Kalli Dakos Returns to Loudoun Country Day School

March 18, 2013 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Kalli Dakos Returns to Loudoun Country Day School
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Children’s poet, Kalli Dakos, will return by popular acclaim to Loudoun Country Day School on Tuesday, March 19, for a day of regaling classes in the library with her imaginative, humorous poetry. This is the 24th year in a row that she has visited the school. Kalli has written over 2,000 poems and has recent book publications: I Heard You Twice the First Time; A Funeral in the Bathroom, and Poems for Tired and Bewildered Teachers. She draws on her previous career as a teacher and reading specialist to entertain, educate, and stimulate the minds of students.

The titles of her poetry books for elementary school students draw them in: Whatever You Do! Don’t Read This Book, Mrs. Cole on an Onion Roll, and If You’re Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand! Kalli will be in the library from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, with a book signing to follow her presentations, which always include props such as dancing coke bottles, squishy eyeballs, deely-boppers, and a six-foot inflatable pig named Hamlet from her book, Our Principal Promised to Kiss a Pig. The school has dusted off its rubber snakes and 3-D glasses in eager anticipation of Ms. Dakos’ visit, to enjoy her celebration of wit and imagination, which students enjoy so much.

When Will Norfolk and Virginia Beach Have To Be Abandoned?

March 14, 2013 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on When Will Norfolk and Virginia Beach Have To Be Abandoned?
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“[F]ive meters of sea level rise … is at the low end of what we should expect and is now almost certainly locked-in. We may be able to slow it down but it is highly unlikely that we can prevent it from happening.” Tony Noerpel [1]

I based this assessment on evidence from the recent paleoclimate record including two previous interglacials in the Pleistocene Epoch: the Eemian (about 125,000 years ago) and the Holsteinian (about 400,000 years ago) and the mid Pliocene Epoch (about three million years ago). While there is considerable evidence going back over the entire Cenozoic Era which includes all Geological time since the dinosaurs went extinct 65 million years ago, the Earth was a different place much older than the beginning of the Pliocene Epoch, 5.3 million years ago due to plate tectonics. The Isthmus of Panama land bridge between North and South America formed about 3.5 million years ago modifying the ocean currents and heat transport from the tropics to the polar regions. It therefore seems a reasonable assumption that extreme climates after this time may be good analogues to the current climate event since the locations of continents and ocean circulation have been the same. The caveat is that human emissions are increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide at a rate ten to hundred times faster than during any other identified event in Earth history during the last 300 million years with the exception of collisions with asteroids such as the one which slammed into the Gulf of Mexico 65 million years ago, killing all the dinosaurs. Climate Scientist Andrew Glikson pointed out that: “asteroid collisions result in instantaneous release of carbon dioxide from the impacted, melted and vaporized target rocks, including carbonates and shale, and so release carbon dioxide much faster than the rate of human combustion of fossil fuels.” … Continue Reading

Suspect in Sunday Morning Pursuit Charged in Series of Burglaries in Loudoun

March 14, 2013 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Suspect in Sunday Morning Pursuit Charged in Series of Burglaries in Loudoun

An Alexandria man who led authorities on a pursuit from Fairfax County and into the Lowes Island area on March 10 has been charged in
connection with a series of burglaries that occurred earlier this year in Loudoun County.

Victor T. Ellis, 25, was charged Sunday with three counts of burglary, one count of breaking and entering, two counts of grand larceny, one count of credit card larceny, and one count of credit card fraud. … Continue Reading

Cut-Through Traffic in the Country Club Hills Neighborhood and the Planned Route7/690 Interchange

March 9, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Cut-Through Traffic in the Country Club Hills Neighborhood and the Planned Route7/690 Interchange
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I want to share some eye-opening statistics on the volume of traffic that cuts through the Country Club Hills Community on a normal week day and respectfully ask that folks please consider the safety and quality of life of the residents and not cut-through this neighborhood. In 2010 traffic data was collected by the town and showed an average volume on a normal weekday at 889 vehicles/day. Traffic data was again collected by the town during the first week of March 2013 and the results showed that on a normal weekday the volume has increased by ~23.61 percent to 1127 vehicles/day. I realize these are public roads and anyone can use them. However, this 50+ year old neighborhood with narrow roads and no sidewalks was not designed for this amount of traffic and presents safety issues for the residents. This traffic volume will only increase as the population grows and with the construction of a planned interchange at Route 7/690. The town needs another interchange to relieve traffic congestion, but at what expense to the Country Club Hills Community? I encourage the residents along this cut-through gauntlet (33rd St., Country Club Dr., Ashleigh Rd.) to contact the Mayor and Supervisor Clarke with any concerns you might have and let’s start addressing this topic now before it is too late. Thank you to the folks that will consider this request and not cut-through the neighborhood and to the fellow residents for getting involved if concerned with this ever-growing issue in the community.

