Helene Domi in Stafford asks:

What is being built on Warrenton Rd (Rt 17) in Stafford County next to the new Good year tire place?

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Answered by: None, 2013/12/29 16:22:42 US/Eastern

Anthony in California asks:

Does Rachel Rosenblatt like me?

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Answered by: None, 2013/02/20 04:59:56 US/Eastern

ruben in Out-of-state asks:

Where does Sarah Curtis work?

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Answered by: None, 2012/04/21 02:48:12 GMT-4

Jenny Kefauver in Fredericksburg asks:

What is being built across from Spotsylvania Towne Center, where the old Aztec restaurant once stood? I saw it being razed a couple of weeks ago.

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Answered by: None, 2012/01/18 03:33:37 US/Eastern

Destini in Fredericksburg asks:

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Answered by: None, 2011/10/11 08:54:13 GMT-4

Annie Dahmen in Spotsylvania asks:

What is going on in the Timbers subdivision? I pass through there every day, and I see road crews threw dirt and gravel over every road in the subdivision. Yesterday, I say a big sweeper pushing the dirt to the edges of the road. It is a terrible mess! Cars are coated in dust, pedestrians must cover their mouths when cars pass by, and the poor dogs being walked are probably getting pelted by gravel. I just don't get it. What is the deal??

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Answered by: None, 2011/10/08 20:09:12 GMT-4

Ashley in King George asks:

The sign has been removed off of the Dahlgren "Steamers".. Have they abandoned this project?

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Answered by: None, 2011/09/23 10:32:17 GMT-4

nina hairfield in Fredericksburg asks:

Why has "For Better or Worse" been deleted from the comic section? That is one of the best one. I read Pickles, and Zits. But the rest is junk

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Answered by: None, 2011/07/12 08:06:24 GMT-4

Laura in Fredericksburg asks:

where can you go to sit by the river that is safe, free of transients, drug dealers..questionable people..my family would like to enjoy the evenings by the water and cannot find a "clean" spot to go. thanks.

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Answered by: None, 2011/06/30 09:39:32 GMT-4

debby in Fredericksburg asks:

Will the city of Fredericksburg step in on the historical building, former "Cards&Cones'. The building appears to still be empty since the purchase of it. Does the city ARB get involved when a building with historical value becomes in disrepair? What about HFFI ?

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Answered by: None, 2011/06/29 10:27:11 GMT-4

ron thurston in Fredericksburg asks:

I live off 610(LaKE ARROW HEAD)I need to get to spotsylvania dmv,i went to the fred bus station to try to get instuctions,but they were little help,i even got schedules,but i still dont understand them.Could you please help?Times.prices,transfers,ect.thankyou

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Answered by: None, 2011/06/28 13:30:07 GMT-4

Rachel in Caroline asks:

Do you know anything about a mobile pet spay/neuter thingie that travels thru Caroline? I've heard of it, but have no clue what it's called.

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Answered by: None, 2011/06/27 15:24:20 GMT-4

Terri in Fredericksburg asks:

Fifteen or so years ago, an article came out concerning the essentials needed for someone going off to college. I've misplaced it, and now my son is leaving for college. Can anyone send me a link to that article?

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Answered by: None, 2011/06/27 09:10:31 GMT-4

anthony in montana asks:

homo?

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Answered by: None, 2011/06/19 05:17:33 GMT-4

Scott in Fredericksburg asks:

What happened to the China Jade in Central Park? One day it was open, the next is was "closed for remodeling", now the space is completely vacated with a for rent sign? It happened all within a couple of weeks.

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Answered by: None, 2011/06/16 18:36:01 GMT-4

sharon abbott in Fredericksburg asks:

my question is why doesn,t the fred'burg area have snowball stands I grew up in Balto. and during the summer the kids & adults couldn,t wait for the stand to open. My husband & I would like to open one up,too many codes and restrictions??? Come on Virginia this is 2011 are virginians still to CONSERVATIVE for the city of Fred'burg not to enjoy a little bit of tastefullness???

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Answered by: None, 2011/06/10 09:26:17 GMT-4

linda coates in King George asks:

I heard that the Free Lance published an article in the last 10 days stating that Mary Washington Hospital purchased 15 acres in stafford for a new hospital addition. I would like to read the article, but I can't find it. Was there such an article.

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Answered by: None, 2011/06/08 22:20:24 GMT-4

Nancy in Fredericksburg asks:

Is there a laundromat in fredericksburg city?

Answer: There are several, including one in Eagle Village. The easiest way to find one near you is to Google Fredericksburg, Va and laundromat.

Keywords: laundromat, Eagle Village

Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2011/05/31 16:24:18 GMT-4

Lynne in King George asks:

Is Steamers on 301 in King George EVER going to open? They were scheduled for Grand Opening in March but it's going into June and the inside construction has not been finished. I'm anxious for them to open as I loved the one in Stafford but now I live a couple of miles from 301.

Answer: According to the manager of the Steamers in Stafford, there's been a delay due to permitting, and the restaurant probably won't open for a couple months.

Keywords: Steamers, King George

Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2011/05/31 16:18:47 GMT-4

Rob Hutchins in Stafford asks:

My question is in reference to the traffic light timing on Rt. 610, Garrisonville Rd. Each morning during the week it seems to take anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes to get from Vista Woods to I95 due to traffic light timing. I leave in the mornings at 7:30 and nearly every day I catch each light from Furnace Rd. to Onville Rd. on red. And, it's not just me it's many, many people that are being halted at every traffic light along the way. The lights seem to be set up in this manner for some reason. It's quite frustrating to know that you're wasting as much gas stopping and going from every red light along the way as you would on your highway portion of the commute. The lights after Onville seem to be somewhat correct at pushing a flow of traffic through but up to that point it's nuts and very bothersome. Thanks for listening to me whine. 610 will make me insane one day.

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Answered by: None, 2011/05/31 14:20:59 GMT-4

brian in alameda, ca asks:

New Balance Dog food has recall for semoliana. Web search has info stating Diamond Mfg for New Balance?? Is this true and if so where? Thanks Brian

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Answered by: None, 2011/05/29 11:23:43 GMT-4

Wendel in Fredericksburg asks:

can I find the fred bus schedule on-line?

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Answered by: None, 2011/05/26 09:03:57 GMT-4

Tiffany in Fredericksburg asks:

Any indication about what is going on with the old Uno's building in southpoint?

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Answered by: None, 2011/05/18 23:10:02 GMT-4

Alex in Fredericksburg asks:

Why was the speed limit reduced from 45 mph to 40 mph on route 208 in Spotsylvania County?

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Answered by: None, 2011/05/07 22:22:27 GMT-4

Crystal Knight in Fredericksburg asks:

Theres alot of great young musical talent around the area. My friend David Hughey is truly amazing. I was wondering if you do pieces on local talent and how maybe David could be one local highlighted?

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Answered by: Alex Russell, 2011/05/04 12:06:36 GMT-4

Louise in Fredericksburg asks:

What happened to Newstalk 1230? Why did it change formats?

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Answered by: None, 2011/04/18 08:31:17 GMT-4

Jay in Caroline asks:

Any ideas on how save threes and land and less development?

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Answered by: None, 2011/03/24 21:42:41 GMT-4

Tom in Fredericksburg asks:

There was a company in Frederickburg that installed and repaired garage doors. Another company bought them out a few years ago. Does anyone know the name of the company that bought them out. The name of the company was Fredericksburg's Best.

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Answered by: None, 2011/03/23 16:54:15 GMT-4

Tom in Fredericksburg asks:

There was a company in Frederickburg that installed and repaired garage doors. Another company bought them out a few years ago. Does anyone know the name of the company that bought them out.

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Answered by: None, 2011/03/23 16:52:09 GMT-4

NANCY in Spotsylvania asks:

WHAT IS GOING TO BE BUILT AT HARRISON CROSSING (GIANT SIDE)? AND HOW ABOUT ACROSS THE STREET----ANYTHING EVER GOING TO BE ADDED OVER THERE?

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Answered by: None, 2011/03/22 05:48:30 GMT-4

Sandie in Fredericksburg asks:

What's going on with the Burger King on Rt 3 in front of the mall? Is it going to re-open?

Answer: The franchisee is renovating the restaurant and expects to reopen it in early April.

Keywords: Burger King, State Route 3, renovation

Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2011/03/17 18:51:10 GMT-4

Buttafly Jones in Spotsylvania asks:

Any ideas on what's going to go up on the corner of Massaponax Church Road and Rt 1, across from the Fas Mart? They've cleared the trees in that area and looks like the homes/building structures will be knocked down too.

Answer: Silver Companies, which owns that property, is cleaning it up and hopes to have tenants soon.

Keywords: Massaponax Church Road, Silver Companies

Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2011/03/17 18:48:53 GMT-4

Patsy in Spotsylvania asks:

On Sunday, March 13, 2011, there was a LOT of police activity on Chapman Dr. (off Lansdown, off Rt.2) that had include police cars, firetrucks and an amublance. Also had police tape up for a couple of days after. Haven't seen anything in the papers but wasn't sure if it was a crime or accident. No one came knocking on doors seeking information but wasn't sure what happened. Any info?

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Answered by: None, 2011/03/16 12:37:34 GMT-4

Faith in Spotsylvania asks:

Who owns the Salem Church Crossing Shopping Center?

Answer: None

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Answered by: None, 2011/03/10 23:11:27 US/Eastern

Don Joseph in Fredericksburg asks:

I am looking to enroll in Fredericksburg area classes that teach about woodworking and power tools. Any ideas how I can find them?

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Answered by: None, 2011/03/08 12:23:09 US/Eastern

pat in Fredericksburg asks:

will molesters ever be tried for their crimes agianst young girls? how long do you think they should be punished?

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Answered by: None, 2011/02/23 07:57:30 US/Eastern

Graham in Stafford asks:

What is the story about Harrell Road between Forbes & Deacon still closed. It was only supposed to be closed for six weeks but has been for months. I drove down there today to see how far the along the work had come. To my surprise it has been completed new road surface and no constructon work.... Why is this road still closed?

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Answered by: None, 2011/02/22 09:59:02 US/Eastern

Susanne Lazanov in Stafford asks:

Any truth to the rumor that Giant Food on Rte. 17 (Celebrate Virginia North) is closing soon? Business was slow enough before the nearby Wal-Mart opened!

Answer: "While there are currently no plans to close our Spotsylvania Crossing store on Plank Road, we continuously review the operating performance of all of our stores so that we may make sound business decisions," said Giant Food spokesman Jamie Miller.

Keywords: Giant Food, Spotsylvania Crossing Shopping Center

Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2011/02/21 11:18:28 US/Eastern

Jeff in Fredericksburg asks:

Can you explain the history of the 40mm anti-aircraft gun near the war memorial?

Answer: From a 1999 Town & County piece by Gwen Woolf:

This World War II-era anti-aircraft gun was the subject of controversy in recent months when the city removed it from its post at the intersection of George, Barton and Liberty streets across from the former Maury School to make way for a Mary Washington Hospital-sponsored memorial honoring volunteers. The move upset Fredericksburg-area veterans, who protested to Fredericksburg City Council. The artillery piece wasn?t controversial back in 1962, when it was placed there by Harry Gosper (right) and Danny Mitchell (left, on gun ). Gosper, a World War II veteran who fought at Guadalcanal with the 1st Marine Division, was commander of the American Legion Bowen?Franklin?Knox Post 55 and an administrative officer at the Quantico Marine Base in 1962. He obtained the gun and moved it to Fredericksburg with Mitchell?s help, according to Gosper?s wife, Shirley, who submitted the photo to Flashback. She says her husband died in April 1997, before the gun controversy erupted. But, she remembers, ?He was always so thrilled to drive by the gun and see children playing on it. He said maybe the children would ask their parents and learn something about World War II.? The gun is currently in storage while its fate is debated. Last month, the hospital announced it would look for a new site for the volunteer memorial , clearing the way for a new veterans memorial . City Council asked local veterans groups to suggest a design and location for the memorial , which could include ?sentinels? such as the World War II gun.

Keywords: Fredericksburg veterans war memorial, anti-aircraft gun

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kenneth Jubb in Colonial Beach asks:

I am planning to buy a new computer, my old computer was purchased in 2000, will my old programs run on the new windows 7, as they now are on windows XP, as I can't see spending a large sum on new programs

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Answered by: None, 2011/02/10 14:13:15 US/Eastern

Lynne in King George asks:

I'm wondering if anybody know of a Grand Opening date for the new Steamers seafood on Rt 301 in King George?

Answer: According to manager Carri Kitchens, it should be ready to open by mid- to late March.

Keywords: Steamers, King George

Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2011/02/07 14:34:43 US/Eastern

Larry Vasquez in Stafford asks:

Sport and Health Clubs are charging an additional $150 fee for my teen to use the equipment in addition to my monthly fee. They label it a safety fee but they offer a smart start personal training session for free and I still sign the liability waiver as part of the contract. No other club charges this fee. I say it is a scam. might be a great story to follow up on all those new year resolutions. r, lv

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Answered by: None, 2011/02/01 14:40:23 US/Eastern

albert atkins in Fredericksburg asks:

this is more of a request than a question. Would love to see more emphasis placed on litter in the area with a series of articles. Litter in htis area is rampant. Many sources of litter such as constructions sites, uncaring waste disposal companies, commercial enterprises, and just careless littering and a general lack of caring about the situation by government. We need to bring this to the attention of the public.

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Answered by: None, 2011/01/28 13:46:49 US/Eastern

Chenora Macon in Fredericksburg asks:

Hello, my name is Chenora Macon. I was wondering would you happen to know why every where you read it states that there is a shortage of nurses, but when you apply for a nursing job they will not hire you because you have no experience. I just graduated from one out of three schools in the fredericksburg area, and mind you there are other schools close by as well. You now have over 50 plus new LPN's in the area and we can not get or find jobs. I think this is sad and depressing. What do you think???

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Answered by: None, 2011/01/25 22:15:26 US/Eastern

Joyce in Fredericksburg asks:

Yes I'm Lookin' For A Girl Name Mable Louise Davis, Can You Help Me Find Her or tell me how would I find her?

Answer: None

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Answered by: None, 2011/01/17 01:15:15 US/Eastern

Justin in Fredericksburg asks:

Is hometeam grill still coming to Fredericksburg next to the college? I havent heard anything about it. and I thought they were projected to open in December.

Answer: Home Team Grill is now hiring, and is expected to open around the middle of February.

Keywords: Home Team Grill, Eagle Village

Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2011/01/12 18:30:49 US/Eastern

Danielle in King George asks:

Where do you post marriage licenses? I've searched all over and found a reference to FredFYI but couldn't find the lists.

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Answered by: None, 2011/01/11 21:06:04 US/Eastern

Nikki in Fredericksburg asks:

Is there a youth softball league in the area? I've googled "youth soft ball" AND "Fredericksburg", but couldn't find any listed. I visited parks and rec's page, but when I clicked on the sports link only basketball, baseball, tennis, soccer and field hockey came up.

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Answered by: None, 2010/12/31 14:23:10 US/Eastern

carol in Out-of-state asks:

what is the answer to the wuzzle puzzles for 12-19-10. We are STUCK!

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Answered by: None, 2010/12/30 10:35:34 US/Eastern

Angela in Fredericksburg asks:

Looking for an update on the Steak N Shake opening. Is there a specific opening date to announce?

Answer: It is open.

Keywords: Steak n Shake, opening

Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2010/12/29 11:21:50 US/Eastern

Sandie in Fredericksburg asks:

I was at the train station downtown Fredericksburg recently and noticed some construction going on there.. just wondering if they're adding onto the station.

Answer: Trinity Construction Group Inc. of Culpeper began work four months ago "to improve a clogged drainage system on the station?s railroad bridge," according to an article Kelly Hannon wrote on Sept. 21. The work is expected to take a year.
Kelly's article also stated that:
The bridge has no central draining point for water. Trapped water on the bridge freezes and thaws, causing the concrete surface to chip and flake. The falling concrete creates a safety hazard for pedestrians passing below on four streets: Caroline and Princess Anne, Sophia and Charles.

Because of the available budget, the repair work on this project is limited to where the bridge crosses two streets, Caroline and Princess Anne.

Keywords: train station, construction

Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2010/12/29 11:20:19 US/Eastern

Mary Brisbois in Spotsylvania asks:

Every year your paper puts out a calendar for the following year either in Nov or Dec. Did the paper publish a calendar for next year? If so, I never received one in my newspaper. Thank you, Mary Brisbois

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Answered by: None, 2010/12/28 06:14:29 US/Eastern

peter vernimb in Winchester/Falmouth asks:

Why did you drop the "anonymous" ability to post comments regarding news items? Using the Facebook plug-in is problematic for some of us who wish to participate in online forums but can't reveal our identity because of our work. Facebook is easily traceable, and in my work, we regularly view such pages as we consider new employees. A response to my email address and not posting is fine. Thanks.

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Answered by: None, 2010/12/21 18:19:16 US/Eastern

Ken in Fredericksburg asks:

What ever happened to the road the was to be built from Spotsylvania Towne Center to Harrison Road? I thought it was supposed to be finished by the time the Towne Center opened.

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Answered by: None, 2010/12/21 17:23:31 US/Eastern

Bob in Fredericksburg asks:

I have not seen any current information on First Night Fredericksburg 2011 except that Buttons are on sale at several locations. I see no schedule or list of activities anywhere and there is no real information on "fredericksburgfirstnight.com". Is the event still scheduled or has it been cancelled? It is hard to believe we can't find any real information on the event just 10 days before it is going to happen. We started to invite friends from outside the area to join us downtown for the event but we are know rethinking our plans if we can't get any information (besides places to buy the buttons) on the event.

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Answered by: None, 2010/12/21 12:34:16 US/Eastern

Colleen Lilly in Fredericksburg asks:

I am writing regarding the 12-18-10 FLS article about James Ryan Murray, who was headlined as a "Former Teacher" sentenced for child abuse. When I tried to find Murray's credentials online, there don't seem to be any. I cannot verify that he was ever licensed in any state. Additionally, I read in an internet site (allegedly written by Murray's mother) that he has an IQ of 67 and was a special needs student, etc. Could you please tell me why this person was headlined as a "teacher", a term that in current colloquialism denotes a college educated, degreed, licensed person who is or has been employed in an accredited educational institution.

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Answered by: None, 2010/12/20 08:06:01 US/Eastern

Michelle in Fredericksburg asks:

Are there any organizations in the area to help needy families with clothes and infant need? Infant needs such as an infant car seat and infant clothing. Email is the best way of contacting.

Answer: None

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Answered by: None, 2010/12/18 23:17:24 US/Eastern

kristine probus in King George asks:

Where is the fredtalk option on the blue line. It was on all of the blogs, but every since you put the fredMD its hard to find the fredtalk option. Thanks. Mrs. Kristine Probus

Answer: None

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Answered by: None, 2010/12/15 22:40:01 US/Eastern

bob craig in Spotsylvania asks:

What happened to Fred Talk on the FLS website?

Answer: None

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Answered by: None, 2010/12/15 17:28:00 US/Eastern

Betty in Fredericksburg asks:

Looking for a semi upscale restaurant in fredericksburg that can accomodate about 30 people for a special occasion. (reserved seating). Thank You.

Answer: None

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Answered by: None, 2010/12/11 21:33:43 US/Eastern

Betty in Out-of-state asks:

What happened to Fred talk?. is it no longer available?

Answer: None

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Answered by: None, 2010/12/11 21:25:05 US/Eastern

april in Fredericksburg asks:

Are there any clubs in town that have a teen (under 18) night?

Answer: Check out the Fredericksburg All Ages blog at blogs.fredericksburg.com/faa/, and their Facebook page at facebook.com/fredericksburgallages. They're a non-profit group that promotes music for the teens and the under-21 crowd.

Keywords: Music, entertainment, FAA, under 18

Answered by: Alex Russell, 2010/12/11 18:39:41 US/Eastern

Kym in Fredericksburg asks:

Are there any free counselors for children in our area?

Answer: Check with the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board. (http://www.racsb.state.va.us/). They aren't free, but will work with you to make a payment plan within your ability to pay.

Keywords: RACSB

Answered by: Alex Russell, 2010/12/08 11:38:51 US/Eastern

Bill Pomeroy in Fredericksburg asks:

What happened to the morning DJ on WFLS- Jeff Moore?

Answer: Geoff Moore is now at Classic Rock 96.9, afternoons from 2-7. http://www.classicrock969.com/djs

Keywords: WFLS, Classic Rock 96.9, Geoff Moore

Answered by: Brian Baer, 2010/12/07 11:09:18 US/Eastern

Mike in Spotsylvania asks:

Is Verizon ever going to expand FIOs to the Chancellor area of Spotsylvania County? I thought they laid fiber lines down almost two years ago.

Answer: None

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Answered by: None, 2010/11/12 14:47:34 US/Eastern

Tanya Jennings in England asks:

Can you tell me the history of the old jail house please? It is for a project for the scouts that visited from the UK in August.Thank You

Answer: None

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Answered by: None, 2010/11/10 17:06:51 US/Eastern

Pat Tudor in Stafford asks:

When is the annual Christmas Open House hosted by the merchants of downtown Fredericksburg? It's on a weekend, downtown is decorated for Christmas and all the stores stay open late for the shoppers, really nice

Answer: The Downtown Annual Christmas Open House will be held Saturday, November 13, and Sunday, November 14.

Keywords: Christmas open house, downtown Fredericksburg

Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2010/11/09 13:51:34 US/Eastern

Mike Madden in Fredericksburg asks:

What are they building ACROSS the street from the new Wal mart on US 17?

Answer: None

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Answered by: None, 2010/10/27 11:18:13 GMT-4

Douglas in King George asks:

What is the status on the Hopyard Town Center ? The Silver Companies have a sign there now.

Answer: None

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Answered by: None, 2010/10/27 07:01:33 GMT-4

Tammy Hicks in Fredericksburg asks:

What site do I go to vote for my Favorites to when the Fred Awards?

Answer: If you mean the Freddie Awards, you need to go to the Fredericksburg Guidebooks website, http://fredericksburgguidebook.com/freddy-awards-ballot.html

Keywords: Freddie Awards

Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2010/10/22 11:23:31 GMT-4

Jim Auclair in Spotsylvania asks:

As a commuter living in Spotsylvania and working in NOVA I seem to see an abundance of Maryland registered vehicles going north on I-95 every morning. As a Virginia Taxpayer what does the state / County do to ensure people living within the state are not registering their vehicles in other states to avoid contributing to the tax base?

Answer: None

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Answered by: None, 2010/10/20 12:58:37 GMT-4

Big D in Fredericksburg asks:

When does the new Steak and Shake open up in Fredericksburg, VA?

Answer: Steak 'n Shake will open the middle of November, and has begun hiring. For details, see my What's In Store? column at: fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2010/102010/10152010/581627

Keywords: Steak n Shake, opening, hiring

Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2010/10/18 11:53:33 GMT-4

J.graves in Stafford asks:

What is going on the land that has been cleared next to WalMart on Rt 17?

Answer: You aren't alone in wondering about this. I've received many calls and e-mails, and wrote my What's In Store? column about it in August. The developer has cleared land and is planning to build a shopping center called Falls Run, but that's about as far as things have gotten.
For more information, please see my column at: http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2010/082010/08202010/569748
For details about other work nearby, see: www.fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2010/072010/07232010/563247

Keywords: Stafford County, Walmart, cleared land U.S. 17

Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2010/10/18 11:51:19 GMT-4

William Neal in Fredericksburg asks:

Why did the Free Lance-Star stop providing the Sunday TV Guide for the following week? Now your customers have no info prior to 7:PM, which is especially burdensome for Sat and Sunday!!

Answer: None

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Answered by: None, 2010/10/17 15:22:56 GMT-4

Michele Cook in Spotsylvania asks:

My childs birthday falls a few days after the Kindergarten age deadline. In years past, they had a parent handbook that indicated they did testing in situations such as mine and if the child passed the test they were admitted that year. Is this still the case? If not, when and why did it change?

Answer: None

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Answered by: None, 2010/10/16 20:36:10 GMT-4

Pam deWolfe in Spotsylvania asks:

Is it true that Kalahari (sp?) Waterpark will not be coming to our area after all?

Answer: Hi, Pam. Kalahari Resorts has run into lots of problems trying to find financing for its $260 million waterpark resort in Fredericksburg's Celebrate Virginia South. But the company says it is still committed to the project, and that it's just a matter of finding affordable financing. Here is the latest article we ran on this.

- Bill Freehling, The Free Lance-Star

Keywords: Kalahari

Answered by: Brian Baer, 2010/10/11 15:37:18 GMT-4

Cheryl in Fredericksburg asks:

I keep checking the Giant website to see if they are going to offer the Peapod service in our area, but for the past four years it's been unavailable. I would think we have enough population in this area to justify this service. Can you find out?

Answer: None

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Answered by: None, 2010/10/11 14:56:36 GMT-4

JK in Fredericksburg asks:

What are they building in Central Park between the Subway/Christian bookstore and the Nine West across the way?

Answer: A new entrance is being cut from the parking lot to Central Park Blvd. to allow easier access to the stores in that section of Central Park. Work is expected to be completed by the end of October.

Keywords: Central Park, new entrance, Nine West

Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2010/10/11 13:28:49 GMT-4

Angela in Fredericksburg asks:

Can anyone confirm the opening date for the new Steak n Shake restaurant?

Answer: The franchisee doesn't have an exact date yet, but expects Steak n Shake to open in Massaponax by the middle of next month. Hiring will start onsite Oct. 12.

Keywords: Steak n Shake, opening, hiring

Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2010/10/11 13:27:02 GMT-4

Gayle Rolph in Spotsylvania asks:

I would like to know when trick or treat night is for spotsylvania county. Is it Sat the 30th or Sun the 31st?

Answer: Here's what we got from Spoty PIO Kathy Smith:
As you know, Halloween is officially on Oct. 31, Sunday. Your question is interesting, I haven't heard whether most people with young children will choose to trick or treat on Sunday (the traditional day, but also a "school night") or otherwise.

Halloween is not any kind of "official" day/event for the County or Sheriff's Office. I also checked with one person at Spotsy. Schools Administration and was told they have not made any recommendations to parents, and do not have any official position on it.

You might be interested to know that the Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office has had requests in the past from homeowners' associations for a deputy to go to a neighborhood and patrol that neighborhood during Trick or Treat. There is a cost for this. The Sheriff's Office is glad to help if and as deputies can be made available and are not needed elsewhere at that time. This could be via bike patrol or even via a marked car in the neighborhood (again, if available at that time).

Another thing that I'm aware of that happens for Halloween is that some churches/civic groups offer their own parties (with candy, games, etc.) for kids as an alternative to trick or treating -- another avenue you may want to look at.

Keywords: Spotsylvania, Halloween

Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2010/10/08 12:56:57 GMT-4

Dale in Fredericksburg asks:

Is there a vet's office that offers discounts for spaying/neutering cats that are strays?

Answer: Dale, The Kincheloe Clinic in Spotsylvania offers low-priced spay/neuter services. You can read more on their website at http://www.kincheloeclinic.org. Unfortunately, the City's Trap-Neuter-Release program, which used to offer these services for free, has been discontinued due to budget cuts.

Keywords: spay, neuter, TNR, Kincheloe, Vet, cats, feral

Answered by: Alex Russell, 2010/10/05 14:09:05 GMT-4

Kevin Cooper in Stafford asks:

What is really being planned for the land across from Wal Mart on Rte 17 & Stafford Lakes Parkway. They have cleared off a huge parcel of land next to the little convenience store there. I have heard rumors ranging from a 500 unit apartment complex to a new shopping center. I live in Stafford Lakes and would like to know whats going on in the area surrounding my neighborhood. Thank you, Kevin Cooper

Answer: A What's In Store? column about this ran in The Free Lance-Star on Aug. 20 in the business section. Here is a copy:
Plans for development in Stafford haven?t been finalized yet

READERS HAVE been curious about what?s coming to the cleared land opposite the Walmart on U.S. 17 in Stafford County.

They?ve been e?mailing questions to ?Ask Fred? on The Free Lance?Star?s website, fredericksburg.com, and passing on rumors. At least one reader has speculated that a Kohl?s might open there.

The truth is that nothing has been finalized?not even the date construction will begin?for what Sumner Partners of Bethesda, Md., is calling Falls Run.

?We?re looking for all the retailers that will service the surrounding community,? was about all that Dallon L. Cheney of KLNB Retail, a commercial real estate services company working for Sumner, was willing to say since no leases have been signed yet. He did add that offices might be built on the property as well if there was enough demand.

Falls Run is one of two developments Sumner Partners has in the works for U.S. 17. It also owns a small parcel on the opposite side of the Walmart parking lot from Village Parkway.

Called Stafford Lakes, this shopping center will have one or two freestanding sites for such things as a bank or fast-food restaurant and several ?inline? stores, or stores with common walls. They?re expected to be ready for occupancy next year.

?The tenants will really based on leasing, and we?re in the middle of that now,? Cheney said.

A conceptual plan for the 26.12-acre Falls Run property shows six free-standing sites along U.S. 17. The land behind that is labeled ?future retail development.?

The plan also calls for Village Parkway to be extended from U.S. 17 to the west side of the property, and a connector road to be built from it to Cardinal Forest Drive.

No date has been set yet for construction, Cheney said.

Cathy Jett: 540/374-5407 cjett@freelancestar.com

Keywords: shopping center, U.S. 17, Stafford Lakes

Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2010/09/14 13:39:55 GMT-4

N in Spotsylvania asks:

IS THERE A DEFINITE DATE FOR THE OPENING OF THE NEW THEATER YET?

Answer: Muvico/ Splitsville plans an April 30 opening, though it will host some preliminary events starting April 26.

Keywords: Muvico, opening

Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2010/04/08 19:09:56 GMT-4

Lorelai Gilmore in Out-of-state asks:

Dear Fred, My mother went to an auction and bought two spa tickets for the whole weekend. She had offered them to me since she had no interest in going. Once she heard my ?this is the closest you will get to being a dog? remark she decided to join me. The humiliating part is she has signed us up for the couple?s spa! We have our differences and I do not think this will go well. She has requested adjoining rooms for us! And the worst part is the spa does not serve coffee! Because my mother, whom I have a bad relationship with, has already bought the tickets, I would seem ungrateful if I refused to go. How should I handle this? A Connecticut Gilmore

Answer: Hmmm.

If I were you, I'd check out the "There's the Rub" episode of Gilmore Girls. It seems like you have the same situation and same name. haha

Here's a link: http://crushable.com/entertainment/gilmore-girls-216-there%e2%80%99s-the-rub/

Keywords: silly questions

Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2010/04/05 16:23:57 GMT-4

Kevin Matthews in Stafford asks:

The Cherry Grove part of Celebrate Virginia appears to have been a flop for The Silver Companies. It seems stores are closing on a daily basis there. Ruby Tuesday, that had planned a restaurant there, is trying to sell the land they own. A Sonic and a car wash were also planned, Pizza Hut was supposed to move from its current location on Rte 17 to the new development, now that is not happening. When is the Silver Company going to admit its failure in that area and go ahead and tear down the current empty eyesores and make it a park? That would make much more sense. They have cost the Stafford taxpayers alot of money and have nothing to show for it.

Answer: The project hit a speed bump when the economy tanked, but interest is starting to pick back up again in Cherry Grove, according to Jud Honaker, Silver Cos. president of commercial development. An article about this ran in the March 18 edition of The Free Lance-Star.

Keywords: Cherry Grove, Silver Cos.

Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2010/03/26 16:51:24 GMT-4

Adam in Fredericksburg asks:

I want to learn more about the tunnels under William St. and Caroline St. Why are they there? What were they used for?

Answer: From a Dec. 2003 FLS article:

Five tunnels dating to pre-Revolutionary War days lie under the city?s streets, presumably built for transporting tobacco to ships waiting on the Rappahannock River.

That they still exist today is a little-known tidbit of local history, [local authour Candice] Ransom said. She heard about them from local historians, and then found a file on the tunnels in the Virginiana Room.

?They were large enough for a team of horses and a wagon,? she said. ?There are places downtown where the sidewalk never stays right because of the tunnels underneath them.?

So in Ransom?s ?Liberty Street? a tunnel beneath the street became the means of escape for slaves owned by Fredericksburg families. A red shirt on a clothes line signaled when it was safe to go, and slaves followed the tunnel to a boat waiting on the river.

Ransom also intended a symbolic meaning for the tunnel. ?The real ?liberty street? was the tunnel under the white man?s street,? she said.

Keywords: history, tunnels, Fredericksburg

Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2010/03/26 16:46:26 GMT-4

Bill in Fredericksburg asks:

Any idea what happened at Bloom of Deacon Road Monday night at around 8:15??

Answer: Purse-snatching try fails outside store

Stafford authorities are investigating an attempted purse-snatching outside a county grocery store Monday night.
Sheriff?s spokesman Bill Kennedy said a woman was leaving Bloom at 282 Deacon Road about 7:47 p.m. when a young man came up from behind and tried to pull her purse off her shoulder.
After a brief struggle, the woman screamed and the suspect ran away.
The suspect was described as white, about 17 years old, wearing dark clothing and a hoodie. He had been seen sitting outside the store just before the incident.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff?s Office at 658-4400.

Keywords: crime, Stafford

Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2010/03/26 16:00:05 GMT-4

breetetting in Fredericksburg asks:

who is by me

Answer: Your shadow

Keywords: silly questions

Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2010/03/26 15:22:40 GMT-4

Gracie in Fredericksburg asks:

Is there such a thing as a real Jewish Deli in the area? Or are there any plans for one to move here?

Answer: Not that we're aware of.

Keywords: Jewish, deli

Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2010/03/26 15:18:37 GMT-4

Bob Mitchell in Spotsylvania asks:

What is being built beside Parkside Elementary School on Smith Station Road?

Answer: We made a call to Parkside Elementary, and the school receptionist said she thinks its going to be a church.

I hope this helps.

Keywords: Parkside Elementary, church, Smith Station Road

Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2010/03/26 15:18:03 GMT-4

Ann Richards in Spotsylvania asks:

Wondering if announcements are made as to who wins concrt ticket give-away contests . I'm assuming that I didn't since I never heard, yet haven't seen who did. How soon after deadline are winners announced?.

Answer: Lately, we've been posting the winners' names on our Twitter feed (twitter.com/NewsInTheBurg) - in fact, we just posted a winner for the Charlie Daniels Band concert.
We'll continue to post winner's names on our Twitter feed from now on.
Individual winners are notified by email on the day of the drawing.

Keywords: contests, concerts, winners

Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2010/03/26 15:03:22 GMT-4

Brian M. in Fredericksburg asks:

I was just wondering how Fredericksburg.com goes about choosing their bloggers.

Answer: At the moment, all of our current bloggers are Free Lance-Star newsroom employees or are writers for sections of the newspaper.
We have, at times, included a community blogger or two and are working on ways to include many more in the very near future.

Keywords: blogs, bloggers

Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2010/03/26 15:01:54 GMT-4

Lee Ann in Spotsylvania asks:

Why did the Spotsylvania Tax assessments go up so much? Our house went up 40K this year - how is that possible in this market?

Answer: Residential assessments in Spotsylvania have dropped overall by more than 20 percent. You may be in the rare situation of not having a decrease in your house or land value. We suggest you check comparable sales in your neighborhood from 2009 and if you find three that show huge differences in value from yours, and they were not foreclosures or short sales, then you may have evidence to appeal.

Keywords: Spotsylvania, assessments

Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2010/03/26 15:01:01 GMT-4

Jackie Hix in Fredericksburg asks:

Is Barnes and Noble still coming to The Village at Town Center? If so, do you know when they're expected to open?

Answer: Barnes and Noble is not coming to The Village, but Joseph?Beth Booksellers will open a 26,000-square-foot store in there next month.

Keywords: Barnes and Noble, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, The Village at Towne Centre

Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2010/03/22 16:18:06 GMT-4

jim in Fredericksburg asks:

where do i get a state application for social services?

Answer: Try this link: http://www.dss.virginia.gov/form/index.html

Keywords: social services, benefits

Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2010/03/11 14:56:39 US/Eastern

Sandra in Fredericksburg asks:

What happened to the Vinny's on Rt. 3 by Carlos Okelley?

Answer: Owner Vinny Vitale is trying to renegotiate the lease, and said he would like to reopen the location as V3?s Chop House Steak & Seafood.
?The volume [at the Gateway Village location] did not justify Vinny?s prices,? he said. ?With a different concept, we figured we?d increase the average ticket price.?
Vitale and his wife also recently opened Basilico Italian Market and New York Deli on Cowan Boulevard.

Keywords: Vinny's, Gateway Village

Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2010/03/03 14:16:43 US/Eastern

NANCY in Spotsylvania asks:

WHY HAS VINNY'S ON ROUTE 3 CLOSED?

Answer: Owner Vinny Vitale is trying to renegotiate the lease, and said he would like to reopen the location as V3?s Chop House Steak & Seafood.
?The volume [at the Gateway Village location] did not justify Vinny?s prices,? he said. ?With a different concept, we figured we?d increase the average ticket price.?
Vitale and his wife also recently opened Basilico Italian Market and New York Deli on Cowan Boulevard.

Keywords: Vinny's, Gateway Village

Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2010/03/03 14:15:51 US/Eastern

Amy Ennis in Fredericksburg asks:

What new business is going into the old Echelon Boutique location on William Street?

Answer: Paul Cymrot, who owns Riverby Books on Caroline Street, is opening another new and used book store called Read All Over in the old Echelon location. It's expected to open the end of February.

Keywords: Read All Over, Echelon Boutique, William St.

Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2010/02/23 12:42:51 US/Eastern

Jen in Fredericksburg asks:

Has an opening date been announced for the new movie theater at Spotsylvania Towne Center? I think I remember reading March at some point.

Answer: Early to mid April. There will be an update on the movie theater in the business section on Feb. 25.

Keywords: Muvico, opening

Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2010/02/23 12:36:44 US/Eastern

NL in Spotsylvania asks:

WHAT DATE IN MARCH IS MUVICO SUPPOSED TO OPEN?

Answer: Early to mid April. There will be an update on Muvico in the business section on Feb. 25.

Keywords: Muvico, opening

Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2010/02/23 12:35:49 US/Eastern

Jeannette Graves in Fredericksburg asks:

There is a sign at the entrance of Celebrate Virginia on RT17 advertising For Sale with a phone number and Ruby Tuesday at the bottom. Does this mean Ruby Tuesday is not going to build on Rt17 now?

