Leesburg Offers Free Downtown Parking for the Holidays

November 30, 2011 Business, News Comments Off on Leesburg Offers Free Downtown Parking for the Holidays
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Parking in the Town Hall parking garage and at all on-street parking meters will be free from Wednesday, November 23, 2011 through Monday, January 2, 2012

The Town of Leesburg will be offering free parking throughout the holiday season in the Town Hall parking garage and at on-street parking meters in the Historic Downtown. The two-hour limit at on-street meters will remain in effect during the free holiday parking promotion. Free parking will begin on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 and will continue until 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2012. The tradition of providing free holiday parking in downtown Leesburg began in 2005. … Continue Reading

Governor Volunteers at Foodbank

November 30, 2011 Around Virginia Comments Off on Governor Volunteers at Foodbank
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Governor McDonnell, Mrs. McDonnell and their children Sean, Bobby and Rachel volunteered today at the Central Virginia Foodbank in Richmond. While there, Governor McDonnell also stopped to thank others working to sort food donations, including Jason Anderson who was helped by the food bank and a local shelter after losing his home during Hurricane Isabel. He now works for the Central Virginia Foodbank and says he is grateful to be part of the company, giving back.

To learn more about the Central Virginia Foodbank, visit https://feedmore.org/food-bank

Photo Courtesy of Michaele White, Governor’s Photographer

International Cesarean Awareness Network To Meet

November 30, 2011 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on International Cesarean Awareness Network To Meet

International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) of Loudoun will be holding their December Chapter Meeting at the Rust Library in Leesburg on Monday December 12 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The address is 380 Old Waterford Rd., NW, Leesburg.

ICAN aims to promote evidence-based information regarding pregnancy, birth, cesarean recovery and VBAC as well as offer emotional and educational support to mothers and families in Loudoun County. The chapter meeting creates opportunities for women of like minds to meet in a safe place to share their experiences and receive support and encouragement. The topics this month will be cesarean recovery and VBAC preparation in an open discussion format. Newcomers warmly welcomed.

Little League Registers in December

November 30, 2011 News, Sports Comments Off on Little League Registers in December
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Upper Loudoun Little League will begin on-line registration for their Spring 2012 youth baseball season on December 15, 2011. All players ages 5 – 12 years old as of April 30, 2012 are eligible to register. This spring season we are also beginning a Challenger division. For more information and to begin the registration process, access the ULLL website at ulll.org.

Schools Cleared To Give Excess Food to Local Food Banks

November 30, 2011 Around Virginia Comments Off on Schools Cleared To Give Excess Food to Local Food Banks

In an effort to help food banks and food pantries across the country collect more food, language specifically allowing public schools to donate unused food has been included in the annual spending bill that funds the Department of Agriculture, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) announced today.

Wolf pushed for the language after learning many school districts are not donating excess food out of concern they were not covered under the Good Samaritan Act, which protects donors who give to food banks in good faith from all liability. Wolf’s language amends the law that created national school lunch program that provides free or low-cost lunches to needy children. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Symphony Orchestra Announces Holiday Spectacular

November 30, 2011 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Loudoun Symphony Orchestra Announces Holiday Spectacular
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The Loudoun Symphony Orchestra will hold its Holiday Spectacular Concert on December 10 at the Virginia Academy in Ashburn, located at 19790 Ashburn Road, Ashburn. The event will feature the Washington Soloist Ensemble, guest conductor Dr. Yeong Su Kim, vocalist Jason Labrador and the Loudoun’s Got Talent Winner, Somok Yoo. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. and the String Workshop will perform at 7:00 p.m.. Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.loudoun symphony.org or at the door. Pricing is Adults $22/$25, Seniors $18/$20, Students $10/$15, and Youth under 12 free. Tickets are also available at Melodee Music in Sterling and the Loudoun Visitors Center in downtown Leesburg. … Continue Reading

Leesburg Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony Kicks Off First Friday Celebration on December 2

November 30, 2011 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Leesburg Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony Kicks Off First Friday Celebration on December 2

The Town of Leesburg invites locals and visitors to enjoy “the most wonderful time of the year” and experience a little holiday magic in historic downtown Leesburg. On Friday, December 2, at 6:00 pm, join friends and neighbors and celebrate the start of the holiday season in Leesburg at the annual Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting on the Town Green (25 West Market Street). … Continue Reading

Leesburg’s Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Show Offers Holiday Shopping at Its Best!

November 30, 2011 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Leesburg’s Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Show Offers Holiday Shopping at Its Best!

