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Thank You for Another Successful Halloween Block Party

November 4, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Be the first to comment

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 contest were held in five categories ranging from infants to adults. Prizes and trophies totaling over $2,000 were awarded to some of the most awesome and creative costumes we have had at the block party. The Judges, Geno Stampora, Karen Jimmerson, Scott Harris and Police Chief Cynthia McAlister had some tough decisions to determine the winners. Thanks judges for a job well done!  … Continue Reading

Ethics in Campaigning and Voting

November 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Be the first to comment

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 approved” and “well off the right of way” signs have already been stolen countywide. I believe incumbents whose own signs miraculously appeared in the exact same spot my signs disappeared have knowledge of who is pilfering them when nobody is watching. Isn’t that unethical? I see the word “experience” and trust the “winners” used quite often by incumbents. Really! Other than voters who blindly vote a party out of some national allegiance how can anyone not see the incredible increase in traffic congestion over the last 4 years? How can anyone stomach the easy acceptance of the COSTCO shooting or the Christian Sierra shooting by the incumbent Commonwealth Attorney (not to be mentioned) or the failure to charge the murderer of Erica Smith yet the case was closed when the suspect of two successive Sheriffs died or the refusal to charge the deputy accused by the Sheriff of embezzling $230,000? Are these “Experiences” not enough to wake up the community to the politics of this office rather than ethical execution of its duties? … Continue Reading

$17 Dollar Tolls-Ouch!

October 27, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Be the first to comment

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 the lone candidate from the western suburbs supporting it. For those of us working inside the beltway, this toll is ludicrous!

It is exorbitant, solely designed to drive people from their cars. How many of you can afford another $85 per week?

It also does absolutely nothing to the expansion, improvement or maintenance of the road or any other road for that matter. In the plan, tolls collected are designated for quite a few projects from bike paths to promoting alternative transportation. Those bearing the toll will receive absolutely no benefit.

Lastly, this contrary to the concept of no tolls on the interstate system which was, from the beginning and with few exceptions, funded from federal and state taxes. To date there have been few exceptions and those roads predated the interstate highway system; I-66 inside the beltway was planned during the mid 1960’s.

Gov. McAuliffe, and Mr. Hedges, what are you thinking?

Matt Leeds

Black Is a Straight-Talker

October 27, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Be the first to comment

Liberal Governor McAuliffe’s hand-picked senate candidate, Dr. Jill McCabe, has learned the hard way that ducking important issues doesn’t cut it with voters. It took her three weeks to figure out that the Governor’s $17 toll lanes were bad for commuters. She, like all the other Democrats, was waiting for the green light from the Governor to state her opposition. Once they got it, all the Democrat minions rushed to the microphone to video their statement at the same VDOT meeting – even sitting legislators who had previously voted for the tolls!

Now that Dr. McCabe is back-peddling, she released her 3-week-tardy video and claims that she was always against it. That’s simply not true. Just four days before said meeting, she was still ducking the issue on Facebook. Even her own supporter declared that he would not vote for her since she refused to oppose the $17 tolls. He plead for her opposition explaining his job was at stake and even that plea wasn’t enough to get Dr. McCabe to pledge her opposition. … Continue Reading

Supports Hedges for Delegate

October 17, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment

We need Chuck Hedges in the Virginia House of Delegates. On the day I met Chuck Hedges some years ago, I was walking him around my property when I happened to point out my driveway was in need of some new gravel. The next day, the very next day, I look out my window, and there is Chuck, standing in the back of his pickup truck, shoveling a new gravel compound onto the worst spots. He saw the problem. He had a solution. He just moved in and fixed it.

Over the years, I have seen this man, again and again, see a problem: someone needs a job, a curb needs fixing, sick folk need tending to; and there would be Chuck, moving in, cajoling local officials, making phone calls, visiting, checking up, and taking care of what was needed. I never knew him to expect anything in return, he just has this mind set—there’s a problem I can do something about, so I’ll do it. And now he’s running for a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates.

How wonderful to have someone in Richmond with Chuck’s attitude: Problem? Fix it!

To be honest, Chuck is a good friend. To be brutally honest, I would not vote for him just because he’s a friend, but I will vote for this friend because he is a man who so generously gives of himself to make life better for other folk. I must also admit that I would like to have a friend in Richmond. If he’s elected, he’ll be your friend too, and that’s a good thing.

