Breakthrough International Ministry of Intercessory Prayer

August 31, 2011 by Contributor Faith, Lifestyle 2 comments

By Mark Gunderman

The present Catherine Marshall Center was originally the Lincoln school, built in 1879. It was purchased by Catherine Marshall LeSourd and Len LeSourd in1978 to house Chosen Books, now a division of Baker Books. Today it serves as headquarters for Breakthrough International Ministry of Intercessory Prayer in Lincoln, Virginia. Breakthrough is always open to new Christian Intercessors joining this ministry. As the number of requests for prayer grows, Breakthrough seeks a greater number of Intercessors. Breakthrough believes that God chooses and calls individuals to this ministry. Please pray for His leading about entering this work. Photo courtesy/ Breakthrough Prayer Ministry.

For more information you can contact Breakthrough by:
E-mail: Breakthrough@intercessors.org
Website: www.intercessors.org

Wandering Back Home

August 31, 2011 by Contributor Columns, Sushi's Corner Be the first to comment
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Before the school year starts it is Mrs. B.’s tradition to have a fun family gathering around the grill one last time for the summer.

The cool evening breeze was settling in. Bernie and Laino where down by the fields near the Beaver Dam Creek putting their ponies away for the night. Mr. B. was working the grill and good smells began to fill the air. Mrs. B., family and friends filled the tables with yummy treats to compliment the dinner. Before I knew it, we all gathered round Grandfather under the story tree. I love family times like this because you never know what kind of a whopper of a story Grandfather will come up with!

Grandfather cleared his throat; ahhh um. Grandfather always did this as it bought him time to think and he stroked his chin. Then he began; Two wanderers in love … many long years ago … came upon a ledge of rocks hidden under some ancient maple trees. Beaver Dam Creek trickled quietly below, luring them in, to make this their new home. That they did. Midnights had come and gone. One cool evening after a storm had cleared, two young Cairn terrier pups were born. Both mother and father were proud of the son and daughter that had come to them under the moon and stars.

Nelly, the farm Border Collie and I looked at each other. Grandfather lovingly winked at me as if to say – hush now and listen. Yes sir! My ears are in full alert!

Many moons came and went and in the blink of an eye the proud parents knew it was time. They could not keep their son and daughter from moving on in the world.

And as it came to be, one night in the moon’s golden beams the brother and sister were gone. The sister went in the direction of Leesburg, where she would follow her dreams. The brother drifted towards Middleburg, where he would work as a great fox hunter.

Now, this is a story about the sister, whose name was Philomena. After she ran away from home she learned about life – with a bright tooth Cairn terrier grin she learned she could have anything from anyone as she understood human’s desires and their need for love. Always restless though, one human home after another, soon wore out its excitement and she would travel on. She traveled a one way path towards Sterling, as she knew her life would be more exciting than where she had been. Upon her arrival she saw the city lights at the foot of the hills. Her heart was beating and would not be still. The city lights beckoned her in. She shook her wiry Cairn terrier coat, sleeking her form with her tongue and practiced her best white toothy grin. She knew what she wanted, she knew what she was after, for Philomena loved to play and dance and grin. Sterling had what she wanted. Into the city she went.

It was the same way back in all the other towns she had left. Human’s would feed and care for her. Groom her hair for her. Be silly fools for her.

One shop keeper found her and knew Philomena would be the answer to draw more customers in. The shop keeper had a handsome dog like no other Philomena had seen in her travels. He was a real cowboy’s dog, much like Nelly there.

Nelly and I glanced at each other hanging on Grandfather’s every word.

The cowboy dog was sleek, long and firm in body. He knew he was different and not like the rest. Philomena grinned and danced as her heart leaped for joy to gain his affection. The strong handsome Cowboy did not play like the rest for he was insanely jealous. He hurt inside … because his shop keeper had brought into his territory a young little flirt. He shot Philomena a look, as if looks could kill, and she knew this young cowboy had reached his limits with her. He growled and he fussed at her, scaring her more, and he sent her away from the shop with her tail tucked under and her heart forlorn. For you see, Cowboy was the star of his shop, and no one but no one was going to intrude upon his thunder. Defiantly, Cowboy ran Philomena out.

Philomena was tired and sad. She decided to return back home. She had learned that the grasses look greener over the fence, but when all was said and done, life with her family was really the best. Homeward, Philomena trotted. Her heart was filled with joy as she remembered the love, peace and tranquility of her home by the creek in the woods. As she thought about the cool running waters, the shade of the trees, the chasing of butterflies and the honey of the bees, she realized that her home really was the sweetness of life and that was something she could have only learned to appreciate from her long wanderings.

She now knew that family is something you never forget and that the countryside has pleasures that are better than best.

That’s a lesson I had to learn as well, the story of home and family as told by Grandfather.

And so now my dear family, summer has come to a close and it is time to get your school books under your nose. Study hard for life is short. Good schooling brings competence, structure and responsibility. Make your Moms and Dads proud.

Come out to the farm and visit – fall is just around the corner! Love, Sushi!

Wow! I now have my very own email address!
Sushi@fields of Athenryfarm.com!
I would love to hear from you …
please email me with lessons of home
that you have learned …
– Love Again, Sushi

SkateNow.org Rallies for New Park

August 31, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Be the first to comment
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Fundraising Effort is On!

Skate Now is a nonprofit organization spearheading the community driven effort to build a skate park in Purcellville. Skating is extremely popular with youth in the area. Hundreds of skaters are anxiously awaiting the building of the park, and having a safe place to enjoy their sport.