Need a gift for that person who has everything? Want a great hostess or teacher’s gift that goes beyond just a gift card? Then the 21st annual Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Show is the place to find it.

The Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Show will be held on main and lower levels of Ida Lee Park Recreation Center on Saturday, December 3, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and on Sunday, December 4, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The show will feature over 90 local and regional artisans selling a variety of one-of-a-kind items like candles, stained glass, carved wood, jewelry, food products, table linens, and much more. More than 25 new vendors will be featured this year, alongside local favorites including Chase Your Tail Bakery, Gypsy Hill Dips and The Chile Man. … Continue Reading

Body of Missing Boater Recovered in Beaverdam Creek Reservoir

November 29, 2011 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Body of Missing Boater Recovered in Beaverdam Creek Reservoir
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The body of a missing boater was recovered just before noon on Monday, November 28, in the Beaverdam Creek Reservoir.

The victim, Anthony M. DiGiovanna, 49, of Ashburn, was canoeing with his 7-year-old son and a dog Sunday afternoon when around 2:30 p.m. their boat
capsized. Loudoun County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 42500 block of Mount Hope Road in Ashburn, Virginia to assist Loudoun Fire, Rescue and
Emergency Management with a water rescue. The 7-year-old, who was wearing a life jacket, was assisted to the shore by nearby witnesses. He was taken to a local
hospital as a precaution and was released on Monday. The adult male was not immediately located. … Continue Reading

Meet the Authors at Loudoun County Public Library

November 28, 2011 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Meet the Authors at Loudoun County Public Library

Loudoun County Public Libraries will be hosting a number of Meet the Author gatherings.

2:00 p.m., December 10, Purcellville Library
Author, Maria Elizabeth McVoy, will discuss her book, Thirteen Years of Christmas a short story collection about discovering the spirit of Christmas. … Continue Reading

Christmas Comes to Purcellville

November 28, 2011 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Christmas Comes to Purcellville

The Town of Purcellville will be celebrating its 8th Annual “Christmas in Purcellville” on Saturday, December 10 with fun throughout the day for the whole family.

There will be many exciting activities that day starting with “Breakfast with Santa,” a Lego Train Display, face painting, ornament making, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus and many other activities. … Continue Reading

“Local First” Purcellville Christmas Bingo Blast

November 28, 2011 Business, News Comments Off on “Local First” Purcellville Christmas Bingo Blast
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Local Purcellville independent businesses have rolled out a “Loyal Local” program to reward their regular shoppers. In addition, these 24 unique businesses hope to attract new customers.

Between November 25 and December 20, 2011 a shopper can pick up a FREE Bingo card at any of the participating businesses listed below. Purchases will be validated by the merchant with a unique stamp in the business’s space on the card. Wild spaces allow a shopper to go back to a favorite shop. When the shopper gets Bingo in any direction, they bring their card to Purcellville Tropical Smoothie, Little GREENe Dress, or 29 Vines Winery Tasting Room to be validated and have their name entered into the drawings to be held on December 21, 2011. … Continue Reading

Get in the Holiday Spirit in Historic Hillsboro

November 26, 2011 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Get in the Holiday Spirit in Historic Hillsboro
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Start your holiday season with three wonderful events at Hillsboro’s Old Stone School: the Hillsboro Community Association’s (HCA) Greens Workshop and the Hillsboro Town Tree Lighting and Potluck, both on Sunday, December 4; and annual Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, December 10.

Greens Workshop on Sunday, December 4 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.—Learn how to make traditional holiday wreaths and arrangements using fresh greens, like those featured on the Christmas in Hillsboro Historic Homes Tour held every other year (the next homes tour is planned for 2012), at the HCA’s Greens Workshop. You purchase what you make to decorate your own home. Small arrangements and wreaths are $15; large arrangements and wreaths are $20. Remember to bring your own gloves and clippers. Registration is free but required. Register for this workshop before November 28 by e-mailing contact@HillsboroVa.com.

Hillsboro Town Tree Lighting and Potluck on Sunday, December 4 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.—Start your holiday season with friends and neighbors while we light up the Hillsboro Town Tree in front of the Old Stone School. Bring your favorite finger foods to share for the second annual tree lighting, co-sponsored by the Hillsboro Community Association and the Town of Hillsboro. RSVP for this event before November 28 by e-mailing contact@HillsboroVa.com.

