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Dream, Build, Believe Notaviva Vineyard Could Be Yours

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By Hannah Hager

When it comes to historical structures, there are those who step into history … and then there are those who make it. The owners of Notaviva Vineyards were the ones who made it.

It was the best of times; it was the worst of times for Stephen and Shannon Mackey to carve their way into Loudoun’s storied history during the Great Recession of the mid-aughts. At the time, the young couple dreamed of a reimagined world of synergies between wine and music that would demonstrate their passion and will to succeed. … Continue Reading

An Estate To Celebrate a New Year

January 4, 2017 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on An Estate To Celebrate a New Year
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Address: 17230 Twin Maple Lane, Leesburg
Bedrooms: Four bedrooms
Bathrooms: Four full and two half baths
Acreage: 30 acres
List Price: $2.3 million
Agent: Sam Rees, On the Market Loudoun
Phone: 703-372-9141 … Continue Reading

A Home that Is a Beauty To Behold

November 30, 2016 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on A Home that Is a Beauty To Behold
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By Hannah Hager

Aging gracefully is usually a descriptor reserved for the beauty of a woman over time – not the constitution of a home over the decades. Nevertheless, this expansive home in the outskirts of Round Hill on Snickersville Turnpike does not easily betray its true age. … Continue Reading

Let the Sun Shine in and the Mold Fade Away

October 5, 2016 Real Estate Comments Off on Let the Sun Shine in and the Mold Fade Away
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The fall is a good time to check off one of those ongoing home maintenance tasks – window washing, and the more arduous job of power washing the sidings and other surfaces on the outside of your home. Maybe you are thinking of painting, or maybe you can see it’s time to get rid of that gray-green tinge on your shingles and clapboards. … Continue Reading

Now’s the Time To ‘Fall’ in Love with Berry Hill

October 5, 2016 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on Now’s the Time To ‘Fall’ in Love with Berry Hill
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By Hannah Hager

Berry Hill’s been around for 200 years, but you’ve got mere weeks to snatch it up before peak fall foliage season comes to an end. You surely don’t want that to happen as you would miss the opportunity to catch a glimpse of this tree-lined drive at its prettiest. … Continue Reading

Privacy on Hiddenhollow Lane

September 7, 2016 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on Privacy on Hiddenhollow Lane
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By Hannah Hager
Just as when a person’s name suits their disposition, so does the address of this home perfectly describe its setting. If you’re looking for privacy in bustling Loudoun, then you will find it at this farmhouse located on Hiddenhollow Lane in Leesburg.

Walnut Hill is a 146-year-old home that has been lovingly restored and maintained throughout what is surely to be several generations of Loudoun families. The Civil War-era farmhouse has likely seen and heard a lot of tales and secrets during its heyday and throughout restorations. Not too many homes could pull off a façade of deep, navy blue, but something about it gives the impression that it’s used to playing the backdrop to the markings of time. … Continue Reading

A Home That Fits Your Family Like a Glove

August 3, 2016 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on A Home That Fits Your Family Like a Glove
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By Hannah Hager
You’re meant to truly feel like yourself when at home. That is to say, all vestiges of professional responsibilities and even expectations of an active social life should fade away once you cross into the foyer. … Continue Reading

Jefferson Hill: A Quaker Reality Becomes A Preservationist Dream

July 7, 2016 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on Jefferson Hill: A Quaker Reality Becomes A Preservationist Dream
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– By Hannah Hager

The dream of living in the Loudoun of yesteryear doesn’t quite play out like the West Side Story, but it certainly invokes a sense of pride in those who follow the setting sun on their commute home.
 
Much of western Loudoun was settled by immigrant Quakers whose lives revolved around the simple pleasures in life. Jefferson Hill is no exception, as this Colonial-style home was hand built using local timber and stone in 1746. Centuries later and the structure still stands, having been loved and cared for in a way that only pride can maintain.

Lest you think this home has passed its prime, hold off judgment until you step foot on its grounds. Enjoy both the morning sunrise and the evening sunset as your property has expansive, pastoral views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. As with most classic beauties, this structure has withstood the test of time while undergoing various nips and tucks to its aesthetic features.

Natural, wide-planked hardwood floors run throughout the home as do low-hung and deep-seated windows that provide plenty of sunlight. You’ll come across four wood-burning fireplaces as you move from room to room, along with wood-beamed ceilings, crown moldings and stone accents.

This home doesn’t align with the popular open floorplans found in many homes today. Instead, it’s built with efficiency and purpose – every element has its place and the same could be said for its modern touches such as stainless steel appliances and recessed lighting. Not to mention it has four bedrooms for accommodating today’s average family size.

