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Five reasons to visit Manassas National Battlefield Park for National Park Week

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Saturday marks the start of National Park Week in the U.S. 

The event runs through April 29 and encourages residents to get out and explore their national parks. There are multiple National Parks in Prince William County to include Manassas Battlefield and Prince William Forest National Parks. 

The Friends of the Manassas Battlefield National Park sent us this note highlighting five things to do to support the hallowed ground that will forever be known as the place where the Civil War began: 

One of our most important is in our own backyard. Located in Prince William and Fairfax Counties, Virginia, just outside of the City of Manassas, Manassas National Battlefield Park preserves and protects the sites of the Civil War Battles of First and Second Manassas. Celebrate National Park Week!

Celebrate your legacy. Honor what happened at Manassas over 150 years ago. It’s your story! It’s your park.

Here five ways to support Manassas National Battlefield Park this week:

1. Visit the park. Check out the park website for location and scheduled activities If you have never been, it’s time. If you have already visited, it’s time to come back.

2. Learn what happened here in 1861 and 1862. What caused the War? What is its Legacy? Why did the first major land battle of the war happen at Manassas?

3. Enjoy the Virginia countryside and the park’s nearly 50 miles of hiking and equestrian trails. See the landscape that the soldiers saw over 150 years ago.

4. Volunteer at the Park. Contact the park’s Volunteer Coordinator, 703-361-1339 ext. 1211. We can always use the help.

5. Join the Manassas Battlefield Trust and join likeminded citizens, a non-profit organization, and businesses committed to the belief that “History Matters.” See below to join or for more information.

National Parks in the Fredericksburg area include the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.


And the winner for a family-four pack of tickets to see Avengers: Infinity war is…

Congratulations to Potomac Local subscriber Ann Wheeler for winning a family-four pack of tickets to see Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War.

A special showing of the movie will be held Thursday, April 26 at the Manassas Stadium 14 and IMAX theatre to benefit the Haymarket Regional Food Pantry.

Potomac Local subscribers were automatically entered to win the tickets and were notified by email on Monday, April 16, 2018.

The special showing of the movie is designed to raise awareness of the food pantry and to help stock its shelves with donations from the public. 

The tickets are made possible courtesy of Simple Luxuries Travel.

Bristow Run Family Medicine practice relocates

Bristow Family Medicine, Gainesville, has relocated and will open its new center on Tuesday. 

From a press release:

What: In partnership with the Prince William County Chamber of Commerce and Haymarket Gainesville Business Association, Novant Health UVA Health System will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening of the newly relocated Bristow Run Family Medicine practice. The expansive new office space offers patients easy access to care in a convenient location at 8180 Stonewall Shops Square in Gainesville, VA. The medical practice moved from 14540 John Marshall Highway, Gainesville, Va.

Bristow Run Family Medicine – Stonewall offers primary care services for the whole family serving the neighboring areas of Haymarket, Gainesville and Bristow as well as the greater Prince William and Fauquier County areas. Our team of board-certified family medicine physicians and family nurse practitioner provide:

  • wellness physicals
  • pap smears
  • sports participation forms
  • immunizations
  • acute same-day sick visits
  • chronic illness management, including hypertension, diabetes and asthma

When:   Tuesday, April 24, 2018 from 4 to 6 p.m. – ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4:30 p.m.

Where:  Novant Health UVA Health System Bristow Run Family Medicine

                8180 Stonewall Shops Square, Gainesville, VA  20155

Who: The ribbon cutting will be officiated by leaders from the Prince William County Chamber, Haymarket Gainesville Business Association, and Novant Health UVA Health System representatives, including Bristow Run Family Medicine providers Steven Tang, MD, Victoria Hammonds, MD and Jennifer Staley, FNP.

Victim bitten during sex assault inside lingerie store

From Prince William police: 

Sexual Assault – On April 16 at 8:45PM, officers responded to the Le Tache Couple Boutique located at 10346 Portsmouth Rd in Manassas (20109) to investigate an assault. The investigation revealed that an unknown male entered the business and approached a female employee who was standing behind a counter. During the encounter, the male went behind the counter and bit the employee.

