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Bipartisan Legislation Hopes To Reduce Wasteful Spending

June 3, 2015 Around Virginia Comments Off on Bipartisan Legislation Hopes To Reduce Wasteful Spending

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Rand Paul (R-KY) have teamed up on a bipartisan proposal to empower federal workers to identify and cut down on unnecessary federal spending. The Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act of 2015 would build on existing law by expanding a program that allows U.S. government inspectors general to reward federal employees with a bonus for finding and reporting wasteful or fraudulent spending.

Under the proposal, that program would be expanded to include “unneeded or surplus” end-of-year funds. Spending at federal agencies in the last week of the fiscal year is 4.9 times higher than the weekly average the rest of the year but research shows that the quality of spending is lower than the rest of the year. Under the Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act, federal employees who identify unneeded or surplus funds will be eligible for a bonus worth 10 percent of the savings, up to $10,000. … Continue Reading

Governor McAuliffe Announces New Virginia Chief Information Officer

May 31, 2015 Around Virginia Comments Off on Governor McAuliffe Announces New Virginia Chief Information Officer

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Nelson Moe has been appointed as the new Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Commonwealth of Virginia. As technology plays a more vital role in the Commonwealth’s day-to-day operations, Nelson will look to further modernize the state’s IT program so that taxpayers get the best service and greatest value possible for their dollar. Moe’s experience prior to coming to the Commonwealth includes serving as the CIO for the U.S. House of Representatives. … Continue Reading

Application Deadline April 30 for Young Women Leadership Program

April 28, 2015 Around Virginia Comments Off on Application Deadline April 30 for Young Women Leadership Program

U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-10th District) is taking applications from young women currently enrolled in middle school and high school to participate in the 10th Congressional District Young Women Leadership Program. This program provides an opportunity for young women to meet and interact with women who hold leadership roles and have built successful careers in government, business, medicine, media relations and other professions. … Continue Reading

LaRock Appointed to Northern Virginia Transportation Commission

April 8, 2015 Around Virginia Comments Off on LaRock Appointed to Northern Virginia Transportation Commission

House of Delegates Speaker Bill Howell this week appointed Delegate Dave LaRock as a member of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC). LaRock will be one of 20 members guiding the NVTC, taking the seat vacated by Congresswoman Barbara Comstock. … Continue Reading

Is Sound The Future Of Fire Fighting?

April 2, 2015 Around Virginia Comments Off on Is Sound The Future Of Fire Fighting?

– By Hannah Hager

What if you could extinguish fire with sound instead of carbon dioxide? That’s what two undergraduates at George Mason University have set out to do.

Engineering seniors Seth Robertson and Viet Tran have submitted a patent application that could potentially revolutionize the red fire extinguisher we’re all familiar with. The students’ version uses low-frequency sound waves to stymie a blaze instead of the messy, white foam.

The idea didn’t emerge out of thin air. The pair decided “to fight fire with sound waves” as part of a class project for a design course in which they built their own prototype using their own money, according to a university press release, which is also “free of toxic chemicals and eliminates collateral damage from sprinkler systems.”

The recent Daylight Savings Time is a reminder to turn back the clocks, but it should also be a reminder to switch out your smoke alarm batteries. The National Fire Protection Association reports that smoke alarms sounded in only half the home fires reported between 2007-2011 in the U.S., and three of every five home fire deaths were in homes with no or non-working smoke alarms.

Fighting fire with low frequency sound waves such as those used in the bass of hip-hop songs could one day prove to be another line of defense. The students aren’t alone in their thinking. Researchers at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and West Georgia University are also working on prototypes, according to the press release.

Prince William Mother, Daughter Killed In Germanwings Crash

April 1, 2015 Around Virginia Comments Off on Prince William Mother, Daughter Killed In Germanwings Crash

– By Hannah Hager

When a tragedy happens close to home it can be hard to find any semblance of comfort. Such may be the feeling of the family members and friends of the two Americans killed aboard the Germanwings flight that crash landed into the French Alps this week.

Nokesville mom and daughter Yvonne and Emily Selke were two of the 150 passengers that died on the flight that took off from Spain, but never made it to its destination in Germany. Nokesville is in neighboring Prince William County.

Father and husband Raymond Selke confirmed to the Washington Post that his wife and daughter were the two Americans on the ill-fated flight. A majority of the passengers were German and French. Details are still emerging around what exactly happened. It is believed that the co-pilot, 28 year-old German national Andreas Lubitz, locked the head pilot out of the cockpit after he momentarily left his seat. The co-pilot then intentionally grounded the plane into the mountains.

