Year in Review

December 26, 2012 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Year in Review

Happy Holidays and a Review of a Few of the Year’s Important Climate Papers

“Rates of sea level rise reached at least 1.2 m per century during all major episodes of ice-volume reduction.” Grant et al. [1]

Several recent papers have compared the climate projection of the International Panel on Climate change (IPCC) assessments with the subsequent historic record. These include Brysse et al. [2]; Rahmstorf, Foster and Cazenave [3]; and another paper by Frame and Stone [4]. David Frame and Daithi Stone compare the projections from the first assessment report published in 1990, more than 20 years ago, with the climate history to date. They conclude that “the climate is responding to enhanced levels of GHGs in accordance with historical expectations.” Climate in this context is averaged surface temperature. … Continue Reading

The Christ of Christmas

December 26, 2012 Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on The Christ of Christmas

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” – Isaiah 9:6

Christian goal is to turn the eyes of all men upon the true Creator and Christ of Christmas.

God foretold his plan for humanity through the Hebrew prophets hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus Christ. Isaiah wrote, “The Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him and by his wounds we are healed.” … Continue Reading

Fire at Community Corrections Office Classified as Arson

December 26, 2012 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Fire at Community Corrections Office Classified as Arson

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office classified the December 19, 2012 fire at the Community Correction office on Edwards Ferry Road as an attempted arson.

The early morning fire produced minimal damage to the structure and did not impair the day to day functions of the business.

The Fire Marshal’s Office is currently leading the investigation into the November 14, 2012 fire and the most recent fire on December 19, 2012. The coincidence of the two recent fires is being evaluated, but currently no conclusive link has been made.

A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the responsible person(s) for the fire(s). Anyone with information should call the Loudoun County Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919.

Purcellville Offers Curbside Christmas Tree Recycling

December 21, 2012 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Purcellville Offers Curbside Christmas Tree Recycling
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The Town’s curbside refuse and recycling contractor, American Disposal Services, will collect Christmas Trees (only) for recycling on the first two Wednesday collection days in January 2013 (January 2 and 9). Regular yard waste collection will end on Wednesday December 26, 2012. Do not place yard waste curbside after December 26th. Yard waste collection will start again on March 6, 2013. Christmas trees are recycled into free mulch which is available at the Loudoun County Landfill. However, trees collected with decorations, wire, tinsel, lights and tree bags will contaminate the mulch. Follow the guidelines below to recycle your tree.

Christmas Tree Recycling Guidelines

  • Remove all decorations from trees – please check carefully for items hidden behind thicker branches or limbs
  • Remove tinsel, fake snow, angel hair, etc.
  • Remove all lighting from trees
  • Remove all twine, metal or plastic ties and string
  • Place trees at the curb on Tuesday night (the night before collection day)
  • Please do not block sidewalks or streets with trees
  • Do not place trees in plastic bags or “Christmas Tree Disposal Bags”
  • Remove stands and bases from trees

Visit the Town’s website at under “Resident Information” for further information on Christmas Tree recycling and refuse, yard waste and recycling collection.

Financial Peace University Comes to Purcellville

December 21, 2012 News, Our Towns 2 comments
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More than one and a half million families have positively changed their financial future through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU). Updated in summer 2012, the now nine-week course provides families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success. The course meets once a week where a different lesson is taught by Dave on DVD followed by a small-group discussion. Lessons include budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing. FPU will be held in Purcellville at:

Bethany United Methodist Church located at 100 West Main Street in Purcellville. The classes will begin Monday, January 7, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Call Chris Durbin at 540-338-7648 for more information or to register. … Continue Reading

Christmas Spirit

December 21, 2012 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Christmas Spirit
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As a Town Council Member and a Citizen of Purcellville, I wanted to say Thank You to all of our citizens who decorated their houses for the holidays. As I rode on the Trolley Tour through Purcellville, there were many “oohs” and “aahs” as we rode through the neighborhoods. It really helped to ring in the Christmas Spirit around Town. We saw multiple Mickey Mouse’s, the famous leg lamp from “A Christmas Story” and unbelievable inflatable characters. We were even home to one of those social media sensations that was coordinated to classic holiday music. On a personal note, my family and I drove through Town almost every night during the week to see the arrangements as my kids loved the displays. My 2 year old daughter made us find every inflatable Mickey Mouse in Town.

