Loudoun Sketch Club Exhibits Artwork

October 30, 2011 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Loudoun Sketch Club Exhibits Artwork
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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 Around Virginia Comments Off on Attorney General Cuccinelli Talks Eminent Domain Abuses, Property Rights at NAACP Event
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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 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
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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 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Pond Rescue in Middleburg
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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 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
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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 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
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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 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Sheriff’s Office Seeks Whereabouts of John Thomas Gallihugh, Wanted for Felony Child Abuse
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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 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Alex Keepers Memorial Sculpture Dedicated
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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


 

 

 

 

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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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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