Launa Hall: Rehearsing for death – A pre-K teacher on the trouble with lockdown drills


Page County Dot Net“Remember that activity when we all get in the closet and pretend we’re not even there, so our principal can’t find us?” I choose my words carefully as I prep my pre-kindergarten students for the lockdown drill scheduled for that afternoon. These drills have become routine at Arlington elementary schools, and at schools across the country. After the latest school shooting, on Oct. 24 in Washington state, schools will no doubt be running through drills yet again. What can we do about all these shootings?, teachers ask each other. Lock the doors, we’re told, and assume the worst is coming. Continue reading

My Clean Kitchen: Bold Rock and Apple Roasted Chicken

1528630_246672418835668_1064582586_nThis week Jessica and I took a trip to Bold Rock Cidery in Nellysford, VA. This place is like Disney World for grown ups. It’s beautiful there and the cider is delicious! I have been hooked on their Virginia Draft for a while now, I can get it at my local grocery store. The fact that it’s made less than 30 minutes from my house is just the icing on the cake. If you ever take a trip through the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, this is a must see location. They recently opened a new tasting facility. This place was built to host parties. It’s huge and the view is amazing. I see many weekends there in my future. Continue reading


AAAGas prices continue to tumble in Virginia and across the country.  Motorists in the Commonwealth are paying $2.81 per gallon on average today, as compared to this year’s peak in April at $3.52 per gallon.  This savings alone represents over $10 ($10.65) per fill up.  When compared to the highest gas prices in the Commonwealth experienced in 2008 ($4.01 per gallon), motorists are saving on average nearly $1600 per year in fuel costs. Continue reading

Bob Marshall: McAuliffe Ebola policy ineffective

bob marshallWhile Governor Terry McAuliffe said Monday he will not impose mandatory quarantine on travelers from Ebola prevalent countries, the U.S. Defense Department is doing precisely that to eleven of its top soldiers, including Army Major General Darryl A. Williams, commander of U.S. Army Africa. All are Ebola symptom free but had been in West Africa. Continue reading

UVa Football Notebook — Georgia Tech Game

10372283_10152448580937635_4528485457693252317_nIn the home locker room at Scott Stadium, the mood was somber Saturday afternoon after fourth-quarter breakdowns led to a one-point defeat for the University of Virginia football team.

“It hurt,” senior middle linebacker Henry Coley said Monday of UVa’s 28-27 loss to North Carolina. “That’s one of those games that hurt, down to your soul, just the way it happened.” Continue reading