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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

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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

Blue Ridge Wildlife Center Annual Fundraiser September 17

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The Blue Ridge Wildlife Center is the region’s only wildlife hospital, rehabilitation, and education center serving the Northern Shenandoah Valley, the Piedmont, and beyond, and this annual fundraiser event, September 17, provides funds for wildlife rehabilitation, educational programs, and the operation of its new state-of-the-art facility.

Guests will be greeted at 6:00 p.m. September 17 by a pair of the beloved Budweiser Clydesdales and can enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres until dinner is served at 7:00 p.m.  Local band Ver Azul will provide upbeat and relaxing tunes and a live auction will follow dinner with items including a trip to historic Grant’s Farm in St. Louis, MO, a birding exploration and picnic at Oxbow farm, and a wildlife painting from Middleburg painter Anthony Barham. 

For more information, e-mail Jennifer Lee at jennifer@2leeword.com.

Loudoun Cares Offering Volunteer Management Training

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Loudoun Cares is offering three-day workshop training for anyone supervising or managing volunteers. The training program will be offered in Ashbury on September 12, 19 and 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The cost is $175 per participant.

The training will cover how to plan and evaluate a volunteer program, as well as how to recruit, place, train and supervise volunteers. Registration closes on September 2. To register, e-mail julie@loudouncares.org.

Military Members Invited to Native American Ceremony

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Sanctuary on the Trail, host for the Indian Village, invites all military veterans and uniformed services personnel to participate in a powerful, traditional Native American ceremony. An all-Native American Indian honor guard will escort military veterans and service members into the arena tent for community celebration of thanks for their service and dedication.?The Indian Village is part of the 47th annual Bluemont Fair and opens September 17-18. The ceremony will take place at 1:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Stone’s Field 33834 Snickersville Tpke in Bluemont. Entrance is free to uniformed service members and veterans.
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Winchester Plans Patsy Cline Music Festival Labor Day Weekend

August 11, 2016 Events Comments Off on Winchester Plans Patsy Cline Music Festival Labor Day Weekend
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The Patsy Cline Music Festival will be held Labor Day weekend in her hometown of Winchester, Va. in honor of the legendary singer’s birthday anniversary on September. 8.

Celebrating Patsy Cline sponsors the celebration that begins with a block party from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in front of the Patsy Cline Historic House, 608 S. Kent St. Music will include entertainer Melissa Wright from noon to 1:00 p.m. She will be followed by Angelina Diana, the winner of the Patsy Cline Sing-a-Song contest held in Winchester in April. Both women will sing hits Patsy made famous. … Continue Reading

Vigil for Lost Promise to Remember Loved Ones Lost to Drugs

August 11, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Vigil for Lost Promise to Remember Loved Ones Lost to Drugs
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Residents and local leaders are encouraged to join the many families, friends and community groups to share the light of their loved ones lost to drugs.

The Vigil for Lost Promise will be held Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Drugs: Cost and Consequences Exhibit (DEA Museum), located at 750 Miller Dr. SE, Suite F-1, Leesburg, Va. 20175. … Continue Reading

Bluemont Harvest Ball To Be Held on September 17 in Warrenton

July 20, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Bluemont Harvest Ball To Be Held on September 17 in Warrenton
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To commemorate the organization’s 40th Anniversary, Bluemont has announces the first ever Bluemont Harvest Ball, to be held on September 17 from 6:30 pm to 11:00 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Warrantor. This black tie event will feature live music from the Silver Tones Swing Band, dancing, a four-course, seated dinner, an open bar, and a silent auction. Tickets for the event are $150- early bird tickets are available for $125 each until August 19. All proceeds will support Bluemont programs in schools and healthcare facilities around the state. … Continue Reading

78th Annual Ladies Board Rummage Sale Ready For Donations

July 7, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on 78th Annual Ladies Board Rummage Sale Ready For Donations
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Rummage Sale Trailers Open July 9

