The Sherando Times

Volume III, Issue 6

Stephens City • Middletown • Kernstown

Feb. 16 – 22, 2011

Lights out Kernstown

Internet café sweepstakes

Friendly peripheral or criminal element?


2011 Family Fun Home & Leisure Show


Redskins owner Dan Snyder offends everybody



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Middletown Town Council Meeting
February 14, 2011. Work Session: February 7, 2011
By Sue Golden The Sherando Times The Middletown Town Council held its monthly meeting on Monday, February 14, 011. All members were present. The Council voted to approve a contract with Royal Oak Computers to rewire and upgrade the computer system used by the Town. The contract is for $7,175. According to Mayor Mark Brown, the work station server currently used by the Town is old, and in bad shape; Brown predicted the server could die any day, and data could be lost. Council member Donna M. D. Gray voted against the contract, saying that the Town does not have the money to spend on the computer system, and that the Town could function without the upgrade. The Council still needs to determine what upgrades will be done, and in which order. The Council unanimously approved the description of the new Town Manager position. Joan Roche, a Middletown resident, was recently hired for the new position. Mayor Brown will draft a job performance standard based on the job description. The Council unanimously approved a contract with the Amherst Family Practice to randomly drug test Town employees. The service will cost a $10 per person set-up fee, a $10 per person per year charge, and $38 per test. The current personnel manual calls for random drug testing, although no testing has ever been done by the Town. The Police Department currently contracts for its own drug testing, and is therefore not included in the contract. The Council also unanimously approved a plan to review the driver’s licenses of all employees who drive Town vehicles. The program will review the licenses going back seven years, and look to see if the license holder has any points on their record. The combination of the random drug testing and the driver license review will reduce the amount of money the Town currently pays for insurance The Council voted unanimously to add an additional holiday to the Town schedule, bringing the number of paid holidays received by Town employees to thirteen. The Town holiday schedule is now consistent with the State of Virginia holiday schedule. The Council unanimously agreed to pay Imboden $1,097 for testing at the waste water treatment plant, and DSL Data Services $1,414 for computer repair work. In other news, the Mayor commended the Planning Commission for producing the Planning Commission Annual Report for the Town Council. Although the Annual Report is mandated by state law, the Planning Commission has not produced an annual report in recent years. Council member Blaisdell reported that preliminary proposed site plans were received by the Town for a Dollar General store. Council member Blaisdell expects the final proposed site plan to be submitted on February 1, 011. The Dollar General is proposing to tear down a home on the west side of Route 11, at the north end of Town, across from the old school. The Dollar General is proposing to build a 130 foot square box. Mayor Brown commended Maintenance Manager Don Riffey and his staff for their fast thinking and action, which contained a contamination spill at the water treatment plant. In response to the spill, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality is requesting changes to the Town code. The Town also is looking into obtaining 4 hour monitoring equipment for the plant. The Town received a $10,000 grant to study water testing in the area. Mr. Riffey is putting together a plan to use the money, and will report back to the Town Council. The Middletown Planning Commission is reviewing the proposed property adjustment at the north end of Middletown, across Route 81. Additionally, the Frederick County Comprehensive Plans and Programs Executive Committee recommended that the proposed draft of the boundary adjustment be sent to the Frederick County Planning Commission. Both Middletown and Frederick County need to go through their respective approval processes before the adjustment can be made. Finally, the Middletown Board of Zoning Appeals has openings. Interested parties may apply at Town Hall.

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Elaine B. Bromfield, former owner/co-editor of the Warren Sentinel for over 30 years in Front Royal, VA, died Sunday January 30, 011. A memorial service was held at Calvary Episcopal Church, where she was a member, on Thursday, Feb. 3, at 11 a.m. The family received friends the prior Wednesday at Maddox Funeral Home from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. With her husband, the late Edward T. Bromfield, Jr., she had seen the Sentinel through the unsettled 1960s that followed the closure of Warren County High School by Virginia’s massive resistance laws, passed by the state legislature to thwart the Supreme Court’s historic desegregation decision. The Sentinel supported the court’s decision and called for immediate reopening of the high school. Later, as an advocate for women, she lobbied the Virginia legislature for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution. Mrs. Bromfield was born in Point Marion, PA on October 30, 194, daughter of William Houston Board and the former Mae Houze. A graduate of Stuart Hall, Staunton, VA and RandolphMacon Woman’s College, Phi Beta Kappa in Lynchburg, VA, she also studied at the Université de Genève and the Sorbonne. Surviving are daughters Barbara Lee Kiker of Rehoboth Beach, DE and Iden B. Bromfield of Reno, NV; son, Edward T. (Tad) Bromfield, of Signal Mountain, TN; and brother, Charles L. Board, of Hockessin, DE. Also, three grandsons; a granddaughter; two great-grandchildren survive along with a close cousin, Rosa Lee Board Phillips, of Stuart, FL and special friend, Patricia Jones, Front Royal. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Harmony Place (a Front Royal organization aiding victims of domestic violence) P.O. Box 1831, Front Royal, VA 630 or to Calvary Episcopal Church music fund or memorial garden fund, 11 North Royal Ave. Front Royal, VA 630.

