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Piano 2 Go: Lessons and Entertainment To Go

September 2, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Piano 2 Go: Lessons and Entertainment To Go

Sometimes, experimentation is necessary to refine one’s business vision. Exploring new avenues brings clarity to one’s purpose. That is exactly what Purcellville piano-teacher and composer Jennifer Warren-Baker did in 2014. She had been selected as the resident pianist for Salamander Resort & Spa’s opening year, and her wedding and party piano business seemed to be booming. She was playing three to four nights per week at venues such as Salamander, The Masonic Temple in Alexandria, The Organization of American States, and The National Press Club. She also played in private homes for parties. Weekend gigs offered her the opportunity to be home with her children on weekdays. Jennifer took her gigging success as a cue to take a break from teaching, but as time went on, there was a void. She didn’t want to admit that she missed teaching, but she did. … Continue Reading

Dinosaurs, Jurassic World, and Liberalism

August 7, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Dinosaurs, Jurassic World, and Liberalism

By Nicholas Reid

If there was anything that you might have thought was immune from the ever-increasing aggressiveness of the American left, you might think of the dinosaurs. Unfortunately this is not the case. Liberalism has stained dinosaurs just as it has stained so many other aspects of American life.

One recent example of this was the attacks on the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum for accepting money from David H. Koch in order to fund a much needed renovation of the Smithsonian’s dinosaur hall in turn for the new hall being named after him. Koch’s money (about $35 million) will transform the fossil wing of the museum from a poorly lighted space with mopey-looking dinosaurs dragging their tails around the floor to a much more vibrant, well-lit space. Despite this, a group of scientists developed a petition to the museum, urging them to retract their support from Koch, describing him and his brother as “those who profit from fossil fuels or fund lobby groups that misrepresent climate science.” … Continue Reading

Kids Across Loudoun County to Perform in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr.

June 18, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Kids Across Loudoun County to Perform in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr.

Kids from more than 17 elementary, middle, and high schools from across Loudoun County will be spending their summer “under the sea” as part of Loudoun Centre Theatre’s summer production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr. “We had no idea that kids would come from all over the county to audition for the show,” explains Jeffrey Taylor, Loudoun Centre Theatre’s executive director. “We couldn’t be happier with the degree of talent that has come together. It is turning out to be quite an amazing experience.”

The kids will sing and dance as Ariel, Flounder, and other characters in this abbreviated version of the classic movie-turned-stage production. Matinees and evening performances will be on July 24 and 25 at Franklin Park Arts Center (36441 Blueridge View Ln. Purcellville). Tickets can be purchased online at www.thelct.org.

About Loudoun Centre Theatre
Loudoun Centre Theatre is a 501c3 Non-profit Loudoun County-based theatre organization dedicated to delivering excellent live theatre and providing arts education through its Academy for the Arts.

For more information, visit www.thelct.org, email info@thelct.org, or contact the theatre at 540-514-3332.

June Middleburg Concert Highlights Nationally Renowned Tenor

May 25, 2015 by Contributor Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle, Uncategorized Comments Off on June Middleburg Concert Highlights Nationally Renowned Tenor

During the very successful inaugural concert of the Middleburg Concert Series in March the audience rose twice during the performance for standing ovations. One audience member remarked that it was thrilling to enjoy Kennedy Center level talent without fighting traffic on I66 or purchasing expensive tickets.

On Sunday, June 14, at 4:00 p.m., the Concert Series again returns to the sanctuary of the Middleburg United Methodist Church, located on the corner of Washington and Pendleton Streets, to present a journey through vocal chamber music. The goal of the Middleburg Concert Series is to provide an opportunity for area residents and visitors to enjoy virtuoso performances and to foster a love for the arts in historic Middleburg. … Continue Reading

Once Upon a Mattress at Franklin Park

April 10, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Once Upon a Mattress at Franklin Park

Spring arrives to Franklin Park Arts Center with Once Upon a Mattress, a musical comedy for all ages. By staging this retelling of The Princess and the Pea, Main Street Theater contrasts its fall production of Oliver! With its colorful set, funny plot twists, quirky characters and fantastic costuming, this production is the perfect exclamation point to end the season.

