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YMCA of Loudoun County to Hold Job Fair

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The YMCA is hiring summer camp Site Supervisors, Sr. Camp Counselors, Camp Counselors, and Jr. Camp Counselors who will work with children ages 5-12 in Loudoun County in our summer day camp programs. Site Supervisors will be responsible for supervising a summer camp program with 30-70 children and for planning, coordinating, and implementing all summer camp activities under the guidelines of the YMCA curriculum. Camp counselors will assist in implementing all youth activities. … Continue Reading

5K and 10K “Ringing in Hope” Race Slated for Memorial Day

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The third annual “Ringing in Hope” 5K and 10K race will be held on Memorial Day (Monday, May 30) at One Loudoun. A 1K fun run/walk will also be held. The 5K begins at 8:00 a.m., the 10K at 8:10 a.m. and the 1K at 9:30 a.m. Proceeds will benefit Boulder Crest Retreat, a retreat for America’s seriously wounded warriors and their families to reconnect and recover. … Continue Reading

Bluegrass Performers Reno and Harrell To Appear at Lucketts on April 23

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The Lucketts Bluegrass Concert Series continues its 42nd season of weekly concerts at the Lucketts Community Center on Saturday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. with a show featuring Reno and Harrell. Tickets are $15 at the door, and the doors open at 6:00 p.m. Hot dogs, barbecue sandwiches, snacks and drinks will be available at the kitchen. … Continue Reading

Virginia Garden Week Is Coming!

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Virginia homes and gardens will welcome thousands of visitors April 23-30. Historic Garden Week 2016 – now in its 83rd year – will feature over 250 sites statewide, with an intimate look at wonderful homes, flowing gardens and landscapes and thousands of award-winning flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members. … Continue Reading

Gingersnap Girls To Hold 9th Silent Auction

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The Gingersnap Girls Equine Education & Rescue Foundation, a non-profit humane rescue, is holding their 9th Annual “New Day for Horses” Silent Auction & Benefit at Harmony Hall at Hamilton Safety Center Saturday, April 23 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. 39071 E. Colonial Highway, Hamilton.

Silent Auction will include: Art work, Potomac River & Chesapeake Bay cruises, theatre tickets, gift baskets and gift certificates from local merchants, furniture, beautiful crafts, raffles, door prizes and refreshments. Tickets are $5 at the door, children 12 and under free. … Continue Reading

Jazz & Co Dance Concert at Franklin Park

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The Loudoun School of Ballet’s pre-professional JAZZ & CO DANCE presents its spring concert as a benefit for the Teri & Shari Malone Foundation at the Franklin Park Arts Center.

Friday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 9 at 3:00 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 10 at 3:00 p.m. Admission $12 adults, $8 children/students/seniors at the door.

The dances cover the full range of contemporary dance from modern to Broadway jazz, including a professional work by choreographer Miya Hisaka.  Franklin Park Arts Center is located at 36441 Blueridge View Lane in Purcellville.

Local Businessman Has Personal Stake in Loudoun Lyme Race

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The 6th Annual Loudoun Lyme 5K/10K/1K kicks off on May 15 from the Brambleton Town Center in Ashburn. The popular race is designed to drive awareness and raise money to help find a cure for Lyme disease – the number one tick-borne illness in the United States. Loudoun County accounts for the third largest number of Lyme cases in the country. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Cannons Throwing Party for Fans on April 2

March 22, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Purcellville Cannons Throwing Party for Fans on April 2
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On the verge of launching its inaugural season, the Purcellville Cannons Collegiate Baseball Club has invited its growing legion of fans, community supporters and corporate partners to join the team’s front office staff for the “Big Shot Hoops Party” at Bush’s Tabernacle in Purcellville on Saturday, April 2, at 7:00 p.m. … Continue Reading

Barns of Rose Hill Hosting Open Mic Student Readings

March 6, 2016 Events Comments Off on Barns of Rose Hill Hosting Open Mic Student Readings
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Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville will host student writers on Friday, April 1 and Friday, May 20, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for open-mic readings of original poetry and prose.

