Archive for: December 11th, 2017

State News
Governor McAuliffe and Senator Warner Launch ‘Virginia is for Entrepreneurs’ Initiative
December 11, 2017

ALEXANDRIA – Governor Terry McAuliffe and U.S. Senator Mark Warner today announced the launch of the Virginia is for Entrepreneurs (VA4E) initiative, an effort to better match entrepreneurs with potential investors across regions, backgrounds and industries. V4E’s first initiative will feature a standardized online application to better link entrepreneurs with more than 50 investment firms and potential funders to help launch or grow their Virginia-based businesses.

Partners in the network includes a number of universities including Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia’s College at Wise; angel investment groups such as 757 Angels and Shenandoah Valley Angel Investors; venture funds including Revolution and Village Capital; and statewide organizations including the Center for Innovative Technology.

“The Commonwealth has long been home to innovators and entrepreneurs who make up the backbone of our new Virginia economy,” said Governor McAuliffe. “That’s why it’s so important that we continue to expand our support for promising new ventures. The Virginia is for Entrepreneurs initiative will open new doors for local start-ups by increasing access to the capital they need to thrive and create good-paying jobs.”

“While Virginia boasts a number of innovative communities and ecosystems across the Commonwealth, a consistent problem has been connecting promising entrepreneurs with capital available to support their vision,” said Senator Mark Warner. “As part of a broader effort to strengthen the connective tissue between Virginia’s startup communities, this tool will help founders evaluate their product fit and maturity, and connect them with venture and angel investors across the Commonwealth.”

“Having a single point of entry to a statewide capital network will greatly enhance the likelihood that Virginia startups will be able to secure the funding they need without having to rely on out-of-state resources,” said Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson. “And for those in regions that lack an organized venture community, access to these funds will open up a myriad of entrepreneurial opportunities.”

“Whether you’re an agriculture entrepreneur in Abingdon or a cyber-security entrepreneur in Arlington, if you’ve got a great idea and work hard, you should be able to succeed,” said Ross Baird, founder of the venture firm Village Capital and one of the organizers of the V4E initiative. “Today, too often the best ideas don’t even get the opportunity to start because of who they are or where they come from. Virginia is for Entrepreneurs is testing ideas statewide to fix that.”

The pilot initiative announced today that the online application was successfully tested by more than 200 entrepreneurs and investors statewide at the TomTom Festival in Charlottesville and by the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council.

The initiative will help build strategic sectors in Virginia. For example, one of the initial areas of focus for the investment portfolio will be a state-led pilot program to promote the growth of early stage unmanned aerial systems companies, which has been identified as a cornerstone industry for the New Virginia Economy.

For more information, please contact Ross Baird, [email protected]; Paul Hirschbiel, [email protected]; or visit


Town Events
240th Anniversary of Valley Forge “The Crisis”
December 11, 2017

At 10am, Wednesday, December 20, 2017, at the Front Royal Quality Inn, the Shenandoah Christian Alliance will present a program entitled “Valley Forge—The Crisis.” The program tells of the horrid suffering 240 years ago of soldiers fighting for American Independence. The speaker is the Rev. Larry Johnson, the great(x4) grandson of a Revolutionary War Soldier from North Carolina. Public is invited. RSVP Dale Carpenter at 540.225.4790.

The program allows attendees to experience a breakfast of what the soldiers had to eat and drink- “rice and liberty tea.” A regular breakfast will be served, too. The story tells of General George Washington’s Army moving into Valley Forge in the cold snowy December of 1777.  The war hung in the balance with hope dying as our Capital fell into the hands of the British and our Continental Congress members fleeing for their lives. It is now left to Washington and his “rag tag” army to save what the soldiers called our “Glorious Cause.” There were many soldiers from this area at Valley Forge.

At Valley Forge nearly 3,000 soldiers died from starvation, disease, and freezing; soldiers without shoes, clothes, or protection from the cold. This story is in their own words taken from diaries, letters, and doctors’ notes. Vivid details are revealed of the suffering, death, and determination of our patriot forefathers who fought in America’s struggle for Freedom. This history uncovers the intervention of George Washington’s “Providence.”

Larry W. Johnson is well known for his historical programs on the American Revolution from the stand point of the “common soldier.” He is a member of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and past President of the Col. James Wood II Chapter serving the Northern Shenandoah Valley. He may be reached at 1.540.635.5521. Cell 1540.454.4129.

