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devices, without success. Because the structure was unstable, crews were not permitted to enter the silo until 7:50 p.m. Monday after heavy cranes and support equipment were brought in to stabilize the wreckage. After almost 11 hours of searching inside the structure, Potter’s body was found. He had worked for the company for less than a year, according to a Luck Stone representative. “We are a family here at Luck Companies, and

today we lost a family member. Our hearts go out to the associate’s family, and they will remain in our thoughts and prayers,” Charlie Luck, president and CEO, said in a statement released Tuesday. “We will be remembering, honoring and celebrating the associate for the contributions and positive impact he made on our company. We will continue to ensure that safety and the success of our associates is our main responsibility.”

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grueling 24-hour search for a buried 18-year-old Luck Stone quarry worker ended early Tuesday when rescue crews found the young man dead. More than 60 rescue personnel from several area departments worked through the night to

find Daniel Potter, who had been trapped beneath rubble of a collapsed silo at the Ashburn quarry since 6:30 a.m. Monday, according to Loudoun Fire-Rescue. Potter, of Front Royal, was working with two other men to empty the 80-foot-tall silo when it split open. The silo contained mineral filler, a fine material used in asphalt. Initial search efforts included the use of two search-and-rescue dogs, as well as listening


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he Leesburg Town Council voted last week to permit the removal of four historic district buildings to make way for a county courthouse expansion, but the demolitions won’t take place until early 2016 at the earliest. Assistant Town Manager Scott Parker said there are still several regulatory hurdles for the county government to jump before it secures a building permit for the courts

project. Under the Town Council’s action, no demolition may occur until building permits are issued. “There’s a lot of moving parts and it’s still in the middle of the legislative process,” Parker said. “An aggressive timetable for demolition would be in late February or early March, but it could easily go longer than that.” Next on the plate is a rezoning application that is undergoing staff review. The town is waiting on a second submission by the county after requesting changes to the initial application.

“We’re geared up to review as expeditiously as possible once the county responds to our letter,” Parker said. “Then we’ll go through another round of submission at least.” Once that rezoning application is approved, a process that will require Planning Commission and Town Council public hearings, the county can submit a site plan for review by the Planning Commission. A town plan amendment also will be required for the construction of a parking garage on the Pennington Lot. Continued on Page 24

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down the buildings on Edwards Ferry Road, but Burnett said Monday that Loudoun officials could instead spend the money allocated for demolition—more than $200,000—on helping him move the structures to another location. That effort would require collaboration among him as an investor, the town and the county, he said. Continued on Page 25


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oudoun County now has permission to demolish four houses in Leesburg to make way for a courthouse expansion, but those structures still could be moved instead of flattened. That’s the line of thinking under which

lawyer and preservationist Peter Burnett is operating. The Leesburg Town Council last week agreed to overturn a Board of Architectural Review decision from May that would have allowed the county to demolish only portions of the buildings, additions that were deemed non-historic, as it seeks to build a new General District courthouse. So the locality can proceed with taking





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he 112 students enrolled at Middleburg Community Charter School are getting a head start. Monday was their first day of the school year, 27 days ahead of the rest of the Loudoun’s 75,800 students. The elementary school, which opened a year ago as the first public charter school in Northern Virginia, begins its second academic

year with a new principal, several new staff members and, in PTO President Michelle Nicholson’s words, “a new energy and enthusiasm.” David H. Larson was hired as the school’s principal in June, after serving in an interim capacity since April. He stepped in following the resignation of the school’s first principal, Barbara Smith, after she was denied re-entry into the United States because of a lapsed visa. Larson takes the helm after an inaugural year marred with challenges. Four months after

the school opened, the Loudoun County School Board placed it on probation after learning that Smith did not have a Virginia teaching license. The probation was lifted after she enrolled in the courses needed to acquire it. Larson said he wants to hold on to the facility’s “community-school vibe” while welcoming the changes that a new leadership style naturally brings. “We want to build and develop a colContinued on Page 23

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ours after the victim in the July 27 hit-and-run crash died from his injuries, the suspect in the case surrendered to authorities. According to the Leesburg Police Department, José Pablo Hernandez Reyes, 47, of no fixed address, was arrested last Wednesday evening at police headquarters, just feet away from the Plaza Street location where the crash happened. Reyes was charged with felony hit-and-run after he allegedly hit Fidel Antonio Cruz Villacorta, 57, of Leesburg, who was crossing the street. Villacorta was flown from the scene to Inova Fairfax Hospital for treatment. He died just before midnight July 28. Reyes was identified as a suspect in the case after a witness followed his pickup from the scene and provided photographs of the truck and its license plate. He was ordered held on a $100,000 secured bond at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center. Villacorta was beloved as an employee at Giovanni’s NY Pizza in Contributed Leesburg and the staff and customers A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family of Fidel are rallying to support his family. Antonio Cruz Villacorta, who was killed while crossing Plaza “He was a very good man as a Street last week. worker and a dear friend,” Manager Said Mehenni said. “He was like a brother.” Mehenni said that Villacorta had worked at the pizza shop for the past six years, and did “everything,” from kitchen prep to stashing inventory and delivering food. “This guy was well known around here as a great man and hard worker,” Mehenni said. “I didn’t sleep for two days after it happened.” Mehenni said donations are being collected at the restaurant on East Market Street and a GoFundMe page has been established to assist Villacorta’s wife and three children. “We want to help the family out any way we can,” Mehenni said. The page raised more than $3,800 from 122 donations during the first week. The goal is to raise $10,000. To donate, go to gofundme.com/8z3ug2tgg. 8.7.15_Avie_LB (Injectables).pdf



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While watching her son create home videos, Maud Kubeka always thought he could be successful in the acting industry. “He always liked acting and showed interest,” Kubeka said. “If he wants something, he’ll work to get it and won’t give up.” Thabo Kubeka, a 14-year-old Loudoun County High School freshman, took his mother’s suggestion to heart and is now co-starring in “Jeremy’s Sin,” which just finished filming a few weeks ago. He also has secured a featured extra part in Tom Cruise’s new film, “Choosing Happiness,” which begins shooting in November. “My mom helped me get into the business, and I think it’s Thabo Kubeka pretty cool,” Thabo said. “I definitely want to be an actor as a job.” Loudoun County High School Thabo said “Jeremy’s Sin” is a film about a middle school stufreshman Thabo Kubeka, dent named Devin, who is bullied throughout middle school and reflects on it during his college years. He plays Charlie, the student 14, co-stars in an upcoming feature film about a middle who bullies Devin in the film. It was filmed in Richmond and Centreville and is the first fea- school student who is bullied. ture film for director and writer Ryan J. Cudahy. It will be released next year. “One of my favorite things is putting myself in the character’s shoes and knowing what the character feels like,” Thabo said. Thabo, who also plays soccer and runs track, said he likes the travel involved with acting and meeting new people. He’ll go to a casting call Aug. 15 for a lot of future parts, and recently met an agent that he’ll be in contact with for the future. “I’ve learned a lot, too,” Thabo said. “It has taught me that if you want to be a successful actor, you also have to go to school and train for it just like an athlete would. It’s basically a sport.” Maud Kubeka said her son is “very headstrong” when he wants something, and envisions him becoming a successful actor. For more information on “Jeremy’s Sin,” go to indiegogo.com/projects/jeremy-s-sin.

Leesburg VFW Seeks Funds To Update Facilities Dennis Boykin, the judge advocate general of Leesburg’s American Veterans of Foreign Service, last week briefed the Town Council on plans to renovate its headquarters.

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The building, located at 401 Old Waterford Road NW, needs a new roof, floors, insulation, kitchen appliances, and to hook up with the town utility system, Boykin said. “It needs a lot of work,” he said. Boykin said the building was constructed in the 1960s and generated plenty of money because, for a time, it was the only bar in the area approved to sell liquor. But once liquor was allowed at all bars, the VFW has had to find new ways to raise money for its efforts to serve veterans and their communities. One of the events to raise money for the renovations will be a Veterans Volksmarch on Nov. 11, a European tradition where participants walk 3.1 or 6.2 miles not against a timer, but for fun. The Veteran’s Day event will be co-hosted by the George C. Marshall International Center. The Leesburg VFW also is planning to establish weekly bingo nights and spaghetti dinners. Boykin is looking for volunteers to help. Overall, the organization is doing well, Boykin said. Monthly dues are now paid by 325 Leesburg

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It took Frederick (MD) Airport eight years to get its air-traffic control tower up and running. Remote air-traffic control towers may be part of the FAA’s Next-Gen campaign to improve flight control nationwide. For this project, installation started in May. It cost the town $2,000 for two phone lines and electricity. SAAB’s system involves a crow’s nest at the top of the airport building that has an array of cameras designed to digitally produce a 360degree view of the airport on 15 video panels in a control room. SAAB System Engineering Lead Dave Olster said air-traffic controllers have the ability to filter the screen for better visibility and can zoom in to specific areas—options not available to regular traffic controllers who monitor airspace by looking out a window. Coffman said if the technology were approved for use in Leesburg, it would help attract business jet operators as well as improve flight safety and offer more efficient communication to pilots. “This is an alternative to bring more air traffic and business to the region,” Belanger said. “We see huge potential for this in the future.” Olster said the initial cost of installing a remote traffic-control tower is less than a traditional one, ongoing costs are much lower and controllers can remotely work even if the technology isn’t housed at the specific airport they are monitoring. “You could be 30 miles away and still be able to do your job,” Olster said. SAAB, which has no affiliation with the car company, designs fighter jets and radar systems among other large projects. It selected Leesburg as the country’s first testing spot because of its need for an air-traffic control tower, increased flight traffic and proximity to SAAB and FAA operations. “We’re very excited to host the test and would like permanent installation of a tower,” said Leesburg Airport Commission Chairman Dennis Boykin, who added that many airports with less activity than Leesburg’s have control towers. n

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The Village at Leesburg must comply with the H-2 Architectural Overlay District regulations, and the roofs and windows of the new townhomes will be slightly different from the homes in the Village now. “Arcadia’s designs are a bit more contemporary,” Senior Planner Michael Watkins said. “There’s not as many traditional features.” Watkins said the approval by the council allowed more design flexibility. “There are no additional increases in density or change in layout, but they are changing the skin of the buildings,” Watkins said. “It’s a different design than what we’re used to, but for the Village at Leesburg it was an appropriate fit.” For example, some windows will extend outward from the building. Watkins also said about 50 Contributed percent of the homes will have a parapet feature, Arcadia Building will build 168 residential units, which is an extension of the wall at the edge of a mainly townhomes, in the dirt spot near two roof. lakes behind the Village at Leesburg. Raquel Borras, a resident at the Village at Leesburg, said he supported the change because more foot traffic would help the businesses in the growing development. “There’s somewhat of a lack of walking traffic in the village, so I think this will be beneficial to have more people walking around,” Borras said.


