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Historian Rich Gillespie Speaks on Haunts on the Loudoun Landscape

The Mosby Heritage Area Association announced an event in conjunction with the Purcellville Library on January 29, at 2:00 p.m,. which will feature Rich Gillespie, Historian Emeritus of the Mosby Heritage Area Association, speaking on the “Haunts on the Loudoun Landscape.”

The stories are all from the personal experiences of long-time local historian and teacher Rich Gillespie, or from close friends and history associates that have shared their experiences with him. They illustrate a nice selection of Loudoun’s history and show off key pieces of the county’s historical landscape you may want to visit—if you should be so bold. 

The program will be in the upstairs fireplace room of the library, 220 E. Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132. Reservations are not required. There is no admission fee.

Northern Virginia Chamber To Host Congressional Roundtable

December 5, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Northern Virginia Chamber To Host Congressional Roundtable
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The Northern Virginia Chamber will host its annual Congressional Roundtable on Monday, December 12, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Northern Virginia Chamber in Tysons (7900 Westpark Drive, Suite A550).

The dialogue will cover several issues at the intersection of federal policy and business – federal spending, energy, trade policy, the sequestration and the effect on Northern Virginia, transportation, and taxation. Registration is $30 for Northern Virginia Chamber members or $50 for non-members. … Continue Reading

Out and About: Loudoun and Beyond

November 30, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Out and About: Loudoun and Beyond
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Take a few evening hours this month and let yourself be enveloped … and then calmed … by the beautiful holiday lights that will be on display all over Loudoun County. Walk along one of your favorite farm paths or a lightly travelled dirt road. Or, grab some friends, pack up the car, and snuggle up with some hot chocolate, cookies and a blanket or two. Ditch the mall and spend some quality holiday time – no deadlines, no cell phones, no two-for-the-price-of-one holiday jingles to fill the space on the radio. … Continue Reading

Turkey Trot Set for November 13

November 2, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Turkey Trot Set for November 13
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The Turkey Trot will be held November 13 at 8:00 a.m. at The Loudoun Valley Community Center in Purcellville.

The Turkey Trot 5k is a fundraiser for the advisory board of the Loudoun Valley Community Center, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Funds raised benefit the center’s ongoing effort to provide scholarships and financial aid to those in need in western Loudoun for pre-school, after/before school care and day care programs. Funds also support programming benefiting the community including college scholarships to former students.

Veteran’s Day 10k Raises Funds for Veteran Causes

November 2, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Veteran’s Day 10k Raises Funds for Veteran Causes
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On November 6, the Loudoun County Road Runners Club will conduct the annual Loudoun 10K Trail Race in order to raise funds for veteran causes. Since its origin in 2011, the trail race has generated more than $90,000 with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to Boulder Crest Retreat and Pets for Vets.
Boulder Crest Retreat, a local privately funded rural wellness center located in Bluemont, exclusively dedicates its services to improving the physical, emotional, and economic wellbeing of veterans. It provides military veterans and active-duty military personnel with a peaceful and supportive environment in which they can recuperate from the traumas of war. … Continue Reading

Second Annual Fundraising Barn Dance by Young Life Western Loudoun

November 2, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Second Annual Fundraising Barn Dance by Young Life Western Loudoun
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November 12, Saturday 7:00-11:00 p.m. Second Annual Fundraising barn dance by Young Life Western Loudoun. Live bluegrass music just outside Lincoln at the Lincoln Equestrian Center.  Contact Aledra Hollenbach at aledra@comcast.net – 540-270-4396, or go to WeLoCoYLBarnDance.EVENTBRITE.COM

Veteran’s Day 10k Raises Funds for Veteran Causes

October 13, 2016 Events, Lifestyle, Uncategorized Comments Off on Veteran’s Day 10k Raises Funds for Veteran Causes
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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. … Continue Reading

FBRM Clean-Up Day at Blue Ridge Regional Park

October 6, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on FBRM Clean-Up Day at Blue Ridge Regional Park
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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 for Bluemont and turn left on Blueridge Mountain Road. Proceed about three miles. The entrance will be marked on the left. For more information, go to www.friendsofblueridge.org

Painted Barrel Auction Saturday, October 8

October 6, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Painted Barrel Auction Saturday, October 8
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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 Purcellville until the end of September. The project was coordinated through the Purcellville Economic Development Advisory Committee and spearheaded by member Michael Oaks. According to Oaks the purpose of the Painted Barrel project is to bring attention to the talented artists in Purcellville; attract new visitors to town and raise funds for future community projects. Some of the money raised from the Painted Barrel auction will help fund the next project which will be hand painted Christmas, Hanukah and Kwanzaa decorations that will adorn Downtown and Main Street Purcellville this holiday season.