Bill Conover
Purcellville

Tiptoeing Towards the “Spring Market”

March 9, 2013 Columns Comments Off on Tiptoeing Towards the “Spring Market”
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If you are having difficulty understanding what our real estate market will actually look like as we move into warmer weather, don’t feel alone; so do I. It’s true that there continues to be a sense of “cautious optimism” when it comes to our economy in general, but speaking with folks dropping by my office or calling, there is still a very pronounced air of caution in everyone’s comments.

Residential resale prices are showing some improvement…

However, the month-over-month rate of sales fell off dramatically this past month, though they were still higher than the same month last year. According to the MRIS, the active number of listings is down from 1,282 to 1,005, compared to the same month last year. The number of new contracts was up 4.96 percent for the same period. … Continue Reading

Taming the Leprechaun in Me

March 9, 2013 Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on Taming the Leprechaun in Me
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Hi there, it’s me, the Mighty Cairn Terrier Sushi. We’re coming on early spring here at Fields of Athenry Farm. Baby lambs are bouncing around in the sun, doing happily frivolous things. But, that’s not where my head is right now, certainly not feeling frivolous, more like down in the dumps and unloved.

You see, one of the “other” farm dogs, that stage-stealing bullmastiff Clover, is down at the barn primping and preening herself – quite frankly, I think she is acting more like a duck! – All in preparation for her upcoming birthday. She was born on Saint Patrick’s Day, one of my master Mrs. B’s favorite holidays of the year, and, a really big birthday bash is being planned for her here at the farm.

I mean, really? The dog isn’t even Irish! She’s English for goodness sake and for weeks on end it’s been Clover this and Clover that. The dog can do no wrong. It is so annoying. And, that’s when it hits me. Sushi, I say to myself, you’re of Irish descent, you know … and Saint Patrick’s Day is coming up … and since you are in a rather mischievous mood … why not morph yourself into a silly little leprechaun and play some kind of practical birthday joke on Clover?

I am giddy at the thought of a good practical joke on her queenship! It must be something fun. Ahhhhhh, I got it, me as a leprechaun, doing something very mischievous to the queen bee. Fun, fun, fun. (And, it’s just a joke, after all … right?)

And, so, I scheme. I scheme in my small but very inventive Cairn Terrier head and come upon a decidedly Irish idea – perfect for Saint Patrick’s Day. I decide to dye one of those cute little lambs green, and blame it on Clover. It’s such a brilliant idea my mood is almost instantly elevated and so I set out for the house and that special basket Mr. B keeps all of those big chalk crayons – the perfect weapon of choice as when they get wet and gooey, mixed with a little green Easter egg coloring, they will paint a little lamb green as green can be! My plan is just divine! Everyone knows it is Clover who watches over the lambs. I can hardly stand my brilliance. Her glorified days are over!

Gnarly Gander, our stately farm goose, intercepts me on the way to the house. “Sushi, you look funny, like you might be down, but at the same time, you might be up to something? “Are you all right?” Gnarly says with a touch of concern. Gnarly’ s compassion touched me, but I was still in my part angry part mischievous mood and so I said “Go away Gnarly Gander, I don’t feel like talking to you or anybody else!” “Sushi; what’s wrong little man?” Gnarly asked. “I’ll tell you what’s wrong!” I snapped. “Everything is all about Clover. No one notices me anymore. I feel invisible. Mrs. B is dotting on that Irish imposter and Clover is down at the barn primping and preening and I just can’t stand it!” “Awe, Sushi,” said Gnarly, “You know Mrs. B and everyone loves you; but more than that, Clover is crazy about you! Just the other day Clover lay with me in the warm sun and reminisced how wonderful it was doing guard duty with you for the entire farm. She rolled on her back, carrying on about that time you alerted her to the hawk aiming to steal Lady Miss Gracious for his chicken dinner. She went on story after story about how grand you two work together – you, fast on those four little legs, and she with the brawn. What a perfect team you are together. It was so much togetherness Sushi about you two; I had to duck my head into Quackery Pond.

