A Servant’s Heart Scholarships

June 30, 2013 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on A Servant’s Heart Scholarships

Joshua’s Hands was established in 1999 in memory of Joshua Guthrie, who was an enthusiastic community volunteer. Joshua’s years of service were cut short by his death at the age of 16. Joshua’s Hands seeks to continue to be his hands of service in the community and to encourage others to serve.

In addition to teen safe driving education, an annual Fall Festival that is free to the community, community service and heritage education programs, the organization offers A Servant’s Heart Scholarship. The scholarship is essay based and has the potential for three winners.

The 2013 recipients are from varied backgrounds with diverse interests. Laura Andrews (Tuscarora High School) will pursue a degree in International Studies & Economics at the College of William and Mary in the fall. She understands that service is purposeful. In her essay she wrote, “Serving others doesn’t just occur in big, once a year events. It happens in random acts of kindness, and in listening to one another. In life, it’s easy to get swept up in the day to day events and let service fall by the wayside.” … Continue Reading

LCSO Sergeant Named Virginia State D.A.R.E. Supervisor of the Year

June 30, 2013 News, Public Safety 1 comment

The Virginia D.A.R.E. Officers Association and the Virginia Department of Police D.A.R.E. training center announced that Loudoun County Sheriff‘s Sergeant Jenny McGinn is the 2013 Virginia State D.A.R.E. Supervisor of the Year.

Sgt. McGinn was nominated by a peer and was selected by the D.A.R.E. Officers Association. “Sgt. McGinn understands the important role a member of law
enforcement has in reaching out to children at a young age,” said Sheriff Mike Chapman. “Every day Sgt. McGinn and the members of the Juvenile Resource Unit have a positive influence on Loudoun’s youth, providing them with information they need to help them make the right decisions later in life,” Chapman added. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Completes Southern Collector Road Project

June 25, 2013 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Purcellville Completes Southern Collector Road Project
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The Town of Purcellville is proud to announce the on-time completion of the final portion of the Southern Collector Road (SCR)-William T. Druhan, Jr. Boulevard. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place on Friday, June 28 at 11:00 a.m. at the intersection of Route 287 and Business Route 7 to mark the occasion. The final portion of the project, a new, two-lane roundabout on the east entrance to Town, will officially open later that day at 2:00 p.m. The completion of the SCR creates a critical link from Route 7 business, effectively relieving crosstown traffic, ensuring greater pedestrian safety, and providing more direct access to destinations east of Purcellville. … Continue Reading

Attention County Residents

June 23, 2013 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Attention County Residents
Loudoun County Fair

Have you ever wanted to participate in the Loudoun County Fair, but don’t raise sheep, cows, pigs or rabbits? Well, here is your opportunity! You can be an EXHIBITOR at the Fair in Sykes Hall and if you register by July 12, you will receive a FREE weekly pass to the Fair! The Loudoun County Fair Committee is looking for residents of all ages to submit their original amateur works of Art, Crafts, Photography, Baking, Collections, Fruits and Vegetables and much more! This is a great way to get involved in and become part of the Fair. See the “Exhibitors” tab of our website www.loudouncountyfair.com for complete registration details. Come on, join the fun and we’ll see you at the Fair!

Democrats Announce Nominee Change for HOD 33 Race

June 23, 2013 Elections, News Comments Off on Democrats Announce Nominee Change for HOD 33 Race

The Loudoun County Democratic Committee announces important developments in the race for the 33rd House of Delegates District seat. Kathee Myers is withdrawing from the race. Democrats intend to replace Kathee as the Party’s nominee on the ballot with Mary L.C. Daniel, an attorney from Berryville.

Myers had filed to run to provide a competitive race and an alternative for the voters of the 33rd District. “I was determined to ensure that the issues that are important to this district are addressed and that people have a real choice in this election,” Myers stated. However, the personal impact of the impending campaign became clear soon after she got the Democratic nomination. “It is a much larger undertaking than what I expected, and I am currently unable to devote the time necessary to ensure that we turn HD33 blue.” … Continue Reading

Independence Day Celebration at Franklin Park

June 23, 2013 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Independence Day Celebration at Franklin Park

Bring the family for local music, great food, fireworks and fun at Franklin Park on Thursday, July 4, 2013. Rain date is July 5, 2013. Admission is $5.00 per carload, gates open at 5:00 pm, music begins at 6:15 p.m.

Franklin Park will host another July 4th celebration featuring local music, plenty of food vendors, glow necklaces and bongo sticks for sale, and a spectacular fireworks display. Music schedule is as follows:

  • 6:15-7:15 p.m., The International Youth Orchestra
    The International Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Gabriella Bohnett, seeks to gather young musicians from different countries to share their culture and musical abilities and experiences to each other and our community. … Continue Reading

Roosters Men’s Grooming Center Celebrates Grand Opening of New Leesburg Location

June 23, 2013 Business, News Comments Off on Roosters Men’s Grooming Center Celebrates Grand Opening of New Leesburg Location

On Friday, June 28, 2013, at 2:00 p.m., Roosters Men’s Grooming Center will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the grand opening of their new location at 521 East Market Street in the Bellewood Commons Shopping Center. Leesburg Mayor Kristen C. Umstattd will officiate the ribbon cutting, along with Tony Howard, President and CEO of the Leesburg Chamber of Commerce.

The Roosters Men’s Grooming Center in Leesburg is the franchise’s second Loudoun County location. Owners Amy & Larry Hall also own a Roosters Men’s Grooming Center in Ashburn.

