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At Wits End

August 7, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Be the first to comment
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Dr. Mike,
My sister’s son is autistic, but she is in complete denial. I’ve done my research and he fits a diagnosis of autism. He is three years old and doesn’t talk or socialize. He has meltdowns that are out of this world and noises overwhelm him and leaving to go someplace upsets him. He also shakes his arms and hands when he gets overwhelmed, which I read about is “stimming,” and is a symptom of autism. My sister says her son has “ADHD” but he is not ADHD, he is autistic. As far as I can tell, my nephew doesn’t get any services or medicine for his “ADHD.” We just returned from a large family beach week vacation and his problems are getting worse. This year my own children got upset with their cousin a few times when he acted out. He also became aggressive a couple times with my children. I don’t know if another year at the beach together is a good idea for us if things don’t change. I guess I would feel a lot better if we all just addressed the white elephant in the room. How do I get my sister to admit that her son has autism so that she can finally get him the help he needs? How do I talk to my children about their cousin? I love my sister but am at my wits end.
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Help for Shark Phobia

July 8, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Comments Off on Help for Shark Phobia
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Dr. Mike,

We go to the Outer Banks every summer as a family, but our seven-year-old daughter is now freaked out by the reported shark attacks at the Outer Banks. Thanks to her older siblings teasing her about sharks, she says she is not going in the water at all. She’s even tearfully asked us to not go this year. My child has always loved the Outer Banks and jumping into the ocean but now all at once she has a shark phobia? How does that work? Any suggestions on how to help her get her over this? We really do not want to cancel our plans and lose our money or fun.

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Supporting a Transgender Child

July 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Comments Off on Supporting a Transgender Child
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– By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.

Dr. Mike,
My husband and I are worried because our 14-year-old daughter thinks that “he” is transgendered. It’s true that she’s always been interested in more masculine activities, and this past year she announced to us that she should’ve been born a boy. She told us that we’re now supposed to call him by his new male name and use the pronoun “he” but we are not ready to do that. I guess it’s great for Caitlyn Jenner to come into her own, but Caitlin’s story has bolstered my kid to think that she too will have some sort of glamorous coming out story one day. We’ve been very patient of our daughter’s masculine pursuits and attitude, but things are getting out of hand for us. She now wants to join an LGBT group this summer that we are against. We recently looked at her Internet history that showed that she is researching transgender topics. She is also reaching out to transgender teens about lifestyle changes. We’ve had horrible fights over the issue because we won’t use her new name and she is usually angry with us these days. I know this probably isn’t politically correct for me to say this, but life is hard enough being normal. My husband and I can only imagine how much harder her life would be as a transgendered man and we don’t want that for her. We would be grateful for your guidance and feedback on how to fix this.
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Concerned Parents,
The news of Caitlyn Jenner has created quite a stir. Certainly, her transformation from man to woman is a wonderful thing for transgendered individuals who are often misunderstood, or worse, marginalized and discriminated against societally. Since the Vanity Fair article, the topic is being discussed more openly and this will likely lead to greater acceptance for the transgendered way of life and community as whole.

I am not surprised to receive your letter, and as a child psychologist, I have mixed feelings about the increased media attention on trangenderism for children in recent years. And now with the Caitlyn Jenner story, I am concerned that certain children will be over encouraged or rushed to see themselves as being transgendered when they ultimately may not be.

You should know that recent transgender research supports the position that gender identity may be more biologically hard-wired than previously believed – genes, chromosomes and one’s endocrinology appear to be the main determents that form and solidify adult gender identity. Other recent research has shown that gender identity in children can be deeply rooted at a young age and that these children are not confused at all about who they are.

However, there is also research to findings showing that children can be confused about their gender identity, but then their gender identity matches up with their biological sex later in life as adults. Moreover, from my experience as a child psychologist, I have worked with a number of children who have experienced themselves as being transgendered at a young age but then grew up to not be.

