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Christmas Auction at Trinity Episcopal Church

November 2, 2013 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Christmas Auction at Trinity Episcopal Church
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This year’s Christmas Auction will be held in Cox Hall at Trinity Episcopal Church located on Route 50 in Upperville on Sunday, December 8, at 11:30 a.m. A cocktail party and preview of the auction items will be held Friday, December 6 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the church’s many ministries to local, regional and international communities.

“This is a wonderful event that benefits our community by providing support to our neighbors who need some timely help,” says Rob Banse, Rector at Trinity Episcopal Church. Trinity’s Food Closet supplies non-perishable food items, English as a Second Language classes teach English and provide fellowship and dinner, and the Thrift Shop provides financial assistance for basic needs. The parish hall hosts weekly meetings of both Alcoholics Anonymous and Co-Dependents Anonymous, and houses The Community Music School of the Piedmont, which offers classes, programs, instruction and music therapy. Four times a year Trinity participates with the Churches of Upperville Outreach Food Basket program. The church supports the Piedmont Child Care Center by providing funds to the John Levis Scholarship Fund. … Continue Reading

LCSO Cold Case Unit Investigates Murder of Ursula Haberland

August 28, 2012 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Cold Case Unit Investigates Murder of Ursula Haberland

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Unit announced today the continuing investigation of the murder of Upperville resident Ursula Haberland.

Haberland was found murdered inside her home 11-years-ago, on Thursday, August 23, 2001. She was 81-years-old at the time of her death.

The Cold Case Unit of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance with the investigation of Haberland’s death. “Detectives with the Cold Case Unit believe that there is outstanding information which could be the key to solving this senseless act of violence,” said Loudoun Sheriff Mike Chapman. … Continue Reading

52nd ANNUAL HUNT COUNTRY STABLE TOUR MAY 28-29

May 26, 2011 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on 52nd ANNUAL HUNT COUNTRY STABLE TOUR MAY 28-29
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Virginia Horse Country Open House

Estates in Virginia horse country open their gates to visitors for the 52nd annual Hunt Country Stable Tour. This unique opportunity provides a rare glimpse into horse breeding and competition in one of the most scenic regions of the country. From foals (baby horses), to jumpers to polo ponies, and even horses swimming for exercise, you’ll see how equine athletes are bred, trained, fed and cared for.

Ticket sales and a country fair are taking place at Trinity Episcopal Church, 9114 John S. Mosby Highway in Upperville on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. … Continue Reading

Update on Windy Hill Cottages

October 23, 2010 Our Towns Comments Off on Update on Windy Hill Cottages

The Windy Hill Foundation conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony October 16 to celebrate completion of a $644,500 renovation of 11 single-family cottages on Windy Hill Road at the western edge of Middleburg.

Participants in the ribbon cutting ceremony included Loudoun County Supervisor Jim Burton, Windy Hill Foundation Board members, officers of the Windy Hill Development Company which managed the construction project, the owner and officers of Linden Contracting who did the renovation work, cottage residents, and guests.

As a result of the project, the cottages have not only been brought up to current building codes, but also certified as “Green Buildings” by EarthCraft Virginia. In addition to new roofs, new siding, and all new energy-efficient windows, every cottage also received Energy Star® high-efficiency central heating and cooling systems and Energy Star® appliances throughout.

One third of the funding for this project ($200,000) came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Another $392,500 was contributed to the project from the Loudoun County Housing Fund and the balance, $52,000, came from Windy Hill Foundation’s local fund raising.

“With help from Loudoun County and the Stimulus Package, this renovation makes these cottages some of the most energy-efficient buildings in the County.” said Kim Hart, President of the Windy Hill Development Company.

“And the real benefit is to our low-income residents who will have their monthly energy bills cut in half,” said Hart. The cottages are a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom units. Rents range from $400 to $750 per month.

The Windy Hill Foundation mission is to provide safe, decent, and affordable housing to low and lower income families and the elderly from the surrounding Middleburg/Upperville area and to encourage self-sufficiency and independence among tenant residents. Proceeds from this event will help Family Development Committee programs including emergency rental assistance, help with medical and dental bills, computer and internet training, parenting classes, and on-site access to a trained Loudoun County social worker.

Windy Hill is a 501(c)3 organization. For more information on the Windy Hill Foundation, call 540-687-3997.

Ayrshire Farm Celebrates Farm Festival

October 6, 2010 Farm and garden, Loudoun County Comments Off on Ayrshire Farm Celebrates Farm Festival

Ayrshire Farm, 21846 Trappe Road, Upperville, will be open to the public for an old-fashioned apple festival and family day on the farm on Saturday, October 16 and Sunday, October 17 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day.There is no charge for admission. All are welcome, but pets should be left at home and will not be admitted.