The park will be located at the corner of Route 287 and Hirst Road, right near the Purcellville exit from Route 7. The site – on land owned by the Virginia Department of Transpor-tation – is very close to the bike trail, allowing skaters easy access. When complete the park will be leased through the Town of Purcellville. … Continue Reading

Mortgage Rates Reach Record Lows

August 31, 2011 by Contributor Columns, Real Estate Ticker Be the first to comment
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By Carl Fischer

Despite the gloom and doom so widely referenced in the national media, there IS a silver lining for those who can take advantage of it.

According to Freddie Mac in its weekly mortgage market survey August 5, “…the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, the most popular choice among buyers, averaged 4.39 percent this week, its lowest average for 2011. The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage and the five-year adjustable rate-mortgage also both reached new historical record lows.”

So if you’re in a position to purchase a home, or re-finance the one you have, right now would be a great time to do just that. … Continue Reading

Saving the Phenomena in Your Back Yard ­– Monarchs

August 31, 2011 by Contributor Farm and garden 1 comment
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By Debbie Burtaine and Nicole Hamilton

The Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) enters life as a fragile egg laid on the underside of a milkweed leaf.

The egg normally hatches within four days. The monarch then goes through two additional life cycles, the larval stage (the caterpillar) and chrysalis stage, before maturing into a beautiful black, orange, and white adult butterfly.

As an adult, the Monarch has a wingspan of 3.7 to 4.1 inches. Males can be differentiated from females by the black spot found on a vein on each hind wing … … Continue Reading

Hunt Country Gourmet’s RESTAURANT REVIEW – Clyde’s Willow Creek Farm

August 31, 2011 by Contributor Dine With Us - Hunt Country Gourmet, Lifestyle 1 comment
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By George E. Humphries

A major jewel in a most un-chain of 13 and counting area restaurants is Clyde’s Willow Creek Farm in Broadlands, VA, a short distance south of the Dulles Greenway’s Exit 5.

As a long-term off-and-on DC area resident (at the whim of the Navy Department), we have enjoyed the wide-spread hospitality of some of the elements of Clyde’s Restaurant Group for several decades they have grown and spread in the DC area. But it is not in any sense a cookie cutter chain. Clyde’s contains historic and varied venues such as the 1789 Restaurant, the Old Ebbitt Grill, the Tomato Palace, the Tombs, and the Tower Oaks Lodge. Willow Creek is solidly representative of the quality, variety, and reliability of all we have sampled. … Continue Reading

TV and Toddlers

August 31, 2011 by Contributor Uncategorized Be the first to comment
Mike Clem

Dr. Mike, My friend refuses to allow her 17 month old to watch TV. She believes that early TV exposure can cause cognitive problems in development, and she even cited an article to make her point to me. Is this true? I hope not because my toddler loves Sesame Street. He watches a little in the morning and then a little at night. I watched tons of TV growing up, and I turned out okay. What are your thoughts? Am I a bad mom? – B. in Loudoun County

B., I do not think you’re a bad mom for allowing your toddler to spend a little time with Elmo and the gang. However, between watching television and videos, Twittering, surfing the Internet, texting and playing computer or video games, it seems that we are all spending more time than ever looking at some sort of screen, which does beg the question — How much screen time is too much for our little ones? As a psychologist, of course I am been witness to the extreme cases. However, over the past few years, screen time concerns rank up there for why kids and teens are coming to therapy. Presently, I work with several teenager boys who were spending the majority of their free time gaming in isolation with limited, and for some, no peer related social contact. I also see several teenagers who have great difficulty managing their texting time. More and more elementary aged children I work with can’t seem to get enough of their handheld gaming devices – DS, Gameboy, PSP, etc. Early intervention and planning is the key to successfully managing your child’s screen time. As the parent of a toddler, you are in a position to set the stage for healthy screen time for him for years to come.

I don’t know exactly which article your friend cited, but The American Academy of Pediatrics currently holds the position that children two years and younger should watch NO television and should have NO screen time. Children three years and older, according to the American Academy or Pediatrics, should have very limited screen exposure. Interestingly, some of the research on the Baby Einstein series has actually revealed a delay in language development for toddlers who watch that show. At the same time, complete abstinence from TV for our little ones may not be realistic for all parents. I think it comes down to time management and the mere fact that most of us are living very busy lives. Screens are wonderful distractions for our toddlers, especially at those times when we as parents have only two hands and way too much to manage.

I hold the position that abstinence is best but moderation in TV viewing is fine for our toddlers. The idea being that TV should not be used as a babysitter but rather as a complimentary activity to your child’s day. If you are going to allow your toddler to watch a little TV, then make the most out of each and every viewing experience. Be present when he watches and interact with him during the show. For example, if the Count is counting to the magic number of the day, then count along, or if Elmo is dancing, then dance along. Perhaps you could even schedule TV time as an educational activity each day, reviewing what was watched for greater retention. I advise against allowing your child to watch TV whenever he wishes or alone or for him to watch TV during meals or during other social activities.

Dr. Mike, My husband and I are in a serious disagreement and need your input. I’d like to seek treatment for our teenage daughter who is depressed and acting out in a number of concerning ways. My husband is opposed to treatment because he feels that our daughter will be “labeled for life with a mental disorder” by the insurance company. He also feels we can solve our daughter’s problems at home as a family by increasing structure. While I agree that we can and should be doing more as parents, I also feel we need professional help. What do you think about his point on labeling? – S. in Loudoun County

S., Typically a client’s private mental health record remains private under the Health Insurance Portability and Availability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). It is true, however, that third party insurers (managed care companies and insurance companies) often require a diagnosis in order for treatment to be approved and covered. Thus, there will be a history, a paper trail and a label for your daughter once she is in the system. While a client’s information is generally considered to be private, many of our clients elect not to use their mental health benefits to avoid a mental health diagnostic label on their record (or their child’s) or the risk of that information ever being discovered later in life.

