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Multicultural Fair Planned

Dumfries, Va. — This year marks the second year for the Dumfries Multicultural Fair.

The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, August 6 in Merchant’s Park in Dumfries, and is once again free to attend.

“The town is the only community in the area to host a Multicultural Festival highlighting the diverse population through music, dancing and food,” said Dumfries Director of Economic Development Debbi Sandlin.

The goal of the festival remains to bring people of different cultures together to celebrate diversity, added Sandlin.

A variety of food will be offered at the event, from Salvadorian and Mexican dishes, Caribbean eats, right to down barbeque and traditional southern fare.

More than 20 artists and crafters are scheduled to have their work in display, showing oil paintings, stained glass, beaded jewelry, wood carvings, paintings and photography just to name a few, said Sandlin.

And they’ll be music, from rhythm and blues, bluegrass, Irish dance and hip hop.

Children will also be able to enjoy free face painting, a moon bounce, a petting zoo and pony rides.

Those who want to attend are encouraged to visit the town’s website or call 703-221-3400 for more information.

Music lineup

  • Radford Brothers Bluegrass Band
  • Eddie Morgan & the REK’D4 Jazz Band
  • Paper Chasers Hip Hop Band
  • DJ Que
  • The McGrath Academy of Irish Dancers.

 

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Tips to Beat Excessive Heat

As the mercury continues its climb toward the century mark,  officials are warning residents to do everything they can to keep cool.

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch from noon today until 8 p.m. Thursday. With temperatures forecast to reach the mid to upper 90s Wednesday afternoon, heat index values (what it feels like outside when the humidity is factored in with the heat) are expected between 100 and 110 degrees.

The hot weather will remain in place for the remainder of the week, with temperatures hovering in the mid 90s to 100 degrees, according to the weather service.

Stafford County Fire and Rescue Department spokesman Mark Doyle issued tips to help you beat the heat:

  • Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask him how much you should drink while the weather is hot.
  • Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar–these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.
  • Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library–even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat. Call your local health department to see if there are any heat-relief shelters in your area.
  • Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.

More to the Story: Check out PotomacLocal.com’s Pool Guide 2011 to find a place near you to cool off.

Although any one at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on:

  • Infants and young children
  • People aged 65 or older
  • People who have a mental illness
  • Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure

Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children, of course, need much more frequent watching.

If you must be out in the heat:

  • Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
  • Cut down on exercise. If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour. A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat. Warning: If you are on a low-salt diet, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports beverage. Avoiding dehydration is essential signs of dehydration may include: Thirst, Dry or sticky mouth, Headache, Muscle cramping, Irritability, Extreme fatigue, Weakness, Dizziness, and Decreased performance. Remember the warning in the first “tip” (above), too.
  • Try to rest often in shady areas.
  • Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat (also keeps you cooler) and sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15.

 

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Dumfries Makes New Hires

David Moss has been hired to serve as Dumfries’ town planner/zoning administrator. (Submitted)

DUMFRIES, Va. — Virginia’s oldest, continuously chartered town has made some new hires.

A new town attorney, town planner/zoning administrator, new police officer and records management coordinator for the police department are the positions that have been filled.

The Town of Dumfries is pleased to welcome Christine Sanders as the new Town Attorney. Christine has been practicing law for over 20 years and brings a wealth of experience to this position. She has an extensive legal background in land use and zoning cases, conservation law and real estate transactions. She previously served as an attorney for Fairfax County’s Land Use Division where she drafted legislation, and litigated zoning and land use cases.

In addition to Christine’s legal experience, she served for over nine years on the Planning Commission for the City of Falls Church, Virginia and understands the significance of planning for the future growth and economic sustainability of a community. Christine also has her own law practice. “We are very fortunate to have Christine join our team,” commented Mayor Fred Yohey. The breadth of knowledge she brings to our Town will be a tremendous asset as we move forward with expanding our tax base through Economic Development initiatives and sound land use polices,” added Yohey.

David Moss, Dumfries’ new planner/zoning administrator comes from Prince William County’s government.

David’s responsibilities as the Town Planner/Zoning Administrator will include providing guidance in land use and permitting cases, updating Town Codes, developing short and long-range planning initiatives, reviewing site plans, working with developers, updating and facilitating the Comprehensive Plan Update process and various special projects related to development in the Town.

