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Attack the Fat uses the most effective equipment in the industry

Attack the Fat, Win, fat, fitness, freedom

The Attack the Fat challenge at the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center uses a variety of different work outs to keep participants inspired and burning as many calories as possible.

Director of the Attack the Fat, Robin Frey says that for the strength component of the program they use everything from Technogym strength equipment, free weights, various weighted equipment, and many times functional body weight exercise, without any equipment.

Frey highlighted their use of TRX suspension training, which involves suspension straps weighed down by body weights. She said, “It’s very functional because you have to control every part of your movement with your body itself. You can do all different movements that require balance and stability so you’re getting a more integrated effort at that point.”

The center’s Olympic sized swimming pool is also used for strength training because of the natural resistance the water creates.

In addition to more strength based training, Frey says that they do a lot of cardio work.

“It’s by creating a metabolic effect where you’re keeping the heart rate elevated is where you’ll see calories burned,” said Frey. She explained that their goal is to create this metabolic effect, where both the heart rate and the metabolism increases.

Frey said, “Our most recent research shows us that when you bring the body up to that level and maintain it, it takes calories afterwards, a sufficient amount of calories, to bring it back to a resting state. So your body continues to metabolize and stay at a certain level after exercise.”

While the variety in these Attack the Fat workouts helps to burn calories and shed pounds, it also keeps the participants in the program engaged. With so many different resources available, trainers are able to help participants explore a variety of options for reaching their weight loss goals.

Snow ending across area, warmer temps to look forward to on Monday

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It started snowing overnight and it piled up quickly.

All school systems in our area canceled classes today, governments delayed their opening, and Quantico Marine Corps Base closed altogether.

The National Weather Service just released some unofficial snow totals that measure what snow fell overnight:

…CITY OF FREDERICKSBURG… FREDERICKSBURG 4.0 827 AM 2/26 PUBLIC

…PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY… 1 ENE DUMFRIES 3.5 849 AM 2/26 TRAINED SPOTTER

HAYMARKET 1.3 936 AM 2/26 PUBLIC

…STAFFORD COUNTY… STAFFORD 2.5 831 AM 2/26 PUBLIC

A winter storm warning in effect for Stafford County expires at noon. Expect more snow showers this afternoon and evening ending before 2 a.m.

There’s another chance of snow showers Friday, and high temperatures will only be in the low 30s, according to the weather service. It’ll be sunny and cold on Saturday, and cloudy and in the low 40s un Sunday.

We could see highs in the low 50s on Monday – hello winter warm up.

Closings and delays Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

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More snow to fall tonight, tomorrow morning

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It looks like you can expect to see some more snow in the area this evening, into your morning commute tomorrow. 

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for the area, with snow projected to begin late tonight, but there’s been no projection on the potential accumulation as of right now, as part of the alert.

Potomac Local will keep you updated with the latest on weather, closings, delays and outages.

More from a National Weather Service alert:

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR CENTRAL MARYLAND...NORTHERN
MARYLAND...SOUTHERN MARYLAND...THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA...CENTRAL
VIRGINIA AND NORTHERN VIRGINIA.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY HAS BEEN ISSUED TONIGHT FOR SAINT
MARYS...KING GEORGE...AND SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTIES. ACCUMULATING
SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN LATE TONIGHT FURTHER NORTH AND
WEST...INCLUDING THE I-95 CORRIDOR. ADDITIONAL ADVISORIES MAY BE
ISSUED LATER TODAY.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY

SNOW IS EXPECTED TO END THURSDAY MORNING.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has also issued an alert, and are preparing and treating roads for tonight’s snowfall. 

More from a VDOT release:

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews in the 14-county Fredericksburg District are preparing for another winter storm.

Crews are currently pre-treating Interstate 95 and primary routes in the Fredericksburg area. Motorists should expect delays due to the slow moving vehicles that are applying a salt brine anti-icing solution. Anti-icing prevents ice from bonding to the pavement during inclement weather, which reduces the risk of hazardous travel conditions.

At 8 p.m. tonight crews will be mobilized throughout the district.

Once the snow begins, crews will continue to work around the clock in 12-hour shifts until conditions improve.

Motorists are encouraged to monitor news and weather reports for the latest forecast and road conditions. Before starting a trip, motorists can call 511, visit www.511Virginia.org, or use VDOT’s 511Virginia free mobile app to find real-time road conditions in any area of the state.

