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Join Us! For a wonderful documentary “Saving Place, Saving Grace” January 27th, 6pm-8pm at the Hill School, Middleburg, VA

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LAND TRUST OF VIRGINIA AND GOOSE CREEK ASSOCIATION PRESENT: SAVING GRACE, SAVING PLACE AT THE HILL SCHOOL JANUARY 27, 2017

Contact: Kerry Roszel 540-687-8441

Event: The Land Trust of Virginia, in conjunction with the Goose Creek Association and Blue Ridge Wildlife Center, will host a free screening of Saving Grace, Saving Place, a documentary chronicling the story of a Trappist monastery’s struggle for reformation of their home by embracing an intense sustainability initiative. Witness the monks’ land stewardship, prayer, and work ethic as the core of the community at Holy Cross Abbey. It’s a race against time to retain their rural home along the iconic Shenandoah River in the shadow of The Blue Ridge Mountains.

Ecology meets theology. Saving Place, Saving Grace portrays an extraordinary place and grace in the spirit of contemplative prayer and lifestyle that is the soul of Cool Spring. And—without the active engagement of the internal and external communities—this 1,200-acre property and community could disappear.

When: Friday, January 27, 2017

Time: 6:00pm Animal Ambassadors from Blue Ridge Wildlife will be on hand for a meet and greet before the film begins.

6:30pm – 7:30pm movie followed by Q&A.

Where: The Hill School Performing Arts Center, 130 South Madison Street, Middleburg, VA

Cost: Free. Preregistration is encouraged. Contact Kerry Roszel: kerry@landtrustvaorg or (540) 687-8441 or www.landtrustva.org.

The Land Trust of Virginia partners with private landowners who wish to voluntarily protect and preserve their working farmland or natural lands with significant scenic, historic, and ecological value for the benefit of our community using conservation easements.

The Goose Creek Association protects and preserves the natural resources, open space, historic heritage, and rural quality of life within the Goose Creek watershed.

Blue Ridge Wildlife Center works to ensure the future of native wildlife through rescue and rehabilitation, research, and education.

 

Markham Truck Rest Area Decision Suspended

Our voices were heard at a recent public meeting regarding the proposed Markham Truck Rest Area, which approximately 84 people attended and 90 comments were posted.

VDOT has decided to suspend any decisions pending research into other viable solutions and recommendations for managing truck parking shortage.

Read full letter below:

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Project Wild Thing Screening at The Hill School April 22, 2016

LTV, Goose Creek Association, and Blue Ridge Wildlife Center Host

Project Wild Thing Screening at The Hill School April 22, 2016

Contact: Kerry Roszel 540-687-8441

April 1, 2016– The Land Trust of Virginia, in conjunction with the Goose Creek Association and Blue Ridge Wildlife Center, will host a free screening of Project Wild Thing on Friday April 22, 2016 at The Hill School Performing Arts Center in Middleburg, VA. The 4:30 screening will be preceded by a visit from the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center’s Animal Ambassadors and a second screening will be held at 7:15 pm. Admission is free.

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Project Wild Thing is a documentary chronicling one man’s personal quest to get his children off the couch and into the great outdoors and is an ambitious, feature-length documentary that takes a funny and accessible look at a complex issue, the increasingly fragile connection between children and nature.

Watch the trailer!

David Bond is a filmmaker and a father.  Things have really changed since he was a kid.  His children are hooked on screens and don’t want to go outdoors; they want iPads, TV and plastic toys. The marketing departments of Apple, Disney and Mattel control his children better than he can.  Determined to get them up and out, David appoints himself as the Marketing Director for Nature.  With the help of branding and outdoor experts, he develops and launches a nationwide marketing campaign to get British children outside. But the competition is not going to lie down and let some upstart with a free product steal their market.  Project Wild Thing is the hilarious, real-life story of one man’s determination to get children out and into the ultimate, free wonder-product: Nature.

The Hill School is located at 130 S. Madison St, Middleburg, VA.

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The Land Trust of Virginia partners with private landowners who wish to voluntarily protect and preserve their working farmland or natural lands with significant scenic, historic, and ecological value for the benefit of our community using conservation easements.

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Blue Ridge Wildlife Center works to ensure the future of native wildlife through rescue and rehabilitation, research, and education.

Letter of Objection to Alcoholic Beverage Control

Date:  August 26, 2015

To:  Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control

The Board of Directors of the Goose Creek Association, PO Box 1178, Middleburg, VA 20117, hereby objects to the issuance of a Limited Brewery License and a Retail Off Premises Limited Brewery License/Keg Permit (License Numbers 87875 and 87876) to B Chord Brewing Company LLC d/b/a B Chord Brewing Co., to be exercised at 19481 Foggy Bottom Road, Bluemont, Virginia 20135.

