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President of Purcellville Company Pleads Guilty To Virginia Regional Transit Bribery Conspiracy

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Thomas Eugene Ahalt, 71, of Berryville, pleaded guilty, April 6, to conspiracy to commit bribery concerning federal program funds for his role in a bribery scheme that caused over $500,000 in losses to the U.S. government.

According to the statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Ahalt has served as the President of Mobile Auto Truck Repair (Mobile Auto), an automotive repair business in Purcellville, since 2007. Mobile Auto provided repair services to Virginia Regional Transit (VRT), a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides transportation services throughout Northern Virginia. VRT is funded by a combination of federal, state and local grants, including from the U.S. Department of Transportation. … Continue Reading

Woodgrove’s Booysen Taking Savage Lacrosse To the Top

March 2, 2016 Business, News Comments Off on Woodgrove’s Booysen Taking Savage Lacrosse To the Top
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By Amanda Clark

Junior Lidell Booysen started his own lacrosse customization organization in 2012 and called it Savage Lacrosse. Savage Lacrosse provides players of all skill levels with the highest quality string jobs, dyes, and low prices on gear.

Booysen says, “I don’t really know how I got into lacrosse. It just kind of happened, and I went for it. I began to love the sport more and more as I played.” He became interested in stringing and customizing after he saw unique and colorful string jobs with each new player he met. He went home, learned how to do it, invested his money into supplies, and strung as many heads as he could. “After I worked hard, and a year or so passed, Savage Lacrosse blew up,” he said. … Continue Reading

DogGone Natural – One Seriously Fun, Seriously Dedicated Pet Store

March 2, 2016 Business, News Comments Off on DogGone Natural – One Seriously Fun, Seriously Dedicated Pet Store
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Pet storeowners Kim and CJ Correnti sure are enthusiastic about their busy and growing DogGone Natural pet store business. The Correntis opened their first DogGone Natural pet shop in Ashburn in 2007. In 2014 they opened a second location, this time off Route 7 on Catoctin Circle in Leesburg, and very special things happen – daily – at both locations. … Continue Reading

From Total Collapse To Spectacular Rebirth

March 2, 2016 Business, News Comments Off on From Total Collapse To Spectacular Rebirth
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Abernethy & Spencer Reopens In Spring-Like Splendor

“We will be ready for customers March 1 … “ So promised – and delivered – the indomitable David Lohman of Abernathy & Spencer Greenhouse in Lincoln, which re-opened for business this week after their traditional three-month winter hiatus … and a collapsed greenhouse. … Continue Reading

ISM Systems Expands Brand

March 2, 2016 Business, News Comments Off on ISM Systems Expands Brand
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By Nathaniel Stephens

ISM Weapon Systems, located at 748 East Main St. Purcellville, is managed by Mark Davis and is one of two locations that represent the ISM brand. The other is located in Carmichaels, Pennsylvania where their munitions manufacturer is as well.

As the store name implies, Davis and his staff supply and service local enthusiast with various items they need, “We have gun sales, we teach classes for concealed carry permits, and we also do “gunsmithing” – but they also offer seasoned advice to beginners and experts alike. … Continue Reading

Middleburg Shops Offer Discounts During Town’s Winter Weekend Sale

February 3, 2016 Business, News Comments Off on Middleburg Shops Offer Discounts During Town’s Winter Weekend Sale
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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

February 3, 2016 Business, News Comments Off on Vino 9 Market: A New Way To Wine and Dine
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 …

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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 …

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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Calendar

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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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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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