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.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

A Look Into What Is Learned in High School English

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By Mary Rose Lunde English is the arguably the most important subject for a student in high school to learn. The most successful people in the world have one thing in common — being able to communicate effectively. This is …

Remembering Nancy Reagan

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel The passing of Nancy Reagan, a former First Lady who completely transformed the role and helped catapult her husband to greatness, marked the end of an era. Her death also happened to coincide with a turning point …

How To “File and Suspend” Before It Is Too Late

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With the recent changes to Social Security rules, filing and suspending will soon be phased out, but there’s still time to take advantage of the strategy. Here’s a quick guide to maneuvering this rule while it still lasts, but as …

Concerned Parent

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, We are concerned about some habits our nine year old son demonstrates and would love some advice from you.  We are unsure whether it’s anxiety, nervousness, or just nervous/an excess of energy.  A few …

Temple Hall Farm

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I only met the late AV (Val) Symington once; it was a Sunday evening in my first year or two at Wage Radio (this would be the late ‘90’s) and I was putting things in order for the next morning’s …

Am I an Enabler?

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Dr. Mike, My husband thinks that I’m harming our son for life because of the way I parent. Our son is 12 years old and he was diagnosed with ADHD in the 1st grade. My husband calls me “the enabler” …

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 …

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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 …

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Campaign of Untruths

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Elected officials have done some pretty despicable things while serving in office. They range from bribery, beating a spouse, cheating on a spouse, obstruction of justice, and various forms of …

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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Last Ham Comedy Improv: April FOOLS SHOW

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West Loudoun County Methodist Stop Hunger Now

Writer's Project Runway

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Praise Concert

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My Child's Closet Consignment Sale

Cherry Blossom Celebration

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Woodgrove HS presents the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

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Woodgrove HS presents the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

Woodgrove HS presents the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

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April Fourth Friday

Woodgrove HS presents the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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Virginia Touch-A-Truck

Breaux Vineyards Wild Game Winemaker's Dinner

Woodgrove HS presents the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

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Hamilton Town Hall

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Lobster Day with Chef Seb at North Gate Vineyard

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Spring Wine Glass Painting with Penny

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Lifestyle

5K and 10K “Ringing in Hope” Race Slated for Memorial Day

27 Apr 2016

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The third annual “Ringing in Hope” 5K and 10K race will be held on Memorial Day (Monday, May 30) at One Loudoun. A 1K fun run/walk will also be held. The 5K begins at 8:00 a.m., the 10K at 8:10 a.m. and the 1K at 9:30 a.m. Proceeds will benefit Boulder Crest Retreat, a retreat for America’s seriously wounded warriors …

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Bluegrass Performers Reno and Harrell To Appear at Lucketts on April 23

15 Apr 2016

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The Lucketts Bluegrass Concert Series continues its 42nd season of weekly concerts at the Lucketts Community Center on Saturday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. with a show featuring Reno and Harrell. Tickets are $15 at the door, and the doors open at 6:00 p.m. Hot dogs, barbecue sandwiches, snacks and drinks will be available at the kitchen.

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April in the Garden: Be a Freestyle Beekeeper

6 Apr 2016

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As the sun’s lengthening days settle us into the spring, newborn bees and their caretakers are emerging from their hives and going to work, collecting pollen and nectar and replenishing the colony’s food stores. Along the way, any number of the 60,000 or so bees that make up a single hive may be stopping by your garden or yard to …

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Around Virginia

Update: Remains Located in Shenandoah National Park; Search Efforts Suspended

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Update: Body preliminarily identified as Nicole K. Mittendorff, 31, of Woodbridge. The physical and digital evidence collected during the course of this investigation includes a note recovered from the car leads investigators to believe there was no foul play involved in her death. ——————– Search efforts in the Shenandoah National …

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Virginia Trooper Shot and Killed at Richmond Bus Terminal

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A Virginia State Police trooper has died as a result of his injuries after being shot on March 31 at the Greyhound Bus station in the 2900 block of North Boulevard in Richmond. At approximately 2:40 p.m., Virginia State Police Trooper Chad P. Dermyer approached a male subject just inside …

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Designation of Four New Virginia Main Street Communities

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Governor Terry McAuliffe has announced the designation of four communities in the Virginia Main Street (VMS) program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The newly-designated communities include the town of Wytheville, the cities of Danville and Lexington and Gloucester Courthouse in Gloucester County. The communities …

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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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