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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

December 1, 2011 Tim Jon with BRLN Comments Off on 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


 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

The Trump Effect

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“Corals are marine magicians. As colonies of the tiny ocean organisms grow, they transform the calcium that circulates in seawater into enormous limestone reefs. These reefs—which can extend for more than 1,000 miles and provide homes for crabs, eels, sea …

Six Tips To a New Year and a New You in 2017

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By Michael Oberschenider, Psy.D. Research has shown that as many as 45 percent of us make New Year’s resolutions, but only about eight percent are actually successful in achieving them. And it seems that age is a factor: about 39 …

Investing in the Family Stock

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Family relationships are usually not considered under the rubric of “investments”. Yet, the personal gain and loss from family relationships is much more significant than economic return from stocks and bonds. Taking time out to relate to a person without …

Choosing a Different Lens

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We have all heard, “A picture’s worth a thousand words,” maybe even said it aloud while perusing old photo albums or scrolling through Facebook timelines. Sometimes words fall short of adequately describing an emotion encapsulating a distinct moment. Pictures fill …

Freedom Park

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A great name for a great place, this public space shows us – in my opinion – what’s best about Leesburg, Loudoun County and our country. Freedom Park – just off the Dulles Greenway on the South side of Town …

The Grim Reaper and the Great Barrier

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(to be presented to the Board of Supervisors in January) “The recent frequency and intensity of mass coral bleaching are of major concern, and are directly attributable to rising atmospheric greenhouse gases.” [1]

Pearl Harbor

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By Nicholas Reid Seventy-five years ago this December 7, to quote President Franklin D. Roosevelt, “the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” It will have been 75 …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

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Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

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Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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Calendar

January 2017
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December 26, 2016 December 27, 2016 December 28, 2016 December 29, 2016 December 30, 2016 December 31, 2016

Family New Year’s Eve Celebration

January 1, 2017

New Year's Day Musikabend

Restore & Renew

January 2, 2017 January 3, 2017 January 4, 2017 January 5, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

January 6, 2017 January 7, 2017

Core Purpose, Core Practice Yoga

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

January 8, 2017
January 9, 2017

AUDITIONS - SEUSSICAL

January 10, 2017 January 11, 2017

Beale Street Puppets: Dig Those Dinosaurs

January 12, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

January 13, 2017 January 14, 2017

THE IMMORTALS

January 15, 2017

Come Paint with Us at Breaux Vineyards

January 16, 2017 January 17, 2017 January 18, 2017

Virginia Opera: Deep River- The Marion Anderson Story

January 19, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

January 20, 2017

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

January 21, 2017

DANNY KNICELY CONCERT

January 22, 2017
January 23, 2017 January 24, 2017 January 25, 2017 January 26, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

January 27, 2017 January 28, 2017 January 29, 2017
January 30, 2017 January 31, 2017 February 1, 2017 February 2, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

February 3, 2017 February 4, 2017

CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

February 5, 2017
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Historian Rich Gillespie Speaks on Haunts on the Loudoun Landscape

12 Jan 2017

The Mosby Heritage Area Association announced an event in conjunction with the Purcellville Library on January 29, at 2:00 p.m,. which will feature Rich Gillespie, Historian Emeritus of the Mosby Heritage Area Association, speaking on the “Haunts on the Loudoun Landscape.” The stories are all from the personal experiences of long-time local historian and teacher Rich Gillespie, or from close …

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Help Joseph … and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

4 Jan 2017

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Blue Ridge Middle School’s PTO is seeking help with its drama department, working diligently on the production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamboat. The children in the show are enthusiastic and very talented. And, the school has a long history of first class productions with recent shows such as The Lion King, which won 11 National Youth Arts Awards …

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Remembering George Kakouras

4 Jan 2017

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Georgios “George” Evangelos Kakouras, of Purcellville passed away on December 22, 2016. Born on February 22, 1938 in Gorianades, Greece he was the son of the late Evangelos and Elizabeth Kakouras. Kakouras came to the United States from Greece in 1955 at the age of 17. He began working for his late uncle Nick Fragakis at the White Palace Restaurant …

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Editorial

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 …

Op-ed

Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

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– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

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– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

Dear Editor

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception

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We are a group of Loudoun County citizens who will be adversely affected if the board grants a special exception for the Catesby Farm property at your upcoming meeting. You …

It’s Our Right

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On December 6, the Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on a “Minor Special Exception” proposal we submitted earlier this year concerning our Catesby Farm property. Unfortunately, our limited …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm

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By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

Around Virginia

Office Building on Capitol Square To Be Named After Civil Rights Pioneer Barbara Johns

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Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the newly renovated state building located at 202 N. 9th Street on Capitol Square in Richmond (currently known as the 9th Street Office Building) will bear the name of civil rights pioneer Barbara Johns. The building, which reopened last year, houses the Virginia Attorney General’s …

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Rep. Comstock’s Key Top Priority Legislation Initiatives

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Signed into Law in Her First Term Rep. Barbara Comstock, who serves the 10th congressional district in Virginia, recently reviewed the achievements of her first term in office, identifying 17 legislative initiatives that she supported that were adopted. She said: “My staff and I have met with stakeholders, local elected …

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Man Killed Walking To Gas Station on I-95

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Virginia State Police Trooper M.J. Kryznefski is investigating a fatal pedestrian crash in Prince William County. The crash occurred at approximately 4:10 a.m., on Monday, December 26, on Interstate 95 near Exit 158B. Three males were traveling south on Interstate 95 when their Honda CRV ran out of gas. They …

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Sports

Woodgrove Grabs First at Glory Days

10 Jan 2017

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The Woodgrove Varsity Gymnastics took first place in the red division of the Glory Days Invitational at Park View High School on Saturday, January 7. Woodgrove competed against Rock Ridge, Potomac Falls, Loudoun Valley and Heritage high schools. Host team Park View came in first in the lower blue division. …

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Deadline Extended for Purcellville Sports Funding Application

4 Jan 2017

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The Town of Purcellville has extended the deadline to apply for the Annual Sports League Funding. The new deadline is January 9 at 5:00 p.m. Applicant organizations must serve the Town of Purcellville area, have citizens of the Town of Purcellville as players, and provide a letter to the Town …

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