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Ugly Christmas Sweater Fad Keeps Growing

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Since 2012, the Re-Love It consignment shop, at 138 N. 21st Street in Purcellville, has developed the reputation as the place to get your Ugly Christmas Sweater in the Metro D.C. area. In that time, Re-Love It has sold more than 3,000 vintage Ugly Christmas Sweaters. … Continue Reading

‘The Giver’ Comes To Franklin Park Arts Center

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Geronimo Production Company’s Premier Show

Geronimo Production Company is bringing another sort of Christmas play to Loudoun County. The Giver, based on Lois Lowry’s YA dystopian classic, will be premiering at Franklin Park Arts Center on December 8-11.

“This show is perfect for Christmastime,” director Keaghan Wier said. “It focuses on displaying the value of family, love, and joy…. These themes, along with Jonas’ discoveries of things like snow, sleds, and Christmas lights all make it a wonderful play for the holiday season.” … Continue Reading

What Is Special To You about the Holidays?

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By Amanda Clark

Henry Carlson – Purcellville
“For me, the holidays are about celebrating the connection you’ve got with your kin, listening to 50’s music, and staying warm!” … Continue Reading

National Information and Referral Services Day Declared

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The U.S. Senate has declared November 16 “National Information and Referral Services Day?.” ?Information and referral is the art, science and practice of bringing people and services together and is an integral component of the health and human services sector. … Continue Reading

Out and About: Loudoun and Beyond

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Take a few evening hours this month and let yourself be enveloped … and then calmed … by the beautiful holiday lights that will be on display all over Loudoun County. Walk along one of your favorite farm paths or a lightly travelled dirt road. Or, grab some friends, pack up the car, and snuggle up with some hot chocolate, cookies and a blanket or two. Ditch the mall and spend some quality holiday time – no deadlines, no cell phones, no two-for-the-price-of-one holiday jingles to fill the space on the radio. … Continue Reading

A Home that Is a Beauty To Behold

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By Hannah Hager

Aging gracefully is usually a descriptor reserved for the beauty of a woman over time – not the constitution of a home over the decades. Nevertheless, this expansive home in the outskirts of Round Hill on Snickersville Turnpike does not easily betray its true age. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Holiday Artisan Gallery Opens

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A Holiday Artisans Market is open in Purcellville through December 31. The Holiday Gallery is located on 21st Street in Old Town Purcellville between Re-Love It and Dominion Tea in the former Barber Shop space.

The Holiday Gallery features the creations of Western Loudoun County artist, potters, jewelers and more. The goal is to offer local hand-created gifts for the holidays. Discover Purcellville, a recently formed non-profit, put the gallery together for the local artisan community. Artists that have their work displayed include: Jill Perla; Deb Morrow; Anne Stine; Debbie Candenas; and Nan Bowe.

Anyone interested in selling in the Gallery should contact Michael Oaks at 540 751-0707 or reloveit@aol.com.

Very Special Arts of Loudoun Performs Parade Train

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Franklin Park Arts Center featured performances of the Parade Train by VSA November 18-20. The performance celebrates the 100th Anniversary of this historic Purcellville tradition, with the Parade Train used to welcome the holiday with stops along the WO&D Railroad towns. Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser made a cameo appearance to the surprise of the cast and audience.

Coo-Coo for Cah-COW

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Chocolate – the mind-blowing substance we coax out of the modest cacao bean – is everywhere this time of year. Wafting past our noses from the cake in the oven. Showing up as cookie crumbs in the pockets of our jeans. Catching our eye as those skinnier-than-skinny office mates pop yet more malted milk balls in their mouths. We’re obsessed with this bean, it’s true. We celebrate Chocolate Mint Day on February 19, Chocolate Mousse Day on May 2, and Chocolate Milk Day on July 28. According to an organization called Farm Flavor, there are in fact 30 different dates set aside to pay homage to our love of chocolate. But, here at the Blue Ridge Leader, we are partial to the granddaddy of them all: America’s official Chocolate-Covered Anything Day, which is celebrated on December 16. In celebration of the holidays and this sacred substance, we present to you three tantalizing ways to enjoy the taste of chocolate this month, and any day of the year. … Continue Reading

Patrick Henry College Presents Macbeth

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Patrick Henry College’s Eden Troupe will present its rendition of William Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth on November 17 through November 20. There will be four performances, Thursday through Sunday, at 7:30 p.m.

This production will be Eden Troupe’s 33rd play, and its eighth Shakespeare production. It also marks the directori-al debut of the husband and wife team of Christian and Lauren Fernandez. Christian previously co-directed Eden Troupe’s production of Henry V and played Antonio in Much Ado About Nothing. Lauren previously played Prin-cess Catherine of Valois in Henry V and Ruth Bailey in It’s A Wonderful Life. Eden Troupe is the premier theatre company on the campus of Patrick Henry College. … Continue Reading

Calling All Artists

November 2, 2016 Arts, Lifestyle Comments Off on Calling All Artists
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Calling all Loudoun County artists or want to be artists. You are invited to take part in a fun community project to paint large holiday ornaments that will be used yearly and that will be displayed throughout Purcellville this November and December. Discover Purcellville, a non-profit organization handling fun events in town, is excited to provide the opportunity for local artists of all ages to showcase their talents in support of the Town of Purcellville and its citizens. They still need about 15 people to help paint them. Deadline has been extended to November 15.

The purpose of this fun project is to bring a Christmas, Hanukah and Kwanzaa feel to the town of Purcellville this Holiday season.
Submission forms are available by e-mailing Michael Oaks at ReLoveIt@aol.com or stop by Re-Love It, 138 N. 21st Street.

