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Discover Western Prince William December 2019
Your Business
in Action
~ Sarah Smarrelli
Christopher Baity & Czceh
Shepherd Diesel
Manassas Regional Airport Hosts Eagle Scout Project
Thanks to local Eagle Scout Matthew Bonifera, visitors
to the observation area at Manassas Regional Airport
now have a more comfortable space to watch the
airport's activities. For his final Eagle Scout project,
Matthew built picnic tables, refurbished existing tables,
and built a wooden airport for children complete with
a mini runway. With donated
labor and supplies, Matthew
and other Boy Scouts from his
troop, spent two weekends
working on the revitalized
observation area located at
the base of the airport's tower.
Young Marines Celebrates 60 Years of Leadership and Teamwork
The Young Marines, a national non-profit headquartered in Prince William
County, is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. Founded in 1959 by a
group of retired Marines with the goal of mirroring the values of the Marine
Corps but for youth. The youth organization's vision is to offer leadership
training and other life skills for girls and boys from age eight through high school.
With a focus on the core values of leadership, teamwork, and discipline, the
group focuses on helping students commit to a healthy, drug-free lifestyle and
honoring veterans whenever, however, and wherever they can.
Today, there are 8,500 youth members in approximately 250 units across
the country. Young Marine recruits undergo a 26-hour orientation program,
sometimes spread out over several weekly meetings and sometimes over
the course of a weekend. After graduating, Young Marines learn more new
skills, earn rank, wear the
Young Marines uniform,
and work toward ribbon
awards for achievement
in areas such as
leadership, conservation,
ethics, community
service, swimming,
academic excellence,
first aid, orienteering,
and drug resistance
education. For more
information visit
Center for the Arts Presents "Camera Eyes: On Poetry"
A special exhibit at the Center for the Arts (9419
Battle Street, Manassas) features both the
photographs and poetry of local artist JoAnn
Lord Koff. In trying to mix two mediums--visual
images and printed words--JoAnn highlights the
truism of using pictures as words and words as
pictures. The Camera Eyes: On Poetry exhibit
includes about 30 poems and photographs
based on JoAnn's book "Sand, Pebbles, Fossils,
and Rocks," a 2019 nominee for the Library of
Virginia Literary Award for Poetry. The exhibit
runs from
January 15-February 5, 2020, with
a meet the poet reception on
January 18,
6:00-9:00 p.m. For more information visit
Local Couple Provides Service Dogs for Veterans
Founded five years ago by Chris and Amanda Baity, Semper K9 has remained
steadfastly focused on their mission of providing service dogs at no cost
to disabled veterans. The couple trains rescue dogs to become lifetime
companions for service members. Relying on his eight years experience with
the US Marines as a working dog handler
and kennel master, Chris provides hands-
on training for all canines in the program.
Located on 33-acres close to Marine
Corps Base Quantico, the Baitys plan to
build a retreat-style facility for out-of-town
veterans and their families to stay while
training with their service dogs. For more
information, visit
Girls Who Code at PW Library
Open to girls in grades 6-12, the Prince William Public
Library System is hosting Girls Who Code Clubs
across the county. Beginning in January 2020,
the clubs will be offered at Haymarket Gainesville
Community Library and Montclair Community Library. Additional clubs are
planned for other full-service library branches. Girls Who Code is a nonprofit
organization dedicated to fostering a passion for coding, with a goal to close the
gender gap in technology
careers by supporting
girls who are interested
in computer science. The
clubs are made available
through the generous
support of community
sponsors including Open
Systems Technology
Explorer, Micron,
ZavaZone, and EarthWalk.
For more information,
Shop Local, Shop Unique at
Manassas Holiday Market
Enjoy the sights,
sounds, and tastes
of the winter
season at
the holiday
market hosted
by the City
of Manassas Farmer's Market
on December 14 from 10:00 a.m.
to 3:00 p.m. Located on the lawn
of the Manassas Museum (9101
Prince William Street) the market
features festive music and hot
drink sales to delight shoppers
as they find the perfect holiday
gifts! For more information, visit
Lynn Pancione with Skate N Fun Zone
stands with their float seen at the
December 7th parade in Old Town