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Remembering Esther Burk Kilgour, 86

August 7, 2015 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Remembering Esther Burk Kilgour, 86
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Esther Burke Kilgour, age 86, died peacefully on July 31 at her home in Purcellville after a long struggle with cancer.

Esther was born January 21, 1929, in Hamilton, the daughter of Harry and Nellie May Burke.

She was an active member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, serving on the Vestry, Alter Guild and Bell Tower Committees. She was a lifelong member of the Ladies Board of Loudoun Memorial Hospital, and a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, the hospital thrift shop, and numerous other non-profit causes. She enjoyed gardening, spending time at Chincoteague, and spending time with her family – which meant the world to her. Esther attended Lincoln High School and later, business school in Leesburg. … Continue Reading

He Slipped The Surly Bonds Of Earth For Us … Happy 4th Of July, Carl

July 1, 2015 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on He Slipped The Surly Bonds Of Earth For Us … Happy 4th Of July, Carl
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– By Andrea Gaines

This aviator’s poem is presented in memory of my uncle, Carl E. Alber – a veteran and celebrated test pilot – to mark all of the freedoms that became ours on July 4, 1776.
My uncle died on September 7, 1994, but would have turned 100 this year – on July 4, 2015.
The poem was written in 1941 by a young pilot named John Gillespie Magee, Jr. during a test flight of the Spitfire V aircraft. As Gillespie wrote to his parents at the time, “I am enclosing a verse I wrote the other day. It started at 30,000 feet, and was finished soon after I landed.”

High Flight

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, – and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of – wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air …
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark or even eagle flew –
And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

Sink Achieves Eagle Scout

June 3, 2015 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Sink Achieves Eagle Scout
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Harrison Tyler Sink has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Randy and Kathryn.

Tyler is a member of Troop 163 of the Goose Creek District, National Capital Area Council, and Boy Scouts of America, which is sponsored by the Purcellville Rotary Club and led by Scoutmaster Robert Kellogg.

Tyler is a sophomore at Woodgrove High School where he is a member of the track team.

Tyler’s eagle service project involved organizing and conducting a blood drive to support the American Red Cross.

Eagle scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program. The eagle rank involves earning at least 21 merit badges and demonstrating service and leadership over several years – culminating in an eagle service project. Less than four percent of all scouts attain the rank of eagle.

Organic Bronzing Lets Your Glow Shine

June 3, 2015 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Organic Bronzing Lets Your Glow Shine
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By Hannah Hager

Aldie resident Jennifer Wignall is shining a different light on the tanning industry. The time has come to ban the act of baking in a tanning bed. Take a moment to wash clean of orange streaks and rinse off the potent stench of chemical-laden creams.
Tanning, at its core, is a practice laced with a tinge of egotism. It’s akin to whitening, waxing or other self care regimes and is not exactly a must-have service. Or is it?

Jennifer was once a lifelong tanning bed user who visited the salons on a routine basis to obtain and maintain a bronzed glow. She loved the way she felt with tanned skin. Years later, after her twins were born and she suffered a bout of Melanoma – of which she has since fully recovered – the entrepreneur decided to drop tanning beds altogether in favor of spray tan. … Continue Reading

Why We Teens Should Care about Politics

June 3, 2015 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Why We Teens Should Care about Politics
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By Quinn Reichard

I want you to care about politics. So often, it seems like there’s no point. We frequently get news of scandals, gridlock, and power plays — apathy becomes so easy.

I think that at some level, most of us teens know that the government can be changed by the people. It’s hard, though, and it takes time. The slow pace of change causes us to lose interest. … Continue Reading

Double Amputee Parachutes into Lansdowne Golf Tournament

May 5, 2015 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Double Amputee Parachutes into Lansdowne Golf Tournament
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Participants in a charity golf tournament on April 17 got a special thrill as Dana Bowman, a member of Team Fastrax, America’s Skydiving Team, parachuted into the Lansdowne Resort golf course with an American flag.

Bowman, a retired Special Forces soldier and former member of the U.S. Army’s elite parachute team, the Golden Knights, has gained renown as a double amputee who continues to perform at high-profile events. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Family Approaches 1-Year Anniversary of Son’s Police Shooting Death

May 5, 2015 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Purcellville Family Approaches 1-Year Anniversary of Son’s Police Shooting Death
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Justifiable Homicide Findings Spurring Sierras To Challenge the System

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17-year old Loudoun Valley High School student Christian Sierra was shot and killed by Purcellville Police Officer Timothy Hood on May 24, 2014 as he responded to a call that a teenager was threatening suicide. Hood had been on the Purcellville Police Force for just 15 months prior to the incident. Records also show that Officer Hood’s dashboard camera was not functioning at the time and that he was not equipped with a Taser or any other form of non-lethal force. A supervisor and officer were around the corner, but no other officers were on the immediate scene at the time of the shooting, and Officer Hood did not call for back up before exiting his police vehicle. … Continue Reading

Leesburg Sailor Works Far From Home

April 1, 2015 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Leesburg Sailor Works Far From Home
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Seaman Jonathon Dublin from Leesburg untangles a line aboard USS John C. Stennis in the Pacific Ocean. The John C. Stennis Strike Group is assessing its abilities to conduct combat missions, support functions and survive complex casualty control situations.

