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Hillsboro Charter Academy Camp Registration Begins

May 4, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Hillsboro Charter Academy Camp Registration Begins
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Hillsboro Charter Academy, Loudoun County’s newest public charter school is now taking registration for children ages 5 to 14 for its summer STEAM camp. The camp’s eight one-week sessions begin June 20 and will offer themes including nature and art, physics and rocketry, world cultures, dance and stage magic, and kitchen chemistry.

Reflecting the science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) curriculum and project-based learning approach of Hillsboro Charter Academy, camp activities will include experiments, arts, crafts, music, and group exploration of topics, along with field trips and plenty of outdoor fun. Each camp session will conclude with a special celebration of that week’s theme for the families of the campers. … Continue Reading

Hillsboro’s Elegant Solution To Traffic

December 2, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Hillsboro’s Elegant Solution To Traffic
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Hillsboro’s Mayor Roger Vance is nothing if not incredibly enthusiastic about his town’s future. How can you not be excited about the possibilities for a town that, among other things, is the birthplace of Susan Koerner Wright, mother of airplane inventors Wilbur and Orville Wright?

An epicenter for the Loudoun Valley’s agricultural economy in the 1800s, Hillsboro declined in the years leading up to the Civil War. Over the course of the 20th Century it then settled into itself – surviving as a quaint and dusty, little known place.

The town’s huge multi-story mills – agricultural machines churning out woolens, grain and cider – were gone. Gone too, were the long lines of wagons ferrying goods to places near and far. Its two department stores were shuttered and its professionals and tradesmen – including several doctors, blacksmiths and tanners – had moved on. Hillsboro was also largely passed by via the railroad routes springing up around Bluemont, Purcellville and other destinations. … Continue Reading

Christmas In Hillsboro Craft Fair and Festival December 12 and 13

December 2, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Christmas In Hillsboro Craft Fair and Festival December 12 and 13
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Nearly 40 artisans and vendors will participate in the Christmas in Hillsboro Craft Fair and Festival on December 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on December 13 from noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Old Stone School Community Center in Hillsboro. The Christmas tree lighting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on December 12. Fresh trees and wreaths, as well as decorations, lights, food and drink will be available for sale. The Old Stone School is located at 37098 Charles Town Pike.

On December 12 from noon to 4:00 p.m., the Catoctin School of Music will sing carols on stage in the historic building. After the festivities have wrapped up on Sunday, December 13, visitors will be invited to come back to the Old Stone School at 6:00 p.m. for the Big Bad Drama Club’s production of “A Little Bit of Christmas.” The admission is a new toy that will be donated to Toys for Tots.

Enjoy Holiday Shopping and Festivities at the Historic Old Stone School

November 20, 2015 Our Towns Comments Off on Enjoy Holiday Shopping and Festivities at the Historic Old Stone School
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Get in the holiday spirit at the historic Old Stone School Community Center in Hillsboro on December 12 and 13 at the Christmas in Hillsboro Craft Fair and Festival. There will be nearly 40 artisans and vendors inside and out for holiday shopping, fresh trees and wreaths for sale, decorations, lights, caroling, food, and drink. The Christmas tree lighting will be held the evening of December 12 and all are invited. This event is co-hosted by the Friends of the Old Stone School (the non-profit organization formerly called the Hillsboro Community Association) which is dedicated to maintaining and managing the Old Stone School and the Town of Hillsboro , and sponsored by thegirlbetweenthehills.com. The Old Stone School is located at 37098 Charles Town Pike in Hillsboro. … Continue Reading

Winner of 2015 Hillsboro Heritage Day Contest Announced

October 7, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Winner of 2015 Hillsboro Heritage Day Contest Announced
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The Hillsboro Community Association and the Town of Hillsboro have announced the winner of the 2015 Hillsboro Heritage Day Poster Contest, Kelley Wills. Ms Wills has a B.A. in Studio Art and is working as a graphic designer in Northern Virginia.

