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Addicted

By Mary Rose Lunde
When most people think of addictions, they choose the more well-known types, such as alcohol or drugs. But there are other addictions that people don’t always want to talk about. These can include: screen time, video games, caffeine, food, etc. These types of addictions can be just as unhealthy and deadly as the more well-known addictions; and more and more people are falling prey to them. … Continue Reading

STEM Turns To STEAM

May 3, 2017 Columns, Mary Rose Lunde Comments Off on STEM Turns To STEAM

– By Mary Rose Lunde
Virginia Tech is a renowned STEM school, and is known for its engineering school and strong research presence. As such, compared to other schools, Virginia Tech does not include a lot of non-STEM students. It is ironic, therefore, that none of my four roommates are in the STEM fields. By extension, if you expand the idea of STEM fields, however, all of our five majors could be considered in the STEM fields. This is exactly what has been done with the STEM acronym. The addition of the A to create STEAM instead of STEM allows for the inclusion of multiple practices. … Continue Reading

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

April 5, 2017 Columns, Mary Rose Lunde Comments Off on 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 around the nation, and a darkness that still has a hold over communities. I’m talking about the Virginia Tech massacre. For me, it’s a personal, since I attend Virginia Tech. I may not have been at Virginia Tech when the tragedy happened, but I remember where I was. Despite being only ten when it happened, I don’t think I’ll ever forget hearing the news for the first time. … Continue Reading

Joy or Suffering

March 8, 2017 Columns, Mary Rose Lunde Comments Off on Joy or Suffering

By Mary Rose Lunde
No one likes to suffer. When given the chance, many people would choose to laugh rather than cry, to sit in silence with their friends rather than talk through their feelings, because not even their friends “get them.” It’s no surprise that thousands of Americans choose rather to go to an impartial therapist than to confide in their friends, or even to turn to religious God(s) who they feel like are able to solve all of their problems simply because they are God. … Continue Reading

The Truth about Teachers

November 2, 2016 Columns, Mary Rose Lunde Comments Off on The Truth about Teachers

By Mary Rose Lunde
People underestimate teachers. Most commonly, people put teachers in categories such as: teachers that are horrible at teaching their subjects but are great people; “nightmare” teachers that no one likes; the hard graders who teach you a lot; the teachers that are nice but you don’t learn anything from, and still get good grades; and then the rarest of them all, the all-around great teachers. It is a rarity to find the perfect teacher because people are not perfect; however, they can sure try to be.
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Invisible Illnesses

October 6, 2016 Columns, Mary Rose Lunde Comments Off on Invisible Illnesses

By Mary Rose Lunde

It is general knowledge that when people think about illnesses, they don’t think about illnesses that aren’t physically apparent. Sure, people know about conditions such as multiple sclerosis and other diseases with visible symptoms, but many have never even heard of conditions like POTS or CPRS, which don’t show outward symptoms, and don’t often require braces or wheelchairs. No, people live with these illnesses, and struggle daily without our knowledge. … Continue Reading

Integrated Scientific Discovery

September 7, 2016 Columns, Mary Rose Lunde Comments Off on Integrated Scientific Discovery

By Mary Rose Lunde
Many suggest that science is the gateway to the future. The rise in scientific discovery has driven more and more funding for research. The fact of the matter is, however, that science is far more complex than people used to expect. Years ago, it was enough for a chemist to study just chemistry, a biologist just biology, a physicist just physics. Aside from singular, required introductory classes that house the basis of each subject, few scientists branched out of their respective areas. Nowadays, this is a rarity. In the last few years, scientists study multiple disciplines. … Continue Reading

Learning Patience As a Camp Counselor

August 3, 2016 Columns, Mary Rose Lunde Comments Off on Learning Patience As a Camp Counselor

By Mary Rose Lunde
They say that one of the biggest blessings is being a teacher. It is also one of the hardest. Explaining to nine-year-old kids how to build a fire is one of the most challenging things I’ve personally ever had to do. It takes a lot to continue answering, “No that’s not a stick the size of a match stick” for the hundredth time (ten kids asking every five seconds). But the reward of watching their faces as their fire blazes is so worth it. … Continue Reading

To The Teen Who Feels Alone

July 7, 2016 Columns, Mary Rose Lunde Comments Off on To The Teen Who Feels Alone

– By Mary Rose Lunde

I’m going to do something real here and be honest for a second. In a society where telling someone your deep emotional feelings is considered weak, doing just that seems to be detrimental and could prove worse. Vulnerability is a dangerous thing and those of us who take the leap of faith and have an honest conversation with a person, be that someone you’ve known your entire life or someone you’ve known for five minutes, take the risk of making things worse. I’m not here to talk to those that are afraid of being vulnerable though.