David came to the Town from Prince William County’s Planning Department where over the past six years he served as a Zoning Technician, a Planner I and Planner II, and most recently the County’s BRAC Coordinator. Prior to working for Prince William County, David was an Associate Planner for Heyer, Gruel & Associates out of New Jersey.

“The Town of Dumfries has a unique opportunity to draw upon its natural and historic resources, to create a thriving town setting, and to foster well-connected residential and business environments,” commented David Moss, Town Planner/Zoning Administrator. “I look forward to facilitating the development of the Town’s future vision”, said Moss.

The town’s police department also has two new hires.

The Police Department also welcomes Bettina Cannon as the Departments Records Management Specialist and Officer David Richardson. Ms. Cannon was hired as the Dumfries Police Department’s Records Management Specialist on May 31, 2011. Over forty individual’s submitted applications for the position and after a rigorous process, Mrs. Cannon was selected for the position. She came highly recommended after previously serving as an Administrative Specialist for three years with the 10th Judicial Drug Task Force in Tennessee, and four and a half years in a similar capacity with the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee. She currently resides in Manassas, Virginia with her husband David, a long-time Federal Government employee.

On June 13, David Richardson joined the ranks of the Dumfries Police Department as a Certified Police Officer, having graduated from the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy on October 18, 2006 and since that time he has served as a road deputy with the Northumberland County Sheriff’s Office, a police officer with the Town of Orange, and a police officer with the Colonial Beach Police Department. He has an Associate’s Degree from Hudson Valley Community College in New York and has completed significant work towards his Bachelor’s Degree. Office Richardson came highly recommended for his current position and was hired after a rigorous selection process. On June 22nd, he took the Law Enforcement Oath of Honor before the Dumfries Town Council and numerous Dumfries citizens affirming his understanding of his duties and obligations as a Dumfries Police Officer. Officer Richardson has three children and is in the process of relocating to the Stafford area.

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Frederick Touts Fundraising, Plans to Kick Off Campaign

Jeff Frederick

Dumfries, Va. –– Jeff Fredrick is celebrating raising more than $100,000 for his campaign to oust Linda “Toddy” Puller in the Virginia Senate.

Former Delegate Jeff Frederick and candidate for the Virginia Senate raised $112,954.06* from 216* donations for the June 30th filing period, with a cash-on-hand of $90,370.61.

“I’m incredibly grateful for the rush of support we’ve received from across Northern Virginia for our campaign to end politics as usual in Virginia,” said Frederick. “The sheer number of people who made a financial contribution was all the more impressive given our late entry into this race due to the redistricting. I’m humbled by the grassroots support and the gaining momentum of our campaign as we continue to take our message directly to the voters of the 36th District.”

The announcement about his fundraising also comes as Frederick, a Republican, said he will kick off his campaign at his headquarters in Dumfries on Saturday, July 30.

Even though we started working out of our campaign headquarters in the Town of Dumfries over a month ago, we haven’t yet had a grand opening nor a campaign kickoff.

So, mark your calendars for Saturday, July 30 at 10am. We’ll have food and drinks, a speech or two, and celebrate our campaign to end politics as usual in Virginia. It’s free to attend and kids are more than welcome. After, if you are so inclined, we’ll be going door-to-door.

Here are the details:

Frederick for State Senate Campaign Kick-Off & HQ Opening

Saturday, July 30th at 10am

Frederick Headquarters

17934 Main Street

Dumfries, VA 22026

(directly across from Dumfries Post Office and next door to Majestic Glass)

Frederick served three terms in the House of Delegates representing eastern Prince William County. Much of his previous legislative district is now a part of this newly drawn senate district, which includes eastern Fairfax County, eastern Prince William County, and northern Stafford County.

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6th Graders Must Have Shots, Say Schools

Prince William County, Va. –– Parents are once again reminded that students entering sixth grade in Prince William County Public Schools this fall must present proof that they have had a tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) booster shot within the past five years. By state law, without proof of this immunization, children will not be able to enroll in school for the 2011–12 school year.

