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Shirley Brogan (third from left) and her husband Ned were the original owners (1955) of 6408 Hayfield Place and watched the house being built. They sold the house after Ned had a stroke and Shirley and Ned bought a condo in Reston near where their daughter Tricia was teaching. Shirley is now in an independent living condo in St. Louis, Missouri about three miles her daughter Tricia. She celebrated her 90th birthday (note the birthday shirt) visiting family in Virginia. Daughter Tricia Brogan Francis (right) graduated from Edison HS in 1973. She is a retired teacher. Tricia’s husband Ken, an architect, was sent by his company to work on a project at Dulles airport. He is from Kansas City, Kansas. Ken rented a condo in Tricia’s condo building in Reston. They met at the mailbox, dated six months, and got married. Going on 24 years!!  In 1993 his work sent them to St. Louis to work on another airport project. Now they are four hours from Kansas where his family lives.  They bring mom back to visit Virginia twice a year, October and April. Lisa Church (left) is the daughter of Shirley Brogan’s sister. She grew up in Arlington and went to Washington-Lee High School. She is a retired teacher. It was Lisa who spoke to Nina at an Art League mosaic class when it was discovered that Nina now lives on Hayfield Place in the home originally owned by Shirley and Ned.  She remembers the family gathering there for many happy occasions.  Second from left: Nina Tisara, current owner of 6408 Hayfield Place, bought the home in 1999 from Mike and Christine Massimi, the second owners.  Her family gathers there too for many happy occasions.

A familiar neighbor passes away

Cedric David Lack

Cedric David Lack

April 7, 1931 - June 14, 2015 

Many of you have met or seen Cedric Lack at McDonald's or the the library or walking on Rose Hill Drive. Usually friendly, he was a an individual who danced to his own tune. He often counseled me on neighborhood, national and international as well as biblical information. When it struck his fancy, he would pay his RHCA dues. We constantly offered help with his house at the corner of Rose Hill Drive and Wayside Place, but he declined. He did accept the fact that neighbors cut some of the grass and we thank them for their help. Cedric has relatives in England, but we don't know what the disposition of the house will be. As you know, it is in bad shape and no doubt the court and the County will be involved. We'll keep you advised.

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Veterans Day Program

For the second straight year, Rose Hill honored its veterans and active service personnel with individual signage saluting their service on Veterans Day weekend 2012. The display was located on the Dominion Virginia right of way across from Rose Hill Elementary School.

Veterans Day is observed on Sunday, Nov. 11. At 3 p.m., approximating the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month when the Armistice ending World War I in Europe in 1918 took effect. It also will mark the 150th anniversary of the origination of Taps, the final call for departed veterans. Learn about the history of Taps and participate in a short prayer.

This year’s Rose Hill Veterans Day program is dedicated to Mo Haupt, the originator and chairman of last year’s event who passed away in March 2012. The only criteria is that they either live or have lived in Rose Hill. 

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Franconia Remembers Joe Davies
An American Hometown Hero
Volume VI

$31.25 Hardback

Volume VI of the Franconia Museum’s series of books chronicling the area’s history is dedicated the life of Joe Davies, a local well-known young man, football star and Air Force pilot who was lost in 1968, and never recovered. The book is entitled “Franconia Remembers Joe Davies, An American Hometown Hero.”

Also included are recollections about seven others who grew up in Franconia and were lost during the war years. They are Paul M. Bayliss, Robert W. Cupp, Charles H. Elliott, Jr., Kermit W. (Bill) Holland, Jr., Herman L. Judy, Jr., Michael E. Ludwig, and Michael L. Walker.

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A Civil War Trails marker providing information about the September 28, 1863 raid on the Rose Hill manor house in which Confederate raider John Singleton Mosby captured Colonel Daniel Dulany, aide to the Union appointed governor of the "Restored State of Virginia," has been installed on Rose Hill Drive at the John Marshall Library. Approved by the  Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee, the marker was suggested by the Franconia Museum. The story on the marker was written by local Mosby expert and Franconia Museum member Don Hakenson. It is the only Civil War Trails marker in Lee District.