Local News
Agreement offers seamless transfer to Shepherd University program
December 11, 2017

LFCC’s vice president of academic and student affairs Kim Blosser and Shepherd University Assistant Provost for Academic Community Outreach Virginia Hicks

Kim Blosser, LFCC’s vice president of academic and student affairs, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Shepherd University Assistant Provost for Academic Community Outreach Virginia Hicks allowing LFCC graduates in the associate of science program to seamlessly transfer into Shepherd’s bachelor’s of science in chemistry program.

“We developed a pathway where they will accept all of our credits to transfer right into a bachelor’s degree in chemistry,” says Brandon Shaw, dean of science, engineering, math and health at LFCC. “With this, we know that our students won’t lose even one credit when transferring to Shepherd University.”

LFCC chemistry professors Sam Dillender and Ernest Grisdale worked hard on the joint venture, which will also see transfer students enjoy a significant discount on tuition.

“This is a win-win for our students, LFCC, and Shepherd University,” professors Dillender and Grisdale say in a joint statement. “It allows our students to continue their education at a school offering the same class size, experience, and caring faculty as LFCC. Shepherd University also has excellent research opportunities for chemistry majors, and is close enough that our students can either commute or live on campus. In addition, with the articulation agreement satisfied, Shepherd University will accept up to 72 credits, and can offer a minimum of a 25-percent tuition discount.”

Shepherd University, located in Shepherdstown, W.Va., has already had good experiences with LFCC graduate transfers, according to Hicks.

“This is so exciting, our first 2+2 (two years for an associate degree and two years for a bachelor’s degree) agreement with Lord Fairfax Community College,” she says. “We have examined Lord Fairfax’s associate of science programs and we are impressed.

“The professors and administrators from both universities worked hard together to make this happen.”

Local News
Agressive fire-fighting saves family hunting lodge
December 11, 2017


Fire escapes from a two-story structure at the end of Shadows Drive in Warren County Saturday evening./Photos courtesy Warren County Fire & Rescue.

WARREN COUNTY – A Saturday evening fire at an unoccupied residence at the end of Shadows Drive in Blue Ridge Shadows subdivision caused about $100,000 in damages, according to Warren County Fire Marshal Gerry Maiatico.

The four-alarm fire was located through the subdivision into a farm owned by David Seekford of Headquarters Road of Stephens City. The blaze was discovered at 9: 24 p.m. by an off-duty Warren Sheriff’s Office employee who lives on Shadows Drive.

First responders arrived minutes later to find a large two story balloon frame residence with fire and smoke showing from the second floor and roof. Fire also broke through the second floor windows in rear.

Maiatico said an aggressive attack was made on the fire, which resulted in most of the first floor being saved from the blaze.

Mr. Seekford said the structure, which was built in the 1900’s, has been used as a hunting lodge for many years.

The cause of this fire is under investigation by the Warren County Fire Marshal’s office and is being ruled accidental from an apparent electrical short in the rear wall assembly.

Aggressive fire-fighting saved this structure, built in the 1900’s, according to owner David Seekford.

Maiatico said in a media release that the “fire traveled up in the wall and out into the second floor storage room, until it entered the attic and out the windows, where the fire was seen from the adjoining subdivision.”

No one was injured in the incident; the loss is estimated to be approximately $100,000.
Warren County Fire and Rescue was assisted by Frederick County Fire and Rescue, according to the media release.

Getting rid of household germs can help you avoid colds
December 11, 2017

You can give yourself a good chance to stay healthy this winter by thoroughly washing your hands and attacking germs where they hide.

In the kitchen: Sink handles, sinks, and counters are the biggest offenders. Clean sinks, sink drains, and counters with antibacterial soap at least once a day. Wash your sponge in the dishwasher to kill germs.

Fresh vegetables and fruits: They may carry salmonella, campylobacter, or E. coli, say microbiologists at New York University. Rinse them thoroughly.

In the laundry: Add bleach to a load of white clothes that includes underwear. It kills virtually all of the germs on underwear so they don’t spread. Move the load immediately to the dryer and dry at a high temperature.

In the bathroom: Use a disinfecting cleaner on the bathtub weekly. If someone with a skin infection uses the tub, wash it with bleach right away so you don’t pick up the germs.

Shared devices: Use antibacterial cleaner frequently on telephones, TV remotes, door handles, and shared keyboards, especially if someone in the household has an illness.