“Nichols: The Last Hardware Store” Debuts May 14

April 30, 2011 Business, News, Our Towns Comments Off on “Nichols: The Last Hardware Store” Debuts May 14
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Locally-Filmed and Produced Documentary Part of Purcellville Virginia Heritage Day Celebrations
By Andrea Gaines

Since 2008, the Lincoln Studios film crew (Sarah Huntington, Peter Buck and Drew Babb) have been filming “Nichols: The Last Hardware Store” in Purcellville, Virginia and the surrounding Northern Virginia/Washington DC area.

“We have devoted thousands of hours to the project, relying exclusively on ‘sweatequity”,” notes Drew Babb. With the photography and filming complete, the team is beyond excited to be headed into the editing room and hopes the public will fall in love with the final product. … Continue Reading

Ask Dr. Mike

April 28, 2011 Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Comments Off on Ask Dr. Mike

Dr. Mike,

My husband and I are taking our three children to Disney World this Summer. We’ve waited as long as we have because our youngest son has autism, and we know the experience may be over stimulating for him. He’s a great kid but reacts to long waits and loud noises. We certainly do not want to deprive our son (or other children) of the Disney experience, but acknowledge that we have to be careful with how we approach this. Do you think our seven year old son can handle Disney, and do you have any tips for us?

S in Leesburg … Continue Reading

Real Estate Ticker

April 27, 2011 Development, News Comments Off on Real Estate Ticker

By Heather Elias

There has been so much talk in the national media about the dismal real estate market across the country. Let me be clear about this…you can’t forecast the real estate market on a national level any more than you can create a national weather forecast. All real estate is local, based on supply, demand, and local economic conditions. Here’s how things are looking in Loudoun right now…

That’s three years worth of data for median price. The top line is single family homes, and the bottom line is the combined condo/townhome market. Pretty steady, huh? Median condo/townhome pricing has risen from around $255,000 in April 2009 to roughly $285,000 two years later; by my math that’s an 11 percent increase in two years. Single family homes have gone from $545,000 in April 2009 to about $555,00 now, which is only a two percent gain…but again, this is taking a snapshot across the county, so certain neighborhoods and home types could be outperforming (or underperforming) others. Given the volatility of the market (and the huge drop in home prices) from 2006 to 2008, I’d consider stability or a gain of a couple percent a win. If you are thinking about making a move this year, reach out to a real estate agent and get market data specific to your situation, so that you can make informed decisions. … Continue Reading

Transparency Matters

April 27, 2011 Opinion Comments Off on Transparency Matters


By Kelli Grim

In January 2007 reports of FBI investigations into the activities of various Loudoun County officials shook public confidence in their local government. This exacerbated already existing public concerns regarding the significant levels of campaign contributions from individuals, companies, and organizations with matters before the Board, the appointment of individuals with fiduciary interests to Board advisory committees and commissions, and an overall lack of transparency in the land use decision-making process. Between 2006 and 2007, both jointly and individually, Supervisors Jim Burton, Sally Kurtz, Lori Waters, and Chairman Scott York, attempted to address these issues. Their efforts were met with mixed success. … Continue Reading


April 27, 2011 Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on Hairbows

Nelly, do you even believe these photos of us?

I felt like a silly nim “cow” poop with these Easter bows in our hair. Okay Nelly, maybe you didn’t because you’re a girl but me a Mighty Cairn Terrier male – PLEASE! Pleasing Mrs. B for Easter pictures was a little more than I could handle – but remembering doggy dungeon I kept a smile on my face through it all. Maybe I didn’t like it but I could tell Laino and Bernie loved having us all doggied up for the family photo’s.

It was clear those two ornery barn cat’s Hokie and Mountie were quite jealous, as they did not rank high enough to be included in the family photos. Sammy the Bull and his favorite lady cow, Miss Ashley, could have cared less as they mooed softly together and munched their way across the green pastures towards the creek bed. Upon their arrival they were greeted by old Gnarly Gander and the Goose Gang.

