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Stonebridge Plans PetOberfest

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Dogs to bark near Wegmans

 

Pets are about to take center stage in Woodbridge near Wegmans grocery store. 

The folks at Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center shared this with us: 

Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center located at 14900 Potomac Town Place in Woodbridge is pleased to host the PetOberfest Event on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 from noon – 5 p.m. All are welcome to attend and enjoy free family and pet friendly activities. All pets in attendance must be leashed.

The PetOberfest is sponsored by NOVADog Magazine, Prince William SPCA and Unleashed by Petco and will feature activities including: pet rescues and adoptions; pet-related exhibitors, a fashion show, a pet parade, pet contests, children’s entertainment, store discounts, prizes, and much more (full schedule included below).

PetOberfest Main Stage Schedule

Noon: Mutts Gone Nuts
1pm: Learning Safari hosted by Leesburg Animal Park
2pm: Reptiles Alive
3pm: Fashion Show featuring animals available for adoption
4pm: Safari Bingo
4:30pm: Pet Parade & Contests – Must register no later than 4pm at the Information Tent.

PetOberfest Main Street Activities, Noon – 5 p.m.

• Prince William SPCA Pet Photos & Mobile Adoption Van
• Stonebridge merchant displays
• Pet-oriented exhibitors
• Local animal rescues and shelters
• Petting Zoo
• Moon Bounce
• Balloon Art
• Prizes

For complete event information, visit sptcpetoberfest.com.

 

See 5 Great Historic Haunts in Prince William, Manassas

Manassas Cemetery [Mary Davidson / Potomac Local]

Haunted places in Prince William, Manassas

 

Discover Prince William County and ManassasOver the years ghosts have allegedly been seen throughout Prince William & Manassas, appearing in windows or on street corners while other times causing mischief by making candle flames dance, doors close and stairs creek. This October come experience our historic haunts!

Weems-Botts Museum
Get frightened at Weems-Botts Museum, the second most haunted home in Virginia. Civil War soldiers are said to haunt the nearby cemeteries and park. Staff and ghostbusters have heard loud noises on the stairs, seen books crash to the floor and overheard a girl whispering throughout the home. Experience it for yourself with a “lock-in” every Saturday night in October starting at 9:00pm.

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre
Connect with Agness, the spirit who allegedly haunts the jail at this 28-acre site. Agness was one of 13 people executed outside the jail after she was tried and convicted of killing her master. People claim they have heard voices coming from the jail or have seen faces in the windows of the building. On Oct. 17 sit around the campfire as you hear stories from staff about the haunted happenings of the local sites around Prince William County.

Manassas Cemetery

Located in Historic Downtown Manassas, the Cemetery is the final resting place of the famed Civil War Prince William Cavalry and a Congressional Medal of Honor winner. Take a guided night tour led by the Manassas Museum. Pass by costumed interpreters with lantern light and experience the history of the Cemetery and those that are buried there.

Rippon Lodge
Rippon Lodge is one of the oldest haunted homes in Prince William County. Rumor has it that Route 1 had to be rerouted just to avoid the ghostly residents of this property. There are a few ghosts that roam Rippon including a child who can be seen looking out the upstairs window. Newspaper articles from the 1920’s and 30’s also claim the house is haunted because a loser of a dual bled to death in the home. On Oct. 24 and 25 you can tour the house and grounds by candlelight while meeting historical characters that once lived there.

Historic Occoquan
This quaint town along the Occoquan River features a walking ghost tour throughout the year. Get a glimpse of the Indian who allegedly appears in a bathroom mirror at a local restaurant, talk to store owners who have had their merchandise strewn around and look for the young man who haunts a busy street corner. Ghost walking tours of the town are offered every Saturday evening at the Discover Prince William & Manassas Visitor Center on Mill Street.

For more information about event details please visit the Discover Prince William & Manassas event calender at discoverpwm.com and share with us how you #discoverpwm this October!

Zandra’s Taqueria Opens Thursday in Manassas

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Owner of popular Monza tries hand at tacos

 

 Zandra’s Taqueria will celebrate its Grand Opening on Thursday, Oct. 9 at 5:30 p.m. 

Festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a ribbon cutting followed by fun giveaways and entertainment by Harlen Simple, a local Manassas band.  All are welcome to come out and celebrate the grand opening. 

Owners Nicholas Kowalewski and Miguel Pires are excited to open their doors to the public with this fun, casual, gourmet handcrafted taco concept.

“Our specialty is our handcrafted tacos – corn tortillas with fresh ingredients and fun atmosphere.  We are looking forward to having guests try us out,” said Kowalewski.   Owner Pires added, “Nick and I worked on opening this concept for over a year and we are very excited to celebrate and be part of the City of Manassas community.” 

Zandra’s Taqueria of Old Town Manassas, Va. was established in 2014 and is owned by local restauranteurs and young entrepreneurs Nicholas Kowalewski and Miguel Pires of Manassas.  

