Come join DJ Skyhigh for his end of summer blast. Lisa Bell will be hosting wine tastings (at an additional charge) of over 50 international wines. Wines may also be purchased by the bottle to take home. Featuring local breweries and food trucks with food and beer for sale with a percentage going to the rescue. Free Kids Zone with games and prizes and an appearance by the SVERN unicorns. Music all day with The Luke Johnson Band, The Revolution, The Burning Dirty Band and The Bridge headlining!!! This is a Family Event Kids under 12 free! Please no outside food or drinks.
Family Friendly • SVERN Mini Unicorns • Kid’s Zone with Prizes & Games • Craft Beers • International Wine Tasting • The Coolest Vendors • Luke Johnson Band • Burning Dirty Band • Revolution • The Bridge • DJ Skyhigh
Sixth District Perspectives with Congressman Ben Cline – October 20, 2019
After spending the two weeks of the fall District Work Period traveling across our part of Virginia, I returned to Washington, where Congress considers bills to address prescription drug pricing and foreign affairs, among others. Despite the increased partisanship that has been created by the Speaker’s efforts to move their impeachment inquiry behind closed doors and out of the public view, I remain committed to focusing on the issues and priorities of the Sixth District.
Hong Kong Legislation:
As Ronald Reagan once said, “America is a shining city upon a hill whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people everywhere.” The United States will always stand for democracy, and the citizens of Hong Kong have taken to the streets in support of a fairer society. The desire to live in freedom leads individuals to do heroic acts in the face of certain condemnation, and I applaud the people of Hong Kong for using their voice to spur positive change.
When Congress sought to impeach Presidents Nixon and Clinton, it was done with bipartisan support and in a transparent and fair fashion before the American people. Unfortunately, the Majority is pursuing impeachment behind closed doors and re-writing the rules to remove due process protections. At the expense of fundamental fairness, the Majority is pursuing impeachment at all costs and have let fall by the wayside the issues that matter most to the American people like passing the USMCA trade agreement, repairing the country’s crumbling infrastructure, and fixing our broken immigration system.
Congress should take action immediately to encourage lower prescription drug prices and better enable Americans to afford the medications they need. That is why I am the lead cosponsor of the Terminating the Extension of Rights Misappropriated Act (TERM Act). This bipartisan legislation would allow for the quicker introduction of generic medications to the marketplace by ending the practice of “evergreening” by the pharmaceutical companies. Unfortunately, Speaker Pelosi’s H.R. 3, which passed in the Education and Labor Committee this week, would use socialist price controls to crush the pharmaceutical industry, deter innovation, and dramatically reduce the ability of patients to access life-saving medicines. Further, this legislation could cost Virginia roughly 7,200 jobs and nearly $1.8 billion in yearly economic output. I am hopeful that we can address the problem of high prescription drug prices in a bipartisan way moving forward.
As Members of Congress, one of the great privileges we have is meeting with constituents both in the District and here in Washington. This week, a number of Sixth District residents visited my office to advocate on behalf of causes that matter most to them. Some constituents discussed increasing funding for muscular dystrophy research, others asked for support for the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Liberty University, and one family from Roanoke simply stopped by to tour the Capitol. It is always great to have a bit of the Valley in Washington and to have an opportunity to hear my constituents’ concerns. My door is always open.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your Congressman. If my office can ever be of assistance, please contact my Washington office at (202) 225-5431.
Governor Northam hosts roundtable discussion with Amazon HQ2 officials
On October 21, 2019, Governor Ralph Northam hosted a roundtable discussion in St. Paul with officials from Amazon’s second headquarters, located in Arlington. The Governor was joined by his Chief of Staff Clark Mercer, Chief Workforce Development Advisor Megan Healy, Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball, and Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade and Director of the Office of Outdoor Recreation Cassidy Rasnick. Held at the Oxbow Center of the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, the conversation included community and business leaders in Southwest Virginia who spoke about workforce development, economic development, and small business issues. Following the discussion, Governor Northam became the first sitting governor to ride on the Spearhead Trails. Photos from the Governor’s visit are available here.
“Workforce development is a key reason why companies are choosing to locate in Virginia, and we’re proud to work with diverse partners to grow our tech talent pipeline across the Commonwealth,” said Governor Northam. “One of my proudest days in office was last year when I announced Amazon’s decision to call Virginia their second home, and we believe the company’s location here can benefit every part of the state. Southwest Virginia has strong communities, a skilled workforce, and visionary leadership, and I’m pleased to have the opportunity to discuss with local leaders how we can attract more jobs and investment to this important region.”
In November 2018, Governor Northam announced that Amazon would invest at least $2.5 billion and create more than 25,000 high-paying jobs to establish their second headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. The Commonwealth’s proposal was designed to help grow the tech talent pipeline in all parts of the state, enhance transportation infrastructure, and ensure that the economic benefits of the Amazon project are shared across Virginia.
“Attracting world-class talent that will help Amazon continue to innovate on behalf of its customers was the main driver of our decision to locate our second headquarters in Northern Virginia,” Ardine Williams, Vice President of Workforce Development at Amazon. We are excited by the Commonwealth’s response and look forward to continue building the future together.”
“After our statewide workforce tour in September, the number one issue in Southwest Virginia is bringing jobs to the area to keep communities together,” said Chief Workforce Advisor Megan Healy. “It is great to show international business leaders the strong workforce and innovation happening in all parts of the states.”
“Bringing Amazon’s HQ2 to Virginia was a huge win for the whole Commonwealth,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball. “The Governor has been focused on diversifying the economy, and making sure all regions participate in our economic growth. This roundtable is a chance to highlight the human and natural assets of Southwest Virginia, and hear from community leaders about ways we can continue to enhance the economic prosperity of all regions.”
Skyline High School Homecoming Parade
The Royal Examiner’s camera was there to capture the Skyline High School Homecoming Parade on October 17, 2019.
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Warren County School Board Meeting October 16, 2019
Here is latest Warren County School Board meeting of October 16, 2019. Here is the link to view their agenda and supporting documents.
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Independent Walt Mabe challenges GOP incumbent Tom Sayre to debate EDA scandal and other issues
On Tuesday, October 8th, Board of Supervisor candidate Tom Sayre posted on his campaign’s Facebook page a work of fiction. In it, he absolves himself of all blame for the horrific scandal surrounding the Board of Supervisors and the EDA. Not only does he omit mention of a single fact, he praises himself for his “clean record”!
Although Mr. Sayre doesn’t address it, his record — or lack of one — should be the focus of this campaign. For the good of Warren County and in the the best interests of our fellow citizens, I challenge Mr. Sayre to meet me in weekly public debates between now and November 5th, with a non-partisan moderator, to address the EDA scandal and other issues. I look forward to hearing from Mr. Sayre so we can schedule the debates.
Walt Mabe, Independent candidate for the Shenandoah District seat for the Warren County Board of Supervisors
Front Royal, Virginia
Front Royal Elks donate $1,500 to Skyline High School Band
On October 9th, ER Dennis Henline and Lodge Secretary Jane Wine visited Skyline High School in Front Royal. They were fortunate enough to watch the Band practice. The Front Royal Elks found out that the band needed some funds to purchase some much needed band equipment. After practice, Dennis presented a check for $1,500 to the Band Director, Daniel Holland. The amount will cover the musical needs they currently have.
ER Henline also briefly addressed the band members. He said the Front Royal Elks have always supported the athletic teams, and he felt that the band also needed support, because of their hard work and commitment. He also reminded the seniors to make sure they applied for the college scholarships offered by the Front Royal Lodge and the Elks National Foundation.