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46th Annual Bluemont Fair Announces Poster Design Winner

June 8, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Feature Be the first to comment

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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Shell Games

16 Jun 2015


“Let me be very very clear, for us climate change is real and it’s a threat that we want to act on. We’re not aligning with skeptics.” – Ben van Beurden, chief executive officer of Royal Dutch Shell [1] “What …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Worried About Mid-life Crisis

3 Jun 2015


Dr. Mike, I think my husband is going through a mid-life crisis, and I’m worried. It started about two years ago. He tries to get away from the kids and me every chance he gets on the weekend. He complains …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Brandon Park

3 Jun 2015


Considering its location – amidst the swirl of transportation axes, commercial and industrial scenery, residential neighborhoods, and the shadow of the busy downtown section of Leesburg, I was surprised to have this quiet little oasis of (mostly) green to myself …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Telegraph Springs Road

6 May 2015


There’s one guy out here who proudly informs all visitors arriving at his locked gate (at the end of a short driveway) that he owns a firearm and a backhoe; I’ve got a mental note to avoid this address at …

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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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Good Character Takes Work

3 Jun 2015


By Samuel Moore-Sobel How is character developed? It is a simple question that requires, I suspect, a somewhat complicated answer. New York Times columnist David Brooks gives us profiles of the mental and moral qualities distinctive to great leaders in …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

Challenges for Blended Families

3 Jun 2015


By Amy & Dan Smith The blended family has become more the norm than the exception in our society. As with most second marriages, Amy and I came into our marriage with our own children, our own careers and our …

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Student News

Woodgrove High School Senior Garner Signs With Wheaton

2 Apr 2015


Woodgrove High School senior, Kristen Garner, has signed to swim with Wheaton College in Ilinois She is the first Woodgrove swimmer to sign with a college and will compete on Wheaton’s NCAA Division III team. “I am incredibly honored to …

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Buchanan Earns Eagle Rank

1 Apr 2015


Harry Buchanan, V, from Waterford, earned his Boy Scout Eagle Rank three days before his 18th birthday. The Eagle Rank is the highest rank from the Boy Scouts of America to award.  Less than 2 percent of all Boy Scouts …

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Loudoun Student Awarded Environmental Scholarship

6 Jul 2014


American Disposal Services is proud to announce Allison Arpajian, the Loudoun County recipient of their Annual American Disposal Services Inc. Scholarship. Applications were distributed to all public high schools in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties. One winner was chosen from each …

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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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It’s Time We Invest in Public Education

3 Jun 2015

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By Chuck Hedges Delegate David LaRock believes in school choice. So do I. Delegate David LaRock is concerned about children with special needs. So am I. But that’s where our agreement ends. I have worked with children with special needs for some two years. I know the joy that comes with offering an effective program for these children. For 95 …

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Wine & Food Festival In Purcellville July 18

1 Jul 2015


Purcellville’s fourth annual Wine & Food Festival will be Saturday, July 18 from 3 – 8 p.m. at Fireman’s Field, 250 S. Nursery Ave. This popular event was awarded the Visit Loudoun 2014 Tourism Event of the Year. To help offset some of the many fees associated with the event, Town Council set a $5 general admission fee. Children under …

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Kids Across Loudoun County to Perform in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr.

18 Jun 2015


Kids from more than 17 elementary, middle, and high schools from across Loudoun County will be spending their summer “under the sea” as part of Loudoun Centre Theatre’s summer production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr. “We had no idea that kids would come from all over the county to audition for the show,” explains Jeffrey Taylor, Loudoun Centre Theatre’s …

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Team Mathias 5K and Family Fun Run To Be Held June 13

12 Jun 2015


Team Mathias and Be The Match are excited to co-host this year’s 5K and Family Fun Run to raise awareness for childhood cancer on Saturday, June 13, at the Village at Leesburg. The race will start at 8:30am. It will be a family fun event with activities for all ages with music, lots of kid’s activities, food and fun. Smokehouse …

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Wild Loudoun

Ancient Oaks – The Great Providers

1 Jul 2015


– By Andrea Gaines She feeds the birds. She shelters the mammal. She cools the air, provides us with shade and conserves the water and soil. She is the mighty old oak, an ecosystem unto herself. All except the smallest living things function as an ecosystem of sorts – whether harboring the bacteria and microscopic plants that break down organic …

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Governor Signs Senator Black’s Campus Sexual Assault Bill


On Thursday, May 28, Sen. Richard Black traveled to Richmond for the bill signing ceremony of his bill, Senate Bill 712, the Campus Sexual Assault Bill. Black’s law will change the way that Virginia’s colleges and universities handle sexual assault cases.  “When I heard about the Hannah Graham case, I …

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McAuliffe Announces Movie To Film in Virginia


Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia has been selected as the filming location for “Loving,” a motion picture based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a Virginia married couple who, in 1958, were arrested for violating a state law at the time prohibiting interracial marriage. The couple …

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Bipartisan Legislation Hopes To Reduce Wasteful Spending


U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Rand Paul (R-KY) have teamed up on a bipartisan proposal to empower federal workers to identify and cut down on unnecessary federal spending. The Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act of 2015 would build on existing law by expanding a program that allows U.S. government …

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WLVBC Ignite Takes 2nd at Tournament

13 May 2015

Ignite Takes Silver at Spring Fling resized

Western Loudoun Volleyball Club U15 Team Ignite placed second at the NVVA 15’s Spring Fling Volleyball Tournament on Sunday, May 10 at Belmont Ridge Middle School in Leesburg. Ignite met the host team, NVVA 15 Fairfax Black, in the finals. “I’m proud of each player for pushing hard through 10 …

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Valley Lady Laxers Off to a Strong Start

6 May 2015


By Mac Shuford The Loudoun Valley Ladies’ Lacrosse Team is off to a strong 5-2 start this year with their recent victories over district foes Dominion and Park View. After losing seven starters to graduation off last year’s state runner up campaign, Coach Tracey Albro has been busy rebuilding her …

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Mary Rose Lunde

The Summer Semester Is No Break

3 Jun 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde So, what should a college student do with their summer? The appropriate response is relax; summer is meant to be a break complete with sleeping until noon each day and marathons of episodes on Netflix. Instead of doing this however, many college students wake up earlier …

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Summer White Out

3 Jun 2015


By Sarah Nearis Good fashion has a feeling. As we head into June and the warmer summer months, the feeling you want is one of being cool, easily put together, and comfortable. White has a way of cultivating that cool, comfortable feeling. A crisp pair of white capris. A simple …

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

15 Jun 2015

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 …

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Minimum Wage: A Wrench in the Gears

3 Jun 2015


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 …


No Tax Increases

1 Apr 2015


– 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 …

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