Mike Seigfried is Loudoun County’s New Director of Building & Development

July 3, 2014 Government, Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Mike Seigfried is Loudoun County’s New Director of Building & Development

Mike Seigfried has been selected as the new Director of the Loudoun County Department of Building & Development, County Administrator Tim Hemstreet announced today. Seigfried has been serving as Interim Director of the department since January 1, 2014, following the retirement of former director Terry Wharton.

“We conducted a nationwide search for this position and had a very strong and competitive applicant pool. Mike stood out as an exceptional leader and manager,” said Hemstreet. “I am confident that under his leadership, the Department of Building & Development will continue to provide for the public’s safety and welfare as it oversees all phases of construction within Loudoun County.”

Seigfried began his service in Loudoun County in 1987 when he was hired as a planner. Over the past 27 years, he has moved up through the department with progressively responsible positions, becoming Assistant Director in charge of Land Subdivision in 2005.

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Another Turn Tack Expands Business in Purcellville

July 3, 2014 Business, News Comments Off on Another Turn Tack Expands Business in Purcellville

“Big is better” proclaimed Karen McCarthy, referring to her newly expanded equine consignment shop that now occupies the top of Bee Happy Antiques located at 142 E. Main St., Purcellville. “The new space is over five times larger than my first space and I have created more of a boutique atmosphere for my customers.”

McCarthy started the business last fall and sales have been brisk, allowing her to expand her store front. But what’s in the shop is only a fraction of her inventory at any given time – a large percentage of her sales are done on-line, through networking, and at equestrian events such as horse shows, pony club rallies and other special events via her mobile tack store booth.

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Middleburg Bank Celebrates 90 Years

July 3, 2014 Business, News Comments Off on Middleburg Bank Celebrates 90 Years

Middleburg Bank, a full-service commercial bank serving individuals, families and businesses across Virginia, marks its 90-year anniversary in July. The company was founded in 1924 by two masters of the Middleburg Hunt, Daniel C. Sands, a Wall Street financier who had a local farm in Middleburg; and Charlotte Noland, who was also founder and headmistress of Foxcroft School.

Today, the company is a publically traded company under the umbrella of Middleburg Financial Corporation (NASDAQ – MBRG), a financial holding company that conducts its operations through two wholly owned subsidiaries: Middleburg Bank and Middleburg Investment Group.

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Local Residents Graduate from the College of William & Mary

July 3, 2014 Student News Comments Off on Local Residents Graduate from the College of William & Mary

The following residents recently graduated from the College of William & Mary:

  • Alexander Graeme Thomson, from Hamilton (20158), with a BS degree.
  • Gabrielle Alana Graves, from Middleburg (20117), with a BA degree.
  • Kathleen Warren Hale, from Middleburg (20117), with a BBA degree.
  • Morgan Gallagher Hensley, from Middleburg (20118), with a BA degree.
  • Patric Dalton Callahan, from Purcellville (20132), with a BS degree.
  • Matthew James Peworchik, from Purcellville (20132), with a BS degree.
  • Taylor Leigh Johnston, from Purcellville (20132), with a BA degree.

Red Cross asks DC Metro Area residents to add blood donation to Independence Day week to-do list

July 3, 2014 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Red Cross asks DC Metro Area residents to add blood donation to Independence Day week to-do list

Commemorative Red Cross T-shirts available to presenting donors

The American Red Cross asks blood and platelet donors to help prevent a summer shortage by making an appointment to roll up a sleeve around the Independence Day holiday.

With blood and platelet donation appointments currently lower than what is needed to maintain a sufficient blood supply, donors of all blood types are urged to schedule an appointment now, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative.

The Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients across the country. This can be challenging during the summer months of June, July and August, when an average of two fewer donors schedule an appointment to give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. This seasonal challenge can be overcome if just two more donors – above what is expected – make an appointment and give blood at each Red Cross blood drive the rest of the summer.

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Kevin Sherman Graduated from Ithaca College

July 3, 2014 Student News Comments Off on Kevin Sherman Graduated from Ithaca College

Kevin Sherman, a native of Middleburg, Va., graduated from Ithaca College’s School of Health Sciences and Human Performance with a degree in Sport Studies. The degree was awarded in May 2014.

Local Residents Named to William & Mary Dean’s List

July 3, 2014 Student News Comments Off on Local Residents Named to William & Mary Dean’s List

The following residents were recently named to the Dean’s List at the College of William & Mary for the spring 2014 semester:

  • Jacques Butler Deaver from Hamilton (20158)
  • Johnathan Richard Wehr from Hamilton (20158)
  • Elizabeth Jordan Pischke from Middleburg (20118)
  • Jessica Eileen Carr from Purcellville (20132)
  • Rosalynd Ivy Duerr from Purcellville (20132)
  • Margaret Fitzgerald Gutierrez from Purcellville (20132)
  • Scott Lanxing Huang from Purcellville (20132)
  • Matthew James Peworchik from Purcellville (20132)
  • Mary Elizabeth Robynn Stern from Purcellville (20132)
  • Andrew Taylor Jones from Round Hill (20141)
  • Michael Peyton Alto from Upperville (20184)

In order to achieve Dean’s List status, a full-time degree seeking undergraduate student must take at least 12 credit hours and earn a 3.6 Quality Point Average during the semester.

William & Mary is the second oldest institution of higher learning in the United States.

Acoustic On The Green Presents Loudoun’s Own Guitarist Gary Smallwood – July 12

July 3, 2014 Events, Lifestyle, Music Comments Off on Acoustic On The Green Presents Loudoun’s Own Guitarist Gary Smallwood – July 12

Performing professionally since he was 16 and one of the series most requested artist, Gary Smallwood brings his acoustic blues and classic rock show to Acoustic on the Green for the eleventh year, Saturday July 12, 7-9 p.m. He has shared the stage with or supported acts such as Robin Thrower, Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush, the late great Jeff Healey, Elliott Easton (the Cars), Marshall Tucker Band, Molly Hatchet, Bret Michaels, Guster, Catfish Hodge, Michael Fath and many more. For more information on Gary Smallwood, visit www.garysmallwood.com or www.acousticonthegreen.com – Leesburg Town Green, 25 West Market Street, Leesburg.

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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]. …

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Congratulations, Class of 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


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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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 …


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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 …

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Virginia Schools Kick Off Statewide Campaign To Encourage Safe Teen Driving


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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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