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Nominate Your Hometown Hero

April 9, 2014 by Contributor Sports Be the first to comment

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.

Lady Vikings Give Back

February 10, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Sports Be the first to comment

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 season. One Community, One Cause. The Lady Vikings beat the Wolverines 48-42.

Photo: Lady Vikings and their honorees.

Blue Ridge Team Visits Salamander Resort

February 4, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Sports Be the first to comment

The Blue Ridge Middle School travel basketball team recently got a tour of the new Salamander Resort in Middleburg from the owner herself, Sheila Johnson. Team mom Deb Cadenas contacted Johnson asking for a sponsorship to buy some spirit wear for the team.

“I was shocked when I got a call personally from Dr. J. at my home saying she wanted to not only help our school but the whole Western Loudoun Basketball League with a gold sponsorship,” Cadenas said. “This is a $10,000 gift that helps over 100 teams. She said she loves basketball and wanted to help the kids play sports and knew it was expensive to pay for court time. Our team was so taken back by her generosity that it made a profound impact on both the players and their parents.” … Continue Reading

Ida Lee to Offer Two NFL Flag Football Leagues in Spring 2014

December 30, 2013 by Contributor Sports Be the first to comment

Registration for both leagues is now open.
Registration for the Spring 2014 NFL Flag Football League at Ida Lee is currently open and filling fast.  The Town is excited to offer for the first time two great leagues: Ida Lee NFL Flag Football House League and the Ida Lee NFL Flag Football Elite League.  These two leagues will provide opportunities for players of all skill levels. … Continue Reading

Ida Lee Flag Football Teams Make Run at NFL Regional Championship

December 3, 2013 by Contributor Sports Be the first to comment

The Leesburg NFL Flag Football league was represented by two teams at the New York Jets NFL Regional Tournament held in Lincoln Park, New Jersey, on November 16.

The 12-and-under “Ida Lee Fast and Furious,” coached by Eric Johnson and Dave Sorrell, had an outstanding tournament, and were undefeated – allowing zero points in pool play, earning them the number two seed out of 36 teams. Ultimately, they fell just short in the semifinals in a hard fought game.  The 10-and-under “Ida Lee Gamer’z,” coached by Brian Dean and Mike Scarnato, also had very successful pool play.  The Gamer’z finished pool play undefeated and only gave up 6 points, earning them the number three seed out of 28 teams.   Despite a valiant effort, they lost in the second round of playoffs against a tough Boston team. … Continue Reading

Inaugural Loudoun Golf Tournament Raises Funds for Local FCA

October 11, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Sports Be the first to comment

Northern Virginia Fellowship of Christian Athletes raised close to $10,000 at their Inaugural Loudoun Golf Tournament on September 24. Former Washington Redskins wide receiver Mark Stock, cornerback and Hall of Famer Darrell Green and defensive end Charles Mann showed their support by attending the event and taking photos with guests.

Mark Stock, title sponsor and tournament coordinator, said, “We are excited with the success of the tournament. Everyone enjoyed a day of golfing, competition and fellowship. I’m looking forward to future FCA events and continuing to raise awareness and funds for our local FCA.”

Eighty-seven golfers and many spectators attended the Inaugural Golf Tournament to show their support of NOVA FCA.

Ashley Smith with Hall of Famer Darrell Green and Former Redskins Player Charles Mann

FCA Loudoun Golf Scramble Banana Ball Champions with Charles Mann and Darrell Green

Former Washington Redskins Players Charless Mann, Darrell Green and Mark Stock

Mark Stock, Title Sponsor and Tournament Coordinator, with Former NFL Teammates Darrell Green and Charles Mann.

Loudoun Wins Babe Ruth World Series

August 24, 2013 by Contributor News, Sports Be the first to comment

The Greater Loudoun Lions won the Babe Ruth World Series, and became the first host team to win the 13-15 year old title. The Lions defeated Westchester, California 8-3 to win the championship, Saturday.

In the fourth inning the Lions scored six runs to take the commanding lead. Previously, the best performance by a Loudoun host team was fourth place. Austin Rader was named the most outstanding player for the series.

The team included coaches Mike Lockhart and Glenn Graves, and the manager was Tim Owen. The players on the Lions were: Kaleb Bowman, Hunter Gore, Hank Biggs, Christian McDowell, Adam Lockhart, Sam White, Jack Howard, Zack Costello, Ryan Hanvey, Trey McDyre, Griffin Buscavage Austin Rader, Nick Lemanski, Clayton Baine and Kyle Bowles.

Greater Loudoun Team Edges Closer to Babe Ruth World Series Win

August 23, 2013 by Contributor Sports Be the first to comment

The Greater Loudoun Lions, currently 3-1 in the 13-15-Year-Old Babe Ruth World Series, go up against Brazowood, Texas in the semi-finals tonight at 8:00 p.m. Saginaw Valley, Michigan will play Westchester, California in the semi-finals at 5:30 p.m. The World Series championship takes place at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, August 24. All games are played at Fireman’s Field, 250 Nursery Avenue in Purcellville.

