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Ugly Christmas Sweater Fad Keeps Growing

November 30, 2016 Lifestyle, Style Comments Off on Ugly Christmas Sweater Fad Keeps Growing
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Since 2012, the Re-Love It consignment shop, at 138 N. 21st Street in Purcellville, has developed the reputation as the place to get your Ugly Christmas Sweater in the Metro D.C. area. In that time, Re-Love It has sold more than 3,000 vintage Ugly Christmas Sweaters. … Continue Reading

‘The Giver’ Comes To Franklin Park Arts Center

November 30, 2016 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on ‘The Giver’ Comes To Franklin Park Arts Center
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Geronimo Production Company’s Premier Show

Geronimo Production Company is bringing another sort of Christmas play to Loudoun County. The Giver, based on Lois Lowry’s YA dystopian classic, will be premiering at Franklin Park Arts Center on December 8-11.

“This show is perfect for Christmastime,” director Keaghan Wier said. “It focuses on displaying the value of family, love, and joy…. These themes, along with Jonas’ discoveries of things like snow, sleds, and Christmas lights all make it a wonderful play for the holiday season.” … Continue Reading

What Is Special To You about the Holidays?

November 30, 2016 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on What Is Special To You about the Holidays?
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By Amanda Clark

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“For me, the holidays are about celebrating the connection you’ve got with your kin, listening to 50’s music, and staying warm!” … Continue Reading

National Information and Referral Services Day Declared

November 30, 2016 Lifestyle Comments Off on National Information and Referral Services Day Declared
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The U.S. Senate has declared November 16 “National Information and Referral Services Day?.” ?Information and referral is the art, science and practice of bringing people and services together and is an integral component of the health and human services sector. … Continue Reading

Out and About: Loudoun and Beyond

November 30, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Out and About: Loudoun and Beyond
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Take a few evening hours this month and let yourself be enveloped … and then calmed … by the beautiful holiday lights that will be on display all over Loudoun County. Walk along one of your favorite farm paths or a lightly travelled dirt road. Or, grab some friends, pack up the car, and snuggle up with some hot chocolate, cookies and a blanket or two. Ditch the mall and spend some quality holiday time – no deadlines, no cell phones, no two-for-the-price-of-one holiday jingles to fill the space on the radio. … Continue Reading

A Home that Is a Beauty To Behold

November 30, 2016 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on A Home that Is a Beauty To Behold
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By Hannah Hager

Aging gracefully is usually a descriptor reserved for the beauty of a woman over time – not the constitution of a home over the decades. Nevertheless, this expansive home in the outskirts of Round Hill on Snickersville Turnpike does not easily betray its true age. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Holiday Artisan Gallery Opens

November 30, 2016 Arts, Lifestyle Comments Off on Purcellville Holiday Artisan Gallery Opens
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A Holiday Artisans Market is open in Purcellville through December 31. The Holiday Gallery is located on 21st Street in Old Town Purcellville between Re-Love It and Dominion Tea in the former Barber Shop space.

The Holiday Gallery features the creations of Western Loudoun County artist, potters, jewelers and more. The goal is to offer local hand-created gifts for the holidays. Discover Purcellville, a recently formed non-profit, put the gallery together for the local artisan community. Artists that have their work displayed include: Jill Perla; Deb Morrow; Anne Stine; Debbie Candenas; and Nan Bowe.

Anyone interested in selling in the Gallery should contact Michael Oaks at 540 751-0707 or reloveit@aol.com.

Very Special Arts of Loudoun Performs Parade Train

November 30, 2016 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Very Special Arts of Loudoun Performs Parade Train
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Franklin Park Arts Center featured performances of the Parade Train by VSA November 18-20. The performance celebrates the 100th Anniversary of this historic Purcellville tradition, with the Parade Train used to welcome the holiday with stops along the WO&D Railroad towns. Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser made a cameo appearance to the surprise of the cast and audience.

