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Middleburg Shops Offer Discounts During Town’s Winter Weekend Sale


Numerous shops in Middleburg will offer discounts on purchases of their merchandise during the town’s annual Winter Weekend Sale, to be held February 12, 13 and 14. The sale will be held Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on the Sunday hours posted by the various shops.

Discounts will be offered on shoes, children’s clothing, and fall and winter fashions. Some restaurants will offer reduced prices on dining. Tourist destinations in Middleburg include the National Sporting Library & Museum. The town hosts numerous fine restaurants, including The French Hound, the Red Fox Inn, Julien’s, Upper Crust Bakery and the Gold Cup Wine Bar.

Event details and updates are available at www.visitmiddleburgva.com or by calling the Pink Box Visitor Center at 540-687-8888.

Vino 9 Market: A New Way To Wine and Dine


By Amanda Clark

Donnie Walker, owner of the local restaurant Vino 9 Market says: “I really enjoy the clientele and they love our food and our unique atmosphere.” Opened in June of 2013, Vino 9 Market sells wine, beer, artisan olive oil, organic basic grocery items, and good food. The market is located one block away from a bike trail and even sells food in to-go pint sizes for picnics. … Continue Reading

Medics USA Adds Primary Care Provider

January 7, 2016 Business, News Comments Off on Medics USA Adds Primary Care Provider
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Experts continue to warn that the nation is suffering a growing lack of primary care providers. That problem will be a little less severe in Western Loudoun with the addition of Carissa Dear to Medics USA’s Care Center in Purcellville.

Dear is a Board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with Bachelor and Master’s degrees in nursing from Georgetown University. She grew up in Vienna and graduated from Vienna’s James Madison High School. She has over 10 years’ experience as a registered nurse and then as a nurse-practitioner in Northern Virginia hospital emergency rooms and family practice facilities. She is especially interested in pediatric medicine and infectious diseases, as well as emergency medicine. … Continue Reading

Flynn New Medical Director at Blue Ridge Hospice

January 7, 2016 Business, News Comments Off on Flynn New Medical Director at Blue Ridge Hospice

Blue Ridge Hospice is pleased to announce that Brendan Flynn, D.O. has joined this not-for-profit, locally based organization, which serves an eight-county area of the Shenandoah Valley, Piedmont, and the City of Winchester.

Dr. Flynn comes to Blue Ridge Hospice as its Medical Director from Lakeland, FL, where he served as staff physician with Good Shepherd and Lifepath Hospices. There he provided home hospice care, conducted daily inpatient hospice rounds, and palliative care consultations. He previously served with the Denver Hospice in Denver, CO, as well. … Continue Reading

Leesburg Family Receives Free Roof from DryHome Roofing

January 7, 2016 Business, News Comments Off on Leesburg Family Receives Free Roof from DryHome Roofing

DryHome Roofing and Siding has selected Leesburg’s Sandy Leoni, a widow and mother of two elementary-aged children, as the recipient of a new roof through its 12th annual Free Roof for the Holidays program.

“Sandy and her children have struggled through so much hardship and loss. We hope this new roof lessens some of the burden. Knowing that they will spend the holidays safer and warmer makes this even more special for our team,” said Steve Gotschi, president of DryHome. … Continue Reading

Inova Loudoun Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Wins Statewide Award for Newsletter Excellence and Excellence in Programs

December 7, 2015 Business, News Comments Off on Inova Loudoun Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Wins Statewide Award for Newsletter Excellence and Excellence in Programs
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Inova Loudoun Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (ILNRC) has been selected for 1st place recognition in the 2015 D. A. “Woody” Brown Community Involvement Award for Facility Newsletter for excellence in producing a nursing facility or assisted living facility newsletter. In addition to the first place newsletter award ILNRC was selected for 2nd place recognition in the 2015 D. A. “Woody” Brown Community Involvement Award for excellence in celebrating National Nursing Home Week (NNHW) and National Assisted Living Week (NALW). The Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA) and the Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VCAL) present these awards annually in recognition of outstanding efforts of members of VHCA/VCAL. … Continue Reading

Purcellville’s First Chick-fil-A Restaurant Opens

December 2, 2015 Business, News Comments Off on Purcellville’s First Chick-fil-A Restaurant Opens

The Chick-fil-A restaurant chain has opened its first restaurant in Purcellville. The new restaurant is located at 165 Purcellville Gateway Drive. The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday from 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., serving a full breakfast menu until 10:30 a.m.

The Chick-fil-A sandwich remains the centerpiece of the menu as the chain has grown to more than 1,948 restaurants in 42 states and Washington D.C.

