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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.

A Spectacular Christmas in Horse Country

November 11, 2014 News, Our Towns Comments Off on A Spectacular Christmas in Horse Country
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Middleburg Trots Out Their Finest for Holiday Festivities

Located in the heart of Virginia horse country, Middleburg, has been extolled as being one of the quaintest destinations on the east coast. The traditional Christmas festivities, with the backdrop of a classic hunt country village have become a family tradition and essential part of the spirit of Christmas for small children, world travelers, and citizens far and wide. … Continue Reading

Middleburg Garden Club Celebrates “A Little Christmas Music”

November 11, 2014 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Middleburg Garden Club Celebrates “A Little Christmas Music”
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Do you hear what I hear? It could be the sound of the Middleburg Garden Club preparing for its holiday standard flower show, greens sale and bazaar with the theme “A Little Christmas Music” on Friday, December 5th from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Emmanuel Church Parish Hall, 105 E Washington Street in the heart of the historic village of Middleburg. This very popular annual event is part of the Christmas in Middelburg celebration. Located approximately one hour’s drive west of Washington D.C. Middleburg offers a charming setting to embrace the holiday spirit. In addition to wreaths and greens which are offered for sale the bazaar will offer seasonal crafts and gourmet items made by club members. … Continue Reading

August Brings Sales Galore in Middleburg

July 27, 2014 News, Our Towns Comments Off on August Brings Sales Galore in Middleburg
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Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale Returns with Bargains for Everyone

Middleburg, the quaint historic town nestled in Virginia horse country, is cleaning out its closets and storage areas and moving onto the sidewalks, August 1-3, for the 8th annual Summer Sidewalk Sale. The sale, sponsored by Union Bank, will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and on Sunday as posted by shops.

“We have found this to be a very successful time of the year to encourage people to shop and find bargains throughout the town of Middleburg,” said Middleburg Business and Professional Association President Punkin Lee. … Continue Reading

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

March 15, 2014 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Art in the Burg, Middleburg’s Town-Wide Arts Celebration
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Sponsored by the Middleburg Arts Council and the Town of Middleburg

On Saturday, April 26, the Middleburg Arts Council and the Town of Middleburg will join with the Middleburg Business and Professional Association to host the second town-wide arts celebration, Art in the Burg. Artwork from over 40 local artists of different styles, forms and subject matter will be on display throughout the town from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. … Continue Reading

Middleburg’s Hill School To Initiate Bus Service

March 13, 2014 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Middleburg’s Hill School To Initiate Bus Service
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For the first time in its history, The Hill School in Middleburg will initiate morning bus service for students travelling from Leesburg and Stone Ridge for the 2014-2015 school year.

Full details for the service—hours and location for pick-ups–will be announced shortly. The buses will arrive at Hill School at approximately 8:15 a.m. in time for the school day to begin at 8:30 a.m.

“Many of our families have expressed an interest in morning transportation,” said Hill Head of School Treavor Lord. “We’re pleased to be able to offer this service to these families and other families who may be interested in a Hill education.” For more information go to www.thehillschool.org.


 

 

 

 

Columns

Pie in the Face (with remarks from Ron Paul)

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“In any field, the establishment is seldom in pursuit of the truth because it is composed of those who sincerely believe that they are already in possession of it.” E. T. Jaynes. Everybody prefaces Bernie Sanders name with “pie in …

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 …

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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Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Chocolate & Cabernet

Sweetheart's Soirée at Breaux Vineyards

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Celebrate Valentine's Day at North Gate Vineyard

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

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Breaux Vineyards February Fourth Friday

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THE EDGE: Malone Benefit Concert

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Loudoun School of Ballet Winter Showcase

Our Love is Here to Stay

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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Merlot Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

North Gate Vineyard Wine Dinner with Chef Sebastian Oveysi

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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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