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Five Trees Planted at Arlington National Cemetery For Arbor Day

Five Trees Planted at Arlington National Cemetery For Arbor Day

In celebration of Arbor Day, which takes place on Friday, April 27 nationally and internationally, Arlington National Cemetery planted five tree saplings throughout the cemetery placing three at the John F. Kennedy gravesite.

Three immature trees were planted at the John F. Kennedy gravesite to replace the historic “Arlington Oak” that once stood there, but fell during Hurricane Irene in August 2011.

Luckily, several years ago, without realizing what the future holds, a non-profit organization collected acorns from the 220-year-old oak tree. 

“We collected seeds off the site in order to get saplings. At the time, I didn’t know the tree would only be there for five more years,” explained Arlington National Cemetery’s urban forester, Steve Van Hoven.

CITY OF MANASSAS: RECYCLE, REUSE AND WIN A T-SHIRT

CITY OF MANASSAS: RECYCLE, REUSE AND WIN A T-SHIRT

The City of Manassas Public Works and Utilities department is serious about recycling and investing in a healthy environment. In the past, recycling rates in the City of Manassas were at 45 percent, and they’re hoping to increase that number in 2012 and 2013. Those residents that participate in the city’s Recycle Right Program by properly sorting and recycling throughout April will receive a T-shirt; one shirt per household. The City of Manassas also offers tips on what to recycle and when. For more information, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8219.

A Preview of Spaces 7, 8, 9, & 10 at the 2012 DC Design House

A Preview of Spaces 7, 8, 9, & 10 at the 2012 DC Design House

This is the Third of an Eight-Part Feature on the designers’ vision and progress at the DC Design House, which is underway and set to open on April 14th.

For Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey of SCW Interiors in Alexandria, VA, www.scwinteriors.com, being included as one of the designers in the 2012 DC Design House is “the most prestigious invitation for a designer.” But it also means sprinting to the finish line. “Being selected to design for the showhouse is a bit like being crowned homecoming queen then having to run a marathon in your ball gown while collecting items for a scavenger hunt,” Cavin-Winfrey says. It’s also one of the highlights of one’s career, she notes.

A Preview of Spaces 4, 5 & 6 at the 2012 DC Design House

A Preview of Spaces 4, 5 & 6 at the 2012 DC Design House

This is the Second of an Eight-Part Feature on the designers’ vision and progress at the DC Design House, which is underway and set to open on April 14th.

Showhouse veteran Kelley Proxmire of Kelley Interior Design in Bethesda, MD, www.kelleyinteriordesign.com, who has participated in 21 showhouses over the past 11 years, says it’s still exciting to be selected. “I really feel honored to be a part of this fundraising event,” Proxmire says. “Children’s National Medical Center is a very deserving organization and should hopefully receive much needed funds from the DC Design House.”

A Preview of Spaces 1, 2 & 3 at the 2012 DC Design House

A Preview of Spaces 1, 2 & 3 at the 2012 DC Design House

This is the First of an Eight-Part Feature on the designers' vision and progress at the DC Design House, which is underway and set to open on April 14th.

OLD TOWN MANASSAS DEBUTS FOUR ELECTRIC VEHICLE (EV) CHARGING STATIONS

OLD TOWN MANASSAS DEBUTS FOUR ELECTRIC VEHICLE (EV) CHARGING STATIONS

The City of Manassas Public Works and Utilities department recently unveiled the new ChargePoint America Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations in Old Town Manassas, Va. In efforts to be environmentally friendly and cost-effective the department has proactively researched alternative energy options for customers. More than 100 Chargepoint America EV charging stations are installed throughout Virginia, Maryland and Washington, while more than 50 areas in the United States also contain the stations. For more information, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8219.

Family & Youth Casting Call: Getting Kids Outside, Active, and Hooked on Fishing!

Family & Youth Casting Call: Getting Kids Outside, Active, and Hooked on Fishing!

 

The following information was sent to us by Mike Bailey:

The Family & Youth Casting Call (FYCC) is a fun family and youth fishing event at Fletcher's Cove on the C&O Canal in Washington DC. The 2012 event is scheduled for Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21.

What better way to get kids “hooked” on nature than by teaching them how to fish?  This April, local and national fishing and conservation organizations will once again host the Family & Youth Casting Call to help “set the hook” for children to learn about nature and fishing in the Washington, DC area. A wiggling fish on the end of a taut line can be one of the most tangible connections between having fun outside and learning about conserving our natural resources.