If the last Tdap booster shot was administered more than five years from the beginning of the upcoming school year, this immunization must be administered over the summer. The booster shot may be listed as T, Td, Dtap, and/or Tdap. Parents are urged to call their child’s doctor or local health department if they have questions.

Shots may be obtained from a doctor, military clinic, or the Prince William County Health Department. Documentation should be taken to your child’s middle school or Central Registration.

The Prince William County Health Department may be reached at the following locations and telephone numbers: 9301 Lee Avenue, Manassas, VA 20110, 703.792.6301, and 4001 Prince William Parkway, Ste. 101, Woodbridge, Va. 22191, 703-792-7300.

-Press release

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Extreme Heat Coming

Remember when the weather for the first part of this past weekend was relatively cool for summertime in the Potomac Communities: fair-weather clouds, a nice summer breeze and temperatures in the 80s? Now try and forget about it.

The forecasted heat index values this week should rise above the 100 degree mark, and it all begins Monday with forecasted temps in the 90s and a code orange air quality alert.

The outside air Monday may become unhealthy for sensitive groups, such as children, seniors and those with heart and lung diseases, according to the National Weather Service.

Bottom line: stay indoors in the air conditioning if you can and avoid strenuous activity.

Over the next six days, expect a similar summertime weather pattern: extreme heat with the chance of afternoon and overnight thunderstorms.

Those 100-degree heat index values are forecast to kick in Thursday, while showers and thunderstorms could affect the Potomac Communities overnight tonight into Tuesday, according to the weather service.

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Those with Disabilities Invited to Join Bible Study Group

Dumfries, Va. — Spirit Life Church in Montclair will offer a Bible study for adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities for participants ages 18 and up.

The church meets at 10 a.m. Sundays at Forest Park High School in Montclair, and the Bible study group, Friendship Club, meets in the cafeteria after worship service to study the Bible and have fun.

“It seems that many churches turn a blind-eye to [people with disabilities] (not just the adults with disabilities, but children too). I think it stems from fear of the unknown: not knowing how to interact with people who are “different,” not wanting to offend them or their loved ones by using politically incorrect language,” said Spirit Life Church spokeswoman Sarah Meisenhelter. “We believe all people can learn about God and have a relationship with him and we just want to make that available for those who want it.”

Those who are interested in learning more about the Bible study group should call 703-819-2919 or email sarahallen22@hotmail.com.

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Stolen Air Conditioner Found

Jonathan Fields, of Dumfries, is charged in connection to a case of a stolen air conditioner. (Submitted)

Nokesville, Va. –– The recent hot weather has apparently taken its toll on a Dumfries area man.

Police said they were called to a neighborhood in Nokesville after someone reported a suspicious car driving around an area of new construction. Officers found the car in a ditch, and then found an air conditioner that was stolen from a house under construction, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

Officers also found a torch cutter, a pry bar, wire cutters and a knife in the car, said Perok.

Jonathan William Fields, 26, of 4226 Wiltshire Place in Dumfries is charged with grand larceny, destruction of property, possession of burglarious tools and with possession of the concealed weapon, said Perok.

He was held without bond.

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Weems-Botts Museum Damaged

The Weems-Botts Museum in Dumfries. (KJ Mushung/PotomacLocal.com)

Dumfries, Va. –– The 250-year-old Weems-Botts Museum house sustained damage during an attempted burglary.

Police were called to the home, now a museum at the intersection of Duke and Cameron streets in Dumfries, at 3:04 p.m. Thursday after museum staff told police they got word of two suspicious males that were seen kicking the rear door to the museum.

No one was able to get inside, but the door was damaged to the tune of $350 and damage to the door prevented it from being opened, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

The house was once home to Mason Weems, the man who made famous the life of George Washington, telling the story of Washington chipping bark from his father’s Cherry Tree and skipping stones across the Rappahannock River. The house was later sold in 1802 to Benjamin Botts, who defended Aaron Burr during his treason trial.

Dumfries later purchased the house and opened the current museum in 1975.

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Heat Advisory in Effect

James Fitzgerald and Brandon Corey load up the ice bins at Kangaroo Express on Va. 610 in North Stafford. They’ve had to use a bigger truck to keep up with demand that has more than doubled due to the unusually hot weather. (File Photo / Mary Davidson)

Call it another summer scorcher, as a heat advisory will go into effect from noon until 8 p.m.

