Maker Movement Comes to Leesburg

November 30, 2014 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Maker Movement Comes to Leesburg

Free “Maker” documentary film screening at Ida Lee Park Recreation Center on Monday, December 1.

Makersmiths, a non-profit community organization dedicated to promoting the Maker Movement, will be hosting a screening of the documentary film “Maker” on Monday, December 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the lower level meeting space at Ida Lee Park Recreation Center. This screening, co-hosted by the Town of Leesburg, is free of charge, but seating will be limited. Tickets can be reserved prior to December 1, by e-mailing … Continue Reading

Measuring Irrationality

November 30, 2014 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Measuring Irrationality

“Irrational is a strong word, which connotes impulsivity, emotionality, and a stubborn resistance to reasonable argument.” Daniel Kahneman.

I admire the progress cognitive psychology and neuroscience has made in unraveling the workings of our brains. Since I cannot understand much of neuroscience, I make do with the cognitive psychology. A lot has been written about the irrationality of conservative Republicans especially in regard to climate science denial. Another new paper [1] by researchers at Duke University, Troy Campbell and Aaron Kay (CK), addresses this timely topic. Their hypothesis is that solution aversion motivates Republicans to deny science when the solutions contradict their laissez-faire free market ideology. They cite other research and only claim that solution aversion is part of the explanation. They accept the validity of other hypotheses such as the impact of conservative media or that “Republican’s cognitions are more motivated and threatened by negative information.” … Continue Reading

Leesburg Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony Kicks Off First Friday Celebration

November 30, 2014 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Leesburg Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony Kicks Off First Friday Celebration

The Town of Leesburg invites locals and visitors to enjoy “the most wonderful time of the year” and experience a little holiday magic in historic downtown Leesburg. On Friday, December 5, at 6:00 p.m., join friends and neighbors and celebrate the start of the holiday season in Leesburg at the annual Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting on the Town Green (25 West Market Street).

The festive ceremony will feature performances from local schools, the renowned Loudoun Chorale, and a holiday message from Leesburg Mayor Kristen Umstattd. The crowd will be invited to join in a holiday sing-a-long and then the Mayor will “throw the switch” to light the beautiful tree. … Continue Reading

12th Annual “Freeze Your Gizzard” Race Results

November 30, 2014 News, Our Towns Comments Off on 12th Annual “Freeze Your Gizzard” Race Results

More than 800 runners and walkers came out and ‘froze their gizzards’ at Ida Lee Park on Saturday, November 22, 2014, as the Town of Leesburg Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with Loudoun Interfaith Relief, hosted the 12th annual Freeze Your Gizzard Cross Country 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run. Runners took on a cross-country course that featured several steep climbs and rugged terrain. The winning time for this year’s race was posted by Josh Showalter, of Leesburg, who completed the course in 16 minutes and 37 seconds. The top female finisher was Melissa Nestel, posting a time of 20 minutes and one second.

All runners and walkers were asked to bring canned food items to donate to Loudoun Interfaith Relief’s food pantry. This year, a grand total of 1,094 pounds of food was donated by Gizzard runners. … Continue Reading

The Nature Generation Partners with Middleburg Bank

November 30, 2014 Business, News Comments Off on The Nature Generation Partners with Middleburg Bank
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Support Brings Environmental Stewardship Education to Youth Across the Region

The Nature Generation, an environmental nonprofit, is pleased to announce Middleburg Bank as its new Sustainable Partner. As a partner, Middleburg Bank provides cornerstone financial support that allows The Nature Generation to make environmental stewardship education accessible to youth across the region.
Middleburg Bank generously supports The Nature Generation’s environmental education programs and is a key sponsor of the Chapman DeMary Trail, an outdoor classroom in Purcellville which provides hands-on environmental learning opportunities to thousands of students and residents throughout the region. … Continue Reading

