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Wildlife Ambassadors Continues with Educational Programs

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Parrots and opossum and snakes, oh my! All kinds of animals can be found at Wildlife Ambassadors in Purcellville. Since 1996, the organization has been presenting educational wildlife programs for schools, libraries, birthday parties, and special events.

The collection of animals has come to Wildlife Ambassadors from other area animal rescues, county animal shelters, wildlife rehabilitators, and individuals. One of the oldest ambassadors, Oliver, a green wing macaw, was donated to Wildlife Ambassadors in October of 2000 by the Rainforest Café restaurant in Tysons Corner. He has become one of the most popular ambassadors over the years. His size is impressive, and he can crack a Brazil nut in three seconds! … Continue Reading

Crescent Place in Leesburg Attracting Unique Shops

December 12, 2016 Business, News Comments Off on Crescent Place in Leesburg Attracting Unique Shops
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The new mixed-use property, Crescent Place, on Harrison Street in Historic Downtown Leesburg, is attracting unique shops. In addition to the shops that are already open – Best Rack Around and Ferraiolo Fitness – the following shops will be open in late December or early 2017: Transition Triathalon (relocating from their current location on King Street); Virginia Kitchen & Bath; Bread & Butter Bakery; Portside Coffee & Tea; Coiffer; and 12 Studio Twenty-Eight Fifty-Seven.

“The Crescent Place community is transitioning nicely into a destination spot in Downtown Leesburg. The walkability factor, close-proximity to shops, dining, and the W &OD Trail only adds to the overall appeal that Crescent Place offers to all Leesburg residents,” said Don Knutson, President, Knutson Companies.

FOCUS ON … LearningRx Leesburg

November 30, 2016 Business, News Comments Off on 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

November 30, 2016 Business, News Comments Off on 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

November 30, 2016 Business, News Comments Off on 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

November 12, 2016 Business, News Comments Off on 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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Columns

2016 in the Books

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(Presented to the Board of Supervisors February, 2017) “The last three years have demonstrated abundantly clearly that there is no change in the long-term trends since 1998. A prediction from 1997 merely continuing the linear trends would significantly under-predict the …

A Rainy Romance

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all” – a simple phrase uttered in an acclaimed musical that helped birth a star. The movie’s Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds) catches his attention so completely that Don Lockwood (Gene …

Concerned Parents

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, Our 15-year-old son is out of control and we don’t know what to do anymore. He smokes pot and drinks, disobeys us left and right, is truant from school often, comes home whenever he …

It’s Time To Review Your Estate Planning Basics

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Beginners and billionaires alike should refresh their knowledge of these basic estate planning terms and concepts. The word “estate” tends to conjure up images of billionaires and aristocrats, but estate planning is not just for the wealthy. It’s widely believed …

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: George Marshall Center

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I used to wonder why – after an assignment to visit the interior of this place, I’d return feeling exhausted – both mentally and physically worn out – as if I’d been carrying an extra couple hundred pounds or so …

Meeting the “Other America”

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By Nicholas Reid Ever since the presidential election last November, there has been a lot of talk about the “two Americas”: coastal and continental America. The many differences between these two sections of the United States are numerous and oftentimes …

The Trump Effect

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“Corals are marine magicians. As colonies of the tiny ocean organisms grow, they transform the calcium that circulates in seawater into enormous limestone reefs. These reefs—which can extend for more than 1,000 miles and provide homes for crabs, eels, sea …

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

February 2017
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January 30, 2017 January 31, 2017 February 1, 2017 February 2, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

February 3, 2017 February 4, 2017

CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

February 5, 2017
February 6, 2017 February 7, 2017 February 8, 2017 February 9, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

