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Take Me To the Garden Show

April 5, 2017 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Take Me To the Garden Show

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, as evidenced by the many local, state and national awards the festival has received since its founding in 1990. … Continue Reading

And … Don’t Miss Historic Garden Week

April 5, 2017 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on And … Don’t Miss Historic Garden Week

Historic Garden Week in Virginia runs from April 22 to April 29.

For 2017, over 250 Virginia gardens, homes and historic landmarks will be on tour, treating visitors to all manner of splendor – including thousands of fresh flower arrangements designed and hand-crafted by members of the Garden Club of Virginia.

Local tour spots include properties in Leesburg, Warrenton, Old Town Alexandria and Fairfax. For more information, go to www.vagardenweek.org.

Color Me Anything, But Color Me Beautiful

March 8, 2017 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Color Me Anything, But Color Me Beautiful

Thoughts on Garden Colors

Where does your spring garden’s color pallet lie – and what will your emerging annuals and summer blooms reveal? Will it punctuate its early displays with the warm yellow of a happy daffodil and cool purple of scattered crocuses, or the fresh and sassy vermillion of a shaded helioborus? Will orange-toned foxglove contrast with a sweeping, bright-white mock orange, or will you experiment with towering hollyhocks and dancing bachelor buttons?

As the cold white of winter fades and spring’s color begins to emerge, we’re all out there combing the local nurseries for that dramatic new plant – something to cut for the house or boast about to our friends. … Continue Reading

Farm Bureau President Hopes for Immigration Reform

December 5, 2016 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Farm Bureau President Hopes for Immigration Reform

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 to sort through…. Here and elsewhere in America, farmers need foreign workers to keep our crops from rotting in the fields.’ … Continue Reading

Bringing the Outdoors in for the Holidays

November 2, 2016 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Bringing the Outdoors in for the Holidays

This time of year I bring in my plant containers and find them a sunny window. Most will bloom only sparsely. So, before long I’m craving indoor color and my thoughts turn to bulbs for indoor forcing.

Some bulbs require a chilling period to bloom – cold temperatures that mimic what the bulb would experience outdoors over the winter – and some do not.
I first pot up some Paperwhite Narcisiss and Amaryllis and get them in a bright, cool window – their bulbs don’t need to be chilled. And then, I decide on the bulb forcing experiments I’m going to try myself over the winter. … Continue Reading

First Turkey Pardoning in Purcellville

November 2, 2016 Farm and garden, Lifestyle 1 comment

This one got away …
In the 1860s, a White House reporter noted that a live turkey had been brought home for the Christmas dinner, but President Lincoln’s son, Tad “interceded in behalf of its life … [wherein] the plea was admitted and the turkey’s life spared.”

More modern presidents have followed suit, with some naming the bird, as the gift of a continued life was bestowed. Reagan pardoned a turkey named Charlie, and Obama gave one lucky bird the name Courage. Ironically, for many years the pardoned birds were sent to Frying Pan Park in Fairfax County (under protest, I’m sure!). Other times, they lived out their natural lives at Mount Vernon or Disneyland …
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Fall Gardening and Activities –Five Reasons Why You Can Skip Garden Cleanup

October 6, 2016 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Fall Gardening and Activities –Five Reasons Why You Can Skip Garden Cleanup

The familiar fall ritual is upon us –cleaning up the gardens and lawn for the long winter. But as it turns out, there are many reasons why it’s better to keep gardens intact over the winter.

It’s less work. And it is getting cold and there is probably a football game to watch or a book to read.

Leaves are good for gardens. They are nature’s winter mulch that protect plant roots from freezing soil. As they decompose over the winter, they become valuable organic matter. … Continue Reading

Focus On…Crooked Run Orchard

October 5, 2016 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Focus On…Crooked Run Orchard

Crooked Run Orchard – Sam And Uta Brown

How many towns can brag about having a working farm? The Town of Purcellville has its very own farm and it has been in the Brown family for 250 years. Crooked Run Orchard, a pick your own farm, is open from April through December and they sell seasonal produce. If you want some of the best apple cider you have ever tasted, this is the season. In December they sell Holiday Wreaths – simple and ornate – using clippings from their farm trees. Their website is crookedrunorchard.com.

