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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

First Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Meeting of 2016 Set for January 6

January 5, 2016 Feature Comments Off on First Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Meeting of 2016 Set for January 6
New Loudoun Board of Supervisors 2016

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.

Make Your Holiday a Safe One: Follow Safety Guidelines for Cooking & Decorating

December 23, 2015 Feature Comments Off on Make Your Holiday a Safe One: Follow Safety Guidelines for Cooking & Decorating
Winter Holiday Safety

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:

Christmas Trees
• 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.

Holiday Decorating
• 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.

Holiday Cooking
• 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.

Luckett’s Bluegrass Christmas Jamboree with Santa Claus

December 17, 2015 Feature Comments Off on Luckett’s Bluegrass Christmas Jamboree with Santa Claus
Lucketts Christmas Jamboree, Pic 2

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.

Randall Transition Team Announces “Celebrate Loudoun!”

December 17, 2015 Feature Comments 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.

The Pajama Program collects and distributes new, winter pajamas to children in foster care and homeless shelters.

December 7, 2015 Feature Comments Off on The Pajama Program collects and distributes new, winter pajamas to children in foster care and homeless shelters.

The Prekindergarten and Kindergarten classes at Loudoun Country Day School are sponsoring a December fund-raising cause, which is The Pajama Program (www.pajamaprogram.org), an organization that collects and distributes new, winter pajamas to children in foster care and homeless shelters. From Tuesday, Dec 1 though Friday, Dec 11, students will be collecting donations of new, winter pajamas.

New Exhibit Brings a Splash Of Color to Old Ox Brewery in Ashburn

December 7, 2015 Feature Comments Off on New Exhibit Brings a Splash Of Color to Old Ox Brewery in Ashburn

Sterling artist Octavia Frazier’s bold abstract compositions are directly connected to her years of work as an interior designer; her bold use of color and the different textures used are a delight for the eyes. The latest artWorks exhibit, sponsored jointly by the Loudoun Arts Council and Old Ox Brewery features Frazier’s large format works through the end of February. Old Ox tasting room Manager Jeff Zielinski says the work’s energy is a perfect fit for the brewery. “I love the color,” says Zielinski.

Loudoun Arts Council President Jill Evans-Kavaldjian says the new exhibit is a great example of how the artWorks program can help local artists and local businesses. “Exhibits curated for each individual venue are a win-win for both artists and bsuinesses,” she says.

Born in Weiden, Germany to an American military father and a German-Yugoslavian mother, Octavia has lived in many different parts of the world. During her years in Paris, France she developed a deep appreciation and love for art, and it was there that she won her first art competition at age 12. She has since won many more awards and has exhibited her works throughout the DC metro area. Members of the public are invited to meet Octavia and sample the wares of Old Ox — craft brewed beer at an Artist’s Reception on Friday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Artists and businesses interested in joining the program should contact the LAC at info@loudounarts.org to learn more. Old Ox Brewery is located at 44652 Guilford Dr, #114, Ashburn, VA. Learn more about the brewery at www.oldoxbrewery.com.

46th Annual Bluemont Fair Announces Poster Design Winner

June 8, 2015 Feature Comments Off on 46th Annual Bluemont Fair Announces Poster Design Winner

Organizers of the 46th ANNUAL BLUEMONT FAIR, to be held September 19 & 20, 2015, are pleased to announce that the winner of this year’s poster design contest is Jennifer Brady. Her primitive design, which features a smiling banjo and a mustachio’d pitchfork surrounded by music notes, will grace the Bluemont Fair’s distinctive poster, t-shirt, mug, and other fair memorabilia.
Bluemont Fair - 2015 Poster Art by Jen Brady
Jennifer is a New Jersey native who lived in New York City and New Orleans before moving to
Virginia. To make the shift to a country lifestyle even more drastic, she moved into a historic log cabin equipped with a composting toilet and a rainwater collection system in the village of Bluemont where she lived for 3 1/2 years with her family, cats, and dog. Jennifer works in public health, volunteers for the farmers’ market and the Bluemont fair, and loves to read, hike, garden, cook, and (as made obvious by the fair poster) doodle with her 3 year old son. She now happily resides in Leesburg with a conventional plumbing system, but misses eating ice cream cones on the front porch of the Bluemont General Store.

For more information about the Bluemont Fair call 540-554-2367 (voice mail) or go to www.bluemontfair.org.

Loudoun County Kicks off Adopt a Shelter Cat Campaign

May 5, 2015 Feature Comments Off on Loudoun County Kicks off Adopt a Shelter Cat Campaign
Chairman York and Sunny

To celebrate the long history of the relationship between humans and cats, Loudoun County is launching a cat adoption campaign which will feature photographs of cats from the Loudoun County Animal Shelter with notable friends, such as Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott K. York.