This year’s Hillsboro Heritage Day has a Colonial theme and is part of the Fall Farm Tour. Come enjoy these festivities from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 17 at the Old Stone School :

  • Listen to live music
  • Shop from local farmers and artisans
  • Watch demonstrations
  • See performances
  • Learn about Hillsboro and Loudoun in Colonial times
  • Get delicious food
  • Enjoy local beer and wine
  • Go on a walking tour of Hillsboro
  • Hear from alumni about attending class at the Old Stone School

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Yet Another Accident in the Town of Hillsboro

September 2, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Yet Another Accident in the Town of Hillsboro
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On Friday August 28 around 5:00 p.m. there was yet another wreck in Hillsboro – right by the driveway where Hillsboro resident John Siman had just been standing.

“An employee from Dominion Power asked me if he could park in my neighbor’s driveway to repair a power pole which had been hit by a texting driver back in July,” said Siman. He continued, “Shortly after he had begun work, a man driving west on Route 9 dozed off at the wheel after he had entered Hillsboro and rammed into the back of the big Dominion Power truck. The car did almost a full 180 degree spin, hit the Dominion Power employee who at that moment was standing by the mailbox. The impact of the car hitting the employee, bounced him off the hood.”

“It’s a miracle he wasn’t killed,” said Siman. He had some abrasions on his forearm from scraping across a windshield wiper as he fell of the hood. He was taken away by ambulance. The driver of the car was completely uninjured.

LCSO Investigating Armed Robbery at Hill Tom Market

January 12, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Investigating Armed Robbery at Hill Tom Market
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a reported armed robbery at the Hill Tom Market in Hillsboro.

On January 10, an unknown suspect entered the store around 2:00 p.m. and brandished a firearm. The suspect demanded cash and fled westbound on Charles Town Pike (Route 9).

The suspect was described as a White male, 6’0” -6’2”, 25 to 30-years-old, with a thin build and was wearing camouflage clothing and a mask.

Anyone with any information regarding this case is asked to contact Detective C. Cunningham of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office at 703-777-0475. If the caller wishes to remain anonymous, they are asked to call Loudoun Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919. If the information provided to Crime Solvers leads to an arrest and indictment, the caller could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000.

Shop Local for Gifts at the Biggest Holiday Craft Fair Held at the Old Stone School

December 9, 2014 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Shop Local for Gifts at the Biggest Holiday Craft Fair Held at the Old Stone School
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The annual Holiday Craft Fair at the Old Stone School is going to be bigger than ever this year! Nearly 50 crafters will fill both levels of the Old Stone School on Saturday, December 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Shop local and find unique one-of-a-kind items great for holiday gifts and so much more! Plan to do your shopping at the Old Stone School before or after you go on the Christmas in Hillsboro Historic Homes Tour held the same day from noon to 6:00 p.m.

Here are just some of the artisans and many of the wonderful items you’ll find at the Holiday Craft Fair at the Old Stone School. Hand-turned and carved wooden utensils, bread boards, boxes, and bowls by Madiera; finely sewn holiday decor and dining finery by Melissa Papajohn, Sammie Wolfe, and Patsy Reed. A wonderful variety of pottery for nearly any style will be sold by Monkeytown Pottery and Chunk of Happiness. Blooming Hill and Loudoun Valley Herbs awaken the senses and help keep a beautiful and healthy home with their holiday and home décor inspired by Virginia-grown herbs and greenery in hand-crafted arrangements and natural ornaments. Warm up your wardrobe with alpaca and angora sweaters, ponchos, vests, scarves, gloves, hats, and earwarmers from Kismet Acres and Pat Lasus, as well as shoe liners for the coming snowy winter. … Continue Reading

Enjoy the Christmas in Hillsboro Historic Homes Tour

December 9, 2014 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Enjoy the Christmas in Hillsboro Historic Homes Tour
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Visit four historic homes in the Town of Hillsboro that will be beautifully decorated for the holidays with fresh greens. These homes will be open for paid ticket holders from noon to 6:00 p.m. during the Christmas in Hillsboro Historic Homes Tour on Saturday, December 13. Candlelight tours start at 3:00 p.m. Tickets for the tour are $20 ($17 in advance and for Hillsboro Community Association members), $18 for seniors and students ($15 in advance), and 10 and under are free.

