Purcellville Rocks the Field

May 30, 2013 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Purcellville Rocks the Field
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The Town of Purcellville and the Purcellville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is once again offering their free rock music event, “Rock the Field”, on June 8 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Headlining this event will be the local favorite a Beatles Tribute Band, The Apple Core. There will also be classic rock and blues performances by The Midnight Rule and 7th Son of West Virginia, playing many of your favorites including Led Zepplin, Rolling Stones, Little Feat, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and more. There will be fun and games for all, with an inflatable obstacle course, a gyro machine, and face painting. Food and drink will be available from fantastic local restaurants Boodicades, Tropical Smoothie, and Vocelli’s. Free prize drawings will be happening throughout the event with a grand prize of a new Kindle Fire.

In the event of rainy weather, Rock the Field will move indoors to the Bush Tabernacle Skating Rink. For more information, visit the event webpage at www.rockthefield.org or the Facebook “Rock the Field” event page.

Leesburg to Host Job “Match Making” Event

May 30, 2013 Business, News Comments Off on Leesburg to Host Job “Match Making” Event

New job opportunities for HUBZone residents offered by businesses seeking HUBZone certification.

On Tuesday, June 4, the Town of Leesburg will hold a HUBZone “match making” event, from 12:00pm to 3:00pm, at the Hampton Inn located at 117 Fort Evans Road NE. The event is designed to help HUBZone businesses find qualified HUBZone residents to hire, as well as help businesses interested in locating in the HUBZone find office space.

“This event is a great opportunity for Leesburg’s HUBZone residents to meet employers who are looking specifically to fill jobs in the very near future,” said Marantha Edwards, Leesburg’s Economic Development Director. “There will be a wide range of job opportunities, from field work to data entry to technology jobs available.” … Continue Reading

Reward Offered in Virginia Pit Bull Slashings

May 28, 2013 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Reward Offered in Virginia Pit Bull Slashings

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for ­­­­­­­­­­­­the severe mutilation of two American Pit Bull Terriers. These two attacks, one fatal, are suspected to be related.

The Case: On May 19, around 6:00 a.m., residents reported finding a badly wounded dog lying on the side of the road near their home in Fort Valley, Va. They transported the dog to Charlottesville, Va., for emergency treatment. The dog, now named Phoenix, was severely cut on the neck and abdomen, but he survived. The dog is a young male, brown and white in color. … Continue Reading

The Barns of Rose Presents Walt Wilkins & the Mystiqueros on Friday, May 31 at 8 p.m.

May 28, 2013 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on The Barns of Rose Presents Walt Wilkins & the Mystiqueros on Friday, May 31 at 8 p.m.

Onstage and in the studio, Walt Wilkins, Bill Small and drummer Ray Rodriguez make up the core of the band and are joined by a swirling mix of talented friends, original MQ Marcus Eldridge, Corby Schaub (Crazy Heart soundtrack), Brian Langlinais and Jimmy Davis to name a few. The music of The Mystiqueros is highly reminiscent of 70s country rock from Texas and the West Coast and blues and soul that members grew up listening to and features high-quality songwriting and musicianship, rhythm and vocal arrangements.

The Mystiqueros will be joined on May 31 by Loudoun based WAMA Award winning Janet Emma & Seven West featuring David Kitchen, Angus Mackay, Robbie Magruder, Ariel Francis and Colin Thompson.

Tickets are $20, and more information is at www.barnsofrosehill.org.

The Age of the Universe

May 28, 2013 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on The Age of the Universe

“This whole Big Shebang got started just a bit over 13.5 billion years ago. The trials and errors, painstaking observations and brilliant insights that have led to this answer amount to one of mankind’s most impressive intellectual accomplishments.” David Weintraub [1]

