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Fauquier supervisors table zoning change that could lead to racetrack

Fauquier County supervisors last week tabled discussion of a zoning change that could lead to a Nokesville group building an off-road motorcycle track. But before they voted to postpone the matter for up to 60 days, emotional comments were made for and against the potential project.

Vint Hill cold warriors receive warm welcome

Earlier this month, military intelligence workers returned to what used to be their Officer's Club in Vint Hill. The men, women, and their families filled the Vint Hill Inn for the annual Army Security Agency Alumni Association picnic. Once, they worked in secret, surrounded by the chattering keyboards and machinery of an espionage nerve center.

County offers immunizations for children

​There are immunizations children need before starting school; and if they do not have them then they will not be allowed to attend classes, said Kelly Andrews, the immunization coordinator for the Prince William Health District. Andrews said people should start taking their children to see their doctors now to avoid the rush before school starts.

EDITORIAL:Baseball—the new bloodsport

Over the past few months, we've been watching a troubling new bloodsport emerge in western Prince William -- baseball. This week's article about the fight between the Gainesville Haymarket Baseball League and the Bull Run Little League contains only a small sampling of the hundreds of pages of emails, web postings, court documents and texts we've reviewed over youth baseball.

Unicycling group holds tryouts

The UniStars Unicycling Showtroupe will be holding tryouts and registration on Aug. 20 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Vint Hill Community Center Gym just south of Gainesville. Anyone interested in joining the troupe is encouraged to attend. Riders will have to exhibit controlled riding as well as the ability to ride in formations with others.

NOVA shows movies under the stars

The Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College is showing a series of movies on Thursday evenings at the Mary Louise Jackson Amphitheater. Participants can enjoy a movie under the stars with family and friends. Everyone can sit on benches or bring a blanket to stretch out on the grass.

See y’all next year! County Fair closes with Monster Trucks at grandstand

The 65th annual Prince William County Fair officially came to a close Saturday night in Manassas with a Monster Truck Show serving at the main event at the grandstands. Maxie Broadus of Tappahannock won the competition, earning 23 points in the wheelie event, 27 points for times of 19.54 and 18.59 seconds in the relay race, and 50 points in the freestyle.

Nokesville mosque planned

As the afternoon sun shone on the barn rooftops and the storm clouds gathered on the horizon, community members gathered together to discuss plans for a mosque in Nokesville on Aug. 12. The site, which is likely to continue to generate controversy over the next few months, is a 14-acre tract of land at 12655 Vint Hill Road.

COLUMN:Let’s Talk Golf - Couples golf: Learn how to play together and stay together

Playing golf with your spouse or "significant other" is a great opportunity to spend quality time together. It opens the door for some great vacation trips, and what could be more beautiful than the great outdoors with open air and beautiful landscapes that golf courses provide? My wife and LPGA instructor Leslie and I teach a class on "Couples Coaching" at Bull Run Golf Club and we have a very different perspective on how men and women approach the game.

Manassas loses pillar of community; Mattie Parish dies at 93

n Aug. 19 the City of Manassas lost a pillar of the community. Life-long resident Mattie Parrish, born in Manassas on January 21, 1921, wife to Mayor and Delegate Harry J. Parrish and mother of current Mayor Harry J. Parish II, passed away Tuesday night at age 93.

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Fauquier supervisors table zoning change that could lead to racetrack

Fauquier County supervisors last week tabled discussion of a zoning change that could lead to a Nokesville group building an off-road motorcycle track.

But before they voted to postpone the matter for up to 60 days, emotional comments were made for and against the potential project.

At issue is an amendment to Fauquier's zoning ordinance about outdoor sports and activities. If approved, it would apply to other pursuits, such as swimming, tennis, golf, skateboarding and paintball.

But the subject came up because of interest in the creation of a motocross facility.

Catlett resident Mike Bridges has been talking with Fauquier officials for months about his desire to build a motorcycle/ATV track.

Bridges is president of the group Family Off-Road Riders of Prince William County, which has a track just over the Fauquier line in Nokesville.

But Prince William regulations prevent racing there, so Bridges and his fellow riders want to build a place in Fauquier for competitive events.

Bridges told the Fauquier supervisors last week that off-road motorcycling provides an opportunity for parents to participate in a sport with their children.

"It really is a family outing, or a family event," he said during a public hearing.

Bridges said if a track was set up, it would be run as a business and his group wouldn't seek any economic development assistance from Fauquier.

He also said he understands that approval of the zoning change wouldn't necessarily mean that supervisors later would "rubber-stamp" specific plans for a track.

The amendment would simply give his pastime "equal footing" with other sports already considered acceptable by county regulations, he said.

John Burke, a member of Bridges' off-road club who lives in Warrenton, told supervisors that he can recall when high-dollar land development in Washington's Maryland suburbs drove motocross out of town.

He said that he hopes Fauquier never becomes "so wealthy and so exclusive" that the sport he enjoys with his 9- and 11-year-old sons is considered too pedestrian to be allowed.

Supervisor Peter Schwartz, however, said he was so sure most Fauquier residents would object to a motocross track that he couldn't vote even to table the matter until a future meeting.

He said that he would never support such an operation and that if the supervisors ever considered a specific proposal, "hundreds" of people would turn out in protest.

But he said he would never let them because it would be disrespectful to his neighbors, who want peace and quiet.

Schwartz also noted that Bridges' Nokesville facility is proclaimed as the only such operation in Northern Virginia.

"Doesn't that tell you something?" he asked rhetorically.

Supervisor Lee Sherbeyn, on the other hand, said riders from a motocross club have traversed parts of his land in southern Fauquier.

They didn't leave behind even a scrap of trash, he said, and not one of his neighbors complained about them.

Sherbeyn also pointed out that plenty of Fauquier residents lawfully shoot guns on their own property, which makes for quite a bit of noise.

"But we accept that because they have a right," he said.

So it's a "disservice" to residents who like motocross to prematurely say there's nowhere in the county they could build a track, Sherbeyn said.

Board Chairman Chester Stribling, Vice Chairman Holder Trumbo and Supervisor Chris Granger agreed with him to table the matter so they could study it further.

Schwartz, meanwhile, cast the sole dissenting vote, which probably didn't sit well with Bridges and his bunch, who filled nearly half of the audience area in the supervisors' meeting room in the Warren Green Building in Warrenton.
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