The contemporary American taqueria offers handcrafted gourmet tacos. Kowalewski, age 31 and a graduate of the Stratford University culinary program and Zandra’s Taqueria executive chef, general manager and owner, uses local and fresh ingredients to add a new twist to tacos. 

Pires, 31, grew up in a family-owned and -operated restaurant business and is part of the history of the long-established Carmello’s and Monza of Manassas.  As the general manager for 10 years, Pires decided to continue to expand the culinary experience in Old Town Manassas and open Zandra’s Taqueria. 

For more information, go to zandrastacos.com, visit us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or call 571-359-6767.

Montclair Man GEICO Volunteer of the Year

GEICO senior vice president Seth Ingall (left) congratulates Keith Scott after Scott was named 2014 Volunteer of the Year.

GEICO senior vice president Seth Ingall (left) congratulates Keith Scott after Scott was named 2014 Volunteer of the Year.

$30,000 raised for Children’s National Medical Center

 

Keith Scott of Montclair  has earned GEICO’s 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award.

Scott, a systems analyst, led GEICO’s Children’s Hospital fundraising campaign at the Fredericksburg regional office. Since he began co-chairing this campaign in 2013, Scott and fellow associates have helped raise more than $30,000 for Children’s National Medical Center. GEICO donated an additional $1,000 to the cause in honor of Scott’s efforts.

“We get creative and host many events, including a basket raffle, water balloon toss, penny wars, snack-o-rama and much more,” Scott said. “It’s amazing to see how much support our associates give, all to benefit the children.”

Through Keith’s leadership, the number of GEICO associates who participated in Fredericksburg’s annual March for Babies walk has doubled, and fundraising increased.

Scott has embraced volunteering since joining the GEICO family in 2002. In addition to his work with Children’s Hospital, Scott has led fundraising efforts for March of Dimes, where GEICO’s contributions grew by more than 200 percent and the number of associates in the annual March for Babies walk in Fredericksburg doubled. Scott also recruited a record 200 GEICO associates and their families as volunteers for GEICO’s All Star Friday Night to benefit the Special Olympics.

Nancy Pierce, GEICO’s regional vice president in Fredericksburg, said that Scott serves as a true inspiration to his fellow associates. “Keith has an unwavering dedication to make a difference, and no challenge is too great for him,” Pierce said. “It is a great honor to provide Keith with this recognition because he has no doubt helped to touch many lives.”

Don’t Miss ‘Missiles In Your Backyard!’ at Workhouse

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Here are a list of upcoming events in November at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton: 

Dada Re-Discovered
October 25 – January 19

Building W-16 Vulcan Gallery

Dada Re-Discovered explores how contemporary media and ideas can filter past Dada concepts and artwork.  The exhibit will feature sound, video, performance and other visual mixed media. Dada, an art movement birthed out of World War I Europe, was a rejection of prevailing standards in art. As it came to America, it became associated with the absurd, yet stayed grounded in anti-culture and avant-garde artistic ideas.

FCPS Art Teachers Exhibition
November 1 – December 15

Building W-16 McGuireWoods Gallery

The best art teachers teach in Fairfax County and exhibit at the Workhouse! For many years a primary goal of the Fairfax County Public Schools Fine Arts Office has been to seek out and hire candidates who are not only great teachers, but also great artists. Today, there are more than 350 visual art teachers in FCPS, many of whom continue to practice art-making while sharing their expertise with students. The FCPS Fine Arts Office is proud to partner with the Workhouse Arts Center to organize an exhibition showcasing the talents and artistic achievements of these artist-teachers.

Cabaret Series: Heroes Cabaret!
Saturday, November 1 at 8pm & Sunday, November 2 at 1pm
Tickets: $25, includes planche campagnarde

Featuring the music of heroes and anti-heroes alike we celebrate the valiant, the flawed, the strong, and the vulnerable characters that audiences have admired, adored and applauded over the last century! Whether he’s a stately gentleman or the boy-next-door, the music composed for these memorable characters is some of the best ever composed.

The Cold War in Lorton: Missiles In Your Backyard!
Sunday, November 9 at 2pm
Tickets: Free – $10 suggested donation

W-3 Theatre

Marvin ‘Shep’ Crow, Lieutenant Colonel, US Army (Retired), will discuss the Nation’s perceived need for air defense weapons during the Cold War with the Soviet Union and the development of the U.S. air defense system, focusing on the Lorton site. Presented by the Workhouse Prison and Museum Committee, Workhouse Arts Foundation, Inc.

 

2nd Saturday Art Walk

November 8, 6-9pm

Campus Wide, Free!

The 2nd Saturday Art Walk at the Workhouse showcases the diverse work of more than 100 visual artists in a unique historic venue, creating an atmosphere that encourages visitors to immerse themselves in the richness of this creative community.

