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Ready To Bloom in Round Hill

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By Hannah Hager
March is a month for the imaginative. It’s not exactly the prettiest time of year to scout out properties when looking to set down roots somewhere new. Most of the lawns will appear naked; devoid of trees, the flower beds will be bare and the bushes won’t be in bloom.

It takes curiosity and vision to see a new home’s potential. This is not dissimilar of a skill required of anyone who is trying on the bones of new place to see how it fits within the whole body of your life. … Continue Reading

Dream, Build, Believe Notaviva Vineyard Could Be Yours

February 1, 2017 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on Dream, Build, Believe Notaviva Vineyard Could Be Yours
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By Hannah Hager

When it comes to historical structures, there are those who step into history … and then there are those who make it. The owners of Notaviva Vineyards were the ones who made it.

It was the best of times; it was the worst of times for Stephen and Shannon Mackey to carve their way into Loudoun’s storied history during the Great Recession of the mid-aughts. At the time, the young couple dreamed of a reimagined world of synergies between wine and music that would demonstrate their passion and will to succeed. … Continue Reading

An Estate To Celebrate a New Year

January 4, 2017 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on An Estate To Celebrate a New Year
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Address: 17230 Twin Maple Lane, Leesburg
Bedrooms: Four bedrooms
Bathrooms: Four full and two half baths
Acreage: 30 acres
List Price: $2.3 million
Agent: Sam Rees, On the Market Loudoun
Phone: 703-372-9141 … Continue Reading

A Home that Is a Beauty To Behold

November 30, 2016 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on A Home that Is a Beauty To Behold
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By Hannah Hager

Aging gracefully is usually a descriptor reserved for the beauty of a woman over time – not the constitution of a home over the decades. Nevertheless, this expansive home in the outskirts of Round Hill on Snickersville Turnpike does not easily betray its true age. … Continue Reading

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
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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
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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

Privacy on Hiddenhollow Lane

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

A Home That Fits Your Family Like a Glove

August 3, 2016 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on A Home That Fits Your Family Like a Glove
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By Hannah Hager
You’re meant to truly feel like yourself when at home. That is to say, all vestiges of professional responsibilities and even expectations of an active social life should fade away once you cross into the foyer. … Continue Reading

Jefferson Hill: A Quaker Reality Becomes A Preservationist Dream

July 7, 2016 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on Jefferson Hill: A Quaker Reality Becomes A Preservationist Dream
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– By Hannah Hager

The dream of living in the Loudoun of yesteryear doesn’t quite play out like the West Side Story, but it certainly invokes a sense of pride in those who follow the setting sun on their commute home.
 
Much of western Loudoun was settled by immigrant Quakers whose lives revolved around the simple pleasures in life. Jefferson Hill is no exception, as this Colonial-style home was hand built using local timber and stone in 1746. Centuries later and the structure still stands, having been loved and cared for in a way that only pride can maintain.

Lest you think this home has passed its prime, hold off judgment until you step foot on its grounds. Enjoy both the morning sunrise and the evening sunset as your property has expansive, pastoral views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. As with most classic beauties, this structure has withstood the test of time while undergoing various nips and tucks to its aesthetic features.

Natural, wide-planked hardwood floors run throughout the home as do low-hung and deep-seated windows that provide plenty of sunlight. You’ll come across four wood-burning fireplaces as you move from room to room, along with wood-beamed ceilings, crown moldings and stone accents.

This home doesn’t align with the popular open floorplans found in many homes today. Instead, it’s built with efficiency and purpose – every element has its place and the same could be said for its modern touches such as stainless steel appliances and recessed lighting. Not to mention it has four bedrooms for accommodating today’s average family size.

Maybe you moved to Loudoun thinking you wouldn’t become a part of its history (threadwork). Little did you know that it’s possible to find a home that makes you a part of its history just by welcoming you to be a part of its lengthy past.

