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McAuliffe Announces New Exports for Virginia Lumber Companies To the United Kingdom

July 20, 2016 Around Virginia Comments Off on McAuliffe Announces New Exports for Virginia Lumber Companies To the United Kingdom

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced new export sales of Virginia wood products to the United Kingdom (U.K.) during a trade and marketing mission to Israel and the U.K. The sales were struck between four Virginia lumber companies and James Latham PLC, one of the oldest and largest wood importers and distributors into the U.K., the top customer of Virginia wood products in 2015. … Continue Reading

Governor McAuliffe Announces 105 New Jobs in the Town of Berryville and Clarke County

July 2, 2016 Around Virginia Comments Off on Governor McAuliffe Announces 105 New Jobs in the Town of Berryville and Clarke County

Handsome Brook Farm, LLC to Invest More Than $6 Million to Establish Egg Processing Operation in Virginia

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that New York-based Handsome Brook Farm, LLC will invest $6.4 million to establish a new pasture raised egg processing operation in the Town of Berryville and Clarke County. The business has committed to purchasing over $50 million in Virginia-sourced eggs over the next three years, and plans to contract with over 100 Virginia farms. Virginia successfully competed against Pennsylvania for the project, which will create 105 new jobs. This is the largest jobs announcement for Clarke County on record, and the first economic development announcement in Clarke County during Governor McAuliffe’s administration.

“Recruiting Handsome Brook Farm’s new egg processing facility is a huge win for the Town of Berryville, Clarke County, and the Commonwealth’s thriving agriculture industry,” said Governor McAuliffe. “I commend Handsome Brook Farm for choosing to invest in Virginia, as this will not only create jobs here in Berryville and Clarke County, but will also give our farmers a new market for pasture-raised eggs. This project highlights the vital role agriculture plays in the Commonwealth and we will continue to support these kinds of entrepreneurial project as we build the new Virginia economy.

The New York based Handsome Brook Farm, LLC will purchase the old Winchester Cold Storage facility in Berryville and convert it into an egg processing facility. In 2015, Inc. Magazine cited Handsome Brook Farm as the fastest growing privately held egg company and the 14th fastest growing food company in the country. Handsome Brook Farm provides customers in 48 states with pasture raised eggs. The company’s high-quality eggs are available at many major retailers, including Harris Teeter, Kroger, Publix, and Wegman’s. Handsome Brook Farm is the only provider of 100% pasture raised eggs certified by the American Humane Association.

“Handsome Brook Farm’s innovative ideas and exceptional product make it a model for the role that agribusiness will play in helping to build the new Virginia economy,” said Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore. “The company’s commitment to buy Virginia-grown eggs will create new, robust market opportunities for Virginia’s farmers to diversify their on-farm income by adding pasture raised egg production to their portfolio. Indeed, Handsome Brook Farm’s investment will provide a significant boost to Virginia’s egg industry, which had farm cash receipts alone of almost $115 million in 2014.”

“Handsome Brook Farm is a welcome addition to Clarke County and to the agricultural sector in the Commonwealth,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. “We are pleased to provide the company with the tools to invest in a quality workforce and look forward to working with them in the future. Congratulations to the team, county and town for this new operation.”

The Commonwealth is partnering with Clarke County, the Town of Berryville, and Handsome Brook Farm, LLC on this project through the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund, which is administered by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. To help secure the project for Virginia, Governor McAuliffe approved a $200,000 grant from the AFID Fund, which Clarke County and Berryville are matching with local funds. The Virginia Economic Development Partnership assisted in securing this project for the Commonwealth, and will provide funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.

Betsy Babcock, Founder of Handsome Brook Farm, stated, “We are delighted to be in partnership with the Commonwealth of Virginia on this exciting project, and look forward to working together to further agricultural development in the Commonwealth.”

“Berryville is thrilled to welcome its newest corporate citizen, Handsome Brook Farm,” said Wilson Kirby, Mayor of the Town of Berryville. “Governor McAuliffe and Secretary Haymore went to bat for our community and helped ensure Handsome Brook Farm’s local investment of nearly six and a half million dollars and the creation of over one hundred new jobs in Berryville. The level of cooperation between state and local government and private enterprise was extraordinary.”

