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Schools Start New Year with Great Enthusiasm

September 7, 2016 Schools Be the first to comment
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Loudoun County’s public schools — approximately 90 in all – opened for the Fall 2016 semester on Aug. 29. Some 78,000 students will be in attendance this year. And, although it’s hard to give up the flip-flops for pencils and notebooks, students and teachers seem equally anxious to get the new year going.

LCPS Website: The LCPS website, www.loudoun.k12.va.us has a wealth of information on it. It includes a Student Rights & Responsibilities paper, links to the School Board’s Policy Manual, the LCPS School Profiles report, registration requirements, medical information, and more. The site also has fun feature articles and videos about students’ summer achievements, such as golf championships, conservation projects, writing campaigns, and food drives. … Continue Reading

An Interview with BOS Chair Phyllis Randall

September 7, 2016 Government, News 2 comments
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“I Love My Job”
– By Andrea Gaines
The Blue Ridge Leader interviewed Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis Randall by phone at the end of August, a time when many professionals, while still maintaining a busy schedule, are mixing it up with end-of-the-summer, back-to-school and family events.
Our goal for the interview was to get an update on the board’s summer 2016 activities and share with our readers something about upcoming priorities. We also wanted to learn a little more about how Randall herself approaches the task of running something as dynamic and diverse as the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. … Continue Reading

Painted Barrels Auction October 8

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You’ve seen them all over town this summer. Now you will have a chance to own one of the fantastic Painted Barrels. All 35 barrels will be up for auction Saturday, October 8 at the Bush Tabernacle / Skating Rink. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., and bidding will begin about 7:15. Admission is $10 a person, and tickets enter you to win one of the Painted Barrels. … Continue Reading

Planning Commission Denies Hastily Considered Drive-Thru

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The Purcellville Planning Commission held a public hearing regarding a request to amend a previously approved location of a drive-thru restaurant at the Catoctin Corner project which is located northeast of the roundabout on East Main Street and Berlin Turnpike (Rt. 287). The property was rezoned by the Lazaro Administration in 2010, and given six special use permits – against the recommendation of the then Planning Commission. Granting the six special use permits and placing a gas station at the entrance of town was seen by many as not consistent with the Town’s Comprehensive Plan and contrary to the Gateway Charrette held only months earlier. … Continue Reading

Franklin Park Arts Center’s Celebrates 9th Season

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Chair of the Board of Supervisors Phyllis Randall with members of the Old Dominion Chorus at Franklin Park Arts Center in late August. The Franklin Park Arts Center and the Friends of Franklin Park Arts Center opened its 9th season and features a diverse choice of events from music performances, theater companies, comedy programs, dance performances, children’s programs and puppet shows to name a few. … Continue Reading

Focus On… Pack Rat Hauling

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Fall cleaning and organizing are things everyone wants to do–time to get rid of that unwanted junk!  Pack Rat Hauling can make it very easy for you to dispose of your true junk, items for donation, and recyclables. Owner Michael Scott started Pack Rat Hauling in 2008 with one simple goal in mind: helping people get rid of their unwanted stuff, while always making the effort to keep things out of our county’s landfill. … Continue Reading

Get Your Country On

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Nothing is more country, authentic and easy to enjoy than this western Loudoun falling leaves classic … The Bluemont Fair.

2016 mark’s the fair’s 47th year. And, although fair organizers have given in to some modern amenities over the event’s nearly one half-century of operation, it is still a decidedly casual, low-key, walkabout experience. … Continue Reading

87th Class Virginia Certified Planning Commissioner Program

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Purcellville Vice Mayor Karen Jimmerson and Council Member Kelli Grim attended and completed the Virginia Certified Planning Commissioner program in Roanoke, August 30. The program focused on the responsibility of planning commissioners, and the legal framework for planning and zoning principals, to name a few. “Going through this program solidified to me how critical our zoning ordinances are and how important it is to follow our comprehensive plan. Proper zoning protects our plan – present and future – and knowing what our community wants is a key component to our vision,” said Grim. “The Land Use Education program provided a good foundation for creating inclusive citizen participation at all levels of planning,” said Jimmerson. She continued, “Effective comprehensive planning provides for efficient and sustainable development or can help stimulate redevelopment opportunities. Gaining better insight of the planning process will allow our council to weigh zoning applications or changes with greater confidence and more measurable results.”
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Vice Presidential Nominee Governor Mike Pence Held Rally in Purcellville August 27