I agree with both you and your husband in regard to what you should do. If you believe your daughter is depressed, she should be assessed by a mental health professional immediately. It is better to be safe than sorry with your daughter’s wellbeing, and if that means receiving a diagnostic label, so be it. At the same time, as parents you will likely need to improve communication and increase structure to help her through this difficult time.

For more information on your privacy rights and protecting your mental health treatment, contact SAMHSA’s National Mental Health Information Center at: SAMHSA, P.O. Box 42557, Washington, DC 20015. Telephone: 800-789-2647. E-mail: nmhic-info@samhsa.hhs.gov and Webpage: http://mentalhealth.samhsa.gov

Dr. Mike, We recently found out that my husband, who is in the Army, is being deployed to Afghanistan for several months, and he is leaving at the end of Summer. We would like some advice on how and when we should tell our sensitive 4 year old daughter. – M. in Loudoun County

M., Your husband’s deployment is going to be an adjustment for you all, but there are a few things you can do to make things a little more manageable for your daughter. I would not share the news of the deployment with your daughter too early, as you don’t want her to become sad and/or anxious over the next several months. Instead, enjoy your Summer as a family. I would let your daughter know of her daddy’s deployment about two weeks before his departure date. This will give her plenty of time, at four years of age, to process the hard news and prepare for his leaving.

When you discuss the deployment all together, you and your husband should talk to your daughter openly and honestly. Your husband should certainly let her know that he will miss her, but he should also let her know that he is going away to do something very important and that many people are relying on him to do a great job. It’s also normal and okay for your daughter to hear that you are both sad and that you will miss one another and to see you both sad together as a couple. By experiencing you in these ways as parents, she will be more comfortable opening up about any negative feelings she is having. Your husband will also want to discuss where exactly he is going. Buy your daughter a globe or map, which she can keep in her room and pinpoint Afghanistan with her. You might even want to look up Afghanistan on-line and have age appropriate discussions on the country – the culture, the products that come from there and the weather your husband will be experiencing. The more your daughter knows about where daddy is going and what daddy will be doing the more secure she will be in accepting his deployment. Also, have your daughter help your husband pack. This should help to give her a sense of additional control over things with the departure.

Before your husband’s departure, video tape your husband reading several of your daughter’s favorite children’s books. Your daughter can comfort herself by playing and replaying the videos while your husband is away. Your husband might also want to make a photo calendar comprised of several family photos. This will give your daughter a visual aid to remind her of daddy and your connectedness as a family. She can also cross off the days on the calendar until her daddy returns. Your husband might even want to make two copies of the calendar – one for your daughter and one for him. This way your daughter and her daddy will have the shared, special task of crossing off the days while apart.

The Armed Services is doing an excellent job of supporting deployed service men and women with their children back home. Your husband will likely have frequent access to Skype, in which he can communicate via computer with you and your daughter face-to-face. There are also several good books now to assist your daughter in making sense of her daddy’s being away. I recommend you have a few of those on hand. “My Daddy’s a Hero,” by Rebecca Christiansen and Jewel Armstrong is a personal favorite of mine.

Once your husband is away, be sensitive to your daughter as she adjusts to her father being away and watch for signs of distress. At age four years, you will want to watch for: prolonged sadness, separation struggles, unexplained crying or tearfulness, clinging behavior, regression toward a favorite blanket or toy or younger behavior (e.g., thumb sucking), social avoidance, bad dreams, and fearfulness in new situations. Should your daughter struggle for several weeks across her home, school and social environments, I recommend you seek out the assistance of a child psychiatrist or psychologist for support and guidance.

Dr. Mike, My best friend’s child was diagnosed with Lyme Disease and their pediatrician feels that his behavioral and attention problems were caused by Lyme’s. My son was diagnosed with ADHD in the second grade. He is now ten and presently takes medication and is in behavior therapy for his ADHD. Should I get him tested for Lyme Disease? Is it possible that my son has been misdiagnosed all along and that he is not receiving the right treatment? – S. in Loudoun County

S., It is true that some individuals are misdiagnosed with psychiatric conditions when in fact they have Lyme Disease. That is because Lyme Disease, if left untreated, can negatively impact the nervous system. Most people think of Lyme’s involving circular rashes and swollen and painful joints. However, symptoms of advanced Lyme Disease can include memory impairments, disorientation, an inability to concentrate, migraines, difficulty falling asleep and profound fatigue. Since Lyme’s is a deer tick borne condition, many individuals with the condition may not even be aware that they were bit or why they are now experiencing problems. Those with Lyme’s may very well end up at psychiatrist or psychologist’s office confused over their symptoms of Panic Attacks, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Depression or ADHD.

Early detection and treatment is the key to addressing Lyme’s, otherwise the disease can become debilitating if left untreated. So should you test your son for Lyme Disease? I recommend you consult your pediatrician on this, but I think you should. Especially since you are now concerned about it and you live in Loudoun County where there are a fair amount of deer, and therefore, deer ticks.

Now, if your son is tested and Lyme’s is discovered, he will likely be on a course of antibiotics for a month or so. If his attentional symptoms are solely due to the Lyme’s disease, those problems should subside. Keep in mind though that your son may have ADHD regardless of whether or not he has Lyme Disease. I am not sure how accurately your son was diagnosed with ADHD, and so you may want to reconfirm that diagnosis as well with a qualified mental health professional. Neuropsychologists are the best trained to diagnosis ADHD. Dr. Amy Gordon in Loudoun County is an outstanding neuropsychologist.

