Last Tango in Tampa

September 11, 2012 Columns, Sustainable Planet, Uncategorized Comments Off on Last Tango in Tampa

“It has often been said that, if the human species fails to make a go of it here on Earth, some other species will take over the running….this is not correct. We have, or soon will have, exhausted the necessary physical prerequisites so far as this planet is concerned. With coal gone, oil gone, high-grade metallic ores gone, no species however competent can make the long climb from primitive conditions to high-level technology. [Civilization] is a one-shot affair. If we fail, this planetary system fails so far as intelligence is concerned.” – Astronomer Fred Hoyle.

I can see where this is going to be a pretty distressing read for anybody who is unaware of the consequences of climate change. I would remind you that we still are a very cool species. We are the only species to have been able to read rocks with enough competence to determine our possible fates. And we’ve managed to do it with enough time to positively act and change course. If we do drive ourselves into extinction, you can blame evolution. We are after all only what we are and evolution does not require perfection only adequacy. And it is fine to get angry with the people who are driving us there and it is quite within bounds to ridicule them. It will make you feel better and they deserve it. But there really is no “they”. We are all in this together. When I ridicule George Will, I am equally ridiculing the George Will within me. And with that, be joyful, be kind and read on. … Continue Reading

Loudoun’s Master Gardeners’ Accept Applications for Class of 2013

September 10, 2012 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Loudoun’s Master Gardeners’ Accept Applications for Class of 2013

The program is seeking individuals who are willing to give back to the community through volunteering and who have a desire to learn about gardening fundamentals. A gardening background is helping but not required.

Master Gardeners are volunteers whose mission is to educate Loudoun County residents about safe, effective and sustainable landscape management practices. Volunteers receive extensive training under the auspices of Virginia Tech and the Loudoun County Cooperative Extension office to provide unbiased research-based horticultural information to the community. … Continue Reading

City Status-The Real Costs

September 9, 2012 Government, News Comments Off on City Status-The Real Costs
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By Mary M. Bathory Vidaver

At two meetings this summer, Purcellville Town Council members discussed pursuing city status for the town. Exploring city status for the town was one of the council’s top priorities for 2010, and in a recent Purcellville committee meeting, Councilman Tom Priscilla asked that the Virginia General Assembly be lobbied to lift the state’s current moratorium on towns seeking city status. Vice-Mayor Joan Lehr has also commented that the town’s desire to seek city status was one of the reasons for eliminating the Purcellville Urban Growth Area Management Plan (PUGAMP).

Before the town can act on this idea, the General Assembly must lift its twenty-five-year-old moratorium on granting new city charters. Concerned about the divisiveness of annexation battles between cities and counties, the General Assembly enacted a temporary moratorium on city land annexations in 1987. This moratorium also halted the granting of new city charters and new requests for immunity from annexation by counties. This moratorium will automatically expire in 2018, although the General Assembly could choose to lift it earlier or extend it instead. … Continue Reading

New Greek Life in an Old Theater

September 9, 2012 Business, News 1 comment

Tasos Vatikiotis, owner of Purcellville’s My Deli & Cafe Greek Bistro has wrapped up renovations to transform his family’s Loudoun County-based carryout and catering business into a small sit-down bistro.

My Deli & Cafe Greek Bistro is in a former theater that was transformed into a 12,000-square-foot two-story shopping center and office building. The restaurant has been around since 2007. Vatikiotis’ father, George, has been operating restaurants in the area since 1974. Now that George is retiring, Tasos has stepped up to take a more active role.

“It’s pretty cool what we’ve done here,” he said. “Now we have 24 seats including our outdoor tables, and are doing a lot of events with the schools and sports teams.”
With Greek and Mediterranean dishes on the menu, the restaurant aims to mimic the quick-style modern eateries of Greece, where the family also owned a restaurant, Vatikiotis said.

