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June 23, 2013 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Attention County Residents

Have you ever wanted to participate in the Loudoun County Fair, but don’t raise sheep, cows, pigs or rabbits? Well, here is your opportunity! You can be an EXHIBITOR at the Fair in Sykes Hall and if you register by July 12, you will receive a FREE weekly pass to the Fair! The Loudoun County Fair Committee is looking for residents of all ages to submit their original amateur works of Art, Crafts, Photography, Baking, Collections, Fruits and Vegetables and much more! This is a great way to get involved in and become part of the Fair. See the “Exhibitors” tab of our website www.loudouncountyfair.com for complete registration details. Come on, join the fun and we’ll see you at the Fair!

Valley Students Teach D.C. Students about Nature on the Chapman DeMary Trail

June 15, 2013 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Valley Students Teach D.C. Students about Nature on the Chapman DeMary Trail

More than 100 sixth graders from Charles Hart Middle School in Washington, D.C. connected with nature during a field trip to the Chapman DeMary Trail in Purcellville, Virginia on Tuesday, May 21. The field trip was sponsored by environmental nonprofit The Nature Generation and led by 20 juniors and seniors from Loudoun Valley High School (LVHS), along with LVHS teacher Liam McGranaghan and naturalist John DeMary. The sixth graders participated in hands-on activities to learn about trees on the trail, how to be quiet to experience all that nature has to offer, and the concept of Leave No Trace.

“It was magical to see the interaction between the high school student stewards and the middle school students. The high school students really got the younger ones engaged in learning about nature and enjoying their time on the trail,” said Amy Marasco Newton, founder and president of The Nature Generation, an organization dedicated to inspiring environmental stewards. … Continue Reading

County Offers New Summer Family Pool Pass

May 24, 2013 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on County Offers New Summer Family Pool Pass

The Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services’ outdoor swimming pools will be open for the summer from May 25 through September 2, 2013. New this season, family pool passes will be offered for the Franklin Park Pool in Purcellville and the Lovettsville Community Pool.

The cost of the pass is $300 for a family of four (4) and $25 for each additional family member. (Non-county residents pay an additional 50 percent of fees.) Passes will be valid during normal pool operating hours and can be used at both locations.

Prior to Memorial Day weekend, passes can be purchased at the Franklin Park Visitors’ Center and Lovettsville Community Center, as well as the department’s administrative office (currently located at 215 Depot Court, SE, Leesburg, VA and relocating to 20145 Ashbrook Place, Suite 170, Ashburn, VA effective June 3, 2013). Passes will be available for purchase at both pools beginning May 25, 2013.

For more information, call 703-777-0343.

Board of Supervisors Recognizes Outstanding Volunteers

May 5, 2013 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Board of Supervisors Recognizes Outstanding Volunteers

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors recognized recipients of the 2013 Volunteer Loudoun Outstanding Volunteer Awards during the Board’s general business meeting on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. These awards honor individuals, groups, organizations and businesses for their extraordinary volunteer efforts in the community.

The 2013 award recipients include:

Outstanding Volunteer of the Year – Gabriella Miller – Ten-year-old Gabriella Miller, diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, was determined to help other children suffering from cancer by enhancing her own letter-writing campaign to the Make a Wish Foundation. She raised over $250,000 for the Foundation, which inspired Macy’s to donate an additional $25,000. Her fundraising efforts resulted in 36 additional wishes being granted for children facing serious health issues. … Continue Reading

FCA Power 13u Raising Money for Children’s National Medical Center

April 7, 2013 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on FCA Power 13u Raising Money for Children’s National Medical Center

The FCA Power 13u, a boys baseball team with members from Western Loudoun County, is raising funds for the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. The team is participating in a tournament, sponsored by Kyles Kamp and the Washington Nationals, to support the Oncology Division at CNMC. Net proceeds from Kyle’s Kamp 2013 will directly help children in their fight to survive cancer by investing in research for new diagnostic tools and therapies. Funds will also be used to support patients during their treatment and make sure they have access to medications, transportation, meals, and other basic needs.

In addition to an on-line fund raising website (information is available at www.kyleskamp.org) the Power are holding several spirit nights and raffle/bake sales in the Purcellvile area. The first will be held at Coach’s Corner Grill in Purcellville on Saturday, April 13. Coach Burton, the owner of Coach’s Corner, is donating a percentage of his total revenue that day to the FCA Power, so please everyone go and enjoy a meal at Coach’s Corner and help us fight childhood cancers. … Continue Reading

LCSO Investigating Death of Baby in Sterling, Mother Likely in Need of Medical Attention

April 7, 2013 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on LCSO Investigating Death of Baby in Sterling, Mother Likely in Need of Medical Attention

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the death of a newborn infant that was located in a pond Sunday morning in the CountrySide area of Sterling, Virginia. Around 11:42AM a resident was walking along a path in the area of Awsley Court when they observed what appeared to be a deceased baby in a pond. Emergency personnel responded to the scene. The female newborn was deceased at the scene and it appears the birth did not occur in a hospital. Members of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office are working with Loudoun County Child Protective Services, School Resource Officers, and the community in hope to identify the mother of the child. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is concerned for her well-being, as she is likely in need of medical attention. She is asked to contact the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office at 703-777-1021 or go to the nearest hospital. Members of the community who have information regarding the identity of the mother, or if you saw anything suspicious in the area of Awsley Court, are asked to call Detective S. Petrakos at 703-777-0475.

