The Friends of the Occoquan environmental group received a $10,0000 donation to educate the community about rain barrels.
The barrels are used to collect rain water and to help conserve water.
Deborah Johnson from Dominion Virginia Power presented a $10,000 check to Friends of the Occoquan President German (pronounced Herman) Venegas on Tuesday at the Prince William County Government Center.
Friends of the Occoquan (FOTO) provided more information about the rain barrels project, and how the organization will use the funds:
FOTO will utilize the funds requested for the continuation of our Rain Barrel Workshops and to introduce local groups and organizations within the Prince William and Fairfax Counties to the benefits of establishing food gardens.
Our target for this project will be the Prince William County Schools, civic associations, senior retirement centers and Spanish speaking organizations. Funds will also go to preparing videos and literature that will advertise, educate and inform the public on these two projects.
To date FOTO has had several Rain Barrel Workshops that have included the Prince William County School System. When FOTO does a school workshop the barrels we work on are donated to the school for their use.
Our first goal with this project is to continue to educate the public on the multiple benefits of using rain barrels for both gardening and redirecting water run off to promote water conservation and prevent erosion. Secondly, to encourage the establishment of home/community food based gardening that has a foundation as a water-conserving garden. By establishing these gardens community members can grow their own local food and have a healthier diet.
With both these projects we hope to increase a sense of community ownership and stewardship to both our watersheds and rivers as well as the foods we eat.
FOTO will evaluate their success by:
1. Conducting at least 3 workshops
2. Installing at least 10 rain barrels
3. Establishing at least 2 home/community food-producing gardens
4. Making at least one video and broadcast it in local TV stations.
The Marine Corps Marathon Organization 17.75K will take place Saturday, March 25 at Prince William Forest Park near Dumfries, causing some road closures and delays.
Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center is rolling out a new policy that requires visitors to show a government-issued ID and have their photo taken when they visit the hospital in Woodbridge.
Today’s Take Me-Home-Tuesday pets post comes from the Prince William County Animal Shelter. Ice – #5050, Male dog, 7 – 10 years old, house trained, loves walks “move-in” condition. Ice…
Ragtime has rolled onto the stage at Riverside Center for the Performing Arts.
Every Sunday from May until November, the Dale City Farmer’s Market offered to donate their leftover fresh produce to the North Virginia Food Rescue to help those struggling with hunger.
The Dale City Farmers Market has been serving its local community since 1987. It is one of the largest open-air markets in the area. Their first donation last May was over 3,300 lbs of produce. That single donation provided 2,825 meals to food insecure communities.
Since that time, they have completed 28 food donations totaling nearly 127,000 lbs taken to the food bank by Paxton Van Lines. This provided more than 105,800 fresh meals to those in need.
Miller & Smith announces Cascades at Embrey Mill, is now selling. The age qualified 55+ Active Adult community offers main level living with low- maintenance homes designed for homeowners to enjoy a carefree lifestyle in Stafford, Virginia, near Fredericksburg, Quantico and Washington, D.C. The villa style attached homes at Cascades at Embrey Mill are priced from the upper $400,000s. The Rainier plan is available with and without a walkout lower level delivering three to four bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half bathrooms and up to 2,800 square feet with a two-car front entry garage. The Rainier plan prioritizes space and flexibility via uninterrupted flow between rooms. Top wish list items such as a primary suite located on the main level, walk-in closets, and optional add-ons such as vaulted ceilings and zero entry primary showers attract prospective buyers. Other add-ons include a screened- in porch, patio and patio with screened-in porch. Buyers who need extra space can select a Rainier with a walkout lower-level plan. A community surrounded by a wealth of natural beauty, the Cascades at Embrey Mill offers residents 10 miles of trails and community gardens, pools, parks, a community café and multiple gathering spaces. An easy connection via I-95 to nearby national hotspots allows residents to live a universally fun and fulfilled life just minutes from home. Prospective buyers are encouraged to visit the newly decorated model home at 247 Smokebush Drive to see the Rainier model firsthand. Contact Debora Flora at 703-300-1333 for information.
Potomac District Community Town Hall
Potomac District community town hall-County officials and Supervisor Bailey will give important updates regarding the happenings in the district relative to transportation, social services, planning, and future projects.
Van Metre 5K Run
Calling all serious runners, occasional joggers, and weekend walkers of all levels! Participate in the 31st Annual Van Metre 5K Run supporting Children’s National Hospital–the event that goes a long way!
Date: Saturday, April 29, 2023