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Copeland Homestead Farm Celebrates 250 Years of Same-Family Ownership

November 4, 2015 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Copeland Homestead Farm Celebrates 250 Years of Same-Family Ownership
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The Copeland Homestead Farm is celebrating its Sestercentennial Anniversary — the farm has been owned by the same family for 250 years. The farm is currently owned by seventh generation family member, Patric Copeland. Patric and his wife, Maura Walsh-Copeland’s children, Sean, Jameson and Caitlin Copeland, are the quintuple great grandchildren of David and Deborah Copeland, who built the original portion of the Homestead in 1765.

The Copeland Homestead, located on the northeast side of Short Hill Mountain just south of the Town of Hillsboro corporate limits, is one of the oldest dwellings in the area. According to Loudon County and Copeland family records, George Washington surveyed “The Grand Line” between Thomas 6th Lord Fairfax’s Piedmont and Shannondale Manors, from the mouth of the Rappahannock, running through the Town of Hillsboro to Harper’s Ferry and the Potomac River. This Grand Line still serves as the western boundary of the Copeland Farm. … Continue Reading

The Loudoun Sketch Club – Documenting Our County’s Beauty Since 1944

November 4, 2015 Arts, Lifestyle 1 comment
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In October of 1944, three Loudoun County artists displayed their works at the historic Waterford Fair.

Over the years, the three ladies – Evelyn Marshall, Vinton Pickens, and Betty Tiffany – had gathered at historic farms and properties to sketch, paint and celebrate their friendship, all the while quietly and purposefully looking forward to the day when Loudoun would be seen as a destination for artists and art lovers alike. Their mission? Document the beauty, history and rare elements of nature unique to western Loudoun County, as seen through the eyes of the artists who so love the place.

At one sketch session at Pickens’ historic Janelia Farm, Vinton’s husband Robert remarked, “You’re a bunch of hot sketchers, aren’t you?” … and he was right. … Continue Reading

Get Your Turkey On!

November 4, 2015 Lifestyle Comments Off on Get Your Turkey On!
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10 Fun Games for Thanksgiving Day

Engaging games are the perfect partner for the great Thanksgiving food you’re preparing. Here are some ideas:

Best Ideas for Leftovers: While eating your meal, have someone go around the table (taking notes) asking guests to give the group an idea for creative uses of Thanksgiving leftovers. Take a table vote for who made the weirdest suggestion, the most delicious selection and the most creative suggestion. (Pumpkin pie quesadillas, anyone? … )

Pumpkin Tag: With a small pumpkin serving as the pigskin … play a little tag football! Anyone holding or throwing the ball needs to yell “gobble, gobble, gobble” … to tag someone, you need mark them with a piece of orange tape or paper … and members of the losing team are required to walk down the street like a turkey – knees bent, rear end swinging side to side yelling “waddle, waddle, waddle!” … Continue Reading

Purcellville Halloween 2015 Bash a Huge Success

November 4, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Purcellville Halloween 2015 Bash a Huge Success
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“The costumes this year were so unbelievably creative and clever. People are finding out that the top prize is $500 cash and a trophy … so it seems like they are going all out!”

That – according to Halloween 2015 sponsor Michael Oaks of the Re-Love It consignment store – just about sums up the fantastic happenings surrounding Purcellville’s 5th Annual Halloween Block Party.

MC’d by Dave Wright, founder and moderator of the Improv Comedy Troup Last Ham Standing, Halloween 2015 was attended by thousands of people this year – a crowd that greatly surpassed last year’s bash.

The cash was flowing as was the creativity, enthusiasm and energy of the crowd.

And who won? Well, that’s the important part, noted Michael and his wife and business partner, Kim. “Our favorite part of the event … besides seeing the winners’ faces light up … is seeing the joy on the kids’ faces through out the evening. The adults really enjoyed themselves, too!” … Continue Reading

Irish Session at Corcoran Brewing

November 4, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Irish Session at Corcoran Brewing
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Sunday, November 8 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Corcoran Brewing Company will host an Irish session. Enjoy traditional Irish jigs reels and hornpipes played on fiddles, whistles, banjos and guitars and bodhran.   

Carver Center Announces Bazaar Dates

November 1, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Carver Center Announces Bazaar Dates
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The Carver Center Advisory Board will hold its annual Holiday Bazaar November 20 and 21. The hours are 1:00-6:00 p.m. Friday and 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the Carver Center , 200 Willie Palmer Way in Purcellville.

This annual event showcases local vendors offering unique items for sale perfect for holiday shopping. There will be antiques, unusual glassware, jewelry and a bake sale.

The Carver Advisory Board is a 501©3 non-profit that supports programs for Seniors and Community members offered by the Carver Center. The Bazaar is a primary fundraiser for the Board.

There are still a few vendor tables available. Contact Myrtle Mahowald at 540-258-3400 for table rentals.

A ‘Purr-Fect” Time to Adopt a Cat

October 19, 2015 Lifestyle Comments Off on A ‘Purr-Fect” Time to Adopt a Cat
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Loudoun County Animal Services is celebrating National Cat Day, Thursday, October 29, in a number of ways, including waiving adoption fees for cats October 10 through October 29, and hosting a special day of feline fun Saturday, October 24, at the Animal Shelter.

In addition to free cat adoptions, Dr. Leslie Sinn, a local veterinarian, will be at the shelter all day October 24, offering free cat behavior consultations for anyone looking for a little extra feline behavior knowledge. Is your kitty a little too sassy? Having a hard time adjusting to a new baby? Having trouble using the litter box? Dr. Sinn can help. To register for a free, 30-minute consultation, call Amy Martin at 703-737-8097 or e-mail Amy.Martin@loudoun.gov. Also on October 24, the public is invited to join the shelter staff for a light lunch at 11:45 a.m. and an educational seminar from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. on “Top 10 Cat Behavior Myths.” To RSVP for the seminar and lunch, e-mail Amy.Martin@loudoun.gov. … Continue Reading

Concert To Benefit Seven Loaves

October 17, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Concert To Benefit Seven Loaves
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A special concert to benefit Seven Loaves has been added to the 2015 Middleburg Concert Series and will be performed on Friday, October 23 at 1:30 p.m. at the Series’ usual venue of Middleburg United Methodist Church located on the corner of Washington and Pendleton streets. The program, titled “Radio Middleburg: Pops, Rock n Roll, Broadway, and More,” has been arranged for young audiences. There has been a very positive response from various local schools who plan to send busloads of their students to the performance. The concert is also open to the public. Concert pianist Miho Sato will perform at the piano, Cynthia Saucedo at violin, Alan Saucedo at cello, and well-known music teacher from the Hill School, Karen Chase as vocalist. Students will receive handouts with the lyrics to some of the songs to encourage them to sing along. … Continue Reading

Loudoun’s Heritage Bus Tour To Launch

October 13, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Loudoun’s Heritage Bus Tour To Launch
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Saturday November 14 will mark the inauguration of Loudoun County’s first official Heritage Bus Tour. The tour is organized by the Black History Committee of Friends of the Thomas Balch Library, under the leadership of member Alicia Cohen, cultural tourism ambassador for the Journey Through Hallowed Ground. The tour aims to increase Loudoun’s cultural tourism focusing on its African American communities, citizens, and heritage.

Based on the BHC publication, “Loudoun County’s African American Communities: A Tour Map and Guide,” the tour will explore the shared history of Loudoun’s citizens while traveling along historic routes through Leesburg, Purcellville and visit sites in Waterford, such as the John Wesley Church and the Second Street School. The tour will also take visitors to Gleedsville, Middleburg and Oatlands, which are all heritage sites along the Journey Through Hallowed Ground. … Continue Reading

Winner of 2015 Hillsboro Heritage Day Contest Announced

October 7, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Winner of 2015 Hillsboro Heritage Day Contest Announced
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The Hillsboro Community Association and the Town of Hillsboro have announced the winner of the 2015 Hillsboro Heritage Day Poster Contest, Kelley Wills. Ms Wills has a B.A. in Studio Art and is working as a graphic designer in Northern Virginia.

This year’s Hillsboro Heritage Day has a Colonial theme and is part of the Fall Farm Tour. Come enjoy these festivities from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 17 at the Old Stone School :

  • Listen to live music
  • Shop from local farmers and artisans
  • Watch demonstrations
  • See performances
  • Learn about Hillsboro and Loudoun in Colonial times
  • Get delicious food
  • Enjoy local beer and wine
  • Go on a walking tour of Hillsboro
  • Hear from alumni about attending class at the Old Stone School

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Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company to host Open House October 17

October 4, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company to host Open House October 17
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LVFC Opens Its Doors to Meet and Greet Firefighters, for Education and Fun to Kick off National Fire Prevention Week

The Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company (LVFC) has rescheduled their annual Fire Prevention Open House to Saturday, October 17, from noon – 4:00 p.m. at Fire Station 20, located at 61 Plaza Street, NE. Due to the impending hazardous weather, the leadership of the Company felt it more important to be available to assist and serve the community during this time.

There will be a variety of educational fire safety activities, fire equipment and apparatus will be on display and there will be fun for the whole family. Kicking off National Fire Prevention week from October 4-10, this event will promote the 2015 theme, “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep – Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!” … Continue Reading

Sponsors and Participants Needed for 10K Race To Benefit Boulder Crest

September 30, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Sponsors and Participants Needed for 10K Race To Benefit Boulder Crest
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On November 8 the Loudoun Road Runners Club will once again conduct the annual Loudoun 10K Trail Race at scenic Camp Highroad located outside Middleburg to benefit Boulder Crest Retreat and the courageous wounded warriors it serves.

Boulder Crest Retreat is a privately funded rural wellness center dedicated exclusively to improving the physical, emotional and economic wellbeing of these returning heroes. All services are provided free of charge and Boulder Crest Retreat relies entirely on private donations for its facilities, daily operation and support of America’s recovering warriors.

The Loudoun 10K Trail Race has annually raised more than $25,000 to support Boulder Crest in its efforts with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to the retreat. Sponsors and participants are again needed to support this year’s efforts.

