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FOCUS ON … LearningRx Leesburg

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Owners Lian and Don Hollenbeck make learning fun, for all ages. Their oldest student is 66 and their youngest is 6.

LearningRx Leesburg offers one-on-one, cognitive based training sessions while encouraging clients to work past their comfort levels. Cognitive skills are the core skills your brain uses to think, read, learn, remember, reason, and pay attention. Their focus is on attitude and confidence. Attitude: by challenging clients to recognize and pursue their potential, excepting failure as a temporary stepping stone to greater success. Confidence:  by encouraging struggling children and adults to engage, embrace challenges, recognize improvements, and celebrate gains. … Continue Reading

New Members Join Advisory Committee of Boulder Crest Retreat

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A former U.S. Army Surgeon General and four other experts have joined the advisory committee of the Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness in Bluemont.

Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho, the first woman and nurse to serve as a military surgeon general, served as the 43rd U.S. Army Surgeon General and commanding general of the US. Army Medical Command. In her 33-year career with the Army, Horoho held every level of leadership in Army Medicine, and served as commander of several facilities, including Walter Reed Health Care System in Washington, D.C. “I have always embraced the belief that a collaborative approach for caring for our warriors that leverages the tenets of health, wellness, sleep, activity, and nutrition are fundamental to improving the health readiness of those that have given and are continuing to give so much to this great nation of ours,” says Horoho. … Continue Reading

We’re Open – We Promise

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By Amanda Clark

Twigs, located at 613 E. Main Street in Purcellville, is open and ready for the people of Loudoun to shop local this holiday season. Twigs’ neighbor is undergoing temporary construction, and as a result, some people do not even realize that the store is open. … Continue Reading

Former Prisoner of War Joins Veterans Advisory Board

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Boulder Crest Retreat for Military Veteran Wellness announced that Captain Charlie Plumb, U.S. Navy (retired), has joined their honorary advisory board. Captain Plumb graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland and went on to fly the F-4 Phantom jet on 74 successful combat missions over Vietnam. On his 75th mission, with only five days before he was to return home, Captain Plumb was shot down, captured, tortured, and imprisoned in an eight-foot by eight-foot cell, where he spent the next 2,103 days as a prisoner of war. … Continue Reading

Focus On… Sharon Affinito and Judy Galen, Loudoun County Commuter Services

November 2, 2016 Business, News Comments Off on Focus On… Sharon Affinito and Judy Galen, Loudoun County Commuter Services
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Loudoun County Commuter Services connects individuals, employers and visitors with transportation solutions. Carpools, vanpools, transit and biking lessen rush hour traffic on area roads. Telework and compressed work weeks allow individuals to reduce or adjust their travel time.

Could a vanpool work for you or your business? Find out at a Vanpool Open House on Tuesday, November 15, at 801 Sycolin Road in Leesburg between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tour a commuter vehicle, meet others interested in vanpools and see if it is right for you. For more information, send an e-mail to LCCS@loudoun.gov or call 703 771-5665.

Focus On… Pack Rat Hauling

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


 

 

 

 

 

Columns

Pearl Harbor

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By Nicholas Reid Seventy-five years ago this December 7, to quote President Franklin D. Roosevelt, “the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” It will have been 75 …

Early Returns: How U.S. Markets Reacted to the Presidential Election

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On November 8, 2016, Republican candidate Donald J. Trump won a closely contested election for president of the United States. Late on election night, when it became evident that Trump was likely to win, despite consistently trailing in the polls, …

America: Worthy of Our Trust

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel My friend and I sit in a bar near our office. He is upset, bags under his eyes due to lack of sleep. Thursday, our weekly night to meet is usually a happy hour filled with intellectual …

South Riding

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I should have known that this one would take me far from my contemplative, Zen-inspired comfort zone; after I’d traversed more construction projects than I wanted to tally, competed with hurried, coffee-driven commuters with no time for mere existence, and …

Support Group Help Needed

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Dr. Mike, My son was diagnosed with ADHD two years ago, and his pediatrician at that time recommended we try a social skills group for his “immaturity” and “impulsivity.” We did that, and our experience was horrible. The kids in …

