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House of Mercy to offer free “Grow Your Vegetable Garden” class

House of Mercy is offering a “Grow Your Garden” class for people who are fed up with the skyrocketing price of fresh produce.

Many people think growing their own food is difficult. But by using a few practical skills, it is possible to plant a garden that helps provide your own fresh vegetables.

The one-time class will be offered on Tuesday, November 17, from 7-9pm Although it may seem odd to attend a class in November about gardening, it is actually the perfect time to begin planning.

“Some people who will benefit from this beginner class are urban gardeners, those people who don’t have a yard, or who have a very small yard. By taking advantage of pots and maximizing outdoor space, with a solid plan people can grow a lot of vegetables,” said Ann Cimini, Executive Director of House of Mercy.

“People who want to plant their huge backyard with veggies will benefit from this class, too,” added Cimini. “Planning is the first step.”

The added benefits for you and your family are that vegetables from your own garden are higher in nutrients than the ones that have traveled hundreds of miles to get to your grocery store. Having children help with the plants can increase the chance that they will eat more of the produce they have helped to grow.

Also, gardening increases physical activity, so it’s a great way to engage the whole family in exercise, and it allows them to take responsibility for the garden. The produce grown in your garden will help promote health, because the vegetables are rich in nutrients, especially in phytochemicals, anti-oxidants, vitamin C, vitamin A and folate.

When signing up for “Grow Your Garden”, you’ll learn how to grow your own produce and keep the crops coming. You’d be surprised how much these savings add up when you choose to roll up your sleeves, and plant the seed.

By holding events that teach practical skills to stretch our dollars further, we can help people survive hard economic times and explain the value of individual decision making. Enroll at our website, www.houseofmercyva.org (complete the Contact form) or call 703-659-1636 to enroll. Class size is limited, and we’re providing dinner.

For more information about the House of Mercy’s “Grow Your Garden” class, or how to register as a client, or to donate financially, email help@houseofmercyva.org or call 703-659-1636.

Trees planted at Coles Elementary as part of Dominion volunteer program

Volunteers planted eight fruit trees at Coles Elementary School in Prince William County.

The volunteers worked on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015 as part of Dominion Virginia Power’s “Energize the Community” project.

Dominion employee volunteers will take time away from their normal, busy schedules to “Energize Our Community” and help Coles Elementary teachers and students enhance their learning environment by building a learning orchard. The learning orchard will feature a 150-foot long three-foot wide trail made up of compacted rock dust. Employee volunteers will plant eight fruit-bearing trees of the school’s choice at eight learning stations around the trail. At each station will be a bench that the students can use to study and understand the process that each tree undergoes from seed through a mature fruit — ready for harvest. Volunteers will also remove sod and enhance the overall aesthetic environment.

This marks the 16th year for the program.

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Virginia Dominion Power donates van to ACTS

A van was donated to ACTS (Action in the Community Through Service) by Dominion Virginia Power.

The charity took delivery of the 2002 Freightliner MT55 van on Sept. 25, 2015. A manager at ACTS made a request to Dominion Virginia Power for the van.

ACTS is a non-profit organization that provides food and shelter to residents of Prince William, Manassas, and Manassas Park.

McDaniel Auction Center turns 2

Two years later, Bryan McDaniel and the crew at ‘McDaniel Auction Center’ thrive selling antiques, collectables, jewelry and art.

A truck pulls up to the front door of McDaniel Auction Center in Manassas. It’s loaded with an entire household of antique furniture.

Oil paintings are packed in cardboard, the grandfather clock is wrapped tight in a moving pad, and leather chairs are stacked strategically, strapped down tight. For one older couple in Dumfries, the contents in this truck represent most of the acquisitions they’ve made over the last 30 years.

Sadly, they couldn’t take every piece with them when they downsized. So they called the auction.

“We bring in anywhere from 200 to 500 items every week from people downsizing or moving out of the area,” says Bryan McDaniel, the owner and auctioneer. “The thing that makes it interesting is that you never know what’s going to come in next.”

The hundred or so people at the auction every Saturday evening must think the same thing: they stand along the sides of the aisles when all the seats are taken, all for a chance to get a great deal on a silver dollar collection or a fancy Persian rug.

