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

April 9, 2014 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

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 could not imagine a life without her. She thought about making a drastic move to a third world country to help those who have so little, as she suddenly felt like she had nothing, too. When her brother, Thomas suggested to not make any big decisions quickly, and that ‘maybe you could put on a race or something’, it planted a seed. That fall, Sara created Sadie Smile Foundation, a non-profit to raise money for Smile Train. To date, $105,000.00 has been raised and donated to Smile Train, who provides cleft lip and palate repair to children in developing countries. These surgeries are performed at no cost to families, and have an average cost of $250.00 each. Sara’s goal is to raise $478,250, a smile for each of the 1,913 days that Sadie lived. … Continue Reading

Virginia At Its Most Beautiful

April 1, 2014 by Andrea Gaines Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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Virginia Garden Week takes place from April 26 to May 3 this year. It is one of the most legendary events in the state, treating visitors to over 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful garden, homes and historic landmarks.

In addition to beautiful gardens and homes, people on the tour can see hundreds and hundreds of spectacular flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members. The tour helps fund the preservation and restoration of the state’s historic gardens.

Sites local to our area include five properties in Middleburg and Upperville – Deerfield Farm, Gum Tree Farm, Glenbrook, Hickory House Farm and the National Sporting Library & Museum. The tour runs from Sunday, April 27, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Monday, April 28, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The headquarters for this local tour is Buchannan Hall, on Route 50 between Middleburg and Upperville. Full details, including how to purchase tickets and box lunches can be found at www.vagardenweek.org. (Photo by Missy James)

Let’s Celebrate Hamilton Day

April 1, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

By Carri Michon 

Mark your calendars to celebrate together at the annual town of Hamilton parade and festivities. This year Hamilton Day will be held Saturday, April 26.  The day begins with the new offering of a cross country run – the Hamilton Point to Point for children with the races beginning at 8:00 a.m. on the grounds of Hamilton Elementary School. All children grades kindergarten through eighth are invited to register for the races - a half-mile run for kindergarten through third grades with the second half mile race for grades four and five.  The final race will be a two-mile run for middle school students. Registration forms can be downloaded after April 2 from the Hamilton web site at  www.town.hamilton.va.us. Questions can be directed to Carri Michon at CLMichon@aol.com.

The annual parade will begin at 11 a.m. at the Hamilton Safety Center through town and end at the corner of Reid Street and W. Colonial Highway (by Lowry›s Crab Shack and the LDS church).   Welcomed are all decorated bicycles, walking costumed children, 4H, ball teams, local businesses, antique cars and tractors, etc.  Any interested participants for the parade can contact Cheryl Campbell at cbikowski@burkinc.com. … Continue Reading

Congregation Sha’are Shalom To Host “Walkin’ With Gabriella” Walk-a-Thon for International Good Deeds Day

March 27, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

Congregation Sha’are Shalom will participate once again in the International Good Deeds Day on April 6, 2014 by hosting the “Walkin’ With Gabriella” walk-a-thon in memory of childhood cancer advocate Gabriella Miller.

Established in Israel in 2007, Good Deeds Day celebrates the value and importance of giving back to the community in which we live and is celebrated in countries across the globe. Proceeds from the walk-a-thon will go to Smashing Walnuts, the organization founded by the Miller family to raise awareness and funds to battle childhood cancer. … Continue Reading

Pari-Mutuel Betting Returns to Virginia Gold Cup

March 27, 2014 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

Horse racing, spring fashions and Virginia hospitality highlight DC’s premier spring event

One of the nation’s largest steeplechase race meets celebrates its 89th anniversary this year on Saturday, May 3. After great success with last year’s launch of pari-mutuel betting, the perk returns for race goers to enjoy at Great Meadow in The Plains.

Since the Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (VHBPA) elected not to extend their contract with Colonial Downs, a race track in New Kent, the Virginia Gold Cup (and the International Gold Cup in October) has now become the only venue in Virginia to offer sanctioned betting. … Continue Reading

Rhyme On! Poetry Writing Contest for Adults at Loudoun County Public Library

March 21, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

Loudoun County Public Library invites adults ages 18 and up to participate in a poetry writing contest April 1- 30 2014 held in honor of National Library Week (April 13-19) and National Poetry Month (April).

