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5th Annual Monster Mash

October 17, 2014 News, Our Towns 1 comment
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It will be a frightfully fun day at the Village at Leesburg Monster Mash on Saturday, October 25 from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. For the fifth year in a row the community event will feature free hay rides, live music, strolling entertainment, festive food, trick-or-treating and non-stop family fun. New activities this year include a parade and pet costume contest. … Continue Reading

Library Holds Sale

October 8, 2014 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Library Holds Sale
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The Purcellville Library Advisory Board will hold its Fall Book Sale, Saturday, October 11, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Purcellville Library, 220 East Main Street in Purcellville. Hardback and Paperback Books for children, and adults will be offered for sale along with CDs, and DVDs. All proceeds will benefit the Purcellville Library.

Art Festival Seeks Performers

October 8, 2014 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Art Festival Seeks Performers
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The Purcellville Music and Arts Festival slated for May 16, 2015, celebrates Purcellville community, history and culture. The event will be held at Fireman’s Field located behind the Historic Bush Tabernacle, 250 South Nursery Avenue. The family friendly festival will include multiple stages, featuring a wide range of entertainment. This picturesque park setting is also ideal for art exhibits and competitions, workshops, crafts and games and this event is free and open to the public. … Continue Reading

Waterford Fair Celebrates 71st Year

October 1, 2014 News, Our Towns, Uncategorized Comments Off on Waterford Fair Celebrates 71st Year
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Virginia’s oldest juried crafts fair marks its 71st anniversary this year when the annual Waterford Homes Tour & Crafts Exhibit, also known as the Waterford Fair, returns on October 3, 4 and 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily in Waterford.

The weekend will feature 155 artisans demonstrating a variety of traditional crafts. In addition there will be performances of traditional music and dance, reenactments by Colonial and Civil War-era militia and cavalry and art and photography exhibits. A tour of the village will offer guests a look into restored historic homes and buildings with more than 12 homes and buildings on the tour (different places open daily), and will include a walk through Civil War and Quaker cemeteries. On Friday, a special reenactment of a day in an 1880’s classroom will take place in Waterford’s one-room schoolhouse. Check the website for specific homes on tour, walking tours and other activities (www.waterfordva.org). … Continue Reading

Purcellville Crossroads Draws Community Opposition

October 1, 2014 Government, News, Our Towns Comments Off on Purcellville Crossroads Draws Community Opposition
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At the September Purcellville Town Council Meeting the Tilley/Kline Entertainment Complex proposal was presented to the town council and the public in attendance. The proposal, Purcellville Crossroads, is approximately 50 acres and is not in the town of Purcellville, but north of Rt. 7 on the corner of Rt. 287 and Saint Francis Court (Rt. 722). It is currently zoned JLMA-3. This would allow approximately 16 homes by right (by right allows a development to proceed without a public hearing). The developers are considering asking for a boundary line adjustment and are initially proposing 91 residential units, five restaurants, an 80-room hotel, indoor and outdoor entertainment areas, waterpark areas with bumper boats and miniature golf, batting cages, go-karts and a commercial parking area with 1,035 parking spaces.

The presentation by Kline/Tilley brought strong objections from the Wright Farm community (just north of the proposed development) along with residents from the town of Purcellville. Most speakers said that they moved to Purcellville for its charm and that this dense of a project is the wrong fit for this area. … Continue Reading

Virginia’s Oldest Juried Crafts Fair Returns for its 71st Year

September 18, 2014 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Virginia’s Oldest Juried Crafts Fair Returns for its 71st Year
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Waterford Fair Includes Children’s Activities, Homes Tours, Reenactments, Entertainment, and More

Virginia’s oldest juried crafts fair marks its seventy-first anniversary this year when the annual Waterford Homes Tour & Crafts Exhibit, also known as the Waterford Fair, returns on October 3, 4, and 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily in the charming, historic village of Waterford, Virginia.

The weekend will feature 155 renowned artisans (many nationally known) demonstrating a variety of traditional crafts. In addition there will be lively performances of traditional music and dance; reenactments by Colonial and Civil War-era militia and cavalry; and art and photography exhibits. A tour of the village will offer guests a look into restored historic homes and buildings with more than 12 homes and buildings on the tour (different places open daily), and will include a walk through Civil War and Quaker cemeteries. On Friday, a special reenactment of a day in an 1880’s classroom will take place in Waterford’s one-room schoolhouse. Check the website for specific homes on tour, walking tours and other activities (www.waterfordva.org). … Continue Reading

Bishop Paul Loverde to Lead Dedication Ceremony

September 13, 2014 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Bishop Paul Loverde to Lead Dedication Ceremony
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Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Church announced that it will hold a dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting for its new Parish Center on Sunday, September 21.

