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Leesburg Executive Airport Dedicates New Instrument Landing System

Leesburg Executive Airport Dedicates New Instrument Landing System

From the Town of Leesburg – This morning, Town of Leesburg officials dedicated the new Instrument Landing System (ILS) at the Leesburg Executive Airport.  Funding for the Instrument Landing System, which became operational on March 10, 2011, was provided by the Federal Aviation Administration, through the efforts of U.S. Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA).

Congressman Wolf spoke at the dedication ceremony and highlighted the increased safety measures provided by the new system.  He noted that it was following two aircraft accidents at the Leesburg Executive Airport in 2002 that the Town requested his assistance in obtaining the funding for new system.

The dedication ceremony began with a ceremonial “First Approach” flight, conducted by Bob Hepp of Aviation Adventures.  Joining Mr. Hepp in the flight were Leesburg Mayor Kristen Umstattd and Airport Commissioner Stanley Caulkins.

Citizens Encouraged to Sign Up For FREE Traffic and Emergency Alerts

From the Leesburg Police Department:

From now on when a traffic incident occurs either in the Town of Leesburg or in Loudoun County, alerts will be sent to one central group on the County’s alert system. The Group, titled Loudoun Traffic Road Closuresallows individuals to receive traffic alerts from both the Leesburg Police and the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. The goal is to provide a coordinated platform for timely traffic information dissemination. Officials from both agencies state that traffic in the county and region is so interdependent that integrated announcements are vital in successfully dealing with traffic incidents and delays

After the Storm Tips from Loudoun County

After the Storm Tips from Loudoun County

From the Office of Emergency Management:

  • Continue listening to local radio or television stations or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions. Access may be limited to some parts of the community, or roads may be blocked.

  • Help a neighbor who may require special assistance - infants, elderly people, and people with disabilities. Elderly people and people with disabilities may require additional assistance. People who care for them or who have large families may need additional assistance in emergency situations.

  • Use caution when driving. As the roadways are cleared, large banks of snow line the streets and intersections. Use caution when driving, especially around intersections. Visibility may be obscured due to the large snow. Also, as evening approaches, the temperature falls. This can contribute to icy conditions or black ice.

How to Protect Your Vehicle from Winter Damage

How to Protect Your Vehicle from Winter Damage

From Cher Murphy PR:

With winter in full swing around the country, vehicles in areas that get snow are subjected to more than their fair share of hardship. Winter is hard on vehicles, piling on the snow, sleet, salt, and more. But there are things you can do to help protect your vehicle from the harshness of winter.

“It is important to take steps to protect your vehicle during the winter because, if you don’t, it will likely lead to rust, as well as other problems,” explains Barbara Terry (www.barbaraterry.com). “Preventing winter vehicle damage is not thatdifficult, but it does take being aware of what needs to be done.”

To help protect your vehicle from winter damage, consider the following tips:

Winter Weather Driving Safety Tips

Winter Weather Driving Safety Tips

From Loudoun Sheriff's Department:

Loudoun County, VA:  This morning’s snow has the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office reminding motorists that winter driving can be hazardous, especially in our area where we normally receive a mixture of ice, freezing rain and snow.   

Loudoun Sheriff Steve Simpson is advising motorists to make sure their vehicles are equipped with a well-stocked winter driving kit. A winter driving kit should include the following items:    

Properly fitting tire chains

Bag of sand or salt (or kitty litter)

Traction mats

Snow shovel

Snow brush

Ice scraper

Booster cables

Dulles Toll Road New Rates Go Into Effect on January 1

Dulles Toll Road New Rates Go Into Effect on January 1

From Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority:

Effective January 1, 2011, toll rates on the Dulles Toll Road will increase by 25 cents at the Main Toll Plaza to $1.25. Toll rates on the on/off ramps will remain 75 cents.

A three-year schedule for new toll rates was approved by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board of Directors in November 2009 after conducting a series of public hearings. At that time, the Board also approved a toll rate increase that took effect on January 1, 2010, the increase for 2011and a third toll rate increase that will be effective January 1, 2012.