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Mt. Zion historic park opens for “Eyewitness to War” tours

The historic 1851 Mt. Zion Baptist Church, sitting alongside Rt. 50 east of Gilbert’s Corner, will open its doors to the public on the 4th Sundays of the month beginning on April 26th, from 1p.m. to 5p.m.  It will be open each fourth Sunday of the month through October.

Used as a place of worship by members of the Old School Baptists from 1851 until 1980, Mt. Zion Church and its adjoining cemetery witnessed fighting during the Civil War, but also served in the aftermath of battle as a hospital for the wounded and as a final resting place for some who fought in the war.  It’s also known as the first, and frequent, meeting site of Confederate guerilla fighter John Singleton Mosby and his Rangers, and saw intermittent use as a barracks and prison during the war. 

As in past years, the 4th Sunday programs will highlight the Civil War history of the church, but visitors will also hear of its early beginnings as a place of worship in the Aldie community.  Local historian Wynne Saffer will share the church’s history, as well as that of the adjacent cemetery.  Volunteer Jim Cromer will be on hand to interpret the use of the site as a field hospital after the cavalry battles of Aldie, Middleburg and Upperville in June of 1863, and historic graffiti found on sections of the interior walls will be on view.  According to Site Manager Tracy J. Gillespie, “Mt. Zion is one of several sites where soldiers from both North and South spent time, recuperating from wounds or illness. Perhaps as a way to say ‘I was here and I mattered,’ they sometimes signed their names and regiment affiliation on the walls.”  Mt. Zion is one of five sites featured on the Northern Virginia Civil War Graffiti Trail.

Admission to the fourth Sunday programs & tours is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. 

For more information, contact Tracy J. Gillespie at tgillespie@nvrpa.org or call her at Aldie Mill Historic Park, 703-327-9777. Mt. Zion Historic Park is owned and operated by NOVA Parks.  For more information, visit www.NOVAParks.com.

Skyline Drive in Stafford closed due to failed pipe

Route 615 (Skyline Drive) in Stafford County is closed to through traffic between Cropp Road and Hartwood Road due to a failed drainage pipe. 

The road will be closed to through traffic until a replacement pipe is installed. 

Once high water at the pipe location has receded, a new pipe will be installed and the road can be re-opened. The pipe installation is scheduled to occur this week, weather permitting.

Approximately 350 vehicles a day travel Skyline Drive.

1st Annual ‘John “Mac” McDonald Poker Run’ scheduled for May 16

On May 16, Stafford Volunteer Fire Department, Station 2, and Fire & Iron Motorcycle Club (MC), Station 161, will join forces to host the First Annual “John “Mac” McDonald Poker Run, a motorcycle event to raise money for the newly established “John McDonald Scholarship Fund.”

The Poker Run will bring together motorcycle clubs and enthusiast alike in Mac’s memory so that riders can share stories about Mac and his life-long contribution to Public and Fire Safety, which spans decades. 

In the process, motorcycle riders will follow a pre-described route with five stops along the way.  At the end of the run the rider with the best poker hand wins. 

In the process folks get to ride their motorcycles, make new friends and remember a dear friend.   Proceeds, including a raffle, will help to fund the scholarship designed to help provide much needed financial aide to worthy higher education candidates.

On May 30, 2014 Battalion Chief John “Mac” McDonald was scheduled to complete his tour of duty where he was about to complete his shift.  Unfortunately, this was to be Chief McDonald’s final tour of duty.  John passed away early that morning resulting in a line of duty death.

John was a Navy veteran and a long-time Fire official of the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) where he served as Battalion Chief at the Naval District of Washington Fire and Emergency Services Central Division.

During his extensive career John also served as Chief for the Stafford County Virginia Volunteer Fire Department, Station 2, where he was a Life Member. 

John was also a Charter Member of the Fire and Iron Motorcycle Club, Station 161 (Northern Virginia), where he shared his passion for riding motorcycles with other Fire and Emergency Service First Responders and those affiliated with fire service.

Project Mend a House ‘Spring Spruce Up’ draws 60 volunteers

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Project Mend-A-House’s (PMAH) inaugural Spring Spruce Up on April 11 saw 60 volunteers tackle major home improvement projects to improve the lives of low income seniors.

