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Fighting Gravity

Former KG student is part of black light dance troupe

King George County has had its share of homegrown talent:Anthony Campbell successfully competed in the Today Show talent contest, and Colette Wolfe appeared in the summer movie Hot Tub Time Machine. Now, a new star has risen: King George High graduate Brian Lusher.

Lusher is part of the performing group Fighting Gravity,which has made it to the semifinal round on the show America’s Got Talent. The act is one part dance troupe and one part optical illusion: Members use black lights and dark costumes to make it appear as if they are floating in the air to the beat of pulsing techno music.  The costumes make it appear as if the contestants glow in the dark, and the synergy of music, dance and visual trick screate an unforgettable experience.

The performances don’t involve digital effects, wiring or flight harnesses, and the members choreograph and design the dances and costumes themselves. 

Fighting Gravity is comprised of brothers from the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at Virginia Tech. Lusher, a junior mechanical engineering major, and his fraternity brothers formed the group in order to participate in a university talent show, the proceeds from which benefitted Service for Sight,an organization assisting the visually impaired.

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Recycling made easier

No separating required for King George residents using landfill convenience center
Waste Management District Manager Tom Cue has good news for King George.
Cue, who runs the King George County Landfill, told The Journal he will provide single stream recycling later this month at the convenience center at the landfill.
That means that residents who take their trash to the landfill can bundle all their recyclables into one bag to toss it into a single recycling bin.

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My Night With Chicago

On Wednesday, June 30, I was fortunate enough to live an absolute dream — I appeared live on stage with supergroup Chicago at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Va.
This year Chicago is working with the American Cancer Society (ACS) by offering the opportunity to sing onstage at each of their summer shows.  The highest bidder will join the band and sing one of their biggest hits, “If You Leave Me Now.”  Bids begin at $500 with all proceeds benefiting ACS.
For the Bristow show, only one bidder came forward, and he thought the concert was being held in a different state.  He asked that his bid be re-directed to another show, so the ACS marketing team contacted the Richmond, Va., field office to find a volunteer who might like to participate.

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Breaking Wawaset News…

It is with great pleasure that Ed Veazey and I were able to interview Beatrice Jenkins England, a descendant of the Wawaset sinking.
The newly overhauled Wawaset (wah-WAH-set) paddlewheel vanished from the Potomac River in 1873. Very little has remained to remind succeeding generations of one of the Potomac River’s most tragic river boat disasters where almost 80 people died within 100 yards of the sandy beaches of King George County. Today there is not even a

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Outdoor wood boiler rules being drafted

The King George Board of Supervisors last week unanimously voted to give the go-ahead for a formal review of draft rules to address the use of outdoor wood boilers in King George.  
The issue has been under review since last fall, after complaints had come to light about some users of wood boilers who have them installed close to property lines, creating a smoke nuisance for near neighbors.
Jack Green, Director of Community Development, had first provided reports to supervisors in the end of 2009.
Outdoor wood boilers are also called outdoor wood furnaces. They are freestanding units that provide heat and hot water for residences employing them.  They heat water by burning wood or other fuel, 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
The hot water is generally circulated to and from the home through underground, insulated piping. Once inside the home, the heated water circulates through heat exchangers, radiant floor tubing, or radiators to warm the home and/or to provide hot water for residential use.

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