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Blue Ridge Leader News – July 17, 2011

July 17, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader Tim Jon with BRLN Comments Off on Blue Ridge Leader News – July 17, 2011
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The Line of Duty

You might want to keep a local peace officer in your thoughts and prayers, after a crash this past week in eastern Loudoun. A Police Sergeant for the Northern Virginia Community College sustained serious injuries as a van struck his cruiser on Thursday afternoon; the impact occurred at the Route 7 intersection as the officer sped to a fire call at an off-campus location.

According to witness reports at the scene, the other, westbound motorist had a green light, and perhaps missed seeing the police car due to a blind spot; the collision damaged the driver’s side of the officer’s cruiser and nearly pushed the vehicle into a ditch along the roadway.

Emergency medical personnel transported the injured Sergeant to Inova Fairfax Hospital; the accident shut down portions of Route 7 for several hours.

Now, as far as we understand, the officer was admitted with serious injuries; one of the local newspaper websites listed his condition as ‘stable’ this past Friday.

From my experience in dealing with medical communications personnel at regional hospitals, this is frustrating, because ‘stable’ is not really one of the several conditions for listing patients: they run from critical, then upgrade to serious, then upgrade to fair, then upgrade to good.

The word ‘stable’ merely indicates the relative normalcy of a patient’s vital signs; you can be in critical, but stable- serious, but stable- fair, but stable- or good, but stable.

And the communications people from the hospitals will dispute this- saying, “Oh, no- ‘stable’ is a condition.”

And, technically, they’re right- is IS a condition, but not one of the medical grades given to patients by the American Hospital Association’s advisories.

The word ‘stable’ is often used when attending physicians expect no immediate change in a patient’s vital signs; you may also reasonably expect a patient described as ‘stable’ to continue in recovery.

Apologies for the minutia, but it’s damnably frustrating for the media to report on an important story and have something as oblique as ‘stable’ offered as quasi-information from medical spokespeople.
The tactic often removes any semblance of timeliness or credibility from a story.

The upshot is: I’d like to think that this local Police Sergeant will continue recovering, loved ones by his side, and soon return to work.

I’d also like to think that we’ll ALL be just a bit more alert to situations like the lights and sirens of an emergency vehicle as it passes through an intersection.

Not Done

Well, it looks like we have a dog thief in our neighborhood; the residence where local authorities recovered a stolen Jack Russell Terrier lies not far from my own, and I hope the charges stick. The canine- named Oahu- went missing back in December- from the Friends of Homeless Animals shelter in Aldie.

Staff members from the facility followed up on a tip, and the Leesburg Police assisted with Loudoun County Animal Control- in getting the pooch’s microchip scanned; results showed that the dog was, indeed Oahu.

We heard that the individual who reportedly took the animal from the shelter wasn’t at home at the time of the recovery (Thursday), but that this person faces felony charges for the crime.

I think the lesson here should be: you don’t steal somebody’s dog- even if it’s temporarily homeless.

Left at the Door

I suppose by now you’ve heard about the arrests made on the two Warrenton women in connection with some parcel thefts in Ashburn; perhaps, since my ‘day’ job is rural carrier for the US Postal Service, I can shed a bit of light on how all of this delivery stuff works- and save you a bit of trouble and strife. I’m often asked stuff like, “Why do I have to sign for this package?” or, “Why did my neighbor have to sign for his piece of mail, and I didn’t?”

Well, those are good, typical inquiries.

Signatures are required by the US Postal Service for all Registered and Certified Mail.

Period.

No ifs, ands or buts.

You also need to sign for things like ‘Signature Confirmation’ items.

Insured mail may- or may not- require a signature.

The brown label insured don’t- but the blue label items do require it.

You also need to sign for Express Mail- unless it’s been waived.

And, if you get something called ‘Restricted Delivery,’ you need to show a legal, picture ID in order to obtain that piece of mail.

It’s for your eyes only.

All the above items may be in package or letter form- anything from a huge box down to a letter.
Now, all this parcel business gets confusing, I’ll admit: we also have a lot of things in the category of ‘Delivery Confirmation’ which means you can track the delivery progress of that item- whether it’s a package or a mere letter.

