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46th Annual Bluemont Fair Announces Poster Design Winner

June 8, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Feature Comments Off on 46th Annual Bluemont Fair Announces Poster Design Winner

Organizers of the 46th ANNUAL BLUEMONT FAIR, to be held September 19 & 20, 2015, are pleased to announce that the winner of this year’s poster design contest is Jennifer Brady. Her primitive design, which features a smiling banjo and a mustachio’d pitchfork surrounded by music notes, will grace the Bluemont Fair’s distinctive poster, t-shirt, mug, and other fair memorabilia.
Bluemont Fair - 2015 Poster Art by Jen Brady
Jennifer is a New Jersey native who lived in New York City and New Orleans before moving to
Virginia. To make the shift to a country lifestyle even more drastic, she moved into a historic log cabin equipped with a composting toilet and a rainwater collection system in the village of Bluemont where she lived for 3 1/2 years with her family, cats, and dog. Jennifer works in public health, volunteers for the farmers’ market and the Bluemont fair, and loves to read, hike, garden, cook, and (as made obvious by the fair poster) doodle with her 3 year old son. She now happily resides in Leesburg with a conventional plumbing system, but misses eating ice cream cones on the front porch of the Bluemont General Store.

For more information about the Bluemont Fair call 540-554-2367 (voice mail) or go to www.bluemontfair.org.

Loudoun County Kicks off Adopt a Shelter Cat Campaign

May 5, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Feature Comments Off on Loudoun County Kicks off Adopt a Shelter Cat Campaign
Chairman York and Sunny

To celebrate the long history of the relationship between humans and cats, Loudoun County is launching a cat adoption campaign which will feature photographs of cats from the Loudoun County Animal Shelter with notable friends, such as Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott K. York.

The campaign, “Adopt Your Piece of History – Adopt a Shelter Cat” will run through October and is aimed at encouraging residents to add a feline to their or to become involved in their community in an effort to improve the lives of cats.

The Department of Animal Services also announces the creation of the Loudoun Community Cat Coalition, whose purpose is to assist Loudoun County’s animal welfare community addressing the hundreds of requests received each year regarding community and feral cats. Community cats live outdoors and are not socialized to people. While they are the same species as the domesticated cats that people have as pets, they have not lived with people and are therefore not ideal as indoor pet companions.

The Loudoun Community Cat Coalition consists of representatives from a variety of Loudoun County and regional organizations. In addition to the Loudoun County Department of Animal Services, members include Caring Hands Animal Support and Education (CHASE), Humane Society of Loudoun County, Loudoun County Animal Services, Towne Animal Clinic, Virginia Veterinary Medical Association, Loudoun County Veterinary Medical Association and Alley Cat Allies.

The coalition is hosting a free Community Cat Education Class designed to provide information about community cats, safe and effective trapping techniques, community cat care and best practices. The class will be held at Loudoun County Animal Services, 39820 Charles Town Pike, Waterford, on Wednesday May 6, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. Please RSVP for the class to LCAS Assistant Director of Programs and Services Amy Martin at Amy.Martin@loudoun.gov or by phone at 703-737-8097. For more information on how to help cats in Loudoun County, visit www.loudoun.gov/animals.

A Great Family Event; Run or Walk Sadie’s Race May 3rd!

April 8, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Feature Comments Off on A Great Family Event; Run or Walk Sadie’s Race May 3rd!

Sadie Smile Foundation, established in loving memory of Sadie Ablard who passed away at the age of five, is hosting the Fourth Annual Sadie’s Race- a certified, chip-timed 5K Run/Walk and a Kids Fun Run. Attendees can also participate in the raffle of a Life Fitness Treadmill donated by Olympus Gym in Purcellville, as well as other prizes. Activities for the kids include; face painting, balloon twisting, a bounce house and more. Each runner receives a technical race T-shirt, swag bag, and snacks donated by Costco.

So far, Sadie Smile Foundation has raised $151,000. for Smile Train, a charity that provides cleft lip and palate repair surgeries for children in developing countries at no cost to their family. These children are often hidden away, not allowed to attend school, and can have difficulty with eating and speech. Smile Train provides this simple, life-changing surgery for an average of $250 and trains doctors in each country to perform the procedure so they can be self-sustaining.

Register for Sadie’s Race on Active.com today, or onsite race day beginning at 7am. The race begins at Magnolia’s at the Mill and loops through scenic Purcellville, including the W&OD Trail.

