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Bringing the Outdoors in for the Holidays

November 2, 2016 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Bringing the Outdoors in for the Holidays
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This time of year I bring in my plant containers and find them a sunny window. Most will bloom only sparsely. So, before long I’m craving indoor color and my thoughts turn to bulbs for indoor forcing.

Some bulbs require a chilling period to bloom – cold temperatures that mimic what the bulb would experience outdoors over the winter – and some do not.
I first pot up some Paperwhite Narcisiss and Amaryllis and get them in a bright, cool window – their bulbs don’t need to be chilled. And then, I decide on the bulb forcing experiments I’m going to try myself over the winter. … Continue Reading

Second Annual Fundraising Barn Dance by Young Life Western Loudoun

November 2, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Second Annual Fundraising Barn Dance by Young Life Western Loudoun
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November 12, Saturday 7:00-11:00 p.m. Second Annual Fundraising barn dance by Young Life Western Loudoun. Live bluegrass music just outside Lincoln at the Lincoln Equestrian Center.  Contact Aledra Hollenbach at aledra@comcast.net – 540-270-4396, or go to WeLoCoYLBarnDance.EVENTBRITE.COM

Dear Elaine, Goodbye for Now, I’ll See You in the Watchfires

November 2, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Dear Elaine, Goodbye for Now, I’ll See You in the Watchfires
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The newly opened Museum of African-American of History and Culture in Washington has many, many precious things within its walls – tens of thousands of artifacts, mementos, and symbols of dreams-come-true that tell the African-American journey from slave ship to President of the United States.

The items range from the profoundly sad to the impossibly proud. A shard of glass from the 16th Street Baptist Church of Birmingham, Alabama where four little girls lost their lives in a Sunday morning bombing in 1963. A Gold Medal won by Carl Lewis at the 1984 Olympics. … Continue Reading

First Turkey Pardoning in Purcellville

November 2, 2016 Farm and garden, Lifestyle 1 comment
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This one got away …
In the 1860s, a White House reporter noted that a live turkey had been brought home for the Christmas dinner, but President Lincoln’s son, Tad “interceded in behalf of its life … [wherein] the plea was admitted and the turkey’s life spared.”

More modern presidents have followed suit, with some naming the bird, as the gift of a continued life was bestowed. Reagan pardoned a turkey named Charlie, and Obama gave one lucky bird the name Courage. Ironically, for many years the pardoned birds were sent to Frying Pan Park in Fairfax County (under protest, I’m sure!). Other times, they lived out their natural lives at Mount Vernon or Disneyland …
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Leesburg-Daybreak Rotary Club Sends Supplies and Funds to Haiti

October 24, 2016 People Comments Off on Leesburg-Daybreak Rotary Club Sends Supplies and Funds to Haiti
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The Rotary Club of Leesburg-Daybreak shipped water purification supplies and emergency funds to Haiti following the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew.

Partnering with an anonymous local corporation, the club shipped 3,000 water purification tablet packages via FedEx to Haiti. These packages, which were sent to an area battling a cholera outbreak, will clean 3,000 liters of unsafe water. Instructions translated into French and Creole were included to help Haitians best use the tablets. … Continue Reading

Veteran’s Day 10k Raises Funds for Veteran Causes

October 13, 2016 Events, Lifestyle, Uncategorized Comments Off on Veteran’s Day 10k Raises Funds for Veteran Causes
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On November 6, the Loudoun County Road Runners Club will again conduct the annual Loudoun 10K Trail Race in order to raise funds for veteran causes. Since it’s origin in 2011, the trail race has generated more than $90,000 with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to veteran’s charities, specifically Boulder Crest Retreat and Pets for Vets. … Continue Reading

FBRM Clean-Up Day at Blue Ridge Regional Park

October 6, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on FBRM Clean-Up Day at Blue Ridge Regional Park
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Join Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains for an Autumn clean-up to remove invasive vegetation from Blue Ridge Regional Park on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Some tools and equipment will be provided, but please bring your clippers, pruning shears, or saws if you can.

Directions: From Leesburg, drive west on Route 7 past the turnoff for Bluemont and turn left on Blueridge Mountain Road. Proceed about three miles. The entrance will be marked on the left. For more information, go to www.friendsofblueridge.org

Painted Barrel Auction Saturday, October 8

October 6, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Painted Barrel Auction Saturday, October 8
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The Auction for The Painted Barrels around Purcellville will be held on Saturday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m at the Bush Tabernacle – 250 S. Nursery Ave. Purcellville. Thirty-Five local Loudoun County artists were given an oak wine barrel to create a Purcellville / Loudoun theme on it. Each barrel was sponsored by a local business and was displayed throughout Purcellville until the end of September. The project was coordinated through the Purcellville Economic Development Advisory Committee and spearheaded by member Michael Oaks. According to Oaks the purpose of the Painted Barrel project is to bring attention to the talented artists in Purcellville; attract new visitors to town and raise funds for future community projects. Some of the money raised from the Painted Barrel auction will help fund the next project which will be hand painted Christmas, Hanukah and Kwanzaa decorations that will adorn Downtown and Main Street Purcellville this holiday season.