Mosby Heritage Area Association Signs Contract with John Milner Associates, Inc. to Begin Preservation Plan for Aldie, Middleburg, Upperville Battlefields

April 7, 2013 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Mosby Heritage Area Association Signs Contract with John Milner Associates, Inc. to Begin Preservation Plan for Aldie, Middleburg, Upperville Battlefields

The Mosby Heritage Area Association has contracted John Milner Associates, Inc. to develop the preservation plan for the Civil War cavalry battlefields of Aldie, Middleburg, and Upperville. The preservation plan is being funded by a grant through the American Battlefield Protection Program of the National Park Service.

“After an extensive request-for-proposals process, we conducted several interviews, and now the Mosby Heritage Area Association is pleased to begin working with John Milner Associates,” says Executive Director, Judy Reynolds. … Continue Reading

Annual Book Sale in Jeopardy: 25 Year Loudoun Tradition at Risk

February 6, 2013 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Annual Book Sale in Jeopardy: 25 Year Loudoun Tradition at Risk

A fixture on the Loudoun calendar since 1988, the Loudoun Library Foundation’s Annual Used Book Sale is at risk of cancellation due to a lack of space to sort and store the books collected for the sale. At its January meeting, the nonprofit foundation’s Board of Directors agreed that unless a new sorting facility can be secured by the end of January, this year’s sale will have to be called off.
The Loudoun Library Foundation book sale raises funds each year to help support public libraries across Loudoun County, raising more than $40,000 in 2012 through the sale of donated books, CDs, and DVDs at the popular three-day sale event in June. … Continue Reading

Support Our Local Food Banks

February 6, 2013 Loudoun County, News 1 comment

By Mark Gunderman

The escalating cost of living combined with the loss of higher paying jobs has put many people in our area in a financial dilemma.  Lower wage jobs appear to be a larger share of our community’s total employment.  The surge in population and rising cost of housing in our community have added stress on resources and make it much harder for lower wage earners to make ends meet.  Those with modest income struggle to pay for housing, groceries, childcare, health care, and education among other essentials.  Imagine the difficulty of choosing whether your family eats or has clothes on their back? Many families with children living in at-risk situations depend on local food banks in order to have enough money to make rent.  Keeping families stable in the same home helps children remain in one school and prevents them from experiencing the loss of family members, friends and familiar neighborhoods. … Continue Reading

LCSO to Assist with Presidential Inauguration Security

January 18, 2013 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on LCSO to Assist with Presidential Inauguration Security

Members of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Civil Disturbance Unit and command staff will provide assistance for security at the Inauguration of President Barack Obama on Monday, January 21.

Members of the Civil Disturbance Unit and select members of the agency’s command staff will assist the Metropolitan Police Department along the parade route in
Washington, DC.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Civil Disturbance Unit is comprised of specially trained deputies who provide a disciplined and organized law enforcement presence in response to crowd control and other situations.

The cost associated with the mutual aid assistance is funded through a Federal reimbursement to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

Little League Registration Opens

January 18, 2013 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Little League Registration Opens

Spring 2013 registration for Upper Loudoun Little League closes on January 31 with registrations received after that date becoming wait listed per space available. Registration can be done online at ULLL.org as well as at a walk-in registration date of Saturday, January 26 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Purcellville Train Station. Anyone interested in managing or coaching a team must fill out a request to manage application as well as a volunteer form. Both forms are available online at ULLL.org.

VDOT Studying Renovation/Replacement of Three Historic Bridges

January 9, 2013 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on VDOT Studying Renovation/Replacement of Three Historic Bridges

By Andrea Gaines

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is preparing to begin preliminary engineering for the rehabilitation or replacement of three historic bridges in southwestern Loudoun County. These bridges include: Route 719 Green Garden Road over Pantherskin Creek; Route 719 Green Garden Road over Jefferies Branch and Route 727; and Forest Mills Road over Crooked Run.

Nick Roper, VDOT Structure and Bridge Engineer for the Northern Virginia District and project staff set up a public input session for Wednesday, Jan. 9 to describe the need for this work, the approach that will be taken in evaluating alternatives for rehabilitation or, if necessary, replacement, and an outline of the next steps in the development of these projects with their projected timelines. … Continue Reading

County Receives Award of Excellence for Sports Tournaments

January 6, 2013 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on County Receives Award of Excellence for Sports Tournaments

The Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services was awarded the James Farrell Award of Excellence for hosting five of the nation’s highest rated softball tournaments in 2012. The award was presented at the 81st Annual Governing Council Meeting of the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) on November 13 in Dallas, Texas. ASA is the national governing body of softball.

Localities are judged on the quality of the event, staff, facilities, hotels, and tournament direction and organization. To attain the James Farrell Award of Excellence (named in honor of former St. Louis ASA commissioner and national office staff member, James Farrell), localities must receive an overall rating of 95 percent. All five of the Loudoun events achieved a rating of 98 percent. … 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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April 2017
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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

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”Homage to Mother Earth”
April 5, 2017

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April 6, 2017

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April 7, 2017

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”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

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”Homage to Mother Earth”
April 12, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

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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

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”Homage to Mother Earth”
April 28, 2017

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”Homage to Mother Earth”

April Fourth Friday

April Fourth Friday

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo
April 29, 2017

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”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

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”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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