Victor H Kryston

LaRock Stands Against McAuliffe’s Misplaced I-66 Priorities

October 4, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on LaRock Stands Against McAuliffe’s Misplaced I-66 Priorities

Recently, Governor McAuliffe proposed imposing a $17 toll on I-66 inside the Beltway. Funds raised through this toll would pay for “alternative travel options”, such as bike and pedestrian paths in areas such as Arlington.

What the Governor doesn’t understand is that commuters from outside the beltway (i.e. Loudoun, Clarke, etc) will bear the brunt of the toll burden, even though they won’t benefit at all from “alternative travel options” built 50 miles away in Arlington. To make matters worse, the Governor’s plan fails to include specific new lane capacities-which is the only thing that would actually reduce congestion in Northern Virginia. … Continue Reading

Breweries in Residential Neighborhoods – Wrong Location

October 4, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Breweries in Residential Neighborhoods – Wrong Location

I wanted your readers to be aware of a disturbing new trend in Loudoun County. While most of us support efforts to keep open space in agricultural use, a loophole in the regulations has emerged that threatens the safety and tranquility of our neighborhoods.

In the middle of a quiet residential neighborhood on Foggy Bottom Road in Bluemont a brewery is under construction now that will serve beer until 10:00 p.m. Parking will be provided for at least a hundred cars, most of which will include multiple passengers.

This Bluemont neighborhood has narrow, winding dirt roads, traffic signs cautioning about the presence of horses and riders, children and cyclists. This is absolutely an inappropriate location for the opening of a beer hall. I call it a beer hall because they serve beer in a party-like atmosphere with music and entertainment. … Continue Reading

Thank You Purcellville

August 7, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Thank You Purcellville
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I want to express my sincere appreciation for the outpouring of support by the local business owners and residents in relationship to my challenge to the Vineyard Square development. Your kind words, visits, and support of my efforts have been overwhelming. The final decision will affect everyone.

It was a very difficult decision for me to make when I filed the original appeal. I had no doubt it was the right thing to do, and I knew if this was not addressed now I was not the only business that would be critically impacted and suffer irreparable harm.

But, the process has been frustrating, as I understood it would be when I filed the appeal with my attorney arguing my case against the actions of Purcellville’s zoning administrator. I was most shocked and disappointed that Board of Zoning Appeals member Eric Zimmerman – who represented one of the note holders on the Vineyard Square project – refused to recuse himself from the proceedings despite that obvious conflict of interest. It was a bad judgment, and destroys the public trust in appointed members of the community on so many levels.

I am holding out hope that the mayor and town council will not remain silent. The stage is now set and critical development precedents will be established for the developer of Vineyard Square and all future developers if these issues are not addressed now. So, I must move forward and defend and protect my business from devastating consequences, and stand up for the rule of law in our beautiful town no matter what the cost. My “Save Old Town Pville” Go Fund Me campaign will be the way I am able to keep moving forward. Thank you for your support, Purcellville!

Mary Ellen Stover, Purcellville

Independence Won – Much Left To Be Done

July 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Independence Won – Much Left To Be Done

With graduations behind us and summer vacations ahead, we have much to look forward to. My summer will be full of events and opportunities to meet with people out in the community and on their doorsteps. My family and energetic team of volunteers are excited to be participating in three local parades celebrating Independence Day, the day when our forefathers asserted in the Declaration of Independence that, “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” entitled them to cast off the oppressive rule of Britain and to fight for their belief that they were, “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The good guys won so here we are!

I wish all was bright and happy for patriotic Americans. There is a cloud, however, hanging over the weekend’s festivities. This past week brought bad news for those of us who believe in the rule of law and respect for the United States Constitution. Obviously many leaders do not share a commitment to those principles which have made America great.

Obamacare remains a mess. Virginia families have seen firsthand the negative impacts of Obamacare: Cancelled plans, skyrocketing premiums, higher out-of-pocket costs and stunted job markets as businesses are leery of hiring. The Court’s decision provides no prescription for these ills.

The Supreme Court’s decision does not have to be a lost opportunity. Congress can and should still act to replace this broken law with real health reform that puts patients and doctors back in charge, lowers costs and gives states more flexibility to care for our most vulnerable citizens without expanding entitlements.

Along with other Republicans in the House of Delegates, I remain committed to protecting Virginians from the side-effects of Obamacare by doing everything we can to keep costs under control and provide flexibility to families and businesses.

