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Cuccinelli’s Tangled Web

May 26, 2011 by Tony Noerpel Sustainable Planet Be the first to comment
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“Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” Sir Walter Scott (Marmion, 1808), canto 6, stanza 17.

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli launched an inquiry last year into whether or not former University of Virginia Professor Michael Mann violated the Virginia Fraud Against Tax Payers Act by suing the University to hand over all of Mann’s private papers and emails along with those of other climate scientists. The IPCC AR-3 published in 2001 [1], contained a curve produced by Michael Mann showing the temperature anomaly during the last 1000 years as measured by proxies. The curve shows how the Earth surface temperature has increased dramatically in the last hundred years.

Cuccinelli’s case [2] rests on three documents. The first was a congressional report [3] commissioned by Congressman Joe Barton of Texas at tax payer expense and principally written by a George Mason University Economics Professor Edward Wegman. Barton and Cuccinelli have been using Wegman’s report to attack Mann. According to Forbes [4] “Barton has taken $1.4 million from the [fossil fuels] industry–more than any other industry.” Recall last summer Barton demonstrated who his constituency was by apologizing to British Petroleum for the gigantic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. “I apologize, I do not want to live in a country where anytime a citizen or a corporation does something that is legitimately wrong is subject to some sort of political pressure that is again in my words amounts to a shakedown. So I apologize [5].” Professed principle does not stop Barton from shaking down Michael Mann. Of course, he is not contributing to Barton’s campaigns. … Continue Reading

Teaching Lies

May 17, 2011 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet Be the first to comment
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“Most teachers are left to center, and if we leave it to teachers to impose their liberal views, then it would make for an unbalanced lesson. Some people believe that global warming is a crock of crap, and others are zealots.” Los Alamitos School Board member and science denier zealot, Jeffery Barke. [1]

The Los Alamitos school board has recently ruled that teachers can use the text book Living in the Environment by G. Tyler Miller in their AP class but they have to teach the controversy of global warming denial at the same time. The teachers will have to give an annual presentation of the course material including additional material which presents some science supporting denial to the school board. Since there is no scientific support for global warming denial it is unclear what material the teachers are going to be able to add. … Continue Reading

The Corporate Brain

May 3, 2011 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet Be the first to comment
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“I hope we shall …crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of the land.” Thomas Jefferson, 1816 [1].

“As Adam Smith pointed out in the Wealth of Nations, when ownership is separated from management (i.e. the actual production process required to obtain the capital), the latter will inevitably begin to neglect the interests of the former, creating dysfunction within the company. Some maintain that recent events in corporate America may serve to reinforce Smith’s warnings about the dangers of legally protected collectivist hierarchies.” Wikipedia entry [2] … Continue Reading

Extreme Science: Is Ocean Acidity Harming the Copepods?

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Reprinted courtesy of Climate Central

This week’s article is by Ceri Lewis a young scientist working on the Catlin Arctic Survey. Her specialty is Copepods a remarkably delightful creature. Once on top of one of the Maritime Alps in France, my buddy and I decided we were living large compared with Rupert Murdoch who had financed our trip. Well what goes around comes around. I am unabashedly jealous of Ceri Lewis and all the other scientists who get to do this great science in the Arctic. Lewis’ article was originally published on April 18, 2011 at Climate Central [1]. Photo credits: Ceri Lewis/Catlin Arctic Survey. – Tony Noerpel

By Ceri Lewis, Catlin Arctic Survey Ice Base scientist

This is the second in a series of blog posts from scientists taking part in the third-annual Catlin Arctic Survey. … Continue Reading

Ideology Verses Reality

April 20, 2011 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet Be the first to comment
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I’m fascinated by the way we humans think. It appears that we’ve evolved rather imperfectly. We have substantial levels of intelligence and creativity and this means that we are remarkably clever. But we demonstrate little wisdom or sapience. Or at least we are insufficiently sapient to compliment our cleverness. As a consequence we are continually blindsided by reality and causing ourselves no end of trouble. Events such as the recent housing bubble and economic meltdown are considered by many to be black swans or entirely unforeseeable events when in fact they were not only predictable but predicted. They are actually quite good examples of white swans. We do this kind of thing to ourselves all the time. Indeed, some economists consider crises periodically routine and unavoidable (see for example Crisis Economics, by Nouriel Roubini and Stephen Mihm for a summary of economists who hold this view). … Continue Reading

Chernobyl, 25 Years Later

April 12, 2011 by Contributor Columns, Sustainable Planet Be the first to comment

By Dr. Janette D. Sherman, MD

Dr. Sherman is the author of Life’s Delicate Balance: Causes and Prevention of Breast Cancer and Chemical Exposure and Disease, and is a specialist in internal medicine and toxicology. She edited the book Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and Nature, written by A. V. Yablokov, V. B., Nesterenko and A. V. Nesterenko, published by the New York Academy of Sciences in 2009. Her primary interest is the prevention of illness through public education. She can be reached at: toxdoc.js@verizon.net and www.janettesherman.com. The following article was originally published by Counterpunch on March 4 – 6, 2011 http://www.counterpunch.org/sherman03042011.html. … Continue Reading

After the Empire – Book Review

April 9, 2011 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet Be the first to comment
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“America’s real war is about economics not terrorism. The country is battling to maintain its status as the world’s financial center by making a symbolic show of its military might in the heart of Eurasia, thereby hoping to forget and have others ignore America’s industrial weakness, its financial needs, and its predatory character. However, instead of reinforcing the image of America’s global leadership as the current [Bush] administration in Washington expected, its forced march into war has produced a rapid decline in the international status of the United States.” Emmanuel Todd, Preface to the English translation of After the Empire, 2003. … Continue Reading

Fukushima Daiichi

March 22, 2011 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet Be the first to comment
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“Speaking in Tokyo, government spokesman Yukio Edano said the plant – which has six reactors – will eventually be scrapped once the emergency is brought under control. Mr Edano said the plant will be in no condition to be restarted after corrosive seawater was pumped into the reactors to help control the overheating core.” [1]

Last September I described five serious concerns with nuclear power before their vulnerability was made evident by the Japanese earthquake/tsunami disaster which unfolded last week. The first is the critical supply shortage of fissile uranium U-235 [2]. Based on a European study of all known and speculative reserves and resources, we might be able to derive all of human exosomatic energy from nuclear power for perhaps 12 years. There simply isn’t enough of the stuff. In 2006, the United States imported 84% of our nuclear fuel, so the argument that nuclear power would help wean ourselves off of imported energy doesn’t fly [3].

