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‘Tis the Season

The upcoming holiday has many traditions and customs: trees and lights; stockings and gifts; volunteering. Our December feature, “Christmas as Christian” by Amy Falkofske, shares the stories of many in our community who celebrate Christmas as part of their faith. Learn about some of the ways they, and you can celebrate the birth of Christ, on page 4. Ready to create new family memories? “Family …

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Holiday Season Traditions Include Giving Back and Shopping Local

This month Prince William Living explores family holiday traditions. What does it take to put on a spectacular holiday meal? How does your family build memories? Our feature, “A Thanksgiving Production, Featuring Tips from Prince William Pros” by Marianne Weaver, shows how local families pull together multiple cultures to create signature family celebrations. Another November tradition is the announcement of the Prince William Living Giving Back …

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Variety Spices Up Autumn

Autumn brings in crisp weather, colorful leaves and fun events in Prince William. When you live life with a disability, attending events, whether private or public, there is an extra layer of planning that goes along with it. From transportation to accessibility, Emma Young shares with us the challenges and issues that residents with disabilities face in our cover story “Twenty-five Years after ADA: How Does …

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Prince William Past and Present

by Rebecca Barnes It is amazing to see the changes that Prince William has gone through in just one generation. In our September feature, “Farming in the Prince William Community” Carla Christiano teaches us the history of farming and agriculture and how much it has changed. Learn where there were farms, what they produced, how farmers repurposed them to stay relevant and what is happening …

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Adventure Awaits

When I was a small child growing up in Dale City, my father owned a plane. He kept it in our garage with the wings unattached, and would tow it (and the wings) over to Woodbridge Airport to fly. While that airport is long gone, replaced by homes and stores decades ago, many in Prince William still take to the skies for leisure, work and community causes, often flying …

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Summertime, and the Living is Easy in Prince William

by Rebecca Barnes Whether you look out your back door and see an oasis or a project, you’re sure to find an inspiration or two in our July feature, “Outdoor Living- Creating an Oasis all Your Own.” Motivated by her own fixer-upper, writer Emma Young consulted with landscape professionals and area residents on ideas for extending your living space and sense of style from the home …

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Staying Cool…and Safe…This Summer

Although our summers can be sticky, they are a perfect time to get outside and have fun. In our June feature, “Fun in the Sun: The Safe Way,” Olivia Overman shares advice on enjoying the great outdoors while protecting your skin and eyes from the sun’s potentially harmful rays. Plus, she busts common sun-related myths so that you and your family can avoid the preventable …

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Home Sweet Home

by Rebecca Barnes Because I’ve grown up in and lived in several areas in Prince William, I have learned to appreciate the little nuances that each neighborhood brings. Whether it is a small town, suburban area, water town, urban areas, farmland, woods or even mountains, Prince William has it all. We always say this is a great place to Live, Work and Play, and our …

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Eat Local

by Rebecca Barnes April is finally here and with it, warmer weather. For those that don’t frequent the winter farmers markets, this might be the first time all year that they venture out for food grown at nearby farms. In this month’s feature (page 4), Marianne Weaver talks to area “locavores” about why the trend of buying food produced close to home is growing, along …

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Influential Women Continue to Inspire, Amaze

by Rebecca Barnes As we enter Women’s History Month, it is again time to announce the results of our annual Prince William Living Influential Women Awards. What a humbling experience learning about the amazing ways that women in our community are breaking barriers and changing lives. From an impressive group of nominees, our judges (former IWA winners themselves) selected five visionary leaders, whom Marianne Weaver profiles …

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