News to Use Podcast Transcript: February 8, 2012


Fairfax County Podcasts 

Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for Feb. 8, 2012. Coming up, learn about the Northern Virginia Regional Water Supply Plan and how you can provide input, this month’s edition of “County Magazine” on Channel 16, the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual seedling sale and an upcoming listening forum with the Park Authority. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.

Fairfax County seeks public input on the Northern Virginia Regional Water Supply Plan that will be submitted to the state. Until Feb. 28, written comments can be emailed to the Clerk to the Board of Supervisors at “ClerktotheBOS@fairfaxcounty.gov,” or mailed to the Clerk to the Board of Supervisors, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 533, Fairfax, VA 22035. Comments may also be made to the Board of Supervisors at a public hearing Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 4 p.m. in the Board Auditorium of the Government Center. To sign up to speak, register online or call 703-324-3151, before noon on Feb. 28. The Northern Virginia Regional Commission, along with the participating local governments and water authorities, coordinated the plan’s development. The commission will submit the plan to the state. For more information or questions about the plan, call the county’s environmental coordinator at 703-324-1788.

“County Magazine” on Channel 16 this month features information about the celebration at the Reston Community Center in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior. You can learn about a program that offers free tax assistance to qualifying individuals and families. Find out how Fairfax County determines its operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year and how you can participate in the budget process. Take a look at places, court records and letters in the county significant to the history of the Underground Railroad. Meet the winners at this year's land conservation awards, and celebrate the birthday of our first president by visiting a new exhibit at his Mount Vernon home. “County Magazine” airs daily at various times and on Live Video Streaming, or anytime with Video on Demand. Learn more at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cable/channel16.

The Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District's annual seedling sale makes low-cost native shrub and tree seedlings available to Northern Virginia residents. Order your seedling packages by April 16 for pickup in mid-April. Trees and shrubs help cleanse water, prevent soil erosion, provide habitat, cool our climate and clean our air. The Shrub and Small Tree Package has 10 seedlings for $15.95. The Tree Package includes seven seedlings for $11.95. A full, nonrefundable payment must accompany your order by Monday, April 16, or until supplies run out. You will receive a confirmation receipt and a map to the pickup site in Fairfax County, off of Braddock Road, two miles outside the Beltway. Orders may be picked up on Friday, April 20, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., or Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m. - noon. Learn more at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/nvswcd/seedlingsale.htm.

Fairfax County residents are encouraged to participate in an open discussion about parks in your community with Fairfax County Park Authority Director John W. Dargle Jr. The Providence District Listening Forum will be held Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Hunter House in Nottoway Park. Residents can share thoughts, concerns and exchange ideas with Park Authority staff. Nottoway Park is located at 9537 Courthouse Road in Vienna. For information, call 703-324-8662, or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/listeningforums.htm.

Finally, join Fairfax County on Facebook and follow our updates at facebook.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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