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WIFI Hot Spots in Western Loudoun Library Parking Lots

Loudoun County is offering new WiFi hot spots in library parking lots for use by residents in the western part of the county. The county amplified the WiFi signals so that residents can access the Internet in the parking lots immediately adjacent to the Loudoun County Public Library branches in Lovettsville, Middleburg and Purcellville.

Residents who have no reliable Internet service are encouraged to use the free WiFi to access information about the new coronavirus, or COVID-19, and complete any other type of essential online business, such as ordering groceries or other household supplies. These hot spots can also be used by students attempting to access assignments uploaded by LCPS to Google Classroom.

Residents are asked to stay in their vehicles in order to maintain the physical distancing needed to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Users of the service who are not in vehicles are also asked to maintain a distance of approximately six feet from other people.

The name of the network is LibraryWiFi. No password is required, although users will need to click “accept” on the landing page. 

The Wi-Fi hot spots are expected to be operational Monday, April 13, 2020. Service will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Meanwhile, the Loudoun County Public Schools system has purchased mobile hotspots to help ensure students have access to Internet-based instruction during the extended closure of schools due to the coronavirus.

The Loudoun County school system is prioritizing the distribution of hotspots to students in grades 3-12 in households with the greatest need. There is a limit of one hotspot per household. To request a device, families must complete the online form or call the Loudoun County Public Schools Technology Support Center at 571-252-2112 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.

Residents can visit the county’s website for more information about the coronavirus. They can also text LCCOVID19 to 888777 to receive text alerts from Loudoun County about COVID-19. Residents with questions about COVID-19 may call the Loudoun County Health Department’s information line at 703-737-8300, or send an email.

Loudoun County COVID-19 Resources

During this unprecedented crisis, there are many people hurting inside their homes, unseen to those of us also sheltering in place. Whether it’s from a lack of food, money, or worries about the health of a family member, there’s a need for our charities to come together and support the most vulnerable members of our community.

With this in mind, we have compiled a list of the charities in Loudoun County, and we present them below. If you would like to have your charity or special group listed (e.g. GoFundMe, etc.), please email ianbush@kw.com and we will add them to the list. May everyone stay safe and healthy during this time. We, together, will overcome this difficult period! #loudounstrong

Loudoun County Official Coronavirus (Testing Resources, etc): https://www.loudoun.gov/5307/Coronavirus

Loudoun County Needs Assistance Page: https://www.loudoun.gov/5327/COVID-19-Needs-Assistance

Loudoun Hunger COVID-19 Resources: https://www.loudounhunger.org/receive-services/covid-19-resources-in-loudoun-county/

Loudoun Hunger Donate Link: https://www.loudounhunger.org/donate-now

Tree of Life Food Pantry: http://tolministries.org/services/food/

Loudoun County Human Services: http://www.loudoun.gov/humanservices

Loudoun Times List of Resources: https://www.loudountimes.com/news/here-s-what-loudoun-s-nonprofits-are-doing-to-help/article_0b09da98-6725-11ea-9275-cf3ab12321b8.html

Community Foundation for Northern Virginia: https://www.cfnova.org/community-leadership/covid-19-response-fund-for-northern-virginia

Business Resource Webinar from Visit Loudoun: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1295112953314678029

Loudoun Medical Group COVID 19 Updates: https://www.lmgdoctors.com/coronavirus/

Loudoun County Public Schools Schedule 2019-2020

This year, LCPS decided to opt for a longer Winter Break, slightly extending the school year till June 10th.

Aug. 30 – Sept. 2: No school for Labor Day holiday (administrative offices closed Sept. 2)

Oct. 14 – No school for students (Columbus Day)

Oct. 28 – No school for students (county-wide staff development)

Nov.1 – End of first quarter

Nov. 4-5 – No school for students (planning/records/conference days)

Nov, 27-29 – No school for Thanksgiving holiday

Dec. 23-Jan. 3 – No school for winter break (classes resume Jan. 6)

Jan. 17 – End of second quarter

Jan. 20 – No school for students (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

Jan. 21 – No school for students (planning/records/conference day)

Feb. 17 – No school for students (Presidents’ Day)

March 3 – No school for students (county-wide staff development)

March 26 – End of third quarter

March 27 – No school for students (planning/records/conference day)

April 6-10 – No school for spring break

May 25 – No school for students (Memorial Day)

June 10 – Last day of school for students/end of fourth quarter

June 12 – Last day of school for teachers

Loudoun County Public Schools Schedule 2018-2019

The Loudoun County School Board adopted the 2018-19 school calendar at its Tuesday, November 28th, meeting.