U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago

FOCUS ON: The Angels At The Purcellville Post Office

April 1, 2015 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on FOCUS ON: The Angels At The Purcellville Post Office
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A big thank you! and shout goes to the Purcellville Post Master Wayne Cameron – pictured in in the center with the blue shirt – and the entire hard-working staff at the Purcellville Post Office.

The USPS’ motto – unofficial, by the way – “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds” surely held true this winter.

On more than one occasion during our long and hard winter, local post office employees and trucks could be seen throughout the western Loudoun area getting the job done.

FOCUS ON: Chuck and Cindy Izzo, Appalachian Outdoor Readiness & Essentials

April 1, 2015 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on FOCUS ON: Chuck and Cindy Izzo, Appalachian Outdoor Readiness & Essentials
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Chuck and Cindy Izzo, owners of Appalachian Outfitters in historic downtown Purcellville come from a long line of outdoor enthusiasts. Cindy’s grandfather was a “tree surgeon.” Chuck’s father was an avid swimmer and skier, and the family spent every free minute camping, hiking and canoeing.

Army veterans, the couple has taken their talent for the outdoors, self-reliance and health – including Cindy’s fascination with TERRA essential oils – to their newest pursuit, outdoor outfitters with everything you need to get out-and-about this season. See you on the trail, Chuck and Cindy!

Local Artist Wins Award in Plein Air Curacao Event

March 23, 2015 Arts, Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Local Artist Wins Award in Plein Air Curacao Event
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Catherine Hillis, of Round Hill, won an award for her painting, Copa Cabana, in the “Plein Air Curacao” (http://www.pleinaircuracao.com/en/) competition held recently. Ms. Hillis, a watercolor painter, was invited to paint in the Curacao competition. The “Honorable Mention” for her painting was one of only three awards presented during the Quick Draw contest, and she was the only American painter to receive an award. The judge was Peter Trippi, editor of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine. The Quick Draw event was held on March 7, and painters were given three hours to complete a painting on site in the town of Willemstaad .
The artists who were selected to participate in “Plein Air Curacao” were from all over the world. They were transported all over the island to paint from February 27 until March 7. The artwork they completed during the week was exhibited for sale in a gallery in Willemstaad.

Hillis is a nationally recognized watercolorist who has been published in many venues and has accrued numerous awards regionally and nationally. She is a respected instructor, speaker and exhibition judge.

The artist has been invited to travel in early April as one of 15 top plein air painters in the “Southeastern Plein Air Invitational” (http://alabama.travel/upcoming-events/5th-annual-southeastern-plein-air-invitational) at the Gadsden Museum of Art in Gadsden, Alabama (http://www.gadsdenmuseum.com/). She will also participate as one of 30 national artists in the “Winter Park Paint Out” (http://www.polasek.org/wppo/home/) at the Albin Polasek Museum near Orlando, FL, in late April.

Hillis’ work can be seen locally at the Gateway Gallery (www.thegatewaygallery.com) in Round Hill, and at Everyday Elegance in Purcellville. Her classes, workshops and exhibits are listed on her website at www.catherinehillis.com.

Hillis Travels for ‘Open Air’ Painting

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Round Hill painter Catherine Hillis is one of a handful of international artists invited to paint in “Plein Air Curacao.”  She will be painting in the Curacao competition during early March.  It is a juried event which selects artists from around the world to compete and exhibit their work.

Plein air is a French term meaning “in the open air” and refers to artists who work outdoors and on site. Artists have always painted “en plein air,” but the French Impressionists brought attention to outdoor painting, helped along with the invention of manufactured tubes for paint and the portable easel.  Paintings created on site are lauded for the technical ability of the artists, who generally create art among the elements, and the art is generally noted for its freshness and emotive quality. … Continue Reading

Artist’s Profile: Dale Bright, Wood Turner – Setting the Tree and the Landscape Free

March 4, 2015 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Artist’s Profile: Dale Bright, Wood Turner – Setting the Tree and the Landscape Free
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“My name is Dale Bright and I am a wood turner. I am passionate about my craft … using a wood lathe and tools to release the natural beauty that is already inside a piece of wood. Mother Nature has done all of the real work. My job is to simply reveal what is inside.”

That’s how this absolutely charming man – a quiet and dignified artist – describes himself and what he does with wood. His end products are some of our most common, everyday things – salad bowls, dinner plates, bottle stoppers, ice cream scopes, pepper grinders, rolling pins. But, nothing about Bright or his talent is anywhere near common nor everyday, except that he learned his craft the old fashioned way – from his grandfather. And, that he takes such common pleasures from it, dotting his Facebook page with pictures of his newborn grandson, Colt, sleeping peacefully in a newly made salad bowl with the caption: “Baby In A Bowl!!! Colton Dale Blankenship on his two-week birthday. The Cherry bowl is 21 inches across and 7 inches high, Colt is a big boy.” … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

A Look Into What Is Learned in High School English

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By Mary Rose Lunde English is the arguably the most important subject for a student in high school to learn. The most successful people in the world have one thing in common — being able to communicate effectively. This is …

