Hard Cider Is Back In Loudoun

July 12, 2014 Lifestyle, Vineyards Comments Off on Hard Cider Is Back In Loudoun
Lori Corcoran in front of her new cidery.

– By Dave Williams

Completing a journey begun when the first English settlers arrived in Virginia carrying apple saplings with their few belongings, hard cider has returned to Loudoun County where, as in most of the nation, it once held sway as America’s favorite alcoholic drink.

Loudoun is not the first county in Virginia to see the return of this once popular favorite, but with the opening of Corcoran’s Cidery at the Corcoran Vineyards off the Berlin Pike just above Waterford on July 5 and the imminent opening of Mt Defiance Cidery and Distillery in the heart of Middleburg next to Southern States, Loudoun has a new product to boast about.

… Continue Reading

You Too Can Be an Economist

July 9, 2014 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on You Too Can Be an Economist

“Wealth, as Mr. Hobbes says, is power.” – Adam Smith [1]

“[T]he fundamental theoretical and empirical assumptions behind free-market economics are highly questionable. Nothing short of a total re-envisioning of the way we organize our economy and society will do.” – Ha-Joon Chang.
… Continue Reading

Loudoun Student Awarded Environmental Scholarship

July 6, 2014 Student News Comments Off on Loudoun Student Awarded Environmental Scholarship

American Disposal Services is proud to announce Allison Arpajian, the Loudoun County recipient of their Annual American Disposal Services Inc. Scholarship. Applications were distributed to all public high schools in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties. One winner was chosen from each county.

Arpajian received a $2,500 dollar award from American Disposal Services to apply to her college or university of choice. Applicants were only considered if they were an active member of an environmentally-focused group or committee through their school or community and had completed an environmental science course as part of their studies. A 500 word essay explaining how they helped to protect or promote the preservation of the environment was also required.

… Continue Reading

County to Hold Community Meeting on Courts Complex Expansion Project July 17

July 6, 2014 Government, Loudoun County, News Comments Off on County to Hold Community Meeting on Courts Complex Expansion Project July 17

Loudoun County will host a second community meeting about the Courts Complex Phase III Expansion Project on Thursday, July 17, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison Street, S.E. in Leesburg.

At the meeting, representatives of the Loudoun County Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure and the architecture and engineering firm of Dewberry Architects, Inc., will present information about the design of the Courts Complex Phase III Expansion Project.

… Continue Reading

Johnny Cash Tribute Band Salutes 50 Years of Country Music

July 6, 2014 Events, Lifestyle, Music Comments Off on Johnny Cash Tribute Band Salutes 50 Years of Country Music

Direct from Nashville, A Johnny Cash Tribute Band will perform on Saturday, July 12th at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $20 for all seats and can be purchased online at www.franklinparkartscenter.org

This show will take you back to the time when country music was really “country.” This tribute band will perform classic hits as recorded by Hank Williams, Bobby Bare, Merle Haggard, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Randy Travis, George Strait & more in this full 2 hour concert culminating with a salute to America. Come & experience a nostalgic event you will never forget.

For more information visit www.franklinparkartscenter.org

When Twinkle Lights Were Discovered!

July 3, 2014 Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on When Twinkle Lights Were Discovered!

“Tails” From The Barnyard

– By Sushi

By now if you have been reading my “ Sushi, Tails from the Barn Yard” you have heard about the infamous story tree smack dab center in front of the large white farm house at Fields of Athenry Farm, right?

A lot of fun goes on under that big tree, especially in the cooler hours of a typical Blue Ridge Mountain, Virginia, summer eve. We are in the midst of O’l Brother Moon shining his light at its fullest and brightest soon to fade to the darkest of darkness and that is just how it is in the scope of our wonderful ever changing astronomy.