Look at the friendships you have now. Friendships are relationships. Relationships are meant to be bonds that aren’t broken. You need to trust these friends to back you up or they will think that everything is okay and probably won’t notice anything because you’re good at faking being happy. Sometimes it is okay to feel lonely because it pushes you to be self-sufficient. That does not mean that you need to be alone all of the time. If you are feeling lonely all the time, try texting a friend or having a phone conversation. They do exist still.

To the teen who feels alone even if they have friends I implore you to take a leap of faith and talk to your friends. They will understand and if they’re true friends they will want to help you. They care about you. Please reach out to them. Find out what activities you enjoy and do them with friends. Bond and take a chance. Find the people that love and care about you and do stuff with them. Do what you can to not feel alone, find your friends and enjoy life. Don’t focus on the bad, focus on what you have, the blessing of life and the enjoyment of it.

Please, if you feel like you’re alone take five seconds to truly think about what you have in your life and the people that care about you. Are you alone then?

Mary Rose Lunde is an avid supporter in the fight to end depression and suicide in teens. She has seen, lost, and heard too many stories of hurting friends dealing with depression and suicide.

Sugar Crash

June 1, 2016 Columns, Mary Rose Lunde Comments Off on Sugar Crash

Sugar runs inside our body and fuels our very being. In biology they teach us that sugar is really glucose which is broken down in the body to produce ATP (adenine tri-phosphate). So why bring this up? Well, sugar is vital to our bodies, so why do doctors, dietitians, and many people view sugar as bad if it’s vital to our bodies? Well, it is because sugar is a generalized category. … Continue Reading

Choose Joy, Don’t Go Negative

May 4, 2016 Columns, Mary Rose Lunde Comments Off on Choose Joy, Don’t Go Negative

Sometimes life is pleasant and it is easy to smile, other times it is not. The real question is how do you react and live your life when you are going through trials? What do you do when you feel like the end of the world is upon you? It’s simple real, you react and live your life.

It’s a sad fact how many people choose to live their life in the negative when they could live life and chose joy. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t feel sadness or shouldn’t ask for help when you need it. No, I’m saying that for the minor setbacks in life, you should choose joy instead of letting the small things dictate the way your life. … Continue Reading

A Look Into What Is Learned in High School English

April 6, 2016 Columns, Mary Rose Lunde Comments Off on A Look Into What Is Learned in High School English

By Mary Rose Lunde

English is the arguably the most important subject for a student in high school to learn. The most successful people in the world have one thing in common — being able to communicate effectively. This is what English teaches. Learning how to use the language effective helps students develop their unique perspective on the world. … Continue Reading

We All Should Be Encouraged To Be Both Left-Brained and Right-Brained

March 2, 2016 Columns, Mary Rose Lunde Comments Off on We All Should Be Encouraged To Be Both Left-Brained and Right-Brained

By Mary Rose Lunde

People often tell me that I am no-brained and weird because I don’t follow the stereotypical mold. I am indeed not defined under a simple category, especially with intellect. I am both analytical and creative. It truly makes me sad that people have started labeling under these different labels limiting everyone, especially children, to certain potentials just because they enjoy this or that and thus are not expected to enjoy something else. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

Columns

Public Input June 6, 2017

Public input June 6, 2017 “We must, incidentally, make it clear from the beginning that if a thing is not science, it is not necessarily bad. For example, love is not a science. So, if something is said not to …

Anatomy of a Sunflower

By Andrea Gaines Nothing is as simple and summery as that big yellow ray of light known as the sunflower. These not-so-bashful beauties enter the world from seeds we’ve sown intentionally, or from seeds tossed out as happy, uneaten castaways …

Parental Help Needed

Dr. Mike, My husband and I are planning to hold our son back to repeat eighth grade. He plays on a travel sports team, and the extra year would give him an advantage for high school. My sister did it …

Misconceptions about 529 Plans

Just like the kids you’re saving college funds for, 529 plans are often misunderstood. Read on to learn 529 plans are more flexible than you may think. They can be set up by anyone, for anyone, and used for a …

Transforming Scars – Engendering Hope

By Samuel Moore-Sobel The woman’s voice on the other end of the line is warm and inviting, speaking softly in crisp tones, with great excitement, and at a hurried pace. Her words are eloquent and profound. Furiously I type, trying …

Addicted

By Mary Rose Lunde When most people think of addictions, they choose the more well-known types, such as alcohol or drugs. But there are other addictions that people don’t always want to talk about. These can include: screen time, video …

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Cooksville Road

By Tim Jon You see – there’s this bell: A church bell, suspended inside a little white tower atop the old Mount Olive Baptist church building – that you can see for just a few split-seconds as you make your …

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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June 2017
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May 29, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 30, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 31, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
June 1, 2017 June 2, 2017

First Friday at the Winery

First Friday at the Winery

TGIF@North Gate Vineyard with Maddy Curtis Live

TGIF@North Gate Vineyard with Maddy Curtis Live
June 3, 2017

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo

Moon Music Live at North Gate Vineyard

Moon Music Live at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
June 4, 2017

