Loudoun Firefighters Show Support During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September 25, 2013 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Loudoun Firefighters Show Support During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Each year, thousands of children across America are diagnosed with cancer, an often life threatening illness that remains the leading cause of death by disease for children under the age of 15. September has been deemed Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, during which the country will remember the young lives taken too soon, stand with the families facing childhood cancer today, and rededicate ourselves to combating this terrible illness. The nation also pays tribute to the families, friends, professionals, and communities who lend their strength to children fighting pediatric cancer. Their courage and commitment will continue to move us toward new cures, healthier outcomes, and a brighter future for America’s youth.

Fire Chief W. Keith Brower, Jr. recently had the pleasure of meeting a young lady named Gabriella Miller that is fighting her own battle with childhood cancer. When she was nine years old, Gabriella was diagnosed with a walnut-sized, inoperable brain tumor. Gabriella’s family literally began smashing walnuts with a frying plan as a symbolic gesture to support her battle against her tumor. Gabriella’s energy and passion to help others motivated her to launch Smashing Walnuts Foundation, dedicated to finding a cure to childhood cancer. … Continue Reading

David’s Tent DC 2013 Seeks Worship Teams

September 25, 2013 Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on David’s Tent DC 2013 Seeks Worship Teams

David’s Tent DC is seeking worship teams as they meet on the Ellipse of the White House beginning September 24 – November 5 for a time of prayer in the Capital City. To sign up or to receive information on leading worship from the main stage, scheduled in two-hour time slots, switching on the odd hour, e-mail worship@davidstentdc.org.

The night-watch is unplugged and is particularly anointed. There is a city ordinance that disallows amplification from 9:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m. But the worship goes on! A good old-fashioned strings-and-hammers piano along with hand drums and acoustic guitars are made available. If you are interested in the uniqueness of acoustic sets and the draw of an intimate time with Jesus during the night-watch and wish to lead worship during the night hour, e-mail nightwatch@davidstentdc.org. … Continue Reading

Local Mental Health Group Will Hold Annual Cross-Country Hike to Raise Awareness and Funds

September 24, 2013 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Local Mental Health Group Will Hold Annual Cross-Country Hike to Raise Awareness and Funds

Friends of Loudoun Mental Health will hold its 2013 Miles for Mental Health crosscountry hike on Saturday, October 5, from 9.30 a.m. to noon at Franklin Park in Purcellville.
This annual 5-K event, on a spectacular cross-country trail, creates awareness about mental health and helps end the stigma associated with mental illness. Hike proceeds support recovery and prevent homelessness among Loudoun residents disabled by mental illness.

The hike is kid and pet-friendly and has great camaraderie. It is a fun day. People can hike solo or organize a team, bringing their family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and even their dog. Advance registration is possible through the Friends’ website, http://www.loudounfriends.org/. Registration is $20 per person; pets are free. On-site registration on the day of the hike will be at the Rotary Pavilion at Franklin Park. The Friends organization is encouraging people to start or join a 5K Hike team or Fundraising team, and there will be awards for the best teams. If people cannot make it, Friends is also encouraging people to be a “virtual” hiker through an “I’m-With-You-In-Spirit Registration” donation to this great cause. … Continue Reading

Who Will Help?

September 24, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment

I am a resident on Paxson Road, Rt. 725, and am appalled at the weight of traffic that is using this road because of the Airmont Road closure and excess construction vehicles. Nobody is using the legal detour or going to Snickersville Turnpike to get to Purcellville and beyond.

I walk my dogs twice a day on Rt. 725 and have been doing so for eight years. It has always been a pleasure and a serene time for me and the dogs. I am now forced to pull over at least 6 times a walk in order to convenience cars exceeding the 25 mph speed limit. Why is this road not posted as “Access only?”

For conservancy issues, I have noticed during this time (one month), one deer killed, eight young snapping turtles flattened on their way to ponds beyond and, a protected species, an Eastern Box Turtle smashed by the excess of traffic. This is not a joke when volume is killing protected species. … Continue Reading

Daniel vs. LaRock

September 24, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment

Like many of the letter-writers who support Dave LaRock for delegate, I too found him a friendly, unthreatening guy when I met him. We were both passing out leaflets for candidates on a back-to-school night in Hamilton. Between waves of incoming parents we had a chance to chat. He spent most of that time trying, earnestly and sincerely, to convince me that America is in real danger from being taken over by Sharia, the religious laws of Islam. I expressed my doubts and he promised to send me the web pages with the evidence. I gave him my email address but I never did receive any evidence.

Is this really what we want our delegate in Richmond to be spending time and effort on? Mary Daniel, a practical moderate with enormous experience who wants to work to improve the lives of Virginians, not ride off on some ideological hobby horse, is whom I am supporting.

David Williams

Where’s the Beef

September 24, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Where’s the Beef

When I hear Mary Daniel rehash over and over again how she’s a moderate just like our last moderate Delegate, I’m reminded of Walter Mondale and that old Wendy’s ad – “Where’s the beef?”

The beef isn’t in her approach to taxes, Daniel isn’t saying whether she’ll raise them, lower them, or try to keep them the same. She says the last tax hike wasn’t perfect, but she doesn’t want to change any of the bad parts, either.

