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Woodgrove Girl Scout Earns Gold Award

June 7, 2013 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Woodgrove Girl Scout Earns Gold Award
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Woodgrove High School senior Alexandra Guendert was recently awarded her Girl Scout Gold Award. Alexandra planted a new landscaped courtyard called “The Grove” at Woodgrove to benefit the entire student body with help from the special needs students.

The courtyard features benches, a pathway, trees, a garden, and stepping stones painted by fellow students.

This project could not have been completed without the help of Woodgrove teacher and project advisor Mrs. Kabernagel, troop leader Sarah Stinger and her scout troop 1579, family, and friends. Money was raised by bake sale fundraisers and donations from local businesses and families.

Alexandra Guendert would like to extend a special thanks to all donors including Blue Mount Nursery, Mr. and Mrs. Forrest from Faith & Family Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Steve Cook, Browning Equipment, The Paint and Paper Place, BakeCo., Woodgrove SCA, Elegant Limousine Service Corp. , Holly Hoopes SunTrust Mortgage, Home Depot and Giant Food.

Taylor Justice Honored For Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro

June 4, 2013 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Taylor Justice Honored For Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro
Left to right, Brion Bell BRMS Principal, Taylor Justice and Delegate Randy Minchew.

Taylor Justice, a seventh grade student at Blue Ridge Middle School was honored May 23 for climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. Del. Randy Minchew presented Taylor with a commending resolution to recognize her achivement. As part of a team of women participating in the kick-off climb for the organization Climb for Conservation, the nine day trek spotlighted the ‘Snows of Kilimanjaro’ and the conservation of the critically endangered African Black Rhino, which lives right outside Kilimanjaro National Park.

Left to right, Brion Bell BRMS Principal, Taylor Justice and Delegate Randy Minchew.

Sheriff Chapman Invited as Guest Lecturer for FBI National Academy

May 5, 2013 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Sheriff Chapman Invited as Guest Lecturer for FBI National Academy
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Loudoun County Sheriff Michael L. Chapman was at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Tuesday, as a guest lecturer for students of the 253rd session of the FBI National Academy in the Contemporary Issues in Police/Media Relations class.

During his presentation, Sheriff Chapman discussed high-profile cases that he worked while serving as a Special Agent with the DEA and compared them with some of the issues he faces as the Chief Law Enforcement Officer in Loudoun County. … Continue Reading

Bill Testa – An Artist “At Home”

May 1, 2013 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Bill Testa – An Artist “At Home”
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By Andrea Gaines

Knowing that local craftsman Bill Testa and his wife see the family’s home as their very own piece of western Loudoun paradise, you are prepared for something special.

But, once inside you realize that you are looking at, not just a very unique space, but an art gallery in the form of one of the most comfortable home environments you have ever entered.

Everything in Testa’s home is very functional. Kitchen cabinets with lots of convenient storage, all in the right place. Perfectly appointed fireplaces in just about every room. A large, two-story sunroom in back that is toasty warm or beautifully cool regardless of the season and decorated with all manner of interesting old farm implements and family memorabilia. A dark and quiet study with wonderful antique furniture and old world paneling. … Continue Reading

Meredith Miller of Purcellville Initiated in National Leadership Honor Society at Mary Baldwin College

April 18, 2013 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Meredith Miller of Purcellville Initiated in National Leadership Honor Society at Mary Baldwin College

Meredith Miller of Purcellville has been initiated into the Laurel Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national honor society in leadership at Mary Baldwin College. ODK recognizes and encourages leadership in five areas of college life: scholarship; social, service, or religious activities and campus government; athletics; journalism, speech, and the mass media; creative and performing arts.

Juniors and seniors students ranked in the top 35 percent of their class and excelling in at least two of the above five categories are encouraged to apply. One member of the faculty, staff, or administration and one alumna/us may be elected each year as well. The Laurel Circle, installed at MBC in 1976, was the first circle of ODK to be established at a women’s college.

Meredith Miller To Join Phi Beta Kappa

April 7, 2013 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Meredith Miller To Join Phi Beta Kappa

Meredith Miller of Purcellville was tapped for membership in Phi Beta Kappa at Mary Baldwin College’s spring Honors Convocation. Membership in the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society, is an emblem of high achievement and exceptional potential conferred upon barely one percent of college seniors nationwide. The Society, founded in 1776, maintains high standards for individual members as well as for the colleges from which members are elected. Mary Baldwin College is one of only 280 institutions to shelter a chapter, Lambda of Virginia.
To be elected to Phi Beta Kappa, a student must have demonstrated through her or his undergraduate record a commitment to the pursuit of excellence in the liberal arts and sciences that is both broad and deep. In addition to a very high GPA, minimum eligibility requirements include foreign language, mathematics, and laboratory science. Standards for election as a junior are higher than for seniors. The ideal Phi Beta Kappan is a model of intellectual curiosity, academic integrity, tolerance for other views, and a broad range of academic interests.

David Keran of Round Hill Inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

March 21, 2013 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on David Keran of Round Hill Inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is pleased to announce that David Keran, of Round Hill, was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi – the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Keran is pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice at Longwood University.

