Makers Make the Break

About a year ago our newspaper reported that the Makersmiths organization was preparing to launch a new “makerspace” in Purcellville, rehabilitating a nine-acre, unused piece of Town property near the intersection of A and South 20th Streets. Thanks to a very successful Kickstarter campaign, which has raised over $16,000, it …

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Focus on: Lucketts Excavating, Inc.

Dave Zendek the owner of Lucketts Excavating, Inc. and has been serving Loudoun County for over 17 years. Zendek’s business motto is “doing a job as if you were doing it for yourself.” He and his team take great pride in their work, and they like to do things the …

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I will always remember – very fondly – the first time I ever set foot on the property at 711 Wage Drive Southwest in Leesburg, Virginia. It was a warm, sunny July morning in 1997, and I’d driven all the way from Minnesota – stopping along the way only to …

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Fatal Crash on 15 under Investigation

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A Virginia man lost his life after a head-on collision on Route 15 Wednesday morning near Lucketts.

Around 5:50 a.m., the driver of a 2008 Ford F-150 was traveling southbound when he crossed over the center line of Route 15 south of Montresor Road. The truck collided with the driver of a northbound 2013 Subaru Impreza.

The driver of the Subaru lost his life at the scene. The driver of the pick-up truck declined treatment from rescue at the scene.

The circumstances of the crash remain under investigation. The victim’s name has not been released pending notification of next of kin.

More details will be released as they become available.

Nighttime Lane Closures on the Dulles Toll Road

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On Monday, March 27, through Wednesday, March 29, night time lane closures will take place on the eastbound Dulles International Airport Access Highway (DIAAH) between the Route 28 overpass and the Centreville Road bridge for the installation of an overhead sign. Between midnight and 5:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 30, 20 minute stoppages will occur. More detailed information follows below:
Eastbound DIAAH, Monday, March 27 through Wednesday, March 29, 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.

  • A single right lane closure on the eastbound DIAAH will begin at 7:00 p.m. from mile marker 1.5 to mile marker 2.3.
  • On Thursday, March 30, 20 minute stoppages will occur on the eastbound DIAAH between midnight and 5:00 a.m.
  • All lanes will be reopened to traffic by 5:00 a.m. each morning.

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Purcellville To Offer Car Magnets

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The Town of Purcellville, through an initiative of the Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC), is excited to announce the release of new stickers and car magnets representing the “brand” of Purcellville. In keeping with the common practice of abbreviating a name, the new brand is bold and simple: PVL. Along with the abbreviation, the new brand includes a marketing tagline: “Loudoun’s Rural Destination.” This brand was voted on by the public through Facebook and Polco, the Town’s online polling portal. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of March 17, 2017

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03/17/2017 – 08:58 a.m 400 Blk. McDaniel Dr. Harassment
The complainant reported being harassed by an individual. The incident is under investigation.

03/17/2017 – 11:01 p.m. Berlin Turnpike @ Hirst Rd. DWI
Justin Millnick, a 32 year old male of Purcellville, was arrested for DWI. He was transported to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center and held until sober. … Continue Reading

Hillsboro Charter Academy Names Interim Principal

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The Hillsboro Charter Academy Board of Directors has appointed veteran educator and Middleburg resident Craig Mueller to lead the public charter elementary school through the remainder of the school year. Mueller, who has held positions as a middle school assistant principal, high school principal, and Montessori School campus director, served as educational consultant to Middleburg Community Charter School in 2014/2015. … Continue Reading

Keep Leesburg Beautiful Campaign Begins April 1

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The Town of Leesburg’s 13th annual “Keep Leesburg Beautiful” community clean-up and beautification campaign will begin on April 1and will run the entire month of April.
 
Keep Leesburg Beautiful is an opportunity for all Leesburg residents to get involved in helping clean up the Town’s streets, alleyways and streams,” said Mayor Kelly Burk. “I invite everyone to join us, the Leesburg Town Council, in picking up trash around town.   Come down to Town Hall for free orange vests, gloves and bags, join with your family, a church group, a civic group, or by yourself to pick up trash and help keep Leesburg beautiful.” … Continue Reading

Purcellville Named Tree City USA

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The Town of Purcellville has been named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.  This is Purcellville’s 10th year achieving this national recognition.
 
