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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.

Concert To Benefit Seven Loaves

October 17, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Concert To Benefit Seven Loaves

A special concert to benefit Seven Loaves has been added to the 2015 Middleburg Concert Series and will be performed on Friday, October 23 at 1:30 p.m. at the Series’ usual venue of Middleburg United Methodist Church located on the corner of Washington and Pendleton streets. The program, titled “Radio Middleburg: Pops, Rock n Roll, Broadway, and More,” has been arranged for young audiences. There has been a very positive response from various local schools who plan to send busloads of their students to the performance. The concert is also open to the public. Concert pianist Miho Sato will perform at the piano, Cynthia Saucedo at violin, Alan Saucedo at cello, and well-known music teacher from the Hill School, Karen Chase as vocalist. Students will receive handouts with the lyrics to some of the songs to encourage them to sing along. … Continue Reading

Loudoun’s Heritage Bus Tour To Launch

October 13, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Loudoun’s Heritage Bus Tour To Launch
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Saturday November 14 will mark the inauguration of Loudoun County’s first official Heritage Bus Tour. The tour is organized by the Black History Committee of Friends of the Thomas Balch Library, under the leadership of member Alicia Cohen, cultural tourism ambassador for the Journey Through Hallowed Ground. The tour aims to increase Loudoun’s cultural tourism focusing on its African American communities, citizens, and heritage.

Based on the BHC publication, “Loudoun County’s African American Communities: A Tour Map and Guide,” the tour will explore the shared history of Loudoun’s citizens while traveling along historic routes through Leesburg, Purcellville and visit sites in Waterford, such as the John Wesley Church and the Second Street School. The tour will also take visitors to Gleedsville, Middleburg and Oatlands, which are all heritage sites along the Journey Through Hallowed Ground. … Continue Reading

Winner of 2015 Hillsboro Heritage Day Contest Announced

October 7, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Winner of 2015 Hillsboro Heritage Day Contest Announced
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The Hillsboro Community Association and the Town of Hillsboro have announced the winner of the 2015 Hillsboro Heritage Day Poster Contest, Kelley Wills. Ms Wills has a B.A. in Studio Art and is working as a graphic designer in Northern Virginia.

This year’s Hillsboro Heritage Day has a Colonial theme and is part of the Fall Farm Tour. Come enjoy these festivities from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 17 at the Old Stone School :

  • Listen to live music
  • Shop from local farmers and artisans
  • Watch demonstrations
  • See performances
  • Learn about Hillsboro and Loudoun in Colonial times
  • Get delicious food
  • Enjoy local beer and wine
  • Go on a walking tour of Hillsboro
  • Hear from alumni about attending class at the Old Stone School

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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
Loudoun County Fire Rescue

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

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.









2016 Energy Summit – George Washington University


On Friday evening, October 28, George Washington University, Virginia Campus in Ashburn will host the 10th annual Don Sandros Energy Summit in cooperation with local businesses and non-profits. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for a reception with wine donated by …

Attributing Disaster


“Humans are likely to create a catastrophe, and possibly an associated disaster, that vastly exceeds our own ability to recover from it. In the face of all our efforts, it will persist.” – Richard Guthrie [1] “Here we show that …

Concerned Parent


By Michael Oberschenider Psy.D. Dr. Mike, We recently signed our four-year-old daughter up for gymnastics. It wasn’t cheap, but her friends from the neighborhood do it, and she has been begging us to go. It turned out to be a …

Invisible Illnesses

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By Mary Rose Lunde It is general knowledge that when people think about illnesses, they don’t think about illnesses that aren’t physically apparent. Sure, people know about conditions such as multiple sclerosis and other diseases with visible symptoms, but many …

Robinson Park

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Looking back, now – I’m glad it wasn’t what most people would’ve considered a nice day; I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my share of hot and sunny to last me for at least a generation (especially since …

Are Your Estate and Financial Plans Shock-Proof?


Don’t wait until “what if?” becomes “what is.” Where will you live as you age? Think about your housing options now, so you have choices and won’t have to make a hasty decision should an unexpected health event force you …

In Defense of ‘Adulting’


By Samuel Moore-Sobel Most friends transitioning from college to the workforce long for the days of college, wishing to be back in class and participating in campus life. To be honest, I may be in the minority, but I have …

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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October 1, 2016

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Virginia Outdoors Foundation 50 years of Conservation Celebration

October 9, 2016
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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

Harvest Celebration & Fall Farm Tour


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Anthony Semiao Live at North Gate Vineyard


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Come Paint with us at Breaux Vineyards

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October Fourth Friday

October 29, 2016

2 Pound Sterling Live at North Gate VIneyard

October 30, 2016

Music With A Cause - Music of Colonial America

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OysterFest at North Gate Vineyard

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Leesburg-Daybreak Rotary Club Sends Supplies and Funds to Haiti

24 Oct 2016


The Rotary Club of Leesburg-Daybreak shipped water purification supplies and emergency funds to Haiti following the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew. Partnering with an anonymous local corporation, the club shipped 3,000 water purification tablet packages via FedEx to Haiti. These packages, which were sent to an area battling a cholera outbreak, will clean 3,000 liters of unsafe water. Instructions translated …

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Veteran’s Day 10k Raises Funds for Veteran Causes

13 Oct 2016


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.

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FBRM Clean-Up Day at Blue Ridge Regional Park

6 Oct 2016


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 …

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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 …

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In the election for the 10th District House seat, only one candidate has a more than three decades of success growing a local business. As the owner of a successful …

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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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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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Farmers Urged To Be On The Lookout For Marijuana


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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Hunter’s First Professional Race

7 Sep 2016


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


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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