For more information, contact Sadie’s mom, Sara Parella: sararparella@gmail.com, or visit www.sadiesmilefoundation.org.


Loudoun Pet Pantry Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

September 11, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Feature Comments Off on Loudoun Pet Pantry Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

More than 2,100 Pet Food Kits Distributed to Families in Need

The Loudoun Pet Pantry celebrates its one-year anniversary this month. To date, more than 2,100 pet food kits have been distributed to Loudoun County families in need. “We are thrilled with the success of this public/private partnership. By working together, we are keeping four-legged, furry family members in their homes and out of the animal shelter due to financial hardship,” said Amy Martin, Shelter Administrator at Loudoun County Animal Services (LCAS).

The Loudoun Pet Pantry began service to Loudoun County residents in September 2013, through a partnership between LCAS, the Humane Society of Loudoun County and Loudoun Interfaith Relief. Volunteers take donated bags of cat and dog food and canned food to create kits which are distributed to families in need. Those interested in donating are asked to contribute bags of dry food between three and ten pounds, and canned food, especially for dogs. Several businesses lend their support to the Loudoun Pet Pantry by serving as donation drop box locations. For a list of these locations, visit www.loudoun.gov/petpantry.

The Loudoun Pet Pantry’s mission is to help keep pets in loving homes by providing food supplies for families in need. For more information about the Loudoun Pet Pantry, contact Loudoun County Animal Services at 703-777-0406 or animals@loudoun.gov. Visit the Loudoun Pet Pantry online at www.loudoun.gov/petpantry for more information.

Designing Flowers – “You Feel It”

September 3, 2014 by Andrea Gaines Feature, People Comments Off on Designing Flowers – “You Feel It”

One block off of Purcellville’s historic downtown is an exquisitely restored old house at 151 S. 20th street.

As you walk in you notice that everything is immaculately clean and shiny – polished wood floors, sparkling windows and not a spec of dust anywhere. At the same time your lungs have taken in the absolutely heavenly scent of fresh flowers – lilies, freesia, roses, mums and more filling your nose with all of their sweet glory. … Continue Reading

Ready, Set, Pull at Dulles Airport

September 3, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Feature Comments Off on Ready, Set, Pull at Dulles Airport

Harness the power of teamwork at the 22nd annual Plane Pull September 20 benefiting Special Olympics Virginia.

Rally your fellow weekend warriors and pull a 164,000 pound Airbus at Dulles International Airport from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Teams of 25 will compete to see who can pull the airplane 12 feet the fastest. Teams must raise a minimum of $1,500 to participate. Prizes will also be awarded to the teams who raise the most money, teams who show the most enthusiasm, the lightest and the heaviest teams and even the slowest team.
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24 Graduate LCFR Officer Development School

August 7, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Feature Comments Off on 24 Graduate LCFR Officer Development School

The Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management (LCFREM) is proud to announce the graduation of 24 of our career personnel from the Second Annual LCFREM Officer Development School. These 24 men and women attended the comprehensive two week academy from July 17th thru July 30th, 2014 at the Loudoun County Fire-Rescue Training Academy in Leesburg.
The department’s senior staff members worked alongside seasoned company officers to design a program that teaches important aspects of leadership and management. This intensive two week training platform focuses on developing all aspects of a company officers role through a combination of lectures and practical exercises. They will develop their skills not only as tactical experts, but mentors, cultivating, and growing department personnel. The program utilized departmental instructors as well as presenters from outside LCFREM and the fire service as a whole.

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Lovettsville Cooperative Market Open For Business

July 3, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Feature Comments Off on Lovettsville Cooperative Market Open For Business

Join the Lovettsville Cooperative Market for their third annual outdoor farm market, 10-1p.m. It runs each Saturday through mid-September. The Co-op’s farm market features seasonal produce, eggs, meat, honey and many other products from local farmers and producers. They’ll also have fresh coffee and snacks for sale.  It is located at 2 S. Church Street, Lovettsville, in the open space next to Andy’s Restaurant. www.lovettsville-grocery.com

Hillsboro, Virginia– Shop for Your Home, Your Garden, and Your Table at Hillsboro’s Old Stone School in May

May 5, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Feature Comments Off on Hillsboro, Virginia– Shop for Your Home, Your Garden, and Your Table at Hillsboro’s Old Stone School in May

Kick off spring at Hillsboro’s Old Stone School this May with two great events. On Saturday, May 10, there is the second annual Hillsboro Art and Garden Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The following Saturday, May 17 is opening day of the Hillsboro Farmers Market at the Old Stone School from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The market will be open Saturdays through September 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Old Stone School is located at 37098 Charles Town Pike in Hillsboro, Virginia.

