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Operations community have benefited from The Station’s programs. With a huge American flag as a backdrop, guests were welcomed by Founder and Executive Director Kevin Stacy. The spouse of a Special Operator, Kate Shaddock, spoke about the support received from the Station and how important their work is. Barb’s husband David auctioned off a framed American flag made from the uniform of a Special Operator who fell in action. Silent auction items included signed guitars by Jason Aldean and Toby Keith. Paddle auctions followed, and the concert began with dessert on the table. When asked if he could take a weekend out of his busy touring schedule to come to Middleburg, Randy offered to donate his performance, and sound and lighting crews came from Nashville to donate their services. As the sun began to set, the lights went down. Randy and his band put on a great show, singing many of his own tunes, and closed the night to thunderous applause. That evening, $1.2 million was raised, far surpassing Barb’s or Gail’s secret predictions. Funds will not only go to support the Montana headquarters but and two new locations in Virginia Beach, VA, and San Diego, CA, enabling the Station to reach more families. Designed to be an annual event, Barb and Gail are already working on next year’s event to be held at Barb’s St. Bride’s Farm on Sunday, May 28, Memorial Day weekend. Mark your calendars! To learn more about this wonderful organization, visit https:// thestationfoundation. org
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Country Music Association Superstar Randy Houser with Eagle Cafe Co-chairs Barb Roux and Gail Dady Photo By Nancy Kleck
ptly named after the Bluebird Café in Nashville, The Eagle Café was an idea originated by Barb Roux and Gail Dady as a “place” to hold fun, casual musical events. This past Memorial Day weekend, over 350 guests gathered at Gail Dady’s beautiful Caliburn Farm for the inaugural concert and fundraiser to benefit The Station Foundation featuring CMA superstar Randy Houser. Gail is ex-Navy, God-mother to Randy’s eldest son, and Barb has been a longtime supporter of the organization and close friends with many of its members. Perhaps not as well known as other groups outside of military families, The Station Foundation is a nationally-recognized public 501(c)(3) that supports U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) as they return home from war. Established in 2011 in Bozeman, Montana, The Station quietly serves U.S. Special Operations service members, spouses, children, Gold Star children, and their mentors. The mentor relationship is special for the children in those families whose father was lost in combat. Through outdoor experiences and the myriad of programs, families and returning Special Operators regain their balance and manage stress in civilian life. The effects of combat extend beyond the battlefield, and the SOF lifestyle makes it extremely difficult to preserve the health, wellness, and readiness of SOF members and their families. Over 2,000 Gold Star children and families and several thousand members of the Special
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It’s In the Bag
ith the new “bag tax” coming in July for single-use plastic shopping bags, the Town of Middleburg Sustainability Committee is determined to take a step to support recycling efforts. It has produced a Town of Middleburg recycled, reusable carry-all. Even when paying a tax, single-use plastic bags still contribute to the ever-increasing problem of plastics in our environment that harms human health, wildlife, and the environment. To convey the general message of “Reduce/Reuse/Recycle,” Middleburg Sustainability Committee Chair Ric Woodie called for a visible sign of Middleburg’s support for recycling in general. “Paying a tax is one thing, but taking individual action on an ongoing basis is critical. The bags will be a visible reminder of the Town of Middleburg’s commitment to preserving the special environment of this community and of a real effort to reduce plastic waste.” The bags bear the Town logo and the message to reduce usage, reuse as much as possible and recycle all recyclables. Boy Scout Troop No. 2950, led by Teri Domanski and Scoutmaster Jay Hubbard, distributed bags to Town of Middleburg residential addresses on June 6, and committee members distributed still more bags outside the Middleburg Safeway on Saturday, June 18; town residents who have not received a bag can reach out to the Town Office at 10 West Marshall Street. The bags were sourced locally through Pre-
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events, food waste composting, EV charging initiatives, waste battery collection, paint waste
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News of Note
Join Us in Taking the Plastic-Free July Challenge
he Middleburg Sustainability Committee invites you to join us in taking the PlasticFree July Challenge. If you are looking for a way to reduce single-use plastics, this Challenge is for you! Taking the Challenge is simple. Just eliminate or substitute something reusable for one or more single-use plastics for July. The more you eliminate and substitute, the more successful you are in the Challenge. The opportunities to reduce single-use plastics are virtually endless. Here are some ideas to get you started: Take reusable bags on your shopping trips. As Alfred Pollard described in It’s In the Bag, Middleburg residents received two reusable carry-all bags in June. If you are a resident, take your new bags to the store and fill them with whatever you buy. If you aren’t a resident, reusable bags are available from many retailers either as part of your purchase or for a fee. Use a refillable water bottle, pitcher, or “spa water” container instead of bottled water. Turn down plastic straws and drink directly out of the cup or use a reusable straw. Buy milk in a returnable glass bottle (available at Safeway in Middleburg as well as many area markets that feature locally farmed products) Buy a beer, cider, or hard seltzer in returnable growlers or kegs
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(available at Mt. Defiance Cidery and Distillery, Old Ox Brewery, and Lost Barrel Brewing in Middleburg) Use ice out of your freezer rather than buying bagged ice. Use biodegradable CowPots for starting flowers or vegetables. Use bar soap, shampoo, and conditioner rather than liquid (a wide variety of brands are now available) Use loose-leaf tea rather than tea bags. (Yes, many tea bags are plastic even though they may look like paper or silk). The Plastic-Free Foundation offers a wealth of additional ideas for eliminating single-use plastic. Visit the Plastic-Free July website to sign up for the Challenge and get tips and tricks for reducing single-use plastic. Taking the Challenge is free. https://www. plasticfreejuly.org/ When you visit the Plastic Free July website, you will notice it is in “Australian.” The Challenge was the brainchild of Rebecca Prince-Ruiz and a small local government team in Western Australia in 2011. Since then, the Challenge has grown by leaps and bounds. One hundred forty million people from 190 countries, including the U.S., participated in past challenges. Together, they saved 301 million everyday plastic items and reduced 2.1 million tons of waste. These numbers are a testament to a small local government team’s large impact! On behalf of the Middleburg Sustainability Committee, we hope you’ll join us in making July more Plastic Free.
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Sandy Lerner Is Named 2022 Loudoun Laureate
The Loudoun Laurels Foundation has chosen Sandy Lerner as its 2022 Loudoun Laureate, seeing in her the personification of qualities it seeks in all candidates for this honor: selflessness, integrity, creativity, wisdom, and courage. This year’s selection was drawn from an exceptional pool of worthy candidates, notable for its quality and quantity. In its deliberations, the Advisory Committee noted Loudoun County citizenry’s “embarrassment of riches,” acknowledging the many people who contribute so much of their time, energy, and resources to make the county a better place. Sandy is a great example of this giving spirit. An entrepreneur-turned-farmer, Sandy Lerner has directed her efforts and resources towards philanthropy, sustainable and humane farming, land conservation, and historic preservation. Living in Loudoun County for over 25 years, she has worked tirelessly to contribute her time, energy, funds, and use of her properties to local, national, and international non-profit organizations. Through her conservation and preservation endeavors, as well as her pioneering organic, predator-friendly, and humane farming initiative and her work to save endangered breeds of domestic livestock, Sandy has helped Loudoun County imagine
a future in which tradition and technology reconcile to serve the interests of all its residents, both human and animal. Northern Virginia Coalition for Animals president Gina Marie Lynch, in her letter of support for Sandy’s nomination, writes, “With the care she shows to animals and the inspiration she gives to us and others to do more for those around us, even our nonhuman friends, you can’t pick a better individual than Sandy to represent the goals, commitment, and characteristics of Loudoun County.” Ultimately, the selection committee agreed. The Loudoun Laurels Foundation is committed to honoring exceptional community service for the benefit of Loudoun County citizens and developing future civic leaders through scholarships and mentorships. Each year, the Foundation honors Loudoun County citizens whose commitment to the Loudoun community through leadership, community service, and philanthropy have helped make Loudoun County a great place in which to live and work. Additionally, it invests in future civic leadership by awarding one or more $40,000 scholarships to Loudoun County Public School students who are first generation college attendees seeking to matriculate at a Virginia state institution of higher learning.
