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Election 2016: J. Kevin Daly

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Middleburg Town Council

J. Kevin Daly is running for Town Council. He feels that the most important issues facing Middleburg can be summed up as, “How do we preserve what we love most about our unique community in the face of changes or adjustments to rapid growth we cannot avoid? And, equally, important, how do we do this with fairness, taking diverse needs and concerns into account?” Daly feels that the job of the Town Council is wise discernment. He says, “What I hope to contribute to the Council is my prior career experience as a military officer around the world, working with diverse cultures, organizations, and individuals to improvise, innovate, motivate, initiate, and implement solutions to complex challenges.” … Continue Reading

Election 2016: Tony Pearce

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By Amanda Clark

Middleburg Town Council

Tony Pearce is running for Middleburg Town Council and says, “Middleburg has many of the same issues that most of the small communities across the commonwealth of Virginia have.” Two issues that he would like to address are the quality of life in the midst of budget issues and supporting local businesses. He says, “While working to maintain the highest quality of life for Middleburg citizens is greatly important, I believe that acknowledging budget constraints is a must.” He believes that working to help small, local businesses be more successful will ultimately help them to be positive assets to the Middleburg community. … Continue Reading

Election 2016: Philip Miller

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Middleburg Town Council

Philip Miller is running for Town Council and feels that the most important issue facing the town is the balancing growth in population and traffic with the character and charm that makes the Town of Middleburg unique and wonderful. Miller says, “The town has always been a hub for those who live around the area. That group has grown causing increased traffic and tourism. Middleburg will soon see its own population growth.” Miller feels that the community must be proactive to honor and preserve its historic nature and storied charm. He also feels that there are a lot of vacant spaces and businesses struggling to survive in Middleburg and that this will not help make for a vibrant community. … Continue Reading

Election 2016: Betsy Davis

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Betsy Davis: Running for Re-election as Mayor

Betsy Davis is running to be the Middleburg mayor for one last time; she has been Mayor for 10 years. “I have been working for a long time to get our streets, sidewalks, and crosswalks to be safer for our pedestrians and this is coming to fruition later this year,” says Davis. The water lines on Washington Street are also being redone and the power lines are being put underground. She says, “I would love to see all of these projects completed while still being the Mayor.” She feels that one of the biggest issues is the ongoing development happening around Middleburg. “The drive to Middleburg is so much of our charm as well as the beauty within our town. We want to protect and preserve our history while keeping our small town strong and vibrant,” says Davis.

Middleburg Farmers Market Taking Vendor Applications

March 2, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Middleburg Farmers Market Taking Vendor Applications
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The Town of Middleburg is accepting vendor applications for the 2016 season of the Middleburg Community Farmers Market. The market, located behind the Middleburg Community Center at 200-400 Stonewall Avenue, will be open from 8:00 a.m. to noon, every Saturday from May 7 through October 29.

The Middleburg Community Farmers Market provides local agriculturalists with a retail outlet for their products. The market is open to a variety of vendors such as meat producers, produce growers, baked goods providers, and specialty food vendors.

Visit www.middleburgva.gov for operating guidelines. The deadline for applications is April 1. Call Cindy Pearson, market manager for the Town of Middleburg at 540-687-5152.

Middleburg Shops Offer Discounts During Town’s Winter Weekend Sale

February 3, 2016 Business, News Comments Off on Middleburg Shops Offer Discounts During Town’s Winter Weekend Sale
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Numerous shops in Middleburg will offer discounts on purchases of their merchandise during the town’s annual Winter Weekend Sale, to be held February 12, 13 and 14. The sale will be held Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on the Sunday hours posted by the various shops.

Discounts will be offered on shoes, children’s clothing, and fall and winter fashions. Some restaurants will offer reduced prices on dining. Tourist destinations in Middleburg include the National Sporting Library & Museum. The town hosts numerous fine restaurants, including The French Hound, the Red Fox Inn, Julien’s, Upper Crust Bakery and the Gold Cup Wine Bar.

Event details and updates are available at www.visitmiddleburgva.com or by calling the Pink Box Visitor Center at 540-687-8888.

Middleburg Hires New Town Treasurer

January 7, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Middleburg Hires New Town Treasurer
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The Mayor and Middleburg Town Council are delighted to announce that Ashley M. Bott has been hired to be Middleburg’s Town Treasurer. Ms. Bott has over 15 years of experience in accounting administration and customer service and holds a BS in Finance from George Mason University. She will begin her duties as Town Treasurer on January 7, 2016.

“I am thrilled to welcome Ashley Bott as our new Town Treasurer,” said Mayor Betsy Davis. “She will be a great addition to our well-respected town staff. I thank Vice-Mayor Darlene Kirk and the staff who served with her on the recruitment team for the great job they did to bring us such a strong final group of candidates to interview.” … Continue Reading

10K Race To Be Held in Middleburg To Benefit Veterans

November 4, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on 10K Race To Be Held in Middleburg To Benefit Veterans
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On November 8, the Loudoun Road Runners Club will once again conduct the Annual Loudoun 10K Trail Run to raise funds for Boulder Crest Retreat, a privately funded, rural wellness center dedicated to improving the physical, emotional, and economic wellbeing of our nation’s recovering military heroes.

The race will take place at 9:00 a.m. at Camp Highroad, a 600-acre retreat located at 21164 Steptoe Hill Road in Middleburg. Registration is $50.00 (a long-sleeve technical shirt is provided to all runners), and 100 percent of race proceeds go directly to Boulder Crest Retreat. Veterans are heartily invited to attend this event, and an opening ceremony honoring their service will be conducted prior to the race. Friends and family members of service personnel are also encouraged to join in the celebration and to register in honor of a loved one. The race has annually raised more than $25,000 to support Boulder Crest.