Guests can tour seven unique studio buildings, mix and mingle with artists, buy original works of art, experience ever-changing exhibitions and meet featured artists, all while enjoying light refreshments and music. The social atmosphere of the monthly art walk makes it the perfect destination for a date night or girls’ night out, as well as for art collectors and art appreciation groups alike. These monthly events are also perfect for family art outings.

Date Night: Chef’s Table

Saturday, November 15, 7-9pm

Building W-3, Classroom 302

$85 per person (covers all food and a glass of wine)

Anyone can go out for dinner and a movie so why not make your night something special to be remembered? Date Night cooking classes are designed to be fun, relaxing and an escape from the daily grind. They are great way to learn some basic cooking techniques while enjoying your company and making new friends. The menu items will be prepared by participants working together at each of the cooking islands. Participants will be served a tasting portion of all the entrees and a pre-chef-selected drink of choice. No one will leave hungry! Every month you will prepare a new dish ranging from ethnic cuisines like Japanese, Thai and Spanish High Cuisine to Vegetarian and much more!

Ballroom Social Dance

Saturday, November 15, 7:30-10:30pm

W-16 McGuire Woods Gallery

$10-15

Start your evening by learning some new moves with a ballroom mini-lesson! Each month will feature a new style of dance ranging from the ChaCha to the Tango. Mini-lesson begins at 7:30pm and is $5 per person. Then take your new moves to the dance floor when open dancing begins at 8pm. Open dance is $10 per person. Complimentary refreshments and a cash bar will be available in the gallery. There is no need to get fancy unless you feel like it—the dress code is casual. All skill levels are welcome–even if you have two left feet!

Mini-lesson 7:30-8pm. 
Open dance 8-10:30pm
Complimentary refreshments and cash bar available.

Stranger than Fiction: Great Art Heists in History

Friday, November 20, 7:30pm

W-3 Theatre

$10 per person, $5 for Artists at the Workhouse, Friends of the Workhouse, Workhouse Volunteers and Military

Anne Kenny-Urban: Budget Services Manager at VMFA
Discover what Japanese gangsters, bear spray and daring boat getaways have in common with noteworthy art thefts. In this lecture, you will travel the globe learning why museums from Amsterdam to Zimbabwe have been targets for thieves and what tools they used to elude detection. Find out who got caught…and who did not.

Black Friday Holiday Celebration at the Workhouse

Friday, November 28, 10am-7pm
Campus-wide, Free!

Begin your holiday season with family and friends at the Workhouse’s Holiday Celebration! Explore the artwork of nearly 100 artists, join in interactive demonstrations and find that perfect gift for everyone on your list–while supporting local artists in your community. Festivities will also include Doughnuts with Santa, fine-art projects for children, and holiday music and theatrical performances throughout the day. Don’t miss the culminating sing-a-long and tree lighting! Parking and admission is free. Get into the holiday spirit at the Workhouse! 

Lumberjacks Part of Annual Manassas Fall Jubilee

Hundreds came to the annual Manassas City Fall Jubilee on Oct. 4, 2014. [Photo: City of Manassas]

Manassas holds fall jubilee 

 

The annual Manassas Fall Jubilee was on Saturday in Old Town.

Hundreds of people turned out for the event that featured lumberjack demonstrations, vendors, wine tastings, a beer garden, childrens rides, and a pumpkin patch.

The fall jubilee is one of the many events held in the city all year long, to include the city’s lighting of its Christmas Tree, and the Wine and Jazz Festival held in the spring.

Click here to see more photos of the fall jubilee.

Sidelined by Floods and its Building Later Demolished, Total Auto Parts and Paint Presses On

Total Auto Parts and Paint in Dumfries, Virginia
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Total Auto Parts and Paint moves from Woodbridge to Dumfries

 

First, flood waters ruined his Woodbridge auto parts store. Then, years later after it had been restored and reopened for business, the state came and tore it down.

Resilient, Total Auto Parts and Paint has moved to Dumfries and continues to calls the stretch of U.S. 1 in Prince William County home, as it has for the past 30 years. But it hasn’t been easy.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Lee in September 2011 flooded out the former location of Total Auto Parts and Paint on U.S. 1 in Woodbridge, near Marumsco Plaza. It also took a toll on a nearby mobile home park, sending at least 300 to a Red Cross Shelter and leaving many homeless.

After a day of solid rain, employees left the store and when they did they saw the Marumsco Creek rising out of its banks.

The creek down the street from us, it was coming up. I didn’t think much of it,” said Rick Jones, owner of Total Auto Parts and Paint. “I went and looked out the window and [the water] was coming in, and before I knew it was like looking like a fish tank on our window.”

The water rose four feet that day, inundating the shop, ruining several computers and destroying $200,000 of merchandise. And, as quickly as the water rose, it was gone the next day leaving behind mud caked all over the floors.

It took three weeks to clean up the store. The stores three employees helped with the clean up, even though one slipped on the mud and broke his leg. None of the employees were laid off during the clean up.

