Virginia Earns Top Special Education Rating from U.S. Department of Education

June 25, 2014 Around Virginia Comments Off on Virginia Earns Top Special Education Rating from U.S. Department of Education

Virginia is one of only 18 states and territories earning a “meets requirements” designation under the US Department of Education’s (USED) new results-driven accountability model for rating state compliance with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Previously in rating states, USED focused on procedural requirements such as timelines for student evaluations, due process hearings and transitioning children into preschool services. The new results-driven accountability model includes the participation of students with disabilities in state assessment programs and state progress in narrowing achievement gaps in reading and mathematics between students with disabilities and non-disabled students. … Continue Reading

Calvary Fight Anniversary at Mt. Zion

June 25, 2014 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Calvary Fight Anniversary at Mt. Zion

As part of the 150th anniversary commemorations planned for the Calvary Fight at Mt. Zion Church, the Mosby Heritage Area Association and the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority are offering two special evening programs on July 5 and July 6, both at Mt. Zion Church, 40309 John Mosby Hwy, Aldie.

On Saturday, July 5 at 7:00 p.m., as part of the Conversations in History lecture series, Carol Bundy will speak on “Inglorious Warfare: Fighting the Gray Ghost.” Bundy, a Massachusetts historian, will discuss the California Battalion, the young Bostonians who confronted Mosby’s Rangers at Mt. Zion Church in 1864. Bundy is the author of “The Nature of Sacrifice, a biography of Charles Russell Lowe.” Tickets are $10 for adults and students are free. … Continue Reading

Kaine Statement on Silver Line Announcement

June 24, 2014 Around Virginia Comments Off on Kaine Statement on Silver Line Announcement
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U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the announcement that Phase I of the Silver Line is scheduled to begin service on July 26:

“Today’s announcement that Phase I of the Silver Line will begin service on July 26 is news we’ve been anticipating for years. This was one of the most challenging infrastructure projects I worked on as Governor, and it wouldn’t have been possible without years of hard work and innovative thinking from bipartisan stakeholders up and down the Dulles Corridor. This project is an example of what elected officials can accomplish when we put aside our partisan differences and work together to improve Virginia. While the delays and glitches have been frustrating, I am optimistic the Silver Line will improve daily life for thousands of commuters and that the long-term benefits in improved traffic, economic development, and livable communities will be worth the wait.”

Western Loudoun Residents Invited to Have Coffee with Sheriff Michael L. Chapman at Bonnie’s Country Kitchen

June 24, 2014 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Western Loudoun Residents Invited to Have Coffee with Sheriff Michael L. Chapman at Bonnie’s Country Kitchen
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Loudoun County Sheriff Michael L. Chapman will continue his series of informal meetings with members of the community in Loudoun County to answer questions and discuss public safety concerns.

On June 27 at 9:00 a.m. members of the Western Loudoun County community are invited to have coffee with Sheriff Chapman at Bonnie’s Country Kitchen in Lovettsville.

Sheriff Chapman will discuss with residents public safety issues facing Western Loudoun, the progress of the Western Loudoun Station and other topics of interest. Western Loudoun residents are encouraged to attend and provide any comments or concerns regarding public safety and the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Makes Submission for FY14 JAG Grant Funding

June 24, 2014 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Makes Submission for FY14 JAG Grant Funding
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is required to seek the public’s input regarding a request for $30,525.00 in federal funding from the FY 14 Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program Local Solicitation to purchase equipment for the agency.

The goals of this project are to purchase and equip the Loudoun Sheriff’s Office for thermal imagers for Search and Rescue, night vision equipment for SWAT, and tablets and software for the forensic artist and Applicant Section.

Comments or questions may be directed to Jessica Shugars at Jessica.Shugars@loudoun.gov.

T-Mac Does an O’Bama

June 24, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on T-Mac Does an O’Bama
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Everyone by now has heard that the Virginia Legislature was able to pass a budget without medicaid expansion. This has infuriated the Governor who has declared he will veto only that which he doesn’t like and proceed with O’Bama’s plan, despite the unconstitutionality of his veto.

