Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office Determines Long Lane Fire Accidental

January 29, 2014 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office Determines Long Lane Fire Accidental

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office reported that the fire that destroyed a single-family home on Long Lane in Lovettsville was accident due to a crack in the clay thimble leading to the chimney flue, which allowed the fire to extend into the structure. Damages to the home, which was destroyed in the fire, resulted in estimated $550,000 damage.

At 2:40 a.m., Friday, January 24, the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call for a house fire at 38064 Long Lane in Lovettsville. Fire and rescue personnel from Lovettsville, Lucketts, Purcellville, Leesburg, Hamilton, Moorefield, with mutual aid assistance from Frederick County, Maryland responded to the scene. … Continue Reading

The Party of Lincoln (Part Three)

January 29, 2014 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on The Party of Lincoln (Part Three)

“The physical sciences, often called the ‘hard sciences’, are really the easy ones. They are underpinned by conservation laws and invariance principles in ways that differ from the biological, and even more the social, sciences.” Robert M. May, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, [1].

Two weeks ago I began a series called “The Party of Lincoln.” The premise is that one possible way to avoid self-extinction might begin with voting for candidates who acknowledged the reality of human-caused global warming, i.e., specifically voting against Republican candidates. Many people might believe that the risk then would be voting against the candidate who had a better grasp of economic reality. Clearly this isn’t true as anybody who does not accept physical reality doesn’t have any idea how the economy works either. … Continue Reading

Homeschoolers Compete in Spelling Bee

January 29, 2014 Schools 1 comment

The 2014 Loudoun Homeschool Spelling Bee was held on Januart 18 at the Purcellville Library. The junior bee was open to first through fourth graders, and the senior bee was for fifth through eighth graders. A total of 18 students competed.

The junior bee first place winners were Ethan Maher (first grade), Ethan Gonzalez (second grade), Samantha Stock (third grade) and Cayla Marino (fourth grade).

The senior bee first place winners were Kaitlyn Maher (fifth grade), Melissa Turner (sixth grade), Nino DeBarros (seventh grade), and Luke Thornburgh (eighth grade). These spellers will advance to the next level of the Scripps competition which is the Loudoun County Regional Bee. … Continue Reading

Honoring America’s Presidents

January 29, 2014 Columns, Samuel Moore-Sobel Comments Off on Honoring America’s Presidents

By Samuel Moore-Sobel
This year the oft-forgotten President’s Day falls on Monday, February 17. The holiday was originally created to commemorate President George Washington’s Birthday in 1885. Today it is accepted as a holiday celebrating all of our presidents.

When discussing the importance of presidents we must keep in mind the enormity of the job. Sometimes it is easy to underestimate the weight of the decisions that they are forced to make on a daily basis. There is a lot of pressure on the officeholder to make big and grand changes to our nation. But our system was not set up that way. Our presidents are rightfully limited in the things that they can accomplish, yet they are blamed if anything goes wrong. … Continue Reading

Snow and Ice Removal on Town Sidewalks

January 26, 2014 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Snow and Ice Removal on Town Sidewalks
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During the winter season, the Town of Purcellville depends on its citizens and businesses to be helpful, responsible, and aware of the need to remove all snow and ice from the public sidewalks including walks and ramps leading to crosswalks.
Many Town residents, including children walking to school, need to be able to safely use the public sidewalks. This means that all snow and ice should be removed from the entire constructed width of the public sidewalk. This enables citizens of all ages to have access to clean pedestrian walkways. Although there is an ordinance regarding snow removal that identifies the responsibilities of citizens and businesses in removing snow from sidewalks, clearing snow and ice from sidewalks should simply be looked upon as a combination of courtesy and caring toward all those who need to use the public walkways. Your help will allow Town crews to focus on the roadways to ensure that they are cleared for emergency vehicle traffic.

The Town reminds property owners or occupants to:

  • Remove all snow and ice which has accumulated on the adjacent public sidewalk within six (6) hours after the snow has ceased falling, unless accumulation has occurred overnight, then it shall be removed before 12:00 noon on the following day. Immediately after the accumulation of ice on a sidewalk, it must be removed or treated with sand, salt or other substance to prevent it from being slippery.
  • Please exercise caution and care when shoveling, especially during extreme cold.

