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Loudoun Valley High School Viking Players

December 2, 2015 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Loudoun Valley High School Viking Players
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Come join the Loudoun Valley High School Theatre for the time-honored classic “A Christmas Carol.” Journey with Ebeneezer Scrooge as he rediscovers the true spirit of Christmas. Come ready to laugh, cry, and join in the fun on December 3, 4 and 5 at 7:00 p.m., and December 6 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $10.00 and will be sold at the door. Don’t be a hum-bug – come out to Valley Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol!”

A View from the Outside at Bedlam Farm

December 2, 2015 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on A View from the Outside at Bedlam Farm
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By Hannah Hager

This estate is perhaps at its best when it’s viewed from the outside looking in. The wonderment of the outside of this home is twofold: It lies just beyond the perimeter of Loudoun County’s official borders; and it’s also one of the few properties where the landscape and grounds’ buildings equally rival the main home. 

Stunning views surround the five-stall, center-aisle barn that is fully equipped with tack and feed rooms, a wash stall, laundry and hay storage as well as an equipment shed, four fenced paddocks, multiple run-ins and an amazing ride out. 

This is an equestrian lover’s dream, almost begging for you to bring your horses out to explore the more than 23 acres of your own personal property. What’s more? This little bit of serenity is only a short 30-minute ride to Leesburg. 

Make no doubt about it, however, the fully renovated farmhouse that was originally constructed in 1875, is a sight to behold all its own. The crisp, white manor home has been beautifully restored to maintain its original architectural integrity while allowing for modern-day needs and luxuries. 

With no less than five bedrooms, four full bathrooms and four fireplaces – the original construction of this home was both forward-thinking and accommodating to families of all sizes. Hardwood floors and ceiling trim make for a neat and simple home. A mahogany-toned wood lines the fireplace in the formal living room providing a sophisticated air that is repeated in the formal dining room with its own fireplace. 
The sophisticated tone of the home slowly fades as you make your way through its rooms.  Relax as you go through to the kitchen with its farmer’s feel – boasting exposed pot slides overhead and a center island with a butcher’s block. The stone-framed, wood-burning fireplace in the living room will provide you and your family with the ultimate coziness during the winter months. Once spring arrives, however, you won’t be able to wait to enjoy your new home’s patio. It’s from there that you’ll overlook the great outdoors that will be all yours. 

Address: 497 Lockes Mill Road, Berryville
Bedrooms: Five
Bathrooms: Four full
Fireplaces: Four
Circa: 1875
Acreage: 23
Price: $949,000
Agent: Karen Cooper, Platinum Group Real Estate
Contact: 540-454-0467

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Remembering Wilberto “Wil” Pitre, III

December 2, 2015 People Comments Off on Remembering Wilberto “Wil” Pitre, III
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Wilberto Pitre, III, the son of Shannon Lopez and Wilberto Pitre, Jr and brother of Victoriana, Gabrielle and Dominic Pitre passed away Sunday, November 22, at the age of 15.

He was a valiant leader in his family and a bold follower of Christ. Pitre sought to support and respect his parents, older sisters, Victoriana and Gabrielle’s guidance and shared his wisdom with his younger brother, Dominic.

Pitre regularly reached out to inquire how others were doing and send his love. Beautiful family trips to spend time with aunts, uncles and cousins were the highlights of each summer break. There are such special memories of his exploits in the Minnesota lakes and the ocean waters of Puerto Rico. … Continue Reading

Get Your Holiday Swagger On

December 2, 2015 Style Comments Off on Get Your Holiday Swagger On
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10 Great Do-It-Yourself Local Gifts & Stocking Stuffers

From fresh local herb swags to handy old-fashioned hardware store items to great general store finds to farm shops, western Loudoun is a veritable treasure chest of inexpensive, simple-to-sophisticated local gift-giving opportunities. Try these out for the holidays …
Herb Swag – these can be large or small; bundle up your favorite herbs, secure with wire and finish off with a ribbon – great gift for a chef.

Mason Jar Soup fix ‘ins – layer rice and beans in a small mason jar and add a festive gift tag to the top.

Locally Made Soap – the soaps are everywhere, and the “flavors” are amazing … from Lavender Lime, to Lemon Poppy, to Citrus Spice.