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According to Mines Safety and Health Administration reports, this is the first time a Luck Stone worker has been killed on the job at the quarry, located just off Belmont Ridge Road. However, the operation was cited for two violations and fined $200 earlier this year during an unannounced safety inspection. The first, on Feb. 28, noted rocks were covering part of a 33-inch walkway, putting workers at risk of slipping and falling. The second, on March 2, cited a haul truck operator for not checking the vehicle’s emergency steering and, when asked, not knowing how to check it. “This condition exposes miners to Leesburg Today/Mike Stancik fatal crushing injuries Rescue workers waited most of the day Monday for heavy cranes to arrive resulting from being from surrounding counties to help in the search for 18-year-old Daniel Potter. stuck or run over by this size truck during the accident, Louviere said the administration a loss of control incident…” the notice states. wouldn’t know details until it completed its MSHA conducts unannounced safety investigation. inspections twice a year at surface operations, “Until we can conduct the investigation, I such as Luck Stone’s, according to Amy Louvi- don’t have any specifics on what happened or ere, a spokeswoman for the federal agency. how it happened,” she said. Asked whether the integrity of the silo Representatives from MSHA and the was checked during the spring inspection or Occupational Safety and Health Administrawhether steps could have been taken to avoid tion will conduct the investigation. n

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large crowd gathered at the Dulles South Multipurpose Center on Saturday morning to help kick off an expansion that will include an indoor aquatic center and senior

center. “This has been a long time coming,” Loudoun Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services Steve Torpy said to enthusiastic applause in opening the ceremony. Supervisor Matthew F. Letourneau (R-Dulles) agreed, saying he had made the project a priority since taking office in 2012—working to win support among supervisors for the $42 million project and then to secure voter approval for the bond referendum needed to pay for it. The referendum garnered a 53 percent approval vote in 2013. This year, a $33.3 million contract was awarded to Forrester Construction Company. Construction of the 81,000-square-foot expansion and 17,000-square-foot senior center is expected to take 20 months to complete, with a spring 2017 opening planned. The project includes a 50-meter competition swimming pool, a recreational pool, meeting and exercise rooms, and other amenities. Letourneau said the completed center would provide a place where families will be making memories for years to come. “I really want to take a moment to think about all the memories that are going to be made here and fun that people are going to have using

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County Chairman Scott K. York and exchanges. “We have taken the opportunity to develop Mayor Choi Myeong-hee last week formally inked a friendship agreement between Loudoun these various partnerships throughout the world,” York said. and Gangneung City, South Korea. A delegation from Gangneung City was in The elected leaders of their respective communities appeared at a signing ceremony July 29 at Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg. Gangneung City will host part of the 2018 Winter Olympics, and Choi said through an interpreter that he hopes the communities “can together cheer and enjoy” the sports that will be featured there: hockey, skating and curling. He also joked about York (R-At Large) being in a race for re-election to the Leesburg Today/Jonathan Hunley chairman’s post. York, who is Mayor Choi Myeong-hee of Gangneung City, South Korea, left, running as an independent, and Loudoun County Chairman Scott K. York sign a friendship faces Republican Charles agreement between the communities last week at Salamander King, Democrat Phyllis Ran- Resort & Spa in Middleburg. dall and independent Tom Loudoun last week, meeting with local officials Bellanca. “And I would like all of you to visit Gang- and touring the area. The group appeared July 28 at Leesburg’s Town Council meeting. neung City after that,” Choi said. Loudoun also has sister community rela After the ceremony and a luncheon, York said that sister community agreements give the tionships with the county of Main-Taunus-Kreis, county a platform to “go outside of the United Germany; the city of New Taipei, Taiwan; Goyang States and talk about what Loudoun is all about.” City, South Korea; Karsiyaka Municipality, Izmir They aid in trying to attract businesses Province, Turkey; and Shunyi District, China. For more information, see loudoun.gov/ from sister localities to bring operations to the county, he said, and they encourage student sistercounty.

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the recreation pool where my own kids and everybody else’s will be playing—that’s really what this is all about,” he said. Another tireless advocate for the project is Commission on Aging Chairwoman Charlotte A. Nurge (Broad Run). The 93-year-old Ashby Ponds resident already has a room in the planned senior center named in her honor. “Everybody has a bucket list,” Nurge said. “This was the top on my bucket list.” Although the renderings of the community center plans were the stars of the gathering Saturday, the largest round of applause followed County Chairman Scott K. York’s (R-At Large) announcement that, following a recent development application approval granted by the board, the developers of Brambleton would build a connector road between Loudoun County Parkway and Rt. 606/Old Ox Road, which combined with the recently begun Rt. 606 widening should help

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n the month since launching his re-election bid, Loudoun County Chairman Scott K. York collected more in campaign contributions than his three challengers combined, according to the most recent election fundraising figures. York, who is running as an independent this year, raised $44,847 between May 28 and June 30. That’s more than each of his challengers, Republican Charles King, Democrat Phyllis Randall and independent Tom Bellanca, raised and more than the

chairman said in a recent prepared statement. “Our campaign has really just crossed the 30-day mark, and I continue to get calls and emails daily from community leaders and voters thanking me for running, wanting to help, contribute, hold events and encouraging me to continue to guide Loudoun forward.” The incumbent said that his “fundraising momentum” will be “consistently stronger” than the other chairman hopefuls because he has wide-ranging support. “This recent report shows the start of that trend and backing,” said York, who reported having $47,191 on hand as of June 30.


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Burnett said that he’s discussed the matter with Town Councilwoman Katie Sheldon Hammler and that he plans to speak to a county representative this week. “I’m not going to waste a lot of time on this,” he said. Leesburg Town Council member Katie Sheldon Hammler, who made the motion to demolish the historic district homes, worked with Town Attorney Barbara Notar to include the possibility of relocating the buildings. “I was very careful in my wording and didn’t want it to be a deal-breaker knowing we have to support how complex the courts project is,” said Sheldon Hammler, who hopes to get estimates of relocation from the county soon. “It set a cooperative tone and will hopefully solve the underlying issue of saving the buildings and have the courts expand to create a win-win.” She said she’s optimistic that the town and county can work with interested parties, like Burnett, and said it will take “an active effort and a willingness to be creative.” Burnett said that he’s talked with a property owner about land that could accommodate all four county-owned Edwards Ferry buildings but that it would cost more than $1 million to acquire the site. He also figures that moving the houses within a three-block radius, getting them set up on new foundations and having utilities set up probably would cost another million dollars. He said that, as an investor, he’s willing to take a substantial risk on moving the houses, but that the county and town have “got to work with me.” Burnett also repeated an assertion he’s made before: The houses need to be moved somewhere where they can really make an impact on a neighborhood or improve the image of a stretch of road. One issue in his favor is time. It’s likely to be months before the county could actually have the Edwards Ferry properties demolished, considering other town approvals that are necessary before wrecking balls can be swung. Burnett is no stranger to this kind of work. He and his wife, Diana, partnered with Leesburg in 1990 to take what’s known as the Tolbert building from Loudoun Street to 108 Church St. He is one of two individuals to officially express to the county interest in moving the Edwards Ferry buildings. The other is David Austin. Austin wasn’t available to comment this week, but Loudoun Supervisor Geary M. Higgins (R-Catoctin) said that he had spoken to him and that he would do everything he could to save the buildings. “I would love to see them moved,” said Higgins, who arguably has been the greatest proponent among supervisors of preserving the structures. n

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he 1889 Pratt Truss bridge that spans the north fork of Catoctin Creek between Waterford and Taylorstown received a new name last week. The John G. Lewis Memorial Bridge was the site of the July 28 gathering of the preservationist’s former colleagues, friends and admirers to celebrate the legacy of a man who led efforts to record information about Loudoun’s historic structures and sites. He is cited as an essential figure in Loudoun’s historic preservation movement by those who followed him. The bridge once spanned Goose Creek on Rt. 7 east of Leesburg, but was moved to Featherbed Lane between Waterford and Lovettsville in 1932. The rare remaining example of late 19th century American engineering is one of only eight in existence in the country and one of two in Virginia still carrying traffic. Over the past year, the bridge has been found to have structural cracks and the Virginia Department of Transportation is studying seven rehabilitation options. The naming of the bridge in Lewis’ memory recalls his involvement in an earlier fight to save the bridge. Lewis, who died in 2013 at

age 80, was a crucial player in the 1974 fight to prevent Catoctin Creek from being dammed by the Fairfax Water Authority and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. One of his first actions in that nineyear struggle was to get the bridge nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. As chairman of the Loudoun County Scenic River Committee, Lewis spearheaded an effort to secure scenic river designations for both Catoctin Creek and Goose Creek. Lewis also was instrumental in creating 10 town and village county historic districts, including Waterford and Taylorstown. His most monumental effort was creating the original 9,000-acre Goose Creek Historic District—the first rural historic agricultural district in the country. In addition, Lewis meticulously recorded his analysis and observations in the “Lewis File,” which contains records on more than 1,000 buildings and sites surveyed by the architectural historian for the Virginia Historic LandLeesburg Today/Margaret Morton marks Commission. Admirers of the late John G. Lewis celebrate the formal dedication of the John G. Lewis Memorial Bridge over Catoctin Creek. Among the nearly three dozen people assembled at the director of the Waterford Foundation; tee member Anne Larson; and Virginia Supervisor Geary Higgins (R-Catobridge were old friends and col- Catoctin Creek Scenic Advisory Com- Department of Historic Resources Com- ctin) emceed the dedication ceremony. leagues, including former Leesburg mittee member Patti Psaris; historian munity Services Division Director David As a “studier of historic structures, District Supervisor Joan Rokus, and Catoctin District Planning Commis- Edwards. Several VDOT representatives Lewis was second to none,” he said. Citing who serves on the Goose Creek sioner Eugene Scheel; Taylorstown resi- also were present, including Loudoun his own passion, Higgins said history “is Scenic River Advisory Board; dent Phil Ehrenkranz, who helped Lewis County Transportation and Land Use so important to us; if you don’t know Featherbed Lane resident Nancy in the fight against the dam; Catoctin Director Farid Bigdeli and District Bridge where you came from, you don’t know Doane, who is the former executive Creek Scenic River Advisory Commit- Engineer Gary Runco. Continued on Next Page

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he battle against the Vineyard Square development in downtown Purcellville will continue in a new venue: Loudoun County Circuit Court. Frank Bredimus, the attorney representing Purcellville businesswoman Mary Ellen Stover, confirmed Monday he will file suit to

is too large and out of character with the historic downtown area. Stover, owner of Mary Ellen Stover Antiques at 120 N. 21st St., is challenging Sullivan’s position that Certificates of Design issued for Vineyard Square remain valid. Stover questioned whether the developers had made adequate progress during the year after the permits were issued. The BZA considered Stover’s argument last month and, after a closed session with its attorney, Bob Mitchell, unanimously agreed July 24

that Sullivan’s interpretation of the specific section of the Town Code was correct. On Mitchell’s advice, the BZA did not comment on other questions that surfaced as part of the appeal, including whether Sullivan had the authority to interpret that section of the Town Code and whether Stover had legal standing to file the appeal. Those questions, Mitchell advised, were questions of law that were beyond the panel’s scope to decide. n

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ask a judge to review whether the town’s Board of Zoning Appeals acted correctly July 24 when it voted to uphold a determination by Zoning Administrator Patrick Sullivan that allows the project to move forward. Vineyard Square—a complex of retail and commercial space, and 40 multi-family residential units along North 21st Street—was permitted by right under town zoning. However, the project design required approval by the Board of Architectural Review. Critics of the project say it

aniel C. Davis has been named the new assistant town manager in Purcellville. Davis has served on the Loudoun County government staff for 11 years, most recently as chief of staff in County Administrator Tim Hemstreet’s office. Davis is returning to Purcellville, where he was a student at Patrick Henry College. After graduation, Davis served as legislative aide and a senior project manager for the county and

earned a master’s degree in public administration at George Mason University. Davis will begin his duties Sept. 2. Town Manager Robert W. Lohr Jr. said Davis was chosen from a short list of four candidates and was a unanimous recommendation of the interview panel. “His extensive background experiences at Loudoun County make him an enormous resource in our community. His approach to leadership with integrity, innovation and

collaboration will make him a truly valued member of our team,” Lohr said in a statement. “Mr. Davis will be able to hit the ground running with his knowledge of the complex issues that face our community on a daily basis.” Mayor Kwasi Fraser stated, “He will be instrumental in advancing our efforts to better engage our citizens, drive integrity and transparency, and evaluate and implement leading edge solutions to enhance the way we serve our citizens and conduct business.” n

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who you are.” Heidi Siebentritt, the county’s historic preservation planner, said she had come to know Lewis well and treasured him as a longtime friend, not through personal acquaintance, but through his meticulous documentation that she had studied over the years. Prophetically, Siebentritt said she found in Lewis’ files a comment that the Featherbed Lane span was one of the most important Pratt Truss bridges in the state and, in all caps and underlined, “Should be preserved.” Ehrankranz, who was a comrade at arms with Lewis in the fight against the dam, lauded him for a lifetime of selfless public service to historic preservation and environmental causes, citing Lewis’ actions in getting the bridge on the Virginia and National registers. “That achievement is the principal reason we are assembled here today,” he said. The bridge was listed on the National Register in June 1974. Lewis had moved fast. Three weeks earlier the Fairfax County Water Authority and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had released their proposal to dam the creek—a plan that would have created a reservoir and “drowned the bridge,” Ehrenkranz said. Lewis called Ehrenkranz, to offer his help “in slaying the twin dragons.” Lewis did not live in the Waterford-Taylorstown area, but for him participating in the resistance was simply “the right and required thing to do.” Lewis had already initiated the process to get Goose Creek named a scenic river. To avoid competition between the two Loudoun streams, the Board of Supervisors formed the Loudoun County Scenic River Committee—with Lewis as chairman and Ehrenkranz as vice chairman. The two Loudoun streams became state scenic rivers in 1976 and 1977—among the first to achieve the designations.

