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Spring, My Renewable Energy

Spring is my source of renewable energy. Blooming flowers, longer days and mild temperatures lure me out of winter’s hibernation and into a flurry of activity as I seek to get more organized and recommit to “going green.”

If you, too, look at April as a time to clear out the cobwebs and set some Earth Day resolutions, don’t miss “Saving Green by Living Green” on page 4. Our resident environmental buff Helena Tavares Kennedy shares several ideas for putting the “Three Rs” into practice: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Best of all, she shows that going green can be painless and even enjoyable.

In our somewhat unlikely “Destinations,” on page 12, Amanda Causey takes us to a source of actual renewable energy, the Prince William County Landfill. Free tours of the site are educational and, according to Amanda, fun. Guides take you behind the scenes of the facility’s garbage-fueled power plant, donation center and recycling programs.

Tackett’s Mill Center in Lake Ridge is also abuzz with energy, as it begins revitalizing its lower, Lakeside level. In “On a High Note” on page 10, Emily Guerrero gives a coming attraction of the center’s vision for using art to create a community hub for all residents to enjoy.

“Family Fun,” on page 18, has spring fever as well. Get step-by- step instructions on creating colorful flower bird feeders with your children, along with advice on attracting winged guests to your garden.

Speaking of gardens, discover on page 22 the world of opportunities that 4-H offers to area children. Often associated with farming, these days the organization enables youth to try their hand at just about anything you can imagine, from theater to robotics.

This issue also introduces you to Amanda and Andrew Harper, the husband-and-wife team behind Manassas-based Gaeltek, LLC, the award-winning IT company featured in “Taking Care of Business” on page 16. Plus, as you keep reading, you’ll find recipes for healthy green drinks, ideas for decluttering the home, a look at the new Bonefish Grill in Woodbridge and more.

It’s a beautiful time of year to be #pwliving.

Sincerely,
Rebecca Barnes
Prince William Living Publisher

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