As more of these folks continue to seek smaller living quarters, the need to liquidate furnishings will only continue to grow.

“We’re on the brink of something very large,” says McDaniel, a tone of responsibility in his voice. “Unlike this generation, Boomers are collectors, they have a lot of stuff.”

The McDaniel Auction Center in Manassas is located at 8279 Shoppers Square in Manassas. Its is open every Saturday at 4 p.m.

Heritage Hunt to hold community open house

The public is invited to the home owners Community Open House at Heritage Hunt Golf & Country Club—a community designed for the active adult (55+).

The event is scheduled for Sunday, October 18, 2015, 12:30 – 4:00 p.m. Visitors will be registered at the front gate and directed to the community clubhouse (6901 Arthur Hills Drive, Gainesville, Va. 20155)

The visitors will be given a packet of information about the award-winning Heritage Hunt Golf & Country Club community, including a list of almost 100 clubs and activities to enjoy. Visitors may tour the golf pro-shop, clubhouse, fitness and aquatic center, the secondary clubhouse at the Marsh Mansion.

The visitors who are interested in golf may request a short tour of the golf course.

To visit the community website, go to heritagehunt.net. If you would like more information, please call 703-743-5490 or yfeldman@heritagehunt.net.

New Sheetz open in Manassas

TRITEC Real Estate Company, Inc. is pleased to announce that Sheetz, a growing, family owned convenience retailer has opened a new location in Manassas, Virginia.

Sheetz occupies 2.57 acres on a 10-Acre parcel located at the corner of Sudley Manor Drive and Ashton Ave. TRITEC Real Estate Company and the Merion group jointly purchased and developed the 10-acre site in December of 2012 and obtained a Special Use Permit for the Sheetz drive through and gas pumps.

The remainder of the site has been divided into two additional pad sites of 1.51 and 1.70 acres and a 4.7-acre parcel that is currently under contract to an undisclosed user.

The new Sheetz store, their 509th, is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and offers fresh foods such as Angus beef burgers; premium grilled chicken sandwiches, freshly made salads, French fries, Wisconsin cheese balls, appetizers and more.

The new store also features MTO items which are ready made sandwiches or wraps that make it convenient to just grab and go on the run. The Sheetz Bakery, features donuts, muffins, and gourmet cookies that go along great with signature Sheetz Bros. Coffeez, which is staffed with a trained barista to meet customers’ needs for smoothies, and specialty drinks like mochas, lattes, cappuccinos: hot, frozen, or iced. 

Preceptor Gamma Psi raises funds for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

The Preceptor Gamma Psi chapter of the Manassas Council in Virginia raised $855 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).

The chapter also participated in the AFSP Out of the Darkness Walk in Manassas recently. Their team was the ninth largest fundraiser for the local walk. Along with participants, four chapter sisters and their family members participated in the 3.5-mile walk: Valerie Burke, Kim Howard, Nancy Schneider and Suzanne Seaberg.

“Everyone in our chapter was somehow touched by suicide and some of us more than once. Mental health is still a taboo subject in our culture. We wanted to chisel away at that and walk to honor the memory of family and friends who are no longer alive. Every life matters and every dollar counts,” said Kim Howard, vice president of Preceptor Gamma Psi.

Eighty cents of every dollar raised for AFSP goes toward funding. Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death for adults between the ages of 15 and 64 in the U.S. and the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.

The Manassas Walk raised more than $35,000 for AFSP.

Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center to hosts pet-friendly event

Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center located at 15151 Potomac Town Pl, Woodbridge, Virginia is pleased to host the PetOberfest Event on Saturday, October 17, 2015 from Noon – 4pm.

All are welcome to attend and enjoy free family and pet friendly activities. All pets in attendance must be leashed.

The PetOberfest is sponsored by NOVADog Magazine, Maple Shade Animal Hospital and Prince William SPCA and will feature activities including: pet rescues and adoptions; pet-related exhibitors, a strolling fashion show, a pet parade, pet contests, children’s entertainment, store discounts, prizes, and much more (full schedule included below).

