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Let the Sun Shine in and the Mold Fade Away

October 5, 2016 Real Estate Comments Off on Let the Sun Shine in and the Mold Fade Away

The fall is a good time to check off one of those ongoing home maintenance tasks – window washing, and the more arduous job of power washing the sidings and other surfaces on the outside of your home. Maybe you are thinking of painting, or maybe you can see it’s time to get rid of that gray-green tinge on your shingles and clapboards. … Continue Reading

Now’s the Time To ‘Fall’ in Love with Berry Hill

October 5, 2016 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on Now’s the Time To ‘Fall’ in Love with Berry Hill

By Hannah Hager

Berry Hill’s been around for 200 years, but you’ve got mere weeks to snatch it up before peak fall foliage season comes to an end. You surely don’t want that to happen as you would miss the opportunity to catch a glimpse of this tree-lined drive at its prettiest. … Continue Reading

Pandolfi Plays Gershwin at Franklin Park On October 29

October 5, 2016 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Pandolfi Plays Gershwin at Franklin Park On October 29

American pianist virtuoso Thomas Pandolfi will play the music of George Gershwin on Saturday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. at Franklin Park in Purcellville. Pandolfi has recently performed as a guest soloist with The National Philharmonic, The Ohio Valley Symphony, the North Charleston Pops and the Wilson Symphony. Tickets for the concert can be purchased online at www.franklinparkartscenter.org. The price is $25. The price for a ticket and for admission to a VIP post-concert reception is $55.

Focus On…Crooked Run Orchard

October 5, 2016 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Focus On…Crooked Run Orchard

Crooked Run Orchard – Sam And Uta Brown

How many towns can brag about having a working farm? The Town of Purcellville has its very own farm and it has been in the Brown family for 250 years. Crooked Run Orchard, a pick your own farm, is open from April through December and they sell seasonal produce. If you want some of the best apple cider you have ever tasted, this is the season. In December they sell Holiday Wreaths – simple and ornate – using clippings from their farm trees. Their website is crookedrunorchard.com.

Leesburg Native Serves aboard Guided-Missile Destroyer

October 5, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Leesburg Native Serves aboard Guided-Missile Destroyer

By Lt. Cmdr. David Daitch, Navy Office of Community Outreach

A 2010 Loudoun County High School graduate and Leesburg native is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the guided-missile destroyer, USS O’Kane.
Ensign Alissa Kain is the OI division officer aboard the forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer operating out of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. … Continue Reading

Unison Heritage Day, Oct. 29

October 4, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Unison Heritage Day, Oct. 29

Loudoun County’s historic Quaker village of Unison will hold its annual Unison Heritage Day Saturday, Oct. 29, 1-5 p.m.

This fall’s fair features the Willow Branch Bluegrass Band, Civil War reenactors (commemorating the National Register of Historic Places 1862 Battle of Unison), walking tours of the village with audio tour, barbecue and sides, fresh-shucked oysters and clams, and homemade desserts of the historic Unison United Methodist Church.

It also includes live and silent auctions, featuring a week long stay for 5 in a beautiful apartment in Paris near the Arc de Triomphe, chauffeured Rolls Royce picnic luncheon drive, guided Virginia trout fishing and canoe trips, more than 100 donations from local merchants, restaurants and vineyards and well known local artists.

Then there is the popular annual visit by and mingling with the friendly hounds of the Piedmont Fox Hounds (c. 3 p.m.), the nation’s oldest foxhunting club, kenneled just down the road in Unison. The Piedmont Driving Club will also drive to the festival with its antique carriages and well turned out horses and drivers. Foxhunting has been popular here for more than 250 years since George Washington and Lord Fairfax (before the Revolutionary War) galloped together over the Virginia countryside.

The Heritage Day festival is held by the nonprofit Unison Preservation Society, in its 19th Century Unison Store (now Unison Community Center) and on the adjacent Village Green, northwest of Middleburg at the intersection of Routes 626 and 630. Tickets are $30, $25 in advance (www.unisonva.org), and include food and imported wines and beer and beverages Children 12 and under are free. Free parking. All profits go for the continued restoration of the community center and preservation of the village and surrounding countryside. Silent auction is from 1-4:30 p.m.; live auction c. 3 p.m.

One of Loudoun’s first 18th Century settlements, the Quaker village is in three overlapping federal, state and county historic districts, and has been called one of the best preserved historic villages in Virginia by federal and state agencies.


Joshua’s Hands Prepares for 34th Annual Fall Festival

October 1, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Joshua’s Hands Prepares for 34th Annual Fall Festival
Joshua's Hands

Joshua’s Hands will present their 34th annual Fall Festival on October 8 (10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.). The theme this year is Autumn: A Season of Delight! The free event will be held on a farm right on Rt. 9 (at 38327 Charles Town Pike, Waterford, between Waterford and Hillsboro).