Michael Oberschneider “Dr. Mike” is the Founder and Director of Ashburn Psychological Services (APS), a private mental health clinic comprised of 12 MD and PhD level mental health clinicians. He and his team are here to serve our Loudoun children, teens and adults. To learn more about Dr. Mike and the APS team, please visit: www.ashburnpsych.com or 703-723-2999.

They Always Make Me Smile

August 31, 2011 by Contributor Columns, Virginia Gardening Be the first to comment
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By Donna Williamson

The asters are starting to bloom. They always make me smile. The color is gorgeous in the late days of summer and on into autumn when so many other plants are tired. They are host to myriad beneficial insects. And they remind me of what a fraud I am.

My classes in gardening and garden design take place in the winter months. One of my stock comments is, “That’s a five-minute plant.” I’m referring to using a plant that has only a few days of beauty in a location where better performance is required. … Continue Reading

Back to School Notes

August 31, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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Backpack Safety
By: Christina VanDerHurst, D.C.
Perry J. VanDerHurst, D.C., F.A.S.A.

It’s that time of year again when children are returning to school; loading up their backpacks. Unfortunately, those bags are often the cause of injury.

The American Academy of Orthopedics stated that backpack injury is a significant problem for children. Fifty-eight percent of orthopedists have seen patients complaining about back or shoulder problems related to backpacks. The problem usually lies with the weight of the pack, as well as improper use.

Some common conditions we see associated with backpack injury are neck, back, and shoulder pain, arm numbness or tingling, poor posture, muscular imbalances and fatigue, as well as scoliosis. Children’s bodies are still growing, so it’s extremely important to care for the spine. By implementing some simple strategies, you can provide your child the best chance at avoiding potentially life-long problems.

In order to be as safe as possible, your child’s backpack and its contents should weigh no more than 15 percent of the child’s body weight. To figure this out, weigh your child and use the following formula:

Child’s Weight x 0.15 = 15 percent of body weight

Once you have that number, weigh the backpack with its usual contents and see if it’s too heavy. Remove any non-essential items that can contribute to the overall weight of the pack. Also, backpacks should be worn using both shoulder straps, and it should fit snug on the back, rather than hanging down.

Of course, the most difficult part of implementing backpack safety can be getting your child to put the pack in its proper place. Believe it or not, the most common injuries result from someone tripping over a backpack!

Drs. Christina and Perry VanDerHurst practice chiropractic and acupuncture in their office, Blue Ridge Chiropractic & Acupuncture, in Purcellville, VA.

Healthy Lunchbox Presentation at Fields of Athenry Farm

Tara Rayburn, “The Healthy Habit Coach” … “Mom-on-a-Mission” and author of “Essential Gluten Free Recipes” will do a special presentation on “The Healthy Lunchbox … What’s in your Lunchbox?” and “The Essential First Aid Kit”, Saturday, September 17, 2011 from 3 to 5 pm.

The event is part of Fields of Athenry Farm’s ongoing Farm to Community Heath Outreach Series, which brings speakers and experts to the farm on a wide variety of family health topics.

Tara Rayburn is a dynamic speaker, Chi-To-Be Master, Weston A. Price Chapter Leader and 2011 Conference Presenter, Young Living Essential Oils distributor and a Mom-on-a-Mission! Her mission is to share knowledge, experience and resources and help others live healthy “Pro-Active” lives by tapping into their own intuition. She empowers individuals and teaches them that health is truly an accumulation of our daily habits.

Tara will be flying in from Las Vegas for a special presentation at the Farm on how to pack a healthy and nutrient rich lunch and snack for all of us on the run.

She will also share great advice on how to send your child to school with a truly healthy lunch that will be the envy of all their friends.

Attendees will learn how to build and use an Essential First Aid Kit, and see how good farm food and essential oils have eliminated frequent doctor’s visits, asthma, allergies, colds, and the like.

For event pricing and registration go to www.FieldsofAthenryFarm.com.

Market Volatility and Your Emotions

Amy Smith-BRL

“Market volatility: period when financial instrument prices fall quickly or go up by an unusual amount.” That’s a dictionary definition. Mine is more like the “I’m going to be sick” feeling that usually accompanies a roller coaster ride at my daughter’s favorite theme park. Unless you’ve not been checking your emails, reading newspapers, or watching television (a.k.a. “vacation”), you know it’s been a bumpy ride the last few weeks, and some financial experts say it might be like this for a while.

Here are some things you might want to consider before F.E.A.R. (False Evidence Appearing Real) kicks in:

  1. Don’t Panic: No matter how careful you are, you can neither predict nor control the future. No one has a crystal ball.
  2. Know what you own and why you own it: When the market goes off the tracks, knowing why you originally made a specific investment can help you evaluate whether those reasons still hold and whether a lower price might actually be a buying opportunity. It is individual stocks that determine the market, not vice versa. Buy value, not market trends or the economic outlook. … Continue Reading

What’s That September

August 30, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Uncategorized, What's That Be the first to comment
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By Mike Clem and Bob Shuey

Here is a heavy rusted metal piece found by Rosemary Stanger in the ground at her home in Round Hill. It is large-more than a foot along the base.It swivels in the center and has the following words stamped in it: “Clover Leaf,”  ”Unloader,” and “Pat May 12  03″.

The item is a Myers Cloverleaf Hay Unloader. It was used to lift hay from a wagon or truck parked outside the barn. A large claw or fork was used to grab the hay and then ropes and pulleys on the unloader would hoist the hay up to the loft. The unloader was suspended from a track at the peak of the barn. The hay would be lifted and then rolled into place within the loft along the track. I’m sure some “old-timers” out there would know more about the item and may even have one still in their barns.

