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FOCUS ON: Mr. And Mrs. Claus

December 10, 2014 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on FOCUS ON: Mr. And Mrs. Claus
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Surprise Visit

Mr. and Mrs. Claus found time to stop by Photographer Sarah Huntington’s studio in Purcellville. They are very busy this time of year and have many elves in and around Purcellville, Bluemont and Round Hill who work tirelessly to help. They will be making many appearances in and around the area before they head back to the North Pole to get ready for the big day. Mr. Claus said, “Yes, boys and girls the elves report back telling me who has been naughty or nice.”

Board of Supervisors Recognizes Longtime Volunteer Charlotte Nurge for Service to Loudoun

December 6, 2014 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Board of Supervisors Recognizes Longtime Volunteer Charlotte Nurge for Service to Loudoun
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Charlotte Nurge, one of Loudoun County’s most dedicated volunteers, has been honored by the Board of Supervisors. On Wednesday, December 3, 2014, the Board presented a resolution of commendation to Nurge for her “extraordinary commitment and dedication to all her volunteer roles.” Nurge, 93, has been an active volunteer for the Area Agency on Aging since 1998. The Board highlighted several of Nurge’s accomplishments, including:

  • Service as Chairperson and member of the Commission on Aging;
  • Instrumental role in changing the criteria of the Loudoun County Tax Relief program to enhance benefits for seniors;
  • Instrumental role in accelerating the planning and design process for the Dulles South Senior Center;
  • Support for adding an additional public comment session at the beginning of the 2nd Board of Supervisors’ meeting of the month, allowing seniors to an opportunity to provide public input; and
  • Significant activism and support of improved transit options, including Metro, which has provided more transportation options for seniors.

The resolution also states that Nurge is “widely recognized and respected for her commitment to improving services for seniors” and her “wisdom, energy and integrity.” In addition to the resolution, Nurge was presented with a plaque naming a future room at the Dulles South Senior Center as the Charlotte Nurge Recreation Room.

Photo Courtesy of Lorie Flading: Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman and Broad Run District Supervisor Shawn Williams, left, and Dulles District Supervisor Matt Letourneau, center, present longtime volunteer Charlotte Nurge with a resolution of commendation. Nurge was also presented with a plaque naming a future room at the Dulles South Senior Center as the Charlotte Nurge Recreation Room.

Remembering Julia Taylor Cannon

October 22, 2014 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Remembering Julia Taylor Cannon
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Julia Taylor Cannon, 65, of Lincoln, died Thursday, October 16, 2014.

Julia was born July 5, 1949, to her adored parents, the late Thomas E. and Mary S. Taylor, and lived the majority of her life in her hometown of Lincoln. Her family and home were a source of great joy to her.

She was a proud alumna of both Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, where she received her BA, and the University of Virginia, where she received her law degree. … Continue Reading

Artist’s Profile: Carol Turman – Face-Painting Enchantress

October 1, 2014 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Artist’s Profile: Carol Turman – Face-Painting Enchantress
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Adults are wowed by her talent. Children are so mesmerized by her that they will sit still for as long as she likes.

Meet Carol Turman – artist and entertainer.

Turman’s special craft is face painting, and she brings it, along with her lovely and fun personality and expertise in balloon twisting to all manner of special events, from birthday parties, to reunions, to business promotions. Said Turman, “I don’t consider myself a super artist.” But, she is.

If you Google Turman’s name, or the name of her company, Dee Vinchey Entertainment, you’ll see her described as “face painter and balloon twister.” … Continue Reading

Remembering Melvin L. “Bunny” Allder

September 3, 2014 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Remembering Melvin L. “Bunny” Allder
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Melvin L. “Bunny” Allder of Purcellville, loving father and husband, died August 21 at Loudoun INOVA Hospital in Leesburg.

