CLERKS’ CONFER: The annual conference of the Virginia Municipal Clerks Association is April 19–21 in Charlottesville. For more information about sessions, or to learn about the association or next year’s conference call Shelia Crist, Williamsburg Clerk of Council and Executive Assistant at (757) 220-6103.
COALITION COMMUNIQUE: The Virginia Coalition for Open Government has a new website and they want you to access it. It was unveiled at the association’s seventh annual conference last fall in Lexington, VA. It was funded by a grant from the National Freedom of Information Coalition, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. It has expanded search capabilities and an archive of opinions that interpret the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. It also contains blogs on various First Amendment issues; a user forum for discussions; sign up for the VCOG’s listserv; and updates. For more information click onto www.opengovva.org.
DOG’S LIFE: A coalition of Northern Virginia Animal Shelters went to Mississippi in January to assist the Humane Society of Southern Mississippi, an organization that was devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Reps from Loudoun County Animal Care and Control; Fairfax County Animal Care and Control; Prince William County Police, Animal Control Bureau; the Animal Welfare League of Arlington; Manassas Animal Control Services and Adoption Center; and the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria traveled to Gulfport, MS to bring homeless animals to Northern Virginia for adoption. At the time of the visit, the Gulfport Humane Society was receiving 30 to 75 dogs and puppies every day. The Northern Virginia group hoped to bring back 50 to 80 dogs. For more information call Laura Danis at Loudoun County at (703) 737-6045 or ldanis@loudoun.gov.
GIANT COVERUP: The Virginia Historical Society, that celebrates its 175th anniversary this year, will be the scene of a huge coverup campaign as a result of a large and lively quilt show that will last until August 30. Don’t get left out of the sight of these beauties, or any of the other displays or special events scheduled for this anniversary year. For more information call Carol Anne Baker at (804) 342-9665.
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HR QUICK GUIDE: The Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) published the 15th edition of the Quick Guide, and index to more than 1,000 public and private agencies offering a variety of human services to Northern Virginians. The 2006 Guide provides information about services including abuse and neglect of children or adults, alcohol and drug abuse, budget counseling, consumer complaints and protection, day care for children and adults, disability issues, emergency needs, multi cultural services, health care information, in home services, rehabilitative services, shelters, and senior and youth services. It helps case managers, social workers, school guidance counselors, mental health outreach workers, police personnel, and others to quickly find the services that their clients need. Copies cost $3.50 each plus shipping and handling. Multiple copies are available at a discount. For more information call (703) 642-0700 or download the order form from www.novaregion.org.
SHHH! For travelers to and through Virginia during 2006–2007, a copy of the free, 68 page, full color magazine, Virginia Secrets is a must have. It provides an insider’s look at the Jamestown 2007 story beginning with The New World feature film that debuted in January. It gives due attention to the two Jamestown sites, Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement, providing details of the discovery of the 1607 fort in 1996 and the ongoing archaeology and artifacts, now on display at Historic Jamestowne. The publication has lots more, but to find out all about Virginia Secrets, call (800) 932-5827 or             www.virginia.org/secrets.
MURPHY PARK: The Hon. W. Tayloe Murphy Jr. and his wife Helen have been honored by a historic building at Westmoreland State Park being named after them. Former Virginia Delegate and Secretary of Natural Resources was and continues to be a leading advocate for preservation. The building that will bear the Murphy name was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the mid 1930s when Westmoreland became one of the first six original state parks top open to the public on June 15, 1936. It has served as the park’s restaurant, and though finely crafted in its day, is undergoing restorations. For more information call Gary Waugh at the Dept. of Conservation and Recreation at (804) 786-5045. VR