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Local Survivor Competes for Cancer Group’s Woman of the Year

April 6, 2016 News, Our Towns 1 comment
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People say that life changed the instant they got the diagnosis. That’s when the beast known as cancer knocked on their door and came crashing down on themselves and their family, time, stopped.

They also say that you learn something about life. You learn to tap into the very best of yourself, and you come to understand the incredible power you have to positively impact the lives of others … maybe even save a life. And, this is exactly what happened to Purcellville’s Tracy Robinson. … Continue Reading

Easter Bunny To Visit Loudoun County

March 20, 2016 Our Towns Comments Off on Easter Bunny To Visit Loudoun County
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The Easter Bunny will make an appearance at the Sixth Annual “Sonrise” Easter Celebration on Sunday, March 27 at the Loudoun Salvation Army Headquarters on Cardinal Park Drive in Leesburg.

Before he makes his appearance, participants will be treated to a family-style breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes and juice at 9:00 a.m. provided by the Loudoun Salvation Army and prepared by volunteers. … Continue Reading

“Lots of Support Coming in for the Lloyds”

March 2, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on “Lots of Support Coming in for the Lloyds”
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The Blue Ridge Leader reports that Lincoln and the wider western Loudoun community has been exceptionally generous in assisting the Lloyd family as they put their lives back together in the wake of the devastating fire that destroyed their home in early February.
The community’s goal is to raise $40,000. As of March 1, the Lincoln Community League Crowd Rise website had received tens of thousands of dollars in donations, with thousands more coming in to the Lincoln Post office as concerned friends and neighbors dropped off their own individual donation checks. … Continue Reading

Hunter Snags the Big Game

March 2, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Hunter Snags the Big Game
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LVHS Student Named Gatorade Boys Cross-Country Runner of the Year

The local sports world is calling his a “meteoric, record-shattering” rise in the world of running. LVHS student Drew Hunter, having first been recognized as Virginia’s best high school cross-country athlete two years in a row – and then setting and resetting the record for the fastest indoor mile in U.S. high school history – has now been named the Gatorade National Boys Cross-Country Runner of the Year. … Continue Reading

Artwork Exhibit at Purcellville Town Hall To Feature Penny Hauffe

February 10, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Artwork Exhibit at Purcellville Town Hall To Feature Penny Hauffe
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The first in a series of three-month long art exhibits in Purcellville’s Town Hall features the works of local artist Penny Hauffe. The show runs from the beginning of January to the end of March. The first floor corridors of Town Hall now have a gallery-level hanging system which creates an opportunity for local artists to exhibit their work. … Continue Reading

Applications Due February 8 For Purcellville Town Council Vacant Seat

February 4, 2016 Government, News, Our Towns Comments Off on Applications Due February 8 For Purcellville Town Council Vacant Seat
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At the Purcellville Town Council meeting January 12, Vice Mayor Ben Packard announced his resignation from the Town Council effective at the end of the meeting. The Town Council is asking for interested members of the community who wish to serve on Council for an interim period to submit an application to the Town Clerk. The application form is attached and can also be filled out online at: www.purcellvilleva.gov/forms.aspx?FID=78. A letter of interest and resume should also be submitted with the application. Interested citizens must submit their materials by 5 p.m. on Monday, February 8, to Diana Hays, Town Clerk, at dhays@purcellvilleva.gov or in person at Town Hall, located at 221 S. Nursery Ave. The term will last until the end of June.

To serve on Town Council, a person must be a qualified voter in the Town of Purcellville.

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Lincoln House Fire Under Investigation

February 3, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Lincoln House Fire Under Investigation
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The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating last night’s fire at longstanding Lincoln residence.

Monday, February 1, at approximately 9:30 p.m., the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received a call reporting a fire in the 18000 block of Lincoln Road in the Village of Lincoln. Fire and rescue units from Purcellville, Hamilton, Round Hill, Philomont, Lovettsville, Brambleton, Leesburg and Loudoun Heights responded to the incident. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Providing Sports Funding

January 11, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Purcellville Providing Sports Funding
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The Town of Purcellville is accepting applications from local organizations for the Annual Sports League Funding. Applicant organizations must serve the Town of Purcellville area and have citizens of the Town of Purcellville as players. Priority consideration will be given to sports teams from Purcellville that have an open participation policy where all players are allowed to play regardless of skill level.

