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Focus On… Pack Rat Hauling

September 7, 2016 Business, News Comments Off on Focus On… Pack Rat Hauling

Fall cleaning and organizing are things everyone wants to do–time to get rid of that unwanted junk!  Pack Rat Hauling can make it very easy for you to dispose of your true junk, items for donation, and recyclables. Owner Michael Scott started Pack Rat Hauling in 2008 with one simple goal in mind: helping people get rid of their unwanted stuff, while always making the effort to keep things out of our county’s landfill. … Continue Reading

Fitness Studio Opens on Main Street

August 3, 2016 Business, News Comments Off on Fitness Studio Opens on Main Street

fitnessstudioFirst Class Fitness Studio offers fitness classes, personal training services, nutritional programs and health seminars. The business is located at 860 E. Main Street, Purcellville VA 20132, and the owners are Vicki & Rob Frye. They held their ribbon cutting mid-July with Mayor Kwasi Fraser cutting the ribbon.

Go to www.firstclassfitnessstudio.com for more information.

Anytime Fitness Purcellville Wins Club Platinum Award

July 25, 2016 Business, News Comments Off on Anytime Fitness Purcellville Wins Club Platinum Award

Anytime Fitness Purcellville, a 24-hour co-ed fitness club, is honored to receive the prestigious Club Platinum Award, placing it within the top five percent of all Anytime Fitness clubs worldwide. The Club Platinum award is given to clubs that maintain the highest standards of operational excellence while also maintaining excellent customer satisfaction scores. Anytime Fitness Purcellville is ranked 68 out of 3000 gyms in 20+ countries across five continents. … Continue Reading

New Hours for Loudoun County Building & Development

June 17, 2016 Business, News Comments Off on New Hours for Loudoun County Building & Development
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The Loudoun County Department of Building and Development Permitting and Land Development service counters will have new hours of operation beginning Friday, July 1, 2016. The counters will open at 8:30 a.m. and close at 5:00 p.m. … Continue Reading

Citizens and County Continue Fight Against Rt 50 Power Line

May 4, 2016 Business, News Comments Off on Citizens and County Continue Fight Against Rt 50 Power Line
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With the final decision resting with the State Corporation Commission, citizen groups, the Loudoun County Attorney and Supervisor Matt Letourneau (R–Dulles) continue to voice opposition to the alignment of the power lines in Dominion Power’s Poland Road 230kV Transition and Substation Project. The new line – a single pole structure approximately 4 miles long with a 100 feet wide right of way – is proposed, primarily, to service the needs of an expansive new data center on land owned by South Riding Nursery. A final decision on the alignment is expected at the conclusion of evidentiary hearings that will be held in June, in Richmond. … Continue Reading

160,000+ Sq. Ft. Telecom Building Proposed for Short Hill Mountain Preservation

May 4, 2016 Business, News 4 comments

“On the agenda … is a project with huge implications for our mountains and rural Loudoun. It is about approval of a Commission Permit for a telecom 160,000 square foot building, 35 feet high and 433 long, with generators and air coolers on the Ridgeline of the Short Hill Mountain …”

So began the strongly-worded April 26 Planning Commission testimony of Al Van Huyck, who served on the County Planning Commission from 1992 to 2003. Van Huyck is a long-time Loudoun County preservationist and currently serves as the chair of the Loudoun County Preservation and Conservation Coalition, which represents over 30 of the county’s most active historic preservation and conservation-related organizations.
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President of Purcellville Company Pleads Guilty To Virginia Regional Transit Bribery Conspiracy

April 6, 2016 Business, News Comments Off on 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

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

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

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

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

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

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









2016 Energy Summit – George Washington University


On Friday evening, October 28, George Washington University, Virginia Campus in Ashburn will host the 10th annual Don Sandros Energy Summit in cooperation with local businesses and non-profits. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for a reception with wine donated by …

Attributing Disaster


“Humans are likely to create a catastrophe, and possibly an associated disaster, that vastly exceeds our own ability to recover from it. In the face of all our efforts, it will persist.” – Richard Guthrie [1] “Here we show that …

Concerned Parent


By Michael Oberschenider Psy.D. Dr. Mike, We recently signed our four-year-old daughter up for gymnastics. It wasn’t cheap, but her friends from the neighborhood do it, and she has been begging us to go. It turned out to be a …

Invisible Illnesses

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By Mary Rose Lunde It is general knowledge that when people think about illnesses, they don’t think about illnesses that aren’t physically apparent. Sure, people know about conditions such as multiple sclerosis and other diseases with visible symptoms, but many …

Robinson Park

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Looking back, now – I’m glad it wasn’t what most people would’ve considered a nice day; I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my share of hot and sunny to last me for at least a generation (especially since …

Are Your Estate and Financial Plans Shock-Proof?


