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Reducing Threats To Our Rural Economy

February 6, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader filed under Editorial, Opinion No Comments
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By Malcolm F. Baldwin

Our Board of Supervisors has made lowering property taxes a key objective, to be balanced by higher commercial tax revenues. Several supervisors recently noted that each new Loudoun residence costs $1.61 in schools and other public services for every dollar it contributes to property tax revenue, while commercial development costs only $0.31 for every revenue dollar it contributes. The board justifies its approval of Metro into Loudoun by plans to ensure net positive returns from new commercial development around the two Ashburn Metro stations, despite cries of dismay and coming taxpayer doom.

Will our supervisors actually restrain costly residential development and foster more rewarding commercial growth? Loudoun has grown by over 15 fold in fifty years, so how will our Board make future growth rates and property taxes more manageable and allow Loudoun residents to continue enjoying their diverse suburban and rural “worlds?” How will the board ensure economic viability of the future Metro station growth centers, vastly improve transportation in eastern Loudoun, and sustain and strengthen our rural economy?

It’s no surprise that the board focuses on suburban issues, since six of our eight district supervisors represent Loudoun’s suburban east, and nearly half the population of our two western districts of Blue Ridge and Catoctin lies in suburban neighborhoods. Long-term interests of rural Loudoun appear taken for granted, misunderstood or neglected.

Rural Loudoun’s economy returns more to the county in property tax revenue, tourism, and other economic benefits than it requires in county services and infrastructure. Maintaining this net economic benefit to the county requires continued low density and demand for public services. But rural economic attributes remain undervalued. The rural economy “doesn’t move the dial” in lowering taxes, one supervisor argued last year. But, of course Loudoun’s costs and taxes will rise if the rural economy declines and the west becomes suburbanized.

Our rural economy has grown, not because of exclusionary efforts of the “elites” (an oft-repeated charge), but by productive economic use of rural resources. Rural businesses provide revenue of well over $100 million a year, most obviously from our 34 wineries and 100-odd vineyards, our produce farms, bed and breakfasts, wedding venues, and the arts, culinary and equine sectors. Equine alone employs over 1,000 people and attracts growing numbers of tourists from all over the metro region. All rural sectors increasingly attract tourists into rural Loudoun, thanks in good part to vigorous efforts of Visit Loudoun and the county’s rural economic development staff.

But our rural economy remains fragile because current rural zoning has not fully protected it from disruptive development pressures. The recession has merely disguised and postponed its vulnerability. Today we have at least 15,000 additional houses that can be built by right in rural Loudoun, and we continue to lose farms and farmland. In 2002, we had 1,516 farms on 164,753 acres; in the ensuing five years we lost over 100 farms and 22,000 farmland acres. The rural zoning put back in place in 2007 does not maintain the protections established by the earlier rural zoning in 2003 that the Virginia Supreme Court rejected two years later because of alleged flaws in public notice. New vulnerability resulted because:

  • The 2004-2007 Republican-majority board of supervisors, being development-friendly, was unwilling to appeal that decision or re-advertise to correct any notice deficiency. So, rural Loudoun reverted to 3-acre zoning for 21 months;
  • During that time the county processed 172 subdivision applications for 3-acre zoning in the previously down-zoned rural sector; and
  • Finally, the agreed-upon rural zoning “compromise” allowing 5-acre “cluster” development on 20- acre lots in the northwestern sector (AR-1) actually resulted in essentially the same overall density as the 3-acre zoning it replaced, because density there had previously been allowed on net acreage available for development (minus floodplain, steep slopes, etc.), but the new zoning was based upon gross acreage (not excluding such unbuildable lands).

Not surprisingly, therefore, last year every rural business sector participating in the Rural Economic Development Council’s development of a business strategy reported significant problems dealing with the threat and reality of suburban development.
What can be done to reduce threats to our rural economy? First, it requires support for the new Rural Business Strategy to strengthen entrepreneurship in rural Loudoun. Second, rural businesses will also need continued protection through conservation easements. Loudoun has some 51,000 acres in conservation easements – virtually all in our rural section – that allow rural business to continue with greater security. But, not all properties have the attributes required, and many farmers look toward future sale of their development lots for retirement income.

