Alert: Missing Endangered Child

January 28, 2015 Around Virginia, News Comments Off on Alert: Missing Endangered Child

The Virginia State Police and the Virginia Missing Children Clearinghouse has issued an endangered missing child media alert on behalf of the Christiansburg Police Department on January 28 at 11:45 a.m.

The Christiansburg Police Department is looking for Aysia Monique Lewis, 16 years of age, height 5’3, weight 155 lbs, with brown eyes and brown hair, wearing: blue jeans, black fleece jacket and tan moccasins.

The child is believed to be in danger and was last seen at Christiansburg High School. The child may be in the company of Donald Bruce Quesenberry Jr. The subject is described as, 33 years of age, height 5’7 Feet, weight 195 lbs, with brown eyes and brown hair.

The subject may be driving 2002 Nissan Altima 4d with Illinois Registration V975074. Possibly heading south to Florida.

Additional information: Child is believed to be in danger of sexual exploitation.

Please contact the Christiansburg Police Department at 540-382-3131 or The Virginia State Police at 1-800-822-4453. (1-800-vachild) … Continue Reading

Call for Volunteers

January 25, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Call for Volunteers

On Saturday, January 31 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy will host a Volunteer Orientation and Opportunity Showcase at the Morven Park Carriage Museum. Want to learn more about Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy? Do you want to get involved in your community, but don’t have a good idea where to start? Do you want to meet some new friends who are as enthusiastic about the great outdoors as you are? If so, this is the event for you. In just one hour, you will be given a brief introduction to Loudoun Wildlife and its big plans for 2015. You’ll have a chance to meet one-on-one with the board chairs and project coordinators. They will go over the extensive volunteer opportunities in hopes that you will find a project (or projects) that will utilize your skills and experience while giving you a chance to be part of our mission to bring the appreciation of nature through education to our community. All types of skill and enthusiasm welcome. Sign up at loudounwildlife.org/SignUp.htm or e-mail Hannah Duffy at hduffy@loudounwildlife.org.

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of January 15, 2015

January 25, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of January 15, 2015

1/15/2015-8:45 p.m. – 600 block of Wintergreen Dr. – Telephone Scam– Victim had a voice mail stating that he was a subject of a Lawsuit. Victim called the number provided and became suspicious. Police investigated and found that the telephone number 323-282-5894 has been used in numerous scams for court cases, in an attempt to extort money from the victims.
1/16/2015-11:58 p.m. – Warrant Service – A routine traffic stop on Main St. resulted in an arrest for a person that was wanted by Loudoun County Sherriff’s Office on an outstanding warrant. Warrant was served at the Adult Detention facility.
1/18/2015-8:00 a.m. – Juvenile runaway – Juvenile had left the home the night before over an argument. Juvenile was located and unharmed.
1/18/2015-3:00 p.m. – 600 block of Greysands Ln. – Burglary and destruction of property – Homeowner reported that he had left the house that afternoon and came home around 7:00 p.m. and found that his back door had been kicked in. Homeowner stated that it appeared that nothing had been stolen. Damage valued at $1000. This incident is under investigation.
1/19/2015-8:00 a.m. – 300 block of Locust Grove Dr. – Telephone scam – Victim stated that she was contacted by telephone that her loan had been approved. Victim had not applied for a loan. She called them back and immediately got a voice mail saying that the business was closed. Victim was told to watch all bank accounts and credit activity.

Community Ambassadors Sought for Loudoun Seniors

January 21, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Community Ambassadors Sought for Loudoun Seniors

Seventeen additional Loudoun residents have stepped up to advocate for seniors since the Loudoun County Commission on Aging (COA) launched its Community Ambassador Program in June 2014. The program represents a partnership among county service organizations, volunteers, and local law enforcement, as a three-part (TRIAD) team to promote programs that enhance the health and safety of Loudoun’s seniors.

TRIAD ambassadors solicit feedback and disseminate educational information in senior living communities or groups. Scams and crimes targeting seniors, fraud, and health care are critical areas for which the growing population of seniors needs assistance and resources. Often, help is needed to navigate the administrative layers that cause delays when searching for answers. Community ambassadors can provide resources to seniors for issues including caregiving, suspicious calls, nutritional assistance, affordable prescription plans, fire alarms, battery checks, and transportation. … Continue Reading

Neo-Liberal Economists: “We Are Irrational”

January 21, 2015 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Neo-Liberal Economists: “We Are Irrational”

“Irrational is a strong word, which connotes impulsivity, emotionality, and a stubborn resistance to reasonable argument.” Economics Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman [1]

On global warming Kahneman wrote that it is “preposterous to forecast what it would be like to live on a warmer planet when we did not even know what it is like to live in California.” Kahneman was concerned whether or not people would be happy in a warmer world, warming more than ten times faster than at any other time in the last hundred million years, as shown by the example in Figure 1 [2] while physical scientists worry whether we will survive at all. See Figure 2 for the current physical state of California. I suppose people can still be happy right up until the time there is no more water to drink. Perceptive people who see it coming years in advance may be unhappy but if there are not many of those Kahneman may be right. … Continue Reading

Winter Door Decorating at Woodgrove High School

January 18, 2015 News, Schools Comments Off on Winter Door Decorating at Woodgrove High School

This past December, the Woodgrove Student Council hosted the annual Holiday Door Decorating contest. Every homeroom in the school was challenged to participate in the competition by decorating their homeroom door with a holiday or winter theme of their choice. Students and teachers worked together in their homerooms to bring together resources such as photos, ornaments, glitter, lights, and music to use in their door design. By the day before winter break, students were able to walk through the halls and admire many newly decorated classroom entrances.

The Student Council ad hoc committee for Door Decorating was led by Woodgrove sophomore Sara Hallam. Sara and her committee created the rules by which doors could by decorated, and the criteria that the doors would be judged by. The committee also put together a panel of teachers from various departments to judge the final homeroom doors. Theses teachers would choose one winning door from each grade, along with one overall winner. … Continue Reading

LCSO Implements Crisis Intervention Program in Adult Detention Center

January 18, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Implements Crisis Intervention Program in Adult Detention Center

Training to Help Those Suffering a Behavioral Crisis Expanded to Help Inmates

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and Loudoun County Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Developmental Services (MHSADS) graduated twenty deputies and one mental health professional on January 16 from the from the first-ever Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training hosted specifically for deputies assigned at the Adult Detention Center in Loudoun County.

The collaborative program joined the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Courts and Corrections Division; Loudoun County MHSADS; Friends of Loudoun Mental Health; the National Alliance on Mental Illness – Northern Virginia; the Office of the Commonwealth Attorney; the Wounded Warrior Program; Mobile Hope; and Retired Col. Scot Campbell in an effort to allow mentally ill persons to receive necessary treatment to become stabilized and work toward recovery. The program is designed to promote positive interaction between law enforcement and persons in crisis and reduce injuries to deputies and persons suffering from mental illness. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Issue Fraud Alert

January 14, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Issue Fraud Alert

Residents are receiving telephone calls from persons identifying themselves as Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents. These callers have been requesting money or various money cards. Residents are threatened with arrest if they fail to forward these funds.

Do not send money to anyone in these types of situations. Please call the Purcellville Police (540-338-7422) if you have concerns about these or any type of suspicious calls from unknown individuals.

LCSO Investigating Armed Robbery at Hill Tom Market

January 12, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Investigating Armed Robbery at Hill Tom Market

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a reported armed robbery at the Hill Tom Market in Hillsboro.

On January 10, an unknown suspect entered the store around 2:00 p.m. and brandished a firearm. The suspect demanded cash and fled westbound on Charles Town Pike (Route 9).

The suspect was described as a White male, 6’0” -6’2”, 25 to 30-years-old, with a thin build and was wearing camouflage clothing and a mask.

Anyone with any information regarding this case is asked to contact Detective C. Cunningham of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office at 703-777-0475. If the caller wishes to remain anonymous, they are asked to call Loudoun Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919. If the information provided to Crime Solvers leads to an arrest and indictment, the caller could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000.

Police Chief Smith Announces Retirement

January 12, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Police Chief Smith Announces Retirement

Chief Darryl C. Smith, Sr. announced last week that he would be retiring on April 1, 2015. He came to the community over nine years ago after a nationwide search that resulted in him being selected as a unanimous candidate to lead our Town’s Police Department. Chief Smith will be remembered for many positive items through his tenure. The two most important involve completing the State Accreditation for the Police Department and the winning of numerous local, state, national and international awards for his Department’s Youth Engagement and Outreach programs.

In 2007, Chief Smith and the Department won a VML Achievement Award in the 5,000 – 10,000 population category for his Youth Engagement and Outreach programs. This award was followed up in 2009 with the Department receiving the Webber Seavey International Award given by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and Motorola. … Continue Reading

Comstock Sworn-In To the 114th Congress

January 10, 2015 Government, News Comments Off on Comstock Sworn-In To the 114th Congress

ComstockCongresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA) issued the following statement on being sworn-in to the 114th Congress:
“It is an honor and a privilege to serve the people of Virginia’s 10th Congressional District in the 114th Congress,” said Congresswoman Comstock. “I am looking forward to working to solve our nation’s challenges as we start the new year. Constituent service will be one of my top priorities, the same way it was for Congressman Frank Wolf. Serving on three influential committees – Transportation and Infrastructure; Science, Space, and Technology; and House Administration, will afford me a seat at the table and allow me to advocate for the many priorities of the 10th District.”

Virginia’s 10th Congressional District stretches from McLean down to Manassas and Prince William County and out through Loudoun, Clarke, and Frederick Counties to the West Virginia border. Congresswoman Comstock serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee; Science, Space, and Technology Committee; and the Committee on House Administration for the 114th Congress.

Bad Economics Is Driving Out Good Science

January 8, 2015 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Bad Economics Is Driving Out Good Science

“The key to understanding [economics] lies in identifying the positive feedbacks and instabilities that lead to fast and surprising changes. These positive feedbacks are the most important elements in all markets; they’re not exceptional in the least. I’ll also argue that it would be utterly astounding for it to be otherwise, for instabilities, driven by positive feedbacks affect almost everything in the universe, from stellar supernovae to planetary ecosystems and our climate to the movement of the earth’s crust, and from the flow of electronic traffic through the Internet to the growth of cities.” Mark Buchanan [1]

A few years ago I introduced readers to the logical theorem ex falso quodlibet or from a false proposition, anything follows. If a logical system begins with a false axiom or assumption then no matter how robust the logic the conclusions can only be correct by pure chance; indeed any nonsense can be proved by starting with a false assumption [2]. Milton Friedman adopted this strategy to develop his neo-liberal economics by starting, in his own words [3], with “assumptions that are wildly inaccurate descriptive representations of reality.” Nobody should be surprised that denial of human-caused climate change is also based on bad assumptions. … Continue Reading

York Will Not Seek Re-election

January 8, 2015 Elections, Government, Loudoun County, News Comments Off on York Will Not Seek Re-election

Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott York (R-At Large) announced Wednesday during a county Board of Supervisors meeting that he will not seek a fifth term in office this November. York had previously announced late last year that he did plan to seek re-election.

York, who commenced his service first as a planning commissioner, then as Sterling District Supervisor, has led the county board for 15 years as chairman. Over the years he has run for office as a Republican, then as an Independent for one four year term, returning to run again as a Republican.

Leesburg attorney Charles King announced earlier this week that he would be seeking the Republican nomination for Chairman of the Board, presenting York with the prospect of a primary challenge. King recently represented Loudoun County Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R- Sterling) in a legal challenge stemming from a former employee’s allegations of misuse of office.


 

 

 

 

Columns

Public Input June 6, 2017

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Anatomy of a Sunflower

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Parental Help Needed

Dr. Mike, My husband and I are planning to hold our son back to repeat eighth grade. He plays on a travel sports team, and the extra year would give him an advantage for high school. My sister did it …

Misconceptions about 529 Plans

Just like the kids you’re saving college funds for, 529 plans are often misunderstood. Read on to learn 529 plans are more flexible than you may think. They can be set up by anyone, for anyone, and used for a …

Transforming Scars – Engendering Hope

By Samuel Moore-Sobel The woman’s voice on the other end of the line is warm and inviting, speaking softly in crisp tones, with great excitement, and at a hurried pace. Her words are eloquent and profound. Furiously I type, trying …

Addicted

By Mary Rose Lunde When most people think of addictions, they choose the more well-known types, such as alcohol or drugs. But there are other addictions that people don’t always want to talk about. These can include: screen time, video …

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Cooksville Road

By Tim Jon You see – there’s this bell: A church bell, suspended inside a little white tower atop the old Mount Olive Baptist church building – that you can see for just a few split-seconds as you make your …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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

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

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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May 29, 2017

Coming Up Spring

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May 30, 2017

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May 31, 2017

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June 1, 2017 June 2, 2017

First Friday at the Winery

First Friday at the Winery

TGIF@North Gate Vineyard with Maddy Curtis Live

TGIF@North Gate Vineyard with Maddy Curtis Live
June 3, 2017

CA$H Bingo

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Moon Music Live at North Gate Vineyard

Moon Music Live at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
June 4, 2017

OPEN HOUSE EXTRAVAGANZA

OPEN HOUSE EXTRAVAGANZA
June 5, 2017 June 6, 2017 June 7, 2017

Beale Street Puppets: Teddy Bear Circus

Beale Street Puppets: Teddy Bear Circus
June 8, 2017 June 9, 2017

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo
June 10, 2017

20th Annual Cajun Festival

20th Annual Cajun Festival

Dear Creek Live at North Gate Vineyard

Dear Creek Live at North Gate Vineyard

Healing Service

Healing Service
June 11, 2017

Come Paint with Us

Come Paint with Us
June 12, 2017 June 13, 2017 June 14, 2017 June 15, 2017 June 16, 2017 June 17, 2017