Mrs. Zaza was busy cleaning, ruffling and fluffing her long Sabastapol curly goose feathers. The only thing she was missing by the creek bed was a full length mirror in which she could see herself. Her three baby goslings floated nearby admiring how gorgeous their Mama was. … Continue Reading

The Stink Bugs Are Coming … The Stink Bugs Are Coming

April 27, 2011 Public Safety Comments Off on The Stink Bugs Are Coming … The Stink Bugs Are Coming

When a United States congressman hosts a conference about an insect, you know there’s something serious going on. Last Monday, April 18, 2010, Congressman Frank Wolf held a forum at Woodgrove High School in Purcellville on the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) problem. I am sure you all know the bug we are talking about; they have infested most of our homes over the past year. At Woodgrove, presentations were given by two experts in the field, one from the Department of Agriculture the other from an associate professor of entomology at Virginia Tech, which described the threat of the BMSB in detail. Our conclusion after hearing this talk and a previous one at the 4 H Club in Leesburg is that the BMSB invasion is a major agricultural problem that can affect the economy of the United States. Yes, you heard that right; the BMSB can affect the economy if immediate steps are not taken to control the problem. … Continue Reading

Tinkering … Rearranging … Rewording

April 27, 2011 Editorial, Opinion, Uncategorized Comments Off on Tinkering … Rearranging … Rewording


By Kelli Grim

The Town spends a great deal of time tinkering, rearranging and rewording all the ordinances, every regulation, zoning law, building height and setback, façade, window pane, sidewalk width and site plan – all of the nitpicking details that are supposed to make the town run smoothly, create an atmosphere of consistency and purpose, and lend some sort of harmony and vision to the Town.

It’s a great deal of time wasted. Despite all the reams of paper, the numerous drafts, the meetings and discussions, the town routinely and capriciously overturns or completely ignores its own regulations. … Continue Reading

Are We Saving Trees or Saving Face?


In the April 2011 Purcellville Citizen’s Update (a publication of the Town of Purcellville) there was a photo of a rotted, hollow core tree trunk that had been removed from Fireman’s Field in March 2011.

A caption for the photo in the Update reads “An example of the rotted out, hollow core and limbs of the trees that were removed.”

Staff and reporters from the Blue Ridge Leader and Loudoun Today were in fact on site the day the trees were taken down. Of the 15 trees that were removed, there was only one tree that was hollow (or rotted), and one other that was slightly hollow. (Staff had watched as all of the dozen or more trees were first taken down, and then hauled away. The photos below were taken that day.) … Continue Reading

Hawks Fly into Franklin

April 26, 2011 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Hawks Fly into Franklin

Country Gospel Performers, “The Hawks” will present a concert to benefit VSA arts of Loudoun County on Saturday, May 7 at 8:00 p.m. at the Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville. Admission is a suggested donation of $20, and tickets can be reserved by calling 540-338-7973.

Lisa and Duane Hawk met in September of 1981 at a college that teaches blind students the art of piano tuning and repair. Duane was in the second year of a two-year course, and Lisa was in her first year. Duane came back to his home town of Palmerton, PA to start a piano tuning and repair business and the couple married in September of 1983.

Music has always been an important part of life for both Lisa and Duane. As they got to know each other in college, they discovered that both liked to play and sing country and gospel music. That love of music continued after marriage. The Hawks started taking small entertaining jobs to supplement their income. The number of jobs they took grew quickly.

Lisa plays the piano and Duane plays the guitar. Both of them sing.

VSA Arts of Loudoun County’s mission is to provide creative opportunities to people with disabilities in an inclusive community, through the performing and visual Arts.

Admission is a suggested $20 donation and can be reserved by calling 540-338-7973.

Waterford Old School Construction to Begin July 1

April 26, 2011 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Waterford Old School Construction to Begin July 1

The Waterford Foundation announced today that construction will begin on July 1, 2011 on the new Waterford Old School auditorium.