Dream of a Good Death


By Eric Werling

I’m drawn to a Thursday evening performance of a folk operetta and Civil War history lesson, “Dream of a Good Death” by Clark Hansbarger and the Bitter Liberals, which I read about in the Loudoun News. I leave work early, commute home from D.C. in time to kiss my wife goodnight and hop back in the truck for the 8:00 p.m. show at Franklin Park. I sit in the theater a few minutes before the show, alone in the small crowd, a little self-conscious because I don’t normally go to shows alone. But soon those thoughts are replaced with wonder. We live in a small Virginia town – with a name like Purcellville, it is guaranteed to remain a small town forever. But I have just discovered that Purcellville has a theater worthy of a small city! They completed this place seven years ago. Why haven’t I been here before? … Continue Reading

Leesburg’s Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Show Offers Holiday Shopping at Its Best

November 28, 2014 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Leesburg’s Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Show Offers Holiday Shopping at Its Best

The Town of Leesburg Parks and Recreation Department is proud to present the 24th Annual Holiday Fine Arts & Craft Show at Ida Lee Park Recreation Center on December 6 and 7, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to the show and parking is free. Arts and crafts exhibitors will be selling their handcrafted items in the basketball courts, main hallway, aerobics room and lower level.

With a variety of vendors, there is sure to be something to please every shopper. Brighten your home with unique fine art, home décor and seasonal items, accessories or glass items, handcrafted wooden furniture, candles and more. Indulge in great foods such as syrup, salsas, jellies, breads, dips, and of course, chocolate. The jewelry selection will include many unique designs that will compliment all your fashions. There will be something for everyone.

The show will feature approximately 95 local and regional crafters at this annual event. This craft show is the perfect opportunity to find a one-of-a-kind gift.

For more information, call Ida Lee Park Recreation Center at 703-777-1368 or visit

LCSO Investigating ‘Smash & Grab’ at Dulles Town Center Jewelry Store

November 28, 2014 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Investigating ‘Smash & Grab’ at Dulles Town Center Jewelry Store

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a smash and grab style larceny that occurred at a jewelry store in the Dulles Town Center.

Around 2:40 p.m. November 25, Loudoun Deputies responded to the lower level of the mall where four unknown males entered the Fink’s Jewelry Store with sledgehammers, struck the jewelry case, removed numerous high-end wristwatches and fled the scene.

The suspects, all described as Black males, fled the scene in an older model Jeep Cherokee that was located a short time later abandoned in the area of the Dulles Eastern Plaza. The vehicle was reported stolen out of Fairfax County. It is believed the suspects then left the scene in a separate vehicle.

A ground and aerial search was conducted with the assistance of the Fairfax County Police Department helicopter. … Continue Reading

The Loudoun Chorale Presents a Holiday Concert featuring the Mass of St. Nicholas

November 23, 2014 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on The Loudoun Chorale Presents a Holiday Concert featuring the Mass of St. Nicholas
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The Loudoun Chorale, under the direction of William Propst and accompanied by Beverly Clark, will perform a mix of classical and seasonal music, including the Mass of St. Nicholas by Joseph Haydn, seasonal pieces arranged by John Rutter, Robert Shaw, Vaughn Williams, as well as other holiday pieces, concluding with our traditional singalong of The Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah.

Concert dates, times, and locations are:

Saturday, December 6, 7:30 p.m., St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
711 W. Main St. in Purcellville

Sunday, December 7, 4:00 p.m., Holy Trinity Lutheran Church,
605 W. Market St. in Leesburg
This concert will be followed by a reception

General admission tickets are Adults/$12 online, $14 at the door, Seniors/$10, Youth/$10; Under 7/Free. For more information visit

LINK Thanksgiving Program News

November 20, 2014 Faith, Lifestyle 1 comment

Members of Sigma Mu Mu of Loudoun County, VA Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity volunteered at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church in Sterling on Saturday, November 15 to support the LINK Thanksgiving Food Distribution program. The men’s group managed traffic control for the steady flow of 55 family pick-ups an hour as shopping carts totaling over 50,000 pounds of non perishable groceries, and 750 pounds of frozen meat and 300 pounds of vegetables and fruit were loaded into needy family vehicles from our local neighborhoods. LINK was able to provide three to five days worth of supermarket food and a grocery gift certificate to 776 families (3,880 people) at both Christ the Redeemer and Trinity Presbyterian in Herndon during the all day event. Sterling United Methodist Church also distributed 2,500 winter coats, hats scarfs and mittens.
Photo courtesy of Kevin Wiggs.