From the moment the show opens, theater goers find themselves in the middle of a fairy tale they won’t want to leave. Winifred’s ironically hilarious song “Shy” as sung by Abby McDonough will bring the house down in the first few minutes of the show. But not to be outdone is Prince Dauntless (Matt Curtis) spelling out his love for Winnifred, better known as F-R-E-D in the robust and hilarious drinking song. Perhaps what is most amusing is that Matt Curtis, who has just become a daddy in real life, plays a prince who has never really grown up. Dressed in a bib, footie pajamas and reigning in a regal high chair, what a difference from Fagin, the wily thief, in Oliver!

The second romance is between Lancelot-like Knight Harry (Justin Mohay) who has more than wooed Larkin. As Harry, Mohay is hilarious especially since this knight’s armor is anything but shining. As Lady Larkin, Alie Campbell displays her versatility in the female ingénue role. Mohay and Campbell’s duet of “In a Little While” and “Yesterday I Loved You” are beautifully melodic and show off their vocal skills.

The Jester (Zoe Lucas) brings a quirkly intelligence to the role as she interprets for the muted and spell-bound King (Will Stewart). Queen Aggravain (Beth Jacobsohn) as the overbearing mother mows down Dauntless as well as the entire audience, until Winnifred arrives. Jacobsohn shows anything but “Sensitivity” as she belts all the way to the ball fields of Franklin Park.

With a kingdom cast in Crayola colors, songs equally as bright and cheerful, fifteen princesses from all over the world accompanied by knights in shining armor, Director Karlah Louis offers up a family-friendly feast fit for a king. And if (borrowing the title of Fred’s song), you don’t find yourself “Happily Ever After,” it’s your own fault!

Show Dates: April 24-26 and May 1-3, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm. Sundays at 2pm.
Ticket Prices: Student/Senior 65 and older $20. Adults: $23.
Website: mainstreettheaterproductions.org with direct online ticket link at ShowTix4U.com (Search Main Street Theater – Mattress)

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Shrek: The Musical Comes To Loudoun Valley High School

April 2, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Shrek: The Musical Comes To Loudoun Valley High School

– By Kimberly Rinehart

The award-winning Loudoun Valley Viking Players will perform the hugely popular Shrek: The Musical at Loudoun Valley High School over two weekends in April.

The family-friendly musical tells the hilarious story of the lovable ogre, Shrek, and his quest to rescue Princess Fiona and bring her to Duloc to be married to the pint-sized Lord Farquaad.

“Shrek has a great message,” said Christian Jost, who plays Shrek. “The show teaches kids to be comfortable in their own skin. Self-esteem is a big struggle for kids and I think that few other productions deal with this subject in a positive way. Rather than having the beautiful princess marry the handsome prince, this story shows that no matter what you look like or how you act, there can be a happy ending for everyone.”

“It’s a fairy tale with a twist,” added Lauren Harris, who plays the Dragon. “The music is great and the show is incredibly well cast.”

The production is the collaboration of more than 100 students, teachers, parents and volunteers throughout the community.

“This is by far the most elaborate show I have ever been part of in terms of sets and costumes,” said Matt Merline, who plays Lord Farquaad. “The cast is so funny and positive, and I think this really enhances the performances.”

Theater Director William “Russ” Staggs, who directed the musical, said that, “this experience has been truly inspiring.”

“The hard work everyone has brought to the process makes this one of the strongest musical theatre pieces I’ve had the honor to be part of. From top to bottom, this is a must-see show,” he said.

Shrek: The Musical will be performed in the Loudoun Valley High School auditorium. Showtimes are:

Friday April 10 and Saturday, April 11 at 7 p.m.;
Sunday, April 12 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, April 18 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 19 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and will be sold at the door or online at ?www.lvhsvikingplayers.ticketleap.com/shrek/.

Jazz&Co Dance Present Benefit Concert

March 15, 2015 by Contributor Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Jazz&Co Dance Present Benefit Concert
Claire Deaver (Loudoun Valley HS), Emily Maroni (Loudoun Valley HS), Emily Pavelko (Heritage HS),  Rachel Walton (Loudoun Valley HS and Loudoun Academy of Science)

The Loudoun School of Ballet’s pre-professional JAZZ&CO DANCE presents its spring concert as a benefit for The Teri & Shari Malone Foundation at the Franklin Park Arts Center, Friday, March 27 at 7:30, Saturday, March 28 at 3:00 & 7:30 and Sunday, March 29 at 3:00. Admission is at the door, $12 adults, $8 children/students/seniors.

