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Posted on: July 26, 2016

Board of Supervisors To Hold Special Meeting

The Board of Supervisors will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. in Conference Room ABC of the George L. Gordon, Jr., Government Center, 1300 Courthouse Road, Stafford, VA 22554. The purpose of the special meeting is to consid...Read on...

Posted on: July 25, 2016

Quantico Noise Advisory July 25 - 31, 2016

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. – Residents in the immediate vicinity of Marine Corps Base Quantico may experience an increase in noise as an effect from ground/aircraft training/range clearance operations during the week of Monday, July 25 to Sunday, Jul...Read on...

Posted on: July 20, 2016

Stafford Seeks Artists for Special Armed Services Memorial Art Design

Armed Services MemorialDeadline for Submissions: September 1, 2016

Stafford, VA – The Stafford Armed Services Memorial Commission has issued an exciting call for a special graphic art design to be engraved on the Memorial Wall that is a focal point of the Stafford Armed Services Memorial. Interested artists are asked to create an original design that represents the diversity of services, time, eras and demographics for each of the five branches of the military (Army, Navy Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Air Force) and their families over the entire history of the Revolutionary War to present day. This call is open only to veterans and active duty members of all branches of service.

For more than 200 years, residents of Stafford County have served honorably in our nation’s armed forces to preserve freedom and democracy. From the Revolutionary War to the present conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and throughout the world, many of these men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice. The goal is to recognize and remember their sacrifice, and that of their families, by constructing an inspiring memorial that will preserve not only their memory for future generations but also honor all veterans who have served the nation. The memorial will be a fitting place for the public to honor the fallen, salute veterans, and remind citizens that the preservation of freedom requires service and sacrifice.

After juried review of submitted materials, three finalists will be selected for secondary review by the Armed Services Memorial Commission. The finalists will be selected based on artistic merit, relevance to the exhibition theme, inclusion of required elements and suitability for display in the exhibition space. One winner will be selected and awarded an honorarium of $4,800 along with recognition at the memorial.

The Stafford Armed Services Services Memorial will be built on the grassy hill directly behind the parking lot behind the George L. Gordon, Jr., Government Center, at 1300 Courthouse Road, Stafford, VA 22554. Groundbreaking is tentatively scheduled for Veterans Day on November 11, 2016.

For detailed submission guidelines, please visit the Stafford Armed Services Memorial website at www.StaffordArmedServicesMemorial.weebly.com. There is no fee to enter the competition. The deadline for submissions is 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 1, 2016. For more information, please contact Sue Henderson at (540) 842-4995 or sue@focusbyhenderson.com.# #Read on...

Posted on: July 8, 2016

Stafford Implementing Free Summer Food Program

STAFFORD IMPLEMENTING
FREE SUMMER FOOD PROGRAM

Stafford, Va. – Stafford County has partnered with the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank to implement the Virginia Department of Health’s Kids on the Go Summer Food Service Program. The purpose of the pr...Read on...

Posted on: May 26, 2016

Stafford Announces Major Donors for Armed Services Memorial

Armed Services MemorialStafford, VA – At a fundraising kickoff breakfast this morning, Stafford’s Armed Services Memorial Commission and Working Group announced that two major donors have come onboard to help fund the construction of an Armed Services Memorial in Stafford County. The $675,000 memorial is to be built behind the George L. Gordon, Jr., Government Center and will honor the fallen, those who have served and those who are currently serving.

Larry D. Silver and the Silver Companies have earned “Founder” status with a donation of $100,000. Mr. Silver honors both his grandfathers and his father, Carl D. Silver, who earned both a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart in World War II. The donation provides sponsorship of the Memorial Wall. The granite wall will be etched with figures of armed service members and serves as a focal point of the memorial.

Atlantic Builders donated $25,000 to earn “Commander” status. Their donation will sponsor the flagpole that is featured prominently in the design of the memorial.

“We are very grateful for the support of Silver Companies and Atlantic Builders. They did not hesitate to step up to help build this beautiful memorial and give back to Stafford,” said Daniel Chichester, chairman of the Armed Services Memorial Working Group. “Thanks to an appropriation of $225,000 from the Board of Supervisors and other donations from the community, we have already surpassed $483,275 towards our $675,000 goal.”

At the kickoff breakfast this morning, Larry D. Silver presented a “big check” for $100,000 to Aubrey Jones, a second grader at Winding Creek Elementary, who represented the veterans and their families. Aubrey is the daughter of Elizabeth and 1st Lt. Matthew Davis, who was killed while serving on active duty. Aubrey’s mother, Elizabeth, serves on the Stafford Armed Services Memorial Working Group.

Other special guests included Fred Miller, a Marine who is a veteran of the Korean War, and William "Mickey" Collis, who served in the Navy in World War II.

An initiative of the Stafford Board of Supervisors, the memorial grew out of a request from grieving parents who wanted to honor their son, Marine Corps Sergeant Donald James Lamar, II, who was killed in fighting in Afghanistan. The Board decided to create a memorial to honor all who have served, going back to the Revolutionary War.

The Board appointed three citizens to serve on the Armed Services Commission: Lt. Gen. Ron Christmas, USMC (Ret.); Delegate Mark Dudenhefer; and Supervisor Gary Snellings, Hartwood District.

The commission held a memorial design contest in 2013 among Stafford’s high schools as a way to draw in the future of Stafford County. Five designs were selected as finalists. Elements of the students’ designs were incorporated into the final design of the memorial. Three of the finalists attended the breakfast this morning: Aaron Brown attended North Stafford High School and is now a student at Virginia Tech; Abriel Maldonado attended Brooke Point High School and is now a student at James Madison University; and Donald Kelley, III, attended Stafford High School and is now an employee of Dominion Virginia Power.

The Board of Supervisors appointed a Working Group to oversee fundraising. Former Commonwealth’s Attorney Daniel Chichester is the chairman and former Stafford Supervisor Mark Osborn is the vice chairman.

Those interested may buy bricks to honor their loved ones who have served or are serving in the armed forces. The bricks will line the walkways of the memorial. For more information, to donate or to buy a brick, please visit the link belowRead on...

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Posted on: May 24, 2016

Do you have broadband internet?

Governor McAuliffe Announces Crowdsourcing Initiative to Map Broadband Access in Virginia

~ RUOnlineVA will engage citizens and businesses in identifying areas with no broadband connectivity ~

BOYCE – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today a new s...Read on...

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Posted on: April 29, 2016

Stafford Selling Bricks to Honor Members of the Armed Services

Donald Lamar asked Stafford County if his son, Marine Sgt. Donald Lamar, II, a Stafford High School graduate who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010, could be recognized for his service. Lamar, age 23, left behind a wife, Stephanie, and a daughter, Madison....Read on...

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