Answer: Dawn Hoover, Silver Cos. vice president for commercial sales and leasing, said the restaurant does not plan to build there.

Keywords: Ruby Tuesday's, Celebrate Virginia, Route 17

Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2010/01/19 11:23:01 US/Eastern

George Applin in Fredericksburg asks:

What is the current retail price per gallon of propane? I checked the internet and the going retail price is $2.66/gallon. Wholesale is $155/gallon. My wife and I had 234.4 gallons of propane pumped into our tank at a cost of $1,137.04 by Amerigas. That is an average price per gallon of $4.85/gallon. Thats double the going retail rate per gallon as of 1/11/10 according to the US Energy Information Administration. I view that as horrible price gouging by Amerigas. I am curious what the going rate in the Fredericksburg is, and how do I make a complaint to the Better Business Bureau.

Answer: You should probably contact Amerigas first and ask for a customer service representative to break down all the charges on your bill. Besides the fee for propane, the list of charges on Amerigas' Web site includes such things as a Fuel Recovery Fee to offset increases in the cost of diesel and gasoline used to fuel the company's fleet of commercial motor vehicles; anad a HazMat & Safety Compliance Fee. You may also be paying rent for your propane tank. If you still want to file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau, go to www.bbb.org.

Keywords: Amerigas, propane, fee

Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2010/01/18 16:56:19 US/Eastern

carol widman in Fredericksburg asks:

Any word on what is going to go in the spot Circuit City vacated in Central Park?

Answer: Hhgregg, an Indianapolis-based appliance and electronics retailer, plans to open a store inside the former Circuit City. It has already begun renovations to the building.

Keywords: Circuit City, hhgregg

Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2010/01/11 11:44:28 US/Eastern

Doug in Fredericksburg asks:

The city leaf collection is way behind schedule. Is there an online site that tells where they will be next?

Answer: Lots of rain last month has put a damper on the city's leaf collection efforts, and they're running behind. The latest schedule is published on their Web site at: http://www.fredericksburgva.gov/Departments/PublicWorks/index.aspx?id=2544

Keywords: Fredericksburg, leaf collection

Answered by: Alex Russell, 2009/12/11 13:35:12 US/Eastern

Kim in Fredericksburg asks:

Is there a local store that I can take an item and have them list it on ebay (eBay store)?

Answer: Consign 2 Sell, which is at Market Square Antiques in downtown Fredericksburg, will sell antiques on eBay for customers. A local woman also sells things on eBay for commission for people. You can e-mail her at One_BusyWoman@msn.com.

Keywords: eBay store

Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/11/30 17:47:29 US/Eastern

j. willing in Fredericksburg asks:

I plan to drive from Wash,DC on Thanksgiving Day, 11/26 to meet a friend (from Williamsburg) in the early afternoon for lunch. Can u recommend nice but casual restaurant in scenic location not too far from Interstate 95? TDay special menu or regular menu ok. Thanks so much!

Answer: If it's a scenic location you're seeking, your best bet would be one of a number of restaurants in downtown Fredericksburg. There are two that overlook the Rappahannock River, but only one of them, Brock's Riverside Grill, will be open Thanksgiving Day. The address is 503 Sophia Street, and the phone number is 540/370-1820.

Keywords: restaurant, Thanksgiving Day, scenic

Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/11/14 13:10:25 US/Eastern

Karla in Fredericksburg asks:

When is the Bragg Road construction due to be completed? Are there any plans to make repairs to the portion of Bragg Road across the intersection at Plank Road as it runs down by the Towne Centre?

Answer: The construction end date for the widening of Bragg Road by VDOT is late summer 2011. However, the project is currently progressing far ahead of that schedule.

The “other” side of Bragg Road is private property, owned and maintained by Cafaro Co. which is redeveloping Spotsylvania Towne Centre. Cafaro is in the process of attempting to get VDOT to accept the road into the state road system, where taxpayers will assume financial responsibility for maintaining and repairing it. In the meantime, Cafaro makes routine repairs to the road, such as fixing potholes, but has no current plans to widen the road.

You can find stories we’ve written about Bragg Road construction by searching our fredericksburg.com archives.

Keywords: Bragg Road, Towne Centre

Answered by: Kelly Hannon, 2009/11/10 15:31:16 US/Eastern

Tommy in Westmoreland asks:

Does any know how long will the single-lane construction endure on the Governor Nice bridge between Kng George and Charles County? Thanks,

Answer: The single-lane construction on the Gov. Nice bridge is over, having finished a week early. We ran a news brief letting people know single-lane road work would be ongoing through Friday, Nov. 13.

Keywords: Nice bridge

Answered by: Kelly Hannon, 2009/11/10 15:27:23 US/Eastern

derek maiden in Fredericksburg asks:

Is there an online site for the Fred bus? How much is a monthly pass and what is needed to get one?

Answer: FREDericksburg Regional Transit’s website is http://www.ridefred.com. FRED sells monthly bus passes, which can be purchased at FRED Central at 1400 Jefferson Davis Highway. For more information, he can call FRED at 540/372-1222.

Keywords: Fred bus

Answered by: Kelly Hannon, 2009/11/10 15:26:31 US/Eastern

Michelle in Fredericksburg asks:

I am looking for a Nurse Practitioner that used to work at Fredericksburg Family Physicians and left there in Sept 2009. Does anyone know where Karen Swenor, MSN FNP-C is now?

Answer: According to an ad in the FLS, Karen Swanor is working with Drs. Susan Holland & Carol Voss at 11 Smoke House Drive, Suite 101, Fredericksburg, Va 22406. The number is 540/370-0295.

Keywords: family pshysician, nurse

Answered by: Craig Schulin, 2009/11/10 14:49:47 US/Eastern

Kim Moulds in Fredericksburg asks:

Does anyone know where Elizabrth Hall from Illusions by Michelle went? I know it is somewhere in Spotsy....help!!!!

Answer: Elizabeth Hall now works at Sharp Edge, 4418 Lafayette Blvd.

Keywords: Elizabeth Hall, Illusions by Michelle, Sharp Edge

Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/10/28 10:51:21 GMT-4

ED in Spotsylvania asks:

I heard that there are places to play texas hold em for free.I cant find any info on line .Can u help ?

Answer: Central Station, 1917 Princess Anne Street, offers free Texas Hold 'Em.

Keywords: Texas Hold 'Em

Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/10/26 16:26:19 GMT-4

shirley in Fredericksburg asks:

is there a place where you can take old bills, credit cards, and bank statements to have them shedded free. thanks

Answer: A free document shredding event will be held at the Fredericksburg branch of Virginia Credit Union, Saturday, October 24, from 9 a.m. – 12 noon.

The event will be held at the Fredericksburg branch, 2150 Gordon W. Shelton Boulevard. The branch is located in Celebrate Virginia South near the new Wegmans.

Virginia Credit Union encourages consumers to reduce the risk of identity theft by shredding old documents containing personal and financial information. Cintas Shredding, a document destruction company, will shred up to three full grocery bags of paper per person. The public is invited.

During the shredding event, the credit union will also collect non-perishable foods for the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank.

Keywords: shred, banks, paper

Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2009/10/16 15:34:05 GMT-4

Anne in Fredericksburg asks:

Is Moe's Southwest Grill ever going to open in Cosner's Corner?

Answer: The original franchisee is no longer involved in that project, but another is interested in either opening a Moe's or another restaurant. Stay tuned.

Keywords: Cosner's Corner, Moe's Southwest Grill

Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/10/15 16:53:50 GMT-4

Lisa in Spotsylvania asks:

Where (and when) can pregnant women find the preservative-free H1N1 shot in our area? Pregnant women are supposed to be first in line, but no one is sharing information about where to find the preservative-free shot.

Answer: FLS medical reporter Jim Hall sent an e-mail to Dr. John Petrasky, director of the Rappahannock Area Health District. He replied this morning saying: “We have ordered some for pregnant women. Hope it comes in soon.”

Keywords: flu, health, shot, pregnant, H1N1

Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2009/10/14 13:57:16 GMT-4

David Sweazey in Fredericksburg asks:

What is being build on Smith Station Rd, next to Parkside Elementary School in Spotsylvania?

Answer: A Church of Later-Day Saints

Keywords: Smith Station Road, Church

Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/10/09 14:10:33 GMT-4

NANCY LAMB in Spotsylvania asks:

Do you know when the new theater is supposed to open?

Answer: It is scheduled to open In March, according to Muvico Theaters CEO and President Mike Whalen.

Keywords: Muviville, theater, Spotsylvania

Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/10/07 13:19:10 GMT-4

peggy swarens in Fredericksburg asks:

Lookin for phone contact of babershop quartets who perform in nursing homes etc. historyland barbershop quartet or Masquerdade quartet(featured in FLS, family section sometime back when performed at Woodmont nursing home)

Answer:

  • The Masquerade barbershop quartet: Contact Bill Grosskopf, 540/226-8628 or 1bigbass@comcast.net

  • The Historyland Barbershop Chorus: Contact Bill Pinschmidt at 540/373-3828, or John Haskins at 540/786-9643.

  • The Culpeper Barbershop Harmony Chorus: Contact Ivan Halfond at 703/851-6333

    Keywords: singing, quartet, barbershop

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2009/10/05 13:41:46 GMT-4

  • Erica in Wal-Mart asks:

    What color shirt am I wearing?

    Answer: The answer is in the mirror.

    Keywords: silly questions

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2009/10/05 13:20:14 GMT-4

    Erin in Orange asks:

    I am looking for a good family law lawyer in Spotsy, fredericksbuerg or orang co. I don't want to go to a bad one. If you have gone to one in the area that is not so good I would like to know... and if you went to one that was successful I would like to know... thanks for your help!

    Answer:
    Shelley Chick-Gravel, law librarian at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, recommends the site http://www.martindale.com/. This allows you to search by practice area, and she said to also check the box limiting to peer-reviewed attorneys.



    Shelley

    Keywords: Lawyer

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/09/29 13:59:40 GMT-4

    Jean in Richmond Area asks:

    email address of Va State Fair

    Answer: SFVA Corporate Offices
    Phone: (804) 994-2800
    Fax: (804) 477-8216

    Mailing Address
    P. O. Box 130
    Doswell, VA 23047

    Office Address
    13111 Dawn Blvd.
    Doswell, VA 23047
    Click here for a map to our office.

    Fair Location
    The Meadow Event Park

    Concession/Exhibit Space Rentals
    vendor@statefairva.org

    Tickets and Website
    tickets@statefairva.org

    Group Sales Information
    groupsales@statefairva.org

    Entertainment
    pdaneker@statefairva.org
    gmartin@statefairva.org

    Parade
    smullins@statefairva.org

    Sponsorship Opportunities
    tbumstead@statefairva.org

    Black Tie & Boots
    jross@statefairva.org

    Equine Events & Competitions
    jross@statefairva.org

    General Competitions - Youth & Open, Arts & Crafts, Crops & Vegetables, Plants
    jross@statefairva.org

    Livestock & Small Animals Competitions
    gmartin@statefairva.org

    Heritage Village & Natural Resource Center
    gmartin@statefairva.org

    Technology Center
    vendor@statefairva.org

    Educational Exposition (School Tours)
    edu@statefairva.org

    Media & Community Relations
    jlugar@statefairva.org

    Ambassadors
    lbrown@statefairva.org

    Employment Opportunities - State Fair of Virginia
    sbryan@statefairva.org

    Volunteer Opportunities - State Fair of Virginia
    sbryan@statefairva.org

    Youth competitions (4-H and FFA)
    gmartin@statefairva.org

    Keywords: State Fair

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2009/09/24 23:48:59 GMT-4

    Tracie Ballentine in Stafford asks:

    I really liked the photo of the 4th of July F'burg skyline. Can I buy the photo to hang in my home?

    Answer: Absolutely! Here's a link to that gallery. Click on the photo you want, then select what size print you'd like.

    Keywords: Photos, July 4th

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2009/09/24 10:25:16 GMT-4

    A in Fredericksburg asks:

    Where is the Fredericksburg Area War Memorial located?

    Answer: The Fredericskburg Area War Memorial is located at the corner of Liberty St., and George St., in downtown Fredericksburg, right across the street from th eMaury Condos.. Here's a link to a google map.

    Keywords: War Memorial, downtown, Fredericksburg

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2009/09/24 10:20:26 GMT-4

    Ally in Spotsylvania asks:

    Is there a web-site for free stuff or stuff to trade? I thought I heard about a local swap site.

    Answer: You may want to check out the Freecycle Network. "It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns," according to their Web site at freecycle.org. From their homepage, you can search for your county and join a local group. (Please note, this group is for giveaways only, they do not allow trading or items for-sale.)

    Keywords: freecycle

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2009/09/24 10:16:27 GMT-4

    Jack Haskins in Spotsylvania asks:

    I have an address with FRED TALK but I have forgotten most of the "technical passwords". The ones I use are User Name: fredh2. And I remember that I used Bragtown, NC as one 9of the words. My wife died on March 25 as shown in the Obituary column dated March 28. Her name was Donna Lee Haskins. Now that I am alone I am looking for something to do. But I have forgotten how to get in the FRED TALK!

    Answer:

    Keywords:

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2009/09/24 10:10:45 GMT-4

    Shelley in Fredericksburg asks:

    Is there a Farmer's Market in the City of Fredericksburg? If so where and when. I'm interested in fresh produce grown locally--and some outdoor market atmosphere.

    Answer: Yes, there is a Farmers Market in downtown Fredericksburg. Here's the information from the City's Web site: While year round sales are permitted at the Farmer’s Market (located at Hurkamp Park - the Prince Edward Street side) Monday-Saturday: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday: 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., there is no guarantee that a vendor will be in attendance during those times. Our farmers typically arrive early and leave by 2 p.m. or sooner if all their items are sold. More vendors participate during the growing season of April thru October. Saturdays mornings are our most popular and busiest time.

    Keywords: Farmers Market, Fredericksburg

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/09/17 17:05:35 GMT-4

    N in Fredericksburg asks:

    When will the new hospital being built in Massaponax start taking job applications and how would a person apply?

    Answer: Our medical reporter Jim Hall says they are hiring now.

    He said the best thing would be to go to their Web site:
    http://www.spotsrmc.com/

    Keywords: Massaponax, hospital, jobs

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2009/09/03 17:08:13 GMT-4

    Ruth in Fredericksburg asks:

    Need suggestions for a good TV repair shop. Have a 1/12 year old SONY 60" projection TV that loses it picture about every 5 minutes.

    Answer: Our business editor hd the ound go out on his LCD TV recently and had good luck with The TV Shop, 373-1212, 3504 Lafayette Blvd.

    I hope this helps.

    Keywords: TVs

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2009/09/02 22:01:10 GMT-4

    in Spotsylvania asks:

    ARE THEY EVER GOING TO FINISH BUILDING THE STORES AND RESTAURANTS AT HARRISON CROSSING (ACROSS THE STREET FROM GIANT) . ESPECIALLY INTERESTED IN CHINA JADE.

    Answer: I checked with Silver Cos., and there are no immediate plans for that building.

    Keywords: Harrison Crossing

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/08/24 11:36:00 GMT-4

    DENISE in Fredericksburg asks:

    Is there a walmart opening anytime soon on route 17?

    Answer: Walmart has begun construction of a Supercenter on U.S. 17. It is expected to be completed this fall.

    Keywords: Walmart, U.S. 17

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/08/21 15:55:55 GMT-4

    Joe Thompson in Spotsylvania asks:

    What is being done to the building near Ukrops? What store is going to be put in there?

    Answer: Regency Furniture, which is based in Brandywine, Md., is renovating the building and plans to open there this summer.

    Keywords: Winn-Dixie, Regency Furniture

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/08/17 10:42:31 GMT-4

    Reed Smith in Fredericksburg asks:

    Name and phone number of the locksmith located near Ace Hardware on Butler Road? I live out of town now but need some work done on my VA house.

    Answer: There is no Ace Hardware in Stafford. If the hardware store you're referring to is Earl's True Value, which is near Butler Road, the closest locksmith would be Professional Lock. You can reach them at 540/373-2340, 659-4278, or www.Prolock.com.

    Keywords: Locksmith, Butler Road

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/08/06 13:05:33 GMT-4

    in Spotsylvania asks:

    I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF ANYONE KNOWS IF THERE IS ANYONE SELLING HOME INTERIOR (LIKE THE "HOME INTERIOR PARTIES" THAT USED TO BE? I CAN'T FIND THEM ANYWHERE. THANKS.

    Answer: Penny and Steve Carlile, founders of Home & Garden Party, acquired Home Interiors & Gifts in 2008, combined the businesses and renamed them Celebrating Home. To find a salesperson, go to www.celebratinghome.com, click on Host a Party, and use the link to search for salespeople by ZIPcode.

    Keywords: Home Interionr Parties, Celebrating Home

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/07/28 13:57:43 GMT-4

    in Fredericksburg asks:

    We attempted to go to Eileen's Bakery on Caroline Street today, but it is no longer there. The bakery still has a website up that does not indicate that the business has closed down or moved. Do you have any information available?

    Answer: Eileen’s Bakery and Café has moved from 623 Caroline St. to 1115 Caroline St. It is open every day but Tuesday.

    Keywords: Eileen’s Bakery and Café

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/07/28 13:50:33 GMT-4

    Sandie in Fredericksburg asks:

    Any news on the Sonic that was to be built this summer on Rt 17 in Stafford County.

    Answer: "It is our understanding that they still intend to build, but will not open in 2009," said Dawn Hoover, Silver Cos. vice president ofor commercial sales and leasing,

    Keywords: Sonic Drive-In, Celebrate Virginia North

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/07/16 12:55:07 GMT-4

    Myrna Tolley in Fredericksburg asks:

    I would like to know about the Trolley Tours, how much, how often to they run and how long do they last?

    Answer: Hi there. Looks like adults pay $17 and students pay $6 for tours, though large groups can get discounts. This time of year, tours run daily from the Visitor Center on Caroline Street at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays over the summer, they offer an evening tour at 7 p.m. The tours last about 75 minutes. You can find a bunch of info at fredericksburgtrolley.com or by calling (800) 979-3370 or (212) 209-3370. Hope that helps.

    Keywords: trolley, downtown, tours

    Answered by: Edie Gross, 2009/07/08 12:35:25 GMT-4

    KF in Fredericksburg asks:

    My husband just bought a home in the Pipe Run subs. We were planning on moving(from Michigan). The kids and I came down to visit and we left early..hated the entire area of bugs & spiders& snakes!! I was afraid to let the dog outside.I don't want to move now!!Copperheads?!!. What do I do now? The town and area looked so good on the web-site. Giant spiders!! I was looking forward to mild winters, but so many bugs..I was not aware it would be like this. Will my little dog be killed by a snake???? Some say lime, but others say they still come in the fence from gopher holes. We had snakes in the pool and our first night there, my son saw a spider the size of his hand. Help!!!!!

    Answer: Well, out here in the country, nature occurs. Bugs, spiders, snakes and critters of all sizes are just a fact of life here. I use Ortho's Home Defense bug spray around the perimeter of the house to keep the bugs and spiders out. Also, tall grass is a good place for snakes to hide. So make sure to keep your lawn cut short to discourage snakes from getting too close to your house. Other than that, I don't know what to tell ya.. Perhaps you'd be more comfortable living in a more urban area.

    Keywords:

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2009/07/06 14:51:53 GMT-4

    SF in Fredericksburg asks:

    Do you know of a Debt Consolidation company in Fredericksburg, or surrounding areas, where I can speak to someone in person? I don't feel comfortable giving ALL my information over the phone.

    Answer: Contact ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions. They're a non-profit group who help folks with credit problems. Their Web site is www.clearpointccs.org, or you can contact them by phone at 877/877-1995 to set up an appointment to talk with a counselor.

    Bruce McClary, spokesman for ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions, recently stopped by the fredericksburg.com office for a live chat with our readers. See the transcript for answers to come commonly-asked credit questions: HERE.

    Keywords: Credit, debt, credit counseling

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2009/07/06 14:37:40 GMT-4

    John Kinley in Spotsylvania asks:

    There must be a lot of church/fire hall suppers around. We would love to support these activities, but the only way we know about them is if we happen to see a sign out front. Why don't you have a section where organizations sponsoring dinners/breakfasts could post their event and in this central posting, others would be able to then plan ahead to attend.

    Answer: We welcome members of the public and event organizers to post events to our Community Calendar. There is a church calendar for religious events , and a charities/fundraiser calendar for benefit events. To add an event, simply fill out THIS FORM.

    Keywords: calendar

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2009/07/06 14:32:08 GMT-4

    JS in Caroline asks:

    Is it possible to get a copy of an obituary from 1922 that may have been published by the Free Lance Star? If so, what is the process to get a copy? Thanks!

    Answer: Archived editions of The Free Lance-Star are now available online through a partnership with Google. Check out the News Archive Search here: http://tinyurl.com/mhag94

    Please note, "The Free Lance-Star" did not publish its first edition until 1926. Before then, Fredericksburg had two newspapers: "The Daily Star" and the "Fredericksburg Free Lance". The obit you're looking for may have been printed in one or both of these newspapers.

    Also, the Rappahannock Regional Library has a quite extensive index of Daily Star, Fredericksburg Free Lance, and Free Lance-Star issues available on microfilm. They can be contacted through their Web site at librarypoint.org.

    Keywords: Free Lance-Star, archives, obituaries

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2009/07/06 14:26:11 GMT-4

    snita in Fredericksburg asks:

    when and where is 4th of july celebration

    Answer:

    Keywords:

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2009/07/06 14:13:07 GMT-4

    sergio in Fredericksburg asks:

    hi i live in this aparment (crestview) fredericksburg,we get this aparment 3 week ago and is full all kind of bugs,fleas,cookroches,etc,,, the point is ,we have talk whit the people here but ,there is no solution, my question is where i have to go or call to have solution to this problem thank you Sergio

    Answer:

    Keywords:

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2009/07/06 14:13:00 GMT-4

    Sharon in Fredericksburg asks:

    Can we BBQ or tailgate at the july 4th evnt?

    Answer:

    Keywords:

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2009/07/06 14:12:18 GMT-4

    Kelly in Stafford asks:

    Is the Heritage Festival still on for this Fourth? Is there a schedule of events posted anywhere?

    Answer:

    Keywords:

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2009/07/06 14:12:11 GMT-4

    CT in Fredericksburg asks:

    I am a stay at home father of a five year old and two 2 year olds. I am looking for something to do with them like a reading time at the library or some local daily gathering for stay at homes. Is there any such events that go on?

    Answer: FLS Reporter Amy Umble recently complied a list of affordable family activities, which we put into a convenient, interactive Kids' Summer Activity calendar. You can view the calendar HERE. Also, you may want to check out our main Calendar of Events, which also has a kids/family category: HERE.

    Keywords: kids, children, family activities

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2009/07/06 14:11:52 GMT-4

    michelle in King George asks:

    I was wondering about where fireworks will be located on the 4th ? Times and locations ; Fairview Beach, Colonial Beach, and Fredericksburg. Thank you so much for your time !

    Answer:

    Keywords:

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2009/07/06 14:06:12 GMT-4

    Natasha in Fredericksburg asks:

    Where can we watch the fireworks on the 4th of July, 2009?

    Answer:

    Keywords:

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2009/07/06 14:06:00 GMT-4

    Nancy Harris in Fredericksburg asks:

    I am visiting my grandmother in FB, but would like to know where I can take my kids to see fireworks on the 4th. Maybe because I don't live here, I didn't understand the answer given to "where's the best place to go to watch fireworks", by Portia Smith. Please help. I don't want to go to Washington, DC

    Answer:

    Keywords:

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2009/07/06 14:05:53 GMT-4

    Sandie in Fredericksburg asks:

    You previously answered a question I had about Sonic Drive-in coming to Rt 17 in Stafford County, Your answer was that it was going to be built in the Summer of '09 in front of the new Lowe's. However, I see no signs of it being built. Has the owner changed his mind because of the economy?

    Answer: According to Dawn Prince Hoover, Silver Cos.' vice president of commercial sales and leasing, Sonic still intends to build at that site, but will not open this year.

    Keywords: Sonic Drive-In, Celebrate Virginia North

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/07/03 14:43:07 GMT-4

    in Spotsylvania asks:

    WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THE NEW THEATER? HAS IT STARTED BEING BUILT YET? WHEN SHOULD IT OPEN?

    Answer: Construction has begun and Muviville should open early next year.

    Keywords: theater, mall, Muviville

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/07/03 14:39:52 GMT-4

    SS in Fredericksburg asks:

    Where is the best place to go, to watch the fireworks in fredericksburg?

    Answer: This FREDTalk forum is a few years old, but in it a few community members discuss where the best places to watch fireworks are.

    Keywords: fireworks

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2009/06/27 13:26:20 GMT-4

    ML in Fredericksburg asks:

    Where are the farmers' markets in Fredericksburg? The Washington Post lists many of them but they are all way north of here. They don't show any around Fburg but there must be some. Thank you

    Answer: The main farmer's market is downtown on Prince Edward Street, just near Hurkamp Park.

    Here's a list of other area farmers markets.

    Keywords: farmers market, vegetables, fruit

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2009/06/27 11:50:00 GMT-4

    AJ in Stafford asks:

    In my community of olde forge I would like to start a community based business. to make this short through this business i would find jobs that fit the many talents of the families here. unemployment is hurting the folks here and families are not working and bills arent getting paid. i need info on how i can start a business in my community that can provide small jobs that include landscaping, construction, painting, anything that will put a buck in thier pockets and ease the pain of the economy community and other like mine in my area. thank you for reading my letter. i await a response from you. GOD BLESS!!!

    Answer: You may want to start with contacting the Rappahanock Regional Small Business Development Center .

    They offer a class on how to start a business.

    You can call there at 540/286-8060.

    Keywords: starting a business

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2009/06/11 15:45:44 GMT-4

    Carl L in Spotsylvania asks:

    Saw the temporary sign for La Pizzeria near Costco. Looks like (finally) we may get our wish & they will be back in business. So- when is the expected opening date? Will they be using the same ovens and recipe? Is it still the same family going to be working there? thanks

    Answer: Jose Vasquez, who owned La Pizzeria in what was then called Spotsylvania Mall, said he will open his restaurant in Village Square shopping center in about two months. It wil have the same pizzas and subs, but the menu will be expanded to include salads, entrees and desserts.

    Keywords: La Pizzeria

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/06/08 15:37:07 GMT-4

    in Out-of-state asks:

    hi, my neice just had a newborn baby girl she lives in king george county near white oak off of route 218 & caisson rd. but i live up here in philadelphia,pa i used to live in stafford county years ago. i would like to purchase a gift card online from a store in her area or even near fredricksburg,spotsylvania county,four mile fork,jeff davis hwy etc. but i want it to be a nice store, good quality, not cheap like a K-MART, HELP. thankyou

    Answer: Fredericksburg has a number of major retailers whose gift cards you should be able to buy in Philadelphia and send to your neice. They include Children's Place, Gymboree, Macy's, Belk, Toys R Us and Target. Another possibility would be The Picture People, a chain that takes cute baby pictures.

    Keywords: baby, gift cards

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/06/08 15:21:27 GMT-4

    in Spotsylvania asks:

    Approx. 4 years ago, there was a bakery near the Ice Rink in Central Park. I believe it was called Uptown Bakery. They had the BEST scones! They closed up shop. Are they located anywhere else in the area? Does the owner/baker still bake the scones somewhere?

    Answer: Todd Hamm, who ran the bakery with his wife Theresa, is now general manager of the International House of Pancakes’ restaurant at Zion Crossroads off Rt. 15. Theresa Hamm is general manager of Best Western Crossroads Inn & Suites, which is next door to IHOP.

    Keywords: Todd Hamm, Uptown Bakery

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/06/04 12:50:32 GMT-4

    in Spotsylvania asks:

    WHEN IS THE CHINA JADE AT HARRISON CROSSING GOING TO START BEING BUILT?

    Answer: According to Dawn Hoover at Silver Cos., the owner of China Jade still intends to open a restaurant on the south side of RT 3 at Harrison Crossing South, but he may change the concept. We have not built the building where he will be located.

    Keywords: China Jade, Harrison Crossing

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/06/02 19:45:33 GMT-4

    in Fredericksburg asks:

    What is the status of the Muvico complex that was to be built behind Spotsylvania Towne Centre?

    Answer: Construction should begin shortly. It is expected to open early next year.

    Keywords: Muviville, theater, Spotsylvania

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/06/02 18:41:36 GMT-4

    in Stafford asks:

    Is there any restaurant in Stafford that offers facilities for a wedding's rehearsal dinner?

    Answer: Stafford has a number of restaurants that can host wedding receptions. A few include Jimmy the Greek in Garrisonville, Amy's by the River in Falmouth and the Globe & Laurel near the Quantico Marine Corps Base. You might also try Gari Melchers' Belmont and the Gauntlet Golf Course. For a more complete list, go to http://www.tourstaffordva.com/stafford-visitorguide.cfm and click on meetings and events.

    Keywords: Stafford, restaurants, weddings

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/06/02 18:40:42 GMT-4

    Sandie in Fredericksburg asks:

    Do you know what is going to be built on Rt 1 at Southpointe next to the KFC (across from the Exxon)?

    Answer: Several commercial projects will eventually go there. The only one announced so far is a Candlewood Suites.

    Keywords: Candlewood Suites, Spotsylvania

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/05/18 14:54:45 GMT-4

    in Spotsylvania asks:

    Can you explain the renovation taking place at the building located behind the Chick Fila off of Rt.3 and Salem Church Road. I believe the building is the old Ukrops. Is this a new retail store of some sort?

    Answer: Ukrop's is still alive. The building under renovation is an old Winn-Dixie. Regency Furniture, which is based in Brandywine, Md., is renovating the building. The company has several locations in Virignia and Maryland.

    Keywords: Winn-Dixie, Regency Furniture

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/05/18 14:50:44 GMT-4

    Sandie in Fredericksburg asks:

    Which grocery store was built first: Ukrops or the old Winn Dixie. Also, do you know what's going in the old Winn Dixie building? I've noticed recently they're tearing down the front of it.

    Answer: Winn-Dixie announced its plans first, but wasn't built until after Ukrop's. Ukrop's opened in the summer of 1997 and Winn-Dixie opened early the following year. It has been vacant for years, but is now being remoded by Regency Furniture, which is based in Brandywine, Md. The company already has several furniture stores in Virginia and Maryland.

    Keywords: Winn-Dixie, Regency Furniture

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/05/18 14:49:38 GMT-4

    in Fredericksburg asks:

    What's happening with the vacant Winn Dixie on Salem Church Road?

    Answer: Regency Furniture, which is based in Brandywine, Md., is renovating the building. The company has several locations in Virignia and Maryland.

    Keywords: Winn-Dixie, Regency Furniture

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/05/18 14:38:17 GMT-4

    Sandie in Fredericksburg asks:

    I heard through the grapevine that a furniture store is going in the old Winn-Dixie store on Salem Church Rd. Is this true and, if so, which one?

    Answer: Regency Furniture, which is based in Brandywine, Md., is renovating the building. The company has several locations in Virignia and Maryland.

    Keywords: Winn-Dixie, Regency Furniture

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/05/18 14:37:45 GMT-4

    in Spotsylvania asks:

    There iss some construction going on at the old winn-dixie building what, Near ukrops. What is going to become of this?

    Answer: Regency Furniture, which is based in Brandywine, Md., is renovating the building. The company has several locations in Virignia and Maryland.

    Keywords: Winn-Dixie, Regency Furniture

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/05/18 14:37:22 GMT-4

    in Fredericksburg asks:

    What is going on with the old Winn-Dixie near Ukrops? I see they took the face off the bldg. Also, any whispers of another bagel store coming to us? Einsteins is gone and we have nothing, uggh.

    Answer: Regency Furniture, which is based in Brandywine, Md., is renovating the building. The company has several other locations in Virginia.

    Keywords: Winn-Dixie, Regency Furniture

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/05/18 14:36:04 GMT-4

    in Spotsylvania asks:

    COULD YOU TELL ME WHEN THEY ARE GOING TO START BUILDING THE NEW THEATER AT THE MALL?

    Answer: Cafaro spokesman Joe Bell said construction should begin shortly, and the theater is slated to open next year.

    Keywords: Muviville, theater, Spotsylvania

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/05/18 14:34:35 GMT-4

    Gwendolyn in Fredericksburg asks:

    I am meeting a friend I haven't seen for 40 years. We would like to find a nice, moderate priced restaurant that is easy to find and has low ambient noise where we can sit and talk for a while. I am coming from Mannassas he is coming up from NC.

    Answer: If you like Italian fare, you might try Primavera Pizzeria & Grill, 600 William St. It's just a few blocks from the University of Mary Washington College, and a favorite of people here at The Free Lance-Star. William Street is the main street in town. You can go to www.PrimaveraPizzeriaandGrill.com to check out the menu and prices. If the weather's nice, you can eat outside.

    Keywords: Primavera Pizzeria, restaurant, Fredericksburg

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/05/11 18:00:15 GMT-4

    Sandie in Fredericksburg asks:

    Do you know what's going to be built on the lot in between the 95 exit ramp and the KFC on Rt 1 in Massaponox?

    Answer: Several different projects will be going up in that space, but the only one that Russell Seymour, Spotsylvania County's economic development director, knows of for certain is a Candlewood Suites Hotel.

    Keywords: I-95, Massaponax, Candlewood Suites Hotel

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/05/11 17:56:51 GMT-4

    Charlie Winters in Spotsylvania asks:

    The FLS published an article on the status of the Hunting Run Reservoir and Dam a few years ago. Apparently the county was negotiating with 3 property owners so the dam could be completely filled and available for recreational purposes. Could you please check on the status of the dam and if the reservoir will be able to be used for boating/fishing in the near future.

    Answer: Hunting Run is finished and open to fishing.

    There’s a boat launch and parking lot. Entrance is off Ely’s Ford Road (State Route 610.) There’s a daily fee.

    Here’s the county’s 2009 schedule:
    Open Thursday through Sunday - March 7 to June 30
    6:00 a.m. to (1/2) hour before sunset or 8:00 p.m., whichever comes first.

    July 1 to October 12 hours of operation – To Be Determined –
    (Hours will be posted at reservoirs once they are determined)

    Keywords: Hunting Run Reservoir, fishing

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2009/05/05 17:01:19 GMT-4

    WL in Fredericksburg asks:

    what does Access Denied. mean on fredtalk

    Answer: An Access Denied message will occur when a user is trying to access a thread that's been deleted due to violations of the User Agreement.

    Keywords: FredTalk

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2009/05/04 12:55:24 GMT-4

    Sandie in Fredericksburg asks:

    Is it true that a WAWA is going to be built on the corner of Massaponnax Church Rd and Jeff Davis Hwy? Also, I heard a Giant Food is going to be built there too. Is that true? I had read not too long ago that all that retail was on hold for now.

    Answer: I checked with Dawn Hoover at Silver Cos., which owns the corner across the street from Massaponax Baptist Church and the Fas Mart, and she said she wished the rumors were true. Neither Wawa nor Giant Food is coming to that location yet.

    Keywords: Wawa, Giant Food, Massaponax

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/04/08 13:51:06 GMT-4

    M R in Fredericksburg asks:

    I like many home owners purchase paints, stains and other chemicals to do projects around the house. My question is. Where do you turn in these items so that they may safely be recycled so they do not end up in our local landfills? Is there a special agency that we can contact to help us dispose of them? I have search the internet for an answer to no avail. Help....!!!!!!!!

    Answer: The City has Hazardous Waste Collection days twice a year, in the spring and the fall. Keep an eye on the city's Web site (fredericksburgva.gov), Cox channel 24 (in Fredericksburg and South Stafford) or The Free Lance-Star for dates and times.

    They collect these materials at the Belman Road Recycling Center (1200 Belman Road) and the Regional Landfill and Recycling Center (489 Eskimo Hill Road).

    Keywords: recycling, hazardous waste, trash

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2009/04/06 12:36:36 GMT-4

    CH in Richmond Area asks:

    Is there a kid's place in Fredericksburg like Pump It Up or something similar that would be good for a birthday party?

    Answer: The PlayRoom in Fredericksburg: playroomfun.com . They are located at 445 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Fredericksburg in the same shopping center as Va BBQ and Papa John's, and just north of Mary Washington Hospital.

    They have a lot of inflatables for kids.

    Keywords: kids, birthday parties, fun

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2009/03/30 15:02:02 GMT-4

    R. in Spotsylvania asks:

    Is it true the Spotsy Sheriffs are warning women to keep away from Walmart in Southpoint fearing a gang threat 3 women will be killed?

    Answer: Nope, not true.

    According to urban-legend-busting site Snopes.com, this rumor has been circulating since 2005. The latest incarnation of this legend has propagated to cell phone text messages.

    Additionally, we've heard nothing from the Spotsy sheriff's department, or any other law-enforcement agency about any potential threat at Wal-Mart stores. If this were an actual credible threat, police agencies would be working double-time to get the word out.

    UPDATE: (FLS, 3/21/09) Wal-Mart threat text is a hoax, police say

    Keywords: urban legends, Wal-Mart

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2009/03/23 15:44:03 GMT-4

    Wendy Perkins in Fredericksburg asks:

    Is there an fred American idol tomorrow

    Answer: Yes, 99.3 The Vibe is hosting Burg Idol tonight from 5 to 6p.m. (Tuesday, March 24) Also you can come out Wed., March 25 from 7am-8am and Thurs., March 26 from 5pm-6pm. Please see their Web site at:
    993thevibe.com/ManageFolder/BurgIdol
    for more information.

    Keywords: 99.3, The Vibe, 993

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2009/03/23 15:23:04 GMT-4

    SHERRI in Fredericksburg asks:

    NEED INFO ON THE PAGEANTS AT THE FREDERICKSBURG FAIR. CAN I ENTER ONLINE? WHAT ARE THE DATES AND DEADLINES?

    Answer: Check out the Fredericksburg Fair's Web site at http://fredfair.org

    Keywords: Fredericksburg Fair, pageant

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2009/03/22 20:17:35 GMT-4

    in Fredericksburg asks:

    Do you know of anywhere in Fredericksburg where I can rent a Hummer, or maybe a classic car?