“It just about killed me, it was tough. We’re working but we didn’t have any business coming in,” recalled Jones.

He took cash from his personal savings account to keep employees paid during the down time. The store later reopened and things were looking like they were going to turn around – until Jones’ store was marked for destruction due to the impending widening of U.S. 1 in the area.

With the reality of losing his store again staring him in the face, Jones thought about throwing in the towel. “I work 12 hours a day and you don’t get to where I am today just by giving up,” he said.

The new Total Auto Parts and Paint at 17297 Jefferson Davis Highway in Dumfries is coming along and gaining customers both new and old. The store carries a wide selection of parts but mostly specializes in auto paint. Customers, those who are painting their own cars and professional auto body shops, rely on Total Auto Parts to conveniently mix them a can of their perfect paint color.

Jones says he likes being in Dumfries, that its been easy to work with the town’s government to get things like permits, and that even the town’s mayor has come in to buy paint from him. He hopes more of his old customers who visited him in Woodbridge will soon find him in Dumfries.

For more information, click here for Total Auto Parts.

 

Food Fair Benefits Project Mend-A-House

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The sun shines down on the U.S. Flag hoisted outside VFW Post 1503 in Dale City.

 

An event for area foodies aims to raise cash and awareness for those living below the poverty line in our area.

Aquia Project Mend-A-House will hold the 14th annual Taste of the Town on Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at VFW Post 1503 in Dale City. More than 20 restaurants will participate in the event, including:

Applebees

Bahama Breeze

Bonefish Grill

Brittany’s Sports Bar

Chick-fil-A

China Express

China Gourmet

Dixie Bones

Moe’s Southwest Grill

Nando’s Peri Peri

Not Your Average Joe’s

Old Country Buffet

P.F. Chang’s

Red Lobster

Romano’s Macaroni Grill

The Cakery

VFW Post 1503 (café)

Project Mend-A-House serves low-income households, considered to by anyone who makes 50% or below the median income for Prince William County, which is about $90,000 per year. The organization also loans medical equipment like hospital beds, wheel chairs, stair climbers, and electronic medical alert tags that can wear rescue crews in the event of a personal emergency such as a slip or fall.

While the Potomac Health Foundation provides support for Project Mend-A-House, the Taste of the Town fundraising event allows residents to see what the organization is all about.

“The Taste of the Town is our signature event. It brings together so many aspects of the community, from the restaurants that attend to our supporters, it’s a great event,” said Project Mend-A-House Executive Director Jennifer Schock-Bolles. It’s $30 for a ticket to the event, and that comes with the ability to sample food from all vendors.

For $25, children will be allowed to enter a house building contest where they’ll use popsicle sticks and glue to build a themed, miniature house. The creations are judged for structural integrity, creativity, the fan favorite, and the winner gets a gift card,” said Schock-Bolles.

Earnestine Jenkins, of Dale City, is the chairwoman for the committee that organizes the event. Stella Nelson, whose life was saved by a medical alert device like the ones distributed by Project Mend-A-House, will be the keynote speaker.

Occoquan a Small Riverfront Town, a Quaint Destination

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River cruises to small restaurants, Occoquan a gem

 

Escape the hustle and bustle of strip malls and highways to the quaint town of Historic Occoquan. Nestled along the banks of the Occoquan River, this quiet town is one of Northern Virginia’s best hidden gems and features more than 60 merchants and restaurants.

Derived from a Dogue Indian word meaning “at the end of the water,” Occoquan was a natural site for water-borne commerce and home to the U.S.’s first automated grist mill. Today, people can explore the Mill House Museum to learn more about the town’s rich history.

Stroll the streets and visit with merchants who sell everything from jewelry and art to books, gourmet treats and other unique merchandise. Enjoy lunch along the River at Madigan’s Waterfront, taste some vino at Tastefully Yours’ weekend wine tastings or sip afternoon tea at the kid-friendly Pink Bicycle Tea Room.

Or, step aboard a Rivershore Charters boat for a cruise along the Occoquan River then finish the day with dinner and music at Cock & Bowl. Known for its Belgian beer and European-style fare, this restaurant features live music several days a week during the summer.

In the spring and fall, the streets of Occoquan are filled with artisans from across the country who come for the annual Arts & Crafts Shows.  During the summer, join Occoquan Mayor Earnie Porta for kayak tours down the river or, get spooked during evening ghost tours, which run Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Emergency services

The Prince William County Fire and Rescue Department responds to 911 calls for emergencies from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. and has some 24-hour staff at fire stations in the county. The Dale City Volunteer Fire Department and rescue crews respond to calls from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. and on holidays. Police services are provided by Prince William Police Department. For non-emergency situations, residents can visit one of two police stations — The Eastern District Station in Woodbridge and the Western District Station in Manassas. Call 703-792-6500 for more info.  