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Next, the duo set about forming the approximately 65-acre Taylorstown Historic District. The district was listed on the National Register in January 1978. Those epic achievements of the 1970s were the mark of a highly organized man, small in stature but whose “dreams and ideas were immense,” Ehrenkranz said. Psaris also cited Lewis’ work in spearheading the scenic river designation that helped preserve so much of the area’s natural, historic, environmental and scenic features. Scheel had known Lewis since the 1960s. Both were active in amateur theater, both loved opera, both were originally from New York City, and both had been in the military. In 1980, Lewis left Loudoun for Winchester. It was in Winchester that Lewis became a daily visitor to Edwards’ office as regional director for VDHR. Edwards was his successor in Loudoun, from 1970 to 1982. Edwards remembered Lewis’ signature creation of the 9,000-acre Goose Creek District, since augmented with a further 1,000 acres. “I cut my teeth on it,” he said. In a letter read at the ceremony, Lincoln resident Jean Brown said it was Lewis who “convinced a number of residents that we lived in a special place that was worth preserving.” Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA-10) also wrote a letter, praising Lewis for his important work and for linking the past with the present. Edwards recalled crossing the Featherbed Lane bridge with Lewis, who said, “This is very important to Loudoun and the nation.” “I’m so glad that we are saving it and memorializing him,” Edwards said. The ceremony ended on a note the former historian, actor and musician would have appreciated. Young Taylorstown resident and dancer Mackenna Carlow performed a graceful Irish step-dance’ in his honor on the bridge. n

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• The Town of Hillsboro and the Hillsboro Community Association are looking for artists of all ages and abilities to submit designs for a poster to promote this year’s HillHillsboro sboro Heritage Day, slated for Saturday, Oct. 17. The theme of the poster contest is Hillsboro during the colonial era. The event will also feature a ticketed event with live music, dinner and a guest speaker Friday, Oct. 16. Entries for the contest are due Aug. 31. Interested artists may download the entry form, rules and guidelines at www.oldstoneschool.org.

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• Mayor Bob Zoldos informed residents that the county Building and Development Department and the Virginia Department of Transportation have signed off on the Lovettsville design for the East Broad Way/Lovettsville Road/Milltown Road intersection. That work will be the precursor to construction on the new Lovettsville Community Center and Lovettsville Park. Supervisor Geary Higgins (R-Catoctin) said the county’s Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure is working to acquire right-of-way for the improvements and utility pole relocations. The county plans to issue construction bids for the projects in a few months. The design of the Lovettsville Community

• The Lovettsville Historical Society is delving into a somewhat mysterious topic for its next lecture. Lovettsville folk artist Kara Mueller will present her take on “Hex Signs: the History and the Mystery” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16, at St. James United Church of Christ, 10 E. Broad Way. Mueller will discuss the history of the barn/hex sign and its modern and magical revitalization. In Mueller’s opinion, whether the signs represent magical symbols or are merely decoration, “they are beautiful.” Her lecture celebrates the mixed populations that settled in southeastern Pennsylvania in the 17th through the early 19th centuries—German, Scandinavian, Polish, Swiss and old Austrian Empire people—and brought their geometric signs to Loudoun County. In Pennsylvania, the hex signs are a staple of Pennsylvania Dutch tourism, which the state supports by helping residents place the signs on their bank barns. With her own long history roots in Pennsylvania, Mueller has studied hex and barn signs for 16 years. For more information, contact Edward Spannaus at 540-822-9194.

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• A town task force is working to revamp the town website, and has asked residents and business owners to weigh in with advice for improvements. A survey seeks input on key elements and features that could best meet community needs. A link to the survey is available on the front page of the town website: www.purcellvilleva.gov. The committee members hope to create a website that will serve as a “dynamic gateway to town services and information with streamlined navigation and ease of use, additional interactive forms, social media integration, and overall improvements in functionality.”

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• During construction of the streetscape improvements on North 21st Street, the contractor found two more underground storage tanks within the right-of-way. Crews Purcellville found and removed another tank in June. The newly discovered abandoned tanks were located on the west side of the street in front of 143 N. 21st St. The town public works staff worked with the contractor and the Virginia Department of Transportation to remove the tanks.

Park is nearing completion and the town is working with the county on provision of water and sewer service to the park. Zoldos said it appears funding for the park is about $3.5 million short and that Higgins was looking to find additional money to close the gap.



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right and early Friday morning, 46 students walked across Tuscarora High School’s auditorium stage to receive their diplomas and formally join the graduating class of 2015. High school seniors who fell short of the required credits to graduate in early June, but who successfully completed the needed courses during summer school, were honored at the commencement ceremony, complete with gowns, tassels, a keynote speaker, and all the expected pomp and circumstance. Jon Signorelli, the summer school principal at Potomac Falls High School,

congratulated the graduates on their hard work and perseverance, despite whatever circumstances might have led them to summer school. “Let me say that you did not choose a wrong path,” Signorelli told them, “just a different one. This has been a unique experience for you all.” He encouraged the students to make connections and build relationships throughout the rest of their educational journey, and to always remember the connections they made this summer. The commencement address was given by Virginia C. Patterson, the Loudoun County school system’s school administration director. She offered her own words of encouragement. “The three steps to

help you succeed are a clear vision, resilience and the willingness to explore new possibilities,” she said at the lectern. “Do not let your failures discourage you.” A few of the students donning gowns Friday were in summer school not because they were behind but because they wanted to get ahead: They graduated early. For example, Sarah Verhalen would have been a senior at Loudoun Valley High School this fall, but she enrolled in summer courses to complete the two credits she needed to graduate a year ahead of her classmates. She plans to look at her college options next spring, after working for the next several months. “If college really is for me, it will still be around,”

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and watching a video message from first lady Michelle Obama. Powell grew up facing similar financial challenges and offered an example of what students can do when given the opportunity for free education. He was the first African-American to serve as secretary of state, under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005, and that was after serving as national security advisor and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “It isn’t where you started out in life, it’s what you do with your life that will get you where you end up,” Powell, 78, said. “You have to control your fears. How do you control it so it doesn’t control you?” Powell went to the public City College of New York, and wouldn’t have graduated if his ROTC grades weren’t included in his cumulative GPA, which ended up being 2.0. Now, there are nine schools named in his honor. After graduating, he moved up in the military ranks after serving two years in Vietnam and one in Korea, eventually becoming the leader of the 101st Airborne Division. While achieving those high positions, he was routinely asked what it was like to be the first African-American secretary of state and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. “I always would say I’m not the first African-American secretary of state, I’m the first secretary of state who happens to be black,” Powell said. He also spoke about the nation’s increasing

diversity. He said that by 2043, 51 percent of the population will be racial minorities, and that America is the “only country that can handle that diversity.” He also wants to improve training for police and youth alike to curb incidents like recent shootings that have given rise to racial unrest. “We need to get behavior patterns changed in police and young children,” Powell said. “There has to be respect from both sides.” Powell also said it was important to him to give back to those who helped get him to where he is today, as well as to youth. “Don’t ever walk away from those in need and help the younger generation,” Powell said. “You are all valuable. We’ll make you successful to be the next leaders of our country.” University of Florida student and scholarship recipient Pedro Perez said each year the foundation brings someone that “makes you remember their speeches,” and seeing Powell would make a good memory because of his important message “to concentrate on what’s important and to give back.” “He constantly reminded us, regardless of our backgrounds, that all you have to do is apply yourself to be successful,” Mercer University student Jose Santana said. “The foundation’s motto is really exemplified in his speech,” University of Oklahoma student Daniella Royer said. “It’s about basing your own personal satisfaction in the amount of lives you touch, and not necessarily the resources you accumulate. It’s great to hear that from one of the top leaders in the world.” n

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hristopher Painter has been named as the new principal of Discovery Elementary. He steps in after the school’s former principal, James Dallas, was named Loudoun County Public Schools’ director of teaching and learning. Painter comes to Discovery after serving four years as assistant principal at Horizon Elementary. Prior to that, he was an administrative intern at Legacy Elementary; a special education dean at Steuart Weller Elementary; and a second-grade teacher at Legacy. He began his career as a fifth-grade teacher for Warren County Public Schools. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Penn State-Behrend in Erie, PA; his elementary education certification from Mercyhurst College, also in Erie; and his master’s in educational leadership and supervision from George Mason University.


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ust a few months after opening, LoCo Art Studios was presented with the Rising Star Award by the Town of Leesburg as a part of its annual business awards. “I was at another event that night and all of a sudden I started getting all these texts saying we won. I was happily surprised,” owner Lisa Strout said. “I think we were in the right place at the right time.” The art studio opened in February with the hope of creating a friendly and collaborative environment for area artists. The town’s award celebrates a business that has been in operation for less than a year and has set itself apart from other businesses through exemplary achievements, and validates the studio’s fast path to success. The award also promotes the town’s efforts to lure the creative community downtown, where the Town Council has established the Arts and Cultural District. “I’m thrilled that the town recognizes that art is an important part of the economy,” Strout said. “The Economic Development Commission is really determined to boost the arts in the cultural district so that’s great.” Strout came up with an idea for her business following the closing of ArtSquare last October. LoCo Arts Studios picks up on that concept of bringing together artists of different

Business In Brief • Salamander Hotels & Resorts has appointed Ken Nason as its new vice president of revenue optimization. Nason steps into the newly created role from Remington Hotels where he served as vice president of sales and marketing for six hotels in the company’s Independent & Luxury Division. He will manage Salamander’s corporate revenue strategy, e-commerce and distribution initiatives for its Middleburg resort and three golf resorts in Florida: Innisbrook in Tampa Bay, Reunion in Orlando and Hammock Beach in Palm Coast. A fourth Florida resort, The Henderson in Destin, is scheduled to open next summer. Nason also previously served as director of sales and marketing for Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa in Hilton Head, SC, and as director of sales for the Bal Harbour Resort in Miami and the Don Cesar Hotel in St. Petersburg, FL. • Melissa Heifetz has been named the director of advocacy for the ALLY “A Life Like Yours” Advocacy Center at the Paxton Campus in

styles and backgrounds to create a network of collaborative resources. Since opening, the gallery has added two more artists to fill up its space at The Shops of Dodona Manor, bringing the total number to seven artists of differing style. Dana Jansen has added her jewelry collection to the studio, and Arlene Laird Hermansen added her faux painting and murals of homes and commercial buildings to the mix. “They’ve been great additions,” Strout said. “I get regular requests for space all the time and I wish there were more opportunities in the area for people.” The newcomers joined Strout, whose work shows her love for animals and sense of humor through whimsical representations, and numerous other artists. Beth Widom produces Old World oil paintings that offer glimpses into everyday life, and she loves the collaborative nature of the studio. “It’s nice when you’re stuck on something you don’t have to rely on yourself,” Widom said. “All the artists get along and help each other out. An artist working in her own basement can get stuck in her own head.” John Detrich paints realistic and cartoon pet portraits using acrylic paint. He said working among other artists is a huge benefit and the studio is a great way to get their work noticed, especially after winning the business award. “This gives everyone more visibility. Doing Leesburg. The ALLY Advocacy Center’s goal is to provide free information on disability rights, and to provide support and events for families and caretakers of those with disabilities, as well as the professionals who work with them. Heifetz will continue to expand ALLY’s advocacy program, which currently includes special education consultations, advocacy services for adults and community outreach programs and trainings for families. Heifetz received her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland and her law degree from the University of Baltimore, School of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude. After graduation, she worked as a staff attorney in New York City’s Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Division, where she represented children in Bronx Family Court. She later received a fellowship to work in the New York University School of Law’s Public Interest Law Center. She is the vice chair of communication for the Loudoun County Special Education Advisory Committee. • Catoctin Creek Distillery in Purcellville has expanded its distribution to North Carolina, one of the 16 states in which liquor sales are controlled by the state government. Distribution in North Carolina will be achieved through a partnership between Catoctin Creek and Southern Wine and Spirits Mid-Atlantic,

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work at home makes me rely on the Internet to get my work seen,” Detrich said. “And if I have a question on one of my pieces I can ask someone what they think of it. I can also look at what they produce and it gives me ideas sometimes.” The studio also includes acrylic painter Jill Perla, who met Strout randomly at a group meeting for the Artists in Middleburg, and whose favorite works are paintings of bouquets of flowers and abstract landscapes. Strout said the studio is more like a team of artists that help each other achieve their best work rather than a set of individual artists who want to showcase their work in a studio. “You just brought people together in the beginning and nobody had really worked together, but now it’s a cohesive unit,” Strout said. “We’re always bouncing ideas off each other and we’re all growing from it.”

