December 22, 2016FeatureComments Off on Western Loudoun Volleyball Club Starts Club Season With “Certapalooza Day” – Collects Close To 400 Pounds Of food For The Community
On Saturday, Dec. 10, Western Loudoun Volleyball Club held its annual all day Certification Day for the upcoming season at Patrick Henry College. There were 6 teams, 70 players, 12 coaches and 8 hours of volleyball to ensure players had the necessary certifications needed for the upcoming club season.
WLVBC’s motto is “When We Serve Well, Good Things Happen”. This motto is emphasized by coaches and Board members both on and off the courts. The kids on these teams donated over 280 pounds of human food to Loudoun Hunger Relief and 100 pounds of pet food to Loudoun County Animal Shelter. WLVBC Director Matt Croson pulled everyone together and the focus was not on volleyball. Instead, his emphasis was that “each one of you have the power to go out and make someone smile….each one of you can go out and make a difference in the world”. Collecting and donating food was just one way to give back to the community.
July 7, 2016FeatureComments Off on Swearing In Of Newly Elected Purcellville Town Council
The newly elected Purcellville Town Council was sworn in on June 27 and took office on July 1, except for Kelli Grim who took her seat after the election to fill a vacated council seat. Flanked on the left by Town Council Member Doug McCollum, and on the right by Town Council Member Karen Jimmerson the newly and re-elected members are: left to right, Council Members Kelli Grim and Chris Bledsoe, Mayor Kwasi Fraser and Council Members Ryan Cool and Nedim Ogelman.
July 7, 2016FeatureComments Off on Purcellville Mayor To Host Stage Side Chat
Wednesday July 13, Carver Center 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser will be hosting a stage side chat at Carver Center on Wednesday, July 13, from 7 to 8:30 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.
July 7, 2016FeatureComments Off on Purcellville Farmer’s Market Ribbon Cutting
The Purcellville Farmer’s Market had their ribbon cutting for their grand opening in June. They are located at 717 E. Main Street at the Shoppes at Main and Maple, and they are open Saturday from 9-1. Kelley Partlow is the manager of the market and for more information go to purcellvillefarmersmarket.com. The inset photo pictures Kelley and her daughter Lorallye.
May 23, 2016FeatureComments Off on 16 Graduate LCFR Officer Development School
The Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management is proud to announce the graduation of 16 of our career personnel from the third Officer Development School. These 16 men and women attended the comprehensive two-week academy from May 5 thru May 18, at the Oliver Robert Dubé Fire-Rescue Training Academy in Leesburg.
The Department’s senior staff members worked alongside seasoned company officers to design a program to teach important aspects of both leadership and management. This intensive, two-week training platform focuses on developing all aspects of a company officer’s role through a combination of lectures and practical exercises. They will develop their skills not only as tacticians, but also as mentors, cultivating, and growing department personnel. The program utilized departmental instructors, as well as presenters from outside LCFREM and the fire service as a whole.
The graduation ceremony was emceed by James Williams, Deputy Chief, who played a key role in the development and administration of the program. The Chief of the System, W. Keith Brower, Jr. and Mr. Tim Hemstreet, County Administrator, each delivered remarks to the graduates and also presented the graduation certificates to each officer with Assistant Chief Matthew Tobia.
Front row (from left): Deputy Chief Michael Nally, Captain Paul Musser, Deputy Chief James Williams, Assistant Chief Matthew Tobia, System Chief W. Keith Brower, Jr., County Administrator Tim Hemstreet Back row (from left): Lieutenant Steve Rusenko, Firefighter Robert Andrew, Lieutenant Michael Quinn, Firefighter Aaron Sigler, Lieutenant Eugene Sager, Lieutenant Jacob Sherer, Lieutenant Gregory Southwick, Lieutenant Nicholas Krukowski, Lieutenant Christopher Jenkins, Technician Jason Dice, Lieutenant Brian Sullivan, Lieutenant Brent Emerson, Technician Jason Burns, Lieutenant Christopher Turner, Lieutenant Robert Cressler, Lieutenant Kelly Yelton
April 16, 2016FeatureComments Off on Favorite Loudoun Tree Photo Contest Deadline is April 22, 2016
The annual Loudoun Arbor Day photo contest is underway. Entries are being accepted through Friday, April 22, 2016, in advance of the 29th Annual Loudoun Arbor Day Celebration on Saturday, April 30, 2016.
Entries must be:
Photos of a single tree in its entirety.
The tree must be growing in Loudoun County.
The entry must be a photograph taken by the entrant.
