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Lovettsville’s Christkindlmarkt Slated for December 3 and 4

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The Loudoun Valley German Society is hosting the Ninth Annual Christkindlmarkt (Traditional European Christmas Market) on December 3 and 4 at the Lovettsville Game Protective Association. Acclaimed as one of the top 11 German Christmas markets by BuzzFeed, the market features 20 plus local artists and vendors, six two-hour sets of live traditional European Christmas music, typical German Christmas market food and drink, and free holiday activities for the younger patrons sponsored by the German language students from Harmony Middle and Woodgrove High Schools – 16 Berlin Pike in Lovettsville. The Christmas Market will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days.

Hillsboro’s Old Stone School Co-Hosts Two Weekends of Festivities

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The non-profit Friends of the Old Stone School and the Town of Hillsboro will co-host two weekends of holiday festivities.

Here’s the schedule:
Greens Workshop—Sunday, December 4, noon to 5:00 p.m. Help make decorations for the five historic homes on the December 10 tour. Experts will show volunteers how to make wreaths, swags, and other arrangements, using fresh greens. Bring gloves and clippers – to sign up, visit www.OldStoneSchool.org. … Continue Reading

LaRock Announces DMV Select Service in Purcellville To Be Restored in December

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After nearly a year of negotiation and work, Delegate Dave LaRock is pleased to announce that DMV Select service is being restored at the Virginia Regional Transit location in Purcellville. Following a December 11, 2015, FBI raid on VRT’s office, DMV was forced to close the Purcellville Select office. Delegate LaRock has been in communication with Federal, State, and local government officials for the last year, working to restore the DMV Select service in Western Loudoun. DMV Commissioner Richard Holcomb has notified Del. LaRock that the DMV Select service will be restored under VRT’s new management by the end of 2016. … Continue Reading

Lovettsville’s Scouting for Food Drive Breaks New Record

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Scouting for Food is the Boy Scouts of America’s annual food-collection service project. Local Scouts distributed plastic bags to homes across the region on Saturday November 5 and returned to pick up the bags, now filled with food, on November 12.

In western Loudoun County, the little town of Lovettsville has a unique approach to Scouting For Food — it has become a town-wide event, with enthusiastic volunteer help from all the other scouting organizations in Lovettsville, including Girl Scout Troops 1434, 3424, 3948, 4891, 6246, 6652, 70004, Boy Scout Troop 962, American Heritage Girls Troop 962, Venturing Crew 962, and many parents, all working side by side to cover as many neighborhoods as possible for food donations. … Continue Reading

Sweats for Vets in Full Swing

November 2, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Sweats for Vets in Full Swing
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The Town of Purcellville is proud to announce the Annual Sweats for Vets Program.  Guidelines for the program are simple:
New sweat sets (tops and bottoms)
Sizes needed are XL, 2XL and 3X
Tie each sweat set (top and bottom) together with a ribbon only (do not gift wrap) 

Drop sweat sets at the Purcellville Town Hall, 221 South Nursery Avenue, during normal business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. by Friday, December 16.

Your contributions and support sends the community’s gratitude and warmth directly to our nation’s military heroes at the Martinsburg Hospital. 

Polco Goes Online in Purcellville

November 2, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Polco Goes Online in Purcellville
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Get Involved in Your Local Government

Polco, a civic engagement platform to help people get involved in their local government is now live and ready for citizens of Purcellville to get engaged in issues relating to the town. There are many ways to interact with the Polco program ­– including by voting, by commenting and by sharing. Everyone can “vote,” and votes and will be cross- referenced with the voter file, so only registered voters of a particular town can vote on an issue. This also limits everyone to one vote. … Continue Reading

Swiiiish! Virginia Storm Trounces Vulcans 175-121 In Home Game Opener

November 2, 2016 News, Our Towns 1 comment
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The Virginia Storm Basketball Team burst on the south east’s competitive sports scene with a gigantic, over-the-top win – 175 to 121 – against the RDC Vulcans at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville October 29.