Damewood Auctioneers will be conducting the sale. Casa Tequila along with Beer and Wine will be available. Tickets are $10 each and will enter you to win prizes including one of the Painted Barrels. Tickets are limited and can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2585292, or stop into Re-Love It 132 North 21st Street. They can be purchased at the door, also.

Purcellville Halloween Block Party October 29

October 6, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Purcellville Halloween Block Party October 29
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The sixth annual free Halloween Block Party will get started at 5:00 p.m., Saturday, October 29 on 21st Street in Old Town Purcellville. Organizers anticipate that even more people than last year’s 5,000 will come to enjoy the event that will feature seven categories of judged costume contests (with cash prizes and trophies), along with games for the kids and adults. … Continue Reading

Unison Heritage Day, Oct. 29

October 4, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Unison Heritage Day, Oct. 29
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Loudoun County’s historic Quaker village of Unison will hold its annual Unison Heritage Day Saturday, Oct. 29, 1-5 p.m.

This fall’s fair features the Willow Branch Bluegrass Band, Civil War reenactors (commemorating the National Register of Historic Places 1862 Battle of Unison), walking tours of the village with audio tour, barbecue and sides, fresh-shucked oysters and clams, and homemade desserts of the historic Unison United Methodist Church.

It also includes live and silent auctions, featuring a week long stay for 5 in a beautiful apartment in Paris near the Arc de Triomphe, chauffeured Rolls Royce picnic luncheon drive, guided Virginia trout fishing and canoe trips, more than 100 donations from local merchants, restaurants and vineyards and well known local artists.

Then there is the popular annual visit by and mingling with the friendly hounds of the Piedmont Fox Hounds (c. 3 p.m.), the nation’s oldest foxhunting club, kenneled just down the road in Unison. The Piedmont Driving Club will also drive to the festival with its antique carriages and well turned out horses and drivers. Foxhunting has been popular here for more than 250 years since George Washington and Lord Fairfax (before the Revolutionary War) galloped together over the Virginia countryside.

The Heritage Day festival is held by the nonprofit Unison Preservation Society, in its 19th Century Unison Store (now Unison Community Center) and on the adjacent Village Green, northwest of Middleburg at the intersection of Routes 626 and 630. Tickets are $30, $25 in advance (www.unisonva.org), and include food and imported wines and beer and beverages Children 12 and under are free. Free parking. All profits go for the continued restoration of the community center and preservation of the village and surrounding countryside. Silent auction is from 1-4:30 p.m.; live auction c. 3 p.m.

One of Loudoun’s first 18th Century settlements, the Quaker village is in three overlapping federal, state and county historic districts, and has been called one of the best preserved historic villages in Virginia by federal and state agencies.

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Joshua’s Hands Prepares for 34th Annual Fall Festival

October 1, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Joshua’s Hands Prepares for 34th Annual Fall Festival
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Joshua’s Hands will present their 34th annual Fall Festival on October 8 (10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.). The theme this year is Autumn: A Season of Delight! The free event will be held on a farm right on Rt. 9 (at 38327 Charles Town Pike, Waterford, between Waterford and Hillsboro).

Those who attend the Festival will enjoy live entertainment by local and regional artists including Butler, Emy&Ethan, I Am Sam, Zion Springs Fiddlers and Johnny Kasun. Celtic School of Rhythm & Dance, and Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers will delight the audience as well. Kids from 1-100 will enjoy Wildlife Ambassadors, fire trucks, the petting farm and 4-H animal exhibits.

There will be puppets, mimes, pony rides, kids’ crafts and tons of games. Heritage arts will be well represented with hands-on opportunities to quilt and knit, as well as wood turning, rug making and wool spinning demonstrations. Homestead Traditions, a local club based in Hillsboro will have demonstrations throughout the day.

This is truly a community jewel of an event! Everything is free — including lunch! This is only possible because of generous community support of the live auction (2:00 p.m.). Local, regional and national donations will be auctioned off to cover the expenses of the event and to support the work of Joshua’s Hands. Some of the items to be auctioned this year include Disney Park-Hopper passes, quilts, restaurant gift cards, sports memorabilia, homemade goodies and more.

For more information visit www.joshuashands.org

Skate ‘Til Midnight at the Catoctin SkatePark Closing Party

September 23, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Skate ‘Til Midnight at the Catoctin SkatePark Closing Party
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Catoctin SkatePark will host a late night skate on Sunday, September 25, 2016, from 7:00 p.m. to midnight, before closing for construction.

Enjoy one last ride at the original Catoction SkatePark!