Pets

Dogs 4-months-old or older must be licensed by January 31 of each year. The $10 licenses can be purchased beginning in November at the Prince William County Taxpayer Services Office at the McCoart Government Center, at the county Animal Shelter, or by mail. Call the Animal Shelter for more info: 703-792-6465.

Snow removal

Snow removal is handled by the Virginia Department of Transportation. Snow is removed first from roads with the highest traffic volumes, from Interstate Highways to neighborhood streets. Call 1-800-367-7623 for more info.

Leaf removal, recycling, trash disposal

Trash and leaf collection is performed by privately licensed waste removal companies in Prince William County. Residents should contact a licensed private waste removal provider. Residents may choose to dispose of waste at the County Landfill with a solid waste decal. Call 703-792-6710 for more info.

Population

The majority of Dale City lies in Prince William County’s Neabsco District which had 49,097 residents in the 2010 Census. By 2012, it’s estimated 430,289 people lived in all of Prince William County.

Taxes

Personal property taxes on vehicles, trailers, and motorcycles are due on Oct. 5 of the year. Personal property tax statements are mailed each spring.  For real estate taxes, the first half of the year’s taxes are due July 15 and the second Dec. 5. Real estate assessments begin Jan. 1, and assessment notices mailed by late winter.

Vehicle decals

Prince William County does not require decals to be displayed on vehicles. Vehicles must be registered with Taxpayer Services upon moving in and moving out of the area by calling 703-792-6710. A $24 charge for cars/trucks, and a $12 charge for motorcycles will be billed along with personal property taxes.

Voting

The Voter Registration Office is open 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. During General Elections held every November in Virginia, you must be registered to vote 22 days before Election Day to vote. Call 703-792-6470 for more info.

Water and sewer

Prince William County Service Authority and Dale City Virginia American Water handle water and sewer utilities in the county. Call 703-335-7900 or 703-491-2136, respectively, for more info.

Mill Hosting Last Demonstration of the Year

The Town of Occoquan

Visit the Occoquan Historical Society‘s Mill House Museum this Sunday, October 5, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., for the last Milling Demonstration of the year. Children will have the opportunity to use a hand-turned mill to grind wheat into flour and then take home the flour they mill, seeds to plant, and a recipe for “Mill House Millies.”

Visitors on Sunday will also have an opportunity to meet local children’s author, Jamey M. Long, who later in the month will be holding a writing clinic for elementary school children.  Sponsored by the Occoquan Historical Society, the writing clinic will take place on October 25 at the Occoquan Town Hall.  During a 90-minute class, children will develop their own story line and character.  Registration is $25 and class times are at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on the 25th.  All supplies are provided and young authors will leave with a signed copy of Jamey’s book, Johnny Appleseed.

To register for the class in advance, call the Mill House Museum daily at 703-491-7525 between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  The child’s name, age, address, phone number, and an adult contact are required.  You may also email the required information to: curator@occoquanhistoricalsociety.org.  Limited same-day registration is also available.

Date for Next Marumsco Creek Clean Up Announced

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Volunteers ready for annual clean up at Woodbridge park

 

Prince Williams Trails and Streams Coalition, in conjunction with the Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District and the Prince William County Parks and Recreation Department, invites volunteers ages 10 and over to the Marumsco Creek Cleanup.

The Marumsco Creek cleanup will be held on Saturday, Nov 8, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon  at Veterans Park, located at 14300 Featherstone Road in Woodbridge. Sign-in on the day of the event at the large pavilion in Veterans Park which is across from the Community Center. Bathroom facilities, trash bags, gloves, water and refreshments are provided.

For questions and pre-registration, e-mail education@pwswcd.org. Pre-registration is appreciated but not required unless you are bringing a group. The Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District (PWSWD) is also looking for volunteers for its Adopt-A-Stream program. For more information on the Adopt-A-Stream program, please visit the PWSWD website at www.pwswcd.orgor e-mail the education coordinator at education@pwswcd.org.

For cancellation due to weather, please call 703-491-2183. ( Veteran’s Park office)

Potomac Local Pets

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Bandit

is an affectionate boy who is always ready to play. He is a lab mix with a beautiful black coat and  a gentle, sweet disposition. Lots of adorable puppy energy. Estimated DOB is mid February 2014. Healthy and up to date on shots, he is ready to bring endless joy to his forever home

Spice

She is the cutest thing! Spice is a very social and affectionate 3 year old female who still quite kittenish. She has been spayed and is UTD on all her shots and ready for her forever home!

Found

Beautiful female Pitbull found stray on 610 West by the golf driving range. No tags. No collar. No microchip. Very distinctive markings. Very people friendly but also hyper and very excitable. If anyone recognizes this pup, please call 540-842-9936.

-Information provided by the Stafford SPCA. Contact them for more information on any of the animals shown above. 

Girl, 13, Saves Mother, Children During Seizure

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Stafford County Sheriff Charles E. Jett commends 13-year-old Kyleigh Brianne Ash after she assumed control of her mother’s van in an emergency.

