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Greater Loudoun World Series Host Team Scores Third Win

August 20, 2013 by Contributor Sports Be the first to comment

Greater Loudoun won again Monday, August 19, in the 13-15-Year-Old Babe Ruth World Series currently taking place at Fireman’s Field in Purcellville. The local host team scored an 8-1 victory over Cranston, RI. They are now 3-0 in the tournament, with one pool game against Twin Cities, WA on Tuesday, August 20, at 8:00 p.m.

The top three teams in each division will play a single-game elimination tournament to determine the championship. Greater Loudoun has secured a spot in the single elimination and, with a win on Tuesday, would lock up first place and earn a bye to the semi-finals on Friday, August 23. The tournament continues through Saturday, August 24. All games are played at Fireman’s Field, 250 Nursery Avenue, Purcellville. … Continue Reading

All-Star Teams Win Their Districts

August 7, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Sports Be the first to comment
District 16 Little League Champions - ?Upper Loudoun American

Two Upper Loudoun Little League All-Star teams had a summer of baseball with district and state play.

The Upper Loudoun American Little League team (comprised of 12 year olds) won the District 16 championship in early July with a final score of 16 – 2 in only four innings played against Loudoun South. During the District 16 tournament this lineup of players outscored opponents to a differential of 61 runs scored to 5 runs allowed in their five games, playing all the way through the winners bracket. Their tournament pitching was “lights out” according to team manager Jeff Brown. They had the most home runs of any tournament team at 15. Connor Miller led the team with five home runs, John “JB” Byram hit four and John Marquart added three. They also turned eight infield double plays along their march to winning the championship being led by Andrew Dunkleberger with six turns from second base. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Dragons Rugby

July 31, 2013 by Contributor Sports 4 comments
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Loudoun Rugby has announced the results of the 6th Annual 2013 Summer Youth & High School Championship tournament from this past weekend, July 27-28, held at Northern Fauquier Community Park in Marshall.

Loudoun’s emerging coed touch rugby program was given was given a boost when their U7 team took home the VA state championship title on Saturday, July 27th in only their 2nd year as a program. Led by coaches, Chris Scheuerman, Ken Fraine, and David Downer, the team won went undefeated in pool play against Great Falls (30-15), and Alexandria (40-5) and was seeded 1st, which earned them a spot in the Cup Final match against Springfield where they won 40-5.The team was lead by the “Big 3” Christopher Scheuerman, 7 (also named tournament U7 MVP), Taylor Downer, 7, and Tyler Fraine, 7, all of Leesburg and all of whom won the state championships as 6-yr-olds in the 2012 tournament. The U7 team also went undefeated during the regular season and finished with a perfect record. After the win, Coach Scheuermancommented “I’m so proud of our kids. We set this goal as a team at the beginning of the season and the kids practice hard, listened to their coaches, and played well as a team.” … Continue Reading

Liberty Wins Mid Atlantic All Star Open

July 20, 2013 by Contributor Sports Be the first to comment
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The Western Loudoun Liberty 12u Girls Softball team won the 2013 Mid Atlantic All Star Open, which was held July 13-14 in Laurel, Maryland. The Liberty outscored their opponents 70-46 over six games, which culminated in a 11-4 victory over the Ashburn Pride in the championship game.

Photo: Natalie Blankenship delivers a pitch

Fastpitch Looking for Talent

July 10, 2013 by Contributor Sports Be the first to comment
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Fielder’s Choice Premier Fastpitch, formerly known as FC ’98, will be holding tryouts for talented fastpitch girls looking to compete at the 18U level. FCP will be playing at the showcase, regional and national levels in the fall 2013/spring 2014 season. All tryouts will be held at Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville:

Saturday, August 3, 10:00 a.m. – noon
Tuesday, August 6, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 8, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

For more information, e-mail Coach Larry Hays at lhays70455@aol.com or visit www.fielderschoicesoftball.com

Upper Loudoun Little League Championship Results In

July 2, 2013 by Contributor Sports Be the first to comment
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By Carri Michon