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Superintendent’s Proposed FY12 Budget Addresses School Board Priorities Proposal Retains Jobs and Allows Current Programs to Continue
Frederick County Public Schools Superintendent Patricia Taylor presented the School Board with her FY1 budget proposal during the Board’s meeting on February 8, 011. Taylor says, “Over the past several years, economic conditions have presented challenges for all levels of government. Our School Board has made difficult decisions in order to deal with substantial funding reductions. Those decisions have been guided by the Board’s priorities, which include a commitment to protect quality school experiences for students while maintaining instruction and services as well as the employees necessary for that to occur.” Taylor worked to address the School Board’s budget priorities when preparing her proposed budget. She says, “The budget I presented to the Board reflects some good news as well as some continuing challenges. It allows the school division to retain jobs, continue current programs and keep health insurance premiums level. However, it does not provide funds to hire additional teachers to accommodate an expected increase in student enrollment this fall and it does not provide funds for a salary increase.” Taylor’s proposed budget is based on Governor McDonnell’s recommended amendments to Virginia’s 010-1 biennial budget. Taylor says, “In the coming weeks, we will be closely following the General Assembly’s actions and determining their impact on the school division. Depending on what occurs, I may offer modifications to my budget proposal.” The Superintendent’s proposed budget includes a School Operating Fund of $16.7 million. That represents a $3 million increase compared to FY11 which is primarily due to increased expenditure requirements supported by state funds. Despite the loss of federal stimulus funds provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), federal revenues are projected to increase by $500,000 in FY1 due to one-time funding being made available through the Education Jobs Fund Act and federal Title I and Title VI-B carryover funds. County revenues for FY1 are projected to remain at FY11 levels. The budget Taylor has proposed includes few changes when compared to the FY11 budget. The largest difference is a $.5 million increase in employer contributions to the Virginia Retirement System (VRS). Taylor says, “Governor McDonnell’s proposed budget amendments include an increase in employer contributions to VRS to assist with the financial recovery of the benefit program. Because funding rates have been lower than those recommended by the VRS Board, the increased employer rate proposed for FY1 will require Frederick County Public Schools to increase its contribution by $.5 million.” VRS funding continues to be a topic of conversation among state legislators and several ideas are being considered by the General Assembly. Taylor says, “The Governor and the House of Delegates have recommended shifting 5 percent of the VRS cost to employees. Should the General Assembly require that employees bear this cost, I may consider recommending that the employer savings be used to provide wage adjustments to keep employees from experiencing a reduction in their net pay. This would be important because our employees have not received a salary or benefit increase in three years. Due to increasing benefit costs, net pay has decreased and a further reduction associated with possible changes in the VRS would do substantial harm to our employees and the school division’s ability to attract and keep quality personnel.” In addition to the $.5 million VRS rate increase, Taylor’s budget proposal includes a $400,000 adjustment to the baseline budget. Baseline adjustments represent budget changes to accommodate any increases or decreases in the cost of existing operations. They include such costs as workers compensation, utilities, fuel, and telecommunications. There are no new initiatives included in this area. However, the adjustment includes the reinstatement of funding to support the costs of middle and high school athletic trips. The School Board voted on January 18, 011, to reinstate that funding effective February 1, 011. Taylor’s proposed budget includes a $1. million reduction in federal ARRA expenditures used for one-time purchases of materials and services. Taylor has proposed reinstating $1.3 million in the budget for replacement school buses and technology equipment. She says, “In addition to job losses over the past three years, the largest budget reductions have occurred in the Transportation and Information Technology Departments. Currently, there are no funds budgeted for replacement buses. In order to keep up with the replacement schedule, 17 buses should be replaced each year. Meanwhile, technology equipment funds have been reduced by more than $400,000 while the costs for software licenses and hardware maintenance agreements have increased as much as 10 percent annually. A temporary reinstatement of funding for these items will allow for some relief before the expiration of one-time sources of funds.” Student fees will not increase under Taylor’s proposed budget. However, the federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act will require the price of a school lunch to increase by 10 cents. Elementary lunch prices will climb to $.10 while middle and high school lunches will be $.35. Taylor says, “The child nutrition legislation signed into law by President Obama in December will require schools to serve more fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains. The legislation also requires that school divisions set their meal prices at a rate no less than the difference between the federal free and full-priced meal reimbursement rates. School divisions must implement the price increases in no less than 10 cent increments each year. The proposed budget reflects the first 10 cent meal price increase that will be required as a result of the new federal legislation.” Taylor says, “Although we anticipate receiving more state and federal revenue in FY1, the proposed budget is comparable to the one approved for FY07. A big difference between now and then is that Frederick County Public Schools will be serving more than 500 additional students in FY1 than it did in FY07. Since FY09, expenditures have decreased 6.1 percent from $135 million to a projected $16.7 million in FY1. During that same period, the number of full-time equivalent positions in the School Operating Fund has decreased from 1,931 to 1,890.” Although Taylor expressed some relief with regard to the FY1 budget, she remains concerned about the outlook for FY13. She says, “In assembling a budget proposal for FY1, we had to be mindful of the future. Over the past several years, more than $14.5 million in federal stimulus funds have been used to save jobs. It’s projected that Frederick County Public Schools will lose $4. million in one-time funding sources in FY13. That loss of revenue will pose significant challenges. Despite the challenges we face, we are still providing students with the tools they need to be successful. Our students, teachers and schools continue to be amazingly resilient and persistent.” Copies of the Superintendent’s Proposed Budget for FY1 are available online at Budget developments can also be followed at (From a release)

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The facility, which opened in 1975 and was located on Route 11 in Kernstown, was GE’s last U.S. plant for assembling household light bulbs.

GE backs regulation, shuts down plant
Happy Birthday Edison, so long incandescent light bulbs!
the energy savings are big enough and if the lifespan of the compact fluorescents [a double-helix shaped bulb that sells for $ for a 100 watt equivalent] last as long as they say, then why would it take regulation to get people to buy them? These bulbs have been on the market, along with our much used incandescent light bulb, for some time. The crux, some claim, is that GE supported the legislation and since CFLs are made in China by lower wage workers, GE’s support was in order to force the higher profit margin bulbs on consumers and that the Kernstown plant is collateral damage. Some former employees hold this argument against GE and the Democratic Congress who passed the bill and believes it’s just one more freedom taken away from Americans. The action of outlawing a light bulb by 014 leaves consumers no choice for their business. Explanations for the closing and ending of production for the incandescent bulb in Kernstown carry opposing views. Fraser said that GE opposed early regulations totally banning incandescent technology but, “As long as you know legislation is coming, you want to influence it in

GE lamp plant in Kernstown shut down, tattered flag symbolic of condition of American manufacturing.
By Lorie Showalter The Sherando Times Thomas Edison was born February 11, 1847 and was an inventor, scientist and businessman. One hundred sixty five years later, his most enlightening invention will become a relic of the past and no doubt displayed on museum shelves. Beginning year 01, under the new energy law approved by Congress, the incandescent light bulb will begin disappearing from store shelves. That energy light bulb hog invented by Thomas Edison in 1879 will soon be gone and replaced with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light emitting diodes (LEDs). The incandescent light bulb, one of the most revered inventions of its era, has been deemed too inefficient for our own era, and although it will reduce electricity costs and minimize new bulb purchases in every household in America, you might be left in the dark as to the myriad causes of its demise as well as whom it has most affected right here in the valley. Those most recently and particularly affected by the law are the General Electric’s Winchester lamp plant employees, who lost their jobs about four months ago. The facility, which opened in 1975 and was located on Route 11 in Kernstown, was GE’s last

