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Purcellville Blog: Round Hill to welcome newest HeroHome recipient

Heroes Lane in Round Hill is soon to be home to it's first residents. The Davenport family will be moving into their new three bedroom home built by HeroHomes Loudoun on Dec. 22.

Caliente Mex-Sea Restaurant & Bar Grand Opening March 1st

The newest restaurant in Brambleton will open its main dining room at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 1st. Last night, residents were able to dine and sample the full menu during a staff training session. Diners were able to try a variety of menu items and were given comment cards to rate the food and service. In conducting the training session, the staff at Caliente were able to further identify areas to improve upon in order to provide the best service possible.

Co-owner and Brambleton resident, Ben Franks, welcomed friends and family to participate in the training session. It was a full-house, filled with great support and community spirit. Everyone enjoyed the evening and looks forward to Caliente's success.

Caliente's current hours of operation are Monday - Thursday 5:00 - 10:00 p.m.; Friday, 4:00 - 1:30 a.m., Saturday, Noon-1:30 a.m. and Sunday, Noon - 10:00 p.m. Also, don't miss Fiesta Caliente Monday - Thursdays from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. and Fridays from 4:00 - 7:30 p.m. For more info, please contact Caliente at 703-327-5776.

Going Green In Brambleton

Brambleton Launches Energy Conservation Pilot and Recycling Rewards

Brambleton residents are being rewarded with more green in their wallets. Brambleton Group L.L.C., residential and retail developers of Brambleton, recently launched an Energy Conservation Pilot Program in association with Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC) and Carina Technology.

This smart grid technology accessed through the Internet will give residents an opportunity to identify ways to improve their energy management and provide a better understanding of home energy consumption and potential savings. Participants will receive real-time usage summary updates and will be able to determine if lifestyle adjustments are needed in order to create energy savings.

In another green initiative, the community’s new refuse company, AAA Recycling and Trash Removal, brought RecycleBank® to Brambleton residents last fall. RecycleBank is a rewards program that motivates households to recycle. The community’s recycling will be weighed weekly and points assigned to the community as a whole. Residents who have registered with RecycleBank will then be given an equal share of points on their account which can be redeemed towards coupons, gift cards or movie tickets at both national and local retailers.


Purcellville Library Hours & Services To Be Cut

The Purcellville Library Advisory Board is asking for your help! Did you know that the County's recent proposed budget cuts could drastically impact your library services & hours if passed? Some of the cuts include:


Want your voice to be heard?

Here's how....

- Call your County Supervisor at 703-777-0115 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
- Attend/Speak at the next Public Hearing held at the School Administration Building in
Ashburn on Saturday, February 27th at 9:30 AM

On Stage in Sterling, Lyme Forum, Hampton Quilt Show Bus, Quilters’ Meeting

On stage: The Sterling Playmakers announced the cast for the spring production of “Harvey,” the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a nice guy with an invisible rabbit for a friend. Nearly half of the cast members call Sterling home: Alex Bhargava appearing as Duane Wilson, Stephanie Hearne playing Nurse Kelly, Susan Kronenbert as Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet, Tim Silk as Dr. Sanderson and Jerri Wiseman as Mrs. Chumley.

Additional Loudouners in the play include Amber Bosworth of Ashburn as Myrtle Mae Simmons and Bob Rosenberg of Leesburg as the cabby. Producer April Bridgeman and Director Jim Campanella are from Hamilton.

The cast also includes Michael Morsberger of Brunswick, MD, in the lead role of Elwood P. Dowd, Barbara Carpenter of Herndon as his sister Veta Simmons, Dennis Fox of Reston as Judge Gaffney and Michael Scheuchenzuber of Arlington as Dr. Chumley.

“Harvey” takes the stage April 16-18 and April 23-25 in the Sterling Middle School theater. For more information, check online at http://www.sterlingplaymakers.com.

