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with the intent to commit murder and violation of a protective order. With the grand jury concluded, Castillo’s case will be sent to Circuit Court for trial. Castillo, 48, has remained in jail since his arrest in early April, despite a $2 million bond set by a Circuit Court judge. Thursday, Brooks denied a motion from the Commonwealth’s Attorney to revoke the $2 million bond. A $1 million bond had previously been set in Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court, but prosecutors successfully appealed that decision leading to the higher bond amount. Castillo is charged in the death of his wife, Michelle, who was found hanging

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intendent—Eric Williams who replaces retiring Superintendent Edgar B. Hatrick July 1— and the Board of Supervisors, which holds the county’s purse strings. “I think we take the new superintendent into account and correlate that with the Board of Supervisors…So it isn’t piecemeal, it isn’t last minute, and it’s all three organizations working together toward the next fiscal year.” Several board members commented on the overheated rhetoric and polarizing statements “from all sides” that only heightened the tension during an already difficult budget process this year. Some of the initial rhetoric was sparked by a letter from supervisors requesting more details of the school budget priorities if the School Board’s budget were not fully funded, which the School Board considered a request for a “cut list.” Tensions were only heightened after County Chairman Scott K. York (R-At Large) accused the School Board April 2 of using school funding as “emotional blackmail” to manipulate the public. That was followed two weeks later by Hatrick publicly calling the Board of Supervisors’ decision to hold taxes level a tool to create an “artificial crisis.” With each turn of events, parents, teachers and members of both boards took to Twitter and Facebook to either applaud county leaders’ statements or line up to rebuke them. “The miscommunication all around is certainly something I don’t want to repeat,” Turgeon said during last week’s board meet-

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over the next several months, and to dig into the school system’s spending plan to which the board may want to make changes long before the tight, six-week budget reconciliation timeline. “I thought it might be helpful for us to take a moment to talk about this now while it’s fresh on our minds,” he said. Debbie Rose (Algonkian) said she’d like to see and “unpack” a school-by-school inventory, particularly of the number of computers and other electronic devices at each school. “I think, in order to be effective and efficient, that’s part of that whole process.” Vice Chairman Jill Turgeon (Blue Ridge) said she would like the board to look for efficiencies and savings within the school system’s transportation model, and also asked senior staff members to give the board a heads up months in advance about large one-time expenditures. Hornberger thought it would be worth looking at the variety of employee contracts, with some that are 180-day contracts and others that are 200-day contracts, to see if that’s a model that works well or can be improved. “It might be helpful to take a look at each one and understand the rationale for that.” But most of the board’s comments centered around how to set out on a less contentious process for the next budget go-around. Jeff Morse (Dulles) said a productive budget season must start with the School Board working in tandem with the new super-

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More than 1,000 runners took part in this year’s Loudoun Lyme 5K/1K Run/Walk event, held Sunday in Brambleton in Ashburn. The event raises awareness about the disease and promotes prevention measures. Lyme disease afflicts more than 300,000 Americans each year and Loudoun has the highest number of cases in Virginia.

this year she decided to walk in the 1K with her team, “Team Maddy.” She worked with her doctors to aggressively treat the disease since she was diagnosed six years ago. “It’s hard to look back and realize had I not taken those steps I probably wouldn’t be here right now talking to you,” she said. The 18-year-old has been doing her part to spread the word, starting a teen support group that meets at Inova Loudoun Hospital’s Cornwall Campus at least once a month. “I real-

ized there’s a lot of kids with Lyme disease and they need to be heard by their peers so that they can understand what everyone is going through and know that they’re not alone.” State and local representatives, including Del. Barbara Comstock (R-34), Sen. Dick Black (R-13), Del. Dave LaRock (R-33), Del. Randy Minchew (R-10), who completed the 5K run, and Loudoun County Supervisors Janet Clarke (R-Blue Ridge) and Ken Reid (R-Leesburg), Continued on Page 46

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oudoun County, with the most reported cases of Lyme disease in Virginia, is considered the “epicenter” for Lyme. To promote awareness and bolster support for those suffering with the disease, hundreds came together for the fourth annual Loudoun Lyme 5K/1K Run/ Walk event, sponsored by the National Capital Lyme Disease Association, Sunday at the Brambleton Town Center. At 8 a.m. more than 1,000 runners touting the slogan “Fight the bite” took off for the 5K race. One of the 50 teams participating was “Team Ted,” made up of family members and friends of Ted Herbert, a Manassas man who died in 2012 from complications with the disease. The family attends the event every year sporting lime green T-shirts to honor Herbert’s memory. Wife Sarah Herbert said she is thankful for events like the Loudoun Lyme 5K that provide the education and support that were not available to her family at the time. “There was nothing like this then when he was diagnosed in 2008, but he probably had the disease longer than that,” she said of her late husband’s longtime battle with the disease. “That was just when it started to come out and you had to really find a physician who was more aware and educated about symptoms, prevention things like that.” Madeline DuPuis, who nearly lost her life to the disease, has worked as a volunteer for the event. Thanks to improvements in her health

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week. Kelvin N. Forde, 50, was indicted on charges of first-degree murder and use of a firearm during the commission of a felony for allegedly shooting his wife, Ruby C. Forde while parked in a cul-de-sac north of Leesburg. Following the grand jury indictment, his case will now move to Circuit Court for trial. During the preliminary hearing Thursday, Sheriff’s Office Deputy Ryan Hamilton testified he was called to the scene at Woolsthorpe Drive and Hambrick Manor Lane, off Rt. 15 north of Raspberry Falls around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 11. March 11 was Ruby Forde’s birthday. She was 55. Hamilton testified that when he arrived on the scene he saw a car parked at a dead end. When he got closer, he saw a black man, whom he later identified as Kelvin Forde, sitting on the ground behind the driver’s side wheel well, with his hands on his head. Testimony and affidavits associated with search warrants in the case indicate that Forde called 9-1-1 on his wife’s phone after the shooting. Hamilton also testified that he discovered Ruby Forde inside the vehicle. When he opened the passenger door, her body partially fell out of the car and there was a “large amount of blood from the head area.” On the driver’s side floorboard, Hamilton saw a handgun. Loudoun County Crime Scene Investigator Robert Bruns testified that the gun was on the driver’s side floor mat along with the magazine and a bullet cartridge. Bruns testified the gun was unloaded and there was no round in the chamber. In addition to the cartridge in the front of the car, Bruns testified there was a spent casing on the floorboard behind the driver’s seat and two on the back seat concealed under the couple’s luggage. Bullets were found in the frame of the passenger’s side of the car and the front passenger seat. Investigator Mark Bush, who interviewed Forde for more than three hours, characterized the man as polite, but extremely upset and emotional about his wife’s death. Bush’s testimony

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by Fairfax County Police. He was transported to Loudoun that day and is being held without bond at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center. Police determined Saturday that Rico and Corletto were married, although they did not appear to be living together at the time of the stabbing. No motive for the stabbing has been released. There were two school-aged children living in the Clubhouse Drive home. After being taken care of by representatives of the Department of Family Services, they were released into the custody of family members. Corletto will be in court Wednesday, June 18, for a preliminary hearing. If a judge finds there is probable cause, the case will be sent to the grand jury.

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directly gave us a reason.” Instead, Bush and other investigators offered suggestions for a motive, including potential suspicion Ruby Forde had been having an affair, but “he did not agree” with those suggestions. Public Defender Lorie O’Donnell noted in her cross-examination that Forde was unable to recall specifics about his wife’s shooting. Bush said there were things that Forde said he “could not recall” when asked. “He was unable to give answers,” O’Donnell said. “He told you he didn’t know why.” On cross-examination, Bush also acknowledged that during portions of the interview Forde was “sobbing” and that he was very upset. But Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Travis Owens painted a different picture, arguing that Forde was “not happy” with his wife. “He comes back and is told his wife filed for separation. Then he learns that she is going to Jamaica,” Owens said. Then, when picking up bags for her at the storage unit, he gets his bag with the gun inside, and ends up taking his wife to a secluded cul-de-sac, where he shoots her, Owens said. n

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“Officially, that regional summer school model has all been eliminated by School Board action. There will be some services, but it won’t be as extensive in time or number of students served.”

