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What Do You Do To Stay Cool?

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– By Amanda Clark

“To chill out this summer I will spend a lot of my time playing music. During the summer, I have so much free time and I devote as much of it as I can to playing music.” – Michael Preston (Lovettsville)

“To chill out this summer I will go to a friend’s house and borrow their pool, creek, or river and swim around them.” – McCoy Schroader (Leesburg)

“To chill out this summer I will be helping out with the Bluemont fair and race as well as playing lacrosse and getting a job.” – Annabel Kelly (Bluemont)

“To chill out this summer I will find places currently uninhabited/abandoned/secluded and read in the trees there.” – Faith Ralston (Waterford)

“To chill out this summer I will relax in the sun and enjoy the nice weather.” – Brian Chang (Round Hill)

“To chill out this summer I will enjoy the magnificent sunrises and sunsets of Purcellville, be outside in nature, watch the wildlife, and take care of animals.” – Karina McGovern Chace (Purcellville)

Local Author’s Book Now Affordable For All

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Dr. Johanna LaFiandra’s book, “The Desk in the Sky” is available as an e-book from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks and other e-book suppliers for $2.99. After selling the printed version for $19.95, Dr. LaFiandra has reduced the price to make it widely available to the general public. The book can be read with the Kindle, Nook, smart phones, tablets and computers. The book was recently reviewed by Ms. Rosie Malezer for The Readers’ Favorite Book Contest. She wrote:

“The Desk in the Sky is a book of anecdotes written by Johanna LaFiandra, Ed.D. Making learning fun for her students had always been one of Dr. LaFiandra’s chief priorities, as a child that enjoys being at school and enjoys learning is one who retains what they have been taught. Recalling her own very first two days as a kindergarten student, young Johanna had been forced to stand in the corner for the first two days because she had not raised her hand before asking a question. This left a lasting impression and, in becoming an educator herself, Dr. LaFiandra knew that making the student feel cared for and included was an integral part of the learning process. For over fifty years, Dr. LaFiandra looked outside the box and found ways to make her students enjoy what they were learning, even if that meant taking the lesson outside of the classroom, thus producing high grades and happy, well-educated adults with the ability to think for themselves.

I cannot applaud Dr. LaFiandra enough for such passing down the secret to successful educating. Whether you are a parent or teacher, rewarding your child/student for doing well goes a lot further than simply punishing them for not succeeding or not putting your hand up before asking a question. I agree that children will learn more when they feel cared for, loved, important, and included in what is happening around them. Trust is also essential in being a positive educational influence, and ‘The Desk in the Sky’ was cleverly written in such a way that I felt like I was in the classroom, right alongside her students. Dr. LaFiandra’s ideas on letting the class come up with their own ideas of fundraising for their field trips, and booking the transport and accommodation, were ingenious in also showing each student how to survive in the outside world before they had even graduated from school. I look back on my own childhood years and wish I could re-write them, with Dr. LaFiandra being the teacher in every single one of them. I enjoyed ‘The Desk in the Sky’ and feel it should ideally be read not only by parents and educators, but also by those in occupations which deal with children of all ages, including doctors and law enforcement.”

The title comically refers to where the school bureaucracy placed her desk during renovations because they didn’t consider her special educator responsibilities important enough to warrant a classroom. It is composed of 34 short chapters which detail her classroom life. Among the high lights of the book is the chapter entitled, “The Declaration of Independence” where you see how one student gave Dr. LaFiandra an understanding of what she needed to do to transform bored junior high students into the curious learners they had once been. Another chapter, “The Work is in the Toilet” comically shows how students learn from one another.

The printed version of the book is also available at Everyday Elegance in Purcellville, the Loudoun County Library System or at DeskInTheSky@gmail.com.

Focus on… Sarah Huntington Photography

June 1, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Focus on… Sarah Huntington Photography
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Sarah Huntington has lived in Loudoun County, and done photography for more than 30 years. She attended Corcoran School of Art in Washington D.C. where she studied art and photography. “I love to tell a story with my photographs,” said Huntington. When Sarah shoots you, you live forever. Huntington does portraits, business photos and small weddings – oh yes, and don’t forget your pets! She also offers videography services and can be reached at 540-338-7809. Her studio is located at 102 North 21st Street in Purcellville.