Lyme Forum: After two postponements due to February’s record-setting snowfalls, the Alerting Loudoun to Lyme (ALL) Forum co-sponsored by members of Girl Scout Troop 952 is now rescheduled to Friday, Feb. 26, at Potomac Falls High School. The speakers include Dr. David Goodfriend, Director of the Loudoun County Health Department; Monte Skall, Executive Director of the National Capital Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Association; Dr. Deanna Mitchell, D.V.M., the senior veterinarian at the Animal Medical Center of Cascades; Dr. Sarah Fletcher, a family physician, and Supervisor Andrea McGimsey of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. The forum’s information booths open at 6 p.m.; the speakers’ presentations begin at 7 p.m. For more information, call 571-434-9658 or send email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Quilters’ bus: A few tickets are still available for the CountrySide Quilters’ annual bus trip to the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Hampton, VA. The day trip takes place on Saturday, Feb. 27. The bus departs at 6:30 a.m. from the parking lot of the Community Lutheran Church in Cascades and leaves Hampton around 6 p.m. when the show closes. The $58 round-trip fare includes admission to the quilt show. Non-members are welcome on the trip. To reserve a seat, call 703-409-9893.

Machine quilting: The CountrySide Quilters group holds a business meeting and sit-n-sew on Tuesday, March 2, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Lutheran Church in Cascades. Quilter Carol Haverfield of Sterling will demonstrate machine quilting and the use of a sewing machine walking foot. For more information, call 703-409-9893.

National Bird Feeding Month

Heading out the door for a midwinter getaway? As you head out the door, you congratulate yourself on the commendable job you have done for all of the lives that depend on you! The dog is at the kennel, the goldfish is with a neighbor and a friend will come over to water your plants and tend to the cat. But wait a minute! Your birdfeeders are already half empty, and you haven't even left the driveway. What will happen to those cute little chickadees when they fly in for black-oil sunflower seed but find nary a crumb?
For those of you who feed the birds year around or just in the winter there are a few things you should know. In your absence, keep your feeding schedule consistent, but don't worry if you must stop feeding briefly—while traveling, for example. Wild birds will find other food in your absence, especially in suburban areas, where other bird feeders are just a short flight away. If you live in a rural or isolated area, however, try to arrange to have a neighbor maintain the feeders in your absence, just as you would have someone look after your pets or houseplants. The birds will appreciate your consideration!
When winter has left trees barren and daylight hours are few, birds still fill our suburban landscapes. Providing food for wild birds will help the winter pass more comfortably for them, while adding interest and activity to your winter days. Experts disagree as to whether backyard bird feeding makes a significant difference for whole bird populations, but for the individual birds in your own backyard, feeding certainly can help. Winter feeding also gives you a chance to observe wild birds at close range. Come spring, as the nesting season unfolds, you'll have the added pleasure of recognizing many of the birds as individuals.
If you care not to feed year around, when should you stop feeding? The birds will tell you! You will notice that, long after the snow has melted and the days are longer, the birds are still flocking to your feeder. Just because the grass is green doesn't mean that nighttime temperatures are above freezing. If the nights are still freezing, insects will be inactive, and this will keep the birds coming to your feeder. As the nights warm up, you'll see fewer and fewer birds, and you'll find yourself filling your feeder less frequently. In addition to birds who leave your feeders when the insects show up, migratory birds will also desert you when it's time to fly away to their summer homes.
To learn more about bird feeding or National Bird Feeding Month, visit the National Bird Feeding Society's web site @ http://www.birdfeeding.org.

David Kay, professional photographer and former weapons inspector

David Kay and his wife, Anita, have lived in River Creek since 2000. He achieved international prominence as the chief weapons inspector in Iraq. But his passion has always been photography.

He says, “I started photography when our daughter was born in 1966. I wanted to document it.”

He had friends who worked for National Geographic and his interest in photography began to grow. “And I started to do more serious photography.” He credits Dick Durrance and Bob Krist, both travel photographers and Brenda Tharp whose specialty is nature and travel photography with giving him added incentive and training in the art of photography.

