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A Kid, Yes, But Not So Wimpy

December 12, 2014 News, Our Towns Comments Off on A Kid, Yes, But Not So Wimpy

Massachusetts author Jeff Kinney may write from hundreds of miles away. But, his connection to this area runs deep, and he showed his commitment to local children with a special visit to them during Thanksgiving week, including one at Kenneth Culbert Elementary School in Purcellville and one at Harmony Middle School.

Kinney is the author of the popular children’s book Diary of Wimpy Kid (www.wimpykid.com). His inspiration comes from real life, something that is obvious to the thousands of children who hang on every word of Greg Heffley, the main “kid character” in the series. Many of Kinney’s books have reached the number one spot on the New York Times Best seller list. To date, the online version of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” has had more than 80 million visits, and is read by more than 70,000 kids a day. He also has two big movies to his credit. … Continue Reading

Girl Scout Troop Visits Lovettsville Historical Society

December 9, 2014 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Girl Scout Troop Visits Lovettsville Historical Society

Girl Scout Troop 1434 earned their “Playing the Past” badge by visiting the Lovettsville Museum in late November. The group of fifth graders learned about daily life in the era before electricity, telephones and modern conveniences. The girls looked at photographs documenting Lovettsville’s many changes over the years, guessed at the use of various household and farm implements on display, and admired the stitching of a handmade turn-of-the-last-century lady’s floor-length gown from the museum’s collection. The girls had just come from their party where they had shared home-made old-fashioned snacks and family recipes, and decorated their own Victorian-style hats with silk flowers and tulle. Tom Bullock and Ed Spannaus from the Lovettsville Historical Society hosted the girls, answered questions about artifacts, and provided the definitions of nineteenth-century terms as “dry goods,” “notions,” “staples,” “undertaker,” “millinery,” “barter,” and “livery.” … Continue Reading

Leesburg Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony Kicks Off First Friday Celebration

November 30, 2014 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Leesburg Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony Kicks Off First Friday Celebration

The Town of Leesburg invites locals and visitors to enjoy “the most wonderful time of the year” and experience a little holiday magic in historic downtown Leesburg. On Friday, December 5, at 6:00 p.m., join friends and neighbors and celebrate the start of the holiday season in Leesburg at the annual Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting on the Town Green (25 West Market Street).

The festive ceremony will feature performances from local schools, the renowned Loudoun Chorale, and a holiday message from Leesburg Mayor Kristen Umstattd. The crowd will be invited to join in a holiday sing-a-long and then the Mayor will “throw the switch” to light the beautiful tree. … Continue Reading

12th Annual “Freeze Your Gizzard” Race Results

November 30, 2014 News, Our Towns Comments Off on 12th Annual “Freeze Your Gizzard” Race Results

More than 800 runners and walkers came out and ‘froze their gizzards’ at Ida Lee Park on Saturday, November 22, 2014, as the Town of Leesburg Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with Loudoun Interfaith Relief, hosted the 12th annual Freeze Your Gizzard Cross Country 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run. Runners took on a cross-country course that featured several steep climbs and rugged terrain. The winning time for this year’s race was posted by Josh Showalter, of Leesburg, who completed the course in 16 minutes and 37 seconds. The top female finisher was Melissa Nestel, posting a time of 20 minutes and one second.

All runners and walkers were asked to bring canned food items to donate to Loudoun Interfaith Relief’s food pantry. This year, a grand total of 1,094 pounds of food was donated by Gizzard runners. … Continue Reading

Event and Open House–Goose Creek Friends Meeting: Commemorating the Peace Community in the Midst of the Civil War

November 20, 2014 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Event and Open House–Goose Creek Friends Meeting: Commemorating the Peace Community in the Midst of the Civil War
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The public is invited to an Open House at Goose Creek Meeting in Lincoln, to help dedicate a commemorative sign installed on the Meeting’s property. The Goose Creek Friends (Quakers) worked with the Virginia Civil War Trails, Sesquicentennial Committee, Mosby Heritage Area Association, and Visit Loudoun to design a sign which tells visitors about the Burning Raid that took place around Lincoln in early December 1864. It will also describe Goose Creek’s Quaker peace testimony at the time of the Burning Raid and now.

Activities on the 6th will open with First Day School students presenting a depiction of the Meeting’s history, originally presented by Asa Moore Janney in 1951. This will be followed by the dedication, in which all the people who helped with the sign will be introduced. The Meeting House will be open for simple refreshments and to hear more about the history of our present Meeting House, built in 1818. Our historic 1816 school house, Oakdale School, will be open also. … Continue Reading

New Community Christmas Tree Planted at Town Hall

November 16, 2014 News, Our Towns Comments Off on New Community Christmas Tree Planted at Town Hall

The Town of Purcellville’s new Community Christmas Tree has been planted in front of Town Hall. The Norway Spruce, generously donated and installed by Terry Martin, owner of Tree Movers, LLC is a perfect addition to the front of the Town Hall. The Town is looking forward to the enjoying the first holiday season with the new tree.

