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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

Pie in the Face (with remarks from Ron Paul)

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“In any field, the establishment is seldom in pursuit of the truth because it is composed of those who sincerely believe that they are already in possession of it.” E. T. Jaynes. Everybody prefaces Bernie Sanders name with “pie in …

Asterisk No More

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Moods come and go, but greatness endures.” These prescient words were uttered by President George H.W. Bush, a man who knows firsthand the truth of his own saying. In 1992, President Bush garnered only 37 percent of …

Second Bull Run

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It may not have been a battle, but – seeing as how it was my second attempt at getting a good look at Bull Run Creek – coupled with the fact that I’m a native Northerner – I felt a …

Snowmageddon III?  Seven Survival Tips for Parents

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. “snOMG,” “snowmageddon,” “snowpocalypse,” and “kaisersnoze” are a few terms to describe what just happened in Northern Virginia. The storm was reported to be the second worst storm on record. And while many children and teens gladly …

What Is a Sport?

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By Mary Rose Lunde On January 10, hundreds of talented dancers from across the East Coast competed at the Universal Dance Academy Regional Championship at West Springfield High School. Tensions were high and the stakes couldn’t have been greater. What …

Six Things to Know to Weather a Market Downturn

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It’s natural to be nervous when the markets head for negative territory. Keep a positive perspective with these six investing reminders. It can be very unsettling for investors when their portfolios and the markets start heading for the red and …

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

Oh No, It’s the Christians!

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By Nicholas Reid In the hours and days following every massacre perpetrated by radical Muslims, there is one unifying theme across most news coverage of the massacre, wherever it may …

Dear Editor

Job Well Done!

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Kudos to Town Manager Rob Lohr and his awesome hard working staff. You did a fantastic job of snow removal throughout the Town of Purcellville this past week. Mr. Lohr …

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 …

Student News

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016

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Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

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8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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Calendar

February 2016
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Loudoun Valley Boys Basketball Spirit Night at Coach's Corner

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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5K Race to Benefit Riverside High School Athletic Department

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Chocolate & Cabernet

Sweetheart's Soirée at Breaux Vineyards

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Celebrate Valentine's Day at North Gate Vineyard

Gallery Coffeehouse: READERS THEATRE "LOVE LETTERS" BY A. R. GURNEY

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Mad Cap Puppets: UNDER THE BONSAI TREE

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

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CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT: Year Of The Monkey

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Loudoun Symphony presents A LITTLE CHAMBER MUSIC

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

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Breaux Vineyards February Fourth Friday

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THE EDGE: Malone Benefit Concert

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Loudoun School of Ballet Winter Showcase

Our Love is Here to Stay

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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Merlot Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

North Gate Vineyard Wine Dinner with Chef Sebastian Oveysi

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theatre, 100 Lunches" by Jack Sharkey & Leo Sears

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Lifestyle

Creation and Evolution in Native American Spirituality

9 Feb 2016

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In celebration of Evolution Weekend, an annual event led by clergy to encourage serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science, St. James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville has invited Roger and Deborah “Turtle” Swartz to guide a discussion of traditional Native American Spirituality and its wisdom in celebrating human relationship to the earth. In a …

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Run and Walk To Your Nearest 5K Pregame Event Happening on Super Bowl Day In Leesburg

3 Feb 2016

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There is a new Running Company, the Pace Makers Running Company, in town and they are on a mission to help the local population with their health goals while raising money for selected charities. The race at The National Conference Center in Leesburg on February 7, is to help benefit the Riverside High School Athletic Department. The upcoming race on …

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Lovin’ Leesburg for All Its Beauty

3 Feb 2016

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By Hannah Hager We may be in the thick of winter, but this home on Cherry Spring Lane will melt your heart. Come spring you’ll fully be able to enjoy this simple, yet elegant brick home and its surrounding green pastures enclosed by miles of black wooden fences. Beyond your immediate yard are sweeping views of the mountains and valleys …

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Around Virginia

Education Savings Accounts Make Big Move in House

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The Virginia House of Delegates gave a strong push to House Bill 389, Delegate Dave LaRock’s (R-33rd District) innovative Education Savings Account legislation, as the House Education Committee voted 13-9 in favor of advancing the bill forward. “This is definitely an exciting development for parents and students in the Commonwealth,” …

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Kaine to Hold Hearing on Opioid Abuse

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On Monday, February 1, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, will hold a field hearing in Loudoun County to examine the ongoing fight against opioid misuse and abuse among older Americans. Kaine has met with families, law enforcement and business leaders across Virginia …

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Youth Can Apply for 2015 Livestock Exhibitor Scholarships

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Youth who exhibited beef cattle, sheep, meat goats or swine in the 2015 State Fair of Virginia 4-H and FFA youth livestock program are eligible to apply for 12 new scholarships being offered by the State Fair of Virginia. Scholarships will be offered in three age groups: Juniors (9-12), Intermediate …

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Sports

Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016

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The Western Loudon Volleyball Club U14 boys team, called the “Hitmen,” finished second in a tournament held January 17. This is the first ever boys team for the WLVBC (and only the second boys club in the area). Coach Allan Kotmel led the seven-member team. WLVBC started eight years ago, …

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ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines

2 Dec 2015

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The Old Dominion Football Club West boys and girls middle school travel soccer program scored big the weekend of November 21 and 22.  The girls Quest Premier 22 team took home the championship in the U12 Girls Premier Division of the Hunt Country Classic located in Fauquier County. The boys …

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