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Foxcroft Announces Art Scholarship

November 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Be the first to comment
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The Ruth T. Bedford Merit Scholarship for the Arts, which will support as many as eight Foxcroft School students with $25,000-a-year grants, has been endowed by a portion of the largest gift ever made to a girls’ high school, Head of School Catherine S. McGehee announced Wednesday.

The announcement comes one year to the day after Foxcroft made headlines by revealing that Bedford, a 1932 Foxcroft graduate, had bequeathed the boarding and day school $40 million. A daring and creative woman with a good deal of grit, Bedford loved theater and worked on Broadway in the 1940s and so, fittingly, the scholarship bearing her name will support new students who share her passion for the arts and embody her sense of adventure and enterprise. Three scholarships will be awarded for the 2016-17 school year with more to follow in subsequent years as the Scholarship endowment grows. (Marion’s suggestion: “as the gift gains earning power” … Continue Reading

The Buddy Bench at Loudoun Country Day School

September 30, 2015 by Contributor Schools Comments Off on The Buddy Bench at Loudoun Country Day School

Dylan Buckley, a third grader at LCDS, wanted to have a special bench at recess where anyone who needed a buddy to play with, could sit and then others would go ask the student to join their game. She thought of this last year as a second grader, and our librarian Renee Kelahan, helped her make it happen. Dylan and other students raised funds through lemonade stands and asking their parents for money. Dylan and her classmates are sponsoring the buddy bench each year until they graduate in eighth grade. Each fall they will explain the purpose of the bench to other students.

Loudoun Valley Athletic Hall of Fame

September 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Comments Off on Loudoun Valley Athletic Hall of Fame

Loudoun Valley High School will be inducting nine people into the school’s Hall of Fame on September 25. They will honor the school’s former athletes with a reception at 5 p.m. and then on the football field during halftime of the game that night.

This year’s honorees are:
Archie Moore, who coached from 1971-2005 for basketball, football and baseball.
Austin L. Thomas, who played basketball from 1975-1979.
Avery G. Howard Sr., who competed in track from 1983-1987
Chris Doran, a soccer player from 1987-1991
Jennifer Cooper Barlow, a gymnast from 1990-1994
Jennifer Everhart, who played softball and volleyball from 2001-2005
Lewis W. Owens, a football player from 1969-1973
Frank Ortiz, who supported Loudoun Valley athletics from 1975-1989
Trip Wilhelm, who played football and baseball from 1995-1999

Noyes New Head Soccer Coach at Wakefield

September 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Schools Comments Off on Noyes New Head Soccer Coach at Wakefield

Wakefield School in The Plains has hired Dave Noyes as the head coach of the boys’ soccer program.

Noyes is currently the technical director of Culpeper’s Soccer Club. His passion for soccer has allowed him to play, coach and manage all levels of soccer clubs in the Virginia, D.C. and Maryland areas. In 2014, Noyes was the head coach for the men’s and women’s soccer programs at Lord Fairfax Community College. Prior to LFCC, Noyes was the general manager of the professional soccer club Real Maryland FX and was the assistant coach/GK Coach with the Carolina Railhawks, both teams are members of the United Soccer Leagues. … Continue Reading

To Our Students, Our Ambassadors of the Future

September 2, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Comments Off on To Our Students, Our Ambassadors of the Future

By Kwasi Fraser, Mayor of Purcellville

Welcome to another school year in Purcellville. For some of you, this will be a brand new experience, while for others it is the continuation of your ongoing adventure of learning and growth. Either way, you are all on the journey of a lifetime that will shape you into Western Loudoun’s ambassadors of the future. As you enter the halls of Emerick, Blue Ridge, Mountain View, Loudoun Valley High, and Woodgrove, be aware that you are not alone on this journey. Our community of parents, guardians, teachers, friends, and elected officials are present to enable and to challenge you to think critically, to collaborate and to communicate locally, nationally, and globally, and to contribute to our country and the world. As you are being positioned to become global contributors, please accept this challenge with passion, commitment, focus, and excellence. Have a safe, successful, and enjoyable school year, and feel free to reach out to me for any assistance. … Continue Reading

Virginia Schools Earn Top Federal Rating for Special Education

August 7, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Schools Comments Off on Virginia Schools Earn Top Federal Rating for Special Education

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia’s public schools earned the U.S. Department of Education’s highest overall rating and achieved the second-highest score for serving students with disabilities under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

“In every school division in the commonwealth, there are special educators who are committed to preparing all students to succeed,”Governor McAuliffe said. “These accomplishments are the result of their efforts, as well as successful partnerships between the state and localities in developing innovative programs to improve outcomes for students with disabilities.” 
The federal education department scores and rates states annually on the participation and performance of students with disabilities in state and national assessment programs and on states’ progress in narrowing achievement gaps and improving graduation rates. Virginia earned the maximum number of possible points on 13 of the 14 indicators, achieving a total score of 95.83. … Continue Reading

Student Earns Honors at National History Day Contest

August 7, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Schools Comments Off on Student Earns Honors at National History Day Contest

After months of intensive research and success at the regional and the Virginia state competitions, Barrett Harrington, a rising eighth grade student at Loudoun Country Day School in Leesburg, presented her project at the annual Kenneth E. Behring National History Day contest. The international gathering was held at the University of Maryland’s College Park Campus from June 14-18. Her hard work and dedication in creating the website entry “Sir Nicholas Winton: Humble Hero” earned Barrett second place in the nation for the Junior Individual Website Category. “ I first learned about Sir Nicholas Winton and his remarkable acts after watching a “60 Minutes” segment about him last Fall…when my history teacher assigned us to create website entries for the annual National History Day competition with a theme of “Leadership and Legacy in History” I immediately knew who I wanted to create a website about – the person who saved six hundred and sixty-nine children from the Holocaust,” said Harrington.  … Continue Reading

