A Habitable Planet

May 16, 2016 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on A Habitable Planet
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“At the moments when we are able to separate ourselves from our daily concerns and ponder deeply, most of us have encountered fundamental questions of our existence as human beings. Where do we come from? What happened before humans appeared on Earth? Where do the stars come from? Do we have a place in planetary evolution? Are there others like us out there somewhere?” Wally Broecker and Charles Langmuir [1]

This series of articles is based on a talk I gave at REHAU in Leesburg on April 28, 2016. … Continue Reading

Former CEO of Virginia Regional Transit Pleads Guilty to Bribery

May 16, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Former CEO of Virginia Regional Transit Pleads Guilty to Bribery
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Mark W. McGregor, 63, of Charles Town, West Virginia, pleaded guilty May 16, to bribery concerning federal program funds for his role in a bribery scheme that caused $380,000 in losses to the U.S. government.

According to the statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, McGregor served as the chief executive officer of Virginia Regional Transit, a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides transportation services throughout Northern Virginia. VRT is funded by a combination of federal, state and local grants, including from the U.S. Department of Transportation. McGregor engaged in a bribe scheme with co-conspirator Thomas Ahalt, then President of Mobile Auto Truck Repair (Mobile Auto), an automotive repair business in Purcellville, since 2007. Mobile Auto provided automotive repair services to VRT. … Continue Reading

Art in the Burg, Middleburg’s Town-Wide Arts Celebration

May 12, 2016 Events Comments Off on Art in the Burg, Middleburg’s Town-Wide Arts Celebration
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Sponsored by the Middleburg Arts Council and the Town of Middleburg

On Saturday, May 21, the Middleburg Arts Council and the Town of Middleburg will host the fourth town-wide arts celebration, Art in the Burg. Artwork from more than 20 local and regional artists of different styles, forms and subject matter will be on display at 108 East Washington Street, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Receives Statewide Award for Veterans Services Program

May 12, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Receives Statewide Award for Veterans Services Program
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Loudoun County has earned statewide recognition for its Veterans Services Program. The program, housed in the Department of Family Services (DFS), has received the Virginia Department of Social Services 2016 Local Recognition Award for Innovation, Implementation and Impact.

The award recognizes the work of social services professionals in the Commonwealth. The award program seeks to capture best practices and guiding principles from the nominees to share with other agencies throughout the state. Veterans Services Coordinator Michael Ball and Francis Coughlin, the DFS Division Manager who oversees the program, accepted the award at the Virginia League of Social Services Executives Conference in Hampton, Virginia, earlier this month. … Continue Reading

LCSO Uses New Technology to Gain Information in 1987 Cold Case

May 12, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Uses New Technology to Gain Information in 1987 Cold Case
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Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) Cold Case Detectives are utilizing advances in DNA technology to help solve a nearly 30-year-old sexual assault case.

Using DNA evidence from this investigation, detectives sought the services of Parabon NanoLabs, a DNA technology company in Virginia that provides a DNA phenotyping service, called Snapshot™, which predicts the physical appearance and ancestry of a suspect from unidentified DNA evidence. Snapshot produced a composite image of the suspect with these trait predictions that LCSO detectives hope will assist with their investigation. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of May 5, 2016

May 12, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of May 5, 2016
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05/05/2016 – 01:00 Hrs. 700 Blk of E. Main St. Suicidal Person
The officer was approached by a citizen asking for help to find their son who was having suicidal feelings. It was reported to the officer that the son had been sending text messages that were possibly suicidal. The officer checked the area and enlisted the help of the sheriff’s office. The person was located with minor injury. He was taken to the E.R. and was evaluated. Due to the quick response of family members, Police were able to find this person and he is now getting the help that he needed. … Continue Reading

AG Advisory Opinion in on Sex-Based Discrimination

May 12, 2016 Government, News 2 comments
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Virginia legal dispute flares as Department of Justice sues North Carolina over HB2

Attorney General Mark Herring issued an advisory opinion Tuesday in response to a request by Delegate Dave LaRock, advising that any form of sex-based discrimination found to be in violation of federal law would also be illegal under the Virginia Human Rights Act.

LaRock (R-Loudoun), was joined in the request by Senator Thomas Garrett Jr. (R-Buckingham) and separately by Delegate Kenneth Plum (D-Fairfax). LaRock and Garrett specifically asked whether Virginia law that prohibits discrimination “on the basis of sex” also prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation, and requested definitions of those terms.

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Nominations Open for Heroines of Washington Awards

May 10, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Nominations Open for Heroines of Washington Awards
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The March of Dimes is now accepting nominations for the 16th Annual Heroines of Washington awards program. The event will honor women in the D.C. region for their dedication to community service.

