The National Wildlife Refuge Next Door

Posted by Lou on January 29, 2012 in Video, Wildlife Refuge
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William Hong 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
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The river hasn't frozen over and we haven't seen much snow but boating season 2012 is just around the corner! If you're thinking about buying a new boat or upgrading, attending a boat show is a great place to start.

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

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Occoquan Reach Time-Lapse Construction

Posted by Lou on January 7, 2012 in Redevelopment, Video
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No snow on the ground this year but this time-lapse video of the construction 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
Oaks III Rezoning Request
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.

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Occoquan Panorama

Posted by Lou on December 11, 2011 in Occoquan River, Town News, Video
occoquan panorama
Just stumbled across this awesome video taken from a remote control airplane as it soars along the Occoquan River. Worth watching!

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Occoquan River Rapids

Posted by Lou on December 9, 2011 in Occoquan River, Video
Occoquan River Rapids
After a lot of rain, the Occoquan River is no joke. This 30 second video was shot from Nathaniel Ellicott Footbridge on the North side of town.

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Editor’s Pick: Bistro L’Hermitage

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

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Navigating the Occoquan River

Posted by Lou on November 3, 2011 in Boating News, Buoys & Markers, Occoquan River, Transportation
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The Occoquan River contains many aids to navigation, commonly known as buoys or channel markers, which are designed, built and maintained by the United States Coast Guard.

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Occoquan, Virginia: Center of the World

Posted by Lou on October 23, 2011 in Pictures, Random Musings, Town News
Occoquan, Virginia: Center of the World
It's amazing some of the random stuff that I see on Twitter, including this image that plots Occoquan as the geographic center of the world.

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2011 Occoquan Chase Recap

Posted by Lou on October 19, 2011 in Occoquan Reservoir, Occoquan Rowing, Video
Occoquan Rowing
Check out this video recap of the 2011 Occoquan Chase time trial competition held each fall along the Occoquan Reservoir...

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Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge

Posted by Lou on October 11, 2011 in Boating News, Environmental News, Potomac River, Wildlife Refuge
Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge
The Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge is a strip of 325 acres of pristine riverfront property wedged between Route 1 and the Potomac River that is now accesible to boaters.

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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. Find out how much the average trip will cost.

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Occoquan Reservoir: A Gem Worth Protecting

Posted by Lou on September 29, 2011 in Environmental News, Occoquan Reservoir, Redevelopment
Occoquan Reservoir
The Occoquan Reservoir is a rare gem in our increasingly developed area. It is an irreplaceable drinking water source for 1.7 million people.

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The Muddy Waters of the Chesapeake

Posted by Lou on September 18, 2011 in Boating News, Chesapeake Bay, Occoquan River, Pictures, Potomac River
Muddy Chesapeake Bay
Check out this "true color" image that shows just how unbelievably muddy the Chesapeake Bay has become the in the wake of the copious amount of rainfall that has fallen in the past 2 weeks.

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