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Leesburg Native Serves aboard Guided-Missile Destroyer

October 5, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Leesburg Native Serves aboard Guided-Missile Destroyer

By Lt. Cmdr. David Daitch, Navy Office of Community Outreach

A 2010 Loudoun County High School graduate and Leesburg native is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the guided-missile destroyer, USS O’Kane.
Ensign Alissa Kain is the OI division officer aboard the forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer operating out of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. … Continue Reading

Remembering Thomas R. Graley

September 7, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Remembering Thomas R. Graley

Thomas R. Graley 78, of Purcellville, passed away Tuesday, August 16, in Leesburg.

He was born September 24, 1937 in Charleston, West Virginia, son of the late Thomas Dewey Graley and Corene Alice Seymour Graley.
Survivors include his wife Martha L. Maxwell Graley to whom he was married 55 years; a son, Alan Lee Graley of Bull Shoals, AR; three daughters, Julia Graley of Purcellville, Fonda Eigel (Thomas) of Lexington, Kentucky and Virginia Mumaw (Charles) of Waterford; and seven grandchildren, Nigel Preece III (Zuni), Claryce and James Eigel, and Ellie, Emma, Ava, and Garrett Mumaw. … Continue Reading

What Do You Do To Stay Cool?

July 7, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on What Do You Do To Stay Cool?

– By Amanda Clark

“To chill out this summer I will spend a lot of my time playing music. During the summer, I have so much free time and I devote as much of it as I can to playing music.” – Michael Preston (Lovettsville)

“To chill out this summer I will go to a friend’s house and borrow their pool, creek, or river and swim around them.” – McCoy Schroader (Leesburg)

“To chill out this summer I will be helping out with the Bluemont fair and race as well as playing lacrosse and getting a job.” – Annabel Kelly (Bluemont)

“To chill out this summer I will find places currently uninhabited/abandoned/secluded and read in the trees there.” – Faith Ralston (Waterford)

“To chill out this summer I will relax in the sun and enjoy the nice weather.” – Brian Chang (Round Hill)

“To chill out this summer I will enjoy the magnificent sunrises and sunsets of Purcellville, be outside in nature, watch the wildlife, and take care of animals.” – Karina McGovern Chace (Purcellville)

Local Author’s Book Now Affordable For All

July 6, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Local Author’s Book Now Affordable For All

Dr. Johanna LaFiandra’s book, “The Desk in the Sky” is available as an e-book from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks and other e-book suppliers for $2.99. After selling the printed version for $19.95, Dr. LaFiandra has reduced the price to make it widely available to the general public. The book can be read with the Kindle, Nook, smart phones, tablets and computers. The book was recently reviewed by Ms. Rosie Malezer for The Readers’ Favorite Book Contest. She wrote:

“The Desk in the Sky is a book of anecdotes written by Johanna LaFiandra, Ed.D. Making learning fun for her students had always been one of Dr. LaFiandra’s chief priorities, as a child that enjoys being at school and enjoys learning is one who retains what they have been taught. Recalling her own very first two days as a kindergarten student, young Johanna had been forced to stand in the corner for the first two days because she had not raised her hand before asking a question. This left a lasting impression and, in becoming an educator herself, Dr. LaFiandra knew that making the student feel cared for and included was an integral part of the learning process. For over fifty years, Dr. LaFiandra looked outside the box and found ways to make her students enjoy what they were learning, even if that meant taking the lesson outside of the classroom, thus producing high grades and happy, well-educated adults with the ability to think for themselves.

I cannot applaud Dr. LaFiandra enough for such passing down the secret to successful educating. Whether you are a parent or teacher, rewarding your child/student for doing well goes a lot further than simply punishing them for not succeeding or not putting your hand up before asking a question. I agree that children will learn more when they feel cared for, loved, important, and included in what is happening around them. Trust is also essential in being a positive educational influence, and ‘The Desk in the Sky’ was cleverly written in such a way that I felt like I was in the classroom, right alongside her students. Dr. LaFiandra’s ideas on letting the class come up with their own ideas of fundraising for their field trips, and booking the transport and accommodation, were ingenious in also showing each student how to survive in the outside world before they had even graduated from school. I look back on my own childhood years and wish I could re-write them, with Dr. LaFiandra being the teacher in every single one of them. I enjoyed ‘The Desk in the Sky’ and feel it should ideally be read not only by parents and educators, but also by those in occupations which deal with children of all ages, including doctors and law enforcement.”

The title comically refers to where the school bureaucracy placed her desk during renovations because they didn’t consider her special educator responsibilities important enough to warrant a classroom. It is composed of 34 short chapters which detail her classroom life. Among the high lights of the book is the chapter entitled, “The Declaration of Independence” where you see how one student gave Dr. LaFiandra an understanding of what she needed to do to transform bored junior high students into the curious learners they had once been. Another chapter, “The Work is in the Toilet” comically shows how students learn from one another.

The printed version of the book is also available at Everyday Elegance in Purcellville, the Loudoun County Library System or at DeskInTheSky@gmail.com.

