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Bradley Boland Installed as Virginia Association of Realtors® President

November 2, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Bradley Boland Installed as Virginia Association of Realtors® President

Bradley J. Boland, past Chairman of the Dulles Area Association of REALTORS®, Managing Broker of Keller Williams Realty Dulles and Purcellville business owner, was installed as the 2014 President of the Virginia Association of REALTORS® last week. Brad’s wife, Elaine, and four of his five daughters joined hundreds of Virginia REALTORS® in celebrating this exciting achievement during VAR’s Convention in Virginia Beach.

Brad has been a licensed real estate agent since 1975 and a licensed broker since 1978. He has worked in all areas of real estate including residential home sales, land development, construction of commercial and industrial buildings, and property management of large investment grade assets including retail shopping centers and apartment complexes. Over the years, Brad has owned and managed various real estate companies and has been responsible for overseeing hundreds of millions of dollars of real estate sales. In 2011 he was voted REALTOR® of the Year by the Dulles Area Association of
REALTORS®. … Continue Reading

Round Hill Author Earns Bronze Medal

October 6, 2013 by Contributor Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Round Hill Author Earns Bronze Medal

Author Barbara Simpson Carducci was recently announced as the Bronze Medal winner for the 2013 Living Now Book Awards in the Animal/Pets category for her book, “Storee Wryter Gets a Dog.”

In addition to the recent Living Now Book Award, “Storee Wryter Gets a Dog” has earned a Gold Mom’s Choice Award and was named one of the Best Dog Books for Young Readers in Cesar’s Way Magazine (August Issue), the Official Publication of Cesar Milan, the Dog Whisperer.

Greer a National Merit Semifinalist

October 2, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Greer a National Merit Semifinalist

Middleburg Academy senior Caroline Greer of Aldie was named a semifinalist in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.

Greer is among the approximately 16,000 semifinalists who have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth approximately $35 million. To be considered for the merit scholarship award that will be offered in the spring, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and more than half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship. … Continue Reading

Martin Fair – The Quiet and Perfectly Tuned Craftsman

September 4, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People 1 comment

By Andrea Gaines

If you asked Marty Fair what he did for a living he might just say, “I make guitars.”

An insider might respond, “Ahhh … you’re a luthier?” And, “Yes” Marty would say, “Yes, that’s right.”

The term “luthier,” derived from the word “lute” is the formal name given to professionals who make or repair lutes and other string instruments. You’d think a luthier might study and work in a place such as Paris or Venice. But, Marty learned his fine craft right here in the United States, and, he also has a good market for his work right here in our area, a placed filled with budding, longtime, and amateur musicians, as well as collectors and the fortunate few who bought an old farm and found a trunk full of beautiful old string instruments in a long-forgotten closet …

Marty works alongside good friend and fellow luthier Stuart Orser – and the smiles and accolades flow when they talk about each other’s work. (Marty and Stuart also play in a band named The Spruce Brothers). Marty’s Fairbuilt Guitar Company workshop is tucked away up a long gravel drive on Short Hill Mountain near Hillsboro. At the end of the drive you’re met by an orange and white cat and a friendly black lab named Ethel who seems to know you’re there to see Marty and, turning slowly seems to say, “Com’on, let me show you the way.” … Continue Reading

Remembering Dr. Dorothy Jane Pratt

August 27, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Remembering Dr. Dorothy Jane Pratt

Dr. Dorothy Jane Pratt, 70, died Monday, August 12, in her home in Purcellville. She was surrounded by her husband of 43 years, John “Jed” Shilling, and her two daughters, Kaile and Kaitlin.

She was born the second of two daughters to the late Alice E. Palmer, M.D., and Lawrence Pratt, M.D., in Detroit, Michigan.

Dr. Pratt, known as Jane, spent more than 35 years in the field of global and domestic sustainable, equitable development and environmental stewardship.

Dr. Pratt moved to Washington, D.C., in 1973 where she began her career at MITRE, one of the few companies at the time hiring women for professional, rather than secretarial roles. At MITRE, she was involved in developing the process for environmental impact assessments, newly required under the National Environmental Policy Act. … Continue Reading

Liz Hall – A Jewelry Artist With Wings

August 7, 2013 by Andrea Gaines Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Liz Hall – A Jewelry Artist With Wings
Liz Hall

Lovettsville artist Liz Hall’s jewelry is so unusual and intriguing it literally defies description. One of Hall’s newest pieces is something she calls “Sungate.” Hearing the word you’d think, “I bet that piece of jewelry is really spectacular .” Then you see it and realize it is beyond spectacular – wondrously creative is a more apt term.

