of trash and
recycleables pulled from the Wildwood Park await pickup.
The Alice Ferguson Foundation
last weekend celebrated its 26th Year of Good, Clean Fun. Each spring, the foundation
organizes and assists local groups in keeping the streams feeding the Potamac
River free of debris. They provide bags, gloves, and leadership in this worthy
project. Funding comes from environmentally-minded corporations and individual
donors throughout the Potomac watershed.
Several places along Westbriar's Wolftrap Creek were among the hundreds of
sites involved. The clean up of the Wildwood Park section was organized by Rick
Ayers, and carried out by 25 volunteers from Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from
the George Mason District.
GONE FISHING! 3/29/14
Vienna Family Fishing Rodeo, a
new community event, kicked off March 29, at the newly restored Wolftrap Creek
in Wildwood Park, 700 block of Follin Lane SE.
The steady light rain did not discourage any of the approximately 80 participants
on the last Saturday in March. As a matter of fact, as any real fisherman will
tell you, they bite better in the rain.
Wolftrap Creek was stocked the day before with hundreds of trout just for the
occasion! Cathy Salgado and her staff from Vienna's Department of Parks and
Recreation organized the event, and worked with the Fairfax County Storm Water
Division, Fairfax County Public Works and Environmental Services, Virginia Department
of Game and Inland Fisheries and Navy Federal Credit Union to make it all happen.
The woods was filled with colorful rain gear, and lots of excited giggling
as parents passed their woodland skills to their children. Volunteers were on
hand to provide stream and watershed education, and to teach participants how
to catch and clean fish.
The Fishing Rodeo was free and open to Town residents only. Participants brought
fishing rods, buckets, plastic bags and ice. Bait was supplied.
Vienna Mayor Jane Seeman Dies 2/23/14
Mayor Jane Seeman was diagnosed last year with lung cancer, and had put up
a valiant fight since. While she vowed to serve as long as able, she recently
indicated she would not run in this year's election.
Seeman, a resident of Vienna since 1968, was appointed to the Town Council
in 1996 to fill the term of her late husband Rodger Seeman. She was elected
to the council in '97 and '99, and then served six consecutive terms as mayor.
Her current 7th term would have ended this May.
Seeman loved her town, and it was reciprocal. She chaired the bi-monthly
meetings with a no-nonsense style of attention to detail, a keen insight and
ability to get to the bottom of complex issues, and a warmth that connected
with everyone who brought their business before the Council. She will be truly
Monday Town Council Meeting, Vice Mayor Carey Sienicki:
Good Evening. Before we
begin... to my right, you will notice an empty chair, draped with sash and
a flower. It is with heavy hearts that we must report that our beloved colleague
and Mayor, M. Jane Seeman, passed away yesterday, February 23, 2014, after
a courageous year-long battle with lung cancer. We first extend our deepest
sympathies to the Colbert and Seeman families, for the passing of their beloved
mother and grandmother. Mayor Seeman has left us all with the legacy of how
to be a model citizen, through her leadership, education and service to community
with a caring compassion to others.
Over her nearly half a century in Vienna, she has left a positive impact on
this town through her selfless commitment to creating a better, more vibrant
community. Her loving hand and infectious smile has embellished many places
within our Town, in the schools, libraries and organizations where she taught
and volunteered much of her time, but most especially, in Vienna's gardens and
public spaces such as the Town Green, Maple Avenue, Community Center, and Town
Hall. Jane has truly left this world a better place and we are privileged to
have known such a wonderful person who will live forever within the heart of
Vienna. At this moment we ask you pause for a moment of silence in her honor
Friday, Feb 28
A pleasant sunny, but cool day. The huge chapel of the Presbyterian Church
was barely enough to accomodate the mourners who turned out to say farewell
to Mayor Jane Seeman. The story of her remarkable life was told best by her
family members, who described it in terms of sharing, commitment, fun, achievement,
"She left too early," her son said. "But then, she did more
than could be expected in ten lifetimes."
The flags stood at half mast as Jane rode past what she considered one of
her best accomplishments, the Vienna Town Green. Thoughtfully, a dozen buses
were provided to take her friends to her burial service in Oakton's Flint
Hill Cemetery. Else, the procession would have been miles long.
Arrangements by Money
and King Funeral Home
Maple Ave W & Lawyers Road
Visiting Hours Thursday, Feb 27, 1-4 PM and 6-8 PM
Funeral Service Friday, Feb 28, 2 PM, Vienna Presbyterian Church.
