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Hillsboro Plans Mardi Gras Celebration on February 25

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Mardi Gras celebration will be held in Hillsboro on Saturday, February 25 as a benefit for the Old Stone Schoolhouse. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Hurricanes and New Orleans drinks, as well as Old 690 beer and local wines will be served in the Garden District Bar. The Cajun Cafe will feature New Orleans cuisine, including King Cakes. Music for dancing to New Orleans Jazz will be supplied by the disk jockey Ben Ortiz.

There will be a best costume prize and a silent auction.

7th Annual Loudoun Grown Expo, February 25

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Loudoun celebrates the best of what it grows and makes this month with the 7th Annual Loudoun Grown Expo, Saturday, February 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Bush Tabernacle in Purcellville.

Businesses represented will include the county’s many wineries, farms, breweries, community supported agriculture, artists and more. … Continue Reading

Historian Rich Gillespie Speaks on Haunts on the Loudoun Landscape

January 12, 2017 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on 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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2016 in the Books

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

A Rainy Romance

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

Concerned Parents

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

It’s Time To Review Your Estate Planning Basics

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

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

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

Meeting the “Other America”

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

The Trump Effect

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

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

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Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

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Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

February 3, 2017 February 4, 2017

CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

February 10, 2017 February 11, 2017

Valentine's Pizza & Champagne

Sweetheart’s Soirée- A Night of Dinner & Dancing

February 12, 2017

Candlelight Concert Fundraiser

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Writers’ Night Out

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

Bob Brown Puppets: Dragon Feathers

February 16, 2017 February 17, 2017

ARTSPOWER: RAINBOW FISH

February 18, 2017

Wine & Chili Weekend

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

Comedy Night feat. Tyrone Davis

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

February Fourth Friday

February 25, 2017

Samedi Gras Celebration

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

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

March 4, 2017

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

March 5, 2017
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Hillsboro Plans Mardi Gras Celebration on February 25

20 Feb 2017

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Mardi Gras celebration will be held in Hillsboro on Saturday, February 25 as a benefit for the Old Stone Schoolhouse. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. Hurricanes and New Orleans drinks, as well as Old 690 beer and local wines will be served in the Garden District Bar. The Cajun Cafe will feature New Orleans cuisine, including King Cakes. …

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Four Young Historians Discuss Civil War Turning Points

2 Feb 2017

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

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

2 Feb 2017

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

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Editorial

Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

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

Op-ed

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

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

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

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

Dear Editor

Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved

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

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception

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

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm

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

Around Virginia

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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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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Sports

Woodgrove Gymnasts Advance To States

15 Feb 2017

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

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Woodgrove Gymnastics Team Places First

1 Feb 2017

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

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