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New historical marker erected at River Mill Park in town of Occoquan

The Town of Occoquan recently received a new historical marker, situated at the base of the Nathaniel Ellicott footbridge and the town’s River Mill Park. This new marker details the history of the Ballendine Ironworks and the Janney Cotton Mill.

Wellington Road closed July 5-7

Drivers on Wellington Road, between VA 28 (Nokesville Road) and Dean Drive, from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. will have to take a detour on July 5, 6 and 7. The detour is part of the VA 28 overpass construction in this area. Message boards inform drivers of the area of the upcoming closure.

SERVE needs food donations

Nonprofit SERVE is in need of donations during the summer months, which is a time when donations typically fall off a bit.

Grandfathers revel in Father’s Day

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Grandfathers in Prince William County share the joys of having grandbabies. Carlos Hernandez, Dr. Thomas Chamberlain (shown with his grandson here), Richard Parker and John Medlock talked of the joys and surprises of their offspring having offspring.

Athletes and parents must attend concussion session

Prince William County Schools announced parents and students must attend informational sessions on concussions before students can try out for sports teams. The county school board adopted a concussion policy in April 2011. Information on sessions at individual middle and high schools will be available from those schools after July 1.

PWC Fire & Rescue honored

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Prince William County Department of Fire & Rescue received the Employer Safety award as part of the 2011 Governor's Transportation Safety Awards during a ceremony in Richmond. Shown here, from left, are: Walter Yeatts, Board of Transportation safety chair; David Mitchell, DMV deputy commissioner; Sen. Yvonne Miller; Kevin McGee, chief of the Prince William County (PWC) department; Hadden Culp, PWC department assistant chief; Del. Joe May; Richard Holcomb, DMV commissioner.

Area high schools celebrated graduation

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Prince William County High Schools, including SJHS, BHS and BDHS, held graduation ceremonies. Brentsville District High School held its graduation at Jiffy Lube Live on June 11. Shown here, from left, are graduates Nick Newman; Greg Mohl; Brian Heller; Nayan Karanth, valedictorian; Aaron Keller; and Taylor Fox, class president.

PWC redistricting plan approved

Prince William County's redistricting map, designed to more evenly divide voters in the county was approved by the U.S. Department of Justice. The county registrar will be sending out information on voting places and districts in the near future.

Area commutes can be a breeze

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Getting to work is a breeze for some and a hard slog for others. If you’re lucky enough to work from home, it may just be a matter of walking from one room to another. You may not even bother getting dressed or putting on makeup or shaving. Others who have to drive to work may be lucky to live close by or they have timed their departure and picked the best route to make it easier. Four locals, chosen at random, shared their driving experiences in the area.

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