I would also like to entend my gratitude to the Town staff and Parks & Rec Advisory Board for pulling together the Christmas in Purcellville events. We sometimes forget about those behind the scenes that do the work and want to make sure they know how important they are.

Thank you!

Patrick McConville II
Mr. McConville is a member of the Purcellville Town Council

Leesburg Offers Christmas Tree Recycling to Town Residents

December 21, 2012 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Leesburg Offers Christmas Tree Recycling to Town Residents

The Town of Leesburg’s solid waste collection contractor, CSI, will collect non-artificial Christmas trees from residential customers as part of their regular recycling collection on the following days:

Southeast and Southwest Quadrants
January 3 and January 10

Northeast and Northwest Quadrants
January 4 and January 11

Place Christmas trees at the curb before 6:00 a.m. on the day of collection and prepare trees for collection using the following guidelines:

  • Remove all decorations from trees, including tinsel, angel hair and fake snow.
  • Remove all lights.
  • Remove all twine, string and metal or plastic ties.
  • Remove stands and bases.
  • Do not place in plastic or “Christmas Tree Disposal” bags.

Before January 3 and after January 11, Christmas trees with a trunk size of less than six inches in diameter will be collected as part of the Town’s regular brush collection. Follow the above guidelines and place trees at curb by Monday evening.

Electrifying Trio Brings Carnegie Hall to The Plains

December 21, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Electrifying Trio Brings Carnegie Hall to The Plains

The Community Music School of Piedmont will present the phenomenal string trio Time for Three at its 6th Annual Candlelight Benefit Concert on Sunday, January 27, 2013 in the beautiful ballroom at Barton Oaks in The Plains.

The dynamic trio of classically trained artists defies classification. They perform music from Bach and Brahms to their own arrangements of The Beatles, Katy Perry, Kanye West and Justin Timberlake. A typical concert might include the Bach Double, Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah and a blistering Orange Blossom Special. They will captivate with their stunning virtuosity and their high octane performance from the first note to the last.

Actor Paul Newman said “To hear these three young guys is to be thankful that music was invented. If I had been able to create a sound like these kids a few years back, I might have thought twice about going into acting!” They’ve played Carnegie Hall twice and toured worldwide. Their remix and music video of Kanye West’s “Stronger” and its anti-bullying message has inspired young students around the globe to pursue classical music careers. … Continue Reading

Leesburg Town Council Swearing-In Ceremony Set for January 3, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.

December 21, 2012 Government, News Comments Off on Leesburg Town Council Swearing-In Ceremony Set for January 3, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.

The Leesburg Town Council will hold a swearing-in ceremony for Mayor Kristen C. Umstattd and Council Members David S. Butler, Thomas S. Dunn, II, and Katie Sheldon Hammler on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at the Ida Lee Park Recreation Center (60 Ida Lee Drive NW). A reception for the newly sworn-in members of the Town Council will immediately follow the ceremony.

Kristen C. Umstattd will be sworn in for her sixth two-year term as the Mayor of Leesburg. Mayor Umstattd was first elected to the Leesburg Town Council in 1992 and was re-elected to Council in 1996 and 2000. She was named Vice Mayor in 2000 and first elected Mayor in 2002. A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mayor Umstattd has been a Leesburg resident since 1987. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a juris doctor degree from Yale Law School, and is a veteran of the U.S. Naval Reserve. Mayor Umstattd and her husband, Charles Moss, have a joint law practice in the Town of Leesburg. Their daughter, Kendrick, is a sophomore at Loudoun County High School. … Continue Reading

Tim Kaine Speaks on Connecticut School Tragedy

December 14, 2012 Government, News Comments Off on Tim Kaine Speaks on Connecticut School Tragedy

Tim Kaine released the following statement regarding today’s tragic school shooting in Newtown, CT.

“Words fail to express the profound sadness I feel for the families of those who were lost and those who will carry the scars of this tragedy. Our Commonwealth knows too well the pain of senseless gun violence. Like all Virginians, Anne and I offer our thoughts, prayers, and heartfelt condolences to the community of Newtown.”

