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Loudoun Health Officials Remind Septic System Owners of Need to Pump Out

August 28, 2015 by Contributor Real Estate Be the first to comment
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The Loudoun County Health Department reminds owners of septic systems that routine pumping out of their systems can extend the system’s life and reduce the risk of untreated sewage surfacing or backing up into a house.

Loudoun County requires owners of conventional onsite septic systems to have their tanks pumped out at least every five years. Tanks must be pumped by a Loudoun County-licensed septic tank cleaner, with a pump-out report submitted by the contractor to the Health Department within two weeks. … Continue Reading

Historic Village Prepares for 46th Annual Bluemont Fair

August 25, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

The sleepy Blue Ridge village of Bluemont in western-most Loudoun County, Virginia, is bustling with activity as it prepares for the 46th ANNUAL BLUEMONT FAIR, September 19 & 20, 2015 from 10AM to 5PM both days, rain or shine. Admission is still only $5/adults, under 10 free, with free parking available. One-way traffic and crosswalks will be enforced in the village to ensure pedestrian safety. As always, the beautifully renovated Schoolhouse, grounds, and the entire village, will be alive with music, crafts, activities, and food.

Bluemont’s distinctive logo reflecting this year’s theme: “Farm Tools and Musical Instruments” was created by former Bluemonter, Jen Brady. Her winning design is created in a charming child-like style and graces the poster, T-shirt, and other fair memorabilia.

Always mindful of the natural beauty of the area and the need to provide good stewardship, Bluemont continues a “Green” approach to the Fair. Whenever possible recycled materials are used and easily identifiable receptacles encourage recycling of bottles and cans. Re-usable shopping bags with an abbreviated rendering of 2011’s popular Birds of Bluemont logo will be available for sale at a nominal price at various sites throughout the fair to encourage fairgoers to reduce use of plastic bags.

Fair weekend begins with the 37th Bluemont Road Race, beginning at 8AM. Terrain on the course is rolling at times, with a total ascent of 222 feet over mostly gravel and paved roads, beginning and ending at Great County Farms. Registration is $25 until Midnight, 8/30/15, $30 until midnight 9/13/15 and $35 on race day (exact change or check, please!) The awards ceremony will immediately follow and each participant will receive a Bluemont Race t-shirt with this year’s distinctive logo. More information and application can be found at www.bluemontfair.org

The 24rd Annual Pickle-Making/Pie-Baking Contest will take place on Saturday, September 19 at the E.E. Lake Store. Entries, labeled with the creator’s name and “contestant’s” title out of sight, should be delivered to the E.E. Lake Store by 11AM. Judging will take place at noon with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards for two categories of pie (fruit/other) and pickles (cucumber/other). First place winners in each category will receive a commemorative pickle or pie plate. All winners will receive ribbons and bragging rights. Afterwards slices of the pie “contestants” will be available for purchase at a nominal fee. More information can be found at www.bluemontfair.org Step next door into E.E. Lake Store for some delicious fresh baked goods and canned delights.

The Wine Tasting Venue and the Beer Garden, combined last year, was such a success we’re doing it again!! Enjoy your favorite libation in a relaxed setting with music, gourmet treats, and stunning views of the Blue Ridge. Entrance to the Wine and Beer Garden is free with admission to the fair, however you must be 21 to purchase alcoholic beverages. Souvenir beer and wine glasses will be sold for $5, with $1 for tastings and $5 for filled glasses. This is a great venue in which to relax mid-day or before heading home—by means of a designated driver, of course! You will also be able to purchase sealed products for home consumption.

The Snickersville Academy, a log cabin built in 1825 which was the first schoolhouse and house of worship in the village, will once again be open for free tours both days. The Hatcher family generously gave it to Friends of Bluemont in 2010 and the group has completely restored it.