The Christmas in Hillsboro Historic Homes Tour starts at the Old Stone School at 37098 Charles Town Pike in Hillsboro, where you will get your tickets and booklet with information about the homes on tour and their location. From there, you will walk to the four homes on tour. Be sure to dress appropriately and wear comfortable shoes. At each home, docents will give you a history of the home and the unique architecture and antiques in the rooms. For tickets, visit www.OldStoneSchool.org or call 540-668-6192. … Continue Reading

Enjoy an Evening of Dinner, Art, and Music

October 17, 2014 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Enjoy an Evening of Dinner, Art, and Music
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The third in a series of classical music concerts at the Old Stone School in the historic Town of Hillsboro will be held Sunday, November 2 starting at 7:00 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. for dinner, art show, and a silent auction. Tickets for the concert are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for students, and children 12 and under are free. This concert will feature classical music composed by Bach, Mozart, and Vivaldi. Dinner will be prepared and sold by Karen Fuog and there will be wine from Hillsborough Vineyards. Food and drink are not included in the ticket price. The classical concert series benefits ongoing restoration efforts at the Old Stone School. … Continue Reading

Local Authors Sign Books at Hillsboro Farmers Market at the Old Stone School

August 7, 2014 Events, Farm and garden, Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Local Authors Sign Books at Hillsboro Farmers Market at the Old Stone School
Local author Bobbi Carducci signing a copy of one of her books during the Hillsboro Farmers Market at the Old Stone School

Reading enthusiasts had a wonderful time meeting local authors Bobbi Carducci and Marc Leepson during the Hillsboro Farmers Market at the Old Stone School on August 2. Additional activities for kids that focused on reading included storytelling lead by the Purcellville Library, a book sale from Around the Block Books, and a chance to talk with educational consultants with Usborne and Kane Miller children’s books.

Bobbi Carducci, Director of the Young Voice Foundation, had copies of two of her books on hand to sign. For young readers, she sold and signed copies of Storee Wryter get a Dog. She also had copies of her newly released book, Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver, available. Marc Leepson is a journalist, historian, and the author of eight books. His most recent book, What So Proudly We Hailed Francis Scott Key, A Life, is the first biography of the author of “The Star-Spangled Banner” in more than 75 years. Copies of that book and Lafayette: Lessons in Leadership from the Idealist General were both available at the market to purchase and have signed by the author.

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Shop for Your Table and for Your Home and Garden at Hillsboro’s Old Stone School May 18

May 6, 2013 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Shop for Your Table and for Your Home and Garden at Hillsboro’s Old Stone School May 18
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Start off spring at Hillsboro’s Old Stone School on May 18 with two great events: the opening day of the Hillsboro Farmers Market and the first Hillsboro Art & Garden Show. Together, there will be 45 vendors featured with a wonderful variety of local food and goods from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Old Stone School, 37098 Charles Town Pike in Hillsboro.

Hillsboro Farmers Market at the Old Stone School

Join us for the opening day of the Hillsboro Farmers Market on Saturday, May 18. The new market hours are 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., though the hours will be extended to 4:00 p.m. on May 18. The market will be open Saturdays through September 28.

There are almost 20 vendors for this year’s market, with several who are returning from last season. The Hillsboro Farmers Market will have coffee, bread, wine, scones, pottery, soaps, produce, meats, eggs, plants, cut flowers, prepared foods, preserves, soups, syrup, prints, and more. … Continue Reading

Hundreds Came to Celebrate Independence Day on July 7 at Hillsboro’s Old Stone School

July 10, 2012 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Hundreds Came to Celebrate Independence Day on July 7 at Hillsboro’s Old Stone School
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Despite the soaring temperatures, hundreds of people still came to Hillsboro’s Old Stone School for the Independence Day Celebration on July 7. This annual event is hosted by the Hillsboro Community Association, the non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining and renovating the historic building.