    Answer: There are four companies listed in the Wedding Guide section of the Star Directory that can probably supply what you need. Three are: A&G Limousines and Fredericksburg Limousine, both of which have the same Web site, www.fredericksburglimo.com; and Platinum Access Limousines, www.PlatinumAccessLimos.com. You can reach Andras Limousine Services in Spotsylvania at 972-5911.

    Keywords: Hummer, rental

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/03/20 13:03:12 GMT-4

    Daryl in Spotsylvania asks:

    ive had a recent bad experience with the carmax in fredericksburg and getting them to respond to me, is there anyone with the free lance star that does any type of reporting on businesses with a not so great public relations track record?

    Answer: The Free Lance-Star no longer has a consumer column. Your best bet would be to contact the Better Business Bureau in Richmond at vawest.bbb.org or (804) 648-0016.

    Keywords: CarMax, Better Business Bureau

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/03/09 10:57:48 GMT-4

    in Spotsylvania asks:

    PLEASE tell me when and if a PIZZA HUT will be built at Harrison Crossing South.

    Answer: I checked with Dawn Hoover, Silver Cos. vice president for commercial sales and leasing, and she said she does not think Pizza Hut is coming to Harrison Crossing at this time.

    Keywords: Pizza Hut, Harrison Crossing

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/03/09 10:54:43 GMT-4

    in Spotsylvania asks:

    WHEN IS THE PIZZA HUT GOING TO BE BUILT AT HARRISON CROSSING (ON PLANK RD)

    Answer: I checked with Dawn Hoover, Silver Cos. vice president for commercial sales and leasing, and she said she does not think Pizza Hut is coming to Harrison Crossing at this time.

    Keywords: Pizza Hut, Harrison Crossing

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/03/09 10:54:11 GMT-4

    RJ in Fredericksburg asks:

    Where can I go to receive a flu shot?

    Answer: Jim Hall, the FLS medical reporter, says:
    You can always go to one of the local health department offices. Also Pratt was giving shots to everyone, no appointment needed, at its Route 3 office. You have to pay at these places. ($30 I think) I don’t know of any free shots.

    Keywords: flu shots

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2009/03/06 19:33:55 US/Eastern

    Sandie in Fredericksburg asks:

    There's a new building going up next to the new Wegman's on Fall Hill. Do you know what's going in there? It has an odd shape to it.

    Answer: It will be a PNC Bank.

    Keywords: Wegmans, PNC

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/03/06 12:24:13 US/Eastern

    Sandi Foutz in Fredericksburg asks:

    Hey there! My name is Sandi Foutz and i was wondering how i can get a copy of the photo that was published in the Free Lance Star Newspaper regarding Grand Opening Hair Quarters Salon located on Gordon Road zip code 22407 it was a photo ad and i am pictured in it along with other sytlists. published in 2008 thanks for your assistance Sandi Foutz slf4u2nv@gmail.com

    Answer: The ad rep who took the picture has e-mailed it to you.

    Keywords: Ad photograph

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/03/04 16:56:30 US/Eastern

    Sandie in Fredericksburg asks:

    Do you know where the Sonic Drive-in will be located on Warrenton Rd. I heard they were going to build one near Celebrate Virginia in Stafford.

    Answer: It will be on Rt. 17 in front of the Lowe's in Celebrate Virginia North.

    Keywords: Sonic Drive-In, Celebrate Virginia North

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/03/03 17:52:21 US/Eastern

    Gene Philipp in Fredericksburg asks:

    Where in Fredericksburg can one go to have dining room chairs recaned?

    Answer: Bear Trace Furniture Works, 1130 International Parkwy, Suite 131, does recaning. The phone number is 286-2660.

    Keywords: recaning

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/03/03 17:49:47 US/Eastern

    in Fredericksburg asks:

    What is going on with the Moe's Southwest Grill in Cosner's Corner? Is it ever going to open?

    Answer: Moe's Southwest Grill hopes to open that location this summer, according to a company spokeswoman. She will let The Free Lance-Star know the date when it is finalized, and the information will appear in the Business Briefs section of the paper.

    Keywords: Moe's Southwest Grill, Cosner's Corner

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/02/26 16:27:20 US/Eastern

    K in Fredericksburg asks:

    Where can I take book donations?

    Answer:

    Keywords:

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2009/02/25 11:39:06 US/Eastern

    Rosetta in Fredericksburg asks:

    I would like to know where the Liberty Center is located. Life Screening will be there on Friday, Feb. 20 for medical testing. Thank you.

    Answer: The Liberty Center is at Liberty Lanes bowling alley in the Massaponax area. That event starts at 8:15 a.m.
    Here's the address:
    5801 Southpoint Center Blvd. in Fredericksburg, VA 22407
    Here's the number:
    540-710-PINS (7467)

    Keywords: Liberty Center, screening

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2009/02/19 15:58:31 US/Eastern

    RICHARD BRITT in Fredericksburg asks:

    I AM WITH THE OPTIMIST CLUB OF FREDERICKSBURG AND WE ARE LOOKING FOR DONATIONS OF ANY KIND FOR OUR ANNUAL FI=UNDRAISER TO HELP THE YOUTH OF OUR AREA

    Answer:

    Keywords:

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2009/02/16 13:54:06 US/Eastern

    in Stafford asks:

    I heard that Tropical Smoothie Cafe located near the new Giant in Celebrate Virginia North may be moving or closing. Also that other businesses there might shut down soon. Any truth to this? I would hate to see them leave!

    Answer: Tropical Smoothie Cafe is not closing.

    Keywords: Tropical Smoothie Cafe

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/02/11 16:56:38 US/Eastern

    Jackie Hix in King George asks:

    When is the Ferry Farm Wal-Mart going to be transformed into the Super Wal-Mart?

    Answer: The expansion of the Ferry Farm Wal-Mart has started The original proposal for a 200,000 sf building has been scaled back to meet the new Wal-Mart corporate model for a super store (it will sell food). This will be the same as the new store on Warrenton Road that has also begun construction. The site plan was also adjusted to meet the
    environmental site constraints.

    Keywords: Wal-Mart, Stafford

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/02/11 16:51:59 US/Eastern

    Barb in King George asks:

    Is King George County ever going to get a Wal-Mart?

    Answer: Wal-Mart has no current plans to build a store in King George, according to company spokesman Keith Morris.

    Keywords: Wal-Mart, King George

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/02/11 16:49:00 US/Eastern

    Rick Doucet in Bathurst, NB Canada asks:

    How do I find the status of an aquaintance who has been indicted? i.e. Was there a sentencing? If not, when will it take place; if so, what was the sentence? Where is he incarcerated?

    Answer: If your acquaintance was arrested in Virginia, you can look up his court records on the state's Courts Web site: www.courts.state.va.us. Look under the "Case Information" heading. If your friend was charged with a misdemeanor, then you want to look at General District Courts. If this is a felony case, go to Circuit Courts. Select the County in which your acquaintance was charged, then you can do a name search.

    Keywords: courts, indictments

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2009/02/02 17:09:34 US/Eastern

    in sandy lake ,pa asks:

    why are they building so much around the area? fredericksburg and surrounding area is already overpopulated. i used to live there. i know.

    Answer: Until the building boom went bust, the Fredericksburg area was among the fastest growing in the nation largely due to its proximity to Washington. More than half the working population in the area commute, mainly to Washington although some drive to Richmond. It is cheaper to live here than in either metro area. The Fredericksburg area also has a growing number of defense contractors, who like to be near the military bases here. Local economic development directors are trying to get more businesses that offer high paying jobs to move here so people don't have to commute.

    Keywords: growth

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/02/02 11:27:39 US/Eastern

    Jb in Fredericksburg asks:

    Why doesn't everybody tell the truth about who they like?

    Answer: A lot of times, it is because they are afraid of rejection.

    Keywords: relationships

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2009/01/26 16:28:34 US/Eastern

    KL in Stafford asks:

    Has the new La Pizzaria opened? A previous inquiry regarding this was replied to that indicated that it was to be opened in November 2008 in Spotsylvania right across from Costco at 914 Village Square Shopping Center.

    Answer: Not yet, says La Pizzeria owner Jose Vasquez.
    He said he still plans to open at that location, but is waiting for Spotsylvania County to give him the permit to start building.
    He said he hopes to get that permit soon.

    Keywords: La Pizzeria, Spotsylvania, restaurant

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2009/01/26 16:25:16 US/Eastern

    G in Spotsylvania asks:

    What happened in Mill Garden South area at the 2nd house on the right on Galaxie rd on Friday 1/23? There were police cars and ambulances, and someone died in the driveway. There are people yesterday and today leaving flowers there. I haven't seen or heard any details to what happened.

    Answer: According to 1st Sgt. Liz Scott of the Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Department, it was an unintentional suicide.
    That's all the information that was released.

    Keywords: crime, spotsylvania

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2009/01/26 16:12:08 US/Eastern

    Helene Domi in Stafford asks:

    What are they building at the corner of Rt 17 (Warrenton Road) and South Gateway Drive in South Stafford??

    Answer: So far leases have been signed by Subway and NextCare, an urgent medical care facility associated with MediCorp. Other leases are in negotiations.

    Keywords: South Gateway Drive, South Stafford

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/01/15 17:39:48 US/Eastern

    Danielle Gray in Spotsylvania asks:

    I've been looking EVERYWHERE in Fredericksburg/Stafford for "Shirataki noodles", also known as Miracle Noodles or konnyaku noodles. Asian grocery stores and health food stores usually carry them, but no luck! Do you know of any area grocery stores that might carry them?

    Answer: Try Five Mile Fork International Supermarket at
    6322 Five Mile centre Park. The woman who answered the phone there said she was pretty sure she carries them. You can contact the storeat 540-548-2492 or asianmarket@5mileinternationalsupermarket.com.

    Keywords: Shirataki Noodles

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2009/01/07 11:24:08 US/Eastern

    CC in Fredericksburg asks:

    Is thare a current support group for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren? What is the best resource for contact information on various supprot groups?

    Answer: The AARP is a great resource for this topic.

    You can get more info here .

    Keywords: AARP, grandparents, grandchildren, raising kids

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2009/01/06 13:25:32 US/Eastern

    in Caroline asks:

    I'm looking for information on the new Iverson's Restaurant that has recently opened in Ladysmith. In particular what type of cuisine do they serve and what's the price range for their meals. I can't seem to find a website for them.

    Answer: Iverson's serves American fare. Prices range from $3.50 to $7 for breakfast, $3.50 to $8 for lunch and $10 to $20 for dinner.

    Keywords: Iverson's Restaurant, Ladysmith

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2008/12/30 11:52:26 US/Eastern

    nicole stone in Out-of-state asks:

    where is the video of the kids in the daycare in stafford virginia singing christmas songs i would like to see it my brother is in it

    Answer: There are two videos.
    Here's Kids singing Christmas songs

    and here's Kids tell us about Santa

    Keywords: kids daycare, Christmas songs, Stafford

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2008/12/27 23:19:43 US/Eastern

    Adam in Stafford asks:

    Did you guys do any articles on the Shop with a Cop program that took place at the Fredericksburg (Central Park) Target on December 13th? I have looked all over, and have only found things from years past....could you point me in the right direction?

    Answer: The Free Lance-Star did not cover that event this year.
    Sorry.

    Keywords: Shop with a cop

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2008/12/16 16:14:39 US/Eastern

    in Fredericksburg asks:

    Are there any "nice" resturants or hotels serving Christmas dinner this year in the area?

    Answer: The only three I could find are: Cafe New Orleans, 216 William St in downtown Fredericksburg; the Hospitality House in Central Park; and Otani Japanese Steak House, off State Route 3 on 12131 Amos Lane.

    Keywords: Christmas Day, restaurant

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2008/12/15 14:46:13 US/Eastern

    in Fredericksburg asks:

    What happened to Dishing Up Dinner in Central Park?

    Answer: It closed about a year ago.

    Keywords: Dishing Up Dinner

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2008/12/03 11:11:59 US/Eastern

    in Fredericksburg asks:

    where is loaction;;fredericksbrug field house

    Answer: The Fredericksburg Field House is on State Route 2 behind the Wawa near Shannon Airport.

    Keywords: Fredericksburg Field House

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2008/12/03 11:11:07 US/Eastern

    TK in Spotsylvania asks:

    I was surprised to recently notice the closure of Wendy's near Four Mile Fork. Any particular reasons why this restaurant closed? Thanks.

    Answer: Busines reporter Cathy Jett says:

    Wendy's opened a new restaurant just down U.S. 1 in Southpoint II. I assume the company thought that was a better location, because it didn't renew its lease for the old site.

    Keywords: Wendy's, closed restaurant

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2008/12/03 10:49:09 US/Eastern

    Amy in Fredericksburg asks:

    What are they builing in the old pizza hut location in front of the mall?

    Answer: Jared Jewelers will open this spring at the old Pizza Hut site in front of Spotsylvania Towne Centre.

    Keywords: Pizza Hut, Jared Jewelers. Spotsylvania Towne Centre

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2008/12/02 10:58:56 US/Eastern

    in Stafford asks:

    Are there any diaper services operating in the Fredericksburg area?

    Answer: Modern Diaper Service, 5318 Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria, goes as far south as Stafford County. You can reach the company 703-823-3993.

    Keywords: diaper service

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2008/12/01 18:13:40 US/Eastern

    in Lexington Va asks:

    I was told that the recipe for the potato leek soup served at the Colonial Taver was, at one time, published in the Front Porch paper. How would I get a hold of that recipe?

    Answer: Check http://www.frontporchfredericksburg.com/archives/

    Keywords: Colonial Tavern, Front Porch

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2008/11/25 19:31:17 US/Eastern

    Helene Domi in Stafford asks:

    What happened to the following: Nestle Toll House Shop, Buffalo Philly's? One day they are there and next day they are gone! I frequented both of those places. Why won't Hartwood citizens stay HERE!!!

    Answer: Both restaurants have closed. According to Bob Carter, Stafford County’s assistant director of economic development, businesses in the Hartwood area have been hit by a double whammy. Not only has the economy gone south, but the Del Webb development in Celebrate Virginia North hasn't built out as quickly as projected. "If you don't have enough traffic," he said, "you can't pay the bills." Also, there's more competition out that way than before.

    Keywords: Nestle Toll House Cafe, Buffalo Philly's

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2008/11/25 19:28:15 US/Eastern

    Gracie Barlow in Spotsylvania asks:

    Whilst driving through Caroline county today I noticed Three Devils Jump Road. Interesting name....Any stories about that?

    Answer: FLS reporter Cathy Dyson wrote a tory about local areas with weird names, here's what it said about Devils Three Jumps Road:

    Before the road, next to Caroline High School, was paved, drivers had a devil of a time getting their cars up the three steep hills.

    Click here to read the story behind other local town names.

    Keywords: Caroline, history, names, local

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2008/11/25 19:16:45 US/Eastern

    Joan Beland in Spotsylvania asks:

    What are the dates of the Candlelight Tour and Amtrak's Santa Train?

    Answer: The 38th annual Candlelight Tour.

    Tour seven homes on historic lower Caroline Street. Presented by Historic Fredericksburg Foundation Inc., Dec. 13 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Dec. 14 Noon–6 p.m. Tickets available at HFFI, 540/371-4504; Fredericks burg Visitor Center, 540/373-1776.

    Santa Trains

    This year’s Santa Trains will operate on Saturday, Dec. 13. Locally, trains de part and return to the Fred ericksburg station. Trains will also depart and return from VRE stations in Burke, Manassas and Woodbridge.

    Tickets are $5 a passenger, regardless of age.

    Santa Train tickets will go on sale at the Fredericksburg Visitors Center at 9 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 1. Tickets will be on sale there from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday. They typically sell out very quickly.

    Click here to read more.

    Keywords: Santa trains, candlelight tours, holidays

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2008/11/25 17:00:33 US/Eastern

    J in King George asks:

    Why has King George posted a 45 mph speed limit on Caledon Road? Is this some kind of way to get money from the speeders? It's nearly imposible to drive that slow on that road!

    Answer: Here's what Transportation Reporter Kelly Hannon had to say:

    VDOT weighs several factors when it determines a speed limit: The type of development along a road, sight distances, the volume of traffic, the crash history, and safety considerations. VDOT likely did a traffic study that concluded 45 mph was the appropriate speed for that section of Caledon Road. However, conditions change. If the reader would like to see another speed limit, lower or higher, another VDOT traffic study must be done. The request for a speed study must come from the King George Board of Supervisors. I’d encourage the reader to contact their supervisor about their concerns, and see if the supervisor is willing to get the board to request a new traffic study.

    Keywords: traffic, speed limit, king george, Caledon

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2008/11/25 14:29:44 US/Eastern

    Sara Carey in Stafford asks:

    Are there any coat drives in the Fredericksburg, Stafford, and/or Spotsylvania areas?

    Answer: Yes. Burlington Coat Factory is collecting coats through Jan. 16, and those coats will go to Micah Ecumenical Ministries.

    And Peace Lutheran Church in King George is collecting coats that it gives to the needy.

    Zips Dry Cleaners collects coats for homeless veterans.

    And the Salvation Army doesn’t have a coat drive, but it does take them and either gives them to people who need them or sells them at the thrift store.

    Keywords: coats, drives, needy, homeless

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2008/11/25 13:21:02 US/Eastern

    Jim Woodside in Spotsylvania asks:

    What happened to Bivio Luciano Restaurant on Courthouse Road? We tried going there over the weekend, and the place was obviously shut down.

    Answer: The owner of that location decided to retire and sold the restaurant, but the other Luciano's locations in Herndon, Oakton and Tyson's Corner are still open and another one opens next month in Fair Oaks Mall.

    Keywords: Bivio Luciano, restaurant

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2008/11/20 17:14:21 US/Eastern

    Rick Toledo in Fredericksburg asks:

    I represent a Fredericksburg manufacturing facility that has a very large volume of clean wood waste that we pay to dispose of daily,and would love to find a local company that might have a need for it. I have spent a great deal of time on-line and found that the expence of transporting this waste to an interested company is often the main obstical. Any ideas?

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2008/11/18 14:06:08 US/Eastern

    Lisa Rollins in Spotsylvania asks:

    Is there someplace in the Spotsy/Fred area to walk inside in the evenings with a stroller other than the Towne Centre? I would like to spend time with my child, but also get in some exercise. The Towne Centre is too crowded to get any kind of pace going. I work, so I can't go to the mall before opening hours. Thanks!

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2008/11/02 08:16:06 US/Eastern

    in Stafford asks:

    I must have been on the 100 outstanding Ambiance gift certificate holders whose name was not given to the court. Is there a way that we can submit our own names to the court? My husband paid cash for my certificate so there is no credit card company to contact.

    Answer: Ambiance filed for bankruptcy with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Unfortunately, the spa's lawyer has told me that the company does not have any money and cannont reimburse gift cerfiticate holders.

    Keywords: Ambiance Day Spa, gift certificates

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2008/10/26 16:57:00 GMT-4

    MAURICE in Out-of-state asks:

    HIGH FRED, GREETINGS: A FRIEND SENT ME A REPORT ON A PROPERTY ASSESS AT 400K ,FRED IS THAT THE GOING PRICE IN ZIP CODE BEARING 21701

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2008/10/24 15:28:13 GMT-4

    Helene Domi in Stafford asks:

    What happened to the Nestle Toll House Shop near the Giant off of Rt. 17 (Warrenton Road)? It suddenly disappeared!

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2008/10/21 09:06:27 GMT-4

    Tyonnia Jett in Fredericksburg asks:

    I am looking to find out about local craft shows in the Stafford, Spotsylvania, and Fredericksburg area. I would like to know dates and times if that is available. Or where could I go to find out this information. Normally I see signs on the side of the road but haven't seen too many this year. Can you help me with this I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2008/10/20 10:59:18 GMT-4

    in Fredericksburg asks:

    What happened to the 5 and Diner in Central Park? It seems as though it's been shuttered for weeks, true?

    Answer: According to The Rappaport Companies, which owns that property, Five & Diner's corporate office decided to close the location. Rappaport does not have a replacement, but is actively marketing the space.

    Keywords: Five & Diner, Central Park

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2008/10/17 11:44:20 GMT-4

    PA in Spotsylvania asks:

    What are the hours for Trick or Treating in Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania?

    Answer: The City does not endorse specific hours, but offers the following recommendations:

    Do not knock on doors unless there is a porch light on or obvious indication of welcome.
    Children should be accompanied by adults.
    Carry a flashlight.
    Wear light-colored clothing or costumes that are highly visible and do not restrict vision and mobility.
    Stay out of the street and do not impede traffic.

    We haven't heard from Spotsy yet.

    Keywords: halloween, trick or treat hours, kids

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2008/10/16 12:17:23 GMT-4

    Janice in DC asks:

    My sister Debbie worked at Simmons Beauty Rest in Spotsylvania, VA for 20 years. She had a stroke and couldn't go back to work. Can you tell me why nobody, even her best friend who works there has never come by to see if she needed help or just to visit? Is this what this world has come to? Pretty screwed up, don't you think? She now has to leave b/c she can't afford to stay and SS won't pay enough to keep her here. Think that might make people want to help huh? No. She sells Huskys and Labs and now has to give that up. She might as well be dead in her book. Nobody other than family seems to care, and belive me, that's a stretch on occasions... What do you do?

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2008/10/16 11:29:38 GMT-4

    RACHEL LEE in Spotsylvania asks:

    ARE THERE ANY PLANS ON BUILDING ANY NEW GROCERY STORES OR ANY STORES IN THE THORNBURG AREA ? ROUTE 3 AS WELL AS MASSAPONAX ARE FULL. WE NEED MORE STORES SOUTH OF MASSAPONAX !

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2008/10/15 06:35:48 GMT-4

    Jennifer Purcell in Stafford asks:

    Did you know that Target on 610 has a doll on the shelf that says, "Islam is the light?" This doll is not marketed in any manner towards Islamics. Little Mommy, Fisher Price, IPC 27084 56915

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2008/10/09 08:21:42 GMT-4

    Sarah in Fredericksburg asks:

    I asked this question a few weeks ago and I think it got skipped. I heard that there was an ad ran in the FLS about 4D untrasounds being performed in this area. I have not yet seen it, but wold like some contact information on it. Could you please help mw with that? Thanks.

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2008/10/07 09:47:09 GMT-4

    in Fredericksburg asks:

    We purchased an Ambiance Day Spa gift certificate for my mother-in-law last Christmas. The gift certificate was not redeemed before Ambiance went out of business. I understand that the US District Court was going to contact patrons with outstanding gift certificates. However, my mother-in-law has not been contacted. What does she need to do to get the money refunded?

    Answer: Ronald Stern, Ambiance's lawyer, said he was giving names and contact information of only 200 of the 300 people who had outstanding gift certificates, which is probably why you weren't contacted. Unfortunately, there is no money for refunds. He suggests that you either contact your credit card company and ask for a refund or ask one of the area day spas if they will give your mother-in-law a discount if she brings in her gift certificate. Several day spas offered this soon after Ambiance closed.

    Keywords: Ambiance Day Spa, gift certificates

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2008/10/06 11:08:15 GMT-4

    Rae S. in Fredericksburg asks:

    What was the result of the punk band, Celebrity Gunfight 's singer's porn case charge? Hopefully something was done!

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2008/10/02 14:13:34 GMT-4

    ML in Stafford asks:

    I heard there was going to be a new telecommuter center in southern Stafford County somewhere around the Riverside Dinner Theater. Do you have any details on this?

    Answer: This came from our transportation writer, Kelly Hannon:
    I just spoke with Keith Lesser, who directs operations for the three George Washington Regional Commission telework centers in Stafford, Woodbridge and Spotsylvania. Lesser said there are no plans to open a new telework center at this time. The reader can check out nocommuter.org to learn more about the three existing telework centers in our area.

    Keywords: commuter, telecommuter, telework, Stafford

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2008/09/30 11:50:29 GMT-4

    maris lenhart in Stafford asks:

    When will the new traffic light be installed at Route 17 (Warrenton Road) and Cardinal Forest Drive?

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2008/09/28 13:01:05 GMT-4

    Maris Lenhart in Stafford asks:

    Will there be any hiking/biking trails built around the new Rocky Pen Reservoir? What about other recreation such as boating, fishing, etc.?

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2008/09/27 08:00:52 GMT-4

    Maris Lenhart in Stafford asks:

    Is there a diaper service company in Fredericksburg?

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2008/09/27 07:57:47 GMT-4

    Lacara in Fredericksburg asks:

    Is there a article in the newspaper in 1999 that has to do with a man that was raided by the name of Lloyd A. Scott???

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2008/09/26 13:42:54 GMT-4

    Heather Hawkinson in Fredericksburg asks:

    I live in the Altoona subdivision off Route 3. Many times several helicopters, and sometimes planes, fly over our house in the late afternoon or evening. Many times helicopters have flown over in the wee hours of the morning. They are so low it makes the house and everything in it shake and pictures have fallen off the wall. Are these military planes or private planes from the Stafford airport? Aren't they flying too low if it makes your house shake? Who can be contacted about this? Thanks for any help you can provide.

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2008/09/25 08:17:26 GMT-4

    TB in Fredericksburg asks:

    what was going on at the movie theater at central park last fri night?we went to go to the 7pm movies and it was surrounded by police and no one was in the parking lot?

    Answer: Natatia Bledsoe of the Fredericksburg Police Dept said this:

    "On last Friday, the 19th, there was a fire alarm activation shortly after 6pm, which would have needed police as well as fire response. That would definitely block up the parking lot, and the personnel would have been inside the building checking."

    Keywords: fredericksburg, police, crime, movie theater, regal

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2008/09/24 16:20:49 GMT-4

    James in Fredericksburg asks:

    A couple of weeks age the radio anoounced that if anyone who still had not filed for thier tax check with the Government , there were a group of people who would help. The only thing I can remember I heard them say was (RAPPAHANNOCK AREA ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?) I am running out of options I cannot afford to pay someone a couple of hundred dollars to do my taxes.

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2008/09/24 01:06:16 GMT-4

    Sarah in Caroline asks:

    I recently heard that there was someone doing 3D or 4D fetal ultrasound in Fredericksburg. I guess there was an advertisement ad in the FLS. I have not been able to find it, but would like info about it. Will you please help me? Thanks.

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2008/09/21 22:23:52 GMT-4

    in Fredericksburg asks:

    What happened to Einsten Bagels on Route 3?

    Answer: According to a company spokesman, Einstein Bros. looks at a store's bottom line before renewing its lease. He wasn't sure why that particular store closed, but said it was likely not as profitable as the company wished. To be fair, it faced a lot of competition from Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts.

    Keywords: Einstein Bros.

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2008/09/15 12:38:14 GMT-4

    ln in Fredericksburg asks:

    I recently saw an article about an 80 some year old gentleman getting attacked at Carl's Ice Cream. I'm wondering how he is doing with the "minor injuries" he suffered and if they caught the animal that did that to him. Also, what day was that article printed in the newspaper? Thanks!

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2008/09/08 15:56:49 GMT-4

    Brianne in Fredericksburg asks:

    What is the Fred bus's weekend schedule

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2008/09/07 15:16:26 GMT-4

    Melissa in Fredericksburg asks:

    I thought I read something about a chili cook off coming to the area, or maybe even Richmond. Do you know when and where it will be?

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2008/09/05 22:53:17 GMT-4

    Helene Domi in Stafford asks:

    Are there any plans for any new restaurants opening up on Rt 17 between the new Giant and Target? A new restaurant is sorely needed!

    Answer: A Foster's Grill recently opened in Carter's Corner.

    Keywords:

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2008/09/03 15:22:26 GMT-4

    Cassie in Caroline asks:

    What day of the week does your real estate showcase come out in your paper edition?

    Answer: The Real Estate Showcase comes out every other Wednesday. The next one comes out Sept. 10th.

    Hope this helps.

    Keywords: Real estate

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2008/09/03 14:49:16 GMT-4

    Sharon Hayden in Fredericksburg asks:

    My daughter will soon be 5 and I have been searching on information on how to get her registered for the Fredericksburg Pageant (not the Fred. Fair Pageant) and I cannot find any information on it anywhere. I know it is probably over with for 2008 but I want to be ready for 2009.

    Answer: Honestly, I couldn't find any Fredericksburg pageant that wasn't the Fredericksburg Fair Pageant.

    But I did see this, maybe this can give you some ideas.

    Hope this can help.

    Keywords: Fredericksburg pageants

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2008/09/03 14:28:04 GMT-4

    ML in Stafford asks:

    Where is the best place to buy organic foods in the Fredericksburg area? I know Wegman's is coming, but don't know when or if other stores (like Trader Joe's or Whole Foods) are considering coming to this area.

    Answer: Neither Trader Joe's or Whole Foods have plans to come to the area yet, and Wegmann's is coming by early 2009 .

    But in the meantime, Ukrop's, Giant, Bloom and even Wal-Mart and Super Target have some organic foods. That list is in the order of probable best selection.

    Good Luck!

    Keywords: organic food

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2008/09/03 14:05:02 GMT-4

    joe hofmann in Fredericksburg asks:

    Is it illigal for a mortgage company to call you and represent themselves as the company reviewing your mortgage informing nyou that they have a special rate for you when actually they have nothing to do with your current mortgage, they just want to meet with you at your home to offer you a loan with their lender, all without your current mortgage lender knowing this is happening or without them employing these CREEPS to do anything with your current mortgage.

    Answer: Bill Freehling, our mortgage guru says this:

    As far as I know this is legal, but highly annoying. I get these kinds of notices/offers in the mail all the time. It’s just direct marketing that is unsolicited but not illegal. It probably doesn’t work for them 99 percent of the time, but if they’re calling 10 million people than even 1 percent can be lucrative. Hope this helps.

    Keywords: mortgage, solicitors, scams

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2008/09/02 16:37:06 GMT-4

    Anna Collins in Orange asks:

    Whom would I contact to find out about the sister-city connection Fredericksburg has with Frejus in France?

    Answer: Support for and involvement in Sister City activities is mainly through the Fredericksburg Sister City Association.

    Check their Web site here

    Keywords: sister city, fredericksburg, frejus, france

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2008/09/02 14:34:52 GMT-4

    Joanne Westbrook in Spotsylvania asks:

    My sister and her husband are newlyweds with a 2 month old baby. After her maternity leave, they're having problems making ends meet. We'd like to find some budget management advice from a professional at very low cost, or preferably for free. Are there any counseling services in the area that would help them manage their money better and make ends meet?

    Answer: Credit Counselors, is a non-profit consumer credit counseling agency based in Richmond. Their goal is to provide money management counseling, including personal budget planning and consumer credit counseling and education to all age levels.

    You can call their Fredericksburg office at 800-737-2933 or visit their < a href="http://www.credit-counselors.cc/"> Web site

    Keywords: money help, credit counseling, debt

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2008/09/02 14:24:43 GMT-4

    Pat Lum in Spotsylvania asks:

    Is there a local button collector's club in the area? This area would seem a natural for it because of the civil war.

    Answer: All I coud find on button collector clubs was this Web site for the National Button Society. It has a list of clubs on it's site here

    Click on the Virginia link.

    Keywords: button collector's clubs

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2008/09/02 14:03:36 GMT-4

    Lisa Capps in Caroline asks:

    I have a friend who's 3 year old son has cancer and is going through chemo. They are drowning in the bills, are there any organizations that can help out?

    Answer: Churches usually help.

    Round Oak Baptist Church holds a regular gospel sing and donates the proceeds to area families, usually those with medical bills. Their number is 373-6862.

    Other groups would depend on what you mean by drowning in bills, whether it’s the medical bills or if they’re having trouble paying utility bills, etc.

    And the Grace Oughton Cancer Foundation helps area families with cancer bills. They will have contact info on the website here.

    Keywords: cancer, bills, help, churches

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2008/09/02 13:59:24 GMT-4

    Jen in Fredericksburg asks:

    Is there any nightclubs for young adults 21-30 in the area?

    Answer: You can try these hot spots:

    Brock's Riverside Grill, 503 Sophia St., Fredericksburg.

    Central Station, 1917 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg.

    The Loft, 1005 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg.

    or you can check out our events calendar here

    Keywords: night life, clubs, entertainment, young

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2008/09/02 13:40:49 GMT-4

    Carey Beall in Louisa asks:

    Where can I find a business that has birthday parties for girls with themes like dressup, or princess? Ive heard there is a business like that in Fredericksburg. Please help me!

    Answer: Club Libby Lu in Spotsylvania Towne Centre caters to the 'tween girls market. It bills itself as "a fun place for girls to have a party and dress up, shop, have a makeover, and hang out with friends."

    Keywords: Club Libby Lu, princess, parties

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2008/08/25 12:17:44 GMT-4

    hb in Out-of-state asks:

    hOW MUCH DID A GAL. OF GAS COST IN 1960?

    Answer: According to this chart from the Energy Information Administration, gas in 1960 cost about 31 cents a gallon.

    Keywords: gas, gallon, price

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2008/08/24 13:23:55 GMT-4

    Nicole Whiteacre in Stafford asks:

    How do I submit information about a charity golf tournament that is being held in Fredericksburg? I would like to get the word out and find some golfers for this charity event we are hosting. Charity is Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. thank you

    Answer: You can submit it to our community calendar of events here .

    Keywords: events calendar, community, golf

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2008/08/24 13:04:43 GMT-4

    Scott Lewis in King George asks:

    when is the Free Lance star going to come out with the little newspaper about all the local high school football teams and their power rankings? I thought it would have been in this sundays paper but it was not.

    Answer: You can look for it in this Thursday's paper, the day before most high schools play their first game of the season.

    You can also find a bunch of info and videos on our high school football site, which will be ready and updated by next week.

    Keywords: high school football tab, sports

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2008/08/24 12:45:58 GMT-4

    Carl Lomax in Fredericksburg asks:

    What ever happened to LaPizzaria that was located in the Spotsy Mall for years? I am amzed at the number of people that I talk to that miss the place and what many consider to be the best pizza around (& the nicest owners/people behind the counter). A few folks said they heard that the owner was to re-open near Ukrops (rumor?). PLEASE let us all know what is the status

    Answer: I called Jose Vasquez, the owner of the Pizzeria, about 2 weeks ago after another reader asked the same question.

    He said they are planning to re-open the pizza place in November 2008 in Spotsylvania right across from Costco at 914 Village Square Shopping Center.

    Keywords: La Pizzaria, Spotsylvania, pizza, restaurant

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2008/08/22 16:26:31 GMT-4

    Penny in Fredericksburg asks:

    Can you tell us what is being built at the corner of William and Sophia St.?

    Answer: A hair salon has opened in that building

    Keywords: William St., Sophia S.

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2008/08/20 16:43:49 GMT-4

    Cheryl DiMaio in Stafford asks:

    I haven't heard much lately about the new Super Wal*Mart which is supposed to be built on Route 17 (Warrenton Rd.) in Stafford County. What's the latest on this development?

    Answer: Construction should begin in this fall at the latest, and be finished next year.

    Keywords: Wal-Mart, U.S. 17

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2008/08/20 16:41:52 GMT-4

    DiMaio in Stafford asks:

    Whatever happened to the Wal-Mart which is supposed to be built on Route 17 near Celebrate Virginia? The last I heard, they were going to start construction this summer, but summer is nearly over and nothing seems to be happening.

    Answer: Construction should begin in this fall at the latest, and be finished next year.

    Keywords: Wal-Mart, U.S. 17

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2008/08/20 16:40:42 GMT-4

    LN in Fredericksburg asks:

    My elderly Mother has been very ill for several years. My Father and I care for her in the home. I took 6 months off of work to lighten the load on my Father but have now had to return to work. She requires in depth care ( feeding tube, broken vertibrate's, esophigeal stints etc.) and I would like to know if there are any agencies in Fredericksburg that may offer assistance with her care. My parents have insurance but are unable to come "out-of-pocket" to hire a day nurse. Your assistance is greatly appreciated!

    Answer: These suggestions came from our FLS health team:

    The former ombudsman for the Rappahannock Area Agency on Aging is Valerie Hopson-Bell. She is now on her own, with a private business, that may be able to help.
    Her company is Eldercare Connections.
    Her Web site:
    http://www.eldercareconnections.net/aboutus.htm
    She might be able to help.

    or

    you might have them call Bridges Senior Care Solutions, which I think helps people arrange in-home care. the director is very knowledgable and went through a long bout of struggling to find the best care for her own mother
    not long ago. 785-4512 or 899-3404.

    the rappahannock area agency on aging might also have some ideas: 371-3375.

    hope this helps.

    Keywords: elderly, care, senior citizens, health,

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2008/08/20 15:25:25 GMT-4

    LN in Fredericksburg asks:

    What ever happened to Cleave Williams? Was he ever convicted of brutally murdering his landlord and her boyfriend? If so, what was his sentance? Personally, I hope they gave him the death penalty.

    Answer: Cleave Williams Jr., 30, was sentenced to serve two life sentences in prison for the murders and a total $5,000 fine for grand larcenies of both Maggie Skinner and Philip Hamilton.

    Click here to read more

    Keywords: murder, King George, couple, fire

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2008/08/19 17:45:25 GMT-4

    Robin in Spotsylvania asks:

    We had just read a wonderful review for Jinichi Jap. Steakhouse in Central Park in your weekender. We attempted to eat there this weekend and it was locked up and no lights were on at 6pm on a Saturday night? Just curious if it is closed BEFORE we could even try it?

    Answer: Yes, Junliehi Japanese Steak House
    has closed

    Keywords: Junliehi Japanese Steak House

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2008/08/18 12:05:35 GMT-4

    Helene Domi in Stafford asks:

    What are the hours of the Farmer's Market in downtown Fredericksburg?

    Answer: The official hours are from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, but many farmers usually pack up and leave by about 2 p.m.

    Keywords: Fredericksburg Farmers Market

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2008/08/18 12:01:24 GMT-4

    in Fredericksburg asks:

    Why was the Wawa on Courthouse Rd closed Wednesday (8/13)?

    Answer: According to the sign posted in front of the store, it was closed on 8/13/08 for remodeling, and would reopen the next day.

    Keywords: Wawa, closed

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2008/08/13 18:12:08 GMT-4

    Katie in Spotsylvania asks:

    With the expansion of the Spotsylvania Town Centre and the buidling of the Kalahari Water Park, what are the plans for creating expanding and craating new roads in the area, I am particularly interested in plans that would affect the Waverly Village neighborhood behind the Town Centre.

