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Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company to host Open House October 17

October 4, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company to host Open House October 17
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LVFC Opens Its Doors to Meet and Greet Firefighters, for Education and Fun to Kick off National Fire Prevention Week

The Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company (LVFC) has rescheduled their annual Fire Prevention Open House to Saturday, October 17, from noon – 4:00 p.m. at Fire Station 20, located at 61 Plaza Street, NE. Due to the impending hazardous weather, the leadership of the Company felt it more important to be available to assist and serve the community during this time.

There will be a variety of educational fire safety activities, fire equipment and apparatus will be on display and there will be fun for the whole family. Kicking off National Fire Prevention week from October 4-10, this event will promote the 2015 theme, “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep – Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!” … Continue Reading

Sponsors and Participants Needed for 10K Race To Benefit Boulder Crest

September 30, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Sponsors and Participants Needed for 10K Race To Benefit Boulder Crest
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On November 8 the Loudoun Road Runners Club will once again conduct the annual Loudoun 10K Trail Race at scenic Camp Highroad located outside Middleburg to benefit Boulder Crest Retreat and the courageous wounded warriors it serves.

Boulder Crest Retreat is a privately funded rural wellness center dedicated exclusively to improving the physical, emotional and economic wellbeing of these returning heroes. All services are provided free of charge and Boulder Crest Retreat relies entirely on private donations for its facilities, daily operation and support of America’s recovering warriors.

The Loudoun 10K Trail Race has annually raised more than $25,000 to support Boulder Crest in its efforts with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to the retreat. Sponsors and participants are again needed to support this year’s efforts.

Persons or organizations wishing to provide sponsorship and/or offer charitable donations to support ?the event and Boulder Crest Retreat can do so by directly contacting Race Director, Jim Schatz at schtred@aol.com.

Charitable donations can also be made by check to “Loudoun Road Runners” and mailed to P.O. Box 3342, Leesburg, VA 20177, Please write “Loudoun 10K Trail Race” in the memo section of the check.

For individuals wishing to participate, the race will take place at Camp Highroad, a 600-acre retreat located at 21164 Steptoe Hill Road in Middleburg. Registration is $50 and includes a long-sleeve race shirt and tote bag. The race field is limited to the first 200 runners who register and will be conducted rain or shine. It begins at 9:00 a.m. To register go to www.trailrun.loudounroadrunners.org.

Franklin Park Fall Fest

September 30, 2015 Events Comments Off on Franklin Park Fall Fest
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Franklin Park and Franklin Park Arts Center are teaming up to present a Fall Fest of programs, classes and performances to celebrate the autumn season. In fact, you can take a hike on Sunday, October 4 at 9:00 a.m. along 1.5 miles of the trails to look for signs of autumn and art, as the Sticks and Stones outdoor sculpture exhibit extends through the end of the month. Later that evening, imagine the natural world through the eyes of local painter and sculptor, Carmen Barros Howell, who will be featured at the Meet the Artist Coffeehouse at 6:30 p.m. … Continue Reading

The 5th Annual Purcellville Halloween Block Party 

September 30, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on The 5th Annual Purcellville Halloween Block Party 
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More than 4,000 people attended the Purcellville Halloween Block Party last year coming from all over Loudoun, Clarke, Fairfax County and beyond. This year the party will be the night before Halloween on Friday, October 30, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. on 21st Street in Old Town Purcellville. The street will be closed to vehicular traffic.

Starting at 5:15 p.m. Last Ham Standing will perform a family friendly free improv comedy show.

They’ll be Halloween themed games for the kids, such as The Rubber Rat Toss, Pumpkin Bowling, Pin the Nose on the Witch, Pumpkin Tic Tac Toe and new this year Rubber Ducky Races. … Continue Reading

Chefs Compete To Benefit Students

September 30, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Chefs Compete To Benefit Students
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On Saturday, October 3, doors will open at the grand West Belmont Place Event Center to host the 2015 Loudoun Men Are Cooking event, a tasting party featuring culinary competitions between amateur and professional chefs. The event takes place from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Local community service organizations (Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Psi Rho Omega Chapter and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, Sigma Mu Mu Chapter), in partnership with Operation Uplift Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides educational support to the diverse population of underprivileged students in Virginia, have been working hard to “Cultivate a Future of Excellence” in Loudoun County. … Continue Reading

Mark Your Calendars: 21st Street Sidewalk Sale

September 30, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Mark Your Calendars: 21st Street Sidewalk Sale
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Merchants from 21st Street are celebrating the new improvements to the downtown area with its 1st annual 21st Street “New” Sidewalk Sale to be held during Purcellville’s Treasure Sale Saturday and Sunday, October 10 and 11, from 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

21st Street’s sidewalks and It’s Bazaar’s rear parking lot will be filled with friends, neighbors and guest dealers with lots and lots of bargains and sale items to fulfill anyone’s shopping list.

