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Thoughts on Garden Colors

Where does your spring garden’s color pallet lie – and what will your emerging annuals and summer blooms reveal? Will it punctuate its early displays with the warm yellow of a happy daffodil and cool purple of scattered crocuses, or the fresh and sassy vermillion of a shaded helioborus? Will orange-toned foxglove contrast with a sweeping, bright-white mock orange, or will you experiment with towering hollyhocks and dancing bachelor buttons?

As the cold white of winter fades and spring’s color begins to emerge, we’re all out there combing the local nurseries for that dramatic new plant – something to cut for the house or boast about to our friends. … Continue Reading

Farm Bureau President Hopes for Immigration Reform

December 5, 2016 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Farm Bureau President Hopes for Immigration Reform
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Virginia Farm Bureau President Wayne F. Pryor told county delegates at the organization’s annual convention in Hot Springs that immigration reform “is an issue that has been delayed too long.” He noted that: “Work will begin on the 2018 Farm Bill next year. This is the most complex federal legislation farmers face, and it typically takes at least two years to sort through…. Here and elsewhere in America, farmers need foreign workers to keep our crops from rotting in the fields.’ … Continue Reading

Bringing the Outdoors in for the Holidays

November 2, 2016 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Bringing the Outdoors in for the Holidays
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This time of year I bring in my plant containers and find them a sunny window. Most will bloom only sparsely. So, before long I’m craving indoor color and my thoughts turn to bulbs for indoor forcing.

Some bulbs require a chilling period to bloom – cold temperatures that mimic what the bulb would experience outdoors over the winter – and some do not.
I first pot up some Paperwhite Narcisiss and Amaryllis and get them in a bright, cool window – their bulbs don’t need to be chilled. And then, I decide on the bulb forcing experiments I’m going to try myself over the winter. … Continue Reading

First Turkey Pardoning in Purcellville

November 2, 2016 Farm and garden, Lifestyle 1 comment
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This one got away …
In the 1860s, a White House reporter noted that a live turkey had been brought home for the Christmas dinner, but President Lincoln’s son, Tad “interceded in behalf of its life … [wherein] the plea was admitted and the turkey’s life spared.”

More modern presidents have followed suit, with some naming the bird, as the gift of a continued life was bestowed. Reagan pardoned a turkey named Charlie, and Obama gave one lucky bird the name Courage. Ironically, for many years the pardoned birds were sent to Frying Pan Park in Fairfax County (under protest, I’m sure!). Other times, they lived out their natural lives at Mount Vernon or Disneyland …
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Fall Gardening and Activities –Five Reasons Why You Can Skip Garden Cleanup

October 6, 2016 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Fall Gardening and Activities –Five Reasons Why You Can Skip Garden Cleanup
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The familiar fall ritual is upon us –cleaning up the gardens and lawn for the long winter. But as it turns out, there are many reasons why it’s better to keep gardens intact over the winter.

It’s less work. And it is getting cold and there is probably a football game to watch or a book to read.

Leaves are good for gardens. They are nature’s winter mulch that protect plant roots from freezing soil. As they decompose over the winter, they become valuable organic matter. … Continue Reading

Focus On…Crooked Run Orchard

October 5, 2016 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Focus On…Crooked Run Orchard
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Crooked Run Orchard – Sam And Uta Brown

How many towns can brag about having a working farm? The Town of Purcellville has its very own farm and it has been in the Brown family for 250 years. Crooked Run Orchard, a pick your own farm, is open from April through December and they sell seasonal produce. If you want some of the best apple cider you have ever tasted, this is the season. In December they sell Holiday Wreaths – simple and ornate – using clippings from their farm trees. Their website is crookedrunorchard.com.

Willowsford – Trying and Succeeding To Be Different

September 7, 2016 Farm and garden Comments Off on Willowsford – Trying and Succeeding To Be Different
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With an average income of $119,000 per year, Loudoun County has many new, well-heeled communities, and Willowsford, with its custom homes, sweeping views, private places, and idealistic feel, is certainly one.

