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Firefighters Rescue Dogs from Icy Ponds in Two Separate Incidents

March 8, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Firefighters Rescue Dogs from Icy Ponds in Two Separate Incidents
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Around 7:37 a.m., Friday, March 6, Loudoun County received a 9-1-1 call for a report of a person trapped in an icy pond in the 300 block of Whipp Drive SE in Leesburg. Fire and rescue personnel from Leesburg responded to the scene.

Upon arrival, firefighters observed a dog in the water, approximately 70 feet from shore, struggling to get back on the ice. Two members of the ice rescue team, Firefighter Wade Mahaffey and Firefighter Jason Ilowite, suited up and entered the water. Secured to a safety line, Mahaffey and Ilowite worked together to rescue the dog and bring him safely to shore to his owner at approximately 7:51 a.m. … Continue Reading

Public Asked To Name Two New Parks and Adult Day Center

March 4, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Public Asked To Name Two New Parks and Adult Day Center
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The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has directed the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services to initiate the public participation process for naming two new county park sites and the county’s adult day center in western Loudoun.

The C.D. Smith park site, a developer proffer in the Dulles district, is located in the community of Stone Ridge, off of Northstar Boulevard, adjacent to John Champe High School. The original public solicitation to name this site was issued in October 2014, but naming was deferred by the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Board at its December 6, 2014 meeting. The 14.5-acre property will feature a permeable trail, meadow, playground, pavilion, pond and parking. … Continue Reading

Ernest Brown Named Loudoun County’s New Director of the Department of General Services

March 1, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Ernest Brown Named Loudoun County’s New Director of the Department of General Services
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Ernest Brown is Loudoun County’s new Director of the Department of General Services, County Administrator Tim Hemstreet announced Friday. Brown was selected after a nationwide search to replace Richard Pezzullo who retired in December 2014. Brown comes to Loudoun County after ten years in Brevard County, Florida, where he most recently was Director of Natural Resources Management. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Launches New Online System for Board of Supervisors Documents

February 24, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun Launches New Online System for Board of Supervisors Documents
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Loudoun County has expanded and improved its system for displaying Board of Supervisors documents online.

Loudoun is now using the Laserfiche document management and records retention system for documents related to the Board of Supervisors. The new system, which is text searchable, is designed to provide easier access to the public for current Board meeting packets as well as provide more resources to those doing historical research.

In addition to current meeting agendas and packets for the Board of Supervisors and its Standing Committees, the county has added thousands of pages of Board documents dating back to the 1870s to the county website. The new document archive includes scanned images of the Board of Supervisors Minute Books from 1870 to the present, Copy Teste Books from 1954 to the present, and Action Report Books from 1991 to the present. … Continue Reading

Traffic Stops at Route 7 and Belmont Ridge Road To Last through March

February 8, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Traffic Stops at Route 7 and Belmont Ridge Road To Last through March
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Expect a 15-minute stop each Tuesday, Thursday through March 24

Motorists will want to avoid the intersection of Route 7 and Belmont Ridge Road/Route 659 during the late morning hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from February 5 through March 24.

Between 10:00 and 11:30 a.m., police will stop traffic on both roads for blasting operations as part of Washington Gas’ gas main relocation for the Route 7/659 interchange project. There will be one stoppage per day lasting up to 15 minutes. Each stoppage will occur as close to 10:00 a.m. as possible.

The dates and times of the stoppages are weather dependent.

Randall Launches Bid for BOS Chair

February 3, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Randall Launches Bid for BOS Chair
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Phyllis Randall, a community activist and 20-year resident of Loudoun County will run for the office of chairperson of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.

Randall’s service to the community began with her volunteer work in her children’s PTA’s and PTO’s and continues today at the state level. In 2009 Governor Tim Kaine appointed her to be the citizen representative on Virginia’s Fair Housing Board. Governor Bob McDonnell retained her position on the FHB where she eventually served in the capacity of chairperson. In March Randall was appointed to the Virginia State Board of Corrections by Governor Terry McAuliffe and is currently the vice chairperson of Virginia’s State Board of Corrections.

Randall said she is running for various reasons but chief among them is her commitment to education. She said she believes Loudoun can and should have a school system that is responsive to the voices of parents and teachers while demonstrating measurable outcomes and wise use of taxpayer dollars. Randall said, “I’m excited about running a positive, issue focused campaign discussing important topics such as education, transportation, lowering the property tax rate and ethics. I look forward to meeting my neighbors throughout the county and hearing their concerns. It’s going to be an exciting year.” … Continue Reading

Community Ambassadors Sought for Loudoun Seniors

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

York Will Not Seek Re-election

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

The Loudoun County Makers Movement

January 6, 2015 Business, Loudoun County, News Comments Off on The Loudoun County Makers Movement
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How People Who Love To Tinker, Invent And Dream Are Shaking Up Our Economic And Social Landscape

Look up his Linkedin profile and you’ll see that Loudouner Patrick Scannell describes himself as a “Maker, Technology Strategist, Product Innovator” in the Washington, DC area.

