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Tri-County Democratic Dinner is May 31

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

The Democratic Committees of Orange, Culpeper and Madison counties will host a “Take Back the House!” Democratic dinner on May 31 at the Lake of the Woods Clubhouse.

Rep. Don McEachin

U.S. Rep. Don McEachin of Virginia’s 4th Congressional District, will speak at the dinner at 6 p.m.

Ben Hixon, candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates from Virginia’s 30th House District will also be a guest.

Tickets are $50 per person with proceeds going to Hixon’s campaign.

The event begins at 6 p.m. with a cash bar. Dinner will be served at 6:45 p.m. and will include Virginia ham, Atlantic cod, red bliss potatoes, vegetable medley and apple pie. Vegetarian or vegan choices will be available on request.

Contact Sheila Clark at 540-972-0305 or e-mail for information and reservations. Please reserve by May 24.

The “Take Back the House!” dinner is part of restoring a Democratic majority to the House, and bringing fairness, dignity and honesty back to our national government. We need you to take an active part now.


Two constitutional amendments are on the ballot

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Voters know that the Nov. 8 ballot will contain the names of candidate for president, vice president and member of commerce, but the two proposed amendments to the Virginia Constitution are less well understood.

The “Right to Work Ballot Amendment” would mean that an employee in Virginia would have a constitutional right to work for an employer without being a member of a union.

The “Tax  Relief Ballot Amendment” would give local jurisdictions the power to exempt the surviving spouse of any law-enforcement officer, firefighter, search and rescue personnel or emergency medical services personnel who is killed in the line of duty.

Complete explanation of the proposals and the pros and cons of each is available from the League of Women voters by following this link.


Candidates for county offices ask for support

Thursday, October 15th, 2015
Supervisor Lee Frame

Supervisor Lee Frame

Sheriff candidate Tim Murphy

Sheriff candidate Tim Murphy

Lee Frame, unopposed candidate for District 5 representative on the Orange County Board of Supervisors, and Tim Murphy, candidate for Orange County sheriff, visited the LOW Democratic Club Oct. 15 seeking the support of voters.

The two candidates made informative presentations and answered members’ questions.

Mr. Frame, who has served as District 5 supervisor since 2007, is a retired Naval officer. He served as the District 5 representative on the county’s planning commission before becoming supervisor.

He presented his views on the role of local government and discussed several current issues before county government, including the Wilderness Gateway Study, which concerns future development along the Rt. 3 corridor.

Mr. Murphy, a former chief deputy in the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, described his vision for community-based policing, special attention to the growing problem of drug abuse in Orange County, and aggressive investigation of unsolved drimes.

He has 32 years of experience in law enforcement. During his last five years in the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, he held the position of chief deputy in which he supervised all divisions of the office and acted as sheriff in the absence of the sheriff. He has trained at the FBI academy, was chosen as Virginia Deputy Sheriff of the year and was Orange County’s first K-9 trainer and officer.

Elder attorney’s appearance rescheduled

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015
Holly Hilton

Holly Hilton

Holly P. Hilton, a Charlottesville attorney, will speak to members and guests of the Lake of the Woods Democratic Club March 19 on legal concerns specifically affecting senior citizens. Hilton’s appearance had orginally been scheduled for February, but that meeting had to be canceled because of the weather.

The meeting, which will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the LOW Community Center, is open to anyone with an interest in estate planning, wills and trusts, powers of attorney, advance medical directives and other legal matters involving the elderly.

Hilton is a principle with Hilton and Associates, PLC in Charlottesville.

She has been practicing law since 1987.

She is the vice chair of the Aging in Place Business Roundtable of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce, is current on the board of the Arc of the Piedmont, and has served on the board of the Piedmont Dispute Resolution Center and the Youth Orchestras of Central Virginia. She is also a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

Ms. Hilton received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the National Law Center of George Washington University in 1987 and her Bachelors of Business Administration in 1981, also from George Washington University.

Meetings of the LOW Democratic Club are open to all without regard to political affiliation. A meet-and-greet session will precede the meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, and light refreshments will be served. Please note that the location of club meetings has recently changed.

LOW general manager visits club

Thursday, July 18th, 2013
Phil Rodenberg

Phil Rodenberg

Phil Rodenberg, who spoke to club members at their July meeting, listed a number of improvements to the neighborhood since he became general manager in September 2011 and promised that more are on the way.