There isn’t any beef on her website. There isn’t any in her interviews. I have yet to hear her even mention jobs or the economy, much less come offer a single suggestion as to how we’re going to improve our business environment here in the state. There’s not only no beef, there’s no bun. There isn’t even any lettuce. … Continue Reading

School Bus Accident

September 21, 2013 News, Public Safety Comments Off on School Bus Accident
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Around 7:33 a.m. on September 20, a Loudoun County school bus en route to Mountain View Elementary School was involved in a motor vehicle accident in the 36900 block of Main Street in front of the golf course in Purcellville. Fire-Rescue personnel evaluated eight patients at the scene, including the driver, who was transported to INOVA Cornwall for further evaluation. Seven children, who were on the bus, were evaluated at the scene for minor injuries. The Loudoun County School Board has been notified of the incident.

Leesburg Street Milling and Paving Work Scheduled To Begin on September 23

September 20, 2013 Development, News Comments Off on Leesburg Street Milling and Paving Work Scheduled To Begin on September 23

The Town of Leesburg will begin its Fiscal Year 2014 street resurfacing schedule during the week of September 23, 2013. Part of the Town’s regular streets maintenance program, milling and paving is a surface replacement process that eliminates existing pot holes and creates a smooth new road surface. Milling and paving extends the life of the Town’s streets and is done on any particular street about once every ten to fifteen years.

The road surface replacement process takes place in two steps. First, the top 1 to 1½ inches of asphalt is milled or ground off the street. Then, a new overlay of hot-mix asphalt is applied to the street, creating the new pavement surface. Typically, milling will be done on one day and paving will be done on the next day. During milling and paving operations, crews will close one lane of the street at a time, so motorists should expect delays. In addition, no on-street parking will be allowed during the scheduled milling and paving operations. … Continue Reading

Town of Leesburg Personal Property Tax Bills Due Monday October 7

September 18, 2013 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Town of Leesburg Personal Property Tax Bills Due Monday October 7

Residents reminded not to remove permanent decals from vehicles

The Town of Leesburg recently mailed 2013 personal property tax bills to taxpayers. Payment is due to the Town by Monday, October 7.

In addition to the tax due on personal property, taxpayers also pay a $25 annual license fee often referred to as the “decal fee”. Residents are reminded that they should not remove the permanent decals from their vehicles.

The Town encourages taxpayers to avoid waiting in line at Town Hall by paying online, mailing their payments, or paying by phone. Late payments will be assessed a penalty of ten percent on any unpaid balance. Interest of ten percent per annum will be added to any unpaid balance beginning November 1, 2013. … Continue Reading

Loudoun History Awards To Be Presented By Thomas Balch Library Advisory Commission

September 18, 2013 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Loudoun History Awards To Be Presented By Thomas Balch Library Advisory Commission

Thomas Balch Library Advisory Commission is seeking nominations for the 21st annual Loudoun History Awards. Deadline for nominations is Monday, October 7, 2013.

Letters of nomination should include a statement elaborating the nominees’ accomplishments. Newspaper articles, program announcements, publications, or other supporting information that provides evidence of the nominee’s accomplishments may also be included. Nominations can be sent to the Thomas Balch Library Director, including contact information for the nominee and nominator, at: … Continue Reading

Velocity Wings Celebrates Grand Opening

September 18, 2013 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Velocity Wings Celebrates Grand Opening

Velocity Wings held its Grand Opening Celebration on Wednesday, September 18, in its new home at 1020 East Main Street in Purcellville. Velocity Wings opened on July 23, and has already become a very popular neighborhood gathering place, known for its award-winning wings, Certified Angus Beef burgers, and thick, frosty shakes.

Many local athletes, business and political leaders joined the party at the new Velocity Wings. Velocity Wings provided complimentary appetizers and many Grand Opening specials. There was a drawing to win two VIP tickets to a Washington Redskins game, including a tailgate package from Velocity Wings. … Continue Reading

Kaine Statement on Navy Yard Shooting

September 16, 2013 Around Virginia, News Comments Off on Kaine Statement on Navy Yard Shooting

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on today’s shooting at the Washington Navy Yard:

“My thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted by today’s tragic shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. As we learn more about the horrific events that unfolded this morning, my deepest sympathies go out to the friends and families of the victims, as well as the surrounding community. I am thankful for the bravery of the first responders who put their lives on the line today, and every day.”

Cuccinelli Fails the Breathalyzer

September 11, 2013 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Cuccinelli Fails the Breathalyzer

“Call me a converted skeptic. Three years ago I identified problems in previous climate studies that, in my mind, threw doubt on the very existence of global warming. Last year, following an intensive research effort involving a dozen scientists, I concluded that global warming was real and that the prior estimates of the rate of warming were correct. I’m now going a step further: Humans are almost entirely the cause.” Richard Muller, NYTimes op/Ed [1]

Tony Noerpel

Some would question whether Richard Muller hadn’t been more a denier than a skeptic. He had technical concerns with the instrument record of the Earth’s climate over the last 150 years, the blade of Michael Mann’s famous hockey stick. But these concerns did not in any way challenge the fundamental physics of human-caused climate change. They merely questioned some aspect of the bookkeeping. Nonetheless, his concerns were testable and in fact had already been identified and tested by climate scientists during the last couple of decades. Muller an accomplished scientist could quickly have done the literature search himself but the scientists he criticized had explained to him often enough that his technical concerns had been raised and addressed. Instead Muller tested his objections and concluded, to no one’s surprise that the climate science community had been right all along. The recent Earth warming is dramatic and unprecedented and humans are almost entirely the cause. The latest IPCC report pegs the likelihood of human responsibility at greater than 95%. That is as close to science speak for empirically dead certain as we get. As I predicted [2], Muller’s confirmation of the reality of human-caused climate change has had no impact on deniers. … 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
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 …

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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