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2008/08/12 07:05:11 GMT-4

    shirley Whelan in Fredericksburg asks:

    Why hasn't there been an article about the "Uniquely Fredericksburg" 2008 art show at CRRL similar to the article you did for the King George Art Show in June? Juror is from VMFA and quality is very good with best in show being $1,000 plus many other awards.

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2008/08/08 21:24:14 GMT-4

    Jim in Fredericksburg asks:

    The salem fields community pool was currently vandalized in June or so. Does the police have any leads on the currnt search of who did this? Also, what will happen to them?

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2008/08/06 14:23:58 GMT-4

    kathi martinez in Fredericksburg asks:

    My ex is a permanent resident only allowed to remain here on good behavior. Since that federal court ruling, he has had 2 DUI's in one month and served 7 months in Stafford county. I informed them that he is deportable, but noone has done anything. We have a 2 yr protective order put on him-now he is out and stalking us. What do I need to do to get him deported?? Can't Stafford county contact the federal system? Call INS. I have called the fairfax field office for INS many times, but nothing is getting done. He is in the Stafford system, I am sure on probation--why won't they deport him?

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2008/07/31 13:03:06 GMT-4

    Tracy in Fredericksburg asks:

    Can you tell me if Daylight Savings Time was observed here and in the DC area in 1964? If so, when did it end that year?

    Answer:

    Keywords:

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2008/07/28 12:38:49 GMT-4

    JD in Fredericksburg asks:

    Did UMW ever purchase that property in Italy?

    Answer: I talked with the nice folks in the UMW Public Relations office, and they told me they didn't believe the purchase has completed yet, but weren't sure as to the exact status. They agreed to make some calls tomorrow and find out more or me.

    For a little bit of background, you can read This story from 4/19/08. And here's the Web site for the property that they're looking to purchase: villacicolina.it

    UPDATE: The public-relations office at UMW got back with me, and provided me the following info: The University itself does not actually plan to purchase the property. But a private individual plans to purchase it and make it available to the University. They believe the purchase is still in the works, but do not have any info about the status. The UMW Board of Visitors has not taken and official action yet.

    Keywords: UMW, italy, villa cicolina

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2008/07/28 12:25:17 GMT-4

    SB in Fredericksburg asks:

    is there a recycling center in Fredericksburg or South Staffor? My mailing address is Fredericksburg, but I am across Chatham Bridge in South Stafford. I know the dump in Stafford, but that is so far. I just keep throwing newpapers in the trash and it seems such a waste. I need someplace nearby Thanks

    Answer: Stafford and Fredericksburg residents can use the Belman Road Recycling Center, just off the Blue & Gray Parkway. They accept most recyclables there: Aluminum, glass, #1 & #2 plastics, electronics, paper, cardboard and plastic grocery-store bags. They also will accept small amounts of household garbage (a couple bags maybe--but don't show up with a truck load of non-recyclable garbage. They won't appreciate that too much!) More info is HERE on the city's Web site.

    Also, a local business, Summit Recycling, accepts scrap metal (and pays you for it!) They're on Summit Road, also off the Blue & Gray Parkway.

    Keywords: Recycling, Summit, Belman Road, garbage

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2008/07/28 12:16:24 GMT-4

    C.A. in Fredericksburg asks:

    I just moved to the area... is there a dog park nearby? I saw the one in Fredericksburg is only for city residents; I'm not one.

    Answer: As far as we know, there was only one other dog park in the area besides the city-run, residents-only one in town.
    Unfortunately, the Chukchi Dog Run in Spotsylvania County is temporarily closed while the owners seek a new property for their facility. Updates will be posted on their Web site.

    Also, keep in mind, that there are all kinds of other places in Fredericksburg you can take your dogs. A couple examples: Take a walk downtown, or hike the Canal Trail, or take Lee Drive through the battlefield. Check out the city's Parks & Rec page for a complete list.

    Keywords: dog park

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2008/07/23 17:46:49 GMT-4

    katie in Fredericksburg asks:

    This is not a question, but I just wanted to say thank you to Cathy Jett for taking the time to research and answer my question regarding the closing of Fredericksburg's Ambiance Day Spa in such a short amount of time. Thank You! -Katie

    Answer:

    Keywords:

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2008/07/23 17:17:50 GMT-4

    J. in Fredericksburg asks:

    Why don't scholl buses have seat belts? Thank you.

    Answer: In 1968, the ideal seat back height was set at 28 inches. The premise was that the higher-backed seats would shield children from injury. However, these days school buses usually have seat backs that are only 24 inches high. Seatbelts are not required in school buses in Virginia because many bus injuries are not preventable by the use of seatbelts, and the cost of installing seatbelts into Virginia's legion of buses is extremely prohibitive. Moreover, seatbelts prohibit rapid evacuation and can be dangerous for small children. Finally, there is no way to force children to use seatbelts they are provided with, and children could be injured easily if they misuse the belts.

    Keywords: School, Buses, Seatbelts

    Answered by: Andrew Barnick, 2008/07/22 17:36:57 GMT-4

    Jeannette Graves in Stafford asks:

    How long does it take to get your questions answered?

    Answer: About this long, maybe longer, maybe shorter. ;)

    Keywords: Ask Fred

    Answered by: Andrew Barnick, 2008/07/22 17:04:57 GMT-4

    J. in Stafford asks:

    There was a recipe in FLS on 2/20/2008 for peanut butter brownies. Cannot locate it on website. Please Help!!!

    Answer: http://www.fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2008/022008/02202008/353917
    The above article has your brownie recipe at the bottom. Bon appetit!

    Keywords: peanut butter, brownie

    Answered by: Andrew Barnick, 2008/07/22 16:58:44 GMT-4

    Peggy in Northern Va. asks:

    Can you tell me what product was used to clearcoat the fish statues that were done by local artists?

    Answer: As one of the artists that worked on Catch of the Day, The Free Lance--Star's fish, I think I can answer your question.
    The shop that clear coated most of the fish used Sherwin Williams' automotive urethane ultra 7000 clear coat. My brother and I, however, clear coated our own fish (with our Dad's help) with water based polyurethane.

    Keywords: Fintastically Fredericksburg

    Answered by: Andrew Barnick, 2008/07/22 16:52:00 GMT-4

    christy in Fredericksburg asks:

    iam trying to find where my nephew s death was in your paper ..can u help me ? his name was brian ballard he died march 17th 2007 .. thank u for your help

    Answer: http://www.fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2007/032007/03212007/269119
    Here is his obituary. I hope this helps!

    Keywords: Brian Ballard

    Answered by: Andrew Barnick, 2008/07/22 16:39:44 GMT-4

    Debi Bernardes in King George asks:

    I think it would be great if the Free Lance-Star would offer subscribers the option of NOT getting all the inserts in their paper. Is this possible?

    Answer: I'm afraid not. Businesses pay to get their inserts in the paper, so if we removed them from the papers of anyone who requested, those businesses wouldn't get their money's worth. Sorry!

    Keywords: Inserts, ads, FLS

    Answered by: Andrew Barnick, 2008/07/22 16:26:51 GMT-4

    S. in Richmond Area asks:

    I've been told that Carl's is still using the original icecream machines from way back when. My question is a.) Is this true? and b.) If so, do they have a backup or replacement if the machines break down?

    Answer: Carl's DOES still use the Electro-Freeze machines they used in the 1940's. However, as it would be hard to come by the same machines in the present day, they simply repair the machines if a problem arises. I personally have experienced the pain of arriving there when a machine is broken, and having to pass on my favorite chocolate ice-cream!

    Keywords: Carl's, Carls

    Answered by: , 2008/07/22 16:16:12 GMT-4

    in Stafford asks:

    Once up a time the Freelance Star ran a story on ,Two guys One at least a former football player for Culpepper HS, who opened a sandwich shop that had man sized sandwhiches. un an older fixed up establishment I think in Culpepper. Can you find the name and address?

    Answer: Rex Harper and George Fotenos run The Stable, located at 129 E. Culpeper St.

    Keywords: The Stable, Culpeper, restaurant

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2008/07/22 14:20:41 GMT-4

    katie in Fredericksburg asks:

    This question is in regards to the closing of the Ambiance Day Spa in Central Park. How do you "file proof of claim" to get money back? My boyfriend bought my gift certificate online, so when I called the spa I asked what I needed to bring in to show proof that I had a certificare she said just my ID/driver's license because they had it in there system and could just pull it up on the computer when I came in. (she even pulled it up over the phone). So, without a paper gift certificate how will one get there money back? And how do we get in conteact with anyone, or who should we contact?

    Answer: According to Ronald Stern, Ambiance's lawyer, the names of everyone who had an outstanding gift certificate has been given to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, which is in Alexandria. The good news is that you should be getting a notice from the court, and should be able to use that as proof. The bad news is that there may not be any money for refunds, Stern said.
    In the meantime, your boyfriend might want to call his credit card company and see what its policy is on such matters.

    Keywords: Ambiance Day Spa, gift certificates

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2008/07/22 14:12:38 GMT-4

    in Stafford asks:

    With all the planned redevelopment on rt 1 near Quantico are there any plans to build a convenience store? If so what info can you share on it?

    Answer: Tim Baroody, Stafford County's deputy administrator, said he doesn't have specific or firm information on a convenience store at
    this point, but there is interest in building a mix of uses in
    that area.

    Keywords: Quantico, convenience store

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2008/07/22 13:42:58 GMT-4

    in Fredericksburg asks:

    Are we getting a Barnes and Noble in F-burg? I though we were but I don't notice any signs..

    Answer: A Barnes & Noble will be among the tenants in the 295,000-square-foot Village at Towne Center that will begin opening in November. Village is the outdoor town center under construction next to Spotsylvania Towne Centre.

    Keywords: Barnes & Noble, Village at Towne Center

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2008/07/22 13:04:29 GMT-4

    Margaret Ann Holt in Stafford asks:

    Why isn't the Meade pyramid advertised in local history information? It seems to be the best kept history secret in Fbg. Even some locals don't know what you're talking about when you ask them if they have seen the stone pyramid.

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2008/07/22 06:36:42 GMT-4

    in Fredericksburg asks:

    Did Ambiance Day Spa in Central Park close? If so, how can we get in touch with them to get money back for gift certificates? My husband just bought them in the last month and now we have heard that they are closed.

    Answer: Ambiance Day Spa and Salon in Central Park has closed and is filing a Chapter 7 petition for bankruptcy.
    The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, which is in Alexandria, will be sending notices to people with unredeemed gift cer tificates in the next few weeks. They’ll have to file proof of claim to get any money back, said Ronald Stern, the business’s lawyer.

    Keywords: Ambiance Day Spa

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2008/07/21 11:27:29 GMT-4

    Emily Crocker in Fredericksburg asks:

    Hello, I grew up in Falmouth and rode at Hazelwild Farm from the time I was 5 years old until I was 20. I also worked there for a number of years. I am doing some research on the area in which Hazelwild is located. Mainly, my research is on Hazelwild. I practically grew up there, however, there is still so much I don't know about the farm. The owner, Ann Elizabeth Morrison (or lovingly called Aunt Sissy by many) passed away in 1997. I was wondering if you could help me find past articles about "Aunt Sissy" including her obituary. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated!

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2008/07/17 22:07:34 GMT-4

    Lee Ann Tate in Fredericksburg asks:

    Is there any hope of someone building a federal building or complex that might bring some real jobs to the fredericksburg area and get cars off I-95?

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2008/07/17 12:29:05 GMT-4

    Ellen Brown in Fredericksburg asks:

    Government workers can be reimbursed up to $115/mo for taking public transportation to work. Would FRED consider having an express bus (or 2) from the City to NSWC on a daily basis? I've seen Colonial Beach Transit vans actually come on base. The current Fred schedule isn't very conducive to use for commuting because there are no scheduled stops on base. There are many van pools that members take turns driving because there's currently no bus company that offers a commuter run.

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2008/07/17 11:41:46 GMT-4

    Mike in Spotsylvania asks:

    At the intersection of Old Plank road and Harrison road there is a four way stop. Silver had widened Harrison road beside Harrison Crossing South shopping center. Is there a date when the traffic light will be built.

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2008/07/17 11:13:23 GMT-4

    in Rocky Mount, NC asks:

    I'm not sure, but I heard that a large waterpark/hotel/commercial complex may be constructed near Fredericksburg. Do you have stories about this project? Thank you for any answers.

    Answer: You can find numerous stories about Kalahari Water Park on The Free Lance-Star Companies Web site, fredericksburg.com.

    Keywords: Kalahari, water park

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2008/07/17 10:59:38 GMT-4

    Gail Ford in Fredericksburg asks:

    I've noticed there is a Forbes Street on both sides of the river. Were they once connected by a bridge? Thank you, Gail

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/07/17 07:08:32 GMT-4

    Julia Ranagan in Spotsylvania asks:

    What store occupied the space where Frank's Nursery was in the Park & Shop Shopping Center before it became Frank's Nursery?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/07/17 06:58:31 GMT-4

    Ted Farmer in Spotsylvania asks:

    What is the large black pipe that is being laid on Jeff Davis Hwy. southbound?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/07/17 03:16:57 GMT-4

    Justin in Fredericksburg asks:

    Right where the Canal meets the river next to old mill park they are building something... like a boating dock or something. Any ideas? I would love it if it was open to the public.

    Answer: The Corps of Engineers is building a pumping station that will pump water from the Rappahannock River into the City Canal. The work is the fourth phase of the Embrey Dam removal project, and will be maintained by the city of Fredericksburg.

    Keywords: canal, Embrey Dam

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2008/07/09 14:11:55 GMT-4

    ARTAVIA BLAIR in Fredericksburg asks:

    I WORK @ GEICO.I AM MOVING TO N. VA. ARE THERE ANY FORMS OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION THAT WILL GO THAT WAY LATE AT NIGHT, SAY 8-8:30 PM. DO ANY TAXI'S HEAD THAT FAR?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/07/09 14:04:08 GMT-4

    Julia Alessio in Fredericksburg asks:

    What is the best way to hire transport from 22406 to Dulles Airport?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/07/03 18:29:39 GMT-4

    Helene Domi in Stafford asks:

    When will the repairs on Rocky Run Road in Hartwood be completed?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/07/02 17:49:14 GMT-4

    MaryAnn in Fredericksburg asks:

    Where can I buy an inflatable boat?

    Answer: Gander Mountain on State Route 3 has two types of inflatable boats, both of which need to be towed by another boat. There also are a number of Web sites offering inflatable boats.

    Keywords: inflatable boats

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2008/07/02 10:43:41 GMT-4

    in Stafford asks:

    Any update on the possibility of a Super Walmart on 17?

    Answer: Construction will begin this summer and should be completed by next summer.

    Keywords: Wal-Mart, U.S. 17

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2008/07/01 18:59:54 GMT-4

    Joelle in Meherrin, Va asks:

    I'm trying to get some type of idea of where to potentially move in fredericksburg but I don't have a clue. I'm graduating from nursing school and I want to find a nice place to live in a respectable community with a bit of activity. I live in a heavily wooded area and it's right drab to say the least. It doesn't have to be in the city but a hour away max. from the city. Got any ideas?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/07/01 09:33:56 GMT-4

    C. Kendall in Stafford asks:

    What are those big blue "boxes" sitting in the parking lot at Drew Middle school?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/06/29 11:28:40 GMT-4

    norebah in Fredericksburg asks:

    Where can I find codependency meetings in Fredericksburg

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/06/27 16:22:13 GMT-4

    JUDI KRECH in Spotsylvania asks:

    I am looking for a day camp for my nine year old grandson,, something maybe for one or two weeks this summer. he is not into sports, so do you have any sugestions for me.

    Answer: Check this link here for the latest summer camp listings: Summer camps

    Keywords: summer camp, kids, children

    Answered by: Brian Baer, 2008/06/27 09:56:26 GMT-4

    Laura in Spotsylvania asks:

    Can you please tell me what restaurants in the Cosner's Corner and South Point area have smoking sections ??

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/06/12 12:16:30 GMT-4

    Candice in Fredericksburg asks:

    Are there any cooking classes offered in the Fredericksburg area?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/06/12 07:56:32 GMT-4

    eDDIE in Fredericksburg asks:

    Do you happen to know if Uncle Sam's night club will ever open again? Also is Shannons night club reopening.

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/06/06 07:13:42 GMT-4

    Neal Hinkel in Spotsylvania asks:

    In light of the ever increasing fuel prices, many of us are trying to cut back on our fuel consumption by taking a vanpool. I live close enough to the commuter lot to ride my bike to my moped so that I can reduce my consumption even further but there is no place to safely lock up the bike/moped. I presume VDOT owns those lots. I could lock by bike/moped to one of the light-posts but I am concerned that theymay frown on that and take it away or have me fined. Does VDOT have any plans to install bike racks in the near future? Can I lock my bike/moped to a lightpost without fear of being fined or having it confiscated?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/06/03 10:49:46 GMT-4

    Debbie Johnson in Fredericksburg asks:

    When is the next Pub Crawl?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/06/01 00:04:34 GMT-4

    Maegan in Fredericksburg asks:

    Where is a place to go paintballing for Father's day?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/05/28 19:22:07 GMT-4

    Ralph Meagher in Louisa asks:

    I have a full bedroom set in very good condition to donate, but cant find any agency that will pick up at Lake Anna. Headboard, frame, womans double dresser with mirror, mens dresser, night table.

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/05/28 19:00:51 GMT-4

    Michelle Shelton in Fredericksburg asks:

    We heard a loud boom early this morning and thought it could have been an earth quake. Do you have any reports of what it could have been? We live off of Leavells Rd. near the rock quarry.

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/05/28 17:18:27 GMT-4

    Danyell in Fredericksburg asks:

    How do I go about getting a "No U-Turn" sign put up at an intersection?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/05/28 14:54:36 GMT-4

    Judy in Stafford asks:

    I am looking for safe inexpensive rv storage in the Stafford/Fredericksburg area. I have a 30' travel trailer. Does anyone have some suggestions?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/05/26 10:35:19 GMT-4

    Eddie in Fredericksburg asks:

    Why have Uncle Sam's and Shannons night clubs been closed. You hear a lot of different stories I was wondering if you knew the truth.

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/05/20 12:28:58 GMT-4

    in Fredericksburg asks:

    WHAT IS GOING TO BE PUT AT THE SITE AT THE CORNER OF CRANES CORNER ROAD AND ROUTE 1, NEAR EXIT 136?

    Answer: The site is being graded so it can be offered for sale for retail use, according to Mary Katherine Greenlaw of Thalhimer. At present, no companies are planning to locate there.

    Keywords: Cranes Corner

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2008/05/19 17:43:53 GMT-4

    kathy brown in Fredericksburg asks:

    The italian restaurant, Bivio, on the corner of Leavells and Rt. 208 is all boarded up...what happened, and do you know what's going in there??

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/05/19 13:09:26 GMT-4

    Julia Ranagan in Fredericksburg asks:

    There used to be a Woolworth's in the mall about 15 years ago but I also recall there being one on Route 1 where Frank's Nursery used to be. I am having a debate with my family about this. Can you clear this up and tell me which discount store used to be in the space that was taken over by Frank's nursery?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/05/19 06:55:16 GMT-4

    mary in King George asks:

    When is the delta company 116th BCT army reserve fredericksburg,virginia stationed in Kuwait since may 2007 coming home? and will there be any type of welcoming home cerimony at the armory or any where else in the burg so the troops can be welcomed home properly? from my understanding from one of the troops in this company they should be home by the end of the week and i havent heard any news in the paper yet and dont want to miss the cerimony if they do have one this month for them like they did for the troops that came home last month. please let me know if this is true and let me know if there is anything planned or set up for this occasion. thank you. Mary Caldwell

    Answer: About 300 Virginia Army National Guard soldiers--many from the Fredericksburg area--returned home this month after nearly a year of training, then service in the Middle East.

    On May 7, about 170 soldiers with Fox Company of the 429th Brigade Support Battalion returned to the Fredericksburg Armory. And May 8, the 130 soldiers of Delta Company, 3rd Battalion of the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team rolled into town. They're both part of the 29th Infantry Division.

    Click here to see video of the soldiers return.

    Click here to read more of this FLS story that was published on May 9th, 2008.

    Keywords: soldiers, National Guard, Fredericksburg, Army, 429th, 116th, Middle East

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2008/05/19 00:52:45 GMT-4

    CW in Fredericksburg asks:

    A 2 month of baby girl was murdered by her father, He was arrested and held at a county jail. Any details?

    Answer: A Spotsylvania County man has been accused of shaking his two-month-old daughter to death.

    Anthony Lemontez King Jr., 22, is charged with felony murder, felony child abuse and causing injury to a child.

    Click here to read the rest of the story.

    Keywords: Spotsylvania, murder, baby, Anthony King Jr., child abuse

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2008/05/18 16:15:49 GMT-4

    TB in Fredericksburg asks:

    IS DREW MIDDLE SCHOOL CLOSING? IF SO, WHEN AND WHERE WILL THE STUDENTS GO?

    Answer: The 57-year-old Drew Middle School will be open next school year despite talks about closing it, Stafford County School Superintendent David Sawyer announced in February.

    School Board member Dana Reinboldt has withdrawn her proposal to study closing Drew next school year.

    The new Shirley C. Heim Middle School in Widewater will open this fall as scheduled, despite talks to the contrary because of a tight budget.

    A divided Stafford County School Board voted in February to open the 1,100-student capacity school—expected to enroll 745 students—this September.


    —Jeff Branscome

    Keywords: Drew middle school, Shirley C. Heim middle school, stafford

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2008/05/18 15:28:19 GMT-4

    Dave in King George asks:

    hi, my son is doing an internship in dahlgren va ,june through august.we are looking for help in finding a safe area for him to live in.can you help us ? thanks dave

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/05/13 01:14:35 GMT-4

    Mary Miller in Spotsylvania asks:

    What is the web-site for getting schedule info for the Fred bus? Are the buses good about staying on-schedule?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/05/10 22:16:30 GMT-4

    SP in Fredericksburg asks:

    I have heard from several people that the Free Lance-Star had an article in it recently about someone in the area with the AIDS VIRUS and there was a list of men names in this article. Is this true?

    Answer: You may have heard about this article about a North Carolina man who was convicted for not telling his Stafford County girlfriend he was HIV-positive before having unprotected sex with her.

    But the Free Lance-Star would never publish a list with the names of AIDS victims.

    Keywords: AIDS, HIV, Stafford

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2008/05/06 16:53:30 GMT-4

    Harry Dickinson in Spotsylvania asks:

    Last week there was a "live chat" with a VDOT representative. Is there anywhere that the questions submitted and responses are available for those who were not available at time of the "chat?"

    Answer: You can read the transcript of the chat with VDOT's Dave Ogle here.

    Keywords: vdot, live chat, transcript

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2008/05/06 16:35:27 GMT-4

    Robin in Stafford asks:

    I would like to know if there are any service organizations in the Stafford, Spostylvania, Fredericksburg area that would provide transportation for elderly people to get to doctor appointments, therapy appointments or general errands. I thought Rappahannock Area Agency for Aging did but they only provide one day a month this service. I have an elderly couple that finds themselves without a vehicle due to an accident. I was hoping to be able to provide them information other than Fred system which seems difficult to manage for elderly handicapped. It seems that Taxi might be an option, but the cost is a little high. If you know of any other options, please pass along. I would appreciate it.

    Answer: Try Driving Miss Daisy, Too, a local transportation and accompaniment service. They offer rides to medical appointments or to the grocery store for a cost.

    Here's the number: 540/842-2058 or check them out online at
    http://www.drivingmissdaisytoo.com/


    I hope this helps.

    Keywords: organizations, volunteer, doctor, senior citizens

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2008/04/30 15:49:36 GMT-4

    David Hairfield in Northern Va. asks:

    Looking for information on Class of 1978 30th reunion for Spotsylvania Senior High School. I've been searching the internet but haven't been successful. (BTW - You misspelled Spotslyvania in locality box above...)

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/04/26 06:26:59 GMT-4

    christy in Spotsylvania asks:

    I am looking for any and all english as a second language classes that might be available in the area. Any contact information would be greatly appricated. Thank you Christy

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/04/24 18:00:49 GMT-4

    Ryann in Spotsylvania asks:

    Spotsylvania is spelled wrong in your drop down box at the top. Also, any idea what the big fire was yesterday afternoon around 4:30?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/04/18 12:31:35 GMT-4

    ash in Fredericksburg asks:

    I am looking for some where to hold a wedding with 100 or less people... I am having it oct 4th and am looking for an old church or possibly a garden or something by the river. This will be a military wedding if that makes any difference. We lived in fredericksburg for about a year and had to move so i didnt get the chance to know it very well. Any ideas would be great : ) Thank you!

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/04/17 22:38:12 GMT-4

    d in Fredericksburg asks:

    Not all convicted felons are "bad people" A close friend made ONE mistake did his time of 3yrs for his mistake and has now been released about a month unable to find work. KFC would not even hire him?!? Where can he get employment around Fredericksburg without backs being turned on him? He has been continually employed since the age of 16, even served in the USMC. Now 32, he is starting from scratch looking for a job daily without any success nor any kind of guidance. With a great deal of experience that could be a great asset for a company, where could he get help finding a job or is there programs to assist him with finding employment? Even after serving his time he is still being punished. This is still America right? Is there anything that could shine some kind of light on this situation? Please help!

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/04/10 02:16:19 GMT-4

    EDWARD BAKER JR in Fredericksburg asks:

    Well I'll ask this question again, don't know if you thought it wasn't important enough but here we go. Sometime back Shannons night club was bought out I was wondering if it was going to re-open, this was a nice place for 30 and above partiers to go, any news on the re-opening.

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/04/08 12:56:01 GMT-4

    David in Richmond Area asks:

    I am looking for that miniature horse that was in the west end home in Richmond va. back in Oct. 2007

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/04/07 12:14:35 GMT-4

    Jeff in Fredericksburg asks:

    I have found an answer for the biggest white crine of the decade. I.D.Theft I would like to locate someone that can help me get this information out to our town. Who would I talk to? Thank you, Jeff Perry

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/04/07 09:59:16 GMT-4

    Jeff in Spotsylvania asks:

    This is the first year that I have really noticed a lot of man standing at business corners asking for money and work for food. I think this could get out of hand. What can we do about? Thank you, JP

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/04/07 09:48:29 GMT-4

    CD in Fredericksburg asks:

    Is there a diaper service (for cloth diaper pickup and delivery) available locally?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/04/06 20:17:16 GMT-4

    norman in Spotsylvania asks:

    What are the new restaurants coming to cosner's corner? I see a sign in front of new construction by khol's and cannot figure out what chain it is. "The flavor your tastebuds will cluck for". My curiosity is running wild.

    Answer: Famous Footwear is going up next to Kohl's, and a Mimi's Cafe just opened in Cosner's Corner.

    Keywords: Cosner's Corner, restaurant

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2008/04/03 14:16:34 GMT-4

    JL in Fredericksburg asks:

    I realized this morning that my City personal property tax decal expires in two weeks. I seem to recall having received the new one by this time in previous years. Has Fredericksburg City decided to do away with the stickers like Stafford and Spotsy Counties have done?

    Answer: Yes. Fredericksburg voted to do away with decals effective this year. City residents who still want the city identification on their cars to use the city-only VRE lot and Belman Road recycling facility may purchase a permanent decal from the Treasurer's office for $2.

    Keywords: Fredericksburg, city decals, vehicle, VRE lot

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2008/04/03 02:51:48 GMT-4

    Dan Conroy in Stafford asks:

    Has everything been approved for the new construction of the theaters in Aquia Center? and When are they expected to be completed?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/04/02 21:34:51 GMT-4

    Kristi in Out-of-state asks:

    I graduated from Spotsylvania High School in 1978. I'm trying to find out if there will be a 30th reunion. I'd love to come to see everyone.

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/04/02 21:08:06 GMT-4

    Carolyn Carpenter in Stafford asks:

    When was the Hobby School, now located at the edge of the Falmouth Cemetery, built? Was it moved from someplace else to its current location?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/04/02 18:28:54 GMT-4

    stacey in King George asks:

    When, if ever, is the paper going to publish a story about the wave of foreclosures in our area and the frustration of dealing with mortgage lenders to help save a home from foreclosure?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/04/02 18:21:41 GMT-4

    CURIOUS in Fredericksburg asks:

    Shannons night club was a nice place for the over 40, live bands and friendly people, is there any word on whether Shannons will be re-opening. Also I drove past what used to be Uncle Sam's night club where mostly the younger crowd partied now I see a lot of construction are they putting a new buisness there and Uncle Sam's is gone forever.

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/04/02 15:07:39 GMT-4

    Brandon in Fredericksburg asks:

    When will a updated tenant listing be available for Spotsylvania Towne Centre?

    Answer: Cafaro wil be announcing several new tenants as soon as the leasing agreements are finalized. You can check the business section of The Free Lance-Star or Spotsylvania Towne Centre's Web site, spotsylvaniamall.com, for updates.

    Keywords: Spotsylvania Towne Centre

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2008/04/02 14:13:43 GMT-4

    Charlie Rowe in Fredericksburg asks:

    What were the government incentive packages for Kings Dominion and Busch Gardens?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/04/02 14:01:31 GMT-4

    Harold Green in Fredericksburg asks:

    What are the plans for the abandoned Aztlan & Pizza Hut restaurants at the Spotsylvania Towne Center?

    Answer: According to Joe Bell at Cafaro Co., the Pizza Hut is likely to become a Jared jewlery store. The Aztlan building, which has been vacant for about two years, will probably be leased to another restaurant.

    Keywords: Pizza Hut, Aztlan, Spotsylvania Towne Centre

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2008/04/02 13:44:38 GMT-4

    Jacqui in Northern Va. asks:

    I recently put a contract on a house in Stafford County which had multiple offers. I found out last night they accepted my bid - then this morning received a forwarded email stating that the selling agent accepted 4 contracts for the same house and plans to submit them all to the bank (it's a foreclosure). I was wondering if that was legal since I never signed any addendums stating there where multiple contracts and I have a signed contract, with all counters, etc. The selling agent also disclosed all the other offers that were on the table, not names - but loan types, amounts, closing assistance. I would think (being not in the business) that once you ratify a contract that's it, it then goes up for third party approval - you can't accept one then accept all others! Can someone find out what the legality is of this, seems awfully shady to me.

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/04/02 12:05:46 GMT-4

    Debora Clark in Fredericksburg asks:

    We have an American Flag that we have used for a number of years and it is now ready to be retired. We want to make sure this is done with respect and honor and would like to know what steps we need to take to make sure that we do this properly.

    Answer: We found this at http://www.flagkeepers.org/Home.asp .

    Looks like they’ll take the flag and dispose of it properly for about $5.

    Flag Disposal Service and Information: "With great respect we properly dispose of tattered American flags, state flags, county, municipal flags, and P.O.W. flags that are no longer fitting symbols due to condition. Note: local, state flag disposal is very limited to rare. We proudly accept state flags and other official flags for proper disposal."

    And this is from http://www.usa-flag-site.org/faq/disposal.shtml :
    The only definitive answer is found in the US Flag Code. TITLE 4 > CHAPTER 1 > Sec. 8(k). It states:
    "The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning"

    You can find a good copy of the entire US Flag Code at the Legal Information Institute, Cornell Law School

    USA Flag Site provides the high points of American Flag etiquette in a more user friendly format on their Flag Etiquette page.

    Keywords: American Flag, honor, dispose, retire

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2008/04/02 01:53:01 GMT-4

    D. in Spotsylvania asks:

    How do I look up to see ifthereare any sex offenders in my area? There was a way I did it through fredericksburg.com and I can't remember how to get there now.

    Answer: The Virginia Sex Offender registry is available at sex-offender.vsp.virginia.gov/sor/html/search.htm

    Keywords: Crime, Sex offender registry

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2008/04/01 12:10:34 GMT-4

    parker the painter in Fredericksburg asks:

    I have a chevy van that we no longer use at my company...It has a current inspection sticker and starts right up ....I'm looking to donate it locally for a tax write off in 2009 ' any help would be greatly appreciated .....parker

    Answer: Goodwill would take it.

    They have a Goodwheels program that gives cars to needy families. You can call Goodwill at 540/371-3070 or go to the Web site. Also, the Refugee Service Center always needs cars. Their number is 540/899-6507.

    Keywords: donate, car, Goodwill, Refugee Service Center, tax write-off

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2008/03/31 18:46:12 GMT-4

    Len Reid in Out-of-state asks:

    What happend to FredCrime?

    Answer: FredCrime, an interactive map that had information about reported crimes in the Fredericksburg area, has been temporarily taken offline while we resolve some issues with collecting data from the localities.

    We apologize for any inconvenience.

    Keywords: FredCrime, Fredericksburg, crime

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2008/03/31 12:28:42 GMT-4

    Lisa in Spotsylvania asks:

    is there any place locally where i can purchase a beginners chemistry set?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/03/26 12:18:16 GMT-4

    Kathy Moore in Spotsylvania asks:

    At the intersection of Rt. 1 and Morris road there are no left turn lights. I come home this way every day from work and the amount of accidents that "almost" happen is ridiculous! The traffic backs up and at time you need to wait 3 light cycles to make a left on Morris Road.

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/03/19 08:37:59 GMT-4

    Linda in Fredericksburg asks:

    Where can I take my 20 month daughter to see live animals? Are there any local petting zoos? Are there any toddler activity centers around?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/03/17 10:12:25 GMT-4

    Rita Adams in Fredericksburg asks:

    My grandson is interested in bats, he read about bats in your area. Thanks Rita

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/03/17 09:03:43 GMT-4

    Bobby Simone in Fredericksburg asks:

    I have corresponding with the most wonderful girl online for a few months now. We don't live near each other and we have agreed to meet each other half-way, and that puts us right in Fredericksburg. We intend to spend a few hours together and I would like to make a great first impression. I don't know the city and or the resturants there and I want to do something so special fro her that she will not soon forget.. can you help me. thanks Bobby

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/03/06 10:20:08 US/Eastern

    Natasha in Stafford asks:

    Where are dog parks located for Stafford County residents?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/03/04 14:07:52 US/Eastern

    Jennifer in Stafford asks:

    Why did La Pizzeria close in the mall? Is it re-opening some where else. It was the best pizzeria in town.

    Answer: La Pizzeria owner Jose Vasquez has said that his business was a victim of a Spotsylvania Towne Centre policy that favors franchise restaurants over independently owned eateries. He is still looking for a new site for his business.

    Keywords: La Pizzeria

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2008/03/03 11:34:58 US/Eastern

    Ken Benson Jr. in Out-of-state asks:

    Where is the article about Widewarer which I understand is in the Town and Country section of today's Mar 01,2008 paper ? I am in Newnan Ga. and can not find it on line. Thank you !

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/03/01 14:33:46 US/Eastern

    Eva Hatch in Fredericksburg asks:

    I tried as hard as I could to make a comment on one of your stories. I couldn't get in there was NO box to check in after your privacy policy. I wish you wouldn't make it so excesssively difficult to respond. Sincerely, Ellen Hatch

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/02/29 21:38:40 US/Eastern

    Kim Taylor in King George asks:

    How and where can I find out what events will be held at Fredericksburg Armory? And other locations which would host Craft shows.. Thanks

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/02/29 14:14:10 US/Eastern

    Robin in Fredericksburg asks:

    Does anybody know why a sign was allowed on Rt. 3 just after the bridge heading into Ferry Farm area that is a billboard that states CRISPY FRICKIN CHICKEN? Can we not make billboards without that language?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/02/27 14:25:56 US/Eastern

    bobby in Spotsylvania asks:

    Why is there alot of rih people in this poor county?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/02/26 13:25:34 US/Eastern

    Michelle in Fredericksburg asks:

    How do I get my fundraiser advertised in the FreeLance Star? Possibly for free?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/02/24 19:17:55 US/Eastern

    Charles W Sanders Jr. in Fredericksburg asks:

    I am going to visit Fredericksburg in May to tour Civil War Battlefields. I plan on flying into Richmond. Is there bus or car service between Fredericksburg and Richmond?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/02/23 17:45:09 US/Eastern

    Jessyka in Fredericksburg asks:

    Where are they selling girl scout cookies?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/02/21 18:44:41 US/Eastern

    J S Jarrett in King George asks:

    If FLS has endorsed Pollard or Washington, can you send me the artlcle, or provide me with a link?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/02/15 17:00:26 US/Eastern

    Len Reid in Athens, GA asks:

    What happened to the "FredCrime" information? I own property in F-burg and found the service useful for keeping track of crime acivities. Will the information return? Thanks. By the way, the Free Lance -Star is about 100 times better than my local paper, the Athens Banner-Herald.

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/02/09 23:44:15 US/Eastern

    John in Stafford asks:

    Where do i find the schedule for the fred bus or public transportation? My mom lives in english oaks, its a 55 and older community in england run.

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/02/08 23:39:43 US/Eastern

    Ann Pack in Spotsylvania asks:

    Are there any local Craft Shows coming soon and if so what are their dates and location. Thank You

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/02/08 13:52:41 US/Eastern

    Justin Troidl in Stafford asks:

    Why does the new Ford T. Humphrey Public Safety Building lack sidewalks along Courthouse Road? Developments to the West have sidewalks along Route 630. How do county employees or visitors get from the Courthouse or admin building without getting into their cars and driving? How does a county that promotes walkable communities fail to put sidewalks in front of the Public Safety building?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/02/07 23:39:18 US/Eastern

    Robin in Stafford asks:

    Is it true that there is the possibility that the School Board might close Drew Middle School permanently after this school year? The last I heard in the FLS they were considering not opening the new Widewater school for 08-09 school year. Now I have received information that Drew Middle School will close. Let me know what you find out.

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/02/07 12:40:59 US/Eastern

    diane sellers in Spotsylvania asks:

    how can i, as a mother, let everyone know about a child molester in courtland high school (luke sellers)? he also works (with children) at ricky's ice cream in massaponax. how can we protect our children from someone who has not even registered as a sex offender(although he admitted to the police that he was guilty of molesting my son for several years)????????

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/02/06 09:44:35 US/Eastern

    carlos in Stafford asks:

    ?what do you thing about some public school in stafford county prohibit some schoolboys to wearing only blue garment.!

