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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


 

 

 

 

Columns

Pie in the Face (with remarks from Ron Paul)

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“In any field, the establishment is seldom in pursuit of the truth because it is composed of those who sincerely believe that they are already in possession of it.” E. T. Jaynes. Everybody prefaces Bernie Sanders name with “pie in …

Asterisk No More

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Moods come and go, but greatness endures.” These prescient words were uttered by President George H.W. Bush, a man who knows firsthand the truth of his own saying. In 1992, President Bush garnered only 37 percent of …

Second Bull Run

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It may not have been a battle, but – seeing as how it was my second attempt at getting a good look at Bull Run Creek – coupled with the fact that I’m a native Northerner – I felt a …

Snowmageddon III?  Seven Survival Tips for Parents

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. “snOMG,” “snowmageddon,” “snowpocalypse,” and “kaisersnoze” are a few terms to describe what just happened in Northern Virginia. The storm was reported to be the second worst storm on record. And while many children and teens gladly …

What Is a Sport?

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By Mary Rose Lunde On January 10, hundreds of talented dancers from across the East Coast competed at the Universal Dance Academy Regional Championship at West Springfield High School. Tensions were high and the stakes couldn’t have been greater. What …

Six Things to Know to Weather a Market Downturn

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It’s natural to be nervous when the markets head for negative territory. Keep a positive perspective with these six investing reminders. It can be very unsettling for investors when their portfolios and the markets start heading for the red and …

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

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 …

Dear Editor

Job Well Done!

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Kudos to Town Manager Rob Lohr and his awesome hard working staff. You did a fantastic job of snow removal throughout the Town of Purcellville this past week. Mr. Lohr …

View From the Ridge

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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Calendar

February 2016
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Loudoun Valley Boys Basketball Spirit Night at Coach's Corner

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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5K Race to Benefit Riverside High School Athletic Department

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Chocolate & Cabernet

Sweetheart's Soirée at Breaux Vineyards

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Celebrate Valentine's Day at North Gate Vineyard

Gallery Coffeehouse: READERS THEATRE "LOVE LETTERS" BY A. R. GURNEY

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Mad Cap Puppets: UNDER THE BONSAI TREE

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

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CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT: Year Of The Monkey

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Loudoun Symphony presents A LITTLE CHAMBER MUSIC

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

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Breaux Vineyards February Fourth Friday

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THE EDGE: Malone Benefit Concert

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Loudoun School of Ballet Winter Showcase

Our Love is Here to Stay

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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Merlot Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

North Gate Vineyard Wine Dinner with Chef Sebastian Oveysi

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theatre, 100 Lunches" by Jack Sharkey & Leo Sears

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Lifestyle

Creation and Evolution in Native American Spirituality

9 Feb 2016

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In celebration of Evolution Weekend, an annual event led by clergy to encourage serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science, St. James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville has invited Roger and Deborah “Turtle” Swartz to guide a discussion of traditional Native American Spirituality and its wisdom in celebrating human relationship to the earth. In a …

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Run and Walk To Your Nearest 5K Pregame Event Happening on Super Bowl Day In Leesburg

3 Feb 2016

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There is a new Running Company, the Pace Makers Running Company, in town and they are on a mission to help the local population with their health goals while raising money for selected charities. The race at The National Conference Center in Leesburg on February 7, is to help benefit the Riverside High School Athletic Department. The upcoming race on …

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Lovin’ Leesburg for All Its Beauty

3 Feb 2016

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By Hannah Hager We may be in the thick of winter, but this home on Cherry Spring Lane will melt your heart. Come spring you’ll fully be able to enjoy this simple, yet elegant brick home and its surrounding green pastures enclosed by miles of black wooden fences. Beyond your immediate yard are sweeping views of the mountains and valleys …

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Around Virginia

Education Savings Accounts Make Big Move in House

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The Virginia House of Delegates gave a strong push to House Bill 389, Delegate Dave LaRock’s (R-33rd District) innovative Education Savings Account legislation, as the House Education Committee voted 13-9 in favor of advancing the bill forward. “This is definitely an exciting development for parents and students in the Commonwealth,” …

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Kaine to Hold Hearing on Opioid Abuse

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On Monday, February 1, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, will hold a field hearing in Loudoun County to examine the ongoing fight against opioid misuse and abuse among older Americans. Kaine has met with families, law enforcement and business leaders across Virginia …

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Youth Can Apply for 2015 Livestock Exhibitor Scholarships

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Youth who exhibited beef cattle, sheep, meat goats or swine in the 2015 State Fair of Virginia 4-H and FFA youth livestock program are eligible to apply for 12 new scholarships being offered by the State Fair of Virginia. Scholarships will be offered in three age groups: Juniors (9-12), Intermediate …

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Sports

Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016

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The Western Loudon Volleyball Club U14 boys team, called the “Hitmen,” finished second in a tournament held January 17. This is the first ever boys team for the WLVBC (and only the second boys club in the area). Coach Allan Kotmel led the seven-member team. WLVBC started eight years ago, …

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ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines

2 Dec 2015

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The Old Dominion Football Club West boys and girls middle school travel soccer program scored big the weekend of November 21 and 22.  The girls Quest Premier 22 team took home the championship in the U12 Girls Premier Division of the Hunt Country Classic located in Fauquier County. The boys …

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