On the weekend of Sept. 26 and 27, Strout said the studio will host a mini-festival to showcase the team’s work. There will be art tents with sales and specials in the parking lot as well as food and music, and she hopes to collaborate with Comic Logic, a comic book and art store in Ashburn. “We have to build awareness for the arts district and I’d love to promote cross-marketing efforts,” Strout said. She also said she would like to work with the new Makersmith facility in Leesburg and help Mobile Hope raise money to build a life skills center that would house homeless youth. “We want to elevate other parts of the community but also bring art into those areas,” Strout said. For more information, go to locoartstudios.com. n

which brokers the distillery’s sales in the state. The first product selected for distribution in North Carolina is the distillery’s most popular rye whisky, Catoctin Creek Organic Roundstone Rye. Other products will be available on a special-order basis.

important partner over the years, participating in more than a dozen HomeAid projects and providing labor and materials worth more than $50,000,” stated HomeAid President Brian Davidson, who is executive vice president for Van Metre Homes. “The company has also supported our mission through generous corporate contributions over the years, and we are grateful. Their unwavering support is what makes our work possible.” HomeAid Northern Virginia undertakes new construction and renovations to properties owned by homelessness service providers that help homeless people get back on the road to self-sufficiency. The organization was started in 2001 by members of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association and has completed 97 projects valued at more than $12.6 million, serving more than 72,575 homeless individuals.

• Massage Envy Spa is open in Goose Creek Village Center in Ashburn. Massage Envy Spa Ashburn is the 19th Massage Envy Spa in Northern Virginia. Franchisees Sanjeev and Ambika Khanna also operate spas in Sterling and Leesburg. The new 3,800 square-foot spa features 12 therapy rooms, including one dedicated for couples massage and four for skin care. Members and guests can receive multiple types of massages, including deep-tissue, sports, prenatal and Hot Stone Envy massage, along with Murad Healthy Skin facials. The new spa is located at 42841 Creek View Plaza. Hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Learn more at massageenvy. com/clinics/VA/Ashburn.aspx. • HomeAid Northern Virginia named Builders FirstSource as its 2015 Trade Partner of the Year. The award is presented to a vendor, trade partner or industry partner who has gone above and beyond in their service to HomeAid. “Builders FirstSource has been an enormously

• Washington Redskins orthopedic surgeon Dr. James R. Andrews was inducted into the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine Hall of Fame. The organization’s highest award recognizes those who have contributed significantly to the specialty and set themselves apart. Nominations for the Hall of Fame are submitted by AOSSM members and then selected by the Hall of Fame committee. Andrews’ practice is based in Birmingham, AL. n

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or a high school football player, the junior season is generally a key one. For many, it is the first time the player can be a major contributor on the varsity level. For a group of about 20 rising juniors at Riverside High School—Loudoun County’s 15th and newest institution, scheduled to open its doors Aug. 31 in Lansdowne—this fall takes on more meaning as they make a commitment to join something new. Those juniors had the option to remain at their old school, but each chose to leave either Broad Run, Stone Bridge or Tuscarora—all recent football powers in the Virginia High School League’s Group 5A—and make history as the Riverside football program begins under head coach Brian Day. “When you’re asking a kid to change programs when they didn’t have to, that’s impressive,” Day said. “That is a commitment, and they have all of my respect. I can’t imagine what it feels like for a 15-year-old making the decision to leave his old school. “They are the founding group of kids,” he

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attend Riverside varied, from those who said they merely wanted to stay in school with friends they’ve grown up with to some who saw the transfer as an opportunity to better their athletic situation. But all who sat down for interviews recently were excited A Riverside High School football player does the about the prospects of being a Rivladder drill on the opening day of practice Monday. erside Ram. Bill Kamenjar/InsideNOVAsports “Coming from Tuscarora, I was a little hesitant at first because from now these kids are coming back to they were coming off going to the state champihomecoming, and the players then are onship,” said rising junior Drake Barlock, a verlooking over and saying, ‘those are the satile athlete who can play many positions. “As guys who started it all.’ You want that I went through the school year, I started to shift to be important. Hopefully, we can win toward Riverside because of talking to coach Day. He got me excited about the program, the early for these guys.” The reasons the juniors decided to Continued on Next Page added. “We want to make sure over the next two years they have one of the best experiences and can say they made the right choice to come here to be with this group of guys. I hope three to four years

Quick Hits • The Western Loudoun Girls Softball Team – 12U Liberty All Stars, based in Purcellville, took first place in United States Specialty Sports Association’s Mid-Summer Challenge Power Rankings. The team includes (top row from left) Coach Bill Ackman, Maddie Ackman, Coach Mark Walker,

McKinley Lindsey, Ashley Brost, Nya Lloyd, Coach Michelle Lindsey, Rayna Lloyd, Coach Thomas Breeden, (front row from left) Coach Brian Lloyd, Alyssa Myers, Sarabeth Walker, Susan Hickman, Taylor Breeden and Maddie Ange. • Dulles Youth Basketball, grades 1-3, will hold registration Saturday,

Sept. 12, at 8 a.m. at Cedar Lane Elementary School. The school is located at 43700 Tolomac Drive in Ashburn. Cost per child is $125, which includes a county participation fee. Contact Kim or Kevin Prince at 703-629-4746 for questions or go to ashburnathleticassociation.com for more information.


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expectations and the direction he wanted to go. It sounded like something I wanted to do.” “I made the move solely based on football,” rising junior quarterback Blake Kinkoph, who is moving from Stone Bridge, said. “I thought it was a great opportunity to be part of a new program that will eventually turn out to be a perennial powerhouse team. After I talked to coach Day, I felt this program will be the better opportunity and better fit to help not only win now, but get me to playing at a higher level.” The Rams will play a varsity schedule in their inaugural season, beginning Aug. 28 at Rock Ridge, which opened last September and played a junior varsity schedule its first season. The ability to have a core group of juniors that brings experience and maturity to the team has Day excited as they pursue a Group 3A (Riverside’s classification this year and next) playoff berth, a possibility because of a waiver granted by the Virginia High School League. “The decision was made before I was hired, which was OK,” Day said of playing a varsity schedule right away. “It helped sell the program a bit because there is something to play for early on. The kids know that if they can qualify for the playoffs it would be pretty cool. For the juniors, that would be a huge reward. We have a lot to overcome, but it’s something to fight for instead of knowing your season will definitely be over after 10 games.” “There’s a lot of excitement right now,” he added. “It’s going to be really unique since Rock Ridge will play its first varsity home game the same night we take the field for our first varsity game. It’s a shame one of us has to lose that game, but what a neat experience. It’ll be a great game for two brand new high schools and should be a lot of fun.” The top 16 teams (based on Power Points) in each region advance to the postseason, and that opportunity to reach the playoffs right away was another factor in players choosing Riverside. “We’re not just going to go through the motions as a varsity team and lose all our games,” Kinkoph said. “I think we’ll really be a competitive team and have a chance to win some games, which sets us apart from most startup schools.” A 1993 graduate of Fairfax High School, Day went on to play football and baseball at Lenoir-Rhyne College in North Carolina after a short stint at Marshall University. A quarterback, he played two years for the Bears before graduating in 1998 with a degree in sports management. The 40-year-old Day began a 14-year coaching career in Fairfax County in 2002 as an assistant under his mentor in Fairfax, Tom Verbanic, at Westfield High in Chantilly. The


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Leesburg’s Smokehouse Live, which opened in June, features pit-smoked meats and live music.

or Smokehouse Live co-owner Jim Foss, the restaurant’s blues and Americana music lineup is an added treat for patrons looking to enjoy tasty barbecue. But he admits that with the venue’s sweet lineup of up-and-coming performers—both national and local—there likely will be plenty of folks for whom music is the main draw. “One of the great things that goes with barbecue is music,” Foss said. “We’re a restaurant first and an entertainment venue secondly. The music program was created to be an amenity to our guests so people can come in and eat some barbecue and watch some really good bands in a family environment.” The restaurant, which opened in June, is a joint venture between Foss, a former

vice president of operations and corporate chef for Capital Restaurant Concepts, and Kris Diemar, a veteran of several big name DC-area restaurants. Both men live in Loudoun—Foss in Sterling and Diemar in Hamilton—and they had talked about launching a restaurant for several years. The Village at Leesburg location was conveniently between their homes and also offered the right ambiance. “We love the little town center here,” Foss said. “It has a nice, upbeat, eclectic feel to it, and we were hoping to give people reason not to go into DC for the night. We really wanted to have a one-stop shop for people to come out and eat and have a nice time out with us.” Foss, who runs the back of the house, is

focused on high-quality, pit-smoked meats always smoked the day they’re served and sold by the pound, as well as homemade sauces, and hot and cold sides. The restaurant offers 12 beers on draft, wine, specialty cocktails and more than 80 American whiskeys. But the music side is a big part of the operation for the partners, who have hired an in-house music booker and music program manager. Upcoming shows include the Levi Stephens Band, Karen Jonas and Thom Shepherd. Foss is particularly excited about Nashville-based Humming House, which appears Aug. 22. The venue also offers family-oriented Americana/bluegrass brunches on Sundays (music is free with brunch), a popular

monthly karaoke night with a live band. The karaoke night is free, and most shows run between $10 and $20. Mississippi-based blues artist Jarekus Singleton, who appears Aug. 14, is exactly the kind of emerging artist the venue is looking for, said Smokehouse Live publicist Melissa Gold. “We’re hoping to do a lot of Americana music, which is kind of all-enveloping: singer-songwriters, blues, bluegrass, some rock, but more of the soulful music. Jarekus really falls into that lane really, really well. We like to get a lot of up-and-coming bands, and he happens to be one of those,” Gold said. n For more information and a music schedule, go to smokehouse-live.com.

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oudoun’s newest music venue has its sights on up-and-coming talent in the blues and Americana genres. Blues phenom Jarekus Singleton fits the bill perfectly. The Mississippi-based singer, composer and guitarist is drawing acclaim for his hot guitar licks and smart lyrics. He plays Leesburg’s Smokehouse live Aug. 14 as part of an East Coast tour that includes DC’s legendary Blues Alley. And the local venue’s operators say it’s a great chance for Loudouners to catch this rising star before he hits the big time. Singleton, who is based in his hometown of Clinton, MS, wanted to be a basketball player, not a musician, growing up. But when an injury put a heartbreaking end to his hoop dreams, he found solace—and a new career— in music.

A star basketball player at Southern Mississippi University and later William Carey University in the early 2000s, Singleton overcame his initial disappointment of not being offered an NBA tryout by going on to play professional basketball in Beirut, Lebanon. But an ankle injury ended his sports career and brought him back to his mother’s home in Clinton. Singleton fell into a depression, but it turned out to have a silver lining. “After my surgery I had to move back to my mom’s house: no money, broke as hell, back in my same bedroom that me and my brother used to share,” Singleton, 31, said. “I was recovering from surgery. I had to have my leg elevated 8 to 12 hours out of the day. I was crying and feeling sorry for myself, and I just started writing music.” Picking up a guitar in his 20s was a throwback to the days when Singleton began playing bass at church at the age of 9. A few years later, he moved on to guitar on

the advice of his grandfather, a pastor and guitarist. He had a talent for guitar, but putting words together was always Singleton’s main interest. He remembers spending lunch hours in school in freestyle rap sessions with friends. And he developed a reputation as a poet in school and at church. “I was always big on lyrics,” he said. “I used to read a lot of poetry, as well. In elementary school, all I did was read poetry. Every time we had a program at church, I had to write a poem.” After recovering from surgery, Singleton reached out to his cousins about starting a band. The group had its first local gig in Mississippi in 2010 and then began competing in the annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis. While Singleton never made it to the competition’s final round, it did lead to his discovery by the prestigious independent Continued on Page 40

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Thursday, Aug. 6

11 a.m.-noon, Lovettsville Community Center, 57 E. Broad Way, Lovettsville. Contact: 703858-8818 Inova Loudoun Hospital Mobile Health Services will provide blood pressure screenings.

Parenting Group

7:30 p.m., MLB Therapy, 120 E. Market St., Leesburg. Contact: 703-554-2882 MLB Therapy offers a parenting group to help develop strategies to influence change in children’s or teenagers’ behavior. Group fee is $65 for two parents.

Spelling Bee Preliminary Round

12:30 p.m., Carver Center, 200 Willie Palmer Way, Purcellville. Contact: 571-258-3400 Carver Senior Center will participate in the fourth Annual Senior Spelling Bee on Sept. 10. The preliminary round determines which speller and runner-up will represent the Carver Center. Ages 55 and older.

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Potluck Celebrates Breastfeeding Week

4-7 p.m., Windmill Park, 21400 Windmill Drive, Ashburn. Contact: jill.delorenzo@gmail. com Fourth annual Family Potluck Picnic Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week. Event includes a raffle and activities for kids, including water games. Mothers and children can commemorate their breastfeeding journeys with a nursing photo taken by a professional photographer. Sponsored by La Leche League of Ashburn. Bring a dish to share.

