Loudoun Sketch Club Exhibits Artwork

October 30, 2011 by Contributor Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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Original Paintings on Display November 11 – December 13

The sixth annual Loudoun Sketch Club art show and sale opens November 11 at the Hillsborough Winery and includes a wide variety of original work – paintings, drawings and photographs – by dozens of Loudoun artists, both established and emerging. The exhibit, juried by artist/instructor Dean Taylor Drewyer, is on display through December 13.

Come meet and talk with the artists during an Opening Reception on November 13 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Light refreshments and Hillsborough wines will be served. … Continue Reading

Attorney General Cuccinelli Talks Eminent Domain Abuses, Property Rights at NAACP Event

October 30, 2011 by Contributor Around Virginia Be the first to comment
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Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli addressed more than 200 attendees today at the NAACP State Convention in Richmond, discussing government abuses of eminent domain and the property rights constitutional amendment currently pending in the General Assembly.

The attorney general spoke about eminent domain and urban renewal, a project in the 1960s in which the government would raze blighted or poor neighborhoods, transforming the land for public use. This process displaced thousands of families and individuals, often in African-American neighborhoods, forcing them to give up their homes, businesses, and property, and forcing many into public housing. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of October 23, 2011

October 30, 2011 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment

10/23/11 – 1:51 p.m. – 100 block of N 16th St. – Larceny – Victim reports that some one stole items from their house. Loss valued at $100.00.
10/23/11 – 3:00 p.m. – 500 block of E. G St – Destruction of Property – Victim reports that some one drove through their yard. Damage valued at $100.00.
10/27/11 – During the night – 200 block of S. Maple Ave. – Destruction of Property – Victim reports that some one threw a rock through their window. Damage valued at $50.00.

Purcellville To Host First Annual Halloween Block Party

October 29, 2011 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle 1 comment

UPDATE: This event has been rescheduled to Sunday, October 30.

Everyone loves Halloween… kids, adults, even pets bring ‘em all to 21st Street in Old Town Purcellville. We’re throwing our First Annual Halloween Block Party on Sunday night October 30 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. filled with fun for the whole family.

Enter the whole family in the Costume Contest and win cash prizes. … Continue Reading

To Question Uranium Supply

October 28, 2011 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet Be the first to comment
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“However it is conducted, mining will bring destruction as well as wealth.” Editorial “Beyond Mining”, Nature Geoscience, Vol. 4, October 2011.

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On November 11, 2011, Friday evening starting at 6:00 p.m., at George Washington University Virginia Campus, Ashburn, off of Route 7, the Piedmont Environmental Council, George Washington University and Sustainable Loudoun are hosting a discussion forum on uranium mining in Virginia. The public is invited free of charge and there will be some food. No advanced registration is required. This article is extracted from my presentation. … Continue Reading

Pond Rescue in Middleburg

October 28, 2011 by Contributor News, Our Towns Be the first to comment
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At approximately 8:10 a.m. Wednesday October 26, 2011, fire rescue units from Middleburg, Aldie, Philomont and Leesburg were dispatched to Atoka Chase Lane and St. Louis Road for an auto accident with a sinking vehicle. Units arrived on scene to find a partially submerged vehicle and an adult male floating in a large pond.

The engine and medic crews from Middleburg acted quickly, throwing rescue rope to the driver and pulling him to safety. The medic crew immediately removed the patient from the cold and into the ambulance. He was transported to Cornwall hospital for moderate hyperthermia and was being admitted for observation. … Continue Reading

Thomas Balch Library to Host 19th Annual Loudoun History Awards on Sunday, November 13, 2011

October 28, 2011 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

The 19th annual Loudoun History Awards, sponsored by the Thomas Balch Library Advisory Commission, will honor four individuals who have made long-term contributions to local history research and writing. The awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the lower level meeting room at the Thomas Balch Library, located at 208 West Market Street in Leesburg.

