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Friday, June 25, 2010
Belmont Through a Lens
The photographs of Benjamin Johnston will be on display at Gari Melcher’s Home and Studio, at Belmont Plantation in Falmouth, on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Admission is $10 for adults. Students will be admitted free with accompanying adult.
Occoquan River Festival
The 2010 version of this festival kicks off at noon Saturday, with live music, the Taste of Occoquan, games, a petting zoo, boat tours and other family fun. The events last until 7 p.m.
Powell’s Creek walk
You can come and hike along Powell’s Creek at Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge on Sunday. You can meet a Park Ranger at the Powell's Creek trail head for the hour-long walk, at 11 a.m. and at 2 p.m.
The trail takes you past the wetlands, where you’ll learn how the forest is involved in the water cycle. Plus you’ll get to go to the overlook peering out at Powell’s Creek.
Photo by Mary Davidson
Thursday, June 24, 2010
When it reached Union Station, passengers boarded, but the train and left about an hour late.
Another VRE train bound for Manassas, which left Union Station before delayed train 309 did, stopped in Crystal City after the engineer saw smoke coming from the axels. VRE decided to move passengers from that train onto another train, said Maguigad, which caused train 309 to be delayed once more.
Train 311 bound for Fredericksburg, which left Union Station at 6 p.m., was also stopped because of the delays in Crystal City, said Maguigad.
It wasn’t until about 8 p.m., when the stranded passengers in Crystal City were moved to another train, that the rail line delays eased.
VRE spokesman Mark Roeber said all of the delayed trains had working air conditioning.
To get the free ride tickets, VRE asks that you visit their Web site.
“I told him that ‘I never wanted to work on one of these for you.’ It looks like I had to make one anyway,” said Marrero, an 11-year volunteer with the department. With the help of volunteers, Marrero made a large poster in memory of Persing, with photos depicting him at work doing the job he loved.
“He was a great firefighter, he was a great leader, a great teacher and a good mentor to people. And he cared about his people, and unfortunately at times he didn’t worry about himself, but worried about other people,” said DCVFD Chief Christopher Hool.
Wednesday night’s memorial gathering drew about 100 people. Many who attended remembered Persing for the experience that he brought the job.
During his life, he volunteered with fire stations in Fairfax County, Ft. Belvoir, Woodbridge, the Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority and the U.S. Army.
He leaves behind two children, a mother and father, a brother and sister and a family of fire fighting professionals who will miss him.
A viewing for Persing will be held Tuesday June 29 at Dale City Fire Station 13, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
His funeral, with full honors, will be held the following day at 11 a.m., at the Hylton Memorial Chapel in Woodbridge.
Photo by Martin O'Connor. Persing is depicted on the right.
The festival comes in addition to the annual fall craft show that is scheduled for September. That, in addition to a spring craft show, brings thousands of visitors to the town located just north of Woodbridge off Va. 123.
Photo by Mary Davidson