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Blue Ridge Leader News – July 17, 2011

July 17, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader Tim Jon with BRLN Comments Off on Blue Ridge Leader News – July 17, 2011
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The Line of Duty

You might want to keep a local peace officer in your thoughts and prayers, after a crash this past week in eastern Loudoun. A Police Sergeant for the Northern Virginia Community College sustained serious injuries as a van struck his cruiser on Thursday afternoon; the impact occurred at the Route 7 intersection as the officer sped to a fire call at an off-campus location.

According to witness reports at the scene, the other, westbound motorist had a green light, and perhaps missed seeing the police car due to a blind spot; the collision damaged the driver’s side of the officer’s cruiser and nearly pushed the vehicle into a ditch along the roadway.

Emergency medical personnel transported the injured Sergeant to Inova Fairfax Hospital; the accident shut down portions of Route 7 for several hours.

Now, as far as we understand, the officer was admitted with serious injuries; one of the local newspaper websites listed his condition as ‘stable’ this past Friday.

From my experience in dealing with medical communications personnel at regional hospitals, this is frustrating, because ‘stable’ is not really one of the several conditions for listing patients: they run from critical, then upgrade to serious, then upgrade to fair, then upgrade to good.

The word ‘stable’ merely indicates the relative normalcy of a patient’s vital signs; you can be in critical, but stable- serious, but stable- fair, but stable- or good, but stable.

And the communications people from the hospitals will dispute this- saying, “Oh, no- ‘stable’ is a condition.”

And, technically, they’re right- is IS a condition, but not one of the medical grades given to patients by the American Hospital Association’s advisories.

The word ‘stable’ is often used when attending physicians expect no immediate change in a patient’s vital signs; you may also reasonably expect a patient described as ‘stable’ to continue in recovery.

Apologies for the minutia, but it’s damnably frustrating for the media to report on an important story and have something as oblique as ‘stable’ offered as quasi-information from medical spokespeople.
The tactic often removes any semblance of timeliness or credibility from a story.

The upshot is: I’d like to think that this local Police Sergeant will continue recovering, loved ones by his side, and soon return to work.

I’d also like to think that we’ll ALL be just a bit more alert to situations like the lights and sirens of an emergency vehicle as it passes through an intersection.

Not Done

Well, it looks like we have a dog thief in our neighborhood; the residence where local authorities recovered a stolen Jack Russell Terrier lies not far from my own, and I hope the charges stick. The canine- named Oahu- went missing back in December- from the Friends of Homeless Animals shelter in Aldie.

Staff members from the facility followed up on a tip, and the Leesburg Police assisted with Loudoun County Animal Control- in getting the pooch’s microchip scanned; results showed that the dog was, indeed Oahu.

We heard that the individual who reportedly took the animal from the shelter wasn’t at home at the time of the recovery (Thursday), but that this person faces felony charges for the crime.

I think the lesson here should be: you don’t steal somebody’s dog- even if it’s temporarily homeless.

Left at the Door

I suppose by now you’ve heard about the arrests made on the two Warrenton women in connection with some parcel thefts in Ashburn; perhaps, since my ‘day’ job is rural carrier for the US Postal Service, I can shed a bit of light on how all of this delivery stuff works- and save you a bit of trouble and strife. I’m often asked stuff like, “Why do I have to sign for this package?” or, “Why did my neighbor have to sign for his piece of mail, and I didn’t?”

Well, those are good, typical inquiries.

Signatures are required by the US Postal Service for all Registered and Certified Mail.


No ifs, ands or buts.

You also need to sign for things like ‘Signature Confirmation’ items.

Insured mail may- or may not- require a signature.

The brown label insured don’t- but the blue label items do require it.

You also need to sign for Express Mail- unless it’s been waived.

And, if you get something called ‘Restricted Delivery,’ you need to show a legal, picture ID in order to obtain that piece of mail.

It’s for your eyes only.

All the above items may be in package or letter form- anything from a huge box down to a letter.
Now, all this parcel business gets confusing, I’ll admit: we also have a lot of things in the category of ‘Delivery Confirmation’ which means you can track the delivery progress of that item- whether it’s a package or a mere letter.

