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Open Letter to the Board of Supervisors

July 25, 2014 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet Be the first to comment

For the Public Input Session on September 3, 2014

Excerpts from the following article will be presented to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors on September 3, 2014 at the public input session.

“The vital signs reflect “the largest changes that we’ve been able to witness in the historical record,” said Tom Karl, director of the National Climatic Data Center, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “The planet is changing more rapidly … than in any time of modern civilization.”” NBC reporting on new NOAA analysis [1] … Continue Reading

You Too Can Be an Economist

July 9, 2014 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet Be the first to comment
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“Wealth, as Mr. Hobbes says, is power.” – Adam Smith [1]

“[T]he fundamental theoretical and empirical assumptions behind free-market economics are highly questionable. Nothing short of a total re-envisioning of the way we organize our economy and society will do.” – Ha-Joon Chang.
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Tol Tales

June 16, 2014 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet 2 comments
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“Organisms that make the environment less habitable will ultimately fail.” – Charles H. Langmuir and Wally Broecker [1]

“Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.” – Mark Twain

I was with a friend a week ago when a political ad appeared on the television. The candidate’s issue was global warming and his solution was a carbon tax. I said: “I don’t care if that guy is a Democrat, Republican, or Independent. I would vote for him.” To my surprise my friend said: “you are just like all those single issue voters you criticize.” I write about economic issues at least as much as I write about global warming and energy issues nearly as much as economics so I am at least a three issue guy. And if I pointed that out there may have been no further discussion. … Continue Reading

Reconstructing Economics: Why Nations Fail, Part Two

June 8, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Sustainable Planet Be the first to comment
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“When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, the preferences of the average American appear to have only a miniscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page [1]

It may appear presumptuous of me, an engineer, to recommend reconstructing economics but it is not for two reasons. First of all, it is not my idea anyway but is as old at least as the publication of Fredrick Soddy’s prescient Wealth, Virtual Wealth and Debt in 1926 and has a long tradition both within and outside establishment economics. Second, regardless of how many good economists there are, the most influential school of economic thought is Milton Friedman’s Chicago school of laissez fair free market economists, who were best characterized [2] by economist Paul Samuelson as “empirically dead wrong.” The destructiveness of their policies is well documented [3] and those policies are an important contributor to the Great Contraction of 2008 [4]. Given the number of economists who failed to forecast the 2008 economic contraction, economic models seem unable to predict even the obvious [5]. … Continue Reading

Reconstructing Economics: Why Nations Fail, Part One

May 13, 2014 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet Be the first to comment
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“People are reluctant to believe physical systems and human systems are of the same kind. Although social systems are more complex than physical systems, they belong to the same class of high-order, nonlinear, feedback systems as do physical systems.” Jay Forrester

Economist Steve Keen writes in Debunking Economics that his discipline is broken and needs help from other sciences. Interestingly, he does this by demonstrating inconsistencies and bad assumptions within economics. Jay Forrester proposed a “systems economics” approach and indeed his collaborators produced perhaps the most accurate long term economics forecast to date with the publication of Limits to Growth in 1972. Using systems biology as a model for reconstructing economics and borrowing from these past efforts I propose integrating into economics the hard sciences: physics and chemistry, the soft sciences: biology, cognitive psychology and neuroscience, and the softer sciences: anthropology, history and the more rational schools of economics. … Continue Reading

Pungent Curry

April 9, 2014 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet Be the first to comment
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The latest version of the IPCC report is published and once again it will go unread by the great masses of climate science deniers and unreported by the media. So it might be useful to revisit the fundamental physical realities associated with human-caused climate change or anthropogenic global warming (AGW). These seven physical facts are true and are not disputed by any science:

  1. Carbon dioxide and methane are greenhouse gases. This is rigorously supported by experiment, observation and analysis.
  2. Water vapor is a strong positive feedback. If the planet warms for whatever reason, there will be more water vapor and water is a greenhouse gas and will amplify the initial warming.
  3. … Continue Reading

