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Local Non-Profit Fills Critical Gap for Combat Wounded

March 4, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Business, News Be the first to comment

The drawdown of America’s military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan is welcome news to the millions of weary men and women that have been deployed, often multiple times, to those hostile and unforgiving places. But for far too many returning veterans, the harsh reality of war has been replaced by the indifference of a nation that professes its gratitude yet doesn’t meet its solemn obligations to them.

More than 50,000 U.S. troops have been physically wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001. Many who otherwise would have been killed were saved by modern medical and battlefield technology. Thousands have sacrificed limbs and as many as 300,000 suffer from the debilitating effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. … Continue Reading

Our Youth Hunger Dilemma

February 26, 2014 by Contributor Business, News 1 comment

It’s getting late in the afternoon and you have an uneasy or painful sensation in your stomach caused by hunger. Most of us have withstood that sensation for an hour or two but imagine if there was no food in the house to alleviate your hunger. For many in our Loudoun community, this unfortunately is not an uncommon occurrence.

Loudoun County has a child food insecurity rate of one in 10 children. Over 9200 children cannot count on their next meal. 28 percent of these kids qualify for US govt. free/reduced price school lunch programs (ie.1 meal /day). Another 72 percent are assisted by charitable organizations like churches and food banks. These numbers are startling and troubling. … Continue Reading

Nominations Sought for Loudoun’s Outstanding Volunteers

February 9, 2014 by Contributor Business, News Be the first to comment

Volunteer Loudoun is seeking nominations for the 2014 Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Awards. The annual program honors individuals and organized groups in the county whose volunteer service has directly benefited the Loudoun community. Volunteer projects resulting in exceptional community change are also recognized.

Categories include outstanding adult volunteer, adult public safety, youth public safety, adult team, youth team, club or organization, corporate team, older adult, older adult team, volunteer project, project leader and family. Additional categories may be considered by the awards selection committee. … Continue Reading

Partlow Takes the Reins at It’s Bazaar

December 3, 2013 by Andrea Gaines Business, News Be the first to comment

With an attitude just as enthusiastic as the spirit of the place itself, Kelley Partlow has become the new owner of the popular antiques and consignment market It’s Bazaar, in historic downtown Purcellville.

Started several years ago under original owner Rebecca Cote, with its wonderful selection of antiques and vintage items, jewelry, local crafts, collectables, gifts and fun household accents, It’s Bazaar has always complimented beautifully this special part of town. Some say that It’s Bazaar has the largest collection of vintage records in northern Virginia. Its style and selection of merchandise has made it a destination for all kinds of treasure seekers. Partlow said she intends to build on this very successful foundation. … Continue Reading

New Children’s Store Opens in Purcellville

November 16, 2013 by Contributor Business, News 1 comment
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On November 16 there was a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly open, children’s store, Percy Bear Kids. The shop is located at the East corner of Main and 21st Streets, in the Ogilivie Dental Building. Barbara and Pamela Anderson, the shop owners, welcomed everyone to come see the shop, and enjoy the opening festivities.

The shop, formerly Grandmother’s Back Room, located in Great Falls contains an assortment of children’s clothing, accessories, and toys. Many of the items are handmade locally. There are at least five local crafts people contributing items, like hand-knitted sweaters, beanies, mittens, scarves, purses, blankets, bibs, bows and beautifully embroidered customized gifts. In addition, the shop tries to maintain an emphasis on “Made In America”, choosing high-quality toys, responsibly made by manufacturers in the U.S.A. like Maple Landmark of Middlebury, Vermont. A selection of books is on hand including at least three local children’s book authors, and the wonderful “Good Night” series from Independent Publishers. … Continue Reading

RoganMillerZimmerman, PLLC Opens Its Doors

November 16, 2013 by Contributor Business, News Be the first to comment

Attorneys Christopher Rogan, Peter Miller and Eric Zimmerman have announced that they are joining their law practices to form a new firm, RoganMillerZimmerman, PLLC. The firm will be located on the third floor of 50 Catoctin Circle, NE, in Leesburg.

