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Spring Home Improvement

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Experts say that the most basic of home improvement projects – rather than that awesome new kitchen – are the best financial investments.

This is particularly important coming off the hard winter we’ve had. Roofs and gutters might need attention, painting touchups and smaller wood and fence repairs may be called for, the driveway may need to be resurfaced etc., etc. … Continue Reading

Melrose Farm Is Loyal to the Past; Faithful to the Future

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By Hannah Hager

It’s often said that things aren’t made like they once were – and it’s often true, especially when it comes to elegant homes with “good bones.” Many are curious about what it must have taken to live and thrive in America at the beginning of the 19th century, but not many of us would be happy to experience it. … Continue Reading

What You Don’t Know About Propane That Can Save You Money

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By Dale K. Schulz

Propane is a by-product of drilling for Natural Gas (largely Methane). All propane in our area comes from North America. The U.S. is a net exporter of propane, primarily to Central and South America. The propane is separated from the methane, butane, and ethane at the refinery and transported to our area via rail and pipelines. If propane did not exist, someone would have to invent a similar product. … Continue Reading

Dare To Be Different in Bluemont

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By Hannah Hager

It’s not easy to have it all. Most families have an idea in their mind of what the perfect home looks like and where it is located. Not all of them would choose a weathered-wood home surrounded by thick forest. But, you’re not them. You’re you – and you’re the kind of family who dares to be different. … Continue Reading

Lovin’ Leesburg for All Its Beauty

February 3, 2016 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on Lovin’ Leesburg for All Its Beauty
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By Hannah Hager
We may be in the thick of winter, but this home on Cherry Spring Lane will melt your heart. Come spring you’ll fully be able to enjoy this simple, yet elegant brick home and its surrounding green pastures enclosed by miles of black wooden fences. Beyond your immediate yard are sweeping views of the mountains and valleys and truly incomparable views. … Continue Reading

A View from the Outside at Bedlam Farm

December 2, 2015 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on A View from the Outside at Bedlam Farm
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By Hannah Hager

This estate is perhaps at its best when it’s viewed from the outside looking in. The wonderment of the outside of this home is twofold: It lies just beyond the perimeter of Loudoun County’s official borders; and it’s also one of the few properties where the landscape and grounds’ buildings equally rival the main home. 

Stunning views surround the five-stall, center-aisle barn that is fully equipped with tack and feed rooms, a wash stall, laundry and hay storage as well as an equipment shed, four fenced paddocks, multiple run-ins and an amazing ride out. 

This is an equestrian lover’s dream, almost begging for you to bring your horses out to explore the more than 23 acres of your own personal property. What’s more? This little bit of serenity is only a short 30-minute ride to Leesburg. 

Make no doubt about it, however, the fully renovated farmhouse that was originally constructed in 1875, is a sight to behold all its own. The crisp, white manor home has been beautifully restored to maintain its original architectural integrity while allowing for modern-day needs and luxuries. 

With no less than five bedrooms, four full bathrooms and four fireplaces – the original construction of this home was both forward-thinking and accommodating to families of all sizes. Hardwood floors and ceiling trim make for a neat and simple home. A mahogany-toned wood lines the fireplace in the formal living room providing a sophisticated air that is repeated in the formal dining room with its own fireplace. 
The sophisticated tone of the home slowly fades as you make your way through its rooms.  Relax as you go through to the kitchen with its farmer’s feel – boasting exposed pot slides overhead and a center island with a butcher’s block. The stone-framed, wood-burning fireplace in the living room will provide you and your family with the ultimate coziness during the winter months. Once spring arrives, however, you won’t be able to wait to enjoy your new home’s patio. It’s from there that you’ll overlook the great outdoors that will be all yours. 

Address: 497 Lockes Mill Road, Berryville
Bedrooms: Five
Bathrooms: Four full
Fireplaces: Four
Circa: 1875
Acreage: 23
Price: $949,000
Agent: Karen Cooper, Platinum Group Real Estate
Contact: 540-454-0467

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Lots of Lumination on Lime Kiln Road

November 4, 2015 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on Lots of Lumination on Lime Kiln Road
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By Hannah Hager

Altogether luminous and light, this estate on Lime Kiln Road in Middleburg lives up to its name with a natural, ashen stone front façade, which also boasts a front veranda off the sunroom and a four-car courtyard garage.

The interior is no less elegant thanks to a reception area of softly treated hardwood floors and a sweeping spiral staircase that leads to a spacious balcony overlook on the second level. A significant portion of the home features whitewashed walls, which adds to the airy feel. Crown molding and chair rail detailing are seen throughout, as are arched windows and recessed lighting.