There is $5,200 allocated in the FY 2015 – 2016 budget to disperse. Applications can be found on line at www.purcellvilleva.gov. Follow the instructions, and mail the completed application to, Town of Purcellville, Annual Sports League Funding, 221 S. Nursery Avenue, Purcellville, VA 20132 or e-mail mscoggins@purcellvilleva.us All applications are due by 5:00 p.m. Monday, January 18.

Middleburg Hires New Town Treasurer

January 7, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Middleburg Hires New Town Treasurer
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The Mayor and Middleburg Town Council are delighted to announce that Ashley M. Bott has been hired to be Middleburg’s Town Treasurer. Ms. Bott has over 15 years of experience in accounting administration and customer service and holds a BS in Finance from George Mason University. She will begin her duties as Town Treasurer on January 7, 2016.

“I am thrilled to welcome Ashley Bott as our new Town Treasurer,” said Mayor Betsy Davis. “She will be a great addition to our well-respected town staff. I thank Vice-Mayor Darlene Kirk and the staff who served with her on the recruitment team for the great job they did to bring us such a strong final group of candidates to interview.” … Continue Reading

Leesburg Receives Clean Audit Report for Fiscal Year 2015  

January 7, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Leesburg Receives Clean Audit Report for Fiscal Year 2015  
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The Fiscal Year 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and audit report was presented to the Leesburg Town Council on Tuesday December 8.  The audit was conducted by  PBMares, LLP, a public accounting audit firm that specializes in audits of local governments in Virginia.

The Town received a clean audit report which means there were no material findings of problems with the financial statements, internal controls, fraud, or noncompliance with regulations or debt covenants.  The only significant changes to the financial statements from the previous year are the addition of the Town’s Internal Self-Insurance Fund for healthcare and new Governmental Accounting Standards Board accounting requirements for accrued unfunded pension liabilities.  … Continue Reading

Makers Movement Eyes Property in Purcellville

January 7, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Makers Movement Eyes Property in Purcellville
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One year ago this month the Blue Ridge Leader took a look at the phenomenon known as the Maker’s Movement. Organized in Loudoun County in 2014, “makersmith” represents a worldwide community of individuals networking to share ideas about the things they want to make, the problems they want to solve and the roadblocks and avenues to success they find along the way. This is a follow-up to that January 2015 article.

In a December letter to Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser and the Purcellville Town Council, Makersmith Executive Director Pat Scannell, armed with “a massive amount of volunteer hours and current and future funds” has asked the town to give his organization a crack at rehabilitating a 9 acre unused piece of town property near the intersection of A and South 20th Streets in Purcellville.

Scannell proposes to transform the property into a place fashioned after the group’s current “makerspace” in Leesburg, and anticipates having operations up and running by the spring. … Continue Reading

Leesburg Chief of Police Joseph Price To Retire March 1

January 6, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Leesburg Chief of Police Joseph Price To Retire March 1
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Leesburg Chief of Police Joseph R. Price announced yesterday that he will retire on March 1, 2016.

“Chief Price’s retirement announcement is a bittersweet moment for the Town of Leesburg and myself,” said Kaj Dentler, Leesburg Town Manager. “I am very happy for him to be able to retire after a such a successful 40 year career in law enforcement including 16 years as Chief of Police for the Town of Leesburg. Chief Price has faithfully served and protected the Town in his role while being recognized both nationally and regionally. His leadership and guidance transitioned our police department to the professional organization that it is today with a philosophical focus on being a guardian of our community versus just a warrior mentality. His commitment to community policing and positive interactions with our residents and businesses reflect his dedication to serve everyone in our community, and will have an everlasting impact on the Town of Leesburg. From a personal standpoint, I will miss his professional guidance and support, and I wish him the very best as he pursues his next chapter in life.” … Continue Reading

Christmas Tree Recycling

December 17, 2015 Our Towns Comments Off on Christmas Tree Recycling
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The Town’s curbside refuse and recycling contractor, American Disposal Services, will collect Christmas Trees for recycling on the regular Wednesday collection days in January 2016. Christmas trees are recycled into free mulch which is available at the Loudoun County Landfill. However, trees collected with decorations, wire, tinsel, lights and tree bags will contaminate the mulch. Follow the guidelines below to recycle your tree.

Christmas Tree Recycling Guidelines:

  • Remove all decorations from trees – please check carefully for hidden items
  • Remove tinsel, fake snow, angel hair, etc.
  • … 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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March 2017
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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
March 6, 2017 March 7, 2017 March 8, 2017 March 9, 2017 March 10, 2017 March 11, 2017 March 12, 2017
March 13, 2017 March 14, 2017 March 15, 2017 March 16, 2017 March 17, 2017 March 18, 2017

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”

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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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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