Vintage Tea Cup and Saucer for the Tea-lover – consignment shops are full of them. … Continue Reading

Bohanon And Van Huyck Honored At Annual Loudoun History Awards

December 2, 2015 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Bohanon And Van Huyck Honored At Annual Loudoun History Awards
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Donna Bohannon and Al Van Huyck were honored at the 23rd annual Loudoun History Awards on Sunday, November 9, for their contributions to preserving Loudoun’s past through collection of county documents and memorabilia, preservation of historic landmarks, visual arts, writing, and long-time commitment to local history organizations.

The first honoree, Donna Bohanon, has been a member of the Black History Committee of the Friends of the Thomas Balch Library since 2000, when it was founded. Over the years, Ms. Bohanon has made many contributions to documenting, preserving and promoting Loudoun County’s African American history. She worked with Loudoun County Public Schools on the remembrance event for the former Douglass Elementary School prior to its demolition and the permament exhibit on school desegregation in the new Frederick Douglass Elementary School. She has represented Loudoun County and the Black History Committee at numerous conference and seminars, most recently speaking on the topic of “Activating Interest in African American History” at the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership’s annual conference earlier this year. Through her efforts, Loudoun County’s African American history is a recognized and celebrated part of the County’s heritage. … Continue Reading

Local Winemaker To Teach Three Viticulture Courses at NOVA-Loudoun

December 1, 2015 People Comments Off on Local Winemaker To Teach Three Viticulture Courses at NOVA-Loudoun
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Kerem Baki, winemaker at Hillsborough Vineyards in Purcellville, plans to teach three viticulture courses at the Loudoun Campus of Northern Virginia Community College during the spring 2016 semester.

NOVA’s viticulture program got off to good start in the fall 2015 semester with Baki teaching “Introduction to Viticulture.” He will build on that course with “Viticulture I,” “Introduction to Wine Making” and “Vineyard Pruning” in the spring. The courses are open to everyone with no prerequisites.

“Viticulture I” (VEN 120) studies grape vine training, pruning, trellising, shoot positioning, leaf pulling and other cultural practices used in a successful vineyard. Students will learn about canopy management as it relates to disease control and how to research sites and develop skills for disease abatement. … Continue Reading

Tree Sales Come to Waterford

December 1, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Tree Sales Come to Waterford
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Christmas Trees! The Catoctin Presbyterian Church and Venture Scouts in Waterford are co-hosts for weekend Christmas tree sales through December 12-13. Proceeds support important activities of both organizations in the local community. Locally grown fresh cut trees are available at the historic church – which celebrated its 250th anniversary this year – on Saturday (9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.) and Sunday (noon – 5:00 p.m.). Please join at 15565 High Street in Waterford.

Mosby Heritage Area Association Recognizes Three Heritage Heroes

November 28, 2015 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Mosby Heritage Area Association Recognizes Three Heritage Heroes
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The Mosby Heritage Area Association, the Northern Virginia Piedmont preservation and education organization, has selected three individuals to receive the organization’s annual Heritage Hero 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 awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, December 8, at 5:30 p.m. at the National Sporting Library and Museum at 102 The Plains Road in Middleburg. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. … Continue Reading

Breakfast with Santa

November 28, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Breakfast with Santa
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Bring the kids and enjoy breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 12 from 8:00 to 10:30 a.m. at the Between the Hills Community Center at 11762 Harpers Ferry Rd, Purcellville (Neersville). A delicious menu of eggs, sausage, home fries, sausage gravy and biscuits, pancakes,a special french toast dish, coffee cake, fruit, and more. Free will offering. Call 540-668-6504 for more information.

2015 Loudoun 10K Trail Race Raises over $30,000 to Support Boulder Crest Retreat and Our Nation’s Veterans

November 16, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on 2015 Loudoun 10K Trail Race Raises over $30,000 to Support Boulder Crest Retreat and Our Nation’s Veterans
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“I continued to be humbled by our community and all they do to make Boulder Crest Retreat a success. Jim Schatz and his team at Loudoun Road Runners are amazing. This trail run is in alignment with the rural nature of Boulder Crest Retreat and we look forward to the event every year. My personal appreciation goes out to all the folks that make this happen with a special shout out to our sponsors, Camp Highroad for the beautiful venue, the volunteers, the runners and the Arcola rescue team”. Ken Falke – Founder and Chairman, Boulder Crest Retreat

