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Hibler Road Closed Today

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Hibler Road (Route 656) will be closed to all traffic from just west of Harrison Hill Lane to the eastern terminus from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, March 4 for emergency culvert replacement, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Accommodations will be made in the event of an emergency for those needing to access the closed portion of Hibler Road.

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LCSO Seeks Public Assistance in Identifying Robbery Suspect

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Detectives with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s assistance to help identify a suspect involved in a strong-arm robbery in Ashburn.

Around 3:00 p.m. Friday afternoon a juvenile male was walking to the breezeway of his apartment in the 21000 Block of Lowry Park Terrace in Ashburn when an unknown suspect came from behind and pushed the victim to the ground. The victim’s house key fell out of his pocket as he fell to the ground and the suspect fled with the key. … Continue Reading

Middleburg Concert Series Opener Features Hollywood Classics 

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The first 2017 concert of the Middleburg Concert Series will feature both classical and popular movie themes. The concert will be on Sunday, March 26,at 4:00 p.m., at the Middleburg United Methodist Church, on the corner of Washington and Pendleton Streets.

Music has always played a vital part in film, featuring compositions by modern composers such as Burt Bachrach, John Williams, Marvin Hammlisch as well as traditionally classical pieces by composers such as Chopin, Mozart and Beethoven. Returning for the March concert by popular demand is Abbey Foy Middleton, the beautiful soprano who charmed the audience at the Broadway Medley concert last June. She will be joined by concert pianist Anna Nizhegorodtseva, who received three standing ovations at the inaugural concert of the series in March of 2015, and Los Angeles Opera baritone, Russell Rinker. Also performing will be Concert Music Director, cellist and Shenandoah Conservatory Arts professor, Alan Saucedo; Musicians in Residence, violinist and Shenandoah Conservatory Faculty member, Cynthia Saucedo; and Middleburg United Methodist Church Music Director and Hill School music teacher, Karen Chase. … Continue Reading

John Champe High School Wind Ensemble Will Perform at National Festival

February 24, 2017 News, Schools Be the first to comment
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John Champe High School Wind Ensemble from Aldie has been invited to perform at the 2017 Music for All National Festival, the nation’s most prestigious festival for school instrumental music ensemble. The 26th annual Festival will take place in Indianapolis, March 9 through March 11 and come from 33 states.

JCHS Wind Ensemble is under the direction of Jonathan Phillip and was selected to perform by a panel of music educators by recorded audition. … Continue Reading

Virginia State Police Issue Amber Alert for Child Abduction: UPDATE

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Update: Amber Alert has been cancelled. Virginia State Police were just notified the child was located safely in Pennsylvania.

The Virginia State Police and Virginia Missing Children Clearinghouse have issued an Amber Alert for a child abduction on behalf of the Bridgeport Police Department in Bridgeport, Connecticut ON 02/24/2017 at 02:45 a.m.

THE Bridgeport Police Department is looking for Aylin Sofia Hernandez, White/Hispanic, female, AGE: 7 years old, HEIGHT: 4 feet 00 inches, WEIGHT: 55 lbs, with brown eyes and black hair. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of February 17, 2017

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02/17/2017 – 06:14 p.m 100 Blk. Maple Ave. Larceny
The complainant reported that his electronic device had been stolen while dining at a restaurant. The device had tracking capability and that was provided to police and the device was recovered and returned to the owner. The incident is under investigation.

02/18/2017 – 09:55 p.m. 100 Blk. River Bottom Square Destruction of Property
A homeowners association reported that a fence in the common area of the property had been damaged. The damage was minimal and extra patrol after hours was requested. … Continue Reading

The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards Receives Gold

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The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards, a family-owned winery near the Town of Hamilton, won two gold medal awards in the 2017 Virginia Governor’s Cup wine competition for its 2014 Meritage and 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, which also received the Governor’s Cup trophy – making the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon the overall top-scoring wine of the competition.