PetOberfest Entertainment Schedule Main Street, In Front of Orvis

• Noon: Gail Mirabella & The Dynamo Dogs Main Street, In Front of PF Changs

• 12:45pm: Reptiles Alive • 1:30pm: Strolling Fashion Show featuring animals available for adoption

• 3:30pm: Pet Parade & Contests – Must register no later than 3pm at the Information Tent. PetOberfest Main Street Activities, Noon – 4pm

• Prince William SPCA Pet Photos & Mobile Adoption Van • Stonebridge merchant displays

• Pet-oriented exhibitors • Local animal rescues and shelters

• Petting Zoo

• Parakeet Encounter

• Moon Bounce • Balloon Art

• Prizes For complete event information, visit www.sptcpetoberfest.com.

‘Books 4 Babies’ encourages parents to read to their young children

As part of its mission to advance quality early learning initiatives for the region’s young children, Smart Beginnings Greater Prince William (SBGPW) partners with business leaders, health professionals, schools, childcare providers and other community stakeholders to help young children start school healthy and ready to learn.

Early literacy is a key component of school readiness and several programs are currently underway in the region, including “Books 4 Babies” and “Reach Out and Read.” Books 4 Babies, a program of SBGPW, provides many families with their baby’s first book as a way to encourage parents to read to their young children from Day One. Over 1,900 books and other educational materials, such as a bookmark about a baby’s brain development and a wheel describing developmental milestones from birth to age five, have been distributed to newborns at Novant Health Prince William Medical Center since October 2013.

The Books 4 Babies program has been expanded in 2015 to include expectant mothers participating in Centering Pregnancy groups at the Greater Prince William Community Health Center. Reach Out and Read is a program for medical providers to promote early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms.

Pediatricians read a book to young children during a well-child checkup, integrating children’s books and advice to parents about fostering a love of books and reading from an early age.

“Each child, until the age of five, receives an age-appropriate book at every well-child visit,” said Dr. Anastasia Williams of Olde Towne Pediatrics, which has offices in Manassas and Gainesville. “We encourage parents to talk to their children and also to read, sing and rhyme to them everyday. This will significantly increase the child’s vocabulary and promote healthy brain development, among many other benefits.”

Smart Beginnings Greater Prince William is also participating in a campaign currently running between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day (May 20-June 21) called Smart Beginnings Start with Families: Healthy Children are Ready to Learn. The campaign, which is sponsored by the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation and the American Academy of Pediatrics-Virginia Chapter, focuses on the importance of building a strong foundation for good health in the early years, so that young children will start kindergarten healthy and ready to learn. Parents can download free resources and tip sheets at www.smartbeginnings.org.

“Business leaders, educators, health professionals and other community stakeholders are working together to ensure a healthy start for Virginia’s young children, giving them the best opportunity for school, life and workforce success,” said Kendra Kielbasa, Director of Smart Beginnings Greater Prince William.

For more information about local early learning initiatives, visit www.smartbeginningsgpw.org.

Brandy Station Foundation presents ‘The Spirits of the Graffiti House’

On Saturday, October 24th from 6 PM-9 PM, the Brandy Station Foundation presents the “Spirits of the Graffiti House” at the Graffiti House, 19484 Brandy Road, Brandy Station, VA 22714.

Featured events for this free family event include ghost stories in rooms with Civil War graffiti; a fortune teller; a campfire with marshmallows, and the continuous screening of the video produced by “The R.I.P. Files” from their Graffiti House investigation.

Special guest Mark Higgins, an investigator with The R.I.P. team, will talk about the show, the paranormal in general and answer any questions people may have. The R.I.P. Files is a paranormal reality show that documents the adventures of the Research and Investigation of the Paranormal (R.I.P.) Team, a different group of ghost hunters based in Washington, D.C.

The R.I.P. team conducts investigations at private residences, business locations, and historic sites. They filmed at the Graffiti House in 2011 for The R.I.P. Files Season 1 which aired in Australia & New Zealand last year and will air on Spring TV in Thailand. 

Refreshments will be provided.

