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Open Letter to BOS – Time to Clean Up Delgaudio’s Act

October 1, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Be the first to comment

By John P. Flannery

Dear Chairman and Members of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors exclusive of Sterling Supervisor, Eugene Delgaudio,

It’s high time that this Board of Supervisors took a long hard look at Mr. Delgaudio’s alleged misconduct.

The Southern Poverty Law Center charged recently that Delgaudio headed a gay-bashing hate group called Public Advocate.

Last week, we read reports that Hannah Scoggins, of Public Advocate, that same hate group, was telling Delgaudio’s County staffers what to do, rather than another Senior County employee or the Supervisor himself.

We also learned that Mr. Delgaudio had allegedly misappropriated a private copyrighted wedding picture of a same sex marriage, altered the photo and ridiculed the couple in an out of state political campaign. … Continue Reading

Goodbye to Main Street Wings Purcellville

September 1, 2012 by Contributor Dear Editor, Opinion, Uncategorized 3 comments

As most of you know by now, Main Street Wings Purcellville (MSWPVL) is no longer in existence. It came as a total and sudden shock to those of us who have worked there putting our blood, sweat and tears into making it the extremely successful restaurant that it was. MSWPVL has been known for years for its friendly atmosphere and comfortable environment. In this small town, everybody knew everybody and coming to eat there was like a big extended family reunion. You saw your neighbor, your pastor, your teacher, bus driver, mailman, mayor, dentist, mechanic, rescue workers,and more. Being family in the tightest small community sort of way we knew birthdays, helped elderly when sick, brought home fallen heroes, supported each other thru divorces, deaths, sicknesses and much more. I have been truly blessed to have been a part of this unusual anomaly and I am truly saddened by its closure. … Continue Reading

Fall for Smiles

August 26, 2012 by Contributor Dear Editor, Opinion Be the first to comment

In these tough economic times, many of us are looking for ways to cut corners and save money. No amount of money is worth sacrificing your health, however, and that includes oral health. We would like to remind your readers that brushing, flossing and maintaining regular visits to the dentist not only helps keep your smile healthy, but can ultimately save you money as well.

Dental-related illnesses cause adults to lose more than 164 million work hours and children to lose more than 51 million school hours each year. This time and money could be saved by simply brushing and flossing every day, avoiding tobacco use, eating healthy foods and scheduling regular dentist appointments for preventative care. Research shows that oral health is tied to overall health, with gum disease linked to premature birth, stroke and heart disease, so those visits to the dentist can also help prevent costly doctor visits in the future. … Continue Reading

A Simple Thanks

August 20, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Be the first to comment

Last Thursday night at the Planning Commission’s public hearing, an impressive number of citizens expressed their views in opposition to the proposed “Student Home” zoning amendment. We also received some additional clarity from Mr. Carl W. Schreiber, Executive Vice President and Treasurer of Patrick Henry College, about the college’s request. I want to extend my thanks to all who participated in the hearing.

My brief recount of the issue (I defer to Commission’s minutes regarding accuracy) is that residents were unanimous in their opposition to the proposal; the two individuals who spoke in favor being employees of Patrick Henry. Concerns about noise, traffic, parking and future legal issues were raised by almost every citizen who spoke. While Mr. Schreiber allayed our concerns about fast tracking this proposal, it was obvious this proposal is well ahead of need and requires thorough analysis prior to consideration. … Continue Reading

Do You Want a Frat House Next Door to You?

August 9, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion, Uncategorized 7 comments
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On August 16 at the new Town Hall (7:00 p.m.) the Purcellville Planning Commission and Town Council will hold a joint meeting on a proposal to amend residential zoning to accommodate “Student Homes”. What is driving this proposed amendment? Patrick Henry College wants to rent available homes and put up to eight students and a Residential Assistant (and other employees) per home to resolve their obvious failure to properly plan for the needs of their expanding student population. Patrick Henry also appears to be in a bit of a time crunch; trying to gain approval using combined Planning Commission/Town Council meetings where minimal quorums for both can be gathered. Taking from a popular conservative broadcaster’s mantra, “Here is what you need to know”: … Continue Reading

A Town Out of Control

July 31, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Be the first to comment
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I am still trying wrap my head around the picture in the paper a few months ago showing two roundabouts. But, it is true that the current one lane roundabout at the corner of Rt. 287 and Main St. is going to be torn out, and a new two lane roundabout will be built in mid-September approximately 90 ft. away paid for by the residents and businesses of Purcellville. Further investigation confirmed that the decision to wait until the middle of September to begin construction is the Town’s decision alone as this is the town’s project. Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) can only make suggestions, and comments, but the ultimate decision on the time frame is made by the town officials.