    Answer:

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    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2008/02/04 11:19:36 US/Eastern

    Karen in Fredericksburg asks:

    Are there services available to take seniors to cancer treatments and then take them home again?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/01/31 09:40:14 US/Eastern

    debbie in Fredericksburg asks:

    Are there support groups local for suicide survivors? My son died Feb 6, 2007 and I haven't been able to find anything locally. I moved to Woodbridge recently but have family in town. I created a website www.isaacforever.com that seems to have helped people who have suffered a loss, and received emails from lots of young people who have tried and not succeeded and the website has helped them to find hope. I share my thoughts as a suicide survivor and of course it is also a place to remember the good times of my son's life...It would be nice to add to the crisis hotline a group that people could check out for support. Thanks

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/01/29 00:12:31 US/Eastern

    Mary Baxley in Fredericksburg asks:

    I was told there is an insulin company moving to the area that was in the paper the week of 1/21/08. Can you tell me where I can find that information? Thank you

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/01/26 20:35:31 US/Eastern

    Jeannette Graves in Fredericksburg asks:

    Can you tell me what they are getting ready to build next to the Pizza Hut on Rt 17? And also across from the new Rite Aid on Rt 17.

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/01/26 15:39:18 US/Eastern

    Soni in Fredericksburg asks:

    Where can I vote on line on which busineeses I would like to see come to the area?

    Answer: The deadline has passed for e-mailing or mailing in recommendations for The Free Lance-Star's annual Wish List of new businesses that readers would like to see open in the Fredericksburg area. A story with the top five recommendations ran in the business section of the paper on Jan. 19.

    Keywords: Wish List, businesses

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2008/01/21 11:13:45 US/Eastern

    Robin in Stafford asks:

    I previously asked about transportation options for Senior citizens and you responded with Volunteer Wheels, Care to Go and Logan's Run. I have tried these and the number are either disconnected or out of service. Thanks for the try. If you have any updates, it would be great.

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/01/08 20:08:25 US/Eastern

    Gene Taylor in Spotsylvania asks:

    This is a reply concerning your answer to Robin in Stafford about transportation for the elderly couple. Volunteer Wheels (Rappahannock United Way) is no longer in operation; Care to Go number was to a private residence; Logan's run numbers have been disconnected.

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/01/08 14:13:48 US/Eastern

    Debbie in Fredericksburg asks:

    i Would like to know if there is any 14U fastpitch softball teams and leagues and a contact number in the fredericksburg or surrounding areas. Thank you.

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2008/01/07 23:56:35 US/Eastern

    sergio in Spotsylvania asks:

    I NEED TO KNOW THE TIME OF THE BUSES AND ROUTE IN MY COUNTY PLEASE O ANY PHONE NUMBER WHERE I CAN CALL THANK AND SORRY FOR MY ENGLISH

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/12/31 09:46:44 US/Eastern

    melissa in Spotsylvania asks:

    I'm in Texas and my husband said our cat has been missing since Friday of last week. I would like to know if anyone has placed a ad for a found Tabby grey 1yr old about 7 pounds female,she's sweet and very friendly

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/12/28 13:37:33 US/Eastern

    Elan Irving in Fredericksburg asks:

    Where can I donate my childrens' gently ( or never) used toys , stuffed animals and furniture to family's in need for the holidays? I would like to give them to an organization that will not be re-selling them,but where they will go directly to family's and children in need.

    Answer: Here are some groups that give things to people without selling them:

    Hope House, 540/371-0831;
    SERVE, 540/288-9598;
    SECA, 540/582-2465;
    Fredericksburg Refugee Services Center, 540/226-3268. Also, Kathleen Wilson sets up apartments for single, nearly-homeless pregnant women and their kids, 540/898-1129.

    Keywords: donate, holidays, clothes

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/12/20 14:08:19 US/Eastern

    AJ in Fredericksburg area asks:

    On Christmas day, where can you volunteer for feeding the homeless or the needy?

    Answer: You could try Thurman Brisben, 540/899-9853.

    The other places that usually feed the homeless aren’t doing anything on the actual day.

    Micah will have a Christmas party for the chronic homeless on Friday during the day. You can call 540/373-5952 for more details on that.

    Keywords: homeless, Christmas, volunteer

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/12/20 14:04:35 US/Eastern

    marissa in Fredericksburg asks:

    what grade am i in

    Answer: You'll have to ask your teacher.

    Keywords: silly questions

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/12/20 13:55:06 US/Eastern

    Brian Dumbauld in Quantico asks:

    I am looking to take my family out for our Christmas meal this year and by pass the mess of cleaning up a dinner mess. What area restraunts or hotels will be serving Christmas dinner?

    Answer: A quick check of several Weekender sections turned up ads for only one restaurant that says it will be open Christmas Day. That's Cafe New Orleans in downtown Fredericksburg.

    Keywords: Christmas Day, restaurant

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2007/12/20 12:55:17 US/Eastern

    CHris Cook in Fredericksburg asks:

    Where can an 50 or better baby boomer meet people of similar age for social outings in and around Fredericksburg?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/12/20 08:13:02 US/Eastern

    T in Spotsylvania asks:

    I need to rent a Santa 12/22/07, who can I call?

    Answer: Try this link to find a Real Santa!

    Keywords: rent, rental santa, holidays

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/12/18 15:46:02 US/Eastern

    Lisa in Stafford asks:

    Do you know of any local baby beauty contest coming up?

    Answer: The most recent baby contest in the area has already passed, it was held at the Fredericksburg Expo Center on Oct. 6, 2007 at the The Va Family Expo (previously named the Va Baby & Child Expo).

    The Free Lance-Star sponsored the Beautiful Baby Contest there.

    But if you want to travel a few miles down the road to Richmond, there will be another one on Feb. 2, 2008 or you can wait for the next one in Fredericksburg, which will be March 8, 2008.

    Fredericksburg residents can get Baby Expo updates here plus helpful parenting tips and information delivered right to your Inbox!

    Keywords: baby contest, local

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/12/18 15:39:56 US/Eastern

    Greg Staiger in Fredericksburg asks:

    Can you tell me where the Lion's will be selling Christmas trees in the area this year? Thanks.

    Answer: The Lions are selling Christmas Trees in Fredericksburg in the parking lot of Greenbriar Shopping Center, near Big Lots and the Drive-thru Allman's.

    Keywords: lions, christmas trees, selling

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/12/06 14:10:23 US/Eastern

    Mari S. in Spotsylvania asks:

    We moved to the area in April and have had 4 phone calls regarding the most amazing (so I'm told by these callers) hot stuffed cherry peppers sold by a woman named Lucy. Sadly, I must tell these callers that I do not know Lucy nor do I know how to contact her. The callers always seem a bit dissapointed by this information. The last person told me he looks forward to her peppers all year but only has them during Christmas! Does anyone know about Lucy and her Hot Stuffed Cherry Peppers? I'd love to pass this information on AND order some peppers myself! Thanks, Mari

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/12/05 14:03:31 US/Eastern

    Art in Fredericksburg asks:

    Did Augustine's the restaurant part close? All I hear and see on the web and phone is wedding or event planning?

    Answer: Owners Van and Deborah Perroy closed Augustine's Fine Dining on Dec. 31, 2006.

    Keywords: Augustine's

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2007/12/04 16:49:18 US/Eastern

    Doreen Allen in Fredericksburg asks:

    Do you know where in Fredericksburg, where you can take your kitchen knives to have them professionally sharpened?

    Answer: You can bring your knives to Whittingham, 1021 Caroline St. in downtown Fredericksburg.

    Keywords: knives sharpened

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2007/11/30 14:45:36 US/Eastern

    Margaret Bauman in Spotsylvania asks:

    In July, I sent a check with information concerning my husband for the City of Fredericksburg War Memorial Fund. This was supposed to pay for his name and military info to be inscribed on a brick that would be a part of a 'wall of rememberance', so to speak. I have seen nothing further about this project, has it been completed? If so, where is it located? If not, what are the plans?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/11/29 11:03:47 US/Eastern

    MR in Stafford asks:

    Can you tell me who will be the contact for the annual home christmas decorating this year? Thank you

    Answer: Are you talking about the annual Holiday Lights contest by The Free Lance-Star?

    If so, that is headed by FLS columnist Rob Hedelt.

    To nominate your brightly decorated or amazingly detailed home, e-mail Rob at rhedelt@freelance star.com, fax to 540/373-8455 or mail to 616 Amelia St., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401. None are taken by phone.

    Click here to read more about it.

    Keywords: annual holiday lights, christmas decorations contest, houses, rob hedelt

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/11/28 16:55:25 US/Eastern

    JL in Fredericksburg asks:

    why is racetrac gas staiton closed at massaponax with yellow tape around it what happened there

    Answer: The Racetrac at Massaponax has reopened as a Sunoco.

    Keywords: Racetrac, Sunoco

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/11/26 11:32:07 US/Eastern

    in Stafford asks:

    Are there any Christmas tree farms in the local area where you can go and cut down your own tree?

    Answer: Virginia's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has a great Web site where you can look for Christmas tree farms by county. Go to: http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/trees/index.shtml

    Keywords: Christmas tree farms

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2007/11/26 11:31:06 US/Eastern

    Cheryl in Stafford asks:

    Land is being cleared across from the Rite-Aid on Route 17 (Warrenton Rd.) in Stafford. Is this part of Celebrate Virginia? What is going in there?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/11/25 23:51:15 US/Eastern

    Carl C Prescott in Stafford asks:

    Are there any restrictions to taking water from the Rapahannock river to water my garden? Thanks, CCP

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/11/22 12:41:00 US/Eastern

    Flo in Stafford asks:

    Is it true that Stafford Rescue squads, heading east on Rt. 17 to get to MWH, are instructed to use Butler Road to the Chatham Bridge, up and around the college instead of risking getting stuck in traffic on the Falmouth bridge?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/11/20 08:39:07 US/Eastern

    VN in Buckingham County asks:

    When is the annual Fredericksburg Christmas Parade?

    Answer: Saturday, Dec. 1st.

    Keywords: fredericksburg christmas parade

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/11/15 13:58:47 US/Eastern

    Heather in Fredericksburg asks:

    I am looking for vendor fairs and/or bizarres in the local and surrouding areas. How do I go about finding them?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/11/15 13:18:48 US/Eastern

    Valerie t in Spotsylvania asks:

    I am looking for inexpensive wedding sites for the month of May 2008? Help!

    Answer: Check out the venue listings in fredericksburg.com's Wedding Guide. You'll also find other resources here to help you plan your big day.

    Keywords: wedding

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/11/14 16:23:33 US/Eastern

    Maranda in Fredericksburg asks:

    Whatever happened to Teen USA, the under 21 nightclub?

    Answer: Teen USA was an under-21 club in the Thornburg area of Spotsylvania. It has been closed for quite some time now. We don't really know much about why the business closed. A quick google search turns up the minutes of a Spotsylvania Planning Commission meeting, where a special-use permit was approved for Teen USA in August 2003. This permit was up for renewal in 2005.

    UPDATE: I talked with a Free Lance-Star ad-sales rep, Michealle Hovey, who sold advertising to TeenUSA. She said the owners of the club told her the reason for closing was related to low attendance. They had a lot money invested into the business, and a nice, new huge building, but not enough people attended the club to make it profitable, so they had to close.

    Keywords: Teen USA, under 21, thornburg, spotsylvania

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/11/14 12:21:46 US/Eastern

    EW in Spotsylvania asks:

    Is there a deadline by which election posters must be taken down? I'm getting tired of looking at them as I drive around - -

    Answer: I don't believe there's any set deadline that sets a date the signs must be removed.

    Generally, the candidates remove the signs shortly after the election. If you contact the candidates to let them know about signs that are still posted, they should take care of removing them.

    Keywords: campaign signs

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/11/14 12:10:18 US/Eastern

    BG in Fredericksburg asks:

    I heard that Wegman's was coming to the corner of Carl B. Silver & Fall Hill....is that still going to happen? Fredericksburg needs some new grocery stores. Thanks

    Answer: Wegmans is supposed to open by the end of 2008 or early 2009.

    Keywords: Wegmans, Central Park, Celebrate Virginia

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/11/14 11:28:03 US/Eastern

    John in Fredericksburg asks:

    Who is responsible for cleaning/erasing genuine gang grafitti from public roads or RR overpasses in Stafford County? Gang grafitti on the Andrew Chapel/Brooke RR overpass by the General store has been reported to Stafford Sheriffs office since 27 October and it is still there.

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/11/14 08:18:33 US/Eastern

    kate in Fredericksburg asks:

    Is the Army band commin this year to perform at James Monroe auditorium, last year they were great!!

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/11/13 18:32:51 US/Eastern

    Dave Furtnett in Stafford asks:

    I live in Easternview subdivision, N. Staff. VDOT was suppose to install a new traffic light at the intersection of Joyce St. and rte. 610 directly across from NSHS. Initially, the light was suppose to be installed during July, 07. That date was rescheduled for Dec. 07. As of 13 Nov., there has been no work performed on the new light. You may have points of contact at VDOT which I do not. Please contact them and find out when the light will be installed. Thank you.

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/11/13 15:06:49 US/Eastern

    John Chapman in Caroline asks:

    It is my undersranding thatthe recentshooting in Caroline of a 16 year old teenager is gang related. Two rival gangs were involved. Is this true and are gangs a problem in our schools? I know that they exist in James Monroe High School.

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/11/13 08:25:32 US/Eastern

    Teresa Cross in Spotsylvania asks:

    I am looking for the Humphrey Farm... Not sure what city it is in but was told that it was in my area and I do know that they have dogs for sale there...

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/11/13 02:22:45 US/Eastern

    James Wise in Caroline asks:

    It was good to see the FRED transit system announce new bus schedules servicing the VRE commuters. Why did transportation officials decide not to have a route originating or going pass the Route 208 commuter lot? Routes from that part of the county would service commuters in the southern parts of Spotsylvania and even Caroline residents that drive up to VRE in the morning.

    Answer:

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    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/11/12 17:00:45 US/Eastern

    Marissa Travis in Spotsylvania asks:

    What happened to the Pizzeria at the mall? Will they re-open?

    Answer: I don't believe the Pizzeria will be re-opening. I remember hearing that rent went up too much for the owners to afford, and they shut down the business..

    I'm going to double-check this and post an update if I find anything out.

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    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/11/12 16:59:20 US/Eastern

    JG in Spotsylvania asks:

    My wife and I are looking for families that have attended Sovereign Grace /PDI Churches in the past. I am interested in Bible Study, Prayer and Fellowship. How can I locate these families?

    Answer: I'd say your best bet is to contact the church directly. They should be able to put you in touch with someone who can help you. You can contact them through their Web site: sovereigngraceministries.com.

    The closest local SGM/PDI churches are in Midlothian and Fairfax.

    Hope this helps. Good luck on your search.

    Keywords: southern grace ministries

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/11/12 16:56:55 US/Eastern

    Jim Connolly in Spotsylvania asks:

    I just sent my question/comment about "Spotsy superintendent sues county". In order to do so, I had to change my answer re. the number of squares. There were a total of 10 (one inside the borders of each of the other 5. I changed the answer to 5 and my mail was accepted.

    Answer:

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    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/11/12 16:52:13 US/Eastern

    dee berry in Fredericksburg asks:

    i am looking for a local craft shows... where can i find a listing?

    Answer: The 35th Annual Craft SHow will be held SAturday, Nov. 10th at the National Guard Armory at 1700 Jeff Davis Hwy in Fredericksburg, and it's FREE!

    Craftspeople convene to show and sell their originally crafted handiwork from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Call 372-1086 ext. 215 for more info.


    Have fun!

    Keywords: craft show

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/11/08 17:49:37 US/Eastern

    jill in Spotsylvania asks:

    I am looking for tennis lessons for 13 year old beginner in this area-please help. Thanks

    Answer: Fredericksburg Parks & Recreation offers Youth Beginner & Intermediate Tennis classes for ages 7 to 15 years old. (They also offer adult classes).

    They use the USA1*2*3 program to teach the beginner player the basic skills needed to start enjoying the sport.

    Check with Fredericksburg Parks & REc for times and scedules. Contact them at 540/372-1086 ext. 204

    Keywords: tennis lessons, beginner

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/11/08 17:43:07 US/Eastern

    J C in Spotsylvania asks:

    Which candidate won the Sheriff's race in Spotsylvania? I have not seen anything on it. Thanks

    Answer: Spotsylvania incumbent, Sheriff Howard Smith, was a county favorite, getting almost 73 percent of the vote to beat Jerry Tolson.

    Here's a link to the latest story on all the local Sheriff races: http://www.fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2007/112007/11072007/331164

    Keywords: Sheriff, spotsylvania, howard smith

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/11/08 17:36:16 US/Eastern

    Jackie Hix in King George asks:

    Are there any consignment stores locally that accepts wedding dresses or maybe organizations that accepts wedding dresses to give to women that can't afford them?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/11/08 16:45:25 US/Eastern

    TC in Fredericksburg asks:

    Did anyone in the city of Fredericksburg VA vote yesterday?

    Answer: Here's the latest statistics from the Free Lance-Stat:

    VOTER TURNOUT ACROSS THE REGION
    Westmoreland County: 42.7 percent
    Caroline County: 39.8 per cent
    Orange County: 38.8 percent
    Culpeper County: 36.2 per cent
    King George County: 34.4 percent
    Spotsylvania County: 30.1 percent
    Stafford County: 29.8 percent
    Fredericksburg: 27.4 percent

    Keywords: voter turnout, election

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/11/07 16:52:39 US/Eastern

    M in Fredericksburg asks:

    I cannot seem to find the cost per line for engagement notice. I realize the first 8 lines are free but what is the additional price?

    Answer: Judy in our Classified's department says that the cost for wedding/engagement notices is $2.65 a line after the first 8 lines.

    If the notice includes a picture, the smallest picture is about 3 inches , it adds about 30 lines to the notice.

    Hope this helps, and should I say congrats?

    Keywords: wedding, engagement notices, price

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/11/07 16:26:34 US/Eastern

    Kim in Spotsylvania asks:

    Where can I find out where AA meetings are being held? Is there a number that I could talk to someone. I was given a number by the hospital, but i think that is is a wrong number. I hope that you can help. Thank You.

    Answer: ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS groups meet in the Fredericksburg area. Call the AA hot line (540/373-2028) for meeting dates and locations. Organi zations wanting an AA member to address their group should call the hot line and ask for public relations person. Web site: www.aavirginia.org.

    Keywords: alcoholoics anonymous, AA, support groups

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/11/07 15:30:59 US/Eastern

    James Wise in Caroline asks:

    The FRED Transit systems recently announced schedules to service the VRE commuters. They posted routes from the Route 3 commuter lots, but FRED does not have a servicing the Route 208 commuter lot. Why? Is there one planned for the future? This would serve a lot of residents in the lower part of Spotsylvania, and those commuting north from Caroline and counties south.

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/11/07 13:53:49 US/Eastern

    Pat Cowell in Stafford asks:

    I have moved out of the area and I would like to know the date of the Craft Show held at Brooke Point High School and it is for the Fire Departments. I attended last year and it is great. I know they have it every year, It is usually in November Thanks for any info, Pat

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/11/07 13:51:39 US/Eastern

    R. Cline in Fredericksburg asks:

    Can you update readers on the status of renovations/repair of the train station? I thought funding was secured and work would begin this Fall.

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/11/07 12:36:59 US/Eastern

    TK in Fredericksburg asks:

    Where can I get personal documents destroyed/shredded locally ? I have boxes of old information I need dispose of. I can only find companies that destroy documents for other companies and not for individuals. Any direction would be appreciated - Thanks !!

    Answer: The R-Board and Learn and Serve students will host a free,
    community-wide "Shred-A-Thon" on Saturday, November 10, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Regional Landfill. Residents are encouraged to bring their financial statements, tax documents and other confidential
    paperwork to the landfill to be shredded and recycled. The students will direct traffic, man the shredders and grill hotdogs for participants to enjoy. The landfill is located at 489 Eskimo Hill Road.


    It is important to properly discard old documents.

    To prevent fraud or identity theft, you should shred all old documents, especially checks that include your name, address and telephone number, suggests Jason Cohen, who ran a local shredding business until December 2005.

    This is “all information that could readily be used against you,” he said.

    Cohen recommends investing in a personal shredder.

    “A $20 or $30 shredder is worth its weight in gold,” he said.

    Keywords: shredder, documents, dispose

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/11/06 12:03:59 US/Eastern

    Flo in Stafford asks:

    Hi guys, I'm just seeding this for you, if you want to use this question please make up some initials or something!! What's the story with the fields at the new JM? They were working like gang-busters to get the school open, and then everything seems to have stopped! Obviously the kids will have to play spring sports all over town again, but will it be ready for fall sports?

    Answer:

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    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/11/05 17:11:34 US/Eastern

    Ann Richards in Fredericksburg asks:

    I just asked the question about "Storybook Land"---it might have been called "Enchanted Forest" , "Storybook Forest' or "Enchanted Castle'" .THANKS!I've been curious about this for years but never knew who to ask!

    Answer:

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    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/11/05 17:10:24 US/Eastern

    Wilbert Conley in Orange asks:

    I love to work the suduku puzzle in FLS. each day, but I can not get pass two stars[sometimes three] Can you tell me where to get info to work the harder puzzles?

    Answer: Check out This WikiPedia article about sudoku. It includes
    game strategies, and explains the mathematics of the game.

    Speaking of sudoku, have you tried our fredericksburg.com sudoku? Created by our resident computer genius, Allen John, this game can be played at whatever difficulty you set. It goes from 6-Beginner to 17-Insane. Enjoy!

    If you still haven't had enough, check out websudoku.com, which touts "Billions of free sudoku puzzles to play online."

    Keywords: sudoku, online games

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/11/05 17:08:09 US/Eastern

    Edith Politz in Tallahassee, FL asks:

    Are there any chestnut trees in your area, American, Chinese, or hybrid? I'm trying to find someone who would send me a couple of chestnuts from VA so I could try to plant them and grow them. I will pay cost for sending.

    Answer: To find an answer to this question, I called Scott, who works in the nursery at the Roxbury Farm & Garden center in Fredericksburg. He told me that there are plenty of Chinese and hybrid chestnut trees around the Fredericksburg area, but not too many American varieties.


    He says there are a few around, but they're mostly in the mountains. They're not very big, mostly shrubbery, Scott said, not like they used to be. He attributes this to "chestnut blight"-a fungus that attacks the American chestnut. Hybrids and Chinese chestnuts are resistant to this fungus.


    Scott also tells me that it may be a little too late in the season to collect nuts for planting. They drop in late summer-early fall.


    "There are probably some on the ground, but I'm not sure how good the seeds are," he told me.


    Scott has a hybrid chestnut tree in his yard and could collect some of the nuts for you next year if you'd like. He said the best time to collect nuts for planting is mid-September, when the husks are just starting to open and they're the freshest.


    If you want to give him a call, the number for Roxbury Farm & Garden Center is 540/373-9124, or 877/373-9124. Or, contact the shop via e-mail through its Web site: www.roxburyfarmgarden.com. Tell him Ask Fred sent ya!

    Keywords: chestnut, trees, Roxbury Farm Garden

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/11/05 16:51:22 US/Eastern

    Aleigha in Fredericksburg asks:

    I recently moved to the area and was wondering if there is Trick or Treating down town Fredericksburg?

    Answer:

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    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/11/05 16:27:37 US/Eastern

    Brian in Out-of-state asks:

    I recently received an call from a woman indicating that her husband was falsly accused of an incident. He has not been found guilty as of this date. The police and Social Services are fully aware of the attempts of the chid to create problems for her father and step mother. she has made many allegations which have been found and proven to be false. Your paper presented, according to this woman an inaccurate report.( Ex corrections officer chsrged wit molestqttio) We are an advocacy agency asked to help find the truth. Social Services has record of the inconsitency and mental health of the child. How can this man get justice if he is tried and found guilty even before he has a trial? I would like to know.

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    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/11/05 16:26:59 US/Eastern

    BD in Fredericksburg asks:

    I would like to add your newspaper to my compost. Most of what I read cautions against adding color print. Your newspaper has color print throughout. Please check your color inks for evidence that that are safe to use with foodstuff (compost is used for food gardening). Hopefully inks have changed since 2005.

    Answer: "I've had that question a lot over the years," says Jack Helms, The Free Lance-Star's production director. He says the color inks that are used at the FLS are soy-based. In addition to being safe, they're also more environmentally friendly. He says he hears from lots of people who are using the newspaper for compost.


    I also ran across This WikiPedia article about soy inks while I was researching your question.

    Keywords: newspaper, ink, soy-based, printing, compost, environment

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/10/31 14:50:57 GMT-4

    Bruce Dieter in Fredericksburg asks:

    Where can I safely dispose my old computer?

    Answer: If you live in the City or Stafford, you can take your old computer to one of the recycling centers, where they have designated bins for old electronics.


    The city operates a joint landfill with Stafford County on Eskimo Hill Road in Stafford, City residents also can leave their trash and recyclable materials at the recycling center on Belman Road in the city industrial park.


    For more (hours, etc) check out: this entry in the Fredericksburg community guide

    Keywords: trash, recycle, electronics, computer

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/10/31 13:58:16 GMT-4

    Rhonda Kuebler in Fredericksburg asks:

    You are going to think I'm nuts, but why do the grocery stores and pet stores charge $ 7.00 each for those "super chew", "jumbones", and "ultimate chew" dog treats? In fact, most dog treats are completely ridiculous in price now! If you have a dog, you know. If you don't, go check it out. You will be shocked! Thanks

    Answer:

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    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/10/31 13:48:56 GMT-4

    CHARLES in Louisa asks:

    ON WHAT DAYS ARE THE LISTINGS FOR THE AREAS INDITMENTS ARE PLACED IN THE FREE LANCE STAR AND WHERE CAN I FIND THEM ON LINE AT YOUR SITE . HAVE TRYED TO LOCATE OLD AND NEW INDITMENTS BUT HAD NOT LUCK NOT EVEN IN THE ARCHIVES

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    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/10/31 13:44:53 GMT-4

    SL in Fredericksburg asks:

    I am trying to find out when funeral services are being held for the woman Lluvia Smith who was murdered by her husband-it was not in your original story-Thanks

    Answer: We never received an obituary for Lluvia Smith and did not have a way to contact next of kin, besides her husband who is incarcerated in connection to her death.

    We called local agencies and contacted people that knew her, but could not get a confirmed date.

    Sorry we could not be of more help.

    Keywords: Lluvia Smith, funeral

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/10/25 17:29:58 GMT-4

    Tom Thumb in Orange asks:

    Is there a Program to help assist families to put kids in a different county school system, such as Fredericksburg Christian academy?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/10/24 10:18:32 GMT-4

    AC in Fredericksburg asks:

    when and where is the next pow wow? As a relative I was advised there was going to be one soon.

    Answer: 13th Annual Fredericksburg VA POW-WOW will be held at the Fredericksburg Fairgrounds on Route 2 on Nov. 3rd and 4th from 11 am to 6 pm.

    Ages 3-12: $5:00 Ages 13-up: $7.00.

    Here is some contact information: (252) 257-5383, 373-1776, 800-678-4748
    Charlotte Moore, puff2toot@cox.net; powwow@vance.net

    Here's a description of the event: Parade of nations Noon, Crafters, Native AM Dancers, Face painting, tipi, Aztec Dancers of Mexico, turquoise jewelry, moccasins, beadwork, buffalo burgers & stew, fried bread, Members of Haliwa-Saponi, Coharie, Cherokee, Sioux, Iroquois.

    Keywords: pow wow, fredericksburg fairgrounds,

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/10/23 17:46:52 GMT-4

    Mark Ivey in Caroline asks:

    There is a new shopping/business center being built in Caroline County, route 1 in Ladysmith, near Ladysmith Village. Do you have an information on what businesses will open there?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/10/22 09:05:57 GMT-4

    RANDALL HEDGE in Stafford asks:

    What ever happened to Beverly Newton the psychic? Years ago she did a reading that most has come true and was wondering if she was still around to do another , thanks

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/10/21 11:06:20 GMT-4

    in Stafford asks:

    We recently relocated our business from Louisiana to Stafford. Is there a central place we can go to find opportunites and contact information for ways to promote our events, i.e., community calendar locations, free publications, local events listings, etc....

    Answer: The Free Lance- has calendars of events in its Weekender and weekly community news sections. You can submit information to the editors, and it will be published for free if it meets their criteria. Annette Jones, abjones@freelancestar.com, is the community news editor. Lisa Chinn currently edits Weekender, but will be leaving to take a new job soon.
    You also might consider joining the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, 373-9400. Chamber Link, its monthly publication, lists information about new businesses.

    Keywords: community calendar

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2007/10/11 12:49:49 GMT-4

    Chris Cook in Fredericksburg asks:

    I see that local jurisdictions are putting mandatory and/or voluntary water restrictions in place. We do not have such restrictions in Fredericksburg. What is our water source? How are we doing with our water supply?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/10/10 06:40:04 GMT-4

    AF in Stafford asks:

    I would like to know why a fire that destroyed a home at 8 Hickory Ridge Drive (off Morton road) on 9-23-07 at 4:30 A.M. was never mentioned in the paper. A woman and young teenage girl lived in the home and were displaced due to the severity of the fire damage, yet your paper never reported it. I would like to know the cause due to some very troubling rumors about the circumstances of the cause of the fire. The family unfortunately lost 2 pets in the fire and will be displaced for quite some time.

    Answer: I talked to the Stafford County fire department's Public information officer and the fire marshal, all that they could tell me on the record was that the fire was ruled as accidental.
    They said the only way I could get more information was to contact the homeowner. If you know who that is and how I can contact them, let me know and I'll keep digging.

    Keywords: fire, Stafford, displaced

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/10/09 17:52:17 GMT-4

    S in Fredericksburg asks:

    I am looking to take first aid and CPR classes, but I cannot find any listings in the area. Does Fredericksburg offer any?

    Answer: Yes. Mary Washington Hospital and the local American Red Cross chapter offer classes in both CPR and first aid.

    Mary Washington's classes are 4 hous at a cost of $40.
    The next CPR classes are Nov. 27th and Dec. 18th. The next first aid classes are Nov. 5th and Dec. 3rd. You can click here to check out MWH's class calendar and search by title.

    The Rappahannock Area Red Cross offers a variety of CPR/first aid classes based on your level of instruction, from beginners to instructors who need to be re-certified. The beginning basic course is 6 hours and costs $55. Here's a link to the Red Cross calendar.

    Keywords: CPR, first aid, certified, classes

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/10/09 14:34:58 GMT-4

    Cheryl H in Fredericksburg asks:

    Are there any local soup kitchens looking for volunteer help? I can't find a listing of any.

    Answer: The Thurman Brisben Center runs a public soup kitchen everyday from 6:15 to 7 p.m. at 471 Central Road in Fredericksburg. For volunteer information, contact the food coordinator, Ms. Baker, at 540/899-9853.

    Keywords: soup kitchen, volunteer

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/10/09 13:22:28 GMT-4

    Brian Hosty in Spotsylvania asks:

    The owners of the now closed Uptown Bakery in Central Park made the BEST scones. Are they still in business anywhere else locally? I believe they had a bakery in Culpeper at one time. Thanks!

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/10/09 09:43:02 GMT-4

    Terry Simmons in Fredericksburg asks:

    Are thee any secnior citizen activity centers in the Lee Hill's area. I am looking for my mom who is in her 70's. Thanks

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/10/09 09:19:10 GMT-4

    Caroline in Fredericksburg asks:

    Hi!! I'm kind of new to this area and I've heard ther's a park around Smith station and it has nice playgrouns for the kids. Is it true? Where exactly is that? I tried looking in this web-site but there are many parks around here and I'm not sure wich one is it.

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/10/09 09:14:14 GMT-4

    Helene Domi in Stafford asks:

    Are there any flea markets in this area?

    Answer: Check out Manor Mart Flea Market on U.S. 1. south of Fredericksburg. It is open 7am-5pm. weekends.
    Here's the listing information on keysfleamarket.com: Ample parking. Average daily attendance 3,000. Approximately 50 dealers. Indoor/outdoor market. Collectibles, new merchandise, lots of sports related items, used wares. Space from $10. Food available, restrooms, h/a. Camping on site. This market is located in a former motel. (540) 898-4685.

    Keywords: flea markets

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2007/10/08 11:51:34 GMT-4

    SA in Stafford asks:

    I have heard that this Haloween (2007) that children will be trick or treating on October 27 instead of October 30, Haloween. Is this true?

    Answer: From what I could find out, most localities have said the same thing: They have no authority over Halloween.

    I talked to a few county PIOs and school boards, who have all said they don't promote or encourage any other day for trick-or-treating other than Halloween. But they do encourage children and parents to play it safe.

    For those that don't want to take a risk going house to house, I hear Salem Fields Community Church on Gordon Road in Spotsy is offering a free "Trunk and Treat" event Halloween night from 6:30 to 9 p.m., where kids can come in their costumes and go from trunk to trunk (car to car tail-gate party style) for treats in the church parking lot. There will also be games, inflatables and craftmaking.

    Trick-or-treat!

    Keywords: Halloween, trick or treat

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/10/03 16:42:21 GMT-4

    TB in Fredericksburg asks:

    Is Stafford County under a water restriction? Many are still water their lawns in Leeland Station, while other have lost their lawns due to the water restriction.

    Answer: Stafford has enforced tougher water restrictions.

    Those who violate the restrictions will have their water turned off and must pay a reconnection fee to restore their service.

    Click here to read the latest on it.

    Keywords: Stafford, water, restrictions

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/10/02 18:16:29 GMT-4

    NancyO in Fredericksburg asks:

    I reported a dangerous pot hole on Carol Lane in Spotsylvania to the county. That was over 6 months ago. It is now about 3 feet wide. Why is it being ignored?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/09/29 13:57:25 GMT-4

    Jim Connolly in Spotsylvania asks:

    We've often wondered what is the purpose of those small earth-filled islands set in the streets at several corners on Stafford Street?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/09/29 13:32:02 GMT-4

    Jim Connolly in Spotsylvania asks:

    Your article "Spotsy superintendent sues county" was interesting and complete with all the background info., except for one thing. It's too bad we couldn't read the basic element in the whole thing. I.E. the text of the flyer Hill dispatched to homes via the school children.

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/09/29 13:16:00 GMT-4

    in Fredericksburg asks:

    I am looking for the names of used book stores that purchase recently published hardback and paperback books. They are taking up too much space here! Thanks, Marcia

    Answer: There are three used bookstores in downtown Fredericksburg: Riverby Books, 805 Caroline St.; The Wounded Book Shop, 109 Amelia St.; and The Griffin Bookshop and Coffee Bar, 106 Hanover St.

    Keywords: used, book, stores

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2007/09/28 11:44:36 GMT-4

    barbara in Spotsylvania asks:

    what's going on with spotsylvania courthouse 7-11?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/09/27 23:21:04 GMT-4

    Amanda T in Fredericksburg asks:

    I would like to know of places that let you mold clay by using a spinner. I am not sure what this is called. If someone know anything could you email me please.

    Answer: I think you're talking about pottery and ceramics.

    Here's a few places you can try:


    LIBERTYTOWN ARTS WORKSHOP, 916 Liberty St., Fredericksburg (540/371- 7255). Open 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays; 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thurs days; noon–4 p.m. Sundays. Pottery school, art classes, music events, private party venue. libertytown arts.com.

    POTS & PALETTES, A pottery painting studio and art gallery, 1013 Princess Anne St. (540/373-7046). Closed Mon days. Open Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. pots andpalettes.com.

    FREDERICKSBURG CENTER FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS, 813 Sophia St. (540/ 373-5646). Established in 1963 to promote artistic talent and apprecia tion for the visual arts. Painting, ceramics, weaving, workshops, art shows, classes and trips. Summer classes for children and special exhibits throughout the year. Open noon–4 p.m. on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m.–4 p.m. on Saturdays. The center is staffed by volunteer docents, so it’s wise to call ahead. fccava.org.

    And a well-known local potter, Dan Finnegan, will operate an artist studio in Caroline. Learn more about that here.

    Keywords: pottery, ceramics, classes, arts, clay

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/09/26 18:57:00 GMT-4

    Colleen in Fredericksburg asks:

    What do you call the ball played with in the sport of Rugby?

    Answer: According to our Sports department and Google, it is known simply as a rugby ball.

    Here is a link to a Web site that could tell you more than you probably ever wanted to know about the rugby ball, including how the ball was originally made out of the bladder of a pig.

    Keywords: rugby ball, sports

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/09/26 18:42:01 GMT-4

    SS in Fredericksburg asks:

    There was a story some time ago about a resident in the Lee's Hill subdivision that had a retaining wall that was falling down. The Lee's Hill HOA had to take him to court to get it fixed. Do you know what ever happed? Did he ever fix the wall?

    Answer: Turns out the man, named Marty Work, was ordered by a judge to fix the wall.

    Here's a link to the story.

    Keywords: HOA, Spotsylvania, wall, Lee's Hill

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/09/26 18:33:12 GMT-4

    Jessica in Culpeper asks:

    Do you know of any day charter bus trips to NYC? My sister and I use to take one that left the Chucky E Cheese parking lot on a saturday morning in November and return around 2am sunday morning. My sister says she hasn't seen anything in the newspaper about a trip this year. Thanks

    Answer: Here's what I found:

    NARFE, Chapter 1885, is sponsoring a trip to New York City Dec. 5-7. Bus pickup at LOW, 8:30 a.m. and Gordon Road Commuter Lot, 9 a.m. Cost: $565. $125 due by July 31; $220 due by Aug. 31; and remaining $220 due Sept. 28. 373-9392 or 373-8403.

    Keywords: bus trip, new york city

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/09/25 20:17:38 GMT-4

    LA in Fredericksburg asks:

    Can you provide a list of BINGO times, days and locations in the Spotsy/Fred area?

    Answer: In the list of upcoming school events, there are often a few bingo listings:

    Here are a few I found:

    A.G. Wright Middle: Family Bingo Night, 7 p.m., Sept. 28

    Garrisonville Elementary: Family Bingo, 7 p.m., Oct. 12.

    Bingo at the Senior Center in Spotsylvania County for players 55 and older. Meets on second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Marshall Center. Participants should bring an item to donate for prizes. 540/507-7564.

