Jake and the Burtones Rock Franklin Park

November 18, 2010 Behind the Scenes, Our Towns Comments Off on Jake and the Burtones Rock Franklin Park

Jake and the Burtones are coming to Franklin Park on November 27 at 8:00 p.m.

Formed in the summer of 2008, local string band Jake and the Burtones play originals and American heritage music with infectious energy and tight arrangements. The band is comprised of Josh Cava on mandolin and guitar, Chris Griffin on upright bass, T-mony Griffin on banjo, and Jack Pugh on guitar and vocals. Sample their music at www.myspace.com/jakeandtheburtones.

For more information or to buy tickets, call 540-338-7973.

IEA Says Conventional Crude Oil Peaked

November 17, 2010 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on IEA Says Conventional Crude Oil Peaked

Crude oil output… never regains its all-time peak of 70 million barrels per day reached in 2006.” IEA World Energy Outlook 2010 executive summary [1].

You know, everybody can understand peak oil, but very few people actually do.” Chris Martenson, November 16, 2010 [2].

One of the more interesting occasions each year is learning just how far the International Energy Agency has come in the last 12 months towards publicly admitting that days of boundless cheap oil are over, just how high global oil production will ever get, and when the inevitable decline in production will set in.” Tom Whipple [3].

The International Energy Agency (IEA) was formed in 1974 after the 1973 oil crises. It was established to assess world oil supply and to advise member nations about energy. It has failed miserably. In the 2009 report “peak oil” is not mentioned. The 2010 report announces that peak oil occurred in 2006; some warning (see figure 1). The IEA has consistently underestimated the capacity of alternative sources of energy and overestimated conventional fossil fuel supplies.

According to the European-based Energy Watch Group, the IEA predicted in 1998 that global wind electricity generation would total 47.4 GW by 2020, but a EWG report observes that this level was reached by the end of 2004.

Last year, the British daily newspaper The Guardian, citing an unidentified senior IEA official, claimed that the United States, during the Bush Administration, had been pressuring the agency to deliberately downplay the risk of peak oil. We can assume that the administration did not want to call attention to the coincidence of peak oil and our invasion of Iraq lest people got the idea that our invasion of Iraq was after all about oil. The peak oil community was never confused about why Bush and Cheney invaded a country that was no threat to us but may have the world’s largest remaining supply of cheap conventional oil. Kjeil Aleklett, whom I wrote about previously [4], claims that IEA reports are indeed “political documents.”

This report vindicates M. King Hubbard who originally forecast in 1974 that the peak in world oil production would occur not too long after 1995 provided current trends continued. The Limits to Growth authors Donella Meadows, Dennis Meadows, Jørgen Randers, and William Behrens III as well as the entire peak oil community have likewise been proved correct.

The goats in this narrative in addition to the irresponsible Bush administration and the IEA, include all the neo-classical economists as well as anthropogenic global warming theory deniers. Since the solutions to peak oil are the same as the solutions to global warming, it appears that global warming denial has been as whimsically irrelevant as it has been baseless. If you think we are not in serious trouble, recall that we’ve just elected the most clueless and ignorant congress in our nation’s history. Don’t expect them to do anything that would avoid a prolonged and severe depression, far worse than what the Bush administration has already caused.

Tony Noerpel

[1] http://www.worldenergyoutlook.org/docs/weo2010/WEO2010_ES_English.pdf
[2] http://www.energybulletin.net/stories/2010-11-16/interview-chris-martenson-prepare-peak-oil-while-there-time
[3] http://www.energybulletin.net/stories/2010-11-15/peak-oil-review-nov-15
[4] http://brleader.com/?p=1783

Figure 1 IEA World oil production scenario

Figure 1 IEA World oil production scenario

State Superintendent Congratulates Blue Ribbon Schools

November 17, 2010 Schools Comments Off on State Superintendent Congratulates Blue Ribbon Schools

Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright extended congratulations today to the principals, faculty and students of nine Virginia schools that received 2010 U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School Awards.

“These schools serve very different communities, but at the center of each is a principal whose leadership and commitment to excellence bring out the best in both teachers and students,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright said in congratulating the award-winning schools.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan presented Blue Ribbon School flags and plaques to seven Virginia public school principals including Dave Michener from Lincoln Elementary, during a ceremony today in Washington.

All seven public schools were honored earlier this year under the Virginia Index of Performance incentive program for exceeding state and federal accountability standards and achieving excellence goals established by the governor and Board of Education.

Bellevue Elementary, Lincoln Elementary and Patrick Springs Elementary earned the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence; Cleveland Elementary, Grafton Bethel Elementary and Highland High earned the Board of Education Excellence Award; and Eureka Elementary earned the Board of Education Competence to Excellence Award.