Yearbook Accolades

June 1, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Yearbook Accolades
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State and national competition results are in for the 2015 Saga. At the state level in Virginia High School League judging, the book received its thirty-second consecutive Trophy Award, the highest the league awards a publication. The Saga has the longest consecutive winning streak for publications in the state. “I appreciate the work ethic and desire to excel Saga staffs have shown over the years to keep this steak going. It’s not easy to repeat what is considered by VHSL to be the equivalent of a championship,” Akers said. … Continue Reading

Remembering James Stanley Lickey, Sr.

June 1, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Remembering James Stanley Lickey, Sr.
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James Stanley Lickey Sr., of North Fork, passed away May 27 surrounded by his loving family.

Lickey was born March 24, 1936 in Hamilton, where he lived with his parents and 12 siblings. Growing up, he dreamed of becoming a veterinarian to care for animals, but instead worked as a dairy farmer for most of his life. He served many people as a volunteer firefighter for the Philomont Volunteer Fire Department. He served Company 8 for 37 years including 32 years as a dedicated Chief. Lickey and also operated the Philomont General Store for many years. … Continue Reading

Local Author’s Book Now Affordable for All Students, Teachers and Parents

May 30, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Local Author’s Book Now Affordable for All Students, Teachers and Parents
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Dr. Johanna LaFiandra’s book, “The Desk in the Sky” is now available as an e-book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other e-book suppliers for $2.99. After selling the printed version for $19.95, Dr. LaFiandra has reduced the price to make it widely available to the general public in the e-book format. The book can be read with the Kindle, Nook, smart phones, tablets and computers of all types. Dr. LaFiandra has B.A., M.S., and Ed.D degrees in the education field. She has taught in the elementary and secondary school levels for 30 years and graduate level for 18 years and is certified as a Special Educator and Administrator in N.Y. State. … Continue Reading

Nominations Open for Heroines of Washington Awards

May 10, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Nominations Open for Heroines of Washington Awards
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The March of Dimes is now accepting nominations for the 16th Annual Heroines of Washington awards program. The event will honor women in the D.C. region for their dedication to community service.

Awards will be presented for the following categories: … Continue Reading

Remembering Dorothy Harper

May 4, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Remembering Dorothy Harper
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Dorothy Wolford Harper, a lifelong Loudoun County resident, passed away on April 10 at the age of 95. Harper was born June 13, 1920 to the late G.B. and Elsie Wolford of Hamilton.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert Harper, and sister, Virginia Wolford.

After graduating from Lincoln High School, Harper worked at the Bank of Commerce in Washington, DC.  Her stories of long slow commutes in the back seat of a crowded sedan in the 1940’s were priceless. … Continue Reading

Local Navy Lt. in Operations in Latvia

May 4, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Local Navy Lt. in Operations in Latvia
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In mid-April, Lt. J.G. Sean Scales, from Sterling (forward), relays messages to the bridge from Cmdr. Charles Hampton, commanding officer of USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), and a Latvian pilot as the ship pulls into Riga, Latvia. Donald Cook, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward deployed to Rota, Spain is conducting a routine patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. ?“Driving a warship requires a great deal of knowledge regarding environmental effects and the characteristics of the vessel. When you are responsible for the safe navigation of something so colossal, these understandings must be taken into consideration. I thoroughly enjoy seeing all of my ship driving experience and skill sets come together when serving aboard USS DONALD COOK (DDG 75),” said LT. J.G. Sean Scales USN.

Photo courtesy of Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mat Murch/Released

Dear Nana, Dear Mom

May 4, 2016 Lifestyle, People 1 comment
Dear Nana, Dear Mom: Thank You For Giving Me A Sense Of Place

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Long after I had graduated from college, and started a career, and purchased my first apartment, I still had another place I’d always call “home:” 75 Shore Road.

The small, old house at 75 Shore Road was a modified cape built by a man named Henry Willse in about 1805. Later known as the historic Bayles House, it was at one time owned by David “Boss” Bayles, a well-known shipbuilder from the area. In the mid-1800s just about every house on the road had a shipyard. Today it is a dreamy residential neighborhood on the water with a beach and a popular boatyard. … Continue Reading

Traveling with Myles

May 4, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Traveling with Myles
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By Myles Mellor

Almost everyone has the urge to move around the country or the globe at some point in their lives.

Whether you are a student on a backpacking tour or a retired couple on a cruise, the urge to see new places and different cultures is strong.

