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Pete Giesen’s former legislative aide June Noell passes away in Waynesboro

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Sometimes my Richmond world, where I grew up and where parents and extended family lives, collides with my Shenandoah Valley world, where my family has called home the past 19 years. A death this weekend brought the two together.

My RVA sister’s good friend and neighbor Beth lost her mother Friday. Beth’s son Austin, SWAC Niece’s close childhood friend, lost his grandmother. I knew their mother/grandmother lived in Waynesboro. The obituary told the rest of the story. She had been political, and she had worked as Delegate Pete Giesen’s legislative aide for years in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s before I moved to the area. She was a part of Virginia’s political history.

Our condolences to Beth, Austin, and the entire family of June Noell.

Beth Pearce's mom

June Noell

June R. DeBoer Noell, 89
Waynesboro, Virginia

June R. DeBoer Noell, 89, of Waynesboro, passed away on Friday, August 14, 2015 at Summit Square in Waynesboro. She was born in Lexington, VA on May 4, 1926, daughter of the late Emmett and Maude Reynolds.

June was a woman of deep faith, who loved Waynesboro First Baptist Church, of which she was a long time member. She worked as a legislative aide to Delegate A.R. “Pete” Giesen, Jr. from the mid 1970’s until the early 1990’s. June loved politics and government, and was a supporter of the Republican Party. A sign hung in her kitchen that said, “We do not rent rooms to Democrats.”

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Thursday 9:30am: Saxman business forum at JMU in search of governing excellence

Chris SaxmanBy Lynn R. Mitchell

I got a call this afternoon from my former state delegate Chris Saxman as he was driving to Virginia Tech for a “Virginia Way – Forward” meeting.

Saxman, who is executive director of the Virginia chapter of the non-partisan, pro-business Foundation for Research and Economic Education (Va FREE), has partnered his group with political science departments at various universities in western Virginia including Virginia Tech and James Madison University (JMU), where a similar meeting will be held Thursday morning, in an effort to develop an accountable standard of governing excellence.

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