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We’re now publishing all obituaries from every funeral home in Prince William County

For seven years since starting Potomac Local, one of the biggest complaints I heard from our readers and residents of our community is that there is no one single source to read all of the obituaries following the demise of the Potomac News / Manassas Journal Messenger newspapers.

Potomac Local just solved this problem by building a NEW, comprehensive obituaries section that automatically posts obituaries from all funeral homes in Prince William County and Manassas.

Here’s how it works:

— Funeral homes post the obituary to their respective websites

— Potomac Local picks up the obituary from the funeral home website and automatically and publishes the post to PotomacLocal.com

— The post appears in two places on our site:

1. Potomac Local Homepage
2. Potomac Local Obituaries section

— When Potomac Local readers click the obit, the user is taken to the respective funeral home website to read the obit/see the photo/read and sign the guestbook

— There is NO CHARGE to the funeral home or bereaved to have the obit posted by Potomac Local

Before the launch of our new obituaries section, Potomac local accepted submitted obituaries for a small fee.

It’s fair to say that I underestimated the value of featuring complete obituaries to our website.

The stories featured in our obituaries section are important because these are people who contributed to our community, and we should remember each and every one.

News
Foot pursuit across busy road and through woods yields arrest of wanted man

From Stafford County Sheriff’s Office:

On April 9, 2017, Deputy C.N. Mireles and Deputy K.J. Simpson responded to the Clarion Inn, located at 564 Warrenton Road, to serve a warrant. Upon arrival, the deputies entered the side door of the hotel lobby and observed a male subject matching the suspect’s description in the lobby. The subject saw law enforcement, immediately rose to his feet and fled out the front door.

Both deputies pursued the suspect on foot as he ran through the Clarion Hotel’s parking lot, across U.S. Route 17, into another parking lot, and through the breezeway of the Super 8 Motel. (more…)

Obituary
Gordon Lee

Every Obituary in Prince William County by:

Gordon Briscoe Lee, age 93, formerly of Front Royal, Virginia, passed away at his home in Manassas, Virginia on April 11, 2017.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Eleanor Lee; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert G. and Brenda Lee of Chester Gap, VA; a daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia and Thomas Davies of Dumfries, VA; 6 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Lee was born on February 14, 1924 in Mitchells, Virginia and raised in Fauquier County. He graduated from Calverton High School and Manassas Technical School. He served in the US Army in the Pacific Theatre during World War II, including the battles of New Guinea, Bismarck, Luzon, and Liberation of South Philippines.

He and his wife Eleanor lived in Manassas for forty years, before retiring as an electrical maintenance engineer from St. Benedictine Convent in Bristow, Virginia.

The family will receive visitors on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Baker-Post Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 10001 Nokesville Road, Manassas, Virginia. A funeral service will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.

Interment will immediately follow at Stonewall Memory Gardens in Manassas, Virginia.

The family requests that any memorial donations be made to Front Royal United Methodist Church, 1 West Main Street, Front Royal, Virginia 22630.

Please sign the guestbook at www.bakerpostfh.com

News
Bristow man hospitalized after plane crash

From Virginia State Police: 

At 1:40 p.m. Saturday (April 8, 2017), Virginia State Police were notified of a plane crash that occurred at the Culpeper Regional Airport in Culpeper County.  The plane was a 1949 North American T6G, fixed-wing, single-engine, two seater aircraft.  The aircraft was attempting to land at the airport when it ran off the side of the runway and overturned. 

There were two occupants in the aircraft at the time of the crash, the pilot is identified as Daniel Allen Haug, age 56 of Culpeper, Virginia and passenger as John Reed Reavis Jr., age 74 of Bristow, Virginia.  The pilot was transported to Culpeper Hospital and the passenger was flown to INOVA Fairfax Hospital.

The Virginia State Police along with and FAA are investigating the incident to determine the causative factors that lead to the crash.

Traffic
More info on major upcoming VDOT work to repair the I-95 bridge over Neabsco Creek in Dale City

From VDOT: 

The Virginia Department of Transportation urges drivers to avoid southbound I-95 in Dale City for two weekends, April 29-May 1 and May 5-8, as lanes will be closed for bridge deck repair. Congestion and delays are expected to be extensive.

· Southbound I-95 will be reduced from three to two lanes over Neabsco Creek (mile marker 156) from 9 p.m. Saturday, April 29 to 6 a.m. Monday, May 1, and again from 10 p.m. Friday, May 5 to 6 a.m. Monday, May 8.

· Ramps from eastbound and westbound Dale Boulevard to southbound I-95 will also be closed to all except emergency vehicles.

· The southbound car-only safety rest area will also be closed.

The bridge, originally built in 1963, has been regularly inspected and maintained, and remains safe, but is in urgent need of large-scale repairs to sections of the deck. The needed work will include saw-cutting and jackhammering out three bridge sections, the largest being 10 feet by 33 feet, replacing the reinforcing rebar, and pouring new concrete. Work will affect the bridge deck, joint, and abutment. (more…)

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The Retired & Senior Volunteer program has an urgent need for Meals on Wheels drivers

Good morning Prince William – spring is here so please join in all the fun special projects-

· Help a Horse Day sponsored by the Prince William County Animal Shelter invites you to their free, fun open house on Sunday April 23rd, noon to 4pm. Lots of kids activities including hobby horse races, horse bingo, scavenger hunt, art & crafts. There will also be lots of equine groups attending including the Police Department’s Mounted Patrol Unit, the Equine Rescue League, Little Fork Large Animal Rescue as well as local farms and businesses. The public dog park will be closed so please leave your pets at home for this event.

· 8th Annual Upper Occoquan River Cleanup needs lots of volunteers at various sites on Saturday April 22nd, 9am-2pm. Please pre-register at: pwtsc.org.

· The Bluebird Trail is having their next volunteer training on Saturday April 15th, 10-11 a.m. Come be part of the wonderful team checking the nesting boxes each week at Merrimac Farm in Nokesville. Please register for this training at: alliance@pwconserve.org. (more…)

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Operation Staying Alive seeks to set state record for CPR training

From the City of Manassas Fire & Rescue:

On May 20, the City of Manassas Fire & Rescue Department and Local 4466 are hosting Operation Staying Alive. The City’s Fire & Rescue Department has created this event in an effort teach as many people as possible how to save a life by using hands only CPR. The training only takes 30 minutes and there are 10 time slots to choose from between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Certified CPR instructors will lead each session and also give a preview of the use of an AED (Automated External Defibrillator). (more…)