From the Fairfax County Fire Department:
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire Wednesday, January 26, 2011, at approximately 9:10 p.m., in the Oakton area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 10605 Vale Road.
Firefighters saw heavy fire and smoke coming from the front of the two-story home upon arrival. Arrival of crews to the fire scene was slowed by trees blocking the road and several downed power lines in the neighborhood. The Incident Commander called for tanker task force due to the lack of nearby fire hydrants. It took firefighters over an hour to bring the fire under control. The fire originated in the two-car garage. One of the occupants was treated at the scene and refused medical transport. The male and female occupants have been displaced and escaped prior to fire crews arriving. The occupants declined Red Cross support.
The home is a total loss.
According to fire investigators, a gas generator too close to combustible materials caused the fire.
Low-cost Rabies Clinic this Sunday
Animal Shelter Holds Jan. 30 Event in Sully District
The Fairfax County Animal Shelter will host a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic for pets on Sunday, January 30 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Sully District Governmental Center located at 4900 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly, VA 20151
The cost of the rabies vaccine is $12 per pet and vaccines will be provided for dogs, cats and ferrets. To receive a three-year vaccination, pet owners should bring proof of their pet’s current rabies vaccination. All other pets will receive a rabies vaccine valid for one year. No rabies tags will be issued at the clinic; however, 2011 dog licenses will be sold at the clinic for an additional $10 per dog.
All dogs must be on leash and cats and ferrets must be in carriers. Cash and checks only will be accepted at the clinic.
The reduced-cost rabies clinic is being hosted as a partnership between the Fairfax County Animal Shelter, the office of Fairfax County Board Supervisor Michael R Frey, and Deepwood Veterinary Clinic.
For more information, call the Fairfax County Animal Shelter at 703-830-1100.
From the Fairfax County Police logs:
BURGLARY: A home in the 2400 block of Curie Court was burglarized on Thursday, January
13 around 3 p.m. It appears firearms and small electronic items were stolen.
Curie Court is near Coppermine Road and Centreville Road.
McNair Farms Elementary PTA is having a Bingo Night.
PTA Bingo Night–Friday, January 28–6:30 P.M.– Come and play bingo with your friends, win prizes and have fun!
Winter Strings Concert–Wednesday, January 26–7:00 P.M.
For details click here. Many events require advanced registration.
Groundhog’s Day, Sunday, 1/30 @ 2PM
Groundhog Day comes a little early at Frying Pan Farm Park! Visit a groundhog burrow. Learn about groundhogs and other ways to predict the weather. Enjoy crafts, games and hot chocolate. Dress for the weather. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.
Little Hands on the Farm
- For 2-3 year olds: 1/24 & 2/14, & 2/28 at 9:45AM
- For 3-5 year olds:1/24 & 2/14, & 2/28 at 11AM
Ever hear of Hattontown? There is a good chance if you live in Oak Hill that you live in it, or what used to be called Hattontown.
According to Wikipedia, Hattontown is our own local ghost town:
Hattontown was a populated place in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. The community was at one time a rural crossroads located at present-day state routes 665 (Fox Mill Road) and 666 (Monroe Street) and was named for the Hattons, a family that resided in the area.
What happened to Hattontown? Those of us who have lived in Oak Hill for a while remember the area near Fox Mill road and Monroe Street. What happened? The houses there were bought out, torn down and new subdivisions have been built in their place. It was the price of “progress”.
It is easy to think of Oak Hill as being largely unpopulated until recently, but that was not the case. While life tended toward being rural, there were also small communities, including Floris (the area near Floris Elementary School) where some original houses still stand, and Hattontown. If you have paid a visit to Frying Pan Park and listened to the park historian, you learned that the area used to have a thriving African American population. Oak Hill is still home to some predominantly African American churches but many of our African American residents could not afford the new Oak Hill and moved out. It was a case of black flight, not white flight.
If you have more information on Oak Hill’s history, please send it to the administrator or leave it as a comment.
From Fairfax County police logs:
ROBBERY: A woman was robbed at gunpoint in the 2200 block of Hunters Woods Plaza
around 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, December 30. The suspect brandished a gun, grabbed her purse
and fled. He was described as black, in his early 20s, about 6 feet tall and between 150 and 180
pounds. He was wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans. The victim did not require medical
ROBBERY: A man robbed a woman of her purse while she was walking in the 13200 block of
Parcher Avenue around 8:05 p.m. on Thursday, December 30. The suspect was described as
black, about 26 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 145 pounds. He wore dark-colored clothing.
The victim was not injured.
Oak Hill’s First Lego League Tournament Award!
The students at Oak Hill Elementary sure know how to have fun with their Legos. From the school web site:
Oak Hill E.S. has been participating in FIRST LEGO League (FLL) since 2004; we’ve sent at least 1 Oak Hill team to this state level competition since 2006. We are proud to announce that Oak Hill Elementary received its first VA/DC FLL State Championship Tournament award at this weekend’s tournament in Harrisonburg, VA.
The “Super Computers” team won the 1st Place Robot Design Award for Division 1. They competed with the top 50 division 1 FLL teams in Virginia/DC. Division 1 FLL teams are elementary school aged students (grades 4 to 6). Virginia/DC FLL is the largest FLL region in the world with over 500 FLL teams registered.