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Wolf Asks Attorney General To Examine Greenway Toll Structure

July 19, 2012 Around Virginia 1 comment
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Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) asked the Virginia Attorney General to have his consumer protection office examine the toll structure on the Dulles Greenway.

“I believe you have the ability to give these residents a way to fight what I call ‘highway robbery,’” Wolf wrote in a letter today to Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. “If there were ever a group of consumers in need of protection, it is those who pay the Greenway tolls.”

Wolf, a longtime critic of the TRIP II, the firm that operates the Greenway, and its foreign-based parent company, Macquiare Ltd., believes the original state law allowing a private corporation to own and operate the Greenway is flawed because it fails to protect the consumer. … Continue Reading

Virginia Feds Feed Families Food Drive Kicks Off

July 18, 2012 Around Virginia Comments Off on Virginia Feds Feed Families Food Drive Kicks Off
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Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) helped kickoff the 4th annual Feds Feed Families food drive in Virginia at the U.S. Geological Survey office in Reston.

Wolf was joined by Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11th) and John Berry, the director of the Office of Personal Management (OPM).

Wolf worked with the Barry and OPM to create the program three years ago. To date, more than 8 million pounds of food has been collected by federal employees across the country. … Continue Reading

House Approves Language Creating Permanent Inspector General for MWAA

July 1, 2012 Around Virginia Comments Off on House Approves Language Creating Permanent Inspector General for MWAA

The House has approved creating a permanent inspector general (IG) for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) announced.

Wolf said the provision is in the FY 2013 Transportation Appropriations bill approved by a 261-163 vote this afternoon. The Senate has yet to take up its version of the bill. … Continue Reading

Cuccinelli Says after Analyzing Supreme Court Decision: “There are some silver linings”

July 1, 2012 Around Virginia Comments Off on Cuccinelli Says after Analyzing Supreme Court Decision: “There are some silver linings”
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Statement from Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli after his analysis of today’s Supreme Court health care decision:

I am disappointed in the court’s ultimate decision today. Virginia’s legal argument has always been that there was no constitutional basis for the federal health insurance mandate, and that the health care law should be struck down in its entirety. The court’s decision has saddled us with a budget-busting health care law that will most assuredly increase health care costs and thrust a new tax on the American people. … Continue Reading

Governor McDonnell Announces $11.4 Billion in Transportation Improvements

June 22, 2012 Around Virginia Comments Off on Governor McDonnell Announces $11.4 Billion in Transportation Improvements
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Commonwealth Transportation Board approves Six-Year Improvement Program

Governor Bob McDonnell announced that the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) approved $11.4 billion in allocations for transportation improvement projects over the next six years beginning July 1. The Six-Year Improvement Program distributes funding for highway, road and bridge projects as well as rail, transit, bicycle, pedestrian and other transportation improvements across the state. … Continue Reading

Governor McDonnell Announces State’s First Tourism Development Financing Project

June 22, 2012 Around Virginia Comments Off on Governor McDonnell Announces State’s First Tourism Development Financing Project
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New hotel development in Fredericksburg is first in Virginia under new program

Governor Bob McDonnell announced the approval of the first Virginia Tourism Development Financing project, a new program recommended by the Governor’s Commission on Economic Development and Job Creation and approved by the General Assembly in 2011. The program provides gap financing for tourism development projects which are identified as critical to local economic development and are done in partnership with developers, localities, financial institutions, the Virginia Tourism Corporation and the Virginia Resources Authority. The City of Fredericksburg will be the first locality in the state to access the program to create a five-story, 96-room hotel and mixed-use development. The project is expected to generate more than $3 million in tax revenues over 10 years according to local estimates. … Continue Reading

Language Creating Permanent Inspector General for MWAA Clears Another Hurdle

June 20, 2012 Around Virginia Comments Off on Language Creating Permanent Inspector General for MWAA Clears Another Hurdle

Provision is in Annual Transportation Bill Moving through House

Language creating a permanent inspector general for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) has cleared another hurdle, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) announced today. … Continue Reading

What Is Loaded with Protein, Needs No Preparation and Is on its Way to Food Banks?

June 5, 2012 Around Virginia Comments Off on What Is Loaded with Protein, Needs No Preparation and Is on its Way to Food Banks?