Mayor Fraser stated, “The Town of Purcellville takes great pride in this distinction as it confirms our commitment to the environment and the value of having a green and healthy community.” … Continue Reading

Interruption In Loudoun County’s Online Services To Occur March 18-19

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Loudoun County has scheduled a planned outage of the county’s computer network and applications and phone systems beginning at noon, Saturday, March 18. The planned outage is expected to last approximately 24 to 28 hours, ending between noon and 4:00 p.m., Sunday, March 19. … Continue Reading

Mobile Hope Awarded Grant To Help Homeless Youth

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Last spring, Mobile Hope began experiencing an enormous increase in the number of young people (18-24 years of age) in need of its assistance. In response, it created its Critical/Crisis Care program.  Since many of these young people are homeless and facing many challenges, Mobile Hope decided that it needed to more effectively position itself to provide more extensive and dedicated case management and to offer more options for housing. … Continue Reading

Catoctin Elementary Students Launch Drive To Fill Care Packages for Pediatric Cancer Patients

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Fourth graders from Catoctin Elementary School in Leesburg are collecting care package items for Team Mathias. The care packages will be given to pediatric cancer patients and their families. The donation drive began on Monday, March 13, and will run through Thursday, April 6. … Continue Reading

Lane Closures on Tysons Boulevard, Galleria Drive March 20 to 24

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Lane closures will take place Monday, March 20, through Friday, March 24, on Tysons Boulevard and Galleria Drive near the Tysons Corner Metro Station to permit the realignment of the curb.

Drivers are asked to use caution and remain attentive to all signage, barricades and speed limits.

See below for more detailed information. All work is weather permitting. … Continue Reading

Leesburg Police Investigating an Abduction and a Robbery

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Shortly before 6:00 p.m. on March 14, officers responded to the 1400 block of Campbell Court in reference to a possible abduction. The victim alleges that he was forced into a vehicle but was later able to jump out of the moving vehicle and call for help. The investigation resulted in the identification of two suspects along with the vehicle used in the abduction. The suspect vehicle was later located and one suspect was taken into custody along with a female companion. The second suspect was able to avoid apprehension. During the search for the second suspect, a 9-1-1 caller reported a robbery at the Exxon gas station located in the 900 block of Edwards Ferry Road. Officers responded and upon interviewing the clerk, it was determined that the suspect had attempted to rob the store but fled prior to officers arrival. A bloodhound from Fairfax County was requested and responded to assist but the K9 track yielded negative results. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Online Auction Features Heaters, Ladders, Metal Lockers, Popcorn Machine & More

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The Loudoun County government’s current online auction features a variety of government surplus items, including heaters, ladders, metal lockers, computers, books, DVDs, a popcorn machine and more. The auction will close at 12 noon, Thursday, March 16.

Detailed information and photographs of the items for sale are online. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

The Holocene Climate

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(Public Input Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, 7 March, 2017) Figure 1 shows the climate variation over the last million years. The low points on the curve correspond to ice ages when glaciers up to a mile thick covered New …

Choosing To Forgive

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Truly forgiving is the ability to say, ‘Thank you for giving me that experience.’” James Arthur Ray vaulted into fame on the Oprah Winfrey Show back in the mid-2000’s. Stunned hearing these words while watching The Rise and …

Five Key Retirement Questions

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Beyond asking yourself where you see yourself and even what your lifelong goal are, effective retirement and longevity planning begs some very big questions. Review the points below and consider how housing, transportation and health considerations all play a role …

Work Woes

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, I’m a manager at a large tech company and my boss has directed me to fire someone on my team, but as a Christian, I just can’t do it. It’s true that the employee …

Joy or Suffering

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By Mary Rose Lunde No one likes to suffer. When given the chance, many people would choose to laugh rather than cry, to sit in silence with their friends rather than talk through their feelings, because not even their friends …

Wage Radio

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I will always remember – very fondly – the first time I ever set foot on the property at 711 Wage Drive Southwest in Leesburg, Virginia. It was a warm, sunny July morning in 1997, and I’d driven all the …

Speaking Truth to Power

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“With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed.” Abraham Lincoln On Thursday evening, February 23, I requested the Board of Supervisors pass a proclamation resolving to support the March for Science on Earth Day, April 22 [1]. …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

