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Special Issue: LynnRMitchell.com writers, guests discuss Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Pipeline mapBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Today at LynnRMitchell.com, we are looking at the Atlantic Coast Pipeline issue that has stirred opinions both for and against in Augusta County and elsewhere. Posts from guest writers and regular contributors include Augusta County supervisors, citizens, information from Dominion, and an editorial cartoon.

Here is the list of articles in today’s Special Pipeline Issue:

Previous articles on the pipeline:

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Dominion Virginia Power pipeline in Augusta County

David KaraffaBy David Karaffa, Contributor
Supervisor, Beverley Manor District, Augusta County

On August 13th at the Board of Supervisors regular meeting, we had representatives from Dominion Virginia Power come and give a presentation about their proposed underground natural gas pipeline that will transect Augusta County. There were over 350 citizens in attendance at the meeting.

First, I would like to say thank you to Dominion and to all of those that showed up for the meeting. All of the information and input was helpful to better understanding the proposal, answer some very important questions, and allow for our citizens to express their concerns about the project.

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Augusta County residents organize against pipeline

David KaraffaBy David Karaffa, Contributor
Supervisor, Beverley Manor District, Augusta County

PipelineSaturday, September 6th, saw a great number of Augusta County residents at the Verona Government Center. The topic of discussion was the Dominion Virginia Power Natural Gas Pipeline that has been much discussed since letters started appearing in citizens’ mailboxes. The letters have been asking landowners to allow Dominion representatives and their subcontractors to come onto their land and survey for the proposed route. This request has not been welcomed by the majority of landowners in Augusta.

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LynnRMitchell.com endorses Ed Gillespie for U.S. Senate

LynnRMitchell.com Editorial

LynnRMitchell.com enthusiastically endorses Republican candidate Ed Gillespie for U.S. Senate 2014. His vision for the Commonwealth has re-energized Virginia’s citizens who have felt unrepresented by incumbent Mark Warner and, in the gridlock that is Washington politics, Mr. Gillespie brings fresh ideas with his proposed EG2 economic plan for Virginia. He is positive and optimistic, and has carried that upbeat attitude on the campaign trail with his belief that “the old normal is the new mediocre. We can do better.”

Ed Gillespie doesn’t just talk the talk. He has spent more than 30 years in Republican politics with skin in the game, “paying his dues,” so to speak. With a work ethic and goal-oriented passion passed on by his Irish immigrant parents, he watched first-hand what hard work could do toward building the American dream. They are lessons he still practices.

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Panhandling banned in Augusta County

David KaraffaBy David Karaffa
Supervisor, Beverley Manor District, Augusta County

It is now unlawful for someone to stand on the side of the road, hold a sign, and accept money from motorists. At the October 22, 2014, public meeting of the Augusta County Board of Supervisors, a new Panhandling Ordinance was passed.

I supported this ordinance for Augusta County. I don’t believe it is a safe practice to have individuals standing on the side of the road disrupting traffic. Far too many times I have witnessed folks walk out in front of vehicles causing delays and sudden stops in traffic that created an opportunity for accidents.

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Riverheads Elementary School

David KaraffaBy David Karaffa
Supervisor, Beverley Manor District, Augusta County

On Wednesday, October 8th, at the Augusta County Board of Supervisors meeting I voted in favor of tabling the vote on the construction of a new Riverheads Elementary School (RES). It was clear from the comments of other board members that there are serious concerns about a new bigger school. I agree that the current construction plan for RES should be reviewed.

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Augusta County: Let’s talk school funding

David KaraffaBy David Karaffa
Supervisor, Beverley Manor District, Augusta County

[Recently the Staunton News Leader had an article written by reporter Megan Williams that had many inaccuracies. I was extremely disturbed by what I read due to the fact that the article painted a false picture of how Augusta County schools are funded. Information has been sent to her with the facts, and a correction was printed in the Thursday, October 2, 2014, edition of the News Leader. This article has been updated since its original post.]

“Facts are Stubborn Things” — John Adams

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Augusta County supervisors have Chapstick fun at board meeting

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Chapstick Augusta Co BOSPhoto by Bob Stuart, News-Virginian. Used with permission.

Augusta County’s supervisors showed a sense of humor at Wednesday night’s board meeting when the school superintendent walked to the podium to address them. On cue, all seven supervisors plus county administrator Pat Coffield pulled out tubes of Chapstick and applied it to their lips, eliciting laughter from the crowd.

