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MS-13 Gang Member Enters Guilty Pleas

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Jose Israel Alvarenga, 19, appeared before Judge J. Howe Brown, Jr. in Loudoun County Circuit Court and pleaded guilty to one count of gang participation, one count of malicious wounding and one count of felony obstruction of justice.

On November 7, 2015, Alvarenga approached a young man in Leesburg whom he believed to be a member of the 18th Street gang. The victim denied any involvement in the 18th Street gang and Alvarenga demanded that he join the MS-13 gang. The victim knew Alvarenga to be a leader of a local MS-13 gang clique. The victim advised Alvarenga that he did not wish to join a gang and began to walk away. Alvarenga then kicked the victim in the back and told him that he would kill him if he did not join MS-13. The victim fled from the area. … Continue Reading

Aerial Guideway Construction Returns To Autopilot Drive at Dulles Airport

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Early this month Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project crews will continue setting concrete girders and constructing the deck of the Silver Line’s aerial guideway across Autopilot Drive near the Rudder Road intersection. Weather permitting, construction activities will take place from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. on weeknights, and will continue south towards the cargo area. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Online Auction Features Piano, Pressure Washer, PCs, and More

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The Loudoun County government’s current online auction includes a Charles R. Walter upright piano, a Landa pressure washer, many PCs as well as laptops, vehicles, books, office equipment, and more. The auction will close at noon, Thursday, August 11.

Detailed information and photographs of the items for sale are online at www.publicsurplus.com/sms/loudoun,va/browse/home. … Continue Reading

Glouster Parkway Opens to Traffic

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A new 3/4-mile extension of Gloucester Parkway opened to traffic yesterday, connecting Loudoun County Parkway to the intersection of Pacific and Nokes boulevards in Ashburn, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

This new piece completes an important east-west link between Ashburn and the Route 28 corridor, adding capacity to help alleviate congested parallel roads and to better distribute traffic along Route 28. The entire Gloucester Parkway corridor is now almost six miles, beginning at Belmont Ridge Road to the west and connecting with Nokes Boulevard to carry traffic beyond Route 28 to the east. … Continue Reading

LCSO Deputy Involved in Shooting in Aldie

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A Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Deputy responding to a domestic-related incident at a home in Aldie was involved in a fatal shooting yesterday morning.

Around 4:45 a.m. on August 5, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a disorderly subject damaging items inside his home in the 41400 block of Carriage Horse Drive. The call for law enforcement assistance was made by a relative also living at the residence.

The initial investigation indicates that as the deputy arrived, the subject in question advanced on the deputy with a knife near the front doorway. The subject was advised multiple times by the deputy to drop the knife but failed to comply. The deputy responded by firing a single shot which fatally injured the subject. The subject has been identified as Johannes M. Wood, 58, of Aldie. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of July 28, 2016

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07/28/2016 – 08:52 p.m. 100 Blk. N. 21st St. Keep the Peace
Police were called to the scene by a resident who requested that police keep the peace while a family member removed some property. No problems were encountered.

07/28/2016 – 09:39 p.m. 100 Blk. N. 16th St. Assist another Police Agency
Police were contacted by another police agency in reference to a lookout for a parental abduction. The child was located unharmed and returned to a caregiver. The matter is still under investigation by the other police agency. … Continue Reading

Opportunities Available To Serve On Loudoun County Government Boards And Commissions

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The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors encourages residents to become actively involved in their county government. There are currently opportunities for people to serve on the following county and regional advisory boards, commissions and committees.

Advisory Boards with Terms Concurrent with the Board of Supervisors
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Leesburg Announces Interim Policy for Residential Rezoning Applications

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As a result of a new state law on residential rezoning applications that went into effect on July 1, the Leesburg Town Council has implemented an interim policy to address potential ramifications of the new legislation until permanent Town policy changes can be made. The interim policy is anticipated to be in effect at least four to six months. … Continue Reading

Busy Summer at the County

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County officials are busy this summer despite the heat and hectic vacation schedules. The following is a sampling of updates on county issues, decisions, hearings and meetings impacting the lives of everyday Loudouners.

Quiet Time on the Porch: New county noise standards give the Sheriff’s Department the power to answer calls from citizens complaining about noise coming from another residence. The regulations state in part “ … no person shall permit, operate or cause any source of sound or sound generation that is audible and discernible in any other person’s residential dwelling …” Standards for commercial businesses will be discussed at the BOS’s September 22 Business Meeting. To sign up to speak call 703-777-0204. … Continue Reading

Makers on the Brink of a Big Break

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By Andrea Gaines
About eight months ago, Makersmith’s Executive Director Pat Scannell made a formal proposal to the Town of Purcellville to give his organization a crack at rehabilitating a nine-acre unused piece of town property near the intersection of A and South 20th Streets. Through a great deal of persistence, it seems likely the organization will make good on this dream. Mayor Kwasi Fraser is firmly behind the idea, and the organization is pledging not to give up until the deal is done. … Continue Reading

July Purcellville Town Council Meeting and Work Session

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By Nathaniel Stephens

On July 12, the newly elected Purcellville Town Council held its first meeting as the official body representing the people of the Town. Key meeting topics and issues included:

Appointments:
The council appointed these individuals: Kelli Grim to the Planning Commission, Chris Bledsoe to the Economic Development Advisory Committee, Ryan Cool to the Parks and Recreation Committee and the Arts Council, Karen Jimmerson to the Tree and Beautification Committee and Nedim Ogelman to the Board of Architectural Review. (Council Member Doug McCollum declined an appointment to the Arts Committee.) Council Member Karen Jimmerson was appointed Vice-Mayor. … Continue Reading

AT&T Short Hill Update: Confusion and Activity at Site Continues

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By Andrea Gaines

In June, AT&T suspended plans to construct a 160,000 sq. ft. expansion of its current transmission utility substation on Short Hill Mountain, requesting that an earlier commission permit application be withdrawn.

