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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 county line to the north and northwest

Long Branch Plantation: Long Branch is country property near the beautiful village of Millwood in Clarke County. … Continue Reading

Two Alarm House Fire in Aldie

March 13, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Two Alarm House Fire in Aldie
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At approximately 6:30 a.m. Thursday, March 12 fire and rescue crews from Aldie, Leesburg, Hamilton, Philomont, Brambleton and Dulles South were dispatched to a house fire in the 22000 block of James Monroe Highway. Units arrived on scene to find significant fire showing from a single family home. All residents, including two canines had safely self-evacuated prior to the arrival of fire crews. Firefighters immediately began an aggressive fire attack and called for additional water supply resources due to the rural area of the incident. … Continue Reading

Update: LCSO Seeks Whereabouts of Missing Aldie Teen

August 21, 2014 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Update: LCSO Seeks Whereabouts of Missing Aldie Teen
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Update: Kaelen Bernal, an Aldie teenager missing since earlier this month returned home on August 22 and is safe and sound.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance to help locate a missing teenager who was last seen on August 6.

Kaelen Bernal, 17, of Aldie, was dropped off at work in the South Riding area around 10:00 a.m. It was later discovered he never showed up for work.

Kaelen is described as a White male, 5’6” tall, and weighing 140 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. He is known to frequent the Stone Ridge Community Center and the Stone Ridge Village Center.

If you know the whereabouts of Kaelen, you are asked to call Detective S. Petrakos at 703-777-0475.

Middleburg Academy Senior a Winner in Regional Scholastic Art Competition

March 4, 2014 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Middleburg Academy Senior a Winner in Regional Scholastic Art Competition
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A painting by Middleburg Academy’s Caroline Greer received the highest possible Gold Key recognition in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers recent Regional Scholastic Art Competition.

Greer’s work , “Ivory,” will be exhibited at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond from March 1 through April 15. She also received honorable mentions for “Decomposition” and “Lifted,” two submissions in the Mixed Media Category. Caroline Greer is the daughter of Cynthia and Robert Greer of Aldie.

17th Mississippi Regiment Visits Aldie Mill

May 22, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on 17th Mississippi Regiment Visits Aldie Mill
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Aldie Mill Historic Park, a property of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, welcomes the 17th Mississippi Regiment in a return visit to the mill on Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3. A living history unit, members of the 17th will portray Confederate soldiers who camped near the village of Aldie during part of the Civil War. “We’re thrilled to have members of the 17th Mississippi return to the Aldie Mill, to help us continue our commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War,” says Tracy Gillespie, Historic Site Supervisor. “Soldiers of the 17th Mississippi were hospitalized here in the village early in the war, and some of the troops even had supper at the Aldie Hotel that existed at the time.” The living history group will demonstrate military drills, fire their weapons, and explain life of a soldier in camp. To accompany these living history demonstrations, Aldie Mill historical interpreters will share information about the village during the four years of fighting, as well as the experiences of Unionist miller John Moore in an overwhelmingly Confederate area. … Continue Reading

Conversations in History Series

February 25, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Conversations in History Series

Mosby Heritage Area Association and Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority is sponsoring Rain, Sleet, Disease, and Gloom: D. H. Hill and the Confederate Retreat from Leesburg on Wednesday, March 7, at 7:00 p.m. at the Mount Zion Church, 40309 John Mosby Highway in Aldie.

With federal troops crossing the Potomac via Harpers Ferry in late February 1862, the Mosby Heritage Area soon found itself invaded. On the 150th anniversary of the evacuation of Northern Virginia by Confederate troops as the federal troops approached, Doug Batson will bring alive the evacuation and subsequent occupation by General John Geary’s men. In keeping with our attempts to commemorate the Sesquicentennial, this program by Doug Batson doing a first-person as General D.H. Hill will be a wonderful way to recall that daunting moment in time.

Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students.

School Budget Cuts Subject of Public Hearing

February 2, 2012 News, Schools 2 comments
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Citizens Speak Out Against Closing Small Western Schools and Bus Driver Benefits Cuts

The Loudoun County School Board room was packed with Loudoun County Public School (LCPS) employees and residents who spoke during the public comments on January 31, 2011. Many of the more than eighty citizens and employees who signed up to speak were concerned with the proposed budget cuts that would, among other things, affect part-time employees. Still others were concerned about the possibility that budget cuts would force the closing of western Loudoun County’s four small public schools – in Aldie, Middleburg, Hillsboro and Lincoln. … Continue Reading

Driver Caught in Flooding Stream

April 24, 2009 Public Safety Comments Off on Driver Caught in Flooding Stream

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Monday’s heavy rains brought Loudoun County rescue crews into unusual service. At around 10:30 a man called the Emergency Communications Center and said he was trapped in his van by waters rising at the intersection of Peach Orchard Lane and Frosty Meadow Lane in Aldie.

Ground and boat crews responded from Aldie, Arcola, Loudoun Rescue, Hamilton Rescue, and Prince William County. When they arrived, the water was at window level on the van. After throwing the driver a life vest, rescue workers drifted a boat toward the van. The driver boarded the boat and they pulled him to safety.

Loudoun County Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management reminds citizens to avoid flooded areas, especially if the water is flowing fast. Drivers should not attempt to cross flowing streams or flooded roadways.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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August 7, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 15, 2016

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

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

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August 20, 2016

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The Lucketts Fair

Live Music: Stealing Dawn

August 21, 2016

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

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August 22, 2016

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August 23, 2016

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

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

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August 28, 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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