The Graffiti House was built just before the Civil War; the walls contain inscriptions, drawings, messages, and signatures of Civil War soldiers, hence the name “Graffiti House.” It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Brandy Station Foundation website is www.brandystationfoundation.com

Join Historic Dumfries for a ‘spirited’ ghost walk and haunted museum overnight lock-In

Join Historic Dumfries for a “Spirited” Ghost Walk and Haunted Museum Overnight “Lock-In” Are you are brave enough?

Take a walking tour through Dumfries Haunted Heights, visit Weems-Botts — listed as the second most haunted site in Virginia by the Fredericksburg Star, and featured on “My Ghost Story” in the Spring and Summer of 2013, and on CBS, “Spirited History.”

Hear local tales of ghostly wonder and mystery along the way. Learn about the most haunted house in Dumfries and it’s most recent occurrences.

Finish with hot chocolate and cider by the campfire in eerie and haunted Merchant Park. Share your own ghost encounters with other visitors!

Walks are $10 per person, $5 for students and free for kids under 6 years of age.

If you want to test your bravery, spend the night in our “Haunted House.” $75 per person, reservations are required. It does include Pizza in the evening and breakfast at 6:00 a.m. Join us for this fun and unique fundraiser for the Weems-Botts Museum.

Dates: Ghost Walks -October 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30,31 Time: 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00 and 8:30 p.m. Museum Lock-In – October 10, 17, 24 and 31st RSVP to 703-221-2218

‘Haunt Away Hunger’ casino night benefits Haymarket Food Pantry

The Haymarket Regional Food Pantry is hosting its fifth annual “Haunt Away Hunger” Casino Night on Friday, October 30, 2015.

This prize packed event, the largest single fund raiser for the Food Pantry, will be held at the Evergreen Country Club located at 15900 Berkeley Drive, Haymarket, Virginia. The cost to attend is $60 per person and includes drink tickets, elegant hors d oeuvres, casino cash and plenty of fun.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. and conclude at 11 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Haymarket Regional Food Pantry a 501(c) 3 organization located on Washington Street in the Town of Haymarket.

This fun-filled event features Roulette, Craps and Black Jack. Also back by popular demand is the Texas Hold’em table available by reserved seating at $25. Haunt Away Hunger includes a Live Auction hosted by a professional auctioneer who will be featuring fantastic prizes including a weekend at King’s Creek Plantation for four, a two season membership to the Manassas Performing Arts Society, a dinner prepared for six by a five star chef, a four hour consultation from Main Street Landscape, an eight person pass to Pev’s Paintball and foursomes to local golf courses.

To heighten the fun, Haunt Away Hunger will also include Raffles and a Silent Auction for prizes such as a European Facial and Sugar Eyebrow treatment from Salon Nordine, passes to Skate-N-Fun Zone, as well as a 10 pass- punch card to Jump-N-Jimmy’s.

Two other favorites, back this year are the Restaurant Frenzy and Wine Pull where each participant is guaranteed a gift card to local restaurants – among them Firebirds and BJ’s Brewery or a bottle of wine valued in excess of $25.

The Haymarket Regional Food Pantry (HRFP) is an ecumenical and community based ministry dedicated to eliminating hunger by providing food to individuals and families in Haymarket, Gainesville and the surrounding areas. Our organization is comprised entirely of volunteers, and we rely wholly on our donors for food and financial support. 

Chruches band together to collect food for needy, youth on ‘Day of Service’

On September 26, hundreds of volunteers across our local communities gathered to help their neighbors in a Day To Serve.

But planning for the service had begun months earlier and involved intense coordination. Ken and Fran Gardner of Gainesville were project managers for the 11 area LDS congregations.

Says Ken, “Although there are lots of details, the part I enjoy most is to be associated with the hundreds of volunteers,” adding that out of the planning, “five meaningful projects emerged that benefited many needy families residing in our neighborhoods.”

Joe E. Dionne, President of the Centreville Virginia Stake (similar to a Dioceses) of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stated, “To broaden our reach for good, we attempted to partner our efforts with other faith-based groups. And what we learned in the process is that we really have much more in common than any differences.”

If the accumulated food and monetary donations of the projects are an indication then much good has come of the efforts. Two Latter-day Saint congregations collaborated with the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Warrenton to put together 50,000 meals to be distributed to food relief organizations in Fauquier County.