The principals of two private schools in Northern Virginia also received Blue Ribbon School flags and plaques during today’s ceremony:

  • Carol Krichbaum, Saint Theresa School, Diocese of Arlington
  • Barbara Dalmut, Saint Ambrose Catholic School, Diocese of Arlington

The Blue Ribbon Schools Program was established in 1982 to spotlight the country’s highest achieving public and private schools and schools that are making significant progress in raising the achievement of disadvantaged and minority students. Public schools are nominated by state superintendents and private schools are nominated by the Council for American Private Education.

Blue Ridge Leader News – November 14, 2010

November 15, 2010 Tim Jon with BRLN Comments Off on Blue Ridge Leader News – November 14, 2010
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We Need a Bigger Billfold!

It’s almost a billion dollars. And they say we gotta come up with it over the next five years.

With the economy: home values, employment and general American morale slipping in the world marketplace, it just don’t figure.

But they say it’s what’s needed. … Continue Reading

Smoking Materials Cause Another Structure Fire

November 6, 2010 Public Safety Comments Off on Smoking Materials Cause Another Structure Fire

On Monday, November 1, around 7:38 p.m., Loudoun County Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management received a 9-1-1 call for a structure fire in the 25200 Block of Duiker Drive in Kirkpatrick Farms. Career and volunteer fire and rescue personnel from Arcola, South Riding, and Fairfax County responded to the incident. Upon arrival, firefighters quickly extinguished a fire on the lower level of the exterior of a three-story home. The fire was extending rapidly upward due to the vinyl siding. Although the majority of the fire damage was contained to the exterior of the house, there was some smoke damage to the interior of the residence.

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office has determined that the fire, which resulted in estimated $25,000 damage, was accidental due to improperly discarded smoking materials. According to Interim Fire Chief W. Keith Brower, Jr., this is the second recent fire in Loudoun County where people have not taken measures to ensure that smoking materials are properly extinguished and disposed of. In addition, a fire last month in Manassas which destroyed and damaged eight homes was caused by improper disposal of smoking materials.
“”The combination of ignited smoking materials placed in or near combustible materials can be disastrous, especially when combined with wind and dry conditions that are routinely present,” states Brower. “It is especially dangerous when exterior fires involve combustible vinyl clad walls. The fire can literally spread up the wall and into the attic in seconds, bypassing smoke alarms which are critical to early warning of occupants.”

The Fire Marshal’s Office reminds business and homeowners of the following safety measures to use with smoking materials:

  • Never dispose of smoking materials in or around mulched areas. Do not use planters or flowerpots as ashtrays.

  • Consider moving mulch 18” away from exterior walls and replacing with decorative rock or other non-combustible material.
  • In areas where people may be smoking, provide proper ashtrays or non-combustible containers filled with sand, and maintain these away from exterior walls and decks.
  • Remove and dispose of dead plants and leaves that border a building’s exterior walls.

Additional information about fire safety is available online at www.loudoun.gov/firemarshal, or by calling the Fire Marshal’s Office at 703-737-8600.

Standing Guard …

November 6, 2010 Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on Standing Guard …

Today will be short and sweet. Old Gnarly Gander and the Goose Gang, are just loving this weather. Wet and cold seems to be their favorite kind of day to travel the farm.

As for me, I have some work to do keeping an extra eye on the baby chicks that Mrs. B will be moving up to the chicken grower’s farm real soon here. Mrs. B and Mr. Francis are loading the barn with hay today which is kept down the road – so they will be coming and going. I was given strict orders to not let anything get this batch of baby birds. As the colder weather comes those foxes know right where to go to warm their bellies!

So for now – life is busy getting the farm ready for winter not to mention everyday chores!

Whew – I am worn out just thinking about it.

Ta ta for now,


Retail Profile: Twigs

November 4, 2010 Business Comments Off on Retail Profile: Twigs

Twigs is a specialty retail boutique located in the Bloom Shopping Center in Purcellville. There is something for everyone in the charming two story old house, whether it’s chic clothing, jewelry and accessories for all ages, books, home and garden decor, cottage style furniture, kitchen items, bath and spa products or unique children’s gifts.

As you walk in the entrance there are fabulous women’s fashions for the fall winter season. Twigs carries the Jag line of jeans in skinny, boot and flair styles. “Leggins are a big look this season, paired with tunic tops and scarfs,” said owner Amy Turner.

There are many styles of tunic sweaters, long flowy tops and plenty of scarfs, dressy to casual. “My goal is to find unusual clothing that you don’t see everywhere,” said Amy. Military style jackets are big this season, and there are nice boiled wool coats in earthy colors. The quilted Iridium coats are great for everyday. You can even find the special piece to update your wardrobe.

