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Loudoun’s Master Gardeners’ Accept Applications for Class of 2013

September 10, 2012 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Loudoun’s Master Gardeners’ Accept Applications for Class of 2013

The program is seeking individuals who are willing to give back to the community through volunteering and who have a desire to learn about gardening fundamentals. A gardening background is helping but not required.

Master Gardeners are volunteers whose mission is to educate Loudoun County residents about safe, effective and sustainable landscape management practices. Volunteers receive extensive training under the auspices of Virginia Tech and the Loudoun County Cooperative Extension office to provide unbiased research-based horticultural information to the community. … Continue Reading

Conservation Money Available for Farmers

August 12, 2012 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Conservation Money Available for Farmers

Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District has money available for landowners wishing to put conservation in action on their farms. LSWCD is accepting sign-ups for cost share for cover crops, grassland conversion, streamside fencing, water trough systems, as well as other Best Management Practices. The sign-up period for cover crops and grassland conversion practices runs until October 1st. Sign-up for the streamside fencing and water system practices, as well as all other program practices, will be accepted throughout the year. For more information about the Virginia Agricultural Best Management Practices Program, including the current cost share rates, or to schedule a site visit for your farm contact, LSWCD at 571-918-4530 or via www.lswcd.org.

One Man’s Romance with the Rose

June 6, 2012 Columns, Virginia Gardening Comments Off on One Man’s Romance with the Rose
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By Donna Williamson

Roses are blooming everywhere and seem to have benefited from our weird winter/spring weather. Being a rose fan in the mid-Atlantic is usually not easy but I have help from Dr. Buck and the beneficial insects eating all those aphids. It’s so amazing – one day I will see hundreds of aphids on the new growth of my roses, the next morning they are gone!

Dr. Griffith Buck from Iowa wanted to develop shrub roses that were tough, beautiful, and fragrant so folks could enjoy roses without fretting. As his hybridizing continued, he would plant the best candidates outside of his greenhouse at Iowa State University. In the landscape, the roses received no additional care. If they could not resist black spot or powdery mildew, their leaves would fall and they would not have the strength to get through the winter. The roses were named only if they survived well. Buck would often give them away to friends. Since Dr. Buck’s death in 1991, the roses have been recognized as valuable contributors to the landscape. A few years ago, his rose, “Quietness,” was named the best rose by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. … Continue Reading

Temperature … Temperature

June 6, 2012 Columns Comments Off on Temperature … Temperature
From the Farm

By Uta Brown

Everyone knows that it has been a strange year weather wise. Growers feel this even more intensely, as the broccoli you usually plant and watch go seedy too soon is doing fine this year. The lettuce is booming but the asparagus, even though it showed up early, is now slowing down. Since seeds need temperatures about 10 degrees higher to germinate than they need to “grow on”, it’s tricky to plant them outside if you don’t get a sufficient warm period. Soaking the bean seeds for two hours hurries the germination. But, if the nights dip into the mid-thirties or low forties, they might not make it. … Continue Reading

Summer 2012 Brings More Opportunities to Put Local Produce on the KitchenTable

June 6, 2012 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Summer 2012 Brings More Opportunities to Put Local Produce on the KitchenTable
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The “Buy Local” movement is building steam in western Loudoun County with the opening of two new farm markets – one of which seeks to grow into a full-fledge local products grocery store.

The New Lovettsville Cooperative Market

The Lovettsville Cooperative Market (LCM) and Market Table Bistro (MTB) – Lovettsville’s newest destination restaurant – have launched a new farm market in this very active community. … Continue Reading

From The Farm – June

June 5, 2012 Uncategorized Comments Off on From The Farm – June

Everyone knows that it has been a strange year weather wise. Growers feel this even more intensely, as the broccoli you usually plant and watch go seedy too soon is doing fine this year. The lettuce is booming but the asparagus, even though it showed up early, is now slowing down. Since seeds need temperatures about ten degrees higher to germinate than they need to “grow on”, it’s tricky to plant them outside if you don’t get a sufficient warm period. Soaking the bean seeds for two hours hurries the germination but if the nights dip into the mid-thirties or low forties, they might not make it. … Continue Reading

New Farm Market Launches in Lovettsville

May 28, 2012 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on New Farm Market Launches in Lovettsville

