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Creation and Evolution in Native American Spirituality

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In celebration of Evolution Weekend, an annual event led by clergy to encourage serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science, St. James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville has invited Roger and Deborah “Turtle” Swartz to guide a discussion of traditional Native American Spirituality and its wisdom in celebrating human relationship to the earth. In a time of urgent concerns about a mission of stewardship, and sometimes sharp differences among people of faith in understandings of the ‘Creator’ and the ‘Creation,’ the discussion presents an opportunity to learn about another traditional approach to our relationship with the natural world.

The presentation and discussion will be held Sunday, February 14 at 11:00 am, followed by refreshments, at St. James United Church of Christ, 10 East Broad Way, Lovettsville, VA. All are welcome.

Roger is the author of two nationally acclaimed books dealing with the frontier history of Pennsylvania during the American Revolution; Turtle is a member of and clan mother for the Southeastern Woodland Indian Loyalist Confederacy. 

Evolution Weekend was founded in 2005 by The Clergy Letter Project to counter the undermining of evolutionary science and the belief that faith and science are incompatible. Attacks on evolution have often also defamed Charles Darwin as an enemy of compassion and morality, falsely associating his work with the unrelated concept of “social darwinism.” In fact, Darwin’s writing “reveals caring, love, moral evolution and education as the prime drivers” of human advancement toward justice and compassionate community, says the Rev. Don Prange, pastor of St. James UCC.

Run and Walk To Your Nearest 5K Pregame Event Happening on Super Bowl Day In Leesburg

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There is a new Running Company, the Pace Makers Running Company, in town and they are on a mission to help the local population with their health goals while raising money for selected charities. The race at The National Conference Center in Leesburg on February 7, is to help benefit the Riverside High School Athletic Department. The upcoming race on March 13 at Top Golf will benefit the cancer society.

The courses are USATF certified. There will be a free door raffle, free high resolution photos and SWAG bags that include a commemorative pregame 5K t-shirt and a free finishers beer at The Black Olive Bar. For more information on the rest of the year races go to www.Pregame5K.com click on ‘Leesburg’.

Lovin’ Leesburg for All Its Beauty

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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 and truly incomparable views. … Continue Reading

6th Annual Loudoun Grown Expo February 27

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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 entrepreneurs for all to enjoy. “We’re thrilled to promote such a worthwhile event that showcases Loudoun growers, Virginia wines, as well as hand crafted beer and local artists,” said Philip Message, co-sponsor of this sixth annual event. He continued, “People from all over Loudoun County as well as the D.C. metro area enjoy this event every year.”

Parking will be at the Fireman’s Field parking lot, Emerick Elementary, Loudoun Valley Community Center and the Town of Purcellville’s public parking areas.

The Lion King Comes to Loudoun

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The Lion King roars into Purcellville on February 26. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to see Simba become king of the jungle on the stage at Blue Ridge Middle School. The Blue Ridge drama department, under the direction of Dolly Stevens, has once again created an incredible, fantasy-filled production full of characters, songs and all of the Disney magic that accompanies this timeless tale.

Blue Ridge is the first middle school in Loudoun County to perform The Lion King, Jr. Dolly Stevens, professional actor/director, has run the after-school drama program at BRMS for the past eight years. She teaches acting and musical theatre classes and directs the annual school musical. Stevens also maintains an active performing life as well as a private instruction studio in voice and acting – The Spotlight Studio for Musical Theatre. … Continue Reading

Calling All Artists

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Painted Wine Barrel Community Art Project

Michael Oaks, who is a member of the Purcellville Economic Development Committee, along with members of the Purcellville Art Council, is spearheading the wine barrel community art project. The proposal is to have local artists paint wooden wine barrels with Purcellville and western Loudoun themes.

Each barrel will have a paid sponsor and would be placed, when finished, in a public place for the length of the project. After the allotted time of the project the barrels would be auctioned off with monies raised to fund future community projects.

