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December 10, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Mary Rose Lunde Comments Off on Party Positive
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By Mary Rose Lunde

When you think of Virginia Tech what do you think? Most would say prestigious academics, known football team and maybe even the school motto of Ut Prosim- that I may serve- but does anyone think beyond that? Yes, we are academically strong and have a football team, but that isn’t all that constructs Virginia Tech. Our motto may be Ut Prosim, but do we focus on what lies beyond the surface? What happens on the weekends, or even “thirsty Thursdays?” Why don’t we ever talk about what happens on the weekends?

I live in Pritchard Hall, which is known as the “party dorm” on campus. Throughout the semester I have become accustomed to hearing strange noises and loud voices booming outside my door late at night, especially after football games. This isn’t limited to the weekend either, Thursdays have become “thirsty Thursdays” where people will drink to celebrate the “beginning” of the weekend. I, myself have spent many weekend nights doing homework instead of experiencing the typical college student weekend full of drinking, partying, hooking up and getting so drunk you have to sleep on the floor. Though I have no reservations against this lifestyle, I chose not to follow it due to my personal morals. I have many times watched my hall mates go out and party and come back so wasted that they pass out on the floor. One person usually has to be the “mom” of the group and provide others with water, food and sometimes a garbage bag. … Continue Reading

Debt, Debt and, More Debt … Or, Is There an Alternative?

December 10, 2014 by Andrea Gaines Columns, View From the Ridge Comments Off on Debt, Debt and, More Debt … Or, Is There an Alternative?

The entire trajectory of the Town of Purcellville can be summarized in one word. Debt.

The massive debt the town incurred to build the wastewater treatment plant – which currently operates at just 40 percent capacity – stands at $33 million. There was a $6 million mandated upgrade to the facility – which was paid for with a taxpayer funded grant. But, the balance of the $33 million spent was a choice by the town to dramatically increase the capacity of the facility- on the hope that the rapid growth in and around Purcellville would continue. Tap fees – the cost to be hooked up the system – now run about fifty thousand dollars apiece. And, that would keep the debt manageable.

But with the additional extravagant and ill-advised spending by the town (including the $8.5 million for the new town hall) and the housing crash recession, town debt has now ballooned to $61 million in less than a decade …

There is no looking back, but there is a way to look forward. … Continue Reading

The Red-Legged Partridge – Here in Song, Spirit, and … the Flesh?

December 10, 2014 by Andrea Gaines Columns, Wild Loudoun Comments Off on The Red-Legged Partridge – Here in Song, Spirit, and … the Flesh?

“The Twelve Days of Christmas” was first published in the late 1700s. Celebrating a wealth of gift giving and other activities that take place from late December through early January, the famous carol is most well known for its iconic opening verse, “On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me a partridge in a pear tree.”

Now, people who know partridges argue that the song is talking about the common grey partridge, for it – in contrast to it’s more colorful, rocky habitat cousin the red-legged partridge – is a tree-dweller.

However, the famous carol is thought to be of French origin, and that settled it for me. … Continue Reading


December 10, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on Sushi

Dear Friends of the Farm,

As Christmas approaches, everyone on our little farm is cheerfully decorating and working toward the many holiday orders, orders that are sure to make wonderful feasts to be shared with family and friends.

This Christmas Fields of Athenry Farm family wishes you a holiday blessed with love and goodness. Mrs. B saw this placard and decided to hang it in the farm shop. I am not sure I could teach the barn yard any better than this when it comes down to how best to share the love and how to connect with one and all.

Listen without interrupting ( Proverbs 18 )
Speak without accusing ( James 1:19 )
Give without sparing ( Proverbs 21:26 )
Pray without ceasing ( Colossians 1:9 )
Answer without arguing ( Proverbs 17:1 )
Share without pretending ( Ephesians 4:15 )
Enjoy without complaint ( Philippians 2:14 )
Trust without wavering ( 1 Corinthians 13:7 ) … Continue Reading