Those who attend the Festival will enjoy live entertainment by local and regional artists including Butler, Emy&Ethan, I Am Sam, Zion Springs Fiddlers and Johnny Kasun. Celtic School of Rhythm & Dance, and Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers will delight the audience as well. Kids from 1-100 will enjoy Wildlife Ambassadors, fire trucks, the petting farm and 4-H animal exhibits.

There will be puppets, mimes, pony rides, kids’ crafts and tons of games. Heritage arts will be well represented with hands-on opportunities to quilt and knit, as well as wood turning, rug making and wool spinning demonstrations. Homestead Traditions, a local club based in Hillsboro will have demonstrations throughout the day.

This is truly a community jewel of an event! Everything is free — including lunch! This is only possible because of generous community support of the live auction (2:00 p.m.). Local, regional and national donations will be auctioned off to cover the expenses of the event and to support the work of Joshua’s Hands. Some of the items to be auctioned this year include Disney Park-Hopper passes, quilts, restaurant gift cards, sports memorabilia, homemade goodies and more.

For more information visit www.joshuashands.org

Artwork Sought for W & OD Trail Exhibit

September 27, 2016 Arts, Lifestyle Comments Off on Artwork Sought for W & OD Trail Exhibit

Regional artists and craftspeople are invited to enter their original artwork in the W & OD Trail Exhibit and Sale at Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville. This exhibit celebrates the beauty and historical nature of the Washington & Old Dominion Trail, a 50-mile linear park managed by NOVA Parks that begins in Loudoun County and ends in Alexandria. The exhibit will include artwork in all mediums and will also feature historical pieces from the NOVA Parks archive including tickets, schedules, conductor hats, and more. … Continue Reading

Skate ‘Til Midnight at the Catoctin SkatePark Closing Party

September 23, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Skate ‘Til Midnight at the Catoctin SkatePark Closing Party

Catoctin SkatePark will host a late night skate on Sunday, September 25, 2016, from 7:00 p.m. to midnight, before closing for construction.

Enjoy one last ride at the original Catoction SkatePark!

Construction of the new concrete skate park will begin in early October, but before the old skate park closes, you can celebrate the end of an era. On Sunday, September 25, 2016, the Catoctin SkatePark will be open from noon to 6:00 p.m. After a short break, the park will reopen at 7:00 p.m. and stay open until midnight! … Continue Reading

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

September 20, 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. … Continue Reading

Sterling Apple Festival To Be Held September 24 and 25

September 16, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Sterling Apple Festival To Be Held September 24 and 25

The Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum will be hosting the 12th annual Autumn Apple Festival on Saturday, September 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Sunday, September 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event will be held off Route 28 and Route 7 in Claude Moore Park in Sterling. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Arts Council Hosts Exhibit By Lillian Miller

September 7, 2016 Arts, Lifestyle Comments Off on Purcellville Arts Council Hosts Exhibit By Lillian Miller
Town Hall Memorial Day

The third in a series of art exhibits in Purcellville’s Town Hall (221 S. Nursery Avenue) features the works of local artist Lillian Miller. The show runs through September 30.

Miller went from the Chicago Art Institute on to the University of Wisconsin where she majored in Art and Languages. In 1960, Miller returned to Brazil where she broadened her painting technique by studying with an international array of artists. She participated in numerous exhibitions in Brazil and in Italy. Miller returned to the United States in 2005. She is a member of the Loudoun County Sketch Club, an organization that arranges weekly outdoor painting sessions for its members at historic or otherwise attractive sites. … Continue Reading

Privacy on Hiddenhollow Lane

September 7, 2016 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on Privacy on Hiddenhollow Lane

By Hannah Hager
Just as when a person’s name suits their disposition, so does the address of this home perfectly describe its setting. If you’re looking for privacy in bustling Loudoun, then you will find it at this farmhouse located on Hiddenhollow Lane in Leesburg.

Walnut Hill is a 146-year-old home that has been lovingly restored and maintained throughout what is surely to be several generations of Loudoun families. The Civil War-era farmhouse has likely seen and heard a lot of tales and secrets during its heyday and throughout restorations. Not too many homes could pull off a façade of deep, navy blue, but something about it gives the impression that it’s used to playing the backdrop to the markings of time. … Continue Reading








The Holocene Climate


(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


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


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


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


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


“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


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


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


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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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Wine & Chili Weekend

Wine & Chili Weekend
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Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale
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March Fourth Friday

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Spring Brunch

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”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
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


?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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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 …


Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!


– 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


– 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


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


We are a group of Loudoun County citizens who will be adversely affected if the board grants a special exception for the Catesby Farm property at your upcoming meeting. You …

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Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm


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


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 …


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


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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Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017


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


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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