Sandy Lerner and the 2022 Loudoun Laurels Scholars will be honored at the 2022 Gala to be held on Friday, September 30, 2022, at Lansdowne Resort. The Foundation’s Laureates include Childs F. Burden, G. Kimball Hart, Eugene M. Scheel, Karen Hatcher Russell, Paul Ziluca, The Honorable Joe T. May,
Lang and Judy Washburn, James P. Roberts, The Honorable Robert E. Sevila, Stanley Caulkins, Fred Drummond, Dr. Edgar B. Hatrick, Su Webb, Joe Boling, Dr. John H Cook III, Cate Magennis Wyatt, J. Hamilton Lambert, Margaret Morton, The Honorable Thomas D. Horne, The Honorable Betsy Davis, Bill Har-
rison, Fred and Karen Schaufeld, Al P. Van Huyck, Kristina Bouweiri, Di Cook, Chuck Kuhn, and Punkin Lee. For more information, visit loudounlaurels.org, and to receive an invitation to the Gala, send your mailing address, email address, and telephone number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Loudoun County can expect broadband internet service in unserved areas in the near future
ccording to Dave Friedrich, assistant director of information technology, Loudoun County, 8,629 Loudoun County addresses are included in the broadband expansion project set to roll out in the next 24-30 months. Friedrich explained, “Consumers included in this project currently have little to no options for a reliable broadband offering to their residences and are considered broadband unserved.” If an address is currently served by another wired provider (such as Verizon or Comcast), it is not eligible to receive these new services. This project intends to address this issue by leveraging American Rescue Plan Act funding. On December 13, 2021, Governor Northam announced recipients of broadband grants, including Loudoun County, receiving an award of more than $17.5 million total in re-
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sponse to the Loudoun County Government and All Points Broadband (APB) 2022 VA Telecommunications Initiative (VATI) application. This grant will support the construction of fiber-to-the-home in areas currently not served by a wired provider. Loudoun County is the grant administrator, and All Points Broadband is the grant recipient responsible for constructing the network and providing service to the individual addresses. According to All Points Broadband’s website, it is a “rural broadband company operating in VA, KY, WV, and MD, and the largest rural-facing ISP in the region.” Consumers Should Register Their Interest With All Points Broadcast “All Points Broadband is engaged with its electric utility partners in several large-scale fiber-to-the-home projects in Virginia,: according to the company website. The company is asking consumers to register their interest in having the fiber network connect their homes via their website.
“We are collecting information from customers to ensure universal coverage and finalize our construction sequence within each (listed) zone.” Friedrich states, “The service availability/launch will roll out over the next 24–30 months to deliver service to all the addresses included in the project.” In addition, he encourages residents and businesses to determine whether their address is included in the project area at All Points Broadband and find more details about the project at Broadband Expansion/|Loudoun County, VA - Official Website. “Residents should follow up to check how they will receive confirmation. If they are not included in the project and are not currently served by Comcast, Verizon, or another broadband provider, they should reach out to County staff via the LEX ticketing system. LEx - Loudoun Express Request | Loudoun County, VA - Official Website. Cost of New Broadband Cost-wise, Friedrich said, “Fees for monthly internet
service provided by All Points Broadband will be competitive with the County’s other providers, Comcast and Verizon Fios.” According to information provided by the company, the monthly service costs may start
at $79 for 100 Megabit and a one-year commitment. Another option is $99 per month for a 500 Megabit service and a one-year commitment. The final option is $179 monthly for a Gigabit, with a one-year commitment. All these plans require a $199 set-up fee. A separately-managed program will offer a $30/month discount on recurring fees to all eligible households registered through an Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) federal program. Before fiber access is provided in a Loudoun neighborhood, residents can confirm eligibility for this program to receive this discount. All Points Broadband will host sign-ups for this program on the AllPoints Broadband website. Project Timeline Construction begins in the summer of 2022, and service availability may not be linear. Loudoun County and All Points Broadband cannot determine precisely when service will be available to specific addresses or neighborhoods. All Points Broadband will establish final pricing. A 12-month commitment for service is required to purchase service. Loudoun County Government is not responsible for providing broadband services, does not collect broadband service fees, and has no authority to determine or revise prices set by service providers. All Points Broadband will notify residents and businesses through their marketing channels leading up to service availability. Most installations will be above ground and will follow the path of the existing electric service.
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14th Annual Candlelight Concert Community Music School of the Piedmont
2Bassoons 2Clarinets 2Oboes 2Horns Paragon Philharmonia Wind Ensemble June 26, 2022 5:30pm
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News of Note 850 Acres Placed into Easement by Old Dominion Land Conservancy for Land Owned by Kuhn Family ODLC Preserves Nearly 2,000 Kuhn Donated Acres in Past Year
ld Dominion Land Conservancy (ODLC) has completed the conservation easement process for an additional 850 acres of land—on top of more than 1,000 acres conserved earlier this year—that was donated by Chuck and Stacy Kuhn. As a nonprofit dedicated to working with landowners to conserve water and land, ODLC is helping place the land into conservation easement to protect it from development and preserve it as open space in perpetuity. “By partnering with the Kuhn family, we are ensuring that more pristine land will be saved from development. With this recent project, we have protected almost 2,000 acres that they donated in the past year, which is an investment in the environment and our collective future,” explained ODLC Executive Director Henry Stribling. “Through planning, coordination, and navigation of land use laws, we make the easement process manageable for those interested in creating a land legacy.” The conserved land was purchased by Chuck and Stacy Kuhn, owners of JK Land Holdings, JK Moving Services, and CapRelo with the goal of protecting these landscapes that are primarily in Loudoun. The most recent preserved land includes these locations: Winchester Farm III – 204 acres Arcola – 21 acres Hidden Lane Farm - 59 acres Loyalty Corner – 143 acres Sunny Ridge – 214 acres Watermill II – 193 acres Picnic Woods – 29.41 acres “We are excited to have more land protected and Old Dominion Land Conservancy has been an outstanding partner in helping shepherd this process. Working together, we are ensuring that our natural world and rich history are preserved for future generations,” explained Chuck Kuhn. ODLC has worked on a number of easements with the Kuhns, including the former 134-acre Westpark Golf
Course in Leesburg, which is becoming a county park. Earlier this year, ODLC placed 1,039 acres in easement that was also donated by the Kuhns in 2021. These included: 1A James Monroe Hwy, 129 acres along the Potomac; Cornerstone Ridge, 136 acres, Purcellville; Yellow Schoolhouse Rd, 146 acres, near Bluemont; Mountain Road, 151 acres, Lovettsville; 12347 Axline Road, 128 acres, Near Lovettsville; Aldie Farm, 215 acres, Aldie; and Lincoln Road Farm, 78 acres, Lincoln. Over the years, ODLC has recognized the Kuhn family for its ongoing conservation efforts, which have resulted in saving more than 22,000 acres of land to date, larger than the borough of Manhattan. These efforts, with ODLC and other land trusts, include several thousand acres near Loudoun’s historic villages, Wolver Hill Farm in Middleburg; a property that housed the former historic Middleburg Academy; a parcel that has more native species of plants and wildlife indigenous to Virginia than is typical; and 150-acres in Purcellville used to start the JK Community Farm, a charitable effort alleviating hunger by growing organic crops and protein and donating them to local foodbanks. In addition, ODLC is helping the Kuhns place two contiguous parcels of land in Saint Louis, Virginia, one of county’s first African American townships, into conservation easement to protect the 42 acres from development. Old Dominion Land Conservancy (ODLC) is a 501(c)3 that seeks to protect land and water and provide for future generations. It focuses on the preservation of Virginia’s beautiful, historic, countryside and valuable water resources. ODLC tailors conservation easements to meet the specific needs and conservation purposes of ODLC and each landowner. ODLC also seeks to educate the public on why land conservancy is important and so easily overlooked. Since 2008, ODLC has helped designate and preserve thousands of acres in land conservancy.
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Scott Stewart Dominates the Green Hunter Divisions at Upperville
rofessional hunter rider Scott Stewart earned three championships and one reserve championship in the Green Hunter divisions at the Upperville Colt & Horse Show presented by MARS Equestrian™. Riding for Canon Dr. Betsee Parker of Middleburg, Va., Stewart was nearly unbeatable in the 3’9” Green Hunters aboard Nottingham, notching three wins over fences and a second place under saddle. “This horse is very special,” said Parker of the tenyear-old gray Oldenburg. “He seems to be the perfect fit psychologically for Scott. He is a real worker bee who does everything Scott asks of him.” Known as “Vinny”, or sometimes “Cousin Vinny”
around the barn, Parker explained that the German-bred son of Verdi has been straightforward to train and is a pleasure to have in the barn. “He and Scott just mesh, they have the same temperament,” she explained. “It’s almost like watching ballet―the form is so highly exquisite, accurate and careful, yet it is fluid. That is what we have aimed for, and this is a horse that can attain it.” Stewart rode Dr. Parker’s seven-year-old Hanovarian gelding So Cool to the championship in the 3’ Green Hunter Section A, finishing first and third over fences and second in the under saddle. “He was awesome!” exclaimed Stewart. “He’s a little inexperienced, but he was re-
Inova Health System celebrates the opening of the new Inova Schar Cancer Institute
ally good in this ring; I think he liked going in a different ring with the jumps being so nice and the course being a little more. I am really thrilled with him.” So Cool is a brother to Parker’s famous Way Cool, whom Victoria Colvin rode to much success. Although they share DNA, the sibling’s similarities end there. “So Cool and Way Cool have completely different personalities,” Parker laughed. “They are polar opposites, yet both of them get the same job done. I’ve owned So Cool since he was a two-year-old and he has always been very easy and very sweet.”