You have probably relied on traditional vacations and cruises, but I wanted to introduce you to new option. … Continue Reading

Time for Someone Else to Step Up

May 4, 2016 People Comments Off on Time for Someone Else to Step Up
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There’s a famous saying in sports, that goes something like this: “It’s not about whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.”

Purcellville native Jeff Brown – who retired from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Department in 2013 after 32 years, and who will pass on another great legacy this year when he hangs up his Little League coaching glove of 25 years – may as well have had that famous quote tattooed up and down his arm. As manager of The Phillies, he’s that well known, that good, and that genuine, batting in the high 300s game after game, after game. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Valley’s Julia McNamara Meditating through the Marvels of High School

April 6, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Loudoun Valley’s Julia McNamara Meditating through the Marvels of High School
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By Amanda Clark

Julia McNamara, a sophomore at Loudoun Valley High School, has begun to deal with her stress and anxieties by practicing a type of meditation called Mindfulness. Mindfulness is derived from a 2,500 year old Buddhist practice called Vipassana and is designed to develop the skill of paying attention to inner and outer experiences with acceptance, patience, and compassion. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

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, …

Brotherly Love

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– By Samuel Moore-Sobel There he was. A small, innocent being entering the world for the very first time. Can I touch him? Nervously, I lean forward. He seems so perfect, so completely serene. He is loved instantly. The last …

To The Teen Who Feels Alone

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– By Mary Rose Lunde I’m going to do something real here and be honest for a second. In a society where telling someone your deep emotional feelings is considered weak, doing just that seems to be detrimental and could …

Unmotivated Teen

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– By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, At our insistence, our 17-year-old son is going to get a summer job. Well, that’s what he agreed to, but we are two weeks into the summer and guess what … he doesn’t …

Time To Add Discipline To Your Good Money Habits

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– By Amy and Dan Smith For many, their 30’s is a time to build a family and a stronger financial future That 30th birthday can be a somewhat traumatic event, but with people living longer, they say 50 is …

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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Farmers Urged To Be on the Lookout for Marijuana

23 Jul 2016

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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 is a growing trend,” said Corporal Barbara Owens of the …

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Bluemont Harvest Ball To Be Held on September 17 in Warrenton

20 Jul 2016

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To commemorate the organization’s 40th Anniversary, Bluemont has announces the first ever Bluemont Harvest Ball, to be held on September 17 from 6:30 pm to 11:00 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Warrantor. This black tie event will feature live music from the Silver Tones Swing Band, dancing, a four-course, seated dinner, an open bar, and a silent auction. Tickets …

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What Do You Do To Stay Cool?

7 Jul 2016

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– By Amanda Clark “To chill out this summer I will spend a lot of my time playing music. During the summer, I have so much free time and I devote as much of it as I can to playing music.” – Michael Preston (Lovettsville) “To chill out this summer I will go to a friend’s house and borrow their …

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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

Blood Donors Asked To Help Address Summer Shortage

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Virginia Blood Services is urging Virginians to help replenish an extremely low summer blood supply and asking eligible donors to visit any one of its area Community Donor Centers or mobile blood drives. “Summer is always a challenging time for blood collections,” says Virginia Blood Services Executive Director, Todd Cahill. …

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McAuliffe Announces New Exports for Virginia Lumber Companies To the United Kingdom

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Governor Terry McAuliffe announced new export sales of Virginia wood products to the United Kingdom (U.K.) during a trade and marketing mission to Israel and the U.K. The sales were struck between four Virginia lumber companies and James Latham PLC, one of the oldest and largest wood importers and distributors …

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Governor McAuliffe Announces 105 New Jobs in the Town of Berryville and Clarke County

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Handsome Brook Farm, LLC to Invest More Than $6 Million to Establish Egg Processing Operation in Virginia RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that New York-based Handsome Brook Farm, LLC will invest $6.4 million to establish a new pasture raised egg processing operation in the Town of Berryville and …

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Sports

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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Everyone’s Getting Into Cannons Action!

6 Jul 2016

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Purcellville Cannons? Baseball July Schedule July 9, 7 p.m. at home Covington? July 12, 7 p.m. away Winchester? July 13, 7:30 p.m. Harrisonburg? July 14, 7 p.m. at home Strasburg? July 15, 7 p.m. at home Woodstock? July 16, 7 p.m. away Front Royal? July 17, 7 p.m. at home …

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