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July 18, 2003

Board Meets Monday July 21

I will be presenting a Resolution of Commendation to Sterlings' Ed Rezac, winner of the "Silver Snoopy Award" received for his work in support of the NASA space program. Mr. Rezac prepares astronauts for space walks and he helped prepare a contingency response for problems while servicing the Space Telescope.

Board Majority Spending $9.5 M on Buses

The Board will have a final vote on the $9,500,000 to purchase county owned buses for transportation. I voted no because the staff says the county will "save" $15,000.00 per bus, but I say the county loses $9,500,000.

The county should not get into purchasing and maintaining buses and it should continue to contract out with the system that is in place now where commuters pay for the system and the county contracts out. If this bus purchase was a way to forclose Loudoun being part of the metro fixed rail system, it would end up saving Loudoun County a lot of money. But that is not what is being proposed.

Potholes Filled at Shopping Center.

About a dozen potholes have been filled by the Old Safeway (now Big Lots) by Gelman Properties. There will be another special road improvement announced at that location soon.

Director of Health Says

Dr. Goodfriend writes me and says "we have added a new web page on Lyme Disease to our web site. We will also continue to update our West Nile site..."

Visit http://www.loudoun.gov/depts/health.htm to find out more about these infections.

COFFEE AND BAGELS
YOU SHOULD COME

The coffee and bagel get togethers continue. They will continue every Saturday at 10 a.m. This Saturday, I will get there at 9:30 a.m. so I can run over to the ceremony for the playground (see below).

If you have the ability to leave the house, please join me at Jimmy G's restaurant this Saturday, July 19th. Jimmy G's is located opposite the Burlington Coat Factory on Route 7 in Sterling.

Snow in July

Join Steve Snow for Dulles Supervisor at the home of the newly liberated Jack and Patricia Shockey (All the newspapers are now reporting that the Shockeys have the first amendment right to be critical of liberal officials!)

The date is July 19, from 4 to 6 in the afternoon at the Shockey's Farm near the Arcola Area Headquarters of VDOT on Route 50. Call 703-327-0600 NOW to RSVP or for directions. It's $15 per person or $35 per person but you get $500 worth of fun and food. The Shockey's treat guests well.

There will be pony rides, wagon rides, singing cowboys.

New Playground at SCC

This Saturday morning will be the grand opening of our new playground at the Sterling Community Center. I will join other officials in cutting the ribbon at 10:30AM Saturday morning behind the community center. If you would like to attend we would be honored. Thank you.

YARD SALE YARD SALE

Yes, there will be a community yard sale at Briar Patch Park this Saturday, July 19 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Forest Grove Elementary Needs Playground

The playground equipment at Forest Grove still needs support. They are currently getting approval from the playground manufactor on final costs. Donations can be made to the Forest Grove PTA for the playground. The donations are tax deductable and the proper forms are available for tax purposes.

There will be a playground website up shortly, until then e-mail barmani@loudoun.k12.va.us or call Forest Grove.

Barbecue At Next Com. Attorney's House

You're invited to the first annual Backyard Barbecue & Horseshoes Tournament at Jim Plowman's house. Savor the art of gourmet barbecue chef, Jim Plowman, and put your skills to the test in a grand Horseshoes tournament.

Sunday, July 20th, Noon to 3 p.m.
$10 per person -- $20 per family
Please RSVP by sending an email to : jeplowman@aol.com or by calling 571-435-7655 (DIRECTIONS: Jim lives in South Riding, off of Route 50)

Other Sterling Transportaton Reports

* Church Road/Holly Ave. Intersection Interim Improvements - VDOT will soon do restriping that will improve traffic flow. The signal is scheduled for installation in 16 months.

* Multi-Way Stop Signs/Sterling Park - Field review has been completed. VDOT approved a multi-way stop at Williamsburg Road and Buckingham Road. VDOT cannot support one at Williamsburg Road and Dickinson Avenue due to a sweeping curve that hinders site distance.

* Status of Signal Modification for Rt.7/Sterling Blvd. Preemption Device (County Project) - County will be issuing notice to proceed to Brothers soon. This will mean fire engines can get a green light automatically.

Bonus For Reading This Far

This is the coolest thing! Just swirl the mouse around and watch liquid man. It could also be how some Supervisors bend with the wind to spend tax dollars.

http://www.electronicorphanage.com/neen/demo/clinger.swf

Thank You Staff and Volunteers

The community has benefited greatly and I am also very grateful for the work of our Sterling Staff, volunteers and youth directors: Donny, Margi, Emily, Tom, Andriana, Jesse, Jack and Patricia for working long hours in extreme heat.

P.S.

The coffee and bagel get togethers continue. They will continue every Saturday at 10 a.m. This Saturday, I will get there at 9:30 a.m. so I can run over to the ceremony for the playground (see below).

If you have the ability to leave the house, please join me at Jimmy G's restaurant this Saturday, July 19th. Jimmy G's is located opposite the Burlington Coat Factory on Route 7 in Sterling.

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