Archive for 2012

Shipping a Pie from Occoquan to Honolulu

Posted by Lou on December 12, 2012 in Video

Occoquan – the town of delicious pies. Pies worth sending from Occoquan, Virginia to Honolulu, Hawaii via FedEx. Watch the pie (purchased at Mom’s Apple Pie) travel through FedEx’s spiderweb of conveyor belts and wind up on a Waikiki beach, served alongside a Mai Tai.

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Cruising the Occoquan River

Posted by Lou on November 13, 2012 in Occoquan River, Video

Boating season 2012 is drawing to an end. It’s time to winterize but that doesn’t mean you can’t watch the shorelines of the Occoquan stream past your bow. Here’s your momento: An Autumn cruise along the Occoquan River on a beautiful mid-November day.

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Sandy Pummels Occoquan

Posted by Lou on October 29, 2012 in Boating News, Occoquan River, Potomac River, Town News


According to NOAA’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service, the Potomac River will crest above the major flood stage on Wednesday night at 7pm.

Expect the creeks in Occoquan to flood much sooner!

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Many Trails Lead to Occoquan

Posted by Lou on October 21, 2012 in Hiking, Transportation

Occoquan Hiking Trail

Autumn is a great time to explore the great outdoors. If you live in or around Occoquan, you can take advantage of a network of hiking, biking and paddling trails that wind around and through town. In fact, there are 5 notable trails that pass through Occoquan:

U.S. Bike Route 1  is a cross-country bicycle route that runs the length of the United States eastern seaboard from Florida to Maine.

The East Coast Greenway is a developing trail system, spanning nearly 3,000 miles as it winds its way between Canada and Key West, linking all the major cities of the eastern seaboard. Over 25 percent of the route is already on safe, traffic-free paths.

The Occoquan Water Trail is a 40-mile route on two tributary waterways of the Chesapeake Bay. The water trail is best experienced as a paddling adventure, either by kayak or stand-up paddleboard.

The Potomac Heritage Trail network follows the paths explored by George Washington. You can follow the same routes toda on foot, bicycle, horse and by boat.

The Fairfax Cross County Trail connects the entire county from one end to the other, connecting hill and vale, stream, meadow and urbanized landscapes along the way.

If you are planning to explore the wild side of Occoquan, AllTrails is a great website and app to help you rediscover the outdoors with maps, reviews and photos of many trails. If you are interested in learning more about or promoting the network of trails in Northern Virginia, you should contact the Northern Virginia Regional Commission.

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Potomac Snakehead Terror

Posted by Lou on July 1, 2012 in Fishing News, Occoquan River, Potomac River

The Potomac River is infested with bloodthirsty, meat-eating Northern Snakeheads. They can breathe air and slither across land. They’re huge, ugly and invasive. That’s why the Maryland Department of Natural Resources advises local anglers to kill all snakeheads.

Don’t think there are any snakeheads in your part of the Potomac? Think again. Angler James Berry has pulled snakeheads out of the Occoquan River, the Potomac near Fort Washington, Aquia Creek, Little Hunting Creek, Mattawoman Creek, and Chesapeake Beach.

Next time you go for a swim at Belmont Bay, watch your toes!

Courtesy Maryland DNR and James Berry

Courtesy Maryland DNR and James Berry

Courtesy Maryland DNR and James Berry

Courtesy Maryland DNR and James Berry

Courtesy Maryland DNR and James Berry

Courtesy Maryland DNR and James Berry

Courtesy Maryland DNR and James Berry

Courtesy Maryland DNR and James Berry

Courtesy Maryland DNR and James Berry

Courtesy Maryland DNR and James Berry

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Paddle the Occoquan with Mayor Porta

Posted by Lou on April 9, 2012 in Announcements, Meetups, Occoquan River, Occoquan Rowing, Town News

This summer Mayor Earnie Porta will be hosting historic tours of Occoquan River by kayak. The kayak tours will begin at 11:00 a.m. at Occoquan Regional Park (kayaks available for rent – $10/per).

1st and 3rd Saturday from May 5th to October 20th at 11 am. Cost: $10 per person. Please call Occoquan Regional Park at 703-690-2121 to confirm each week.

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Dead Snakehead Fish Wanted

Posted by Lou on March 28, 2012 in Environmental News, Potomac River, Video

how to kill a snakehead fish

The Maryland Department of Natural Resource plans to reward 3 lucky snakehead killers with $200 cash. You read that correctly: anybody who catches and kills a snakehead fish should email photographic evidence to for a chance to win.

This contest is good thing because the Northern snakehead is a non-native, invasive species that  negatively impacts the Potomac River ecosystem. As a top predator, the snakehead fish is a direct threat to valuable fish populations, including bass.

In case you were wondering, there are 3 ways to kills a snakehead: decapitation, evisceration, or gill arch removal. Check out the video for more information.