Extreme Irrationality Is Extremely Irritating

March 5, 2014 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet Be the first to comment
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“Hurricane Sandy was truly astounding in its size and power. At its peak size, twenty hours before landfall, Sandy had tropical storm-force winds that covered an area nearly one-fifth the area of the contiguous United States. Since detailed records of hurricane size began in 1988, only one tropical storm (Olga of 2001) has had a larger area of tropical storm-force winds, and no hurricanes has. … Most incredibly, ten hours before landfall, the total energy of Sandy’s winds of tropical storm-force and higher peaked at 329 terajoules–the highest value for any Atlantic hurricane since at least 1969. This is 2.7 times higher than Katrina’s peak energy, and is equivalent to five Hiroshima-sized atomic bombs. At landfall, Sandy’s tropical storm-force winds spanned 943 miles of the U.S. coast. No hurricane on record has been wider.” – Jeff Masters [1] … Continue Reading

Big Introduction to Big Data

February 26, 2014 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet Be the first to comment
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“The extraction of actionable knowledge from the vast amounts of available digital information seems to be the natural next step in the ongoing evolution from the Information Age to the Knowledge Age.” –Martin Hilbert Big Data for Dev.; pre-published version, Jan. 2013.

“But the number of meaningful relationships in the data – those that speak to causality rather than correlation and testify to how the world really works – is orders of magnitude smaller. Nor is it likely to be increasing at nearly so fast a rate as the information itself; there isn’t any more truth in the world than there was before the Internet or the printing press. Most of the data is just noise, as most of the universe is filled with empty space.” – Nat Silver “The Signal and the Noise” p250

In the following discussion we will use the same notation one uses in an Excel spreadsheet. The asterisk or “*” means “times” or multiplication and the up arrow or caret “^” means “raised to the power of”.

A few weeks ago I posed the question whether Homo sapiens (all of us, you, me, Americans and everybody) are sufficiently scientifically literate to survive the technological world we’ve created. The National Science Foundation had developed a test for scientific literacy but the answers to their questions should have been acquired in elementary school. I speculated that the NSF questions do not test for what I called “sufficient” science literacy.

Figure 1 is a plot of the energy flow through the human economy during the last two thousand years as well as the world GDP during the same period of human history. That they align is no coincidence. Growth of an individual, an ecosystem or an economy requires energy flow and this growth is fundamentally constrained by any physical limits on this rate of flow.

Figure 1, Energy flow through the human economy during the last two millennia (red curve) and human accumulation of wealth (blue curve)

This figure introduces some scientific tools which we all need to understand but which we as individuals and collectively seem not to have assimilated. The exponential function itself is poorly understood. It is impossible for humans to continue to increase energy flow exponentially indefinitely. This trend will end. Wealth cannot therefore continue to grow exponentially either. This is what energy economists and ecologists mean when they point out that continued economic growth is unsustainable. It is simply an acknowledgment of the finiteness of our world being only 12,742 km in diameter living off an energy gradient between the 5778 degrees Kelvin temperature at the surface of the sun (our energy source) and the 3 degrees Kelvin temperature of deep space (our energy sink). The importance of this discussion is that many economists believe our economy is entering an information age or knowledge age whereby we can continue economic growth independent of real physical resources by simply growing “information” and selling it back and forth to each other. We will discuss this in a future article.

The second thing to note is the use of scientific notation. We live in a world of large numbers growing larger and small numbers getting smaller. The NSA’s new data center will be able to process several Yotta Bytes ( or YB or 10^24 Bytes) worth of data every year and nanotechnology is the latest economic and technological fad measured in nanometers (nm or 10^-9 meters) a very small size. The amount of money wrapped up in derivatives and the net present value of the economic destruction of climate change must be expressed in Peta dollars (P$ or 10^15 dollars or thousands of trillions of dollars or millions of billions of dollars) an extremely large amount of money. Speaking of genetically modified organisms, the mass of a one copy of one genome is measured in fractions of a pico gram (pg or 10^-12 grams).

In order to comprehend the expanse of the data on which our science-based economic enterprise depends, we need to understand scientific notation. While the concept of scientific notation is easy to grasp by any person in a matter of minutes, it takes some experience to get used to scientific notation so that it becomes second nature. Familiarity and ease of use takes time, effort and practice.