Hillsboro Art & Garden Show , May 10

Hillsboro_Art_and_Garden_Show,_wooden_spoonsCreate one-of-a-kind character and functionality in and around your home by shopping at the Hillsboro Art & Garden Show at the Old Stone School on Saturday, May 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s also a great way to finish up your Mother’s Day shopping.

There will be a wonderful variety of handcrafted items including wooden bowls, spoons, cutting boards; herbs for culinary uses and spa treatments; wooden toys; vintage porch and garden furniture; miniatures of historic homes in western Loudoun; wooden walking sticks and pens; framed crocheted art pieces; ceramic sculptures and miniatures; jewelry; stained glass home and garden décor; mudroom benches; garden décor made from reclaimed or repurposed items; floral photographs; and products made from alpaca wool. There will also be alpacas on-site to meet and pet.

Shop for Your Home, Your Garden, and Your Table at Hillsboro’s Old Stone School in May

The Hillsboro Art & Garden Show is sponsored by the Hillsboro Community Association & Friends of the Old Stone School. To see a list of vendors participating in the Hillsboro Art & Garden Show, visit the Hillsboro Community Association and Friends of the Old Stone School on Facebook.

Hillsboro Farmers Market at the Old Stone School, Opening May 17

Hillsboro_Farmers_Market,_fruitJoin us for the opening day of the Hillsboro Farmers Market on Saturday, May 17. The new market hours are 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The market will be open Saturdays through September 27. There will be a nice variety of vendors with fresh and local goods. Many of these are returning from last season and some are new this year. The market will have fruits and vegetables, fresh baked goods, maple syrup, pottery, herbs and flowers, teas, jams and jellies, eggs, beef, lamb, pork, turkey, soaps, and watercolor art and stationary.
On opening day, in addition to the wonderful food and goods, local band Hard Swimmin’ Fish will be performing at the market. Additionally, the first 25 customers on opening day will get a free Hillsboro Farmers Market shopping bag. To see a list of vendors at the market, find out how to have a booth at the market, and learn about volunteer opportunities, visit www.HillsboroFarmersMarket.org.

The Hillsboro Farmers Market is co-hosted by the Hillsboro Community Association & Friends of the Old Stone School and the Town of Hillsboro.

The Hillsboro Community Association & Friends of the Old Stone School is a non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining and managing Hillsboro’s Old Stone School.

Loudoun Valley Girls Basketball Team Thanks You

February 8, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Feature Comments Off on Loudoun Valley Girls Basketball Team Thanks You

The Loudoun Valley High School Lady Viking Girls Basketball Team would like to thank all those that gave generously outside Giant Food in Purcellville on Saturday, February 1st to benefit the Tree of Life Food Pantry. Our girls collected over $560 dollars in gift cards and money and over 416 pounds of food. All money and food was dropped off to Tree of Life Food Bank in Purcellville.

Full size photo of some of the girls that collected food and money that day with Peggy and Jack, volunteers at the Tree of Life.

Cancer Survivor Completes Inaugural Cross Country Bicycle Ride

September 2, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Feature Comments Off on Cancer Survivor Completes Inaugural Cross Country Bicycle Ride

Endurance cyclist, cancer survivor and Purcellville resident Fred Vlchek completed a 5-week cross country bicycle trip. Along the trip he has been raising funds to help others struggling in their battle with cancer. He will ceremoniously dip his bicycle tire into the water of the Chesapeake Bay at the City Dock in Annapolis, MD to mark the end of his pilgrimage across the United States from the Pacific Ocean.

Beginning on July 26th in Oceanside, California, Vlchek’s route has taken him across 12 states reaching elevations over 11,000 feet. Throughout the last 38 days he has travelled over 3,200 miles alone on his bicycle. Although this has been a solo ride, he has relied heavily on the support of the local Knights of Columbus councils along the journey.

The goal of this pilgrimage is to raise funds for Fred’s Difference, an organization Vlchek founded, to help increase cancer awareness and support for those who cannot afford costly cancer treatments. Fred’s Difference has been raising funds to support the journey through individual and corporate sponsorships.