A third strategy has been adopted in 2010 by Frederick County, Virginia: a Transfer of Development Rights program. Unlike the Purchase of Development Rights program that requires county funding, this program uses free-market practices and requires no taxpayer funds. The right to develop one’s land has market value, so owners in the agricultural area may sell such rights to an owner or developer in the county’s urban area designated for increased development density. Frederick encourages preservation of farms with the best soils by granting them double the number of saleable development rights for possible transfer. The program’s implementation has been delayed by the recession, but it is well received and not seen (as it might be perceived by some in Loudoun’s heated political arena) to be some kind of gift to the landed “elite.” Working farmers and developers view the program as a practical market-driven tool.

Might Loudoun adopt such a market-based program? One concern is that TDRs do not bring proffers from developers because they stand as a direct exchange of development rights from the agricultural “sending/selling” area to a designated “receiving/purchasing” area. But, in fact, we know that Loudoun’s proffers do not now pay for the capital facilities required, nor do they ever cover the high operating costs of schools and other public services.

Another concern is that TDRs will only be suited to receiving areas where transportation and other services can keep pace with greater density. But, TDRs remain a viable tool; development pressures on rural Loudoun, forestalled by recession, will increase from approved subdivisions, bringing higher valuation of agricultural land, adverse impacts on agritourism and increased costs to the county from each new home.

Since our article last month, the Planning Commission has rejected two of the eight pending developer proposals to shift zoning from commercial to residential. But, the fate of all of them – totaling over 10,000 units – depends on board decisions. Given the board’s announced commercial priorities and understanding of residential costs, we should expect either rejection of all rezoning proposals or, at the very least, approval only under conditions that will not increase net residential growth and costs to the county.

TDRs warrant serious consideration as a means toward that end. We need our supervisors to direct the county staff to assess the ways in which a TDR program might effectively reduce residential development in rural Loudoun. Addressing this issue will further board’s desire to reduce residential costs through greater commercial development.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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January 26, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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JAN Loudoun Federal Contractors Group Networking Event

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January 27, 2015

Network and hear Scott Orbach, President of EZGSA, present briefly on GSA Schedules: Untapped Opportunities, Unseen Risks. Learn what the schedules are all about, why they’re in such high demand by government buyers and vendors, how to keep competitive pricing while retaining profitability, and where to find unpublished opportunities. He’ll also talk about GSA risks, including involuntary price reductions, country of origin requirements, and scams. Neophyte and veteran contractors wanting to move forward on their goals are welcome.

The event is free. Registration at LoudounSBDC.eventbrite.com is requested.

Event sponsor:   TD Bank
Group founder:   Loudoun SBDC

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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January 28, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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January 30, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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February 1, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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February 3, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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February 5, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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February 7, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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February 7, 2015

Notaviva Vineyards
13274 Sagle Rd
Purcellville, 20132
540-668-6756

Notaviva Vineyards presents their monthly Bluegrass Jam a FREE event held the first Saturday of every month!

An event for all ages featuring Ashby Run. Open to players of every skill level

3pm-6pm Saturday 7/5

Wine available by the glass and by the bottle, lite snacks available. Must be 21 to drink alcohol.

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Be Mine, HeARTS & Wine Painting!

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February 8, 2015

North Gate Vineyard
16031 Hillsboro Road
Purcellville, 20132
540-668-6248

Join local artist, actress and sculptor, Penny Hauffe as we paint an original Valentine's themed work of art!  No experience necessary, as you will be given personal step by step instructions.

