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Remembering George Kakouras

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Georgios “George” Evangelos Kakouras, of Purcellville passed away on December 22, 2016. Born on February 22, 1938 in Gorianades, Greece he was the son of the late Evangelos and Elizabeth Kakouras.

Kakouras came to the United States from Greece in 1955 at the age of 17. He began working for his late uncle Nick Fragakis at the White Palace Restaurant in Purcellville, and later partnered with John Pilalas there. In 1982 he started George’s Plaza Restaurant in Purcellville, where it is currently owned and operated by his son Nick. … Continue Reading

Remembering Carrol Baker Crim

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Carroll Baker Crim, Sr. of Purcellville, died in his home December 25, 2016.

Crim was born on September 25, 1920, the son of the late William M. and Mary E. Crim. He served in the U.S. Army and worked for Giant Food before retiring. He also served as deacon at St. Paul’s Church. … Continue Reading

Architect Kevin Ruedisueli – Preserving Loudoun’s Sense of Place

January 4, 2017 Lifestyle, People 1 comment
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“A Sense of Place” is the term people use to express a special kind of endurance that certain towns, villages, and properties exhibit, despite the visible change in and around them. That old barn on the outskirts of town is gone, but the antique mart that took its place has a familiar feel to it. There are a few more stoplights in the village, but right outside of town that same herd of cows stares at you from over the fence. There’s a new development going up, but it’s hidden by a long line of old trees; and the entrance has been kept small and unobtrusive. … Continue Reading

Remembering Ila Nell Kinser

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Ila Nell Kinser, age 92, of Berryville, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, December 24, 2016 at Winchester Medical Center. She was born July 22, 1924 in Lee County, Virginia. She was the daughter of the late Dewey and Flora Roberts.

She was proceeded in death by her husband Dudley W. Kinser, Sr., her two sisters, her brother, one granddaughter and one daughter in law. … Continue Reading

Mosby Heritage Area Association Hero and Educator Awards Announced

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The Mosby Heritage Area Association announced the winners of their 2016 Heritage Hero Awards and its Educator of the Year Award. The Heritage Hero award is given to individuals or groups in the Mosby Heritage Area who have demonstrated stewardship responsibility over many years. The Mosby Heritage Area Educator of the Year Award is given to an educator who effectively incorporates the local historical landscape and its stories into their teaching and community outreach. Hero awards were given to Mary Thomason Morris and Al Van Huyck. The Educator of the Year Award was given to Richard Deardoff. … Continue Reading

What Is Special To You about the Holidays?

November 30, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on What Is Special To You about the Holidays?
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By Amanda Clark

Henry Carlson – Purcellville
“For me, the holidays are about celebrating the connection you’ve got with your kin, listening to 50’s music, and staying warm!” … Continue Reading

Dear Elaine, Goodbye for Now, I’ll See You in the Watchfires

November 2, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Dear Elaine, Goodbye for Now, I’ll See You in the Watchfires
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The newly opened Museum of African-American of History and Culture in Washington has many, many precious things within its walls – tens of thousands of artifacts, mementos, and symbols of dreams-come-true that tell the African-American journey from slave ship to President of the United States.

The items range from the profoundly sad to the impossibly proud. A shard of glass from the 16th Street Baptist Church of Birmingham, Alabama where four little girls lost their lives in a Sunday morning bombing in 1963. A Gold Medal won by Carl Lewis at the 1984 Olympics. … Continue Reading

Leesburg-Daybreak Rotary Club Sends Supplies and Funds to Haiti

October 24, 2016 People Comments Off on Leesburg-Daybreak Rotary Club Sends Supplies and Funds to Haiti
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The Rotary Club of Leesburg-Daybreak shipped water purification supplies and emergency funds to Haiti following the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew.

Partnering with an anonymous local corporation, the club shipped 3,000 water purification tablet packages via FedEx to Haiti. These packages, which were sent to an area battling a cholera outbreak, will clean 3,000 liters of unsafe water. Instructions translated into French and Creole were included to help Haitians best use the tablets. … Continue Reading

Remembering Lee Jacobs

October 5, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Remembering Lee Jacobs
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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

October 5, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on 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
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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?
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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

July 6, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on 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.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Trump Effect

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“Corals are marine magicians. As colonies of the tiny ocean organisms grow, they transform the calcium that circulates in seawater into enormous limestone reefs. These reefs—which can extend for more than 1,000 miles and provide homes for crabs, eels, sea …

Six Tips To a New Year and a New You in 2017

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By Michael Oberschenider, Psy.D. Research has shown that as many as 45 percent of us make New Year’s resolutions, but only about eight percent are actually successful in achieving them. And it seems that age is a factor: about 39 …

