August Brings Sales Galore in Middleburg

Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale Returns with Bargains for Everyone

Middleburg, the quaint historic town nestled in Virginia horse country, is cleaning out its closets and storage areas and moving onto the sidewalks, August 1-3, for the 8th annual Summer Sidewalk Sale. The sale, sponsored by Union Bank, will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and on Sunday as posted by shops.

“We have found this to be a very successful time of the year to encourage people to shop and find bargains throughout the town of Middleburg,” said Middleburg Business and Professional Association President Punkin Lee.

Many of the unique shops in the village will have discounts on everything from shoes to children’s clothes to pottery, as well as lots of specials in the local restaurants. Arrive early to get the best bargains—or better yet, stay over at one of the inns in town (Middleburg Country Inn, 540-687-6082, www.middleburgcountryinn.com, Red Fox Inn, 540-687-6301, www.redfox.com, Goodstone Inn, 540-687-3333, www.goodstone.com or Salamander Resort & Spa, 540- 687-3600, www.salamanderresort.com) and make a weekend of it.

Look for the colorful balloons outside participating stores. Shops with fantastic bargains include Duchessa (clothing and accessories), Lou Lou (clothing and accessories), Lou Lou Too (handbags and accessories), Olio (flavored oils and vinegars and specialty foods), Crème de la Crème (pottery, ceramics, linens, etc.), Tully Rector (shoes, clothing, accessories and beauty products), The Christmas Sleigh (gifts and collectibles), Highcliffe Clothiers (menswear), Three Crowns (clothing and unique gifts), Second Chapter books, Richard Allen Clothing (clothing and accessories), Country Classics (men’s and women’s clothing), Les Jardins De Bagatelle (French gift shop), Middleburg Event Studio, Wylie Wagg (pet supplies) —and many more one-of-a-kind stores you’ll never find in a mall. Home Farm will feature its organic meat and produce and the shop has an upstairs ice cream parlor.

Be sure to circulate throughout town so you don’t miss anything! At the west end you’ll find The Fun Shop (children’s clothing, party goods, decorative gifts), Middleburg’s answer to the department store, with rooms full of wonderful things. Betsey (clothing, shoes and accessories), Middleburg Humane Thrift Shop, The Grooming Room and Southern States (home and garden supply) are all west of the village’s only traffic light. Middleburg also has many fine galleries and antique shops, such as Byrne Gallery, Touch of Love, Skandinavia Antiques and Accessories and Foxfire Antiques. Journeymen, The Tack Box and the Middleburg Tack Exchange will be offering discounts on many equestrian related products such as riding gear and gifts. The Middleburg Community Center will also host a number of vendors during the event.

When you need a little respite from all of the bargain hunting, visit the National Sporting Library & Museum on The Plains Road or stop in one of Middleburg’s fine restaurants scattered along Washington Street and Federal Street. You can pick from the likes of The French Hound (a charming bistro), Cuppa Giddy Up (coffee and tea), Scruffy’s Ice Cream Parlor, The Red Fox Inn (contemporary American food), Red Horse Tavern, the restaurant at Goodstone Inn, Julien’s (well-priced French café), Middleburg Common Grounds (coffee, tea and sandwiches), Market Salamander (gourmet market and café), Home Farm, Middleburg Deli (sandwiches), Mt. Defiance Cidery and Distillery, Popcorn Monkey (gourmet popcorn), Shenandoah Fine Chocolates (chocolates, wine and gifts), Gold Cup Wine Bar, Harrimans Virginia Piedmont Grill, Teddy’s Pizza (pizza and subs) and Upper Crust Bakery.

A receipt raffle for a gift basket filled with items from some of the local participating merchants will be held daily; visit the Union Bank information tent that will be set up during the event for additional information. The information tent will feature games and special giveaways during each day of the Sidewalk Sale.

Visit www.visitmiddleburgva.com or www.facebook.com/MiddleburgBusiness for event updates. For additional information contact Christina E. Naramore, chairperson and sponsor from Union Bank, 540-687-3500 or Cindy Pearson at 540-687-5152.




Statement from Loudoun Sheriff Mike Chapman on 2002 Murder Case

Sheriff Chapman Meets with Family of Erica Heather Smith, Announces Suspect Linked to 2002 Murder

As Sheriff for the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, the citizens of Loudoun County and specifically, on behalf of Mr. and Mrs. Smith, the parents of Erica Heather Smith who was murdered 12-years-ago, I want to confirm that our investigation has linked a subject to the murder of their daughter. She was 14-years-old at the time of her murder. For unknown reasons, the suspect linked to the murder committed suicide during the course of the investigation.