Issuance of these licenses will have a substantial and negative impact on the quietude, tranquility, and safety of the surrounding rural area, including the Goose Creek watershed in which the proposed B Chord facilities and operations are to be located.  Negative impacts are due to, among other things, increased traffic and noise, loss of aesthetic appeal and view shed impacts from the (18’height) hops poles, exterior lighting, parking lot, and other structures and facilities, and, importantly, an unknown and undescribed impact on the Goose Creek watershed due to substantial increases in well water usage and its disposal in local, on-site septic field/s. 

As a community organization whose mission includes the protection of Goose Creek and its watershed located in Loudoun and Fauquier Counties, VA, we have major concerns related to the as yet undefined  impact of the proposed B Chord facilities and operations on the watershed, and the possible/likely negative impact on the environment, on property values, and the continued existence and value of other agricultural, equine, or recreational operations or entities, due to reduced or polluted water resources including the Goose Creek, local drinking water sources, wells, and the aquifer serving the southwestern Loudoun area.

Additionally, the issuance of these licenses with the aforementioned nuisance and environmental impacts will negatively impact and substantially decrease the value of abutting and neighborhood rural properties, located in a quiet, designated historic and heavily conserved area which will be degraded by commercial and patron traffic at a load necessary to support the proposed business and at hours of operation currently allowed.  Much of the appeal to past, current and future visitors and residents or purchasers of properties within the area is the absence of commercial activity associated with establishments such as the proposed retail brewery.   In addition to everyday operations, we are concerned that special events at the facility and how they will be limited or prohibited to insure no adverse impacts, will be inadequate to protect already existing properties and residents.

We hereby object to the issuance of the above-referenced licenses.

Thank you for your attention to these objections.

Bonnie L. Mattingly, Co-chair Loudoun County, Goose Creek Association

And the Board of Directors of the Goose Creek Association

PO Box  1178, Middleburg, VA  20117

Phone:  540 687 3073

You Are Invited

ANNUAL MEETING
at The Rector House, 7260 Rector Lane, Marshall, VA
on Monday, June 8, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.

Presentation on GCA Annual Report 2015
&
Speaker Kimberley Fogle, Director Community Development, Fauquier County
Speaking on Fauquier County’s Policy on Future Telecom Development

Light refreshments served

Please RSVP by June 4, 2015 to (540) 687-3073
or
andrea(at)goosecreek.org

Earth Day Loudoun

EARTH DAY LOUDOUN 2015

Booth at Earth Day Loudoun

Goose Creek Association had a booth at the Earth Day Loudoun fair held on Saturday, April 26, 2015.  Our booth was a favorite with the children, as the “stars of the booth” were the macroinvertebrates (bugs) caught that morning at a site on Little River in the Goose Creek watershed.  We had a great time speaking with the Loudoun County residents who had never seen the bugs before and were interested in water quality issues.  It was a beautiful day and everyone had a great time.

Movie Update

PlasticParadisePosterGCA, Land Trust of Virginia and Virginia League of Conservation Voters Education Fund hosted the environmental movie screening Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch on Friday, March 6 at The Hill School in Middleburg. In spite of freezing temperatures and snow covered roads from a storm the night before we had a great crowd show up and enjoy the movie. The movie is a serious look at plastic in our lives and what it’s doing to our health and our ecosystems. The Pacific Ocean along with earth’s other great bodies of water are being transformed into garbage recepticals. Action needs to be taken now to curb this environmental disaster from getting worse. We can all help by:  Using multi use bags for all shopping, adopting a non-1-use plastic container policy, urging legislators to adopt a no plastic bag policy and telling friends and neighbors about the importance of reducing plastic usage.

Save the date: Environmental Movie Night

Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, come join us and see this intriguing environmental documentary on March 6, 2015 at The Hill School in the Sheila C. Johnson Performing Arts Center, 130 South Madison Street, Middleburg, VA 20117. Doors open at 6:30 for free refreshments, movie starts at 7:00 p.m. Free stainless steel water bottles for the first attendees!PlasticParadisePoster

Mt. Weather-FEMA Facility Storm water Runoff Meeting

Please attend the Mt. Weather/FEMA facility meeting on September 23, 2014 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Buchanan Hall in Upperville. The meeting will be about what’s being done about storm water run off at the facility, review of the new sewage treatment plant and what impact can be expected on our streams and ponds downstream.

 

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The Magic of Monarch Butterflies

At our Annual Meeting in June Nicole Hamilton, from Loudoun Wildlife, gave a wonderful talk on Monarch butterflies. These magical creatures make an epic migration each year—a journey that passes right through Loudoun County. Nicole outlined the Monarch’s unprescedented decline and ways that we can help them. You can learn how to plant a Monarch waystation and help “Keep the Magic Alive!” by visiting http://www.loudounwildlife.org/.

 

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