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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

Ice house, Hot House and Mad House

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Recently, I was asked: “I know we are putting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and scientists say that will warm the planet but there were also ice ages and warmer climates in the past before humans so what caused those …

Sugar Crash

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Sugar runs inside our body and fuels our very being. In biology they teach us that sugar is really glucose which is broken down in the body to produce ATP (adenine tri-phosphate). So why bring this up? Well, sugar is …

The Art of Memory

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel Still Alice. A movie that not only elicits tears, but naturally incurs reflection. This heartrending movie was the starting point of a personal wrestling with the implications of human memory. Remembering can bring us back to a …

Living in Debt

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Dr. Mike, My husband has issues with money that are hurting our relationship and family. He makes a lot of money, but he spends more than he makes and we are in debt. He can’t just have a luxury car, …

June in the Garden

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Conserve Water, Beat the Heat and Keep Things Blooming By Andrea Gaines It’s getting hot out there. And, there’s nothing more discouraging for a gardener that to come home after a weekend away – or miss a regular watering schedule …

Potoma Wayside

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My advice is: Don’t look straight down; the combination of rushing highway traffic a couple of feet away and, what’s – to me, anyway – a dizzying height, can produce some unsettling sensations. I came to this conclusion after walking …

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

Thank You Purcellville Voters

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I would like to thank you, the Purcellville voters, for your tremendous support of my campaign for Town Council.  I appreciate that so many of you put signs in your …

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

June 2016
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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Free Gardening Lecture

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Yard Sale

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

PAUL REISLER TRIO WITH LEA MORRIS AND MARSHALL KEYS

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

19th Annual Cajun Festival & Crawfish Boil

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Goats at BRNP

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Bring Dad to North Gate Vineyard

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

June Fourth Friday at Breaux Vineyards

Love, He Called It

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Love, He Called It

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Sip & Paint at Breaux Vineyards

Love, He Called It

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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Troy and Paula Haag Perform at Old Stone School

9 Jun 2016

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Troy and Paula Haag, will appear on The Gap Stage at the Old Stone School on Saturday, June 18. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Dinner will be sold by Big Mike’s BBQ, drinks will be sold by the glass, and there will be desserts at intermission. Troy and Paula will be joined by Max Haag …

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Here’s To the Colorists, Manicurists and Blow Dry Mavens… Thanks for Listening!

1 Jun 2016

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Sunday, June 26 is Beauticians Day, celebrating the cosmetology and other experts who keep us looking and feeling our best – whether it’s with a haircut and style, a facial, a manicure, or just some quiet and light conversation.

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Wait. Something That’s Really Healthy Can Be Really Fun … Too?

1 Jun 2016

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Parents of small children, and property owners with pools, ponds and other water features know that swimming safety is a must. You need to have clear rules about how ponds, pools and other places are to be used, and when. Safety equipment needs to be up to date and accessible, and it is critical that there be a responsible adult …

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Around Virginia

HUD Awards $2 Million in Housing Counseling Grants To Virginia

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Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that Catholic Charities USA, headquartered in Alexandria, will receive $951,150 in federal funding, and the Virginia Housing Development Authority, located in Richmond, will receive $1,040,918. This nearly $2 million grant by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) …

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Four Hop, Skip and a Jump Local Destinations

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Last month we encouraged our readers to consider visiting any one of five great destinations within just a stone’s throw of Loudoun’s history-lined borders – Berryville and Harper’s Ferry among them. This month we feature four destinations – two right here in our much-celebrated county, and two just over the …

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Out and About Loudoun and Beyond

The Plains’ charming restaurants, shops and sidewalks.

Five Stone’s Throw Spring and Summer Destinations By Andrea Gaines Bordered by the Potomac River to the north and beautiful mountains to the west – and with easy access to Rt. 95, the Dulles Toll Road and Route 66 – Loudouners have no short list of fun spring places to …

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Sports

The Lady Vikings Earned Back-to Back Conference Title

1 Jun 2016

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The Lady Vikings earned the back-to back conference title with a 4-1 win over Heritage in late May. The team earned a first round playoff bye finishing first in the conference and then went on to defeat Rock Ridge 12-0 in the conference semi-finals. The Lady Vikings ended their regular …

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Big Baseball Coming To Fireman’s Field

1 Jun 2016

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Got Your Father’s Day Gift Lined Up Yet? The Purcellville Cannons’ Brett Fuller couldn’t be happier. He’s the owner of one of the most popular teams in the Valley Baseball League. The team, up until recently was called the Charles Town Cannons but now calls Purcellville its home.

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