No larger than 8 1/2” x 11”
Unframed and can be black and white or color.
Send photos along with the photographer’s contact information (name, address, phone number and/or email) as well as the location of the tree and kind of tree, if known, to Loudoun Soil & Water Conservation District (LSWCD), Attention: Arbor Day Photos, 30-H Catoctin Circle, S.E., Leesburg, VA 20175 or email to email@example.com.
Winning photos will be displayed at the Loudoun Arbor Day Celebration on Saturday, April 30, 2016, at the Loudoun County Fairgrounds, 17558 Dry Mill Road in Leesburg. Awards will be presented to the photographers of the top three photos during the formal ceremony scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Photos will not be returned and become the property of the Loudoun Arbor Day Committee and may be used to display at events.
For more information, contact Pat McIlvaine of LSWCD at 571-918-4530, ext.104 or Pat.McIlvaine@lswcd.org; or Loudoun County Urban Forester John Zuiker at 703-771-5991 or John.Zuiker@loudoun.gov
More information about the Arbor Day celebration is online at www.loudoun.gov/ArborDay.
Image: The first place photo in the 2015 Arbor Day Photo Contest was of a Black Gum Tree in a field west of the Wastewater Treatment Plant in Middleburg (Photo by Stephen H. Wade).
March 22, 2016FeatureComments Off on Youth Art Month at Loudoun Country Day School
Loudoun Country Day School Teachers Mrs. Bridget Palmer and Renee’ Edmonston have have staged an art exhibit that encompasses the whole grand foyer, with both the walls covered and exhibits set on tables throughout to celebrate March’s Youth Art Month: The Power of Art. Every child in the school (over 300) has a piece of art displayed, from preschool (age 3) to eighth grade (age 13). Art has always been extremely important in the history of LCDS, and teachers have students paint and do art projects within their classrooms, as well as participating in the art classes each week.
February 3, 2016FeatureComments Off on Plastic Pet Food Bins
By Kimberly Correnti
We love to use plastic bins to store kibble. It’s quick, keeps food fresh and stores easily. However there are some things to consider before you dump your pets food into this potential health risk haven. Residual oils and fats that transfer to the bin can become rancid after time and contaminate new fresh food. Plastic bins may get micro cuts not visible to the eye. These areas can also harbor all kinds of nasty little buggers that can spoil your pet’s food. Mold spores or bacteria can contamination the kibble which can lead to diarrhea and vomiting.
I recommend you open the bag and place (the bag containing the kibble) it inside of the bin. This reduces the risk of transferring anything onto the plastic. If you wash out the bin, use hot water, light soap and rinse well.
Kimberly Correnti is the owner and Animal Nutrition Expert at DogGone Natural, located in Leesburg and Ashburn. www.doggonenatural.com
January 5, 2016FeatureComments Off on First Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Meeting of 2016 Set for January 6
The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors will hold its first business meeting of 2016 at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 6, 2016, in the Board Room of the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison Street, S.E. in Leesburg.
During the first meeting of the Board’s new term, the Board will consider organizational matters including setting the Board’s meeting schedule for 2016, a proposed code of ethics, proposed standards of conduct, adoption of rules of order, election of a Vice Chairman, standing committee assignments, and appointments to regional and county committees and commissions.
Those elected to serve on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors from January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2019, are:
• Chair – Phyllis J. Randall
• Algonkian District: – Suzanne M. Volpe
• Ashburn District – Ralph M. Buona
• Blue Ridge District – Tony R. Buffington Jr.
• Broad Run District – Ron A. Meyer Jr
• Catoctin – Geary M. Higgins
• Dulles District – Matthew F. Letourneau
• Leesburg District – Kristen C. Umstattd
• Sterling District – Koran T. Saines
Board meetings are available for viewing on television on Comcast Government Channel 23, Open Band Channel 40, and Verizon FiOS Channel 40, and at www.loudoun.gov/webcast. Documents prepared for the Board meetings are online at www.loudoun.gov/bosdocuments.
December 23, 2015FeatureComments Off on Make Your Holiday a Safe One: Follow Safety Guidelines for Cooking & Decorating
Christmas trees, decorations, candles, holiday cooking: all contribute to holiday fires. The National Fire Protection Association says the top three days for home candle fires are Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Day, while the three leading dates for home structure fires caused by cooking are Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Following a few simple tips will ensure a happy and fire-safe holiday season:
• Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
• Get rid of the tree when it begins dropping needles. Dried-out trees are a fire hazard and shouldn’t be left in the home, garage or placed outside against the home. Loudoun County has a Christmas Tree Recycling Program that turns the trees into to mulch available for free to county residents.
• Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
• Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn.
• Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
• Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect.
• Keep an eye on what you fry
• Be alert when cooking
• Keep things that can catch fire away from cooking area
More tips on how to have a fire-safe holiday are available online from the National Fire Protection Association.
December 17, 2015FeatureComments Off on Luckett’s Bluegrass Christmas Jamboree with Santa Claus
Celebrating 42 years of continuous Bluegrass music at the Old Schoolhouse, the Luckett’s Community Center will host the annual Luckett’s Bluegrass Christmas Jamboree on Saturday December 19th. Santa Claus will be making a special appearance and many of Luckett’s’ Popular performers will mix and match their talents to perform the Bluegrass favorites you know and love along with many Christmas favorites as well.
The Jamboree is made up by Jay Armsworthy-guitar and vocals, John Brunswyler-banjo, Keith Dill-fiddle, Tom Gray-Bass, Tara Lindhardt-mandolin, and Tom Mindte-mandolin & vocals.
From California, Maryland, Armsworthy normally performs with his traditional Bluegrass group, Jay Armsworthy & Eastern Tradition through the tri state area. Mindte plays mandolin and makes his home in Rockville, Maryland which is also the home of his own rising record label, Patuxent Records. He is also the leader and mandolin player with the Patuxent Partners as well as the Christmas Jamboree’s banjo player, John Brunswhyler. Multi-instrumentalist, Dill plays with the West Virginia band, Patent Pending. His Appalachian old-time fiddling adds the right touch to the Christmas Jamboree. Lindhardt has taken first place in many contests and can be seen working regularly in duets, trios, and full bands in bluegrass, old time, Irish, and Swing jazz styles of music. She play’s mandolin and will be dressed in a pretty Christmas bow! Joining the Jamboree Band for the first time is the famous, Tom Gray, on bass. Gray is known as the original member of the Classic Country Gentlemen and founding member of the Seldom Scene. Gray has played with many, many bands throughout the world. He will be a great asset to the program.
It will be a fun evening of music, laughter, and many surprises. You just never know what this group will come up with in their family style performance!
The show begins at 7:00 pm with the doors opening at 6:00. The Luckett’s Community Center is a smoke and alcohol free environment. Sandwiches, snacks and drinks are available for sale. For more information, tickets, and directions, go to www.luckettsbluegrass.org or call 703-771-5281. You can purchase tickets at the door for $15.00 per person.
The Luckett’s Community Center is located at 42361 Luckett’s Road in Leesburg, VA.
December 17, 2015FeatureComments Off on Randall Transition Team Announces “Celebrate Loudoun!”
Loudoun County Chair-Elect Phyllis Randall announced “Celebrate Loudoun” commemorating the installation of the 2016-2020 Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. The event will be held on January 2, 2016 at Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg. The public is invited to all activities.
“Celebrate Loudoun” will honor the spirit of bi-partisan cooperation and the new Board’s shared commitment to finding sustainable solutions for all Loudoun County citizens.
The day begins with a ceremonial installation of the new Board from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and attendance by the public is free.
From 7-11:30 PM, members of the public are invited to attend the “Celebrate Loudoun Gala” to be held in the main ballroom of the Lansdowne Resort. There will be a buffet and a live band for dancing. Tickets are $50 per person/$80 per couple. Attendance is limited to 500, so advanced, online ticket purchases are recommended. No county funds are being used for any “Celebrate Loudoun” activity.
Those attending either the installation or the gala are asked to bring two canned good items as donations to Loudoun County food banks. All proceeds for the day’s activities, including ticket sales and sponsorships, will be used first to cover the direct costs of the event. Excess funds received will be distributed equally to three Loudoun County charities after consultation with all members of the 2016-2020 Board of Supervisors.
To buy tickets online to either one or both of the “Celebrate Loudoun” activities, visit www.WeCelebrateLoudoun.com. Online tickets may be purchased until 11:59 p.m., Friday, Jan 1. Only cash or checks will be accepted for ticket purchases at the door.
