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Hamilton Day 2016 Is Just Around the Corner

May 30, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Hamilton Day 2016 Is Just Around the Corner
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The day will begin with the third running of a cross country race for the kids – the Hamilton Point to Point – a ½ mile run for K-third grades, a one mile race for fourth and fifth graders and a two mile race for middle school students. The race is sponsored by Craftsmark Homes and Thompson Best Heating and Air Conditioning, Lowry’s Crab Shack, the Blue Ridge Leader and The Natural Merchantile. Registration forms can be downloaded from the Town of Hamilton web site at: www.town.hamilton.va.us and dropped off at the Town office or walk up registration the day of the race. … Continue Reading

Fraser Wins Purcellville – Big

May 6, 2016 Elections, News 2 comments
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Bledsoe, Cool, Grim And Ogelman Win Town Council

On Tuesday May 3, incumbent Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser won his re-election bid beating out two term Council Member Joan Lehr with 70.87 percent of the vote. Fraser received 1,090 votes to Lehr’s 440.

“I think it’s a clear mandate. The people have spoken, said Fraser. “This is a council we can work with. We’ve put four people in place, and we all have the same vision, which is to listen to the voice of the citizens.” … Continue Reading

Kidtime Christian Academy Opens Doors

September 3, 2015 Business, News Comments Off on Kidtime Christian Academy Opens Doors
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Kidtime Christian Academy, a new preschool and after school care preschool in Hamilton, is now open and enrolling for preschool and after school care. To celebrate its grand opening, the school is offering free registration and five percent off of full or part time preschool tuition. The academy is in the former Hamilton Rescue Squad located at 71N Laycock St.

Michelle Piteira, the founder and president, saw that the building had great potential to support the growing need for quality childcare in western Loudoun but realized that it would require a lot of work and a large investment to transform it to a new state-of-the-art preschool.

“It’s been a long journey, but after two long years, we persevered through the challenges to transform and bring new life and purpose to this historic building,” said Piteira. Their doors opened in early August. … Continue Reading

Volunteer Paramedic Arrested for Inappropriate Contact with a Minor

May 23, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Volunteer Paramedic Arrested for Inappropriate Contact with a Minor
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A volunteer paramedic is under arrest after an investigation revealed he was having inappropriate contact with an underage female.

Timothy M. Ward, 31, of Sterling was arrested Friday night and charged with indecent liberties with a child by a person
in a custodial or supervisory relationship and use of a communication device to solicit a child.

Ward is a Lieutenant at the Hamilton Volunteer Rescue Squad and a volunteer paramedic with the Sterling Rescue Squad. … Continue Reading

Celebrate Town of Hamilton May 30

May 6, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Celebrate Town of Hamilton May 30
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The annual town of Hamilton parade and festivities will be Saturday, May 30.

The day will begin with the second running of a cross country race for the kids – the Hamilton Point to Point – beginning at 8 a.m. on the grounds of Hamilton Elementary School. All children in kindergarten through eighth grade are invited to register for the races – a ½ mile run for kindergarten through third grade and the second race for fourth and fifth graders. The final run will be a 2-mile race for middle school students. Registration forms can be downloaded at www.town.hamilton.va.us.

The Hamilton Day Parade down W. Colonial Highway is at 11:00 a.m. starting at the Hamilton Safety Center, going through town and ending at the corner of Reid Street (by Lowry’s Crab Shack and the LDS church). All decorated bicycles, walking costumed children, 4H, ball teams, dance troupes, local businesses, antique cars etc. are called to join the parade. … Continue Reading

Fire Destroys Hamilton Barn

March 8, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Fire Destroys Hamilton Barn
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The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office has determined that an afternoon fire that destroyed a Hamilton Barn was accidental. The fire, which resulted in $200,000 damages, was due to a heat lamp too close to bedding materials.

