News to Use Podcast Transcript: Feb.10, 2009


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Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for February 10, 2009. Coming up, find out about something fishy happening at county lakes, learn more about the new insect in town, and get the kids ready for fun this summer at Fairfax County Parks.


Cast your line and catch your limit at local lakefront parks during the annual Spring Trout Fishing Program now through April. Come out and join other fishing fanatics for the excitement of catch-and-keep fishing fun along the banks of Lake Accotink dam and stream and at Lake Fairfax.
Weekly stocking will alternate between the two parks.  The first stocking of 1,000 pounds of farm-raised rainbow trout took place last Friday, February 6 at Lake Accotink Park, which is now open for fishing. Lake Fairfax will be stocked and open to the public this Friday, February 13. Both parks allow fishing from 7 a.m. until dusk. The program ends at both parks on Sunday, April 19.  Virginia game and fishing laws apply, including a six-fish daily limit per pass-holder.   For complete program rules and details, go to fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/troutfishing.


There’s a new insect that’s been found in Fairfax County, and it’s called the Emerald Ash Borer.  The Emerald Ash Borer is a serious threat to ash trees. It has killed more than 25 million ash trees across the U.S., and these pests may affect you. Ash trees are often used for landscaping at homes and businesses here in Fairfax County.

You can learn more about these insects and what to do about them at three public meetings in March at the Kingstowne and Herndon libraries. County arborists will give a talk and answer questions.  Meeting dates are Wednesday, March 4 and Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m. at the Kingstowne library; and Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m. at the Herndon Fortnightly library.  For more information, call Fairfax County’s Forest Pest Branch at 703-324-5304 or e-mail pestmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.


Summer is just around the corner, and registration is now open for Fairfax County Parks’ spring and summer camps.  From Irish dance to scuba diving, there’s something for every child.  Sports, nature, performing arts and technology are just a few of the themes from which to choose.  Register for summer camps by May 29 and receive a $10 discount. 

Before-and-after camp care is available at several RECenter/Park locations. This service, designed for children six and older, provides additional morning and afternoon care for campers of working parents, but is open to all children in full day camps. Campers stay in a safe environment and get to choose from these supervised activities which are provided during Extended Care: board games, cards, drawing/coloring, and age-appropriate movies.

Fairfax County Park Authority camps provide individual attention with relatively low camper-to-staff ratios.  All staff members are certified in First Aid and CPR, and have been through extensive background checks as well as an intensive camp training course, before camps begin.

For more information, and to register, go to fairfaxcounty.gov/parks.


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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