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Mark Your Calendars Woodgrove

February 1, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, News, Schools, Woodgrove's "Wild" Be the first to comment
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2012 has begun and there are many exciting events open for all to attend. Mark your calendars

February 18- 6:30-9:30 p.m.
2nd Annual Mardi Gras Auction and Showcase Fundraiser for Woodgrove Music and Arts Association
Tickets are $10 and available at Haute Dog & Fries, Re-Love It and on Woodgrove HS Website Students free with accompanying adult.

Winter at Woodgrove

January 29, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, News, Schools, Woodgrove's "Wild" Be the first to comment

By Dane Mullins

Woodgrove made quite a large impression at the Purcellville Christmas Parade on December 10 getting the crowd into the spirit of the season and the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Marching Wolverines led the procession playing a festive holiday repertoire. Mascot, Walter the Wolverine and the Woodgrove Cheerleaders followed the band. All were decked out in their holiday finery. … Continue Reading

Treats for Troops

January 25, 2012 by Contributor News, Schools Be the first to comment
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Woodgrove is pleased to recognize the Winter Cheer program for their community service project with “Treats For Troops” during the Winter Season. The effort included sending care packages to soldiers stationed in Afghanistan. The Cheer program sent over five care packages filled with greeting cards, candy, games, hand warmers and other hygiene products. They were distributed to the 4-1 Field Artillery Army Unit based in El Paso TX which was deployed to Afghanistan in September of 2011. Collection for “Treats for Troops” will continue throughout the winter season. Items can be sent in to Woodgrove High School to be placed in the collection box outside the front office.

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A Senior’s Hopes and Dreams– Happy New Year

January 5, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Be the first to comment

By Samuel Moore-Sobel

As the New Year begins, many are making lists of resolutions and changes that they want to make to their lives. Others are compiling their hopes and dreams for the coming year. … Continue Reading

Woodgrove High School

December 1, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, News, Schools, Woodgrove's "Wild" Be the first to comment
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By Dane Mullins

As you know October ended with a white out. The snow caused poor road conditions and loss of power for many western Loudoun families resulting in the postponement of the Woodgrove Dedication Anniversary Celebration Dance. Not to fret.

We persevered and continued spirit week up to the hometown rivalry between Woodgrove and Loudoun Valley on November 4. Thanks to the heroic effort by Caleb Welsh and the Varsity Wolverines, Woodgrove had a lot to celebrate at the dance on Saturday night. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge District School Board Representative Priscilla Godfrey

December 1, 2011 by Contributor News, Schools Be the first to comment
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By Priscilla Godfrey

As the year 2011 comes to a close, the Loudoun County School Board is finishing its two year review and update of all 200 school board policies. Policies were assigned to related committees, i.e., policies on personnel went to the personnel committee where they were reviewed by committee members and then sent on to the full Board as an information item; followed by inclusion on the next meeting’s consent agenda or listed as an action item at the next meeting. … Continue Reading

Putting College (and Our Value) in Perspective

December 1, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader Schools 1 comment
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By Samuel Moore-Sobel

During this time of year many young people, mainly seniors in high school, have one major thing on their mind: college. After the applications are submitted, one worries that they might not be accepted and their life will be forever doomed without a college acceptance letter in the spring.

I have submitted college applications already. Of course I wonder if I will be accepted, and I replay every part of my application over and over inside my head. The worst part is that there is absolutely nothing I can do about it. … Continue Reading

Powhatan Named Green School

November 17, 2011 by Contributor News, Schools Be the first to comment
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Powhatan School in Boyce has been named a “Green School” and placed first in the state for schools of its size in the Green Independent Schools Challenge. Head of School, Sue Scarborough, will present the award to the student body at a special All School Gathering in the Niemann Auditorium on Friday, November 18 at 2:20 p.m.

Ten percent of Powhatan School students live in Loudoun County.

For more information visit: www.powhatanschool.org

Woodgrove High School Update

November 2, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, News, Schools, Woodgrove's "Wild" Be the first to comment
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By Dane Mullins
Dedication Anniversary Celebration …

Woodgrove had its dedication anniversary celebration the last week of October. Events included student spirit week, a powder puff football game (congratulations Junior Girls 2-0), an exciting football game between the two newest Loudoun County high schools – Woodgrove vs Tuscarora – and a celebration dance on Saturday night (regretfully postponed ‘til November 5 due to snow).

Sports Wise, Woodgrove Has A Lot to Celebrate and A Lot to look Forward To … … Continue Reading

Woodgrove High School

October 7, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Schools, Woodgrove's "Wild" Be the first to comment
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By Dane Mullins

Fall is officially here and things are busy at Woodgrove. It is hard to believe we are now on our fourth week of school.

