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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 years ago he began biting his fingernails and does that very frequently now.  Along with that habit he seems to pick up other tics that he’ll demonstrate for a few weeks and then they’ll dissipate which will be followed by another one a few weeks/months later.  Some of these tics have been scrunching up his eyes/face and tapping his hands onto his legs.  My husband and I try not to draw attention to them as we don’t want him to feel badly about something he can’t seem to help but we are unsure how to help him.  Thanks for any advice and suggestions you might have.  
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Am I an Enabler?

March 2, 2016 Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Comments Off on 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” because I admittedly double or triple check things for our son, give him constant reminders, and stay up late with him to get homework and projects done. My husband’s approach to parenting our son is to leave him alone to fail. My husband’s favorite line to me these days is “how will he ever learn how to do things for himself if you are always doing everything for him?” Our son isn’t doing great at school these days already so I cannot agree to the hard knocks approach to parenting my husband believes in so much. Can you give me some advice on how to get through to my husband that being hands-on is a must when parenting a child with ADHD? Your input is appreciated.
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Snowmageddon III?  Seven Survival Tips for Parents

February 3, 2016 Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Comments Off on Snowmageddon III?  Seven Survival Tips for Parents
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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.
“snOMG,” “snowmageddon,” “snowpocalypse,” and “kaisersnoze” are a few terms to describe what just happened in Northern Virginia. The storm was reported to be the second worst storm on record. And while many children and teens gladly anticipate more snow days, there is a sense of reservation for many parents that it’s over and their children will be returing to school on Monday. … Continue Reading

The Scorpion, the Frog, and You!

January 7, 2016 Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Comments Off on The Scorpion, the Frog, and You!
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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.

A scorpion and a frog meet on the bank of a stream and the scorpion asks the frog to carry him across on its back. The frog asks, “How do I know you won’t sting me?” The scorpion says, “Because if I do, I will die too.”

The frog is satisfied, and they set out, but in midstream, the scorpion stings the frog. The frog feels the onset of paralysis and starts to sink, knowing they both will drown, but has just enough time to gasp “Why?”

Replies the scorpion: “It’s my nature …” … Continue Reading

How To Talk about ISIS and Terrorism with Your Children

December 2, 2015 Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Comments Off on How To Talk about ISIS and Terrorism with Your Children
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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.

The recent terrorist attacks in Paris have shaken the hearts and heads of many around the world. And since the Paris attacks, upsetting event after upsetting event has occurred, compounding the effect on our collective psyche as a nation. And while we are all upset by what his happening right now, our children as a group are the most at risk emotionally as a group.

As a child psychologist, I have been dealing with the emotional impact of terrorism this past week with a number of my child and teen patients. While I am perforce in the role of treating children with emotional and behavioral struggles, there are times when larger societal issues can enter the therapy space – and this is one of those times. Many of my child and teen clients have broached the topic of terrorism with me and with a heightened sense of anxiety. … Continue Reading

Some Thoughts on Veterans Day

November 13, 2015 Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Comments Off on Some Thoughts on Veterans Day
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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.

Veterans Day is a time to honor those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, and it is also a time to reflect and remember with gratitude. America is a free and democratic nation today, and we as civilians are able to enjoy all that comes with freedom and democracy, in large part because of the courage, strength, and dedication of our service men and service women. Veterans Day, in my opinion, is also a time to remember our humanity; to be compassionate and to give to those who need our compassion and benevolence most – our wounded warriors. … Continue Reading

The Psychology of Your Child’s Halloween Costume

November 4, 2015 Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Comments Off on The Psychology of Your Child’s Halloween Costume
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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.

Even though Halloween has passed it is one of the most fun times of the year for children. The meaning of Halloween runs deep in our culture – it’s a time to celebrate, a time for treats, a time for being spooky, a time for costumes, and it’s a time to enjoy family and friends. When we think back to some of our fondest childhood memories, most of us have at least one or two Halloween moments.
And what costume your child selects, can say a lot about who he or she is or where they are developmentally.

Gore and the Macabre: Many young children are fascinated by monster costumes, but what is the message behind the mask? Perhaps Frankstein’s monster symbolizes science gone bad. Others have posited that zombies symbolize excesses of consumer capitalism and dissatisfaction with conformity and a loss of individuality. Is it a coincidence that zombies were first introduced in film after The Great Depression, and they have gained in popularity in the media since the recent recession and during a time that the U.S. economy is struggling again? … Continue Reading

Help with My Picky Eater

September 30, 2015 Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Comments Off on Help with My Picky Eater
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Dr. Mike,
My 6 year old son refuses to eat anything but peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, carby snacks and anything sweet – no veggies, no meat, no cheese, no pasta, etc. His pediatrician says his weight is fine, and she suggested a vitamin and mineral supplement shake, which my son actually likes because it’s chocolate. When I was a kid, I ate what was on the table for dinner, or I didn’t eat anything. Why doesn’t that approach work with my kid? The harsher I get, the more disobedient he gets. Even when I am super kind to him, nothing changes. Every day is a struggle, and there is always a fight with tears…sometimes for both of us. I am at my wits end because he’s not eating and we can’t take him anywhere. My neighbor suggested therapy but should I have to take my son to therapy to eat a balanced diet? Your help is appreciated.
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Concerned Parent,
It seems to me that you are caught in a control battle with your son, and your son is winning the battle. In my opinion, the first thing I think you need to do is to agree with your son that you will no longer be battling him on the topic of food. Instead, you and your son are going to agree on an action plan to solve the problem. The first step in your action plan will be to replace the escalation of nudging, coaxing, prodding, arguing and fighting about food with agreed upon meals each day.