Raising the Rent

August 30, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Dear Doug, Uncategorized Be the first to comment
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Dear Doug:
I own a townhouse which I have rented out to a nice family on a month to month basis for the last 2 years for a very reasonable price. In recent months, my mortgage payment increased after I locked in to a fixed rate. I would like to raise the rent to help re-coup my higher costs, but I don’t want to risk losing my tenants. I have done some research, and I know I am renting below the market. Are there any rules about how to go about raising the rent? I want to increase the rent from $700 to $800. Is this reasonable? How much notice do I need to give them?
… Continue Reading

Brothers Revisit the C&O Canal

August 30, 2011 by Contributor People Be the first to comment
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By Susan Thompson

The early morning air is cool as it floats up from the waters of the canal, drifting over the little hikers and their dad. The boys charge up the tow path, full of the kind of energy only 10 years old boys can generate at 8 o’clock in the morning. With homemade sandwiches in their backpacks, a discussion ensues as to who gets to carry the flag. After much negotiating, the coveted flag, made from a bamboo branch and an old piece of canvas, is jammed into the winner’s backpack, protruding at a jaunty angle. It will change hands several times during the day per negotiations. Time and location are duly noted by dad and ‘The Saturday Morning Hiking Club’ sets off on another adventure.

Fast forward 46 years. The 184.5 miles of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal haven’t changed a great deal. The trail bed is still clay and crushed stone. The trees along the path have matured since 1965, creating a canopy over the path. The Saturday Morning Hiking Club is a distant memory for the brothers but one that has brought them back to the Canal. They have returned, aiming to tackle the full length of the tow path on bikes. Gone is the boundless energy that propelled them down the tow path in their youth, replaced by middle-aged bodies that are less cooperative. … Continue Reading

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Sustainable Planet

Dear Loudoun County Supervisors

27 Aug 2014

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We know three things with near certainty: Human-caused global warming is real The consequences of the business as usual scenario will be catastrophic Positive local action is required. All knowledgeable climate scientists have explained this reality to us in great …

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Ask Dr. Mike

A Concerned Parent

22 Aug 2014

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My husband and I are going through a nasty divorce, and my son’s therapist is refusing to appear in court to help us. His position is that he’s a therapist, not an expert and he isn’t comfortable coming to court. …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Shreve Mill Road

6 Aug 2014

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It’s quintessential Loudoun County in transition: In less than two miles, this sleepy, little country road passes by decrepit, abandoned structures (apparently just waiting for demolition and development), some surprisingly tranquil waterways, and stretches of mature forest that would entice …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Blue Ridge Mountain Road

3 Jul 2014

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It wasn’t until I saw it all under heavy fog that this place really came to speak to me; sure, I’d seen it in rain, snow, sleet and just about every other condition you could name, but before that blanket …

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Virginia Gardening

Tomato Harvest and Other Joys

6 Aug 2014

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By Donna Williamson Ah, it’s tomato time. As usual, I planted and grew many heirloom and newer varieties of tomato plants and am loving every minute of the harvest. Those little cherry tomatoes are so delicious and refreshing while working …

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Sushi's Corner

The Grumpy Old Troll

6 Aug 2014

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By Sushi One day not long ago a little girl by the name of Adele came to visit the farm. She was a spirited little thing with long flowing blonde hair. She loved to twirl and dance in the wind. …

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Samuel Moore-Sobel

Why I Still Believe in America

6 Aug 2014

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel I love the fourth of July. It happens to be my favorite holiday. It’s not just the fireworks and the wonderful blueberry pie that my mother makes each year. It is a day when partisanship can be …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

Healthcare Decision Making

6 Aug 2014

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Amy and Dan Smith’s Planning for Life By Amy and Dan Smith Because of the evolution of the law, documents relating to medical decision making have a variety of names, which together are confusing if not downright bewildering. The Advance …

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Student News

Loudoun Student Awarded Environmental Scholarship

6 Jul 2014

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American Disposal Services is proud to announce Allison Arpajian, the Loudoun County recipient of their Annual American Disposal Services Inc. Scholarship. Applications were distributed to all public high schools in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties. One winner was chosen from each …

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Local Residents Graduate from the College of William & Mary

3 Jul 2014

The following residents recently graduated from the College of William & Mary: Alexander Graeme Thomson, from Hamilton (20158), with a BS degree. Gabrielle Alana Graves, from Middleburg (20117), with a BA degree. Kathleen Warren Hale, from Middleburg (20117), with a …

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Kevin Sherman Graduated from Ithaca College

3 Jul 2014

Kevin Sherman, a native of Middleburg, Va., graduated from Ithaca College’s School of Health Sciences and Human Performance with a degree in Sport Studies. The degree was awarded in May 2014.

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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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July 28, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

The Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers are offering two, fun summer camps!  If you've never clogged before, join us July 28 - Aug 1 for our Novice Camp.  Hours are 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you are an experienced clogger, join us Aug 4 - Aug 8 from 9:00am - 12:00pm for our Experienced Camp.  Ages 8 through adult.  $50 per camp.

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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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July 29, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

The Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers are offering two, fun summer camps!  If you've never clogged before, join us July 28 - Aug 1 for our Novice Camp.  Hours are 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you are an experienced clogger, join us Aug 4 - Aug 8 from 9:00am - 12:00pm for our Experienced Camp.  Ages 8 through adult.  $50 per camp.

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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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July 30, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

The Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers are offering two, fun summer camps!  If you've never clogged before, join us July 28 - Aug 1 for our Novice Camp.  Hours are 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you are an experienced clogger, join us Aug 4 - Aug 8 from 9:00am - 12:00pm for our Experienced Camp.  Ages 8 through adult.  $50 per camp.

