Holiday Tree Lighting at Village at Leesburg

November 16, 2013 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Holiday Tree Lighting at Village at Leesburg

Santa arrives by horse-drawn carriage at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, November 29 to welcome the community to the Holidays at Village at Leesburg celebration. Santa Claus will be joined by Dickens carolers, a stilt walker toy solider, strolling entertainers and musicians. During the afternoon festivities people can take a free carriage ride and join Santa at 5:00 p.m. to count down for the illumination of the Christmas Tree.

The Christmas Tree and twinkling lights throughout Village at Leesburg will create a traditional holiday setting for unique attractions, including the only Snowzilla Mega Slide in the U.S. and SnowGlobe Live. The unique opportunity to take a toboggan ride down the inflatable slide and pose for a keepsake holiday photo inside the giant SnowGlobe will draw visitors from throughout the east coast to Village at Leesburg, located at 1602 Village Market Blvd. SE in Leesburg, VA 20175. … Continue Reading

Museum Holiday Secret Shoppe

November 16, 2013 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Museum Holiday Secret Shoppe

KIDS ONLY! Visit the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum on Saturdays and Sundays, November 30-December 1, December 7-8, December 14-15 and December 21-22, for KIDS ONLY to shop in the Museum’s Santa’s Secret Shoppe. Hours are Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sundays noon-4:00 p.m.

The fourth annual Santa’s Secret Shoppe will offer a selection of gifts priced under $10. Children can browse Virginia’s Finest products, varieties of toys and stuffed animals, specialty soaps, holiday decorations, and other unique gifts for the entire family. Santa’s helpers will be available to help children wrap purchases with special bags and ribbons. Santa’s Secret Shoppe is FOR KIDS ONLY! Adults are welcome to shop in the Museum’s regular gift shop. … Continue Reading

New Children’s Store Opens in Purcellville

November 16, 2013 Business, News 1 comment
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On November 16 there was a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly open, children’s store, Percy Bear Kids. The shop is located at the East corner of Main and 21st Streets, in the Ogilivie Dental Building. Barbara and Pamela Anderson, the shop owners, welcomed everyone to come see the shop, and enjoy the opening festivities.

The shop, formerly Grandmother’s Back Room, located in Great Falls contains an assortment of children’s clothing, accessories, and toys. Many of the items are handmade locally. There are at least five local crafts people contributing items, like hand-knitted sweaters, beanies, mittens, scarves, purses, blankets, bibs, bows and beautifully embroidered customized gifts. In addition, the shop tries to maintain an emphasis on “Made In America”, choosing high-quality toys, responsibly made by manufacturers in the U.S.A. like Maple Landmark of Middlebury, Vermont. A selection of books is on hand including at least three local children’s book authors, and the wonderful “Good Night” series from Independent Publishers. … Continue Reading

Wednesday Brings Three Fires for Loudoun Fire-Rescue Crews

November 16, 2013 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Wednesday Brings Three Fires for Loudoun Fire-Rescue Crews

Three separate, unrelated working fires Wednesday, November 13 kept fire and rescue units from across Loudoun County busy.
The first incident occurred at approximately 10:45 a.m. when units from Middleburg, Aldie and Philomont responded to a call for a structure fire at 17 Federal Street in Middleburg. When fire crews arrived on scene, they found two HVAC units on fire behind the structure. Crews quickly extinguished the fire, preventing it from extending into the affected structure. The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office deemed the fire accidental in nature, caused by improperly discarded smoking materials. Damages are estimated at $15,000. … Continue Reading

Sixth Annual Lovettsville Christkindlmarkt

November 16, 2013 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Sixth Annual Lovettsville Christkindlmarkt

The Loudoun Valley German Society is sponsoring the sixth annual Christkindlmarkt (traditional European Christmas market) on December 7 and 8 at the Lovettsville Game Protective Association at 16 S. Berlin Tpk in Lovettsville. Hours are Saturday 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Featured are five musical ensembles playing traditional German, Austrian, Celtic, and Appalachian holiday music; warm typical German Christmas market foods, sweets, Glühwein (mulled wine), local
microbrews; over 25 local artists, crafters, and vendors; and free children’s face and hair painting and German Christmas storytelling by the Harmony Middle School German Language students and two German puppet theatre presentations.

Entrance to the market is $3 for 13 and older and free for all others and is good for both days. Net proceeds benefit the local cub scout pack that the LVGS charters and other local nonprofits.

RoganMillerZimmerman, PLLC Opens Its Doors

November 16, 2013 Business, News Comments Off on RoganMillerZimmerman, PLLC Opens Its Doors

Attorneys Christopher Rogan, Peter Miller and Eric Zimmerman have announced that they are joining their law practices to form a new firm, RoganMillerZimmerman, PLLC. The firm will be located on the third floor of 50 Catoctin Circle, NE, in Leesburg.

Mr. Rogan has practiced for over 24 years, beginning in Tysons Corner and relocating his practice to Leesburg in 2006. The focus of his practice is on bankruptcy and insolvency matters, as well as employment, corporate and business transactions and litigation. Mr. Miller, who focuses his practice in areas of domestic relations and general corporate advice, has been located in Leesburg since 1989. Mr. Zimmerman has practiced in Leesburg for over 38 years. He enjoys a general practice involving real estate and estate planning matters and provides overall corporate and personal counsel. … Continue Reading

10th Annual “Christmas in Purcellville” Parade Applications Available

November 13, 2013 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on 10th Annual “Christmas in Purcellville” Parade Applications Available

Be a part of Purcellville’s tradition and one of the Northern Virginia’s largest Christmas Parades. Purcellville’s 10th Annual Christmas Parade continues to grow and will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at noon.

