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Mountain View Wins National PTA Awards

October 1, 2014 News, Schools Comments Off on Mountain View Wins National PTA Awards

mountainview1The National PTA has recognized Mountain View Elementary with two awards.

The first is as a National PTA School of Excellence for their achievement in building effective family-school partnerships.

“The partnership between Mountain View Elementary and Mountain View Elementary’s PTA is a true example of what can be accomplished when schools and families work together,” said Otha Thornton, president of National PTA. “Mountain View Elementary and Mountain View Elementary’s PTA have put strong practices into place that involve families in the life of the school, and we are pleased to recognize them as a National PTA School of Excellence.” … Continue Reading

Fate of Lovettsville’s Historic Classrooms in the Balance

October 1, 2014 News, Schools Comments Off on Fate of Lovettsville’s Historic Classrooms in the Balance

Citizens Seek Second Look For Community Center Renovations

Loudoun County plans to demolish original Lovettsville School classroom wings built in the 1930s. The classrooms were restored after a 1976 fire destroyed other parts of the school and the building was repurposed as the Lovettsville Community Center. Many in the community have voiced strong opposition to the planned demolition, some of which centers on the county’s perceived disregard for historical resource preservation and some of which is related to a lack of due process and public disclosure.

The project was part of a bond package to upgrade five community centers to bring those facilities into compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act. The three remaining centers include Lovettsville, Sterling and Philomont. … Continue Reading

Local Bar Associations Prepare for 14th Annual Thomas D. Horne Leadership in the Law Summer Camp

June 6, 2014 Schools Comments Off on Local Bar Associations Prepare for 14th Annual Thomas D. Horne Leadership in the Law Summer Camp

The Loudoun and Fauquier County Bar Associations are gearing up for the 14th Annual Thomas D. Horne Leadership in the Law Summer Camp, hosted by the Town of Leesburg. Twenty-four rising seniors from public and private schools across Loudoun and Fauquier Counties will participate in this week-long camp that provides in-depth training in the legal system, culminating in mock trials at the Loudoun County Courthouse on Friday, June 20, 2014.
Last year, Law Camp was renamed to honor retired Loudoun County Circuit Court Judge Thomas D. Horne, who initiated the project. Students prepare all week for their mock trials, working directly with local judges, lawyers, law clerks and other legal professionals. Local sitting judges preside over the mock trials, community leaders and other volunteers serve on the juries, and local attorneys demonstrate their dramatic skills as witnesses.

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Valley Debate Team Big Winners

June 3, 2014 News, Schools Comments Off on Valley Debate Team Big Winners

Loudoun Valley High School has won the VHSL state championship in debate in divisions 1A, 2A and 3A.
The state tournament was at Liberty University in April. “We won our conference and regional’s so we had high hopes for solid scores at State but were overwhelmed by our win,” said coach Julie Hildbold.  

The team’s varsity senior captains are Madison Remillard, who came in first place in Lincoln Douglas Debate and will be attending Wellesley this fall, Tavish MacDonald, who competed in Public Forum Debate and will be attending Cornell in the fall and Jake Hitchcock, who will be attending UVA in the fall. … Continue Reading

Comparing Their Lives To Those of Children 200 Years Ago

June 3, 2014 News, Schools 1 comment

Fabled Oakdale School Program a Western Loudoun History Star

With smiles as big as the hats they wore, last week an enthusiastic group of Lincoln elementary school students stepped back in time.

Walking from their own modest elementary school to the even more modest historic Oakdale School, the children experienced what is called an “1881 school day.”

Each was given the biography of a boy or girl student from the time whose identity they assumed for a two-hour “lesson.” A docent in period dress served the role of their teacher, and they, also in period dresses, hats, pants and shirts entered the old Oakdale School to see exactly what it was like to be educated back in that time, sitting on old wooden benches, flipping through original 1818 text books and taking a turn with hand-made quill and ink pens. … Continue Reading

The Countdown To Graduation

June 3, 2014 Schools Comments Off on The Countdown To Graduation
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By Mary Rose Lunde

As the final week begins for seniors at Potomac Falls High School, senioritis has taken its hold on everyone. The anticipation for graduation has only increased with each and every hour and each and every block that passes. As one of these seniors I am just waiting for something to just happen. It’s finally struck many of us that we indeed graduating within a month and will be attending college soon. It’s a bizarre thought and the expression “time flies when you’re having fun” seems to fit this situation perfectly.

It’s not all a happy thought though; many seniors can’t shake the dreadful idea of saying goodbye to what they’ve grown accustomed to, especially to close friends and amazing teachers. Carolina Chung, who will be attending the University of Virginia, said that she’s “most upset about leaving her underclass men friends behind.” … Continue Reading

Old but Awesome – and for Now, Staying Open

April 30, 2014 News, Schools 1 comment
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School Board Votes 6-3 To Preserve Western Loudoun Elementary Schools

“Old but awesome” is how Lincoln elementary student Finn Gustavson described his school at last week’s Loudoun County Public School System public hearing. Gustavson, who lives just south of the village of Lincoln was one of the 400 parents, teachers, community members and youth who attended the LCPS public hearing on the possibility of closing western Loudoun’s Lincoln, Hillsboro, Aldie and Hamilton elementary schools. … Continue Reading

Leesburg Tree Commission Sponsors “Fourth Grade Foresters” Program to Revive Arbor Day

April 24, 2014 News, Schools Comments Off on Leesburg Tree Commission Sponsors “Fourth Grade Foresters” Program to Revive Arbor Day

This year’s Arbor Day celebration will be held on April 25 at Cool Spring Elementary School. Each year, a new site is chosen by the Leesburg Tree Commission with a tree planting celebration. Fourth grade students from Cool Spring Elementary will participate along with Mayor Umstattd, Tree Commissioners and other dignitaries in the celebration and presentation of the Arbor Day tree.