If traveling tonight VDOT offers the following winter weather driving tips: 
• Slow down and allow for extra time to reach your destination.
• Be aware of potentially icy areas such as bridges, ramps, curves and overpasses
• Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road. 
• Use extra caution on roads carrying less traffic, such as subdivision streets.

 

Stafford to offer $10K in grant money to local arts groups

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Stafford County will be giving money to local non-profits arts groups in the county, as part of a grant awarded by the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

“The Virginia Commission for the Arts offers local governments a challenge grant opportunity, to apply to non-profit arts groups,” said Henderson, the arts grant coordinator.

According to Henderson, any non-profit arts group that contributes to the quality of life in Stafford County can submit an application for some of the grant funds, to use for performances, shows, and other artistic activities.

The Virginia Commission for the Arts awarded Stafford $5,000. The county gave another $5,000, as it was a matching grant.

The Fredericksburg Arts Commission has done the challenge grant for several years, but this is the first time Stafford is taking part. They hope that by providing funds to arts groups in the area, that it will establish Stafford as an artistic hub.

“Fredericksburg, for a long time, has been as a place for the arts, and we know that Stafford has plenty of arts, and arts opportunities, we just want to make sure that those organizations get an opportunity to get some of this state grant,” Henderson stated.

The criteria for how the groups can spend some of the grant funding was intentionally open-ended, said Henderson.

“Maybe they want to do a public art display, or maybe they want to do a concert – or maybe they need some help developing a logo…Our only criteria is going to be that it contributes to the quality of life for Stafford County,” said Henderson.

The application deadline for the grant is March 6.

After the Virginia Commission of the Arts has distributed the grant, the county will dole out the funds to the selected applicants and hopes to get the funding to the groups by the end of this year.

Why is Attack the Fat so successful?

Win, fat, fitness, freedom

People keep coming back to the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center’s Attack the Fat challenge. Director of the program, Robin Frey, says that it’s so successful because it utilizes all the elements of personal training, without the high cost.

“Group training in the industry itself is the driving force with training right now,” Frey said, adding, “Economically it’s more affordable. Personal training can be a little more costly.”

While some people might be concerned that they don’t get the same amount of one on one time without a personal trainer, Frey says that this is not the case with Attack the Fat. She says with teams that are maxed out at four to six people, the trainers are still able to work one on one with each of the participants.

“Quality control is still there,” Frey said. She added, “The trainer is able to watch form and technique, motivate them, and make sure everything is running correctly.”

It’s not just the personal training that makes people want to come back though. Frey says they really enjoy the community that Attack the Fat creates. Instead of working on just their own goals, participants are able to help motivate and look after one another too. “It’s more fun for them,” she said.

Stafford County, UMW to identify slavery sites in Stafford

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Stafford County has received grant funding to conduct a survey and has partnered with the University of Mary Washington to find artifacts, buildings and sites from the lives of African Americans and slavery in the county prior to 1866.

After an interest had been expressed by local historians, Stafford applied for a certified local government grant from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, according to Kathy Baker, Assistant Director of Planning & Zoning for the county.

“They were actually looking for projects related to slavery, and slavery sites – because a lot of it has not been documented,” said Baker.

The grant given by the Department of Historic Resources was $14,475, and Stafford County and the University of Mary Washington further contributed, giving the project a total funding of $36,000, according to project documents.

The project began last October and is slated for completion this June.

“We put together a list of probable sites where they may be some standing slavery resources – such as slavery quarters, domestic kitchens, and graveyards,” said Baker.

Now that a preliminary list of sites is established, the individuals in the project plan to meet March 9 to discuss next steps.

Field surveys will be conducted on many sites from the list, with the help from members of Stafford’s Historic Commission and the University of Mary Washington.

While they’re unsure of what they’ll discover during the surveys, the artifacts and structural sites could help the county to document the lives of slaves and African Americans.

“It’s going to depend on what they actually find out there, because a lot of times, particularly with this type of resource, there probably aren’t going to be a lot of standing structures left, so a lot of it is going to be archaeological work,” said Baker.

She also stated that the group would work with the property owners of the surveyed sites, in terms of how to handle artifacts and structures identified during the process.

Some Stafford residents may already be familiar with some of the slavery-related structures in the county, including a building at the Sherwood Farm on Route 3.