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class, and it satisfied Ian’s Eagle Scout project requirements. “He approached us with the idea and we liked it, so it all just came together,” Monroe Tech masonry instructor Paul Coates said. Ian graduates this year and will enter a program called Community and Schools Together, which will offer a job coach and other support as he searches for his first job. His father says he would love to see his son land an apprenticeship where he can use his masonry skills. Pam Thompson, the teacher assistant who’s worked with Ian through high school, has high hopes that Ian will do well wherever he lands. “This child has exceeded everyone’s expectations, and I think he’ll keep doing that.” — Danielle Nadler

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who presented the award to Vigil, cited comments from some of his colleagues, students and students’ parents in their nomination letters. One student said, “He is the reason I am pursuing a music degree.” And a fellow teacher said, “He is the best

teacher I have worked with in all my 34 years of teaching.” Vigil joined the faculty at Heritage in 2005 and is director of the Heritage Guitar Ensemble. Prior to his position with the Loudoun school system, he spent 15 years as a classical guitar teacher, performer, composer and author. He has organized several countywide events to help bring Loudoun County Public Schools’ guitar program international attention. He organized the world premiere of “Shiki: Seasons of Japan” by Shingo Fujii, in which guitar students and faculty performed with the Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. He also organized the world premiere of “Cascade” by Omid Zoufonoun, which was commissioned by the Guitar Foundation of America. He works with the after-school English Language Learner program to give bilingual guitar students an opportunity to tutor beginning guitar students in their native language of Spanish. He also volunteers as the recording engineer for the Friends and Family Chamber Orchestra, is an assistant Sunday school teacher at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Springfield and

co-author of “Guitar 101,” which is used in many secondary schools and colleges and universities across the country. Vigil was selected as Loudoun’s Teacher of the Year from a group of 21 finalists who were honored at a reception April 24 at REHAU Inc. in Leesburg. Shenandoah University created its Teacher of the Year Award for Loudoun County 19 years ago to recognize teachers for excellence in the specialized areas of education. It is designed to compliment The Washington Post’s Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Awards, which honors traditional classroom teachers. Shenandoah University’s Teacher of the Year Award has recognized teachers of music, art, special education, reading, English as a second language and kindergarten, said Burk, a special education teacher who helped establish the award. “Each of the teachers of the year have very special characteristics,” she said. “They all are experts in their fields, they all are dedicated to students learning and they all love the art of teaching.” n


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Attorney Julia B. Judkins, who was hired to lead the probe, interviewed more than 60 former and current Loudoun Valley employees throughout the school year, according to Hatrick. A second attorney was hired in February to review the initial investigation. In his comments to Loudoun Valley staff members Monday, Hatrick stated that there was little evidence that the majority of employees at the Purcellville high school are unhappy. He said just one Loudoun Valley employee requested to be transferred out of the high school during the recent transfer window, which has now closed. He acknowledged that there had been some communication problems at the school and encouraged employees to “stop the rumor mill.” “Ms. Ross has committed to me that she will do all in her power to be sure that communication is open, welcome, and valued as a two-way process. I am asking you to do the same,” he said. In a prepared statement of her own, Ross told the school staff at the meeting that she is open to constructive criticism and ideas for how to improve learning and communication at the school. She said there have been a lot of new ini-

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from a basement shower in her Ashburn home the morning of March 20. Deputies initially responded to a call from a neighbor to check on Michelle Castillo’s welfare, and found her body. As it initially appeared to be a suicide, it was more than two weeks before Castillo was charged. According to testimony offered during Thursday’s preliminary hearing, the couple’s children called their father to the Belmont Station Drive home around 7:30 a.m. March 20 when they could not find their mother. Castillo went to the home, and asked a neighbor to help him look for Michelle in the house. When she was not found, Castillo took his children, eventually dropping the three older children at school. The neighbor then called the sheriff’s office. The Castillos were in the middle of divorce proceedings at the time of Michelle’s death. She filed for divorce in April 2013. Braulio Castillo had been living a couple of blocks away from Michelle and their children. A protective order prevented him from coming to the couple’s Belmont Station Drive home or having contact with his children outside of set visitation. A court hearing had been scheduled on issues of custody and financial support the afternoon before Michelle was killed, but it was postponed. Michelle Castillo was seeking sole custody of the couple’s four minor children. Thursday afternoon before a standing-room only courtroom filled with Michelle Castillo’s friends and Braulio Castillo’s family, the prosecution laid out some of the evidence against Castillo,

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That was in 2007. The recession brought the barn project—and One Loudoun—to a standstill. Construction work finally got going last October and Cochran’s crew worked through some of the worst winter weather in memory to reconstruct the barn employing the same timber framing technology Charles Harris used to built it in 1875. Who is Charles Harris? May said his team used the county’s historical archives housed in the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office to trace the barn’s story. “From the dusty old land books over 100 years old, the history began to emerge,” May said. They found Harris’ information in the separate book of land records for “colored” residents of Loudoun in 1871, just six years after the end of the Civil War. Harris owned 8 acres (valued at $50), one cow, three sheep, a dog and

tiatives to engage students and she apologized for “failures to communicate positively, encouragingly, and pro-actively, throughout the learning of these new processes.” She continued, “For not always ensuring that the sometimes steel message is delivered with a velvet hand, I apologize. For not always leading the way in helping to highlight the flexible thinking of turning problems into solutions, I apologize and sincerely pledge to you that I will do a better job of that.” Hatrick also told the school staff the School Board, on his recommendation, approved the reappointment of the full Loudoun Valley administration for next school year. “Appointment decisions are not made lightly, and they should be taken as indicators of my confidence in your work,” he said. School Board Vice Chairman Jill Turgeon (Blue Ridge), who represents the Purcellville area, said Tuesday the board did not endorse the superintendent’s decision to keep the administration in place and that she and other board members were “blown away” when they heard about Monday’s staff meeting. The board has never said the investigation is over—“that was 100 percent Dr. Hatrick’s words”—and has not taken a vote related to the investigation, she said. As part of its consent agenda May 13, the board did, however, approve the reappointment

of about 9,000 employees for the 2014-2015 school year, and listed among those was the full administration at Loudoun Valley: Ross, Assistant Principal Stephanie Teague and Head of Special Education Supervisor Ella Hopson, who also had formal complaints filed against them. Turgeon said that action was only to continue employment of individual employees. “It was never the intention of the board, as far as I understand, to remove anyone at Loudoun Valley from LCPS. We were looking at possible reassignments…and bottom line is even if the desire was there for the removal of anyone, we never had a vote on it.” Loudoun Valley social science teacher O.J. Lamp, who’s worked in Loudoun for 31 years, said he and other staff members felt insulted following Monday’s meeting. At least one teacher walked out in frustration before the meeting had ended, and others said they chose not go to the meeting because they did not want to be disappointed. “It is insulting that Dr. Hatrick asked our faculty to, as he put it, ‘stop the rumor mill,’ implying that there is no basis in fact for the grievances that have been offered by numerous teachers, and exhaustively detailed over the course of the several investigations that have been financed by this county’s taxpayers over the past couple of years,” said Lamp, who was

interviewed by both attorneys as part of the investigation. “Some of the teachers who have aired their grievances, filed complaints, met with Dr. Hatrick personally, and cooperated with the investigations, are some of the finest people and finest teachers that I have ever had the pleasure and honor of working with.” Hatrick apologized to the high school staff for allowing the process to take as long as it has, but encouraged them to start a new chapter. He offered to work with the staff before and after his retirement June 30 “to close the current chapter and open a new one.” Layer said the LEA plans to address the full School Board Tuesday to urge them to clarify and streamline its employee complaint process. “We also are going to be seeking a change in the practice of allowing someone to remain in their position while they are under investigation by people working under them,” she added. “The issue at Loudoun Valley High School is that, because people stuck their necks out to talk to investigators and file complaints against the very administration that evaluates them and then waited almost a year to even have their complaints acknowledged, the trust factor has been so decimated,” she said. “To pull everyone together and say let’s start afresh would be an extremely difficult thing to do.” n

culminating with testimony from Castillos’ friend David Meeker, who currently has emergency custody of the Castillos’ minor children under the terms of the couple’s wills. Meeker identified with “100 percent certainty” his friend walking toward the Castillos’ Belmont Station Drive home at 8:10 p.m. March 19. The images had been captured by the security cameras on a home across the street. The courtroom was silent except for the voices of Meeker and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Ryan Perry as four different video clips were shown. In the first clip, Meeker identified Braulio Castillo walking and jogging along the road and turned toward the driveway of his family’s home. In the second clip, Meeker identified Michelle Castillo driving up to the home eight minutes later. In the final clips, around 12:30 a.m. March 20, Meeker identified Braulio Castillo again walking in the area. When asked by Perry how he knew it was Braulio Castillo in a video that both sides acknowledged did not show the man’s face, Meeker said, “As Mr. Castillo passes in front of the lighted brick column he takes a number of steps walking and then begins to trot with a certain amount of force that bows his right leg out.” That bowing, Meeker said, is distinctive to Castillo. Meeker said he had seen Castillo walk and run a number of times over their more than decade-long friendship, even though on cross examination from defense attorney Alex Levay he admitted he had not seen him run for years. Levay pressed Meeker on how he could be sure the person in the video was Castillo, and

