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Let the Games Begin! World Police & Fire Games Events to be Held in Loudoun County

June 26, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Let the Games Begin! World Police & Fire Games Events to be Held in Loudoun County
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Loudoun County is among the jurisdictions in the region in which World Police and Fire Games events will be held June 26 through July 5, 2015. The event is expected to attract more than 10,000 athletes from more than 60 countries along with thousands of spectators to the area.

“I would like to extend a special welcome to Loudoun County to all of the athletes and spectators from around the world who are here for the games,” said Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott K. York. “I encourage them to take time to tour our beautiful county and enjoy our shops, restaurants, vineyards, and other attractions to see for themselves why Loudoun is such a wonderful place to live, work, and play.”

The games will take place at 53 venues throughout the region, including nine sites in Loudoun County. All sports events are open to the public, free of charge. Residents should note the tentative dates and locations of the Loudoun events and plan accordingly as traffic may impact the venues and the surrounding roads.

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Loudoun Sheriff Michael L. Chapman Presents Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute Scholar

June 12, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun Sheriff Michael L. Chapman Presents Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute Scholar
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Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman presented a check to Spencer Barrett June 9 as part of the Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute (VSI) scholarship program.

Barrett, a Leesburg, resident, will graduate from Loudoun County High School in June and will be attending Liberty University in the fall. “This scholarship will assist Spencer in his educational endeavors and his pursuit of a career in the criminal justice field,” said Loudoun Sheriff Chapman. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County First Half Real Property Tax Deadline is June 5

May 31, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun County First Half Real Property Tax Deadline is June 5
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Loudoun County Treasurer H. Roger Zurn Jr. reminds taxpayers that the deadline for payment of the first half real property tax is June 5.

Payments postmarked after June 5, 2015, will incur a 10 percent late payment penalty. Additional interest at the rate of 10 percent per annum will be assessed. The due date will not be extended for bills where assessment questions have been filed with the Board of Equalization.

Payments can be made using electronic check (eCheck), VISA, MasterCard, American Express or Discover. Please note that there is a convenience fee added to credit card transactions. There is no fee for eCheck. Payments may be made: … Continue Reading

Dulles Greenway Drive Reaches Record High

May 27, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Dulles Greenway Drive Reaches Record High
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The Dulles Greenway’s 10th annual Drive For Charity reached a record high for donations with $298,000 collected as part of the 2015 campaign. Monies raised will be donated to six local charities and the Greenway scholarship program.

“The Drive for Charity funds will allow the six charities to reach many more people making a huge difference in the lives of those who are in need,” said Terry Hoffman, Public & Customer Relations Manager of the Dulles Greenway. “We are proud to be a small part of making Loudoun County a better place for everyone.”
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Loudoun County Offers Down Payment/Closing Cost Assistance Program

May 6, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Offers Down Payment/Closing Cost Assistance Program
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Loudoun County offers financial assistance through the Down Payment/Closing Cost Assistance Program to first-time homebuyers. The program assists low to moderate-income homebuyers in purchasing homes in the county.

Administered by the Loudoun County Department of Family Services, the program makes loans available to homebuyers with a total household income between $32,800 and $76,450. Applicants must currently live and/or work in the county and have done so for the past six months. Standard eligibility requirements apply. Funds are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Highlights of the program include: … Continue Reading

Volunteers Test the Quality of the South Cactoctin Creek at the annual Catch and Count Event on the Chapman DeMary Trail

May 5, 2015 Loudoun County, News, Our Towns Comments Off on Volunteers Test the Quality of the South Cactoctin Creek at the annual Catch and Count Event on the Chapman DeMary Trail
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On May 3, a beautiful spring day, more than 60 people gathered at the Chapman DeMary Trail in Purcellville to catch and count creek creatures, conduct tests to monitor the quality of the South Fork Catoctin Creek, and improve water quality by picking up trash along the trail and planting trees. Participants who came to The Nature Generation’s event also enjoyed nature hikes and meeting Loudoun Valley High School student Sammy Iliff who had her award-winning water quality project on display. As a result of these efforts, volunteers picked up 5 bags of trash, planted 8 native trees, and found that the quality of the South Fork Catoctin Creek still needs improvement.

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Humane Society of Loudoun Seeks Runners for Fun Run Team

April 28, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Humane Society of Loudoun Seeks Runners for Fun Run Team
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The Humane Society of Loudoun County is seeking runners of all levels to join their Fun Run team- Running for Their Lives- now forming for the Twilight Festival 4-Miler on Saturday, June 13 in Ashburn. Each Team Member is asked to raise a minimum of $500 in contributions in support of HSLC programs such as Foster Medical Care, Spay/Neuter, and the Loudoun Pet Pantry. The Twilight Festival 4-Miler is sponsored by Potomac River Running and includes a family friendly post-race party with moon bounce, carnival food, and beer garden. Find training schedules and register at www.humaneloudoun.org. Just click on the “Twilight 4 Miler Fun Run” tab. They can be contacted at helpanimals@humaneloudoun.org

“Reclaim Your Story” Event At Oatlands April 11

April 2, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on “Reclaim Your Story” Event At Oatlands April 11
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Personal diaries and United States Census records indicate that shortly before the Civil War 133 African Americans worked as slaves at the historic Oaklands Plantation south of Leesburg.

Denied their freedom, in many cases their names, family history and family connections were also lost to history– save the personal memories and family memorabilia individuals and family units were able to keep alive pre- and post-Civil War.

