From the Candidates

April 30, 2014 Elections, Elections, News 3 comments
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Why should you vote for me?

Mayoral Candidates

Kwasi Fraser

Fellow citizens, we have arrived at a critical juncture when overcrowded schools and unwanted zoning changes can still be prevented. But we must act now to balance new development with the needs of our “small town” community. As your mayor, I will implement plans to accomplish our goals, and I am committed to working unceasingly to achieve the results you deserve. … Continue Reading

Wild Loudoun: Saving Lives in Vernal Pools

April 30, 2014 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Wild Loudoun: Saving Lives in Vernal Pools

As winter surrenders its stubborn cold and spring gathers the sun’s warmth around us, vernal pools explode with the wonderful frogs and other amphibians that but for them would simply not exist.
“Vernal pools” – otherwise known as ephemeral or temporary pools – are large or small watery areas that appear in late winter to early spring.

They take many forms, from small woodland depressions, to larger areas that look like a typical wetland, to collections of water occurring around special geological features such as underground limestone formations. You might have a vernal pool on your property or have seen one … not really knowing you were looking at something very special and very important to nature – a patch of woodland that holds water as winter snows melt and early spring rains come our way, or a soggy, grassy area in a low spot on your lawn. Or, perhaps you walked by a place that despite the still chilly air had a haze of green life on it, even as winter had not yet fully departed. Or, a place that, as you drive by just after nightfall is filled with the sound of spring peepers – tiny, very vocal frogs sending out their calls to attract a mate. … Continue Reading

Will the Voter’s Changing Mood Express Itself on May 6?

April 30, 2014 Columns, View From the Ridge Comments Off on Will the Voter’s Changing Mood Express Itself on May 6?
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Interesting …
Businesses and homeowners in Purcellville took up the cause of parents to the east, west, north and south fighting to save their small schools.

If you drove through the village of Hamilton to the east and the village of Lincoln to the south you saw signs of every kind demanding to “Save Lincoln Elementary,” “Vote For Kids,” “Save Hamilton Elementary,” and “Small Schools = No New Debt.” And, then those same signs started popped up in Purcellville proper. And, then there was a very-well attended school board meeting on Monday, April 21, followed by a 6-3 vote on Tuesday, April 22 which settled, for now, whether these small community-based schools would close. And, the answer was, NO. … Continue Reading

Transitioning from a Spring to Summer Vegetable Garden

April 30, 2014 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Transitioning from a Spring to Summer Vegetable Garden

Saturday, May 3 Free Presentation ?By Loudoun County Master Gardeners

Come on out for free expert advice on how to prepare for summertime vegetable gardening at the Loudoun County Master Gardeners’ “Saturday in the Garden” program on May 3. The presentation will be held outside at the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden at Ida Lee Park, Leesburg, 10:00 a.m. to noon. A Q and A in the vegetable area to ask general questions will be held after the talk. Master Gardeners will also be on hand to answer questions concerning the ornamental areas of the garden. … Continue Reading

Shelburne Glebe Road

April 30, 2014 Columns, Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth Comments Off on Shelburne Glebe Road
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I guess you could say I have a thing for those sometimes overlooked, innocuous little roads that just kinda end someplace – for most of us in the middle of nowhere – but for some of us – just exactly where you’d want ‘em to. I’m not sure how other travelers feel about coming to an abrupt halt at the southern end of Shelburne Glebe Road (County Road 729), but I always like to know when I’ve come to the end of the line – so I can do a ‘180’ and head in the opposite direction. It tells me that I’ve pursued this path as far as I can, and I may as well direct my energy into other destinations. Life can be like that. … Continue Reading

Capital W, Capital O, Capital R, Capital D – WORD

April 30, 2014 Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on Capital W, Capital O, Capital R, Capital D – WORD
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By Sushi

Word has it there is a new Cairn Terrier puppy coming to live at Fields of Athenry Farm. I can’t think of a better way to start the month of May than with new life. May is when we celebrate mother’s day and the whole farm team is getting ready to do it up right with lots of fun for mothers and kids alike. Saturday, May 10 we are pulling out all the stops. BBQ on the grill, flower pots for the little ones to hand paint for their dear mama’s, it will be a glorious day of celebrating life. … Continue Reading

Spring Cleaning for Safety

April 30, 2014 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Spring Cleaning for Safety

As warmer weather approaches, so begins the annual task of spring cleaning inside and outside the home. Loudoun County’s Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management reminds residents of important safety considerations as spring draws near.

Around the house:

  • Check and clean smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. We recommend that smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are tested monthly and batteries changed regularly.
  • Make sure all exits and escape routes are clear from debris and are easily accessible.
  • Reduce clutter in and around your home. Clear at least a three-foot space around your furnace, hot water heater, fireplace, space heaters and dryer.
  • … Continue Reading

Paint the County Purple for Relay for Life

April 30, 2014 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Paint the County Purple for Relay for Life

Loudoun’s Relay for Life plans to paint the county purple until Monday May 12 and they need your help.

