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Historian Rich Gillespie Speaks on Haunts on the Loudoun Landscape

The Mosby Heritage Area Association announced an event in conjunction with the Purcellville Library on January 29, at 2:00 p.m,. which will feature Rich Gillespie, Historian Emeritus of the Mosby Heritage Area Association, speaking on the “Haunts on the Loudoun Landscape.”

The stories are all from the personal experiences of long-time local historian and teacher Rich Gillespie, or from close friends and history associates that have shared their experiences with him. They illustrate a nice selection of Loudoun’s history and show off key pieces of the county’s historical landscape you may want to visit—if you should be so bold. 

The program will be in the upstairs fireplace room of the library, 220 E. Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132. Reservations are not required. There is no admission fee.

Help Joseph … and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

January 4, 2017 Behind the Scenes 1 comment
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Blue Ridge Middle School’s PTO is seeking help with its drama department, working diligently on the production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamboat.

The children in the show are enthusiastic and very talented. And, the school has a long history of first class productions with recent shows such as The Lion King, which won 11 National Youth Arts Awards under the direction of Dolly Stevens. … Continue Reading

Remembering George Kakouras

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Georgios “George” Evangelos Kakouras, of Purcellville passed away on December 22, 2016. Born on February 22, 1938 in Gorianades, Greece he was the son of the late Evangelos and Elizabeth Kakouras.

Kakouras came to the United States from Greece in 1955 at the age of 17. He began working for his late uncle Nick Fragakis at the White Palace Restaurant in Purcellville, and later partnered with John Pilalas there. In 1982 he started George’s Plaza Restaurant in Purcellville, where it is currently owned and operated by his son Nick. … Continue Reading

Remembering Carrol Baker Crim

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Carroll Baker Crim, Sr. of Purcellville, died in his home December 25, 2016.

Crim was born on September 25, 1920, the son of the late William M. and Mary E. Crim. He served in the U.S. Army and worked for Giant Food before retiring. He also served as deacon at St. Paul’s Church. … Continue Reading

Music With a Cause – Brian Ganz

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Brian Ganz and CHOPIN! Music with a Cause Sunday concerts at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Purcellville continues with a concert to benefit the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter. The concert will feature internationally renowned pianist and award-winning Chopin specialist Brian Ganz in a recital of works from the Romantic composer’s youth, including nocturnes, polonaises, mazurkas, etudes and a rarely heard set of variations on the charming German air, “Der Schweizerbub.” In a demonstration he likens to “musical gardening,” Mr. Ganz will play works containing “seeds of genius,” composed when Chopin was as young as 11 years old, and follow them with works in the same genres written shortly after the composer reached the bloom of artistic maturity. Tickets are $15 at the door; seniors $12; ages 17 and under admitted free. Tickets available on Eventbrite at http://tinyurl.com/hssrp4q.  For more information visit www.standrew-pres.org or call 540-338-4332 during business hours.

The Spa in Your Kitchen

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Today’s health and beauty products are perfectly scented, perfectly tinted, and packaged to perfection. They are smooth as silk, and smell of coconut, lime, strawberry, vanilla, and mint. Rub them into your skin or brush them through your hair, and an otherwise stressful day can melt away into a pretty nice one. … Continue Reading

Bluegrass Concert Lucketts Community Center

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The 43rd season of weekly concerts at the Lucketts Community Center will feature the following performers during the month of January: Saturday, January 7, The Larry Stephenson Band; Saturday January 14, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper; Saturday, January 21,Remington Ryde and Saturday, January 28, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers. Tickets for all concerts are $15 at the door, show time is 7:00 p.m. and doors open at 6:00 p.m. Hot dogs, barbeque sandwiches plus other snacks and drinks will be available at the kitchen. The address is 42361 Lucketts Road, Leesburg, 703 771-5281, www.luckettsbluegrass.org.