Stop by, say hi, grab a cup of coffee, some food and show your support for 21st Street. Want to join 21st St. 1st Annual Sidewalk Sale? Stop by or Call Michael at Re-Love It, 540 751-0707 or Kelley at Its Bazaar, 540 751-9260.

The Gathering Coming To Clarke

September 30, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on The Gathering Coming To Clarke
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Virginia Native Americans are presenting a traditional harvest festival October 30 – November 1 at the Clarke County Fairgrounds in Berryville called “The Gathering.”  Everyone is invited to “The Gathering” to join the Virginia Harvest Dance, 14th annual Virginia Gourd Festival, Kidz Harvest Fest, Three Sisters Art Challenge and more. Visit www.HarvestGathering.org for more information.

The Gathering is hosted by the non-profit federally recognized Sanctuary on the Trail in partnership with the Virginia Lovers’ Gourd Society with the support of the Red Road Foundation, Nowa Cumig Institute and Clarke County Parks and Recreation.

Kim Ragland at Boyd’s Nest Restaurant in Berryville has learned to make Indian fry bread and plans to serve up samples during the Farmers Market on October 17. Also on October 17, the Barns of Rose Hill is offering a Native American trio featuring Native American matinee with icon Dennis Banks, Three Sisters Art Challenge artist’s reception and Dark Water Rising live rocky soul concert. 

Loudoun County Offers Workshop for Small Landowners

September 20, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Loudoun County Offers Workshop for Small Landowners
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The Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services is accepting registrations for a workshop designed to help landowners enhance the value of their property. Co-sponsored by the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development, the Small Landowner Workshop will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Friday, October 2, 2015, at Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve, 21085 The Woods Road, Leesburg.

“This is a great opportunity to learn about your land’s potential from a series of experts, whether you own four acres or forty,” said Ron Circé, manager at Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve. The workshop is geared for owners of 50 acres of land or less. Interested landowners can register for activity #167590 at http://www.loudoun.gov/webtrac through September 25. … Continue Reading

Family Hiking Day on the Trail

September 17, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Family Hiking Day on the Trail
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The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), along with its Appalachian Trail (A.T.) Community™ partners and 31 Trail maintaining clubs, invite families to take a hike on the A.T. during the fifth annual Family Hiking Day on Saturday, Sept. 26. Held trail-wide on National Public Lands Day, Family Hiking Day is a program developed by the ATC to introduce and welcome families of all ages and abilities to the A.T.

“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is proud to host Family Hiking Day for the fifth year,” said Julie Judkins, the ATC’s director of Education and Outreach. “Family Hiking Day is a great way to promote physical activity, entice friends and families to go outdoors, and encourage exploration of the Appalachian Trail’s natural beauty.” … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Wildlife Center Will Hold Creatures of the Night Soiree

September 13, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Blue Ridge Wildlife Center Will Hold Creatures of the Night Soiree
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The Blue Ridge Wildlife Center—the largest wildlife rescue veterinarian hospital in the Mid-Atlantic—will hold its annual fundraiser, Creatures of the Night Soiree on Saturday, September 26 at 6:00 p.m. at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Ferrari in White Post. The event will feature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, buffet supper and musical entertainment. In addition, the evening will include silent auction items and a few select, and fabulous live auction items. Some of BRWC’s wildlife education animals will also be in attendance. Tickets start at $150 per person and attendees must RSVP to Franny Crawford at 540-550-3057 or gaveap@verizon.net by September 14.

Over the past year, the BRWC has broken ground and is in the process of building a new state-of-the-art wildlife hospital and rehabilitation facility. Last year alone, BRWC rescued more than 1700 animals including several Bald Eagles (one was released on national television.) The new 8700 square foot facility, now under roof, is being built with private funds. Future plans include education classrooms for school groups and the creation of a veterinary internship program. The facility will open in spring 2016.

For more information on the event or BRWC, please visit to www.blueridgewildlife.org.

Purcellville Hosts 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

September 10, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Purcellville Hosts 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony
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Residents of the Town of Purcellville are invited to Fireman’s Field for the annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony. The Ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow, September 11, at the First Responders Monument near the Historic Bush Tabernacle at Fireman’s Field located at 250 South Nursery Avenue in Purcellville.

Please join us in honoring our local first responders and the memory of all those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Loudoun County Offering Small Landowner Workshops

September 6, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Loudoun County Offering Small Landowner Workshops
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Loudoun County Parks, Recreation & Community Services is taking registrations for two workshops helping landowners of 50 acres or less enrich the value of their land.

