From the Editor

By Stephen Sapp

The past few weeks have reminded me of how blessed we are to live in a wonderful community like Lakeport and Reston. Mary and I have been keeping our “granddog” Hazel while her family has been having some major renovations done on their home, and I have been spending quite a bit of time walking with her around Lakeport and the Lake Thoreau and Lake Audubon area. This extended time outdoors has helped me appreciate yet again how special our location is. The recent snows, despite some of the issues they may have caused, have highlighted the  beauty of our community, as shown in the pictures of Lakeport in the snow in this newsletter (Hazel shares my assessment, by the way, as the photo above illustrates!). I hope you too are able to get out and appreciate the ever-changing splendor all around us (and we were reminded of how quickly our surroundings can change when it was warm enough to take Hazel out on our boat just the afternoon before our first major snowstorm hit).

Please read through this issue of Ripples for interesting and helpful information, and if you have comments and/or would like to submit an item for our upcoming Spring issue, feel free to email me at

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