The Trump Effect


“If Trump wins the nomination, prepare for the end of the conservative party.” George Will [1]

“If any of these candidates end up in the White House in 2016, America is in deep, deep trouble. Just by commanding the national stage, Republicans are already pushing dangerous ideas into public discourse and fueling a climate of violence and vitriol.” Robert Reich

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Mayor Kristen Umstattd Resigns to Take Position on Loudoun County Board of Supervisors

December 31, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Mayor Kristen Umstattd Resigns to Take Position on Loudoun County Board of Supervisors

Vice Mayor Kelly Burk will fulfill the duties of the Mayor until an interim appointment is made.

Kristen Umstattd tendered her resignation as Mayor of Leesburg, effective 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 2015. On January 1, 2016, Umstattd will take office as the Leesburg District Supervisor on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, a position to which she was elected in November 2015. … Continue Reading

Five Killed in Holiday Traffic Across Virginia

December 29, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Five Killed in Holiday Traffic Across Virginia

East Coast I-95 “Drive to Save Lives” Initiative Remains Ongoing Through New Year

Five fatal crashes over the Christmas holiday weekend resulted in the deaths of one pedestrian, one moped operator and three drivers on Virginia’s highways. The deaths occurred in Bedford and Surry counties, and the cities of Hampton, Newport News and Richmond. Alcohol was a factor in at least two of the five fatal crashes. As of December 28, 2015, preliminary reports indicate 732 individuals have died in traffic crashes statewide; compared to 694 same date in 2014. … Continue Reading

Make Your Holiday a Safe One: Follow Safety Guidelines for Cooking & Decorating

December 23, 2015 Feature Comments Off on Make Your Holiday a Safe One: Follow Safety Guidelines for Cooking & Decorating
Winter Holiday Safety

Christmas trees, decorations, candles, holiday cooking: all contribute to holiday fires. The National Fire Protection Association says the top three days for home candle fires are Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Day, while the three leading dates for home structure fires caused by cooking are Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Following a few simple tips will ensure a happy and fire-safe holiday season:

Christmas Trees
• Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
• Get rid of the tree when it begins dropping needles. Dried-out trees are a fire hazard and shouldn’t be left in the home, garage or placed outside against the home. Loudoun County has a Christmas Tree Recycling Program that turns the trees into to mulch available for free to county residents.

Holiday Decorating
• Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
• Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn.
• Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
• Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect.

Holiday Cooking
• Keep an eye on what you fry
• Be alert when cooking
• Keep things that can catch fire away from cooking area

More tips on how to have a fire-safe holiday are available online from the National Fire Protection Association.

5,085 Reasons Why Not to Drive Drunk or Buzzed This Holiday Season

December 21, 2015 Public Safety Comments Off on 5,085 Reasons Why Not to Drive Drunk or Buzzed This Holiday Season

Virginia State Police announced plans to focus patrols during time periods when alcohol consumption and holiday parties are most prevalent. “I can give you more than 5,000 reasons why you should designate a sober driver,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “In 2014, 4,834 drunk drivers were arrested by Virginia State Troopers. Another 251 persons were killed on Virginia’s highways in alcohol-related crashes. There are no excuses. You have a choice. Choose to designate a driver and do your part to drive to save lives this holiday season.” … Continue Reading

Youth Can Apply for 2015 Livestock Exhibitor Scholarships

December 21, 2015 Around Virginia Comments Off on Youth Can Apply for 2015 Livestock Exhibitor Scholarships

Youth who exhibited beef cattle, sheep, meat goats or swine in the 2015 State Fair of Virginia 4-H and FFA youth livestock program are eligible to apply for 12 new scholarships being offered by the State Fair of Virginia.

Scholarships will be offered in three age groups: Juniors (9-12), Intermediate (13-15) and Seniors (16 and older). Groups are based on exhibitors’ ages as of September 30, 2015. Applications must be postmarked on or before January 15, 2016. Applications and scholarship details are available on the fair website at … Continue Reading

End of Year Wrap Up

December 21, 2015 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on End of Year Wrap Up

In the middle of 2013, oil prices began to tumble [1]. Economists predicted that cheap energy would be good for the economy. People would spend the money they saved buying cheaper gasoline on more stuff made in China that they don’t need keeping the economy healthy, said the pundits. Many experts predicted that Saudi Arabia, a country which produces oil, would defend the price by cutting production, i.e., a government would bail out the private sector. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of December 10, 2015

December 18, 2015 Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of December 10, 2015

12/10/2015 – 06:31 p.m. 600 Blk. E. Main St. Assault
The victim reported that an acquaintance had assaulted him. He was not injured and did not wish to pursue charges.

12/11/2015 – 10:24 p.m. 400 Blk. Plymouth Ridge Ct. Crisis Intervention Call
Police called to the scene of a person that was trying to harm himself. He was taken into custody and transported to a mental health facility for treatment. … Continue Reading

Christmas Tree Recycling

December 17, 2015 Our Towns Comments Off on Christmas Tree Recycling

The Town’s curbside refuse and recycling contractor, American Disposal Services, will collect Christmas Trees for recycling on the regular Wednesday collection days in January 2016. Christmas trees are recycled into free mulch which is available at the Loudoun County Landfill. However, trees collected with decorations, wire, tinsel, lights and tree bags will contaminate the mulch. Follow the guidelines below to recycle your tree.

Christmas Tree Recycling Guidelines:

  • Remove all decorations from trees – please check carefully for hidden items
  • Remove tinsel, fake snow, angel hair, etc.
  • … Continue Reading

All They Want for Christmas is You! Free Pet Adoptions at Loudoun Animal Services

December 17, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on All They Want for Christmas is You! Free Pet Adoptions at Loudoun Animal Services

The more than 100 pets at the Loudoun County Animal Shelter have one wish this holiday season – to find a loving home. Their dream could come true Saturday, December 26, when the shelter will be hosting an adoption extravaganza. All adoptions will be free 12 noon to 4 p.m.. There will be plenty of holiday fun and festivities too – hot cocoa and cookies, family photos with Santa, holiday music and more.