Well, that did it. I looked at Gnarly Gander, a glint of tear in my eye and said, “You know, when one of us is down, here on the farm, another one of us always knows how to lift us up, remind us we are part of a plan, part of a family. Thanks, Gnarly, for reminding me of that. It’s not about one of us, it’s about all of us. I think I’ll go back to the barn and surprise Clover. We have some birthday party planning to do!”

– All my love, Sushi.

Hollywood Portrayal Of Mental Illness Is Mixed

March 9, 2013 Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Comments Off on Hollywood Portrayal Of Mental Illness Is Mixed
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Dr. Mike, My husband has Bipolar Disorder, and we recently saw Silver Linings Playbook. I realize the movie is a big hit and that a lot of people really enjoy the movie’s feel-good message, but we are both very offended by the story. Bipolar Disorder is a serious mental illness, and it has compromised my husband’s life, and our family’s life, in many ways over the years. To portray Bipolar as something that you can get over in a short period of time is not only ludicrous but also insulting to those of us who live with Bipolar, and its painful realities, everyday. I don’t know if you saw the movie, but I know you were the head mental health advisor to the Bipolar Support Alliance of Northern Virginia, so we are curious to get your thoughts on this. -P in Loudoun County

P, I did see the movie, and I enjoyed it very much. I enjoyed it as entertainment, however, and not as a fully accurate portrayal of a mental health condition or treatment/recovery process. Whenever Hollywood attempts to address a mental health condition or mental health treatment, they will get some things right and they will get a lot of things wrong. As a psychologist, there are many errors in the film – regarding the diagnosis and symptoms, the therapist’s behavior, the rate of recovery, etc. But I think that there are many positives in the movie that make sense to me as well, the main point being that one’s environment and one’s relationships are essential for bringing about meaningful change. In my opinion, Bradley Cooper’s character, Pat, does not really start addressing his problems until after he is released from the mental hospital. The hospital served to over insulate Pat, and once he was released, he was forced to deal with real life relationships and experiences. Over time, and with several painful moments, he began to take responsibility for himself, including his feelings and behaviors, in the context of his important relationships. With small relational successes, he was then able to stay in reality more and more to get his needs met, as opposed to retreating quickly into fantasy or acting-out destructively. In the end, Pat was able to redefine himself, and he was able to find love again. He did so with therapy, medications and a strong support system. Individuals with Bipolar Disorder typically require all three of these very necessary ingredients in order to live successful lives. The movie got those parts of Bipolar Disorder correct, but, I agree with you, that the movie also took several liberties with this serious condition.

Dr. Mike, What are your thoughts on the 6 year old boy from Maryland that was suspended from school for pointing his finger like a gun at another student and saying “pow?” My husband and I feel that the suspension was absurd and that it just shows how politically correct we have become as a society. -G in Loudoun County

G, Yes, I agree that the suspension was absurd. The decision was absurd because first graders developmentally do not have a complete understanding of killing or murdering, and thus they should not be punished or held accountable for what they cannot grasp on a cognitive level. That moment, in my opinion, should have been handled between the teacher and the student, where the teacher should have corrected the student privately. But I do not agree with you that the suspension happened because of political correctness. The Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, as well as the other horrific shootings over recent years, have left us shaken as a society. I think that school systems are still trying to figure out the new normal when it comes to child safety, and in doing that, perhaps they may go too far at times. So, while I think you are correct in your position, there is also a part of me, given the several school tragedies we have suffered as a nation, that thinks erring on the side of conservative with guns (and even inferences to them) with students is actually a good thing.

Dr. Mike, Our 15-year-old son recently told me that marijuana is safer than alcohol and that there is research to support his position. He even went so far as to say that if we were living in Washington or Colorado or parts of Europe that smoking marijuana would be the norm for us all. Our son has denied using marijuana, but my husband and I are concerned about his newfound excitement for the drug. We have a zero tolerance approach to drugs and alcohol for our children, but we’re not sure our son does anymore. Your thoughts are appreciated. -W in Loudoun County