This year’s honorees are: … Continue Reading

Call For Entries: Barns and Farms of Loudoun County

October 28, 2011 by Contributor Farm and garden, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

The 10th annual Barns and Farms Show has a new dimension this year! Loudoun’s sister-county, Main Taunus Kreis (MTK), near Frankfort, Germany on the Rhine River, has invited the Franklin Park Arts Center to coordinate an exhibition of artwork depicting our agricultural region, to be displayed in their government center gallery in the spring of 2012. The artwork to be sent to the exhibition will be chosen from the pieces submitted to the Barns and Farms show. Loudoun has an enormous amount of local talent and the Arts Center is excited for the opportunity to showcase this talent internationally. Participation in the traveling show is optional; artists may enter the Barns and Farms show and chose not to be part of the selection process.

For an entry form, visit www.franklinparkartscenter.org/exhibitions.

The exhibit will be on display in our gallery from Friday, November 18 through December 30.

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 19th from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m.

Franklin Park Big Band To Perform at Franklin Park Arts Center

October 28, 2011 by Contributor Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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Community Swing Band Returns For Two More Concerts

Western Loudoun’s newest community based musical ensemble, The Franklin Park Big Band, will provide two performances at Franklin Park Arts Center on Saturday, November 12 at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, November 13 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person or $10 per family and will be available at the door. Tickets can be reserved by calling the box office at 540-338-7973. … Continue Reading

Thanks from the Yeatts Family

October 28, 2011 by Contributor Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment

Words cannot express our gratitude for the overwhelming support and kindness we’ve received since our home was destroyed by fire on September 26. We wish to express our deep appreciation for the generosity that the Loudoun community has showered on us since the fire– the gifts of food, furniture, toys, clothing and funds are helping us to rebuild our lives. We especially wish to thank the hard working firefighters and emergency responders who tried to save our home. We also wish to thank those who organized, donated to and attended the fundraiser for us on October 15 including Philip Message of the Bush Tabernacle for use of the Purcellville Skating Rink to host the event, Brian Damewood of Tillett and Damewood Auctioneers for conducting the live auction, the Purcellville Merchants Association (especially Dan Abramson of Belle Maison, Scott Kinney of Shamrock Music Shoppe, Michael Oakes of ReLoveIt, Kelli Grim of the Little Green Dress Shop, and Jennifer Alves of Jazzy Jenn Designs) for organizing the event along with many volunteers and many generous contributors to the silent auction, especially John & Robin Heyner of Round Hill.

This outpouring of support has made us ever more aware how fortunate we are to live in Purcellville, among such loving neighbors and friends. There is no substitute for small town kindness. We hope to see you in our store, Its Bazaar on 21st Street in Purcellville, so that we can thank you for your kindness in person, and hope you will celebrate with us in 8 to 12 months time when our permanent home is rebuilt.

With our deepest gratitude,
The Yeatts Family: Bill & Rebecca, Hunter, Chase, MacKenzie and Aideendale

November is Happy Cats Month

October 28, 2011 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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November is a time to give thanks, and the Loudoun County Animal Shelter hopes to make a feline friend one of your blessings with the Happy Cats-giving program.

All cats adopted from the Loudoun County Animal Shelter in November will be spayed/neutered for free (if necessary). That means that all kittens will have a $40 adoption fee! Cats aged six months to seven years will have a $20 adoption fee, and all cats over seven years will only be $10.

Cats outrank dogs as America’s # 1 pet, and it is easy to see why. They may have the reputation for being aloof, but that’s often far from true. Cats are affectionate, playful, and loyal. They make wonderful pets, and their natural independence often means they are easier to care for and adapt to our busy schedules. … Continue Reading

Sheriff’s Office Seeks Whereabouts of John Thomas Gallihugh, Wanted for Felony Child Abuse

October 28, 2011 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a suspect wanted for child abuse.

John Thomas Gallihugh, 30, of no fixed address, is a White male, 6’ tall, 185 pounds, with blue eyes and a shaved/bald head. … Continue Reading

Alex Keepers Memorial Sculpture Dedicated

October 25, 2011 by Contributor News, Our Towns Be the first to comment
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Family, friends and coworkers gathered Sunday October 9 to witness the dedication of a sculpture honoring a lost firefighter, friend, brother and son. Alex Keepers, a lieutenant with Loudoun County Fire-Rescue, who tragically lost his life while on his way to work the morning of December 31, 2007, will be forever memorialized at the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Training Center.

