Avoiding Stupidity on Election Day

October 30, 2015 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Avoiding Stupidity on Election Day

“We found that people called an action stupid for three separate types of situations: (1) violations of maintaining a balance between confidence and abilities; (2) failures of attention; and (3) lack of control. … These results bring us closer to understanding people’s conception of unintelligent behavior while emphasizing the broader psychological perspectives of studying the attribute of stupid in everyday life.” Aczel, Palfi and Kekecs [1]

In a recent paper Balazs Aczel, Bence Palfi and Zoltan Kekecs show that we share a common understanding of what “stupid” means or what we define as stupid behavior. The first type of situation described by the authors is nothing more than the Dunning Kruger Effect [2] which we have previously discussed. Humans (all of us) tend to believe we have competence in areas where we are entirely ignorant. Think of George Will writing about human-caused climate change. While we recognize this behavior in others we often fail to recognize it in ourselves. All the scientists in the world could not convince Will that he is being stupid. John Cleese points out [3] that “In order to know how good you are at something requires exactly the same skills as it does to be good at that thing in the first place, which means — and this is terribly funny — that if you are absolutely no good at something at all, then you lack exactly the skills you need to know that you are absolutely no good at it.” … Continue Reading

$17 Dollar Tolls-Ouch!

October 27, 2015 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on $17 Dollar Tolls-Ouch!

Recently Gov. McAuliffe proposed $17 round trip tolls on I-66 inside the beltway with Chuck Hedges the Democrat nominee for the HOD 33rd district being the lone candidate from the western suburbs supporting it. For those of us working inside the beltway, this toll is ludicrous!

It is exorbitant, solely designed to drive people from their cars. How many of you can afford another $85 per week?

It also does absolutely nothing to the expansion, improvement or maintenance of the road or any other road for that matter. In the plan, tolls collected are designated for quite a few projects from bike paths to promoting alternative transportation. Those bearing the toll will receive absolutely no benefit.

Lastly, this contrary to the concept of no tolls on the interstate system which was, from the beginning and with few exceptions, funded from federal and state taxes. To date there have been few exceptions and those roads predated the interstate highway system; I-66 inside the beltway was planned during the mid 1960’s.

Gov. McAuliffe, and Mr. Hedges, what are you thinking?

Matt Leeds

Black Is a Straight-Talker

October 27, 2015 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Black Is a Straight-Talker

Liberal Governor McAuliffe’s hand-picked senate candidate, Dr. Jill McCabe, has learned the hard way that ducking important issues doesn’t cut it with voters. It took her three weeks to figure out that the Governor’s $17 toll lanes were bad for commuters. She, like all the other Democrats, was waiting for the green light from the Governor to state her opposition. Once they got it, all the Democrat minions rushed to the microphone to video their statement at the same VDOT meeting – even sitting legislators who had previously voted for the tolls!

Now that Dr. McCabe is back-peddling, she released her 3-week-tardy video and claims that she was always against it. That’s simply not true. Just four days before said meeting, she was still ducking the issue on Facebook. Even her own supporter declared that he would not vote for her since she refused to oppose the $17 tolls. He plead for her opposition explaining his job was at stake and even that plea wasn’t enough to get Dr. McCabe to pledge her opposition. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Are Honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 22, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Purcellville Police Are Honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Residents and visitors of the Town may notice the Purcellville Police Officers are donning pink tee shirts under their navy blue uniforms. This is in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to show solidarity for all those who struggle with the fight against cancer and their friends and family who support them through the fight. Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide.

Chief McAlister states, “We are part of the community and we wanted to step up in a small way to show we care, and my hope is that by placing a focus on cancer, more people may take the time to visit their doctors for annual exams. This gives a better chance of catching cancer early and hopefully getting a better diagnosis.”

For more information on the Police Department’s efforts supporting breast cancer awareness, please contact Lt. Schroeck.

Court of Appeals Denies Petition for Rehearing

October 22, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Court of Appeals Denies Petition for Rehearing
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The Court of Appeals of Virginia denied Moses Ulysess Harris’ petition for a rehearing on his 2013 convictions for two counts of rape, two counts of carnal knowledge, five counts of indecent liberties with a child by custodian, and one count of manufacturing child pornography.