If you need an accessory to finish off your look, this is the place. They have beautiful sterling silver jewelry with semi precious stones, Native American, contemporary, and evening jewelry, also. For teens there are beaded bracelets, earrings, necklaces, rings and peace sign jewelry. When Amy goes to New York she buys many fair trade accessories.

For the home they have candles (scented, soy, and tapers), pottery, linens, napkins and seasonal floral. Their Spa line is extensive with French, Australian and local soaps, bath salts, cream and a even some items for men. They also carry Pine Cone Hill pajamas.

Let the Games Continue!

November 4, 2010 Loudoun County Comments Off on Let the Games Continue!

The confusion and problems surrounding the use of the Woodgrove High School stadium by civic groups have now been cleared up, and the Upper Loudoun Youth Football League can resume its games there.

Use of the stadium by civic groups was temporarily halted after neighbors near the school complained to Blue Ridge District Supervisor Jim Burton, at least one member of the School Board, and school officials about the lighting and sound levels during a series of games at the school on September 18, when games began in the early morning and continued until late in the evening.

After receiving the complaints from the neighbors, Supervisor Burton contacted school officials and asked them to address potential problems of the new sound system. The school officials subsequently suspended civic use of the Woodgrove stadium until contractors could check the lights and the loudspeakers to make sure they were performing as specified. After a week of tests, and adjustments in which some speakers were pointed in a new direction and others were moved to new locations, the school system gave the “all clear” to resume civic uses at Woodgrove stadium.

In an email to School Board members dated Wednesday, October 20, Jeff Platenberg, Assistant Superintendent for Support Services, wrote “The verification of the lighting and sound at Woodgrove High School is complete. We have made significant adjustments to the sound system, improving the quality and distribution considerably. Community use is now possible.” Let the games continue!

Old Time Live Comes to Purcellville

November 4, 2010 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Old Time Live Comes to Purcellville

Join Old Town Purcellville Friday, November 5 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Many of the shops along Main and 21st Streets have extended store hours and offer coupons/raffles/giveaway to kickoff the holiday shopping season. Look for the red balloons to identify participating stores. -Many shops will offer a variety of complimentary food/beverages including free coffee at the newly opened IT’S BAZAAR ON 21ST STREET. Two local wineries (Notavita and Loudoun Valley Vineyard) will be on hand to offer wine tastings. … Continue Reading

Trot to Benefit Community Center

November 3, 2010 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Trot to Benefit Community Center

The 6th Annual Turkey Trot 5K and Fun Run will be held on Sunday, November 7 at 8:00 a.m. This is a fundraising event for the Loudoun Valley Community Center. … Continue Reading

Republican Frank Wolf Wins Re-Election

November 3, 2010 News Comments Off on Republican Frank Wolf Wins Re-Election

Republican Frank Wolf of the 10th district, in a 2-1 vote lead, won a 16th term in the House of Representatives over Democratic candidate Jeff Barnett. The 10th district includes Clark, Frederick, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William, Warren and Fairfax Counties. It also includes the cities of Manassas, Winchester and Manassas Park.

The 27.8 million dollar School Bond passed and will go towards the building of a new school at the site of the former Douglass Elementary School.

Rock the Runway in Sterling

November 3, 2010 Business, Loudoun County Comments Off on Rock the Runway in Sterling

Loudoun Youth, Inc presents a fun-filled day, Saturday, November 6 from noon to 6:00 p.m. featuring: six fashion shows showcasing over 60 Loudoun teens, five live musicians including Josh Ashburn, Drew Stevyns, Kyonte’ and local teens Catie Lee and Abby Miller.

The event will be located at 45965 Nokes Blvd., Suite 150 in Sterling. For more information, including a vendor listing and the show schedule, visit www.rocktherunway.org

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Advance tickets sales close at noon on Friday, November 5.

Fighting Crime Is Every Citizen’s Business

November 3, 2010 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Fighting Crime Is Every Citizen’s Business

Undoubtedly, more information about Farooque Ahmed, the Ashburn resident accused of conspiring to detonate explosives at multiple Metrorail stations, is yet to be revealed. However, one thing is clear from current news accounts: A concerned citizen paid attention to Ahmed, when he sought help in planning to wage jihad overseas, and that concerned citizen acted by contacting the authorities.

This is a poignant reminder to all – We all need to pay attention, and when things don’t seem right, to contact authorities. This carries out the motto of the Loudoun Crime Commission: “Fighting Crime is Every Citizen’s Business.”

We all are indebted to the citizen that took those steps in Ahmed case.