Record-breaking cold hits Dulles Airport, more snow possible

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Record cold hit Dulles International Airport this morning.

The National Weather Service says temperatures have not been this low at the airport in nearly 20 years.

RECORD EVENT REPORT

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC 932 AM EST TUE FEB 24 2015 

…RECORD DAILY LOW TEMPERATURE SET AT WASHINGTON DULLES DC… 

A RECORD DAILY LOW TEMPERATURE OF -4 DEGREES WAS SET AT WASHINGTON DULLES DC THIS MORNING. THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 14 SET IN 1967. 

THIS IS ALSO THE COLDEST AIR TEMPERATURE OBSERVED AT WASHINGTON DULLES DC SINCE FEBRUARY 6 1996.

The temperatures today — they’re not going to warm up that much:

 

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There’s also a chance of snow early Thursday morning into the afternoon. Some snow is expected to move into the area after 3 a.m. Thursday and taper off by 1 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

And, as it if weren’t cold enough for you, take a look at some photos of the frozen Occoquan River:

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Stafford fire and rescue’s surplus equipment attracts nationwide attention

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The Stafford County Fire & Rescue Department is selling surplus vehicles and equipment used by the department online to people across the country.

According to Mark Doyle, the Assistant Chief of the department, there’s a mixture of items in various conditions.

“The [items] we’re selling are surplus that we’ve taken out of service – some of it has been out of service for some time,” said Doyle, continuing, “Two of the units that are currently on the auction were just taken out of service, because we’re replacing them with new units.”

Some of the units are being sold because they are no longer serviceable and are being sold for parts.

Among the currently listed items, there are several ambulances, as well as a 1991 Grumman Fire pump truck.

None of the items have a minimum bid, and will go for whatever the highest offered bid is, said Doyle.

The surplus auctions are a standard practice for Stafford County departments, as a way to recoup some of the costs for older equipment and vehicles.

Doyle recalled some interesting anecdotes about people from all over the country reaching out to the department, with an interest in bidding on the surplus items.

“It’s surprising, the number of people that have contacted us, and planning to come visit [to see the items]. We sold some fire equipment, and the person that bought it is in Washington State, and he’s flying in next week to pick it up. And we have a gentleman that’s going to drive up from Florida…to look at one of the medic vans we have on the auction site, and his intent is to turn it into some type of recreational vehicle,” Doyle commented.

After the fire and rescue department has sold the current lot of items, Doyle plans to list more items for sale.

Bids can be made for the items on the Public Surplus website.

Facebook outage affects eastern U.S., mid west

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Have you tried to log on to Facebook this morning? 

The service is down or is experiencing problems across the U.S. east coast and mid west.

We’ll have more on this story as it develops.

Facebook was founded in February 2004 and has grown to become the world’s largest online social network. The company had 1 billion active users by 2012.

Originally designed as a platform for colleges students, Facebook decided to open its doors to high school students in 2005. It allowed anyone to join the social network one year later.

Sunday melt giving way to Monday cold, schools planning delayed openings

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Sunday brought high temperatures in the low 50s. That meant some of the snow that had fallen the yesterday when temperatures were well below freezing had a chance to melt.

Cold temperatures are back in the forecast on Monday. The National Weather Service issued a warning noting what melted today is likely to freeze overnight.

..PATCHES OF ICE PROBABLE OVERNIGHT WITH REFREEZE… 

AIR TEMPERATURES WILL DROP WELL BELOW FREEZING OVERNIGHT…CAUSING ANY SNOW AND ICE THAT MELTED TODAY TO REFREEZE ON UNTREATED SURFACES.

TEMPERATURES WILL REMAIN WELL BELOW FREEZING THROUGH RUSH HOUR ON MONDAY…SO GIVE YOURSELF SOME EXTRA TIME TO GET TO YOUR DESTINATION. 

PLEASE USE EXTRA CAUTION IF TRAVELING OVERNIGHT INTO MONDAY MORNING.REDUCE SPEED AND STAY ALERT FOR PATCHES OF ICE AND SLICK ROAD CONDITIONS.

Some school divisions in the region are already planning delayed openings for Monday, Feb. 23.

It’ll be cold Monday with clouds in the morning giving way to clearing skies and a high of 28 degrees, according to the weather service. The bitter cold returns Monday night with a forecast low temperature of nine degrees.

