Loudoun Dragons Rugby

July 31, 2013 Sports 4 comments

Loudoun Rugby has announced the results of the 6th Annual 2013 Summer Youth & High School Championship tournament from this past weekend, July 27-28, held at Northern Fauquier Community Park in Marshall.

Loudoun’s emerging coed touch rugby program was given was given a boost when their U7 team took home the VA state championship title on Saturday, July 27th in only their 2nd year as a program. Led by coaches, Chris Scheuerman, Ken Fraine, and David Downer, the team won went undefeated in pool play against Great Falls (30-15), and Alexandria (40-5) and was seeded 1st, which earned them a spot in the Cup Final match against Springfield where they won 40-5.The team was lead by the “Big 3” Christopher Scheuerman, 7 (also named tournament U7 MVP), Taylor Downer, 7, and Tyler Fraine, 7, all of Leesburg and all of whom won the state championships as 6-yr-olds in the 2012 tournament. The U7 team also went undefeated during the regular season and finished with a perfect record. After the win, Coach Scheuermancommented “I’m so proud of our kids. We set this goal as a team at the beginning of the season and the kids practice hard, listened to their coaches, and played well as a team.” … Continue Reading

Loudoun Lyric Opera Auditions for Hansel and Gretel

July 30, 2013 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Loudoun Lyric Opera Auditions for Hansel and Gretel

Englebert Humperdinck’s delightful family opera, Hansel & Gretel, is set for production December 6-15, and auditions will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 17 and 18 by appointment from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 605 West Market St., Leesburg.

Children should bring sheet music and be prepared to sing one song in English as well as to learn some new music during the audition. An accompanist will be provided. Rehearsals begin September 29th. To schedule an audition or for more information, e-mail admin@loudounlyricopera.com.

350 Loudoun Demands Climate Change Policies

July 30, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on 350 Loudoun Demands Climate Change Policies

Loudoun County is home to many successful companies that base their work on science and technology, from Orbital Sciences to Howard Hughes Medical Institute to Raytheon. Our community is thriving thanks to a well-educated work force, in sectors such as health care, intelligence, defense, biomedical, aerospace, information technology, data centers, and telecommunications, all of which depend on sound science and technology.

The National Academy of Sciences, our nation’s premiere scientific organization, has been trying to get the nation’s focus on the greatest scientific and technical issue of our time — human caused climate change. In May 2009 these preeminent scientists released a Joint Statement of the National Academies of Science ?for the G8 and Five Nations, “The need for urgent action to address climate change is now indisputable.”
Source: http://www.nationalacademies.org/includes/G8+5energy-climate09.pdf … Continue Reading

Guest Opinion: Of School Discipline

July 30, 2013 Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on Guest Opinion: Of School Discipline
Bob Ohneiser

By Bob Ohneiser

Let me state upfront that I found nothing incorrect or misleading about John Flannery’s article about school discipline. Only because I spent eight years directly involved with Loudoun County Public School’s discipline do I have the need to go a bit farther in detail than John’s article.

As a fellow attorney I too am disturbed by the overreaching done by LCPS especially when critical “exigent circumstance” justifications are not present. We should all appreciate that with almost 2,000 individuals in a high school there are plenty of interactions which could be objectionable depending on one’s sensitivities.

When an emergency occurs such as a shooter in the building, fire or bomb Threat, absolute control is necessary to move everyone to safety while
diminishing the threat which may need to be done in seconds depending on circumstances. This could be easily resolved by fronting discipline policies with the phrase “other than in exigent circumstances” the parents/guardians of a student being disciplined should be contacted prior to being interrogated by school staff. … Continue Reading

State Board of Elections Launches Online Voter Registration

July 28, 2013 Elections, Elections, News Comments Off on State Board of Elections Launches Online Voter Registration

HB2341, sponsored by Delegate Ramadan, authorizes online voter registration

The State Board of Elections (SBE), in partnership with the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), launch online voter registration as a result of recently enacted legislation sponsored by Delegate David Ramadan (HB2341). Eligible citizens of the Commonwealth will now be able to submit a voter registration application or update their registration information online.

In order to complete the application process online, citizens must provide their Virginia DMV customer identifier number, which is displayed on DMV issued identification cards or Driver’s Licenses. Citizens who do not have a Virginia DMV customer identifier may still fill out the registration application online, but will be required to print and return the completed application to the appropriate local voter registration office. … Continue Reading

Free Gardening Lecture – Saving and Organizing Seeds (and Composting)

July 28, 2013 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Free Gardening Lecture – Saving and Organizing Seeds (and Composting)

Join Loudoun County Master Gardeners at their monthly lecture series at the Rust Library in Leesburg on Thursday, August 8, at 7:00 p.m. Are you interested in being part of a community that is helping to preserve unusual and heritage vegetables and flowers by collecting seeds? Seed saving is a cost-effective and rewarding pastime and Michael Neese will tell us how to go about it in his talk “Saving and Organizing Seeds (and Composting).”
Today, heirloom seeds are readily available but that was not the case when Mr. Neese was starting a vegetable garden and wanted to buy local heirloom seeds suitable for his microclimate. Instead what he found was a generous community of “seed savers” who not only freely gave him seeds but also shared their collective gardening wisdom. That experience led him to organize a seed exchange at his church that has now become an annual event and to share his gardening knowledge in the community too. Mr. Neese, has founded many community gardens in the Winchester area, is active in numerous community organizations and serves as Winchester’s Recycling Coordinator. In his words, “If you don’t see the change you want in life, start it.”