Patricia Phillips
Loudoun Crime Commission








The Holocene Climate


(Public Input Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, 7 March, 2017) Figure 1 shows the climate variation over the last million years. The low points on the curve correspond to ice ages when glaciers up to a mile thick covered New …

Choosing To Forgive


By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Truly forgiving is the ability to say, ‘Thank you for giving me that experience.’” James Arthur Ray vaulted into fame on the Oprah Winfrey Show back in the mid-2000’s. Stunned hearing these words while watching The Rise and …

Five Key Retirement Questions


Beyond asking yourself where you see yourself and even what your lifelong goal are, effective retirement and longevity planning begs some very big questions. Review the points below and consider how housing, transportation and health considerations all play a role …

Work Woes


By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, I’m a manager at a large tech company and my boss has directed me to fire someone on my team, but as a Christian, I just can’t do it. It’s true that the employee …

Joy or Suffering

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By Mary Rose Lunde No one likes to suffer. When given the chance, many people would choose to laugh rather than cry, to sit in silence with their friends rather than talk through their feelings, because not even their friends …

Wage Radio


I will always remember – very fondly – the first time I ever set foot on the property at 711 Wage Drive Southwest in Leesburg, Virginia. It was a warm, sunny July morning in 1997, and I’d driven all the …

Speaking Truth to Power


“With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed.” Abraham Lincoln On Thursday evening, February 23, I requested the Board of Supervisors pass a proclamation resolving to support the March for Science on Earth Day, April 22 [1]. …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016


Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016


Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016


Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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Wine & Chili Weekend

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Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

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”Homage to Mother Earth”

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner

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Sterling Library Moving To New Location

25 Mar 2017


Sterling Library’s current location, 120 Enterprise St., Sterling, will close beginning Saturday, March 25, to prepare for the opening of the new Sterling Library on Saturday, April 15. Patrons can return library materials using the drop box at the new location, 22330 S. Sterling Boulevard.

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Middleburg Gallery Presents Country Pursuits Exhibit

25 Mar 2017

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The Gallery on Madison in Middleburg is presenting an exhibit of Brian Whelan’s (a London Irish painter now settled in Waterford) ) transcriptions of a gallery of paintings by Thomas Gainsborough, ‘Mr. and Mrs. Andrews’ through April 2. The exhibit includes 23 paintings, two masks, two graphics, and nine preparatory drawings.

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Loudoun Workforce Resource Center Presents STEM Career Fair March 28

16 Mar 2017

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Anyone interested in a career in the rapidly growing field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is encouraged to attend an upcoming STEM Career Fair in Loudoun. The Loudoun Workforce Resource Center, in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC)’s Loudoun campus and NOVA SySTEMic Solutions, is holding a STEM Career Fair Tuesday, March 28, from 1:00 to 4:00 …

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Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

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Appointment Shocks Many On January 3 Supervisor Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge) nominated Tom Priscilla for the Loudoun County Planning Commission to represent the Blue Ridge District. Priscilla was …


Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!


– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West


– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

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Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved


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Vote No To the Minor Special Exception


We are a group of Loudoun County citizens who will be adversely affected if the board grants a special exception for the Catesby Farm property at your upcoming meeting. You …

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Virginia Schools Kick Off Statewide Campaign To Encourage Safe Teen Driving


More teen drivers in Virginia will be involved in traffic crashes between the months of May and August than any other time of the year, statistics show. To help save lives and prevent such crashes during the high-risk warm weather months, Virginia schools are kicking off a statewide teen safety …

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Protecting Free Speech


By Dave LaRock (R-33) As elected officials and members of the legislature, our most fundamental responsibility is to protect God-given constitutionally protected rights. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits the government, including governmental public colleges and universities, from infringing on free speech and the free exercise of …


Walbridge To Run for State Delegate in the 33rd District

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Tia Walbridge announces her run for the District 33 seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Walbridge is a wife and mother of two daughters and an active member of the Round Hill community. “Like many people in our district, my family has found its prosperity in a Virginia-based small …

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Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017


The Loudoun Valley Vikings are the boy’s runner-up at the VHSL 4A State Indoor Track and Field Championships at Roanoke College.  During the 2015-2016 school year, the Loudoun County School Board approved Indoor Track and Field as a Tier 2 (self-funded) sport.  The seven boys competing scored 48 points, second …

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WLVBC U14 Boys Finish 3rd at VA Beach Event

23 Feb 2017


The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys Team garnered 3rd place in their first travel tournament of 2017, the Virginia Beach Invitational. This event was held Feb. 18-19 and featured more than 24 teams from the U14 to U18 age group. The team was second on their net on day …

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