Second, if we consider nuclear power the solution then it is the solution for all of mankind so we had better get used to Iran processing their own fuel. Given the United States government discomfort with that idea speaks volumes about the inherent security problems, real or imagined, with nuclear energy. Third, we described the impracticality of building out nuclear capacity and the huge investment in capital which would be required and which would have to be siphoned away from more useful enterprises. Fourth, we described the rising costs of the nuclear power plants [4]. It was already prohibitive before the Japanese earthquake disaster. The industry can only possibly make money or be a viable investment if taxpayers and ratepayers are forced to subsidize and take on all of the risk. Since nuclear power cannot happen without the substantial investment of the public, the public has a right to object even if those objections are based on a “not in my back yard” attitude rather than on the very serious and specific objections which I am raising. This attitude happens to be far more rational than that of nuclear proponents.

Fifth, we have no solution to the nuclear waste problem even if Yucca Mountain storage facility were to be opened. This fifth point was highlighted by the accumulation of spent fuel at the Fukushima reactor site, which turns out to be a more serious problem than the partial meltdown of the reactor cores themselves. This happens to be the situation in the United States where most of the spent fuel is stored on-site in similar pools of water.

A sixth very serious problem which I did not discuss is the critical requirement for cooling water. Nuclear power plants cannot be built where there is or might be a water shortage. During droughts, nuclear power plants have to be taken out of service. Water problems are why so many plants need to be constructed on coast lines. This week, we’ve seen though that even that placement is no guarantee of a usable supply of cooling water.

Here is a partial list of nuclear accidents which resulted in decommissioning of the reactor as a result of the incident. Text is from reference [5].

January 21, 1969 — INES Level unknown – Lucens, Canton of Vaud, Switzerland – Explosion. A total loss of coolant led to a power excursion and explosion of an experimental nuclear reactor in a large cave at Lucens. The underground location of this reactor acted like a containment building and prevented any outside contamination. The cavern was heavily contaminated and was sealed.

February 22, 1977 – INES Level 4 – Jaslovské Bohunice, Czechoslovakia – Fuel damaged
Operators neglected to remove moisture-absorbing materials from a fuel rod assembly before loading it into the KS 150 reactor at power plant A-1. The accident resulted in damaged fuel integrity, extensive corrosion damage of fuel cladding and release of radioactivity into the plant area. The affected reactor was decommissioned following this accident.

March 28, 1979 – INES Level 5 – Middletown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States – Partial meltdown Equipment failures and worker mistakes contributed to a loss of coolant and a partial core meltdown at the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station 15 km (9 miles) southeast of Harrisburg.

April 26, 1986 — INES Level 7 – Prypiat, Ukraine (then USSR) – Power excursion, explosion, complete meltdown. An inadequate reactor safety system led to an uncontrolled power excursion, causing a severe steam explosion, meltdown and release of radioactive material at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant located approximately 100 kilometers north-northwest of Kiev. Approximately fifty fatalities (mostly cleanup personnel) resulted from the accident and the immediate aftermath. An additional nine fatal cases of thyroid cancer in children in the Chernobyl area have been attributed to the accident. The explosion and combustion of the graphite reactor core spread radioactive material over much of Europe. 100,000 people were evacuated from the areas immediately surrounding Chernobyl in addition to 300,000 from the areas of heavy fallout in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. An “Exclusion Zone” was created surrounding the site encompassing approximately 1,000 mi² (3,000 km²) and deemed off-limits for human habitation for an indefinite period. Several studies by governments, UN agencies and environmental groups have estimated the consequences and eventual number of casualties. Their findings are subject to controversy. Four reactors were decommissioned.

October 19, 1989 – INES Level 3 – Vandellos Nuclear Power Plant, Spain -fire in one of its two turbo generators. After the fire in the turbo generators the Spanish commission determined a large list of issues in the plant that was closed by the owners due to economical unviability.

There are about 440 operating nuclear reactors in the world today. At least eight reactors failed beyond recovery as listed above. With the six reactors which will be decommissioned at Fukushima, 14 reactors had to be decommissioned before their service life because of catastrophic failure. That is a failure rate of 3 percent. What entity in the private sector would fund an enterprise which requires billions of dollars of investment up front which has a 3% catastrophic failure rate and unlimited liability?

In a real free market system, nuclear power would not even get a second glance. And since public funding is required then the public has a right (assuming we still have a functioning democracy) to veto their tax dollars and energy rates subsidizing a technology which they do not want.

[1] http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/fukushima-nuclear-plant-shut-for-good/story-fn3dxix6-1226025025196

[2] http://www.energywatchgroup.org/fileadmin/global/pdf/EWG_Report_Uranium_3-12-2006ms.pdf

[3] Joseph Romm http://www.americanprogressaction.org/issues/2008/pdf/nuclear_report.pdf

[4] http://climateprogress.org/2009/07/15/nuclear-power-plant-cost-bombshell-ontario/

[5] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_civilian_nuclear_accidents

Tragedy of the Commons – Part One

March 17, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Sustainable Planet Be the first to comment
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“Palaeontologists characterize mass extinctions as times when the Earth loses more than three-quarters of its species in a geologically short interval, as has happened only five times in the past 540 million years or so. Biologists now suggest that a sixth mass extinction may be under way, given the known species losses over the past few centuries and millennia. Here we review how differences between fossil and modern data and the addition of recently available palaeontological information influence our understanding of the current extinction crisis. Our results confirm that current extinction rates are higher than would be expected from the fossil record, highlighting the need for effective conservation measures.” Barnosky et al, March 3, 2011, [1]. … Continue Reading

Greed or self-interest

March 12, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Sustainable Planet Be the first to comment
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“Power tends to confuse itself with virtue and a great nation is peculiarly susceptible to the idea that its power is a sign of God’s favor, conferring upon it a special responsibility for other nations to make them richer and happier and wiser, to remake them, that is, in its own shining image.” Senator William Fulbright (D., Ark.)