“None of us who stood in the yard of the Old School on that cold January day in 2007 will ever forget the sight of the fire that damaged the Old School and destroyed the auditorium,” said Bonnie Getty, president of the Waterford Foundation. “It has been a long four years of fundraising and planning, but I am thrilled to announce that last night the Board of Directors voted unanimously to move forward with the rebuilding of the Old School auditorium.” … Continue Reading

Loudoun Challenges Effort To Revive Controversial Outer Beltway

April 26, 2011 Development, Loudoun County, News, Uncategorized Comments Off on Loudoun Challenges Effort To Revive Controversial Outer Beltway

Fights Potential Diversion of Critical Transportation Revenues

Loudoun County residents and members of the County Board of Supervisors have discovered that Secretary Connaughton and two members of the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) have sought to revive the controversial Western Bypass and make it a top priority for funding as a new “Corridor of Statewide Significance.” Several residents attended Monday night’s Board of Supervisors meeting to speak in favor of a Loudoun County Board of Supervisors resolution which:

  • Protests the CTB’s lack of public process;
  • Calls for extensive consultation with the county; and,
  • Calls for a focus on the county’s much more critical transportation needs in terms of east-west travel.

… Continue Reading

Extreme Science: Is Ocean Acidity Harming the Copepods?

April 26, 2011 Columns, Sustainable Planet, Uncategorized Comments Off on Extreme Science: Is Ocean Acidity Harming the Copepods?

Reprinted courtesy of Climate Central

This week’s article is by Ceri Lewis a young scientist working on the Catlin Arctic Survey. Her specialty is Copepods a remarkably delightful creature. Once on top of one of the Maritime Alps in France, my buddy and I decided we were living large compared with Rupert Murdoch who had financed our trip. Well what goes around comes around. I am unabashedly jealous of Ceri Lewis and all the other scientists who get to do this great science in the Arctic. Lewis’ article was originally published on April 18, 2011 at Climate Central [1]. Photo credits: Ceri Lewis/Catlin Arctic Survey. – Tony Noerpel

By Ceri Lewis, Catlin Arctic Survey Ice Base scientist

This is the second in a series of blog posts from scientists taking part in the third-annual Catlin Arctic Survey. … Continue Reading

Why Do They Do It?

April 26, 2011 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle, Uncategorized Comments Off on Why Do They Do It?

By Meredith Bean McMath

What would it take to get you on the stage? A million bucks? For most of us that’s would be a yes. And maybe not even then…. But for many others, all it takes is an invitation. Why? What makes a performer tick? Why would someone put in hundreds of rehearsal hours and risk public humiliation just for the chance to stand up there and give us their all? Here in Loudoun we have around a dozen theatre companies, several ballet, dance, theatre and music studios, chorale groups, music groups and bands, an opera company, a ballet company, and a symphony orchestra; clearly this is a great place to ask the question. And so I did.

I put it out there on Facebook, and the answers came in a rush. Three themes quickly floated to the top: performers perform for the sake of personal challenge, the chance to explore new worlds, and a strong desire to share something amazing with an audience. … Continue Reading









2016 Energy Summit – George Washington University


On Friday evening, October 28, George Washington University, Virginia Campus in Ashburn will host the 10th annual Don Sandros Energy Summit in cooperation with local businesses and non-profits. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for a reception with wine donated by …

Attributing Disaster


“Humans are likely to create a catastrophe, and possibly an associated disaster, that vastly exceeds our own ability to recover from it. In the face of all our efforts, it will persist.” – Richard Guthrie [1] “Here we show that …

Concerned Parent


By Michael Oberschenider Psy.D. Dr. Mike, We recently signed our four-year-old daughter up for gymnastics. It wasn’t cheap, but her friends from the neighborhood do it, and she has been begging us to go. It turned out to be a …

Invisible Illnesses

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By Mary Rose Lunde It is general knowledge that when people think about illnesses, they don’t think about illnesses that aren’t physically apparent. Sure, people know about conditions such as multiple sclerosis and other diseases with visible symptoms, but many …

Robinson Park

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Looking back, now – I’m glad it wasn’t what most people would’ve considered a nice day; I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my share of hot and sunny to last me for at least a generation (especially since …

Are Your Estate and Financial Plans Shock-Proof?