Coo-Coo for Cah-COW

November 30, 2016 Dine With Us, Lifestyle Comments Off on Coo-Coo for Cah-COW
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Chocolate – the mind-blowing substance we coax out of the modest cacao bean – is everywhere this time of year. Wafting past our noses from the cake in the oven. Showing up as cookie crumbs in the pockets of our jeans. Catching our eye as those skinnier-than-skinny office mates pop yet more malted milk balls in their mouths. We’re obsessed with this bean, it’s true. We celebrate Chocolate Mint Day on February 19, Chocolate Mousse Day on May 2, and Chocolate Milk Day on July 28. According to an organization called Farm Flavor, there are in fact 30 different dates set aside to pay homage to our love of chocolate. But, here at the Blue Ridge Leader, we are partial to the granddaddy of them all: America’s official Chocolate-Covered Anything Day, which is celebrated on December 16. In celebration of the holidays and this sacred substance, we present to you three tantalizing ways to enjoy the taste of chocolate this month, and any day of the year. … Continue Reading

Patrick Henry College Presents Macbeth

November 13, 2016 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Patrick Henry College Presents Macbeth
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Patrick Henry College’s Eden Troupe will present its rendition of William Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth on November 17 through November 20. There will be four performances, Thursday through Sunday, at 7:30 p.m.

This production will be Eden Troupe’s 33rd play, and its eighth Shakespeare production. It also marks the directori-al debut of the husband and wife team of Christian and Lauren Fernandez. Christian previously co-directed Eden Troupe’s production of Henry V and played Antonio in Much Ado About Nothing. Lauren previously played Prin-cess Catherine of Valois in Henry V and Ruth Bailey in It’s A Wonderful Life. Eden Troupe is the premier theatre company on the campus of Patrick Henry College. … Continue Reading

Calling All Artists

November 2, 2016 Arts, Lifestyle Comments Off on Calling All Artists
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Calling all Loudoun County artists or want to be artists. You are invited to take part in a fun community project to paint large holiday ornaments that will be used yearly and that will be displayed throughout Purcellville this November and December. Discover Purcellville, a non-profit organization handling fun events in town, is excited to provide the opportunity for local artists of all ages to showcase their talents in support of the Town of Purcellville and its citizens. They still need about 15 people to help paint them. Deadline has been extended to November 15.

The purpose of this fun project is to bring a Christmas, Hanukah and Kwanzaa feel to the town of Purcellville this Holiday season.
Submission forms are available by e-mailing Michael Oaks at ReLoveIt@aol.com or stop by Re-Love It, 138 N. 21st Street.

Turkey Trot Set for November 13

November 2, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Turkey Trot Set for November 13
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The Turkey Trot will be held November 13 at 8:00 a.m. at The Loudoun Valley Community Center in Purcellville.

The Turkey Trot 5k is a fundraiser for the advisory board of the Loudoun Valley Community Center, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Funds raised benefit the center’s ongoing effort to provide scholarships and financial aid to those in need in western Loudoun for pre-school, after/before school care and day care programs. Funds also support programming benefiting the community including college scholarships to former students.

Veteran’s Day 10k Raises Funds for Veteran Causes

November 2, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Veteran’s Day 10k Raises Funds for Veteran Causes
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On November 6, the Loudoun County Road Runners Club will conduct the annual Loudoun 10K Trail Race in order to raise funds for veteran causes. Since its origin in 2011, the trail race has generated more than $90,000 with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to Boulder Crest Retreat and Pets for Vets.
Boulder Crest Retreat, a local privately funded rural wellness center located in Bluemont, exclusively dedicates its services to improving the physical, emotional, and economic wellbeing of veterans. It provides military veterans and active-duty military personnel with a peaceful and supportive environment in which they can recuperate from the traumas of war. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Holocene Climate

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(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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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“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

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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

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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

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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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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV
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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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

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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

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?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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Editorial

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 …

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

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– 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

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– 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

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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

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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

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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

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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 …

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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

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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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Sports

Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017

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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

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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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