Prince William County News in Brief

Sunday, August 2, 2009

State Completes Deal To Protect Peninsula Land

Virginia officials closed on a $14.2 million land deal Wednesday that will guarantee that the pristine Crow's Nest wilderness peninsula in Stafford County will remain protected.

The acquisition, financed by state and federal funds, marks the culmination of decades of work to preserve roughly 3,000 acres of the 4,000-acre tract between the Potomac and Accokeek creeks.

Stafford supervisors paid $19 million for 1,720 acres of the peninsula last year. The property owner, Stafford Lakes Limited Partnership, then agreed to knock $2 million off the $16.2 million price tag it had on the additional 1,100 acres if the deal was closed by Friday.

The park will be maintained by the state and open for public use. State officials have applied for a grant to create 23 miles of trails on the peninsula, said Stafford County Supervisor Paul V. Milde III (R-Aquia).

In 1613 Pocahontas was abducted off the shores of Crow's Nest by Capt. Samuel Argall. The area also has a wealth of rare plant life and is home to one of the largest heron rookeries in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Conservationists say it is also one of the most significant undeveloped natural areas along the East Coast.

Aggressive Driving to Be Targeted This Week

Washington area police are kicking off the third wave of an anti-aggressive driving campaign Sunday.

The Smooth Operator campaign, which will continue through Saturday, will target drivers who are speeding, intoxicated, reckless or not wearing a seat belt.

During a campaign last month, Prince William County police officers issued 1,691 traffic citations for aggressive-driving violations.

Youth Baseball Team Wins National Tournament Title

Prince William County's Virginia Bruins youth baseball team won a national title last week at the Triple Crown Sports Summer Nationals Tournament.

The tournament, in Myrtle Beach, S.C., consisted of 20 of the country's top teams, the Bruins said in a news release. The Bruins finished undefeated in six games over four days but had to recover from deficits in the semifinals against Maryland Baseball Academy of Gaithersburg and the championship against the Charlotte Hurricanes.

The Bruins have played together for one year and will close their 12U season this summer with tournaments in Delaware and Cooperstown, N.Y.

N.Va. Senior Olympics Is Seeking Participants

Northern Virginia Senior Olympics is recruiting participants for the 2009 games next month.

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