Damewood Auctioneers will be conducting the sale. Casa Tequila along with Beer and Wine will be available. Tickets are $10 each and will enter you to win prizes including one of the Painted Barrels. Tickets are limited and can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2585292, or stop into Re-Love It 132 North 21st Street. They can be purchased at the door, also.

Fall Gardening and Activities –Five Reasons Why You Can Skip Garden Cleanup

October 6, 2016 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Fall Gardening and Activities –Five Reasons Why You Can Skip Garden Cleanup
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The familiar fall ritual is upon us –cleaning up the gardens and lawn for the long winter. But as it turns out, there are many reasons why it’s better to keep gardens intact over the winter.

It’s less work. And it is getting cold and there is probably a football game to watch or a book to read.

Leaves are good for gardens. They are nature’s winter mulch that protect plant roots from freezing soil. As they decompose over the winter, they become valuable organic matter. … Continue Reading

Middleburg Film Festival Announces “La La Land” As Its 2016 Centerpiece Film

October 6, 2016 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Middleburg Film Festival Announces “La La Land” As Its 2016 Centerpiece Film
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The Middleburg Film Festival announced the highly anticipated film LA LA LAND as its 2016 Centerpiece selection. LA LA LAND, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, will screen on Saturday, October 22 with Oscar-nominated director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) in attendance. The Festival runs October 20 through October 23 in Middleburg. For more information, go to middleburgfilm.org. The Coca-Cola Company is the festival’s presenting sponsor.

Purcellville Halloween Block Party October 29

October 6, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Purcellville Halloween Block Party October 29
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The sixth annual free Halloween Block Party will get started at 5:00 p.m., Saturday, October 29 on 21st Street in Old Town Purcellville. Organizers anticipate that even more people than last year’s 5,000 will come to enjoy the event that will feature seven categories of judged costume contests (with cash prizes and trophies), along with games for the kids and adults. … Continue Reading

Remembering Lee Jacobs

October 5, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Remembering Lee Jacobs
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Garland Lee Jacobs “Lee” (67) passed away peacefully in his home on September 22. Born February 9, 1949 in Loudoun County, to James Garland Jacobs and Darse Louise Arnold. Jacobs is survived by his two sons Jeff L. Jacobs and Steve D. Jacobs, stepdaughter Patti Pierson Hausenfluck as well as numerous grand and great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his loving wife Doris Jacobs and stepson Charlie Pierson.

Along with being a loving husband, father grandfather and friend to many, Jacobs was well-known by the community for his longtime service at Nichols hardware in Purcellville.

Visitation were held on Thursday September 29 at Hall Funeral Home, and the service was held Friday, September 30. Jacobs is laid to rest in the Lovettsville Union Cemetery.

Fall for October

October 5, 2016 Lifestyle Comments Off on Fall for October
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By Andrea Gaines
This fanciful and uplifting autumn lyric can’t help but make you smile – reminding us all that although summer is gone, we would indeed be as silly as a dingle-dangle pumpkin to waste one minute of one single beautiful October day.

Our average daytime temperature for the month will be in the high 60s. We’ll get just two to three inches of rain. It will not snow. And, two out of three days will be sunny or partially sunny. So, get out and about this month … … 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
March 25, 2017 March 26, 2017

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

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
April 2, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”

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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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Keep Loudoun Beautiful—Greater Lovettsville Area Volunteers Needed

16 Mar 2017

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The Keep Loudoun Beautiful spring clean-up takes place the entire month of April and greater Lovettsville needs volunteers. Bags, vests, gloves and grabbers are available at the Lovettsville Community Center during normal business hours, Monday-Friday. This is a great group or individual activity that can be scheduled around your availability. E-mail Lovettsville Area Leader, Laura Lieberman, for details and to …

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National Awkward Moments Day

8 Mar 2017

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?Laughing at Yourself Is the Best Medicine No one knows who invented National Awkward Moments Day, Saturday, March 18. That’s no surprise, since it probably came about as the result of one stunningly awkward moment that the owner of that moment was hoping to forget. We surveyed our readers and friends to ask them about their most awkward moments, sharing …

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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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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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Office Building on Capitol Square To Be Named After Civil Rights Pioneer Barbara Johns

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Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the newly renovated state building located at 202 N. 9th Street on Capitol Square in Richmond (currently known as the 9th Street Office Building) will bear the name of civil rights pioneer Barbara Johns. The building, which reopened last year, houses the Virginia Attorney General’s …

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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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