    Bingo for Seniors: McDonald's, Leavells Road, every Tuesday, 8:30-10 a.m.; McDonald's, Four-Mile Fork, every Tuesday, 8:30-10 a.m.; McDonald's, Chatham Heights, every Tuesday, 8:30-10 a.m.; senior luncheon first Wednesday of each month, Marshall Center, noon; senior luncheon third Thursday of each month, Courtland Community Building, noon. 540/898-2689.

    Fredericksburg Senior Citizens, located in the Dorothy Hart Community Center, office open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Bingo once a month; crafts every Monday; canasta every Friday; covered-dish luncheon once a month for members; and many trips and special activities planned. Dues: $10 per year. Call 540/371-2429 for details.

    Keywords: bingo

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/09/25 20:10:11 GMT-4

    Michael b in Spotsylvania asks:

    what ever happened to the assualt that occured on mosby st. was the man sentenced yet?? how is the victim doing?

    Answer: A man convicted of aggravated malicious wounding for beating his estranged wife was sentenced last month in Spotsylvania County.

    Treavor Lee Smith, 41, of Spotsylvania was given 40 years in prison with 30 years suspended for the crime he committed last Aug. 23 on Mosby Street.

    Click here to read more.

    Keywords: mosby street, beating, treavor smith

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/09/25 19:53:11 GMT-4

    Helene Domi in Stafford asks:

    Are there any flea markets in this area? I'm ready for some good shopping.

    Answer: THE VIRGINIA BAZAAR
    This “super flea market” in Ladysmith is housed in a 67,000-square-foot building. There are 350 indoor spaces available for vendors and 220 outdoor spaces. The bazaar is open 9 a.m.– 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (804/ 448-9488, 888/568-3532 or vabazaar .com).

    Keywords: flea market, shopping

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/09/25 19:17:01 GMT-4

    B in Spotsylvania asks:

    why hasnt there been any thing on the jena 6 case in lousiana???

    Answer: The Free Lance-Star has published Associated Press (AP) articles in the paper regarding the Jena 6 case, but those stories don't show up on the local Web site, fredericksburg.com .

    Keywords: jena 6, AP

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/09/25 19:11:40 GMT-4

    CB in Fredericksburg asks:

    I need the locations of any craft shows or similar events being held in the area...Fredericksburg, Stafford or Spotsylvania. If you know of any, please include contact name and number for vendors to corresponde with. Thank you.

    Answer: Here's what we found:

    MARKET IN THE PARK, Sept. 29, 8 a.m.–2 p.m. in Hurkamp Park in Fredericksburg (540/372-1086). A one-day crafts festival.

    FREDERICKSBURG CRAFT SHOW, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Nov. 10, National Guard Armory on U.S. 1 (540/372-1086). Crafters from throughout Virginia display and sell their handiwork.

    OCCOQUAN FALL ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL, Sept. 29–30 in Occoquan (703/491-2168). The streets of this historic town are closed to traffic for crafters to set up booths full of unique creations. Other attractions include entertainment, food and beverages.

    MONTROSS FALL FESTIVAL, Oct. 6, downtown Montross (804/493-9623). Parades, antique cars, craft demonstrations and sales, bake sales, a food court, kiddie land, vendors and entertainment.

    ANNUAL DOG MART, Oct. 6, Izaak Walton League Park, State Route 600, Spotsylvania (Darrell Ferrell, 540/373-4600). The Dog Mart is a long-running tradition in the area; the first mart was held in 1698 when American Indians and Colonial settlers agreed to conduct annual marts to barter goods, dogs and furs. The daylong event includes a dog show and sales, children’s contests, fox-horn blowing, turkey calling, hog calling, fiddlers contests, demonstrations and crafts.

    HISPANIC FESTIVAL, Oct. 13 at Hurkamp Park, corner of Prince Edward and William streets (540/372-3437). A celebration of Hispanic heritage and language through food, music, arts and crafts.

    ANNUAL BOWLING GREEN HARVEST FESTIVAL, Oct. 20. A daylong event featuring entertainment, food, crafts, a car show, vintage tractor show, contests, pony rides, children’s activities and more.

    GREEK “AGORA” MARKET PLACE, at the Nativity of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church, 12326 Spotswood Furnace Road, Spotsylvania, sponsored by the Ladies’ Philoptochos Society (Maxine Calamos, 540/373-7904). Crafts, food and entertainment.

    50th ANNUAL URBANNA OYSTER FESTIVAL, Nov. 2–3 (804/758-0368). Entertainment, parade, food, crafts, oyster-shucking contests.

    CANDY CANES AND HOLIDAY TRAINS, Dec. 8, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at Bug Box, 10822 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania (540/710-0776). Holiday open house with gingerbread village, theme trees, trains, crafts, food. Free zoo admission with a toy for Hope House.

    POPES CREEK PLANTATION ACTIVITIES, mid-February, at George Washington’s birthplace, off State Route 3, Westmoreland (804/224-1732). Free celebrations to honor Washington’s birth with period music and Colonial craft demonstrations.

    MULTICULTURAL FAIR, early April at the University of Mary Washington (540/654-1044). Ethnic foods, crafts, music and family activities. Free.

    FLUTTERFEST: CELEBRATING EARTH DAY AND BUTTERFLIES, April 26, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at Bug Box, 10822 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania (540/710-0776). Learn about attracting butterflies to your backyard, Earth Day education about protecting our planet, recycling information, crafts, games.

    GREEK FESTIVAL, Memorial Day Weekend, Friday through Monday. Nativity of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church, 12326 Spotswood Furnace Road, Spotsylvania (Maxine Calamos, 540/373-7904). Features Greek cuisine, pastries, culture, crafts and entertainment.

    FREDERICKSBURG HERITAGE FESTIVAL, July 4. Program available at the Fredericksburg Visitor Center, 706 Caroline St., 800/678-4748. Citywide event includes parade, river raft race, runners’ race, riverside carnival, crafts festival, live entertainment and fireworks.

    Keywords: crafts show

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/09/25 19:08:57 GMT-4

    EB in Fredericksburg asks:

    Fred, I moved here to Fredericksburg, VA several months ago with my fiance, he came into a position that he took. I followed in thought that things would be ok. Its not and I just recently got a job and will start on Monday. Are there any programs for women to get assistance to get their own place. I want to get out of this its not an abusive situation its more or less mental abuse, hes in control of all the finances and do not want to help me after I quit and followed him here. I need to get away from this its not healthy to be upset everyday. I just need a one time assit thing. My daughters are grown. I just recently enrolled my daughter in college and went to see her this past weekend. I have to get out of this ....

    Answer: The Rappahannock Council on Domestic Violence provides emergency shelter for abused men, women and children at 271 Warrenton Road in Fredericksburg (540/373-9372 or 877/734-7238 or rcdv.org).

    Hope House provides transitional housing for women and children at 902 Lafayette Blvd in Fredericksburg (540/371-0831 or hopehouseva.org)

    First Call for Help is a free and confidential telephone help line. When you don't know where to turn for help, call Rappahannock United Way, bringing people and services together (540/371-5268 or visit their Web site.

    There are several local places that offer subsidized housing, for more information contact your local Social Services Department:

    FREDERICKSBURG: 608 Jack son St. Fredericksburg, Va. 22401; 540/372-1032; fredericksburgva.gov/socialservices.asp. Open 8:15 a.m.–4:30 p.m. weekdays.

    STAFFORD: Stafford County Government Center, 1300 Court house Road, Stafford, Va. 22555; 540/658-8720; co.stafford.va.us/ departments/social_services. Open 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. weekdays.

    SPOTSYLVANIA: 10304 Spot sylvania Ave., 4th Floor, Fredericks burg, Va. 22408; 540/507-7898; spotsylvania.va .us/departments/so cialservices. Open 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. weekdays.

    CAROLINE: 17202 Richmond Turnpike, Bowling Green, Va. 22427; 804/633-5071; co.caroline.va.us/socialservices.html. Open 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. weekdays.

    KING GEORGE: 10069 Kings Highway, King George, Va. 22484; 540/775-3544; king-george.va.us Open 8:15 a.m.–4:45 p.m. week days.

    WESTMORELAND: 18849 Kings Highway, Montross, Va. 22520; 804/493-9305; westmoreland-ounty.org/cc_ss.htm. Open 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. week days.

    CULPEPER: 219 East Davis St., Suite 10, Culpeper, Va. 22701; 540/727-0372; culpepercoun ty.gov/humanserv. Open 8 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

    FAUQUIER: Human Services Building, 320 Hospital Drive, Suite 11, Warrenton, Va. 20186; 540/ 347-2316; fauquiercounty.gov/gov ernment/departments/socialser vices. Open 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. weekdays.

    LOUISA: 103 McDonald St., Louisa, Va. 23093; 540/967- 1320. Open 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. weekdays.

    ORANGE: 146 Madison Road, Suite 201, Orange, Va. 22960; 540/672-1155; orangecova.com/ social.htm. Open 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. weekdays.

    Hope this helps.

    Keywords: domestic violence, abuse

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/09/25 18:46:49 GMT-4

    L in Fredericksburg asks:

    are there any divorce/separation groups in this area for women?

    Answer: You can try the Center for Family Counseling at 809 William Street, Suite A (540/361-1556).

    There's also the Women's Support Group, a support group for women who want to change their lives through self-awareness techniques. Call for meeting (540/370-4311).

    For widows, there are two local groups. Widowed, the Next Step meets at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays at the Dorothy Hart Community Center in Fredericksburg (540/372-1086) and THEOS, an interdenominational support group for the widowed meets at 7:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday atFredericksburg Baptist Church (540/373-8874).

    Keywords: support groups, divorce, widows

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/09/25 18:28:03 GMT-4

    Shelli in Stafford asks:

    This past Tuesday in Stafford the life flight helicopter landed in the austin ridge subdivision around 430 pm why? We saw the helicopter land and then about a half hour later it was back in the air. We just never heard what was going on. Since its so close to our house we're just wondering what was going on. Thanks in advance for your help. :-)

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2007/09/21 23:11:25 GMT-4

    Kevin Sullivan in Essex asks:

    I heard there's was an accidential death in Essex County Saturday where a 31year old Richmond woman was run over on a farm. The Sheriff's office and State Police would not comment. Do you have any updates to share?

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2007/09/10 07:52:34 GMT-4

    James Holtsclaw in Stafford asks:

    I heard that there was going to be a car show at the Stafford Airport In Oct. Is that true and what is the date. THANKS

    Answer: I found this on the Virginia Department of Aviation's Web site:

    October 7, 2007
    Wings, Wheels, and Ducks will take place at Stafford Regional Airport from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Keywords: car show, Stafford Airport, Aviation

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/09/05 19:22:40 GMT-4

    M in Fredericksburg asks:

    There was an really bad accident this morning in Lee's Hill South where a pedistrian was hit and I was wondering if this is any info you can provide. I can't find any articles on it.

    Answer: Here's a link to the Free Lance-Star article that first reported the accident.

    A memorial service held today for the victim, a well- known Spotsylvania County man whom neighbors re membered for walking every morning and picking up trash.
    Thomas F. Whitesell, 76, had lived in the Lee’s Hill area for more than 10 years and neighbors said they re member his peaceful, helpful nature.

    Keywords: Thomas Whitesell, pesdestrian, jogger, accident, Lee's Hill

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/09/05 18:59:00 GMT-4

    jeff Perry in Spotsylvania asks:

    Is there any area where I can picth my product in person. I have a product that everyone in this u.s.a. need. And I understand word of mouth is the best way to promote it. So, is there other then putting it into your paper to go? I am just getting started so I don't have a lot of money to invest. Thank you, Jeff Perry

    Answer: You could get a table at various events where you think people might gather who would be interested in your product. You also might try joining the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce and attending some of their networking functions.

    Keywords: self-promotion

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2007/09/04 11:03:03 GMT-4

    Ellen Crum in Spotsylvania asks:

    Where cvan I recycle computer hardware in the county??

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2007/09/02 15:59:39 GMT-4

    Jeff Perry in Fredericksburg asks:

    Is there a law in place that will protect homeowners in only having one family in a one family zoning area. In my sub divison there are so many cars in front of our houses that I know there are to many familys living in a one family zone area. What can we do to stop this. Thank you. Jeff Perry

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2007/09/02 10:23:32 GMT-4

    Anne in Fredericksburg asks:

    Is it true that there is going to be an Applebee's built in the Salem Fields shopping center on Gordon Road?

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2007/08/31 16:09:45 GMT-4

    anjum azad in Out-of-state asks:

    My question of today is : is anybody out there who could or bails people in distress in a situation of foreclosure threat. Would love to receive your most valuable answer at anjum.azad@hotmail.com. Needless to say, would be greatly grateful. anjum azad

    Answer: Yes, HUD can help you find a local, approved counselor. You can call HUD at (800) 569-4287 or go online at http://www.hud.gov/foreclosure/index.cfm

    Keywords: HUD, forclosure, homes, help

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/08/30 16:49:50 GMT-4

    Bernadette Talbert in Spotsylvania asks:

    FYI, you have Spotsylvania spelled incorrectly. I have been hearing booms all day -- what is the source?

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2007/08/30 15:52:39 GMT-4

    Mike Snow in Spotsylvania asks:

    Wha is the speed limit on S.R. 606 from the end of the 35 MPH zone at Rt 1 to the start of the 35 MPH zone at Snell? There is no posted limit in that stretch only "End 35 MPH Zone" and "Begin 35 MPH Zone" and I have seen speeds between 35 and 70 MPH. Thanks!

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/08/30 12:59:24 GMT-4

    Jo in Spotsylvania asks:

    There is construction (?) of sorts going on off of Jim Morris Rd. and Benchmark Rd. and I believe across the 17 South By-pass on the east side near Rt 608. It appears they are laying some kind of pipe. If this is a water line who or where will the the water supply?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/08/30 12:05:49 GMT-4

    Marlene Passmore in Fredericksburg asks:

    Looking for a space to rent to hold a church service for about 60 people on one Sunday in November.

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2007/08/30 07:47:31 GMT-4

    Jeff Good in Spotsylvania asks:

    When will the new courthouse road, that bypasses the courthouse, be completed? Also do you have a map of how it will work when completed?

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2007/08/30 05:53:21 GMT-4

    T in Spotsylvania asks:

    How many communities in the local area did (does) the now Chapter 11 Koger Management Co. manage?

    Answer: According to this Free Lance-Star article, Koger managed at least 25 Homeowner Associations in the Fredericksburg area.

    Keywords: Koger Management, HOA, home owner association

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/08/29 19:04:50 GMT-4

    K in Northern Va. asks:

    What charges are being drawn against the two men involed in the theft of a vehicle, crashing into Stafford Chevron, stealing the ATM and then crashing it into a house on Mustane? Has anyone been officially charged, and if so who?

    Answer: So far, we have not reported that anyone has been caught or charged in the August 20th ATM heist.

    Here's the latest story we wrote about the incident.

    Keywords: ATM heist, Stafford, Chevron, Mustane

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/08/29 18:48:29 GMT-4

    mark gilbert in Fredericksburg asks:

    I'm a father of a fifteen year daughter that was neglected by her mother n January 2007and found guilty by Social Services in Stafford County of alcohol and neglect. Mary Washington is trying to garnish my pay for an incident that was between her mother and my daughter since they don'[ know where she works. Yes, I got my daughter because of this incident but instead of going after my ex for payment they decide to go after dad again. Every dollar I could pay could hurt my daughter again since it could put me in a financial crisis. My quest ion is can you do a story about men and what they go through divorce and their children. Men do love their children and its need to be investigated.

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/08/28 19:00:43 GMT-4

    K in Fredericksburg asks:

    I am new to the area and am looking for colleges nearby. What colleges are out there? My zip code is 22405 and I live in S. Stafford County. Thanks!

    Answer: The biggest college is the University of Mary Washington in downtown Fredericksburg.

    Germanna Community College has two locations, one in Fredericksburg and in Locust Grove. They also have a Center for Advanced Technology in Culpeper..

    There's also Strayer University (540/374-4300) and Virginia Baptist College.

    Keywords: colleges, universities, fredericksburg area schools

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/08/23 18:41:05 GMT-4

    R. L. in Stafford asks:

    Has the water restriction been lifted?

    Answer: Actually, the water restrictions in Stafford have gotten worse.

    The Board of Supervisors made a decision Tuesday to declare a public water supply emergency in Stafford due to the severe drought and the public's high demand for service.

    The declaration authorizes the County Administrator to implement mandatory water restrictions as needed.

    The restrictions will not go into effect without further evaluation of the water situation.

    “Our Utilities staff will closely monitor the water levels of our reservoirs over the next few days, and we will assess the situation before making a decision on mandatory water restrictions,” said County Administrator Steve Crosby. “We continue to urge residents to voluntarily conserve water, and we hope that we do not have to impose mandatory restrictions. But if demand does not decrease and we do not receive any significant rainfall, then the restrictions could begin as early as next week.”

    Here's a link to the press release the County sent out today:

    Keywords: water restrictions, Stafford, emergency

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/08/23 14:08:21 GMT-4

    Terry Godwin in Stafford asks:

    Whatever happened to the traffic light at Mountain View and Gordon Road?

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2007/08/23 10:57:14 GMT-4

    Paula Runion in Caroline/Spotsy/Fredericksburg asks:

    Does anyone know of volunteer opportunities in these areas?

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2007/08/21 10:04:45 GMT-4

    Dodson in Orange asks:

    I probably missed this story in the paper, but has the Free Lance Star published a story about Orange County School Systems starting school next year on Aug 12. Most of the parents do not want this, but it appears that the school board is ignoring the parents and are going ahead with the Aug 12 start date. Apparently, school employees start dates, orientation paper work reflect the Aug 12th even though it has not been approved by the school board yet.

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/08/20 11:08:51 GMT-4

    Hallie Fitts in Fredericksburg asks:

    What diamond vendor did Kay Jewelers use in 1992-1993?

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2007/08/20 07:20:41 GMT-4

    Roy McAfee in Fredericksburg asks:

    There going to be a bike ride as a fund raiser and I have been asked to find out information on PSAs and placement. Can you tell me who to contact and a number. Also, if you have a a list of local media venues and contact names and numbers for PSAs that would be really great. Thank you,

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/08/17 09:45:44 GMT-4

    in Fredericksburg asks:

    We recently ate at a wonderful and authentic Italian restaurant that I would like to see reviewed in the newspaper. The name of the restaurant is Piccolo Mondo/Tiziano Restaurant located at 3824 Jeff. Davis Hwy,, Fredericksburg. Thanks!

    Answer: I've passed on your request to Lisa Chinn, editor of The Free Lance-Star's Weekender section. Restaurant reviews appear in Weekender every Thursday. You can send future requests to weekender@freelancestar.com.

    Keywords: Piccolo Mondo/Tiziano Restaurant, Weekender

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2007/08/14 19:12:12 GMT-4

    ava in Fredericksburg asks:

    how and where can tourists converge their foregn money into us dollars? locally ?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/08/13 09:12:42 GMT-4

    DEdwards in Spotsylvania asks:

    What is he population of elderly in Spotsylvnaia, Fredericksburg, Stafford, and King George. Or could you assist me by providing the location where I can find these information. Thank you

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2007/08/08 12:16:01 GMT-4

    Anonymous in Fredericksburg asks:

    The old gas plant at 400 Charles St. is being refurbished, according to a recent article about the VRE lot at the site being closed. What are the developers planning to do with the old plant?

    Answer: THE CENTURY-OLD former gas plant building at the corner of Frederick and Charles streets will be the new headquarters of the Thos. J. Wack Co. by the end of the year.

    Keywords: gas plant, Charles St., Thos. J. Wack Co.

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2007/08/07 10:23:32 GMT-4

    Jennifer in Fredericksburg asks:

    Do you know what they are getting ready to build in front of Salem Station?

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2007/08/07 09:33:40 GMT-4

    in Fredericksburg asks:

    Are there still plans to build a Wal-Mart off 17 near the Celebrate area? When?

    Answer: A Wal-Mart spokeswoman said there was "nothing new" to report on the project, so there is no date for construction to begin.

    Keywords: Wal-Mart, U.S. 17

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2007/08/06 16:53:48 GMT-4

    Jennifer in Spotsylvania asks:

    2 part question: The new shopping center on Rt 3 West (Home Depot just opened) What other stores will be in the shopping center (besides Pets Mart). Also On Gordon Road (Salem Fields Shopping Center) do you know if there are plans to build a fast food restaurant such as McDonalds etc? Thanks

    Answer: A Super Giant will open in Harrison Crossing North this fall. Other businesses, restaurants and retailers will include: Atlanx Wireless, Ben & Jerry’s, Bridges Brick Oven Pizza, Chevy Chase Bank, Fancy Nails, Great Clips, Largest Wireless, a dry cleaner, Mattress Warehouse, Merle Norman, Quiznos, Rob's Car Wash, Ruby Tuesday, Salsa Rita's, Skycom, Sonic, Starbucks, Subway, Sunset Thai, The Barber Shop, Tan-D-Monium and Union Bank and Trust.

    Harrison Crossing South will feature child care, restaurants, medical offices, banking, fuel and convenience retailers. Confirmed tenants are: China Jade, Creative Child Care, Dry Cleaners, Fancy Nails, Neibauer Dental Care, Pizza Hut, Super Cuts, Wawa and Wachovia.

    Keywords: Harrison Crossing

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2007/08/06 16:50:49 GMT-4

    in Fredericksburg asks:

    When is the planned Super WalMart on Rte 17 (Warrenton Road) supposed to begin construction and when is it scheduled to open?

    Answer: A Wal-Mart spokeswoman said they have "nothing new" to say about that development, so there is no date for either construction or opening yet.

    Keywords: Wal-Mart, U.S. 17

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2007/08/06 16:34:34 GMT-4

    CM in Fredericksburg asks:

    Do you know any place that I can go take a class/classes to learn basic carpentry? (installing a door, crown molding etc) I want to learn more to let me further work on my house! Thanks!

    Answer: I contacted the Fredericksburg Area Builder's Association who has done classes in the past with the Spotsylvania Technical and Career Center , but they said they don't have any classes planned for the forseeable future.

    You can also try Home Depot.

    Here's a link to their clinics, just enter your zip code to see which classes are available locally.

    And here's a link to Lowe's "Hot-to" section.

    You may also want to contact some local high school carpentry teachers or a carpentry businesses, who may offer private lessons.

    Hope that helps.

    Keywords: carpentry classes

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/08/03 15:09:52 GMT-4

    Cheryl Brigner in Fredericksburg asks:

    I really enjoyed the clydesdales at the parade last year. Any chance that they can be featured again this year?

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2007/08/03 05:17:37 GMT-4

    michael buza in Spotsylvania asks:

    are there any plans to fix the harrison rd intersection at rt 1 there have been too many accidents and near misses there and with the "new road" to the mall i see more on the horizon.

    Answer: Word is that the County have some plans for redevelopment in that area (We weren't allowed to know what kind of development yet), but the County is using that development as an opportunity to fix the road in that area.

    Keywords: intersection, Harrion Road, Route 1

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/08/02 20:29:11 GMT-4

    Bill Schmidt in Spotsylvania asks:

    Why were all the trees cut down at the former Winn Dixie including those of the rear of the premises?

    Answer: The Winn Dixie lot is still owned by the Silver Companies.

    I hear they have submitted plans to put a multi-tenant type facility there, so they may have cut trees down to prepare for that. (No word from the Silvers yet).

    Across the street, the church there was doing some expanding.

    I hope that helps answer your question.

    Keywords: Winn Dixie, trees, development

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/08/02 20:25:43 GMT-4

    Someone in Spotsylvania asks:

    If you tag line is..."Got questions about something that's happening in the area? Need to know something about a new development, news story, or community event? Ask us, and we'll track down the answer for you"....why have I asked the same question three times over the course of a month and not gotten an answer yet?

    Answer: Fred gets swamped with dozens of questions everyday.

    Some questions are easy to answer and others take some research.

    Sometimes Fred has to figure out where to get the answer and a lot of times Fred is waiting on a call back with the answer.

    Fred tries to answer questions as quickly as he can, sometimes he just needs time.

    Fred is glad to be able to provide this free service for our readers.

    Keywords: Ask Fred

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/08/02 19:45:57 GMT-4

    LA in Fredericksburg asks:

    What is going on a the Thornburg exit? It looks like a lot of development is getting ready to happen there. I have not heard anything other than a lot of rumors.

    Answer: There are two project in progress near the Thornburg exit on Mudd Tavern Road.

    The area closest to the I-95 South ramp is getting ready for a gas station and convenience market and according to Spotsy Economic Developer Russell Seymour it "will have nicer food places inside."

    He says it won't be like a regular gas station/convenience store, but may one or two food stores inside (fast food, I think).

    On the other side of McDonald's, a Holiday Inn hotel is planned.

    Keywords: Thornburg, hotel, development, Mudd Tavern Road, exit 118

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/08/02 19:38:05 GMT-4

    TPK in Fredericksburg asks:

    "Cafe DaVanzo has closed..." Surely you can do better than that. That is merely a restatement of the question: "...found the place shut down." What happened to it? When did it close? Why?

    Answer: I tracked down the name of the owner and left messages, but got no response.

    But a Vinny's Italian Grill & Pizzeria will be opening there soon.

    Keywords: Cafe DaVanzo, restaurant, closed

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/08/02 19:29:10 GMT-4

    Ted in Spotsylvania asks:

    Does VDOT plan on milling and paving Jeff Davis Hwy North bound between 4 Mile Fork and city line. Also, are there plans for doing the same for Rt. 208 East?

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2007/08/02 06:12:36 GMT-4

    LKM in Fredericksburg asks:

    Can you reccomend any local or close by areas that allow dogs (labrador size) to go swimming (either leashed or unleashed) . Thank you.

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/07/31 22:18:09 GMT-4

    E. Shoars in Fredericksburg asks:

    I was told to access newsroom@freelancestar.com. I cannot access that site. Please send this to the appropriate person. Thank you. Please use this as a Public Service Announcement. It is a non-profit outreach of Hospice. Community Bereavement Support Group for Adults Dates: Starting Sept 6th, this group will meet on Thursdays for two and a half months. Cost: $20.00 per individual or couple, a book will be provided. Place: Shannon Family Life Center, located at the Spotsylvania Church of God at 12240 Five Mile Road, Fredericksburg, VA Pre-registration is required by Aug 30th, please call 786-1081 and leave your information. Thank you, Esther Shoars, 786-1081

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/07/31 14:19:33 GMT-4

    P.Williams in Stafford asks:

    Why is there only one headstart school in stafford, small children are bussed more then older children? Both north and south stafford need headstart, Actually this area needs more programs like head start.

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/07/27 18:02:23 GMT-4

    Jennifer Loggans in Fredericksburg asks:

    What's going on with the bridge over 95 on Fall Hill Avenue? There are lots of red markings on it, and road construction signs have gone up in the last couple days, but I can't find anything about what is being done and how it will affect traffic. Thanks!

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/07/26 10:00:39 GMT-4

    L. Rollins in Spotsylvania asks:

    Is it or is it not illegal to turn right onto Rt. 1 from the left turn lane at the end of Exit 126 off of I-95S (formerly Massaponax exit)? Every day from 4-6 I see numerous vehicles turning right from the clearly marked left turn. This is extremely dangerous. If this is indeed illegal, why are there never any police officers there to ticket these people? I have been at this exit during afternoon rush hour for 3 years now and every day I see this happen and I have NEVER seen anyone ticketed.

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/07/26 08:25:23 GMT-4

    Lori Bowling in King George asks:

    How much money total is there in a pound of $20 bills? It has been a fun trivia question among the CDM Anlaysts at Lockheed Martin for years. Even the banks haven't been able to answer.

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/07/26 07:07:14 GMT-4

    Emily Tolson in Fredericksburg asks:

    My dad once saw in the paper that the Free Lance Star was offering volunteer positions to high school students (for community service hours). I would just like to know if I, being 15, would still be able to participate in the program? I would also like to know what areas are available (as I am interested in photo-journalism I would very much like to volunteer in that area if possible); and where I would be able to sign up. Thanks!

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/07/26 00:49:53 GMT-4

    Bob Lowery in Spotsylvania asks:

    Why are "water" trucks allowed to pump water from fire hydrants when they take the water and fill customer swimming pools for profit? I have noticed several different trucks, most sporting "pool water" signs on them pumping water into their trucks. I have to pay for my water and was wondering how this is regulated? Or, is it regulated? It just seems that these companies are taking advantage of a system unless they are paying county fees that allow them to do so.

    Answer: Free Lance-Star environment reporter Rusty Dennen say's it is regulated.

    Here's what he found out:
    In Spotsylvania, for example, pool water vendors fill up at designated fire hydrants and they pay the county a fee for what they take. I think it's an honor system.

    Hope this helps!

    Keywords: water, trucks, hydrants, regulated, pool

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/07/25 14:17:54 GMT-4

    EJ in Fredericksburg asks:

    Where can I find information on the Fredericksburg fair/

    Answer: The fair runs from July 27th to August 4th.

    Here's a link to their Web site.

    Keywords: fredericksburg fair, july, Web site

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/07/25 11:43:25 GMT-4

    NB in Stafford asks:

    We are new to town, but have heard there is usually a local fair in Fredericksburg during July. Has it already passed? When and where is it? I can't find an up-to-date website on it.

    Answer: You haven't missed it!

    The fair runs from July 27th to August 4th.

    Here's a link to their Web site

    Keywords: fredericksburg fair, web site, july

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/07/25 11:38:24 GMT-4

    Nicole in Stafford asks:

    Are there any cloth diaper services in the Fred area?

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2007/07/24 14:29:29 GMT-4

    Richard alexandria in Fredericksburg asks:

    I live with my 45 year old wife of 12 years and my daughter of 8 years old. My monthly income is an average 2800 . my rent alone is 1200; Child support is now garnishing 1200 a mointh..that leaves about 500 for food,electric,water and essential needs....My question is who can my wife and I turn to before we end up ;iving on the streets because child support refuses to only take what we can afford to pay. Our land lord gave us about 60 days to move out because we already are behind on the rent. Please Help we already had to borrow money for a lawyer, but the lawyer's concern was more about getting paid then actually helping us. Can you help us, we have no where to turn, no family that can help and no money to help ourselves. All we want is for child support to at least only take what we can afford, rather than to distroy one family for the sake of another.. Please contact us either way, wether you can help or not, or refer us to people or an orginization that can help: Please time is of the most importance WE WILL BE ON THE STREETS SOON, but the chilkdren that I support in Florida are living in a home their mother Bought even though she claims to be broke, yet my wife and I own nothing, and will be on the streets very shorty...Do you get the idea? Please contact us for the details. Child support case was based on fraud, I have written certified proof of such fraud...so please investigate and try to help us...I will gladly supply all information that may be needed to help you help us. Respectfully Yours Richard Alexandria and Family.

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/07/22 13:40:37 GMT-4

    Christina in Fredericksburg asks:

    I Have garnd-daughter I would like to get in school she is 3 and I get told my hubby makes to much money, I do not see how that has to do with her getting in to school she needs it big time, she is not talking like she should be, I do not get eny help from her mom or dad , and my hubby is her step-grandpa, of he make all this money why is it we can not put her in some ting and that is we do not have the money. I haop there is some one out there that can help me. a grandma that cares can some one call me

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/07/22 04:35:00 GMT-4

    Nara in Fredericksburg asks:

    What is the name of the embroidery/silk screen store that does shirts and stuff that's next to Lowe's in Southpoint II in Massaponax? And what is their contact info?

    Answer: It is EmbroidMe, a franchise specializing in custom embroidery. It also sells a wide variety of apparel and promotional items that can be customized, such as caps, uniforms and mouse pads.

    Keywords: EmbroidMe, silk screening

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2007/07/19 15:52:58 GMT-4

    Artie Curtis in Stafford asks:

    Is there anybody in the area that sharpens kitchen cutlery? I've had no luck with yellow pages or yellowbook. Thanks in advance

    Answer: You can bring your knives to Whittingham, 1021 Caroline St. in downtown Fredericksburg.

    Keywords: knives sharpened

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2007/07/19 15:50:06 GMT-4

    Scott in Spotsylvania asks:

    Did Home Depot withdraw from the Cosner Corner development? There was great fanfare when the annouced Home Depot as an anchor, but all of the Home Depot signs have come down from the site.

    Answer: Yes. Kohl's is going in the spot where Home Depot had planned to open. The company decided to wait until its new store in Harrison Crossing North gets established before opening another store in the Fredericksburg area.

    Keywords: Home Depot

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2007/07/19 15:47:04 GMT-4

    in Spotsylvania asks:

    How do I find a "justice of the peace" to perform a back yard wedding?

    Answer: Unfortunately, you're out of luck. Virginia phased out the office of justice of the peace in 1974.

    Keywords: justice of the peace

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2007/07/19 15:44:32 GMT-4

    Carl Mainwaring in Fredericksburg asks:

    Do you know if there is a place locally that offers/teaches basic carpentry classes?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/07/16 17:56:22 GMT-4

    Kate Jones in King George asks:

    Hi, I lost a camera in Fredericksburg at the fireworks on the fourth. What are the best ways to get the word out that I am offering an award if it was found? Thanks!!

    Answer: I thiink you've doen the best thing already.

    I've seen your signs for the lost camera all over.

    Good luck in your search!

    Keywords: lost camera

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/07/16 13:33:46 GMT-4

    Shannon in Fredericksburg asks:

    Hey there. I'm looking for some assistance if possible. (I'm kinda a virgin at this :) I would like to know if my husbands ex-wife has re-married and if her new husband has adpoted his three kids. We have not had contact for almost 10 years and no way of getting ahold of them. I'm not sure what other avenues to take other than finding this website on a slow day at work. If there is ANY way you might be able to assist me or at least give some other leads to turn to. We live in Iowa (not that this means we are ignorant of course) but again, would like to be able to have some information. Thanks for reading and if you can't help, I know your email address!! !! :)

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/07/14 19:21:01 GMT-4

    JY in Stafford asks:

    Have the answers to Itty Bitty City been published? If so, what are they? I never found three of them!

    Answer: This year's Itty Bitty City was supposed to be a print edition exclusive, but some IBC fans have created their own online edition with clues.

    Here's the link: Itty Bitty City Scavenger Hunt

    Hope that helps!

    Keywords: itty bitty city scavenger hunt

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/07/12 18:15:16 GMT-4

    Georgia Locks in Spotsylvania asks:

    My husband thought he heard on WFLS that Turkey Hill Ice Cream would donate ice cream for a special group or event in the area. I'm inquiring for a Boy Scout activity. Thanks. G in Spotsylvania

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/07/12 11:58:33 GMT-4

    Chris Cook in Fredericksburg asks:

    I have heard that each year in December there is a re-enactment of the battle of Fredericksburg. Is there one scheduled for this year and where do I get information?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/07/12 08:17:53 GMT-4

    teresa in Fredericksburg asks:

    what are all the different fish statues down town? why are they there? and are they for sale?

    Answer: The fish statues are part of Fintastically Fredericksburg, a community-wide art exhibit, which will run through August 2007. Here's some info on the Friends of the Rappahannock web site about the exhibit. The statues will be auctioned off on August 25 from 6-10 pm at Market Square.

    Keywords: fintastically, fish, statues

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/07/09 16:15:04 GMT-4

    Carl in Fredericksburg asks:

    Do you know where I can take a beginning carpentry class? I just would like to learn the basics… Cutting crown molding, installing door frames etc. Thanks!

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/07/06 12:27:52 GMT-4

    GS in Fredericksburg asks:

    Is there a (Church of Christ,Disciples) in the Fredericksburg area?

    Answer: Here is a list of Churches of Christ

    Here is a complete list of all Houses of Worship in the area.

    Keywords: religion, church, christ, worship

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/07/05 19:45:52 GMT-4

    Shawn Downing in Fredericksburg asks:

    Are there any places where I could meet up with people and play Mahjong?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/07/05 10:22:32 GMT-4

    John Walsh in Orange asks:

    Given the # of tornado alerts yesterday 7/4/07, Do any of the following have "Tornado Warning systems" (sirens, etc.) Orange Co,, Locust Grove, Lake of the Woods, Spotsy Co., Fredericksburg, Stafford.

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/07/05 10:19:04 GMT-4

    Janice Tate in Fredericksburg asks:

    On the 24th of June, I received my monthly Verizon bill. Much to my surprise, my normal $65 bill was $1,341.46. There are charges to New Brunswick Canada over a 2 week period. I called Verizon to dispute these bogus charges. I spent Monday morning on the phone from 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM trying to get a resolution to this. Finally, I called the FCC and filed a formal complaint. I received a phone call last night from someone in the Research and Fraud Department in Verizon who told me that these charges are inconsistent with my phone use and they suspect there is a problem. Tonight, 7/3, I get a call from Verizon stating they "will sustain the charges as there is no evidence of fraud." I have contacted my attorney as I have already informed Verizon I will not pay these charges in which they told me they would send me to collections.

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/07/03 18:20:35 GMT-4

    S in Stafford asks:

    How can I get information on the July 4 chili cookoff that is done in conjuction with the Heritage Festival? Thanks, Sandy

    Answer: For information about the cook-off, call Heritage Festival organizer Roberta Gold at 804/224-7723.

    Keywords: Heritage festival, july 4th, chili, chilli, jaycees

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/07/03 18:13:28 GMT-4

    Mike in Fredericksburg asks:

    Hi, my mother has recently seperated from my step-dad, she has always been a stay at home mom. She is have a difficult time dealing with loneliness, is there are local groups for women or mid 50's that you would recommend? She lives alone and also is a recovering alcoholic. Please help us help her. Thanks!

    Answer: There are a few options. I hope one of them is the right one for her.
    -Center for family counseling, 809 William Street, 540/361-1556

    -Divorcecare support group, meets 7 p.m. Thursdays, Lake of the Woods Church, Locust Grove, 540/972/9060

    -Moms club, a support group for stay-at-home moms, meets monthly, call Erin Green at 540/903-1429

    -New Directions, a support group for divorced people, meets at the Stafford Rescue Squad building on third Thursdays, 540/659-1348 or 540/720-2376

    -Women's support group, a support group for women who want to change their lives through self-awareness techniques, 540/370-4311

    Hope this helps.

    Keywords: support groups, women, help

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/07/03 18:01:54 GMT-4

    L in Stafford asks:

    Hi I'm moving in spotsylvania with zip code 22553 and I would like to know where is a catholic church around there. Thank you.

    Answer: Here's a list of Catholic churches in the area.

    Good luck!