I understand your concern for your daughter, but you and your husband will need to continue to be patient with her as she continues to mature and discover who she is. Right now you have competing needs with your daughter around her gender identity; the topic is a very sensitive and charged one for you all with multiple layers of thoughts, emotions and meaning. Your daughter likely becomes upset with you because in her mind you are not accepting her for who she believes she is or wants to be. Your daughter needs your support and love, and if you continue to fight with her she could start to feel badly about herself or even unloved by you both.

I think you need to move away from having competing needs to having more complimentary ones in parenting your daughter. I recommend that you start with a talk where you respectfully and lovingly let your daughter know how you feel about her gender identity and what your concerns are for her. You can also let her know what you are comfortable doing in support of her and what you are not. Be careful not to express disappointment or judgment; the conversation should be a positive and proactive one, so be careful not to come off as being sad or defeated in finding compromises or collaborative solutions with your daughter regarding her gender identity.

The following are few points to consider with your daughter:

Support your daughter’s developing gender choices and interests. As parents, you want to create a diverse environment with various opportunities. Allow your daughter to make choices and to explore who she is without judgment. If she shows or expresses an interest in cross-gender activities, be as supportive as possible. Thus, I think you should allow her to join the LGBT group, but at the same time, you can expose her to a variety of other activities this summer. We are currently running a therapy group at our practice for teens that believe they are transgendered. The purpose of the group is not to influence or direct the gender identity of any individual, rather, the group is safe place for teens to openly discuss and make sense of their thoughts, feelings and wishes with others who are going through the same thing. The group has also helped to connect parents who are working to understand their teens’ needs.

Support your daughter’s gender style. Some children are more masculine or feminine in style, so be respectful of who your daughter is and do not try to change her. I encourage you and your husband to support her clothing choices, hairstyle, and even her gestures and mannerisms. Of course, offer parental guidance and direction when appropriate, but do not challenge her simply because what she is wearing or how she is presenting herself to the world makes you uncomfortable.

Be cautious when considering life-changing interventions or treatments for your daughter before adulthood. In my experience as a child psychologist, transgendered children are excited to match-up or complete their gender identity to their biological sex as quickly as they can. While still controversial, hormonal treatments and certain interventions are becoming more acceptable. And many transgendered female teens elect to get bilateral mastectomies (‘top surgery’) prior to turning 18, with some surgeons conducting the surgery on minors with parental consent. If your daughter begins to discuss hormone treatment or top surgery with you, I recommend that you weigh all of the possible advantages and problems that could occur with a specialist. Given the seriousness of these sorts of treatments and interventions, I also think that it is always wise to get a second or even third opinion from respected specialists in the field before making possible life changing and/or permanent changes for your daughter.

To your point, there is also no doubt that a transgendered life is much harder than a “normal” life. Transgendered individuals experience all sorts of discrimination, and they have higher rates of mental health problems and suicides. As parents, we always want the best for our children, but it is possible that being transgendered, as difficult as that seems to you, may be what’s best for your daughter.

Your daughter needs to explore who she is, and she needs your understanding, acceptance and love to be able to do that. With time, it is my hope that your daughter will mature through adolescence and into adulthood with a solid sense of self for who she is truly meant to be.

Michael Oberschneider “Dr. Mike” is the founder and director of Ashburn Psychological Services, a private mental health clinic comprised of 12 MD and PhD level mental health clinicians. Go to www.Ashburnpsych.com or call 703 723-2999 to learn more.