A lifelong resident of Loudoun County, Allder was born January 30, 1921 in Round Hill, son of Minnie Davis and John Elliott Allder. He was a World War II veteran of the Army Air Force and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross while in the service. … Continue Reading

Designing Flowers – “You Feel It”

September 3, 2014 Feature, People Comments Off on Designing Flowers – “You Feel It”
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One block off of Purcellville’s historic downtown is an exquisitely restored old house at 151 S. 20th street.

As you walk in you notice that everything is immaculately clean and shiny – polished wood floors, sparkling windows and not a spec of dust anywhere. At the same time your lungs have taken in the absolutely heavenly scent of fresh flowers – lilies, freesia, roses, mums and more filling your nose with all of their sweet glory. … Continue Reading

Remembering William Judson “Jud” Whetsell

August 16, 2014 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Remembering William Judson “Jud” Whetsell
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William Judson “Jud” Whetsell, 51 of Winchester, died of natural causes and went to be with the Lord on August 7, 2014. Jud was born and grew up in Loudoun County and graduated from Loudoun Valley High School. He touched the lives of many in his career serving in retail and other service industries, most recently as a highly regarded and valued member of the Virginia Regional Transit Authority. Jud is survived by his mother, Betty Ann Whetsell of Winchester, brother Dan Whetsell of Purcellville, sister Debra Whetsell of Narragansett, RI, sister Judy Robinson of Warrenton, eight nieces and nephews and many other family members and friends.

The family received friends at Hall Funeral Home, on Tuesday, August 12. Services were held on August 13, at Hall Funeral Home with Interment at Hillsboro Cemetery.

Please visit www.hallfh.com to express online condolences to the family.
Arrangements made by Hall Funeral Home.

Local Authors Sign Books at Hillsboro Farmers Market at the Old Stone School

August 7, 2014 Events, Farm and garden, Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Local Authors Sign Books at Hillsboro Farmers Market at the Old Stone School
Local author Bobbi Carducci signing a copy of one of her books during the Hillsboro Farmers Market at the Old Stone School

Reading enthusiasts had a wonderful time meeting local authors Bobbi Carducci and Marc Leepson during the Hillsboro Farmers Market at the Old Stone School on August 2. Additional activities for kids that focused on reading included storytelling lead by the Purcellville Library, a book sale from Around the Block Books, and a chance to talk with educational consultants with Usborne and Kane Miller children’s books.

Bobbi Carducci, Director of the Young Voice Foundation, had copies of two of her books on hand to sign. For young readers, she sold and signed copies of Storee Wryter get a Dog. She also had copies of her newly released book, Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver, available. Marc Leepson is a journalist, historian, and the author of eight books. His most recent book, What So Proudly We Hailed Francis Scott Key, A Life, is the first biography of the author of “The Star-Spangled Banner” in more than 75 years. Copies of that book and Lafayette: Lessons in Leadership from the Idealist General were both available at the market to purchase and have signed by the author.

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Soon To Turn 107 – He Still Amazes– A Tribute To Charlie Clark

August 6, 2014 Lifestyle, People 1 comment
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I’ve caught glimpses of “Mr. Charlie,” as friends call him, on several occasions.

In recent years I saw a stately old car driving slowly through Purcellville and into the parking lot of a grocery store. A tall lanky man emerged and walked inside, waving and nodding as he passed me. “That’s Mr. Clark,” I thought to myself. “Still driving way past the gentle age of 100 … and still doing (at least some of) his own grocery shopping. Wow!”

According to a niece, local author and civil rights activist Elaine Thompson, her uncle doesn’t drive anymore, but he does do the occasional grocery shopping. He’s slowing down, but few things can stop him, really. … Continue Reading

Remembering Josephine (Jody) Haag

August 6, 2014 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Remembering Josephine (Jody) Haag
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Josephine (Jody) Haag, 73, died July 21 of pancreatic cancer at her home in the loving care of her family, surrounded by music, love and the close proximity of her beloved garden.

A longtime resident of the county, Jody came to Loudoun with her family in 1976 after four years with Peace Corps in Fiji and Afghanistan.  In 1979, after three years in Waterford, the Haags settled in Hamilton.