Following up on the success of PMAH’s Fall Fit-It, volunteers worked at three locations to make a variety of repairs to the homes of seniors. Volunteers helped with a variety of indoor and outdoor repairs, painting and yard work. The work of these volunteers will raise the quality of life for these PMAH clients.

Thank you to all the volunteers who came out and made this day such a success.

Project Mend-A-House, a local 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, committed to making a difference in the lives of low income seniors by making home repairs to make their homes more livable and has been serving the residents of Prince William, City of Manassas and the Manassas Park areas for over 30 years. For more information or to volunteer, please contact PMAH at 703-792-7663.

Woodbridge high school to host 5K for JROTC on April 25

 

On April 25, Woodbridge Senior High School is hosting a 5K to commemorate 99 years of the JROTC.

Cost is free for cadets all others, $15.00 donation for runner’s bib and T-Shirt.

On site registration starts at 10:00 A.M., runners/walkers with disabilities starts at 11:30 A.M. and run starts promptly at 12:00 P.M.

The race will take place at Occoquan Regional Park, Ox Road, Lorton, VA

Woodbridge Senior High School is doing the run as a way of celebrating 99 years of JROTC, while also trying to beat the world record for “most people running a 5K at the same time,” and rising funds for the Mane Program.

To get involved, all you have to do is register at http://www.jrotc5krun.com/ then select
“Woodbridge High School- Occoquan Regional Park, 9751 Ox Road, Lorton, VA 22079”
For location! Upon completing that, please go to: http://www.wshsajrotc.com/jrotc-5k.html
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UMW President Hurley announces retirement

At a meeting of the University of Mary Washington Board of Visitors today, President Richard V. Hurley announced his plan to retire, effective June 30, 2016. 

Hurley, who has served as UMW’s ninth president since July 1, 2010, has made clear his desire to spend more quality time with his family. Prior to being named president, he had already announced his retirement plans. At that point, he had served Mary Washington for a decade in various positions, including executive vice president and chief financial officer, and twice as acting president.

Hurley, who has presided over the institution during a time of nearly unprecedented capital expansion, indicated that he is announcing his plans now to ensure that the Board of Visitors has sufficient time to conduct a national search to name his successor. “I believe that 2016 is the right time, both for the University and for me, to effect this transition,” he said. “I am confident that I will have achieved the primary goals I established for my presidency, including the completion of our $50 million Mary Washington First campaign.”

In his statement to the Board, Hurley noted that after a long and diverse career in higher education, he especially looks forward to spending time with his wife, Rose, who also has been a tireless ambassador for UMW, their three adult children, and seven grandchildren ­–– all of whom reside in the Richmond, Virginia, area.

Holly T. Cuellar ’89, rector and spokesperson for the Board of Visitors, said, “The Board sadly accepts President Hurley’s announcement to retire. He truly has been a transformative leader on our campus and a visionary in higher education.

“He has advanced the University of Mary Washington and the institution’s ability to serve the Commonwealth of Virginia and beyond,” Cuellar continued. “History will show that his tenure as president was the perfect pairing of strategic vision, innovation and productivity.

“Obviously,” she added, “while we will miss President Hurley and Rose, the Board wishes his family all the best in retirement and offers gratitude for their service to the University and to the Commonwealth.”

As President, Hurley has been responsible for implementation of the University’s 2009-2014 Strategic Plan, as well as launching the development of a new strategic plan that will be announced this year. He has directed numerous facilities and capital projects, including construction of the Anderson Center convocation and athletics arena, as well as the design and construction of Mary Washington’s third campus, the Dahlgren Campus Center for Education and Research in King George County. Other facilities improvements under his leadership include numerous building renovation and expansion projects, completion of the newly-opened 72,000 square-foot Information and Technology Convergence Center, and design and construction of the 100,000 square-foot University Center, which will open this fall.

Hurley serves as a board member of the University of Mary Washington Foundation where he played a key role in the acquisition and development of the Eagle Village mixed-use venture.  Eagle Village includes apartments housing 600 UMW students, a pedestrian bridge spanning Route 1, commercial retail and office space, a parking facility, and a Hyatt Place Hotel. This partnership between the University, the UMW Foundation, and the City of Fredericksburg has been highly acclaimed as a model of effective public-private partnership, successful regional economic development, and community revitalization.

