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Virginia Can and Should Work Harder to Combat Hunger

November 2, 2013 Around Virginia Comments Off on Virginia Can and Should Work Harder to Combat Hunger
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By Congressman Frank Wolf

Last year, the USDA reported a record number of Americans are struggling to put food on their tables. Across the nation, 49 million people – including 17 million children and six million seniors – are going hungry, a number that has grown substantially over the last two years, even since the start of the recession.

Because of high unemployment and underemployment rates nationwide, local food banks and pantries are struggling to keep up with demand, even during this period of economic recovery.

In some cases, families that once were regular food donors are finding themselves in line for food assistance themselves. Media outlets have reported that military families are regularly visiting local food banks, some of which have had to close their doors all together as their shelves go bare. … Continue Reading

10th District Academy Day Set for April 6

March 27, 2013 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on 10th District Academy Day Set for April 6

Area students interested in attending one of the nation’s service academies are encouraged to attend the 10th District Academy Day from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, at the Loudoun County School Board Office in Ashburn, Rep. Wolf (VA-10th) announced.

Representatives from the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy will be in attendance. In addition, representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard, Virginia Military Institute and the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets have been invited.

Students and parents will have the opportunity to meet with these representatives, as well as participate in panel discussions. … Continue Reading

Wolf Pushes Attorney General To Use Current Funding for Bipartisan Programs to Reduce Gun Violence

January 25, 2013 Government, News Comments Off on Wolf Pushes Attorney General To Use Current Funding for Bipartisan Programs to Reduce Gun Violence
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Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) today called on the Obama Administration to use existing funds to improve the nation’s background check system and to create a national center for campus public safety.

In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Wolf, chairman of the subcommittee that funds the Justice Department, said improvements to the background check system that were included in Wolf’s House-passed FY 2013 Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) bill could be funded through existing funding in the 2012 continuing resolution. … Continue Reading

Wolf Continues Outspoken Opposition to Greenway Increase

December 4, 2012 Government, News Comments Off on Wolf Continues Outspoken Opposition to Greenway Increase
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Rep. Frank Wolf (VA-10th) today continued his long-standing efforts to curb the ever-increasing tolls on the Dulles Greenway.

In a letter to State Corporation Commission (SCC) Chairman Mark Christie, Wolf said the Toll Road Investors Partnership’s (TRIP II) application for yet another toll increase further emphasizes the tolls’ unbearable cost. He cited a 2008 amendment to a state law governing the Greenway that forces the SCC to approve a toll increase if the application is no greater than a set formula. … Continue Reading

Wolf Releases Statement on DOT IG Report on MWAA

November 1, 2012 Development, News Comments Off on Wolf Releases Statement on DOT IG Report on MWAA
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Rep. Frank Wolf (VA-10) issued the following statement on the release of the Department of Transportation’s IG report on the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority (MWAA):

“The MWAA described in this report is not the MWAA created 25 years ago. Something has gone terribly wrong in recent years as the board that governs MWAA spiraled into dysfunction. MWAA must immediately implement all the recommendations detailed in the IG’s report so it returns to the authority we once knew.

“The issues raised by the IG are serious and troubling. The successful operation of Ronald Reagan and Washington Dulles airports and the Metrorail extension project requires an organization that is ethical, honest and beyond reproach. Public trust in MWAA is imperative as the airports are partly funded by taxpayer money, and the extension project partly by tolls on the Dulles Toll Road. MWAA must be a good public steward of taxpayer and toll-payer dollars. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Community Discusses Outreach Programs to Solve Hunger

October 13, 2012 Loudoun County Comments Off on Loudoun Community Discusses Outreach Programs to Solve Hunger

Chairman Scott York, Congressman Frank Wolf and Lynn Chapman with congressional aides.

