News to Use Podcast Transcript: February 22, 2012
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
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.