Coalition for Smarter Growth

May 18, 2011 Government, News Comments Off on Coalition for Smarter Growth

Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton pushed through a vote to designate the controversial Outer Beltway as a new Corridor of Statewide Significance. There were a number of questions and concerns about the failure to consult with local governments or to do any technical review, as was done with previous corridor designations. Secretary Connaughton pushed for this highway over the objections of Loudoun, Fauquier and Clarke Counties, and without consulting with Northern Virginia’s largest jurisdictions, including Fairfax.

This signals a shift in the decision making process in Virginia. Were Secretary Connaughton to continue to pursue this project, it would likely divert scarce transportation revenues from Northern Virginia’s most critical needs, which include I-66, I-95, Route 7, Dulles Rail, and Metro. The Coalition for Smarter Growth will continue to advocate for inclusive decision making and for comprehensive land use and transportation solution for Northern Virginia.

Town Plans Traditional Memorial Day Observance

May 17, 2011 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Town Plans Traditional Memorial Day Observance

On Monday, May 30, 2011, the Town of Leesburg will hold its traditional Memorial Day observance on the Loudoun County Courthouse lawn. This year’s featured speaker will be Major General Hugh “Bugs” Forsythe, USAF (Ret). The observance will also include a wreath-laying ceremony and special music by the Loudoun Board Guard Fife and Drum Corps. Leesburg VFW Post #1177 and the American Legion Post #181 will be participating in the observance ceremonies as well.

The ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. in front of the Loudoun County Courthouse. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Leesburg Town Hall (25 West Market Street). The historic downtown will have road closures in effect from 9:30 through 11:30 a.m., including Market Street from Church to Wirt and King Street from Loudoun to North. Event guests are encouraged to park at the Leesburg Town Hall Parking Garage, accessible from Loudoun Street. Additional on-street parking will be available for ceremony attendees with special needs. Please contact the event organizer prior to the event in order to make arrangements for additional accommodations.

Leesburg Utilities Department Recognized for Operational Excellence by Virginia Office of Drinking Water

May 17, 2011 Government, News Comments Off on Leesburg Utilities Department Recognized for Operational Excellence by Virginia Office of Drinking Water

The Town of Leesburg’s Utilities Department recently received a state award for operational excellence. At the Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project Conference in Roanoke, Aref Etemadi, Acting Director of the Leesburg Utilities Department, accepted the 2010 Silver Excellence in Waterworks Operation/Performance Award from the Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Drinking Water. The Leesburg Water Treatment Plant has received this award every year since 2004.

“Every year, the Office of Drinking Water selects those waterworks that have met the state’s goals for filtration and clarification optimization,” explained Aref Etemadi. “It is really an honor to be recognized, year after year, by the state regulatory agency.”

Grill Safely this Summer Season

May 17, 2011 Public Safety Comments Off on Grill Safely this Summer Season

Fire in the grill, under hot dogs and burgers, is a welcome sight at the family cookout. But fire anywhere else can make your summer kick-off barbecue memorable for all the wrong reasons. Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management reminds residents to follow these tips to stay safe during grilling season.

General Safety tips

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.

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Leesburg Couple Charged with Practicing Dentistry without a License

May 17, 2011 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Leesburg Couple Charged with Practicing Dentistry without a License

A Leesburg, Virginia couple was charged April 29, after a Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office investigation revealed the two were conducting unlicensed dentistry from their home.

Nelson A. Castro-Diaz, 47, and Matilde A. Lindarte-Vargas, 35, were both charged with practicing medicine without a license; a felony.

During the course of a separate investigation by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Gang Intelligence Unit investigators learned of the operation that apparently catered to the Latino community. A search warrant conducted on April 29 at their home in the 1240 block of Tennessee Drive revealed what appeared to be a full-service dental office and examination room in the basement of the home. The area included a receptionist desk, a waiting room, and a dental chair that was situated in a separate room. … Continue Reading

Good Shepherd Alliance Leesburg Store Expansion Dedication

May 17, 2011 Business, Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Good Shepherd Alliance Leesburg Store Expansion Dedication

On Monday, May 6, the Good Shepherd Alliance (GSA) dedicated our newly expanded retail thrift store in the Prosperity Center in Leesburg. This significantly enlarged store profit’s support homeless families, women and children and provides outreach to indigent people in the community. GSA supports voucher programs to also help severely distressed Loudoun families who are not yet homeless. In addition to a variety of agencies supported, one such program is the LCPS referral system. When a school principal refers a distressed family to GSA, the cashiers at each of our Hope’s Treasure stores can provide a $25 voucher for groceries at Wegman’s and a limited offer for immediately needed items from GSA thrift stores. … Continue Reading

Pool and Water Safety Tips

May 17, 2011 Public Safety Comments Off on Pool and Water Safety Tips

Summer is approaching quickly and recreational activities will be shifting outdoors. With the summer swimming season just around the corner Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management encourage residents to follow these water safety steps:

