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VDOT will close lanes on I-95 south in Stafford to remove tractor trailer

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A tractor trailer overturned on Interstate 95 south at mile post 145 in Stafford at 4:45 a.m. 

From VDOT: 

Interstate 95 southbound in Stafford County will be reduced to one lane tonight at 8 p.m. just north of Garrisonville Road to remove an overturned tractor trailer.

Southbound lane closures are estimated to be in place for approximately one hour to remove the tractor trailer from the interstate shoulder at mile marker 145.

Virginia State Police will provide traffic control at the scene. Motorists are encouraged to use Route 1 southbound as an alternate route to avoid delays.

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Stafford Armed Services Memorial Commission issues call for a special graphic art design to be engraved on the Memorial Wall that will be a focal point of the Stafford Armed Services Memorial

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The Stafford Armed Services Memorial Commission has amended its call for a special graphic art design to be engraved on the Memorial Wall that will be a focal point of the Stafford Armed Services Memorial. The call is now open to all artists and the deadline has been extended to Monday, October 31, 2016. Interested artists are asked to create an original design that represents the diversity of services, time, eras and demographics for each of the five branches of the military (Army, Navy Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Air Force) and their families over the entire history of the Revolutionary War to present day.

For more than 200 years, residents of Stafford County have served honorably in our nation’s armed forces to preserve freedom and democracy. From the Revolutionary War to the present conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and throughout the world, many of these men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice. The goal is to recognize and remember their sacrifice, and that of their families, by constructing an inspiring memorial that will preserve not only their memory for future generations but also honor all veterans who have served the nation. The memorial will be a fitting place for the public to honor the fallen, salute veterans, and remind citizens that the preservation of freedom requires service and sacrifice.

After juried review of submitted materials, three finalists will be selected for secondary review by the Armed Services Memorial Commission. The finalists will be selected based on artistic merit, relevance to the exhibition theme, inclusion of required elements and suitability for display in the exhibition space. One winner will be selected and awarded an honorarium of $4,800 along with recognition at the memorial.

The Stafford Armed Services Services Memorial will be built on the grassy hill directly behind the parking lot behind the George L. Gordon, Jr., Government Center, at 1300 Courthouse Road, Stafford, VA 22554. Stafford plans to break ground by the end of the year on the project.

For detailed submission guidelines, please visit the Stafford Armed Services Memorial website at www.StaffordArmedServicesMemorial.weebly.com. There is no fee to enter the competition. The deadline for submissions is 8:00 p.m. on Monday, October 31, 2016. For more information, please contact Sue Henderson at (540) 842-4995 or sue@focusbyhenderson.com.

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Stafford suspect jumped from window, fell out of attic before arrested

Stafford County sheriff’s deputies tracked a man to a home on Friday where he jumped from a third-story window, and later hid in an attic, and then fell from the ceiling before being taken into custody, said Stafford sheriff’s spokeswoman MC Moncure. 

From the Stafford sheriff’s office: 

On September 23, 2016 at approximately 9:00pm, Stafford County Deputies C.N. Mireles and K-9 Officer A.S. Smith arrived at Barrows Court attempting to locate Isaac Moore. Moore was wanted on for Failure to Appear and several additional charges. K-9 Officer Smith accompanied Deputy Mireles on this call because Moore had been known to flee from law enforcement.

As deputies arrived at the location, Deputy Mireles approached the front door. Meanwhile, K-9 Officer Smith waited at the back of the townhome with his K-9 Partner Lobo. Deputy Mireles was invited into the residence and was advised that Moore was upstairs. When approaching the landing, the 18-year-old Moore saw law enforcement and ran into his bedroom. He then turned off the lights, locked and barricaded the door. Deputy Mireles kicked the door in and observed the suspect crouching outside on a windowsill.

Moore jumped from the thirdstory bedroom window located at the front of the home. Mireles hastily descended the both sets of stairs but when arriving outside there was no trace of the suspect. While the house was being “cleared” a perimeter was established.

While a search of the exterior was being conducted Deputy Mireles began to re-inspect the inside of the townhome. Returning upstairs he heard a soft banging coming from the third floor. The deputy followed the noise and observed brown insulation under an attic “hatch” in one of the bedrooms. He could hear quiet scraping and movement in the ceiling directly above where he was standing.

