News to Use Podcast Transcript: November 16, 2011
Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for
November 16, 2011.Coming up, learn about low-interest loans available for
damage from Tropical Storm Lee, a watershed management public meeting and
your opportunity to become a market master with the county’s farmers
markets. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at
The U.S. Small Business Administration will provide low-interest
disaster loans to individuals, renters and businesses to help them
recover from Tropical Storm Lee. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell
requested the SBA disaster declaration for Prince William and Fairfax
counties. SBA loans also are available in the counties of Arlington,
Fauquier, Loudoun and Stafford and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax,
Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park. Loans up to $200,000 can be
used by homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate.
Homeowners and renters are eligible for loans up to $40,000 to repair or
replace damaged or destroyed personal property. Businesses and nonprofit
organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or
replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment,
inventory and other business assets.
The public is invited to a watershed management plan community update on
Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. in Conference Rooms 9/10 at the Fairfax
County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax.
Reservations are not required. A series of comprehensive watershed
management plans have been developed to help Fairfax County and its
residents restore and protect streams and other vital natural resources.
With assistance from residents and other groups, staff of the Fairfax
County Stormwater Management Program identified more than 1,700 projects
to improve the health of local watersheds. County staff will present an
update on several watershed management topics, including a review of the
watershed management plans and the status of project implementation and
infrastructure reinvestment. For more information, call 703-324-5821, or
Four Fairfax County farmers markets are recruiting volunteers for market
masters and assistant market masters during the 2012 season. The Fairfax
County Park Authority’s Community Horticulture Office supervises the
farmers markets and market masters are responsible for their daily
operations. Markets in Annandale, Burke, Lorton and Mount Vernon all have
vacancies to be filled before the start of the season in May. Applicants
who can commit a few hours one day each week from May through November
will be considered. Anyone interested in becoming a market master or
assistant market master should contact the Farmers Markets coordinator at
703-642-0128, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, join Fairfax County on Facebook and follow our updates at facebook.com/fairfaxcounty. You can also follow Fairfax County on Twitter for key updates from across county government at twitter.com/fairfaxcounty or text the words and symbol “on @fairfaxcounty” to 40404 – that’s “on @fairfaxcounty” to 40404. And for a comprehensive list of news headlines, photos, videos, social media, email newsletters, events and more, visit the Fairfax County NewsWire at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news.
That’s all for this News to Use podcast. Thanks for listening. For more information about the topics in this podcast and for continuous news updates, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news. You may also call 703-FAIRFAX, that’s 703-324-7329, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. News to Use is produced by the Fairfax County, Virginia, government.