Jody was born January 3, 1941, in Philadelphia PA and moved at a very young age to her mother’s hometown of Shenandoah, PA. At age of seven, she moved to Tucson, AZ, where she met and later married her husband of 52 years, Richard.  The early years of their marriage were spent in Hawaii where Richard was pursuing a doctorate at the University of Hawaii. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Student Places 4th at Chemistry Challenge

August 6, 2014 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Blue Ridge Student Places 4th at Chemistry Challenge
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Varun Mosur, an eighth grade student at Blue Ridge Middle School placed fourth in the National You Be the Chemist Challenge that was held on June 23, in Philadelphia. Sponsored by the Chemical Education Foundation, the competition is an interactive academic competition for students in grades fifth through eighth that engages students in learning about important chemistry concepts, scientific discoveries, and laboratory safety.

Mosur competed against 29 other state champions from across the United States in an exhilarating, 10-round competition that took more than five hours to complete. According to Mosur, “It is exciting to participate in such a competition – the atmosphere, the people, the representatives of all the chemical companies – all of it added up to an amazing experience for me. It was awesome that I was able to finish fourth (third runner-up). The first few rounds of the competition, I was not at all nervous, but then it slowly became more and more interesting and exciting as I progressed through the rounds to the top 4.” Mosur was awarded a $1,000 educational scholarship, a $50 gift card to the Discovery Channel Store, a TI-84 calculator, and a CHEM C3000 Chemistry set for his outstanding performance.

BRMS Principal Brion Bell stated, “Varun’s hard work and commitment to academic excellence led to his success in this event and will continue to be driving forces in his future endeavors. We are proud of his accomplishments and wish him the best of luck as he begins high school at Thomas Jefferson.”

Oil and Emulsions

August 6, 2014 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Oil and Emulsions
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By Leah Enright

Oil is a prime ingredient in many of my fun activities. Why? Oil is not quite like anything else. It makes things soft and slippery, shines wood, and doesn’t mix with water, right? Well, these are true, most of the time. Let’s perform an activity to see what I mean.

You’ll need:
An empty bottle with lid, (such as a water bottle)
Cooking oil, (such as vegetable or canola)
Liquid dish detergent
A drop of food coloring, (if you have it)
Permission from an adult to make this mess … Continue Reading

Remembering William Homer Leigh, Jr.

August 6, 2014 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Remembering William Homer Leigh, Jr.

William Homer Leigh, Jr. age 86 died at his home of 31 years near Hamilton on July 18, with family and loved ones by his side. Homer was born on June 5, 1928, in Arlington, VA to the late William H. and Ruth E. Leigh.

He was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Joan Leigh, and their daughter Christine Dayment. Homer is survived by his daughter, Diane Leigh of Hamilton, grandchildren, Stephanie, Wesley, William and Suzanne, and four great grandchildren, all of Ontario Canada.

Homer worked for C&P Telephone Co. in McLean for 30 years as a PBX installer. After retirement he enjoyed working part-time on the farm with Muncaster & Payne in Hamilton.

The family received friends at Hall Funeral Home in Purcellville on July 22. A graveside service was held July 23 at Hillsboro Cemetery in Hillsboro.

Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, can be made to Hamilton Volunteer Rescue or Fire Department.

Visit www.hallfh.com to express online condolences to the family.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Holocene Climate

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(Public Input Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, 7 March, 2017) Figure 1 shows the climate variation over the last million years. The low points on the curve correspond to ice ages when glaciers up to a mile thick covered New …

Choosing To Forgive

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Truly forgiving is the ability to say, ‘Thank you for giving me that experience.’” James Arthur Ray vaulted into fame on the Oprah Winfrey Show back in the mid-2000’s. Stunned hearing these words while watching The Rise and …

Five Key Retirement Questions

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Beyond asking yourself where you see yourself and even what your lifelong goal are, effective retirement and longevity planning begs some very big questions. Review the points below and consider how housing, transportation and health considerations all play a role …

