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.


 

 

 

 

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

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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5K Race to Benefit Riverside High School Athletic Department

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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

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Mad Cap Puppets: UNDER THE BONSAI TREE

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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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Lifestyle

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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