Don’t wait until “what if?” becomes “what is.” Where will you live as you age? Think about your housing options now, so you have choices and won’t have to make a hasty decision should an unexpected health event force you …

In Defense of ‘Adulting’


By Samuel Moore-Sobel Most friends transitioning from college to the workforce long for the days of college, wishing to be back in class and participating in campus life. To be honest, I may be in the minority, but I have …

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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October 1, 2016

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Virginia Outdoors Foundation 50 years of Conservation Celebration

October 9, 2016
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Barefoot Puppets: Dreamtime, Tales From Down Under

October 13, 2016 October 14, 2016 October 15, 2016

Loudoun Centre Theatre: The Scamps Of Scapin!

October 16, 2016

Harvest Celebration & Fall Farm Tour


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Anthony Semiao Live at North Gate Vineyard


October 22, 2016 October 23, 2016

Come Paint with us at Breaux Vineyards

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October Fourth Friday

October 29, 2016

2 Pound Sterling Live at North Gate VIneyard

October 30, 2016

Music With A Cause - Music of Colonial America

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OysterFest at North Gate Vineyard

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Leesburg-Daybreak Rotary Club Sends Supplies and Funds to Haiti

24 Oct 2016


The Rotary Club of Leesburg-Daybreak shipped water purification supplies and emergency funds to Haiti following the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew. Partnering with an anonymous local corporation, the club shipped 3,000 water purification tablet packages via FedEx to Haiti. These packages, which were sent to an area battling a cholera outbreak, will clean 3,000 liters of unsafe water. Instructions translated …

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Veteran’s Day 10k Raises Funds for Veteran Causes

13 Oct 2016


On November 6, the Loudoun County Road Runners Club will again conduct the annual Loudoun 10K Trail Race in order to raise funds for veteran causes. Since it’s origin in 2011, the trail race has generated more than $90,000 with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to veteran’s charities, specifically Boulder Crest Retreat and Pets for Vets.

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FBRM Clean-Up Day at Blue Ridge Regional Park

6 Oct 2016


Join Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains for an Autumn clean-up to remove invasive vegetation from Blue Ridge Regional Park on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Some tools and equipment will be provided, but please bring your clippers, pruning shears, or saws if you can. Directions: From Leesburg, drive west on Route 7 past the turnoff …

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Grief and Greed


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 …


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 …

Dear Editor

New Proposed Uses for Western Loudoun

Loudoun County Seal Color

If you live in the middle or western part of Loudoun where you enjoy a parcel of open space near your property (which probably was put into an open space …

Bennett Knows How To Make Economy Work for All


In the election for the 10th District House seat, only one candidate has a more than three decades of success growing a local business. As the owner of a successful …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm


By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

Around Virginia

History’s Holy Places: Four Local Sites Worth Exploring This Fall


The Journey through Hallowed Ground is a 180-mile long, 75-mile wide trek from Gettysburg to Monticello, encompassing nine presidential homes and places, 18 national and state parks, and thousands of small and large historical sites. Dozens and dozens of these sites and related museums are short ride from just about …

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Land Trust Receives Large Donation

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On August 22, The Land Trust of Virginia received a $10,000 gift from the Sharon D. Virts Foundation, based in Herndon. The presentation of this grant was part of the Foundation’s official launch event, held at Selma Plantation in Leesburg. Notable speakers included Sharon D. Virts, FCiFederal Founder and Chair, …

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Farmers Urged To Be On The Lookout For Marijuana


Farmers in Southwest Virginia are being urged to check their property for marijuana planted by trespassers. Within the past year, hundreds of marijuana plants have been discovered between rows of hay bales on farms in and around Pulaski County, according to the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force. “Unfortunately this …

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Hunter’s First Professional Race

7 Sep 2016


Drew Hunter and Loudoun Valley classmates at his first professional race, Sir Walter Miler in Raleigh, NC in early August , l to r:  Marcos Pierce, Matt Slook, Drew Hunter, Max McNerney. Hunter finished with a time of 3:57.15. Hunter turned professional and signed with Adidas.

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Let’s Make Some Memories

3 Aug 2016


American Legion Baseball At Fireman’s Field, August 3 – 7 By Andrea Gaines American Legion Baseball is here at Fireman’s Field in a big way, featuring five consecutive blockbuster Mid-Atlantic Tournament games – August 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Our local Leesburg Post 34 Rangers had some nice wins …

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