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Dumfries Volunteers Recognized at Dinner Ceremony

DUMFRIES, Va. — Volunteers in Dumfries were recognized for their service as a special dinner Monday night.

A handful of area residents from Prince William and Stafford counties were recognized for their selfless service to the town in events like the annual Christmas parade, fall festival, and monthly senior luncheons. Thanks to Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Fairfax, Prince William, all of the volunteers had their names entered into the Congressional Record.

“You will find that when you look back on your life the things that stand out are the ones you do for others,” said Mayor Jerry Foreman.

Some of the award recipients included Melonie Bennet, of Triangle, Sonia Hoben, of Prince William County, and Pillar Church Pastor Colby Garman, and Derek Ester, of the Dumfries-Triangle Rescue Squad.

“Communities die, and they die for different reasons…for lack of opportunity, they die for lack of place, but Dumfries has not,” said Colin Davenport, a representative for Rep. Gerry Connolly’s office.

Volunteers were also recognized for their work in stream cleanups, and for the assistance they provide for schools in the Dumfries area.

“I want to give thanks to those who volunteer at Dumfries Elementary School, as it is the jewel of our tiny town,” said Prince William County Potomac District School Board Representative Betty Covington, who has lived in Dumfries since 1961.

Following the speeches, award winners and ceremony attendees were treated to a catered barbeque dinner organized by Dumfries Community Services Coordinator Cydny Neville.

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