The Lovettsville Cooperative Market (LCM), a growing co-op seeking to open a community grocery store in Lovettsville, and Market Table Bistro (MTB), Lovettsville’s newest destination restaurant, are launching a new Farm Market in Lovettsville. The Market will open on Sunday, June 3, from 10am to 1pm, and will continue every Sunday through September. The location is 2 North Light Street, in the parking lot of Dr. Carroll Johnston, just behind Market Table Bistro, off West Broad Way in downtown Lovettsville. … Continue Reading

Successful Grand Opening of New Hillsboro Farmers Market on May 19

May 24, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Successful Grand Opening of New Hillsboro Farmers Market on May 19
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More than 250 people came to the grand opening of the new Hillsboro Farmers Market at the grounds of Hillsboro’s Old Stone School on Saturday, May 19 at 8:30 a.m. After a welcome by market managers Randy and Sara Lawrence, they were joined by Dave Stagmeyer, a representative for Congressman Wolf; Hillsboro Mayor Roger Vance; and Hillsboro Community Association President Mark Ware to cut the ribbon and officially open the market. Other officials who joined us opening day included Blue Ridge District Supervisor Janet Clarke, Purcellville Mayor Bob Lazaro, and Kellie Bolles with Loudoun County Economic Development. … Continue Reading

Little Lambs Visit Crooked Run

May 20, 2012 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Little Lambs Visit Crooked Run


Little Lambs pre-school group from Round Hill made a visit to Crooked Run Orchard and helped plant a raised bed of carrots, lettuce and beans. They also walked with Uta Brown across the creek (getting their feet very wet on purpose) and picked mulberries and tried some raw asparagus straight from the field in back. They enjoyed all of Crooked Run’s hidden treasures.

Farmers Asked to Report Land Uses Across the State

May 17, 2012 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Farmers Asked to Report Land Uses Across the State

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) announced today that the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will spend the first two weeks of June surveying approximately 1,800 farmers across Virginia to get a clear indication of the production and supply of major commodities for 2012. NASS, an arm of the U. S. Department of Agriculture, will compile information collected across the country into one publically accessible report to ensure the confidentiality of individual farmer information. … Continue Reading

And the Winners Are …

May 2, 2012 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on And the Winners Are …

Flower & Garden Festival Draws Huge Crowds And Recognizes the Best

It was one of the most spectacular spring days Loudoun had seen this year, and the beautiful weather, combined with the fantastic vendors and displays brought some 21,000 visitors to Leesburg’s downtown.

All were there for the 22nd annual Flower & Garden Festival, which welcomed roughly 21,000 visitors on Saturday, April 21. Sunday’s crowd was smaller, as event-goers braved wet and breezy conditions for most of the day. But, in total, the event saw about 24,000 guests. … Continue Reading

Virginia Century Farm Program Hits 1,200 Milestone

May 2, 2012 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Virginia Century Farm Program Hits 1,200 Milestone
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Montcalm Farm Joins Crooked Run Orchard, Oakland Green And Other Local Properties Worthy of Prestigious Label

The number of properties designated as a “Virginia Century Farm” has passed the 1,200 mark. As of early spring 2012, the program had recognized a total of over 1,200 farms since it was established by the Virginia General Assembly in 1997. … Continue Reading

Hummingbird Moths

May 2, 2012 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Hummingbird Moths
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“Wait … That’s An Insect?!

By Andrea Gaines

The first time you lay eyes on the incredible species known as the hummingbird moth you just might exclaim … what is that?!
The first time I saw one I was at, of all places (!) the Outlet Mall in Leesburg. It was mid-spring and just coming on dusk, and there in a well-manicured bed of petunias was a plumb little flying thing whirling and buzzing from flower to flower. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

Hundreds Will Join 20th Annual Butterfly Count August 6

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By Andrea Gaines How Is a Butterfly Like a Rainbow? Scientists recently discovered that some butterfly wings contain tiny structures called gyroids that diffract or break up light into the colors of the spectrum. You may also have seen this …

Your Retirement Plan B

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Take the time to design an alternative retirement plan should retirement come earlier than expected. Imagine this. You’ve spend decades working, saving, and planning for your version of the ideal retirement. Your company was just acquired, and your boss is …

Learning Patience As a Camp Counselor

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By Mary Rose Lunde They say that one of the biggest blessings is being a teacher. It is also one of the hardest. Explaining to nine-year-old kids how to build a fire is one of the most challenging things I’ve …

Remembering the Man Who Never Forgot

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “God is God because He remembers.” The implication being that the defining element separating humans from God is the Divine’s inability to forget. Elie Wiesel was defined in part by his willingness to remember, along with his …

Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Balch Library

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By Tim Jon Solitude, peace, and quiet: Not exactly the first three adjectives I’d choose to describe the greater portion of downtown Leesburg, although its charms do shine through even on the busiest of weekday afternoons. The last morning I …

Superforecasting a Book Review

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The book “Superforecasting” by Philip Tetlock and Dan Gardner contains a nearly complete list of the attributes of superforecasting, as well as critical thinking. Tetlock’s research empirically confirms the aspects of critical thinking I’ve been discussing in this column. Their …

Pokémon GO: A Fun New Gaming App or an Accidental Treatment?

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Penicillin was accidently discovered in 1928 when scientist Alexander Fleming returned to his lab from vacation to notice that a strange fungus growing on a culture had killed off the neighboring bacteria. After WWII, psychiatrist and researcher, Dr. John Cade, …

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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August 1, 2016

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August 7, 2016

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Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

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Live Music: Stealing Dawn

August 21, 2016

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August 22, 2016

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AUDITIONS

August 23, 2016

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Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

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September 1, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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Winchester Plans Patsy Cline Music Festival Labor Day Weekend

11 Aug 2016

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The Patsy Cline Music Festival will be held Labor Day weekend in her hometown of Winchester, Va. in honor of the legendary singer’s birthday anniversary on September. 8. Celebrating Patsy Cline sponsors the celebration that begins with a block party from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in front of the Patsy Cline Historic House, 608 S. Kent St. Music will …

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Vigil for Lost Promise to Remember Loved Ones Lost to Drugs

11 Aug 2016

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Residents and local leaders are encouraged to join the many families, friends and community groups to share the light of their loved ones lost to drugs. The Vigil for Lost Promise will be held Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Drugs: Cost and Consequences Exhibit (DEA Museum), located at 750 Miller Dr. …

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August Is National Peach Month: Eat a Peach in Salad

3 Aug 2016

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Are You Kidding? No. A nectarine and a peach are basically the same species. Nectarines are bald peaches, in effect. In early cultivation, nectarines occasionally appeared on peach trees, the result of a recessive allele, the fruit from which were then cultivated as nectarines. Peaches are also part of the rose family. No wonder why we like all three, so …

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Editorial

Grief and Greed

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By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …

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

Lessons from Short Hill

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It’s been a little over two weeks since the Commission Permit for the proposed AT&T facility on Short Hill was overruled by the Board of Supervisors. This is just about …

Thank You

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Dear Citizens of Purcellville: As your town council member it is my vision and priority that you feel welcome at your Town Hall and take part in shaping Purcellville’s future …

View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input …

Around Virginia

Land Trust Receives Large Donation

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On August 22, The Land Trust of Virginia received a $10,000 gift from the Sharon D. Virts Foundation, based in Herndon. The presentation of this grant was part of the Foundation’s official launch event, held at Selma Plantation in Leesburg. Notable speakers included Sharon D. Virts, FCiFederal Founder and Chair, …

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Farmers Urged To Be On The Lookout For Marijuana

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Farmers in Southwest Virginia are being urged to check their property for marijuana planted by trespassers. Within the past year, hundreds of marijuana plants have been discovered between rows of hay bales on farms in and around Pulaski County, according to the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force. “Unfortunately this …

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State Senators Investigate University of Virginia’s $2.3 Billion Operating Surplus

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Senators Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax City) and Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach), are calling for an investigation into disclosures that the University of Virginia has accumulated a $2.3 billion operating surplus, now titled a “Strategic Investment Fund,” that is significantly larger than the Commonwealth’s own cash reserves. Both senators agree that the …

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Sports

Let’s Make Some Memories

3 Aug 2016

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American Legion Baseball At Fireman’s Field, August 3 – 7 By Andrea Gaines American Legion Baseball is here at Fireman’s Field in a big way, featuring five consecutive blockbuster Mid-Atlantic Tournament games – August 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Our local Leesburg Post 34 Rangers had some nice wins …

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Registration Open For Ida Lee’s Fall NFL Flag Football

7 Jul 2016

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Ida Lee’s Fall 2016 NFL Flag Football League will begin with player evaluations on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31.  Players must be registered by Tuesday, July 26, to participate. This fall, Ida Lee’s Leesburg NFL Flag Football House League will have the following age groups:  6-7; 8-9; 10-11; …

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