Deputy Mireles announced several times that the suspect should surrender himself. Instead, the man chose to “worm” himself further into the insulation in the attic. K-9 Officer Smith and his K-9 partner Lobo responded upstairs. The suspect was advised that if he did not surrender the K-9 would be deployed. Moore then agreed to come down but advised that he could not get back to the attic hatch. As he began walking his foot fell through the ceiling. He then pushed his other foot through the ceiling, dropped to the floor and was taken into custody.

Deputies later realized that Moore had re-entered the home through a ground floor window and swiftly made his way back to the third-floor attic access while deputies were searching for him outside the premises.

Isaac Brickley Moore, age 18, was originally charged with Assault and Battery, Receiving Stolen Goods, Possession of Marijuana, Failure to Appear, as well as the most recent charge of Obstructing Justice. He was incarcerated at the Rappahannock Regional Jail with no bond.

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How Stafford County deputies turned a shots fired call, and a ‘silhouetted subject’ into a drugs and weapons arrest

From the Stafford sheriff’s office: 

On September 24, 2016, at approximately 11:00pm, Stafford County Deputies responded to a report of shots fired in the area of the 300 block of Garrison Woods Drive. Dispatch advised patrol that a silhouetted subject was witnessed shooting one round from a gun. No further information was provided by the caller. Once on the scene, deputies began to investigate by making inquiries as well as searching the grounds of the apartment complex. While rounding the corner of Building 200 Deputies L.A. Burgess and B.M. Kanterman observed a man exiting the apartment complex via a wood line and trail where suspicious activity is known to occur. The man was quickly ordered to raise his hands and comply with a search of his person.

The search revealed a handgun as well as multiple bags of narcotics. The man, later identified as Darnell Grayson, was arrested for two counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Narcotics, Carrying a Concealed Firearm and Possession of a Firearm While in Possession of Schedule I/II Narcotics.

Darnell Jamal Grayson, age 20, of Knollwood Court in Stafford, was incarcerated at the Rappahannock Regional Jail and is being held without bond.

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Teen backs car into Stafford lake, authorities said

From Stafford sheriff’s office: 

September 20, 2016 at approximately 7:00 p.m. Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a water rescue call at Hidden Lake Subdivision in the western portion of Stafford County.

Two males, both juveniles, had been at the lake consuming alcohol. One of the juveniles attempted to drive a vehicle away from the lake. However, he placed the vehicle in reverse instead of drive and the car entered the water. When deputies arrived they discovered the vehicle semi-submerged about 25 feet from the shore.

Both teenagers managed to exit the vehicle unharmed. The driver, determined to be a 16-year-old high school student, was given a field sobriety test which he subsequently failed.

The juvenile was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and was released to the custody of his parents. Upon arriving at the home he became violent and threatened suicide. He was then transported to Mary Washington Hospital for further evaluation.

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Make an appointment with Stafford County to have your child safety seat checked

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National Child Passenger Safety Week is Sept 18 – 24, 2016. Stafford County has certified car seat checks and offers that service by appointment. Making an appointment is as easy as filling in your contact information online http://bit.ly/2cLn57P

Remember you can never start too early to make safety a priority – but you can start too late. Whether your child rides in a rear-facing infant seat or is older and needs a booster, our office will ensure that the seat is safe. Don’t put it off! Make an appointment today!

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Stafford makes offer to Lake Arrowhead: You can borrow $542,000 to fix your dams

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Stafford Rock Hill District Supervisor Wendy Maurer will collect 300 signatures before moving forward to fix to failed dams in the county’s Lake Arrowhead neighborhood.

“I want to have the general consensus of the residents before we move forward with this,” said Maurer.

Maurer and volunteers are working to collect those signatures by going to door to door and talking with neighbors about Stafford County’s offer to loan Lake Arrowhead residents $542,010 to repair the two dams that make up the community’s two lakes: Big and Little Lake Arrowhead.

The dams have been in a state of disrepair since 2003.

A subsequent tax increase will be needed to repair the dams. It will take 10 years to pay off the debt incurred by the dam fix, said Maurer. Afterward, the increased property tax would be decreased by 2/3, as the county will still need to collect $30,000 a year to maintain the dams.