Mr. Rogan has practiced for over 24 years, beginning in Tysons Corner and relocating his practice to Leesburg in 2006. The focus of his practice is on bankruptcy and insolvency matters, as well as employment, corporate and business transactions and litigation. Mr. Miller, who focuses his practice in areas of domestic relations and general corporate advice, has been located in Leesburg since 1989. Mr. Zimmerman has practiced in Leesburg for over 38 years. He enjoys a general practice involving real estate and estate planning matters and provides overall corporate and personal counsel. … Continue Reading

Volunteer Loudoun Offers Training for Volunteer Managers

September 8, 2013 by Contributor Business, News Be the first to comment

Volunteer Loudoun is offering training for anyone who supervisors or manages volunteers. The workshop will be held September 16, 23 and 30, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Loudoun County Department of Parks Recreation & Community Services, 20145 Ashbrook Place, Suite 170 in Ashburn.

This nationally recognized training series will cover how to plan and evaluate a volunteer program, as well as recruit, place, train and supervise volunteers. The cost is $200, with a discount for additional enrollees from the same organization.

Registration is required by September 12. Call 703-777-0505 or visit www.volunteerloudoun.com/VL_Volunteer_Management_Training_Series.

Salamander Resort Opens in Middleburg

September 4, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Business, News Be the first to comment

With a snip of her scissors, Sheila C. Johnson cut through the equestrian-inspired ribbon before her on Aug. 29 and consigned a decade of planning into memory. Middleburg’s Salamander Resort & Spa was open.

“I am so extraordinarily thankful for everyone’s patience, perseverance, and fortitude,” said Johnson, the resort’s owner, and founder and CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts. “In addition to its courageous traits, the salamander serves as a symbol of renewal, which is especially meaningful to me today.”

“I want people to feel at home,”  Mayor Betsy Davis of Middleburg said. “I thank you Sheila for your love of our town.”

The resort features equestrian, spa, culinary, winery, nature and historic experiences for its visitors. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Designer To Decorate Room for Winchester Showhouse

August 2, 2013 by Contributor Business, News Be the first to comment

Purcellville interior designer Denise Moore, principal and founder of Five12 Design, LLC, has been awarded a room in the Winchester Showhouse and Gardens event at Long Green in Winchester.

The 18th century stone home will feature the creative touches of 15 designers and professional landscapers and be open to the public from Sept. 7 to 29. Long Green is well known in the area for its historic and architectural prominence and its antebellum frame barn where the property’s owners, the Headley family, held antique auctions for years.

Blue Ridge Hospice, a not-for-profit hospice organization serving Loudoun and seven counties in the Piedmont and Shenandoah Valley, is collaborating with The Little Garden Club of Winchester to host the event.

In Loudoun, tickets are available at Everyday Elegance and the Blue Ridge Hospice Thrift Shop in Purcellville and The Fun Shop in Middleburg, and they may be purchased online at winchestershowhouse.com.

Moore, who is decorating a bedroom at Long Green, has a varied background in interior design as well as in business. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Utah and a bachelor’s degree in interior design from the FIDER accredited interior design program at Weber State University. She started Five12 Design in 2005. Moore provides design services for residential and commercial applications.

More information is available at winchestershowhouse.com or call 540-313-9268.

Loudoun Interfaith Relief Partners with BB&T’s Lighthouse Project

July 20, 2013 by Contributor Business, News Be the first to comment
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Loudoun Interfaith Relief (LIR) recently received more than 5,000 pounds of food purchased by BB&T! LIR received donated items such as milk, cereal, canned meats, spaghetti sauce and peanut butter. These items are especially critical in order for LIR to meet the needs of their Summer Pack program. Summer Pack is designed to provide families of school age children with “extra” food to make breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the summer. “Thanks to the incredible support from BB&T the food shelves at LIR are looking much more plentiful”, said Bonnie Inman, Executive Director of LIR. … Continue Reading

New Executive Director Selected for Appalachian Trail Conservancy

July 20, 2013 by Contributor Business, News Be the first to comment

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s (ATC) board of directors has appointed Ronald J. Tipton as the new executive director/CEO who will lead the organization beginning in late August.

Tipton has spent most of the past 30+ years as an advocate for public land preservation and national park protection. A graduate of George Washington University with an undergraduate degree in American Studies and a law degree from GW’s National Law Center, Tipton first worked as a program officer at the National Academy of Sciences and on the oversight/investigative staff of the House Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee. … Continue Reading

Local Mobile Veterinary Practice Expands

July 18, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Business, News Be the first to comment

House Paws In-Home Veterinary Care was started in 1994 by Dr. Leah R. Knode to provide an in-home veterinary alternative for pets and their owners who experience stress when going to the vet. Since then House Paws has worked with clients in Loudoun and northern Fauquier counties, specializing in dogs, cats, and other small mammals, as well as llamas, alpacas, goats, and sheep.