Leesburg First Friday

6-9 p.m., throughout downtown Leesburg. Contact: www.leesburgfirstfriday.com Stroll through downtown Leesburg on the First Friday of each month to enjoy live music performances, art exhibits, wine tastings, lectures, signings and other special events. More than 45 specialty shops, art galleries and restaurants will stay open late. Go online for details.

Tanabata: A Japanese Celebration

6 p.m., Franklin Park Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville. Contact: franklinparkartscenter.org Franklin Park Arts Center celebrates this traditional Japanese festival. Festival-goers can make Tanzaku and simple origami decorations, learn the ancient tale of Orihime and Hikoboshi and celebrate with traditional music. Tickets are $10.

The Ultimate ’90s Experience

8 p.m., Tally Ho Theatre, 19 W. Market St., Leesburg. Contact: tallyholeesburg.com ’90s tribute band As If and DJ Dark Wing Duck will bring all the rock, hip-hop, pop and dance favorites. Tickets are $5 in advance, $10 at the door.

Saturday, Aug. 8

BBQ & Bluegrass Celebration

11 a.m.-6 p.m., Breaux Vineyards, 36888 Breaux Vineyards Lane, Purcellville. Contact: breauxvineyards.com Say farewell to summer with a fun-filled afternoon with wine tastings, barbecue, craft vendors and live bluegrass music. Dogs on leashes allowed outside. Seating is limited; lawn chairs and blankets recommended. Free admission.

Great Grapes Wine and Food Festival

11 a.m.-7 p.m., Village at Leesburg, 1602 Village Market Blvd., Leesburg. Contact: uncorkthefun.com Stroll down Village Market Boulevard and sample wines from more than 20 area wineries. Enjoy live music and browse tents featuring artists from across the state. Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the gate.

Band Jam for Autism

10:30 a.m., Spanky’s Pub, 538 E. Market St., Leesburg. Contact: spankyspub.com Spanky’s will hold an all-day fundraiser for the Paxton Campus. A motorcycle ride will begin at 10:30 a.m. At noon, there will be a

Frogshackle Open House

1 p.m., Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestal’s Gap Road, Sterling. Contact: 517-258-3700 Explore the nature center’s treasure trove of fossils, seashells, birds’ nests and feathers. Free.

Bridges’ Schoolhouse, Lanesville Open Houses

1 p.m., Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestal’s Gap Road, Sterling. Contact: 517-258-3700 Built in 1779, this nationally registered historic place has seen Loudoun County grow, but has not lost its charm. Visit and discover what life was like in this colonial home. Free.

‘When Johnny Came Marching Home’

2 p.m., Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Road, Leesburg. Contact: 703-777-0323 Learn the grim realities faced by the Civil War soldiers after returning home. Presented by Kyle Wichtendahl of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.

Live Music: Doug Bell

2-6 p.m., Twin Oaks Tavern and Winery, 18035 Raven Rocks Road, Bluemont. Contact: twinoakstavernwinery.com Enjoy music on the deck with classic pop and rock ’n’ roll musician Doug Bell. Free.

Live Music: Connor Duffy

2-5 p.m. North Gate Vineyard, 16031 Hillsboro Road, Purcellville. Contact: northgatevineyard.com Connor Duffy has been entertaining audiences nearly all of his life. His repertoire ranges from classic rock to bluegrass, as well as jazz and classical. Free.

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6-8 p.m., Village at Leesburg, 1602 Village Market Blvd., Leesburg. Contact: villageatleesburg.com Enjoy the music of The Woodshedders, games and giveaways on the plaza. Free.

corn hole tournament. From 2-8 p.m., bands will play outdoors and then the party moves inside until closing. Admission is $10 at the door.

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7-8 p.m., Wells Fargo Building, VCE Office, 30 Catoctin Circle SE, Leesburg. Contact: loudouncountymastergardeners.org Learn the latest research findings and new developments in control methods from entomologist Amanda Rose Newton at this free Loudoun County Master Gardeners lecture.



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National Recording Artist Dr. John Butler, Minister Mara Jenkins, Bo Cook Also Featuring Local Artist Pastor Eric Tietelman and Loudoun’s Worship Leaders, Gospel Choirs, Praise Team, Worship Bands, Liturgical Dancers and MORE!

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May - November Wednesday & Thursday 3:30 - 6:30 pm Saturday 9 am - 2 pm

8 p.m., Franklin Park Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville. Contact: franklinparkartscenter.org Local legends perform dance music from cultures near and far, old and new, with zest and gusto. Their repertoire ranges from Cajun to Quebecois, Galician to Venezuelan, and Irish to Appalachian. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, 10 years and younger are free.

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Sunday, Aug. 9 Afternoon Tea

1-3 p.m., Oatlands Historic House and Gardens, 20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane. Contact: oatlands.org Tea includes assorted sandwiches, scones and sweets, as well as Oatlands’ special afternoon tea blend. Attire for tea is casual. The tea will be held in the historic Carriage House. Tickets are $28.95, plus tax.

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7-9 p.m., Leesburg Town Green, 25 W. Market St., Leesburg. Contact: acousticonthegreen.com Performing professionally since he was 16 and one of the series most requested artists, Gary Smallwood brings his acoustic blues and classic rock show to Acoustic on the Green for the 12th year. Lawn chairs, blankets and picnics are encouraged. No smoking, alcoholic beverages or pets. Free.

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6 p.m., The Vineyards & Winery at Lost Creek, 43277 Spinks Ferry, Leesburg. Contact: www. lostcreekwinery.com Join Lost Creek and JB Seafood for the third annual Crab and Wine Feast. The popular all-you-can-eat event includes food, wine and music. Tickets are $75 per person. Reservations required.

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4-7 p.m., Ahrens National Recreational and Park Association Institute, 22377 Belmont Ridge Road, Ashburn. Contact: novaenrichment.com Nova Enrichment Academy features scientist Victoria Friedensen, robotic precursor mission manager for NASA’s human exploration program. Friedensen will engage children with hands-on activities and discuss the importance of STEM in tomorrow’s job market. The event is free, but capacity is limited to 50. Reserve seats through the website.

7:30 p.m., Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1090 Sterling Road, Herndon. Contact: 703-4358377 Special Consensus, headed by banjoist Greg Cahill, performs traditional bluegrass music. Light snacks available. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., music begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15, children 12 and younger are free.

King’s Tavern Jam Session

8 p.m.-midnight, King’s Tavern and Wine Bar, 19 S. King St., Leesburg. Contact: 703-777-5005 Sit in with local musicians at this low-key jam. No cover.

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Blood Pressure Screening

10 a.m.-Noon, Cascades Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling. Contact: 703-8588818 Inova Loudoun Hospital Mobile Health Services will provide blood pressure screenings.

Civil War Round Table

7:30 p.m., Thomas Balch Library, 208 W. Market St., Contact: lccwrt.wordpress.com Historian and author Richard Hatcher will discuss the Battle of Wilson’s Creek. Attendees are encouraged to participate in discussions on the topic. Free.

Wednesday, Aug. 12 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Carver Center, 200 Willie Palmer Way, Purcellville. Contact: 571-258-3400 Register for all Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services’ fall

Beale Street Puppets: Out of Orbit

10 a.m., Franklin Park Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville. Contact: franklinparkartscenter.org Blast off on a space-age adventure with the musical Milky Way marionettes. Tickets are $5.

One Loudoun Revival

6 p.m., Ida Lee Park, Ida Lee Drive, Leesburg. Contact: oneloudounrevival.eventbrite.com One Loudoun Revival’s purpose is to promote the strong sense of community relations and foster outreach opportunities that support development and growth, while continuing to provide members of the faith community with uplifting entertainment, motivational mes-

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Excursion with Ken

12:00-2:30 p.m., Carver Center, 200 Willie Palmer Way, Purcellville. Contact: 571-2583400 Visit Wilson’s Wild Animal Park home to see more than 50 species of wild animals. Tickets are $6.50 and include a wagon ride. Nonmembers pay an additional $2 drop-in fee. Ages 55 and older.

Thursday, Aug. 13

Alexander’s in Buckeystown, MD. Bus transportation leaves Carver at 4 p.m. Bus fare is $6. Each diner pays for dinner and tip. For ages 18 and older.

Blood Pressure Screening

10 a.m.-noon, Carver Center, 200 Willie Palmer Way, Purcellville. Contact: 703-8588818 Inova Loudoun Hospital Mobile Health Services will provide blood pressure screenings.

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oudoun-formed, Harrisonburgbased rock band Swell Daze is spending some time in Northern Virginia this summer and releases its latest EP and music video with a show at Jammin’ Java in Vienna on Aug. 14. The band, which got its start in western Loudoun and regularly played locally until members went to college in Harrisonburg, released its album “Simple Fix” in 2014. The group’s latest EP “Electrify Me” combines its signature progressive style with a broader pop and classic rock-influenced appeal. “After listening to the Beatles catalogue extensively, I realized that

the most-well-written music is oftentimes the simplest,” guitarist Addison Smith said. “Combine that paradigm with the heavy and psychedelic sounds of Queens of the Stone Age and Tame Impala, and you have a short, simple, catchy, but heavy record: you have ‘Electrify Me.” Tickets for the Jammin’ Java show are $10 in advance and $15 day of show, and are available at jamminjava. com. Swell Daze also is slated to play 147 North in Winchester on Saturday, Aug. 8, Velocity 5 in Sterling on Sept. 11 and Monk’s BBQ in Purcellville on Sept. 18. For more information, go to swelldazeband.com. n


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Great Opportunity in the town of Marshall! Large .40 acre lot in town zoned Commercial, Needs work, but has lots of potential. MrisHomes.com/ FQ8640038

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$537,500 Round Hill

5+ acres Fruit trees, fenced yard, porch, wraparound deck. Main house w/1st floor Master. JUST remodeled BRAND NEW: Granite Vanity tops, Lightings & Fixtures! Freshly paint thru out! NEW CARPET! Full Walkout basement w/ one finished rm & Full Bath RI & dog wash. Detached Garage has NICE 2 level apartment. Conveniently located between Rt 7 & Rt 9. Close to town. Mrishomes.com/LO8656175

$579,900 Manassas

Renovated top to bottom PLUS two additions*Custom Amish kitchen cabinetry*Main floor master w/walk in closet & steam shower*Apartment or home office over 2 car garage*2 more sheds*Lovely cottage gardens*Trex decks*Hot tub*private back yard* All structures Hardi-plank &maintenance free*COMCAST is here Mrishomes.com/LO8521957


$715,000 Round Hill

Located in quiet enclave of homes with panoramic mountain views. This Rhode Island model has 6500 square feet of living space on 3 levels. Large bedrooms with private baths. Master has 3 sided fireplace and luxury bath. Lower level has recreation area, billiards room & wet bar. 5th bathroom with full bath could work for Au Pair or in-law suite. Panoramic views. Level lot. No HOA! Mrishomes.com/LO8620861

$1,195,000 Purcellville

Open this Sunday, 1-3pm! 1700’s Native stone quaker home on 20 fenced acres. Lovely views, private setting, 4BR, 2BA, 3 ½ BA, 3400+ sq.ft., updated kitchen, new roof, windows + paint, huge flagstone terrace + covered porch off eat in kitchen, lots of closets! Finished basement w/wet bar! Beautifully restored! Mrishomes.com/LO8422302

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Leesburg $629,000 Leesburg $2,299,000 Gorgeous curb appeal and impac-

179 Acres includes additional 6.5 acre lot. Wine cellar, heated pool w/spa, near aweseom attractions + walking and riding trails. Heart of LoCo Wine Country. Tenant house. Barn, pond, pastures, fencing, near commuter MARC train to DC Mrishomes.com/LO8669881

cable interior… This house is fabulous & beautifully maintained! 4 Bedrooms & 3.5 Baths Amherst Deluxe by Wetherburne Homes on wonderful fenced & level lot loaded with updates & upgrades incl kitchen with updated cabinets, silestone countertops and SS appliances, new metal roof & siding(2013), Garage Doors, HVAC, French Doors to Deck, Much, Much More… MrisHomes.com/LO8702577


Stone front home in great community close to WO&D Trail and downtown Leesburg! Former model with loads of upgrades & updates, including: Roof ‘09, HVAC ‘09, Windows ‘07, Kitchen Appliances ‘15, Hot water heater’14, Carpet ‘14, Refinished hardwood floors ‘15, Garage door openers ‘14. Open floor plan w/vaulted & cathedral ceilings! Screen porch & Open deck. No HOA! MrisHomes.com/LO8656635



$659,000 Hamilton

Gorgeous stone front colonial by Wetherburne Homes Amherst model with three finished levels including four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen, family room, main level office, sunroom, and fully finished lower level with walk out entrance. High end finishes throughout. Fabulous cul-desac location! MrisHomes.com/LO8618584


Beautiful colonial with great open floor plan on 1.43 AC +Gourmet kitchen+ Maple cabinets+ Large center island+ Morning room with cathedral ceilings & French door to rear deck +Extended family room w/ gas fireplace +Main level office+ Dining room+ Living room+ Large master bedroom suite with sitting area+ Generous sized secondary bedrooms +Convenient to Marc train+ Paved road access! MrisHomes.com/LO8564641


Custom 5 bed, 4.5 bath home w/heated 3 car garage on a partially wooded 1.5 ac lot, Features include: hardwood flooring on main, stairs and hall, Wolf/ Subzero appliances, 2 fireplaces & 2 staircases, Master has sitting room w/ fireplace & his/hers closets. Fully finished LL w/full bath, extensive closets and storage space, screened in porch w/slider windows and located at the end of a private lane. MrisHomes.com/LO8611499

LEESBURG OFFICE 703.777.8200 1.800.235.9778

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Brick colonial on private 1.7 acre lot. Rear addition with a Gourmet Kitchen w/ SS appliances, Granite Counters, 42” Cabinets, Gleaming Hardwood Floors, LUX MBA w/ 12 x 12 tile & Sep tub & shower, new carpeting & interior paint. 2 FP’s, Newer HVAC, HW Heater. Windows, doors & septic have been replaced, Over-sized 2 car garage. Enjoy the screen porch & 16 x 30 rear deck. MrisHomes.com/PW8602926

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Great updates hunt box home with horse paddocks, run-in shed/tack room , large workshop/barn w/bathroom & storage. Home has large living room with hardwood floors, woodstove insert, eat in kitchen, pantry. Super convenient location less than 5 miles to Purcellville Mrishomes.com/LO8667473



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Jarekus Singleton plays Leesburg’s Smokehouse Live on Friday, Aug. 14, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. For more information, go to smokehouse-live.com/events.

