Abandoned House Fire on Dry Hollow Road

March 26, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Abandoned House Fire on Dry Hollow Road
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Tuesday, March 24, at 12:43 p.m. fire and rescue units from Leesburg, Lansdowne, Lucketts, Hamilton and Ashburn responded to 41966 Dry Hollow Road in Leesburg for a reported house fire. Upon arrival of emergency personnel, they found an abandoned two story, single family home fully engulfed in fire. Once confirmed that the home was completely unoccupied, firefighters immediately initiated a defensive attack. The fire was quickly contained to the home, keeping it from spreading into nearby wooded areas. Crews remained on scene conducting extensive overhaul with the last units clearing the scene at 7:15 p.m.

The Loudoun County’s Fire Marshal’s Office has determined the cause of the fire to be arson and estimated the dollar loss at $280,000.

There were no civilian or firefighter injuries as a result of this incident.

Loudoun Salvation Army Offers Family Easter Event

March 24, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun Salvation Army Offers Family Easter Event
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The Fifth Annual “Sonrise” Easter Celebration will get underway on Sunday, April 5, at 9:00 a.m. at The Loudoun Salvation Army Headquarters located at 10 Cardinal Park Drive in Leesburg.

The event will kick-off with a family-style breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, juice and more provided by the Salvation Army and prepared by volunteers.

Following the breakfast at 9:30 a.m., all children 12 and under will be given the opportunity to search for eggs filled with candy, stickers and other surprises. Wal-Mart of Sterling is again helping to sponsor the event along with Leesburg United Methodist Church. Children will also receive Easter Baskets for as long as the supply lasts. … Continue Reading

Local Artist Wins Award in Plein Air Curacao Event

March 23, 2015 Arts, Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Local Artist Wins Award in Plein Air Curacao Event
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Catherine Hillis, of Round Hill, won an award for her painting, Copa Cabana, in the “Plein Air Curacao” (http://www.pleinaircuracao.com/en/) competition held recently. Ms. Hillis, a watercolor painter, was invited to paint in the Curacao competition. The “Honorable Mention” for her painting was one of only three awards presented during the Quick Draw contest, and she was the only American painter to receive an award. The judge was Peter Trippi, editor of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine. The Quick Draw event was held on March 7, and painters were given three hours to complete a painting on site in the town of Willemstaad .
The artists who were selected to participate in “Plein Air Curacao” were from all over the world. They were transported all over the island to paint from February 27 until March 7. The artwork they completed during the week was exhibited for sale in a gallery in Willemstaad.

Hillis is a nationally recognized watercolorist who has been published in many venues and has accrued numerous awards regionally and nationally. She is a respected instructor, speaker and exhibition judge.

The artist has been invited to travel in early April as one of 15 top plein air painters in the “Southeastern Plein Air Invitational” (http://alabama.travel/upcoming-events/5th-annual-southeastern-plein-air-invitational) at the Gadsden Museum of Art in Gadsden, Alabama (http://www.gadsdenmuseum.com/). She will also participate as one of 30 national artists in the “Winter Park Paint Out” (http://www.polasek.org/wppo/home/) at the Albin Polasek Museum near Orlando, FL, in late April.

Hillis’ work can be seen locally at the Gateway Gallery (www.thegatewaygallery.com) in Round Hill, and at Everyday Elegance in Purcellville. Her classes, workshops and exhibits are listed on her website at www.catherinehillis.com.

Loudoun County Animal Control Chief Selected

March 22, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Animal Control Chief Selected
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Mark Stacks is the new Chief of Animal Control for Loudoun County. Stacks began his career with the Department of Animal Services in 2005 as an Animal Care Technician, later becoming an Animal Control Officer and then Deputy Chief.

Stacks has been instrumental in creating the department’s Junior ACO (Animal Control Officer) Academy which provides young people with and overview of the Department of Animal Services and helps them explore the field of animal welfare from the perspective of law enforcement and animal care. Stacks leads dozens of humane education presentations for school- aged children annually, often with his dog, Roosevelt, by his side. … Continue Reading

International Easter Banquet

March 22, 2015 Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on International Easter Banquet
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By Mark Gunderman

Invitation to an International Easter Banquet in Leesburg:
Sunday March 29 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Leesburg Community Church, 835 Lee Avenue SW in Leesburg.

Come, taste and experience what Easter is all about! And come find out what it means that God gave up His Son for the world.

International Learning Center – NoVA (ILC-NoVA*) and the churches of the Leesburg area are together hosting a banquet celebrating a very important holiday in America and all over the world. Come with your family and befriend our ESL/international families, and please invite your friends from other nations. We will have testimonies and singing in many different languages Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Hindi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu & of course, English. Childcare is also provided. … Continue Reading

Groundbreaking for Russell Branch Parkway Project Set for March 25

March 21, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Groundbreaking for Russell Branch Parkway Project Set for March 25
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The public is invited to attend the groundbreaking for the Russell Branch Parkway construction project scheduled for 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 25, at the project site near the intersection of Russell Branch Parkway and Ashburn Road.