“A lot of our clients have multiple dogs and cats or large animals that are not easily transported. We’re a good alternative to standard vet practices,” says Dr. Knode. … Continue Reading

Roosters Men’s Grooming Center Celebrates Grand Opening of New Leesburg Location

June 23, 2013 by Contributor Business, News Be the first to comment

On Friday, June 28, 2013, at 2:00 p.m., Roosters Men’s Grooming Center will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the grand opening of their new location at 521 East Market Street in the Bellewood Commons Shopping Center. Leesburg Mayor Kristen C. Umstattd will officiate the ribbon cutting, along with Tony Howard, President and CEO of the Leesburg Chamber of Commerce.

The Roosters Men’s Grooming Center in Leesburg is the franchise’s second Loudoun County location. Owners Amy & Larry Hall also own a Roosters Men’s Grooming Center in Ashburn.

“We were met with such an overwhelmingly positive response when we first opened in Ashburn that our dream to open a second location in Loudoun County is now becoming a reality,” said owner Larry Hall. “We are thrilled to become active members of the Leesburg business community.” … Continue Reading

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Pungent Curry

9 Apr 2014


The latest version of the IPCC report is published and once again it will go unread by the great masses of climate science deniers and unreported by the media. So it might be useful to revisit the fundamental physical realities …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Understanding Teen Suicide

1 Apr 2014


By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Northern Virginia has recently experienced several teen suicides. Last month, two Langley High School students took their own lives just a day apart from one another, and this month it appears two students at Woodson High …

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Virginia Gardening

Spring Is Coming

4 Mar 2014


By Donna Williamson March is an in-between month – some cold and the return of glorious warmth now and then. One way to bring some delight inside is forcing spring-blooming branches. You can cut branches of forsythia, cherry, crabapple, kerria, …

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Sushi's Corner

An Easter Swim

1 Apr 2014

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I felt like a silly nim “cow” poop with these Easter bows in our hair. Okay Nelly, maybe you didn’t because you’re a girl. But me, a Mighty Cairn Terrier male? – PLEASE! Pleasing Mrs. B for Easter pictures was …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

What Baseball Can Teach You About Financial Planning

1 Apr 2014

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Spring training is a tradition that baseball teams and baseball fans look forward to every year. No matter how they did last year, teams in spring training are full of hope that a new season will bring a fresh start. …

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Go Take a Hike

Blandy Experimental Farm

6 Jun 2012


By Molly Pinson Simoneau It’s no secret that I love a challenging hike. I’ve written here about hiking sections of the Appalachian Trail and Shenandoah National Park. I’ve taken vacations with my family to Colorado where I’ve attempted to conquer a “fourteener” (a summit that is higher than 14,000 feet), …


Real Estate Ticker

A Buying Opportunity?

6 Nov 2013

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By Carl Fischer As a direct result of the uncertainty that has arisen from national and regional politics, with its unsettling effect on the Northern Virginia area, for the past two months there has been a market slowdown which has …

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From the Farm

From the Farm

5 Jul 2012

From the Farm

When the heat index reaches 110 degrees, as it has been doing recently, I try to keep in the shade, or stay indoors. But my lavender, about halfway from full bloom, seems to thrive in it. Hot and dry, I …

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April 2014
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: Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists -- Abstract painter Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and contemporary painter Sandra Iafrate


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Meet Evelyn and Sandra and other gallery artists during a free, open to the public reception for this month's Featured Artists' exhibit "Living Color,” showcasing two accomplished painters Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and Sandra Iafrate, in a vivid and dynamic presentation of color, shape and our surroundings.

Evelyn Lopez de Guzman’s vibrant paintings awaken the viewer to connect with nature and the modern world through an interplay of shape, color, and textural materials.

Sandra Iafrate’s combination of realistic and surrealist interpretation of flowers, foliage and landscapes on spacious canvases convey a sense of movement and playfulness.

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Easter at "The Park"


April 19, 2014

Celebrate Easter at historic Morven Park with crafts for kids, an egg hunt in the formal gardens plus a traditional egg roll on the Davis Mansion lawn. Have a family photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Children should bring a basket for the hunt and a large spoon for the egg roll. $10/participating child (ages 2-12), $3/adult. Register at www.MorvenPark.org.

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VAL's Pals Kids Club


April 30, 2014

Join Inova Loudoun Hospital as the present their Beamer the Dog Program.

