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Take-Charge Attitude At League Of Women Voters Of Loudoun County Annual Meeting

July 3, 2014 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Take-Charge Attitude At League Of Women Voters Of Loudoun County Annual Meeting

The Loudoun County chapter of the League of Women Voters held its annual meeting at The Bungalow Lakehouse in Sterling last month, with a take-charge attitude typical of the many men and women long dedicated to LWV’s mission. As member and board member Jean Brown said, (in referring to the League’s support for one particular issue, nonpartisan redistricting), “Don’t tell me it can’t be done. Those are the worst words you can ever hear.”

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The Loudoun County Fair Returns July 21-26

July 3, 2014 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on The Loudoun County Fair Returns July 21-26

– Kids, Cows, Corn On The Cob And Cowboys Return For 79th Year –

There is nothing better than a good old-fashioned county fair, and the Loudoun County Fair stands out as one of the best.

The fair includes a wide variety of attractions including carnival rides, animal exhibits, fabulous food and an amazing display of crafts. There’s the popular watermelon eating contest and hay bale toss. There’s wonderful music – this year featuring 7Bridges, a Nashville based Eagles tribute band and Chris Lane, who has opened for greats such as Florida Georgia Line, The Band Perry and the Eli Young Band. There’s also the Demolition Derby and Karaoke Contest, Professional Bull Riding and Rodeo and fun and educational things for kids including Hubba Bubba the Clown and The Bone Show With Dr. Funny Bones. So much to see and do.

4-H members will be there giving amazing horse demonstrations and showing off their prize goats, chickens, rabbits, sheep, cows, pigs and more.

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Mike Seigfried is Loudoun County’s New Director of Building & Development

July 3, 2014 Government, Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Mike Seigfried is Loudoun County’s New Director of Building & Development

Mike Seigfried has been selected as the new Director of the Loudoun County Department of Building & Development, County Administrator Tim Hemstreet announced today. Seigfried has been serving as Interim Director of the department since January 1, 2014, following the retirement of former director Terry Wharton.

“We conducted a nationwide search for this position and had a very strong and competitive applicant pool. Mike stood out as an exceptional leader and manager,” said Hemstreet. “I am confident that under his leadership, the Department of Building & Development will continue to provide for the public’s safety and welfare as it oversees all phases of construction within Loudoun County.”

Seigfried began his service in Loudoun County in 1987 when he was hired as a planner. Over the past 27 years, he has moved up through the department with progressively responsible positions, becoming Assistant Director in charge of Land Subdivision in 2005.

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Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Makes Submission for FY14 JAG Grant Funding

June 24, 2014 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Makes Submission for FY14 JAG Grant Funding

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is required to seek the public’s input regarding a request for $30,525.00 in federal funding from the FY 14 Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program Local Solicitation to purchase equipment for the agency.

The goals of this project are to purchase and equip the Loudoun Sheriff’s Office for thermal imagers for Search and Rescue, night vision equipment for SWAT, and tablets and software for the forensic artist and Applicant Section.

Comments or questions may be directed to Jessica Shugars at Jessica.Shugars@loudoun.gov.

Haz Mat Spill Contained

May 11, 2014 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Haz Mat Spill Contained

At approximately 3:29 p.m., May 9, fire and rescue personnel from Loudoun County Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management, Kincora, Sterling, Fairfax, and Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority responded to a reported hazardous material incident in the 100 Block of Executive Drive in Sterling, Virginia. Fire and rescue personnel arrived on the scene to find an oil-based product traveling from the storm drain and into the creek behind the business at this location. Personnel went to work to quickly, building an overflow dam to contain the spill, keeping it from flowing downstream. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Board of Supervisors Approves New Pet Adoption Policy to Include Pit Bull Terriers

May 11, 2014 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun Board of Supervisors Approves New Pet Adoption Policy to Include Pit Bull Terriers

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has approved a change in the county’s animal adoption policy to allow the adoption of Pit Bull Terriers. For the first time in nearly 50 years, Pit Bulls can now be adopted directly from Loudoun County Animal Services. The policy change is effective immediately.

Shelter Administrator Amy Martin states, “We are ecstatic about this change,” said Shelter Administrator Amy Martin. “LCAS has transferred about 82 wonderful Pit Bulls in the past several years to our tremendously supportive rescue partners. I am thrilled that we will now be able to find these dogs homes directly from our shelter. LCAS is dedicated to making the best matches possible for adopters. We are happy that our community will now have the opportunity to adopt a Pit Bull from their local shelter.” … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Initiates Changes to Parking Policy at Government Center

The Loudoun County Government announces upcoming changes in enforcement activities at the Government Center Parking Garage, located at 1 Harrison Street, S.E., Leesburg. The changes are designed to ensure that there is sufficient visitor parking on the first floor of the garage for members of the public who are doing business at the Government Center during regular business hours, as well as sufficient parking for employees in the upper levels of the garage.

In accordance with Chapter 482 of the Loudoun County Codified Ordinances, parking in the Government Center garage is restricted during business hours to visitors with business at the Government Center and employees. Visitor parking is limited to the first level in designated spaces. Employees may only park on levels two through four, also in accordance with marked spaces. … Continue Reading

Loudoun’s Application for TIFIA Loan for Dulles Rail Project Approved

May 4, 2014 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun’s Application for TIFIA Loan for Dulles Rail Project Approved

The U.S. Secretary of Transportation has approved Loudoun County’s application for credit assistance for Loudoun’s portion of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project. Loudoun is now eligible for a low-interest loan of up to $195.1 million through the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) program to help finance the extension of Metro Rail’s Silver Line into Loudoun County.

