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For more than 114 years, United Methodist Family Services (UMFS) has empowered children, their families, and the community.

Winston’s Unveils New Heating and Air Conditioning Company

Winston’s, an award-winning service provider in NOVA since 1978, has announced the opening of its newest company, Winston's Heating and Air Conditioning. With 77 years of experience between them, Winston's licensed technicians, Tom Lucas and Jim Hall, know their heating and cooling.

Organized for School Year

Local organizers offer suggestions on dealing with the summer mess.

When summer comes to a grinding halt in a few weeks, a new school year will begin. From alarm clocks and school bells to piles of homework assignments and sports schedules, maintaining a coordinated household can be difficult, however. Local organizers are offering simple suggestions to help make the transition from summer to the start of the school year seamless.

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Residents Honored for Their Homes’ Yards

The City of Fairfax’s Community Appearance Committee has honored three homes with Residential Appearance Awards. Committee Chairman Kirk Holley presented them to the winning homeowners at the July 22 City Council meeting.

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Renewal & Remembrance

Hundreds of lawn care and landscape professionals donated time and services on Monday July 28, to care for the grounds and trees of the historic Arlington Cemetery.

Flourishing After 55, Aug. 11-16

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs, Aug. 11-16.

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Snake? Snake?!

Lewis family cares for four-foot female corn snake.

Indiana Jones may not enjoy slithering serpents all that much, but the Lewis family, on the other hand, welcomed corn snake Cory into the house 10 years ago, and has been caring for her ever since.

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Roaches Approaching

Pre-K teacher entertains class with Hisser and Norman.

Switching two letters makes a world of difference between how cockroaches are typically described and how Pre-Kindergarten Teacher Kareen Lawson of Burke describes them. Whereas most anyone else would hit the insects with the label “pest,” not to mention with an old magazine, Lawson’s term for her two Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches, Hisser and Norman, is instead “pets.”

Becky and LuLu: A Special Bond

The relationship between dog and girl is strong, the bond never to break. I, personally, grew up — and am still growing up with — wonderful dogs. First, there was Leroy. I was born into the middle of his reign on the Randolph household kingdom, and he helped to raise me, the princess of his kingdom.

Ferreting for Fun

Local ninth grader appreciates playful nature of Steve and Skippy.

Commonly known for their playfulness and pungence, ferrets have earned themselves the moniker of “the clowns of the animal kingdom” from sources like Animal Planet. City of Fairfax resident Brandon Henry, 13, of Robinson Secondary has greatly enjoyed this aspect of his two ferrets, Steve and Skippy, for the past two years. “I asked for them two years ago for Christmas, and ended up receiving them as a gift from my parents,” Henry said. “At the time, my sister always called random things ‘Steve,’ so I decided to name one of the ferrets ‘Steve,’ and the other one was always hopping around, so I named it ‘Skippy.’”

Reading Retriever

Samson serves as one-dog audience to young readers at local libraries.

Since his puppy days, Golden Retriever Samson has been an eager participant in a program custom-made to display the most admirable qualities of man’s best friend. He and volunteer Tricia Lowney of Fairfax Station, his owner, have participated in the popular “Read to the Dog” program at four local libraries since 2012.

Meet Best Friends of Fairfax

Canine companions bring happiness into owners’ lives.

Close friends and neighbors, Judy Schnoeblen and Laura Gunson of Fairfax, only become closer through their dogs, Hunter and Archie, who are also very close companions.

Lizzie and Yola, the Life Saving Labs

About eight years ago, a very special dog came into our lives – and the lives of many others. We signed up with Guiding Eyes for the Blind to be Puppy Raisers.

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Pet Connection July 2014

Our readers submitted photos of their adorable pets.

Frodo and Sam have become best friends – sort of. My husband and I adopted Frodo from Home Alone Cat Rescue several years ago. He is part Maine Coon and part American Bobtail, with a funny short tail. He may have been mistreated by a previous owner because he is afraid of everything, especially ceiling fans. He quickly became comfortable in our home as an “only cat.”

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Remodeling with Pets in Mind

Keep pets safe during construction projects created for man’s best friend.

While the end result of a remodel is often a new, updated or enlarged living space, the road to that improvement is often filled with dust, debris and inconvenience — which can be upsetting and even dangerous to dogs and cats.

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