LCSO Investigating Bank Robbery at BB&T Bank in Lovettsville

July 25, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Investigating Bank Robbery at BB&T Bank in Lovettsville
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the July 24 bank robbery of the BB&T bank on East Broad Way in Lovettsville.

Around 5:15 p.m. two unknown subjects entered the bank. One of the suspects handed the teller a note demanding money while the second suspect displayed a firearm. The suspects fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash toward the Lovettsville Community Center. The suspects are believed to have fled the area in a blue SUV.

The first suspect was described as a Black male, 6’ tall and weighing approximately 175 pounds. The second suspect was also described as a Black male, 5’8” tall with a thin build. The area was searched but no suspects were located. … Continue Reading

The Noisy Economist

July 25, 2015 Columns, Sustainable Planet, Uncategorized Comments Off on The Noisy Economist
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“[W]hereas classisists [economists] turned the spotlight on change, flow, process and dynamics, the neoclassicists [economists] spend their time analyzing states of rest, balance, equilibrium.” – Yanis Varoufakis [1]

Updating the evolving global surface temperature anomaly monthly for the Loudoun County Supervisors and Blue Ridge Leader readers put me in mind of a bet proposed by economist and fossil fuels industry consultant Scott Armstrong. The bet was described by Nate Silver in his book “The Signal and the Noise”. While Silver’s topic is important and a subplot running through my series of articles, Silver makes several mistakes; even blowing his Bayesian analysis [2]. … Continue Reading

The Cost of Deceit

July 20, 2015 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on The Cost of Deceit
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“Most of the dozens of essential climate variables monitored each year in this report continued to follow their long-term trends in 2014, with several setting new records. Carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide—the major greenhouse gases released into Earth’s atmosphere—once again all reached record high average atmospheric concentrations for the year. Carbon dioxide increased by 1.9 ppm to reach a globally averaged value of 397.2 ppm for 2014. Altogether, 5 major and 15 minor greenhouse gases contributed 2.94 W m–2 of direct radiative forcing, which is 36% greater than their contributions just a quarter century ago.

“Accompanying the record-high greenhouse gas concentrations was nominally the highest annual global surface temperature in at least 135 years of modern record keeping, according to four independent observational analyses.” Blunden, J. and D. S. Arndt, Eds., 2015: State of the Climate in 2014. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 96 (7), S1–S267. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of July 10, 2015

July 18, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of July 10, 2015
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07/10/2015 – 05:15 p.m. 300 Blk. G St. Domestic Dispute
Police were called to the scene of a domestic argument between a married couple by a neighbor. The situation had calmed down on police arrival and the situation was mediated prior to police clearing the scene.

07/11/2015 – 3:00 p.m. 100 Blk. 14th St. Narcotics Violation
Police responded to the scene of a suspicious vehicle and noticed that several young adults in the vehicle were involved in narcotics activity. The matter is under investigation is to whether charges will be placed. … Continue Reading

LCSO Continues Investigating 2009 Murder of Jose Daniel Soto

July 18, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Continues Investigating 2009 Murder of Jose Daniel Soto
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is continuing the investigation of a homicide that occurred six years ago. Saturday, July 18, 2015 will mark the six-year anniversary of the murder of Jose Daniel Soto. This incident took place on July 18, 2009 at the Middleburg Training Center located in Middleburg.

Soto was employed at the training center as a jockey at the time of his death. The homicide was the result of an altercation that had occurred between Jose “Danny” Soto and two suspects who have been identified. The suspects were identified as Alberto Garcia Perez and Timoteo Hernandez Cruz. Both suspects had also been employed at the training center at that time. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Report – Week of July 2, 2015

July 11, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Report – Week of July 2, 2015
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07/02/2015 – 12:29 p.m. 600 Blk. Dominion Terrace Emotionally Disturbed Person
Police and EMS responded for a report of an intentional overdose of drugs. The patient was transported to a medical facility in stable condition and police contacted Loudoun County Mental Health and the patient was placed in a mental health facility for treatment. … Continue Reading

LCSO Deputies Recognized for Life-Saving Actions during Suicide Attempt

July 8, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Deputies Recognized for Life-Saving Actions during Suicide Attempt
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Two Loudoun deputies are being lauded for their efforts in helping save the life of a man who attempted to take his own life last month.

On May 23, Deputy First Class Dustin Moon and Deputy First Class James Maguire, Jr., responded to a residence in the Cascades area after dispatchers received information from a third party caller that a man was attempting to take his own life. The man was reportedly in a running vehicle in his garage.

DFC Maguire, an 11-year-veteran of law enforcement, arrived on scene and found the home and the garage door locked. DFC Moon, a 10-year veteran, used his car jack while DFC Maguire used his collapsible baton to partially open the garage door to allow the fumes being emitted from the vehicle to escape. Seeing that they were not going to be able to open the garage door further to gain entry, Deputy Maguire forced open the front door of the home. … Continue Reading

Help for Shark Phobia

July 8, 2015 Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Comments Off on Help for Shark Phobia
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Dr. Mike,

We go to the Outer Banks every summer as a family, but our seven-year-old daughter is now freaked out by the reported shark attacks at the Outer Banks. Thanks to her older siblings teasing her about sharks, she says she is not going in the water at all. She’s even tearfully asked us to not go this year. My child has always loved the Outer Banks and jumping into the ocean but now all at once she has a shark phobia? How does that work? Any suggestions on how to help her get her over this? We really do not want to cancel our plans and lose our money or fun.