Beginning in the summer of 2007, Harris, a previously convicted sex offender worked his way into the lives a local family. He eventually moved into their home and preyed on one of the young children living there and repeated sexual abuse on that child took place for the next five years.

On June 13, 2013, Loudoun County Circuit Court Judge Burke F. McCahill upheld a jury verdict sentencing Harris to two life sentences plus 75 years in the Virginia Department of Corrections.

Harris has been incarcerated since his arrest for these charges in April 2012.

Judge Imposes Two Years for Grand Larceny

October 22, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Judge Imposes Two Years for Grand Larceny

Petronia Ulandda Watson, 47, appeared before Judge Jeanette Irby in Loudoun County Circuit Court to be sentenced on four counts of grand larceny. Irby sentenced Watson to an active sentence of two years in the Virginia Department of Corrections.

In late October 2014, the victim noticed that numerous pieces of ceremonial gold jewelry were missing from her home. The victim believed that the jewelry may have been stolen up to a year or more earlier, but went unnoticed because it was only used on rare occasions. The theft was reported to law enforcement. A search of pawn shop databases revealed that Watson, a former child care provider in the victim’s home, pawned a large quantity of gold jewelry between November 2012 and November 2013. The jewelry was sold as scrap gold, photographed for documentation purposes, and melted down by the pawn shop. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of October 15, 2015

October 22, 2015 Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of October 15, 2015

10/15/2015 – 5:09 p.m. 200 Blk. S.32nd St. DWI
Police were called to the scene of a one car crash. The driver was identified as Mark Koenig, a 55 year old male of Purcellville, who was arrested for DWI. He was transported to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center and held.

10/15/2015 – 8:16 p.m. 200 Blk. N. Maple Ave. Liquor Law Violation
Police responded to the scene of suspicious individuals behind a business. Investigation determined that the individuals were underage and had paid someone to purchase alcohol for them. That individual has been identified and charges are pending.

10/18/2015 – 12:27 a.m. 36000 Allder School Rd. Trespassing
Police Officer on patrol observed a suspicious vehicle on school grounds in the early morning hours. The vehicle was occupied by several juveniles who had no legitimate reason to be on school grounds after hours. The parents of the juveniles were contacted and picked up their children. School security was also contacted and made aware of the situation.

10/18/2015 – 1:00 a.m. 100 Blk. Frazer Dr. Domestic Assault
Police were notified about a domestic dispute between a boyfriend and girlfriend. It was determined that both parties had mutually assaulted each other however no one was injured. Both parties gave conflicting information as to what happened.

10/21/2015 – 4:15 p.m. 600 Blk. W. Main St. Larceny
The complainant reported that she had inadvertently laid her cell phone on the check-out counter at a business and left. She returned later and the phone was missing. Surveillance video from the store showed a male individual pick up the phone and leaves the business with it. The incident is under investigation.

A Dialogue on Climate Change and Global Income Inequality


On October 23, Friday at 6:00 p.m. at George Washington University, Ashburn Campus, we (GWU, Sustainable Loudoun, 350 Loudoun, REHAU, Corcoran winery, your business our world, CCAN, and solar solutions for all), are hosting Klaus Hubacek, a professor at the University of Maryland, to speak and lead a discussion on Global Income Inequality and Carbon Footprints . We will have food, and wine, and vendors of sustainable products and non-profits will be tabling.

In my April 9, 2014 article I described well-known positive natural feedbacks in the Earth climate system. These feedbacks are amplifying the warming directly caused by our carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels. I posited that there is one more positive feedback which has never been identified in the scientific literature to my knowledge related to human behavior. While the paleoclimate record informs our understanding of the various natural feedbacks, human behavior is a new phenomenon. But it is predictable. I wrote: … Continue Reading

A ‘Purr-Fect” Time to Adopt a Cat

October 19, 2015 Lifestyle Comments Off on A ‘Purr-Fect” Time to Adopt a Cat

Loudoun County Animal Services is celebrating National Cat Day, Thursday, October 29, in a number of ways, including waiving adoption fees for cats October 10 through October 29, and hosting a special day of feline fun Saturday, October 24, at the Animal Shelter.

