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Critical Fire Station Location Being Revisited … Again

July 31, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader filed under News, Public Safety No Comments

By Mary M. Bathory Vidaver

In December 2011, Joyce Sowa woke up in time to watch blood spurt from her chest as her estranged husband pulled out the knife with which he had stabbed her. As she turned and reached for the telephone, he stabbed her in the back. Dialing 911, she attempted to escape from her attacker. Before she passed out on the stairwell, with further wounds to her eye and arm, she told the 911 operator, “I’m dying.”

Within minutes of receiving the call for help rescue workers from the Aldie Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company arrived at her home in the village of Aldie and arranged for her transport by helicopter to Fairfax Hospital. “The doctor said if the first responders hadn’t made it when they did, I wouldn’t have made it. When my sister arrived at the hospital, she was told I probably wouldn’t make it.”

Sowa was still recovering from her wounds when a few weeks later, after a closed session during their first meeting, the Board of Supervisors, led by newly-elected Blue Ridge Supervisor Janet Clarke (R), directed staff to initiate a public process to explore alternative sites for a long-needed replacement fire and rescue station for the Aldie company. Although the prior Board authorized the purchase of a station site on the eastern edge of the village behind the state weigh station in 2008 and invested some $250,000 of county funds in sitework plus another $430,000 in architectural and engineering plans, the new Board voted for a do-over.
At the Feb. 14, 2012, meeting county staff presented and the Board approved a work plan for this public process. At that same meeting the Board also went into a closed session to discuss the sale of the property purchased in 2008.

Since then, according to sources who asked to remain unnamed because they were not directly involved in the process, the county has received two offers of properties for sale, one at the west end of the village and one east of Gilbert’s Corner. They have also received three offers to purchase the county property. Lewis Rauch, Director of the Loudoun County Office of Construction and Waste Management, confirmed the receipt of offers for the two alternative sites, but preferred not to go into details because the Board had not yet been briefed.

According to Rauch, he has sent a memo to the county administrator requesting the item’s placement on a future Board meeting agenda. With the Board in recess, such presentation will likely not occur until the fall. According to Rauch, “Once we have direction from the Board, we will do a public input session, but we need direction from the Board.”

None of this had anything to do with Sowa, her experience, or her doctor’s opinion about the timing of her rescuers. When Clarke made her January motion, she stated, that the new search would “be a public process which is different from what the Board has engaged in the past with respect to this particular facility.” However, she chose not to publicly disclose the generous campaign contributions – $2,990 – she received from opponents of the original replacement site.

Campaign finance records posted on the Virginia Public Access Project and the Federal Election Commission websites indicate that neither donor had previously written a check for a local or state election. One donor appears never to have written a campaign check before his donation to Clarke; most of the other donor’s prior campaign contributions were to his law firm’s political action committee.

Clarke and her donors insist that alternative sites for the firehouse exist and that the community was not invited to participate in the first process. However, history suggests otherwise. According to a presentation delivered by county staff to the Board of Supervisors in September 2011, the search for a new site began in the spring of 2007. Over the next eighteen months, county staff considered 20 properties without success. In fact, several of the properties proposed by opponents had already been considered and rejected by county staff.

In some cases, the landowner was unwilling to sell (county policy prefers to avoid condemnation if a willing seller can be found and rejects outright the condemnation of property if the property is in use as a residence). In other cases, environmental factors, such as steep slopes (Aldie is at the bottom of the Bull Run Mountains) or floodplain (Aldie sits directly on the Little River) eliminated a property from consideration. In other cases, road and traffic conditions were either unsafe or would overly delay the company’s response times in its primary service area. When the Little River Estates developer offered to sell the county one or more lots, staff and the Board quickly agreed to purchase two lots at the development’s entrance, just behind the Route 50 weigh station.

It is clear from public records that the developer was already facing financial difficulties when he made his offer to the county. The extent of those difficulties was reinforced when a creditor of the developer contacted the Board of Supervisors just after the county’s public announcement of the purchase, seeking confirmation of the sales price and closing date. At the time of the county’s purchase, only two lots had been sold to homebuyers, and only one of those sales had closed prior to the county’s purchase. Thereafter, the developer’s bank foreclosed on the unsold lots.

