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5. 9 Magnitude Earthquake Felt Along East Coast

August 22, 2011 Around Virginia Comments Off on 5. 9 Magnitude Earthquake Felt Along East Coast

A 5.9 magnitude earthquake was felt along the East Coast around 1:51 p.m. There are no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries in Loudoun County.

Loudoun County Emergency Personnel are asking residents to only call 911 if you need immediate assistance.

Please review earthquake preparation from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management at http://tiny.cc/rnbrh.

Virginia Receives $378,240 in Grants for Agricultural Producers and Small Rural Businesses

August 22, 2011 Around Virginia 2 comments

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) today announced grants for nearly 25 agricultural producers and rural small businesses in the state to implement renewable energy and energy efficiency measures in their operations. The grants are federal dollars designated by the United States Department of Agriculture. … Continue Reading

2011 Fill-the-Boot Kicks Off For Muscular Dystrophy

August 19, 2011 Around Virginia Comments Off on 2011 Fill-the-Boot Kicks Off For Muscular Dystrophy
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Labor Day signifies the end of summer vacation for school children and once again Loudoun County firefighters will be busy filling their boots for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Firefighters across the nation position at intersections to collect money to benefit the MDA and “Jerry’s Kids.” The Loudoun County Fire-Rescue System and the Loudoun Career Fire Fighters Association Local 3756 are determined to help. During the week of August 23 -28, donations will be collected at various intersections across Loudoun County.

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Missing Teen Located Safe in Ashburn

August 16, 2011 Around Virginia Comments Off on Missing Teen Located Safe in Ashburn
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With the help of an alert citizen, a missing teenager has been located in Loudoun County.

Last week the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office issued a request for help from the public in finding Jade Winstead, a 17-year-old female who was last seen in the Leesburg area on July 7, 2011.

Yesterday afternoon (August 14) the teen was spotted at a local coffee shop by a citizen who had seen her picture on the LCSO Facebook page. The citizen called the Sheriff’s Office and deputies were able to take her into custody.

Sheriff Simpson was particularly pleased with the use of social media to keep the public informed.

“We often say that our citizens are the extra eyes and ears of public safety. Thanks to technology and an alert citizen, this case had a happy ending,” the Sheriff said.

Attorney General pleased with Eleventh Circuit ruling on Health Care

August 13, 2011 Around Virginia Comments Off on Attorney General pleased with Eleventh Circuit ruling on Health Care
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Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli yesterday applauded an Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that found parts of the federal health care law unconstitutional. The August 12th ruling in Atlanta affirms in part a lower court in a lawsuit filed by 26 states to overturn the Affordable Care Act, but conflicts with a earlier ruling by another appeals panel in Cincinnati. The case is expected to eventually reach the Supreme Court.

Yesterday’s ruling specifically finds that the individual mandate provision in the law exceeds Congress’s power to regulate commerce. The statement from the Attorney General’s office reads in part:

I am pleased that the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals found the individual insurance mandate and penalty unconstitutional. The court determined that the power to force one citizen to purchase a good or service from another is outside the established outer limits of both the Commerce Clause and the Necessary and Proper Clause. The court also ruled that although the president and Congress want to now call the penalty a tax to make it pass constitutional muster, the penalty cannot be sustained under the federal government’s taxing authority because the penalty is clearly not a tax.

I congratulate our fellow attorneys general in this major victory, and although this court is not in our circuit, I am pleased that the judges ruled in favor of the two key arguments that are present in our Virginia suit.

The Eleventh Circuit panel also overruled the lower court finding that the entire law should be rejected, writing that removing the individual mandate provision “does not prevent the remaining provisions from being fully operative as a law.” Virginia’s case, heard May 10th in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, is still awaiting a ruling.

New Section of Battlefield Parkway Opens Two Lanes to Traffic on Saturday, August 13

August 12, 2011 Around Virginia Comments Off on New Section of Battlefield Parkway Opens Two Lanes to Traffic on Saturday, August 13
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Battlefield Parkway and Edwards Ferry Road intersection will reopen at the same time, a week ahead of schedule

Town of Leesburg officials announced today that two lanes of the new section of Battlefield Parkway, from Edwards Ferry Road to Fort Evans Road, will open to traffic on Saturday, August 13, 2011. At the same time, the intersection of Battlefield Parkway and Edwards Ferry Road will be reopened. The intersection has been closed since June 20, 2011 and was initially scheduled to reopen on August 19. … Continue Reading

Governor McDonnell Declares August 12 a Day of Mourning for Virginia Servicemen Killed In Afghanistan Helicopter Tragedy

August 11, 2011 Around Virginia Comments Off on Governor McDonnell Declares August 12 a Day of Mourning for Virginia Servicemen Killed In Afghanistan Helicopter Tragedy
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Orders all State Flags to Fly at Half Staff Friday; Encourages Virginians to Also Fly Flags at Half Staff and Donate to Military Service Charities

Governor Bob McDonnell today named Friday, August 12 as a day of mourning for 30 servicemen who were killed when their helicopter went down in eastern Afghanistan last weekend. Many of the victims were reported to be Navy SEALs with ties to Virginia. As part of the day of mourning, the governor has ordered all state flags to be flown at half staff from dawn to dusk on Friday.

