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Countdown to Cabelas


All is quiet outside Cabelas in Gainesville, but it won’t be that way for long. 

The outdoor retailer announced it will open its doors March 9

The store is located at 5291 Wellington Branch Drive, behind the Virginia Gateway shopping center. The storefront is an easy view from Interstate 66.

Montclair library time capsule going out ‘on a ledge’

From Prince William County Public Library System spokesman Andrew Spence: 

The Library is very excited about celebrating Montclair’s [Community Library, located at 5049 Waterway Drive] 1 year anniversary. On Saturday, February 4, 2017, the festivities will start at 1:00 p.m. There will be live music, face painting, crafts and games that are perfect for the whole family. In addition, there will be some cake and cupcakes to enjoy.

Along with all the fun, we will hold a ceremony to commemorate all the effort and dedication it took to bring such a wonderful community feature to the Potomac District. At the ceremony, we will be join by the Corinne Doerr, Library Board Potomac District Appointee, and Supervisor Maureen Caddigan, Potomac District Board of County Supervisor, who will speak at the event.

Now, the “time capsule” dedication is a unique endeavor. Since the majority of the grounds near the library is primarily associated with Montclair’s environmental buildout, as it is LEED Certified. The Montclair Library staff got together and arranged an alternative solution. They are collecting items for a storage trunk that will be sealed and stowed above on a ledge inside the building. It is a creative solution that will certainly attractive a curious eye.  

Stafford needs leads in Melo murder


The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the January 22, 2017 shooting death of Jorge Melo on Madison Court. Two photos of Mr. Melo appear here. We are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying any persons who may have had affiliations with Mr. Melo or who may be responsible for his death.

Anyone with ANY information is asked to contact the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-658-4400. Stafford Crime Solvers is sharing resources with this investigation. Crime doesn’t pay – but Crime Solvers does. Contact Crime Solvers (where callers may remain anonymous) at 540-659-2020 or TEXT “Stafford” + your tip to CRIMES (274637).

1 Million Cups answers your questions


Jessica Drummond with JD Wellness was our presenter at 1 Million Cups Prince William this Wednesday. 

Last week, we had an impromptu session where attendees had the opportunity to present their own challenges. As always, it was a dynamic session full of great ideas.

Some of the questions that were addressed:
-When considering supporting a fundraising event for a charitable organization, What sponsor perks are most important?
-What are some best practices for identifying target clients?
-What are some best practices for attracting attendees for classes and events?
-What steps should I take before opening a business in Virginia?

We meet every Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.

Potomac Local Publisher Uriah Kiser will present at 1 Million Cups on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. He’s also a 1 Million Cups volunteer organizer. 

Prince William Forest Park to hold ‘Operation Clean Sweep’


It is time for some spring cleaning! Operation Clean Sweep is an annual spring time volunteer event. This year it will be held on Saturday, April 8, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Grab your family, neighbor, or a friend.

This is a great event for volunteers of all ages. Volunteers like you help preserve cabins for the enjoyment of all for generations to come. Operation Clean Sweep is one of our greatest volunteer events in the park. Because of volunteers over the years, the historic cabins are still in use today.

Please RSVP to Ranger Kerri at or call 703-221-7181.

Quantico at 100: Video shows base’s history

From Maj. Andrew Bormann, Quantico Marine Corps Base spokesman:

“The Centennial celebration is…an annual recognition with events going on throughout the year.  The formal ceremony is scheduled to take place tentatively on May 10 and will be open to the public and media.” 

Where’s the news about Virginia’s General Assembly?

Submitted by Kay Larrieu: 

I’m really frustrated about finding out what is happening in the Virginia General Assembly.  Surely, while it is in session, you could publish what’s going on, what’s up for a vote, how local delegates are voting?  

Why is it so difficult to come by this sort of news, and yet what’s more important than becoming engaged in civic affairs?

I don’t see the logic of omitting this sort of news unless one doesn’t want citizens to know what is going on.

Editor’s note: Potomac Local is limited by our current level of financial support on the type and amount of news we can cover (Advertising pays the bills, and we don’t charge a subscription fee at this time, so it’s a free content buffet). We publish stories from VCU Capital News Service from time to time provided the stories are about issues and legislators from our area. 

Shooting in the 14800 block of Cloverdale Road

From Prince William police’s Facebook page, posted Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017: 

*INCIDENT: Shooting | Woodbridge;
Officers are currently investigating a shooting in the 14800 block of Cloverdale Rd. An adult male was shot in the upper body. Unknown suspect. Residents can expect a heavy police presence in the area as the investigation continues.

Competitive Edge in Woodbridge to celebrate 1 year anniversary


Competitive Edge Athletic Performance Center will celebrate its first year in business Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 1 to 4 p.m. at its facility at 14849 Persistence Drive, Featherstone Industrial Park, Woodbridge. This is a free event for all ages and open to the public. The event will include food tastings, birthday cake, chair massages, nutrition coaching and membership specials. Food trucks will be on site. Free training stations will include golf with a virtual screen, sports performance, Zumba, Vertimax assessments, a curveball machine and more.

Competitive Edge aims to develop the “complete athlete,” using performance sports training. Members enhance their athletic performance and develop a competitive edge to excel in their desired sport.

Triangle gunman apprehended without incident

Suspect in Triangle gunfight turned himself in to police.

From Prince William County police:

Malicious Wounding | Shooting Investigation

*ADDITIONAL ARREST – On January 19, JaShaun Ervin MCQUEEN, the second suspect involved in a shooting which occurred in the 3600 block of Wharf Ln in Triangle on January 18, turned himself into police without incident at the Gar-Field Station in Woodbridge.

Arrested on January 19:
JaShaun Ervin MCQUEEN, 19, of the 18100 block of Kilmer Ln in Triangle
Charged with malicious wounding and use of a firearm in commission of a felony

Court Date: March 8, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond