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Historic Car Recreated by Middleburg Man

November 6, 2013 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Historic Car Recreated by Middleburg Man

As a prominent national paper reported at a recent display of the pictured Bugatti 57SC Aerolithe: “When it comes to recreating history, it’s hard to beat the detective job that it took to remake one of the most famous Bugatti show cars from the 1930s.”

My dad grew up loving historic cars. As a young man he bought the chassis (only thing left) of an old Silver Ghost Rolls Royce just to prevent it from going into the scrap heap. So, when I found out that a local man named Chris Ohrstrom (of Middleburg) had overseen the perfect recreation of a Bugatti Aerolithe, I jumped at the chance to tell our western Loudoun audience about it. … Continue Reading

Artist’s Profile – Valentin Melik

November 6, 2013 Lifestyle, People, Uncategorized Comments Off on Artist’s Profile – Valentin Melik

“What set him apart from other kids was his innate gift of drawing the world around him.  On cold and snowy days he would run and play outside under his mother’s watchful eye.  When he would see a bread truck pass by the playground, he would pick up a twig, plop on the snow and draw the bread truck.”

An artist’s life is often as complex and inquisitive as their work. In talking to them, I’ve often found that when they approach a project, they are asking and answering a series of questions. “Where is the light coming from? What makes that object stand out from the one behind it? What color is the marble? And, what temperature? What is the person in my portrait thinking?”

Valentin Melik has one of those lives, complicated and looking for answers, some questions of which relate to the everyday things we all face, such as how to make a living, doing, hopefully, what we believe we were meant to do. … Continue Reading

Bradley Boland Installed as Virginia Association of Realtors® President

November 2, 2013 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Bradley Boland Installed as Virginia Association of Realtors® President

Bradley J. Boland, past Chairman of the Dulles Area Association of REALTORS®, Managing Broker of Keller Williams Realty Dulles and Purcellville business owner, was installed as the 2014 President of the Virginia Association of REALTORS® last week. Brad’s wife, Elaine, and four of his five daughters joined hundreds of Virginia REALTORS® in celebrating this exciting achievement during VAR’s Convention in Virginia Beach.

Brad has been a licensed real estate agent since 1975 and a licensed broker since 1978. He has worked in all areas of real estate including residential home sales, land development, construction of commercial and industrial buildings, and property management of large investment grade assets including retail shopping centers and apartment complexes. Over the years, Brad has owned and managed various real estate companies and has been responsible for overseeing hundreds of millions of dollars of real estate sales. In 2011 he was voted REALTOR® of the Year by the Dulles Area Association of
REALTORS®. … Continue Reading

Round Hill Author Earns Bronze Medal

October 6, 2013 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Round Hill Author Earns Bronze Medal

Author Barbara Simpson Carducci was recently announced as the Bronze Medal winner for the 2013 Living Now Book Awards in the Animal/Pets category for her book, “Storee Wryter Gets a Dog.”

In addition to the recent Living Now Book Award, “Storee Wryter Gets a Dog” has earned a Gold Mom’s Choice Award and was named one of the Best Dog Books for Young Readers in Cesar’s Way Magazine (August Issue), the Official Publication of Cesar Milan, the Dog Whisperer.

Greer a National Merit Semifinalist

October 2, 2013 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Greer a National Merit Semifinalist

Middleburg Academy senior Caroline Greer of Aldie was named a semifinalist in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.

Greer is among the approximately 16,000 semifinalists who have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth approximately $35 million. To be considered for the merit scholarship award that will be offered in the spring, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and more than half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship. … Continue Reading

Martin Fair – The Quiet and Perfectly Tuned Craftsman

September 4, 2013 Lifestyle, People 1 comment

By Andrea Gaines

If you asked Marty Fair what he did for a living he might just say, “I make guitars.”

An insider might respond, “Ahhh … you’re a luthier?” And, “Yes” Marty would say, “Yes, that’s right.”

The term “luthier,” derived from the word “lute” is the formal name given to professionals who make or repair lutes and other string instruments. You’d think a luthier might study and work in a place such as Paris or Venice. But, Marty learned his fine craft right here in the United States, and, he also has a good market for his work right here in our area, a placed filled with budding, longtime, and amateur musicians, as well as collectors and the fortunate few who bought an old farm and found a trunk full of beautiful old string instruments in a long-forgotten closet …

Marty works alongside good friend and fellow luthier Stuart Orser – and the smiles and accolades flow when they talk about each other’s work. (Marty and Stuart also play in a band named The Spruce Brothers). Marty’s Fairbuilt Guitar Company workshop is tucked away up a long gravel drive on Short Hill Mountain near Hillsboro. At the end of the drive you’re met by an orange and white cat and a friendly black lab named Ethel who seems to know you’re there to see Marty and, turning slowly seems to say, “Com’on, let me show you the way.” … Continue Reading

Remembering Dr. Dorothy Jane Pratt

August 27, 2013 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Remembering Dr. Dorothy Jane Pratt

Dr. Dorothy Jane Pratt, 70, died Monday, August 12, in her home in Purcellville. She was surrounded by her husband of 43 years, John “Jed” Shilling, and her two daughters, Kaile and Kaitlin.

She was born the second of two daughters to the late Alice E. Palmer, M.D., and Lawrence Pratt, M.D., in Detroit, Michigan.

Dr. Pratt, known as Jane, spent more than 35 years in the field of global and domestic sustainable, equitable development and environmental stewardship.