W, At 15, I would not be surprised if your son has been exposed to marijuana given its undeniable presence. I would also not be surprised if he has tried it or is actively using it given his excitement and advocacy for it. I think it is interesting that he has come to you to argue his points, and it makes me think that he is still looking for some direction from you on the topic as his parents. I think you should start by asking your son why getting high or using marijuana (or any mind altering substance for that matter) is so attractive to him. You can also ask him if any of his friends share his thoughts on marijuana. By letting your son discuss marijuana openly with you as parents, you will get a better sense of his exposure to it. Instead of arguing or reminding your son of your family’s zero tolerance rules, I would speak to him more from a place of concern. It is not that he cannot smoke marijuana, but rather that you would be very worried about him if he did. You should let him know that recreational marijuana use may or may not be worse than alcohol but that you are certain that both are bad for children and teens. You can let your son know that at 15 his brain and body are still developing, and there are some very real dangers in using substances for him now. I think you should also make the strong point that marijuana is still illegal in VA, and it likely will be for some time to come. Should your son get arrested for marijuana use or possession, he could face some very real consequences – consequences that could follow him through high school and perhaps even into college. At 15, your son is aging out of childhood, and police and the legal system will begin to treat him more like an adult for his crimes. Your son may or may not have tried marijuana yet, and he still may, but your talks should challenge him to think through his decisions. Teenagers sometimes do stupid things in attempting to assert their independence. If that happens for your son with marijuana, he should be held accountable and he should be supported to not repeat the behavior.

Michael Oberschneider “Dr. Mike” is the Founder and Director of Ashburn Psychological Services (APS), a private mental health clinic comprised of 12 MD and PhD level mental health clinician. He and his team are here to serve our Loudoun children, teens and adults. To learn more about Dr. Mike and the APS team, please visit: www.ashburnpsych.com or call (703) 723-2999.

Master Gardeners Announce Annual Gardening Symposium

March 9, 2013 Events, Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Master Gardeners Announce Annual Gardening Symposium
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Master Gardeners Kick Off Spring Gardening Season

Loudoun County’s Master Gardeners kick off this year’s spring gardening season with their fourth annual symposium packed with topics ranging from “Ten Steps to a Greener Lawn” to “Have Your Yard and Eat It Too.”

Registration is open now for the event, which will be held at Ida Lee Park in Leesburg on April 6 and 7.

“We have a wonderfully diverse group of speakers this year, each with a deep knowledge of subjects near and dear to the hearts of gardeners and nature lovers,” said Becky Phillips, a veteran Master Gardener and the symposium chairperson. “Anyone who attends will walk away educated, entertained and inspired.”

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Grand Jury Impaneled In Delgaudio Case While Opponents Prepare For Removal

March 9, 2013 Government, News Comments Off on Grand Jury Impaneled In Delgaudio Case While Opponents Prepare For Removal
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The criminal investigation of Sterling Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio is continuing, with reports that a grand jury has now been impaneled to review the evidence, a review expected to take place over the next few months. The investigation was handed over to a special prosecutor, Arlington Commonwealth’s Attorney Theo Stamos, in November, following several weeks of controversy sparked by a Washington Post article detailing allegations by three former staff aides to Delgaudio. During that time the Board of Supervisors first authorized, then suspended, its own internal investigation, and it came to light that Chairman York and then-Vice-Chair Janet Clarke had been in possession of former aide Donna Mateer’s statement and supporting documents from Delgaudio’s office since April. Mateer alleged that Delgaudio mistreated staff and instructed her and other aides to engage in political fundraising while being paid by the county.

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Farewell to PUGAMP

March 7, 2013 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Farewell to PUGAMP
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At its February Public Hearing, the Board of Supervisors indicated its intention to terminate the Annexation Agreement between the county and the Town of Purcellville, abolish the Purcellville Urban Growth Area Management Plan (PUGAMP), and eliminate a planned urban growth area around the Town of Purcellville. The Purcellville Town Council is expected to take a similar vote in the near future. Thus ends the almost eighteen-year experiment with joint planning for growth between the town and the county.

Public opinion differs as to whether the decision will lead to a positive or a negative outcome, will make it easier or harder for Purcellville to adjust its corporate limits in the future. The future, as always, is uncertain. Sometimes, however, a study of the past provides insights into what the future may hold. With that thought, The Blue Ridge Leader offers its readers a PUGAMP timeline.

PUGAMP is more than just a planning story, though. It also includes the Town’s search for sufficient water and the County’s search for sufficient land on which to build facilities. Thus, the timeline includes some mention of these issues as well. Politics and personalities played roles as well, but don’t lend themselves well to timeline formats. Due to space considerations, not every relevant event can be included. More than likely, everyone will likely feel that some important date is missing or some important issue unaddressed. We leave it to historians and professors of planning to undertake the complete evaluation.