… Continue Reading

Kitchen Science Kids: Photosynthesis

July 3, 2014 Columns, Kitchen Science Kids Comments Off on Kitchen Science Kids: Photosynthesis

– By Leah Enright

What do you do when you get hungry? Hopefully, its lunch time, or at least there’s enough time before dinner for a snack. You can run to the ‘fridge or cabinet, and satisfy your hunger. But what if you couldn’t do that? What if you couldn’t move, because you were rooted to the earth? No talking, no arms to catch anything? Well, plants face this every day, and it would be a real problem were it not for a very important process: photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is a word with two parts: photo-, which means light, and synthesis, which is to create something. Have you guessed? Photosynthesis is the process by which plants use light to create food.
Wow, that’s amazing.

To stay alive, plants use all of their parts: leaves absorb light like solar panels. This starts a chemical reaction that works with all parts of the plant and water to create food, and keep the plant alive. (We need our leafy friends: they absorb harmful chemicals in the air, and turn out oxygen that we need to breathe. Without them, all living creatures would have nothing to eat, because everything we consume is either a plant, or eats plants to survive.)

… Continue Reading

C’mon! Let’s Go!

July 3, 2014 Lifestyle Comments Off on C’mon! Let’s Go!

The Blue Ridge Center For Environmental Stewardship
11661 Harpers Ferry Road, Purcellville
BRCES offers trails and other recreational features free and open to the public every day from dawn until dusk. BRCES’s Education Center and restrooms are open seasonally from April through November. Come for camping, programs, events, organic farming demonstrations, facilities rentals and more.

Boomerang Pirate Ship, ?Georgetown Waterfront ?
3100 K Street NW Washington, D.C.
(202) 650-7005
Man the water cannons, engage in a battle to recover stolen treasure and master pirate vocabulary. They offer adult and family cruises of the Washington Harbor.

Castleton Festival?
7 Castleton Meadows Lane, Castleton, Va.
For its sixth season the festival presents a new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, along with a dramatic reading of G.B. Shaw’s Don Juan in Hell, symphonic concerts, chamber music, song recitals and bluegrass.

Chesapeake Beach Water Park
?4079 G Stinnett Blvd. ?Chesapeake Beach, Md. ?
(410) 257-1404?
A lazy river, lagoon, waterfalls, super soaking slides and a kids’ activity pool are all part of the fun. They also offer birthday parties and cabana rentals.

Fallling Water ?
1491 Mill Run Rd, Mill Run, Pa.?
(724) 329-8501
Tour this unique home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1930’s for the Kaufmann family.

Great Waves Waterpark
?4001 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria
(703) 960-0767?
Tube slides, speed slides, a play pool, a sand play area and a wavepool are all at the park. Food, souvenirs and pavilions are also available.

Harpers Ferry Adventure Center
?37410 Adventure Center Lane, ?Purcellville
?(800) 836-9911 ?
They offer whitewater rafting, water tubing, zip line tours, kayaking, canoeing, team building, fishing, hiking, camping, off-road Segway tours and more.

Luray Caverns
?101 Cave Hill Rd, Luray
This natural landmark is the largest cavern in eastern America. They are open every day of the year with tours departing about every 20 minutes.

Marriott Ranches in Hume
?5305 Marriott Ln, Hume?
(540) 364-2627?
The Marriott Ranch offers a variety of horse-related activities, including 90-minute trail rides across parts of their 4,200-acre working cattle ranch.

National Harbor ?
165 Waterfront St. National Harbor, Md.
The harbor offers live music, boat tours, shopping and dining.

The National Sporting Library
?102 The Plains Road, Middleburg ?
(540) 687-6542
Come for exhibitions, lectures, seminars, publications and special events. Open to researchers and the general public.

Potomac River Boat Company
?205 The Strand Alexandria?
(877) 511-2628 ?
Tours out of Alexandria are offered in the Washington Harbor.

Seadog Cruise out of Baltimore?
561 Light St. Baltimore
?(866) 845-3463
A 50-minute Seadog sightseeing and speedboat tour combines a speedboat ride with a narrative of Baltimore’s historic sights.