In addition to free cat adoptions, Dr. Leslie Sinn, a local veterinarian, will be at the shelter all day October 24, offering free cat behavior consultations for anyone looking for a little extra feline behavior knowledge. Is your kitty a little too sassy? Having a hard time adjusting to a new baby? Having trouble using the litter box? Dr. Sinn can help. To register for a free, 30-minute consultation, call Amy Martin at 703-737-8097 or e-mail Amy.Martin@loudoun.gov. Also on October 24, the public is invited to join the shelter staff for a light lunch at 11:45 a.m. and an educational seminar from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. on “Top 10 Cat Behavior Myths.” To RSVP for the seminar and lunch, e-mail Amy.Martin@loudoun.gov. … Continue Reading

Concert To Benefit Seven Loaves

October 17, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Concert To Benefit Seven Loaves

A special concert to benefit Seven Loaves has been added to the 2015 Middleburg Concert Series and will be performed on Friday, October 23 at 1:30 p.m. at the Series’ usual venue of Middleburg United Methodist Church located on the corner of Washington and Pendleton streets. The program, titled “Radio Middleburg: Pops, Rock n Roll, Broadway, and More,” has been arranged for young audiences. There has been a very positive response from various local schools who plan to send busloads of their students to the performance. The concert is also open to the public. Concert pianist Miho Sato will perform at the piano, Cynthia Saucedo at violin, Alan Saucedo at cello, and well-known music teacher from the Hill School, Karen Chase as vocalist. Students will receive handouts with the lyrics to some of the songs to encourage them to sing along. … Continue Reading

Supports Hedges for Delegate

October 17, 2015 Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment

We need Chuck Hedges in the Virginia House of Delegates. On the day I met Chuck Hedges some years ago, I was walking him around my property when I happened to point out my driveway was in need of some new gravel. The next day, the very next day, I look out my window, and there is Chuck, standing in the back of his pickup truck, shoveling a new gravel compound onto the worst spots. He saw the problem. He had a solution. He just moved in and fixed it.

Over the years, I have seen this man, again and again, see a problem: someone needs a job, a curb needs fixing, sick folk need tending to; and there would be Chuck, moving in, cajoling local officials, making phone calls, visiting, checking up, and taking care of what was needed. I never knew him to expect anything in return, he just has this mind set—there’s a problem I can do something about, so I’ll do it. And now he’s running for a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates.

How wonderful to have someone in Richmond with Chuck’s attitude: Problem? Fix it!

To be honest, Chuck is a good friend. To be brutally honest, I would not vote for him just because he’s a friend, but I will vote for this friend because he is a man who so generously gives of himself to make life better for other folk. I must also admit that I would like to have a friend in Richmond. If he’s elected, he’ll be your friend too, and that’s a good thing.

Victor H Kryston

Purcellville Police To Host Town Hall Meeting

October 17, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police To Host Town Hall Meeting
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The Purcellville Police Department will be hosting a Town Hall meeting at 221 S. Nursery Ave, Purcellville, Wednesday, October 21, at 7:00 p.m. to educate the public on the growing concerns regarding the accessibility of heroin and the addiction to the drug. There will be a panel presentation consisting of members from the Purcellville Police Department, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Purcellville Rescue Squad, Loudoun County Mental Health, and Loudoun County Public Schools. The panel members will provide information on the prevalence of heroin in our country as well as our community, the difficulties in breaking the addiction, and the support available to families struggling with drug usage.

Fire at Leesburg Restaurant

October 17, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Fire at Leesburg Restaurant

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office has determined that the October 12 fire at 1607 Village Market Boulevard, which resulted in $15,000 in damages, was accidental and caused by a lack of maintenance on the restaurant’s flue.

At 11:20 a.m., Monday, October 12, fire and rescue units from Leesburg, Kincora, Moorefield, Cascades, Ashburn, Hamilton, Purcellville and Brambleton responded to 1607 Village Market Boulevard for a structure fire. First arriving units quickly determined the fire was located on the roof of the restaurant located at this address. Firefighters contained the fire to the restaurant’s duct work and surrounding area within the roof itself. Fire crews also conducted extensive overhaul from within the occupancy below ensuring no fire extension to the adjacent businesses or the nearby apartments. Residents in the immediately adjacent apartments were evacuated as a precaution.

The Fire Marshal’s Office has issued two correction orders to the owner of the property for repairs to the flue. There were no reported injuries to fire and rescue personnel; however, one civilian was transported to a local area hospital for checkout.








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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Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

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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 …

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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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