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Dr. Joseph Rogers Dies at Family Farm

April 1, 2014 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Dr. Joseph Rogers Dies at Family Farm

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 most closely connected with remarkable success as an owner, trainer and rider of some of Virginia’s most successful steeplechase horses running under his familiar red with white cross sash silks. But his success in that rugged and dangerous sport was merely a visible extension of his commitment to protect Virginia’s rural countryside, a mission he often defined as a moral obligation. In pursuing that connection between equestrian sport and countryside preservation, he was a founder of the Oatlands Point-To-Point of the Loudoun Hunt, as well as of the Morven Park Steeplechase—the latter being the first race meet in the modern history of Virginia to offer pari-mutuel wagering. A long time member of the Board of Directors of the Westmoreland Davis Foundation, which operates the historic Morven Park estate north of Leesburg, Dr. Rogers was also a founder of the Morven Park Equestrian Institute, as well as a founder of the Loudoun County Pony Club, a founding director of the Museum of Hounds and Hunting and a founding director of the American Academy of Equine Artists. … Continue Reading

Zoldos Presented Citizen of the Year Award

April 1, 2014 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Zoldos Presented Citizen of the Year Award
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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 2013 Citizen of the year to Mayor Zoldos for his support of our annual barn dance in Waterford, his impressive leadership in moving our town forward, and his dedication and service as a firefighter.”

The Lovettsville-Waterford Ruritans make a positive impact on the community through support and service.  Their fundraising efforts go directly back to the community in the form of college scholarships, grants, sponsorships and contributions to those in need.  They sponsor organizations such as Cub Scout Pack 962, the Lovettsville Dolphins, the Lovettsville food pantry, Loudoun Therapeutic Riding, Lovettsville Elementary School, Harmony Middle School and Woodgrove High School.   … Continue Reading

Jim Burton’s Book – The Pentagon Wars Re-Issued

April 1, 2014 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Jim Burton’s Book – The Pentagon Wars Re-Issued
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Jim Burton’s 1993 book, The Pentagon Wars, has recently been reissued in e-book format by Naval Institute Press and is now available at Amazon.com for Kindle users and Barnes & Noble for Nook users as well as in other e-book formats.  Print on Demand paper copies will also be available shortly, as soon as the publisher corrects a technical problem with their equipment.

The Pentagon Wars won The Washington Monthly Political Book of the Year award for 1993 and was favorably reviewed in a number of publications, including The New York Times (October 3, 1993). It was made into an HBO movie in which Cary Elwes starred as Colonel Burton and Kelsey Grammar played a combination of four or five senior army generals. Over the last 20 years the book (and the movie, when the book was unavailable) has been used as a case study in ethics classes at the Air Force Academy and other institutions as well as military seminars. … Continue Reading

Found Object Sculptor John Raymond: Whimsy With A Good Dose Of Engineering

April 1, 2014 Lifestyle, People 2 comments
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Old water main plungers. Blacksmith tongs. Scallop net hardware. Bicycle sprockets. Wagon wheel rims. Tractor seats. Shovels and rakes. Lawn mower blades.
They were once used in one person’s profession or trade. Now they are brought back to life in the found object sculpture of Lincoln resident John Raymond.

As John describes it, “I grew up in the house you don’t want to live next to, but I loved it. Dad was a junk collector, so growing up I was surrounded by metal ‘art supply.’ “

As we walked around Raymond’s studio/shop (Lincoln Smithy) he introduced me to the kinds of machinery one needs to cut, shape, torch, melt and manipulate metal, including an old 1920s milling machine and a broad wood and metal table (purchased at a Loudoun County public school system sale) complete with tools and slots that hold metal objects in place so they can be honed and shaped. … Continue Reading

Fishing with the Right Lure Makes a Big Difference

April 1, 2014 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Fishing with the Right Lure Makes a Big Difference
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Mark White lives in Hawaii on the island of Kauai and makes fishing lures that can be used all over the world.