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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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July 31, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

The Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers are offering two, fun summer camps!  If you've never clogged before, join us July 28 - Aug 1 for our Novice Camp.  Hours are 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you are an experienced clogger, join us Aug 4 - Aug 8 from 9:00am - 12:00pm for our Experienced Camp.  Ages 8 through adult.  $50 per camp.

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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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August 1, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

The Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers are offering two, fun summer camps!  If you've never clogged before, join us July 28 - Aug 1 for our Novice Camp.  Hours are 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you are an experienced clogger, join us Aug 4 - Aug 8 from 9:00am - 12:00pm for our Experienced Camp.  Ages 8 through adult.  $50 per camp.

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Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) Child Safety Day

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August 2, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd.
Leesburg, 20175
USA

Saturday, August 2 from 12pm-4pm  FREE

Get up close to awesome rescue squad vehicles and cool interactive displays! Enjoy music, inflatables,  prizes and giveaways and more fun. Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for full schedule.

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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August 2, 2014

Notaviva Vineyards
13274 Sagle Rd
Purcellville, 20132
540-668-6756

Notaviva Vineyards presents their monthly Bluegrass Jam a FREE event held the first Saturday of every month!

An event for all ages featuring Ashby Run. Open to players of every skill level

3pm-6pm Saturday 7/5

Wine available by the glass and by the bottle, lite snacks available. Must be 21 to drink alcohol.

Summer Saturdays

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August 2, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd SE
Leesburg, 20175
USA
5712912288

Village at Leesburg presents a music concert series. Come listen to various artists on Saturday July 19th, Saturday August 2nd, Saturday August 9th, Saturday August 16th, Saturday August 30th, Sunday August 31st, and Monday September 1st at Village at Leesburg in Fountain Court. There will be performances by Paul Pfau & Connor Pledger (R&B former The Voice contestants), Julian Roso (Acoustic Pop), Todd Wright Band (Alternative Pop Covers), Poorhouse Rd (Americana Blues), Music Bone (Electric Rock/Jazz), Gina de Simone & The Moaners (Swing/Dance), AJ Sith & The Apollo (Indie Rock) on alternating nights. For the full music schedule please visit villageatleesburg.com

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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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August 4, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

The Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers are offering two, fun summer camps!  If you've never clogged before, join us July 28 - Aug 1 for our Novice Camp.  Hours are 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you are an experienced clogger, join us Aug 4 - Aug 8 from 9:00am - 12:00pm for our Experienced Camp.  Ages 8 through adult.  $50 per camp.

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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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August 5, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

The Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers are offering two, fun summer camps!  If you've never clogged before, join us July 28 - Aug 1 for our Novice Camp.  Hours are 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you are an experienced clogger, join us Aug 4 - Aug 8 from 9:00am - 12:00pm for our Experienced Camp.  Ages 8 through adult.  $50 per camp.

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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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August 6, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

The Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers are offering two, fun summer camps!  If you've never clogged before, join us July 28 - Aug 1 for our Novice Camp.  Hours are 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you are an experienced clogger, join us Aug 4 - Aug 8 from 9:00am - 12:00pm for our Experienced Camp.  Ages 8 through adult.  $50 per camp.

VAL Movies Under the Stars

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August 6, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd.
Leesburg, 20175
USA

FREE VAL Lawn Chair or Picnic Blanket for the first 50 families each week! Check out your film favorites at our NEW summer outdoor movie series. Grab refreshments from your favorite VAL restaurant, bring your own lawn chair and have fun! Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for full schedule. For inclement weather updates, visit Facebook.com/VillageAtLeesburg. One giveaway per family, while quantities last.

  • August 6 – Fan Favorite – vote on Facebook or at the movies for your favorite flick!
    • Superman (original) PG   151 mins
    • Willy Wonka G 98 mins
    • Surf’s Up  PG 85 mins
    • Smurfs  PG  102 mins

Movies Under The Stars

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August 6, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd SE
Leesburg, 20175
USA
5712912288

Come enjoy free movie screenings at Village at Leesburg. July 23rd Despicable Me (Rated PG) will be shown. August 6th will be the winning fan favorite vote. Choices are: Superman (original-Rated PG), Willy Wonka (Rated G), Surf's Up (Rated PG), and Smurfs (Rated PG). Vote on Facebook!August 20th Frozen (Rated PG) will be shown. Free event chair or picnic blanket will be given to the first 50 families!

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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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August 7, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

The Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers are offering two, fun summer camps!  If you've never clogged before, join us July 28 - Aug 1 for our Novice Camp.  Hours are 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you are an experienced clogger, join us Aug 4 - Aug 8 from 9:00am - 12:00pm for our Experienced Camp.  Ages 8 through adult.  $50 per camp.

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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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August 8, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

The Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers are offering two, fun summer camps!  If you've never clogged before, join us July 28 - Aug 1 for our Novice Camp.  Hours are 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you are an experienced clogger, join us Aug 4 - Aug 8 from 9:00am - 12:00pm for our Experienced Camp.  Ages 8 through adult.  $50 per camp.

