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Dumfries effort to urge removal of Possum Point coal ash fails


The Dumfries Town Council on Tuesday struck down a motion to pass a resolution demanding the  Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to require Dominion to haul away toxic coal ash from Possum Point Power Station on the Potomac River.

The utility is in the process of consolidating water and toxic coal ash – a by-product produced when the power plant burned coal from 1947 to 2003 before it converted to gas — from four coal ash ponds into one lined pond.

Once all in one lined pond, the water will be drained, treated, and released into the Potomac River. The remaining coal pond will be capped and closed in place, as is done when a landfill is closed.

Dumfries Councilman William Murphy motioned for the resolution fearing that, once the pond is capped and closed, coal ash could seep out and contaminate ground water.

Dominion is required to monitor the groundwater around the site for 30 years after the pond is closed. The utility in May demonstrated how it plans to treat and release the coal ash water before closing the ponds.

If the remaining coal ash would be removed from the site, it could be hauled away on trucks, or placed on rail cars on the rail line that runs next to Possum Point station.

“If we ask to carry our by rail or truck, the consumer would be picking up the tab,” said Councilman Cliff Brewer. “If you think your electric bills are high now, just wait.”

Even if the resolution passed, Dominion spokesman Rob Richardson said it would have no impact on what the utility has legally been permitted to do by the state during the pond closure process.

He sent us this statement:

None of the coal ash is leaving Possum Point Power Station and Dominion is clean closing 4 out of the 5 coal ash ponds.

Starting today, June 20, we will begin work to consolidate the remaining ash from ponds A, B, C and E into one clay-lined pond, Pond D. The trucks leaving E pond will remain on station property and the trucks leaving A,B, and C ponds will cross Possum Point Road at one location near the station and then remain on station property. The crossing point will have signage and flag persons. We expect this work to take 6 to 9 months to complete.

Current estimates are a total of 100,000 cubic yards of ash in ABC ponds and a total of 100,000 cubic yards of ash in E pond. Once it is consolidated, we estimate 4 million cubic yards of ash in Pond D.

Once all of the ash is consolidated in clay-lined Pond D, it will be compacted, covered with a synthetic layer and 24 inches of soil, and then seeded with grass. Dominion has applied for a solid waste permit with the Department of Environmental Quality to address the closure process, as well as post-closure groundwater monitoring and inspection requirements.

Woman sexually assaulted inside Triangle apartment


From Prince William police: 

Sexual Assault Investigation – On June 22 at 1:33AM, officers responded to investigate a sexual assault which was reported to have occurred at an apartment located in the 18100 block of Kilmer Ln in Triangle (22172) on June 20 around midday. The investigation revealed that the victim, a 20 year old woman of Triangle, was sleeping inside her residence when she was sexually assaulted by an unknown man. The suspect is believed to have entered the victim’s residence through an unsecured door. After the assault, the suspect left the apartment. The victim reported the incident to a family member the next day and police were contacted. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment. The investigation continues.

Suspect Description:

Male, medium complexion, 5’0”-5’2” with a thin build, long black curly hair, and unshaven face

Last seen wearing a black shirt and black pants


Gainesville Ballet Company changes name


From an email: 

Name Change: Gainesville Ballet School has been under the leadership of Elysabeth Muscat Hegab and Rafik Hegab since March of 2013. 

The nonprofit professional company, Gainesville Ballet Company, debuted in 2014 with Carmina Burana.  The professional company is changing its name to “Virginia State Ballet.”  Gainesville Ballet School will keep its name for the time being. 

Why the name change? 

People frequently confuse Gainesville Ballet with two other Gainesville Ballets, one in Georgia and one in Florida. 

Additionally, while the company is proudly located in Gainesville, Virginia, the reach of the company is much further than the immediate geographical area, and the Artistic Director and Company Dancers are an international group, coming from the Middle East, Central America, South America, and the Far East, in addition to the American Managing Director and American dancers. 

The new name will eliminate any possible false association with the other Gainesville Ballets, and reflect the larger scope of the company.  New websites and email addresses will be made available during the season. 

For the time being, the same website will be used: .  

Wild Turkey ‘Distillery-on-Wheels’ headed to Manassas Thursday

You’ve always wanted to know more about how Wild Turkey bourbon is made, right? 

And, you’ve often thought to yourself, “what if there was a bus that could come to my hometown to give me this knowledge that I seek?”

From The Virginia ABC: 

Who: The public is invited to tour the Wild Turkey “Distillery-on-Wheels” Bus, which includes a full distillery experience showing how products are made.

