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U.S. Army All-American Marching Band Selects Stone Bridge High School Tenor Drum Player

November 2, 2011 Lifestyle, Music Comments Off on U.S. Army All-American Marching Band Selects Stone Bridge High School Tenor Drum Player
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Andre Racanelli of Stone Bridge High School, Ashburn, Va. (shown in photo), has been selected to be a member of the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band.

Racanelli will join an elite group of musicians who will perform during halftime of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

“The U.S. Army has a distinguished musical history with numerous bands and musical acts still performing around the world today,” said John Myers, Director of Strategic Communi-cations, Marketing and Outreach, U.S. Army Accessions Command. … Continue Reading

Franklin Features Andrew McKnight and Beyond Borders

March 10, 2011 Events, Lifestyle, Music Comments Off on Franklin Features Andrew McKnight and Beyond Borders
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Saturday, March 19 at 8:00 pm
Purchase tickets online at Franklin Park Performing Arts Center

Award-winning singer, songwriter and guitarist Andrew McKnight and his dynamic genre-bending ensemble Beyond Borders return to their hometown theater with their “vast expanse of sound and song”, aptly decribed as “beyond Appalachian, beyond blues, beyond folk”.

Beyond Borders was formed in the wake of their standing-room only 2008 performance at the John F. Kennedy Center, celebrating the release of his latest CD, Something Worth Standing For. The quartet melds McKnight’s lead vocals, acoustic and electric guitars together with original Nitty Gritty Dirt Band member Les Thompson on upright bass, clawhammer banjo and harmony vocals; Les’ wife and fellow songwriter Stephanie Thompson on harmony vocals, bass, guitars, bouzouki and percussion; and WAMMIE-award winning singer/songwriter Lisa Taylor on drums, percussion and harmony vocals.

Since that high-profile debut, the chemistry between these four seasoned musicians and longtime friends has clearly caught the attention of music fans and presenters alike. They are recognized as one of the Commonwealth’s best performing groups by the Virginia Arts Commission in the Touring Artists Directory, alongside top talents like Robin & Linda Williams and the Virginia Symphony. Andrew and Les wrote and recorded “Made by Hand” for the CD Still Moving Mountains, featured on CNN and CMT for its mission of ending the devastating practice of mountaintop mining in Appalachia. The song is also in Low Coal, a new movie produced in part by Mari-lynn Evans (PBS The Appalachians, Coal Country) about the flashpoint over MTR and the Upper Big Branch disaster, all in West Virginia’s Coal River Valley

This show marks a significant milestone and turning point for the band. For their first three years together the focus has been on their arrangements of Andrew’s masterfully crafted songs, captured last year for a CD and DVD now in production. In 2011 they have begun a new phase as an entirely collaborative entity and will debut their first collective co-write “Quiet Revolution” at the show, featuring Lisa and Stephanie on lead vocals.

Since permanently leaving his corporate engineering career in 1996, folk and Americana artist Andrew McKnight’s musical journey has traced nearly half a million miles of blue highways nationwide, and earned him a wealth of critical acclaim and enthusiastic fans for his captivating performances and five solo CDs. His songwriting also encompasses his passion for community and causes such as preserving American landscapes and heritage, like award-winning “Good Things Matter” and the haunting locally-inspired Civil War ballad “The Road to Appomattox” which is a staple of the band’s repertoire.

Les Thompson was with NGDB until 1973, spanning their rise to stardom with hits like “Mr. Bojangles” as well as the band’s landmark platinum record, Will the Circle Be Unbroken, with Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, Mother Maybelle Carter and other American music legends. He now also serves as Technical Director at Franklin Park. Born and raised in Cajun Louisiana, Les’ wife Stephanie Thompson is a gifted musician in multiple ways – blessed with a soft and sweet alto voice, she is equally at home singing her own songs or picking a traditional tune. Singer/songwriter and drummer Lisa Taylor has earned copious accolades in the mid-Atlantic region for her solo work, including her CD True North, the 2009 Best Contemporary Folk Album in the Washington Area Music Awards.

Join Cool McFinn for St Patty’s Day

March 10, 2011 Events, Lifestyle, Music Comments Off on Join Cool McFinn for St Patty’s Day
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Cool McFinn is playing a St. Patricks day gig in Western Loudoun County this month. Join the group for warm soups, breads and cheese and a glass of refreshment on Saturday, March 12, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Bluemont Vineyards, 18755 Foggy Bottom Road in Bluemont.

