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Love In All of Its Forms … Ain’t It Grand

February 2, 2017 Lifestyle Comments Off on Love In All of Its Forms … Ain’t It Grand

Americans exchange hundreds of millions of cards on Valentine’s Day, February 14.

The National Retail Federation estimates that we will spend some $20 billion to mark the day and demonstrate to friends and family how much we love them – on what marketers call “Love’s Holiday.” Love. It’s a big deal. … Continue Reading

Music with a Cause Continues

February 1, 2017 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Music with a Cause Continues
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February 26, 4:00 p.m. A Taste of Spring! Beethoven’s “Spring Sonata” for violin and piano forms the heart of a recital by Venezuelan violinist Marjory Serrano and Taiwanese pianist Hsin-Yi Chen, featuring additional classics by Mozart, Coleridge-Taylor and Albeniz. The 7th concert in the Music with a Cause series at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Purcellville, will benefit Mobile Hope of Loudoun. Tickets are $15; ages 17 and under free. Go to, www.standrew-pres.org or call 540 338-4332. 

Bed and Breakfast Guests Can Learn Cooking with Chef

February 1, 2017 Dine With Us, Lifestyle Comments Off on Bed and Breakfast Guests Can Learn Cooking with Chef

The Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn is offering cooking classes with its chef to guests who schedule stays during the weekend of February 24 and 25. Or you can just attend the cooking class without the overnight stays. Friday night of the stay includes a wine tasting with an expert from a local winery and appetizers prepared by the chef. A 3-wineries tour is an option for Saturday afternoon. And a cooking class will be offered on Saturday at which guests will learn from Chef Matt Finarelli in February as well as enjoy a four-course meal. To learn more go to www.briarpatchbandb.com.

Inspiring Young Investors

February 1, 2017 Lifestyle, Your Money Comments Off on Inspiring Young Investors

By Dylan Winick
The Wakefield Investment Club is a fantastic opportunity for students of the upper school to learn about investment and finance.  For many students, this club serves as their first exposure to information and skills pertinent to the investing world.  The club began as the brainchild of Wakefield School’s Chairman of the Board of Trustees, John Neff.  As a professional investor, he feels that understanding the value of a business is a necessary tool to offer students.  By gaining some background in investment, members of the Investment Club are able to supplement their education with real world experience in a unique way.  In the words of Neff, “There is real learning, real responsibility, and real opportunity for those interested.  We’ve only scratched the surface of the Investment Club’s full potential.” … Continue Reading

Q & A with Assistant Production Manager for The Age of Innocence

February 1, 2017 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Q & A with Assistant Production Manager for The Age of Innocence

Middleburg Academy and the Middleburg Theater Department are presenting an exclusive showing of Martin Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence, with a guest appearance by Patricia Hess, Assistant Production Manager. The event will take place on Saturday, February 4 at 7:00 p.m. A reception that kicks off the event will take place in the Mary House’s ballroom. There will be snacks and refreshments before the showing of the film, with a follow-up Q & A session at the end with Middleburg theater students and Mrs. Hess. … Continue Reading

Create Some Romantic, Road Trip Memories with Your Valentine

February 1, 2017 Lifestyle Comments Off on Create Some Romantic, Road Trip Memories with Your Valentine
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Growing up on eastern Long Island my family and I would often just hop in the old station wagon and go for a drive. We’d cruise through the farms, beaches and villages of the place, stopping at special spots where you could stay in the car and admire the view … or stretch your legs and do a little exploring.
Eastern Long Island had lots of special places that over the years created a beautiful series of road trip memories for me. And, getting to know Loudoun, I see that this County carries the same kind of potential … maybe some romantic activities for Valentine’s Day … with whomever or whatever takes up the task at the moment.?With an eye toward beauty … and romance (?) … here are a few of the Blue Ridge Leader’s favorites – easy local road trips where you can savor the view and make some memories. … Continue Reading

Remembering Daniel Everard Juraschek

February 1, 2017 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Remembering Daniel Everard Juraschek

Daniel E. Juraschek died Thursday, December 22 after a fall in his home in Charles Town, WV.