Address: 38802 Hughesville Road, Hamilton
Year Built: 1746
Fireplaces: Four, wood-burning
Bedrooms: Four
Bathrooms: Two full and one half bath
Acreage: 15
List Price: $1,075,000
Agent: Sam & Ray Rees, Keller Williams Realty
Phone: 703-408-4261
Email: onthemarketwithsamrees@gmail.com

A Bit of Privacy in a Close-Knit Purcellville Community

June 1, 2016 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on A Bit of Privacy in a Close-Knit Purcellville Community
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By Hannah Hager
The quaintness of the Town of Purcellville encompasses many small town American dreams; a safe neighborhood, excellent schools and a sense of community. You probably already know and appreciate this, but don’t we all wish to escape sometimes?

Located in the Courts of St. Francis neighborhood, this relatively young home is situated on the edge of a cul-de-sac. Its growing trees and foliage blooming over trellises provides a level of privacy that you won’t find in many tight-knit areas. You’ll find it’s perfectly primed for front porch sitting where you can cool yourself under the ceiling fans while you watch your kids play during the upcoming summer months.

Those of you who are open floorplan fanatics will be pleased to walk through the front door to find the foyer, formal living room and dining room are only separated by well-appointed columns. No detail has gone untouched in the finishes of this home – the windows, their frames and plantation-style blinds – as well as the hardwood flooring and recessed lighting – all point to an air of richness in design. If you walk up the stairs at the end of the pathway, you’ll find the master bedroom with its own en suite bathroom. Sorry kids, but you’ll have to share a Jack and Jill bathroom.

Back on the main level, you’ll never be far from your loved ones while in the study or library, which is located just off the family room that has a fireplace as its centerpiece. The chef in your family won’t feel left out as the center island is the only divider from the great room.

Did you notice the street name Ravello? Its Italian sister city is located on the Amalfi Coast where only 2,500 people live. You’ll probably find time to pop open a bottle of Italian red wine while in the butler’s pantry. You can even enjoy it on the side patio if you’re looking for some privacy. With all that family togetherness, it won’t be hard to believe that you will.
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Address: 105 Ravello Court, Purcellville
Bedrooms: Three
Bathrooms: Three full and one half bath
List Price: $479,800
Agent: Jowilla Beck, Pearson Smith Realty
Phone: 703-618-0305
E-mail: JoWilla@Verizon.net

The Bee’s Knees of Market Listings

May 4, 2016 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on The Bee’s Knees of Market Listings
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By Hannah Hager

Congratulations—we have found the perfect home for you in the knick of time for summer. This colonial on the edge of Purcellville is the bee’s knees of market listings — you’ll know what we mean at first sight of its yellow facade.
Warm weather is upon us and this sunny home is made for you to enjoy it. It’s not just the multitude of windows, including five dormers, or the deep-seated, wrap-around porch at which you’ll salivate over the wood and stone finishings. No, you’ll barely be able to keep the kids and guests indoors once you follow the winding porch to overlook the patio and the grandly-appointed swimming pool and spa hot tub below. Bring along your friends of the four-legged variety, too, as dogs, cats and horses alike will find a place to enjoy grazing amongst the barn, stables and pastures beyond. … Continue Reading

Spring Home Improvement

April 6, 2016 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on Spring Home Improvement
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Experts say that the most basic of home improvement projects – rather than that awesome new kitchen – are the best financial investments.

This is particularly important coming off the hard winter we’ve had. Roofs and gutters might need attention, painting touchups and smaller wood and fence repairs may be called for, the driveway may need to be resurfaced etc., etc. … Continue Reading

Melrose Farm Is Loyal to the Past; Faithful to the Future

April 6, 2016 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on Melrose Farm Is Loyal to the Past; Faithful to the Future
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By Hannah Hager

It’s often said that things aren’t made like they once were – and it’s often true, especially when it comes to elegant homes with “good bones.” Many are curious about what it must have taken to live and thrive in America at the beginning of the 19th century, but not many of us would be happy to experience it. … 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
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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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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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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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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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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