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Meet “Almost,” the Acorn Woodpecker — Virginia Biologists research a Cali reservation.

By: Theresa Coates Ellis — It was the east meeting the west — for the love of birds. Kathryn, my middle daughter, was eager to catch up with her buddy — Toni — they met in their local High School Nursing program years ago. After Kathryn graduated Osbourn High School, they became Old Dominion University (ODU) roommates and expanded their interests to study Biology.  Now … Continue reading Meet “Almost,” the Acorn Woodpecker — Virginia Biologists research a Cali reservation.

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Why we have them when we’re young

This summer I was introduced to a fidget widget — a hot commodity according to Colby, my seven-year-old grandson. Basically, a toy — a fancy replacement for playing with your pencil, clicking a pen, doodling or twirling your hair when you are bored or anxious. Finding this toy became a part of his mission during his solo visit with us during the week. When the opportunity … Continue reading Why we have them when we’re young

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Jump into July and have a blast!

July is a month full of great music, food and fun! Check out what the City of Manassas has going on in July. Celebrate America Tuesday, July 4th, 3:00pm-10:00pm Historic Downtown Manassas Celebrate America this Independence Day with one of the largest fireworks displays in Northern Virginia! It’s an all-American party in Historic Downtown Manassas, sponsored by the City of Manassas and Historic Manassas, Inc.! … Continue reading Jump into July and have a blast!

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For the love of leading

By Theresa Coates Ellis — Every Tuesday morning at 7:30 am, I joined a group of early birds as President of a club in one of the oldest service organizations in the world. We planned events, charitable giving, and fellowship. When I proposed a new idea that I had seen in Delaware, Flags for Heroes, to benefit the Bull Run Warrior Retreat, we went full … Continue reading For the love of leading

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Build it and they will come

As college students prepare for graduation, they sort, pack, toss and plan. After finding that perfect outfit to walk the big stage, they ponder. Young and new professionals are emerging into the workplace. Finding a job or a career is the number one priority. The reality of life — bills — are about to hit them. The last thing they want to do is move … Continue reading Build it and they will come

Hop into April!

Get ready — Spring is here — with activities, events and things to do galore! We were lucky to have a mild winter but the warmer weather is always welcome. The big highlight of the month is Easter with celebrations, reflection and break time.  Get your calendar ready and start planning your April! 1. Student Scholarships Students! Time to visit your Career Service Dept. or Guidance Counselor to apply … Continue reading Hop into April!