Focus on… Sarah Huntington Photography

June 1, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Focus on… Sarah Huntington Photography

Sarah Huntington has lived in Loudoun County, and done photography for more than 30 years. She attended Corcoran School of Art in Washington D.C. where she studied art and photography. “I love to tell a story with my photographs,” said Huntington. When Sarah shoots you, you live forever. Huntington does portraits, business photos and small weddings – oh yes, and don’t forget your pets! She also offers videography services and can be reached at 540-338-7809. Her studio is located at 102 North 21st Street in Purcellville.

Yearbook Accolades

June 1, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Yearbook Accolades

State and national competition results are in for the 2015 Saga. At the state level in Virginia High School League judging, the book received its thirty-second consecutive Trophy Award, the highest the league awards a publication. The Saga has the longest consecutive winning streak for publications in the state. “I appreciate the work ethic and desire to excel Saga staffs have shown over the years to keep this steak going. It’s not easy to repeat what is considered by VHSL to be the equivalent of a championship,” Akers said. … Continue Reading

Remembering James Stanley Lickey, Sr.

June 1, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Remembering James Stanley Lickey, Sr.

James Stanley Lickey Sr., of North Fork, passed away May 27 surrounded by his loving family.

Lickey was born March 24, 1936 in Hamilton, where he lived with his parents and 12 siblings. Growing up, he dreamed of becoming a veterinarian to care for animals, but instead worked as a dairy farmer for most of his life. He served many people as a volunteer firefighter for the Philomont Volunteer Fire Department. He served Company 8 for 37 years including 32 years as a dedicated Chief. Lickey and also operated the Philomont General Store for many years. … Continue Reading

Local Author’s Book Now Affordable for All Students, Teachers and Parents

May 30, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Local Author’s Book Now Affordable for All Students, Teachers and Parents

Dr. Johanna LaFiandra’s book, “The Desk in the Sky” is now available as an e-book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other e-book suppliers for $2.99. After selling the printed version for $19.95, Dr. LaFiandra has reduced the price to make it widely available to the general public in the e-book format. The book can be read with the Kindle, Nook, smart phones, tablets and computers of all types. Dr. LaFiandra has B.A., M.S., and Ed.D degrees in the education field. She has taught in the elementary and secondary school levels for 30 years and graduate level for 18 years and is certified as a Special Educator and Administrator in N.Y. State. … Continue Reading

Nominations Open for Heroines of Washington Awards

May 10, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Nominations Open for Heroines of Washington Awards

The March of Dimes is now accepting nominations for the 16th Annual Heroines of Washington awards program. The event will honor women in the D.C. region for their dedication to community service.

Awards will be presented for the following categories: … Continue Reading

Remembering Dorothy Harper

May 4, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Remembering Dorothy Harper

Dorothy Wolford Harper, a lifelong Loudoun County resident, passed away on April 10 at the age of 95. Harper was born June 13, 1920 to the late G.B. and Elsie Wolford of Hamilton.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert Harper, and sister, Virginia Wolford.

After graduating from Lincoln High School, Harper worked at the Bank of Commerce in Washington, DC.  Her stories of long slow commutes in the back seat of a crowded sedan in the 1940’s were priceless. … Continue Reading

Local Navy Lt. in Operations in Latvia

May 4, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Local Navy Lt. in Operations in Latvia

In mid-April, Lt. J.G. Sean Scales, from Sterling (forward), relays messages to the bridge from Cmdr. Charles Hampton, commanding officer of USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), and a Latvian pilot as the ship pulls into Riga, Latvia. Donald Cook, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward deployed to Rota, Spain is conducting a routine patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. ?“Driving a warship requires a great deal of knowledge regarding environmental effects and the characteristics of the vessel. When you are responsible for the safe navigation of something so colossal, these understandings must be taken into consideration. I thoroughly enjoy seeing all of my ship driving experience and skill sets come together when serving aboard USS DONALD COOK (DDG 75),” said LT. J.G. Sean Scales USN.

Photo courtesy of Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mat Murch/Released

Dear Nana, Dear Mom

May 4, 2016 Lifestyle, People 1 comment

Thank You for Giving Me a Sense of Place

Long after I had graduated from college, and started a career, and purchased my first apartment, I still had another place I’d always call “home:” 75 Shore Road.

The small, old house at 75 Shore Road was a modified cape built by a man named Henry Willse in about 1805. Later known as the historic Bayles House, it was at one time owned by David “Boss” Bayles, a well-known shipbuilder from the area. In the mid-1800s just about every house on the road had a shipyard. Today it is a dreamy residential neighborhood on the water with a beach and a popular boatyard. … Continue Reading

Traveling with Myles

May 4, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Traveling with Myles

By Myles Mellor

Almost everyone has the urge to move around the country or the globe at some point in their lives.

Whether you are a student on a backpacking tour or a retired couple on a cruise, the urge to see new places and different cultures is strong.

You have probably relied on traditional vacations and cruises, but I wanted to introduce you to new option. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

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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CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo

”Homage to Mother Earth”

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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

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April 7, 2017

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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”
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April 12, 2017

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April 13, 2017

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April 14, 2017

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”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

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April 20, 2017

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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

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April Fourth Friday

April Fourth Friday

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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

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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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