Our world has become very small over the past year. For many of us, our home has been our world. We’ve probably hunkered down at home for days, maybe weeks or months, before venturing out for food and other necessities. Perhaps we’ve been permitted to telecommute or teach remotely. Regardless of the scenario, we’ve definitely […]
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and yet Joy… We spend considerable time and energy worrying about the future of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Will the warming climate kill the trees we love? Will the zoning code changes bring more cul-de-sacs and shopping? Will our water be polluted? Will our conservation laws and protections actually be enforced? Will the economy force […]
Note to our ReadersThis is Part #2 of a 2-part series dealing with the zoning rewrite in Loudoun County. Part #1 – distributed 10/22/2020 – dealt with the current zoning process. Part #2 deals with the process for rewriting the ordinance and a few of the issues that will be addressed in the process. Introduction […]
Note to our readers: This is part #1 of a two-part article. Part #1 deals with current Loudoun County zoning. Part #2 — that will be distributed 11/5/202 — will address the zoning rewrite process. Introduction This is a call to arms. The victories for agriculture, the environment, and the mountains that Friends of the […]
Introduction Over the past months several Happenings articles have delt with the benefits of trees for both the environment and for our human health. Trees are the major source of the oxygen we breath; absorb the carbon dioxide that is a big component of the greenhouse gases warming the climate and filter our water. Trees […]
Lawns are the single largest irrigated crop in the US. NASA led a study in 2005 that found there were approximately 63,000 square miles of turfgrass in the United States making it the nation’s largest irrigated crop by area. 63,000 square miles is about equal to the total land area of Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey combined. Good thing grass is […]
Have you found yourself spending more time walking and biking on our beautiful mountain trails, our historic unpaved roads, and our charming natural parks this spring and summer? Good for you — so have many of your neighbors. That is the good news. The bad news is that the increased activity has resulted in more […]