By Lisa Gunderman

Back in May of this year, five denominations around Loudoun County joined forces to organize “Love Your Neighbor, Feed Your Neighbor,” a countywide food drive that resulted in the collection of over 54,000 lbs. of food and over $12,000 in financial donations. This effort was widely supported by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors as they issued a proclamation declaring May 2012 as Hunger Awareness Month. The seemingly only logical next step from the enormous success of the county food drive was to continue to collaborate to find innovative ways of meeting the long term challenges of providing needy families with food. … Continue Reading

An Interview with Congressman Frank Wolf

September 5, 2012 Elections, News Comments Off on An Interview with Congressman Frank Wolf
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Frank Wolf has served as 10th District Congressman since 1980; one of his first pieces of legislation went on to wrest control of the area airports – including Dulles – away from the Federal Government and under the current Authority. He’s been a proponent of Dulles Rail, and has championed human rights causes around the globe. Frank’s lesser-known talents include yo-yo skills and chili pepper gardening. I’ve interviewed Congressman Wolf dozens of times, but this is our first exchange in about five years.

Tim Jon: You’ve been on the Dulles Rail issue since the beginning. It’s been a real saga: getting the funding, all the approvals, and the ongoing situation with the Metro Airports Authority as constructor. Loudoun obviously has mixed feelings about the whole thing; I guess I’m asking you to make sense of this thing for some of us at this time- (it used to be a pretty simple “train story”). … Continue Reading

Wolf Introduces Bill to Give Virginia Majority on MWAA Board

August 11, 2012 Government, News 2 comments
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Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) has introduced legislation to reduce the size of the board of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) and give Virginia a clear majority of the seats.

“The MWAA board in place today is not what was envisioned 25 years ago,” Wolf said. “This board is broken and broken badly.”

Wolf said the current board lacks transparency and accountability, pointing to a series of appalling decisions over the past two years, including a $200,000 confidential settlement with an unsuccessful candidate to run the authority and sweetheart deals for former board members and board staff. Lavish travel around the globe by board members also has come under scrutiny. … Continue Reading

Wolf Asks Attorney General To Examine Greenway Toll Structure

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

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

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

Virginia Feds Feed Families Food Drive Kicks Off

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

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

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

Congress Should Hold Two Weeks of Hearing on War

July 14, 2012 Government, News Comments Off on Congress Should Hold Two Weeks of Hearing on War
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Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) joined Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) in asking Speaker John Boehner to consider holding two weeks of hearings this fall on the war in Afghanistan.

In a letter to Boehner, Wolf and Hunter pointed to the fact that the nation has been at war in Afghanistan for 11 years and believe the American people no longer have a clear sense of what we are trying to accomplish, why it remains necessary and how far we are from attaining our goal.

Wolf is a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee. Hunter is on the House Armed Services Committee and served in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan as a U.S. Marine. … Continue Reading

Language Creating Permanent Inspector General for MWAA Clears Another Hurdle

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

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

Wolf Responds To DOT IG Report on MWAA

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

Dear Secretary LaHood:

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


 

 

 

 

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Moods come and go, but greatness endures.” These prescient words were uttered by President George H.W. Bush, a man who knows firsthand the truth of his own saying. In 1992, President Bush garnered only 37 percent of …

Second Bull Run

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It may not have been a battle, but – seeing as how it was my second attempt at getting a good look at Bull Run Creek – coupled with the fact that I’m a native Northerner – I felt a …

Snowmageddon III?  Seven Survival Tips for Parents

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. “snOMG,” “snowmageddon,” “snowpocalypse,” and “kaisersnoze” are a few terms to describe what just happened in Northern Virginia. The storm was reported to be the second worst storm on record. And while many children and teens gladly …

What Is a Sport?

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By Mary Rose Lunde On January 10, hundreds of talented dancers from across the East Coast competed at the Universal Dance Academy Regional Championship at West Springfield High School. Tensions were high and the stakes couldn’t have been greater. What …

Six Things to Know to Weather a Market Downturn

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It’s natural to be nervous when the markets head for negative territory. Keep a positive perspective with these six investing reminders. It can be very unsettling for investors when their portfolios and the markets start heading for the red and …

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Figure 3. Sea-surface height as inferred by by NASA satellites during the current El Niño (December 27, 2015, at left, from Jason-2) and at a comparable point during the last “super” El Niño (December 28, 1997, at right, from TOPEX/Poseidon). Warmer temperatures in the upper ocean result in higher sea-surface heights, as the seawater expands. In 1997, the above-average sea surface height was generally more intense and peaked in November. In 2015, the area of high sea levels was less pronounced but considerably broader. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. (see [4])

Figure 1 shows the annual global temperature anomaly since 1980 up to November 2015 using the NASA GISS data set [1]. NASA has not yet published December’s data though BEST has [2] and yes 2015 was the hottest year on …

Editorial

Grief and Greed

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By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …

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Oh No, It’s the Christians!