Although the Barns staff are contemplating holding similar events for adult writers, the April 1 and May 20 readings are open only to middle-school through high-school students, including those home-schooled. … Continue Reading

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre – “Dead Tuesday”

March 6, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre – “Dead Tuesday”
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March 12 – April 9; locations vary.

The audience is invited to help solve a fun-filled murder mystery when StageCoach Theatre Company and the Waterford Foundation present an original drama–Dead Tuesday–guaranteed to sharpen your wits and tweak your appetite with a New Orleans style dinner to savor while you strive to determine who-dunnit-it.

The stage is set as masked guests (including you) assemble for a spectacular Mardi Gras ball at the Boudreaux Manor in New Orleans’ French Quarter. Hosts Bob and Bunny Boudreaux have big plans for the evening, and the visitors are just dying to make an impression. But they may get more than they bargained for. The festivities include a voodoo priestess, a bewitched frog and a homicide that threatens to turn Fat Tuesday into …Dead Tuesday. Help us find whodunit: Was it Bob? Bunny? You? … Continue Reading

Middleburg Farmers Market Taking Vendor Applications

March 2, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Middleburg Farmers Market Taking Vendor Applications
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The Town of Middleburg is accepting vendor applications for the 2016 season of the Middleburg Community Farmers Market. The market, located behind the Middleburg Community Center at 200-400 Stonewall Avenue, will be open from 8:00 a.m. to noon, every Saturday from May 7 through October 29.

The Middleburg Community Farmers Market provides local agriculturalists with a retail outlet for their products. The market is open to a variety of vendors such as meat producers, produce growers, baked goods providers, and specialty food vendors.

Visit www.middleburgva.gov for operating guidelines. The deadline for applications is April 1. Call Cindy Pearson, market manager for the Town of Middleburg at 540-687-5152.

Master Trumpeter To Be Featured at Baroque Concert

March 2, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Master Trumpeter To Be Featured at Baroque Concert
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The Middleburg Concert Series returns with its first concert of 2016 on Sunday, March 13, at 4:00 p.m. with a visit to the baroque era. The program will include selections by Bach, Handel and Poglietti and feature baroque and modern trumpet artist Dr. Douglas Wilson. Dr. Wilson who holds degrees in music from Yale, Oberlin and the University of Oklahoma has performed with numerous concert ensembles including the Washington Bach Consort, the National Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Washington Concert Opera. Dr. Wilson will be joined by Dr. Steven Cooksey (Professor Emeritus from Shenandoah University) on the organ and harpsichord, Cynthia Saucedo and Enrique Reynosa on the violin, Dr. Maryory Serrano on the viola/violin and Dr. Alan Saucedo on the cello. … Continue Reading

Leesburg Career Expo for High School & College Accepting Employer Requests

February 21, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Leesburg Career Expo for High School & College Accepting Employer Requests
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On Saturday, April 9, the Town of Leesburg will hold the 4th annual Career Expo for Students and Recent Graduates. The event is being held at Tuscarora High School, located at 801 N King Street, Leesburg, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Local businesses are invited to submit a request to participate by going to www.leesburgva.gov/careerexpo to submit the request form. Businesses may submit requests beginning Friday, February 12 until Friday, March 4. There is no cost to participate. Please note that submitting a request to participate is not a guarantee of acceptance. Notification of acceptance will be sent by no later than Friday, March 11. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

A Look Into What Is Learned in High School English

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By Mary Rose Lunde English is the arguably the most important subject for a student in high school to learn. The most successful people in the world have one thing in common — being able to communicate effectively. This is …

Remembering Nancy Reagan

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel The passing of Nancy Reagan, a former First Lady who completely transformed the role and helped catapult her husband to greatness, marked the end of an era. Her death also happened to coincide with a turning point …

How To “File and Suspend” Before It Is Too Late

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With the recent changes to Social Security rules, filing and suspending will soon be phased out, but there’s still time to take advantage of the strategy. Here’s a quick guide to maneuvering this rule while it still lasts, but as …

Concerned Parent

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, We are concerned about some habits our nine year old son demonstrates and would love some advice from you.  We are unsure whether it’s anxiety, nervousness, or just nervous/an excess of energy.  A few …

Temple Hall Farm

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I only met the late AV (Val) Symington once; it was a Sunday evening in my first year or two at Wage Radio (this would be the late ‘90’s) and I was putting things in order for the next morning’s …

Am I an Enabler?