Work Woes

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, I’m a manager at a large tech company and my boss has directed me to fire someone on my team, but as a Christian, I just can’t do it. It’s true that the employee …

Joy or Suffering

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By Mary Rose Lunde No one likes to suffer. When given the chance, many people would choose to laugh rather than cry, to sit in silence with their friends rather than talk through their feelings, because not even their friends …

Wage Radio

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I will always remember – very fondly – the first time I ever set foot on the property at 711 Wage Drive Southwest in Leesburg, Virginia. It was a warm, sunny July morning in 1997, and I’d driven all the …

Speaking Truth to Power

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“With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed.” Abraham Lincoln On Thursday evening, February 23, I requested the Board of Supervisors pass a proclamation resolving to support the March for Science on Earth Day, April 22 [1]. …

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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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV
March 4, 2017

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
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Wine & Chili Weekend

Wine & Chili Weekend
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Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale
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March Fourth Friday

March Fourth Friday
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Spring Brunch

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Spring Brunch

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”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
April 2, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”

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Loudoun Workforce Resource Center Presents STEM Career Fair March 28

16 Mar 2017

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Anyone interested in a career in the rapidly growing field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is encouraged to attend an upcoming STEM Career Fair in Loudoun. The Loudoun Workforce Resource Center, in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC)’s Loudoun campus and NOVA SySTEMic Solutions, is holding a STEM Career Fair Tuesday, March 28, from 1:00 to 4:00 …

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Keep Loudoun Beautiful—Greater Lovettsville Area Volunteers Needed

16 Mar 2017

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The Keep Loudoun Beautiful spring clean-up takes place the entire month of April and greater Lovettsville needs volunteers. Bags, vests, gloves and grabbers are available at the Lovettsville Community Center during normal business hours, Monday-Friday. This is a great group or individual activity that can be scheduled around your availability. E-mail Lovettsville Area Leader, Laura Lieberman, for details and to …

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National Awkward Moments Day

8 Mar 2017

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?Laughing at Yourself Is the Best Medicine No one knows who invented National Awkward Moments Day, Saturday, March 18. That’s no surprise, since it probably came about as the result of one stunningly awkward moment that the owner of that moment was hoping to forget. We surveyed our readers and friends to ask them about their most awkward moments, sharing …

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Editorial

Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

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Appointment Shocks Many On January 3 Supervisor Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge) nominated Tom Priscilla for the Loudoun County Planning Commission to represent the Blue Ridge District. Priscilla was …

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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 …

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Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved

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Today, most residents of Loudoun County know nothing about Williams Gap, even those living on Williams Gap Road (Route 711). Knowing who “Williams” was, why a gap in the Blue …

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 …

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 …

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Protecting Free Speech

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By Dave LaRock (R-33) As elected officials and members of the legislature, our most fundamental responsibility is to protect God-given constitutionally protected rights. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits the government, including governmental public colleges and universities, from infringing on free speech and the free exercise of …

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Walbridge To Run for State Delegate in the 33rd District

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Tia Walbridge announces her run for the District 33 seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Walbridge is a wife and mother of two daughters and an active member of the Round Hill community. “Like many people in our district, my family has found its prosperity in a Virginia-based small …

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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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Sports

Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017

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The Loudoun Valley Vikings are the boy’s runner-up at the VHSL 4A State Indoor Track and Field Championships at Roanoke College.  During the 2015-2016 school year, the Loudoun County School Board approved Indoor Track and Field as a Tier 2 (self-funded) sport.  The seven boys competing scored 48 points, second …

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WLVBC U14 Boys Finish 3rd at VA Beach Event

23 Feb 2017

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The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys Team garnered 3rd place in their first travel tournament of 2017, the Virginia Beach Invitational. This event was held Feb. 18-19 and featured more than 24 teams from the U14 to U18 age group. The team was second on their net on day …

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