The History Club USO Dance

November 29, 2009 by Lauren Pichon News, Our Towns, Schools Comments Off on The History Club USO Dance
Photo courtesy of Kate Babcock.

Photo courtesy of Kate Babcock.

Each year, the Loudoun Valley History Club sends people flying through the air as they prepare for their annual USO Swing Dance, a dance set in the 1940’s to lift spirits before going off to war. “History clubbers” are taught East Coast Swing, a type of swing … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – November 29, 2009

November 29, 2009 by Tim Jon Loudoun County, News, Our Towns, Tim Jon with BRLN Comments Off on Blue Ridge Leader News – November 29, 2009

Budget- with giblets and gravy- a matter of thankfulness

Y’know, speakin’ of being grateful, folks in the County Seat can thank their lucky stars on one thing: as the county gets ready to go through its annual knock-down, drag-out budget rodeo during the appropriately hellish winter months, the powers-that-be in Leesburg … Continue Reading

Black Friday: Boom or Bust for Teens?

November 24, 2009 by Lauren Pichon News Comments Off on Black Friday: Boom or Bust for Teens?

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, so is the day after: Black Friday — the one day when most Americans rush to the mall to find the hottest bargains.  As the economy continues to struggle with recession, retailers are stepping up their marketing techniques in hopes of making a steady profit; for many stores this includes … Continue Reading

Lending a Helping Hand

November 24, 2009 by Michael Carter Loudoun County Comments Off on Lending a Helping Hand
Volunteer, Mackenzie Grimard, Mr. Philip Ward, Zach Gingras, Robin Dezagottis, Sam Beglau, Robert Carter, Michael Carter, Hana Thurman back: Mr. Scott Grimard, Mrs. Renee Hancher. (Courtesy of Janice Rees)

Volunteer, Mackenzie Grimard, Philip Ward, Zach Gingras, Robin Dezagottis, Sam Beglau, Robert Carter, Michael Carter, Hana Thurman. Back: Scott Grimard, Mrs. Renee Hancher. (Courtesy of Janice Rees)

On Saturday, November 21, 36 teenagers gathered at the St. Francis De Sales parking lot, before heading out to the surrounding community to rake leaves. These young Sunday school students, primarily eighth graders, were building up volunteer hours in order to make their confirmation, allowing them to be acknowledged as adults in the Catholic Church. The houses that were visited belonged to some of St. Francis’s senior parishioners, who would otherwise be left to tend to their yards alone. For some this would involve hours of work. The teenage volunteers, who were joined by ten adults, worked from one until five in the afternoon and were able to rake ten houses before leaving.

This is just one of many volunteer programs offered by St. Francis for those working towards confirmation, or who just want to lend a helping hand in the community. One of their biggest community service events takes place at the Volunteer Farm in Woodstock. There the volunteers prepare the fields and, in harvesting season, collect the produce from the farm, including potatoes, Lima beans, and peppers. The entire yield is sent towards local food banks. In December, the church will bring volunteers to Arlington Cemetery to lay Christmas reefs on the graves, one of the last volunteer opportunities for the year, honoring the deceased during the holiday season.

The volunteer events are organized by Janice Rees, the church’s coordinator of religious education, who has created many opportunities for the students to get their volunteer hours. While the events are church organized, they are not solely to benefit parishioners. In one community service event the volunteers bag lunches for poor families in Loudoun.

Though the church organized events make volunteer opportunities easier to find for some teenagers, there are still many secular service chances available to those who want to help support the community. The Blue Ridge Hospice and ReStore are two businesses in Purcellville that are always open to volunteer support and “Volunteer Loudoun” provides information about any local opportunities to volunteer.

Volunteering is a positive way to make an impact in the community and has personal benefits as well, including vast improvement to a college application for high school students. It is a great way to stay involved while helping out those in need.

Michael Carter is a student in his Junior year at Loudoun Valley High School and can be reached at msccarter@hotmail.com for any comments or questions.  Opinions are the sole responsibility of the author. Michael writes for his school newspaper “The Viking” and has also worked on “The Governor”, a summer news project. He is on his school’s cross country team and is active in his school’s student council.

Stop Sign Removal S. 32nd Street at Nursery Avenue

November 24, 2009 by Blue Ridge Leader Public Safety Comments Off on Stop Sign Removal S. 32nd Street at Nursery Avenue

As determined by the Town Council Infrastructure Committee Meeting on September 28, the stop signs for the northbound and southbound lanes of S. 32nd Street (690 S), at the intersection with Nursery Avenue, will be removed by the Town Maintenance Department. The new traffic pattern will be effective beginning November 30, 2009. Motorists should watch for signage along Nursery Avenue prior to the intersection warning of the new traffic pattern.

The speed limit along S. 32nd Street (690S) will remain 25 mph. The radar sign that currently warns motorists that they are exceeding the speed limit will be relocated.