The campaign, “Adopt Your Piece of History – Adopt a Shelter Cat” will run through October and is aimed at encouraging residents to add a feline to their or to become involved in their community in an effort to improve the lives of cats.

The Department of Animal Services also announces the creation of the Loudoun Community Cat Coalition, whose purpose is to assist Loudoun County’s animal welfare community addressing the hundreds of requests received each year regarding community and feral cats. Community cats live outdoors and are not socialized to people. While they are the same species as the domesticated cats that people have as pets, they have not lived with people and are therefore not ideal as indoor pet companions.

The Loudoun Community Cat Coalition consists of representatives from a variety of Loudoun County and regional organizations. In addition to the Loudoun County Department of Animal Services, members include Caring Hands Animal Support and Education (CHASE), Humane Society of Loudoun County, Loudoun County Animal Services, Towne Animal Clinic, Virginia Veterinary Medical Association, Loudoun County Veterinary Medical Association and Alley Cat Allies.

The coalition is hosting a free Community Cat Education Class designed to provide information about community cats, safe and effective trapping techniques, community cat care and best practices. The class will be held at Loudoun County Animal Services, 39820 Charles Town Pike, Waterford, on Wednesday May 6, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. Please RSVP for the class to LCAS Assistant Director of Programs and Services Amy Martin at Amy.Martin@loudoun.gov or by phone at 703-737-8097. For more information on how to help cats in Loudoun County, visit www.loudoun.gov/animals.

A Great Family Event; Run or Walk Sadie’s Race May 3rd!

April 8, 2015 Feature Comments Off on A Great Family Event; Run or Walk Sadie’s Race May 3rd!

Sadie Smile Foundation, established in loving memory of Sadie Ablard who passed away at the age of five, is hosting the Fourth Annual Sadie’s Race- a certified, chip-timed 5K Run/Walk and a Kids Fun Run. Attendees can also participate in the raffle of a Life Fitness Treadmill donated by Olympus Gym in Purcellville, as well as other prizes. Activities for the kids include; face painting, balloon twisting, a bounce house and more. Each runner receives a technical race T-shirt, swag bag, and snacks donated by Costco.

So far, Sadie Smile Foundation has raised $151,000. for Smile Train, a charity that provides cleft lip and palate repair surgeries for children in developing countries at no cost to their family. These children are often hidden away, not allowed to attend school, and can have difficulty with eating and speech. Smile Train provides this simple, life-changing surgery for an average of $250 and trains doctors in each country to perform the procedure so they can be self-sustaining.

Register for Sadie’s Race on Active.com today, or onsite race day beginning at 7am. The race begins at Magnolia’s at the Mill and loops through scenic Purcellville, including the W&OD Trail.

For more information, contact Sadie’s mom, Sara Parella: sararparella@gmail.com, or visit www.sadiesmilefoundation.org.


Loudoun Pet Pantry Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

September 11, 2014 Feature Comments Off on Loudoun Pet Pantry Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

More than 2,100 Pet Food Kits Distributed to Families in Need

The Loudoun Pet Pantry celebrates its one-year anniversary this month. To date, more than 2,100 pet food kits have been distributed to Loudoun County families in need. “We are thrilled with the success of this public/private partnership. By working together, we are keeping four-legged, furry family members in their homes and out of the animal shelter due to financial hardship,” said Amy Martin, Shelter Administrator at Loudoun County Animal Services (LCAS).

The Loudoun Pet Pantry began service to Loudoun County residents in September 2013, through a partnership between LCAS, the Humane Society of Loudoun County and Loudoun Interfaith Relief. Volunteers take donated bags of cat and dog food and canned food to create kits which are distributed to families in need. Those interested in donating are asked to contribute bags of dry food between three and ten pounds, and canned food, especially for dogs. Several businesses lend their support to the Loudoun Pet Pantry by serving as donation drop box locations. For a list of these locations, visit www.loudoun.gov/petpantry.

The Loudoun Pet Pantry’s mission is to help keep pets in loving homes by providing food supplies for families in need. For more information about the Loudoun Pet Pantry, contact Loudoun County Animal Services at 703-777-0406 or animals@loudoun.gov. Visit the Loudoun Pet Pantry online at www.loudoun.gov/petpantry for more information.

Designing Flowers – “You Feel It”

September 3, 2014 Feature, People Comments Off on Designing Flowers – “You Feel It”

One block off of Purcellville’s historic downtown is an exquisitely restored old house at 151 S. 20th street.

