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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:

Think you’d like farming? Learn basic knowledge and skills in hands-on lab

Applications and essays are due this week for the Northern Piedmont Beginning Farmer Program in Virginia This seven-month hands-on, online and in person course backed by the expertise of Virginia Tech and the VA Cooperative Extension Service is designed for people who think they want to farm. Get a down-to-earth picture of what farming involves so you can make an informed decision.

Rep. Wolf sets April 2 job fair in Loudoun

Fifteen firms and US government agencies are signed up as of March 5 to participate in an April 2 job fair in Loudoun County VA arranged by Congressman Frank Wolf.

Manassas City Police Beat 3/2/12

Manassas VA City Police Department's crime report for Friday, March 2, 2012

Manassas City Police Beat 3/1/12

Manassas VA City Police Department's crime report for March 1, 2012

PWC Police Beat 3/1/12

Prince William County Police Department's crime report for March 1, 2012

Geo. Washington’s birthday should be observed on Feb. 22, asserts Rep. Wolf

Does anyone celebrate his or her birthday on the third Monday of a month? "Of course not," huffed Rep. Frank Wolf. "So why do we diminish the memory of the greatest American by turning his birthday into nothing more than a three-day weekend," Wolf asked a Congressional subcommittee today. There's a move afoot in Congress to observe the Feb. 22 birthday of George Washington, the Father of Our Country and First President of the United States, on Feb. 22 instead of on the third Monday in February. Wolf and Rep. Gerry Connolly, who represent areas of Prince William County and Manassas, and Rep. Jim Moran,, who represents the area that includes Mount Vernon, George Washington's home, are co-sponsors of the bill.

Military Dad in Afghanistan will run on St. Patrick’s Day for Special Olympics here

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Steven Bailey warms up for a run in Afghanistan, to support Special Olympics in our area on Saint Patrick’s Day. (Courtesy photo)
On Saturday, March 17, a Gainesville Middle School 5K Race and 1 mile Fun Run will raise funds to help start a Special Olympics group in western Prince William County VA. Steven Bailey, a mentor to the director for administration at the National Military Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. will be with his family in spirit during the school 's 5K Race and 1 mile Fun Run. “It’s a great opportunity to show support to both the Special Olympics and GVMS,” he said. “Given the time difference, pending weather and any security issues, I hope to run [in Afghanistan] the same day [as the event in Gainesville].”

Fifty senior citizens relocated after hot water pipe breaks in Woodbridge

Prince William County VA emergency personnel as well as workers from the Department of Social Services and school bus drivers joined with personnel from the Prince William Chapter of the American Red Cross late last night in relocating 50 senior citizens–some in wheelchairs–and 20 pets to the Dale City Recreation Center from an apartment building at 13900 Hedgewood Drive near Minnieville Road and Prince William Parkway in Woodbridge VA. Flooding caused by a burst hot water pipe forced the relocation, according to a Prince William County VA press release.
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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