All that’s left roaming the empty GE plant are the geese & the icy reflection of a by-gone era.
U.S. plant for assembling household light bulbs. Its 00 employees finished their last day in late September last year, leaving some to collect unemployment and others into forced retirement. One employee said all it took was a “push from Congress” to make his job disappear. The 007 energy bill passed by Congress included minimum efficiency standards for light bulbs, standards that the Kernstown GE plant can’t meet. According to GE Lighting spokeswoman Janice Fraser, “When you see the enormous savings that can be achieved by more efficient lighting, it’s huge.” One wonders, however, if

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The breakthrough that ushered civilization out of the candle light era was so revolutionary that the light bulb itself became a cultural iconic image illustrating thoughts, brainstorms and ideas.
a way that makes sense for your customers and your business.” In a 009 press release, GE management blamed the factory closing on “a variety of energy regulations that establish lighting efficiency standards [that will] make the familiar lighting products produced at the Winchester [Kernstown] plant obsolete.” Markets in India and China, where no such regulations exist, and more people have electricity every day, are growing. The regulations allows GE to manufacture light bulbs in the U.S. until 014 for lower wattages (01 for 100 watt bulbs), meaning that GE continues to manufacture traditional incandescent bulbs, but not in Kernstown. They’re being made in Monterrey, Mexico. Ending long term employment for those 00 workers at the Kernstown GE plant and passing it out of the country where it’s more cost efficient to produce. Of course, free trade has played a part in many economic decisions for ages, and making bulbs in Mexico and China is cheaper and makes economic sense for GE but leaves the workers, whose wages were nearly $30 an hour … well, out of a job. Former employees are hesitant to speak on how they really feel since according to Fraser, GE has tried to help employees make the transition. Displaced employees were to be given medical, dental and life insurance coverage for up to one year, in addition to tuition reimbursement for education and retraining, among other incentives. There’s been no word as of yet just how well that transition has been for those displaced employees. What does it mean for you? What does the end of the light bulb, as we know it, mean for the rest of us? Not to minimize the effect its had on GE employees, now that the incandescent bulb is being phased out, but what should we expect with the new legislation? “They” say [who are ‘they’ anyway?] moving to more efficient lighting is one of the lowest cost ways for the nation to reduce electricity use and greenhouse gases. It’s supposed to save households money through lower utility bills. Ninety percent of the energy that an incandescent bulb burns is wasted as heat. And yet, sales from CFLs, amount to only five percent of the light bulb market. A CFL costs six times as much as an old fashioned light bulb, how does one save money in this fashion? Well, each cone shaped spiral CFL costs about $3, compared to 50 cents for a standard bulb. But … a CFL uses about 75 percent less energy and lasts five years rather than a few months. [Hmmm, I’ve got incandescent bulbs in my lamps that have been there for years and where did “they” get that break down?] We assume it would

be through testing, as in leaving both bulbs on for five years to see which one went out first? Which assumes that after Edison’s bulb went out the CFL kept burning for five years more. If a household invested $90 in changing 30 light fixtures to CFLs, they would save $440 to $1,500 over the five year life of the bulbs, depending on cost of electricity. Or, look at your utility bill and imagine a 1 percent discount to estimate the savings. [Imagined money savings is difficult to convert into ‘tangible’ money savings, but maybe that’s just me.] Is Edison turning over in his grave? Do you wonder what ol’ Tom Edison would think of all this? We’ll never know, but we do know that the incandescent bulb has been with us a long time and the technology hadn’t changed a whole lot since 1879 when Edison produced light with carbonized thread from his wife’s sewing box. The breakthrough that ushered civilization out of the candle light era was so revolutionary that the light bulb itself became a cultural iconic image illustrating thoughts, brainstorms and ideas. Well, energy efficient bulbs might be a better idea but let us never forget that for every new invention, an old one seems to perish. And politics and business remind us that progress also carries a human cost. Just ask the 00 former GE plant employees.

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House Deals Blow to Internet Sweepstakes
By Chris Dalton The Sherando Times “If we cross over and allow these types of games in Virginia, then what comes along with them is a criminal element.” This is a statement delivered from Virginia Delegate Clifford “Clay” Athey, architect of the new House Bill 1700. The bill, and Athey’s reference, is primarily directed at the sweeping arrival of internet cafés across the state of Virginia. The dilemma with these cafés is that they host internet gambling through a sweepstakes format, which allows them to skirt the law. The cafés provide customers with points redeemable on slot machine type internet games, like roulette or spin 7, after the purchase of a product of value such as coffee or a phone card. This allows customers to cross the threshold of gambling legally because there is no intent to gamble on the initial purchase, which means they do not have to directly buy into a game of chance. Case for the prosecution The primary concern about these cafés is they may negatively impact local Virginia communities, bringing an air of corruption and disunity. “These cafés basically bring Las Vegas to Virginia, with a computer replacing the dealer,” states Athey. The issue of gambling is a continuously mutable one, and Virginia law is in a constantly evolving battle with gambling entities. “Every year, outof-state elements find a new way to fit within the parameters of our law,” Athey explains, “and this new bill is our answer to this current trend of internet cafés.” House Bill 1700 provides a more concise definition of illegal gambling, and includes the betting of money or any other item of value on a game of chance for the winning of money or any other item of value. The proposed guidelines appear to include some of Virginia’s established gambling enterprises, such as the lottery and horseracing, and thus contradict the new bill. Athey clarified this assessment by noting that state-sanctioned games of chance like the lottery or bingo are legal as long as three quarters of the proceeds go to a charitable cause. The Virginia Lottery funds public education, and any gaming held at venues such as local firehouses or fraternal clubs are overseen by the Charitable Gaming Commission to ensure the three quarters law is upheld. As far as the Virginian tradition of horse racing, any bets wagered are

considered bets of skill, not chance. He also mentioned that personal gambling inside of a household, such as Tuesday night poker, is considered legal as long as the owner of the house does not automatically receive a portion of the winnings. The statutes of House Bill 1700 were further clarified and reformulated into House Bill 1584, which addresses the issue of playing with free points received in conjunction with the purchase of an item of value. The