At the same time he was able to do ‘performance photography.’—“I got to know ballet dancers around town and took photos of the ballet at Wolf Trap.” Soon thereafter his job took him to Europe giving him an opportunity to do some travel photography in Paris and Vienna.

His photography in Europe almost always involved people. He says, “In Europe you can photograph people and publish it without getting written permission. In the States you have to get permission.”

He says he has been influenced to an extent by documentaries and his photography over the years has evolved as has his philosophy of photographing. “I have an objective. I think the best photographs tell stories. If they don’t tell stories then they should let the viewers tell a story of their own.”

His photo entitled The Final Goodbye won an award at the Waterford Fair last year. It was taken at Arlington Cemetery.

One of his latest is entitled Spring a lovely colorful flower that can be a harbinger for the coming season.

From ice to mud

We have managed to recover nicely from our three feet of snow, with one of our residents posting her yardstick on Facebook to prove it.
We have three tertiary roads in the neighborhood, Cockerill, the east end of North Fork ansd the south end of Shelburne-Glebe. These are plowed after primary Lincoln and secondaries North Fork and the north end of Shelburne-Glebe. At one point, Shelburne-Glebe was closed due to drifting by Oakland Green, and was only one lane until the weekend before school resumed.
The North Fork kids, always happy to have good sledding days, got sick of it fast and missed their friends at school. Parents were tearing their hair out trying to come up with indoor activities.
Most everyone did not lose power, but down at the end of Cockerill, the three houses were dark for almost a week. Since the Harter household includes a barn full of horses, it was particularly difficult for them.
Thanks to Ian Tillman once again for polowing out neighbors. After the plowing ceased, Ian toook off for a few days of rest and relaxation in Florida, a road trip with dog Max well-deserved. He is now back and ready for the next storm.
Thanks to Doug Wagstaff, who came over wit his chain saw to help Ed cut up two 30-foot pines that fell out by the barn, giving us some nice wood for next winter.
As of today, Feb. 22, we have only six inches of hard-pack on the ground and another day above freezing. Whooppee!

Don’t Miss the BWHS Concert and Silent Auction


This upcoming week has several important meetings/hearings which involve the Dulles South Schools. Robert DuPree and possibly Tom Reed will be at Freedom High School tomorrow night (Monday, 22 February) from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm to discuss upcoming middle and high school boundary hearings.

Additionally, the Board of Supervisors is holding a series of hearings on the FY 2011 budget. The times and dates are below, but the primary focus of DSNFE will be at the 6:30 PM hearing on Wednesday 24 February. Please come out and support the budget! See below for details on the hearings/speaker sign up process.


3:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 24, 2010, Board Room, Loudoun County Government Center
6:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 24, 2010, Board Room, Loudoun County Government Center
6:30 p.m., Thursday, February 25, 2010, Board Room, Loudoun County Government Center (Note: This is scheduled if needed.)
9:30 a.m., Saturday, February 27, 2010, School Administration Building, 21000 Education Court, Ashburn

Anyone who wishes to speak at the public hearings may sign up in advance for one speaking slot, beginning Wednesday, February 10, by calling 703-771-5072 or 703-777-0200. Residents may also provide their comments to the Board of Supervisors by e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); by calling the Citizen Comment Line, 703-777-0115; or by writing to the Board of Supervisors, P.O. Box 7000, Leesburg, VA 20177.

Mercer Madness

If you want to be a sponsor of the First Annual Mercer Madness at Mercer Middle School, this week is your last opportunity! Any/all local businesses or persons are welcome to sponsor. Sponsorship is $150 and will include your name or business on all signage and shirts. All proceeds will go to the school and are tax deductible. It is a wonderful way to advertise your business and help the children in our community while you are at it! The deadline for sponsorship submission is February 26th, 2010. Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

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