Gina, Ray, Mike and Stuart will be playing Celtic tunes from Ireland, Scotland, and Cape Breton for your enjoyment. Call Gina Faber at 540-338-2574 for more information.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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2016 in the Books

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(Presented to the Board of Supervisors February, 2017) “The last three years have demonstrated abundantly clearly that there is no change in the long-term trends since 1998. A prediction from 1997 merely continuing the linear trends would significantly under-predict the …

A Rainy Romance

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all” – a simple phrase uttered in an acclaimed musical that helped birth a star. The movie’s Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds) catches his attention so completely that Don Lockwood (Gene …

Concerned Parents

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, Our 15-year-old son is out of control and we don’t know what to do anymore. He smokes pot and drinks, disobeys us left and right, is truant from school often, comes home whenever he …

It’s Time To Review Your Estate Planning Basics

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Beginners and billionaires alike should refresh their knowledge of these basic estate planning terms and concepts. The word “estate” tends to conjure up images of billionaires and aristocrats, but estate planning is not just for the wealthy. It’s widely believed …

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: George Marshall Center

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I used to wonder why – after an assignment to visit the interior of this place, I’d return feeling exhausted – both mentally and physically worn out – as if I’d been carrying an extra couple hundred pounds or so …

Meeting the “Other America”

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By Nicholas Reid Ever since the presidential election last November, there has been a lot of talk about the “two Americas”: coastal and continental America. The many differences between these two sections of the United States are numerous and oftentimes …

The Trump Effect

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“Corals are marine magicians. As colonies of the tiny ocean organisms grow, they transform the calcium that circulates in seawater into enormous limestone reefs. These reefs—which can extend for more than 1,000 miles and provide homes for crabs, eels, sea …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

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Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

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Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT

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GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
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Chair Yoga

Chair Yoga

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Valentine's Pizza & Champagne

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Sweetheart’s Soirée- A Night of Dinner & Dancing

Sweetheart’s Soirée- A Night of Dinner & Dancing
February 12, 2017

Candlelight Concert Fundraiser

Candlelight Concert Fundraiser

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Writers’ Night Out

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Writers’ Night Out
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Bob Brown Puppets: Dragon Feathers

Bob Brown Puppets: Dragon Feathers
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ARTSPOWER: RAINBOW FISH

ARTSPOWER: RAINBOW FISH
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Wine & Chili Weekend

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Comedy Night feat. Tyrone Davis

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February Fourth Friday

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Samedi Gras Celebration

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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LCSO Announces Project Emergency Response

22 Feb 2017

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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with Loudoun County Public Schools, has developed a pilot program to assist emergency responders and individuals with Autism and their families to successfully manage emergency situations. The program, called Project Emergency Response, will allow family members and other caregivers to provide crucial information about their loved ones to first responders. The information will …

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Hillsboro Plans Mardi Gras Celebration on February 25

20 Feb 2017

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Mardi Gras celebration will be held in Hillsboro on Saturday, February 25 as a benefit for the Old Stone Schoolhouse. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. Hurricanes and New Orleans drinks, as well as Old 690 beer and local wines will be served in the Garden District Bar. The Cajun Cafe will feature New Orleans cuisine, including King Cakes. …

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Four Young Historians Discuss Civil War Turning Points

2 Feb 2017

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The Mosby Heritage Area Association will hold a talk featuring a panel of four young historians who will discuss turning points in the Civil War. The talk will be held at Unison Methodist Church, 21148 Unison Road, Middleburg, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 12. Tickets will be sold at the door or online at www.mosbyheritagearea.org/events for $15 …

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Editorial

Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

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Appointment Shocks Many On January 3 Supervisor Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge) nominated Tom Priscilla for the Loudoun County Planning Commission to represent the Blue Ridge District. Priscilla was …

Op-ed

Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

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– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

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– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

Dear Editor

Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved

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Today, most residents of Loudoun County know nothing about Williams Gap, even those living on Williams Gap Road (Route 711). Knowing who “Williams” was, why a gap in the Blue …

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception

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We are a group of Loudoun County citizens who will be adversely affected if the board grants a special exception for the Catesby Farm property at your upcoming meeting. You …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm

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By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

Around Virginia

Walbridge To Run for State Delegate in the 33rd District

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Tia Walbridge announces her run for the District 33 seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Walbridge is a wife and mother of two daughters and an active member of the Round Hill community. “Like many people in our district, my family has found its prosperity in a Virginia-based small …

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Office Building on Capitol Square To Be Named After Civil Rights Pioneer Barbara Johns

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Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the newly renovated state building located at 202 N. 9th Street on Capitol Square in Richmond (currently known as the 9th Street Office Building) will bear the name of civil rights pioneer Barbara Johns. The building, which reopened last year, houses the Virginia Attorney General’s …

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Rep. Comstock’s Key Top Priority Legislation Initiatives

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Signed into Law in Her First Term Rep. Barbara Comstock, who serves the 10th congressional district in Virginia, recently reviewed the achievements of her first term in office, identifying 17 legislative initiatives that she supported that were adopted. She said: “My staff and I have met with stakeholders, local elected …

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Sports

WLVBC U14 Boys Finish 3rd at VA Beach Event

23 Feb 2017

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The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys Team garnered 3rd place in their first travel tournament of 2017, the Virginia Beach Invitational. This event was held Feb. 18-19 and featured more than 24 teams from the U14 to U18 age group. The team was second on their net on day …

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Woodgrove Gymnasts Advance To States

15 Feb 2017

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Two Woodgrove High School gymnasts have qualified to advance to the Virginia State Championships Saturday, February 18, at Patriot High School in Nokesville. Sophomore River Stone placed fourth in the all-around competition at the 1A-5A North Regional Gymnastics Championships at Park View High School on Wednesday, February 8, which earns …

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