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May 4, 2014

Scouting for Bricks is an exhibit showing the Love for everything LEGO® . Come see amazing LEGO® creations by Fans of LEGO®, LEGO® trains, Mindstorms robots. We will also have live Star Wars Stormtroopers and an interactive play area with over 100,000 LEGO bricks. Scouting for Bricks is fun for the Whole Family! Visit us at www.ScoutingForBricks.com.

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View From the Ridge

Rural Loudoun Is Different, and We Say Dark Skies Do Matter

4 Mar 2014


In February of this year a sell out crowd gathered at the county public seat in Leesburg to provide feedback to the Loudoun County Planning Commission on the idea of adding additional sports lights to the upper athletic fields at Franklin Park. Franklin Park includes a really wonderful performing arts …



Steady and Nobull

4 Mar 2014

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Park and Ride Lots for Western Loudoun

4 Mar 2014


In 2003, the county purchased 22 commuter buses to serve a growing demand for bus service to Washington D.C. The demand has grown exponentially ever since. The county now owns or leases 65 large commuter buses (with plush seats and on board restrooms) and more are being added every year. The buses are often filled to standing room only as …



Sadie’s Race 5K and Fun Run Scheduled for Sunday May 18

9 Apr 2014


Sadie Smile Foundation is putting on the third annual Sadie’s Race/Walk and Kids Fun Run to Benefit Smile Train in Purcellville Sunday, May 18th this year. The race starts at 8:00 a.m. at the train station at 200 N 21st Street in Purcellville. Sign up at Active.com. When Sara Ablard lost her five year-old daughter, Sadie, two years ago, she …

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Dr. Joseph Rogers Dies at Family Farm

1 Apr 2014

Dr. Joseph Megeath Rogers, 90, died on Saturday March 8, 2014 at his Hillbrook Farm near Hamilton following a stroke. Physician, farmer, businessman, rural land conservationist, philanthropist and expert horseman, Dr. Rogers was a tireless advocate and practitioner of country living whose contributions in a broad range of interests were made quietly and with little fanfare. His public persona was …

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Zoldos Presented Citizen of the Year Award

1 Apr 2014


At the biweekly March meeting of the Lovettsville Town Council, Mayor Bobby Zoldos was presented the 2013 Citizen of the Year from the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans. Presenting the award was Rick Adams, current president along with Board Member Peter Mullally and  Vice President Jeff Boogaard. Adams said, “On behalf of the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans, we would like to present the …

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Around Virginia

Wolf Won’t Seek Re-election


Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) today announced that he would not seek election to an 18th term in 2014. He released the following statement announcing his decision: “I have decided not to seek re-election to the U.S. Congress in 2014. It has been an honor to serve the people of northern …

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Virginia Can and Should Work Harder to Combat Hunger


By Congressman Frank Wolf Last year, the USDA reported a record number of Americans are struggling to put food on their tables. Across the nation, 49 million people – including 17 million children and six million seniors – are going hungry, a number that has grown substantially over the last …

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Kaine Statement on Navy Yard Shooting


U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on today’s shooting at the Washington Navy Yard: “My thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted by today’s tragic shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. As we learn more about the horrific events that unfolded this morning, my deepest sympathies go out …

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Nominate Your Hometown Hero

9 Apr 2014


Upper Loudoun Little League’s Hometown Heroes scholarship closes on April 21, 2014. The application is available online at ULLL.org. The scholarship is open to all graduating seniors who played baseball for ULLL at some point in their growing up years.

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Lady Vikings Give Back

10 Feb 2014

The Loudoun Valley Girls basketball team held an event on Friday, February 7 at LVHS. The Lady Vikings celebrated “Pink Night” by honoring those who are battling breast cancer or have been affected by breast cancer. The event was held in conjunction with an event held at Woodgrove earlier this …

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Medicaid Expansion Battle Heating Up

4 Mar 2014


Did you know that there’s a very real possibility that a DC-style budget battle and government shutdown could come to Virginia? The Medicaid expansion battle …

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Endorsing for Profit Businesses?

4 Mar 2014

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I recently received an automated email message from the Town of Purcellville soliciting nominations for volunteer award recipients in cooperation with the Purcellville Business Association …


Another Vote To Overrule Purcellville’s Board of Architectural Review

4 Mar 2014

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The Purcellville Town Council, foolishly, in the view of many and perhaps most, has overruled its Board of Architectural Review and approved Mark Nelis’s and …



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