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March 4, 2012 by Tim Jon filed under Loudoun County, News, Tim Jon with BRLN No Comments
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One Degree of Separation

I’m pretty sure that you don’t personally know the latest missing teen making the news in Loudoun County, but you just might know someone who does; 16-year-old Mauricio Escobar left his Ashburn home on Dodge Terrace on the 23rd of last month- on his own accord. The Sheriff’s Office has reason to believe he’s with friends; let’s hope so.

They list his vital statistics as a heavy-set Hispanic boy of 5′ 8” with a diamond stud in each ear.

The Authorities really have little else to go on, except that this is a locality in which people who know something pertinent to these cases generally come forward with information- and that’s the reason for this quick announcement; if we each do what we can to bring Mauricio home, it can only help the cause.

Right?

So- that person whom you know who knows something about this case can contact Investigating Officer Cumberledge of the Sheriff’s Office at: 703-777-0475.

Michael Quin- Hero

Lots of folks in the Western Loudoun Community know the family of the local Marine Officer killed in the recent helicopter crash in Arizona; we heard that many flags in the Purcellville area would fly at half-staff until the burial services are completed for 28-year-old Captain Michael Quin. The 2002 Loudoun Valley High School Graduate lost his life during a final training mission- in preparation for what would have been a mission to Afghanistan.

This young hero had joined the Marine Corp after graduating from the US Naval Academy in 2006.

Michael Quin’s parents- Brad and Betsy- live in the Locust Grove development in the southern section of Purcellville; the family’s already getting lots of support from their community, but keeping the memory of their son alive will take everyone’s effort.

Beyond his immediate survivors, Officer Quin was also engaged to be married; a lifetime of service, contribution and leadership lay before him, until that helicopter crash at the Yuma Training Range Complex.

The loss of Michael Quin comes far too soon after the death of another young Purcellville serviceman- Army Specialist Stephen Lee Mace- who lost his life just over two years ago, while fighting members of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Condolences to the family and friends of each of these fine, young men.

They set quite an example.

…And in Contrast…

Another 28-year-old from Loudoun County- this time from Lovettsville- looks at 12 years behind bars for far less heroic actions than the aforementioned; Samuel Thomas Eaton received his punishment for last year’s botched robbery attempt in Sterling. One of the residents at the Kennedy Road home fired upon Eaton and his accomplices- killing Anthony Miles and wounding Anthony Walker.

The latter survived- and comes in for sentencing in May.

The three men- armed with a pellet gun and a couple of knives- were reportedly attempting to make off with the contents of a safe on the ground floor- when their would-be victim gained access to a firearm and turned the tables on the perpetrators.

Evidently, the trio’s plans omitted the loaded handgun within that safe.

One paid with his life, Samuel Eaton received 12 years, and Anthony Miles can anticipate similar treatment for the activities of that evening.

It’s About Time

You may- or may not- describe the punishment as far less harsh in the latest verdict in one of the recent school tardiness cases. Maureen Blake of Purcellville heard the total in fines for the three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor would come to $3,000; the court fees equal that amount- all coming for a dozen or so instances of three of her children showing up late at Lincoln Elementary during this School Year.

Ouch.

Blake ran into a similar situation a couple of years back- with lesser consequences- about half as much in fines.

Another set of Loudoun County parents- Mark and Amy Denicore- face their own kids’ tardiness trial- which starts in a little over a month.

Their charges- stemming from about 30 instances of their three children being late for school- carry a maximum penalty of $1,500.

It’s been said that life can be a learning experience.

Or not.

It Didn’t Happen

And, thankfully, we’ll never know what may have occurred in one of our local schools, if not for the brave actions of a young student- and intervention by authorities. Leesburg Police responded to word from a concerned parent at J Lupton Simpson Middle School this past week- after their child had spoken about a potential threatening situation from a disturbed pupil at the facility; authorities stepped in- with the result being that the student in question received psychiatric attention.
Police and School Administrators can’t stop the rumor mills from grinding, so I’m sure the internet traffic’s been buzzing over the incident- especially against the backdrop of the recent, deadly school shooting in the Midwest.

It seems- in this latest local case- that a kid did the right thing, the parents reacted accordingly, and authorities worked with the school- and the troubled student- to keep things safe.

And, let’s ALL keep them that way.