Over the past five years while attending town meetings I have constantly heard empty promises from Mayor Bob Lazaro and most Council Members about how the building of the Southern Collector Road (SCR) would not hurt the Crooked Run Orchard Farm operations. … Continue Reading

Old Town Wine and Food Festival

July 25, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Be the first to comment
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I would like to congratulate the Town of Purcellvillefor an excellent event last Saturday. The Old Town Wine and Food Festival demonstrated a big commitment in time and energy by the Town Elected Officials and Staff, in co-operation with many local merchants and all ofthe sponsors and vendors, to the success of this endeavor. Theeconomic vitality of Purcellville’s historic downtown was well displayed to many residents and new visitors. This exciting Festival was extremely well planned, well organized, well executed, well attended, the weather cooperated as well as it could, and it looked to me like everyone who showed up had a great time! Thanks a lot to everyone who participated, including musicians, wineries, food vendors, police department,volunteer rescue squad, shops, restaurants, guests, all the many volunteers who made it possible, everyone else who helped, and let’s do it again soon!
Robert Lauten
Chairman,Purcellville Economic Development Advisory Committee

Click here to view photos from the event

LTE Attacking Supervisor Ken Reid

July 17, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Be the first to comment

Leesburg Supervisor Ken Reid, as many know, voted to opt in to Metro despite a decade long career of advocating against it. Ken justifies this last minute flip with confusing doubletalk that maintains his opposition to the project and support of it in back to back sentences. Ken does have both bases covered in the event of success or failure. Ken’s recent constituent email said this, “Although I was a staunch critic of the project, and am still quite skeptical of its benefits…”

In this same mass email, Ken Reid stooped to a new low. After having betrayed his friends in the Opt Out group, whom he worked with for months to educate the public before he flipped to vote Loudoun into Metro, Ken is now using nonsensical claims that these grassroots consumer advocates are attacking him. … Continue Reading

Unlimited Power for Loudoun Politicians

July 5, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Be the first to comment
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Political expedience” suggests that what a politician will do will be based on what is convenient politically rather than what is in the best interests of residents. On July 10, 2012 a dog and pony show will be held at the Purcellville Town Hall known as a “public hearing.” The subject will be the utter destruction of the Town/County agreement known as the Purcellville Urban Growth Management Plan (PUGAMP). There is no question that there are pros and cons to PUGAMP. But it depends on one’s true agenda. I believe from speaking to countless people who participated in PUGAMP from the beginning, that they had nothing but true unadulterated care and concern for their town and county. None of them had a politically charged agenda, it was sincere, and the words in the overall plan reflect that. … Continue Reading

My Tag Sale Signs Were Seized Today

June 16, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Be the first to comment
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Dear Purcellville Town Representatives,

Today, Friday June 15, 2012, my wife, my in-laws, and a neighbor had a tag sale. We have conducted tag sales for thirty years now and have NEVER failed to retrieve our signs!

When I positioned them this morning I made certain not to place them where they would impede anyone’s line of sight. They were small in size so as not to distract anyone. They were made of hardboard so as not to blow away and litter the streets. I have used them since 1983. … Continue Reading

Metro

June 16, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Be the first to comment
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To the Loudoun County Board Members,

“Well done” to Board Vice Chair Janet Clarke, on her analysis and summary letter.

Pushing Silver line just far enough into Loudoun to be able to tax us was a bad deal for Loudoun from the beginning. Surely it’s clear that it’s a worse deal now. We have every right to decline to participate after the original plan was discredited. … Continue Reading

Horse Veterinarian

June 15, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Be the first to comment
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Dear Board Members,

It’s really hard to ignore the hype. I have been overwhelmed by e-mails and media. This will be a tough decision for you.

I am a horse veterinarian, and a Naval Academy graduate. And I am against the rail extension. The extension will place financial pressures on horse owners to develop and sell. And as Loudoun urbanizes to the west, there will be less horses, and the horse industry will move west. … Continue Reading

Dulles Rail Expansion

June 12, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Be the first to comment
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I want to rebut some erroneous and/or misleading points made by proponents of Rail in the 6/4 hearing. I respect others’ opinions; some were incorrect.

“This is a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity.” I believe this is artificial urgency meant to force a hasty decision. I don’t believe any proof has been presented that we could never build it later. Some insist building later means it would cost more but really the opposite is more likely because if it were managed separate from MWAA to avoid the cost of their bad practices, we would realize far more value for our dollars. … Continue Reading

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Sustainable Planet

Pungent Curry

9 Apr 2014

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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

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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

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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

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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), …

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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

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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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Events

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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"

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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

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April 30, 2014

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

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SCOUTING FOR BRICKS

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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

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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 …

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Editorial

Steady and Nobull

4 Mar 2014

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Park and Ride Lots for Western Loudoun

4 Mar 2014

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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 …

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Lifestyle

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

9 Apr 2014

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Sports

Nominate Your Hometown Hero

9 Apr 2014

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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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Letters

Medicaid Expansion Battle Heating Up

4 Mar 2014

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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 …

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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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