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Blue Ridge Student Places 4th at Chemistry Challenge

August 6, 2014 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Blue Ridge Student Places 4th at Chemistry Challenge

Varun Mosur, an eighth grade student at Blue Ridge Middle School placed fourth in the National You Be the Chemist Challenge that was held on June 23, in Philadelphia. Sponsored by the Chemical Education Foundation, the competition is an interactive academic competition for students in grades fifth through eighth that engages students in learning about important chemistry concepts, scientific discoveries, and laboratory safety.

Mosur competed against 29 other state champions from across the United States in an exhilarating, 10-round competition that took more than five hours to complete. According to Mosur, “It is exciting to participate in such a competition – the atmosphere, the people, the representatives of all the chemical companies – all of it added up to an amazing experience for me. It was awesome that I was able to finish fourth (third runner-up). The first few rounds of the competition, I was not at all nervous, but then it slowly became more and more interesting and exciting as I progressed through the rounds to the top 4.” Mosur was awarded a $1,000 educational scholarship, a $50 gift card to the Discovery Channel Store, a TI-84 calculator, and a CHEM C3000 Chemistry set for his outstanding performance.

BRMS Principal Brion Bell stated, “Varun’s hard work and commitment to academic excellence led to his success in this event and will continue to be driving forces in his future endeavors. We are proud of his accomplishments and wish him the best of luck as he begins high school at Thomas Jefferson.”

Oil and Emulsions

August 6, 2014 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Oil and Emulsions

By Leah Enright

Oil is a prime ingredient in many of my fun activities. Why? Oil is not quite like anything else. It makes things soft and slippery, shines wood, and doesn’t mix with water, right? Well, these are true, most of the time. Let’s perform an activity to see what I mean.

You’ll need:
An empty bottle with lid, (such as a water bottle)
Cooking oil, (such as vegetable or canola)
Liquid dish detergent
A drop of food coloring, (if you have it)
Permission from an adult to make this mess … Continue Reading

Remembering William Homer Leigh, Jr.

August 6, 2014 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Remembering William Homer Leigh, Jr.

William Homer Leigh, Jr. age 86 died at his home of 31 years near Hamilton on July 18, with family and loved ones by his side. Homer was born on June 5, 1928, in Arlington, VA to the late William H. and Ruth E. Leigh.

He was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Joan Leigh, and their daughter Christine Dayment. Homer is survived by his daughter, Diane Leigh of Hamilton, grandchildren, Stephanie, Wesley, William and Suzanne, and four great grandchildren, all of Ontario Canada.

Homer worked for C&P Telephone Co. in McLean for 30 years as a PBX installer. After retirement he enjoyed working part-time on the farm with Muncaster & Payne in Hamilton.

The family received friends at Hall Funeral Home in Purcellville on July 22. A graveside service was held July 23 at Hillsboro Cemetery in Hillsboro.

Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, can be made to Hamilton Volunteer Rescue or Fire Department.

Visit www.hallfh.com to express online condolences to the family.

A Life Changing Service

August 6, 2014 Lifestyle, People, Uncategorized Comments Off on A Life Changing Service
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By Mary Rose Lunde

Where do I begin? To a Chinese adoptee, going back to the country of your birth is a touchy subject. The one place on earth where you’ll look like everyone else but feel like a foreigner. I’ll admit, it’s a tough choice to make but it is worth it to go back. China is a wonderful country full of spicy food, traditions, nice people and beautiful landmarks. But that isn’t what led me there. The thought of going back had always been on my mind, so when I got an email from Gladney International Adoption Agency about a service trip to China, I jumped at the chance. It wasn’t just about finding closure to my own personal story, but also about giving back to my birth country. … Continue Reading

Barbara Sloan, A Beadazzling Talent

July 3, 2014 Lifestyle, People 1 comment

Artist’s Profile

Barbara Sloan is not just a “beader,” she is the creator of pieces of jewelry that are like art that you wear, from a fine string of deep pink faceted garnet to a beautifully chunky, multi-strand necklace of citrine and pearls – one of her signature designs.