In the jewelry world the Saul Bell awards are one of the most prestigious of them all, and Hall is one of the few worldwide artists to earn the distinction of “finalist.” Looking at her work you can see what attracts such recognition – with shapes and collections of colors that mimic something as cool as outer space and as warm and organic as a rain forest. … Continue Reading

Ship Brings Memories of Home

August 7, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Ship Brings Memories of Home

Aaron Farris feels at home when he looks around his Navy ship, the USS Harper’s Ferry. Although the ship is far from Harper’s Ferry, there are plenty of mementos of the area displayed around the ship.

Farris now travels all around the world, but he was born in Leesburg, where he attended Catoctin Elementary. His family later moved to Winchester, and he graduated from Sherando High School in 2000. His family has strong ties to the Loudoun County area. His parents both grew up in Loudoun, his father graduating from Loudoun County and his mother from Loudoun Valley.

“My uncle farmed Ida Lee Park and lived in the house there before the park was even thought of,” Farris said, “Then they moved onto the farm that is where the new middle school and high school are built just down the road.” … Continue Reading

Chef Comes To Winchester Medical Center

August 6, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Chef Comes To Winchester Medical Center

Chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Seamus Mullen will be visiting the Winchester Medical Center on Thursday, August 15.

He will be discussing his battle with rheumatoid arthritis and a new initiative, Rethink RA, that focuses on techniques he has found successful for simplifying food preparation.

Mullen will be at the Winchester Medical Center, 1840 Amherst St., from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

“I don’t think of cooking as an art – it’s a craft for me,” Mullen said. “What I love most about cooking is the opportunity to bring people around a table to share love, conversation and food. Everyone loves going out, and I derive a lot of joy from cooking. As someone who has RA, it’s important for me to cook things that make me feel good, and for some people with RA they feel overwhelmed. There are some things they can do that are empowering – it’s fun, and when you make something delicious it makes you feel accomplished – which brings you joy. If you go to rethinkra.com/cooking you can see my recipes, videos and download the kit.”

The Rethink RA campaign is designed to help people with rheumatoid arthritis enhance their understanding of the disease and prepare them to have more meaningful conversations about RA symptom management with their doctor.

John and Lil Palmer Remembered

August 3, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People 2 comments
Lil & John July 24 2013

Olivia (Lil) Cloyes Clark Palmer, 74, and John Claiborne Palmer, 78, of Purcellville, died due to a car accident which happened on July 27 near Petersburg, WV. Lil was killed in the accident and John was airlifted to Morgantown, WV where he died from injuries sustained in the accident on July 29.

Lil was born on August 16, 1938 in White Plains, NY, she was the eldest daughter of Frank Crandall Cloyes and Ruby Mae Shorter Cloyes. She spent many summers in her early years in Stockbridge, MA where her work at the Audubon Society camp helped to shape her lifelong love of nature and animals. Lil graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1960 where she met her first husband Ronald Clark. She was active with her children in many equestrian activities and, an avid foxhunter. She was a member of the Casanova Hunt and the Old Dominion Hounds. For the last 20 years she has served a select group of clients handling all the myriad details of their financial and administrative lives. … Continue Reading

A Servant’s Heart Scholarships

June 30, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on A Servant’s Heart Scholarships

Joshua’s Hands was established in 1999 in memory of Joshua Guthrie, who was an enthusiastic community volunteer. Joshua’s years of service were cut short by his death at the age of 16. Joshua’s Hands seeks to continue to be his hands of service in the community and to encourage others to serve.

In addition to teen safe driving education, an annual Fall Festival that is free to the community, community service and heritage education programs, the organization offers A Servant’s Heart Scholarship. The scholarship is essay based and has the potential for three winners.

The 2013 recipients are from varied backgrounds with diverse interests. Laura Andrews (Tuscarora High School) will pursue a degree in International Studies & Economics at the College of William and Mary in the fall. She understands that service is purposeful. In her essay she wrote, “Serving others doesn’t just occur in big, once a year events. It happens in random acts of kindness, and in listening to one another. In life, it’s easy to get swept up in the day to day events and let service fall by the wayside.” … Continue Reading

County Employee Earns National Certification for Parks and Recreation

June 23, 2013 by Contributor Lifestyle, People Comments Off on County Employee Earns National Certification for Parks and Recreation

Cheryl Wheeler, Assistant Manager of The Senior Center of Leesburg, was recently certified as a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) by the National Certification Board (NCB) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

The CPRP certification is granted to professionals working in recreation, park resources and leisure services who successfully meet the higher education and experience requirements and pass the national CPRP examination. The exam tests knowledge in all aspects of general administration, programming and operations management for the parks and recreation industry. … Continue Reading

Woodgrove Girl Scout Earns Gold Award

June 7, 2013 by Contributor Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Woodgrove Girl Scout Earns Gold Award

Woodgrove High School senior Alexandra Guendert was recently awarded her Girl Scout Gold Award. Alexandra planted a new landscaped courtyard called “The Grove” at Woodgrove to benefit the entire student body with help from the special needs students.

