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July 31, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on It’s Hot Out There! … But Cool Things Are a Happening!
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Franklin Park Arts Center Welcomes New Crop of Home Grown Musicians

By Andrea Gaines

The way music instructor Frank Keims effuses about the musicians known as “The Immortals” … you’d think he was doing an introduction for the latest inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Immortals are a rotating group of young musicians drawn from Keims’ Loudoun Music Instruction business in Lovettsville.

In 2006, Keim began calling the parents of his most gifted students to push the idea of offering these young musicians the opportunity to challenge themselves with college-level music instruction and the chance to join with a real live band. This group of young men and women would be pushed hard. They would need to maintain certain grade levels at school. They would be tested like undergrads and be given the opportunity to write music, and jam with and exchange ideas with others as talented as themselves. His most promising students loved it. And, not because it was some kind of teenage indulgence. … Continue Reading

“Big Piece of Paper” Art Exhibit Features Unusual Work

July 10, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on “Big Piece of Paper” Art Exhibit Features Unusual Work

Friends of Franklin Park Art Center announce the opening of “First You Start with a Big Piece of Paper”, the third annual creative challenge exhibit sponsored by Friends of Franklin Park Arts Center. The exhibition features works in a variety of media by local and regional artists, who were asked to incorporate a large piece of brown Kraft paper measuring at least 72 by 30 inches into their artwork.

The results of how the artists have interpreted and been inspired by this challenge are truly remarkable. Heads, toads, a dragon, a Hobbit and more! The results are a remarkable mix of torn, cut and manipulated paper; two-dimensional pieces using ink, paint and mixed media; kites and papier maché sculptural forms. The exhibit includes short statements from the artists about the inspiration for their works. Don’t miss this exhibit and the unusual – and amazing – results from creative artists faced with a unique challenge! … Continue Reading

Woodgrove Announces “Fore the Wolverines” Charity Golf Classic

July 8, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Woodgrove Announces “Fore the Wolverines” Charity Golf Classic
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The Woodgrove Wolverine Athletic Booster Club (WWABC) has announced the date for their Fall 2012 Golf Tournament. The “Fore the Wolverines” Charity Golf Classic will be held at Stoneleigh Golf and Country Club on Monday, September 17, 2012. Proceeds from the tournament funds WWABC sponsored senior scholarships. This year, the inaugural golf tournament enabled the WWABC to award $1000 scholarships to nine well deserving Wolverine senior students. Woodgrove High School would like to congratulate 2012’s “Fore the Wolverine” scholarship recipients: Lydia Cromwell, Ellen Fuller, Brad Gilson, Lisa Hemphill, Dane Mullins, Meg Nelis, Matt Reed, Caroline Vangsnes, and Brendan Wells. Please come out and support the Wolverines at Stoneleigh on September 17. For more information, e-mail Jan Lokie at seminole84@aol.com.

Click here to download a sign-up sheet for the tournament.

Movie Night In Purcellville

June 15, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Movie Night In Purcellville
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The Town of Purcellville, in partnership with Moonflicks/Northern Virginia Party Rental and Purcellville Teen Center, Inc., is pleased to announce the new Purcellville Film Festival. This is a series of free family movie nights every Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. starting June 19 and continuing for five more weeks. The movies will be shown inside the Historic Bush Tabernacle and everyone can roller skate for free afterwards until 10:00 p.m.

The Purcellville Film Festival kicks off with Cars 2 on June 19 and continues with We Bought A Zoo (June 26), Casablanca (July 3), Just Go With It (July 10), Happy Feet 2 (July 17) and O’Brother Where Art Thou? (July 24).

Dedication of New Mural at Franklin Park Arts Center

June 10, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Dedication of New Mural at Franklin Park Arts Center
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Dedication of the new mural “Loudoun County Symbols” at the Franklin Park Arts Center was held on Sat. June 9 at 11am at the Center.

