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Four Hop, Skip and a Jump Local Destinations


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

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

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

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

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

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

April 24, 2009

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.









2016 Energy Summit – George Washington University


On Friday evening, October 28, George Washington University, Virginia Campus in Ashburn will host the 10th annual Don Sandros Energy Summit in cooperation with local businesses and non-profits. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for a reception with wine donated by …

Attributing Disaster


“Humans are likely to create a catastrophe, and possibly an associated disaster, that vastly exceeds our own ability to recover from it. In the face of all our efforts, it will persist.” – Richard Guthrie [1] “Here we show that …

Concerned Parent


By Michael Oberschenider Psy.D. Dr. Mike, We recently signed our four-year-old daughter up for gymnastics. It wasn’t cheap, but her friends from the neighborhood do it, and she has been begging us to go. It turned out to be a …

Invisible Illnesses

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By Mary Rose Lunde It is general knowledge that when people think about illnesses, they don’t think about illnesses that aren’t physically apparent. Sure, people know about conditions such as multiple sclerosis and other diseases with visible symptoms, but many …

Robinson Park

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Looking back, now – I’m glad it wasn’t what most people would’ve considered a nice day; I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my share of hot and sunny to last me for at least a generation (especially since …

Are Your Estate and Financial Plans Shock-Proof?


Don’t wait until “what if?” becomes “what is.” Where will you live as you age? Think about your housing options now, so you have choices and won’t have to make a hasty decision should an unexpected health event force you …

In Defense of ‘Adulting’


By Samuel Moore-Sobel Most friends transitioning from college to the workforce long for the days of college, wishing to be back in class and participating in campus life. To be honest, I may be in the minority, but I have …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016


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


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


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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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

October 1, 2016

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

October 2, 2016
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Virginia Outdoors Foundation 50 years of Conservation Celebration

October 9, 2016
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Barefoot Puppets: Dreamtime, Tales From Down Under

October 13, 2016 October 14, 2016 October 15, 2016

Loudoun Centre Theatre: The Scamps Of Scapin!

October 16, 2016

Harvest Celebration & Fall Farm Tour


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Anthony Semiao Live at North Gate Vineyard


October 22, 2016 October 23, 2016

Come Paint with us at Breaux Vineyards

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October Fourth Friday

October 29, 2016

2 Pound Sterling Live at North Gate VIneyard

October 30, 2016

Music With A Cause - Music of Colonial America

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OysterFest at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Veteran’s Day 10k Raises Funds for Veteran Causes

13 Oct 2016


On November 6, the Loudoun County Road Runners Club will again conduct the annual Loudoun 10K Trail Race in order to raise funds for veteran causes. Since it’s origin in 2011, the trail race has generated more than $90,000 with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to veteran’s charities, specifically Boulder Crest Retreat and Pets for Vets.

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FBRM Clean-Up Day at Blue Ridge Regional Park

6 Oct 2016


Join Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains for an Autumn clean-up to remove invasive vegetation from Blue Ridge Regional Park on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Some tools and equipment will be provided, but please bring your clippers, pruning shears, or saws if you can. Directions: From Leesburg, drive west on Route 7 past the turnoff …

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Painted Barrel Auction Saturday, October 8

6 Oct 2016


The Auction for The Painted Barrels around Purcellville will be held on Saturday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m at the Bush Tabernacle – 250 S. Nursery Ave. Purcellville. Thirty-Five local Loudoun County artists were given an oak wine barrel to create a Purcellville / Loudoun theme on it. Each barrel was sponsored by a local business and was displayed throughout …

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Grief and Greed


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 …


Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!


– 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


– 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

New Proposed Uses for Western Loudoun

Loudoun County Seal Color

If you live in the middle or western part of Loudoun where you enjoy a parcel of open space near your property (which probably was put into an open space …

Bennett Knows How To Make Economy Work for All


In the election for the 10th District House seat, only one candidate has a more than three decades of success growing a local business. As the owner of a successful …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm


By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

Around Virginia

History’s Holy Places: Four Local Sites Worth Exploring This Fall


The Journey through Hallowed Ground is a 180-mile long, 75-mile wide trek from Gettysburg to Monticello, encompassing nine presidential homes and places, 18 national and state parks, and thousands of small and large historical sites. Dozens and dozens of these sites and related museums are short ride from just about …

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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


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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Hunter’s First Professional Race

7 Sep 2016


Drew Hunter and Loudoun Valley classmates at his first professional race, Sir Walter Miler in Raleigh, NC in early August , l to r:  Marcos Pierce, Matt Slook, Drew Hunter, Max McNerney. Hunter finished with a time of 3:57.15. Hunter turned professional and signed with Adidas.

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Let’s Make Some Memories

3 Aug 2016


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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