No Pun Intended
This next story is similar to a car accident- in that it’s horrible to witness, but, at the same time, you can’t turn away; the Sheriff’s Office announced the recent arrest of a 50-year-old man for obscene sexual display- at the Sterling Library, of all places. They took Camillo Deangelis into custody on the 22nd of last month- on complaints of viewing pornography on his personal computer at the facility- and simulating masturbation.

I should have placed quotation marks around the last two words- I’m not sure how you ‘simulate’ such an act- either you do, or you don’t- but the suspect evidently exposed himself during the incident- and he was still displaying lewd images on his computer screen when responding Deputies arrived on the scene.

Deangelis faces a Class 1 Misdemeanor for his actions.

“Fun is fun- ’til overdone.”

Method in the Madness
And, resisting the temptation to use vivid- and livid- images in the transition into this next scenario, we turn to the latest situation with the County Budget. We heard that the Loudoun Supervisors seriously consider a tax rate of some six cents less than the Administrator’s recommendation of $1.27.

Now, such a reduction would cut about $200 off the average homeowner’s property tax bill- but we can’t help but wonder how much we’d pay- in other forms- in the long run.

Since the public schools take about two-third’s of our local tax dollars, I’m sure those in the educational community are keeping their smelling salts handy on this one.

The School Board’s approved request exceeded last year’s by about 10%, and it doesn’t look like it has much of a chance with the new, all-Republican County Board.

But- the Supervisors’ starting point of $1.21 is just that- a starting point- a baseline figure from which they can replace items in order of priority- and leave out those things deemed unnecessary.

I’m willing to listen.

$200 would buy me quite a few pork shoulders for my barbecue grill.

But only if the rest of the County can afford them- if you know what I mean.

The work sessions were set to continue on Monday.

That was Francis- and That was Frank

I can still remember the occasion: of seeing the late Frank Raflo at his happiest. The former County Board Chairman, Leesburg Mayor, newspaper man and radio host was just beaming that day when the love of his life- his wife Francis- won the Judy Patterson Award for Tourism; this was back about 10 years ago- at the annual awards event for the Loudoun Convention and Visitors Association- the LCVA for short.

Yep- you couldn’t have tied him down, he was so proud.

I’m glad I’ve got those memories: Francis Raflo passed away a few days prior to this writing- at the age of 89; she was preceded by her husband’s death about three years back.

And, I don’t think either of them would mind- or disagree with the statement- that she was as easy to like as Frank was volatile, unpredictable and irascible.

There was a time- quite a long stretch, actually- when the Raflo’s Clothing Shop in Downtown Leesburg was a landmark- a place where ‘everyone shopped.’

Now, dwindling numbers of residents can still remember the former- familiar- apparel store.

Francis and Frank had been married in 1947- and were able to enjoy the balance of their lives in that sort of ‘Golden Age’ in Leesburg and Loudoun County- before the growth from Dulles Airport came and changed everything.

It was a time when George Marshall still lived at Dodona Manor- and Arthur Godfrey would ‘buzz’ the town on his flight home from New York to Beacon Hill.

The Raflo’s were a big part of what made Loudoun County a unique, special place- and now, they’re gone.

I’m very grateful to have met Frank and Francis- and others- who opened the doors of history, culture and context for me in this locality.

I will always miss them.

Have a Safe Time

And, one bit of advice I always remembered is that- in case of a house fire- you’ve got something like three minutes in which to make a safe exit- before conditions become insupportable to life; that’s why, I always try to remind people to replace the batteries in their home smoke detectors whenever they change their clocks. Daylight Saving starts on Sunday, the 11th; remember the old, “Spring forward, Fall back,” phrase to set timepieces ahead.

We lose an hour that day- but you can take steps to save your family from tragedy.

Change those batteries- it takes about a minute- for a lot of reassurance.

Tim Jon for the Blue Ridge Leader

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Worldly Inspirations

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September 29, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd.
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
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571-442-8661

In September, Arts in the Village Gallery presents Worldly Inspirations, a Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing intricately wrapped stone pendants and earrings by jewelry artist Dana Jansen, and evocative images captured by photographer Mary Louise Ravese, in a show that draws on inspiration, materials, and imagery from across the globe.

Dana Jansen’s use of intricate wire wrapping techniques encase and frame Brazilian agates, druzy quartz and an array of minerals and fossils found across the world.  Working mostly in sterling silver wire and occasionally copper, Dana’s labyrinthine designs supplement the stone’s natural beauty to create pieces that stand on their own as objects of fine art.

