Manassas Journal Messenger 02-26-01


February 26, 2001





to make way for pavilion

By Chris Newman



MANASSAS – A week from today the Gazebo parking lot will be closed for the

start of the City Square project, and the cars that use its 74 blue permit

and general parking spaces will be absorbed into the rest of the downtown,

mainly on the east end.

The city will shift general and blue permit parking to the underutilized

Journal Messenger lot on the northeast end of Church Street, which is owned

by the newspaper and leased to the city, until the Commuter Lot D expansion

is finished in June. The Old Town farmer’s market also will be moved to

the Journal Messenger lot.[more]


future home inspectors

By Lucy Chumbley



Amy Drewry/Staff Photographer

Students David Westlund, left, and Mel Wikes listen

as guest instructor Stephen Gladstone inspects the outside of the 111-year-old

building on Church Street that houses Inspection Training Associates in


MANASSAS – In a modern first-floor classroom at 9001 Center St., Manassas,

four students are completing their last class in the “Hands-On”

Home Inspection Training Course.

Just minutes away from a 300-question final exam, they are focused intently

on Managing Instructor Michael Casey as he gives parting advice on professionalism

and marketing.

The exam will test the students’ practical knowledge of electrical systems,

roofing, interior and exterior structure, plumbing, heating and cooling

systems, ventilation and insulation as well as areas like writing a report

and dealing with the client.[more]


look to network progress


Tiffany Schwab



MANASSAS PARK – Officials are making progress on an attempt to arrange

a connection between the city and school division’s computers.

The Manassas Park School Board heard an update last week on the wide

area network, which will connect the school board office, all four schools,

City Hall, fire, police and the parks and recreation office through servers

and e-mail.

Miriam Corcoran, the school division’s associate superintendent for curriculum

and technology, said the WAN will allow for more efficient communication

among buildings.

“Obviously what we’re trying to do is connect the important areas

in the schools and city together,” Corcoran said.[more]


honor Earnhardt at memorial service


Keith Walker



Amy Rossetti/Staff Photographer

Sharon Harris, left, and Robert Buddington bow their

heads for a moment of prayer during a memorial service at Miller’s Funeral

Home in honor of the late NASCAR racing star Dale Earnhardt.

WOODBRIDGE – People sang along softly with a recording of “Angels

Among Us,” a country tune by the group Alabama, at the beginning of

a service Sunday to commemorate the life of Dale Earnhardt at Miller Funeral

Home in Woodbridge.

Earnhardt, a star NASCAR driver, died Feb. 18 when his car slammed into

a retaining wall in the final lap of the Daytona 500.

The staff at the funeral home decided to hold the service to help local

fans cope with the loss of the national racing hero.[more]


Elementary School’s approach to reading garners award


Diane Freda



DUMFRIES – Montclair Elementary School in Dumfries has fully embraced

the theory that reading is fundamental.

So much so that it has integrated reading into all its curriculum and

been selected as the winner of the Virginia State Reading Association’s

exemplary reading program award.

The award was presented to the school at a conference in Arlington on



Getting defensive — Seton’s girls

use defensive stands to best Wakefield for DAC top honor


– Up just 25-21 at the half against a Wakefield team they had beaten 71-36

only a week earlier, Seton turned to an old friend to spark it in the 53-37

win over Wakefield in the Delaney Athletic Conference tournament championship

game on Saturday.

That pal was defensive intensity.

When the Conquistadors (22-8) took the court at the beginning of the third

quarter they were a different bunch.[more]


claim Region crown

MADISON – Of all the regional championship teams Brentsville wrestling coach

Thad Kiesnowski has directed over his 30-year tenure, this year’s might

be one of the best.

After finishing two points behind Clarke County for the Bull Run District

title, a young Tigers team put forth a gutsy performance in the Region B

Group A tournament Saturday at Madison High School, winning the regional

title by 26 points. Brentsville amassed 205.5 points, second-place Clarke

County finished with 179.5 and Strasburg had 165. Manassas Park finished

eighth with 75 points.

Kiesnowski was handed the silver trophy from his jubilant team. He looked

at it admirably and offered a look of exhausted satisfaction.


Cougars to take five — Guttridge’s streak ends at 35 straight victories


– Manassas Park’s Shaun Guttridge is coming to grips with the irony that

although his impressive unbeaten streak was snapped in the Region B tournament,

it should help him at states.

The Bull Run District 152-pound champion had won 35 straight matches this

season as he entered the Region B championship semifinals, where he faced

Clarke County’s Daniel Haney – who Guttridge edged 8-7 in the district semifinals

last week.

Saturday Guttridge and Haney battled once again, forcing the match into

overtime. However, this time Haney would prevail 4-3.

The loss was devastating for the Cougars’ senior. Even though he rolled

through the consolation bracket and scored a 19-2 technical fall over Buffalo

Gap’s Josh Talbott for third place, Guttridge appeared drained – emotionally

and physically.[more]


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