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Poe Museum Vows to Find the Next Edgar Allan Poe

April 1, 2015 Around Virginia Comments Off on Poe Museum Vows to Find the Next Edgar Allan Poe

Who will be the next Edgar Allan Poe? The Poe Museum in Richmond intends to find out. From June 21-27, the museum will host its annual Edgar Allan Poe Young Writers’ Conference for high school students. Designed and founded in 2004 by Edgar Award-winning author and Edgar Allan Poe’s cousin, Dr. Harry Lee Poe, the Edgar Allan Poe Young Writers’ Conference attracts students from across the country to take part in a unique and intensive writing experience. In addition to participating in daily workshops, the students will learn from writing professionals, including award-winning novelists, editors, journalists, poets, and playwrights. What makes the conference special is its Poe connection. Richmond was home to Edgar Allan Poe for 13 years, and it is here that he began his literary career. Students will learn from and be inspired by Poe by studying his craft as well as by visiting the sites that inspired or served as settings for his greatest works.

Past speakers have included Nero, Lefty, and Shamus Award-winning author Brad Parks; Hammett Prize-winning novelist and journalist Howard Owen; Edgar Award-winning biographer and educator Dr. Harry Lee Poe; and Theresa Pollack Award-winning editor Mary Flinn.
The conference is designed to empower students to be leaders, educators, and writing professionals. So far, past students have become published authors and have been accepted into prestigious university writing programs.

To learn more about the conference, please call the Edgar Allan Poe Museum at 804-648-5523 or tours@poemuseum.org.

New Carrier Stationed In Norfolk

April 1, 2015 Around Virginia Comments Off on New Carrier Stationed In Norfolk

The Virginia congressional delegation has announced that the U.S. Navy will position its newest carrier, the Gerald Ford, at Naval Station Norfolk for the next several years. This will provide an additional aircraft carrier to the region until 2018 when the USS Lincoln returns to its home port. The Navy has also decided to reverse an earlier decision and will maintain Little Creek as a deep water amphibious port and homeport four amphibious ships at Little Creek through 2020. The delegation worked with the Navy to fund critical infrastructure upgrades for Little Creek, including a $30 million electrical grid upgrade in 2012.

“This is tremendously good news for Virginians and for the Navy. Not only will this create thousands of jobs in the region, but Virginia is home to the world’s best shipbuilders and contractors. Aircraft carriers are vital to projecting the country’s strength, and there is no better place to homeport the Gerald Ford than Norfolk,” Sen. Mark Warner said. “I want to commend the delegation, the Navy, and local leaders for this strong partnership that has resulted in securing funds for critical upgrades. I am especially pleased with the decision to maintain Little Creek as an amphibious port. These two important commitments demonstrate the Navy’s confidence in Virginia’s world class ports.”

“Combined with our successful effort last year to restore funding for the refueling and overhaul of the USS George Washington, the Navy’s decision to homeport the USS Gerald Ford in Norfolk is welcome news for Hampton Roads,” said Sen. Tim Kaine. “The temporary addition of another carrier will bring thousands of new sailors and their families to the region and our shipyards and shipbuilding industry will benefit greatly from the opportunity to take on more projects in support of our nation’s Naval forces.”

“The Navy’s decision to position the USS Gerald R. Ford at Naval Station Norfolk is great news for Hampton Roads,” said Rep. Bobby Scott. “The Ford will be the pride of the fleet, largely in part due to the talented work of Virginia’s shipbuilders. Our region’s local, state and congressional leadership has worked together on maintaining a strong Navy presence in Hampton Roads and this decision, as well as the decision to maintain Little Creek as a deep water port, is a testament to that collaborative work.”

“The Navy’s decision to homeport the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), our nation’s most advanced carrier and the first in its class, in Norfolk is welcomed news. Hampton Roads, which is home to more men and women in uniform than any other region in the country, undeniably leads in defending our nation, and remains the best place for any command to call home,” said Rep. Scott Rigell, who noted that the move will spur economic growth and stimulate short and long-term job creation.

Loudoun Getting Out–And–About

April 1, 2015 Around Virginia Comments Off on Loudoun Getting Out–And–About

Longer Days Have Us Eyeing Our Calendars

– By Andrea Gaines

Last fall the Farmer’s Almanac predicted that the mid-Atlantic region’s impending winter would be “cold, wet and white.” And, that was pretty accurate.

Now, though Loudouners are shaking off the snowflakes and making plans.