The 2018-19 school year will start on Thursday, August 23, 2018, and end on Friday, June 7, 2019. Following is the student calendar for the 2018-19 school year:

August 23: First Day of School

September 3: Holiday (Labor Day)

October 8: Holiday (Columbus Day)
October 22: Student Holiday (County-wide Staff Development)

November 2: End of the Grading Period
November 5-6: Student Holidays (Planning/Records/Conference Days) November 21-23: Holiday (Thanksgiving)

December 21-January 1: Winter Break (Classes Resume January 2)

January 17: End of Grading Period
January 18: Moveable Student Holiday** (Planning/Records/Conference Day)
January 21: Holiday (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

February 18: Holiday (Presidents’ Day)

March 28: End of Grading Period
March 29: Student Holiday (Planning/Records/Conference Day)

April 1: Student Holiday (County-wide Staff Development)
April 15-19: Holiday (Spring Break)

May 27: Holiday (Memorial Day)

June 7: Last Day of School/End of Grading Period

**NOTE: Parents with childcare or other weekday scheduling concerns – Date of the Moveable Planning/Records/Conference Day between first and second semesters may change if the school calendar must be changed due to school closings for inclement weather or other emergencies.

Aldie General Store and Cafe

 

Have you been out to Aldie recently and checked out the Aldie General Store and Cafe? No? Then you don’t know what you are missing!

Aldie General Store and Cafe Sign2
It’s No Lie! The Food is Terrific!

Owners John and Penny Gulick have created an amazing new experience in Aldie on the site of the original Partlow General Store that had been a mainstay of Aldie for many, many years. As longtime residents of Aldie and the owners of a local construction company, they knew the community was “hungering” for a local place to pick up sundry items and enjoy a nice meal. As you can see from the pictures and video, they have knocked it out of the park!

Aldie General Store and Cafe Menu
Breakfast, Lunch and Take Home Dinner

Aldie General Store and Cafe Store Racks
Plenty of Sundry Items

Aldie General Store and Cafe Seating
Welcoming and Comfortable Seating Area

 

The store is open daily with the following hours:

Monday through Friday 6-10:30 a.m. for breakfast, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch, and for dinner take-out until 7 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, the store will be open from 8 a.m. to noon for breakfast, from noon to 3 p.m. for lunch, and from 3-6 p.m. for take-out.

Aldie General Store and Cafe Menu
A Menu with Lots of Options

Aldie General Store and Cafe Sign
Driving Down Rt 50? Stop and Take Home Dinner!

Aldie General Store and Cafe: 39285 John Mosby Hwy, Aldie, VA 20105 (703) 327-8989

Christmas Lights in Purcellville!

One of my family’s favorite things to do during the holiday season is visit the multitude of Christmas light decorations that our neighbors throughout Western Loudoun have assembled. Whether tacky or tasteful, they are all great to see.

Fortunately for us, the Town of Purcellville in Western Loudoun makes our task easy, by supplying us with a map and directions during their annual “Trolley Tour” on Friday, December 9th. If you can’t make the trolley (with multiple convenient stops around town), check out the map and directions below. After stopping off at either LoCo Joe or Market Street Coffee for a cup of steaming hot chocolate, you and your family can enjoy one of our family’s traditions here in Western Loudoun!

Christmas in Purcellville Directions
2016 Christmas in Purcellville Directions

Christmas in Purcellville Map
Christmas in Purcellville Map

Best Haunted Places and Homes in Loudoun County

With a history dating back to the 1700’s, and its fair share of Civil War and other battles, Loudoun has become “HOME” to many ghosts, goblins and other haunted sites certain to scare you to death. Our happy haunts love to come out to play in October and scare the heck out of the most hearty residents and visitors to the area. If you are looking for a frightfully good time this Halloween, check out these local haunts.

Shocktober Haunted House

haunted house
Courtesy: Shocktober Website

Billed as Northern Virginia’s only “Real Haunted House”, Paxton Manor is the story of the Carver Family who were banished from the Leesburg area and forced to live in nearby caverns. After one hundred years, they have returned and are taking back the family’s thirty-two room manor. Visitors are required to sign a waiver due to the scariness of the attraction. Admission is $30, with all proceeds going to benefit Loudoun residents with disabilities. 601 Catoctin Cir NE, Leesburg, VA 20176