Astronomer David Weintraub explores the history of our discovery of the age of the universe in his appropriately titled book “How Old is the Universe.” From the nascent science of the ancient Greeks such as Aristotle and Eratosthenes to the mature science of present day astronomers and their space telescopes he describes how humans have tackled this question. Based on the most recent observations using the Hubble space telescope, the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe and the Cosmic Background Explorer in combination with our theoretical understanding of the laws of nature such as quantum mechanics and the general theory of relativity scientists have estimated that the universe is between 13.5 and 14 billion years old. This estimate uses four independent methods based on white dwarf (a type of star) cooling times, the ages of star clusters, the physics of the expanding universe and measurements of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation. … Continue Reading

County Offers New Summer Family Pool Pass

May 24, 2013 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on County Offers New Summer Family Pool Pass
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The Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services’ outdoor swimming pools will be open for the summer from May 25 through September 2, 2013. New this season, family pool passes will be offered for the Franklin Park Pool in Purcellville and the Lovettsville Community Pool.

The cost of the pass is $300 for a family of four (4) and $25 for each additional family member. (Non-county residents pay an additional 50 percent of fees.) Passes will be valid during normal pool operating hours and can be used at both locations.

Prior to Memorial Day weekend, passes can be purchased at the Franklin Park Visitors’ Center and Lovettsville Community Center, as well as the department’s administrative office (currently located at 215 Depot Court, SE, Leesburg, VA and relocating to 20145 Ashbrook Place, Suite 170, Ashburn, VA effective June 3, 2013). Passes will be available for purchase at both pools beginning May 25, 2013.

For more information, call 703-777-0343.

FCA Power Surpasses Fundraising Goal

May 24, 2013 Sports Comments Off on FCA Power Surpasses Fundraising Goal
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The FCA Power 13u, a western Loudoun based baseball team, surpassed their fundraising goal of $20,000 by raising an amazing $21,880 in support of Kyles Kamp and the Children’s National Medical Center. The Kyles Kamp tournament was started in 2010 after a local boy, Kyle Hahne, was diagnosed with leukemia. During this third year of the tournament they have raised over $340,000 to date, with an ambitious goal of $600,000 by June 15. One hundred percent of the donations go to support the Children’s National Medical Center, Oncology Division, with one simple goal – end childhood cancer now. You can visit the website at www.kyleskamp.org for further information, and there is still time to donate to the team page FCA Power 13u on the website.

The FCA Power reached out to neighbors, church members, friends, teachers, coaches – basically everyone we could think of – to ask for donations to this wonderful charity. It was especially meaningful for this team of 13 year old boys as one of their own, Clark Hile, was diagnosed with leukemia when he was four and was successfully treated at Children’s National. Clark is a great baseball player, valuable teammate, and good friend thanks in large part to the care he received at CNMC. … Continue Reading

Kaine Launches New Website

May 19, 2013 Around Virginia Comments Off on Kaine Launches New Website

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine launched his permanent Senate website today. Through the site, Virginians can contact Kaine to voice their opinions on legislation, access a number of constituent services and seek assistance as they resolve issues with federal agencies.

“This easy-to-use website will allow Virginians to share opinions with me and let my office know how we can help,” said Kaine. “I hope constituents will also use the site to learn more about my travels through the Commonwealth and the legislation I’m working on in Washington to create jobs and strengthen our economy, support our servicemembers and veterans and make important investments in education, workforce training and transportation that will improve the lives of Virginians.” … Continue Reading

The Republican Ticket for November Is In – Democratic Primary June 11

May 19, 2013 Around Virginia, News Comments Off on The Republican Ticket for November Is In – Democratic Primary June 11

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli formally accepted the GOP nomination to be the gubernatorial candidate in Virginia’s November’s election. E.W. Jackson is the candidate for lieutenant governor – after four rounds of voting late Saturday (May 18) at the Republican party’s convention in Richmond, and Mark Obenshain is the candidate for attorney general.

Jackson is a pastor, attorney, businessman, and political activist from Chesapeake. Senator Mark Obenshain is from Harrisonburg and serves on five committees: Courts of Justice, Commerce, Agriculture, Conservation, and Rules. He also chairs Privileges and Elections. … Continue Reading

Banshee Reeks Certified Audubon at Home

May 17, 2013 Business, News Comments Off on Banshee Reeks Certified Audubon at Home

The 725 acre Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve is the first public site in Loudoun County to be awarded certification as an Audubon at Home Wildlife Sanctuary under a new program administered by the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy. Audubon at Home is a national program implemented in Loudoun County by the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy in partnership with the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia.