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John Deeken, MD, President, Inova Schar Cancer Institute; Susan Carroll, President, Inova Loudoun Hospital; David Lee, MD, Medical Director, Inova Schar Cancer Institute – Loudoun; Ghana Kang, MD, Inova Schar Cancer Institute – Loudoun
nova Health System this week celebrated the opening of the new Inova Schar Cancer Institute – Loudoun. The new 18,000-square-foot treatment facility, a department of Inova Fairfax Hospital, offers multi-disciplinary, patient-centric cancer care under one roof. It provides the best of both worlds: a commitment to each and every patient’s well-being, backed by the latest research and advancements in treatment. Thanks to the many philanthropic community supporters, the first patient was seen on February 3, 2022. The state-of-the-art facility has a team of experts specializing in breast, colorectal, GI, head and neck, melanoma, lung and prostate cancers. Located on the first floor of the North Tower near Market Coffee and designed to create better experiences and outcomes for our cancer patients, the center is home to: • an infusion clinic for adults with 15 private infusion suites • multidisciplinary clinic with nine exam rooms and three procedure rooms • Life with Cancer® programs to support emotional, physical and mental health healing
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ating medications for people who have certain medication needs or requirements “Our team is passionate about treating patients in the Loudoun community,” said David Lee, Medical Director, Inova Schar Cancer Institute – Loudoun. “Each patient will work with a multi-disciplinary team of cancer experts to develop a personalized treatment plan for the whole person. This coordinated, patient-centered approach yields a better patient experience and better outcomes.” “We are thrilled to bring advanced, world-class cancer care close to home,” commented Susan Carroll, President, Inova Loudoun Hospital. “Providing disease site specialists and seamlessly coordinated patient-centered care to patients and families will impact families now and for generations to come.” For more information on the Inova Schar Cancer Institute – Loudoun visit www.inova.org/ locations/inova-schar-cancerinstitute-loudoun. To reach the Loudoun location call 703-8588600.
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Loudoun Preservation Society is Accepted applications for it 2022 Grant Awards
ince 1973 the Loudoun Preservation Society (LPS) has awarded over $800,000 in grants to non-profit and governmental organizations throughout Loudoun County to promote the historic
preservation of Loudoun’s built historic landscape. The Loudoun Preservation Society is a citizen organization that raises the money on its own; grant amounts vary from year to year based on fundraising success and the gen-
eral economy. The LPS grants have helped to promote dozens of small historic preservation, rehabilitation, and education projects for local organizations and historic properties in recent years including Oatlands, Aldie
Mill, Aldie Heritage Association, America’s Routes, the Lincoln Preservation Foundation, the Lovettsville Historical Society, Loudoun Clerk’s Office, the Virginia Piedmont Heritage Area, the Friends of Bluemont, the Waterford Foundation, the Westmoreland Davis Foundation, the Willisville Preservation Foundation, the Mt. Zion Church Cemetery, the Thomas Balch Library of History and Genealogy, and several historic churches. Recent examples of projects receiving grants can be found on the LPS web site, www.preserveloudoun. org along with project guidelines. Non-profit 501c(3) and government organizations located in Loudoun County are invited to apply for grants for projects that fit in the following categories: 1. Restoration and preservation of historic structures or other built features in Loudoun County including stabilization, repair, and/or historically-sensitive improvement following historic preservation guidelines such as those of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. 2. Conservation in museum collections within Loudoun County of artifacts critical to documenting, telling, or showing crucial aspects of Loudoun’s history.
3. Publication or online posting of historical, architectural, or archaeological research of a particular structure, property, site, district, community, or transportation feature important to Loudoun’s historical landscape if the publication may enhance its appreciation and further encourage historic preservation in the county. 4. Design and implementation of a school or public program to promote appreciation of Loudoun’s historic built landscape and the need for and value of historic preservation. Loudoun Preservation Society grants are not intended to pay for any project but rather to be of sufficient assistance to “prime the pump” of a worthy project. Grants are typically $500 to $3,000. LPS prefers project proposals where the applicant will also be financially footing part of the proposed project’s bill. Applications can be found at http://www.preserveloudoun. org/Programs/LPS_Grant_Application.pdf . The LPS grant applications must be received between May 1, 2022 and July 15, 2022 via e-mail at lps@preserveloudoun. org . Inquiries and questions can also be sent to that e-mail address
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Upperville Horse Show: 169 Years Young & Better Than Ever Horse-Crazy
lates and Lugano Diamonds, provided plenty of excitement pperville Colt & Horse as 21 pairs started and five went Show, presented by clear over the brilliant and testing Mars Equestrian™, course. Schuyler Riley (Wellingcelebrated all things ton, Fl.) and Robin de Ponthual, horse-related. From Monday, owned by Katherine Gallagher, June 6 through Sunday, June scorched to the win with an un12, the oldest show in the USA beatable clear jump-off round, offered seven days packed with stopping the clock at 42.89 secsomething for everyone: hunt- onds. They did have a bit of a ers, jumpers, hunter derbies, chip at the next to last jump, but grand prix jumpers, equitation, the 16-year-old Selle Francais breeding classes, plus Saturday’s gelding has proven his athletiever-popular classes for kids, cism tackling big courses around grown-ups, silver foxes, and la- the world with Riley since 2019. dies riding aside. Vendors galore so you can shop to your heart’s No matter how far Riley travcontent… Although cancelled in 2020 by Covid, Upperville came els to compete, she enjoys reback bigger than ever in 2021 turning to Upperville and last and this year hosted more horses year they finished seventh in the Jumper Classic. This year they with entries topping 1,995. headed to Upperville from DevOn Sunday, the $216,000 FEI on, hot off their second-place fin4-star Upperville Jumper Classic, ish in the Sapphire Grand Prix. co-presented by Ethel M Choco- “So my plan was to go as fast
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Schuyler Riley and Robin de Ponthual were victorious in the Upperville Jumper Classic.
Awarding of the Patty Motion Memorial Trophy for Best Local Child Rider on a Pony: (l-r) Andrew Motion, Lilibet Motion, Demaris Abeles, Tenspeed and Lilia Sharp, Grand Local Pony Hunter Champions. Photo by Katy Carter for UCHS
Betsee Park with one of her winners, Nottingham and Scott Stewart, Green Hunter Champions.
Nina Bonnie and Shelby Bonnie honored Joe Fargis with the Randolph Award. Photos by Taylor Pence for UCHS
Tommy Lee and Diane Jones received the President’s Award from show president Joe Fargis.
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The Spirit of the Horse Award presented Punkin Lee (center) by Governor Youngkin with Mrs. Youngkin.
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2022 Twilight Polo as I could go, and we did!” Riley said about her strategy for the 4-star Jumper Classic. “Robin is so scopey, so powerful. I’ve now had enough of a career with him that we know each other inside and out, and I couldn’t feel luckier to have a horse like him.” Upperville continues to make improvements, which inspire rave reviews on both side of the highway. For every competitor, good footing is the decider, and the UCHS committee has gone above and beyond their trademark southern hospitality and amenities. Upperville was always special; now it’s spectacular. “This arena and this venue are amazing,” Riley said. “It reminds me of Europe, where you get a really educated crowd. They know when things go right, they know when things go wrong; they ride every step with you.” For Lilia Sharp, newly graduated from Foxcroft and heading to the College of William and Mary in the fall where she hopes to compete on the intercollegiate equestrian team, Upperville was a family affair. Sharp and Farnley Tenspeed, bred and owned by her grandmother, Hetty Abeles, won the Local Large Pony Hunter Championship. It was very close: only one point over fences separated Sharp and Tenspeed from Beatrice Van Sant and Ladybug, the reserve champions. Sharp and Tenspeed also earned enough points to take home the Grand Local Pony Hunter Championship and the Patty Motion Memorial Trophy for Best Local Child Rider on a Pony. “Tenspeed has the best personality,” Sharp said. “He is a big lap dog in a horse’s body. He loves to cuddle and is very goofy all the time, and I am so happy we had a great show.” Upperville Colt & Horse Show owes its existence to that long history of dedicated people in the community, willing yearafter-year to pitch in and make this show one of the best. Glenn Youngkin, Governor of Virginia, and his wife Suzanne Youngkin, were on hand to participate in the awards ceremony to honor Upperville Colt & Horse Show, Punkin Lee, Joe Fargis, and Tommy Lee and Diane Jones. There isn’t enough room here to do them justice, and they are quite humble about their vital contributions to the success of the show. Lee received the inaugural Spirit of the Horse Award for her many decades of service to Upperville. She has served on the UCHS board of directors for 25 years and is the founder of Journeymen Saddlers. She remains deeply involved in the local community organizations, including but not limited to Middleburg Business and Professional Association, Virginia Fall Races, and National Sporting Library and Museum. Fargis presented the UCHAsponsored President’s Award to Tommy Lee and Diane Jones for
their indispensable commitment and loyalty to the horse show. The Joneses are an incredible team with extensive knowledge and expertise in every facet of show management and maintenance of the facilities. Tommy Lee became manager of the Upperville show in 1985 with the blessings of the late Theodora Randolph, former MFH Piedmont Foxhounds and sporting legend. who obviously knew how to pick winners. The Bonnie Family honored Joe Fargis with the Randolph Perpetual Trophy for his leadership and vision, which contributed greatly to the show’s modernized version. This Bonnie tradition recognizes outstanding contributions by and within the Upperville community. Fargis is known for his long show jumping career with many victories to his credit, including two gold Olympic medals. Another Saturday tradition is Upperville’s Wall of Honor, honoring people and great horses who help to sustain the show’s character and quality. The 2022 inductees are: Tutti Perricone, Mary B. Schwab, Pam Hayden, Glena Wirtanen, and the show jumper, Up Chiqui, You can read about all this in the program – it’s chock full of information, a great reference and souvenir. Local owner and UCHS board member Dr. Betsee Parker enjoyed success as Scott Stewart piloted her Charlemagne to wins in HP Conformation Hunter, and dominated the Green Hunters with Nottingham and So Cool earning top honors. Parker also won with Lucado, Maddie Tosh doing the honors in Small Junior Hunter while Vivien Golden piloted Parker’s Baroness of Locheil to the championship in Medium Pony Hunter and Brixton to the reserve honors in Large Pony Hunter. Two Middleburg-based equestrians won divisions of Adult Amateur Hunter. Penny Denegre was champion with String of Pearls in the over 49 division and the duo claimed first place in the $5,000 Adult Amateur Hunter Classic. Whitney Blanchard and Del Mar harvested the title in the Adult Amateur Hunter 36-49 division. Cathleen Driscoll, who rides for Katie and Henri Prudent, won the FEI 4* Speed Stakes as well as leading jumper rider and leading lady jumper rider titles. Start planning for next year’s Upperville Horse Show and be sure to visit both sides of the road. Especially since Dr. Parker succeeded in getting Grafton Farm with those glorious oak trees on the National Register of Historic Places. Totally up-to-date yet marvelously old-fashioned, Upperville is a unique getaway for kids of all ages. For more info: Upperville. com Note: Photos are by Taylor Pence except where noted otherwise.