“It’s been a project I have been thinking about for years,” said Oaks. He continued, “Any artist from Loudoun County interested in participating in the project can contact me.” Artists can submit their ideas for a painted barrel and a jury will select the best submissions. Oaks can be reached at 540 751-0707 or reloveit@aol.com.

Barns of Rose Hill Presents Quilts Inspired by Beatles Songs

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The Barns of Rose Hill is presenting an exhibit of 150 quilts inspired by Beatles Songs. Fiber artists from around the world were challenged to each choose a different song by the Beatles and to depict it as a 24” by 24” quilt.

The exhibit runs through February 13. Admission is free. Barns of Rose Hill is located at 95 Chalmers Court in Berryville. Free parking is available next door at the Berryville-Clarke County Government Center Barns of Rose Hill parking lot.

It’s been more than 50 years since the Beatles first performance on the Ed Sullivan show on February 9, 1964, a performance watched by 73 million men, women and children. The performance was viewed in over 23 million American homes by 45.3 percent of the households with television sets.

Remembering William “Will” Robinson

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William Carl-Johan Courtney Robinson was born on April 16, 1998 in Leesburg, coming into the world in a rush. He just barely made it to the hospital and that was the way he lived his life. He was loving and fearless and often times reckless but he lived in the moment and he was always authentically himself. William passed away on January 14. He attended Wakefield School in The Plains through eighth grade and then Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville, where he was a junior.

William leaves behind a large and close family: parents, Ann-Charlotte and Martin and brother, Nicholas of Upperville; grandparents, Ann-Mari Horkan of Upperville, Tessa Robinson of Cheltenham, UK, Monty and Maggie Robinson of Shrewsbury, UK, and Ylva Lindgren of Washington, Virginia; aunts and uncles, Ann-Caroline Boram of Reston, VA; Ellie and David Simons of Stroud, UK; Carl and Vanessa Lindgren of Upperville, Tony Horkan and Maria Ottonello of Upperville, Lizzy Horkan of Annapolis, MD, Annie Horkan of Vero Beach, FL, Kathryn and Steve Wills on the road, Claes Nordin of Washington, VA; and a host of cousins, Erica Lindgren and her intended Allan Hoff of Sterling, Alison Campbell of San Antonio, TX, Emily Moody of Boulder, CO, Anthony Horkan of Arlington, and Brittany Horkan of Denver, CO, Joshua and Megan Ryan and little Indigo of Upperville, James Ryan of Miami Beach, FL, and Bobby Nordin of Washington, VA. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Valley’s Max McNerney Stringing His Way Up the Entrepreneurial Ladder

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By Amanda Clark

Max McNerney, a senior at Loudoun Valley High School, has his own lacrosse stringing business titled MaxLaxStrings. Max started the business when he was in eighth grade. He strings all different types of pockets and sells a custom waxed mesh called MaxWax Mesh that makes the pocket of the lacrosse stick waterproof and adds durability. McNerney says: “On a personal level, MaxLaxStrings is so much more. It is the one thing I have poured my passion into throughout my whole high-school career and has taught me more than any business class could.” … Continue Reading

Loudoun Centre Theatre Brings Hairspray to Franklin Park Arts Center

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Join Tracy Turnblad as she turns her passion for dancing into a spot on the local TV dance program. Transformed into an overnight teen celebrity, Tracy teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration and fair play. Watch as a larger-than-life adolescent sings and dances her way to her true love – all without denting her do.

Actors from throughout Northern Virginia will perform this eight-time Tony Award winning Broadway musical. Weekend matinees and evening performances will be February 5 – 13 at Franklin Park Arts Center (36441 Blueridge View Ln. Purcellville, VA 20132). Tickets can be purchased online at www.thelct.org.

For more information, visit www.thelct.org or e-mail info@thelct.org.

Trunk Show Hosted by Mellow Yellow

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This will be the 1st trunk show hosted by Mellow Yellow, an upscale boutique that carries distinctive fashion, accessories and unique gifts. “We are very excited to feature our trunk shows and hope to make this an annual event in the spring and fall, “said Meesook Han owner of Mellow Yellow.