How To Manage Your Children and Yourself on Snow Days

January 26, 2014 Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Comments Off on How To Manage Your Children and Yourself on Snow Days

By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.

As a child, the excitement of a snow day or two can bring great joy and the memories that follow can be magical and lifelong. For parents, however, snow days can be very stressful. We in Northern Virginia have had several snow days this winter, and we’ve just been handed another two in Loudoun County. And while the children and teens in my practice are thrilled, many parents I see are complaining about the extended time and lack of structure which have led to arguments, increased sibling rivalry and behavioral problems in the home. So, I offer a few thoughts here to help manage your children (and yourself) for the coming snow days. … Continue Reading

LCSO Releases Surveillance Video of Suspects in Possible Auto Theft Ring

January 26, 2014 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Releases Surveillance Video of Suspects in Possible Auto Theft Ring

Detectives with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Auto Theft Unit released surveillance video of three suspects involved in a possible auto theft ring in the Washington, DC, area. The video can be viewed at www.sheriff.loudoun.gov/autotheft.

In the video the three suspects are observed pulling into the parking lot of a gas station convenience store near Dulles. Two of the vehicles in the video, a black BMW X6 sedan and a red Audi S6 sedan, were stolen from the Adesa Auto Auction on Old Ox Road on November 15. A third vehicle, an SUV, was stolen from Prince George’s County in Maryland. The suspects are then observed taking the tags off of the SUV and placing them on one the BMW and placing stolen tags on the Audi. … Continue Reading

The Party of Lincoln (Part Two)

January 23, 2014 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on The Party of Lincoln (Part Two)

“The physical sciences, often called the ‘hard sciences’, are really the easy ones. They are underpinned by conservation laws and invariance principles in ways that differ from the biological, and even more the social, sciences.” Robert M. May, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, [1].

Climate Reality

On the most basic level and referring to the Robert May quote above, the study of planetary climate systems is a physical science. I’ve described most of the forcings and feedbacks previously [2]. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas and has certain other physical properties which result in its being the principle greenhouse gas or thermostat of any planet similar to Earth [3]. At the temperature and atmospheric pressure at the surface of our planet carbon dioxide is a gas and is well-mixed in the atmosphere. Water by contrast is a liquid and only very reluctantly vaporizes. We have oceans of liquid water on our planet’s surface and yet very little water vapor. It is not well mixed in the atmosphere. There is very little water vapor over the Sahara or Antarctica or over any other desert. Since the temperature falls precipitously with altitude over the surface the percentage of water vapor falls dramatically as well. … Continue Reading

LaRock Introduces Legislation To Equalize Tolls

January 19, 2014 Government, News Comments Off on LaRock Introduces Legislation To Equalize Tolls

Delegate Dave LaRock has introduced two resolutions aimed at bringing relief to commuters who face rising tolls on the Dulles Toll Road.

House Joint Resolution 84 and House Joint Resolution 85 memorialize Congress and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, respectively, to collect tolls on the Dulles Access Highway and use that toll revenue for the purpose of reducing tolls on the Dulles Toll Road, which have risen dramatically to pay for Phase 2 of construction of the Silver line. … Continue Reading

Attorney General Encourages Target Customers in Virginia to Take Advantage of Free Credit Monitoring in Wake of Data Breach

January 19, 2014 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Attorney General Encourages Target Customers in Virginia to Take Advantage of Free Credit Monitoring in Wake of Data Breach

Attorney General Mark R. Herring has urged any Virginia residents who have shopped at Target stores or the company’s website to take advantage of the one year of free credit monitoring being offered by the company following last month’s security breach.
“I commend Target for offering credit monitoring to all of its customers, and strongly encourage any affected Virginia customers to take advantage of the monitoring, regardless of whether suspicious activity has appeared on their accounts,” said Attorney General Herring.  “Consumers should also be vigilant and change their PIN numbers and passwords if they have not already done so.  My office is going to work to help ensure Virginians are protected in this matter.” … Continue Reading

White House Turkeys Make Their Debut at Morven Park Open House

January 19, 2014 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on White House Turkeys Make Their Debut at Morven Park Open House

The silver collection will sparkle and the windows will gleam when Morven Park re-opens its museums following a one-month break for deep cleaning. But new additions to the Park’s treasures just might out-shine all the rest, as the pardoned White House turkeys make their public debut.