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Connie Beatty presentation of the Rose Hill Raid painting to Kathryn Alleman (left), Director of the John Marshall Library. Connie is making the presentation in honor of her role as the original owner who has lived in Rose Hill the longest. The painting is on permanent display in the John Marshall Library meeting room. (Photo by Linda Nichols)

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Carl Sell's New Book  

After writing two books for the Franconia Museum, Carl Sell has authored a novel about his great grandfather, a Confederate private who survived the Civil War. He was wounded as part of Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg, also wounded at a later battle, hospitalized twice and captured nine days before the war ended. The book also includes info about his granddaughter's relatives, one of whom who was a private in the Union army who was wounded at Fairfax Station. And, there is a chapter about the relative of one of Carl's cousins who was a Medal of Honor recipient for his gallantry at Cold Harbor before the age of 18. The book is based on fact. It traces Private James Farthing through the war and reports on his tragic death in a railroad accident 23 years later. He fathered one daughter, who in turn had 13 children. One of them was Carl's mother. If you would like a copy, the price is $26.25, including tax. If you live in Rose Hill or nearby, give Carl a call at 703-971-4716 or e-mail him at sellcarl@aol.com and he will deliver a signed copy in exchange for a check or cash. If you wish to order online by credit card, go to franconiamuseum.org and click on items for sale. There is a $5 shipping and handling fee for books purchased online.   

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10 Cents per Box Top for Rose Hill Elementary and it doesn't cost you a Dime!

Look for the Box Tops for Education logo on items you buy and Rose Hill gets 10 cents on each one. Clip save them in a Ziplock baggie and drop them by the school. The PTA will turn them in for 10 cents each. Items such as Cheerios, Lucky Charms, Kix and Cinamon Toast Crunch cereals have the box tops. Other names you might know with box tops are Bisquick, Scott Towels, Cottonell toilet tissue, Hefty plates and bags, Old El Paso, Ziplock and Hanes Apparel. Go to btfe.com/products for a complete list of participating Box Tops products.

And, make sure your Giant, Safeway or Harris Teeter card is registered to support Rose Hill Elementary School. The Rose Hill ID number is 02297 for Giant, 6559459 for Safeway and 6041 for Harris Teeter. Register online for Giant at giantfood.com/aplus, click on designate schools and enter Rose Hill elementary. For Safeway, log on to escrip.com and designated Rose Hill Elementary and log on the Harristeeter.com and designate Rose Hill Elementary. Use the corresponding ID numbers above. 

Each time you use your card, our neighborhood school is the beneficiary


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A 15-year-old boy has been charged with the homicide of Rose Hill resident Wyatt Campbell, 18, on October 14 behind the Rose Hill Shopping Center and will be tried as an adult, a juvenile court judge has decided. An autopsy revealed that Campbell had been stabbed 15 times in the upper torso and upper extremities, according to the prosecutor. Campbell was taken to the Inova Healthplex in Springfield were he died. The death apparently was the result of an altercation triggered by a previous incident, according to a witness. The accused is being held on a $25,000 bond at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. For a more detailed account of the juvenile court hearing, read the online Rose Hill Patch.  Additional information will be posted when a court date is announced. 

Carl Sell, President, RHCA.

Edison High School Mulch Sale
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Important Public Service Announcement

Fairfax County Public Schools is working hard to re-open as soon as possible. Its staff are focusing on clearing sidewalks, walking paths, and parking lots at all of their schools. Transportation staff are clearing school buses so that they can resume service. A major challenge to re-opening schools is outside of the school system’s control and they need the help of individual citizens and communities. Specifically, students need safe walking paths to get to school bus stops and to schools themselves. Students need a safe place at which to wait for buses without having to stand in roadways. Since many individual residents are physically unable to clear a sidewalk or bus stop in front of their homes, this request may require that neighbors help neighbors. The school system asks for everyone’s help in clearing walking paths and bus stops so that students can get to school safely.

Beacon Field Airport dedicated as
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The Police DID show up at Rose Hill's National Night Out Gathering Tuesday. Trouble was, everyone except the hosts had gone home! The police had 32 gatherings in the Franconia District to visit and were still making the rounds after dark. We told them about our resident's show of support by showing up in large numbers. They were pleased and apologized for not getting by earlier. Thanks to all of you who supported our show of support for our police and emergency responders.  (Click here for more photos.)


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