Beyond campus, Hurley is recognized as an active community leader and is strongly committed to regional engagement and economic development. He has served as chair of the board of directors of the Rappahannock United Way, a director of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the board of the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance. President Hurley formed the UMW Center for Economic Development and has engaged a wide variety of community and business leaders in the development of a regional economic development plan.  Hurley also established the Town and Gown Committee, a group of University and city officials and citizens, who work to strengthen the University’s relationships with the community.

Earlier this year, he received the Chamber’s Prince B. Woodard Leadership Award, annually presented to an individual who has provided a lifetime of service to the Fredericksburg region.

On a statewide level, Hurley has served as chair of the Virginia Council of Presidents, and he was appointed by the governor to Virginia’s Higher Education Advisory Committee. According to Gov. Terry McAuliffe, “President Hurley’s unwavering leadership, thoughtful approach, and dedication to engagement at all levels will be sorely missed.”

 Hurley has been a hands-on and highly visible president, engaging regularly with students and visitors to campus. He helps out on move-in day, shows up in the student dining room, occasionally calls Bingo, assists with student service projects, and enjoys attending University events, such as sports contests, plays, concerts, lectures, and student programs.

During his presidency, the University of Mary Washington has continued to garner widespread media recognition as one of the nation’s best public liberal arts and sciences universities and one of the top values in higher education. Hurley is proud that UMW boasts some of the highest student retention and graduation rates among institutions of its type.

From 2013 to 2014, Hurley served as chair of the Virginia Council of Presidents, and he was appointed by the governor to Virginia’s Higher Education Advisory Committee. 

A native of New Jersey, Hurley earned a bachelor of science in environmental studies from Richard Stockton College, now Stockton University. He received a master of arts in public administration from Central Michigan University. He also holds certificates and diplomas from the University of Kentucky and Harvard University.

New Verizon location opened in Stafford

Today in Stafford, Verizon Wireless launched their newest “Smart Phone” location. 

Located just off I-95, and in close proximity to the Quantico Marine Base, it will serve as an ideal place for current and retired military, as well as the growing regional population, including Federal Government workers who reside in the area. Verizon is redefining retail, and the Smart Store concept is designed to make shopping for wireless devices and services more convenient and personalized for customers.

The ceremony took place from 9:30-10:00 AM, with brief remarks from the local Chamber of Commerce and included a $3,000 HopeLine check presentation to Empowerhouse, a local domestic violence prevention group. Through HopeLine, Verizon’s signature philanthropy program, the company helps domestic violence victims become survivors by collecting no-longer-used wireless phones and turning them into cash support for organizations nationwide. In 2014 alone, in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia, Verizon Wireless awarded nearly $700,000 in HopeLine grants to 23 non-profit organizations across the region.              

The 5,300-square-foot location, at 100 Prosperity Lane in Stafford, Virginia, features the most advanced smartphones, tablets and wirelesss technology such as the ever-popular DROID and Samsung Galaxy lines and numerous other devices with Android, Windows, and Blackberry operating systems running on Verizon’s 4G LTE network.

Verizon’s Smart Store retail concept showcases numerous interactive “Lifestyle Zones” for customers to engage with specialists and experience hundreds of smart accessories, gadgets, apps and services. These Lifestyle Zones include:

  • Get Fit – tech gear for the active sports and fitness buff
  • Amplify It – numerous Bluetooth speakers and more for the music aficionado
  • Have Fun – smart toys, games and wireless gaming accessories for the family
  • Home and On The Go – devices for home monitoring and energy management
  • Anywhere Business – technology for the mobile professional and entrepreneur

“Customer response to our new design has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Marquett Smith, Verizon Wireless Regional President. “Shoppers who walk through the door are amazed to see the wide-array of tech products and solutions that can help them do everything from lose weight, to sleep better, to reduce home energy consumption, to keep their kids, homes and cars safe.”

An expanded area is available for free in-store customizable wireless workshops that provide for personalized hands-on training, with both basic and advanced classes for all operating systems and a variety of devices and smart accessories. Schedules are posted at the store with registration and information available online at www.verizonwireless.com/workshops.

