INOVA Loudoun Hospital Mobile Health Services Announces March Screening Schedule

February 28, 2012 by Contributor 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 by Contributor 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 by Contributor 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 by Contributor 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 by Contributor 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 by Contributor 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 by Contributor 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 by Contributor 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 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle 1 comment
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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 by Contributor 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 by Contributor 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 by Contributor 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 by Contributor 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

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Sustainable Planet

Not Your Father’s El Nino

15 Aug 2015

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NASA and other agencies now forecast the incipient El Nino conditions to continue at least into the winter and the early part of 2016. Figure 1 compares Pacific sea surface temperature anomaly for the El Nino of 1997- 1998 with …

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Ask Dr. Mike

At Wits End

7 Aug 2015

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Dr. Mike, My sister’s son is autistic, but she is in complete denial. I’ve done my research and he fits a diagnosis of autism. He is three years old and doesn’t talk or socialize. He has meltdowns that are out …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Morven Park

7 Aug 2015

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I think what strikes me most about this place – as over the top as it is in many ways – is how understated it really is; I know that’ll take some explaining. I’ve been to Morven Park hundreds of …

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Mount Zion Church

1 Jul 2015

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– By Tim Jon So: You’ve never given the American Civil War a great deal of thought, much less walked the grounds of Gettysburg or some of the other, major battleground sites located in our region; you may not be …

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Sushi's Corner

March Sushi

4 Mar 2015

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Hello everyone, this is Hokie Cat from Fields of Athenry Farm. Sushi is in big trouble as we speak and is residing in doggy dungeon. I am here to fill you in on what took place. My brother Mountie loves …

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Virginia Gardening

Planting an Allergy-Free Garden

5 May 2015

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By Donna Williamson Tom Ogren has a long-time interest in allergy-inducing plants. He has written several books on the topic and in February released his latest The Allergy Fighting Garden. He explains why plants can stir up allergies and has …

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Samuel Moore-Sobel

What It Means To Be a Man

7 Aug 2015

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel As I have gotten older I have noticed that there are more and more young men who ask me for advice. To me it seems silly – I am often not much older than the person asking, …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

A Social Security Strategy Could Enhance Your Retirement Income Plan

7 Aug 2015

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By Amy & Dan Smith What do you think of when someone mentions Social Security? Many people consider Social Security and retirement as one and the same. More than 90 percent of working Americans plan for Social Security to replace …

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Student News

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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Blue Ridge Middle Places 11th In National Science League

1 Jul 2015

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Blue Ridge National Science Day Declared Tuesday, June 10 has been officially been declared Blue Ridge National Science Day. At a recent Purcellville Town Council Meeting, Mayor Kwasi Fraser and members of the town council signed a proclamation designating this …

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Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale Returns with Bargains for Everyone

Friday Night Live with Emma Rowley & Saffron Gourmet Food Truck

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Book Signing: 'Beyond Jefferson's Vines' by Richard Leahy

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Live Music: Connor Duffy at North Gate Vineyard

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Live Music: Willie White at North Gate VIneyard

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Lovettsville Historical Society Lecture: "Hex Signs: the History and the Mystery"

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COFFEEHOUSE: LOVE, LOSS & WHAT I WORE

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Dinner and a Dive In

Creedence Clearwater

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Emily Guagliardi Live at North Gate Vineyard

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Mobile Hope’s “Back to School” Shopping Event Helps Loudoun Struggling Youth

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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015

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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 sessions June 4, 11 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. at town hall for the proposed sweeping zoning changes. These major …

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Editorial

Getting Purcellville Out of the Conflicts of Interest Trap

7 Aug 2015

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Three Virginia laws address openness in government: the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA), The Virginia Public Records Act (VPRA) and The Virginia State & Local Government Conflict of Interests Act (VCOIA). VFOIA guides how public bodies conduct their meetings and regulates access to government records. VPRA establishes basic rules about what constitutes a public record and what the government’s …

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Lifestyle

Loudoun Health Officials Remind Septic System Owners of Need to Pump Out

28 Aug 2015

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The Loudoun County Health Department reminds owners of septic systems that routine pumping out of their systems can extend the system’s life and reduce the risk of untreated sewage surfacing or backing up into a house. Loudoun County requires owners of conventional onsite septic systems to have their tanks pumped out at least every five years. Tanks must be pumped …

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Historic Village Prepares for 46th Annual Bluemont Fair

25 Aug 2015

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The sleepy Blue Ridge village of Bluemont in western-most Loudoun County, Virginia, is bustling with activity as it prepares for the 46th ANNUAL BLUEMONT FAIR, September 19 & 20, 2015 from 10AM to 5PM both days, rain or shine. Admission is still only $5/adults, under 10 free, with free parking available. One-way traffic and crosswalks will be enforced in the …

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Register for Rally for the Cure™

24 Aug 2015

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Want to participate in a fun tournament for a great cause? Then sign up to participate in the Stoneleigh Women’s Golf Association’s annual Rally for the Cure ™ golf tournament in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! This is a great opportunity to play at the golf course recently cited as being the Prettiest Golf Course in Northern Virginia by …

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Wild Loudoun

Dragonflies – To See Is To Believe

7 Aug 2015

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Shadow Darner. Unicorn Clubtail. Black Shouldered Spinyleg. Blue Dasher. Ebony Jewelwing. Calico Pennant. Sanddragon. Their names conger up some magical place inhabited by devils and demons, elegant queens, daring lovers – creatures you would need to see with your own eyes to believe really existed. But, each of these, including the Calico Pennant, is actually one of the most common …

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Around Virginia

Congress and MWAA VS Loudoun Taxpayers

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By Delegate Dave LaRock It’s no secret that population growth and business development have left Loudoun County, especially busy areas to the east, with some pretty challenging traffic. The process of expanding the local network of roads and transit always seems to be playing catch-up, usually tied to availability of …

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Governor Signs Senator Black’s Campus Sexual Assault Bill

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On Thursday, May 28, Sen. Richard Black traveled to Richmond for the bill signing ceremony of his bill, Senate Bill 712, the Campus Sexual Assault Bill. Black’s law will change the way that Virginia’s colleges and universities handle sexual assault cases.  “When I heard about the Hannah Graham case, I …

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McAuliffe Announces Movie To Film in Virginia

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia has been selected as the filming location for “Loving,” a motion picture based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a Virginia married couple who, in 1958, were arrested for violating a state law at the time prohibiting interracial marriage. The couple …

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Sports

Drew Hunter Heading To Pan American Games

7 Aug 2015

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Loudoun Valley’s Drew Hunter placed second in the United States Track and Field 1500-meter run Junior National Championship. That earned him a spot on the United States Junior Team going to the Pan American Games in Edmonton, Canada in late July. Drew lost to college freshman Blake Haney of the …

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American Legion Post 34 Hosting Mid-Atlantic Regional Baseball Tournament

5 Aug 2015

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Batter up! Chartered in 1919 by an act of Congress, the American Legion is one of our country’s oldest, largest and most prestigious veteran’s organizations – dedicated to mentoring youth, sponsoring community programs, promoting national security and supporting veterans and members of the armed forces. Specific programs include scholarships, scouting, …

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines Loudoun County was heavily invested in the fight for independence from Great Britain. Loudouner Francis Lightfoot Lee was one of 56 delegates to sign the Declaration of Independence. More Loudouners served in General George Washington’s army than any other county in Virginia, and the county’s enormous …

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Mary Rose Lunde

More Than a GPA

7 Aug 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde In school we are measured in every way based on a number system from a point scale resulting in grades then translated into a GPA that can’t be easily fixed in just one semester. Students are forced to think that all they have to achieve is …

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Sarah's Closet

Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015

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– By Sarah Nearis Look at these sweet and summery pink blouses and tops. Don’t you want to try one on? Some women are afraid to wear pink, thinking it’s a bit too feminine. But, pink comes in such a wide variety of shades – from soft mauves to fuchsias …

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Letters

Thank You Purcellville

7 Aug 2015

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I want to express my sincere appreciation for the outpouring of support by the local business owners and residents in relationship to my challenge to …

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Independence Won – Much Left To Be Done

1 Jul 2015

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With graduations behind us and summer vacations ahead, we have much to look forward to. My summer will be full of events and opportunities to …

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Reflections for Father’s Day, a Child’s Constitutional Rights

15 Jun 2015

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I’ve been a licensed attorney and a father since the late 80’s. Yet, I wonder about how many of our country’s legal theories – theories …

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