The Virginia Peanut Growers Association and the Virginia Peanut Board are supporting Governor McDonnell’s “Governor’s Bowl” Food and Fund Drive by donating more than 1,500 jars of peanut butter to the Federation of Virginia Food Banks. According to Dell Cotton, Executive Director of the Peanut Growers Association, the group is donating a full pallet of 18 ounce jars. With twelve jars to the case and 128 cases per pallet, that is 1,536 jars or 27,648 ounces total.

The Peanut Growers heard about Governor McDonnell’s partnership with the Virginia Chamber of Commerce to provide food to all of Virginia’s regional food banks this summer and decided they had at their disposal the one food that food banks cherish most. In a matter of days, Cotton and his Board worked out the details with the Federation of Virginia Food Banks and a peanut butter processor, and those jars soon will be distributed throughout the state. … Continue Reading

Wolf Responds To DOT IG Report on MWAA

May 17, 2012 Around Virginia Comments Off on Wolf Responds To DOT IG Report on MWAA
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Below is a letter sent by Mr. Wolf to Secretary LaHood today in response to the DOT IG’s interim report on the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) board of directors. Also included is a letter sent to Jenner and Block’s managing partner which is referenced in Wolf’s letter.

Dear Secretary LaHood:

I am deeply troubled by the findings released today in the interim report from the department’s Inspector General (IG) on the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (WMAA) Board of Directors. I requested this audit last year and am sure you agree that the report raises significant concerns about the current board’s policies and procedures, including contracting practices, ethics and transparency. This demands immediate action. … Continue Reading

Virginia’s Wheat Producers Expect Large Crop

May 12, 2012 Around Virginia Comments Off on Virginia’s Wheat Producers Expect Large Crop

Virginia’s 2012 wheat crop is expected to total 18,560,000 bushels, according to the initial season forecast just released by the Virginia Field Office of the National Agriculture Statistics Service, a branch of the USDA. If realized, production will be up 810,000 bushels from 2011, a five percent increase. Producers in the Commonwealth are expected to harvest 290,000 acres of wheat that will yield an average of 64 bushels per acre. That is 16.4 bushels above the projected national yield. … Continue Reading

Wolf Introduces Bill To Create Permanent Inspector General for Metropolitan Airports Authority

May 2, 2012 Around Virginia Comments Off on Wolf Introduces Bill To Create Permanent Inspector General for Metropolitan Airports Authority
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Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) has introduced legislation to create a permanent inspector general (IG) for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA).

Wolf said he introduced the bill (H.R. 5322) in anticipation of the May 15 release of an interim report on the contracting, governance and transparency practices of MWAA being conducted by the IG at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Wolf requested the review in February 2011 after MWAA rejected his December 2010 request to hire outside auditors. He believes the interim report will show the need for a permanent inspector general. … Continue Reading

Full House Appropriations Committee Set to Act on FY 2013 CJS Bill

April 29, 2012 Around Virginia Comments Off on Full House Appropriations Committee Set to Act on FY 2013 CJS Bill
Update From Congressman Frank Wolf/Measure Protects Core Programs While Reducing Overall Spending
The House version of the annual spending bill that funds the departments of Commerce and Justice, as well as many of the nation’s science programs, preserves core priorities, including boosting U.S. competitiveness, job creation and national security, while reducing spending by $1.6 billion over last year, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), chairman of the House Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) Appropriations subcommittee, said today. … Continue Reading

Job Creation Initiatives Approved

April 22, 2012 Around Virginia Comments Off on Job Creation Initiatives Approved
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Goal is to Develop Strategy to Bring Jobs Back Home

Language requiring the Commerce Department to develop a comprehensive plan to bring manufacturing and other jobs back to America is included in legislation expected to be approved in both the House and Senate later this week, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) said today.