Cosponsored by the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development, the two identical workshops are being held at Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve. Registration at https://webtrac.loudoun.gov/ runs through September 10, and participants should select either September 18 (course #167580) or October 2 (course #167590). Both classes run from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The cost is $60 per person, or $100 per two registrants at the same address. The fee includes a continental breakfast and box lunch, a map of their property based on current GIS data, and a comprehensive reference notebook. The workshops are each limited to a maximum of 30 participants. … Continue Reading

Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament

September 3, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament
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Stoneleigh Women’s Golf Association’s is having their annual Rally for the Cure ™ golf tournament in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is a great opportunity to play at the golf course recently cited as being the prettiest golf course in Northern Virginia by Golf Magazine and recently awarded a 3.5 star rating by Golf Digest.

The format is a four-person scramble so men and women of all golf abilities are invited.

The Date is September 27 – registration is open and closes Wednesday, September 23.

To register call the Stoneleigh Golf Pro Shop at 540-338- 4653. Prizes, lunch and raffle follow the tournament. Guest fees of $75.00 include golf cart, lunch, green fee, and Rally for the cure ™ registration fee to be paid by check to Stoneleigh Women’s Golf Association.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hundreds Will Join 20th Annual Butterfly Count August 6

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By Andrea Gaines How Is a Butterfly Like a Rainbow? Scientists recently discovered that some butterfly wings contain tiny structures called gyroids that diffract or break up light into the colors of the spectrum. You may also have seen this …

Your Retirement Plan B

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Take the time to design an alternative retirement plan should retirement come earlier than expected. Imagine this. You’ve spend decades working, saving, and planning for your version of the ideal retirement. Your company was just acquired, and your boss is …

Learning Patience As a Camp Counselor

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By Mary Rose Lunde They say that one of the biggest blessings is being a teacher. It is also one of the hardest. Explaining to nine-year-old kids how to build a fire is one of the most challenging things I’ve …

Remembering the Man Who Never Forgot

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “God is God because He remembers.” The implication being that the defining element separating humans from God is the Divine’s inability to forget. Elie Wiesel was defined in part by his willingness to remember, along with his …

Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Balch Library

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By Tim Jon Solitude, peace, and quiet: Not exactly the first three adjectives I’d choose to describe the greater portion of downtown Leesburg, although its charms do shine through even on the busiest of weekday afternoons. The last morning I …

Superforecasting a Book Review

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The book “Superforecasting” by Philip Tetlock and Dan Gardner contains a nearly complete list of the attributes of superforecasting, as well as critical thinking. Tetlock’s research empirically confirms the aspects of critical thinking I’ve been discussing in this column. Their …

Pokémon GO: A Fun New Gaming App or an Accidental Treatment?

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Penicillin was accidently discovered in 1928 when scientist Alexander Fleming returned to his lab from vacation to notice that a strange fungus growing on a culture had killed off the neighboring bacteria. After WWII, psychiatrist and researcher, Dr. John Cade, …

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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Winchester Plans Patsy Cline Music Festival Labor Day Weekend

11 Aug 2016

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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 …

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Vigil for Lost Promise to Remember Loved Ones Lost to Drugs

11 Aug 2016

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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. …

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August Is National Peach Month: Eat a Peach in Salad

3 Aug 2016

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Are You Kidding? No. A nectarine and a peach are basically the same species. Nectarines are bald peaches, in effect. In early cultivation, nectarines occasionally appeared on peach trees, the result of a recessive allele, the fruit from which were then cultivated as nectarines. Peaches are also part of the rose family. No wonder why we like all three, so …

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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 …

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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 …

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Dear Citizens of Purcellville: As your town council member it is my vision and priority that you feel welcome at your Town Hall and take part in shaping Purcellville’s future …

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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 …

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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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State Senators Investigate University of Virginia’s $2.3 Billion Operating Surplus

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Senators Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax City) and Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach), are calling for an investigation into disclosures that the University of Virginia has accumulated a $2.3 billion operating surplus, now titled a “Strategic Investment Fund,” that is significantly larger than the Commonwealth’s own cash reserves. Both senators agree that the …

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Sports

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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Registration Open For Ida Lee’s Fall NFL Flag Football

7 Jul 2016

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Ida Lee’s Fall 2016 NFL Flag Football League will begin with player evaluations on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31.  Players must be registered by Tuesday, July 26, to participate. This fall, Ida Lee’s Leesburg NFL Flag Football House League will have the following age groups:  6-7; 8-9; 10-11; …

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