This announcement comes after a comprehensive review of the documentation and evidence collected over the past twelve years. Specifically, in the past two years, since the creation of the Cold Case initiative within the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, the case was worked with the intent of considering a broader perspective of the relationships developed and a meticulous review of the evidence collected.

Recently, the ability to deliver the news to Mr. and Mrs. Smith came with the conclusion of numerous investigative steps and final review of the historical timeline that corroborates this link. Thus, I felt it was important at this time to share with the Smiths that this link was made as the twelfth anniversary of their daughter’s murder approached. Regrettably, there will be nothing further that the judicial system can do given that this subject took his own life.

Amongst the investigative steps taken and resources used include:

Thousands of hours dedicated exclusively to this investigation to include the use of confidential informants and officers operating in an undercover capacity
Several hundred interviews
Financial support for evidence audit and resubmission of forensic evidence for analysis given the advancements in scientific testing
A comprehensive review of all evidence and the submission of specific physical evidence collected dating back to 2002 was completed
Consultations with experts from the medical & science communities
Cooperative assistance from Federal authorities (FBI’s Behavioral Sciences Unit & Violent Crimes Task Force and their extended Federal contacts)
Media outlets (Nationally on America’s Most Wanted and Find Our Missing as well as local outlets)
Announcement of Cold Case Initiative investigation into Erica Smith case at first-ever Child Safety Day in 2012
Creation of Historical timeline corroborating investigative link

These steps are an overview of the efforts that began at the inception of this investigation on July 29, 2002 and continued over the past twelve years. The tremendous work done by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division with the assistance of outside agencies/partners has led to this announcement today. Finally, the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office must be recognized for their vested interest, insight, and support given to the LCSO over the extent of this investigation.

Upon being elected Sheriff and with Mr. and Mrs. Smith in mind, it was my goal to create a Cold Case Unit to review these older investigations. The intent was the hope to not only solve these cases, but attempt to bring closure to the family of the victims. We also wanted to ensure to the citizens of Loudoun that these cases are not forgotten nor are those victims or family members. The members of your Sheriff’s Office work diligently and endlessly to arrive at resolutions to crimes that occur in Loudoun County.

After taking office, I reached out to the Smith family and asked them to be a part of our first-ever Child Safety Day. At the event we introduced the cold case initiative and highlighted Erica’s case. As we joined with the Smith family, we also wanted to educate the community on safety measures they can take to protect their children. Child Safety Day is now an annual event and the third annual Child Safety Day will be held on August 2 from noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Village at Leesburg. Child Safety Day is a safety initiative developed as a way to reach out to parents and children alike with a family friendly event providing information to parents on how they can protect their child from becoming a victim of a crime.




Wolf Releases Statement on the Opening of Silver Line

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) released the following statement regarding the opening of Metrorail’s Silver Line to Wiehle Avenue:

“The Silver Line is going to be good for transportation. The Silver Line is going to be good for economic development. The Silver Line is going to be good for Dulles airport. Just think where this region would be if we didn’t have Metro.”

Wolf has long been regarded as one of the key players in extending Metrorail through Tysons and out the Dulles corridor to Loudoun County.




Feed Loudoun – Fresh Food Drive

Special report by Mark Gunderman

Photo courtesy Julia Brizendine: What is gleaning? It is the harvesting of food for the needy. This tradition goes back to ancient times when landholders allowed folks in need to harvest left-over crops. In eighteenth century England, the sexton would often ring a church bell at eight o’clock in the morning and again at seven in the evening to alert needy families when they were invited to collect crops. As a volunteer, gleaning is a fun, family activity that usually lasts no more than about 2 hours on a beautiful day. It is also a good activity for groups who are looking for community outreach projects.

Feed Loudoun, a non-profit organization of Loudoun County, will host a county wide food drive of exclusively fresh fruits and vegetables August 9th through August 16th.

Individual gardeners, farm markets and farmers are asked to donate their surplus fruits and vegetables to participating food banks.

Following a successful 2013 gardening season Feed Loudoun donated over 24,000 pounds of produce to local food banks in an effort to provide fresh nutritious food to those in need in the community. Feed Loudoun is an associated volunteer network with the national movement Plant a Row for the Hungry established by the Garden Writers Association. The total of donations for the Feed Loudoun 2014 Harvest will be added to the national Plant a Row totals for the “20 by 20” campaign where the national goal is to have 20 million pounds donated by 2020.

