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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.


 

 

 

 

 

Columns

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 …

Early Returns: How U.S. Markets Reacted to the Presidential Election

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On November 8, 2016, Republican candidate Donald J. Trump won a closely contested election for president of the United States. Late on election night, when it became evident that Trump was likely to win, despite consistently trailing in the polls, …

America: Worthy of Our Trust

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel My friend and I sit in a bar near our office. He is upset, bags under his eyes due to lack of sleep. Thursday, our weekly night to meet is usually a happy hour filled with intellectual …

South Riding

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I should have known that this one would take me far from my contemplative, Zen-inspired comfort zone; after I’d traversed more construction projects than I wanted to tally, competed with hurried, coffee-driven commuters with no time for mere existence, and …

Support Group Help Needed

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Dr. Mike, My son was diagnosed with ADHD two years ago, and his pediatrician at that time recommended we try a social skills group for his “immaturity” and “impulsivity.” We did that, and our experience was horrible. The kids in …

The State of Corals

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(Presented to the Board of Supervisors December 6, 2016) “Events as severe as the 1998 event, the worst on record, are likely to become commonplace within 20 years.” – Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, 1999 [4] Tony Noerpel

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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Calendar

December 2016
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November 28, 2016 November 29, 2016 November 30, 2016 December 1, 2016 December 2, 2016 December 3, 2016

Holiday Open House

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

December 4, 2016

Holiday Open House

December 5, 2016 December 6, 2016 December 7, 2016 December 8, 2016 December 9, 2016

Christmas Market and Trolley Tours

December 10, 2016

Holiday Open House

13th Annual Purcellville Christmas Parade

Barrel Tasting Event Saturday

December 11, 2016

Christmas Market and Trolley Tours

December 12, 2016 December 13, 2016 December 14, 2016 December 15, 2016 December 16, 2016 December 17, 2016

Intro to Essential Oils

December 18, 2016
December 19, 2016 December 20, 2016 December 21, 2016 December 22, 2016 December 23, 2016 December 24, 2016 December 25, 2016
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Family New Year’s Eve Celebration

January 1, 2017

New Year's Day Musikabend

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Farm Bureau President Hopes for Immigration Reform

5 Dec 2016

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Virginia Farm Bureau President Wayne F. Pryor told county delegates at the organization’s annual convention in Hot Springs that immigration reform “is an issue that has been delayed too long.” He noted that: “Work will begin on the 2018 Farm Bill next year. This is the most complex federal legislation farmers face, and it typically takes at least two years …

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Northern Virginia Chamber To Host Congressional Roundtable

5 Dec 2016

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The Northern Virginia Chamber will host its annual Congressional Roundtable on Monday, December 12, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Northern Virginia Chamber in Tysons (7900 Westpark Drive, Suite A550). The dialogue will cover several issues at the intersection of federal policy and business – federal spending, energy, trade policy, the sequestration and the effect on Northern Virginia, transportation, …

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Ugly Christmas Sweater Fad Keeps Growing

30 Nov 2016

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Since 2012, the Re-Love It consignment shop, at 138 N. 21st Street in Purcellville, has developed the reputation as the place to get your Ugly Christmas Sweater in the Metro D.C. area. In that time, Re-Love It has sold more than 3,000 vintage Ugly Christmas Sweaters.

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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

Warner Introduces Bill To Help Wells Fargo Victims Get Their Day in Court

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U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, introduced legislation to give Wells Fargo customers who were victims of a fraudulent account scheme their day in court. The bank was involved in a scandal this year after it was revealed that Wells Fargo employees secretly …

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History’s Holy Places: Four Local Sites Worth Exploring This Fall

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The Journey through Hallowed Ground is a 180-mile long, 75-mile wide trek from Gettysburg to Monticello, encompassing nine presidential homes and places, 18 national and state parks, and thousands of small and large historical sites. Dozens and dozens of these sites and related museums are short ride from just about …

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Land Trust Receives Large Donation

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On August 22, The Land Trust of Virginia received a $10,000 gift from the Sharon D. Virts Foundation, based in Herndon. The presentation of this grant was part of the Foundation’s official launch event, held at Selma Plantation in Leesburg. Notable speakers included Sharon D. Virts, FCiFederal Founder and Chair, …

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Sports

Accepting Applications for Sports League Funding

30 Nov 2016

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Purcellville is accepting applications from local organizations for its annual sports league funding program. Organizations must serve the Town of Purcellville area, have citizens of the Town of Purcellville as players, and provide a letter to the Town from the IRS confirming the organization’s tax exempt status in order to …

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Woodgrove High Student Will Pursue Track and Field at George Mason

30 Nov 2016

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Puneet Kaur of Woodgrove High School has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her track and field career at George Mason University. Kaur has held the school record in shot put since her sophomore year and is looking to throw shotput, hammer, discus and maybe even the javelin …

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