Growing a Green Lawn

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From the Nature Generation

Winter is over, the flowers are blooming and the yard is teeming with wildlife. The fresh spring air lures us outside. Children come home from school, drop off their books, and head outside to play. Parents relax on the deck and invite friends and family over for cookouts. Now is the perfect time to transform tired brown winter lawns into lush green yards for all to enjoy. … Continue Reading

Fido’s Facts

May 4, 2016 Lifestyle Comments Off on Fido’s Facts
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Chemical Free Tick and Flea Solutions
By Kimberly Correnti

It’s refreshing to know that you can effectively eliminate pesky little bugs without using harsh chemicals. Our special blend “Flea & Tick Program” created by holistic vets (Dr. Michael and Susan Goldstein of Earth Animal) is a palatable powder and liquid that you add to your animal’s daily diet. It will keep your pet pest-free while building their immune system and making them less likely for any infestations. Another solution is our topical “Organic Flea and Tick Spray.” This spray can be applied to both pets and humans and works against a wide spectrum of pests, even mosquitoes. The oils and natural scents in this formula repel pests and keeps your dog safe all year long. Simply spray on your dog’s belly, paws, neck and back. All three “Tick and Flea Program” products have over 20 years of proven testimonials. … Continue Reading

Hillsboro Charter Academy Camp Registration Begins

May 4, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Hillsboro Charter Academy Camp Registration Begins
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Hillsboro Charter Academy, Loudoun County’s newest public charter school is now taking registration for children ages 5 to 14 for its summer STEAM camp. The camp’s eight one-week sessions begin June 20 and will offer themes including nature and art, physics and rocketry, world cultures, dance and stage magic, and kitchen chemistry.

Reflecting the science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) curriculum and project-based learning approach of Hillsboro Charter Academy, camp activities will include experiments, arts, crafts, music, and group exploration of topics, along with field trips and plenty of outdoor fun. Each camp session will conclude with a special celebration of that week’s theme for the families of the campers. … Continue Reading

May in the Garden

May 4, 2016 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on May in the Garden
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Showing Your Feelings with Color

It is as lovely to give flowers as it is to receive them.

Whatever the color, the most cherished bouquets are often the ones from your own garden, or that pretty little bundle a friend or your spouse picked up form a roadside stand. But, the giving – and the receiving and the picking and the arranging – is made all the more sweet with a little inside knowledge of what a flower’s color – be it a rose, a lily, or a wild thing growing on the side of the road – has come to symbolized over the years. … Continue Reading

VDOT To Improve 10 Rural Roads

May 4, 2016 Development, News 1 comment
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Partnership with Preservationists Targets Safer Roads/$13M in Savings
By Andrea Gaines

Starting with a pilot program in 2002, VDOT undertook a major, multi-year initiative to improve the state’s rural road systems. Known as “The Rural Rustic Roads Program,” the initiative is designed to preserve the roads while maximizing VDOT budget efficiencies – addressing nine water management, erosion control, safety, and conservation factors peculiar to rural road systems. When approached as rural road systems in need of better long term maintenance versus “up to code” modernization, VDOT realizes significant costs savings, motorists enjoy safer travel and preservationists can sometimes realize big things on their wish list. The total Loudoun County costs associated with the program is estimated to be approximately $4,336,000. If approached the traditional way, the state estimates the costs at upwards of $17,800,000; for a total cost savings of nearly $13,475,000. … Continue Reading

Citizens and County Continue Fight Against Rt 50 Power Line

May 4, 2016 Business, News Comments Off on Citizens and County Continue Fight Against Rt 50 Power Line
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With the final decision resting with the State Corporation Commission, citizen groups, the Loudoun County Attorney and Supervisor Matt Letourneau (R–Dulles) continue to voice opposition to the alignment of the power lines in Dominion Power’s Poland Road 230kV Transition and Substation Project. The new line – a single pole structure approximately 4 miles long with a 100 feet wide right of way – is proposed, primarily, to service the needs of an expansive new data center on land owned by South Riding Nursery. A final decision on the alignment is expected at the conclusion of evidentiary hearings that will be held in June, in Richmond. … Continue Reading

Choose Joy, Don’t Go Negative

May 4, 2016 Columns, Mary Rose Lunde Comments Off on Choose Joy, Don’t Go Negative
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Sometimes life is pleasant and it is easy to smile, other times it is not. The real question is how do you react and live your life when you are going through trials? What do you do when you feel like the end of the world is upon you? It’s simple real, you react and live your life.