Worried About Mid-life Crisis

June 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Comments Off on Worried About Mid-life Crisis
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Dr. Mike,

I think my husband is going through a mid-life crisis, and I’m worried. It started about two years ago. He tries to get away from the kids and me every chance he gets on the weekend. He complains all the time none of us can do anything right anymore. He drinks a bottle of wine pretty much every night. He works out several hours a week and pampers himself with massages, facials and frequent shopping sprees at Nordstrom’s. He’s into teen popular music and has a new trendy hairstyle. He bought a new expensive and flashy sport car that no one can eat, drink or pretty much even breathe in. He puts down our house and where we live and always wants the bigger and the better of whatever. He has become more reckless and adventure seeking. Like he recently told me that he wants to plan to climb Kilimanjaro with his guy friends next summer because he “deserves it.” I don’t think he’s cheated on me (yet), but I have caught him looking at inappropriate things on-line a few times. Last weekend he told me that our lives are “lame” and that we live in “Lamedoun County.” He says that “getting crazy” should be more than shopping at Costco or getting a babysitter to eat out at Clyde’s or Ford’s Fish Shack with your wife. He’s 49 and doesn’t want to discuss or celebrate his 50th Birthday, and he’s completely miserable about it. I actually love my husband and my life with him, but the drastic changes in him over the past two years have taken a toll on the kids and me…and him. I miss the man I fell in love with and want him back. I plan on showing him what you write, so please get this right!

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Should I Send My Sensitive Son to Camp?

May 6, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Comments Off on Should I Send My Sensitive Son to Camp?
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Dr. Mike,
What do you think about overnight or stay away camps for 11 year-old boys? Our son is sensitive and has struggled a lot this year socially, and my husband feels that a couple of weeks away from home and with other kids at camp will help him to be “less soft.” My husband went away to camp at a young age and remembers it as being a great experience. I agree with my husband that our son is sensitive and that he lacks social skills for his age, but I’m afraid that the separation from us will be too upsetting for him. I also don’t trust that my 11 year old boy will be safe after all the camp counselor abuse stories that I’ve heard about in my life. Unless you or my husband can convince me that sending our anxious and sensitive 11 year old away all at once is the right decision, I am against the idea. Middle school is going to be hard enough for him next year. Your thoughts on this are appreciated.
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It’s Screen Free Week Loudoun County Parents

May 6, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Comments Off on It’s Screen Free Week Loudoun County Parents
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By Michael Oberschneider

May 4 through May 10 is International Screen Free Week. In today’s technologically driven society, this is a time for us to unplug from our televisions, phones, computers and other gadgets and instead celebrate being in the moment. But the notion of our children playing, thinking, creating, reading, and being active without technology is difficult for many.

Taking a break from screens every now and then is a good thing for us all, and it’s especially good for our children and teens. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children two years and younger should not engage in any screen time. … Continue Reading

Underage Drinking and Fake IDs

April 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Comments Off on Underage Drinking and Fake IDs
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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.

Dr. Mike,

I found a fake ID in my 18 year old son’s backpack. He uses his own name, but gives a false birth year that makes him out to be 21 years old. My husband and I caught him drinking with his friends in our basement a few months ago, but we didn’t make a big deal out of it because he does well academically and socially. My husband thinks that we shouldn’t say anything to our son and is taking the position that “teenagers will be teenagers.” My friends tell me differently that getting caught with a fake ID is serious business these days and that I should confiscate the ID and punish my son. He’s heading off to college this fall, and this whole thing scares me. What do you think?
-A Concerned Parent

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Facebook Family Woes

March 4, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Comments Off on Facebook Family Woes
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Dr. Mike,
I love my sister, but her Facebook posts are causing me problems. My sister is very, very wealthy, and she is constantly on Facebook posting photos of her family’s many exotic travels and purchases. She rarely returns my calls or cards because it seems that she is always too busy, but she’s sure not too busy to post to the world her family photos at the Ritz Carlton in Paris or their safari excursions in Africa or their many far away tropical travels. And do I really need to see again and again photos of her new jewelry and new cars and upgrades to the beach house that she can afford but I can’t? All of it is just gross, and it offends my husband and me and it upsets our kids. With all of her travels, my sister hasn’t once visited us. I suppose we’re not fancy enough here in Loudoun County to be a destination spot? I want to tell her how I feel, but there doesn’t seem to be a good way to say anything without coming off like a jealous brat. I also don’t want to be the older sister complaining to her successful younger sister about real life problems that she can’t handle or relate to – like not having enough money sometimes to pay for things, etc. What are your thoughts?
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School Closing Stress

