Take-Charge Attitude At League Of Women Voters Of Loudoun County Annual Meeting

July 3, 2014 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Take-Charge Attitude At League Of Women Voters Of Loudoun County Annual Meeting

The Loudoun County chapter of the League of Women Voters held its annual meeting at The Bungalow Lakehouse in Sterling last month, with a take-charge attitude typical of the many men and women long dedicated to LWV’s mission. As member and board member Jean Brown said, (in referring to the League’s support for one particular issue, nonpartisan redistricting), “Don’t tell me it can’t be done. Those are the worst words you can ever hear.”

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Lovettsville Cooperative Market Open For Business

July 3, 2014 Feature Comments Off on Lovettsville Cooperative Market Open For Business

Join the Lovettsville Cooperative Market for their third annual outdoor farm market, 10-1p.m. It runs each Saturday through mid-September. The Co-op’s farm market features seasonal produce, eggs, meat, honey and many other products from local farmers and producers. They’ll also have fresh coffee and snacks for sale.  It is located at 2 S. Church Street, Lovettsville, in the open space next to Andy’s Restaurant. www.lovettsville-grocery.com

Local Author Inspires Teens

July 3, 2014 Columns, Lifestyle Comments Off on Local Author Inspires Teens
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– By Mary Rose Lunde

The amount of young writers has significantly increased in the past few years. The interest in taking creative writing classes has skyrocketed with rosters filling up quickly each semester. Having waited until my senior year to take the class, I was extremely excited to broaden my view of writing. I didn’t know; however, that I would get to actually meet a local self-published author when I signed up.
A normal school day in May local author Kristi Strong, who wrote “The Lady of Steinbrekka,” joined my class to lecture about the benefits of self-publishing and the overall enjoyment of writing. Creative writing teacher Leah Hawley said that she invited the author because she “thought it would be a neat experience for students to hear motivation from an experienced author and not just me as a teacher.”

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Amy and Dan Smith’s Planning For Life

July 3, 2014 Amy and Dan Smith, Columns Comments Off on Amy and Dan Smith’s Planning For Life

– by Amy and Dan Smith

I’m pleased to join Amy in this column. There are topics, which I know from my years of experience in the estate planning field are of interest to folks and which can be rather confusing. We’ll try to set forth information that is helpful, relevant and understandable.

To begin with, there is much confusion among the terms “Living Will,” “Advance Directive,” “Medical Power of Attorney” and “Do Not Resuscitate Order” (DNR). We’ll try to make sense out of all these terms over the next few columns.
One of the most frequent questions I get is “What is a living will?” A living will is one’s statement of intentions and desires regarding medical treatment at an end-of-life stage. Historically, it was a standalone document executed by the author with only his/her signature. While it can still be a separate document, the current practice is to include living will language in a longer form called an “Advance Directive,” “Medical Directive,” or a “Healthcare Power of Attorney.”
If the patient is capable of expressing his/her wishes during this end-of-life stage, then the living will is not operative. In such case the patient simply directs the caregiver verbally as to the desired medical treatment. For the living will to be relied upon by the medical caregivers, the patient must be “incapable of making an informed decision.”

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Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Blue Ridge Mountain Road

July 3, 2014 Columns, Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth Comments Off on Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Blue Ridge Mountain Road

It wasn’t until I saw it all under heavy fog that this place really came to speak to me; sure, I’d seen it in rain, snow, sleet and just about every other condition you could name, but before that blanket of milky white from the descended clouds covered it head to toe, I never really felt that palpable sense of what I call the Top of Loudoun County. Blue Ridge Mountain Road lives up to its name and more, as it cuts sharply uphill from Route Seven; it ascends in pretty much a straight path until you reach the summit – more or less – a couple of miles into the climb. This rate of incline – by the way – can be most dramatically brought home by viewing it from across the highway – several hundred yards up on Raven Rocks Road – another hair-raiser of a journey during anything like inclement weather.

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What Should I Do With The Rest Of My Life?

July 3, 2014 Columns, Samuel Moore-Sobel Comments Off on What Should I Do With The Rest Of My Life?

– By Samuel Moore-Sobel

Like many other students more than halfway through college, I find myself contemplating what I am going to do with the rest of my life. Lately I have been considering attending law school. Being a lawyer was one of my childhood dreams. I entered college with the goal of going to law school after graduation, and as of late I have been weighing the pros and cons of such a decision.

Generally additional career opportunities and higher pay accompany earning an advanced degree. Considering that so many people obtain college degrees, an advanced degree might be an excellent way to set oneself apart. Yet there are many cons to choosing to go to law school. Many have been attempting to dissuade me from taking such a path, pointing out that the field is oversaturated and that many law school graduates currently do not have a job in the field. There is some truth in this statement. According to many studies, somewhere between 50 percent and 60 percent of all 2012 law school graduates are employed in this specific field. While this may be true, it seems to ignore the fact that there are other fields where a law degree can be useful. For instance, in 2012, lawyers made up 37 percent of the United States Senate.