A beautifully appointed fireplace stands as the centerpiece of the formal sitting room, which also avowals two large, four-paned windows. The formal dining room has French doors leading to a private section of the five-acre acreage. The library has a bit more of an intimate feel with built-in mahogany bookcases. … Continue Reading

“Monte Subasio” Is a Taste of Italy in Bluemont

September 30, 2015 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on “Monte Subasio” Is a Taste of Italy in Bluemont
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Address: 18599 Calumet Lane, Bluemont
Bedrooms: Five
Bathrooms: Five full and four half bathrooms
Square footage: 11,000
Acreage: 23 acres
List price: $2.95 million
Contact: Jim Lemon, Washington Fine Properties, LLC
Call: 540 687-6395

By Hannah Hager

This breathtaking, private estate may sit amongst the Blue Ridge Mountains, but it’s named for the magnificent Monte Subasio – the mountain range in the province of Perugia in central Italy. While not the most famous foothills, both lands have a quiet dignity that radiates throughout this grand mansion. … Continue Reading

The Town & Country Lifestyle

September 2, 2015 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on The Town & Country Lifestyle
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By Hannah Hager

If anyone has ever told you that you can’t have it all, you should ignore them.

You can be minutes away from the bustling restaurants and shops of downtown Purcellville and Hamilton, or you could be nestled away on your three-acre property, tucked behind mature trees and walking amongst your property including a renovated barn and personal pond. … Continue Reading

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

August 28, 2015 Real Estate Comments Off on Loudoun Health Officials Remind Septic System Owners of Need to Pump Out
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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

On A Farm, Far, Far Away

August 7, 2015 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on On A Farm, Far, Far Away
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By Hannah Hager

On a farm, far, far away, you’ll find yourself in a private, tucked away and secluded area. Such is the case of Faraway Farm in Round Hill, which also happens to be built during a time long past – its impeccable solid stone structure with copper roof date from the early 1700s, but the home has since been expanded to include a first floor bedroom and three additional suites.

Erected during a much simpler time when necessity took precedent over personal luxury, this estate has stood the test of time. Not only is it grandiose in its presence, but it’s also soft-spoken in its beauty. Its materials and craftsmanship do most of the talking and the landscape and grounds back it up in chorus. The front lawn boasts a serene pond that is hugged by lush green grass and mature trees. You might believe you’re living in the century in which Loudoun was founded until you step through the threshold to find every modern requirement taken care of and attended to. … Continue Reading

Relaxation In Horse Country’s Finest

July 1, 2015 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on Relaxation In Horse Country’s Finest
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– By Hannah Hager

When temperatures hit the top of the thermometer there’s not much more to do than relax in the shade while sipping a cold glass of iced tea. This home is the perfect haven for escaping the humidity as it’s covered by mature trees that create a private cocoon.
Before you start thinking that shade means no sunlight – reconsider. The thoughtful construction of this estate allows for every accommodation. Follow round the circular driveway with a centerpiece of a mature maple tree to the front porch that leads to a bright foyer. Beautiful hardwood floors are seen throughout and provide a brightness that gives a happy feel.

You’ll find more of the same to the entry of the family room that is surrounded by windows, including lovely French-style double doors opening to a slate patio. Seamless transitions are executed between indoors and outdoors, but we don’t want to go outside just yet. First we want to grab an afternoon snack in the kitchen with its white, custom cabinetry, recessed lighting and tiled countertops. Stand over the island or move the party to the formal dining room, which is elevated by two stairs and flanked by columns. You’ll enjoy showing off the extra finishes to friends, including the wood-burning fireplace.

If you’re more of a casual person take them to the breakfast nook with built-in bookcases and views of your 10-acre property. You’ll have ease of access between the kitchen and family room, but still maintain privacy away from the little rascals who have no doubt overtaken the great room where they’re also sure to enjoy a wood-burning fireplace and cathedral ceilings.

The most enviable room of the home is arguably its most private – the master suite. You’ll find no detail was overlooked in an effort to promote relaxation and rest. Crown molding, carpeting and another fireplace make for a slightly moodier ambience that promotes peacefulness. You won’t be the only one to enjoy a bit of privacy – guests and kids alike will find their room assignments equally as appealing.