    Keywords: Catholic, church

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/07/03 17:48:35 GMT-4

    JH in Norfolk asks:

    What are the rules for the 4th of july river raft race? Is there a webpage with pictures from previous years and other info on the race? Thanks.

    Answer: Raft Race:

    Raft check-in and registration will begin at Falmouth Waterfront Park at 8:30 a.m. The cost on the day of the event is $65 for commercial enterprises, $50 for clubs and organizations, and $35 for individuals.

    For details, call Heritage Festival organizer Roberta Gold at 804/224-7723.

    Here's a gallery of pictures from the 2006 Heritage Festival, which includes raft pics. And here's the latest FLS story about the Heritage Festival.

    Keywords: raft race, heritage parade, july 4th

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/07/03 17:40:44 GMT-4

    carmen in Fredericksburg asks:

    Are there any public pools (besides YMCA) that a family without a pool could go to?

    Answer: If you are a resident of Fredericksburg, you can go to the Dixon Park pool for free.

    Here's an April 2007 story about the pool and why it's free for city residents.

    Have a splash!

    Keywords: dixon park, pool

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/07/03 17:15:49 GMT-4

    matt in Spotsylvania asks:

    are there any plans to fix the Harrison Rd and rt 1 intersection? there seem to be mulitple near miss accidents and not so near misses.

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/07/03 07:51:10 GMT-4

    Cathie Green in Stafford asks:

    Who do we contact about messed up light synchronization in the city?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/07/02 16:56:53 GMT-4

    in Spotsylvania asks:

    What happened to Cafe da Vanzo? My family went by for dinner the other night and found the place shut down.

    Answer: Cafe DaVanzo has closed.

    Keywords: Cafe DaVanzo, restaurant, closed

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2007/07/02 14:46:36 GMT-4

    in Stafford asks:

    What happened to Cafe DaVanzo? Are they closed or have they relocated ?

    Answer: The restaurant has closed.

    Keywords: Cafe DaVanzo, restaurant, closed

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2007/07/02 14:45:02 GMT-4

    Dorothy Carrington in Fredericksburg asks:

    what happens you find out that the man you are married too is still married to someone else. They were married in the state of VA

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/07/02 08:16:08 GMT-4

    Carolyn Harms in Fredericksburg asks:

    What sorts of activities are going to be happening in the Stafford/Fredericksburg areas for the 4th of July?

    Answer: We've got several places you can find info about the 4th festivities.

    First, I'd start by browsing through the listings in our Online evnets calendar, which lists events submitted by the public.

    And, check out this List of July 4th events that we've put together.

    Also, the WeekEnder Cover Story this week will be all about the 4th-of-July activities. It'll be available tomorrow morning (6/28/07).

    The Rappahannock Regional Library has also compiled a nice list of Independence Day events happening all over the region in the next week.

    Keywords: July 4, Heritage Day Parade, Independence Day

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/06/28 09:59:15 GMT-4

    R. in Overseas (but Spotsy resident) asks:

    Why are Mars residents excluded from Ask?Fred rules?

    Answer: If you know anyone who is actually a resident of the planet Mars, we'll be happy to discuss our policy with them. Please have them e-mail us :)

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    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/06/27 15:00:23 GMT-4

    GR in Spotsylvania asks:

    Are there any activities or social clubs in the Fredericksburg area where young adults in their early 20's can go to meet people? Thanks.

    Answer: You may want to check out the Fredericksburg Jaycees.

    You also might want to check some local online forums, such as FredTalk to see what's happening around town. See the "FUG Events" and "Music" forums. People usually post various 'Burg happenings there.

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    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/06/27 14:58:01 GMT-4

    Ann in Stafford asks:

    I have family visting from out of town the week of the Fourth and I heard that General Washington was the Grand Marshall for the Jaycees Fourth of July Parade and would be giving a talk later in the day. Where and what time will he be talking? Ann

    Answer: I talked with the folks at Ferry Farm, George Washington's Boyhood Home, The festivities there will begin at 10 a.m. ((for more info)

    General Washington will be the grand marshal of the parade, which begins at 9:30 a.m. on Sophia Street downtown. (On a side note, two small children won the opportunity to ride in the carriage with him.)

    After the parade, General Washington will be at Ferry Farm. At 11:30, a flag ceremony and the reading of the Declaration of Independence is scheduled, then Gen. Washington will address the public.

    Afterward, cake and cupcakes will be served to celebrate the nation's Birthday.

    Keywords: July 4th, Heritage Day, George Washington

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/06/27 14:46:14 GMT-4

    ct in Fredericksburg asks:

    My brother and brother-in-law were just deployed to the middle east. I know you all had service stars for family members to hang in their windows? Do you still have them or know where they can be obtained? Thank you

    Answer: You can order a service star online by going to this URL: fredericksburg.com/Feedback/starforservice

    Keywords: Military, stars for service, service stars

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/06/27 14:03:43 GMT-4

    Ann in Fredericksburg asks:

    What is going to be built on Gordon Road in front of Bloom?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/06/21 06:47:33 GMT-4

    Jesica in Fredericksburg asks:

    The new stores opening on Harrison Crossing say they are now hiring for employment, most of which have online applications. Though I cannot find an online application for the new Petco scheduled to open on July 16, as they are not yet recorded on the main website. I personally drove to this Petco to pick up an application, but they haven't even opened the doors yet. Can you tell me how I may apply for the coming up Petco?

    Answer: You can find the application form by going to petco.com, clicking on careers on the left side of the page, and typing 22407 into the ZIPcode box. There are a number of jobs available, and people already are starting to be trained at the Petco in Stafford County.

    Keywords: Petco, career

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2007/06/19 13:21:57 GMT-4

    melissa in Fredericksburg asks:

    I am a leader of a cub scout den of wolves! We would like to be involved in the upcoming 4th of July parade but do not know how we can get involved. Is there someone we can email to get the information about the event and get included in the parade?

    Answer: The Fredericksburg Jaycees are in charge of the Heritage Day Parade and River Raft Race on July 4th.

    As far as getting into the parade, you can call and leave a message on their phoneline at 540/371-6005. or you can e-mail Kelly Leva at moonlitcelt@yahoo.com or Aylee Rice at arice@bfccpa.com, according to their Web site, which is http://www.fredericksburgjaycees.com.

    Keywords: 4th of July parade, Jaycees

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/06/15 12:40:32 GMT-4

    Bill Crawford in Fredericksburg asks:

    Where is the U.P.S Distribution Facility in Fredericksburg and what is an internet address ??

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/06/15 09:36:43 GMT-4

    Kevin Uxbridge in Fredericksburg asks:

    What happened to KG discount grocery by the Earl's True Value hardware store?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/06/13 19:47:57 GMT-4

    Harris in Stafford asks:

    When are they going to close Moncure elementary? Several years ago there were plans to move the school. What happened?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/06/13 08:31:05 GMT-4

    Erik N. Doyle in Fredericksburg asks:

    Category - architecture. What is the purpose of the small metal 'ears' that I see on the roofs of many houses in the downtown area? They are about 2 inches on a side and project above the shingles about 2 feet above the gutters. They are more predominant on houses with slate shingles.

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/06/13 06:13:00 GMT-4

    M.R. in Spotsylvania asks:

    Where can I find the clues//hints to the Itty Bitty City Scavenger Hunt to-date (6/12/07)? I have only located the first two and would like to get caught up. Thanks!

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/06/13 00:39:34 GMT-4

    S. in Out-of-state asks:

    We are moving to the area, and I'd like to know the zip codes near the Geico on rt 17 for real estate searching purposes. ( Geico seems to have its own zip)

    Answer: Looks like 22406 is your best bet, although there's a small area labeled 22471 north and west of Geico. Also not far away is 22556 and 22403. All those are in Stafford County.

    Keywords: zip codes, geico

    Answered by: Edie Gross, 2007/06/12 17:11:46 GMT-4

    jt in Fredericksburg asks:

    Where can I find out the schedule of free movies for kids this summer at the Regal15 and the Marquee cinema?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/06/12 16:17:09 GMT-4

    william in Spotsylvania asks:

    where does a person go for help that has lost there home due to fire this person lived in the state of MD and had no insurance,and her husband is disabled thanks so much

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/06/12 12:57:25 GMT-4

    M.B. in Spotsylvania asks:

    WHEN is the road on Rt 1, (from the Hospital down to Four Mile Fork) going South, going to be redone as they did the opposite side of Rt 1 going North? Getting very bad in some areas! It was supposed to happen last year!!! Thanks!

    Answer: A similar question was answered in a May 7 Getting There column in the Free Lance-Star.

    Here is the answer:

    The city will repave U.S. 1 north this summer between Falmouth Bridge and city limits, said Dave King, assistant director, Fredericksburg Department of Public Works. Work should begin in mid-May, and will take several months. Most lane closures will take place overnight, King said.

    There are no plans to repave southbound U.S. 1 since it has been repaved within the last two years.

    Last summer, the city paved southbound U.S. 1 between the city's limits and State Route 3, between College Avenue and Fall Hill Avenue, and a small section near Cowan Boulevard.

    The rest of southbound U.S. 1 had been repaved in 2005, King said.

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    Answered by: Kelly Hannon, 2007/06/11 12:01:51 GMT-4

    Ted in Fredericksburg asks:

    When will the city complete milling and resurfacing North bound Jeff Davis Highway and redo some of the southbound side?

    Answer: This question was answered in the May 7 Getting There column in the Free Lance-Star.

    Here is the answer:

    The city will repave U.S. 1 north this summer between Falmouth Bridge and city limits, said Dave King, assistant director, Fredericksburg Department of Public Works. Work should begin in mid-May, and will take several months. Most lane closures will take place overnight, King said.

    There are no plans to repave southbound U.S. 1 since it has been repaved within the last two years.

    Last summer, the city paved southbound U.S. 1 between the city's limits and State Route 3, between College Avenue and Fall Hill Avenue, and a small section near Cowan Boulevard.

    The rest of southbound U.S. 1 had been repaved in 2005, King said.

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    Answered by: Kelly Hannon, 2007/06/11 11:57:28 GMT-4

    Kevin in Spotsylvania asks:

    Any VDOT plans to put a "left turn on green arrow only" at Rt. 208 and Millgarden? My wife got her car totaled at this intersection a few years ago and there have been dozens of accidents that I have seen since. On a motorcycle it is like playing chicken with cagers going through this intersection heading towards the courthouse, I almost had to come to a complete stop (dangerous in itself) going through this intersection yesterday.

    Answer: This question was answered in the Free Lance Star's May 28 Getting There column.

    Here is the answer: There are no plans to add a green arrow for left turns at this signal, said Tina Bundy, Virginia Department of Transportation spokeswoman. But based on your question, the agency will review the accident history at this intersection and see if other safety modifications can be made. And a green arrow could be added in the future--it's just not in the agency's immediate plans.


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    Answered by: Kelly Hannon, 2007/06/11 11:52:52 GMT-4

    joyce angel in Fredericksburg asks:

    I need a FRED BUS scedule for the 208, Courthouse rd area of Spotsylvania please.....

    Answer: FREDbus schedules are available online at fredericksburgva.gov/transit/maps.asp. You can also pick up schedules at FRED's central depot at 2217 Princess Anne Street. If you have trouble understanding the maps, you may want to call FRED at 372-1222. Staff can work with you to determine the best route for your trip.

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    Answered by: Kelly Hannon, 2007/06/11 11:48:02 GMT-4

    Julie in Fredericksburg asks:

    do you have a bus that goes to Richmond?

    Answer: There are two bus systems that travel to Richmond from Fredericksburg.

    First, there is Greyhound. The current Greyhound station in Fredericksburg is 2217 Princess Anne Street (directly across from Carl's). The location is the same as FREDerickburg Regional Transit's central depot. Call 1-800-231-2222 for schedules or visit greyhound.com.

    A weekday commuter bus service just started between suburban and downtown Richmond, the downtown Fredericksburg train station, Courthouse Road in Spotsylvania and Carmel Church. It is operated by the Greater Richmond Transit Company. Call 1-804-358-4782 for more information, including schedules and fares, or visit ridegrtc.com.

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    Answered by: Kelly Hannon, 2007/06/11 11:42:32 GMT-4

    Carrie in Spotsylvania asks:

    So, when is the first store scheduled to open at Harrison Crossing? I thought things were supposed to be up and running this spring but construction looks pretty far behind.

    Answer: You can find info on Harrison Crossing and other Silver Companies develpments by clicking here.

    Keywords: Harrison Crossing, Silver

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/06/09 18:20:22 GMT-4

    Laura in Fredericksburg asks:

    Are there any Buddhist temples, communities or clubs in the nearby area? I would like to get together with others but can't seem to find any!

    Answer: Laura, I couldn't find much in the phone books either, but I did find some information and a few stories in the archives of The Free Lance-Star.

    There is the Wat Lao Buddhavong Temple, 3403 Catlett Road (U.S. 28) in Fauquier County. The phone number there is 540/788-4968.

    These stories are over a year old, but the info may be helpful to you.

    Here ya go:

    Area Buddhists Celebrate Their Religion'S Holiest Days


    The Monks of Partlow

    Keywords: Buddhist, buddha, religion, temples

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/06/09 16:09:49 GMT-4

    B in Spotsylvania asks:

    Are there any plans for additional ice cream parlors such as Cold Stone Creamery or Baskin Robbins or others in the Central Park Area?

    Answer: I looked on their Web site but couldn't find any mention of the ice cream parlors you mentioned in the Central Park area. But there is a Maggie Moo's Ice Cream store near the Ice Park.

    To see what other stores are planned by the Silver Companies, click here.

    Keywords: central park, silver companies, ice cream

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/06/09 15:39:44 GMT-4

    michael buza in Spotsylvania asks:

    are there any plans to fix the rt 1 and Harrison rd interchange

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/06/09 07:44:36 GMT-4

    in Fredericksburg asks:

    wut is a good place to rent in fredericksburg to hold a talent show?

    Answer: Contact a local school. Many of them, especially the high schools, have wonderful auditoriums with great sound systems available for rent.

    Keywords: talent show, rent

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2007/06/07 17:27:35 GMT-4

    Heather in Fredericksburg asks:

    My husband and I are moving to the area, how do we find out information about the different neighborhoods is Fredericksburg?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/06/06 17:29:51 GMT-4

    Regina Cline in Fredericksburg asks:

    There is a huge construction dumpster on Prince Edward Street across from the VRE parking lot. It's been there for months. What's the procedure for getting someone to look into it and getting it removed. It's an eyesore in the neighborhood as is the junk and garbage that's in front of the house one door down. What can a resident do?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/06/04 14:56:25 GMT-4

    Peggy in Fredericksburg asks:

    The street light on my block is not working properly. Who do I contact to fix it?

    Answer: In Fredericksburg, call the Department of Public Works at 372-1023. The city will report it to Dominion Power for you, and they'll come fix it. I'm told that they'll repair it a lot quicker if you can provide the pole number (it's on a metal plate on the electric pole).

    If you're in one of the counties, you'll want to look up the number of the local Utilities Department.

    You could probably try and contact the power company directly, but It'll most likely be quicker & easier to let your local government take care of it for you.

    Keywords: light, electric, power, Dominion

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/06/01 13:42:08 GMT-4

    David in Spotsylvania asks:

    Are there any plans to open a video rental store in the Cosner's Corner area? There are no rental stores in this area right now. I would specifically like to see a Blockbuster put in.

    Answer: You can click here for a list of stores that are planned for Cosner's Corner.

    So far, a movie rental place isn't listed.

    Keywords: Cosner's Corner, movie rentals

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/05/30 19:12:19 GMT-4

    Derrick Walters in Fredericksburg asks:

    Why is it so hard for people to understand that it is respectful to tip those of us who wipe down the cars and apply tire gloss and other manual labor at these ride thru car washes. The biggest non tippers seem to be women between 20-30 in sporty cars who pay for the most expensive car wash yet don't hesitate to jump in their cars after you've busted your hump in the heat and humidity. The same can be said for business suits. Those of us who work the line shining these car and making them look presentable live off of the tips, not the abysmal salary we are paid. Inform the public.

    Answer:

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    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/05/30 16:57:07 GMT-4

    Jennifer in Spotsylvania asks:

    I saw a resent question in Ask Fred about the Roots character Kunta Kinte residing in Spotsylvania County. Do you where in the county? Also is there anywhere in the country (museums) that talk about him while he lived here?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/05/30 08:06:39 GMT-4

    KM in Fredericksburg asks:

    How do you find out what the free movie schedule for kids through Southpoint Marquee cinemas will be for the summer?

    Answer: I called the theater today, and they said the schedule hasn't come out yet. "You'll know when we know," I'm told. They do plan on posting the details on their Web site as soon as they're available.

    I'll post an update here as soon as I find out more.

    And... (I never miss an opportunity for shameless self-promotion), I'd like to mention that we've recently added a Movie Listings page to fredericksburg.com. You can check out the current schedules for all local theaters there.

    Keywords: movies, marquee cinemas

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/05/27 11:39:42 GMT-4

    Tia in Fredericksburg asks:

    I tried looking for it on the site but was unable to find this; Where does the FredBus stop? And what is the billing price and other details?

    Answer: You can view the maps of the Fred bus stops here, at the city's Web site. I couldn't find info about their rates on their Web site, but you can call Fred Central at 372-1222.

    Keywords: Fred, Bus, transit

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/05/27 11:38:59 GMT-4

    T.D. in Spotsylvania asks:

    I am trying to find information on the Miss. Fredricksburg Beauty pageant that is held at the Fredericksburg Fair Grounds.Any info. would highly be appeciated for I have looked on every Fredricksburg web site. THANK YOU..

    Answer: Check out the Fredericksburg Fair's Web site at www.fredfair.net. The person listed on that site as the contact for Pageants is Mary Cooper, 540-891-4298.

    Keywords: fair, pageant

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/05/22 10:38:53 GMT-4

    Derrick Walters in Fredericksburg asks:

    How do I go about finding an Attorney that handles appeals past the state courts and into the US District courts. I have been unsuccessfully fighting convictions in Stafford and now I need to go past the Virginia Courts and hopefully with an Attorney that would actually seek my input as to what and why I am appealing the convictions. I need to contact one ASAP, can you help.

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2007/05/21 20:48:03 GMT-4

    Ro in Stafford asks:

    On Berea Church Road there is an old covered bridge. When was the last time that was used and why is it just sitting there rotting away? Who owns that bridge?

    Answer: None

    Keywords:

    Answered by: None, 2007/05/21 19:55:07 GMT-4

    twanna taylor in Stafford resident working in Quantico VA asks:

    Is the Wikapedia.com a bad search engine and is it connected to an organization overseas that send viruses out to your pc or attach cookies to your pc to access your personal information?

    Answer: This looks like an example of a "typosquatting," where a (usually less-than-reputable) person or company will register a common misspelling of a popular domain name, to make money off people who mistype an internet address. Check out this article which explains what typosquatting is.

    It's very unlikely that you'd have received spyware or a virus from Wikipedia.com, a legitimate Web site moderated by thousands of people around the world.

    However, the address you provided, "wikapedia.com," is an example of a typosquatter site. My popup blocker blocked several popups from that site, but it seems otherwise harmless.

    Just to be safe, you'll probably want to run a spyware scanner on your computer just to be sure. A popular spyware filter is Ad Aware, which you can download for free.

    Keywords: typosquatting, wikipedia, spyware, virus

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/05/21 16:17:35 GMT-4

    S. in Spotsylvania asks:

    Is it true that at Mt. Rushmore, there is an Indian Chief in full head dress in the negative space within the Presidential busts?

    Answer: You may be thinking of the Badlands guardian, near Alberta, Canada.

    Viewed from the air, or by satellite photos, it appears to be a head wearing a Native American headdress. (Check out this google maps satellite view).

    This geological oddity was discovered by a Google Earth user, who posted the link to the satellite image on the Google Earth forums. (Link to that forum post).

    Keywords: Badlands guardian, google, earth, indian headdress

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/05/21 14:32:37 GMT-4

    Gracie Barlow in Fredericksburg asks:

    Who monitors and cares for the ducks and geese in Central Park? I have seen some unusual breeds there that aren't your run of the mill " duck pond" bird.

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/05/21 07:13:08 GMT-4

    e jones in baltimore asks:

    my sister is in the northern neck regional jail and the judge told her to serve 30 days and it has been longer, about 35 days now. what do you suggest? her mother has been waiting to take collect calls from her and some how can't get through because the phone line has a block. we have nofified the regular phone company and the jail. the jail and the phone company said no blocks. what should my mother do next to handle this situration?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/05/20 20:19:21 GMT-4

    S. in MD asks:

    Dear Fred: My daughter will be relocating to Fredericksburg in the next few weeks. (Husband in Military). They have rented an apartment at Colinial Village at Greenbrier. I would like to know the condition and reputation. Didthey make a good choice?

    Answer: I couldn't find much anecdotal evidence from current or former residents of this apartment complex, so I did the next best thing: I googled it! Here's some info I was able to dig up for you:

    Check out: the Rent.com listing (it asks for an e-mail address, but you can put in a fake one; it doesn't verify); the apartments.com listing, and the Colonial Properties Trust company Web site.

    UPDATE: After doing some more digging, I found This FredTalk post from a person who lives at Colonial Village. This poster seems to be quite happy with the apartment complex. Hope this info helps.

    Keywords: apartment, rental, housing, Colonial Village

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/05/18 16:36:37 GMT-4

    Justin Lewis in Fredericksburg asks:

    Can you give us some information on what goes on at first friday nights. How much it cost to get in... and is there age limit or any of that. Just general info on first friday's

    Answer: First Fridays take place on the first Friday of each month, May through October at the Sophia Street Parking lot at George St. There's live music, and many of the art galleries downtown open their doors for the festivities.

    Tickets are $4 for adults, $3 for under 21, and $1 for kids (6-12).

    Here's a Recent Free Lance-Star story on this year's inaugural First Friday celebration.

    Also, you can check out the city's Web site at: fredericksburgva.gov/PR/Program_Information/special_events.asp
    (scroll down the page a little bit)

    Keywords: downtown, First Friday, arts

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/05/18 16:00:15 GMT-4

    carly in Fredericksburg asks:

    i want to know everything about betty crocker and nestle tollhouse. and there similarities and there differences.

    Answer:

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    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/05/18 15:28:26 GMT-4

    Steve in Fredericksburg asks:

    My parents live in Spotsylvania and my brother and sister go to school there. My family cannot afford dental insurance, so they go through the Spotsy dental health program. My question is does Fredericksburg schools offer such a program, or does anywhere in Fredericksburg offer such a program because I cannot afford it for my 8-year-old daughter either. Also, for myself, is there any hope for me seeing a dentist for extremely cheap?

    Answer: Here's some information published in The Free Lance-Star this year:

  • Moss Free Clinic, 435 Hunter St. in Fredericksburg, offers free medical and dental care for qualified residents of the city and the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford.

    The clinic serves those who do not qualify for Medicaid or Medicare, who do not have other health benefits or insurance and who meet income requirements set by the Fredericksburg Area Regional Health Council.

    New patients are seen on Tuesday and Thursday evenings only. Call 741-1061 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Tuesday or Thursday to schedule an appointment for that evening. Closed on holidays.


  • Dental services are provided free for students who are members of the Boys & Girls Club and are eligible for Medicaid or FAMIS, or have no dental insurance. Boys & Girls Club applications are available in the school office, and the fee to join is $15 per year. For details, call the Fredericksburg Regional Boys & Girls Club at 540/368-9531.

  • Dental health services are available from the Rappahannock Area Health District for people ages 3–21 at selected Stafford County schools. Call 659-3101 for an appointment.

  • Dental health services are available in Caroline County for children in grades K–5 who have Medicaid, FAMIS or no private dental insurance. To learn more, call 804/633-5465, ext. 214.

  • In January, the King George County School Board approved the establishment of the Fluoride Swish program at Sealston Elementary.

    Keywords: dental program, moss clinic

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/05/16 20:14:42 GMT-4

  • wanda in Culpeper asks:

    Do you know of anyone that comes to your home to repair or remove the virus off of your computer?

    Answer: Try 1 800 905 GEEK . They do on-site service and repair.

    The local "Geek" operator is Alex Burns. You can reach him at alex.burns@1800905geek.com or call 1-800-905-GEEK (4335) or even their Website.

    Tell him "Ask Fred" sent ya.

    Keywords: computer, repair, virus

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/05/10 18:26:14 GMT-4

    EC in Spotsylvania asks:

    There is a house on Gordon road that has farm equipment (appears to be antique-in good condition) in the front yard. This is certainly unique landscaping, and I am wondering what the story behind this is.

    Answer: That house belongs to Clark Wilson.

    I stopped by his house today and he said his hobby is restoring old tractors, so he incorporated that hobby into his yard.

    You're right, it really does look good.

    Keywords: Gordon, farm, tractor, wilson

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/05/10 18:16:46 GMT-4

    Catherine Lindsay in Out-of-state asks:

    What does an unregistered auto mean when an auto has a licensed plate that does not match the auto. Plate is/isn't expired and the auto is on the property and is never moved. Who removes it? Code Enforcement or Police. Thank You

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/05/09 08:37:04 GMT-4

    B in Fredericksburg asks:

    How do I find out if a deceaseed person had retained a lawyer for anything involving a possible will?

    Answer: If a person filed a will, and they don't have to, then it is public record and can be requested by anyone at the clerk's office where the deceased person lived.

    Keywords: will, public, clerk

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/05/08 15:19:34 GMT-4

    Robert in Fredericksburg asks:

    Why is John Hanson not called the first President of the United States?

    Answer: According to Wikipedia, the origin of the claim that Hanson is the "forgotten" first President stems from a 1932 book by Seymour Wemyss Smith titled John Hanson - Our First President.

    Nevertheless, officially Hanson was the third presiding officer of the Congress of the United States, and he considered himself a successor to the first two men to hold the office, Samuel Huntington and Thomas McKean, who themselves were successors to prior Presidents of the Second Continental Congress.

    Nor was the office an executive position like the office of President that was created under the Constitution.

    Here's a link to the Wikipedia answer.

    Keywords: John Hanson, president

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/05/08 13:01:54 GMT-4

    RW in Out-of-state asks:

    Does Kenmore House have an e-mail address so you can buy the tea's and the breads from a long ago. Thank You

    Answer: I'm not 100 percent sure, but here is a link to the Web site of Kenmore.

    Hope that helps.

    Keywords: Kenmore

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/05/07 17:17:26 GMT-4

    Meeree Yai in Fredericksburg asks:

    Where can a sophomore in college at home for the summer find a fulfilling job and/or internship in the Fredericksburg area?

    Answer: Have you tried searching our employment listings? or our employment site? or even our HR department?

    Keywords: Job, work

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/05/07 16:45:11 GMT-4

    Penny in Spotsylvania asks:

    When will Spotsylvania County open the Hunting Run Reservoir for recreational fishing and boating?

    Answer: According to an article in the Free Lance-Star, Spotsylvania County officials are hoping to open Hunting Run Park and the reservoir on Elys Ford Road late this summer, with at least two months left in the fishing season that ends in October.

    The project had been pushed back to as late as 2009 because of the park’s cost and tedious negotiations with nearby landowners.

    Click here to read the entire article.

    Keywords: Hunting Run Reservoir, Spotsylvania, fishing, boating

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/05/07 16:35:39 GMT-4

    Roger Lovelessd in Stafford asks:

    I would like to know who are the person(s) that are the head of running the Rappahannock Regional Jail. My wife is an inmate and is not getting the proper medical care. Thanks.

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/05/07 10:47:56 GMT-4

    Nancy ONeill in Fredericksburg asks:

    I reported a sign knocked down at the corner of Germanna Point Dr. and Hwy 17 S. to VDOT and the county. That was months ago and now grass has grown over the sign that is laying on the ground. The sign is the road name Germanna Point Dr. How can I get someone to fix this?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/05/07 08:39:44 GMT-4

    Carolyn Pickering in Spotsylvania asks:

    First, Furniture & More on Rt. 3 had a remodeling sign up. Now there are signs saying they are going out of business. Which is it?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/05/02 14:36:27 GMT-4

    Michelle in Stafford asks:

    My daughter wants to have a pool party for her birthday coming up. Does anyone know if any of the local area pools rent out for partys. I live in South Stafford and would like a pool close to that vicinity.

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/05/02 09:42:22 GMT-4

    Monica in Spotsylvania asks:

    Can you recommend a good tailor? I am getting married in July and will probably need significant alterations made to my dress.

    Answer: Weddings by Ginny on Lafayette Boulevard recommends Marie King of LoK Custom Fashions, Inc. in Stafford. Her Web site is lokdesign.com and her phone number is 720-0851.

    Keywords: tailor, wedding dress

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2007/04/30 10:36:34 GMT-4

    Kate in Fredericksburg asks:

    My husband and I just relocated to Fredericksburg a couple of weeks ago, and haven't been able to find any non-musical theatres. Can you recommend a place to see a play? On that note, we're thinking about starting a theatre company here; know of any good buildings we could lease? Thanks!

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/04/29 23:52:33 GMT-4

    Emily in Fredericksburg asks:

    Me and one of my close friends are thinking about doing a food drive for people in Africa, and we wanted to know if the local food bank does international things like that, or do they only do food drives for people in our area?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/04/29 21:47:44 GMT-4

    Eugene Garner in Fredericksburg asks:

    Recently there was some type of festable in west va about some type of vegatable or root or maybe even a herb. You had an article in the FLS about it recently. The name of the substance was Ranks I have been trying to find info on the article. A friend of mine from W Va was telling me about it. Have searched the archives and could not find it. Am interested in finding out more info. Thanks Eugene

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/04/29 05:44:00 GMT-4

    Joy in Stafford asks:

    My neighbor said that there was a shooting this week at 307 Dundee Place in Fredericksburg (South Stafford) - Heather Hills neighborhood. Do you have any information about this?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/04/28 09:17:46 GMT-4

    Lisa in Caroline asks:

    What is the real reason Verizon and Comcast don't offer high speed internet to most of Ladysmith? There is lots of money to be made. They blame the HOA's and the HOA's blame them.

    Answer: Basically, the population isn't dense enough yet to make it profitable for providers.

    Keywords: high-speed Internet, Ladysmith, Verizon, Comcast

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2007/04/27 13:42:08 GMT-4

    Brandon Mair in Stafford asks:

    How come the Target their building on Rt. 17 is only going to be a regular Target instead of a Super Target?

    Answer: Target doesn't open many SuperTargets the way Wal-Mart opens its supercenters. The one in Cosner's Corner is only the third in Virginia. The owners of Servicetown, where the new Target is going, originally told The Free Lance-Star that Target was planning to open a SuperTarget. Target did not return calls by press time. Their spokesperson later said the company planned a Target, not a SuperTarget.

    Keywords: Target

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2007/04/27 13:38:46 GMT-4

    Michael in Fredericksburg asks:

    My wife & I are considering relocating to Fredricksburg, VA Being a Ex- New Yorker I am considering on opening a buisness venue, (Cafe) that can create a relaxing experience while enjoying some excellent homemade soups, salads & sandwiches, but I would like to know, where could a find a nice location, that will blend in with the City vibe?

    Answer: There is a vacancy at the corner of William and Caroline streets, where Cards & Cones used to be. You also might try looking along Lafayette Boulevard near the new Cobblestone Square condominiums. Your best bet would be to contact the city's economic development department.

    Keywords: cafe

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2007/04/27 13:34:53 GMT-4

    mike in Richmond Area asks:

    Where is the best place to but hard shell crabs to go. I use to always get them at bearfoot greens, but am not sure they still exist. planning a trip to fairview this weekend and I want to pick up some hardshells on the way. thanks

    Answer: Try Charlie's Crab House on State Route 218 in the White Oak section of Stafford County. It's open on weekends. Barefoot Greens, named after a man who wrestled barefoot, is changing providers and won't have hard-shelled crabs until Mother's Day weekend.

    Keywords: crabs

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2007/04/27 13:29:45 GMT-4

    charley in Stafford asks:

    Where is a kid friendly place to eat Sunday brunch in F-burg?

    Answer: Your kids can order off their own menu while you enjoy Sunday brunch at Jake & Mike's Restaurant, 806 William St. in Fredericksburg.

    Keywords: Sunday brunch, kid-friendly

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2007/04/27 13:22:21 GMT-4

    junice Kulick in Orange asks:

    I am a concern Parent of LOW.The teen center that has been in operation up until recently is made up of asbestos and lead base paint.Many children played,repainted and just hung out there.How would this environment effect us and what can i do to correct this risk of health.Jkulick

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/04/26 13:22:03 GMT-4

    Kim in Stafford asks:

    Last evening at around midnight, sirens and a police helicopter circled my Stafford Lakes neighborhood and the surrounding area for almost an hour. What was going on?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/04/26 12:05:47 GMT-4

    S McKnight in Spotsylvania asks:

    What is the best way to commute from Fredericksburg to Eisenhower Ave/Alexandria?

    Answer: It's hard to say. It depends on whether you prefer riding the Virginia Railway Express, riding in a carpool or vanpool, or participating in a free-form carpool arrangement known as "slugging." Your work schedule will also determine your best options. Luckily, there are commuting experts that can help you decide on a route. They work at GW RideConnect, a free, public program in the Fredericksburg area that matches commuters with carpools, vanpools and charter buses. They also stock a wealth of information on transit. You can reach them at (540) 373-POOL

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    Answered by: Kelly Hannon, 2007/04/25 17:36:39 GMT-4

    john in Fredericksburg asks:

    I just started working around 4 mile fork.I see that at Harrison Rd and Route 1 that the light going south on route 1 is only 10 to 15 second.Is there any way to make it at least 30 second.The Traffic is real bad around 4:30 on at night.

    Answer: Many readers noticed the same short timing cycle at this traffic signal and contacted The Free Lance-Star. We notified VDOT, which sent a crew to inspect the signal. It was working properly within 24 hrs.

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    Answered by: Kelly Hannon, 2007/04/25 17:30:50 GMT-4

    Ann Richards in Fredericksburg asks:

    As a young child back in the 50's, i remember going to a place on Route 1, probably in Stafford or Prince William County,(I know it was south of Alexandria where I lived at the time) called Storybook Land or something like that. I remember storybook char

    Answer:

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    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/04/25 15:33:22 GMT-4

    Crissy in Stafford asks:

    Ok, it's not a local question but I've been wondering for a while. What ever happened with that little boy that drown in the septic tank while in the care of his father? Was anyone charged with anything?

    Answer: For those unfamiliar with this story, the body of 3-year-old Loic J.M. Rogers was found in a septic tank in Kalispell, Montana, in late January of this year. He had been reported missing two days earlier by his father. See
    this article on CBS News
    .




    Keywords:

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/04/25 13:44:06 GMT-4

    Mandy in Stafford asks:

    What buisinesses & Restaurants are coming to the Town & Country shopping center on the corner of White Oak and Town & Country. I thought there was supposed to be a Ruby Tuesdays.

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/04/25 13:29:22 GMT-4

    Allison Grau in Fredericksburg asks:

    Where can I find a lamaz class?

    Answer: Check out then Amy Guest Center for Women & Children at Mary Washington Hospital. They offer various childbirth and parenting classes. Find them online at: http://www.medicorp.org/mwh/familybirthplace.mgi or you can register for classes by phone at 540/741-1404 or 800/722-2788.

    Keywords: Childbirth, lamaze, Mary Washington Hospital, MWH, birth, lamaz

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/04/25 13:23:17 GMT-4

    Lynette in Fredericksburg asks:

    is Sonic 24 hours?

    Answer: No. At least not the Fredericksburg location. Fredericksburg's only Sonic is located near Massaponax, and is open 7am to midnight Fridays & Saturdays. All other nights, they close at 11.

    Keywords: Sonic, Massaponax, fast food, drive through, drive thru

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/04/25 13:07:45 GMT-4

    ashley in Fredericksburg asks:

    Is it really hard to find out who started the war

    Answer:

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    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/04/25 13:00:34 GMT-4

    kim in Fredericksburg asks:

    Any good summer camp programs for five year olds?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/04/24 13:08:08 GMT-4

    Belinda Fletcher in Fredericksburg asks:

    They are currently doing utility/electrical work in regards to the widening of Bragg Road. When will the actual construction (digging) for widening the road begin?

    Answer: The Virginia Department of Transportations plans to advertise for construction bids on this project later this year, according to a recent Getting There column.

    Keywords:

    Answered by: Kelly Hannon, 2007/04/23 14:48:53 GMT-4

    rtr in Fredericksburg asks:

    where do you park for the train if you comute everyday

    Answer: The Virginia Railway Express leases a number of parking lots near the downtown train station. Commuters can park in these lots for free, on a first-come, first-serve basis. To see a map, go to vre.org/service/stations/fredpark.htm
    On the map, you will notice some of the parking lots are restricted to residents of the City of Fredericksburg or communities that belong to the Virginia Railway Express. Caroline, King George and Spotsylvania counties are not VRE members, so those residents cannot park in the restricted lots. Also, disregard Lot F on the map. The private owner decided not to renew its lease with VRE, and those spaces are no longer available.

    Keywords: VRE parking Fredericksburg

    Answered by: Kelly Hannon, 2007/04/23 14:35:13 GMT-4

    frank golembiewski in Fredericksburg asks:

    local bus shedule for fred transit? not listed

    Answer: FREDericksburg Regional Transit bus schedules are posted online at www.fredericksburgva.gov/transit/maps.asp.

    Keywords: FRED schedules

    Answered by: Kelly Hannon, 2007/04/23 14:24:41 GMT-4

    Marcia Martin in Fredericksburg asks:

    Is there any legal way that a person who bought a new computer before Vista came out and that person ordered and received the program as an upgrade can Give or donate the program to another person? It would be terrific if this could be done. Thanks~ MAM

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/04/21 23:44:47 GMT-4

    T in Fredericksburg asks:

    What was all that commotion about yesterday evening near the parking lot at the end of salem church and rt. 3. Was told it looked like a robbery however i dont see any news at all on it.

    Answer: There was a robbery at the Wachovia bank there, here's the story from today's paper:

    Wachovia bank robbed in Spotsylvania

    Keywords: robbery, wachovia, salem

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/04/21 20:22:33 GMT-4

    MOLLY GRIBBIN in Fredericksburg asks:

    LOOKING FOR A RESTAURANT WITH THE NAME KING IN IT, ON RT. 3 JUST OFF OF I-95 IN FREDERICKSBURG.

