Editor's Note: Patch has 31 sites in Virginia and D.C., and not a day goes by that something weird isn't happening somewhere in the area. Here's a look back at some weird goings-on over the past week.
Hair Extensions for Horses? Centreville Pet Store Has ‘Em: Clifton Saddlery is a store of the unexpected. For one — it's not in Clifton — and two, it's not a saddlery. Instead, the Centreville store is a dealer of some of the most exclusive pet foods, feeds and supplies in the area. The store sells rider costumes and even hair extensions for horses for competition season. The extensions are real horse hair taken from the tails of living horses—the horses can grow their tails back if they are cut. The extensions are braided into the hair of a horse to make it look fuller for competition.
Great Blue Heron Goes for a Swim: An animal control officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Cameron Station Boulevard in Alexandria because a great blue heron had landed in a swimming pool and, despite several attempts, couldn’t be convinced to fly away. People on the scene expressed concern that the long-legged bird was injured. When the officer arrived, he attempted to capture the heron in order to take it to a wildlife rehabilitator. Following a single attempt at capture, the heron flew away under its own power.
Crime Report: Man Charged with Trespassing at Marshall Elementary: A 28-year-old man was charged with trespassing at Marshall Road Elementary School, according to Fairfax County Police. The incident was reported at 6:35 a.m. on Aug. 18 on the 700 block of Marshall Road. Police were called after a report of a man on school property. Joshua Evans, of Washington, D.C., was arrested in the incident.
Flea market For a Cause: In Manassas, a group of neighbors opposed to a proposed highway near their homes is holding a flea market to aid their cause. The residents are protesting the Bi-County Parkway, formerly known as the Tri-County Parkway, a 10-mile road that would connect Dulles International Airport to Interstate 66 in Prince William County. Stop by Sept. 7 at 5904 Pageland Lane to rummage through.