Unlike other neighborhoods with homeowners associations that manage lakes and community amenities, Lake Arrowhead’s HOA disbanded nearly 20 years ago after allegations of theft within in the organization, added Maurer.

A letter from county officials to residents outlines the county’s offer to Lake Arrowhead residents:

The Lake Arrowhead community owns two lakes, Lake Arrowhead and Little Lake Arrowhead, which serve as amenities for all property owners in the community. Both lakes are formed by dams that are regulated by the Commonwealth of Virginia to ensure the dams are maintained in a manner which protects the safety of those living downstream of the lakes. For many years, these dams have not been monitored and maintained in compliance with state requirements.

While your community has taken some steps to investigate the necessary measures to return these dams to compliance with state requirements, the process is still incomplete.

The Stafford County Board of Supervisors recognized the broader safety concerns of these dams and initiated an engineering study earlier this year to assess the dams. The study also identified costs and options to first bring the dams into compliance and then ensure future maintenance.

The engineering study was recently completed and renovations are required for both dams to comply with safety requirements. Total cost for the work is estimated at about $705,000, including engineering, permits, construction and an appropriate contingency.

The results of this study have been provided to the Dam Safety Division with the state, and we have obtained their concurrence with our findings. We are now in a position to begin the detailed engineering design for both dams with the assurance that the basis of design will be accepted by the regulating authority.

The County believes that a feasible approach to fund the repairs includes the use of about $138,000 from the remaining funds collected by the Lake Arrowhead Sanitary District, the use of $25,000 in grants from the state, with the balance of about $542,000 provided as a loan by the County to the Lake Arrowhead community. Details on the estimated costs and funding strategy are provided below.

We propose that the Lake Arrowhead community repay the County for the loan through the formation of a service district. This allows the residents to pay back the debt through an assessment on their property tax bill. Assuming a loan balance of $542,010 as noted above, a 10 year payback schedule, and an interest rate of 2.5% for the life of the loan, our preliminary calculations indicate that a tax rate of 9¾¢ per thousand would be necessary to fund capital cost for the renovations, along with maintenance reserve funding. After the rehabilitation loan is paid off, the rate would drop almost two-thirds to fund continuing maintenance responsibilities. The table below provides a range for the annual costs for property owners based on the assessed value of their property.

We recognize this is a major decision for the Lake Arrowhead community, and a great deal of information to provide by way of a letter. Whereas many of you may wish to be provided additional information about this proposal, and have questions answered before making a decision of this importance, we have scheduled a community meeting at the A. G. Wright Middle School on October 13 beginning at 7:00 PM. Your Rock Hill District Supervisor, Wendy Maurer, will be present along with County staff to present information on the recently completed study, as well as details on the funding possibilities to complete the renovations. We hope to see you there.

The lakes will not be drained to repair the dams. A rusted-out culvert at the Little Lake Arrowhead dam needs to be repaired, and dam at Big Lake Arrowhead needs to be raised seven inches taller, said Maurer.

North Stafford High School Marching Band Invitational is September 24

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On Saturday, September 24th beginning at 10:00 AM the 34th Annual North Stafford High School Marching Band Invitational will be held at North Stafford’s A.J. Slye Stadium.

One of the longest running marching competitions in Virginia, this year’s event will feature performances by 20 different marching bands from all over Virginia. Performances will occur approximately every 15 minutes with an exhibition performance by North Stafford’s own Big Blue Marching Band at 4:30 pm. An awards ceremony will follow where judges will award competitive categories by school size.

General admission is $6 with discounts based on age and North Stafford students will receive a discount with ID while Stafford County middle school students will receive free admission if they wear their band shirt.

This event is run by the North Stafford Band Boosters, a non-profit organization that raises funds for the North Stafford High School Band program under the direction and guidance of Mr. Chris Mallory, the new Director of Bands at North Stafford High School

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Stafford County church burglarized

From the Stafford sheriff’s office: 

On the morning of September 12, 2016, a citizen walking his dog through the Ferry Farm Baptist Church parking lot noticed glass was broken out of a side entry door into the church. He immediately called the Stafford Sheriff’s Office.

