Prince William News
If you don't have an E-ZPass yet, you're going to want one soon. That's the word from transportation officials as they start preparing Northern Virginia drivers for the changes coming to Interstate 95 early next year. Michael McGurk, a spokesman for Transurban, said in an interview on Thursday that commuters should start planning ahead for what they're going to do when the HOV lanes on I-95 become express lanes instead.
Rippon Lodge in Woodbridge held its annual Easter egg hunt on April 19, complete with games, prizes, activities and of course, egg-hunting for children. More photos from the event are printed in this week's 'Times'.
During a recent meeting at the Old Manassas Courthouse, members of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, the Manassas City Council and the Prince William-Manassas Regional Jail Board learned the findings of a Community-Based Corrections Plan which outlined population trends facing the Prince William-Manassas Regional Adult Detention Center (ADC).
“I learned how to paddle a canoe!” exclaimed one happy middle school girl after a recent adventure on Lake Anna. Select sixth-grade Louisa County Middle School students of science teach Jennifer Luck enjoyed three days of adventure on Lake Anna with members of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) April 9-11. On one of these ambitious days, I had the great pleasure of serving as a chaperone.
Last week, we published the first-place winners of the “Times'” Spring Reader's Choice Awards. We asked our readers to nominate their favorite businesses and activities in the county and then vote on the best of the best. After we published the first-place winners, we heard from many readers asking us to list the second and third-place choices as well. This week, we're doing just that.
With more than 80 members, the Clean Eating Support Club of NoVa convenes once a month in Bristow to discuss healthy eating habits, share recipes and support one another in living a whole foods life. Founder and manager of the club Cindy Santa Ana is an AADP (American Association of Drugless Practitioners) certified health coach and Bristow resident. Meetings are held in her kitchen and at each one, Santa Ana begins with an information session and ends with a cooking demo.
Police are asking for help in solving a robbery at Potomac Mills last week. On April 15, around 9:30 p.m., a woman was robbed in the parking lot outside JC Penney in the 2700 block of Potomac Mills Circle. The 39-year-old Fairfax woman told police that she was walking to her car when she was approached from behind by two men. They grabbed her purse and ran.
Somewhere in the Easter season, there's a modern metaphor for healing after inflicted injury. For the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church community in Gainesville, it's been 1.5 years since an arson fire gutted their sanctuary, built in 1929.
Defeating Potomac 3-2 on the Panthers' home field April 17 at their own tournament in extra innings for the championship title amounts to a pretty nice victory for the Hylton varsity baseball team.
The Prince William Police Department along with the Manassas Police Department will work with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. April 26 to get those medications off medicine cabinet shelves. The “National Take-Back Day” initiative seeks to prevent pill abuse and theft and to provide people a safe and legal way to get rid of unused medications.
Gnarly Hops and Brew Fest this Saturday
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Taking place from noon to 6 p.m. in the Spencer Street Parking Lot, the Gnarly Hops brewfest returns with live music and over 70 different beer selections. Sample Virginia and nationally brewed beers, including area favorites like Devil's Backbone, Starr Hill, Blue Mountain, and Wild Wolf Brewing Company. Bold Rock Hard Cider will again be available in two refreshing flavors: Hard Apple and Draft Cider. A few well-known out-of-towners will also be on draft, like Goose Island, Sweet Water, Omegang, and Lagunitas Brewing Company. CRI guarantees there will be a craft beer to suit any taste– beer enthusiasts might even find a new favorite!
Kelsey Carlson, President of CRI, is eagerly anticipating the arrival of this year’s beer fest.
“Planning has been in the works for months. We’re thrilled to be bringing back a majority of the breweries from last year and welcoming many new additions. I have no doubt that attendees will be impressed with the committee’s craft beer selections.”
Culpeper, a Great American Main Street Award winner, boasts delicious local eats that will also be on hand to accompany the cold brews. Food from Glory Days, Kababs‘N’More, Piedmont Steakhouse, and many more. Live music by Shenandoah Alley will kick off the festivities followed by "the genuine songwriting and voice" of Bryan Elijah Smith & the Wild Hearts with a special guest appearance by Krista Polvere. A variety of hip local artisans will be attending the event as well, presenting their unique, handcrafted goods, furniture and jewelry to festival goers.
With only a limited number of advanced tickets available for the Gnarly Hops and Barley Fest, CRI is encouraging those 21-and-older who would like to attend to purchase tickets early to ensure a spot at this popular downtown event. Advance tickets are available for $25 and may be purchased now at Culpeper Cheese Company, Vinosity (both located on Davis Street in downtown Culpeper) and Randy’s Flowers (211 West Evans Street) and on the web at www.gnarlyhops.eventbrite.com.
$5 non-drinking tickets will be available for purchase at the gate on the day of the event.
All are welcome, but please remember no pets and no coolers. The Gnarly Hops & Barley Fest is made possible through generous friends and supporters, such as the Town of Culpeper; Culpeper Times; Best Western – Culpeper Inn; Bold Rock Hard Cider; Gayheart & Willis, P.C.; Green Roost; Goose Island; Vinosity; Virginia Eagle Distributing; and Waugh Enterprises Harley-Davidson.
If you’re looking for the most dynamic beer tasting experience in Central Virginia, then come thirsty and ready to enjoy a day at downtown Culpeper’s signature craft beer festival.
For more information please contact Culpeper Renaissance at (540) 825-4416 or http://www.culpeperdowntown.com/beerfest.html, visit us on the web at www.gnarlyhops.com www.facebook.com/gnarlyhops and follow us on Twitter @gnarlyhops.