The dances in this year’s concert cover the full range of contemporary dance from modern to jazz funk, including an original works by Seniors Emily Pavelko and Rachel Walton who is a past Malone Foundation scholarship winner.

Photo: Claire Deaver (Loudoun Valley HS), Emily Maroni (Loudoun Valley HS), Emily Pavelko (Heritage HS), Rachel Walton (Loudoun Valley HS and Loudoun Academy of Science)

The Kennedys Back on Stage at the Old Stone School

February 20, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on The Kennedys Back on Stage at the Old Stone School
The Kennedys at the Old Stone School

On Friday, March 6, The Kennedys will perform on stage at the Old Stone School in the historic Town of Hillsboro, Virginia. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. for dinner and drinks, and their concert will start at 8:00 p.m. Tickets for the concert are $25 (dinner and drinks sold separately). This will be the second time they’ve performed at the Old Stone School. Proceeds benefit the historic Old Stone School located at 37098 Charles Town Pike in Hillsboro. … Continue Reading

“Be Our Guest” at Blue Ridge Middle School Theatre

February 6, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on “Be Our Guest” at Blue Ridge Middle School Theatre

The magic of Disney is coming to Blue Ridge Middle School in Purcellville, Virginia. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will be performed on stage beginning Feb. 27. Director, Dolly Stevens, has put together another award winning show that will delight audiences of all ages. From the romance of Belle and her Beast, to the antics of the Silly Girls swooning over Gaston, there is something for everyone.

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Lincoln Musician Brings Music to the World – from Home

December 9, 2014 by Contributor Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Lincoln Musician Brings Music to the World – from Home

Singer/songwriter Andrew McKnight has always considered himself an “early adopter” of technology and new ideas. He started keeping an email list when he began his career in the early 90s, and saw the power and potential of the internet as a way to maintain a modest grassroots career. Two decades later he finds himself continuing to embrace the potential of new technologies.

“I started doing video webcasts a few times a year back around 2009,” he says, “when the cost of touring the west coast got really prohibitive. I wanted a way that I could still perform for friends and fans there without the huge financial burden. It’s kind of mushroomed since then, and the technology has certainly improved.” … Continue Reading

Maker Movement Comes to Leesburg

November 30, 2014 by Contributor Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Maker Movement Comes to Leesburg

Free “Maker” documentary film screening at Ida Lee Park Recreation Center on Monday, December 1.

Makersmiths, a non-profit community organization dedicated to promoting the Maker Movement, will be hosting a screening of the documentary film “Maker” on Monday, December 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the lower level meeting space at Ida Lee Park Recreation Center. This screening, co-hosted by the Town of Leesburg, is free of charge, but seating will be limited. Tickets can be reserved prior to December 1, by e-mailing events@makersmiths.org. … Continue Reading

Dream of a Good Death

November 30, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle 1 comment

By Eric Werling

I’m drawn to a Thursday evening performance of a folk operetta and Civil War history lesson, “Dream of a Good Death” by Clark Hansbarger and the Bitter Liberals, which I read about in the Loudoun News. I leave work early, commute home from D.C. in time to kiss my wife goodnight and hop back in the truck for the 8:00 p.m. show at Franklin Park. I sit in the theater a few minutes before the show, alone in the small crowd, a little self-conscious because I don’t normally go to shows alone. But soon those thoughts are replaced with wonder. We live in a small Virginia town – with a name like Purcellville, it is guaranteed to remain a small town forever. But I have just discovered that Purcellville has a theater worthy of a small city! They completed this place seven years ago. Why haven’t I been here before? … Continue Reading

Eden Troupe Presents It’s a Wonderful Life: The Musical

November 11, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Eden Troupe Presents It’s a Wonderful Life: The Musical

Come celebrate the start of the Christmas season with Eden Troupe’s production of It’s a Wonderful Life: The Musical running from November 20-22 at Patrick Henry College’s Townhall. The musical version stays true to the classic story, but comes even more alive with singing and dancing.