African Americans and others with a connection to Oatlands are invited to come and share their stories, memories and memorabilia during a free, daylong event on April 11. Sponsored in partnership with the Unitarian Universalist Church in Gleedsville and the Loudoun County Sesquicentennial Committee, the event will feature several keynote speakers – including black history author Kevin Grisby – forums and discussions where individuals can share their own stories and learn from others, two Civil War Trail marker dedications recognizing African American history, and more.

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Oldest Living WWII Veteran In Martinsburg

April 1, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Oldest Living WWII Veteran In Martinsburg
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Purcellville’s Charles P. Clark, a 107-year-old World War II veteran has been living at the Martinsburg VA Medical Center Community Living Center since November and has pretty much seen it all.

Clark is the oldest living confirmed WWII veteran receiving health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Administration.

Living WWII Veterans experienced the most widespread war in the nation’s history and are among the steadily declining veteran population in the world. WWII African-American veterans fought a global war when segregation was still among the ranks in the United States.

Clark was born in August 1907 in Hamilton. He is one of seven children of a sharecropper and a housemaid. At 32-years-old, Clark was drafted into the U.S. Army, and on Dec. 12, 1944, he was called to serve in WWII after graduating from basic training in Fort Lee, Va.

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Stacks Selected As The Loudoun County Animal Control Chief

April 1, 2015 Government, Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Stacks Selected As The Loudoun County Animal Control Chief
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Mark Stacks is the new Chief of Animal Control for Loudoun County. Stacks began his career with the Department of Animal Services in 2005 as an animal care technician, later becoming an animal control officer and then deputy chief.

Stacks has been instrumental in creating the department’s Junior ACO (Animal Control Officer) Academy which provides young people with and overview of the Department of Animal Services and helps them explore the field of animal welfare from the perspective of law enforcement and animal care.  Stacks leads dozens of humane education presentations for school- aged children annually, often with his dog, Roosevelt, by his side.
 
He graduated from Radford University with a degree in biology. Stacks is certified in ice and swift water rescue and is the certified firearms instructor for the department. 
For more information about the Animal Control Division of the Department of Animal Services, visit www.loudoun.gov/animalcontrol.

Loudoun Salvation Army Offers Family Easter Event

March 24, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun Salvation Army Offers Family Easter Event
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The Fifth Annual “Sonrise” Easter Celebration will get underway on Sunday, April 5, at 9:00 a.m. at The Loudoun Salvation Army Headquarters located at 10 Cardinal Park Drive in Leesburg.

The event will kick-off with a family-style breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, juice and more provided by the Salvation Army and prepared by volunteers.

Following the breakfast at 9:30 a.m., all children 12 and under will be given the opportunity to search for eggs filled with candy, stickers and other surprises. Wal-Mart of Sterling is again helping to sponsor the event along with Leesburg United Methodist Church. Children will also receive Easter Baskets for as long as the supply lasts. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Animal Control Chief Selected

March 22, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Animal Control Chief Selected
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Mark Stacks is the new Chief of Animal Control for Loudoun County. Stacks began his career with the Department of Animal Services in 2005 as an Animal Care Technician, later becoming an Animal Control Officer and then Deputy Chief.

Stacks has been instrumental in creating the department’s Junior ACO (Animal Control Officer) Academy which provides young people with and overview of the Department of Animal Services and helps them explore the field of animal welfare from the perspective of law enforcement and animal care. Stacks leads dozens of humane education presentations for school- aged children annually, often with his dog, Roosevelt, by his side. … Continue Reading

Groundbreaking for Russell Branch Parkway Project Set for March 25

March 21, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Groundbreaking for Russell Branch Parkway Project Set for March 25
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The public is invited to attend the groundbreaking for the Russell Branch Parkway construction project scheduled for 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 25, at the project site near the intersection of Russell Branch Parkway and Ashburn Road.

Members of the Board of Supervisors, representatives of the Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure and other Loudoun County government officials and staff are expected to attend. Parking at the groundbreaking site is limited, so carpooling is strongly encouraged. Parking will be available along Ashburn Road north of the intersection with Russell Branch Parkway. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

Columns

The Holocene Climate

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

Choosing To Forgive

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

Five Key Retirement Questions

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

Work Woes

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

Joy or Suffering

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

Wage Radio

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

Speaking Truth to Power

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

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

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

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

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

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Calendar

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV
March 4, 2017

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
March 5, 2017
March 6, 2017 March 7, 2017 March 8, 2017 March 9, 2017 March 10, 2017 March 11, 2017 March 12, 2017
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Wine & Chili Weekend

Wine & Chili Weekend
March 19, 2017

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

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

March Fourth Friday

March Fourth Friday
March 25, 2017 March 26, 2017

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

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

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner
April 2, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”
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Sterling Library Moving To New Location

25 Mar 2017

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

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Middleburg Gallery Presents Country Pursuits Exhibit

25 Mar 2017

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

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Loudoun Workforce Resource Center Presents STEM Career Fair March 28

16 Mar 2017

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

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Editorial

Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

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

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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 …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm

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

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McAuliffe Vetoes LaRock’s Public Assistance Eligibility Legislation  

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On March 28, Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed Del. Dave LaRock’s (R-33) House Bill 2092, which would have required any applicant for public assistance to undergo a full review of death records, incarceration status, employment status, lottery winnings, and all income. Recently, an Arlington woman was arrested on four counts of welfare fraud for …

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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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Sports

Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017

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

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WLVBC U14 Boys Finish 3rd at VA Beach Event

23 Feb 2017

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

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