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Saving The Art Of Letter Writing

July 1, 2015 Columns, Samuel Moore-Sobel Comments Off on Saving The Art Of Letter Writing

– By Samuel Moore-Sobel

This year a woman in France received a letter in the mail. What made her experience unique was that the letter had been written on January 27, 1877, and was intended for her great-grandfather. Steve Insekeep, NPR host of Morning Edition, highlighted the unusual occurrence, making light of the delay in delivery. The letter was written 138 years ago asking for an order of yarn. This letter had miraculously survived two World Wars, and interestingly enough, was marked for “high-speed delivery.”

The French Postal Service is not the only one people make light of. Jokes about the United States Postal Service are epitomized by Newman in Seinfeld. Newman, America’s favorite mailman is often preaching about the importance of mail on the show. His constant rants are treated as a punchline. The inefficient delivery of the mail is chronicled on the show, and the writers continually turn to the USPS to provide a good laugh.

All jokes aside, there is undeniably something about receiving a letter in the mail. I remember opening the mailbox expectantly as a child, looking through the envelopes. How exciting it was to find your name scrawled on the front of an envelope. There was nothing like the feeling of getting a letter. The fact that someone would take the time to write you meant the world. Now that feeling has almost become obsolete.

Most of us can hardly remember the last time we received a letter in the mail. If it does happen it’s rare. Most of the time it’s junk mail that fills up the mailbox forcing us to shred the catalogs and advertisements each day in order to safeguard against identity theft. What happened to the practice of writing letters? In today’s world the internet has nearly eliminated the need for the mail. Everyone knows that an e-mail can be sent in half the time it takes to send a letter. Text messaging is even faster. While technology has brought us a world that is more interconnected, has something been lost along the way?
Simply Google “death of letter writing” and you will find plenty of articles that argue this very point. In “The Fading Art of Letter-Writing,” New York Times contributor Catherine Field makes the case that letter-writing is a “creative act,” which happens to be one of humankind’s most “ancient arts.” She also points out that letters are free of emoticons and abbreviations such as “lol.” One could argue technology has allowed us to dumb down our writing, filling texts and e-mails with abbreviations sans punctuation, trading in full sentences for simply pairing words together in an often illogical way.

Letter writing might also provide an added benefit. Mason Currey argues in “The Death of Letter-Writing,” (again found in the New York Times) that letter writing may have served writers in the past as a way to “ease into and out of a state of mind” that allowed them to write in a more in-depth manner. He argues that e-mail is not the same as letter writing because email is always “active.” E-mail is constantly updating, and each second brings more e-mails into the inbox. One could argue that letters are more static, allowing for readers to digest the words and craft a proper response.

If the art of letter-writing has been lost, what does that mean for the future? What about all of famous love letters that exist in the halls of history? In a particularly touching letter Winston Churchill wrote these poignant words to his wife Clementine. “My darling Clemmie, in your letter from Madras you wrote some words very dear to me, about having enriched your life. I cannot tell you what pleasure this gave me, because I always feel so overwhelmingly in your debt, if there can be accounts in love.” Words not likely to be captured quite the same way in an e-mail or a text message.

For my eighteenth birthday my parents gave me a gift that I will be forever grateful. They asked a list of important people in my life, people that I considered mentors and from whom I had sought much advice over the years to write letters offering advice for the future as I entered adulthood. My mother put them into a “wisdom book,” capturing those letters for me to have for the rest of my life. I re-read them often whenever I am feeling down, in need of advice or simply a moment of inspiration. This is a collection that I will treasure for the rest of my life.

It is startling to think that children born today may never experience the feeling of receiving a letter in the mail. Yet just because it’s easier to send an e-mail or a text message does not mean we have to. So the next time you want to tell someone you love them or remind them of how special they are, put your phone down and surprise them by writing a letter. Let’s save the art of letter writing one letter at a time and enrich lives. It starts with you.

Samuel Moore-Sobel is a student at George Mason University majoring in government and international politics.

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

July 1, 2015 Columns, This Month in History Comments Off on July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

– By Andrea Gaines

Loudoun County was heavily invested in the fight for independence from Great Britain. Loudouner Francis Lightfoot Lee was one of 56 delegates to sign the Declaration of Independence. More Loudouners served in General George Washington’s army than any other county in Virginia, and the county’s enormous contributions of grain earned it the nickname “Breadbasket of the Revolution.” But, the conduct of the war was controversial here. Said Lund Washington (General George Washington’s cousin) at the time, “ … the [first battle] we have in this part of the Country will be in Loudoun.” He was referring to the Loudoun uprising, a rebellion pitting small farmers and semi-autonomous local militias – buckling under no export rules, rationing and the huge disparity in pay between officers and everyday soldiers – against the “gentleman” class. The spunk and determination of people within the lower classes – here and across the country – encouraged individual colonies and the Continental Congress to take a more revolutionary stance towards Great Britain, and contributed to a more egalitarian ethos in society, economics and government. A Loudoun County Revolutionary War monument – to be dedicated this fall – depicts, not a high-level officer, but a simple farmer, his wife and his child … as he heads off to join Washington’s army.