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IMPORTANT BULK PICKUP COLLECTION SCHEDULE CHANGE for Residential Curbside Customers and Commercial Curbside Customers Beginning the first week of September 2015, bulk collections will begin a 2-day collection schedule as follows: THURSDAY ONLY: SE/SW Quadrants (includes South King Street and West Market Street) EFFECTIVE Thursday, September 3rd. FRIDAY ONLY: NE/NW Quadrants (includes North King Street) EFFECTIVE Friday, September 4th. You must call before NOON on Wednesdays (EFFECTIVE Wednesday, September 2nd) to be included in the same week collection schedule. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Department of Public Works and Capital Projects at 703-771-2790 or email trash@leesburgva.gov -THANK YOUAugust 2015 Ad #8725

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TOWN OF LEESBURG NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AMENDING THE LEESBURG TOWN CODE CHAPTER 2 (ADMINISTRATION), ARTICLE IV (FINANCE), SECTION 2-166 (ELECTRONIC SUMMONS SYSTEM FEE) AND APPENDIX B (FEE SCHEDULE) In accordance with Code of Virginia of 1950, as amended, Sections 15.2-107, 15.2-1427, 17.1-275.5 and 17.1-279.1, the Leesburg Town Council will hold a public hearing on: Tuesday, August 11, 2015, at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers of Town Hall, 25 West Market Street, Leesburg, VA to consider an amendment to the Town Code to establish an electronic summons system fee. The following amendment will be proposed: NEW Section 2-166 (Electronic Summons System Fee). In addition to any other fee or cost prescribed by law, as part of the costs assessed in each criminal or traffic case in the Loudoun County District or Circuit Court, there shall be imposed an electronic summons system fee of five dollars ($5.00) on any defendant who is convicted of a violation of any statute or ordinance within the Town of Leesburg. The fee shall be collected by the clerk of the court in which the action is filed, and remitted to the Director of Finance and Administrative Services to be held for appropriation by the Town Council in accordance with Virginia Code § 17.1-279.1. Appendix B – Fee Schedule Sec. 2-166. Electronic Summons System Fee: $5.00 A copy of the proposed ordinance is available from the Town Clerk, located in Town Hall, 25 West Market Street, Leesburg, Virginia, during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.); or by calling Lee Ann Green, Town Clerk, at 703-771-2733. At this hearing, all persons desiring to express their views concerning these matters will be heard. Persons requiring special accommodations should contact the Clerk of Council at 703-771-2733, three days in advance of the meeting. For TTY/TDD service, use the Virginia Relay Center by dialing 711. Ad #8977




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RFP NO. 13301-FY16-05 The Town of Leesburg requests proposals from interested construction management firms to provide construction management and project inspection services for the South King Street Widening Phase II (VDOT UPC 17687 and 103999) project. Proposals shall be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m., Thursday, August 27, 2015, to Mr. Tom Brandon, Manager, Office of Capital Projects, Town of Leesburg, 25 West Market Street, Leesburg, VA 20176. All proposals must indicate RFP title, number and proposal date on the external shipping material. All questions regarding this RFP must be received in writing by email at CapitalBidQuestions@leesburgva.gov until but no later than 5:00 P.M. on Thursday, August 20, 2015. Interested offerors may download a copy of the RFP from the Town’s Bid Board at http://www. leesburgva.gov/bidboard and may be obtained beginning Thursday, July 30, 2015. Contact Cindy Steyer at 703-737-2302 or csteyer@ leesburgva.gov with questions about obtaining these bid documents. All addenda issued for this project will only be posted on the Town’s Bid Board. Tom Brandon, Manager Office of Capital Projects Ad #8288

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NOTE: Objections to the issuance of this license must be submitted to ABC no later than 30 days from the publishing date of the first of two required newspaper legal notices. Objections should be registered at www.abc.virginia.gov or 800-552-3200. Ad # 8555

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The National Council on Compensation Insurance, Inc. ("NCCI"), on behalf of its member insurers, has applied to the State Corporation Commission ("SCC") for approval to change voluntary market advisory loss costs and assigned risk market rates and rating values for new and renewal workers' compensation insurance policies becoming effective on and after April 1, 2016. NCCI proposes advisory loss costs that its members may use along with their own expenses and profit and contingency factors in establishing rates for policies written in the voluntary market. The proposal would change the overall average pure premium level for the voluntary market as follows: Industrial classifications: 3.4% increase "F" (Federal) classifications: 1.2% decrease Coal classification 1005: 13.3% increase Coal classification 1016: 12% increase NCCI proposes the following changes to the overall average rate level for the assigned risk market: Industrial classifications: 2.3% increase "F" (Federal) classifications: 1.7% decrease Coal classification 1005: 11.3% increase Coal classification 1016: 9.9% increase Information filed by NCCI in support of its proposals, including the exact assigned risk rates and advisory loss costs for individual classifications, which will vary by classification and may be higher or lower than the overall changes stated above, may be seen at the SCC's Bureau of Insurance or the SCC's Office of the Clerk, both of which are located in the Tyler Building, 1300 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219. Interested persons are encouraged to review NCCI's filing and supporting documents for the details of these and other proposals. TAKE NOTICE that the SCC may approve advisory loss costs and assigned risk rates and rating values differently from those proposed by NCCI. The SCC has instituted an investigation into the changes proposed by NCCI and has set a public hearing thereon in Case No. INS2015-00064 in its Courtroom, Second Floor, Tyler Building, 1300 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219 at 10 a.m. on October 6, 2015. Any interested person who desires to make a statement at the hearing on his/her own behalf should appear in the SCC's Courtroom at 9:45 a.m. on October 6, 2015, and contact the SCC's Bailiff. Individuals with disabilities who desire an accommodation to participate in the hearing should contact the SCC at least seven days before the hearing at 1-800-552-7945 (voice) or 1-804-371-9206 (TDD). On or before August 14, 2015, any person or entity who expects to participate in this proceeding as a respondent shall file a notice of participation, in conformity with the SCC's Rules of Practice and Procedure, 5 VAC 5-20-10 et seq., and the Order Scheduling Hearing in this case, which may be viewed at http://www.scc.virginia.gov/case or may be ordered from Joel H. Peck, Clerk, State Corporation Commission, c/o Document Control Center, P.O. Box 2118, Richmond, Virginia 23218. Any notice of participation shall be filed with the Clerk, and a copy must be served on NCCI's counsel, Charles H. Tenser, Esquire, 2120 Galloway Terrace, Midlothian, Virginia 23113. On or before September 4, 2015, in accordance with the Order Scheduling Hearing, each respondent shall file the testimony and exhibits by which the respondent expects to establish its case. All interested persons who desire to comment on the application shall file such comments on or before September 23, 2015, with the Clerk of the SCC at the address above or may submit comments electronically by following the instructions at http://www.scc.virginia.gov/ case. All comments shall refer to Case No. INS-2015-00064. NATIONAL COUNCIL ON COMPENSATION INSURANCE


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B Chord Brewing Company, LLC trading as B Chord Brewing Company, 19481 Foggy Bottom Road, Bluemont, Loudoun County, Virginia 20135. The above establishment is applying to the VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL (ABC) for a Limited Brewery license to sell or manufacture alcoholic beverages.

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The object of this suit is to have a Final Order of Divorce entered by the court, which inIN THE corporates the parties’ CIRCUIT COURT Marital Settlement dated OF LOUDOUN Agreement July 10, 2012, except COUNTY for the issues of child MATTHEW R. custody and visitation. The Plaintiff has filed McCULLAGH a Motion to Modi- It is ORDERED that Plaintiff, fy child custody and Leyla M. McCullagh CASE NO. 73737 visitation to sole cus- appear at the abovenamed Court and proORDER OF PUBLICATION tect her interests on COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA or before October 9, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. Case No. 93076 We ask for this: Circuit Court of Loudoun County 18 E. Market St., Leesburg, VA 20176


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CNA: Caring, compassionate, mature woman seeks FT position as a personal assistant to elderly couple or person. 16 years exp. Ref's avail. Call 571-246-8401 or felm77@yahoo.com

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Need to find our cat Adobe a forever home. She is 10yrs old and all white cat that is 100% healthy indoor, spayed and declawed. Loves to chase string, sleep in her cat tree and watch for birds out the window. taralake1@gmail.com

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Prices/offers subject to change without notice. See Sales Manager for details. Sales by Carrington Builders L.C.

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Rooms/Roommates Leesburg Area Spacious 4-room furnished apartment on 8 1/2 acre. Private estate with private entrance, W/D, breakfast bar. 10 minutes from Greenway. Mature professional. Non-smoking household. No pets. 540-338-3333 Taylorstown/ Lovettsville: Lg. BR w/priv. BA, lake & mountain views. Share kit/LR/DR/Laundry with 3 other. Historic home in private community. $650/ month plus utilities. Lauranne, 703-346-3071.


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PHOTOGRAPHER Northern Virginia Media Services has an immediate opening for a full-time photographer at the Belvoir Eagle, a 16,000-circulation weekly newspaper serving the Fort Belvoir U.S. Army base in Fairfax, Va., just outside the nation’s capital. The person who gets the job will be a talented photographer comfortable working in a military environment. The successful applicant must receive a favorable National Agency Check in order to receive credentials to enter military installations. Northern Virginia Media Services publishes five weekly newspapers in the D.C. suburbs, along with InsideNoVa.com and Washington Family magazine. Applicants should send a cover letter, resume and references to Aleks Dolzenko at: info@staffordcountysun.com

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Albert Bernard Ceasar, age 66, of Loudoun County Virginia, passed away on July 26, 2015 at Loudoun Hospital. Viewing Wed., Aug 5, 2015 at 10:00am at First Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 216 Loudoun Street, Leesburg, Virginia 20175. Funeral Wed., Aug 5, 2015 at 11:00am at First Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 216 Loudoun Street , Leesburg, Virginia 20175. Interment: Quantico National Cemetery, Triangle, Virginia. Arrangements by: Lyles Funeral Service of Purcellville, VA



Archie Delalian, 81 of Ashburn, Virginia passed on Sunday, August 2, 2015. Army Veteran of the Korean War, a Railway Express Agency employee for 20 years and retired Mail Courier with DOD in 1996. Services will begin at 1:00 PM on Friday, August 7, 2015 at Loudoun Funeral Chapel located at 158 Catoctin Circle, SE Leesburg, Virginia 20175. Interment Union Cemetery, Leesburg, VA. Online condolences may be made to the family at www. loudounfuneralchapel.com

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Mr. Iwersen was born February 26, 1988 in Leesburg, Virginia, son of Richard David Iwersen, Sr. and Cindy Fay Farris. He worked as an electrician’s helper.