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Woodburn Road

December 10, 2014 by Tim Jon Columns, Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth 1 comment
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You know, when you look at a body of water, you never really know what lies beneath that often peaceful-looking surface; in Loudoun County (our little locality of contradictions and seeming time vortexes) the same can be said of many of its solid landforms. I don’t know if I ever saw the ruins of the historic Woodburn General Store before it was demolished almost 15 years ago. If I did, it may not have really registered that the artifact held any more importance than an old, rotting fence line or nameless shack along the roadside. Heck, I didn’t even recall its existence – or that of the community of Woodburn itself – until a little research unearthed the machinations of the State Highway Department- going over the heads of our local government – in widening and paving Woodburn Road – and in so doing – demolishing all that was left of the former General Store. The County Board – otherwise far less poetically known as the Loudoun Supervisors – had made an earlier decision to leave the Road unpaved; whether we’d have seen an organized effort to save the Store or not – is left – I surmise – to the imagination.

But– even in the 21st Century – there’s still good reason to climb that ridge from Dry Mill Road in the north and go up that slope to the furthest eastern hump of the Catoctin Mountains as they sweep down from Maryland and into Loudoun County; Woodburn Road just happens to skirt the ridge just west of Leesburg and offer a sense of elevation and distance – as you glance off in the direction of the rising sun – where the piedmont meets the coastal plain, and the land levels out in what some might call a more civilized fashion. But up here, the topography offers enough challenging variation to prevent the rate of bulldozing, cementing, asphalting and building that we’ve seen just to the east. Not that all that stuff’s bad – I like to have a roof over my head at night – not to mention places to buy socks and groceries – as much as the next guy; I also like having that almost-inaccessible rocky outcropping covered in pines on my western horizon. And, if you follow Woodburn Road for its entire length – just a few miles, actually – all the way to Route 704 – Harmony Church Road – you’ve got limitless options for exploration to the south and west – whether on- or off-road.

So: as in other portions of our lives – we’ve lost some of the physical manifestations of our history on Woodburn Road; rarely can we move into the future while maintaining all the amenities of the past – unless you’ve a much larger attic than mine. Perhaps the improvements made on Woodburn Road outweigh the loss of the historic Woodburn General Store; maybe I’d have driven past it, thinking, “Why doesn’t somebody just tear that old eyesore down and put in something new – something useful?” Maybe.

Then again, I may have thought it was a really cool little milestone along my way. I won’t lose too much sleep over it, but I do wonder what it may have looked like, and if there was any chance to salvage this artifact before the swing of the wrecking ball.

Loudoun County has the blessing of being very popular – both to newcomers and a rapid birth rate among current residents. It’s a good problem – in many ways; with ongoing change comes varied opportunity – and with the ability of foresight – if we use even our most limited talents – we can choose which parts of our past to store in our attic, so to speak: do we want that old, falling-down Woodburn General Store?

We let the State Highway Department, in all its wisdom, make that decision for us. What other – perhaps more cherished sites along our path – would they (and maybe other, less benevolent agencies) choose to eliminate in favor of that new overpass, parking lot or utility? I once heard a wise man say that a growing community will always need jails and toilets. These institutions – both popular and unpopular – are all well and fine, but I’d need to hear some real fancy selling before I’d put in a prison or a sewage plant on some of my most favored locations across Loudoun County. How ‘bout you?

December A Time To Look Back – A Time To Plan

December 10, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Virginia Gardening Comments Off on December A Time To Look Back – A Time To Plan

By Donna Williamson

December is a great time to look back on the gardening year and remember what went well or failed miserably.

Last winter’s winter-sowing of seeds went very well in spite of the polar vortex and I was able to test the seed of a couple of woody plants including the Carolina rose, all of which germinated well. Though winter is not my best season, being able to start seeds of perennials and shrubs outside with hopes for the spring makes it much more tolerable.

After reading an article about delaying a second planting of tomatoes this spring, I held back some of my little ones in containers and planted them in the ground a month after my first tomato planting. Since I grow many heirloom tomatoes, diseases always hit them in late summer and they start to dwindle. The later planted tomatoes were robust and productive until killed by the frosty temperatures in November. So that is a tip to pass along – make two plantings of tomatoes a month apart and see for yourself. … Continue Reading

How To Discuss Racism with Your Children After Ferguson

December 10, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Comments Off on How To Discuss Racism with Your Children After Ferguson

Protests regarding the grand jury’s decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown continued for several days and even spread across the country. The ruling and protests (some peaceful and some violent) have left the nation with a very real sense of deep divide; for many, the grand jury’s decision was correct and just, and for many others, the decision to not indict was a racially charged and unjust one.