The Ladies Board of Inova Loudoun Hospital is officially accepting donations for the annual Rummage Sale.  The first donation day of the season will be on Saturday, July 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Inova Loudoun Hospital, 44045 Riverside Parkway, Leesburg, and at Inova Loudoun Medical Campus – Leesburg, 224 Cornwall Street.  Red balloons will direct traffic to the specially designated trailers.  The Ladies Board will host other Donation Days this summer: August 6, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., September 10, 9 a.m. -1 p.m. and October 1, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

The public can donate items and email RummageLadies@gmail.com or call 703-771-2985 for more information. Tax receipts are provided and all the money raised goes to support Ladies Board projects in the community.  The Ladies Board raises several hundred thousand dollars each year toward special needs equipment at Inova Loudoun Hospital and pledged 1 million for the Cornwall Cares project.  The Ladies Board annually awards more than $100,000 in nursing scholarships. 

July 2016 Events

July 6, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on July 2016 Events
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July 8 through July 17, Valiant Warrior Quilting, 210 N. Maple Avenue, Purcellville. Materials and tools provided to make quilts for wounded warriors. No experience required, learn from experienced quilters. Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

July 9, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Frisbee Dog Competition, 16 South Berlin Turnpike in Lovettsville.

July 9, Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Safe Sitter Classes, Inova Loudoun Hospital Landsdowne Campus, 44045 Riverside Parkway. $70 fee includes student handbook and snacks. Students may bring a lunch or buy lunch in the cafeteria.

July 9 and July 10, Saturday and Sunday, From the Front Lines to the Hone Front: Oatlands and World War II, hosted by Oatlands Historic House and Gardens.

July 9, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Bluemont’s Summer Concert Series — Mary Ann Redmond Band, 15 South Madison Street, Middleburg. Concertgoers encouraged to bring lawn chair, blanket and picnic basket. $5.

July 9, 7:30 to 12:00 p.m., Yard Sale to Benefit Empowerment Programs for Inclusive Communities (a non-profit for young adults with disabilities), 504 E Market Street, Leesburg.

July 10, Sunday (and all second and fourth Sundays through September), Traditional Irish Jigs at Corcoran Brewing Company, 205 E. Hirst Road, Purcellville. July 11, Monday, 7:30 a.m., Coffee with a Cop, Opportunity to meet with Purcellville police officers in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues and build relationships. Held at the McDonalds at 121 North Maple Avenue.

July 11 through July 15 (ages 11 to 14) and July 25 through July 29 (ages 4 through 6), Blue Ridge Wildlife Center Summer Camp, 930 Tilthammer Mill Road in Boyce on the Burwell-Van Lennep Foundation Property. The July 11 camp runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; the July 25 camp runs from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. $35 per child per day.

July 16, Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Princess for a Day Ice Cream Social. First 100 children receive a complimentary tiara. The young princesses show off their princess finery in a royal parade at 1:00 p.m. and receive princess lessons from the Virginia Dairy Princess. Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum, 21668 Heritage Farm Lane, Sterling.

July 16, Saturday, 7:00 p.m. Music on the Green — Flat Foot Sam (Blues), Lovettsville.

July 16, Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Household Hazardous Waste Collection, Lovettsville Elementary School. Loudoun County residents only.

July 23, Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Carriage Day, 102 The Plains Road in Middleburg. 20 carriages on display.

July 23, Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Art in the Burg, 108 E. Washington Street, Middleburg.

July 31, Sunday, at 9:00 a.m. , Salamander Run Wild 5k Race, Salamander Resort in Middleburg.

Purcellville and Bush Tabernacle Offering Free Movie and Skating Nights

July 6, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Purcellville and Bush Tabernacle Offering Free Movie and Skating Nights
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The Bush Tabernacle Teen Center and The Town of Purcellville are offering free movie and skating nights on Wednesdays from June 22 through August 24. The Bush Tabernacle skating rink (located at 250 S. Nursery Ave, Purcellville) is set up with hundreds of comfy padded chairs so the entire family can enjoy a movie and night out in comfort. The movies start at 7 p.m. and are immediately followed by free skating until 10 p.m. Popcorn, pizza, candy, and drinks are available for purchase; no outside food is permitted.

