News to Use Podcast Transcript: April 4, 2012
Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for Apr.
4, 2012. Coming up, learn about the countywide transit network study, the
Colvin Run Mill Historic Site, Fairfax County’s Medical Reserve Corps and
national safe digging month. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast
can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.
The Fairfax County Department of Transportation is beginning the Countywide Transit Network Study to determine the type of transit systems needed to accommodate desired economic growth throughout the county over the next several decades. The study will develop recommendations for where Metrorail should be extended, where streetcar or light-rail systems are appropriate and where dedicated lanes that allow buses to move faster could go. The study will also recommend how the system can be phased in and funded over time. The purpose of the Countywide Transit Network Study is to establish a network of high-quality transit corridors in a cost-effective way to serve the county’s needs to accommodate planned growth over the long term. To learn more about the study, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/2050transitstudy/.
The water wheel at Colvin Run Mill Historic
Site – a water-powered technological marvel built around 1811 that
features a massive water wheel and gears – reopened for spring on Sunday,
April 1. Bring your family, friends or a whole group and explore the
wooded and landscaped grounds around the historic Colvin Run Mill and
General Store. Venture out of your car for a leisurely afternoon enjoying
the simple past-times common in the early 19th century. Have a picnic, shop at the general store for stone-ground cornmeal,
wheat flour and grits, "penny" candy, toys, books, jewelry,
snacks and drinks. The Colvin Run Mill Historic Site is located at 10017
Colvin Run Road in Great Falls. For more information about the park, call
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national volunteer program created
after the 2001 terrorist attacks to supplement the capacity of the public
health system. The mission of the county’s Medical Reserve Corps is to
enhance the Fairfax County Health Department’s ability to prepare for,
respond to and recover from natural and man-made disasters and
emergencies. For more on the Fairfax County MRC, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/mrc/, call 703-246-8641 or email
April marks the fifth annual National Safe Digging Month, reminding
Virginia residents to always call 8-1-1 before any digging project.
According to Common Ground Alliance, a national association focused on
protecting underground utilities, more than 165,000 underground utility
lines nationwide are damaged annually by digging. Every digging project,
no matter how large or small in Virginia, requires a call to 8-1-1.
Installing a mailbox, building a deck, demolition, installing an
irrigation system and planting a tree or garden are all examples of
digging projects that should only begin after a call to 8-1-1.The
Virginia Utility Protection Service, commonly called Miss Utility of
Virginia, is the nonprofit organization created by Virginia’s utilities
to protect underground facilities. To learn more visit www.va811.com.
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.