If you’re concerned about getting something in a timely fashion, and want to be able to mark it’s progress, this is a good way to go.

If you’re concerned about the security of a parcel that’s dropped off at your door, there are several steps you can take.

Let your neighbors know that you receive stuff and ask them to keep an eye out for things- you can do the same for them.

You can also request that sensitive items are sent ‘Signature Confirmation,’ but then you need to be home at the time of delivery- or pick it up at the Post Office.

You can also let your Post Office know that all packages should be held at the Office for pick-up.

Or- let your carrier know that you’d like all parcels left in a specific place- maybe a special spot on your porch, or something like that.

An extra-large mailbox may also do the trick- you’d be surprised at how much some of those things will hold.

Now, the two suspects in those Ashburn parcel thefts face grand larceny charges; let’s hope the courts do the right thing and set an example for anyone else getting any bright ideas about this stuff.

I know the economy’s bad, but that’s not a good enough excuse to steal someone’s property.

Again- talk to your neighbors and watch out for each other.

And for those out in the ‘country,’ I can attest to the fact that a large dog- even a lazy, friendly one- is an excellent deterrent to someone coming onto your property.

Just remember that your mailman has to be just as careful around dogs as anyone else.

Off the Road

I’ll try to keep this one short: the only way that drivers in Northern Virginia can get a reasonable deal on using the Dulles Greenway- the 14-mile divided toll road from Leesburg to the Airport- is to stop using it for awhile. Let me repeat: the ONLY way that motorists around here can get any leverage in the argument of prices on the Dulles Greenway is to stay off the road.

Think about it.

Congressman Frank Wolf’s been talking about this for years, the Loudoun Supervisors have been complaining about it for years, drivers have been sounding off on it for years- but all of this is just so much talk; you have to remember- the real owners of the Greenway- the Macquerie Group- the parent company for TRIP II- is an Australian entity, and has no reason to bow down to a US Congressman or the Loudoun County Board.

But- if you get ’em where it hurts- the pocketbook- they may have to listen.

If all vehicles would avoid the Dulles Greenway for one month, I would wager that they’d be ready to talk pricing.

You have any idea how much money they rake in on a daily, weekly, monthly basis- with one-way tolls as high as $4.50/$5.25 for a two-axle vehicle?

I don’t know, either- but I’d say “A lot.”

I know it’d be painful, but how many years have we been talking about this- and paying highway-robbery prices?

Like I said, I want to keep this one short.

Let ’em Learn

Well, the US Federal Government may not be able to pay its debt, and the Commonwealth of Virginia may not be able to pay for road improvements in Loudoun County, but we can still demonstrate the existence of sheer American grit by supporting kids in needy families as they get ready for the next school year. The annual ‘School Supply Drive’ runs through the end of the month at participating retail stores and local community centers.

The effort takes sponsorship from Loudoun County Family Services: they ask donors to chuck in items for students’ use in the upcoming 2011-12 School Year.

Drop-off sites include local libraries and Giant Food stores.

What do they need?

Well, what does a kid use in school?

There ya go.

Danged if my Chihuahuas don’t want some attention,

-Tim Jon for the Blue Ridge Leader

Blue Ridge Leader News – July 10, 2011

July 11, 2011 by Tim Jon Tim Jon with BRLN Comments Off on Blue Ridge Leader News – July 10, 2011
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Rolling to Eternity

A late-night bike ride on Route 50 leaves tragic results for a Chantilly man, as well as fuel for the ongoing argument between users of two-wheelers versus cars. Authorities say that 29 year old Charles Blackford failed to use proper lighting on his bicycle, and that alcohol may have played a role in his decision to compete with vehicles around 11:30 this past Wednesday night.

Medical Officials at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital pronounced Blackford dead after he was struck by a Cadillac; this occurred after several other cars reportedly swerved to avoid the man on the bike.
The accident occurred in the westbound lanes of the Highway, near the Tall Cedars Intersection in South Riding.

