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Improved Healthcare Gives Residents a New Option: Stay Near Home

By Joe Lowe Three months before her thirty-third birthday, April Seiders noticed a walnut-sized lump in her right breast. Reeling from the discovery, the lifelong Manassas resident scheduled an ultrasound at Novant Health UVA Prince William Medical Center (formerly Prince William Hospital), a few miles from her home. Several moments into the procedure, the technician burst into a flurry of …

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Away for the Holidays: Making it one to Remember

By Olivia Overman For most people, the holiday season is about surrounding yourself with the love and affection of family and friends, and for a lot of people today, this means traveling around the country and sometimes traveling overseas to spend time with loved ones. Whether you’re continuing family traditions or even starting new ones, preparation and plenty of planning …

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Prince William SPCA Wins the Prince William Living Giving Back Awards

By Emma Young The Prince William Living Giving Back Awards celebrate the many outstanding nonprofit organizations in Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park that contribute every day to making Prince William better. In every issue, Prince William Living spotlights organizations that give back through their mission and good works, creating greater awareness and support of their efforts. The Prince …

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Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

By David Gignilliat The original concept of Halloween is rooted in a Celtic agricultural tradition said to mark the end of the fall harvest season and the beginning of winter. Legend suggests that October 31 signified a portal to the world of the unliving where spirits would come back to disturb crops and cause sickness. To protect themselves and their …

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Virginia Wine Country: The Coming of Age

By Marianne E. Weaver | Photos by Kathy Strauss Virginia has a long, and somewhat bumpy, history of winemaking. The Virginia Wine Board marketing office in Richmond traced the origins of the state’s winemaking history back to the Jamestown settlers, who required each male settler to plant and tend to at least 10 grape vines. But unfamiliar diseases and insects …

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These Waters are Wide

By David Gignilliat A playful splash of a friend at a pool. The refreshing cool of toes dipping in a lake after sunning on the sand. The droning hum of a jet ski motor bouncing over a lake. Or the faint, gentle whir of a four-man scull gliding over the waters of the Occoquan Reservoir. There are few experiences as …

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The Rise of Live Local Music in Prince William

By Amy Falkofske If opera, ballet, plays or classical music is what you crave, you’ll find that at the Hylton Performing Arts Center. If you like orchestra, big band or other types of dance music, you can find that at the Harris Pavilion. But what if rock music is your scene? Well, your choices of where to go for that …

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Extraordinary Teens

By Paul Keily High school is a time where anything can seem possible, and many young people begin paths toward amazing lives. In this issue we introduce you to 10 teenagers, all attending schools in Prince William County and Manassas, who are on their way to becoming extraordinary adults. Tatayana Allen is an academically talented senior at Forest Park High School. …

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Military Unite in Prince William

By Olivia Overman “Service members have a strong inclination toward volunteerism. They have volunteered to wear the uniform in service to the nation obviously, but it goes beyond that in many cases,” said Colonel Michelle D. Mitchell, Garrison Commander at Fort Belvoir Army Installation. With what can only be described as a symbiotic relationship between the county and its military …

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