February 10, 2017 February 11, 2017

Valentine's Pizza & Champagne

Sweetheart’s Soirée- A Night of Dinner & Dancing

February 12, 2017

Candlelight Concert Fundraiser

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Writers’ Night Out

February 13, 2017 February 14, 2017 February 15, 2017

Bob Brown Puppets: Dragon Feathers

February 16, 2017 February 17, 2017

ARTSPOWER: RAINBOW FISH

February 18, 2017

Wine & Chili Weekend

BALLET THEATRE OF ASHBURN AND EDGE PERFORMANCE COMPANY: MALONE BENEFIT CONCERT

Comedy Night feat. Tyrone Davis

February 19, 2017
February 20, 2017 February 21, 2017 February 22, 2017 February 23, 2017 February 24, 2017

February Fourth Friday

February 25, 2017

Samedi Gras Celebration

February 26, 2017
February 27, 2017 February 28, 2017 March 1, 2017 March 2, 2017 March 3, 2017

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

March 4, 2017

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

March 5, 2017
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Four Young Historians Discuss Civil War Turning Points

2 Feb 2017

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The Mosby Heritage Area Association will hold a talk featuring a panel of four young historians who will discuss turning points in the Civil War. The talk will be held at Unison Methodist Church, 21148 Unison Road, Middleburg, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 12. Tickets will be sold at the door or online at www.mosbyheritagearea.org/events for $15 …

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Love In All of Its Forms … Ain’t It Grand

2 Feb 2017

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Americans exchange hundreds of millions of cards on Valentine’s Day, February 14. The National Retail Federation estimates that we will spend some $20 billion to mark the day and demonstrate to friends and family how much we love them – on what marketers call “Love’s Holiday.” Love. It’s a big deal.

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Music with a Cause Continues

1 Feb 2017

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February 26, 4:00 p.m. A Taste of Spring! Beethoven’s “Spring Sonata” for violin and piano forms the heart of a recital by Venezuelan violinist Marjory Serrano and Taiwanese pianist Hsin-Yi Chen, featuring additional classics by Mozart, Coleridge-Taylor and Albeniz. The 7th concert in the Music with a Cause series at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Purcellville, will benefit Mobile Hope of Loudoun. …

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Editorial

Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

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Appointment Shocks Many On January 3 Supervisor Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge) nominated Tom Priscilla for the Loudoun County Planning Commission to represent the Blue Ridge District. Priscilla was …

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

Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved

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Today, most residents of Loudoun County know nothing about Williams Gap, even those living on Williams Gap Road (Route 711). Knowing who “Williams” was, why a gap in the Blue …

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 …

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

Office Building on Capitol Square To Be Named After Civil Rights Pioneer Barbara Johns

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Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the newly renovated state building located at 202 N. 9th Street on Capitol Square in Richmond (currently known as the 9th Street Office Building) will bear the name of civil rights pioneer Barbara Johns. The building, which reopened last year, houses the Virginia Attorney General’s …

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Rep. Comstock’s Key Top Priority Legislation Initiatives

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Signed into Law in Her First Term Rep. Barbara Comstock, who serves the 10th congressional district in Virginia, recently reviewed the achievements of her first term in office, identifying 17 legislative initiatives that she supported that were adopted. She said: “My staff and I have met with stakeholders, local elected …

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Man Killed Walking To Gas Station on I-95

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Virginia State Police Trooper M.J. Kryznefski is investigating a fatal pedestrian crash in Prince William County. The crash occurred at approximately 4:10 a.m., on Monday, December 26, on Interstate 95 near Exit 158B. Three males were traveling south on Interstate 95 when their Honda CRV ran out of gas. They …

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Sports

Woodgrove Gymnasts Advance To States

15 Feb 2017

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Two Woodgrove High School gymnasts have qualified to advance to the Virginia State Championships Saturday, February 18, at Patriot High School in Nokesville. Sophomore River Stone placed fourth in the all-around competition at the 1A-5A North Regional Gymnastics Championships at Park View High School on Wednesday, February 8, which earns …

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Woodgrove Gymnastics Team Places First

1 Feb 2017

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The Woodgrove High School Gymnastics team for placed first at their home meet. The team competed against squads from Loudoun Valley, Park View and Riverside high schools. Seniors Kaycee Delitta and Sarah Snare were honored at the event for their contributions to the team. The Wolverines excelled in individual competition …

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