Based on legal filings, it does not appear that the developer ever informed his customers of his decision to sell two lots at the cul-de-sac’s entrance for the construction of a firehouse nor does it appear that the homebuyers undertook independent research to investigate purchasers of the adjoining lots.

With regards to statements by Clarke and others, that there was no public process, former Blue Ridge Supervisor Jim Burton commented that there was no one living on the neighboring lots and no one but the developer to ask for input. Input from the existing Aldie community had been solicited at the beginning of the site selection process through the volunteers. The received message, according to statements made by staff in both public and private meetings before and after the purchase, had been to find a site within the village, or at least no further east than the intersection with Route 15. This was confirmed by the president of the Aldie volunteer company, Bernie Boteler.

According to the September 2011 presentation, the two lots purchased by the county met all of the criteria established by the Aldie volunteer company, the county’s professional fire & rescue staff, the engineers, and the Board. The property was west of Gilbert’s Corner, on ground that was relatively flat yet high enough to avoid the frequent flooding experienced by the current station. There was easy access to Route 50. There was a willing seller and a price, which while high compared to the properties’ assessed value, was still within budget.

The criteria in the current search remain the same – with one exception. Despite the desires of the volunteers and the recommendations of county fire and rescue staff that the new firehouse be located west of Gilbert’s Corner, the search area was expanded to include properties east of Gilbert’s Corner.

Boteler stated that the volunteers are very concerned about a site east of Gilbert’s Corner and the impact it would have on the company’s ability to respond to its core community. Does Sowa believe that she would still be alive today if the emergency team had come from a site east of Gilbert’s Corner? “No, never,” she exclaimed.

As for a property on the western edge of the village, the county’s mapping system indicates that any property of 5 or more acres will have environmental or topographical challenges: wetlands, floodplain, sharp grades. Overcoming such challenges typically carries a significant price tag.

Should the Board decide to move forward with an alternative site, it must write off the approximately $250,000 spent in sitework on the original site. However, according to Rauch, his staff hopes to recycle much of the building design work prepared for the original site despite the substantial tailoring undertaken to meet the neighbors’ requests.

Such a decision will also continue to delay the station’s construction, as sitework on a new site is undertaken, land use applications are filed with the county’s building and development department, and bids for construction are solicited. Given that the September 2011 presentation and earlier documents indicate that the current station fails to meet standard county requirements for public safety operations, this leaves professional fire and rescue staff and volunteers to continue operating in substandard conditions for as long as another 24 to 36 months. The alternative, according to a member of the county’s Fire and Rescue Department, is to renovate the existing firehouse or implement some other stopgap measure. This, too, has a price tag.

One decision has been made, however, with another pending. In 2011, the opponents of the site filed lawsuits against the county and the developer. They also sued their neighbors down the street, whose houses, built by the company that purchased the lots from the bank, were smaller and less expensive. Plaintiffs argued that a fire house and the half-million dollar homes of their neighbors were inappropriate based on the covenants the sales agent showed them. That the developer never legally filed these covenants was irrelevant to both plaintiffs and the circuit court judge, who ruled in their favor. Still, even as they directed staff to sell the existing two lots and begin the site search anew, the Board directed the County Attorney to file an appeal with the Virginia Supreme Court. As of July 18, the court had not yet indicated it would hear the county’s appeal.

What happens if the county wins its appeal and successfully sells the property, but fails to find an economically viable site? Clarke did not respond to either email or telephone inquiries for this story. Not having been invited to participate in the new search, Boteler referred this question to the county’s Fire & Rescue Department. County staff prefers not to dwell on such possibility either on or off the record. Joyce Sowa considers most of this irrelevant. She, like most county residents, just wants to know that emergency services will always be close at hand.

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Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

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Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Beadazzled
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Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Purchase tickets online at www.vsaloudoun.org

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Around the World in 80 Days

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Very Special Arts Presents: Around the World in 80 Days
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Purchase tickets online at www.vsaloudoun.org

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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Beadazzled
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703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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March 21, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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March 23, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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March 25, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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March 27, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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March 29, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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March 31, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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April 2, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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April 4, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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April 4, 2015

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.

