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Carolyn Ann (Smith) Haslacker (Age 74)
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Carolyn Ann Haslacker, age 74 of Woodbridge, VA and formerly of Petersburg, WV passed away on Monday, August 29, 2023 at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center in Woodbridge, VA.

Carolyn was born on June 26, 1949 in Petersburg, WV and was a daughter of the late Donald Alston Smith and Louella Belle (Reel) Rodgers. In addition to her parents, Carolyn was preceded in death by her stepfather James “Bill” Rodgers.

Carolyn was a 1967 graduate of Petersburg High School. She moved to Woodbridge, Virginia to raise a family and devoted her life to them. She loved children and in later years worked for families in the community as a babysitter. Carolyn was always first to remember everyone’s birthday! She spent time with her grandchildren whenever she could and enjoyed hearing about their adventures.

Carolyn is survived by –
Two daughters:

– Amber L. Carey (Piers) of Middleburg, VA.

– April S. Miller (Michael) of Hamilton, VA

One son:

– Darrell Haslacker of Wilmington, NC

Six Grandchildren: Taylor Haslacker, Joshua Carey, Sophia Carey, Morgan Miller, Katelyn Miller and James Miller

Five sisters:
– Wanda Stump (Butch) of Petersburg, WV

– Elva Smith of Fredericksburg, VA

– Pam deNiord (Lyman) of Colorado Springs, CO

– Shelva Jean Smith of Keyser, WV

  • Bonnie Berg (David) of Elk Garden, WV

Two brothers:
– David Smith (Kim) of Keyser, WV

  • John Rodgers of Augusta, WV

Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral service will be Sunday, September 3, 2023 at 2:00 PM in the chapel of Schaeffer Funeral Home with Pastor Lynn Rohrbaugh officiating. Carolyn’s family will receive friends from 1 – 2 p.m. Burial will follow in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Petersburg, WV.

Those who wish to remember Carolyn in a special way may make memorial contributions to Dale City Volunteer Fire Department Station 20, 3171 Prince William Parkway, Woodbridge, VA 22195 Attention: Tamara.

Submitted by Amber Carey

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Organizers will again hold School Dressing Days in July to provide clothing and school supplies for children.

The charity organization aims to provide clothing and school supplies to children in Head Start, elementary, middle, and high schools. The event will occur Friday, July 21, and Saturday, July 22, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at The Church of Latter Day Saints, 1710 Bragg Road in Spotsylvania County.

Participants must register online before the event. In-registration will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, at The Church of Latter Day Saints, 1710 Bragg Road, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, 308 Hanover Street, in Fredericksburg.

The event serves children in Stafford, Spotsylvania, Caroline, King George counties, and Fredericksburg.

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The Special Olympics Torch Run will make its way to Prince William County on Wednesday, June 7, 2023.

Runners are carrying the torch south along U.S. 1 to the summer games at the University of Richmond, June 7 through 9.

Prince William police said the community is encouraged to come cheer on the runners at 9 a.m. at the Eastern District Police Station, 15948 Donald Curtis Drive in Woodbridge.

It is time for the annual Torch Run for Special Olympics, and the Police Department would love to have the public cheer on the runners!

The Torch that symbolizes the beginning of the Special Olympics Games in Richmond, Va., is lit in Arlington and is carried by police officers and Special Olympians to Richmond on June 9, 2023.

Runners and supporters will gather at the rear of the Gar-Field
Eastern District Station, 15948 Donald Curtis Drive, Woodbridge (22191) at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 7, 2023.

The runners will be transported from Gar-Field to PWC DFR Station
17, at Cardinal and Waterway drives. Runners will begin here and
follow the route down Cardinal Drive to the entrance area of Gar-Field at Donald Curtis and Cardinal drives. Any Special Athletes who choose to run will start at this point and run to the fuel pump area to complete the race. The route is 3.6 miles.

Click here for more information.

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Occoquan Mayor Earnie Porta: “On Saturday, June 3, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., there will be a live auction during Occoquan’s RiverFest and Craft Show. The owner of the Mill at Occoquan project has agreed to allow us to auction off a variety of old Occoquan items that remain on the property, with all the proceeds going to the 501(c)(3) Occoquan Historical Society.”

