Because of the recent rains, the spillway releases excess water from Smith Lake Reservoir in Stafford County, on Tuesday, September 5th, 2006. “It was way down this time last year,” said Greg Mayers, a Water Treatment Plant Operator inspecting the spillway at the Smith Lake Water Treatment Facility.


John Reifenberg, left, and Alex Lochart, right, use a specially rigged gas-powered lawnmover to cut the damp grass on the steeply terraced hills of Fredericksburg National Cemetary on Wednesday, September 6th, 2006. After the recent rains, the five-man National Park Service crew, who usually cut the grass every ten days, mowed for the first time in around three weeks because of the unusually dry summer.


Lori Chaney, a 3rd-grade teacher at Winding Creek Elementary, reacts to the surprise news of winning Regional Teacher of the Year on Tuesday, September 12th, 2006 as William Kennedy of the Stafford County Sheriffs Office looks on.


Lori Chaney, a 3rd-grade teacher at Winding Creek Elementary, hugs her son Keegan, 8, as her daughter Kimberlyn, 10, looks on, after Chaney heard the news of winning Regional Teacher of the Year. The award was presented by the Virginia State Department of Education in a surprise ceremony attended by school officials, colleagues, friends and family.


A few shots from my first week at The Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Virginia. This place has an awesome photo staff that encourages creativity and in-depth assignments. I couldn’t ask for a better place to be…