    Answer: I think you're talking about King's House Buffet at 2388 Plank Road. Its on Route 3 East, just off exit 130A. Here's a number you can call to reach them: 540/374-1322.

    Keywords: King's, buffet,

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/04/20 13:38:12 GMT-4

    clive in port talbot.(uk) asks:

    how do you change front brake pads on a volvo S60?

    Answer: Take it to a mechanic!

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    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/04/19 18:15:27 GMT-4

    rudell in Fredericksburg asks:

    Is the Peddler show this weekend and what time and place?

    Answer:

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    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/04/19 14:46:26 GMT-4

    Nancy Trigonoplos in Fredericksburg asks:

    Recent news article about Fredericksburg residents that were in a auto accident in North or Sourh Carolina recently. Their names are Patsy and Dick Rudolph. Could I be emailed that news article? Thank you, Nct

    Answer:

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    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/04/19 14:45:09 GMT-4

    rachael in Caroline asks:

    No need to publish, just wanted more info on a diabetes walk being held somewhere around here 5/19/07? My father recently died from diabetes and his birthday is on that day; so i want to do my part to contribute. please let me know what you can find out.

    Answer:

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    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/04/19 14:31:31 GMT-4

    JG in Fredericksburg asks:

    I would like to find out how to listen to 93.3 WFLS Radio on my computer. I work in a cubicle that is away from any windows, and I cannot get any radio stations. I really would like to listen to the music during work hours.

    Answer: That service is not available at this time.

    Keywords: Radio, WFLS, 93.3

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/04/19 13:53:45 GMT-4

    SC in Spotsylvania asks:

    Are there any local vigils in regard to VT?

    Answer: VT OBSERVANCES

    STATEWIDE VIGIL

    Colleges and universities across Virginia will hold a candlelight vigil from 9 to 9:45 Thursday (tonight) to express sympathy for those killed at Virginia Tech.

    The University of Mary Washington's vigil will be at Ball Circle, in front of Lee Hall, on the Fredericksburg campus. Candles will be provided or you may bring your own.

    Orange High School

    A community memorial service in recognition of families impacted by the shootings will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday (tonight) in the Orange County High School Auditorium.

    HOKIE HOPE
    Virginia Tech family members have declared Friday “Orange and Maroon Effect” day. People across the country are invited to wear those colors to show support for the families of the victims.

    UMW CHAIN
    At noon Friday, the University of Mary Washington will observe the statewide day of mourning declared by Gov. Timothy Kaine for the victims of the tragedy at Virginia Tech by creating a human "Chain of Hope" along Campus Walk starting at the bell tower. A moment of silence will be ob served.

    MASS OF REMEMBRANCE
    St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church will hold a Mass of Remembrance and Healing for Virginia Tech FRIDAY at 7:30 p.m. at the church on Willliam Street in Fredericks burg.

    FIVE MILES FOR TECH
    During Students Helping Honduras’ second annual Honduras Walkathon at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the University of Mary Washington, participants will walk an additional five miles to show support for Virginia Tech community. Everyone may sign a 20-foot banner that will be sent to Tech.

    PORCH LIGHT MEMORIAL
    Michelle Sullivan of Spotsylvania suggests that area residents leave their porch light on Thursday starting at 7 p.m. to show support for Virginia Tech students and their families.

    SHERIFF’S SALUTE
    Stafford County Sheriff Charles Jett announced that all marked department vehicles will display maroon and orange through Sunday in memory of students and faculty killed at Virginia Tech.

    HOKIE SPIRIT FUND
    Virginia Tech has created a fund for victims of Monday’s shootings and their families. The Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund will be used to cover expenses, including but not limited to:
    Grief counseling
    Memorials
    Communication expenses
    Comfort expenses
    Incidental needs
    To contribute, go online to vt.edu and click on link to the fund.

    To list a community memorial or prayer service, contact The Free Lance–Star at marylee@freelancestar.com or jtoler@ freelancestar.com.

    Keywords: VT, Virginia Tech, vigil

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/04/19 13:44:55 GMT-4

    dawn in Fredericksburg asks:

    I am looking for the "Fintastic Fish" decorated by Jayem students. Everthing I have read so far says it is at the library. Have gone there 2 times and it is not there. Any idea where it may be? Thanks for the help!

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/04/19 13:42:09 GMT-4

    Don Bakker in King George asks:

    Whats the status of the shopping center thats supposed to be coming to Route 301 in Dahlgren and what stores are going in there? Thanks DB

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/04/19 08:28:30 GMT-4

    ML in Stafford asks:

    Who do I contact about getting pot holes repaired in my neighborhood? What about getting storm water conveyance channels / concrete ditches cleared out?

    Answer: Melting ice and snow seep into the pavement over the winter, alternately freezing and thawing---This cycle weakens the asphalt. Then, in spring, traffic loosens the pavement even more. A bone-rattling pothole is born.

    To report a pothole, call your local Virginia Department of Transportation residency. If you live in King George, Spotsylvania or Stafford, call 899-4300. Caroline residents should call 804/633-5091. Northern Neck residents should call 804/333-3696.

    Anyone can call the state's highway help line at 800/367-ROAD.

    If you live in Fredericksburg, contact the city's Department of Public Works at 372-1023.

    The pothole priority list mirrors snowplow priority. Interstates' potholes are fixed first, then primary-, secondary- and subdivision-road potholes.

    Keywords: pot holes, VDOT,

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/04/16 20:08:24 GMT-4

    Anne in Fredericksburg asks:

    What happened to Dominic's that was in front of Central Park Lowes? Did they relocate?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/04/15 13:41:03 GMT-4

    Ellen in Stafford asks:

    Do you know if BMW has any plans to open a dealership in Fredericksburg?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/04/14 23:34:02 GMT-4

    john moore in Fredericksburg asks:

    why cant there be heavy fines for all these truck fires in the area there was two last week now this big one this week i deliver for a living i get paid comm for getting everything deliver in a week yesterday i lost it when i spend 4 hours going from dumfries to here.this needs to stop.

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/04/14 18:13:42 GMT-4

    Crystal in Spotsylvania asks:

    Is there any place local that offers secretarial or clerical training

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/04/14 15:19:09 GMT-4

    JH in Spotsylvania asks:

    Where is Buffalo Philly's? And what kind of restaurant is it?

    Answer: Buffalo Philly's is a casual, franchise restaurant that specializes in Buffalo Wings and Philly cheesesteaks.

    The Fredericksburg store is located at 445 Jefferson Davis Highway in the shopping center near the corner of Route 1 and Fall Hill Ave.

    According to their Web site, two more locations are planned for Central Park and Celebrate Virginia.

    Keywords: Buffalo Phill's, Central park, Celebrate Virginia

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/04/13 15:39:21 GMT-4

    Jane Whitmore in Orange asks:

    I hope this won't seem morbid, but...every morning on my way to work, I pass what appears to be a memorial on the side of I-95 north, just before the Rappahannock River bridge. It caught my eye because it looks like four crosses, two larger and two smaller. I couldn't remember any accidents at that spot in which four people died, and neither could anyone else I know. Any idea what it commemorates?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/04/11 11:31:55 GMT-4

    B.F. in Spotsylvania asks:

    When will construction begin (digging up the ground) for widening Bragg Road? The utility work has started.

    Answer:

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    Answered by: , 2007/04/10 12:53:14 GMT-4

    L in Fredericksburg asks:

    When and where is Cards and Cones supposed to open again?

    Answer: Owners Dan and Debbie Hicks have relocated at 101 Hanover St. in downtown Fredericksburg.

    Keywords: Cards & Cones

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2007/04/10 12:52:40 GMT-4

    Brenda in Spotsylvania asks:

    What route is being looked at for the Route 3 bypass now? The paper showed 4 possibilities on a map a year or two ago, but now it sounds like it will be turned over to developers who will have it go directly to their projects. And how far will the planning go before affected homeowners will be informed? Thank you for any information you can give us.

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/04/09 18:40:45 GMT-4

    AS in Fredericksburg asks:

    Where is the UPS Warehouse in Fredericksburg?

    Answer: Take Lansdowne Road off of State Routes 2 and 17 and turn right on Shannon Drive. The warehouse is at 11500 Shannon Dr. The phone number is 891-0051.

    Keywords: UPS, warehouse

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2007/04/09 12:02:26 GMT-4

    Judi in Spotsylvania asks:

    What is TV One? I'd like to watch "Roots" but am not familiar with the channel.

    Answer: Launched in January 2004, TV One offers a broad range of lifestyle and entertainment-oriented original programming, classic series, movies, fashion and music designed to entertain, inform and inspire a diverse audience of adult African American viewers.

    TV One is bringing "Roots", the 12-hour epic mini-series, to a new generation of viewers starting Easter Sunday, April 8.

    Believe it or not, Spotsylvania County was the home of Kunta Kinte, the main character/ slave made famous by Alex Haley’s book turned mini-series “Roots.”


    The Emmy®-, Golden Globe- and Peabody Award-winning miniseries, which follows several generations of an enslaved family from Africa in the 1700s to emancipation during the Civil War, will air in six parts from 8-10 PM Sunday, April 8-Thursday, April 13, repeating each evening at 10 PM and the following day at noon, with the finale airing on Sunday, April 15, at 8 and 10 PM, repeating on April 16 at noon (all times ET).


    TV One will repeat the first two episodes on Friday, April 14 at 8 and 10 PM, and will air an encore of the first five parts of the series on Saturday, April 14 from 2 PM - midnight.

    Keywords: Roots, Spotsylvania, TV One, Haley

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/04/09 11:57:21 GMT-4

    K in Fredericksburg asks:

    Cheap dry cleaners

    Answer: ZIPS Dry Cleaners' Web site advertises that it charges $1.09 to launder and iron a shirt, and $1.85 to dry clean any garment. The catch is that you pay up front, but you can pick up items by 5 p.m. if you drop them off by 9 a.m. There is a ZIPS on State Route 3 near the shopping center where Ukrop's is located. The address is 4230 Plank Rd., the phone number is 540/548-2070 and the Web site is fredericksburg@321ZIPS.com.

    Keywords: ZIPS, dry cleaners, cheap

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2007/04/09 11:45:00 GMT-4

    Sue in Fredericksburg asks:

    Where is Cosner's Corner located?

    Answer: Cosner's Corner fronts U.S. 1 in the Massaponax area of Spotsylvania County. U.S. 17 cuts through the development.

    Keywords: Cosner's Corner, Massaponax

    Answered by: Cathy Jett, 2007/04/09 11:04:18 GMT-4

    Charlotte in Fredericksburg asks:

    Has there been any studies by VDOT/council etc. on building a walking bridge that would cross Rt. 3 providing walking access to the mall and movie theater?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/04/08 08:23:33 GMT-4

    Eddie in Fredericksburg asks:

    Is there a special group that handles gang related crimes? If so is there a number for them?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/04/06 09:02:15 GMT-4

    Ric in Stafford asks:

    What shhotings occurred in August 2006

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/04/06 07:52:48 GMT-4

    Mark in tidewater asks:

    What hotels are available at the intersection of Rt 3 and I-95? Do you have phone numbers too? Thanks, Mark

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/04/05 15:27:45 GMT-4

    steve in Fredericksburg asks:

    What stores and business are expected to be added to Cosner's Corner?

    Answer: Jud Honaker, president of commercial development for the Silver Companies (the developers of Cosner's Corner) will be here at the fredericksburg.com office today (Thursday, April 4) at 1:30 p.m. to take your questions in a live chat. Click HERE to view and participate in the chat!

    Keywords: Silver, Jud, Honaker, development, growth, Cosner's Corner, cosners, cosner

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/04/05 13:28:46 GMT-4

    Jill in Spotsylvania asks:

    I heard that a new recreation center or community center opened in Fredericksburg. It's on RT 2 and I know that they have sports related games such as flag football. I am trying to find out the name of this center. I think it has Fire in the title. Would someone be able to help me with this? Thanks, Jill Clements

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/04/04 13:18:51 GMT-4

    Laura in Fredericksburg asks:

    I am looking for dog performers for my neices upcoming 7th B-day. Any ideas?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/04/03 12:46:38 GMT-4

    Penny Lloyd in Spotsylvania asks:

    When will Spotsyvania county open the Hunting Run Resorvior to the public for recreational boating and fishing?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/04/03 12:17:12 GMT-4

    JP in Stafford asks:

    Not sure whether you can help, but is there any restaurant in the area that serves frog legs? DH is dying to try some!

    Answer: You're probably on your own for this, say retail diva Cathy Jett, but she says you can buy frog legs at Barefoot Greens, 1017 Sophia St., Fredericksburg, 540/373-2012.

    A shipment comes in every other week, and the next one is due this Thursday (April 5). Her editor says they're great served with a wine and butter sauce.

    Bon appetit!

    Keywords: frog legs, barefoot greens, restaurant

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/04/03 11:45:05 GMT-4

    alexis in DC asks:

    I live in Washington DC and am meeting my relatives who live in Richmond in Fredericksburg for Easter brunch or Easter dinner. Do you have any suggestions as to where we might eat? We were thinking a vineyard might provide a nice setting, but the ones I could find online didn't seem to have restaurants attached.

    Answer: Retail diva Cathy Jett suggests the following:

    You could try your Barboursville Vineyards , in Orange County. It has a lovely restaurant, the Palladio.

    If you don't want to go that far, good choices for a really nice meal in downtown Fredericksburg include Bistro Bethem at 309 William St.; Claiborne's at 200 Lafayette Blvd. and La Petite Auberge at 311 William St.

    There also are a number of chains, including Bonefish Grill and Olive Garden, in Central Park retail development on U.S. 3.

    Keywords: vineyards, restaurants, dinner

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/04/02 17:09:42 GMT-4

    Carol Hefner in Out-of-state asks:

    I need to change my e-mail address from earthlink.net to the one listed above...Have not been able to do it succesful...Hope you can help.....we lived in the burg for over twenty years and I enjoy reading the local news online...new email MRSCONDUCTOR@AOL.COM Thanks in advance for any help that you can be. be blessed and have a great rest of the day....carol hefner

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/04/02 09:25:16 GMT-4

    Carol Hefner in Out-of-state asks:

    I need to change my e-mail address from earthlink.net to the one listed above...Have not been able to do it succesful...Hope you can help.....we lived in the burg for over twenty years and I enjoy reading the local news online...new email MRSCONDUCTOR@AOL.COM Thanks in advance for any help that you can be. be blessed and have a great rest of the day....carol hefner

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/04/02 09:22:59 GMT-4

    Carol Hefner in Out-of-state asks:

    I need to change my e-mail address from earthlink.net to the one listed above...Have not been able to do it succesful...Hope you can help.....we lived in the burg for over twenty years and I enjoy reading the local news online...new email MRSCONDUCTOR@AOL.COM Thanks in advance for any help that you can be. be blessed and have a great rest of the day....carol hefner

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/04/02 09:21:39 GMT-4

    Sandra Woodridge Coney in Fredericksburg asks:

    Please tell me how to go about submitting information regarding the release of my booklet "Growing in God's Grace”. "Growing in God’s Grace study guides are designed for immediate new convert follow-up. Each subject is basic, applicable to the needs of the new believer, and is excellent to teach from or to use as a new convert guide to the basic disciplines necessary for spiritual growth and maturity. While “Growing in God’s Grace” is having great success, I also have my first book, “Surviving the Long Road Home”, under publication and look forward to its release later this year. Respectfully, Sandra Woodridge Coney Prodigal Daughter International, Inc. Director

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/03/29 11:46:01 GMT-4

    Sandra Woodridge Coney in Fredericksburg asks:

    Please tell me how to go about submitting information regarding the release of my booklet "Growing in God's Grace”. "Growing in God’s Grace study guides are designed for immediate new convert follow-up. Each subject is basic, applicable to the needs of the new believer, and is excellent to teach from or to use as a new convert guide to the basic disciplines necessary for spiritual growth and maturity. While “Growing in God’s Grace” is having great success, I also have my first book, “Surviving the Long Road Home”, under publication and look forward to its release later this year. Respectfully, Sandra Woodridge Coney Prodigal Daughter International, Inc. Director

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/03/29 11:44:50 GMT-4

    gilda moore in Out-of-state asks:

    march 26th letter to ed. from victoria hayes,my daughter, she said 1st letter on that date, can't find, please e-mail it to me, thank you, gildamoore@frontiernet.net

    Answer:

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    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/03/29 11:13:18 GMT-4

    becky in Fredericksburg asks:

    The Va. Constitution is very vague on "due process" rights, what is the time frame that distinguishes when your "due process" rights have been violated?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/03/29 00:43:37 GMT-4

    carol in Fredericksburg asks:

    the newspaper has really changed, but my question is what happened to the hospital dis-charges, and the little love is.....cartoonist.

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/03/28 20:23:59 GMT-4

    Sue Buzby in King George asks:

    Why do newspapers print fractions without a space between the whole number and fraction? 221/2 looks like 221 divided by 2, not like 22 1/2. Without the space, it is difficult to read the numbers.

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/03/28 19:42:11 GMT-4

    Rachel Young in Stafford asks:

    I'm trying to find out if there is a new pre-school coming into the area called Sunnyland Preschool and if so, where it is located and do you have any contact information?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/03/28 08:18:12 GMT-4

    Brian in Fredericksburg asks:

    I've heard that King George is getting a Super Walmart at Route 3 and 301, but can't find any info on this. Is it true and what else is planned there?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/03/26 16:21:56 GMT-4

    Jules Elekes in Fredericksburg asks:

    I have a question that only you all may be able to answer. I moved > here in 1985 as a young man in my early 20's and there was a place called > "Poor Boys" located on Rt. 1 in Fredericksburg. It was a bar-dancing type > place where people went to meet. I was trying to tell my Lady friend about > it but she says it never existed which I know for sure it did. Can you > please verify this fact for me and maybe let me know when it closed it's > doors for good? I appreciate it very much. > Jules

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/03/26 11:34:43 GMT-4

    Carrie in Caroline asks:

    I read on the back cover of a newspaper that there is some kind of family fun day or family helth day on march 24,2007.I don't remember anything else.Do you know what,where and when?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/03/24 12:25:04 GMT-4

    PE in Fredericksburg asks:

    I heard that there's a Web site where you can get your credit scores for free. Do you have a link?

    Answer: AnnualCreditReport.com will give you all 3 reports for free, but only once per year. However, you can't get your score from them. I actually haven't found a service that'll provide the score for free--you have to pay for that.


    (Correction: Portsia says that she can track her credit score for free as a perk of having a Washington Mutual credit card. Howard Clarke, the Washington Post radio financial guru, says that's the only way he knows of that you can get your score for free.)


    Another option is to use a 3-in-1 credit monitering service. The one I use is truecredit.com. It gives you real-time access to all 3 reports, as well as your 3 scores. It costs about $15 a month.


    There are others, such as equifax ( http://econsumer.equifax.com, $12.95/mo) and Experian ( http://creditexpert.com, $34.95 )


    Most of these services also offer credit monitering and alerts, which will e-mail you updates when your credit report changes.

    Keywords: Credit, FICO, credit score, experian, transunion, equifax, washington mutual

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/03/23 14:37:14 GMT-4

    Denise in Fredericksburg asks:

    When and if the Reservoir behind Stafford Lakes is completed what will you be able to do in the water? Will you be able to boat, swim, or fish?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/03/22 09:13:48 GMT-4

    Terri in Westmoreland asks:

    Is there a Geek on Wheels in the Colonial Beach area? I need to get my laptop up and running asap. Thanks

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/03/21 18:42:20 GMT-4

    Mandy in Stafford asks:

    There was talk at one time of a Ruby Tuesdays going in by the Giant at White Oak and Town & Country, what happened with that? Is there any current plans for the pad sites on that property?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/03/20 15:52:46 GMT-4

    timothy in Fredericksburg asks:

    who has the cheapest wings and what night do they have them

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/03/20 15:23:36 GMT-4

    Z in Out-of-state asks:

    What happen to the case about Cleave Williams Jr. accused of killing this couple back in October?

    Answer: A story in today's Free Lance-Star reports that Cleave Williams Jr., 30, was indicted Monday (March 19, 2007) on two counts each of robbery and first-degree murder in the deaths of 62-year-old Maggie Skinner and 75-year-old Phil Hamilton. He will not face the death penalty.

    Here's a link to the story: Death penalty won't be sought for suspect in slayings.

    Keywords: Cleave Williams, King George, Maggie Skinner, Phil Hamilton

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/03/20 13:38:46 GMT-4

    Customer in Fredericksburg asks:

    Looking for the mailing and/or physical address (appears to be on Pr. Anne Street) or Fredericksburg Bail Bonds (ph 540 361 7626). Can you help?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/03/20 10:38:39 GMT-4

    Tammy Brigner in Stafford asks:

    I liked the article on crime in the area. My friend is buying a home on Fourth St. off of 2 & 17. Since Sylvania Heights has had a bad reputation in the past, can you tell me what it is like now in regards to crime & gang activities?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/03/20 06:30:49 GMT-4

    Scott in Spotsylvania asks:

    Has W.J. Vakos announced what the anchor store is in the section of South Point II next to CarMax?

    Answer: Vakos plans to announce the anchor this summer. In the meantime, Chili's has just opened in the retail development.

    Keywords: Vakos, South Point II, CarMax, spotsylvania, development, south point

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/03/19 20:31:54 GMT-4

    Leslie in Fredericksburg asks:

    New to the area - we have been to a couple of restaurants and see people using some sort of 'dining club' card wherein they buy 1/get 1. And they can go to each of these restaurants once per month for this benefit. How do we find such a card to purchase? Thanks...

    Answer: You have several choices, according to our retail expert Cathy Jett.

    The International Dining Club, which got its start in Richmond, offers buy one, get one free discounts on its Web site.

    Attractions puts out a similar book, which also includes coupons for some retailers. You can order one online or from various groups that are selling them as fundraisers.

    A third option is the Entertainment book , which offers discounts on restaurants, retailers, attractions and travel. It's available online or such places as Borders and Costco.

    Keywords: restaurants, discounts, coupons

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/03/19 15:44:08 GMT-4

    Jennie in Out-of-state asks:

    Searching for deadbeat dad, David Westley Wright and looking for referrals for great , reasonable PI's in the Fredericksburg, Stafford area.

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/03/19 15:32:41 GMT-4

    TD in Stafford asks:

    Why was the Centerport Parkway in Stafford built without a right turn lane to go north on Route 1? Many cars try to squeeze between the guardrail and cars turning left to go south on Route 1.

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/03/19 10:02:27 GMT-4

    robert pickut in King George asks:

    When are you going to stop putting CWP holders names in your paper? I know you will say that it's public info. Why don't you put child molesters and fellons names in your paper? Why don't you put the names of people who owe child support in your paper? Maybe if you changed, I would subscribe to your paper.

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/03/19 07:17:58 GMT-4

    JK in Fredericksburg asks:

    I heard a few months ago that there was going to be a resevior at Stafford Lakes in Southern Stafford County. Is there any information you could give me on this resevior? Are they going to create it and when will it be filled?

    Answer: The Reservoir debate is heating up and hitting some roadblocks.

    Utilities officials expected to start preparing the U.S. 17 site this past fall, on schedule with a 2010 deadline. Instead, efforts have been on hold since June, pending a Board of Zoning Appeals decision on the dam.

    Here's the latest we have on the issue:

    Reservoir debate is heating up

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    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/03/16 15:49:54 GMT-4

    Eddie in Spotsylvania asks:

    This is just to ask if this area has a way of welcoming or just to recognize all of our area's young men and women that are returning home from the war in Iraq or Afghanistan for R&R. This young man is like family to us. Daniel Maida is coming home this Saturday the 3rd for two weeks. He will be returning to Iraq around the 16th of March. Please reply or call if there is a way to recognize the hard work and sacrifice he is making for us in the war on terror. Your assistance in this matter is greatly appreciated.

    Answer:

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    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/03/16 15:30:42 GMT-4

    Lydia Moore in Spotsylvania asks:

    I live out in Spotsylvania by Lake Anna. Everyday I drive past Robert E. Lee Elementary School to go home and leave for work. For almost 2 years or more, they have cleared the land and just left it and have done almost nothing to the land adjacent to R.E.Lee ES off of Brock Rd. What are they planning on do their and why has it taken so long?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/03/15 19:40:03 GMT-4

    Kris Grimes in M asks:

    How is stainless steel created? I know it has something to do with nitric and citric acids being applied to the surface of steel, but what is happening in this chemical event?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/03/15 16:48:32 GMT-4

    Helene Domi in Stafford asks:

    When is the new Giant on Rt. 17 opening? What other stores are going in there????

    Answer: I referred your question to business reporter Cathy Jett, who covers retail and development. Here's her response to what's coming to Banks Ford Center at Celebrate Virginia (North) :

    The new Giant opens to the public March 30.

    Other stores, according to the Silver Cos. Web site, include: Bridge's Brick Oven Pizza, Barber Shop, Blue Bankok, Buffalo Philly's, Chevy Chase Bank, Chick-Fil-A, China Jade, Car Wash, Day Care, Daily Grind, Dry Cleaners, EZ Nails, Fancy Nails, Five Guys, Giant Food, Great Clips, In & Out Pizza, Lin's Garden Restaurant, Movie Gallery, Nestle's Tollhouse, Party Depot, Post Net, Powerhouse Gym, Ruby Tuesday, State Farm Insurance, Subway, Tan-D-Monium, Tropical Smoothie, VA ABC, Verizon, Veterinary Hospital, Wachovia Bank.

    Keywords: Silver Companies, Giant, Route 17

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/03/15 16:31:26 GMT-4

    Jeff Perry in Fredericksburg asks:

    My wife and I have lived in Fredericksburg since 1988. How has crime in our town. Are we better today then 1988?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/03/15 12:37:25 GMT-4

    JL in Spotsylvania asks:

    What stores are going in the shopping center at Route 3 and Harrison Rd?

    Answer: The latest confirmed stores are listed on the Silver Cos. commercial development Web site,
    "http://www.silvercompanies.com/content/blogcategory/10/80/


    The following shops are coming to Harrison Crossing North: Atlanx Wireless, Barber Shop & Co., Bridge's Brick Oven Pizza, Chevy Chase Bank, Fancy Nails,

    Giant Food, Great Clips, Home Depot, Largest Wireless, LJP Cleaners, Mattress Warehouse, Petco, Rob's Car Wash, Ruby Tuesday, Salsa Rita's, Skycom, Sonic, Starbucks, Subway, Sunset Thai, Tan-D-Monium, and Union Bank and Trust.

    These shops are coming to Harrison Crossing South: China Jade, Creative Child Care, Dry Cleaners, Fancy Nails, Neibauer Dental Care, Pizza Hut/Wing Street, Super Cuts, WaWa, and Wachovia.

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    Answered by: Brian Baer, 2007/03/15 09:21:34 GMT-4

    MICHELLE in Fredericksburg asks:

    Are the rumors true that, eventually, Silver Companies plan to buy the properties in the Central Park Townhomes area (formerly Bragg Hill) for development purposes?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/03/15 07:38:48 GMT-4

    Ruth Sullivan in Fredericksburg asks:

    Is there some type of job fair going on? thank you

    Answer: The Free Lance-Star is sponsoring the 2007 Fredericksburg Regional Job Fair on Monday, April 2 at the Riverside Center Conference Facility from 3 to 8 p.m.

    More than 75 of the region's top employers are expected to be there.

    Clcik here for more info: 2007 Job Fair

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    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/03/14 13:18:22 GMT-4

    LD in Fredericksburg asks:

    I'm moving to the area. How can I get a relocation guide?

    Answer: The Free Lance-Star publishes a Guide to Living section every year.

    This four section info packet contains everything you need to know about living in the area, from local government, schools and daycare, doctors, churches, entertainment and more.

    You can pick up a copy for $2 at the Free Lance-Star lobby or at the Fredericksburg Visitor's Center.

    Keywords: Guide to living, moving

    Answered by: Portsia Smith, 2007/03/14 12:37:59 GMT-4

    EC in Spotsylvania asks:

    I live behind the Mall on route three. What is all the commotion going on over here? Police helicopters etc

    Answer: An armored car guard was robbed at the Mall yesterday. The activity you witnessed was the police searching for the suspects. Here's the STORY and a VIDEO from the scene.

    Keywords: Crime, Spotsylvania, Mall, Towne Centre, robbery, armored car, police

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/03/14 11:28:12 GMT-4

    l nolan in Fredericksburg asks:

    Are there any local agencies that will hire a single parent to preform work from home? Some people, like myself, cannot be out of the home in the evenings & need the extra money just to meet the bills. As we all know one income just does not make it anymore. Any help would be appreciated!

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/03/06 14:44:20 US/Eastern

    R. in Fredericksburg asks:

    I live in Caroline and I'm looking for consignment shops in the fred area that will buy adult ,girls, and baby clothing. I'm willing to drive as far as richmond but not farther than triangle (north), I'm having a terrible time finding anything other than Plato's Closet on rt 3. Thanks so much!

    Answer: I found one shop that's close to your area. A Second Chance in Ruther Glen (804/448-3115) is open Monday to Saturday, 10-4. They accept children's and baby clothes and items.

    There are several other consignment shops around the fredericksburg area, including:

    * The ReRun Shoppe on Caroline St. (371-7221) accepts ladies' and children's clothes, but no men's.
    * Sequels, on Taskforce Dr (548-4455) accepts in-season ladies wear. (business, formal leisure and casual). They will also take shoes, purses and jewelry.

    Those are just a few of the many shops in the area. For more, see this list from the Star Directory. Be sure to call ahead to see what type of clothing each shop will accept before making the trip into town.

    Keywords: Consignment, shopping, shops

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/03/06 11:20:18 US/Eastern

    Susan in Caroline asks:

    Where can I get my Ipod repaired ?

    Answer: Portsia called Alex Burns at Geeks on Call. He says that the iPod is very delicate, so the best bet is to take it back to the Apple Store. They'll either repair it there, or if it's unfixable, they'll most likely give you a new one. There's one in Tyson's Corner, and one in the Short Pump Town Center in Richmond.

    You could also take it to a Best Buy and give it to the Geek Squad, but they don't perform the repairs on-site. They send them back to Apple.

    Keywords: Apple, ipod, repair, geeks, geek squad

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/03/05 14:30:53 US/Eastern

    Leigh in Fredericksburg asks:

    What ares of the city and county generate the most calls for police?

    Answer: We rely on the data from the area law enforcement agencies for this information. Unfortunately, it doesn't (yet) come to us in a format that's broken down by area.

    We do, however publish the Fredericksburg crime log in the paper as well as the Web site (Here's January's)

    Stay tuned to fredericksburg,com, because we're working on a cool new feature that will take the crime log data and pinpoint all of the police calls on a map. It should be online later this week. I'll post a link here when it's ready to go.

    Hopefully, we'll be able to include the counties' police logs sometime in the near future.

    UPDATE: Here's the LINK to FredCrime.

    Keywords: Police, crime

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/03/05 12:42:35 US/Eastern

    AS in King George asks:

    The movie Amazing Grace is not appearing at theaters in Fredericksburg. How can we request that it is shown locally?

    Answer: To find out how a customer could go about requesting a movie be shown locally, I gave a call to Marquee Cinemas today. They told me that the local theaters basically don't get to decide what movies are shown here. They just take what corporate sends them.

    Your best bet is to contact the corporate office. You can do so through Marquee's Web site here.

    To Contact Regal Cinemas (who own Fredericksburg 15 and Aquia 10), call their customer relations number at Our customer relations number is 877/835-5734.

    Keywords: movies, movie, theater, Marquee, Regal

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/03/05 11:33:02 US/Eastern

    RK in Fredericksburg asks:

    Why are there so many pop ups (and pop unders) on this website? One in particular (tribalfusion) pops up every time I am here, regardless of the fact that I am running a pop up blocker. Thanks!

    Answer: Like many free newspaper or community Web sites, fredericksburg.com uses these ads to help pay our expenses - and help the company that lets us run the site make money. We're very proud that all parts of fredericksburg.com are available to any user for free, and these ads help make that possible. That being said, you should not be inundated with pop-ups or pop-unders. You should see no more than one per session. Please email us directly at newsroom@fredericksburg.com so we can look at why you might be experiencing this problem. Thanks for writing - and know that we don't like intrusive ads anymore than you do - but they help keep the site free and allow us to make it even better, and that's important to us.

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    Answered by: Brian Baer, 2007/03/04 20:04:07 US/Eastern

    Leigh Smith in Fredericksburg asks:

    Do subdivisions have to allow Section 8 housing applicants?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/03/04 15:26:57 US/Eastern

    leigh in Fredericksburg asks:

    What is being built/ slated to be built at the corners of Spotsylvania Parkway and Jefferson Davis Highway in Massaponax?

    Answer: None

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    Answered by: None, 2007/03/04 15:24:25 US/Eastern

    JH in Spotsylvania asks:

    There are no Harley Davidson shops around in Fredericksburg? This is a big city which they usually have a Harley shop in big cities. I know being a biker the need for a shop in Fredericksburg is strong. The closest one in Dumfries or Richmond. Is there a way to find out or request a shop to be built? Thanks

    Answer: Have you checked out Waugh Enterprises Harley-Davidson, an authorized dealer and repair shop in Orange County.
    From town, take State Route 3 west to U.S. 20. Turn left and the shop is on the right just before downtown Orange.
    Here's a link to their shop.

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    Answered by: Brian Baer, 2007/03/02 21:12:05 US/Eastern

    Nancy ONeill in Fredericksburg asks:

    Just exactly where and when is the new hospital in Massaponax going to be built? The maps printed in the paper makes it look like they plan to put it where there are already existing homes. Has construction begun?

    Answer: Construction has not begun.

    According to a March 1 Free Lance-Star story, HCA had hoped to close on the land Feb. 28, but a company spokesman says a deal could occur "any day."

    The state approved HCA's proposal to build a full-service, 126-bed hospital near the intersection of Interstate 95 and U.S. 17. We'll continue to follow this story and will post updates here.

    Keywords: HCA, hospital, Massaponax, Spotsylvania

    Answered by: Brian Baer, 2007/03/02 13:43:20 US/Eastern

    Susan Bray in Essex, U.K. asks:

    How did Fredricksburg get its name?

    Answer: Fredericksburg was named in honor of Frederick, Prince of Wales, eldest son of King George II. (wikipedia article on Prince Frederick)

    Keywords: Fredericksburg, history, name, Prince Frederick

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/03/02 12:16:36 US/Eastern

    A. in Orange asks:

    If the lady got jail time and fined for throwing a cup of ice at another car on I95, why don't people get arrested or fined for throwing cigarette butts out the window hitting the car behind them? This seems to be a double standard.

    Answer: It's comparing apples and oranges. Imagine a driver is sitting at a stoplight, smoking a cigarette. He finishes and flicks the butt out the window and it happens to hit the car next to him. That's littering, a misdemeanor.

    If he intentionally throws the butt at the other car and hits it, he could then be charged with throwing a missile at an occupied vehicle, a class 4 felony.

    It's all about the intent. Check out the statute here

    Keywords: McMissile, missile, littering, cigarette, butt

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/03/01 22:14:36 US/Eastern

    Janos in Spotsylvania asks:

    What is the meaning of the word "Massaponax"?

    Answer: The folks at reference desk at the Rappahannock Regional Library Headquarters say that the exact origin of the name is unknown. They've been trying to track it down for years, but all we know is that it's an Indian name.

    The name dates back to at least the early 1700s. "Nussaponnack Run," as it was known then, became "Massaponax Creek."

    Keywords: Massaponax, history, Spotsylvania

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/03/01 14:05:33 US/Eastern

    SP in Stafford asks:

    I thought the Ferry Farm WalMart was supposed to be changed to a Super WalMart. Is that still the case?

    Answer: According to this 2006 Free Lance-Star article, "Expansion plans for the Ferry Farm Wal-Mart are still a go, but company officials won't say when the supercenter will become a reality."

    Plans were announced in 2004 to expand the store, and a rezoning was granted by Stafford County in 2005. Some residents of a nearby subdivision sued Wal-Mart and the county, but later said they would try to settle out of court.

    So, yes, the plan is still to expand the Ferry Farm Wal-Mart. We're just not sure exactly when that's going to happen.

    Keywords: Wal-Mart, Stafford, Ferry Farm, supercenter, wal, mart

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/03/01 13:58:36 US/Eastern

    Allen in Spotsylvania asks:

    What's up with Summit Crossing?? Did the I95 interchange get approved?? Thanks!

    Answer: Allen, This project is still in its infancy, so it'll probably be a little while before you actually see any construction starting. (Here's a link to the most recent Free Lance-Star story).

    Today I called Hart Rutherford, public relations director for Tricord Homes, the company developing the project. He says the rezoning request will be submitted to Spotsylvania County in a couple of months.

    The project will include a mixed-use town center, a 550-acre Federal Corporate Campus, and the Spotsylvania Technology Center.

    Rutherford says that the development will include over a million square feet of office space tailored for government agencies, contractors and high-tech firms. He says the focus of the project is to bring more professional jobs to the area.

    The project's design includes a new I-95 interchange. (see this map) Rutherford says that he's hearing from VDOT and the Feds that it'll take about 5 years to build once they get the go-ahead. He also told me that Tricord has partnered with the Silver Cos. and other landowners to share the cost of building the interchange, if it's approved.

    Keywords: Summit, Crossing, development, tricord

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/02/28 17:25:08 US/Eastern

    AK in Spotsylvania asks:

    Whatever happened to the woman who was arrested for leaving a bird in her car?

    Answer: The story of a woman who left a cockatoo in her car while she went into a movie theater attracted national attention, and was the focus of discussion on several Web sites.

    Donia M. Brooks, 25, of Stafford County was convicted of cruelty to animals in September 2006. The judge fined her $100 instead of giving her any jail time. Here's a link to the story:
    http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2006/092006/09152006/222138
    .

    But that wasn't the end of Ms. Brooks' troubles. In November, she pleaded guilty to two counts of embezzlement in Stafford Circuit Court. She had been accused of stealing more than $5000 worth of merchandise from her employer, the Target store in North Stafford. Here's a link:
    http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2006/112006/11022006/233973

    Keywords: Cockatoo, bird in a car, donia, brown,

    Answered by: Alex Russell, 2007/02/28 14:24:00 US/Eastern