With the barriers of the counter and cash register removed, representatives in the newly redesigned stores are also able to spend more time with customers. The company is also integrating systems to make it easy for customers to do business with Verizon Wireless across all contact points — online, in stores and through telesales.

Business hours for the new store, located at 100 Prosperity Lane are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Verizon products and plans also are available at dozens of authorized retailers in the area. For more information on Verizon Wireless technology, visit www.verizonwireless.com.

Quantico Noise Advisory Week of April 18 – 24

Residents in the immediate vicinity of Marine Corps Base Quantico may experience an increase in noise as an affect from ground/aircraft training or range clearance operations during the week of Apr. 18-24.

Monday, Apr. 20 – Demolition training is scheduled 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Apr. 21 – Demolition training is scheduled from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Apr. 22 – Demolition training is scheduled from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday, Apr. 23 – Demolition training is scheduled from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday, Apr. 24 – Demolition training is scheduled from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

All questions regarding training should be directed to the Quantico Public Affairs Office at (703) 784-2741/2742.

**Please Note: Aircraft supporting training or support to other agencies from the Marine Corps Air Facility at Quantico can also generate noise. The frequency and number of aircraft supporting training can occasionally generate higher volumes of noise. Additionally, atmospheric conditions can amplify aircraft noise volume and the distance sound travels.**
**All questions regarding this training should be directed to the Quantico Public Affairs Office at (703) 784-2741/2742.**

Noise advisories for the upcoming week will be posted every Friday to Marine Corps Base Quantico’s website (www.quantico.marines.mil) and official Facebook page (www.facebook.com/OfficialMarineCorpsBaseQuantico). 

Kickin’ Bass fishing tournament in Woodbridge May 15

The Sheriff’s Offices’ of Stafford and Prince William County are hosting their Kickin’ Bass fishing tournament on May 15.

The tournament will take place at Leesylvania State Park from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The check-in time for the event is at 6 a.m. that morning.

To register, it costs $50 per person, $10 per big fish or a total of $100 or $120 per boat.

There is a maximum of 100 boats allowed to participate in the tournament. 

To register, residents must contact the Prince William County Sheriff’s Office at 703-792-5817 or at the ramp the day of the event.

There is a 100% payout to the winner of the tournament.

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Boy Scouts of America to host sporting clays tournament May 7-8

The Boy Scouts of America are hosting the National Capital Area Sporting Clays Tournament on May 7-8 in Haymarket.

The competition will take place at Camp William B. Snyder on both days.

On May 7, participants will take part in a VIP clinic with Redskins Hall of Famer Dave Butz, and on May 8 will clay shoot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

According to a release, there are 4 shooters allowed per team.

Prizes for the top shooting teams and individuals will be awarded at the end of the competition. 

Sponsorship opportunities are available for those that wish to support the Boy Scouts of America.

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‘Kruzin 4 Kids’ Youth for Tomorrow event on April 18

Lifted Ladies and the American Legion Riders Post 1976 are hosting the first annual Kruzin 4 Kids car show.

The event will take place on April 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Springfield American Legion Post 176 location on 6520 Amherst Avenue in Springfield.

Proceeds from this event will be donated to Youth for Tomorrow, a non-profit organization that helps youth and their families discover, embrace and empower for a better future.

If it has wheels you’re welcome in this show.

For questions contact Christa Henderson at christa@lifted-ladies.com.

Salvation Army to host appreciation reception on April 23

The Salvation Army is having its annual Appreciation Reception on Thursday April 23 at Old Bridge United Methodist Church.

The reception begins at 7 pm.

State Delegate Richard L. Anderson is the Master of Ceremonies for the event.

The reception gives The Salvation Army the opportunity to show its appreciation to individuals and organizations that have given their time, talents, and treasures to The Salvation Army in 2014.

Groups that will be recognized this year include Old Bridge United Methodist Church, Manassas Rotary Club, and The Hylton Foundation.

For more information about the reception please call Captain George Hackbarth at 202-497-0234. 

NOVA Manassas to host STEMFest April 25

The community is invited to STEM Fest at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College on Saturday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This showcase of cutting-edge technology and hands-on activities is open to anyone who wants to learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The free event features numerous activities for all ages, live music, free food and giveaways. Everyone will have a chance to enter a free raffle for an iPad.