Down Syndrome Association to Begin Champion Football League and Champion Cheerleading Season

September 8, 2012 Sports Comments Off on Down Syndrome Association to Begin Champion Football League and Champion Cheerleading Season

The Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia is proud to announce that the Champion Football League of Northern Virginia (CFL) will kick-off its second season, beginning with its first game on Saturday, September 8. Games will be held every Saturday at noon and will run through Saturday, November 3, 2012, for a total of nine games. All games will be played at Freedom High School in South Riding.

“This league is about the entire football experience — the excitement of the sport, the unity of a team, the support of the fans, and the reward of players pushing themselves to achieve,” said Brian Ray, President of DSANV. “But most importantly, it’s about every player contributing his or her own unique abilities to the team,” Ray continued. … Continue Reading

Cuccinelli Honored by Humane Society

September 7, 2012 Government, News Comments Off on Cuccinelli Honored by Humane Society

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli was honored in Richmond by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) with the Humane Law Enforcement Award. Laura Donahue, Virginia state director for HSUS, presented the award to the attorney general alongside Moon, one of 100 animals rescued from an arrest in Nelson County, an effort spearheaded by the attorney general’s office. Moon was accompanied by his adoptive owner, Dakota, the 11-year-old son of Tonya Massie, an ABC agent who was on the scene during the search warrant and arrest in Nelson County.

Photo: Dakota Massie, 11, and his dog Moon Courtesy of Debbie Mahone

Board of Supervisors Relaxes Approval Process for Big Box Stores, Government Facilities and Commercial Uses

September 6, 2012 Development, Government, News Comments Off on Board of Supervisors Relaxes Approval Process for Big Box Stores, Government Facilities and Commercial Uses

There are few issues more guaranteed to bring out crowds of speakers to a public hearing than new schools, monopoles, and special events by vineyards, B&Bs, or Country Inns. However, actions taken by the Board of Supervisors at its July 17, 2012 business meeting may eliminate such hearings.

First, the Board also overturned a Zoning Ordinance amendment passed by the last Board that required large retail establishments (aka big boxes) to apply for a special exception, expressing a concern that the requirement imposed too much regulation. The Board also indicated its intent to eliminate Special Exception requirements for schools and other government facilities, using enhanced performance standards to mitigate the impact. Finally, the Board also approved moving forward with an effort to streamline the process for a host of commercial uses, including event venues and monopoles.

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Come Join Purcellville’s First Friday

September 6, 2012 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Come Join Purcellville’s First Friday
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Businesses in Purcellville are keeping their doors open later on Friday, September 7, for the town’s first First Friday. The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. and feature horse drawn carriage rides, wine tasting, live music and refreshments.

Participating businesses include Gruto’s Soft Serve, Above Ground Winery, Everyday Elegance, My Deli and Cafe and Endless Summer Tan, Twigs, Christian Shoppe, Heart’s Delight, Piper Dan’s Keltic Shoppe, Atoka Properties, Boodacades, Butterfly Gourmet, Shave and Haircut, Re-Love It, Yoga Time Studio and Shamrock Music Shoppe.

Watermelon Park Festival Schedule

September 5, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Watermelon Park Festival Schedule

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Please note that schedule is subject to change.

4:00 Fiddlin’ Dave & Morgan (Main Stage) Furnace Mountain’s duo gets us started with some good old good ones.

5:00 Elizabeth Laprelle (Main Stage) Elizabeth LaPrelle of Cedar Springs, Virginia, is a singer and banjo-player. She began winning prizes for her singing at a young age, and has dedicated research, passion, and a powerful voice to the ancient art of Appalachian ballad-singing.

6:00 Acoustic Burgoo (Main Stage) it’s like you put everything in a pot and let it simmer for a while so everything mixes together really nicely into one delicious taste where you taste everything all at once.

7:00 Whiskey Rebellion (Main Stage) The Whiskey Rebellion is a Richmond, VA-based band that plays a style best described as “high-energy acoustic music”.

8:00 Bruce Molsky (Main Stage) A unique and historic tapestry of music gleaned from the Appalachian soul of Tommy Jarrell to Delta blues; from the haunting modal strains of Irish music to the rhythmically nimble music of Eastern Europe. … Continue Reading

Giddy Up and Go!!!!