Mount Zion Church

July 1, 2015 Columns, Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth Comments Off on Mount Zion Church

– By Tim Jon

So: You’ve never given the American Civil War a great deal of thought, much less walked the grounds of Gettysburg or some of the other, major battleground sites located in our region; you may not be one of those who get all excited and goosepimply when you’re told that such and such happened here on such and such a day in history – it’s the here and now that count for making our march forward in time and human progress. Well, I’m not sure that I can provide a definitive, mathematical proof to show the overwhelming merits of either side of this one; I do know, though, that I felt a renewed sense of self and my surrounding world after my morning photo shoot and stroll around the property at the Historic Mount Zion Old School Baptist Church and Cemetery in the southern part of our county.

No – there’s no Hollywood movie about the events that occurred at this site just off Route 50 and Watson Road; tourists aren’t going to argue about the exact spot where Brad Pitt, or Tom Cruise, or Johnny Depp saved the day from the bad guys in the film – because it was never made. And, on the day of my last visit (or on the first, for that matter), I’m not sure it would have added to my experience if the collective wisdom of our 21st Century American culture had somehow marked this specific geography’s place in history with their digital cameras; I was happy just to be able to share the space with the birds and squirrels (didn’t care too much for the insect population) and the whoosh of distant commuter traffic negotiating the new circles on Route 50.

Not that this place would make a bad movie: The church building – erected in the decade leading up to the War Between the States – saw quite a bit of history unfold inside its walls, upon its acreage, and within eye and ear shot on the surrounding countryside. I’m told by those who know a lot more about factual (as opposed to my natural tendency – poetical) history, that this property served as a meeting place and shelter for soldiers, as well as an impromptu prison – and, like many other buildings in this section of our country – a hospital for the wounded.

And if these events fail to impress, your history guide will point out that on a spot close to this ground in the summer of 1864 the Confederate Colonel John Mosby and his men (guerilla innovators that they were) defeated the Union troops led by one Major William H Forbes. In fact, it’s hard to spend any time in this part of Loudoun without noticing multiple references to the ‘Gray Ghost’ and his exploits in leading the 43rd Battalion of the First Virginia Cavalry. Say: – isn’t another name for Route 50 – just a few yards off the Mount Zion Church property – John Mosby Highway? Well, there ya go.

Returning to more general references to Mount Zion’s role in the Civil War, we’re told that a number of graves in the adjacent Cemetery contain the remains of soldiers who served in that conflict. Walking along the southern stone wall of the burial ground, I noted a few headstones outside the walled portion; my thoughts led to the easy conclusion: “These just predate the graves within the walls.” Pretty simple figuring, right?

Well, later, as I actually conducted some research on the place, I learned that the final resting places for at least 64 African Americans lie in that portion of ground. Now, the Northern Virginia Park Authority states that these graves remained unmarked. Not sure whose headstones those were, then. In any case, as you walk this property, the knowledge of the relative identities of those interred within or without the wall may affect your experience in some way. And, if your kids should happen to ask why some headstones are over here, in the woods, outside the ‘Cemetery,’ you can take the opportunity to share a bit of our country’s history. And its present – and how they connect. Or don’t. And, when Brad Pitt, or Tom Cruise, or Johnny Depp (and the rest of the cast, for that matter) conduct their character research for the Hollywood Movie that may never exist on John Singleton Mosby, they will certainly have their hands full, and would bear a heavy responsibility, indeed.
So: Like I said at the top of the story – you’ve never given the American Civil War much thought? It’s not Gettysburg, but a visit to the Historic Mount Zion Old School Baptist Church and Cemetery can yet yield substantial rewards.

Ancient Oaks – The Great Providers

July 1, 2015 Columns, Wild Loudoun Comments Off on Ancient Oaks – The Great Providers

– By Andrea Gaines

She feeds the birds. She shelters the mammal. She cools the air, provides us with shade and conserves the water and soil.

She is the mighty old oak, an ecosystem unto herself.

All except the smallest living things function as an ecosystem of sorts – whether harboring the bacteria and microscopic plants that break down organic matter, or sustaining the mammals, birds and other living things that draw nutrition and safety from them.