Annual Holiday Craft Fair—Saturday, December 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.—Find unique, hand-crafted items for friends and family…and an indulgence or two for yourself…at the HCA’s annual Holiday Craft Fair! This year’s craft fair will include alpaca clothing and products, jewelry, pottery, holiday decorations, home décor, and artwork such as sculpture, replica miniatures of Loudoun landmarks, and illustrations. Crafters will be in both Hillsboro’s Old Stone School and Hillsboro Elementary School.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hundreds Will Join 20th Annual Butterfly Count August 6

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By Andrea Gaines How Is a Butterfly Like a Rainbow? Scientists recently discovered that some butterfly wings contain tiny structures called gyroids that diffract or break up light into the colors of the spectrum. You may also have seen this …

Your Retirement Plan B

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Take the time to design an alternative retirement plan should retirement come earlier than expected. Imagine this. You’ve spend decades working, saving, and planning for your version of the ideal retirement. Your company was just acquired, and your boss is …

Learning Patience As a Camp Counselor

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By Mary Rose Lunde They say that one of the biggest blessings is being a teacher. It is also one of the hardest. Explaining to nine-year-old kids how to build a fire is one of the most challenging things I’ve …

Remembering the Man Who Never Forgot

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “God is God because He remembers.” The implication being that the defining element separating humans from God is the Divine’s inability to forget. Elie Wiesel was defined in part by his willingness to remember, along with his …

Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Balch Library

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By Tim Jon Solitude, peace, and quiet: Not exactly the first three adjectives I’d choose to describe the greater portion of downtown Leesburg, although its charms do shine through even on the busiest of weekday afternoons. The last morning I …

Superforecasting a Book Review

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The book “Superforecasting” by Philip Tetlock and Dan Gardner contains a nearly complete list of the attributes of superforecasting, as well as critical thinking. Tetlock’s research empirically confirms the aspects of critical thinking I’ve been discussing in this column. Their …

Pokémon GO: A Fun New Gaming App or an Accidental Treatment?

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Penicillin was accidently discovered in 1928 when scientist Alexander Fleming returned to his lab from vacation to notice that a strange fungus growing on a culture had killed off the neighboring bacteria. After WWII, psychiatrist and researcher, Dr. John Cade, …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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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

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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

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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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Live Music: Stealing Dawn

August 21, 2016

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August 23, 2016

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Winchester Plans Patsy Cline Music Festival Labor Day Weekend

11 Aug 2016

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The Patsy Cline Music Festival will be held Labor Day weekend in her hometown of Winchester, Va. in honor of the legendary singer’s birthday anniversary on September. 8. Celebrating Patsy Cline sponsors the celebration that begins with a block party from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in front of the Patsy Cline Historic House, 608 S. Kent St. Music will …

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Vigil for Lost Promise to Remember Loved Ones Lost to Drugs

11 Aug 2016

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Residents and local leaders are encouraged to join the many families, friends and community groups to share the light of their loved ones lost to drugs. The Vigil for Lost Promise will be held Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Drugs: Cost and Consequences Exhibit (DEA Museum), located at 750 Miller Dr. …

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August Is National Peach Month: Eat a Peach in Salad

3 Aug 2016

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Are You Kidding? No. A nectarine and a peach are basically the same species. Nectarines are bald peaches, in effect. In early cultivation, nectarines occasionally appeared on peach trees, the result of a recessive allele, the fruit from which were then cultivated as nectarines. Peaches are also part of the rose family. No wonder why we like all three, so …

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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

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

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– 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

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– 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 …

Dear Editor

Lessons from Short Hill

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It’s been a little over two weeks since the Commission Permit for the proposed AT&T facility on Short Hill was overruled by the Board of Supervisors. This is just about …

Thank You

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Dear Citizens of Purcellville: As your town council member it is my vision and priority that you feel welcome at your Town Hall and take part in shaping Purcellville’s future …

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 …

Around Virginia

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

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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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State Senators Investigate University of Virginia’s $2.3 Billion Operating Surplus

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Senators Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax City) and Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach), are calling for an investigation into disclosures that the University of Virginia has accumulated a $2.3 billion operating surplus, now titled a “Strategic Investment Fund,” that is significantly larger than the Commonwealth’s own cash reserves. Both senators agree that the …

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Sports

Let’s Make Some Memories

3 Aug 2016

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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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Registration Open For Ida Lee’s Fall NFL Flag Football

7 Jul 2016

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Ida Lee’s Fall 2016 NFL Flag Football League will begin with player evaluations on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31.  Players must be registered by Tuesday, July 26, to participate. This fall, Ida Lee’s Leesburg NFL Flag Football House League will have the following age groups:  6-7; 8-9; 10-11; …

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