Another season of youth baseball has ended and with it, champions crowned. Over seventy teams played spring baseball for Upper Loudoun Little League and in the end, there were three champions. Within the division of AA, AAA and Majors, each played out for their respective trophies although not in the order of final games as was originally planned. As rain would have it, the AAA game was played, then the Majors final and ending on Thursday, the AA championship game completed…a week after the original date. But, even baseball can’t control the weather! … Continue Reading

ULLL Awards Scholarship

July 2, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Sports Be the first to comment
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Beginning in 2003, Upper Loudoun Little League has given a scholarship to a western Loudoun graduating senior – public, private or home schooled – who played baseball for ULLL at some point during his/her growing up years. In the youth sports arena, it takes many, many hours of volunteer service to give children an opportunity to develop athletic talent but, more importantly, develop the life skills of teamwork and sportsmanship. It is our hope as a youth baseball league that each player leave Upper Loudoun inspired to give back to the community in some fashion. Active citizenship and the spirit of volunteerism empowers a community.

The 2013 Upper Loudoun Little League Hometown Heroes scholarship recipient has given back generously of his time during his high school years to his church, Relay for Life and LVHS Band. He graduated with honors from the Loudoun Academy of Science and will be attending University of Virginia in the fall. As a ULLL player, he played for the Hamilton Pirates, Hamilton Dodgers and as a Majors player, the NL Reds. ULLL is proud to have awarded this year’s scholarship to Alec Miller.

Lady Vikings Advance to State Lacrosse Tourney

June 7, 2013 by Contributor Sports Be the first to comment
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Capping an impressive run in their final year in the Dulles District, the Lady Vikings have earned the right to compete for the state title. Despite their heartbreaking 11-10 loss in the Region II final Friday night to crosstown rival Woodgrove, both teams will advance to face the champions and runners up of the other three state regions in an eight team single elimination playoff at Westfield High School.

As the runners up of the dominant Dulles District, the Lady Vikings were heavily favored to win their first two rounds against Loudoun County and Kettle Run. They delivered as promised Monday night, May 20th against County, doubling up the Raiders 20-10 and putting away Kettle Run two days later 19-8 to qualify for the state tourney and play for the Region II title. … Continue Reading

Host Families Urgently Needed for Babe Ruth World Series Players

June 1, 2013 by Contributor Sports Be the first to comment

The Greater Loudoun Babe Ruth League is in need of more host families for players participating in the 15-year-old Babe Ruth World Series. The tournament will be held August 17-25, 2013 at Fireman’s Field in Purcellville. A condition for hosting this prestigious tournament is that all players must stay with local host families. Without the community’s help, the tournament could not be held in Loudoun. Fifty (50) additional host families are needed by June 5.

The opportunity to serve as a host family for World Series players only comes around once every three years. As a host family, you provide an invaluable service for these young players. It is important that the boys have a safe home to sleep in and the support of a host family to make their stay here a memorable one. The players’ length of stay will be determined by how their particular team advances in the tournament. … Continue Reading

FCA Power Surpasses Fundraising Goal

May 24, 2013 by Contributor Sports Be the first to comment
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The FCA Power 13u, a western Loudoun based baseball team, surpassed their fundraising goal of $20,000 by raising an amazing $21,880 in support of Kyles Kamp and the Children’s National Medical Center. The Kyles Kamp tournament was started in 2010 after a local boy, Kyle Hahne, was diagnosed with leukemia. During this third year of the tournament they have raised over $340,000 to date, with an ambitious goal of $600,000 by June 15. One hundred percent of the donations go to support the Children’s National Medical Center, Oncology Division, with one simple goal – end childhood cancer now. You can visit the website at www.kyleskamp.org for further information, and there is still time to donate to the team page FCA Power 13u on the website.