Condolences to the man’s family and friends; I would extend similar sympathies to the individual whose vehicle impacted the bicyclist.

This isn’t the time and place to debate the rights of bikers on Loudoun’s roadways, but I will issue a plea for the use of as much common sense as possible in a County which sees high numbers of stressed commuters- often thrust into the same space with those who enjoy healthy recreation.
I see it every Saturday morning on Dry Mill Road, although the number of people on their way to work isn’t at quite the level you’d expect on Route 7 during weekday rush hours.

I think Einstein or one of those guys proved that only one piece of matter can occupy a single piece of space at any one given time.

You don’t need that level of IQ to see the potential for object displacement on our local roadways.

Enough said.

Untouchable

There’s not much room for debate over the arrest of a local child-care worker- in custody for taking indecent liberties with the youngsters in his care. Leesburg Police arrested 23 year old Brad Minor in connection to two separate incidents involving children under his care at Chesterbrook Academy.
The School terminated their relationship with the suspect; they conducted criminal background checks prior to his hire, and confirmed a clean legal record.

His arraignment- at last report- was scheduled for Monday morning; the cases concern two four-year-old children.

The mere reading of the story in local papers leads most of us to try, and convict, Minor many times over in our minds; one note of caution in this situation: how would one- IF innocent- prove such is the case?

I’m just sayin.’

On a Rail

And, many of us- no doubt- feel like prosecuting the Airports Authority over the Dulles Rail situation, what with the escalating price tag, plans for an expensive airport terminal station, potential toll schedule to pay for the thing, and a seeming disconnect with the locality itself. Let’s see, over just the past week or so, we’ve witnessed a reduced price recommendation on the project- from the US Secretary of Transportation, dismissal of a citizens’ lawsuit over the increase of tolls on Dulles Toll Road (allowed, at the time, by the Commonwealth Transportation Board), and a commitment from the State to kick in an extra $150 million on the rail project.

And, if I remember correctly, the US Transportation Secretary- Ray LaHood- is NOT a member of MWAA- the Metro Airports Authority, and they may- or may not- take his billion dollar price reduction proposal into consideration.

On the subject of the failed lawsuit over the toll increases, I’d refer to the Bob Dylan song where he intones: Steal a little and they throw you in jail; steal a lot and they make you a King.”

And, on the $150 mil from the state- how much $ do you think Northern Virginia’s been shelling out to the Commonwealth ever since Dulles Airport helped make this region the place to do business?
I still think the train idea is a good one, and I still think MWAA is the right group to oversee its construction; I just hope that we all can afford to ride the darn thing, after paying for the umpteen schools and public safety needs- and the tolls, in order to pay for its installation.

Some Worship

According to local authorities, the man accused of burglarizing a local church has been busy; the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office says that Brent Morgan- suspected in the crime at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in Leesburg, late last month- performed similar sins- a couple of weeks earlier- at Arcola Methodist Church. He faces felony charges in these incidents; Morgan remained- at last word- in jail in Fairfax County- on unrelated charges.

Do you think he has a prayer?

Too Much Fun

We can make even less sense of the recent vandalism at a local public facility; the Sheriff announced property damage at the waste water treatment plant in Hamilton- the crime occurring in the early morning hours of this past Wednesday. An unknown person or persons gained access to the site along West Virginia Avenue- through a faulty fence- and performed acts of destruction on several vehicles: pickups, a dump truck and a front end loader and backhoe.

It’s a pretty secluded area back there- about a block and a half north of Business Route Seven as it passes through Hamilton- not many residences in close proximity, with lots of greenery; I can see how somebody could have gotten in there and had their way with those implements.

I wouldn’t hold your breath waiting for an arrest on this one.

Hope I’m wrong.

Build ’em- or Leave ’em

Well, it’ll be Yes, or No- come November- on school construction. The Loudoun Supervisors lumped the projects into one- $169 million- question for the upcoming decision for local voters.

The money concerns four new school projects- as well as renovations on an existing facility.

The theory’s always been similar to the “Hang together, or hang separately” adage; local soothsayers on this issue believe that school bonds have a tendency to weather the storms of voter approval a bit better if they pool their resources, and I guess I’d have to agree.

