Historic Car Recreated by Middleburg Man

November 6, 2013 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Historic Car Recreated by Middleburg Man

As a prominent national paper reported at a recent display of the pictured Bugatti 57SC Aerolithe: “When it comes to recreating history, it’s hard to beat the detective job that it took to remake one of the most famous Bugatti show cars from the 1930s.”

My dad grew up loving historic cars. As a young man he bought the chassis (only thing left) of an old Silver Ghost Rolls Royce just to prevent it from going into the scrap heap. So, when I found out that a local man named Chris Ohrstrom (of Middleburg) had overseen the perfect recreation of a Bugatti Aerolithe, I jumped at the chance to tell our western Loudoun audience about it. … Continue Reading

Gardening Is Fun

November 6, 2013 Columns, Virginia Gardening Comments Off on Gardening Is Fun

By Donna Williamson

Over the last 25 years, I have worked with lots of folks that are interested in making their landscapes more attractive and functional. In the last few years, several people have suggested to me that they didn’t want me to see their gardens because they were:

  • Too weedy,
  • Not perfect,
  • Not well balanced,
  • Too old,
  • Too young,
  • Unfinished,
  • Or, whatever

All of these reasons imply that they will be judged and found somehow lacking in skill, art, or effort. I don’t see gardening as a competition. … Continue Reading

Artist’s Profile – Valentin Melik

November 6, 2013 Lifestyle, People, Uncategorized Comments Off on Artist’s Profile – Valentin Melik

“What set him apart from other kids was his innate gift of drawing the world around him.  On cold and snowy days he would run and play outside under his mother’s watchful eye.  When he would see a bread truck pass by the playground, he would pick up a twig, plop on the snow and draw the bread truck.”

An artist’s life is often as complex and inquisitive as their work. In talking to them, I’ve often found that when they approach a project, they are asking and answering a series of questions. “Where is the light coming from? What makes that object stand out from the one behind it? What color is the marble? And, what temperature? What is the person in my portrait thinking?”

Valentin Melik has one of those lives, complicated and looking for answers, some questions of which relate to the everyday things we all face, such as how to make a living, doing, hopefully, what we believe we were meant to do. … Continue Reading

First Year for Middleburg Film Festival

November 6, 2013 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on First Year for Middleburg Film Festival

Festival founder Sheila Johnson welcomed thousands of guests to the first Middleburg Film Festival October 24-27.

Festival Executive Director Susan Koch noted that “from the very beginning, our primary objective has been to create a small, but carefully curated, slate of outstanding films – as well as foster an intimate and accessible festival experience.”

The festival included films such as “August: Osage County,” “The Best Offer,” “The Butterfly’s Dream,” “Capital,” “Child’s Pose,” “Gloria,” “Like Father, Like Son,” “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” “Nebraska” “One Chance,” “Philomena” and “Le Week-End.” … Continue Reading

Kitchen Science Kids: Density

November 6, 2013 Columns, Kitchen Science Kids Comments Off on Kitchen Science Kids: Density

By Leah Enright

When the weather turns cold, I love to visit indoor swimming pools. Taking off my jacket and gloves, and putting on a swimsuit makes me feel like I’m somewhere warm and tropical – even if I’m at the Ida Lee Rec Center in Leesburg. Of course, I always see lots of kids running, (and being reminded not to run) throwing foamy footballs, and playing with paddle boards. There are even a few babies with puffy, orange inflatable arm bands helping them float with smiling grown-ups. Though everyone is having a good time, and probably very few are thinking about science, there are quite a few principles at play here – one of them is well illustrated with a simple science activity. To see it in action try this: … Continue Reading

21st Street Project Undergoes Historic Scrutiny

November 6, 2013 Development, News 5 comments

BAR Chairman Pat Giglio: “The scale is huge …”
By Valerie Cury

In October, the Purcellville Board of Architectural Review (BAR) took a careful look at concept plans for the 21st Street downtown project known as Vineyard Square.

Vineyard Square is a proposed five-six story mixed use complex that will be located in the heart of Purcellville’s historic district, across the street from the 1914 Nichols Hardware store building, the 1906 Pancoast building and other historic structures. … Continue Reading

A Buying Opportunity?

November 6, 2013 Columns Comments Off on A Buying Opportunity?
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By Carl Fischer
As a direct result of the uncertainty that has arisen from national and regional politics, with its unsettling effect on the Northern Virginia area, for the past two months there has been a market slowdown which has created a decrease in the level of new buyer interest in the residential markets. It has also increased the number of homes on the market, and the average “days on market” for already listed properties.

As a result, the cycle of rapidly escalating costs, and the meteoric rise in interest rates has created a lull in the market that affords potential buyers a unique opportunity.

