New York Jazz Musician Brings Music Joy to Western Loudoun

May 31, 2011 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on New York Jazz Musician Brings Music Joy to Western Loudoun
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By Carol Morris Dukes

Jazz singer Caprice Fox has found respite from the noise and excitement she’s known in New York. And despite a successful music career touring the world, it’s Hamilton, Virginia that she likes to call home.

A relative newcomer to Loudoun County; Caprice, an original member of the five-vocal jazz ensemble New York Voices, decided to move closer to her parents– in Leesburg–and she’s brought her jazz success with her.

A hot ticket on the jazz scene, Caprice Fox has done pretty well for herself. As a toddler, she began practicing the C major scale on her Grandmother Erma Riffle’s piano. Her grandmother was a teacher, a church organist, and the family matriarch. She became Caprice’s piano mentor and guided her throughout most of her foundational years of music training. As she grew older, Caprice studied music at the University of Colorado and supported herself with her own professional music business. She had a group, and they toured throughout the western United States. Later, she moved to New York to study music at Ithaca College and while finishing her degree in Jazz Studies, she received a scholarship to travel to Germany and sing with a college group made up of four other singers who chose the simple name: New York Voices.

After being very well received in Europe, the Voices made the move to New York City and began playing popular venues in Manhattan to enthusiastic crowds. An agent and a record deal with GRP Records followed, and soon Caprice was singing and touring all over the US, Europe and Japan. Led by director Darmon Meader who arranged such notable jazz standards as “Round Midnight” by Monk and “Giant Steps” by Coltrane, the New York Voices played places like Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. From ’89 to ’94, they released four total CDs on the GRP Label: New York Voices, Hearts of Fire, What’s Inside, and The Collection. Today, the New York Voices are a well-known Grammy-award winning ensemble.

Fast forward.

Tired of touring and living a fast-paced life, Caprice left the New York Voices for a different way of life. Turning her interests toward children and education, she helped develop a non-profit organization geared toward early childhood intervention with programs that “honored the genious in every child.” She started teaching piano and mentoring young talent–just like her Grandmother Erma Riffle.

Today, one year after moving to Loudoun County, Caprice is still settling into her new business called Music Joy. She currently teaches Voice and Piano to 50 students and she even makes house calls! Traveling to the homes of her students, who range in age from three years to older adult, Caprice Fox flies under the radar, living and working in relative obscurity, where few people know of her high profile years with a famous jazz group. Despite her achievements, Caprice is is still reaching for the stars. Rather than rest on her laurels and allow her performance success to sustain her, Caprice has a new goal—one that has become the philosophy of Music Joy: to help others find and promote their creative spark and follow their dreams–no matter how old.

Living quietly in Hamilton suits Caprice. She’s doing what she loves with the people she loves. “Home is where the heart is and at this time my heart is here in Virginia,” Caprice explains: “Every family that I work with is a true joy and learning experience. I have families from all over the world; one family is from India so we are spending time learning ‘Jana Gana Mana,’ India’s national anthem.”

This New York Voice–Caprice Fox– speaks with adoration for the students she feels so lucky to work with. She’s been around the world, but this jazz artist is happy to be home.

Towns and Villages

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LOVETTSVILLE by Susanne Kahler

Relief Effort for Alabama Tornado Disaster. St. James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville is working together with a major relief organization in Alabama, Toomer’s For Tuscaloosa, as well as NorthEast Alabama Tornado Disaster Relief, to help alleviate some of the suffering and loss from the recent tornados that left hundreds homeless and destroyed all their personal belongings. Donations of men, womens and childrens toiletries, bugspray, bottled water/gatorade, sleeping bags, tarps, cleaning supplies, dry pet food, etc. can be brought to the church on Sunday, June 5 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The church is located at 10 East Broadway in the heart of Lovettsville.

ROUND HILL by Susanne Kahler

If you missed the first Woodgrove Has Talent! show you missed a great night! Twenty-one acts graced the stage during the night. The winner was the Blue Grass Band who picked and sang their way to be chosen the number one act. Congratulations to the Woodgrove HS Technology Student Association students who placed second in the state at the competition held last week. One of the teams will now be headed to the National competition to be held in June. Congratulations to the Woodgrove girls Lacrosse team for winning the Dulles District Regular Season Title. The girls went undefeated in the district and now own the first District Title of any team in Woodgrove history. Great job, team, and good luck on your journey to a state title! … Continue Reading

Real Estate Snapshot

May 31, 2011 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on Real Estate Snapshot

By Heather Elias

The spring selling season is upon us, and I’m sure you are seeing more homes for sale, no matter where you are in western Loudoun. The three overview charts for single family homes in Loudoun County show us that median price is up seven percent since the first of the year, from $530,000 to around $572,000.

