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Gardening events canceled; VCE Master Gardeners to answer lawn & garden questions remotely

Prince William's Virginia Cooperative Extension Office's Environmental and Natural Resources staff and the Horticulture Help Desk staff are ready to answer your lawn and garden questions from a distance. Spring plant clinics, Saturdays in the Garden, Ask a Master Gardener service at plant sellers and farmers' markets as well as Earth Day events are canceled.

Local State of Emergency declared for Manassas City

The City of Manassas Declaration is effective as of 12 p.m. on March 17, 2020. This will allow the City to prioritize resources, seek intergovernmental resources, handle procurement issues, coordinate an effective response and work to help City residents respond to this pandemic emergency, according to Patty Prince, communications manager for the city.

NOVEC suspends service disconnections due to COVID-19

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the financial hardships the illness is causing, Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC) is suspending electric service disconnections for nonpayment for 60 days, effective March 16, 2020. The suspension delays, but does not cancel, payment of outstanding balances.

Drinking water from PWCSA is safe; emergency plan in place

The drinking water the PWC Service Authority provides is safe from COVID-19. The Service Authority’s drinking water suppliers, Fairfax Water and the City of Manassas, use multiple barriers in their water treatment processes that protect against COVID-19. Further, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the virus has not been detected in drinking water.

Northern Virginia Community College cancels classes, to shift to “Virtual Learning Plan”

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) will shift to remote learning for students out of an abundance of caution and with a goal of supporting CDC guidance regarding social distancing during the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, according to a NOVA news release.

Applications for NOVEC scholarships due March 15

Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative and the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives are offering higher-education scholarships to public, private, and home-schooled high school seniors whose families receive electricity from electric cooperatives. Online applications at for NOVEC's scholarships are due Sunday, March 15, 2020. VMDAEC applications are due Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. Students may apply to both organizations.

Feb. 18 is Battery Awareness Day; Daylight Savings starts March 8 - change smoke detector batteries

Battery Day is a time to recognize this special energy source, which powers the things that make our life more convenient and safer. Daylight savings time is the day recommended by emergency preparedness experts to change the batteries in life saving devices such as smoke detectors.

Supervisor Lawson to hold Feb. 24 Town Hall on Devlin Road development proposal

Jeanine Lawson, Brentsville District Supervisor, has announced that she will host a town hall regarding the Devlin Road development proposal on Monday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. at Chris Yung Elementary School. The application includes 516 homes built on 269 acres, bordered by Linton Hall and Devlin Roads.

NPS sets deer population management efforts Feb. 3-March 31 at Manassas Battlefield

Manassas National Battlefield Park will implement its second year of deer management to protect and restore native plants, promote healthy and diverse forests and protect historic landscapes Feb. 3 through March 31, 2020.

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