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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

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 …

Early Returns: How U.S. Markets Reacted to the Presidential Election

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On November 8, 2016, Republican candidate Donald J. Trump won a closely contested election for president of the United States. Late on election night, when it became evident that Trump was likely to win, despite consistently trailing in the polls, …

America: Worthy of Our Trust

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel My friend and I sit in a bar near our office. He is upset, bags under his eyes due to lack of sleep. Thursday, our weekly night to meet is usually a happy hour filled with intellectual …

South Riding

South Riding

I should have known that this one would take me far from my contemplative, Zen-inspired comfort zone; after I’d traversed more construction projects than I wanted to tally, competed with hurried, coffee-driven commuters with no time for mere existence, and …

Support Group Help Needed

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Dr. Mike, My son was diagnosed with ADHD two years ago, and his pediatrician at that time recommended we try a social skills group for his “immaturity” and “impulsivity.” We did that, and our experience was horrible. The kids in …

The State of Corals

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(Presented to the Board of Supervisors December 6, 2016) “Events as severe as the 1998 event, the worst on record, are likely to become commonplace within 20 years.” – Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, 1999 [4] Tony Noerpel

Reply to Nicholas Reid – What is Science

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“The word “cult” has always been controversial because it is (in a pejorative sense) considered a subjective term, used as an ad hominem attack against groups with differing doctrines or practices, which lacks a clear or consistent definition.” “[Dogma] is …

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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Holiday Open House

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December 4, 2016

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Barrel Tasting Event Saturday

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Ugly Christmas Sweater Fad Keeps Growing

30 Nov 2016

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Since 2012, the Re-Love It consignment shop, at 138 N. 21st Street in Purcellville, has developed the reputation as the place to get your Ugly Christmas Sweater in the Metro D.C. area. In that time, Re-Love It has sold more than 3,000 vintage Ugly Christmas Sweaters.

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‘The Giver’ Comes To Franklin Park Arts Center

30 Nov 2016

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Geronimo Production Company’s Premier Show Geronimo Production Company is bringing another sort of Christmas play to Loudoun County. The Giver, based on Lois Lowry’s YA dystopian classic, will be premiering at Franklin Park Arts Center on December 8-11. “This show is perfect for Christmastime,” director Keaghan Wier said. “It focuses on displaying the value of family, love, and joy…. These …

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What Is Special To You about the Holidays?

30 Nov 2016

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By Amanda Clark Henry Carlson – Purcellville “For me, the holidays are about celebrating the connection you’ve got with your kin, listening to 50’s music, and staying warm!”

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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

History’s Holy Places: Four Local Sites Worth Exploring This Fall

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The Journey through Hallowed Ground is a 180-mile long, 75-mile wide trek from Gettysburg to Monticello, encompassing nine presidential homes and places, 18 national and state parks, and thousands of small and large historical sites. Dozens and dozens of these sites and related museums are short ride from just about …

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Land Trust Receives Large Donation

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On August 22, The Land Trust of Virginia received a $10,000 gift from the Sharon D. Virts Foundation, based in Herndon. The presentation of this grant was part of the Foundation’s official launch event, held at Selma Plantation in Leesburg. Notable speakers included Sharon D. Virts, FCiFederal Founder and Chair, …

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Farmers Urged To Be On The Lookout For Marijuana

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Farmers in Southwest Virginia are being urged to check their property for marijuana planted by trespassers. Within the past year, hundreds of marijuana plants have been discovered between rows of hay bales on farms in and around Pulaski County, according to the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force. “Unfortunately this …

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Sports

Accepting Applications for Sports League Funding

30 Nov 2016

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Purcellville is accepting applications from local organizations for its annual sports league funding program. Organizations must serve the Town of Purcellville area, have citizens of the Town of Purcellville as players, and provide a letter to the Town from the IRS confirming the organization’s tax exempt status in order to …

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Woodgrove High Student Will Pursue Track and Field at George Mason

30 Nov 2016

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Puneet Kaur of Woodgrove High School has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her track and field career at George Mason University. Kaur has held the school record in shot put since her sophomore year and is looking to throw shotput, hammer, discus and maybe even the javelin …

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