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For many, the beautiful weather of May signals the return of golf season. Now more than ever, you will find women getting their clubs out and heading to one of Prince William’s scenic courses. Our feature, “Women Get Into the Swing of Golfing,” by Lisa Collins-Haynes (page 4), explores what local courses are doing to welcome women to the sport of golf and how you can join in the fun.

Youngsters can also take part in this popular sport. This month’s “Giving Back,” by Olivia Overman (page 24), features The First Tee of Prince William County. Based at Lake Ridge Golf Course, this local chapter of the national organization seeks to build character along with putting skills.

We also look at keeping people of all ages on the move in “On a High Note,” by Val Wallace (page 10), all about Woodbridge Dance Company and Woodbridge Academy of Dance. Learn how sharing the love of dance in the community has become a family affair for Lucetta Furr.

Speaking of family affairs, May flowers are popping up in this month’s “Family Fun,” “Digging into Flower Pot Gardening” (page 20), by Dale City mom and  horticulturalist Elizabeth Federico. Discover how to turn this simple form of gardening into an enjoyable learning experience for your children.

In “Tambourines and Elephants,” DeeDee Corbett Sauter brings us “Salamat Po, Y’all” (page 35) as she describes her parents and how DNA does not define her. Or does it?

For me personally, I know that the guidance and example set by my parents very much defines me. My mother ingrained in her children the need for service and charity, as well the love of community that drives Prince William Living.

As we went to print, my mother is in hospice and our family has had to deal with many difficult issues. I drew from this experience in developing “Reasons to Hire an Elder Law Attorney” (page 30) and “Living Life to the Fullest, to the End: How to Choose the Right Hospice Care” (page 16). I hope that both articles can help others navigating this often uncertain territory. Being prepared and informed makes a world of difference for all involved.

And so, with May also being the time we celebrate Mother’s Day, I hope you will indulge me as I dedicate this issue to my mother, Barbara Stuck, who passed away April 23rd. Without her, none of this would be possible. Thank you Mom!


Rebecca Barnes

Prince William Living Publisher



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