The certificate recognizes the efforts of the Banshee Reeks staff and volunteers to protect the rich natural environment of the Preserve and its diverse native plants and wildlife by removing invasive plants, introducing and protecting native plant species, eliminating the use of commercial fertilizers and pesticides, and conserving water and protecting water quality. … Continue Reading

Leesburg’s 2013 Business Award Winners Announced

May 16, 2013 Business, News Comments Off on Leesburg’s 2013 Business Award Winners Announced

The Town of Leesburg is pleased to announce the winners and honorable mentions for the 12th Annual Business Appreciation Awards.

Nearly 300 people were in attendance at 12th annual Leesburg Business Awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. At the reception, the Leesburg Town Council and Leesburg Economic Development Commission honored businesses and business owners in eleven award categories.

“The nominees and winners represent the best of Leesburg. To be voted a winner by a committee of your peers is to stand apart in distinguished way,” said Marantha Edwards, the Town’s Economic Development Manager. “The range and diversity of industries included among the winners speaks volumes about the strength of the Town’s business community.” … Continue Reading

Attempted Daytime Break-in At Taylorstown Area Residence

May 7, 2013 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Attempted Daytime Break-in At Taylorstown Area Residence

According to the occupants of a residence on Quarter Branch Road in the Taylorstown area, two unknown men attempted to enter their home while the occupants were present. Both suspects are described as young Hispanic men in their early twenties with short hair, one wearing a green jacket and gray cap. The two men fled in a black, four door Chevy with Pennsylvania tags. The attempted break-in occurred at approximately 1:20 PM on Tuesday. The occupants were able to take photos of the vehicle.

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Shop for Your Table and for Your Home and Garden at Hillsboro’s Old Stone School May 18

May 6, 2013 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Shop for Your Table and for Your Home and Garden at Hillsboro’s Old Stone School May 18
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Start off spring at Hillsboro’s Old Stone School on May 18 with two great events: the opening day of the Hillsboro Farmers Market and the first Hillsboro Art & Garden Show. Together, there will be 45 vendors featured with a wonderful variety of local food and goods from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Old Stone School, 37098 Charles Town Pike in Hillsboro.

Hillsboro Farmers Market at the Old Stone School

Join us for the opening day of the Hillsboro Farmers Market on Saturday, May 18. The new market hours are 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., though the hours will be extended to 4:00 p.m. on May 18. The market will be open Saturdays through September 28.

There are almost 20 vendors for this year’s market, with several who are returning from last season. The Hillsboro Farmers Market will have coffee, bread, wine, scones, pottery, soaps, produce, meats, eggs, plants, cut flowers, prepared foods, preserves, soups, syrup, prints, and more. … 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

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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
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”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

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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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Keep Loudoun Beautiful—Greater Lovettsville Area Volunteers Needed

16 Mar 2017

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The Keep Loudoun Beautiful spring clean-up takes place the entire month of April and greater Lovettsville needs volunteers. Bags, vests, gloves and grabbers are available at the Lovettsville Community Center during normal business hours, Monday-Friday. This is a great group or individual activity that can be scheduled around your availability. E-mail Lovettsville Area Leader, Laura Lieberman, for details and to …

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National Awkward Moments Day

8 Mar 2017


?Laughing at Yourself Is the Best Medicine No one knows who invented National Awkward Moments Day, Saturday, March 18. That’s no surprise, since it probably came about as the result of one stunningly awkward moment that the owner of that moment was hoping to forget. We surveyed our readers and friends to ask them about their most awkward moments, sharing …

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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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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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Office Building on Capitol Square To Be Named After Civil Rights Pioneer Barbara Johns


Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the newly renovated state building located at 202 N. 9th Street on Capitol Square in Richmond (currently known as the 9th Street Office Building) will bear the name of civil rights pioneer Barbara Johns. The building, which reopened last year, houses the Virginia Attorney General’s …

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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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