The lures are for deep sea, near shore and fresh water. He designs and manufactures a variety of shapes and sizes of trolling heads and surface plugs. Each lure is made with great care and attention to detail—from the mixing of materials for the ceramic body and glazes to the several firings necessary to complete each piece. He and his wife, Nancy, have also been operating a pottery studio for over 30 years.

“The lure is a small sculpture that I can add color to and the ideas I get from making them are endless,” White said. “They are small art work, and the format provides infinite possibilities.”

It all started about 18 years ago when White’s then four-year-old son wanted to start fishing. They got bamboo poles and headed to their local streams and reservoirs with earth worms for bait. They had a lot of fun until they started hooking up Peacock Bass using baby Tilapias for bait.

On one occasion, while battling a large Peacock Bass, his son was nearly pulled in. Fortunately for him White didn’t know much about knots at the time. He discovered you really need a spinning gear to effectively fight those kinds of fish. Their passion for fishing grew, and they started reading everything they could about fishing.
As White honed his skills, he started salt water fishing for Trevally under and over 10 pounds and Ulua, and other near shore species. He became very interested in top water plugs and started making some out of his porcelain clay body for fun. He said he quickly realized some of the benefits of using a ceramic material over plastic or wood. The ceramic lures produced increased casting distance, because of the weight to mass ratio which gave him more territory to attract the attention of predatory species. He got friends to work as early test team members. Over the past six years he has been testing different formulas to improve the fracture toughness rating of the ceramic body. The lures can handle the stress of both fish and fisherman, he said. These lures are nearly indestructible and come with a life-time warranty.

“Because we are potters by trade, for over 30 years, we really enjoy making objects that are useful – a fishing lure that can put food on someone’s table as well as produce the excitement of hooking up a great fish – this is a huge use. The things we make have to look nice, but if they are not functional, we aren’t interested in making them,” said White.

More information is at www.markwhitelures.com or e-mail Mark at info@markwhitelures.com.



Have Some Fun … Right Now …

March 5, 2014 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Have Some Fun … Right Now …
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With The Blue Ridge Leader’s Second Annual Kilt Reveal

Do you recognize the beautiful and elegant “legs” shown here? Each belongs to a different local business leader, listed below. … Continue Reading

LVHS Junior Completes Gold Award Project

March 4, 2014 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on LVHS Junior Completes Gold Award Project
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Rachel Snyder, a junior at Loudoun Valley High School, completed her Girl Scout Gold Award Project by creating a new program called “Bulldog Buddies” last year in May of 2013.

Fifth graders of four elementary schools that feed into Blue Ride Middle School were able to participate in this program, in which each student was matched with a “buddy,” to whom they exchanged letters with back and forth through the school. Each participant met at least one new person, and those who attended the two summer social events met even more students from different schools. … Continue Reading

French Horn Professor Runs 100 Miles for Scholarships

March 4, 2014 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on French Horn Professor Runs 100 Miles for Scholarships
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For many, running 100 miles is impossible. For Joe Lovinsky, it’s just another way to prove he doesn’t quit. Or perhaps he’s just plain stubborn.

“That’s the difference between an ultrarunner and any other runner,” Lovinsky said. “You’re not superhuman, you’re not running any faster than anyone else, you’re just the kind of person who won’t give up. Some people call it stubborn — I say it’s not giving up.”

On Friday, March 28, Lovinsky will embark on his first 100-mile run. Not for a medal, but to raise scholarship money for current and future Shenandoah Conservatory French horn students. … Continue Reading

Woodgrove Student: A Presidential Scholar Candidate

March 4, 2014 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Woodgrove Student: A Presidential Scholar Candidate
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Sean-Patrick Magoffin, a graduating senior at Woodgrove High School and the Academy of Science, has been named one of more than 3,000 candidates in the 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates were selected from nearly 3.4 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in the year 2014.

Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, now in its 50th year, is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities. … Continue Reading

Middleburg Academy Senior a Winner in Regional Scholastic Art Competition

March 4, 2014 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Middleburg Academy Senior a Winner in Regional Scholastic Art Competition
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A painting by Middleburg Academy’s Caroline Greer received the highest possible Gold Key recognition in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers recent Regional Scholastic Art Competition.

