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Courage Has a Complicated Definition

February 5, 2014 Schools 1 comment
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By Mary Rose Lunde

Courage is the most valued trait a person can have, but what really is courage? “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand.” This famous quote written in Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird” teaches readers the ideals of courage. It is not in fact a man with a gun but far much more. Having read this as a freshman in English, I was baffled at first about the true meaning of this quote. I only now realize, as I’m about to head off into a new adventure, college, that if I am to succeed I need to have real courage. … Continue Reading

Mulch Day Coming to Woodgrove

February 1, 2014 News, Schools Comments Off on Mulch Day Coming to Woodgrove

The Woodgrove Wolverine Athletic Booster Club (WWABC) would like to announce that March 22 is Mulch Day at Woodgrove. You can order your spring mulch now online at www.gotmulch.org. Double Shredded Hardwood Mulch (three cubic feet bags) is available at $4.50/bag for one-39 bags and $4.00/ bag for 40 or more bags. Free Delivery by Wolverine athletes on orders of 10 bags or more within a 10 mile radius of Woodgrove High School. Or you can pick up your mulch at Woodgrove on Saturday, March 22 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. All monies raised will go towards the Woodgrove Athletics End of Year Celebration, Scholarships, and supporting the mission of the WWABC.

Homeschoolers Compete in Spelling Bee

January 29, 2014 Schools 1 comment

The 2014 Loudoun Homeschool Spelling Bee was held on Januart 18 at the Purcellville Library. The junior bee was open to first through fourth graders, and the senior bee was for fifth through eighth graders. A total of 18 students competed.

The junior bee first place winners were Ethan Maher (first grade), Ethan Gonzalez (second grade), Samantha Stock (third grade) and Cayla Marino (fourth grade).

The senior bee first place winners were Kaitlyn Maher (fifth grade), Melissa Turner (sixth grade), Nino DeBarros (seventh grade), and Luke Thornburgh (eighth grade). These spellers will advance to the next level of the Scripps competition which is the Loudoun County Regional Bee. … Continue Reading

Packages of Thanks from Potomac Falls

January 8, 2014 News, Schools Comments Off on Packages of Thanks from Potomac Falls

By Mary Rose Lunde

“There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than you or for someone else.”
This quote, from the novel “Allegiant” by Veronica Roth, depicts the assumption of bravery. But bravery is much more. Consider the bravery of a student being bullied by another student. Aren’t they considered brave? Isn’t bravery just another form of deception in pretty packaging?

True bravery resides in everyone, it is only those that allow it to show that deserve the honor of being called brave. These brave heroes are soldiers. They lay their lives down to protect the innocent and leave the familiarity of home for the sake of others. And how do we honor these brave soldiers, who risk their lives for us on a daily basis? Easy, we send them addressed care packages from home that show our appreciation. … Continue Reading

Grove Homeroom Best for First Quarter at Woodgrove

December 21, 2013 Schools Comments Off on Grove Homeroom Best for First Quarter at Woodgrove

The Woodgrove High School Student Council Association continued rewarding Wolverines that deserve it during the past month.

Under the new leadership of sophomore David Fischer, the Wolverine Spirit Plate committee got going in full swing for the year. Fischer heads up the group that makes recommendations on what events should be used as class competitions and then tackles the painstakingly slow task of crunching through all the collected results once the homeroom tallies come in. … Continue Reading

LCPS Retains Attorney To Investigate Bullying By Principal

November 6, 2013 News, Schools Comments Off on LCPS Retains Attorney To Investigate Bullying By Principal

In late October, the Loudoun Education Association, representing 3,400 school employees, requested that the Loudoun County Public School system investigate allegations that Loudoun Valley High School’s principal had bullied teachers and pressured them to inflate grades. A group of more than 300 LVHS parents have joined a FaceBook page discussing the issue.

The principal in question, Sue Ross, indirectly addressed the issue during an announcement at LVHS. Ross was hired as principal at the school eight years ago.

LVHS Parent Teacher Organization President Karen Dillon is organizing a meeting anticipated to occur during the week of November 4, indicating on the group’s FaceBook page that the “ invitation will be extended to LVHS administration, all teachers, all parents and any children who would like to come. This meeting is not to answer all kinds of questions, it is to get information regarding the investigation.” … Continue Reading

Middleburg Charter School Application Moves Forward

October 2, 2013 News, Schools Comments Off on Middleburg Charter School Application Moves Forward

The Loudoun County School Board voted Sept. 10 to initiate an application for conversion of Middleburg Elementary School to a charter school. The School Board will review the application under the policy and regulations they had amended previously to incorporate recent changes to Virginia charter school law. Those changes allow for local school board initiated charter applications that bypass review by the Virginia Board of Education.

The School Board was clear that this initiation of action does not guarantee that the application will be approved. The board also said that considering the application under the new school board initiated option was justified by the lengthy history of effort from Middleburg community members and student parents in working to resolve the problem of falling enrollment that was undermining the viability of the community school. … Continue Reading

First BLAST (STEM) Session Held at UVA

August 7, 2013 News, Schools Comments Off on First BLAST (STEM) Session Held at UVA

The initial BLAST (Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology) Session was held at UVA-Charlottesville Campus for three days, July 7-10. Eighty ninth and tenth grade students from Southwest, Southern Piedmont, Charlottesville and greater Richmond areas attended and had the opportunity to live in university dorms, eat in a university dining hall and participate in scientific and technical activities in university classrooms and labs. The purpose of this STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is to introduce students to STEM early in their careers.