Since We’re All Here: Short, Painless Family Traditions

November 22, 2009 by Meredith Bean McMath Columns Comments Off on Since We’re All Here: Short, Painless Family Traditions
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November 21, 2009

Holidays tend to come and go in a whirlwind. As they fly by at 80 mph, we hear phrases such as “Don’t forget the meaning of the—,” “Make special family time for—,” “Holiday traditions can—.” And most of us contemplate these phrases and give serious time to consider their full meaning and import… right around the time we’re wrapping up leftovers.

But holidays are a rare window of opportunity: holiday feasts are the one time we can usually count on most of the family in one place and in a festive mood. This is our chance! I have some great traditions you might want to add to the table. I promise they don’t take much time and the benefits could last for years.

BEFORE THE MEAL: Go around the table and asking everyone what they’re thankful for. In a rough economy, it’s never a bad thing to remind ourselves of how much we’ve been blessed, and psychologists tell us the exercise is very, very good for us (check out this article from Psychology Today).

Prepare yourself: someone at the table will answer seriously, another will toss off a joke. Who cares? There are no right answers here.

AFTER THE MEAL: Play a parlor game. What… you don’t think your great-grandparents knew how to have fun?

Try one of these on – one size fits all ages!

a. The Neighbor’s Cat – Go around the table and have each person describe the cat with an adverb from each letter of the alphabet, i.e., Aunt Edna starts with “The minister’s cat is an ANGRY cat,” and Jimmy, Jr. says, “the Minister’s cat is a BALD cat.” Now, if the crowd doesn’t like Neighbor’s Cat, try Neighbor’s Dog or Horse, and if someone states a word that does not begin with the correct letter or claims they’re stumped, they have to pay a forfeit.

FORFEIT: This is the fun part. A forfeit is any completely foolish task — like having to sing Happy Birthday to yourself with your nose pinched shut, or having to ask three people a question to which you can only answer “yes” or “no,” but you have to give the answer before they ask the question. Sky’s the limit here.

b. “If You Love Me, Honey, Smile” — Someone at the table is designated “It.” They have to ask anyone at the table “If you love me Honey, smile.” The person must reply, “I love you honey, but I just can’t smile” – but the rule is they can’t smile as they answer. “It” goes around until someone at the table cracks a smile. When they crack, they have to pay a forfeit.

c. 21 Questions — “It” thinks of a famous person or character. The players have 21 questions in which to find out who they are. “Are you alive?” “Are you female?” etc. If no one guesses, “It” gets to choose a forfeit and make the whole table pay it or the victim of their choice.

d. Endless Story – A “Master Time-keeper” is designated to hold a bell. Someone begins a story — any story with any characters — and they tell the tale for one minute, after which the Master Time-keeper rings the bell. The next person in the circle must immediately continue the story, even if it stopped in the middle of a sentence. Game continues until they come full circle. The person who began the tale will now have exactly one minute to come up with a successful ending which includes all the pieces of the story that have been described by all the various players. If he/she cannot wrap things up in one minute (or if the Master Time-keeper decides the summary was inadequate), they pay a forfeit to be determined by The Master Time-keeper.

So, how easy are these, right?

They’re all simple to incorporate and always worth the trouble. For more parlor games and forfeits, visit “Inquire Within” a webpage I created to produce Victorian Balls for living history programs. Every game in there has been tried and loved, believe me.

So give these (and others) a try. At the very most, you’ll wind up with some great new traditions. At the very least, you’ll have some great memories to laugh over as you wrap up those leftovers.

Blue Ridge Leader News – November 22, 2009

November 22, 2009 by Tim Jon Loudoun County, News, Our Towns, Tim Jon with BRLN Comments Off on Blue Ridge Leader News – November 22, 2009

Fatal Turn

A Middleburg man may face charges after a fatal car crash this week on Route 50. The impact killed a Centreville man- 69 year old Syan Trilochan-Singh.

Authoroties say Albers turned out of a private driveway and into the oncoming lane of the roadway; he and some juvenile passengers suffered non-life-threatening injuries from the crash.

Medical Personnel transported Trilochan-Singh to Inova Loudoun Medical Center in Leesburg, where he later … Continue Reading

Update: Sidewalk to Nowhere

November 22, 2009 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns, Uncategorized Comments Off on Update: Sidewalk to Nowhere

At the November 19 Board of Zoning Appeals meeting, in The Purcellville Room, the zoning commissioners voted unanimously to grant a variance to Warren and Carmen Howell. The Howells will not have to put in a sidewalk on their 8.5 rural acre property. A motion was made to require the Howells to show the right of way and reservation, for a sidewalk, on the subdivision plat. This will leave the area free just in case the area is ever developed.

The Howell’s property is on Allder School Road and plan to subdivide their property to build a retirement green-technology house . According to the county ordinance the Howells were required to put in a sidewalk along their property. Allder School Road is unpaved and the sidewalk would have been a 437-foot sidewalk on a gravel road, with no other sidewalks on the country road. Not even Mountain View Elementary School, further up the road, has a sidewalk on the side of their entrance. The 17 speakers who came to the meeting to voice their support for the Howell’s position, resoundingly echoed to use common sense and not force the Howells to put in an isolated sidewalk that is better suited to an urban development.

