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FIRE, Tax Rate Cut, Rally

March 17, 2006

>>FIRE IN STERLING

LAST NIGHT, a house fire on Buckeye Court, in the Forest Ridge section
of Sterling has left 4 residents displaced. The fire, which was
reported at approximately 7:10 p.m. this date, resulted in approximately
$500,000 damage. A neighbor from nearby Almay Ct., reported the fire,
which was visible at that time from the home's exterior. 3 of the
residents who were home at the time escaped with no injuries and
firefighters were able to rescue a family pet.

Fire and Rescue responders from Sterling, Cascades, Fairfax County and
the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority arrived to find heavy
fire conditions on the second floor and roof area. The fire was under
control within 30 minutes, however responders remained on the scene for
another 3 hours to ensure the fire was fully extinguished. 1
firefighter received minor burn injuries to the neck and was treated on
the scene.

The fire is currently under investigation by the Loudoun County Fire
Marshal's Office. The residents are being assisted by the Red Cross and
the County's Office of Emergency Management.

>>>>WARNING ABOUT CHIMNEY FIRES IN CHANGING WEATHER.

In regard to tonight's fire, while it is still under investigation, the
residents reported having a fire in their fireplace. The following is
excerpted information on chimney fires as produced respectively by the
Hearth, Patio and Barbeque Association and by the Consumer Products
Safety Commission. While some of the information is dated, overall it
is good, basic information that you should find beneficial.

>>>>>>>Chimney Fire Facts

Failing to maintain your woodstove or fireplace properly can lead to a
chimney fire. Chimney fires occur when combustible deposits on the inner
walls of the chimney ignite. These combustible deposits, called
"creosote," are a natural byproduct of woodburning. A fire hazard exists
if 1/4 inch of creosote (or more) coats the inner walls of the chimney.

Prevention. Chimney fires do not occur in clean, intact, properly
installed chimneys. Have a professional chimney sweep clean and inspect
your appliance at least once a year. More frequent cleanings may be
required, based on the type of wood burned, the type of appliance, and
the frequency of use. In general, an older, uncertified woodstove, or
any appliance that is used frequently, will require more than one
cleaning per year.

Detection. The first indication of a chimney fire is usually the noise-a
roaring sound that grows louder as the fire's intensity increases.
Clouds of black smoke and sparks will be seen exiting the top of the
chimney; in severe fires, flames can extend several fee about the chimney.

>>>>HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY
>>>BOS REDUCES TAX RATE FOR NOW

In a pre-St. Patricks Day miracle, the board of supervisors voted, on a
motion that I made, to work with a reduced budget from the Kirby Bowers
proposed rate of 97 cents to just below 90 cents.

This is only a "straw vote" and can be reversed.

I know many of you missed Wednesday's work session. Only one paper has
reported on it so far-- on line--, as the night the board met was "past
the deadline" of most papers.

Story on line (Delgaudio Makes The Motion To Reduce Spending)
http://www.leesburg2day.com/current.cfm?catid=77&newsid=11783

The board of supervisors dropped spending by $66.6 million in a 7 to 2
straw poll vote and reduced the tax rate to approximately 90 cents
including the new revenue projections.

This included repeated and successive roll call votes to not add any
enhancements to any department.

Why?

Some of you wrote the board (write often at bos@loudoun.gov). 5,000
Loudoun citizens also appealed their assessments. Many of you did that too.

Now the Board is meeting at the School Board meeting room in Ashburn on
Monday night. I am giving you directions if you want to come and watch.

The pressure is on and a lot of pro-government growth and pro-school
budget partisans will show up to raise the tax rate back to 97 cents.

>>DIRECTIONS TO THE BOARD OF SUPS WORKSESSION ON MONDAY

The board will continue its worksessions at the School Board meeting
room in Ashburn on Monday night, March 20 to accomodate large crowds
expected in response to its reducing the proposed budget by $66.6
million, starting at 6:30 p.m.

>>>SIMPLE AND SHORT DIRECTIONS to Board of Sup Budget Worksession
>>>NO TOLL, AVOID ROUTE 7 ALL TOGETHER.

FROM Sterling Park, 20 minute ride, head west on Church Road. It becomes
Waxpool then Farmwell Road then Ashburn Farm Parkway. Turn Left onto
Clairborne Parkway. Make Right onto Broadlands. Make another right onto
Education Court. Giant "Corporate HQ" (sic) School Administration
building scars the landscape five stories high. 300 parking spaces.

Monday 6:30 p.m. "open to the public"

The date of the worksession: Monday, March 20, 6:30
Place : Loudoun County School Administration Building
21000 Education Court Ashburn, VA 20148

here is a map showing the area the school board building
http://maps.yahoo.com/maps_result?addr=21000+Education+Court&csz=Ashburn%2C+VA+20148&country=us&new=1&name=&qty=

>>>>>REPUBLICAN TAX CUT RALLY?

>>>>>REPUBLICAN MEETING THIS SATURDAY MORNING.

You can boost the Republican supervisors and me this Saturday morning.

This Saturday morning you can vote for a Republican ballot that includes
the entire new Republican County Committee.

I will be there. I will wear my orange hat. I want you to sit with me at
the Republican Meeting at Harper Park Middle School this Saturday, March
18. Thank you.

Can you do that?

I will introduce you to the new CONSERVATIVE members of the Sterling
Committee. (there will be people from all over, so look for my orange hat!)

I will even tell you who some liberals are when you get there. If you
want to know.

Due to the FACT that conservatives have filed for the Sterling
Republican Committee in large numbers, all we have to do is SHOW UP at
the Republican Meeting at Harper Park Middle School this Saturday, March 18

THATS RIGHT, conservatives DOMINATE the Sterling Committee. We just have
to show up to run the Republican Party in Sterling. That's it.

FREE ( NO COST) Registration begins at 9:30 and the Republican meeting
starts at 11:00. The Registration will end at 11 a.m., so be there by
10:30 the latest this Saturday, March 18.

Harper Park MS is located East of Leesburg, here are directions.

* Take Route 7 West towards Leesburg.
* About a mile before Leesburg, take a right onto River Creek
Parkway (at the traffic light).
* Take a left at the next light onto Potomac Station Drive.
* About a 1/2 mile on Potomac Station Drive you will see Harper Park
Middle School on the left.

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