Juraschek, 36, earned a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University in 2007 and had worked in a number of environmental management positions in the Washington area and West Virginia, most recently as an environmental engineer and industrial health and safety consultant with the Martinsburg VA Medical Center; DuPont, BP Solar, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the Town of Leesburg. Just before his death he had accepted a new position in environmental engineering with Booz Allen Hamilton. … Continue Reading

Remembering Carolyn May Green

February 1, 2017 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Remembering Carolyn May Green
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January 11, 1944 – January 12, 2017

There was nothing simple about Carolyn Green. She could be stubborn and compassionate. Mischievous and demanding. It was exactly this complex, fascinating mix of personality traits that made her the person she was. She had a strong will and an ability to be funny, joyous, and irreverent.

Green was lit with vibrant energy. Energy that led her into situations you would never have thought possible for a woman born in 1944 in a small town at the very bottom of the state of Georgia. … Continue Reading

Dream, Build, Believe Notaviva Vineyard Could Be Yours

February 1, 2017 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on Dream, Build, Believe Notaviva Vineyard Could Be Yours

By Hannah Hager

When it comes to historical structures, there are those who step into history … and then there are those who make it. The owners of Notaviva Vineyards were the ones who made it.

It was the best of times; it was the worst of times for Stephen and Shannon Mackey to carve their way into Loudoun’s storied history during the Great Recession of the mid-aughts. At the time, the young couple dreamed of a reimagined world of synergies between wine and music that would demonstrate their passion and will to succeed. … Continue Reading

7th Annual Loudoun Grown Expo, February 25

February 1, 2017 Events, Lifestyle, Uncategorized Comments Off on 7th Annual Loudoun Grown Expo, February 25

Loudoun celebrates the best of what it grows and makes this month with the 7th Annual Loudoun Grown Expo, Saturday, February 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Bush Tabernacle in Purcellville.

Businesses represented will include the county’s many wineries, farms, breweries, community supported agriculture, artists and more. … Continue Reading

Upcoming Waterford Concerts Feature St. Lawrence String Quartet and Four Other Acts

January 18, 2017 Lifestyle, Music Comments Off on Upcoming Waterford Concerts Feature St. Lawrence String Quartet and Four Other Acts

Subscriptions and tickets are now on sale for five upcoming concerts, the Waterford Concert Series announced. All concerts begin at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoons in the Waterford Old School auditorium, 40222 Fairfax Street in Waterford.

The concert series begins March 19 with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, known for exalted performances and joyful connection with audiences. First violinist Geoff Nuttall and colleagues examine a Haydn masterpiece, Op. 20. No. 5, (their Haydn Discovery program, perfect for an intimate space), then perform the work whole. The concert ends with Beethoven’s sublime Quartet in A minor, Op. 132. The quartet was founded in Canada, has an ongoing residency at the Spoleto Festival USA, is the ensemble-in-residence at Stanford, and wins praise from critics around the globe. … Continue Reading

Historian Rich Gillespie Speaks on Haunts on the Loudoun Landscape

January 12, 2017 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Historian Rich Gillespie Speaks on Haunts on the Loudoun Landscape

The Mosby Heritage Area Association announced an event in conjunction with the Purcellville Library on January 29, at 2:00 p.m,. which will feature Rich Gillespie, Historian Emeritus of the Mosby Heritage Area Association, speaking on the “Haunts on the Loudoun Landscape.”

The stories are all from the personal experiences of long-time local historian and teacher Rich Gillespie, or from close friends and history associates that have shared their experiences with him. They illustrate a nice selection of Loudoun’s history and show off key pieces of the county’s historical landscape you may want to visit—if you should be so bold. 

The program will be in the upstairs fireplace room of the library, 220 E. Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132. Reservations are not required. There is no admission fee.

Help Joseph … and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

January 4, 2017 Behind the Scenes 1 comment

Blue Ridge Middle School’s PTO is seeking help with its drama department, working diligently on the production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamboat.

The children in the show are enthusiastic and very talented. And, the school has a long history of first class productions with recent shows such as The Lion King, which won 11 National Youth Arts Awards under the direction of Dolly Stevens. … Continue Reading








The Holocene Climate


(Public Input Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, 7 March, 2017) Figure 1 shows the climate variation over the last million years. The low points on the curve correspond to ice ages when glaciers up to a mile thick covered New …

Choosing To Forgive


By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Truly forgiving is the ability to say, ‘Thank you for giving me that experience.’” James Arthur Ray vaulted into fame on the Oprah Winfrey Show back in the mid-2000’s. Stunned hearing these words while watching The Rise and …

