For Immediate Release: Virginia League of Conservation Voters endorses Senator Jill Vogel for reelection
September 28, 2011
27th District Senator wins key endorsement from organization dedicated to conservation and the environment.
Fauquier County, Virginia - Senator Jill Vogel (R-Upperville) was endorsed for re-election today by the Virginia League of Conservation Voters (VALCV).
Senator Vogel, who is seeking her second term serving the 27th District in the Virginia Senate, was praised by the organization for her record of legislative accomplishment and her support for the environment.
In endorsing Senator Vogel, Lisa Guthrie, Executive Director for the VALCV said, “It is my great honor to announce the League's endorsement of Senator Vogel. She has been a strong voice for stewardship and conservation in our region and she has an in-depth understanding of the issues. Also, her balanced and bi-partisan approach makes her an astute and valuable partner."
“I am honored to be endorsed by the Virginia League of Conservation Voters,” Senator Vogel declared. “This is an important statement about my record on the issues that matter to my constituents and I am very humbled by their support.”
First elected in 2007, Senator Jill Vogel represents the 27th District in the Virginia Senate. The 27th District includes Clarke, Fauquier and Frederick Counties, the City of Winchester, and portions of Culpeper, Loudoun, and Stafford Counties. Senator Vogel resides in Fauquier County.
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Sheriffs for Vogel
September 28, 2011
As sheriffs who serve the residents of the 27th Senate District, we write to express our support for Sen. Jill Vogel and our appreciation for her untiring work to make the Commonwealth of Virginia a better place to live and raise a family.
Throughout Sen. Vogel’s four years in the Senate, she has been a great champion of public safety and an effective leader on the issues that affect our region. No one has worked harder or done more to support the men and women who protect the public. She has not only distinguished herself as a leader in public safety, but also among her colleagues as a thoughtful, fair, and deliberative legislator who is not caught up in partisan politics. She has a history of reaching across the aisle and working for the best interest of the people, of the district and state.
Sen. Vogel has been a great partner with law enforcement — supporting us, advocating for our issues, and speaking out on our behalf. Her service on the Rehabilitation and Social Services committee is extremely important to sheriffs. All the jail amendments and proposed bills go through that committee, and she understands the complexities and has consistently supported the sheriffs.
A great example of Sen. Vogel’s service to public safety was the vote she cast in the 2010 session in support of SB 329. She was under extreme pressure to vote against that bill. But she also understood that passage would prevent the layoff of countless deputies around Virginia. The senator stuck with 123 sheriffs and the bill narrowly passed the Senate. We need that kind of leadership and support to effectively serve and protect the citizenry every day.
Time and time again, Sen. Vogel has proven she has the best interest of public safety and the safety of our citizens at heart. We express our deep appreciation for that work and that support.
SHERIFF LENNY MILLHOLLAND Winchester Sheriff’s Office SHERIFF ROBERT T. WILLIAMSON Frederick County Sheriff’s Office SHERIFF ANTHONY ROPER Clarke County Sheriff’s Office SHERIFF CHARLIE RAY FOX Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office SHERIFF CHARLES E. JETT Stafford County Sheriff’s Office
Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation Plans $1.5M restoration
September 26, 2011
Val Van Meter
Historian Scott Patchan, a board member of the Kernstown Battlefield Association, explains troop movements at the Third Battle of Winchester's Middle Field during a tour Saturday. The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation has a three-year plan to restore the Third Winchester Battlefield.
WINCHESTER- On Sept. 19, 1864, two future U.S. presidents - Rutherford B. Hayes and William McKinley - were among the Civil War soldiers who fought in the Third Battle of Winchester. If they returned to the battlefield today, they might have trouble orienting themselves.
By 2014, it might not be so hard.
The New Market-based Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation on Saturday afternoon announced a $1.5 million, three-year project to restore part of the battlefield to the way it looked during the Civil War, and add interpretive trails and signage in time for the battle's 150th anniversary.
The nonprofit SVBF owns 365 acres of the Frederick County battlefield off Interstate 81, which dovetails with another 222 acres owned by the Civil War Trust.