When deputies arrived, they found the church had been burglarized. An interior door that led to the office area had been kicked in and numerous rooms and closets were ransacked. The intruder(s) vandalized among other things a thirty-two inch screen television and an electronic display screen. A bible was also ripped apart and thrown on the floor.

Detectives are asking anyone with information to call the Stafford Sheriff’s Office at 540-658-4400.

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Sugar Shack opens in North Stafford

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Sugar Shack Donuts opened in North Stafford on Saturday, Sept 10 2016.

The Richmond-based chain chose to locate at a drive-through/walk-up stand located at 428 Garrisonville Road. The shop was once home to Brewsters Ice Cream, a pizza shop, and most recently a failed greek order-out eatery before Sugar Shack opened its doors.

Sugar Shack says its donuts are fresh baked in-store daily, and that they use fresh apples and berries in their products.

The North Stafford shop is open 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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Stafford fire and rescue collecting coats for children

From Stafford County fire and rescue: 

With winter just around the corner the Stafford Fire and Rescue Department, Stafford Professional Firefighters Association Local 4012, Stafford County Public Schools, Apple Federal Credit Union, Walmart and many others will partner to provide coats for Stafford County children in need.  With your  donation you can help relieve the burden of poverty and bring the gift of warmth to children in need.  To date, Operation Warm has given new winter coats to over 1.4 MILLION children throughout America. We invite you to become our partner, a hero in your community, and help us ensure that all children feel warm, healthy and valued.

With your  donation you can help relieve the burden of poverty and bring the gift of warmth to children in need.  To date, Operation Warm has given new winter coats to over 1.4 MILLION children throughout America. We invite you to become our partner, a hero in your community, and help us ensure that all children feel warm, healthy and valued.

Operation Warm’s mission is most effectively executed in collaboration with organizations serving impoverished children and their families.  Providing brand new winter coats brings families facing challenges closer to reaching their goal of financial independence.   Through community-based partnerships, Operation Warm provides families with brand new winter coats for their children.   Alone we cannot effectively conquer the overwhelming need to assist children in poverty. 

If you would like to help us ensure our children are warm this winter please select the following link and help us ensure our children are warm this winter.   https://donate.operationwarm.org/page/contribute/stafford-county

 

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Prince William man charged in Stafford Walmart larceny

From the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office: 

On August 29, 2016 at approximately 8:30pm Stafford County Deputies W.J. McWaters and C. L. Smith responded to a call of a shoplifting in progress at Walmart, located at 217 Garrisonville Road. Upon arrival at the scene the deputies spoke with Walmart’s Loss Prevention Officer. He had detained an adult male who was accused of stealing a coffee maker, radio and freon canisters.

The suspect was detained and questioned about the day’s events, as well as a larceny of a steam cleaner, which had occurred the previous day. He then provided law enforcement with a social security number that was later determined to be bogus. The suspect was ultimately identified as John Dellinger, Sr.

Once the Loss Prevention Officer reviewed the store’s video of both events Dellinger admitted to shoplifting the items. The footage clearly featured another suspect who entered the store alongside Dellinger and appeared to be fully complicit in the crime. Dellinger’s associate, later identified as Darrin Huffman, had departed the store and exited the parking lot in a blue Subaru Outback.

During the investigation, John Charles

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, Sr., was discovered to have active warrants in two other jurisdictions. Dellinger, age 52, of [Token Valley Road near Dale City], was charged with Conspiring to Commit a Larceny, Concealment of Merchandise, Providing False Identity to Law Enforcement and Identity Theft to Avoid Arrest. He was taken to the Rappahannock Regional Jail and was incarcerated with no bond.

Darrin Eugene Huffman had an active warrant out of Fairfax. On August 30, 2016, Huffman’s vehicle was observed in the 3200 block of Aquia Drive in Aquia Harbour. Contact with the suspect was made and Huffman was taken into custody. Huffman, age 45, of Falls Church, was charged with Concealment of Merchandise and Conspiring to Commit Larceny. He was taken to the Rappahannock Regional Jail and was incarcerated on a $4000 secured bond.

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Stafford Sheriff David Decatur hosts Trump closed-door meeting

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Republican Presidental nominee Donald Trump held a rally in Fredericksburg on Saturday night. 

