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HUD Awards $2 Million in Housing Counseling Grants To Virginia

June 23, 2016 Around Virginia Comments Off on HUD Awards $2 Million in Housing Counseling Grants To Virginia
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Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that Catholic Charities USA, headquartered in Alexandria, will receive $951,150 in federal funding, and the Virginia Housing Development Authority, located in Richmond, will receive $1,040,918. This nearly $2 million grant by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is intended to provide families and individuals in Virginia with counseling services to improve their housing conditions and help them meet the responsibilities of tenancy and homeownership. … Continue Reading

Kaine to Hold Hearing on Opioid Abuse

January 30, 2016 Around Virginia Comments Off on 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 to discuss the harmful impacts of opioid abuse on communities in the Commonwealth. Witnesses at Monday’s hearing will include The Honorable Mark Herring, Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia; Katherine Neuhausen, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Population Health, Virginia Commonwealth University; Lisa Wilkins, Acting State Director, Virginia Change Addiction Now; Jane Terry, Director of Government Affairs, National Safety Counsel; and Mellie Randall, Director of the Office of Substance Abuse Services, Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. … Continue Reading

Warner and Kaine Praise Unanimous Committee Approval of Nominations for 2 US Attorneys

December 12, 2015 Around Virginia Comments Off on Warner and Kaine Praise Unanimous Committee Approval of Nominations for 2 US Attorneys
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Senators applaud Judiciary Cmte. approval of Dana J. Boente, John P. Fishwick

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) released the following statement on today’s Senate Judiciary Committee unanimous passage of the nominations of Dana J. Boente to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and John P. Fishwick, Jr., to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia:

“Mr. Boente’s long career as a prosecutor and current position as Acting U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District makes him exceptionally well-qualified to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District. Mr. Boente has extensive experience in a variety of cases involving national security, public corruption, and financial fraud cases. We’re encouraged by this step in the process. The full Senate should waste no time in bringing this well qualified nominee up for a vote,” Sens. Warner and Kaine said in the joint statement. … Continue Reading

Kaine Statement on Silver Line Announcement

June 24, 2014 Around Virginia Comments Off on Kaine Statement on Silver Line Announcement
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U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the announcement that Phase I of the Silver Line is scheduled to begin service on July 26:

“Today’s announcement that Phase I of the Silver Line will begin service on July 26 is news we’ve been anticipating for years. This was one of the most challenging infrastructure projects I worked on as Governor, and it wouldn’t have been possible without years of hard work and innovative thinking from bipartisan stakeholders up and down the Dulles Corridor. This project is an example of what elected officials can accomplish when we put aside our partisan differences and work together to improve Virginia. While the delays and glitches have been frustrating, I am optimistic the Silver Line will improve daily life for thousands of commuters and that the long-term benefits in improved traffic, economic development, and livable communities will be worth the wait.”

Kaine Statement on Navy Yard Shooting

September 16, 2013 Around Virginia, News Comments Off on Kaine Statement on Navy Yard Shooting
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U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on today’s shooting at the Washington Navy Yard:

“My thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted by today’s tragic shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. As we learn more about the horrific events that unfolded this morning, my deepest sympathies go out to the friends and families of the victims, as well as the surrounding community. I am thankful for the bravery of the first responders who put their lives on the line today, and every day.”

Kaine Statement on Syria

August 28, 2013 Around Virginia 2 comments
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U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, released the following statement in response to Secretary of State John Kerry’s comments today on the use of chemical weapons in Syria:

“The use of chemical weapons and indiscriminate killing of Syrian citizens by the Assad regime is despicable. Secretary Kerry’s efforts to work with our allies and partners on an appropriate response is important. I was pleased to hear Secretary Kerry say that the Administration is consulting with Congress as response options – including potential military options – are being considered. Absent an imminent threat to United States national security, the U.S. should not be engaged in military action without Congressional approval. And while it’s important that we continue to work closely with our allies to help Syria achieve a negotiated, inclusive political solution, those who employ such weapons and indiscriminate violence must be held accountable.”

In July, Senator Kaine announced efforts to reform the War Powers Resolution in a way that lays out a clear consultative process between Congress and the President on whether and when to engage in military action.

Kaine Launches New Website

May 19, 2013 Around Virginia Comments Off on Kaine Launches New Website
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U.S. Senator Tim Kaine launched his permanent Senate website today. Through the site, Virginians can contact Kaine to voice their opinions on legislation, access a number of constituent services and seek assistance as they resolve issues with federal agencies.

“This easy-to-use website will allow Virginians to share opinions with me and let my office know how we can help,” said Kaine. “I hope constituents will also use the site to learn more about my travels through the Commonwealth and the legislation I’m working on in Washington to create jobs and strengthen our economy, support our servicemembers and veterans and make important investments in education, workforce training and transportation that will improve the lives of Virginians.” … Continue Reading

Kaine Visits Business Communities in Northern Virginia, Participates in Winchester Parade

May 6, 2013 Government, News 1 comment
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U.S. Senator Tim Kaine visited the Eden Center in Falls Church today to meet with members of the Asian-American business community and discuss the ways immigration reform would have a positive impact in the region and throughout Virginia. Kaine, a supporter of comprehensive immigration reform, noted that an improved legal system would continue to draw talent to Virginia’s schools and businesses and develop the state’s overall competitiveness.