The Third Battle of Winchester was the largest battle fought in the Shenandoah Valley and is considered by many historians to be the most important, due to its size, intensity and casualties among key commanders on both sides. The battle also was the scene of the largest cavalry charge the U.S. ever mounted.
In terms of its significance, the battle marked a turning point in the Shenandoah Valley in favor of the North.
"It sealed the fate of the Confederacy," SVBF executive director W. Denman Zirkle remarked in an interview last week.
Ohioans Hayes and McKinley were part of the right flank of Union Gen. Philip Sheridan's forces as the battle began, according to Nicholas Picerno, chairman of the board of trustees of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation.
Speaking from the porch of the privately owned Hackwood House on Saturday, Picerno called the battlefield land around the home "hallowed ground," just as President Abraham Lincoln described the battlefield at Gettysburg.
In 2009, the SVBF added 209 acres of the Huntsberry Farm to its Third Winchester holdings.
Formed in 2000, the SVBF works in eight counties and four cities in the Northern Shenandoah Valley that comprise the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District, which was created by an act of Congress.
Of 19,223 acres at 10 Civil War battlefields in the Valley, about 14,000 are still unprotected. In 2,000, 2,124 acres were saved, and another 3,094 have been protected since then.
The SVFB has set a goal to double the preserved acreage by the end of the Civil War Sesquicentennial in 2015.
But it also wants to take the next step in making preserved battlefields accessible to the public.
The project at the site of the Third Battle of Winchester takes that step.
"The land retains a story," Picerno said, and the SVBF wants to "remove the land's silence" so it can speak to us all.
By returning the land to its agrarian roots, and perhaps by adding high-tech enhancements such as "ghost structures" to replace the lost farm buildings, the battlefield will be able to serve as a "classroom for the future," Picerno said.
The goal is to raise the final $420,000 to pay off the purchase price of the property, and an estimated $750,000 for the restoration, plus create a perpetual maintenance fund of $300,000.
Civil War historian and Pulitzer Prize-nominated author Jeffry Wert outlined the importance of the battle for those who attended Saturday's gathering.
Third Winchester was important because it opened the way for a Union military victory in the Shenandoah Valley, but it also turned around the political fortunes of President Lincoln and helped him win re-election in 1864.
If Lincoln had lost, the Civil War might have had a different outcome.
But Wert said it's the human stories of the battle that make it memorable. He spoke of the father and son, serving in the 11th Iowa. The father, a lieutenant, warned his son, a private, to "stay in the ranks" as the action began. Hours later, the son was carrying his father's body off the field.There was the color-bearer for the 116th Ohio, who climbed a wall and stood in an open field calling his comrades to follow him across it, into Confederate fire.
And the men of the 8th Vermont and 12th Connecticut, who held their ground for two hours, in the face of overwhelming casualties, to buy time for the Union army.
"That's why I think these fields are important," Wert told the audience of several dozen invited guests. "It's important that those human stories are preserved."
According to Zirkle, restoring the battlefield to a condition similar to what it was 150 years ago is "the largest project the Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation has ever undertaken on its own. We need everybody's help."
The foundation has hired the Richmond firm of Dutton+Associates LLC to prepare a cultural heritage plan on what needs to be done to preserve the property and the best way to open its story to the public. This will include historic research, an inventory of the natural and cultural resources on the land, and suggestions on ways to rehabilitate the landscape and conserve the property.
The draft plan is due to the foundation in the spring.
The speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, William J. Howell, who is chairman of the Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, was a guest at Saturday's event.
Howell called the restoration project a "rare opportunity for preservation,"
The battlefield is a remarkable educational opportunity, he said, as well as an opportunity for economic development for the area through tourism.
Preservation of battlefields "leaves a lasting legacy for tomorrow," Howell said.
Kathleen Kilpatrick, director of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and a member of the SVBF board, stressed the spiritual benefits of historic preservation.
"When things are lost, they are lost forever," she said. "Our history is buried."
Communities that come together to preserve history are "making a commitment to the future," said Kilpatrick, who was presented with the SVBF's Carrington Wells award for her contribution to the foundation's work in battlefield preservation.