At 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, fire-rescue units from Hamilton, Purcellville, Round Hill, Lovettsville, Leesburg, Lucketts, Ashburn, Arcola and the County Fire Marshal’s Office responded to a barn fire in the 16000 block of Hamilton Station Road. First arriving units reported a 50’x200’ barn fully involved in fire with partial roof collapse. Access to the structure was limited due to length and narrowness of driveway and snow accumulation. Crews were able to contain the fire to the building of origin. Units remained on the scene for several hours overhauling the structure. … Continue Reading

Let’s Celebrate Hamilton Day

April 1, 2014 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Let’s Celebrate Hamilton Day

By Carri Michon 

Mark your calendars to celebrate together at the annual town of Hamilton parade and festivities. This year Hamilton Day will be held Saturday, April 26.  The day begins with the new offering of a cross country run – the Hamilton Point to Point for children with the races beginning at 8:00 a.m. on the grounds of Hamilton Elementary School. All children grades kindergarten through eighth are invited to register for the races – a half-mile run for kindergarten through third grades with the second half mile race for grades four and five.  The final race will be a two-mile run for middle school students. Registration forms can be downloaded after April 2 from the Hamilton web site at  www.town.hamilton.va.us. Questions can be directed to Carri Michon at CLMichon@aol.com.

The annual parade will begin at 11 a.m. at the Hamilton Safety Center through town and end at the corner of Reid Street and W. Colonial Highway (by Lowry›s Crab Shack and the LDS church).   Welcomed are all decorated bicycles, walking costumed children, 4H, ball teams, local businesses, antique cars and tractors, etc.  Any interested participants for the parade can contact Cheryl Campbell at cbikowski@burkinc.com. … Continue Reading

Let’s Play Ball

April 30, 2013 Sports Comments Off on Let’s Play Ball

By Carri Michon

The past two glorious Saturdays have found many a family at the baseball diamond. Games have begun and with that Opening Day ceremonies for Little League baseball around our small towns here in western Loudoun. A snapshot includes:

Parades: Both Lovettsville and Hamilton had parades. Erik Rohs, a AAA Reds player said, “My favorite thing about Opening Day is riding in the parade with my team through town.” A young Hamilton T-baller, Maggie Mills, who was in the parade for the first time highlighted that she “liked riding in the truck!” That statement was seconded by her little brother, Jack, who added, “and the candy!”.

Ceremonies: Lovettsville, Hamilton, Round Hill and Purcellville all held individual Opening Ceremonies. The colors were officially presented in Lovettsville by Colonel Wesley Fox of the Young Marines and in Hamilton by the US Navy Presidential Color Guard. Around the towns, National Anthems were sung by elementary school students, a mayor’s daughter as well as by the barbershop quartet, Mint Condition, in Round Hill. Purcellville included a tribute to the late Don Rose, Sr. It was noted that there have been many instrumental people over the 53 years of Upper Loudoun Little League who have keep the league running so that the children can play the great game of baseball. … Continue Reading

Hamilton Day

April 30, 2013 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Hamilton Day
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By Carri Michon

Hamilton Day dawned with bright blue skies and although windy and a bit chilly, the streets were lined with more people than last year according to one attendee. Once again our small town parade was graced with a US Navy contingent, this year being the US Navy Presidential Color Guard and Rifle Team. Outstanding were they! Sloane Tanner, a young softball player who was in the parade with her team, highlighted that she “liked riding in the parade and throwing candy!” The celebration afterwards commenced at Hamilton Elementary School grounds this year. An added attraction of 4H animals was a welcome addition to the day. James Sessler, a second grader at Ken Culbert Elementary said, “There was a goat with a shaggy brown coat. He ate and ate everything I picked for him!” That goat just happened to be a silky fainting goat owned by Carly Campbell, a Blue Ridge Middle School sixth grader. She offered to bring her animals to Hamilton Day and share them with the Hamilton community. “It was so nice to teach kids about animals that don’t usually get the opportunity to be around them.” said Miss. Campbell. … Continue Reading

Hamilton Day Scheduled

April 18, 2013 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Hamilton Day Scheduled
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The celebration of small town life in western Loudoun begins this weekend with Hamilton Day on Saturday, April 20, 2013. Come and watch the parade which starts at 11:00 a.m. at the Hamilton Safety Center traveling down through town and ending at the corner of Reid Street and W. Colonial Highway (by Lowry’s Crab Shack and the LDS church). Please note that any interested last minute participants for the parade can contact Carri Michon at clmichon@aol.com – and, as always, classic cars and tractors are always welcome.

