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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

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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

Sterling Apple Festival To Be Held September 24 and 25

September 16, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Sterling Apple Festival To Be Held September 24 and 25
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The Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum will be hosting the 12th annual Autumn Apple Festival on Saturday, September 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Sunday, September 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event will be held off Route 28 and Route 7 in Claude Moore Park in Sterling. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

Columns

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 …

Early Returns: How U.S. Markets Reacted to the Presidential Election

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On November 8, 2016, Republican candidate Donald J. Trump won a closely contested election for president of the United States. Late on election night, when it became evident that Trump was likely to win, despite consistently trailing in the polls, …

America: Worthy of Our Trust

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel My friend and I sit in a bar near our office. He is upset, bags under his eyes due to lack of sleep. Thursday, our weekly night to meet is usually a happy hour filled with intellectual …

South Riding

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I should have known that this one would take me far from my contemplative, Zen-inspired comfort zone; after I’d traversed more construction projects than I wanted to tally, competed with hurried, coffee-driven commuters with no time for mere existence, and …

Support Group Help Needed

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Dr. Mike, My son was diagnosed with ADHD two years ago, and his pediatrician at that time recommended we try a social skills group for his “immaturity” and “impulsivity.” We did that, and our experience was horrible. The kids in …

The State of Corals

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(Presented to the Board of Supervisors December 6, 2016) “Events as severe as the 1998 event, the worst on record, are likely to become commonplace within 20 years.” – Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, 1999 [4] Tony Noerpel

Reply to Nicholas Reid – What is Science

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“The word “cult” has always been controversial because it is (in a pejorative sense) considered a subjective term, used as an ad hominem attack against groups with differing doctrines or practices, which lacks a clear or consistent definition.” “[Dogma] is …

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

December 2016
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November 28, 2016 November 29, 2016 November 30, 2016 December 1, 2016 December 2, 2016 December 3, 2016

Holiday Open House

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

December 4, 2016

Holiday Open House

December 5, 2016 December 6, 2016 December 7, 2016 December 8, 2016 December 9, 2016

Christmas Market and Trolley Tours

December 10, 2016

Holiday Open House

13th Annual Purcellville Christmas Parade

Barrel Tasting Event Saturday

December 11, 2016

Christmas Market and Trolley Tours

December 12, 2016 December 13, 2016 December 14, 2016 December 15, 2016 December 16, 2016 December 17, 2016 December 18, 2016
December 19, 2016 December 20, 2016 December 21, 2016 December 22, 2016 December 23, 2016 December 24, 2016 December 25, 2016
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Family New Year’s Eve Celebration

January 1, 2017

New Year's Day Musikabend

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Farm Bureau President Hopes for Immigration Reform

5 Dec 2016

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Virginia Farm Bureau President Wayne F. Pryor told county delegates at the organization’s annual convention in Hot Springs that immigration reform “is an issue that has been delayed too long.” He noted that: “Work will begin on the 2018 Farm Bill next year. This is the most complex federal legislation farmers face, and it typically takes at least two years …

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Northern Virginia Chamber To Host Congressional Roundtable

5 Dec 2016

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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, …

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Ugly Christmas Sweater Fad Keeps Growing

30 Nov 2016

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Since 2012, the Re-Love It consignment shop, at 138 N. 21st Street in Purcellville, has developed the reputation as the place to get your Ugly Christmas Sweater in the Metro D.C. area. In that time, Re-Love It has sold more than 3,000 vintage Ugly Christmas Sweaters.

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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

Warner Introduces Bill To Help Wells Fargo Victims Get Their Day in Court

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U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, introduced legislation to give Wells Fargo customers who were victims of a fraudulent account scheme their day in court. The bank was involved in a scandal this year after it was revealed that Wells Fargo employees secretly …

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History’s Holy Places: Four Local Sites Worth Exploring This Fall

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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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Sports

Accepting Applications for Sports League Funding

30 Nov 2016

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Purcellville is accepting applications from local organizations for its annual sports league funding program. Organizations must serve the Town of Purcellville area, have citizens of the Town of Purcellville as players, and provide a letter to the Town from the IRS confirming the organization’s tax exempt status in order to …

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Woodgrove High Student Will Pursue Track and Field at George Mason

30 Nov 2016

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Puneet Kaur of Woodgrove High School has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her track and field career at George Mason University. Kaur has held the school record in shot put since her sophomore year and is looking to throw shotput, hammer, discus and maybe even the javelin …

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