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By Nicholas Reid In the hours and days following every massacre perpetrated by radical Muslims, there is one unifying theme across most news coverage of the massacre, wherever it may …

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Job Well Done!

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Kudos to Town Manager Rob Lohr and his awesome hard working staff. You did a fantastic job of snow removal throughout the Town of Purcellville this past week. Mr. Lohr …

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An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input …

Student News

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016

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Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

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8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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Loudoun Valley Boys Basketball Spirit Night at Coach's Corner

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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5K Race to Benefit Riverside High School Athletic Department

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Gallery Coffeehouse: READERS THEATRE "LOVE LETTERS" BY A. R. GURNEY

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Mad Cap Puppets: UNDER THE BONSAI TREE

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

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CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT: Year Of The Monkey

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Loudoun Symphony presents A LITTLE CHAMBER MUSIC

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THE EDGE: Malone Benefit Concert

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Loudoun School of Ballet Winter Showcase

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theatre, 100 Lunches" by Jack Sharkey & Leo Sears

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Run and Walk To Your Nearest 5K Pregame Event Happening on Super Bowl Day In Leesburg

3 Feb 2016

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There is a new Running Company, the Pace Makers Running Company, in town and they are on a mission to help the local population with their health goals while raising money for selected charities. The race at The National Conference Center in Leesburg on February 7, is to help benefit the Riverside High School Athletic Department. The upcoming race on …

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Lovin’ Leesburg for All Its Beauty

3 Feb 2016

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By Hannah Hager We may be in the thick of winter, but this home on Cherry Spring Lane will melt your heart. Come spring you’ll fully be able to enjoy this simple, yet elegant brick home and its surrounding green pastures enclosed by miles of black wooden fences. Beyond your immediate yard are sweeping views of the mountains and valleys …

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6th Annual Loudoun Grown Expo February 27

3 Feb 2016

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It’s that exciting time of year again for the Sixth Annual Loudoun Grown Expo. The yearly event will take place at the Bush Tabernacle 250 South Nursery Avenue, Purcellville, on February 27 with new expanded hours starting at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be wine and beer exhibitors, farm exhibitors, artisans and makers, restaurants and other rural economy …

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Education Savings Accounts Make Big Move in House

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The Virginia House of Delegates gave a strong push to House Bill 389, Delegate Dave LaRock’s (R-33rd District) innovative Education Savings Account legislation, as the House Education Committee voted 13-9 in favor of advancing the bill forward. “This is definitely an exciting development for parents and students in the Commonwealth,” …

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Kaine to Hold Hearing on Opioid Abuse

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On Monday, February 1, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, will hold a field hearing in Loudoun County to examine the ongoing fight against opioid misuse and abuse among older Americans. Kaine has met with families, law enforcement and business leaders across Virginia …

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Youth Can Apply for 2015 Livestock Exhibitor Scholarships

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Youth who exhibited beef cattle, sheep, meat goats or swine in the 2015 State Fair of Virginia 4-H and FFA youth livestock program are eligible to apply for 12 new scholarships being offered by the State Fair of Virginia. Scholarships will be offered in three age groups: Juniors (9-12), Intermediate …

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Sports

Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016

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The Western Loudon Volleyball Club U14 boys team, called the “Hitmen,” finished second in a tournament held January 17. This is the first ever boys team for the WLVBC (and only the second boys club in the area). Coach Allan Kotmel led the seven-member team. WLVBC started eight years ago, …

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ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines

2 Dec 2015

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The Old Dominion Football Club West boys and girls middle school travel soccer program scored big the weekend of November 21 and 22.  The girls Quest Premier 22 team took home the championship in the U12 Girls Premier Division of the Hunt Country Classic located in Fauquier County. The boys …

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