whether he had any bias when he first viewed the video March 31. Meeker acknowledged that his wife believed that Castillo was responsible for his wife’s death, but said detectives did not tell him that it was Castillo on the video nor did he want to think his friend had committed the crime, and had “openly questioned” detectives about the possibility of suicide or another cause of death. “No one told me it was Braulio Castillo in the video. I don’t want to be saying it at all,” he said. “But I am here to tell the truth.” Over the course of eight witnesses, prosecutors worked to paint a picture of the final night Michelle was alive. Her triathlon training coach testified about a celebratory team dinner he attended with Michelle and a group of people March 19. In part, the event was to celebrate Michelle’s recent completion of a marathon and her qualification for the Boston Marathon. Braulio Castillo’s older sister Lucy Fuentes was called to testify that after a dinner with her family, she took the Castillo children to the Lansdowne Harris Teeter as part of the set exchange. It was something she often did, she testified. In argument, Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Nicole Wittmann noted that it was while his sister was taking his children to Michelle Castillo that Braulio Castillo was allegedly seen on video approaching the house. “He knows she won’t be home,” Wittmann said, adding that “to the best of anyone’s knowledge” Braulio Castillo is alone at his own home. Wittmann also called into question Castillo’s action after getting the call from his children the morning of March 20. “At no point does he call

the police. The only evidence of a call to police is calling someone he knows.” Loudoun Deputy Aaron Kozikowski briefly testified about two phone calls Castillo made to him about 8 a.m. March 20, and the one phone message Castillo left was played for the court. In the message, Castillo asks Kozikowski, whom he knows through church, to “give him a shout.” When Kozikowski called him back about an hour later, Castillo told him he was already speaking with a deputy and didn’t need any further help, Kozikowskit testified. “He doesn’t say his wife is missing, that I violated this protective order by going to the house and taking his children...” Wittmann said. “It is just a call with no sense of urgency...like a staged call.” During her argument, Wittmann listed the number of injuries to Michelle Castillo’s body and face that were documented in the final autopsy report, including blunt force trauma to her upper arms and lower legs, red marks and bruises on her face and “pressure marks around her neck.” In his motion asking the judge to dismiss the case, Levay said the prosecution had not presented any real evidence of Castillo’s involvement in his wife’s death. “The absence of evidence is not evidence,” he said. He also noted that the cause of death—strangulation—is consistent with suicide, the trauma on her neck and the pictures of the scene that deputies found. “They haven’t even proven anyone entered the house,” Levay said, noting that video only shows “someone” walking and jogging in the area of the home. n

$10 worth of household items. “His tax rate was 50 cents. Even back then the poor man was over-taxed,” May said, prompting laughter from County Chairman Scott K. York (R-At Large) and several other county government representatives in the crowd. The tax records showed an increase in property values in 1875 and again in 1881—providing evidence of when barn was built and then expanded. Documents in Leesburg’s Thomas Balch Library show Harris was active in Farmwell’s Zion Baptist Church, hosting community picnics on his property. May noted that tradition would continue in the barn’s modern use. “The barn will now serve as the heart of our neighborhood amphitheater hosting concerts and receptions and many other events that will bring our community together,” May said. The first of those will be the ninth annual Loudoun Youth Fest June 21. “That is what we want One Loudoun to be about— bringing our community together, celebrating Loudoun’s unique history while building an innovative future. I think Mr. Harris

would be proud.” Cochran described first touring the ivycovered, buzzard-occupied barn with May and his partners, who were clearly less enthusiastic about the sure-to-be-expensive project. May’s vision won out and the barn was taken down with each piece labeled for reassembly. However, in the intervening six years, the project evolved as more hands got involved. Modern bathrooms were added and, ultimately, the architects and engineers nixed the idea of reusing the original framing beams. But Cochran said the final project holds true to the original. The barn’s new skeleton is made from Loudoun-harvested timber and built using the same mortise and tenon construction, with joints held by wooden pegs—just as Harris did it 133 years ago— and the structure matches the dimensions and elevations of the original. Moreover, Cochran said, the barn helps preserve Loudoun’s agricultural history. “Barns are being lost at a very rapid rate here in Loudoun County and for some folks to shell

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The airline’s arrival represents “a significant, positive development for passengers,” said Jack Potter, president of the airports’ authority. The airline expects to begin service Aug. 19 from Dulles to Atlanta, Charlotte, Orlando, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Chicago and Tampa. Service to Cincinnati, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Memphis, Fort Myers, St. Louis and St. Augustine/Jacksonville is slated to begin Sept. 8. “We believe Frontier has tapped a segment of the market that has the potential to expand much further at Dulles,” said Rob Yingling, a spokesman for the airports’ authority, which operates Dulles and Reagan National. Frontier, which has been in operation for 20 years as a low-cost, few-frills airline, currently serves more than 75 destinations across the United States. n

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ver the past four seasons, the Stone Bridge girls soccer program established itself as one of the best in Northern Virginia. The Bulldogs won two Northern Region championships and a Group AAA state title in that span while compiling an overall record of 67-8-7. A group of six players—Arian Alston (Florida Atlantic), Carson Cyphers (Virginia Commonwealth), Corinne Giroux (William & Mary), Ashley Herndon (James Madison), Emily Lung (Loyola) and Murielle Tiernan (Virginia Tech)—were instrumental in that success. They have since moved on to college soccer, leaving behind a legacy difficult to equal. But the 2014 Bulldogs are doing their best to meet those expectations and more. Stone Bridge entered this week’s Potomac District/ Conference 14 tournament boasting an 11-2-1 record and was ready to show it can win without that talented sextet. Stone Bridge was the No. 3 seed in the district tournament and hosted sixth-seeded Potomac Falls in Wednesday’s opening round, after this paper’s deadline. No. 4 Tuscarora entertained fifth-seeded Freedom in the other first-round contest. A victory by the Bulldogs would earn them a trip to face neighborhood rival No. 2 Broad Run in Friday’s semifinals, with the other winner meeting top-seeded Briar Woods. The championship and third-place games are scheduled for Tuesday, with the top three teams advancing to the Group 5A North Region tournament. The departure of the six seniors after last season meant changes for Stone Bridge in 2014. Not only did the two most prolific scorers in

Bulldog history—Herndon (school records with 29 goals in 2010 and 101 goals in her career) and Tiernan (two-time All-Metropolitan Washington Player of the Year)—move on, but the heart of the defense also was gone. Stone Bridge head coach Joan Windows knew the cupboard was not bare. Players like junior goalkeeper Hailey Corpe joined senior Megan Della Penna and sophomores Briana Alston and Brigitte Deel in filling the void on defense, while senior Nieko Ridley, sophomore Lindsay Gallagher and freshmen Emily Fox and Alex Addington became the offensive standouts. “We were lucky enough to have other good

Stone Bridge coach Joan Windows encourages her team prior to its game against Chantilly.

players along with the six seniors,” Windows said of the past few years. “They may not have had a lot of playing time, but they were quality players waiting for their chance. “They’re good, they’re young, and they want it,” Windows added. “They’re all kind of starting from the same point and they are all helping each other, going through it together. It’s been harder moving into a new conference

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against quality teams. It’s been a learning experience, but it’s been a fun season.” Corpe allowed just six goals this season and posted 61 saves to go along with 10 shutouts. The Bulldogs did not allow a goal until their ninth game of the season as the defense gelled in front of the goalkeeper. The offense may not be scoring goals in

bunches like it did with Herndon and Tiernan, but there is more balance to the Stone Bridge attack this season. “The previous years we focused on [Herndon and Tiernan] scoring goals, so this year more people are stepping up and contributing to the offense,” Della Penna said. “We’ve had Continued on Next Page

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or much of the second half Monday, the Briar Woods girls’ soccer team pressured the Broad Run goal with no success. The Falcons peppered the Spartans with shot after shot, but none could find the back of the net. 
 Finally, in the 79th minute, Briar Woods senior McKensey Ziegler made sure the Falcons would not go home without a win. Ziegler beat a Broad Run defender to a loose ball on the left side of the penalty area, turned back toward the middle and sent an eight-yard shot inside the left post to lift visiting Briar Woods to a 1-0 victory in a key Potomac District/Conference 14 game in Ashburn. The victory assured Briar Woods (9-21, 4-1 Potomac District) the top seed in this week’s district tournament. Broad Run (9-2-5, 3-1-1) earned the No. 2 seed despite the loss, and both the Falcons and Spartans drew byes into Friday’s semifinals. The opening round of the tournament, with all games played at the site of the higher seed, began Wednesday with

third-seeded Stone Bridge hosting No. 6 Potomac Falls, and No. 4 Tuscarora scheduled to face fifth-seeded Freedom. The championship and third-place games are scheduled for May 27, with the top three teams advancing to the Group 5A North Region tournament. “We just talked about not getting discouraged, keep hanging in as a team and work together until the ball finds the back of the net,” Briar Woods head coach Ann Vierkorn said of the Falcons in the second half. “We scored in the last minute to beat Tuscarora [on Friday] and it just shows they don’t give up, they are relentless and will keep working until time runs out. It paid off tonight.”