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Press Release: NFIB Endorses Senator Jill H. Vogel
September 26, 2011
For Immediate Release
Richmond, VA, September 26, 2011 -- The National Federation of Independent Business, Virginia's leading small-business association, has endorsed Senator Jill Holtzman Vogel in the 27th Senate District race.
The endorsement was made by NFIB/Virginia SAFE (Save America's Free Enterprise) Trust, which is comprised exclusively of NFIB members. NFIB has 6,000 small-business members throughout the Commonwealth.
"Senator Vogel understands the challenges facing Virginia's small, family businesses and is the clear choice in Senate District 27," said Nicole Riley, state director of NFIB/Virginia. "What this means is that Senator Vogel has stood up for Virginia's job creators time and again on important issues such as tax relief, health care reform and the right of employees to cast secret ballots in union organization elections."
"We believe Senator Vogel will continue to take a fiscally responsible approach to managing state government and support legislation that helps our small businesses grow and create jobs and puts the Commonwealth back on the pathway to success."
"It is a great honor to have the support of small business," said Senator Vogel. "Small businesses are the backbone of the economy in my district and I will continue to carry the legislation that they desperately need to help sustain them through this economy. I meet with families and small business owners every day who are struggling to survive in the worst economic environment anyone has seen since the Great Depression. So much depends on the outcome of our elections this fall and I am grateful to have such an important coalition of small businesses working to support me this November."
NFIB's endorsement is critical to a candidate's campaign. Small business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members and acquaintances to go to the polls. NFIB has pledged it will activate its grassroots network on behalf of the campaign. NFIB's political support is based on the candidates' positions and voting records on small business issues.
NFIB is the nation's leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small- and independent-business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB's powerful network of grassroots activists sends its views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America's free enterprise system. NFIB's mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information about NFIB is available on their website http://www.nfib.com.
Press Release: Aspen Institute Announces Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership Program
The Aspen Institute selects Senator Jill Vogel as a 'Rising Star' in Governance for its Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership Program ...
September 23, 2011
Senator Jill H. Vogel
I am honored to be selected and I look forward to this opportunity to learn from my colleagues around the nation. I believe in the goals of the Aspen-Rodel Fellowship Program and understand that it is consistent with my work in the Commonwealth Caucus and other projects I have undertaken to create meaningful policy solutions based on smart substance and not political division.
I hope that the work as an Aspen-Rodel Fellow will challenge me and support my efforts in the State Senate to continue to be a thoughtful and well-informed policymaker.
Red Cross says blood inventory is too low
September 20, 2011
Star staff report
Dozens of blood drives had to be canceled in recent weeks because of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, which caused a shortfall of several thousand blood donations.
To boost inventory, the Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region has scheduled more blood drives for the following week.
All blood types are needed but types O positive and A positive in particular are in high demand.
Those who are 17 years of age, meet height and weight requirements and are in generally in good health may be eligible to give blood.
Call 800-733-2767 or go online at redcrossblood.org to make an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome, but donors should have identification.
Following is a list of scheduled blood drives:
1 to 7 p.m., American Red Cross Building, 561 Fortress Drive
11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Shenandoah University, 1460 University Drive
2 to 7 p.m., Middletown Fire and Rescue Company, Main Street
Noon to 6 p. m. American Red Cross Building, 561 Fortress Drive
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Selma Medical, 104 Selma Drive
11 a.m. to 5 p. m., Winchester Medical Center, 1840 Amherst St.
11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., American Red Cross, 561 Fortress Drive
1 to 6 p.m., Our Savior Lutheran Church, 2800 Millwood Ave
Vogel, Minchew win straw poll at annual HobNob in the Valley
September 12, 2011
Almost 40 candidates running for local and state elections, along with many concerned citizens, drove through that entryway to reach the 12th annual HobNob in the Valley hosted by the Top Regional Chamber ...
Results of the HobNob Straw Poll
Posted by the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber
September 10, 2011
Top of Virginia Regional Chamber
I am delighted over the results of the Straw Poll. We did great!
Kaine, Susan Allen highlight HobNob
Winchester Star 9/10/11
September 10, 2011
Kaine, Susan Allen highlight HobNob
By REBECCA LAYNE
The Winchester Star
They came, they mingled and they made pitches for your vote.