It all gets a little arcane. However succinctly put, the Governor cannot unilaterally decouple the conditions placed on the spending bill from the money or the other way around, the money from direction on how to spend the money. Basically, the T-Mac is like the teenager who is given money and told to go to the store and buy very specific items and then gets mad because he’s not given the discretion to spend it on what he wants. … Continue Reading

House Fire Paris Breeze Place

June 23, 2014 News, Public Safety Comments Off on House Fire Paris Breeze Place

At 9:50 p.m., Sunday, June 22 fire and rescue units were dispatched to a house fire at 14311 Paris Breeze Place in Purcellville. Crews from Neersville, Purcellville, Hamilton, Lovettsville, Round Hill, Leesburg and Frederick County, Maryland responded to the incident. Upon their arrival, emergency personnel found a single family home with active fire in the basement. Responding units were able to quickly locate and extinguish the fire. Due to the nature of the building construction and contents, there was an extensive overhaul effort to ensure that the fire was contained to a localized area within the home. … Continue Reading

Outgoing Mayor/Town Council Proposing Last Minute Changes To Town Code

June 21, 2014 News, Our Towns 5 comments
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Vineyard Square Developers Lobbying Hard For Quick Action – Public Hearing Set For June 24

The Purcellville Town Council will hold a public hearing Tuesday, June 24 at 7:00 p.m. at the town hall to amend the town code’s Section 54-78 which controls the expiration dates of what are known as “Certificates of Design Approval” (CDAs) by the town’s Board of Architectural Review related to the demolition of historic structures, site plans, zoning permits, and other construction-related documents. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Report

June 16, 2014 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Report
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5/30/14 – 8:40 a.m. – 600 block of Dominion Ter. – Nonviolent Family Dispute – Complaint worked by police and resolved.
5/30/14 – 9:05 p.m. – 609 E. Main St. – Public Intoxication – Johanna M. Obrien age 30 of Round Hill was arrested.
6/1/14 – 12:30 p.m. – 640 W. Main St. – Larceny – Victim reports the Virginia license plate was stolen from his vehicle.
6/4/14 – 6:10 p.m. – 251 S. Nursery Ave. – Destruction of Property / Larceny – Victims report that five vehicles were broken into and property stolen. Damage and loss valued at $2775.00.

Tol Tales

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“Organisms that make the environment less habitable will ultimately fail.” – Charles H. Langmuir and Wally Broecker [1]

“Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.” – Mark Twain

I was with a friend a week ago when a political ad appeared on the television. The candidate’s issue was global warming and his solution was a carbon tax. I said: “I don’t care if that guy is a Democrat, Republican, or Independent. I would vote for him.” To my surprise my friend said: “you are just like all those single issue voters you criticize.” I write about economic issues at least as much as I write about global warming and energy issues nearly as much as economics so I am at least a three issue guy. And if I pointed that out there may have been no further discussion. … Continue Reading

Slender Man: The Problem and the Solution for Parents

June 16, 2014 Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Comments Off on Slender Man: The Problem and the Solution for Parents
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By Michael Oberschneider
On May 31, 2014 two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls attempted to murder a classmate via multiple stabbings as a sacrifice to Slender Man. Within the wake of that event, a 13-year-old Ohio girl attacked and stabbed her mother due to her obsession with the demon like on-line fictional character.

As the director of a private mental health practice in Northern Virginia, I have received numerous calls from concerned parents in response to these horrific recent events and most of the callers are saying the same things about Slender Man. “He just seems so evil and dark” and “I know he’s not real, but when you look him up on the Internet, he actually seems very real” and “I had no idea my nine year old son was looking at such sick stuff on-line.” I have been telling parents that what occurred in Wisconsin and Ohio is indeed alarming and that they have every right to be worried about their children, but the real danger is not Slender Man, rather, it is their child’s access to him. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Officials Urge Residents to Stay Safe. Turn Around. Don’t Drown.

June 12, 2014 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Loudoun Officials Urge Residents to Stay Safe. Turn Around. Don’t Drown.

With a flash flood warning in effect and heavy rain the forecast, Loudoun County public safety officials remind everyone to be aware of the force and power of water.

Many deaths occur in automobiles as people and their vehicles are swept downstream. Many of these drownings are preventable, but too many people continue to drive even if the roads are flooded. Whether you are driving or walking, if you come to a flooded road, stop. Do not cross the road. Do not drive around a barricade. Turn around immediately and find an alternate route. … Continue Reading

De-couple Medicaid Expansion from the Commonwealth’s Budget

June 11, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on De-couple Medicaid Expansion from the Commonwealth’s Budget
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At a September 25, 2103, debate sponsored by the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, then Mr. McAuliffe declared, “No budget will be shut down in Virginia over the Medicaid expansion.”

Mr. McAuliffe also said on the campaign trail that ‘These things should never be used as bargaining chips for our budget.’ I agree with Mr. McAuliffe, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s budget should not be held hostage for a liberal agenda of expanding Obamacare in Virginia. … 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

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Spring Brunch

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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 …

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 …

Dear Editor

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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