LCSO to Conduct Back to School Enforcement Campaign

August 28, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO to Conduct Back to School Enforcement Campaign

As summer break comes to an end, Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman is asking drivers to help make this a safe-school year by watching for children walking to and from school.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is launching an enforcement and public education campaign as part of the agency’s efforts to ensure the safety and welfare for the children returning to school.

Over the next few weeks Loudoun Sheriff’s Deputies will be conducting a Back-to-School campaign strictly enforcing speed and other traffic violations around local schools. Loudoun Sheriff’s Deputies will be utilizing RADAR, LIDAR, “Smart Trailers”, variable message boards to display safety messages, marked and unmarked cruisers, as well as the agency’s motorcycle unit. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Health Officials Remind Septic System Owners of Need to Pump Out

August 28, 2015 Real Estate Comments Off on Loudoun Health Officials Remind Septic System Owners of Need to Pump Out
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The Loudoun County Health Department reminds owners of septic systems that routine pumping out of their systems can extend the system’s life and reduce the risk of untreated sewage surfacing or backing up into a house.

Loudoun County requires owners of conventional onsite septic systems to have their tanks pumped out at least every five years. Tanks must be pumped by a Loudoun County-licensed septic tank cleaner, with a pump-out report submitted by the contractor to the Health Department within two weeks. … Continue Reading

Townhouse Fire Caused by Smoking Materials

August 28, 2015 Public Safety Comments Off on Townhouse Fire Caused by Smoking Materials
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The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office determined that the Thursday morning townhouse fire on Hussar Terrace in South Riding was accidental, caused by improperly discarded smoking materials.

At approximately 4:21 a.m., Thursday, August 27, fire and rescue units from Dulles South, Brambleton, Aldie, Philomont, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, and Fairfax County responded to a townhouse fire at 25540 Hussar Terrace in South Riding. Firefighters arrived on scene to find a rapidly advancing fire on the exterior of the three-story townhouse near the deck. Fire department personnel knocked down the fire quickly, preventing the fire from spreading into adjacent townhouses. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of August 19, 2015

August 28, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of August 19, 2015

08/19/2015 – 12:16 p.m. 200 Blk. E. Main St. Child Custody Dispute
Police were contacted by a parent who advised that their ex-spouse was not abiding by a court ordered child custody agreement. After looking into the matter, it was determined that the court order had been properly followed and both parties had eventually resolved their issues.

08/20/2015 – 2:55 a.m 100 Blk. Purcellville Gateway Dr. Juvenile Complaint
Police on patrol observed several juveniles that were out in the early morning hours. It was determined that they had snuck out of their homes without parental permission. They were returned home and the parents were notified. … Continue Reading

Sheriff’s Office Investigates Double Homicide at Smith Mountain Lake

August 26, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Sheriff’s Office Investigates Double Homicide at Smith Mountain Lake
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Today at 6:43 a.m. the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call concerning shots fired at the Bridgewater Plaza near Smith Mountain Lake. A WDBJ-TV news crew was conducting a live interview at the Plaza with Ms. Gardner when Vester Lee Flanagan II, 41, of Roanoke, Va., suddenly approached them and started shooting.

Two WDBJ-TV employees, Alison Parker, 24, of Roanoke, Va., and Adam Ward, 27, of Roanoke, Va. died at the scene. The woman they were interviewing, Vicki Gardner, 62, of Goodview, Va., was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where she is being treated for non-life threatening injuries. … Continue Reading

Dry Mill Road Pothole Patching Continues

August 26, 2015 News, Transportation Comments Off on Dry Mill Road Pothole Patching Continues
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From Monday, August 31 through Friday, September 4, weather permitting, the Virginia Department of Transportation will be patching potholes on Dry Mill Road between the Washington & Old Dominion Trail crossing near the Loudoun County Fairgrounds and Thomas Mill Road.

The work will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day.

Motorists should expect delays as traffic will be controlled by a flagging operation. Message signs are being posted in advance of the work.

Dry Mill Road is scheduled to be repaved next year.

Historic Village Prepares for 46th Annual Bluemont Fair

August 25, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Historic Village Prepares for 46th Annual Bluemont Fair

The sleepy Blue Ridge village of Bluemont in western-most Loudoun County, Virginia, is bustling with activity as it prepares for the 46th ANNUAL BLUEMONT FAIR, September 19 & 20, 2015 from 10AM to 5PM both days, rain or shine. Admission is still only $5/adults, under 10 free, with free parking available. One-way traffic and crosswalks will be enforced in the village to ensure pedestrian safety. As always, the beautifully renovated Schoolhouse, grounds, and the entire village, will be alive with music, crafts, activities, and food.