More than 40 dignitaries and legislative candidates rubbed elbows with each other and area residents during the 12th annual HobNob in the Valley Friday night.
The event was held at the Shenandoah University Health Professions Building on the Winchester Medical Center campus.
Former Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine and Susan Allen, the wife of former Republican Gov. and Sen. George Allen, headlined the event as rivals for the U. S. Senate in the 2012 election.
Kaine, attending the event for the fifth year, said he wanted the focus to be on the state Senate and House of Delegates candidates, whose elections will take place Nov. 8. His campaign against George Allen has yet to get into full swing, he said.
Kaine urged Republicans and Democrats to come together, especially on the jobs issue.
On Thursday, President Barack Obama outlined his $ 447 billion jobs program — which calls for an extension of tax cuts, among other things. Kaine said he liked the speech and felt heartened that Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said he found positive things in it.
Susan Allen also said job creation was a main focus for her husband, noting that he brought in more private sector jobs ( about 300,000) than any other governor in Virginia history.
“He wants to make our country competitive again,” she said.
Allen questioned Obama’s political timing for his speech (at first it was scheduled at the same time as a debate among Republican presidential candidates) and said the president’s tone sounded angry. She also questioned where the money would come from to pay for the plan.
“Will we see any real benefits?” she asked. “And what’s the cost?”
George Allen was in Virginia Beach Friday.
State Sen. Jill H. Vogel, R-Upperville, said she felt very good about the upcoming election because of the hard work she and her staff have put in.
“My goal is not to do the partisan rhetoric, but to do my job,” she said. “I’ve worked very hard to address a broad spectrum of issues like autism and taxes. Not partisan issues, but issues that are really important to everyone.”
Vogel is defending her 27th District seat against Democrat Shaun Broy, who was in attendance Friday, and Independent candidate Donald Marro in November.
Republican J. Randall “Randy” Minchew and Democrat Dave Butler, candidates for the House of Delegates’ 10th District seat, were also present.
Both said they were also focused on jobs.
“The working-age population is increasing more than jobs are being created,” Butler said.
Minchew said he wanted to build Frederick County’s tax base and bring new industry into the county.
He also said Virginia “was not done yet on transportation,” despite Gov. Bob McDonnell’s $ 3 billion transportation improvement plan unveiled this year.
All candidates, despite their party, were complimentary about Virginia’s unemployment rate, which is lower than the national figure, along with its creation of green jobs, an education overhaul and fiscal responsibility.
“There are things we’re doing in Virginia that could be taken to Washington,” Kaine said.
To see where candidates stood in their races among the hobnobbers, a straw poll was conducted.
Vogel and Minchew received the most votes in their respective races.
Ellen Murphy, Frederick County commissioner of the revenue, received more votes than independent challenger Brenda Fristoe.
No votes were cast in the U.S. Senate race, since that election will take place next year.
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Campaign Kick Off!
Congratulations to everyone...
September 01, 2011
Senator Jill Vogel
Today, we kick off the fall general election campaign season and I ask for your support for our Senate campaign.
It has been my greatest honor to represent the 27th District in the Senate of Virginia. It is a responsibility that I take seriously and I have enjoyed the opportunity to work in partnership with so many people in our district. We have worked on countless projects around our region as well as hundreds of pieces of legislation.
Now I turn my attention to a very serious campaign this November and I need your support for my re-election.
Please volunteer, display a yard sign or bumper sticker and encourage your friends and neighbors to be involved.
If you have a yard sign or 4 x 8 sign location, please reply to this email and we will follow up with you to deliver and/or install your signs.
I am also happy to welcome Culpeper and Stafford to our Senate District. I participated in a great candidate forum in Culpeper this week and I was encouraged by the turnout and the support.
As always, please contact me if you have any issues or concerns. In the meantime, PLEASE reply to this email and request a yard sign and bumper sticker!!
Also, we need campaign contributions. Please click here to contribute online or mail your contribution to Vogel for Senate at 45 North Hill Drive, Suite 100 Warrenton, VA 20186.
Thank you very much for your help and I look forward to seeing you soon.