?Watermelon Park
3322 Lockes Mill Road, Berryville?
(540) 955-4803
This is a family campground, recreation and event venue along the Shenandoah River. Tubing, camping, concession stands, music and more.

Western Loudoun’s Historic Villages:
Look for country stores, historic post office buildings, art galleries, antique shops or just places to park and wander.

Lincoln, 3 miles south of Purcellville ?on Lincoln Road; ?
Waterford, about 3 miles north of the intersection of Rt. 7 and Rt. 9
Hillsboro, Rt. 9 north of Purcellville
Middleburg, Rt. 50 about 8 miles west of Gilberts Corner.

Whites Ferry
(301)349 5200
This historic ferry is the last one on the Potomac River. It has been in operation since 1782. The White’s Ferry Store and Grill is also available along with canoe rental.

Barbara Sloan, A Beadazzling Talent

July 3, 2014 Lifestyle, People 1 comment

Artist’s Profile

Barbara Sloan is not just a “beader,” she is the creator of pieces of jewelry that are like art that you wear, from a fine string of deep pink faceted garnet to a beautifully chunky, multi-strand necklace of citrine and pearls – one of her signature designs.

Barbara has been a good friend of mine for a long time and it was beading that first brought us together. A mutual friend introduced us about ten years ago. I had just moved to Loudoun County and had started to do a little of my own beading. My kitchen table was covered with clasps and wire and semi-precious beads and, invited over for dinner at Barbara’s, I walked into her dining room to see that she had the same passion – albeit more developed than mine. There were beads and stones everywhere, and finished earrings, bracelets and necklaces carefully displayed on black velvet forms.

… Continue Reading

Get The Frizz Atta Here

July 3, 2014 Lifestyle, Style Comments Off on Get The Frizz Atta Here

– By Tony Salahi

There is a huge amount of great hair products on the market. Every now and then, though, something comes out that truly stands out from the rest. For me and my staff, that product is CEZANNE Perfect Finish Keratin Smoothing Treatment. It’s a win-win product for clients and stylists. CEZANNE is for anyone who wants a long-lasting treatment that gives straighter, smoother, frizz-free hair without formaldehyde or any other dangerous ingredients. Stylists benefit from it by not being exposed to the health dangers of excessive formaldehyde usage over time.
So what is the CEZANNE Perfect Finish Keratin Smoothing Treatment or CPF? CPF is a transformational, long-lasting and safe salon treatment that brings hair to its ideal condition without damaging or harmful chemicals. It reduces frizz and produces straighter, smoother, stronger, healthier, and more manageable hair. The bonus – it will last for months, depending on your hair type, hair texture, and maintenance routine. CPF is not a Japanese straightener or relaxer and will not produce perfectly straight hair. The results achieved with CPF are similar to formaldehyde-based keratin treatments, without the formaldehyde or risks. No masks – no fumes.

… Continue Reading

Gary Sinise’s Foundation – American Legion Plan Groundbreaking For New Home For Injured Vet

July 3, 2014 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Gary Sinise’s Foundation – American Legion Plan Groundbreaking For New Home For Injured Vet

The American Legion teamed up with The Gary Sinise Foundation and others July 2 in a ground-breaking ceremony for a new home for a badly injured soldier in Lovettsville. The ceremony was attended by veterans from Post 293 in Purcellville.
Legion Post Commander John Maus and David L. Eno, chairman of the Legion’s Hometown Heroes Committee, said a 20-foot flagpole bearing the U.S. flag and a Marine Corps flag were dedicated at the groundbreaking.

Marine Corporal Ronny (Tony) Porta suffered burns over 30 percent of his body and lost one arm and four fingers off his remaining arm. He has undergone 38 surgeries to save his life and heal his combat wounds. He was injured by a roadside bomb blast in Iraq in 2007.