To learn more about the race or to register go to: www.trailrun.loudounroadrunners.org. A course map, photos and more details are available on the website.

Middleburg Film Festival Featured Brooklyn, Ithaca and Son of Saul

November 4, 2015 Uncategorized Comments Off on Middleburg Film Festival Featured Brooklyn, Ithaca and Son of Saul
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The Middleburg Film festival, held October 22-25, is the perfect combination of horse country scents, hot cider and world class American and international films. It’s always a great way for locals to share the beautiful western Loudoun countryside with renowned film makers, actors and composers – as well as a chance for everyone to enjoy the distinct social and cultural scene of the historic village of Middleburg. … Continue Reading

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

May 20, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Art in the Burg, Middleburg’s Town-Wide Arts Celebration
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On Saturday, June 20, the Middleburg Arts Council and the Town of Middleburg will host the third town-wide arts celebration, Art in the Burg. Artwork from over 30 local artists of different styles, forms and subject matter will be on display throughout the town from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Celebrating Middleburg as an arts destination, Art in the Burg, will also feature plein air artists, music, and wine. During this celebration of the arts, visitors will have the opportunity to purchase art, talk with the artists and enjoy the many venues that will have art on display. The historic Town of Middleburg also offers a variety of shopping and dining options.

“The creative talent from area artists is amazing!” said Art in the Burg organizer Peter Wood. “Middleburg is the perfect venue to bring visitors and artists together with its history and charm. Art in the Burg will be an incredible day to experience this vibrant culture that is part of our community.”

Visit http://www.middleburgarts.org/artintheburg.html for additional information.

Middleburg Receives Donation, Grant for Streetlight Project

May 6, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Middleburg Receives Donation, Grant for Streetlight Project
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The town of Middleburg has received a $50,000 donation from Middleburg Beautification & Preservation, Inc. to assist with the purchase and installation of new dark sky and pedestrian friendly streetlights along Washington Street. It has also received the proceeds of a Dark Sky Initiatives Fund, for $13,273, from the Community Foundation for Loudoun & Northern Fauquier Counties, for the installation of dark sky lighting in Middleburg. The new street lights will replace the existing old cobra-head fixtures. The new lights will be installed as a part of the Washington Street Streetscape Project/VDOT Route 50 Traffic Calming Project, which is scheduled to start in the fall of 2015.

Oldest Living WWII Veteran In Martinsburg

April 1, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Oldest Living WWII Veteran In Martinsburg
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Purcellville’s Charles P. Clark, a 107-year-old World War II veteran has been living at the Martinsburg VA Medical Center Community Living Center since November and has pretty much seen it all.

Clark is the oldest living confirmed WWII veteran receiving health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Administration.

Living WWII Veterans experienced the most widespread war in the nation’s history and are among the steadily declining veteran population in the world. WWII African-American veterans fought a global war when segregation was still among the ranks in the United States.

Clark was born in August 1907 in Hamilton. He is one of seven children of a sharecropper and a housemaid. At 32-years-old, Clark was drafted into the U.S. Army, and on Dec. 12, 1944, he was called to serve in WWII after graduating from basic training in Fort Lee, Va.

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Quilts for Art’s Sake

December 10, 2014 Business, News Comments Off on Quilts for Art’s Sake
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“Quilts for Art’s Sake” opened December 5 in Middleburg’s newest contemporary art gallery. The show and sale runs through December 28. Middleburg Arts Project Gallery brings together three exceptional quilters for this unique show. Local artist Kathie Ratcliffe creates framed miniature quilts. DC artists Frederick Nunley and West Virginia’s Jane Frenke have an eye for patterns and a real feel for the fabric – even if it may be coloring outside the lines.

The new gallery, located at 4 East Federal St., on the back street of Middleburg is part of the new nonprofit Middleburg Arts Project. The organization will create opportunities for artists to achieve a sustainable living and promote the understanding and appreciation of contemporary arts while stimulating economic development through art-tourism.

While “Quilts for Art’s Sake” falls outside of what a typical Middleburg visitor might expect to find in this historic, hunt country town, the show is both inviting and exciting.

Find these impressive artworks at the Middleburg Arts Project Gallery, along with sculptures by Peter Wood, pottery by Jason Alexander and Barbara Allen and furniture designs by Chris Mann.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

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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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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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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 …

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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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Last Ham Comedy Improv: April FOOLS SHOW

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West Loudoun County Methodist Stop Hunger Now

Writer's Project Runway

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Praise Concert

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My Child's Closet Consignment Sale

Cherry Blossom Celebration

A Springtime Serenade Concert

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Woodgrove HS presents the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

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Woodgrove HS presents the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

Woodgrove HS presents the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

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April Fourth Friday

Woodgrove HS presents the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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Virginia Touch-A-Truck

Breaux Vineyards Wild Game Winemaker's Dinner

Woodgrove HS presents the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

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Hamilton Town Hall

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Lobster Day with Chef Seb at North Gate Vineyard

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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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Lifestyle

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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April in the Garden: Be a Freestyle Beekeeper

6 Apr 2016

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As the sun’s lengthening days settle us into the spring, newborn bees and their caretakers are emerging from their hives and going to work, collecting pollen and nectar and replenishing the colony’s food stores. Along the way, any number of the 60,000 or so bees that make up a single hive may be stopping by your garden or yard to …

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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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