Now, it’s time to return to the great outdoors where you’ll be wont to never leave. The slated back patio with lattice work awnings is perfect for entertaining. If you’re childlike at heart why not take a dip in the pool? Or, if you’re more of a worker bee take the short walk to your private multi-stable barn and start saddling up. Once you hop on the bandwagon of this home you’ll never jump off.

23559 Parsons Road
Middleburg, VA 20117
Bedrooms: Four
Bathrooms: Three and one half
Square footage: 5,361
Fireplaces: Five
Listing Price: $1,299,000
Acres: 10.5
Contact: Matt@sherrywilson.com

Willow Point Estate – A Timeless Lovettsville Manor

June 3, 2015 Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on Willow Point Estate – A Timeless Lovettsville Manor
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By Hannah Hager

If you’ve ever dreamt of being the lady or man of the manor, consider this home your wish come true.

The principal house situated on the three acre “Willow Point Estate” in River Point is likened after the grand Montpelier home once owned by the fourth President of the United States, James Madison and his wife, Dolly. Family and visitors alike will be struck by your home’s grandeur as they make their approach. The custom-finished luxury home, while at once majestic and imposing, is also warm and inviting – a treat to discover upon entering is threshold.

Climb the brick entry stairs and pass through the columned porch to the front entrance where you’ll be greeted by wide-planked hardwood floors in the foyer that add warmth to an already inviting home. Wallpaper evoking the days of yesteryear perfectly suits this stately home with twin staircases that meet in the middle of the second floor widow’s walk. This is where you’ll find the first glimpses of some exquisite finishing touches – 10-foot ceilings throughout the rooms that aren’t cathedral, architectural details such as upgraded trim and custom lighting fixtures. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

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 …

How To “File and Suspend” Before It Is Too Late

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With the recent changes to Social Security rules, filing and suspending will soon be phased out, but there’s still time to take advantage of the strategy. Here’s a quick guide to maneuvering this rule while it still lasts, but as …

Concerned Parent

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, We are concerned about some habits our nine year old son demonstrates and would love some advice from you.  We are unsure whether it’s anxiety, nervousness, or just nervous/an excess of energy.  A few …

Temple Hall Farm

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I only met the late AV (Val) Symington once; it was a Sunday evening in my first year or two at Wage Radio (this would be the late ‘90’s) and I was putting things in order for the next morning’s …

Am I an Enabler?

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Dr. Mike, My husband thinks that I’m harming our son for life because of the way I parent. Our son is 12 years old and he was diagnosed with ADHD in the 1st grade. My husband calls me “the enabler” …

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

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 …

View From the Ridge

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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Calendar

May 2016
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Hamilton Town Hall

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CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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Lobster Day with Chef Seb at North Gate Vineyard

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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

Spring Wine Glass Painting with Penny

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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!

Mother's Day Brunch at Breaux

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

Dog Day at Breaux Vineyards

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PAUL REISLER TRIO WITH LEA MORRIS AND MARSHALL KEYS

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YMCA of Loudoun County to Hold Job Fair

30 Apr 2016

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The YMCA is hiring summer camp Site Supervisors, Sr. Camp Counselors, Camp Counselors, and Jr. Camp Counselors who will work with children ages 5-12 in Loudoun County in our summer day camp programs. Site Supervisors will be responsible for supervising a summer camp program with 30-70 children and for planning, coordinating, and implementing all summer camp activities under the guidelines …

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5K and 10K “Ringing in Hope” Race Slated for Memorial Day

27 Apr 2016

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The third annual “Ringing in Hope” 5K and 10K race will be held on Memorial Day (Monday, May 30) at One Loudoun. A 1K fun run/walk will also be held. The 5K begins at 8:00 a.m., the 10K at 8:10 a.m. and the 1K at 9:30 a.m. Proceeds will benefit Boulder Crest Retreat, a retreat for America’s seriously wounded warriors …

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Bluegrass Performers Reno and Harrell To Appear at Lucketts on April 23

15 Apr 2016

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The Lucketts Bluegrass Concert Series continues its 42nd season of weekly concerts at the Lucketts Community Center on Saturday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. with a show featuring Reno and Harrell. Tickets are $15 at the door, and the doors open at 6:00 p.m. Hot dogs, barbecue sandwiches, snacks and drinks will be available at the kitchen.

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Around Virginia

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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Governor McAuliffe Announces Designation of Four New Virginia Main Street Communities

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Governor Terry McAuliffe has announced the designation of four communities in the Virginia Main Street (VMS) program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The newly-designated communities include the town of Wytheville, the cities of Danville and Lexington and Gloucester Courthouse in Gloucester County. The communities …

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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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