News to Use Podcast Transcript: November 30, 2011
Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for
November 30, 2011.Coming up, learn about Operation Empty Cage at the
Fairfax County Animal Shelter, results from the latest youth survey,
schedule your 2012 dates for Electric Sundays, eBooks at the County
Public Library and winterizing your home for the winter. Links to topics
mentioned in this podcast can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.
“Operation Empty Cage” is underway at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter
as part a two-month long Home 4 the Holidays adoption event. One of the
campaign’s goals is to empty the shelter’s cages throughout the holiday
season by finding a home for each animal available for adoption. To meet
the animals, visit the shelter during its business hours Tuesdays through
Fridays from noon to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Animal
adoptions can take place up to one-half hour prior to the shelter’s
close. For more information, call the Fairfax County Animal Shelter at
The Fairfax County Youth Survey is a comprehensive, anonymous and
voluntary survey that examines the risks and protective behaviors and
other factors that influence the health and well-being of our county’s
youth. The survey is administered to Fairfax County Public Schools 6th,
8th, 10th and 12th graders. The results provide a snapshot of Fairfax
County youth and also serve as a barometer of our effectiveness as a
community in fostering healthful choices. County, school and
community-based organizations rely on the results to assess youth needs
and strengths, develop programs, monitor trends, measure countywide
outcomes and guide countywide planning of prevention efforts. The 2010
results are now available online.
Fairfax County residents can recycle televisions, computers and
peripheral devices – including keyboards, speakers, printers, external
drives and other such materials – and unbroken fluorescent light bulbs
and tubes on Electric Sundays. There is no charge for Fairfax County
residents to participate; however, you may be required to show proof of
residency. The dates for 2012 Electric Sunday events are now scheduled
monthly through November and can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/recycling/electric-sunday.htm.
Kindle users can now download free eBooks available through the Fairfax
County Public Library's catalog. The library has offered eBooks and other
e-material for several years and Kindle users join the thousands of
library customers who read for free on their devices. All the library's
electronic resources are available through the catalog at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library. To see the electronic
collection only, click on download from the left column of the home
Finally, some winterizing tips for your home include sealing the holes in the attic floor with caulk, closing the fireplace flume, checking the door seals and weather striping, insulating piping and changing the filter on heating/cooling systems. Sealing and insulating your home correctly can save you 20 percent on heating and cooling bills on an annual basis. For more details, watch the winterize your home video on the county’s YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/fairfaxcountygov.
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.