Fluke Kills Horse and Injures Fans

March 27, 2009 Equestrian Comments Off on Fluke Kills Horse and Injures Fans

March 27, 2009

This year’s Piedmont Races at the Upperville Show Grounds ended in a way
no one could have expected.

It was no surprise that Quick Line led the field to the finish and crossed the line first: he won the Blue Ridge Races and came in second at Casanova earlier this season. But on Saturday the 13-year-old gelding suffered a ruptured aorta in the final second of the race and careened out of control as he crossed the finish line, trampling through a tailgate party.

Five spectators were injured; two were taken to Winchester Hospital, two were airlifted to Inova Fairfax Hospital, and one was treated at the scene. When the horse collapsed, jockey Noel Ryan was thrown through a fence.

Piedmont Equine Practice veterinarian Paul Diehl said that he knew the horse had suffered a heart attack as soon as it began to stagger. “He went down very quickly,” Diehl said. “I ran forty yards but he was already dead when I got there.”

Ryan and co-owner Julia Butcher were devastated by the horse’s death. They bought Quick Line in October and had recently taken him for a physical, which showed no health problems. But horses are vulnerable to sudden heart attacks just like people, according to Diehl. Ryan confirmed that last year he saw a horse drop dead playing polo.

Loudoun Fire and Rescue did not release the names of the victims, and as of this writing their condition is unknown.

Frank Raflo: 1919-2009

March 27, 2009 Loudoun County Comments Off on Frank Raflo: 1919-2009

March 27, 2009

Loudoun County lost one of its champions when Frank Raflo died on March 15 at the age of 89. His influence as a businessman, writer, and local politician spanned the second half of the twentieth century.

Raflo attended Leesburg High School and the College of William and Mary. He served two terms on the Leesburg Town Council, from 1949 to 1951 and from 1953 to 1955, and he was Leesburg’s mayor from 1961 to 1963. He also served fourteen years on the Board of Supervisors, from 1972 to 1986. During that time, Raflo ran a dress shop with his wife, Frances. It was the first store in Leesburg to accept credit cards. He also wrote a weekly column for the Loudoun Times Mirror and later for Leesburg Today.

Raflo is survived by his wife and two sons.

Taco Bell Rings Wrong

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March 27, 2009

I am very confused.

Over the years I have lived in Williamsburg, Quantico, and Arlington. [And, since it seems to be a needed qualification to comment on this topic, I am an Eagle Scout.] When looking for a change, we researched Loudoun County. Leesburg had such beautiful historic appeal but eventually we chose to settle near Purcellville. We were captivated by the vibrant, yet small town feel of the 21st Street shops, Nichols Hardware, the White Palace, Magnolia’s at the Mill, and the town’s Train Station / Community Center. We appreciate the fact that this area did not subscribe to the fairy tale that fast food restaurants were really healthy alternatives to a balanced meal or a destination restaurant. … Continue Reading

Sheriff Probes Leesburg Murder

March 27, 2009 Loudoun County Comments Off on Sheriff Probes Leesburg Murder

March 27, 2009

Sheriff Steve Simpson will meet with residents of the Potomac Station neighborhood near Leesburg Thursday night to address their concerns in the aftermath of a violent attack that left one man dead and his wife in critical condition on Sunday.

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Hill Tom Robbed Again

March 27, 2009 Our Towns Comments Off on Hill Tom Robbed Again

March 27, 2009

Last Thursday, for the second time in little more than three weeks, a gunman robbed Hill Tom Market in Hillsboro. The sheriff reports that a man entered the store at around 7:45 p.m., brandished a gun, and demanded money from the cashier. A surveillance video shows the man wearing a camouflaged hunting hood, dark pants and a blue jacket. … Continue Reading

Springdale Owners File Suit

March 27, 2009 Loudoun County Comments Off on Springdale Owners File Suit

March 27, 2009

The unanimous decision by the Board of Supervisors rejecting the special exception for a Montessori school at Springdale near the Village of Lincoln apparently didn’t settle the matter.

Benny and Jane Nordahl, owners of the Springdale property, are suing the county, contending that the board was swayed by pressure from neighbors.

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Farms or Schools in Wheatland?