We can’t pick and choose individual projects at the ballot box, so we generally support the whole package.

This money- incidentally- would foot the bill for three new schools in the rapidly-growing Ashburn area- elementary, middle and high- and an elementary facility for Moorefield; renovations would come at Park View High School as well- pending approval.

Now, it’s up to us; as many local politicians have said to me: “Vote early and vote often.”

I don’t think they meant on the same day.

Like a Tale of Daniel Boone

And, I would have to agree, that sometimes things in Loudoun County can get to be just un-BEAR-able. Hard to resist that one, after reports of a black bear sighting just up the hill from Leesburg the other day.

Animal Care and Control responded to a call this past Thursday- for one of the critters along Sydnor Hill Court- off Woodburn Road- west of Town.

Difficult to believe, sometimes, that we live in a County which encompasses items like Dulles Airport, the Howard Hughes Medical Research Center, Dulles Town Center, the Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets, Orbital Sciences, AOL- all that stuff- and we still have the biology needed to support a population of wild black bears.

I’ve never seen one here- despite my job as a rural carrier for the Post Office, out of Purcellville.
I’ve notched sightings of bald eagles, wild turkeys, turtles, red and gray foxes, owls, hawks, and the ubiquitous whitetail deer, but no ursus americanus.

I guess I’ll just have to bear it a while longer.

Little Eden

I neglected to report my first tomato harvest on June Sixth; my red beets look phenomenal, I’ve got good prospects for lots of habenero and jalapeño peppers, nice zucchini, great leaf lettuce- and, hey- anybody want some cucumbers?

Tim Jon for the Blue Ridge Leader

Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, July 3, 2011

July 3, 2011 by Tim Jon Tim Jon with BRLN Comments Off on Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, July 3, 2011
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Recompense

So- how far does $700K in absconded funds get you (evidently not far enough to evade the law, in this case)? Local courts sentenced a man to a year behind bars for embezzling just that much from an area charity organization.

Eun Tae Lee had been serving as chief administrative officer for a missionary firm called Seed International of Sterling; now, he’ll be serving 12 months in prison for using their hard-earned money for living the high life.

He evidently started channeling the religious organization’s funding for personal use after gaining control of their bank accounts in April of last year; his expenditures reportedly include $100K on a vehicle (A HUNDRED GRAND FOR A VEHICLE?) and a second- rented- home. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – June 26, 2011

June 26, 2011 by Tim Jon Tim Jon with BRLN Comments Off on Blue Ridge Leader News – June 26, 2011
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For Bill

Former Purcellville Mayor Bill Druhan deserves a better eulogy than I can write in this hastily-scribbled Sunday-morning news story; nevertheless, I need to condole those close to him, and those who perhaps never knew him, in light of his passing this last Friday morning. Bill lost his fight with pancreatic cancer just short of his 62nd birthday; I tried to drive quietly as my Saturday morning duties brought my truck past the Druhan home on the 500 block of South Maple Avenue.

I probably hadn’t seen Bill in at least a few years- probably not since the last time I caught one of his appearances before the County Board when I was still serving as News Director for Wage Radio (up until the spring of 2007); … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, June 19, 2011

June 19, 2011 by Tim Jon Tim Jon with BRLN Comments Off on Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, June 19, 2011
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False- Unfathomable- Alarm

A whole lot of nothing; fortunately, that’s what authorities reportedly found in the car and backpack of the man apprehended in Arlington National Cemetery during the wee hours this past Friday- but the incident did cause significant traffic delays during the ensuing morning commute around the Pentagon. The apprehended suspect- twenty-two year old Yonathan Maleku- is also the same man implicated in the vandalism of several cars at a Leesburg apartment complex in May; in addition to that, he’s a decorated lance corporal in the Marine Reserves.