A Centreville congregation of the LDS Church and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community partnered to create 1,500 Power Packs for children in need. These were donated to the non-profit, Food For Others, who will make the packs available to Fairfax County Schools which distributes them to at-risk elementary schools throughout the school year.

Two Manassas Latter-day Saint congregations partnered with the Catholic Diocese of Arlington for a food drive that benefitted the St Lucy Project, headed by Catholic Charities. Another was a project designed to help local food banks raise enough food to deliver 600 Thanksgiving dinners to families for this coming holiday.

“The donated food was then taken to the Gainesville meetinghouse of the LDS Church and assembled into kits that will be delivered to local food banks where they will be provided to families in need during the holiday,” said Cindy Lake, one of the Gainesville area coordinators.

Lee Ann Renfro, one of the volunteers who helped collect food donations at the Safeway in Bristow told of her experience.

“I came to see what good we can do with just a little effort. At the store entrance we handed out cards with suggested grocery items for the Thanksgiving baskets. And at one point I, too, entered the store to buy some donation items. While walking around pushing my basket I noticed people earnestly looking down at the cards we had handed out and I could tell that they were eager to help. Perfect strangers who had one thing in common: doing something kind for someone else.”

When asked about the ends results Ken Gardner noted, “Often the giving is anonymous and we rarely get a chance to meet those helped by the efforts. But today outside a local supermarket a man approached me and said that he had been assisted by the donations we had facilitated in previous years. He thanked me and said he hoped to be in a better position soon so that he too could help another in need.”

Cindy Lake’s assignment was to coordinate the collections at stores.

“I just couldn’t believe that some customers would go into the store for one item for themselves and then donate entire bags of groceries for our food drive as they exited,” she said.

Two high school students, Mali Smith and Whitney Thomas organized a youth group who collected donations at the Giant in Manassas.

“The most awesome thing was the increased youth participation. We had more than 15 youth who joined us who hadn’t even signed up to help. It is cool to see how the word gets out and people want to join in to help.” Mali Smith added, “We learned that when we are serving together we all feel good about ourselves, it helps us see that there are bigger issues in the world than things that may be bothering us personally at the moment.”

Ashes in trashcan to blame for Bristow blaze

On Tuesday, September 29th, at approximately 4:30 p.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to a structure fire in a two-story single family home located in the 8700 block of Lords View Loop in Bristow.

Upon arrival, fire and rescue crews observed smoke with fire blazing from the side and rear of the home that had extended through the roof. Firefighters proceeded to attack and extinguish the fire.

The fire was discovered by a neighbor who spotted flames soaring from the roof and alerted the family enabling them to safely evacuate the home.

No injuries reported.

Red Cross was called to assist, 1 adult and 2 children and their cat.

A Building Official has posted the home unsafe.

According to the Fire Marshal’s Office, preliminary reports indicate the fire originated on the rear of the home ignited by ashes placed in a trash can next to the house earlier in the day.

The fire is under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s Office.

Prince William County Fire & Rescue Chief Kevin McGee would like to remind residents when disposing of fire pit/fireplace ashes keep these safety tips in mind:
• Douse and saturate the ashes with water.
• Allow ashes to cool (at least 4 days) before disposing.
• Dispose of ashes in a tightly covered metal container.
• Place the ash container a safe distance from your home (at least 10 feet).
° DO NOT store in or around your home, garage or other nearby buildings.

-Submitted by Prince William fire and rescue 

Prince William Chamber PAC releases endorsements in 2015 race

Updated Oct. 9, 2015

Prince William County Board of Supervisors, At-large — Corey Stewart 

“In his most recent term, Chairman Stewart has demonstrated tremendous leadership and made great strides in establishing Prince William as an emerging business location,” said Brian Gordon, Vice President of Government Affairs for the Apartment and Office Building Association (AOBA) of Metropolitan Washington, and the Chairman of the Prince William Chamber PAC.  “In the face of a challenging economic environment, Chairman Stewart and the Board of County Supervisors have helped to position the County to be on the forefront of economic development in strategic growth sectors.  The Chamber PAC is pleased to endorse his candidacy for reelection so that he may continue to build on these successes, maintain a positive, business-focused public discourse and work to further improve the local business climate.” 