The mural is part of the new Backman Community Mural Project, an extension of a recent Girl Scout Gold project originally created by Purcellville resident, Hannah Backman, who created a mural depicting historic Purcellville in the summer of 2011. The Arts Center then committed to continue to feature murals created by Loudoun residents or students, rotating the designs approximately twice a year. … Continue Reading

Melissa Wright, the Burgoo and the Return to Roots Music

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By Carol Morris Dukes

Bluegrass music is intrinsic to our area. Virginia natives have a long and storied relationship with that special sound that found its roots in our Celtic ancestors who originally populated the Appalachian regions of our country. In spite of that history and connection, mountain music, our regional “Roots” music, is not a genre with a mass following; least of all from the under 30’s crowd. But wait a minute, folks. We in Northern Virginia can run—but we can’t hide from our hillbilly legacy. … Continue Reading

Commemoration of Founding of Independent Loudoun Virginia Rangers

June 5, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Commemoration of Founding of Independent Loudoun Virginia Rangers
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To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the formation of the Independent Loudoun Virginia Rangers, the Waterford Foundation is co-sponsoring with the Lovettsville Historical Society and two Union Veterans’ groups a Reunion of Ranger descendants on June 23. The Waterford portion of this event is free and open to the public.
The Independent Loudoun Virginia Rangers were the only organized cavalry command from present-day Virginia to fight with the United States Army during the Civil War. This event will honor their formation on June 20, 1862, when Waterford miller Samuel Means began mustering in his command on Waterford’s main street.

Festivities will begin with registration at the Waterford Old School between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. Attendees will be able to mingle with mounted Loudoun Ranger re-enactors who will perform cavalry demonstrations. Local historians Taylor Chamberlin and John and Bronwen Souders will be available to sign their books about the Civil War in Waterford and its surroundings. There will be a guided tour of Civil War sites in the village to include the Sam Means House and the Union cemeteries. … Continue Reading

Join the LCPL Summer Reading Program

May 31, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Join the LCPL Summer Reading Program
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The Loudoun County Public Library summer reading program begins June 11 at all seven branches and runs through August 6. Register at your branch and pick up a challenge card filled with fun, interactive challenges for every age to complete during the program. All ages – from birth to senior citizens – are encouraged to join the invasion and participate in the fun. … Continue Reading

Rock the Field in Purcellville

May 30, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Rock the Field in Purcellville

The Town of Purcellville and the Purcellville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is once again offering their free rock music event, “Rock The Field” on June 9 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Town’s Fireman’s Field, 250 S. Nursery Ave, Purcellville, in the gazebo area behind the baseball stadium outfield fence.
Headlining this year’s event will be The Nighthawks, Legends of Blues and Rock. The Nighthawks have played locally and nationally for nearly 40 years with some of the biggest names in the business and have recently released a new CD. … Continue Reading

Leadership in the Law Summer Camp

May 24, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Leadership in the Law Summer Camp

Leadership in the Law Summer Camp will take place June 17 through June 22. Leadership in the Law Summer Camp is an opportunity for rising seniors from Loudoun and Fauquier Counties to learn firsthand about the legal system.

The program is designed to allow students to work with local judges, lawyers, law clerks and other professionals to learn about the law. It introduces students to the practice of criminal and civil law, courtroom procedures, crime scene investigation and the handling and presentation of evidence, based on a scenario right from the headlines. This year the civil and criminal controversy concerns Cyber-bullying! … Continue Reading

Ida Lee Park Recreation Center Offers “Bring A Friend” Day

May 24, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Ida Lee Park Recreation Center Offers “Bring A Friend” Day

On Saturday, June 2, 2012, all annual and six-month pass holders at Leesburg’s Ida Lee Park Recreation Center can bring a friend to the center for free, all day.

“This event allows our pass holders to share their Ida Lee experience with a friend,” explained Katey Jackson, Ida Lee’s Building Service Manager. “We want more people to discover the great opportunities that the Recreation Center offers.” … Continue Reading

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

Third Annual Taste of the Vine

May 15, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Third Annual Taste of the Vine

In celebration of the Round Hill Hometown Festival, the third annual A Taste of the Vine will be held on Saturday, May 26 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at The Old Furniture Factory to benefit Genesis International and the Afghan Women’s Fund. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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August 7, 2016

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Live Music: Stealing Dawn

August 21, 2016

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August 22, 2016

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August 23, 2016

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August 28, 2016

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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