El Nino Evolution

Figure 1 shows the annual global temperature anomaly since 1980 up to November 2015 using the NASA GISS data set [1]. NASA has not yet published December’s data though BEST has [2] and yes 2015 was the hottest year on record beating the previous best 2014 by a sizable amount. …

Plastic Pet Food Bins

By Kimberly Correnti We love to use plastic bins to store kibble. It’s quick, keeps food fresh and stores easily. However there are some things to consider before you dump your pets food into this potential health risk haven. Residual oils and fats that transfer to the bin can become …

The Lion King Comes to Loudoun

The Lion King roars into Purcellville on February 26. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to see Simba become king of the jungle on the stage at Blue Ridge Middle School. The Blue Ridge drama department, under the direction of Dolly Stevens, has once again created an incredible, fantasy-filled …

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Applications Due February 8 For Purcellville Town Council Vacant Seat

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At the Purcellville Town Council meeting January 12, Vice Mayor Ben Packard announced his resignation from the Town Council effective at the end of the meeting. The Town Council is asking for interested members of the community who wish to serve on Council for an interim period to submit an application to the Town Clerk. The application form is attached and can also be filled out online at: www.purcellvilleva.gov/forms.aspx?FID=78. A letter of interest and resume should also be submitted with the application. Interested citizens must submit their materials by 5 p.m. on Monday, February 8, to Diana Hays, Town Clerk, at dhays@purcellvilleva.gov or in person at Town Hall, located at 221 S. Nursery Ave. The term will last until the end of June.

To serve on Town Council, a person must be a qualified voter in the Town of Purcellville.

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Affordable Dwelling Units Available for Qualified Applicants

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The Loudoun County Affordable Dwelling Unit Rental Program has rental units available for qualified applicants, including several one-bedroom units, in various communities. The ADU Rental Program, administered by the Loudoun County Department of Family Services, provides opportunities to individuals and families to rent efficiency, one-bedroom, two-bedroom or three-bedroom units at a substantially lower rental price than the market rental rate. Fourteen apartment complexes in Loudoun participate in the program. … Continue Reading

Supervisor Matt Letourneau Elected Vice Chairman of Regional Council of Governments

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Loudoun County Dulles District Supervisor Matthew F. Letourneau has been elected Vice Chairman of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Board of Directors for 2016.

Roger Berliner, Vice President of the Montgomery County Council, will serve as COG Board Chairman and Kenyan McDuffie of the Council of the District of Columbia will serve as the Board’s other Vice Chairman. The Chair and Vice Chair positions rotate annually between Virginia, the District of Columbia and Maryland. The Board of Directors is COG’s governing body and is responsible for its overall policies, functions, and funds.

Letourneau, along with Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis J. Randall, represents Loudoun on the COG Board of Directors. Letourneau previously served as President of the COG Board in 2014 and as a Vice President in 2013. He has been a member of the COG Board of Directors since 2012.

“Loudoun County plays an increasingly important role in the Metropolitan Washington region,” said Letourneau. “I am honored to be selected by my colleagues to serve as Vice Chairman representing Virginia, and I look forward to working with all of the COG members on issues of regional importance such as ensuring a strong and safe Metro system and economic development.” 

Letourneau was elected to represent the Dulles District on the Board of Supervisors in November 2011 and re-elected in 2015. He serves as chair of the Board’s Finance/Government Operations and Economic Development Committee. In addition to serving on the COG Board, he represents Loudoun County on the COG Region Forward Coalition, the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, as Chairman of the Route 28 Transportation Improvement District Commission, and the Dulles Area Transportation Association.

COG is an independent, nonprofit association that brings area leaders together to address major regional issues. COG’s membership is comprised of 300 elected officials from 22 local governments, the Maryland and Virginia state legislatures, and U.S. Congress.

Students Discuss Loan Debt with Senators Warner and Kaine

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Student leaders from 20 Virginia colleges recently traveled to Capitol Hill to discuss their challenges paying for college and the impact of rising student loan obligations during a roundtable conversation organized by U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA). The students represented a diverse cross-section of Virginia’s public and private, two- and four-year colleges and universities.

An estimated 60 percent of Virginia college students graduate with student debt, and the average debt load in Virginia now tops $26,000 per graduate. Nationwide, Americans owe more than $1.3 trillion in student loan debt, outstripping credit cards and auto loans as the country’s leading source of non-mortgage debt, according to the Federal Reserve. … Continue Reading

Middleburg Shops Offer Discounts During Town’s Winter Weekend Sale

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Numerous shops in Middleburg will offer discounts on purchases of their merchandise during the town’s annual Winter Weekend Sale, to be held February 12, 13 and 14. The sale will be held Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on the Sunday hours posted by the various shops.

