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Create inviting outdoor spaces for entertaining

- (BPT) - From barbecues and games of bocce to parties and candlelit dinners, your outdoor space can be a hub for entertaining friends and family. "Try to create a living room for your outdoor space," says Kate Anthony, owner of Kate & Company Design Studio and Interior Design instructor at The Art Institute of California - San Diego, a campus of Argosy University. People spend a lot of time on their indoor living room spaces, and she recommends extending the interior home out to your exterior.

COLUMN:Get Smart -  A chance to resuscitate our elections

- The 2014 election season is upon us, with primaries starting in April, and some local elections as early as May, leading up to votes for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives next November. Looming in those shadows is the 2016 presidential election. If these contests follow recent practice, they will feature candidates and big money ideologues spreading half-truths – and even lies– about their opponents. TV’s 30-second sound bites leave little room for positive messages or reasoned discourse.

McCoo wins MacArthur award

- Cadet Lt. Col. Harold W. McCoo III of Haymarket was recently honored at Fishburne Military School with the MacArthur Outstanding Cadet Award. Each year the General Douglas MacArthur Foundation presents the MacArthur Cadet Awards in recognition of outstanding cadets within the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States (AMCSUS).

Volunteers pull 2 tons of trash from Neabsco Creek

- On April 5, members of the Woodbridge Potomac Communities Civic Association (WPCCA) gathered along Neabsco Creek Court for their annual Neabsco Creek Cleanup. This year, 49 volunteers, including people from the Civic Association, Prince William Trails & Streams Coalition, Mary G. Porter Traditional School, and the Hylton Environmental Club collected 2,180 pounds of trash from the wetlands of Neabsco Creek.

Summer youth camps held at NOVA-Manassas

- The Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College is accepting registrations for youth camps scheduled in July and August. Campers age 11-14 can choose from theater arts, graphic arts, game programming and sports. Sports camp is also offered for campers ages 9-11. Theater arts camp will focus on writing and performing techniques.

Do game day right this spring

- (BPT) - Spring is one of the best times of the year for many reasons. The light at the end of winter's tunnel, it conjures images of beaches, picnics, barbecues and more. For sports fans, it's also one of the busiest times of the year. Professional baseball is just getting started, the playoff races for professional basketball and hockey are in full swing and, of course, the college basketball tournament has people following brackets and games rather than working.

Guo earns $5,000 scholarship

- Gainesville resident Aaron Guo has received a $5,000 scholarship from Liberty Mutual Insurance’s Responsible Scholar Scholarship Program. Guo was recognized for establishing Project AIMESS, a STEM initiative that teaches a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics curriculum in accordance with President Obama's Change the Equation program.

County seeks info on local cemetery

- There’s an abandoned cemetery near the Coles District Volunteer Fire and Rescue Station with graves that have been left unmarked over time, and the Prince William Public Works Department needs help in identifying who might be buried there.

Fun in the mud - Marines get dirty at base field meet

- Marine Corps Base Quantico held its first ever basewide field meet March 21 at Butler Stadium. More than 15 teams represented the different units and sections throughout the base, competing in multiple events. Training and Education Command took the early lead, winning the first event, the maneuver under fire section of the combat fitness test when their five representatives had the lowest total time. In second and third place were Weapons Training Battalion and Marine Corps Embassy Security Group, respectively.
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seal Click here to see the winners of the Prince William Readers Choice contest.


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