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Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

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Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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Calendar

March 2017
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February 27, 2017 February 28, 2017 March 1, 2017 March 2, 2017 March 3, 2017

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV
March 4, 2017

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
March 5, 2017
March 6, 2017 March 7, 2017 March 8, 2017 March 9, 2017 March 10, 2017 March 11, 2017 March 12, 2017
March 13, 2017 March 14, 2017 March 15, 2017 March 16, 2017 March 17, 2017 March 18, 2017

Wine & Chili Weekend

Wine & Chili Weekend
March 19, 2017

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale
March 20, 2017 March 21, 2017 March 22, 2017 March 23, 2017 March 24, 2017

March Fourth Friday

March Fourth Friday
March 25, 2017 March 26, 2017

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch
March 27, 2017 March 28, 2017 March 29, 2017 March 30, 2017 March 31, 2017 April 1, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner
April 2, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”
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Lifestyle

Sterling Library Moving To New Location

25 Mar 2017

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Sterling Library’s current location, 120 Enterprise St., Sterling, will close beginning Saturday, March 25, to prepare for the opening of the new Sterling Library on Saturday, April 15. Patrons can return library materials using the drop box at the new location, 22330 S. Sterling Boulevard.

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Middleburg Gallery Presents Country Pursuits Exhibit

25 Mar 2017

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The Gallery on Madison in Middleburg is presenting an exhibit of Brian Whelan’s (a London Irish painter now settled in Waterford) ) transcriptions of a gallery of paintings by Thomas Gainsborough, ‘Mr. and Mrs. Andrews’ through April 2. The exhibit includes 23 paintings, two masks, two graphics, and nine preparatory drawings.

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Loudoun Workforce Resource Center Presents STEM Career Fair March 28

16 Mar 2017

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Anyone interested in a career in the rapidly growing field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is encouraged to attend an upcoming STEM Career Fair in Loudoun. The Loudoun Workforce Resource Center, in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC)’s Loudoun campus and NOVA SySTEMic Solutions, is holding a STEM Career Fair Tuesday, March 28, from 1:00 to 4:00 …

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Editorial

Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

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Appointment Shocks Many On January 3 Supervisor Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge) nominated Tom Priscilla for the Loudoun County Planning Commission to represent the Blue Ridge District. Priscilla was …

Op-ed

Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

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– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

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– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

Dear Editor

Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved

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Today, most residents of Loudoun County know nothing about Williams Gap, even those living on Williams Gap Road (Route 711). Knowing who “Williams” was, why a gap in the Blue …

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception

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We are a group of Loudoun County citizens who will be adversely affected if the board grants a special exception for the Catesby Farm property at your upcoming meeting. You …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm

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By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

Around Virginia

Virginia Schools Kick Off Statewide Campaign To Encourage Safe Teen Driving

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More teen drivers in Virginia will be involved in traffic crashes between the months of May and August than any other time of the year, statistics show. To help save lives and prevent such crashes during the high-risk warm weather months, Virginia schools are kicking off a statewide teen safety …

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Protecting Free Speech

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By Dave LaRock (R-33) As elected officials and members of the legislature, our most fundamental responsibility is to protect God-given constitutionally protected rights. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits the government, including governmental public colleges and universities, from infringing on free speech and the free exercise of …

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Walbridge To Run for State Delegate in the 33rd District

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Tia Walbridge announces her run for the District 33 seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Walbridge is a wife and mother of two daughters and an active member of the Round Hill community. “Like many people in our district, my family has found its prosperity in a Virginia-based small …

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Sports

Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017

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The Loudoun Valley Vikings are the boy’s runner-up at the VHSL 4A State Indoor Track and Field Championships at Roanoke College.  During the 2015-2016 school year, the Loudoun County School Board approved Indoor Track and Field as a Tier 2 (self-funded) sport.  The seven boys competing scored 48 points, second …

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WLVBC U14 Boys Finish 3rd at VA Beach Event

23 Feb 2017

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The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys Team garnered 3rd place in their first travel tournament of 2017, the Virginia Beach Invitational. This event was held Feb. 18-19 and featured more than 24 teams from the U14 to U18 age group. The team was second on their net on day …

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