Mary Louise Ravese captures images that transport viewers to diverse destinations from around the block, to around the country, and around the globe. Inspired by a wide array of subject matter, Mary Louise's work resonates with striking color, texture and line. Her photographs of country landscapes, intriguing architectural details and unusual abstract compositions draw the eye and allow the mind to vicariously experience her view of the world.

 

Meet the artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, September 20th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

Arts in the Village Gallery, 1601 Village Market Blvd, Suite 116, Leesburg, VA 20175. Tel: 571-442-8661 Email: info@artsinthevillage.com Website: http://www.artsinthevillage.com/

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Worldly Inspirations

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September 30, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd.
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In September, Arts in the Village Gallery presents Worldly Inspirations, a Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing intricately wrapped stone pendants and earrings by jewelry artist Dana Jansen, and evocative images captured by photographer Mary Louise Ravese, in a show that draws on inspiration, materials, and imagery from across the globe.

Dana Jansen’s use of intricate wire wrapping techniques encase and frame Brazilian agates, druzy quartz and an array of minerals and fossils found across the world.  Working mostly in sterling silver wire and occasionally copper, Dana’s labyrinthine designs supplement the stone’s natural beauty to create pieces that stand on their own as objects of fine art.

Mary Louise Ravese captures images that transport viewers to diverse destinations from around the block, to around the country, and around the globe. Inspired by a wide array of subject matter, Mary Louise's work resonates with striking color, texture and line. Her photographs of country landscapes, intriguing architectural details and unusual abstract compositions draw the eye and allow the mind to vicariously experience her view of the world.

 

Meet the artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, September 20th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

Arts in the Village Gallery, 1601 Village Market Blvd, Suite 116, Leesburg, VA 20175. Tel: 571-442-8661 Email: info@artsinthevillage.com Website: http://www.artsinthevillage.com/

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Notaviva Vineyards
13274 Sagle Rd
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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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Start Your Business (Loudoun)

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October 9, 2014

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? Ruth Cope, Assistant Director of the Loudoun SBDC, and Kelly Keyser Thompson, a Principal of Keyser Thompson Insurance Agency, will answer these and other questions essential for successfully starting a small business. Highlights will include:

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REGISTER at LoudounSBDC.eventbrite.com.

Fee:  $10 for registration online; $15 at the door
Those who pay at the door are not guaranteed seating or handouts.

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Purcellville Tag Sale Space Available

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Loudoun Valley Community Center
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Loudoun Valley Community Center is offering table space to take advantage of this community affair on October 11 and 12 from 7am to 4pm. Table rental is $25 for 2 days. Call 540-338-4122 or email lynda.vill@loudoun.gov to reserve.

Purcellville Library Fall Book Sale

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Purcellville Library
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The Purcellville Library Advisory Board's Fall Used Book Sale will offer hardback and paperback books, CDs and DVDs for sale. Used books for all ages, both fiction and non-fiction will be included in the sale. All proceeds go to benefit the Purcellville Library. Cash or check only, no credit cards. Hardcover books $2, paperback $1.

Harvest Celebration at Breaux Vineyards

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Breaux Vineyards
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Come be a part of our celebration of the 2014 harvest season at Breaux Vineyards.  We will have live music with Steele & Oglevee, craft vendors, and, of course, wine tastings.  Also if the weather is nice we will be conducting vineyard tours on the hour.

No admission or RSVP for this fun day at the winery

Looking forward to seeing you here!

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Purcellville Tag Sale Space Available

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Event: Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists -- jewelry artist Dana Jansen and photographer Mary Louise Ravese

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44045 Riverside Parkway
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Meet Dana and Mary Louise and other gallery artists during a free, open to the public reception for this month's Featured Artists' exhibit "Worldly Inspirations,” presenting the wire wrapped jewelry of Dana Jansen and the evocative photography of Mary Louise Ravese as they reveal inspiration and imagery from across the globe.

 

Working primarily in sterling silver, Dana Jansen’s intricate wire pieces frame Brazilian agates, druzy quartz and an array of minerals and fossils found across the world.

Mary Louise Ravese’s country landscapes, architectural details and unusual abstracts draw the eye and allow the mind to vicariously experience her view of the world.

 

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Creating an Effective Advisory Board

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An effective, motivated advisory board is invaluable for growing a business. It offers a community of support and influence. It helps you weather storms and exceed goals.

Marissa Levin is CEO of Successful Culture and author of Built to SCALE: How Top Companies Create Breakthrough Growth through Exceptional Advisory Boards. Join Ms. Levin as she discusses tools and templates for following her SCALE™ Model.