OPEN HOUSE EXTRAVAGANZA

OPEN HOUSE EXTRAVAGANZA
June 5, 2017 June 6, 2017 June 7, 2017

Beale Street Puppets: Teddy Bear Circus

Beale Street Puppets: Teddy Bear Circus
June 8, 2017 June 9, 2017

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo
June 10, 2017

20th Annual Cajun Festival

20th Annual Cajun Festival

Dear Creek Live at North Gate Vineyard

Dear Creek Live at North Gate Vineyard

Healing Service

Healing Service
June 11, 2017

Come Paint with Us

Come Paint with Us
June 12, 2017 June 13, 2017 June 14, 2017 June 15, 2017 June 16, 2017 June 17, 2017

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo

Pete Lapp Live at north Gate Vineyard

Pete Lapp Live at north Gate Vineyard
June 18, 2017
June 19, 2017 June 20, 2017 June 21, 2017 June 22, 2017 June 23, 2017

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo
June 24, 2017

THE PICKWICK PLAYERS: You Can’t Take It With You

THE PICKWICK PLAYERS: You Can’t Take It With You

Acoustic Soul Live at north Gate Vineyard

Acoustic Soul Live at north Gate Vineyard

THE PICKWICK PLAYERS: You Can’t Take It With You

THE PICKWICK PLAYERS: You Can’t Take It With You
June 25, 2017
June 26, 2017 June 27, 2017 June 28, 2017

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids
June 29, 2017

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids
June 30, 2017

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids
July 1, 2017

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo

Willie White Live at North Gate Vineyard

Willie White Live at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
July 2, 2017

Quentin Walston Live at North Gate Vineyard

Quentin Walston Live at North Gate Vineyard
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Lifestyle

Music with a Cause June Concert: Bud’s Collective

31 May 2017

The Music with a Cause Concert celebrates the culmination of its first year with a concert to be held at Otium Cellars at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 4. Bud’s Collective is a powerful trio of pickers from the hills of West Virginia. The evening will also feature an auction of a piece from David Norton Pottery. Norton is an …

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Loudoun Library Card Design Contest Has Begun

31 May 2017

Loudoun artists are invited to submit designs for Loudoun County Public Library’s Second Annual Library Card Design Contest, which began May 22. A panel of judges from the Loudoun County Art Advisory Committee will choose three finalists based on creativity, originality, and message. Artwork or photography submitted should reflect the spirit of Loudoun and the work of Loudoun County Public …

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Loudoun Art Advisory Committee – Call for Artists

31 May 2017

All Loudoun County artists are invited to submit original photographs for the 2017 Loudoun County Art Advisory Committee show “Loudoun’s Evolving Landscape: At-Risk Art Project.” The photographs, which may be in color or black and white, will be exhibited in Gallery One on the first floor of the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison Street, S.E. in Leesburg, from September …

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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

A Winner of a Budget

On May 23, Mayor Kwasi Fraser and the Purcellville Town Council voted to finalize the FY18 budget on behalf of our taxpayers. As an elected government, this is the greatest responsibility that we have. We also have the unlimited ability …

Supports Walbridge

I am proud to endorse and express my full support for Tia Walbridge to represent the 33rd District in Richmond.  As a current Town Council member in Purcellville, I understand the concerns of Purcellville and western Loudoun citizens and I …

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

Tuesday, June 13 – Primary Elections Voting Information

A Primary Election for both parties is scheduled on June 13. Voters will choose a candidate for the Republican Party for the offices of Governor and Lieutenant Governor. For the Democratic Party voters will choose a candidate for the offices of Governor, Lieutenant Governor and House of Delegates for the 33 …

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Cultivate Innovation-Driven Solutions

By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33) Schools are letting out for summer break and many families are celebrating graduations and making plans for college. Few would disagree with the importance of quality affordable education. While it may not be prominent in the conversations, our state and local governments play key roles …

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Transportation: Problem Solving and Promises Kept

– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33) Four years ago I came before the voters of the 33rd District, challenging the status quo transportation funding policies that sent our taxes to other parts of the state while leaving us sitting in traffic. I called out projects like the Dulles Rail Project, …

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Sports

Purcellville Cannons: Talent, Talent and More Talent

31 May 2017

By Andrea Gaines Cannons home opener vs. the Winchester Royals at Fireman’s Field, Friday, June 3. At their 2017 home opener, the Los Angeles Dodgers absolutely trounced the San Diego Padres. Said one sports commentator: “Their opening-day bats were so special … it was easy to forget the Dodgers also …

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WLVBC U14 Boys Volleyball Wins WLVBC Invitational

3 May 2017

The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys team won the inaugural WLVBC Invitational Tournament held Saturday, April 15 at Foxcroft School.  The team went 4-0 on the day, winning first place against WLVBC U15 boys team in a three-set match 25-19, 22-25 and 15-11. The team reached the Gold Bracket …

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