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Hillsboro Plans Mardi Gras Celebration on February 25

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Mardi Gras celebration will be held in Hillsboro on Saturday, February 25 as a benefit for the Old Stone Schoolhouse. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Hurricanes and New Orleans drinks, as well as Old 690 beer and local wines will be served in the Garden District Bar. The Cajun Cafe will feature New Orleans cuisine, including King Cakes. Music for dancing to New Orleans Jazz will be supplied by the disk jockey Ben Ortiz.

There will be a best costume prize and a silent auction.

Four Young Historians Discuss Civil War Turning Points

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The Mosby Heritage Area Association will hold a talk featuring a panel of four young historians who will discuss turning points in the Civil War. The talk will be held at Unison Methodist Church, 21148 Unison Road, Middleburg, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 12. Tickets will be sold at the door or online at www.mosbyheritagearea.org/events for $15 each. These young historians/scholars/authors are members of the group “Emerging Civil War,” and provide fresh perspectives on the Civil War, 152 years after the fact.

Love In All of Its Forms … Ain’t It Grand

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Americans exchange hundreds of millions of cards on Valentine’s Day, February 14.

The National Retail Federation estimates that we will spend some $20 billion to mark the day and demonstrate to friends and family how much we love them – on what marketers call “Love’s Holiday.” Love. It’s a big deal. … Continue Reading

Music with a Cause Continues

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February 26, 4:00 p.m. A Taste of Spring! Beethoven’s “Spring Sonata” for violin and piano forms the heart of a recital by Venezuelan violinist Marjory Serrano and Taiwanese pianist Hsin-Yi Chen, featuring additional classics by Mozart, Coleridge-Taylor and Albeniz. The 7th concert in the Music with a Cause series at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Purcellville, will benefit Mobile Hope of Loudoun. Tickets are $15; ages 17 and under free. Go to, www.standrew-pres.org or call 540 338-4332. 

Bed and Breakfast Guests Can Learn Cooking with Chef

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The Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn is offering cooking classes with its chef to guests who schedule stays during the weekend of February 24 and 25. Or you can just attend the cooking class without the overnight stays. Friday night of the stay includes a wine tasting with an expert from a local winery and appetizers prepared by the chef. A 3-wineries tour is an option for Saturday afternoon. And a cooking class will be offered on Saturday at which guests will learn from Chef Matt Finarelli in February as well as enjoy a four-course meal. To learn more go to www.briarpatchbandb.com.

Inspiring Young Investors

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By Dylan Winick
The Wakefield Investment Club is a fantastic opportunity for students of the upper school to learn about investment and finance.  For many students, this club serves as their first exposure to information and skills pertinent to the investing world.  The club began as the brainchild of Wakefield School’s Chairman of the Board of Trustees, John Neff.  As a professional investor, he feels that understanding the value of a business is a necessary tool to offer students.  By gaining some background in investment, members of the Investment Club are able to supplement their education with real world experience in a unique way.  In the words of Neff, “There is real learning, real responsibility, and real opportunity for those interested.  We’ve only scratched the surface of the Investment Club’s full potential.” … Continue Reading

Q & A with Assistant Production Manager for The Age of Innocence

Middleburg Academy and the Middleburg Theater Department are presenting an exclusive showing of Martin Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence, with a guest appearance by Patricia Hess, Assistant Production Manager. The event will take place on Saturday, February 4 at 7:00 p.m. A reception that kicks off the event will take place in the Mary House’s ballroom. There will be snacks and refreshments before the showing of the film, with a follow-up Q & A session at the end with Middleburg theater students and Mrs. Hess. … Continue Reading

Create Some Romantic, Road Trip Memories with Your Valentine

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Growing up on eastern Long Island my family and I would often just hop in the old station wagon and go for a drive. We’d cruise through the farms, beaches and villages of the place, stopping at special spots where you could stay in the car and admire the view … or stretch your legs and do a little exploring.
Eastern Long Island had lots of special places that over the years created a beautiful series of road trip memories for me. And, getting to know Loudoun, I see that this County carries the same kind of potential … maybe some romantic activities for Valentine’s Day … with whomever or whatever takes up the task at the moment.?With an eye toward beauty … and romance (?) … here are a few of the Blue Ridge Leader’s favorites – easy local road trips where you can savor the view and make some memories. … Continue Reading

Remembering Daniel Everard Juraschek

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Daniel E. Juraschek died Thursday, December 22 after a fall in his home in Charles Town, WV.