The FCA Power reached out to neighbors, church members, friends, teachers, coaches – basically everyone we could think of – to ask for donations to this wonderful charity. It was especially meaningful for this team of 13 year old boys as one of their own, Clark Hile, was diagnosed with leukemia when he was four and was successfully treated at Children’s National. Clark is a great baseball player, valuable teammate, and good friend thanks in large part to the care he received at CNMC. … Continue Reading

Lady Viking Laxers on Five Game Win Streak

May 1, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Sports Be the first to comment
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By Mac Shuford

The Loudoun Valley Lady Vikings Lacrosse team moved to 10-2 on the season with wins over John Champe (22-1) and Dominion (23-5) and three win earlier: Monday, April 15 over Potomac Falls (14-7), April 17 over Kettle Run (17-10), and April 18 over Briar Woods (16-7).

The young John Champe team was no match for the Lady Vikings on Monday as they cruised to an easy victory. Sophomore Samantha Mendiguren led all scorers with four goals while juniors Corley Simons and Anna Munford added three each. On Thursday, the Titans of Dominion proved more challenging, but not by much as Valley won easily 23-5. Junior captain Ashlyn DiLoreto led all scorers with four goals and three assists while sophomore Maya Ebrahimnejad tossed in four and juniors Courtney Schollian and Megan Williamson added three goals apiece and two assists. Haley Shuford was impressive in goal stopping six. … Continue Reading

Let’s Play Ball

April 30, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Sports Be the first to comment

By Carri Michon

The past two glorious Saturdays have found many a family at the baseball diamond. Games have begun and with that Opening Day ceremonies for Little League baseball around our small towns here in western Loudoun. A snapshot includes:

Parades: Both Lovettsville and Hamilton had parades. Erik Rohs, a AAA Reds player said, “My favorite thing about Opening Day is riding in the parade with my team through town.” A young Hamilton T-baller, Maggie Mills, who was in the parade for the first time highlighted that she “liked riding in the truck!” That statement was seconded by her little brother, Jack, who added, “and the candy!”.

Ceremonies: Lovettsville, Hamilton, Round Hill and Purcellville all held individual Opening Ceremonies. The colors were officially presented in Lovettsville by Colonel Wesley Fox of the Young Marines and in Hamilton by the US Navy Presidential Color Guard. Around the towns, National Anthems were sung by elementary school students, a mayor’s daughter as well as by the barbershop quartet, Mint Condition, in Round Hill. Purcellville included a tribute to the late Don Rose, Sr. It was noted that there have been many instrumental people over the 53 years of Upper Loudoun Little League who have keep the league running so that the children can play the great game of baseball. … Continue Reading

Round Hill Hometown Festival 5K Accepting Registrations

April 18, 2013 by Contributor Sports Be the first to comment
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Registration is now open for the 11th Annual Round Hill Hometown Festival 5K on Saturday, May 25, starting at 8:00 a.m. The course begins at Round Hill Elementary School on Evening Star Drive and winds through the town of Round Hill before finishing back at the school.

Prizes will be awarded to the first overall male and female finishers. Awards will be given to the top two male and female finishers in each of the following age categories: 11 and under, 12–17, 18–29, 30–39, 40–49, 50–59, 60 – 69, and over 70.

Children are invited to participate in their own ½ mile Fun Run, to be held immediately following the conclusion of the 5K (usually around 8:45 a.m.). There is no registration or fee required for the Fun Run; all participants will receive ribbons. … Continue Reading

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State of Sophistry

25 Sep 2014

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There is a particularly sophistic science-denial argument which has been around since 2004. This popular argument cites a paper published in the journal Science in 2003 by Nicolas Caillon and colleagues [1] and then badly misinterprets it. It seems unlikely …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Is It Okay To Spank Your Child?

