Congregation Sha’are Shalom To Host “Walkin’ With Gabriella” Walk-a-Thon for International Good Deeds Day

March 27, 2014 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Congregation Sha’are Shalom To Host “Walkin’ With Gabriella” Walk-a-Thon for International Good Deeds Day
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Congregation Sha’are Shalom will participate once again in the International Good Deeds Day on April 6, 2014 by hosting the “Walkin’ With Gabriella” walk-a-thon in memory of childhood cancer advocate Gabriella Miller.

Established in Israel in 2007, Good Deeds Day celebrates the value and importance of giving back to the community in which we live and is celebrated in countries across the globe. Proceeds from the walk-a-thon will go to Smashing Walnuts, the organization founded by the Miller family to raise awareness and funds to battle childhood cancer. … Continue Reading

Pari-Mutuel Betting Returns to Virginia Gold Cup

March 27, 2014 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Pari-Mutuel Betting Returns to Virginia Gold Cup
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Horse racing, spring fashions and Virginia hospitality highlight DC’s premier spring event

One of the nation’s largest steeplechase race meets celebrates its 89th anniversary this year on Saturday, May 3. After great success with last year’s launch of pari-mutuel betting, the perk returns for race goers to enjoy at Great Meadow in The Plains.

Since the Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (VHBPA) elected not to extend their contract with Colonial Downs, a race track in New Kent, the Virginia Gold Cup (and the International Gold Cup in October) has now become the only venue in Virginia to offer sanctioned betting. … Continue Reading

Rhyme On! Poetry Writing Contest for Adults at Loudoun County Public Library

March 21, 2014 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Rhyme On! Poetry Writing Contest for Adults at Loudoun County Public Library

Loudoun County Public Library invites adults ages 18 and up to participate in a poetry writing contest April 1- 30 2014 held in honor of National Library Week (April 13-19) and National Poetry Month (April).

Complementary programs and workshops will be held in conjunction with the contest including poetry writing workshops with internationally-published poet Clauda Gary, poetry readings and open mic nights with The Bards of Loudoun, and a workshop with nationally-acclaimed storyteller and poet Laura J. Bobrow. … Continue Reading

Art in the Burg, Middleburg’s Town-Wide Arts Celebration

March 15, 2014 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Art in the Burg, Middleburg’s Town-Wide Arts Celebration
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Sponsored by the Middleburg Arts Council and the Town of Middleburg

On Saturday, April 26, the Middleburg Arts Council and the Town of Middleburg will join with the Middleburg Business and Professional Association to host the second town-wide arts celebration, Art in the Burg. Artwork from over 40 local artists of different styles, forms and subject matter will be on display throughout the town from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. … Continue Reading

Middleburg’s Hill School To Initiate Bus Service

March 13, 2014 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Middleburg’s Hill School To Initiate Bus Service
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For the first time in its history, The Hill School in Middleburg will initiate morning bus service for students travelling from Leesburg and Stone Ridge for the 2014-2015 school year.

Full details for the service—hours and location for pick-ups–will be announced shortly. The buses will arrive at Hill School at approximately 8:15 a.m. in time for the school day to begin at 8:30 a.m.

“Many of our families have expressed an interest in morning transportation,” said Hill Head of School Treavor Lord. “We’re pleased to be able to offer this service to these families and other families who may be interested in a Hill education.” For more information go to www.thehillschool.org.

45th Annual Bluemont Fair Seeks Logo/Poster Design

March 13, 2014 News, Our Towns Comments Off on 45th Annual Bluemont Fair Seeks Logo/Poster Design
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Organizers of the 45th Annual Bluemont Fair, to be held September 20 and 21, 2014, invite artists of all ages and abilities to submit designs for consideration as the logo for this year’s poster and brochure. The theme this year is “Bald Eagles of Bluemont”. These majestic creatures, once threatened with extinction, have been sighted recently in and around the village, to our great delight!

Submitted designs should be rendered simply and with minimal color to facilitate replication on Bluemont Fair’s distinctive poster, t-shirt, mug, etc. The artist’s name will be printed on the poster and his/her work acknowledged in Fair brochure and publicity.

All artwork must be received by May 1, 2014, mailed to: Bluemont Fair Logo/Poster Design Competition, P.O. Box 217, Bluemont, Virginia, 20135. Individuals requesting return of their submission should also include a self-addressed, stamped mailing receptacle. For further information– or to arrange for in-person delivery of your entry: 540-554-2367 (voice mail). Also, visit Bluemont Fair on Facebook and www.bluemontfair.org

Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office Determines Lawford Drive Fire Accidental

March 13, 2014 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office Determines Lawford Drive Fire Accidental
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The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office has determined the fire that destroyed a single-family home on Lawford Drive in Leesburg early Sunday morning was accidental, due to improperly discarded smoking materials. Damages to the home and neighboring homes are estimated at $670,000.

At 5:10 a.m., Sunday, March 9, the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call for a house fire at 406 Lawford Drive, SW in Leesburg. Fire and rescue crews from Leesburg, Hamilton, Lansdowne, Aldie, Purcellville, Ashburn and Lucketts responded to the scene.

