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Blue Ridge Leader News – March 11, 2012

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Unthinkable

As unbelievable as it seems, they say she killed her baby girl. The local Sheriff’s Office charged a Sterling woman with murder this past week- in a seven-year-old case involving the death of the suspect’s 20-month-old daughter.

Vanesa Patricio-Cruz was 23 years old at the time of the crime; recent investigations revealed that her little girl- Jocelin Gutierrez- died from blunt force trauma.
I know that sounds very nondescript, but a general definition of the term can include broken bones, internal bleeding and or rupturing of the internal organs- from an impact similar to hitting a steering wheel in a high-speed car wreck. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, March 4, 2012

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One Degree of Separation

I’m pretty sure that you don’t personally know the latest missing teen making the news in Loudoun County, but you just might know someone who does; 16-year-old Mauricio Escobar left his Ashburn home on Dodge Terrace on the 23rd of last month- on his own accord. The Sheriff’s Office has reason to believe he’s with friends; let’s hope so. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – February 19, 2012

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Police Brutality- or Deputy Battering?

It’s inconclusive- at best; I’m referring to the YouTube clip of a former Loudoun Sheriff’s Deputy taking down a suspect- which is now used as argument for a lawsuit from the arrested party. Carlos Garcia of Sterling is claiming brain injury, caused by the actions of Terry Daniel, from the November 2009 incident at a local shopping plaza; he also pled guilty to simple battery in the melee that led up to his apprehension that night.

The suit describes the former Deputy striking the suspect in the back of the head- while he stood with his hands in the air; the video confirms as much- but we have no perspective of the events leading up to the man’s take-down and arrest. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, February 12, 2012

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A Comedy- turned Tragic

It’s just not funny anymore; ever since a young Southwest Airlines employee died from injuries in an accident involving one of those big, clumsy ‘mobile lounges’ at Dulles Airport, the subject of those antiquated hulks has lost its humor- at least for me. Jared Patrick Dodson was 25 years old, lived in Paeonian Springs, and worked at the nearby International hub to support his family; he died on January 27 at an area hospital, after his luggage cart was struck the prior morning. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – February 5, 2012

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Good for You, Son!

Hats off to the kid from Ashburn who did the right thing- this past week- when a stranger invited him into his vehicle. Word from the Sheriff has it that a couple of men in a white pickup pulled up to a home in the Ashburn Farm area on Wednesday afternoon- and asked an eight-year-old boy to hop into their truck. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, January 22, 2012

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… in a Ringer

I can think of plenty of metaphors which describe having various parts of one’s body clamped into some sort of device, but none I can- with clean moral conscience- print here; they do, however, describe very graphically the situation which a former air traffic controller from Potomac Falls finds himself in, after decision by a federal jury. Former air traffic controller Raymond Elmo Deskins III heard the decision earlier this month on the case involving his acceptance of worker compensation benefits- while employed. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, January 15, 2012

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Martin’s March

Lest we all forget the reason that many of us can sleep in tomorrow morning, here’s a reminder of local observances for Martin Luther King Junior Day. Activities in Loudoun County start with an assembly at 10 o’clock in the morning at the Courthouse Square in Leesburg, followed by a march to the Douglass Community Center- with organized programs starting at noon.

Observances take sponsorship by cooperative efforts by the Douglass Alumni Association, Loudoun NAACP, the Bluemont Concert Series and the Baha’i Community of Loudoun. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, January 8, 2012

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Liquor-fied Lessons

Well, some middle-schoolers down in Southeast Loudoun could be in hot water, after- evidently- having a liquid breakfast the other morning before classes. Authorities at J Michael Lunsford removed the six students after a quick medical exam indicated they’d imbibed a quantity of alcohol; this came after one of the youngsters complained of sickness- no doubt caused by their shenanigans.

The students probably weren’t laughing when the Sheriff’s School Resource Officer got called in, and then Administrators notified the kids’ parents. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, January 1, 2012

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Not Running for Office

I wonder what it was he did that made him run in the first place; authorities apprehended the wanted suspect spotted on Friday in the Town of Hamilton. Joseph Regan was arrested in Purcellville after a day-long manhunt for the 24-year-old.

The Sheriff’s Office had announced an alert for the man on Friday morning- after he’d fled on foot from Deputies responding to the area along West Colonial Highway. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, December 18, 2011

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Older, if not Wiser

He just may double his age behind bars, and that’s probably all right with everyone close to this case; child sex abuse defendant- Brad Minor- pled ‘no contest’ this past week in connection to charges involving two four-year-old students at a local child care center. He faces up to 25 years in prison for aggravated sexual battery and custodial indecent liberties with children; Minor worked as an assistant at Chesterbrook Academy in Leesburg up until the time of his arrest this past July.

The Commonwealth Attorney’s Office reported sufficient forensic evidence to put the defendant away for quite a spell; Minor comes in for sentencing in March of 2012. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, December 11, 2011

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Hello, Goodbye

Out with the Old, in with the New; I didn’t coin the phrase, and I certainly question the sentiment in this case. It seemed, no sooner had the departing Supervisors issued their mixed-emotion farewells, than the incoming slate celebrated their swearing-ins with renewed commitment to carry the banners. The County Board’s first meeting for 2012 is on the Second day of the New Year, and the local panel- now All Republican- includes some new faces: Geary Higgins for Catoctin, Janet Clarke for Blue Ridge, Ken Reid for Leesburg, Ralph Buona for Ashburn, Shawn Williams for Broad Run, Matt Letourneau for Dulles, and Suzanne Volpe for Algonkian.
Chairman Scott York and Sterling Representative Eugene Delgaudio return, after their Incumbent wins in November. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, December 4, 2011

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“As I say, not as I do”

And I’ll bet that he felt that she deserved it, at the time, too; most perpetrators of physical (or otherwise) abuse claim that their victims had it coming. The Unionville man (66 year old Matthew B. Parker) charged with attempted murder reportedly stabbed his estranged wife this past week, at her home along John Mosby Highway in Aldie.