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Upon entering C.A. Dooley’s, the Vegas type façade one expects at one of these cafés is immediately dissipated by the aroma of freshly brewed locally roasted Black Dog Coffee and display of locally crafted artwork. Contrary to the criminal scene painted by Athey, the atmosphere is serene, clean, and family-friendly. Those who are 18 or older can enter the sweepstakes by purchasing a cup of coffee or piece of artwork, which entails a free card with a value of five dollars to use towards one of the many internet games. After this, the customer can either cash out, or place more money on the card and continue playing. Besides the internet gambling, there are also plenty of other options available at the café. “What I would like to create here is a place that provides inexpensive entertainment for people of all ages. Folks can come in and talk over a cup of coffee, admire local artwork, use the internet, or even watch an occasional ballgame. Also, it would be nice to create an alternative to going to a bar, away from the smoke and alcohol,” states Dooley. One could even simply stop in for a friendly conversation with Dooley himself, whose humorous and loquacious demeanor provides warm, convivial easement to any stress the day may offer. Dooley is also a master of mimicry and has a host of impersonations at his disposal. This in itself is worth a visit. In spite of his jocular personality, Dooley takes his current situation very seriously. After being laid off in an employment-strangled economy, he needed a steady income to provide for his young daughter. “Right now she is the most important part

of my life,” he noted. His quest to replace lost income and provide for his family prompted him to open the café, after a few months of research and inquiry of the law. “I was very upfront with the local authorities, I did not want to hide and sneak around the law.” Dooley also mentioned that during this process, “I’ve liked every public official I have dealt with and enjoyed every conversation, from the county official to the zoning administrator. No officers or sheriffs gave me a hard time, and the Department of Revenue has been fantastic.” When questioned about the impending bill, Dooley said he recognized that Delegate Athey believes he is doing his job and what he believes is right for the Commonwealth. “During the three months of research before my opening I encountered plenty of cafés that resonated a seedy atmosphere. That’s not what I want. I am not trying to steal kids’ lunch money, or take the elderly’s rent. A lot of my customers don’t even cash out, for some it’s solely a source of inexpensive entertainment. Sometimes winning can provide someone with a little hope, even if it is only ten cents.” Dooley says that no matter what happens with the Bill, he will continue to operate in the confines of the law. If the Bill is passed, he notes that he “will have to morph” into something that still generates income and allows him to remain a part of the community. “It’s nice to see the American system work, right or wrong,” Dooley concluded, confident that whatever the future brings, he will be able to succeed.

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Report from Richmond: 2011
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ginia companies to create new jobs. (2)HB 1592 – Requires all state agencies and regional bodies to put requests for proposal and invitations to bid on the Department of General Services’ website so that existing Virginia businesses know how to bid on available state contracts. (3)HB 1822 – Creates a separate classification of machinery and tools designed and used directly in manufacturing or processing materials, components, or equipment for national defense. Local governments would be authorized to tax such machinery and tools at a rate that is less than the rate generally applicable to machinery and tools. The bill also authorizes local governments to establish, by ordinance, local defense production zones including incentives and regulatory flexibility for the design, development, or production by a defense production business of materials, components, or equipment for national defense. Virginia has long been favored by the military and we must continue to encourage the expansion of the military industry in Virginia. (4)HB 1929 – Amends the Virginia Public Procurement Act and provides that whenever the lowest responsive and responsible bidder is a resident of any other state, and the difference between such bidder’s bid and the bid of the next lowest responsive and responsible bidder who is a resident of Virginia is no more than five percent or $10,000, the Virginia bidder shall be given the opportunity to match the bid of the out-of-state bidder. If the Virginia bidder matches the out-of-state bid, the contract shall be awarded to the Virginia bidder. The bill requires the Division of Purchases and Supply to develop price match procedures. We must favor Virginia businesses in our public procurement process if we want to maintain and expand jobs. (5)HB1982 – Increases the Governor’s Development Opportunity Fund which he uses to lure businesses to Virginia and reduces, among other things, the threshold for private investment and new job creation from fiscally stressed localities from $10 million and 100 new jobs to $5 million and 50 new jobs to be eligible. (6) HB 2151 – Eliminates Virginia’s corporate income tax for taxable years beginning on and after January 1, 2011, to put Virginia on a level playing field on tax policy so that new and existing Virginia businesses will locate or expand their Virginia footprint. (7) HB 2325 – Allows income tax credits for individuals and businesses for qualified research and development expenses for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2012, but before January 1, 2017. The Virginia Economic Development Partnership shall develop policies and procedures for the application process for the tax credits. There is a $6 million cap on the total amount of credits allowed in any taxable year. These job bills represent the largest group of incentives and assistance toward new job creation in recent Virginia history. Suffering families in my District need jobs and these bills taken together help promote need job creation in our communities. As always, our family thanks you for the opportunity to serve. During session, I can be reached at 1-804-698-1018 or email me:

Greetings from your Delegate to the Virginia General Assembly. As Chairman of the House Policy Committee, this year I patroned approximately eighty bills on varying issues of importance during the General Assembly Session. The House Policy Committee has been working closely with Governor McDonnell to promote the creation of jobs by incentivizing out of state businesses to relocate to Virginia and also by promoting policies which encourage Virginia businesses to expand. Even though Virginia’s 6.7% unemployment rate remains over 3% below the national average, we must continue to develop policies that send a clear message that Virginia is open for business. Some of the bills I patroned to promote jobs include: (1)HB 1447 – Creates an income tax, research and development expenses tax credit. The bill allows income tax credits for individuals and businesses for qualified research and development expenses. There is a $10 million cap on the total amount of credits allowed in any taxable year. We are hopeful this will encourage research and development by Vir-

