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Lots of Lumination on Lime Kiln Road

November 4, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Real Estate Be the first to comment

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 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on “Monte Subasio” Is a Taste of Italy in Bluemont

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 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on The Town & Country Lifestyle

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 by Contributor 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 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on On A Farm, Far, Far Away

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 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on Relaxation In Horse Country’s Finest

– 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 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on Willow Point Estate – A Timeless Lovettsville Manor

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

Expansive Views and Space in Leesburg

May 6, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on Expansive Views and Space in Leesburg

By Hannah Hager
Expansive. Close your eyes and consider what that word means to you. Does it mean open skies? Does it mean rolling hills and mountains? Or does it mean sweeping ceilings, endless counter space and sprawling rooms?

This Leesburg home stands at the highest point of the county seat. From this vantage point you’ll receive breathtaking, panoramic views of Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia. Let the sunrise drip through the 12 skylights throughout and give you a much needed jolt in the mornings. At night, watch the sun fall behind the hills in your front lawn.

It’s not all about the outdoors in this sprawling home, however, that has been meticulously cared for by the current owners for more than 20 years. You’ll see that this home was built with intention and purpose: you can enjoy a quiet moment in next to the brick fireplace in the den or hop on over to the conjoined 23-foot great room and dining to build family memories under the exposed beam cathedral ceilings.

Bright white accents are seen throughout the home, starting with the expansive white cabinetry in the kitchen to the wainscoting down the halls and in the vast bedrooms. The white plays nicely with the natural light that gives this large home a sense of warmth, purity and relaxation.

The master suite will recall elements of the “Ritz” and will not fail to disappoint. It would be difficult not to decompress here amongst the main area, in the bathroom or in the den off the suite with fireplace. Venture into the office, tea room, spend time in the finished basement or on the back deck. No matter where you find yourself in this home you’ll be more than content.


Purcellville Horse Farm Property

April 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on Purcellville Horse Farm Property

– By Hannah Hager

Have you ever heard the phrase, “It’s what’s on the inside that counts?” Well, not so with this beautiful Cape Cod-style home and barn in Purcellville. You’ll have no problem kicking your kids out the front door – they’ll be running out on their own.

This is a professionally designed, yet personally maintained, horse farm property that boasts glorious views of green pastures from your front porch. The pristine, eight-stall, center-aisle barn boasts 12×14 stalls, a heated tack room for four season enjoyment, and a feed room and wash stall. It’s an equestrian’s delight with 3 x Run-ins that are fenced and cross fenced.

Have your choice of seven fields and two paddocks as most are equipped with water and electric. Had enough of the free range? Escort your horses to the 120×200 FICS lighted ring.
It may be an equestrian’s delight, but even the most avid riders need their downtime. The property’s red-roofed Cap Cod abode has a master suite on the main level. The large kitchen comes equipped with everything you need, including a neighboring breakfast nook.

pvllehorsefarmboxKick your feet up in the family room, which is also off the dining area and kitchen. This home’s open floor plan ensures you’ll have plenty of space to breathe and peer out the window at your more than 25 acres. In addition to amenities such as hardwood floors and a deck with views, the house is accommodating to a large family with three bedrooms on the upper level.

Whether you find yourself in the house or barn, you’ll be sure to enjoy yourself. But, every morning you’ll also be asking – is it time to go outside and play yet?

Love the Outdoors at Your Lovettsville Home

March 4, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on Love the Outdoors at Your Lovettsville Home

By Hannah Hager

“In my deepest troubles, I frequently would wrench myself from the persons around me and retire to some secluded part of our noble forests.” – John James Audubon

What is a home if not a place for seclusion and restoration? Audubon, the famed naturalist who identified 25 new species of birds, would have perhaps found solace in this home on a corner lot in Lovettsville.