Dr. Pratt moved to Washington, D.C., in 1973 where she began her career at MITRE, one of the few companies at the time hiring women for professional, rather than secretarial roles. At MITRE, she was involved in developing the process for environmental impact assessments, newly required under the National Environmental Policy Act. … Continue Reading

Liz Hall – A Jewelry Artist With Wings

August 7, 2013 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Liz Hall – A Jewelry Artist With Wings
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Lovettsville artist Liz Hall’s jewelry is so unusual and intriguing it literally defies description. One of Hall’s newest pieces is something she calls “Sungate.” Hearing the word you’d think, “I bet that piece of jewelry is really spectacular .” Then you see it and realize it is beyond spectacular – wondrously creative is a more apt term.

In the jewelry world the Saul Bell awards are one of the most prestigious of them all, and Hall is one of the few worldwide artists to earn the distinction of “finalist.” Looking at her work you can see what attracts such recognition – with shapes and collections of colors that mimic something as cool as outer space and as warm and organic as a rain forest. … Continue Reading

Ship Brings Memories of Home

August 7, 2013 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Ship Brings Memories of Home

Aaron Farris feels at home when he looks around his Navy ship, the USS Harper’s Ferry. Although the ship is far from Harper’s Ferry, there are plenty of mementos of the area displayed around the ship.

Farris now travels all around the world, but he was born in Leesburg, where he attended Catoctin Elementary. His family later moved to Winchester, and he graduated from Sherando High School in 2000. His family has strong ties to the Loudoun County area. His parents both grew up in Loudoun, his father graduating from Loudoun County and his mother from Loudoun Valley.

“My uncle farmed Ida Lee Park and lived in the house there before the park was even thought of,” Farris said, “Then they moved onto the farm that is where the new middle school and high school are built just down the road.” … Continue Reading

Chef Comes To Winchester Medical Center

August 6, 2013 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Chef Comes To Winchester Medical Center

Chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Seamus Mullen will be visiting the Winchester Medical Center on Thursday, August 15.

He will be discussing his battle with rheumatoid arthritis and a new initiative, Rethink RA, that focuses on techniques he has found successful for simplifying food preparation.

Mullen will be at the Winchester Medical Center, 1840 Amherst St., from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

“I don’t think of cooking as an art – it’s a craft for me,” Mullen said. “What I love most about cooking is the opportunity to bring people around a table to share love, conversation and food. Everyone loves going out, and I derive a lot of joy from cooking. As someone who has RA, it’s important for me to cook things that make me feel good, and for some people with RA they feel overwhelmed. There are some things they can do that are empowering – it’s fun, and when you make something delicious it makes you feel accomplished – which brings you joy. If you go to rethinkra.com/cooking you can see my recipes, videos and download the kit.”

The Rethink RA campaign is designed to help people with rheumatoid arthritis enhance their understanding of the disease and prepare them to have more meaningful conversations about RA symptom management with their doctor.

John and Lil Palmer Remembered

August 3, 2013 Lifestyle, People 2 comments
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Olivia (Lil) Cloyes Clark Palmer, 74, and John Claiborne Palmer, 78, of Purcellville, died due to a car accident which happened on July 27 near Petersburg, WV. Lil was killed in the accident and John was airlifted to Morgantown, WV where he died from injuries sustained in the accident on July 29.

Lil was born on August 16, 1938 in White Plains, NY, she was the eldest daughter of Frank Crandall Cloyes and Ruby Mae Shorter Cloyes. She spent many summers in her early years in Stockbridge, MA where her work at the Audubon Society camp helped to shape her lifelong love of nature and animals. Lil graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1960 where she met her first husband Ronald Clark. She was active with her children in many equestrian activities and, an avid foxhunter. She was a member of the Casanova Hunt and the Old Dominion Hounds. For the last 20 years she has served a select group of clients handling all the myriad details of their financial and administrative lives. … Continue Reading

A Servant’s Heart Scholarships

June 30, 2013 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on A Servant’s Heart Scholarships

Joshua’s Hands was established in 1999 in memory of Joshua Guthrie, who was an enthusiastic community volunteer. Joshua’s years of service were cut short by his death at the age of 16. Joshua’s Hands seeks to continue to be his hands of service in the community and to encourage others to serve.

In addition to teen safe driving education, an annual Fall Festival that is free to the community, community service and heritage education programs, the organization offers A Servant’s Heart Scholarship. The scholarship is essay based and has the potential for three winners.

The 2013 recipients are from varied backgrounds with diverse interests. Laura Andrews (Tuscarora High School) will pursue a degree in International Studies & Economics at the College of William and Mary in the fall. She understands that service is purposeful. In her essay she wrote, “Serving others doesn’t just occur in big, once a year events. It happens in random acts of kindness, and in listening to one another. In life, it’s easy to get swept up in the day to day events and let service fall by the wayside.” … Continue Reading

County Employee Earns National Certification for Parks and Recreation

June 23, 2013 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on County Employee Earns National Certification for Parks and Recreation

Cheryl Wheeler, Assistant Manager of The Senior Center of Leesburg, was recently certified as a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) by the National Certification Board (NCB) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

The CPRP certification is granted to professionals working in recreation, park resources and leisure services who successfully meet the higher education and experience requirements and pass the national CPRP examination. The exam tests knowledge in all aspects of general administration, programming and operations management for the parks and recreation industry. … Continue Reading








The Holocene Climate


(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


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


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


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


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


“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


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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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Wine & Chili Weekend

Wine & Chili Weekend
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Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale
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March Fourth Friday

March Fourth Friday
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Spring Brunch

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”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”

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Sterling Library Moving To New Location

25 Mar 2017


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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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 …


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 …

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Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved


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


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 …

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Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm


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 …

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Virginia Schools Kick Off Statewide Campaign To Encourage Safe Teen Driving


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


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 …


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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Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017


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


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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