Barns and Farms of Loudoun County Art Show and Sale

October 13, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Barns and Farms of Loudoun County Art Show and Sale
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The Franklin Park Visual and Performing Arts Center is seeking artwork for its 11th annual Barns and Farms of Loudoun County Art Show and Sale, an exhibition of original artwork by local artists dedicated to the visual power of Loudoun’s agricultural heritage. Both two and three dimensional artwork is welcome for entry. Entries will be accepted Monday, November 5 through Wednesday, November 7 from 9:00-5:00. To submit art, complete an entry form by visiting www.franklinparkartscenter.org/exhibitions

The Show will be on display in the gallery at Franklin Park Arts Center from November 9 through January 2 weekdays from 9:00 am until 5:00 p.m. and weekends during performances.

The Arts Center hosts art shows throughout the year, and features individual shows by local galleries and artists. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Community Discusses Outreach Programs to Solve Hunger

October 13, 2012 Loudoun County Comments Off on Loudoun Community Discusses Outreach Programs to Solve Hunger

Chairman Scott York, Congressman Frank Wolf and Lynn Chapman with congressional aides.

By Lisa Gunderman

Back in May of this year, five denominations around Loudoun County joined forces to organize “Love Your Neighbor, Feed Your Neighbor,” a countywide food drive that resulted in the collection of over 54,000 lbs. of food and over $12,000 in financial donations. This effort was widely supported by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors as they issued a proclamation declaring May 2012 as Hunger Awareness Month. The seemingly only logical next step from the enormous success of the county food drive was to continue to collaborate to find innovative ways of meeting the long term challenges of providing needy families with food. … Continue Reading

150th Anniversary of the Battle of Unison

October 13, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Unison

Unison Heritage Day this year will be a commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Unison and a celebration of the new Unison Battlefield Historic District, already being called one of the nation’s best preserved places.

The 8,000-acre, eight-mile-long battlefield, stretching from Philomont through Unison to Upperville, was placed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic places last fall.

A reenactment of the November 1-3, 1862, battle will fight through the village for over an hour, starting after 12:30 p.m., with federal and Confederate cavalry, infantry, artillery and costumed civilians. The fighting, which left the village in flames in 1862, will take place largely on Unison Road going past the Unison Store, where the festival is held. Reenactors from Valley Light Horse, Liberty Rifles, 1st Maine Cavalry, CVG, Kevin Yarzo Artillery and other living-history groups will camp in and around Unison Friday, Saturday and Sunday, staging mock battles on all three days, starting near Philomont and ending near Upperville. … Continue Reading

Second Annual Equestrian Trail Ride & Carriage Drive in Lovettsville Park

October 13, 2012 Equestrian, Lifestyle Comments Off on Second Annual Equestrian Trail Ride & Carriage Drive in Lovettsville Park

The public is invited to bring their horses and horse carriages to ride or drive in Lovettsville Community Park on Sunday, October 21. 2012. Since the park is not currently open to the public, this trail ride will provide a unique opportunity to see the park property first-hand.

The Loudoun Horse Association, along with The United States Trail Ride, Inc., have joined forces to provide a fun event with the following goals:

  • Show the location of trails and facilities planned for the park once it is developed.
  • Give participants a look at the park’s future equestrian area.
  • Both organizations are donating the net proceeds from the ride to help develop the park’s public equestrian facilities.

On-site registration opens at 8:00 a.m. The registration fee is $35. A copy of each horse’s current negative Coggins report, a signed liability waiver form and an approved helmet are required for all participants. … Continue Reading

News from Berklee College of Music

October 13, 2012 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on News from Berklee College of Music

Berklee College of Music announces that Kristen Bergner of Bluemont has earned placement on the Dean’s List for the summer semester of the 2012 academic year. To be eligible for this honor, a full-time student must achieve a grade point average of 3.4 or above; a part-time student must achieve a grade point average of 3.6 or above.

Property Rights Amendment

October 13, 2012 Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment
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There’s already a law on the books in the Virginia that stops the government from using its power of eminent domain to take someone’s home or farm or business simply because someone else wants to develop the land, but that’s merely a law, and if the General Assembly ever decides to change the rules, it can, at any time.

That’s why we need to vote “yes” on Question 1 on Nov. 6. Our property rights shouldn’t depend on the whims of politicians. We need to change the state Constitution to guarantee that state and local government can’t take our homes or farms or businesses and hand it over to some developer.

