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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

April in the Garden: Be a Freestyle Beekeeper

April 6, 2016 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on April in the Garden: Be a Freestyle Beekeeper
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As the sun’s lengthening days settle us into the spring, newborn bees and their caretakers are emerging from their hives and going to work, collecting pollen and nectar and replenishing the colony’s food stores.

Along the way, any number of the 60,000 or so bees that make up a single hive may be stopping by your garden or yard to gather food from early-blooming flowers and trees – promoting biodiversity, setting seed and fruit production into motion and enhancing the overall health of your garden and landscape. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

2016 in the Books

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(Presented to the Board of Supervisors February, 2017) “The last three years have demonstrated abundantly clearly that there is no change in the long-term trends since 1998. A prediction from 1997 merely continuing the linear trends would significantly under-predict the …

A Rainy Romance

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all” – a simple phrase uttered in an acclaimed musical that helped birth a star. The movie’s Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds) catches his attention so completely that Don Lockwood (Gene …

Concerned Parents

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, Our 15-year-old son is out of control and we don’t know what to do anymore. He smokes pot and drinks, disobeys us left and right, is truant from school often, comes home whenever he …

It’s Time To Review Your Estate Planning Basics

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Beginners and billionaires alike should refresh their knowledge of these basic estate planning terms and concepts. The word “estate” tends to conjure up images of billionaires and aristocrats, but estate planning is not just for the wealthy. It’s widely believed …

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: George Marshall Center

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I used to wonder why – after an assignment to visit the interior of this place, I’d return feeling exhausted – both mentally and physically worn out – as if I’d been carrying an extra couple hundred pounds or so …

Meeting the “Other America”

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By Nicholas Reid Ever since the presidential election last November, there has been a lot of talk about the “two Americas”: coastal and continental America. The many differences between these two sections of the United States are numerous and oftentimes …

The Trump Effect

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“Corals are marine magicians. As colonies of the tiny ocean organisms grow, they transform the calcium that circulates in seawater into enormous limestone reefs. These reefs—which can extend for more than 1,000 miles and provide homes for crabs, eels, sea …

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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Calendar

February 2017
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January 30, 2017 January 31, 2017 February 1, 2017 February 2, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

February 3, 2017 February 4, 2017

CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

February 5, 2017
February 6, 2017 February 7, 2017 February 8, 2017 February 9, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

February 10, 2017 February 11, 2017

Valentine's Pizza & Champagne

Sweetheart’s Soirée- A Night of Dinner & Dancing

February 12, 2017

Candlelight Concert Fundraiser

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Writers’ Night Out

February 13, 2017 February 14, 2017 February 15, 2017

Bob Brown Puppets: Dragon Feathers

February 16, 2017 February 17, 2017

ARTSPOWER: RAINBOW FISH

February 18, 2017

Wine & Chili Weekend

BALLET THEATRE OF ASHBURN AND EDGE PERFORMANCE COMPANY: MALONE BENEFIT CONCERT

Comedy Night feat. Tyrone Davis

February 19, 2017
February 20, 2017 February 21, 2017 February 22, 2017 February 23, 2017 February 24, 2017

February Fourth Friday

February 25, 2017

Samedi Gras Celebration

February 26, 2017
February 27, 2017 February 28, 2017 March 1, 2017 March 2, 2017 March 3, 2017

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

March 4, 2017

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

March 5, 2017
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Hillsboro Plans Mardi Gras Celebration on February 25

20 Feb 2017

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Mardi Gras celebration will be held in Hillsboro on Saturday, February 25 as a benefit for the Old Stone Schoolhouse. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. Hurricanes and New Orleans drinks, as well as Old 690 beer and local wines will be served in the Garden District Bar. The Cajun Cafe will feature New Orleans cuisine, including King Cakes. …

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Four Young Historians Discuss Civil War Turning Points

2 Feb 2017

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The Mosby Heritage Area Association will hold a talk featuring a panel of four young historians who will discuss turning points in the Civil War. The talk will be held at Unison Methodist Church, 21148 Unison Road, Middleburg, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 12. Tickets will be sold at the door or online at www.mosbyheritagearea.org/events for $15 …

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Love In All of Its Forms … Ain’t It Grand

2 Feb 2017

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Americans exchange hundreds of millions of cards on Valentine’s Day, February 14. The National Retail Federation estimates that we will spend some $20 billion to mark the day and demonstrate to friends and family how much we love them – on what marketers call “Love’s Holiday.” Love. It’s a big deal.

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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 …

Op-ed

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 …

Dear Editor

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

Walbridge To Run for State Delegate in the 33rd District

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Tia Walbridge announces her run for the District 33 seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Walbridge is a wife and mother of two daughters and an active member of the Round Hill community. “Like many people in our district, my family has found its prosperity in a Virginia-based small …

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Office Building on Capitol Square To Be Named After Civil Rights Pioneer Barbara Johns

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Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the newly renovated state building located at 202 N. 9th Street on Capitol Square in Richmond (currently known as the 9th Street Office Building) will bear the name of civil rights pioneer Barbara Johns. The building, which reopened last year, houses the Virginia Attorney General’s …

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Rep. Comstock’s Key Top Priority Legislation Initiatives

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Signed into Law in Her First Term Rep. Barbara Comstock, who serves the 10th congressional district in Virginia, recently reviewed the achievements of her first term in office, identifying 17 legislative initiatives that she supported that were adopted. She said: “My staff and I have met with stakeholders, local elected …

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Sports

Woodgrove Gymnasts Advance To States

15 Feb 2017

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Two Woodgrove High School gymnasts have qualified to advance to the Virginia State Championships Saturday, February 18, at Patriot High School in Nokesville. Sophomore River Stone placed fourth in the all-around competition at the 1A-5A North Regional Gymnastics Championships at Park View High School on Wednesday, February 8, which earns …

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Woodgrove Gymnastics Team Places First

1 Feb 2017

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The Woodgrove High School Gymnastics team for placed first at their home meet. The team competed against squads from Loudoun Valley, Park View and Riverside high schools. Seniors Kaycee Delitta and Sarah Snare were honored at the event for their contributions to the team. The Wolverines excelled in individual competition …

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