Lovettsville Resident Reminisces

September 28, 2011 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Lovettsville Resident Reminisces

Next in the Lovettsville Historical Society Lecture Series:
“The Way It Was: Reminiscence of Old Lovettsville”

Lifelong Lovettsville resident Glenn Grove will discuss life in Old Lovettsville, especially the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, as the next event in the Lovettsville Historical Society’s lecture series, on Sunday, October 9, at 2:00 p.m. at St. James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville. … Continue Reading

Live Improv Comedy Comes to Historic Downtown Leesburg

September 28, 2011 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Live Improv Comedy Comes to Historic Downtown Leesburg

The best comedic minds on the East Coast are coming to the Tally Ho Theatre in historic downtown Leesburg, Virginia on Friday, October 7 at 8:00 p.m.

In the same vein as the hit television series “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”, the professional performers of Last Ham Standing hit the Tally Ho stage the first Friday of every month to play interactive improv games incorporating audience suggestions and participation. This is part of the new “Friday Night Live” program at the Tally Ho Theatre, featuring live entertainment every Friday evening.

Tickets for this family-friendly show are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10. For more information, call 703-777-1168 or go to: www.TallyHoLeesburg.com.

George Washington’s Home Awards Inaugural Scholarship

September 28, 2011 Schools Comments Off on George Washington’s Home Awards Inaugural Scholarship

Historic Mount Vernon selected future George Mason University student Matthew Jongema as the recipient of its inaugural John F. and Emma B. McDonnell Memorial Scholarship. Established in 2011, the $1,000 scholarship recognizes an outstanding college or college-bound student who demonstrates a solid record of community involvement and leadership. The scholarship program is open to active members of Mount Vernon’s staff, as well as their spouses, children, and grand children. … Continue Reading

GSA Walk for Shelter Enjoys Rainy Weather

September 28, 2011 Events, Lifestyle 1 comment
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By Mark Gunderman

The Good Shepherd Alliance (GSA) Board Member James Trash provided the crowd with a pre-walk opening statement. James thanked the crowd for coming out and participating in the Walk. He acknowledged the importance of having everyone’s physical presence at the event. James explained how GSA has a passion for providing help and hope for the homeless and those in a time of greatest need. He believed that those walking with GSA shared that same passion.

Photo by Lisa Gunderman.

Down Syndrome Association Hosts its 7th Annual Buddy Walk

September 28, 2011 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Down Syndrome Association Hosts its 7th Annual Buddy Walk

The Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia (DSANV) is pleased to announce that it will host its 7th annual Buddy Walk fundraiser on Saturday, October 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville. The proceeds raised from this event will fund DSANV as it continues to promote understanding and acceptance of people with Down syndrome.

“Buddy Walk is DSANV’s flagship event — not only is it our most important fundraiser, it also brings our community together for a day of fun, inspiration, and celebration,” said Brian Ray, President of DSANV. “At Buddy Walk, every step we take and every dollar we raise helps us to provide emotional, educational, and social support to people with Down syndrome, their families, and the professionals who serve them.” … Continue Reading

New Ordinance Helps Curb Animals

September 26, 2011 Government, News 1 comment

A change to the Loudoun County Ordinance pertaining to animals (Chapter 612) has been enacted to help deter animal behavior that is considered a “public nuisance.” The new ordinance section (612.28) was approved by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors on September 12 and will go into effect on October 1, 2011.

The new ordinance provides enforcement alternatives for repeat or habitual offenders, or for instances where an animal’s behavior or activities becomes a “public nuisance.” Examples of this type of behavior include incidents where dogs continue to bark for prolonged periods of time after a conviction for violating the dog noise ordinance; animals that are off their owner’s property and causing a traffic hazard; animals that create a disturbance by roaming and/or injuring companion animals, or an unsafe situation with free roaming dogs at a school or public park. … Continue Reading

Jennifer Wexton Challenges Jim Plowman to Debate

September 26, 2011 Government, News Comments Off on Jennifer Wexton Challenges Jim Plowman to Debate

Candidate for Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney Jennifer Wexton has urged incumbent Jim Plowman to accept an invitation to a public debate in a letter sent to his office today. Wexton cited the clear differences between the two candidates and the importance of giving the voters an opportunity to hear those differences in a public forum. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Museum Seeks Volunteers for 20th Annual Hauntings Tours

September 26, 2011 Notices Comments Off on Loudoun Museum Seeks Volunteers for 20th Annual Hauntings Tours

The Loudoun Museum is searching for dedicated volunteers to help make this year’s 20th Annual Hauntings Tour a great success. Proceeds from the event benefit the Loudoun Museum. Each year, guides lead guests on the popular 1½ hour walking tour through historic downtown Leesburg to various homes and businesses where historically costumed storytellers relate the history and “spirited” tale connected to to each site. This year’s walking tours will be on Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29 from 6:00 -10:00 p.m. The museum needs volunteers in all areas of the event. Volunteer opportunities include tour guides, storytellers and museum visitor services help. All talents are welcome.
Persons interested in volunteering for Hauntings 2011, please call the Museum at 703-777-7427 or e-mail hauntings@loudounmuseum.org.