Ayrshire Farm is a certified organic, certified humane producer of heritage breed livestock, including Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs; Scottish Highland and White Park cattle; and Bourbon Red, Standard Bronze, and White Holland turkeys, many of which will be on display. Ayrshire Farm’s antique carriage collection will also be on display. The famous Ayrshire Farm Shire horses will be providing the “horsepower” for a rare, antique stone cider press as well as pulling the wagons for hayrides around the farm.

Children will find plenty to see and do, with a variety of children’s activities and games, including face painting, pumpkin and apple decorating. There will also be lots of baby farm animals to see.

Local apple growers will be on hand, offering tastings of apples, cider and selling their products. An apple-baking contest will be held each day for the public. Entry categories are “Best Apple Pie”, “Best Apple Dessert”, “Best Apple Savory Dessert”, and “Most Creative Use of an Apple”. To enter, email your name, address, telephone number, and email address along with your entry category to info@ayrshirefarm.com. Prizes in each category will be awarded each day and entries must be on the judges’ table by noon each day of the festival.

“October is traditionally the month when farm communities come together to celebrate the harvest. This is a great opportunity to show we are doing right here in Loudoun with certified organic, certified humane, local agriculture and our work for the preservation of traditional-breed livestock,” stated Sandy Lerner, owner of Ayrshire Farm. “We at Ayrshire Farm have been working for more than a decade to bring our farm and our community together in support of our local, family farms and to provide this community with more wholesome food, reduced food miles, and make our shared environment a healthier place to live and grow.

Farm food will be available for sale and will include Sloppy Joes, pork BBQ and hot dogs — all featuring Ayrshire Farm’s organic, humanely raised meats and other produce.

Award Winning Musicians To Perform Upperville Event

January 23, 2010 Behind the Scenes Comments Off on Award Winning Musicians To Perform Upperville Event
Hardy and  Orkis are Principal Cello and Principal Keyboard in the National Symphony Orchestra and will perform in Upperville on February 21.

Hardy and Orkis are Principal Cello and Principal Keyboard in the National Symphony Orchestra and will perform in Upperville on February 21.

Two Grammy Award-winning performers, David Hardy and Lambert Orkis, will present a classical music program at the Third Annual Candlelight Concert in Upperville on Sunday, February 21 at 4:00 p.m. Both Hardy and Orkis are members of the National Symphony Orchestra and have been performing together since 1983. The concert will feature music from Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Brahms and will be held in Buchanan Hall located at 8549 John Mosby Highway. The performance is a fundraiser for The Community Music School of the Piedmont and a special reception with the musicians will follow at the Blackthorne Inn at 10087 John Mosby Highway in Upperville.

“We are absolutely thrilled to host Mr. Hardy and Mr. Orkis for our Third Candlelight Concert. This is a wonderful opportunity to attend a world-class performance in the middle of winter right here in our back yard.” Says CMSP Executive Director, Martha Cotter.

For more information, call the Community Music School of the Piedmont at 540-592-3040 or visit www.piedmontmusic.org.

Fluke Kills Horse and Injures Fans

March 27, 2009 Equestrian Comments Off on Fluke Kills Horse and Injures Fans

March 27, 2009

This year’s Piedmont Races at the Upperville Show Grounds ended in a way
no one could have expected.

It was no surprise that Quick Line led the field to the finish and crossed the line first: he won the Blue Ridge Races and came in second at Casanova earlier this season. But on Saturday the 13-year-old gelding suffered a ruptured aorta in the final second of the race and careened out of control as he crossed the finish line, trampling through a tailgate party.

Five spectators were injured; two were taken to Winchester Hospital, two were airlifted to Inova Fairfax Hospital, and one was treated at the scene. When the horse collapsed, jockey Noel Ryan was thrown through a fence.

Piedmont Equine Practice veterinarian Paul Diehl said that he knew the horse had suffered a heart attack as soon as it began to stagger. “He went down very quickly,” Diehl said. “I ran forty yards but he was already dead when I got there.”

Ryan and co-owner Julia Butcher were devastated by the horse’s death. They bought Quick Line in October and had recently taken him for a physical, which showed no health problems. But horses are vulnerable to sudden heart attacks just like people, according to Diehl. Ryan confirmed that last year he saw a horse drop dead playing polo.

Loudoun Fire and Rescue did not release the names of the victims, and as of this writing their condition is unknown.


 

 

 

 

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

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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