When and Where: Thursday, June 23, from noon to 8 p.m. at Virginia ABC’s store at 8095 Sudley Road, Manassas; and Friday, June 24, from noon to 8 p.m. at Virginia ABC’s premier store at 506A Fort Evans Road N.E., Leesburg

What: The Wild Turkey “Distillery-on-Wheels” Bus is a bus-sized replica of the famed Wild Turkey Visitor Center in Lawrenceburg, Ky. The 50-foot bus offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into what makes Wild Turkey such an iconic American brand – from its history and place along the Bourbon Trail to the people and products who have catapulted it to global stature and success.

Why: Wild Turkey’s “Distillery-on-Wheels” bus is touring these Northern Virginia communities to offer insights into its history and provide information about how Wild Turkey is produced. Wild Turkey will offer tastings of its products Wild Turkey 81, 101, Rare Breed and Russell’s Reserve in the stores on each day.

Manassas WWII vet turns 105 next month


No big plans for his birthday

World War II veteran Archie Schiff, of Manassas, will turn 105-years-old next month. 

His daughter Susan Murphy is excited about her father’s birthday and is hoping the White House honors a request to send him a birthday card.

So far she has no big plans for her father’s big day.

More from Murphy:

Just wanted to let you know that my father, who is a WWII vet, is going to be 105 on July 22, 2016.

He was in the Army Air Corp during the war in the Burma-India-China theater. He worked in the office and did the scheduling of when the planes needed maintenance after doing sorties.

He also wrote a news and humor newsletter for the troupes to keep them entertained, although he had to be careful what he wrote about. He lives in my husband’s and my house in Manassas, although he lived alone and took care of himself in his apartment in Pennsylvania until he was 103.

I’ve requested for him to receive a birthday card from the White House for his 105th birthday and sent his name in for a chance for them to mention the birthday on the Today Show. Maybe they will announce it for a birthday like the 105th! My father is good mental condition and pretty good physical condition for his age.

I guess he has good genes; his mother lived to 101 and he still has a 96-year-old sister alive. 

He lived in his own apartment until he was 103

My dad [has] lived in Manassas since September 2014. He moved into my husband’s and my house after falling and coming out of rehab from breaking a pelvic bone.  Before that he took care of himself in his own apartment and lived in Pottsville, PA his whole life until he was 103.

A brother who passed in 2013 at age 95 and my father lived in the same city and helped take care of each other.  

He was married to my mother in 1949 until her death in 2009.  He has two children, a son, Larry Schiff who lives in Texas and a daughter, Susan Murphy (me). 

After the war, Archie owned and managed a window cleaning company.  He had played in a minor league baseball team when he was younger but couldn’t join the majors because he had to help his father run his business. 

My father used to enjoy reading the newspaper and doing the Jumble puzzles, but his eyes aren’t very good for that now.  He does enjoy watching baseball and game shows on the tv. 

So far, no birthday plans because my husband and I take care of my father 24/7 so no time for much planning.  Last year my father’s previous care giving company had a small party at my house for my father.

She added: 

Just wanted to let you know, another paper is coming here for a small get together on my Dad’s birthday at 1 pm. They are bringing some cupcakes to celebrate.

Water rates on the rise? We’ll know soon.


The Virginia State Corporation Commission is in hearings today in Richmond over proposed rate increase for Virginia American Water customers who live in Dale City

The rate increase would amount to $8.6 million more in revenues for the company, about and 18% increase in revenues, according to Prince William County documents. 

Prince William County leaders passed a resolution in May opposing the increase.

It will be about 60 days before we learn if rates go up. 

“Uriah –

Just heard from my rates manager – they are still in Hearings today. His best guess is the Order will come in about three months.”

Samantha Villegas, APR, External Affairs Consultant, Virginia American Water

Virginia American Water says it needs the additional revenues to pay for improvements to its water delivery system.

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Gas station outside Dumfries robbed, shots fired

An Exxon station in Dumfries was robbed at gunpoint last night. The suspects managed to fire two rounds into a wall. 

From Prince William police: 

Armed Robbery | Malicious Wounding – On June 22 at 2:50AM, officers responded to the Exxon service station located at 17164 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Dumfries (22026) to investigate a robbery. An employee reported to police that he was approached by two unknown men while he was outside the store.

During the encounter, one of the men brandished a handgun then forced him back into the store and demanding money. At some point, one of the suspects struck another employee, a 37 year old man of Triangle, on the head with the handgun causing a severe laceration then discharged two rounds into a nearby wall.

The suspects took an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing the area in an unknown vehicle. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries. No other injuries or property damage were reported. The investigation continues.

Suspect Descriptions:

Two black males, between 18 & 30 years of age, 5’11’’, 175lbs with a thin build

Suspect 1 was last seen wearing a white shirt covering his face, blue jeans and gloves.

Suspect 2 was last seen wearing a white shirt covering his face, blue jeans, black jacket and gloves.

Medivac called after Hylton Avenue crash

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