“What’s the point of having this superb military that you’re always talking about if we can’t use it?” Madeline Albright, Secretary of State under President Bill Clinton

I received several emails regards my article “Wisconsin Greed”. Some simply wrote “well stated.” Others suggested I was too pessimistic and that in fact “greed is the answer. We must demonstrate what saves real money now.” In other words, the opportunity exists to appeal to greed to achieve a sustainable society.

I hadn’t realized I was such a bad writer. I don’t mean to belabor the point but given that the point was not appreciated, perhaps I should try again. I introduced the concept of a zero-sum game such as poker, where the sum of money at the start is the same as the sum of money at the end. No wealth is created. It is simply redistributed. Somebody has to lose for somebody else to win. So imagine you are in a high stakes poker game and losing badly; the rent money, the money you need to feed your kids, their college funds and so on. Try negotiating with the winners. “If you guys would let me win a few hands, the game would last longer and everybody’s enjoyment would be increased.” Good luck with that. My point is you cannot negotiate with greed in a zero sum game.
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Wisconsin Greed

March 8, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Sustainable Planet Be the first to comment
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“And he said to them, ‘Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.’” Bible New Testament, Luke 12:15.

“And in their greed they will exploit you with deceptive words.” Bible New Testament, Peter 2:1-3.

“But greed has grown into a parasitic infestation of the body politic that bleeds us weak. Just look at the multinational corporations’ lobbying, the resulting flow of taxpayer subsidies, and the failure of government oversight.” Carl Safina, The View from Lazy Point, 2011.

“I hope we shall …crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of the land.” Thomas Jefferson, 1816, cited from Carl Safina, The View from Lazy Point, 2011. … Continue Reading

Mankiw Verses Daly – Part One

March 8, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Sustainable Planet Be the first to comment

The recent economic collapse encourages us to understand what just happened and why so we might extricate ourselves from the current crises and avoid such a calamity in the future. An interesting observation is that while the collapse was anticipated by ecological economists (Herman Daly, for example), biophysical economists (Bob Costanza), energy analysts (Vaclav Smil), oil geologists (Colin Campbell) and historians (Kevin Phillips), it was a complete surprise to neo-classical economists (for example Phil Gramm and Alan Greenspan). This despite the irony that Gramm and Greenspan share culpability for the collapse. In their own words:

“I made a mistake.” Alan Greenspan testimony before Congress, October 23, 2008. The Wall Street Journal article continues: “In his prepared remarks to the committee, Mr Greenspan said he was in “a state of shocked disbelief” about the breakdown in the ability of banks to regulate themselves and, without putting a number on it, predicted a significant rise in unemployment in the coming recession.”

“You’ve heard of mental depression; this is a mental recession …We have sort of become a nation of whiners” John McCain’s Economic advisor and former senator Phil Gramm in an interview with the Washington Times, July 9, 2008. The recession officially began in the fourth quarter 2007.

Secondly, the science of Anthropogenic Global Warming is robust and there is a lack of science supporting denial. One wonders then what motivates people to invent nonsense to support the denial view. It turns out that in addition to the bad science there exists a large body of global warming denial argument based on bad economics. While economic arguments are not relevant to any scientific discussion in any event, the nature of these arguments and the fact that they are even proffered at all gives us a hint as to why deniers are motivated (and why they are being generously paid) to make stuff up.

Surprising to an engineer or “hard” scientist is that economic study is a collection of disparate “schools” of thought which generally contradict each other. As we have shown previously using the example of the recent housing bubble, we seem to be able to find economists who will support almost any opinion, such as that the housing bubble existed and its bursting was imminent (Shiller [1]) and that it did not exist at all (Smith and Smith [2]). The Smiths were clearly wrong and one wonders if they’ve ever come clean or simply made excuses.

I thought it would be interesting to compare two assessable and divergent economic points of view: Gregory Mankiw’s neo-classical views reflected in his popular text book Principles of Economics, 2007, and Herman Daly’s ecological economic views reflected in the text book he wrote with Joshua Farley titled expectedly Ecological Economics, 2004. While they don’t reflect extremes in economic thought by any means, I selected these two principally because I happen to own them. Daly is the founder of ecological economics, was a senior economist with the World Bank and is Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland. Mankiw is a neo-classical economist, who served as President George W. Bush’s economic advisor, and is currently a professor of economics at Harvard University. As Bush’s economic advisor, Mankiw has a share of the blame for our current economic mess.

Whenever I read a non-fiction book, I begin with the front and back matter: the introduction, table of contents, acknowledgements, references, endnotes and index. If there are no references, I generally don’t read the book because by definition the material will not be verifiable.

As it turns out, Mankiw’s book, surprisingly, contains no reference section and no obvious references to the economic literature. There are references to some articles and commentary in the main stream media but these are themselves opinion and not information. By contrast, Daly’s book contains a reference section as well as generous references throughout the text as footnotes in addition to referencing my two favorite economists Frederick Soddy and Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen. Mankiw’s book presents this problem for students: some bits of it may be correct and some may be wrong but we don’t know which bits are which and no easy way to find out. It is strictly speaking for the lack of references a useless text book. By contrast, I’m reading Dan Simon’s text book Optimal Estimation for work. Simon provides a wonderful and rich reference section at the back of the book but he also provides an appendix which gives an historical perspective on the subject matter and another appendix which describes other books on the topic. This book is highly theoretical and that book has practical applications, and so on. Simon’s book reflects quality. There are several very good reasons for insisting upon good references in a text book. The first is so that the student can verify the material contained in the book. Secondly, the student might need to do a research paper on a specialized topic and the reference section would provide the sources a student needs to learn more about a particular topic. The third is a matter of attribution. Peter of Blois wrote (cited by Simon): “we are like dwarfs on the shoulders of giants.” Attribution is simply a demonstration of integrity.

