May’s Electronic Tracking Bill Passes Both Houses on Way to Governor

February 27, 2013 Government, News Comments Off on May’s Electronic Tracking Bill Passes Both Houses on Way to Governor
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HB 1981, a bill to make it illegal to use electronic tracking devices to track a person’s location using “intentionally deceptive means and without consent,” has cleared the House and Senate and is on its way to the Governor to be signed into law. Using such a device illegally could result in up to a $500 fine. The bill is a product of a JCOTS study in the Legislature and was four years in the making.

The bill originated when a constituent of May’s reported that an electronic tracking device had been secretly installed in his car to track his whereabouts. He was told by police and the Commonwealth’s Attorney that the act was not illegal, so he requested May’s help in making it so.

“I’m particularly proud of this legislation because it is one more step toward creating rules and regulations for beneficial use of technology so that technology is our servant, not our master,” said May. May chaired the House Science and Technology Committee for eight years and the Joint Commission on Technology and Science for 8 years before becoming Chair of the House Transportation Committee.

Purcellville Passion Play Returning to Firemen’s Field

February 27, 2013 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Purcellville Passion Play Returning to Firemen’s Field
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On Palm Sunday, March 24, the Purcellville Passion Play will stage its 26th annual performance in Purcellville. The Play will take place at 3:00 p.m. at Firemen’s Field, adjacent to the Historic Bush Tabernacle across from the Purcellville Town Hall on Nursery Avenue.

The Passion Play was last performed at Firemen’s Field in 1999. Since then, it has been staged at Franklin Park and at Yaxley and A streets, behind Purcellville Baptist Church.

“We are all very excited about the play returning to Firemen’s Field where it was a key fixture of the Easter season in Purcellville for so many years,” said Peter Buck, one of the producers. “The intimate setting of Firemen’s Field really encourages the audience to be part of the story not just spectators,” Buck added. … Continue Reading

Wolf Takes to House Floor To Address Role of Media Violence in Mass Shootings

February 27, 2013 Government, News Comments Off on Wolf Takes to House Floor To Address Role of Media Violence in Mass Shootings
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Following a recent report that police found violent video games in the home of Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza, Rep Frank Wolf (R-VA) today spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives to stress the need to examine the role that violent media play in mass shootings.

According to the Hartford Courant, detectives are exploring whether Lanza might have been emulating a scenario from a video game during his rampage.

This new development in the Sandy Hook case comes in the wake of a National Science Foundation report requested by Wolf, which revealed three main factors associated with recent mass shootings: exposure to violent media, access to guns and mental health. … Continue Reading

Willowsford Named 2013 Community of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders

February 27, 2013 Business, News Comments Off on Willowsford Named 2013 Community of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders
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Naturally Planned Community Received Top Honors at ‘The Nationals’

Willowsford, a naturally planned new home community in Loudoun County, Va. inspired by the county’s farming heritage and a commitment to natural community design, was named Community of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders at the NAHB International Builders Show in Las Vegas.

“It’s an honor to receive such high recognition from the NAHB,” stated Brian Cullen, who is leading the Willowsford development team. “This has been an outstanding year for Willowsford and the inspired lifestyle it promotes within the community. We, and our partners, have worked tirelessly to convey the unique qualities of this special community, and to have those efforts be so richly rewarded is really wonderful.” … Continue Reading

Straight Talk about Propane

February 24, 2013 Business Comments Off on Straight Talk about Propane
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What’s In Your Tank?
By Dale Schulz

Question: Where does propane come from?

Answer: Propane is a by-product of drilling for oil and natural gas. Propane, along with methane, butane, and others are separated at the well head and furthered processed at a refinery. Virtually all propane currently used in North America is produced in North America. The day is rapidly approaching where the U.S. will be a net exporter of natural gas and propane.

Question: Why do I have propane and not natural gas? … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Sheriff Discusses Immigration Reform Policies at the White House

February 22, 2013 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Loudoun County Sheriff Discusses Immigration Reform Policies at the White House
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In early February, Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman joined Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; senior law enforcement officials from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); and former New York, Los Angeles, and Boston Police Chief Bill Bratton Wednesday at the White House. They discussed strides made in securing US borders, immigration issues affecting local police forces, and the importance of immigration reform.

Sheriff Chapman and other front line law enforcement officials discussed the roles, responsibilities, concerns and impact local law enforcement has with undocumented immigrants in their respective communities. … Continue Reading

Cake Baking Contest for Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s 88th Birthday

February 22, 2013 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Cake Baking Contest for Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s 88th Birthday

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is hosting a cake baking contest in honor of its 88th birthday on Saturday March 2 from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the ATC Visitor Center in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Last year over 100 local residents and business owners were in attendance. This event is free and open to the public.

