INOVA Loudoun Hospital Mobile Health Services February Schedule

January 31, 2012 News, Public Safety Comments Off on INOVA Loudoun Hospital Mobile Health Services February Schedule
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February 2012 Screenings and Flu Shot Schedule

Inova Loudoun Hospital Mobile Health Services will be providing countywide blood pressure screenings at a variety of locations during the month of February.

For further information or to schedule a flu shot clinic call the Mobile Health hotline at 703-858-6609 or visit www.inova.org/mobilehealth. … Continue Reading

Chorus of the Old Dominion Offers ‘Singing Valentines’

January 31, 2012 Lifestyle, Music Comments Off on Chorus of the Old Dominion Offers ‘Singing Valentines’

WHO: Chorus of the Old Dominion, Loudoun County’s own barbershop-style quartets

WHAT: Buy a “Singing Valentine” for your special someone — One old-fashioned love song, a red rose, a greeting card with the sender’s message inside, and a photo to remember the loving gesture

WHEN: Valentine’s Day and prior weekend (February 11-14) – you choose the time and place

WHERE: Anywhere in Loudoun County (Leesburg, Purcellville, Ashburn, Lovettsville, Middleburg, etc.)

HOW: Visit www.odchorus.org or contact the chorus at 703-348-0071 or valentines@odchorus.org.

WHY: Because “Virginia Is for Lovers!” (official affiliation)

Hunt Country Writers’ Retreat

January 31, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Hunt Country Writers’ Retreat

Gathering of Authors and Aspiring Writers in Middleburg

Horse country has long embraced its riding community but many don’t realize that there’s a robust “writing” community as well. Two Middleburg residents who are well connected to the literary world and writing, Jan Neuharth and Genie Ford, have created a Writers’ Retreat that they plan to host annually. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, April 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a Friday night (April 20) reception from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. … Continue Reading

St. Francis Hosts Blood Drive

January 31, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on St. Francis Hosts Blood Drive

St. Francis Council, Knights of Columbus kicks off the year with the drive hosted by St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church and conducted by
Inova Blood Donor Services in the Parish Hall. Turn left from County 287 onto St. Francis Ct. one mile north of Purcellville. The drive
timeline has been extended by a half hour to better serve our donors.

The need is urgent and the value priceless. Call Rachel Brill at 540 338-6313 or register at the Inova eDonor website, www.inovabloodsaves.org. for appointments or scheduling information.

Loudoun County Chamber To Present Valor Awards

January 31, 2012 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Chamber To Present Valor Awards
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Proud Loudoun County Chamber Tradition Honoring Loudoun County’s Career and Volunteer Emergency First Responders to be Held April 20.

In the 27 year history of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce Valor Awards, the Chamber has never presented more than 72 awards in recognition for the courageous, often lifesaving actions of Loudoun’s career and volunteer emergency first responders in the line of duty. … Continue Reading

James Robey III named to Commandant’s List at The Citadel

January 31, 2012 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on James Robey III named to Commandant’s List at The Citadel

James Belford Robey III of Leesburg has been named to the fall 2011 Commandant’s Distinguished Service List at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina.

Citadel cadets named to the Commandant’s List are recognized for having made the most positive contributions to their platoon, company, battalion, or staff, the South Carolina Corps of Cadets and The Citadel.

Robey III, a Criminal Justice major, was recommended by Bravo Company for the Commandant’s List.

William and Mary Announce Dean’s List

January 31, 2012 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on William and Mary Announce Dean’s List

The following local residents were recently named to the Dean’s List at the College of William and Mary for the spring 2011 semester:
Ashley Allen , Oscar Deaver, and Dana Wood from Hamilton; Melissa Woods from Philomont; Jessica Carr, Wenfan Chen, Isabelle Duerr, Wilson Fong, Margaret Gutierrez, Taylor Johnston, Matthew Peworchik and Katherine Stevens from Purcellville; and Lindsay Schleifer from Round Hill.

More Gov’t Waste

January 31, 2012 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on More Gov’t Waste
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The “Invitation to Bid” for the Southern Collector Road put in the papers last week by the town of Purcellville reveals two curious problems.

For one, the ad calls for the “reconstruction and widening of a roundabout” at the 287 intersection. I was there today and a roundabout is just now being constructed. Does this mean the roundabout being made now will be taken apart and a new one built a few feet down the road? Sure looks like it. What a waste! … Continue Reading

AGW As a Litmus Test

January 31, 2012 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on AGW As a Litmus Test
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A few years ago a Washington Post reporter call me and asked what I thought was the most important issue in the upcoming local and state elections. Without hesitation I answered “Anthropogenic Global Warming”. She elaborated “No, no, I mean local issues, you know like transportation, education, things like that.”

I asked “Should we build an overpass at the junction of route 7 and Loudoun County Parkway, or install more turning lanes or is traffic at this intersection even an issue we should be addressing considering limited funds during a recession?”

“I don’t know.” She replied. … Continue Reading

American Red Cross Joins Loudoun Fire Safety Efforts

January 31, 2012 News, Public Safety Comments Off on American Red Cross Joins Loudoun Fire Safety Efforts
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On Monday, January 16, Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management teamed with the American Red Cross National Capital Region and HOPE Worldwide to participate in an annual Martin Luther King Day of Service to help raise awareness of fire safety and prevention. … Continue Reading

Cuccinelli and Virginia Leaders Make Human Trafficking Top Priority

January 31, 2012 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Cuccinelli and Virginia Leaders Make Human Trafficking Top Priority

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Senator Adam Ebbin, and other members of the General Assembly came together today to renew their commitment to fight human trafficking in Virginia.

“Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises in the country and is nothing more than modern-day slavery,” said Cuccinelli. “Besides working to get Virginia’s laws strengthened, it is a major priority of my office to educate law enforcement, prosecutors, and victim-witness coordinators how to identify, prosecute, and prevent human trafficking to rid our commonwealth and our nation of this scourge.” … Continue Reading

Mount Vernon Celebrates Black History Month

January 31, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Mount Vernon Celebrates Black History Month

In observance of Black History Month, February 1 through 29, Mount Vernon interpreters highlight at the slave quarters the lives and contributions of the slaves who built and operated the plantation home of George and Martha Washington. The refurbished slave quarters building is now open. Reproduction clothing, tools, furniture, cookware, ceramics, toys, and personal accessories outfit the space to emphasize the living conditions and experiences of enslaved people as skilled craftsmen, house slaves, and laborers on the Mansion House Farm. … Continue Reading

What Would Jesus Do?

January 31, 2012 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on What Would Jesus Do?
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The Christmas decorations are finally packed away, and the international sensation of crucified Santa Clauses put to bed, or at least to a committee where it can lie dormant until next November.

I can’t help but wonder what would have happened had all the people so intent on securing a display of a cardboard cut out of a humble family sheltered in a stable, actually turned their attention to the humble families living in our midst. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

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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August 2016
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August 1, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 2, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 3, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 4, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 5, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 6, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

OysterFest & Roussanne Release!

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August 7, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 8, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 9, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 10, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 11, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 12, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 13, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 14, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 15, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 16, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 17, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 18, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 19, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 20, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

The Lucketts Fair

Live Music: Stealing Dawn

August 21, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

The Lucketts Fair

August 22, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

AUDITIONS

August 23, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 24, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 25, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 26, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 27, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

The Fabulous Hubcaps

August 28, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 29, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 30, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 31, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

September 1, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 2, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 3, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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September 4, 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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