Trump made an unannounced visit to the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office prior to the rally. 

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office issued the following news release and photo in this post upon the conclusion of the visit.

Stafford County Sheriff David Decatur and members of his department appear in that photo.

Here’s the press release:  

On Saturday, August 20, prior to his appearance at the Fredericksburg Expo Center, Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump visited Stafford County’s Sheriff’s Office. The campaign contacted the office and arranged a private meeting with the Sheriff and his personnel to discuss law enforcement issues.

“Today, law enforcement agencies across the country are faced with complex challenges, expanding demand on resources and increased public scrutiny. We want to be part of the conversation to help define the need and identify meaningful solutions,” said Sheriff Decatur.

“There are many issues that we face locally that need to be examined through a national lens. Heroin and opiate use is a public health crisis that tears at the fabric of families, mental health emergencies demand more and more attention of our personnel every day and we have not been immune to violence against our uniformed men and women. We welcome the conversation as we search for local, state and national solutions,” added Decatur.

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Wider Route 17 in Stafford County opens 3 months early

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From VDOT: 

An expanded Route 17 in Stafford County is now open with three through travel lanes in each direction between Interstate 95 and Stafford Lakes Parkway.

Construction is near completion on a three-year, $47.2 million widening of Route 17. The highway was expanded from four lanes to six lanes over nearly 2 miles between McLane Drive and Stafford Lakes Parkway.

Construction began in June 2013. New travel lanes are opening to traffic approximately 3 months ahead of the required completion date of December 1, 2016.

Final construction tasks will be underway for several weeks. The 35 mph reduced speed limit signs will be removed upon final completion.

“We are grateful for the community’s support and patience while we carried out this project,” said Michael Coffey, P.E., Assistant District Administrator for Construction in VDOT’s Fredericksburg District. “Thank you to everyone who drove carefully through the work zone each day. Your attention and alertness helped us deliver this project safely.”

Other features added by the Route 17 widening project:

  • A continuous right turn lane to assist drivers slowing to turn into businesses, or accelerating to rejoin the through travel lanes
  • Double left turn lanes at high-demand intersections to move additional vehicles through intersections on each cycle, reducing driver delay
  • New traffic signal equipment at each intersection, replacing signal equipment dating to the late 1990s-early 2000s
  • LED traffic signals with a battery back-up power source, allowing the signal to stay operational for several hours even with power loss
  • Signal equipment that connects to a master controller, which picks up on malfunctions faster, alerting technicians to make adjustments
  • Signals with pre-emption equipment for public safety vehicles to trigger during emergencies
  • Sidewalk along Route 17 northbound and southbound
  • Landscaping and medians with a stamped concrete pattern

Route 17 carries approximately 39,000 vehicles a day, which is projected to grow to a daily travel volume of 96,000 vehicles a day by 2035.

The project contractor was Henderson Construction Company, Inc., of Stafford, Va.

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Expect delays at Route 1 and Garrisonville Road

Va. 610 at I-95 in North Stafford. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

From VDOT: 

Motorists may encounter brief overnight travel delays at the intersection of Route 1 and Route 610 (Garrisonville Road) in Stafford County for line painting and traffic signal work.

Mobile lane closures will be in place between 9 p.m. tonight and 2 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10 at the intersection. Motorists should follow direction from law enforcement personnel at the scene.

Crews will be brightening pavement markings on Route 610 eastbound.

Over the weekend, a traffic signal pattern was restored at the intersection to allow Route 610 eastbound traffic at Route 1 to choose from a left turn lane, a shared left turn lane/through lane, a through lane, and a right turn lane.

Traffic signal equipment will also be installed tonight to better align with the restored Route 610 eastbound traffic pattern.

Work has been scheduled weather permitting. If weather cancels this work zone, it will be rescheduled to occur from 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10 to 2 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 11.

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Stafford leaders cry foul over regional tourism efforts

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Stafford County leaders say they don’t get a fair shake when it comes to the region’s efforts to attract out-of-town travelers.

Members of the that county’s Board of Supervisors earlier this month took issue with visitfred.com, a regional website designed to attract tourists to the region. They said happenings in Fredericksburg City are highlighted more frequently than those in Stafford.