Feed Loudoun is a uniquely community-based program designed to assist in feeding the hungry here in Loudoun County. Founded in 2009 by Julia Brizendine, the nonprofit is part of a national grass roots initiative started by the Garden Writers Association in 1995.

Feed Loudoun is comprised of individual gardeners, agri-businesses, farm markets and other community partners who donate their surplus fresh produce to help feed Loudoun’s hungry. Fresh food does not go to waste but instead is donated by volunteers in our community to those in need. The collected food is given to various food pantries throughout Loudoun County. Feed Loudoun donates 100% of the produce collected. To date, they have coordinated the donation of over 90,000 pounds of fresh produce to food pantries all over the county!

Feed Loudoun is an all-volunteer organization. What they need most is your time! However, they do have some modest expenses which have been covered primarily by individual donations and two small, start-up grants from 100 Women Strong and Farm to Fork. The focus is on food and volunteerism.

Are you a gardener? Could you plant an extra row or two for the hungry? Even if you have no more room in your garden, you probably have excess produce that goes to waste every year, right? Why not put it to good use? Food pantries stock mostly canned goods and other non-perishables because these are the easiest to distribute. However, good nutrition depends on fresh fruits and vegetables. Increasingly, food pantries are willing to accept fresh fruits and vegetables during the growing season. This helps conserve the non-perishable items so that shelves stay fully stocked during lean times in the summer season.

You can drop your own produce off at one of the listed drop-off locations. Or, if you have a large quantity of food, let Feed Loudoun know and they may be able to help with gleaning.

The Loudoun farms who donate regularly through gleaning:
Wegmeyers – Hamilton, VA
Quarter Branch Farm – Lovettsville, VA
Crooked Run Orchard – Purcellville VA
Willowsford Farm – Leesburg, VA
Potomac Vegetable Farm – Lovettsville, VA

What to grow:

There is no right or wrong when it comes to growing fruits and veggies for Feed Loudoun Plant a Row. What you want to consider is how long your fruit or veggie will last once harvested. Fruits and veggies with a longer shelf life tend to be more practical (like squash, zucchini, potatoes, beans, onions, carrots, and apples). Food pantries accept all edible fruits and veggies for distribution. You are certainly welcome to donate tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, peppers, melons, pears, peaches, herbs, etc. Please don’t limit what you grow or donate because it will all be consumed!

For more information, contact Feed Loudoun’s Julia Brizendine at jbrizendine@feedloudoun.org or visit www.feedloudoun.org.

Please Note

Some locations (not all) require that you call before drop off (see phone numbers in each listing).

Catholic Charities (Leesburg)
Martha Michael, Program Manager
MMichael@ccda.net
12 Cardinal Park Drive SE,
Leesburg, VA 20175
703 443-2481
Donation times: Monday – Thursday 9:30 am until 4:00pm
* Please call first

LINK (Sterling)
Lisa Lombardozzi, Executive Director
lisalombo@signaturecos.com
Bob Ashdown, Pantry Manager
rashdown3@aol.com
Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church
46833 Harry Byrd Hwy.
P.O. Box 443
Sterling, VA 20167-0443
703-973-4444
Donation times: LINK can accept produce donations anytime.
* Please call first.

Loudoun Interfaith Relief (Leesburg)
Jaime Rubinos, Manager of Operations
Jaime@interfaithrelief.org
750 Miller Drive SE
Leesburg, VA 20175
703 777-5911
Donation times: Monday – Friday 9:30am until 4:00pm Saturday 9:30am until 1:00pm

Messiahs Market (Ashburn)
Erika Huddleston, Community Life Executive Director
Sheri Toler, Pantry Manager
ehuddleston@thecommunitychurch.org
SHERI.L.TOLER@saic.com
19790 Ashburn Road
Ashburn, VA
571-209-5000
Donation times: We can receive donations by appointment most any time the building is open: M-F: 8:00am until 6:00pm,
Saturdays we usually have a team here 10-Noon
* Please call first.

Seven Loaves (Middleburg)
Melanie Maloney, President
melanie.c.maloney@gmail.com
15 W Washington St
Middleburg, VA 20117
540 687-3489
Donation times: M-W-F from 9:00a.m. to Noon or Thursday from 9:00am until 10:00a.m.
Donations preferred Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.

Tree of Life (Purcellville)
Brian McMullen, Executive Director
Linda Watkins, Pantry Manager Tree of Life Center
brian.mcmullen@gmail.com
LF8490@aol.com
210 N. 21st St., Unit D
Purcellville, VA 20132
Donation times: Monday – Thursday 9:00am until Noon.