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Esther is survived by her husband, H. Bradley Kilgour Jr, daughter Mary Brad Lambertson and her husband Wayne of Pocomoke, MD, daughter Judy Romano and husband Mike of VA Beach, VA, son HB Kilgour III and wife Lisa of Purcellville, VA, five grandchildren, Patrick Kelley, Megan Kelley, Susan MacClary, Taylor and Cameron Kilgour and a number of other relatives and close friends. Esther loved her family and she was surrounded by them at the time of her death. A visitation was held on Sunday, August 2, 2015 at St Peter’s Episcopal Church with the service following on August 3, also at St Peter’s. She was laid to rest at Hillsboro Cemetery. Memorial donations can be sent in her name to St. Peter’s Episcopal LAVERN LEWIS WOOD Church, 37018 Glendale St, Purcellville, VA or the Lavern Lewis Wood of the Village of Lucketts American Cancer Society. (Leesburg, VA) passed away peacefully at Brookdale Sterling on July 30, 2015. Vern was born in Waverly, Ohio, on June 12, 1925, to Dallas and Sarah Eileen Wood. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Audrey Dean Wood, and a sister, Nannie Hundley of Leesburg, VA along with nieces and nephews and many wonderful friends. His parents and two brothers, Eldridge and Leonard, predeceased him. Vern’s family moved early in his life to West Virginia. As a teenager in high school, he enlisted in the Marine Corps during World War II and after six weeks of basic training was deployed to the south pacific participating in the battle of Okinawa, among others, including the retaking of Guam from the Japanese. The Government and citizens of Guam were so appreciative of the armed forces that gave them back their country, they invited ALL the participants back for an expense paid 50th celebration which Vern and his wife attended. After the war, Vern returned to high school FLOYD LINDBERGH (LINDY) RODGERS to complete the GED test and go on to college. He Floyd Lindbergh (Lindy) Rodgers of Purcellville, graduated from Marshall University earning a Virginia, died the morning of July 31, 2015 at the Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. While age of 88.

ELSIE M. DUNCAN Elsie M. Duncan, age 95 of Ashburn and formerly of London, England, peacefully passed away on August 2, 2015 with her loving family surrounding her. Her husband, Norman, was a GI in London during WWII where they met and there began a love story of 72 years. They were devoted to each other and spent many years working abroad and living in the UK, Germany, and Iran. A woman of many talents, Elsie spoke fluent French, was a professional legal administrator, a wonderful hostess of beautiful parties, a talented seamstress but most importantly a loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and Great-Great Grandmother. She will be missed by all who had the honor to know her. Survived by husband Norman Duncan, daughter Tina (Jim) Barden, Maidens, Virginia, son Tim (Patty) Duncan, Sterling, Virginia and son Robert(Rosy) Duncan, Ft. Mill, South Carolina plus 9 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren. A graveside service is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 7, 2015 at Culpeper National Cemetery in Culpeper, Virginia. In lieu of flowers please honor Elsie’s love of classical music by donating to the Loudoun Symphony Association, P.O. Box 4478, Leesburg, Virginia 20177. Please send condolences to www.colonialfuneralhome.com.

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Morton (Mort) R. Miller (79) of Leesburg, Virginia, born on November 22, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois, died at INOVA Loudoun Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Leesburg on Sunday, July 19, 2015. Mort was a retired Sales Manager at Georgia Pacific Corporation in Atlanta. He was a member of Roswell United Methodist Church in Roswell, Georgia. Mort graduated from Tilden Technical High School in Chicago and attended Northwestern University in Chicago. Mort was a veteran of the United States Army. Mort was preceded in death by his parents, Newell C., and Helen nèe Morton. Surviving are his wife, Beverly (Bev) of Leesburg, Virginia, his daughter Kimberly Miller and her partner Corey Richardson of Henniker, New Hampshire, Kristin Phillips and her husband Michael Phillips and their children, Mort’s precious grandchildren, twins Zachary Ross and Madison Nichole, Geoffrey Michael of Leesburg, Virginia, and dear cousins and 2nd cousins in Virginia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Leesburg Presbyterian Church at 207 West Market Street, Leesburg, VA, 20176. The family would like to thank the staff of INOVA Loudoun Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for the generous and loving care of Mort during his stay. Mort’s life will be celebrated during a memorial service on August 1, 2015 at Leesburg Presbyterian Church, 207 W. Market Street, Leesburg, VA 20176 starting at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Deborah Parsons officiating. Reception immediately following the service. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. www.colonialfuneralhome.com

Services will be held at Halls Funeral Home in Purcellville followed by a military burial at the Hillsboro Cemetery on Monday, August 3, 2015 with Rt. Rev. Larry Johnson officiating.

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In 1951, Esther married the love of her life H. Bradley Kilgour, Jr, The couple have lived in Purcellville for all 64 years they have been married. Esther worked at the White House as a secretary during the Truman and Eisenhower eras. In 1955, after starting a family, Esther stayed home to raise her children and later worked at Loudoun Valley High School library once her youngest child was in school. She and Brad were avid Virginia Tech fans and attended many football games and traveled to many of the bowls.

missed by his family and friends. Many will remember him for his jolly personality. He touched the hearts of so many people during his 88 years of life and came to be fondly known as Snuffy, Lindsey, Lindy, Mr. Floyd, and Pops.

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Esther was an active member of St Peter’s Episcopal Church serving on the Vestry, Alter Guild and Bell Tower Committee. She was a lifelong member of the Ladies Board of Loudoun Memorial Hospital. She was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, the hospital thrift shop, and numerous other non-profit causes. She enjoyed gardening, spending time at Chincoteague, and spending time with her family that meant the world to her. Esther attended Lincoln High School and later business school in Leesburg, VA.

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His paternal grandfather, Alfred Iwersen and maternal grandfather, David Farris, both preceded him in death.


Esther Burke Kilgour, age 86, died peacefully on July 31, 2015 at home Purcellville, VA, after a long struggle with cancer. Esther was born January 21, 1929, in Hamilton, Virginia, the daughter of Harry and Nellie May Burke.

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Surviving with his parents are a sister, Rebecca Iwersen of Bluemont, VA; paternal grandmother, Sherry Iwersen of Littleton, NC; maternal grandmother, Betty Farris of Berryville, VA; two aunts, Sarah Underwood and her husband, Bud, and Peggy Fleming and her husband, Ricky, all of Bluemont, VA; five uncles, Dennis Farris and his wife, Alice, of Hamilton, VA, Jeff Farris and his wife, Cheryl, of Winchester, VA, Mark Farris and his wife, Tonya, of Tennessee, David Iwersen and his wife, Lisa, of Rising Sun, MD and Steve Iwersen of Fort Worth, TX; numerous cousins; and his special friend, Sarah Kimberlie and her children, Chloie and Jackson.

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Richard David Iwersen, Jr., 27, of Bluemont, Virginia, died Monday, July 27, 2015 at his home.

Floyd passed away on the morning of July 31, at Marshall, he belonged to the Lambda Chi Alpha 2015 at Heritage Hall in Leesburg, Virginia. He and Pi Sigma Alpha fraternities. Upon graduation and while in retail sales training, he was recalled by was a long time resident of Purcellville. the Marines for a second tour during the Korean He was born to Walter Emerson and Myra Jacobs conflict. Receiving a second honorable discharge Rodgers on June 28, 1927 of Abbottstown Pennsyl- from the Marines, Vern located to the Washington, vania, who came to Virginia in their early years of D.C. area and was employed by the Armed Forces marriage. He was the eighth child of nine siblings Security Agency, which later became the Nationand had two half-sisters and one half-brother. His al Security Agency. He enjoyed his work at NSA mother died when he was only five and his father (where he was affectionately called “Woody”) but died when he was thirteen, leaving him to remark wanted his wife to see California where he spent that his parents left him a whole wide world to his first days with the Marines. He left NSA to live in Long Beach and worked for Douglas Aircraft for make a living in. several years. Missing his family and friends on the Floyd joined the Air Force in 1946 as an Airway east coast, he returned to the DC area resuming and Air Communication Service mechanic and employment at the NSA. Vern decided to change was also a pilot. Many will remember him for his his career and try a sales position with the Addrestime spent working for J. Lynn Cornwell and Bar- sograph-Multigraph Corp. His sales success took ber and Ross. He was known as one of the self-pro- him to the Bell+Howell Corp. where he stayed unclaimed Purcellville McDonald Coffee Club mem- til his retirement as the National Federal Government Sales Director. After his retirement, he bebers. came a “gentleman” farmer supplying timothy hay Floyd is deceased by his wife, Mary Louise (Mill- to the surrounding horse farms. A private pilot, er) Rodgers, for over 24 years. He leaves behind Vern thoroughly enjoyed flying, owning his own three daughters and one son. Teresa Louise White- plane for a number of years. Honoring Vern’s wishhair and husband Pete, Sandy Rodgers Ashby and es, there will be no service. A celebration of his life husband Keith, Deloris Kay Hamilton (Dede), and will be announced at a later date. Expressions of Floyd Allen Rodgers (Bill) and wife Dorothy; eight sympathy may be made to the Lucketts Volunteer grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and one Fire Co. #10, 42367 Lucketts Road, Leesburg, VA great-great-granddaughter. He predeceases one 20176; the Humane Society of the United States, half-sister, Elaine Saddler of Baltimore, Maryland. Washington, D.C.; or Capital Caring, 2900 Telestar court, Falls Church, VA. Please send condolences Floyd was a good kind person and he will be to www.colonialfuneralhome.com


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he Leesburg Town Council’s vote to authorize the demolition of four buildings within the downtown historic district was important. It provided a clear signal that town leaders understand the value of their partnership with the county government. Hopefully, the action will provide a catalyst for improved cooperation and communication between the two jurisdictions’ leaders as the project advances. The vote does not, however, require the buildings to be torn down. A truly successful outcome would see the courthouse expansion move forward and the former residences remain part of Leesburg’s downtown streetscape. The approval motion presented by Councilwoman Katie Sheldon Hammler left room for that happier ending to the debate. She, with the agreement of county leaders, proposed that the county Board of Supervisors be required to work with anyone who could remove the buildings from the property without delaying the construction schedule. Town and county leaders would have benefited from pushing that concept a bit further—providing a financial incentive to give the buildings new life at a new location. It’s going to cost the county government to tear the houses down and that expenditure easily could be justified to help save them. Likewise, it is within reason for the town government—which had deemed the buildings to have historic value—to offer its own financial assistance to someone willing to move the buildings. There still is time to make that happen. While it is possible for the courts expansion to move to construction next spring, it is more likely to be a year or so before the complex project clears all the regulatory hurdles. Either timeline provides the opportunity to move the buildings, provided that approach is made a public priority. If town and county government representatives aren’t willing to make that effort, this may be a project a task force of community leaders can take on. A better outcome remains within view. Let’s try to grab it.

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Dear Editor: he big story that none of the local newspapers seem to have reported in much detail was a news release issued July 28 by Leesburg Police regarding crime statistics for the period Jan. 1-June 30, 2015, compared with the same period in 2014. The release stated: “Crime increased significantly over the same time period as last year led by a 37 percent increase in property crimes with the majority of these increases coming from shoplifting and theft from unlocked vehicles. During this period there were 7 more rapes reported than during the same time in 2014. Two of the reported rape incidents occurred between 8-10 years ago; and 3 lacked sufficient evidence

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for prosecution. In all of the cases the victim and suspect were acquainted.” Leesburg PD added: “Additionally, calls for service increased by 14% over the same time period in 2014. The department found that it’s spending more time handling cases involving individuals with mental illness with the average time per call in these cases jumping from 3.6 hours in 2014 to 4.1 hours in 2015. During this period there were 592 reported crashes, an increase of 20% over the same period in 2014 with 10% of them resulting in injuries to vehicle occupants. The intersection area with the highest incidents of crashes is East Market Street and Battlefield Parkway.” These are verbatim quotes from Leesburg PD. And, frankly, I am not accustomed to seeing such shocking

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Dear Editor: I am writing to express my disappointment at the comments of the commonwealth attorney, Jim Plowman, concerning Supervisor Williams and his politicking for Charlie King. His comments are concerning in that it illustrates his lack of judgment as the commonwealth attorney. Mr. Plowman should conduct himself as the seeker of justice, which is what he should be but instead he is behaving as a typical politician that the public is so very weary and distrusting of. Mr. Plowman holds incredible power, he has the power to indict people. He also is tasked with ensuring that the accused receives a fair trial. His office should serve as the foundation of justice in Loudoun. His comments concerning Mr. Williams reveal serious cracks in that foundation. Sadly, his office, as late, has been nothing more than a campaign office for the Republican Party. In my view, his judgment is suspect, and his dedication to the pursuit of justice is suspect as well. One has to wonder if Mr. Plowman would have the integrity to press charges against a fellow Republican or if his politics would cloud his decision-making. In my view his recent verbal attacks have clearly demonstrated he is not committed completely to the administration of justice. Gentry Scott Nalley, Ashburn

