Gary Garczynski has a way to beat I-95 traffic to Richmond. As head of the Home Builders of Virginia Legislative Committee, Garczynski travels to the capital several times a week. Instead of fighting the 18-wheelers and a nearly four-hour round trip, he boards a red helicopter leased by his committee and takes off for Richmond in a field just across Davis Ford Road from his Village Square office. By 4 p.m., Garczynski is back from the 45-minute trip, just in time to land in full view of motorists lined up in Davis Ford Road's afternoon rush hour.

Roy C. Frame may have the right qualifications, but some people think he has less than the ideal name for his new job -- a member of the Prince William-Manassas regional jail board.

"Do you mean to tell me that we're appointing a guy named Frame to the jail board?" Prince William County Attorney John Foote asked last week when Frame's appointment came before the Board of County Supervisors.

Exactly that, the supervisors responded appreciatively as they unanimously approved Frame's appointment.

In mid-January, John Greenwalt, of the 13000 block of Mapledale Avenue in Dale City, discovered that his 46-inch-tall plastic Santa had been stolen from his front yard.

In February, he got a letter from Santa with pictures of Santa in shades and on a beach, and of a woman offering Santa a drink, said Sam Walker, spokesman for Prince William County police.

Santa's letter read:

"Dear John: Hey it's me Santa. Look John, I'm sorry for leaving without telling anyone. But I know you guys would not have let me gone {sic} if I did. So again I apologize, also for typing this letter. I know it is not as personal as writing, but I am so busy going here and there, that I find typing a lot faster. So please forgive me. Goodness it's already February. Times sure fly when you are having fun. HO HO HO."