Callie Jane Setler Recognized for Academic Achievement

May 26, 2011 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Callie Jane Setler Recognized for Academic Achievement

Callie Jane Setler, daughter of Joyce Shaver of Lovettsville, has been placed on the Dean’s List for the Spring 2011 semester at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Mo. To qualify, a student must be full time and achieve a 3.5 or higher grade point average out of a possible 4.0 GPA.

Tsunami Preparedness Conference for State Leaders Set for June

May 26, 2011 Public Safety Comments Off on Tsunami Preparedness Conference for State Leaders Set for June

In the wake of recent earthquakes in coastal regions of Haiti, Japan and Burma and the devastating tsunami that struck Japan in March, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will host a full-day tsunami conference on Friday, June 10, at the Capitol Visitor Center on Capitol Hill. The program is targeted for state governors and other local elected officials in East Coast and Gulf Coast states and will feature presentations from the nation’s leading experts on tsunami preparedness.

The conference was organized at the request of Rep. Frank Wolf (VA-10), chairman of the appropriations subcommittee that funds NOAA and other science and weather related agencies. Wolf asked NOAA Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco to organize conferences for governors and local leaders from both the East and West coasts on tsunami preparedness following the tsunami in Japan. … Continue Reading

Cuccinelli’s Tangled Web

May 26, 2011 Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Cuccinelli’s Tangled Web

“Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” Sir Walter Scott (Marmion, 1808), canto 6, stanza 17.

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli launched an inquiry last year into whether or not former University of Virginia Professor Michael Mann violated the Virginia Fraud Against Tax Payers Act by suing the University to hand over all of Mann’s private papers and emails along with those of other climate scientists. The IPCC AR-3 published in 2001 [1], contained a curve produced by Michael Mann showing the temperature anomaly during the last 1000 years as measured by proxies. The curve shows how the Earth surface temperature has increased dramatically in the last hundred years.

Cuccinelli’s case [2] rests on three documents. The first was a congressional report [3] commissioned by Congressman Joe Barton of Texas at tax payer expense and principally written by a George Mason University Economics Professor Edward Wegman. Barton and Cuccinelli have been using Wegman’s report to attack Mann. According to Forbes [4] “Barton has taken $1.4 million from the [fossil fuels] industry–more than any other industry.” Recall last summer Barton demonstrated who his constituency was by apologizing to British Petroleum for the gigantic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. “I apologize, I do not want to live in a country where anytime a citizen or a corporation does something that is legitimately wrong is subject to some sort of political pressure that is again in my words amounts to a shakedown. So I apologize [5].” Professed principle does not stop Barton from shaking down Michael Mann. Of course, he is not contributing to Barton’s campaigns. … Continue Reading


May 26, 2011 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on 52nd ANNUAL HUNT COUNTRY STABLE TOUR MAY 28-29

Virginia Horse Country Open House

Estates in Virginia horse country open their gates to visitors for the 52nd annual Hunt Country Stable Tour. This unique opportunity provides a rare glimpse into horse breeding and competition in one of the most scenic regions of the country. From foals (baby horses), to jumpers to polo ponies, and even horses swimming for exercise, you’ll see how equine athletes are bred, trained, fed and cared for.

Ticket sales and a country fair are taking place at Trinity Episcopal Church, 9114 John S. Mosby Highway in Upperville on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. … Continue Reading

Valley and Woodgrove Students at ASL Signing Bill

May 24, 2011 Events Comments Off on Valley and Woodgrove Students at ASL Signing Bill

Students from Loudoun Valley & Woodgrove High School ASL classes attended a bill signing ceremony with Governor McDonnell on Monday May 23 at The Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind in Staunton

McDonnell signed HB1435, proposed by Del. Richard P. “Dickie” Bell, R-Staunton, stating that ASL will be considered a foreign language and will have the same weight as any other foreign language course taught in schools.

This impact of this bill is directed at Virginia colleges/universities and their admissions policies.