All adopted dogs and cats will have been spayed or neutered and received age-appropriate vaccinations, a check-up, and a microchip and dogs, cats, guinea pigs, horses and others will be sent home with a Christmas prize pack filled with fun toys and treats to share with their new family.

The Loudoun County Department of Animal Services is also assisting a shelter in Raleigh County, West Virginia, by offering kennel space to some of their dogs and cats. “We are fortunate to be able to share the generosity and compassion of the Loudoun community with other homeless pets in need,” said Animal Care Manager Ellen Nadeau. “We know people in Loudoun love pets, and these animals need a second chance. What better time to open up your heart to a homeless cat or dog?”

Photos of available pets will be posted at and updates will be available at:

Please note that LCAS will be closed on Thursday, December 24 and Friday, December 25, reopening on Saturday, December 26.

Luckett’s Bluegrass Christmas Jamboree with Santa Claus

December 17, 2015 Feature Comments Off on Luckett’s Bluegrass Christmas Jamboree with Santa Claus
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Celebrating 42 years of continuous Bluegrass music at the Old Schoolhouse, the Luckett’s Community Center will host the annual Luckett’s Bluegrass Christmas Jamboree on Saturday December 19th. Santa Claus will be making a special appearance and many of Luckett’s’ Popular performers will mix and match their talents to perform the Bluegrass favorites you know and love along with many Christmas favorites as well.

The Jamboree is made up by Jay Armsworthy-guitar and vocals, John Brunswyler-banjo, Keith Dill-fiddle, Tom Gray-Bass, Tara Lindhardt-mandolin, and Tom Mindte-mandolin & vocals.

From California, Maryland, Armsworthy normally performs with his traditional Bluegrass group, Jay Armsworthy & Eastern Tradition through the tri state area. Mindte plays mandolin and makes his home in Rockville, Maryland which is also the home of his own rising record label, Patuxent Records. He is also the leader and mandolin player with the Patuxent Partners as well as the Christmas Jamboree’s banjo player, John Brunswhyler. Multi-instrumentalist, Dill plays with the West Virginia band, Patent Pending. His Appalachian old-time fiddling adds the right touch to the Christmas Jamboree. Lindhardt has taken first place in many contests and can be seen working regularly in duets, trios, and full bands in bluegrass, old time, Irish, and Swing jazz styles of music. She play’s mandolin and will be dressed in a pretty Christmas bow! Joining the Jamboree Band for the first time is the famous, Tom Gray, on bass. Gray is known as the original member of the Classic Country Gentlemen and founding member of the Seldom Scene. Gray has played with many, many bands throughout the world. He will be a great asset to the program.

It will be a fun evening of music, laughter, and many surprises. You just never know what this group will come up with in their family style performance!

The show begins at 7:00 pm with the doors opening at 6:00. The Luckett’s Community Center is a smoke and alcohol free environment. Sandwiches, snacks and drinks are available for sale. For more information, tickets, and directions, go to or call 703-771-5281. You can purchase tickets at the door for $15.00 per person.

The Luckett’s Community Center is located at 42361 Luckett’s Road in Leesburg, VA.

Randall Transition Team Announces “Celebrate Loudoun!”

December 17, 2015 Feature Comments Off on Randall Transition Team Announces “Celebrate Loudoun!”

Loudoun County Chair-Elect Phyllis Randall announced “Celebrate Loudoun” commemorating the installation of the 2016-2020 Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. The event will be held on January 2, 2016 at Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg. The public is invited to all activities.

“Celebrate Loudoun” will honor the spirit of bi-partisan cooperation and the new Board’s shared commitment to finding sustainable solutions for all Loudoun County citizens.

The day begins with a ceremonial installation of the new Board from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and attendance by the public is free.

From 7-11:30 PM, members of the public are invited to attend the “Celebrate Loudoun Gala” to be held in the main ballroom of the Lansdowne Resort. There will be a buffet and a live band for dancing. Tickets are $50 per person/$80 per couple. Attendance is limited to 500, so advanced, online ticket purchases are recommended. No county funds are being used for any “Celebrate Loudoun” activity.

Those attending either the installation or the gala are asked to bring two canned good items as donations to Loudoun County food banks. All proceeds for the day’s activities, including ticket sales and sponsorships, will be used first to cover the direct costs of the event. Excess funds received will be distributed equally to three Loudoun County charities after consultation with all members of the 2016-2020 Board of Supervisors.

To buy tickets online to either one or both of the “Celebrate Loudoun” activities, visit Online tickets may be purchased until 11:59 p.m., Friday, Jan 1. Only cash or checks will be accepted for ticket purchases at the door.

Play, Win, Dance in 2016

December 16, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Play, Win, Dance in 2016

Ring in the New Year with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races’ tropical countdown extravaganza! From mega giveaways, to live music, to a champagne brunch, Hollywood is your New Years destination with countless ways to play, win and celebrate.

Kick off New Year’s Eve with Hollywood’s $25,000 Summer Dreamin’ Giveaway. From December 12 – 31, patrons can earn entries for first prize winnings of $1,500 cash, and five additional prizes of $200 in free SlotPlay. Drawings will take place every half hour from 1:30 – 6:00 p.m. on December 31. Winners will choose a lucky starfish, surfboard or flamingo to reveal their prize! … 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

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
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Wine & Chili Weekend

Wine & Chili Weekend
March 19, 2017

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale
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March Fourth Friday

March Fourth Friday
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Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

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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