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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

Traveling with Myles

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

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

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

Focus On: Harvie Water Solutions – Roy Barr

March 2, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Focus On: Harvie Water Solutions – Roy Barr
Roy Barr

Roy Barr began his career in water treatment while serving in the United States Air Force.  Since that time, Barr has spent over 20 years in the private sector providing water quality solutions to Loudoun and Clarke county residents and the surrounding areas.  Barr dedicates his small business, Harvie Water Solutions, by providing superior service and solutions to both residential and commercial clients.  Barr and his wife Barbara are proud residents of Loudoun County along with their six children and their Australian Shepherd, Cooper. To learn more about Harvie Water Solutions go to harviewater.com.

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Campbell Hayes Baker of Purcellville Achieves Eagle Scout Rank

March 2, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Campbell Hayes Baker of Purcellville Achieves Eagle Scout Rank

Campbell Hayes Baker of Purcellville has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser, along with Delegate Dave LaRock and Congresswoman Barbara Comstock’s Director of Community Outreach Dave Steamier, was in attendance at the ceremony. Fraser read an official Town of Purcellville proclamation declaring February 8, 2016, as “Campbell Hayes Baker Day” in Purcellville. Fraser quoted from the book of Isaiah, saying: “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” … Continue Reading

Positive People in Purcellville

March 2, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Positive People in Purcellville

By Amanda Clark

Purcellville is a town that has been around for several years and is home to many. What makes Purcellville a town that nobody wants to leave is the people. There are so many hardworking people of Purcellville that bring a light to the town. They get their job done while making everybody that crosses their path smile. … Continue Reading

Remembering William “Will” Robinson

February 3, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Remembering William “Will” Robinson

William Carl-Johan Courtney Robinson was born on April 16, 1998 in Leesburg, coming into the world in a rush. He just barely made it to the hospital and that was the way he lived his life. He was loving and fearless and often times reckless but he lived in the moment and he was always authentically himself. William passed away on January 14. He attended Wakefield School in The Plains through eighth grade and then Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville, where he was a junior.

William leaves behind a large and close family: parents, Ann-Charlotte and Martin and brother, Nicholas of Upperville; grandparents, Ann-Mari Horkan of Upperville, Tessa Robinson of Cheltenham, UK, Monty and Maggie Robinson of Shrewsbury, UK, and Ylva Lindgren of Washington, Virginia; aunts and uncles, Ann-Caroline Boram of Reston, VA; Ellie and David Simons of Stroud, UK; Carl and Vanessa Lindgren of Upperville, Tony Horkan and Maria Ottonello of Upperville, Lizzy Horkan of Annapolis, MD, Annie Horkan of Vero Beach, FL, Kathryn and Steve Wills on the road, Claes Nordin of Washington, VA; and a host of cousins, Erica Lindgren and her intended Allan Hoff of Sterling, Alison Campbell of San Antonio, TX, Emily Moody of Boulder, CO, Anthony Horkan of Arlington, and Brittany Horkan of Denver, CO, Joshua and Megan Ryan and little Indigo of Upperville, James Ryan of Miami Beach, FL, and Bobby Nordin of Washington, VA. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Valley’s Max McNerney Stringing His Way Up the Entrepreneurial Ladder

February 3, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Loudoun Valley’s Max McNerney Stringing His Way Up the Entrepreneurial Ladder

By Amanda Clark

Max McNerney, a senior at Loudoun Valley High School, has his own lacrosse stringing business titled MaxLaxStrings. Max started the business when he was in eighth grade. He strings all different types of pockets and sells a custom waxed mesh called MaxWax Mesh that makes the pocket of the lacrosse stick waterproof and adds durability. McNerney says: “On a personal level, MaxLaxStrings is so much more. It is the one thing I have poured my passion into throughout my whole high-school career and has taught me more than any business class could.” … Continue Reading

Wakefield Senior and Prospective Doctor Goes on Far-Away House Calls

January 7, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Wakefield Senior and Prospective Doctor Goes on Far-Away House Calls

Byron Bushara is a senior at Wakefield School in The Plains and his life’s dream is to be a doctor. Because of Byron’s passion for medicine, he decided to dedicate part of his senior year to immersing himself in “Goals Beyond The Net”, a non-profit organization based in Haiti. Far from civilization as he knew it, Byron has found himself in the bowels of Haiti’s impoverished areas with the goal to “learn” but also to “give back”. … Continue Reading

Woodgrove’s Own Kyle Miller: Filming His Way To Fame

January 7, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Woodgrove’s Own Kyle Miller: Filming His Way To Fame

By Amanda Clark

Kyle Miller, junior at Woodgrove High School, has his own film company titled SendItFilms. He specializes in filming action sports such as Motocross racers like himself. Miller says, “I started SendItFilms with the idea in mind to bring high quality video to places and people that otherwise would not have the ability to access such a service.”

Miller was first interested in making videos in the fifth grade. A couple years later a media company called Vurbmoto released a META Edit Contest in which they provided clips of raw footage that you needed to edit yourself into creating a three to four minute video. Miller said, “This opened my eyes to what I could really be capable of.” Last winter, Miller purchased around $1,000 worth of gear and began to put his name out there via social media. After that SendItFilms took off, Miller has made enough money to pay off his original investment and now makes a profit from it. “With each project, I try to change things up a tiny bit and I am always experimenting with new techniques to see what exactly will get me the best results, “said Miller. … Continue Reading

Dr. John Morgan Wins Governor’s Emergency Medical Service Award

January 7, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Dr. John Morgan Wins Governor’s Emergency Medical Service Award

Doctor John Morgan of Loudon County has been awarded the Governor’s EMS Award for Physician with Outstanding Contribution to EMS, The Frank M. Yeiser Trophy.

The 2015 Governor’s Emergency Medical Services Award winners were recently announced at the 36th Annual Governor’s EMS Awards Ceremony in Norfolk, Virginia. Governor Terry McAuliffe recognized 10 outstanding EMS providers and organizations from across the Commonwealth for their dedication to EMS and excellence in the field. … Continue Reading

Ashburn Teen Collects Teddy Bears for Eagle Scout Project

January 7, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Ashburn Teen Collects Teddy Bears for Eagle Scout Project

ASHBURNTEENA Loudoun County Eagle Scout has collected almost 2000 new stuffed animals for first-responders as part of his community service project.
Andrew Stephenson, an Eagle Scout, Ashburn resident and Broad Run High School senior, originally set out to collect 200 teddy bears as part of his Teddy Bear Brigade project but ultimately collected 1,856 stuffed animals. The stuffed animals were presented to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue System as part of a ceremony on December 10. … 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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October 2016
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September 26, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 27, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 28, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 29, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 30, 2016

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
October 10, 2016 October 11, 2016 October 12, 2016

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


October 17, 2016 October 18, 2016 October 19, 2016 October 20, 2016 October 21, 2016

Anthony Semiao Live at North Gate Vineyard


October 22, 2016 October 23, 2016

Come Paint with us at Breaux Vineyards

October 24, 2016 October 25, 2016 October 26, 2016 October 27, 2016 October 28, 2016

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

October 31, 2016 November 1, 2016 November 2, 2016 November 3, 2016 November 4, 2016 November 5, 2016

Glenfiddich Farm Pottery Annual Fall/Holiday Sale

OysterFest at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Spaghetti Dinner

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner

November 6, 2016

Glenfiddich Farm Pottery Annual Fall/Holiday Sale

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Leesburg-Daybreak Rotary Club Sends Supplies and Funds to Haiti

24 Oct 2016


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 …

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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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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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