News to Use Podcast Transcript: Sept. 7, 2011
Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for
September 7, 2011.Coming up, learn about protecting yourself from scams
during storm clean up, the September issue of “County Magazine,” Police
Explorer Post #1742 and this month’s used book sales. Links to topics
mentioned in this podcast can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.
After significant storms, such as Hurricane Irene, people with pickup trucks and chainsaws who call themselves tree specialists often cruise through neighborhoods and knock on doors offering “cheap” tree cleanup. Generally, trees should be removed or trimmed by a qualified professional to reduce long-term damage to the tree and surrounding property. Finding a qualified tree service is important protection for the homeowner. Knowing how to hire a reputable arborist can help prevent becoming a victim all over again.
By not taking the time to hire a reputable tree service you may create greater problems in the future. The International Society of Arboriculture offers tips on hiring an arborist:
Ask if the arborists on staff hold any professional
Ask about membership in professional organizations.
Check the local yellow pages directory or newspaper for arborists who
list themselves as certified arborists or who display the official
logos of professional membership.
Ask for proof of insurance and then verify coverage with the insurance
Ask for references from past customers and check them.
Don’t be afraid to ask for a written estimate; it’s also okay to get
more than one estimate.
- Finally, do not pay for the job until everything agreed upon is completed.
This month on “County Magazine” on Fairfax County Channel 16, county
residents and first responders talk about their memories of 9/11 and the
impact on their lives 10 years later. The 2015 World Police and Fire
Games – the second largest international sporting event – is coming to
Fairfax County; meet public safety athletes in training. See an
old-fashioned pudding eating contest from this year's 4-H Fair. If you
own a smart phone, “County Magazine” will show you how to connect with
key county services with a brand new app from Fairfax County Government.
September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month; learn how people living with
chronic illnesses manage their daily living challenges with help from a
Fairfax County program. And see how the dog days of summer ended with a
big splash at the Lee District Recreation Center. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cable/ for show times.
Teens and their parents are invited to an informational meeting on
Monday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. to learn more about Fairfax County Police
Explorer Post #1742. The meeting will be held in the A level conference
room of the Massey Building, 4100 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax.
For any teen that’s ever dreamed of a potential career in the
challenging field of law enforcement, the Explorers are a good place to
start. Explorer Post #1742 is open to Fairfax County young adults between
the ages of 14 and 20. Members receive law enforcement training by
trained police officers who serve as advisors and facilitators for the
program. This is a one-time opportunity to meet with the leaders of the
Explorer program and have all of your questions answered; it will not be
repeated later in the year. Don’t miss it. Free parking is available at
the public parking garage on Page Avenue. More information can be found
Finally, the Fairfax County Public Library system will host numerous
used book sales at many branches during September. Check out the library
online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/ for more
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.