Both days of the fair feature food, crafts, music and lots of activities for all ages throughout the historic village. On the Old Schoolhouse grounds will be scores of juried crafters displaying their wares. Many crafters offer demonstrations, including paper-maker, Joe Cunningham, as well as wood carvers, basket weavers, potters, word turners, quilters, and broom makers. Additionally, Ron Light of Lighthouse Woodworking has a new line featuring a re-creation of the first poster Bluemont Fair design depicting our beloved village up to the gap. The design will be available on trivets, hanging wall plaques and benches. The wide array of crafts and original art available for purchase include photography, hand-made brooms, baskets, spinning and weaving, birdhouses, wood carving, ceramics and pottery, jewelry, dolls, fiber arts, soaps and lotions, and much more. Artisans present include 2014-1st Place Juried Crafts winner, Pappy’s Wooden Dreams: “Handcrafted Toys for Big Imaginations”.

Plentiful food vendors will offer a variety of foods and treats, from down-home to international. This year the Bluemont Fair is pleased to host three new local food vendors including Cajun cooking from the Jambalaya Brothers, The Sprouted Spoon offering paleo-friendly options, and Tailgater Toby serving gourmet hot dogs and BBQ, along with our returning vendors that serve everything from apple dumplings to tzatziki. Antiques and other collectible treasures will be displayed by a variety of vendors at the Antique Flea Market. Be sure to stop by and see the alpacas, llamas, and sheep and consider purchasing articles made from their prized wool. Members of the local weavers guild will also be present to demonstrate their craft and provide hands-on opportunities. Ever-popular Organ Grinder,

Terry Bender and his mechanical friends, will perform musical selections on his large German street organ. Local bee-keepers will once again bring their working honey-bee colony – a fair favorite – with many varieties of honey and bee-related items for sale.

Bluemont’s railroad history is celebrated with an extensive model railroad display in the Shed behind the Community Center. The models come complete with replicas of Bluemont’s historic buildings. A special hands-on set will also be available for “engineers” of all ages to operate. Be sure to stop by and tour the genuine red Caboose ensconced on actual tracks behind the old schoolhouse. Once again the renovated Mill at the end of Railroad St., near the site of the long-gone Bluemont Train Station, will be open and offer an exhibit of railroad memorabilia. Also in attendance will be Rosemary, of Hair Cuts by Rosemary, to provide new coiffures to fairgoers.

At the E.E. Lake Store home-made jams, jellies and baked goods are available for purchase, along with Bluemont memorabilia. Be sure to also visit the Art Show and Sale and Children’s Art Exhibit in the Community Center. All young artists are invited to submit works for display at the Children’s Art Exhibit: more information at www.bluemontfair.org

Music and entertainment this year include new events: a square dance, Chorus of the Old Dominion serenading folks walking through the fair, and youth performers. We’ve got country, folk, blues, jazz, bluegrass, gospel, singer-songwriters, and rock n’ roll, plus two dance troupes on three stages (see schedule at end of release). Archeologist Dave Clark will also be on hand to share his display of found-objects and bones which evoke the area’s rich past.

The Bluemont General Store at the northern end of the village is a 150+ year old country store that was established prior to the Civil War and has operated almost continually thereafter, will offer the modern convenience of an ATM machine, in addition to food (including hormone-free milk in glass bottles, fresh eggs from the store-owned farm, local grass-fed organic beef, ice-cream, and sandwiches), souvenirs, and more music.

One of the most charming aspects of the weekend is the extraordinary Children’s Fair, Bluemont’s gift to its youngest visitors. Face painting, clowns, farm animals and lots of hands-on activities are offered for kids of all ages, most free of charge. Pony rides are available nearby for a small additional fee, as is the popular Rock-Climbing Wall, and pedal cars for very young drivers.