September 5, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Giddy Up and Go!!!!

Arts & Galleries

Arts in the Village Gallery grand opening, Friday, September 21

Saturday, September 22 will be the grand opening day featuring the mayor of Leesburg doing a ribbon cutting ceremony at noon, artist demos, live music, beverages and appetizers, family events, and more.

Demonstrations will continue on Sunday, September 23. All artists will be on hand. All artwork is local and available for purchase. For more information go to or call 703-862-5063. Arts in the Village Gallery is located at 1601 Village Market Blvd. Suite #11, Leesburg, VA 20175.

Byrne Gallery “Art Goes Here” special exhibition of paintings, mixed media and sculpture, Saturday, September 8 … Continue Reading

Falling Forward for Butterflies and Bulbs

September 5, 2012 Columns, Virginia Gardening Comments Off on Falling Forward for Butterflies and Bulbs

By Donna Williamson

It’s funny, but September always seems like the beginning of the year. Maybe it’s a hangover from school days – a long time ago but impactful nevertheless.
The cooler weather and shorter days give me lots of energy. This year I am taking all the leaves that fall and putting them under shrubs and trees. Not only is this what Mother Nature does, but I tried it on a smaller scale this past year and the shrubs did very well avoiding the constant duel with the mower. More critically, the shrubs, damaged from last year’s drought, were able to trap the rain that fell rather than having it run off of slick dry lawn.

I have another reason to put those leaves under my elderberries, hydrangeas, and dogwoods. Nicole Hamilton of Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy put together a wonderful small book with photos and info about local/Loudoun butterflies and notes several of them over-winter in leaves. Among them are the Painted Lady, Red Admiral, and Mourning Cloak. Why would I dump them into bags for the landfill! … Continue Reading

Please Skip the PR and Protect the Things We Love


By Andrea Gaines

Gov. Bob McDonnell has appointed Purcellville mayor Bob Lazaro to the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation (VLCF).

The VLCF – designed to protect the working farms, forests, natural areas, parks, rivers, and historical sites critical to the state’s economy, culture and quality of life – has spent more than 42 million dollars since 1999. That’s serious money and political influence, and you have to wonder whether Bob Lazaro is a fitting choice.

In the five years since being elected mayor, Mr. Lazaro has overseen one controversial action after another regarding the preservation of Purcellville’s history and the conservation of the broader local environment upon which this growing town has such an impact. … Continue Reading

Back to School Kindness

September 5, 2012 Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on Back to School Kindness

Now … you all must remember … Fields of Athenry’s Sammy the Bull and Miss Ashley, the lady cow with the big baby brown eyes and long eye lashes that just drove Sammy the Bull crazy in love? This past year they had a baby bull boy, little Sammy Junior, the spitting image of his mother. Beautiful Angus bull calf, just one thing wrong though, when little Sammy Junior went to call his mama or papa, his “moo” would start with a sta sta sta stutter!

Wow, you just have no idea how on a farm, when born into a herd of cattle, how tough it can be with other little bull boys if you have a sta sta sta stutter in your moo. I noticed how little Sammy started to hang his head in shame as the other young bull boys would snicker and moo at him. He began to stay all to himself. And, he never swished his tail or romped with glee anymore. He seemed very lonely. … Continue Reading








The Holocene Climate


(Public Input Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, 7 March, 2017) Figure 1 shows the climate variation over the last million years. The low points on the curve correspond to ice ages when glaciers up to a mile thick covered New …

Choosing To Forgive


By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Truly forgiving is the ability to say, ‘Thank you for giving me that experience.’” James Arthur Ray vaulted into fame on the Oprah Winfrey Show back in the mid-2000’s. Stunned hearing these words while watching The Rise and …

Five Key Retirement Questions


Beyond asking yourself where you see yourself and even what your lifelong goal are, effective retirement and longevity planning begs some very big questions. Review the points below and consider how housing, transportation and health considerations all play a role …

Work Woes


By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, I’m a manager at a large tech company and my boss has directed me to fire someone on my team, but as a Christian, I just can’t do it. It’s true that the employee …