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo

Pete Lapp Live at north Gate Vineyard

Pete Lapp Live at north Gate Vineyard
June 18, 2017
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CA$H Bingo

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June 24, 2017

THE PICKWICK PLAYERS: You Can’t Take It With You

THE PICKWICK PLAYERS: You Can’t Take It With You

Acoustic Soul Live at north Gate Vineyard

Acoustic Soul Live at north Gate Vineyard

THE PICKWICK PLAYERS: You Can’t Take It With You

THE PICKWICK PLAYERS: You Can’t Take It With You
June 25, 2017
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MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids
June 29, 2017

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids
June 30, 2017

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids
July 1, 2017

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo

Willie White Live at North Gate Vineyard

Willie White Live at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
July 2, 2017

Quentin Walston Live at North Gate Vineyard

Quentin Walston Live at North Gate Vineyard
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Lifestyle

Music with a Cause June Concert: Bud’s Collective

31 May 2017

The Music with a Cause Concert celebrates the culmination of its first year with a concert to be held at Otium Cellars at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 4. Bud’s Collective is a powerful trio of pickers from the hills of West Virginia. The evening will also feature an auction of a piece from David Norton Pottery. Norton is an …

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Loudoun Library Card Design Contest Has Begun

31 May 2017

Loudoun artists are invited to submit designs for Loudoun County Public Library’s Second Annual Library Card Design Contest, which began May 22. A panel of judges from the Loudoun County Art Advisory Committee will choose three finalists based on creativity, originality, and message. Artwork or photography submitted should reflect the spirit of Loudoun and the work of Loudoun County Public …

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Loudoun Art Advisory Committee – Call for Artists

31 May 2017

All Loudoun County artists are invited to submit original photographs for the 2017 Loudoun County Art Advisory Committee show “Loudoun’s Evolving Landscape: At-Risk Art Project.” The photographs, which may be in color or black and white, will be exhibited in Gallery One on the first floor of the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison Street, S.E. in Leesburg, from September …

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Editorial

Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

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!

– 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

– 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

A Winner of a Budget

On May 23, Mayor Kwasi Fraser and the Purcellville Town Council voted to finalize the FY18 budget on behalf of our taxpayers. As an elected government, this is the greatest responsibility that we have. We also have the unlimited ability …

Supports Walbridge

I am proud to endorse and express my full support for Tia Walbridge to represent the 33rd District in Richmond.  As a current Town Council member in Purcellville, I understand the concerns of Purcellville and western Loudoun citizens and I …

View From the Ridge

Envision Loudoun – Bold Action Versus Business-As-Usual

Everyone is talking about it. “Envision Loudoun,” our local government’s effort to reach out to the public for advice on how to rewrite and update the County’s Comprehensive Plan. Officials …

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Tuesday, June 13 – Primary Elections Voting Information

A Primary Election for both parties is scheduled on June 13. Voters will choose a candidate for the Republican Party for the offices of Governor and Lieutenant Governor. For the Democratic Party voters will choose a candidate for the offices of Governor, Lieutenant Governor and House of Delegates for the 33 …

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Cultivate Innovation-Driven Solutions

By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33) Schools are letting out for summer break and many families are celebrating graduations and making plans for college. Few would disagree with the importance of quality affordable education. While it may not be prominent in the conversations, our state and local governments play key roles …

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Transportation: Problem Solving and Promises Kept

– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33) Four years ago I came before the voters of the 33rd District, challenging the status quo transportation funding policies that sent our taxes to other parts of the state while leaving us sitting in traffic. I called out projects like the Dulles Rail Project, …

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Sports

Purcellville Cannons: Talent, Talent and More Talent

31 May 2017

By Andrea Gaines Cannons home opener vs. the Winchester Royals at Fireman’s Field, Friday, June 3. At their 2017 home opener, the Los Angeles Dodgers absolutely trounced the San Diego Padres. Said one sports commentator: “Their opening-day bats were so special … it was easy to forget the Dodgers also …

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WLVBC U14 Boys Volleyball Wins WLVBC Invitational

3 May 2017

The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys team won the inaugural WLVBC Invitational Tournament held Saturday, April 15 at Foxcroft School.  The team went 4-0 on the day, winning first place against WLVBC U15 boys team in a three-set match 25-19, 22-25 and 15-11. The team reached the Gold Bracket …

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