Persons or organizations wishing to provide sponsorship and/or offer charitable donations to support ?the event and Boulder Crest Retreat can do so by directly contacting Race Director, Jim Schatz at schtred@aol.com.

Charitable donations can also be made by check to “Loudoun Road Runners” and mailed to P.O. Box 3342, Leesburg, VA 20177, Please write “Loudoun 10K Trail Race” in the memo section of the check.

For individuals wishing to participate, the race will take place at Camp Highroad, a 600-acre retreat located at 21164 Steptoe Hill Road in Middleburg. Registration is $50 and includes a long-sleeve race shirt and tote bag. The race field is limited to the first 200 runners who register and will be conducted rain or shine. It begins at 9:00 a.m. To register go to www.trailrun.loudounroadrunners.org.

Franklin Park Fall Fest

September 30, 2015 Events Comments Off on Franklin Park Fall Fest
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Franklin Park and Franklin Park Arts Center are teaming up to present a Fall Fest of programs, classes and performances to celebrate the autumn season. In fact, you can take a hike on Sunday, October 4 at 9:00 a.m. along 1.5 miles of the trails to look for signs of autumn and art, as the Sticks and Stones outdoor sculpture exhibit extends through the end of the month. Later that evening, imagine the natural world through the eyes of local painter and sculptor, Carmen Barros Howell, who will be featured at the Meet the Artist Coffeehouse at 6:30 p.m. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

Choose Joy, Don’t Go Negative

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Sometimes life is pleasant and it is easy to smile, other times it is not. The real question is how do you react and live your life when you are going through trials? What do you do when you feel …

Character Outlives Us All

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“Brains are like muscles, you can rent them by the hour, but at the end of the day all you have left is your character.” This statement was uttered by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a phrase his father used …

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You know, I can still taste those sausages: The first early-spring bratwurst cooked over an open flame in a beautiful setting among good friends; nothing so surprising, really, in recalling a good meal in classic context. The thing is, though …

Planning for Life Disclosure and Other Family Issues in Estate Planning

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What do we tell the kids? Questions of how much and what type of information to give the children often arise during consultation. The answers depend on the circumstances of each family – the ages and maturity of the children …

A Look Into What Is Learned in High School English

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By Mary Rose Lunde English is the arguably the most important subject for a student in high school to learn. The most successful people in the world have one thing in common — being able to communicate effectively. This is …

Remembering Nancy Reagan

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel The passing of Nancy Reagan, a former First Lady who completely transformed the role and helped catapult her husband to greatness, marked the end of an era. Her death also happened to coincide with a turning point …

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

Campaign of Untruths

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Elected officials have done some pretty despicable things while serving in office. They range from bribery, beating a spouse, cheating on a spouse, obstruction of justice, and various forms of …

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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CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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Lobster Day with Chef Seb at North Gate Vineyard

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

Spring Wine Glass Painting with Penny

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

TGIF @ North Gate Vineyard!

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

The Sprouted Spoon Food Truck at North Gate Vineyard

Nathaniel Davis Live at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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

Celebrate Mother's Day at North Gate Vineyard!

Mother's Day Brunch at Breaux

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

Dog Day at Breaux Vineyards

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Growing a Green Lawn

4 May 2016

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From the Nature Generation Winter is over, the flowers are blooming and the yard is teeming with wildlife. The fresh spring air lures us outside. Children come home from school, drop off their books, and head outside to play. Parents relax on the deck and invite friends and family over for cookouts. Now is the perfect time to transform tired …

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Fido’s Facts

4 May 2016

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Chemical Free Tick and Flea Solutions By Kimberly Correnti It’s refreshing to know that you can effectively eliminate pesky little bugs without using harsh chemicals. Our special blend “Flea & Tick Program” created by holistic vets (Dr. Michael and Susan Goldstein of Earth Animal) is a palatable powder and liquid that you add to your animal’s daily diet. It will …

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Hillsboro Charter Academy Camp Registration Begins

4 May 2016

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Hillsboro Charter Academy, Loudoun County’s newest public charter school is now taking registration for children ages 5 to 14 for its summer STEAM camp. The camp’s eight one-week sessions begin June 20 and will offer themes including nature and art, physics and rocketry, world cultures, dance and stage magic, and kitchen chemistry. Reflecting the science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics …

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Out and About Loudoun and Beyond

The Plains’ charming restaurants, shops and sidewalks.

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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Update: Remains Located in Shenandoah National Park; Search Efforts Suspended

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Update: Body preliminarily identified as Nicole K. Mittendorff, 31, of Woodbridge. The physical and digital evidence collected during the course of this investigation includes a note recovered from the car leads investigators to believe there was no foul play involved in her death. ——————– Search efforts in the Shenandoah National …

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Virginia Trooper Shot and Killed at Richmond Bus Terminal

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A Virginia State Police trooper has died as a result of his injuries after being shot on March 31 at the Greyhound Bus station in the 2900 block of North Boulevard in Richmond. At approximately 2:40 p.m., Virginia State Police Trooper Chad P. Dermyer approached a male subject just inside …

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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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