Members of the Board of Supervisors, representatives of the Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure and other Loudoun County government officials and staff are expected to attend. Parking at the groundbreaking site is limited, so carpooling is strongly encouraged. Parking will be available along Ashburn Road north of the intersection with Russell Branch Parkway. … Continue Reading

Parking Rates in Downtown Leesburg Change April 6

March 18, 2015 News, Our Towns 3 comments
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Beginning April 6, rates for the Leesburg Town Hall Parking Garage and the on-street parking meters in downtown Leesburg will change.

The first hour of parking in the town hall parking garage will remain free. Downtown merchants offer validation to customers for one additional free hour of parking. After the first hour, parking in the garage will be $1 per hour with a daily maximum rate of $10. Rates apply in the garage from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Parking will free in the town hall parking garage after 7:00 p.m. on weekdays and on weekends and holidays.

Rates for on-street parking meters in downtown Leesburg will increase to $1.50 per hour. All downtown meters, with exception of the two 15-minute meters in front of the post office on East Market Street, will have a two-hour limit.

Fire Isolated to Dryer in Purcellville House Fire

March 18, 2015 Public Safety Comments Off on Fire Isolated to Dryer in Purcellville House Fire
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Monday, March 16, at 9:45 p.m. fire and rescue units from Purcellville, Hamilton, Round Hill, Lovettsville, and Leesburg responded for a reported structure fire in a two-story single family home.

First arriving units from Purcellville reported a two-story single family home with light smoke showing from the front of the house. The homeowner was outside the residence, reporting that all people were out of the structure. Firefighters initiated an aggressive fire attack and advanced a hose line through the front door. Upon reaching the second floor, firefighters found moderate smoke and a small amount of fire isolated to the dryer and laundry room. The fire was quickly extinguished without extension into other areas of the house. … Continue Reading

Deniers and Liars and Dunning-Kruger

March 17, 2015 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Deniers and Liars and Dunning-Kruger
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“We now live in a culture in which it is entirely possible to live the vast majority of one’s life inside a[n] ideological bubble.” Slaughter and Gutenson [1]

Dunning-Kruger Effect: The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias wherein unskilled individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly assessing their ability to be much higher than is accurate. This bias is attributed to a metacognitive inability of the unskilled to recognize their ineptitude. [2]

“Without free will there could be no rational thought.” – Nicolas Gislin [3] … Continue Reading

Jazz&Co Dance Present Benefit Concert

March 15, 2015 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Jazz&Co Dance Present Benefit Concert
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The Loudoun School of Ballet’s pre-professional JAZZ&CO DANCE presents its spring concert as a benefit for The Teri & Shari Malone Foundation at the Franklin Park Arts Center, Friday, March 27 at 7:30, Saturday, March 28 at 3:00 & 7:30 and Sunday, March 29 at 3:00. Admission is at the door, $12 adults, $8 children/students/seniors.

The dances in this year’s concert cover the full range of contemporary dance from modern to jazz funk, including an original works by Seniors Emily Pavelko and Rachel Walton who is a past Malone Foundation scholarship winner.

Photo: Claire Deaver (Loudoun Valley HS), Emily Maroni (Loudoun Valley HS), Emily Pavelko (Heritage HS), Rachel Walton (Loudoun Valley HS and Loudoun Academy of Science)

Purcellville To Host Open Town Hall Meeting

March 13, 2015 Government, News Comments Off on Purcellville To Host Open Town Hall Meeting
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After having to cancel the first scheduled meeting due to inclement weather, the Town Council and members of staff are preparing for the first Citizen and Business Feedback Session of the year which will be held on Monday, March 16, in the Council Chambers at 7:00 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to receive feedback from Town citizens and businesses on items that may be of interest to the community. In addition, the Town Council will answer any potential questions that residents and businesses may have in relation to our Town government, programs or projects. … Continue Reading

Mike Turner To Run for BOS – Ashburn District

March 13, 2015 Elections, Elections, News Comments Off on Mike Turner To Run for BOS – Ashburn District
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Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Mike Turner has announced he will run for the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors seeking to represent the Ashburn District. On his website Turner notes that he is the first resident of Lansdowne Woods, formerly known as Leisure World, ever to run for the county board. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of March 7, 2015

March 13, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of March 7, 2015
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3/7/15 1:37 a.m. – 600 block of Dominion Terrace Simple Assault

Officers were dispatched to this location for a domestic argument that turned physical. Glen R. Busher, age 56, of Purcellville was arrested.

3/7/15 1:00 p.m. – 112 N. 21st St. Larceny

Victim reports that their cell phone was stolen. Loss item was valued at $100.00. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

The Holocene Climate

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(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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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“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

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Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

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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

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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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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

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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
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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”

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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

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?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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Editorial

Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

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Appointment Shocks Many On January 3 Supervisor Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge) nominated Tom Priscilla for the Loudoun County Planning Commission to represent the Blue Ridge District. Priscilla was …

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Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

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– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

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– 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

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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

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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

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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

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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 …

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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

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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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Sports

Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017

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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

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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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