“Clarke County and Berryville have worked diligently for decades to grow in a sustainable fashion while preserving our rural character,” added David Weiss, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors for Clarke County. “Handsome Brook Farm’s commitment to sustainability and innovation in agriculture is a perfect fit with Clarke. The incentive package that Governor McAuliffe’s team put together made this investment in our community come to fruition. This was a great team effort.”

Delegate Dave LaRock added, “This business is a perfect fit for Clarke County, and will be a great boost to the already vibrant rural agriculture economy in this beautiful part of Virginia. The legislature has worked hard to promote the rural economy, including vineyards, farm wineries and breweries, and this project adds a great new opportunity for local farmers. I look forward to ongoing growth in local agriculture.”

HUD Awards $2 Million in Housing Counseling Grants To Virginia

June 23, 2016 Around Virginia Comments Off on HUD Awards $2 Million in Housing Counseling Grants To Virginia

Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that Catholic Charities USA, headquartered in Alexandria, will receive $951,150 in federal funding, and the Virginia Housing Development Authority, located in Richmond, will receive $1,040,918. This nearly $2 million grant by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is intended to provide families and individuals in Virginia with counseling services to improve their housing conditions and help them meet the responsibilities of tenancy and homeownership. … Continue Reading

Four Hop, Skip and a Jump Local Destinations


Last month we encouraged our readers to consider visiting any one of five great destinations within just a stone’s throw of Loudoun’s history-lined borders – Berryville and Harper’s Ferry among them.

This month we feature four destinations – two right here in our much-celebrated county, and two just over the county line to the north and northwest

Long Branch Plantation: Long Branch is country property near the beautiful village of Millwood in Clarke County. … Continue Reading

Out and About Loudoun and Beyond

May 4, 2016 Around Virginia Comments Off on Out and About Loudoun and Beyond
The Plains’ charming restaurants, shops and sidewalks.

Five Stone’s Throw Spring and Summer Destinations
By Andrea Gaines

Bordered by the Potomac River to the north and beautiful mountains to the west – and with easy access to Rt. 95, the Dulles Toll Road and Route 66 – Loudouners have no short list of fun spring places to visit in our area.

We’ve picked out Berryville, Winchester, Harper’s Ferry, WV, the quaint Village of the Plains and Brunswick, Md. for cool places to visit, highlighting some of the more interesting things to see and do. So, take a break, and take advantage of these stone’s-throw-away suggestions for getting Out & About this month: … Continue Reading

Update: Remains Located in Shenandoah National Park; Search Efforts Suspended

April 21, 2016 Around Virginia Comments Off on Update: Remains Located in Shenandoah National Park; Search Efforts Suspended
VSP Photo - 4-21-16 Whiteoak Canyon Trail Entrance VSP

Update: Body preliminarily identified as Nicole K. Mittendorff, 31, of Woodbridge. The physical and digital evidence collected during the course of this investigation includes a note recovered from the car leads investigators to believe there was no foul play involved in her death.
Search efforts in the Shenandoah National Park were suspended Thursday afternoon (April 21, 2016) with the discovery of female remains within the park property. At approximately 2:00 p.m. a ground team of National Park Service and Virginia State Police personnel discovered a body in a remote location more than a mile from the Whiteoak Canyon parking area and about 330 yards from the trail in treacherous rocky terrain. National Park Service and Virginia State Police are currently still processing the scene.

National Park Service and Virginia State Police personnel will conduct a press conference at Whiteoak parking area at 7:30 p.m.

Virginia Trooper Shot and Killed at Richmond Bus Terminal

April 1, 2016 Around Virginia Comments Off on Virginia Trooper Shot and Killed at Richmond Bus Terminal
Tpr Dermyer Patrol Car in front of VSP SPHQ

A Virginia State Police trooper has died as a result of his injuries after being shot on March 31 at the Greyhound Bus station in the 2900 block of North Boulevard in Richmond.

