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Farming in Your Subdivision

By Emma Young “Bees are simply amazing,” said John Klapperich, a former Green Beret and founder of Lake Ridge-based Sweet Sophia, which, with the help of over 1,000,000 honey bees, produces honey and other products from the hive harvest. “You can keep bees anywhere. Bees thrive in urban environments. You can put bees in a really small area. I live …

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Prince William Living Magazine’s Most Influential Women of 2017

By Marianne E. Weaver | Photos by Kathy Strauss When Prince William Living launched its first Influential Women Awards three years ago, we quickly realized that this topic resonated with readers. Entries poured in, and the issue announcing the inaugural winners was one of our most-read to date. Choosing just five women from the impressive entries was no easy task …

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Retired, Not Expired: The New Retiree

By Emma Young “We’ll take the senior discounts, but put the rocking chairs on hold until our 90s,” said Nancy Rollins, who until very recently was a Prince William County resident. In January, she and her husband Jay, who retired in 2016, began an 18-month voluntary humanitarian mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Charities working in …

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Improved Healthcare Gives Residents a New Option: Stay Near Home

By Joe Lowe Three months before her thirty-third birthday, April Seiders noticed a walnut-sized lump in her right breast. Reeling from the discovery, the lifelong Manassas resident scheduled an ultrasound at Novant Health UVA Prince William Medical Center (formerly Prince William Hospital), a few miles from her home. Several moments into the procedure, the technician burst into a flurry of …

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Away for the Holidays: Making it one to Remember

By Olivia Overman For most people, the holiday season is about surrounding yourself with the love and affection of family and friends, and for a lot of people today, this means traveling around the country and sometimes traveling overseas to spend time with loved ones. Whether you’re continuing family traditions or even starting new ones, preparation and plenty of planning …

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Prince William SPCA Wins the Prince William Living Giving Back Awards

By Emma Young The Prince William Living Giving Back Awards celebrate the many outstanding nonprofit organizations in Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park that contribute every day to making Prince William better. In every issue, Prince William Living spotlights organizations that give back through their mission and good works, creating greater awareness and support of their efforts. The Prince …

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Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

By David Gignilliat The original concept of Halloween is rooted in a Celtic agricultural tradition said to mark the end of the fall harvest season and the beginning of winter. Legend suggests that October 31 signified a portal to the world of the unliving where spirits would come back to disturb crops and cause sickness. To protect themselves and their …

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Virginia Wine Country: The Coming of Age

By Marianne E. Weaver | Photos by Kathy Strauss Virginia has a long, and somewhat bumpy, history of winemaking. The Virginia Wine Board marketing office in Richmond traced the origins of the state’s winemaking history back to the Jamestown settlers, who required each male settler to plant and tend to at least 10 grape vines. But unfamiliar diseases and insects …

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These Waters are Wide

By David Gignilliat A playful splash of a friend at a pool. The refreshing cool of toes dipping in a lake after sunning on the sand. The droning hum of a jet ski motor bouncing over a lake. Or the faint, gentle whir of a four-man scull gliding over the waters of the Occoquan Reservoir. There are few experiences as …

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