We also remain committed to strengthening our health care safety net without expanding our broken Medicaid system. Just this past week, I received a letter from the Loudoun Free Clinic’s Executive Director thanking members of the General Assembly for helping them better serve the low-income families who rely on the clinic for help. The increased funding for the clinics came after local legislators toured the facility and conveyed the need for increased funding to lawmakers in Richmond.

The legal gymnastics used by the Court do not change the fact that the Affordable Care Act is an unworkable and unaffordable disaster.

Along the same lines, the Court’s 5-4 decision that ruled that the Constitution requires states to recognize same-sex marriages was another swing-and-a-miss. For the vast number of Virginians that hold to the belief that marriage is a union between one man and one woman, the ruling sends the simple message that their right to be represented by an elected legislature is subject to the personal preferences of five unelected individuals. Moving forward, it is of critical importance that the religious liberties of all Virginians be respected. We must also ensure that the constitutionally guaranteed right to the free exercise of religion remains undiminished.

The court’s rulings are not the final word. The patriotic spirit that we know exists in America remains active, and I for one will not sit idle while well-meaning advocates of social change persist in reducing the Constitution to a set of intangible and ever-morphing guidelines. Constitutional proponents are fighting for sound, uniform rule of law, and we will work to reclaim the ground that has been taken. We can start by renewing our resolve to respect the legislative process of our nation and our respective states and to move our great nation in the right direction by being well-informed and voting our values.

Delegate Dave LaRock

Delegate Dave LaRock represents the 33rd House District, including parts of Loudoun, Clarke and Frederick Counties, and the towns of Leesburg (partial), Purcellville, Berryville, Lovettsville, Round Hill, Hamilton and Hillsboro. LaRock serves on the Transportation Committee, the Science and Technology Committee and the Courts of Justice Committee. Dave and his wife, Joanne, have lived in Loudoun for 29 years, building a successful family-owned general contracting business. The LaRock’s reside near Hamilton with Laura, Abby and John, the youngest of their seven children. Please call me for help anytime at 703 751-8043.

Reflections for Father’s Day, a Child’s Constitutional Rights

June 15, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Reflections for Father’s Day, a Child’s Constitutional Rights
Bob Ohneiser

I’ve been a licensed attorney and a father since the late 80’s. Yet, I wonder about how many of our country’s legal theories – theories that directly impact our children and therefore teach them what’s right, and what’s wrong – conflict with what we really want them to learn.

During my eight years on the Loudoun County School Board it was obvious school administrators and security officers were interrogating children which in some cases forced them to admit to things there might not be evidence of … all under the false premise that schools need immediate cooperation from children, even if it leads to their expulsion, even if there were no serious exigent circumstance such as a fire, a gunman in the building, etc. Calling parents prior to such interrogations was rare and fiercely resisted by school administrators. And, so, what are teaching our children? To tell the truth no matter what … even though all citizens have a Constitutional right not to self-incriminate? The 5th Amendment may use the terms capital or infamous crime when referring to self-incrimination; but does that mean a child possibly facing school disciplinary action – or worse – has no rights? Not even the right to have their parent present when there is time and opportunity to do so? … Continue Reading

Minimum Wage: A Wrench in the Gears

June 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion 3 comments

By Delegate Dave LaRock

You may have read in the news recently that the second-largest city in the United States, Los Angeles, voted to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour. Minimum wage advocates are actively working around the nation. New York’s governor announced he is still working to raise the state’s minimum wage after his state’s legislature rejected his proposals to do so, and, just this last session, several bills were introduced in the Virginia House and Senate to increase the minimum wage in the Commonwealth. None passed. … Continue Reading

No Tax Increases

April 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on No Tax Increases

– By Delegate Dave LaRock

I’ve heard it said that elections should be held on April 16 so that people would cast their vote while still smarting from the pain of dropping that check in the mail on April 15. According to The Tax Foundation, Virginia State Individual Income Tax Collections Per Capita Fiscal Year 2013 totaled $1,326 – the 8th highest in the US. It’s important that taxpayers remember that feeling when they interact with their elected officials.

You may remember the bold message on the huge trailer-mounted pink tax pig seen in parades around Purcellville and Leesburg – “No Tax Increases.” No doubt I’ll be the brunt of some jokes for associating with that portly mascot, but that tax-related message is an important one that all elected leaders need to keep in mind.