Showcasing the chain’s newest interior and kitchen design, the restaurant can seat 132 in the dining room with additional outside patio seating. The restaurant features an upgraded, Heritage-designed look that includes subway tile and metals in a variety of finishes and patinas, all complimented by an abundance of windows allowing in plenty of natural light. … Continue Reading

Ugly Christmas Sweaters Abound at “Re-Love It” In Purcellville

December 2, 2015 Business, News Comments Off on Ugly Christmas Sweaters Abound at “Re-Love It” In Purcellville

Store owners, Michael Oaks and Kimberly Patterson, of Purcellville’s “Re-Love It” have amassed possibly the largest selection of Ugly Christmas sweaters for sale in one location for the entire Greater Washington D.C. area. You know, the ones your grandmother wore in the day!

“I began buying ugly Christmas sweaters the day after Christmas last year because the demand was so high. Last year people from all over Virginia, D.C. and Maryland came here to get sweaters for the ugly Christmas sweater parties being held in their offices and homes. They want them and we’ve got them. It is the hottest fad for holiday parties right now,” said Oaks.

Re-Love It has already sold hundreds of approximately 2,300 sweaters since the first week of November. There are “Ugly Christmas Sweater Runs” across the nation and this year December 18 is national “Ugly Christmas Sweater Day.” … Continue Reading

Piper Dan’s Keltic Shoppe Carries Western Attire, Too

December 2, 2015 Business, News Comments Off on Piper Dan’s Keltic Shoppe Carries Western Attire, Too

Piper Dan’s Keltic Shoppe, located at 109 E. Main Street in Purcellville, offers an extensive line of Western attire in addition to its Irish and Scottish imports. The section of the store, Katie’s Country Outfitters, features the Tony Lama, Corral and Lucchese apparel brands, as well as American Rebel Boots, Stetson and Bullhide Hats, Montana Silversmiths Jewelry, and Scully Leather and Western Wear.
Mary Brady Shea Knight and her family have spent the past year transforming the back of the shop into a Western mode with authentic barn board, wood floors and country music. Knight urges her customers to realize their dreams of becoming “the Celtic Cowboy” in a one-stop shopping trip. “I like to think of it as Western Ireland,” she said. … Continue Reading

FOCUS ON: CLIMATIC Heating & Cooling, Inc.

November 4, 2015 Business, News Comments Off on FOCUS ON: CLIMATIC Heating & Cooling, Inc.

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Based in Middleburg, Virginia, we employ highly trained people whose goal is to make our company the best service company in Northern Virginia.

From Left is Sonny Swann, Vice President holding his son, and Harold Kemp, President and Founder, www.ClimaticVa.com, 703-779-7455, 540-687-4676.

Platinum Group Real Estate Team Partners Opens in New Location

October 4, 2015 Business, News Comments Off on Platinum Group Real Estate Team Partners Opens in New Location

Introducing, Platinum Group Real Estate with Pearson Smith Realty- owned by Loudoun County real estate veterans, Vicky Noufal and Karen Wenner Cooper, this dynamic team brings many years of full-time, dedicated experience in the Loudoun, Prince William, Fairfax, Clarke and Frederick county markets. The team is comprised of Realtors Jodi Spelbring, Sharon Wilson, Holly Grate, Claudette Smith, Chrisie Pekala and Jeanne Kelly and is supported by operations coordinator, Jeni Spagnoli and marketing director, Dee Simmons.

With an eye for detail, the team’s focus is on providing innovative marketing for sellers and hands-on service for buyers. Visit the Platinum Group Real Estate team at their new Leesburg location at 1507 Dodona Terrace, Suite 100 in the Village at Leesburg. Go to GoPlatinumGroup.com, e-mail Info@GoPlatinumGroup.com or call 703-999-3601 to learn more.

Kidtime Christian Academy Opens Doors

September 3, 2015 Business, News Comments Off on Kidtime Christian Academy Opens Doors

Kidtime Christian Academy, a new preschool and after school care preschool in Hamilton, is now open and enrolling for preschool and after school care. To celebrate its grand opening, the school is offering free registration and five percent off of full or part time preschool tuition. The academy is in the former Hamilton Rescue Squad located at 71N Laycock St.

Michelle Piteira, the founder and president, saw that the building had great potential to support the growing need for quality childcare in western Loudoun but realized that it would require a lot of work and a large investment to transform it to a new state-of-the-art preschool.

“It’s been a long journey, but after two long years, we persevered through the challenges to transform and bring new life and purpose to this historic building,” said Piteira. Their doors opened in early August. … Continue Reading

Donated Vehicles To Help Wounded Veterans

September 3, 2015 Business, News Comments Off on Donated Vehicles To Help Wounded Veterans

Sgt. (Ret.) Matthew Pennington, a U.S. Army veteran who lost his left leg and incurred severe damage to his right leg while serving in Iraq, is one of many representatives of the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes,who will now have access to a newly refurbished wheelchair-accessible van donated as part of Caliber Collision’s Recycled RidesTM program.