“While details surrounding the helicopter tragedy over the weekend are still being investigated, the human impact of the loss of these servicemen upon their families, their units, and the Virginia military community are profound,” Governor McDonnell said. “It is with a heavy heart that I ask all Virginians to join me in a day of mourning and remembrance for those who lost their lives defending our country and to offer their support and thanks to the families and military community they left behind. While no show of gratitude can ever replace what was lost during this tragedy, it is in times like these that Virginians need to rally to offer the care and support that can make a difference in the lives of all those touched by the tragedy.” … Continue Reading

Sheriff’s Office Seeks Information in Vandalism to Construction Vehicles in area of Gleedsville Road

August 11, 2011 Around Virginia Comments Off on Sheriff’s Office Seeks Information in Vandalism to Construction Vehicles in area of Gleedsville Road
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the unknown subject(s) who caused nearly $50-thousand-dollars in damage to construction vehicles in the area of Gleedsville Road in Leesburg.

Loudoun Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a construction site in the 20400 block of Gleedsville Road after receiving a report that five construction vehicles were damaged. The subject(s) discharged a firearm at the windshields and tires of two dump trucks, a Caterpillar loader, a John Deere crawler and an Ingersoll/Rand roller. … Continue Reading

Statement of Governor Bob McDonnell on American Fatalities in Afghanistan

August 8, 2011 Around Virginia Comments Off on Statement of Governor Bob McDonnell on American Fatalities in Afghanistan
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Governor Bob McDonnell issued the following statement regarding media reporting of the recent loss of 31 Americans in the crash of a military helicopter in eastern Afghanistan.

“Maureen and I are both heartbroken over the news of the loss of 31 American military members in eastern Afghanistan. They died serving their nation, and defending the cause of freedom and liberty. We know that freedom is not free; it has never been, and never will be. Every day, brave Americans are on the front lines in dangerous locations around the world. While we carry on our daily activities here at home, these men and women suffer greatly, give much and, all too often, sacrifice all to protect this nation that we love. Virginia has long had a special relationship with the United States military. We are home to major military facilities which are an integral part of the culture and life of our Commonwealth. When news such as this comes across our televisions, Virginians know it is not a distant matter. It often means mourning in our cities and our neighborhoods; we watch as it touches our friends and our families. At this time of trying and pain, our thoughts and prayers are with those who were lost, and the loved ones they have left behind. God bless the brave Americans who have left us. God Bless their families and friends. And may God continue to always bless America.”

August 7, 2011 Marks Arrival of Missing Woman’s Due Date

August 7, 2011 Around Virginia Comments Off on August 7, 2011 Marks Arrival of Missing Woman’s Due Date

This Sunday, August 7, 2011, marks the arrival of a missing pregnant woman’s due date. Twenty-two-year-old Bethany Anne Decker has been missing since January 29, 2011 and has not been seen or heard from since.

Today the Loudoun Sheriff’s Office released a photograph of Bethany, shown when she was in the final trimester of her pregnancy with her first child. Loudoun Sheriff’s Investigators note that Bethany’s first child was born right around her due date. Investigators also released a photo of a unique tattoo Bethany has on her left leg just above her ankle. (see photos below) … Continue Reading

Town Seeks Public Input on Installation of Right-Turn Lane on Edwards Ferry Road at the Route 15 Bypass

August 5, 2011 Around Virginia Comments Off on Town Seeks Public Input on Installation of Right-Turn Lane on Edwards Ferry Road at the Route 15 Bypass

The Town of Leesburg’s Capital Projects Management Department is currently accepting public comments on the proposed capital improvement project to add a right-turn lane from eastbound Edwards Ferry Road onto the southbound Route 15 Bypass. The project will help relieve traffic congestion at the intersection.

Citizens interested in finding out more about the proposed project can review detailed project information by contacting Anne Geiger, the Project Manager, at 703-771-2742 or ageiger@leesburgva.gov. … Continue Reading

Local Business Sends Over 260 Care Packages to U.S. Troops

August 5, 2011 Around Virginia Comments Off on Local Business Sends Over 260 Care Packages to U.S. Troops
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Employees of Unisys, a worldwide information technology company located in Reston, Virginia, have assembled over 260 care packages to be sent to U.S. troops deployed to combat areas.

Unisys partnered with Freedom Alliance, a Dulles-based military support non-profit organization which pays to package and ship the parcels overseas to service members in Iraq and Afghanistan. A Unisys employee, Linda Martin, was inspired to lead the effort after seeing another Freedom Alliance care package drive conducted by several area Chik-Fil-A restaurants. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Supervisors Agree to Purchase Historic Toll House Property

August 4, 2011 Around Virginia Comments Off on Loudoun Supervisors Agree to Purchase Historic Toll House Property
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The Broad Run tollhouse property in Ashburn – which sits at the intersection of Routes 7 and 28 off the Broad Run – once served as a stopping point for weary travelers. More than a century later, the historic site may once again function as a center for trekkers to cool their heels.

County officials are hoping the more than 200-year-old property can serve as an educational trailhead for hikers along the planned Broad Run Trail and Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail near the soon to be developed Kincora property.

Loudoun supervisors on July 6 agreed to purchase the property for $230,000, contingent on favorable studies of the site. County officials are hoping to have studies completed by the end of September. If the site is found to be in sound condition, plans for renovation and a designated use of the tollhouse would still have to go before a commission and get legislative approval, said John Merrithew, Assistant Director of Planning. … 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
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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

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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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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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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