In fact, this home is primed for its owner’s enjoyment if not only because of its namesake. Situated at 7 Black Forest Lane, this street is named after one of the most-famed forests in the world – the Black Forest in Germany, an appropriate designation for the Dutch settlement.

The home boasts a widow’s walk on its roof. One can imagine the birds, sunrises and sunsets to behold. If you prefer to stay closer to the ground, you can rock out on the slate-covered front porch or entertain guests on the back deck with a slate patio trickling by a stone wall to the backyard. … Continue Reading

Cozy Up In This Paeonian Springs Abode

February 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on Cozy Up In This Paeonian Springs Abode

By Hannah Hager

Perhaps you’re looking for a cozy home you’d never want to leave as the winter continues to grace us with waves of snowstorms. If that’s the case, cast your eyes upon this truly unique home that effortlessly marries its deep history with modern amenities.

This stone home will welcome you in with its deep porches and thick columns. Its custom masonry, hardwood floors and flourished arches give a hint of its past. This was once the home of Mary Godfrey, an avid equestrian and Loudoun celebrity who was married to radio and television personality Arthur Godfrey.

The Godfrey’s resided at Beacon Hill, a 1,970-acre Leesburg estate where they raised horses and entertained dignitaries for decades until they sold the property in 1979. The Godfrey’s main residence at Beacon Hill was on Hurley Lane and looked over what is now the Beacon Hill subdivision just west of Leesburg. … Continue Reading

Looking at Fall Home Improvement and Maintenance – Inside and Out

October 1, 2014 by Andrea Gaines Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on Looking at Fall Home Improvement and Maintenance – Inside and Out

Nationally, the summer of 2014 was quite interesting weather wise. The West and Southwest experienced some of the hottest summers ever recorded. The Midwest experienced some of the coolest temperatures ever recorded. The Southeast produced a mixed bag of weather – unusually hot in some places while cool in others. While the Washington area, Baltimore, Richmond and other places were a bit hotter than usual. And, we all suffered our share of strong storms – including windstorms and heavy rains.

All of this reminds us that how we plan to heat, cool and tend to our home and yards this fall is very important. … Continue Reading

Tiny House Movement

October 1, 2014 by Carol Morris Dukes Lifestyle, Real Estate Comments Off on Tiny House Movement

The tiny house movement is an apt description for a relatively new social society that advocates a frugal approach to housing that pushes the envelope by embracing homes that are less than 1,000 square feet—and often much, much smaller. The architectural commonality for “tiny houses” is the emphasis on practical, multi-use design. Often, a tiny house incorporates furniture that doubles as storage and can morph into the accessory of choice when needed. Modern, state of the art technology is often found in regards to appliances and other equipment. Height matters—and often vertical space is maximized. And—for a growing number of tiny home lovers—they can be built on wheels and moved from place to place. For today, almost all tiny homes are located in rural areas where “green” living is embraced and the use of rain barrels, composting toilets and recycled grey water are not controversial.

Part of the appeal to owning a tiny home is that many people can build them themselves—and the popular homes on wheels do not require building permits (although some jurisdictions may have zoning in place that would challenge their use). The typical tiny house on wheels has only about 120 square feet of living space. The tiny house is built with conventional building supplies and is built to last, with a price tag ranging between $15,000 to $60,000. They can be used on property as guest homes or offices; and moved around to suit the owner.

The primary attraction to tiny home living lies within the money saving lifestyle and emphasis on reducing one’s environmental impact. Highly efficient and built with eco-friendly composting toilets and nature-friendly materials, the tiny home movement allows the owner to live where they want with more cash in hand to enjoy the things that matter most to them.

While not for everyone, tiny homes offer an alternative lifestyle for those people who want to enjoy the benefits of simple living while leaving a smaller environmental footprint. Inexpensive and economical, tiny homes are enjoying a growing presence throughout our nation’s rural landscape. For more on the tiny house movement, visit Berryville’s own local tiny house builder, Robin Hayes. Her website is: www.build-tiny.com.

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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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