News to Use Podcast Transcript: Feb. 24, 2009

Fairfax County Podcasts 

Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for February 24, 2009. Coming up, get information on a seedling sale that’s for the birds, hear how your Fairfax County business can be recognized for going green, learn about National Consumer Protection Week in Fairfax County, and find out what the county is “tweeting” about.

The Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District is holding its annual seedling sale for 2009.  The sale makes low-cost native shrub and tree seedlings available to Northern Virginia residents. All seedlings in the package are native to Northern Virginia and this year’s varieties were specially picked to be bird friendly.  Each package is $17.95 and includes two of each of the following varieties: Washington hawthorn, Elderberry, Willow oak, Silky dogwood, American hazelnut, and Persimmon.  These plants are sure to bring song birds to your backyard!  Order forms can be downloaded from the Conservation District at  Seedlings are available for pick-up in mid-April.  For more information call 703-324-1420.  Trees and shrubs help cleanse water, prevent soil erosion, provide habitat, cool our climate and clean the air. Considering adding native trees and shrubs today!

Going green at work?  Fairfax County wants to hear from you!  The county’s Business Recycling Awards program is designed to recognize Fairfax County businesses and nonprofit organizations implementing innovative programs in waste reduction, recycling and reuse. Any Fairfax County business or nonprofit is eligible to apply. All waste reduction, recycling, and/or reuse efforts carried out between Jan. 1, 2008, and March 1, 2009, are eligible for consideration. Judging Criteria include: the total amount of trash diverted from the waste stream through recycling, waste reduction and/or reuse efforts; positive impact on and benefit to Fairfax County’s environment; level of employee participation; and innovation and creativity of the program.  Deadline for submission of application materials is March 13, 2009. Applications sent in by mail must be postmarked by March 13, 2009. For more information, call 703-324-5230.

The Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs is now using Twitter, a social media platform that allows users to send and receive short messages and updates.  Fairfax County residents can stay connected by “following” the county on Twitter.  304 “followers” have signed on to get updates from the county since it began “tweeting” in January.  The Office of Public Affairs “tweets” live from Board of Supervisors meetings, and also provides short updates on everything from winter storm warnings to dog licenses.  To sign up and follow Fairfax County on Twitter, go to  The county is also using other social media platforms, including Facebook and YouTube.  To learn about all of the ways you can stay in touch with Fairfax County, go to

Next week is National Consumer Protection Week with the theme ”Nuts & Bolts: Tools for Today’s Economy.” The Consumer Affairs Branch of the Fairfax County Department of Cable Communications and Consumer Protection has scheduled free events throughout the county to provide information, education and tools consumers can use in uncertain economic times. Free seminars will be offered about foreclosure, short-term loans and choosing a contractor for home repairs or improvements. Also, Fairfax County Government Channel 16 will televise “Consumer Focus: Tools to Avoid Debt Traps.” For the complete schedule of events and locations, and to find out how to register for the free seminars, call Consumer Affairs at 703-222-8435 or go to

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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