If you’re concerned about getting something in a timely fashion, and want to be able to mark it’s progress, this is a good way to go.

If you’re concerned about the security of a parcel that’s dropped off at your door, there are several steps you can take.

Let your neighbors know that you receive stuff and ask them to keep an eye out for things- you can do the same for them.

You can also request that sensitive items are sent ‘Signature Confirmation,’ but then you need to be home at the time of delivery- or pick it up at the Post Office.

You can also let your Post Office know that all packages should be held at the Office for pick-up.

Or- let your carrier know that you’d like all parcels left in a specific place- maybe a special spot on your porch, or something like that.

An extra-large mailbox may also do the trick- you’d be surprised at how much some of those things will hold.

Now, the two suspects in those Ashburn parcel thefts face grand larceny charges; let’s hope the courts do the right thing and set an example for anyone else getting any bright ideas about this stuff.

I know the economy’s bad, but that’s not a good enough excuse to steal someone’s property.

Again- talk to your neighbors and watch out for each other.

And for those out in the ‘country,’ I can attest to the fact that a large dog- even a lazy, friendly one- is an excellent deterrent to someone coming onto your property.

Just remember that your mailman has to be just as careful around dogs as anyone else.

Off the Road

I’ll try to keep this one short: the only way that drivers in Northern Virginia can get a reasonable deal on using the Dulles Greenway- the 14-mile divided toll road from Leesburg to the Airport- is to stop using it for awhile. Let me repeat: the ONLY way that motorists around here can get any leverage in the argument of prices on the Dulles Greenway is to stay off the road.

Think about it.

Congressman Frank Wolf’s been talking about this for years, the Loudoun Supervisors have been complaining about it for years, drivers have been sounding off on it for years- but all of this is just so much talk; you have to remember- the real owners of the Greenway- the Macquerie Group- the parent company for TRIP II- is an Australian entity, and has no reason to bow down to a US Congressman or the Loudoun County Board.

But- if you get ’em where it hurts- the pocketbook- they may have to listen.

If all vehicles would avoid the Dulles Greenway for one month, I would wager that they’d be ready to talk pricing.

You have any idea how much money they rake in on a daily, weekly, monthly basis- with one-way tolls as high as $4.50/$5.25 for a two-axle vehicle?

I don’t know, either- but I’d say “A lot.”

I know it’d be painful, but how many years have we been talking about this- and paying highway-robbery prices?

Like I said, I want to keep this one short.

Let ’em Learn

Well, the US Federal Government may not be able to pay its debt, and the Commonwealth of Virginia may not be able to pay for road improvements in Loudoun County, but we can still demonstrate the existence of sheer American grit by supporting kids in needy families as they get ready for the next school year. The annual ‘School Supply Drive’ runs through the end of the month at participating retail stores and local community centers.

The effort takes sponsorship from Loudoun County Family Services: they ask donors to chuck in items for students’ use in the upcoming 2011-12 School Year.

Drop-off sites include local libraries and Giant Food stores.

What do they need?

Well, what does a kid use in school?

There ya go.

Danged if my Chihuahuas don’t want some attention,

-Tim Jon for the Blue Ridge Leader

Blue Ridge Leader News – July 10, 2011

July 11, 2011 by Tim Jon Tim Jon with BRLN Comments Off on Blue Ridge Leader News – July 10, 2011
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Rolling to Eternity

A late-night bike ride on Route 50 leaves tragic results for a Chantilly man, as well as fuel for the ongoing argument between users of two-wheelers versus cars. Authorities say that 29 year old Charles Blackford failed to use proper lighting on his bicycle, and that alcohol may have played a role in his decision to compete with vehicles around 11:30 this past Wednesday night.

Medical Officials at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital pronounced Blackford dead after he was struck by a Cadillac; this occurred after several other cars reportedly swerved to avoid the man on the bike.
The accident occurred in the westbound lanes of the Highway, near the Tall Cedars Intersection in South Riding.

Condolences to the man’s family and friends; I would extend similar sympathies to the individual whose vehicle impacted the bicyclist.