“I’m hope you’ll agree with me that the new front entrance is a great improvement,” he said. “It’s important because it’s your doorstep. It’s the first impressions we give visitors when they enter.”

Rodenberg also cited improvements to the small marina, fencing along Flat Run Road and paving and ditching of LOW roads as recent accomplishments.

Coming up soon, he said, is a renovation of the Holcomb Building to allow member to do business there on the ground floor, rather than having to climb stairs to the upper level. He said that project will get under way within a few days and is expected to be complete by the association’s annual meeting Sept. 2.

The general manager said a new, more efficient and less costly system to irrigate the golf course will be undertaken in the next year.

Rodenberg said it is important, as the largest residential area along Route 3, that LOW be involved in the county’s long-range planning for the Route 3 corridor.

“Anything that is done in that area should compliment who we are as a community,” he said. “We have a strong interest in whatever is planned for that area.”

Rodenberg, 52, was city manager of Fredericksburg before being hired by LOW two years ago. He was previously deputy town manager of Leesburg.

Speaker says local schools defend against bullying

Thursday, May 16th, 2013
Alison Walden, school counselor, speaks to club

Alison Walden, school counselor, speaks to club

Tracing the history of aggressive behavior from Ancient Sparta to modern-day Locust Grove, Alison Walden, school counselor at Locust Grove Middle School, assured those who attended the club’s May 16 meeting that Orange County Schools take bullying very seriously.

“We tell our students and our parents that if anything like that goes on, we want to know about it,” Ms. Walden said. “We feel we have a responsibility to our children to make sure they feel safe at school.”

She defined bullying as “unwanted, repeated aggressive behavior by a person or a group which makes a child feel powerless to defend himself or herself.” She explained that not all conflict is bullying and that children can’t be protected from all conflict, but that bullying is never appropriate.

Bullying is categorized into four categories, she said: physical, verbal, emotional and cyber.

The Orange County school division uses components of a bullying-prevention program called Olweus, named for Dr. Dan Olweus, a professor of psychology at the University of Bergen in Norway.

Among the preventative measures undertaken at Orange County Schools, she said, are student surveys about bullying, assembly programs on bullying, an “I Am Unafraid” bulletin board, video reminders during morning announcements, an anonymous box to report bullying at the school and a “Bullying Stops Here” link on the school’s Web site that permits students and parents to report incidents of bullying.

In addition, she said, faculty and staff at the school are trained regularly on how to handle complaints of bullying and every complaint is treated seriously and investigated.

As a result of the school system’s efforts, Ms. Walden said, the reported instances of bullying has been reduced by as much as 75 percent. In a student survey conducted in September 2013, 54 percent of students answered “no” to the question “Have you ever been the victim of bullying. Less than 1 percent said they had been bullied frequently.


Schapiro sees Virginia politics as they are

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Jeff Schapiro, political writer and columnist for The Richmond Times-Dispatch presented a delightful explication of politics in the Old Dominion, involving history, statistics and humor at the club’s meeting on Oct. 18.

Show that you support the president!

Monday, October 1st, 2012

There’s no doubt who’s the choice in this household

Have you noticed that Obama-Biden yard signs are springing up on front lawns all over Lake of the Woods?

If you don’t have yours yet, contact Kerry Sipe at 972-2737 to arrange to pick one up. They’re free as long as current supplies last.

LOW regulations say that yard signs may be displayed six weeks prior to an election and up until the day after an election. You’re entitled to one sign per candidate, so pick up a sign for Tim Kaine and Wayne Powell while you’re at it.

(Update: Demand has been so great that we’ve temporarily run out of Kaine signs. The campaign says more may be available in a few days. Sorry.)


A rare look behind the scenes at the DNC

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

We watched our television screens with great pride and enthusiasm as delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte nominated President Obama and Vice President Biden and charted the future course for our party. But a fortunate few got to see history being made firsthand — the delegates to the convention.

The Lake of the Woods Democratic Club will hear personal accounts of the week in Charlotte directly from a panel of Virginia delegates at its meeting Sept. 20 in the LOW Clubhouse.

Janet Payne of Fredericksburg, Thomas H. Francis of North Cumberland and Matthew Rowe of Bowling Green have accepted invitations to be at the meeting to share their experiences and answer questions. Other nearby delegates may also be present.

This program will provide club members and others with a rare opportunity to learn what happens at a national political convention in a way that the television cameras can’t show.

The meeting will take place at 1:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Clubhouse. As always, visitors are welcome, regardless of political affiliation.

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