Donors and supporters can follow Fred’s progress and make contributions at www.fredsdifference.com

LCFR personnel recognized during the Deener-Carr award ceremony

April 29, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Feature Comments Off on LCFR personnel recognized during the Deener-Carr award ceremony

On Thursday April 18, 2013, Loudoun County Fire and Rescue (LCFR) held its annual Deener-Carr Memorial Award ceremony. During the ceremony, 16 volunteers who have served Loudoun County for 20 or more years were recognized.

For 20 years of service: David Beatty, Jeffrey Frazee and Marni Frazee – Loudoun Rescue; Vincent Chirichella – Round Hill Fire-Rescue; Jen Ferguson and Paul J. O’Brien – Sterling Rescue; Julian Haddad and George Short – Sterling Fire; David Fierstien – Leesburg Fire; Russell Furr – Aldie Fire; Deliah Ann Hardy and Elaine Walker – Lovettsville Fire-Rescue; Robert Lohr – Purcellville Fire; Barbara Murphy and Stanley Murphy – Ashburn Fire-Rescue; and John Ramsey – Hamilton Rescue

For 25 years of service: John Anderson – Sterling Fire; Karen Aronhalt – Philomont Fire; Amanda Bowers, Donald Embrey and Richard Reaves – Purcellville Rescue; Peter Comanduras – Leesburg Fire; Earl Haussling – Loudoun Rescue; and John Hockman – Lovettsville Fire-Rescue

For 30 years of service: Jody Marker Jr. – Hamilton Rescue; and Richard Rodgers – Hamilton Fire

For 35 years of service: Robert Moore – Hamilton Fire

For 40 years of service: Terry Frye – Leesburg Fire

For 45 years of service: John Flippo – Aldie Fire

For 50 years of service: Kenneth Graham – Hamilton Fire

LCFR also recognized five fire and rescue providers for their outstanding service through the Hall of Fame, John C. Carr Memorial Award, and the Clark J. Deener Memorial Award.

The Hall of Fame recipients provided more than 20 years of service and made significant lifetime contributions to the enhancement of LCFR. The 2013 Hall of Fame recipients are: Sheila Brendel – Lovettsville Fire; and Irv Chilcoat – Sterling Fire.

The John C. Carr Memorial Award recognizes recipients for their contributions to the fire service. The 2013 John C. Carr Memorial Award recipients are: Jim Cook – Leesburg Fire; and Melvin Byrnes – Ashburn Fire.

The Clark J. Deener Memorial Award recognizes recipients for their contributions to the emergency medical services. The 2013 Clark J. Deener Memorial Award recipients is: Capt. Daniel Neal, a former volunteer with Lovettsville Fire-Rescue and Loudoun Rescue before becoming a career firefighter and emergency medical technician with LCFR. Neal is an advanced life support provider, an instructor and a quality control officer.

The ceremony was held a week prior to National Volunteer Appreciation Week. LCFR wishes to express its appreciation for its dedicated volunteer providers and administrative volunteers who provide our county with the resources needed to answer the calls. If you are interested in volunteering in an EMS, Fire or administrative capacity, please visit www.answerthecall.info or call us at 703-777-0595.

LCFR Fire Chief W. Keith Brower Jr., left, poses for a photo with Clark J. Deener Memorial Award recipient Capt. Daniel Neal April 18, 2013, during LCFR’s Deener-Carr Memorial Award ceremony.

Melvin Byrnes, left, with Ashburn Fire, speaks after receiving the John C. Carr Memorial Award April 18, 2013, during LCFR’s Deener-Carr Memorial Award ceremony.

“Mr. Charlie Is an Amazing Man,” Says Barack Obama

August 15, 2012 by Carol Morris Dukes Elections, Feature, News 1 comment
Charlie and Obama

Charles Clark, Loudoun’s Oldest WW2 Veteran Turns 105; Meets the President

On August 2 Mr. Charlie Clark, Loudoun County’s oldest surviving WW2 veteran, was honored by President Barack Obama in a private meeting preceding the President’s rally in Leesburg. Also in attendance was Mr. Clark’s niece, Loudoun County historian Elaine Thompson.

While presenting Mr. Clark with a medal for his war service, Mr. Obama asked Mr. Clark how long he had resided in Loudoun. “Well,” answered Mr. Clark, “on the 23rd of this month I will have lived here for one hundred and five years.” An astonished President Obama, also celebrating a birthday this month, hugged Mr. Clark and asked him for his “secret” before the three posed for a picture together.

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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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Ask Dr. Mike

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

pot of gold

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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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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Middleburg Wins State Championship

28 Nov 2015

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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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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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