As you walk in you notice that everything is immaculately clean and shiny – polished wood floors, sparkling windows and not a spec of dust anywhere. At the same time your lungs have taken in the absolutely heavenly scent of fresh flowers – lilies, freesia, roses, mums and more filling your nose with all of their sweet glory. … Continue Reading

Ready, Set, Pull at Dulles Airport

September 3, 2014 Events, Feature Comments Off on Ready, Set, Pull at Dulles Airport

Harness the power of teamwork at the 22nd annual Plane Pull September 20 benefiting Special Olympics Virginia.

Rally your fellow weekend warriors and pull a 164,000 pound Airbus at Dulles International Airport from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Teams of 25 will compete to see who can pull the airplane 12 feet the fastest. Teams must raise a minimum of $1,500 to participate. Prizes will also be awarded to the teams who raise the most money, teams who show the most enthusiasm, the lightest and the heaviest teams and even the slowest team.
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Asterisk No More


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Second Bull Run

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What Is a Sport?

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By Mary Rose Lunde On January 10, hundreds of talented dancers from across the East Coast competed at the Universal Dance Academy Regional Championship at West Springfield High School. Tensions were high and the stakes couldn’t have been greater. What …

Six Things to Know to Weather a Market Downturn


It’s natural to be nervous when the markets head for negative territory. Keep a positive perspective with these six investing reminders. It can be very unsettling for investors when their portfolios and the markets start heading for the red and …

El Nino Evolution

Figure 3. Sea-surface height as inferred by by NASA satellites during the current El Niño (December 27, 2015, at left, from Jason-2) and at a comparable point during the last “super” El Niño (December 28, 1997, at right, from TOPEX/Poseidon). Warmer temperatures in the upper ocean result in higher sea-surface heights, as the seawater expands. In 1997, the above-average sea surface height was generally more intense and peaked in November. In 2015, the area of high sea levels was less pronounced but considerably broader. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. (see [4])

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Oh No, It’s the Christians!


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Job Well Done!

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Kudos to Town Manager Rob Lohr and his awesome hard working staff. You did a fantastic job of snow removal throughout the Town of Purcellville this past week. Mr. Lohr …

View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville


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Student News

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016


Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

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8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015


Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015


Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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February 2016
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Loudoun Valley Boys Basketball Spirit Night at Coach's Corner


Music Together Classes - Winter Session


Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY


Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY


5K Race to Benefit Riverside High School Athletic Department

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session


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Loudoun Symphony presents A LITTLE CHAMBER MUSIC

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

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THE EDGE: Malone Benefit Concert


Loudoun School of Ballet Winter Showcase

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY


Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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3 Feb 2016


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Lovin’ Leesburg for All Its Beauty

3 Feb 2016


By Hannah Hager We may be in the thick of winter, but this home on Cherry Spring Lane will melt your heart. Come spring you’ll fully be able to enjoy this simple, yet elegant brick home and its surrounding green pastures enclosed by miles of black wooden fences. Beyond your immediate yard are sweeping views of the mountains and valleys …

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6th Annual Loudoun Grown Expo February 27

3 Feb 2016


It’s that exciting time of year again for the Sixth Annual Loudoun Grown Expo. The yearly event will take place at the Bush Tabernacle 250 South Nursery Avenue, Purcellville, on February 27 with new expanded hours starting at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be wine and beer exhibitors, farm exhibitors, artisans and makers, restaurants and other rural economy …

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Education Savings Accounts Make Big Move in House


The Virginia House of Delegates gave a strong push to House Bill 389, Delegate Dave LaRock’s (R-33rd District) innovative Education Savings Account legislation, as the House Education Committee voted 13-9 in favor of advancing the bill forward. “This is definitely an exciting development for parents and students in the Commonwealth,” …

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Kaine to Hold Hearing on Opioid Abuse


On Monday, February 1, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, will hold a field hearing in Loudoun County to examine the ongoing fight against opioid misuse and abuse among older Americans. Kaine has met with families, law enforcement and business leaders across Virginia …

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Youth Can Apply for 2015 Livestock Exhibitor Scholarships


Youth who exhibited beef cattle, sheep, meat goats or swine in the 2015 State Fair of Virginia 4-H and FFA youth livestock program are eligible to apply for 12 new scholarships being offered by the State Fair of Virginia. Scholarships will be offered in three age groups: Juniors (9-12), Intermediate …

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Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016


The Western Loudon Volleyball Club U14 boys team, called the “Hitmen,” finished second in a tournament held January 17. This is the first ever boys team for the WLVBC (and only the second boys club in the area). Coach Allan Kotmel led the seven-member team. WLVBC started eight years ago, …

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ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines

2 Dec 2015


The Old Dominion Football Club West boys and girls middle school travel soccer program scored big the weekend of November 21 and 22.  The girls Quest Premier 22 team took home the championship in the U12 Girls Premier Division of the Hunt Country Classic located in Fauquier County. The boys …

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