In the case of trees, and old oak trees in particular, the variety of life that they help sustain is enormous. The sturdy, slow-growing oak is an ecological champion – the great provider.

More than 100 vertebrate species, including deer, chipmunk, porcupine, rabbits, beavers, mice, black bear, squirrels, jays, ducks, pheasants, wild turkey and more browse on and cache – saving for future use – the oak’s leathery leaves, fatty, sugar- and vitamin-rich acorns, mineral-rich twigs, and nutritious young shoots. In the case of blue jays, the bird’s tendency to cache acorns in open fields gives the oak seedling a superior chance for survival, free of competition from neighboring trees.

Dozens of bird species, including chickadees, wrens, woodpeckers, flickers, owls, bluebirds and the jay use the mature oak’s branches, nesting holes, crown and crevices for shelter and to raise their young.

The oak’s acorns sustain whole populations of animals through the hardest of winters. For, while oaks are slow growing, they are long-lived and extremely productive. In a good year, a mature oak might produce 5,000 or more acorns.

Insects depend upon her, too. Mature oaks are used by more moth and butterfly species than any other tree. For example, eastern oaks support 20 species of dagger moths, 18 species of underwings, eight species of hairstreaks, 44 species of inchworms and 15 species of giant silk moths. The caterpillars of the emerald-green wonder known as the luna moth – one of the giant silk moths – are highly dependent on oak trees for nourishment.

Native Americans prized and revered the oak for its leaves, flowers, and bark, which they used for medicinal purposes. Tribes from the east coast to the west coast also used acorn flour in breads and stews, while tannins from oak bark were used for dying and tanning.
Many of America’s most enduring buildings are framed with the dense, durable wood of the oak tree.

And, a mature oak presides with great dignity over the spot in which it sits. The roots of an oak reach out to three times the height of the tree itself, stabilizing slopes, limiting soil and stream bank erosion, and providing for groundwater recharge. Mature oaks also trap carbon and other air pollutants, and cool the air around them by transpiring up to 100 gallons of water per day.

Food, shelter, water and soil conservator, the mighty oak is indeed the great provider.

Shell Games

June 16, 2015 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Shell Games

“Let me be very very clear, for us climate change is real and it’s a threat that we want to act on. We’re not aligning with skeptics.” – Ben van Beurden, chief executive officer of Royal Dutch Shell [1]

“What we have to understand is that free will is our capacity to see probable futures, futures which seem like they’re gonna happen, in time to take steps so that something else happens instead.” Daniel Dennett [2]

I received an interesting comment to my April 20 article “Stupid” [3] from Brett, a denier of human-caused climate change and it happens to segue into what I wanted to write about next.

“Why have you been hiding your genius from us so long. I’m now convinced by your omnipotent knowledge to just disregard any credible scientists that disagree with you. Now I too can live my life in fear.” … Continue Reading

Brandon Park

June 3, 2015 Columns, Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth Comments Off on Brandon Park

Considering its location – amidst the swirl of transportation axes, commercial and industrial scenery, residential neighborhoods, and the shadow of the busy downtown section of Leesburg, I was surprised to have this quiet little oasis of (mostly) green to myself – if you exclude the family of geese (who got their goslings into the water lickety-split for safekeeping). Brandon Park sits just off the junction of Catoctin Circle and Harrison Street – and the confluence of a couple of little waterways: Tuscarora Creek and the Town Branch, so it’s no surprise that lots of us may quite frequently pass this way, yet take it completely for granted without stopping for what Loudoun County is supposedly known for: a breath of fresh air. … Continue Reading

Summer White Out

June 3, 2015 Columns, Sarah's Closet Comments Off on Summer White Out

By Sarah Nearis

Good fashion has a feeling. As we head into June and the warmer summer months, the feeling you want is one of being cool, easily put together, and comfortable.

White has a way of cultivating that cool, comfortable feeling. A crisp pair of white capris. A simple but special white dress. A favorite white blouse or top that can be worn with just about anything.

Here is how I like to wear and accessorize the perfect white pants, dress or blouse. … Continue Reading

Good Character Takes Work

June 3, 2015 Columns, Samuel Moore-Sobel Comments Off on Good Character Takes Work

By Samuel Moore-Sobel

How is character developed? It is a simple question that requires, I suspect, a somewhat complicated answer. New York Times columnist David Brooks gives us profiles of the mental and moral qualities distinctive to great leaders in his new book, “The Road to Character.” Brooks’ desire was to provoke a conversation about character, and ever since hearing him speak, I have certainly carried out his wish.