The movies for the 2016 season are: (1) June 22 — Inside Out; (2) June 29 — Norm of the North; (3) July 6 — Pan; (4) July 13 — Minions; (5) July 20 — Max; (6) July 27 — The Good Dinosaur; (7) August 3 — Hotel Transylvania; (8) August 10 — Mall Cop 2; (9) August 17 — Open Season Scared Silly; and (10) August 24 — Cinderella.

Carver Center Events – July 2016

July 6, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Carver Center Events – July 2016
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Independence Day Celebration
Friday, July 1, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Ages 55 & up)

Kickboxing
Saturdays, on-going, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Ages 12 & up) Purchase a $100 punch card for 12 classes.
 
Contemporary Line Dance
Mondays, on-going, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Ages 10 & up)

New! Lyme Support Group
First Tuesdays, on-going, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Ages 18 & up)

Ukulele Fun!
Wednesdays (on-going), 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. No experience necessary. First ten participants without instruments may use Carver ukuleles during class time.
 
Carver Chess Club
Thursdays during the summer (6/16-8/25), 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Ages 5 & up) Class meetings are divided into three sections: a 30 minute warm up, a one-hour themed lesson, and 90 minutes free play. Lessons will center mainly on positional evaluation and the importance of piece activity. All levels of expertise are welcome.

Monthly Lunch & Movie –The Rabbit-Proof Fence
Friday, July 8th, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. (Ages 55 & up)
Please order your meal by calling the reservation line at 571-258-3459 before noon on Thursday, July 7.

Excursion with Ken – Tour of Patsy Cline’s Home, Winchester
Wednesday, July 13th, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Ages 55 & up)
The fee for visiting the home is $7.00. Please have the exact change. Registration closes July 6.

Summer Supper Club – Hunter’s Head Tavern, Upperville. (Ages 18 & up)
Thursday, July 14, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Transportation is $6, dinner is extra. Registration closes July 7.

Core and More (Ages 16 & up) $80
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 7/19 to 8/12, 8:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. First, work your upper body- improving your posture, strength and muscle definition. Next, work your lower body for improved balance, muscle endurance and core strength. End the week with deep stretching to improve flexibility.

Computers for Absolute Beginners
Tuesdays (Six-week class begins July 19), 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. (Ages 55 & up) $48.

Email and Internet Class
Tuesdays (Six-week class begins July 19), 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (Ages 55 & up) $48.

July Lunch Bunch – Cracker Barrel, Winchester
Wednesday, July 20, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Ages 55 & up) Registration closes July 13.
  
Body Sculpting
Mondays and Wednesdays 7/25 to 8/17, 5:15 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Ages 15 & up) $67.

Senior Day at the County Fair
Thursday, July 28, 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon. (Ages 55 & up) Play bingo, marvel at the various animals and enjoy the many fairground food offerings. Registration closes July 21.

Alzheimer’s Support Group
Last Thursdays, on-going 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Ages 18 & up)

Rummage Sale Trailers Open July 9

June 27, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Rummage Sale Trailers Open July 9
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78th Annual Ladies Board Rummage Sale Ready For Donations

The Ladies Board of Inova Loudoun Hospital is officially accepting donations for the annual Rummage Sale. The first Donation Day of the summer will be on Saturday, July 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Inova Loudoun Hospital, 44045 Riverside Parkway, Leesburg, and at Inova Loudoun Medical Campus – Leesburg, 224 Cornwall Street. Red balloons will direct traffic to the specially designated trailers. The Ladies Board will host other Donation Days this summer: August 6, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m., September 10, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and October 1, 9 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. The public can donate items and email RummageLadies@gmail.com or call 703-771-2985 for more information. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Company We Keep

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“Truly important and significant hypotheses will be found to have assumptions that are wildly inaccurate descriptive representations of reality and, in general, the more significant the theory, the more unrealistic the assumptions.” – Milton Freidman [1] “I am increasingly convinced …

What Happens To My Stuff When I Die?