The 150+ year old Old Stone Church across from the Old Schoolhouse will house two very popular events. In the Sanctuary, an extensive Quilt exhibit, provided by the Waterford Quilters Guild, features antique quilts made in the 1880’s to new quilts made this year. Come see the contrast and harmony between the two in the beautiful church setting of wooden pews and stained glass windows. Meanwhile downstairs in the church basement the traditional slide shows of Bluemont’s past: “When the Trains Came to Bluemont” and “Bluemont: 1864” will be presented at 12:30, 1 and 1:30pm both days. The first show describes Bluemont’s heyday during the early 1900s when it was the last stop on the W&OD Railroad, now known mostly as the name of the bike trail which sits on its track bed. The second show describes an actual Civil War skirmish that occurred right in the center of the village!

The Bluemont Fair is sponsored by the Bluemont Citizens Association. Proceeds go toward paying for the village’s street lights, providing scholarships for local students, improvements to the village’s historic buildings such as the E.E. Lake Store and the Snickersville Academy, and community beautification. In addition, the BCA donates to local service organizations and provides display opportunities at the fair for local non-profit organizations, including The Friends of Bluemont, Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Boulder Crest Retreat for Wounded Warriors, and the Snickersville Turnpike Association.

Absolutely No Pets (except service animals) admitted.

Bluemont is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge on Snickersville Turnpike (Rt. 734) about one hour west of the District of Columbia, 17 miles west of Leesburg and east of Winchester via Route 7. For more information, call: 540-554-2376 (voice mail), write: Bluemont Fair, P.O.Box 217, Bluemont, VA 20135, or visit www.bluemontfair.org



11 am– SpaceCanoe
12 noon– Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers
1 pm– Justin Trawick and the Common Good
2 pm– Esther Haynes
3 pm– Celtic School of Dance

11 am– Spiritual Harmonizers
12 noon –- the plate scrapers
1 PM–– Jake and the Burtones
2 PM–– Atoka Chase
3 PM–- I-IV-Vs


11 AM–– Julia Kasdorf
12 noon–– Beako
1 pm– Sometimes Sisters
2 pm–Square dance workshop
Featuring the Plank Stompers
3 pm–Square dance workshop
Featuring the Plank Stompers

11 am– Mink’s Miracle Medicine
12 noon– Celtic Union
1 pm– Caitlin Schneiderman
2 pm– Annie Stokes
3 pm– Billy and Bob

10 am– The Immortals
12 noon– TBA
2 pm– Bach to Rock Lansdowne

10 am– students of Julia Kasdorf
12 noon– Oaktones Youth Band
2 pm– Shamrock Music Showcase

Register for Rally for the Cure™

August 24, 2015 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Register for Rally for the Cure™

Want to participate in a fun tournament for a great cause? Then sign up to participate in the Stoneleigh Women’s Golf Association’s annual Rally for the Cure ™ golf tournament in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! This is a great opportunity to play at the golf course recently cited as being the Prettiest Golf Course in Northern Virginia by Golf Magazine and recently awarded a 3.5 star rating by Golf Digest.

The format is a four-person scramble so men and women of all golf abilities are invited!

The Date is September 27, 2015 – registration is open NOW and closes Wednesday, September 23.

To register, call the Stoneleigh Golf Pro Shop at 540-338-GOLF (4653). Prizes, lunch and raffle follow the tournament. Guest fees of $75.00 include golf cart, lunch, green fee, and Rally for the cure ™ registration fee to be paid by check to Stoneleigh Women’s Golf Association. Receipts will be available at registration.

LCSO Announces 36th Citizens’ Police Academy

August 24, 2015 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

Loudoun County Sheriff Michael L. Chapman announced the formation of the 36th Citizens’ Police Academy, which will commence on September 15, 2015.

Members of the class will participate in training classes taught by Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office personnel. The classes provide an overview of all the aspects of law enforcement within the agency. Members of the class may also have the option of participating in a ride-a-long with a deputy after completing the academy. … Continue Reading

Martinsburg Jazz Orchestra to Perform in Winchester for Bluemont Concert Series

August 22, 2015 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

The Bluemont Concert Series is proud to present Martinsburg Jazz Orchestra on Friday, August 28th at 7:30 PM for the final of nine Friday evening concerts held at the Old Frederick County Courthouse (Old Courthouse Civil War Museum) on the downtown mall in historic Winchester.

Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on, and a picnic to enjoy before the show. All Winchester concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, $4 for Bluemont friends and seniors, $2 for kids under twelve. As at all Bluemont concerts, no pets, alcohol or smoking are allowed. In case of bad weather, the concerts are held indoors at the Winchester First Presbyterian Church, located at 116 S Loudoun St. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Hosts First Northern Virginia Regional CIT Coalition Meeting

August 16, 2015 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

The Loudoun County Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) recently hosted the first-ever regional meeting of Northern Virginia agencies to further develop resources and establish instruction and collaborative efforts between the CIT teams.

The Northern Virginia Regional CIT Coalition meeting included instructors certified in crisis intervention from the law enforcement community, the mental health community, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and private citizens that share their stories on what it is like to have a mental illness. … Continue Reading

Gifts Within

August 8, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Faith, Lifestyle 1 comment
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Second Mount Olive Baptist Church of Hamilton sponsored the very inspiring “Gifts Within” – the third Project Blessings Program and Family Entertainment Night on Saturday, July 25 at Tuscarora High School in Leesburg.

The MC for the evening was the Rev. Garrett Jackson of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Aldie.

Leesburg Mayor Kristen Umstattd provided a special welcome. Mayor Umstattd has previously attended the 2011 and 2013 events. “The Gifts Within event is always tremendously uplifting. It speaks to all of us who love Christ and want Him to be a constant presence in our lives. I always leave this very spiritual experience with a sense of joy and contentment,” she said. … Continue Reading

Carver Center August Events

August 7, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

The Carver Center is at 200 Willie Palmer Way in Purcellville. Call 571-258-3400 to sign up for the following programs.

August 12, Wednesday
Fall Class and Activity Registration for Seniors from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Registration Day for all PRCS fall trips, classes and activities.

August 12, Wednesday
Excursion with Ken – Wilson’s Wild Animal Park from 12-2:30 p.m. Non-members pay a $2 drop-in fee. For ages 55 and older.

August 13, Thursday from 4-8 p.m.
Summer Supper Club goes to Alexander’s in Buckeystown, Md. Transportation costs $6. Call 571-258-3400 to register.

August 19, Wednesday
Big Bad Drama Company Presents A Simple Task by Alan Haehnel from 12:30-2 p.m. Free, but school supply donations accepted. For all ages.

August 19, Wednesday
Lunch Bunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to the Cheesecake Factory in Sterling. Transportation cost is $4. For ages 55 and older. Call 571-258-3400 to register.

Zach Vogt Joins USA Pavilion – Milan Expo As Student Ambassador

August 7, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Be the first to comment

As part of the United States’ presence at the in the Milan Expo 2015, the U.S. Department of State is proud to announce that Zach Vogt of Purcellville is representing the United States at the USA Pavilion in Milan, Italy this summer.

Vogt is one of 120 multilingual Student Ambassadors chosen from 1,000 applicants to serve as on-the-ground representatives for the USA Pavilion at the world’s fair in Milan.  After completing an intensive training program, he has been based at our pavilion, greeting and interacting with visitors, including First Lady Michelle Obama as well as top government officials, corporate executives, and other guests from around the globe. … Continue Reading

Your Non-Mobile Website Is Costing You

August 7, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Your Money Be the first to comment

By B. Brandon Barker

The stats are real: 67 percent of people are viewing your website for the first time on a mobile device. For some potential customers, it’s a huge inconvenience (and sometimes a deal breaker) when they can’t find your products or location from a few taps on their phone. Almost 50 percent of e-commerce activity is mobile, and an increasing number of shoppers exclusively shop on mobile devices.

What makes a website mobile-friendly? In a nutshell, it needs to be readable and clickable from a small, handheld screen – a mobile phone or a tablet.