This musical has a unique repertoire of songs, from the finger snapping, “Second-Class Angel,” the swinging, “Would You Like to Dance with Me?” the sweet love song, “If You Want the Moon,” the villainous song, “Go Ahead and Run,” to the tear-jerking song, “My Life.” The show has a wide variety of dance numbers, including jazz, Charleston, and swing dancing. … Continue Reading

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Trusting Science

14 Nov 2015


“The Four Corners of Deceit: Government, academia, science, and media. Those institutions are now corrupt and exist by virtue of deceit. That’s how they promulgate themselves; it is how they prosper.” – Rush Limbaugh [1] I previously reported [2] on …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Some Thoughts on Veterans Day

13 Nov 2015


By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Veterans Day is a time to honor those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, and it is also a time to reflect and remember with gratitude. America is a free and democratic nation today, …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Phil Bolen Memorial Park

4 Nov 2015


I never knew Phil Bolen as the Loudoun County Government Administrator; I never even got to know him as Director of Parks and Recreation, and I certainly never knew Phil Bolen the teacher and coach at Loudoun Valley High School. …


Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Willisville

30 Sep 2015


You may never feel the urge to travel to this little, unincorporated community; it’s not exactly a conduit for commuter traffic, and there aren’t really any places to shop, or gas up, or procure much of anything else from a …

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Sushi's Corner

March Sushi

4 Mar 2015

pot of gold

Hello everyone, this is Hokie Cat from Fields of Athenry Farm. Sushi is in big trouble as we speak and is residing in doggy dungeon. I am here to fill you in on what took place. My brother Mountie loves …

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Virginia Gardening

Planting an Allergy-Free Garden

5 May 2015


By Donna Williamson Tom Ogren has a long-time interest in allergy-inducing plants. He has written several books on the topic and in February released his latest The Allergy Fighting Garden. He explains why plants can stir up allergies and has …

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Samuel Moore-Sobel

Choosing To Live in the Present

4 Nov 2015


By Samuel Moore-Sobel I love a good story. I love telling stories and hearing other people’s stories. Our experiences bring meaning to our lives, and help shape us into the people we are today. Yet inherent in storytelling is the …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

Amy and Dan Smith’s Planning for Life: Trusts

4 Nov 2015


A common estate planning device is the trust. A trust is simply an agreement between two people: the person who establishes the trust, who may be called the Settlor, the Grantor or the Trustor, and the person or institution who …

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Student News

8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015


Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015


Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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Blue Ridge Middle Places 11th In National Science League

1 Jul 2015


Blue Ridge National Science Day Declared Tuesday, June 10 has been officially been declared Blue Ridge National Science Day. At a recent Purcellville Town Council Meeting, Mayor Kwasi Fraser and members of the town council signed a proclamation designating this …

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November 2015

Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Notaviva Vineyards Haunted Vineyard Tours


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Notaviva Vineyards Haunted Vineyard Tours

Red, White, & Boo!

Mrs. Lucketts’ Haunted Garden & Playground


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Notaviva Vineyards Haunted Vineyard Tours

Red, White, & Boo!

Steve Potter Live at North Gate Vineyard

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Elementary Drama Camp

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Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists – painter Karen Hutchison and glass artists David and Dale Barnes


Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event


Kipyn Martin Live at North Gate VIneyard

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The Essential Elvis Tribute Show


Christmas Bazaar

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The Capitol Steps


3rd Annual Bluemont (Juried) Holiday Craft Show

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Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery

Eighth Annual Lovettsville Christkindlmarkt

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery

Eighth Annual Lovettsville Christkindlmarkt

Christmas Concert

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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015


Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input sessions June 4, 11 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. at town hall for the proposed sweeping zoning changes. These major …

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Good Government Reinforces the Family – Another Perspective

4 Oct 2015


By Malcolm Baldwin Who can disagree with the title to Dave LaRock’s September article in the Blue Ridge Journal – “Good Government Reinforces the Family”? But sadly he largely misunderstands what government has done and ought to do for such reinforcement. Many of his prescriptions would harm families while others would forestall any improvement in family conditions. His conclusions become …



Mosby Heritage Area Association Recognizes Three Heritage Heroes

28 Nov 2015


The Mosby Heritage Area Association, the Northern Virginia Piedmont preservation and education organization, has selected three individuals to receive the organization’s annual Heritage Hero Award. The Heritage Hero award is given to individuals or groups in the Mosby Heritage Area who have demonstrated stewardship responsibility over many years. The awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, December 8, at 5:30 …