Barbara has been a good friend of mine for a long time and it was beading that first brought us together. A mutual friend introduced us about ten years ago. I had just moved to Loudoun County and had started to do a little of my own beading. My kitchen table was covered with clasps and wire and semi-precious beads and, invited over for dinner at Barbara’s, I walked into her dining room to see that she had the same passion – albeit more developed than mine. There were beads and stones everywhere, and finished earrings, bracelets and necklaces carefully displayed on black velvet forms.

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We Are Not Bodies with Souls, We Are Souls with Bodies– In Celebration of Christian Alberto Sierra

June 3, 2014 Lifestyle, People 2 comments

When a family loses one of its own at a young age, it is hard to do justice to the poignant mix of love, grief, horror, laughter and memories that fill the room as they attempt to tell you about that person, and do the respect of celebrating – with as much courage as they can – that person’s life.

Christian Sierra was a 17-year old Loudoun Valley High School student who died in a Purcellville police shooting on May 24. … Continue Reading

Antonia Walker – Painting from Life While Pushing the Color

June 3, 2014 Lifestyle, People 1 comment

Antonia Walker is a graceful and vibrant woman with as much love for life as she has for her art.

Walker lives in an historic home in Waterford and also works there – in a spare and beautiful studio that at one time was a quaint general store.

Many of these lovely old buildings still exist in Loudoun County, repurposed or still feeding, refreshing and helping families restock on basics such as flour, canned goods, laundry soap and snacks. It is just so appropriate that a place that once also served as a gathering place for Quakers and farmers now serves as a showcase for one of Loudoun County’s most inspiring painters. … Continue Reading

What Does She Want? Breakfast in Bed, of Course

April 30, 2014 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on What Does She Want? Breakfast in Bed, of Course
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The United States has over 80 million moms, and over 95 percent of Americans mark the day in some way. Mother’s Day is the busiest day of the year for most restaurants and retailers say it is the second biggest gift-giving day of the year. Together, we’ll spend an astonishing $671 million dollars on Mother’s Day cards and $1.9 billion on flowers – almost $15 billion in all when the nation’s cash registers total out for the day. … Continue Reading

Remembering Maxine Bean

April 30, 2014 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Remembering Maxine Bean

Celebrating a Life Filled with Community Service and The Arts

On Saturday, May 24, from 10:00 a.m. to noon, the family and friends of Maxine Bean will gather at Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville to remember and celebrate a life filled with community service, generosity, and kindness. Maxine passed away in February at age 89 after a brief illness, and all who wish to join in the May 24 remembrance are welcome to attend (a potluck lunch will follow at a nearby location). … Continue Reading

Hope for the Realist

April 30, 2014 People, Uncategorized Comments Off on Hope for the Realist
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By Mary Rose Lunde

I can’t count how many times I’ve been told to have hope. It is just one of the many attributes we all carry with us in times of triumph and tragedy. Yet, we take it so lightly. We never really know how powerful hope is, until we see its effects. I see hope in everyone. And every time I see someone hoping my hope strengthens. Not for myself, but that their hope does not turn false. This worry about false hope is termed realism expressed in logic. … Continue Reading

Cooper and His Friend

April 30, 2014 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Cooper and His Friend

Cooper, a 5-year-old yellow lab owned by Debbie Crum, is a frequent site around Purcellville. He loves bringing a stuffed animal with him wherever he goes. As soon as you say the word walk, Cooper will run to get his favorite stuffed animal. Whether he is going for a walk, run or swim, he almost always brings one of his furry friends with him. Crum said his favorite is Super Chicken, which he got for his second birthday. … Continue Reading

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

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









2016 Energy Summit – George Washington University


On Friday evening, October 28, George Washington University, Virginia Campus in Ashburn will host the 10th annual Don Sandros Energy Summit in cooperation with local businesses and non-profits. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for a reception with wine donated by …

Attributing Disaster


“Humans are likely to create a catastrophe, and possibly an associated disaster, that vastly exceeds our own ability to recover from it. In the face of all our efforts, it will persist.” – Richard Guthrie [1] “Here we show that …

Concerned Parent


By Michael Oberschenider Psy.D. Dr. Mike, We recently signed our four-year-old daughter up for gymnastics. It wasn’t cheap, but her friends from the neighborhood do it, and she has been begging us to go. It turned out to be a …

Invisible Illnesses

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By Mary Rose Lunde It is general knowledge that when people think about illnesses, they don’t think about illnesses that aren’t physically apparent. Sure, people know about conditions such as multiple sclerosis and other diseases with visible symptoms, but many …

Robinson Park

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Looking back, now – I’m glad it wasn’t what most people would’ve considered a nice day; I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my share of hot and sunny to last me for at least a generation (especially since …

Are Your Estate and Financial Plans Shock-Proof?