It’s a sad fact how many people choose to live their life in the negative when they could live life and chose joy. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t feel sadness or shouldn’t ask for help when you need it. No, I’m saying that for the minor setbacks in life, you should choose joy instead of letting the small things dictate the way your life. … Continue Reading

Character Outlives Us All

May 4, 2016 Columns, Samuel Moore-Sobel Comments Off on Character Outlives Us All
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“Brains are like muscles, you can rent them by the hour, but at the end of the day all you have left is your character.” This statement was uttered by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a phrase his father used to tell him when he was a child. This past February, at the age of 79, Antonin Scalia met what can only be termed an untimely demise. Sadly, the aftermath of this man’s death quickly turned into a political circus. Two months ago, the Republican presidential candidates began debating whether or not President Obama should be allowed to select a nominee to fill the seat seemingly moments after Scalia’s passing. The past few weeks in Washington have been consumed with the battle over the President’s nomination of Merrick Garland. Life must go on, but Antonin Scalia rightly deserves more than a mere moment of reflection.
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160,000+ Sq. Ft. Telecom Building Proposed for Short Hill Mountain Preservation

May 4, 2016 Business, News 4 comments
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“On the agenda … is a project with huge implications for our mountains and rural Loudoun. It is about approval of a Commission Permit for a telecom 160,000 square foot building, 35 feet high and 433 long, with generators and air coolers on the Ridgeline of the Short Hill Mountain …”

So began the strongly-worded April 26 Planning Commission testimony of Al Van Huyck, who served on the County Planning Commission from 1992 to 2003. Van Huyck is a long-time Loudoun County preservationist and currently serves as the chair of the Loudoun County Preservation and Conservation Coalition, which represents over 30 of the county’s most active historic preservation and conservation-related organizations.
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Open Burning Ban in Effect

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Effective May 1, all open burning is prohibited within all areas of Loudoun County.  This regulation is in effect through September 30.

The only permitted open burning is campfires. Campfires can be no larger than three feet in diameter by two feet in height, must be used for cooking purposes, and cannot be closer than 50 feet to any structure. … Continue Reading

Recent Rise in Mulch Fires Draws Warning

May 4, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Recent Rise in Mulch Fires Draws Warning
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Since March 23, Loudoun’s fire and rescue units have responded to twenty-three fires originating in landscaping mulch. These fires have caused thousands of dollars in damages with the potential of much more devastating results.

Mulch fires occur predominately in spring and summer when vegetation and landscaping materials become dried out, allowing for easy ignition. Fire investigations have repeatedly demonstrated these fires often result from improperly discarded smoking materials. Smokers frequently discard lit smoking materials, including matches, into landscaped areas as they enter or exit a building. In addition, smokers also dispose of smoking materials from elevated balconies onto mulch covered ground material. … Continue Reading

Foxridge Park

May 4, 2016 Columns, Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth Comments Off on Foxridge Park
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You know, I can still taste those sausages: The first early-spring bratwurst cooked over an open flame in a beautiful setting among good friends; nothing so surprising, really, in recalling a good meal in classic context. The thing is, though – I was propelled back more decades than I care to admit – and transported roughly a thousand miles across our nation – back to the banks of the Mississippi River. Good grilling can do that to you. … Continue Reading

Remembering Dorothy Harper

May 4, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Remembering Dorothy Harper
Remembering Dorothy Harper

Dorothy Wolford Harper, a lifelong Loudoun County resident, passed away on April 10 at the age of 95. Harper was born June 13, 1920 to the late G.B. and Elsie Wolford of Hamilton.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert Harper, and sister, Virginia Wolford.

After graduating from Lincoln High School, Harper worked at the Bank of Commerce in Washington, DC.  Her stories of long slow commutes in the back seat of a crowded sedan in the 1940’s were priceless. … 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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Calendar

March 2017
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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
March 6, 2017 March 7, 2017 March 8, 2017 March 9, 2017 March 10, 2017 March 11, 2017 March 12, 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
March 25, 2017 March 26, 2017

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch
March 27, 2017 March 28, 2017 March 29, 2017 March 30, 2017 March 31, 2017 April 1, 2017

”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”

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

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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