For more information about the Loudoun County Master Gardener program, visit www.loudouncountymastergardeners.org or call the Loudoun Extension Office at 703-777-0373.

Loudoun Interfaith Relief Partners with BB&T’s Lighthouse Project

July 20, 2013 Business, News Comments Off on Loudoun Interfaith Relief Partners with BB&T’s Lighthouse Project
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Loudoun Interfaith Relief (LIR) recently received more than 5,000 pounds of food purchased by BB&T! LIR received donated items such as milk, cereal, canned meats, spaghetti sauce and peanut butter. These items are especially critical in order for LIR to meet the needs of their Summer Pack program. Summer Pack is designed to provide families of school age children with “extra” food to make breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the summer. “Thanks to the incredible support from BB&T the food shelves at LIR are looking much more plentiful”, said Bonnie Inman, Executive Director of LIR. … Continue Reading

New Executive Director Selected for Appalachian Trail Conservancy

July 20, 2013 Business, News Comments Off on New Executive Director Selected for Appalachian Trail Conservancy

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s (ATC) board of directors has appointed Ronald J. Tipton as the new executive director/CEO who will lead the organization beginning in late August.

Tipton has spent most of the past 30+ years as an advocate for public land preservation and national park protection. A graduate of George Washington University with an undergraduate degree in American Studies and a law degree from GW’s National Law Center, Tipton first worked as a program officer at the National Academy of Sciences and on the oversight/investigative staff of the House Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee. … Continue Reading

Liberty Wins Mid Atlantic All Star Open

July 20, 2013 Sports Comments Off on Liberty Wins Mid Atlantic All Star Open

The Western Loudoun Liberty 12u Girls Softball team won the 2013 Mid Atlantic All Star Open, which was held July 13-14 in Laurel, Maryland. The Liberty outscored their opponents 70-46 over six games, which culminated in a 11-4 victory over the Ashburn Pride in the championship game.

Photo: Natalie Blankenship delivers a pitch

Frederick Douglass Elementary School Memorial Wins 2013 AASLH Award of Merit

July 20, 2013 News, Schools Comments Off on Frederick Douglass Elementary School Memorial Wins 2013 AASLH Award of Merit

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) recently announced that Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) is the recipient of an Award of Merit from the AASLH Leadership in History Awards for the Frederick Douglass Elementary School Memorial. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 68th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history. The Frederick Douglass Elementary School Memorial is one of only six Virginia projects to receive an Award of Merit in 2013.

The Frederick Douglass Elementary School Memorial traces the history of school desegregation in Loudoun County, from 1930 to 1970. The exhibit is a permanent installation in the lobby of the Frederick Douglass Elementary School in Leesburg which opened in August 2012. The school sits on the site of a former school, also named Frederick Douglass Elementary School, which was built in 1958 as a segregated school for African-American students. The school remained segregated until 1968 when all public schools in Loudoun County were integrated. In 1982, the school closed and the building was converted to a support facility. … Continue Reading

Sears Reannounces Recall of Kenmore Dehumidifiers

July 20, 2013 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Sears Reannounces Recall of Kenmore Dehumidifiers

Sears is re-announcing the recall of nearly 800,000 dehumidifiers after new fires are reported and due to lack of consumer response to the first recall.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says Sears has received seven additional reports of shorting and fire linked to the Kenmore dehumidifiers. One case resulted in severe burns to a person’s foot. Three of the fires caused more than $300,000 in property damage.

During the original recall last year, CPSC said Sears had more than 100 reports of problems with the dehumidifiers, including property damage and several cases of smoke inhalation. … Continue Reading

The Gifts Within

July 18, 2013 Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on The Gifts Within

Submitted by Linda Simpkins

Second Mount Olive Baptist Church of Hamilton will be sponsoring “The Gifts Within” – the second Annual Project Blessing Program and Family Entertainment Night to be held Saturday, July 20, at 6:00 pm. This event will be held at Tuscarora High School, 801 North King Street in Leesburg. Come out and enjoy this night full of family fun, featuring:

The Gospeliers, Manassas, Golden Tones of Northern Virginia, Berryville, Mt. Zion UMC Men’s Choir, Hamilton, Harmony UMC Choir, Hamilton, Soloist, Julia Braxton, Grace Annex UMC, Purcellville; Mimes, Dion and Djon, Herndon; Praise Teams, Calvary Baptist Church, Fairfax, and First Mount Olive Baptist Church, Leesburg. The evening will also include the Ushers’ Walk from First Mount Olive Baptist Church, Second Mount Olive Baptist Church, Mt. Zion UMC, and Providence Baptist Church, and much more! … Continue Reading

Costume Drive to Benefit NOVA Families

July 18, 2013 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Costume Drive to Benefit NOVA Families

Let’s Help Kids (LHK), the nonprofit that provides nonessential items to children of Northern Virginia families facing financial hardship, wants you to think about Halloween this summer. They are hosting a used costume drive at several Loudoun locations, with a plan to re-sell them this fall to raise funds to help more local children in need through the holidays. Clean, gently used costumes should be bagged along with any accessories, and dropped off now through August 31 at any of the following Loudoun County locations during business hours:

Ashburn Sports Complex, 20585 Ashburn Village Blvd, Ashburn, VA 20147
Broadlands Nature Center, 21907 Claiborne Pkwy, Broadlands, VA 20148
Countryside Proprietary, 6 Pidgeon Hill Dr, Sterling, VA 20165
South Riding Town Hall, 43055 Center St, South Riding, VA 20152
Town of Purcellville, 221 South Nursery Ave., Purcellville, VA 20132 … 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

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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

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”

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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 …

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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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Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved


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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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