VA Storm – part of the American Basketball Association, which just signed the group on as their 100th team for the 2016-12017 season – is a sports and family entertainment organization. It is designed to give players opportunities to advance their careers in post collegiate play with the potential to move them up in the basketball world, be it with overseas play, in association with the NBA D League, or with the NBA. … Continue Reading

Purcellville’s Halloween Block Party a Huge Success

November 2, 2016 News, Our Towns, Uncategorized Comments Off on Purcellville’s Halloween Block Party a Huge Success
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Best Halloween Block Party – Ever. A big thanks to Mother Nature, couldn’t have asked for a more perfect night. Thousands upon thousands of people strolled down 21st Street in Old Town checking out the costumes, games, awesome food and a hilarious show by the Improv Troupe Last Ham Standing. Over $1500. in cash, along with trophies were awarded to the most creative costumes in 6 categories – plus best overall costume won $500. The Judges this year included County Chairwoman Phyllis Randall, Loudoun County chamber of Commerce President Tony Howard, Purcellville Vice Mayor Karen Jimmerson, Councilman Ryan Cool and Magnolias co-owner Shawn Malone. Next year’s 7th Annual Halloween Block Party will be held on Saturday October 28, start thinking winning costume. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Plans Christmas Parade and Christmas Market

October 20, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Purcellville Plans Christmas Parade and Christmas Market
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Applications are now available for those wishing to participate in the Christmas Parade sponsored by the Town of Purcellville or in the Christmas Market hosted by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

The 13th Annual Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, December 10 at noon. Companies, organizations, clubs, individuals, and families are all invited to be a part of the parade. Floats are encouraged. Walkers are welcome to participate in the parade. The application deadline is December 2. … Continue Reading

Nonprofits Team Up to Bring Solar Power to Local Veteran

October 6, 2016 Development, News, Our Towns Comments Off on Nonprofits Team Up to Bring Solar Power to Local Veteran
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Mayor Kwasi Fraser joined Vice Mayor Karen Jimmerson and Council Member Chris Bledsoe for the installation of a rooftop solar system for Brian Haas in late September. Haas, a local veteran army helicopter pilot with 20 years of military service, will soon receive the benefits of solar power on his home in Purcellville, thanks to a new partnership between HeroHomes and GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic. Volunteers with the nonprofit solar company GRID Alternatives installed a 6.8kW system on a brand new house build by HeroHomes, which was founded by Jason Brownell, for retired army helicopter pilot Brian Haas, his service dog Buddy and his wife Jolyne. HeroHomes is a local nonprofit that gives disabled veterans homeownership. Standard Solar designed and engineered the system and donated the equipment for the installation. The work was done by local volunteers and veteran job trainees. Over the course of its lifetime, this system will provide approximately $25,525 in savings to the family.

Proclamation To Recognize Tracy Robinson

October 5, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Proclamation To Recognize Tracy Robinson
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Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser read a proclamation, initiated by Council Member Kelli Grim (third in from right), to recognize the extraordinary fundraising effort of Tracy Robinson. Robinson, a cancer survivor, raised $100,000 in 10 weeks as a candidate for man and woman of the year with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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Purcellville Announces Locations for Town Wide Popup Sale

October 1, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Purcellville Announces Locations for Town Wide Popup Sale
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The Town of Purcellville is excited to announce nearly 60 locations are participating in the “Purcellville Popup Sale,” formerly the Town-Wide Tag Sale, taking place on Columbus Day Weekend, October 8-9. In addition to selling their own inventory, some businesses will be hosting other retailers at their locations, creating a tent sale atmosphere. Residents are also taking this opportunity to sell their personal goods in a yard sale type setting. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Town Hall Meeting about Online Safety for Children October 12

September 27, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Purcellville Town Hall Meeting about Online Safety for Children October 12
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The Purcellville Police Department will be hosting a town hall meeting about online safety for children in support of October being National Cyber Security Awareness Month. The event will be on Wednesday October 12, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Purcellville Town Hall located at 221 South Nursery Avenue, Purcellville. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

Columns

The Grim Reaper and the Great Barrier

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(to be presented to the Board of Supervisors in January) “The recent frequency and intensity of mass coral bleaching are of major concern, and are directly attributable to rising atmospheric greenhouse gases.” [1]

Pearl Harbor

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By Nicholas Reid Seventy-five years ago this December 7, to quote President Franklin D. Roosevelt, “the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” It will have been 75 …

Early Returns: How U.S. Markets Reacted to the Presidential Election

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On November 8, 2016, Republican candidate Donald J. Trump won a closely contested election for president of the United States. Late on election night, when it became evident that Trump was likely to win, despite consistently trailing in the polls, …