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March 27, 2009
Guest Opinion
by Chip Planck, Wheatland Vegetable Farms

The never-ending effort of Loudoun County to protect its rural character from the effects of growth is playing out currently in the Wheatland area. There, at the corner of John Wolford Road and Route 287, the School Board has contracted to buy a site for multiple schools. Just south of that stretch of John Wolford Road, and west of 287, lie 400 acres of farmland. On that land is a diverse concentration of the adaptive, competitive agriculture that planners and politicians have hoped for years would evolve so that farming could hold its own with other land uses. … Continue Reading

Passion Play Returns

March 27, 2009 Our Towns Comments Off on Passion Play Returns

March 27, 2009

Local churches and businesses will present the 23rd annual Loudoun Passion Play on Sunday, April 5. This historical reenactment includes live animals and actors in period costumes who interact with the audience. The play will be staged at the intersection of East A Street and Yaxley Drive in Purcellville at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 5. Admission is free. For additional information visit www.loudounpassionplay.org.

Bicyclist Advocacy Group Seeks Input

March 27, 2009 Loudoun County Comments Off on Bicyclist Advocacy Group Seeks Input

March 27, 2009

BikeLoudoun is a new bicycle advocacy group whose mission is to achieve a safe, comprehensive network of bikeways throughout the county. It believes that the goal can be reached if recommendations contained in the Loudoun County Bicycle and Pedestrian Mobility Master Plan are implemented by the county.

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Harmony Reaches Out To Community

March 27, 2009 Schools Comments Off on Harmony Reaches Out To Community

March 27, 2009

The Harmony Intermediate School Special Needs Department hosted an informational night for parents last month, and covered the following topics: Test Vocabulary for Parents; Transition: Planning and Resources; Improving Your Child’s Self Esteem; Improving Reading Skills at Home; All About CE Monroe Vocational and Technical Center; and Improving Study Skills at Home. Due to an overwhelmingly positive response from parents, the Special Education Department plans to host another informational evening in the fall.

LCVA Offers Scholarships

March 27, 2009 Loudoun County Comments Off on LCVA Offers Scholarships

March 27, 2009

The Loudoun Convention & Visitors Association invites applications for the LCVA Scholarship Fund from high-school seniors who reside in Loudoun County and who will graduate in 2009 with the goal of pursuing a career in the hospitality field. The LCVA intends to present four $4,000 scholarships this year, payable over two years in $2,000 increments.

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Agro-Depot Lends a Hand

March 27, 2009 Business, Columns, View From the Ridge Comments Off on Agro-Depot Lends a Hand

March 27, 2009
By Mark Dewey

This morning’s news left me pondering two different kinds of value, real and false—or maybe it’s two different kinds of people.

I read that Obama decided to give bankers $2 trillion to cover their bad debts—not all bankers, just the ones that tried to make money out of nothing and wound up making this economic disaster instead—and in response investors bought so many stocks that the Dow Jones average rose seven percent in one day. No real value grows that fast.

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Hospice Presents Series at Carver

March 27, 2009 Loudoun County, Our Towns Comments Off on Hospice Presents Series at Carver

March 27, 2009

Blue Ridge Hospice will sponsor three programs open to the public at Purcellville’s Carver Center during April.

On Thursday, April 2, manager of Blue Ridge Hospice’s counseling services, April Lubkemann, will present “When Loss Hits Home: Exploring Different Ways of Grieving.”

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Columns

Asterisk No More

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Moods come and go, but greatness endures.” These prescient words were uttered by President George H.W. Bush, a man who knows firsthand the truth of his own saying. In 1992, President Bush garnered only 37 percent of …

Second Bull Run

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It may not have been a battle, but – seeing as how it was my second attempt at getting a good look at Bull Run Creek – coupled with the fact that I’m a native Northerner – I felt a …

Snowmageddon III?  Seven Survival Tips for Parents

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. “snOMG,” “snowmageddon,” “snowpocalypse,” and “kaisersnoze” are a few terms to describe what just happened in Northern Virginia. The storm was reported to be the second worst storm on record. And while many children and teens gladly …

What Is a Sport?

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By Mary Rose Lunde On January 10, hundreds of talented dancers from across the East Coast competed at the Universal Dance Academy Regional Championship at West Springfield High School. Tensions were high and the stakes couldn’t have been greater. What …

Six Things to Know to Weather a Market Downturn

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It’s natural to be nervous when the markets head for negative territory. Keep a positive perspective with these six investing reminders. It can be very unsettling for investors when their portfolios and the markets start heading for the red and …

El Nino Evolution

Figure 3. Sea-surface height as inferred by by NASA satellites during the current El Niño (December 27, 2015, at left, from Jason-2) and at a comparable point during the last “super” El Niño (December 28, 1997, at right, from TOPEX/Poseidon). Warmer temperatures in the upper ocean result in higher sea-surface heights, as the seawater expands. In 1997, the above-average sea surface height was generally more intense and peaked in November. In 2015, the area of high sea levels was less pronounced but considerably broader. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. (see [4])

Figure 1 shows the annual global temperature anomaly since 1980 up to November 2015 using the NASA GISS data set [1]. NASA has not yet published December’s data though BEST has [2] and yes 2015 was the hottest year on …

Editorial

Grief and Greed

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By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …

Op-ed

Oh No, It’s the Christians!