The legislation was suggested to Del. Bell by the students. The students at Woodgrove and Loudoun Valley are taught by Ms. Dawn Hitchens

Opposes Outer Beltway

May 24, 2011 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Opposes Outer Beltway

Some things never seem to die, and the Outer Beltway is one of them. Last week the unelected Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) approved a Corridor of Statewide Significance that follows the same route proposed in previous years as the Outer Beltway or Western Transportation Corridor. This new designation is a developer-fostered scheme for a high-speed north-south roadway that Loudoun’s present and past Board of Supervisors have regularly opposed. Yet without benefit of hearing local public comments, the CTB passed a plan to link the Potomac River east of Route 95 in lower Prince William County to the Potomac River in northern Loudoun County – a Northern Virginia North-South Corridor of Statewide Significance. … Continue Reading

Leesburg Teams Sweep 9 and Under Division at Team X National Flag Football Tournament

May 22, 2011 Sports, Uncategorized Comments Off on Leesburg Teams Sweep 9 and Under Division at Team X National Flag Football Tournament

Coaches and players from the Leesburg Parks and Recreation Department’s flag football league participated in the Team X National Flag Football Tournament on May 8, 2011 in Quakertown, PA. In the 9 and Under Division, the Leesburg teams swept the competition, taking 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in the tournament.

The newly formed Virginia Xtreme competitive flag football club took four teams to the tournament. Three teams (Virginia Xtreme A, B and C) participated in the 9 and Under Division and one team participated in the 11 and Under Division. … Continue Reading

Second Annual Loudoun Bluegrass Festival

May 22, 2011 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Second Annual Loudoun Bluegrass Festival

Rotary Club of Dulles International Airport presented the Second Annual Loudoun Bluegrass Festival, Saturday May 7. The event was a huge success, bringing visitors to Loudoun County from all over the region, some traveling several hours to get here.

“Rotary Club of Dulles International Airport is an important part of the Loudoun county community, and so is bluegrass music,” said Tony Nerantzis, president of the club. “When we recognized the impact a bluegrass festival could have on our charitable outreach, as well as the local economy, it became an obvious choice.”

The event brought several hundred visitors to Loudoun County. Now gaining notice in its second year, attendance at the Festival increased by approximately 300 percent this year. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, May 22, 2011

May 22, 2011 Tim Jon with BRLN Comments Off on Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, May 22, 2011
tim jon

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

Master Gardeners Offer “Grass Roots” Program to Make Lawns Healthier

May 21, 2011 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Master Gardeners Offer “Grass Roots” Program to Make Lawns Healthier

Want to fight pollution and help clean up our watershed?

Find out just how much fertilizer and lime your lawn actually needs by participating in the Loudoun County Master Gardener’s Grass Roots Program.

Nitrogen and phosphorus pollute our rivers and streams. They are normal ingredients in most commercial lawn fertilizers, but when applied in excess, they runoff or leach into nearby streams and rivers. Algae, whose growth is usually limited by nitrogen availability, use this flood of nitrogen to grow out of control, leading to algae blooms. This uses up oxygen in the water and blocks out light, suffocating aquatic life and preventing underwater plants from photosynthesizing. Of course, a green healthy lawn does require some fertilizer — but not too much! Following the instructions on the fertilizer labeling is not always the solution. First step is to determine how much your lawn really needs.

The Loudoun County Master Gardener Volunteers can help! They will visit your yard, take a soil sample, and measure the size of your lawn. The soil sample is sent to VA Tech’s lab, which assays it and recommends how much fertilizer and lime should be used to promote a healthy lawn without contributing to nitrogen pollution. The Master Gardener Volunteers send that information back to you with advice on how to apply the fertilizer and lime. This guarantees that your lawn will not be the source of additional pollution to your local watershed and you will be contributing to the health of the environment.

Interested in having this service performed? Call the Master Gardener Volunteers’ Help Desk at 703-771-5150, or email your request to Just ask about our “Grass Roots Program,” and be sure to provide your name and a telephone number so we can call you back to arrange the details.

For more information about the Loudoun County Master Gardener program visit the website: or call the Loudoun Extension Office at 703-777-0373.

There is a $20 charge for this service. But the Master Gardener Volunteer program isn’t getting rich on it! About two-thirds goes to pay for the soil test ($10 fee plus $3 postage), and the rest pays for the test probes and measuring devices/tools we use to perform this service.

Local Students Named to Dean’s List at Hampden-Sydney College

May 20, 2011 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Local Students Named to Dean’s List at Hampden-Sydney College

Local students attending Hampden-Sydney College were named to the Dean’s List for the Spring semester of the 2010-2011 academic year. To earn this distinction, students must achieve at least a 3.3 semester grade point average out of a possible 4.0.

Clyde Royal Kessler, a recent graduate – Clyde is a graduate of Loudoun Valley High School and is the son of Robert & Joanne Feickert of Round Hill.