 The Broad Run defense, led by sophomore goalkeeper Maddy Kopecky, repeatedly stymied the Briar Woods offense Monday. The Falcons held a 16-1 advantage in shots for the second half (22-4 for the game), but Kopecky had six saves over the final 40 minutes (nine for the game), many coming at point-blank range. In the 70th minute, Briar Woods freshman Kasia Kwitnieski gained a loose ball in the left side of the penalty area and sent a 15-yard shot toward the right post. Kopecky saved it. Then, in the 75th

minute, freshman Allyson Brown took a cross from the right and drilled an eightyard header toward the net, but Kopecky reacted quickly for the save. “[Kopecky] made some fantastic saves,” Vierkorn said. “Her positioning was really good, her reaction was really good. She definitely kept us out of the back of the net for a while there.”

 As time wound down, the Spartans defense appeared to wear down, as well. With about a minute remaining in regulation, Ziegler utilized knowledge she’d gained during the game to give the Falcons their second straight last-minute victory. “[The defender] had been pushing it out to the outside the whole second half, so I picked up on her play and I went out there and beat her,” Ziegler said. “Then I just got the shot off, as it was one-on-one with the keeper.”

 “It was frustrating, but it’s all part of the game,” Ziegler said of Broad Run’s defense in the second half. “Luckily we pulled through. We have a saying in the locker room that you fight for every inch. We kept telling ourselves in our heads to fight for every inch, that we didn’t want to play those extra 10 minutes [of overtime].” Continued on Next Page

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Both Ziegler and Vierkorn know the district tournament won’t be easy, but each is confident the Falcons will be ready. “We’re going in looking at it as one game at a time,” Ziegler said. “We’re not looking forward. You have to win this game and then

see what is next. We’re not worried about how far we’re going to go or any of that. Its just one game at a time.”

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more of a full-team contribution. We are doing a little more of a short-passing, control game where before we could just kick it to them and let them create.”

 “We try to have a formation and style of play that fits the players,” Windows said. “We’ve been able to have a nice possession game and move the ball around because the players are good technically. It’s just shifting to a different set of girls.”

 That “different set of girls” is led by several newcomers to the program. Fox leads the Bulldogs with 11 goals and adds four assists, while Addington has five goals and three assists. Senior Ridley adds four goals, and Gallagher has developed into the playmaker with a team-high eight assists to go along with one goal. “We were welcomed quickly,” said Fox, who has spent time with the U-15 National Team. “My position is to score, so I just tried to do what they expected of me. It was different playing with so many older people, but it’s been fun.”

 “They’ve stepped up a lot,” Della Penna said of the newcomers. “They’re the reason we’re having such a good season. It took a few games for everyone to get into the flow of things. But I think we’ve definitely come along pretty well considering it was such a new group of players.”

 “When you know you have good players coming into the system, you have high expectations,” Windows said of the freshmen. “They’ve lived up to them. It’s hard to make the adjustment from club to high school soccer because it’s a different game. Ashley and Murielle stepped in their freshman year and didn’t miss a step. These girls were able to do the same thing and have done a

great job. “The hardest thing with these new offensive players coming in is you need a midfield that can support them,” Windows added. “Players like Lindsay and Brigitte have been a key. Brigitte is good at pushing up and creating offensive pushes, adding that extra player that causes their midfield to have to adjust.”

 With the regular season complete, a new season begins with the conference, region and state playoffs. The Potomac District, featuring Briar Woods (2013 Group AA state runner-up) and Broad Run (four-time AA state champion from 2008-11) in addition to Stone Bridge and up-and-comer Tuscarora, is one of the strongest in Virginia and now, any loss is the end to the season. But Stone Bridge is not ready for its year to end. “We have a good balance of players and a good chemistry,” Windows said. “That makes a huge difference at the end of the year because they’re tired, they’re sore and prone to injury because they’re playing both high school and club games. When they’re able to come and be with players they enjoy being with and have fun, it takes the edge off.”

 “I think if everyone stays healthy and keeps fresh legs, we should go far in the tournament,” Della Penna said. “We have a lot of talent on this team.”

 And, the Bulldogs want to prove they can do it without the “Big Six.”

 “They were a big reason why we were so successful, so it’s definitely nice to see we can still have a really successful season with them in college,” Della Penna said. “I’m proud of how we’ve developed this year.”

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hen 30 year-old Alicia Bruce took up knitting late last year, she was looking for a source for high quality yarns. She had a stop-the-car moment when she drove by Finch Sewing Studio on Loudoun Street in Leesburg. By Christmas, Bruce, a photographer and photo editor who lives in Lovettsville with her husband, was hooked on sewing and had joined the ranks of the modern “sewist” community that has sprung up around the studio. Finch studio, opened by Leesburg resident Nicole Morgenthau in July 2013, is part of a new generation of sewing studios that appeal to millennial and Generation X women, and part of a larger Do It Yourself (DIY) movement. For a certain segment of relatively young, well educated women, handcrafting is cool. “There’s a resurgence of DIY,” Morgenthau said. “We’re in this time

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right now where Pinterest is really big and people are really aware that people make things. Whether you’re making things or not, people in general have a better appreciation for handmade things and for the activity itself.” For Morgenthau and other new wave handcrafters, the idea is to present and teach an old art in a modern way, with a focus on high quality, modern fabrics from young designers and contemporary patterns and projects. Her Leesburg studio has a cozy yet sophisticated vibe. The sewing machines have charming, old-fashioned ladies’ names. For Morgenthau, teaching adults and children to sew is only part of her mission; creating a sense of community is key. In addition to sewing classes for children and adults, the studio offers open sew sessions and other laid back gatherings, which allow participants to work on their own projects in the company of fellow crafters. “I wanted Finch to be a place for Continued on Page 30

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Smart raise thoroughbreds they sell or race and also care for 11 retired horses. There will be mares and foals on view. Horse manager Wayne VanSant will swim horses in the pond at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Petting opportunities include veteran horses and neighbor Amanda Raphaelson’s mother goat and three kids. Edie Smart, a retired Master of Foxhounds, will be on hand to discuss foxhunting and its traditions. Bruce Smart will discuss horse breeding theories. His tril-

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The following night, California-based Zoso brings the sounds of Led Zeppelin to the venue. The band, known for showmanship and attention to detail, brings the authentic sounds (and the look) of Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham and John Paul Jones. The show begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 31. Tickets are $15 in advance and $75 for VIP seating. For information and tickets, go to tallyholeesburg. com. n

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7:30 p.m., Barns of Rose Hill, 95 Chalmers Court, Berryville. Contact: director@barnsofrosehill.org or 540-955-2004 Hansbarger celebrates the release of his album “Dream of a Good Death” with a historical journey through the Civil War with stories and original songs. The album follows the journey of Confederate soldiers through the course of the war. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

8 p.m., Franklin Park Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge Lane, Purcellville. Contact: www. franklinparkartscenter.org This popular comedy show features laughs for the whole family. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and $8 for children.

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Blood Pressure Screenings

10 a.m.-noon, Carver Center, 200 Willie Palmer Way, Purcellville. Contact: www.inova.org/mobilehealth Inova Loudoun Hospital offers free blood pressure screenings.

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7 p.m., Gum Spring Library, Gum Spring Library, 24600 Millstream Drive, Stone Ridge. Contact: library.loudoun.gov As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, Loudoun County Public Library presents the first in a series of discussions with residents on the challenges of living with mental illness and to describe their paths toward recovery.

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7 p.m., Round Hill Baptist Church, 7 W. Loudoun St., Round Hill. Contact: www.roundhillbaptist.org The Nashville-based Farm Hands are one of the country’s top bluegrass gospel groups. Admission is free but seating is limited.

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8:30 a.m., Morven Park, 17263 Southern Planter Lane, Leesburg. Contact: www.morvenpark.org Sponsored by the Virginia Foxhound Club, this is the largest foxhound show in the world. Event is free for spectators. Bring a picnic and enjoy the show.

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Proceeds benefit charities including Operation Renewed Hope Foundation, Service Source and the Wounded Warrior Project. Race day registration starts at 6:30 a.m.

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9 a.m.-5 p.m., Great Country Farms, Bluemont. Contact: www.greatcountryfarms.com Festivities include live music, pie eating and tart tossing contests, and the Diaper Derby race for babies 9-12 months. Arrive early for pick your own. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children, 2 and under are free.

1-5 p.m., 40309 John Mosby Highway, Aldie. Contact: 703-327-9777 Used as a place of worship from 1851-1980, Mt. Zion and its cemetery witnessed fighting during the Civil War and also served as a hospital. Guided tours will be offered every fourth Sunday through July 27.

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GCF Strawberry Jubilee 9 a.m.-5 p.m., See May 24 listing.