This isn’t the time and place to debate the rights of bikers on Loudoun’s roadways, but I will issue a plea for the use of as much common sense as possible in a County which sees high numbers of stressed commuters- often thrust into the same space with those who enjoy healthy recreation.
I see it every Saturday morning on Dry Mill Road, although the number of people on their way to work isn’t at quite the level you’d expect on Route 7 during weekday rush hours.

I think Einstein or one of those guys proved that only one piece of matter can occupy a single piece of space at any one given time.

You don’t need that level of IQ to see the potential for object displacement on our local roadways.

Enough said.


There’s not much room for debate over the arrest of a local child-care worker- in custody for taking indecent liberties with the youngsters in his care. Leesburg Police arrested 23 year old Brad Minor in connection to two separate incidents involving children under his care at Chesterbrook Academy.
The School terminated their relationship with the suspect; they conducted criminal background checks prior to his hire, and confirmed a clean legal record.

His arraignment- at last report- was scheduled for Monday morning; the cases concern two four-year-old children.

The mere reading of the story in local papers leads most of us to try, and convict, Minor many times over in our minds; one note of caution in this situation: how would one- IF innocent- prove such is the case?

I’m just sayin.’

On a Rail

And, many of us- no doubt- feel like prosecuting the Airports Authority over the Dulles Rail situation, what with the escalating price tag, plans for an expensive airport terminal station, potential toll schedule to pay for the thing, and a seeming disconnect with the locality itself. Let’s see, over just the past week or so, we’ve witnessed a reduced price recommendation on the project- from the US Secretary of Transportation, dismissal of a citizens’ lawsuit over the increase of tolls on Dulles Toll Road (allowed, at the time, by the Commonwealth Transportation Board), and a commitment from the State to kick in an extra $150 million on the rail project.

And, if I remember correctly, the US Transportation Secretary- Ray LaHood- is NOT a member of MWAA- the Metro Airports Authority, and they may- or may not- take his billion dollar price reduction proposal into consideration.

On the subject of the failed lawsuit over the toll increases, I’d refer to the Bob Dylan song where he intones: Steal a little and they throw you in jail; steal a lot and they make you a King.”

And, on the $150 mil from the state- how much $ do you think Northern Virginia’s been shelling out to the Commonwealth ever since Dulles Airport helped make this region the place to do business?
I still think the train idea is a good one, and I still think MWAA is the right group to oversee its construction; I just hope that we all can afford to ride the darn thing, after paying for the umpteen schools and public safety needs- and the tolls, in order to pay for its installation.

Some Worship

According to local authorities, the man accused of burglarizing a local church has been busy; the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office says that Brent Morgan- suspected in the crime at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in Leesburg, late last month- performed similar sins- a couple of weeks earlier- at Arcola Methodist Church. He faces felony charges in these incidents; Morgan remained- at last word- in jail in Fairfax County- on unrelated charges.

Do you think he has a prayer?

Too Much Fun

We can make even less sense of the recent vandalism at a local public facility; the Sheriff announced property damage at the waste water treatment plant in Hamilton- the crime occurring in the early morning hours of this past Wednesday. An unknown person or persons gained access to the site along West Virginia Avenue- through a faulty fence- and performed acts of destruction on several vehicles: pickups, a dump truck and a front end loader and backhoe.

It’s a pretty secluded area back there- about a block and a half north of Business Route Seven as it passes through Hamilton- not many residences in close proximity, with lots of greenery; I can see how somebody could have gotten in there and had their way with those implements.

I wouldn’t hold your breath waiting for an arrest on this one.

Hope I’m wrong.

Build ’em- or Leave ’em

Well, it’ll be Yes, or No- come November- on school construction. The Loudoun Supervisors lumped the projects into one- $169 million- question for the upcoming decision for local voters.

The money concerns four new school projects- as well as renovations on an existing facility.

The theory’s always been similar to the “Hang together, or hang separately” adage; local soothsayers on this issue believe that school bonds have a tendency to weather the storms of voter approval a bit better if they pool their resources, and I guess I’d have to agree.

We can’t pick and choose individual projects at the ballot box, so we generally support the whole package.