Willowsford – Trying and Succeeding To Be Different

September 7, 2016 Farm and garden Comments Off on Willowsford – Trying and Succeeding To Be Different

With an average income of $119,000 per year, Loudoun County has many new, well-heeled communities, and Willowsford, with its custom homes, sweeping views, private places, and idealistic feel, is certainly one.

But, Willowsford – the Washington, D.C. area’s only farm-to-table community built as a farm-to-table community – is both trying and succeeding to do things differently: combining conservation, recreation, convenience, exclusivity, farming, and beautiful architecture into a unique, self-contained lifestyle. Roads are called “streetscapes” here. And, although that sounds like language invented by a master real estate marketer, there is something very special going on in Willowsford. … Continue Reading

Fall Gardening

September 7, 2016 Farm and garden Comments Off on Fall Gardening

Create a Pollinator-Friendly Garden
We are approaching the fall months when pollinators are looking to load up on nectar to prepare for long migrations or to hibernate over the Winter. You can help these important creatures by making sure your garden has the kinds of plants that bees, butterflies, and other pollinators need. Here are some to consider: aster, cardinal flower, coneflower, coreopsis, false sunflower (heliopsis), gaillardia, garden phlox, goldenrod, great blue lobelia, ironweed, jewelweed, joe pye weed, sedum, and sunflower. … Continue Reading

August Is National Peach Month: Eat a Peach in Salad

August 3, 2016 Farm and garden Comments Off on August Is National Peach Month: Eat a Peach in Salad

Are You Kidding?
No. A nectarine and a peach are basically the same species. Nectarines are bald peaches, in effect. In early cultivation, nectarines occasionally appeared on peach trees, the result of a recessive allele, the fruit from which were then cultivated as nectarines. Peaches are also part of the rose family. No wonder why we like all three, so much.

By Andrea Gaines
August is National Peach Month – established by President Ronald Reagan in 1982. We love peaches, but how much do we actually know about them? And, what is your favorite way to eat them? … Continue Reading

Destination: Relaxing with the Cool Tastes of Summer

August 3, 2016 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Destination: Relaxing with the Cool Tastes of Summer

By Andrea Gaines
All of us have our summer cool-down secrets. Stretching out in front of a fan in full-blown nap mode, or drenching yourself with the garden hose, for example. But, there is also that magnificent moment when you slide into full-body relaxation – feet up, legs out-stretched, and toes flexed – and bite into a crisp piece of watermelon, wash down a handful of salty-sweet kettle corn with a glass of ice tea, or dig into a warm piece of apple pie a-la-mode. … Continue Reading

Farmers Urged To Be on the Lookout for Marijuana

July 23, 2016 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Farmers Urged To Be on the Lookout for Marijuana

Farmers in Southwest Virginia are being urged to check their property for marijuana planted by trespassers. Within the past year, hundreds of marijuana plants have been discovered between rows of hay bales on farms in and around Pulaski County, according to the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force.

“Unfortunately this is a growing trend,” said Corporal Barbara Owens of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, a member of the task force. “Not only are the marijuana plants an issue, but what is more concerning is there are people trespassing on farmers’ property.” … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

Columns

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 …

Giving Voice To The Voiceless

– By Samuel Moore-Sobel “It’s to make a difference in someone else’s life,” Wendy Melcher, coordinator at McLean Bible Church’s Loudoun Campus, tells me when I ask the source of her motivation. “It’s to see them smile.” I first met …

Seeking Child Advice

– By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, Our daughter, who is a sophomore in high school, is furious with us for not allowing her go to beach week this year with her boyfriend who is graduating from high school in …

Amy and Dan Smith’s Planning for Life: Choosing a Fiduciary

The choice of an executor or trustee is very important and will likely have long range consequences. Family wounds can linger for years from a mistake or unwise conduct of the person in charge of the estate or trust. An …

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: The Stone House

At Harper Park – By Tim Jon No – they don’t serve fresh oysters here, there are no wi-fi hook-ups, and there is no Happy Hour; from what I hear, though – this little place used to jump and swing …

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 …

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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May 1, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 2, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

