Town Chooses New Police Chief

April 29, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Town Chooses New Police Chief
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The Town of Purcellville has made their final selection for Police Chief and the position has been offered and accepted by Cynthia A. McAlister of Purcellville. Ms. McAlister was selected from a candidate pool of over 54 officers representing federal, state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the United States. Ms. McAlister was chosen from a short list of ten extremely qualified candidates and was the unanimous recommendation of a specialized interview panel made up of members of the Town Council, citizens/business owners, management staff and members of our law enforcement community. Ms. McAlister and the Town of Purcellville worked out all of the terms of her employment on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 and she will be confirmed by Town Council at the regular meeting on May 12 at 7:00 p.m. … Continue Reading

Humane Society of Loudoun Seeks Runners for Fun Run Team

April 28, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Humane Society of Loudoun Seeks Runners for Fun Run Team

The Humane Society of Loudoun County is seeking runners of all levels to join their Fun Run team- Running for Their Lives- now forming for the Twilight Festival 4-Miler on Saturday, June 13 in Ashburn. Each Team Member is asked to raise a minimum of $500 in contributions in support of HSLC programs such as Foster Medical Care, Spay/Neuter, and the Loudoun Pet Pantry. The Twilight Festival 4-Miler is sponsored by Potomac River Running and includes a family friendly post-race party with moon bounce, carnival food, and beer garden. Find training schedules and register at Just click on the “Twilight 4 Miler Fun Run” tab. They can be contacted at

How Clean Is Our Creek?

April 28, 2015 Uncategorized Comments Off on How Clean Is Our Creek?
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Catch and Count Water Creatures to Find Out

On Sunday, May 3, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., families, youth groups and residents are invited to help water quality experts and students test the water in the South Fork Catoctin Creek on the Chapman DeMary Trail in Purcellville by catching, identifying and counting bottom dwelling macroinvertebrates such as clams, water pennies and mayflies. Because macroinvertebrates are important indicators of water quality, the data will help to track the level of pollution in the creek.

Additional efforts to monitor and improve water quality will be held during the event, including other types of water testing, tree plantings, and trash pickup. … Continue Reading

Application Deadline April 30 for Young Women Leadership Program

April 28, 2015 Around Virginia Comments Off on Application Deadline April 30 for Young Women Leadership Program

U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-10th District) is taking applications from young women currently enrolled in middle school and high school to participate in the 10th Congressional District Young Women Leadership Program. This program provides an opportunity for young women to meet and interact with women who hold leadership roles and have built successful careers in government, business, medicine, media relations and other professions. … Continue Reading

Keep Virginia Beautiful Awards Grant to Town

April 28, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Keep Virginia Beautiful Awards Grant to Town

Keep Virginia Beautiful awarded $750 to the Town of Purcellville in the Recycling category for the creation of a “green spot” pilot program for trash and recycling collection and education centers to be located at strategic locations during the Town’s major community events. This awareness and education program will educate the public in areas of litter prevention and the benefits of recycling. The public will learn how the diversion of recycling from the landfill will preserve precious future space and reduce costs that are borne by the taxpayers; and because the events are attended by many people from outside the local area, the educational impact will be felt throughout the entire region. … Continue Reading

Over 50,000 Meals Packaged at Western Loudoun County Stop Hunger Now Event

April 27, 2015 Events, Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on Over 50,000 Meals Packaged at Western Loudoun County Stop Hunger Now Event
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On Saturday, April 11 over 300 volunteers from across the county met at Round Hill Elementary School to support the 5th Annual Western Loudoun County Stop Hunger Now event. Enthusiastically working in highly organized production lines, they packaged 50,328 meals in less than 3 hours against a background of music and cheers as production goals were met. Volunteers included a wide range of individuals and families from across Loudoun County as well as community groups from several churches, Boy and Girl Scout troops, sports teams, school groups, and emergency services organizations.

This annual event is sponsored and organized by Round Hill United Methodist Church.

