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Remembering Lee Jacobs


Garland Lee Jacobs “Lee” (67) passed away peacefully in his home on September 22. Born February 9, 1949 in Loudoun County, to James Garland Jacobs and Darse Louise Arnold. Jacobs is survived by his two sons Jeff L. Jacobs and Steve D. Jacobs, stepdaughter Patti Pierson Hausenfluck as well as numerous grand and great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his loving wife Doris Jacobs and stepson Charlie Pierson.

Along with being a loving husband, father grandfather and friend to many, Jacobs was well-known by the community for his longtime service at Nichols hardware in Purcellville.

Visitation were held on Thursday September 29 at Hall Funeral Home, and the service was held Friday, September 30. Jacobs is laid to rest in the Lovettsville Union Cemetery.

Leesburg Native Serves aboard Guided-Missile Destroyer

By Lt. Cmdr. David Daitch, Navy Office of Community Outreach

A 2010 Loudoun County High School graduate and Leesburg native is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the guided-missile destroyer, USS O’Kane.
Ensign Alissa Kain is the OI division officer aboard the forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer operating out of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. … Continue Reading

Remembering Thomas R. Graley

September 7, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Remembering Thomas R. Graley

Thomas R. Graley 78, of Purcellville, passed away Tuesday, August 16, in Leesburg.

He was born September 24, 1937 in Charleston, West Virginia, son of the late Thomas Dewey Graley and Corene Alice Seymour Graley.
Survivors include his wife Martha L. Maxwell Graley to whom he was married 55 years; a son, Alan Lee Graley of Bull Shoals, AR; three daughters, Julia Graley of Purcellville, Fonda Eigel (Thomas) of Lexington, Kentucky and Virginia Mumaw (Charles) of Waterford; and seven grandchildren, Nigel Preece III (Zuni), Claryce and James Eigel, and Ellie, Emma, Ava, and Garrett Mumaw. … Continue Reading

What Do You Do To Stay Cool?

July 7, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on What Do You Do To Stay Cool?

– 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

July 6, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Local Author’s Book Now Affordable For All

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

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

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.

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
Desk in the sky

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
Remembering Dorothy Harper

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
Local Navy Lt. In Operations In Latvia

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

Thank You for Giving Me a Sense of Place

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









2016 Energy Summit – George Washington University


On Friday evening, October 28, George Washington University, Virginia Campus in Ashburn will host the 10th annual Don Sandros Energy Summit in cooperation with local businesses and non-profits. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for a reception with wine donated by …

Attributing Disaster


“Humans are likely to create a catastrophe, and possibly an associated disaster, that vastly exceeds our own ability to recover from it. In the face of all our efforts, it will persist.” – Richard Guthrie [1] “Here we show that …

Concerned Parent


By Michael Oberschenider Psy.D. Dr. Mike, We recently signed our four-year-old daughter up for gymnastics. It wasn’t cheap, but her friends from the neighborhood do it, and she has been begging us to go. It turned out to be a …

Invisible Illnesses

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By Mary Rose Lunde It is general knowledge that when people think about illnesses, they don’t think about illnesses that aren’t physically apparent. Sure, people know about conditions such as multiple sclerosis and other diseases with visible symptoms, but many …

Robinson Park

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Looking back, now – I’m glad it wasn’t what most people would’ve considered a nice day; I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my share of hot and sunny to last me for at least a generation (especially since …

Are Your Estate and Financial Plans Shock-Proof?


Don’t wait until “what if?” becomes “what is.” Where will you live as you age? Think about your housing options now, so you have choices and won’t have to make a hasty decision should an unexpected health event force you …

In Defense of ‘Adulting’


By Samuel Moore-Sobel Most friends transitioning from college to the workforce long for the days of college, wishing to be back in class and participating in campus life. To be honest, I may be in the minority, but I have …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016


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


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


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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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

October 1, 2016

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

October 2, 2016
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Virginia Outdoors Foundation 50 years of Conservation Celebration

October 9, 2016
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Barefoot Puppets: Dreamtime, Tales From Down Under

October 13, 2016 October 14, 2016 October 15, 2016

Loudoun Centre Theatre: The Scamps Of Scapin!

October 16, 2016

Harvest Celebration & Fall Farm Tour


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Anthony Semiao Live at North Gate Vineyard


October 22, 2016 October 23, 2016

Come Paint with us at Breaux Vineyards

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October Fourth Friday

October 29, 2016

2 Pound Sterling Live at North Gate VIneyard

October 30, 2016

Music With A Cause - Music of Colonial America

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OysterFest at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Veteran’s Day 10k Raises Funds for Veteran Causes

13 Oct 2016


On November 6, the Loudoun County Road Runners Club will again conduct the annual Loudoun 10K Trail Race in order to raise funds for veteran causes. Since it’s origin in 2011, the trail race has generated more than $90,000 with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to veteran’s charities, specifically Boulder Crest Retreat and Pets for Vets.

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FBRM Clean-Up Day at Blue Ridge Regional Park

6 Oct 2016


Join Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains for an Autumn clean-up to remove invasive vegetation from Blue Ridge Regional Park on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Some tools and equipment will be provided, but please bring your clippers, pruning shears, or saws if you can. Directions: From Leesburg, drive west on Route 7 past the turnoff …

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Painted Barrel Auction Saturday, October 8

6 Oct 2016


The Auction for The Painted Barrels around Purcellville will be held on Saturday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m at the Bush Tabernacle – 250 S. Nursery Ave. Purcellville. Thirty-Five local Loudoun County artists were given an oak wine barrel to create a Purcellville / Loudoun theme on it. Each barrel was sponsored by a local business and was displayed throughout …

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Grief and Greed


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 …


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


– 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


– 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

New Proposed Uses for Western Loudoun

Loudoun County Seal Color

If you live in the middle or western part of Loudoun where you enjoy a parcel of open space near your property (which probably was put into an open space …

Bennett Knows How To Make Economy Work for All


In the election for the 10th District House seat, only one candidate has a more than three decades of success growing a local business. As the owner of a successful …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm


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

History’s Holy Places: Four Local Sites Worth Exploring This Fall


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


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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Hunter’s First Professional Race

7 Sep 2016


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


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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