As I generally have some reasons I’m exploring a field of study, the index entries can tell me if the book covers what I may be interested in. I would expect an introductory college level text book on economics would contain these entries: energy, material, thermodynamics, entropy, pollution, agriculture, production, or similar. On this basis, Daly’s book offers considerably more insight. Mankiw’s book strikes out again.

Considering our motivation to understand the recent recession, the following entries are also of interest: recession, depression, inflation, deflation, housing bubbles, derivatives, credit default swaps, total credit market debt, and similar entries. Neither book scores well here.

In the future, I want to address a couple of topics which are well known to economics such as the tragedy of the commons and private property. Both books address the tragedy of the commons. As we might expect, Daly references the salient paper on the topic by Garrett Hardin, published in Science in 1968, and Mankiw does not. We can compare the treatment in both books against the original Hardin paper plus the considerable scientific progress on the topic since 1968. Another topic worth examining is Adam Smith’s invisible hand. Again, it is useful to compare the treatment in Daly and Mankiw with the original text in Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations.

[1] Robert J. Shiller, “Long-Term Perspectives on the Current Boom in Home Prices,” Economists’ Voice www.bepress.com/ev March, 2006.

[2] Margaret Hwang Smith and Gary Smith, “Bubble, Bubble, Where’s the Housing Bubble?” Preliminary draft prepared for the Brookings Panel on Economic Activity, March 30-31, 2006.

Wind Energy Alternative to PATH

March 8, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Sustainable Planet Be the first to comment

Contributed by Jane Twitmyer

This is a guest article written by Loudoun county resident Jane Twitmyer. It is her testimony at the SCC PATH Hearing on February 3, 2011 at Loudoun Valley High School, Purcellville, VA.

Hello. My name is Jane Twitmyer, I am a resident of Loudoun County and I am here is to ask you to disallow the siting of this line. At the hearing held here on August of 2009 I made the same request. My reason then was that “the need for this addition to the grid is based on old assumptions.” A year and a half later my argument is infinitely stronger, backed up now by the reality of a changing energy landscape.

The PATH transmission line is proposed for the purpose of upgrading and expanding the amount of electricity that can be transmitted from the coal plants of West Virginia to the Mid-Atlantic States. The original application was premised on the need for additional power based on a 2006 projection. Since 2006 the need has changed dramatically. Demand for electricity has been reduced by the recession. Demand has also been reduced by the commitment of the Mid-Atlantic States to develop the next generation of renewable power sources as well as a renewed commitment to energy efficient buildings. Their commitment to Clean Power is demonstrated by strong Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards (RPS) as well as the number of projects now underway. The PJM website lists 3,900+MW of offshore wind projects in the ‘queue’ on the coastline of NJ, DE, and MD.

The Mid-Atlantic commitment to Clean Energy:

DELAWARE – offshore capacity to meet 137 percent of current electric requirements (2.8GW) … RPS – 20 percent by 2019 … Power cost savings – $274million annually. (Oceana 10/10 “Untapped Wealth”)

MARYLAND – offshore capacity to meet 63-79 percent of current electric requirements even when accounting for various social, environmental, and nautical exclusion zones and conflict areas.

RPS – 20 percent by 2022 – Power cost savings

(‘Maryland’s Offshore Wind Power Potential’ A Report Sponsored by the Abell Foundation and Prepared by the University of Delaware’s Center for Carbon-free Power Integration, College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment.)

NEW JERSEY – offshore capacity – 92 percent of the current needs (16GW) … RPS – 22 percent by 2021

The transmission potential for Offshore Wind on the Mid-Atlantic Bight is 6000MW by 2017.

The Atlantic Wind Connection (AWC) has announced their plans to build an offshore transmission backbone for wind farms on the Atlantic Bight between NY and MD. In the initial phase, the plan will be able to connect 6,000 MW of wind energy to the Eastern Grid. According to a release from the Atlantic Wind Connection the Mid-Atlantic region offers more than 60,000 MW of offshore wind potential in the relatively shallow waters of the outer continental shelf. These shallow waters, which extend miles out to sea, allow for the development of large, distant wind farms, mitigating visibility issues and allowing for greater energy capture from stronger winds. With few other renewable energy options ideally suited for the Atlantic coast, this transmission project will help states meet their renewable energy goals and standards by enabling the local offshore wind industry to deploy thousands of megawatts of clean, cost-effective energy.

(Markian Melnyk developed the AWC concept while researching Offshore Power: Building Renewable Energy Projects in U.S. Waters, his book on offshore renewable energy. AWC Release)

AND beyond 2017 … the second phase of AWC would reach to VA.

the Virginia Offshore Wind Studies, July 2007 to March 2010 concluded: “Development of an offshore submarine high-voltage, north-south “backbone” (with offshore interconnection capability) would enable Virginia’s large offshore wind resource area to supply Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.”

The Myths of Wind Power’s requirements for LARGE SCALE BACKUP, massive new energy STORAGE CAPACITY, and Vast Open Land availability.

Wind power opponents have claimed that wind energy requires an equivalent amount of “backup power”, negating the benefits of energy produced by the wind for fuel savings and the environment. That requirement is simply not true. The same tools that utility system operators use every day to deal with variations in electricity supply and demand can readily be used to accommodate the variability of changes in wind energy production.