Popcorn (who participated in the President’s pardoning ceremony) and Caramel (the “alternate”) will be strutting their stuff in front of the Davis Mansion during the weekend of February 1-2, and the public is invited not only to meet these famous turkeys but to visit the Mansion and Winmill Carriage Museum at no charge during this special open house. … Continue Reading

Bluegrass Concert at the Old Schoolhouse

January 19, 2014 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Bluegrass Concert at the Old Schoolhouse

The Lucketts Bluegrass Concert Series continues its 40th season of weekly concerts at the Lucketts Community Center on Saturday, February 1 at 7:00 p.m. featuring Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers. Tickets are $15 at the door, show time is 7:00 p.m.and doors open at 6:00 p.m. Lucketts’ famous hot dogs, barbeque sandwiches plus other snacks and drinks will be available at the kitchen.

Rebel Records artists, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, are a red hot band in the bluegrass world today. In 2013, they topped the charts with the song, “Bottom of a Mountain,” and now Joe and Junior Sisk’s collaboration on the single, “Wild Mountain Honey,” is currently holding the top rating on Bluegrass Today’s January chart. Joe Mullins , a veteran bluegrass performer and radio broadcaster, formed Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers in 2006 with the intent of performing an energetic mix of quality Bluegrass and Gospel music played with inventive instrumentals, vocal arrangements and a cappella quartets along with a touch of tasteful- down-home humor. To say that they have accomplished that intention is an understatement. The band’s recordings are heavily played on numerous bluegrass-oriented radio stations and have earned many accolades. Over his long career, Joe has earned five IBMA awards and three SPBGMA awards. In addition to Joe on banjo, the Radio Ramblers include: Duane Sparks on guitar and vocals, Evan McGregor on fiddle, Mike Terry on Mandolin and Randy Barnes on bass. The words of Pete Fisher, General Manager of the Grand Ole Opry, say it all about this band: “They are awesome.” www.radioramblers.com.

Maple Avenue and A Street Are Now 4-Way Stop

January 15, 2014 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Maple Avenue and A Street Are Now 4-Way Stop
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The stop signs at the intersection of Maple Avenue and A Street have been installed, making this a new four-way stop intersection. With the recent Southern Collector Road opening and the volume of traffic that is at this intersection, a four-way stop is necessary. Additional pavement markings will be made tomorrow, weather permitting. Be alert and use extreme caution when approaching this intersection’s new traffic pattern.








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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March Fourth Friday

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”Homage to Mother Earth”

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Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
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”Homage to Mother Earth”

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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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Keep Loudoun Beautiful—Greater Lovettsville Area Volunteers Needed

16 Mar 2017

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The Keep Loudoun Beautiful spring clean-up takes place the entire month of April and greater Lovettsville needs volunteers. Bags, vests, gloves and grabbers are available at the Lovettsville Community Center during normal business hours, Monday-Friday. This is a great group or individual activity that can be scheduled around your availability. E-mail Lovettsville Area Leader, Laura Lieberman, for details and to …

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National Awkward Moments Day

8 Mar 2017


?Laughing at Yourself Is the Best Medicine No one knows who invented National Awkward Moments Day, Saturday, March 18. That’s no surprise, since it probably came about as the result of one stunningly awkward moment that the owner of that moment was hoping to forget. We surveyed our readers and friends to ask them about their most awkward moments, sharing …

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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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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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Office Building on Capitol Square To Be Named After Civil Rights Pioneer Barbara Johns


Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the newly renovated state building located at 202 N. 9th Street on Capitol Square in Richmond (currently known as the 9th Street Office Building) will bear the name of civil rights pioneer Barbara Johns. The building, which reopened last year, houses the Virginia Attorney General’s …

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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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