Monarch Waystation Senior Project Completed For Lovettsville Elementary

July 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns, Schools Comments Off on Monarch Waystation Senior Project Completed For Lovettsville Elementary

In May, Lovettsville Elementary School received a certified monarch waystation filled with asters, goldenrod, and three different types of milkweed.  Planned by LVHS student Robin Dezagottis as a senior project, Robin worked with PTO board member Natalie Metzler and 1st Grade Teacher Dawn Snyder to designate a corner of the elementary school’s eco garden for the waystation and receive a donation of milkweed plants from the Loudoun Wildlife Conservacy.
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Woodgrove Odyssey Team Competes at World Level

June 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Comments Off on Woodgrove Odyssey Team Competes at World Level

The Woodgrove High School Odyssey of the Mind team was among 800 teams from around the globe to attend World Finals at Michigan State University from May 20-23.

Odyssey of the Mind is an extracurricular creative problem-solving team activity in which groups of five to seven students solve long-term as well as spontaneous problems in competition. The program is open to students from kindergarten through college and beyond.

The Woodgrove team placed 24th in the world among high school teams in Problem 2: Experiencing Technical Difficulties. They were competing against teams from 18 U.S. states and teams from Poland, Singapore, Slovakia, Mexico, South Korea and Canada. The team qualified to attend World Finals by placing first at the regional competition in February and first at states in April. This is the fourth year in a row the team has qualified to compete at worlds and the third time they have attended. … Continue Reading

Woodgrove Senior To Run Cross Country for NOVA

June 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Schools Comments Off on Woodgrove Senior To Run Cross Country for NOVA

Northern Virginia Community College Women’s Cross Country Head Coach Nicole Manici traveled to Woodgrove High School in Purcellville to conduct a signing ceremony with WHS senior Cary Brown. Brown and Coach Mancini signed a National Letter of Intent for Cary to run for NOVA for the fall 2015 season. Brown ran cross country for Woodgrove for 4 years, varsity-lettered as a junior and senior, was a team captain for the 2014 season and put in a solid performance at the VHSL 4A State Championship meet in November 2014. … Continue Reading

Dominion Junior Wins 10th District Art Contest

June 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Comments Off on Dominion Junior Wins 10th District Art Contest
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Congresswoman Barbara Comstock announced that Dominion High School junior Alena Titova won the 2015 10th Congressional District Congressional Art Competition. 

The competition, which was open to all high school students who reside in the 10th Congressional District, received 180 pieces of art.  An independent, five-person panel judged each piece of art.

“It was such a privilege to view the great art produced by the many talented students of Virginia’s 10th Congressional District last night,” said Comstock said.  “Alena’s piece is just stunning and incorporates her brother in the piece. I will be bragging about it to my fellow colleagues when I pass it every day in the U.S. Capitol. Thank you to all of the students who participated, and I look forward to hanging their artwork in my Capitol Hill, Sterling, and Winchester offices.  A special thank you to all of the art teachers and parents whose guidance and encouragement brought this competition to a new level.”

Four NOVA Students Named to Academic Team

May 26, 2015 by Contributor Schools Comments Off on Four NOVA Students Named to Academic Team
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Allan Edzii of Sterling, Amanuel Eshete of Alexandria, Adam John of Reston and Isabela Lopes of Gainesville were named to the Phi Theta Kappa Top Ten All-Virginia Academic Team during a recognition ceremony in April in Richmond. The four students were nominated by Northern Virginia Community College. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Valley Debate Team Wins State Championship

May 6, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Comments Off on Loudoun Valley Debate Team Wins State Championship

The Loudoun Valley Debate Team won the Virginia High School League state championship the weekend of April 24 at Liberty University. This is the team’s second state championship; they won last year also. Their specialty is Lincoln Douglas and public forum debate. Their coach is Julie Hildbold who teaches English at LVHS. Hildbold said, “Debate requires teamwork and a strong work ethic. In debate students develop public speaking skills and critical thinking. It is definitely intellectually challenging.”

The team covers world topics, philosophy, and all sorts of strategies for speaking and arguing. Valley freshmen and sophomores are encouraged to join the team.

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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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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event


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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 …



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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Purcellville Cross Serves as Beacon of Hope for Highway Travelers

9 Nov 2015

Crux St. Francis de Sales

By Mark Gunderman The Crux Gloria was erected and dedicated by St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church in November 1990. If you’re traveling from Leesburg on Highway 7, passing through Purcellville just west of the Berlin Turnpike exit, you can look to your right and see a majestic metal cross sculpture. Within the cross, the shape of Jesus appears to …

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Carver Center November Events

4 Nov 2015


The Carver Center is at 200 Willie Palmer Way in Purcellville. Call 571-258-3400 to sign up for the following programs. November 6, Friday Lunch and movie Still Alice 12-2 p.m. (ages 55 and up).  To sign up call 571-258-3459. November 9, Monday AARP Driver Safety Class 9 a.m. – 5:00 p.m (ages 50 and up). Pre-registration required. AARP members $15, …

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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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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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Leesburg Ladies Tennis Team Wins State Tournament

4 Nov 2015


Ida Lee Park Tennis Center’s Ladies Singles 2.5 Team, Simply Smashing, won the USTA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship tournament, held October 16-18, at the Virginia Beach Tennis and Country Club. Simply Smashing members include team captain Beth Cioni, Debbie DeLadurantaye, Jennifer Fox, Robin Haast, Holly McMullen and Deja O’Malley. They train …

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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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