Discounts will be offered on shoes, children’s clothing, and fall and winter fashions. Some restaurants will offer reduced prices on dining. Tourist destinations in Middleburg include the National Sporting Library & Museum. The town hosts numerous fine restaurants, including The French Hound, the Red Fox Inn, Julien’s, Upper Crust Bakery and the Gold Cup Wine Bar.

Event details and updates are available at www.visitmiddleburgva.com or by calling the Pink Box Visitor Center at 540-687-8888.

Lovettsville Invests In Its Future

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By Nathaniel Stephens

If you have not passed through Lovettsville lately then you may be surprised at the major facelift the town has received over the past year; and if you have, then you are more than acquainted with the traffic jams stemming from the work. That once sleepy little town, mere pit stop for commuters, is now busy with construction crews expanding roads. … Continue Reading

An Interview with Ron Meyer, Broad Run Supervisor

February 3, 2016 Government, News 1 comment
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By Nathaniel Stephens
Ron Meyer is twenty-six years old. He graduated from Principia College in Illinois where he majored in Political Science and interned at national media outlets such as Fox News and Radio America. After his graduation from university, he began work for Young America’s Foundation, a Herndon based non-profit, as their Media Spokesman. He lives with his wife Celia in their Ashburn home. … Continue Reading

Vino 9 Market: A New Way To Wine and Dine

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By Amanda Clark

Donnie Walker, owner of the local restaurant Vino 9 Market says: “I really enjoy the clientele and they love our food and our unique atmosphere.” Opened in June of 2013, Vino 9 Market sells wine, beer, artisan olive oil, organic basic grocery items, and good food. The market is located one block away from a bike trail and even sells food in to-go pint sizes for picnics. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Comprehensive Plan Meeting Rescheduled

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Saturday, February 6 – 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the Carver Center

The Town of Purcellville has rescheduled the comprehensive plan meetings from January 23 to February 6. 

Residents of the Town of Purcellville and all other interested persons are invited to express their opinions about Purcellville’s future and discuss updating the Town’s comprehensive plan at two public meetings being held by the Purcellville Planning Commission on Saturday, February 6 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the Carver Center located at 200 Willie Palmer Way, Purcellville..  The meetings will be led by town staff and are expected to last approximately two hours each.  Both meetings will cover the same topics with a focus on discussing the opportunities and constraints the Town may face over the next 20 years. … Continue Reading

Chris Hamilton Announces Run for Purcellville Town Council

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On January 16, Chris Hamilton launched his campaign for a seat on the Purcellville Town Council. Instead of holding a traditional kick-off rally, he walked door to door talking to residents about his message of helping Purcellville stay Purcellville for the next generation. “I’m focused on representing the people and guiding the town forward based on principles, not politics,” said Hamilton. … Continue Reading

An Invitation from the Mayor: Let’s Plan Purcellville

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By Mayor Kwasi Fraser
Purcellville’s current Comprehensive Plan has not been updated since December 19, 2006.  A review was completed in 2011, but that review was not thorough and did not involve significant citizen participation.  Currently, we are in the process of initiating our review and revision of the Comprehensive Plan, and I encourage all of our citizens to become engaged in this process. … Continue Reading

Planning Commissioner Nedim Ogelman Announces Bid for Town Council

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Nedim Ogelman, a Purcellville Planning Commissioner, on February 1 launched his campaign for a seat on the Purcellville Town Council.

“I look forward to continuing to serve Purcellville and adding another voice of leadership and expertise to our Town Council,” said Ogelman. “As a planning commissioner, I have gained an understanding of the complexities of our Town and its governance, including its capabilities and limitations.” … Continue Reading

Absentee Ballots for March Primary Now Available

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Loudoun County officials remind voters that absentee ballots for the March 1 presidential primary election are now available to eligible voters.

In-person absentee voting will take place at the Loudoun County Voter Registration Office, 750 Miller Drive. S.E., Suite C, Leesburg, 20175. The hours for absentee voting will be Monday through Friday. January 15 through February 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In addition, absentee voting will be conducted from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, February 27, the last day to vote an absentee ballot in person. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

Columns

Asterisk No More

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Moods come and go, but greatness endures.” These prescient words were uttered by President George H.W. Bush, a man who knows firsthand the truth of his own saying. In 1992, President Bush garnered only 37 percent of …

Second Bull Run

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It may not have been a battle, but – seeing as how it was my second attempt at getting a good look at Bull Run Creek – coupled with the fact that I’m a native Northerner – I felt a …

Snowmageddon III?  Seven Survival Tips for Parents

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. “snOMG,” “snowmageddon,” “snowpocalypse,” and “kaisersnoze” are a few terms to describe what just happened in Northern Virginia. The storm was reported to be the second worst storm on record. And while many children and teens gladly …

What Is a Sport?