Multiple polls following the Ferguson grand jury decision revealed the significant and clear divide between blacks and whites in the United States, with the majority of black respondents asserting that Officer Wilson was at fault for the shooting and that he should have been indicted. The majority of white respondents, in stark contrast, asserted the opinion that Officer Wilson’s shooting of Michael Brown was lawful, and thus he should not have been indicted. The grand jury’s decision (and its impact) has reverberated throughout the country, and as a clinical psychologist, it has even entered my therapy practice. Interestingly, the most concerned clients have been parents who have wanted assistance with how to discuss the topic of Ferguson with their children. One parent, for example, mentioned that her 5-year-old daughter asked why a car was on fire during a Ferguson protest aired on TV, while another parent expressed uncertaintly and confusion with how to discuss the images of looting and rioting with her 9-year-old son who discovered the story on the Internet. … Continue Reading

Author Examines Nelson Rockefeller

December 10, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Samuel Moore-Sobel Comments Off on Author Examines Nelson Rockefeller

A few weeks ago I found myself sitting in a lecture hall listening to noted presidential historian Richard Norton Smith discussing his new book entitled, “On His Own Terms.” Smith argued that despite his many flaws, Nelson Rockefeller had a profound effect on our nation.

As I listened to this man as he discussed the life of Nelson Rockefeller, I thought back to the many other lessons that Smith had taught me. I was struck by the timing of it all-this time last year I was sitting in class listening to this same man illuminate the American presidency. I remembered the anecdotes about our presidents including the 25th president William McKinley. In an effort to show the decency of the man, Smith told of the deep love McKinley had for his wife, Ida. Although she was sickly and frequently ill throughout their marriage, McKinley’s love for her never abated. Whenever he had the chance our 25th president would tell everyone around him, “If you had only seen Ida when she was young, she was so beautiful.” … Continue Reading

Amy & Dan Smith’s Planning for Life: Explaining Process of Probate

December 10, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Amy and Dan Smith, Columns Comments Off on Amy & Dan Smith’s Planning for Life: Explaining Process of Probate

The term “Probate” derives from the Latin Probatio meaning “proof.” The term came to be applied specifically to proof of wills. In common practice, when a person dies, the proponent of a will takes it to court (usually a probate clerk) and “proves the will”; that is, the proponent submits the will as the true and authentic last will and testament of the deceased person (the “decedent”). In addition, a death certificate or an obituary notice must be produced and a “list of heirs,” which consists of the names and addresses of the people who would take an estate if the decedent died without a will.
The term “probate” now is commonly used to refer to the process of administration of a decedent’s estate whether he/she died with or without a will. If there was no will, the decedent is said to have died “intestate,” in which case the estate will pass to the “heirs at law.” Each state by statute lists the order of family members who will take the estate of a person dying without a will. … Continue Reading

Measuring Irrationality

November 30, 2014 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Measuring Irrationality

“Irrational is a strong word, which connotes impulsivity, emotionality, and a stubborn resistance to reasonable argument.” Daniel Kahneman.

I admire the progress cognitive psychology and neuroscience has made in unraveling the workings of our brains. Since I cannot understand much of neuroscience, I make do with the cognitive psychology. A lot has been written about the irrationality of conservative Republicans especially in regard to climate science denial. Another new paper [1] by researchers at Duke University, Troy Campbell and Aaron Kay (CK), addresses this timely topic. Their hypothesis is that solution aversion motivates Republicans to deny science when the solutions contradict their laissez-faire free market ideology. They cite other research and only claim that solution aversion is part of the explanation. They accept the validity of other hypotheses such as the impact of conservative media or that “Republican’s cognitions are more motivated and threatened by negative information.” … Continue Reading

2 Degrees of Trouble

November 20, 2014 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on 2 Degrees of Trouble

“There are constant assaults on the natural environment, the result of unbridled consumerism, and this will have serious consequences for the world economy,” Pope Francis.

