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Is Loudoun the Happiest Place on Earth?

September 2, 2015 Loudoun County Comments Off on Is Loudoun the Happiest Place on Earth?
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By Hannah Hager

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be,” Abraham Lincoln once said.

If that’s the case, then it seems Loudouners consistently choose to be content. SmartAsset, a New York-based financial technology firm, last month released its official ranking of “The Happiest Places in America,” and Loudoun took the crown.

What does it mean to be happy? Personal definitions of happiness are expansive. Some measure it based on success in marriage, family planning, the obtainment of professional goals or robust participation in charitable works and community building. Considering the number of sweeping variations, it’s difficult to believe this adjective can describe one location in particular.

The firm’s analysts addressed this issue by identifying eight metrics to compare one county’s happiness level over another. Despite Loudoun’s population nearly tripling within the last 25 years, it still outranked approximately 1,000 counties in the study in six of the eight metrics considered. … Continue Reading

Jury Finds Man Guilty of Prescription Drug Fraud

June 20, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Jury Finds Man Guilty of Prescription Drug Fraud
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A Loudoun County jury deliberated until nearly 10:00 p.m., on Wednesday, June 10 before concluding the case of Jether M. Jones III. Jones was being tried on charges stemming from of a series of transactions in a prescription fraud scheme. Jones faced three counts: uttering a forged prescription, prescription fraud, and possession of heroin. The jury fixed the punishment at fifteen years in prison. … Continue Reading

Next Loudoun County Household Hazardous Waste Event Set for June 27

June 12, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Next Loudoun County Household Hazardous Waste Event Set for June 27
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Loudoun residents are invited to participate in the next Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection event from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, June 27, at Freedom High School, 25450 Riding Center Drive in South Riding.

Loudoun residents are welcome to bring Household Hazardous Waste from their homes to these events. Typical HHW includes: fluorescent bulbs, household batteries, oil-based paints/stains/varnishes, paint thinners, metal polishes, rust removers, wood preservatives, furniture polish, waxes, pesticides/insecticides/herbicides, pool chemicals, and expired fuel. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Offers Down Payment/Closing Cost Assistance Program

May 6, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Offers Down Payment/Closing Cost Assistance Program
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Loudoun County offers financial assistance through the Down Payment/Closing Cost Assistance Program to first-time homebuyers. The program assists low to moderate-income homebuyers in purchasing homes in the county.

Administered by the Loudoun County Department of Family Services, the program makes loans available to homebuyers with a total household income between $32,800 and $76,450. Applicants must currently live and/or work in the county and have done so for the past six months. Standard eligibility requirements apply. Funds are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Highlights of the program include: … Continue Reading

Hemstreet Presents Proposed Loudoun County Government Budget for Fiscal Year 2016

February 4, 2015 Government Comments Off on Hemstreet Presents Proposed Loudoun County Government Budget for Fiscal Year 2016
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Loudoun County Administrator Tim Hemstreet presented a proposed budget for the Loudoun County government for Fiscal Year 2016 (FY 16) to the Board of Supervisors today. The budget totals $2.2 billion in appropriations for the general county government and school system. Hemstreet said the proposed budget:

  • Continues progress on the Board’s strategic priorities, including economic development, fiscal responsibility, and transportation
  • Provides increased resources for the Loudoun County Public Schools
  • Provides a performance-based pay increase for the county workforce
  • Allocates staffing and funds to open all new scheduled capital projects
  • Enhances critical public safety services
  • Protects human services safety net programs
  • Incorporates innovative resource allocations to reduce local tax funded-enhancements

“I believe that the budget that I have submitted carries out your vision for Loudoun County and adheres to your strategic priorities while also meeting the needs of our community,” Hemstreet told the Board. … Continue Reading

Community Ambassadors Sought for Loudoun Seniors

January 21, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Community Ambassadors Sought for Loudoun Seniors
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Seventeen additional Loudoun residents have stepped up to advocate for seniors since the Loudoun County Commission on Aging (COA) launched its Community Ambassador Program in June 2014. The program represents a partnership among county service organizations, volunteers, and local law enforcement, as a three-part (TRIAD) team to promote programs that enhance the health and safety of Loudoun’s seniors.

TRIAD ambassadors solicit feedback and disseminate educational information in senior living communities or groups. Scams and crimes targeting seniors, fraud, and health care are critical areas for which the growing population of seniors needs assistance and resources. Often, help is needed to navigate the administrative layers that cause delays when searching for answers. Community ambassadors can provide resources to seniors for issues including caregiving, suspicious calls, nutritional assistance, affordable prescription plans, fire alarms, battery checks, and transportation. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Officials: Winter is Here! Take Precautions to Stay Safe

January 6, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Loudoun Officials: Winter is Here! Take Precautions to Stay Safe
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Loudoun County officials remind everyone that the cold and snowy weather conditions we are experiencing can bring treacherous roadways, sidewalks and parking lots. There are precautions you can take to stay safe:

  • Remember the phrase; “Get where you need to go before the weather gets bad.”
  • If roads are icy, do not travel unless absolutely necessary.
  • Use extreme caution when driving. You may not be able to stop as quickly as usual on the snow-covered or wet pavement.
  • If sidewalks are icy, take short steps and bend slightly.
  • If you fall, avoid using your arms to protect against breaks.