Alex was hired by Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Management on January 31, 2002. He worked his way up the ranks from firefighter to Technician and was promoted to Lieutenant in July of 2007. Alex was assigned to Middleburg Fire Station #3 at the time of his death and had previously worked in Aldie, Arcola, Loudoun Rescue and Lovettsville. … Continue Reading

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Pungent Curry

9 Apr 2014

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The latest version of the IPCC report is published and once again it will go unread by the great masses of climate science deniers and unreported by the media. So it might be useful to revisit the fundamental physical realities …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Understanding Teen Suicide

1 Apr 2014

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Northern Virginia has recently experienced several teen suicides. Last month, two Langley High School students took their own lives just a day apart from one another, and this month it appears two students at Woodson High …

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Virginia Gardening

Spring Is Coming

4 Mar 2014

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By Donna Williamson March is an in-between month – some cold and the return of glorious warmth now and then. One way to bring some delight inside is forcing spring-blooming branches. You can cut branches of forsythia, cherry, crabapple, kerria, …

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Sushi's Corner

An Easter Swim

1 Apr 2014

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I felt like a silly nim “cow” poop with these Easter bows in our hair. Okay Nelly, maybe you didn’t because you’re a girl. But me, a Mighty Cairn Terrier male? – PLEASE! Pleasing Mrs. B for Easter pictures was …

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What Baseball Can Teach You About Financial Planning

1 Apr 2014

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Spring training is a tradition that baseball teams and baseball fans look forward to every year. No matter how they did last year, teams in spring training are full of hope that a new season will bring a fresh start. …

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Go Take a Hike

Blandy Experimental Farm

6 Jun 2012

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By Molly Pinson Simoneau It’s no secret that I love a challenging hike. I’ve written here about hiking sections of the Appalachian Trail and Shenandoah National Park. I’ve taken vacations with my family to Colorado where I’ve attempted to conquer a “fourteener” (a summit that is higher than 14,000 feet), …

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Real Estate Ticker

A Buying Opportunity?

6 Nov 2013

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By Carl Fischer As a direct result of the uncertainty that has arisen from national and regional politics, with its unsettling effect on the Northern Virginia area, for the past two months there has been a market slowdown which has …

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From the Farm

From the Farm

5 Jul 2012

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When the heat index reaches 110 degrees, as it has been doing recently, I try to keep in the shade, or stay indoors. But my lavender, about halfway from full bloom, seems to thrive in it. Hot and dry, I …

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Events

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: Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists -- Abstract painter Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and contemporary painter Sandra Iafrate

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Meet Evelyn and Sandra and other gallery artists during a free, open to the public reception for this month's Featured Artists' exhibit "Living Color,” showcasing two accomplished painters Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and Sandra Iafrate, in a vivid and dynamic presentation of color, shape and our surroundings.

Evelyn Lopez de Guzman’s vibrant paintings awaken the viewer to connect with nature and the modern world through an interplay of shape, color, and textural materials.

Sandra Iafrate’s combination of realistic and surrealist interpretation of flowers, foliage and landscapes on spacious canvases convey a sense of movement and playfulness.

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Easter at "The Park"

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April 19, 2014

Celebrate Easter at historic Morven Park with crafts for kids, an egg hunt in the formal gardens plus a traditional egg roll on the Davis Mansion lawn. Have a family photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Children should bring a basket for the hunt and a large spoon for the egg roll. $10/participating child (ages 2-12), $3/adult. Register at www.MorvenPark.org.

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VAL's Pals Kids Club

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April 30, 2014

Join Inova Loudoun Hospital as the present their Beamer the Dog Program.

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SCOUTING FOR BRICKS

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May 4, 2014

Scouting for Bricks is an exhibit showing the Love for everything LEGO® . Come see amazing LEGO® creations by Fans of LEGO®, LEGO® trains, Mindstorms robots. We will also have live Star Wars Stormtroopers and an interactive play area with over 100,000 LEGO bricks. Scouting for Bricks is fun for the Whole Family! Visit us at www.ScoutingForBricks.com.

