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Election 2016: Robert Gentile

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Lovettsville Town Council

I have lived in the town of Lovettsville for five years and have been working in local government for four of those years.

I am a Certified Planning Commissioner and have been a member of the Lovettsville Planning Commission since 2012 and have served as vice chairman since 2013. … Continue Reading

Election 2016: James McIntyre

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Lovettsville Town Council

Lovettsville is my home and it is where I chose to raise my children. I am seeking re-election to the Lovettsville Town Council because I want to continue working to make Lovettsville the greatest town in Virginia.

When I was first elected four years ago I had a vision for a Lovettsville that integrated old and new, a community that was pedestrian-friendly, sustainable (both commercially and environmentally), and that was fiscally responsible. Since elected, we have taken numerous concrete steps to make those ideas become reality. … Continue Reading

Election 2016: Bobby Zoldos

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Lovettsville Mayor

I am running for re-election as the Mayor of Lovettsville so that we can continue to do the good work that we have been doing for the past four years on behalf of the people of Lovettsville.

This work includes:
Attracting new businesses-We have been working to attract new businesses to provide jobs in Town as well as providing necessary goods and services right here in Lovettsville. … Continue Reading

Lovettsville Lions Club Winners

March 2, 2016 Lifestyle, Music Comments Off on Lovettsville Lions Club Winners

On Sunday February 14, the Lovettsville and Purcellville Lions Clubs held their annual James Bland Youth Music Competition. Nine musicians performed and were judged by professional music educators. The winners, vocalist Broderick Brown of Leesburg and pianist Claire Dantzlerward of Purcellville, will now enter a regional competition in Reston.

Front row, l to r: Allan Fogelson, Cecilia Fetterolf, Raelyn Hoang, Kirsten Engel, Paul Ok. Back row: Claire Dantzlerward, Michael Fitzgerald, Joshua Stevenson, Broderick Brown.

Front row, l to r: Allan Fogelson, Cecilia Fetterolf, Raelyn Hoang, Kirsten Engel, Paul Ok. Back row: Claire Dantzlerward, Michael Fitzgerald, Joshua Stevenson, Broderick Brown.

Creation and Evolution in Native American Spirituality

February 9, 2016 Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on Creation and Evolution in Native American Spirituality
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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 time of urgent concerns about a mission of stewardship, and sometimes sharp differences among people of faith in understandings of the ‘Creator’ and the ‘Creation,’ the discussion presents an opportunity to learn about another traditional approach to our relationship with the natural world.

The presentation and discussion will be held Sunday, February 14 at 11:00 am, followed by refreshments, at St. James United Church of Christ, 10 East Broad Way, Lovettsville, VA. All are welcome.

Roger is the author of two nationally acclaimed books dealing with the frontier history of Pennsylvania during the American Revolution; Turtle is a member of and clan mother for the Southeastern Woodland Indian Loyalist Confederacy. 

Evolution Weekend was founded in 2005 by The Clergy Letter Project to counter the undermining of evolutionary science and the belief that faith and science are incompatible. Attacks on evolution have often also defamed Charles Darwin as an enemy of compassion and morality, falsely associating his work with the unrelated concept of “social darwinism.” In fact, Darwin’s writing “reveals caring, love, moral evolution and education as the prime drivers” of human advancement toward justice and compassionate community, says the Rev. Don Prange, pastor of St. James UCC.

Lovettsville Invests In Its Future

February 3, 2016 Development 1 comment
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By Nathaniel Stephens

If you have not passed through Lovettsville lately then you may be surprised at the major facelift the town has received over the past year; and if you have, then you are more than acquainted with the traffic jams stemming from the work. That once sleepy little town, mere pit stop for commuters, is now busy with construction crews expanding roads. … Continue Reading

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Lovettsville

December 2, 2015 Columns, Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth Comments Off on Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Lovettsville
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Historically quaint architecture, quiet side streets, grown-over vacant lots, views of the Blue Ridge – and entire neighborhoods of new homes planted into the mix; if Loudoun County is rapidly changing, the little Town of Lovettsville is experiencing its own building boom up in the northern section of the locality. The modest population level – approaching, at best estimate, the 2,000 mark – fails to rival that of Sterling or Broadlands or South Riding, but you get the feeling that it’s no longer a ‘sleepy little place,’ tucked far away from the rapid development in the busier South and East.

