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Purcellville First Friday Inaugural Pie Contest – April 5

April 3, 2013 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Purcellville First Friday Inaugural Pie Contest – April 5
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Do you have the skills it takes to be the best pie chef? Looking for those five minutes of fame? First Friday coordinator, Mary Beth Barbagallo is celebrating spring with a piebaking contest. “We were looking at creating a more interactive event, where the public is involved. Instead of just being a bystander, you can become a participant,” said Barbagallo. Entrants are asked to bring their pie to Butterfly Gourmet located at 148 N. 21st Street between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. Friday, April 5. Entries will be judged in three categories; Crust, flavor and presentation. Ribbons will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place, and the Grand Prize winner. Entry fee is $5 per pie and all the funds collected go to Loudoun Interfaith Relief. The pie-baking contest is open to amateur bakers.

Purcellville First Friday Coming Back with Men in Kilts – March 1

February 6, 2013 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Purcellville First Friday Coming Back with Men in Kilts – March 1
Men in kilts: Matt Barbagallo, Above Ground Winery; Rocky Westfall, Atoka Properties; Scott Harris, Catoctin Creek Distillery; and Shawn Malone, Magnolias at the Mill Restaurant. Photo: Sarah Huntington

Purcellville First Friday will kick off its second season with March’s theme – “Men in Kilts” – thanks to an idea from Realtor Janet Mulhern of Atoka Properties.

In late January, local business leaders donned Scottish kilts for a photo shoot with award-winning photographer Sarah Huntington (photo at right). The photo is on display at Above Ground Winery and other local businesses. Readers and locals are invited to guess whose legs belong to which business leader, and submit their guesses to win a $100 gift card to Magnolias at the Mill restaurant. The photo and “Guess Whose Legs” forms are available at buisnesses around town and can be dropped in a box at Above Ground Winery (Thursday – Sunday noon ‘til 5:00 p.m.). A drawing of entries will start at 9:00 p.m. March 1 at the winery (105 Main Street, Purcellville). … Continue Reading

Purcellville December First Friday To Bring Special Holiday Offers

December 5, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Purcellville December First Friday To Bring Special Holiday Offers
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Twinkling lights, trolley rides through town, and hardworking merchants promise to make December 7 another busy First Friday in Purcellville. “Merchants want to showcase their business by staying open late one night a month. Busy families need somewhere local and free to enjoy family time,” said Above Ground Winery owner, Mary Beth Barbagallo. “We’re hoping that these last few months have made residents aware of the gems this town has to offer. The real shine is in the hard-working Old Town merchants.”

Participating businesses will feature hors d’ouerves, wine, art or music, and some will offer more than one treat. The fun begins at 6:00 p.m and continues until 9:00 p.m. Merchant discounts and offers will be posted on the First Friday Facebook page.

First Friday – Shop Local

November 7, 2012 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on First Friday – Shop Local
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Since September the retail and service merchants have donated time and funding to making this sleepy town come alive. Horse-drawn carriage rides, face-painting, free munchies and beverages, live music, and wine tastings from wineries as far as Delaplane, Virginia, have all been a part of keeping it local. These businesses strive to keep the charm of the Town to what attracted residents to settle in Purcellville. This truly is a hometown feel where residents and visitors co-mingle one night of the month for a family-friendly free event.

Advertisement has been through press releases, tourism websites and social media outlets. With little success have I been able to have the Town of Purcellville acknowledge or endorse the event. Several attempts have been made to have the mayor include it in his bimonthly newsletters, and also in the Citizens Update that is mailed to town residents, again with no success. Similar private business events such as the Townwide Tag Sale and the Halloween Block Party have been advertised using your tax dollar. So what singles out First Friday? Ask the mayor next time you see him why he doesn’t include First Friday in any of his communications. … Continue Reading

First Friday Purcellville to Continue with Halloween Theme

October 3, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on First Friday Purcellville to Continue with Halloween Theme
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The overwhelming excitement and success of Purcellville’s inaugural First Friday event has driven the momentum for the second merchant event planned for Friday,
October 5.

Merchants experienced patron excitement and increased sales from the weather-perfect evening in September.

Each month, through December, merchants will continue to endorse and offer specials for visitors in the downtown area – from specially priced products and free items for the kids, to live music and wine tastings from all over Virginia.

Coordinator of the event, winery owner Mary Beth Barbagallo said, “I decided to offer more choices in wine tasting, so bringing in Cobbler Mountain Cellars of Delaplane, Virginia, is just the beginning. With the cost of fuel going up, many folks are cutting back on their weekend travel. So we bring the wine to them. As we enter the fall season, we can find so many reasons to get outside, this is definitely a family-friendly event.” … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

Columns

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 …

El Nino Evolution

Figure 3. Sea-surface height as inferred by by NASA satellites during the current El Niño (December 27, 2015, at left, from Jason-2) and at a comparable point during the last “super” El Niño (December 28, 1997, at right, from TOPEX/Poseidon). Warmer temperatures in the upper ocean result in higher sea-surface heights, as the seawater expands. In 1997, the above-average sea surface height was generally more intense and peaked in November. In 2015, the area of high sea levels was less pronounced but considerably broader. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. (see [4])

Figure 1 shows the annual global temperature anomaly since 1980 up to November 2015 using the NASA GISS data set [1]. NASA has not yet published December’s data though BEST has [2] and yes 2015 was the hottest year on …

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

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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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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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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

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

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THE EDGE: Malone Benefit Concert

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Loudoun School of Ballet Winter Showcase

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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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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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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6th Annual Loudoun Grown Expo February 27

3 Feb 2016

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It’s that exciting time of year again for the Sixth Annual Loudoun Grown Expo. The yearly event will take place at the Bush Tabernacle 250 South Nursery Avenue, Purcellville, on February 27 with new expanded hours starting at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be wine and beer exhibitors, farm exhibitors, artisans and makers, restaurants and other rural economy …

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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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