Loudoun Sketch Club Exhibits Artwork

October 30, 2011 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Loudoun Sketch Club Exhibits Artwork

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 Around Virginia Comments Off on Attorney General Cuccinelli Talks Eminent Domain Abuses, Property Rights at NAACP Event

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 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of October 23, 2011

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 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 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on To Question Uranium Supply

“However it is conducted, mining will bring destruction as well as wealth.” Editorial “Beyond Mining”, Nature Geoscience, Vol. 4, October 2011.

Tony Noerpel

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 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Pond Rescue in Middleburg

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

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 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Call For Entries: Barns and Farms of Loudoun County

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 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Franklin Park Big Band To Perform at Franklin Park Arts Center

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 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 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on November is Happy Cats Month

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 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Sheriff’s Office Seeks Whereabouts of John Thomas Gallihugh, Wanted for Felony Child Abuse

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 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Alex Keepers Memorial Sculpture Dedicated

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









2016 Energy Summit – George Washington University


On Friday evening, October 28, George Washington University, Virginia Campus in Ashburn will host the 10th annual Don Sandros Energy Summit in cooperation with local businesses and non-profits. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for a reception with wine donated by …

Attributing Disaster


“Humans are likely to create a catastrophe, and possibly an associated disaster, that vastly exceeds our own ability to recover from it. In the face of all our efforts, it will persist.” – Richard Guthrie [1] “Here we show that …

Concerned Parent


By Michael Oberschenider Psy.D. Dr. Mike, We recently signed our four-year-old daughter up for gymnastics. It wasn’t cheap, but her friends from the neighborhood do it, and she has been begging us to go. It turned out to be a …

Invisible Illnesses

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By Mary Rose Lunde It is general knowledge that when people think about illnesses, they don’t think about illnesses that aren’t physically apparent. Sure, people know about conditions such as multiple sclerosis and other diseases with visible symptoms, but many …

Robinson Park

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Looking back, now – I’m glad it wasn’t what most people would’ve considered a nice day; I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my share of hot and sunny to last me for at least a generation (especially since …

Are Your Estate and Financial Plans Shock-Proof?


Don’t wait until “what if?” becomes “what is.” Where will you live as you age? Think about your housing options now, so you have choices and won’t have to make a hasty decision should an unexpected health event force you …

In Defense of ‘Adulting’


By Samuel Moore-Sobel Most friends transitioning from college to the workforce long for the days of college, wishing to be back in class and participating in campus life. To be honest, I may be in the minority, but I have …

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Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016


Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016


Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016


Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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Virginia Outdoors Foundation 50 years of Conservation Celebration

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Barefoot Puppets: Dreamtime, Tales From Down Under

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Loudoun Centre Theatre: The Scamps Of Scapin!

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Harvest Celebration & Fall Farm Tour


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Anthony Semiao Live at North Gate Vineyard


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2 Pound Sterling Live at North Gate VIneyard

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Music With A Cause - Music of Colonial America

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Veteran’s Day 10k Raises Funds for Veteran Causes

13 Oct 2016


On November 6, the Loudoun County Road Runners Club will again conduct the annual Loudoun 10K Trail Race in order to raise funds for veteran causes. Since it’s origin in 2011, the trail race has generated more than $90,000 with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to veteran’s charities, specifically Boulder Crest Retreat and Pets for Vets.

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FBRM Clean-Up Day at Blue Ridge Regional Park

6 Oct 2016


Join Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains for an Autumn clean-up to remove invasive vegetation from Blue Ridge Regional Park on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Some tools and equipment will be provided, but please bring your clippers, pruning shears, or saws if you can. Directions: From Leesburg, drive west on Route 7 past the turnoff …

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Painted Barrel Auction Saturday, October 8

6 Oct 2016


The Auction for The Painted Barrels around Purcellville will be held on Saturday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m at the Bush Tabernacle – 250 S. Nursery Ave. Purcellville. Thirty-Five local Loudoun County artists were given an oak wine barrel to create a Purcellville / Loudoun theme on it. Each barrel was sponsored by a local business and was displayed throughout …

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Grief and Greed


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 …


Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!


– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West


– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

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New Proposed Uses for Western Loudoun

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If you live in the middle or western part of Loudoun where you enjoy a parcel of open space near your property (which probably was put into an open space …

Bennett Knows How To Make Economy Work for All


In the election for the 10th District House seat, only one candidate has a more than three decades of success growing a local business. As the owner of a successful …

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Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm


By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

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History’s Holy Places: Four Local Sites Worth Exploring This Fall


The Journey through Hallowed Ground is a 180-mile long, 75-mile wide trek from Gettysburg to Monticello, encompassing nine presidential homes and places, 18 national and state parks, and thousands of small and large historical sites. Dozens and dozens of these sites and related museums are short ride from just about …

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Land Trust Receives Large Donation

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On August 22, The Land Trust of Virginia received a $10,000 gift from the Sharon D. Virts Foundation, based in Herndon. The presentation of this grant was part of the Foundation’s official launch event, held at Selma Plantation in Leesburg. Notable speakers included Sharon D. Virts, FCiFederal Founder and Chair, …

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Farmers Urged To Be On The Lookout For Marijuana


Farmers in Southwest Virginia are being urged to check their property for marijuana planted by trespassers. Within the past year, hundreds of marijuana plants have been discovered between rows of hay bales on farms in and around Pulaski County, according to the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force. “Unfortunately this …

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Hunter’s First Professional Race

7 Sep 2016


Drew Hunter and Loudoun Valley classmates at his first professional race, Sir Walter Miler in Raleigh, NC in early August , l to r:  Marcos Pierce, Matt Slook, Drew Hunter, Max McNerney. Hunter finished with a time of 3:57.15. Hunter turned professional and signed with Adidas.

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Let’s Make Some Memories

3 Aug 2016


American Legion Baseball At Fireman’s Field, August 3 – 7 By Andrea Gaines American Legion Baseball is here at Fireman’s Field in a big way, featuring five consecutive blockbuster Mid-Atlantic Tournament games – August 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Our local Leesburg Post 34 Rangers had some nice wins …

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