Attendees can see the only human plasticized cadaver at a Virginia college, use state-of-the-art scanning electron microscopes and nanotechnology equipment, and explore research labs. NOVA students will demonstrate their skills with robotics, 3-D printers, drones and a flight simulator.

Hands-on activities include experiments with DNA, environmental science, math, chemistry, physics and molecular gastronomy. Lab activities require long pants, closed shoes and covered shoulders (no shorts, sandals or tank tops). Children can participate in DNA face painting, DNA hair twist, and make-your-own DNA jewelry, candy and cookie decorations.

Representatives from Virginia Tech’s “Bridges for the Baccalaureate” program and George Washington University’s School of Medical and Health Sciences will be available to discuss opportunities at those two institutions, including special transfer options for NOVA graduates.

The campus is at 6901 Sudley Road, Manassas. To learn more, go to www.novamanassasstemfest.com or contact Ia Gomez at igomez@nvcc.edu.

U.S. Department of Justice issues identity theft warning

The tax filing deadline is tomorrow, and this prompted the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) to send out a public service announcement about identity theft and protecting your identity. 

To warn citizens, they have released several videos about identity theft that the DOJ has produced, featuring Fran Abagnale – a noted identity theft depicted in the film Catch Me if You Can.

Office of Commonwealth’s Attorney to hold victim assistance reception April 23

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week takes place this year from April 19 through April 25. The Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney and the Victim/Witness Assistance Program will hold a special reception in honor of the week on Thursday, April 23, 2015. The reception will take place from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Board Chambers of the George L. Gordon, Jr., Government Center, 1300 Courthouse Road, Stafford, VA 22554. The winner of the 2015 Molly Gill Survivor Award will be announced. For more information, please see the link below.

NOVEC took honors in competition against 7 states

Electric linemen from Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative took top honors at the 13th Annual Gaff-n-Go Lineman’s Rodeo, March 28, at Caroline County Agricultural Fairgrounds near Ruther Glen, Va. NOVEC’s linemen competed with more than 150 other linemen from 14 electric utilities in seven states. 

The Gaff-n-Go Lineman’s Rodeo features three-man journeyman teams and individual apprentice linemen who perform a variety of required skills atop 40-foot utility poles. Judges score the competitors on how quickly they can complete each task correctly and safely. The Gaff-n-Go gets its name from the gaff — or metal spike — that linemen attach to their boots to assist in climbing wooden utility poles. 

NOVEC’s journeyman team of Sam Morgan, Justin Bettis, and Jesse Taylor placed first out of 30 teams to take home the coveted C.T. Bryant Award. The trio also earned the Jimmy Gardener Award, named for a pioneering Virginia lineman and given to the top-placing team among members of the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives.

NOVEC’s apprentices swept their division’s Climbing Skills event with Kyle Sarvis placing first, Billy Cruse placing second, and Chris Perry placing third. Sarvis, Perry, and Emmanuel Marfoplaced in the top ten in the Hurt Man Rescue event. By winning three events, Sarvis placed third overall among 55 apprentices in the five-event competition.  

“We’re proud of our Gaff-n-Go champions, and of all of our line technicians,” said NOVEC President/CEO Stan Feuerberg. “These are incredibly dedicated men who often work in the worst possible weather conditions to restore power when outages occur. Their jobs are physically demanding. Line work requires mental toughness, in addition to physical strength. Working around energized lines can be extremely dangerous, so linemen must be able to concentrate on the task, even when confronted with rain, ice, snow, frigid or stifling temperatures. Despite all of those challenges, NOVEC’s line techs have an outstanding safety record.”

Stafford sheriff’s office announces ‘National Telecommunicator Week’

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to report that April 12 – April 18 is National Telecommunicator Week. The Sheriff’s Office would like to recognize the outstanding efforts of the Communication Officers that man the Stafford County Emergency Communications Center, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Communication Officers receive and process all calls for service via 9-1-1 (both landline and cell phones) as well as emergency and non-emergency administrative telephone calls. The ECC handles all outgoing calls in support of operations and provides dispatch services for all public safety responses and support non-emergency county functions during non-county business hours.

