Fluke Kills Horse and Injures Fans

March 27, 2009 Equestrian Comments Off on Fluke Kills Horse and Injures Fans

March 27, 2009

This year’s Piedmont Races at the Upperville Show Grounds ended in a way
no one could have expected.

It was no surprise that Quick Line led the field to the finish and crossed the line first: he won the Blue Ridge Races and came in second at Casanova earlier this season. But on Saturday the 13-year-old gelding suffered a ruptured aorta in the final second of the race and careened out of control as he crossed the finish line, trampling through a tailgate party.

Five spectators were injured; two were taken to Winchester Hospital, two were airlifted to Inova Fairfax Hospital, and one was treated at the scene. When the horse collapsed, jockey Noel Ryan was thrown through a fence.

Piedmont Equine Practice veterinarian Paul Diehl said that he knew the horse had suffered a heart attack as soon as it began to stagger. “He went down very quickly,” Diehl said. “I ran forty yards but he was already dead when I got there.”

Ryan and co-owner Julia Butcher were devastated by the horse’s death. They bought Quick Line in October and had recently taken him for a physical, which showed no health problems. But horses are vulnerable to sudden heart attacks just like people, according to Diehl. Ryan confirmed that last year he saw a horse drop dead playing polo.

Loudoun Fire and Rescue did not release the names of the victims, and as of this writing their condition is unknown.

Frank Raflo: 1919-2009

March 27, 2009 Loudoun County Comments Off on Frank Raflo: 1919-2009

March 27, 2009

Loudoun County lost one of its champions when Frank Raflo died on March 15 at the age of 89. His influence as a businessman, writer, and local politician spanned the second half of the twentieth century.

Raflo attended Leesburg High School and the College of William and Mary. He served two terms on the Leesburg Town Council, from 1949 to 1951 and from 1953 to 1955, and he was Leesburg’s mayor from 1961 to 1963. He also served fourteen years on the Board of Supervisors, from 1972 to 1986. During that time, Raflo ran a dress shop with his wife, Frances. It was the first store in Leesburg to accept credit cards. He also wrote a weekly column for the Loudoun Times Mirror and later for Leesburg Today.

Raflo is survived by his wife and two sons.

Taco Bell Rings Wrong

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March 27, 2009

I am very confused.

Over the years I have lived in Williamsburg, Quantico, and Arlington. [And, since it seems to be a needed qualification to comment on this topic, I am an Eagle Scout.] When looking for a change, we researched Loudoun County. Leesburg had such beautiful historic appeal but eventually we chose to settle near Purcellville. We were captivated by the vibrant, yet small town feel of the 21st Street shops, Nichols Hardware, the White Palace, Magnolia’s at the Mill, and the town’s Train Station / Community Center. We appreciate the fact that this area did not subscribe to the fairy tale that fast food restaurants were really healthy alternatives to a balanced meal or a destination restaurant. … Continue Reading

Sheriff Probes Leesburg Murder

March 27, 2009 Loudoun County Comments Off on Sheriff Probes Leesburg Murder

March 27, 2009

Sheriff Steve Simpson will meet with residents of the Potomac Station neighborhood near Leesburg Thursday night to address their concerns in the aftermath of a violent attack that left one man dead and his wife in critical condition on Sunday.

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Hill Tom Robbed Again

March 27, 2009 Our Towns Comments Off on Hill Tom Robbed Again

March 27, 2009

Last Thursday, for the second time in little more than three weeks, a gunman robbed Hill Tom Market in Hillsboro. The sheriff reports that a man entered the store at around 7:45 p.m., brandished a gun, and demanded money from the cashier. A surveillance video shows the man wearing a camouflaged hunting hood, dark pants and a blue jacket. … Continue Reading

Springdale Owners File Suit

March 27, 2009 Loudoun County Comments Off on Springdale Owners File Suit

March 27, 2009

The unanimous decision by the Board of Supervisors rejecting the special exception for a Montessori school at Springdale near the Village of Lincoln apparently didn’t settle the matter.

Benny and Jane Nordahl, owners of the Springdale property, are suing the county, contending that the board was swayed by pressure from neighbors.