February 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Comments Off on School Closing Stress
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Dr. Mike,
These past few weeks of ridiculous two-hour delays and school day cancellations have been very frustrating for me as a single parent. I’ve had to juggle my day care, call out for work twice and my kids’ midterms were cancelled. For what? One bad day with a bunch of extra days off when the roads and weather were perfectly fine? Back in the day when I was a kid, school was rarely cancelled and we even walked to school knee deep in snow…oh yeah, and it was cold, very cold but we still had to go. How do I manage my stress when I am at a breaking point for such stupidity and my kids now feel entitled that a light dusting of snow always means a delay or day off?
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Coping with the Post-Holiday Blues

January 6, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Comments Off on Coping with the Post-Holiday Blues
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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.

The holidays are over and a new year has just begun. For many this is a time of joy and rejuvenation, but for many others, this time of year can be very difficult. Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as “The Winter Blues” or “Winter Depression,” is a type of depression that affects over 10 million Americans each year. And research has shown that 10 to 20 percent of folks may struggle with a milder form of SAD.

SAD is a depression that occurs based on seasons; symptoms for the winter variant begin in the fall and dissipate by spring. Women are impacted more than men, and the condition typically begins around 20. SAD symptoms include: Weight gain, oversleeping, having an increased craving for carbohydrates, irritability, having an increased sensitivity for rejection, sadness, anxiety, fatigue/low energy, having an overall sense of heaviness in the arms and legs, oversleeping and lethargy. … Continue Reading

How To Discuss Racism with Your Children After Ferguson

December 10, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Comments Off on How To Discuss Racism with Your Children After Ferguson
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Protests regarding the grand jury’s decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown continued for several days and even spread across the country. The ruling and protests (some peaceful and some violent) have left the nation with a very real sense of deep divide; for many, the grand jury’s decision was correct and just, and for many others, the decision to not indict was a racially charged and unjust one.

Multiple polls following the Ferguson grand jury decision revealed the significant and clear divide between blacks and whites in the United States, with the majority of black respondents asserting that Officer Wilson was at fault for the shooting and that he should have been indicted. The majority of white respondents, in stark contrast, asserted the opinion that Officer Wilson’s shooting of Michael Brown was lawful, and thus he should not have been indicted. The grand jury’s decision (and its impact) has reverberated throughout the country, and as a clinical psychologist, it has even entered my therapy practice. Interestingly, the most concerned clients have been parents who have wanted assistance with how to discuss the topic of Ferguson with their children. One parent, for example, mentioned that her 5-year-old daughter asked why a car was on fire during a Ferguson protest aired on TV, while another parent expressed uncertaintly and confusion with how to discuss the images of looting and rioting with her 9-year-old son who discovered the story on the Internet. … Continue Reading

Co-Parenting Successfully Through the Holiday Season: 4 Tips To Consider

November 5, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns 1 comment
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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.

Fall has arrived and so too has the holiday season. This is generally a time for families to come together; to be joyful and thankful and to celebrate with kindness and love. But for many divorced families, the holidays can be a stressful and challenging time. “I love Halloween, but I can’t stand sharing it with my ex-husband” and “I don’t like that my kids hate going to their father’s for Thanksgiving, but what can I do, this is his year” and “Great, so now I am supposed to put a smile on my face for the kids with my ex-wife’s new boyfriend at Christmas” are just a few of the comments stated by some my divorced patients already this year. … Continue Reading

Is It Okay To Spank Your Child?

October 1, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns 2 comments
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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.

When Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was recently arrested for beating his 4-year-old son with a tree branch, the response was passive and mixed. Initially, the Vikings benched Peterson for a single game but then immediately reinstated him. And it was only after further investigation and public outcry that the team placed Peterson on the exempt list until the completion of his legal case.

