Bomb Making Suspect Arrested

August 31, 2013 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Bomb Making Suspect Arrested

On Tuesday August 20, at approximately 9:48 p.m., the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received numerous calls reporting a loud explosion in the area of 43800 Olympic Blvd., Leesburg, Virginia. Responding units from the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office and the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) located a blast area on the golf course and recovered what was believed to be the remains of a pipe bomb.

The explosion was investigated by the (FMO) with assistance from the local division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). On the morning of Saturday August 24 the FMO, ATF and LCSO executed search warrants at a residence on Sandpiper Place in the River Creek community of Leesburg. … Continue Reading

Ayrshire Farm Is the First Farm to Gain Predator Friendly® Certification

August 30, 2013 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Ayrshire Farm Is the First Farm to Gain Predator Friendly® Certification

Ayrshire Farm and The Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network have announced that Ayrshire Farm is the first farm in the Commonwealth of Virginia to be certified as Predator Friendly®. Predator Friendly® recognizes best practices for wildlife stewardship on farm and ranch lands.

Ayrshire Farm, a recognized leader in the world of sustainable agriculture and one of the first farms in Virginia to achieve certified organic and Certified Humane® status, has recently gained Predator Friendly® certification under an independent audit system through a unique partnership with Animal Welfare Approved and its audit team. Ayrshire’s Predator Friendly® certified beef, rose veal, pork, chicken, eggs, and honey are available online ( ) and from the Home Farm Store in Middleburg. Many of these products can also be found on the menu at Hunter’s Head Tavern in Upperville, Va. as well as restaurants throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. … Continue Reading

We Need a Leader

August 28, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on We Need a Leader

For over 20 years Joe May represented the people of the 33 district with commitment and dedication.

Joe and I may not have agreed on everything, but I know we both wanted to do what’s best for our community. Most importantly,I always knew where he stood on the issues.

For these same reasons I am supporting Dave LaRock to represent us in Richmond. Like Joe May, I always know where Dave stands. He’s not afraid to take the tough stances needed to create jobs, grow our economy, and improve our children’s education.

In stark contrast, I have no idea what Dave’s opponent Mary Daniel stands for. Some people may be impressed by her uncanny ability to make statements that are devoid of any substance, but not I. We don’t need to elect another slick politician afraid to take a stand. We need a leader. We need Dave LaRock.

Carolyn Leeds

Dulles Plane Pull Benefits Special Olympics

August 28, 2013 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Dulles Plane Pull Benefits Special Olympics

Whether you’re pulling the plane, cheering from the sidelines or racing down the runway in tennis shoes at this year’s first-ever 5K, there’s something for everyone at the Dulles Day Festival and Plane Pull September 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Dulles International Airport.

This year runners, joggers and stroller-pushers alike will have the chance to run on the airport’s center runway, which will be closed to aircraft during the run. Register online now. Registration is $35 until September 11 (unless all spots are full beforehand). All participants who register by August 23 will be guaranteed a technical T-shirt. The top male and top female finisher will receive two round-trip tickets on United Airlines, good for any United destination in the continental United States.

In the Plane Pull, teams of 25 will compete to see who can pull the 164,000 pound plane 12 feet the fastest. Teams must raise a minimum of $1,250 to participate. Prizes also will be awarded to the teams who raise the most money, teams who show the most enthusiasm, the lightest and the heaviest teams. … Continue Reading

A Request to Pray for Loudoun Schools

August 28, 2013 Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on A Request to Pray for Loudoun Schools

By Mark Gunderman

A call for intercessory prayer before school begins on September 3.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Matthew 19:14).

When I served as president of the Loudoun Education Alliance of Parents (LEAP) in 1999-2000, the Loudoun County Public School system comprised 44 schools with enrollment at 26,787. Nearly 15 years later, LCPS has almost tripled in student size and doubled in the number of schools. I am again compelled to begin the school year with community prayer. … Continue Reading

Kaine Statement on Syria

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U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, released the following statement in response to Secretary of State John Kerry’s comments today on the use of chemical weapons in Syria:

“The use of chemical weapons and indiscriminate killing of Syrian citizens by the Assad regime is despicable. Secretary Kerry’s efforts to work with our allies and partners on an appropriate response is important. I was pleased to hear Secretary Kerry say that the Administration is consulting with Congress as response options – including potential military options – are being considered. Absent an imminent threat to United States national security, the U.S. should not be engaged in military action without Congressional approval. And while it’s important that we continue to work closely with our allies to help Syria achieve a negotiated, inclusive political solution, those who employ such weapons and indiscriminate violence must be held accountable.”

In July, Senator Kaine announced efforts to reform the War Powers Resolution in a way that lays out a clear consultative process between Congress and the President on whether and when to engage in military action.

Who Are We and Do We Have a Purpose?

August 28, 2013 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Who Are We and Do We Have a Purpose?

“Since we have expanded by use of intelligence and detection of not necessarily sustainable gradients, continued civilization is not a foregone conclusion…. Our oil economy freeloads on photosynthetic fossil fuels, buried treasures that the rest of life passed by. But these treasures are running out.” Eric D. Schneider and Dorion Sagan, Into the Cool, 2005.