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8 a.m., One Loudoun, Ashburn. Contact: www.ringinginhope.com Event features 10K, 5K and 1K runs and a performance from Ashburn’s own Kaitlyn Maher, a finalist on “America’s Got Talent.”

8 a.m., 11661 Harpers Ferry Road, Neersville. Contact: 540-554-2542 or jcoleman@loudounwildlife.org The Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy leads a bird walk at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship, a 900-acre preserve in northwestern Loudoun County. The property includes diverse wildlife habitats, including meadows, streams and heavily forested slopes. Meet at the Education Center; bring binoculars.

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11 a.m.-1 p.m., Balls Bluff Battlefield, Leesburg. Contact: www.nvrpa.org/park/ball_s_bluff Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority offers free guided battlefield tours every Saturday and Sunday through November.

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11 a.m.-6 p.m., Hardcore Choppers, 44964 Underwood Lane, Sterling. Contact: www.ableforces.org This fundraiser for Able Forces features a RideIn Bike Show, military displays, live music with special guest Nashville singer-songwriter Sam Tate, military nonprofits, Fairfax County police demonstration team, stunt riders, vendors, food and more. Able Forces provides emergency assistance and employment opportunities for wounded and disabled veterans, caregivers, and spouses. Admission is free—bike entry fee is $18.

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6:30-7:30 p.m., Franklin Park Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge Lane, Purcellville. Contact: 703-777-3803 or katie.mcauliffe@wellsfargoadvisors.com Learn how a 529 plan can help fund education expenses for your children or grandchildren. The event will feature a general discussion of 529 plans, and no company-specific products will be discussed. Admission is free.

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exquisite properties that have never before been open to the public. They join the self-guided tour’s line-up of the homes of some of Virginia’s most famous equine operations. The Hunt Country Stable Tour provides the rare chance to visit private estates, famous breeding farms, competition farms and more. From newborn foals to jumpers and polo ponies, and even horses swimming for exercise, you’ll see how equine athletes are bred, trained, fed and cared for. The tour is self-guided, and tickets can be purchased at any stop. There is also a Country Fair and market at Trinity Episcopal Church in Upperville, and lunch, catered by Back Street Catering, is available for purchase there. The fair features horse-themed arts and crafts, ice cream, treats for dogs and cats and more. Three miniature donkeys also will be at the fair to greet visitors. This year’s stable tour also features six new stops—the equestrian facility at the recently opened Salamander Resort & Spa; Caliburn, Wind Fields, Poplar Grange, Belle Grey Farm and Fox Chase Farm. Caliburn Farm is located on Atoka Road between Middleburg and Marshall. Gail Dady purchased the land in 2010 and began building a breeding and training facility focused on developing young horses for jumping and dressage competition. Local builder Jimmie Fletcher restored and converted an old dairy barn into a six-stall barn while constructing a new, state-of-the art show barn. There will be a jumping demonstration at noon and a farrier demonstration by Marc van der Rest at 1 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday, there will be a freestyle jumping demonstration at noon.

The equestrian facility at Salamander boasts a stunning 14,000-square-foot stable with 22 stalls and an indoor arena. Stop by the property at 4 p.m. Sunday for an exhibition of equestrian sport. Poplar Grange Farm houses young show horses, steeplechase horses, and retired horses that now enjoy relaxing trail rides through the estate. In training and raising the top horses in the world, the farm has two all-weather riding rings equipped with obstacles and cross country challenges that horses will encounter throughout their show jumping and steeplechase careers. At 2 p.m. Saturday, guests are invited to a show jumping demonstration with Pablo II, who competed in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Belle Grey Farm, an international combined and pleasure driving training facility, will host demonstrations both days. Banbury Cross Farm, located east of Middleburg, will feature a polo demonstration at 4 p.m. Saturday. Fox Chase Farm is giving carriage rides from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. The Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension Center will give a treadmill demonstration at 10 a.m. Saturday. Proceeds from the Hunt Country Stable Tour support Trinity Church and its many local, national and international charities and nonprofit programs. Advance tickets are $30 per person; a group rate for 10 or more is $20. Tickets can be purchased at http://trinityupperville.org/ hunt-country-stable-tour or by calling 540592-3711. Tickets will also be available the weekend of the tour at Trinity or any of the featured stops. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets are not required for the Country Fair. Trinity Church is located on Rt. 50 in the village of Upperville. n


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people to come and be together, so we focus pretty heavily on that concept as well as the skills,” Morgenthau said. Lovettsville’s Bruce regularly participates in Finch’s Friday night “sew-cials,” where participants bring their own projects (or buy materials for a new project) and use Finch’s equipment in a group. Sewing in a social setting is a way to make friends and generate ideas, said Bruce, who posts about her adventures in DIY at alicia-makes. blogspot.com. “It gets you inspired…It’s helped spark my creative side again.” Finch studio also offers special sessions for bridal showers and ladies nights by appointment. Bruce recently organized a ladies night with a group of friends from western Loudoun, including a few who had never used a sewing machine. Everyone made a handbag, and the participants were thrilled, Bruce said. The studio’s monthly Sip and Sew gatherings at local wineries and restaurants are also particularly popular and usually fill up fast. Finch’s June gathering takes place 6-9 p.m. Monday, June 2, at Stone Tower Winery south of Leesburg. Morgenthau brings in sewing machines and participants work on an easy project while chatting and enjoying a glass of wine. For Morgenthau, the importance of these social gatherings is to take women out of their work lives and/or their lives as parents and allow them to focus on something a little different. “The biggest thing to me is that we go and work on something together and women get to come together for something they’re enjoying or learning about and have some good quality time together in a way that’s really different from how they normally socialize. When you’re finished with that project, you hold it up and say, I made this really special thing. I think it’s a break from the every day rat race that we’re in.” For both Bruce and Morgenthau, one of the best parts of these gatherings is that they bring together women across generational lines, from

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also offers classes for adults using a seven-level curriculum called You Can Make It. Like Morgenthau, Lopez sources high quality, small production designer fabrics. Her selection has a fun feel geared toward modern kids and their parents. “I love fun fabrics,” she said, as this reporter lounged on a handmade pillow made from the trendy cartoon zombie fabric by designer Riley Blake. Lopez is originally from the Philippines (magarbo is a Tagalog word meaning glamorous or fabulous) and says that during her childhood, sewing was simply part of the culture for women and girls. Her mother owned a factory, which produced costumes and brought home fabrics that Lopez used to make clothes for the Barbie dolls her older sisters sent from the United States. Lopez was the first person she knew to get a Ken doll, and there were no pre-made clothes available for Barbie’s soul mate in her home country, so she had to make his wardrobe herself. When Lopez and her husband immigrated to the states, she began making jewelry and sewing her own clothes as a way to have nice things on a budget, Lopez and her family moved to Ashburn in 2003 for her husband’s work and, like Morgenthau, she started a home-based studio before opening her storefront in 2011. Some of her more than 100 regular students have been with her since her home studio opened four years ago, and Lopez feels a strong connection to her students and their families. “What’s great about the way we do things here is that we end up having a very good relationship with the child’s family and the child themselves,” Lopez said. “I feel almost like an aunt to them.” n Both Finch Sewing Studio and Sew Magarbo offer a range of summer camps for children, including popular American Girl-related workshops. For more information, workshop and class schedules and summer camp offerings, go to finchsewingstudio.com and www.ashburnsewing.com.

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child-free 20-somethings to young mothers to empty nesters. “For us to be able to get multi-generational groups of women together is really an integral part of handcrafting,” Morgenthau said. “To have a situation where we’re getting together with other-aged women makes us more well rounded. I really love that about this business—I see all types, all ages and it makes our lives richer to see somebody who has come through the stage of life that you’re in right now.” Morgenthau and her sister learned to sew from their grandmother. Sewing machines and sewing techniques were passed down from mother to daughter. “I don’t know of a generation with women in my family who didn’t sew,” she said. Morgenthau started the studio in her home early last year and then moved to its current location last July. Morgenthau, who was recently nominated as a rising star at the annual Leesburg Business Awards, said locating in downtown Leesburg was a key part of her vision for the business. Meanwhile, at Sew Magarbo sewing studio in Ashburn, owner Precious Lopez offers popular project-oriented workshops, ladies nights and bridal showers, but her focus is on teaching the next generation of sewists a lifetime skill. For Lopez, teaching children to sew is along the lines of dance classes or music lessons. Students take one or more classes a week throughout the school year and pay a monthly fee. Lopez says her goal is for students to be able to sew independently when they leave her program, which runs from September through early June, and students finish the year with a fashion show wearing their own creations. Lopez, a homeschooling mother of four children ages 4-15, opened her studio off Ashburn Road in 2011. Her children, including her teenage son, all sew and her three older children help with afternoon classes. Often, she says, a child will attend a birthday party or Girl Scout workshop at the studio, then fall in love with sewing and sign up for her regular classes. And sometimes, moms follow suit—Sew Magarbo

