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Play, Win, Dance in 2016

December 16, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Play, Win, Dance in 2016

Ring in the New Year with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races’ tropical countdown extravaganza! From mega giveaways, to live music, to a champagne brunch, Hollywood is your New Years destination with countless ways to play, win and celebrate.

Kick off New Year’s Eve with Hollywood’s $25,000 Summer Dreamin’ Giveaway. From December 12 – 31, patrons can earn entries for first prize winnings of $1,500 cash, and five additional prizes of $200 in free SlotPlay. Drawings will take place every half hour from 1:30 – 6:00 p.m. on December 31. Winners will choose a lucky starfish, surfboard or flamingo to reveal their prize! … Continue Reading

Hospice’s Purcellville Thrift Welcomes Santa & Mrs. Claus

December 6, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Hospice’s Purcellville Thrift Welcomes Santa & Mrs. Claus

Blue Ridge Hospice, a community-based, not-for-profit hospice organization, is planning an “Afternoon With Santa” on Saturday, December 19, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at its Purcellville Thrift Shop. The shop is located at 151 W. Main Street in the heart of downtown Purcellville. Parking is available by the building and across the street in a parking lot.

Especially for children, the event will have Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus on hand to greet the youngsters. Parents are welcome to take photos of their little ones with Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

Refreshments will be served and a kids’ shopping corner will be featured where children can purchase gifts at nominal prices. All holiday items are 50 percent off, and an additional 25 percent off entire purchases will be taken at the register.

For additional information, please contact Blue Ridge Hospice’s Purcellville Thrift Shop at 540-751-1680.

Leesburg To Host Hiring Event for Residents of the Leesburg HUBZone

December 2, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Leesburg To Host Hiring Event for Residents of the Leesburg HUBZone

The Leesburg Economic Development Office will host a HUBZone Hiring Event on Thursday, December 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Ida Lee Recreation Center, located at 60 Ida Lee Drive in Leesburg.

“This is the perfect opportunity for people who live in the HUBZone and are looking for jobs to meet over 20 great HUBZone companies that are hiring,” said Kindra Jackson, Leesburg’s Business Development Manager.

The wages for these positions range from $10.00 per hour to $18.00 per hour. No previous experience or degree is required and most companies are willing to train. Available jobs include entry level office assistant, entry level finance, various computer related positions, construction, labor, and other trades. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Mayor Stage Side Chat

December 2, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Purcellville Mayor Stage Side Chat

Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser will be hosting another stage side chat at the Carver Center on Wednesday, December 16, from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. The purpose of this discussion forum, to which all residents and neighboring residents are invited, is to hear from the citizens on all matters concerning Purcellville. It’s an opportunity to openly voice issues, concerns, ideas, and solutions. Save the date.

Christmas In Hillsboro Craft Fair and Festival December 12 and 13

December 2, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Christmas In Hillsboro Craft Fair and Festival December 12 and 13

Nearly 40 artisans and vendors will participate in the Christmas in Hillsboro Craft Fair and Festival on December 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on December 13 from noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Old Stone School Community Center in Hillsboro. The Christmas tree lighting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on December 12. Fresh trees and wreaths, as well as decorations, lights, food and drink will be available for sale. The Old Stone School is located at 37098 Charles Town Pike.

On December 12 from noon to 4:00 p.m., the Catoctin School of Music will sing carols on stage in the historic building. After the festivities have wrapped up on Sunday, December 13, visitors will be invited to come back to the Old Stone School at 6:00 p.m. for the Big Bad Drama Club’s production of “A Little Bit of Christmas.” The admission is a new toy that will be donated to Toys for Tots.

Tree Sales Come to Waterford

December 1, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Tree Sales Come to Waterford

Christmas Trees! The Catoctin Presbyterian Church and Venture Scouts in Waterford are co-hosts for weekend Christmas tree sales through December 12-13. Proceeds support important activities of both organizations in the local community. Locally grown fresh cut trees are available at the historic church – which celebrated its 250th anniversary this year – on Saturday (9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.) and Sunday (noon – 5:00 p.m.). Please join at 15565 High Street in Waterford.

Breakfast with Santa

November 28, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Breakfast with Santa

Bring the kids and enjoy breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 12 from 8:00 to 10:30 a.m. at the Between the Hills Community Center at 11762 Harpers Ferry Rd, Purcellville (Neersville). A delicious menu of eggs, sausage, home fries, sausage gravy and biscuits, pancakes,a special french toast dish, coffee cake, fruit, and more. Free will offering. Call 540-668-6504 for more information.

2015 Loudoun 10K Trail Race Raises over $30,000 to Support Boulder Crest Retreat and Our Nation’s Veterans

November 16, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on 2015 Loudoun 10K Trail Race Raises over $30,000 to Support Boulder Crest Retreat and Our Nation’s Veterans

“I continued to be humbled by our community and all they do to make Boulder Crest Retreat a success. Jim Schatz and his team at Loudoun Road Runners are amazing. This trail run is in alignment with the rural nature of Boulder Crest Retreat and we look forward to the event every year. My personal appreciation goes out to all the folks that make this happen with a special shout out to our sponsors, Camp Highroad for the beautiful venue, the volunteers, the runners and the Arcola rescue team”. Ken Falke – Founder and Chairman, Boulder Crest Retreat