Bob Stuart, political reporter with the News-Virginian, snapped a picture with his camera and posted it to the newspaper’s Facebook page, noting, “Members of the Augusta County Board of Supervisors put on Chapstick as Augusta County Schools superintendent Eric Bond comes to the podium. It was a joke in reference to the school district’s restrictions against students not being able to use Chapstick during the school day, unless applied by the school nurse.”

It’s been over a week since 10-year-old Grace Karaffa aka Chapstick Girl took her request to the Augusta County School Board asking that they reverse a ban forbidding students from having Chapstick lip balm at school (see Augusta County ‘Chapstick Girl’ has gone viral, AP, Fox News calling – Updated: School board responds).

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Augusta County residents organize against pipeline

David KaraffaBy David Karaffa
Supervisor, Beverley Manor District, Augusta County

PipelineSaturday, September 6th, saw a great number of Augusta County residents at the Verona Government Center. The topic of discussion was the Dominion Virginia Power Natural Gas Pipeline that has been much discussed since letters started appearing in citizens’ mailboxes. The letters have been asking landowners to allow Dominion representatives and their subcontractors to come onto their land and survey for the proposed route. This request has not been welcomed by the majority of landowners in Augusta.

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Augusta County’s ‘Chapstick Girl’ has gone viral, AP, Fox News calling – UPDATED: School board responds

Karaffa, GraceBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Ten-year-old Grace Karaffa’s common sense question asking why it is against Virginia’s Augusta County School Board rules to carry Chapstick to school has gone viral. Now Fox News has come calling.

Grace attended last week’s school board meeting armed with petitions that included over 200 signatures asking that they reconsider the rule prohibiting students from carrying lip balm to school. She has become the Shenandoah Valley’s “Chapstick Girl.”

I wrote earlier this week (see Grace Karaffa, 10, petitions Augusta School Board to allow Chapstick in schools):

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Grace Karaffa, 10, petitions Augusta School Board to allow ChapStick in schools

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Grace Karaffa

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Augusta County Supervisor David Karaffa, 30, had better watch his back. He has political competition from within the four walls of his own home. Karaffa’s ten-year-old daughter Grace petitioned the Augusta County School Board at their Thursday night meeting to have the school system’s ChapStick policy changed. ChapStick in Augusta County is categorized by the school system as a medication.

Armed with petitions that held more than 200 signatures, Grace attended the meeting to address representatives and presented her position asking school officials to allow students to have possession of the regular, non-medicated lip balm at school.

WHSV TV-3 was there and picked up her story for their broadcast (see video of school board meeting). Political reporter Bob Stuart was there for the News-Virginian (see Student’s chapped lips lead to policy change request).

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Augusta County schools 10-year construction and closing plan

David KaraffaBy David Karaffa
Supervisor, Beverley Manor District, Augusta County

On Monday, August 25th, the Augusta County School Board presented the Board of Supervisors with their adopted 10-year capital/ construction/ school closure plan. The plan which was sent out weeks prior to the meeting is about 100 pages long and covers everything from technology, infrastructure, building repair and upgrade, to new construction, redistricting, and school closure.

The plan calls for the construction of a new Riverheads Elementary School (RES) on land next to the current RES to be completed and opened in 2016. Almost at the same time it calls for the construction of a new Cassell Elementary School that would open in 2017. These two construction projects would allow for Beverley Manor Elementary and Verona Elementary to be closed in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Verona Elementary children would be sent to Clymore, Cassell, and Churchville elementary schools while Beverley Manor Elementary children would be sent to the new Riverheads Elementary. Some Clymore students would be sent to North River Elementary to make room for Verona children.

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Dominion Virginia Power pipeline in Augusta County

David KaraffaBy David Karaffa
Supervisor, Beverley Manor District, Augusta County

On August 13th at the Board of Supervisors regular meeting, we had representatives from Dominion Virginia Power come and give a presentation about their proposed underground natural gas pipeline that will transect Augusta County. There were over 350 citizens in attendance at the meeting.

First, I would like to say thank you to Dominion and to all of those that showed up for the meeting. All of the information and input was helpful to better understanding the proposal, answer some very important questions, and allow for our citizens to express their concerns about the project.

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Photos: Augusta County’s Monday mass meeting

By Lynn R. Mitchell
Photos by Kurt Michael

??????????Supervisor Carolyn Bragg addressed Monday’s Augusta County mass meeting for the South River District to vote for the Republican nominee for November. Bragg was appointed to the position in March when David Beyeler passed away but to remain in the seat she had to win the Republican nomination for November’s election. Congratulations on her victory.

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