Concerned Parents
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Mike Goodrich Joins Town of Leesburg As Finance Operations Manager

July 8, 2015 News, Our Towns, Uncategorized Comments Off on Mike Goodrich Joins Town of Leesburg As Finance Operations Manager
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The Town of Leesburg is pleased to announce that Mike Goodrich has been hired as the new Finance Operations Manager. Mr. Goodrich started in his new position on Monday, June 22. He will oversee the collection of taxes and fees and the operation of the finance counter at Town Hall.

A Certified Public Manager (CPM), Mr. Goodrich comes to the Town after 20 years with Arlington County, where he was most recently the Director of Administration for Arlington Economic Development. Mr. Goodrich has extensive previous experience in the finance and contracting aspects of parks and recreation, public safety and other local government functions. … Continue Reading

Townhouse Fire Caused by Improperly Disposed Fireworks

July 6, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Townhouse Fire Caused by Improperly Disposed Fireworks
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Improperly disposed fireworks were determined to be the cause of a two alarm fire, resulting in $700,000 in damages and displacing several residents.

Saturday, July 4 at 10:26 p.m., fire and rescue units from Dulles South, Brambleton, Aldie, Moorefield, Fairfax County, and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority responded to 25147 Sodalite Square for a townhouse fire. When emergency crews arrived on scene, they found significant fire coming from multiple floors in the front and rear of a middle unit townhome. A second alarm was promptly requested bringing additional units from Ashburn, Sterling, and Leesburg. … Continue Reading

Radiophysics

July 6, 2015 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Radiophysics
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“Radiophysics is a Hoax” – James Inhofe

The climate of a planet is stable when the incoming radiation from a planet’s star equals the outgoing heat radiation from the planet itself at the top of the atmosphere. Everything else is a factor only insofar as it contributes to or perturbs that balance. Understanding the radiation behavior of the atmosphere therefore is critical to understanding human-caused climate change [1-2].

Figure 1 [3] shows atmospheric absorption for frequencies from those used in satellite communications and point-to-point microwave radio links at the low end (left side) to visible light (right side) on the x-axis using a log scale and atmospheric attenuation on the y-axis also using a log scale. In particular if you have satellite TV or internet service, the dish antenna on your roof receives or transmits at the frequencies marked by the red lines. The green line represents spectrum the satellite industry is interested in using in the future. Note that we avoid the oxygen and water vapor absorption bands. Because of the popularity of smart phones, personal devices and wireless routers new spectrum is being requested up to and including 60 GHz identified by the red arrow. The 60 GHz band is attractive for wireless local networks such as inside a home because the strong oxygen attenuation guarantees the spectrum can be reused by neighbors with little interference into each other’s devices. And because of this strong attenuation, it is unsuitable for other radio applications such as satellite communications. … Continue Reading

Thanks For Keeping Us Safe!

July 2, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Thanks For Keeping Us Safe!
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A big shout out to all the county lifeguards that keep us safe as we swim and splash our way through the season.

During the summer, they provide continuing support, education and training including Vigilance Awareness Testing (VATS) at Franklin Park. Supervisors manage staff rotations to avoid guards monitoring only one area. And, strict policies and procedures help ensure that lifeguards are knowledgeable and comfortable in emergency situations.

Featured here are lifeguards from Franklin Park: Bottom, Jake Smith, left, Evan Goodman, right top, Michael Ciafre and top, Rebecca Ciafre.
Photo by Sarah Huntington

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Freeing The Stories Of Loudoun’s Enslaved Americans

July 2, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Freeing The Stories Of Loudoun’s Enslaved Americans
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– By Andrea Gaines

Pastor Michelle Thomas couldn’t believe what she was seeing.

While doing research on land in Landsdowne where her church planned to build a new sanctuary, she came across county records of some 40 former slaves who had been buried on the property. The documents included bills of sale, repossession documents tied to specific individuals, and wills that mentioned the enslaved person’s name. “I had driven by this spot,” she said – near the corner of Belmont Ridge Road and busy Route 7 – “dozens and dozens of times … but never did I imagine that I was driving by such a sacred, unknown place.”

“It did not sit well with my spirit,” she continued. “We call these people slaves, but they were not slaves, they were an enslaved people, taken by force from their homeland and sold as common property.”

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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

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV
March 4, 2017

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
March 5, 2017
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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
March 20, 2017 March 21, 2017 March 22, 2017 March 23, 2017 March 24, 2017

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

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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Lifestyle

Sterling Library Moving To New Location

25 Mar 2017

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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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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 …

Op-ed

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 …

Around Virginia

Virginia Schools Kick Off Statewide Campaign To Encourage Safe Teen Driving

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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

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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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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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