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fers a compilation of networking, computer and security solutions, whether residential or commercially based. Dave Moore brings a unique strategy to customers that is more than simple or complex internet and computer-related services. Dave says you don’t have to hire a full-time IT guy for your business, all you have to do is work out a plan for your office or home that best suits your needs and Cornerstone will be your contact and resource center. For example, in addition to computer-related services, they offer medical services so you can keep track of and care for your family when you’re not there, with a medical monitoring alarm system called Silver Care. They will provide for free an Amber Alarm Home Station, Waterproof Portable Pendant/Wrist Transmitter and Fall Monitor for family members who need help when they’re alone. Moore says its like the First Alert system except they also have a fall detector, so if someone falls down, the computer alerts “User has fallen” three times and it will call the service bureau. If no one answers then 911 is dispatched but if the wearer says he’s okay, he can call central and say, “I’m fine can you call my brother, my neighbor” … so there’s no embarrassment. It also offers medical reminders so if your family member is supposed to take a certain number of medications per day but doesn’t press the check mark, then a notification goes out to the caregiver that it was missed. An activity monitor also alerts someone if the individual doesn’t get up in the morning. Dave says, “My mother uses it, after she had heart surgery, every now and then she’s alone and it’s great [to know she’s okay].” If you want to find out more about Cornerstone and all they offer, you can go to www.cornerstonealarms. com or as well or call 1-800-517-9493 to learn more. Helmuth Builders Supply, Inc. Helmuth Builders of Front Royal had to have brought the largest product at the show this weekend. Sanford Helmuth, owner of Helmuth Builders delivered one of his sheds along with outdoor furniture at no small effort, setting up a comfortable area and completing the literal theme of the weekends show: Home & Leisure. He said, “This is a family-owned business, we manufacture, we service and deliver our own buildings and have been doing this for 1 years. We do site preps and it’s a turn-key operation. If I hand you the key, it’s done and if the product you want isn’t on our lot we can have it built within two weeks. We stand behind our outdoor sheds, buildings and products and,” with his trademark grin he concluded, “we have the best sales people in the world.” Sales rep, Diane Morris said, “We just want people in Winchester, Stephens City and the area to know we’re here, you can come to our lot in Front Royal or go to our website at to see what we have in stock or just call 540-636-1907 to find out more.” Helmuth builds animal shelters, gazebos, cabins, playhouses, chicken coops and much more. Helmuth Builders, along with the 0 or so other vendors, simply wanted to bring their products to the show and be available to provide information and services during the two day event. They all contributed to a worthy cause and some were more than a little disappointed with the low attendance, but hopefully those who stopped in left with the knowledge that the economy might be suffering somewhat but there are still businesses out there who give


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Stephens City town meetings February 17, 2011 Water/ Sewer Committee 5:30pm Public Works 6:00pm Newtown Heritage Festival Mtg. 7:00pm Middletown meetings Work Session First Monday 7pm. Regular Council Second Monday 7pm. Committees Third Tuesday 7pm. Planning Commission Fourth Monday 7pm. Public Hearings as scheduled and properly advertised. All meetings are and always have been open to the public Bingo in Middletown Every Tuesday at the Middletown Volunteer Fire and Rescue. Doors open at 5pm. Bingo starts at 7pm. Located in the social hall rear of building. Concessions sold by Middletown Volunteer Fire and Rescue auxillary. Winter reading program Feb 16, 2011 11:00 am Feb 19, 2011 11:00 am Feb 23, 2011 11:00 am Feb 26, 2011 11:00 am Bowman Library, 871 Tasker Road, Stephens City, VA. This reading program’s purpose is to encourage early literacy, so all the materials provide information for reading stages of young children, infant to kindergarten. The reading stages include print motivation and awareness, phonological awareness, letter knowledge and vocabulary, and narrative skills. 540-869-9000 Sherando High School art club The Sherando Art Club is participating in The Memory Project. The Memory Project is a unique initiative in which art students create portraits (drawings, paintings, graphic design, etc) for children and teens around the world who have been orphaned, neglected, or disadvantaged. To do this, the students receive photographs of children waiting for portraits and

