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Citizens Academy starts next month

Here’s a chance to learn more about some of the departments in Stafford County.

The Stafford Citizens Academy is a four-week series of classes in October, for residents, business owners and anyone who works in Stafford. The goal is to learn more about the operations in the government and how each contributes to the community.

Registration is now open for the free classes. You must be 16 to participate, and space is limited. Register with Jeff Shover, citizens assistance and volunteer services manager, at 540/658-4516 or

Here’s the schedule:

Thursday, Oct. 3 – 6-9 p.m., in the board chambers, 1300 Courthouse Road

Thursday, Oct. 10 – 6-9 p.m., at the Ford T. Humphrey Public Safety Building, 1225 Courthouse Road

Saturday, Oct. 19 – 9:30-11:30 a.m., at the regional landfill, 489 Eskimo Hill Road

Thursday, Oct. 24 – 6-9 p.m., board chambers