In discussing energy, economy or big data or the human condition, there is no other way to express the information than by using scientific notation. I postulate that two necessary (but not sufficient) requirements for sufficient scientific literacy are the understanding of the exponential function and the familiarity with scientific notation.

To appreciate how this applies to big data consider figure 2. The inset figure was published in the Economist based on data provided by Martin Hilbert [1]. If we step back a bit we see that information growth is the over achiever of all exponential curves. Both information and information storage are growing hyper exponentially, as is the capacity of our networks to communicate information which is not shown. Secondly, we have to use Exabytes or EB or 10^18 to express the phenomenal amount of information. Note that information creation has surpassed information storage. We have to throw the stuff away.

Some questions we want to explore in this series include whether or not we can base an economy on information decoupled from resources as economists assume. What is the difference between information and knowledge; and between knowledge and wisdom? Is there any benefit to trolling vast data bases such as Google’s to determine important trends? How long can these exponential growth trajectories be maintained? Where is all this leading us?

To answer these questions and more we need to feel comfortable with very large and incredible small numbers spanning tens of orders of magnitude. I suggest searching Wikipedia for “orders of magnitude”, and the “International System of Units (SI)”.

Here are some interesting examples of the use of scientific notation applied to energy from Wikipedia:

2*10^-33 Joules is the average kinetic energy of translational motion of a molecule at the lowest temperature reached as of 2003, 100 picokelvins (100*10^-12).

4.1 zJ or 4.1*10-21 Joules is the common rough approximation for the total thermal energy of each molecule in a system at 25 degrees C or 77 degrees F and 2.856 zJ is by Landauer’s principle, the minimum amount of energy required at the same temperature to change one bit of information.

20 nJ or 20 nano Joules or 20*10^-9 is the mass-energy of the particle believed to be the Higgs Boson (125.3 GeV, Giga electron Volts billions of electron Volts) announced on March 14, 2013. By the way, the Large Hadron Collider generates 5*10^20 Bytes per day of data but only 0.001% are recorded or 5 Peta Bytes each day. This is 0.2% of all generated human data when it is turned on.

1 Joule is approximately the kinetic energy produced as an extra small apple (100 grams) falls 1 meter against Earth’s gravity. Scientists and Engineers express 1 as 10^0 or in fact any number to the power of 0 is identically 1.

1.361 kJ or kilo Joules or 1.361*10^3 Joules is the total solar radiation received from the Sun by 1 square meter at the altitude of Earth’s orbit above the Sun’s surface per second. This is called the solar constant though over geologic time of course it isn’t a constant. This is the solar energy the Earth intercepts at the top of the atmosphere before any of it is reflected back out into space.

88 TJ or TeraJoules was the yield of the Fat Man atomic bomb dropped on the city of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945 and 32 TJ was the yield of Little Boy dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.

100 PJ or PetaJoules is the total energy from the Sun that strikes the face of the Earth each second.

500 EJ or 500 ExaJoules is the total world annual energy consumption in 2010.

500 ZettaJoules or 500 ZJ is the approximate energy released in the formation of the Chicxulub Crater in the Yucatan Peninsula by collision with a 6 mile in diameter asteroid at a speed of 45,000 miles per hour 65 million years ago. This impact caused the extinction of the dinosaurs and every animal larger than a cat.

While all of these numbers are interesting and many are useful some are very important to know and it is not possible to comprehend them without the use of scientific notation. More next time.

Figure 2, Cumulative human information creation (dark blue curve and dotted curve) and cumulative information storage capability (light blue curve and solid curve).

[1] Figure 2 is adapted from “Special Report: Data, data everywhere”, The Economist February 27, 2010. Data source: Martin Hilbert and Priscila López, The World’s Technological Capacity to Store, Communicate, and Compute Information, Science 332, 60 (2011); DOI: 10.1126/science.1200970

Into the Denier Den

February 18, 2014 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet Be the first to comment
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“If you have ever walked barefoot through a seaside mudflat, you’ve felt the mud squishing up through your toes, and perhaps saw bubbles forming as your feet sank into the mud. The bubbles are methane.” – Donald Canfield, Oxygen, a four billion year history, Princeton, 2014.