System operators always maintain significant “operating reserves,” typically equal to 5-7 percent or more of total generation. In addition, grid operators provide interconnections to pool those reserves among operators, enhancing a given utility’s ability to deal with rapid and unpredictable changes in electricity demand. On the other hand, changes in wind supply actually occur more gradually when wind turbines are spread over a reasonably large area, as they are in offshore projects, giving the operator time to bring reserves online. On average, adding 3 MW of wind energy to the U.S. electric grid would at most require anywhere from 0 to 0.01 MW of additional spinning reserves, and 0 to 0.07 MW of non-spinning reserves. Source: U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)

In addition, wind turbines generate more power than on-shore turbines because wind speeds are generally greater offshore, the wind itself is steadier and the blades used can be larger. The ‘sea breeze effect’ of wind farms this far offshore means that the power generated from the offshore turbines occurs during times of high electricity use. Finally, transmission loss is minimized as the power is produced close to the major population center. 75% of the population lives in relatively proximity to our coastline.

Substantial Investment is required now in our power industries

$70+ Billion is the cost estimated by several large banks to upgrade or replace our current power plants. That investment must occur over the next 10-20 years and is based only partially on the requirement to meet enforced and expanded Clean Air regulations. The main reason is the age of the plants. Seventy percent of our coal plants and all of our nuclear facilities are more than 30 years old. Thirty percent of the coal plants in the U.S. are more than 40 years old. Some have no pollution controls installed at all. They must be replaced and upgraded and that will require a massive investment.

The Better Investment … Use less & develop micro-power or energy produced on-site.

Renewable energy and efficiency can save Mid-Atlantic ratepayers billions by 2020, and more billions by 2030.

From a report published by Duke and Georgia Tech in 2010 “Energy Efficiency in the South”

“Under realistic renewable expansion and policy scenarios, the region could economically supply a large proportion of its future electricity needs from both utility-scale and customer-owned renewable energy sources.”

The nine energy efficiency policies evaluated in Energy Efficiency in the South could reduce energy costs for Maryland consumers and could generate jobs in the State. Energy savings of $2.1billion would accrue to customers in 2020 and $3.6 billion in 2030.

Rooftop solar PV can meet up to 86% of total US residential electricity demand. This estimate excludes 35 percent of commercial and 78 percent of the residential roof area in the US as not well sited for solar.

New Jersey ranks second only to California in installed solar capacity in the U.S. with over 5,800 rooftop installations.

Finally, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has produced guidelines based on research and best practices that will save 54-58 percent of energy used in medium and large commercial buildings.

A recent study from the Pew Foundation is entitled, Global Clean Power, a $2.3 Trillion Opportunity. The study states that policy matters if we are to seize this opportunity. One small part of that opportunity is before us today. Careful analyses, many quoted here, predict that with substantial investment in Clean Energy, we will save consumers money, provide jobs, develop new manufacturing capacity and protect our health. The PATH line represents old thinking. It was developed using an outdated energy model and should be rejected.

References
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renewable_portfolio_standard

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PJM_Interconnection

http://www.pjm.com/

http://www.wapa.gov/es/greennews/2010/oct0410.htm

http://na.oceana.org/sites/default/files/reports/Offshore_Wind_Report_-_Final_1.pdf

http://offshorewind.net/Other_Pages/Links%20Library/MarylandsOffshorewindPowerPotential-feb2010.pdf

http://www.amazon.com/Offshore-Power-Building-Renewable-Projects/dp/1593702116

http://www.vcerc.org/VCERC_Final_Report_Offshore_Wind_Studies_Full_Report_new.pdf

http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/news/index.cfm

http://www.seealliance.org/se_efficiency_study/full_report_efficiency_in_the_south.pdf

http://www.nrel.gov/

http://www.pewtrusts.org/uploadedFiles/wwwpewtrustsorg/Reports/Global_warming/G20-Report-LowRes.pdf

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What Should I Do With The Rest Of My Life?

3 Jul 2014

- By Samuel Moore-Sobel Like many other students more than halfway through college, I find myself contemplating what I am going to do with the rest of my life. Lately I have been considering attending law school. Being a lawyer …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

Amy and Dan Smith’s Planning For Life

3 Jul 2014

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– by Amy and Dan Smith I’m pleased to join Amy in this column. There are topics, which I know from my years of experience in the estate planning field are of interest to folks and which can be rather …

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Student News

Loudoun Student Awarded Environmental Scholarship

6 Jul 2014

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American Disposal Services is proud to announce Allison Arpajian, the Loudoun County recipient of their Annual American Disposal Services Inc. Scholarship. Applications were distributed to all public high schools in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties. One winner was chosen from each …

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Local Residents Graduate from the College of William & Mary

3 Jul 2014

The following residents recently graduated from the College of William & Mary: Alexander Graeme Thomson, from Hamilton (20158), with a BS degree. Gabrielle Alana Graves, from Middleburg (20117), with a BA degree. Kathleen Warren Hale, from Middleburg (20117), with a …

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Kevin Sherman Graduated from Ithaca College

3 Jul 2014

Kevin Sherman, a native of Middleburg, Va., graduated from Ithaca College’s School of Health Sciences and Human Performance with a degree in Sport Studies. The degree was awarded in May 2014.

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July 2014
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Village at Leesburg VAL’s Pals

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June 30, 2014

Village at Leesburg Shopping Center
1602 Village Market Blvd
Leesburg, 20175
USA

Join us for this week’s FREE kids’ club program featuring a FREE movie at Cobb Theatres. Join us for “Turbo” or “Walking with Dinosaurs.” Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for more information.

 

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Village at Leesburg VAL’s Pals

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July 1, 2014

Village at Leesburg Shopping Center
1602 Village Market Blvd
Leesburg, 20175
USA

Join us for this week’s FREE kids’ club program featuring a FREE movie at Cobb Theatres. Join us for “Turbo” or “Walking with Dinosaurs.” Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for more information.