The next step in your action plan will be to sit down with your son to put together a list of foods that he likes, foods that he might like (or might be willing to try) and foods that he does not like. Perhaps you could categorize the foods as “yes foods,” “maybe foods” and “no foods.” Then for each meal, allow your son to have a small amount of one food that he likes, and serve a couple of maybe foods on his plate. If he chooses not to eat much, that is his choice. Remember no more nudging, coaxing, prodding, arguing or fighting about it. For breakfast, lunch and dinner, you will also want to decide on a time for when the meal is over and when the kitchen is closed.

I would then implement a no snack policy in between meals for your son. If he is filling up on Goldfish and candy after school, he probably will not have much of an appetite for dinner. By not snacking at all, your son will be hungrier at mealtime, and thus, he will be more likely to try the maybe foods he previously selected.

Whether your son is at a friend’s house, at school, or at a restaurant, you will want to keep him consistent with the meal plan. You will also want to reassess the maybe food list each day, and over time, your son’s list of maybe foods should grow. You could even bring your son grocery shopping with you to discuss his maybe foods. Young children are visual, and at 6, seeing the foods he is considering could be helpful. You could also let your son know that you will reintroduce healthy snacks into his day when he and you agree on what those snacks will be (e.g., fruit). And of course, continue to follow your son’s pediatrician’s recommendation for the food shake supplement.

Keep in mind that your son will probably not care very much for the action plan that I am offering here because it is going to challenge him to change and change is usually difficult. In fact, he might even fight you over the plan; things could seem to get worse before they get better, but that is okay. Stay the course and with time, and by being reasonable, consistent, loving and patient, your son’s picky eating should improve.

If, however, your son’s picky eating does not improve within a reasonable period of time (say a month or two), or if you notice that he is beginning to struggle in other ways or in other areas, you might want to consider seeing a child psychologist. While picky eating is not that unusual in early childhood, underlying anxiety may be what’s driving your son’s need to over control his food choices. Problematic anxiety with food in early childhood can sometimes work itself out with exposure and time, but sometimes it requires the additional attention of a mental health professional.

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.

Childhood and Adolescent Depression: Tips for Parents and Caregivers

September 2, 2015 Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Comments Off on Childhood and Adolescent Depression: Tips for Parents and Caregivers
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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.

According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), depression affects one in every 10 Americans.  And while the CDC’s data on depression currently shows that folks residing in the Commonwealth of Virginia fall slightly below the national average, many children, adolescents and adults in our area suffer from depressive disorders. 

In fact, childhood and adolescent depression is on the rise, and a 2014 survey conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) found depression to be the number one disability and illness for adolescents worldwide. WHO’s survey also ranked suicide as the third leading cause of death worldwide for adolescents, following road/traffic injuries and HIV/AIDS, respectively. Moreover, research has shown that about half of those who suffer from mental health conditions later in life showed symptoms by 14 years of age. … Continue Reading

At Wits End

August 7, 2015 Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Comments Off on At Wits End
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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 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 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.
-Concerned Parents

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 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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Choose Joy, Don’t Go Negative

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Sometimes life is pleasant and it is easy to smile, other times it is not. The real question is how do you react and live your life when you are going through trials? What do you do when you feel …

Character Outlives Us All

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“Brains are like muscles, you can rent them by the hour, but at the end of the day all you have left is your character.” This statement was uttered by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a phrase his father used …

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You know, I can still taste those sausages: The first early-spring bratwurst cooked over an open flame in a beautiful setting among good friends; nothing so surprising, really, in recalling a good meal in classic context. The thing is, though …

Planning for Life Disclosure and Other Family Issues in Estate Planning

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What do we tell the kids? Questions of how much and what type of information to give the children often arise during consultation. The answers depend on the circumstances of each family – the ages and maturity of the children …

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 …

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Grief and Greed

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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 …

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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 …

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An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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

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

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

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

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Growing a Green Lawn

4 May 2016

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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 …

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Fido’s Facts

4 May 2016

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Chemical Free Tick and Flea Solutions By Kimberly Correnti It’s refreshing to know that you can effectively eliminate pesky little bugs without using harsh chemicals. Our special blend “Flea & Tick Program” created by holistic vets (Dr. Michael and Susan Goldstein of Earth Animal) is a palatable powder and liquid that you add to your animal’s daily diet. It will …

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Hillsboro Charter Academy Camp Registration Begins

4 May 2016

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Hillsboro Charter Academy, Loudoun County’s newest public charter school is now taking registration for children ages 5 to 14 for its summer STEAM camp. The camp’s eight one-week sessions begin June 20 and will offer themes including nature and art, physics and rocketry, world cultures, dance and stage magic, and kitchen chemistry. Reflecting the science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics …

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Five Stone’s Throw Spring and Summer Destinations By Andrea Gaines Bordered by the Potomac River to the north and beautiful mountains to the west – and with easy access to Rt. 95, the Dulles Toll Road and Route 66 – Loudouners have no short list of fun spring places to …

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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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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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