In 2014 the Emergency Communications Center dispatched 145,348 law enforcement calls for service and 18,599 calls for service for Fire & Rescue. “The Stafford County Community is indeed fortunate to have such dedicated professionals delivering this extremely important service,” states Sheriff Charles Jett. “The importance of this job cannot be overstated. The Communication Officers provide information or services that save lives or property on a daily basis.”

New cruise planning agency opens in Bristow

Sandra and Duke Dugan announced today that they have joined Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the travel industry. As franchise owners, the Dugans now offer vacationers exclusive pricing on a wide range of cruise, land and destination wedding packages, private cruise sales, as well as travel upgrades and special amenities such as shore excursions, discounted fares, travel gifts and more. As a Cruise Planners travel advisor, the Dugans also provide specialized land vacation and tour packages to the most sought-after destinations around the world.

“Everyone travels, and it’s important to use a trusted travel specialist to help get the most value out of a vacation,” the Dugans said. “As Cruise Planners travel experts, we take the stress and hassle out of planning a vacation for our clients. Through the resources available to us, we are able to make educated recommendations based on value, destination, group size and seasonality, among other things to customize the best vacation possible. Since Cruise Planners has achieved top-producer status with every major cruise line and with many major travel partners, we are able to provide our customers with the best value along with our expertise and personalized service.” 

The cruising trend has continued to evolve and cruisers today are more adventurous and youthful. There’s also been a surge of multi-generational cruisers – families who take their cruise vacations together.  Many travelers are experiencing culturally immersive European river cruises, which is increasingly popular for savvy travelers. No matter the cruise line or destination, cruises offer a satisfying, convenient and value-oriented way to travel.  

Many travelers are also opting to go on land-based vacations, enjoy all-inclusive resort stays, explore foreign countries via a guided tour and experience high-adventure trips around the world. 

“As a Cruise Planners travel advisor, we sell complete vacation packages from exotic getaways to romantic retreats and culturally-immersive European experiences to customized African safaris,” the Dugans said. “Some people want to go on a cruise one year, and then a land-based vacation the next – we offer them a one-stop-shop with a personalized touch. 

As an American Express Travel Services Representative agency, Cruise Planners offers special programs for both American Express card holders and non-card holders, offering even more added value to vacationers.

Committee of 100 to discuss future of Prince William on April 16

In April, the Prince William Committee of 100 will gaze into the future when it hosts its monthly dinner and program. The program “What will Prince William County Look Like in the Future?” will take place on Thursday, April 16 at the Montclair County Club, 16500 Edgewood Drive, Montclair, VA, 22025. Networking begins at 6:30 p.m.; dinner 7 p.m. and the program will begin at 7:45 p.m.

The rapid growth in Prince William County over the past decade has presented enormous challenges, such as: overcrowded classrooms, inefficient commuter traffic patterns, shortages of public amenities, and over-stressed public safety resources.  Jobs and housing are two drivers of the future economy in Prince William County.  Current economic conditions may threaten growth in quality jobs, housing values and business opportunities.  In large measure, the future of Prince William County’s quality of life will be determined by how it adapts its policies and sets priorities.

The program will be moderated by Mr. Brendon Shaw, Director of Government Relations Prince William Chamber of Commerce. Shaw is a long time Prince William County resident from Haymarket. For the better part of a decade he worked on numerous political campaigns on the federal, state and local levels along the east coast. Most recently he worked in the office of Majority Whip, Delegate Jackson Miller, as his legislative aide.

Currently, Shaw is the Director of Government Relations at the Prince William Chamber of Commerce. He is a graduate of George Mason University with a degree in Government and International Politics.  

Shaw will guide the discussion and the question and answer period among four panelists.

The panelists include Robert Buchanan, Principle, Buchanan Partners, LLC and President, 2030 Group; Terry L. Clower, Ph. D., Northern Virginia Chair and Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University; G. Mark Gibb, Executive Director Northern Virginia Regional Commission and Ralph Stephenson, Chairman and Co-Founder Citizens for Balanced Growth. Each will provide their glimpse of the future for Prince William County.

Civil War Symposium in Downtown Manassas on May 16

There will be a  “After the War” Civil War Symposium on May 16, 2015 at the Old Manassas Courthouse is downtown  Manassas. 

The event is sponsored by Prince William County, City of Manassas, Historic Prince William and the Prince William County Historical Commission. 

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