We have seen that the surface temperature is not just increasing but accelerating [1]. To do this we used the Cowtan and Way data set which includes the Polar Regions. As it turns out all of the official temperature records ignore these areas in addition to a large part of Africa and a bit of Brazil as shown in Figure 1 because no temperature records existed for these regions going back to 1880. The area that is included represents most of the Earth surface and is therefore considered an accurate representation of the entire planet’s surface when determining long term climate trends. As we’ve seen the other data sets, ignoring the Polar Regions, show that the surface is continuing to warm at a constant rate [2] when natural variability is accounted for. All portrayals of a slowdown (stoppage, hiatus, pause) in the rate of surface warming leave an unexplained gap of instantaneous warming in 1998 which cannot be explained by any physical mechanism [3]. The denier argument that global warming has stopped is an extreme case where the gap is 0.25 degrees C or about a decade and a half of warming [1]. Thus the only conclusion which fits all the data, including the Polar Regions, and which is physically possible is that the surface warming is accelerating exponentially. This is also consistent with expectations. The fact that climate scientists continue to discover additional evidence of the radiation imbalance such as the accelerated warming of the oceans [4] makes our situation that much more tenuous. … Continue Reading

Up All Night: Studying Never Ends

November 5, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Mary Rose Lunde Comments Off on Up All Night: Studying Never Ends
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It seems that many people like to continuously remind me of the fact that I need to prioritize my time so that I’m focusing on my schoolwork. Virginia Tech is a school of academics first, like most colleges. It is hard not to fall into the prey of other activities though. Time management is key and many people have also reminded me that college “is the most time you’ll ever have.” Though it doesn’t always seem like it with all that happens. It still seems that there aren’t enough hours in the day.

For many, time management is divided into three: Sleep, studying/homework and socializing. Unfortunately, many students decide to sacrifice sleep to satisfy the other two. In my hall, studying has begun to shift into socializing with barely any time left to get actual work done. This means that it takes longer to do less homework than what needs to be done. In fact, my study lounge is louder than the library is. I have studied in the hallway because there are so many distractions in the study lounge (and I don’t want to disturb my sleeping roommate).

Although this is the case in my dorm, it is not always a hindrance to everyone. “I study for 60-70 hours a week,” my hall mate Brynn Schaadt told me. I can vouch that this true because I’ve watched her stay up until 3:00 a.m. doing homework and studying for tests waking up at 6:30 to get ready for class. I don’t think she’s ever in her room anymore because she’s always off somewhere doing homework or studying or practicing her flute. Even when we’re having a movie night in my room she’ll bring her homework. Brynn is double majoring in engineering and music performance (flute).

My other friend Pat Shorter told me that she studies eight to ten hours a week for tests and quizzes and allows for 40 hours of homework. She is part of the honors program at Virginia Tech and has to keep a minimum GPA of 3.5 every semester in order to stay in the honors housing known as Hillcrest. Every time I talk to her she talks about her classes, mainly her microbiology class and how she has to get an A in every assignment. I don’t think we’ve ever had a conversation that doesn’t involve some form of talking about how much work we have to get done before a certain point. Pat is majoring in microbiology with two minors added on.

It is amazing how much students allow significant time studying and doing homework. Though Brynn and Pat spend a tad bit excessive amount studying and doing homework, it is evident that most college students have that amount of work assigned every night. I was told before I came to Tech that for every credit taken there would be three hours associated per week. With 16 credits that’s 48 hours a week of studying and doing homework. It seems logical since there are 168 hours in a week, but often studying takes longer than three hours per credit. I’ve already pulled an all-nighter and it’s only been two months. If anything, I have realized that sleep is a grace that I need to appreciate. With all the studying needed to do well, it’s a miracle that any of get any sleep at all. The studying we do keeps us up all night, but at what cost?

Mary Rose Lunde is a freshmen at Virginia Tech double majoring in biology and creative writing. She is involved in Chi Alpha and spends any other remaining time she has doing homework and studying.

For Him the Nobel Prize in Chemistry Tolls

November 5, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns Comments Off on For Him the Nobel Prize in Chemistry Tolls

By Hannah Hager

Have you ever heard of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy? Most likely not, but you should. This type of microscopy assists scientists in tracking the aggregation of proteins that cause Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s diseases so they can learn how to better treat and prevent them. The microscopy also allows for the tracking of the proteins of fertilized eggs as they become embryos. … 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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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

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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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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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