Construction of the new concrete skate park will begin in early October, but before the old skate park closes, you can celebrate the end of an era. On Sunday, September 25, 2016, the Catoctin SkatePark will be open from noon to 6:00 p.m. After a short break, the park will reopen at 7:00 p.m. and stay open until midnight! … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

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 …

Six Tips To a New Year and a New You in 2017

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By Michael Oberschenider, Psy.D. Research has shown that as many as 45 percent of us make New Year’s resolutions, but only about eight percent are actually successful in achieving them. And it seems that age is a factor: about 39 …

Investing in the Family Stock

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Family relationships are usually not considered under the rubric of “investments”. Yet, the personal gain and loss from family relationships is much more significant than economic return from stocks and bonds. Taking time out to relate to a person without …

Choosing a Different Lens

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We have all heard, “A picture’s worth a thousand words,” maybe even said it aloud while perusing old photo albums or scrolling through Facebook timelines. Sometimes words fall short of adequately describing an emotion encapsulating a distinct moment. Pictures fill …

Freedom Park

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A great name for a great place, this public space shows us – in my opinion – what’s best about Leesburg, Loudoun County and our country. Freedom Park – just off the Dulles Greenway on the South side of Town …

The Grim Reaper and the Great Barrier

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(to be presented to the Board of Supervisors in January) “The recent frequency and intensity of mass coral bleaching are of major concern, and are directly attributable to rising atmospheric greenhouse gases.” [1]

Pearl Harbor

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

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

January 2017
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December 26, 2016 December 27, 2016 December 28, 2016 December 29, 2016 December 30, 2016 December 31, 2016

Family New Year’s Eve Celebration

January 1, 2017

New Year's Day Musikabend

Restore & Renew

January 2, 2017 January 3, 2017 January 4, 2017 January 5, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

January 6, 2017 January 7, 2017

Core Purpose, Core Practice Yoga

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

January 8, 2017
January 9, 2017

AUDITIONS - SEUSSICAL

January 10, 2017 January 11, 2017

Beale Street Puppets: Dig Those Dinosaurs

January 12, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

January 13, 2017 January 14, 2017

THE IMMORTALS

January 15, 2017

Come Paint with Us at Breaux Vineyards

January 16, 2017 January 17, 2017 January 18, 2017

Virginia Opera: Deep River- The Marion Anderson Story

January 19, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

January 20, 2017

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

January 21, 2017

DANNY KNICELY CONCERT

January 22, 2017
January 23, 2017 January 24, 2017 January 25, 2017 January 26, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

January 27, 2017 January 28, 2017 January 29, 2017
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
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Upcoming Waterford Concerts Feature St. Lawrence String Quartet and Four Other Acts

18 Jan 2017

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Subscriptions and tickets are now on sale for five upcoming concerts, the Waterford Concert Series announced. All concerts begin at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoons in the Waterford Old School auditorium, 40222 Fairfax Street in Waterford. The concert series begins March 19 with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, known for exalted performances and joyful connection with audiences. First violinist Geoff …

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Historian Rich Gillespie Speaks on Haunts on the Loudoun Landscape

12 Jan 2017

The Mosby Heritage Area Association announced an event in conjunction with the Purcellville Library on January 29, at 2:00 p.m,. which will feature Rich Gillespie, Historian Emeritus of the Mosby Heritage Area Association, speaking on the “Haunts on the Loudoun Landscape.” The stories are all from the personal experiences of long-time local historian and teacher Rich Gillespie, or from close …

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Help Joseph … and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

4 Jan 2017

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Blue Ridge Middle School’s PTO is seeking help with its drama department, working diligently on the production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamboat. The children in the show are enthusiastic and very talented. And, the school has a long history of first class productions with recent shows such as The Lion King, which won 11 National Youth Arts Awards …

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Editorial

Grief and Greed

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By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …

Op-ed

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

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– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

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– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

Dear Editor

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception

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

It’s Our Right

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

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm

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By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

Around Virginia

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

Ida Lee Spring NFL Flag Football Registration Filling Fast

18 Jan 2017

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Deadline for the House League registration is February 13. Registration for the Spring 2017 NFL Flag Football League at Ida Lee is currently open and filling fast. We are excited to offer again two great leagues: Ida Lee NFL Flag Football House League and the Ida Lee NFL Flag Football …

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Woodgrove Grabs First at Glory Days

10 Jan 2017

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The Woodgrove Varsity Gymnastics took first place in the red division of the Glory Days Invitational at Park View High School on Saturday, January 7. Woodgrove competed against Rock Ridge, Potomac Falls, Loudoun Valley and Heritage high schools. Host team Park View came in first in the lower blue division. …

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