News to Use Podcast Transcript: April 4, 2012

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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

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

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 703-759-2771.

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, 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

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 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.  

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