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Let the Sun Shine in and the Mold Fade Away


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


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

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

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

– 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

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

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

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

Dare To Be Different in Bluemont


By Hannah Hager

It’s not easy to have it all. Most families have an idea in their mind of what the perfect home looks like and where it is located. Not all of them would choose a weathered-wood home surrounded by thick forest. But, you’re not them. You’re you – and you’re the kind of family who dares to be different. … Continue Reading

Lovin’ Leesburg for All Its Beauty

February 3, 2016 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on Lovin’ Leesburg for All Its Beauty

By Hannah Hager
We may be in the thick of winter, but this home on Cherry Spring Lane will melt your heart. Come spring you’ll fully be able to enjoy this simple, yet elegant brick home and its surrounding green pastures enclosed by miles of black wooden fences. Beyond your immediate yard are sweeping views of the mountains and valleys and truly incomparable views. … Continue Reading

A View from the Outside at Bedlam Farm

December 2, 2015 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on A View from the Outside at Bedlam Farm

By Hannah Hager

This estate is perhaps at its best when it’s viewed from the outside looking in. The wonderment of the outside of this home is twofold: It lies just beyond the perimeter of Loudoun County’s official borders; and it’s also one of the few properties where the landscape and grounds’ buildings equally rival the main home. 

Stunning views surround the five-stall, center-aisle barn that is fully equipped with tack and feed rooms, a wash stall, laundry and hay storage as well as an equipment shed, four fenced paddocks, multiple run-ins and an amazing ride out. 

This is an equestrian lover’s dream, almost begging for you to bring your horses out to explore the more than 23 acres of your own personal property. What’s more? This little bit of serenity is only a short 30-minute ride to Leesburg. 

Make no doubt about it, however, the fully renovated farmhouse that was originally constructed in 1875, is a sight to behold all its own. The crisp, white manor home has been beautifully restored to maintain its original architectural integrity while allowing for modern-day needs and luxuries. 

With no less than five bedrooms, four full bathrooms and four fireplaces – the original construction of this home was both forward-thinking and accommodating to families of all sizes. Hardwood floors and ceiling trim make for a neat and simple home. A mahogany-toned wood lines the fireplace in the formal living room providing a sophisticated air that is repeated in the formal dining room with its own fireplace. 
The sophisticated tone of the home slowly fades as you make your way through its rooms.  Relax as you go through to the kitchen with its farmer’s feel – boasting exposed pot slides overhead and a center island with a butcher’s block. The stone-framed, wood-burning fireplace in the living room will provide you and your family with the ultimate coziness during the winter months. Once spring arrives, however, you won’t be able to wait to enjoy your new home’s patio. It’s from there that you’ll overlook the great outdoors that will be all yours. 

Address: 497 Lockes Mill Road, Berryville
Bedrooms: Five
Bathrooms: Four full
Fireplaces: Four
Circa: 1875
Acreage: 23
Price: $949,000
Agent: Karen Cooper, Platinum Group Real Estate
Contact: 540-454-0467











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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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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October 1, 2016

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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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


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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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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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