The courtyard features benches, a pathway, trees, a garden, and stepping stones painted by fellow students.

This project could not have been completed without the help of Woodgrove teacher and project advisor Mrs. Kabernagel, troop leader Sarah Stinger and her scout troop 1579, family, and friends. Money was raised by bake sale fundraisers and donations from local businesses and families.

Alexandra Guendert would like to extend a special thanks to all donors including Blue Mount Nursery, Mr. and Mrs. Forrest from Faith & Family Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Steve Cook, Browning Equipment, The Paint and Paper Place, BakeCo., Woodgrove SCA, Elegant Limousine Service Corp. , Holly Hoopes SunTrust Mortgage, Home Depot and Giant Food.

Taylor Justice Honored For Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro

June 4, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Taylor Justice Honored For Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro
Left to right, Brion Bell BRMS Principal, Taylor Justice and Delegate Randy Minchew.

Taylor Justice, a seventh grade student at Blue Ridge Middle School was honored May 23 for climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. Del. Randy Minchew presented Taylor with a commending resolution to recognize her achivement. As part of a team of women participating in the kick-off climb for the organization Climb for Conservation, the nine day trek spotlighted the ‘Snows of Kilimanjaro’ and the conservation of the critically endangered African Black Rhino, which lives right outside Kilimanjaro National Park.

Left to right, Brion Bell BRMS Principal, Taylor Justice and Delegate Randy Minchew.

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Sustainable Planet

Trusting Science

14 Nov 2015


“The Four Corners of Deceit: Government, academia, science, and media. Those institutions are now corrupt and exist by virtue of deceit. That’s how they promulgate themselves; it is how they prosper.” – Rush Limbaugh [1] I previously reported [2] on …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Some Thoughts on Veterans Day

13 Nov 2015


By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Veterans Day is a time to honor those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, and it is also a time to reflect and remember with gratitude. America is a free and democratic nation today, …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Phil Bolen Memorial Park

4 Nov 2015


I never knew Phil Bolen as the Loudoun County Government Administrator; I never even got to know him as Director of Parks and Recreation, and I certainly never knew Phil Bolen the teacher and coach at Loudoun Valley High School. …


Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Willisville

30 Sep 2015


You may never feel the urge to travel to this little, unincorporated community; it’s not exactly a conduit for commuter traffic, and there aren’t really any places to shop, or gas up, or procure much of anything else from a …

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Sushi's Corner

March Sushi

4 Mar 2015

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Hello everyone, this is Hokie Cat from Fields of Athenry Farm. Sushi is in big trouble as we speak and is residing in doggy dungeon. I am here to fill you in on what took place. My brother Mountie loves …

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Virginia Gardening

Planting an Allergy-Free Garden

5 May 2015


By Donna Williamson Tom Ogren has a long-time interest in allergy-inducing plants. He has written several books on the topic and in February released his latest The Allergy Fighting Garden. He explains why plants can stir up allergies and has …

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Samuel Moore-Sobel

Choosing To Live in the Present

4 Nov 2015


By Samuel Moore-Sobel I love a good story. I love telling stories and hearing other people’s stories. Our experiences bring meaning to our lives, and help shape us into the people we are today. Yet inherent in storytelling is the …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

Amy and Dan Smith’s Planning for Life: Trusts

4 Nov 2015


A common estate planning device is the trust. A trust is simply an agreement between two people: the person who establishes the trust, who may be called the Settlor, the Grantor or the Trustor, and the person or institution who …

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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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November 2015

Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Notaviva Vineyards Haunted Vineyard Tours


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Notaviva Vineyards Haunted Vineyard Tours

Red, White, & Boo!

Mrs. Lucketts’ Haunted Garden & Playground


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Notaviva Vineyards Haunted Vineyard Tours

Red, White, & Boo!

