A Summer Like None Other

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Well, here we are in the midst of sweet summertime. It’s certainly looking different than most  summers I have witnessed, but there are many bright spots. I’m proud to live in an area where people actively work to adapt to change in positive ways. I see plans adjusted, many programs
not canceled, but moved online, and neighbors finding new ways to stay connected. We are not alone in these uncertain times.

If you’re spending extra time at home this summer, we have more stories and ideas to help fill your time. Our Lifelong Learning section offers information on free courses from top universities around the world — think Harvard, Stanford and Oxford. Learn a foreign language, take up a new instrument or dive into the world of computer science, all from home and all for free. Missing your favorite bars and restaurants? Check out Local Flavor for some tasty home bartending recipes from your favorites around town.

If caring for your home is a top priority, our Home and Hearth section walks you through the best steps to take to care for your home’s exterior. And in Health and Wellness, you’ll find local online support groups and education programs for Alzheimer’s caregivers.

Prince William is filled with people who make a difference. This month meet Kathie Johnson, the new Chair for the Prince William Chamber of Commerce, who shares her goals and ideas for the upcoming year. And Valerie Meale, a member of the Chamber and an active volunteer in a variety of organizations — Leadership Prince William, Woodbridge Rotary and more. Our On a High Note features local wedding photographer Rob Jinks, who builds relationships with each couple in order to perfectly capture the story of their big day.

And it wouldn’t be an issue of Prince William Living if we didn’t feature one of the many organizations in our area who are giving back. Read up on how the National Alliance on Mental Illness Prince William is supporting, education and advocating for people living with mental illness and their families. They offer programs, support groups and more right here in our community.

Last but certainly not least, we celebrate Independence Day this month. While there won’t be fireworks bursting in air over large gatherings this year, you can create your own perfect celebrations at home. Check out Family Fun for some ideas to get you started.

Wishing you safety and sunshine this summer.

Rebecca Barnes


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