Don’t wait until “what if?” becomes “what is.” Where will you live as you age? Think about your housing options now, so you have choices and won’t have to make a hasty decision should an unexpected health event force you …

In Defense of ‘Adulting’


By Samuel Moore-Sobel Most friends transitioning from college to the workforce long for the days of college, wishing to be back in class and participating in campus life. To be honest, I may be in the minority, but I have …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016


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


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


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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September 26, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 27, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

October 1, 2016

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

October 2, 2016
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Virginia Outdoors Foundation 50 years of Conservation Celebration

October 9, 2016
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Barefoot Puppets: Dreamtime, Tales From Down Under

October 13, 2016 October 14, 2016 October 15, 2016

Loudoun Centre Theatre: The Scamps Of Scapin!

October 16, 2016

Harvest Celebration & Fall Farm Tour


October 17, 2016 October 18, 2016 October 19, 2016 October 20, 2016 October 21, 2016

Anthony Semiao Live at North Gate Vineyard


October 22, 2016 October 23, 2016

Come Paint with us at Breaux Vineyards

October 24, 2016 October 25, 2016 October 26, 2016 October 27, 2016 October 28, 2016

October Fourth Friday

October 29, 2016

2 Pound Sterling Live at North Gate VIneyard

October 30, 2016

Music With A Cause - Music of Colonial America

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OysterFest at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Leesburg-Daybreak Rotary Club Sends Supplies and Funds to Haiti

24 Oct 2016


The Rotary Club of Leesburg-Daybreak shipped water purification supplies and emergency funds to Haiti following the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew. Partnering with an anonymous local corporation, the club shipped 3,000 water purification tablet packages via FedEx to Haiti. These packages, which were sent to an area battling a cholera outbreak, will clean 3,000 liters of unsafe water. Instructions translated …

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Veteran’s Day 10k Raises Funds for Veteran Causes

13 Oct 2016


On November 6, the Loudoun County Road Runners Club will again conduct the annual Loudoun 10K Trail Race in order to raise funds for veteran causes. Since it’s origin in 2011, the trail race has generated more than $90,000 with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to veteran’s charities, specifically Boulder Crest Retreat and Pets for Vets.

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FBRM Clean-Up Day at Blue Ridge Regional Park

6 Oct 2016


Join Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains for an Autumn clean-up to remove invasive vegetation from Blue Ridge Regional Park on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Some tools and equipment will be provided, but please bring your clippers, pruning shears, or saws if you can. Directions: From Leesburg, drive west on Route 7 past the turnoff …

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Grief and Greed


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 …


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


– 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


– 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

New Proposed Uses for Western Loudoun

Loudoun County Seal Color

If you live in the middle or western part of Loudoun where you enjoy a parcel of open space near your property (which probably was put into an open space …

Bennett Knows How To Make Economy Work for All


In the election for the 10th District House seat, only one candidate has a more than three decades of success growing a local business. As the owner of a successful …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm


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


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


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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Hunter’s First Professional Race

7 Sep 2016


Drew Hunter and Loudoun Valley classmates at his first professional race, Sir Walter Miler in Raleigh, NC in early August , l to r:  Marcos Pierce, Matt Slook, Drew Hunter, Max McNerney. Hunter finished with a time of 3:57.15. Hunter turned professional and signed with Adidas.

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Let’s Make Some Memories

3 Aug 2016


American Legion Baseball At Fireman’s Field, August 3 – 7 By Andrea Gaines American Legion Baseball is here at Fireman’s Field in a big way, featuring five consecutive blockbuster Mid-Atlantic Tournament games – August 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Our local Leesburg Post 34 Rangers had some nice wins …

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