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Loudoun County Animal Control Chief Selected

March 22, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Animal Control Chief Selected

Mark Stacks is the new Chief of Animal Control for Loudoun County. Stacks began his career with the Department of Animal Services in 2005 as an Animal Care Technician, later becoming an Animal Control Officer and then Deputy Chief.

Stacks has been instrumental in creating the department’s Junior ACO (Animal Control Officer) Academy which provides young people with and overview of the Department of Animal Services and helps them explore the field of animal welfare from the perspective of law enforcement and animal care. Stacks leads dozens of humane education presentations for school- aged children annually, often with his dog, Roosevelt, by his side. … Continue Reading

Groundbreaking for Russell Branch Parkway Project Set for March 25

March 21, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Groundbreaking for Russell Branch Parkway Project Set for March 25

The public is invited to attend the groundbreaking for the Russell Branch Parkway construction project scheduled for 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 25, at the project site near the intersection of Russell Branch Parkway and Ashburn Road.

Members of the Board of Supervisors, representatives of the Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure and other Loudoun County government officials and staff are expected to attend. Parking at the groundbreaking site is limited, so carpooling is strongly encouraged. Parking will be available along Ashburn Road north of the intersection with Russell Branch Parkway. … Continue Reading

Firefighters Rescue Dogs from Icy Ponds in Two Separate Incidents

March 8, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Firefighters Rescue Dogs from Icy Ponds in Two Separate Incidents

Around 7:37 a.m., Friday, March 6, Loudoun County received a 9-1-1 call for a report of a person trapped in an icy pond in the 300 block of Whipp Drive SE in Leesburg. Fire and rescue personnel from Leesburg responded to the scene.

Upon arrival, firefighters observed a dog in the water, approximately 70 feet from shore, struggling to get back on the ice. Two members of the ice rescue team, Firefighter Wade Mahaffey and Firefighter Jason Ilowite, suited up and entered the water. Secured to a safety line, Mahaffey and Ilowite worked together to rescue the dog and bring him safely to shore to his owner at approximately 7:51 a.m. … Continue Reading

Public Asked To Name Two New Parks and Adult Day Center

March 4, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Public Asked To Name Two New Parks and Adult Day Center

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has directed the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services to initiate the public participation process for naming two new county park sites and the county’s adult day center in western Loudoun.

The C.D. Smith park site, a developer proffer in the Dulles district, is located in the community of Stone Ridge, off of Northstar Boulevard, adjacent to John Champe High School. The original public solicitation to name this site was issued in October 2014, but naming was deferred by the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Board at its December 6, 2014 meeting. The 14.5-acre property will feature a permeable trail, meadow, playground, pavilion, pond and parking. … Continue Reading

Ernest Brown Named Loudoun County’s New Director of the Department of General Services

March 1, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Ernest Brown Named Loudoun County’s New Director of the Department of General Services

Ernest Brown is Loudoun County’s new Director of the Department of General Services, County Administrator Tim Hemstreet announced Friday. Brown was selected after a nationwide search to replace Richard Pezzullo who retired in December 2014. Brown comes to Loudoun County after ten years in Brevard County, Florida, where he most recently was Director of Natural Resources Management. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Launches New Online System for Board of Supervisors Documents

February 24, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun Launches New Online System for Board of Supervisors Documents

Loudoun County has expanded and improved its system for displaying Board of Supervisors documents online.

Loudoun is now using the Laserfiche document management and records retention system for documents related to the Board of Supervisors. The new system, which is text searchable, is designed to provide easier access to the public for current Board meeting packets as well as provide more resources to those doing historical research.

In addition to current meeting agendas and packets for the Board of Supervisors and its Standing Committees, the county has added thousands of pages of Board documents dating back to the 1870s to the county website. The new document archive includes scanned images of the Board of Supervisors Minute Books from 1870 to the present, Copy Teste Books from 1954 to the present, and Action Report Books from 1991 to the present. … Continue Reading

Traffic Stops at Route 7 and Belmont Ridge Road To Last through March

February 8, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Traffic Stops at Route 7 and Belmont Ridge Road To Last through March

Expect a 15-minute stop each Tuesday, Thursday through March 24

Motorists will want to avoid the intersection of Route 7 and Belmont Ridge Road/Route 659 during the late morning hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from February 5 through March 24.

Between 10:00 and 11:30 a.m., police will stop traffic on both roads for blasting operations as part of Washington Gas’ gas main relocation for the Route 7/659 interchange project. There will be one stoppage per day lasting up to 15 minutes. Each stoppage will occur as close to 10:00 a.m. as possible.

The dates and times of the stoppages are weather dependent.

Randall Launches Bid for BOS Chair

February 3, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Randall Launches Bid for BOS Chair

Phyllis Randall, a community activist and 20-year resident of Loudoun County will run for the office of chairperson of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.

Randall’s service to the community began with her volunteer work in her children’s PTA’s and PTO’s and continues today at the state level. In 2009 Governor Tim Kaine appointed her to be the citizen representative on Virginia’s Fair Housing Board. Governor Bob McDonnell retained her position on the FHB where she eventually served in the capacity of chairperson. In March Randall was appointed to the Virginia State Board of Corrections by Governor Terry McAuliffe and is currently the vice chairperson of Virginia’s State Board of Corrections.