The State of Corals

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(Presented to the Board of Supervisors December 6, 2016) “Events as severe as the 1998 event, the worst on record, are likely to become commonplace within 20 years.” – Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, 1999 [4] Tony Noerpel

Reply to Nicholas Reid – What is Science

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“The word “cult” has always been controversial because it is (in a pejorative sense) considered a subjective term, used as an ad hominem attack against groups with differing doctrines or practices, which lacks a clear or consistent definition.” “[Dogma] is …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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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

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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

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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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Calendar

December 2016
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November 28, 2016 November 29, 2016 November 30, 2016 December 1, 2016 December 2, 2016 December 3, 2016

Holiday Open House

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

December 4, 2016

Holiday Open House

December 5, 2016 December 6, 2016 December 7, 2016 December 8, 2016 December 9, 2016

Christmas Market and Trolley Tours

December 10, 2016

Holiday Open House

13th Annual Purcellville Christmas Parade

Barrel Tasting Event Saturday

December 11, 2016

Christmas Market and Trolley Tours

December 12, 2016 December 13, 2016 December 14, 2016 December 15, 2016 December 16, 2016 December 17, 2016 December 18, 2016
December 19, 2016 December 20, 2016 December 21, 2016 December 22, 2016 December 23, 2016 December 24, 2016 December 25, 2016
December 26, 2016 December 27, 2016 December 28, 2016 December 29, 2016 December 30, 2016 December 31, 2016

Family New Year’s Eve Celebration

January 1, 2017

New Year's Day Musikabend

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Farm Bureau President Hopes for Immigration Reform

5 Dec 2016

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Virginia Farm Bureau President Wayne F. Pryor told county delegates at the organization’s annual convention in Hot Springs that immigration reform “is an issue that has been delayed too long.” He noted that: “Work will begin on the 2018 Farm Bill next year. This is the most complex federal legislation farmers face, and it typically takes at least two years …

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Northern Virginia Chamber To Host Congressional Roundtable

5 Dec 2016

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The Northern Virginia Chamber will host its annual Congressional Roundtable on Monday, December 12, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Northern Virginia Chamber in Tysons (7900 Westpark Drive, Suite A550). The dialogue will cover several issues at the intersection of federal policy and business – federal spending, energy, trade policy, the sequestration and the effect on Northern Virginia, transportation, …

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Ugly Christmas Sweater Fad Keeps Growing

30 Nov 2016

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Since 2012, the Re-Love It consignment shop, at 138 N. 21st Street in Purcellville, has developed the reputation as the place to get your Ugly Christmas Sweater in the Metro D.C. area. In that time, Re-Love It has sold more than 3,000 vintage Ugly Christmas Sweaters.

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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 …

Op-ed

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

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– 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

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– 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

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception

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We are a group of Loudoun County citizens who will be adversely affected if the board grants a special exception for the Catesby Farm property at your upcoming meeting. You …

It’s Our Right

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On December 6, the Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on a “Minor Special Exception” proposal we submitted earlier this year concerning our Catesby Farm property. Unfortunately, our limited …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm

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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

Warner Introduces Bill To Help Wells Fargo Victims Get Their Day in Court

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U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, introduced legislation to give Wells Fargo customers who were victims of a fraudulent account scheme their day in court. The bank was involved in a scandal this year after it was revealed that Wells Fargo employees secretly …

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

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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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Sports

Accepting Applications for Sports League Funding

30 Nov 2016

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Purcellville is accepting applications from local organizations for its annual sports league funding program. Organizations must serve the Town of Purcellville area, have citizens of the Town of Purcellville as players, and provide a letter to the Town from the IRS confirming the organization’s tax exempt status in order to …

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Woodgrove High Student Will Pursue Track and Field at George Mason

30 Nov 2016

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Puneet Kaur of Woodgrove High School has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her track and field career at George Mason University. Kaur has held the school record in shot put since her sophomore year and is looking to throw shotput, hammer, discus and maybe even the javelin …

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