Wolf, chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Commerce Department’s budget, said the goal is to develop a national job repatriation strategy to bring jobs back to America that have been outsourced to China and other countries. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

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The Holocene Climate

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(Public Input Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, 7 March, 2017) Figure 1 shows the climate variation over the last million years. The low points on the curve correspond to ice ages when glaciers up to a mile thick covered New …

Choosing To Forgive

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Truly forgiving is the ability to say, ‘Thank you for giving me that experience.’” James Arthur Ray vaulted into fame on the Oprah Winfrey Show back in the mid-2000’s. Stunned hearing these words while watching The Rise and …

Five Key Retirement Questions

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Beyond asking yourself where you see yourself and even what your lifelong goal are, effective retirement and longevity planning begs some very big questions. Review the points below and consider how housing, transportation and health considerations all play a role …

Work Woes

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, I’m a manager at a large tech company and my boss has directed me to fire someone on my team, but as a Christian, I just can’t do it. It’s true that the employee …

Joy or Suffering

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By Mary Rose Lunde No one likes to suffer. When given the chance, many people would choose to laugh rather than cry, to sit in silence with their friends rather than talk through their feelings, because not even their friends …

Wage Radio

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I will always remember – very fondly – the first time I ever set foot on the property at 711 Wage Drive Southwest in Leesburg, Virginia. It was a warm, sunny July morning in 1997, and I’d driven all the …

Speaking Truth to Power

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“With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed.” Abraham Lincoln On Thursday evening, February 23, I requested the Board of Supervisors pass a proclamation resolving to support the March for Science on Earth Day, April 22 [1]. …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

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Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

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Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner
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Sterling Library Moving To New Location

25 Mar 2017

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Sterling Library’s current location, 120 Enterprise St., Sterling, will close beginning Saturday, March 25, to prepare for the opening of the new Sterling Library on Saturday, April 15. Patrons can return library materials using the drop box at the new location, 22330 S. Sterling Boulevard.

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Middleburg Gallery Presents Country Pursuits Exhibit

25 Mar 2017

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The Gallery on Madison in Middleburg is presenting an exhibit of Brian Whelan’s (a London Irish painter now settled in Waterford) ) transcriptions of a gallery of paintings by Thomas Gainsborough, ‘Mr. and Mrs. Andrews’ through April 2. The exhibit includes 23 paintings, two masks, two graphics, and nine preparatory drawings.

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Loudoun Workforce Resource Center Presents STEM Career Fair March 28

16 Mar 2017

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Anyone interested in a career in the rapidly growing field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is encouraged to attend an upcoming STEM Career Fair in Loudoun. The Loudoun Workforce Resource Center, in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC)’s Loudoun campus and NOVA SySTEMic Solutions, is holding a STEM Career Fair Tuesday, March 28, from 1:00 to 4:00 …

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Editorial

Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

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Appointment Shocks Many On January 3 Supervisor Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge) nominated Tom Priscilla for the Loudoun County Planning Commission to represent the Blue Ridge District. Priscilla was …

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Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

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– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

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– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

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Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved

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Today, most residents of Loudoun County know nothing about Williams Gap, even those living on Williams Gap Road (Route 711). Knowing who “Williams” was, why a gap in the Blue …

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception

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We are a group of Loudoun County citizens who will be adversely affected if the board grants a special exception for the Catesby Farm property at your upcoming meeting. You …

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Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm

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By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

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McAuliffe Vetoes LaRock’s Public Assistance Eligibility Legislation  

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On March 28, Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed Del. Dave LaRock’s (R-33) House Bill 2092, which would have required any applicant for public assistance to undergo a full review of death records, incarceration status, employment status, lottery winnings, and all income. Recently, an Arlington woman was arrested on four counts of welfare fraud for …

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Virginia Schools Kick Off Statewide Campaign To Encourage Safe Teen Driving

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More teen drivers in Virginia will be involved in traffic crashes between the months of May and August than any other time of the year, statistics show. To help save lives and prevent such crashes during the high-risk warm weather months, Virginia schools are kicking off a statewide teen safety …

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Protecting Free Speech

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By Dave LaRock (R-33) As elected officials and members of the legislature, our most fundamental responsibility is to protect God-given constitutionally protected rights. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits the government, including governmental public colleges and universities, from infringing on free speech and the free exercise of …

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Sports

Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017

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The Loudoun Valley Vikings are the boy’s runner-up at the VHSL 4A State Indoor Track and Field Championships at Roanoke College.  During the 2015-2016 school year, the Loudoun County School Board approved Indoor Track and Field as a Tier 2 (self-funded) sport.  The seven boys competing scored 48 points, second …

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WLVBC U14 Boys Finish 3rd at VA Beach Event

23 Feb 2017

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The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys Team garnered 3rd place in their first travel tournament of 2017, the Virginia Beach Invitational. This event was held Feb. 18-19 and featured more than 24 teams from the U14 to U18 age group. The team was second on their net on day …

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