Turkey Trot Set for November 13

November 2, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Turkey Trot Set for November 13
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The Turkey Trot will be held November 13 at 8:00 a.m. at The Loudoun Valley Community Center in Purcellville.

The Turkey Trot 5k is a fundraiser for the advisory board of the Loudoun Valley Community Center, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Funds raised benefit the center’s ongoing effort to provide scholarships and financial aid to those in need in western Loudoun for pre-school, after/before school care and day care programs. Funds also support programming benefiting the community including college scholarships to former students.

Veteran’s Day 10k Raises Funds for Veteran Causes

November 2, 2016 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Veteran’s Day 10k Raises Funds for Veteran Causes
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On November 6, the Loudoun County Road Runners Club will conduct the annual Loudoun 10K Trail Race in order to raise funds for veteran causes. Since its origin in 2011, the trail race has generated more than $90,000 with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to Boulder Crest Retreat and Pets for Vets.
Boulder Crest Retreat, a local privately funded rural wellness center located in Bluemont, exclusively dedicates its services to improving the physical, emotional, and economic wellbeing of veterans. It provides military veterans and active-duty military personnel with a peaceful and supportive environment in which they can recuperate from the traumas of war. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

Columns

Pearl Harbor

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By Nicholas Reid Seventy-five years ago this December 7, to quote President Franklin D. Roosevelt, “the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” It will have been 75 …

Early Returns: How U.S. Markets Reacted to the Presidential Election

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On November 8, 2016, Republican candidate Donald J. Trump won a closely contested election for president of the United States. Late on election night, when it became evident that Trump was likely to win, despite consistently trailing in the polls, …

America: Worthy of Our Trust

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel My friend and I sit in a bar near our office. He is upset, bags under his eyes due to lack of sleep. Thursday, our weekly night to meet is usually a happy hour filled with intellectual …

South Riding

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I should have known that this one would take me far from my contemplative, Zen-inspired comfort zone; after I’d traversed more construction projects than I wanted to tally, competed with hurried, coffee-driven commuters with no time for mere existence, and …

Support Group Help Needed

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Dr. Mike, My son was diagnosed with ADHD two years ago, and his pediatrician at that time recommended we try a social skills group for his “immaturity” and “impulsivity.” We did that, and our experience was horrible. The kids in …

The State of Corals

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(Presented to the Board of Supervisors December 6, 2016) “Events as severe as the 1998 event, the worst on record, are likely to become commonplace within 20 years.” – Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, 1999 [4] Tony Noerpel

Reply to Nicholas Reid – What is Science

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“The word “cult” has always been controversial because it is (in a pejorative sense) considered a subjective term, used as an ad hominem attack against groups with differing doctrines or practices, which lacks a clear or consistent definition.” “[Dogma] is …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

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Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

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Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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Ugly Christmas Sweater Fad Keeps Growing

30 Nov 2016

uglysweater

Since 2012, the Re-Love It consignment shop, at 138 N. 21st Street in Purcellville, has developed the reputation as the place to get your Ugly Christmas Sweater in the Metro D.C. area. In that time, Re-Love It has sold more than 3,000 vintage Ugly Christmas Sweaters.

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‘The Giver’ Comes To Franklin Park Arts Center

30 Nov 2016

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Geronimo Production Company’s Premier Show Geronimo Production Company is bringing another sort of Christmas play to Loudoun County. The Giver, based on Lois Lowry’s YA dystopian classic, will be premiering at Franklin Park Arts Center on December 8-11. “This show is perfect for Christmastime,” director Keaghan Wier said. “It focuses on displaying the value of family, love, and joy…. These …

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What Is Special To You about the Holidays?

30 Nov 2016

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By Amanda Clark Henry Carlson – Purcellville “For me, the holidays are about celebrating the connection you’ve got with your kin, listening to 50’s music, and staying warm!”

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Editorial

Grief and Greed

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By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …

Op-ed

Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

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– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

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– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

Dear Editor

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception

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We are a group of Loudoun County citizens who will be adversely affected if the board grants a special exception for the Catesby Farm property at your upcoming meeting. You …

It’s Our Right

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On December 6, the Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on a “Minor Special Exception” proposal we submitted earlier this year concerning our Catesby Farm property. Unfortunately, our limited …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm

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By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

Around Virginia

History’s Holy Places: Four Local Sites Worth Exploring This Fall

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The Journey through Hallowed Ground is a 180-mile long, 75-mile wide trek from Gettysburg to Monticello, encompassing nine presidential homes and places, 18 national and state parks, and thousands of small and large historical sites. Dozens and dozens of these sites and related museums are short ride from just about …

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Land Trust Receives Large Donation

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On August 22, The Land Trust of Virginia received a $10,000 gift from the Sharon D. Virts Foundation, based in Herndon. The presentation of this grant was part of the Foundation’s official launch event, held at Selma Plantation in Leesburg. Notable speakers included Sharon D. Virts, FCiFederal Founder and Chair, …

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Farmers Urged To Be On The Lookout For Marijuana

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Farmers in Southwest Virginia are being urged to check their property for marijuana planted by trespassers. Within the past year, hundreds of marijuana plants have been discovered between rows of hay bales on farms in and around Pulaski County, according to the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force. “Unfortunately this …

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Sports

Accepting Applications for Sports League Funding

30 Nov 2016

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Purcellville is accepting applications from local organizations for its annual sports league funding program. Organizations must serve the Town of Purcellville area, have citizens of the Town of Purcellville as players, and provide a letter to the Town from the IRS confirming the organization’s tax exempt status in order to …

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Woodgrove High Student Will Pursue Track and Field at George Mason

30 Nov 2016

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Puneet Kaur of Woodgrove High School has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her track and field career at George Mason University. Kaur has held the school record in shot put since her sophomore year and is looking to throw shotput, hammer, discus and maybe even the javelin …

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