 

Child credited with saving lives of family members

 

Kyleigh Brianne Ash was sitting in the backseat of her mother’s van and could tell something was wrong.

Her mother, Jennifer Janickie, began having a seizure while behind the wheel while driving 13-year-old Kyleigh to class at H.H. Pool Middle School in North Stafford. In the backseats were Kyleigh, her infant sister and toddler brother.

In an instant, Kyleigh jumped out of her seat, across her brother and sister, and then into the lap of her mother. Kyleigh then took control of the van traveling on Garrisonville Road, applied the brakes, and steered the van to a stop near the intersection of Center Street.

Kyleigh, her brother and sister, escaped unscathed, and their grandmother was called to come pick up the children from the scene. Janickie was taken to a local hospital where several tests were run, but doctors were unable to determine why she had the seizure, her first ever, she added.

A short time later, the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office presented Kyleigh with a commendation for her actions.

“Had Kyleigh not taken control of the vehicle it is very likely that the van would have passed into oncoming traffic and resulted in serious, if not threatening injury to the occupants of the vehicle,” said sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

Sheriff Charles E. Jett presented the 13-year-old with an award for her bravery at the county’s public safety center on Courthouse Road.

“It’s just mind blowing,” said Janickie. “I didn’t think she would know what to do for something like that. A lot of people wouldn’t know what to do if something like that happened, and I’m very thankful for what she did.”

So thankful, Kyleigh’s mom took her to Maggie Moos, her favorite ice cream shop, to celebrate.

Lake Ridge Church Counts 400 Waiting at Door for Charity Event

Lake Ridge Church Latter Day Saints Charity Sale

Church fills tables with linen, toys, games for community

 

On Friday, Sept. 12, the chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Old Bridge Road in Woodbridge, filled with 120 teens and many adults preparing for the annual community Gifts of the Heart event. 

Sister Pam Gauch, the Relief Society President for the local Woodbridge Virginia Stake, addressed them briefly to explain the spiritual nature of the service they were about to perform.

“The important thing is to keep things moving,” said Gauch.

The youth, some of whom were not of the LDS faith, then spent the next two hours unloading donated items from cars, trunks, and the backs of minivans. Soon tables in the large church gym were piled with clothes, another room filled with shoes, others with linens, toys and games.  Well over 1,100 volunteer hours went into orchestrating this year’s Gifts of the Heart clothing exchange, a free event open to the public that is done in conjunction with the Day to Serve project. 

The community donated all of the items available at the exchange. Additionally, during Gifts of the Heart, the community also donated over 240 pounds of food for the Action in Community Through Service (ACTS) food pantry.

“This year I brought a friend from school.  It’s a good representation of what our church is about: family, service, the pure love of Christ,” said Rebecca Prymak, a 16-year-old junior at Gar-Field Senior High School.  This was her fourth year volunteering during Gifts of the Heart. A total of 148 youth, and 264 adults volunteered to make the event possible.

When the doors opened the next day at 9 a.m., there were over 400 people in line.  Many had come early, in hopes of finding certain needed items. 

“If you’re looking for something you really need, you’ll find it here,” said volunteer Will Marda, of Lake Ridge. 

“This is our fourth time coming.  If something doesn’t fit, we always pass it on.  This year we’re looking for winter coats and shoes,” said Michelle Sackrider, sifting through the wares. 

“It’s a beautiful thing to do, especially for free, it helps everyone,” said Digna Ruiz, through a translator, of Woodbridge.

This was her second year benefiting from items that the community donated to Gifts of the Heart. By the time the event ended, and all of the left-over, donated clothing and other things were packed into a truck for AmVets, more than 1,150 people were able to shop the Gifts of the Heart exchange.

 

Editors note: This story was submitted by the community relations department at the Church of Latter Day Saints in Woodbridge.

Stafford Shred It Event to Benefit Crime Solvers

Stafford County Crime Solvers announces the “Stafford Shred It Program- Drive Thru Style.”

The event is an opportunity for the citizens of Stafford County to shred unwanted documents, receipts or other official papers.  For $5 a box of papers, residents can come to the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office Parking Lot at 1225 Courthouse Road and have their unwanted papers shredded on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 from 8 a.m. until noon.

The limit for shredding is 100 pounds per vehicle with the proceeds of the day going to Stafford Crime Solvers.  If anyone has any questions feel free to contact Sgt. Darrell English at 540-658-4428.  This event will be held rain or shine. 

Brentsville History Preserved at Courthouse Historic Centre

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Prince William’s history traced to courthouse, farmland in Brentsville District 

 

Brentsville was established in 1820 to serve as the county seat of Prince William County. As residents moved west to farm, the original county seat in Dumfries was just too far for them to travel to.

Today, Brentsville’s history is preserved at the Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre- a 28-acre site residents and visitors can explore. The site includes a former Union Church, the old courthouse and jail, a circa 1928 one-room schoolhouse and the 1850 Haislip-Hall House.