The festivities to Celebrate the Town of Hamilton will move to the grounds of Hamilton Elementary School instead of Hamilton Park (a change from years past). For the children in all of us there will be found a petting area by local 4H clubs, glitter tattoos by DeeVinchey and face painting by the Hamilton Baptist Church. Food by the Ruritans and a bake sale by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Hamilton Safety Center are among some of the food offerings to be had. An Opening Day ceremony for Hamilton youth sports will begin at noon. A few of the Hamilton area baseball and soccer teams will be announced on the fenced Little League field ending with a stirring flag ceremony led by the US Navy Presidential Honor Guard as they present the colors. Following the flag ceremony at 12:30 p.m. there will be a pie eating contest on the blacktop with representatives from the Hamilton Town Council a part of the fun. Rounding out the day, Little League baseball games on site will begin at 1:00 p.m. Plan to come and join us as we once again commemorate small town America the Hamilton way.

Interview with Hamilton Mayor Greg K. Wilmoth

January 9, 2013 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Interview with Hamilton Mayor Greg K. Wilmoth
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Greg K. Wilmoth served on the Hamilton Town Council before claiming the mayor’s seat in the 2010 town elections – in what many considered to be an upset over the incumbent. He won re-election this past spring, and continues to watch over the concerns of his community from the official office on Main Street. Mayor Wilmoth has lived in Hamilton for over 50 years.

Tim Jon: Hamilton enjoys an identity as a beautiful, historic little town – sandwiched in – between two much larger ones: Leesburg and Purcellville; what are some of the pros- and cons – of its relatively small size and population – and location? … Continue Reading

House Fire Quail Creek Circle

November 7, 2012 News, Our Towns Comments Off on House Fire Quail Creek Circle
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At approximately 12:30 p.m. Wednesday November 7, 2012 the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received a call for a reported house fire at 17291 Quail Creek Circle in Hamilton. Fire and rescue crews from Hamilton, Purcellville, Leesburg, Round Hill and Lovettesville were dispatched to the single family home and upon arrival found active fire along the exterior of the residence.

Crews initiated an aggressive fire attack and quickly extinguished the fire. All occupants had self-evacuated prior to arrival of fire and rescue personnel.

No civilian or firefighter injuries have been reported at this time.

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office investigated the fire and determined it to be accidental, caused by a heating appliance being used by workers on the exterior of the basement. The estimated dollar loss is $20,000.

Two adults, one minor and the family dog were displaced and are staying in the area with friends and/or family.

“Images of Summer” Art Display in Hamilton

August 26, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on “Images of Summer” Art Display in Hamilton
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An exhibit of original paintings by artist Donna Robinson will be on display at Prudential Carruthers Real Estate in Hamilton September 10 – November 30. The public is invited to attend an Opening Reception for the artist on Thursday, September 13 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Prudential Carruthers is located at 4 East Colonial Highway in Hamilton.

About Donna Robinson:
From crisp realism to a soft impressionistic style, Donna Robinson reveals beauty in both the simple and the complex in her paintings. The artist lives in Northern Virginia and exhibits throughout the region, winning many awards and honors.

Donna’s love for the arts began at age four with her passion for theater, dance, singing and fine art. She pursued a career in liturgical fabric design and art, creating and displaying her work in over 15 states in the US. She has traveled at the invitation of the Israeli government to participate in Jerusalem at the Feast of Tabernacles, and her creations have been on exhibition in the coliseum in Italy, in Washington, DC at the Capitol, the Russell Senate Office Building Rotunda and the Patriot Center at George Mason University. … 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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Live Music: Stealing Dawn

August 21, 2016

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August 23, 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 …

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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

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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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