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Focus On: Bramhall Trucking

Bramhall Trucking has been in business since 1985. The company started out with one dump truck and have expanded to four dump trucks, four over the road trucks, as well as two skidsteer loaders. Mike was born and raised in Lovettsville and his wife, PJ, has lived in Loudoun since she was nine. Mike and PJ’s son Jake has joined the team full time and sometimes all four of their children pitch in. Bramhall Trucking delivers gravel, mulch, top soil, leaf compost and landscape stone. They also install culverts, build riding rings, grade driveways, and “can spread gravel with the truck like butter on bread.” Said Bramhall, “We also are good at finding practical low cost solutions to drainage issues around farms.” They have added pasture seeding and fertilizing to their offerings. Bramhall’s motto is, Let Us Help You Carry Your Load!

Crooked Run Orchard Owners Win Stewards of the Year

The Land Trust of Virginia held their Nineteenth Annual Garden Party on Sunday, May 21, to present awards at the Wind Fields Farm in Middleburg.  The Browns have placed the remaining two parcels of their farm in conservation easement. All 94 acres of Crooked Run Orchard are now in permanent conservation easement.

Pictured from left, H. Samuel Brown, Jr. and Uta Brown, Crooked Run Orchard (owners) Stewards of the Year, Turner T. Smith, Jr. Conservationist of the Year, and Dr. Thomas Graves Hilbert, Jr. Landowner of the Year.

Gina’s Pies: The Perfect Crime

May 31, 2017 Business 2 comments

By Andrea Gaines
I think I just discovered the perfect crime. “A crime so ingeniously contrived and carefully executed,” says the dictionary, “that it cannot be detected or solved.”

That crime is called Gina’s Pies, a gluten-free, home-based bakery here in Loudoun County that has been pulling the wool over law enforcement’s eyes since January of 2016. … Continue Reading

PGA of America, Lexmark and Loudoun Students Plant New Park Trees

Lexmark International, Inc., the corporation that supplied printed materials for the 2017 Senior PGA Championship being held in Loudoun County this week, provided a donation to the Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services for new trees. The trees were planted with help from Riverbend Middle School students, PRCS staff and representatives of Lexmark and The PGA of America on Monday, May 23, at Potomack Lakes Sportsplex in Sterling. Algonkian District Supervisor Suzanne M. Volpe also attended the event.

Catoctin Creek Wins Double Gold at World Spirits Competition

May 16, 2017 Business, News Comments Off on Catoctin Creek Wins Double Gold at World Spirits Competition

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company has won multiple awards at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, including a Double Gold medal for the cask proof version of its popular Roundstone Rye Whisky that was finished in premium French Bordeaux oak barrels used to make the distillery’s 1757 Virginia Brandy. Released just twice a year, Roundstone Rye – Cask Proof is a strong and dark pre-Prohibition style rye whisky made from 100-percent rye grain. The rarely given Double Gold is awarded when all members of the esteemed competition’s judging panel give a Gold medal designation. … Continue Reading

Capitol Sheds

May 3, 2017 Business, News Comments Off on Capitol Sheds

Capitol Sheds is a portable and permanent building dealer that designs affordable custom Amish built buildings. President Loren Shelter, shown above center white shirt, and his sales team help you design the right building for your needs and their drivers will ensure that your building is correctly installed. CapitolSheds.com brings old world Amish workmanship directly to you with the highest quality buildings made according to Amish tradition. They offer portable storage sheds, gazebos, playsets, horse barns and garages to name a few. For more information call 866-817-5996 or go to CapitolSheds.com.

Slow But Steady Burn Towards Solar

May 3, 2017 Business, News Comments Off on Slow But Steady Burn Towards Solar

– By Andrea Gaines
Three energy-conscious partners – The Piedmont Environmental Council, The Northern Virginia Regional Commission, and LEAP, the Local Energy Alliance Program – have wrapped up a six-week, March 15 – April 30 campaign called Solarize the Piedmont. This is the third year of the innovative program, covering Albemarle, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Madison, Orange, Rappahannock, and Loudoun counties.