Fire department personnel arrived to find a two-story, single family house fully involved. Due to the possibility of fire extension to homes on either side, a second alarm was issued to protect the exposures. It was determined that the fire started on the exterior of the house, extending into the attic via the siding, before burning downward. With the fire’s extensive spread, firefighters established defensive operations and worked aggressively to extinguish the fire. Units remained on the scene for an extended period of time putting out hot spots and performing salvage and overhaul. … Continue Reading

Planning Commission Hearing for Catoctin Creek Town Center Draws Overflowing Crowd

March 11, 2014 Development, News 15 comments
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By Valerie Cury

Update: Town Council Meeting March 11: Developer Representative withdrew application for Catoctin Creek Town Center. There will be no public hearing March 12.

“I hate to be the one to break the bad news to some people, but Purcellville is not a small town. It’s not a quaint town anymore,” said Mark Fontaine, who spoke at the Purcellville Planning Commission public hearing in late February for the Catoctin Creek Town Center development. Fontaine, who represents the buyers and the sellers for the town center development, was one of nearly a dozen supporters who came forward to support the project.

The developers of the Catoctin Creek Town Center, in separate applications, seek to rezone approximately 33 acres along Hirst Road and Maple Avenue. The proposal includes a 176-unit apartment complex (Catoctin Creek Apartments) on 13.72 acres and an entertainment complex on 18.71 acres with outdoor space for concerts and events. The proposal includes bumper boats, mimiature golf, go-karts and bumper cars. The approximately 30,000 square foot two story main building will include a sports bar, a restaurant, laser tag, and a game arcade, to name a few. … Continue Reading

What Baseball Can Teach You About Financial Planning

March 8, 2014 Amy and Dan Smith, Columns Comments Off on What Baseball Can Teach You About Financial Planning
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By Amy V. Smith

Spring training is a tradition that baseball teams and baseball fans look forward to every year. No matter how they did last year, teams in spring training are full of hope that a new season will bring a fresh start. As this year’s baseball season gets under way, here are a few lessons from America’s pastime that might help you reevaluate your finances.

Sometimes You Need To Proceed One Base at a Time

There’s nothing like seeing a home run light up the scoreboard, but games are often won by singles and doubles that get runners in scoring position through a series of base hits. The one base at a time approach takes discipline, something that you can apply to your finances by putting together a financial plan. What are your financial goals? Do you know how much money comes in, and how much goes out? Are you saving regularly for retirement or for a child’s college education? A financial plan will help you understand where you are now and help you decide where you want to go. … Continue Reading

Extreme Irrationality Is Extremely Irritating

March 5, 2014 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Extreme Irrationality Is Extremely Irritating
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“Hurricane Sandy was truly astounding in its size and power. At its peak size, twenty hours before landfall, Sandy had tropical storm-force winds that covered an area nearly one-fifth the area of the contiguous United States. Since detailed records of hurricane size began in 1988, only one tropical storm (Olga of 2001) has had a larger area of tropical storm-force winds, and no hurricanes has. … Most incredibly, ten hours before landfall, the total energy of Sandy’s winds of tropical storm-force and higher peaked at 329 terajoules–the highest value for any Atlantic hurricane since at least 1969. This is 2.7 times higher than Katrina’s peak energy, and is equivalent to five Hiroshima-sized atomic bombs. At landfall, Sandy’s tropical storm-force winds spanned 943 miles of the U.S. coast. No hurricane on record has been wider.” – Jeff Masters [1] … Continue Reading

What To Do When Your Teenager Doesn’t Want To Drive

March 5, 2014 Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Comments Off on What To Do When Your Teenager Doesn’t Want To Drive
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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.

What To Do When Your Teenager Doesn’t Want To Drive
My 17 year-old son has no desire to get his license, which makes no sense to me. When I was his age, I couldn’t wait to get my license and to have the freedom to drive and drive and drive. Getting a driver’s license opens up so many possibilities and so much more independence, and you would think that he would want some of that. Instead, my son seems more content being left to himself to text his girlfriend and to play with his video games in his room. He tells me that he just isn’t motivated to drive and doesn’t care. I don’t get it. Is this just the way things are now with teens? I’d love your advice on this.
A Concerned Parent
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Have Some Fun … Right Now …

March 5, 2014 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Have Some Fun … Right Now …
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With The Blue Ridge Leader’s Second Annual Kilt Reveal

Do you recognize the beautiful and elegant “legs” shown here? Each belongs to a different local business leader, listed below. … Continue Reading

LVHS Junior Completes Gold Award Project

March 4, 2014 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on LVHS Junior Completes Gold Award Project
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Rachel Snyder, a junior at Loudoun Valley High School, completed her Girl Scout Gold Award Project by creating a new program called “Bulldog Buddies” last year in May of 2013.

Fifth graders of four elementary schools that feed into Blue Ride Middle School were able to participate in this program, in which each student was matched with a “buddy,” to whom they exchanged letters with back and forth through the school. Each participant met at least one new person, and those who attended the two summer social events met even more students from different schools. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

The Holocene Climate

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(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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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“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

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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

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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

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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

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale
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”Homage to Mother Earth”

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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

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?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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Editorial

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 …

Op-ed

Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

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– 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

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– 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

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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

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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

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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

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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 …

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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

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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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Sports

Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017

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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

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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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