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Architect Kevin Ruedisueli – Preserving Loudoun’s Sense of Place

January 4, 2017 Lifestyle, People 1 comment
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“A Sense of Place” is the term people use to express a special kind of endurance that certain towns, villages, and properties exhibit, despite the visible change in and around them. That old barn on the outskirts of town is gone, but the antique mart that took its place has a familiar feel to it. There are a few more stoplights in the village, but right outside of town that same herd of cows stares at you from over the fence. There’s a new development going up, but it’s hidden by a long line of old trees; and the entrance has been kept small and unobtrusive. … Continue Reading

An Estate To Celebrate a New Year

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Address: 17230 Twin Maple Lane, Leesburg
Bedrooms: Four bedrooms
Bathrooms: Four full and two half baths
Acreage: 30 acres
List Price: $2.3 million
Agent: Sam Rees, On the Market Loudoun
Phone: 703-372-9141 … Continue Reading

Remembering Ila Nell Kinser

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Ila Nell Kinser, age 92, of Berryville, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, December 24, 2016 at Winchester Medical Center. She was born July 22, 1924 in Lee County, Virginia. She was the daughter of the late Dewey and Flora Roberts.

She was proceeded in death by her husband Dudley W. Kinser, Sr., her two sisters, her brother, one granddaughter and one daughter in law. … Continue Reading

Mosby Heritage Area Association Hero and Educator Awards Announced

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The Mosby Heritage Area Association announced the winners of their 2016 Heritage Hero Awards and its Educator of the Year Award. The Heritage Hero award is given to individuals or groups in the Mosby Heritage Area who have demonstrated stewardship responsibility over many years. The Mosby Heritage Area Educator of the Year Award is given to an educator who effectively incorporates the local historical landscape and its stories into their teaching and community outreach. Hero awards were given to Mary Thomason Morris and Al Van Huyck. The Educator of the Year Award was given to Richard Deardoff. … Continue Reading

Christmas Concert Features Internationally Acclaimed Musicians and Antique Steinway Piano

December 15, 2016 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Christmas Concert Features Internationally Acclaimed Musicians and Antique Steinway Piano
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The Middleburg Concert Series comes home for Christmas with a holiday concert of classical and traditional seasonal music at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 18. Featured performers will be MCS resident musicians Dr. Alan Saucedo, Cynthia Saucedo, Karen Chase; MCS Advisory Board members Dr. Dudley Oakes, Dr. Steven Cooksey; and internationally acclaimed guest vocalists Michael Forest and Dr. Aime Sposato. … Continue Reading

Exhibit of Jim Sisley Paintings Opens at Old Ox Brewery

December 12, 2016 Arts, Lifestyle Comments Off on Exhibit of Jim Sisley Paintings Opens at Old Ox Brewery

An exhibit of paintings by Jim Sisley — “Making Connections” — will be on display at Old Ox Brewery, located at 44652 Guilford Drive #114 in Ashburn. An artist’s reception is scheduled for January 6, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The exhibit continues through February.

A resident of Loudoun County and Leesburg since 1994, Jim began art lessons as a child in San Antonio, Texas and started painting in earnest while attending the Glassell Studio School at the Houston Museum of Fine Art in 1985. Jeff Zielinski, Old Ox Tasting room manager, appreciated the bold nature of Sisley’s canvases. “They really pop,” says Zielinski of the large-format works. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

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 …

Six Tips To a New Year and a New You in 2017

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By Michael Oberschenider, Psy.D. Research has shown that as many as 45 percent of us make New Year’s resolutions, but only about eight percent are actually successful in achieving them. And it seems that age is a factor: about 39 …

Investing in the Family Stock

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Family relationships are usually not considered under the rubric of “investments”. Yet, the personal gain and loss from family relationships is much more significant than economic return from stocks and bonds. Taking time out to relate to a person without …

Choosing a Different Lens

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We have all heard, “A picture’s worth a thousand words,” maybe even said it aloud while perusing old photo albums or scrolling through Facebook timelines. Sometimes words fall short of adequately describing an emotion encapsulating a distinct moment. Pictures fill …

Freedom Park

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A great name for a great place, this public space shows us – in my opinion – what’s best about Leesburg, Loudoun County and our country. Freedom Park – just off the Dulles Greenway on the South side of Town …