Round Hill Volunteer Fire Department Escorts Santa

December 13, 2012 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Round Hill Volunteer Fire Department Escorts Santa

The Round Hill Volunteer Fire Department will escort Santa around Round Hill on Saturday and Sunday, December 15 and 16 from 10:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. Santa will visit Stoneleigh, Falls Wood, Lake Point and the Villages South of Route 7 on Saturday. He will visit the Villages North of Route 7 and the Town of Round Hill on Sunday. The RHVFD will be collecting for Toys For Tots and non-perishable food to distribute to the local food banks. Everyone come see Santa!

StageCoach Theatre Company Announces Playwright Competition for Local Teens

December 13, 2012 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on StageCoach Theatre Company Announces Playwright Competition for Local Teens

Do you have the perfect scenario for a crime? Can you baffle your audience with clues and laughter? Are you a Loudoun County teen?

StageCoach Theatre Company is proud to announce its first playwriting competition for teens. This competition is open to all teens 13-19 years old who live or attend school in Loudoun County, VA. StageCoach Theatre Company would like to support budding playwrights and encourage more teens to consider playwriting as a form of creative expression. The winning script will be produced by StageCoach Theatre Company during the Summer of 2013.

Plays must be full-length mystery scripts; murder is optional. All scripts will be read. The top three finalists will be asked to meet with directors and professional actors to discuss their scripts and vision for the play. One script will be selected for production.

A $20 fee should accompany the submitted script. However, that fee will be waived if the playwright or a member of the playwright’s team attends the following workshop: … Continue Reading

Agriculture Secretary to Host Twitter Chat on Emerging Opportunities in Rural America

December 13, 2012 Around Virginia Comments Off on Agriculture Secretary to Host Twitter Chat on Emerging Opportunities in Rural America

On Monday, December 17, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will host a live Virtual Office Hours session on Twitter to answer questions on the important role of rural America to the national and global economy, increasing agricultural opportunities in U.S. communities, and the importance of passing a five-year Farm Bill.

Secretary Vilsack will answer Twitter queries such as:

  • What are the emerging sectors in agriculture for new farmers and ranchers; where do I find them?
  • In both rural and urban communities, what is the significance of the agricultural sector?
  • I didn’t grow up on a farm. Are there other opportunities in agriculture besides farming that I should know about?

Submit your questions in advance to the @USDA Twitter account using the hashtag #AskUSDA.









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 …

Student News

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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September 26, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 27, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 28, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 29, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 30, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

October 1, 2016

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

October 2, 2016
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Virginia Outdoors Foundation 50 years of Conservation Celebration

October 9, 2016
October 10, 2016 October 11, 2016 October 12, 2016

Barefoot Puppets: Dreamtime, Tales From Down Under

October 13, 2016 October 14, 2016 October 15, 2016

Loudoun Centre Theatre: The Scamps Of Scapin!

October 16, 2016

Harvest Celebration & Fall Farm Tour


October 17, 2016 October 18, 2016 October 19, 2016 October 20, 2016 October 21, 2016

Anthony Semiao Live at North Gate Vineyard


October 22, 2016 October 23, 2016

Come Paint with us at Breaux Vineyards

October 24, 2016 October 25, 2016 October 26, 2016 October 27, 2016 October 28, 2016

October Fourth Friday

October 29, 2016

2 Pound Sterling Live at North Gate VIneyard

October 30, 2016

Music With A Cause - Music of Colonial America

October 31, 2016 November 1, 2016 November 2, 2016 November 3, 2016 November 4, 2016 November 5, 2016

Glenfiddich Farm Pottery Annual Fall/Holiday Sale

OysterFest at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Spaghetti Dinner

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner

November 6, 2016

Glenfiddich Farm Pottery Annual Fall/Holiday Sale

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Leesburg-Daybreak Rotary Club Sends Supplies and Funds to Haiti

24 Oct 2016


The Rotary Club of Leesburg-Daybreak shipped water purification supplies and emergency funds to Haiti following the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew. Partnering with an anonymous local corporation, the club shipped 3,000 water purification tablet packages via FedEx to Haiti. These packages, which were sent to an area battling a cholera outbreak, will clean 3,000 liters of unsafe water. Instructions translated …

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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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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 …

Dear Editor

New Proposed Uses for Western Loudoun

Loudoun County Seal Color

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 …

View From the Ridge

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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