The Prince William courthouse and jail tell the story of the increased resistance to slavery by both black and white Americans. Part of the Underground Network to Freedom, these sites are where runaway bondsmen and abolitionists were arrested and jailed from the 1820s until 1862. Thirteen executions were recorded here, 12 of which were against African Americans. One enslaved woman, Agness, was executed after killing her master. Today, she allegedly still haunts the property.

Just down the street from the courthouse, residents and visitors can walk the hallowed ground where the Battle of Bristoe Station unfolded during the Civil War. In the fall of 1863, Gen. Robert E Lee returned to Prince William to fight one of his last offensive campaigns of the Civil War on this ground.

Thanks to a grant from the state tourism office, Prince William County’s Historic Preservation Division will launch the Bristoe Station Campaign Mobile Tour this year, which will utilize technology to connect visitors to the rich history of the battlefield.

Using their cell phone, visitors will be able to stop at various stations on the battlefield and listen to 90-second narratives about the people and battles that unfolded at Bristoe more than 150 years ago.

In nearby Bristow, the once quiet area known for a Civil War battle has become a bustling suburb full of single family homes and shopping just outside Manassas. The residential communities of Saybrooke and Braemar, located on Lake Manassas and it’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Course, are located in Bristow.

In the Village of Nokesville, this area is surrounded by farms — which has been a way of life here for hundreds of years. The Civil War Battle of Kettle Run took place near here, and Nokesville — once accessed by passenger rail — is still served by busy Route 28, making it one of the first stops in Prince William County for those headed east.

Nokesville Elementary School dates back to 1929, it recently closed to make way for Prince William County’s very first school to house grades kindergarten through 8th. Once construction of the new school is finished, it will sit next to longstanding Brentsville District High School.

Emergency services

The Prince William County Fire and Rescue Department responds to 911 calls for emergencies from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. and has some 24-hour staff at fire stations in the county. Volunteer fire and rescue crews respond to calls from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. and on holidays. Police services are provided by Prince William Police Department. For non-emergency situations, residents can visit one of two police stations — The Eastern District Station in Woodbridge and the Western District Station in Manassas. Call 703-792-6500 for more info.  

Pets

Dogs 4-months-old or older must be licensed by January 31 of each year. The $10 licenses can be purchased beginning in November at the Prince William County Taxpayer Services Office at the McCoart Government Center, at the County Animal Shelter, or by mail. Call the Animal Shelter for more info: 703-792-6465.

Snow removal

Snow removal is handled by the Virginia Department of Transportation. Snow is removed first from roads with the highest traffic volumes, from Interstate Highways to neighborhood streets. Call 1-800-367-7623 for more info.

Leaf removal, recycling, trash disposal

Trash and leaf collection is performed by privately licensed waste removal companies in Prince William County. Residents should contact a licensed private waste removal provider. Residents may choose to dispose of waste at the County Landfill with a solid waste decal. Call 703-792-6710 for more info.

Population

Brentsville, Bristow, and Nokesville lie in Prince William County’s Brentsville District which had 79,541 residents in the 2010 Census. By 2012, it’s estimated 430,289 people lived in Prince William County.

Taxes

Personal property taxes on vehicles, trailers, and motorcycles are due on Oct. 5 of the year. Personal property tax statements are mailed each spring.  For real estate taxes, the first half of the year’s taxes are due July 15 and the second Dec. 5. Real estate assessments begin Jan. 1, and assessment notices mailed by late winter.

Vehicle decals

Prince William County does not require decals to be displayed on vehicles. Vehicles must be registered with Taxpayer Services upon moving in and moving out of the area by calling 703-792-6710. A $24 charge for cars/trucks, and a $12 charge for motorcycles will be billed along with personal property taxes.

Voting

The Voter Registration Office is open 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. During General Elections held every November in Virginia, you must be registered to vote 22 days before Election Day to vote. Call 703-792-6470 for more info.

Water and sewer

Prince William County Service Authority and Dale City Virginia American Water handle water and sewer utilities in the county. Call 703-335-7900 or 703-491-2136, respectively, for more info.

Editor’s note: This column is written by Discover Prince William / Manassas and is posted to Potomac Local under a special content-sharing agreement. 

Potomac Local Pets

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Laila:

Laila is a Terrier mix that looks like a mini Rottweiler. She weighs in at just over 12# and we guess that she may top out at approximately 20# when she’s an adult. Laila is a housebreaking superstar, is up to date on her shots, per her age and is ready to meet her new family!

Diamond:

What a sweet face! Diamond is a muted tortie who is an amazing, social kitty. She is spayed,UTD on all her shots and that gets along wonderfully with other cats, dogs and kids of all ages.

Scooter is still Missing!
A Beagle  in the area of Choptank Road and Brian Court in the Vista Woods neighborhood in North Stafford. Scooter is an older neutered, male with tri-colored ticking. He is overweight and has a Camp collar please contact Denise at 540-834-7090.