Greer’s work , “Ivory,” will be exhibited at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond from March 1 through April 15. She also received honorable mentions for “Decomposition” and “Lifted,” two submissions in the Mixed Media Category. Caroline Greer is the daughter of Cynthia and Robert Greer of Aldie.

Tile Artist Joan Gardiner

March 4, 2014 Lifestyle, People 2 comments
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Storyteller, Naturalist, Teacher And Fine Craftswoman

I could have spent hours wandering around Joan Gardiner’s tile studio in the quaint old village of Unison (population 30). As a little girl I collected any bit of natural material I could pick up outside – snakeskins, bird feathers, driftwood, rocks, beach glass. Joan Gardiner has many of these kinds of things casually displayed and posted in her workplace, a combination gallery, kiln-room and work area. Tacked and displayed all over the walls and tables, shelves, bookcases and desks are the inspirations and miniature studies for the tile works that have made her both famous and beloved. The graceful wing of a red-bellied woodpecker. A fallen bird’s nest. Sketches of a majestic and muscular jaguar. Fantastic bits, piles and corners of stuff that fill this spectacular artist’s head and provide her with both information and inspiration as she works her magic. … Continue Reading

Woodgrove’s Amanda Dukinfield Earns Girl Scout Gold Award

February 4, 2014 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Woodgrove’s Amanda Dukinfield Earns Girl Scout Gold Award
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Amanda Dukinfield, a junior at Woodgrove High School, has earned the highest award possible within Girl Scouting. Amanda has been a girl scout since kindergarten and has earned her bronze, silver, and gold awards. Amanda’s gold award service project involved 80 hours of service in which she worked with Ken Falke, Founder of Boulder Crest Retreat for Wounded Warriors, in helping beautify the interior of the guest cabins with her local photography. Keeping with the retreat’s rural setting, Amanda took pictures of old stone buildings and barns within western Loudoun that have a patriotic theme such as American flags.

Ken selected five pictures to adorn the walls of each cabin. Amanda then worked with local frame shops to complete her project. She gives special thanks to Photoworks in Leesburg for developing all 20 pictures, to Turner Framing in Sterling for providing all 20 frames, to My Frame Shop in Leesburg, Ashburn Art and Framing in Ashburn, and Nelligan Gallery in Ashburn for matting and finishing the pictures. Amanda will receive her Gold Award medal at the Girl Scout Council Nation’s Capital, Loudoun County teen awards banquet this May.

Kathy Ratcliffe, Quilting As Family, Fabric and Thread Memories

January 8, 2014 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Kathy Ratcliffe, Quilting As Family, Fabric and Thread Memories
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Growing up I’d hear the whir of my mom’s sewing machine and watch as precious pieces of Irish linen and chintz, French silk tassels, soft spring cottons and colorful yarns were transformed into pillows, slipcovers, dresses, yardstick covers, curtains and tablecloths.

This was the beautiful, everyday fabric art and craft sewn by my mother. Art, craft and handmade delight was as common in our household as my grandmother’s homemade peach marmalade, the greens and flowers we harvested from our garden and yard for the holidays, the shells and rocks we collected as children to edge the driveway and the old barn beams that my dad hand-cut, carved and repurposed into handsome and decorative tables and cabinets.

Interviewing Kathy Ratcliffe just before Christmas in preparation for this January issue of the Blue Ridge Leader all of my family’s wonderful fabric and thread memories came pouring out of me.
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Choose Joy, Don’t Go Negative

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Sometimes life is pleasant and it is easy to smile, other times it is not. The real question is how do you react and live your life when you are going through trials? What do you do when you feel …

Character Outlives Us All

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“Brains are like muscles, you can rent them by the hour, but at the end of the day all you have left is your character.” This statement was uttered by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a phrase his father used …

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You know, I can still taste those sausages: The first early-spring bratwurst cooked over an open flame in a beautiful setting among good friends; nothing so surprising, really, in recalling a good meal in classic context. The thing is, though …