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Utilizing a chair for modifications to make yoga accessible to people who lack the mobility to move easily from standing to seated to supine positions. (Pre-Registration Required) www.LoudounValleyYoga.com
(All ages) Celebrate the Year of the Rooster, wear the lucky colors gold, brown and yellow, enjoy arts and crafts, solve Lantern Tiger Riddles and enjoy refreshments and entertainment. This program is also a reception to celebrate the opening of our yearly Youth Art Show. 263717-01 $10.00 per person 263717-02 $35.00 – family of four or more
(Ages 16 & up) Performance group BITWC ” Imagine That!” presents “Moonlight and Magnolias”- 1939 Hollywood is abuzz. Legendary producer David O. Selznick has shut down production of his new epic, Gone with the Wind. It’s just not working. So he sends for screenwriter Ben Hecht and pulls director Victor Fleming. He locks the doors, closes the shades, and on a diet of bananas and peanuts, the three men labor over five days to fashion a screenplay that will become the blueprint for one of the most successful and beloved films of all time.
Utilizing a chair for modifications to make yoga accessible to people who lack the mobility to move easily from standing to seated to supine positions. (Pre-Registration Required) www.LoudounValleyYoga.com
Impress your loved one with an evening to be remembered at Breaux Vineyards Annual Valentine’s Day Dinner. Sip on a delicious sparking and enjoy hors d’oeuvres before indulging in a 3 course delectable meal paired with our favorite Breaux wines selections. Menu expertly composed by Chef Author Clark. In addition to wine & food live music will entertain you during dinner, as well as get you and your loved one dancing the rest of the evening in our beautifully decorated Grand Acadia Room. Joining us again (3rd year in a row) by popular demand is a local performer, Frank Lombardi, who sings songs from the American Standards Songbook in the styling of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Harry Connick Jr. amongst others.
Sip, dine, and dance your night away with your sweetheart at Breaux Vineyards.
On Sunday, February 12, 2017 The Community Music School of the Piedmont will welcome famed cellist, Amit Peled, to the Ballroom at Barton Oaks for our 10th annual Candlelight Concert Fundraiser. Mr. Peled is an internationally-known Israeli musician and on faculty at Peabody Conservatory. He will play the famous 18th century cello that Pablo Casals played in all of his performances.
The program will feature works by Bach and Schubert and others. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 540-592-3040 or visit www.piedmontmusic.org. Tickets are $125.
(Ages 16 & up) Give your Muse a night on the town! We’ll respond to fun, innovative writing prompts and experiment with different forms of poetry, fiction, and memoir. Creating safe space for tender new works of art is a priority, and sharing is optional. All writers, both novice and experienced, are invited to join the party! Leaders: Lisa Colburn and Sue McCollum are certified Amherst Writers & Artists facilitators who lead writing workshops in Loudoun County. To learn more, visit www.marketstreetwriters.com and www.writingfordiabetes.com
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Our wine & soup weekends have been such a hit, we’re introducing another way to warm you up this winter: wine and chili!
On the third weekend of January, February and March, we’ll be serving up a hot bowl of chili with a glass of wine - bring your family out of hibernation this winter and savor the warm atmosphere of the winery!
Glass of any wine and a bowl of chili together are $16 ... available on the advertised weekends while supplies last, on a first come, first serve basis
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February 18 is Comedy Night at Bogati Winery! Your ticket includes admission and a glass of Bogati wine.
Doors open at 7 PM - this is a great way to get out of the house, sample the best wine in Virginia, and laugh the night away with friends both new and old!
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Come enjoy one of our favorite monthly events, Fourth Fridays! On this Friday we will have live music with Jason Masi. We always have great wine specials, delicious food to enjoy, as well as live musical entertainment!
Kick-off Mardi Gras a few days early with your Cajun cousins at Breaux Vineyards! Our annual Samedi Gras Celebration takes place on Saturday February 25th in our NOLA style tasting room. Samedi Gras is a Saturday celebration of the traditional New Orleans Mardi Gras, and a festive and lovely event not to be missed. Space is limited and we encourage tickets in advance. Enjoy fun dancing, festive beads, masks, king cake, costume contest, and your favorite Breaux wines. Live music with the infamous Dixie Power Trio begins at noon! We’ll also be selling delicious Cajun cuisine- menu coming soon!
$15.00 per person
(If you are a Cellar Club Member click here to purchase your ticket)
Ticket includes: admission, live music, wine tasting, bead, king cake sample
All tickets will be held at the door– when you arrive you will check in with our host. Make sure you have your ID ready. Under 21 are permitted but not encouraged. We do not permit outside food in our indoor spaces, and please leave your pets at home.
(All ages) Don’t miss this hilarious show full of laughs for the entire family. A group of talented performers take suggestions from the audience to create wacky scenes and funny improv games. If you like Whose Line Is It Anyway? you’ll love Last Ham Standing…the other comedy meat! www.franklinparkartscenter.org
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