Bring a friend and you will have a wonderful Sunday afternoon filled with fun! All supplies as well as one glass of wine and a selection of cheeses are included in the ticket price. See you on Sunday, February 8 at Noon.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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February 9, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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February 11, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Start Your Business (Loudoun)

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February 12, 2015

Is owning a small business a good fit for me? What are the steps for starting a business? Will I need funding? What are potential sources of funding? Robin Suomi, Executive Director of the Loudoun SBDC, and Arthur Thompson, a Principal of Keyser Thompson Insurance Agency, will answer these and other questions essential for successfully starting a small business. Highlights will include:

•    Entrepreneurial traits
•    Taxes and licensing
•    Business plan development
•    Sources of financing
•    Marketing
•    Insurance

REGISTER at LoudounSBDC.eventbrite.com.

Fee:  $10 online registration; $15 at the door
Those paying at the door are not guaranteed seating.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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February 13, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

Notaviva Vineyards presents 4th Annual My Funny Valentine Comedy night

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February 13, 2015

Notaviva Vineyards
13274 Sagle Road
Purcellville
Virginia, 20132
United States

4th Annual My Funny Valentine at Notaviva Vineyards With NBC Series Last Comic Standing semi-finalist Jason Weems!

Friday 2/13/15
Host: Stavros Halkias
Feature: Adrian Rodney
Headliner: Jason Weems

Saturday 2/14/15
Host: Josh Kuderna
Feature: Stavros Halkias
Headliner: Jason Weems

Doors Open: 7:00p
Comedy Show: 8:00 - 10:00p

$37.00 per person

Light fare will be available for purchase during the show.

** Wine available for purchase by the glass or bottle. 21+ to consume alcohol. 

 

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Notaviva Vineyards presents 4th Annual My Funny Valentine Comedy night

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February 14, 2015

Notaviva Vineyards
13274 Sagle Road
Purcellville
Virginia, 20132
United States

4th Annual My Funny Valentine at Notaviva Vineyards With NBC Series Last Comic Standing semi-finalist Jason Weems!

Friday 2/13/15
Host: Stavros Halkias
Feature: Adrian Rodney
Headliner: Jason Weems

Saturday 2/14/15
Host: Josh Kuderna
Feature: Stavros Halkias
Headliner: Jason Weems

Doors Open: 7:00p
Comedy Show: 8:00 - 10:00p

$37.00 per person

Light fare will be available for purchase during the show.

** Wine available for purchase by the glass or bottle. 21+ to consume alcohol. 

 

Lobster & Jazz on Valentine's Day!

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February 14, 2015

North Gate Vineyard
16031 Hillsboro Road
Purcellville, 20132
USA
540-668-6248
Lobster Maine-ia returns to North Gate on Saturday February 14th, bringing the area's freshest source of Maine Lobster this side of the Potomac! They will be set up outside, serving the freshest lobster dishes just for you from noon until 5:30pm, including lobster bisque in the tradition of our Soup Saturdays!
Musician Quentin Walston also returns by popular demand, performing his style of jazz piano, creating the perfect atmosphere for a Valentine's Day afternoon.  Special heart shaped truffles by The Perfect Truffle complete the day!

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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February 15, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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February 17, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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February 19, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

Small Business Taxes, including Tax Law Updates

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February 19, 2015

If you are confused and stressed about small business taxes, you’re not alone. But help is at hand.
Thomas Butler, EA and Co-founder of Acumen Accounting, Inc., in cooperation with the IRS, brings you publications, tax calendars, and GUIDANCE on:

•    Tax law updates
•    The Affordable Health Care Act
•    Records to keep for sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations and LLCs
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REGISTER at LoudounSBDC.eventbrite.com.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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February 21, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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February 23, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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February 25, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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February 27, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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March 1, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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View From the Ridge

Correct Course and Review the Comprehensive Plan

6 Jan 2015

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Like a ship lost at sea, many residents of Purcellville see the development patterns in and around town as having drifted dangerously off course. The Autumn Hill/Mayfair development – which resulted in the annexation of previously open land, is one example of this drift. The Vineyard Square development project, which, …