Keran is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Interview with Upper Loudoun Little League President, Norris Beavers

March 6, 2013 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Interview with Upper Loudoun Little League President, Norris Beavers
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If we selected a ‘Mister Loudoun County,’ Norris Beavers would certainly be a top candidate: Middleburg Postmaster for 18 years (retired in 2007), pillar of his church (Emmanuel Episcopal in Middleburg) and long-running President for Upper Loudoun Little League (ULLL). Born and raised in Loudoun County, he attended Lincoln Elementary and Loudoun Valley High Schools. Just think of the local residents he has known in his time, and the lives he has touched: Beavers served as Postmaster for the historic community of Waterford before his tenure in Middleburg, and he worked at the Leesburg Post Office prior to that. He’s held several positions for his local church (vestry member for five terms, cemetery committee chairman, and co-treasurer, not to mention lay ministry member for many years). His service to ULLL includes almost three decades as Board Member, and 13 years as President. No surprise that his three sons all played Little League, as well. Norris Beavers also does some ‘hoopin,’ with about 15 years of refereeing for the Western Loudoun Basketball League, and Board Membership for that organization approaching two decades. We’re happy to share his views on local youth sports, from this recent interview …

Tim Jon: How did you get started in youth sports – and, what do you enjoy most (these days) about being involved in kids’ athletics?
Norris Beavers: With three sons, I wanted them to have a positive experience playing sports. I realize I could make a positive experience for many other kids also. That is what motivates me today.

TJ: Not everybody’s going to be a Ray Lewis or a Roberto Clemente, but team sports can still help in our development. What are your thoughts on this? … Continue Reading

Reggie Simms – Hometown Artist at Heart

March 6, 2013 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Reggie Simms – Hometown Artist at Heart
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All truly great artists have one thing in common: they do the kind of art that they do, not because of some outside force, but because their inner creative spark sends them in that direction, period.

Reginald Simms is that kind of artist.

As a young child, Reggie was fascinated by the covers of National Geographic Magazine. (“I couldn’t get a library card but sometimes they’d ask me to help mend the bindings in old books and magazines,” said Reggie.) And so, today (naturally) he is a man on a mission to paint a set of 12 huge oils depicting in minute detail his favorite covers from the magazine. One of the most iconic magazine covers ever … turned into a breathtaking piece of art. … Continue Reading

Jessica Wilson: Chasing the Light

February 19, 2013 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Jessica Wilson: Chasing the Light
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To sit down with Mt. Gilead landscape artist Jessica Wilson is to know right away that you are in the presence of a really remarkable soul.

The outdoor scenes that surround her mountaintop studio, and the exquisite layers of paint she leaves on her canvases, are really one in the same – broad, sweeping limbs of ancient trees, lichen covered
stone walls, weathered farm buildings – all dancing with subtle earthy colors.

As Jessica describes it, landscape painters “chase the light,” following a process – a path – through shade, shadow, space and structure to create their works of art. And, that concept actually says quite a bit about the artist herself. For, she too has been on quite a journey. … Continue Reading

James Madison University Announces Fall 2012 Graduates

February 2, 2013 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on James Madison University Announces Fall 2012 Graduates

The following students graduated from James Madison University during the December 15, 2012 commencement exercises:

Kyle Rosel of Round Hill, graduated with a bachelor of business administraton degree in management.
Matthew Martin of Hamilton, graduated with a bachelor of science degree in psychology.

Area Residents Receive JMU President’s List Honors

February 2, 2013 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Area Residents Receive JMU President’s List Honors

The following James Madison University students have been named to the president’s list for the fall 2012 semester:

Elise Sawtelle of Leesburg. Sawtelle is a senior whose major is athletic training.
Seana Sears of Round Hill. Sears is a senior whose major is biology.
Byron Young of Waterford. Young is a sophomore whose major is biophysical chemistry.
Ryan Harris of Purcellville. Harris is a freshman whose major is communication studies.
James Paschal of Leesburg. Paschal is a senior whose major is computer information systems.
Briana Biggs of Lovettsville. Biggs is a junior whose major is interdisciplinary liberal studies.
Samantha Gibson of Purcellville. Gibson is a senior whose major is interdisciplinary liberal studies.
Kathleen Sheehan of Leesburg. Sheehan is a senior whose major is interdisciplinary liberal studies. … Continue Reading

JMU Students Receive Semester Dean’s List Honors

February 2, 2013 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on JMU Students Receive Semester Dean’s List Honors

The following James Madison University students have been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester:

Tiffany Adler of Purcellville. Adler is a senior whose major is studio art.
Alison Anderson of Waterford. Anderson is a freshman whose major is undeclared.
Devin Buennemeyer of Hamilton. Buennemeyer is a sophomore whose major is physics.
Philip Cangelosi of Leesburg. Cangelosi is a junior whose major is communications studies.
Erik Carlson of Lovettsville. Carlson is a sophomore whose major is economics.
Adele Carnemark of Waterford. Carnemark is a senior whose major is interdisciplinary liberal studies.
Andrew Carnes of Leesburg. Carnes is a sophomore whose major is psychology.
James Corcoran of Waterford. Corcoran is a senior whose major is physics. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV
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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
March 5, 2017
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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”

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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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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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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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