“For years we’ve been talking about doing comprehensive immigration reform but haven’t been able to get anything done,” said Kaine. “This bill we have in the Senate is a good measure that covers many of the major aspects of immigration reform – border security, visa reform, family reunification and a rigorous path to citizenship.”

Kaine has expressed his support for the bipartisan Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act that was introduced recently by a group of eight U.S. senators – four Republicans and four Democrats. … Continue Reading

Kaine Visits Business Communities in Northern Virginia

May 5, 2013 Around Virginia Comments Off on Kaine Visits Business Communities in Northern Virginia
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U.S. Senator Tim Kaine visited the Eden Center in Falls Church today to meet with members of the Asian-American business community and discuss the ways immigration reform would have a positive impact in the region and throughout Virginia. Kaine, a supporter of comprehensive immigration reform, noted that an improved legal system would continue to draw talent to Virginia’s schools and businesses and develop the state’s overall competitiveness.

“For years we’ve been talking about doing comprehensive immigration reform but haven’t been able to get anything done,” said Kaine. “This bill we have in the Senate is a good measure that covers many of the major aspects of immigration reform – border security, visa reform, family reunification and a rigorous path to citizenship.” … Continue Reading

Senator Kaine Casts First Vote in Senate

January 25, 2013 Government, News Comments Off on Senator Kaine Casts First Vote in Senate
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U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement following his first vote as a senator. Kaine voted in favor of the compromise reached to reform the filibuster:

“I was honored tonight to cast my first vote as the Commonwealth’s newest U.S. Senator and I’m pleased it comes in favor of a measure to reduce some of the gridlock that has frustrated all Virginians. The Senate has been in desperate need of filibuster reform and today’s compromise will make it more difficult for a vocal few to block common sense legislation for political gain. While I have long supported a talking filibuster, I believe these reforms will help the Senate function in a more transparent and expeditious way.”

Kaine Kicks off Virginia Listening Tour with Economic Development Discussions in Southside

January 16, 2013 Around Virginia Comments Off on Kaine Kicks off Virginia Listening Tour with Economic Development Discussions in Southside
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U.S. Senator Tim Kaine today held events in Southside Virginia, his first since being sworn in as a member of the U.S. Senate. Kaine made stops in Danville and Martinsville to highlight economic success stories in the region and discuss steps to promote additional growth and hiring by improving workforce training, increasing access to capital, and reducing regulations.

In Danville, Kaine toured Essel Propack, a specialty packaging company that’s invested more than $10 million in its Danville facility since it opened in 2002. Essel Propack was recruited to Virginia during Kaine’s term as Lieutenant Governor. Since that time, it has expanded its manufacturing operations in Danville, creating more than 300 jobs. At the facility, Kaine spoke with employees about the company’s recent growth and expansion. … Continue Reading

Kaine Statement on Hagel Nomination to Secretary of Defense

January 8, 2013 Around Virginia Comments Off on Kaine Statement on Hagel Nomination to Secretary of Defense
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U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) released the following statement on President Obama’s nomination of Senator Chuck Hagel to serve as the next United States Secretary of Defense.

“As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I look forward to considering President Obama’s nomination of Senator Chuck Hagel to be the next Secretary of Defense. Hagel is a decorated war hero with a strong record of bipartisanship on foreign policy and defense issues. I will do all I can to ensure the confirmation hearing addresses important questions regarding the future of our military, the current budgetary challenges facing the country and other important security issues such as U.S. policy towards Iran.”

Senator-Elect Kaine Releases Statement on Fiscal Cliff Agreement

January 2, 2013 Government, News Comments Off on Senator-Elect Kaine Releases Statement on Fiscal Cliff Agreement
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Senator-elect Timothy M. Kaine released the following statement on the fiscal cliff agreement passed by the House and Senate:

“I’m pleased that the House and Senate have acted in a bipartisan and cooperative fashion to pass this important legislation to protect the middle class and avert a short-term fiscal crisis. This bill is far from perfect, and it’s time Congress stops kicking the can down the road on a long-term solution to our fiscal problems. But it’s an encouraging sign that Congress can put partisanship aside for the good of our economy and the American people. Much work remains to be done and I look forward to tackling our ongoing budget issues after I’m sworn in on Thursday.”