This money- incidentally- would foot the bill for three new schools in the rapidly-growing Ashburn area- elementary, middle and high- and an elementary facility for Moorefield; renovations would come at Park View High School as well- pending approval.

Now, it’s up to us; as many local politicians have said to me: “Vote early and vote often.”

I don’t think they meant on the same day.

Like a Tale of Daniel Boone

And, I would have to agree, that sometimes things in Loudoun County can get to be just un-BEAR-able. Hard to resist that one, after reports of a black bear sighting just up the hill from Leesburg the other day.

Animal Care and Control responded to a call this past Thursday- for one of the critters along Sydnor Hill Court- off Woodburn Road- west of Town.

Difficult to believe, sometimes, that we live in a County which encompasses items like Dulles Airport, the Howard Hughes Medical Research Center, Dulles Town Center, the Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets, Orbital Sciences, AOL- all that stuff- and we still have the biology needed to support a population of wild black bears.

I’ve never seen one here- despite my job as a rural carrier for the Post Office, out of Purcellville.
I’ve notched sightings of bald eagles, wild turkeys, turtles, red and gray foxes, owls, hawks, and the ubiquitous whitetail deer, but no ursus americanus.

I guess I’ll just have to bear it a while longer.

Little Eden

I neglected to report my first tomato harvest on June Sixth; my red beets look phenomenal, I’ve got good prospects for lots of habenero and jalapeño peppers, nice zucchini, great leaf lettuce- and, hey- anybody want some cucumbers?

Tim Jon for the Blue Ridge Leader

Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, July 3, 2011

July 3, 2011 by Tim Jon Tim Jon with BRLN Comments Off on Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, July 3, 2011
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So- how far does $700K in absconded funds get you (evidently not far enough to evade the law, in this case)? Local courts sentenced a man to a year behind bars for embezzling just that much from an area charity organization.

Eun Tae Lee had been serving as chief administrative officer for a missionary firm called Seed International of Sterling; now, he’ll be serving 12 months in prison for using their hard-earned money for living the high life.

He evidently started channeling the religious organization’s funding for personal use after gaining control of their bank accounts in April of last year; his expenditures reportedly include $100K on a vehicle (A HUNDRED GRAND FOR A VEHICLE?) and a second- rented- home. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – June 26, 2011

June 26, 2011 by Tim Jon Tim Jon with BRLN Comments Off on Blue Ridge Leader News – June 26, 2011
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For Bill

Former Purcellville Mayor Bill Druhan deserves a better eulogy than I can write in this hastily-scribbled Sunday-morning news story; nevertheless, I need to condole those close to him, and those who perhaps never knew him, in light of his passing this last Friday morning. Bill lost his fight with pancreatic cancer just short of his 62nd birthday; I tried to drive quietly as my Saturday morning duties brought my truck past the Druhan home on the 500 block of South Maple Avenue.

I probably hadn’t seen Bill in at least a few years- probably not since the last time I caught one of his appearances before the County Board when I was still serving as News Director for Wage Radio (up until the spring of 2007); … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, June 19, 2011

June 19, 2011 by Tim Jon Tim Jon with BRLN Comments Off on Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, June 19, 2011
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False- Unfathomable- Alarm

A whole lot of nothing; fortunately, that’s what authorities reportedly found in the car and backpack of the man apprehended in Arlington National Cemetery during the wee hours this past Friday- but the incident did cause significant traffic delays during the ensuing morning commute around the Pentagon. The apprehended suspect- twenty-two year old Yonathan Maleku- is also the same man implicated in the vandalism of several cars at a Leesburg apartment complex in May; in addition to that, he’s a decorated lance corporal in the Marine Reserves.

Why he was making a tour of Arlington National Cemetery at one o’clock on Friday morning, with a backpack full of miscellaneous items, why he fled officers who approached him, and why he told his captors he possessed explosive-making materials- remain unanswered; his behavior caused authorities to deem it necessary to locate the man’s vehicle and make a search of it- shutting down some of the major commuter arteries around the Pentagon until they sounded the ‘all clear’ on the suspect vehicle. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, June 12, 2011

June 12, 2011 by Tim Jon Tim Jon with BRLN Comments Off on Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, June 12, 2011
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No Joke

Do your family (especially the little kids) a huge favor: pick a really hot day- say around 100 degrees or so, and drive to one of those big box department store parking lots- but don’t go inside; for this lesson, pick a nice, sunny spot out in the middle of nowhere, roll up the windows, switch off the ignition, and just sit there.