According to the Google Blog, a page is eligible for the “mobile-friendly” label if it meets the following criteria as detected by Googlebot: … Continue Reading

Two Kitchen Cousins Present …

August 7, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Dine With Us, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

What’s For Dinner? … A Turkey Casserole for You and Your Pooch
– By Lisa Wasson And Andrea Gaines

As we celebrate the dog days of August, we look to foods that are as tasty and nutritious for us humans as they are for the family dog.

Here’s a fun one – turkey casserole with rice and veggies. Save it for a special occasion … like your dog’s birthday, or any time you want to remind your dog how much your love them. … Continue Reading

Remembering Sara Welsh

August 7, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader People Be the first to comment

Sara Elizabeth Pierpoint Welsh, 97, died July 17, 2015. She was born on May 26, 1918, in Paeonian Springs, Va., in the last days of World War I, the daughter of Elizabeth Brown Pierpoint and Hugh Webb Pierpoint.

As a member of the “Greatest Generation,” she weathered such events as the Great Depression, World War II, and September 11, and witnessed the immense social changes of the 20th century. She was proud to have voted for a woman in the 2008 presidential primary and the nation’s first African-American president that same year. She was married for 45 years to Gordon Welsh, until his death in 1987, and lived on the Welsh family farm, Rock Hill, outside of Purcellville, until her death. … Continue Reading

FOCUS ON: Dr. Jonathan Reiss, Mobile Vet

August 7, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Be the first to comment

Dr. Reiss, of Mobile Vet, treats all kinds of pets and serves families within a 25-mile radius of Purcellville. In 2008, Dr. Reiss graduated from Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine. He moved to Round Hill not long after. He and his wife Virginia live with their son and daughter – along with dogs, cats, a horse, donkey, sheep and chickens – at their “ranch.” He volunteers with local animal rescue groups, shelters and spay/neuter organizations. His professional interests include soft tissue surgery, preventative medicine, and shelter medicine. Said Dr. Reiss, “I enjoy working in western Loudoun County, because I like working where I live.  I get satisfaction from being a part of this wonderful community – participating in a local parade, sponsoring my children’s’ school event or sporting team, and just bumping into my clients at a local grocery store.”
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Not Your Father’s El Nino

15 Aug 2015


NASA and other agencies now forecast the incipient El Nino conditions to continue at least into the winter and the early part of 2016. Figure 1 compares Pacific sea surface temperature anomaly for the El Nino of 1997- 1998 with …

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At Wits End

7 Aug 2015


Dr. Mike, My sister’s son is autistic, but she is in complete denial. I’ve done my research and he fits a diagnosis of autism. He is three years old and doesn’t talk or socialize. He has meltdowns that are out …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Morven Park

7 Aug 2015


I think what strikes me most about this place – as over the top as it is in many ways – is how understated it really is; I know that’ll take some explaining. I’ve been to Morven Park hundreds of …

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Mount Zion Church

1 Jul 2015


– By Tim Jon So: You’ve never given the American Civil War a great deal of thought, much less walked the grounds of Gettysburg or some of the other, major battleground sites located in our region; you may not be …

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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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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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What It Means To Be a Man

7 Aug 2015


By Samuel Moore-Sobel As I have gotten older I have noticed that there are more and more young men who ask me for advice. To me it seems silly – I am often not much older than the person asking, …


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A Social Security Strategy Could Enhance Your Retirement Income Plan

7 Aug 2015


By Amy & Dan Smith What do you think of when someone mentions Social Security? Many people consider Social Security and retirement as one and the same. More than 90 percent of working Americans plan for Social Security to replace …

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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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August 2015

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Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale Returns with Bargains for Everyone

Friday Night Live with Emma Rowley & Saffron Gourmet Food Truck


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Chef Sebastian Oveysi's Saffon Gourmet Food Truck at North Gate VIneyard

Book Signing: 'Beyond Jefferson's Vines' by Richard Leahy

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Live Music: Connor Duffy at North Gate Vineyard

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Live Music: Willie White at North Gate VIneyard


