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16 Graduate LCFR Officer Development School

May 23, 2016 Feature Comments Off on 16 Graduate LCFR Officer Development School
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

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

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

Favorite Loudoun Tree Photo Contest Deadline is April 22, 2016

April 16, 2016 Feature Comments Off on Favorite Loudoun Tree Photo Contest Deadline is April 22, 2016
2015 Arbor Day Photo Contest Winner - Black Gum Tree

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 pat.mcilvaine@lswcd.org.

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).

Youth Art Month at Loudoun Country Day School

March 22, 2016 Feature Comments Off on Youth Art Month at Loudoun Country Day School
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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.

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Plastic Pet Food Bins

February 3, 2016 Feature Comments Off on Plastic Pet Food Bins
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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
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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!”
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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!
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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.

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Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

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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

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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

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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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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Free Gardening Lecture

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Yard Sale

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PAUL REISLER TRIO WITH LEA MORRIS AND MARSHALL KEYS

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

19th Annual Cajun Festival & Crawfish Boil

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Goats at BRNP

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Bring Dad to North Gate Vineyard

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Love, He Called It

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Love, He Called It

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Troy and Paula Haag Perform at Old Stone School

9 Jun 2016

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Troy and Paula Haag, will appear on The Gap Stage at the Old Stone School on Saturday, June 18. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Dinner will be sold by Big Mike’s BBQ, drinks will be sold by the glass, and there will be desserts at intermission. Troy and Paula will be joined by Max Haag …

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Here’s To the Colorists, Manicurists and Blow Dry Mavens… Thanks for Listening!

1 Jun 2016

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Sunday, June 26 is Beauticians Day, celebrating the cosmetology and other experts who keep us looking and feeling our best – whether it’s with a haircut and style, a facial, a manicure, or just some quiet and light conversation.

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Wait. Something That’s Really Healthy Can Be Really Fun … Too?

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Parents of small children, and property owners with pools, ponds and other water features know that swimming safety is a must. You need to have clear rules about how ponds, pools and other places are to be used, and when. Safety equipment needs to be up to date and accessible, and it is critical that there be a responsible adult …

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HUD Awards $2 Million in Housing Counseling Grants To Virginia

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Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that Catholic Charities USA, headquartered in Alexandria, will receive $951,150 in federal funding, and the Virginia Housing Development Authority, located in Richmond, will receive $1,040,918. This nearly $2 million grant by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) …

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Four Hop, Skip and a Jump Local Destinations

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Last month we encouraged our readers to consider visiting any one of five great destinations within just a stone’s throw of Loudoun’s history-lined borders – Berryville and Harper’s Ferry among them. This month we feature four destinations – two right here in our much-celebrated county, and two just over the …

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Five Stone’s Throw Spring and Summer Destinations By Andrea Gaines Bordered by the Potomac River to the north and beautiful mountains to the west – and with easy access to Rt. 95, the Dulles Toll Road and Route 66 – Loudouners have no short list of fun spring places to …

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The Lady Vikings Earned Back-to Back Conference Title

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The Lady Vikings earned the back-to back conference title with a 4-1 win over Heritage in late May. The team earned a first round playoff bye finishing first in the conference and then went on to defeat Rock Ridge 12-0 in the conference semi-finals. The Lady Vikings ended their regular …

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Big Baseball Coming To Fireman’s Field

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