“We were met with such an overwhelmingly positive response when we first opened in Ashburn that our dream to open a second location in Loudoun County is now becoming a reality,” said owner Larry Hall. “We are thrilled to become active members of the Leesburg business community.” … Continue Reading

County Employee Earns National Certification for Parks and Recreation

June 23, 2013 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on County Employee Earns National Certification for Parks and Recreation

Cheryl Wheeler, Assistant Manager of The Senior Center of Leesburg, was recently certified as a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) by the National Certification Board (NCB) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

The CPRP certification is granted to professionals working in recreation, park resources and leisure services who successfully meet the higher education and experience requirements and pass the national CPRP examination. The exam tests knowledge in all aspects of general administration, programming and operations management for the parks and recreation industry. … Continue Reading

Harris Teeter, Washington Nationals Team Up to Fight Hunger

June 23, 2013 Business, News Comments Off on Harris Teeter, Washington Nationals Team Up to Fight Hunger
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In partnership with the Washington Nationals, Loudoun County Harris Teeter stores are hosting a food drive to support Loudoun Interfaith Relief now through July 8.

Harris Teeter announced in May a $225,000 donation to its food bank partners, which includes Loudoun Interfaith Relief (LIR) and is hosting this food drive to help raise additional awareness for the problem of hunger. Donations made at Loudoun County Harris Teeter locations will benefit the people and families that LIR provides food to locally. Food collection bins will be placed in the Loudoun County Harris Teeter locations lobby for food donation.

Join Harris Teeter and the Washington Nationals in the fight against hunger and stop by your Loudoun County Harris Teeter location to make a food donation.

The Parable of Easter Island

June 19, 2013 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on The Parable of Easter Island

“No other site that I have visited made such a ghostly impression on me as Rano Raraku, the quarry on Easter Island where its famous gigantic stone statues were carved. To begin with, the island is the most remote habitable scrap of land in the world.” Jared Diamond, Collapse.

In his book Collapse, Jared Diamond describes several failed human societies and civilizations. One that stands out is Easter Island. When it was first discovered and inhabited by Polynesians it was a veritable paradise, a resilient community. There was a thick forest to supply material for dugout canoes and homes and plentiful marine life in the oceans accessible by canoe to feed the islanders. Unfortunately, the trees were exploited, mined rather than harvested, if you will, in a wholly nonrenewable fashion. These trees were not just cut down to supply the needs of the islanders, food and shelter, but also to quarry the gigantic stone statues for which the island is famous and haul them for miles to the beach rolling them on fresh cut logs. … Continue Reading

Stony Point Ruins Are Special

June 15, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Stony Point Ruins Are Special

I enjoyed Tim Jon’s pensive piece in the June issue on the Stony Point Ruins of the Potts-Neer Mill. Indeed, it is a very special landmark. The Keating family who live next door and are stewards of the ruins, are very interested in seeing these stabilized, and have met with experts in the field to review the possibilities. They care, in particular, because these are the most visible ruins from the massive Union burning raid of 1864. Once a going grist mill built in 1842 by E. D. Potts (whose name still graces a stone on the mill ruins), it was bought by his neighbor Nathan Neer in 1842. It was he and his wife who worked the mill in 1864 when it met its untimely destruction in time of war. … Continue Reading

Valley Students Teach D.C. Students about Nature on the Chapman DeMary Trail

June 15, 2013 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Valley Students Teach D.C. Students about Nature on the Chapman DeMary Trail

More than 100 sixth graders from Charles Hart Middle School in Washington, D.C. connected with nature during a field trip to the Chapman DeMary Trail in Purcellville, Virginia on Tuesday, May 21. The field trip was sponsored by environmental nonprofit The Nature Generation and led by 20 juniors and seniors from Loudoun Valley High School (LVHS), along with LVHS teacher Liam McGranaghan and naturalist John DeMary. The sixth graders participated in hands-on activities to learn about trees on the trail, how to be quiet to experience all that nature has to offer, and the concept of Leave No Trace.

“It was magical to see the interaction between the high school student stewards and the middle school students. The high school students really got the younger ones engaged in learning about nature and enjoying their time on the trail,” said Amy Marasco Newton, founder and president of The Nature Generation, an organization dedicated to inspiring environmental stewards. … Continue Reading

Firefighter Family Day Training Demonstrations

June 15, 2013 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Firefighter Family Day Training Demonstrations

This Sunday June 16, Loudoun County Fire and Rescue invites you to come see the graduating Firefighter I and II class as they practice their skills during several live fire scenarios. The public will watch from a safe distance as experienced firefighters narrate the actions of the firefighters as they are dispatched to the call, arrive on scene to fight the fire and as they clean up and prepare for the next scenario.

The five training scenarios will take place from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the Loudoun County Fire-Rescue training center, 16600 Courage Court in Leesburg. Parking is available in the upper lot of the training center. Light refreshments will be served by the Sterling Volunteer Fire Department Canteen.

A walking tour through the burn building will be conducted for the public at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday. You will have the opportunity to see first-hand the state of the art training facility used for the live burns and learn more about what the firefighters operations.

Dress for the weather and bring your camera.







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
March 19, 2017

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale
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March Fourth Friday

March Fourth Friday
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Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

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”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner
April 2, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”

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Sterling Library Moving To New Location

25 Mar 2017


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

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Middleburg Gallery Presents Country Pursuits Exhibit

25 Mar 2017

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

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Loudoun Workforce Resource Center Presents STEM Career Fair March 28

16 Mar 2017

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

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Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

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


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


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

Metro Money Mess Pushing West


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

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Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved


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

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception


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

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm


By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

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Virginia Schools Kick Off Statewide Campaign To Encourage Safe Teen Driving


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

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Protecting Free Speech


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


Walbridge To Run for State Delegate in the 33rd District

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

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Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017


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

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WLVBC U14 Boys Finish 3rd at VA Beach Event

23 Feb 2017


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

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