Bluemont’s distinctive logo reflecting this year’s theme: “Farm Tools and Musical Instruments” was created by former Bluemonter, Jen Brady. Her winning design is created in a charming child-like style and graces the poster, T-shirt, and other fair memorabilia.

Always mindful of the natural beauty of the area and the need to provide good stewardship, Bluemont continues a “Green” approach to the Fair. Whenever possible recycled materials are used and easily identifiable receptacles encourage recycling of bottles and cans. Re-usable shopping bags with an abbreviated rendering of 2011’s popular Birds of Bluemont logo will be available for sale at a nominal price at various sites throughout the fair to encourage fairgoers to reduce use of plastic bags.

Fair weekend begins with the 37th Bluemont Road Race, beginning at 8AM. Terrain on the course is rolling at times, with a total ascent of 222 feet over mostly gravel and paved roads, beginning and ending at Great County Farms. Registration is $25 until Midnight, 8/30/15, $30 until midnight 9/13/15 and $35 on race day (exact change or check, please!) The awards ceremony will immediately follow and each participant will receive a Bluemont Race t-shirt with this year’s distinctive logo. More information and application can be found at

The 24rd Annual Pickle-Making/Pie-Baking Contest will take place on Saturday, September 19 at the E.E. Lake Store. Entries, labeled with the creator’s name and “contestant’s” title out of sight, should be delivered to the E.E. Lake Store by 11AM. Judging will take place at noon with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards for two categories of pie (fruit/other) and pickles (cucumber/other). First place winners in each category will receive a commemorative pickle or pie plate. All winners will receive ribbons and bragging rights. Afterwards slices of the pie “contestants” will be available for purchase at a nominal fee. More information can be found at Step next door into E.E. Lake Store for some delicious fresh baked goods and canned delights.

The Wine Tasting Venue and the Beer Garden, combined last year, was such a success we’re doing it again!! Enjoy your favorite libation in a relaxed setting with music, gourmet treats, and stunning views of the Blue Ridge. Entrance to the Wine and Beer Garden is free with admission to the fair, however you must be 21 to purchase alcoholic beverages. Souvenir beer and wine glasses will be sold for $5, with $1 for tastings and $5 for filled glasses. This is a great venue in which to relax mid-day or before heading home—by means of a designated driver, of course! You will also be able to purchase sealed products for home consumption.

The Snickersville Academy, a log cabin built in 1825 which was the first schoolhouse and house of worship in the village, will once again be open for free tours both days. The Hatcher family generously gave it to Friends of Bluemont in 2010 and the group has completely restored it.

Both days of the fair feature food, crafts, music and lots of activities for all ages throughout the historic village. On the Old Schoolhouse grounds will be scores of juried crafters displaying their wares. Many crafters offer demonstrations, including paper-maker, Joe Cunningham, as well as wood carvers, basket weavers, potters, word turners, quilters, and broom makers. Additionally, Ron Light of Lighthouse Woodworking has a new line featuring a re-creation of the first poster Bluemont Fair design depicting our beloved village up to the gap. The design will be available on trivets, hanging wall plaques and benches. The wide array of crafts and original art available for purchase include photography, hand-made brooms, baskets, spinning and weaving, birdhouses, wood carving, ceramics and pottery, jewelry, dolls, fiber arts, soaps and lotions, and much more. Artisans present include 2014-1st Place Juried Crafts winner, Pappy’s Wooden Dreams: “Handcrafted Toys for Big Imaginations”.

Plentiful food vendors will offer a variety of foods and treats, from down-home to international. This year the Bluemont Fair is pleased to host three new local food vendors including Cajun cooking from the Jambalaya Brothers, The Sprouted Spoon offering paleo-friendly options, and Tailgater Toby serving gourmet hot dogs and BBQ, along with our returning vendors that serve everything from apple dumplings to tzatziki. Antiques and other collectible treasures will be displayed by a variety of vendors at the Antique Flea Market. Be sure to stop by and see the alpacas, llamas, and sheep and consider purchasing articles made from their prized wool. Members of the local weavers guild will also be present to demonstrate their craft and provide hands-on opportunities. Ever-popular Organ Grinder,

Terry Bender and his mechanical friends, will perform musical selections on his large German street organ. Local bee-keepers will once again bring their working honey-bee colony – a fair favorite – with many varieties of honey and bee-related items for sale.