Temperatures will hover in the middle 90s but heat index values (what it feels like when you factor in the heat and humidity) will be between 100 and 105, according to the National Weather Service.

This is the second of two very hot days in the Potomac Communities, and the last one we’ll have to deal with this week, according to the forecast.

In order to get through today’s hot weather, officials urge everyone to reduce strenuous outdoor activities until the early morning or late evening, wear light weight and loose fitting clothes and drink lots of water. Finding a cool, air conditioned place to spend the day in is also suggested.

On Wednesday, temperatures will fall into the upper 80s and into the low 80s on Thursday, according to the weather service.

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Crime Watch: Taxi Driver Robbed, 2 Injured in Large Fight

Cab Driver Robbed
A taxi driver was robbed at knife point Monday in the Montclair subdivision.

The 44-year-old victim was driving three men to the 15000 Block of Mill Spring Drive, off Holleyside Drive and Spring Branch Boulevard at 3:34 a.m. when one of the men pulled out a knife and demanded money, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

After the robbery, the three fled the scene and police were able to locate the three men, one of which has been charged.

Nathan Robert McGill, 23, of 13002 Kimbrough Lane in Dale City, is charged with robbery, said Perok.

His court date was not released.

2 injured in fight involving 50 people, police said
Two men were taken to the hospital suffering injuries that were suffered during a fight that involved at least 50 people, police said.

The fight broke out at 12:39 a.m. Saturday in the 2500 block of Oak Tree Lane in the Southbridge subdivision outside of Dumfries.

Callers told police a fight was in progress, and police found the two victims – a 20-year-old man from Alexandria and 22-year-old man from Dale City – when they arrived.

Police don’t know what caused the fight and the victims were not able to provide descriptions of their attackers.

Cars, property vandalized in Dale City
Eight vehicles were tampered with in the 14500 block of Three Domers Court in Dale City, between 10 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday.

The vehicles were left unlocked and a laptop, speakers were reported mission from two of the eight vehicles, police said.

There were also several vandalisms to property on Saturday in the area of Birchdale Avenue and Burleigh Lane in Dale City.

Eleven vehicles on Birchdale Avenue, Burbank and Burligh lanes were vandalized, as were fences at homes in the area.

Damaged property is suspected to be valued in the thousands of dollars, said police.

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State Won’t Fund Hybrid Cars

Stafford, Va. –– Local governments won’t get money from Gov. Robert F. McDonnell’s massive transportation plan to purchase new hybrid fleet vehicles.

Late last month, the Commonwealth Transportation Board voted to withhold funding from a six-year transportation plan approved by the group in Richmond, reports Bloomberg Business Week.

“We’re not going to fix transportation by buying municipal fleets,” said Stafford County Supervisor Cord A. Sterling, who also represents the Fredericksburg District on the CTB. “We’ve got very limited resources and we’ve got a lot of needs.”

McDonnell’s $10 billion transportation plan will fund new road construction through 2017.

Stafford County began purchasing hybrid vehicles in 2005 and has continually bought hybrid cars over the past four years when available, said Stafford spokeswoman Cathy Riddle.

A portion of the county’s green vehicle purchasing policy states all hybrids under consideration for purchase must meet all federal, state and local emission standards and manufacturers must be able to deliver the cars within 90 and 120 days.

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New OmniRide Trips Eyed

OmniLink switch riders buses at the Potomac Rappahannock Transportation Center in Woodbridge.

Woodbridge, Va. –– As many as eight new morning trips could be coming to OmniRide in an effort to ease crowding.

The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission, the public agency that operates the commuter bus service from Prince William County to points in Northern Virginia and Washington, says 20 percent of their routes have long suffered from overcrowding –– a result of higher gas prices and congress’ decision to extend the $230 employer-sponsored commuter benefit for federal employees through 2011.

PRTC commissioners are expected to vote on the plan Thursday night.

Until now, all of the agency’s available buses have been in use during peak rush hour times. Last month, however, the transit agency received four new federally-funded buses meant to replace aging buses in PRTC’s fleet.