The Relay event will be at Heritage High School from May 31-June 1. It will involve more than 1,250 community members, and they hope to raise over $300,000.

They are asking local businesses and individuals to be involved in the fund-raising. For a minimum $25 donation, businesses will receive a donation bank and a flyer to display. Then the fund-raising can begin.

The mission of Relay for Life is to raise funds to improve cancer survival, decrease the incidence of cancer, and improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their caretakers.

Businesses and individuals should contact RFL.Loudoun.County@live.com to participate.

Old but Awesome – and for Now, Staying Open

April 30, 2014 News, Schools 1 comment
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School Board Votes 6-3 To Preserve Western Loudoun Elementary Schools

“Old but awesome” is how Lincoln elementary student Finn Gustavson described his school at last week’s Loudoun County Public School System public hearing. Gustavson, who lives just south of the village of Lincoln was one of the 400 parents, teachers, community members and youth who attended the LCPS public hearing on the possibility of closing western Loudoun’s Lincoln, Hillsboro, Aldie and Hamilton elementary schools. … Continue Reading

New Musical at Valley

April 30, 2014 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on New Musical at Valley
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Loudoun Valley High School’s drama department, the Viking Players, presents its spring musical production, “Legally Blonde: The Musical.”

The show follows the story of Elle Woods, a UCLA sorority sister turned Harvard law student. When she attempts to regain the love of her college sweetheart Warner (also newly enrolled at Harvard), Elle realizes her independence and strength as a modern woman is more important than the puppy love she once had for the Kennedy-esque Warner. Elle breaks the stereotype of the “dumb blonde” and serves as an inspiration to her friends. Alie Campbell, a junior, playing Elle Woods and music director said, “Seeing everyone’s confidence grow throughout this process has been most rewarding.” Alexandra Poirier who plays Kate added, “It’s important to see this show because, though it starts off fluffy and shallow, by the end you’ll see the underlying message is ‘be yourself, for you can achieve greatness’.” … Continue Reading

What Does She Want? Breakfast in Bed, of Course

April 30, 2014 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on What Does She Want? Breakfast in Bed, of Course
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The United States has over 80 million moms, and over 95 percent of Americans mark the day in some way. Mother’s Day is the busiest day of the year for most restaurants and retailers say it is the second biggest gift-giving day of the year. Together, we’ll spend an astonishing $671 million dollars on Mother’s Day cards and $1.9 billion on flowers – almost $15 billion in all when the nation’s cash registers total out for the day. … Continue Reading

Meeting Jimmy Carter

April 30, 2014 Columns, Samuel Moore-Sobel Comments Off on Meeting Jimmy Carter
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By Samuel Moore-Sobel

Have you ever met a former president? Over the past few weeks I have been reflecting on meeting President Jimmy Carter. It has become a sort of yearly tradition of mine, purely by happenstance.

Number one on my bucket list is to meet as many presidents as possible. I am an equal opportunist when it comes to this. It doesn’t matter what party they belong to, I will gladly shake the hand of any man who has sat behind the desk in the Oval Office. So last spring my mother, brother and I piled into a car and drove 13 hours straight to Plains, GA. On a Palm Sunday morning we arrived at Maranatha Baptist Church, went through security, and took our seats. A woman who introduced herself as Ms. Jan was in the front of the room telling everyone the rules for meeting this president. “You are not to call him ex-president, because that sounds like a divorce,” she said in her Southern accent. She instructed us to refer to him either as “Mr. Jimmy,” or “President Carter.” Then it was time to pray, and in he walked. Instantly he won me over with his famous smile. He talked for 50 straight minutes without any notes while pacing around the front of the room. He teaches Sunday school every Sunday that he is in town. His schedule is posted on the church website, and anyone is welcome to attend. People from all over the world come to see our most accessible President speak and on that day there were visitors from most of the states as well as Germany, Poland and Ukraine. … Continue Reading

Remembering Maxine Bean

April 30, 2014 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Remembering Maxine Bean
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Celebrating a Life Filled with Community Service and The Arts

On Saturday, May 24, from 10:00 a.m. to noon, the family and friends of Maxine Bean will gather at Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville to remember and celebrate a life filled with community service, generosity, and kindness. Maxine passed away in February at age 89 after a brief illness, and all who wish to join in the May 24 remembrance are welcome to attend (a potluck lunch will follow at a nearby location). … 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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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV
March 4, 2017

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
March 5, 2017
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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
March 20, 2017 March 21, 2017 March 22, 2017 March 23, 2017 March 24, 2017

March Fourth Friday

March Fourth Friday
March 25, 2017 March 26, 2017

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch
March 27, 2017 March 28, 2017 March 29, 2017 March 30, 2017 March 31, 2017 April 1, 2017

”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
April 2, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”

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Lifestyle

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 …

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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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