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Dear Editor: Only minutes before the car pictured below veered and crashed head-on into a utility pole Saturday morning, I was walking west along Charles Town Pike, between the roadway and that pole. According to law enforcement reports, the driver was speeding and distracted, possibly using a hand-held device. Fortunately, the driver was uninjured, but there is little doubt a pedestrian, such as myself, would have suffered serious, if not fatal injuries. This is a warning and reminder to Hillsboro residents and visitors who attempt to walk in our historic community that we cannot depend on drivers to be either attentive to pedestrians


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As if anyone needed it, this accident is graphic evidence of why it is imperative that the shovel-ready Hillsboro Traffic Calming and Pedestrian Safety project be fully funded and built now. More than a decade of meticulous design and intricate engineering by the Town of Hillsboro and VDOT yielded—two years ago!—a fully vetted, fully approved and, without question, a truly transformative construction plan that will slow traffic entering town via roundabouts, inhibit speeding with traffic-calming elements and, with sidewalks and raised crosswalks, make the town safe for pedestrians. Hillsboro has repeatedly appealed to the Commonwealth Transportation Board and all of our elected representatives to do the right thing and fully fund this project. As the town’s critical water improvement and sewer line installation projects—which will require extended periods of roadwork—grow imminent, now is the time for this traffic-calming project to be completed. This is only common sense, as it will save millions in construction costs, and by consolidating and reducing commuter and tourism traffic disruption, millions in lost business and productivity. But most important, we must act without delay to lessen the opportunity for a tragedy, such as the one that nearly occurred last Saturday morning. Build it now. Mayor Roger L. Vance, Hillsboro


statistics. But just in the last week, we have seen (1) a hit and run on East Market, that resulted in a man’s death; (2) someone attacked with a hammer at the outlets; and (3) a former Leesburg resident, now living in Maryland, was arrested and charged (finally) for indecencies with a minor here in town. Surely, people will speculate how and why this is happening. They will want to point fingers at any number of things. But the facts are that we are experiencing somewhat of a crime wave in this town and this should concern all of us. We should not pretend Leesburg is safe simply because our individual neighborhoods are safe. When I served on the Town Council (2006-2011), we were told that the police would like to have one officer per every 1,000 residents. Today, based on data we received from the town budget, it is about 1.75 officers per 1,000. So, it does not appear we are understaffing our police, given that measurement. But what we are not doing as a town is requesting more help from the county sheriff, which we as Leesburg taxpayers help finance. Leesburg PD responded to some 50,000 calls last year, according to its 2014 annual report. Statistics we have compiled show the sheriff responded to 1,800 calls in the Leesburg service area, which includes more than just the town. That is less than 4 percent of that 50,000 total. Rather than hiring more officers, the mayor and council should request coverage from the sheriff. At a minimum, they need to start asking questions why we are seeing such a huge spike in crime and whether existing resources at Leesburg PD are being applied properly. Other towns in Loudoun County use the sheriff for homicide, narcotics and even speed enforcement. Why not Leesburg? Supervisor Ken Reid, Leesburg District

navigating along the narrow shoulder or to obey the 25-mph speed limit. Indeed, it takes only a few minutes of casual observation to reveal a stunning disregard for safety displayed by a large proportion of drivers through our town.

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my neighborhood. The two signs are supposed to say “Coton Manor Drive.” Instead, they say “Cotton Manor Drive.” They come as a result of the newly installed street light at the busy intersection on Riverside Parkway. Hundreds of school students who attend Belmont Ridge Middle School and Seldens Landing Elementary School will pass these signs on their way to school and home. I think that this is a negative influence on the students because it teaches that mistakes are acceptable when they really are not. If I added an extra letter to a word on my spelling test, it would be marked incorrect. Spelling errors are unacceptable and these could cause some confusion to those who read those signs. The misspelled signs are posted right next to the much smaller, correctly spelled street sign. On the other hand, I think the traffic light is an improvement of our community. It will cause fewer school bus and commuter vehicle problems. My hope is that the new signs will be corrected. Ryan Sweeney, Roger Vance Lansdowne

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Dear Editor: Last evening, a dear friend of mine from Nashville, TN, telephoned me to “catch up.” I have had the pleasure of knowing Dar since 1966 when we met as we were serving in the same platoon at the USMC’s boot Ryan Sweeney camp in Parris Island, SC. As we were reminiscing about the years gone by as well as current events, we both found that we share the same view about our golden years, based on how we see where our beloved country is headed. We both are grateful that we most likely will not be around when the United States reaches its ultimate abyss. One day last week as I turned on my computer I was shocked as I read about the outrage expressed by many of our citizens as well as a majority of those on the planet over the death of a prized lion, which was caused by an American dentist while on a hunting expedition in Africa. I was further outraged when late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel addressed his audience about this subject with tear-filled eyes as he pleaded for donations tied into some type of research connected with this now deceased wild mammal. Does Jimmy Kimmel or the majority of his “Big Hollywood” cohorts ever make the same heartfelt appeal for donations for any of the causes that deal with humankind’s personal hardships such as: cancer research, wounded warriors, Alzheimer’s disease, the homeless, MS, and heart disease? On a similar note we now have several of Big Hollywood’s actors, doing commercial plugs for President Obama’s controversial Iran nuclear agreement. What the hell do these actors actually know about any of the details of this agreement that would enable them to publicly voice their support for it? Furthermore, why would anyone care to listen to the opinions of someone employed in a profession that falls outside the scope of their own discipline, which in the present case is to portray themselves as someone else in front of an audience? How in God’s name does that qualify someone as an authoritative spokesperson on such an issue like the Iran nuclear agreement? And lest we forget about our new definition of “courageous.” Yesteryear, this label would have applied to a war hero who had returned home from the front with perhaps one less limb which was lost as part of an act made while saving another’s life. Today, this high label of honor has instead been reserved for someone who has decided to surgically rearrange their anatomy and go public with that fact. We find ourselves living in a country where there is more of a public outcry over the display of a Confederate flag or monument than over the heinous, brutal murders of innocent civilians, including minor children, by the Islamic terrorists known as ISIS or ISO. And why do we Americans accept the craziness and hypocrisy of our government by its continued act of sending billions of dollars in aid to foreign countries that mistreat their own citizens who openly proclaim their hatred for the United States? So it should be no wonder why my dear friend Dar and I have arrived at the very same vision concerning our final departure from this planet, one that we can only hope occurs prior to America’s inevitable crash landing. John Mileo, Lansdowne

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a book project, will stay at Morven Park through November. In the meantime an executive search firm has been hired to help identify his successor. Another organization changing leadership is the Journey Through Hallowed Ground, based in Waterford. Cate Magennis Wyatt has led the partnership to achieve and promote the National Heritage Area designation that stretches from Gettysburg, PA, to Monticello since its inception a decade ago. But, now it’s time to move on, she said. Wyatt’s final day as Journey president was Friday. The search for her replacement also is under way, with final interviews scheduled this week. Meanwhile, Interim President Stuart Haney is holding the reins. But those three preservation groups are not the only ones undergoing change over the past year. The Mosby Heritage Area Association has seen internal changes. Named after the legendary Civil War Confederate guerilla leader Col. John Singleton Mosby, the MHAA was founded in 1995. Now, after 20 years on and off the board in various leadership roles, President Childs Burden will leave the day-to-day oversight to new board Chairwoman Wendy Bibie. Earlier this year, the organization’s longtime director of education, Rich Gillespie, took over as executive director. The county’s oldest preservation nonprofit, the Waterford Foundation, also hired a new executive director, Tom Kuehhas, a year ago. Founded in 1946, to protect the 1733 western Loudoun village, the foundation is responsible for the annual Waterford Homes Tour and Craft Exhibit. In 1970, the village and almost 1,400 surrounding acres were designated a National Historic Landmark by the Secretary of the Interior—the nation’s top preservation designation and an honor shared in Loudoun by several other historic properties, including Oatlands and the George C. Marshall House.

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One of the most significant expansions of the preservation nonprofits’ programs has been an increasing focus on interpretation and education. Among Frank Milligan’s accomplishments at Morven Park was the establishment of a civics and leadership program, based on the example of Westmoreland Davis as lawyer, innovator, agriculturalist, newspaper owner, governor and community leader, resulting in the Morven Park Center for Civic Impact. Another educational focus was to form a partnership with the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy to manage the estate’s natural areas and increase public use of the land. “Now we have miles of trails,” Milligan said. At Oatlands, focus has expanded from research into the Carter family—owners of the estate for a century—into the lives of its enslaved black population. Director of Programming and Education Lori Kimble, with the aid of researcher Leslie Wright, has compiled an 800-record database of the family’s slaves as part of a joint project between Oatlands and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The goal was to interpret and educate the public about the untold, or seldom told, stories of the Native Americans and AfricanAmericans associated with Oatlands. One of the most perplexing mysteries about Oatlands is where the slaves lived. To date, infuriatingly, nothing tangible has turned up, Kimble said. Scraps of information only served to whet the imagination: an 1890 mention of stone slave quarters on “the cobblestone road” through the 3,400-acre property; an oral history citing the presence of slaves sleeping in the early 19th century greenhouse—the second oldest in the nation—to stoke the fires in winter to keep the building warm; and a 1903 mention of dilapidated wooden structures against a garden wall. “We want to tell the stories, document the lives of these people—to learn more about the enslaved,” Kimble said. Telling the stories of the past is also the name of the game for MHAA’s Gillespie. After retiring as an AP history teacher at Loudoun Valley High School, Gillespie conducted educational programs, first, with Morven Park, then

with MHAA—taking the nonprofit’s educational outreach directly into the classroom. Making history come alive is a mantra for Gillespie, who noted the founders and early board members of MHAA wanted to reach the youngest members of society with the stories and places that made the region traversed by Mosby special. Beginning with two schools in 2002, the program has expanded to include programs at least 30 schools each year. The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority is also a major player in the historic sites interpretive program—often partnering with MHAA in its programs. NOVA Parks owns half a dozen historic sites in the county, including the well-known Mt. Zion Baptist Church and Aldie Mill on Rt. 50—scenes of much Civil War activity—and the Ball’s Bluff Battlefield and Jackson House in Leesburg. “We want to expand the interpretation at our historic properties. They’re wonderful—you can’t create history, you want to interpret it,” NOVA Parks Executive Director Paul Gilbert said. Tom Kuehhas inherited a strong educational program in Waterford. Historians Bronwen and John Souders had done intensive research on the village’s black community—rated the largest number of free blacks in the state on the eve of the Civil War. Kuehhas is impressed, “but I want to make even more of it,” he said. He called the village and its surrounding farmland a “living laboratory.” “There’s so many stories that we can tell. We’ve barely scratched the surface,” he said, citing events ranging from the village’s Quaker founding through the Civil War and the Civil Rights era. He also wants to mount an educational program centering on the Waterford Mill in local schools. Over its decade of existence, Journey Through Hallowed Ground has worked nationally to promote educational opportunities and heritage tourism based on the historical, cultural and environmental assets of the wider Rt. 15 corridor. “Twelve percent of those requesting our [travel] maps are from overseas,” Wyatt said, adding she is most proud of “our educational programs, they are the most important within that framework,” in reference to the extensive schools programming in which students make videos of their field experiences, as well as the popular summer history camps. Amid the changes, Pat Daly, who joined George C. Marshall International Center as executive director four years ago, will be left standing as one of the county’s veteran preservation leaders. Now president and CEO, she helps promote the importance of Marshall’s leadership and his philosophy internationally. Beginning with one student exchange program, the center now has programs with students in other Marshall Plan countries, including Germany, Austria and France—with Belgium, the UK and Italy eyed for future programs. “We hope to add two to three programs each year,” Daly said.


Despite all the changes at the top of some of the most prominent preservation groups, the overall picture is one of energy and diversity. New thrusts include educational approaches that make greater use of new media and programming techniques to reach even wider audiences. Civil War battlefield protection is another, building on the success of the Unison Preservation Society in establishing the Unison Historic Battlefield District. As Childs Burden noted, looking back over 20 years to the inception of MHAA, “We started out completely as an education-centered organization.” But more recently, the organization has not only become a landowner—of the Caleb Rector House and the Brown House at Atoka Crossroads—but also is pushing to acquire easements to protect the land where once the Battles of Aldie, Middleburg and Upperville were fought. “We’re moving into more hands-on-preservation,” Burden said. “We’re so lucky—there are so many different layers of preservation,” Wyatt said. n

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