Burial at Flint Hill Cemetery following service, with an immediate
reception back at the church.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations in Jane
Seeman's honor be made to the Rotary Club of Vienna, or the American Cancer
Some Notes from Town Hall 1/14/14
TOWN BUDGET RECEIVES AWARD For the 20th
consecutive year, the Town of Vienna has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation
Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United
States and Canada. This award, for the fiscal year 2013-2014 budget, is the
highest form of recognition for governmental budgeting. In order to receive
the award, a jurisdiction must satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for
effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well
a government's budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations
guide and a communications device.
|FY 2013 FINANCIAL REPORT AVAILABLE The Town of Vienna's Comprehensive
Annual Financial Report for fiscal year 2012-2013 is now available here.
Hard copies may be reviewed in the Finance Department at Town Hall or purchased
for $5 each. The report summarizes the Town's financial position and the results
of operations of the various funds and account groups. It also includes the auditor's
report for FY 2013, information on internal controls for managing and safeguarding
funds, and selected financial and demographic information covering the last ten
fiscal years. For more information, call the Finance Department at (703) 255-6322.
VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE
Monday, April 14, is the last day to register to vote in the May 6 Town election.
You are eligible to register if you are a Vienna resident, at least 18 years
old by election day, and a U.S. citizen. You may register in person in the Fairfax
County General Registrar's Office at the County Government Center or by mail.
Application forms are available in the Town Clerk's Office at Town Hall, all
public libraries and other locations around the county, and at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.
If you are already a registered voter, no additional registration is required
for the Town election; however, you should check your voter registration card
to be sure it lists your current name and address. For more information, call
the Fairfax County's Office of Elections at (703) 222-0776.
NEW TAX RELIEF DEADLINE
APRIL 1 3/7/14
Both the Town of Vienna and Fairfax
County offer real estate tax relief for low-income homeowners who are 65 years
old and over, or permanently and totally disabled. To qualify, the following
requirements must be met:
Total household income of $72,000 or less. This amount excludes
$6,500 of income of relatives, other than the spouse, who reside in the household.
Also excluded is $7,500 of any income received by a disabled homeowner. 100%
tax relief is given for total combined income of $52,000 or less, 50% tax relief
between $52,001 and $62,000, and 25% tax relief between $62,001 and $72,000.
||Total combined assets
of no more than $340,000. This amount excludes the value of the residence, up
to one acre of land, and household furnishings.
||Disabled persons applying
for the first time must show evidence of disability.
In addition to real estate tax relief,
Fairfax County provides rental grants and relief from personal property tax
for one automobile per household. Applications for 2014 for all programs are
due April 1. This date may be extended to December 31 of this year for first-time
filers or if hardship conditions exist which, through no fault of the applicant,
prohibit applying by April 1. For more information and to obtain Town application
forms, call (703) 255-6325. For County applications, call (703) 222-8234. Applications
and information can also be found at Vienna
and Fairfax web sites.
Westbriar is Growing
Westbriar Civic Association will soon have a new member. The house at 301 Niblick
Drive SE was demolished today to make room for two new homes, which will have
addresses of 301 and 303. When they are finished and occupied, Westbriar membership
will grow from 435 to 436. We are not only the oldest continually active civic
association, but also the largest in Vienna.
Our zoning regulations allow subdividing lots which are at least one half acre.
This house was among the first eighteen Westbriar houses which were built in
1955. Most of the lots in Westbriar Zones A and B are in the half-acre size,
so we can expect to see more such subdividing in the future.
| I Won $200,000! 2/6/14
I was still in bed reading the morning paper over a cup of coffee. The phone
rang, and it was Mr. Williams calling to congratulate me for winning a drawing
of a pool of people that always paid their bills on time. Mr. Williams said
he was calling from Las Vegas, although the Caller ID was showing a number in
Jamaica. The breezy Carribean accent said the Caller ID was correct.
He said there is a team of five prize presenters who are staying at a motel
in Falls Church, and would be over at noon to present me with the $200,000 cashier's
check. After the presentation, they would accompany me to my bank to assist
me in depositing it into my account. In the meantime, I needed to take care
of one little detail. "Do you have a pencil and paper?" he asked.
I said I did.
