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Skate ‘Til Midnight at the Catoctin SkatePark Closing Party

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Catoctin SkatePark will host a late night skate on Sunday, September 25, 2016, from 7:00 p.m. to midnight, before closing for construction.

Enjoy one last ride at the original Catoction SkatePark!

Construction of the new concrete skate park will begin in early October, but before the old skate park closes, you can celebrate the end of an era. On Sunday, September 25, 2016, the Catoctin SkatePark will be open from noon to 6:00 p.m. After a short break, the park will reopen at 7:00 p.m. and stay open until midnight! … Continue Reading

Middleburg Film Festival Announces “La La Land” As Its 2016 Centerpiece Film

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The Middleburg Film Festival announced the highly anticipated film La La Land as its 2016 Centerpiece selection. La La Land, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, will screen on Saturday, October 22 with Oscar-nominated director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) in attendance. The Festival runs October 20 through October 23. … Continue Reading

Sterling Apple Festival To Be Held September 24 and 25

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The Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum will be hosting the 12th annual Autumn Apple Festival on Saturday, September 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Sunday, September 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event will be held off Route 28 and Route 7 in Claude Moore Park in Sterling. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Arts Council Hosts Exhibit By Lillian Miller

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The third in a series of art exhibits in Purcellville’s Town Hall (221 S. Nursery Avenue) features the works of local artist Lillian Miller. The show runs through September 30.

Miller went from the Chicago Art Institute on to the University of Wisconsin where she majored in Art and Languages. In 1960, Miller returned to Brazil where she broadened her painting technique by studying with an international array of artists. She participated in numerous exhibitions in Brazil and in Italy. Miller returned to the United States in 2005. She is a member of the Loudoun County Sketch Club, an organization that arranges weekly outdoor painting sessions for its members at historic or otherwise attractive sites. … Continue Reading

Privacy on Hiddenhollow Lane

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By Hannah Hager
Just as when a person’s name suits their disposition, so does the address of this home perfectly describe its setting. If you’re looking for privacy in bustling Loudoun, then you will find it at this farmhouse located on Hiddenhollow Lane in Leesburg.

Walnut Hill is a 146-year-old home that has been lovingly restored and maintained throughout what is surely to be several generations of Loudoun families. The Civil War-era farmhouse has likely seen and heard a lot of tales and secrets during its heyday and throughout restorations. Not too many homes could pull off a façade of deep, navy blue, but something about it gives the impression that it’s used to playing the backdrop to the markings of time. … Continue Reading

Organize Your Clutter and Help Loudoun Families

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Salvation Army Opens New Boutique
Are fabulous “wear-it-once-ies”, and things that don’t fit cluttering up your clothes closet? The Salvation Army Family Thrift Store at 10 Cardinal Park Drive in Leesburg recently found the perfect solution to help ladies organize by opening up a new “Dress of Success” boutique stocked full of designer apparel to help achieve a professional look for that next job interview or special event. Every Thursday from 3:00-5:00 p.m. women get an extra 20 percent off all pant suits, blazers and sports jackets on purchases in the boutique. Proceeds stay in Loudoun and help pay rent and utilities for families on the verge of being evicted or having their utilities turned off and also help pay the operating costs of their mobile canteen kitchen which serves meals every Saturday with the help of volunteers from area churches. For more info, please call 703-771-1060.

Remembering Thomas R. Graley

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Thomas R. Graley 78, of Purcellville, passed away Tuesday, August 16, in Leesburg.

He was born September 24, 1937 in Charleston, West Virginia, son of the late Thomas Dewey Graley and Corene Alice Seymour Graley.
Survivors include his wife Martha L. Maxwell Graley to whom he was married 55 years; a son, Alan Lee Graley of Bull Shoals, AR; three daughters, Julia Graley of Purcellville, Fonda Eigel (Thomas) of Lexington, Kentucky and Virginia Mumaw (Charles) of Waterford; and seven grandchildren, Nigel Preece III (Zuni), Claryce and James Eigel, and Ellie, Emma, Ava, and Garrett Mumaw. … Continue Reading

Willowsford – Trying and Succeeding To Be Different

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With an average income of $119,000 per year, Loudoun County has many new, well-heeled communities, and Willowsford, with its custom homes, sweeping views, private places, and idealistic feel, is certainly one.

