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Suspect in March 31 shooting turns himself in to Stafford Sheriff’s Dept.

On April 1, the suspect sought in connection to the shooting that was reported to have occurred in the 12800 block of Island House Lp. in Woodbridge (22193) on March 31, was arrested.

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].”

Everything I needed to know about business, I learned while running a rock and roll band

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The Confidentials in the early days (courtesy photo)
Teen musicians may think of a band as art--creating a unique sound. Playing in a band can be good training for a future life in the business world. A drummer-band manager reveals the business lessons he learned while booking and playing gigs from the time he was 15.

“Undercover Girl” to be honored as a Virginia Woman in History

Lake Ridge VA resident Elizabeth Peet McIntosh, 97, a former OSS and CIA intelligence agent, is among those to be honored as Virginia Women in History in 2012.

AmeriCorps members wanted to boost public awareness of VA parks

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation is accepting applications through March 31,2012 for AmeriCorpsvolunteers who will be trained to increase public awareness of Virginia's natural, historical and cultural resources at 27 of the state's 35 parks during the upcoming spring and summer.

His term as president is done but Odend’hal’s still advocating for property rights

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Forrest Odend'hal and PWAR staff
Forrest Odend'hal completed his one-year term as president of the Prince William Association of Realtors in January. Now he is serving as immediate past president and a member of the Virginia Association of Realtors--and he is still advocating for property rights.

Rep. Frank Wolf’s birthday party to launch reelection campaign

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Congressman Frank Wolf
Virginia's senior Congressman, Frank Wolf, will kick off his 2012 reelection campaign at a birthday party Jan. 26 at Dulles Airport..

Top 10 stories: the countdown of 2011

A great deal happened in 2011. The Observer newspapers picked the top 10. The top story had to be the 150th commemoration of the start of the Civil War. The top four will appear here from Jan. 3 to Jan. 6, 2012. All 10 appear in the print edition of the Observer.

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