Virginia Senate 29th District — Hal Parrish 

“Prince William, Manassas and Manassas Park have been privileged to be represented for so many years by Senator Colgan,” said Brian Gordon, Vice President of Government Affairs for the Apartment and Office Building Association (AOBA) of Metropolitan Washington, and the Chairman of the Prince William Chamber PAC.  “Mayor Parrish is best suited to carry on in his tradition and further his lasting legacy of fighting for Prince William and promoting a strong economy while maintaining the highest level of statesmanship.  While the PAC was impressed with both candidates, only one possessed a proven track record of working with and on behalf of the business community to grow our local economy and strengthen our community.” 

Candidate endorsements were determined through a questionnaire and interview process and an evaluation and comparative analysis of the policy platforms and records of each candidate as they related to that of the region’s business community. 

 

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The Prince William Chamber Political Action Committee, the political arm of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce, announced its endorsements of candidates for the Virginia General Assembly and Board of County Supervisors.

Candidate endorsements were determined through a questionnaire and interview process and an evaluation and comparative analysis of the policy platforms and records of each individual as they related to that of the region’s business community.

Potomac District – Maureen Caddigan

28th Senate District – Richard Stuart

Coles District – Martin Nohe 39th Senate District – George Barker

Neabsco District – John Jenkins

2nd House District – Mark Dudenhefer

Occoquan District – Earnie Porta

31st House District – Scott Lingamfelter

Woodbridge District – Frank Principi

40th House District – Tim Hugo

50th House District – Jackson Miller

51st House District – Rich Anderson

52nd House District – Luke Torian

87th House District – John Bell

“Prince William County is blessed to have so many strong candidates, willing to dedicate their time and service to elected office,” said Brian Gordon, Vice President of Government Affairs for the Apartment and Office Building Association (AOBA) of Metropolitan Washington, and the Chairman of the Prince William Chamber PAC. “The candidates endorsed by the Chamber PAC demonstrated a thorough knowledge of the region’s economic challenges and put forward substantive plans and proposals for improving our local business climate.”

The Prince William Chamber PAC was established in 2014 by members of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce. The PAC promotes and facilitates the accumulation of voluntary contributions from members of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce and others. Contributions are used primarily in support of issues and candidates for local and state offices who have taken positions consistent with the Chamber’s public policy positions regarding the private enterprise system.

Singstock collects community endorsements for Nov. 3

Tim Singstock, candidate for Chairman – At Large of the Prince William County School Board has collected numerous bi-partisan and community endorsements since beginning his campaign in December 2014. These Prince William community leaders are supporting Tim Singstock for School Board Chairman-At Large in the November 3rd General Election:

U.S. Congressman Rob Wittman (1st CD)

U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (10th CD)

State Senator Richard Black (13th SD)

State Senator Richard Stuart (28th SD)

Delegate Tim Hugo (40th HD)

Delegate Scott Lingamfelter (31st HD)

Delegate Jackson Miller (50th HD)

Delegate Rich Anderson (51st HD)

Former Delegate Jeff Frederick (52nd HD)

Dumfries Mayor, and candidate for 36th State Senate District, Jerry Foreman

Board of County Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart

Potomac District Supervisor Maureen Caddigan

Coles District Supervisor Marty Nohe

Occoquan District Supervisor, and candidate for Commonwealth Attorney, Mike May

Gainesville District Supervisor Pete Candland

Brentsville District Supervisor Jeanine Lawson

Former Woodbridge District Supervisor Hilda Barg

Former Gainesville District Supervisor John Stirrup

School Board Chairman-At Large Milt Johns

Gainesville District School Board Representative and Vice-Chair Alyson Satterwhite

Coles District School Board Representative Dr. Michael Otaigbe

Brentsville District School Board Representative Gil Trenum

Former Neabsco District School Board Representative Julie Lucas

Former Occoquan District School Board Representative Mike Wooten

Former Brentsville District School Board Representative Lyle Beefelt

Prince William County Sheriff Glenn Hill

Prince William Clerk of the Court Michele McQuigg

Quantico Town Councilwoman Earlene Clinton

Dumfries Town Councilman Cliff Brewer

Haymarket Town Councilman Matt Caudle

Former Dumfries Mayor Nancy West

Darrell “DJ” Jordan, Virginia Board of Social Services

David Byrne, Chairman of the Boy Scouts Occoquan District

Dalena Kanouse, President & CEO MTCI Inc.

