Karen Dilley Joins the Town of Leesburg as Human Resources Manager

November 30, 2012 Government, News Comments Off on Karen Dilley Joins the Town of Leesburg as Human Resources Manager
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Town of Leesburg officials announced today that Karen Dilley has been hired as the Town’s new Human Resources Manager. Ms. Dilley will fill the position left vacant by the retirement of current Human Resources Director Nancy Fixx. She will start with the Town on Monday, December 3, 2012.

Karen Dilley has ten years of Human Resources experience in a variety of industries, including local government, manufacturing and the non-profit sector. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in Labor Relations and Human Resources from Michigan State University. A native of Michigan, Ms. Dilley moved to Northern Virginia in late 2010. She resides in Ashburn with her husband and two children. … Continue Reading

New Auction Company Launches

November 30, 2012 Business, News Comments Off on New Auction Company Launches
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Savvy Buyers and Motivated Sellers Come Together in Lively and Entertaining Shopping Event

Auctions on Main, a live auction company in downtown Purcellville, is now accepting consignments for their Grand Opening auction, beginning 2013. For the home or business with unused items, or those looking to furnish or equip their place, auctions are the perfect solution for buyers and sellers.

Buyers can find bargains on previously owned items, all under one roof. Auctions sell just about anything­– one never knows what unique item will be discovered. Buyers can also browse a photo gallery online, which features many of the items being auctioned that week.

Sellers eliminate the hassle of selling through the classifieds. Auctions on Main does all the advertising, qualifies the buyer, sells the item and processes the funds. Most importantly, sellers preserve their privacy and save time in finding potential buyers. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Valley Students Accepted at Coastal Carolina University

November 30, 2012 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Loudoun Valley Students Accepted at Coastal Carolina University
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The following Loudoun Valley high school students have been accepted at Coastal Carolina University for the Fall 2013 semester.

Steffanie May plans to major in Elementary Education.

Connor Chiles plans to major in Marine Science.

Morgan Hammer plans to major in Psychology.

Round Hill Welcomes Holidays on December 8

November 30, 2012 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Round Hill Welcomes Holidays on December 8

The Round Hill community will celebrate “Holidays in Round Hill” on Saturday, December 8, with an array of activities.

On Saturday afternoon, the Round Hill Arts Center will offer a special block-printed holiday card workshop with Jill Evans-Kavaldjian. The workshop runs from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and is appropriate for children ages eight and up. The workshop costs $40, which includes materials for 20 cards. The Round Hill Arts Center is located in the Hill High Orchards complex on Route 7 just west of Round Hill. Register by calling 540-338-5022 or visiting www.roundhillartscenter.org. While at Hill High, be sure to visit the Country Store and the Gateway Gallery for unique locally produced gifts, and leave time to enjoy a glass of mulled wine by the fire at Bogati Bodega. … Continue Reading

Local Teacher Uses Technology with Traditional Approach to Learning

November 30, 2012 News, Schools Comments Off on Local Teacher Uses Technology with Traditional Approach to Learning
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“The great bug study had begun in our classroom. The students began creating their scientific drawings with paper and pencil and were getting frustrated with erasing; Aha!”

This is a quote from Loudoun Country Day School kindergarten teacher Angie Cross as she presented for the third time at the largest gathering of early childhood educators in the world, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the NAEYC Annual Conference and Expo, held in Atlanta, Georgia, from November 7-10. She specifically talked about how she and her students have not only learned how to integrate iPads into their daily learning in the classroom, but they use it side-by-side with traditional approaches, creating a learning environment that is unique to this age group and built on the success of combined approaches. … Continue Reading

County Hosts Public Information Meetings on Lights at Two Park Sites

November 28, 2012 News, Public Safety Comments Off on County Hosts Public Information Meetings on Lights at Two Park Sites

The Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services and the Department of Construction and Waste Management will hold informational sessions for the public regarding two special exception applications for lights at Byrne’s Ridge Park and the Brambleton Fields (East/West) park site.

Byrne’s Ridge Park is located at 24915 Mineral Springs Circle in Aldie. The meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 3, 2012, in the auditorium of Mercer Middle School, 42149 Greenstone Drive, Aldie.

The Brambleton Fields (East/West) park site is located at 22389 Belmont Ridge Road in Ashburn. The meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 6, in the auditorium of the National Recreation & Park Association, 22377 Belmont Ridge Road, Ashburn.

For more information, contact prcs@loudoun.gov or call 703-777-0343.

How Do You Help Children Cope with Death of Principal?

November 28, 2012 Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Comments Off on How Do You Help Children Cope with Death of Principal?
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Dr. Mike,
My son’s principal, Ms. Kathleen Hwang, of Sanders Corner Elementary School was killed this past week when she was hit by a car while crossing the street. We told our son about the news, and he is very upset. He is so upset that he doesn’t want to return to school on Monday. Do you have an advice on how to get us through this difficult time?
L in Loudoun County

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Balch Library to Host Booksigning

November 28, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Balch Library to Host Booksigning

The Thomas Balch Library will host a book signing for Gale Waldron and Sarah Huntington, author and photographer of “In Their Own Words, Recollections of an Earlier Loudoun” on Saturday, December 1 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Originally published in 2002, the book was recently reprinted as a 10th Anniversary edition and is now on sale.

