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Enjoying the Dog Days of Summer

By Rebecca Barnes, Publisher, Prince William Living

August is the hottest part of our summer and the time when you realize it is almost over. Hopefully, you have spent quality time at our local pools, water parks, and waterways. We are fortunate enough to have one of the largest rivers in the United States available to us as well as many lakes, waterparks and pools! This month’s feature, “These Waters are Wide,” by David Gignilliat gives us a quick tour of water recreation opportunities for kids and adults alike. Don’t forget your waterproof sunscreen!

Speaking of water activities, learn about a local non-profit, Reel American Heroes that operates on the Potomac River and provides fishing opportunities to injured Veterans. “Fishing for Wounded Warriors” by Collen LaMay, takes us out on the water, and into the serenity badly needed by those who suffered a loss related to their service of our country.

What would summer be without ice cream? Dan Verner tempts us with this tasty treat that can be found all over our area. “Serving us Softly” finds the most popular ice cream parlors in Prince William, and gives us some background on how soft–serve was invented. Get ready to satisfy your sweet tooth and cool off with this dairy delight.

In August’s Taking Care of Business, we interview Derrick and Ramunda Young of Mahogany Books, two “Socialprenuers” who are “business owners with a purpose to help remedy social issues.” Learn how they plan to improve their community through books, how you can spread the word and support their mission.

Although you might be used to talking about smoke detectors when the time changes, we felt compelled to discuss it now. One of our staff writers was recently displaced, and her neighbors lost their homes due to fire. Read this month’s Home & Hearth to learn more on smoke detectors and for the full story on the fire, visit our website: princewilliamliving.com/2016/06/housesfire-out/. Please check/install/replace your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors TODAY.

Starting August 1st we will be accepting nominations for our annual Giving Back award. Please nominate your favorite worthy non-profit for this prestigious award and help further their cause, pwliving.com/givingbackaward. Stay safe and have a wonderful end of summer.

Sincerely, Rebecca Barnes

Prince William Living Publisher

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