INOVA Loudoun Hospital Mobile Health Services Announces March Screening Schedule

February 28, 2012 News, Public Safety Comments Off on INOVA Loudoun Hospital Mobile Health Services Announces March Screening Schedule

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

Thursday, March 1, 11:00 a.m.—noon
Lovettsville Community Center
57 E. Broad Way, Lovettsville
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Round Hill Community Garden Lead

February 28, 2012 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Round Hill Community Garden Lead

The Round Hill Community Garden is filling up fast for the 2012 season. Deadline is March 11. All plots have been conditioned and include irrigation and secure shed onsite. Garden mentors stand by to help with your crop. Call Tony Derrow at 540-338-8980 or visit http://www.roundhillgarden.org for Registration instructions.

Volunteers Needed for Town Wide Clean-Up

February 28, 2012 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Volunteers Needed for Town Wide Clean-Up

Saturday, April 14 is the Town of Purcellville’s annual Town-wide Beautification Day. Purcellville invites all citizens, families, individuals, scout and church groups to participate in this worthy effort. This event will include planting flowers and roadside clean ups.

Area leaders assign roads; provide safety vests, instructions, and sturdy orange bags for trash removal. Call Hannah Backman, the Town of Purcellville’s area leader at 540-338-3728 or e-mail at srbackman@msn.com or Jennifer Hough, Public Works Department at 540-751-2334 or e-mail her at jhough1@purcellvilleva.gov for more information.

No More in Silence: My Journey of Discovery with the Historic Stoutsenberger Farmstead

February 28, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on No More in Silence: My Journey of Discovery with the Historic Stoutsenberger Farmstead

By Eirik Frederick Harteis

“The story of America is told in the Stoutsenberger Farmstead,” says educator Eirik Harteis, in speaking of plans for the preservation of the historical buildings and lands near Taylorstown, on which Revolutionary War veteran John Stoutsenberger settled in the late eighteenth century.

On Sunday, March 11, Harteis will be the featured speaker for the Lovettsville Historical Society’s monthly lecture series, to be held at St. James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville. He will describe his own process of research and discovery of the hidden history of the Stoutsenberger property, and his plans to bring it to light. … Continue Reading

Local Resident Performs in New York’s Carnegie Hall

February 28, 2012 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Local Resident Performs in New York’s Carnegie Hall
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Not many people can say they’ve performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

On February 12, Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind student and local Purcellville resident, Farris Hallaj was one of them. The senior was one of 250 students chosen from high schools across the country to perform with the honors choir in the All American High School Honors Performance. While Hallaj, a student in the blind department, might have been nervous waiting for the results of the audition tape he sent in November, his music teacher Laura Di Puma was not worried as he has won many state and regional titles and was in similar company as those who have performed in the past. … Continue Reading

Light Bulb Law

February 28, 2012 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Light Bulb Law

Guest columnist Bill Roman has served as treasurer for Sustainable Loudoun since 2010. Professionally he is a software systems project manager with 25 years of experience. In his spare time Bill is interested in promoting sustainable practices and energy efficiency. He is also studying the issue of peak oil, its impact on society and on his own life.

By Bill Roman

Today for the first time in 2012, I bought a new light bulb. Now, this may not seem significant, but it is the first time I had to select a bulb without the option of the standard 100W incandescent, which are no longer sold because they don’t meet the minimum efficiency standards of the 2007 light bulb law. There has been some political posturing about this law and government interference in the free market. There have been some dubious ‘facts’ and scare tactics in the media as well (see: Right-Wing Media Continue To Mislead On Nonexistent Light Bulb “Ban”) so I thought I would relate how it affected my life as a light bulb consumer today. … Continue Reading

Fire Marshal Investigate Suspicious Device

February 26, 2012 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Fire Marshal Investigate Suspicious Device

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a suspicious devices call in the Sugarland Run area.

