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Mike Seigfried is Loudoun County’s New Director of Building & Development

July 3, 2014 Government, Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Mike Seigfried is Loudoun County’s New Director of Building & Development
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Mike Seigfried has been selected as the new Director of the Loudoun County Department of Building & Development, County Administrator Tim Hemstreet announced today. Seigfried has been serving as Interim Director of the department since January 1, 2014, following the retirement of former director Terry Wharton.

“We conducted a nationwide search for this position and had a very strong and competitive applicant pool. Mike stood out as an exceptional leader and manager,” said Hemstreet. “I am confident that under his leadership, the Department of Building & Development will continue to provide for the public’s safety and welfare as it oversees all phases of construction within Loudoun County.”

Seigfried began his service in Loudoun County in 1987 when he was hired as a planner. Over the past 27 years, he has moved up through the department with progressively responsible positions, becoming Assistant Director in charge of Land Subdivision in 2005.

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Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Makes Submission for FY14 JAG Grant Funding

June 24, 2014 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Makes Submission for FY14 JAG Grant Funding
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is required to seek the public’s input regarding a request for $30,525.00 in federal funding from the FY 14 Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program Local Solicitation to purchase equipment for the agency.

The goals of this project are to purchase and equip the Loudoun Sheriff’s Office for thermal imagers for Search and Rescue, night vision equipment for SWAT, and tablets and software for the forensic artist and Applicant Section.

Comments or questions may be directed to Jessica Shugars at Jessica.Shugars@loudoun.gov.

Haz Mat Spill Contained

May 11, 2014 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Haz Mat Spill Contained
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At approximately 3:29 p.m., May 9, fire and rescue personnel from Loudoun County Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management, Kincora, Sterling, Fairfax, and Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority responded to a reported hazardous material incident in the 100 Block of Executive Drive in Sterling, Virginia. Fire and rescue personnel arrived on the scene to find an oil-based product traveling from the storm drain and into the creek behind the business at this location. Personnel went to work to quickly, building an overflow dam to contain the spill, keeping it from flowing downstream. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Board of Supervisors Approves New Pet Adoption Policy to Include Pit Bull Terriers

May 11, 2014 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun Board of Supervisors Approves New Pet Adoption Policy to Include Pit Bull Terriers
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The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has approved a change in the county’s animal adoption policy to allow the adoption of Pit Bull Terriers. For the first time in nearly 50 years, Pit Bulls can now be adopted directly from Loudoun County Animal Services. The policy change is effective immediately.

Shelter Administrator Amy Martin states, “We are ecstatic about this change,” said Shelter Administrator Amy Martin. “LCAS has transferred about 82 wonderful Pit Bulls in the past several years to our tremendously supportive rescue partners. I am thrilled that we will now be able to find these dogs homes directly from our shelter. LCAS is dedicated to making the best matches possible for adopters. We are happy that our community will now have the opportunity to adopt a Pit Bull from their local shelter.” … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Initiates Changes to Parking Policy at Government Center

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The Loudoun County Government announces upcoming changes in enforcement activities at the Government Center Parking Garage, located at 1 Harrison Street, S.E., Leesburg. The changes are designed to ensure that there is sufficient visitor parking on the first floor of the garage for members of the public who are doing business at the Government Center during regular business hours, as well as sufficient parking for employees in the upper levels of the garage.

In accordance with Chapter 482 of the Loudoun County Codified Ordinances, parking in the Government Center garage is restricted during business hours to visitors with business at the Government Center and employees. Visitor parking is limited to the first level in designated spaces. Employees may only park on levels two through four, also in accordance with marked spaces. … Continue Reading

Loudoun’s Application for TIFIA Loan for Dulles Rail Project Approved

May 4, 2014 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun’s Application for TIFIA Loan for Dulles Rail Project Approved

The U.S. Secretary of Transportation has approved Loudoun County’s application for credit assistance for Loudoun’s portion of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project. Loudoun is now eligible for a low-interest loan of up to $195.1 million through the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) program to help finance the extension of Metro Rail’s Silver Line into Loudoun County.

Loudoun’s funding partners in the project, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) and Fairfax County, also have been approved for TIFIA assistance. MWAA is eligible for credit assistance up to $1.28 billion, while Fairfax County is eligible for a loan of up to $403.3 million. … Continue Reading

Ashburn Man Charged with First-Degree Murder in Death of Estranged Wife

April 8, 2014 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Ashburn Man Charged with First-Degree Murder in Death of Estranged Wife
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Ashburn man today in connection with the March 2014 death of his estranged wife.

The suspect, Braulio M. Castillo, 43, is charged with first-degree murder and is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on no bond.

The victim, Michelle G. Castillo, 43, was found deceased in her home on Belmont Station Drive in Ashburn shortly after 9:00 a.m. on March 20. Loudoun County Sheriff’s Deputies initially responded to the residence for a check the welfare call.

During the investigation the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office executed multiple search warrants at two locations and conducted door-to-door canvasses throughout the area.

The case was conducted in conjunction with the Office of the Medical Examiner and the Office of the Loudoun Commonwealth’s Attorney.

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Project Livestock Will Help Animal Owners

April 1, 2014 Loudoun County, News 1 comment
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The Loudoun Sheriff’s Office is launching a new program in partnership with the Loudoun County Department of Animal Services and the Loudoun Cooperative Extension. The purpose of the program, Operation: Protect Livestock, is to quickly and safely reunite Loudoun County livestock owners with their lost or wayward animals.

