News to Use Podcast Transcript: June 28, 2012

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Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for June 28, 2012. Coming up, learn about fighting the bite of the mosquito this summer, a public comment meeting on a Fall Park Bond referendum, trails and the county’s Facebook. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

Mosquito Control Awareness week was June 24-30. Did you know that a single mosquito bite can give you West Nile virus. Why take a chance? Here’s three great ways to control mosquitoes in your yard:

  • Eliminate standing water: Mosquitoes can breed in a container as small as a bottle-cap.

  • Treat standing water. Larvicides can help to control mosquito breeding sites.

  • Spray your yard. Used carefully, an insecticide can help eliminate mosquitoes.

Most mosquitoes are poor fliers, so if you are being bitten by them, they are probably breeding nearby. Even if you get rid of most of their breeding ground, mosquitoes can still find you. Here are some tips to fight the bite:

  • Defend yourself: Wear insect repellent.

  • Avoid peak times: Stay indoors at dawn and early evening.

  • Dress right: Wear long, loose and light-colored clothing when outdoors.

  • Keep them outside: Install, repair or replace screens on both windows and doors.

Learn more from the Fairfax County Health Department at


The Fairfax County Park Authority and the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority will hold a joint public comment meeting on Monday, July 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Rooms 106/107 of the Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. The meeting will provide an opportunity for residents to learn about plans for a bond referendum this fall and to comment on the bond program highlights. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors have authorized a $75 million Park Bond referendum as part of the Fiscal Year 2013 through 2017 Capital Improvement Plan. This referendum, if approved by voters this fall, would provide $12 million for the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority and $63 million for the Fairfax County Park Authority. More information is online at


Fairfax County offers over 500 miles of trails, or shared use paths. Trails are for a multitude of users and not limited to bicycles. When riding the trails, please do so responsibly, be polite and follow the rules.

  • Share the trail – walkers and runners have the right-of-way over bicyclists and skaters.

  • Obey traffic signs and signals.

  • Cross roads only at designated crossings.

  • Stay to the right of the center line.

  • Faster users should pass on left.

  • Announce your passing either verbally or with a device such as a bell.

  • Do not block the trail when stopped; move to the side.

  • Be alert to potential obstacles and hazards such as debris, gates, potholes and other trail users.

  • Do not disturb vegetation or wildlife.

And remember, in Virginia, it is unlawful to operate a bicycle while using headphones on or in both ears. More information is online at and


Finally, join Fairfax County on Facebook and follow our updates at And for a comprehensive list of news headlines, photos, videos, social media, email newsletters, events and more, visit the Fairfax County NewsWire at

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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