On Saturday February 25 shortly before 10:00 a.m. Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office deputies were alerted to three suspicious devices, believed to be pipe bombs, beside a bridge along Algonkian Parkway in Sugarland Run. Deputies arrived to find three devices. Two of the devices had already been detonated and one remained intact. … Continue Reading

Abby Moreau Awarded Dean’s List Accolade for Fall 2011 Semester at Roger Williams University

February 25, 2012 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Abby Moreau Awarded Dean’s List Accolade for Fall 2011 Semester at Roger Williams University

Abby Moreau, a resident of Leesburg, has been named to the Fall 2011 Dean’s List at Roger Williams University. Full-time students who complete 12 or more credits per semester and earn a GPA of 3.4 or higher are placed on the Dean’s List that semester, provided that they have not received any of the following grades: F, I, NP or NS.

New Exhibits on Display in County Courthouse

February 25, 2012 Events, Lifestyle 1 comment
Loudoun Courthouse Exhibit

Dean Drewyer Paintings and Dave Levinson Photographs Celebrate Loudoun’s Beauty

The Courthouse Grounds and Facilities Committee recently installed two new exhibits by acclaimed Loudoun artists in the public areas of the courthouse.

Looking Back – Original Paintings by Dean Taylor Drewyer
The former Chair of the Art Department at Loudoun Valley High School, Dean Drewyer recently retired after 32 years of teaching art in the Loudoun County public schools. He makes his home and studio with his wife and son in the old Hughesville Church and School near Lincoln. … Continue Reading

Spring 2012–Change Your Clock, Check Your Battery

February 25, 2012 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Spring 2012–Change Your Clock, Check Your Battery

As daylight savings time begins Sunday, March 11, Loudoun County Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management reminds residents to check their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Check the manufacturer’s expiration date on the label, replace batteries if needed and clean off any dust or debris. Smoke alarms have become such a common feature in U.S. homes that it is easy to take them for granted. Smoke alarms are appliances, just like toasters, televisions and furnaces. Unlike other appliances, these devices function quietly in the background. Its alarm, in response to a real smoke situation or to testing, is the only evidence that it works. A stereo that does not play will not lead to tragedy, but a worn-out smoke alarm, failing to sound in a fire, could. Hence the reason that all smoke alarms (hard-wired and/or battery powered) should be replaced every ten years. … Continue Reading

Knights of Columbus Free Throw District Champions

February 25, 2012 Sports Comments Off on Knights of Columbus Free Throw District Champions

The Western Loudoun Basketball League won four of the nine county District Championship titles for the Knights of Columbus Free throw competition. A few of these young basketball players dropped 92 percent of their free throws. That is a better performance than most of the NBA stars can drop! … Continue Reading

Area Students Selected as National Youth Delegates for Prestigious Conference at George Mason University

February 25, 2012 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Area Students Selected as National Youth Delegates for Prestigious Conference at George Mason University

Student leaders to travel to Washington D.C. for highly-selective environment forum

The following local students are among only 250 individuals chosen as National Youth Delegates to attend the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University.
Lana Vaillancourt and Kara Vaillancourt, both from Hamilton, and students at Loudoun Valley H.S. have been selected to represent Virginia. … Continue Reading

Area Students Named to Dean’s List at University of Mary Washington

February 25, 2012 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Area Students Named to Dean’s List at University of Mary Washington

The University of Mary Washington has announced its Dean’s List for the fall semester of the 2011-12 academic year. The Dean’s List recognizes outstanding academic achievement by full-time students who attain a minimum grade-point average of 3.5 out of a possible 4.0. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

Columns

The Grim Reaper and the Great Barrier

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(to be presented to the Board of Supervisors in January) “The recent frequency and intensity of mass coral bleaching are of major concern, and are directly attributable to rising atmospheric greenhouse gases.” [1]

Pearl Harbor

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By Nicholas Reid Seventy-five years ago this December 7, to quote President Franklin D. Roosevelt, “the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” It will have been 75 …

Early Returns: How U.S. Markets Reacted to the Presidential Election

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On November 8, 2016, Republican candidate Donald J. Trump won a closely contested election for president of the United States. Late on election night, when it became evident that Trump was likely to win, despite consistently trailing in the polls, …

America: Worthy of Our Trust

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel My friend and I sit in a bar near our office. He is upset, bags under his eyes due to lack of sleep. Thursday, our weekly night to meet is usually a happy hour filled with intellectual …