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Faces, Fashion & Fun
Nashville comes to Middleburg Photos by Nancy Kleck
Country music artist Liz Slezinger
Randy Houser, Country Music Superstar, being presented a framed American Flag constructed out of Combat Paper, by Kevin Stacy, Founder and Executive Director of The Station Foundation.jpg
Barb Roux, Randy Houser, Gail Dady, David Roux, Clare Stacy and Sophia Rosales
Kevin Stacy, Executive Director of The Station Foundation, presents Randy Houser a Challenge Coin
Jason Aldean and Toby Keith signed guitar
Diego Olivero, Jason Vickers, Kelly and John Johnson
Zohar and Lisa Ben-dov
Eagle Cafe Sponsor Lounge giving guests a front row seat
Videos of The Station Foundation in Bozeman, Montana, were shown during the event
Based in Bozeman, Montana, The Station Foundation is a nationally-recognized public 501(c)(3) supporting U.S. Special Operations Forces as they return home from war. Established in 2011, The Station quietly serves families across our Nation’s premier warfighting force, U.S. Special Operations Command. Over 1,000 SOF Operators, Spouses, Children, and Gold Star Children have benefited from The Station’s programs. The Station addresses the challenges facing these families through powerful experiences aligned with the culture, needs, and values of SOF. The Station’s unique programming shapes the way our Warriors return home, Built and presented by members from the Special Operations Community, The Station is uniquely positioned to understand and deliver unmatched programming that this Community wants and deserves. The Station’s relentless commitment to the mission ensures world-class services.
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Kevin and Shannon Stacy, Co-Founders of The Station Foundation with daughter Clare, Barb Roux and Gail Dady
Elizabeth Williamson, Betsy Corsell, Stephanie Higgins, and Peter Corsell
Kate Shaddock, spouse of a Special Operator who was deployed 17 times to defend the United States
Committee Members Barb Roux, Gail Dady and Tracey Weinberg
David Roux auctioning off a shield held by Elizabeth Makkai and made by Special Operators with steel from the World Trade Center aftermath of 9-11
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Faces, Fashion & Fun Upperville Horse Show Photos by Nancy Kleck
Homecoming Queen and Myka Taylor won the 4-6 Leadline Class
Fleetwood and Sadie Unger placed 2nd in the 4-6 Leadline Class
Churchill and Sybil Moylan placed 3rd in the 1-3 Leadline
Jamrock and Charlotte Gohrband placed 3rd in the 4-6 Leadline Class
Jubilee and Rylynn Norris placed 2nd in the 1-3 Leadline
Lovebug and Everly Brewer won the 1-3 years Leadline
Barbara Sharp’s very popular Art Under The Oaks
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Faces, Fashion & Fun
Upperville Horse Show Photos by Nancy Kleck
Al and Maureen Griffin
Brandy Greenwell and her twins
Governor Glenn Youngkin and First Lady Suzanne
Barbara Sharp with John Rusigunolo and Karla Etten
Jacqeline Mars, Peter and Ineke Kreeger and Paul Cronin
John Denegre gets a hug from his granddaughter
Pamela Ryder and Gail Clark
Patty Bates, Eric Steiner and his daughers
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Last ride home!
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National Sporting Library & Museum Gala
Photos by Nancy Kleck n June 2nd, the NSLM hosted a spectacular gala celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Museum. Over 350 attendees came out to support the NSLM and enjoyed an evening of dinner and dancing to the music of The Bob Harwick Sound, an awardwinning band from New York City. The Gala also served as the official launch of the NSLM’s Capital Campaign. The generous support of donors, as well as 100% participation by the
Board of Directors, has allowed the NSLM to raise over $12 million towards its $14 million goal. Chairman of the NSLM Board, Manuel H. Johnson, shared, “We are excited about the enormous enthusiasm and support we have experienced so far with our Capital Campaign and are hoping to blow through the $14 million goal.” Continued support from the community will help fulfill their goal and ensure the longevity of the institution, preserving sporting life and culture as well as advocating for the conserva-
tion of open space and waterways for generations to come. A highlight of the evening was a proclamation from the State of Maryland in recognition of Jacqueline B. Mars’s contributions to the state’s horse industry presented by Jack S. “Jay” Griswold; Secretary of Commerce R. Michael Gill; Chairman, MD Stadium Authority Thomas E. Kelso; Chairman, President, and CEO of McCormick & Company and NSLM Board Member Lawrence E. Kurzius. Jay Griswold presented a gift of $100,000 to
the NSLM’s Capital Campaign in her honor from a group of individuals involved with the Maryland Horse Industry. The Honorary Gala Committee was co-chaired by Jacqueline B. Mars, Vice Chair of the NSLM Board of Directors, and Jack S. “Jay” Griswold. Also serving on the Committee were Anita M. Antenucci; John E. Cay, III; Karen H. Crane; Timothy J. Gardner; Winton S. Holladay; George S. Hundt, Jr.; Sheila Johnson; Susan S. Mullin; Mark J. Ohrstrom; Sarah F. Perot; Ni-
cole H. Perry; Sarah L. Slack; John R. Staelin; and Viviane M. Warren. The NSLM thanks each of them for their hard work and support of this milestone event. The celebratory exhibition A Decade Afield: 10 Years of the NSLM’s Museum is on view at the museum until September 18. Information about the NSLM and donations to the Capital Campaign is available at NationalSporting.org.
NSLM Board Member Robin Parsky, Former U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania and Jordan Richard Viets
NSLM Board Member Virginia Guest Valentine, Jimmy Hatcher
Zohar Ben-Dov, NSLM Board Member Jacqueline L. Ohrstrom
Alexandria Hundt, Christa B. Schmidt
NSLM Executive Director Elizabeth von Hassell, NSLM Board Vice Chair and Honorary Gala Committee CoChair Jacqueline B. Mars
Charles Carroll, NSLM Board Treasurer Claire Reid, Snowden Clark
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Cleo Gewirz, NSLM Board Member Robert Irwin, Jenny Irwin
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"Education is the bridge between you and a successful life." Congratulations to Wakefield's Class of 2022! May you continue to seek the challenge, make a difference, and live extraordinary lives.
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Congratulations to the
Class of 2022 Jingyang Ai, New York University Liv Anderson, Gettysburg College Emma Bartolomucci, Rollins College Virginia Bonnie, University of Virginia Avani Brown, George Washington University Caroline Brown, West Chester University of Pennsylvania Marlow Buckner, Howard University Maddie Cabral, George Mason University Sabrina Cai, Carnegie Mellon University Cassie Campbell, High Point University Emma Carmichael, The College of William and Mary Natalie Chiao, Cornell University Vivian Davis, University of Richmond Lauren de Wet, University of Kentucky Nia Dowling, The College of William and Mary
Rory Dries, Louisiana State University Chelsie Ekhelar, Culinary Institute of America Amelia Fortsch, Syracuse University Sierra Jackson, Rollins College Catherine Jin, Emory University Erica Johnson, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Olivia Johnson, University of Mississippi Moss Lanahan, Landmark College Maeve Magner, Hampshire College Caroline McLaughlan, University of Virginia Jordan Michlowitz, Penn State University Cecilia Mould, University of Virginia Leah Nguyen, University of Mary Washington Remy Patterson, St Andrews William & Mary Joint Degree Programme Elaine Pruitt, College of Charleston
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ACHIEVEMENTS BY THE NUMBERS 43 members of the Class received 148 acceptances from 104 colleges & universities. 10 students received 28 merit scholarships totaling over $1.4 million. 8 AP Scholars, 2 AP Scholars with Honor, 2 National Merit Commended Scholars & 9 members of Cum Laude Society
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Foxcroft School Honors Four Faculty Members During End of Year Celebrations One Excellence in Teaching Award, One Service Award, and Two Endowed Chairs
Facilities Manager Danny Borror and his wife Mollie are all smiles as he becomes the 11th recipient of the Jane Lockhart Service Award.