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LEx is Here! Loudoun County Launches Loudoun Express Request Online System

December 20, 2014 Government, News Comments Off on LEx is Here! Loudoun County Launches Loudoun Express Request Online System
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Loudoun County citizens now have a new way to interact with the Loudoun County government. Residents and businesses are now able to submit requests and questions to county staff through an improved online tool, Loudoun Express Request (LEx). The new tool features an expanded selection of request types, a user-friendly interface and real-time updates from staff. Users of the system are also able to submit photos with their inquiries.

Request types span a variety of the county’s departments and services, including the Departments of Building and Development; Health; Transportation and Capital Infrastructure; Parks, Recreation and Community Services; and more. … Continue Reading

Wolf Statement on Possible Ebola Patient in Loudoun County

October 17, 2014 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Wolf Statement on Possible Ebola Patient in Loudoun County
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Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) released the following statement today regarding reports that a woman who recently travelled from West Africa is being tested for the Ebola virus at a hospital in Loudoun County:

“Since July I have been voicing concern that there is not a sufficient plan in place to deal with the deadly disease. Last week I called on the Obama Administration to appoint one person to coordinate a response. Regrettably, my recommendations have fallen on deaf ears.

“Today I am calling for a ban on travel from those West African nations battling Ebola.”

Guest Opinion: Answer To Mayor Lazaro Supporting More Gun Laws

June 4, 2013 Editorial, Opinion 3 comments
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By Kecia Brown

As a Loudoun County resident, parent and owner of a business dedicated to training women how to properly and safely use a firearm for their own personal protection, I read Purcellville Mayor Bob Lazaro’s recent editorial “Senate Must Pass Sensible Life Saving Gun Laws” with great interest. 

The literary cornerstone of Mayor Lazaro’s appeal for “sensible” legislation is his reference to an armed attack in 1993 on the Long Island Railroad that left six people dead.  He states,  “… we must do everything in our power to prevent these tragedies.”

The details of the attack left out in the Mayor’s editorial? The Long Island Railroad killer was a man by the name of Colin Ferguson. Ferguson purchased the firearm used in his rampage in the state of California after undergoing a background check and a mandatory 15-day waiting period.  … Continue Reading

Loudoun Celebrates Fire Prevention Week October 7-13

September 12, 2012 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Loudoun Celebrates Fire Prevention Week October 7-13

Fire-Rescue members throughout Loudoun County will join together in celebration of Fire Prevention Week October 7-13. This year’s theme for Fire Prevention Week is “Have 2 Ways Out” and focuses on the importance of fire escape planning and practice.

If you woke up to a fire in your home, how much time do you think you would have to get to safety? According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), one-third of Americans households who made an estimate thought they would have at least six minutes before a fire in their home would become life threatening. Unfortunately, even when alerted to the fire by working smoke alarms, the time available to safely escape is often much less. … Continue Reading

Governor McDonnell Announces 250 New Jobs in Loudoun County

August 26, 2012 Business, News Comments Off on Governor McDonnell Announces 250 New Jobs in Loudoun County
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Governor Bob McDonnell has announced that iGATE, the first integrated technology and operations company providing Business Outcomes-based solutions, will invest $1.0156 million to establish a new facility in Loudoun County. The company will perform a wide range of technology consulting services for government agencies and businesses, and will offer design-build-operate-maintain services for Federal Government projects. The project will create 250 new jobs over the next two to three years.

Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor McDonnell said, “iGATE’s new operation in Loudoun County will expand the company’s U.S. presence in the Washington D.C. metropolitan market. The Commonwealth was picked over other states considered due to our pro-business environment and proximity to an ample resource of skilled technical workers. We are thrilled to welcome another impressive technology company to Loudoun County and Virginia.” … Continue Reading

Leadership Loudoun Youth Attended by 50 Local Teens

August 11, 2012 Business, News Comments Off on Leadership Loudoun Youth Attended by 50 Local Teens
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Friday, August 10 was a very positive conclusion to a very stimulating week for aspiring young leaders in Loudoun County The two classes of Leadership Loudoun Youth in July and August extended an opportunity to 50 teens from Loudoun County public, private and home schools to explore their leadership capabilities, learn about their communication styles, connect with local business and government leaders and to discover the economic and cultural diversity of their county.