Paul Colangelo, Coach, Parent, and 36 year Prince William County resident

– Submitted by the Tim Singstock campaign

Wreaths Across America Fallen Veterans Ride

Every Year on the second Saturday of December, Wreaths Across America performs a ceremony to pay tribute to our Fallen Veterans by placing hand made wreaths from Maine on the veterans grave sites.

This year the ceremony will be on December 12 at noon at Oak Hill cemetery located at 1902 Plank Road Fredericksburg.

Along with the ceremony, there will be a remembrance ride for our local Fallen Veterans escorted by the City of Fredericksburg police starting at 10:30 a.m. from the VFW located at 2701 Princess Anne Street in Downtown Fredericksburg.

The ride will be approximately 18 miles long and will be passing through Fredericksburg, Stafford and Spotsylvania counties and ending at the Oak Hill cemetery for the ceremony.

Please come and join us whether you ride 2 or 4 wheels in paying tribute to our Fallen Veterans.

Prince William NAACP interfaith prayer breakfast Oct. 17

The Prince William County Branch NAACP invites the Prince William Community to an Interfaith Prayer Breakfast,

“Together as one we pray for our nation and community” will be held Saturday, October 17 at 9 a.m.

Guest speaker Janice Brooks, wife of NAACP president Cornell Brooks, will deliver remarks at the breakfast hosted in the Manassas Mosque Community School Hall, 12950 Center Entrance Court, Manassas, Virginia.

This is a ticketed, no cost event open to everyone.

Sentara Lake Ridge to participate in Prescription Drug Take-Back

Do you have unused or expired prescription medications? Improper disposal of these medications can create a public safety issue, potentially leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse. So what is the proper way to dispose of them?

On September 26, Sentara Lake Ridge will join with Prince William County Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for the 10th Annual Prescription Drug Take-Back, providing a safe way for people to dispose of their unused and expired medications.

Sentara Lake Ridge, a state-of-the art ambulatory campus offering advanced imaging, lab services and 24-hour emergency care, will serve as a collection site. The event will talk place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“At Sentara, we are committed to the wellness and safety of our community, and we are pleased to participate once again in the DEA’s Annual Prescription Drug Take-Back.” said Dynette Rombough, director of emergency services for Sentara Healthcare in Northern Virginia.

During this initiative, prescription and over the counter solid dosage medications (i.e. tablets and capsules) will be accepted. Intravenous solutions, injectables, and needles will not be accepted. Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine will also not be accepted during National Take-Back Day.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. This nationwide prescription drug Take-Back initiative seeks to prevent pill abuse and theft. According to the Prince William County Police Department, last September more than 1,080 pounds of expired prescription drugs and other medicines were collected in our county during the DEA’s fall “Take-Back” initiative.

Find more information on this program, including updates on collection sites. You can enter your ZIP code to find the collection site nearest you. 

Downey, of Triangle, named to St. Bonaventure University Board of Trustees

St. Bonaventure University alumnus Fr. Kevin Downey, O.F.M., has been named to the Board of Trustees at his alma mater. He is serving a three-year term. Fr. Kevin is pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Triangle, Va.

A friar with Holy Name Province, Fr. Kevin’s previous pastoral assignments included serving as pastor at St. Mary’s Parish in Pompton Lakes, N.J., St. Bonaventure Parish in Allegany, N.Y., and parochial vicar at St. Francis Parish in Raleigh, N.C. A 1973 graduate of St. Bonaventure, Fr. Kevin was appointed assistant vice president for University Relations from 1982-1983.

He also spent eight years, from 1983 to 1991, at Quincy University, Quincy, Ill., where he served as vice president for development and executive vice president. 

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