Why he was making a tour of Arlington National Cemetery at one o’clock on Friday morning, with a backpack full of miscellaneous items, why he fled officers who approached him, and why he told his captors he possessed explosive-making materials- remain unanswered; his behavior caused authorities to deem it necessary to locate the man’s vehicle and make a search of it- shutting down some of the major commuter arteries around the Pentagon until they sounded the ‘all clear’ on the suspect vehicle. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, June 12, 2011

June 12, 2011 by Tim Jon Tim Jon with BRLN Comments Off on Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, June 12, 2011
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No Joke

Do your family (especially the little kids) a huge favor: pick a really hot day- say around 100 degrees or so, and drive to one of those big box department store parking lots- but don’t go inside; for this lesson, pick a nice, sunny spot out in the middle of nowhere, roll up the windows, switch off the ignition, and just sit there.

“No air conditioning?”

No air conditioning, no cold drinks, no nothing.

Check your watch- now try to hold out for 20 minutes or so.

Pretty uncomfortable, huh? … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, June 5, 2011

June 5, 2011 by Tim Jon Tim Jon with BRLN Comments Off on Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, June 5, 2011
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Leave it Alone

Don’t do it to yourself, your family, or the people in the oncoming car; it’s what authorities said witnesses alluded to after that fatal crash on Route Nine over Memorial Weekend. State Police announced that the victim- 36-year-old Satish Malavarum of Ashburn seemed to be ‘preoccupied with an electronic device’ as his Toyota crossed over the centerline into the lane of an oncoming car driven by a couple from Vienna (they both sustained serious injuries, while Malavarum was pronounced dead at the scene).

Heartfelt condolences extend to the victim’s family and friends; I say the best way to honor his memory is to keep both hands on the wheel while we’re on the road. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, May 29, 2011

May 29, 2011 by Tim Jon Tim Jon with BRLN Comments Off on Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, May 29, 2011
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Remembering the Day

Selflessness, dedication, and bravery; I’m waging that those and similar words will be used- quite effectively, in most instances- not only across Loudoun County on Monday May 30, but from coast to coast in our United States. Having attended numerous Memorial Day Observances in both Sterling and Leesburg over the past 15 years or so, I can highly recommend these events to anyone interested in boosting their patriotism, or gaining reassurance during times of a loved one’s deployment, or taking the opportunity to mix with local citizens of like values.

You know, over the past year, we’ve heard lots of politicians and many of their constituents talk about tearing this country apart over some relatively trivial matters- like babies fighting over a prize rattle; well, from seeing the importance placed in the unity of this nation, at observances just like the ones scheduled for tomorrow in Leesburg, Sterling, Purcellville, Lovettsville and elsewhere, I can assure you that our country possesses great force and great spirit with which to maintain itself. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, May 22, 2011

May 22, 2011 by Tim Jon Tim Jon with BRLN Comments Off on Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, May 22, 2011
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Would You- for $10,000?

So- think about it: would you risk a stint in prison and losing your respect in the community- for less than $10,000? That seems to be the argument for the defense in the case against a prominent member of the Town of Middleburg.

Editor for the Middleburg Eccentric Newspaper- Dee Dee Hubbard received indictments on over a dozen counts from a Grand Jury, and faces a judge for setting of a trial date this coming week.

Now- she’s accused of diverting a series of checks -meant for her property management client- into her own account at Middleburg Bank; her attorney blames the financial institution. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, May 15, 2011

May 15, 2011 by Tim Jon Loudoun County, News, Tim Jon with BRLN Comments Off on Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, May 15, 2011
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Into the Light

An attempt to cross a busy Ashburn street at dusk leaves an eight-year-old boy dead, and his mother recovering from serious injuries. Beshoy Shokr and his 29-year-old mother were struck by a car while trying to walk across Farmwell Road on Monday night at the Ashburn Village Boulevard intersection; authorities say the motorist had just gone through a green light and was under the speed limit.

Medical personnel transported the victim’s surviving mother- Eman Thabet- to Inova Fairfax Hospital. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News for Sunday, May 8, 2011

May 8, 2011 by Tim Jon Loudoun County, News, Tim Jon with BRLN Comments Off on Blue Ridge Leader News for Sunday, May 8, 2011
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The Big One

So- how do you feel? You know- about the death of Osama bin Laden?