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TOWN OF LEESBURG NOTICE OF PLANNING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER TLZM-2013-0003, SOMERSET PARK Pursuant to Sections 15.2-1427, 15.2-2204, 15.2-2205 and 15.2-2285 of the Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended, the Leesburg Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers, 25 West Market Street, Leesburg, Virginia, 20176 to consider Rezoning Application TLZM-2013-0003 a request to amend the existing Rezoning Concept Plan and Proffers for Tavistock Farms (Original Case# TLZM-1987-0086). The subject property consists of ten parcels in Tavistock Farms totaling 18.96 acres located at the southeast corner of Battlefield Parkway and Tavistock Drive. The property is zoned PRN, “Planned Residential Neighborhood” and further described as Loudoun County Parcel Identification Numbers (PINs): 190-28-6459, 190-37-5471, 190-28-3569, 190-38-1887, 190-38-0199, 19037-7785, 190-27-9463, 190-28-1661, 190-37-9379, 190-27-6047, and Loudoun County Tax Map Numbers: /48//47///P7/, /48//47///P10/, /48//47P3/100, /48//47P4/100/, /48//47P5/100/, /48//47P6/100/, /48//47P1/100, /48//47P2/100, /48//47///P8/, /48//47///P9/. The PRN regulations in the Town of Leesburg Zoning Ordinance defer to the Town Plan guidance for density. The Town Plan designates this property as “Rural Residential” on the Land Use Policy Map with a maximum density of 1 – 4 dwelling units per acre. Rezoning Application TLZM-2013-0003 is a request to amend the approved proffers and concept development plan of TLZM-1987-0086 subject to the criteria of Section 3.3.15 of the Zoning Ordinance to allow an additional 42 residential units in lieu of an approved neighborhood retail center. As a result of this request the overall residential density of the Tavistock site will increase from 3.0 to 3.2 dwelling units per acre. Additional information and copies of this application are available at the Department of Planning and Zoning located on the second floor of the Leesburg Town Hall, 25 West Market Street, Leesburg, Virginia 20176 during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.), or by contacting Irish Grandfield, Senior Planner at 703-771-2766 or igrandfield@leesburgva.gov.) At these hearings, all persons desiring to express their views concerning these matters will be heard. Persons requiring special accommodations at the Planning Commission meeting should contact the Clerk to the Commission at (703) 771-2434 three days in advance of the meeting. For TTY/TDD service, use the Virginia Relay Center by dialing 711. Ad# 137811 & 137819

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The object of this suit

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ORDERED that the above-named Christopher Thomas Jones appear before this Court on or before July 11, 2014 at 10:00AM after due publication of the Order to protect OR- his interests in this DE- cause.

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TOWN OF LEESBURG NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER AN APPLICATION TO VACATE AND DISCONTINUE APPROXIMATELY 1,120 SQ. FT. OF PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAY LOCATED AT HARRISON STREET, S.E. BETWEEN ROYAL STREET AND SOUTH STREET The LEESBURG TOWN COUNCIL will hold a public hearing on TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., in the Council Chambers at Town Hall, 25 W. Market Street, Leesburg, Virginia, 20176, to consider an application to vacate and discontinue a portion of surplus public right- of-way, to wit: approximately 1,120 sq. ft. on the east side of Harrison Street, S.E., between Royal Street and South Street, pursuant to Code of Virginia of 1950, as amended, Section 15.2-2006 et seq. The application to vacate will be proposed to the Town Council by Gordon K. MacDowell, owner of 204 South St., S.E., which property is adjacent to the proposed surplus public right of way.

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IT APPEARING from Plaintiff’s Affidavit that diligence has been used without effect to ascertain the whereabouts of Christoper Thomas Jones and that his last know address is 195 Nicholson Drive, Colonial Beach, Virginia 22443-5048; it is therefore

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Community Classifieds Coming up Saturday, May 31st 2pm to 5pm, The Primrose School of Ashburn will host their annual fundraising event, Spring Fling.

Daycare/Aftercare/Preschool Openings Available Ages 6 wks to 12 yrs. Safe, loving “Just Like Home� care. Easy access, downtown Leesburg area. Open Mon. - Fri., 6:30am to 6:30pm. Fun Summer program begins June 16.

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Spring Fling is a family carnival that features games, attractions, and entertainment for the whole family. This year’s Spring Fling includes a moon bounce, Ferris wheel, face painting, soccer, dance, a silent auction, several vendors from our community, special performance by The Great Zucchini, DC’s premier children’s entertainer, and much more! Music will be provided by 94.7 Fresh FM.

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RECEPTIONIST For busy family practice in Purcellville. Medical office experience required, experience with insurances preferred. Fax resume to 540-338-6671.

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Opportunity to work with a Print on-Demand manufacturer with immediate opening in Dulles, VA. Seeking energetic and motivated self-starter. Must be detail-oriented, multi-tasking, with excellent communication and organization skills.Understanding of print process a plus. Entry Level. Fax or email resume 703-996-1056 booksinternational9@gmail.com

DENTAL ASSISTANT Fast-paced dental practice seeks full or part-time EXPERIENCED CHAIRSIDE DENTAL ASSISTANT. Knowledge of Dentrix a plus. Applicants should have strong interpersonal skills and be excited to learn new skills and dental techniques. We are seeking someone who is able to monitor patient flow, anticipate doctor’s needs and move seamlessly between operatories as the situation demands. Nice perk package. Forward resume to info@theleesburgdentists.com or fax to 703-771-9541.

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Loudoun Stairs of Purcellville, VA, is seekWine Club Sales ASSISTANT ing subcontractors with experience in interior rail installation on new & existing Tag & Title experience preferred, but will Award winning family-owned Winery in Hillsboro, VA looking for Permanent Part-Time homes. Must be experienced with instal- train right individual. Ideal candidate will help for tasting room and wine club sales. lation of wood (unfin & prefin) rails and possess basic accounting knowledge, and be Ideal candidate would have an outgoing personality and be a motimetal balusters. Experience with instal- acclimated with accounting software. Must service-oriented vated team player with a positive attitude. lation of stainless steel rails will earn have good attention to detail, be able to multi- Knowledge of the wine industry preferred top $$. Travel throughout the DC Metro task and be highly reliable. Flexible hours 9 but not a must, as training and education is provided. Hours to include weekends and area. This job is a non-employee position. Promote your business to families the perfect forevenings. their child. am to 3 pm, Tuesdaylooking throughfor Friday, 15 to 24camp some resumes to: Susi Williams at: Earnings will be issued on a 1099-MISC The hoursguide per week. Located in downtown will feature local stories andLeesphotos. Email swilliams@doukeniewinery.com at year end for tax reporting purposes as burg. Fun, friendly work environment. Fax Non-Employee Compensation. resume and cover letter with salary requireLEESBURG/ASHBURN COMBO NOVA COMBO ments to Melisa @ 703-777-1925 or email to Fax Resume to: 540-338-2644 or mtaschler@loudounmotorsports.com $199 $475 SIXTEENTH PAGE Email: ghope@loudounstairs.com

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William Junior Robinson

William Junior Robinson, 76 of Oakland, MD passed away on May 12, 2014. Born in West Virginia on March 24, 1938 he was the son of the late John and Bessie Robinson. He is survived by his siblings Sam Robinson, Jay Robinson, Dorothy Pierce and Ruby Pierce. Services will be private. Please visit www. hallfh.com to express online condolences to the family. Arrangements by Hall Funeral Home, Purcellville, VA. Carol Ann Jackson

