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

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

5

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

7

5K Race to Benefit Riverside High School Athletic Department

8 9 10 11

Music Together Classes - Winter Session

12

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

14

Gallery Coffeehouse: READERS THEATRE "LOVE LETTERS" BY A. R. GURNEY

15 16 17

Mad Cap Puppets: UNDER THE BONSAI TREE

18 19

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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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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6th Annual Loudoun Grown Expo February 27

3 Feb 2016

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It’s that exciting time of year again for the Sixth Annual Loudoun Grown Expo. The yearly event will take place at the Bush Tabernacle 250 South Nursery Avenue, Purcellville, on February 27 with new expanded hours starting at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be wine and beer exhibitors, farm exhibitors, artisans and makers, restaurants and other rural economy …

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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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