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then work from those photos to create the artwork. Students also have an option of creating “Books of Hope.” These are short stories created, illustrated, and bound by the students into books for these children. The goal of the project is to inspire caring, global friendship, and a positive sense of self for our students. The project was developed by Ben Schumaker as a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin. In 2003, while volunteering in Guatemala, Ben encountered a man who had grown up in an orphanage. This man explained that he did not have any personal belongings from his youth. He suggested that Ben help the kids collect special items that would contribute to these children’s’ sense of identity and self-worth. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Local Fundraiser Part of Nationwide Effort to Battle Life-threatening Disease Winchester, VA— The Virginia Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation announced today the kick-off of Great Strides, the largest CF fundraising event in the country. Great Strides, now in its 22nd year, raises critical funds for life-saving research, education and care programs for cystic fibrosis, a fatal genetic disease. The goal of Great Strides is to raise about $40 million at 650 walk sites around the country. Funds raised through Great Strides have helped spur dramatic advances in cystic fibrosis research and care. Fifty years ago, most children with CF did not live long enough to attend elementary school. Today, the median predicted age of survival is more than 37 years old. The Winchester Great Strides Walk will take place on Sunday, May 22, 2011 on the lawn of the Old County Courthouse. Check-in will begin at 12:30 pm and the walk will begin at 1:00 pm. May is also Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month. “With so much promising research on the horizon, it’s more important than ever that we raise every dollar we can to fight CF and improve the lives of people with this disease,” said Shari Keefer, Chairman of the Winchester Great Strides Walk. “We are grateful for the contributions of each volunteer, donor and corporate sponsor who supports Great Strides. Every walker is doing their part in this life-saving effort.”Cystic fibrosis is a lifethreatening genetic disease that affects 30,000 adults and children in the United States and 70,000 people worldwide. It causes debilitating lung infections that lead to premature death. More than10 million Americans are symptomless carriers of the CF gene. The CF Foundation has earned a four-star rating for sound fiscal management from Charity Navigator and is an accredited charity of the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance. 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Drop Off day. Drive by and drop off your books at the Bowman Library in Stephens City or Handley Library in downtown Winchester. We will have volunteers helping to collect books from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. The next Book Sale is March 29 through April 2nd. Preview Night is Monday, March 28, 2011 Barbara Dickinson, Executive Director. Friends of Handley Regional Library. (540) 662-6046 ext. 31 www.handleyregional. org Cash party country western night Saturday, March 12, 2011. Cash party to benefit Sherando Warrior club. Doors open at 5pm, buffet dinner at 6pm, drawing at 7pm. Grand prize is $1000.00 Dance following until midnight. Silent and live auctions. Sales limited to 300 tickets. Donation is $45.00 per ticket. Must be 21 years of age. Bowling Green county club, north banquet room. For more information contact Marilyn Wilkes at Marilyn. r.wilkins, or Dee Williams at Newcomers club being formed Newcomers Club formed for woman new to the Winchester area who would like to meet and become involved with others in the community. Meetings are held every third Wednesday of the month. All interested woman are encouraged to attend a coffee on February 16th. The meeting is being held at Jim Barnett Park, War Memorial Bldg., Lord Fairfax Room, with guest speaker Mike Foreman speaking on the history of Winchester. To sign up or get more information please call 540 3280622 or e-mail; Please feel free to join us, it may be a great opportunity for an article about a new group geared towards woman looking to meet others and enjoy monthly coffees, lunch bunches, book clubs, dinners, shows etc... Walk in faith nonprofit ongoing event “To Walk In Faith, a grass root nonprofit formed to provide homeless aid, support and relief in Winchester and Frederick Co area is currently conducting an ongoing donation drive of recyclable items including: inkjet and/or laser printer cartridges, cell phones, aluminum cans, copper wire (stripped or unstripped) and other recyclable metals. Pickup is available in immediate Winchester and Frederick Co. areas. Please contact us at: or (540)550-9146 leave voicemail please Tops weight loss meetings TOPS Take Off Pounds Sensibly Wednesday’s at 5:30 PM. 333 W Cork Street Conference Room 2 Winchester, VA. Let’s start the New Year out right! TOPS is an economical weight loss club with a small annual registration fee and a monthly fee of only $6.00. For more information call Michelle at 869-9144 or visit TOPS. org Weigh in weekly with us and get the support you need in 2011 and lose that unwanted weight. CHURCH BRIEFS Prayer shawl group meeting Beauty for Ashes Prayer shawl group of The Camp of Faith Church meets the second Saturday of each month at the Martins coffee shop at 9 am. Any and all knitters or crocheters are welcome to join us. Questions can be directed to or by calling 540.869.0497. Macedonia United Methodist church benefit concert A Benefit Concert featuring Hogue Creek Band, Macedonia Blue Grass Band and Revival! Band will be held Friday, February 18 at 7:00 p.m at Macedonia United Methodist Church, Stephens City. All proceeds to Shenandoah Area Aging Meals On Wheels. For further information contact Darlene Miller at 868-1707. Worldview Weekend online rally Hosted at: Valley Bible Church (behind Food Lion) 578 Double Church Rd. Stephens City, VA Sunday February 27, 2011 FREE Conference Workbook: Register at www.worldviewweekend.

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Mr. Frederick P Foster, 74, of Front Royal, passed away Monday February 7, 011 at Winchester Medical Center. He was surrounded by his loving family. Visitation hours will be Thursday evening from 6-8 pm at Maddox Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 1:00 PM at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Front Royal, conducted by Rev. Father Richard T. Carr. The graveside service will be private at a later date. Fred was born on October 10, 1936 in Newark, NJ. He was the son of the late Frederick P Foster Sr. and Dorothy Sumption Foster of Front Royal. Fred was a Warren County High School graduate, class of 1956. Fred started his successful career in the jewelry business working for The Jewel Box on Main Street in 1955. He went on to have a successful career in the jewelry business with The Jewel Box, Seiko Watch Company and Ventures Incorporated before founding Foster Jewelers in 1984. He shared his passion for the jewelry business with his son and formed a partnership with him in 1987 that lead to the expansion in Winchester. Fred was instrumental in the Avtex redevelopment for the last 0 years; he co-wrote the Fresh Start legislation that former Governor Allen signed into law to facilitate that effort. He was president of the Front Royal/Warren County Redevelopment Corporation, a founding member of CEDAC, who helped develop and promote new business growth in Front Royal/Warren County. Fred also served on the Board of Architecture Review, past president of the Downtown Business Association where his passion for Front Royal and the re-vitalization of downtown, helped inspire that beautification project to completion. His vision for Front Royal led him to serve 4 years on the Front Royal Town Council and many years of service with both the Front Royal Jaycees and more recently with the Front Royal Rotary Club. Fred was a member of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church where he was a Knights of Columbus 4th degree. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years Betty B Foster; son Philip T Foster and his wife Ginger of Front Royal, daughter Pamela L Foster, of Front Royal, two granddaughters Emily and Elizabeth Foster. He is also survived by a niece Lynn Blakely Vipperman, her husband Andy and their children Madison and Elijah, and numerous cousins. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, 13 West Main St., Front Royal, VA 630. Arrangements are being handled by Maddox Funeral Home in Front Royal, Virginia.