“No air conditioning?”

No air conditioning, no cold drinks, no nothing.

Check your watch- now try to hold out for 20 minutes or so.

Pretty uncomfortable, huh? … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, June 5, 2011

June 5, 2011 by Tim Jon Tim Jon with BRLN Comments Off on Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, June 5, 2011
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Leave it Alone

Don’t do it to yourself, your family, or the people in the oncoming car; it’s what authorities said witnesses alluded to after that fatal crash on Route Nine over Memorial Weekend. State Police announced that the victim- 36-year-old Satish Malavarum of Ashburn seemed to be ‘preoccupied with an electronic device’ as his Toyota crossed over the centerline into the lane of an oncoming car driven by a couple from Vienna (they both sustained serious injuries, while Malavarum was pronounced dead at the scene).

Heartfelt condolences extend to the victim’s family and friends; I say the best way to honor his memory is to keep both hands on the wheel while we’re on the road. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, May 29, 2011

May 29, 2011 by Tim Jon Tim Jon with BRLN Comments Off on Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, May 29, 2011
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Remembering the Day

Selflessness, dedication, and bravery; I’m waging that those and similar words will be used- quite effectively, in most instances- not only across Loudoun County on Monday May 30, but from coast to coast in our United States. Having attended numerous Memorial Day Observances in both Sterling and Leesburg over the past 15 years or so, I can highly recommend these events to anyone interested in boosting their patriotism, or gaining reassurance during times of a loved one’s deployment, or taking the opportunity to mix with local citizens of like values.

You know, over the past year, we’ve heard lots of politicians and many of their constituents talk about tearing this country apart over some relatively trivial matters- like babies fighting over a prize rattle; well, from seeing the importance placed in the unity of this nation, at observances just like the ones scheduled for tomorrow in Leesburg, Sterling, Purcellville, Lovettsville and elsewhere, I can assure you that our country possesses great force and great spirit with which to maintain itself. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, May 22, 2011

May 22, 2011 by Tim Jon Tim Jon with BRLN Comments Off on Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, May 22, 2011
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Would You- for $10,000?

So- think about it: would you risk a stint in prison and losing your respect in the community- for less than $10,000? That seems to be the argument for the defense in the case against a prominent member of the Town of Middleburg.

Editor for the Middleburg Eccentric Newspaper- Dee Dee Hubbard received indictments on over a dozen counts from a Grand Jury, and faces a judge for setting of a trial date this coming week.

Now- she’s accused of diverting a series of checks -meant for her property management client- into her own account at Middleburg Bank; her attorney blames the financial institution. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, May 15, 2011

May 15, 2011 by Tim Jon Loudoun County, News, Tim Jon with BRLN Comments Off on Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, May 15, 2011
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Into the Light

An attempt to cross a busy Ashburn street at dusk leaves an eight-year-old boy dead, and his mother recovering from serious injuries. Beshoy Shokr and his 29-year-old mother were struck by a car while trying to walk across Farmwell Road on Monday night at the Ashburn Village Boulevard intersection; authorities say the motorist had just gone through a green light and was under the speed limit.

Medical personnel transported the victim’s surviving mother- Eman Thabet- to Inova Fairfax Hospital. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News for Sunday, May 8, 2011

May 8, 2011 by Tim Jon Loudoun County, News, Tim Jon with BRLN Comments Off on Blue Ridge Leader News for Sunday, May 8, 2011
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The Big One

So- how do you feel? You know- about the death of Osama bin Laden?

This seemed to be the topic of conversation among the folks with whom I rubbed shoulders this week.

