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Ronald Lee Kniess

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Ronald Lee Kniess, 74, of Dale City, VA, joined his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, September 18, 2017 after a year-long battle with throat cancer.
Ron was born February 13, 1943 in Butler, PA. He is survived by his wife of thirty years Betty Jo Carr; daughter Jennifer Eades (Roger); son Peter Kniess; stepsons Timothy Gutierrez and Kevin Gutierrez (Shelli); sisters Darley Perlakowski (Don) and Cecilia Adasiak: and grandchildren Cristian Rivera, Rauirí Eades, Joshua Kniess, and Liam Kniess.

As a young man Ron served his country from 1961-1965 in the United States Air Force. Until his retirement he made his living as a project manager in the construction industry. First in the Pittsburgh, PA region followed by relocation to the Northern Virginia area in the early 80’s. He was an extremely knowledgeable and skilled builder, always willing to lend these abilities to those needing his insight or hands-on assistance.

Ron was an avid history buff and in his spare time would often be found watching a wide array of history based television shows. He was a longtime, loyal, Pittsburgh Steelers fan and for the past several seasons he watched the Baltimore Orioles almost nightly, often surrounded by his much loved cats Paloosa, Solo, and QT. Rarely seen without his trademark beard and mustache, Ron was a guy’s guy but always warm with an easygoing personality. He truly cared about those in his life. Ron will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him. He fought the fight, finished the race, kept the faith, and is now reaping his eternal reward.

There will be a Memorial Service (time TBA) on Friday, October 6, 2017 at Mountcastle Turch Funeral Home and Crematory, 4134 Dale Blvd., Dale City, VA 22193. A Graveside Service will follow at 2:00pm on Friday, October 6, 2017 at Quantico National Cemetery, 18424 Joplin Rd., Triangle, VA 22172.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Ron may be made to: 4Paws Rescue Team, Inc., P.O. Box 2908, Merrifield, VA 22166. http://www.fourpaws.org/pages/donate-to-4paws.html

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Prince William Humane Society Wags-N-Wine happens today

From a press release:

The Prince William Humane Society’s 5th Annual Wags-N-Wine fund-raising event and silent auction will take place on Saturday, September 23, 2017, at our new Pet Adopt Shop located in the Dumfries Shopping Plaza from 12 – 5 p.m.

This year our fund-raising efforts will go to support our new Pet Adopt Shop where homeless shelter pets live and thrive until they find their forever homes.

Prince William Humane Society is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit animal welfare organization whose mission is to help support and find forever homes for adoptable pets from the Prince William County Animal Shelter by creating the Pet Adopt Shop and implementing an improved adoption experience designed to increase adoptions. (more…)

Traffic
‘Access to all businesses, hotels and destinations in Central Park will be maintained during the road work’

From a press release: 

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) project to improve safety and operations at the Exit 130 interchange on Interstate 95 in Fredericksburg continues with overnight lane closures for water line and storm sewer work. 

The Central Park main exit at Carl D. Silver Parkway to Route 3 will be closed overnight on Sunday, Sept. 24 through early Monday, Sept. 25.

Drivers will be guided by detour signs to use Trade Street and Central Park Boulevard to exit Central Park during the work zone. Access to all businesses, hotels and destinations in Central Park will be maintained during the road work.

Weather permitting, the following lane closures are planned near the Exit 130 interchange beginning Sunday, Sept. 24:

Carl D. Silver Parkway (Central Park Exit)

Sunday, 10 p.m.  7 a.m. All southbound lanes on Carl D. Silver Parkway at Route 3 (Plank Road) will be blocked to allow crews to relocate water and sewer lines. Traffic will not be permitted to exit at the main entrance to the Central Park shopping area. Signs will guide traffic along the detour route to Trade Street and Central Park Boulevard. 

I-95 Southbound at Exit 130

Monday  Friday, 9 p.m.  6 a.m.

The Exit 130 off-ramp will be reduced to a single lane from I-95 southbound to Route 3 westbound at Carl D. Silver Parkway for storm sewer installation. All lanes will re-open at 6 a.m. Friday.

Flickr photo: m01229

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Get a rabies vaccine and certificate for $10 at the Animal Shelter Open House on Sunday

From a press release: 

The Prince William County Animal Shelter will host its annual Open House on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, from Noon to 4 p.m. The Shelter is located at 14807 Bristow Road [near] Manassas (20112).

The event includes a rabies clinic, sponsored by the Prince William Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PWSPCA). Bring your dogs and cats to get a rabies vaccine and certificate for just $10 per animal. This clinic will run from 1 to 3 p.m.

For the safety of everyone, all dogs that attend must be on a leash; all cats that attend must be in carriers. There will be children’s activities, vendors, veterinarians and pet-and rescue groups as well as local businesses.

There will also be numerous raffle items on offer – each person gets one free ticket; additional tickets are available for sale. Food will also be available for purchase from Dave’s Dogs. Best of all, the Shelter will have animals for adoption.

Come select your “fur-ever” friend! For more information, visit the Animal Shelter’s and the Police Department’s websites and social media sites. You can also call the Shelter at 703-792-6465, or send an email to animalshelter@pwcgov.org.

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‘The homeowner, awakened by the sound of breaking glass, discovered fire’

From a press release: 

On Thursday, September 21st at 6:00 a.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to a townhouse fire located in the 6800 of Avalon Isle Way in Gainesville. Upon arrival, fire and rescue crews observed fire emitting from the rear of the home that had extended to the side. Firefighters initiated suppression and immediately extinguished the fire.

The homeowner, awakened by the sound of breaking glass, discovered fire in the rear of the home and immediately began safely evacuating the remaining family members. No injuries reported.

The home received moderate damage estimated at $200,000. The Building Official has posted the home unsafe. Red Cross was on scene to assist the occupants, 2 adults and 1 child, displaced by the fire. The fire is currently under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s Office.

Traffic
Residents plea for a new signal light on Route 1

STAFFORD — Both residents and leaders want a new traffic signal erected on Route 1 near an iconic crucifix.

Stafford County resident Amy Wieman said the cross is there for a reason.

“…if you pull out that road especially at rush hour you’re not at all like you literally have to pray. That’s why the crucifix there,” she said.

OK, not really. The crucifix is a historical marker to note the nearby location of the first Catholic settlement in Virginia.

But the intersection of Route 1 and Telegraph Road has long plagued Stafford drivers, especially during the afternoon rush hours when parents go and pick up their children at the nearby Widewater Elementary and Sheirly Heim Middle schools.

“Every single time I leave school I say a little prayer and I hope I don’t get into an accident. It’s gotten to the point where I won’t even let my father-in-law pick up the kids from school because it is so dangerous,” one resident told the Stafford County Board of Supervisors.

Hers is a story shared with other residents, like this one from Stafford resident Amy Bancroft, of Aquia Harbour: (more…)

News
New Prince William police station, still under construction, burns

WOODBRIDGE — A new police station under construction in Prince William County burned Friday morning.

Construction materials caught fire and caused damage to two floors and the roof, according to a source.

We’re still waiting to get official word on the damage, as well as what caused the blaze.

The nearly $30 million Central District Police Station near the intersection of Davis Ford Road and Prince William Parkway in Woodbridge remains under construction.

Earlier this week, a county public works official told the Board of Supervisors the opening of the station would be delayed to at least January due to construction delays. The delayed opening would put the station two months behind schedule.

More as we have it.

10:47 a.m.

No injuries reported. 

 

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