Companies, organizations, clubs, individuals, and families are all invited to be a part of the parade! Floats are ALWAYS encouraged. Bring out your Christmas spirit and decorate your car, truck, float, or yourself! Be part of the joy of the season and join in the fun – enter your organization, business or group to participate in the Christmas in Purcellville parade. The festivities for “Christmas in Purcellville” last most of the day and are located throughout the Town. … Continue Reading

Energy Summit Comments

November 13, 2013 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Energy Summit Comments

Both Sustainable Loudoun’s 2013 energy summit and climate discussion went well. Kent Klitgaard the featured speaker at the energy summit, held on October 25 at GWU, called me the night before from a hospital bed in post op. He had been rushed to the hospital for an emergency appendectomy. Obviously, he was not going to be able to travel and deliver his talk the following evening. I told him not to worry. He could send me his charts in the morning. I could review them and call him with questions and deliver the talk myself. What else was I going to do? A friend Kenneth Davidson, an antitrust lawyer who has written several books would be attending and I would invite him to participate in the Q and A discussion afterwards. We would muddle through. … Continue Reading

Leesburg Toys for Tots Campaign Accepting Donations through December 16

November 11, 2013 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Leesburg Toys for Tots Campaign Accepting Donations through December 16

Collection boxes for new, unwrapped toys located at five Town of Leesburg facilities.

The Town of Leesburg is partnering once again with the Loudoun County Detachment of the Marine Corps League to sponsor this year’s annual U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign. Toys collected will be distributed solely within Loudoun County.

Toy donations will be accepted at five drop-off locations at Town of Leesburg facilities: … Continue Reading

Thank You From Delegate-Elect, Dave LaRock

November 11, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Thank You From Delegate-Elect, Dave LaRock

Dear Residents of the 33rd District,

I’m writing this letter to express my sincere thanks to the good people of the 33rd District for making me your Delegate-elect. This is a great honor, and a humbling one; I look forward to building on the accomplishments of the other leaders who have served in this position with dedication and distinction.

To all of the folks that turned out and voted for me on Election Day, worked at the polls, organized behind the scenes, endorsed me, wrote letters on my behalf, and otherwise gave of your effort, time, and treasure, I am very grateful. Many of you gave very much, and many could only help in small ways, but all of you played an essential part in our campaign. Congratulations on a job well done! … Continue Reading

Preserve Our Unique Old Town

November 11, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Preserve Our Unique Old Town

A comment on the proposed 21st Street Project in the historic Purcellville town: This ghastly, tacky, multi-story monstrosity has no place in Purcellville unless the sole object of the development is the generation of maximum revenue for the developers at the prohibitive cost of replacing our charming and unique old town with yet another slice of generic, cookie-cutter suburbia. If this development is permitted, what is left of historic Purcellville will be swallowed whole, leaving little motive to preserve the small remnant that would be left. To add insult to injury, some taxpayer funding will no doubt be required to force us to assist in the destruction of our historic district. This project should be rejected.

D.L. Bell

Thanksgiving 2013: The Perfect Mix of Old and New

November 8, 2013 Lifestyle, Style Comments Off on Thanksgiving 2013: The Perfect Mix of Old and New

By Shirley Lyle Volberg

I love to entertain. In my world no entertaining is better than the Thanksgiving and December holidays, including Christmas.

I love the anticipation of it. The warmth of welcoming friends and family into my home. The menu planning and the list making.

I love getting lost in it. Scouring the grocery store (and the internet) for the best ingredients. Opening up my old attic boxes and trunks to revisit my favorite holiday table linens, decorations and centerpieces – and sprucing them up with fresh flowers and greens. For me it’s always fun to unearth the pumpkin shaped candles, big Italian platters and the pewter gravy boat. I hope my daughter catches the bug because she will inherit all of my finery. … Continue Reading

LCPS Retains Attorney To Investigate Bullying By Principal

November 6, 2013 News, Schools Comments Off on LCPS Retains Attorney To Investigate Bullying By Principal

In late October, the Loudoun Education Association, representing 3,400 school employees, requested that the Loudoun County Public School system investigate allegations that Loudoun Valley High School’s principal had bullied teachers and pressured them to inflate grades. A group of more than 300 LVHS parents have joined a FaceBook page discussing the issue.

The principal in question, Sue Ross, indirectly addressed the issue during an announcement at LVHS. Ross was hired as principal at the school eight years ago.

LVHS Parent Teacher Organization President Karen Dillon is organizing a meeting anticipated to occur during the week of November 4, indicating on the group’s FaceBook page that the “ invitation will be extended to LVHS administration, all teachers, all parents and any children who would like to come. This meeting is not to answer all kinds of questions, it is to get information regarding the investigation.” … 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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”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 …

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McAuliffe Vetoes LaRock’s Public Assistance Eligibility Legislation  


On March 28, Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed Del. Dave LaRock’s (R-33) House Bill 2092, which would have required any applicant for public assistance to undergo a full review of death records, incarceration status, employment status, lottery winnings, and all income. Recently, an Arlington woman was arrested on four counts of welfare fraud for …

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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 …



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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