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View From the Ridge

Correct Course and Review the Comprehensive Plan

6 Jan 2015

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Like a ship lost at sea, many residents of Purcellville see the development patterns in and around town as having drifted dangerously off course. The Autumn Hill/Mayfair development – which resulted in the annexation of previously open land, is one example of this drift. The Vineyard Square development project, which, …

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Editorial

Liberty in the 21st Century

6 Jan 2015

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By Malcolm F. Baldwin Our elected leaders frequently express thanks for the “blessings of liberty,” reminding us of the importance of adhering to our founding fathers’ “original intent” as expressed in the Constitution. But what, exactly, is “liberty,” and what guidance would the founders offer us in facing today’s complex issues? Within only a few years of independence from Britain …

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Lifestyle

Commissioner of the Revenue to Hold Real Estate Tax Relief Seminars in March

24 Feb 2015

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Loudoun’s Commissioner of the Revenue, Robert S. Wertz Jr, has scheduled free information sessions during March to familiarize residents with the eligibility criteria for the county’s generous real estate tax relief program. Loudoun County homeowners age 65 or older or with disabilities that are below established income and wealth limits may benefit from a reduction in the amount of property …

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The Kennedys Back on Stage at the Old Stone School

20 Feb 2015

The Kennedys at the Old Stone School

On Friday, March 6, The Kennedys will perform on stage at the Old Stone School in the historic Town of Hillsboro, Virginia. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. for dinner and drinks, and their concert will start at 8:00 p.m. Tickets for the concert are $25 (dinner and drinks sold separately). This will be the second time they’ve performed at the …

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Loudoun County Celebrates Black History Month; Clerk of the Circuit Court, Libraries Host Special Programs

20 Feb 2015

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Loudoun County is celebrating Black History Month with an official resolution proclaiming February as Black History Month adopted by the Board of Supervisors and special programs hosted by the Clerk of the Circuit Court and the Loudoun County Public Library. The events include: Saturday February 21, 2015, 2:00 p.m. – Historic Court Records and African American Research: This will be …

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Wild Loudoun

Northern Cardinal – Celebrating the Language of Love

3 Feb 2015

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Most wildlife biologists classify the northern cardinal as a bird that mates for life. And, why wouldn’t they? The unmistakably brilliant lipstick red of the male cardinal cannot be described as anything other than inspiring the language of love. Catching that bolt of red as it streaks across a field of freshly fallen snow is like watching a modern oil …

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Around Virginia

NAACP Endorses Legislation Enabling Education Savings Accounts for Special Needs Students in Virginia

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Rodney Thomas, legislative representative of the NAACP Virginia State Conference announced support for House Bill 2238, a bill to make Parental Choice Education Savings Accounts available for special needs children in Virginia. In the organization’s official statement, Thomas applauded the bill’s capacity to help meet the educational needs of at-risk …

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VDOE Announces 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Competition

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The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is seeking school divisions, nonprofits, local government agencies, faith-based organizations, colleges, universities and for-profit corporations to apply for 21st Century Community Learning Center grants. The competitive grant program, authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, supports community-based programs that provide tutoring, …

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Reporting from Richmond

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By Delegate Dave LaRock Mark Twain once said that “No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session.” Folks, the legislature is in session. I’m doing my best to keep you updated as important issues develop that will impact the future of our Commonwealth, and …

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Sports

Little League Season Update

8 Aug 2014

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By Carri Michon This spring 2014 Upper Loudoun Little League season found drenching rains making fields unplayable on a regular basis. Over 100 games were rescheduled due to wet, soggy fields, said league president, Norris Beavers. “The most I have ever remembered in my 28 years of volunteering with Upper …

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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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Letters

A Loudoun Civics Lesson: It Pays To Have Money

6 Jan 2015

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Having spent an evening at the Loudoun Planning Commission monthly meeting December 16 to listen and participate in the exception application for the helipad on …

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Zoning War Confusion

6 Jan 2015

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It is often amazing to read articles covering meetings that seem far different than those I attend. A good example was your recent article “Zoning …

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Advice To Developers

6 Jan 2015

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We know you want to make money and lots of it. But across America citizens are fighting back. Please don’t destroy our quaint little town. …

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