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Lovettsville Historical Society Lecture: "Hex Signs: the History and the Mystery"




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Dinner and a Dive In

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Emily Guagliardi Live at North Gate Vineyard


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Mobile Hope’s “Back to School” Shopping Event Helps Loudoun Struggling Youth


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Culinary Garden Summer Music Series

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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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7 Aug 2015

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Three Virginia laws address openness in government: the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA), The Virginia Public Records Act (VPRA) and The Virginia State & Local Government Conflict of Interests Act (VCOIA). VFOIA guides how public bodies conduct their meetings and regulates access to government records. VPRA establishes basic rules about what constitutes a public record and what the government’s …

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Loudoun Health Officials Remind Septic System Owners of Need to Pump Out

28 Aug 2015

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The Loudoun County Health Department reminds owners of septic systems that routine pumping out of their systems can extend the system’s life and reduce the risk of untreated sewage surfacing or backing up into a house. Loudoun County requires owners of conventional onsite septic systems to have their tanks pumped out at least every five years. Tanks must be pumped …

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Historic Village Prepares for 46th Annual Bluemont Fair

25 Aug 2015


The sleepy Blue Ridge village of Bluemont in western-most Loudoun County, Virginia, is bustling with activity as it prepares for the 46th ANNUAL BLUEMONT FAIR, September 19 & 20, 2015 from 10AM to 5PM both days, rain or shine. Admission is still only $5/adults, under 10 free, with free parking available. One-way traffic and crosswalks will be enforced in the …

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Register for Rally for the Cure™

24 Aug 2015


Want to participate in a fun tournament for a great cause? Then sign up to participate in the Stoneleigh Women’s Golf Association’s annual Rally for the Cure ™ golf tournament in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! This is a great opportunity to play at the golf course recently cited as being the Prettiest Golf Course in Northern Virginia by …

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Wild Loudoun

Dragonflies – To See Is To Believe

7 Aug 2015


Shadow Darner. Unicorn Clubtail. Black Shouldered Spinyleg. Blue Dasher. Ebony Jewelwing. Calico Pennant. Sanddragon. Their names conger up some magical place inhabited by devils and demons, elegant queens, daring lovers – creatures you would need to see with your own eyes to believe really existed. But, each of these, including the Calico Pennant, is actually one of the most common …

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Around Virginia

Congress and MWAA VS Loudoun Taxpayers


By Delegate Dave LaRock It’s no secret that population growth and business development have left Loudoun County, especially busy areas to the east, with some pretty challenging traffic. The process of expanding the local network of roads and transit always seems to be playing catch-up, usually tied to availability of …


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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Drew Hunter Heading To Pan American Games

7 Aug 2015


Loudoun Valley’s Drew Hunter placed second in the United States Track and Field 1500-meter run Junior National Championship. That earned him a spot on the United States Junior Team going to the Pan American Games in Edmonton, Canada in late July. Drew lost to college freshman Blake Haney of the …

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American Legion Post 34 Hosting Mid-Atlantic Regional Baseball Tournament

5 Aug 2015


Batter up! Chartered in 1919 by an act of Congress, the American Legion is one of our country’s oldest, largest and most prestigious veteran’s organizations – dedicated to mentoring youth, sponsoring community programs, promoting national security and supporting veterans and members of the armed forces. Specific programs include scholarships, scouting, …

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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

More Than a GPA

7 Aug 2015

Lunde new

By Mary Rose Lunde In school we are measured in every way based on a number system from a point scale resulting in grades then translated into a GPA that can’t be easily fixed in just one semester. Students are forced to think that all they have to achieve is …

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Sarah's Closet

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 Purcellville

7 Aug 2015

town of purcellville sign

I want to express my sincere appreciation for the outpouring of support by the local business owners and residents in relationship to my challenge to …

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Independence Won – Much Left To Be Done

1 Jul 2015


With graduations behind us and summer vacations ahead, we have much to look forward to. My summer will be full of events and opportunities to …

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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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