Cold weather sticks around through Tuesday, and a relative warm up comes Wednesday with a high temperature of 41 degrees and partly sunny skies.

 

Closings and delays Monday, Feb. 23, 2015

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Haymarket sees 1 foot of snow; others see several inches

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Snow began falling about 8 a.m. Saturday across the region and kept falling until about 5 p.m.

Afterward, we saw the precipitation changeover from snow to sleet, then to rain.

By the time it moved out early this morning, ice coated sidewalks, handrails, and cars. Underneath the ice is several inches of snow.

Take a look at these snow totals from the National Weather Service:

…CITY OF MANASSAS…

   1 NE MANASSAS          6.1   808 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   1 SW MANASSAS PARK     4.0   530 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER        

 

…PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY…

   HAYMARKET             12.0   911 PM  2/21  PUBLIC                 

   5 NW GAINESVILLE       7.8   555 PM  2/21  PUBLIC                 

   2 SW WOOLSEY           7.7   705 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   GAINESVILLE            6.8  1000 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   2 ESE INDEPENDENT HI   4.5   635 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   1 ENE DUMFRIES         3.0   810 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER  

 

…SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY…

   3 NW SPOTSYLVANIA      2.8   530 PM  2/21  PUBLIC      

 

…FAUQUIER COUNTY…

   OPAL                   8.5   710 PM  2/21  NWS EMPLOYEE           

   1 NW OPAL              8.5   658 AM  2/22  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   NEW BALTIMORE          7.0   725 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   1 WSW NEW BALTIMORE    6.0   624 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER      

 

…FAIRFAX COUNTY…

   RESTON                 9.3   845 PM  2/21  PUBLIC                 

   1 NNE RESTON           8.5  1052 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   2 SSW HERNDON          8.4   819 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   1 SSW FAIRFAX          8.0   745 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   2 N CHANTILLY          7.8   530 PM  2/21  COCORAHS               

   2 N RESTON             7.3   633 PM  2/21  NWS EMPLOYEE           

   3 NNE CHANTILLY        7.0   811 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   2 E CHANTILLY          6.5   800 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   2 N CENTREVILLE        6.5   625 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   2 SSE MCLEAN           6.2   544 PM  2/21  PUBLIC                 

   HERNDON                6.0   538 PM  2/21  BROADCAST MEDIA        

   VIENNA                 6.0   750 PM  2/21  CO-OP OBSERVER         

   1 SE CENTREVILLE       6.0   723 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   1 S WEST MCLEAN        5.9   700 PM  2/21  COCORAHS               

   1 S VIENNA             5.5   610 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   VIENNA                 5.0   600 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   MCLEAN                 5.0   529 PM  2/21  NWS EMPLOYEE           

   3 NW CLIFTON           5.0   547 PM  2/21  BROADCAST MEDIA        

   1 W FALLS CHURCH       4.9   655 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   1 NNE FAIRFAX STATIO   4.0   616 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   1 E FAIRFAX STATION    4.0   529 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   1 NW ANNANDALE         4.0   700 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   1 SE FAIRFAX           3.8   627 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   1 E BURKE              3.5   531 PM  2/21  PUBLIC

 

…DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA…

   1 WSW NATIONAL ARBOR   8.0  1000 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   1 ENE ADAMS MORGAN     4.6   838 PM  2/21  PUBLIC                 

   1 SW AMERICAN UNIVER   4.3   610 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER

 

Updated: Prince William under winter storm warning until Sunday morning

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4:30 p.m.

See our growing list of closures.

Update 2:30 p.m. 

A look at Prince William Parkway, Dale Boulevard, and Hoadly Road taken this afternoon: 

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Update 1:30 p.m. 

Travel in the area of Prince William Parkway and Hoadly is treacherous right now. The street pavement is difficult to see and there has been little plowing in the area.

There are abandoned cars along the roadside, as well as debris from earlier crashes. While no police were scene in the area of Prince William Parkway and Hoadly Road, police were spotted directing traffic near Occoquan, 

There's a full cover in residential Manassas areas. This shot was taken by our reporter Stephanie Tipple.

There’s a full cover in residential Manassas areas. This shot was taken by our reporter Stephanie Tipple.

The snow started a little earlier than projected this morning, and the National Weather Service has announced a Winter Weather Advisory until 6a.m. tomorrow.

