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Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com July 5, 2012 at 9:00 am 2,822 12 Comments

Neighborhood Thanks Power Crews — A few special guests stopped by the Waycroft-Woodlawn Fourth of July picnic yesterday (see photo, above). The neighborhood invited two hard-working power crews from Ontario, Canada to have a quick lunch with them. “The community clapped and cheered to say thanks,” writes resident Jim Pebley. “Was a nice moment after a long hot couple days.”

Storm Damage at Arlington National Cemetery — Arlington National Cemetery is reporting some significant damage in the wake of last Friday’s storms. The cemetery lost three of its oldest trees, which are all between 225 and 240 years old. In all, 8 large trees were lost and 17 were damaged to the point where they need to be removed. Falling trees also damaged some headstones. The cemetery says the damage is similar to that suffered during Hurricane Irene. The cemetery “continues to assess the extent of the damage and has started on the restoration.” [Arlington National Cemetery]

Hospital Visits Up Last Weekend — The number of patient visits to Virginia Hospital Center were about 30 percent higher than normal last weekend, largely due to heat-related symptoms, especially among the elderly, following Friday’s storms. No heat-related deaths have been reported in Arlington since the storms. [Arlington Mercury]

Tree Destroyed House While Family Was Inside — An Arlington couple and their two young girls were, amazingly, unharmed after a large oak tree came crashing through their house during Friday’s storm. The family was at home at the time. The parents were watching a movie in the basement; they came upstairs to find the girls still sleeping in their beds. [WUSA 9]

Blackwell Re-Elected as RNC Rep — Arlington resident Morton Blackwell — founder of the Courthouse-based Leadership Institute, a conservative political training organization — has been re-elected as Virginia representative to the Republican National Committee. [Sun Gazette]

Photo courtesy Jim Pebley

  • Brian K

    I’ve seen so many out of town power crews driving around N Arlington ..big thanks for their hard work and long days. To Dominion as well.

  • FrenchyB

    Very classy of the Waycroft-Woodlawn folks to show their appreciation – well done!

    • CrystalMikey

      I agree!

    • WeiQiang

      Nice

    • AllenB

      Agree – very cool.

    • Jackson

      That is very very cool

  • barry

    Always wanted to visit Montreal. Here I am. Passed a convoy of Canadian electric utility trucks headed South on the New York Thruway on Monday afternoon. So, help was on the way.

    Half of America is on vacation this week. Not sticking it out in an overheated apartment waiting for the power to come on. Later.

  • Michael H.

    Very glad to read that the two Arlington families escaped injury in those close calls with the trees.

  • Best Dressed

    Doesn’t that Blackwell guy have a list he should be maintaining?

  • Chris

    why is a chevey dealer in Dallas advertising on ARLNOW? Maybe the wrong Arlington?

  • JimPB

    Brove for the Waycroft-Woodlawn community to include power crew workers from Canada in their July 4th celebration.

    Yes, the crews get extra pay, but there are risks, as the deaths of two of the crew workers from outside the area (one in an auto accident, the other in a fall from a tree) show, not to ignore the risk that can arise from working directly with power equipment and lines, the fatigue of and stress from16 hr shifts and the toil on mind and body from the oppressive heat.

    A big salute to all the crews.

  • Terri

    FYI.An elderly friend who was sick with emphysema and congestive heart failure died on Monday. She was taken ill and taken to the hospital while living in her home w/o electric power or A/C.

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