Robert Joseph Partin, Jr., a sophomore – Joey is a graduate of Heritage High School and is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. Partin, Sr. of Waterford.

Refresh Your Wood Deck Now for Summer Entertaining

May 20, 2011 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on Refresh Your Wood Deck Now for Summer Entertaining

With summer fast approaching, your wooden deck will soon be the focal point of your socializing. Is your deck company-ready? If not, this is the time to do something about it.

“Sales of stain go through the roof around Memorial Day, as people scramble to get their decks in shape,” says Debbie Zimmer, spokesperson for the Paint Quality Institute. “Fortunately, staining a deck is an inexpensive and relatively simple project that virtually anyone can do in a weekend.” … Continue Reading

Sheriff’s Office Reminds Residents of County Ordinances Regarding Peddlers and Solicitors

May 20, 2011 Public Safety Comments Off on Sheriff’s Office Reminds Residents of County Ordinances Regarding Peddlers and Solicitors

The warmer weather brings an increase in door-to-door solicitors to our area. While some door-to-door salespersons are honest, the chance does exist that you may be taken advantage of if you are not cautious and informed.

In the past two weeks several subjects have been issued a summons by Loudoun County Sheriff’s Deputies for soliciting without a license, in violation of the county ordinance.

All solicitors that operate inside the county are required to register with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. As part of this registration a background check is completed and information on their employer is obtained. Through this process, anyone approved to solicit is issued an identification card showing they are a registered solicitor. All solicitors are required, upon request, to provide their identification card to any person they are contacting as a solicitor. … Continue Reading








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

Lunde new

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, …

(Be the first to comment)

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. …

(Be the first to comment)

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 …

(Be the first to comment)


March 2017
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
February 27, 2017 February 28, 2017 March 1, 2017 March 2, 2017 March 3, 2017


March 4, 2017

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
March 5, 2017
March 6, 2017 March 7, 2017 March 8, 2017 March 9, 2017 March 10, 2017 March 11, 2017 March 12, 2017
March 13, 2017 March 14, 2017 March 15, 2017 March 16, 2017 March 17, 2017 March 18, 2017

Wine & Chili Weekend

Wine & Chili Weekend
March 19, 2017

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale
March 20, 2017 March 21, 2017 March 22, 2017 March 23, 2017 March 24, 2017

March Fourth Friday

March Fourth Friday
March 25, 2017 March 26, 2017

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch
March 27, 2017 March 28, 2017 March 29, 2017 March 30, 2017 March 31, 2017 April 1, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner
April 2, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”
Current Print Issue:
Sign up for our email newsletter:

Recent Comments

  • David on Protecting Free Speech: Constitutionally protected speech is exactly what it sounds like, protected. We all have the legal right to utter nonsensical and...
  • Martha on Protecting Free Speech: Free speech is not a cherished right at the not-quite accredited Patrick Henry College, a religious school that Del. LaRock...
  • Martha Polkey on First Look at Envision Loudoun Results: It remains to be seen whether the direction citizens have provided to the Envision process is actually incorporated into the...
  • David on Protecting Free Speech: Mr. LaRock, I assume that the only reason you weren’t at every School Board meeting in 2005 passionately defending the...
  • LongTimePville on Purcellville Emergency Meeting Postponed to March 10: I bet Kelli Grim flip flops on her conflicts of interest and transparency campaign she ran on and does not...

Steady and NoBull


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.

(Be the first to comment)

Middleburg Gallery Presents Country Pursuits Exhibit

25 Mar 2017

Mr and Mrs Andrews 24x35 59 2016 whelan

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.

(Be the first to comment)

Loudoun Workforce Resource Center Presents STEM Career Fair March 28

16 Mar 2017

Illustration of STEM education word typography design in orange theme with icon ornament elements

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 …

(Be the first to comment)


Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

Loudoun County Seal Color

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 …

Dear Editor

Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved


Today, most residents of Loudoun County know nothing about Williams Gap, even those living on Williams Gap Road (Route 711). Knowing who “Williams” was, why a gap in the Blue …

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 …

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

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 …

(Be the first to comment)

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

Tia walbridge

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 …

(Be the first to comment)


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 …

(Be the first to comment)

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 …

(Be the first to comment)


  • +2017
  • +2016
  • +2015
  • +2014
  • +2013
  • +2012
  • +2011
  • +2010
  • +2009