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Fire-Rescue Units Battle Two Unrelated Second-Alarm Blazes

From Loudoun County Fire-Rescue Services:

On Sunday evening, July 31, 2011 Loudoun County Fire Rescue experienced two, unrelated 2-alarm fires dispatched within one minute of each other. At approximately 7:06 pm, the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center began receiving multiple 911 calls reporting heavy smoke from the strip shopping center located at 46000 Old Ox Road.  First arriving units confirmed a working fire and requested a second alarm. In total, Fire-Rescue units from Moorefield, Sterling, Dulles South, Ashburn, Fairfax County and Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority-Dulles responded to the scene.

Loudoun County Fire Marshal personnel responded to the incident at Old Ox Road and are investigating the cause of the fire and damages.  No civilian injuries were reported and one firefighter was transported from the scene for check out. 

Control Tall Grass and Weeds

Control Tall Grass and Weeds

From Prince William County:

Grilling with Safety in Mind

Grilling with Safety in Mind

From the County of Prince William:

Outdoor cooking is an experience everyone should enjoy, yet all too often, fire and injuries occur turning a festive event somber. In 2004 – 2008, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), U.S. fire departments responded, annually, to an average of 7,700 home fires (3,200 structure fires and 4,500 outside fires in or on home properties) that involved grills, hibachis or barbeques. These fires resulted in an annual average of 13 deaths, 120 injuries and $70 million in property damage.

In comparing grills, charcoal versus gas, gas grills resulted in a higher number of home fires (6,200) due to leaks and breaks. Charcoal or other solid-fueled grills resulted in 1,300 structure fires during this time period.

Learn the Basics of Home Food Preservation

Learn the Basics of Home Food Preservation

From Prince William County:

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VIRGINIA . . . The Virginia Cooperative Extension Office will offer training workshop, Canning 101: The Basics of Home Food Preservation; on Tuesday, May 10, from 9:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The registration fee is $20.  The training will include water bath canning, pressure canning, freezing and drying.  This workshop is ideal for beginners and those looking to improve their skills.  The training will be held at the Church of the Brethren, 10047 Nokesville Road, in Manassas.  For more information, or to register call Nancy Stegon at 703-792-4764. 

Home Built by 90 FCPS Students is Part of this Weekend's Parade of Homes

Home Built by 90 FCPS Students is Part of this Weekend's Parade of Homes

For 40 years, students in the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) residential construction program have been building houses as part of the partnership between FCPS and the Foundation for Applied Technical Education, Inc. (FATE). This weekend, the 18th house in the series will be part of the Northern Virginia Parade of Homes. Parade homes are open from 1-5 p.m. on April 30 and again on May 1. 

Old Town Manassas Farmer's Market Open

Old Town Manassas Farmer's Market Open

OLD TOWN MANASSAS FARMER’S MARKETS OPEN

Local, Fresh Produce Available on Thursdays and Saturdays

Old Town Manassas Farmer’s Markets are open Thursdays and Saturdays, now through November. The Thursday Farmer’s market is open 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Harris Pavilion and the Saturday market, located in Lot B, is open 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  For more information about the Historic Manassas, Inc., call 703.361.6599 or go to www.visitmanassas.org.

It’s definitely a sign of spring when our local Farmer’s markets open for business, and we’re happy to host a place for our community to purchase local produce, said Debbie Haight, Historic Manassas, Inc. executive director.

5 Tips for Greening the Closet

5 Tips for Greening the Closet

With Earth Day just around the corner, it is a good time to think about greening the home. One place that most people overlook when trying to make environmentally friendly choices is the closet. While it may be tucked way and largely out of site, the closet can play an important role in creating an environmentally friendly home. Greening the closet is not only important, but is actually quite easy!

“Our closets hold so much of who we are, from the clothes we wear on a daily basis to the special vintage items we want to preserve,” says Fred Silber of Creative Organization, a New Jersey-based company that has created a line of sustainable, eco-friendly closet organizing products. “Because they tend to hold so much, and such a variety of things, it is important to make sure that it is an area of the home that is not overlooked when trying to live in an environmentally friendly way.”

Here are five tips to keep in mind when greening the closet: