Open Burning Guidelines for October 1, 2012-February 14, 2013

September 30, 2012 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Open Burning Guidelines for October 1, 2012-February 14, 2013

Loudoun County allows specific open burning, as listed below, between October 1, 2012 and February 14, 2013. Open burning is prohibited year-round within the town limits of Middleburg, Leesburg, Hamilton, Purcellville, Round Hill, Hillsboro, and Lovettsville. Open burning that is offensive or objectionable because of smoke or odor emissions or when atmosphere conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous may be prohibited and/or required to be extinguished.

Open Burning is permitted:

When not otherwise prohibited within the town limits listed above.

For the burning of lawn clippings, tree trimmings and brush piles, generated on site, where street side trash service is not available for this purpose. The burning may be no closer than 50 feet from a structure. … Continue Reading

LCSO Warns Residents of Two Ongoing Scams

September 29, 2012 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Warns Residents of Two Ongoing Scams

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is reminding residents to be wary of two scams; an online rental scam and a sweepstakes scam. The online rental scam advertises a property for rent, typically at a low price. The ‘owner’ will ask the victim to send their information via email and will give often quickly reply that they have been approved. They will then ask the victim to ‘wire’ the money for deposit. When the victim goes to move in they find out the house was not for rent. Potential renters seeking rental space online should be wary of owners who are unable to show the property before you send a deposit, owners who request that you send your deposit via money transfer and owners with overseas phone numbers. The “Sweepstakes” scam can occur via U.S. Mail, telephone or e-mail. The victim is contacted advising they have won the New York Lottery, International Lottery or some other type of Lottery. In order for them to receive their winnings, they have to wire money to pay for the taxes associated with their winnings. If you have been a victim of either of these scams, you are asked to contact the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office at 703-777-1021.

Purcellville Police Blotter: Week of September 24

September 29, 2012 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter: Week of September 24
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9/24/12 – 7:05 p.m. – 205 Purcellville Gateway Dr. – Hit & Run – Victim reported that their vehicle was hit in the parking lot at this address. Damage valued at $2500.00.
9/26/12 – 11:15 p.m. – 400 block of Crossman Ct. – Non-violent Family Dispute – Complaint worked by police and resolved.
9/26/12 – 11:35 p.m. – 300 block of N. 21st St. – Simple Assault – Verbal altercation between two adults leads to an assault.
9/27/12 – 12:07 p.m. – 100 block of N. 21st St. – Theft from a Vehicle – Victim reports that items were stolen from her vehicle. Loss valued at $200.00.
9/27/12 – 5:52 p.m. – 100 block of N. 16th St. – Non-violent Family Dispute – Complaint worked by police and resolved.

Loudoun County Law Enforcement Partner with DEA for Prescription Take-Back Day

September 26, 2012 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Loudoun County Law Enforcement Partner with DEA for Prescription Take-Back Day

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Town of Leesburg Police Department and the Town of Purcellville Police Department have once again partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in the “Take-Back” initiative that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft.

On Saturday, September 29, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. law enforcement agencies in Loudoun County will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at four sites in the county. The sites include the Eastern Loudoun Sheriff’s Station located at 46620 East Frederick Drive in Sterling, the Dulles South Public Safety Center located at 25216 Loudoun County Parkway in South Riding, the Lansdowne Public Safety Center located at 19845 Sandridge Way in Lansdowne, the Leesburg Police Department located at 65 Plaza Street in Leesburg and the Purcellville Police Department located at 250 Nursery Avenue in Purcellville. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. … Continue Reading

Farm Bureau Urges Voters To Choose ‘Yes’ on Question 1

September 26, 2012 by Contributor Elections, News Comments Off on Farm Bureau Urges Voters To Choose ‘Yes’ on Question 1

Virginia Farm Bureau Federation members and other property rights advocacy groups have posted signs in their yards and around the state urging Virginians to vote yes on Question 1.

That’s because they are supporting an amendment to Virginia’s constitution to further protect individuals’ private property rights. The passage of Question 1 at the polls on Nov. 6 will protect everyone—farmers, homeowners, business and any privately-owned land—from eminent domain abuse.

“This amendment to the constitution in no way prohibits localities, states or utilities from using eminent domain for building roads, schools or other legitimate public uses. It will ensure that if land is taken for a legitimate public use, the property owner will receive fair compensation,” said Trey Davis, VFBF assistant director of governmental relations. “Under no circumstances can private property be taken for private revenue, increasing the amount of tax revenue or under the guise of economic development.” … Continue Reading

Virginia Students Continue to Outperform Peers Nationwide on SAT

September 25, 2012 by Contributor News, Schools Comments Off on Virginia Students Continue to Outperform Peers Nationwide on SAT

Participation and Performance of Commonwealth’s Ethnic Groups Also Increase

Virginia’s 2012 public school graduates outperformed their peers nationwide on the SAT college-admissions test, according to results released today by the College Board. The commonwealth’s graduating seniors achieved at higher levels than public school students nationwide on all three SAT subsections:

  • The average reading score of 508 for Virginia public school students is 17 points higher than the national average.
  • The average mathematics score of 510 for Virginia public school students is five points higher.
  • The average writing score of 492 for Virginia public school students is 11 points higher.

In addition, Virginia public school students in all ethnic groups that the College Board reports, — American Indian, Asian, African American, Hispanic and White — outperformed their peers nationwide on all three SAT subsections.

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Year of the Bible

September 25, 2012 by Contributor Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on Year of the Bible

By Rev. Dr. David Milam, Pastor

In October 2012, St Andrew Presbyterian Church, 711 West Main Street, Purcellville, will be starting on an exciting journey: The Year of the Bible is a comprehensive, congregation-wide program of Bible reading. We are challenging everyone at our church, along with our neighbors and friends, to read the entire Bible in one year. In addition to reading the Scriptures, there will be help along the way. Weekly sermons, small groups, Christian Education from kids to adults, worship and devotions are focusing on the Year of the Bible.

Our pastors David Milam and Jessica McClure Archer have put together a weekly reading guide. In addition to daily readings, each week will have an overview of the books of the Bible we’re reading, devotions, some thought-provoking questions to ponder, and space for your questions and journaling. This resource will be valuable for your own personal use and for use in small groups. The reading plan booklet is available for download from our church website at Also, visit our Facebook page (St. Andrew Presbyterian Church) and like us to keep up to date with all that’s happening with the Year of the Bible. … Continue Reading

Autumn Joy with Joshua’s Hands

September 25, 2012 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Autumn Joy with Joshua’s Hands

As the seasons change and we start to bring another year to a close, Joshua’s Hands will again offer their annual Fall Festival as a free gift to the community – to celebrate the joy of autumn and the change of seasons – a time to be grateful.

This festival has become a Loudoun tradition you won’t want to miss! Located on Rt. 9 just five miles west of Waterford, the Guthrie farm offers views of the mountains and a gathering place for festival goers.

Joshua’s Hands was established in January of 1999, after Joshua’s death (October of 1998) in a car accident. He was 16 and the second of seven children. Joshua’s Hands has a five-fold ministry – like the fingers on a hand: the Annual Fall Festival, American Heritage Education, Community Service, Teen Safe Driving and Scholarships. As part of the heritage programming, Joshua’s Hands offered quilting camps this summer. They also offered two Valiant Warrior Quilting Events that brought together the community (quilters and non-quilters) to make quilts for wounded warriors. In the process, friendships were made, skills were learned and quilts were sent to the front lines to comfort wounded warriors. (233 quilts since January 2011.) … Continue Reading

Community Cancer Support Group Forming

September 25, 2012 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Community Cancer Support Group Forming

The statistics of a person having a bout with cancer sometime in their lifetime are staggering: For men, it is 1 out of 2; women, 1 out of 3. Because of the emotional upheaval that a diagnosis can cause, most people tend to keep it quiet and sort through things by themselves or with their closest family members. A person with cancer can feel very alone, confused, and frightened.

The Cancer Support Community, which is just being initiated, will support and strengthen people with cancer as well as their families— both physically and emotionally— and discuss healing practices that should be followed regardless of whether using Conventional Treatment, Integrative Treatment (a combination), and/or Alternative Therapies. … Continue Reading

“Fore the Wolverines” Hits the Links at Stoneleigh Golf & Country Club

September 20, 2012 by Contributor News, Schools Comments Off on “Fore the Wolverines” Hits the Links at Stoneleigh Golf & Country Club
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Eighty-eight Wolverine fans and golfers teed off bright and early Monday morning, September 17 at Woodgrove’s home course, Stoneleigh Golf and Country Club in Round Hill, to compete in the Second Annual “Fore the Wolverines” Golf Tournament. All proceeds from the tournament fund Senior student-athlete scholarships and other activities that further the mission of the WWABC. The weather was great, the course was gorgeous, and a good time was had by all! Aside from the tournament itself, the event featured a silent auction, raffle items, door prizes, breakfast, snacks and a delicious lunch catered by Stoneleigh.

Western Loudoun boasts amazing golfers proven by the tournament’s 3-way tie for the team with the lowest score – 59. The tie was broken by comparing back nine scores, and the winners were: … Continue Reading

New Boots for Firefighters

September 18, 2012 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on New Boots for Firefighters

A $5,000 grant from the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company will equip 17 firefighters with new firefighting boots to help protect them when responding to emergencies. Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company President Richard Wolfe, left, accepts the check from Erin Lively of Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company. Ginny Pierson, right, holds a pair of the new boots firefighters will wear. Pierson represents Independent Insurance Agency, which was responsible for the selection of the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company as the grant recipient.

Breast Cancer Survivors’ Retreat in Loudoun County

September 18, 2012 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Breast Cancer Survivors’ Retreat in Loudoun County

The Loudoun Breast Health Network (LBHN) in partnership with the American Cancer Society and Inova Loudoun Hospital are presenting an Educational Conference and Open House Retreat for breast cancer survivors on Saturday, October 6 from 9:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Inova Loudoun Hospital. Reservations are required – call 1-855-694-6682 to register.

The Educational Session will be from 9:30 a.m. to noon and feature a panel discussion on “Survivorship: Thriving Through Integrative Strategies”.

The Open House “New Beginnings” Retreat for survivors will be from noon to 3:00 p.m. and will provide free wigs, bras, scarves and hats, cooking demos, free seated massages and yoga demos, make-over demonstrations and giveaways, and a multitude of resource and support information centers. Light food and refreshments will be provided. Portions of this event were made possible by generous donations to LBHN from Macys and “Breast Cancer Fundraiser Events” at Stone Bridge High School, Broad Run High School, Loudoun County High School and Park View High School.

Ida Lee Tennis Team Captures 2012 Leesburg Cup

September 18, 2012 by Contributor Sports Comments Off on Ida Lee Tennis Team Captures 2012 Leesburg Cup

Team Ida Lee finished one point better than runner-up Middleburg Tennis Club to win the 20th annual Leesburg Cup championship at the Ida Lee Tennis Center on Sunday, September 16. Ida Lee took two matches during Sunday’s decisive last round to edge Middleburg by a score of nine to eight in total matches won. Chestnut Forks Athletic Club finished with overall seven points by winning five of their last six matches. The three-day tournament featured players aged 50 and over competing in Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles matches with a team format. Middleburg came into the event as the defending champions after winning the title in 2011. Kitty Foster captained the Ida Lee squad, and helped provide the winning margin of victory Sunday when she turned back MTC’s Kim Smithers in a pivotal head-to-head singles matchup. Foster rallied from 1-4 down in the first set to win 6-4, 6-2 and assure Ida Lee at least a tie for the Cup. The clinching point came from the team of Julie Seraphin and Cathy Browning, who won 6-2, 6-1 against Paula Klima and Susan Hanback of Chestnut Forks in the final round to give Ida Lee an insurmountable lead. Seraphin and Browning, Foster, and the mixed doubles team of Doug Whitman and Kathleen Castro each contributed two wins on the weekend for Ida Lee. Scott Carpenter (Singles), Bill Mabry and John Lombardi (Doubles), and Muriel Hunt and Steve Solow (Mixed) also won matches in their divisions. Other team members include Tammy Belote, Jane Sarver, Keith Durham, and Scott McNabb, Susan Nixon, and Ron Carpenter. The Leesburg Cup is an annual event between Ida Lee, Chestnut Forks Athletic Club, and the Middleburg Tennis Club. Originally begun at the Loudon Racquet Club and moved to Ida Lee in 2003, the event is one of three tournaments the clubs sponsor each year promoting inter-club play. The first leg of these is the Chestnut Forks Challenge Cup in early February, followed by the Morgan Cup at Middleburg in June. Ida Lee won all three championships during the past 2012 season.

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Trusting Science

14 Nov 2015


“The Four Corners of Deceit: Government, academia, science, and media. Those institutions are now corrupt and exist by virtue of deceit. That’s how they promulgate themselves; it is how they prosper.” – Rush Limbaugh [1] I previously reported [2] on …

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Some Thoughts on Veterans Day

13 Nov 2015


By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Veterans Day is a time to honor those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, and it is also a time to reflect and remember with gratitude. America is a free and democratic nation today, …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Phil Bolen Memorial Park

4 Nov 2015


I never knew Phil Bolen as the Loudoun County Government Administrator; I never even got to know him as Director of Parks and Recreation, and I certainly never knew Phil Bolen the teacher and coach at Loudoun Valley High School. …


Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Willisville

30 Sep 2015


You may never feel the urge to travel to this little, unincorporated community; it’s not exactly a conduit for commuter traffic, and there aren’t really any places to shop, or gas up, or procure much of anything else from a …

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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


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

Choosing To Live in the Present

4 Nov 2015


By Samuel Moore-Sobel I love a good story. I love telling stories and hearing other people’s stories. Our experiences bring meaning to our lives, and help shape us into the people we are today. Yet inherent in storytelling is the …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

Amy and Dan Smith’s Planning for Life: Trusts

4 Nov 2015


A common estate planning device is the trust. A trust is simply an agreement between two people: the person who establishes the trust, who may be called the Settlor, the Grantor or the Trustor, and the person or institution who …

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Student News

8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015


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


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


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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November 2015

Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Notaviva Vineyards Haunted Vineyard Tours


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Notaviva Vineyards Haunted Vineyard Tours

Red, White, & Boo!

Mrs. Lucketts’ Haunted Garden & Playground


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Notaviva Vineyards Haunted Vineyard Tours

Red, White, & Boo!

Steve Potter Live at North Gate Vineyard

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Elementary Drama Camp

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Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists – painter Karen Hutchison and glass artists David and Dale Barnes


Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event


Kipyn Martin Live at North Gate VIneyard

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The Essential Elvis Tribute Show


Christmas Bazaar

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The Capitol Steps


3rd Annual Bluemont (Juried) Holiday Craft Show

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Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery

Eighth Annual Lovettsville Christkindlmarkt

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery

Eighth Annual Lovettsville Christkindlmarkt

Christmas Concert

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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015


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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Good Government Reinforces the Family – Another Perspective

4 Oct 2015


By Malcolm Baldwin Who can disagree with the title to Dave LaRock’s September article in the Blue Ridge Journal – “Good Government Reinforces the Family”? But sadly he largely misunderstands what government has done and ought to do for such reinforcement. Many of his prescriptions would harm families while others would forestall any improvement in family conditions. His conclusions become …



Mosby Heritage Area Association Recognizes Three Heritage Heroes

28 Nov 2015


The Mosby Heritage Area Association, the Northern Virginia Piedmont preservation and education organization, has selected three individuals to receive the organization’s annual Heritage Hero Award. The Heritage Hero award is given to individuals or groups in the Mosby Heritage Area who have demonstrated stewardship responsibility over many years. The awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, December 8, at 5:30 …

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Breakfast with Santa

28 Nov 2015


Bring the kids and enjoy breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 12 from 8:00 to 10:30 a.m. at the Between the Hills Community Center at 11762 Harpers Ferry Rd, Purcellville (Neersville). A delicious menu of eggs, sausage, home fries, sausage gravy and biscuits, pancakes,a special french toast dish, coffee cake, fruit, and more. Free will offering. Call 540-668-6504 for more …

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2015 Loudoun 10K Trail Race Raises over $30,000 to Support Boulder Crest Retreat and Our Nation’s Veterans

16 Nov 2015


“I continued to be humbled by our community and all they do to make Boulder Crest Retreat a success. Jim Schatz and his team at Loudoun Road Runners are amazing. This trail run is in alignment with the rural nature of Boulder Crest Retreat and we look forward to the event every year. My personal appreciation goes out to all …

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Wild Loudoun

Wild Loudoun: of Chipmunks and Chestnuts

4 Nov 2015


Chipmunks are small, beautifully elegant little creatures, with large glossy eyes, a sleek brown body, a short, pointy head, dainty white stripes above and below the eye, and a series of black land white lines down their sturdy little backs. They have a very sweet posture – sitting upright and holding food with their two perfectly formed front feet, while …

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Around Virginia

Comstock Speaks on Syrian Refugees


Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (VA-10) released the following statement on the current terrorist attacks in Paris: “After September 11, 2001, we tragically learned that al Qaeda was at war with us, but we weren’t at war with them. Again, with the recent murderous terrorist attacks in Paris, we have learned that …

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Tourism Revenues Topped $22.4 billion in 2014


Statewide data shows increase of 4.1 percent compared to 2013 Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia’s tourism revenues topped $22.4 billion in 2014, a 4.1 percent increase over 2013. In 2014, tourism in Virginia supported 216,949 jobs, an increase of nearly 700 jobs to the previously reported forecast estimate of …

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Good Government Reinforces the Family


By Delegate Dave LaRock Working as the elected Delegate for the 33rd House District has renewed my understanding of the value of a strong family. After decades of raising my family of mom, dad, and seven children and building my family’s business, which provided countless opportunities for mom, dad and …

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Middleburg Wins State Championship

28 Nov 2015

Middleburg Academy volleyball

Middleburg Academy’s Girls’ Volleyball team won the Virginia Independent School Athletic Association Division 2 state championship at November 11th’s finals. The 3-0 victory over Peninsula Catholic (#2) capped a season for the Dragons who finished with an impressive 30-2 record. Key wins in their season were home and away victories …

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Funding Sought for Scholarship for Loudon Students Participating in Youth Sports

4 Nov 2015


The Don Rose, Sr. Youth Scholarship Fund is seeking financial support to provide scholarships at college, technical or trade school. Applicants from public, private, and home schools are eligible to receive the scholarship, provided they participated in youth sports within Loudoun County. The fund aims to award two $500 scholarships …

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015


– 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

Behind Closed Doors

4 Nov 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde It’s sad to say that the norm now is to wonder about the next school shooting. For a student it is the most terrifying thing, the next shooter could come at any moment, and any day could be the day that you die. It could be …

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Sarah's Closet

Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015


– 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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Thank You for Another Successful Halloween Block Party

4 Nov 2015


The 5th annual Purcellville Halloween Block Party was the best attended to date with an estimated 6,000 descending on 21st street in Old Town this past Friday evening. Costume …

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Ethics in Campaigning and Voting

1 Nov 2015


My Dad used to say it’s what you do when nobody is watching that counts. Over 80 percent of my “zoning permitted” and “land owner …

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$17 Dollar Tolls-Ouch!

27 Oct 2015


Recently Gov. McAuliffe proposed $17 round trip tolls on I-66 inside the beltway with Chuck Hedges the Democrat nominee for the HOD 33rd district being …

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