According to Pastor Witt, this year’s event once again exceeded expectations. Fund raising goals needed to pay for the food and packaging materials were met and volunteer turnout grew for the fifth consecutive year. Round Hill UMC began sponsoring this community event after church members were introduced to the Stop Hunger Now organization in 2010 at their annual conference. The first Western Loudoun County Stop Hunger event at Round Hill UMC in 2011 packaged 25,000 meals. Community support for this annual project grew rapidly and the event was moved to the much larger Round Hill Elementary School location in 2013. Over the past 5 years, the Western Loudoun Stop Hunger Now campaign has packaged more than 350,000 individual meals for shipment to Uganda, Haiti, Philippines, and Burkina Faso.

During this year’s event, volunteers assembled and packed individual meals by manning a series of measuring, weighing, filling, sealing, and packing stations. Each dehydrated rice/soy meal is designed to be nutritionally sound and culturally acceptable across the globe. Meals are also fortified with 23 essential vitamins and nutrients since research shows that one in three people in developing countries suffer serious vitamin and mineral deficiencies. The meals packed at this year’s event were transferred to a holding warehouse in Lynchburg VA to await mid-May shipment to a priority third world location to be selected by the Stop Hunger Now organization.

This event is part of a much larger effort to relieve hunger in some of the world’s most distressed areas. The Raleigh NC-based Stop Hunger Now organization was founded in 1998 by Ray Buchanan, an ordained United Methodist minister with the vision of ending hunger in his lifetime. Buchanan, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam, previously founded and spent 18 years as co-director of the Society of St. Andrew, a Virginia-based domestic food relief organization. Since inception, Stop Hunger Now has provided over 180 million meals in 65 countries by engaging the support of over 500,000 corporate, student, civic and faith-based volunteers to package meals. This year, Stop Hunger Now expects to package over 45 million meals, and ship over $9 million in donated aid consisting of mainly vitamins and medical supplies to worldwide locations.

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Mervin Jackson Park Ribbon Cutting Set for Saturday, April 25

April 23, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Mervin Jackson Park Ribbon Cutting Set for Saturday, April 25

Town of Leesburg officials will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of Mervin Jackson Park on Saturday, April 25, at 10:00 a.m. The new park is located on the south side of the Town Hall Parking Garage, 14 W. Loudoun Street.

The park is named after the late Vice Mayor Mervin Jackson. He was an active and respected member of the Leesburg Community. He served on the Town Council from 1999 to 2004, and held the seat as Vice Mayor from 2002 to 2004. Mr. Jackson was a member of the Planning Commission from 1975-1999, and Chair of the Planning Commission from 1989 – 1998. … Continue Reading

Annual Mosby Ride on May 3

April 23, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Annual Mosby Ride on May 3
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The Mosby Heritage Area Association, the Atoka-based nonprofit preservation and education organization, is pleased to be hosting their annual “Mosby Ride” on May 3 at 10:00 a.m. at Waveland, at 5061 Carter’s Run Road in Marshall. Riders will trailer in their own horses to historic Waveland and from there see three antebellum estates by horseback: Waveland, Wheatland, and Clover Hill – all in Fauquier’s historic Carter’s Run Valley. The guided trail ride will be a walk-trot and include cavalry experts, interpretations, and historical anecdotes of the tremendous history of that area. … Continue Reading

Raise the Roof! with Furnace Mountain Band, April 26

April 23, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Raise the Roof! with Furnace Mountain Band, April 26

Local favorite Bluegrass/Americana ensemble Furnace Mountain kicks off the campaign to replace the roof of the historic St. James United Church of Christ in the center of Lovettsville. Enjoy a delicious home-cooked lasagna dinner following the show – a feast of music, food and fellowship.

