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Leesburg Teen Releasing Video To Promote Pop Single “Own It”

December 2, 2015 People Comments Off on Leesburg Teen Releasing Video To Promote Pop Single “Own It”

Jeyhan, a 15-year-old Pop/R&B singer hailing from Leesburg, will release his first single and the accompanying music video. The song, titled “Own It,” is about following one’s passions. “Own It” is about doing what you love to do in life your way and owning it, even if it isn’t what others want you to do or isn’t the normal thing to do. I wanted to write a song that everyone, not just teens, could relate to and I think the song has a really inspirational message,” said Jeyhan who is a sophomore at Riverside High School in Lansdowne. The song will be available on ITunes, Amazon and Google Play. The video will be available on social media sites. 

Jeyhan recently won a singing competition with the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade and was selected to sing on live television during the event. He has performed for CureFest, Miss Intercontinental United States and the World Music and Independent Film Festival in Washington, D.C. … Continue Reading

Remembering Wilberto “Wil” Pitre, III

December 2, 2015 People Comments Off on Remembering Wilberto “Wil” Pitre, III

Wilberto Pitre, III, the son of Shannon Lopez and Wilberto Pitre, Jr and brother of Victoriana, Gabrielle and Dominic Pitre passed away Sunday, November 22, at the age of 15.

He was a valiant leader in his family and a bold follower of Christ. Pitre sought to support and respect his parents, older sisters, Victoriana and Gabrielle’s guidance and shared his wisdom with his younger brother, Dominic.

Pitre regularly reached out to inquire how others were doing and send his love. Beautiful family trips to spend time with aunts, uncles and cousins were the highlights of each summer break. There are such special memories of his exploits in the Minnesota lakes and the ocean waters of Puerto Rico. … Continue Reading

Bohanon And Van Huyck Honored At Annual Loudoun History Awards

December 2, 2015 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Bohanon And Van Huyck Honored At Annual Loudoun History Awards

Donna Bohannon and Al Van Huyck were honored at the 23rd annual Loudoun History Awards on Sunday, November 9, for their contributions to preserving Loudoun’s past through collection of county documents and memorabilia, preservation of historic landmarks, visual arts, writing, and long-time commitment to local history organizations.

The first honoree, Donna Bohanon, has been a member of the Black History Committee of the Friends of the Thomas Balch Library since 2000, when it was founded. Over the years, Ms. Bohanon has made many contributions to documenting, preserving and promoting Loudoun County’s African American history. She worked with Loudoun County Public Schools on the remembrance event for the former Douglass Elementary School prior to its demolition and the permament exhibit on school desegregation in the new Frederick Douglass Elementary School. She has represented Loudoun County and the Black History Committee at numerous conference and seminars, most recently speaking on the topic of “Activating Interest in African American History” at the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership’s annual conference earlier this year. Through her efforts, Loudoun County’s African American history is a recognized and celebrated part of the County’s heritage. … Continue Reading

Local Winemaker To Teach Three Viticulture Courses at NOVA-Loudoun

December 1, 2015 People Comments Off on Local Winemaker To Teach Three Viticulture Courses at NOVA-Loudoun
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Kerem Baki, winemaker at Hillsborough Vineyards in Purcellville, plans to teach three viticulture courses at the Loudoun Campus of Northern Virginia Community College during the spring 2016 semester.

NOVA’s viticulture program got off to good start in the fall 2015 semester with Baki teaching “Introduction to Viticulture.” He will build on that course with “Viticulture I,” “Introduction to Wine Making” and “Vineyard Pruning” in the spring. The courses are open to everyone with no prerequisites.

“Viticulture I” (VEN 120) studies grape vine training, pruning, trellising, shoot positioning, leaf pulling and other cultural practices used in a successful vineyard. Students will learn about canopy management as it relates to disease control and how to research sites and develop skills for disease abatement. … Continue Reading

Mosby Heritage Area Association Recognizes Three Heritage Heroes

November 28, 2015 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Mosby Heritage Area Association Recognizes Three Heritage Heroes

The Mosby Heritage Area Association, the Northern Virginia Piedmont preservation and education organization, has selected three individuals to receive the organization’s annual Heritage Hero 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 awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, December 8, at 5:30 p.m. at the National Sporting Library and Museum at 102 The Plains Road in Middleburg. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. … Continue Reading

Girl Scouts Earn Silver Award

November 4, 2015 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Girl Scouts Earn Silver Award

Amanda Imthurn, Olivia Reed and Lorallye Partlow, senior Girl Scouts in Troop 6878 from Woodgrove High School, have earned their Girl Scout Silver Award. These young ladies took over the management, planning, planting and harvesting of the GrOwen Garden at Round Hill United Methodist Church for the last 10 months. The GrOwen team worked with hundreds of teen serve campers out of Leesburg, Girl Scouts in western.

Loudoun and the Kids Care Camp of RHUMC to educate children on organic gardening, using non GMO plants and “planting to serve.” In turn the kids provided much needed labor to sustain GrOwen through the harvesting season. This GrOwen garden provided over 2,000 vegetables to a local food pantry and their Silver program has created the beginnings of a continued youth led garden movement at Round Hill United Methodist Church.

Amelia Brown Joins NSHSS

September 2, 2015 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Amelia Brown Joins NSHSS

The National Society of High School Scholars has selected Amelia Brown, a Woodgrove High School junior from Waterford, for membership. The society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment.
“On behalf of NSHSS, I am honored to recognize the hard work, sacrifice and commitment that Amelia has demonstrated to achieve this exceptional level of academic excellence,” said Claes Nobel, NSHSS founder and chairman. “Amelia is now a member of a unique community of scholars – a community that represents our very best hope for the future.”