1 Oct 2014

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. When Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was recently arrested for beating his 4-year-old son with a tree branch, the response was passive and mixed. Initially, the Vikings benched Peterson for a single game but then …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Aldie Mill

1 Oct 2014

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I guess what I’m impressed by the most – in addition to just the scale of the entire facility – is the indications of the sheer abundance which this county must once have offered in the form of sustenance. See, …

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Bloomfield

3 Sep 2014

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Maybe it’s just my imagination (most people who know me stress that it’s one of my stronger – or maybe, stranger – traits), but I’d swear that there are places around this unique county of ours where the past not …

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Virginia Gardening

Goldenrod – A Major Fall Beauty

3 Sep 2014

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By Donna Williamson It’s easy to think that goldenrod causes autumn sniffles. It’s a native with species that tolerate all kinds of conditions, from full sun to shade, from moist soils to hot and dry. And it blooms everywhere around …

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Sushi's Corner

The Grumpy Old Troll Continued…

1 Oct 2014

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My dear friends if you have not read August and September’s “Tails from the Barn Yard” please go to the back issues and read the beginning of this grand “Tail”. It is there you will read of a little girl …

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The Flag – A Symbol of Hope

1 Oct 2014

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light…” Francis Scott Key begins, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” with this dramatic question. On the bicentennial celebration of our triumphant stand at Fort McHenry during the War of 1812, …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

Amy & Dan Smith’s Planning for Life: The General Power of Attorney

1 Oct 2014

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By Amy and Dan Smith A power of attorney is a writing authorizing one person (the agent) to act for another person (the principal). The term “durable” is often used with power of attorney. This simply means that the power …

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Student News

Loudoun Student Awarded Environmental Scholarship

6 Jul 2014

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American Disposal Services is proud to announce Allison Arpajian, the Loudoun County recipient of their Annual American Disposal Services Inc. Scholarship. Applications were distributed to all public high schools in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties. One winner was chosen from each …

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Local Residents Graduate from the College of William & Mary

3 Jul 2014

The following residents recently graduated from the College of William & Mary: Alexander Graeme Thomson, from Hamilton (20158), with a BS degree. Gabrielle Alana Graves, from Middleburg (20117), with a BA degree. Kathleen Warren Hale, from Middleburg (20117), with a …

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Kevin Sherman Graduated from Ithaca College

3 Jul 2014

Kevin Sherman, a native of Middleburg, Va., graduated from Ithaca College’s School of Health Sciences and Human Performance with a degree in Sport Studies. The degree was awarded in May 2014.

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Worldly Inspirations

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September 29, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd.
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

In September, Arts in the Village Gallery presents Worldly Inspirations, a Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing intricately wrapped stone pendants and earrings by jewelry artist Dana Jansen, and evocative images captured by photographer Mary Louise Ravese, in a show that draws on inspiration, materials, and imagery from across the globe.

Dana Jansen’s use of intricate wire wrapping techniques encase and frame Brazilian agates, druzy quartz and an array of minerals and fossils found across the world.  Working mostly in sterling silver wire and occasionally copper, Dana’s labyrinthine designs supplement the stone’s natural beauty to create pieces that stand on their own as objects of fine art.

Mary Louise Ravese captures images that transport viewers to diverse destinations from around the block, to around the country, and around the globe. Inspired by a wide array of subject matter, Mary Louise's work resonates with striking color, texture and line. Her photographs of country landscapes, intriguing architectural details and unusual abstract compositions draw the eye and allow the mind to vicariously experience her view of the world.

 

Meet the artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, September 20th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

Arts in the Village Gallery, 1601 Village Market Blvd, Suite 116, Leesburg, VA 20175. Tel: 571-442-8661 Email: info@artsinthevillage.com Website: http://www.artsinthevillage.com/

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Worldly Inspirations

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September 30, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd.
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

In September, Arts in the Village Gallery presents Worldly Inspirations, a Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing intricately wrapped stone pendants and earrings by jewelry artist Dana Jansen, and evocative images captured by photographer Mary Louise Ravese, in a show that draws on inspiration, materials, and imagery from across the globe.

Dana Jansen’s use of intricate wire wrapping techniques encase and frame Brazilian agates, druzy quartz and an array of minerals and fossils found across the world.  Working mostly in sterling silver wire and occasionally copper, Dana’s labyrinthine designs supplement the stone’s natural beauty to create pieces that stand on their own as objects of fine art.