Brooks has been on a journey, one in which he examined the road to character and how others have navigated it. His journey began by pondering resume virtues, a list of skills and experience, and eulogy virtues, the ones that are discussed at a funeral. Most people readily admit that eulogy virtues are more important, but how often are they emphasized in our world today? … Continue Reading

No-Cook Play Clay

June 3, 2015 Columns, Kitchen Science Kids Comments Off on No-Cook Play Clay

Big and small, there are lots of muscles in the human body, and they all have different jobs to do. Smooth cardiac muscles keep your heart beating, while large leg muscles allow us to run, and kick a ball. If it weren’t for muscles, we couldn’t actually do many of the things we enjoy, and when they aren’t working the way they are meant to, the things we do aren’t as comfortable. Let’s take writing and drawing with a pencil, for example. Some kids like to write because they have lots of thoughts to share, but don’t enjoy the pencil to paper part-and that may be because tiny hand and wrist muscles are not as strong as they could be. Finding fun ways to make those muscles stronger and looser may just make your writing and drawing more pleasant. … Continue Reading

The Summer Semester Is No Break

June 3, 2015 Columns, Mary Rose Lunde Comments Off on The Summer Semester Is No Break
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By Mary Rose Lunde

So, what should a college student do with their summer? The appropriate response is relax; summer is meant to be a break complete with sleeping until noon each day and marathons of episodes on Netflix. Instead of doing this however, many college students wake up earlier for internships that aren’t paid, jobs involving many hours or tedious summer classes. This is the price we have to pay to get experience and an advantage for potential jobs in the future. Yes, college students are sacrificing their summer to get ahead any way they can. … Continue Reading

Worried About Mid-life Crisis

June 3, 2015 Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Comments Off on Worried About Mid-life Crisis

Dr. Mike,

I think my husband is going through a mid-life crisis, and I’m worried. It started about two years ago. He tries to get away from the kids and me every chance he gets on the weekend. He complains all the time none of us can do anything right anymore. He drinks a bottle of wine pretty much every night. He works out several hours a week and pampers himself with massages, facials and frequent shopping sprees at Nordstrom’s. He’s into teen popular music and has a new trendy hairstyle. He bought a new expensive and flashy sport car that no one can eat, drink or pretty much even breathe in. He puts down our house and where we live and always wants the bigger and the better of whatever. He has become more reckless and adventure seeking. Like he recently told me that he wants to plan to climb Kilimanjaro with his guy friends next summer because he “deserves it.” I don’t think he’s cheated on me (yet), but I have caught him looking at inappropriate things on-line a few times. Last weekend he told me that our lives are “lame” and that we live in “Lamedoun County.” He says that “getting crazy” should be more than shopping at Costco or getting a babysitter to eat out at Clyde’s or Ford’s Fish Shack with your wife. He’s 49 and doesn’t want to discuss or celebrate his 50th Birthday, and he’s completely miserable about it. I actually love my husband and my life with him, but the drastic changes in him over the past two years have taken a toll on the kids and me…and him. I miss the man I fell in love with and want him back. I plan on showing him what you write, so please get this right!

Concerned in Loudoun County … Continue Reading

Challenges for Blended Families

June 3, 2015 Amy and Dan Smith, Columns Comments Off on Challenges for Blended Families

By Amy & Dan Smith

The blended family has become more the norm than the exception in our society. As with most second marriages, Amy and I came into our marriage with our own children, our own careers and our own estates. We have experienced the challenges of the blended family.
Typically, a parent in a second marriage has conflicting loyalties. There is the desire to provide for the well being of the second spouse while, often at the same time, there is a felt duty to preserve some part of the estate (especially, of that acquired before the second marriage) for his/her children of the first marriage. This conflict can be especially acute if there is a significant age difference between the spouses. Thus, the older spouse could provide a trust for the life of his/her spouse, but this could delay significantly the benefit to the children of the first marriage by many years. … Continue Reading

Belted Kingfisher – Streamside Rock Star

June 3, 2015 Columns, Wild Loudoun Comments Off on Belted Kingfisher – Streamside Rock Star

It’s hard to say what you noticed first.

The cool blue streak of color. The piecing cry – a sharp rattle – here one second and gone the next. The splashy exit as a very spirited bird made off with a very unlucky fish.

These are the behaviors, sights and sounds of the belted kingfisher, one of our local waterways’ most dramatic avian hunters.
Belted kingfishers are loud, colorful and fast, but their noisy, bandit-like disruptions don’t last long. The bird spends most of its time perched above its watery kingdom scoping out the food sources in and around the streams, marshes, ponds, rivers and shorelines below – including small fish, crayfish and shellfish, salamanders, lizards and frogs. … 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

September 27, 2016

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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

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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 …

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New Proposed Uses for Western Loudoun

Loudoun County Seal Color

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 …

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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 …

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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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