The facts involving the incident as presented in the media, if true, are very concerning. The beating allegedly caused numerous injuries to the child, leaving cuts and bruises all over his body, including injury to his scrotum. … Continue Reading

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Not Your Father’s El Nino

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NASA and other agencies now forecast the incipient El Nino conditions to continue at least into the winter and the early part of 2016. Figure 1 compares Pacific sea surface temperature anomaly for the El Nino of 1997- 1998 with …

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At Wits End

7 Aug 2015

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Dr. Mike, My sister’s son is autistic, but she is in complete denial. I’ve done my research and he fits a diagnosis of autism. He is three years old and doesn’t talk or socialize. He has meltdowns that are out …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Morven Park

7 Aug 2015

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I think what strikes me most about this place – as over the top as it is in many ways – is how understated it really is; I know that’ll take some explaining. I’ve been to Morven Park hundreds of …

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Mount Zion Church

1 Jul 2015

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– By Tim Jon So: You’ve never given the American Civil War a great deal of thought, much less walked the grounds of Gettysburg or some of the other, major battleground sites located in our region; you may not be …

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March Sushi

4 Mar 2015

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Hello everyone, this is Hokie Cat from Fields of Athenry Farm. Sushi is in big trouble as we speak and is residing in doggy dungeon. I am here to fill you in on what took place. My brother Mountie loves …

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Planting an Allergy-Free Garden

5 May 2015

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By Donna Williamson Tom Ogren has a long-time interest in allergy-inducing plants. He has written several books on the topic and in February released his latest The Allergy Fighting Garden. He explains why plants can stir up allergies and has …

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What It Means To Be a Man

7 Aug 2015

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel As I have gotten older I have noticed that there are more and more young men who ask me for advice. To me it seems silly – I am often not much older than the person asking, …

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A Social Security Strategy Could Enhance Your Retirement Income Plan

7 Aug 2015

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By Amy & Dan Smith What do you think of when someone mentions Social Security? Many people consider Social Security and retirement as one and the same. More than 90 percent of working Americans plan for Social Security to replace …

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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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Blue Ridge Middle Places 11th In National Science League

1 Jul 2015

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Blue Ridge National Science Day Declared Tuesday, June 10 has been officially been declared Blue Ridge National Science Day. At a recent Purcellville Town Council Meeting, Mayor Kwasi Fraser and members of the town council signed a proclamation designating this …

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Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale Returns with Bargains for Everyone

Friday Night Live with Emma Rowley & Saffron Gourmet Food Truck

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Book Signing: 'Beyond Jefferson's Vines' by Richard Leahy

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Lovettsville Historical Society Lecture: "Hex Signs: the History and the Mystery"

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COFFEEHOUSE: LOVE, LOSS & WHAT I WORE

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Mobile Hope’s “Back to School” Shopping Event Helps Loudoun Struggling Youth

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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015

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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 sessions June 4, 11 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. at town hall for the proposed sweeping zoning changes. These major …

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Getting Purcellville Out of the Conflicts of Interest Trap

7 Aug 2015

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Three Virginia laws address openness in government: the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA), The Virginia Public Records Act (VPRA) and The Virginia State & Local Government Conflict of Interests Act (VCOIA). VFOIA guides how public bodies conduct their meetings and regulates access to government records. VPRA establishes basic rules about what constitutes a public record and what the government’s …

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Loudoun Health Officials Remind Septic System Owners of Need to Pump Out

28 Aug 2015

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The Loudoun County Health Department reminds owners of septic systems that routine pumping out of their systems can extend the system’s life and reduce the risk of untreated sewage surfacing or backing up into a house. Loudoun County requires owners of conventional onsite septic systems to have their tanks pumped out at least every five years. Tanks must be pumped …

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Historic Village Prepares for 46th Annual Bluemont Fair

25 Aug 2015

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The sleepy Blue Ridge village of Bluemont in western-most Loudoun County, Virginia, is bustling with activity as it prepares for the 46th ANNUAL BLUEMONT FAIR, September 19 & 20, 2015 from 10AM to 5PM both days, rain or shine. Admission is still only $5/adults, under 10 free, with free parking available. One-way traffic and crosswalks will be enforced in the …