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Breakfast with Santa

28 Nov 2015


Bring the kids and enjoy breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 12 from 8:00 to 10:30 a.m. at the Between the Hills Community Center at 11762 Harpers Ferry Rd, Purcellville (Neersville). A delicious menu of eggs, sausage, home fries, sausage gravy and biscuits, pancakes,a special french toast dish, coffee cake, fruit, and more. Free will offering. Call 540-668-6504 for more …

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2015 Loudoun 10K Trail Race Raises over $30,000 to Support Boulder Crest Retreat and Our Nation’s Veterans

16 Nov 2015


“I continued to be humbled by our community and all they do to make Boulder Crest Retreat a success. Jim Schatz and his team at Loudoun Road Runners are amazing. This trail run is in alignment with the rural nature of Boulder Crest Retreat and we look forward to the event every year. My personal appreciation goes out to all …

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Wild Loudoun

Wild Loudoun: of Chipmunks and Chestnuts

4 Nov 2015


Chipmunks are small, beautifully elegant little creatures, with large glossy eyes, a sleek brown body, a short, pointy head, dainty white stripes above and below the eye, and a series of black land white lines down their sturdy little backs. They have a very sweet posture – sitting upright and holding food with their two perfectly formed front feet, while …

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Around Virginia

Comstock Speaks on Syrian Refugees


Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (VA-10) released the following statement on the current terrorist attacks in Paris: “After September 11, 2001, we tragically learned that al Qaeda was at war with us, but we weren’t at war with them. Again, with the recent murderous terrorist attacks in Paris, we have learned that …

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Tourism Revenues Topped $22.4 billion in 2014


Statewide data shows increase of 4.1 percent compared to 2013 Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia’s tourism revenues topped $22.4 billion in 2014, a 4.1 percent increase over 2013. In 2014, tourism in Virginia supported 216,949 jobs, an increase of nearly 700 jobs to the previously reported forecast estimate of …

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Good Government Reinforces the Family


By Delegate Dave LaRock Working as the elected Delegate for the 33rd House District has renewed my understanding of the value of a strong family. After decades of raising my family of mom, dad, and seven children and building my family’s business, which provided countless opportunities for mom, dad and …

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Middleburg Wins State Championship

28 Nov 2015

Middleburg Academy volleyball

Middleburg Academy’s Girls’ Volleyball team won the Virginia Independent School Athletic Association Division 2 state championship at November 11th’s finals. The 3-0 victory over Peninsula Catholic (#2) capped a season for the Dragons who finished with an impressive 30-2 record. Key wins in their season were home and away victories …

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Funding Sought for Scholarship for Loudon Students Participating in Youth Sports

4 Nov 2015


The Don Rose, Sr. Youth Scholarship Fund is seeking financial support to provide scholarships at college, technical or trade school. Applicants from public, private, and home schools are eligible to receive the scholarship, provided they participated in youth sports within Loudoun County. The fund aims to award two $500 scholarships …

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015


– By Andrea Gaines Loudoun County was heavily invested in the fight for independence from Great Britain. Loudouner Francis Lightfoot Lee was one of 56 delegates to sign the Declaration of Independence. More Loudouners served in General George Washington’s army than any other county in Virginia, and the county’s enormous …

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Mary Rose Lunde

Behind Closed Doors

4 Nov 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde It’s sad to say that the norm now is to wonder about the next school shooting. For a student it is the most terrifying thing, the next shooter could come at any moment, and any day could be the day that you die. It could be …

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Sarah's Closet

Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015


– By Sarah Nearis Look at these sweet and summery pink blouses and tops. Don’t you want to try one on? Some women are afraid to wear pink, thinking it’s a bit too feminine. But, pink comes in such a wide variety of shades – from soft mauves to fuchsias …

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Thank You for Another Successful Halloween Block Party

4 Nov 2015


The 5th annual Purcellville Halloween Block Party was the best attended to date with an estimated 6,000 descending on 21st street in Old Town this past Friday evening. Costume …

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Ethics in Campaigning and Voting

1 Nov 2015


My Dad used to say it’s what you do when nobody is watching that counts. Over 80 percent of my “zoning permitted” and “land owner …

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$17 Dollar Tolls-Ouch!

27 Oct 2015


Recently Gov. McAuliffe proposed $17 round trip tolls on I-66 inside the beltway with Chuck Hedges the Democrat nominee for the HOD 33rd district being …

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