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Emergency personnel train for farm-related accidents

King George County Fire Rescue & Emergency Services hosted a Farm Machinery Safety Education Course. The class was held March 4-6 at Hasting’s Farm and Carr’s Farm.
The fire department received training about responding to accidents involving silos, grain elevators, silage pits, hay balers, augers, rakes, combines, tractors, manure pits and learned about the various chemicals found on farms.
Agriculture is one of the most dangerous industries in America, according to a report from McNeil & Company, the National Farmedic Training Program. In 2009, it was estimated that approximately 710 agricultural employees died while on the job in the United States and there are three permanent injuries for every fatality, according to the article “Agriculture Injuries and Fatalities,” by Joseph Devine. These accidents usually occur in the harvest months. The second most common time is during planting season, Devine wrote.

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KG native plays at sports HOF benefit

The King George High School Sports Hall of Fame Benefit Concert last week featured KGHS alum Brock Butler and his touring band Perpetual Groove along with the local band Who Took Fred.
The concert, which was held at King George High School on March 18, was the first fundraising event benefitting the new Hall of Fame.   Butler, who graduated from KGHS in 1997, kicked off the event with a solo acoustic set, followed by sets from both bands.
Butler has a long musical history, dating back to his years at KGHS, when he played in the school Jazz band and attended weekly guitar lessons at Roberson’s Music in Fredericksburg.  During his high school days he played in his first band, The Corporate Sugar Daddies.
After graduating from KGHS, Butler went on to school at Savannah College of Art and Design where he earned a degree in video and film production, with a minor in sound engineering.  Butler met Perpetual Groove’s bassist Adam Perry at the college. “It was evident we were as interested in music in our free time as our studies,” said Butler.   Perpetual Groove was born.

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Project FAITH plans community center

King George Director of Economic Development Nicole Thompson last week provided more details to the Board of Supervisors on a project being planned by Project FAITH, Inc., to develop and construct a community HELP Center.
“HELP” is an acronym for Health, Higher Education, Learning, Parenting assistance center.
Thompson pointed out to supervisors that the community center will provide comprehensive wrap-around services to families with low-to-moderate incomes.
The HELP Center will be a large office complex, planned to contain 40,000+ square feet.
Its conceptual design plan notes that the building will “combine social, economic and environmental sustainability in a visually appealing community service center with convenient public access and ample preserved green space.”

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Up for a polar bear swim?

The Potomac River is filled with ice all along its banks. If you brave the frigid waters for a wintry dip, remember you still have to follow the rules — no diving here at Fairview Beach!

photo by Jessica Herrink

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The brightly colored palm trees at Tim’s II in Fairview Beach starkly contrast the frozen waves lapping the banks of the Potomac River. Last week, temperatures stayed low, with a high of 38 and a low of 16 degrees.
Temperatures reached a high of 52 degrees and a low of 21 during the same week last year.

(Photo taken by Lori Deem) 

 

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