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Register for Rally for the Cure™

24 Aug 2015

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Want to participate in a fun tournament for a great cause? Then sign up to participate in the Stoneleigh Women’s Golf Association’s annual Rally for the Cure ™ golf tournament in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! This is a great opportunity to play at the golf course recently cited as being the Prettiest Golf Course in Northern Virginia by …

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Wild Loudoun

Dragonflies – To See Is To Believe

7 Aug 2015

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Shadow Darner. Unicorn Clubtail. Black Shouldered Spinyleg. Blue Dasher. Ebony Jewelwing. Calico Pennant. Sanddragon. Their names conger up some magical place inhabited by devils and demons, elegant queens, daring lovers – creatures you would need to see with your own eyes to believe really existed. But, each of these, including the Calico Pennant, is actually one of the most common …

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Around Virginia

Congress and MWAA VS Loudoun Taxpayers

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By Delegate Dave LaRock It’s no secret that population growth and business development have left Loudoun County, especially busy areas to the east, with some pretty challenging traffic. The process of expanding the local network of roads and transit always seems to be playing catch-up, usually tied to availability of …

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Governor Signs Senator Black’s Campus Sexual Assault Bill

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On Thursday, May 28, Sen. Richard Black traveled to Richmond for the bill signing ceremony of his bill, Senate Bill 712, the Campus Sexual Assault Bill. Black’s law will change the way that Virginia’s colleges and universities handle sexual assault cases.  “When I heard about the Hannah Graham case, I …

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McAuliffe Announces Movie To Film in Virginia

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia has been selected as the filming location for “Loving,” a motion picture based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a Virginia married couple who, in 1958, were arrested for violating a state law at the time prohibiting interracial marriage. The couple …

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Sports

Drew Hunter Heading To Pan American Games

7 Aug 2015

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Loudoun Valley’s Drew Hunter placed second in the United States Track and Field 1500-meter run Junior National Championship. That earned him a spot on the United States Junior Team going to the Pan American Games in Edmonton, Canada in late July. Drew lost to college freshman Blake Haney of the …

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American Legion Post 34 Hosting Mid-Atlantic Regional Baseball Tournament

5 Aug 2015

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Batter up! Chartered in 1919 by an act of Congress, the American Legion is one of our country’s oldest, largest and most prestigious veteran’s organizations – dedicated to mentoring youth, sponsoring community programs, promoting national security and supporting veterans and members of the armed forces. Specific programs include scholarships, scouting, …

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines Loudoun County was heavily invested in the fight for independence from Great Britain. Loudouner Francis Lightfoot Lee was one of 56 delegates to sign the Declaration of Independence. More Loudouners served in General George Washington’s army than any other county in Virginia, and the county’s enormous …

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Mary Rose Lunde

More Than a GPA

7 Aug 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde In school we are measured in every way based on a number system from a point scale resulting in grades then translated into a GPA that can’t be easily fixed in just one semester. Students are forced to think that all they have to achieve is …

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Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015

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– By Sarah Nearis Look at these sweet and summery pink blouses and tops. Don’t you want to try one on? Some women are afraid to wear pink, thinking it’s a bit too feminine. But, pink comes in such a wide variety of shades – from soft mauves to fuchsias …

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Letters

Thank You Purcellville

7 Aug 2015

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I want to express my sincere appreciation for the outpouring of support by the local business owners and residents in relationship to my challenge to …

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Independence Won – Much Left To Be Done

1 Jul 2015

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With graduations behind us and summer vacations ahead, we have much to look forward to. My summer will be full of events and opportunities to …

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Reflections for Father’s Day, a Child’s Constitutional Rights

15 Jun 2015

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I’ve been a licensed attorney and a father since the late 80’s. Yet, I wonder about how many of our country’s legal theories – theories …

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