Fall sports teams are all doing very well.
Football
Varsity 3-2
JV 3-1
Freshman 5-0 … Continue Reading

New Western Loudoun Political Action Committee (PAC) Fights for Better Schools

October 7, 2011 by Contributor News, Schools Be the first to comment
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Western Loudoun citizens have formed a PAC called “Western Loudoun Schools” to support local candidates favorable to an education reform agenda that includes better oversight of how the Loudoun Public School system buys land, builds schools, compensates teachers and draws bus routes. The group is also pushing for greater transparency and honesty within the system.

Western Loudoun Schools’ website, www.westernloudounschools.com, notes that the PAC is motivated by the fact that kids are suffering because new schools are not being built in time or close enough to the communities in which they live. Town-based schools in Aldie, Middleburg, Lincoln and Hillsboro also face the constant threat of being closed. … Continue Reading

George Washington’s Home Awards Inaugural Scholarship

September 28, 2011 by Contributor Schools Be the first to comment

Historic Mount Vernon selected future George Mason University student Matthew Jongema as the recipient of its inaugural John F. and Emma B. McDonnell Memorial Scholarship. Established in 2011, the $1,000 scholarship recognizes an outstanding college or college-bound student who demonstrates a solid record of community involvement and leadership. The scholarship program is open to active members of Mount Vernon’s staff, as well as their spouses, children, and grand children. … Continue Reading

LVHS Aerospace Scholars Graduate NASA Academy

July 30, 2011 by Contributor News, Schools Be the first to comment
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Loudoun Valley High School seniors Connor Bluhm, Emma Thomson and Ben Baker are proud graduates of the Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars Summer Academy. The three students attended the third session, in which they were tasked with planning in minute detail every aspect of a human mission to Mars. Bluhm and Baker worked long hours on the “Getting There” team, which was responsible for safely transporting all equipment, crew and other payload to the Red Planet. Thomson was a key player on the “Living There” team, which planned how the crew would survive in the harsh conditions of Mars. … Continue Reading

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Pungent Curry

9 Apr 2014

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The latest version of the IPCC report is published and once again it will go unread by the great masses of climate science deniers and unreported by the media. So it might be useful to revisit the fundamental physical realities …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Understanding Teen Suicide

1 Apr 2014

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Northern Virginia has recently experienced several teen suicides. Last month, two Langley High School students took their own lives just a day apart from one another, and this month it appears two students at Woodson High …

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Virginia Gardening

Spring Is Coming

4 Mar 2014

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By Donna Williamson March is an in-between month – some cold and the return of glorious warmth now and then. One way to bring some delight inside is forcing spring-blooming branches. You can cut branches of forsythia, cherry, crabapple, kerria, …

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Sushi's Corner

An Easter Swim

1 Apr 2014

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I felt like a silly nim “cow” poop with these Easter bows in our hair. Okay Nelly, maybe you didn’t because you’re a girl. But me, a Mighty Cairn Terrier male? – PLEASE! Pleasing Mrs. B for Easter pictures was …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

What Baseball Can Teach You About Financial Planning

1 Apr 2014

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Spring training is a tradition that baseball teams and baseball fans look forward to every year. No matter how they did last year, teams in spring training are full of hope that a new season will bring a fresh start. …

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Go Take a Hike

Blandy Experimental Farm

6 Jun 2012

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By Molly Pinson Simoneau It’s no secret that I love a challenging hike. I’ve written here about hiking sections of the Appalachian Trail and Shenandoah National Park. I’ve taken vacations with my family to Colorado where I’ve attempted to conquer a “fourteener” (a summit that is higher than 14,000 feet), …

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Real Estate Ticker

A Buying Opportunity?

6 Nov 2013

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By Carl Fischer As a direct result of the uncertainty that has arisen from national and regional politics, with its unsettling effect on the Northern Virginia area, for the past two months there has been a market slowdown which has …

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From the Farm

From the Farm

5 Jul 2012

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When the heat index reaches 110 degrees, as it has been doing recently, I try to keep in the shade, or stay indoors. But my lavender, about halfway from full bloom, seems to thrive in it. Hot and dry, I …

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Events

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: Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists -- Abstract painter Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and contemporary painter Sandra Iafrate

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Meet Evelyn and Sandra and other gallery artists during a free, open to the public reception for this month's Featured Artists' exhibit "Living Color,” showcasing two accomplished painters Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and Sandra Iafrate, in a vivid and dynamic presentation of color, shape and our surroundings.