ine Arts Department Chair Julie Fisher, Facilities Manager Danny Borror, STEM teacher Meghen Tuttle, PhD, and English Department Chair Steve McCarty were all honored by Head of School Cathy McGehee during Foxcroft’s end-of-year celebrations. Julie Fisher received the 2022 Mary Louise Leipheimer Excellence in Teaching Award established in 2014 by Foxcroft’s Board of Trustees to honor the retiring Head of School who spent 40+ years at the School as a teacher and administrator. “A quiet but transformative educator, Julie has expanded and raised the bar for our arts program through her vision, leadership, and hard work,” observed Head of School Cathy McGehee during her remarks. “From building our digital arts program and our STEAM design courses to submitting student work to a variety of juried shows, she has found ways to showcase our students’ voices through a variety of mediums.” Her innovative and collaborative approach to learning helps students connect with the surrounding community through curated student art shows at the Artists in Middleburg gallery and
STEAM teacher and Wellness Education Coordinator Meghen Tuttle, PhD, celebrates with husband Jay and son Jack after being named to the Eleanor B. Stevens Chair for Science.
completing Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) projects benefitting Banneker Elementary, Aldie Mill, and the Goose Creek Association. She teaches photography, engineering, and graphic design; serves as the Tally-ho! Yearbook advisor; and mentors students pursuing their academic concentration in The Arts. Recognizing his dedication and outstanding service to Foxcroft for the past decade, Danny Borror was awarded the 2022 Jane Lockhart Service Award, established in 2012 and given to a distinguished member of Foxcroft’s staff or faculty who exemplifies a personal commitment to and understanding of all of our students. “Each and every day, Mr. Borror’s work to keep our buildings and grounds safe, beautiful, and functioning helps create a welcoming campus for our students, their families, and their teachers,” remarked McGehee. “Over the past two years, the pandemic has provided us with many extra challenges. You and the team have gone above and beyond to make sure our community is safe. Now that we are back to normal, you help us set up for events and programs, sometimes with little notice — and then there are all the other challenges faced
English Department Chair Steve McCarty tries out his chair after receiving the H. Laurence Achilles Chair for English.
by a 108-year-old, 500-acre campus with 50 buildings, from the electrical work to plumbing, and so much more.” As a STEAM teacher and Wellness Education Coordinator at Foxcroft, Dr. Meghen Tuttle is the fourth person to hold the Eleanor B. Stevens Chair for Science, established in 1997 through the generosity of the Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation. A true scholar and lifelong learner with a broad knowledge and genuine love for science, Dr. Tuttle’s classes are active, collaborative, and interdisciplinary with real-world applications. In the last weeks of school, her Biology students incubated and hatched baby chicks, quite the unique experience, ultimately rehoming them to a nearby farm. “Each day Dr. Tuttle helps our students think like scientists by providing case studies and applying the scientific method as they conduct labs and write their reports,” reflected McGehee. “Her students learn critical reasoning skills and gain confidence that they can become scientists themselves. Her passion for science and research is evident in all she does.”. A master teacher who “walks the walk” with his students, Steve McCarty is the
Julie Fisher is the eighth recipient of the Mary Louise Leipheimer Excellence in Teaching Award.
fourth holder of the H. Laurence Achilles Chair for English, named for a master teacher, scholar, mentor, and friend who led the English Department until his retirement in 1977. McCarty has expanded opportunities for students to experience the written and spoken word at the Paul K. Bergan Poetry Festival and live readings in Washington, DC. He regularly encourages them to share their voices by submitting to present and publish their works. “Mr. McCarty is an innovative teacher, using the most current research and tools available to enhance instruction,” noted McGehee. “As Chair of the English Department, he has led the way in integrating Mastery Learning into the pedagogy and curriculum, overhauling the entire English program. He holds high expectations for his students and colleagues but asks nothing less of himself.” McCarty has taught in Foxcroft’s English and History departments for 15 years and was recognized with the Leipheimer Excellence in Teaching Award in 2017. His work has been published in several literary journals, including The Thomas Hardy Review, The Piedmont Virginian, and Poet Lore.
Foxcroft School and University of Denver Lacrosse Phenom Meredith “Dish” Harris Inducted as 13th Member of Foxcroft Sports Hall of Fame
eredith “Dish” Harris ’10, daughter of Jimmy and Marcy Harris of Middleburg and former stand-out lacrosse player for Foxcroft School and the University of Denver, was recently inducted as the 13th member of the Foxcroft Sports Hall of Fame. From an early age, Dish seemed to pick up any new sport she tried with ease. She started riding at the age of six and shortly after started playing lacrosse. She showed competitively in hunter and jumper events and first gained notoriety for her standout skills playing club lacrosse in Upper Corner. While attending Foxcroft, she played lacrosse, field hockey, and basketball. She was selected as Field Hockey Player of the Year in the Delaney Athletic
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Conference (DAC) and helped lead her team to DAC and Columbus Cup Field Hockey Championships and the Virginia Independent School Athletic Association (VISAA) Tournament for the first time since 2005. Selected as a co-winner of Foxcroft’s Most Valuable Player award during her senior year, she was also named first-team All-Loudoun by The Washington Post and All-DAC by the Delaney Conference coaches. She broke several single-season and career scoring records while playing at Foxcroft. Known for her bright-colored socks and accessories every time she stepped on the field, Dish made a statement with her confidence. She represented the ultimate Foxcroft leader — confident, courageous, and ready to show-
case her skills. She was a special athlete, so talented at such a young age, and with the unselfishness to be a servant leader on the field. With her skills, she could have easily been the top scorer on the team but instead empowered others to shine and be their best. Former Foxcroft Athletic Director, Dish’s advisor, and coach Katie Kantz, who sits on the Sports Hall of Fame selection committee, shared during her remarks, “Dish demonstrated such intensity but also sportsmanship as a leader and captain. At a time when sportsmanship can get out of hand, we need practices like the Fox/ Hound tradition and leaders like Dish to model the essence of ‘true friends ‘til the end’ even in the ultimate heat of healthy competition.” That is why
Division I coaches — Denver in particular — recruited her so heavily. She was the player a coach would want to help build their program as she did at Foxcroft and Denver. Her energy and love for all sports, including riding, were contagious. Dish co-captained her team at the University of Denver, helping elevate their program to a top 10 ranking as they went to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament multiple times. She also was named to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA)’s Academic Honor Roll list and, upon graduation, was ranked second on the team in points.
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Four Middleburg Area Students Receive Diplomas, Accolades from Foxcroft School Foxcroft Celebrated the Class of 2022 during the School’s 108th Commencement
iddleburg resident Remy Patterson, Vivian Davis of The Plains, and Virginia Bonnie and Olivia Johnson of Upperville were among the 43 students from two countries, eight states, and the District of Columbia to graduate from Foxcroft School on May 27, 2022. These students are members of an impressive class, which collectively received 148 offers of admission from 104 colleges and universities and was offered $1.4 million in scholarships. Members of the class will attend Carnegie Mellon University, Culinary Institute of America, Cornell University, Gettysburg College, Louisiana State University, Loyola Marymount University, New York University, Syracuse University, The College of Wil-
liam and Mary, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Kentucky, and University of Virginia, among others. Eight members of the Class of 2022 completed the requirements to earn an Academic Concentration designation on their diploma: three in Animal Science, one in Global Studies, two in STEM, and two in The Arts. Eight are AP Scholars, two are AP Scholars with Honor, two are National Merit Commended Scholars, and nine are members of the Cum Laude Society. Three were inducted into the International Thespian Society for achievements in performing arts, and eight have won regional awards in the prestigious Scholastic Art and Writing competition. Winner of the 2022 Starr Prize for moral character, poise, and professionalism, Remy Patterson
was an active leader on campus as Head of both the Activities Committee and Next Chapter, as well as interning in the Digital Arts Department and the Office of Student Life. An enthusiastic member of the Hound spirit team, Remy was chosen to serve as Painter by her peers. She also played Varsity Softball and Basketball. The daughter of Tom and Lisa Hubbard Patterson ’89 of Middleburg, Remy will continue to pursue her studies with St Andrews William & Mary Joint Degree Programme. Vivian Davis volunteered for more than 20 hours of service in our local community and served as Co-Head of the Cooking Club during her senior year. She rode all four years at Foxcroft and participated in multiple clubs at various times throughout her years at Foxcroft. Vivian is the
daughter of Clark and Heather Davis of The Plains and will attend the University of Richmond. Awarded the 2022 Weeks Family Award for Distinction in Exceptional Proficiency and Miss Charlotte’s Trophy for Best Older Girl in Riding, Virginia Bonnie is an accomplished equestrian who earned an international gold medal in 2021 as a member of the U.S. Junior Jumping Team, won the $25,000 Hermès Under 25 Grand Prix Series Event with her teammates in 2022, and was champion in High Junior Jumpers in February during the Winter Equestrian Festival. She is a member of Foxcroft’s Chapter of the Cum Laude Society, an AP Scholar, and received Silver Keys in the Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for her poetry, painting, and printmaking and was a member of multiple
clubs, including the Philosophy & Ethics and Math Clubs. The daughter of Carol and Shelby Bonnie of Upperville, VA, and San Francisco, CA, she will attend the University of Virginia. Olivia Johnson served as a dorm leader during her junior and senior years and was an active member of the Hound spirit team. She volunteered with Sprout Therapeutic Riding Center, was a member of multiple clubs, and participated in field hockey and lacrosse at different times throughout her years at Foxcroft. Olivia is the daughter of Emily Johnson of Upperville, VA, and will attend the University of Mississippi.