On November 8, the Loudoun Road Runners club, in partnership with Camp Highroad Adventure Camp and the Arcola Volunteer Fire Department Rescue Squad conducted the 4th annual Loudoun 10K Trail Race on the scenic trails of Camp Highroad located outside Middleburg, Virginia. More than one hundred twenty runners and forty volunteers participated in the race and through their efforts and the generosity of corporate and individual sponsors more than $30,000 was raised to benefit Boulder Crest Retreat and the nation’s veterans it serves. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Cross Serves as Beacon of Hope for Highway Travelers

November 9, 2015 Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on Purcellville Cross Serves as Beacon of Hope for Highway Travelers
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By Mark Gunderman
The Crux Gloria was erected and dedicated by St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church in November 1990.

If you’re traveling from Leesburg on Highway 7, passing through Purcellville just west of the Berlin Turnpike exit, you can look to your right and see a majestic metal cross sculpture. Within the cross, the shape of Jesus appears to have been creatively cut out by scissors.
Called the “Crux Gloria” (Cross Glorious in Latin), it resides at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church on St. Francis Court in Purcellville. No matter what religious beliefs one might avow, the cross impresses with a fantastic beauty, especially at night when the interior of the cross is illuminated, highlighting the outline of Jesus. The lights that brighten its interior automatically turn on every twilight and extinguish at each sunrise.

The sculptor of the Crux Gloria, Tomas Fernandez, was a member of St. Francis De Sales in 1988. He recalls being “literally woken up by God” sometime that year and being inspired to create the structure. “God told me, ‘My cross is a cross of light, and I want you to build one,’ ” Fernandez said. … Continue Reading

Carver Center November Events

November 4, 2015 Events Comments Off on Carver Center November Events
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The Carver Center is at 200 Willie Palmer Way in Purcellville. Call 571-258-3400 to sign up for the following programs.
November 6, Friday Lunch and movie Still Alice 12-2 p.m. (ages 55 and up).  To sign up call 571-258-3459.
November 9, Monday AARP Driver Safety Class 9 a.m. – 5:00 p.m (ages 50 and up). Pre-registration required. AARP members $15, non-members $20. Please call 571-258-3400.
November 9, Monday Veterans Day Display 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Photographs and background information on African-American veterans. No fee.
November 10, Tuesday Veterans Day Display 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Photographs and background information on African-American veterans. No fee.
Tuesdays November 10 through December 15, Computers for Advanced Beginners Class, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (ages 55 and up).
Tuesdays November 10 through December 15, Computer Tools and Social Media Class, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (ages 55 and up).
Tuesdays November 10 through December 15, Using Exel at Home Class, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. (ages 18 and up).
November 20, Friday 1:00 – 6:00 p.m., Holiday Bazaar. Gifts items. Get a head start on your holiday shopping. All ages. No fee.
November 21, Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Holiday Bazaar. Gift items. All ages. No fee.
November 23, Monday Grief Support Services Workshop 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Shaileen Backman, Loudoun County Social Worker and Bereavement Counselor from Blue Ridge Hospice will present various grief support services available to the public. (Ages 18 and up).
Home-Delivered Meals Program Volunteers Needed. Please pick up packet at Carter Center even if you can only contribute one hour per month.

10K Race To Be Held in Middleburg To Benefit Veterans

November 4, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on 10K Race To Be Held in Middleburg To Benefit Veterans
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On November 8, the Loudoun Road Runners Club will once again conduct the Annual Loudoun 10K Trail Run to raise funds for Boulder Crest Retreat, a privately funded, rural wellness center dedicated to improving the physical, emotional, and economic wellbeing of our nation’s recovering military heroes.

The race will take place at 9:00 a.m. at Camp Highroad, a 600-acre retreat located at 21164 Steptoe Hill Road in Middleburg. Registration is $50.00 (a long-sleeve technical shirt is provided to all runners), and 100 percent of race proceeds go directly to Boulder Crest Retreat. Veterans are heartily invited to attend this event, and an opening ceremony honoring their service will be conducted prior to the race. Friends and family members of service personnel are also encouraged to join in the celebration and to register in honor of a loved one. The race has annually raised more than $25,000 to support Boulder Crest.