Mary Louise Ravese captures images that transport viewers to diverse destinations from around the block, to around the country, and around the globe. Inspired by a wide array of subject matter, Mary Louise's work resonates with striking color, texture and line. Her photographs of country landscapes, intriguing architectural details and unusual abstract compositions draw the eye and allow the mind to vicariously experience her view of the world.

 

Meet the artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, September 20th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

Arts in the Village Gallery, 1601 Village Market Blvd, Suite 116, Leesburg, VA 20175. Tel: 571-442-8661 Email: info@artsinthevillage.com Website: http://www.artsinthevillage.com/

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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October 4, 2014

Notaviva Vineyards
13274 Sagle Rd
Purcellville, 20132
540-668-6756

Notaviva Vineyards presents their monthly Bluegrass Jam a FREE event held the first Saturday of every month!

An event for all ages featuring Ashby Run. Open to players of every skill level

3pm-6pm Saturday 7/5

Wine available by the glass and by the bottle, lite snacks available. Must be 21 to drink alcohol.

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Start Your Business (Loudoun)

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October 9, 2014

Is owning a small business a good fit for me? What are the steps for starting a business? Will I need funding? What are potential sources of funding? Ruth Cope, Assistant Director of the Loudoun SBDC, and Kelly Keyser Thompson, a Principal of Keyser Thompson Insurance Agency, will answer these and other questions essential for successfully starting a small business. Highlights will include:

•    Entrepreneurial traits
•    Taxes and licensing
•    Business plan development
•    Sources of financing
•    Marketing
•    Insurance

REGISTER at LoudounSBDC.eventbrite.com.

Fee:  $10 for registration online; $15 at the door
Those who pay at the door are not guaranteed seating or handouts.

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Purcellville Tag Sale Space Available

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October 11, 2014

Loudoun Valley Community Center
320 West School Street
Purcellville, 20132
540-338-4122

Loudoun Valley Community Center is offering table space to take advantage of this community affair on October 11 and 12 from 7am to 4pm. Table rental is $25 for 2 days. Call 540-338-4122 or email lynda.vill@loudoun.gov to reserve.

Purcellville Library Fall Book Sale

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October 11, 2014

Purcellville Library
220 East Main Street
Purcellville, 20132
USA
540-338-3013

The Purcellville Library Advisory Board's Fall Used Book Sale will offer hardback and paperback books, CDs and DVDs for sale. Used books for all ages, both fiction and non-fiction will be included in the sale. All proceeds go to benefit the Purcellville Library. Cash or check only, no credit cards. Hardcover books $2, paperback $1.

Harvest Celebration at Breaux Vineyards

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October 11, 2014

Breaux Vineyards
36888 Breaux Vineyards Lane
Purcellville, 20132
United States

Come be a part of our celebration of the 2014 harvest season at Breaux Vineyards.  We will have live music with Steele & Oglevee, craft vendors, and, of course, wine tastings.  Also if the weather is nice we will be conducting vineyard tours on the hour.

No admission or RSVP for this fun day at the winery

Looking forward to seeing you here!

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Purcellville Tag Sale Space Available

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October 12, 2014

Loudoun Valley Community Center
320 West School Street
Purcellville, 20132
540-338-4122

Loudoun Valley Community Center is offering table space to take advantage of this community affair on October 11 and 12 from 7am to 4pm. Table rental is $25 for 2 days. Call 540-338-4122 or email lynda.vill@loudoun.gov to reserve.

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Event: Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists -- jewelry artist Dana Jansen and photographer Mary Louise Ravese

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October 15, 2014

44045 Riverside Parkway
Leesburg, 20176

Meet Dana and Mary Louise and other gallery artists during a free, open to the public reception for this month's Featured Artists' exhibit "Worldly Inspirations,” presenting the wire wrapped jewelry of Dana Jansen and the evocative photography of Mary Louise Ravese as they reveal inspiration and imagery from across the globe.