The activities included robotics, small engineering projects and “Gee-Whiz” demonstrations of various scientific and technical capabilities in University facilities in the School of Engineering. In addition, a number of technology professionals including university professors, a former astronaut and technology industry officials participated in the program. The objective of the Session was to provide the students with a firsthand introduction to what the students might experience if they choose Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as a profession. … Continue Reading

New Leader at Middleburg Academy

August 3, 2013 News, Schools Comments Off on New Leader at Middleburg Academy
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Middleburg Academy welcomed Colley W. Bell III as its new head of school on July 1.

“We are excited to draw upon Mr. Bell’s lifelong love of independent schools and his demonstrated leadership qualities,” said Michael S. Hoover, chairman of Middleburg Academy’s Board of Trustees. “Everyone we’ve spoken to who has worked with Colley invariably describes him as an engaging and motivating figure, one who succeeds at getting people to accomplish challenging things.” … Continue Reading

Frederick Douglass Elementary School Memorial Wins 2013 AASLH Award of Merit

July 20, 2013 News, Schools Comments Off on Frederick Douglass Elementary School Memorial Wins 2013 AASLH Award of Merit

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) recently announced that Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) is the recipient of an Award of Merit from the AASLH Leadership in History Awards for the Frederick Douglass Elementary School Memorial. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 68th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history. The Frederick Douglass Elementary School Memorial is one of only six Virginia projects to receive an Award of Merit in 2013.

The Frederick Douglass Elementary School Memorial traces the history of school desegregation in Loudoun County, from 1930 to 1970. The exhibit is a permanent installation in the lobby of the Frederick Douglass Elementary School in Leesburg which opened in August 2012. The school sits on the site of a former school, also named Frederick Douglass Elementary School, which was built in 1958 as a segregated school for African-American students. The school remained segregated until 1968 when all public schools in Loudoun County were integrated. In 1982, the school closed and the building was converted to a support facility. … Continue Reading

Board of Supervisors Moving To Rescind Special Exception Requirements for Schools

July 2, 2013 News, Schools Comments Off on Board of Supervisors Moving To Rescind Special Exception Requirements for Schools

Sounding slightly less certain than a year ago, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors proceeded with its effort to rescind the special exception requirement with its mandatory public hearings for public schools. At its June 5 business meeting, the board directed staff to initiate an amendment to the zoning ordinance eliminating the special exception (SPEX) requirement for public schools in almost every zoning district. Over the next six months, staff will undertake the necessary public process to pursue such an amendment. The board’s final vote is expected in December.

The Loudoun County School Board and its staff have long lobbied for such a change to the ordinance. As reported in The Blue Ridge Leader last July, Sarah Howard-O’Brien of the Loudoun County Public Schools’ planning staff estimated that the change would conservatively save the county $50,000 per application, but “the real savings,” albeit hard to quantify, would be the months saved and the efficiency gained by a single focus on a site plan. In July 2012, citing greater efficiencies, process streamlining, and cost savings, a unanimous board agreed to pursue such a change. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Student Named a Safety Patrol of the Year

June 7, 2013 News, Schools Comments Off on Loudoun Student Named a Safety Patrol of the Year

Lesley Nolasco was honored for being an exceptionally hard worker and for her, respectful and collaborative attitude. Her academic strengths are reading and writing. As a Safety Patrol, she is known for politely reminding parents to walk in the crosswalk and students to walk, not run. Her Principal describes her as a “quiet leader that cares about the students and staff at her school.”

Woodgrove High School Scholarship Recipients

June 4, 2013 News, Schools Comments Off on Woodgrove High School Scholarship Recipients

The Woodgrove Wolverine Athletic Booster Club announced their 2013 Athletic Scholarship recipients.  The $1,000 scholarships are entirely funded by the annual “Fore the Wolverines” Golf Tournament which brought in over $10,000 in profits this year.

Applications were scored on athletic accomplishments, GPA, leadership. community service, employment, honors and awards, and an essay.  This year’s extremely talented and deserving Athletic Scholarship recipients are:  Kevin Barr, Michael Lokie, Peter Volpone, Sam Weber, Olivia Becker, Maggie Buxton, Keira Hornyak, and Alexandra Juzbasich.  Also, Alexandra Guendert was awarded the Woodgrove Spirit and Leadership Scholarship, also valued at $1,000, for her display of Wolverine spirit and leadership throughout the community. 









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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September 26, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

October 1, 2016

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

October 2, 2016
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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


October 22, 2016 October 23, 2016

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

October 31, 2016 November 1, 2016 November 2, 2016 November 3, 2016 November 4, 2016 November 5, 2016

Glenfiddich Farm Pottery Annual Fall/Holiday Sale

OysterFest at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Spaghetti Dinner

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner

November 6, 2016

Glenfiddich Farm Pottery Annual Fall/Holiday Sale

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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 …

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 …

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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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