Complementary programs and workshops will be held in conjunction with the contest including poetry writing workshops with internationally-published poet Clauda Gary, poetry readings and open mic nights with The Bards of Loudoun, and a workshop with nationally-acclaimed storyteller and poet Laura J. Bobrow. … Continue Reading

Art in the Burg, Middleburg’s Town-Wide Arts Celebration

March 15, 2014 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

Sponsored by the Middleburg Arts Council and the Town of Middleburg

On Saturday, April 26, the Middleburg Arts Council and the Town of Middleburg will join with the Middleburg Business and Professional Association to host the second town-wide arts celebration, Art in the Burg. Artwork from over 40 local artists of different styles, forms and subject matter will be on display throughout the town from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. … Continue Reading

Leesburg to Hold 2nd Annual Youth Career Expo – March 29

March 4, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

On Saturday, March 29, the Town of Leesburg will hold the 2nd annual Youth Career Expo at ProJet Aviation, located at the Leesburg Executive Airport – 957 Sycolin Road SE, Leesburg. The hours will be 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

“The Expo focuses on career opportunities for college and high school students who are just entering the work force,” explained Leesburg Town Council Member Kelly Burk.  “At the Expo, there will be tremendous full-time entry-level positions, as well as part-time and summer job opportunities right here in Leesburg and Loudoun County. Often young people don’t know where to start when looking for a job. The Expo will bring the employers with jobs to one location to make the job search easier,” continued council member Burke. … Continue Reading

Rocco Print of Civil War Event to be presented at St. Paul’s Church

February 26, 2014 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

150 years ago, John S. Mosby’s Rangers stopped near midnight at St. Paul’s Church, in the tiny community of Neersville, before riding the last three miles to attack Cole’s Calvary in the Civil War Battle of Loudoun Heights. This bit of history is depicted in a Keith Rocco painting of St. Paul’s Church with Mosby’s Rangers and their horses in the foreground, snow covering the ground, and stars shinning in the night sky.

On Sunday, March 9, Jim Kehoe of Antietam Gallery, Sharpsburg, will make a presentation of the Rocco print to the church where this event occurred in January 1864. Jim’s cousin, Roland England, is the pastor of the church, now known as Christian Community Church at St. Paul’s. … Continue Reading

Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes Sponsors Two Families for 7th Annual Wounded Warriors Ski Week

February 1, 2014 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

Week-long trip to Breckenridge aims to build esteem, restore family bonds

More than 50,000 U.S. soldiers have endured physical injuries in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and an estimated 300,000 suffer from traumatic brain injuries or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. But the sacrifices made by these true American heroes don’t end there. Career opportunities are often diminished and family relationships fractured.

In addition to its primary mission of providing emergency financial aid toseverely wounded veterans of the War on Terror, the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes (Coalition) often supports world-class recreational therapy programs that provide its constituents with an emotional and social respite that otherwise would not be financially viable. … Continue Reading

Woodgrove High School January – February Events

January 8, 2014 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

The Woodgrove High School Student Council Association is planning several events for this January. One of the SCA sponsored services is the exam breakfasts. Last year, the SCA offered several breakfast foods — such as bananas, apples and rice-crispy treats—to students in the morning during exam week. Many students took advantage of these breakfasts, with hardly anything left over each day.

“The exam breakfasts last year were really good,” said senior Emily Orr. “I love Rice Krispies.”

Research shows that nutrition plays an important role in brain function and performance on academic tests which is why the SCA provides these breakfasts.

“The breakfasts helped me wake up in the morning and just made the thought of going to school easier,” said senior Sierra McLaughlin. … Continue Reading

Bowman Library To Co-Sponsor Fun Workshop Series for Middle Schoolers?

January 8, 2014 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

Bowman Library will host three fun filled, creative and informative workshops for middle schoolers this winter. The workshop series “Its Classic!” will be presented by Tashi Treadway and is open to the public, free of charge.

The first workshop, “Mingling with Mythology” will be held on Saturday, January 18, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Treadway will present the story of Athena and Arachne and workshop participants will have the opportunity to paint their own ancient Greek style pottery.

On Saturday, February 15, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., the workshop, “Roaming with the Romans” will feature the story of Perseus and Medusa. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to try the art of mosaics. … Continue Reading

Nashville Comes to Purcellville for Charity Benefit Concert

January 7, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

The Purcellville-based charity Romania Reborn has announced the “Abandoned No More” benefit concert later this month, featuring Nashville musicians Jenny & Tyler. Happening Friday, January 31, 7:00 p.m. at Blue Ridge Bible Church on S. 20th Street, the concert will appeal to music-lovers across a spectrum of ages and tastes.

“My kids are as excited about this concert as I am,” says Romania Reborn president Jayme Metzgar. “We discovered Jenny & Tyler two years ago and loved their evocative sound and beautiful harmonies. Their lyrics are poetic, sometimes playful, and always worth listening to. I’m thrilled that they’re coming to Purcellville to benefit our work with abandoned children.”

Acoustic guitar, mandolin and the kick-drum of an old suitcase drive catchy melodies as Jenny & Tyler chronicle lives marked daily by love, joy, loss, doubt and redemption. Their blend of driving, percussive folk-pop rings of Mumford & Sons and Nickel Creek, and at times echoes popular male-female duos such as She & Him and fellow Nashville darlings The Civil Wars. … 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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