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Makers Make the Break

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About a year ago our newspaper reported that the Makersmiths organization was preparing to launch a new “makerspace” in Purcellville, rehabilitating a nine-acre, unused piece of Town property near the intersection of A and South 20th Streets. Thanks to a very successful Kickstarter campaign, which has raised over $16,000, it looks like they have made the break. … Continue Reading

Donation Check Presented to the Hillsboro Charter Academy

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The Short Hill Historical Society presented a check for $900 to the Hillsboro Charter Academy for their support of the 2016 Christmas in Hillsboro Craft Fair. The Hillsboro Charter Academy opened their doors to give more inside space for crafters. To thank the Hillsboro Charter Academy, the Short Hill Historical Society donated all of the funds from crafters who used the charter school to the school.

The Short Hill Historical Society, formerly the Hillsboro Community Association/Friends of the Old Stone School, a non-profit organization entering its 41st year, is dedicated to helping preserve and restore the Old Stone School and historic landmarks in the Short Hill area.

The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards Receives Gold

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The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards, a family-owned winery near the Town of Hamilton, won two gold medal awards in the 2017 Virginia Governor’s Cup wine competition for its 2014 Meritage and 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, which also received the Governor’s Cup trophy – making the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon the overall top-scoring wine of the competition.

Working with winemaker Michael Shaps, The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards, has worked to create wines in the French Bordeaux style. Using carefully selected Virginia grapes, Shaps produces white wines that retain their natural acidity and varietal intensity. His red wines are highly extracted and crafted to be worthy of aging. … Continue Reading

Wildlife Ambassadors Continues with Educational Programs

February 1, 2017 Business Comments Off on 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


 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Holocene Climate

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(Public Input Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, 7 March, 2017) Figure 1 shows the climate variation over the last million years. The low points on the curve correspond to ice ages when glaciers up to a mile thick covered New …

Choosing To Forgive

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Truly forgiving is the ability to say, ‘Thank you for giving me that experience.’” James Arthur Ray vaulted into fame on the Oprah Winfrey Show back in the mid-2000’s. Stunned hearing these words while watching The Rise and …

Five Key Retirement Questions

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Beyond asking yourself where you see yourself and even what your lifelong goal are, effective retirement and longevity planning begs some very big questions. Review the points below and consider how housing, transportation and health considerations all play a role …

Work Woes

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, I’m a manager at a large tech company and my boss has directed me to fire someone on my team, but as a Christian, I just can’t do it. It’s true that the employee …

Joy or Suffering

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By Mary Rose Lunde No one likes to suffer. When given the chance, many people would choose to laugh rather than cry, to sit in silence with their friends rather than talk through their feelings, because not even their friends …

Wage Radio

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I will always remember – very fondly – the first time I ever set foot on the property at 711 Wage Drive Southwest in Leesburg, Virginia. It was a warm, sunny July morning in 1997, and I’d driven all the …

Speaking Truth to Power

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“With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed.” Abraham Lincoln On Thursday evening, February 23, I requested the Board of Supervisors pass a proclamation resolving to support the March for Science on Earth Day, April 22 [1]. …

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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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV
March 4, 2017

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
March 5, 2017
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Wine & Chili Weekend

Wine & Chili Weekend
March 19, 2017

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale
March 20, 2017 March 21, 2017 March 22, 2017 March 23, 2017 March 24, 2017

March Fourth Friday

March Fourth Friday
March 25, 2017 March 26, 2017

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch
March 27, 2017 March 28, 2017 March 29, 2017 March 30, 2017 March 31, 2017 April 1, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
April 2, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”

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Loudoun Workforce Resource Center Presents STEM Career Fair March 28

16 Mar 2017

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Anyone interested in a career in the rapidly growing field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is encouraged to attend an upcoming STEM Career Fair in Loudoun. The Loudoun Workforce Resource Center, in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC)’s Loudoun campus and NOVA SySTEMic Solutions, is holding a STEM Career Fair Tuesday, March 28, from 1:00 to 4:00 …

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Keep Loudoun Beautiful—Greater Lovettsville Area Volunteers Needed

16 Mar 2017

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The Keep Loudoun Beautiful spring clean-up takes place the entire month of April and greater Lovettsville needs volunteers. Bags, vests, gloves and grabbers are available at the Lovettsville Community Center during normal business hours, Monday-Friday. This is a great group or individual activity that can be scheduled around your availability. E-mail Lovettsville Area Leader, Laura Lieberman, for details and to …

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National Awkward Moments Day

8 Mar 2017

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?Laughing at Yourself Is the Best Medicine No one knows who invented National Awkward Moments Day, Saturday, March 18. That’s no surprise, since it probably came about as the result of one stunningly awkward moment that the owner of that moment was hoping to forget. We surveyed our readers and friends to ask them about their most awkward moments, sharing …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Protecting Free Speech

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By Dave LaRock (R-33) As elected officials and members of the legislature, our most fundamental responsibility is to protect God-given constitutionally protected rights. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits the government, including governmental public colleges and universities, from infringing on free speech and the free exercise of …

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Walbridge To Run for State Delegate in the 33rd District

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Tia Walbridge announces her run for the District 33 seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Walbridge is a wife and mother of two daughters and an active member of the Round Hill community. “Like many people in our district, my family has found its prosperity in a Virginia-based small …

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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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Sports

Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017

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The Loudoun Valley Vikings are the boy’s runner-up at the VHSL 4A State Indoor Track and Field Championships at Roanoke College.  During the 2015-2016 school year, the Loudoun County School Board approved Indoor Track and Field as a Tier 2 (self-funded) sport.  The seven boys competing scored 48 points, second …

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WLVBC U14 Boys Finish 3rd at VA Beach Event

23 Feb 2017

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The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys Team garnered 3rd place in their first travel tournament of 2017, the Virginia Beach Invitational. This event was held Feb. 18-19 and featured more than 24 teams from the U14 to U18 age group. The team was second on their net on day …

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