War Madness

The Dying Gaul

By John P. Flannery

In a world that prefers to war, can’t get enough of it, innocents are killed, and those senseless incidents in turn provoke more war.

It happened in the Ukraine and the testosterone is running high. Ukraine calls to the West to put up or shut up with military force, not just economic sanctions. The US saber rattles in response. Partisans insist we must do more.

It could be as “simple” an error in the Ukraine as giving the separatist “freedom fighters” weapons that they should never have had. The Russians entrusted these weapons in the Ukraine conflict. They thought they’d trained them no doubt. When the plane went down, the “freedom fighters” said they’d downed a military transport. When they found out otherwise, the separatists went dark. The United States weighs giving these weapons to other “freedom fighters” in Syria.

Not only do we have to trust these people – freedom fighters – if you must – to use the weapons in a just war, whatever that is these days, we also have to trust that they really know how to use the weapons at all, under the right circumstances, and, oh yes, that they won’t lose, give or sell the weapons we supplied to be used against us.

There are sophisticated signals by which you can determine the profile of the aircraft you are targeting, meaning whether it is civilian or military.

Our own people, so fast to draw conclusions in recent days about the Ukraine, couldn’t distinguish civilian from military aircraft some years ago. We shot down Iran Air Flight 655 and it was a civilian passenger flight from Tehran to Dubai. Nor was it some freedom fighters doing the shooting. It was us, by way of the United States Navy guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes on July 3, 1988.

The attack on a civilian airliner took place in Iranian airspace, over Iran’s territorial waters in the Persian Gulf, and on the civilian flight’s usual flight path.

Our forces destroyed an Airbus A300 B2-203 with SM-2MR surface-to-air missiles fired from the Vincennes.

We took 8 years to pay millions to the survivors of those killed that day for our “error.” No, of course, we didn’t admit anything. We just paid a lot of money.

There’s a madness in war, like the madness of greed or power. It feeds on itself. It becomes self-justifying. Anything necessary to win becomes right because it’s us against them. The madness of war is loose in the twisted violent minds of our so-called leaders here and abroad.

Above the fold news headlines and the daily relentless media bulletins are about hurt and sorrow and violence amid the pretense of soulful humanity.

My Dad told me when I was very young, that this was how we managed an over-populated planet, in addition to famine and disease. We had wars and killed each other.

My Dad wasn’t saying it was right, he had been through World War II in the Army Air Force, he knew something of war; he was just saying that was the way it was.

The human impulse, it cannot be denied, is mostly self- destructive and there appears to be less sanity, fewer restraints, more madness in the world every day, than is safe for us to go on this way. But where are the leaders to say otherwise?




Open Letter to the Board of Supervisors

For the Public Input Session on September 3, 2014

Excerpts from the following article will be presented to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors on September 3, 2014 at the public input session.

“The vital signs reflect “the largest changes that we’ve been able to witness in the historical record,” said Tom Karl, director of the National Climatic Data Center, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “The planet is changing more rapidly … than in any time of modern civilization.”” NBC reporting on new NOAA analysis [1]

Thank you for continuing to give the public the opportunity to express our views. At the last public input session on July 16, 2014 I and a few others discussed the current requirement for LEED silver certification which applies to county government construction and which according to a Loudoun Times article [2] the Board is considering dropping. I recommend not only improving the current requirements but extending them to private new construction as well. I’m not necessarily endorsing LEED as the solution but note that it is well documented and nationally accepted and we already have county staff trained in the LEED process.

While I appreciate and agree with the economic arguments presented at the last BOS public input session, justifying the investment in distributed solar energy and other energy conserving strategies, the real economic argument has to do with avoiding certain climate catastrophe if we continue business as usual which is essentially no energy and environmental policy at all. As I pointed out even climate scientist and human-caused global warming denier Judith Curry acknowledges that “a catastrophe is possible.” Thus among people who understand the science the disagreement is only about the probability of a catastrophe ranging from Curry’s “possible” at one extreme to ecologist Guy McPherson’s “unavoidable” at the other. No knowledgeable person is claiming a catastrophe isn’t possible. There is also some disagreement over the extent of this catastrophe from mere economic collapse to self-extinction. A middle ground might be that economic collapse is unavoidable but we can still save civilization. It is that serious.