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2012 Town of Occoquan Elections

Posted by Lou on March 20, 2012 in Announcements, Pictures, Town News

In 2012 the residents of Occoquan will once again have the opportunity to elect a Mayor and new Town Council. Voting will take place at Town Hall from 6:00am – 7:00pm on Tuesday, May 1. Reminder, you must be registered to vote by April 9th in order to participate.

If you are interested in running for Town Council, now is your opportunity. You may obtain the necessary filing forms by contacting the Office of General Registrar at (703) 792-6470 or by downloading the forms from the State Board of Elections website.

The current Occoquan Town Council consists of:


Earnest W. Porta, Jr.

Town Council:

Elizabeth A. “Liz” Quist
Ken T. Brunsvold
Denise M. Bush
Patrick A. Sivigny
James N. Walbert

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Mission to Mason Neck

Posted by Lou on March 3, 2012 in Civil War, Pictures

Virginia Historical Society

The Opinionator Blog in the New York Times recently published an interesting recount of the importance of accurate maps during the Civil War. Understanding the twists and turns of the Occoquan River was vital, which prompted a comprehensive mapping effort.

Pohick Creek, about 10 miles southwest of Alexandria, was by then the forward line of the Union Army, while the Confederates held the Occoquan River, about 5 miles farther south. Heintzelman instructed Sneden to focus his mapping efforts on the area in between — a marshy bit of land known as Mason Neck — where the smugglers lived and rebels retreated after their repeated attacks on the Union line. Continue Reading

Virginia Historical Society


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Civil War Reenactment Coming to Occoquan 2/25

Posted by Lou on February 7, 2012 in Civil War, Meetups, Town News

Calling all Civil War junkies! As Occoquan continues to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, a very special event has been planned for February 25, 2012.

The festivities begin at Town Hall at 10:30am when Robert Alton, the author of Strategm 1861, will lecture on the early history of the Civil War in northern Virginia.

At 11:30am, Brady’s Michigan Sharpshooters will reenact the events of February 3, 1862, when Companies H & I of the 3rd Michigan Infantry exchanged fire with Confederate troops drilling in Occoquan under the command of Wade Hampton.

Check out the Occoquan Historical Society website for additional details.

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The National Wildlife Refuge Next Door

Posted by Lou on January 29, 2012 in Video, Wildlife Refuge

William Hong of William Hong Photography produced this short video that captures the flora and fauna on display at the newly rediscovered Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

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2012 Boat Show Season

Posted by Lou on January 16, 2012 in Boat Shows, Boating News
The river hasn’t frozen over and we haven’t seen much snow but boating season 2012 is just around the corner! In a mere 45 days, the early birds will be de-winterizing and setting sail. If you’re thinking about buying a new boat or upgrading, attending a boat show is a great place to start. Here are the dates for the upcoming boat shows:

January 19th – 22th

January 27th – 29th

February 17th – 19th

March 9th – 11th

Prince William Boat Show

March 23rd – 25th

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Prince William County Board of Supervisors OK’s Oaks III

Posted by Lou on January 11, 2012 in Politics, Redevelopment, Town News


Despite strenuous opposition from over 100 Occoquan residents and well-spoken appeals from many, including Mayor Porta and James Phelps, the Prince William County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution to rezone Tanyard Hill Road for commercial development.

Specifically, developer Ken Thompson will now be permitted to build a 32,500 square foot office building on an old windy road with dire traffic, drainage and erosion problems. The motion passed 5-3, under the unwavering support of Chairman Corey Stewart.

In favor of rezoning:

– Corey Stewart
– Wally Covington
– Peter Candland
– John Jenkins
– Maureen Caddigan

Opposed to rezoning:

– Michael May
– Martin Nohe
– Frank Principi

It is the official position of the Town of Occoquan and OccoquanWaterfront that the planned commercial development is flawed and will only exacerbate the existing traffic and flooding problems in town. The impact will be most keenly felt in November, 2015 – when the Prince William County Board of Supervisors is up for reelection.

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Occoquan Reach Time-Lapse Construction

Posted by Lou on January 7, 2012 in Redevelopment, Video

No snow on the ground this year but this time-lapse video of the construction of Phase III of the Occoquan Reach community captures the impact of Snowmageddon in January 2010.

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Oppose the Oaks III Rezoning Request

Posted by Lou on January 4, 2012 in Redevelopment, Town News

Calling all Occoquan residents: Please attend the Board of County Supervisors meeting on January 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the McCoart Administration Building to oppose the Oaks III rezoning request.  The Chairman of the Board, Corey Stewart, has flipped. He now supports the developer and is pressuring other members of the board to do so as well.

Please consider emailing the members of the Board of Supervisors to respectfully request that they support the Town of Occoquan in opposing the rezoning request and the accompanying negative storm water and traffic impact that will result.

Chairman Corey Stewart –
John Jenkins –
Wally Covington –
Mike May –
Martin E. Nohe –
Maureen Caddigan –
Peter Candland –
Frank Principi –


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