 

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Village at Leesburg VAL’s Pals

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July 2, 2014

Village at Leesburg Shopping Center
1602 Village Market Blvd
Leesburg, 20175
USA

Join us for this week’s FREE kids’ club program featuring a FREE movie at Cobb Theatres. Join us for “Turbo” or “Walking with Dinosaurs.” Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for more information.

 

VAL's Pals Kid's Club

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Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd.
Leesburg, 20175
USA
314-602-1325

FREE activity every Wednesday at 10 a.m. Held in Community Room at 1601 Village Market Blvd. #100, next to Plow & Hearth and across from Cobb Theatres, unless noted. 

  • July 2  – Paul Hadfield aka “The Funny Guy” Clown Theater program

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Village at Leesburg VAL’s Pals

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July 3, 2014

Village at Leesburg Shopping Center
1602 Village Market Blvd
Leesburg, 20175
USA

Join us for this week’s FREE kids’ club program featuring a FREE movie at Cobb Theatres. Join us for “Turbo” or “Walking with Dinosaurs.” Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for more information.

 

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Village at Leesburg VAL’s Pals

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July 4, 2014

Village at Leesburg Shopping Center
1602 Village Market Blvd
Leesburg, 20175
USA

Join us for this week’s FREE kids’ club program featuring a FREE movie at Cobb Theatres. Join us for “Turbo” or “Walking with Dinosaurs.” Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for more information.

 

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Village at Leesburg VAL’s Pals

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July 5, 2014

Village at Leesburg Shopping Center
1602 Village Market Blvd
Leesburg, 20175
USA

Join us for this week’s FREE kids’ club program featuring a FREE movie at Cobb Theatres. Join us for “Turbo” or “Walking with Dinosaurs.” Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for more information.

 

Saturday Summer Music Series

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July 5, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd., SE, Suite 215, Leesburg, VA 20175
Leesburg, 20175
USA
314-602-1325

Enjoy the sounds of summer every Saturday night through August 16! 5 – 8 p.m. in Fountain Court FREE. Bring your own chair or check out our new patio-style furniture in fountain court. Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for full schedule.  Check facebook/villageatleesburg.com

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Conversations in History Series: The Nature of Sacrifice

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July 5, 2014

Mt Zion Church
40309 John Mosby Hwy
Aldie, 20105

Carol Bundy, author and historian, will speak on William Hathaway Forbes and the California Battalion's confrontation of Colonel John S. Mosby, 1864. Co-hosted by Mosby Heritage Area Association and Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.

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July Sunday Brunch at Breaux Vineyards

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July 6, 2014

Breaux Vineyards
36888 Breaux Vineyards Lane
Purcellville, 20132
United States

End your Holiday weekend with a delicious Sunday Brunch! Take a break from the sunshine and heat to enjoy a 3-course meal paired with delicious Breaux Vineyard wines while overlooking the sweeping views! Chef Author from Grandale Farms has prepared a delicious farm to table meal for you to enjoy.

Tickets are $60 per person / $55 Cellar Club members

Cavaliers, Courage & Coffee Program

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July 6, 2014

Mt Zion Church
40309 John Mosby Hwy
Aldie, 20105

As part of the sesquicentennial events for the Battle of Mt Zion Church, the Gray Ghost Interpretive Group will offer a lantern lit dramatic evening. 540-687-5578.

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VAL's Pals Kid's Club

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July 9, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd.
Leesburg, 20175
USA
314-602-1325

FREE activity every Wednesday at 10 a.m. Held in Community Room at 1601 Village Market Blvd. #100, next to Plow & Hearth and across from Cobb Theatres, unless noted. 

  • June 9 –  Zumba for kids

VAL Movies Under the Stars

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July 9, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd.
Leesburg, 20175

FREE VAL Lawn Chair or Picnic Blanket for the first 50 families each week! Check out your film favorites at our NEW summer outdoor movie series. Grab refreshments from your favorite VAL restaurant, bring your own lawn chair and have fun! Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for full schedule. For inclement weather updates, visit Facebook.com/VillageAtLeesburg. One giveaway per family, while quantities last. July 9 – The Goonies  PG  111 mins

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9th Annual Key West Festival

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July 12, 2014

Breaux Vineyards
36888 Breaux Vineyards
Purcellville, 20132
USA

Come enjoy our "Vineyard in Paradise" at the 9th annual Key West Fest!  Wine tastings, food vendors,  live music, kids' activities and more!

Local crafters and vendors will also be on-site selling their wares and have great items you could win!  We will draw prizes under the band tent during the band breaks!

Please remember, no dogs or picnics are permitted at our festivals! 

Ticket sales coming soon!

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Increase Your Reach: Social Media Advertising for Business

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July 17, 2014

Why use social media advertising? What should your goals be? Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIn—what’s best for your business? How can you analyze results to ensure that you’re getting your money’s worth?

Get answers. Maximize the power of your SM advertising.

Presenter:  Kona Gallagher,  Marketing Program Coordinator for Loudoun County’s Department of Economic Development.

REGISTER at Loudoun SBDC.eventbrite.com

Fee:  $25 registration online; $30 at door
Those who pay at the door are not guaranteed seating or handouts.

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Summer Saturdays

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July 19, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd SE
Leesburg, 20175
USA
5712912288

Village at Leesburg presents a music concert series. Come listen to various artists on Saturday July 19th, Saturday August 2nd, Saturday August 9th, Saturday August 16th, Saturday August 30th, Sunday August 31st, and Monday September 1st at Village at Leesburg in Fountain Court. There will be performances by Paul Pfau & Connor Pledger (R&B former The Voice contestants), Julian Roso (Acoustic Pop), Todd Wright Band (Alternative Pop Covers), Poorhouse Rd (Americana Blues), Music Bone (Electric Rock/Jazz), Gina de Simone & The Moaners (Swing/Dance), AJ Sith & The Apollo (Indie Rock) on alternating nights. For the full music schedule please visit villageatleesburg.com

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JUL Loudoun Federal Contractors Group Networking Event

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July 22, 2014

Patrick McMahon, Attorney - McMahon, Welch and Learned, PLLC, will present briefly on “Negotiating Teaming & Subcontracting Agreements from a Small Business Subcontractor Perspective.”