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Amy and Dan Smith Only in the rarest of circumstances will the state receive the property of a decedent. Joint tenancy. If you hold property jointly with another person “with survivorship,” it is presumed that the survivor is entitled to …

Integrated Scientific Discovery

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By Mary Rose Lunde Many suggest that science is the gateway to the future. The rise in scientific discovery has driven more and more funding for research. The fact of the matter is, however, that science is far more complex …

A Man on the Move: Supervisor Ralph Buona, Vice Chairman Board of Supervisors

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel I first met Ralph Buona when I was a senior in high school. A “Youth in Government” day event allowed us to meet with our local supervisors. Chosen to sit next to the supervisor for my district, …

Dulles Air and Space Museum

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You ever have those dreams, that (back – probably when you were a kid) you could fly? Not in any kind of man-made craft, mind you – I mean possessing the ability to levitate and travel the skies at will. …

New Book Helps Balance Children’s Screen-Time and Play Time

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By Amanda Clark Michael Oberschneider, a clinical psychologist and founder/director of Ashburn Psychological Psychiatric Services, has just released a book titled Ollie Outside. This book addresses the very timely and important topic of screen- and media-time management for children. Ollie …

Defending the Over-Pampered

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“The purpose of studying economics is to learn how not to be deceived by economists.” Joan Robinson, Professor of economics at Cambridge University, Basel Lecture, 1969. “[W]hereas classisists [economists] turned the spotlight on change, flow, process and dynamics, the neoclassicists …

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

October 2016
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September 26, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 27, 2016

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September 28, 2016

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September 29, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 30, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

October 1, 2016

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

October 2, 2016
October 3, 2016 October 4, 2016 October 5, 2016 October 6, 2016 October 7, 2016 October 8, 2016

Virginia Outdoors Foundation 50 years of Conservation Celebration

October 9, 2016
October 10, 2016 October 11, 2016 October 12, 2016

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

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theatre

October 17, 2016 October 18, 2016 October 19, 2016 October 20, 2016 October 21, 2016

Anthony Semiao Live at North Gate Vineyard

JAZZ&CO DANCE CONCERT

October 22, 2016 October 23, 2016
October 24, 2016 October 25, 2016 October 26, 2016 October 27, 2016 October 28, 2016 October 29, 2016 October 30, 2016
October 31, 2016 November 1, 2016 November 2, 2016 November 3, 2016 November 4, 2016 November 5, 2016

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Artwork Sought for W & OD Trail Exhibit

27 Sep 2016

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Regional artists and craftspeople are invited to enter their original artwork in the W & OD Trail Exhibit and Sale at Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville. This exhibit celebrates the beauty and historical nature of the Washington & Old Dominion Trail, a 50-mile linear park managed by NOVA Parks that begins in Loudoun County and ends in Alexandria. The …

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Skate ‘Til Midnight at the Catoctin SkatePark Closing Party

23 Sep 2016

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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, …

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Middleburg Film Festival Announces “La La Land” As Its 2016 Centerpiece Film

20 Sep 2016

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The Middleburg Film Festival announced the highly anticipated film La La Land as its 2016 Centerpiece selection. La La Land, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, will screen on Saturday, October 22 with Oscar-nominated director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) in attendance. The Festival runs October 20 through October 23.

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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 …

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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

Comstock Understands National Security

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On 9-11, I attended three ceremonies throughout Loudoun County honoring and remembering those 2,977 souls that we lost on that day of infamy. Our Congresswoman, Barbara Comstock was also there …

Lessons from Short Hill

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It’s been a little over two weeks since the Commission Permit for the proposed AT&T facility on Short Hill was overruled by the Board of Supervisors. This is just about …

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 …

Around Virginia

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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Farmers Urged To Be On The Lookout For Marijuana

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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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Sports

Hunter’s First Professional Race

7 Sep 2016

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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

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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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