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Farms or Schools in Wheatland?

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March 27, 2009
Guest Opinion
by Chip Planck, Wheatland Vegetable Farms

The never-ending effort of Loudoun County to protect its rural character from the effects of growth is playing out currently in the Wheatland area. There, at the corner of John Wolford Road and Route 287, the School Board has contracted to buy a site for multiple schools. Just south of that stretch of John Wolford Road, and west of 287, lie 400 acres of farmland. On that land is a diverse concentration of the adaptive, competitive agriculture that planners and politicians have hoped for years would evolve so that farming could hold its own with other land uses. … Continue Reading

Passion Play Returns

March 27, 2009 Our Towns Comments Off on Passion Play Returns

March 27, 2009

Local churches and businesses will present the 23rd annual Loudoun Passion Play on Sunday, April 5. This historical reenactment includes live animals and actors in period costumes who interact with the audience. The play will be staged at the intersection of East A Street and Yaxley Drive in Purcellville at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 5. Admission is free. For additional information visit www.loudounpassionplay.org.

Bicyclist Advocacy Group Seeks Input

March 27, 2009 Loudoun County Comments Off on Bicyclist Advocacy Group Seeks Input

March 27, 2009

BikeLoudoun is a new bicycle advocacy group whose mission is to achieve a safe, comprehensive network of bikeways throughout the county. It believes that the goal can be reached if recommendations contained in the Loudoun County Bicycle and Pedestrian Mobility Master Plan are implemented by the county.

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Harmony Reaches Out To Community

March 27, 2009 Schools Comments Off on Harmony Reaches Out To Community

March 27, 2009

The Harmony Intermediate School Special Needs Department hosted an informational night for parents last month, and covered the following topics: Test Vocabulary for Parents; Transition: Planning and Resources; Improving Your Child’s Self Esteem; Improving Reading Skills at Home; All About CE Monroe Vocational and Technical Center; and Improving Study Skills at Home. Due to an overwhelmingly positive response from parents, the Special Education Department plans to host another informational evening in the fall.

LCVA Offers Scholarships

March 27, 2009 Loudoun County Comments Off on LCVA Offers Scholarships

March 27, 2009

The Loudoun Convention & Visitors Association invites applications for the LCVA Scholarship Fund from high-school seniors who reside in Loudoun County and who will graduate in 2009 with the goal of pursuing a career in the hospitality field. The LCVA intends to present four $4,000 scholarships this year, payable over two years in $2,000 increments.

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Agro-Depot Lends a Hand

March 27, 2009 Business, Columns, View From the Ridge Comments Off on Agro-Depot Lends a Hand

March 27, 2009
By Mark Dewey

This morning’s news left me pondering two different kinds of value, real and false—or maybe it’s two different kinds of people.

I read that Obama decided to give bankers $2 trillion to cover their bad debts—not all bankers, just the ones that tried to make money out of nothing and wound up making this economic disaster instead—and in response investors bought so many stocks that the Dow Jones average rose seven percent in one day. No real value grows that fast.

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Hospice Presents Series at Carver

March 27, 2009 Loudoun County, Our Towns Comments Off on Hospice Presents Series at Carver

March 27, 2009

Blue Ridge Hospice will sponsor three programs open to the public at Purcellville’s Carver Center during April.

On Thursday, April 2, manager of Blue Ridge Hospice’s counseling services, April Lubkemann, will present “When Loss Hits Home: Exploring Different Ways of Grieving.”

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2016 Energy Summit – George Washington University


On Friday evening, October 28, George Washington University, Virginia Campus in Ashburn will host the 10th annual Don Sandros Energy Summit in cooperation with local businesses and non-profits. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for a reception with wine donated by …

Attributing Disaster


“Humans are likely to create a catastrophe, and possibly an associated disaster, that vastly exceeds our own ability to recover from it. In the face of all our efforts, it will persist.” – Richard Guthrie [1] “Here we show that …

Concerned Parent


By Michael Oberschenider Psy.D. Dr. Mike, We recently signed our four-year-old daughter up for gymnastics. It wasn’t cheap, but her friends from the neighborhood do it, and she has been begging us to go. It turned out to be a …

Invisible Illnesses

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By Mary Rose Lunde It is general knowledge that when people think about illnesses, they don’t think about illnesses that aren’t physically apparent. Sure, people know about conditions such as multiple sclerosis and other diseases with visible symptoms, but many …

Robinson Park

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Looking back, now – I’m glad it wasn’t what most people would’ve considered a nice day; I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my share of hot and sunny to last me for at least a generation (especially since …

Are Your Estate and Financial Plans Shock-Proof?