“One night I was dispatched to the area of Harpers Ferry road for a report of cattle in the roadway. When I arrived, two Texas Longhorn Bulls were fighting in the middle of the roadway.  Not being able to leave them in the roadway alone as they were a traffic hazard, I asked dispatch for emergency contact information for a residence I thought they belonged to.  When dispatch said they did not have any information, I had to sit in the middle of the road with my lights and siren on in the hopes of waking up the homeowner.  Eventually the homeowner woke up and the cattle were safely returned home. From this incident came the idea of having emergency contact information of homeowners who own livestock that may get out,” said Deputy Tim James. … Continue Reading

Firefighters Collecting Toys for Tots

November 22, 2013 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Firefighters Collecting Toys for Tots
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The Loudoun County Fire-Rescue System and the Loudoun Career Fire Fighters Association are participating in the 66th annual Toys for Tots Campaign, sponsored by the United Stated Marine Corps Reserve.

“The department is proud to once again participate in this wonderful program,” said Fire Chief W. Keith Brower, Jr. “Your generosity will help put smiles on the faces of sick or needy children this holiday season.”

The Toys for Tots Campaign began in 1947 when a group of U.S. Marine Reservists collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children in the Los Angeles area at Christmas. In 2010, Marines distributed toys to more than 7.2 million children. … Continue Reading

Lovettsville Scouting for Food Drive 2013

November 20, 2013 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Lovettsville Scouting for Food Drive 2013
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Cub Scouts and Girls Scouts Join Forces to Stock Western Loudoun Food Pantry With Over 2,000 Pounds of Food

Saturday, November 9, marked the culmination of two Saturdays each November when Lovettsville Cub Scout Pack 962 goes “Scouting For Food.” Each year, the Boy Scouts of America’s “Scouting for Food ” food drive raises many tons of food for food banks nationwide, and Lovettsville Pack 962 has a long history of supporting our area community through this grand tradition.

New this year, the Western Loudoun Food Pantry in Lovettsville was added as an official receiving location for Scouting For Food, so that all of the food collected in Lovettsville could return to help those in Lovettsville in need of assistance. Scouts turned out in force, joined by five Lovettsville Girl Scout Troops (1434, 4096, 4891, 6649, and 6652) to collect, weigh, sort, and shelve the food beginning at 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning. The scouts wrapped up their activities a little after 12:00 with the pantry well stocked with 2,083 pounds of food. … Continue Reading

Wild Loudoun: Morven Park and Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy – Partners in Conservation

July 2, 2013 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Wild Loudoun: Morven Park and Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy – Partners in Conservation
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For this month’s Wild Loudoun we focus on a very special partnership between Leesburg’s Morven Park and the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy. When two organizations like this come together, the opportunities to promote “Wild Loudoun” are enormous.

A National Register Historic Property, Morven Park was once the home of Virginia Gov. Westmoreland Davis. Through programs offered at its three museums, sports/equestrian complex, and 1,000 acres of open space, Morven Park focuses on civic responsibility, agricultural sustainability, and improvement of life for rural Virginians, as well as historical preservation.

LWC is one of Loudoun County’s most respected and effective wildlife conservation organizations, offering its members and the general public a wide variety of programs – from advocacy before state and local government officials, to recreational ?activities, camps for children, and educational opportunities for adults. … Continue Reading

Attention County Residents

June 23, 2013 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Attention County Residents
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Have you ever wanted to participate in the Loudoun County Fair, but don’t raise sheep, cows, pigs or rabbits? Well, here is your opportunity! You can be an EXHIBITOR at the Fair in Sykes Hall and if you register by July 12, you will receive a FREE weekly pass to the Fair! The Loudoun County Fair Committee is looking for residents of all ages to submit their original amateur works of Art, Crafts, Photography, Baking, Collections, Fruits and Vegetables and much more! This is a great way to get involved in and become part of the Fair. See the “Exhibitors” tab of our website www.loudouncountyfair.com for complete registration details. Come on, join the fun and we’ll see you at the Fair!

Valley Students Teach D.C. Students about Nature on the Chapman DeMary Trail

June 15, 2013 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Valley Students Teach D.C. Students about Nature on the Chapman DeMary Trail
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More than 100 sixth graders from Charles Hart Middle School in Washington, D.C. connected with nature during a field trip to the Chapman DeMary Trail in Purcellville, Virginia on Tuesday, May 21. The field trip was sponsored by environmental nonprofit The Nature Generation and led by 20 juniors and seniors from Loudoun Valley High School (LVHS), along with LVHS teacher Liam McGranaghan and naturalist John DeMary. The sixth graders participated in hands-on activities to learn about trees on the trail, how to be quiet to experience all that nature has to offer, and the concept of Leave No Trace.

“It was magical to see the interaction between the high school student stewards and the middle school students. The high school students really got the younger ones engaged in learning about nature and enjoying their time on the trail,” said Amy Marasco Newton, founder and president of The Nature Generation, an organization dedicated to inspiring environmental stewards. … 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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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
March 13, 2017 March 14, 2017 March 15, 2017 March 16, 2017 March 17, 2017 March 18, 2017

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 …

Op-ed

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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