Maybe you moved to Loudoun thinking you wouldn’t become a part of its history (threadwork). Little did you know that it’s possible to find a home that makes you a part of its history just by welcoming you to be a part of its lengthy past.

Address: 38802 Hughesville Road, Hamilton
Year Built: 1746
Fireplaces: Four, wood-burning
Bedrooms: Four
Bathrooms: Two full and one half bath
Acreage: 15
List Price: $1,075,000
Agent: Sam & Ray Rees, Keller Williams Realty
Phone: 703-408-4261
Email: onthemarketwithsamrees@gmail.com

A Bit of Privacy in a Close-Knit Purcellville Community

June 1, 2016 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on A Bit of Privacy in a Close-Knit Purcellville Community
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By Hannah Hager
The quaintness of the Town of Purcellville encompasses many small town American dreams; a safe neighborhood, excellent schools and a sense of community. You probably already know and appreciate this, but don’t we all wish to escape sometimes?

Located in the Courts of St. Francis neighborhood, this relatively young home is situated on the edge of a cul-de-sac. Its growing trees and foliage blooming over trellises provides a level of privacy that you won’t find in many tight-knit areas. You’ll find it’s perfectly primed for front porch sitting where you can cool yourself under the ceiling fans while you watch your kids play during the upcoming summer months.

Those of you who are open floorplan fanatics will be pleased to walk through the front door to find the foyer, formal living room and dining room are only separated by well-appointed columns. No detail has gone untouched in the finishes of this home – the windows, their frames and plantation-style blinds – as well as the hardwood flooring and recessed lighting – all point to an air of richness in design. If you walk up the stairs at the end of the pathway, you’ll find the master bedroom with its own en suite bathroom. Sorry kids, but you’ll have to share a Jack and Jill bathroom.

Back on the main level, you’ll never be far from your loved ones while in the study or library, which is located just off the family room that has a fireplace as its centerpiece. The chef in your family won’t feel left out as the center island is the only divider from the great room.

Did you notice the street name Ravello? Its Italian sister city is located on the Amalfi Coast where only 2,500 people live. You’ll probably find time to pop open a bottle of Italian red wine while in the butler’s pantry. You can even enjoy it on the side patio if you’re looking for some privacy. With all that family togetherness, it won’t be hard to believe that you will.
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Address: 105 Ravello Court, Purcellville
Bedrooms: Three
Bathrooms: Three full and one half bath
List Price: $479,800
Agent: Jowilla Beck, Pearson Smith Realty
Phone: 703-618-0305
E-mail: JoWilla@Verizon.net

The Bee’s Knees of Market Listings

May 4, 2016 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on The Bee’s Knees of Market Listings
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By Hannah Hager

Congratulations—we have found the perfect home for you in the knick of time for summer. This colonial on the edge of Purcellville is the bee’s knees of market listings — you’ll know what we mean at first sight of its yellow facade.
Warm weather is upon us and this sunny home is made for you to enjoy it. It’s not just the multitude of windows, including five dormers, or the deep-seated, wrap-around porch at which you’ll salivate over the wood and stone finishings. No, you’ll barely be able to keep the kids and guests indoors once you follow the winding porch to overlook the patio and the grandly-appointed swimming pool and spa hot tub below. Bring along your friends of the four-legged variety, too, as dogs, cats and horses alike will find a place to enjoy grazing amongst the barn, stables and pastures beyond. … Continue Reading

Spring Home Improvement

April 6, 2016 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on Spring Home Improvement
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Experts say that the most basic of home improvement projects – rather than that awesome new kitchen – are the best financial investments.

This is particularly important coming off the hard winter we’ve had. Roofs and gutters might need attention, painting touchups and smaller wood and fence repairs may be called for, the driveway may need to be resurfaced etc., etc. … Continue Reading

Melrose Farm Is Loyal to the Past; Faithful to the Future

April 6, 2016 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on Melrose Farm Is Loyal to the Past; Faithful to the Future
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By Hannah Hager

It’s often said that things aren’t made like they once were – and it’s often true, especially when it comes to elegant homes with “good bones.” Many are curious about what it must have taken to live and thrive in America at the beginning of the 19th century, but not many of us would be happy to experience it. … Continue Reading

What You Don’t Know About Propane That Can Save You Money

April 6, 2016 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on What You Don’t Know About Propane That Can Save You Money
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By Dale K. Schulz