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June 17 Swearing In – Purcellville New Mayor And Council – Terms Begin July 1 –

July 3, 2014 Government, News, Our Towns Comments Off on June 17 Swearing In – Purcellville New Mayor And Council – Terms Begin July 1 –

Gary Clemens, Clerk of the Loudoun County Circuit Court delivered the oath of office to Mayor-Elect Kwasi Fraser, and Council Members-Elect Karen Jimmerson, Doug McCollum and Ben Packard. Father Escalante, from Saint Francis De Sales gave the invocation. Former Purcellville Mayor Eric Zimmerman delivered opening remarks and told the newly elected members that they represent all the citizens of the town.
The swearing in ceremony ended with Clemens telling the attendees that the new council members are “accountable to you.”

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Good News – Virginia Budget Passed


I hope folks have heard the good news that Virginia has passed a two-year budget, and passed it without allowing our new governor to force Medicaid expansion on Virginia. Disaster averted!

Trust me; opting out of Medicaid was the right decision for all people in Virginia, rich or poor. The more I learn about Medicaid, it is clear that, like other welfare programs, it adds a huge burden to working folks while it squanders their money in a vast bureaucratic system with woefully inferior results.

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Planning Commission Still Moving Forward With Major Zoning Changes

July 3, 2014 Development, Government, News Comments Off on Planning Commission Still Moving Forward With Major Zoning Changes
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In one of the most significant zoning shifts in recent months, the Purcellville Planning Commission has made clear its intent to move forward with a proposal to eliminate the CM1 (Office Light Industrial) zoning along the Hirst Road corridor. The collection of properties is located on Hirst Avenue from the corner of Hirst and Maple Avenues to shortly before the corner of Hirst and Hatcher Avenues. The area is zoned for office light industrial (CM1) and if changed would become Mixed Use Commercial (MC). This change would allow residential units, entertainment venues such as Tilley’s Entertainment, and commercial uses.

This land was the proposed site for the Catoctin Creek Town Center complex. The proposal – complete with bumper boats, go-carts, bumper cars and more – was denied by the planning commission shortly before the May 2014 town elections. If the Planning Commission undertakes and approves this change after a public hearing has occurred, the land owners would then have “by right” zoning – including the ability to construct residential units, commercial buildings and entertainment businesses. Further, the “by right” designation means that the land’s zoning uses cannot be challenged.

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The Loudoun County Fair Returns July 21-26

July 3, 2014 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on The Loudoun County Fair Returns July 21-26

– Kids, Cows, Corn On The Cob And Cowboys Return For 79th Year –

There is nothing better than a good old-fashioned county fair, and the Loudoun County Fair stands out as one of the best.

The fair includes a wide variety of attractions including carnival rides, animal exhibits, fabulous food and an amazing display of crafts. There’s the popular watermelon eating contest and hay bale toss. There’s wonderful music – this year featuring 7Bridges, a Nashville based Eagles tribute band and Chris Lane, who has opened for greats such as Florida Georgia Line, The Band Perry and the Eli Young Band. There’s also the Demolition Derby and Karaoke Contest, Professional Bull Riding and Rodeo and fun and educational things for kids including Hubba Bubba the Clown and The Bone Show With Dr. Funny Bones. So much to see and do.

4-H members will be there giving amazing horse demonstrations and showing off their prize goats, chickens, rabbits, sheep, cows, pigs and more.

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Concern Over E-cigarettes

July 3, 2014 Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Comments Off on Concern Over E-cigarettes

– By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.

Dr. Mike,
I was very upset to find an e-cigarette in my son’s room the other day. At first I didn’t even know what it was but then figured it out. My son is 17, he’s a good boy and this is very surprising and upsetting for us as parents. We have never had to talk to our son about this sort of thing, so my husband and I would certainly appreciate your advice on how to handle this.
– Concerned Parents

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Proposed Code Changes Delayed

July 3, 2014 Development, Government, News Comments Off on Proposed Code Changes Delayed

Public Pressure Pushes Decision To New Mayor And Council

The outgoing Purcellville Town Council held sway over a loud and angry crowd in a packed meeting on June 24 as it considered whether to make significant changes to amend town code Section 54-78. In the end, the decision was delayed until the next Town Council meeting, when Mayor-Elect Kwasi Fraser and a new Town Council will have taken office. Section 54-78 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.

While the town’s public hearing notice for the proposed code changes did not specify that these changes related to the 100,000 plus square feet mixed use Vineyard Square development, the majority of citizens attending the meeting clearly believed otherwise.

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Fireflies – Green Sequins Of The Night

July 3, 2014 Wild Loudoun Comments Off on Fireflies – Green Sequins Of The Night
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I don’t usually start my Wild Loudoun column by sharing information about the scientific classification into which a given plant, animal or insect falls. But, in the case of the firefly, it’s too fun not too …

Fireflies are part of an insect family known as Lampyridae … as in “lamp.” Of course they are, you say. Firefly larva – the worms that grow into an adult – are known as glowworms. Again, of course – makes sense to me.

Not so much a fly as a flying beetle, there are 2,000 species of fireflies world wide, and Virginia has many of its own native species with their own particular habits and behaviors.

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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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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Wine & Chili Weekend

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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March Fourth Friday

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Spring Brunch

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”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”

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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.

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Middleburg Gallery Presents Country Pursuits Exhibit

25 Mar 2017

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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.

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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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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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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 …

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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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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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