Joy or Suffering

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By Mary Rose Lunde No one likes to suffer. When given the chance, many people would choose to laugh rather than cry, to sit in silence with their friends rather than talk through their feelings, because not even their friends …

Wage Radio


I will always remember – very fondly – the first time I ever set foot on the property at 711 Wage Drive Southwest in Leesburg, Virginia. It was a warm, sunny July morning in 1997, and I’d driven all the …

Speaking Truth to Power


“With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed.” Abraham Lincoln On Thursday evening, February 23, I requested the Board of Supervisors pass a proclamation resolving to support the March for Science on Earth Day, April 22 [1]. …

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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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
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Wine & Chili Weekend

Wine & Chili Weekend
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Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale
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March Fourth Friday

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Spring Brunch

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”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner
April 2, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”

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Sterling Library Moving To New Location

25 Mar 2017


Sterling Library’s current location, 120 Enterprise St., Sterling, will close beginning Saturday, March 25, to prepare for the opening of the new Sterling Library on Saturday, April 15. Patrons can return library materials using the drop box at the new location, 22330 S. Sterling Boulevard.

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Middleburg Gallery Presents Country Pursuits Exhibit

25 Mar 2017

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The Gallery on Madison in Middleburg is presenting an exhibit of Brian Whelan’s (a London Irish painter now settled in Waterford) ) transcriptions of a gallery of paintings by Thomas Gainsborough, ‘Mr. and Mrs. Andrews’ through April 2. The exhibit includes 23 paintings, two masks, two graphics, and nine preparatory drawings.

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Loudoun Workforce Resource Center Presents STEM Career Fair March 28

16 Mar 2017

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Anyone interested in a career in the rapidly growing field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is encouraged to attend an upcoming STEM Career Fair in Loudoun. The Loudoun Workforce Resource Center, in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC)’s Loudoun campus and NOVA SySTEMic Solutions, is holding a STEM Career Fair Tuesday, March 28, from 1:00 to 4:00 …

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Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

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Appointment Shocks Many On January 3 Supervisor Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge) nominated Tom Priscilla for the Loudoun County Planning Commission to represent the Blue Ridge District. Priscilla was …


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 …

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Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved


Today, most residents of Loudoun County know nothing about Williams Gap, even those living on Williams Gap Road (Route 711). Knowing who “Williams” was, why a gap in the Blue …

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception


We are a group of Loudoun County citizens who will be adversely affected if the board grants a special exception for the Catesby Farm property at your upcoming meeting. You …

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 …

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Virginia Schools Kick Off Statewide Campaign To Encourage Safe Teen Driving


More teen drivers in Virginia will be involved in traffic crashes between the months of May and August than any other time of the year, statistics show. To help save lives and prevent such crashes during the high-risk warm weather months, Virginia schools are kicking off a statewide teen safety …

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Protecting Free Speech


By Dave LaRock (R-33) As elected officials and members of the legislature, our most fundamental responsibility is to protect God-given constitutionally protected rights. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits the government, including governmental public colleges and universities, from infringing on free speech and the free exercise of …


Walbridge To Run for State Delegate in the 33rd District

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Tia Walbridge announces her run for the District 33 seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Walbridge is a wife and mother of two daughters and an active member of the Round Hill community. “Like many people in our district, my family has found its prosperity in a Virginia-based small …

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Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017


The Loudoun Valley Vikings are the boy’s runner-up at the VHSL 4A State Indoor Track and Field Championships at Roanoke College.  During the 2015-2016 school year, the Loudoun County School Board approved Indoor Track and Field as a Tier 2 (self-funded) sport.  The seven boys competing scored 48 points, second …

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WLVBC U14 Boys Finish 3rd at VA Beach Event

23 Feb 2017


The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys Team garnered 3rd place in their first travel tournament of 2017, the Virginia Beach Invitational. This event was held Feb. 18-19 and featured more than 24 teams from the U14 to U18 age group. The team was second on their net on day …

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