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Editorial

Liberty in the 21st Century

6 Jan 2015

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By Malcolm F. Baldwin Our elected leaders frequently express thanks for the “blessings of liberty,” reminding us of the importance of adhering to our founding fathers’ “original intent” as expressed in the Constitution. But what, exactly, is “liberty,” and what guidance would the founders offer us in facing today’s complex issues? Within only a few years of independence from Britain …

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Call for Volunteers

25 Jan 2015

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On Saturday, January 31 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy will host a Volunteer Orientation and Opportunity Showcase at the Morven Park Carriage Museum. Want to learn more about Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy? Do you want to get involved in your community, but don’t have a good idea where to start? Do you want to meet some new …

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Two Kitchen Cousins Present – Let’s Throw a Winter Chili Party

6 Jan 2015

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By Lisa Wasson and Andrea Gaines If you’re going to be snowed in, there’s nothing better than being snowed in with something savory simmering on the stove and making the house smell delicious. This chili recipe – meant to satisfy both the vegetarian and the meat eater in your household – fits the bill. It has a deep, spicy flavor …

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Exhibit Space Available for Loudoun YouthFest

6 Jan 2015

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Exhibit space is available for Loudoun YouthFest ‘15. The event, targeting middle and high school teens, will feature amusements, interactive games, local bands and nationally known recording artists We The Kings. YouthFest will be Saturday, May 30 at the Barn at One Loudoun, 20450 Savin Hill Drive in Ashburn. Exhibit spaces start at $100. A limited amount of free exhibit …

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Wild Loudoun

See a Skunk Doing a Handstand? Run.

6 Jan 2015

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Skunks and humans have something in common: they don’t want to be near us and we don’t want to be near them. With their bold and dramatic markings, if they weren’t so darn smelly – and for that reason, scary – we might actually consider them to be a quite the handsome/pretty member of our local wildlife community. But, only …

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Around Virginia

Alert: Missing Endangered Child

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The Virginia State Police and the Virginia Missing Children Clearinghouse has issued an endangered missing child media alert on behalf of the Christiansburg Police Department on January 28 at 11:45 a.m. The Christiansburg Police Department is looking for Aysia Monique Lewis, 16 years of age, height 5’3, weight 155 lbs, …

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Virginia Constitutional Amendment Passes

Amendment by Ramadan Gives Tax Relief to Families of Service Members ‘Killed In Action’ Delegate David I. Ramadan’s (R-87th) proposed Constitutional Amendment, which passed through the General Assembly twice unanimously, was approved by more than 87 percent of those who voted in Virginia’s statewide election yesterday. It was the only …

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Wolf Urges Holder to Investigate Oklahoma Beheading as Terrorist Attack

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Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee that funds the Department of Justice, today sent the following letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder asking him to investigate the recent beheading in Oklahoma as a terrorist attack and to not just quickly dismiss it at workplace violence …

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Sports

Little League Season Update

8 Aug 2014

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By Carri Michon This spring 2014 Upper Loudoun Little League season found drenching rains making fields unplayable on a regular basis. Over 100 games were rescheduled due to wet, soggy fields, said league president, Norris Beavers. “The most I have ever remembered in my 28 years of volunteering with Upper …

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Ida Lee NFL Flag Football League Registration Ends July 28

20 Jul 2014

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Registration for the Fall 2014 NFL Flag Football league is currently ongoing for boys and girls, ages six to 14, and spots are filling fast. To secure a spot in the league, participants must register by Monday, July 28, 2014. The Ida Lee NFL Flag Football League is the premier …

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Letters

A Loudoun Civics Lesson: It Pays To Have Money

6 Jan 2015

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Having spent an evening at the Loudoun Planning Commission monthly meeting December 16 to listen and participate in the exception application for the helipad on …

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Zoning War Confusion

6 Jan 2015

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It is often amazing to read articles covering meetings that seem far different than those I attend. A good example was your recent article “Zoning …

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Advice To Developers

6 Jan 2015

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We know you want to make money and lots of it. But across America citizens are fighting back. Please don’t destroy our quaint little town. …

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