At approximately 2:40 p.m., Virginia State Police Trooper Chad P. Dermyer approached a male subject just inside the front doors of the bus station. During the course of talking with the male subject, the male pulled out a handgun and shot the trooper multiple times. As the male subject continued firing his weapon, two state troopers, who were nearby, returned fire. The male suspect then moved into the terminal’s restaurant. … Continue Reading

Governor McAuliffe Announces Designation of Four New Virginia Main Street Communities

March 29, 2016 Around Virginia Comments Off on Governor McAuliffe Announces Designation of Four New Virginia Main Street Communities

Governor Terry McAuliffe has announced the designation of four communities in the Virginia Main Street (VMS) program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The newly-designated communities include the town of Wytheville, the cities of Danville and Lexington and Gloucester Courthouse in Gloucester County. The communities were selected based on their Main Street organization’s preparedness to identify, plan and implement programs and services for the defined downtown district, the target area of responsibility. … Continue Reading

Virginia Receives $2.7 Million in Federal Grants To Protect Civil War Battlefields

March 9, 2016 Around Virginia Comments Off on Virginia Receives $2.7 Million in Federal Grants To Protect Civil War Battlefields

Governor Terry McAuliffe has announced that Virginia has been awarded nearly $2.7 million in federal Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants to help protect and preserve Civil War battlefields across the state.

Grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund were awarded by the National Park Service American Battlefield Protection Program to seven states. Virginia was awarded the most money for the most projects, which will be completed in partnership with the Civil War Trust and the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation. … Continue Reading

Virginia Members React to NPS Memorial Bridge Announcement

March 9, 2016 Around Virginia Comments Off on Virginia Members React to NPS Memorial Bridge Announcement

Call to Fund Repairs and Keep Bridge Open

The National Park Service (NPS) has announced that Arlington Memorial Bridge will need to close by 2021 absent funding for a full rehabilitation. The bridge has been undergoing emergency repairs since last year. Northern Virginia Reps. Don Beyer, Gerry Connolly, and Barbara Comstock, along with Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, reacted to the news with urgent calls to fund repairs, estimated to cost as much as $280 million. … Continue Reading

Senate Passes Resolution to Award Congressional Gold Medal to OSS Veterans

February 27, 2016 Around Virginia Comments Off on Senate Passes Resolution to Award Congressional Gold Medal to OSS Veterans

U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee members Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), along with Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH), praised the unanimous Senate passage of their bipartisan resolution awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to veterans of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) “in recognition of their superior service and major contributions during World War II.” The resolution, which was first introduced on November 5, 2015, now heads to the House for approval. … Continue Reading

Virginia Storm Thursday February 25 Update…

February 25, 2016 Around Virginia, News Comments Off on Virginia Storm Thursday February 25 Update…
Gov Terry McAuliffe briefs media in Evergreen Baptist Church Appomattox Co

Governor Terry McAuliffe toured the hardest hit areas of the Commonwealth February 25 to meet with those who lost their homes and businesses, as well as first responders and volunteers. Presently there are four confirmed storm-related fatalities in the Commonwealth; with a possible fifth death being investigated at this time. The Governor’s photographer will be posting aerial photos and additional photos of the Governor’s visits on their Flickr account after 4:30 p.m. Thursday February 25… www.flickr.com/photos/governorva … Continue Reading

Education Savings Accounts Make Big Move in House

February 3, 2016 Around Virginia Comments Off on Education Savings Accounts Make Big Move in House

The Virginia House of Delegates gave a strong push to House Bill 389, Delegate Dave LaRock’s (R-33rd District) innovative Education Savings Account legislation, as the House Education Committee voted 13-9 in favor of advancing the bill forward.

“This is definitely an exciting development for parents and students in the Commonwealth,” LaRock said after the vote. “School choice has been a feature in other states for years now, and it’s performed strongly in every way – improving education results for kids in and out of public schools, giving families more options, and saving money at the same time. We are on the lookout for innovative answers to our education challenges, and Education Savings Accounts have proven that they can deliver what we’re looking for.” … 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

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
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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
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March Fourth Friday

March Fourth Friday
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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

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”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”
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Sterling Library Moving To New Location

25 Mar 2017


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 …


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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McAuliffe Vetoes LaRock’s Public Assistance Eligibility Legislation  


On March 28, Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed Del. Dave LaRock’s (R-33) House Bill 2092, which would have required any applicant for public assistance to undergo a full review of death records, incarceration status, employment status, lottery winnings, and all income. Recently, an Arlington woman was arrested on four counts of welfare fraud for …

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Virginia Schools Kick Off Statewide Campaign To Encourage Safe Teen Driving


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


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 …



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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