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Sarah E. “Sadie� Haisten, 87, died peacefully on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. She was born in Dublin, Ireland, October, 27, as the fourth child of seven to the late William Kilfoyle and Sarah Usher Kilfoyle. A funeral mass is planned for May 19th at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Purcellville, VA 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at the Culpepper National Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. Funeral services will be provided by Hall Funeral Home, Purcellville, VA. Please visit www.hallfh.com to Carol Ann Jackson express online condolences to the family. Carol Ann Jackson of Purcellville, VA , passed away on May 19, 2014 at Manor Care Nursing Center, Fairfax, VA. Funeral Services will be Jacquelyn F. White held on Wed., May 28, 2014. Visitation: From Jacquelyn F. White, Leesburg, VA, passed 12:00 p.m. till time of service, 1:00 p.m at away May 15, 2014. Along with husband St. Peters Episcopal Church, 37018 Glendale Dan, she will be missed; but will live on in the Street, Purcellville, VA, 20132. Interment: hearts of those whose lives she touched. Fam- Grace Annex United Methodist Church ily and friends are invited to gather between Cemetery, Lincoln, VA. Arrangements By: 1:00pm and 2:00pm on Wednesday, May 21, Lyles Funeral Service of Purcellville, Virginia 2014 at Colonial Funeral Home, 201 Edwards Ferry Rd NE, Leesburg, VA 20176 where a Virginia Lee Thomas service will immediately follow at 2:00 pm. Virginia Lee Thomas of Leesburg, VA, formalBurial in Quantico National Cemetery, Trily of Annapolis, MD, passed away on May 15, angle, Virginia, 11:00am, Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Loudoun Hospital Center, Leesburg, 2014.www.colonialfuneralhome.com. VA. She was the Beloved Mother of Lori Anne Adams (Garth) of Purcellville, VA. She is also Walter Dale Carty survived by 5 Grandchildren and 5 Great Walter Dale Carty, formerly of Lynchburg, grand Children. Funeral Services will be held Virginia, passed away while residing in Heri- on Tues. May 27, 2014, 11:00 a.m. at Trinity tage Hall in Leesburg. Walter was 60 years United Methodist Church, West Street, Anold. Born in Ohio, he was the son of Walter napolis , Maryland. Interment : Private. and Agnes Carty. Walter chose a people ori- Arrangements By: Lyles Funeral Service of ented career as a car salesman. Along with Purcellville, Virginia. his son, Brian, he will be dearly missed by the loved ones he leaves behind. Services are private at this time. Please leave condolences at www.colonialfuneralhome.com. Ask us about our other publications Donna Mae Oliver Call 703-771-8831 Donna Mae Oliver of Ashburn, Virginia passed away on Saturday, May 10, 2014. Donna was 88 years old. Born in Ashland, Ohio, she was the daughter of Ora Morr and Iva Stelzer Morr. A homemaker, she was married to E. Gordon Oliver who predeceased her. Donna’s memories will be cherished by the loved ones she leaves behind. All services will be held in Ft. Myers, Florida. Please leave condolences at www.colonialfuneralhome. com.

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Helen enlivened and enriched the lives of everyone who was lucky enough to know her. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cedarfield Angel Fund or The Secret Gardens at Cedarfield, checks can be mailed to 2300 Cedarfield Parkway, Richmond, VA 23233, with a notation to which fund. The Cedarfield

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Helen had many accomplishments outside of her professional career as well. She was also an activist, and served on the board of the League of Women’s Voters, the Parkersburg Art League, and the Sheltered Workshop. At age 70, she was honored by the Women of Excellence and Leadership Timely Honored (WEALTH) for her lifetime achievements. In 2003, she retired and moved back to her hometown of Richmond. The Hermitage at Cedarfield proved to be the perfect community, where she reconnected with old friends and made many new ones. True to form, she became chairman of the investment committee, worked in the library, participated in regularly scheduled Bridge games, and enjoyed being a member of the newcomer committee.

Debora Horne Vaz

Debora Horne Vaz, of Ashburn, Virginia, passed away on May 14th, 2014. Debbie was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 14th, 1955 to the late Charles and Doris Horne. She graduated from TC Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia in 1973 and received a BA in Education from Radford University in Virginia in 1977. She received a Master’s in Education from James Madison in Virginia in 1981. She was married to Lenridge Vaz on August 14th, 1993 and they lived happily together in Ashburn, Virginia. A gifted educator Debbie began her career in Staunton, Va. She also taught in Fairfax, and then built her career with Loudoun County Public Schools. She spent the last 10 years teaching STEP Preschool most recently at Evergreen Mills Elementary School in Leesburg. Much of Debbie’s career was dedicated to children with special needs and their families. She was well respected for her warmth, dedication and professionalism. Debbie or Ms. Vas as she was frequently called was beloved by students, parents, and peers alike. Debbie was also an integral part of her local community by volunteering her time at local charitable organizations. Debbie very much enjoyed being active and healthy during her free-time partaking in activities such as horseback riding and jazzercise. She loved the outer banks and visited there for many years with her family and friends. She adored her nieces and nephews. Debbie and her husband Len had a passion for going on cruises; they went as often as possible! Family will receive friends on Monday, May 19, 2014 between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm at the Colonial Funeral Home, 201 Edwards Ferry Rd NE, Leesburg, VA 20176. A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 1:00 pm on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at Saint Theresa Catholic Church, 21371 St Theresa Lane, Ashburn, VA 20147. Burial to follow in Ebenezer Cemetery, Bluemont, VA. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to http://www.ovarian.org/. www.colonialfuneralhome.com.

Ola E. “Genie� Johnson, age 85, passed on Monday, May 12, 2014, in Leesburg,Virginia. Survived by her daughter Linda Rounds of Leesburg; 2 granddaughters, Stephanie Rounds and Carrie; 4 great-grandchildren, 4 step great-grandchildren. Interment services began at 11 am on May 17, 2014 in Restlawn Memorial Gardens in Cumberland, MD. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Leesburg Senior, or to Freedom Alliance. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.loudounfuneralchapel.com

Robert M. Gaynor

Robert M. Gaynor, 63, died Wednesday May 14, 2014. Born in Norwalk, the son of Robert and Margaret Gaynor. Following college he pursued his passion for music. Founding member, lead singer and songwriter for the Roadducks-a hugely popular rock band performing in the Washington, D.C. area for nearly forty years. Surviving are brother Thomas Gaynor(Tody); sister Margaret Gaynor; several cousins and many, many dear friends. Memorial service to be held at later. www.colonialfuneralhome.com

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Helen achieved success in many areas. She was a community greeter in Philadelphia, where she learned the skills to become a bank marketing executive. Helen developed a “meet and greet� program that brought in 7,000 new customers. That led to her appointment as Vice President and Director of Marketing for Commercial Banking and Trust in Parkersburg, W.Va. A second major endeavor followed her retirement from the bank when she transitioned into real estate. While at Caldwell Banker, she made the Million Dollar Club for four consecutive years. This was in an era when $100,000 was a considerable price to pay for a home in West Virginia.

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Kay D. Schwab

Kay D. Schwab, of Lykens, Pennsylvania, passed away while in Leesburg, Virginia. Kay was 68 years old. Kay followed her calling; going into ministry. She was a minister of the Central Pennsylvania United Methodist Church for 17 years. Although she will be dearly missed, her memories will continue to live on in the many lives of those she touched. A graveside service will be held in Union Cemetery in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, 16823 on Thursday, May 22, 2014. www.colonialfuneralhome.com.

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Helen is survived by her four children, Bruce and his wife, Rachel, Alan and his wife, Beth, Holly, and Mimi and her husband, Rick. She had seven grandchildren, Molly and her husband, Adam Benn, Lucy Roberts, Sally and her husband, Andrew Boardman, John Roberts, Nick and Will Mathiowdis and Eva Baer; as well as her great-grandchildren, Eliza Jane and Archer Benn. She also had one surviving sibling, Richard Thomas of Midlothian, Va.

Donald L. Sanbower

Donald L. Sanbower, 58 of Harpers Ferry, WV Virginia died on Friday, May 16, 2014, at Hospice of the Panhandle IPF in Kearneysville, WV. Funeral services were held Wed. May 21, 2014 at 11:00 am at New Jerusalem Lutheran Church Lovettsville, Virginia. Interment followed in New Jerusalem Lutheran Church Cemetery, Lovettsville. Memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice of Pan Handle 122 Waverly Court Martinsburg, WV 25401. Please share condolences with the family www.Loudoun Funeral Chapel.com

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ROBERTS, Helen Thomas, passed away peacefully in the early hours of May 13, 2014. Helen was born on September 7, 1920 in Scarsdale, N.Y. to father Lucien Thomas, a Richmond native, and Beryl Mackenzie of Scotland. The family came back to Richmond when her father retired. She attended St. Catherine’s School for 12 years, and then went on to Hollins College in Roanoke, Va. Helen met her husband-to-be, William Munsell Roberts of Chicago, when she went on a blind date in New York City while visiting her sister. Bill and Helen lived in Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Richmond before settling in Vienna, W.Va. in 1963. Bill passed away in 1983.

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emorial Day weekend always provides a wonderful opportunity to spend time with family, take a break before the final few weeks of school and welcome the summer with picnics and first dips in the community pool.

But it needs to be something more.

Since 2001, more than 6,700 U.S. service men and women have

been killed on the battlegrounds in Iraq and Afghanistan. Heroes who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their country in these recent wars are buried in communities across the nation, joining their forefathers who died in other far-off lands, as well as those who fought for their country on home turf during the Revolutionary and Civil wars.

Memorial Day is a time to give thanks for their service and

reflect on the freedoms we enjoy on the other 364 days of the year because of their efforts.

Although this holiday is special in its call for the remembrance

of the nation’s war dead, it also serves as a time to reflect on the needs of surviving veterans, many whom have returned from the mountains of Afghanistan and deserts of Iraq with severe physical and mental disabilities. When those with bomb-torn bodies or those living with the terrifying impacts of post-traumatic stress disorder are unable to get the medical treatment they need their plight should be viewed as a national disgrace.