Planning for Life Disclosure and Other Family Issues in Estate Planning

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What do we tell the kids? Questions of how much and what type of information to give the children often arise during consultation. The answers depend on the circumstances of each family – the ages and maturity of the children …

A Look Into What Is Learned in High School English

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By Mary Rose Lunde English is the arguably the most important subject for a student in high school to learn. The most successful people in the world have one thing in common — being able to communicate effectively. This is …

Remembering Nancy Reagan

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel The passing of Nancy Reagan, a former First Lady who completely transformed the role and helped catapult her husband to greatness, marked the end of an era. Her death also happened to coincide with a turning point …

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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 …

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Oh No, It’s the Christians!

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By Nicholas Reid In the hours and days following every massacre perpetrated by radical Muslims, there is one unifying theme across most news coverage of the massacre, wherever it may …

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Campaign of Untruths

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Elected officials have done some pretty despicable things while serving in office. They range from bribery, beating a spouse, cheating on a spouse, obstruction of justice, and various forms of …

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An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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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 …

Student News

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016

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Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

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8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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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

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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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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

TGIF @ North Gate Vineyard!

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

The Sprouted Spoon Food Truck at North Gate Vineyard

Nathaniel Davis Live at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Celebrate Mother's Day at North Gate Vineyard!

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Dog Day at Breaux Vineyards

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Growing a Green Lawn

4 May 2016

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From the Nature Generation Winter is over, the flowers are blooming and the yard is teeming with wildlife. The fresh spring air lures us outside. Children come home from school, drop off their books, and head outside to play. Parents relax on the deck and invite friends and family over for cookouts. Now is the perfect time to transform tired …

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Fido’s Facts

4 May 2016

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Chemical Free Tick and Flea Solutions By Kimberly Correnti It’s refreshing to know that you can effectively eliminate pesky little bugs without using harsh chemicals. Our special blend “Flea & Tick Program” created by holistic vets (Dr. Michael and Susan Goldstein of Earth Animal) is a palatable powder and liquid that you add to your animal’s daily diet. It will …

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Hillsboro Charter Academy Camp Registration Begins

4 May 2016

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Hillsboro Charter Academy, Loudoun County’s newest public charter school is now taking registration for children ages 5 to 14 for its summer STEAM camp. The camp’s eight one-week sessions begin June 20 and will offer themes including nature and art, physics and rocketry, world cultures, dance and stage magic, and kitchen chemistry. Reflecting the science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics …

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Out and About Loudoun and Beyond

The Plains’ charming restaurants, shops and sidewalks.

Five Stone’s Throw Spring and Summer Destinations By Andrea Gaines Bordered by the Potomac River to the north and beautiful mountains to the west – and with easy access to Rt. 95, the Dulles Toll Road and Route 66 – Loudouners have no short list of fun spring places to …

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Update: Remains Located in Shenandoah National Park; Search Efforts Suspended

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Update: Body preliminarily identified as Nicole K. Mittendorff, 31, of Woodbridge. The physical and digital evidence collected during the course of this investigation includes a note recovered from the car leads investigators to believe there was no foul play involved in her death. ——————– Search efforts in the Shenandoah National …

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Virginia Trooper Shot and Killed at Richmond Bus Terminal

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A Virginia State Police trooper has died as a result of his injuries after being shot on March 31 at the Greyhound Bus station in the 2900 block of North Boulevard in Richmond. At approximately 2:40 p.m., Virginia State Police Trooper Chad P. Dermyer approached a male subject just inside …

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Sports

Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016

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The Western Loudon Volleyball Club U14 boys team, called the “Hitmen,” finished second in a tournament held January 17. This is the first ever boys team for the WLVBC (and only the second boys club in the area). Coach Allan Kotmel led the seven-member team. WLVBC started eight years ago, …

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ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines

2 Dec 2015

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The Old Dominion Football Club West boys and girls middle school travel soccer program scored big the weekend of November 21 and 22.  The girls Quest Premier 22 team took home the championship in the U12 Girls Premier Division of the Hunt Country Classic located in Fauquier County. The boys …

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