Juraschek, 36, earned a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University in 2007 and had worked in a number of environmental management positions in the Washington area and West Virginia, most recently as an environmental engineer and industrial health and safety consultant with the Martinsburg VA Medical Center; DuPont, BP Solar, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the Town of Leesburg. Just before his death he had accepted a new position in environmental engineering with Booz Allen Hamilton. … Continue Reading

Remembering Carolyn May Green

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January 11, 1944 – January 12, 2017

There was nothing simple about Carolyn Green. She could be stubborn and compassionate. Mischievous and demanding. It was exactly this complex, fascinating mix of personality traits that made her the person she was. She had a strong will and an ability to be funny, joyous, and irreverent.

Green was lit with vibrant energy. Energy that led her into situations you would never have thought possible for a woman born in 1944 in a small town at the very bottom of the state of Georgia. … Continue Reading

Dream, Build, Believe Notaviva Vineyard Could Be Yours

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By Hannah Hager

When it comes to historical structures, there are those who step into history … and then there are those who make it. The owners of Notaviva Vineyards were the ones who made it.

It was the best of times; it was the worst of times for Stephen and Shannon Mackey to carve their way into Loudoun’s storied history during the Great Recession of the mid-aughts. At the time, the young couple dreamed of a reimagined world of synergies between wine and music that would demonstrate their passion and will to succeed. … Continue Reading

7th Annual Loudoun Grown Expo, February 25

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Loudoun celebrates the best of what it grows and makes this month with the 7th Annual Loudoun Grown Expo, Saturday, February 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Bush Tabernacle in Purcellville.

Businesses represented will include the county’s many wineries, farms, breweries, community supported agriculture, artists and more. … Continue Reading

Upcoming Waterford Concerts Feature St. Lawrence String Quartet and Four Other Acts

January 18, 2017 Lifestyle, Music Comments Off on Upcoming Waterford Concerts Feature St. Lawrence String Quartet and Four Other Acts
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Subscriptions and tickets are now on sale for five upcoming concerts, the Waterford Concert Series announced. All concerts begin at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoons in the Waterford Old School auditorium, 40222 Fairfax Street in Waterford.

The concert series begins March 19 with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, known for exalted performances and joyful connection with audiences. First violinist Geoff Nuttall and colleagues examine a Haydn masterpiece, Op. 20. No. 5, (their Haydn Discovery program, perfect for an intimate space), then perform the work whole. The concert ends with Beethoven’s sublime Quartet in A minor, Op. 132. The quartet was founded in Canada, has an ongoing residency at the Spoleto Festival USA, is the ensemble-in-residence at Stanford, and wins praise from critics around the globe. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

2016 in the Books

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(Presented to the Board of Supervisors February, 2017) “The last three years have demonstrated abundantly clearly that there is no change in the long-term trends since 1998. A prediction from 1997 merely continuing the linear trends would significantly under-predict the …

A Rainy Romance

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all” – a simple phrase uttered in an acclaimed musical that helped birth a star. The movie’s Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds) catches his attention so completely that Don Lockwood (Gene …

Concerned Parents

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, Our 15-year-old son is out of control and we don’t know what to do anymore. He smokes pot and drinks, disobeys us left and right, is truant from school often, comes home whenever he …

It’s Time To Review Your Estate Planning Basics

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Beginners and billionaires alike should refresh their knowledge of these basic estate planning terms and concepts. The word “estate” tends to conjure up images of billionaires and aristocrats, but estate planning is not just for the wealthy. It’s widely believed …

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: George Marshall Center

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I used to wonder why – after an assignment to visit the interior of this place, I’d return feeling exhausted – both mentally and physically worn out – as if I’d been carrying an extra couple hundred pounds or so …

Meeting the “Other America”

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By Nicholas Reid Ever since the presidential election last November, there has been a lot of talk about the “two Americas”: coastal and continental America. The many differences between these two sections of the United States are numerous and oftentimes …

The Trump Effect

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“Corals are marine magicians. As colonies of the tiny ocean organisms grow, they transform the calcium that circulates in seawater into enormous limestone reefs. These reefs—which can extend for more than 1,000 miles and provide homes for crabs, eels, sea …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

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Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

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Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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Calendar

February 2017
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
January 30, 2017 January 31, 2017 February 1, 2017 February 2, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

February 3, 2017 February 4, 2017

CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

February 5, 2017
February 6, 2017 February 7, 2017 February 8, 2017 February 9, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