To give folks who came to the celebration a respite from the heat, the Hillsboro Community Association set up a misting station outside and had water balloon races where losers were cooled off when their water balloons exploded and winners got prizes. There were also activities in the air conditioned Old Stone School including a Valiant Warrior Quilting event where people made squares to be included in quilts given to service men and women wounded while serving our country and a display of historic and antique weapons. Free, cold ice cream, donated by Dot Shetterly and the Hill Tom Market, was served in the auditorium while the Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers performed then invited people from the audience to join in. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ice house, Hot House and Mad House

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Recently, I was asked: “I know we are putting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and scientists say that will warm the planet but there were also ice ages and warmer climates in the past before humans so what caused those …

Sugar Crash

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Sugar runs inside our body and fuels our very being. In biology they teach us that sugar is really glucose which is broken down in the body to produce ATP (adenine tri-phosphate). So why bring this up? Well, sugar is …

The Art of Memory

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel Still Alice. A movie that not only elicits tears, but naturally incurs reflection. This heartrending movie was the starting point of a personal wrestling with the implications of human memory. Remembering can bring us back to a …

Living in Debt

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Dr. Mike, My husband has issues with money that are hurting our relationship and family. He makes a lot of money, but he spends more than he makes and we are in debt. He can’t just have a luxury car, …

June in the Garden

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Conserve Water, Beat the Heat and Keep Things Blooming By Andrea Gaines It’s getting hot out there. And, there’s nothing more discouraging for a gardener that to come home after a weekend away – or miss a regular watering schedule …

Potoma Wayside

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My advice is: Don’t look straight down; the combination of rushing highway traffic a couple of feet away and, what’s – to me, anyway – a dizzying height, can produce some unsettling sensations. I came to this conclusion after walking …

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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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Oh No, It’s the Christians!

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By Nicholas Reid In the hours and days following every massacre perpetrated by radical Muslims, there is one unifying theme across most news coverage of the massacre, wherever it may …

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Thank You Purcellville Voters

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I would like to thank you, the Purcellville voters, for your tremendous support of my campaign for Town Council.  I appreciate that so many of you put signs in your …

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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 …

Student News

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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June 2016
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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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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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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

Yard Sale

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

PAUL REISLER TRIO WITH LEA MORRIS AND MARSHALL KEYS

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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

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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

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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

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

19th Annual Cajun Festival & Crawfish Boil

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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

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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

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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

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

Goats at BRNP

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

Bring Dad to 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

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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

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

June Fourth Friday at Breaux Vineyards

Love, He Called It

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

Love, He Called It

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

Sip & Paint at Breaux Vineyards

Love, He Called It

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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

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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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Troy and Paula Haag Perform at Old Stone School

9 Jun 2016

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Troy and Paula Haag, will appear on The Gap Stage at the Old Stone School on Saturday, June 18. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Dinner will be sold by Big Mike’s BBQ, drinks will be sold by the glass, and there will be desserts at intermission. Troy and Paula will be joined by Max Haag …

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Here’s To the Colorists, Manicurists and Blow Dry Mavens… Thanks for Listening!

1 Jun 2016

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Sunday, June 26 is Beauticians Day, celebrating the cosmetology and other experts who keep us looking and feeling our best – whether it’s with a haircut and style, a facial, a manicure, or just some quiet and light conversation.

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Wait. Something That’s Really Healthy Can Be Really Fun … Too?

1 Jun 2016

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Parents of small children, and property owners with pools, ponds and other water features know that swimming safety is a must. You need to have clear rules about how ponds, pools and other places are to be used, and when. Safety equipment needs to be up to date and accessible, and it is critical that there be a responsible adult …

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HUD Awards $2 Million in Housing Counseling Grants To Virginia

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Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that Catholic Charities USA, headquartered in Alexandria, will receive $951,150 in federal funding, and the Virginia Housing Development Authority, located in Richmond, will receive $1,040,918. This nearly $2 million grant by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) …

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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 …

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Out and About Loudoun and Beyond

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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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Sports

The Lady Vikings Earned Back-to Back Conference Title

1 Jun 2016

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The Lady Vikings earned the back-to back conference title with a 4-1 win over Heritage in late May. The team earned a first round playoff bye finishing first in the conference and then went on to defeat Rock Ridge 12-0 in the conference semi-finals. The Lady Vikings ended their regular …

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Big Baseball Coming To Fireman’s Field

1 Jun 2016

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Got Your Father’s Day Gift Lined Up Yet? The Purcellville Cannons’ Brett Fuller couldn’t be happier. He’s the owner of one of the most popular teams in the Valley Baseball League. The team, up until recently was called the Charles Town Cannons but now calls Purcellville its home.

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