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New US Forever stamp honors the life of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg

The United States Postal Service Oct. 2 released a new Forever stamp honoring the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an icon of American culture. The stamp’ was unveiled atat the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery during a first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony that was open to the public.

Cherokee Indians in NC sign first pact with US Forest Service

The tribal agreement reduces fire risk, restores oak forests, improves wildlife habitat, creates early successional habitat, promotes cultural tourism and recreation, and reduces risk to tribal trust lands. Most similar tribal agreements involve lands in th western US.

HHS National Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 can give immediate crisis counseling

The Disaster Distress Helpline, at 1-800-985-5990, can provide immediate counseling in 100+ languages and ASL, to anyone who is seeking help in coping with the mental or emotional effects of disaster or distress such as Tuesday night’s mass shooting (Tuesday, Nov. 22) in a Chesapeake, Va. store.

AgriStress Helpline now open to provide Virginia farmers with mental health support

The helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and has interpretation services for 160 languages. Farmers can call or text 833-897-2474 to speak directly with a healthcare professional. Crisis specialists have access to a Virginia-specific database of agricultural and health resources. “Stress on a farm never ends,” said Dana Fisher, chair of the VFBF Safety Advisory Committee, which is spearheading the organization’s mental health support efforts. “Stress and mental health issues are always a problem in the agriculture community, and stress can lead to costly mistakes on the job.

NATO official and PWC Congressman Gerry Connolly reiterates support for Ukraine

Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), who represents part of Prince William County and who is President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, released the following statement in support of Ukraine. Connolly joined Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the Crimea Platform Summit in Zagreb, Croatia.

Great ShakeOut Earthquake drill Oct. 20; 40 million+ to practice earthquake safety plans

The annual Great ShakeOut earthquake drill will take place tomorrow, Oct. 20, across the United State. Staff at Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 3 wants to encourage the Whole Community to participate and learn the simple, but critical, safety steps to preparing for and staying safe during an earthquake. More than 40 million people are registered to practice earthquake safety plans, FEMA said.

Rep. Wexton to hold student debt relief forum Oct. 20 at 2 p.m.

Making higher education more affordable and easing the burden of student debt on Virginia families has been a top priority for me in Congress. Over the past year, there have been two major actions taken to make it easier for those most in need to have their debt forgiven – reforms to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program and President Biden’s targeted student debt relief plan.To help constituents navigate the application process for these opportunities and have your questions answered, I’m hosting a Student Debt Relief Webinar next Thursday, October 20th at 2 p.m.

Candidates Spanberger and Vega at PW Committee of 100 Oct. 21 at G-FHS

The Prince William Committee of 100 and the Prince William-Fauquier League of Women Voters have announced they will sponsor a Candidates Night on Friday, Oct. 21, at Gar-Field High School on Smoketown Road in Woodbridge, starting at 7 p.m. for the 7th District Congressional District seat.

Social Security announces 8.7 percent benefit increase for 2023

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for approximately 70 million Americans will increase 8.7 percent in 2023, the Social Security Administration announced today, Oct. 13. On average, Social Security benefits will increase by more than $140 per month starting in January.

Armed suspect arrested at a Haymarket church, while service in progress Sept. 24

The investigation revealed that Fairfax County police contacted Prince William County police after their agency received information from police in Anne Arundel County, MD regarding a citizen residing in Laurel who reported recent suspicious and concerning online postings on Instagram from an individual later identified as the accused. In the postings, vague threats of violence were made, some of which included images of a location later determined to be Park Valley Church in Haymarket.

Overnight fatality on Smoketown Road

No Saturday use of Prince William County Schools or facilities Sept. 23 due to storm

Weekend storm deters Youngkin’s Spirit of Va.  stop in Gainesville/Haymarket on Sept. 23

Governor Youngkin declares state of emergency due to approaching storm

Va. State Police share safe driving tips for tropical storm weather this weekend

Two Bristow townhouses damaged by grill fire Sept. 18

Agriculture is most dangerous occupation in U.S. says National Farm Safety and Health Week promo

Sept. 21 ribbon cutting at PWC’s new Innovation Elementary School in Manassas

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