A friend asked if I was familiar with an ecologist named Daniel Botkin and his book The Moon in the Nautilus Shell. It was a book club selection and my friend was curious why Botkin was agnostic about human-caused climate change (anthropogenic global warming, AGW); was Botkin a denier, a skeptic or correct about the science? I replied that if he had evidence he was a skeptic and if he didn’t he was in denial. … Continue Reading

The Party of Lincoln (Conclusion)

February 10, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Sustainable Planet Be the first to comment
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“Increasingly intense droughts in California, all of the Southwest, and even into the Midwest have everything to do with human-made climate change.” James Hansen [i-1]

California’s Central Valley—prime agricultural land—is being hit the hardest by the state-wide drought which could cause catastrophic losses to crops and food supply. http://ecowatch.com/2013/12/27/devastating-drought-continues-california/

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I began this series four weeks ago and this is the fifth and final segment.

The Party of Lincoln

Environmental destruction is the great moral issue of our time, just as slavery was in 1860. The Republican Party, the Party of Lincoln, was established in the 1850’s specifically to prevent the expansion of slavery to the United States’ Western territories [21]. … Continue Reading

The Party of Lincoln (Part Four)

February 6, 2014 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet Be the first to comment
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“Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history.” Dwight D. Eisenhower [i-1]

I began this series three weeks ago and this is the fourth segment.

An interesting characteristic of the way humans organize ourselves since the discovery of agriculture is that it is inevitably hierarchical. One or a few elitist and entitled individuals bubble to the top and amass extreme wealth and power and perhaps not surprisingly only rarely are these intelligent, wise and good choices. In fact they are not choices at all. Democracy interferes with this natural process it seems by inserting a bit of randomness. Democracy often breaks the chain of foolishness engendered by aggregated wealth and power. Even Milton Friedman, who understood very little, understood that concentrated power was bad but he never grasped the obvious connection between concentrated wealth and concentrated power. They are the same thing. Friedman ironically developed an economic ideology which by promoting concentrated wealth leads to exactly the thing he was most afraid of: soviet style central planning. That is where conservative Republicans are taking us today. … Continue Reading

The Party of Lincoln (Part Three)

January 29, 2014 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet Be the first to comment
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“The physical sciences, often called the ‘hard sciences’, are really the easy ones. They are underpinned by conservation laws and invariance principles in ways that differ from the biological, and even more the social, sciences.” Robert M. May, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, [1].

Two weeks ago I began a series called “The Party of Lincoln.” The premise is that one possible way to avoid self-extinction might begin with voting for candidates who acknowledged the reality of human-caused global warming, i.e., specifically voting against Republican candidates. Many people might believe that the risk then would be voting against the candidate who had a better grasp of economic reality. Clearly this isn’t true as anybody who does not accept physical reality doesn’t have any idea how the economy works either. … Continue Reading

The Party of Lincoln (Part Two)

January 23, 2014 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet Be the first to comment
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“The physical sciences, often called the ‘hard sciences’, are really the easy ones. They are underpinned by conservation laws and invariance principles in ways that differ from the biological, and even more the social, sciences.” Robert M. May, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, [1].

Climate Reality

On the most basic level and referring to the Robert May quote above, the study of planetary climate systems is a physical science. I’ve described most of the forcings and feedbacks previously [2]. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas and has certain other physical properties which result in its being the principle greenhouse gas or thermostat of any planet similar to Earth [3]. At the temperature and atmospheric pressure at the surface of our planet carbon dioxide is a gas and is well-mixed in the atmosphere. Water by contrast is a liquid and only very reluctantly vaporizes. We have oceans of liquid water on our planet’s surface and yet very little water vapor. It is not well mixed in the atmosphere. There is very little water vapor over the Sahara or Antarctica or over any other desert. Since the temperature falls precipitously with altitude over the surface the percentage of water vapor falls dramatically as well. … Continue Reading

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The Climate Change Economy

16 Feb 2015

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A few weeks ago [1] I showed that the costs of climate events such as storms, draughts and floods were growing at a seven percent per annum clip while US GDP was only growing at a 2.7 percent rate. I …

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Ask Dr. Mike

School Closing Stress

3 Feb 2015

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Dr. Mike, These past few weeks of ridiculous two-hour delays and school day cancellations have been very frustrating for me as a single parent. I’ve had to juggle my day care, call out for work twice and my kids’ midterms …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Elizabeth Mills Riverfront Park