She’ll guide you on how to:

•    Select who you need to get your business from where it is now to where you want it to be, while developing exceptional leadership skills
•    Compensate your advisors (monetary, non-monetary, and types of equity-based compensation)
•    Associate them into your organization with a successful change management strategy
•    Leverage your advisors for business and process development, networking, and more
•    Evaluate constantly and Evolve the board as your organization grows
•    Exit advisors when they no longer fit

FREE but please REGISTER at LoudounSBDC.eventbrite.com

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FREE Live Music - Adam Bruno

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October 18, 2014

Notaviva Vineyards
13274 Sagle Rd
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Singer/songwriter Adam Bruno is a Tampa native, now living in Loudoun County. Adam has a powerful, soulful sound, blending all the best of pop, rock and acoustic music. His melody-driven songs and thoughtful lyrics make you an immediate fan!

Notaviva Vineyards will have wine for purchase by bottle or glass to any customers 21 years of age or older. Lite snacks are also available for purchase, or feel free to bring your own lunch and enjoy a picnic while listening to the tunes of Adam Bruno

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October Fourth Friday at Breaux

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October 24, 2014

Breaux Vineyards
36888 Breaux Vineyards Lane
Purcellville, 20132
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540-668-6299 ext. 204

Come enjoy the magic of fall evenings overlooking 105 acres of beautiful, lush vines at Fourth Fridays. We will have live music on the patio, food for purchase, and endless enchanting views as the sun sets over the vineyard.  Enjoy $4 mini tastings and a great selection of wines by the glass as you enjoy a fun evening with friends and your Breaux Vineyards family.

Don't miss any of these fun evenings!  The fourth Friday of each month from 5-9pm is reserved for this great event, so plan ahead!

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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November 1, 2014

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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The new Tilley-Kline Entertainment complex proposal is in its initial stages of design. The proposal – not yet formal – is on a 50-acre parcel (50.46) that is not within the town of Purcellville, but north of Rt. 7 on the corner of Rt. 287 and Saint Francis Court (Rt. 722). The developers are considering a boundary line adjustment, and …

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Mosby Heritage Area Association to Host a Talk on The VMI Cadets at the Battle of New Market

24 Sep 2014

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The Mosby Heritage Area Association will host a talk on October 19, on the VMI Cadets at the Battle of New Market and the Berkeley Family of Aldie. The talk will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Aldie Methodist Church, 39325 John Mosby Hwy in Aldie and after, a tour will be offered of the Berkeley House across the street …

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LVHS Senior to Open for Luke Brindley and Chris Ayer

22 Sep 2014

Local Loudoun Valley High School Senior Grant Frazier will open for Chris Ayer and Luke Brindley in a Buncearoo ‘curated event’ on Friday, September 26, at Catoctin Creek Distilling Co. on 120 W. Main Street in Purcellville. Buncearoo is a Round Hill based live music promoter and event organizer. Founder Bill Bunce has an excellent ear for upcoming music stars …

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5K for Local Breast Cancer Patients

18 Sep 2014

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On Sunday, October 19, Wayside Farm Fun in Berryville is hosting a 5K to raise money for the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation, an amazing charity that helps local breast cancer patients. The race is a 5K cross-country trail run/walk through the fields of Wayside Farm Fun at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Great Harvest Bread will be …

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Nature, Moving from Season To Season on a Wing and a Prayer

3 Sep 2014

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VDOE Names Chief Academic Officer

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LaRock Appointed to Joint Commission on Technology and Science

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Speaker of the House William Howell has appointed Delegate Dave LaRock as a member of the Joint Commission on Technology and Science (JCOTS), effective immediately and lasting for the duration of his term in the House of Delegates. The Commission meets several times throughout the year to “Study all aspects …

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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

Where Is the Money?

3 Sep 2014

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I’ve been reading a lot lately that Social Security is a drag on the deficit that must be reformed. But aren’t payroll taxes the sole …

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Sign the Petition

3 Sep 2014

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Loudoun Water’s proposed construction of twin 189’ water towers at the very dangerous intersection of Red Hill Road and Stone School Lane is flawed. Red …

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Twin Water Towers Do Not Belong Here

3 Sep 2014

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Loudoun Water needs water storage in the Transition Zone to accommodate growth, and proposes twin 189’ water towers at the intersection of Red Hill Road …

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