Instead of retiring the four older buses, OmniRide plans to keep three in service and use the forth to help speed up an ongoing mid-life bus restoration project, said PRTC spokeswoman Christine Rodrigo.

The transit agency says a combination of scheduling efficiencies, higher than budgeted fare revenue and additional contingency hours already budgeted into the year’s budget schedule will make the additional trips possible.

If the change is approved, the new trips will be rolled out gradually and would be added to the system’s printed schedules in the fall, said Rodrigo.

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Storms Possible Before Fireworks

An overcast afternoon could lead to some summer storms this Independence Day.

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for Stafford County and points south until 10 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

At 5 p.m., doppler radar indicated a large area of rain moving from west to east that could affect the Potomac Communities before many of the fireworks shows in the region are set to begin at 9 pm.

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One Killed, Power Out After Storms

Powerful storms rolled through the Washington area Sunday night killing one and leaving hundreds in the Potomac Communities without power.

The unidentified storm victim was riding his bicycle along the C&O Canal in Montgomery County, Md. and was struck by a tree, reports the Washington Post.

Closer to home, about 600 Dominion Virginia customers in the Brooke and Widewater areas of Stafford County had their power knocked out. About 300 Dominion customers in the Dumfries area lost their power.

There were 498 NOVEC customers in Prince William County with power out about 10:30 p.m. and four customers in Stafford with their power out, according to the utility’s website.

The storms contained heavy downpours and lightening, and came after flirted with the low 90s across the region. The high temperature at Quantico measured 88 degrees at 6 p.m. Sunday.

The weather service has issued an air quality alert for Independence Day, as temperatures are expected to rise into the 90s. The air is expected to become unhealthy for children, older adults and those who suffer from asthma.

Those who may be sensitive to poor air quality conditions are urged to stay indoors tomorrow, according to the National Weather Service.

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Drivers Face Long Delays

Drivers make a hasty entrance to Interstate 95’ High Occupancy Vehicle lanes near Potomac Mills.

Woodbridge, Va. –– Traffic headed south on Interstate 95 in Virginia has been backed up since 11:30 a.m.

A crash just south of Lorton snarled traffic between from the Occoquan River all the way to the Capital Beltway, and there are no signs traffic is easing as many commuters are making a break for the long holiday weekend.

The delays along the highway were so bad about 2 p.m. some drivers chose to drive off the highway, into a median and access the High Occupancy Vehicle lanes near Potomac Mills mall.

Anticipating afternoon crowding, Virginia Railway Express will add additional cars to Fredericksburg line train #303 leaving Washington’s Union Station at 3:35 p.m., and will also add more cars to Manassas line train #327 departing Union Station at 4:25 p.m.

The commuter railroad reminded riders Friday there will be no service Monday in observance of Independence Day.

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July 4th Get There Guide

Drivers travel north on Interstate 95 at Garrisonville Road (Va. 610) in North Stafford. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

Interstate 95 / 395 High Occupancy Vehicle lanes

  • HOV restrictions on I-66, I-95 and I-395 will be lifted on Monday, July 4. Normal HOV restrictions will be in place on Friday, July 1, and Tuesday, July 5.
  • Northbound/southbound schedule for the I-95/395 reversible lanes: Lanes will be southbound from 1 p.m., Friday until 2 p.m. Saturday; and northbound from 4 p.m. Saturday through 7:30 p.m. Monday. On Monday, the lanes will be northbound until 7:30 p.m., and southbound from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. Tuesday. The lanes will re-open northbound by 3 a.m. July 5.
  • July 4 event traffic: To accommodate travelers attending Fourth of July events in Washington, the Virginia Department of Transportation will coordinate and adjust signal timings at approximately 116 signalized intersections along major arterial roads, including U.S. 1, 29, 50 and Va. 7, 123, 236 and 244. Signals will be timed to help move traffic into the District during the day and then south and west from the city between 9:30 p.m. and midnight.

Chesapeake Bay Bridge

  • Drivers are urged to travel to Maryland’s eastern shore / Ocean City, Md., Deleware Beaches using the Chesapeake Bay Bridge during off-peak times, before 2 p.m. Friday, before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m. Saturday, before 11 a.m. and after 10 p.m. Sunday.

Hampton Roads / Virginia Beach / Outer Banks, N.C.

