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Festive Lights In Sterling

December 14, 2006

Festive Christmas lights are going up all over Sterling. What a complete change in the appearance of the community.
I look forward to more lights as the season progresses. I hope more neighbors enjoy the season with more lights.


Lighted Traffic Signs are blinking "New Traffic Pattern" for on or about December 15 for Phase two. That's Friday.


I am being asked by all Five Guys to let all of Sterling America know that you are welcome and "we'd love to see you" at their Thursday, Dec. 14 6 to 8 p.m. event in Leesburg.

This one of a kind Christmas meet and greet event will go to support all five Republican Constitutional Officers.

The "Five Guys" are: Gary Clemens, Clerk of the Circuit Court Jim Plowman, Commonwealth's Attorney Steve Simpson, Sheriff
Bob Wertz, Commissioner of the Revenue and Roger Zurn, Treasurer

Date and Time: Thursday, December 14 from 6-8 p.m. at the Leesburg Firehouse located on 215 Loudoun Street in Leesburg.

Tickets are $20/person and sponsorships are available too, of course, in varying amounts for those that are feeling extra supportive. Checks can be made payable to "Friends of Roger Zurn" at the door or sent to PO Box 934 Leesburg, VA 20178.
Proceeds will go to benefit all five campaigns equally. There will be a live band and food from Carolina Brothers Pit Barbeque for all to enjoy.


Volunteers are needed to assist each family in selecting their 5-day allotment of food or toy items and ensuring that they receive a grocery certificate. Volunteers are also needed to restock shelves, load food into family vehicles, deliver directly to the homes of the sick and handicapped or categorize toys by age and gender and assist families at the toy supermarket. LINK especially needs people who can give an hour or two to volunteer as Spanish interpreters. Please ask your peers and children (8 years and older) to come out and participate in these very empowering, emotional and gratifying Christmas event experiences.

The Volunteer times at Christ the Redeemer and Trinity Presbyterian for pre-staging the food distribution event areas follows: Thursday 12/14 9am - finished Friday 12/15

The Volunteer time at Herndon United Methodist for pre-staging the toy distribution event areas follows:
9am - 8pm on Thu 12/14 and Fri 12/15

DISTRIBUTION DAY: Saturday December 16 (actual event)

December 16 - LINK Christmas Food Basket Distribution; 8 AM - 4 PM; Trinity Presbyterian Church in Herndon.
December 16- LINK Christmas Food Basket Distribution; 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM and 1:30 PM t0 5:30 PM; Christ the Redeemer Catholic in Sterling.
December 16 - Toy Distribution; 8 AM - 4:30 PM; Herndon United Methodist Church in Herndon.

>>>Governor Kaine Expands County Spending
>>>with new Mandatory Day Care

The Governor announced proposed budget amendments that would spend millions on "pilot Pre-K" programs. He claims his "Pre-K" program will be a "voluntary" state funded system. He has only just begun.

It really isn't voluntary. Gov. Kaine and the Virginia Education Association really want state forced education of 2, 3 and 4 year old children. For several years the national NEA has had as one of its primary goals a compulsory universal day care program.

>>>Loudoun County, Virginia to honor Milton Friedman

The Loudoun County, Virginia Board of Supervisors will on Tuesday, December 19 honor the life and works of free-market economist Milton Friedman by naming his birthday, all subsequent anniversaries, as "Milton Friedman Day" in the county.

>>>Dems Target Republicans

From the Washington Post "In Northern Virginia, Republican Delegates Vincent F. Callahan Jr. and Timothy D. Hugo of Fairfax, Scott Lingamfelter and Jeffrey M. Frederick of Prince William, can expect stiff challenges."

>>>Beware of Scams this Holiday Season

Sheriff's Office Financial Crimes Unit is reminding residents to be aware of scams this holiday season.
The agency has received numerous reports of residents and businesses receiving American Express Gift Checks as payment. So far Sheriff's Investigators have recovered over $20,000 in fraudulent checks. The checks are usually in the amount of $500 and according to American Express they are not legitimate. For more information go to

>>>Sheriff's Office Investigates Assault Outside Sterling Bar

The Sheriff's Office is investigating an assault that occurred early Saturday morning in a Sterling parking lot. The dispute and subsequent assault may have started over one of the victims bumping into a female inside a restaurant.

Sheriff's Deputies responded to the 22360 block of Sterling Boulevard around 1:41AM for a report of suspicious activity. As deputies responded to the scene a further report was received that two men had been assaulted in the parking lot.

>>>Sterling Man Pleads Guilty to First-Degree Murder

A Loudoun Circuit Court Judge Friday agreed to a plea deal in the 2005 murder of a Sterling woman and now faces life in prison. Daunteril Maurice Hall, 29, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder Wednesday in the brutal slaying of Sherine Williams.(Photo posted) For more information:

>>>Single Vehicle Crash Takes the Lives of Two Maryland Youths

The Sheriff's Office is investigating a single vehicle crash on southbound Route 15 just outside Leesburg that took the lives of two Maryland youths. The crash occurred around 6 PM Wednesday when the 2000 Jeep Wrangler, driven by Dustin Muse, 16, of Frederick, MD left the roadway for unknown reasons and struck several trees.

>>>Attempted Sterling Bank Robber Nabbed

A teenager has been charged in connection with the attempted robbery of a Sterling bank where two tellers convinced the would be robber that the bank had no money. (Photo and more posted)

>>>Four Teens Found Guilty of Gang Participation

Four Sterling teenagers pleaded guilty to gang participation charges last week in Loudoun Juvenile District Court for their involvement in the assault of a 13-year-old girl this past May on East Frederick Drive. For more go to


In a letter to the editor I concluded a defense of the process in which a substation site was narrowed down to Rolling Ridge with these words: Sterling needs to keep our deputies here on our streets, and the Rolling Ridge site allows us to do that in a fiscally responsible manner that best serves the public interest. The increased protection will
help quell gang activity and graffiti, saving property values. Those reasons, and others, are why the residents support having this station in their neighborhood.

Keep in mind this is only a proposal, and the Rolling Ridge site is simply a proposed Sterling location. Community input will play a large role in the final decision where to locate the substation.

Remember This Previous Posting?
>>> Santa Claus Saved The Christmas Lights in Sterling

During my first term, the whole structure of the Loudoun Liberal culture assembled was on the move in full force to ban Christmas Lights to protect the dark sky. A man dressed as Santa Claus (Jim Clarke, accompanied by his wife Eleanor)confronted the strident establishment.

I remember how one Summer, in 2002, a real "Santa Claus" came forward in answer to my call. Santa (Mr. Clarke) defended Sterling's right to celebrate Christmas,

After Santa's visit to the Board, the board voted to suspend the legislation to make christmas lights illegal. Mr.Clarke passed away last year in November 2005.

See Photo:Santa Claus, Live TV News Reports Arrival in Leesburg

See Photo: Santa Claus Makes National News, Addresses Board

Santa Claus comes to Town. Supervisor Delgaudio invited Santa to town on July 15, 2002, to warn the board of supervisors not to tamper with Christmas and especially the splendid lights in Sterling. He came and received national news coverage.


Read the Historic News Reports on Santa Claus Fighting Anti-Christmas Forces

Santa Claus Asked To Testify Before County Supervisors

Santa's Statement

Eugene talks about bringing GMU to Loudoun. Eugene talks to TV News 4 about bringing George Mason University campus to Loudoun. (4 MB WMV)

>>>WAGE Radio Interview with Supervisor Delgaudio (MP3)
Listen to a short five minute interview on Leesburg Radio Station with Eugene Delgaudio, it was down but now it is posted on the home page.

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