Meanwhile, average days on market is down from 110 days in January to 90 now. Inventory has been on the rise since the beginning of the year, about a 14 percent gain. (Statistics courtesy of Altos Research LLC)

The most expensive home sold in Loudoun County for the month of April was a 175 acre retreat on Old Waterford Road in Paeonian Springs, co-listed by Jim Lemon Jr. of Middleburg Real Estate and Nancy Yahner of Keller Williams. Sold for just over $2.6 million, the property included pastures, woodlands, pond, and grapes in place for a vineyard/winery. The purchaser was represented by Charles Blanks of Carter Braxton Preferred Properties.

The least expensive home sold in Loudoun County in April was a one bedroom, one bath condo in the Country Club Green community in Leesburg. The top floor unit sold for $69,000 and was listed by Carolyn Young of RE/MAX Premier. The buyer was represented by Dan Ritchey of Keller Williams Realty.

University of Mary Washington Graduates Class of 2011

May 30, 2011 People Comments Off on University of Mary Washington Graduates Class of 2011

The following area students were among 1,295 students graduating from the University of Mary Washington. U.S. Rep. Bob Filner (D-Calif.) delivered the commencement address for master’s candidates on Friday, May 6 and Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) gave the undergraduate commencement address on Saturday, May 7.

John F. Rowley, a resident of Purcellville, Va., graduated with a B.A. degree in history.

Jonathan F. Houchens, a resident of Round Hill, Va., graduated with a B.S degree in computer science.

Erin N. Manning, a resident of Round Hill, Va., graduated with a B.S degree in geology and religion.

Christy M. Tyrrell, a resident of Lovettsville, Va., graduated with a B.S degree in psychology.

Sahng G. Shim, a resident of Bluemont, Va., graduated with distinction with a BLS degree in English.

The university awarded 77 master of business administration degrees, 134 master of education degrees, 12 master of science in management information systems degrees, 29 master of science in elementary education degrees, 450 bachelor of arts degrees, 42 bachelor of liberal studies degrees, 92 bachelor of professional studies degrees and 459 bachelor of science degrees. three graduates received both the MBA and the MSMIS in a dual-degree program.

Loudoun Triple Threat Gold Va AAU Division II State Champs

May 30, 2011 Sports Comments Off on Loudoun Triple Threat Gold Va AAU Division II State Champs
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The Loudoun Triple Threat Gold 10th Grade boys registered an impressive 5-0 record in Richmond, Virginia to win the 2011 Virginia AAU Division II State Title. It was an impressive showing by the eleven man roster representing nine area high schools. In their third consecutive trip to the State finals, the team posted an average margin of victory of 20 points per game with victories over BWSL Wolverines, Virginia Storm, Richmond Surge, Virginia Warriors and the Winchester Eagles. The Championship will result in a high seeding for LTT Gold’s return trip to AAU Division II Nationals at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida this July where they hope to improve upon their 12th place finish in 2010.

Round Hill Celebrates Memorial Day

May 30, 2011 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Round Hill Celebrates Memorial Day

Round Hill’s 9th Annual Hometown Festival took place Saturday May 28, with an 8:00 a.m. 5k race. Other activities for the day included a parade, a Memorial Day observence, a pie eating contest, downhill derby, pig roase entertainment throughout the day, a community feast and a starlight concert.

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

Visiting the “Wooded Land” Holland

May 27, 2011 Lifestyle Comments Off on Visiting the “Wooded Land” Holland
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By Susan Thompson

With the end of the school year fast approaching, many of us are beginning to think about summer vacation. If you’re hankering for something a little different than one more trip to the beach, consider visiting Holland this summer. Yes, that’s right, Holland! A popular tourist destination, Holland is home to some of the best cities Europe has to offer. Rich in history, boasting beautiful waterways, lush agricultural lands, friendly people and a temperate climate, Holland is a jewel beckoning to be examined.