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Pruning Roses and Other Ornamentals

March 6, 2013 Columns, Virginia Gardening Comments Off on Pruning Roses and Other Ornamentals
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By Donna Willliamson

There are always days in March that warm a gardener’s heart and bones. Little leaves are starting to show themselves and there is spring in the air.

Pruning roses might seem difficult but it is simple. Of course there will be scratches from thorns you rub against in the process. Take long gloves if you have them, sharp prunig shears, a lopper for work at the rose base, and a small container of white glue.

The glue is for the end of the branches – it will make it hard for borers to tunnel into the rose cane. Just dab a bit after pruning and let it harden. … Continue Reading

Interview with Upper Loudoun Little League President, Norris Beavers

March 6, 2013 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Interview with Upper Loudoun Little League President, Norris Beavers
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If we selected a ‘Mister Loudoun County,’ Norris Beavers would certainly be a top candidate: Middleburg Postmaster for 18 years (retired in 2007), pillar of his church (Emmanuel Episcopal in Middleburg) and long-running President for Upper Loudoun Little League (ULLL). Born and raised in Loudoun County, he attended Lincoln Elementary and Loudoun Valley High Schools. Just think of the local residents he has known in his time, and the lives he has touched: Beavers served as Postmaster for the historic community of Waterford before his tenure in Middleburg, and he worked at the Leesburg Post Office prior to that. He’s held several positions for his local church (vestry member for five terms, cemetery committee chairman, and co-treasurer, not to mention lay ministry member for many years). His service to ULLL includes almost three decades as Board Member, and 13 years as President. No surprise that his three sons all played Little League, as well. Norris Beavers also does some ‘hoopin,’ with about 15 years of refereeing for the Western Loudoun Basketball League, and Board Membership for that organization approaching two decades. We’re happy to share his views on local youth sports, from this recent interview …

Tim Jon: How did you get started in youth sports – and, what do you enjoy most (these days) about being involved in kids’ athletics?
Norris Beavers: With three sons, I wanted them to have a positive experience playing sports. I realize I could make a positive experience for many other kids also. That is what motivates me today.

TJ: Not everybody’s going to be a Ray Lewis or a Roberto Clemente, but team sports can still help in our development. What are your thoughts on this? … Continue Reading

The Place of the Long-Hair Cows

March 6, 2013 Columns, Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth Comments Off on The Place of the Long-Hair Cows
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It’s those cows. They just seem so appropriate in this place – sorta like the yaks of the Himalayas – those shaggy critters used to lug supplies up and down the dizzying inclines. Well, these guys have it a little easier – from what I can see – until their conversion into table products, anyway. Nice, lean beef on the hoof …

Oh, and, yeah – I know there are several places in Loudoun County where you can see these things – Highland cattle, I mean – originally bred along the cold, windy slopes of Scotland’s high ground and Western Isles. That memorable day I visited, the low-sweeping clouds of a spent tropical storm made it all the more fitting – as if this local herd and their stumbly patch of earth had risen to meet the weather. And, like a lot of other mountaineers I’ve come across, they don’t really have a lot to say: they seem content just to BE – too busy living their lives to spend too much time on commentary and self-analysis. Cow gurus, as it were. Well, like I say, they’re not in a bad spot; I could sure think of lots of worse places to plod out an existence – on which many of us two-leggers actually do – to my way of thinking. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

The Holocene Climate

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(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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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“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

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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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Calendar

March 2017
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February 27, 2017 February 28, 2017 March 1, 2017 March 2, 2017 March 3, 2017

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV
March 4, 2017

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
March 5, 2017
March 6, 2017 March 7, 2017 March 8, 2017 March 9, 2017 March 10, 2017 March 11, 2017 March 12, 2017
March 13, 2017 March 14, 2017 March 15, 2017 March 16, 2017 March 17, 2017 March 18, 2017

Wine & Chili Weekend

Wine & Chili Weekend
March 19, 2017

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale
March 20, 2017 March 21, 2017 March 22, 2017 March 23, 2017 March 24, 2017

March Fourth Friday

March Fourth Friday
March 25, 2017 March 26, 2017

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch
March 27, 2017 March 28, 2017 March 29, 2017 March 30, 2017 March 31, 2017 April 1, 2017

”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”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”
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Sterling Library Moving To New Location

25 Mar 2017

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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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Editorial

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 …

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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 …

Dear Editor

Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 …

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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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Sports

Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017

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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

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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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