Investing in the Family Stock

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Family relationships are usually not considered under the rubric of “investments”. Yet, the personal gain and loss from family relationships is much more significant than economic return from stocks and bonds. Taking time out to relate to a person without …

Choosing a Different Lens

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We have all heard, “A picture’s worth a thousand words,” maybe even said it aloud while perusing old photo albums or scrolling through Facebook timelines. Sometimes words fall short of adequately describing an emotion encapsulating a distinct moment. Pictures fill …

Freedom Park

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A great name for a great place, this public space shows us – in my opinion – what’s best about Leesburg, Loudoun County and our country. Freedom Park – just off the Dulles Greenway on the South side of Town …

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 …

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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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

Restore & Renew

January 2, 2017 January 3, 2017 January 4, 2017 January 5, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

January 6, 2017 January 7, 2017

Core Purpose, Core Practice Yoga

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

January 8, 2017
January 9, 2017

AUDITIONS - SEUSSICAL

January 10, 2017 January 11, 2017

Beale Street Puppets: Dig Those Dinosaurs

January 12, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

January 13, 2017 January 14, 2017

THE IMMORTALS

January 15, 2017

Come Paint with Us at Breaux Vineyards

January 16, 2017 January 17, 2017 January 18, 2017

Virginia Opera: Deep River- The Marion Anderson Story

January 19, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

January 20, 2017

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

January 21, 2017

DANNY KNICELY CONCERT

January 22, 2017
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Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

January 27, 2017 January 28, 2017 January 29, 2017
January 30, 2017 January 31, 2017 February 1, 2017 February 2, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

February 3, 2017 February 4, 2017

CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Historian Rich Gillespie Speaks on Haunts on the Loudoun Landscape

12 Jan 2017

The Mosby Heritage Area Association announced an event in conjunction with the Purcellville Library on January 29, at 2:00 p.m,. which will feature Rich Gillespie, Historian Emeritus of the Mosby Heritage Area Association, speaking on the “Haunts on the Loudoun Landscape.” The stories are all from the personal experiences of long-time local historian and teacher Rich Gillespie, or from close …

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Help Joseph … and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

4 Jan 2017

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Blue Ridge Middle School’s PTO is seeking help with its drama department, working diligently on the production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamboat. The children in the show are enthusiastic and very talented. And, the school has a long history of first class productions with recent shows such as The Lion King, which won 11 National Youth Arts Awards …

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Remembering George Kakouras

4 Jan 2017

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Georgios “George” Evangelos Kakouras, of Purcellville passed away on December 22, 2016. Born on February 22, 1938 in Gorianades, Greece he was the son of the late Evangelos and Elizabeth Kakouras. Kakouras came to the United States from Greece in 1955 at the age of 17. He began working for his late uncle Nick Fragakis at the White Palace Restaurant …

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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

Office Building on Capitol Square To Be Named After Civil Rights Pioneer Barbara Johns

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Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the newly renovated state building located at 202 N. 9th Street on Capitol Square in Richmond (currently known as the 9th Street Office Building) will bear the name of civil rights pioneer Barbara Johns. The building, which reopened last year, houses the Virginia Attorney General’s …

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Rep. Comstock’s Key Top Priority Legislation Initiatives

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Signed into Law in Her First Term Rep. Barbara Comstock, who serves the 10th congressional district in Virginia, recently reviewed the achievements of her first term in office, identifying 17 legislative initiatives that she supported that were adopted. She said: “My staff and I have met with stakeholders, local elected …

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Man Killed Walking To Gas Station on I-95

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Virginia State Police Trooper M.J. Kryznefski is investigating a fatal pedestrian crash in Prince William County. The crash occurred at approximately 4:10 a.m., on Monday, December 26, on Interstate 95 near Exit 158B. Three males were traveling south on Interstate 95 when their Honda CRV ran out of gas. They …

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Sports

Woodgrove Grabs First at Glory Days

10 Jan 2017

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The Woodgrove Varsity Gymnastics took first place in the red division of the Glory Days Invitational at Park View High School on Saturday, January 7. Woodgrove competed against Rock Ridge, Potomac Falls, Loudoun Valley and Heritage high schools. Host team Park View came in first in the lower blue division. …

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Deadline Extended for Purcellville Sports Funding Application

4 Jan 2017

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The Town of Purcellville has extended the deadline to apply for the Annual Sports League Funding. The new deadline is January 9 at 5:00 p.m. Applicant organizations must serve the Town of Purcellville area, have citizens of the Town of Purcellville as players, and provide a letter to the Town …

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