The Board voted to provide $30,000 — about two months worth of funding — in what County Administrator Anthony Romanello called a “good faith investment” while tourism officials review the visitfred.com website and address the Stafford Supervisors’ concerns. It’s a fraction of the $175,000 the county had budgeted this year for tourism.

“We are not getting our bang for our buck,” said Falmouth District Supervisor Meg Bohmke. “The website is woefully inadequate as far as Stafford is concerned.”

Among the most recent events highlighted on the visitfred.com website, designed to draw crowds to Stafford County, were school plays that took place back in March, said Bohmke. The county regularly boasts two wineries, a marina, a Civil War Park, and Gari Melcher’s Museum as top attractions.

Hartwood District Supervisor Gary Snellings said while be known to locals for its rich history — Stafford County the boyhood home of George Washington — the Fredericksburg name is the regional draw.

“If you’re living in California and you want to take a trip to the east coast, you’re not going to Google “Stafford County.” It’s just not going to happen. Fredericksburg is the draw. Fredericksburg is everywhere,” said Snellings.

The regional tourism partnership is a tripartite agreement between Stafford and Spotsylvania counties and Fredericksburg City. Staff members from each of the three respective jurisdictions that manage tourism efforts are expected to address the Stafford County Board of Supervisors’ concerns at its next meeting on  Wednesday, Sept. 7.

If Stafford County were to bow out of the regional tourism partnership, county taxpayers would be on the hook for $50,000 to fund the cost of reprinting marketing materials. The new printed guides and brochures would be lacking the Stafford name.

The goal of the partnership is to increase the amount of transit occupancy taxes, called TOT taxes that are collected at hotels and are paid by travelers, collected across the Fredericksburg region. It could be in Stafford’s best interest to remain in the group.

“Visitors don’t know boundaries,” said Eric Terry, president of the Virginia Restaurant and Travel Association. “They don’t know where Fredericksburg starts, or where Stafford starts… they have no idea.”

And they don’t care, he added. Most travelers want to travel to a region, see the sights, eat a nice restaurant, and stay at a comfortable hotel.

“The more marketing muscle you can get by having more resources, the better off you are,” he added.

Stafford’s Adventure Brewing expands to Fredericksburg

Future Home of Adventure Brewing South

In January 2016 Adventure Brewing Company purchased Blue & Gray Brewing Company, the oldest brewery in the Fredericksburg area. 

Since that time, the team from Adventure Brewing has kept the Blue and Gray moniker while the transition of federal and state licensing has taken place. As of July 16, the official name will become Adventure Brewing South.

The brewery celebrated the move at its first annual Adventure Summer Fest on Saturday, July 16 at the new location:, 3300 Dill Smith Drive in Fredericksburg. 

Beers from Adventure and other area breweries such as Foothills Brewing, N.C., James River Brewing; Maltese; Forge Brew were featured. 

Adventure Brewing Company opened in May 2014 as the first Stafford County brewery since 1766 and with a 3-barrel brewing system. Early into their second year of business, owners, Stan Johnson, Tim Bornholtz and John Viarella realized that the supply was not meeting the demand for their four flagship beers and the stream of seasonal and specialty beers that Adventure was producing under the guiding hand of Brian Link. 

They began to seek opportunities to increase production. Enter Blue & Gray and the rumors of a sale. The owners of Adventure and the owner of Blue & Gray found a clear way forward to expand the Adventure production capacity and provide a smooth pathway to retirement for Blue & Gray’s owner, Jeff Fitzpatrick.

The purchase of Blue & Gray increases Adventure’s brewing capacity from a 3 barrel to a 20-barrel system. The advantage of the larger systems was immediately felt. 

Stafford County is now a growing name within the Virginia craft brewery scene, with Adventure beer being served in restaurants around Stafford County and Fredericksburg. Adventure Brewing is ready and has the capacity to share their love of beer to a wider audience.

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Another hot one: Heat advisory in effect until 8 p.m.

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From the National Weather Service: 

...HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 8 PM EDT
THIS EVENING...

* HEAT INDEX VALUES...UP TO 108 DUE TO TEMPERATURES BETWEEN 95 TO
  100...AND DEWPOINTS IN THE LOWER 70S.

