Wolf Urges Holder to Investigate Oklahoma Beheading as Terrorist Attack

September 30, 2014 Around Virginia Comments Off on Wolf Urges Holder to Investigate Oklahoma Beheading as Terrorist Attack

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee that funds the Department of Justice, today sent the following letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder asking him to investigate the recent beheading in Oklahoma as a terrorist attack and to not just quickly dismiss it at workplace violence like was done in the Fort Hood terrorist attack in 2009:

The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr.
Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave NW Rm 5111
Washington DC 20530
Dear Attorney General Holder: … Continue Reading

Catoctin Creek Expands To Connecticut

September 28, 2014 Business, News Comments Off on Catoctin Creek Expands To Connecticut
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Catoctin Creek Distillery’s products are now available in Connecticut through Craft Beer Guild of CT, a division of Blueprint Brands. Catoctin Creek will soon be available at restaurants, bars and retail stores throughout the state.

“We are thrilled to continue our expansion on the east coast of the United States. Distribution in Connecticut is a natural market in our efforts to grow our brand from its current mid-Atlantic region,” said Scott Harris, founder of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company. “We’ve had so much interest in our spirits in the New York region, that our distributor was anxious to get us into Connecticut as well.” Blueprint Brands now distributes Catoctin Creek products in three of their territories: New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Currently, the following spirits will be available in Connecticut: Catoctin Creek Organic Roundstone Rye, Catoctin Creek Organic Roundstone Rye “92 Proof”, Catoctin Creek Organic Roundstone Rye “Cask Proof” (based on seasonal availability), Catoctin Creek Organic Mosby’s Spirit and Catoctin Creek Organic Watershed Gin.

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is located at 120 West Main St. in Purcellville. More information is at www.catoctincreek.com.

Commonwealth Attorney Reports Christian Sierra Shooting “Justifiable Homicide”

September 26, 2014 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Commonwealth Attorney Reports Christian Sierra Shooting “Justifiable Homicide”
Sierra press conference

Commonwealth Attorney James Plowman has reported that the May 24 police shooting of a 17-year-old Purcellville high school student was “justifiable homicide.”

Commenting on results of a four-month investigation by a special detail of Virginia State Police investigators, Plowman said: “The actions taken by Christian Sierra, the youth killed by four shots of a .40 Caliber Glock handgun by refusing to drop the knife, coupled with his raising the knife with the blade pointed at Officer Hood and advancing at him, presented Officer Hood with an immediate and real threat to his safety.” … Continue Reading

LCSO Investigates Vandalism in Brambleton Area

September 26, 2014 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Investigates Vandalism in Brambleton Area

HOA Offers $500 Reward

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a series of vandalism cases in the Ashburn area and a reward is being offered by the Brambleton Homeowners Association to help locate those responsible.

Since July 2014, there have been several reported cases of graffiti, some of which uses language that disparages a specific culture. The vandalism has occurred in the Brambleton community, including the areas of Northstar Boulevard at Amber Grove Terrace, Morning Walk Drive at Winter Haven Drive and in September on Ryan Road at Forest Manor Drive.

A majority of the graffiti has been written in black marker but most recently a concrete barrier was spray painted in the area of a retention pond near Forest Manor Drive. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County to Benefit from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Grant

September 25, 2014 Business, News Comments Off on Loudoun County to Benefit from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Grant

Loudoun County citizens will benefit from a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant awarded to the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) Tuesday. The $200,000 grant from the foundation’s Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund will help pay for several water quality improvement projects in the county.

Loudoun County is partnering on the projects with the PEC, the Town of Lovettsville, Virginia Cooperative Extension-Master Gardeners, and the New Town Meadows, Sugarland Run and Broadlands HOAs. The projects funded by the grant include: stormwater infrastructure improvements, tree plantings, and nutrient management planning. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of September 12

September 25, 2014 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of September 12
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09/12/2014 7:30 a.m. 200 Blk. Orchard Dr. Unlawful Entry

A vacant home had apparently been entered by possible homeless person(s). When checked by police, the property was empty. The residence was checked and will be checked on after hours.

09/13/2014 2:38 p.m. 100 Blk. N. 21st St. Customer Dispute

Police were called to the scene of a customer dispute. Police were able to calm the situation down but the matter will likely be headed to civil court for resolution.

09/13/2014 4:17 a.m. 100 Blk. Oliver Ct.. Property Dispute

Police were called to the scene of a property dispute. The situation was remedied to all parties involved.

09/13/2014 4:57 a.m. 100 Blk. Maple Ave. Drunk in Public

Police encountered an individual who had been drinking and was in public. He was cooperative and transported to his residence without incident.

09/13/2014 7:22 a.m. 100 Blk. Maple Ave. Indecent Exposure

Police are investigating an incident of indecent exposure at a business. The suspect involved has been identified and charges will be placed.

09/16/2014 4:43 p.m. 600 Blk. Dominion Terrace Domestic Dispute … Continue Reading

Planned Road Closures for September 28

September 25, 2014 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Planned Road Closures for September 28
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The Town of Purcellville would like to inform residents that there will be intermittent road closures to accommodate the Ainsley’s Angels race, http://www.ainsleysangelsraceseries.com, the morning of September 28 from 7:45 a.m. through 10:00 a.m. These closures will take place near the intersection of the W&OD Trail and Maple Ave, portions of Hirst Road and portions of 21st Street. The Purcellville Police Department will be assisting motorists and runners at intersections along the race route to ensure safety of runners and efficiency to motorists.

