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Government shutdown wreaking havoc with Metro finances and safety

Following inquiries by Virginia and Maryland’s Senators, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) disclosed today, Jan.17, that it is losing, on average, $400,000 each weekday during the government shutdown. In response, the Senators issued the following statement:

Virginia State Parks are open and ready for Spring Break visitors

All 35 Virginia State Parks have special programming over Spring Break March 30-April 15 and cabins, lodges and campgrounds are open and ready for visitors. The popular activity of geo-caching is available at all the parks.

Register early to hear noted Australian horse farm expert

An April 28 presentation by noted small horse farm expert Jane Meyer of Australia will be coupled with a visit to Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District's model horse farm in Gainesville VA. Register by April 18 with PWSWCD.

Get your street smarts on April 1-7

The Prince William County VA Police Department invites County residents to help observe pedestrian and bicyclist safety during the “Street Smart” education and enforcement campaign during the week of April 1-7.

Bank robbery in Gainesville

Prince William County VA Police Department has posted a lookout and a Crime Solvers for a suspect in the armed robbery of the Bank of America in Gainesville shortly after noon today.

Ten thousand PWC school employees to get step increase

Prince William County VA School Board has approved its $861 million operating budget for 2012-13. This includes step increases for the school division's approximately 5,000 teachers and 5,000 support personnel. The spending plan requires $5 million in new cuts to cover the cost of the pay increases, according to Phil Kavits, director of communications.

No spring break for flashing lights

School caution lights that flash when students are attending Prince William County VA public will continue to flash as usual during the schools' hiatus for spring break, April 2-9.

“ZooZoo” for all ages at Hylton Arts Center

Little wigglers will probably giggle and stay glued to their seats when you take them to see "ZooZoo" at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Sunday, April 22, at 2 p.m. Using no dialogue, a talented cast plays mischievous animals and inanimate objects that adopt human characteristics. Each take lasts about four to seven minutes. See Spare Time.

“Plant More Plants” campaign renews emphasis on bayscaping

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation is pushing the Plant More Plants campaign to help improve the Chesapeake Bay. The campaign encourages residents to help protect the Chesapeake Bay while having fun, improving their yards and reducing polluted runoff.
Today's Obituaries

Deanna “Dee” Schaeffer, 81, retired librarian for Occoquan and McAuliffe elementary schools

Deanna Schaeffer, who served as a school librarian in Prince William County Public Schools for 22 years, passed away on Dec. 16, 2018. She was 81.

Martha Cannon, retired math teacher from Osbourn Park HS, math sub Stonewall Jackson HS

A memorial service for retired OPHS math teacher Martha Cannon will be held at 2 p.m., on Saturday, January 5, at the Manassas Baptist Church.

Archie E. Schiff, 107, formerly of Pottsville, Pa., baseball player, veteran, business owner

Archie E. Schiff, 107, of Manassas, VA and formerly of Pottsville, PA, died Dec. 7, 2018. He was especially proud of the years he spent playing minor league baseball for the Pottsville team and sharing stories of all of the changes he had witnessed in his 107 years.
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