The program has produced more than 750 solar power leads over the last three years in this nine-county area alone, with the final 2017 numbers still to come. Last year, said Bri West, Director of Outreach and Communications for the Piedmont Environmental Council, the program resulted in the installation of upwards of $800,000 in solar equipment. For 2017, PEC hopes to surpass the $1 million mark. … Continue Reading

Morven Park Elects Two New Trustees

May 1, 2017 Business, News Comments Off on Morven Park Elects Two New Trustees

The Board of Trustees of the Westmoreland Davis Memorial Foundation has elected two new trustees: Christine Kallivokas, COO of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, and John (Jack) Roberts, former Loudoun County Attorney. The WDMF is a nonprofit organization that oversees the programs and activities at Morven Park, Loudoun County’s “Central Park,” a 1,000-acre historic estate and horse park in Leesburg. … Continue Reading

Loudoun MotorSports Will Close This June

April 23, 2017 Business, News Comments Off on Loudoun MotorSports Will Close This June

After 20 years in business, the owners of the Loudoun MotorSports motorcycle dealership have decided to “ride off onto something else”.

Greg and Elyzabeth (“Liff”) Voell started Loudoun MotorSports in June 1997, after switching from careers in law and in sports marketing. Greg’s passion for motocross, and their shared desire for starting their own business brought the couple to Leesburg to begin their adventure that became Loudoun MotorSports. The Voells have sold their building on Catoctin Circle which has been home to the multi-line motorcycle dealership for many years. They will be liquidating all the assets throughout the summer. … Continue Reading

New STEM and Classical School for Students 

April 5, 2017 Business Comments Off on New STEM and Classical School for Students 

Opening With Classes in Purcellville, Hillsboro and Winchester

Dr. Amy Messegee, Thomas Messegee and John Siman, have joined forces to start the Loudoun STEM and Classical School. The school, focusing on homeschool students will offer both STEM and Classical courses in a wide range of subjects including math, science, Latin, literature, philosophy, Spanish, German and music. They are currently accepting students for the 2017-2018 school year and their class offerings are as follows: … Continue Reading

Focus On…Arborgast Lawn and Tree, Inc.

April 5, 2017 Business Comments Off on Focus On…Arborgast Lawn and Tree, Inc.

Paul Arbogast of Arbogast Lawn and Tree, Inc. moved to Purcellville in 1965 with his grandparents, and started his business in 1994. He does tree trimming, stump grinding, tree removal, and tree planting – anything trees, in fact! Three generations of the Arbogast family work together. Pictured here are, from left to right: Paul Jr., Justin, Aaron, Paul Sr., and Davey. This is the go to company for trees.

To schedule an appointment, call 540-338-5714 or e-mail arbogast6@aol.com. “We love working in Loudoun, Fauquier, and Clarke Counties. It’s a great area, with all the large and different types of trees. It’s a special area to be in,” said Arbogast.

Photo by Sarah Huntington

Makers Make the Break

March 8, 2017 Business, News Comments Off on Makers Make the Break

About a year ago our newspaper reported that the Makersmiths organization was preparing to launch a new “makerspace” in Purcellville, rehabilitating a nine-acre, unused piece of Town property near the intersection of A and South 20th Streets. Thanks to a very successful Kickstarter campaign, which has raised over $16,000, it looks like they have made the break. … Continue Reading

Donation Check Presented to the Hillsboro Charter Academy

March 8, 2017 Business, News Comments Off on Donation Check Presented to the Hillsboro Charter Academy

The Short Hill Historical Society presented a check for $900 to the Hillsboro Charter Academy for their support of the 2016 Christmas in Hillsboro Craft Fair. The Hillsboro Charter Academy opened their doors to give more inside space for crafters. To thank the Hillsboro Charter Academy, the Short Hill Historical Society donated all of the funds from crafters who used the charter school to the school.

The Short Hill Historical Society, formerly the Hillsboro Community Association/Friends of the Old Stone School, a non-profit organization entering its 41st year, is dedicated to helping preserve and restore the Old Stone School and historic landmarks in the Short Hill area.


 

 

 

 

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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