In Their Own Words, which debuted in 2002, is a close up look at Loudoun’s past as told through 32 personal vignettes. Waldron, founder and editor of the former Loudoun ART magazine, and local award-winning photographer Huntington began working on the idea for Loudoun ART magazine, meeting with people in all areas of the county to collect their stories of earlier times.

For more information, call 703-771-0127 or 540-338-7809.

BOS Should Vote Against Moving Assessor Function to COR

November 26, 2012 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on BOS Should Vote Against Moving Assessor Function to COR

The BoS should vote against moving the Assessor function to the Commissioner of Revenue (CoR) office. Eight points to consider:

  1. The prior County Assessor was selected via a nationwide executive search. He was highly qualified and effective. During his seven years of service, he brought assessments and related programs into compliance with the State and local mandates. The office was professionally managed and restructured under strong, independent, leadership. During the Government Reform Commission (GRC) interview, the CoR couldn’t recall his office budget. He said, “I knew you were going to ask that question,” and deferred to staff. Does the current CoR have the qualifications, management expertise, licenses, or certifications to function as the County Assessor? … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of November 17, 2012

November 24, 2012 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of November 17, 2012
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11/17/12 – 11:24 p.m. – West A St. / Sturbridge Ct. – Simple Assault & Disorderly Conduct – Victim states an adult male attacked him at the stop sign, accusing him of speeding on A Street. Investigation continues.
11/18/12 – 12:19 a.m. – Rt. 7 / Rt. 287 – DUI / Obstruction of Justice – Marlon Erne Martinez-Castillo age 21 of no fixed address was arrested.
11/18/12 – 12:19 a.m. – Rt. 7 / Rt.287 – Public Intoxication / Obstruction of Justice – Perez Javier Figueroa age 30 of Leesburg, Va. was arrested.
11/18/12 – 9:20 a.m. – 300 block of S. 20th St. – Non-violent Family Dispute – Complaint worked by police and resolved.
11/18/12 – 6:00 p.m. – 100 block of N. 16th t – Larceny – Victim reports their bicycle was stolen. Loss valued at $100.00.
11/19/12 – 12:15 p.m. – 100 block of N 16th St. – Destruction of Property – Victim reports that someone scratched their vehicle and broke a vent cover. Damage valued at $500.00.

Leesburg Police and Parks & Recreation’s R.O.C.K. Program Sponsor “Holidays With The Cops”

November 24, 2012 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Leesburg Police and Parks & Recreation’s R.O.C.K. Program Sponsor “Holidays With The Cops”
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During the first week of December, the Leesburg Police Department, in partnership with the Leesburg Parks & Recreation Department’s R.O.C.K. Program, will make this Christmas a little brighter for some of Leesburg’s neediest children.

Each child who participates will be paired up with a uniformed Leesburg police officer and will be given $200 to spend on Christmas gifts. “Holiday With The
Cops” will start with dinner for the children and their “shopping buddies” at the Leesburg Police Department. After dinner, the police officers will escort
the children to Target, where they will be able to shop to their hearts’ content. In the past, many children have purchased gifts for family members and
necessary household items. One child even bought a Christmas tree for his family! Once the children have finished their shopping, volunteers from Leesburg Police Explorer Post # 1041 and Leesburg Police Citizen Support Team as well as Leesburg Police Department dispatchers and staff will help the children wrap their gifts. Members from the Leesburg National Guard Armory will then help transport all the gifts home for the kids. … Continue Reading

LCSO to Hold Series of Internet Safety Classes for Parents

November 24, 2012 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO to Hold Series of Internet Safety Classes for Parents
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office will begin a series of courses called Internet Safety: What Parents Need to Know. This two part course will help introduce parents to basic Internet safety as well as some advanced techniques to help keep their children safe while online and using technology. Be advised that these are PARENT ONLY CLASSES due to GRAPHIC CONTENT.

Internet Safety is a common topic of discussion for today’s parents and in some cases can be a source of anxiety. With technology moving ahead at such a rapid pace, it can be hard for parents to keep up let alone catch up. Topics that will be discussed: Social Networking, Sexting/Texting, Cell Phone Technology and Features, Laptops vs. Desk Top PC’s, Current Trends, Predatory Behaviors, PC and Console Gaming, and Monitoring Techniques. Below is a list of the upcoming Internet safety courses being taught by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Adult Crime Prevention Unit: … Continue Reading

LINK Reaches Out to Needy Families, Serves Thousands

November 24, 2012 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on LINK Reaches Out to Needy Families, Serves Thousands
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By Mark Gunderman

Friday, November 16, was an extremely busy day as volunteers were sorting food and clothing and tweets were going out seeking additional food items. Facebook was updated with requests for more volunteers to help. On Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. LINK was ready to receive the first of our 800 plus families.

When the day ended shortly after 4:00 p.m., LINK and our volunteers served 801 families (4,300 people comprising 2,066 adults and 2,234 children) food to last five – seven days, fresh produce and meat from Capital Area Food Bank. Volunteers made direct deliveries to 11 homebound families.

$21,930 was distributed in grocery card gift cards. 1,592 winter coats, 1,748 pairs of gloves and winter hats and 1,035 scarves and other winter items were distributed to 320 grateful families. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

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

Creation and Evolution in Native American Spirituality

9 Feb 2016

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In celebration of Evolution Weekend, an annual event led by clergy to encourage serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science, St. James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville has invited Roger and Deborah “Turtle” Swartz to guide a discussion of traditional Native American Spirituality and its wisdom in celebrating human relationship to the earth. In a …

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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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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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