We can state two things with certainty. Human-caused global warming theory is entirely consistent with all physical sciences and supported by volumes of physical evidence from diverse scientific fields. By contrast denial is not only inconsistent with science but is even self-inconsistent so that various denier arguments contradict each other. As we’ve seen the “Mars argument” contradicts the “cosmic ray” and the “natural variation” arguments while all three are wrong. As near as I can tell all denier arguments are irrational. That may seem like an exaggeration but there are two ways to show that it is not. The most reliable is to read the relevant scientific text books, the peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and the IPCC reports but frankly this is beyond the available time and patients for most Americans.

Alternatively, one can examine each denier argument in turn and show how it is wrong or irrational or more likely both. But this too is exhausting. The web site Skeptical Scientist does an excellent job of debunking denier arguments and I recommend it. Still I propose a simpler method. There are very few people who are both knowledgeable of climate physics in some capacity and who are also deniers. One such person is Roy Spencer of the University of Alabama, Huntsville. Conveniently he has published a list of 11 arguments which he believes are the most compelling support for denial. We can address the first argument. If it is both demonstrably wrong and irrational I propose we are done. We can assume Spencer is knowledgeable enough to have made his most compelling argument his first and we can be sure that his list contains all the best denier arguments.

Spencer’s number one objection to the science [3]: “No Recent Warming. If global warming science is so “settled”, why did global warming stop 15 years ago, contrary to all “consensus” predictions?” This is one of the most widely used denier arguments. As it has propagated through the denier community it has taken various forms but the original argument is that global warming stopped in 1998. This argument is irrational because it does not address any underlying science. There is no explanation as to why an apparent stoppage might suggest that the science is unsettled or in what way the science is unsettled. A cause-effect relationship is not established. The argument is wrong because it isn’t even true.

Figure 1 shows the Global surface temperature [4] between 1979, the start of the satellite era in meteorology, and 1997, after which in 1998 deniers claim global warming stopped. I’ve also plotted the trend line using linear regression. Apparently everybody agrees that the Earth warmed during this time and that 1997 was the warmest year on record up to that time.

Figure 2 shows four possible projections of the future temperature. The green line shows the evolution of Earth temperature assuming global warming had stopped. But at the time Spencer did not just predict that global warming was going to stop. He had estimated that the lower troposphere temperature had been cooling by about 0.046 degrees C per decade in a paper written in 1997 but published in 1998 [5]. No physical explanation was given for why the temperature should be cooling and indeed this estimate turned out to be false. We can assume that Spencer would have predicted this cooling trend going forward and it is shown by the blue curve. The purple line extending the previously drawn red line shows the climate evolving at the same rate. An observer combining knowledge of physics with cognitive psychology might have assumed that despite the warnings of the scientific community, humans would accelerate their emissions and thus would have projected the orange curve showing global warming accelerating exponentially along with emissions.

In figure 3, I’ve superimposed the published global surface temperature up to 2013 onto our four projections. Visual inspection shows that both Spencer’s pre-event prediction and his post event explanation are “empirically dead wrong”. Using extreme event statistics [6] we can calculate the probability that global warming stopped in 1998 is less than 0.002 percent. In fact the probability that the rate of warming did not accelerate is only one percent. Global warming did not stop or even slow down since 1998; it accelerated. And Spencer’s actual prediction back in 1998 can only be characterized as bizarre.

Figure 4 shows the origin of the Spencer myth. By starting with the peak temperature of 1998, he ignores 0.25 degrees or fifteen years’ worth of warming as if it had never happened. The most powerful el Nino ever recorded occurred in 1998 which raised the surface temperature considerably by dumping heat stored in the oceans into the atmosphere. The subsequent decade has been dominated by la Ninas and they have historically been among the coolest years; since the Pacific Ocean sucks heat out of the atmosphere during la Ninas.

I invite the board and in fact any member of the Loudoun County public to submit any denier argument including a source which they believe might be factually correct and rational and we can examine it together. If we were to discover a rational and true argument that would be very good news indeed but physical reality and our experience with denier arguments cautions us that isn’t likely. After examining just a few of the “better” denier arguments hopefully we can give up believing in nonsense and all get on the same evidence-based page. And we can start immediately to take the necessary steps at the local, regional, national and worldwide level to avoid Judith Curry’s catastrophe.