Don’t wait until “what if?” becomes “what is.” Where will you live as you age? Think about your housing options now, so you have choices and won’t have to make a hasty decision should an unexpected health event force you …

In Defense of ‘Adulting’


By Samuel Moore-Sobel Most friends transitioning from college to the workforce long for the days of college, wishing to be back in class and participating in campus life. To be honest, I may be in the minority, but I have …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016


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


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


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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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 27, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

October 1, 2016

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

October 2, 2016
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Virginia Outdoors Foundation 50 years of Conservation Celebration

October 9, 2016
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Barefoot Puppets: Dreamtime, Tales From Down Under

October 13, 2016 October 14, 2016 October 15, 2016

Loudoun Centre Theatre: The Scamps Of Scapin!

October 16, 2016

Harvest Celebration & Fall Farm Tour


October 17, 2016 October 18, 2016 October 19, 2016 October 20, 2016 October 21, 2016

Anthony Semiao Live at North Gate Vineyard


October 22, 2016 October 23, 2016

Come Paint with us at Breaux Vineyards

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October Fourth Friday

October 29, 2016

2 Pound Sterling Live at North Gate VIneyard

October 30, 2016

Music With A Cause - Music of Colonial America

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OysterFest at North Gate Vineyard

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Veteran’s Day 10k Raises Funds for Veteran Causes

13 Oct 2016


On November 6, the Loudoun County Road Runners Club will again conduct the annual Loudoun 10K Trail Race in order to raise funds for veteran causes. Since it’s origin in 2011, the trail race has generated more than $90,000 with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to veteran’s charities, specifically Boulder Crest Retreat and Pets for Vets.

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FBRM Clean-Up Day at Blue Ridge Regional Park

6 Oct 2016


Join Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains for an Autumn clean-up to remove invasive vegetation from Blue Ridge Regional Park on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Some tools and equipment will be provided, but please bring your clippers, pruning shears, or saws if you can. Directions: From Leesburg, drive west on Route 7 past the turnoff …

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Painted Barrel Auction Saturday, October 8

6 Oct 2016


The Auction for The Painted Barrels around Purcellville will be held on Saturday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m at the Bush Tabernacle – 250 S. Nursery Ave. Purcellville. Thirty-Five local Loudoun County artists were given an oak wine barrel to create a Purcellville / Loudoun theme on it. Each barrel was sponsored by a local business and was displayed throughout …

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Grief and Greed


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 …


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


– 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


– 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

New Proposed Uses for Western Loudoun

Loudoun County Seal Color

If you live in the middle or western part of Loudoun where you enjoy a parcel of open space near your property (which probably was put into an open space …

Bennett Knows How To Make Economy Work for All


In the election for the 10th District House seat, only one candidate has a more than three decades of success growing a local business. As the owner of a successful …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm


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 …

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


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


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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Hunter’s First Professional Race

7 Sep 2016


Drew Hunter and Loudoun Valley classmates at his first professional race, Sir Walter Miler in Raleigh, NC in early August , l to r:  Marcos Pierce, Matt Slook, Drew Hunter, Max McNerney. Hunter finished with a time of 3:57.15. Hunter turned professional and signed with Adidas.

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Let’s Make Some Memories

3 Aug 2016


American Legion Baseball At Fireman’s Field, August 3 – 7 By Andrea Gaines American Legion Baseball is here at Fireman’s Field in a big way, featuring five consecutive blockbuster Mid-Atlantic Tournament games – August 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Our local Leesburg Post 34 Rangers had some nice wins …

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