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while lording over a franchise with the most racist name in sports, a name that harkens back to team founder George Preston Marshall’s segregationist and proudly racist politics (Managing editor’s note: in the day of the Indian wars on America’s frontiers, the use of the “R-word” essentially mirrored the use of the “N-word” today.) But today, Snyder really cemented his position as the worst of the worst. News has broken that the billionaire owner is trying to get longtime “DC City Paper” reporter Dave McKenna fired. (Team officials deny they are seeking McKenna’s ouster.) McKenna’s crime was writing an article last November called “Cranky Redskins Fans Guide to Dan Snyder”. Now we know that Snyder has threatened to bankrupt “City Paper” with litigation unless some undisclosed action is taken. The letter from David Donovan, the Redskins General Counsel, addressed to the small-time Hedge Fund that owns “City Paper”, reads, “Mr. Snyder has more than sufficient means to protect his reputation. We presume that defending such litigation would not be a rational strategy for an investment fund such as yours. Indeed, the cost of litigation would presumably quickly outstrip the asset value of the “Washington City Paper.” Especially disturbing to Snyder was a picture of the Redskins owner in “City Paper” with a mustache, beard, and horns drawn on his face. This to Donovan, and by extension Snyder, stains City Paper with antiSemitism. Donovan writes, “How would you react if you were vilified by an anti-Semitic caricature of you?” Then the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s associate dean, Rabbit Abraham Cooper wrote, “Public figures, including an owner of an NFL team, are fair game for criticism and even derision. However it is inappropriate and unacceptable when a symbol like this — associated with virulent anti-Semitism going back to the Middle Ages, deployed by the genocidal Nazi regime, by Soviet propagandists and even in 011 by those who still seek to demonize Jews today — is used on the front cover of a publication in our Nation’s Capital against a member of the Jewish community.” In a tart response titled “On the Matter of Dan Snyder’s Horns”, “City Paper” shot back, “The image of Snyder doesn’t look like an ‘anti-Semitic caricature’ – it looks like a devil. But we at “City Paper” take accusations of anti-Semitism seriously – in part because many of us are Jewish, including staffers who edited the story and designed the cover. So let us know, Mr. Snyder, when you want to fight the real anti-Semites.” Please let me take this a step further. As a Jew, I find the idea that accusations of anti-Semitism and the memory of the Holocaust and genocide are being casually used by Dan Snyder’s people because his feelings were hurt to be reptilian and beneath contempt. It trivializes every last person — whether Jewish, Roma, Gay, Catholic, trade unionist or Red — who died at the hands of Hitler’s Germany. Also, lest we forget, Dan Snyder owns a team whose name and logo are a celebration of the genocide of Native Americans. Every Sunday the Redskins take the field, their namesakes’ memory is slandered and suffering celebrated. If Dan Snyder was really an opponent of genocide, he’d change the name of his team. Until that happens, this incident reveals him to be worse than an insensitive dullard. It marks him as a hypocrite. So to sum up, a billionaire gets zinged by a local rag with a modest readership and proceeds to trivialize the Holocaust and blackmail the paper with financial Armageddon – all in a day’s work for Dan Snyder. Go Packers – Your win was a terrific statement that we don’t need the Dan Snyders of the world to enjoy professional sports. Sports without owners – Now there is a thought for Super Bowl Sunday. (Reprinted by permission of the author. First printed at http://www. Tense changes have been made in final paragraph to reflect the Super Bowl result, which came after initial publication at “The Nation” online. Dave Zirin is the author of “Bad Sports: How Owners are Ruining the Games we Love” (Scribner) and just made the new documentary “Not Just a Game. Receive his column every ” week by emailing Contact him at (Managing Editor’s note: search/ google “DC city paper-snyder” or link to: washingtoncitypaper. com for a link to original “City Paper” story “Cranky Redskins Fans Guide to Dan Snyder” and fan comments – it, they are a tragic HOOT!!! Other articles on Snyder’s lawsuit, filed Feb. 2, against Washington City Paper may be found by simply searching/googling “Snyder sues”)

By Dave Zirin I’m often asked who’s the best owner in professional sports. The answer is easy: it’s the 11,000 owners of the Green Bay Packers, the only fan-owned, not-for-profit team in the United States. I’m also often asked who’s the worst owner in the wide world of sports. This has been a tougher nut to crack: do you go with people who bankroll the right-wing fringe, like the Orlando Magic’s Dick DeVos? Or do you choose the “Slumlord Billionaire,” Los Angeles Clippers owner Don Sterling, who had to pay out the largest housing discrimination settlement in the history of the United States? After today, I now I have an answer: it is without question the owner of the Washington Redskins, Daniel Snyder. Snyder already has a 1-year track record of utter incompetence, with a dash of contempt for anyone in his line of vision. It was team legend John Riggins who once said that Snyder had a “dark heart.” He said it for good reason. This was, after all, a man whose club has taken grandmothers to court and bankrupted them for not being able to afford their season tickets and who has starred in a host of other incidents that boggle the mind in their smallmindedness. Snyder has done this

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final four races. year,” said Rations for this “We’re just last to have be betgan. “The going coupletoyears ter,” said Biffle. “We know that. We’re we have been real inconsisnervous about getting in (the Chase), tent, with a few runs here and anything can happen. ... There are some there, we’rewe could nevand races but concerned about leading up to the cutoff (end of thewe er get in a rhythm where regSpeedway. put pressure on “We all “Really, we’re working as hard an ourselves because this is as we can every week to importantto the bring the bestfor year track,” said Biffle. for us and race cars we can our importantsaid we have the best “It’s team,” that David. “We possible equipment right now. want to get Ford back into “We’re lane and as UPS victory racing as hardget we can. knocked off top-5 and top-10 into victory lane. I want to finishes. That is what gets win a Cup race very badly.” To date, the highlight of you in the Chase and gets the most points. the junior Ragan’s career “We have got to run a lot of was two Nationwide Series mistake-free races. The big- victories in 009, both ocgest thing is that we have our curring at iconic tracks. He race cars really fast at Roush won at Talladega, Ala., and Fenway racing. I think the Bristol, Tenn. Ragan gave the off-seaengine department is really prepared more so today than son paving project, which they have been in a couple of cost Daytona International years. Our race cars are very Speedway more than $0 nice and lightweight and million, a rave review. “In years past here at Dayseem to be very fast. That gives us a lot of confidence tona, you would get everyone Roush Fenway driver Greg Biffle says his first priority is making the Chase, going into the year, and thatbackreally tight together for(Photo: but that doesn’t mean he’s going to off from trying to win races. a few is a good thing.” laps, and then, once the tires Getty Images) David’s father, Ken Ragan, started to wear out, the cars We’re not taking big around. the ular season), in 50 major we’re on would bounce risks, but, at... and competedso it’swe know NASthe bubble, important to have same time, we’re racing for the win.” CAR races in a career that Now allDutton has are going to Monte the cars covered motorgood finishes right now.” spanned from 1983 throughis handle so well that everyone sports for The Gaston (N.C.) Gazette Biffle, from Vancouver, Wash., since 1993. be three by writer one of only two drivers to have won is going toHe was named three,of 1990. championships in both the Nationwide and Camping World Truck series. (Johnny Benson is the other.) Biffle also was rookie of the year in both series. He came up through NASCAR’s developmental system, winning track championships early in his career at Tri-City Raceway in West Richland, Wash., and Portland (Ore.)