Some were jubilant, patriotic, satisfied- others were in literal disbelief: rumor-mongering about the event, expressing doubt that the murderous terrorists was actually dead- or that he was taken out by US troops; others I witnessed displayed a more ambivalent attitude- perhaps skeptical of what this all means- and maybe wondering just how we should feel about this.
I even had one co-worker instruct the rest of us as to just how we should feel about this event (this same co-worker also chastised the President for his ‘lackluster reaction’ to the whole thing). … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, May 1, 2011

May 1, 2011 by Tim Jon Loudoun County, News, Tim Jon with BRLN, Uncategorized Comments Off on Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, May 1, 2011
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Two Kids, Really

Sounds like the local Sheriff’s Office may- or may not- have a solid lead on the whereabouts of a missing teenager- and her daughter- reported missing earlier this past week. Investigators from Loudoun hope to gain information on 17 year old Glenda Ester Reyes-Hernendez and her two year old toddler- Kimberly- from authorities working in Cary, North Carolina.

Glenda’s mother reported the two missing from their home in Sterling this past Tuesday; they evidently left on the Saturday prior to their disappearance.

The Sheriff issued a description of the 17 year old mother: a white female of 5′ 2” at 180 pounds, with curly shoulder-length black hair; two-year-old Kimberly stands 2′ 6” and weighs 30 pounds, with curly black hair. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, April 24, 2011

April 25, 2011 by Tim Jon Loudoun County, News, Tim Jon with BRLN Comments Off on Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, April 24, 2011
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Tangled Tracks

Dulles Rail is on its way, like it or not (never really thought we’d put it that way, but hey); the powers that be putting in the new train system to Loudoun have irked state and local leaders over the expense of the Airport station, and a major metro-style community has started to spring up along the future line in Ashburn. The Loudoun County Board still hopes to pressure the Airports Authority to change its mind about the underground terminal configuration- reportedly a $300-some million point of contention; they want the MWAA decision-makers to make their points before a regional oversight panel- the Dulles Corridor Advisory Committee, which monitors the rates charged on the Dulles Toll Road, among other things (Those tolls are a prime source of funding for the train system, and you’ll recall a recent lawsuit filed against MWAA over those charges). … Continue Reading

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October 2015
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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Painting with Penny - Fall Style


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

Historic Wheatland Farm to Mark New Milestone with Opening of State-of-the-Art Equestrian Center at Annual Gala Event


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show



Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Fall Festival by Joshua's Hands


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

Lovettsville Fire and Rescue Open House

Finding Music in the Barns of Lovettsville

Moon Music


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Main Street Theater Production - THE WIZARD OF OZ


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

Spooktacular October Leesburg Sing-Along



Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson




Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show



Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Art in the Foothills



Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

Art in the Foothills

Main Street Theater Production - THE WIZARD OF OZ


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show



Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show



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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015


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 sessions June 4, 11 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. at town hall for the proposed sweeping zoning changes. These major …

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Good Government Reinforces the Family – Another Perspective

4 Oct 2015


By Malcolm Baldwin Who can disagree with the title to Dave LaRock’s September article in the Blue Ridge Journal – “Good Government Reinforces the Family”? But sadly he largely misunderstands what government has done and ought to do for such reinforcement. Many of his prescriptions would harm families while others would forestall any improvement in family conditions. His conclusions become …



Winner of 2015 Hillsboro Heritage Day Contest Announced

7 Oct 2015

2015 Hillsboro Heritage Day Poster-2

The Hillsboro Community Association and the Town of Hillsboro have announced the winner of the 2015 Hillsboro Heritage Day Poster Contest, Kelley Wills. Ms Wills has a B.A. in Studio Art and is working as a graphic designer in Northern Virginia. This year’s Hillsboro Heritage Day has a Colonial theme and is part of the Fall Farm Tour. Come enjoy …

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Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company to host Open House October 17

4 Oct 2015

Loudoun County Fire Rescue

LVFC Opens Its Doors to Meet and Greet Firefighters, for Education and Fun to Kick off National Fire Prevention Week The Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company (LVFC) has rescheduled their annual Fire Prevention Open House to Saturday, October 17, from noon – 4:00 p.m. at Fire Station 20, located at 61 Plaza Street, NE. Due to the impending hazardous weather, the …