Didlake Reception Draws Donors to Blue Ridge Foothills

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Didlake, Inc. held a donor reception to say thank you to those who help the company in its mission to employ and educate those with disabilities .

Didlake holds donor reception at Salamander Resort

 

Some of Didlake, Inc.’s biggest donors went to the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains on Sunday for a special reception.

They gathered at the Salamander Resort and Spa in Middleburg to hear stories of those with disabilities – stories of people who Didlake has helped because of their generous support of the Manassas-based non-profit organization.

An intimate gathering, about 60 people came to the event called the Didlake Donor Appreciation Ceremony.

Through its many contracts, the company offers several services including mail, transpiration, recycling, grounds maintenance, and it is the sole janitorial provider at the Pentagon in Arlington.

Didlake will turn 50 years old next year. It was found founded in 1965 in Manassas when several people who were disgruntled with the public schools refusal to admit students with disabilities banded together to start a roadside fireworks stand to raise funds to send children to a special school.

Over the next year, the company will begin its search for a new CEO, replacing Rex Parr who has served in the leadership position since 1977. The new CEO will be in place by 2017, according to the company’s website.

The company operates in locations in the Washington, D.C. metro area, in Virginia’s Roanoke Valley, and in the Hampton Roads region in southeastern Virginia. The company has 1,200 employees at its work locations and has an annual operating budget of $50 million, according to its website.

Woodbridge Residents Awarded Scholarships

Two Prince William County residents have been awarded scholarships from the Shepherd University Foundation.

Woodbridge residents include Deon R. Jones, who received the Moler General Scholarship, and Isaiah A. Tetteh, who received the Shepherd Fund Scholarship.

The Shepherd University Foundation provided more than $1 million in student and program support in 2013-14. These funds support approximately 400 scholarships that are awarded to deserving Shepherd students each academic year.

Located in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle, Shepherd University is a public liberal arts university. Shepherd is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

Young Female High School Mechanic Gets an Education Working on Cars

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Female High School Mechanic Picked to Work on Cars

 

Take one look across the automotive bay at Hometowne Auto and Tire and you’ll notice something unusual.

No, it’s not unusual because there’s a female working in the shop, finding a woman working in an auto shop is more common that it used to be. It’s because this female, Katie Tatum, 17, is one of the top automotive students at C.D. Hylton High School in Woodbridge. And, unlike others her working jobs at retail stores or a fast food shop, Katie is getting paid to work under the hood.

Three days a week, Tatum can be found working alongside the other mechanics at Hometowne Auto and Tire on U.S. 1 in Woodbridge. Working on autos is something that comes natural to Tatum. In kindergarten, you could find her in the garage handing her father tools while he was changing the oil on their family cars.

As time progressed, the two continue to work on cars together. “We have a jeep that we tinker on together. We used to have a Land Cruiser but we had to sell that because it was eating up our money by a lot. It is in Utah now,” said Tatum.

Tatum has excelled in sports and rowed for both the boys and girls crew team at Woodbridge Senior High School. After transferring to Hylton last year, which has a specialized automotive program, that’s when the opportunity of being an auto mechanic took center stage.

When it comes to sheer size, Katie is smaller that the other guys that surround her in the shop. And that’s OK, because she’s already shown that she can hold her own on the floor.

“Some people come in and think the job is going to be easy,” said Ray Dezeeu, who is training Katie. He also is relatively new to the automotive field after graduating from a 2-year apprenticeship at Germanna Community College in Fredericksburg, under the guidance of ST Billingsley, owner of Hometowne Auto Repair and Tire. Dezeeu says Katie has the right attitude and drive to fit in well.

“Because she is smaller and weighs less than the other guys, her weight makes a difference because sometimes you have to putt your weight and strength into breaking bolts…but we’ve all accepted her and its kind of alike a big family.”

Being accepted and working at an automotive shop while still in high school is not something that came easy for her. Before being hired at Hometowne, Katie interviewed with three other shops. Those meetings were arranged by her high school automotive teacher who said Tatum is one of the most talented students in his class.

“No one was giving her a shot,” said C.D. Hylton High School automotive teacher Eddie Stevens. “I know her personality and worked with her for over a year, and I kinda had the feeling she was a bad interviewer, but I didn’t want to think that was the case.”

Stevens doesn’t send every student of his out to interview at shops. It’s mainly the high school students with a keen interest in the learning more about the business, and that’s worked out to be about three to five students over a 3-year time span.

It’s Katie’s senior year of high school and when she graduates she hopes to go onto Ohio Technical College in Cleveland. The two-year program will give her even more training in the field, and she’ll graduate with a degree after two years of work.

At Hometowne, being the youngest person in the shop, not to mention the only female, doesn’t faze her.

“There’s always going to be someone better than you,” said Tatum. “I try not to compare myself to other people unless they’re competition, but compare yourself to how you were in the past and try to better yourself.”

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