To learn more about the race or to register go to: www.trailrun.loudounroadrunners.org. A course map, photos and more details are available on the website.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

Ice house, Hot House and Mad House

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Recently, I was asked: “I know we are putting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and scientists say that will warm the planet but there were also ice ages and warmer climates in the past before humans so what caused those …

Sugar Crash

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Sugar runs inside our body and fuels our very being. In biology they teach us that sugar is really glucose which is broken down in the body to produce ATP (adenine tri-phosphate). So why bring this up? Well, sugar is …

The Art of Memory

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel Still Alice. A movie that not only elicits tears, but naturally incurs reflection. This heartrending movie was the starting point of a personal wrestling with the implications of human memory. Remembering can bring us back to a …

Living in Debt

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Dr. Mike, My husband has issues with money that are hurting our relationship and family. He makes a lot of money, but he spends more than he makes and we are in debt. He can’t just have a luxury car, …

June in the Garden

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Conserve Water, Beat the Heat and Keep Things Blooming By Andrea Gaines It’s getting hot out there. And, there’s nothing more discouraging for a gardener that to come home after a weekend away – or miss a regular watering schedule …

Potoma Wayside

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My advice is: Don’t look straight down; the combination of rushing highway traffic a couple of feet away and, what’s – to me, anyway – a dizzying height, can produce some unsettling sensations. I came to this conclusion after walking …

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

Thank You Purcellville Voters

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I would like to thank you, the Purcellville voters, for your tremendous support of my campaign for Town Council.  I appreciate that so many of you put signs in your …

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

June 2016
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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Free Gardening Lecture

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Yard Sale

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

PAUL REISLER TRIO WITH LEA MORRIS AND MARSHALL KEYS

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

19th Annual Cajun Festival & Crawfish Boil

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Goats at BRNP

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Bring Dad to North Gate Vineyard

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

June Fourth Friday at Breaux Vineyards

Love, He Called It

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Love, He Called It

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Sip & Paint at Breaux Vineyards

Love, He Called It

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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Troy and Paula Haag Perform at Old Stone School

9 Jun 2016

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Troy and Paula Haag, will appear on The Gap Stage at the Old Stone School on Saturday, June 18. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Dinner will be sold by Big Mike’s BBQ, drinks will be sold by the glass, and there will be desserts at intermission. Troy and Paula will be joined by Max Haag …

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Here’s To the Colorists, Manicurists and Blow Dry Mavens… Thanks for Listening!

1 Jun 2016

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Sunday, June 26 is Beauticians Day, celebrating the cosmetology and other experts who keep us looking and feeling our best – whether it’s with a haircut and style, a facial, a manicure, or just some quiet and light conversation.

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Wait. Something That’s Really Healthy Can Be Really Fun … Too?

1 Jun 2016

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Parents of small children, and property owners with pools, ponds and other water features know that swimming safety is a must. You need to have clear rules about how ponds, pools and other places are to be used, and when. Safety equipment needs to be up to date and accessible, and it is critical that there be a responsible adult …

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HUD Awards $2 Million in Housing Counseling Grants To Virginia

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Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that Catholic Charities USA, headquartered in Alexandria, will receive $951,150 in federal funding, and the Virginia Housing Development Authority, located in Richmond, will receive $1,040,918. This nearly $2 million grant by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) …

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Four Hop, Skip and a Jump Local Destinations

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Last month we encouraged our readers to consider visiting any one of five great destinations within just a stone’s throw of Loudoun’s history-lined borders – Berryville and Harper’s Ferry among them. This month we feature four destinations – two right here in our much-celebrated county, and two just over the …

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Out and About Loudoun and Beyond

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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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Sports

The Lady Vikings Earned Back-to Back Conference Title

1 Jun 2016

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The Lady Vikings earned the back-to back conference title with a 4-1 win over Heritage in late May. The team earned a first round playoff bye finishing first in the conference and then went on to defeat Rock Ridge 12-0 in the conference semi-finals. The Lady Vikings ended their regular …

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Big Baseball Coming To Fireman’s Field

1 Jun 2016

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Got Your Father’s Day Gift Lined Up Yet? The Purcellville Cannons’ Brett Fuller couldn’t be happier. He’s the owner of one of the most popular teams in the Valley Baseball League. The team, up until recently was called the Charles Town Cannons but now calls Purcellville its home.

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