A physical challenge on the high ropes course on day one established confidence some didn’t know they had. But on to the communication workshop and the teens were surprised to discover their communication strengths and weaknesses and learn to more effectively listen to and reach others. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

Columns

Asterisk No More

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Moods come and go, but greatness endures.” These prescient words were uttered by President George H.W. Bush, a man who knows firsthand the truth of his own saying. In 1992, President Bush garnered only 37 percent of …

Second Bull Run

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It may not have been a battle, but – seeing as how it was my second attempt at getting a good look at Bull Run Creek – coupled with the fact that I’m a native Northerner – I felt a …

Snowmageddon III?  Seven Survival Tips for Parents

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. “snOMG,” “snowmageddon,” “snowpocalypse,” and “kaisersnoze” are a few terms to describe what just happened in Northern Virginia. The storm was reported to be the second worst storm on record. And while many children and teens gladly …

What Is a Sport?

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By Mary Rose Lunde On January 10, hundreds of talented dancers from across the East Coast competed at the Universal Dance Academy Regional Championship at West Springfield High School. Tensions were high and the stakes couldn’t have been greater. What …

Six Things to Know to Weather a Market Downturn

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It’s natural to be nervous when the markets head for negative territory. Keep a positive perspective with these six investing reminders. It can be very unsettling for investors when their portfolios and the markets start heading for the red and …

El Nino Evolution

Figure 3. Sea-surface height as inferred by by NASA satellites during the current El Niño (December 27, 2015, at left, from Jason-2) and at a comparable point during the last “super” El Niño (December 28, 1997, at right, from TOPEX/Poseidon). Warmer temperatures in the upper ocean result in higher sea-surface heights, as the seawater expands. In 1997, the above-average sea surface height was generally more intense and peaked in November. In 2015, the area of high sea levels was less pronounced but considerably broader. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. (see [4])

Figure 1 shows the annual global temperature anomaly since 1980 up to November 2015 using the NASA GISS data set [1]. NASA has not yet published December’s data though BEST has [2] and yes 2015 was the hottest year on …

Editorial

Grief and Greed

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By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …

Op-ed

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 …

Dear Editor

Job Well Done!

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Kudos to Town Manager Rob Lohr and his awesome hard working staff. You did a fantastic job of snow removal throughout the Town of Purcellville this past week. Mr. Lohr …

View From the Ridge

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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Calendar

February 2016
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Loudoun Valley Boys Basketball Spirit Night at Coach's Corner

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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5K Race to Benefit Riverside High School Athletic Department

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Gallery Coffeehouse: READERS THEATRE "LOVE LETTERS" BY A. R. GURNEY

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Mad Cap Puppets: UNDER THE BONSAI TREE

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

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CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT: Year Of The Monkey

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Loudoun Symphony presents A LITTLE CHAMBER MUSIC

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

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THE EDGE: Malone Benefit Concert

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Loudoun School of Ballet Winter Showcase

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theatre, 100 Lunches" by Jack Sharkey & Leo Sears

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Lifestyle

Creation and Evolution in Native American Spirituality

9 Feb 2016

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In celebration of Evolution Weekend, an annual event led by clergy to encourage serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science, St. James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville has invited Roger and Deborah “Turtle” Swartz to guide a discussion of traditional Native American Spirituality and its wisdom in celebrating human relationship to the earth. In a …

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Run and Walk To Your Nearest 5K Pregame Event Happening on Super Bowl Day In Leesburg

3 Feb 2016

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There is a new Running Company, the Pace Makers Running Company, in town and they are on a mission to help the local population with their health goals while raising money for selected charities. The race at The National Conference Center in Leesburg on February 7, is to help benefit the Riverside High School Athletic Department. The upcoming race on …

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Lovin’ Leesburg for All Its Beauty

3 Feb 2016

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By Hannah Hager We may be in the thick of winter, but this home on Cherry Spring Lane will melt your heart. Come spring you’ll fully be able to enjoy this simple, yet elegant brick home and its surrounding green pastures enclosed by miles of black wooden fences. Beyond your immediate yard are sweeping views of the mountains and valleys …

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Around Virginia

Education Savings Accounts Make Big Move in House

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The Virginia House of Delegates gave a strong push to House Bill 389, Delegate Dave LaRock’s (R-33rd District) innovative Education Savings Account legislation, as the House Education Committee voted 13-9 in favor of advancing the bill forward. “This is definitely an exciting development for parents and students in the Commonwealth,” …

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Kaine to Hold Hearing on Opioid Abuse

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On Monday, February 1, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, will hold a field hearing in Loudoun County to examine the ongoing fight against opioid misuse and abuse among older Americans. Kaine has met with families, law enforcement and business leaders across Virginia …

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Youth Can Apply for 2015 Livestock Exhibitor Scholarships

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Youth who exhibited beef cattle, sheep, meat goats or swine in the 2015 State Fair of Virginia 4-H and FFA youth livestock program are eligible to apply for 12 new scholarships being offered by the State Fair of Virginia. Scholarships will be offered in three age groups: Juniors (9-12), Intermediate …

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Sports

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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