This year’s contest will be judged in three categories: best Appalachian Trail (A.T.) design, best tasting and most creative cake. The entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges and the most creative cake will be judged by the public. Prizes, including ATC gear and apparel, will be awarded to the top submissions. … Continue Reading

Doug Parsons and Tracey Shiflett Join Town of Leesburg Staff

February 22, 2013 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Doug Parsons and Tracey Shiflett Join Town of Leesburg Staff
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The Town of Leesburg recently hired new staff members in two key positions for the Town.

Doug Parsons has joined the Town as Business Development Manager. In this position, he will be primarily responsible for the Town’s business retention efforts, but will also assist with recruiting new businesses and the development of entrepreneurial programs. Doug comes to Leesburg from Weston, West Virginia, where he was the Executive Director of the Lewis County Economic Development Authority from 2001 to 2012. Previous positions include grant writer with the Region VI (WV) Planning and Development Council, assistant director with the Jackson County (WV) Development Authority, and membership sales with the Charleston (WV) and Myrtle Beach (SC) Chambers of Commerce. Doug holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from West Virginia University. … Continue Reading

Leesburg to Hold Youth Career Expo on March 16

February 22, 2013 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Leesburg to Hold Youth Career Expo on March 16
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On Saturday, March 16, the Town of Leesburg will hold a Youth Career Expo at ProJet Aviation, located at the Leesburg Executive Airport (957 Sycolin Road SE, Leesburg, VA 20175). The Expo hours will be noon to 3:00 p.m.

About 80 to 100 local businesses are expected to participate, and many will be hiring on the spot for both permanent and summer positions.

“This year’s event is actually the third job fair aimed at recent college and high school graduates, as well as current high school students, that has been held in Leesburg in recent years, although it is the first to be sponsored by the Town,” explained Leesburg Town Council Member Kelly Burk. … Continue Reading

VPHC Awarded Virginia Bred Program Grant from The Virginia Horse Industry Board

February 22, 2013 Equestrian, Lifestyle Comments Off on VPHC Awarded Virginia Bred Program Grant from The Virginia Horse Industry Board

The Virginia Paint Horse Club, Inc. (VPHC) recently announced they have been awarded a Virginia Bred Program grant from the Virginia Horse Industry Board (VHIB).

VHIB awarded $5,000 to VPHC as incentive for participants of their Virginia Bred Program. The Programs purpose is to promote the Virginia horse industry by recognizing and rewarding quality paint horse breeding in the Commonwealth. Grant funds provided by VHIB will be used exclusively to reward owners and breeders of American Paint Horse Association (APHA) registered horses foaled in Virginia. The program was designed to increase the opportunity of Virginia bred paint horses to be recognized and rewarded based on their performance in the show ring.

Several Bills Pass Senate As Session Draws To an End

February 22, 2013 Government, News Comments Off on Several Bills Pass Senate As Session Draws To an End

As things at the General Assembly slow down a bit as the session is approached its end, several bills brought forth by Senator Richard H. Black, of the 13th District, made their way through the Senate and on to the House and subcommittees.

Senate Bill 715, regarding motor vehicle titles, would allow for said titles to be transferred to a designated beneficiary upon the unfortunate death of the owner. Currently it is set up so that upon someone’s death their vehicle(s) goes to an heir or someone designated in their will. However, with this bill, people would be able to go to the DMV and designate anyone as the new title-holder of the vehicle(s) if something were to happen to them. This would be helpful considering many people do not have a will and in some cases their vehicle is the largest asset they have to give their heirs; the title will now be transferred without the hindrance and expense of probate. … Continue Reading

Lyme Disease Legislation Passes

February 22, 2013 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Lyme Disease Legislation Passes
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Physicians to disclose information to patients

After long debate and discussion regarding what draft of the Lyme disease bill ought to pass, a very strong version passed through the Senate with a vote of 28Y-9N.

The patron of SB971 was Senator Richard H. Black (R) of Loudoun and Prince William Counties. Delegate Comstock had a separate bill pertaining to Lyme disease, HB1933, running through the House, but it was a weaker version. Senator Black convinced the Senate Education and Health Committee to conform her bill to comparable language as found in his. … Continue Reading

Spring 2013–Change Your Clock, Check Your Battery

February 22, 2013 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Spring 2013–Change Your Clock, Check Your Battery

As daylight savings time begins Sunday, March 10th, Loudoun County Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management reminds residents to check their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Check the manufacturer’s expiration date on the label, replace batteries if needed and clean off any dust or debris. Smoke alarms have become such a common feature in U.S. homes that it is easy to take them for granted. Smoke alarms are appliances, just like toasters, televisions and furnaces. Unlike other appliances, these devices function quietly in the background. Its alarm, in response to a real smoke situation or to testing, is the only evidence that it works. A stereo that does not play will not lead to tragedy, but a worn-out smoke alarm, failing to sound in a fire, could. Hence the reason that all smoke alarms (hard-wired and/or battery powered) should be replaced every ten years. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hundreds Will Join 20th Annual Butterfly Count August 6