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By Mary Rose Lunde On January 10, hundreds of talented dancers from across the East Coast competed at the Universal Dance Academy Regional Championship at West Springfield High School. Tensions were high and the stakes couldn’t have been greater. What …

Six Things to Know to Weather a Market Downturn

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It’s natural to be nervous when the markets head for negative territory. Keep a positive perspective with these six investing reminders. It can be very unsettling for investors when their portfolios and the markets start heading for the red and …

El Nino Evolution

Figure 3. Sea-surface height as inferred by by NASA satellites during the current El Niño (December 27, 2015, at left, from Jason-2) and at a comparable point during the last “super” El Niño (December 28, 1997, at right, from TOPEX/Poseidon). Warmer temperatures in the upper ocean result in higher sea-surface heights, as the seawater expands. In 1997, the above-average sea surface height was generally more intense and peaked in November. In 2015, the area of high sea levels was less pronounced but considerably broader. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. (see [4])

Figure 1 shows the annual global temperature anomaly since 1980 up to November 2015 using the NASA GISS data set [1]. NASA has not yet published December’s data though BEST has [2] and yes 2015 was the hottest year on …

Editorial

Grief and Greed

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By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …

Op-ed

Oh No, It’s the Christians!

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By Nicholas Reid In the hours and days following every massacre perpetrated by radical Muslims, there is one unifying theme across most news coverage of the massacre, wherever it may …

Dear Editor

Job Well Done!

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Kudos to Town Manager Rob Lohr and his awesome hard working staff. You did a fantastic job of snow removal throughout the Town of Purcellville this past week. Mr. Lohr …

View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input …

Student News

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016

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Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

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8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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Calendar

February 2016
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Loudoun Valley Boys Basketball Spirit Night at Coach's Corner

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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5K Race to Benefit Riverside High School Athletic Department

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Gallery Coffeehouse: READERS THEATRE "LOVE LETTERS" BY A. R. GURNEY

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Mad Cap Puppets: UNDER THE BONSAI TREE

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

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CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT: Year Of The Monkey

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Loudoun Symphony presents A LITTLE CHAMBER MUSIC

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

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THE EDGE: Malone Benefit Concert

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Loudoun School of Ballet Winter Showcase

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theatre, 100 Lunches" by Jack Sharkey & Leo Sears

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Lifestyle

Run and Walk To Your Nearest 5K Pregame Event Happening on Super Bowl Day In Leesburg

3 Feb 2016

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There is a new Running Company, the Pace Makers Running Company, in town and they are on a mission to help the local population with their health goals while raising money for selected charities. The race at The National Conference Center in Leesburg on February 7, is to help benefit the Riverside High School Athletic Department. The upcoming race on …

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Lovin’ Leesburg for All Its Beauty

3 Feb 2016

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By Hannah Hager We may be in the thick of winter, but this home on Cherry Spring Lane will melt your heart. Come spring you’ll fully be able to enjoy this simple, yet elegant brick home and its surrounding green pastures enclosed by miles of black wooden fences. Beyond your immediate yard are sweeping views of the mountains and valleys …

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6th Annual Loudoun Grown Expo February 27

3 Feb 2016

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It’s that exciting time of year again for the Sixth Annual Loudoun Grown Expo. The yearly event will take place at the Bush Tabernacle 250 South Nursery Avenue, Purcellville, on February 27 with new expanded hours starting at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be wine and beer exhibitors, farm exhibitors, artisans and makers, restaurants and other rural economy …

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Around Virginia

Education Savings Accounts Make Big Move in House

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The Virginia House of Delegates gave a strong push to House Bill 389, Delegate Dave LaRock’s (R-33rd District) innovative Education Savings Account legislation, as the House Education Committee voted 13-9 in favor of advancing the bill forward. “This is definitely an exciting development for parents and students in the Commonwealth,” …

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Kaine to Hold Hearing on Opioid Abuse

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On Monday, February 1, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, will hold a field hearing in Loudoun County to examine the ongoing fight against opioid misuse and abuse among older Americans. Kaine has met with families, law enforcement and business leaders across Virginia …

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Youth Can Apply for 2015 Livestock Exhibitor Scholarships

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Youth who exhibited beef cattle, sheep, meat goats or swine in the 2015 State Fair of Virginia 4-H and FFA youth livestock program are eligible to apply for 12 new scholarships being offered by the State Fair of Virginia. Scholarships will be offered in three age groups: Juniors (9-12), Intermediate …

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Sports

Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016

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The Western Loudon Volleyball Club U14 boys team, called the “Hitmen,” finished second in a tournament held January 17. This is the first ever boys team for the WLVBC (and only the second boys club in the area). Coach Allan Kotmel led the seven-member team. WLVBC started eight years ago, …

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ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines

2 Dec 2015

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The Old Dominion Football Club West boys and girls middle school travel soccer program scored big the weekend of November 21 and 22.  The girls Quest Premier 22 team took home the championship in the U12 Girls Premier Division of the Hunt Country Classic located in Fauquier County. The boys …

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