3 Feb 2015

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I’m still curious to see if that little trail goes all the way along the Potomac to the eastern end of the Park; see, I’d left my car in the lot off Riverpoint Drive and walked along Goose Creek all …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Keyes Gap

6 Jan 2015

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This is a place I have seen in all weathers, in all seasons and under a variety of circumstances: It’s not a location I’d send a friend (or just about anyone else) during anything like inclement weather, as the local …

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Sushi's Corner

February Sushi

3 Feb 2015

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February is the month of love and this Valentine phenomenon isn’t just for humans, it happens around the barnyard too. Miss Ashley loves Sammy the bull, and if you recall last spring they had a beautiful bull calf together, which …

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Enjoying the Harvest of Your Summer Garden – Now

3 Feb 2015

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By Donna Williamson Bitter, windy, nasty weather has given me an opportunity to look at some of the books I’ve collected recently and think about plants I want to try this summer season. From the book, The Resilient Gardener, I …

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Samuel Moore-Sobel

A Tribute To the Other Sam

3 Feb 2015

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel February 1, 2015, marks the 35th anniversary of my great-grandfather’s death. While I never met my great-grandfather, I am his namesake, and have heard stories for many years about this man. The story of Herman Samuel Postal …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

Amy and Dan Smith’s Planning for Life: Five Equity Market Themes for 2015

3 Feb 2015

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By Amy and Dan Smith Each year I read many market forecasts for the coming year from investment experts around the globe. Accordingly, I’d like to provide you with a recent article from Jeffrey Saut, Raymond James Chief Investment Strategist …

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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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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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February 23, 2015

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Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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February 25, 2015

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Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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February 27, 2015

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Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

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February 28, 2015

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Wear red, the lucky color, and celebrate the beginning of the Year of the Sheep. Traditional crafts and refreshments.

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March 1, 2015

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Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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March 3, 2015

Beadazzled
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Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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March 5, 2015

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Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

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Around the World in 80 Days

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March 6, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, VA 20132

Very Special Arts Presents: Around the World in 80 Days
VSA of Loudoun presents another sensational musical with an inclusive cast of all ages and abilities. Travel around the world with Phileas Fogg as he visits India, England, “The Wild West” and various other countries in this retelling of the classic novel.
Purchase tickets online at www.vsaloudoun.org

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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March 7, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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March 7, 2015

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.

Around the World in 80 Days

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March 7, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, VA 20132

Very Special Arts Presents: Around the World in 80 Days
VSA of Loudoun presents another sensational musical with an inclusive cast of all ages and abilities. Travel around the world with Phileas Fogg as he visits India, England, “The Wild West” and various other countries in this retelling of the classic novel.
Purchase tickets online at www.vsaloudoun.org

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Around the World in 80 Days

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March 8, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, VA 20132

Very Special Arts Presents: Around the World in 80 Days
VSA of Loudoun presents another sensational musical with an inclusive cast of all ages and abilities. Travel around the world with Phileas Fogg as he visits India, England, “The Wild West” and various other countries in this retelling of the classic novel.
Purchase tickets online at www.vsaloudoun.org

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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March 9, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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March 11, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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March 13, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

Around the World in 80 Days

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March 13, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, VA 20132

Very Special Arts Presents: Around the World in 80 Days
VSA of Loudoun presents another sensational musical with an inclusive cast of all ages and abilities. Travel around the world with Phileas Fogg as he visits India, England, “The Wild West” and various other countries in this retelling of the classic novel.
Purchase tickets online at www.vsaloudoun.org

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Around the World in 80 Days

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March 14, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, VA 20132

Very Special Arts Presents: Around the World in 80 Days
VSA of Loudoun presents another sensational musical with an inclusive cast of all ages and abilities. Travel around the world with Phileas Fogg as he visits India, England, “The Wild West” and various other countries in this retelling of the classic novel.
Purchase tickets online at www.vsaloudoun.org

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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March 15, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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March 17, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Franklin Park Arts Center with Lunasa

