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Occoquan Farmer’s Market 2013 Powered by the OTC

Posted by Lou on May 9, 2013 in Farmer's Market News, Town News

The signs on Route 123 and at Old Bridge Road say it all: The Occoquan Farmer’s Market will return again in 2013. However, this year there is a story behind the sign. During Winter, the traditional sponsor/organizer (the Occoquan Merchants Association) disbanded. As a result, there was a very real possibility that the market would fold.

Good news: the Occoquan Farmer’s Market will live on! Mayor Earnie Porta has assumed control of the market through the newly-formed Occoquan Transportation Company (OTC). Market hours and location will remain the same as in the past — with a twist: an advance order and delivery service.

According to the OTC website:

“Local residents register in advance by completing the form located on the Occoquan Farmers Market website.  On the Friday before each market, registrants will receive an email notification indicating the items available for delivery and their price.  They may then place orders for delivery via email no later than 7:30 p.m. on Friday.  Notification and orders are placed exclusively via the internet, so participants must have access to an internet connection and an active email account.  On Saturday morning, OFMM will fill the orders and deliver them.  Participants need not be home to accept delivery, but are required to have designated a location suitably covered from the elements where the order may be left.  An invoice will be left with the order, and participants must remit payment no later than the following Wednesday either by check, credit card, or PayPal.  The invoice will show a surcharge for payments by credit card or PayPal.”

The Occoquan Farmer’s Market, located in the Mill Street parking lot adjacent to the Route 123 bridge, features locally grown produce. It is open for business on Saturday mornings from April 27 through October 26 (excluding Craft Show weekends). Typically, the spectrum of goods include: crabcakes, baked goods, produce, pork, indian spices, pies,  crepes and more!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Occoquan Panorama

Posted by Lou on December 11, 2011 in Occoquan River, Town News, Video

I just stumbled across this awesome video taken from a remote control airplane as it soars along the Occoquan River. Worth watching!

Occoquan 5th Flight from Paul Thompson on Vimeo.

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Editor’s Pick: Bistro L’Hermitage

Posted by Lou on November 16, 2011 in Endorsements, Restaurant News, Town News


Wedged along the side of Occoquan Road, Bistro L’Hermitage is the apex of fine dining in Occoquan. The low-slung, cozy French restaurant serves up flavorful dishes in memorable style. The menu is constantly changing but the simple flavors are always delicious.

Bistro L’Hermitage is the closest you’ll come to Top Chef without traveling 20 miles north to DC and you don’t have to take my word for it. Nowadays, even veteran restauranteur Tom Sietsema from the Washington Post ventures into Prince William to dine. Mr. Sietsema labeled Bistro L’Hermitage an Editor’s Pick in his October 18th review.

If you find yourself lucky enough to dine at Bistro L’Hermitage, remember to say hi to Youssef!

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Occoquan, Virginia: Center of the World

Posted by Lou on October 23, 2011 in Pictures, Random Musings, Town News

HOT Lanes to Connect Occoquan to DC by 2015

Posted by Lou on September 30, 2011 in Redevelopment, Town News, Transportation


Occoquan Rt 95 Rt 395 HOV Lanes

Things are heating up on the $1 Billion dollar project to improve traffic on Routes 95 & 395. VDOT is currently holding “HOT lane forums” throughout the construction area.

The VA Mega Project will add a 3rd lane to the existing HOV lanes in the center portion of the highway. Also, High Occupancy Toll technology (EZ Pass transponders) will automatically bill drivers that do not meet the minimum standard: three or more people in their car, including carpools, motorcycles and transit vehicles.

An overhead sign will show the current toll price for the upcoming segment. VDOT expects tolls to be between 10 cents to about $1 per mile, depending on traffic, with the average trip costing $5 to $6.

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2011 Occoquan Fall Craft Show

Posted by Lou on September 18, 2011 in Craft Show, Special Events, Town News

The 2011 Occoquan Fall Craft Fair will take place in Historic Occoquan, Saturday September 24th (10:00 AM to 6:00 PM) and Sunday, September 25th (10:00 AM until 5:00 PM) rain or shine. Per the semi-annual tradition, it will feature lots of greasy food and crafts from a wide array of local artists and vendors. The official craft show website has complete vendor details.

You can park in nearby commuter lots and take a shuttle to Occoquan for $4/person (kids free). If you don’t mind a little traffic, there is parking to be found in the neighborhoods surrounding the fair.

Hopefully the beautiful September weather will hold out and it will be a fantastic weekend!

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Occoquan By Qwicki

Posted by Lou on August 1, 2011 in Town News, Video

I had to posting this video just for fun so you can learn more about Occoquan through the eyes of a Cyberdyne computer programmed to destroy to the world.

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Occoquan River Spring Clean-Up

Posted by Lou on April 2, 2011 in Announcements, Environmental News, Occoquan River, Town News

The 10th Annual Occoquan River Spring Clean-Up with take place on Saturday, April 9 from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Join your neighbors and Friends of the Occoquan volunteers in sprucing up the shoreline in town! Meet at Town Hall wearing sturdy shoes. Gloves and trash bags will be provided.

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Population of Occoquan Skyrockets

Posted by Lou on February 16, 2011 in Announcements, Town News

According to the 2010 census figures, the resident population of Occoquan soared by 23% during the 10 year period from 2000 to 2010. I say that in jest because it grew from 759 to 934 people. Yes, you have 175 new neighbors. Most, I assume, live in the Occoquan Reach development on Occoquan Road.

According to Mayor Porta, the astounding population growth does not put Occoquan in any new categories under state law that might require additional regulations or oversight.

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