sonal matter calls for more patience. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Congratulations. Your good intentions are finally recognized, and longoverdue appreciation should follow. Keep working toward improvements wherever you think they’re necessary. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 2) Try to look at your options without prejudging any of them. Learn the facts, and then make your assessments. Spend the weekend enjoying films, plays and musical events. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Someone might want to take advantage of the Sagittarian’s sense of fair play. But before you ride off to right what you’ve been told is a wrong, be sure of your facts. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) You might be surprised to learn that not everyone agrees with your ideas. But this can prove to be a good thing. Go over them and see where improvements can be made. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) After taking advice on a number of matters in recent months, expect to be called on to return the gesture. And, by the way, you might be surprised at who makes the request. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Reassure everyone concerned that a change of mind isn’t necessarily a change of heart. You might still want to pursue a specific goal, but feel a need to change the way you’ll get there. BORN THIS WEEK: You are able to make room in your heart for others, and that makes you a very special person in their lives.

For Biffle Is Racing to Ragan, Desire Win Looms Large as Hard as He Can
This hasn’t been the season Greg David Ragan needs certainly Biffle expected, though he a solid has time to pick up the pieces. year. His job is likely riding The 39-year-old Biffle didn’t win on the outcome of the 011 during the 2008 regular season, but season. the Chase, proceeded to after making The Unadilla, Ga., native win its first two races. He wound up third in the5 years old. A year is only Sprint Cup standings. For ago, now,finished first priority is he Biffle’s 4th in the making the Chase, but that doesn’t Sprint Cup point standings. mean he’s going to back off. The problem is that his No. “We’re certainly not racing conservatively,” he said. “We’re racing tothe 6 UPS Ford is a part of win, but we’re not going to do anything stuRoush Fenway Racing stable, pid. and knowteammates -- (the top “We his we have to stay in Carl 12 in order to qualify for the Chase). Edwards, Matt Kenseth and It’s tight Biffle we’re all finished Greg ... and -- doing all we can do.” sixth or better. Roush Fenway Racing put Biffle in “We then a lot of expectawhat washave still the Winston Cup Series back in 2003. He finished second in the Chase standings two years later. A year ago, three Roush Fenway drivers — Biffle, Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth — made the Chase. They could do it again, but the positions of Biffle and Kenseth are hardly secure as the regular season enters its

At 25, Roush Fenway driver David Ragan has two Nationwide Series race wins, but no Sprint Cup victories. (John Clark/NASCAR This Week photo)

on top of each other, all day long. It will be a different Daytona 500 than you have seen in the past, and the last 0 or 30 laps will be totally insane,” he said. ••• Monte Dutton covers motorsports for The Gaston (N.C.) Gazette. E-mail Monte at
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1. GEOGRAPHY: The North Sea is a part of what larger body of water? 2. MOVIES: Who directed the movie “Nashville”? 3. COMICS: What was the name of Clark Kent’s boss at “The Daily Planet”? 4. THEATER: How many Pulitzer Prizes did Eugene O’Neill win in his lifetime? 5. BIBLE: What was the name of Abraham’s wife? 6. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What was the name of the apartment building where John Lennon lived before he was murdered? 7. ANATOMY: Where are the adrenal glands located? 8. HISTORY: What revolution did Ernesto “Che” Guevara helped lead? 9. U.S. PRESIDENTS: Which U.S. president helped organize the Rough Riders cavalry? 10. BUSINESS: Which company has the nickname “Big Blue”? Answers 1. Atlantic Ocean 2. Robert Altman 3. Perry White 4. Four 5. Sarah 6. The Dakota 7. On top of the kidneys 8. Cuban Revolution 9. Teddy Roosevelt 10. IBM
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1. Who had a hit with “Big Yellow Taxi”? 2. How long was the original “Time Has Come Today”? 3. Name the Eagles’ first three No. 1 hits. 4. Who released “Give Me Just a Little More Time” and when? 5. What do these songs have in common: “409” (1962) by The Beach —37— Boys, “I’m Happy Just to Dance With You (1964) by the Beatles, “I Will Survive” (1978) by Gloria Gaynor, and “We Will Rock You” (1978) by Queen. 6. In the 1961 version of “Goodbye Cruel World,” where is the singer going? Answers 1. Joni Mitchell, in 1970. The song has been covered by dozens of others, and was in the soundtrack of the movie “Two Weeks Notice” in 2002. 2. Released by the Chambers Brothers in 1968, the song was 11 minutes long. 3. “Best of My Love” (1974), “One of These Nights” (1975) and “New Kid in Town” (1976). 4. The song was first released in 1970 by The Chairmen of the Board, a Detroit soul group. More recently Kylie Minogue covered the song for a watch commercial. 5. All were B-side songs, throwaways, not expected to do well. 6. Off to join the circus.
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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Whatever decisions you’re faced with this week, rely on your strong Aries instincts, and base them on your honest feelings, not necessarily on what others might expect you to do. TAURUS (April 30 to May 20) Your sensitive Taurean spirit is pained by what you feel is an unwarranted attack by a miffed colleague. But your sensible self should see it as proof that you must be doing something right. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) More fine-tuning might be in order before you can be absolutely certain that you’re on the right track. Someone close to you might offer to help. The weekend favors family get-togethers. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) The week continues to be a balancing act ‘twixt dreaming and doing. But by week’s end, you should have a much better idea of what you actually plan to do and how you plan to do it. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Changing your plans can be risky, but it can also be a necessary move. Recheck your facts before you act. Tense encounters should ease by midweek, and all should be well by the weekend. 1. VIRGO (August 23 to September Matt Stairs tied a record in 2010 by22) You for his still be trying to adjust playing might 12th major-league to Name changes. But pitchers team.recent either of the twothings should to improvemark. results. as you get toperhold the considerably An uneasy see some positive

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