Working with winemaker Michael Shaps, The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards, has worked to create wines in the French Bordeaux style. Using carefully selected Virginia grapes, Shaps produces white wines that retain their natural acidity and varietal intensity. His red wines are highly extracted and crafted to be worthy of aging. … Continue Reading

Police Alert of Recent Scam

February 20, 2017 Public Safety Comments Off on Police Alert of Recent Scam
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The Purcellville Police Department would like to inform the public of a recent scam that was experienced recently in the Purcellville area. The victim received a very convincing call that a family member had been kidnapped and the kidnappers were demanding ransom and to take all his money out of his bank account and wait for instructions to where to send the money. An alert retired law enforcement officer inside the bank observed the victim withdrawing money from his bank and that something was wrong and alerted police. … Continue Reading

Another Local Mountain Making News

February 20, 2017 Development, News Comments Off on Another Local Mountain Making News
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Homeland Security Mt. Weather Comments Due February 22

The Department of Homeland Security has placed legally-required public notices in area newspapers seeking comments on a major expansion project at the Mt. Weather Emergency Operations Center. The deadline for public comments is February 22.

While the Mt. Weather expansion is not specifically linked to AT&T’s activities on Short Hill Mountain, the citizen’s group Short Hill rescue – and other citizens and groups – are following the issue with great interest. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of February 8, 2017

February 17, 2017 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of February 8, 2017
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02/09/2017 – 01:25 p.m. 300 Blk. E St. Theft
The complainant reported that an acquaintance had stolen a laptop computer from him. The computer was returned but the complainant does not want to seek charges.

02/10/2017 – 03:07 a.m. 500 Blk. Gentlewood Square Theft
A homeowner’s representative reported that several signs in the community had been stolen. The incident is under investigation. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Administrator Presents Proposed Budget for Fiscal 2018

February 17, 2017 Government, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Administrator Presents Proposed Budget for Fiscal 2018
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Loudoun County Administrator Tim Hemstreet has presented a proposed budget for the Loudoun County government for Fiscal 2018 (FY 2018) to the Board of Supervisors, which begins July 1, 2017. The budget totals $2.5 billion in appropriations for the county government and school system. 
 
The proposed budget is based on Board of Supervisors guidance to prepare a budget at the estimated equalized real property tax rate and to present requests for resources included in the budget in order of priority for the organization. The proposed budget was prepared at the equalized real property tax rate of $1.135. It includes prioritized requests that accomplish both the maintenance of existing service levels as well as the enhancement of some existing service levels. … Continue Reading

Presentation and Public Input Session for Proposed Senior Community Development

February 15, 2017 Government, News Comments Off on Presentation and Public Input Session for Proposed Senior Community Development
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The owner of the Stuper property along with the contract purchaser – Buckeye Development, will hold a public meeting on Monday February 27, 7:00 p.m. at the Carver Center, 200 E. Willie Palmer Way in Purcellville. The 20-acre Stuper property is located along N. Maple Avenue and Hirst Road. The purpose of the meeting is to gather comments and input from the residents on a proposed senior living community. The proposal includes active adult housing, continuing care, memory care, adult day care, medical care and potential other complementary uses. … Continue Reading

Large Garage Fire in Lovettsville Spreads to Nearby Woods

February 11, 2017 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Large Garage Fire in Lovettsville Spreads to Nearby Woods
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The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s investigation determined Wednesday’s garage fire that spread into nearby woods was accidental, resulting from an electrical failure, and estimated damages at $135,000.

Just before 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 8, the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call reporting an outside fire in the 12000 block of Beech Grove Lane in Lovettsville. The initial caller reported seeing smoke, and eventually flames, coming from the wooded area to the rear of the structure. When the first engine arrived to investigate, crews encountered significant fire conditions coming from a large garage and fire spreading rapidly into the wooded areas of the property. The call was upgraded to a structure fire bringing additional units from Lucketts, Leesburg, Lovettsville, Philomont, Aldie, Purcellville, and Frederick County, Maryland. … 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

March 2017
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February 27, 2017 February 28, 2017 March 1, 2017 March 2, 2017 March 3, 2017

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
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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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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