 

SPONSOR:   TD Bank, N.A.

 

Let’s continue building federal contracting relationships in Loudoun. Whether you’re a contracting neophyte or veteran, this event can help you move forward on your contracting goals.

The group’s founder, Loudoun SBDC, is a resource partner with the SBA. It has been helping to launch/grow government contracting businesses for over 10 years. It has strong partners within the economic development community and is well-positioned to assist you!

 

FREE but REGISTER at LoudounSBDC.eventbrite.com.

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VAL Movies Under the Stars

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July 23, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd.
Leesburg, 20175
USA

FREE VAL Lawn Chair or Picnic Blanket for the first 50 families each week! Check out your film favorites at our NEW summer outdoor movie series. Grab refreshments from your favorite VAL restaurant, bring your own lawn chair and have fun! Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for full schedule. For inclement weather updates, visit Facebook.com/VillageAtLeesburg. One giveaway per family, while quantities last. July 23 – Despicable Me PG  119 mins

Movies Under The Stars

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July 23, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd SE
Leesburg, 20175
USA
5712912288

Come enjoy free movie screenings at Village at Leesburg. July 23rd Despicable Me (Rated PG) will be shown. August 6th will be the winning fan favorite vote. Choices are: Superman (original-Rated PG), Willy Wonka (Rated G), Surf's Up (Rated PG), and Smurfs (Rated PG). Vote on Facebook!August 20th Frozen (Rated PG) will be shown. Free event chair or picnic blanket will be given to the first 50 families!

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VAL Movies Under the Stars

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July 24, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd.
Leesburg, 20175
USA

FREE VAL Lawn Chair or Picnic Blanket for the first 50 families each week! Check out your film favorites at our NEW summer outdoor movie series. Grab refreshments from your favorite VAL restaurant, bring your own lawn chair and have fun! Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for full schedule. For inclement weather updates, visit Facebook.com/VillageAtLeesburg. One giveaway per family, while quantities last. July 23 – Despicable Me PG  119 mins

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VAL Movies Under the Stars

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July 25, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd.
Leesburg, 20175
USA

FREE VAL Lawn Chair or Picnic Blanket for the first 50 families each week! Check out your film favorites at our NEW summer outdoor movie series. Grab refreshments from your favorite VAL restaurant, bring your own lawn chair and have fun! Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for full schedule. For inclement weather updates, visit Facebook.com/VillageAtLeesburg. One giveaway per family, while quantities last. July 23 – Despicable Me PG  119 mins

July Fourth Friday at Breaux Vineyards

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July 25, 2014

Breaux Vineyards
36888 Breaux Vineyards Lane
Purcellville, 20132
USA

July Fourth Friday! July 25; 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Each month our "Fourth Fridays" event boasts a fabulous evening of wine + entertainment worth sharing with family and friends.  This month's fourth Friday falls on July 25th.  We will have live music, wine to taste and food to eat.  Don't miss out on this fun summer evening - come soak in the views, the music and of course some terrific vino!

No reservation needed - We'll see you Friday the 25th!

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Village at Leesburg 5th Annual Summer Block Party

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July 26, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd.
Leesburg, 20175
USA
314-602-1325

Saturday, July 26

3 – 8 p.m.  FREE

Join us for this FREE family event with live bands, entertainers, inflatables, food, sidewalk sales and fun activities throughout the entire center.  Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for full schedule. 

 

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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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July 28, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

The Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers are offering two, fun summer camps!  If you've never clogged before, join us July 28 - Aug 1 for our Novice Camp.  Hours are 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you are an experienced clogger, join us Aug 4 - Aug 8 from 9:00am - 12:00pm for our Experienced Camp.  Ages 8 through adult.  $50 per camp.

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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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July 29, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

The Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers are offering two, fun summer camps!  If you've never clogged before, join us July 28 - Aug 1 for our Novice Camp.  Hours are 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you are an experienced clogger, join us Aug 4 - Aug 8 from 9:00am - 12:00pm for our Experienced Camp.  Ages 8 through adult.  $50 per camp.

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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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July 30, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

The Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers are offering two, fun summer camps!  If you've never clogged before, join us July 28 - Aug 1 for our Novice Camp.  Hours are 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you are an experienced clogger, join us Aug 4 - Aug 8 from 9:00am - 12:00pm for our Experienced Camp.  Ages 8 through adult.  $50 per camp.

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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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July 31, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

The Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers are offering two, fun summer camps!  If you've never clogged before, join us July 28 - Aug 1 for our Novice Camp.  Hours are 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you are an experienced clogger, join us Aug 4 - Aug 8 from 9:00am - 12:00pm for our Experienced Camp.  Ages 8 through adult.  $50 per camp.

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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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August 1, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

The Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers are offering two, fun summer camps!  If you've never clogged before, join us July 28 - Aug 1 for our Novice Camp.  Hours are 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you are an experienced clogger, join us Aug 4 - Aug 8 from 9:00am - 12:00pm for our Experienced Camp.  Ages 8 through adult.  $50 per camp.

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Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) Child Safety Day

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August 2, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd.
Leesburg, 20175
USA

Saturday, August 2 from 12pm-4pm  FREE

Get up close to awesome rescue squad vehicles and cool interactive displays! Enjoy music, inflatables,  prizes and giveaways and more fun. Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for full schedule.

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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August 2, 2014

Notaviva Vineyards
13274 Sagle Rd
Purcellville, 20132
540-668-6756

Notaviva Vineyards presents their monthly Bluegrass Jam a FREE event held the first Saturday of every month!

An event for all ages featuring Ashby Run. Open to players of every skill level

3pm-6pm Saturday 7/5

Wine available by the glass and by the bottle, lite snacks available. Must be 21 to drink alcohol.

