Dear Village Neighbors / Friends,
Where’s Winter? The robins and cardinals have returned along with a few early bird mosquitos. Flowers are starting to sprout and in some cases – bloom. Our children are running worry free in front yards and often in and across streets. True sign of spring was Shelly Fowler washing her Mustang. Can’t say I miss winter, but we may still get snow or at least freezing temperatures to hold down the bugs.
Assuming that spring is here - please slow down and watch for those kids running and playing worry free. I almost disappeared into Turkish prisons when I hit a boy who darted across the street in Mersin, Turkey. The boy bounced up without injury; his father and grandfather told the gendarme (police) that it was their fault, but off to jail I went for interrogation. Fortunately, I was travelling with a translator who offered $50 of my money to pay for a medical check of the boy. All were satisfied and I was released. Shoot, I even threw in an extra $50 so the boy could get himself a bike. But that exact moment when my car struck the boy and he disappeared from sight comes back now and then during my sleep. Talk to your kids about safety and to your young drivers about driving even more carefully.
And now that our kids are playing in yards, we realize that some irresponsible dog walkers aren’t picking up what their dog drops during their walk. It is the law folks – please do your civic duty.
Deer Season – should be at an end or ending this weekend. Kids need to be aware that bow hunters may be in the same Pohick Stream woods where they want to play.
Yard Debris – If all goes according to plan, we should have separate yard debris collections on Wednesdays starting next Wednesday.
Spring Softball Registration – Northern Virginia Girls Softball Association (NVGSA) registration for the spring season is open, but will close early March. You can register your daughter online at http://nvgsa.org/. NVGSA only offers girls house softball in age brackets 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U and 18U. We give girls a chance to move up into select teams (Dimensions) at 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U. Most of those select teams compete within a reasonable driving time from home. And then there are the Firebirds who are Travel teams and range a bit further from home and often stay overnight at tournament sites. NVGSA is the largest such organization in the area, but are able to hold down the costs with highly-talented, volunteer coaches, administrators and board of directors.
17 Billion Gallon Water Reservoir - Over the next 70 years, a rock quarry in Lorton will be transformed into a water storage reservoir. Fairfax Water and Vulcan Materials Company recently signed an agreement that’s been in the works since 2000. Click on the following for more information: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news2/future-northern-virginia-reservoir-to-hold-17-billion-gallons-of-water/.
County’s Proposed $4.10 Billion, General Fund Budget – That’s $77.2 million (or 1.9 %) increase over the current FY 2017 budget. If you include other appropriated funds such as federal and state grants, the total budget is $7.99 billion. The recommended transfer to Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) for operations is $1.97 billion, a 2.70 %, or $51.69 million increase over the current budget. Including support for school construction and debt service, total transfers to FCPS total $2.17 billion, or 52.8 % of the budget proposal. I may have to eat my words given that the County Executive says he can balance this budget without any real estate tax increase, but I know that FCPS is looking for an even larger transfer. See more at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news2/5-things-to-know-county-executive-proposes-4-10-billion-fy-2018-budget/. There also, you’ll find ways to submit your opinion about the budget to include at public hearings.
Winter Pitching – Here’s a canned pic of several young ladies who have worked during the winter to improve their fastpitch softball pitching/catching skills. One in the middle is Avery Henry (Edmonton Court). We had 40, but the numbers are dwindling as the weather improves. If you get a chance stop by RVES gym during the training times (5:30 – 6:30 PM on Tu & Th). However, enter at your own risk. Most of them pitch above 30 MPH and as high as 45.
Drive safely and stay safe.
John Cooley, CAWSV