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Summer Saturdays

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August 9, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd SE
Leesburg, 20175
USA
5712912288

Village at Leesburg presents a music concert series. Come listen to various artists on Saturday July 19th, Saturday August 2nd, Saturday August 9th, Saturday August 16th, Saturday August 30th, Sunday August 31st, and Monday September 1st at Village at Leesburg in Fountain Court. There will be performances by Paul Pfau & Connor Pledger (R&B former The Voice contestants), Julian Roso (Acoustic Pop), Todd Wright Band (Alternative Pop Covers), Poorhouse Rd (Americana Blues), Music Bone (Electric Rock/Jazz), Gina de Simone & The Moaners (Swing/Dance), AJ Sith & The Apollo (Indie Rock) on alternating nights. For the full music schedule please visit villageatleesburg.com

Acoustic on the Green Presents Two-Time Grammy Award Winner Jon Carroll

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August 9, 2014

Leesburg Town Green
25 West Market Street
Leesburg, VA

Jon Carroll’s long and diverse career has garnered him recognition in the Washington, D.C. area. He is a multiple Wammie winner (Washington Area Music Association) as a vocalist, player and songwriter as well as national notoriety and a two-time Grammy award winner with Starland Vocal Band (“Afternoon Delight”) for his vocal arranging and as Best New Artist. Additionally, in 2011 the Washington Area Music Association named Carroll Musician of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Pop Rock Instrumentalist of the Year. After recording five albums with Starland Vocal Band, he worked with a myriad of artists, penned two musicals and had his songs recorded by artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Tom Jones and Kenny Rogers. He released recently his first solo album in over a decade, “Love Returns.” For more information on Carroll, visit http://www.joncarroll.org/home.html.

Free and open to the public. Picnics are encouraged. Please no smoking, alcoholic beverages or pets. For more information, visit http://www.acousticonthegreen.com or info@acousticonthegreen.com or call 703-737-7144.

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Red Cross Blood Drive

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August 11, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd.
Leesburg, 20175
USA
314-602-1325

Schedule your appointment online or call 1-800-Red Cross.

Space next to Swoon and across from AT&T

2 - 7:30 p.m.

  • Monday, August 11

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FREE Live Music - Adam Bruno

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August 16, 2014

Notaviva Vineyards
13274 Sagle Rd
Purcellville, 20132
540-668-6756

Singer/songwriter Adam Bruno is a Tampa native, now living in Loudoun County. Adam has a powerful, soulful sound, blending all the best of pop, rock and acoustic music. His melody-driven songs and thoughtful lyrics make you an immediate fan!

Notaviva Vineyards will have wine for purchase by bottle or glass to any customers 21 years of age or older. Lite snacks are also available for purchase, or feel free to bring your own lunch and enjoy a picnic while listening to the tunes of Adam Bruno

Summer Saturdays

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August 16, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd SE
Leesburg, 20175
USA
5712912288

Village at Leesburg presents a music concert series. Come listen to various artists on Saturday July 19th, Saturday August 2nd, Saturday August 9th, Saturday August 16th, Saturday August 30th, Sunday August 31st, and Monday September 1st at Village at Leesburg in Fountain Court. There will be performances by Paul Pfau & Connor Pledger (R&B former The Voice contestants), Julian Roso (Acoustic Pop), Todd Wright Band (Alternative Pop Covers), Poorhouse Rd (Americana Blues), Music Bone (Electric Rock/Jazz), Gina de Simone & The Moaners (Swing/Dance), AJ Sith & The Apollo (Indie Rock) on alternating nights. For the full music schedule please visit villageatleesburg.com

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VAL Movies Under the Stars

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August 20, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd.
Leesburg, 20175
USA

FREE VAL Lawn Chair or Picnic Blanket for the first 50 families each week! Check out your film favorites at our NEW summer outdoor movie series. Grab refreshments from your favorite VAL restaurant, bring your own lawn chair and have fun! Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for full schedule. For inclement weather updates, visit Facebook.com/VillageAtLeesburg. One giveaway per family, while quantities last.

  • August 20  – Frozen (sing along) PG  108 mins

 

 

Movies Under The Stars

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August 20, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd SE
Leesburg, 20175
USA
5712912288

Come enjoy free movie screenings at Village at Leesburg. July 23rd Despicable Me (Rated PG) will be shown. August 6th will be the winning fan favorite vote. Choices are: Superman (original-Rated PG), Willy Wonka (Rated G), Surf's Up (Rated PG), and Smurfs (Rated PG). Vote on Facebook!August 20th Frozen (Rated PG) will be shown. Free event chair or picnic blanket will be given to the first 50 families!

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Artful August

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August 23, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd SE
Leesburg, 20175
USA
5712912288

Village at Leesburg presents the 2nd annual juried Art Show. Free Application. Free display space. Free contest entry. Submit up to five (5) artworks for judging by jury and show attendees for The People's Choice Awards. Free festival for all! July 3rd applications are opened, artists will be notified of acceptance within 14 days of application. Jury selected winners will be announced August 23rd at 6:30 PM.  August 20th People's Choice winners will be announced. For more information please visit villageatleesburg.com/artfulaugust

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Summer Saturdays

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August 30, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd SE
Leesburg, 20175
USA
5712912288

Village at Leesburg presents a music concert series. Come listen to various artists on Saturday July 19th, Saturday August 2nd, Saturday August 9th, Saturday August 16th, Saturday August 30th, Sunday August 31st, and Monday September 1st at Village at Leesburg in Fountain Court. There will be performances by Paul Pfau & Connor Pledger (R&B former The Voice contestants), Julian Roso (Acoustic Pop), Todd Wright Band (Alternative Pop Covers), Poorhouse Rd (Americana Blues), Music Bone (Electric Rock/Jazz), Gina de Simone & The Moaners (Swing/Dance), AJ Sith & The Apollo (Indie Rock) on alternating nights. For the full music schedule please visit villageatleesburg.com

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Donna Clark "Mindscapes"

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August 31, 2014

6474 Main Street
The Plains, 20198

 August 31 - September 28, 2014, “Donna Clark - Mindscapes” A unique solo exhibit by acclaimed regional artist Donna Clark.  “I paint in series - images that are not place specific.  I consider them personal dreamlike mindscapes of imagined locations in my natural world.”  The public is invited to an opening reception on Sunday, September 7, 5:00 - 7:00PM.  In addition, Clark will demonstrate her distinctive painting technique on September 14 at 2:00PM.  This is a great opportunity to watch her paint and ask questions of this very talented artist.