And, I guess that’s a large part of the attraction to live in this unique place: It’s still a very small Town by 21st Century Northern Virginia standards, it is far and away from the traffic on Route Seven or 28 or the Greenway – or the Leesburg Bypass – and that long line of mountains offers a constant – and consistent – visual backdrop as a geographic reminder of your place in the world. On these merits alone, I can understand why folks would choose Lovettsville as a place to raise a family. … Continue Reading

LCSO Investigating Bank Robbery at BB&T Bank in Lovettsville

July 25, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Investigating Bank Robbery at BB&T Bank in Lovettsville
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the July 24 bank robbery of the BB&T bank on East Broad Way in Lovettsville.

Around 5:15 p.m. two unknown subjects entered the bank. One of the suspects handed the teller a note demanding money while the second suspect displayed a firearm. The suspects fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash toward the Lovettsville Community Center. The suspects are believed to have fled the area in a blue SUV.

The first suspect was described as a Black male, 6’ tall and weighing approximately 175 pounds. The second suspect was also described as a Black male, 5’8” tall with a thin build. The area was searched but no suspects were located. … Continue Reading

Lovettsville House Fire Displaces Four

May 26, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Lovettsville House Fire Displaces Four
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At approximately 7:00 p.m. Monday, May 25, fire and rescue units from Lovettsville, Purcellville, Lucketts, Loudoun Heights, Hamilton, Round Hill, Leesburg and Fredrick County, Maryland responded to a house fire at 37999 Britain Road. First arriving units encountered a log and mortar, single-family tenant house with smoke showing from all four sides. Firefighters made an aggressive attack and were able to fully extinguish the fire within an hour.

Around 3:30 a.m., Tuesday May 26, the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received a call stating the fire had re-ignited and crews were again dispatched to the scene. They encountered the remnants of the original home and a nearby well house fully engulfed in flames and began a defensive attack. Firefighters remained on scene conducting overhaul until approximately 6:30 a.m. … Continue Reading

Lovettsville Library to Celebrate 25th Birthday

February 24, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Lovettsville Library to Celebrate 25th Birthday
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The Lovettsville Library will mark its 25th anniversary on Saturday, February 28, with a celebration for the whole family.

At 10:30 a.m, meet opossum, snakes, turtles, and a bunny as the Wildlife Ambassadors present “Wildlife in Winter.” Share birthday cake at 11:30 a.m. and from noon to 2:00 p.m., enjoy the creative arts of Balloonacy with Tom Lilly. … Continue Reading

LCSO Releases Surveillance Video of Suspect in Bridge End Center Burglary

December 31, 2014 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Releases Surveillance Video of Suspect in Bridge End Center Burglary
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office released video surveillance of a suspect involved in the December 25 burglary of the Bridge End Center convenience store.

In the video, the suspect, wearing a ghillie suit, uses a splitting maul to damage the exterior wall of the store located in the 11100 block of Berlin Turnpike near Lovettsville. He is then observed removing over 120 cartons of cigarettes from the store. The video can be viewed at http://sheriff.loudoun.gov/bridgeend .

The incident began around 10:45 p.m. on December 25 and the theft was discovered on the morning of December 26. … Continue Reading

Girl Scout Troop Visits Lovettsville Historical Society

December 9, 2014 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Girl Scout Troop Visits Lovettsville Historical Society
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Girl Scout Troop 1434 earned their “Playing the Past” badge by visiting the Lovettsville Museum in late November. The group of fifth graders learned about daily life in the era before electricity, telephones and modern conveniences. The girls looked at photographs documenting Lovettsville’s many changes over the years, guessed at the use of various household and farm implements on display, and admired the stitching of a handmade turn-of-the-last-century lady’s floor-length gown from the museum’s collection. The girls had just come from their party where they had shared home-made old-fashioned snacks and family recipes, and decorated their own Victorian-style hats with silk flowers and tulle. Tom Bullock and Ed Spannaus from the Lovettsville Historical Society hosted the girls, answered questions about artifacts, and provided the definitions of nineteenth-century terms as “dry goods,” “notions,” “staples,” “undertaker,” “millinery,” “barter,” and “livery.” … Continue Reading

