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Attorney General Helps Seniors Protect Themselves Against Scams and Abuse

April 22, 2012 Around Virginia Comments Off on Attorney General Helps Seniors Protect Themselves Against Scams and Abuse

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli joined seniors, law enforcement, and advocates at the annual Front Royal TRIAD conference for seniors. The attorney general shared some of the best strategies for seniors to protect themselves against current scams targeting physical and financial wellness.

“TRIAD cooperatives are partnerships between senior citizens, law enforcement, and service providers that help seniors by increasing awareness of scams and frauds targeting them, as well as by strengthening communication between law enforcement and seniors,” said Cuccinelli. “As attorney general, I think it is critically important that we work to protect all Virginia citizens from scammers, but especially those most targeted for these types of crimes – our seniors.” … Continue Reading

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell To Deliver the Address at University of Richmond’s 182nd Commencement

April 14, 2012 Around Virginia Comments Off on Gov. Robert F. McDonnell To Deliver the Address at University of Richmond’s 182nd Commencement
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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a native of Fairfax County who went on to careers in the U.S. Army and the legal profession before entering politics, will give the main commencement address at the University of Richmond on May 6.

McDonnell was sworn in as the 71st governor of the Commonwealth on Jan. 16, 2010, after being elected with nearly 59 percent of the vote and receiving the most votes of any candidate for governor in Virginia history. … Continue Reading

New Potomac River Bridge – Godsend Or Boondoggle?

April 4, 2012 Around Virginia 1 comment

Virginia Governor McDonnell and Maryland Governor O’Malley are discussing new Potomac River Bridges in Northern Virginia. Virginia Secretary of Transportation Connaughton said the discussion was “long overdue.”

Stewart Schwartz of the Coalition for Smarter Growth has said: “That’s flat wrong. It has been studied already … The 2004 Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) ‘origin-destination’ study indicates the vast majority of traffic needed a direct fix on the Beltway and American Legion Bridge and along radial corridors like I-270.” … Continue Reading

US Justice Department Clears Virginia’s Redrawn Congressional Districts

March 15, 2012 Around Virginia Comments Off on US Justice Department Clears Virginia’s Redrawn Congressional Districts

Congressional primaries can proceed on time in June

The United States Department of Justice informed the office of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli that it had no objection to Virginia’s newly redrawn congressional districts, which were drawn by the General Assembly earlier this year.

Virginia is one of 16 states required under the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to pre-clear (get federal approval for) changes in voting practices or procedures with the Justice Department. Today, the department has pre-cleared the districts drawn by House Bill 251, so the new districts are now in effect for both primary and general elections. … Continue Reading

Attorney General Cuccinelli Reacts to General Assembly Passage of Property Rights Amendment

March 7, 2012 Around Virginia Comments Off on Attorney General Cuccinelli Reacts to General Assembly Passage of Property Rights Amendment

The Virginia Senate and House of Delegates passed identical resolutions for a constitutional amendment that would protect citizens’ private property rights against eminent domain abuses. The constitutional amendment has now passed two sessions of the General Assembly and will head to the November ballot for voters to decide if it will become part of Virginia’s constitution.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, a long-time proponent of property rights, helped write the constitutional amendment, which passed its first hurdle of General Assembly approval in 2011. … Continue Reading

Roses Delivered to Wounded Troops, Several Hundred Participate on Twitter

February 17, 2012 Around Virginia Comments Off on Roses Delivered to Wounded Troops, Several Hundred Participate on Twitter
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Wounded troops recuperating at Fort Bliss, Fort Campbell and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center received a Valentine’s Day surprise yesterday. Volunteers from Freedom Alliance, a military support nonprofit, hand delivered 750 roses to injured service members and their spouses.

“On Valentine’s Day we all kind of hope to have someone there for us and it’s especially important that we show our injured service members that they aren’t alone,” said Freedom Alliance Programs Director, Pepper Ailor. “Something simple like this can really go a long way in keeping them positive and strong during their recovery.” … Continue Reading

Cuccinelli Signs on to $25 Billion Joint State-Federal Mortgage Servicing Settlement

February 12, 2012 Around Virginia Comments Off on Cuccinelli Signs on to $25 Billion Joint State-Federal Mortgage Servicing Settlement

Today, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli formally announced that Virginia has signed on to a landmark $25 billion joint federal-state settlement with the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers over foreclosure abuses and fraud.