There are at least two very good questions a reader might want to ask me, inquiries which I encourage. Why am I writing this column? What do I expect to accomplish or do I have a purpose? The short answers are that I write these columns to clear my head and my purpose, what I expect to accomplish, is to come as close to understanding reality or truth as I possibly can. It would be great to anticipate the future of Homo sapiens and to discover if we have a purpose. The latter is a quest that is limited by my own intellect and also by the information which is available to me within the time frame of my sojourn in life. The long answers are not just much longer but raise more questions. … Continue Reading

Remembering Dr. Dorothy Jane Pratt

August 27, 2013 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Remembering Dr. Dorothy Jane Pratt

Dr. Dorothy Jane Pratt, 70, died Monday, August 12, in her home in Purcellville. She was surrounded by her husband of 43 years, John “Jed” Shilling, and her two daughters, Kaile and Kaitlin.

She was born the second of two daughters to the late Alice E. Palmer, M.D., and Lawrence Pratt, M.D., in Detroit, Michigan.

Dr. Pratt, known as Jane, spent more than 35 years in the field of global and domestic sustainable, equitable development and environmental stewardship.

Dr. Pratt moved to Washington, D.C., in 1973 where she began her career at MITRE, one of the few companies at the time hiring women for professional, rather than secretarial roles. At MITRE, she was involved in developing the process for environmental impact assessments, newly required under the National Environmental Policy Act. … Continue Reading

Airmont Road Closing

August 24, 2013 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Airmont Road Closing

Airmont Road will be closing on August 29 for an estimated 45 days. The portion of road to be closed will be from Yatton/Hayman South to Kelsey Hill Court.The work to be done on the road will involve installation of water and sewer. Water will be installed along the north bound shoulder and sewer lines will be installed under the road. Given the nature of the work it will be safer and much more efficient to close the road to complete the work and VDOT is confident that they will be able to expedite the process to hopefully shorten the inconvenience of the road closure. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Wins Babe Ruth World Series

August 24, 2013 News, Sports Comments Off on Loudoun Wins Babe Ruth World Series

The Greater Loudoun Lions won the Babe Ruth World Series, and became the first host team to win the 13-15 year old title. The Lions defeated Westchester, California 8-3 to win the championship, Saturday.

In the fourth inning the Lions scored six runs to take the commanding lead. Previously, the best performance by a Loudoun host team was fourth place. Austin Rader was named the most outstanding player for the series.

The team included coaches Mike Lockhart and Glenn Graves, and the manager was Tim Owen. The players on the Lions were: Kaleb Bowman, Hunter Gore, Hank Biggs, Christian McDowell, Adam Lockhart, Sam White, Jack Howard, Zack Costello, Ryan Hanvey, Trey McDyre, Griffin Buscavage Austin Rader, Nick Lemanski, Clayton Baine and Kyle Bowles.

Greater Loudoun Team Edges Closer to Babe Ruth World Series Win

August 23, 2013 Sports Comments Off on Greater Loudoun Team Edges Closer to Babe Ruth World Series Win

The Greater Loudoun Lions, currently 3-1 in the 13-15-Year-Old Babe Ruth World Series, go up against Brazowood, Texas in the semi-finals tonight at 8:00 p.m. Saginaw Valley, Michigan will play Westchester, California in the semi-finals at 5:30 p.m. The World Series championship takes place at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, August 24. All games are played at Fireman’s Field, 250 Nursery Avenue in Purcellville.

Tournament passes are $25 for an individual and $45 for a family (up to four members). Daily tickets cost $7. Children under the age of six are admitted free. Parking at Fireman’s Field is limited. The public is asked to park at Emerick Elementary School, 440 S. Nursery Ave., Purcellville. Additional weekend and evening parking is available at Loudoun Valley Community, 320 W. School Street, Purcellville.

Updated game information and scores are available at

Information Sought in Leesburg Pipe Bomb Incident

August 21, 2013 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Information Sought in Leesburg Pipe Bomb Incident

On August 20, 2013 at 9:48 p.m., the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received numerous calls reporting a loud explosion in the area of Olympic Boulevard and Kings Mill Street in the River Creek Community in Leesburg. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office responded and located an exploded pipe bomb on the golf course nearby. The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office, with the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, are investigating the bombing.

Fire Marshal Investigators would like to hear from anyone that saw anyone suspicious in the area around the time of the explosion or anyone who has any information regarding the incident or the person(s) responsible for the explosion. Information can be provided by calling 703-777-0637 or callers wishing to remain anonymous can call Loudoun County Crime Solvers at, 703-777-1919 or toll free at 1-877-777-1931.

Healing Rooms Open 2 Days a Month

August 20, 2013 Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on Healing Rooms Open 2 Days a Month

By Mark Gunderman

The Healing Rooms of Purcellville, located at 221 North 21st Street @ The Well in Purcellville, is directed by Alan and Linda Watkins is a ministry that exists to serve the community and the entire Church. The Healing Rooms are staffed by trained volunteers who pray for those who are sick. The ministry takes place in one of several designated healing rooms as ordinary people believe God for extraordinary answers to their prayers. Those visiting the Healing Rooms will receive focused prayer for approximately twenty to thirty minutes and are free to return for additional prayer as needed.

Healing Rooms believe that in the presence of God there is power for them to be healed in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ because His Word says so. 1 Peter 2:24…”By whose (Jesus) stripes we were healed.”

Kingdom authority rests on those who have believed and signs and wonders accompany those who have believed in His name. … 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

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”Homage to Mother Earth”

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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
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”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 …

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 …

Dear Editor

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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