The technology and innovation part of Scannell’s Linkedin calling card certainly makes sense for the resident of county that is home to the Dulles Technology Corridor – “The Silicon Valley of the East.” It is likewise compatible with a place that has a long history of agricultural innovation, and works closely with research powerhouses such as Virginia Tech.

But, what exactly is a “maker” – the curious third leg of how Scannell describes himself on Linkedin’s professional networking website? And, what is that term’s relevance to a county so rich in history and all of the things that happened before. A county that many see as a place where one can leave the worst of the modern world behind and retreat back in time, happy to go home to that every night? … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Public Safety Firing Range Community Information Session

December 30, 2014 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Public Safety Firing Range Community Information Session
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Loudoun County will provide an update on the design of the Public Safety Firing Range project at a community information session on Tuesday, January 20, 6:30 p.m. at 801 Sycolin Road in Leesburg. The meeting will be held in the large conference room on the first floor of the offices of the Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure.

The Public Safety Firing Range will be a fully-contained, indoor range which will support the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office training programs. The facility will be located on a county-owned parcel on Shreve Mill Road on the south side of the Dulles Greenway and will replace an existing outdoor facility currently leased by the Sheriff’s Office. The future Leesburg South Fire and Rescue Station is planned to be co-located on this site. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Online Auction Features Bicycles, Vehicles, Computers & More

December 9, 2014 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Online Auction Features Bicycles, Vehicles, Computers & More
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Looking for bargains on government surplus? Loudoun County is selling a variety of surplus items in an online auction on www.PublicSurplus.com. Items for sale include several bicycles, vehicles, computers, office furniture and other miscellaneous items. The auction will close at noon, Thursday, December 11.

Detailed information and photographs of the items for sale are online at www.publicsurplus.com/sms/loudoun,va/browse/home.

Loudoun County sells selected items online through Public Surplus, which was created specifically for public agencies. Anyone interested in bidding on the items must be registered with www.publicsurplus.com. Registration is free, however, a seven percent buyer’s premium is charged to all purchases.

Photo: Mongoose Fling 90 bicycle is one of several bicycles for sale in the current online auction of Loudoun County government surplus items.

Drive Out Hunger In Loudoun

December 2, 2014 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Drive Out Hunger In Loudoun
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Dulles Greenway Hosts Canned Food Drive for Loudoun Interfaith Relief

The Dulles Greenway will host a canned food drive for Loudoun Interfaith Relief on December 10 and 11, at the Main Toll Plaza. Canned food will be collected in the cash lanes only from 6:30-9:30 a.m. (eastbound) and 3:30-6:30 p.m. (westbound) on those two days only. Customers are encouraged to bring one canned item to donate from the driver’s side window before they pay their toll. Dulles Greenway staff will be at the toll booths collecting the food.

Terry Hoffman, Public and Customer Relations Manager for the Dulles Greenway explained, “Each year, our staff holds an internal food drive during the holiday season for Loudoun Interfaith Relief. This year, we were brainstorming about how we might offer more help to those in need. Our hope is that this drive at the toll plaza will collect much needed food and spread the word about the good work Interfaith Relief does in Loudoun feeding our community’s most vulnerable residents.” … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Sells Bonds at Favorable Interest Rate; Proceeds to Fund School Construction, Other Projects

November 20, 2014 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Sells Bonds at Favorable Interest Rate; Proceeds to Fund School Construction, Other Projects
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Loudoun County has sold $47.375 million in general obligation bonds at a favorable interest rate of 2.51 percent. Proceeds from the sale will be used to finance the construction of five schools: Cardinal Ridge Elementary School, Discovery Elementary School, John Champe High School, Moorefield Station Elementary School, and Rocky Ridge High School. Proceeds will also finance renovations to Mercer Middle School, Loudoun Valley High School, and Park View High Schools’ science lab; and fire-rescue apparatus.

In advance of the sale, the nation’s top bond rating agencies again affirmed Loudoun County’s triple-A rating on its general obligation bonds, noting the county’s strong financial management practices and policies, and manageable debt. Loudoun County has held the Aaa rating from Moody’s since 2004, and AAA from Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s since 2005. … 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
March 4, 2017

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
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
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Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

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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”

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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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