“We are proud to provide lifetime membership to young scholars to support their growth and development,” said NSHSS President James W. Lewis. “We aim to help students like Amelia build on their academic success by connecting them with unique learning experiences and resources to help prepare them for college and meaningful careers.”

Remembering Robert Thomas Harrington, II

September 2, 2015 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Remembering Robert Thomas Harrington, II

Robert Thomas Harrington, II, of Purcellville, died August 1.  Robert was born December 5, 1969 in Springfield, Il.   

Harrington is survived by his wife Kelly Harrington of Purcellville, three young sons Tommy, Ardan, and Finn, brother Patrick James Harrington of Louisville, Kentucky, sisters Bridget Kathleen Lippens of Atlanta, Ga. and Phoebe Harrington Dumas of Atlanta, Ga.,parents Robert and Kathleen Harrington of Marietta, Ga. and several nieces and nephews.

Rob graduated from Wheeler High School in Marietta, Ga.  He completed his undergraduate degree at University of Georgia and his Master’s degree at American Intercontinental University.  While attending UGA, Rob was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.  Since moving to Loudoun County, in 2003, Rob was very active in the mountain biking community with races and advocating for more trail development. … Continue Reading

Remembering CDR Robert Bentley Lyon (USN – Ret), AKA ‘The Sign Cop’

September 2, 2015 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Remembering CDR Robert Bentley Lyon (USN – Ret), AKA ‘The Sign Cop’

Robert (Bob) Lyon died on August 18, at his home in Purcellville. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Jo Ann V. Lyon, five children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was 94.

Lyon studied engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute then left school to serve as a Navy fighter pilot in WWII. He participated in an invasion of Europe, and saw further action in the Pacific providing carrier-based air support at the invasions of Lingayen Gulf, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. After the war he left the Navy to return to VPI, and later was recalled to active duty during the Korean War. … Continue Reading

FOCUS ON: Martha Akers

September 2, 2015 People Comments Off on FOCUS ON: Martha Akers

Advertising Manager Cori Dowden, left, Yearbook Adviser Martha Akers, center and Advertising Manager Morgan Kmetz, right. show off the latest award, a Gold Crown from Columbia Scholastic Press Association at Columbia University in New York City. Advertising managers began before school began, organizing materials for their annual advertising campaign. Similar to professional publications, the yearbook sells business ads in the community and recognition ads to senior parents to raise money for the nationally recognized yearbook. In addition to selling the ads, the staff designs individual ads upon request of purchaser, designs ad pages in the book, and handles all correspondence and billing with the businesses.

For the campaign, the staff hopes to raise $35,000 – $5,000 over last year’s total.  Through ad sales, the staff keeps the cost of the all color book at $70 instead of the $90 it would cost without advertising revenue. Any business interested in purchasing an ad in the 2016 Saga may contact staff at loudounvalleyyearbook@gmail.com or call 540-751-2400 and leave a message.

Zach Vogt Joins USA Pavilion – Milan Expo As Student Ambassador

August 7, 2015 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Zach Vogt Joins USA Pavilion – Milan Expo As Student Ambassador

As part of the United States’ presence at the in the Milan Expo 2015, the U.S. Department of State is proud to announce that Zach Vogt of Purcellville is representing the United States at the USA Pavilion in Milan, Italy this summer.

Vogt is one of 120 multilingual Student Ambassadors chosen from 1,000 applicants to serve as on-the-ground representatives for the USA Pavilion at the world’s fair in Milan.  After completing an intensive training program, he has been based at our pavilion, greeting and interacting with visitors, including First Lady Michelle Obama as well as top government officials, corporate executives, and other guests from around the globe. … Continue Reading

Remembering Sara Welsh

August 7, 2015 People Comments Off on Remembering Sara Welsh

Sara Elizabeth Pierpoint Welsh, 97, died July 17, 2015. She was born on May 26, 1918, in Paeonian Springs, Va., in the last days of World War I, the daughter of Elizabeth Brown Pierpoint and Hugh Webb Pierpoint.

As a member of the “Greatest Generation,” she weathered such events as the Great Depression, World War II, and September 11, and witnessed the immense social changes of the 20th century. She was proud to have voted for a woman in the 2008 presidential primary and the nation’s first African-American president that same year. She was married for 45 years to Gordon Welsh, until his death in 1987, and lived on the Welsh family farm, Rock Hill, outside of Purcellville, until her death. … Continue Reading

FOCUS ON: Dr. Jonathan Reiss, Mobile Vet

August 7, 2015 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on FOCUS ON: Dr. Jonathan Reiss, Mobile Vet

Dr. Reiss, of Mobile Vet, treats all kinds of pets and serves families within a 25-mile radius of Purcellville. In 2008, Dr. Reiss graduated from Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine. He moved to Round Hill not long after. He and his wife Virginia live with their son and daughter – along with dogs, cats, a horse, donkey, sheep and chickens – at their “ranch.” He volunteers with local animal rescue groups, shelters and spay/neuter organizations. His professional interests include soft tissue surgery, preventative medicine, and shelter medicine. Said Dr. Reiss, “I enjoy working in western Loudoun County, because I like working where I live.  I get satisfaction from being a part of this wonderful community – participating in a local parade, sponsoring my children’s’ school event or sporting team, and just bumping into my clients at a local grocery store.”
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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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September 26, 2016

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

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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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