America: Worthy of Our Trust

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel My friend and I sit in a bar near our office. He is upset, bags under his eyes due to lack of sleep. Thursday, our weekly night to meet is usually a happy hour filled with intellectual …

South Riding

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I should have known that this one would take me far from my contemplative, Zen-inspired comfort zone; after I’d traversed more construction projects than I wanted to tally, competed with hurried, coffee-driven commuters with no time for mere existence, and …

Support Group Help Needed

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Dr. Mike, My son was diagnosed with ADHD two years ago, and his pediatrician at that time recommended we try a social skills group for his “immaturity” and “impulsivity.” We did that, and our experience was horrible. The kids in …

The State of Corals

Figure 3 close up view of healthy coral polyps. [9]

(Presented to the Board of Supervisors December 6, 2016) “Events as severe as the 1998 event, the worst on record, are likely to become commonplace within 20 years.” – Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, 1999 [4] Tony Noerpel

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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Calendar

December 2016
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
November 28, 2016 November 29, 2016 November 30, 2016 December 1, 2016 December 2, 2016 December 3, 2016

Holiday Open House

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

December 4, 2016

Holiday Open House

December 5, 2016 December 6, 2016 December 7, 2016 December 8, 2016 December 9, 2016

Christmas Market and Trolley Tours

December 10, 2016

Holiday Open House

13th Annual Purcellville Christmas Parade

Barrel Tasting Event Saturday

December 11, 2016

Christmas Market and Trolley Tours

December 12, 2016 December 13, 2016 December 14, 2016 December 15, 2016 December 16, 2016 December 17, 2016

Intro to Essential Oils

December 18, 2016
December 19, 2016 December 20, 2016 December 21, 2016 December 22, 2016 December 23, 2016 December 24, 2016 December 25, 2016
December 26, 2016 December 27, 2016 December 28, 2016 December 29, 2016 December 30, 2016 December 31, 2016

Family New Year’s Eve Celebration

January 1, 2017

New Year's Day Musikabend

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Farm Bureau President Hopes for Immigration Reform

5 Dec 2016

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Virginia Farm Bureau President Wayne F. Pryor told county delegates at the organization’s annual convention in Hot Springs that immigration reform “is an issue that has been delayed too long.” He noted that: “Work will begin on the 2018 Farm Bill next year. This is the most complex federal legislation farmers face, and it typically takes at least two years …

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Northern Virginia Chamber To Host Congressional Roundtable

5 Dec 2016

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The Northern Virginia Chamber will host its annual Congressional Roundtable on Monday, December 12, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Northern Virginia Chamber in Tysons (7900 Westpark Drive, Suite A550). The dialogue will cover several issues at the intersection of federal policy and business – federal spending, energy, trade policy, the sequestration and the effect on Northern Virginia, transportation, …

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Ugly Christmas Sweater Fad Keeps Growing

30 Nov 2016

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Since 2012, the Re-Love It consignment shop, at 138 N. 21st Street in Purcellville, has developed the reputation as the place to get your Ugly Christmas Sweater in the Metro D.C. area. In that time, Re-Love It has sold more than 3,000 vintage Ugly Christmas Sweaters.

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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

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception

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We are a group of Loudoun County citizens who will be adversely affected if the board grants a special exception for the Catesby Farm property at your upcoming meeting. You …

It’s Our Right

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On December 6, the Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on a “Minor Special Exception” proposal we submitted earlier this year concerning our Catesby Farm property. Unfortunately, our limited …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm

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By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

Around Virginia

Warner Introduces Bill To Help Wells Fargo Victims Get Their Day in Court

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U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, introduced legislation to give Wells Fargo customers who were victims of a fraudulent account scheme their day in court. The bank was involved in a scandal this year after it was revealed that Wells Fargo employees secretly …

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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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Sports

Accepting Applications for Sports League Funding

30 Nov 2016

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Purcellville is accepting applications from local organizations for its annual sports league funding program. Organizations must serve the Town of Purcellville area, have citizens of the Town of Purcellville as players, and provide a letter to the Town from the IRS confirming the organization’s tax exempt status in order to …

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Woodgrove High Student Will Pursue Track and Field at George Mason

30 Nov 2016

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Puneet Kaur of Woodgrove High School has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her track and field career at George Mason University. Kaur has held the school record in shot put since her sophomore year and is looking to throw shotput, hammer, discus and maybe even the javelin …

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