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Dr. Mike, My husband thinks that I’m harming our son for life because of the way I parent. Our son is 12 years old and he was diagnosed with ADHD in the 1st grade. My husband calls me “the enabler” …

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

Oh No, It’s the Christians!

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By Nicholas Reid In the hours and days following every massacre perpetrated by radical Muslims, there is one unifying theme across most news coverage of the massacre, wherever it may …

Dear Editor

Campaign of Untruths

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Elected officials have done some pretty despicable things while serving in office. They range from bribery, beating a spouse, cheating on a spouse, obstruction of justice, and various forms of …

View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input …

Student News

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016

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Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

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8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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Calendar

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Hamilton Town Hall

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CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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Lobster Day with Chef Seb at North Gate Vineyard

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Spring Wine Glass Painting with Penny

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

TGIF @ North Gate Vineyard!

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

The Sprouted Spoon Food Truck at North Gate Vineyard

Nathaniel Davis Live at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Celebrate Mother's Day at North Gate Vineyard!

Mother's Day Brunch at Breaux

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Dog Day at Breaux Vineyards

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PAUL REISLER TRIO WITH LEA MORRIS AND MARSHALL KEYS

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YMCA of Loudoun County to Hold Job Fair

30 Apr 2016

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The YMCA is hiring summer camp Site Supervisors, Sr. Camp Counselors, Camp Counselors, and Jr. Camp Counselors who will work with children ages 5-12 in Loudoun County in our summer day camp programs. Site Supervisors will be responsible for supervising a summer camp program with 30-70 children and for planning, coordinating, and implementing all summer camp activities under the guidelines …

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5K and 10K “Ringing in Hope” Race Slated for Memorial Day

27 Apr 2016

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The third annual “Ringing in Hope” 5K and 10K race will be held on Memorial Day (Monday, May 30) at One Loudoun. A 1K fun run/walk will also be held. The 5K begins at 8:00 a.m., the 10K at 8:10 a.m. and the 1K at 9:30 a.m. Proceeds will benefit Boulder Crest Retreat, a retreat for America’s seriously wounded warriors …

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Bluegrass Performers Reno and Harrell To Appear at Lucketts on April 23

15 Apr 2016

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The Lucketts Bluegrass Concert Series continues its 42nd season of weekly concerts at the Lucketts Community Center on Saturday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. with a show featuring Reno and Harrell. Tickets are $15 at the door, and the doors open at 6:00 p.m. Hot dogs, barbecue sandwiches, snacks and drinks will be available at the kitchen.

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Around Virginia

Update: Remains Located in Shenandoah National Park; Search Efforts Suspended

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Update: Body preliminarily identified as Nicole K. Mittendorff, 31, of Woodbridge. The physical and digital evidence collected during the course of this investigation includes a note recovered from the car leads investigators to believe there was no foul play involved in her death. ——————– Search efforts in the Shenandoah National …

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Virginia Trooper Shot and Killed at Richmond Bus Terminal

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A Virginia State Police trooper has died as a result of his injuries after being shot on March 31 at the Greyhound Bus station in the 2900 block of North Boulevard in Richmond. At approximately 2:40 p.m., Virginia State Police Trooper Chad P. Dermyer approached a male subject just inside …

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Designation of Four New Virginia Main Street Communities

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Governor Terry McAuliffe has announced the designation of four communities in the Virginia Main Street (VMS) program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The newly-designated communities include the town of Wytheville, the cities of Danville and Lexington and Gloucester Courthouse in Gloucester County. The communities …

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Sports

Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016

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The Western Loudon Volleyball Club U14 boys team, called the “Hitmen,” finished second in a tournament held January 17. This is the first ever boys team for the WLVBC (and only the second boys club in the area). Coach Allan Kotmel led the seven-member team. WLVBC started eight years ago, …

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ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines

2 Dec 2015

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The Old Dominion Football Club West boys and girls middle school travel soccer program scored big the weekend of November 21 and 22.  The girls Quest Premier 22 team took home the championship in the U12 Girls Premier Division of the Hunt Country Classic located in Fauquier County. The boys …

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