The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held at Town Hall on Friday, December 5 at 6:30 p.m. The Christmas parade and other holiday events that will be held Saturday, December 13. Please check purcellvilleva.gov for event information and updates.

A Spectacular Christmas in Horse Country

November 11, 2014 News, Our Towns Comments Off on A Spectacular Christmas in Horse Country
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Middleburg Trots Out Their Finest for Holiday Festivities

Located in the heart of Virginia horse country, Middleburg, has been extolled as being one of the quaintest destinations on the east coast. The traditional Christmas festivities, with the backdrop of a classic hunt country village have become a family tradition and essential part of the spirit of Christmas for small children, world travelers, and citizens far and wide. … Continue Reading

Seventh Annual Nationally Acclaimed Lovettsville Christkindlmarkt

November 11, 2014 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Seventh Annual Nationally Acclaimed Lovettsville Christkindlmarkt

The Loudoun Valley German Society is sponsoring the nationally and regionally acclaimed seventh annual Lovettsville Christkindlmarkt–a traditional European Christmas market–on December 6 and 7 at the Lovettsville Game Protective Association located at 16 South Berlin Turnpike in Lovettsville. The hours of the market are on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 p.m. It will feature five live musical entertainment acts that will be playing traditional German, Austrian, Celtic, and Appalachian holiday music; warm typical market foods such as bratwurst, currywurst, Alsatian sauerkraut, Kartoffelpuffer (potato pancakes), Wienerschnitzel, artisan sweets, Glühwein (mulled wine), local microbrews; over 25 local artists, crafters, and vendors; and there will be free children’s face and hair painting and German Christmas storytelling by the Harmony Middle and Woodgrove High School German Language students as well as two German puppet theatre presentations. “Belznickle”—known as Jolly Old St. Nick on this side of the Atlantic, will be making stops to visit with children during the market on both days. … Continue Reading

Middleburg Garden Club Celebrates “A Little Christmas Music”

November 11, 2014 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Middleburg Garden Club Celebrates “A Little Christmas Music”

Do you hear what I hear? It could be the sound of the Middleburg Garden Club preparing for its holiday standard flower show, greens sale and bazaar with the theme “A Little Christmas Music” on Friday, December 5th from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Emmanuel Church Parish Hall, 105 E Washington Street in the heart of the historic village of Middleburg. This very popular annual event is part of the Christmas in Middelburg celebration. Located approximately one hour’s drive west of Washington D.C. Middleburg offers a charming setting to embrace the holiday spirit. In addition to wreaths and greens which are offered for sale the bazaar will offer seasonal crafts and gourmet items made by club members. … Continue Reading

Lucky Winner of Raffle Quilt

November 5, 2014 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Lucky Winner of Raffle Quilt

Emma Vest, a fourth-grade student at Waterford Elementary School in Waterford, fell in love with the beautiful quilt when she saw it being raffled at the Waterford Fair by the Waterford Quilters Guild while visiting the fair with her class. She bought a raffle ticket, went home, emptied her piggy bank and bought more tickets the next day. She just wanted to make sure that she would win the quilt that so captured her imagination. Her wish came true on the last day of the fair, when her ticket was, indeed, the lucky winner. Who says that wishes don’t come true? … Continue Reading

Volunteers Needed for Nichols 100-Year Celebration Anniversary Float

November 5, 2014 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Volunteers Needed for Nichols 100-Year Celebration Anniversary Float

Volunteers, artists, carpenters, and monetary donations are needed for Nichols 100-year anniversary float for the Christmas parade on December 13.  Nichols is one of the few businesses in Virginia that has been in business in the same location and in the same family for 100 years. The hardware store opened on December 14, 1914. 

After the parade come join the community for cake and a toast in the Nichols parking lot on 21st Street.  Come by and sign the big birthday card. … Continue Reading

Street Closure for Friday, October 31

October 22, 2014 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Street Closure for Friday, October 31

The businesses on 21st Street, in conjunction with the Purcellville Business Association, will be holding the fourth Annual Halloween Block Party on Friday, October 31 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. As a result, 21st Street from O Street to Main Street will be closed from 3:00 to 10:30 p.m. for this event.

In the event of inclement weather, the Halloween Block Party will be held Saturday, November 1 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. More information is available at www.PurcellvilleHalloween.com.

Community Christmas Tree to be Planted at Town Hall

October 20, 2014 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Community Christmas Tree to be Planted at Town Hall
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A local tree nursery, Treemovers, LLC, has agreed to supply the Town of Purcellville with a Norway Spruce tree to be the community Christmas tree at its new location at Town Hall. Town Council approved the tree’s new location at its work session on September 23, 2014. The tree will be planted in November with the Christmas tree lighting ceremony to be held on Friday, December 5. … 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

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Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

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”Homage to Mother Earth”

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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
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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 …


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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 …

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Virginia Schools Kick Off Statewide Campaign To Encourage Safe Teen Driving


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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 

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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


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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