Head of School Cathy McGehee, former Foxcroft Athletic Director Katie Kantz, Chair of Foxcroft’s Sports Hall of Fame Selection Committee Cricket Bedford ’85, and Dish are all smiles after the announcement of her induction during Reunion Weekend in April.
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How do you keep up with it all In Unison
eople ask me how I can keep up with all the music out there. My simple answer is I can’t and I don’t. But I do have a number of go to music blog and reference sites that help me explore and learn about both established and emerging artists. The evolution of blogs over the years has been interesting. Early on, most blogs were grassroots affairs that we done by your eccentric cousin in their basement, often reflecting on their favorite death metal or hip-hop groups. As time went on, mainstream media started to catch on, and the grassroots blogs that survived became more
mainstream. Today, there are a ton of great music blog sites that you could explore for weeks, and while the grassroots blogs are still out there, they are harder to find and I simply do not have the time to track them down, unless I read an article with a link. I thought I would give you a current list of cool music sites that will help you learn more about the music that you love or some new angles on music that you might want to explore. AllMusic--This is my go to site when I want to do quick research on an album or an artist. While they have not been able to keep up with all of the new releases thanks to the home recording revolution, you can find most any album on AllMusic and
get a decent review and listing of musicians for most any release. I use it a lot for jazz recordings, especially the classics from the 50sthe 90s. Type the artists name in and you get a discography that you can explore. I am also really interested in sessions that artists do with other musicians. For example, what are all of the albums that tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker on? AllMusic gives you that list, breaking things out into songs the artist composed, songs that they played on and whether they were a guest on one cut or a primary musician on an entire album. Finding sometimes obscure gigs can give you an amazing perspective on an artist-who knew that Michael Brecker played in Zappa’s band from In
New York--his work on the sublime Purple Lagoon is nothing short of career defining, amongst a career of remarkable playing. Look up your favorites at allmusic.com. NME (New Music Express) --I typically do not head to this site, but I should to keep up with the Pop World. New Music Express, a British site, has been around for a long time, established in 1952. You can find always updated news on Pop music figures and that expands to film and television. They also have good reviews on many releases that I have never heard of and almost always do not listen to. That fact on my part does not mean that those tunes are not good, often times they are very, very good,
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but I simply don’t have the time to dive into the massive Pop Music world. If you dig that music, NME is there for you. Check it out at nme.com. ThisSongIsSick.com--This somewhat obscure site states you can: “discover sick new music that you’ve never heard before. “ They focus on electronic, dance, alt and indie music, and talk a lot about new artists. They have some great festival coverage too. A cool feature is their The Remedy playlist series, where they ask artists and producers to submit a playlist that they publish on Spotify. There are about 50 of these playlists available--check out number 44, curated by German producer and DJ Ben Bohmer--a great soundtrack for a day in the home office. More at thissongissick.com Louder--The cool thing about Louder is it breaks down coverage into genres. I clicked on the Classic Rock tab and the lead article was “The eight best new rock songs of right now” I scrolled the list and I had not heard of any of the bands-Golden Woman, Blacktop Mojo, Black Star Riders to name a few. I put on the track by the Black Star Riders and I felt like I was at a Thin Lizzy show in 1978--exuberant rock party music, nothing special, just head bopping fun. Now that I was interested, I threw on another from the list, Coleman Rigg & the Ridge Runners - Coming Clean--and I was transported to the 1980s and Billy Idol. Sure, these bands are not breaking new ground, but they are giving us more of what we loved in the seventies and eighties, and that’s not a bad thing. And I never would have found them if I had not stopped by Louder--it is well worth a stop at loudersound.com. Consequence-- This is another place to find out about the latest in die and rock music with a good dose of music celebrity news and a touch of humor. There are also cool features on music film, including a detailed and hilarious list of Jurassic Park movies ranked from best to worst. The have been covering the bizarre Sunday Lunch videos from the great Robert Fripp and his wife Toyah. Each video, which covers various rock songs, is crazy in its own way, with Fripp’s recognizable sound, his often barely dressed wife barely singing, and some fun makeup on Robert as well. I guess the message from the videos is music is fun, and anything that can give Robert Fripp, a dignified British gentleman in his seventies, a mohawk is worth seeing. I rate the videos “Aye yi yi”. There a lot more at Consequence--click on to explore the news and the music that you may love. consequence.net Steve Chase is listening to Elton John’s Madman Across the Water 50th Anniversary Special Edition.
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Table For One Sincerely me
ave you ever dined alone? Some fear the thought of dining, driving, flying, vacationing, going to an event, living, and even dying alone. What’s wrong with you? If you can’t enjoy your own company, how do you expect anyone else
to? I have traveled alone many times starting with a solo flight back from Nice, France with an airport change in Paris when I was 13. I heard someone say “Dulles” and followed them to my intended gate and arrived home safely. I’ve traveled alone to meet people at a destination.
I’ve traveled alone for work. Traveling alone isn’t the issue. It is being alone that some find challenging or excruciating. One of my most awesome adventures was a vacation for one. Not traveling and meeting someone somewhere, but rather a full week alone. ALONE. I had just been dumped and while
my heart was in a billion pieces, I concocted the brilliant plan to escape the daily grind and my head. It wasn’t quite like a Walden-esque retreat to soul search in nature, but rather an escape on a cruise ship shared with 1000+ people to seek sun, sand and sangria in February. My mother dropped me off
at the airport at 6am on a freezing February morning. She had to push her grown daughter out of the car like a momma bird pushing a baby bird out of her nest to learn to fly. I got out and headed to my gate with a tears in my eyes and tunes in my ears. Alone. I was seated next to two similar aged gals talking with great enthusiasm about their upcoming vacation plans. I turned my music down and eavesdropped a while before asking if our destinations where the same. They were. We made fast friends, changed our table assignments to dine together and had many fun adventures together. Though I wasn’t completely alone with the meeting of my new friends, I still call my vacation a successful exercise in self efficacy. I learned on that alone-butnot-alone vacation that I could cope solo in any circumstance. It was a valuable life lesson that I try to improve regularly. Being alone has a power that very few people can handle. I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. “What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be.” – Ellen Burstyn
Things are looking up! Around the Town
am holding my breath, but I think things are beginning to look up. That is compared to the last two years. Tom explains to me that we will have Covid around for a long while, but we will adapt and that things are getting less scary and better overall. People and dogs are out and about. Places are open, and
we can gather in groups again. Although Tom still feels tentative, he still is making summer and fall plans. He says he feels out of practice when it comes to planning since it has been so long since he had to prepare and plan for events. But speaking as his best friend; I am happy! So is Tom. Tom has reminded his friends to still be cautious and keep aware of this contagious
disease, but truly there has been a lift in the darkness and a shift to hope. Tom and I believe one of the biggest reasons we had to deal with Covid for the last two years is because we all needed to learn more about love. He always says if you want to love deeply or live deeply, you must feel pain deeply. And there was a lot of pain within the last two years. Life is
so complex, much more for you humans than us dogs. We usually take a walk, eat a good treat, chew on a toy, interact with humans, sleep. You all, on the other hand have very complex relationships to navigate because you all can speak, and words can do much good or much harm. You all have also been thru trauma the last two years, and it takes a while to recover and get your footing again. I should know because I spent time in a scary puppy-mill before Tom found me and it took me a year or two to get past my trauma. For the last two years there has been so much fear, and uncertain moments where you couldn’t plan on anything, and you were isolated from the people you love. Not to mention how wearing a mask takes away beautiful human expressions. One of a dog’s favorite parts of a human is their face, especially when their face smiles. Tom and I have learned to only listen to the news for a few minutes and then find something uplifting to listen to. We have learned to not take anything for granted and that people need love more than ever. And
that is where dogs come into play. We know how to give love deeply, that is for sure. For things to really look up though each individual has to begin to see life as potential for good and do what they can to take away the negative and replace it with the positive. Everything a human says and does affects the world. Love. We all must love. This is something animals know how to do more naturally than humans do. Everyone is a part of life getting better. I can’t wait to see you all in town as hopefully the world gets closer, happier and more loving again.