This seemed to be the topic of conversation among the folks with whom I rubbed shoulders this week.

Some were jubilant, patriotic, satisfied- others were in literal disbelief: rumor-mongering about the event, expressing doubt that the murderous terrorists was actually dead- or that he was taken out by US troops; others I witnessed displayed a more ambivalent attitude- perhaps skeptical of what this all means- and maybe wondering just how we should feel about this.
I even had one co-worker instruct the rest of us as to just how we should feel about this event (this same co-worker also chastised the President for his ‘lackluster reaction’ to the whole thing). … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, May 1, 2011

May 1, 2011 by Tim Jon Loudoun County, News, Tim Jon with BRLN, Uncategorized Comments Off on Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, May 1, 2011
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Two Kids, Really

Sounds like the local Sheriff’s Office may- or may not- have a solid lead on the whereabouts of a missing teenager- and her daughter- reported missing earlier this past week. Investigators from Loudoun hope to gain information on 17 year old Glenda Ester Reyes-Hernendez and her two year old toddler- Kimberly- from authorities working in Cary, North Carolina.

Glenda’s mother reported the two missing from their home in Sterling this past Tuesday; they evidently left on the Saturday prior to their disappearance.

The Sheriff issued a description of the 17 year old mother: a white female of 5′ 2” at 180 pounds, with curly shoulder-length black hair; two-year-old Kimberly stands 2′ 6” and weighs 30 pounds, with curly black hair. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, April 24, 2011

April 25, 2011 by Tim Jon Loudoun County, News, Tim Jon with BRLN Comments Off on Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, April 24, 2011
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Tangled Tracks

Dulles Rail is on its way, like it or not (never really thought we’d put it that way, but hey); the powers that be putting in the new train system to Loudoun have irked state and local leaders over the expense of the Airport station, and a major metro-style community has started to spring up along the future line in Ashburn. The Loudoun County Board still hopes to pressure the Airports Authority to change its mind about the underground terminal configuration- reportedly a $300-some million point of contention; they want the MWAA decision-makers to make their points before a regional oversight panel- the Dulles Corridor Advisory Committee, which monitors the rates charged on the Dulles Toll Road, among other things (Those tolls are a prime source of funding for the train system, and you’ll recall a recent lawsuit filed against MWAA over those charges). … Continue Reading

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Events

July 2015
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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

Summer Expressions: an exhibit of abstract paintings by artist Rebeca Roman and ceramics by potter Steven Shiraishi

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Summer Expressions: an exhibit of abstract paintings by artist Rebeca Roman and ceramics by potter Steven Shiraishi

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Moonlight Zip Tours in Middleburg Virginia

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MAIN STREET THEATER: AristoCats

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: READERS THEATER

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Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.

Culinary Garden Summer Music Series

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Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale Returns with Bargains for Everyone

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Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale Returns with Bargains for Everyone

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Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale Returns with Bargains for Everyone

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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input sessions June 4, 11 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. at town hall for the proposed sweeping zoning changes. These major …

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Editorial

How Did We Get Here And How Do We Get Out?? A Summary Of Purcellville’s Sewer Debt And Strategic Solutions

1 Jul 2015

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– By Kwasi Fraser, Mayor of Purcellville Many of our fellow citizens are baffled by the proposed increase in our already high water and sewer rates, and not just about the increase that was proposed for the Fiscal Year 2016 but also about the proposed increases over the next nine years. This quote from one of our citizens to a …

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Lifestyle

Artist’s Profile: Michele Sommers, Mural Artist – The Beauty Of Life, Evolving Over Time

2 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines Two things defy reason when it comes to mural artist and painter Michele Sommers. The first is her irrepressibly humble attitude towards her talent. The second is the absolute divinity of her work. I knew that in writing about her in this way she would be thinking, Oh … come on … I’m not THAT good! …

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Kicking Off Farm To Fork With Music

1 Jul 2015

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Kicking off this year’s Farm-to-Fork Loudoun project is the second annual Farm, Fork & Art, with music added: a special concert from home grown, award winning folk and Americana singer-songwriter Andrew McKnight. Farm, Fork, Art & Music begins at 6 p.m. sharp at the unique Trinity House Cafe located at 101 E. Market St. in Leesburg on Wednesday, July 22, …