South Riding

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I should have known that this one would take me far from my contemplative, Zen-inspired comfort zone; after I’d traversed more construction projects than I wanted to tally, competed with hurried, coffee-driven commuters with no time for mere existence, and …

Support Group Help Needed

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Dr. Mike, My son was diagnosed with ADHD two years ago, and his pediatrician at that time recommended we try a social skills group for his “immaturity” and “impulsivity.” We did that, and our experience was horrible. The kids in …

The State of Corals

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(Presented to the Board of Supervisors December 6, 2016) “Events as severe as the 1998 event, the worst on record, are likely to become commonplace within 20 years.” – Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, 1999 [4] Tony Noerpel

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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Calendar

December 2016
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November 28, 2016 November 29, 2016 November 30, 2016 December 1, 2016 December 2, 2016 December 3, 2016

Holiday Open House

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

December 4, 2016

Holiday Open House

December 5, 2016 December 6, 2016 December 7, 2016 December 8, 2016 December 9, 2016

Christmas Market and Trolley Tours

December 10, 2016

Holiday Open House

13th Annual Purcellville Christmas Parade

Barrel Tasting Event Saturday

December 11, 2016

Christmas Market and Trolley Tours

December 12, 2016 December 13, 2016 December 14, 2016 December 15, 2016 December 16, 2016 December 17, 2016

Intro to Essential Oils

December 18, 2016
December 19, 2016 December 20, 2016 December 21, 2016 December 22, 2016 December 23, 2016 December 24, 2016 December 25, 2016
December 26, 2016 December 27, 2016 December 28, 2016 December 29, 2016 December 30, 2016 December 31, 2016

Family New Year’s Eve Celebration

January 1, 2017

New Year's Day Musikabend

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Lifestyle

Farm Bureau President Hopes for Immigration Reform

5 Dec 2016

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Virginia Farm Bureau President Wayne F. Pryor told county delegates at the organization’s annual convention in Hot Springs that immigration reform “is an issue that has been delayed too long.” He noted that: “Work will begin on the 2018 Farm Bill next year. This is the most complex federal legislation farmers face, and it typically takes at least two years …

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Northern Virginia Chamber To Host Congressional Roundtable

5 Dec 2016

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The Northern Virginia Chamber will host its annual Congressional Roundtable on Monday, December 12, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Northern Virginia Chamber in Tysons (7900 Westpark Drive, Suite A550). The dialogue will cover several issues at the intersection of federal policy and business – federal spending, energy, trade policy, the sequestration and the effect on Northern Virginia, transportation, …

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Ugly Christmas Sweater Fad Keeps Growing

30 Nov 2016

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Since 2012, the Re-Love It consignment shop, at 138 N. 21st Street in Purcellville, has developed the reputation as the place to get your Ugly Christmas Sweater in the Metro D.C. area. In that time, Re-Love It has sold more than 3,000 vintage Ugly Christmas Sweaters.

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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

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception

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We are a group of Loudoun County citizens who will be adversely affected if the board grants a special exception for the Catesby Farm property at your upcoming meeting. You …

It’s Our Right

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On December 6, the Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on a “Minor Special Exception” proposal we submitted earlier this year concerning our Catesby Farm property. Unfortunately, our limited …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm

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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 …

Around Virginia

Warner Introduces Bill To Help Wells Fargo Victims Get Their Day in Court

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U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, introduced legislation to give Wells Fargo customers who were victims of a fraudulent account scheme their day in court. The bank was involved in a scandal this year after it was revealed that Wells Fargo employees secretly …

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History’s Holy Places: Four Local Sites Worth Exploring This Fall

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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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Sports

Accepting Applications for Sports League Funding

30 Nov 2016

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Purcellville is accepting applications from local organizations for its annual sports league funding program. Organizations must serve the Town of Purcellville area, have citizens of the Town of Purcellville as players, and provide a letter to the Town from the IRS confirming the organization’s tax exempt status in order to …

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Woodgrove High Student Will Pursue Track and Field at George Mason

30 Nov 2016

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Puneet Kaur of Woodgrove High School has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her track and field career at George Mason University. Kaur has held the school record in shot put since her sophomore year and is looking to throw shotput, hammer, discus and maybe even the javelin …

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