Awards will be presented for the following categories: … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Receives Grant for Four Drug Collection Units

May 10, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Receives Grant for Four Drug Collection Units
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office announced today that drug collection units are now available at three of the agency’s stations to provide residents with a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances. The drug collection units were awarded through a grant from CVS/pharmacy. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Offers Elder Caregiver Training May 19 in Ashburn

May 10, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Offers Elder Caregiver Training May 19 in Ashburn
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Loudoun County is offering a training designed to empower caregivers of the elderly with information to help prevent abuse and neglect.

In recognition of Adult Abuse Awareness Month, the Division of Adult Protective Services and the Area Agency on Aging are presenting a program from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Thursday, May 19, at the office of the Area Agency on Aging, 20145 Ashbrook Place, Suite 170 in Ashburn. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Announces Line-Up for Music Fest

May 10, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Purcellville Announces Line-Up for Music Fest
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Third Annual Purcellville Music & Arts Festival will be held on Saturday, May 21, from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Fireman’s Field, 250 South Nursery Ave. This free, family-oriented event features live music, a juried art show, children’s activities, workshops, and arts and crafts, as well as local food, beer, and wine. Multiple stages will offer day-long entertainment including main stage headliners, The Woodshedders, Down Range U.S. Army Band, Lord Nelson, and Colin Thompson. Artisan-crafted jewelry, hand-carved wooden items, glass art, leather works, and fine art will be available for purchase. Event goers of all ages are invited to participate in community art projects sponsored by the Painted Barrel Project and the Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour. The Juried Art Show will be showcased inside the Historic Bush Tabernacle, adjacent to Fireman’s Field. Presented by Carl Fisher of United Real Estate Purcellville, the Purcellville Music and Arts Festival is produced by Purcellville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and the Purcellville Arts Council. Festival information may be found online at http://www.purcellvillemusicandartsfestival.com and https://www.facebook.com/PurcellvilleParksandRec . … Continue Reading

Isn’t Loudoun Better Than This?

May 10, 2016 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Isn’t Loudoun Better Than This?
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More than forty years I have watched a rising tide of development flowing from the east across Loudoun. Once it was thought the western mountains would be spared the flood. Now it seems the forces ready to pave over Loudoun are rising ever higher. Must this deluge reach even to the mountain top and leave its ugly scar?

Our congregation has a church home in the peaceful valley between the Short Hill and Blue Ridge Mountains. Easter mornings before the sun peeks over the mountain, we gather on the Raymond Farm next door to our church. Then we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection as we watch the sun rise above the Short Hill. But AT&T’s planned data dump on Short Hill Mountain may become an eye sore we view for all Easters to come. Isn’t Loudoun better than this?

Roland England, Pastor
Christain Community Church at St Paul’s, Neersville

Fraser Wins Purcellville – Big

May 6, 2016 Elections, News 2 comments
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Bledsoe, Cool, Grim And Ogelman Win Town Council

On Tuesday May 3, incumbent Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser won his re-election bid beating out two term Council Member Joan Lehr with 70.87 percent of the vote. Fraser received 1,090 votes to Lehr’s 440.

“I think it’s a clear mandate. The people have spoken, said Fraser. “This is a council we can work with. We’ve put four people in place, and we all have the same vision, which is to listen to the voice of the citizens.” … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

Columns

The Holocene Climate

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(Public Input Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, 7 March, 2017) Figure 1 shows the climate variation over the last million years. The low points on the curve correspond to ice ages when glaciers up to a mile thick covered New …

Choosing To Forgive

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Truly forgiving is the ability to say, ‘Thank you for giving me that experience.’” James Arthur Ray vaulted into fame on the Oprah Winfrey Show back in the mid-2000’s. Stunned hearing these words while watching The Rise and …

Five Key Retirement Questions

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Beyond asking yourself where you see yourself and even what your lifelong goal are, effective retirement and longevity planning begs some very big questions. Review the points below and consider how housing, transportation and health considerations all play a role …

Work Woes

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, I’m a manager at a large tech company and my boss has directed me to fire someone on my team, but as a Christian, I just can’t do it. It’s true that the employee …

Joy or Suffering

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By Mary Rose Lunde No one likes to suffer. When given the chance, many people would choose to laugh rather than cry, to sit in silence with their friends rather than talk through their feelings, because not even their friends …

Wage Radio

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I will always remember – very fondly – the first time I ever set foot on the property at 711 Wage Drive Southwest in Leesburg, Virginia. It was a warm, sunny July morning in 1997, and I’d driven all the …

Speaking Truth to Power

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“With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed.” Abraham Lincoln On Thursday evening, February 23, I requested the Board of Supervisors pass a proclamation resolving to support the March for Science on Earth Day, April 22 [1]. …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

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Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

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Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

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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
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Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale
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Spring Brunch

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”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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 …

Dear Editor

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

McAuliffe Vetoes LaRock’s Public Assistance Eligibility Legislation  

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On March 28, Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed Del. Dave LaRock’s (R-33) House Bill 2092, which would have required any applicant for public assistance to undergo a full review of death records, incarceration status, employment status, lottery winnings, and all income. Recently, an Arlington woman was arrested on four counts of welfare fraud for …

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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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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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