But, Willowsford – the Washington, D.C. area’s only farm-to-table community built as a farm-to-table community – is both trying and succeeding to do things differently: combining conservation, recreation, convenience, exclusivity, farming, and beautiful architecture into a unique, self-contained lifestyle. Roads are called “streetscapes” here. And, although that sounds like language invented by a master real estate marketer, there is something very special going on in Willowsford. … Continue Reading

Fall Gardening

September 7, 2016 Farm and garden Comments Off on Fall Gardening
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Create a Pollinator-Friendly Garden
We are approaching the fall months when pollinators are looking to load up on nectar to prepare for long migrations or to hibernate over the Winter. You can help these important creatures by making sure your garden has the kinds of plants that bees, butterflies, and other pollinators need. Here are some to consider: aster, cardinal flower, coneflower, coreopsis, false sunflower (heliopsis), gaillardia, garden phlox, goldenrod, great blue lobelia, ironweed, jewelweed, joe pye weed, sedum, and sunflower. … Continue Reading

August Is National Peach Month: Eat a Peach in Salad

August 3, 2016 Farm and garden Comments Off on August Is National Peach Month: Eat a Peach in Salad
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Are You Kidding?
No. A nectarine and a peach are basically the same species. Nectarines are bald peaches, in effect. In early cultivation, nectarines occasionally appeared on peach trees, the result of a recessive allele, the fruit from which were then cultivated as nectarines. Peaches are also part of the rose family. No wonder why we like all three, so much.

By Andrea Gaines
August is National Peach Month – established by President Ronald Reagan in 1982. We love peaches, but how much do we actually know about them? And, what is your favorite way to eat them? … Continue Reading

Destination: Relaxing with the Cool Tastes of Summer

August 3, 2016 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Destination: Relaxing with the Cool Tastes of Summer
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By Andrea Gaines
All of us have our summer cool-down secrets. Stretching out in front of a fan in full-blown nap mode, or drenching yourself with the garden hose, for example. But, there is also that magnificent moment when you slide into full-body relaxation – feet up, legs out-stretched, and toes flexed – and bite into a crisp piece of watermelon, wash down a handful of salty-sweet kettle corn with a glass of ice tea, or dig into a warm piece of apple pie a-la-mode. … Continue Reading

Farmers Urged To Be on the Lookout for Marijuana

July 23, 2016 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Farmers Urged To Be on the Lookout for Marijuana
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Farmers in Southwest Virginia are being urged to check their property for marijuana planted by trespassers. Within the past year, hundreds of marijuana plants have been discovered between rows of hay bales on farms in and around Pulaski County, according to the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force.

“Unfortunately this is a growing trend,” said Corporal Barbara Owens of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, a member of the task force. “Not only are the marijuana plants an issue, but what is more concerning is there are people trespassing on farmers’ property.” … Continue Reading

Growing a Green Lawn

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From the Nature Generation

Winter is over, the flowers are blooming and the yard is teeming with wildlife. The fresh spring air lures us outside. Children come home from school, drop off their books, and head outside to play. Parents relax on the deck and invite friends and family over for cookouts. Now is the perfect time to transform tired brown winter lawns into lush green yards for all to enjoy. … Continue Reading

May in the Garden

May 4, 2016 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on May in the Garden
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Showing Your Feelings with Color

It is as lovely to give flowers as it is to receive them.

Whatever the color, the most cherished bouquets are often the ones from your own garden, or that pretty little bundle a friend or your spouse picked up form a roadside stand. But, the giving – and the receiving and the picking and the arranging – is made all the more sweet with a little inside knowledge of what a flower’s color – be it a rose, a lily, or a wild thing growing on the side of the road – has come to symbolized over the years. … 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
March 6, 2017 March 7, 2017 March 8, 2017 March 9, 2017 March 10, 2017 March 11, 2017 March 12, 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

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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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 …

Around Virginia

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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