Full House Appropriations Committee Set to Act on FY 2013 CJS Bill

April 29, 2012 Around Virginia Comments Off on Full House Appropriations Committee Set to Act on FY 2013 CJS Bill
Update From Congressman Frank Wolf/Measure Protects Core Programs While Reducing Overall Spending
The House version of the annual spending bill that funds the departments of Commerce and Justice, as well as many of the nation’s science programs, preserves core priorities, including boosting U.S. competitiveness, job creation and national security, while reducing spending by $1.6 billion over last year, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), chairman of the House Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) Appropriations subcommittee, said today. … Continue Reading

G3 (Girls Gone Global) Summit in Sterling on May 5

April 28, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on G3 (Girls Gone Global) Summit in Sterling on May 5

Loudoun County girls between the ages of 14-18 are invited to attend the G3 (Girls Gone Global) Summit on May 5 from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Potomac Falls High School. The free event will feature keynote addresses, breakout sessions, and a diversity celebration with globally inspired flavors, dance performances and raffle prizes.

Attendees will spend the day learning about issues important to girls around the world. The first 100 girls receive an exclusive G3 gift. This event is hosted by Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services, Loudoun Citizens for Social Justice, and the Ladies of iRIS (iRespect· iInspire· iSupport). … Continue Reading

Opt Out of Dulles Rail

April 28, 2012 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Opt Out of Dulles Rail

As expected, proponents of the Dulles Rail project are relying on the most optimistic projections to support the need to add rail to our transit options, while opponents point to the enormous cost and the selective burden faced by Dulles Toll Road commuters to cover the financing. Beyond the political theater, it would be fair to say that there is enough uncertainty to apply the highest level of scrutiny to the proceedings. … Continue Reading

Plans To Be Presented for New Regional Park

April 28, 2012 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Plans To Be Presented for New Regional Park

Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services and Department of Construction and Waste Management will present the design concepts for the Hal & Bernie Hanson Regional Park on Wednesday, May 2 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Briar Woods High School, 22525 Belmont Ridge Road in Ashburn.

Development of the Hal and Berni Hanson Regional Park is planned on a 257-acre parcel located on Evergreen Mill Road in the Blue Ridge District. The first two workshops (hosted by the Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services and the Department of Construction and Waste Management, in conjunction with Wisnewski Blair Associates of Alexandria, Virginia and Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. of Reston, Virginia) included an overview of the project, a presentation of existing conditions and the opportunity for input regarding future recreational elements at the park. The final workshop will include a presentation of three (3) preferred design concepts, based on input from the first two sessions, and an opportunity for additional public input.

Senioritis Has Set In

April 28, 2012 Columns, Samuel Moore-Sobel Comments Off on Senioritis Has Set In

By Samuel Moore-Sobel

As we begin the month of May, there are so many things to look forward to.  Life is beginning to come together, and our paths to the future have started to align.  This year has been incredibly draining though.  Maybe this was due to having to fill out all of those college and scholarship applications or the fact that we did not have any snow days for the first time in our high school careers.  But I feel like I have been sprinting for eight months, although things are beginning to slow down now.  Classes are becoming a little bit easier, and extracurricular activities are drawing to a close.  For the next three weeks reviewing for Advanced Placement (AP) exams is underway, as this is the final push before the end of the senior year of high school. … Continue Reading

Henry’s Farm Inc. Recalls Soybean Sprouts

April 28, 2012 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Henry’s Farm Inc. Recalls Soybean Sprouts

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) announced today that Henry’s Farm Inc. of Woodford, VA is recalling all packages of Soybean Sprouts because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections to individuals with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. … Continue Reading

What’s New at Woodgrove

April 28, 2012 Columns Comments Off on What’s New at Woodgrove

Hit the Lights! The Show is About to Start

Once Upon a Mattress, a musical comedy made famous by comedian Carol Burnett.
May 3, 4, and 5 at 7:00 p.m. and on May 6 at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets are $10
Proceeds will benefit the Theatre and Choral departments.
Watch for upcoming productions dates from Theatre Arts II, III and IV as well as a very special stand-outs senior showcase. … Continue Reading

Kelli Grim Announces Run as Write-In Candidate

April 27, 2012 Elections, News Comments Off on Kelli Grim Announces Run as Write-In Candidate

Purcellville resident and business owner Kelli Grim announced today that she has decided to run as a Write-In Candidate for Mayor.

“My decision to run as a Write-In Candidate for Mayor came late because my commitment to my community prevents me from allowing Mayor Lazaro to run unopposed again. There are many critical issues facing residents that jeopardize our quality of life, and I want to make a difference.

I am not funded or supported by any special interest groups or developers. It has always been my sincere intention to bring multiple views forward for discussion that would protect the existing residents and business owners. I found myself lied about and criticized by this current administration. In a democracy everyone should feel comfortable to voice their concerns and ask tough questions without the fear of retaliation, and this is the kind of leadership I will bring to the Town of Purcellville.”

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Two More Purcellville Residents Announce Write-In Campaigns

April 27, 2012 Elections, Feature, News Comments Off on Two More Purcellville Residents Announce Write-In Campaigns

Since Monday, two more Purcellville residents have joined Bill Conover in launching write-in campaigns for Town offices: Mary Beth Barbagallo has announced her candidacy for Purcellville Town Council, while Kelli Grim will be challenging incumbent Mayor Bob Lazaro.

The write-in candidates are hosting two Meet on Main Street events where voters can learn more about their campaigns:

  • Friday, April 27th, at Purcellville Family Restaurant (also known as Fran’s) for coffee 8:00am – 9:30am.
  • Saturday, April 28th, in front of 105 E. Main St. (across the street from old town hall and next door to Valley Energy building), from 10:00am – 12:00pm.

Loudoun School Bus Running?


One of our readers submitted this video to the BRL after stumbling across it on YouTube.

We invite your comments.

Global Warming Discovered – Again


“Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.” Mark Twain

Years ago I was invited to attend a debate hosted by the MIT Alumni Association about global warming. The contrarian was to be the tobacco lobbyist and professional denier S. Fred Singer. I don’t recall the scientist who would be defending scientific reality but anybody committed to telling the truth would have a hard time debating someone whose profession is making stuff up. Singer’s abstract identified three key points: … Continue Reading

Loudoun Celebrates Emergency Medical Services Week May 20-26

April 25, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Loudoun Celebrates Emergency Medical Services Week May 20-26

Fire-Rescue members throughout Loudoun County will join together in celebration of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, May 20-26, which honors EMS providers nationwide.

The 2012 EMS Week theme, “EMS: More Than a Job, A Calling” celebrates the exceptional service being provided to countless patients every day, often under incredibly challenging circumstances. … Continue Reading

Westbound Route 7 (East Market Street) Lane Closures on April 24-27

April 25, 2012 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Westbound Route 7 (East Market Street) Lane Closures on April 24-27

VDOT will be repaving the westbound lanes of Route 7 (East Market Street) between River Creek Parkway and the Route 15 North on-ramp. Work will take place from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights (April 24 through April 27).

During this time, there will be alternating lane closures, with only one westbound lane open to traffic. Drivers should expect delays.









2016 Energy Summit – George Washington University


On Friday evening, October 28, George Washington University, Virginia Campus in Ashburn will host the 10th annual Don Sandros Energy Summit in cooperation with local businesses and non-profits. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for a reception with wine donated by …

Attributing Disaster


“Humans are likely to create a catastrophe, and possibly an associated disaster, that vastly exceeds our own ability to recover from it. In the face of all our efforts, it will persist.” – Richard Guthrie [1] “Here we show that …

Concerned Parent


By Michael Oberschenider Psy.D. Dr. Mike, We recently signed our four-year-old daughter up for gymnastics. It wasn’t cheap, but her friends from the neighborhood do it, and she has been begging us to go. It turned out to be a …

Invisible Illnesses

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By Mary Rose Lunde It is general knowledge that when people think about illnesses, they don’t think about illnesses that aren’t physically apparent. Sure, people know about conditions such as multiple sclerosis and other diseases with visible symptoms, but many …

Robinson Park

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Looking back, now – I’m glad it wasn’t what most people would’ve considered a nice day; I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my share of hot and sunny to last me for at least a generation (especially since …

Are Your Estate and Financial Plans Shock-Proof?


Don’t wait until “what if?” becomes “what is.” Where will you live as you age? Think about your housing options now, so you have choices and won’t have to make a hasty decision should an unexpected health event force you …

In Defense of ‘Adulting’


By Samuel Moore-Sobel Most friends transitioning from college to the workforce long for the days of college, wishing to be back in class and participating in campus life. To be honest, I may be in the minority, but I have …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016


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


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


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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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

October 1, 2016

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Virginia Outdoors Foundation 50 years of Conservation Celebration

October 9, 2016
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Barefoot Puppets: Dreamtime, Tales From Down Under

October 13, 2016 October 14, 2016 October 15, 2016

Loudoun Centre Theatre: The Scamps Of Scapin!

October 16, 2016

Harvest Celebration & Fall Farm Tour


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Anthony Semiao Live at North Gate Vineyard


October 22, 2016 October 23, 2016

Come Paint with us at Breaux Vineyards

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October Fourth Friday

October 29, 2016

2 Pound Sterling Live at North Gate VIneyard

October 30, 2016

Music With A Cause - Music of Colonial America

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OysterFest at North Gate Vineyard

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Veteran’s Day 10k Raises Funds for Veteran Causes

13 Oct 2016


On November 6, the Loudoun County Road Runners Club will again conduct the annual Loudoun 10K Trail Race in order to raise funds for veteran causes. Since it’s origin in 2011, the trail race has generated more than $90,000 with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to veteran’s charities, specifically Boulder Crest Retreat and Pets for Vets.

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FBRM Clean-Up Day at Blue Ridge Regional Park

6 Oct 2016


Join Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains for an Autumn clean-up to remove invasive vegetation from Blue Ridge Regional Park on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Some tools and equipment will be provided, but please bring your clippers, pruning shears, or saws if you can. Directions: From Leesburg, drive west on Route 7 past the turnoff …

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Painted Barrel Auction Saturday, October 8

6 Oct 2016


The Auction for The Painted Barrels around Purcellville will be held on Saturday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m at the Bush Tabernacle – 250 S. Nursery Ave. Purcellville. Thirty-Five local Loudoun County artists were given an oak wine barrel to create a Purcellville / Loudoun theme on it. Each barrel was sponsored by a local business and was displayed throughout …

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Grief and Greed


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 …


Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!


– 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


– 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

New Proposed Uses for Western Loudoun

Loudoun County Seal Color

If you live in the middle or western part of Loudoun where you enjoy a parcel of open space near your property (which probably was put into an open space …

Bennett Knows How To Make Economy Work for All


In the election for the 10th District House seat, only one candidate has a more than three decades of success growing a local business. As the owner of a successful …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm


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

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


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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Farmers Urged To Be On The Lookout For Marijuana


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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Hunter’s First Professional Race

7 Sep 2016


Drew Hunter and Loudoun Valley classmates at his first professional race, Sir Walter Miler in Raleigh, NC in early August , l to r:  Marcos Pierce, Matt Slook, Drew Hunter, Max McNerney. Hunter finished with a time of 3:57.15. Hunter turned professional and signed with Adidas.

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Let’s Make Some Memories

3 Aug 2016


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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