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Sponsors and Participants Needed for 10K Race To Benefit Boulder Crest

30 Sep 2015


On November 8 the Loudoun Road Runners Club will once again conduct the annual Loudoun 10K Trail Race at scenic Camp Highroad located outside Middleburg to benefit Boulder Crest Retreat and the courageous wounded warriors it serves. Boulder Crest Retreat is a privately funded rural wellness center dedicated exclusively to improving the physical, emotional and economic wellbeing of these returning …

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Wild Loudoun

Dragonflies – To See Is To Believe

7 Aug 2015


Shadow Darner. Unicorn Clubtail. Black Shouldered Spinyleg. Blue Dasher. Ebony Jewelwing. Calico Pennant. Sanddragon. Their names conger up some magical place inhabited by devils and demons, elegant queens, daring lovers – creatures you would need to see with your own eyes to believe really existed. But, each of these, including the Calico Pennant, is actually one of the most common …

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Around Virginia

Governor McAuliffe Announces Tourism Revenues Topped $22.4 billion in 2014


Statewide data shows increase of 4.1 percent compared to 2013 Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia’s tourism revenues topped $22.4 billion in 2014, a 4.1 percent increase over 2013. In 2014, tourism in Virginia supported 216,949 jobs, an increase of nearly 700 jobs to the previously reported forecast estimate of …

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Good Government Reinforces the Family


By Delegate Dave LaRock Working as the elected Delegate for the 33rd House District has renewed my understanding of the value of a strong family. After decades of raising my family of mom, dad, and seven children and building my family’s business, which provided countless opportunities for mom, dad and …

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Governor McAuliffe Launches Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship


Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed Executive Order 47 establishing the Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship, which shall be responsible for coordinating and implementing youth entrepreneurship initiatives and fostering the growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem for young people in Virginia. “The foundation of the new Virginia economy rests on the strength …

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ODFC Quest Wins Dulles National Soccer Tournament

30 Sep 2015


The ODFC Quest U12 girl’s soccer team won their bracket during the 24th annual Dulles National Soccer Tournament at Moven Park in August. The team is based in western Loudoun and is coached by John Regan.  Photo (l-r): Back row: Delilah DeMark, Catherine Kelly, Mackenzie Shores, Maggie Sheridan. Middle: Hannah …

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Las Vegas Tournament Good for Loudoun Teams

2 Sep 2015


D1 Sports & Athletics 15U Spartan Elite Boys basketball team won the Gold Elite Championship out of 158 teams from across the country at the Bigfoot Hoops Las Vegas Classic on July 26. D1SA Spartan Elite defeated Drive Bounce Elite from British Columbia, Canada, in the championship game with the …

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015


– By Andrea Gaines Loudoun County was heavily invested in the fight for independence from Great Britain. Loudouner Francis Lightfoot Lee was one of 56 delegates to sign the Declaration of Independence. More Loudouners served in General George Washington’s army than any other county in Virginia, and the county’s enormous …

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Mary Rose Lunde

Prepare for the Plague

30 Sep 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde This is not a bubonic plague epidemic like in ancient history, thankfully. No, this is just a common cold that hybridizes into something that can turn a student’s life into a living hell. Known at Virginia Tech as the Blacksburg Plague, this cold is the breaking …

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Sarah's Closet

Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015


– By Sarah Nearis Look at these sweet and summery pink blouses and tops. Don’t you want to try one on? Some women are afraid to wear pink, thinking it’s a bit too feminine. But, pink comes in such a wide variety of shades – from soft mauves to fuchsias …

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LaRock Stands Against McAuliffe’s Misplaced I-66 Priorities

4 Oct 2015


Recently, Governor McAuliffe proposed imposing a $17 toll on I-66 inside the Beltway. Funds raised through this toll would pay for “alternative travel options”, such …

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Breweries in Residential Neighborhoods – Wrong Location

4 Oct 2015


I wanted your readers to be aware of a disturbing new trend in Loudoun County. While most of us support efforts to keep open space …

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Thank You Purcellville

7 Aug 2015

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I want to express my sincere appreciation for the outpouring of support by the local business owners and residents in relationship to my challenge to …

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