  • Children should swim only if a lifeguard or a grown-up gives you permission.
  • Teach children to obey the posted rules.
  • Make sure pools and spas are enclosed on four sides with a fence at least 5 feet high with a self-closing and latching gates.
  • Drains in pools and spas should have anti-entrapment drain covers.
  • Learn infant and child CPR and always have a phone near the pool for emergency use.
  • Children should always swim under the supervision of a grown-up. Every child over the age of three should have swimming lessons.
  • Children using air-filled swimming aids should always be supervised by an adult within arm’s reach.
  • A U.S. Coast guard approved lifejacket should be worn for water sports such as tubing, skiing or jet skiing. Air-filled aids such as inner tubes, water wings and inflatable rafts are not substitutes for approved lifejackets

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Teaching Lies

May 17, 2011 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Teaching Lies

“Most teachers are left to center, and if we leave it to teachers to impose their liberal views, then it would make for an unbalanced lesson. Some people believe that global warming is a crock of crap, and others are zealots.” Los Alamitos School Board member and science denier zealot, Jeffery Barke. [1]

The Los Alamitos school board has recently ruled that teachers can use the text book Living in the Environment by G. Tyler Miller in their AP class but they have to teach the controversy of global warming denial at the same time. The teachers will have to give an annual presentation of the course material including additional material which presents some science supporting denial to the school board. Since there is no scientific support for global warming denial it is unclear what material the teachers are going to be able to add. … Continue Reading

Wednesday, May 18 Vote Scheduled: Virginia Secretary of Transportation Seeks Controversial Transportation Project

May 17, 2011 Development, News Comments Off on Wednesday, May 18 Vote Scheduled: Virginia Secretary of Transportation Seeks Controversial Transportation Project

Another Fight to Protect Manassas Battlefield – This Time During the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War; Loudoun, Clarke and Fauquier Counties Vote to Oppose Highway Proposal

Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton and two Commonwealth Transportation Board members are seeking a vote on Wednesday to have a new north-south corridor from I-95 to Route 7 declared a Corridor of Statewide Significance. CTB members leading the push have been Gary Garczynski, a Prince William County developer appointed by Governor McDonnell to the Commonwealth Transportation Board, and Doug Koelemay of SAIC, appointed by Governor Kaine.

“The eleven Corridors of Statewide Significance that we have today were only approved after extensive technical review, consultation with local and regional governments and state agencies, and public meetings and input,” said Chris Miller, President of the Piedmont Environmental Council. “The Koelemay/Garczynski resolution would however designate the first brand new corridor and would do so without the important advance review applied prior to the designation of the current corridors.” … Continue Reading

Grand Opening of Spring Arbor of Leesburg

May 16, 2011 Business Comments Off on Grand Opening of Spring Arbor of Leesburg

Finding the right place to spend retirement can be a challenge, especially if a loved one is planning for a family member needing assistance or facing Alzheimer’s and related dementia. Luckily this challenge will be made easier for Leesburg and the surrounding community with the introduction of Spring Arbor. Not only does Spring Arbor offer a cozy, neighborhood-style community for those looking to retire with peace of mind, but it also offers Spring Arbor Cottage CareSM, a personalized program that helps residents with Alzheimer’s and related dementia function at their highest level possible. With the care, comfort, and close community that Spring Arbor provides for all residents, it is surely a place they can call home.

There will be a grand opening of the new Leesburg residence on Thursday, May 26, at 4:00 p.m., with a special ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:00 p.m. There will be a reception with tours and music provided by The Hamilton Trio.

Call Susan Balinger for more information at 703-777-9300.

Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, May 15, 2011

May 15, 2011 Loudoun County, News, Tim Jon with BRLN Comments Off on Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, May 15, 2011
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Into the Light

An attempt to cross a busy Ashburn street at dusk leaves an eight-year-old boy dead, and his mother recovering from serious injuries. Beshoy Shokr and his 29-year-old mother were struck by a car while trying to walk across Farmwell Road on Monday night at the Ashburn Village Boulevard intersection; authorities say the motorist had just gone through a green light and was under the speed limit.

Medical personnel transported the victim’s surviving mother- Eman Thabet- to Inova Fairfax Hospital. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of May 8, 2011

May 15, 2011 Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of May 8, 2011

5/8/11 – 3:46 a.m. – Harry Byrd Hwy / Berlin Tpke – DUI & Public Intoxication – Shairzad H. Sindi age 23 of Fairfax Va. was arrested for DUI. Zaidan A. Sindi age 19 of Fairfax Va. was arrested for Public Intoxication.

5/8/11 – 7:15 p.m. – 600 block of E. Main St. – Public Intoxication – Robert R. Lanham was arrested.

5/10/11 – 4:07 p.m. – 37000 block of Richardson Ln. – Theft – Victim called and stated that they had caught a subject stealing from their Business. Police responded and arrested Kevin J. Robinson of Manassas Va.

Thomas Balch Library Recognizes Volunteers at Annual Appreciation Luncheon

May 14, 2011 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Thomas Balch Library Recognizes Volunteers at Annual Appreciation Luncheon

On Wednesday, May 4, 2011, the Thomas Balch Library Advisory Commission recognized the contributions of its many volunteers with an appreciation luncheon.

“The success of the Thomas Balch Library is attributable in large part to the support we receive from our community of volunteers,” explained Alexandra Gressitt, the Library’s Director. “We are fortunate to have so many talented and dedicated volunteers. Volunteers contribute to every facet of the Library’s operations, including research, transcribing manuscripts, indexing collections, assisting customers and teaching seminars and classes.” … 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

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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”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

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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”

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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


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 …

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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 …

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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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