Accumulation is expected to be up to 4 inches in some areas, with some ice accumulation as the storm turns into freezing rain overnight. 

Potomac Local will keep you updated on the latest weather forecasts, closings, delays and outages.

More from a National Weather Service alert:

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM EST
SUNDAY...

* PRECIPITATION TYPE...A MIX OF SNOW...SLEET...AND FREEZING RAIN
  TODAY THROUGH EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.

* ACCUMULATIONS...2 TO 4 INCHES OF SNOW. ICE ACCUMULATIONS OF A
  TRACE TO A FEW HUNDREDTHS OF AN INCH.

* TIMING...SNOW WILL START BETWEEN 9 AM AND NOON TODAY. THE
  HEAVIEST SNOW IS EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON. SNOW WILL CHANGE TO
  SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN TOWARD EVENING. PRECIPITATION WILL
  CHANGE TO RAIN WITH AREAS OF FREEZING RAIN LATE TONIGHT.

* TEMPERATURES...HIGHS TODAY IN THE MID TO UPPER 20S.
  TEMPERATURES RISING INTO THE LOWER AND MIDDLE 30S TONIGHT.

* WINDS...WINDS SOUTH 10 TO 20 MPH THROUGH THIS EVENING...
  BECOMING LIGHT AND VARIABLE LATE TONIGHT.

* IMPACTS...SNOW AND ICE WILL CAUSE HAZARDOUS TRAVELING
  CONDITIONS THROUGH TONIGHT AND POSSIBLY INTO SUNDAY MORNING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW...SLEET...OR
FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR
SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.

Cancellations Sat. Feb. 21 and Sun. Feb. 22, 2015

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@MCB_Quantico is Code Red. The base is closed. Only emergency and essential personnel are required to report to work. pic.twitter.com/oOnLPgx2RZ

— MCB Quantico (@MCB_Quantico) February 21, 2015

More winter weather to come

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If you weren’t sick enough of the cold and snow already – be prepared for more.

According to the National Weather Service, the Northern Virginia area will stay in the single digit temperatures throughout tonight.

And on Saturday, a system is expected to move through the area, with snow and ice accumulation over three inches projected in some areas. 

VDOT has already announced they are still plowing secondary areas from this week’s storm, and advised motorists to check conditions before getting on the road.

Potomac Local will continue to monitor the weather and provide you with all of the updates on closings, delays and outages.

 

More from a National Weather Service release:

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR EASTERN WEST VIRGINIA…

NORTHERN AND CENTRAL VIRGINIA…AND CENTRAL AND WESTERN MARYLAND

WITH THE EXCEPTION OF GARRETT COUNTY.

.DAY ONE…THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT

WIND CHILLS WILL REMAIN IN THE SINGLE DIGITS ABOVE ZERO THROUGH

TONIGHT.

 
.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY

A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL LIKELY BRING ACCUMULATING SNOW AND ICE

TO THE AREA SATURDAY INTO SATURDAY NIGHT BEFORE PRECIPITATION

CHANGES TO RAIN BY SUNDAY. A WINTER STORM WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED

FOR NORTH-CENTRAL MARYLAND…NORTHERN AND CENTRAL VIRGINIA…AND

FOR ALL LOCATIONS ALONG AND WEST OF THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS

SATURDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT. MONITOR LATER FORECASTS FOR

UPDATES… AS UNCERTAINTY REMAINS WITH THE TIMING AND IMPACTS FROM

THIS SYSTEM.

 

Closings and delays Friday, Feb. 20, 2015

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Updated: Near zero degree temperatures expected Friday morning

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Updated 

A wind chill advisory that was supposed to end at 9 a.m. Friday will be extended until noon. And even then there’s no immediate signs of the cold letting up.

Here are the chilling details from the National Weather Service:

A wind chill advisory that was supposed to end at 9 a.m. Friday will be extended until noon. And even then there’s no immediate signs of the cold letting up.
Here are the chilling details from the National Weather Service:
…WIND CHILL ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON EST FRIDAY…

* WIND CHILL…BETWEEN ZERO AND 10 BELOW INTO THE EVENING HOURS
BEFORE FALLING TONIGHT TO AROUND 10 TO 15 DEGREES BELOW ZERO.

* TEMPERATURES…DROPPING INTO THE LOWER AND MIDDLE TEENS THIS
EVENING. LOWS TONIGHT INTO EARLY FRIDAY AROUND ZERO.