[1] http://www.nbcnews.com/#/science/environment/climate-scientists-see-very-rapid-declines-annual-noaa-report-n158681

[2] http://www.loudountimes.com/news/article/loudoun_county_reconsidering_green_energy_policy432

[3] http://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2014/may/06/top-ten-global-warming-skeptic-arguments-debunked

[4] http://www-users.york.ac.uk/~kdc3/papers/coverage2013/series.html

[5] Christy, J.R., R.W. Spencer, and E.S. Lobl, 1998: Analysis of the merging procedure for the MSU daily temperature time series. J. Climate 11: 2016–2041

[6] http://fas.org/irp/agency/dod/jason/statistics.pdf

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Ida Lee NFL Flag Football League Registration Ends July 28

Registration for the Fall 2014 NFL Flag Football league is currently ongoing for boys and girls, ages six to 14, and spots are filling fast. To secure a spot in the league, participants must register by Monday, July 28, 2014.

The Ida Lee NFL Flag Football League is the premier flag league in Northern Virginia with dedicated Bermuda grass game fields, top notch officiating and “real” NFL jerseys. Each participant is guaranteed a minimum of six regular season games plus playoffs. Teams practice twice a week per week during the preseason and once per week once games have begun.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to join the “NFL and USA Football” like thousands of other kids across the country and jump into one of the fastest growing sports in the country.

Registration ends on Monday. July 28. For more information or to register visit www.idalee.org or contact the front desk at Ida Lee Park Recreation Center at 703-777-1368.




VDOE Names Chief Academic Officer

Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples today announced that John William “Billy” Haun of Charlottesville will become the Virginia Department of Education’s chief academic officer, taking the position of assistant superintendent of instruction on September 1.

“I am delighted that Billy is bringing his knowledge, leadership and innovative ideas to the department, Staples said. “He has extensive experience in all areas of public education and will be a real asset as we move forward with educational reform that will prepare Virginia students for the future.”

Haun is currently the assistant superintendent for student learning in Albemarle County Public Schools. He began his career in 1980 as a middle school classroom teacher and coach in Pulaski County, and subsequently taught mathematics and coached at high schools in Wythe County, Tazewell County, Caroline County and finally in Albemarle County in 1994. Haun was promoted to assistant principal of Western Albemarle High School in 1997, principal of Walton Middle School in 2000 and Monticello High School in 2003 and became Albemarle County’s assistant superintendent for student learning in 2009.

Haun earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1980 from Virginia Tech, a master’s degree in education administration and supervision from Shenandoah University in 1997 and a doctorate in education administration from the University of Virginia (UVA) in 2011.

In addition to numerous honors, Haun has been a presenter at educational leadership conferences and an adjunct instructor at UVA.




Loudoun County Fire-Rescue System Graduates 83 Students

On Thursday July 10, 2014 the Loudoun County Fire-Rescue System recognized 77 graduates who recently completed Fire Fighter I-II, EMT–Basic, and EMT-Intermediate or EMT-Paramedic certification. Family, friends, and community members filled the Dominion High School auditorium as Loudoun County Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management (LCFR) Deputy Chief of Training and EMS Jose Salazar mastered the graduation ceremony. Board of Supervisors, Suzanne Volpe recognized the graduates, along with Chief of the Department Keith Brower and Operational Medical Director, Dr. John Morgan.

The graduates were a combination of career and volunteer students. 24 students graduated as Firefighter I-II, 30 as Emergency Medical Technicians, nine as Emergency Medical Technician – Intermediate, and 14 as Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic Each of the course coordinators presented their respective classes and described the training required to achieve the certification. The 77 graduates participated in the intensive six to ten months of training, depending on their certification program. At the end of attending training, students passed a Loudoun County and state examination to become certified in their respective area.

The graduating class also included student who completed their Firefighter II and EMT certifications through the Loudoun County Public School System, Monroe Technology Center (MTC). LCFR and Monroe strong partnership provides education and skills to juniors and seniors as part of their school credits. The students must be a volunteer with one of the fire and rescue companies in Loudoun to participate in the Monroe Fire and EMS studies.

During the graduation the Loudoun County Fire-Rescue course coordinator presented the top student of the class. Top students are chosen for their high level of dedication to the profession, academic performance, punctuality and their ability to lead and motivate others.

The Spring 2014 top students are:
Firefighter I-II Chad Klein, Sterling Volunteer Fire Dept.
Firefighter I-II, MTC Kayla Beale, Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company
Emergency Medical Technician Jimmy Olveson, Ashburn Volunteer Fire-Rescue
Emergency Medical Technician, MTC Jawuanna McAllister, Loudoun County Volunteer Rescue
Emergency Medical Technician – Intermediate Jeremy Dorsey, Loudoun County Fire-Rescue
Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic Michael Shivik, Loudoun County Volunteer Rescue
Benjamin Rudman, Loudoun County Fire-Rescue

For more information about Loudoun County Fire-Rescue please contact visit www.answerthecall.info or www.loudoun.gov/fire.