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By Andrea Gaines How Is a Butterfly Like a Rainbow? Scientists recently discovered that some butterfly wings contain tiny structures called gyroids that diffract or break up light into the colors of the spectrum. You may also have seen this …

Your Retirement Plan B

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Take the time to design an alternative retirement plan should retirement come earlier than expected. Imagine this. You’ve spend decades working, saving, and planning for your version of the ideal retirement. Your company was just acquired, and your boss is …

Learning Patience As a Camp Counselor

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By Mary Rose Lunde They say that one of the biggest blessings is being a teacher. It is also one of the hardest. Explaining to nine-year-old kids how to build a fire is one of the most challenging things I’ve …

Remembering the Man Who Never Forgot

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “God is God because He remembers.” The implication being that the defining element separating humans from God is the Divine’s inability to forget. Elie Wiesel was defined in part by his willingness to remember, along with his …

Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Balch Library

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By Tim Jon Solitude, peace, and quiet: Not exactly the first three adjectives I’d choose to describe the greater portion of downtown Leesburg, although its charms do shine through even on the busiest of weekday afternoons. The last morning I …

Superforecasting a Book Review

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The book “Superforecasting” by Philip Tetlock and Dan Gardner contains a nearly complete list of the attributes of superforecasting, as well as critical thinking. Tetlock’s research empirically confirms the aspects of critical thinking I’ve been discussing in this column. Their …

Pokémon GO: A Fun New Gaming App or an Accidental Treatment?

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Penicillin was accidently discovered in 1928 when scientist Alexander Fleming returned to his lab from vacation to notice that a strange fungus growing on a culture had killed off the neighboring bacteria. After WWII, psychiatrist and researcher, Dr. John Cade, …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

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Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

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Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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Winchester Plans Patsy Cline Music Festival Labor Day Weekend

11 Aug 2016

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The Patsy Cline Music Festival will be held Labor Day weekend in her hometown of Winchester, Va. in honor of the legendary singer’s birthday anniversary on September. 8. Celebrating Patsy Cline sponsors the celebration that begins with a block party from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in front of the Patsy Cline Historic House, 608 S. Kent St. Music will …

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Vigil for Lost Promise to Remember Loved Ones Lost to Drugs

11 Aug 2016

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Residents and local leaders are encouraged to join the many families, friends and community groups to share the light of their loved ones lost to drugs. The Vigil for Lost Promise will be held Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Drugs: Cost and Consequences Exhibit (DEA Museum), located at 750 Miller Dr. …

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August Is National Peach Month: Eat a Peach in Salad

3 Aug 2016

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Are You Kidding? No. A nectarine and a peach are basically the same species. Nectarines are bald peaches, in effect. In early cultivation, nectarines occasionally appeared on peach trees, the result of a recessive allele, the fruit from which were then cultivated as nectarines. Peaches are also part of the rose family. No wonder why we like all three, so …

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Editorial

Grief and Greed

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By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …

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Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

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– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

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– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

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Lessons from Short Hill

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It’s been a little over two weeks since the Commission Permit for the proposed AT&T facility on Short Hill was overruled by the Board of Supervisors. This is just about …

Thank You

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Dear Citizens of Purcellville: As your town council member it is my vision and priority that you feel welcome at your Town Hall and take part in shaping Purcellville’s future …

View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input …

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Land Trust Receives Large Donation

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On August 22, The Land Trust of Virginia received a $10,000 gift from the Sharon D. Virts Foundation, based in Herndon. The presentation of this grant was part of the Foundation’s official launch event, held at Selma Plantation in Leesburg. Notable speakers included Sharon D. Virts, FCiFederal Founder and Chair, …

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Farmers Urged To Be On The Lookout For Marijuana

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Farmers in Southwest Virginia are being urged to check their property for marijuana planted by trespassers. Within the past year, hundreds of marijuana plants have been discovered between rows of hay bales on farms in and around Pulaski County, according to the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force. “Unfortunately this …

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State Senators Investigate University of Virginia’s $2.3 Billion Operating Surplus

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Senators Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax City) and Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach), are calling for an investigation into disclosures that the University of Virginia has accumulated a $2.3 billion operating surplus, now titled a “Strategic Investment Fund,” that is significantly larger than the Commonwealth’s own cash reserves. Both senators agree that the …

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Sports

Let’s Make Some Memories

3 Aug 2016

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American Legion Baseball At Fireman’s Field, August 3 – 7 By Andrea Gaines American Legion Baseball is here at Fireman’s Field in a big way, featuring five consecutive blockbuster Mid-Atlantic Tournament games – August 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Our local Leesburg Post 34 Rangers had some nice wins …

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Registration Open For Ida Lee’s Fall NFL Flag Football

7 Jul 2016

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Ida Lee’s Fall 2016 NFL Flag Football League will begin with player evaluations on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31.  Players must be registered by Tuesday, July 26, to participate. This fall, Ida Lee’s Leesburg NFL Flag Football House League will have the following age groups:  6-7; 8-9; 10-11; …

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