I must clear the legal formalities of the prize with the U.S. Government by
going to the CVS Pharmacy and purchasing a Green Dot MoneyPak Card in the amount
of $500. I was not to discuss the purchase with anyone at CVS. "This is
your business only," he cautioned. I was to call him when I returned on
his private cell phone at 1-876-329-4394, which was different than that showing
on the Caller ID. He made me read back the instructions. "When you have
the card and make the call, I will dispatch the team to turn over the certified
I called the Vienna Police non-emergency number 703-255-6366 and gave a quick
summary. "It's a scam," the dispatcher said. "I know, but I wonder
if you want to nail the guys when they show up?" She said she would send
over an officer.
The officer arrived in five minutes and gave a run-down on this operation.
The pretext is often a huge prize, but sometimes it is a call from someone posing
as a family member who is in jail and needs to be bailed out. The target is
older people who might not be thinking as clearly as when they were young. The
use of a Green Dot card is the medium of choice because it cannot be traced.
CVS, Walmart, and other stores have racks of these pre-paid cards. In many respects,
it is a perfect crime.
The officer said it would be a waste of time to wait for someone to show up
to get the card from me, because it would be too risky for the scam artist.
Invariably, there will be a "change of plans", and the victim will
be instructed to mail the card, or to read the numbers over the phone. Once
Mr. Willams has the numbers, he has $500.
CVS Manager, Mr. Chau, says that every day Vienna people come in to buy the
$500 cards. "We always ask them why they are buying it," he said.
"If they talk about a prize, or bail for a relative, we set them straight."
cards are activated on line when you purchase them. Security numbers on the card
are revealed when you scratch off a coating, just like a lotto ticket. When you
have the numbers, even if you don't have the card, you have control of the money.
Notes from Fairfax 2/27/14
The following actions were taken at the Regular Supervisory Session 2/25/14
Action 1: The Board approved the 2014 Forest Pest Management Suppression
Program. The program monitors, treats, and protects the County's trees from
gypsy moths, fall cankerworm, Emerald Ash Borer, Thousand Canker Disease, Sudden
Oak Death Disease, Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, and Asian Longhorned beetle.
Action 2: The Board approved the 2014 Disease Carrying Insects Program
that educates residents and combats insects transmitting West Nile virus, Lyme
disease and other tick-born disease, and other disease-transmitting insets.
Action 3: The Board approved awarding federal HOME Investment Partnership
Program Community Housing Development Organization funds totaling $1,374,641,
to three County nonprofit organizations for the acquisition and preservation
of affordable rental housing for low-income households.
Wildwood Park's pools are thin sheets of ice as we have been feeling some
Arctic air from Canada. But the days are growing longer, and spring will be
Click the picture to roll back the calandar to the dedication of the Wolftrap
Creek's improvement program.
Creek Project Finished 11/2/13
No more workers' cars
are along Follin Lane near the Navy Federal Credit Union, and no more yellow
machines are in the woods. The project that began last March is finished,
and the wildlife is settling in again after what, to them, must have been
The Wildwood Park, which
stretches from Our Lady of Good Council to the W&OD Trail has a different
look and feel now. Previously rain storms would have overflowed the banks
and made the woods a swamp. It also caused problems for nearby residences.
The streambed has been reinforced, and made into a series of cascading pools.
It is pretty, and the improvement of the trails will make the woods an enjoyable
hike for dog walkers and nature lovers. It is the only year-round flowing
stream that touches the Westbriar boundaries.
The renewed creek looks great surrounded by the blazing fall colors.
Wolftrap Creek is spring
fed, and drains an area of about two square miles to the south east of OLGC.
The beginning of the creek could be considered the woods surrounding the end
of Byrd Road, although most of the waterflow during storms is now runoff from
all the roofs, sidewalks, driveways and new roads built over the last three
decades. The source area is in essence completely developed at this point.
Rain is concentrated, and water rises fast and higher than the days when the
area was all woods.
From Wildwood Park, the
Wolftrap crosses Echols Street, runs behind Fresh Market, and crosses Maple
at Wendy's. At Creek Crossing Road, it joins forces with a minor branch that
flows across the golf course. By now, the flow has doubled during storms.
By the time the creek passes under Old Courthouse Road, it is capable of flooding
the road and causing nightmares for commuters.
The Wolftrap crosses under
the Dulles Access Road and meanders through the woods behind the Wolftrap
Filene Center. At that point it joins up with the Old Courthouse Spring Branch
coming from Tysons, doubling again in size. A mile later, it joins the main
channel, Difficult Run, which heads to the Potomac River a mile downstream
from Great Falls.