Don’t wait until “what if?” becomes “what is.” Where will you live as you age? Think about your housing options now, so you have choices and won’t have to make a hasty decision should an unexpected health event force you …

In Defense of ‘Adulting’


By Samuel Moore-Sobel Most friends transitioning from college to the workforce long for the days of college, wishing to be back in class and participating in campus life. To be honest, I may be in the minority, but I have …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016


Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016


Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016


Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

October 1, 2016

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

October 2, 2016
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Virginia Outdoors Foundation 50 years of Conservation Celebration

October 9, 2016
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Barefoot Puppets: Dreamtime, Tales From Down Under

October 13, 2016 October 14, 2016 October 15, 2016

Loudoun Centre Theatre: The Scamps Of Scapin!

October 16, 2016

Harvest Celebration & Fall Farm Tour


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Anthony Semiao Live at North Gate Vineyard


October 22, 2016 October 23, 2016

Come Paint with us at Breaux Vineyards

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October Fourth Friday

October 29, 2016

2 Pound Sterling Live at North Gate VIneyard

October 30, 2016

Music With A Cause - Music of Colonial America

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OysterFest at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Veteran’s Day 10k Raises Funds for Veteran Causes

13 Oct 2016


On November 6, the Loudoun County Road Runners Club will again conduct the annual Loudoun 10K Trail Race in order to raise funds for veteran causes. Since it’s origin in 2011, the trail race has generated more than $90,000 with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to veteran’s charities, specifically Boulder Crest Retreat and Pets for Vets.

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FBRM Clean-Up Day at Blue Ridge Regional Park

6 Oct 2016


Join Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains for an Autumn clean-up to remove invasive vegetation from Blue Ridge Regional Park on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Some tools and equipment will be provided, but please bring your clippers, pruning shears, or saws if you can. Directions: From Leesburg, drive west on Route 7 past the turnoff …

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Painted Barrel Auction Saturday, October 8

6 Oct 2016


The Auction for The Painted Barrels around Purcellville will be held on Saturday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m at the Bush Tabernacle – 250 S. Nursery Ave. Purcellville. Thirty-Five local Loudoun County artists were given an oak wine barrel to create a Purcellville / Loudoun theme on it. Each barrel was sponsored by a local business and was displayed throughout …

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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 …


Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!


– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West


– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

Dear Editor

New Proposed Uses for Western Loudoun

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If you live in the middle or western part of Loudoun where you enjoy a parcel of open space near your property (which probably was put into an open space …

Bennett Knows How To Make Economy Work for All


In the election for the 10th District House seat, only one candidate has a more than three decades of success growing a local business. As the owner of a successful …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm


By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

Around Virginia

History’s Holy Places: Four Local Sites Worth Exploring This Fall


The Journey through Hallowed Ground is a 180-mile long, 75-mile wide trek from Gettysburg to Monticello, encompassing nine presidential homes and places, 18 national and state parks, and thousands of small and large historical sites. Dozens and dozens of these sites and related museums are short ride from just about …

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Land Trust Receives Large Donation

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On August 22, The Land Trust of Virginia received a $10,000 gift from the Sharon D. Virts Foundation, based in Herndon. The presentation of this grant was part of the Foundation’s official launch event, held at Selma Plantation in Leesburg. Notable speakers included Sharon D. Virts, FCiFederal Founder and Chair, …

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Farmers Urged To Be On The Lookout For Marijuana


Farmers in Southwest Virginia are being urged to check their property for marijuana planted by trespassers. Within the past year, hundreds of marijuana plants have been discovered between rows of hay bales on farms in and around Pulaski County, according to the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force. “Unfortunately this …

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Hunter’s First Professional Race

7 Sep 2016


Drew Hunter and Loudoun Valley classmates at his first professional race, Sir Walter Miler in Raleigh, NC in early August , l to r:  Marcos Pierce, Matt Slook, Drew Hunter, Max McNerney. Hunter finished with a time of 3:57.15. Hunter turned professional and signed with Adidas.

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Let’s Make Some Memories

3 Aug 2016


American Legion Baseball At Fireman’s Field, August 3 – 7 By Andrea Gaines American Legion Baseball is here at Fireman’s Field in a big way, featuring five consecutive blockbuster Mid-Atlantic Tournament games – August 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Our local Leesburg Post 34 Rangers had some nice wins …

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