Loudoun County Sells Bonds at Favorable Interest Rate; Proceeds to Fund School Construction, Other Projects

November 20, 2014 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Sells Bonds at Favorable Interest Rate; Proceeds to Fund School Construction, Other Projects

Loudoun County has sold $47.375 million in general obligation bonds at a favorable interest rate of 2.51 percent. Proceeds from the sale will be used to finance the construction of five schools: Cardinal Ridge Elementary School, Discovery Elementary School, John Champe High School, Moorefield Station Elementary School, and Rocky Ridge High School. Proceeds will also finance renovations to Mercer Middle School, Loudoun Valley High School, and Park View High Schools’ science lab; and fire-rescue apparatus.

In advance of the sale, the nation’s top bond rating agencies again affirmed Loudoun County’s triple-A rating on its general obligation bonds, noting the county’s strong financial management practices and policies, and manageable debt. Loudoun County has held the Aaa rating from Moody’s since 2004, and AAA from Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s since 2005. … Continue Reading

Event and Open House–Goose Creek Friends Meeting: Commemorating the Peace Community in the Midst of the Civil War

November 20, 2014 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Event and Open House–Goose Creek Friends Meeting: Commemorating the Peace Community in the Midst of the Civil War
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The public is invited to an Open House at Goose Creek Meeting in Lincoln, to help dedicate a commemorative sign installed on the Meeting’s property. The Goose Creek Friends (Quakers) worked with the Virginia Civil War Trails, Sesquicentennial Committee, Mosby Heritage Area Association, and Visit Loudoun to design a sign which tells visitors about the Burning Raid that took place around Lincoln in early December 1864. It will also describe Goose Creek’s Quaker peace testimony at the time of the Burning Raid and now.

Activities on the 6th will open with First Day School students presenting a depiction of the Meeting’s history, originally presented by Asa Moore Janney in 1951. This will be followed by the dedication, in which all the people who helped with the sign will be introduced. The Meeting House will be open for simple refreshments and to hear more about the history of our present Meeting House, built in 1818. Our historic 1816 school house, Oakdale School, will be open also. … Continue Reading

2 Degrees of Trouble

November 20, 2014 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on 2 Degrees of Trouble

“There are constant assaults on the natural environment, the result of unbridled consumerism, and this will have serious consequences for the world economy,” Pope Francis.

We have seen that the surface temperature is not just increasing but accelerating [1]. To do this we used the Cowtan and Way data set which includes the Polar Regions. As it turns out all of the official temperature records ignore these areas in addition to a large part of Africa and a bit of Brazil as shown in Figure 1 because no temperature records existed for these regions going back to 1880. The area that is included represents most of the Earth surface and is therefore considered an accurate representation of the entire planet’s surface when determining long term climate trends. As we’ve seen the other data sets, ignoring the Polar Regions, show that the surface is continuing to warm at a constant rate [2] when natural variability is accounted for. All portrayals of a slowdown (stoppage, hiatus, pause) in the rate of surface warming leave an unexplained gap of instantaneous warming in 1998 which cannot be explained by any physical mechanism [3]. The denier argument that global warming has stopped is an extreme case where the gap is 0.25 degrees C or about a decade and a half of warming [1]. Thus the only conclusion which fits all the data, including the Polar Regions, and which is physically possible is that the surface warming is accelerating exponentially. This is also consistent with expectations. The fact that climate scientists continue to discover additional evidence of the radiation imbalance such as the accelerated warming of the oceans [4] makes our situation that much more tenuous. … 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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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
April 2, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”

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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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