With so much right here – from historic towns and villages … to great retail shops and galleries … farms, wineries, distilleries and breweries … historic spots, mountainside trails, parks and more – it’s hard to decide what to do first. Here are some ideas as we all head into April …

Wait … How Many Daffodils?

Nature lays out a carpet of everything pink, green, yellow and lavender as Loudoun heads into April, and great flower and garden-related events abound.

52nd Annual Upperville Garden Club Daffodil Show is April 14. With thousands of daffodils of all sizes, colors and forms, this American Daffodil Society show will not disappoint (www.uppervillegardenclub.org).

25th Annual Leesburg Flower And Garden Festival is April 18 & 19. Described as an annual “rite of spring” – with everything from music to plant sales to a wine and beer garden to landscaping displays and kids’ entertainment – the festival has something for all (www.flowerandgarden.org). The Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy Native Plant Sale is also April 18 at Morven Park (www.loudounwildlife.org).

Virginia Garden Week is April 18–25. Known as “America’s Largest Open House,” Virginia Garden Week is another rite of spring, welcoming visitors at hundreds of magnificent homes, gardens and historic sites throughout the state. There are several sites in the Leesburg area, and/or an easy drive from here in Winchester, Warrenton and Front Royal (www.vagardenweek.org).

Flower And Garden Classes, Demonstrations And Exhibits. Our area has many opportunities for both intensive and everyday gardening classes. Three great sources are Blandy Experimental Farm, State Arboretum of Virginia (blandy.virginia.edu), Rust Nature Sanctuary (www.audubonnaturalist.org), and master Gardeners of Loudoun County (FaceBook).

Wait … How Many Calories ?Would I Burn?

It varies by your age, height, weight and sex, of course. But, on average, a person burns 150 calories per hour during a slow walk, almost 500 hiking cross country, 245 walking the dog, 200 bird watching, and 200 pushing a stroller or walking with their children. With 27 county parks and 11 community centers, 8 region parks and easy access to both the WO&D bike trail and the 2,174-mile Appalachian Trail – Loudouners have lots of opportunities to get moving. We also have some of the most advanced private heath clubs in Northern Virginia.

So, here are some tips for finding that perfect recreational opportunity this spring …
A good source for area fitness clubs is the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce (www.loudounchamber.org).

Earth Day’s 45th Anniversary is April 22. Three organizations with local events are: Earth Day Loudoun (www.earthdayatloudoun.org), The Nature Generation (www.natgen.org) and the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy (www.loudounwildlife.org).

A quick search of parks, trails and community centers at www.loudoun.gov will connect you with Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve, Claude Moore Park, Potomack Lakes Sportsplex and other great opportunities for individual and family recreation.

For more information on nearby access points for the Appalachian Trail go to www.appalachiantrail.org. For the WO&D Bike Trail go to www.wodfriends.org.
For camping, hiking, and canoeing try Watermelon Park (www.watermelonpark.org).
Wait … George Washington ?Really Did Sleep Here?

George Washington did indeed sleep here – at Middleburg’s 1728 Red Fox Inn & Tavern. Loudoun County is a magnet for local and visiting history buffs alike. Here are some ideas for how Loudouners can get out and about to enjoy our local history and hospitality this spring.

Loudoun’s historic towns and villages are a great place to visit. Old-fashioned county stores, where you can grab some lunch, also anchor many of our historic villages – including Bluemont, Philomont, Waterford and Middleburg. Go to www.loudoun.gov and search “county historic districts” – lots of things to explore, there.

The Loudoun Museum cares for and displays approximately 8,000 local artifacts – from documents signed by Presidents Washington and Monroe, to a schoolgirl’s 18th Century sampler (www.loudounmuseum.org).

A sampling of other museums and historic libraries include: The National Sporting Library and Museum (www.nsl.org), Thomas Balch Library (www.balchfriends.org), The Winmill Carriage Museum at Morven Park (www.morvenpark.org), and The George C. Marshall House (www.georgecmarshall.org). A little further afield but worth the drive is the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum (www.discoverymuseum.net).

The Loudoun County Bed & Breakfast Guild 6th Annual Open House & Self-Guided Tour is coming right up, too, on May 4. The tour features 10 Bed & Breakfast stops as well as helpful hints about the nearby wineries, lunch stops and farm shops you can visit along the way (www.loudounbandb.com).

Enjoy, and look for more out-and-about opportunities in our May issue.

