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March 18 - 24, 2018 is Virginia Agriculture Week - a $70 billion industry

March 18 - 24, 2018 is Virginia Agriculture Week and the ideal time to celebrate the success of Virginia’s leading private industry, agriculture. Agriculture has been the backbone of the state's economy for more than four centuries.

Student artists make a splash at Water Art Invitational

Colgan High School sophomore Lierin Simms was the grand prize winner n the 2018 Water Art Invitational, sponsored annually by the Prince William County Service Authority. Interpreting the theme "Water Makes Everything Happen," Simms' painting captured the importance of clean water to humans and how we impact the environment.

VDOT crews preparing for snow-ice-sleet that may impact Wednesday morning travel

Virginia Department of Transportation says its crews are mobilizing for precipitation that is forecasted to fall starting tonight into Wednesday morning. VDOT asks drivers to keep monitoring forecasts and to plan ahead for an impacted Wednesday morning commute.

NOVEC pouring all its efforts into replacing broken poles to get power on for about 250 homes

NOVEC has restored service to most of its 40,000-plus customers who lost power during the storm, and is now pouring all its efforts into getting the lights on for approximately 250 more customers by midweek. With 100+ broken utility poles, crews have to cut away branches; remove power lines, transformers, and other equipment on the pole; erect and secure a new pole; and then reattach lines and equipment. It's time-intensive and dangerous work, according to NOVEC.

Keep Manassas Beautiful is launching the first Great American Cleanup Challenge

Manassas is looking for volunteers at five April events to "Keep Manassas Beautiful." Manassas residents and businesses are invited to adopt a cleanup project of their choosing and add to the city's charm, beauty and appeal.

NOVEC crews working to restore power to about 9000 homes after damage from very high winds

NOVEC crews -- and crews that have come to help from Tennessee and Georgia -- are working to restore service to approximately 9,000 customers in NOVEC's six-county service territory. Our goal is to have most -- if not all -- customers back online by Monday afternoon," a NOVEC official was quoted as saying.

Apply by March 15 for Audubon mini grants for habitat protection and youth education

Audubon Society of Northern Virginia invites community groups, schools, churches and other non-profit organizations to apply for funding under two new mini-grant programs designed to address habitat concerns and youth education.

Might need the exterminator! Invasive insect pest discovered near Winchester

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) announced Feb. 8 the detection of a new invasive insect pest in Virginia, the Spotted Lantern Fly, It causes damage to plants because of its method of feeding, a news release stated.

Live fire fighting training to be held on Kettle Run Road in Nokesville on Feb. 8

Prince William County's Department of Fire & Rescue (DFR) will be conducting live structural fire training on Thursday, Feb. 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the 10300 block of Kettle Run Road, a news release stated.

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