The proposed agreement provides an estimated $479,594,672.22 in direct relief or other benefits to the commonwealth and Virginia home borrowers and addresses future mortgage loan servicing practices. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan and a bipartisan group of state attorneys general announced the national settlement today in Washington, D.C. … Continue Reading

Specialty Crop Grants Available in Virginia

February 7, 2012 Around Virginia Comments Off on Specialty Crop Grants Available in Virginia

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) is accepting applications for USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Specialty Crop Block Grant funds. Agricultural associations, industry groups, community-based organizations and producer groups that seek to improve the competitiveness of specialty crops in Virginia are eligible to submit proposals for grants up to $30,000 per project. Although individual producers are not eligible, they may join with groups and organizations to apply for these grants. VDACS will administer nearly $500,000 in funds for the development of Specialty Crop projects. … Continue Reading

McDonnell Asks General Assembly to Keep Uranium Mining Moratorium in Place

February 2, 2012 Around Virginia Comments Off on McDonnell Asks General Assembly to Keep Uranium Mining Moratorium in Place

Issues Directive to State Agencies to Analyze Scientific and Legal Issues and Report Back Prior to 2013

Governor Bob McDonnell is asking the General Assembly to take no action to permit uranium mining during its 2012 session, calling instead for the continuation of the state’s moratorium on uranium mining pending a comprehensive and on-site study of the issue to be completed by a newly-created multi-agency state workgroup. The Governor’s directive that the state work group look further into the specific issues surrounding mining at a particular site in the Commonwealth follows a thorough review by the McDonnell Administration of the recent National Academy of Sciences report that looked broadly at uranium mining in Virginia. The report noted, “At present, there are gaps in legal and regulatory coverage for activities involved in uranium mining, processing, reclamation and long-term stewardship. Some of these gaps have resulted from the moratorium on uranium mining that Virginia has in place; others are gaps in current laws or regulations, or in the way that they are applied.” The Governor also consulted with agency heads, legislators, business leaders and others concerning the prudent course of action on this complicated issue. … Continue Reading

Wolf Praises Governor and Business Community

January 29, 2012 Around Virginia Comments Off on Wolf Praises Governor and Business Community
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Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) praised Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell for creating the “Governor’s Bowl” food and fund drive as a way to collect food for local food banks and pantries during the summer months when donations are typically at their lightest.

The campaign, sponsored by the governor and Virginia’s Chamber of Commerce, will run from Memorial Day to Independence Day, according to an announcement from the governor’s office today. Wolf, a longtime advocate for hunger-related issues, said the “Governor’s Bowl” will allow business communities across the state to take part in a friendly competition aimed at helping meet the needs of local food banks and pantries. … Continue Reading

Wolf Renews Call To Create Af/Pak Study Group

January 18, 2012 Around Virginia Comments Off on Wolf Renews Call To Create Af/Pak Study Group
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Following a report that the recent National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) paints a very bleak picture of the war in Afghanistan, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) renewed his call for the Obama Administration to immediately assemble a panel of experts outside of government to review U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Wolf, author of the legislation that created the Iraq Study Group (ISG), has been pushing the Obama Administration to undertake an outside review of the war in Afghanistan for nearly 18 months. He successfully added a provision to FY 2012 defense spending bill allowing for the creation of an outside review of U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan and has been urging Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who served on the ISG, to move quickly to set up the panel. … Continue Reading

Governor’s State of the Commonwealth Address

January 13, 2012 Around Virginia Comments Off on Governor’s State of the Commonwealth Address
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Governor Robert F. McDonnell
January 11, 2012 – 7:00pm
Richmond

Mr. Speaker, Mr. President.

Justices of the Supreme Court and Judges of the State Corporation Commission.

Ladies and Gentlemen of the General Assembly, my fellow Virginians. … Continue Reading

New Executive Director Selected for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

January 11, 2012 Around Virginia Comments Off on New Executive Director Selected for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s (ATC) Board of Directors has appointed Mark J. Wenger as the new Executive Director who will lead the organization beginning February 2012. Wenger will succeed David N. Startzell, the longest serving Executive Director in the ATC’s history. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

Columns

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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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Wine & Chili Weekend

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Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale
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March Fourth Friday

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Spring Brunch

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”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner
April 2, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

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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 …

View From the Ridge

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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