Photo: Top students (l-r, Jeremy Dorsey, Chief Brower, Benjamin Rudman)




Susan Greenbaum to Perform in Middleburg

The Bluemont Concert Series is proud to present Susan Greenbaum on Saturday, July 26 for the last of our four Saturday evening concerts in Middleburg. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. The Middleburg concerts are now held at the Middleburg Community Center baseball field, located at 300 West Washington Street.

Admission is $5 per person, $4 for Bluemont Friends and seniors, $2 for kids under twelve; proceeds go to support Bluemont’s year-round Artist-in-Education program in area schools. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on, and a picnic to enjoy before the show. As at all Bluemont concerts, pets, alcohol or smoking are not allowed. In bad weather, concerts will be held indoors at the Sheila C. Johnson Performing Arts Center, located at The Hill School, 130 South Madison Street in Middleburg.

Susan Greenbaum delights audiences with her powerful and versatile voice, her lively combination of acoustic rock and pop music, and her energetic onstage presence. Based out of Richmond, the Susan Greenbaum Band has won recognition for its intelligent lyrics, beautiful melodies, and catchy hooks. Greenbaum is a songwriter as well as a singer and has received Finalist awards in both the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the U.S.A. Songwriting Contest.

Bluemont relies on more than 1,000 volunteers each summer to ensure that performances go smoothly, and on the support of local businesses and community organizations. If you would like to volunteer this summer, please call Virginia Winsatt at 540-955-8186 or e-mail her at virginia@bluemont.org. Businesses interested in sponsoring a Bluemont concert are encouraged to call Lily Dunning at 540-955-8186 or e-mail her at lily@bluemont.org.

Presented by the Bluemont Concert Series, this popular program is made possible by a successful public/private partnership with the Town of Middleburg, the County of Loudoun, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Wells Fargo Advisors, Loudoun Mutual Insurance Company, The Gerald and Paula McNichols Family Foundation, Middleburg Bank, Dominion Foundation, Target, and Walmart.

Partners and major donors from the private sector include more than 250 local businesses and 1,200 friends and families. The Middleburg concerts are part of Bluemont’s award-winning program that brings 350 cultural programs to schools, communities and healthcare facilities in 80 communities in northwest and central Virginia each year.

This summer, Bluemont will present more than 40 concerts in eight communities in northwest and central Virginia including: Ashland, Culpeper, King George, Fredericksburg, Leesburg, Middleburg, Warrenton and Winchester. We welcome you to visit any of the other Bluemont concert sites. For complete schedules, directions and more information call the Bluemont office at 540-955-8186 or visit www.bluemont.org.




LaRock Appointed to Joint Commission on Technology and Science

Speaker of the House William Howell has appointed Delegate Dave LaRock as a member of the Joint Commission on Technology and Science (JCOTS), effective immediately and lasting for the duration of his term in the House of Delegates. The Commission meets several times throughout the year to “Study all aspects of technology and science and endeavor to stimulate, encourage, promote, and assist in the development of technology and science in the Commonwealth and sound public policies thereto.”

Each year, the Commission develops a work plan and identifies several topic areas that it will consider. The work plan may include such study topics as those directed by the General Assembly through legislation, requested by government agencies and the public, or identified on the Commission’s own initiative.

A few of the issues the Commission will be looking into this year are:

  • Senate Bill 599 (Cosgrove), referred by the Senate Committee on Education and Health, relates to student data and cloud computing.
  • Senate Joint Resolution No. 61 (Reeves), directs JCOTS to study strategies for preventing and mitigating potential damages caused by geomagnetic disturbances and electromagnetic pulses.
  • Delegate Terry Kilgore informally requested that JCOTS study the establishment of a consortium on space science education to advance the study of nanosatellite technology in the Commonwealth.

Del. LaRock also serves on the House Science and Technology Committee. During this year’s session, the Committee considered legislation regarding a variety of issues, including secure return of voted military-overseas ballots, electronic textbooks and online courses of instruction, consumer access to records, and security of student data in cloud computing.

“I look forward to working with the Commission in the months ahead. Technology and science have huge potential to stimulate economic growth and create jobs in Virginia. I want to make sure that Virginia government helps develop this amazing potential, and guard against over-regulation while protecting the public interests. I’m excited about dealing with the current need to guard sensitive personal data, especially personal data kept by the government,” LaRock stated.

