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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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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 …

Six Tips To a New Year and a New You in 2017

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By Michael Oberschenider, Psy.D. Research has shown that as many as 45 percent of us make New Year’s resolutions, but only about eight percent are actually successful in achieving them. And it seems that age is a factor: about 39 …

Investing in the Family Stock

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Family relationships are usually not considered under the rubric of “investments”. Yet, the personal gain and loss from family relationships is much more significant than economic return from stocks and bonds. Taking time out to relate to a person without …

Choosing a Different Lens

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We have all heard, “A picture’s worth a thousand words,” maybe even said it aloud while perusing old photo albums or scrolling through Facebook timelines. Sometimes words fall short of adequately describing an emotion encapsulating a distinct moment. Pictures fill …

Freedom Park

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A great name for a great place, this public space shows us – in my opinion – what’s best about Leesburg, Loudoun County and our country. Freedom Park – just off the Dulles Greenway on the South side of Town …

The Grim Reaper and the Great Barrier

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(to be presented to the Board of Supervisors in January) “The recent frequency and intensity of mass coral bleaching are of major concern, and are directly attributable to rising atmospheric greenhouse gases.” [1]

Pearl Harbor

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By Nicholas Reid Seventy-five years ago this December 7, to quote President Franklin D. Roosevelt, “the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” It will have been 75 …

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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Family New Year’s Eve Celebration

January 1, 2017

New Year's Day Musikabend

Restore & Renew

January 2, 2017 January 3, 2017 January 4, 2017 January 5, 2017

Chair Yoga

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January 6, 2017 January 7, 2017

Core Purpose, Core Practice Yoga

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

January 8, 2017
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AUDITIONS - SEUSSICAL

January 10, 2017 January 11, 2017

Beale Street Puppets: Dig Those Dinosaurs

January 12, 2017

Chair Yoga

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January 13, 2017 January 14, 2017

THE IMMORTALS

January 15, 2017

Come Paint with Us at Breaux Vineyards

January 16, 2017 January 17, 2017 January 18, 2017

Virginia Opera: Deep River- The Marion Anderson Story

January 19, 2017

Chair Yoga

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January 20, 2017

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

January 21, 2017

DANNY KNICELY CONCERT

January 22, 2017
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Upcoming Waterford Concerts Feature St. Lawrence String Quartet and Four Other Acts

18 Jan 2017

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Subscriptions and tickets are now on sale for five upcoming concerts, the Waterford Concert Series announced. All concerts begin at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoons in the Waterford Old School auditorium, 40222 Fairfax Street in Waterford. The concert series begins March 19 with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, known for exalted performances and joyful connection with audiences. First violinist Geoff …

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Historian Rich Gillespie Speaks on Haunts on the Loudoun Landscape

12 Jan 2017

The Mosby Heritage Area Association announced an event in conjunction with the Purcellville Library on January 29, at 2:00 p.m,. which will feature Rich Gillespie, Historian Emeritus of the Mosby Heritage Area Association, speaking on the “Haunts on the Loudoun Landscape.” The stories are all from the personal experiences of long-time local historian and teacher Rich Gillespie, or from close …

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Help Joseph … and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

4 Jan 2017

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Blue Ridge Middle School’s PTO is seeking help with its drama department, working diligently on the production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamboat. The children in the show are enthusiastic and very talented. And, the school has a long history of first class productions with recent shows such as The Lion King, which won 11 National Youth Arts Awards …

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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

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

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 …

It’s Our Right

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On December 6, the Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on a “Minor Special Exception” proposal we submitted earlier this year concerning our Catesby Farm property. Unfortunately, our limited …

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

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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Man Killed Walking To Gas Station on I-95

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Virginia State Police Trooper M.J. Kryznefski is investigating a fatal pedestrian crash in Prince William County. The crash occurred at approximately 4:10 a.m., on Monday, December 26, on Interstate 95 near Exit 158B. Three males were traveling south on Interstate 95 when their Honda CRV ran out of gas. They …

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Sports

Ida Lee Spring NFL Flag Football Registration Filling Fast

18 Jan 2017

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Deadline for the House League registration is February 13. Registration for the Spring 2017 NFL Flag Football League at Ida Lee is currently open and filling fast. We are excited to offer again two great leagues: Ida Lee NFL Flag Football House League and the Ida Lee NFL Flag Football …

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Woodgrove Grabs First at Glory Days

10 Jan 2017

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The Woodgrove Varsity Gymnastics took first place in the red division of the Glory Days Invitational at Park View High School on Saturday, January 7. Woodgrove competed against Rock Ridge, Potomac Falls, Loudoun Valley and Heritage high schools. Host team Park View came in first in the lower blue division. …

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