On November 8, the Loudoun Road Runners club, in partnership with Camp Highroad Adventure Camp and the Arcola Volunteer Fire Department Rescue Squad conducted the 4th annual Loudoun 10K Trail Race on the scenic trails of Camp Highroad located outside Middleburg, Virginia. More than one hundred twenty runners and forty volunteers participated in the race and through their efforts and the generosity of corporate and individual sponsors more than $30,000 was raised to benefit Boulder Crest Retreat and the nation’s veterans it serves. … Continue Reading

Carver Center November Events

November 4, 2015 Events Comments Off on Carver Center November Events

The Carver Center is at 200 Willie Palmer Way in Purcellville. Call 571-258-3400 to sign up for the following programs.
November 6, Friday Lunch and movie Still Alice 12-2 p.m. (ages 55 and up).  To sign up call 571-258-3459.
November 9, Monday AARP Driver Safety Class 9 a.m. – 5:00 p.m (ages 50 and up). Pre-registration required. AARP members $15, non-members $20. Please call 571-258-3400.
November 9, Monday Veterans Day Display 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Photographs and background information on African-American veterans. No fee.
November 10, Tuesday Veterans Day Display 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Photographs and background information on African-American veterans. No fee.
Tuesdays November 10 through December 15, Computers for Advanced Beginners Class, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (ages 55 and up).
Tuesdays November 10 through December 15, Computer Tools and Social Media Class, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (ages 55 and up).
Tuesdays November 10 through December 15, Using Exel at Home Class, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. (ages 18 and up).
November 20, Friday 1:00 – 6:00 p.m., Holiday Bazaar. Gifts items. Get a head start on your holiday shopping. All ages. No fee.
November 21, Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Holiday Bazaar. Gift items. All ages. No fee.
November 23, Monday Grief Support Services Workshop 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Shaileen Backman, Loudoun County Social Worker and Bereavement Counselor from Blue Ridge Hospice will present various grief support services available to the public. (Ages 18 and up).
Home-Delivered Meals Program Volunteers Needed. Please pick up packet at Carter Center even if you can only contribute one hour per month.

10K Race To Be Held in Middleburg To Benefit Veterans

November 4, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on 10K Race To Be Held in Middleburg To Benefit Veterans

On November 8, the Loudoun Road Runners Club will once again conduct the Annual Loudoun 10K Trail Run to raise funds for Boulder Crest Retreat, a privately funded, rural wellness center dedicated to improving the physical, emotional, and economic wellbeing of our nation’s recovering military heroes.

The race will take place at 9:00 a.m. at Camp Highroad, a 600-acre retreat located at 21164 Steptoe Hill Road in Middleburg. Registration is $50.00 (a long-sleeve technical shirt is provided to all runners), and 100 percent of race proceeds go directly to Boulder Crest Retreat. Veterans are heartily invited to attend this event, and an opening ceremony honoring their service will be conducted prior to the race. Friends and family members of service personnel are also encouraged to join in the celebration and to register in honor of a loved one. The race has annually raised more than $25,000 to support Boulder Crest.

To learn more about the race or to register go to: www.trailrun.loudounroadrunners.org. A course map, photos and more details are available on the website.

Purcellville Halloween 2015 Bash a Huge Success

November 4, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Purcellville Halloween 2015 Bash a Huge Success

“The costumes this year were so unbelievably creative and clever. People are finding out that the top prize is $500 cash and a trophy … so it seems like they are going all out!”

That – according to Halloween 2015 sponsor Michael Oaks of the Re-Love It consignment store – just about sums up the fantastic happenings surrounding Purcellville’s 5th Annual Halloween Block Party.

MC’d by Dave Wright, founder and moderator of the Improv Comedy Troup Last Ham Standing, Halloween 2015 was attended by thousands of people this year – a crowd that greatly surpassed last year’s bash.

The cash was flowing as was the creativity, enthusiasm and energy of the crowd.

And who won? Well, that’s the important part, noted Michael and his wife and business partner, Kim. “Our favorite part of the event … besides seeing the winners’ faces light up … is seeing the joy on the kids’ faces through out the evening. The adults really enjoyed themselves, too!” … Continue Reading

Irish Session at Corcoran Brewing

November 4, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Irish Session at Corcoran Brewing

Sunday, November 8 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Corcoran Brewing Company will host an Irish session. Enjoy traditional Irish jigs reels and hornpipes played on fiddles, whistles, banjos and guitars and bodhran.   

Carver Center Announces Bazaar Dates

November 1, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Carver Center Announces Bazaar Dates

The Carver Center Advisory Board will hold its annual Holiday Bazaar November 20 and 21. The hours are 1:00-6:00 p.m. Friday and 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the Carver Center , 200 Willie Palmer Way in Purcellville.

This annual event showcases local vendors offering unique items for sale perfect for holiday shopping. There will be antiques, unusual glassware, jewelry and a bake sale.

The Carver Advisory Board is a 501©3 non-profit that supports programs for Seniors and Community members offered by the Carver Center. The Bazaar is a primary fundraiser for the Board.

There are still a few vendor tables available. Contact Myrtle Mahowald at 540-258-3400 for table rentals.







The Grim Reaper and the Great Barrier


(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


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


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


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

South Riding

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


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

Figure 3 close up view of healthy coral polyps. [9]

(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

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016


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


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


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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Holiday Open House

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

December 4, 2016

Holiday Open House

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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

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Intro to Essential Oils

December 18, 2016
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Family New Year’s Eve Celebration

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New Year's Day Musikabend

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Farm Bureau President Hopes for Immigration Reform

5 Dec 2016


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


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


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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Grief and Greed


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 …


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


– 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


– 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


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


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


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 …

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


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


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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Accepting Applications for Sports League Funding

30 Nov 2016


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


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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