Recycled Rides is a nationwide program of the National Auto Body Council in which collision industry businesses – repair facilities, insurance companies, parts and material suppliers – team up to repair and donate vehicles to nonprofit service organizations and individuals in need. Caliber Collision associates at the Burke, Va., location volunteered their personal time to refurbish the van provided by 1-800 Charity Cars.

For many wounded veterans like Pennington, transportation is a major obstacle as they adapt to their injuries and assimilate back into the civilian workforce. … Continue Reading






Asterisk No More


By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Moods come and go, but greatness endures.” These prescient words were uttered by President George H.W. Bush, a man who knows firsthand the truth of his own saying. In 1992, President Bush garnered only 37 percent of …

Second Bull Run

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It may not have been a battle, but – seeing as how it was my second attempt at getting a good look at Bull Run Creek – coupled with the fact that I’m a native Northerner – I felt a …

Snowmageddon III?  Seven Survival Tips for Parents


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 …

What Is a Sport?

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By Mary Rose Lunde On January 10, hundreds of talented dancers from across the East Coast competed at the Universal Dance Academy Regional Championship at West Springfield High School. Tensions were high and the stakes couldn’t have been greater. What …

Six Things to Know to Weather a Market Downturn


It’s natural to be nervous when the markets head for negative territory. Keep a positive perspective with these six investing reminders. It can be very unsettling for investors when their portfolios and the markets start heading for the red and …

El Nino Evolution

Figure 3. Sea-surface height as inferred by by NASA satellites during the current El Niño (December 27, 2015, at left, from Jason-2) and at a comparable point during the last “super” El Niño (December 28, 1997, at right, from TOPEX/Poseidon). Warmer temperatures in the upper ocean result in higher sea-surface heights, as the seawater expands. In 1997, the above-average sea surface height was generally more intense and peaked in November. In 2015, the area of high sea levels was less pronounced but considerably broader. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. (see [4])

Figure 1 shows the annual global temperature anomaly since 1980 up to November 2015 using the NASA GISS data set [1]. NASA has not yet published December’s data though BEST has [2] and yes 2015 was the hottest year on …


Grief and Greed


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 …


Oh No, It’s the Christians!


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

Job Well Done!

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Kudos to Town Manager Rob Lohr and his awesome hard working staff. You did a fantastic job of snow removal throughout the Town of Purcellville this past week. Mr. Lohr …

View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville


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


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


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


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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February 2016
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Loudoun Valley Boys Basketball Spirit Night at Coach's Corner


Music Together Classes - Winter Session


Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY


Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY


5K Race to Benefit Riverside High School Athletic Department

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session


Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY


Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY



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Loudoun Symphony presents A LITTLE CHAMBER MUSIC

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

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THE EDGE: Malone Benefit Concert


Loudoun School of Ballet Winter Showcase

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY


Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY


VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theatre, 100 Lunches" by Jack Sharkey & Leo Sears

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Creation and Evolution in Native American Spirituality

9 Feb 2016


In celebration of Evolution Weekend, an annual event led by clergy to encourage serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science, St. James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville has invited Roger and Deborah “Turtle” Swartz to guide a discussion of traditional Native American Spirituality and its wisdom in celebrating human relationship to the earth. In a …

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Run and Walk To Your Nearest 5K Pregame Event Happening on Super Bowl Day In Leesburg

3 Feb 2016


There is a new Running Company, the Pace Makers Running Company, in town and they are on a mission to help the local population with their health goals while raising money for selected charities. The race at The National Conference Center in Leesburg on February 7, is to help benefit the Riverside High School Athletic Department. The upcoming race on …

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Lovin’ Leesburg for All Its Beauty

3 Feb 2016


By Hannah Hager We may be in the thick of winter, but this home on Cherry Spring Lane will melt your heart. Come spring you’ll fully be able to enjoy this simple, yet elegant brick home and its surrounding green pastures enclosed by miles of black wooden fences. Beyond your immediate yard are sweeping views of the mountains and valleys …

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Around Virginia

Education Savings Accounts Make Big Move in House


The Virginia House of Delegates gave a strong push to House Bill 389, Delegate Dave LaRock’s (R-33rd District) innovative Education Savings Account legislation, as the House Education Committee voted 13-9 in favor of advancing the bill forward. “This is definitely an exciting development for parents and students in the Commonwealth,” …

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Kaine to Hold Hearing on Opioid Abuse


On Monday, February 1, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, will hold a field hearing in Loudoun County to examine the ongoing fight against opioid misuse and abuse among older Americans. Kaine has met with families, law enforcement and business leaders across Virginia …

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Youth Can Apply for 2015 Livestock Exhibitor Scholarships


Youth who exhibited beef cattle, sheep, meat goats or swine in the 2015 State Fair of Virginia 4-H and FFA youth livestock program are eligible to apply for 12 new scholarships being offered by the State Fair of Virginia. Scholarships will be offered in three age groups: Juniors (9-12), Intermediate …

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Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016


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


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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