Virginia Earthquake Shakes U.S. Awake to Nuclear Power Danger

September 25, 2011 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Virginia Earthquake Shakes U.S. Awake to Nuclear Power Danger
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This article is republished from the August 19, 2011 edition of the San Francisco BayView with their kind permission and that of Dr. Janette Sherman.

Dr. Sherman is an internist and toxicologist. She is the contributing editor of “Chernobyl – Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment.” The information in the book will help you understand the serious and continuing hazards from nuclear power. She can be reached at www.janettesherman.com and toxdoc.js@verizon.net. … Continue Reading

Middleburg Elementary Celebrates 100 years

September 25, 2011 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Middleburg Elementary Celebrates 100 years

Middleburg Elementary celebrated 100 years Saturday September 24. The Centennial Celebration kicked off at 10:00 a.m. with the unveiling of a cornerstone etched with the year 1911. It was followed by a musical, “This Is Your Life MES”, put on by the Middleburg students and the Middleburg Players. A lunch of fried chicken with mac and cheese, barbecue and taco salad was on the lunch menu. The school was opened for a tour and there was a display of items from alumni, young and old.

Regional Marching Bands Take the Field in Purcellville

September 25, 2011 Notices Comments Off on Regional Marching Bands Take the Field in Purcellville
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Loudoun Valley High School Band Parents Association hosts the 4th Annual Marching Band Showcase and Field Competition, featuring the marching bands of Strasburg HS, Tuscarora HS, Woodgrove HS, Park View HS, Freedom HS, Stone Bridge HS, Jefferson HS and Loudoun Valley HS on Saturday, October 1, from 2:00 until 5:00 p.m. (Loudoun Valley High School 340 N. Maple Ave., Purcellville, VA. )

If you love marching bands, don’t miss this exciting afternoon of music and performances by these award winning bands!

Gates open at 11:30 a.m., concessions open at noon. Bring the family for a day filled with fun and entertainment.

42nd Annual Bluemont Fair

September 24, 2011 News, Our Towns Comments Off on 42nd Annual Bluemont Fair


42nd Annual Bluemont Fair – September 17 and 18 in the village of Bluemont

Sheriff’s Office Seeks Whereabouts of Missing Ashburn Jessica A. Martin

September 24, 2011 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Sheriff’s Office Seeks Whereabouts of Missing Ashburn Jessica A. Martin
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance to help locate a missing teenager.

Jessica Ashley Martin, 16, of Ashburn was reported missing on September 15 but was reportedly seen in the Sterling park area this week. Jessica attended school on September 15 but did not return home. She is known to frequent the Sterling
area. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

Columns

Asterisk No More

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Moods come and go, but greatness endures.” These prescient words were uttered by President George H.W. Bush, a man who knows firsthand the truth of his own saying. In 1992, President Bush garnered only 37 percent of …

Second Bull Run

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It may not have been a battle, but – seeing as how it was my second attempt at getting a good look at Bull Run Creek – coupled with the fact that I’m a native Northerner – I felt a …

Snowmageddon III?  Seven Survival Tips for Parents

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. “snOMG,” “snowmageddon,” “snowpocalypse,” and “kaisersnoze” are a few terms to describe what just happened in Northern Virginia. The storm was reported to be the second worst storm on record. And while many children and teens gladly …

What Is a Sport?