“To access the auction, patrons will need to travel on the sidewalk behind the vendor tents just to the west of Ellicott Street on the river side of Mill Street (modest signage will be near the entrance) and enter through the property’s gate.”

“Advance viewing of the items will take place from noon to 1:00 p.m., with the live auction starting shortly thereafter. Cash, personal checks with ID, and credit cards will be accepted. Winning bidders will be able to arrange for the pickup of items in subsequent days if necessary. All items are auctioned as is with no warranties of any kind.”

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Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center Facebook page: “Sentara Cares presented a check for $30,000 to Youth For Tomorrow, a non-profit neighbor of Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, on May 17, 2023.”

“Youth For Tomorrow provides a range of services to support at-risk youth and families – they work to guide them to a better future. Originally envisioned by noted football coach Joe Gibbs in 1983, Youth For Tomorrow opened its doors in 1986 and has been changing lives ever since.”

“Through Sentara Cares, we are both honored and humbled to support Youth For Tomorrow for the vital work they do in the community,” said Dr. Alice Tang, Chief Medical Officer for Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center.”

“Learn more about the Sentara Cares program and apply for a grant at sentaracares.com. More information about Youth For Tomorrow is available at youthfortomorrow.org.”

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The Central Rappahannock Regional Library Fredericksburg Branch at 1201 Caroline Street.

Prince William County Public Libary: “Prince William Public Libraries’ 2023 Summer Reading program is centered around kindness, friendship, and unity with the theme, “All Together Now.” From June 20 – August 20, come into any of our 12 libraries to register for Summer Reading. You can also register online at pwcva.gov/library or through the Beanstack Tracker app on your smartphone.”

“This year’s Summer Reading program has something for all ages. Game cards are uniquely designed for Babies and Toddlers, Preschool – Grade 5, and Grades 6 – 12, with fun activities to complete that encourage participants to learn more about library services and programs and to read books to meet goals and win prizes. This year’s program also includes a challenge for adults by encouraging them to complete activities or read books all summer.”

Central Rappahannock Regional Library: “READ is the word for this summer, and the all-ages Summer Reading Challenge is now open. There are so many good books in the library! Check out the list of Staff Picks for May for recommended reading from your librarians.”

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According to a Manassas City Councilwoman, the Manassas Museum will reopen in July. The museum, at 9101 Prince William Street, has been undergoing a more than $7 million renovation and expansion since last summer. During that time, the facility was closed. Councilwoman Sonia Vasquez Luna: "It is looking good! “We are excited to announce the museum will reopen Saturday, July 29th! Museum hours will be 10 AM to 5 PM daily. Explore new spaces, shop in Echoes, the Manassas Museum store, and see the new Manassas Timeline exhibition. Other exhibit galleries will reopen later this fall.”

The museum continues offering residents programs and historical tours during the building's construction and closure.

The Manassas Museum was initially constructed in leased space in 1974 as a temporary before relocating to its current location in 1991. The design for the original museum was provided by architect Carlton Abbott, of Carlton Abbott and Partners in Williamsburg.

Its original design’s traditional, fort-like form is meant to pay homage to the city’s agricultural and Civil War history. The front lawn serves as the city’s “town green” and has hosted many formal and informal events and activities. According to city spokeswoman Patty Prince, a significant portion of this project’s funding comes from Mae Merchant, a late city resident. Merchant, who passed away in 2014 at the age of 90, served in committees such as the Board of The Manassas Historic Resources and the Board of The Manassas Museum. She left the city $1 million to fund the expansion. As renovations continue, Echoes, the Manassas Museum Store, has moved to a temporary location at the Railway Depot. Programs and tours will continue to be offered to keep the community updated on the progress of the development of the renovations.
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A new disc golf course will open at Forest Greens Golf Club, 4500 Poa Annua Lane in Triangle, near Quantico.

Prince William County Parks and Recreation Officials announced a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new facility at 1 p.m. 9 a.m. Saturday, June 3, 2023.

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