Tournament passes are $25 for an individual and $45 for a family (up to four members). Daily tickets cost $7. Children under the age of six are admitted free. Parking at Fireman’s Field is limited. The public is asked to park at Emerick Elementary School, 440 S. Nursery Ave., Purcellville. Additional weekend and evening parking is available at Loudoun Valley Community, 320 W. School Street, Purcellville.

Updated game information and scores are available at www.loudounbrws.com.

Babe Ruth World Series Update

August 20, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Sports Be the first to comment

The 2013 13-15-Year-Old Babe Ruth World Series is happening right now in Purcellville. There is still time to catch some championship baseball. Here are the details:

Dates: The tournament ends Aug. 24.

Where: All games will be played at Fireman’s Field, 250 Nursery Avenue in Purcellville.

Parking: Parking at Fireman’s Field is limited. The public is asked to park at Emerick Elementary School, 440 S. Nursery Ave., Purcellville. Additional weekend and evening parking is available at Loudoun Valley Community, 320 W. School Street, Purcellville.

Home Run Derby: A Home Run Derby will be played prior to the 8:00 p.m. game on August 21. … Continue Reading

Greater Loudoun World Series Host Team Scores Third Win

August 20, 2013 by Contributor Sports Be the first to comment

Greater Loudoun won again Monday, August 19, in the 13-15-Year-Old Babe Ruth World Series currently taking place at Fireman’s Field in Purcellville. The local host team scored an 8-1 victory over Cranston, RI. They are now 3-0 in the tournament, with one pool game against Twin Cities, WA on Tuesday, August 20, at 8:00 p.m.

The top three teams in each division will play a single-game elimination tournament to determine the championship. Greater Loudoun has secured a spot in the single elimination and, with a win on Tuesday, would lock up first place and earn a bye to the semi-finals on Friday, August 23. The tournament continues through Saturday, August 24. All games are played at Fireman’s Field, 250 Nursery Avenue, Purcellville. … Continue Reading

All-Star Teams Win Their Districts

August 7, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Sports Be the first to comment
District 16 Little League Champions - ?Upper Loudoun American

Two Upper Loudoun Little League All-Star teams had a summer of baseball with district and state play.

The Upper Loudoun American Little League team (comprised of 12 year olds) won the District 16 championship in early July with a final score of 16 – 2 in only four innings played against Loudoun South. During the District 16 tournament this lineup of players outscored opponents to a differential of 61 runs scored to 5 runs allowed in their five games, playing all the way through the winners bracket. Their tournament pitching was “lights out” according to team manager Jeff Brown. They had the most home runs of any tournament team at 15. Connor Miller led the team with five home runs, John “JB” Byram hit four and John Marquart added three. They also turned eight infield double plays along their march to winning the championship being led by Andrew Dunkleberger with six turns from second base. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Dragons Rugby

July 31, 2013 by Contributor Sports 4 comments

Loudoun Rugby has announced the results of the 6th Annual 2013 Summer Youth & High School Championship tournament from this past weekend, July 27-28, held at Northern Fauquier Community Park in Marshall.

Loudoun’s emerging coed touch rugby program was given was given a boost when their U7 team took home the VA state championship title on Saturday, July 27th in only their 2nd year as a program. Led by coaches, Chris Scheuerman, Ken Fraine, and David Downer, the team won went undefeated in pool play against Great Falls (30-15), and Alexandria (40-5) and was seeded 1st, which earned them a spot in the Cup Final match against Springfield where they won 40-5.The team was lead by the “Big 3” Christopher Scheuerman, 7 (also named tournament U7 MVP), Taylor Downer, 7, and Tyler Fraine, 7, all of Leesburg and all of whom won the state championships as 6-yr-olds in the 2012 tournament. The U7 team also went undefeated during the regular season and finished with a perfect record. After the win, Coach Scheuermancommented “I’m so proud of our kids. We set this goal as a team at the beginning of the season and the kids practice hard, listened to their coaches, and played well as a team.” … Continue Reading

Liberty Wins Mid Atlantic All Star Open

July 20, 2013 by Contributor Sports Be the first to comment

The Western Loudoun Liberty 12u Girls Softball team won the 2013 Mid Atlantic All Star Open, which was held July 13-14 in Laurel, Maryland. The Liberty outscored their opponents 70-46 over six games, which culminated in a 11-4 victory over the Ashburn Pride in the championship game.

Photo: Natalie Blankenship delivers a pitch

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Pungent Curry

9 Apr 2014


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


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


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


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), …


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

From the Farm

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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April 2014
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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"


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


April 30, 2014

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

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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


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 …



Steady and Nobull

4 Mar 2014

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Park and Ride Lots for Western Loudoun

4 Mar 2014


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 …



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

9 Apr 2014


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


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


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


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


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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Nominate Your Hometown Hero

9 Apr 2014


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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Medicaid Expansion Battle Heating Up

4 Mar 2014


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 …


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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