I’m Determined Mini Summit

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The I’m Determined Mini Summit will be held on Saturday, October 15th from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Robert E. Aylor Middle School. The youth and parent mini-summit is geared toward students receiving special education services. I’m determined  is a state- directed project funded by the Virginia Department of Education which focuses on providing direct instruction, models, and opportunities to practice skills associated with self- determined  behavior. Registration is required by October 1.Contact Sue Boyce, 540-662-3889 ext. 88129, with questions.

Registration form is available here :  Division News / I’m Determined Mini-Summit (frederickcountyschoolsva.net)


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Governor Youngkin Announces Over $1.2 Million in Virginia Grants

Governor Glenn Youngkin today announced more than $1.2 million in Growth and Opportunity for Virginia (GO Virginia) grant awards for four projects focused on innovative workforce development initiatives designed to expand talent pipelines in technology sectors, as well as foster entrepreneurial startups, business development and venture investment.

“GO Virginia allows us to invest in key projects that will enhance our economic growth by fostering workforce development and stimulating new business opportunities,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin. “These projects exemplify the innovative partnerships that GO Virginia grants were designed to promote, driving regional advancement and strengthening our Commonwealth.”

“These GO Virginia projects will increase workforce capacity while expanding economic growth through job creation and entrepreneurial startups,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Caren Merrick. “Our regional partners have made great use of GO Virginia’s collaborative approach, and those partnerships will create prosperous avenues of innovative investment and strengthen both communities and economies across Virginia.”

“These projects will support and grow industry sectors that are vital to Virginia’s economic future,” said GO Virginia Board Chairman Nancy Agee. “These high-impact projects, endorsed by their respective regional councils, are designed to deliver results today and into the future.”

GO Virginia supports projects that focus on workforce development, cluster scaleup, startup ecosystems, and site and infrastructure development to encourage regional economic growth and diversification. In addition to the awarded GO Virginia funding, the four awarded projects leveraged an additional $745,000 in local and non-state funding.

Since the program’s inception in 2017, GO Virginia has funded 233 projects and awarded approximately $93.7 million to support regional economic development efforts. To learn more about the GO Virginia program, visit dhcd.virginia.gov/gova

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Attorney General Morrisey Announces More Than $147 Million in Settlements

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey on Tuesday announced two settlements have been reached between Walmart, CVS and the state amounting to more than $147 million to resolve lawsuits that alleged the pharmacies failed to maintain effective controls as a distributor and dispenser against diversion that contributed to oversupply of opioids in the state. “These settlements won’t bring back the lives lost from the opioid epidemic, but these and other settlements will hopefully provide significant help to those affected the most by this crisis in our state,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “This development also avoided a costly and lengthy trial and at the end of the day, West Virginia will have the highest per capita settlement results in the nation fighting for our people.” Walmart agreed to a settlement of $65,070,000; CVS for $82.5 million. The CVS deal comes with a 2.25% Most Favored Nation protection—a guarantee that West Virginia won’t be prejudiced by a future national settlement. The two companies are part of a larger trial involving other major pharmacies. Litigation against the remaining pharmacy defendants—Walgreens and Kroger—continues before the Mass Litigation Panel with a trial date on June 5, 2023. Recently, the Attorney General announced a settlement with Rite Aid for up to $30 million to resolve similar litigation. The money from all opioid settlements will be distributed under the terms of the West Virginia First Memorandum of Understanding. Announced in mid-February, the MOU is an agreement with the state on how future settlement dollars would be used to abate the opioid crisis throughout the state. It contains a comprehensive plan to use those funds to abate the massive problems caused by the flood of opioids into West Virginia. The lawsuits allege the pharmacies’ contribution to the oversupply of prescription opioids in the state have caused “significant losses through their past and ongoing medical treatment costs, including for minors born addicted to opioids, rehabilitation costs, naloxone costs, medical examiner expenses, self-funded state insurance costs and other forms of losses to address opioid-related afflictions and loss of lives.”

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Revisiting The 1982 “Strikeskins”

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Greetings From The Booth!

Hard to believe, but we are rapidly heading into mid-season of the high school football schedule, as Fall comes in on cue this week with cooler weather. Soon, shorts will give way to long pants and fleece jackets, and hot chocolate and coffee will replace soda as you take your place under the Friday night lights around the area. At the (almost) midpoint of the season, the cream is starting to rise among area teams, and 2 remain undefeated: The Handley Judges and Central Falcons. All is not lost among the other schools, however, as these days even 3 wins can get you into the post-season. That is a conversation for another day. Enjoy your games this week!

In case you don’t remember, this is the week in 1982 that NFL games came to a screeching halt because of a players strike that would last 57 days. As a fan of the Washington Redskins, this was especially bad news. The year before, under new coach Joe Gibbs, the ‘Skins started 0-5 before ending the season 8-8, winning 8 of it’s last 11, and optimism was high going into 1982. Indeed, Washington started the season with a thrilling 37-34 win over Philly and a win over improving Tampa Bay 21-13 to start 2-0. But the dark cloud of a players strike loomed, and the season was halted on September 21, 1982.

While other players sat around doing little during the strike, something very different happened in Washington. Coaches were not allowed to have any contact with the players during the work stoppage, so ‘Skins quarterback Joe Theismann gathered the team together and organized unofficial practices, and the ‘Skins stayed sharp and unified. When the 2 month-old strike came to an end, Washington rolled through the 7-game amended regular season, losing only to the Cowboys while finishing 8-1.

The ‘Skins would get their revenge on hated Dallas. With running back John Riggins carrying the load through the 4-game playoff format, Washington would defeat Detroit and Minnesota at RFK, setting the stage for the 1982 NFC Championship Game with the Cowboys. With Riggo plowing for 140 yards and Daryl Grant’s iconic pick-six sealing the deal, Washington was on to the Super Bowl with a 31-17 win over Dallas!

In Super Bowl XVII against Miami, Riggins would put the exclamation point on one of the greatest postseasons ever by a running back with his now-famous 43-yard run that would give Washington  the 27-17 win–the first of it’s 3 Lombardi trophies.

There are no asterisks in the NFL next to World Championships, but I still feel like the Redskins never got the love or respect they deserved for that 1982 season. Yes, there were fewer regular-season games, and the playoff format was a bit different, but because they were ready to play when most teams weren’t once the strike ended, the ‘Skins proved to be worthy champs. We’re they lucky? Maybe, but as the old saying goes, luck is a by-product of preparation.

Until the next visit from The Booth…HTTR!