Equality Loudoun [re]Launch

Equality Loudoun [re]Launch
May 3, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 4, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 5, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

First Friday at the Winery

First Friday at the Winery

Welcome Resident Chef Chris Edwards

Welcome Resident Chef Chris Edwards

TGIF@NG

TGIF@NG

Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical

Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical
May 6, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

Welcome Resident Chef Chris Edwards

Welcome Resident Chef Chris Edwards

Live Music: Pete Lapp

Live Music: Pete Lapp

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Meritage Vertical Tasting

Meritage Vertical Tasting

Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical

Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical
May 7, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

Nathaniel Davis Live at North Gate VIneyard

Nathaniel Davis Live at North Gate VIneyard

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theatre, “Savannah Sipping Society”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theatre, “Savannah Sipping Society”
May 8, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 9, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 10, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Blue Sky Puppets: If Pigs Could Fly

Blue Sky Puppets: If Pigs Could Fly

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 11, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 12, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo

Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical

Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical
May 13, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

Dog Day

Dog Day

Healing Service

Healing Service

Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical

Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical
May 14, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

Mother's Day Brunch

Mother's Day Brunch

Mother's Day Events at North Gate Vineyard

Mother's Day Events at North Gate Vineyard

Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical

Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical
May 15, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 16, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 17, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 18, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 19, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

Fourth Friday

Fourth Friday

3rd Annual Corks for a Cause

3rd Annual Corks for a Cause

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose
May 20, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose:

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose:

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose
May 21, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

Pets on Tour! Loudoun County Animal Service Adoption Bus at north Gate Vineyard

Pets on Tour! Loudoun County Animal Service Adoption Bus at north Gate Vineyard

Silk Scarf Painting with Penny Hauffe

Silk Scarf Painting with Penny Hauffe

Stealing Dawn Live at North Gate Vineyard

Stealing Dawn Live at North Gate Vineyard

Gallery Coffeehouse: The Comedy Cult Improv

Gallery Coffeehouse: The Comedy Cult Improv
May 22, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 23, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 24, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

Orchestra 2100 presents The Four Seasons of Vivaldi and Piazzolla with Natasha Korsakova

Orchestra 2100 presents The Four Seasons of Vivaldi and Piazzolla with Natasha Korsakova
May 25, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

Botanicals And Bouquets: Art Reception And Sale

Botanicals And Bouquets: Art Reception And Sale
May 26, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose
May 27, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

Teddy Chipouras Live at North Gate Vineyard

Teddy Chipouras Live at North Gate Vineyard

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose
May 28, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
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
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Loudoun Library Card Design Contest Begins Monday, May 22

21 May 2017

Loudoun artists are invited to submit designs for Loudoun County Public Library’s Second Annual Library Card Design Contest has begun, 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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Weber Joins BCT in Loudoun

21 May 2017

BCT, Bank of Charles Town, of Middleburg is pleased to announce the hiring of Ben Weber, founder and former publisher of the Purcellville Gazette, as their newest Mortgage Loan Originator. “We are pleased that Ben is now part of our growing family, his insight into the growing real estate market and marketing skills will be a great benefit to our …

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Animal Shelter Hosts Homeward Bound Adoption Event on May 20

19 May 2017

Loudoun County Animal Services will host its second annual “Homeward Bound” free pet adoption event from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., on Saturday, May 20 at the Animal Shelter, 39820 Charles Town Pike, Waterford. Adoption fees will be waived on all adoptable cats, kittens, dogs, puppies, small pets and reptiles. While supplies last, adopters will receive a goody bag for …

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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

Letters for May Issue

Council Moving Forward with People’s Values After two years serving with Mayor Kwasi Fraser in a minority position on the Purcellville Town Council, voters went to the polls in May …

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 …

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

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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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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Sports

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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Cannons in the Batter’s Box for Second Season

3 May 2017

– By Andrea Gaines This year marks the Purcellville Cannons’ 2nd season in Purcellville. Baseball fans, rejoice. “If I could identify one thing that I hope to accomplish this year,” said General Manager Ridge Fuller, “it would be to sustain the level of community support we got in 2016. To …

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