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Lovettsville Invests In Its Future

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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

Fate of Lovettsville’s Historic Classrooms in the Balance

October 1, 2014 News, Schools Comments Off on Fate of Lovettsville’s Historic Classrooms in the Balance
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Citizens Seek Second Look For Community Center Renovations

Loudoun County plans to demolish original Lovettsville School classroom wings built in the 1930s. The classrooms were restored after a 1976 fire destroyed other parts of the school and the building was repurposed as the Lovettsville Community Center. Many in the community have voiced strong opposition to the planned demolition, some of which centers on the county’s perceived disregard for historical resource preservation and some of which is related to a lack of due process and public disclosure.

The project was part of a bond package to upgrade five community centers to bring those facilities into compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act. The three remaining centers include Lovettsville, Sterling and Philomont. … Continue Reading

Walker Pavilion Receives New Award

May 5, 2014 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Walker Pavilion Receives New Award
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The Town of Lovettsville’s Walker Pavilion has garnered National recognition by being selected as the 2013 Building of the Year from the National Frame Building Association in the Experts Division for Commercial Buildings under 5,000 sq. ft. Each year the National Frame Building Association recognizes the best in Post Frame construction. This year, the Walker Pavilion grabbed the top honors in their category. The Pavilion was designed and constructed by Fuog Interbuild, a member of the National Frame Building Association. Fuog attended the Town Council meeting on April 25th to present the award plaque.

“The Town is very excited about our Walker Pavilion and its builder, Fuog Interbuild, being awarded a National Frame Building Award for 2013. It is a very big deal and we are thrilled to have a centerpiece of our Town be recognized again!” said Mayor Robert Zoldos II. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office Determines Long Lane Fire Accidental

January 29, 2014 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office Determines Long Lane Fire Accidental
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The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office reported that the fire that destroyed a single-family home on Long Lane in Lovettsville was accident due to a crack in the clay thimble leading to the chimney flue, which allowed the fire to extend into the structure. Damages to the home, which was destroyed in the fire, resulted in estimated $550,000 damage.

At 2:40 a.m., Friday, January 24, the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call for a house fire at 38064 Long Lane in Lovettsville. Fire and rescue personnel from Lovettsville, Lucketts, Purcellville, Leesburg, Hamilton, Moorefield, with mutual aid assistance from Frederick County, Maryland responded to the scene. … Continue Reading

Lovettsville Goes Berserkle

January 7, 2014 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Lovettsville Goes Berserkle
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On New Year’s Day, the Town of Lovettsville hosted the second annual Berserkle on the Squirkle. This family-friendly 5 K fun run was a quirky and unconventional event. Participants ran, jogged, danced and shuffled through the 29 laps inside the Town Square to complete the 5 K fun run. Many were dressed in funny costumes or outrageous hats; there were also quite a few decorated strollers and dogs.

Participants were asked to bring in unwanted presents that they received throughout 2013 to donate to the pool of prizes. Every lap of the race had a winner, chosen at random by Mayor Robert Zoldos, and each winner received one of the dozens of eclectic treasures from the prize pool. … Continue Reading

Sixth Annual Lovettsville Christkindlmarkt

November 16, 2013 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Sixth Annual Lovettsville Christkindlmarkt
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The Loudoun Valley German Society is sponsoring the sixth annual Christkindlmarkt (traditional European Christmas market) on December 7 and 8 at the Lovettsville Game Protective Association at 16 S. Berlin Tpk in Lovettsville. Hours are Saturday 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Featured are five musical ensembles playing traditional German, Austrian, Celtic, and Appalachian holiday music; warm typical German Christmas market foods, sweets, Glühwein (mulled wine), local
microbrews; over 25 local artists, crafters, and vendors; and free children’s face and hair painting and German Christmas storytelling by the Harmony Middle School German Language students and two German puppet theatre presentations.

Entrance to the market is $3 for 13 and older and free for all others and is good for both days. Net proceeds benefit the local cub scout pack that the LVGS charters and other local nonprofits.


 

 

 

 

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

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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6th Annual Loudoun Grown Expo February 27

3 Feb 2016

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It’s that exciting time of year again for the Sixth Annual Loudoun Grown Expo. The yearly event will take place at the Bush Tabernacle 250 South Nursery Avenue, Purcellville, on February 27 with new expanded hours starting at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be wine and beer exhibitors, farm exhibitors, artisans and makers, restaurants and other rural economy …

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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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