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Aldie House Fire Displaces Four Residents

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Just after 9:00 a.m. January 7, the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call reporting a fire at a residence on Snickersville Turnpike. The initial caller reported fire and smoke in the garage and was advised to evacuate.

Fire and rescue crews from Middleburg, Philomont, Brambleton, Aldie and Fauquier County were dispatched to in the 40000 block of Snickersville Turnpike for the structure fire. Firefighters arrived on scene to find significant fire coming from the garage area of the two story single family home and the residents located safely outside. Additional resources were requested bringing fire and rescue units from Hamilton, Moorefield, Leesburg, South Riding and Metropolitan Washington Airports-Dulles to the scene. Due to the rural area, additional tankers were needed to facilitate rural water operations. The Medical Ambulance Bus was also requested to provide a rehab area for personnel out of the cold climate. … Continue Reading

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

The Trump Effect

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“Corals are marine magicians. As colonies of the tiny ocean organisms grow, they transform the calcium that circulates in seawater into enormous limestone reefs. These reefs—which can extend for more than 1,000 miles and provide homes for crabs, eels, sea …

Six Tips To a New Year and a New You in 2017

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By Michael Oberschenider, Psy.D. Research has shown that as many as 45 percent of us make New Year’s resolutions, but only about eight percent are actually successful in achieving them. And it seems that age is a factor: about 39 …

Investing in the Family Stock

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Family relationships are usually not considered under the rubric of “investments”. Yet, the personal gain and loss from family relationships is much more significant than economic return from stocks and bonds. Taking time out to relate to a person without …

Choosing a Different Lens

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We have all heard, “A picture’s worth a thousand words,” maybe even said it aloud while perusing old photo albums or scrolling through Facebook timelines. Sometimes words fall short of adequately describing an emotion encapsulating a distinct moment. Pictures fill …

Freedom Park

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A great name for a great place, this public space shows us – in my opinion – what’s best about Leesburg, Loudoun County and our country. Freedom Park – just off the Dulles Greenway on the South side of Town …

The Grim Reaper and the Great Barrier

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(to be presented to the Board of Supervisors in January) “The recent frequency and intensity of mass coral bleaching are of major concern, and are directly attributable to rising atmospheric greenhouse gases.” [1]

Pearl Harbor

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By Nicholas Reid Seventy-five years ago this December 7, to quote President Franklin D. Roosevelt, “the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” It will have been 75 …

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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Calendar

January 2017
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December 26, 2016 December 27, 2016 December 28, 2016 December 29, 2016 December 30, 2016 December 31, 2016

Family New Year’s Eve Celebration

January 1, 2017

New Year's Day Musikabend

Restore & Renew

January 2, 2017 January 3, 2017 January 4, 2017 January 5, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

January 6, 2017 January 7, 2017

Core Purpose, Core Practice Yoga

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

January 8, 2017
January 9, 2017

AUDITIONS - SEUSSICAL

January 10, 2017 January 11, 2017

Beale Street Puppets: Dig Those Dinosaurs

January 12, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

January 13, 2017 January 14, 2017

THE IMMORTALS

January 15, 2017

Come Paint with Us at Breaux Vineyards

January 16, 2017 January 17, 2017 January 18, 2017

Virginia Opera: Deep River- The Marion Anderson Story

January 19, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

January 20, 2017

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

January 21, 2017

DANNY KNICELY CONCERT

January 22, 2017
January 23, 2017 January 24, 2017 January 25, 2017 January 26, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

January 27, 2017 January 28, 2017 January 29, 2017
January 30, 2017 January 31, 2017 February 1, 2017 February 2, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

February 3, 2017 February 4, 2017

CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

February 5, 2017
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Upcoming Waterford Concerts Feature St. Lawrence String Quartet and Four Other Acts

18 Jan 2017

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Subscriptions and tickets are now on sale for five upcoming concerts, the Waterford Concert Series announced. All concerts begin at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoons in the Waterford Old School auditorium, 40222 Fairfax Street in Waterford. The concert series begins March 19 with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, known for exalted performances and joyful connection with audiences. First violinist Geoff …

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Historian Rich Gillespie Speaks on Haunts on the Loudoun Landscape

12 Jan 2017

The Mosby Heritage Area Association announced an event in conjunction with the Purcellville Library on January 29, at 2:00 p.m,. which will feature Rich Gillespie, Historian Emeritus of the Mosby Heritage Area Association, speaking on the “Haunts on the Loudoun Landscape.” The stories are all from the personal experiences of long-time local historian and teacher Rich Gillespie, or from close …

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Help Joseph … and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

4 Jan 2017

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Blue Ridge Middle School’s PTO is seeking help with its drama department, working diligently on the production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamboat. The children in the show are enthusiastic and very talented. And, the school has a long history of first class productions with recent shows such as The Lion King, which won 11 National Youth Arts Awards …

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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

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception

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We are a group of Loudoun County citizens who will be adversely affected if the board grants a special exception for the Catesby Farm property at your upcoming meeting. You …

It’s Our Right

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On December 6, the Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on a “Minor Special Exception” proposal we submitted earlier this year concerning our Catesby Farm property. Unfortunately, our limited …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm

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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

Office Building on Capitol Square To Be Named After Civil Rights Pioneer Barbara Johns

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Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the newly renovated state building located at 202 N. 9th Street on Capitol Square in Richmond (currently known as the 9th Street Office Building) will bear the name of civil rights pioneer Barbara Johns. The building, which reopened last year, houses the Virginia Attorney General’s …

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Rep. Comstock’s Key Top Priority Legislation Initiatives

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Signed into Law in Her First Term Rep. Barbara Comstock, who serves the 10th congressional district in Virginia, recently reviewed the achievements of her first term in office, identifying 17 legislative initiatives that she supported that were adopted. She said: “My staff and I have met with stakeholders, local elected …

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Man Killed Walking To Gas Station on I-95

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Virginia State Police Trooper M.J. Kryznefski is investigating a fatal pedestrian crash in Prince William County. The crash occurred at approximately 4:10 a.m., on Monday, December 26, on Interstate 95 near Exit 158B. Three males were traveling south on Interstate 95 when their Honda CRV ran out of gas. They …

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Sports

Ida Lee Spring NFL Flag Football Registration Filling Fast

18 Jan 2017

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Deadline for the House League registration is February 13. Registration for the Spring 2017 NFL Flag Football League at Ida Lee is currently open and filling fast. We are excited to offer again two great leagues: Ida Lee NFL Flag Football House League and the Ida Lee NFL Flag Football …

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Woodgrove Grabs First at Glory Days

10 Jan 2017

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The Woodgrove Varsity Gymnastics took first place in the red division of the Glory Days Invitational at Park View High School on Saturday, January 7. Woodgrove competed against Rock Ridge, Potomac Falls, Loudoun Valley and Heritage high schools. Host team Park View came in first in the lower blue division. …

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