More information about the Joint Commission on Technology and Science (JCOTS) is available at http://dls.virginia.gov/commission/jcots.htm.




Woodgrove High School Debate Camp

Ms. Purvis’s WHS Debate Team is conducting a debate camp this summer from August 4 through August 8. It will be held each day from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Woodgrove High School and is open to students who will be attending Woodgrove HS or Loudoun Valley HS. The purpose of the camp is to introduce aspiringdebaters to the art of debate in three different formats: policy debate, Lincoln-Douglas debate, and public forum debate. The camp will feature guest counselors from regional high schools who are champions in their respective categories.

Besides learning the characteristics and necessary skills to debate, participants will learn critical information about various philosophies, the constitution, how the three chambers of our government function,and different types of economies. Counselors will also work one-on-one with participants, coaching themto prepare arguments on both sides of issues, to develop speaking skills that ensure an articulate delivery style, to complete research that supports their arguments, and to WIN tournaments. Successful debaters are accepted to the college of their choice more than 60 percent of the time, not to mention the scholarships many prestigious colleges offer to those who agree to participate in debate.

Registration forms are available at the main office at Woodgrove HS during summer hours of 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.. To guarantee admittance to the camp, complete the form and submit it along with the registration fee of $75. by the end of July. Participants can also register on August 4 in room L514 at WHS, the day the camp begins. Acceptance on the August 4 depends on the number of pre-registered participants.




Solas to Perform in Leesburg for Bluemont Concert Series

The Bluemont Concert Series is proud to present Solas on Sunday, July 27th at 7:00 PM for the fifth of six Sunday evening concerts held on the grounds of the Old Loudoun Courthouse, located at 18 East Market St. in historic, downtown Leesburg.

All are welcome at these family-oriented events and are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on and a picnic to enjoy before the show. There is a requested donation of $5 per person, $4 for Bluemont Friends and seniors, and $2 for kids twelve and under. Proceeds go to support Bluemont’s year-round Artist-In-Education program in area schools. All Leesburg concerts begin at 7:00 pm. As at all Bluemont concerts, no pets, alcohol or smoking are allowed. In bad weather, the concerts will be held indoors at the Leesburg United Methodist Church Asbury Hall, located at 107 West Market Street.

Solas is one of the most popular, influential, and exciting Celtic bands to emerge from the United States. The band maintains its roots in Irish traditional music while incorporating new rhythms and syncopation, counterpoint melodies, and original arrangements. The band was founded by respected acoustic musicians Seamus Egan, who plays flute, tenor banjo, mandolin, whistle, guitar and bodhran, and fiddler Winifred Horan. Mick McAuley from Kilkenny plays accordion and concertina; Eamon McElholm from Tyrone plays guitar and keyboards. Deirdre Scanlan is the band’s newest member, whose beautiful vocals round out the band’s sound. From ancient reels to innovative interpretations of Tom Waits and Bob Dylan, Solas brings instrumental virtuosity and explosive energy to every performance.

Bluemont relies on more than 1,200 volunteers each summer to ensure that performances go smoothly. Additionally, the organization relies on the support of local businesses and community organizations. If you would like to volunteer this summer, are a local business owner who would like to donate a door prize, or are part of a civic group interested in getting involved please contact Virginia Winsatt at (540) 955-8186.

Bluemont Cultural Programs and Summer Concert Series have truly become a part of the fabric of the Loudoun community. Bluemont is currently seeking out local businesses, friends and neighbors to become Bluemont members help assure the organizations future in Loudoun County. Many friends and families have responded to our recent mailing asking for general support. This year, every contribution will help.

Businesses interested in becoming a sponsor are encouraged to contact Lily Dunning at
(540) 955-8186 or email lily@bluemont.org. Bluemont partners and major donors from the private sector include the Town of Leesburg, the County of Loudoun, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, Wells Fargo Advisors, Loudoun Mutual Insurance Company, The Gerald and Paula McNichols Family Foundation, Middleburg Bank, Dominion Foundation, Target, Walmart, and more than 250 local businesses and 1,200 friends and families.

This summer, Bluemont will present more than 40 concerts in seven communities in northwest and central Virginia including: Ashland, Culpeper, Fredericksburg, Leesburg, Middleburg, Warrenton and Winchester. For complete schedules, performer descriptions, directions and more information, please visit the Bluemont website at www.bluemont.org.