As we reported in July, despite that withdrawal AT&T continues work on the mountain ridge, applying for a site plan amendment related to a separate permit on the same day it submitted its letter of withdrawal. … Continue Reading

The Loudoun County Fair: Good, Old Fashioned, Affordable Fun

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The 2016 Loudoun County Fair was held at its traditional Dry Mill Road fairgrounds on July 25-30. Highlights included the Miss Loudoun County event held on Sunday, July 24, Super Farmer, Stoney Roberts Demolition Derby and more.

The fair did not disappoint with these events and tons of first class entertainment, including Reggie Rice Comedy Illusionist, Nascar Driver Patrick Szabo, MVY Amusements Inflatables, lots of laughs from Les Kimes’ Pork Chop Review, Wildlife Ambassadors (non-releasable wildlife, unwanted pets and captive bred educational animals), Chainsaw Carvings, Twisted K Rodeo, and Bull Riding and more. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

Hundreds Will Join 20th Annual Butterfly Count August 6

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By Andrea Gaines How Is a Butterfly Like a Rainbow? Scientists recently discovered that some butterfly wings contain tiny structures called gyroids that diffract or break up light into the colors of the spectrum. You may also have seen this …

Your Retirement Plan B

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Take the time to design an alternative retirement plan should retirement come earlier than expected. Imagine this. You’ve spend decades working, saving, and planning for your version of the ideal retirement. Your company was just acquired, and your boss is …

Learning Patience As a Camp Counselor

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By Mary Rose Lunde They say that one of the biggest blessings is being a teacher. It is also one of the hardest. Explaining to nine-year-old kids how to build a fire is one of the most challenging things I’ve …

Remembering the Man Who Never Forgot

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “God is God because He remembers.” The implication being that the defining element separating humans from God is the Divine’s inability to forget. Elie Wiesel was defined in part by his willingness to remember, along with his …

Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Balch Library

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By Tim Jon Solitude, peace, and quiet: Not exactly the first three adjectives I’d choose to describe the greater portion of downtown Leesburg, although its charms do shine through even on the busiest of weekday afternoons. The last morning I …

Superforecasting a Book Review

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The book “Superforecasting” by Philip Tetlock and Dan Gardner contains a nearly complete list of the attributes of superforecasting, as well as critical thinking. Tetlock’s research empirically confirms the aspects of critical thinking I’ve been discussing in this column. Their …

Pokémon GO: A Fun New Gaming App or an Accidental Treatment?

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Penicillin was accidently discovered in 1928 when scientist Alexander Fleming returned to his lab from vacation to notice that a strange fungus growing on a culture had killed off the neighboring bacteria. After WWII, psychiatrist and researcher, Dr. John Cade, …

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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August 1, 2016

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August 7, 2016

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August 18, 2016

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August 19, 2016

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August 20, 2016

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Live Music: Stealing Dawn

August 21, 2016

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August 22, 2016

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AUDITIONS

August 23, 2016

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August 24, 2016

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August 25, 2016

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August 28, 2016

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August 30, 2016

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September 1, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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Winchester Plans Patsy Cline Music Festival Labor Day Weekend

11 Aug 2016

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The Patsy Cline Music Festival will be held Labor Day weekend in her hometown of Winchester, Va. in honor of the legendary singer’s birthday anniversary on September. 8. Celebrating Patsy Cline sponsors the celebration that begins with a block party from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in front of the Patsy Cline Historic House, 608 S. Kent St. Music will …

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Vigil for Lost Promise to Remember Loved Ones Lost to Drugs

11 Aug 2016

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Residents and local leaders are encouraged to join the many families, friends and community groups to share the light of their loved ones lost to drugs. The Vigil for Lost Promise will be held Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Drugs: Cost and Consequences Exhibit (DEA Museum), located at 750 Miller Dr. …

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August Is National Peach Month: Eat a Peach in Salad

3 Aug 2016

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Are You Kidding? No. A nectarine and a peach are basically the same species. Nectarines are bald peaches, in effect. In early cultivation, nectarines occasionally appeared on peach trees, the result of a recessive allele, the fruit from which were then cultivated as nectarines. Peaches are also part of the rose family. No wonder why we like all three, so …

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Editorial

Grief and Greed

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By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …

Op-ed

Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

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– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

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– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

Dear Editor

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 …

Thank You

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Dear Citizens of Purcellville: As your town council member it is my vision and priority that you feel welcome at your Town Hall and take part in shaping Purcellville’s future …

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

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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State Senators Investigate University of Virginia’s $2.3 Billion Operating Surplus

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Senators Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax City) and Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach), are calling for an investigation into disclosures that the University of Virginia has accumulated a $2.3 billion operating surplus, now titled a “Strategic Investment Fund,” that is significantly larger than the Commonwealth’s own cash reserves. Both senators agree that the …

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Sports

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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Registration Open For Ida Lee’s Fall NFL Flag Football

7 Jul 2016

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Ida Lee’s Fall 2016 NFL Flag Football League will begin with player evaluations on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31.  Players must be registered by Tuesday, July 26, to participate. This fall, Ida Lee’s Leesburg NFL Flag Football House League will have the following age groups:  6-7; 8-9; 10-11; …

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