The event is set to begin promptly at 2:30 p.m., with Bishop Paul Loverde leading the dedication ceremony.

Following the ribbon cutting, the Parish Center doors will open for the start of the annual Parish Picnic. … Continue Reading

Transition Zone Neighbors Fight for Their Community

September 3, 2014 News, Our Towns 4 comments
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Massive Water Towers Threaten Historic Rural Area – Public Hearing September 10

Twenty-one years ago, Ashley Ziviello and her husband moved into their 1958 Colonial-style home in the Transition Policy Area between Watson and Evergreen Mill Roads (central Loudoun). “Fairfax had gotten crazy,” Ziviello explains. The house, set between Red Hill Road and Stone School Lane, both one-lane dirt roads, and surrounded by fields and forest, offered a tranquil contrast.

Rae Anderson Haselden had never lived in a major metropolitan area before she and her family moved six years ago to the metro-D.C. region. “I’ve always lived in rural areas, even when I was in Japan,” she said. “We wanted to give our boys a place to run and scream and play without disturbing the neighbors too much.” They also found their dream house in this small, 45 home community. … Continue Reading

Land Grab

September 3, 2014 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Land Grab
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The battle over the water towers is only the latest skirmish in the Transition Policy Area’s (TPA) brief history. This story actually began in 2000, when a “slow growth” Board of Supervisors (BOS) undertook a thorough public review of the county’s growth plan. Approved in 2001, the revised plan created the TPA as “a visual and spatial transition” between the suburban east and the rural west in which new development would “incorporate both suburban and rural features.” The plan limited future development to by-right lots of 1 to 10 acres served by individual or small communal well and septic systems rather than connection to Loudoun Water. … Continue Reading

Halloween in Old Town Purcellville

September 3, 2014 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Halloween in Old Town Purcellville
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Halloween will again be celebrated in Old Town Purcellville on October 31 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. The fourth annual Purcellville Halloween Block Party will close traffic on 21st street. The celebration, hosted by Re-Love It and the Purcellville Business Association, will include a costume contest, food trucks and games for kids. All open stores will have candy for the children. The costume contest is by age group and starts at 6:15 p.m. with the last group at 8:15. There will be $1,500 in cash prizes and trophies.

Other contests include “howl at the moon” or “most horrific scream.” There will also be a free concert by Purcellville’s own Swell Daze. Call Michael 540-751-0707 for sponsorship information.

Lemonade Kids Persevere – Community and Two Special Brothers Step Up

September 3, 2014 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Lemonade Kids Persevere – Community and Two Special Brothers Step Up
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“My brother Jeff and I, we are two examples of kids that have had a lot of challenges.  We had dreams and goals and through hard work and perseverance we overcame life’s obstacles.  We love giving back to the community.”

This was Shamrock Music Shoppe owner Scott Kinney’s reaction to the heartache 12-year old Spencer Tarbet and a friend, also named Spencer experienced recently when the lemonade stand they were running at Round Hill Elementary School was robbed. An older teen asked for change for a $20 and proceeded to make off with the two younger boys’ earnings for the day – $35. … Continue Reading

3rd Annual Leesburg Fine Arts Festival Coming to the Historic Downtown

August 22, 2014 News, Our Towns Comments Off on 3rd Annual Leesburg Fine Arts Festival Coming to the Historic Downtown
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The Friends of Leesburg Public Arts are sponsoring the 3rd annual Leesburg Fine Arts Festival in downtown Leesburg, on Saturday and Sunday, September 20 and 21. Admission to the Leesburg Fine Art Festival is free. Festival hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 20, and 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 21.

The Leesburg Fine Arts Festival will showcase over 100 nationally and internationally acclaimed artists from more than 20 states and overseas. Coordinated by Paragon Art Events, the festival will feature painting, jewelry, sculpture, photography, woodworking, ceramics, glass, fiber art, mixed media, metalwork and more. For more information, visit www.paragonartevents.com/lee/. … Continue Reading

Legally Blonde Coming to Franklin Park August 21-23

August 18, 2014 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle, News, Our Towns Comments Off on Legally Blonde Coming to Franklin Park August 21-23
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By Sarah Smith

What do Harvard law students, UCLA sorority girls, and a group of high school thespians from Loudoun County have in common? They all are in Piedmont Arts Foundation’s summer production of Legally Blonde the Musical. The show takes the stage on August 21 at 7:30, August 22 at 7:30, and August 23 at 2:30 and 7:30.

Every year the Piedmont Arts Foundation welcomes a different show to its summer stage, located at Franklin Park in Purcellville. This year, Belmont Ridge Middle School’s director Jason Augustowski is directing this bubbly, pink-filled musical. … 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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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

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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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Lifestyle

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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McAuliffe Vetoes LaRock’s Public Assistance Eligibility Legislation  

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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

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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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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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