 

Working primarily in sterling silver, Dana Jansen’s intricate wire pieces frame Brazilian agates, druzy quartz and an array of minerals and fossils found across the world.

Mary Louise Ravese’s country landscapes, architectural details and unusual abstracts draw the eye and allow the mind to vicariously experience her view of the world.

 

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Creating an Effective Advisory Board

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October 16, 2014

An effective, motivated advisory board is invaluable for growing a business. It offers a community of support and influence. It helps you weather storms and exceed goals.

Marissa Levin is CEO of Successful Culture and author of Built to SCALE: How Top Companies Create Breakthrough Growth through Exceptional Advisory Boards. Join Ms. Levin as she discusses tools and templates for following her SCALE™ Model.

She’ll guide you on how to:

•    Select who you need to get your business from where it is now to where you want it to be, while developing exceptional leadership skills
•    Compensate your advisors (monetary, non-monetary, and types of equity-based compensation)
•    Associate them into your organization with a successful change management strategy
•    Leverage your advisors for business and process development, networking, and more
•    Evaluate constantly and Evolve the board as your organization grows
•    Exit advisors when they no longer fit

FREE but please REGISTER at LoudounSBDC.eventbrite.com

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FREE Live Music - Adam Bruno

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October 18, 2014

Notaviva Vineyards
13274 Sagle Rd
Purcellville, 20132
540-668-6756

Singer/songwriter Adam Bruno is a Tampa native, now living in Loudoun County. Adam has a powerful, soulful sound, blending all the best of pop, rock and acoustic music. His melody-driven songs and thoughtful lyrics make you an immediate fan!

Notaviva Vineyards will have wine for purchase by bottle or glass to any customers 21 years of age or older. Lite snacks are also available for purchase, or feel free to bring your own lunch and enjoy a picnic while listening to the tunes of Adam Bruno

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October Fourth Friday at Breaux

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October 24, 2014

Breaux Vineyards
36888 Breaux Vineyards Lane
Purcellville, 20132
United States
540-668-6299 ext. 204

Come enjoy the magic of fall evenings overlooking 105 acres of beautiful, lush vines at Fourth Fridays. We will have live music on the patio, food for purchase, and endless enchanting views as the sun sets over the vineyard.  Enjoy $4 mini tastings and a great selection of wines by the glass as you enjoy a fun evening with friends and your Breaux Vineyards family.

Don't miss any of these fun evenings!  The fourth Friday of each month from 5-9pm is reserved for this great event, so plan ahead!

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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November 1, 2014

Notaviva Vineyards
13274 Sagle Rd
Purcellville, 20132
540-668-6756

Notaviva Vineyards presents their monthly Bluegrass Jam a FREE event held the first Saturday of every month!

An event for all ages featuring Ashby Run. Open to players of every skill level

3pm-6pm Saturday 7/5

Wine available by the glass and by the bottle, lite snacks available. Must be 21 to drink alcohol.

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View From the Ridge

I Wanna Uh-Uh-Uh-Uh-Uh-Undo It

6 Aug 2014

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There’s a popular country western song that tells the story of a young woman who gets swept up in a night of partying and wakes up to find she has a ring on her finger, a new last name and a new husband. Knowing she had been duped but determined …

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Editorial

Sweeping Zoning Changes Continue To Be Proposed

3 Sep 2014

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Visions Of Purcellville Looking Like Reston At the August 21 Purcellville Planning Commission Work Session town community development staff continued to forge ahead with sweeping zoning changes to the town. Latest in the discussion was the PDH zoning district. Vice Chair Dennis Beese mentioned that he thought the goal was to make Purcellville look like Reston. This PDH district is …

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Purcellville Crossroads Tilley Entertainment Proposal

3 Sep 2014

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The new Tilley-Kline Entertainment complex proposal is in its initial stages of design. The proposal – not yet formal – is on a 50-acre parcel (50.46) that is not within the town of Purcellville, but north of Rt. 7 on the corner of Rt. 287 and Saint Francis Court (Rt. 722). The developers are considering a boundary line adjustment, and …