Even though sellers tend to be slow to recognize this impact, most buyer’s agents will quickly point out that new offers have declined and the specter of multiple offers has diminished, if not vanished, from the market. Price levels for houses sold recently have also declined. … Continue Reading

LaRock: Ready to Go to Work and Serve

November 6, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on LaRock: Ready to Go to Work and Serve

I am pleased that the voters of the district endorsed our message and propelled my campaign to a solid victory. I’m honored and humbled to be selected by the voters of the 33rd District as their Delegate-elect.

Now it’s time to deliver on what I promised. I look forward to serving the District and our Commonwealth by focusing on improving our economy, attracting quality jobs, and building a better Virginia for our children and our grandchildren. … Continue Reading

At the Polls…

November 5, 2013 Elections, News Comments Off on At the Polls…

As the votes roll in, check here for today’s election results.

We will update this article as we receive word from the polls.

UPDATE 10:45 p.m.
With 98.98% of the votes tallied:


Ken Cuccinelli II – 970,490 – 45.60%
Terry R. McAuliffe – 1,007,733 – 47.35%
Robert C. Sarvis – 140,634 – 6.61%

Lieutenant Governor

E. W. Jackson – 935,855 – 44.81%
Ralph S. Northam – 1,146,262 – 54.88%

Attorney General

Mark D. Obenshain – 1,056,083 – 50.27%
Mark R. Herring – 1,040,402 – 49.52%

Member: House of Delegates

David A. LaRock -13,256 – 53.82%
Mary L. Costello Daniel – 10,492 – 42.59%
Patrick G. Hagerty – 837 – 3.40% … Continue Reading

Bradley Boland Installed as Virginia Association of Realtors® President

November 2, 2013 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Bradley Boland Installed as Virginia Association of Realtors® President

Bradley J. Boland, past Chairman of the Dulles Area Association of REALTORS®, Managing Broker of Keller Williams Realty Dulles and Purcellville business owner, was installed as the 2014 President of the Virginia Association of REALTORS® last week. Brad’s wife, Elaine, and four of his five daughters joined hundreds of Virginia REALTORS® in celebrating this exciting achievement during VAR’s Convention in Virginia Beach.

Brad has been a licensed real estate agent since 1975 and a licensed broker since 1978. He has worked in all areas of real estate including residential home sales, land development, construction of commercial and industrial buildings, and property management of large investment grade assets including retail shopping centers and apartment complexes. Over the years, Brad has owned and managed various real estate companies and has been responsible for overseeing hundreds of millions of dollars of real estate sales. In 2011 he was voted REALTOR® of the Year by the Dulles Area Association of
REALTORS®. … Continue Reading

Thomas Balch Library to Host the 21st Annual Loudoun History Awards

November 2, 2013 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Thomas Balch Library to Host the 21st Annual Loudoun History Awards

Three individuals will receive 2013 Loudoun History Awards at the twenty-first annual awards ceremony sponsored by Thomas Balch Library Advisory Commission. The event will take place at 2:00pm on Sunday, November 10, 2013, at the Thomas Balch Library (208 West Market Street, Leesburg, Virginia.)

This year’s honorees are: … Continue Reading

Virginia Can and Should Work Harder to Combat Hunger

November 2, 2013 Around Virginia Comments Off on Virginia Can and Should Work Harder to Combat Hunger

By Congressman Frank Wolf

Last year, the USDA reported a record number of Americans are struggling to put food on their tables. Across the nation, 49 million people – including 17 million children and six million seniors – are going hungry, a number that has grown substantially over the last two years, even since the start of the recession.

Because of high unemployment and underemployment rates nationwide, local food banks and pantries are struggling to keep up with demand, even during this period of economic recovery.

In some cases, families that once were regular food donors are finding themselves in line for food assistance themselves. Media outlets have reported that military families are regularly visiting local food banks, some of which have had to close their doors all together as their shelves go bare. … Continue Reading

Christmas Auction at Trinity Episcopal Church

November 2, 2013 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Christmas Auction at Trinity Episcopal Church

This year’s Christmas Auction will be held in Cox Hall at Trinity Episcopal Church located on Route 50 in Upperville on Sunday, December 8, at 11:30 a.m. A cocktail party and preview of the auction items will be held Friday, December 6 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the church’s many ministries to local, regional and international communities.

“This is a wonderful event that benefits our community by providing support to our neighbors who need some timely help,” says Rob Banse, Rector at Trinity Episcopal Church. Trinity’s Food Closet supplies non-perishable food items, English as a Second Language classes teach English and provide fellowship and dinner, and the Thrift Shop provides financial assistance for basic needs. The parish hall hosts weekly meetings of both Alcoholics Anonymous and Co-Dependents Anonymous, and houses The Community Music School of the Piedmont, which offers classes, programs, instruction and music therapy. Four times a year Trinity participates with the Churches of Upperville Outreach Food Basket program. The church supports the Piedmont Child Care Center by providing funds to the John Levis Scholarship Fund. … 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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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

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”

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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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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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