Even in a nation that is deeply fractured politically, there should

be no disagreement that living veterans should have access to the best treatment possible. While some in our community—from the Boulder Crest Retreat in Bluemont to the organizers of various wounded warrior fundraisers—have made meeting the needs of troops a priority in their lives, fixing the shortcoming is far from the national priority it should be.

Hopefully, you will have time this weekend to gather with your

neighbors for an assembly that reflects on those who fought and died at their country’s call. Let’s also do a better job of fulfilling the social contract to help those we have sent into harm’s way put the pieces of their lives back together.

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Dear Editor: Recently, the Commuter Bus Advisory Board (CBAB) responded to a request from the Board of Supervisors to report on the overcrowding of buses and park and ride lots. The preponderance of the report dwelled on bus standees. Twelve standees are allowed per bus by policy since 2003. What the report neglected was the “elephant in the room;” the force created when the bus is at 60 mph on the Dulles Toll Road. For a 150 pound person if the bus crashes it is 60 X 150 = 9,000 pounds. Even if you are as strong as an ox your hands will be ripped out of the handholds and your body ejected through the bus windshield. Twelve people dead. The fact that our bus history shows that this has not happened in the past five years is irrelevant. An example of this thinking

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is when our family moved into the western-most sub-development in Lakeridge, Prince William County, in 1985. We had one main road out of the development onto Old Bridge Road, which became very busy and dangerous to enter after a couple of years. I wrote the Virginia Department of Transportation requesting a traffic light be installed. Its response was it could not install the traffic light until someone was killed there. Is that what we need to do, wait until 12 standees are ejected through the bus windshield? We can prevent this catastrophe and the 12 wrongful death lawsuits from the families of the deceased. The standee policy should be zero. Kerry Young, Purcellville

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Dear Editor: My daughter told me something today that leads me to believe that “separate but equal” has not completely left Loudoun County schools. She goes to Broad Run High School and overheard two teachers discussing a new awards policy for year-end recognition of seniors. It seems that for the senior awards ceremony in a few weeks, teachers have been told

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Dear Editor: The American Legion and other credible voices are calling for the resignation of Veterans Administration Secretary Eric Shinseki in the wake of reports that as many as 40 veterans may have died while awaiting medical treatment in VA hospitals. If these reports are valid, someone must answer for it and the top guy is the logical candidate. But we owe it to Secretary Shinseki—and to our veterans—to reserve judgment of him and the VA until all the facts are in. We should remember that Shinseki inherited an unholy mess at the VA at a time when there was a backlog of hundreds of thousands of veterans awaiting a decision on their benefits. Many of them were forced to wait months, sometimes years, to get a decision. In the meantime they were suffering from a wide range of injuries, many of them severe, often complicated by post-traumatic stress disorder that made it difficult if not impossible for them to obtain jobs in the civilian world. I believe most would agree that was Shinseki’s most pressing problem when he took over and that he has accomplished a great deal in reducing that backlog. As for the administration of the VA hospitals, that brings into play a host of issues related to the management of any sprawling bureaucracy. Shinseki is responsible for about 1,700 VA medical facilities and upwards of 300,000 employees. That job would be tough enough in the private sector where senior management has the authority to hire and fire people up and down the line if they are not doing their jobs. In a government agency, the senior management has no such power. Shinseki has a problem that other cabinet officers have complained about since time immemorial—a virtual lack of authority to manage his agency. The cumbersome federal bureaucracy at best responds slowly and erratically to direction from the top. Having said that, I can say that through my work as president and chief executive officer of the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, an organization devoted to helping wounded veterans overcome the many obstacles they face, I have had numerous opportunities to visit men and women in VA hospitals all over the country. By and large, I have been impressed with the efficiency and dedication of the medical people serving our veterans. I have said more than once that if I were injured or ill, I would prefer to be in their care. The only real beef we have with the VA is its sluggish response to the challenge of PTSD that demands provision of years of counseling and therapy. Our military medical establishment has achieved miraculous things in terms of tending physical injuries and the advances in prosthetic limbs is nothing short of amazing. But PTSD is a different animal altogether and the VA is having trouble getting a handle on it. As for Secretary Shinseki, I know he is an able, dedicated public servant who has devoted his life to the military and our country. If the reports of wounded veterans not receiving the care they need and deserve are true, I have no doubt

Dear Editor: Going through the college admissions process is a daunting task for all parents. They often feel so overwhelmed that they project their stress onto their teenagers. Perhaps parents do this because they feel their children don’t take it seriously; perhaps it’s because they are trying to be helpful; perhaps both. To all those parents out there: your children are in fact taking this seriously and there are ways to help, but your panic attacks aren’t doing anyone any favors. As a high school senior who has just completed the college admissions process, I know that your kids have not forgotten college apps are due. Sure they may not be working on them every day, but stress of their higher education is boiling just under the surface, so a “helpful reminder” will likely get a door slammed in your

by the principal to recognize students in pairs, “top” boy and “top” girl in each category. I can’t believe we’ve rolled back the clock to a time when we made distinctions between the capabilities of males and females. I remember a recent comment in this paper that our public schools are one of the last businesses that still addresses its female employees as “Mrs.” and didn’t give it much thought at the time. However, that and this latest news make me wonder just how out of touch with the world the people who run our schools are. Can anyone imagine the reaction if Giant gave out awards for Female Employee of the Year? How does segregating young women and men this way prepare them for life? What kind of message does it send to them about equality? It makes me wonder how much a student’s gender affects how teachers treat them. Like on some athletic playing field, are students judged differently in Broad Run classrooms based on their genders? Does this separate but equal treatment at Broad Run bother anyone else? Jennifer Meyers, Ashburn

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face. I know, all you want to do is help, but your kid is more angsty than ever. The best advice I can give you is to reign in your reminders to once a week at most. If you are concerned that they aren’t working on their applications, seek out a progress report once a month until the latter half of October (when early applications are due). Please keep in mind that high school still exists and teachers don’t consult College Board when they set deadlines. Try to find the line between constructive information and redundant nagging. I promise that as stressed as you feel, they are right there with you. William Koepsell, Sterling

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to complain about folks’ behavior, but this time I must. Traveling from Dulles to upstate New York last Saturday I was delayed nearly two hours on Rt. 15 by a traffic jam caused by an antique fair in a village north of Leesburg. Now, I like antiques and I hope it was a success, but when someone in authority sees a seven-miles long traffic jam developing they ought to take some action if only to notify people joining the line way back by the shopping centers just north of the Rt. 7 intersection that they are going to be stuck for two hours. You live in a lovely part of the country and I am sure this was all inadvertent, but really it discourages tourists and travelers when this sort of thing happens. Thanks for the opportunity to grumble. Ron Ogden, Elmira, NY

no one is more troubled about it than he is. Even so, if the reports are true someone must be held accountable and the buck stops at his desk. David W. Walker, Leesburg

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ing. “I’m not saying I can sit here and say I can promise a different outcome, but I do want a different process.” Kevin Kuesters (Broad Run) had a different take. He said the process with which the schools settle on a budget is not going to lessen the criticism from the public or the Board of Supervisors because there will always be groups who oppose the School Board’s decisions. “As board

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and County Vice Chairman Shawn Williams (R-Broad Run) were at the event—the first in four years that didn’t rain—to show their support. Clarke, who along with Supervisor Geary Higgins (R-Catoctin) and Reid, were instrumental in getting the 10-Point Action Plan to mitigate Lyme disease adopted by the board, said the best defense against the disease is prevention and education. “It doesn’t fix everything but it brings awareness,” she said. “We’re trying to have even the slightest impact whether its learning how to dress properly or what signs to look for.” Through Comstock’s efforts the General Assembly passed a resolution this year designating May as Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Comstock also credited U.S. Rep Frank Wolf

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(R-VA-10) for leading the efforts on the federal level to boost spending for Lyme research. “We’ve been working with the Lyme disease community to provide money in the state of Virginia to get better testing and cut some of these numbers down,” she said, adding officials are also looking for ways to reduce deer herds and minimize deer tick exposure. One of the options is to erect deer treatment feeding stations that emit permethrin, a tick killing pesticide, to the skin as deer feed from them. Monte Skall, executive director for NatCapLyme, said deer overpopulation contributed to the high number of Lyme disease cases. “There’s so much development and expansion that’s encroaching on wildlife and continuing to take their habitat,” she said. All of the proceeds from the event benefited NatCapLyme. n

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members, we’re hired to make a decision…and lessening any criticism is not my intent,” he said. “It is to be accountable to the citizens of Loudoun County and, quite frankly, if we’re not listening to the community then we’ll find out at the next election.” Most board members agreed a more informal setting, such as a workshop, late this summer or in September will help the School Board set its budget priorities early, begin work with the supervisors and the new superintendent, and go a long way in getting the process started off right. n

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