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March 17, 2015

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, VA 20132

Lunasa is a traditional Irish instrumental band on tour in America. Lunasa's innovative arrangements, virtuosity and passion have brought them to the forefront of Celtic Music. Tickets are $55. Purchase online at www.franklinparkartscenter.org or call 540-338-7973

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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March 19, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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March 21, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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March 23, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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March 25, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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March 27, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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March 29, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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March 31, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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April 2, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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April 4, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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April 4, 2015

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

Correct Course and Review the Comprehensive Plan

6 Jan 2015

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Like a ship lost at sea, many residents of Purcellville see the development patterns in and around town as having drifted dangerously off course. The Autumn Hill/Mayfair development – which resulted in the annexation of previously open land, is one example of this drift. The Vineyard Square development project, which, …

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Editorial

Liberty in the 21st Century

6 Jan 2015

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By Malcolm F. Baldwin Our elected leaders frequently express thanks for the “blessings of liberty,” reminding us of the importance of adhering to our founding fathers’ “original intent” as expressed in the Constitution. But what, exactly, is “liberty,” and what guidance would the founders offer us in facing today’s complex issues? Within only a few years of independence from Britain …

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Lifestyle

Commissioner of the Revenue to Hold Real Estate Tax Relief Seminars in March

24 Feb 2015

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Loudoun’s Commissioner of the Revenue, Robert S. Wertz Jr, has scheduled free information sessions during March to familiarize residents with the eligibility criteria for the county’s generous real estate tax relief program. Loudoun County homeowners age 65 or older or with disabilities that are below established income and wealth limits may benefit from a reduction in the amount of property …

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The Kennedys Back on Stage at the Old Stone School

20 Feb 2015

The Kennedys at the Old Stone School

On Friday, March 6, The Kennedys will perform on stage at the Old Stone School in the historic Town of Hillsboro, Virginia. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. for dinner and drinks, and their concert will start at 8:00 p.m. Tickets for the concert are $25 (dinner and drinks sold separately). This will be the second time they’ve performed at the …

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Loudoun County Celebrates Black History Month; Clerk of the Circuit Court, Libraries Host Special Programs

20 Feb 2015

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Loudoun County is celebrating Black History Month with an official resolution proclaiming February as Black History Month adopted by the Board of Supervisors and special programs hosted by the Clerk of the Circuit Court and the Loudoun County Public Library. The events include: Saturday February 21, 2015, 2:00 p.m. – Historic Court Records and African American Research: This will be …

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Wild Loudoun

Northern Cardinal – Celebrating the Language of Love

3 Feb 2015

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Most wildlife biologists classify the northern cardinal as a bird that mates for life. And, why wouldn’t they? The unmistakably brilliant lipstick red of the male cardinal cannot be described as anything other than inspiring the language of love. Catching that bolt of red as it streaks across a field of freshly fallen snow is like watching a modern oil …

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Around Virginia

NAACP Endorses Legislation Enabling Education Savings Accounts for Special Needs Students in Virginia

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Rodney Thomas, legislative representative of the NAACP Virginia State Conference announced support for House Bill 2238, a bill to make Parental Choice Education Savings Accounts available for special needs children in Virginia. In the organization’s official statement, Thomas applauded the bill’s capacity to help meet the educational needs of at-risk …

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VDOE Announces 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Competition

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The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is seeking school divisions, nonprofits, local government agencies, faith-based organizations, colleges, universities and for-profit corporations to apply for 21st Century Community Learning Center grants. The competitive grant program, authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, supports community-based programs that provide tutoring, …

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Reporting from Richmond

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By Delegate Dave LaRock Mark Twain once said that “No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session.” Folks, the legislature is in session. I’m doing my best to keep you updated as important issues develop that will impact the future of our Commonwealth, and …

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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

A Loudoun Civics Lesson: It Pays To Have Money

6 Jan 2015

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Having spent an evening at the Loudoun Planning Commission monthly meeting December 16 to listen and participate in the exception application for the helipad on …

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Zoning War Confusion

6 Jan 2015

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It is often amazing to read articles covering meetings that seem far different than those I attend. A good example was your recent article “Zoning …

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Advice To Developers

6 Jan 2015

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We know you want to make money and lots of it. But across America citizens are fighting back. Please don’t destroy our quaint little town. …

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