On April 15, the Virginia General Assembly will reconvene for one day to consider the Governor’s actions on legislation. On that day, the difference in styles of government between the legislature and the executive will be most apparent. Most legislators would agree that we need a more efficient state government, and many adhere to the philosophy that local decision making by local citizens is best. Local decision making and leaner government are at the heart of the philosophy that guides my votes in the legislature.

When Virginia is lean and efficient, hard-working taxpayers get to keep more of their hard earned dollars and enjoy a better quality of life as you spend your money efficiently and wisely. On a personal and on a state level, good management practices can always yield more for less.

As an example, I recently met with a constituent who helped draw my attention to the benefits an interchange at the intersection of Route 690 and the Route 7 bypass would be. We all know how in-town traffic is affected by school and event traffic, resulting in harsh congestion. Fixing that will be costly, and that’s why I have focused effort on making sure our regional transportation funding priorities receive careful scrutiny. When that happens, there is more funding available for projects like the Route 690 interchange. It’s just that simple.

Likewise, with education (which consumes over one third of Virginia’s budget) seeking value for dollars spent is how we achieve our goals without continually asking for more in taxes. This past session, I submitted a bill that would have given parents of special needs children the ability to withdraw them from public schools and receive a portion of that child’s state education funding to strike out on their own. Giving parents the means to customize their child’s education has tremendous potential not only to improve educational outcomes for at-risk kids, but to cut down on the long term costs borne by the Commonwealth and local schools. Better results for fewer dollars is not impossible, but it does take some effort and a creative approach to problem solving.

As always, my top priority remains serving the citizens of Virginia and the 33rd District by passing laws that boost economic recovery, allow the creation of good, dependable jobs, improve education, reform government spending and protect our individual rights. And as always, I value your input – don’t hesitate to give me a call at 540-751-8364.

After the reconvene session I hope to report back to you with the good news that our Governor has signed into law policy that favors more efficient state government and local decision making by local citizens.

Delegate Dave LaRock represents the 33rd House District, including parts of Loudoun, Clarke and Frederick Counties, and the towns of Leesburg (partial), Purcellville, Berryville, Lovettsville, Round Hill, Hamilton and Hillsboro. LaRock serves on the Transportation Committee, the Science and Technology Committee and the Courts of Justice Committee. Dave and his wife, Joanne, have lived in Loudoun for 28 years, building a successful family-owned general contracting business. The LaRocks reside near Hamilton with Laura, Abby and John, the youngest of their seven children.

Let’s Let All Enjoy The Purcellville Watershed – Responsibly

April 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Let’s Let All Enjoy The Purcellville Watershed – Responsibly

Dear Editor:

Just wanted to drop a note and weigh in on the amazing opportunity to maximize the value of a community resource. As you may know, there are efforts underway to open the Purcellville Watershed up for recreational use of the public. This may include equestrian, hiking, bicycling and other low impact activities.

I am a strong believer in creating these recreational opportunities as a quality of life improvement for residents and visitors to Loudoun County. The land is currently restricted to very selective use by a limited number of town employees and friends. Let’s allow everyone to enjoy this great resource in a responsible, thoughtful and sustainable manner!

Timojhen Mark

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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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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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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event


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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 …



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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Purcellville Cross Serves as Beacon of Hope for Highway Travelers

9 Nov 2015

Crux St. Francis de Sales

By Mark Gunderman The Crux Gloria was erected and dedicated by St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church in November 1990. If you’re traveling from Leesburg on Highway 7, passing through Purcellville just west of the Berlin Turnpike exit, you can look to your right and see a majestic metal cross sculpture. Within the cross, the shape of Jesus appears to …

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Carver Center November Events

4 Nov 2015


The Carver Center is at 200 Willie Palmer Way in Purcellville. Call 571-258-3400 to sign up for the following programs. November 6, Friday Lunch and movie Still Alice 12-2 p.m. (ages 55 and up).  To sign up call 571-258-3459. November 9, Monday AARP Driver Safety Class 9 a.m. – 5:00 p.m (ages 50 and up). Pre-registration required. AARP members $15, …

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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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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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Leesburg Ladies Tennis Team Wins State Tournament

4 Nov 2015


Ida Lee Park Tennis Center’s Ladies Singles 2.5 Team, Simply Smashing, won the USTA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship tournament, held October 16-18, at the Virginia Beach Tennis and Country Club. Simply Smashing members include team captain Beth Cioni, Debbie DeLadurantaye, Jennifer Fox, Robin Haast, Holly McMullen and Deja O’Malley. They train …

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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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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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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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