Loudoun’s funding partners in the project, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) and Fairfax County, also have been approved for TIFIA assistance. MWAA is eligible for credit assistance up to $1.28 billion, while Fairfax County is eligible for a loan of up to $403.3 million. … Continue Reading

Ashburn Man Charged with First-Degree Murder in Death of Estranged Wife

April 8, 2014 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Ashburn Man Charged with First-Degree Murder in Death of Estranged Wife

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Ashburn man today in connection with the March 2014 death of his estranged wife.

The suspect, Braulio M. Castillo, 43, is charged with first-degree murder and is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on no bond.

The victim, Michelle G. Castillo, 43, was found deceased in her home on Belmont Station Drive in Ashburn shortly after 9:00 a.m. on March 20. Loudoun County Sheriff’s Deputies initially responded to the residence for a check the welfare call.

During the investigation the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office executed multiple search warrants at two locations and conducted door-to-door canvasses throughout the area.

The case was conducted in conjunction with the Office of the Medical Examiner and the Office of the Loudoun Commonwealth’s Attorney.

Photo: Braulio M. Castillo

Project Livestock Will Help Animal Owners

April 1, 2014 Loudoun County, News 1 comment

The Loudoun Sheriff’s Office is launching a new program in partnership with the Loudoun County Department of Animal Services and the Loudoun Cooperative Extension. The purpose of the program, Operation: Protect Livestock, is to quickly and safely reunite Loudoun County livestock owners with their lost or wayward animals.

“One night I was dispatched to the area of Harpers Ferry road for a report of cattle in the roadway. When I arrived, two Texas Longhorn Bulls were fighting in the middle of the roadway.  Not being able to leave them in the roadway alone as they were a traffic hazard, I asked dispatch for emergency contact information for a residence I thought they belonged to.  When dispatch said they did not have any information, I had to sit in the middle of the road with my lights and siren on in the hopes of waking up the homeowner.  Eventually the homeowner woke up and the cattle were safely returned home. From this incident came the idea of having emergency contact information of homeowners who own livestock that may get out,” said Deputy Tim James. … Continue Reading

Firefighters Collecting Toys for Tots

November 22, 2013 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Firefighters Collecting Toys for Tots

The Loudoun County Fire-Rescue System and the Loudoun Career Fire Fighters Association are participating in the 66th annual Toys for Tots Campaign, sponsored by the United Stated Marine Corps Reserve.

“The department is proud to once again participate in this wonderful program,” said Fire Chief W. Keith Brower, Jr. “Your generosity will help put smiles on the faces of sick or needy children this holiday season.”

The Toys for Tots Campaign began in 1947 when a group of U.S. Marine Reservists collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children in the Los Angeles area at Christmas. In 2010, Marines distributed toys to more than 7.2 million children. … Continue Reading

Lovettsville Scouting for Food Drive 2013

November 20, 2013 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Lovettsville Scouting for Food Drive 2013

Cub Scouts and Girls Scouts Join Forces to Stock Western Loudoun Food Pantry With Over 2,000 Pounds of Food

Saturday, November 9, marked the culmination of two Saturdays each November when Lovettsville Cub Scout Pack 962 goes “Scouting For Food.” Each year, the Boy Scouts of America’s “Scouting for Food ” food drive raises many tons of food for food banks nationwide, and Lovettsville Pack 962 has a long history of supporting our area community through this grand tradition.

New this year, the Western Loudoun Food Pantry in Lovettsville was added as an official receiving location for Scouting For Food, so that all of the food collected in Lovettsville could return to help those in Lovettsville in need of assistance. Scouts turned out in force, joined by five Lovettsville Girl Scout Troops (1434, 4096, 4891, 6649, and 6652) to collect, weigh, sort, and shelve the food beginning at 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning. The scouts wrapped up their activities a little after 12:00 with the pantry well stocked with 2,083 pounds of food. … Continue Reading

Wild Loudoun: Morven Park and Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy – Partners in Conservation

July 2, 2013 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Wild Loudoun: Morven Park and Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy – Partners in Conservation

For this month’s Wild Loudoun we focus on a very special partnership between Leesburg’s Morven Park and the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy. When two organizations like this come together, the opportunities to promote “Wild Loudoun” are enormous.

A National Register Historic Property, Morven Park was once the home of Virginia Gov. Westmoreland Davis. Through programs offered at its three museums, sports/equestrian complex, and 1,000 acres of open space, Morven Park focuses on civic responsibility, agricultural sustainability, and improvement of life for rural Virginians, as well as historical preservation.

LWC is one of Loudoun County’s most respected and effective wildlife conservation organizations, offering its members and the general public a wide variety of programs – from advocacy before state and local government officials, to recreational ?activities, camps for children, and educational opportunities for adults. … 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

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”
April 5, 2017

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”Homage to Mother Earth”
April 6, 2017

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”Homage to Mother Earth”
April 7, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”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

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”
April 12, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”
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

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”
April 28, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

April Fourth Friday

April Fourth Friday

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo
April 29, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”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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