From the Publisher – June 2013

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Summer is almost here.  School will let out and vacations will begin.  Now is the perfect time to evaluate your home and the plans for your family in the case of an emergency.  Our feature, by Olivia Overman, “Home Safe Home” (page 4) covers all the things you will need to do to help keep your loved ones safe from emergencies that may occur.

Did you know that four out of five cardiac events happen at home? All the more reason to read “What is CPR” in this month’s “Health & Wellness” (page 16) Understand why it is important to learn CPR and when to use it.

In keeping with Home Safe Home, “Giving Back” (page 24), by Audrey Harman, introduces us to the Prince William Crime Prevention Council and McGruff the Crime dog.  Kids are drawn to him as they learn about how to stay safe.

“Taking Care of Business” by Jen Rader, features Troy Tanner of Home Energy Detective, Inc. who seeks out inefficiencies in  your home’s energy system.  He gives an inside look at being a successful  entrepreneur.

Before you leave on vacation, “Your Finances” (page 30) shares tips on “Financing that Summer Fun”, and Kristina Schnack Kotlus’ “Family Fun” (page 20), tells us all the things we can do right here at home in “Staycationing in Prince William Where to Go and What to Do”.

One fun thing to do with your family this summer is to check out our “Destinations” this month’s “The Freedom Museum Lest We Forget” (page 14) by Lisa Collins-Haynes. Find all the interesting and educational history in aviation, as well looking at cool airplanes!

In “Tambourines and Elephants,” DeeDee Corbett Sauter prepares us for the reality of our summer trip in “Vacation” (page 35) which simply put, isn’t always that.

And for a real treat, Val Wallace introduces us to Shenandoah Sound in this month’s “On a High Note,” (page 10), where your family will be entertained as they put on a show, this summer at Brentsville High School.

Summer dining is a real treat. Check out “Malone’s: Where Traditional Embraces Modern” by Charlotte Rodina in this month’s “Local Flavor” (page 28) hopefully you can stop by for a little summer R and R.

Whatever you chose to do this summer, I hope it is filled with fun, love and safety.


Sincerely, Rebecca Barnes

Prince William Living Publisher


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