Remembering Nancy Reagan

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel The passing of Nancy Reagan, a former First Lady who completely transformed the role and helped catapult her husband to greatness, marked the end of an era. Her death also happened to coincide with a turning point …

How To “File and Suspend” Before It Is Too Late

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With the recent changes to Social Security rules, filing and suspending will soon be phased out, but there’s still time to take advantage of the strategy. Here’s a quick guide to maneuvering this rule while it still lasts, but as …

Concerned Parent

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, We are concerned about some habits our nine year old son demonstrates and would love some advice from you.  We are unsure whether it’s anxiety, nervousness, or just nervous/an excess of energy.  A few …

Temple Hall Farm

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I only met the late AV (Val) Symington once; it was a Sunday evening in my first year or two at Wage Radio (this would be the late ‘90’s) and I was putting things in order for the next morning’s …

Am I an Enabler?

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Dr. Mike, My husband thinks that I’m harming our son for life because of the way I parent. Our son is 12 years old and he was diagnosed with ADHD in the 1st grade. My husband calls me “the enabler” …

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

Oh No, It’s the Christians!

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By Nicholas Reid In the hours and days following every massacre perpetrated by radical Muslims, there is one unifying theme across most news coverage of the massacre, wherever it may …

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Campaign of Untruths

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Elected officials have done some pretty despicable things while serving in office. They range from bribery, beating a spouse, cheating on a spouse, obstruction of justice, and various forms of …

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 …

Student News

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016

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Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

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8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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Calendar

April 2016
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Classical Avant Garde

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Last Ham Comedy Improv: April FOOLS SHOW

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West Loudoun County Methodist Stop Hunger Now

Writer's Project Runway

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Praise Concert

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My Child's Closet Consignment Sale

Cherry Blossom Celebration

A Springtime Serenade Concert

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Woodgrove HS presents the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

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Woodgrove HS presents the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

Woodgrove HS presents the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

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April Fourth Friday

Woodgrove HS presents the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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Virginia Touch-A-Truck

Breaux Vineyards Wild Game Winemaker's Dinner

Woodgrove HS presents the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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Hamilton Town Hall

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CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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Lobster Day with Chef Seb at North Gate Vineyard

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Spring Wine Glass Painting with Penny

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Lifestyle

5K and 10K “Ringing in Hope” Race Slated for Memorial Day

27 Apr 2016

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The third annual “Ringing in Hope” 5K and 10K race will be held on Memorial Day (Monday, May 30) at One Loudoun. A 1K fun run/walk will also be held. The 5K begins at 8:00 a.m., the 10K at 8:10 a.m. and the 1K at 9:30 a.m. Proceeds will benefit Boulder Crest Retreat, a retreat for America’s seriously wounded warriors …

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Bluegrass Performers Reno and Harrell To Appear at Lucketts on April 23

15 Apr 2016

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The Lucketts Bluegrass Concert Series continues its 42nd season of weekly concerts at the Lucketts Community Center on Saturday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. with a show featuring Reno and Harrell. Tickets are $15 at the door, and the doors open at 6:00 p.m. Hot dogs, barbecue sandwiches, snacks and drinks will be available at the kitchen.

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April in the Garden: Be a Freestyle Beekeeper

6 Apr 2016

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As the sun’s lengthening days settle us into the spring, newborn bees and their caretakers are emerging from their hives and going to work, collecting pollen and nectar and replenishing the colony’s food stores. Along the way, any number of the 60,000 or so bees that make up a single hive may be stopping by your garden or yard to …

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Around Virginia

Update: Remains Located in Shenandoah National Park; Search Efforts Suspended

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Update: Body preliminarily identified as Nicole K. Mittendorff, 31, of Woodbridge. The physical and digital evidence collected during the course of this investigation includes a note recovered from the car leads investigators to believe there was no foul play involved in her death. ——————– Search efforts in the Shenandoah National …

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Virginia Trooper Shot and Killed at Richmond Bus Terminal

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A Virginia State Police trooper has died as a result of his injuries after being shot on March 31 at the Greyhound Bus station in the 2900 block of North Boulevard in Richmond. At approximately 2:40 p.m., Virginia State Police Trooper Chad P. Dermyer approached a male subject just inside …

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Designation of Four New Virginia Main Street Communities

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Governor Terry McAuliffe has announced the designation of four communities in the Virginia Main Street (VMS) program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The newly-designated communities include the town of Wytheville, the cities of Danville and Lexington and Gloucester Courthouse in Gloucester County. The communities …

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Sports

Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016

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The Western Loudon Volleyball Club U14 boys team, called the “Hitmen,” finished second in a tournament held January 17. This is the first ever boys team for the WLVBC (and only the second boys club in the area). Coach Allan Kotmel led the seven-member team. WLVBC started eight years ago, …

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ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines

2 Dec 2015

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The Old Dominion Football Club West boys and girls middle school travel soccer program scored big the weekend of November 21 and 22.  The girls Quest Premier 22 team took home the championship in the U12 Girls Premier Division of the Hunt Country Classic located in Fauquier County. The boys …

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