Bluemont’s railroad history is celebrated with an extensive model railroad display in the Shed behind the Community Center. The models come complete with replicas of Bluemont’s historic buildings. A special hands-on set will also be available for “engineers” of all ages to operate. Be sure to stop by and tour the genuine red Caboose ensconced on actual tracks behind the old schoolhouse. Once again the renovated Mill at the end of Railroad St., near the site of the long-gone Bluemont Train Station, will be open and offer an exhibit of railroad memorabilia. Also in attendance will be Rosemary, of Hair Cuts by Rosemary, to provide new coiffures to fairgoers.

At the E.E. Lake Store home-made jams, jellies and baked goods are available for purchase, along with Bluemont memorabilia. Be sure to also visit the Art Show and Sale and Children’s Art Exhibit in the Community Center. All young artists are invited to submit works for display at the Children’s Art Exhibit: more information at

Music and entertainment this year include new events: a square dance, Chorus of the Old Dominion serenading folks walking through the fair, and youth performers. We’ve got country, folk, blues, jazz, bluegrass, gospel, singer-songwriters, and rock n’ roll, plus two dance troupes on three stages (see schedule at end of release). Archeologist Dave Clark will also be on hand to share his display of found-objects and bones which evoke the area’s rich past.

The Bluemont General Store at the northern end of the village is a 150+ year old country store that was established prior to the Civil War and has operated almost continually thereafter, will offer the modern convenience of an ATM machine, in addition to food (including hormone-free milk in glass bottles, fresh eggs from the store-owned farm, local grass-fed organic beef, ice-cream, and sandwiches), souvenirs, and more music.

One of the most charming aspects of the weekend is the extraordinary Children’s Fair, Bluemont’s gift to its youngest visitors. Face painting, clowns, farm animals and lots of hands-on activities are offered for kids of all ages, most free of charge. Pony rides are available nearby for a small additional fee, as is the popular Rock-Climbing Wall, and pedal cars for very young drivers.

The 150+ year old Old Stone Church across from the Old Schoolhouse will house two very popular events. In the Sanctuary, an extensive Quilt exhibit, provided by the Waterford Quilters Guild, features antique quilts made in the 1880’s to new quilts made this year. Come see the contrast and harmony between the two in the beautiful church setting of wooden pews and stained glass windows. Meanwhile downstairs in the church basement the traditional slide shows of Bluemont’s past: “When the Trains Came to Bluemont” and “Bluemont: 1864” will be presented at 12:30, 1 and 1:30pm both days. The first show describes Bluemont’s heyday during the early 1900s when it was the last stop on the W&OD Railroad, now known mostly as the name of the bike trail which sits on its track bed. The second show describes an actual Civil War skirmish that occurred right in the center of the village!

The Bluemont Fair is sponsored by the Bluemont Citizens Association. Proceeds go toward paying for the village’s street lights, providing scholarships for local students, improvements to the village’s historic buildings such as the E.E. Lake Store and the Snickersville Academy, and community beautification. In addition, the BCA donates to local service organizations and provides display opportunities at the fair for local non-profit organizations, including The Friends of Bluemont, Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Boulder Crest Retreat for Wounded Warriors, and the Snickersville Turnpike Association.

Absolutely No Pets (except service animals) admitted.

Bluemont is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge on Snickersville Turnpike (Rt. 734) about one hour west of the District of Columbia, 17 miles west of Leesburg and east of Winchester via Route 7. For more information, call: 540-554-2376 (voice mail), write: Bluemont Fair, P.O.Box 217, Bluemont, VA 20135, or visit



11 am– SpaceCanoe
12 noon– Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers
1 pm– Justin Trawick and the Common Good
2 pm– Esther Haynes
3 pm– Celtic School of Dance

11 am– Spiritual Harmonizers
12 noon –- the plate scrapers
1 PM–– Jake and the Burtones
2 PM–– Atoka Chase
3 PM–- I-IV-Vs


11 AM–– Julia Kasdorf
12 noon–– Beako
1 pm– Sometimes Sisters
2 pm–Square dance workshop
Featuring the Plank Stompers
3 pm–Square dance workshop
Featuring the Plank Stompers

11 am– Mink’s Miracle Medicine
12 noon– Celtic Union
1 pm– Caitlin Schneiderman
2 pm– Annie Stokes
3 pm– Billy and Bob

10 am– The Immortals
12 noon– TBA
2 pm– Bach to Rock Lansdowne

10 am– students of Julia Kasdorf
12 noon– Oaktones Youth Band
2 pm– Shamrock Music Showcase

Register for Rally for the Cure™

August 24, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Register for Rally for the Cure™

Want to participate in a fun tournament for a great cause? Then sign up to participate in the Stoneleigh Women’s Golf Association’s annual Rally for the Cure ™ golf tournament in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! This is a great opportunity to play at the golf course recently cited as being the Prettiest Golf Course in Northern Virginia by Golf Magazine and recently awarded a 3.5 star rating by Golf Digest.