* WINDS…WEST 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS AROUND 30 TO 35 MPH INTO
THIS EVENING…SUBSIDING TO 10 TO 20 MPH OVERNIGHT AND INTO LATE
MORNING FRIDAY.

* IMPACTS…THE COMBINATION OF GUSTY WINDS AND COLD TEMPERATURES
MAY RESULT IN DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS THAT CAN QUICKLY CAUSE
HYPOTHERMIA AND FROST BITE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Here’s the forecast for the rest of the week. 

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Yeah, it’s cold outside. The National Weather Service posted the unofficial wind chill low temperatures in the region taken during the overnight hours.

Take a look:

Location  Wind chill degree Fahrenheit  Time
QUANTICO MARINE CORP BASE
-5.0
6:56 a.m. 
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY -- Independent Hill 
-7.0
7:10 a.m. 
STAFFORD COUNTY
-5.0
7 a.m. 
DULLES INTERNATIONAL
-9.0
5:52 a.m. 
TYSONS CORNER
-5.0 6:50 a.m.

All of this cold weather isn’t going anywhere, either. Here’s the latest forecast: 

…WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST FRIDAY…

* WIND CHILL…0 TO 10 DEGREES BELOW ZERO THIS MORNING. WIND
CHILLS MAY RISE CLOSER TO ZERO THIS AFTERNOON BEFORE FALLING
TONIGHT TO AROUND 10 TO 15 DEGREES BELOW ZERO.

* TEMPERATURES…HIGHS TODAY IN THE TEENS. LOWS TONIGHT INTO EARLY
FRIDAY AROUND ZERO.

* WINDS…WEST 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS AROUND 30 TO 35 MPH INTO
THIS EVENING…SUBSIDING TO 10 TO 20 MPH OVERNIGHT.

* IMPACTS…THE COMBINATION OF GUSTY WINDS AND COLD TEMPERATURES
MAY RESULT IN DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS THAT CAN QUICKLY CAUSE
HYPOTHERMIA AND FROST BITE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS
WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS WILL RESULT IN
FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.
IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS…MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT AND
GLOVES.

Updated: $50,000 grant for PDR program awarded to Stafford

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Potomac Local has reached out to Stafford County, and has received information for clarification on this story.

A $50,000 grant was awarded to Stafford County by the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation, to help the county purchase the development rights of the Jones Farm, as part of the county’s purchase of development rights program (PDR).

The PDR program allows owners to voluntarily sell their development rights to the county, according to Shannon Howell, Public Information Officer for Stafford County.

“We’re not out there looking for them. They’re applying for this program,” Howell stated. 

The PDR program has been in place since 2007, and the county has worked with other properties on purchasing rights on properties through the program, said Kathy Baker, Assistant Director of Planning & Zoning for the county.

According to Baker, the PDR program is a way to help direct growth in the county, and ensure that developments and new structures are being built in areas of the county where services like public roads and utilities are available, as part of the county’s comprehensive plan.

“It allows rural areas to retain some of the agricultural [use] and open space features, and that is going to direct growth into the county’s urban services area, where we have roads and public utilities,” said Baker.

Baker stated that the owners of the property can still live on the property, farm the property, and even sell the property – but the county will have the development rights, so the owners cannot build other structures on the property. They are allowed to build agricultural structures or garages, Howell stated.

“It allows agriculture, or other uses to continue on the property, and the owner is going to get paid not to build additional houses on the property. They can continue to live there, they can continue to farm their property – and they get a one-time bulk of cash for it,” said Baker.

The county still needs an additional $240,000 in funding to purchase the farm’s development rights.

“We’re trying to amass enough money in matching funds to purchase it,” Baker commented.

A similar program, being called the transfer of development rights program (TDR) is slated to be discussed this week at the Stafford County Board of Supervisors meeting, but is not yet established.

 

Update

The $50,000 grant is not being used for Crow’s Nest preservation. It will go towards purchasing easement of the Jone’s Farm, and the Board of Supervisors will need to allot the additional funds for the purchase. The story will be further corrected and clarified. Potomac Local has reached out to County officials, to seek further clarification on the grant, and will keep you posted on the latest.

Original Story

While developers are attempting to build on land near the Crow’s Nest Natural Area Preserve, a $50,000 grant awarded to Stafford County could aid their Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) program to preserve more acreage of the Crow’s Nest.