Comstock Announces 10th Congressional District Military Academy Day

March 13, 2015 Around Virginia Comments Off on Comstock Announces 10th Congressional District Military Academy Day

Congresswoman Barbara Comstock has announced the annual 10th Congressional District Military Academy Day. This year’s Military Academy Day will be held Saturday, April 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Loudoun County Public School Administration building located at 21000 Education Court, Ashburn, . The event is free and open to all students, parents and guidance staff who are interested in learning more about the nation’s military service academies. … Continue Reading

LaRock Announces Re-Election Bid

March 8, 2015 Around Virginia Comments Off on LaRock Announces Re-Election Bid

Del. Dave LaRock confirmed that he will seek re-election as delegate of Virginia’s 33rd House District.

“My promise is to stay focused on encouraging job creation and rebuilding our economy, improving transportation, reforming our education system and fostering affordable healthcare options,” LaRock said. “I’m running to help the citizens of Clarke, Frederick and Loudoun County with positive answers to the challenges we face. We still have work to do to keep Virginia and the 33rd District on the road to economic recovery.” … Continue Reading

Review – The 2015 General Assembly Session

March 4, 2015 Around Virginia Comments Off on Review – The 2015 General Assembly Session

By Delegate Dave LaRock, R-33

This year’s session was intense and fast-paced. During the last six weeks in Richmond, I was privileged to buckle down alongside fellow delegates and senators as we worked to make Virginia a better place to live, work, and do business. As always, my top priority remains serving the citizens of Virginia and the 33rd District by passing laws that boost economic recovery, allow the creation of good, dependable jobs, improve education, reform government spending and protect our individual rights. … Continue Reading

NAACP Endorses Legislation Enabling Education Savings Accounts for Special Needs Students in Virginia

February 24, 2015 Around Virginia Comments Off on NAACP Endorses Legislation Enabling Education Savings Accounts for Special Needs Students in Virginia

Rodney Thomas, legislative representative of the NAACP Virginia State Conference announced support for House Bill 2238, a bill to make Parental Choice Education Savings Accounts available for special needs children in Virginia.

In the organization’s official statement, Thomas applauded the bill’s capacity to help meet the educational needs of at-risk children. “In this day of limited funding for education and special needs individuals, this bill offers an opportunity to those parents and their children suffering from dramatic illnesses and disabilities.”
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Columns

Charles Murray’s Middlebury Melee

“Earthrise”, photo taken from Apollo 8 by Bill Anders on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1968. By Tony Noerpel On March 2, 2017, the appearance of Charles Murray at Middlebury College in Vermont caused a small riot [1]. The media blamed …

Earth System and Paleoclimate Change

In a new paper Owen Gaffney and Will Steffen [1], present a high order abstraction of the Earth System, E, in the form This is fine as an abstraction and shows the subsystems which impact the Earth System. The authors …

Famous Estate Blunders and How To Avoid Them

These celebrities’ tales are a strong reminder to review your estate plan before it’s too late. There’s a calm comfort that comes with estate planning: a sense that your family will be taken care of after you pass away (hopefully …

Fidget Gear, Good or Bad?

What do you think about the new fidget cubes and fidget spinners, and do they really help kids with ADHD? They’re making their way around our neighborhood, but I couldn’t find any good studies out there on either of the …

A Community Together: The Ten-Year Remembrance of 4/16/2007

Time moves forward, whether we are ready to move on or not. It’s been ten years since the massacre that shocked America. I’m talking about the event that started a standard of condolences from the president, tears and prayers from …

Soul Lost in Translation

“Greed, for lack of a better word, is good,” Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) tells us in the 1987 movie Wall Street. The newly released book, Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted …

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: North Fork Road

It’s difficult to be in a hurry when all the surrounding geography seems to encourage thoughtful, relaxing contemplation – maybe even a meditative cat nap thrown in for good measure; now – turn your TV off and take the music …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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

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

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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April 2017
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March 27, 2017 March 28, 2017 March 29, 2017 March 30, 2017 March 31, 2017 April 1, 2017

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner
April 2, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”
April 3, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”
April 4, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”
April 5, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”
April 6, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”
April 7, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

First Friday at the Winery

First Friday at the Winery
April 8, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

Cherry Blossom Celebration

Cherry Blossom Celebration

Come Paint with Us! Cherry Blossom

Come Paint with Us! Cherry Blossom

Meet the Artist - Robert Merhaut

Meet the Artist - Robert Merhaut

Healing Service

Healing Service

North Gate Vineyard presents a Vertical Tasting

North Gate Vineyard presents a Vertical Tasting
April 9, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