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By Mary Rose Lunde On January 10, hundreds of talented dancers from across the East Coast competed at the Universal Dance Academy Regional Championship at West Springfield High School. Tensions were high and the stakes couldn’t have been greater. What …

Six Things to Know to Weather a Market Downturn

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It’s natural to be nervous when the markets head for negative territory. Keep a positive perspective with these six investing reminders. It can be very unsettling for investors when their portfolios and the markets start heading for the red and …

El Nino Evolution

Figure 3. Sea-surface height as inferred by by NASA satellites during the current El Niño (December 27, 2015, at left, from Jason-2) and at a comparable point during the last “super” El Niño (December 28, 1997, at right, from TOPEX/Poseidon). Warmer temperatures in the upper ocean result in higher sea-surface heights, as the seawater expands. In 1997, the above-average sea surface height was generally more intense and peaked in November. In 2015, the area of high sea levels was less pronounced but considerably broader. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. (see [4])

Figure 1 shows the annual global temperature anomaly since 1980 up to November 2015 using the NASA GISS data set [1]. NASA has not yet published December’s data though BEST has [2] and yes 2015 was the hottest year on …

Editorial

Grief and Greed

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By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …

Op-ed

Oh No, It’s the Christians!

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By Nicholas Reid In the hours and days following every massacre perpetrated by radical Muslims, there is one unifying theme across most news coverage of the massacre, wherever it may …

Dear Editor

Job Well Done!

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Kudos to Town Manager Rob Lohr and his awesome hard working staff. You did a fantastic job of snow removal throughout the Town of Purcellville this past week. Mr. Lohr …

View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input …

Student News

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016

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Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

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8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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Calendar

February 2016
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Loudoun Valley Boys Basketball Spirit Night at Coach's Corner

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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5K Race to Benefit Riverside High School Athletic Department

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Gallery Coffeehouse: READERS THEATRE "LOVE LETTERS" BY A. R. GURNEY

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Mad Cap Puppets: UNDER THE BONSAI TREE

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

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CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT: Year Of The Monkey

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Loudoun Symphony presents A LITTLE CHAMBER MUSIC

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

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THE EDGE: Malone Benefit Concert

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Loudoun School of Ballet Winter Showcase

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theatre, 100 Lunches" by Jack Sharkey & Leo Sears

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Lifestyle

Run and Walk To Your Nearest 5K Pregame Event Happening on Super Bowl Day In Leesburg

3 Feb 2016

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There is a new Running Company, the Pace Makers Running Company, in town and they are on a mission to help the local population with their health goals while raising money for selected charities. The race at The National Conference Center in Leesburg on February 7, is to help benefit the Riverside High School Athletic Department. The upcoming race on …

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Lovin’ Leesburg for All Its Beauty

3 Feb 2016

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By Hannah Hager We may be in the thick of winter, but this home on Cherry Spring Lane will melt your heart. Come spring you’ll fully be able to enjoy this simple, yet elegant brick home and its surrounding green pastures enclosed by miles of black wooden fences. Beyond your immediate yard are sweeping views of the mountains and valleys …

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6th Annual Loudoun Grown Expo February 27

3 Feb 2016

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It’s that exciting time of year again for the Sixth Annual Loudoun Grown Expo. The yearly event will take place at the Bush Tabernacle 250 South Nursery Avenue, Purcellville, on February 27 with new expanded hours starting at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be wine and beer exhibitors, farm exhibitors, artisans and makers, restaurants and other rural economy …

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Around Virginia

Education Savings Accounts Make Big Move in House

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The Virginia House of Delegates gave a strong push to House Bill 389, Delegate Dave LaRock’s (R-33rd District) innovative Education Savings Account legislation, as the House Education Committee voted 13-9 in favor of advancing the bill forward. “This is definitely an exciting development for parents and students in the Commonwealth,” …

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Kaine to Hold Hearing on Opioid Abuse

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On Monday, February 1, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, will hold a field hearing in Loudoun County to examine the ongoing fight against opioid misuse and abuse among older Americans. Kaine has met with families, law enforcement and business leaders across Virginia …

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Youth Can Apply for 2015 Livestock Exhibitor Scholarships

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Youth who exhibited beef cattle, sheep, meat goats or swine in the 2015 State Fair of Virginia 4-H and FFA youth livestock program are eligible to apply for 12 new scholarships being offered by the State Fair of Virginia. Scholarships will be offered in three age groups: Juniors (9-12), Intermediate …

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Sports

Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016

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The Western Loudon Volleyball Club U14 boys team, called the “Hitmen,” finished second in a tournament held January 17. This is the first ever boys team for the WLVBC (and only the second boys club in the area). Coach Allan Kotmel led the seven-member team. WLVBC started eight years ago, …

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ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines

2 Dec 2015

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The Old Dominion Football Club West boys and girls middle school travel soccer program scored big the weekend of November 21 and 22.  The girls Quest Premier 22 team took home the championship in the U12 Girls Premier Division of the Hunt Country Classic located in Fauquier County. The boys …

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