Steve Potter Live at North Gate Vineyard

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Elementary Drama Camp

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Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists – painter Karen Hutchison and glass artists David and Dale Barnes


Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event


Kipyn Martin Live at North Gate VIneyard

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The Essential Elvis Tribute Show


Christmas Bazaar

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The Capitol Steps


3rd Annual Bluemont (Juried) Holiday Craft Show

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Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery

Eighth Annual Lovettsville Christkindlmarkt

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery

Eighth Annual Lovettsville Christkindlmarkt

Christmas Concert

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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015


Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input sessions June 4, 11 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. at town hall for the proposed sweeping zoning changes. These major …

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Good Government Reinforces the Family – Another Perspective

4 Oct 2015


By Malcolm Baldwin Who can disagree with the title to Dave LaRock’s September article in the Blue Ridge Journal – “Good Government Reinforces the Family”? But sadly he largely misunderstands what government has done and ought to do for such reinforcement. Many of his prescriptions would harm families while others would forestall any improvement in family conditions. His conclusions become …



Mosby Heritage Area Association Recognizes Three Heritage Heroes

28 Nov 2015


The Mosby Heritage Area Association, the Northern Virginia Piedmont preservation and education organization, has selected three individuals to receive the organization’s annual Heritage Hero Award. The Heritage Hero award is given to individuals or groups in the Mosby Heritage Area who have demonstrated stewardship responsibility over many years. The awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, December 8, at 5:30 …

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Breakfast with Santa

28 Nov 2015


Bring the kids and enjoy breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 12 from 8:00 to 10:30 a.m. at the Between the Hills Community Center at 11762 Harpers Ferry Rd, Purcellville (Neersville). A delicious menu of eggs, sausage, home fries, sausage gravy and biscuits, pancakes,a special french toast dish, coffee cake, fruit, and more. Free will offering. Call 540-668-6504 for more …

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2015 Loudoun 10K Trail Race Raises over $30,000 to Support Boulder Crest Retreat and Our Nation’s Veterans

16 Nov 2015


“I continued to be humbled by our community and all they do to make Boulder Crest Retreat a success. Jim Schatz and his team at Loudoun Road Runners are amazing. This trail run is in alignment with the rural nature of Boulder Crest Retreat and we look forward to the event every year. My personal appreciation goes out to all …

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Wild Loudoun

Wild Loudoun: of Chipmunks and Chestnuts

4 Nov 2015


Chipmunks are small, beautifully elegant little creatures, with large glossy eyes, a sleek brown body, a short, pointy head, dainty white stripes above and below the eye, and a series of black land white lines down their sturdy little backs. They have a very sweet posture – sitting upright and holding food with their two perfectly formed front feet, while …

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Around Virginia

Comstock Speaks on Syrian Refugees


Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (VA-10) released the following statement on the current terrorist attacks in Paris: “After September 11, 2001, we tragically learned that al Qaeda was at war with us, but we weren’t at war with them. Again, with the recent murderous terrorist attacks in Paris, we have learned that …

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Tourism Revenues Topped $22.4 billion in 2014


Statewide data shows increase of 4.1 percent compared to 2013 Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia’s tourism revenues topped $22.4 billion in 2014, a 4.1 percent increase over 2013. In 2014, tourism in Virginia supported 216,949 jobs, an increase of nearly 700 jobs to the previously reported forecast estimate of …

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Good Government Reinforces the Family


By Delegate Dave LaRock Working as the elected Delegate for the 33rd House District has renewed my understanding of the value of a strong family. After decades of raising my family of mom, dad, and seven children and building my family’s business, which provided countless opportunities for mom, dad and …

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Middleburg Wins State Championship

28 Nov 2015

Middleburg Academy volleyball

Middleburg Academy’s Girls’ Volleyball team won the Virginia Independent School Athletic Association Division 2 state championship at November 11th’s finals. The 3-0 victory over Peninsula Catholic (#2) capped a season for the Dragons who finished with an impressive 30-2 record. Key wins in their season were home and away victories …

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Funding Sought for Scholarship for Loudon Students Participating in Youth Sports

4 Nov 2015


The Don Rose, Sr. Youth Scholarship Fund is seeking financial support to provide scholarships at college, technical or trade school. Applicants from public, private, and home schools are eligible to receive the scholarship, provided they participated in youth sports within Loudoun County. The fund aims to award two $500 scholarships …

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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

Behind Closed Doors

4 Nov 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde It’s sad to say that the norm now is to wonder about the next school shooting. For a student it is the most terrifying thing, the next shooter could come at any moment, and any day could be the day that you die. It could be …

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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 for Another Successful Halloween Block Party

4 Nov 2015


The 5th annual Purcellville Halloween Block Party was the best attended to date with an estimated 6,000 descending on 21st street in Old Town this past Friday evening. Costume …

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Ethics in Campaigning and Voting

1 Nov 2015


My Dad used to say it’s what you do when nobody is watching that counts. Over 80 percent of my “zoning permitted” and “land owner …

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$17 Dollar Tolls-Ouch!

27 Oct 2015


Recently Gov. McAuliffe proposed $17 round trip tolls on I-66 inside the beltway with Chuck Hedges the Democrat nominee for the HOD 33rd district being …

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