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Change is not a Dirty Word

By Kim Howard, CAE

Even though many schools and colleges start in August, September seems to be the month that many of us associate with back-to-school. This time of year means a change in routine, traffic, clothes, attitude and stress levels. We are also in the last month of the third quarter of the calendar year, which can be
an excellent time to assess what we’ve already done and what we might accomplish for the rest of 2017.

Speaking of accomplishments and change, our cover story, “Change Is Not a Dirty Word” by Helena Tavares Kennedy, profiles local residents who made career changes based on life changes. For those article details and tips for managing transition.

“Arts Alive!” is the Prince William County Arts Council’s cornerstone event that showcases the best artistic expression mediums that our talented residents have to offer. Author Dan Verner offers a glimpse inside the event in this month’s On a High Note.

Back pain is no joke. Luckily, county residents do not have to venture far to find relief. Prince William is home to many talented health care providers, some of whom provide chiropractic care. Dr. Scott Stachelek of Core Chiropractic is one of those providers. Read more about him and his practice in
Taking Care of Business by Tracy Shevlin, “Core Chiropractic and Dr. Scott Stachelek: Helping Area Residents Achieve Optimum Health.”

In the fast pace of Northern Virginia, we sometimes forget that Manassas is home to two Civil War battles. If you are interested in a living, breathing part of history about the area, look no further than Ben Lomond. In our Destinations piece, Marianne Weaver introduces you to an historic treasure among the modern life built around Ben Lomond. Learn more about its significance to our area’s history in “Ben Lomond Historic Site Brings Civil War Sights and Sounds to Life.”

As pools start closing and we wrap up the summer season, continue to take advantage of all that Prince William has to offer. Just as our population is diverse, so are our things to do, places to eat, shopping and outdoor activities. You don’t have to venture too far to enjoy the local scene.

Kim Howard, CAE
Editor in Chief

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