* IMPACTS...RISK OF HEAT-RELATED ILLNESS FOR THOSE WITHOUT AIR-
  CONDITIONING OR THOSE OUTDOORS FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A HEAT ADVISORY MEANS THAT A PERIOD OF HIGH TEMPERATURES IS
EXPECTED. THE COMBINATION OF HIGH TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY
WILL CREATE A SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE POSSIBLE.

TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. WHEN
POSSIBLE... RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING OR
EVENING. KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT
STROKE. WEAR LIGHT WEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN
POSSIBLE AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER.

TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK... THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND
HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING FREQUENT REST BREAKS
IN SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS. ANYONE OVERCOME BY
HEAT SHOULD BE MOVED TO A COOL AND SHADED LOCATION. HEAT STROKE
IS AN EMERGENCY - CALL 911.

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Work on E-ZPass Express Lanes extension to Fredericksburg begins

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From VDOT: 

Construction begins today on a project to extend 95 Express Lanes in Stafford County by 2.5 miles, seeking to reduce congestion and driver delay at the facility’s southern terminus near Garrisonville Road.

The Virginia Department of Transportion has partnered with 95 Express Lanes operator Transurban to add operational and safety improvements where the facility merges with the main lanes of I-95.

The approximate 2.5 mile extension will carry traffic beyond the flyover ramp where 95 Express Lanes currently end, just north of Exit 143 at Route 610 (Garrisonville Road).

When the project is complete:

Northbound traffic in the main lanes will be able to enter 95 Express Lanes earlier at a new left entrance south of the Garrisonville Road overpass. The existing left entrance north of Garrisonville Road will remain.

Southbound Express Lanes traffic heading to the Fredericksburg area and south will be able to continue past Garrisonville and merge about one mile south of Garrisonville Road.

What Motorists Can Expect

Most construction will occur in the median of I-95 and within existing right-of-way. New tolling and regulatory signs will be installed along the northbound lanes of I-95, south of Garrisonville Road.

Travel lanes will remain open during morning and afternoon rush hour. Work requiring lane closures will be performed during off-peak travel times.

Early construction is beginning in permitted areas, including the installation of temporary concrete barriers along the north- and southbound left shoulders of I-95, and tree clearing in the median. Drivers should expect reduced inside shoulders in both directions on I-95, and should stay alert for slow-moving construction vehicles entering and exiting the travel lanes.

Project Background

In May 2016, the Commonwealth Transportation Board awarded a contract worth approximately $31.1 million to Branch Highways Inc., of Roanoke to design and construct the reversible extension of 95 Express Lanes at the southern terminus.

The southbound ramp is scheduled to open by early 2018, and the northbound ramp will open in summer 2018.

 

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Rail work at Arkendale will delay drivers

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Live in the Arkendale section of Stafford County? Heads up: 

From VDOT: 

Motorists traveling to the Widewater area of Stafford County July 25-29 may experience brief travel delays due to scheduled rail work at Arkendale.

Traffic at the intersection of Route 633 (Arkendale Road) and Route 658 (Brent Point Road) will use a temporary railroad crossing between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day on July 25-29.

The existing railroad crossing will be closed during the day to allow CSX to make improvements. At the end of each day, the crossing will be re-opened to traffic overnight.

The temporary railroad crossing will connect Arkendale Road and Brent Point Road slightly north of the existing intersection. It will be a one-lane crossing, and traffic will be directed by a flagging crew.

Additionally, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on July 25-29, traffic traveling to and from Brent Point Road east of the railroad crossing must use Route 633 (Arkendale Road) and Route 611 (Widewater Road). Through traffic will not be permitted on Brent Point Road west of the railroad crossing during the day.

Click here to view an online map of the temporary railroad crossing and detour route.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is coordinating closely with public safety and emergency response agencies. These agencies will be provided direct access in the event of an emergency.

Additional road construction is planned this fall in the Arkendale area. After the crossing work is completed, roadway patching will occur on Arkendale Road to prepare it for resurfacing.  Trench widening and resurfacing is expected to begin on Arkendale Road in November and will be completed by mid-December. This planned work will add additional width to Arkendale Road between Widewater and Brent Point.

 

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