“It will be used towards the purchase of development rights for the Jones Farm. We are purchasing an easement, and they will still own the property,” said Shannon Howell, Public Information Officer for Stafford County.

The Virginia Land Conservation Foundation awarded the grant to the county said Howell.

Developers sought out the Stafford County Board of Supervisors to remove restrictions on acreage near the Crow’s Nest, so that they could extend water and sewer lines, but the Board voted down the request in September 2014.

To handle the issue with preserving the land near the preserve, while also working with the intended development in the area, the Board is moving forward with their PDR program.

The program “enables the Stafford County Government to acquire conservation easements voluntarily offered by property owners as a way to ensure that Stafford’s resources are protected and efficiently used, and limits further residential development on a property. The program is proposed to preserve open space and rural lands; farm and forest land; water resources and environmentally sensitive lands; and wildlife and aquatic habitat,” said Paul Milde, a Stafford County Supervisor, on his website.

The owners of the Jones Farm are the first property owners in the Crow’s Nest area that have voluntarily applied to allow the County’s ownership of the easement for conservation.

The grant will help to purchase this easement, but the Board will have to fund an additional $240,000 in order for the easement on the Jones Farm to be purchased, according to Howell.

*This story has been edited and clarified.

Manassas turned a public place into a public art space

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Manassas City Hall doubles as public art gallery  

The Hall at City Hall is open with an inaugural exhibit by the p-ART-ners, a professional network of Manassas area artists. What is The Hall at City Hall? It is the new place for local artists to display their work. When Councilman Ian Lovejoy talked to City Manager W. Patrick Pate about replacing the 1980’s artwork in City Hall at low or no cost, an idea was born.

In 2009 the City Council created an Arts and Tourism District in the Historic Downtown area of the city. With City Hall being right in the middle of the district, why not bring public art inside City Hall? Staff was tasked with learning about gallery space and making the area ready for artist displays.

Local artist Michele Frantz, Center for the Arts Gallery Director Anna Mish, and Osbourn High School Art Teacher Sarah Weaver were consulted to help with preparations for the opening. A picture railing already existed in the first floor hallway, so very little was needed to turn the hallway into The Hall.

P-ART-ners volunteered to be the first group to display their art in The Hall. The exhibit features an eclectic mix of vibrant scenery, Civil War portraits, and historic sites from more than 10 different artists. There is something for almost any taste. The exhibit runs from Feb. 13 through March 13. Exhibits will rotate in and out of The Hall and will include different forms of visual art.   Visiting The Hall is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and later when evening meetings are held in the building.

“It is our hope that this new gallery space will be a great place for the public to visit,” said City Manager W. Patrick Pate. “Maybe it will inspire artists of the future.”

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Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire aims to bridge $50,000 funding gap at Boys and Girls Clubs

steves autoIn order to help keep the local Boys & Girls Clubs’ programs running, Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is reaching out to the community with the Prince William County Annual Giving Campaign to raise $50,000.

“What we’re trying to do is make up a $50,000 shortfall, to make sure that the clubs can keep all of the programs for the Manassas, Dale City and Dumfries Boys & Girls Clubs,” said ST Billingsley, owner of Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire and a Board Member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Prince William County.

By aiding the clubs to raise the money, they will be able to continue to offer their wide range of activities, particularly their athletics programs, Billingsley said.

At the Prince William County Boys & Girls Club’s locations, they offer basketball, volleyball, flag football, tackle football, soccer, baseball, wrestling, karate, fencing, cheerleading, and dance.

For Billingsley, supporting programs like these are crucial for the enrichment of the community and its children.

“I know that growing up, in the military, we had programs like this on base, and when I found out that this was the type of program for the kids in our area – for what it lets them do, and the opportunities that they have, and that it’s a safe place for them to go – I knew that it was the right kind of organization to support,” Billingsley commented.

In addition to the giving campaign, Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire has done outreach work for the clubs. They also regularly perform repairs and maintenance on the vans that the clubs use to transport children from their school and to club-related activities.

To raise funds for the campaign, Billingsley stated that individuals can donate on the Crowdrise website and that every bit helps towards reaching their $50,000 goal.

There’s even a bit of friendly competition amongst the Club Board Members to see who can raise the most funds to help benefit the clubs.

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