But, Willowsford – the Washington, D.C. area’s only farm-to-table community built as a farm-to-table community – is both trying and succeeding to do things differently: combining conservation, recreation, convenience, exclusivity, farming, and beautiful architecture into a unique, self-contained lifestyle. Roads are called “streetscapes” here. And, although that sounds like language invented by a master real estate marketer, there is something very special going on in Willowsford. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Wildlife Center Annual Fundraiser September 17

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The Blue Ridge Wildlife Center is the region’s only wildlife hospital, rehabilitation, and education center serving the Northern Shenandoah Valley, the Piedmont, and beyond, and this annual fundraiser event, September 17, provides funds for wildlife rehabilitation, educational programs, and the operation of its new state-of-the-art facility.

Guests will be greeted at 6:00 p.m. September 17 by a pair of the beloved Budweiser Clydesdales and can enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres until dinner is served at 7:00 p.m.  Local band Ver Azul will provide upbeat and relaxing tunes and a live auction will follow dinner with items including a trip to historic Grant’s Farm in St. Louis, MO, a birding exploration and picnic at Oxbow farm, and a wildlife painting from Middleburg painter Anthony Barham. 

For more information, e-mail Jennifer Lee at jennifer@2leeword.com.

Fido and Feline Welcome

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Lots of areas market themselves based upon how pet-friendly they are. Locally, visit Loudoun, billed as “DC’s Wine County” has become quite active in touting the pet-friendly nature of what’s available here, too, listing dozens of trails, shopping areas, resorts, and popular destinations such as wineries that welcome dogs, and in some cases … cats. Yes … cats.

And, why not? People relate to each other through their animals. And, nothing feels better than having people comment on how gorgeous your dog is … or how they had the same kind of dog growing up. Dog and cat love creates good will between a business and its customers, too – especially in a place like Loudoun County, where barns, farms, and wide open spaces meet great places to stay, spend, get active, or just relax. … Continue Reading

Are You a Candidate for a Home Generator?

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We all know what a home generator is: the machine that “keeps the lights on” when the power goes out. Most home generators are of the standby variety – powered by an external power source such as a natural gas line, and taking over when our main home power source fails us. Set on automatic, standby systems restore your power within 10 to 30 seconds. Others are portable, filled and then refilled with their respective fuels, and used for a wide range of tasks, from powering the household, to running lawn equipment, to helping with home repair jobs. Some are actually solar powered or wind powered. A standby generator can cost $4,000 or more, while a portable generator can be bought for just $400. There are also trailer-mounted generators, RV generators, and more. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Cares Offering Volunteer Management Training

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Loudoun Cares is offering three-day workshop training for anyone supervising or managing volunteers. The training program will be offered in Ashbury on September 12, 19 and 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The cost is $175 per participant.

The training will cover how to plan and evaluate a volunteer program, as well as how to recruit, place, train and supervise volunteers. Registration closes on September 2. To register, e-mail julie@loudouncares.org.

Military Members Invited to Native American Ceremony

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Sanctuary on the Trail, host for the Indian Village, invites all military veterans and uniformed services personnel to participate in a powerful, traditional Native American ceremony. An all-Native American Indian honor guard will escort military veterans and service members into the arena tent for community celebration of thanks for their service and dedication.?The Indian Village is part of the 47th annual Bluemont Fair and opens September 17-18. The ceremony will take place at 1:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Stone’s Field 33834 Snickersville Tpke in Bluemont. Entrance is free to uniformed service members and veterans.
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The Company We Keep

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“Truly important and significant hypotheses will be found to have assumptions that are wildly inaccurate descriptive representations of reality and, in general, the more significant the theory, the more unrealistic the assumptions.” – Milton Freidman [1] “I am increasingly convinced …

What Happens To My Stuff When I Die?

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Amy and Dan Smith Only in the rarest of circumstances will the state receive the property of a decedent. Joint tenancy. If you hold property jointly with another person “with survivorship,” it is presumed that the survivor is entitled to …

Integrated Scientific Discovery

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By Mary Rose Lunde Many suggest that science is the gateway to the future. The rise in scientific discovery has driven more and more funding for research. The fact of the matter is, however, that science is far more complex …

A Man on the Move: Supervisor Ralph Buona, Vice Chairman Board of Supervisors

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel I first met Ralph Buona when I was a senior in high school. A “Youth in Government” day event allowed us to meet with our local supervisors. Chosen to sit next to the supervisor for my district, …

Dulles Air and Space Museum

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You ever have those dreams, that (back – probably when you were a kid) you could fly? Not in any kind of man-made craft, mind you – I mean possessing the ability to levitate and travel the skies at will. …

New Book Helps Balance Children’s Screen-Time and Play Time

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By Amanda Clark Michael Oberschneider, a clinical psychologist and founder/director of Ashburn Psychological Psychiatric Services, has just released a book titled Ollie Outside. This book addresses the very timely and important topic of screen- and media-time management for children. Ollie …