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View From the Ridge

Rural Loudoun Is Different, and We Say Dark Skies Do Matter

4 Mar 2014

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In February of this year a sell out crowd gathered at the county public seat in Leesburg to provide feedback to the Loudoun County Planning Commission on the idea of adding additional sports lights to the upper athletic fields at Franklin Park. Franklin Park includes a really wonderful performing arts …

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Editorial

Steady and Nobull

4 Mar 2014

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Park and Ride Lots for Western Loudoun

4 Mar 2014

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In 2003, the county purchased 22 commuter buses to serve a growing demand for bus service to Washington D.C. The demand has grown exponentially ever since. The county now owns or leases 65 large commuter buses (with plush seats and on board restrooms) and more are being added every year. The buses are often filled to standing room only as …

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Lifestyle

Sadie’s Race 5K and Fun Run Scheduled for Sunday May 18

9 Apr 2014

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Sadie Smile Foundation is putting on the third annual Sadie’s Race/Walk and Kids Fun Run to Benefit Smile Train in Purcellville Sunday, May 18th this year. The race starts at 8:00 a.m. at the train station at 200 N 21st Street in Purcellville. Sign up at Active.com. When Sara Ablard lost her five year-old daughter, Sadie, two years ago, she …

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Dr. Joseph Rogers Dies at Family Farm

1 Apr 2014

Dr. Joseph Megeath Rogers, 90, died on Saturday March 8, 2014 at his Hillbrook Farm near Hamilton following a stroke. Physician, farmer, businessman, rural land conservationist, philanthropist and expert horseman, Dr. Rogers was a tireless advocate and practitioner of country living whose contributions in a broad range of interests were made quietly and with little fanfare. His public persona was …

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Zoldos Presented Citizen of the Year Award

1 Apr 2014

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At the biweekly March meeting of the Lovettsville Town Council, Mayor Bobby Zoldos was presented the 2013 Citizen of the Year from the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans. Presenting the award was Rick Adams, current president along with Board Member Peter Mullally and  Vice President Jeff Boogaard. Adams said, “On behalf of the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans, we would like to present the …

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Around Virginia

Wolf Won’t Seek Re-election

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Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) today announced that he would not seek election to an 18th term in 2014. He released the following statement announcing his decision: “I have decided not to seek re-election to the U.S. Congress in 2014. It has been an honor to serve the people of northern …

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Virginia Can and Should Work Harder to Combat Hunger

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By Congressman Frank Wolf Last year, the USDA reported a record number of Americans are struggling to put food on their tables. Across the nation, 49 million people – including 17 million children and six million seniors – are going hungry, a number that has grown substantially over the last …

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Kaine Statement on Navy Yard Shooting

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U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on today’s shooting at the Washington Navy Yard: “My thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted by today’s tragic shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. As we learn more about the horrific events that unfolded this morning, my deepest sympathies go out …

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Sports

Nominate Your Hometown Hero

9 Apr 2014

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Upper Loudoun Little League’s Hometown Heroes scholarship closes on April 21, 2014. The application is available online at ULLL.org. The scholarship is open to all graduating seniors who played baseball for ULLL at some point in their growing up years.

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Lady Vikings Give Back

10 Feb 2014

The Loudoun Valley Girls basketball team held an event on Friday, February 7 at LVHS. The Lady Vikings celebrated “Pink Night” by honoring those who are battling breast cancer or have been affected by breast cancer. The event was held in conjunction with an event held at Woodgrove earlier this …

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Letters

Medicaid Expansion Battle Heating Up

4 Mar 2014

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Did you know that there’s a very real possibility that a DC-style budget battle and government shutdown could come to Virginia? The Medicaid expansion battle …

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Endorsing for Profit Businesses?

4 Mar 2014

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I recently received an automated email message from the Town of Purcellville soliciting nominations for volunteer award recipients in cooperation with the Purcellville Business Association …

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Another Vote To Overrule Purcellville’s Board of Architectural Review

4 Mar 2014

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The Purcellville Town Council, foolishly, in the view of many and perhaps most, has overruled its Board of Architectural Review and approved Mark Nelis’s and …

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