The format is a four-person scramble so men and women of all golf abilities are invited!

The Date is September 27, 2015 – registration is open NOW and closes Wednesday, September 23.

To register, call the Stoneleigh Golf Pro Shop at 540-338-GOLF (4653). Prizes, lunch and raffle follow the tournament. Guest fees of $75.00 include golf cart, lunch, green fee, and Rally for the cure ™ registration fee to be paid by check to Stoneleigh Women’s Golf Association. Receipts will be available at registration.

LCSO Announces 36th Citizens’ Police Academy

August 24, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on LCSO Announces 36th Citizens’ Police Academy

Loudoun County Sheriff Michael L. Chapman announced the formation of the 36th Citizens’ Police Academy, which will commence on September 15, 2015.

Members of the class will participate in training classes taught by Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office personnel. The classes provide an overview of all the aspects of law enforcement within the agency. Members of the class may also have the option of participating in a ride-a-long with a deputy after completing the academy. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of August 13, 2015

August 22, 2015 Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of August 13, 2015
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8/13/2015 – 1:24 a.m. 400 Blk. Crosman Ct. Crisis Intervention Call
Police were called to the scene of a person that was suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The person was taken into custody and taken to a mental health facility after consulting with Loudoun County Mental Health.

08/15/2015 – 3:55 p.m. 100 Blk. Purcellville Gateway Dr. Animal Complaint
Police were contacted about a dog left in a vehicle with the temperature well above 80 degrees. The dog was removed from the vehicle with moderate distress and placed in a safe environment. The dog owner was cited with a violation. … Continue Reading

Martinsburg Jazz Orchestra to Perform in Winchester for Bluemont Concert Series

August 22, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Martinsburg Jazz Orchestra to Perform in Winchester for Bluemont Concert Series

The Bluemont Concert Series is proud to present Martinsburg Jazz Orchestra on Friday, August 28th at 7:30 PM for the final of nine Friday evening concerts held at the Old Frederick County Courthouse (Old Courthouse Civil War Museum) on the downtown mall in historic Winchester.

Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on, and a picnic to enjoy before the show. All Winchester concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, $4 for Bluemont friends and seniors, $2 for kids under twelve. As at all Bluemont concerts, no pets, alcohol or smoking are allowed. In case of bad weather, the concerts are held indoors at the Winchester First Presbyterian Church, located at 116 S Loudoun St. … Continue Reading

New Bike Route Installed on Plaza Street

August 22, 2015 Our Towns Comments Off on New Bike Route Installed on Plaza Street

The Town of Leesburg recently created a new bike route connecting the trail system on the north side of town with the W&OD Trail.

The new bike route begins at the W&OD Trail crossing on Sycolin Road, near Frederick Douglass Elementary School, and extends north along Sycolin Road, Principal Drummond Way and Plaza Street to Battlefield Parkway. The bike route, which is approximately 1.6 miles long, contains both dedicated bike lanes and “share the road” sections. The dedicated bike lanes are marked with white lines separating them from the motor vehicle travel lanes and from the on-street parking lanes. The entire route will be designated with bicyclist stencils on the pavement and signage alerting drivers to the presence of bicyclists on the road. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Home Improvement Programs Help Loudoun Homeowners

August 22, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Home Improvement Programs Help Loudoun Homeowners
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Loudoun County has home improvement and repair programs which are designed to preserve and rehabilitate existing affordable housing.

  • The Loudoun County Home Improvement Program (LCHIP) is available countywide to low- and moderate -income homeowners who want to rehabilitate their primary residences.
  • The Home Repair Program for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities (HRED) is available countywide to homeowners with income that is at/or below 50 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI).

The LCHIP program provides funds to renovate and repair the primary residence of low-to-moderate income homeowners. Eligibility for the program is determined by income and loans are awarded based on credit worthiness. The home improvement loan has a ten-year term and may be forgivable and/or interest free. … 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]. …

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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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Wine & Chili Weekend

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Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

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”Homage to Mother Earth”

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Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
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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


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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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