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Hillsboro Celebrates Independence Day July 3

1 Jul 2015

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Bring your friends and family to Hillsboro’s Old Stone School on Friday, July 3 for the annual Independence Day Celebration. The celebration will be preceded by the second of four seasonal outdoor markets which will open on July 3 at 4 p.m., and the Independence Day festivities begin at 6 p.m. at the Old Stone School located at 37098 Charles …

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Wild Loudoun

Ancient Oaks – The Great Providers

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines She feeds the birds. She shelters the mammal. She cools the air, provides us with shade and conserves the water and soil. She is the mighty old oak, an ecosystem unto herself. All except the smallest living things function as an ecosystem of sorts – whether harboring the bacteria and microscopic plants that break down organic …

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Around Virginia

Governor Signs Senator Black’s Campus Sexual Assault Bill

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On Thursday, May 28, Sen. Richard Black traveled to Richmond for the bill signing ceremony of his bill, Senate Bill 712, the Campus Sexual Assault Bill. Black’s law will change the way that Virginia’s colleges and universities handle sexual assault cases.  “When I heard about the Hannah Graham case, I …

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McAuliffe Announces Movie To Film in Virginia

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia has been selected as the filming location for “Loving,” a motion picture based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a Virginia married couple who, in 1958, were arrested for violating a state law at the time prohibiting interracial marriage. The couple …

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Bipartisan Legislation Hopes To Reduce Wasteful Spending

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U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Rand Paul (R-KY) have teamed up on a bipartisan proposal to empower federal workers to identify and cut down on unnecessary federal spending. The Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act of 2015 would build on existing law by expanding a program that allows U.S. government …

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Sports

Upper Loudoun Little League Pre-Game Ceremony

1 Jul 2015

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– By Carri Michon The Majors championship game for Upper Loudoun Little League dawned with prospects of stormy weather. Nonetheless, a nice crowd assembled for the pre-game ceremonies in the light rain. Following the announcment of the AL Royals and the NL Pirates teams, the ULLL Hometown Heroes scholarship given …

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WLVBC Ignite Takes 2nd at Tournament

13 May 2015

Ignite Takes Silver at Spring Fling resized

Western Loudoun Volleyball Club U15 Team Ignite placed second at the NVVA 15’s Spring Fling Volleyball Tournament on Sunday, May 10 at Belmont Ridge Middle School in Leesburg. Ignite met the host team, NVVA 15 Fairfax Black, in the finals. “I’m proud of each player for pushing hard through 10 …

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines Loudoun County was heavily invested in the fight for independence from Great Britain. Loudouner Francis Lightfoot Lee was one of 56 delegates to sign the Declaration of Independence. More Loudouners served in General George Washington’s army than any other county in Virginia, and the county’s enormous …

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Mary Rose Lunde

Locks Of Hope Easy, Helpful

1 Jul 2015

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– By Mary Rose Lunde I’m not the first one who has written about and done what I am about to describe, and I hope I’m not the last. It’s not an action that seems heroic, but it does make a difference. The best part is that no one is …

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Sarah's Closet

Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015

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– By Sarah Nearis Look at these sweet and summery pink blouses and tops. Don’t you want to try one on? Some women are afraid to wear pink, thinking it’s a bit too feminine. But, pink comes in such a wide variety of shades – from soft mauves to fuchsias …

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Letters

Independence Won – Much Left To Be Done

1 Jul 2015

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With graduations behind us and summer vacations ahead, we have much to look forward to. My summer will be full of events and opportunities to …

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Reflections for Father’s Day, a Child’s Constitutional Rights

15 Jun 2015

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I’ve been a licensed attorney and a father since the late 80’s. Yet, I wonder about how many of our country’s legal theories – theories …

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Minimum Wage: A Wrench in the Gears

3 Jun 2015

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By Delegate Dave LaRock You may have read in the news recently that the second-largest city in the United States, Los Angeles, voted to raise …

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