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Loudoun Valley Girls Basketball Team Thanks You

February 8, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Feature Be the first to comment
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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 Be the first to comment
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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 Be the first to comment
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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
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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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It’s Back to School Time

July 31, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Feature, Schools Be the first to comment
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Putting a Little Nutrition in Back-to-School

Butterfly Gourmet – a cool little culinary spot that opened in Old Town Purcellville recently – is here to rescue departing college students from what owner Debra Randazzo sees as “artificial mac & cheese and overly salty ramen noodles.”

Butterfly Gourmet is offering a cooking class geared toward college students – or any beginning cook – entitled, “Beyond Ramen Noodles!”.

The class, planned for Thursday, August 2 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. will be held at Butterfly Gourmet shop at 148 North 21st Street in Purcellville.

It will be led by chef Victoria Cortes and cover basic food preparation skills – giving students three or four easy, affordable, healthful meals they can add to their repertoire as they hit their college dorms. … Continue Reading

Town of Purcellville Tears Down Hundreds of Trees in Preparation for the Southern Collector Road

May 29, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Feature 2 comments
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In May 2012 the Town of Purcellville tore down hundreds of trees, including nearly 100 fruit producing trees, on the 250 year old working farm, Crooked Run Orchard. The Town of Purcellville condemned by quick take over half of the 16 acre parcel (one of three parcels of the working farm totaling over 90 acres), to build the Southern Collector Road, many say will facilitate more future development in the area.

This action has split the farm in two with Sam Brown not having access to farm his back 45 acres, which include a peach orchard. To date the town has no plans for Mr. Brown or his customers to gain access to the back portion of his pick your own farm.

Two More Purcellville Residents Announce Write-In Campaigns

April 27, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, Feature, News Be the first to comment
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Since Monday, two more Purcellville residents have joined Bill Conover in launching write-in campaigns for Town offices: Mary Beth Barbagallo has announced her candidacy for Purcellville Town Council, while Kelli Grim will be challenging incumbent Mayor Bob Lazaro.

The write-in candidates are hosting two Meet on Main Street events where voters can learn more about their campaigns:

  • Friday, April 27th, at Purcellville Family Restaurant (also known as Fran’s) for coffee 8:00am – 9:30am.
  • Saturday, April 28th, in front of 105 E. Main St. (across the street from old town hall and next door to Valley Energy building), from 10:00am – 12:00pm.
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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

Morven Park
17263 Southern Planter Lane
Leesburg, Virginia 20176
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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

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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

Heritage High School
520 Evergreen Mill Road
Leesburg, VA 20175
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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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