The Grim Reaper and the Great Barrier

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(to be presented to the Board of Supervisors in January) “The recent frequency and intensity of mass coral bleaching are of major concern, and are directly attributable to rising atmospheric greenhouse gases.” [1]

Pearl Harbor

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By Nicholas Reid Seventy-five years ago this December 7, to quote President Franklin D. Roosevelt, “the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” It will have been 75 …

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

January 2017
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December 26, 2016 December 27, 2016 December 28, 2016 December 29, 2016 December 30, 2016 December 31, 2016

Family New Year’s Eve Celebration

January 1, 2017

New Year's Day Musikabend

Restore & Renew

January 2, 2017 January 3, 2017 January 4, 2017 January 5, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

January 6, 2017 January 7, 2017

Core Purpose, Core Practice Yoga

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

January 8, 2017
January 9, 2017

AUDITIONS - SEUSSICAL

January 10, 2017 January 11, 2017

Beale Street Puppets: Dig Those Dinosaurs

January 12, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

January 13, 2017 January 14, 2017

THE IMMORTALS

January 15, 2017

Come Paint with Us at Breaux Vineyards

January 16, 2017 January 17, 2017 January 18, 2017

Virginia Opera: Deep River- The Marion Anderson Story

January 19, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

January 20, 2017

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

January 21, 2017

DANNY KNICELY CONCERT

January 22, 2017
January 23, 2017 January 24, 2017 January 25, 2017 January 26, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

January 27, 2017 January 28, 2017 January 29, 2017
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
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Historian Rich Gillespie Speaks on Haunts on the Loudoun Landscape

12 Jan 2017

The Mosby Heritage Area Association announced an event in conjunction with the Purcellville Library on January 29, at 2:00 p.m,. which will feature Rich Gillespie, Historian Emeritus of the Mosby Heritage Area Association, speaking on the “Haunts on the Loudoun Landscape.” The stories are all from the personal experiences of long-time local historian and teacher Rich Gillespie, or from close …

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Help Joseph … and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

4 Jan 2017

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Blue Ridge Middle School’s PTO is seeking help with its drama department, working diligently on the production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamboat. The children in the show are enthusiastic and very talented. And, the school has a long history of first class productions with recent shows such as The Lion King, which won 11 National Youth Arts Awards …

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Remembering George Kakouras

4 Jan 2017

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Georgios “George” Evangelos Kakouras, of Purcellville passed away on December 22, 2016. Born on February 22, 1938 in Gorianades, Greece he was the son of the late Evangelos and Elizabeth Kakouras. Kakouras came to the United States from Greece in 1955 at the age of 17. He began working for his late uncle Nick Fragakis at the White Palace Restaurant …

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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

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

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 …

It’s Our Right

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On December 6, the Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on a “Minor Special Exception” proposal we submitted earlier this year concerning our Catesby Farm property. Unfortunately, our limited …

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

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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Man Killed Walking To Gas Station on I-95

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Virginia State Police Trooper M.J. Kryznefski is investigating a fatal pedestrian crash in Prince William County. The crash occurred at approximately 4:10 a.m., on Monday, December 26, on Interstate 95 near Exit 158B. Three males were traveling south on Interstate 95 when their Honda CRV ran out of gas. They …

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Sports

Woodgrove Grabs First at Glory Days

10 Jan 2017

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The Woodgrove Varsity Gymnastics took first place in the red division of the Glory Days Invitational at Park View High School on Saturday, January 7. Woodgrove competed against Rock Ridge, Potomac Falls, Loudoun Valley and Heritage high schools. Host team Park View came in first in the lower blue division. …

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Deadline Extended for Purcellville Sports Funding Application

4 Jan 2017

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The Town of Purcellville has extended the deadline to apply for the Annual Sports League Funding. The new deadline is January 9 at 5:00 p.m. Applicant organizations must serve the Town of Purcellville area, have citizens of the Town of Purcellville as players, and provide a letter to the Town …

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