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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

Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival

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Leesburg has scheduled its annual Flower and Garden Festival for April 16 and 17. Over 120 vendors will display their landscape designs, gardening supplies, outdoor living items, plants, flowers and herbs. The event runs from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. … Continue Reading

March in the Garden – Soil As the Gardener’s Canvas

March 2, 2016 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on March in the Garden – Soil As the Gardener’s Canvas
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Gardening is all about growing things, and growing things successfully is about cultivating healthy soils – the canvas upon which gardener visits their magic.

For the March gardener, this means working carefully to release and build upon the nutrients, textures and living things developed and stored in the soil over the winter. … Continue Reading

Growing Your 1-In-10,000 Four-Leaf Clover

March 2, 2016 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Growing Your 1-In-10,000 Four-Leaf Clover
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Botanists tell us that for every four-leaf clover you might find, there are 10,000 three-leaf clovers. That means that you will find at least 1 four-leaf clover in an area that is about, well, 13 square feet. Humm. That’s a lot of area to cover with your magnifying glass.
Instead, why not have some fun growing your own clover-type plant? … Continue Reading

George and Martha Waiting for Babies

March 2, 2016 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on George and Martha Waiting for Babies
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American bald eagles “George & Martha” are nesting in Loudoun County and as of late February had two eggs laid. The eggs will take about 35 days to hatch if successful. Follow the secret eagle cam – at an undisclosed location to protect the birds – at www.youtube.com/user/riverfarmeaglecam/live. … Continue Reading

Free Gardening Lecture – All About Water Gardening

February 19, 2016 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Free Gardening Lecture – All About Water Gardening
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Wouldn’t it be nice to add a water feature in your garden this spring? “All About Water Gardening” is the topic for the March 3, 2016 Extension Master Gardener lecture series at 7:00 p.m. at Rust Library, given by Richard M. Koogle, vice president of Lilypons Water Gardens in Maryland. … Continue Reading

6th Annual Loudoun Grown Expo February 27

February 3, 2016 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on 6th Annual Loudoun Grown Expo February 27
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It’s that exciting time of year again for the Sixth Annual Loudoun Grown Expo. The yearly event will take place at the Bush Tabernacle 250 South Nursery Avenue, Purcellville, on February 27 with new expanded hours starting at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

There will be wine and beer exhibitors, farm exhibitors, artisans and makers, restaurants and other rural economy entrepreneurs for all to enjoy. “We’re thrilled to promote such a worthwhile event that showcases Loudoun growers, Virginia wines, as well as hand crafted beer and local artists,” said Philip Message, co-sponsor of this sixth annual event. He continued, “People from all over Loudoun County as well as the D.C. metro area enjoy this event every year.”

Parking will be at the Fireman’s Field parking lot, Emerick Elementary, Loudoun Valley Community Center and the Town of Purcellville’s public parking areas.

Three Virginia Young Farmers Receive National Honors

January 18, 2016 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Three Virginia Young Farmers Receive National Honors
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For the first time ever, Virginia Farm Bureau Federation had finalists in all three Young Farmers & Ranchers competitions at the annual American Farm Bureau Federation convention.

Chris Van Vlack of Loudoun County took home top honors Jan. 12 in the Discussion Meet competition at the 97th annual AFBF event. Sam and Ashley Gardner of Bedford County were runners-up for the Achievement Award, Mindy McCroskey of Washington County was a runner-up for the Excellence in Agriculture Award. … Continue Reading

Where Do I Begin? Tips on Fall Home Improvement Projects

November 4, 2015 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Where Do I Begin? Tips on Fall Home Improvement Projects
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Lawn care, storm windows, roof and gutter repair, chimney sweep, painting touch ups, furnace check, green upgrades – the fall home improvement list can sure seem endless, can’t it?

While the weather is still pretty warm out, prioritize the outdoor tasks you need to do yourself. For the inside tasks, consider organizing them now, and making up a list that holiday guests or neighbors might be able to help you complete. If you need professional help for certain tasks … make those appointments, if you haven’t already.