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By Nicholas Reid In the hours and days following every massacre perpetrated by radical Muslims, there is one unifying theme across most news coverage of the massacre, wherever it may …

Dear Editor

Job Well Done!

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Kudos to Town Manager Rob Lohr and his awesome hard working staff. You did a fantastic job of snow removal throughout the Town of Purcellville this past week. Mr. Lohr …

View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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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 …

Student News

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016

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Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

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8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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Calendar

February 2016
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Loudoun Valley Boys Basketball Spirit Night at Coach's Corner

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

5

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

6

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

7

5K Race to Benefit Riverside High School Athletic Department

8 9 10 11

Music Together Classes - Winter Session

12

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

14

Gallery Coffeehouse: READERS THEATRE "LOVE LETTERS" BY A. R. GURNEY

15 16 17

Mad Cap Puppets: UNDER THE BONSAI TREE

18 19

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

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CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT: Year Of The Monkey

21

Loudoun Symphony presents A LITTLE CHAMBER MUSIC

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

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THE EDGE: Malone Benefit Concert

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Loudoun School of Ballet Winter Showcase

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theatre, 100 Lunches" by Jack Sharkey & Leo Sears

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Lifestyle

Run and Walk To Your Nearest 5K Pregame Event Happening on Super Bowl Day In Leesburg

3 Feb 2016

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There is a new Running Company, the Pace Makers Running Company, in town and they are on a mission to help the local population with their health goals while raising money for selected charities. The race at The National Conference Center in Leesburg on February 7, is to help benefit the Riverside High School Athletic Department. The upcoming race on …

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Lovin’ Leesburg for All Its Beauty

3 Feb 2016

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By Hannah Hager We may be in the thick of winter, but this home on Cherry Spring Lane will melt your heart. Come spring you’ll fully be able to enjoy this simple, yet elegant brick home and its surrounding green pastures enclosed by miles of black wooden fences. Beyond your immediate yard are sweeping views of the mountains and valleys …

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6th Annual Loudoun Grown Expo February 27

3 Feb 2016

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It’s that exciting time of year again for the Sixth Annual Loudoun Grown Expo. The yearly event will take place at the Bush Tabernacle 250 South Nursery Avenue, Purcellville, on February 27 with new expanded hours starting at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be wine and beer exhibitors, farm exhibitors, artisans and makers, restaurants and other rural economy …

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Around Virginia

Education Savings Accounts Make Big Move in House

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The Virginia House of Delegates gave a strong push to House Bill 389, Delegate Dave LaRock’s (R-33rd District) innovative Education Savings Account legislation, as the House Education Committee voted 13-9 in favor of advancing the bill forward. “This is definitely an exciting development for parents and students in the Commonwealth,” …

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Kaine to Hold Hearing on Opioid Abuse

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On Monday, February 1, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, will hold a field hearing in Loudoun County to examine the ongoing fight against opioid misuse and abuse among older Americans. Kaine has met with families, law enforcement and business leaders across Virginia …

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Youth Can Apply for 2015 Livestock Exhibitor Scholarships

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Youth who exhibited beef cattle, sheep, meat goats or swine in the 2015 State Fair of Virginia 4-H and FFA youth livestock program are eligible to apply for 12 new scholarships being offered by the State Fair of Virginia. Scholarships will be offered in three age groups: Juniors (9-12), Intermediate …

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Sports

Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016

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The Western Loudon Volleyball Club U14 boys team, called the “Hitmen,” finished second in a tournament held January 17. This is the first ever boys team for the WLVBC (and only the second boys club in the area). Coach Allan Kotmel led the seven-member team. WLVBC started eight years ago, …

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ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines

2 Dec 2015

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The Old Dominion Football Club West boys and girls middle school travel soccer program scored big the weekend of November 21 and 22.  The girls Quest Premier 22 team took home the championship in the U12 Girls Premier Division of the Hunt Country Classic located in Fauquier County. The boys …

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