Propane is a by-product of drilling for Natural Gas (largely Methane). All propane in our area comes from North America. The U.S. is a net exporter of propane, primarily to Central and South America. The propane is separated from the methane, butane, and ethane at the refinery and transported to our area via rail and pipelines. If propane did not exist, someone would have to invent a similar product. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

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2016 in the Books

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(Presented to the Board of Supervisors February, 2017) “The last three years have demonstrated abundantly clearly that there is no change in the long-term trends since 1998. A prediction from 1997 merely continuing the linear trends would significantly under-predict the …

A Rainy Romance

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all” – a simple phrase uttered in an acclaimed musical that helped birth a star. The movie’s Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds) catches his attention so completely that Don Lockwood (Gene …

Concerned Parents

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, Our 15-year-old son is out of control and we don’t know what to do anymore. He smokes pot and drinks, disobeys us left and right, is truant from school often, comes home whenever he …

It’s Time To Review Your Estate Planning Basics

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Beginners and billionaires alike should refresh their knowledge of these basic estate planning terms and concepts. The word “estate” tends to conjure up images of billionaires and aristocrats, but estate planning is not just for the wealthy. It’s widely believed …

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: George Marshall Center

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I used to wonder why – after an assignment to visit the interior of this place, I’d return feeling exhausted – both mentally and physically worn out – as if I’d been carrying an extra couple hundred pounds or so …

Meeting the “Other America”

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By Nicholas Reid Ever since the presidential election last November, there has been a lot of talk about the “two Americas”: coastal and continental America. The many differences between these two sections of the United States are numerous and oftentimes …

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 …

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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Calendar

February 2017
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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

February 5, 2017
February 6, 2017 February 7, 2017 February 8, 2017 February 9, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

February 10, 2017 February 11, 2017

Valentine's Pizza & Champagne

Sweetheart’s Soirée- A Night of Dinner & Dancing

February 12, 2017

Candlelight Concert Fundraiser

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Writers’ Night Out

February 13, 2017 February 14, 2017 February 15, 2017

Bob Brown Puppets: Dragon Feathers

February 16, 2017 February 17, 2017

ARTSPOWER: RAINBOW FISH

February 18, 2017

Wine & Chili Weekend

BALLET THEATRE OF ASHBURN AND EDGE PERFORMANCE COMPANY: MALONE BENEFIT CONCERT

Comedy Night feat. Tyrone Davis

February 19, 2017
February 20, 2017 February 21, 2017 February 22, 2017 February 23, 2017 February 24, 2017

February Fourth Friday

February 25, 2017

Samedi Gras Celebration

February 26, 2017
February 27, 2017 February 28, 2017 March 1, 2017 March 2, 2017 March 3, 2017

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

March 4, 2017

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

March 5, 2017
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Hillsboro Plans Mardi Gras Celebration on February 25

20 Feb 2017

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Mardi Gras celebration will be held in Hillsboro on Saturday, February 25 as a benefit for the Old Stone Schoolhouse. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. Hurricanes and New Orleans drinks, as well as Old 690 beer and local wines will be served in the Garden District Bar. The Cajun Cafe will feature New Orleans cuisine, including King Cakes. …

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Four Young Historians Discuss Civil War Turning Points

2 Feb 2017

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The Mosby Heritage Area Association will hold a talk featuring a panel of four young historians who will discuss turning points in the Civil War. The talk will be held at Unison Methodist Church, 21148 Unison Road, Middleburg, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 12. Tickets will be sold at the door or online at www.mosbyheritagearea.org/events for $15 …

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Love In All of Its Forms … Ain’t It Grand

2 Feb 2017

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Americans exchange hundreds of millions of cards on Valentine’s Day, February 14. The National Retail Federation estimates that we will spend some $20 billion to mark the day and demonstrate to friends and family how much we love them – on what marketers call “Love’s Holiday.” Love. It’s a big deal.

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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 …

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

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 …

Around Virginia

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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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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Sports

Woodgrove Gymnasts Advance To States

15 Feb 2017

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Two Woodgrove High School gymnasts have qualified to advance to the Virginia State Championships Saturday, February 18, at Patriot High School in Nokesville. Sophomore River Stone placed fourth in the all-around competition at the 1A-5A North Regional Gymnastics Championships at Park View High School on Wednesday, February 8, which earns …

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Woodgrove Gymnastics Team Places First

1 Feb 2017

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The Woodgrove High School Gymnastics team for placed first at their home meet. The team competed against squads from Loudoun Valley, Park View and Riverside high schools. Seniors Kaycee Delitta and Sarah Snare were honored at the event for their contributions to the team. The Wolverines excelled in individual competition …

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