The crime occurred on Friday morning; medical personnel at Inova Fairfax Hospital administered to the victim’s life-threatening injuries after first responders airlifted her from the scene.

Parker remained at the Adult Detention Center, held without bond- charged with attempted first degree murder. … Continue Reading

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth – Paxson Road

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A narrow corkscrew of a gravel road, closely lined by trees, opening up into Loudoun’s own Big Sky Country: I guess that’s the way I always think of Paxson Road. When I’m not driving it, that is; behind the wheel of a very ungainly delivery truck- say on a waning afternoon in late December when the lane’s ice-covered – I try to think of nothing at all – except staying between the ditches, that is. But, for the sunny Sunday afternoon traveler at most times of the year, Paxson’s a very inviting – if not intoxicating little road- running for a half-dozen miles or so – from Snickersville Turnpike in the west to the end of State maintenance in the east – a short way’s past Silcott Springs Road. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Human Fingerprints on Climate Change

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Presented to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors – June 23, 2016 Recently I was asked whether humanity’s fossil fuel use was the cause of the current global warming. This is a good question and I’m not surprised that there …

Ice house, Hot House and Mad House

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Recently, I was asked: “I know we are putting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and scientists say that will warm the planet but there were also ice ages and warmer climates in the past before humans so what caused those …

Sugar Crash

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Sugar runs inside our body and fuels our very being. In biology they teach us that sugar is really glucose which is broken down in the body to produce ATP (adenine tri-phosphate). So why bring this up? Well, sugar is …

The Art of Memory

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel Still Alice. A movie that not only elicits tears, but naturally incurs reflection. This heartrending movie was the starting point of a personal wrestling with the implications of human memory. Remembering can bring us back to a …

Living in Debt

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Dr. Mike, My husband has issues with money that are hurting our relationship and family. He makes a lot of money, but he spends more than he makes and we are in debt. He can’t just have a luxury car, …

June in the Garden

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Conserve Water, Beat the Heat and Keep Things Blooming By Andrea Gaines It’s getting hot out there. And, there’s nothing more discouraging for a gardener that to come home after a weekend away – or miss a regular watering schedule …

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Grief and Greed

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By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …

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Oh No, It’s the Christians!

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By Nicholas Reid In the hours and days following every massacre perpetrated by radical Muslims, there is one unifying theme across most news coverage of the massacre, wherever it may …

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Thank You

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It is with great anticipation that I look forward to Monday, June 27, 2016. On that day new Purcellville Town Council members will be sworn into office, at Town Hall. …

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An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input …

Student News

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016

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Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

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8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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Rummage Sale Trailers Open July 9

27 Jun 2016

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78th Annual Ladies Board Rummage Sale Ready For Donations The Ladies Board of Inova Loudoun Hospital is officially accepting donations for the annual Rummage Sale. The first Donation Day of the summer will be on Saturday, July 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Inova Loudoun Hospital, 44045 Riverside Parkway, Leesburg, and at Inova Loudoun Medical Campus – Leesburg, …

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Troy and Paula Haag Perform at Old Stone School

9 Jun 2016

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Troy and Paula Haag, will appear on The Gap Stage at the Old Stone School on Saturday, June 18. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Dinner will be sold by Big Mike’s BBQ, drinks will be sold by the glass, and there will be desserts at intermission. Troy and Paula will be joined by Max Haag …

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Here’s To the Colorists, Manicurists and Blow Dry Mavens… Thanks for Listening!

1 Jun 2016

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Sunday, June 26 is Beauticians Day, celebrating the cosmetology and other experts who keep us looking and feeling our best – whether it’s with a haircut and style, a facial, a manicure, or just some quiet and light conversation.

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Around Virginia

HUD Awards $2 Million in Housing Counseling Grants To Virginia

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Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that Catholic Charities USA, headquartered in Alexandria, will receive $951,150 in federal funding, and the Virginia Housing Development Authority, located in Richmond, will receive $1,040,918. This nearly $2 million grant by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) …

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Four Hop, Skip and a Jump Local Destinations

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Last month we encouraged our readers to consider visiting any one of five great destinations within just a stone’s throw of Loudoun’s history-lined borders – Berryville and Harper’s Ferry among them. This month we feature four destinations – two right here in our much-celebrated county, and two just over the …

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Out and About Loudoun and Beyond

The Plains’ charming restaurants, shops and sidewalks.

Five Stone’s Throw Spring and Summer Destinations By Andrea Gaines Bordered by the Potomac River to the north and beautiful mountains to the west – and with easy access to Rt. 95, the Dulles Toll Road and Route 66 – Loudouners have no short list of fun spring places to …

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The Lady Vikings Earned Back-to Back Conference Title

1 Jun 2016

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The Lady Vikings earned the back-to back conference title with a 4-1 win over Heritage in late May. The team earned a first round playoff bye finishing first in the conference and then went on to defeat Rock Ridge 12-0 in the conference semi-finals. The Lady Vikings ended their regular …

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Big Baseball Coming To Fireman’s Field

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Got Your Father’s Day Gift Lined Up Yet? The Purcellville Cannons’ Brett Fuller couldn’t be happier. He’s the owner of one of the most popular teams in the Valley Baseball League. The team, up until recently was called the Charles Town Cannons but now calls Purcellville its home.

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