Metro

  • The transit system says they’ll be geared up to handle the increased volume of riders on Independence Day.
  • Click here to see the Metro’s full service schedule for Monday.
  • The Smithsonian station on the Blue and Orange lines will be closed until after the conclusion of the fireworks display on the National Mall. Metro urges riders trying to get downtown to see the fireworks to use Farragut North, Federal Center SW, Capitol South, L’Enfant Plaza, Archives Navy Memorial, Union Station or Judiciary Square stations.
  • All regularly scheduled track work for Monday has been canceled due to the anticipated volume of riders.

Virginia Railway Express

  • No service Monday

Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission OmniRide, OmniLink

  • No service Monday

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July 4th Holiday Weekend Events Guide

By Kristina Schnack Kotlus

Friday, July 1

  • Fabulous Fridays at Waterworks Waterpark in Dale City will be feature a “Happy Birthday USA” theme and includes food specials, giveaways and games from 5 to 9 p.m. when the park closes.
  • Not ready to be decked out in red, white, and blue quite yet? The Potomac Nationals 7:05 p.m. game will have a “Star Trek Night” promotion.

Saturday, July 2

  • Leesylvania State Park hosts their monthly Kid’s Fishing Tournament beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the marina. Children do not need game licenses, but adults who plan to “help hold the rod” should be sure to have one. Participants are encouraged to bring their own supplies.
  • Kick back and celebrate early with the Arts and Stripes Picnic at the Lorton Workhouse. The picnic is a free event, but a $5 donation is suggested. Parking will be available on site to picnic-goers who are asked to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. The event begins at 2 p.m. Entertainment will include interactive art demonstrations, the Navy Commodores, New Dominion Choraliers, and a keynote from Congressman Gerry Connolly.
  • At 3 p.m., head to the Spotsylvania Courthouse for the “Spotsylvania Stars and Stripes Spectacular” which will feature live music, fire trucks, children’s activities, pony rides and more. Admission is free, but some activities have an additional fee. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and plan to stay late for the fireworks display at 9:25 p.m. once the sun goes down. Avoid the crowds at the courthouse parking lot and use the free shuttle from Courtland High School for the least hassle.
  • Join the Potomac Nationals for their “History of Baseball” night featuring vintage jersey auction, bobbleheads for the first 1,000 fans and fireworks after the game, which begins at 6:35 p.m. Special tickets are available that include an all-you-care-to-eat picnic style dinner before the game.

Closed Saturday: Prince William County Neighborhood Libraries

Sunday, July 3

  • It’s everyone’s favorite mascot’s birthday, and Uncle Slam plans to celebrate in style. Special tickets are available that include an all-you-care-to-eat picnic dinner before a 6:35 p.m. Potomac Nationals game, which will feature mascots from around the area. After the game, be sure to stick around for fireworks!
  • The Village Anniversary Laser Show on the Spotsylvania Town Center Village Green will include patriotic music with neon light accompaniment and sneak previews of the upcoming shows at the Riverside Dinner Theatre. The events start at 6 p.m. and admission is free.

Closed Sunday: Prince William County neighborhood and regional Libraries

Monday, July 4

  • The Dale City Independence Day Parade begins at 10 a.m. Dale Boulevard will be reduced from four to two lanes between Mapledale Avenue and Minnieville Road beginning at 8 a.m. Drivers should use alternate routes to avoid backups. The parade will feature between 150 and 200 floats and civic groups, and is being Grand Marshaled by hometown hero Marine Corporal Joshua Himan. Parking lots at Beville Middle and the Dale City Boys and Girls Club, and Center Plaza will be closed for event use, but any other plaza along the parade route may be used for parade viewing. The Center Plaza commuter lot will be the site of the annual Family Fun Day that follows the parade until 2 p.m.
  • Between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., celebrate our nation’s birthday at the home of one of its founding fathers! Ferry Farm in south Stafford will have period actors, games, food, live music and more including appearances by an actor portraying General George Washington who called Ferry Farm his home. Admission is $1 but military families with proper identification get in free.
  • Celebrate America with Old Town Manassas. Starting at 2 p.m. at the train depot in Old Town there will be rides for children, food concessions and a “red, white, and blue hayride.” Bring your lawn chairs and blankets starting at 4 p.m. to get seats at the Manassas Museum lawn for the 9:15 p.m. fireworks display –– one of the largest in Northern Virginia. Festivities also include Jay Henley and the Stone Brook Band at 4:30 p.m. at the Harris Pavilion.
  • Stafford’s Pratt Park will have a “July 4th Spectacular” beginning at 6 p.m. and continuing until the conclusion of their fireworks display. Food vendors will be available, but picnic dinners are encouraged, so be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chairs and plan to enjoy the evening full of music and fun.
  • Join the Potomac Nationals at 6:35 p.m. for the largest game of the season! Special tickets are available that include a picnic meal before the game, and be sure to stick around after the final pitch for a large fireworks show in honor of the 4th of July.