Visitors to Holland may hear a variety of dialects, but the main language spoken is standard Dutch. English is widely spoken in Holland and taught in the schools. The Dutch are a no-nonsense, businesslike people. They will shake your hand upon meeting you, explain who they are and thereafter call you by your first name. The formality of titles and last names is absent in Dutch culture. … Continue Reading

Round Hill Readies for Hometown Festival

May 26, 2011 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Round Hill Readies for Hometown Festival
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Volunteers in the Town of Round Hill are putting the finishing touches on plans for the Ninth Annual Hometown Festival, to be held this year on Saturday, May 28.

From the 5K and parade in the morning to the community feast and evening concert in the park, the fun-filled family-friendly event features something for everyone.

Registration is open now for the 5K race, which begins at 8:00 a.m. at the Round Hill Elementary School on Evening Star Drive and winds through the streets of town before finishing back at the school. Prizes will be awarded to the first overall male and female finishers and the top two male and female finishers in eight age group classes. … Continue Reading

Libraries To Host Lyme Disease Information Sessions

May 26, 2011 Public Safety Comments Off on Libraries To Host Lyme Disease Information Sessions

Loudoun County Public Library will show the award-winning documentary film, Under Our Skin, at all branches June 2 through August 3, 2011.

Under Our Skin is an Oscar-nominated film that exposes the hidden story of Lyme Disease, one of the most controversial and fastest growing epidemics of our time. Each year, thousands go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, often told that their symptoms are “all in your head.” Following the stories of patients and physicians fighting for their lives and livelihoods, this film brings into focus a chilling picture of the controversy in our health care system and the medical establishment. The film is recommended for adults. … Continue Reading

Feed Loudoun Plant a Row Receives Grant from 100 Women Strong

May 26, 2011 Business, News Comments Off on Feed Loudoun Plant a Row Receives Grant from 100 Women Strong
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Feed Loudoun Plant a Row was recently awarded a $4,900 grant from 100 Women Strong, an organization formed to leverage significant philanthropic resources for charitable needs in Loudoun County.

This grant will help pay for the filing of the 501(c)(3) application as well as enable them to fund their mission to promote the growing and donation of local fresh produce through individual gardeners, farmers and agri-businesses. One hundred percent of the collected produce is given to Loudoun Interfaith Relief food pantry and then distributed to those in need.

Other recipients of grants include Blue Ridge Speech & Hearing, Loudoun Community Health Center, INOVA Foundation, Loudoun Citizens for Social Justice, Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter, The Good Shepherd Alliance, and Loudoun Cares. … Continue Reading

Ida Lee Hosting Daddy Daughter Luau on Friday, June 3

May 26, 2011 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Ida Lee Hosting Daddy Daughter Luau on Friday, June 3
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It’s hula time. Everybody loves a luau and the magic of the Hawaiian Islands. So put on your grass skirt, a Hawaiian shirt and some sandals because the tropical party will be at Ida Lee Park Recreation Center. The social hall will be transformed into a tropical paradise on Friday, June 3, 2011, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for the annual Daddy Daughter Dance. Come join us for food, fun, music, crafts, and limbo.

This luau is for little girls five years and older (and their daddies, of course). Cost is $22 per couple and $10 for a second child.

For more information regarding this event or to sign up, call the Town of Leesburg’s Parks and Recreation Department at 703-777-1368 or visit www.idalee.org.

Sheriff Office Offers Safety Tips After Recent Cyclist Inappropriately Touched on W & OD Trail

May 26, 2011 Public Safety Comments Off on Sheriff Office Offers Safety Tips After Recent Cyclist Inappropriately Touched on W & OD Trail
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is offering several safety tips for path and trail users after a female cyclist was inappropriately touched while riding on the Washington and Old Dominion trail in the area of the Loudoun County/Fairfax County line.

On Sunday, May 22, 2011 around 12:41 p.m., a 61-year-old Leesburg woman was riding with a friend on the W & OD trail when they stopped in the area of mile marker 22. During this time an unknown male walked up to the woman and grabbed her from behind. After the woman screamed, the suspect fled on foot. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Holocene Climate

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Choosing To Forgive

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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

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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 …

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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 …

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Speaking Truth to Power

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“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]. …

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Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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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

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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

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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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”Homage to Mother Earth”

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Sterling Library Moving To New Location

25 Mar 2017

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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

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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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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 …

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Virginia Schools Kick Off Statewide Campaign To Encourage Safe Teen Driving

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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

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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 …

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Walbridge To Run for State Delegate in the 33rd District

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Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017

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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

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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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