Here are some seasonal tips:

Caulking and weather stripping of windows are two pretty easy projects and will pay dividends not only this winter, but in the warm summer months, too. Make this a priority. … Continue Reading

Friends of Blue Ridge Mountains

November 4, 2015 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Friends of Blue Ridge Mountains
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November 7, Saturday 10:00 to 3:00 p.m, join Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains for an autumn clean-up as we continue our work to remove invasive species from Blue Ridge Regional Park. Blue Ridge Regional Park is located off of Rte 601. Go to www.friendsofblueridge.org.

Copeland Homestead Farm Celebrates 250 Years of Same-Family Ownership

November 4, 2015 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Copeland Homestead Farm Celebrates 250 Years of Same-Family Ownership
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The Copeland Homestead Farm is celebrating its Sestercentennial Anniversary — the farm has been owned by the same family for 250 years. The farm is currently owned by seventh generation family member, Patric Copeland. Patric and his wife, Maura Walsh-Copeland’s children, Sean, Jameson and Caitlin Copeland, are the quintuple great grandchildren of David and Deborah Copeland, who built the original portion of the Homestead in 1765.

The Copeland Homestead, located on the northeast side of Short Hill Mountain just south of the Town of Hillsboro corporate limits, is one of the oldest dwellings in the area. According to Loudon County and Copeland family records, George Washington surveyed “The Grand Line” between Thomas 6th Lord Fairfax’s Piedmont and Shannondale Manors, from the mouth of the Rappahannock, running through the Town of Hillsboro to Harper’s Ferry and the Potomac River. This Grand Line still serves as the western boundary of the Copeland Farm. … Continue Reading

Gobble! Gobble!

September 30, 2015 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Gobble! Gobble!
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Join us Saturday, October 10th for our final patio service of the season at Fields of Athenry Farm. Let the kids run and play on the farm while you enjoy your family and friends. This Oktoberfest will be complete with beer, sausages and a great time. The grill will be fired up from noon – 4:00 p.m. and the farm shop will be open from 11:00 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.

Are Pesticides in Nursery Plants Killing Bees and Butterflies?

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The decline of monarch butterfly and honeybee populations has been evident for many years, as has the agriculture and gardening industries’ increasing reliance on a class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids, or neonics.

Gardeners committed to supporting monarch butterfly and honeybee populations typically avoid the use of pesticides, while at the same time stocking their gardens with the native flowers and plants monarchs and honeybees rely on. But, conservationists are urging consumers to read the label at their local nursery, as many common flowers and plants are grown with neonics. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

A Look Into What Is Learned in High School English

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By Mary Rose Lunde English is the arguably the most important subject for a student in high school to learn. The most successful people in the world have one thing in common — being able to communicate effectively. This is …

Remembering Nancy Reagan

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel The passing of Nancy Reagan, a former First Lady who completely transformed the role and helped catapult her husband to greatness, marked the end of an era. Her death also happened to coincide with a turning point …

How To “File and Suspend” Before It Is Too Late

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With the recent changes to Social Security rules, filing and suspending will soon be phased out, but there’s still time to take advantage of the strategy. Here’s a quick guide to maneuvering this rule while it still lasts, but as …

Concerned Parent

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, We are concerned about some habits our nine year old son demonstrates and would love some advice from you.  We are unsure whether it’s anxiety, nervousness, or just nervous/an excess of energy.  A few …

Temple Hall Farm

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I only met the late AV (Val) Symington once; it was a Sunday evening in my first year or two at Wage Radio (this would be the late ‘90’s) and I was putting things in order for the next morning’s …

Am I an Enabler?

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Dr. Mike, My husband thinks that I’m harming our son for life because of the way I parent. Our son is 12 years old and he was diagnosed with ADHD in the 1st grade. My husband calls me “the enabler” …

Editorial

Grief and Greed

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By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …

Op-ed

Oh No, It’s the Christians!