Summer Saturdays

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August 31, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd SE
Leesburg, 20175
USA
5712912288

Village at Leesburg presents a music concert series. Come listen to various artists on Saturday July 19th, Saturday August 2nd, Saturday August 9th, Saturday August 16th, Saturday August 30th, Sunday August 31st, and Monday September 1st at Village at Leesburg in Fountain Court. There will be performances by Paul Pfau & Connor Pledger (R&B former The Voice contestants), Julian Roso (Acoustic Pop), Todd Wright Band (Alternative Pop Covers), Poorhouse Rd (Americana Blues), Music Bone (Electric Rock/Jazz), Gina de Simone & The Moaners (Swing/Dance), AJ Sith & The Apollo (Indie Rock) on alternating nights. For the full music schedule please visit villageatleesburg.com

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View From the Ridge

I Wanna Uh-Uh-Uh-Uh-Uh-Undo It

6 Aug 2014

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There’s a popular country western song that tells the story of a young woman who gets swept up in a night of partying and wakes up to find she has a ring on her finger, a new last name and a new husband. Knowing she had been duped but determined …

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Editorial

War Madness

25 Jul 2014

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The Dying Gaul By John P. Flannery In a world that prefers to war, can’t get enough of it, innocents are killed, and those senseless incidents in turn provoke more war. It happened in the Ukraine and the testosterone is running high. Ukraine calls to the West to put up or shut up with military force, not just economic sanctions. …

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Bed and Breakfasts – Boon or Threat to the Rural Economy?

3 Jun 2014

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By Malcolm and Pamela Baldwin Breaking news, in case you missed it: the Board of Supervisors has created new rules for bed-and-breakfast establishments in Loudoun, among them an increase in the number and frequency of events – such as weddings – B&Bs are allowed to host on their properties. At the same time, the board also tightened fire safety, building …

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Lifestyle

Salamander Resort and Spa Celebrates First Anniversary

19 Aug 2014

Activities On Friday, August 29 – exactly one year after it opened its highly anticipated doors – the resort will host a Birthday Bubbles celebration from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Filled with bottomless sparkling wine, birthday sweets and live entertainment, the event will take place on the Grand Terrace and Lawn. Admission is $30 per person. On Saturday, August 30, there will …

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Legally Blonde Coming to Franklin Park August 21-23

18 Aug 2014

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By Sarah Smith What do Harvard law students, UCLA sorority girls, and a group of high school thespians from Loudoun County have in common? They all are in Piedmont Arts Foundation’s summer production of Legally Blonde the Musical. The show takes the stage on August 21 at 7:30, August 22 at 7:30, and August 23 at 2:30 and 7:30. Every …

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Motorcycle Poker Run Fundraiser & Awareness for Loudoun County Project Lifesaver

16 Aug 2014

Sunday, October 12, 2014 Each Poker Hand $20.00 Family Activities with food – Raffles – Live music -McGruff, Loudoun County Sheriffs Office Motor Squad Demos- Fire Apparatus, Vendors and much more! 100 Mile Poker Ride with Three Stops Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. Hamilton Safety Center, Harmony Hall- Kickstands up at 9:00 am. Return to Hamilton Safety Center for Meal …

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Wild Loudoun

Mighty Little Crayfish

6 Aug 2014

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Several years ago I was walking along W&OD Trail in Reston when I saw a mighty little thing – maybe two inches long – strutting directly toward me in a very menacing way. It was moving pretty fast and had two large claws raised. I didn’t know if this was how this thing behaved – vulnerable and out in the …

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Around Virginia

VDOE Names Chief Academic Officer

Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples today announced that John William “Billy” Haun of Charlottesville will become the Virginia Department of Education’s chief academic officer, taking the position of assistant superintendent of instruction on September 1. “I am delighted that Billy is bringing his knowledge, leadership and innovative ideas …

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LaRock Appointed to Joint Commission on Technology and Science

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Speaker of the House William Howell has appointed Delegate Dave LaRock as a member of the Joint Commission on Technology and Science (JCOTS), effective immediately and lasting for the duration of his term in the House of Delegates. The Commission meets several times throughout the year to “Study all aspects …

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Virginia Earns Top Special Education Rating from U.S. Department of Education

Virginia is one of only 18 states and territories earning a “meets requirements” designation under the US Department of Education’s (USED) new results-driven accountability model for rating state compliance with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Previously in rating states, USED focused on procedural requirements such as timelines …

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Sports

Little League Season Update

8 Aug 2014

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By Carri Michon This spring 2014 Upper Loudoun Little League season found drenching rains making fields unplayable on a regular basis. Over 100 games were rescheduled due to wet, soggy fields, said league president, Norris Beavers. “The most I have ever remembered in my 28 years of volunteering with Upper …

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Ida Lee NFL Flag Football League Registration Ends July 28

20 Jul 2014

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Registration for the Fall 2014 NFL Flag Football league is currently ongoing for boys and girls, ages six to 14, and spots are filling fast. To secure a spot in the league, participants must register by Monday, July 28, 2014. The Ida Lee NFL Flag Football League is the premier …

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Letters

Good News – Virginia Budget Passed

3 Jul 2014

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I hope folks have heard the good news that Virginia has passed a two-year budget, and passed it without allowing our new governor to force …

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T-Mac Does an O’Bama

24 Jun 2014

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Everyone by now has heard that the Virginia Legislature was able to pass a budget without medicaid expansion. This has infuriated the Governor who has …

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De-couple Medicaid Expansion from the Commonwealth’s Budget

11 Jun 2014

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At a September 25, 2103, debate sponsored by the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, then Mr. McAuliffe declared, “No budget will be shut down in Virginia …

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