State of Sophistry

September 25, 2014 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on State of Sophistry

There is a particularly sophistic science-denial argument which has been around since 2004. This popular argument cites a paper published in the journal Science in 2003 by Nicolas Caillon and colleagues [1] and then badly misinterprets it. It seems unlikely that whoever originated the argument read or understood the paper and it seems equally unlikely that they expected anyone else to read the paper either because the Caillon paper contradicts the argument. The reason this is relevant to us still is that denier and forest ecologist Daniel Botkin used this argument earlier this year in testimony to congress [2]. If we first discuss the actual science and then examine the Botkin canard in that light, we can better appreciate its irrationality. … Continue Reading

Mosby Heritage Area Association to Host a Talk on The VMI Cadets at the Battle of New Market

September 24, 2014 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Mosby Heritage Area Association to Host a Talk on The VMI Cadets at the Battle of New Market
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The Mosby Heritage Area Association will host a talk on October 19, on the VMI Cadets at the Battle of New Market and the Berkeley Family of Aldie. The talk will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Aldie Methodist Church, 39325 John Mosby Hwy in Aldie and after, a tour will be offered of the Berkeley House across the street at 39254 John Mosby Hwy.

Troy Marshall, Site Director of the Virginia Museum of the Civil War (of Virginia Military Institute) will speak on “Legacy of Valor – VMI in the Civil War.” Historian and author, Eric Buckland, will bring to life Edmund Berkeley Jr. who was born in Aldie, wounded with his fellow cadets at the Battle of New Market in 1864, and later was a Mosby Ranger. Local historian Wynne Saffer will discuss the Berkeley family of Aldie and a tour of Berkeley House will follow. Books will be for sale from local authors Dan Morrow, Murder in Lexington and Eric Buckland, Mosby’s Keydet Rangers.

Tickets are $25 for MHAA members and $35 for non-members, call MHAA at 540-687-6681 or use the calendar page at www.mosbyheritagearea.org.

Photo by J. Riley Stewart

Plowman to Release Report on Purcellville Police Officer Involved Shooting

September 24, 2014 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Plowman to Release Report on Purcellville Police Officer Involved Shooting

Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Plowman will hold a press conference Thursday, September 25, between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. to release a summary report and to discuss the findings of the investigation conducted by the Virginia State Police. Copies of the summary report will be available at that time and will be posted on the Loudoun County website for public review.

In addition to the Commonwealth’s Attorney, Captain David Russillo, Division Commander with the Virginia State Police will be present.

The press conference will be held outside the Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office located at 20 East Market Street in Leesburg.

Repeat Offender Returns to Prison

September 24, 2014 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Repeat Offender Returns to Prison

Upperville Man Sentenced for Driving Offenses

On September 12 Steven M. Edwards, 32, appeared before Judge Benjamin N. A. Kendrick in Loudoun County Circuit Court for sentencing on one count of driving while intoxicated, 3rd offense within five years, and one count of driving on a suspended operator’s license. Kendrick imposed an active sentence of three years in the Virginia Department of Corrections for the driving while intoxicated offense and an additional twelve months for the driving on suspended charge. … Continue Reading

Suspect Apprehended After Armed Robbery on Greenway Corporate Drive

September 23, 2014 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Suspect Apprehended After Armed Robbery on Greenway Corporate Drive

LCSO Continues Search for Possible Weapon

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office apprehended a Virginia man after an armed robbery that occurred shortly before 11:30 a.m. Monday in the area of Greenway Corporate Drive in Ashburn. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office continues the investigation and will search for the weapon used.

The suspect, Desmine A. Newton, 20, of Bristow, is charged with robbery, attempted robbery, two counts of obstruction of justice and use of a firearm during the commission of a felony. The victims reported that they were approached by the suspect who brandished a firearm and took money and a cell phone. The suspect then fled the area on foot. … Continue Reading

LVHS Senior to Open for Luke Brindley and Chris Ayer

September 22, 2014 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on LVHS Senior to Open for Luke Brindley and Chris Ayer

Local Loudoun Valley High School Senior Grant Frazier will open for Chris Ayer and Luke Brindley in a Buncearoo ‘curated event’ on Friday, September 26, at Catoctin Creek Distilling Co. on 120 W. Main Street in Purcellville. … 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

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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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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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”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
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”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

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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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Keep Loudoun Beautiful—Greater Lovettsville Area Volunteers Needed

16 Mar 2017

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The Keep Loudoun Beautiful spring clean-up takes place the entire month of April and greater Lovettsville needs volunteers. Bags, vests, gloves and grabbers are available at the Lovettsville Community Center during normal business hours, Monday-Friday. This is a great group or individual activity that can be scheduled around your availability. E-mail Lovettsville Area Leader, Laura Lieberman, for details and to …

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National Awkward Moments Day

8 Mar 2017


?Laughing at Yourself Is the Best Medicine No one knows who invented National Awkward Moments Day, Saturday, March 18. That’s no surprise, since it probably came about as the result of one stunningly awkward moment that the owner of that moment was hoping to forget. We surveyed our readers and friends to ask them about their most awkward moments, sharing …

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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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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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Office Building on Capitol Square To Be Named After Civil Rights Pioneer Barbara Johns


Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the newly renovated state building located at 202 N. 9th Street on Capitol Square in Richmond (currently known as the 9th Street Office Building) will bear the name of civil rights pioneer Barbara Johns. The building, which reopened last year, houses the Virginia Attorney General’s …

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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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