SPRING AWAKENS: DECORATED EGG AUCTION

SPRING AWAKENS: DECORATED EGG AUCTION

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Writers’ Night Out

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Writers’ Night Out
April 10, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”
April 11, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”
April 12, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”
April 13, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”
April 14, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV
April 15, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo

Easter at the Park

Easter at the Park

Easter Extravaganza

Easter Extravaganza
April 16, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

Easter Sunrise Service

Easter Sunrise Service
April 17, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”
April 18, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”
April 19, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”
April 20, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”
April 21, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

Jules & The Hammer Band with Teddy Chipouras

Jules & The Hammer Band with Teddy Chipouras
April 22, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

20th Anniversary Celebration & Grand Re-Opening

20th Anniversary Celebration & Grand Re-Opening

Celebrate Earth Day at North Gate Vineyard

Celebrate Earth Day at North Gate Vineyard

Andrew McKnight & Beyond Borders

Andrew McKnight & Beyond Borders
April 23, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

Franklin Park Big Band is Coming to Franklin Park Arts Center

Franklin Park Big Band is Coming to Franklin Park Arts Center

Jammin' at James

Jammin' at James
April 24, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”
April 25, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”
April 26, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”
April 27, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”
April 28, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

April Fourth Friday

April Fourth Friday

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo
April 29, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

2017 Virginia Touch-A-Truck

2017 Virginia Touch-A-Truck

Live Music: Dear Creek

Live Music: Dear Creek

Music With a Cause - The Loudoun Chorale

Music With a Cause - The Loudoun Chorale
April 30, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”
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Lifestyle

Welcome Home to this Colonial in Lovettsville

6 Apr 2017

By Hannah Hager All of us seek to put down roots in ?a pleasant, safe and prosperous area, and you’ll find as much within this home in the Dutchman’s Creek neighborhood in Lovettsville. Today, Lovettsville has all the trappings of an all-American hometown – a pizzeria downtown, excellent schools and busy streets that settle into quiet nights. Its claim to …

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Keep Loudoun Beautiful

5 Apr 2017

Greater Lovettsville Area Volunteers Needed The Keep Loudoun Beautiful spring clean-up takes place the entire month of April and greater Lovettsville needs volunteers. Bags, vests, gloves and grabbers are available at the Lovettsville Community Center during normal business hours, Monday through Friday.  Contact Lovettsville area leader, Laura Lieberman, for details and to coordinate pick-up  locations:  laura.long.lieberman@gmail.com.

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Take Me To the Garden Show

5 Apr 2017

The 27th Annual Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival comes to town Saturday, April 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The award-winning event, estimated to attract 40,000 visitors over the two days, gets better and better every year. And, that’s not just the vendors and organizers talking; that’s the truth, …

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Editorial

Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

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!

– 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

– 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

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

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

Envision Loudoun – Bold Action Versus Business-As-Usual

Everyone is talking about it. “Envision Loudoun,” our local government’s effort to reach out to the public for advice on how to rewrite and update the County’s Comprehensive Plan. Officials …

Around Virginia

Rep. Comstock Returns from Bipartisan Congressional Delegation to Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon

Representative Barbara Comstock (R-VA) released the following statement after returning from a bipartisan Congressional Delegation visit to Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon: “As believers around the world observed Holy Week, I appreciated the opportunity to visit and hear from those who serve our fellow man – our military men and women …

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Growth in Solar Industry-Related Jobs

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia is one of the fastest growing solar job markets in the country. In the Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census 2016, Virginia is 2nd in the Southeast and tied with Utah for 9th in the U.S. for year-over-year solar job growth. The Commonwealth is ranked …

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McAuliffe Vetoes LaRock’s Public Assistance Eligibility Legislation  

On March 28, Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed Del. Dave LaRock’s (R-33) House Bill 2092, which would have required any applicant for public assistance to undergo a full review of death records, incarceration status, employment status, lottery winnings, and all income. Recently, an Arlington woman was arrested on four counts of welfare fraud for …

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Sports

Woodgrove Training for Spring Track

9 Apr 2017

Woodgrove students get ready for the upcoming Spring track season. Photos courtesy of Robert Nelson

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Western Loudoun Volleyball Summer Camp Launched

6 Apr 2017

Western Loudoun Volleyball Club will be hosting its first ever summer camp June 26-29 at Foxcroft School in Middleburg.  The coed, four-day camp will run from 9-5 each day and feature advanced skills training, game strategy and mental approaches to the game.  The program will be managed by WLVBC’s Technical …

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