Evelyn Lopez de Guzman’s vibrant paintings awaken the viewer to connect with nature and the modern world through an interplay of shape, color, and textural materials.

Sandra Iafrate’s combination of realistic and surrealist interpretation of flowers, foliage and landscapes on spacious canvases convey a sense of movement and playfulness.

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Easter at "The Park"

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April 19, 2014

Celebrate Easter at historic Morven Park with crafts for kids, an egg hunt in the formal gardens plus a traditional egg roll on the Davis Mansion lawn. Have a family photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Children should bring a basket for the hunt and a large spoon for the egg roll. $10/participating child (ages 2-12), $3/adult. Register at www.MorvenPark.org.

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VAL's Pals Kids Club

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April 30, 2014

Join Inova Loudoun Hospital as the present their Beamer the Dog Program.

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SCOUTING FOR BRICKS

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May 4, 2014

Scouting for Bricks is an exhibit showing the Love for everything LEGO® . Come see amazing LEGO® creations by Fans of LEGO®, LEGO® trains, Mindstorms robots. We will also have live Star Wars Stormtroopers and an interactive play area with over 100,000 LEGO bricks. Scouting for Bricks is fun for the Whole Family! Visit us at www.ScoutingForBricks.com.

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View From the Ridge

Rural Loudoun Is Different, and We Say Dark Skies Do Matter

4 Mar 2014

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In February of this year a sell out crowd gathered at the county public seat in Leesburg to provide feedback to the Loudoun County Planning Commission on the idea of adding additional sports lights to the upper athletic fields at Franklin Park. Franklin Park includes a really wonderful performing arts …

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Editorial

Steady and Nobull

4 Mar 2014

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Park and Ride Lots for Western Loudoun

4 Mar 2014

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In 2003, the county purchased 22 commuter buses to serve a growing demand for bus service to Washington D.C. The demand has grown exponentially ever since. The county now owns or leases 65 large commuter buses (with plush seats and on board restrooms) and more are being added every year. The buses are often filled to standing room only as …

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Lifestyle

Sadie’s Race 5K and Fun Run Scheduled for Sunday May 18

9 Apr 2014

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Sadie Smile Foundation is putting on the third annual Sadie’s Race/Walk and Kids Fun Run to Benefit Smile Train in Purcellville Sunday, May 18th this year. The race starts at 8:00 a.m. at the train station at 200 N 21st Street in Purcellville. Sign up at Active.com. When Sara Ablard lost her five year-old daughter, Sadie, two years ago, she …

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Dr. Joseph Rogers Dies at Family Farm

1 Apr 2014

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 …

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Zoldos Presented Citizen of the Year Award

1 Apr 2014

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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 …

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Around Virginia

Wolf Won’t Seek Re-election

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Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) today announced that he would not seek election to an 18th term in 2014. He released the following statement announcing his decision: “I have decided not to seek re-election to the U.S. Congress in 2014. It has been an honor to serve the people of northern …

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Virginia Can and Should Work Harder to Combat Hunger

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By Congressman Frank Wolf Last year, the USDA reported a record number of Americans are struggling to put food on their tables. Across the nation, 49 million people – including 17 million children and six million seniors – are going hungry, a number that has grown substantially over the last …

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Kaine Statement on Navy Yard Shooting

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U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on today’s shooting at the Washington Navy Yard: “My thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted by today’s tragic shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. As we learn more about the horrific events that unfolded this morning, my deepest sympathies go out …

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Sports

Nominate Your Hometown Hero

9 Apr 2014

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Upper Loudoun Little League’s Hometown Heroes scholarship closes on April 21, 2014. The application is available online at ULLL.org. The scholarship is open to all graduating seniors who played baseball for ULLL at some point in their growing up years.

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Lady Vikings Give Back

10 Feb 2014

The Loudoun Valley Girls basketball team held an event on Friday, February 7 at LVHS. The Lady Vikings celebrated “Pink Night” by honoring those who are battling breast cancer or have been affected by breast cancer. The event was held in conjunction with an event held at Woodgrove earlier this …

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Letters

Medicaid Expansion Battle Heating Up

4 Mar 2014

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Did you know that there’s a very real possibility that a DC-style budget battle and government shutdown could come to Virginia? The Medicaid expansion battle …

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Endorsing for Profit Businesses?

4 Mar 2014

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I recently received an automated email message from the Town of Purcellville soliciting nominations for volunteer award recipients in cooperation with the Purcellville Business Association …

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Another Vote To Overrule Purcellville’s Board of Architectural Review

4 Mar 2014

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The Purcellville Town Council, foolishly, in the view of many and perhaps most, has overruled its Board of Architectural Review and approved Mark Nelis’s and …

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