A Musical Vignette of Lincoln in 1865

October 8, 2014 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on A Musical Vignette of Lincoln in 1865
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On October 12, the Lovettsville Historical Society will feature a program by Douglas Jimerson, who will discuss — and sing — the music that Abraham Lincoln heard during the final months of his life. Mr. Jimerson is a concert tenor who researches and sings American patriotic songs and the music of the 18th and 19th centuries, and particularly that of the Civil War era.

In his October 12 presentation, Jimerson will focus on the final months of Lincoln’s life, starting with a New Year’s reception at the White House, where the Marine Band played patriotic airs. On January 29, 1865, Lincoln attended the U.S. Christian Commission’s annual meeting at the Capitol, where the Washington Handel and Haydn Society led the audience in singing “America,” and Philip Phillips sang “Your Mission,” a poignant song about the war. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

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 …

Remembering Nancy Reagan

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel The passing of Nancy Reagan, a former First Lady who completely transformed the role and helped catapult her husband to greatness, marked the end of an era. Her death also happened to coincide with a turning point …

How To “File and Suspend” Before It Is Too Late

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With the recent changes to Social Security rules, filing and suspending will soon be phased out, but there’s still time to take advantage of the strategy. Here’s a quick guide to maneuvering this rule while it still lasts, but as …

Concerned Parent

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, We are concerned about some habits our nine year old son demonstrates and would love some advice from you.  We are unsure whether it’s anxiety, nervousness, or just nervous/an excess of energy.  A few …

Temple Hall Farm

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I only met the late AV (Val) Symington once; it was a Sunday evening in my first year or two at Wage Radio (this would be the late ‘90’s) and I was putting things in order for the next morning’s …

Am I an Enabler?

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Dr. Mike, My husband thinks that I’m harming our son for life because of the way I parent. Our son is 12 years old and he was diagnosed with ADHD in the 1st grade. My husband calls me “the enabler” …

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

Campaign of Untruths

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Elected officials have done some pretty despicable things while serving in office. They range from bribery, beating a spouse, cheating on a spouse, obstruction of justice, and various forms of …

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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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

Dog Day at Breaux Vineyards

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PAUL REISLER TRIO WITH LEA MORRIS AND MARSHALL KEYS

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YMCA of Loudoun County to Hold Job Fair

30 Apr 2016

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The YMCA is hiring summer camp Site Supervisors, Sr. Camp Counselors, Camp Counselors, and Jr. Camp Counselors who will work with children ages 5-12 in Loudoun County in our summer day camp programs. Site Supervisors will be responsible for supervising a summer camp program with 30-70 children and for planning, coordinating, and implementing all summer camp activities under the guidelines …

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5K and 10K “Ringing in Hope” Race Slated for Memorial Day

27 Apr 2016

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The third annual “Ringing in Hope” 5K and 10K race will be held on Memorial Day (Monday, May 30) at One Loudoun. A 1K fun run/walk will also be held. The 5K begins at 8:00 a.m., the 10K at 8:10 a.m. and the 1K at 9:30 a.m. Proceeds will benefit Boulder Crest Retreat, a retreat for America’s seriously wounded warriors …

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Bluegrass Performers Reno and Harrell To Appear at Lucketts on April 23

15 Apr 2016

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The Lucketts Bluegrass Concert Series continues its 42nd season of weekly concerts at the Lucketts Community Center on Saturday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. with a show featuring Reno and Harrell. Tickets are $15 at the door, and the doors open at 6:00 p.m. Hot dogs, barbecue sandwiches, snacks and drinks will be available at the kitchen.

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Around Virginia

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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Governor McAuliffe Announces Designation of Four New Virginia Main Street Communities

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Governor Terry McAuliffe has announced the designation of four communities in the Virginia Main Street (VMS) program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The newly-designated communities include the town of Wytheville, the cities of Danville and Lexington and Gloucester Courthouse in Gloucester County. The communities …

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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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