… Continue Reading

Let’s Start Thinking About Planning A Fall Garden

July 3, 2014 Columns, Virginia Gardening Comments Off on Let’s Start Thinking About Planning A Fall Garden

– By Donna Williamson

There is so much information out there about gardening and planting – it makes my head spin. Some good information, some bad information that just gets repeated over and over – so here is some info I hope will help.

You can water your plants in the sun. Thunderstorms do it all the time. Better to have enough water than to wilt and be stressed.

If possible, water in the morning before it gets too hot and stresses the plants.
There are cool season weeds and there are warm season weeds. The cool-loving ones have already bloomed, set seed, and gone dormant while the warm season plants are very strong in July. If you don’t have time to weed them out, at least cut off and throw away the seeds they are producing so you will have fewer weeds next year.
Late July and August is perfect timing to start those fall veggies that like cooler weather. They get a good start in warm soils and then can boldly get through the cold nights of fall and even winter with some protection.

… Continue Reading

Inside A Baseball Umpire’s Mind

July 3, 2014 Lifestyle Comments Off on Inside A Baseball Umpire’s Mind

– By Bill Roth

Many say that baseball is a slow game. To the observer in the stands, it can sometimes be. To the umpire behind the plate, it is anything but. What goes on in their mind and how quickly?

In a matter of seconds the umpire checks the field to see if there are runners. Here is what happens in no time. Batter is ready and in the box, catcher is getting the signal from the coach, he kneels down ready to take the pitch. The catcher signals the pitcher while the batter is taking a practice swing, and the pitcher is starting his windup. The catcher shifts to the inside, the coach must have called for an inside pitch. The batter is crowding the plate, and the pitch is on the way. In less than two seconds the batter jumps back, and the pitch crosses the inside of the plate. It’s belt high, strike one. The crowd goes berserk reacting to the batter and not the pitch.

… 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

Lunde new

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, …

(Be the first to comment)

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. …

(Be the first to comment)

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 …

(Be the first to comment)


March 2017
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
February 27, 2017 February 28, 2017 March 1, 2017 March 2, 2017 March 3, 2017


March 4, 2017

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
March 5, 2017
March 6, 2017 March 7, 2017 March 8, 2017 March 9, 2017 March 10, 2017 March 11, 2017 March 12, 2017
March 13, 2017 March 14, 2017 March 15, 2017 March 16, 2017 March 17, 2017 March 18, 2017

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

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner
April 2, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”
Current Print Issue:
Sign up for our email newsletter:

Recent Comments

  • David on Protecting Free Speech: Constitutionally protected speech is exactly what it sounds like, protected. We all have the legal right to utter nonsensical and...
  • Martha on Protecting Free Speech: Free speech is not a cherished right at the not-quite accredited Patrick Henry College, a religious school that Del. LaRock...
  • Martha Polkey on First Look at Envision Loudoun Results: It remains to be seen whether the direction citizens have provided to the Envision process is actually incorporated into the...
  • David on Protecting Free Speech: Mr. LaRock, I assume that the only reason you weren’t at every School Board meeting in 2005 passionately defending the...
  • LongTimePville on Purcellville Emergency Meeting Postponed to March 10: I bet Kelli Grim flip flops on her conflicts of interest and transparency campaign she ran on and does not...

Steady and NoBull


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.

(Be the first to comment)

Middleburg Gallery Presents Country Pursuits Exhibit

25 Mar 2017

Mr and Mrs Andrews 24x35 59 2016 whelan

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.

(Be the first to comment)

Loudoun Workforce Resource Center Presents STEM Career Fair March 28

16 Mar 2017

Illustration of STEM education word typography design in orange theme with icon ornament elements

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 …

(Be the first to comment)


Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

Loudoun County Seal Color

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 …

Dear Editor

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 …

Around Virginia

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 …

(Be the first to comment)

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

Tia walbridge

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 …

(Be the first to comment)


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 …

(Be the first to comment)

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 …

(Be the first to comment)


  • +2017
  • +2016
  • +2015
  • +2014
  • +2013
  • +2012
  • +2011
  • +2010
  • +2009