Board of Education to Revisit ESEA Objectives

August 30, 2012 News, Schools Comments Off on Board of Education to Revisit ESEA Objectives

Board of Education President David M. Foster said today that he will ask the board at its September 27 meeting to revisit annual measurable objectives (AMOs) for mathematics achievement that were set in July using a methodology approved by the US Department of Education (USED). The methodology was included in Virginia’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Request, which waived certain No Child Left Behind-era mandates, that was approved by USED on June 29.

“The timeline for reviewing Virginia’s request necessitated both the Board of Education and USED approving a methodology for setting annual objectives for student subgroups before results from the rigorous new mathematics Standards of Learning (SOL) tests were available,” Foster said. “Now that we know the impact of the 2011-2012 tests on the mathematics AMOs, USED, Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright, Secretary of Education Laura Fornash and I agree that the board should revisit the methodology in order to set more aggressive annual goals for raising subgroup achievement and closing achievement gaps.” … Continue Reading

Leesburg 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony Planned

August 30, 2012 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Leesburg 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony Planned
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To mark the 11th anniversary of the tragic events and lives lost throughout the United States on September 11, 2001, the Town of Leesburg will be holding an evening remembrance ceremony on Tuesday, September 11th at 6:30pm on the Town Green (25 West Market Street).

The Town of Leesburg encourages residents to observe the designated “National Day of Service and Remembrance” by volunteering, donating time or goods, or simply offering a helping hand during this day of commemoration. The “Serve America Act” was signed into law by President Obama on April 21, 2009. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), a supporter of the legislation, said, “September 11 should not only be a day for mourning – it should be a day to think about our neighbors, our community and our country.” … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Department Receives Grant

August 28, 2012 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Purcellville Police Department Receives Grant
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The Purcellville Police Department has received a $3300 Risk Management Grant from the Virginia Municipal League. The grant funds will be utilized to purchase new duty flashlights featuring Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology for all officers. The department will also obtain two “Stop Stick” tire deflation devices and traffic barriers with reflective rails. These equipment upgrades will help the department meet its mission to serve the public safety needs of the community. The Town thanks the Virginia Municipal League for their efforts to enhance public safety through the Risk Management Grant Program.

A True “International” Gold Cup Race

August 28, 2012 Sports Comments Off on A True “International” Gold Cup Race

The 2012 International Gold Cup marks the 75th running of this prestigious race and maintains international interest both in the spectator venues as well as on course. This event will provide a full day of entertainment at Great Meadow, 5089 Old Tavern Road in The Plains, including six nationally sanctioned horse races, terrier races, and tailgate contest. A ceremony honoring past and present Olympic equestrians will also take place during the day.

The event is well-attended by Washington’s diplomatic community as well as ambassadors and representatives from many nations. The International Gold Cup provides a unique venue for social entertaining and a great place to network in the midst of spectacular scenery.

Gates open at 10:00 a.m.

LCSO Cold Case Unit Investigates Murder of Ursula Haberland

August 28, 2012 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Cold Case Unit Investigates Murder of Ursula Haberland

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Unit announced today the continuing investigation of the murder of Upperville resident Ursula Haberland.

Haberland was found murdered inside her home 11-years-ago, on Thursday, August 23, 2001. She was 81-years-old at the time of her death.

The Cold Case Unit of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance with the investigation of Haberland’s death. “Detectives with the Cold Case Unit believe that there is outstanding information which could be the key to solving this senseless act of violence,” said Loudoun Sheriff Mike Chapman. … Continue Reading

Lacrosse holds tryouts

August 27, 2012 Sports Comments Off on Lacrosse holds tryouts

NoVa West Lacrosse will hold open tryouts for their Elite Fall Teams beginning Sunday, September 2. Our fall teams will compete in highly competitive tournaments including a trip to Yale. For more information visit http://www.novawestlax.com/team/Fall/index.asp.

Governor McDonnell Announces 250 New Jobs in Loudoun County

August 26, 2012 Business, News Comments Off on Governor McDonnell Announces 250 New Jobs in Loudoun County
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Governor Bob McDonnell has announced that iGATE, the first integrated technology and operations company providing Business Outcomes-based solutions, will invest $1.0156 million to establish a new facility in Loudoun County. The company will perform a wide range of technology consulting services for government agencies and businesses, and will offer design-build-operate-maintain services for Federal Government projects. The project will create 250 new jobs over the next two to three years.

Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor McDonnell said, “iGATE’s new operation in Loudoun County will expand the company’s U.S. presence in the Washington D.C. metropolitan market. The Commonwealth was picked over other states considered due to our pro-business environment and proximity to an ample resource of skilled technical workers. We are thrilled to welcome another impressive technology company to Loudoun County and Virginia.” … Continue Reading

LCSO Welcomes Explosives Detection Canine

August 26, 2012 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Welcomes Explosives Detection Canine
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office welcomed their newest member on August 11. Two-year-old Buddy and his partner Deputy Dave Orr graduated from the CIA Explosive Detection Canine School. The school concluded after 10-weeks of intense training. Buddy will work alongside Deputy Orr, a 6-year-veteran of the agency, who is currently assigned to the Field Operations Division. Buddy is a Yellow Labrador Retriever and came from the Puppies Behind Bars (PBB) program. The program trains prison inmates to raise service dogs for wounded war veterans and explosive canines for law enforcement.

Photo: Deputy Orr (left), Buddy and K9 Sgt. Chris Coderre

4th Annual “Dog Swim” at A.V. Symington Aquatic Center Planned for Saturday, September 8

August 26, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on 4th Annual “Dog Swim” at A.V. Symington Aquatic Center Planned for Saturday, September 8

On Saturday, September 8, Leesburg Dogs, Inc. will host the fourth annual Dog Swim at the A.V. Symington Aquatic Center in Leesburg’s Ida Lee Park. The event will take place from 9 am to 12 noon. Admission is $5.00 per dog, with a limit of two dogs per handler. Children under 8 years of age will not be allowed at the Dog Swim, due to the exuberance and rambunctious play of the dogs.

Since 2009, members of Leesburg Dogs, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that supports the Leesburg Dog Park, have partnered with the Leesburg Parks & Recreation Department to host an annual “dog swim” at the A.V. Symington Aquatic Center, after the pool closes for the season and before the pool is winterized. Each year, between 800 and 1,000 dogs attend the Dog Swim. … Continue Reading

Fall for Smiles

August 26, 2012 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Fall for Smiles

In these tough economic times, many of us are looking for ways to cut corners and save money. No amount of money is worth sacrificing your health, however, and that includes oral health. We would like to remind your readers that brushing, flossing and maintaining regular visits to the dentist not only helps keep your smile healthy, but can ultimately save you money as well.

Dental-related illnesses cause adults to lose more than 164 million work hours and children to lose more than 51 million school hours each year. This time and money could be saved by simply brushing and flossing every day, avoiding tobacco use, eating healthy foods and scheduling regular dentist appointments for preventative care. Research shows that oral health is tied to overall health, with gum disease linked to premature birth, stroke and heart disease, so those visits to the dentist can also help prevent costly doctor visits in the future. … Continue Reading

Waterford Homes Tour & Crafts Exhibit To Be Held October 5-7

August 26, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Waterford Homes Tour & Crafts Exhibit To Be Held October 5-7

One-hundred fifty-five artisans demonstrating techniques of traditional craftsmanship; one of a kind tour of preserved homes and buildings, Civil War and Quaker cemeteries; reenactment of a day in an 1880 classroom in a one-room schoolhouse on Friday, October 5. Three floors of juried handcrafts for sale in a restored brick mill; vintage barns will act as galleries for different art pieces. The Country Store will offer homemade baked goods, tote bags, candles and ornaments; continuous traditional music and dance, Colonial era militia encampments, marching fife and drum corps, Civil War re-enactors including cavalry with skirmishes and lots of activities for children throughout the weekend. Enjoy a Wine Garden featuring eight fine Loudoun wineries. Sunday, October 7, come out to enjoy lively bluegrass music from The Seldom Scene.

13th Annual Apple Butter Celebration Marks the Start of Autumn in Shenandoah

August 26, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on 13th Annual Apple Butter Celebration Marks the Start of Autumn in Shenandoah

On Saturday, September 22, the air around Skyland Resort will be filled with the aroma of boiling apple butter and the sounds of bluegrass and children’s laughter. The 13th Annual Apple Butter Celebration will coincide with the Autumn Equinox this year. Event participants will celebrate Appalachian culture and get a preview of fall colors that will soon blanket Shenandoah National Park.

“Nothing says autumn like apple butter and fall foliage,” says Helen Morton, director of sales and marketing for Shenandoah National Park lodging, managed by ARAMARK Parks and Destinations. “Making apple butter is an American fall tradition with the whole family pitching in. We pay homage to this spirit at the yearly Apple Butter Celebration by encouraging guests to give the pot a stir and enjoy customs of the Shenandoah region.” … Continue Reading

Local Residents Graduate from Berklee College of Music in May 2012

August 26, 2012 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Local Residents Graduate from Berklee College of Music in May 2012

Berklee’s class of 2012 included more than 900 students graduating with bachelor of music degrees or professional diplomas. Female graduates numbered 280, representing 31 percent of the total class– the largest number ever. International students from 58 different countries made up 34 percent of the class. The following students participated in Berklee College of Music’s 2012 Commencement held recently in Boston at Boston University’s Agganis Arena.

Benjamin Walters of Lovettsville received a Bachelor of Music in Music Business and Management from the President of Berklee College of Music, Roger Brown.

Melissa Wright of Purcellville received a Bachelor of Music in Music Business and Management from the President of Berklee College of Music, Roger Brown.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Live Music: Stealing Dawn

August 21, 2016

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August 22, 2016

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AUDITIONS

August 23, 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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