When the victim pushed the suspect out from behind the counter, he began pacing around her then inappropriately touched her. At some point, the suspect forced his way back behind the counter and attempted to lift up the victim’s skirt.

The suspect eventually left the business when the victim contacted police. Officers searched the area for the suspect who was not located. No injuries were reported. The investigation continues.

Suspect Description:

A Hispanic male, 5’09”, 200lbs, with a heavy build

Woman flagged down by two men who told her she had a flat, then pointed a gun at her

From Prince William police: 

Brandishing Investigation – On April 18 at 8:51AM, officers responded to investigate a brandishing which was reported to have occurred in the area of Dumfries Rd near Purcell Rd in Manassas (20112) earlier that morning at approximately 8:30AM.

The victim, a 37-year-old woman, reported to police that she was driving on Dumfries Rd in the area of Hoadly Rd when she was flagged down by a medium-sized, white SUV.

An occupant of the vehicle informed the victim that she had a flat tire. The victim proceeded to pull off the roadway just past Purcell Rd to check her vehicle.

When the victim was checking her tires, she noticed the white SUV had also stopped. Two unknown men then exited the vehicle and approached her. During the encounter, one of the men brandished a handgun and pointed it towards the victim.

After a brief exchange, the men got back into their vehicle and left. The victim also returned to her vehicle and drove home where police were contacted.

No physical contact was made between the men and the victim and no property was demanded by the suspects. The victim’s vehicle tires were also determined to be in proper condition.

The men were only described as white males. No further description of the vehicle or suspects was provided to police. The investigation continues.

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Potomac Mills mall farmers market returns this weekend

WOODBRIDGE — The Potomac Mills Farmers Market returns this weekend for the second year. 

the market will run through October 27 and will be located at the commuter lot on the front side of Potomac Mills mall, located at 2700 Potomac Mills Circle in Woodbridge.

On Saturday, April 21 the Farmers’ Market at Potomac Mills will return for its second year, featuring more than 50 local farmers, producers and vendors. The market will also include range of fun activities on opening day including face painting, balloon artists and giveaways for kids and pups. Located in the parking lot near Matchbox, this family-friendly (and dog-friendly) Farmers Market will take place every Saturday from April 21 through October 27, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

“Last year we received such a positive response from both the community and vendors that we knew we had to bring the Farmers’ Market back for a second season,” said Bethany Zorn, Director of Marketing and Business Development for Potomac Mills. “It means a lot to us to be able to offer our customers a unique shopping experience, serving as a one-stop shop for the Woodbridge community.”

Purveyors include:

  • Honeycomb Heroes, a veteran owned vendor offering hive-derived honey, candles, lotions and more. 

  • Taste of Old Country, a line of award-winning oils, vinegars and seasonings passed down from the “old country.”

  • DC Dills, homemade varieties of tradition dill and sweet pickles in addition to specialties like beets, kraut and more.

  • Blur Coffee, offering rare, artisanal coffee beans direct traded from farms in Vietnam.

  • Happy Family Ranch, a family owned and operated ranch focused on raising chemical (and stress) free meats.

A 29-year-old Manassas woman involved in fatal crash on I-66

From a press release: 

Virginia State Police J.H. Stubblefield is investigating a two-vehicle crash in Fairfax County. State police was called to the scene at 3:51 a.m., on Interstate 66 east of Exit 57. 

A 2012 Honda Civic was traveling west on Interstate 66 when it was rear-ended by a westbound 2015 Hyundai Elantra. 

The driver of the Civic, Lesly R. Coronado, 26, of Falls Church, Va., died at the scene. She was not wearing a seat belt. 

The 29-year-old female from Manassas, Va., who was driving the Hyundai, was not injured in the crash. She was wearing a seat belt. 

Charges are pending at this time. The Virginia State Police Fairfax Division Crash Reconstruction Team is assisting with the ongoing crash investigation.