Since late 2011, Senator-elect Kaine has consistently promoted a similar compromise to the Senate bill on the Bush tax cuts, calling for the tax cuts to expire on income above $500,000 per year as part of a balanced approach of spending cuts, economic growth and increased revenue to help get the nation’s fiscal house in order.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hundreds Will Join 20th Annual Butterfly Count August 6

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By Andrea Gaines How Is a Butterfly Like a Rainbow? Scientists recently discovered that some butterfly wings contain tiny structures called gyroids that diffract or break up light into the colors of the spectrum. You may also have seen this …

Your Retirement Plan B

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Take the time to design an alternative retirement plan should retirement come earlier than expected. Imagine this. You’ve spend decades working, saving, and planning for your version of the ideal retirement. Your company was just acquired, and your boss is …

Learning Patience As a Camp Counselor

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By Mary Rose Lunde They say that one of the biggest blessings is being a teacher. It is also one of the hardest. Explaining to nine-year-old kids how to build a fire is one of the most challenging things I’ve …

Remembering the Man Who Never Forgot

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “God is God because He remembers.” The implication being that the defining element separating humans from God is the Divine’s inability to forget. Elie Wiesel was defined in part by his willingness to remember, along with his …

Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Balch Library

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By Tim Jon Solitude, peace, and quiet: Not exactly the first three adjectives I’d choose to describe the greater portion of downtown Leesburg, although its charms do shine through even on the busiest of weekday afternoons. The last morning I …

Superforecasting a Book Review

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The book “Superforecasting” by Philip Tetlock and Dan Gardner contains a nearly complete list of the attributes of superforecasting, as well as critical thinking. Tetlock’s research empirically confirms the aspects of critical thinking I’ve been discussing in this column. Their …

Pokémon GO: A Fun New Gaming App or an Accidental Treatment?

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Penicillin was accidently discovered in 1928 when scientist Alexander Fleming returned to his lab from vacation to notice that a strange fungus growing on a culture had killed off the neighboring bacteria. After WWII, psychiatrist and researcher, Dr. John Cade, …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

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

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

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

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Winchester Plans Patsy Cline Music Festival Labor Day Weekend

11 Aug 2016

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The Patsy Cline Music Festival will be held Labor Day weekend in her hometown of Winchester, Va. in honor of the legendary singer’s birthday anniversary on September. 8. Celebrating Patsy Cline sponsors the celebration that begins with a block party from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in front of the Patsy Cline Historic House, 608 S. Kent St. Music will …

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Vigil for Lost Promise to Remember Loved Ones Lost to Drugs

11 Aug 2016

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Residents and local leaders are encouraged to join the many families, friends and community groups to share the light of their loved ones lost to drugs. The Vigil for Lost Promise will be held Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Drugs: Cost and Consequences Exhibit (DEA Museum), located at 750 Miller Dr. …

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August Is National Peach Month: Eat a Peach in Salad

3 Aug 2016

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Are You Kidding? No. A nectarine and a peach are basically the same species. Nectarines are bald peaches, in effect. In early cultivation, nectarines occasionally appeared on peach trees, the result of a recessive allele, the fruit from which were then cultivated as nectarines. Peaches are also part of the rose family. No wonder why we like all three, so …

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

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

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

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

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Lessons from Short Hill

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It’s been a little over two weeks since the Commission Permit for the proposed AT&T facility on Short Hill was overruled by the Board of Supervisors. This is just about …

Thank You

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Dear Citizens of Purcellville: As your town council member it is my vision and priority that you feel welcome at your Town Hall and take part in shaping Purcellville’s future …

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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 …

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Land Trust Receives Large Donation

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On August 22, The Land Trust of Virginia received a $10,000 gift from the Sharon D. Virts Foundation, based in Herndon. The presentation of this grant was part of the Foundation’s official launch event, held at Selma Plantation in Leesburg. Notable speakers included Sharon D. Virts, FCiFederal Founder and Chair, …

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Farmers Urged To Be On The Lookout For Marijuana

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Farmers in Southwest Virginia are being urged to check their property for marijuana planted by trespassers. Within the past year, hundreds of marijuana plants have been discovered between rows of hay bales on farms in and around Pulaski County, according to the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force. “Unfortunately this …

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State Senators Investigate University of Virginia’s $2.3 Billion Operating Surplus

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Senators Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax City) and Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach), are calling for an investigation into disclosures that the University of Virginia has accumulated a $2.3 billion operating surplus, now titled a “Strategic Investment Fund,” that is significantly larger than the Commonwealth’s own cash reserves. Both senators agree that the …

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Sports

Let’s Make Some Memories

3 Aug 2016

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American Legion Baseball At Fireman’s Field, August 3 – 7 By Andrea Gaines American Legion Baseball is here at Fireman’s Field in a big way, featuring five consecutive blockbuster Mid-Atlantic Tournament games – August 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Our local Leesburg Post 34 Rangers had some nice wins …

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Registration Open For Ida Lee’s Fall NFL Flag Football

7 Jul 2016

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Ida Lee’s Fall 2016 NFL Flag Football League will begin with player evaluations on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31.  Players must be registered by Tuesday, July 26, to participate. This fall, Ida Lee’s Leesburg NFL Flag Football House League will have the following age groups:  6-7; 8-9; 10-11; …

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