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Lifestyle

Looking Long Term … Towards Solar Power

1 Oct 2014

Is solar power coming? Nationwide statistics indicate that the national answer question is “yes.” A first-ever Solar Home & Winery Tour in Loudoun County – held in September – is a sign that more and more people in the county are looking into solar power. With respect to Virginia, the Solar Energies Industry Association reports that the state ranks only …

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Looking at Fall Home Improvement and Maintenance – Inside and Out

1 Oct 2014

Nationally, the summer of 2014 was quite interesting weather wise. The West and Southwest experienced some of the hottest summers ever recorded. The Midwest experienced some of the coolest temperatures ever recorded. The Southeast produced a mixed bag of weather – unusually hot in some places while cool in others. While the Washington area, Baltimore, Richmond and other places were …

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Re-Love It A Consignment Shoppe Presents The 3rd Annual Purcellville Halloween Party

1 Oct 2014

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More than 6,000 people attended the Purcellville Halloween Block Party last year. They came from all over Loudoun County, ranging in ages from infant to 90 years old. This family friendly event promises to be even bigger and better this year.  The party will be Saturday, October 26, from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. in Old Town Purcellville on 21st Street which …

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Wild Loudoun

Beavers – Biodiversity with a Paddle

1 Oct 2014

It is a bit of a touchy subject to write about beavers. Recent news reports document, for example, how a beaver, later found out to be rabid, threatened children fishing in a pond in Fairfax County and went after an elderly woman swimming in a lake in Reston. As a now life-long conservationist and someone who has related to wildlife …

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Around Virginia

Governor McAuliffe Announces Measures to Expand Healthcare Services to Over 200,000 Virginians

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Launches 10-step plan that will reach Virginia’s most vulnerable citizens Governor McAuliffe launched A Healthy Virginia, a 10-step plan to expand healthcare services to over 200,000 Virginians. This plan is an unprecedented action by any governor in Virginia history and includes authorizations of four emergency regulations, one executive order, and …

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VDOE Names Chief Academic Officer

Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples today announced that John William “Billy” Haun of Charlottesville will become the Virginia Department of Education’s chief academic officer, taking the position of assistant superintendent of instruction on September 1. “I am delighted that Billy is bringing his knowledge, leadership and innovative ideas …

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LaRock Appointed to Joint Commission on Technology and Science

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Speaker of the House William Howell has appointed Delegate Dave LaRock as a member of the Joint Commission on Technology and Science (JCOTS), effective immediately and lasting for the duration of his term in the House of Delegates. The Commission meets several times throughout the year to “Study all aspects …

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Sports

Little League Season Update

8 Aug 2014

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By Carri Michon This spring 2014 Upper Loudoun Little League season found drenching rains making fields unplayable on a regular basis. Over 100 games were rescheduled due to wet, soggy fields, said league president, Norris Beavers. “The most I have ever remembered in my 28 years of volunteering with Upper …

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Ida Lee NFL Flag Football League Registration Ends July 28

20 Jul 2014

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Registration for the Fall 2014 NFL Flag Football league is currently ongoing for boys and girls, ages six to 14, and spots are filling fast. To secure a spot in the league, participants must register by Monday, July 28, 2014. The Ida Lee NFL Flag Football League is the premier …

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Letters

Where Is the Money?

3 Sep 2014

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I’ve been reading a lot lately that Social Security is a drag on the deficit that must be reformed. But aren’t payroll taxes the sole …

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Sign the Petition

3 Sep 2014

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Loudoun Water’s proposed construction of twin 189’ water towers at the very dangerous intersection of Red Hill Road and Stone School Lane is flawed. Red …

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Twin Water Towers Do Not Belong Here

3 Sep 2014

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Loudoun Water needs water storage in the Transition Zone to accommodate growth, and proposes twin 189’ water towers at the intersection of Red Hill Road …

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