Defending the Over-Pampered

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“The purpose of studying economics is to learn how not to be deceived by economists.” Joan Robinson, Professor of economics at Cambridge University, Basel Lecture, 1969. “[W]hereas classisists [economists] turned the spotlight on change, flow, process and dynamics, the neoclassicists …

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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September 2016
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August 29, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 30, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 31, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

September 1, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 2, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 3, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

Dear Creek Live at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Snaggy Mountain Boys

September 4, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 5, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 6, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 7, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 8, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 9, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 10, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

A PLACE TO BE: A THOUSAND STEPS

September 11, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

Silk Scarf Painting with Penny

ART IN THE PARK

September 12, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 13, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 14, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 15, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 16, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 17, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 18, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

Artist Reception - Penny Hauffe

September 19, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 20, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 21, 2016

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BLUE SKY PUPPETS: BARKER OF SEVILLE

September 22, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 23, 2016

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September 24, 2016

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UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING WORKSHOP

FOBR Annual Meeting

5th Annual Leesburg Fine Art Festival

September 25, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

5th Annual Leesburg Fine Art Festival

Music With A Cause - Pas de Deux

Gallery Coffeehouse: The Comedy Cult Improv

September 26, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 27, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 28, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 29, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 30, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

October 1, 2016

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

October 2, 2016
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Skate ‘Til Midnight at the Catoctin SkatePark Closing Party

23 Sep 2016

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Catoctin SkatePark will host a late night skate on Sunday, September 25, 2016, from 7:00 p.m. to midnight, before closing for construction. Enjoy one last ride at the original Catoction SkatePark! Construction of the new concrete skate park will begin in early October, but before the old skate park closes, you can celebrate the end of an era. On Sunday, …

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Middleburg Film Festival Announces “La La Land” As Its 2016 Centerpiece Film

20 Sep 2016

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The Middleburg Film Festival announced the highly anticipated film La La Land as its 2016 Centerpiece selection. La La Land, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, will screen on Saturday, October 22 with Oscar-nominated director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) in attendance. The Festival runs October 20 through October 23.

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Sterling Apple Festival To Be Held September 24 and 25

16 Sep 2016

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The Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum will be hosting the 12th annual Autumn Apple Festival on Saturday, September 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Sunday, September 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event will be held off Route 28 and Route 7 in Claude Moore Park in Sterling.

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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 …

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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

Comstock Understands National Security

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On 9-11, I attended three ceremonies throughout Loudoun County honoring and remembering those 2,977 souls that we lost on that day of infamy. Our Congresswoman, Barbara Comstock was also there …

Lessons from Short Hill

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It’s been a little over two weeks since the Commission Permit for the proposed AT&T facility on Short Hill was overruled by the Board of Supervisors. This is just about …

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 …

Around Virginia

History’s Holy Places: Four Local Sites Worth Exploring This Fall

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The Journey through Hallowed Ground is a 180-mile long, 75-mile wide trek from Gettysburg to Monticello, encompassing nine presidential homes and places, 18 national and state parks, and thousands of small and large historical sites. Dozens and dozens of these sites and related museums are short ride from just about …

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Land Trust Receives Large Donation

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On August 22, The Land Trust of Virginia received a $10,000 gift from the Sharon D. Virts Foundation, based in Herndon. The presentation of this grant was part of the Foundation’s official launch event, held at Selma Plantation in Leesburg. Notable speakers included Sharon D. Virts, FCiFederal Founder and Chair, …

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Farmers Urged To Be On The Lookout For Marijuana

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Farmers in Southwest Virginia are being urged to check their property for marijuana planted by trespassers. Within the past year, hundreds of marijuana plants have been discovered between rows of hay bales on farms in and around Pulaski County, according to the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force. “Unfortunately this …

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Sports

Hunter’s First Professional Race

7 Sep 2016

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Drew Hunter and Loudoun Valley classmates at his first professional race, Sir Walter Miler in Raleigh, NC in early August , l to r:  Marcos Pierce, Matt Slook, Drew Hunter, Max McNerney. Hunter finished with a time of 3:57.15. Hunter turned professional and signed with Adidas.

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Let’s Make Some Memories

3 Aug 2016

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American Legion Baseball At Fireman’s Field, August 3 – 7 By Andrea Gaines American Legion Baseball is here at Fireman’s Field in a big way, featuring five consecutive blockbuster Mid-Atlantic Tournament games – August 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Our local Leesburg Post 34 Rangers had some nice wins …

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