August 27, 2016 Elections, Elections, News 1 comment
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Republican Vice Presidential nominee and Governor of Indiana, Mike Pence, held a rally at Patrick Henry College’s Barbara Hodel Center in Purcellville Saturday August 27, 3:00 p.m. He is running on the Republican ticket with Donald Trump.

Pence spoke to a crowd of over 1,500 supporters. He said, “The media is so busy parsing everything Donald Trump said in the last 30 minutes that they keep ignoring what the Clintons have been doing the last 30 years.” Pence mentioned the use of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time as Secretary of State, and also the Clinton Foundation’s acceptance of foreign donations. He called on Clinton to “shut down the Clinton Foundation immediately.” Pence said the Justice Department should appoint a special prosecutor to investigate and “get to the bottom of this.” He said that the economy is in the weakest recovery since the Great Depression. … Continue Reading

Cold Case Unit Continues Investigation into 2001 Murder of Ursula Haberland

August 25, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Cold Case Unit Continues Investigation into 2001 Murder of Ursula Haberland
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Unit continues to investigate the murder of Upperville resident Ursula Haberland.

Haberland was found murdered inside her home 15-years-ago, on Thursday, August 23, 2001. She was 81-years-old at the time of her death.

The Cold Case Unit of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance with the investigation of Haberland’s death. Detectives continue to seek additional information from a caller who, in April of 2004, called the Fairfax County Crime Solvers Tip Line and gave the names of two individuals who were alleged to be involved in the murder of Ursula Haberland. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Library Book Sale

August 25, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Purcellville Library Book Sale
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This year the Purcellville Library is trying something new for the Fall book Sale. The Book Sale will take place over two days, Saturday October 8, and Sunday October 9. On Saturday the 8 everything will be full price all day from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. On Sunday the 9th everything will be on sale for half price from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

We hope the extended hours will give everyone more time to look through the many items that will be for sale. For the most part the sale will be inside the library and more items will be brought out throughout the day as space opens up. Plan to visit several times over the weekend.

LCSO Investigates Reported Attempted Sexual Assault on Washington & Old Dominion Trail

August 25, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Investigates Reported Attempted Sexual Assault on Washington & Old Dominion Trail
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a reported attempted sexual assault that occurred August 17 on the Washington and Old Dominion Trail just east of Sterling Boulevard.

The victim reported the incident to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office on August 23. The victim reported that she was walking on the trail around 8:30 p.m. last Wednesday when she was approached by two unknown black males. The suspects approached her from a wooded area and pulled at her and her clothing before physically assaulting her. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of August 19, 2016

August 25, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of August 19, 2016
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08/19/2016 – 12:00 p.m. 500 Blk. West N St. Wire Fraud
The complainant reported that she solicited a company to install some computer upgrades on her computer but fraudulently charged her account. The incident is under investigation.

08/20/2016 – 10:20 a.m. 300 Blk. S. 12th St. Crisis Intervention Call
Police were contacted in reference to a family member having a mental health crisis. The person had been taken to a medical facility where police maintained custody until he could be transferred to a mental health facility. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

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

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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

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September 6, 2016

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September 7, 2016

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September 8, 2016

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September 9, 2016

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September 10, 2016

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A PLACE TO BE: A THOUSAND STEPS

September 11, 2016

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Silk Scarf Painting with Penny

ART IN THE PARK

September 12, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 13, 2016

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September 14, 2016

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September 15, 2016

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September 16, 2016

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September 17, 2016

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September 18, 2016

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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

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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

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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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