News to Use Podcast Transcript: February 22, 2012


Fairfax County Podcasts 

Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for Feb. 22, 2012. Coming up, learn about the next Electric Sunday, the nationally recognized Laurel Hill Golf Club, the Medicare Moments podcast and retail water rates. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.

Fairfax County’s Electric Sunday program offers a convenient opportunity for residents to recycle unwanted or obsolete electronic devices. Over the last three years, more than 3 million pounds of televisions, computers, fluorescent lights and other electronic devices have been recycled. The next Electric Sunday will be held on Sunday, Feb. 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the I-66 Transfer Station located at 4618 West Ox Road in Fairfax. There is no cost to participate. For more event details and a schedule of all events this year, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/recycling or call 703-324-5230.

Golfers who frequent Laurel Hill Golf Club in Lorton already consider the course, designed by architect Bill Love and owned by the Fairfax County Park Authority, to be among the best for value and golf experience in the region. That is now confirmed by a recent Links Magazine rating that ranks Laurel Hill number seven in the top 10 municipal courses nationwide. The 18-hole course is located on property that once housed the D.C. Department of Corrections facility at Lorton. Laurel Hill Golf Club will host the 2013 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. It was also selected as one of the Top 10 Best New Courses in America by Golf Digest magazine, as well as ranking within the Top 10 Virginia Public Access Courses in 2008 and 2011, according to Golf Week magazine. Learn more from the Park Authority website at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/golf/.

Got questions about Medicare? You are not alone. Medicare has become increasingly complex and beneficiaries often have difficulty understanding their choices and appeal rights. In response, the county has launched a new podcast series, “Medicare Moments.” Each of these five to seven minute radio-style interviews focuses on a bite-sized issue related to Medicare. Nationally recognized Medicare expert Howard Houghton explains the various Medicare programs in a simple, friendly manner. He also offers advice on getting the most out of your benefits. Recent programs include “Buyer’s Remorse: How to opt out of your Medicare Advantage plan,” and “What you need to know about Medicare’s annual enrollment period.” Learn more and listen to the podcasts online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices/podcasts/.

Retail water service providers who wish to continue to charge county residents higher rates than Fairfax Water’s must submit a formal request to the county by Friday, March 9, to determine if the higher rates are fair and reasonable. A detailed explanation of the review process, schedule and formal submittal requirements is available on the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services Web page: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/retailwaterrates.pdf. That address again is www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/retailwaterrates.pdf.

Finally, did you know that you can follow Fairfax County on Twitter for key updates from across county government? Just visit twitter.com/fairfaxcounty.

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.  


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