Mellow Yellow carries Comfy USA, Lysee, Tulip, Flax and Kim Bernardin from Paris to name a few. To find out more go to www.mellowyellowstyle.com.

Inova Loudoun Hospital Foundation and Middleburg Community Center Offering Education Session On Music Therapy

January 30, 2016 Events Be the first to comment
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Inova Loudoun Hospital Foundation and the Middleburg Community Center are partnering to bring to the community an interactive discussion on Medical Music Therapy and the impact it has on patients with stroke, Alzheimer’s and other diseases. The event is Wednesday, February 17 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the Middleburg Community Center, 300 West Washington Street, Middleburg. There will be a panel discussion and Q&A session. … Continue Reading

Three Virginia Young Farmers Receive National Honors

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For the first time ever, Virginia Farm Bureau Federation had finalists in all three Young Farmers & Ranchers competitions at the annual American Farm Bureau Federation convention.

Chris Van Vlack of Loudoun County took home top honors Jan. 12 in the Discussion Meet competition at the 97th annual AFBF event. Sam and Ashley Gardner of Bedford County were runners-up for the Achievement Award, Mindy McCroskey of Washington County was a runner-up for the Excellence in Agriculture Award. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

Columns

Asterisk No More

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Moods come and go, but greatness endures.” These prescient words were uttered by President George H.W. Bush, a man who knows firsthand the truth of his own saying. In 1992, President Bush garnered only 37 percent of …

Second Bull Run

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It may not have been a battle, but – seeing as how it was my second attempt at getting a good look at Bull Run Creek – coupled with the fact that I’m a native Northerner – I felt a …

Snowmageddon III?  Seven Survival Tips for Parents

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. “snOMG,” “snowmageddon,” “snowpocalypse,” and “kaisersnoze” are a few terms to describe what just happened in Northern Virginia. The storm was reported to be the second worst storm on record. And while many children and teens gladly …

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

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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])

Figure 1 shows the annual global temperature anomaly since 1980 up to November 2015 using the NASA GISS data set [1]. NASA has not yet published December’s data though BEST has [2] and yes 2015 was the hottest year on …

Editorial

Grief and Greed

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By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …

Op-ed

Oh No, It’s the Christians!

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By Nicholas Reid In the hours and days following every massacre perpetrated by radical Muslims, there is one unifying theme across most news coverage of the massacre, wherever it may …

Dear Editor

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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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input …

Student News

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016

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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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Calendar

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

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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5K Race to Benefit Riverside High School Athletic Department

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Gallery Coffeehouse: READERS THEATRE "LOVE LETTERS" BY A. R. GURNEY

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Mad Cap Puppets: UNDER THE BONSAI TREE

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

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CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT: Year Of The Monkey

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Loudoun Symphony presents A LITTLE CHAMBER MUSIC

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

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THE EDGE: Malone Benefit Concert

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Loudoun School of Ballet Winter Showcase

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theatre, 100 Lunches" by Jack Sharkey & Leo Sears

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Lifestyle

Creation and Evolution in Native American Spirituality

9 Feb 2016

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In celebration of Evolution Weekend, an annual event led by clergy to encourage serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science, St. James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville has invited Roger and Deborah “Turtle” Swartz to guide a discussion of traditional Native American Spirituality and its wisdom in celebrating human relationship to the earth. In a …

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Run and Walk To Your Nearest 5K Pregame Event Happening on Super Bowl Day In Leesburg

3 Feb 2016

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There is a new Running Company, the Pace Makers Running Company, in town and they are on a mission to help the local population with their health goals while raising money for selected charities. The race at The National Conference Center in Leesburg on February 7, is to help benefit the Riverside High School Athletic Department. The upcoming race on …

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Lovin’ Leesburg for All Its Beauty

3 Feb 2016

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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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Around Virginia

Education Savings Accounts Make Big Move in House

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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

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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

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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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Sports

Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016

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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

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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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