Fourth graders from Cool Spring Elementary and John W. Tolbert Elementary Schools in Leesburg will all receive trees to take home and plant, courtesy of the Leesburg Tree Commission, who purchased approximately 265 tree saplings. Students will receive tree planting and care instructions, a brief history about Arbor Day and its founder, Mr. J. Sterling Morton, and become official members of the “Fourth Grade Foresters”. … Continue Reading

Four Small Schools Saved

April 23, 2014 News, Schools Comments Off on Four Small Schools Saved
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The Loudoun County School Board, in a surprise late night vote on April 22, chose not to close Lincoln, Hamilton, Aldie and Hillsboro elementary schools. The vote was 6-3, with only Hornberger, Kuesters and Sheridan in favor of closure.

Members of the Loudoun County School Board:

Eric Hornberger
Chairman … Continue Reading

Small Community-Based Schools Threatened with Closure

April 15, 2014 News, Schools 4 comments
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Facing budget shortfalls of more than $38 million, the Loudoun County School Board is exploring ways to cut costs for the 2015 school year.

On the possible chopping block are the Lincoln, Hillsboro, Aldie, Hamilton and Banneker Elementary schools. Closing these schools would trim $2 million of the Loudoun County Public School System in 2015.

LCPS ranks as one of fastest growing school systems in the county and the fastest in Virginia. The system includes thirteen high schools, fourteen middle schools, 1 intermediate school, and over fifty elementary schools. Approximately one-half of the elementary schools in the county were built in the last 10 years. … Continue Reading

The Other ‘B’ Word

April 1, 2014 News, Schools, Uncategorized Comments Off on The Other ‘B’ Word
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By Mary Rose Lunde

We all heard growing up never to call someone names, and yet the adjectives we use to describe people have turned to the worst. As I walk around Potomac Falls I hear people call their friends names that little children have now taken to calling others. It’s not right to call anyone names, yet alone the name I, myself have been called a few times. Yes, I’m talking about the other “b” word, bossy. But should the word bossy be banned? When the COO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, and the CEO of the Girl Scouts of America, Anna Maria Chavez, stated their opinion to the public last month, it sparked a nationwide debate.

Growing up, my parents taught me that I shouldn’t be a follower, but instead to always voice my thoughts. No matter what, I should stand up for something I believe in, despite what others may believe. I often enjoyed taking leadership roles and thus may have been seen as bossing other people around. But, did I deserve to be negatively labeled “bossy?” In my opinion, no. If you called a little boy bossy, he would more than likely take it as a compliment; however, if you called a little girl bossy, she may reform back into a shell just to be accepted by her peers, forgetting that being a leader sometimes involves giving others orders. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Students Win VA Mock Trial State Championship – Head to Nationals

April 1, 2014 News, Schools Comments Off on Loudoun Students Win VA Mock Trial State Championship – Head to Nationals

Two local homeschool students were part of the Virginia High School Mock Trial State Championship team. Logan Kirkpatrick from Waterford and Cooper Millhouse from Purcellville joined four other teammates to win a third consecutive title for the ETHOS-C4 Mock Trial Team.  Kirkpatrick and Millhouse were also awarded individual awards for Outstanding Attorney and Outstanding Witness respectively.

ETHOS-C4, a collection of homeschooled students from Northern Virginia, defeated Ad Fontes Academy from Centerville, and other schools from Oakton, Arlington, and Fairfax. Under the direction of coaches and Patrick Henry graduates Tim Snyder and Mackenzi Siebert, the team will now represent Virginia at the National High School Mock Trial Competition in Madison, WI, May 8-10. Kirkpatrick said, “I could not imagine a team of more amazing students or brilliant coaches. I am so excited to share new memories, and hopefully trophies, with them at Nationals.” … Continue Reading

The Stress of Success

March 4, 2014 Schools Comments Off on The Stress of Success
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By Mary Rose Lunde

Stress is something everyone has to deal with. I’ve never once met someone who has never had a bad day, been so stressed out that they’ve snapped at someone or broke down after a long day. Suffice to say, walking down the halls of my high school I see countless people freaking out about all the “stuff” they have to get done or worry about. This “stuff” can include: homework, studying (for any sort of assessment), sports, grades of any sort, drama (whether related to family, friends or teams) and anything else that can add to a person’s worry. In all cases, stress is central in most high school student’s daily lives. It’s the thing that can bring the strongest person to tears.

Yet, each person has a different amount of stress in their daily lives. Just as every student is different, the way a person deals with stress is too. … Continue Reading









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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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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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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