St. James United Church of Christ
10 East Broad Way
Lovettsville, VA 20180

April 26, 5:00 pm
Concert: 15.00, Concert and home cooked meal (vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, seating is limited): 25.00

Named for the Taylorstown mountain near where all the members grew up, Furnace Mountain consists of some of the most innovative and gifted young musicians in Virginia. With Aimee Curl on bass and vocals, Danny Knicely on mandolin and fiddle, Dave Van Deventer on fiddle, and Morgan Morrison on guitar, bouzouki, and vocals, the band creates music that is at times lively and raucous, with spirited fiddle melodies weaving in and around the powerful rhythms of the bass and bouzouki, and other times poignant and poetic, with sublime vocal harmonies beautifully interpreting some of the oldest songs ever written.

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Contact Tena Brass at 571.271.8611

Health and Safety Day

April 20, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Health and Safety Day

The Purcellville Police will begin celebrating National Police Week and overall public safety by hosting the annual Health and Safety Day along with our fire and rescue teams. Our joint celebration will be held Saturday, May 16, from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Fire and Rescue Building, 500 N. Maple Avenue. Throughout the day there will be free child fingerprinting and an appearance by the Air Care Helicopter. The following police departments will join in the fun: Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Winchester Police, Leesburg Police, Fairfax County Police, Loudoun Animal Control, Front Royal Police, Winchester City Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police. Come see the fire engines, rescue vehicles, police vehicles and all types of equipment displays. The Purcellville barrel train, a moon bounce, DJ and face painters will be on hand for the children. … Continue Reading



“With respect to wit, I learned that there was not much difference between the half and the whole.” – Henry David Thoreau “Walden”

By Tony Noerpel

All of the people whose denial of global warming I’ve criticized in past articles are highly influential in our society and are supercilious sycophants (lobbyists, apologists, politicians, economists, pundits) of the fossil fuels industry or some other corporate oligarchy. Their incomes and status depend on their not telling the truth. I have examined a number of their arguments and using Hanlon’s razor, a corollary to the Dunning Kruger Effect classified them as “stupid”, using “stupid” not as a pejorative but as an accurate descriptor of fairly extreme logical fallacy. Think of stupid as an argument one could publish in the Onion. … Continue Reading

Hill School Has Winning Kite Day

April 16, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Hill School Has Winning Kite Day
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Hill School’s TEEN Saturday program attended the Blossom Kite Festival on March 30 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., The Kite Festival is one of the most popular annual events in Washington, D.C., and features kite fliers from across the United States and the world. Members of Hill’s TEEN Saturday program not only participated in the event, but won first, second and third place in the teen competition. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of April 9, 2015

April 16, 2015 Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of April 9, 2015

04/09/2015 – 8:58 p.m. 100 Blk. N. 16th St. Assault
A parent of a juvenile informed police that his son had been assaulted by an acquaintance he knew from school. The juvenile was not injured and the parent did not wish to take any legal action. The parent was referred to the School Resource Officer at the school that both youths attended, to mediate the situation between the two. … 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
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

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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

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner
April 2, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”

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Sterling Library Moving To New Location

25 Mar 2017


Sterling Library’s current location, 120 Enterprise St., Sterling, will close beginning Saturday, March 25, to prepare for the opening of the new Sterling Library on Saturday, April 15. Patrons can return library materials using the drop box at the new location, 22330 S. Sterling Boulevard.

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Middleburg Gallery Presents Country Pursuits Exhibit

25 Mar 2017

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The Gallery on Madison in Middleburg is presenting an exhibit of Brian Whelan’s (a London Irish painter now settled in Waterford) ) transcriptions of a gallery of paintings by Thomas Gainsborough, ‘Mr. and Mrs. Andrews’ through April 2. The exhibit includes 23 paintings, two masks, two graphics, and nine preparatory drawings.

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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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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 …

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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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Virginia Schools Kick Off Statewide Campaign To Encourage Safe Teen Driving


More teen drivers in Virginia will be involved in traffic crashes between the months of May and August than any other time of the year, statistics show. To help save lives and prevent such crashes during the high-risk warm weather months, Virginia schools are kicking off a statewide teen safety …

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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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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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