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Hamilton Day

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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Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016

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Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

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8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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Hamilton Town Hall

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CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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Lobster Day with Chef Seb at North Gate Vineyard

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Spring Wine Glass Painting with Penny

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

TGIF @ North Gate Vineyard!

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

The Sprouted Spoon Food Truck at North Gate Vineyard

Nathaniel Davis Live at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Celebrate Mother's Day at North Gate Vineyard!

Mother's Day Brunch at Breaux

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Dog Day at Breaux Vineyards

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Senior Caregiver Training

Hillsboro Ruritan Club Dinner Meeting

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Strawberry Afternoon Tea

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Strawberry Afternoon Tea

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Land Trust of Virginia Annual Garden Party

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Waterford Concert

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

A Taste of Paris and View of Normandy at Breaux Vineyards

Annie Stokes Live at North Gate Vineyard

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Paella by Carlos at North Gate Vineyard

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Free Gardening Lecture

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Local Author’s Book Now Affordable for All Students, Teachers and Parents

30 May 2016

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Dr. Johanna LaFiandra’s book, “The Desk in the Sky” is now available as an e-book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other e-book suppliers for $2.99. After selling the printed version for $19.95, Dr. LaFiandra has reduced the price to make it widely available to the general public in the e-book format. The book can be read with the Kindle, …

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Movies in the Park Return to Ida Lee This Summer

25 May 2016

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“101 Dalmatians” kicks off the season on Thursday, May 26. Get the popcorn ready! The Town of Leesburg will once again be hosting Movies in the Park this summer. This free series will feature an evening movie on the third Thursday of each month throughout the summer, hosted at Ida Lee Park.

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New Concert Series Comes to Purcellville

20 May 2016

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On Sunday, June 5 at 4:00 p.m., internationally recognized pianist Brian Ganz will present an all-Chopin recital at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 711 W. Main Street in Purcellville. The recital will feature several of Frédéric Chopin’s studies for solo piano, including the renowned “Revolutionary” Etude, among other works by the Romantic master. Ganz, who recently moved to Purcellville from Annapolis, …

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Five Stone’s Throw Spring and Summer Destinations By Andrea Gaines Bordered by the Potomac River to the north and beautiful mountains to the west – and with easy access to Rt. 95, the Dulles Toll Road and Route 66 – Loudouners have no short list of fun spring places to …

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Update: Remains Located in Shenandoah National Park; Search Efforts Suspended

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Update: Body preliminarily identified as Nicole K. Mittendorff, 31, of Woodbridge. The physical and digital evidence collected during the course of this investigation includes a note recovered from the car leads investigators to believe there was no foul play involved in her death. ——————– Search efforts in the Shenandoah National …

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Virginia Trooper Shot and Killed at Richmond Bus Terminal

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A Virginia State Police trooper has died as a result of his injuries after being shot on March 31 at the Greyhound Bus station in the 2900 block of North Boulevard in Richmond. At approximately 2:40 p.m., Virginia State Police Trooper Chad P. Dermyer approached a male subject just inside …

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Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016

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The Western Loudon Volleyball Club U14 boys team, called the “Hitmen,” finished second in a tournament held January 17. This is the first ever boys team for the WLVBC (and only the second boys club in the area). Coach Allan Kotmel led the seven-member team. WLVBC started eight years ago, …

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ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines

2 Dec 2015

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The Old Dominion Football Club West boys and girls middle school travel soccer program scored big the weekend of November 21 and 22.  The girls Quest Premier 22 team took home the championship in the U12 Girls Premier Division of the Hunt Country Classic located in Fauquier County. The boys …

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