Randall said she is running for various reasons but chief among them is her commitment to education. She said she believes Loudoun can and should have a school system that is responsive to the voices of parents and teachers while demonstrating measurable outcomes and wise use of taxpayer dollars. Randall said, “I’m excited about running a positive, issue focused campaign discussing important topics such as education, transportation, lowering the property tax rate and ethics. I look forward to meeting my neighbors throughout the county and hearing their concerns. It’s going to be an exciting year.” … Continue Reading

Community Ambassadors Sought for Loudoun Seniors

January 21, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Community Ambassadors Sought for Loudoun Seniors

Seventeen additional Loudoun residents have stepped up to advocate for seniors since the Loudoun County Commission on Aging (COA) launched its Community Ambassador Program in June 2014. The program represents a partnership among county service organizations, volunteers, and local law enforcement, as a three-part (TRIAD) team to promote programs that enhance the health and safety of Loudoun’s seniors.

TRIAD ambassadors solicit feedback and disseminate educational information in senior living communities or groups. Scams and crimes targeting seniors, fraud, and health care are critical areas for which the growing population of seniors needs assistance and resources. Often, help is needed to navigate the administrative layers that cause delays when searching for answers. Community ambassadors can provide resources to seniors for issues including caregiving, suspicious calls, nutritional assistance, affordable prescription plans, fire alarms, battery checks, and transportation. … Continue Reading

York Will Not Seek Re-election

January 8, 2015 Elections, Government, Loudoun County, News Comments Off on York Will Not Seek Re-election

Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott York (R-At Large) announced Wednesday during a county Board of Supervisors meeting that he will not seek a fifth term in office this November. York had previously announced late last year that he did plan to seek re-election.

York, who commenced his service first as a planning commissioner, then as Sterling District Supervisor, has led the county board for 15 years as chairman. Over the years he has run for office as a Republican, then as an Independent for one four year term, returning to run again as a Republican.

Leesburg attorney Charles King announced earlier this week that he would be seeking the Republican nomination for Chairman of the Board, presenting York with the prospect of a primary challenge. King recently represented Loudoun County Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R- Sterling) in a legal challenge stemming from a former employee’s allegations of misuse of office.

The Loudoun County Makers Movement

January 6, 2015 Business, Loudoun County, News Comments Off on The Loudoun County Makers Movement

How People Who Love To Tinker, Invent And Dream Are Shaking Up Our Economic And Social Landscape

Look up his Linkedin profile and you’ll see that Loudouner Patrick Scannell describes himself as a “Maker, Technology Strategist, Product Innovator” in the Washington, DC area.

The technology and innovation part of Scannell’s Linkedin calling card certainly makes sense for the resident of county that is home to the Dulles Technology Corridor – “The Silicon Valley of the East.” It is likewise compatible with a place that has a long history of agricultural innovation, and works closely with research powerhouses such as Virginia Tech.

But, what exactly is a “maker” – the curious third leg of how Scannell describes himself on Linkedin’s professional networking website? And, what is that term’s relevance to a county so rich in history and all of the things that happened before. A county that many see as a place where one can leave the worst of the modern world behind and retreat back in time, happy to go home to that every night? … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Public Safety Firing Range Community Information Session

December 30, 2014 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Public Safety Firing Range Community Information Session

Loudoun County will provide an update on the design of the Public Safety Firing Range project at a community information session on Tuesday, January 20, 6:30 p.m. at 801 Sycolin Road in Leesburg. The meeting will be held in the large conference room on the first floor of the offices of the Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure.

The Public Safety Firing Range will be a fully-contained, indoor range which will support the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office training programs. The facility will be located on a county-owned parcel on Shreve Mill Road on the south side of the Dulles Greenway and will replace an existing outdoor facility currently leased by the Sheriff’s Office. The future Leesburg South Fire and Rescue Station is planned to be co-located on this site. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Online Auction Features Bicycles, Vehicles, Computers & More

December 9, 2014 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Online Auction Features Bicycles, Vehicles, Computers & More

Looking for bargains on government surplus? Loudoun County is selling a variety of surplus items in an online auction on www.PublicSurplus.com. Items for sale include several bicycles, vehicles, computers, office furniture and other miscellaneous items. The auction will close at noon, Thursday, December 11.

Detailed information and photographs of the items for sale are online at www.publicsurplus.com/sms/loudoun,va/browse/home.

Loudoun County sells selected items online through Public Surplus, which was created specifically for public agencies. Anyone interested in bidding on the items must be registered with www.publicsurplus.com. Registration is free, however, a seven percent buyer’s premium is charged to all purchases.

Photo: Mongoose Fling 90 bicycle is one of several bicycles for sale in the current online auction of Loudoun County government surplus items.


 

 

 

 

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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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

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GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”
April 3, 2017

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First Friday at the Winery

First Friday at the Winery
April 8, 2017

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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

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SPRING AWAKENS: DECORATED EGG AUCTION

SPRING AWAKENS: DECORATED EGG AUCTION

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Writers’ Night Out

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Writers’ Night Out
April 10, 2017

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV
April 15, 2017

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Easter at the Park

Easter at the Park

Easter Extravaganza

Easter Extravaganza
April 16, 2017

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”Homage to Mother Earth”

Easter Sunrise Service

Easter Sunrise Service
April 17, 2017

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April 19, 2017

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Jules & The Hammer Band with Teddy Chipouras

Jules & The Hammer Band with Teddy Chipouras
April 22, 2017

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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

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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

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April 25, 2017

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2017 Virginia Touch-A-Truck

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Live Music: Dear Creek

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Music With a Cause - The Loudoun Chorale

Music With a Cause - The Loudoun Chorale
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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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