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Recent Rise in Mulch Fires Draws Warning

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Since March 23, Loudoun’s fire and rescue units have responded to twenty-three fires originating in landscaping mulch. These fires have caused thousands of dollars in damages with the potential of much more devastating results.

Mulch fires occur predominately in spring and summer when vegetation and landscaping materials become dried out, allowing for easy ignition. Fire investigations have repeatedly demonstrated these fires often result from improperly discarded smoking materials. Smokers frequently discard lit smoking materials, including matches, into landscaped areas as they enter or exit a building. In addition, smokers also dispose of smoking materials from elevated balconies onto mulch covered ground material. … Continue Reading

Preventing Heat Emergencies

June 22, 2015 Public Safety Comments Off on Preventing Heat Emergencies
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As the sweltering summer heat blankets our area, Loudoun County Fire and Rescue teams with the American Red Cross to remind everyone to take precautions against heat related incidents.

Follow these simple safety measures from the American Red Cross to help avoid heat related emergencies:

  • Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect away some of the sun’s energy. It is also a good idea to wear hats or to use an umbrella.
  • Drink water. Carry water or juice with you and drink continuously even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body. Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.
  • Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid high-protein foods, which increase metabolic heat.
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Loudoun County Fire-Rescue System Graduates 83 Students

July 19, 2014 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Fire-Rescue System Graduates 83 Students
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On Thursday July 10, 2014 the Loudoun County Fire-Rescue System recognized 77 graduates who recently completed Fire Fighter I-II, EMT–Basic, and EMT-Intermediate or EMT-Paramedic certification. Family, friends, and community members filled the Dominion High School auditorium as Loudoun County Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management (LCFR) Deputy Chief of Training and EMS Jose Salazar mastered the graduation ceremony. Board of Supervisors, Suzanne Volpe recognized the graduates, along with Chief of the Department Keith Brower and Operational Medical Director, Dr. John Morgan. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office Determines Lawford Drive Fire Accidental

March 13, 2014 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office Determines Lawford Drive Fire Accidental
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The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office has determined the fire that destroyed a single-family home on Lawford Drive in Leesburg early Sunday morning was accidental, due to improperly discarded smoking materials. Damages to the home and neighboring homes are estimated at $670,000.

At 5:10 a.m., Sunday, March 9, the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call for a house fire at 406 Lawford Drive, SW in Leesburg. Fire and rescue crews from Leesburg, Hamilton, Lansdowne, Aldie, Purcellville, Ashburn and Lucketts responded to the scene.

Fire department personnel arrived to find a two-story, single family house fully involved. Due to the possibility of fire extension to homes on either side, a second alarm was issued to protect the exposures. It was determined that the fire started on the exterior of the house, extending into the attic via the siding, before burning downward. With the fire’s extensive spread, firefighters established defensive operations and worked aggressively to extinguish the fire. Units remained on the scene for an extended period of time putting out hot spots and performing salvage and overhaul. … Continue Reading

50 New Fire-Rescue Volunteers Are Ready to Serve

January 16, 2013 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on 50 New Fire-Rescue Volunteers Are Ready to Serve
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The Loudoun County Fire-Rescue (LCFR) System recognized 50 volunteers who recently completed firefighter and emergency medical technician (EMT) training during an awards ceremony at Sterling Middle School on January 3.

The 50 graduates, who participated in intensive six-month training programs, completed their classes in December 2012. The students attended classes evenings and weekends at the LCFR Training Center in Leesburg. At the end of 200 hours of training, each of the volunteers passed Loudoun County and Virginia state exams in order to become certified as firefighters and EMTs.

Jose Salazar, the LCFR Deputy Chief of Training and Emergency Medical Services, was the master of ceremonies. Blue Ridge Supervisor Janet Clarke, County Administrator Tim Hemstreet, Fire-Rescue Commission Chair Doug Rambo and Chief of the Department Keith Brower spoke to the students and families with appreciation for their dedication and the commitment they made and are about to make as emergency responders. Honor and humility were two traits the graduates were asked to maintain as they return to their stations and serve the citizens of Loudoun County. … Continue Reading

2012 Fill-the-Boot Kicks Off for Muscular Dystrophy

August 17, 2012 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on 2012 Fill-the-Boot Kicks Off for Muscular Dystrophy

As the end of summer approaches Loudoun County firefighters will once again be busy filling their boots for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Firefighters across the nation position at intersections to collect money to benefit the MDA and “Jerry’s Kids.” The Loudoun County Fire-Rescue System and the Loudoun Career Fire Fighters Association (LCFFA) Local 3756 are determined to help. During the week of August 21st through the 26th 2012, donations will be collected at various intersections across Loudoun County.

The Fill-the-Boot drive is the result of a partnership between MDA and the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). Over fifty-five years ago, the IAFF pledged to assist MDA in any way possible until a cure was found. Research and assistance for individuals suffering from neuromuscular disease can be an incredible financial burden on a family. For example, it costs: … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

A Habitable Planet

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“At the moments when we are able to separate ourselves from our daily concerns and ponder deeply, most of us have encountered fundamental questions of our existence as human beings. Where do we come from? What happened before humans appeared …

Choose Joy, Don’t Go Negative

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Sometimes life is pleasant and it is easy to smile, other times it is not. The real question is how do you react and live your life when you are going through trials? What do you do when you feel …

Character Outlives Us All

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“Brains are like muscles, you can rent them by the hour, but at the end of the day all you have left is your character.” This statement was uttered by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a phrase his father used …

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You know, I can still taste those sausages: The first early-spring bratwurst cooked over an open flame in a beautiful setting among good friends; nothing so surprising, really, in recalling a good meal in classic context. The thing is, though …

Planning for Life Disclosure and Other Family Issues in Estate Planning

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What do we tell the kids? Questions of how much and what type of information to give the children often arise during consultation. The answers depend on the circumstances of each family – the ages and maturity of the children …

A Look Into What Is Learned in High School English

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By Mary Rose Lunde English is the arguably the most important subject for a student in high school to learn. The most successful people in the world have one thing in common — being able to communicate effectively. This is …

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

Isn’t Loudoun Better Than This?

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More than forty years I have watched a rising tide of development flowing from the east across Loudoun. Once it was thought the western mountains would be spared the flood. …

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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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Calendar

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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

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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

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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

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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

Dog Day at Breaux Vineyards

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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

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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

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

BRASS EXTRAVAGANZA

Waterford Concert

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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

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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

A Taste of Paris and View of Normandy at Breaux Vineyards

Annie Stokes Live at North Gate Vineyard

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

Paella by Carlos at North Gate Vineyard

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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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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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Eucharistic Procession To Pass Through Leesburg May 29

20 May 2016

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– By Mark Gunderman Each year, Catholics around the world celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi (Latin for Body of Christ), symbolizing their belief in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. In the United States, the celebration of Corpus Christi is held on the Sunday after Trinity Sunday. This is a time when Catholics can demonstrate their …

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Art in the Burg, Middleburg’s Town-Wide Arts Celebration

12 May 2016

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Sponsored by the Middleburg Arts Council and the Town of Middleburg On Saturday, May 21, the Middleburg Arts Council and the Town of Middleburg will host the fourth town-wide arts celebration, Art in the Burg. Artwork from more than 20 local and regional artists of different styles, forms and subject matter will be on display at 108 East Washington Street, …

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Around Virginia

Out and About Loudoun and Beyond

The Plains’ charming restaurants, shops and sidewalks.

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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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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