Five Key Retirement Questions


Beyond asking yourself where you see yourself and even what your lifelong goal are, effective retirement and longevity planning begs some very big questions. Review the points below and consider how housing, transportation and health considerations all play a role …

Work Woes


By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, I’m a manager at a large tech company and my boss has directed me to fire someone on my team, but as a Christian, I just can’t do it. It’s true that the employee …

Joy or Suffering

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By Mary Rose Lunde No one likes to suffer. When given the chance, many people would choose to laugh rather than cry, to sit in silence with their friends rather than talk through their feelings, because not even their friends …

Wage Radio


I will always remember – very fondly – the first time I ever set foot on the property at 711 Wage Drive Southwest in Leesburg, Virginia. It was a warm, sunny July morning in 1997, and I’d driven all the …

Speaking Truth to Power


“With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed.” Abraham Lincoln On Thursday evening, February 23, I requested the Board of Supervisors pass a proclamation resolving to support the March for Science on Earth Day, April 22 [1]. …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016


Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016


Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016


Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Wine & Chili Weekend

Wine & Chili Weekend
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Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale
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March Fourth Friday

March Fourth Friday
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Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

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Spring Brunch
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”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
April 2, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”

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Loudoun Workforce Resource Center Presents STEM Career Fair March 28

16 Mar 2017

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Anyone interested in a career in the rapidly growing field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is encouraged to attend an upcoming STEM Career Fair in Loudoun. The Loudoun Workforce Resource Center, in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC)’s Loudoun campus and NOVA SySTEMic Solutions, is holding a STEM Career Fair Tuesday, March 28, from 1:00 to 4:00 …

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Keep Loudoun Beautiful—Greater Lovettsville Area Volunteers Needed

16 Mar 2017

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The Keep Loudoun Beautiful spring clean-up takes place the entire month of April and greater Lovettsville needs volunteers. Bags, vests, gloves and grabbers are available at the Lovettsville Community Center during normal business hours, Monday-Friday. This is a great group or individual activity that can be scheduled around your availability. E-mail Lovettsville Area Leader, Laura Lieberman, for details and to …

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National Awkward Moments Day

8 Mar 2017


?Laughing at Yourself Is the Best Medicine No one knows who invented National Awkward Moments Day, Saturday, March 18. That’s no surprise, since it probably came about as the result of one stunningly awkward moment that the owner of that moment was hoping to forget. We surveyed our readers and friends to ask them about their most awkward moments, sharing …

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Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

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Appointment Shocks Many On January 3 Supervisor Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge) nominated Tom Priscilla for the Loudoun County Planning Commission to represent the Blue Ridge District. Priscilla was …


Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!


– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West


– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

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Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved


Today, most residents of Loudoun County know nothing about Williams Gap, even those living on Williams Gap Road (Route 711). Knowing who “Williams” was, why a gap in the Blue …

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception


We are a group of Loudoun County citizens who will be adversely affected if the board grants a special exception for the Catesby Farm property at your upcoming meeting. You …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm


By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

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Protecting Free Speech


By Dave LaRock (R-33) As elected officials and members of the legislature, our most fundamental responsibility is to protect God-given constitutionally protected rights. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits the government, including governmental public colleges and universities, from infringing on free speech and the free exercise of …


Walbridge To Run for State Delegate in the 33rd District

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Tia Walbridge announces her run for the District 33 seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Walbridge is a wife and mother of two daughters and an active member of the Round Hill community. “Like many people in our district, my family has found its prosperity in a Virginia-based small …

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Office Building on Capitol Square To Be Named After Civil Rights Pioneer Barbara Johns


Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the newly renovated state building located at 202 N. 9th Street on Capitol Square in Richmond (currently known as the 9th Street Office Building) will bear the name of civil rights pioneer Barbara Johns. The building, which reopened last year, houses the Virginia Attorney General’s …

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Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017


The Loudoun Valley Vikings are the boy’s runner-up at the VHSL 4A State Indoor Track and Field Championships at Roanoke College.  During the 2015-2016 school year, the Loudoun County School Board approved Indoor Track and Field as a Tier 2 (self-funded) sport.  The seven boys competing scored 48 points, second …

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WLVBC U14 Boys Finish 3rd at VA Beach Event

23 Feb 2017


The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys Team garnered 3rd place in their first travel tournament of 2017, the Virginia Beach Invitational. This event was held Feb. 18-19 and featured more than 24 teams from the U14 to U18 age group. The team was second on their net on day …

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