Question 1 specifies that eminent domain cannot be used unless it’s for a true “public use,” such as roads or schools, and it would ensure just compensation, including payment for lost access and profits. It also would prevent the government from taking more land than it needed. … Continue Reading

County Celebrates Opening of New Park and Renovated Community Center

October 11, 2012 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on County Celebrates Opening of New Park and Renovated Community Center

The Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services and the Department of Construction and Waste Management will hold two ribbon cutting ceremonies on Saturday, November 3. The opening of the newly renovated Bluemont Community Center will take place at 10:00 a.m. A ribbon cutting at Hampshire Park in Ashburn, VA is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend both events. … Continue Reading

Oatlands Participates in the Loudoun County Fall Color Tour

October 11, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Oatlands Participates in the Loudoun County Fall Color Tour

One of Loudoun’s original farms appears on the Fall Color Tour for the first time this year! Explore the historic grounds of Oatlands on October 20 and 21, during the Loudoun County Fall Color Tour. Each day, visitors to Oatlands can walk the grounds, visit the historic Carriage House and learn about vintage carriages and farm equipment on display. Ayrshire Farm, a certified organic and humane farm located in Upperville, Va., will also exhibit their heritage breed farm animals under the centuries-old trees at Oatlands. A picnic area is available. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase in the gift shop. Additional paid activities, such as tours of the house and garden, are available for guests.

This event is free and open to the public.

Oatlands is a 360-acre self-supporting National Trust Historic Site. The site features a stunning landscape with magnificent gardens, 1804 mansion and 19th century brick dependencies, including the Oatlands greenhouse, the second oldest greenhouse in the nation.

For more information about Oatlands, call 703-777-3174 or visit www.oatlands.org.

The Growing Stage Presents: The Sound of Music

October 11, 2012 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on The Growing Stage Presents: The Sound of Music
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Community Theatre Production at Franklin Park Arts Center

The Growing Stage will present Rogers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” at the Franklin Park Arts Center on Friday, October 19 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, October 20 at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, October 21 at 3:00 p.m.. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased online at www.growingstage.org.

The Loudoun foothills are alive with the Sound of Music and the von Trapps are not the only family singing. This fall, Growing Stage Inc. expanded to include adults, attracting families for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s famous hit.

“This is such a great opportunity for families to perform together. What better experience than to sing and dance with your children?” said director Karlah Louis. … Continue Reading

Cub Scouts Camp Out

October 9, 2012 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Cub Scouts Camp Out
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Cub Scout Pack 1162 braved the cold weather on Saturday night, October 6, and held its annual Fall Camp Out. Over 40 scouts participated in the camp out. The Pack, lead by Kevin Bills, is accepting new members. More information can be found at www.pack1162.org.

And in the Process, We Can Save the Bluemont Post Office

October 9, 2012 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on And in the Process, We Can Save the Bluemont Post Office

As outrageous as it is, in the scheme of the challenges we face, the decimation of the United States Postal Service is a small matter. But, like the unwelcome prospect of the closing of the Bluemont Post Office, it ain’t necessary. At all.

What is accelerating is the corporatizing of government. Corporate-run prisons, “charter’’ schools, “private’’ military contractors, corporate-run “traffic’’ cameras and police departments. And on.

In the case of the Post Office, the drive for corporate takeover had its first victory in 1970, prompting then-Sen. Ralph Yarborough of Texas to note, “This postal corporation bill is the `Tonkin Gulf Resolution’ of domestic legislation. I know of no precedent for this bill. The Constitution provides that Congress shall establish the Post Office and Post Roads. We abdicate this constitutional responsibility when we turn the function over to a corporation.’’ And we’ve been abdicating ever since.

Want to reverse this? Then we can’t plead to just have {our} ox not gored. … Continue Reading

Get Lost in Middleburg with Middleburg’s Scavenger Hunt

October 7, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Get Lost in Middleburg with Middleburg’s Scavenger Hunt

The Town of Middleburg invites all weekend warriors, thrill-seekers, explorers and history buffs to discover everything that the town has to offer during its first annual Scavenger Hunt on October 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 pm.

The Hunt begins at the Pink Box, Middleburg’s visitor center located at 12 North Madison St. This is where explorers can register to participate. The representatives at the Pink Box may also be able to provide some information to amateur explorers throughout the day. Registration for the Scavenger Hunt is free and includes a dining coupon for specials at participating Middleburg Restaurants. Scavenger Hunt participants must be 21 years of age or older. … Continue Reading

Open Letter to Chairman

October 7, 2012 Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on Open Letter to Chairman

Dear Mr. Chairman,

I have read your statement earlier today regarding the alleged misconduct of Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio and am somewhat encouraged that the Board intends to look into this but I don’t see how, however well intended this effort may be, that the Board can “independently” investigate itself.

Accordingly, I have some observations and recommendations.

You must appreciate, how, even the appointment by the board of an “independent” counsel would be suspect if the Board was making the selection.

Given what has already transpired, according to your public statement, this appears to be a legitimate concern.

I am talking about the supposed criminal referral of Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio’s alleged misconduct as to, among other possible subjects of investigation, the misappropriation of public services. … 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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Calendar

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

Creation and Evolution in Native American Spirituality

9 Feb 2016

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In celebration of Evolution Weekend, an annual event led by clergy to encourage serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science, St. James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville has invited Roger and Deborah “Turtle” Swartz to guide a discussion of traditional Native American Spirituality and its wisdom in celebrating human relationship to the earth. In a …

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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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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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