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Sour Cherry Tart
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I love using the Nairn’s Scottish Oat Grahams for the crust of my fruit tarts as they are not too sweet and have a wonderful crunchy texture. Sour Cherry Tart Makes 1 9” tart or 6 4” individual tarts Crust 1 5.64-ounce box Nairn’s Scottish Oat Grahams (16 grahams) 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted ¼ cup sugar ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 1 egg white Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Combine the oat grahams, butter, vanilla and sugar in food processor and pulse until well combined and the oat grahams are a fine crumb In a 9” tart pan or individual tart pans with a removable bottom, pat the crust mixture (about 3 tablespoons each for 4” tarts)
evenly on the bottom and up the sides Freeze until set about 10 minutes Remove from the freezer and brush with the egg white Bake for 10 minutes, then cool on the rack while preparing the filling Sour Cherry Filling 4 cups sour cherries, divided - either fresh or frozen ¾ cup sugar 2 tablespoons tapioca flour ¼ teaspoon kosher salt 1 tablespoon unsalted butter ½ teaspoon vanilla Vanilla Ice Cream for serving Put 3 cups of sour cherries in a heavy saucepan, reserving 1 cup In a small bowl combine the sugar, salt and tapioca flour and stir until there are no lumps Pour the sugar combination onto the sour cherries and stir to combine Turn the heat to medium high and stir the mixture When the cherries come to a boil, stir constantly and remove
from the heat when it is thickened, about 3-5 minutes Remove from the heat and add the butter and vanilla then fold in
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Ann Sheridan MacMahon September 10, 1933 – June 7, 2022
situation and always had the cooperation of anyone who ever worked with her. Her natural appeal and love of life made her name synonymous with “good, wholesome living,” a description that remained true throughout her life. She was a smart, generous, fun-loving, and a fair woman. Ann met the love of her life, Dr. Edward B. MacMahon, to whom she was deeply devoted, and ever-proud of her handsome native Australian husband. Together they raised six children: Paul Edward, Margaret Keily, Edward Brian, Stephen James, John Matthew, and Helen Elizabeth. The family moved to The Plains, Virginia in the early 1970s and Ann and Edward have remained at High Acre Farm for more than 50 years. With most of her children living within just five miles from the farm, Ann was a dedicated mother, grandmother, and friend. A quiet defender to many in need, she always welcomed others to join the family for holidays. Her warm hands and hearty embrace was appreciated by many a motherless child or adult, whom she took in by the dozens and filled a deep gap in their lives with her warmth and laughter. There will be lots of mothers
t is with great sadness we share the loss of our beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, Ann Sheridan MacMahon. Ann was born in Buffalo, New York into a Sheridan family that emigrated to America from Ireland in the 1850s. Her grandmother arrived in America in 1900 from County Waterford with just $5 in her pocket. Ann was extremely proud of her Irish roots, and felt honored to have become an Irish citizen. Daughter to Edward J. and Eileen J Sheridan, Ann was raised in Alexandria, Virginia. She attended St. Mary’s Academy and George Washington High School where she was voted wittiest in her class along with her friend, Willard Scott. Ann graduated from Alexandria Hospital School of Nursing where she excelled, having received a full four-year scholarship, and continued her nursing career as an operating nurse with great success. Her yearbook described her as having “dark brown hair, blue eyes and a keen sense of humor.” Her carefree manner and winning ways have made her our favorite. Ann had the ability to calmly cope with every
thanking her in heaven for taking care of their own kids after they were gone. Ann was a brave business woman, founding SheridanMacMahon, Ltd. Real Estate in Middleburg in 1981. She excelled as a business leader and genuine friend to all of her clients throughout the years. As far as games go, nothing compared to scrabble. A regular routine in libraries and eventually the dining room at the farm. Take as many tiles as you want, no scoring required, and if you made up a word, it was accepted, so long as you could provide an equally comical or pithy definition. Being wittiest was not only a high school endeavor. Shortly after moving to Middleburg a letter arrived sharing how the MacMahon’s were not substantially following the local etiquette. She corrected the grammar with a red pen and sent it back. Ann was predeceased by her parents and grandson, Jamie MacMahon, and is survived by her loving husband, Edward, six children, Paul (Marion), Margaret (Tommy Carroll), Edward Jr, Steve (Tracie), John, Helen (Mark Mickum), and ten grandchildren, Brian MacMahon, Drew MacMahon,
Matthew MacMahon, Kiely MacMahon, Thomas Carroll III, Adela Griswold, Edward MacMahon III, Alexandra MacMahon, Katie MacMahon, Annie Stowe Mickum, and two Scotties, Jocko and Agnes. A private family funeral Mass
will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her honor to the Fauquier Free Clinic where Ann continued her nursing career well in to her 80s as a frequent volunteer.
Paul G. Ziluca aul Garibaldi Ziluca, 94 passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 12, 2022 at the Blue Ridge Hospice Center on Cork Street in Winchester, VA. Paul’s mother was Josephine, a granddaughter of Giuseppe Garibaldi, who history has credited with being the one who, in 1860, brought Italy’s many city-states together as a nation. Paul’s father was Joseph, whose Greek ancestor joined Emperor Constantine’s 312 AD march on Rome and afterwards settled in the Italian town of Cave, 35 miles SE of Rome, where the Ziluca descendants continued to live for the next 1600 years. Joseph and Josephine were married in 1926 and left Italy soon afterwards due to Mussolini’s fascism, arriving in the USA in 1927. Born on March 26, 1928 in Greenwich, CT, Paul graduated from Culver Military Academy and Harvard College where he met Louise, his wife of 69 years. He was commissioned in the USAF in August 1952 and served his country for 28 years, half of them overseas, including Vietnam in 1968, the year of the Tet Offensive. During his career, he earned a Master’s Degree and reached the rank of Colonel. In civilian life, Paul became a devoted preservationist, mapping the Civil War battles of Aldie, Middleburg and Upperville and serving for 8 years as chair of the
Virginia Outdoors Foundation, the nation’s largest holder of Conservation Easements. He also served as Loudoun County Republican Party Chair from 1991 to 1994. In 2009, he was named a Loudoun Laureate in recognition of his positive contribution to Loudoun County life. His greatest achievement, though, was his family. Paul, preceded in death by his two brothers and parents, is survived by his wife Louise, and their 4 children, Loveday and her husband John of Indio, California, Joseph and his wife Sue, of New York City, Isobel and her husband Danny, of Upperville, Virginia and Maxwell and his wife, Christine of Ellicott City, Maryland. There are 5 granddaughters, Josie, Becky, Adrienne, Bee, Caroline and 3 grandsons, Tom, Daniel and Jackson. Finally, there are two great grandchildren, the two Z’s, Zoe and Zane, presented to the Ziluca family by Daniel and his loving wife, Abby. A visitation will be held at Omps Funeral Home on Amherst Street on Monday May 23, 2022 from 4pm to 6pm and then a memorial service for the following day at 3pm at Westminster Canterbury. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the SVWC Foundation for their Art programs.
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Opinion - Letters@middleburgeccentric.com Letter to the Editor Littleton’s Middleburg
Vincent Bataoel Middleburg, Virginia
Last month, the Mayor of Middleburg published a “Facts vs. Fiction” response to community concerns about his planned annexation project. It was helpful, but he may have accidentally missed a few key facts. The first is that the people of Middleburg don’t support annexation. More than 75% of the public comments are opposed to annexation. The opposed have stated that “development will ruin the charm of the village”, “it will open the door for more change..and sprawl”, and “(it would be the) worst possible thing that could happen to our little village”. One response from a resident here for 54 years, sums it up: “I am not in favor of changing any town boundaries, and I am appalled that our village should even…
consider it.” The second fact that was left out is that the residents do not benefit from annexation. And, if we listen to leadership, the Town does not stand to benefit from it either. The only party that stands to benefit from annexation is the developers themselves. This is because, if annexed, the Town will bring municipal water and sewer service to these properties, which will reduce the developer’s risks and make it easier for them to bring their sprawl and condominiums. The Town, led by Littleton, is justifying its prodevelopment presentations on the grounds that “these properties are going to be developed one way or the other”. This inevitability narrative brings us to the third fact: by right or not, it is not inevitable that Middleburg will be developed.
Letter from The Plains
The electronic warfare environment has been paramount in the Ukrainian battlespace. Russian failure to dominate in this critical domain explains in a good measure why Putin’s much vaulted Army was pushed back into eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainian Army has been much better organized and led, and its ability to deny the Russians dominance of the electromagnetic spectrum and degrade their capabilities has led to asking many questions. Why could Russian systems and technologies that the intelligence community has assessed to be highly capable fail in combat? The reason is undoubtedly people, not equipment. First, though a simple primer for the uninitiated in Electronic Warfare (EW). The latter comprises communications interception, jamming of communications, deception, and what are generically described as electronic countermeasures. The basic premise is to deny your opponent the use of communications, radar, and other systems within the EW spectrum, such as LIDAR, for just one of many examples (Light Detection and Ranging). Jamming the enemy’s systems buys vital time; deception creates confusion and uncertainty, as well as tactically disadvantageous moves by the enemy resulting in negative outcomes. Communications
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intercepting and decoding highly encrypted messages provide valuable intelligence. In all this, one element is vital – training. A well-trained force such as the Ukrainian Army, with the latest EW systems well integrated with a flexible command and control system permitting individual tactical decision-making down to the unit level, will have a considerable advantage. The Ukraine has overcome Russian capabilities because Putin’s force has intrinsic weaknesses in its training, command, control, and communications (C3) organization and systems. The Ukraine has overcome the fog of war by being better trained, anticipating, and ready to operate in a degraded EW environment. The Russians, by contrast, were not ready for all manner of jamming and deception by an Army that their leadership assessed would be subdued quickly. The Russians “did not know what they did not know,” and, in dense jamming, the environment was overcome electronically. From the top, the Russian Army suffers from centralized command and control, a fatal flaw in a fast-moving tactical environment. With the necessary communications support, NATO countries operate on very similar fundamental doctrinal principles, particularly decentralized command and control. The Russians have lost an inordinate number of senior officers at the one-
In fact, all of Middleburg’s open spaces were at one time also properties ripe for by right development — but people who cared about preservation fought against the sprawl, worked with the Land Trusts, and financed deals to protect the area’s open spaces with easements. That’s how easements work: they protect land that otherwise has the right to be developed. I would expect that the very people elected to be stewards of Middleburg would at least try to prevent development using one or more of the tools available. The Town certainly has the financial resources and experience with preservation to hold its own, but, instead of taking a stand, it seems to have just rolled over, without so much as a semblance of resistance. If there has been any effort
toward preservation of these properties it has yet to be told. We have only been told an unlikely story: that these two separate developers, both “unsolicited”, “reached out to the Town” with plans that just happened to fit the context of annexation. There are some longterm residents who believe that the Town has not been forthcoming about the origin and details of its conversations with the potential developers of those properties. It has been suggested that one or more elected officials of the Town may have been instrumental in the formation of the “spontaneous” proposals that have been presented to the public. It seems the community needs help understanding the facts of how the conversation evolved with these developers. And so there has been a
FOIA request made to the Town for disclosure of any correspondence between the Town of Middleburg and the development interests. These details are in the public interest, and it is expected that our Mayor and Council, since they should have nothing to hide from the community, should be eager to disclose the details. After all, this is an important issue to so many people — many who have moved here for a rural life, and some who will be directly impacted by the downstream effects of this development. These residents of Middleburg, as well as the people of this community who have an interest in preservation, deserve full transparency and accountability from all of their public officials.