February 10, 2017 February 11, 2017

Valentine's Pizza & Champagne

Sweetheart’s Soirée- A Night of Dinner & Dancing

February 12, 2017

Candlelight Concert Fundraiser

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Writers’ Night Out

February 13, 2017 February 14, 2017 February 15, 2017

Bob Brown Puppets: Dragon Feathers

February 16, 2017 February 17, 2017

ARTSPOWER: RAINBOW FISH

February 18, 2017

Wine & Chili Weekend

BALLET THEATRE OF ASHBURN AND EDGE PERFORMANCE COMPANY: MALONE BENEFIT CONCERT

Comedy Night feat. Tyrone Davis

February 19, 2017
February 20, 2017 February 21, 2017 February 22, 2017 February 23, 2017 February 24, 2017

February Fourth Friday

February 25, 2017

Samedi Gras Celebration

February 26, 2017
February 27, 2017 February 28, 2017 March 1, 2017 March 2, 2017 March 3, 2017

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

March 4, 2017

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

March 5, 2017
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Hillsboro Plans Mardi Gras Celebration on February 25

20 Feb 2017

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Mardi Gras celebration will be held in Hillsboro on Saturday, February 25 as a benefit for the Old Stone Schoolhouse. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. Hurricanes and New Orleans drinks, as well as Old 690 beer and local wines will be served in the Garden District Bar. The Cajun Cafe will feature New Orleans cuisine, including King Cakes. …

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Four Young Historians Discuss Civil War Turning Points

2 Feb 2017

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The Mosby Heritage Area Association will hold a talk featuring a panel of four young historians who will discuss turning points in the Civil War. The talk will be held at Unison Methodist Church, 21148 Unison Road, Middleburg, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 12. Tickets will be sold at the door or online at www.mosbyheritagearea.org/events for $15 …

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Love In All of Its Forms … Ain’t It Grand

2 Feb 2017

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Americans exchange hundreds of millions of cards on Valentine’s Day, February 14. The National Retail Federation estimates that we will spend some $20 billion to mark the day and demonstrate to friends and family how much we love them – on what marketers call “Love’s Holiday.” Love. It’s a big deal.

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Editorial

Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

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Appointment Shocks Many On January 3 Supervisor Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge) nominated Tom Priscilla for the Loudoun County Planning Commission to represent the Blue Ridge District. Priscilla was …

Op-ed

Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

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– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

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– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

Dear Editor

Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved

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Today, most residents of Loudoun County know nothing about Williams Gap, even those living on Williams Gap Road (Route 711). Knowing who “Williams” was, why a gap in the Blue …

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception

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We are a group of Loudoun County citizens who will be adversely affected if the board grants a special exception for the Catesby Farm property at your upcoming meeting. You …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm

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By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

Around Virginia

Walbridge To Run for State Delegate in the 33rd District

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Tia Walbridge announces her run for the District 33 seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Walbridge is a wife and mother of two daughters and an active member of the Round Hill community. “Like many people in our district, my family has found its prosperity in a Virginia-based small …

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Office Building on Capitol Square To Be Named After Civil Rights Pioneer Barbara Johns

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Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the newly renovated state building located at 202 N. 9th Street on Capitol Square in Richmond (currently known as the 9th Street Office Building) will bear the name of civil rights pioneer Barbara Johns. The building, which reopened last year, houses the Virginia Attorney General’s …

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Rep. Comstock’s Key Top Priority Legislation Initiatives

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Signed into Law in Her First Term Rep. Barbara Comstock, who serves the 10th congressional district in Virginia, recently reviewed the achievements of her first term in office, identifying 17 legislative initiatives that she supported that were adopted. She said: “My staff and I have met with stakeholders, local elected …

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Sports

Woodgrove Gymnasts Advance To States

15 Feb 2017

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Two Woodgrove High School gymnasts have qualified to advance to the Virginia State Championships Saturday, February 18, at Patriot High School in Nokesville. Sophomore River Stone placed fourth in the all-around competition at the 1A-5A North Regional Gymnastics Championships at Park View High School on Wednesday, February 8, which earns …

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Woodgrove Gymnastics Team Places First

1 Feb 2017

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The Woodgrove High School Gymnastics team for placed first at their home meet. The team competed against squads from Loudoun Valley, Park View and Riverside high schools. Seniors Kaycee Delitta and Sarah Snare were honored at the event for their contributions to the team. The Wolverines excelled in individual competition …

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