Night Maze at the Plains

corn maze
Courtesy: Joe Raedle/Newsmakers

Everyone knows that navigating a corn maze at night can be scary, especially when there are surprises at every turn. In the case of the Corn Maze in the Plains, you need to be sure you bring a flashlight or you might not come back alive. Compared to the “fear factor” of other attractions, its not as scary, however its not for everyone. Admission $10. 4501 Old Tavern Rd. The Plains, Va 20198

Haunted Woods

haunted forest algonkian park
Courtesy Haunted Forest Website

On land that used to be the location for an elite children’s boarding school, lives an old caretaker said to have become bitter over his failed career as a circus clown. Taking pleasure in the terrorization of the students, he was said to have “gone too far” after being fired from his job, but he was never charged with a crime. You can now experience the terror in the woods where the school was located, including a special tour where thirteen children from the school disappeared mysteriously one night. Admission is $25 which includes a special ticket to a new attraction, the Haunted Asylum. Algonkian Regional Park 47001 Fairway Drive Sterling, Virginia 20165

Loudoun County Public Schools Schedule 2016-2017

LOUDOUN COUNTY, VA — The first bell on the 2016-17 school year will ring on August 29 and that means parents need to get their calendars in order. To help out, here’s a listing of important dates in the coming year:

  • August 29: FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
  • September 5: Holiday (Labor Day)
  • October 10: Holiday (Columbus Day)
  • November 4: End of First Grading Period
  • November 7-8: Student Holiday (Planning/Records/Conference Days)
  • November 23-25: Holiday (Thanksgiving)
  • December 22-30: WINTER BREAK
  • January 2: Holiday (New Year’s) (Classes Resume January 3)
  • January 16: Holiday (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
  • January 26: End of Second Grading Period
  • January 27: MOVEABLE STUDENT HOLIDAY**(Planning/Records/Conference Day)
  • February 20: Holiday (Presidents’ Day)
  • April 6: End of Third Grading Period
  • April 7: Student Holiday (Planning/Records/Conference Day)
  • April 10-14: SPRING BREAK
  • May 29: Holiday (Memorial Day)
  • June 9: Last Day of School for Students/End of Fourth Grading Period

**Parents with childcare or other weekday scheduling concerns – The date of this MOVEABLE

Planning/Records/Conference Day between first and second semesters may change, if the school calendar
changes due to school closings for inclement weather or other emergencies. Parents with childcare or
other scheduling concerns should be prepared.

9 Week Grading Period Ending Dates:

  • November 4, 2016
  • January 26, 2017
  • April 6, 2017
  • June 9, 2017

Schedule subject to change based on possible school closing due to inclement weather, according to Loudoun County Public Schools.

Source: Loudoun County Public Schools

Halloween in Loudoun County

When I was growing up, my parents would take me to my uncle’s house in Richmond where, during Halloween, he adorned his front yard with ghouls and all kinds of scary decorations. You can see the place when the local news covered it in 2011:

Ever since, I have worked on decorating my own house for Halloween to celebrate the season, and now I like to go out and find the houses of people who share the same passion. I am in the process of compiling a map of locations, which I am sharing below, and welcome other suggested locations in the comments.

Please let me know if you know of any other places that I should include so that folks in the area can find the best places to visit during this time of year!

And, make sure to be on the lookout for our revised Christmas Tree Farm Map, which will be updated by Thanksgiving!

Market Street Coffee

Market Street Coffee Interior
Market Street Coffee

I stopped into Market Street Coffee today for a meeting with a client and I was reminded of why I like the place.

After meeting another client at S* the other day (their choice) and seeing the cramped space, I am now looking forward to asking clients to meet me here in the future.  They have lots of comfortable seating, books on the wall, and of course, really good coffee AND gelato.

While I am on the topic of small business…recently it has become popular to say “Shop Local”, but then we forget about places like Market Street Coffee in our rush to get somewhere in Loudoun.

Sooner or later when places like this close, we end up with a neighborhood that looks like everywhere else in the world. Of course this is sad, because the level of service that small business owners provide is often better than that of national chains.

So, I encourage you to consider visiting these guys today and remind yourself why shopping local makes our community a better one!

And, if you wonder why I care, it is because I used to be a restaurant owner in Western Loudoun who struggled to keep people coming through the doors. With places like Market Street Coffee, I know that we have something really special in Western Loudoun and we need to keep supporting them.

If you liked this post about Market Street Coffee, check out our 12 Days of Western Loudoun showcasing other small businesses in Western Loudoun.

If you want to move to Western Loudoun, check out our sister site, Loudoun-Homes.com for more information about homes in the area.

Market Street Coffee (Yelp)
1020 E Main St # I
Purcellville, VA 20132
540-338-6960
mktstreetcoffee@msn.com