star and above level for their presence in the thick of things, not a reflection on courage and presence with their forces, but rather an oldfashioned warfare philosophy of direct command and control by senior officers. Tactical decision-making and action at the unit level are stultified in the Russian Army. Timely intelligence on the battlefield goes hand in glove with EW operations. The United States has provided critical intelligence to the Ukrainians about, for just one example of many, when and where Russian missiles and bombs would strike, permitting instant use of air defense systems and moving Ukrainian assets to safe havens. The US has successfully trained and provided the Ukrainians with the intelligence that permits them to disperse their air defense systems, for example. As a result the Russians have never gained control of the skies over the Ukraine and have suffered severe losses. Fortunately, as I write, all impediments to providing Ukraine with targeting information and real-time intelligence appear to have been removed. The CIA has excellent relations with its Ukrainian counterparts. Providing them with what we know does not mean that we have to divulge how we obtain intelligence and the multiple sources and methods involved. A former acting CIA Director, John McLaughlin, has said it well, “Here’s what we know, it doesn’t matter how we know
it.” The social media aspects have been equally critical. The Russian, and to a certain extent Chinese, false narratives and blatant disinformation are well known by us all. Russian attempts to use cyber have failed miserably. By contrast, factually accurate Ukrainian and western news sources have openly and accurately depicted Russian war crimes, and Russian actions have taken Finland and Sweden into the NATO camp. So where is Russian cyber in amongst this when it would ostensibly aim to degrade, deny, and confuse Ukrainian systems, including all open source media outlets? The answer is we know how to protect these systems. It is most encouraging that out of the terrible suffering of the Ukrainian people at the hands of merciless Russian soldiers has come incredible solidarity of purpose and determination by the Ukrainian people to survive and push the Russians out of the Ukraine. Critical to this extraordinarily courageous national spirit is the ability of the Ukrainian leadership to communicate with the people without Russian cyber attacks taking down key communications networks and implanting disinformation. After the last major Russian cyber attack on US systems, President Biden very wisely made it clear to Putin at his meeting in Geneva that the US would no longer tolerate such attacks and, by implication (he did not say it), that the US has the
means to inflict unacceptable harm on Russian systems and networks. We should all feel confident that what the US has done to support Ukraine in this vital domain is equally applicable to the future security and protection of US critical infrastructure and national communications systems. Let us all hope that the long-range artillery we have provided the Ukraine will come into effect soonest as the war wages at a critical stage in eastern Ukraine. Without the imminent use of these US weapons, the Ukrainian Army may be in a parlous state because of Russian proximity to their long-range weaponry inside Russian territory. In this strategic environment, the tactical application of EW systems will be paramount as the Ukrainian Army uses maneuver and deception to keep the Russians from successfully targeting them while executing lethal firepower on the enemy. The denouement for the Russian Army will hopefully ensue. In next month’s Letter, I will address Russian war crimes in the Ukraine and the international response. Anthony Wells’ new historical novel, “Crossroads in Time. Philby and Angleton. A Story of Treachery”, is available on Amazon. This book is a revelation about the relationship of the UK’s worst ever spy, Kim Philby, with James Angleton, the head of CIA Counter Intelligence.
Children die because Our government fails to act!
John P. Flannery
I was on the Hill when Columbine happened, and I studied carefully and wrote about the Virginia Tech mass shooting. In the Virginia shooting, 32 students and faculty died, and 25 others were wounded in our nation’s largest handgun blood bath; afterward, the 2,600-acre university campus was “desolate and preternaturally quiet.” The students and their instructors died or suffered severe injuries because elected officials in the federal and state government were recklessly indifferent to the deathly danger of high-powered handguns, the availability of high-capacity ammunition clips and because they cared too little about who got to have and use these dangerous weapons. Columbine was 23 years ago. Virginia Tech was 15 years ago. Mass shootings in N.Y., Texas, and elsewhere are today’s “breaking news.” There were lessons taught in the case of Virginia tech, but they were not learned. Our elected officials make a political calculus on how much they can delay action before being forced to render the very least effective remedy they can. In the Virginia Tech case, Seung Hui Cho was an angry and disturbed college student, a loner, withdrawn, and had suicidal and homicidal ideations as early as the 8th grade. He was treated for his problems. Special Justice Paul M. Barnett of the Montgomery County General District Court, on December 14, 2005, at 11 am. concluded that Cho “present[ed] an imminent danger to himself as a result of mental illness” and ordered, “O-P [outpatient treatment] – to follow all recommended treatments.” The Federal Gun Control Act, first passed in 1968, makes it unlawful for anyone to buy a gun who “has been adjudicated as a mental defective or who has been committed to a mental institution.” The Code of Federal Regulations provides that “adjudicated as a mental defective” means “[a] determination by a court, board, commission, or other lawful authority that a person, as a result of … mental illness … [i]s a
danger to himself or to others.” This Court finding should have barred Cho from buying any gun. But the information was never forwarded to the Central Criminal Records Exchange (CCRE). On February 2, 2007, Cho ordered a .22 caliber Walther P22 handgun online from TGSCOM, Inc.; on February 9, 2007, he picked up the handgun from J-N-D Pawnbrokers in Blacksburg, across the street from the University. Cho had to fill out a form, ATF 4473, asking him, “Have you ever been adjudicated mentally defective?” Cho said he had not been so “adjudicated.” Cho also had to fill out a Virginia Firearms Transaction Record (S.P. 65). Cho had said no a second time. Cho received the first-hand gun without any objection. On March 13, 2007, Cho got a second weapon, a 9 mm Glock 19 handgun and a box of 50 9 mm full metal jacket practice rounds at Roanoke Firearms. On March 22 and 23, Cho bought five 10-round magazines. On March 31, he bought several 15-round magazines. With these 15-round magazines loaded, Cho could fire 15 rounds, eject the magazine, and load a fresh one in a matter of moments. The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act (the Assault Weapons Ban) of 1994 banned automatic weapons high capacity ammunition magazines that held more than ten rounds (except for military or police use); the Act also made the magazines unlawful to transfer or possess. Congress allowed the weapons ban to lapse in October 2004. When Cho entered Norris Hall, he had almost 400 bullets in magazines and loose ammunition. The text of the Second Amendment reads simply as follows: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” When the Supreme Court earlier discussed the Second Amendment, it explained this right as a collective right residing in the States and not an individual right to bear arms, as the right only had a
collective purpose in relation to the formation and maintenance of a militia by the several states. In United States v. Cruikshank, 92 US 542, 553, 2 Otto 542 (1875), the Court said:
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“This is not a right granted by the Constitution,” and this Second Amendment right “has no other effect than to restrict the powers of the national government.” In Presser v. Illinois, 116 US 252, 6 S.Ct. 580 (1886), the Court said that these matters are “under the control of the government of every country” and “cannot be claimed as a right independent of law.” In United States v. Miller, 307 U.S. 174, 178, 59 S.Ct. 816 (1939), the Court upheld the National Firearms Act of 1934 as constitutional. The “militia” has since been supplanted by the National Guard, in accord with the National Defense Act of 1916. In 2008, the year following the Virginia Tech mass killing,
ignoring history and precedent, a divided Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller struck down D.C. legislation on the ground that it violated an individual’s right to keep and bear firearms. Justice Breyer, in dissent said: “the Framers did not write the Second Amendment in order to protect a private right of armed self-defense.” Jefferson said, “The people are the only censors of their governors.” Jefferson was concerned that if the people were inattentive, the government officers, including himself, would become wolves. Unfortunately, you can hear the wolf tones in our legislative chambers these days.
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