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Veterans of Foreign Wars Announce Scholarship Competition

Commander Bud Bishop of the Springfield Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #7327 announces this year’s VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary “Voice of Democracy” Scholarship Competition. Local high school students have the opportunity to compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships and a trip to Washington, D.C.

Students begin by competing at the local Post level with a deadline of Nov 1, 2014. Post winners advance to District and then the first place District winners advance to the state (or Department) competition. All state winners receive a four-day trip to Washington, D.C. A total of $152,000 is awarded to national finalists. First place is a $30,000 college scholarship. Annually, around 40,000 students participate in the competition nationwide.

Students must write and record a three-to-five minute essay on this patriotic theme for 2014-2015: “Why Veterans are Important to our Nation’s History and Future” on an audio cassette, CD or digitally and present their recording, typed essay, and entry form at their local VFW Post 7327 by Nov. 1, 2014.

Interested students and teachers should contact the Voice of Democracy Chairman (D.M. Benedict) at VFW Post #7327 by email at , by phone at 703-541-3139 or write to the Post at P.O. Box 123 Springfield, VA 22150-0123 for more information.

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Farmers Markets

Each Thursday, from 3-7 p.m., the Fairfax County Government Center hosts a farmers market in its parking lot. The Government Center is at 12000 Government Center Parkway., in Fair Oaks, and the next markets are slated for Oct. 2 and Oct. 9.

Two farmers markets are still open in the City of Fairfax. They’ll run through Nov. 1 at the corner of West and Main streets. The Downtown Fairfax Coalition Community Market is held Saturdays, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The Sunday Farmers Market will run from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, call 703-642-0128.

K-9 Krawl 5K is Oct. 18

The Fairfax County Police Department’s annual K-9 Krawl 5K is set for Saturday, Oct. 18, at the county Government Center’s parking lot C. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by a K-9 demonstration at 8:45 a.m. and the 5K walk at 9 a.m.

This event was created to bring awareness to the connection between animal cruelty and the link to domestic violence, and people are welcome to walk with their dogs. Register at