Summer Saturdays

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August 2, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd SE
Leesburg, 20175
USA
5712912288

Village at Leesburg presents a music concert series. Come listen to various artists on Saturday July 19th, Saturday August 2nd, Saturday August 9th, Saturday August 16th, Saturday August 30th, Sunday August 31st, and Monday September 1st at Village at Leesburg in Fountain Court. There will be performances by Paul Pfau & Connor Pledger (R&B former The Voice contestants), Julian Roso (Acoustic Pop), Todd Wright Band (Alternative Pop Covers), Poorhouse Rd (Americana Blues), Music Bone (Electric Rock/Jazz), Gina de Simone & The Moaners (Swing/Dance), AJ Sith & The Apollo (Indie Rock) on alternating nights. For the full music schedule please visit villageatleesburg.com

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View From the Ridge

There’s a New Gang in Town – And Isn’t It Time?

3 Jun 2014

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For many, the recent town-wide elections in Purcellville present all of western Loudoun with a significant opportunity to launch a more citizen-focused future. On July 1 there will be a new mayor and a decidedly different balance of power on the Purcellville Town Council, as four new members with fresh …

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Editorial

War Madness

25 Jul 2014

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The Dying Gaul By John P. Flannery In a world that prefers to war, can’t get enough of it, innocents are killed, and those senseless incidents in turn provoke more war. It happened in the Ukraine and the testosterone is running high. Ukraine calls to the West to put up or shut up with military force, not just economic sanctions. …

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Bed and Breakfasts – Boon or Threat to the Rural Economy?

3 Jun 2014

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By Malcolm and Pamela Baldwin Breaking news, in case you missed it: the Board of Supervisors has created new rules for bed-and-breakfast establishments in Loudoun, among them an increase in the number and frequency of events – such as weddings – B&Bs are allowed to host on their properties. At the same time, the board also tightened fire safety, building …

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Lifestyle

Feed Loudoun – Fresh Food Drive

27 Jul 2014

Photo attached courtesy Julia Brizendine: What is gleaning? It is the harvesting of food for the needy. This tradition goes back to ancient times when landholders allowed folks in need to harvest left-over crops. In eighteenth century England, the sexton would often ring a church bell at eight o'clock in the morning and again at seven in the evening to alert needy families when they were invited to collect crops. As a volunteer, gleaning is a fun, family activity that usually lasts no more than about 2 hours on a beautiful day. It is also a good activity for groups who are looking for community outreach projects.

Special report by Mark Gunderman Photo courtesy Julia Brizendine: What is gleaning? It is the harvesting of food for the needy. This tradition goes back to ancient times when landholders allowed folks in need to harvest left-over crops. In eighteenth century England, the sexton would often ring a church bell at eight o’clock in the morning and again at seven …

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Susan Greenbaum to Perform in Middleburg

17 Jul 2014

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The Bluemont Concert Series is proud to present Susan Greenbaum on Saturday, July 26 for the last of our four Saturday evening concerts in Middleburg. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. The Middleburg concerts are now held at the Middleburg Community Center baseball field, located at 300 West Washington Street. Admission is $5 per person, $4 for Bluemont Friends and …

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Woodgrove High School Debate Camp

15 Jul 2014

Ms. Purvis’s WHS Debate Team is conducting a debate camp this summer from August 4 through August 8. It will be held each day from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Woodgrove High School and is open to students who will be attending Woodgrove HS or Loudoun Valley HS. The purpose of the camp is to introduce aspiringdebaters to the art …

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Wild Loudoun

Fireflies – Green Sequins Of The Night

3 Jul 2014

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I don’t usually start my Wild Loudoun column by sharing information about the scientific classification into which a given plant, animal or insect falls. But, in the case of the firefly, it’s too fun not too … Fireflies are part of an insect family known as Lampyridae … as in “lamp.” Of course they are, you say. Firefly larva – …

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Around Virginia

VDOE Names Chief Academic Officer

Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples today announced that John William “Billy” Haun of Charlottesville will become the Virginia Department of Education’s chief academic officer, taking the position of assistant superintendent of instruction on September 1. “I am delighted that Billy is bringing his knowledge, leadership and innovative ideas …

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LaRock Appointed to Joint Commission on Technology and Science

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Speaker of the House William Howell has appointed Delegate Dave LaRock as a member of the Joint Commission on Technology and Science (JCOTS), effective immediately and lasting for the duration of his term in the House of Delegates. The Commission meets several times throughout the year to “Study all aspects …

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Virginia Earns Top Special Education Rating from U.S. Department of Education

Virginia is one of only 18 states and territories earning a “meets requirements” designation under the US Department of Education’s (USED) new results-driven accountability model for rating state compliance with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Previously in rating states, USED focused on procedural requirements such as timelines …

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Sports

Ida Lee NFL Flag Football League Registration Ends July 28

20 Jul 2014

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Registration for the Fall 2014 NFL Flag Football league is currently ongoing for boys and girls, ages six to 14, and spots are filling fast. To secure a spot in the league, participants must register by Monday, July 28, 2014. The Ida Lee NFL Flag Football League is the premier …

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Lady Vikings Claim District Lacrosse Title

3 Jun 2014

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By Mac Shuford The Loudoun Valley girls lacrosse team beat Woodgrove 10-7 on May 22 for the district championship. It was a hard fought victory and a long time coming as Valley had never beaten Woodgrove until this game, having narrowly lost last year’s district and regional Titles in the …

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Letters

Good News – Virginia Budget Passed

3 Jul 2014

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I hope folks have heard the good news that Virginia has passed a two-year budget, and passed it without allowing our new governor to force …

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T-Mac Does an O’Bama

24 Jun 2014

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Everyone by now has heard that the Virginia Legislature was able to pass a budget without medicaid expansion. This has infuriated the Governor who has …

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De-couple Medicaid Expansion from the Commonwealth’s Budget

11 Jun 2014

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At a September 25, 2103, debate sponsored by the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, then Mr. McAuliffe declared, “No budget will be shut down in Virginia …

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