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By Nicholas Reid In the hours and days following every massacre perpetrated by radical Muslims, there is one unifying theme across most news coverage of the massacre, wherever it may …

Dear Editor

Campaign of Untruths

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Elected officials have done some pretty despicable things while serving in office. They range from bribery, beating a spouse, cheating on a spouse, obstruction of justice, and various forms of …

View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input …

Student News

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016

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Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

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8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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Lobster Day with Chef Seb at North Gate Vineyard

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Spring Wine Glass Painting with Penny

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

TGIF @ North Gate Vineyard!

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

The Sprouted Spoon Food Truck at North Gate Vineyard

Nathaniel Davis Live at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Celebrate Mother's Day at North Gate Vineyard!

Mother's Day Brunch at Breaux

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Dog Day at Breaux Vineyards

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PAUL REISLER TRIO WITH LEA MORRIS AND MARSHALL KEYS

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YMCA of Loudoun County to Hold Job Fair

30 Apr 2016

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The YMCA is hiring summer camp Site Supervisors, Sr. Camp Counselors, Camp Counselors, and Jr. Camp Counselors who will work with children ages 5-12 in Loudoun County in our summer day camp programs. Site Supervisors will be responsible for supervising a summer camp program with 30-70 children and for planning, coordinating, and implementing all summer camp activities under the guidelines …

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5K and 10K “Ringing in Hope” Race Slated for Memorial Day

27 Apr 2016

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The third annual “Ringing in Hope” 5K and 10K race will be held on Memorial Day (Monday, May 30) at One Loudoun. A 1K fun run/walk will also be held. The 5K begins at 8:00 a.m., the 10K at 8:10 a.m. and the 1K at 9:30 a.m. Proceeds will benefit Boulder Crest Retreat, a retreat for America’s seriously wounded warriors …

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Bluegrass Performers Reno and Harrell To Appear at Lucketts on April 23

15 Apr 2016

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The Lucketts Bluegrass Concert Series continues its 42nd season of weekly concerts at the Lucketts Community Center on Saturday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. with a show featuring Reno and Harrell. Tickets are $15 at the door, and the doors open at 6:00 p.m. Hot dogs, barbecue sandwiches, snacks and drinks will be available at the kitchen.

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Around Virginia

Update: Remains Located in Shenandoah National Park; Search Efforts Suspended

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Update: Body preliminarily identified as Nicole K. Mittendorff, 31, of Woodbridge. The physical and digital evidence collected during the course of this investigation includes a note recovered from the car leads investigators to believe there was no foul play involved in her death. ——————– Search efforts in the Shenandoah National …

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Virginia Trooper Shot and Killed at Richmond Bus Terminal

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A Virginia State Police trooper has died as a result of his injuries after being shot on March 31 at the Greyhound Bus station in the 2900 block of North Boulevard in Richmond. At approximately 2:40 p.m., Virginia State Police Trooper Chad P. Dermyer approached a male subject just inside …

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Designation of Four New Virginia Main Street Communities

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Governor Terry McAuliffe has announced the designation of four communities in the Virginia Main Street (VMS) program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The newly-designated communities include the town of Wytheville, the cities of Danville and Lexington and Gloucester Courthouse in Gloucester County. The communities …

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Sports

Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016

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The Western Loudon Volleyball Club U14 boys team, called the “Hitmen,” finished second in a tournament held January 17. This is the first ever boys team for the WLVBC (and only the second boys club in the area). Coach Allan Kotmel led the seven-member team. WLVBC started eight years ago, …

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ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines

2 Dec 2015

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The Old Dominion Football Club West boys and girls middle school travel soccer program scored big the weekend of November 21 and 22.  The girls Quest Premier 22 team took home the championship in the U12 Girls Premier Division of the Hunt Country Classic located in Fauquier County. The boys …

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