Closed Monday: Prince William County Government Offices, Prince William County courts, Prince William County Landfill, Prince William County Libraries, Dale City Recreation Center, Stafford government offices, Stafford Regional Landfill, Stafford Departments and Facilities, Stafford County courts.

Open Monday: Prince William County Fire and Rescue, Stafford County pools, Aquia Landing, Historic Port of Falmouth, Stafford Fire and Rescue, Stafford County Magistrate.

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Fireworks that Could Land You in Jail

Woodbridge, Va. –– Prince William fire and rescue officials warn about the dangers of illegal fireworks.

During the upcoming Fourth of July weekend, officials plan to write summonses and place some behind bars for possessing illegal fireworks.

“On the Fourth of July weekend, fire marshals and police officers will patrol the region looking for illegal fireworks, which will be confiscated,” Prince William fire and rescue Assistant Chief Hadden Culp said. “The violator will then be charged with the offence and must appear in court. Locally, use of illegal fireworks in Virginia is a Class 1 misdemeanor, meaning a person could receive jail time of up to 1 year and a fine of up to $2,500.00.”

Every year, many multiple injuries are reported because of the use of illegal fireworks, officials say. Fires and even death are also to be blamed on illegal fireworks, the use of which has increased over the past 10 years.

So what fireworks can you have? Officials say cones, sparklers, sparkling devices and novelties are legal in some jurisdictions. Illegal are anything that shoots into the air, roman candles and firecrackers.

In the end, it’s up to the local jurisdiction to set the rules and users are urged to check first with local governments to find out what fireworks are legal to posses.

Police in recent years have confiscated more than $10,000 in illegal fireworks in Prince William County–– a fraction of the illegal fireworks confiscated in the Washington area, officials said.

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Town Reverts to 1790s Map to Set Historical Boundaries

By KJ Mushung

Dumfries, Va. — The latest changes to Dumfries’ historic boundaries were made by the town council in 2005. The problem is they were never amended in the town code, so now Virginia’s oldest-chartered town must revert to boundaries drawn in 1790.

The change means some property owners may have buildings the historic district and may require approval before any changes to their exterior can be made.

Debi Sandlin, Director of Economic Development for the town of Dumfries, asked the town council to approve a survey of the historic area. They did, but now the survey has to be developed, conducted and the results compiled. According to Sandlin, this could take a year.

Vice Mayor Nancy West said at the June 21 council meeting that she wants to make sure any new boundaries include the Weems-Botts Museum.

Mayor Fred Yohey Jr., and Councilman Willie Toney both want Dumfries Public Cemetery to be protected by the historic designation. Though it has graves dating back to the 18th century, the cemetery it’s not located in the historic districts set by the 1790 or the 2005 maps.

Cemeteries are normally protected under state and federal law. However that’s not always enough, according to Toney.

“I have been in a municipality where a cemetery was removed so a road [could be put] through it,” Toney pointed out. “That was in North Carolina.”

“It can’t hurt to have an extra layer of protection in place,” said Sandlin later in a phone interview.

The cemetery is located near Dumfries Elementary School.

Section 70-383 of the town code currently states:

The boundaries of the historic district shall be according to the overlay of the 1790 town map, with the exclusion of everything east of Fraley Boulevard, better known as U.S. Route 1: South boundaries, Quantico Street; east boundaries, U.S. Route 1 (north Fraley Boulevard); west boundaries, Old Back Street; north boundaries, Marion Street, which presently does not exist.

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