This marks an end to a year long time consuming and costly process.
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George Mason Winter Baseball Camps

November 21, 2009 by Blue Ridge Leader Uncategorized Comments Off on George Mason Winter Baseball Camps

Youth Infield Camp (Ages 7-13)
Thursday, December 17, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
This camp offers three hours of extensive infield and hitting instruction run by Mason Infield and Hitting Coach Kyle Werman. Coach Werman will cover the building blocks that make up a great infielder, including drills to improve your game both in the field and at the plate.

Youth Pitching Camp (Ages 7-13)
Thursday, January 14, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
This camp offers three hours of extensive pitching and hitting instruction run by Mason Pitching Coach Steve Hay. Coach Hay will cover pitching mechanics, grips, mental approach, as well as arm care and conditioning.

Fundamentals Camp (Ages 7-13)
Three sessions to choose from:
Tuesdays 12/15, 12/22, 1/5, and 1/12 – 6:30-8:00 p.m. or 8:00- 9:30 p.m.
Wednesdays 12/16, 12/23, 1/6, and 1/13 – 6:30-8:00 p.m. or 8:00-9:30 p.m.
Each 1 ½-hour session will be split between hitting and defensive instruction. The hitting instruction will focus on building a fundamentally sound swing from the ground up. Defensive instruction will include proper throwing mechanics and position-specific techniques and drillwork.

Infield and Catching Bootcamp (Grades 7-12)
Four Wednesdays: Jan. 20 – Feb. 10
Infield Bootcamp – 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Catching Bootcamp – 7:30-9:00 p.m.
This four-week defensive skills camp is run by Mason Coach Kyle Werman. Instruction is comprehensive and hands-on to ensure each player gets individualized attention to improve their game heading into the Spring season and beyond. Enrollment is limited to ensure a 4-1 player/coach ratio.

Hitting Camp (Ages 7-18)
Four Sundays: Jan. 24 – Feb. 14, 8:30-10:00 a.m.
This four-week hitting camp is designed to provide players the opportunity to receive quality hitting instruction and get plenty of swings in the weeks leading up to Spring tryouts.

Bill Brown Winter Camp (Grades 7-12)
Six Sundays, Jan. 3 – Feb. 14 (No Camp on Jan. 10)
Session I: 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Session II: 10:00a.m. – Noon
This six-week instructional camp is entering its 3rd decade and has been widely regarded as one of the top winter camps in the area. Held in our spacious Mason Fieldhouse and led by the entire Mason coaching staff, current players, and other top local instructors, this camp is a great way for players to improve their skills heading into high school tryouts and the spring season.

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Our Trip to Market Salamander

November 21, 2009 by Tim Jon Business, Dine With Us, Our Towns Comments Off on Our Trip to Market Salamander

Chef Todd guided us through a delightful sidewalk cafe market experience- all under the roof of a carefully crafted design- including a perpetual blue sky painted overhead (actually, a perfectly partly cloudy). We started at the ‘front’ of the shop- surrounded by an array of coffees ‘n other drink specialties- and some very tempting (and obviously homemade) cookies ‘n such. We proceeded to the kitchen area- offering sumptuous crab cakes, fresh-cooked greens and the piece de resistance- macaroni ‘n cheese- done in the spirit of Thomas Jefferson- surrounded by an aroma of a home-cooked pork dish. Turning around, we couldn’t help but notice the display of desserts- really more like little, individual, artistic creations for the (now slightly glazed) eye ‘n (now more than watering) palate. Mental notes were made to return at a later moment. Rounding the corner, we felt the jaws drop as our gaze met the assortment of cheeses ‘n sausages- each obviously picked for its individual characteristics of aroma, texture, and of utmost importance, taste. The final leg of the first floor consisted of yet one more stop: another row of shelves lined with countless goodies for home, office, party or any other suitable destination; crackers, condiments, sweet treats, international (and local) beers, cooking kits ‘n other items called to be included in one’s shopping basket- or perhaps a gift assortment for friend/family.

Now visually ‘n olfactorially satiated, we were invited upstairs to complete the journey; our ascent was rewarded with an impressive array of wines- literally from around the world- placed in a quiet, more private, loft setting (yet still offering window glimpses of the goings-on below).

The staff at Market Salamander carefully select each bottle- whatever the variety- to perfectly please the customer ‘n those at their table. Even this wine novice felt a touch of confidence in perusing the shelves (the customer doesn’t need to be the expert, because the Market folks are). We left the establishment in a rapture of sights, smells, friendly sounds- and promises of a return visit at the earliest opportunity!!!!

Enjoy a video tour of Market Salamander and an interview with Cheff Todd

Enjoy a photo tour of Market Salamander

The Stop at Goodstone

November 21, 2009 by Tim Jon Business, Dine With Us Comments Off on The Stop at Goodstone

Our trip to the Goodstone Inn near Middleburg was an exercise in hospitality. After a complete tour of the grounds (they have something like 260 acres), which included a short conversation with Oliver the Pig (a local rescue animal) and several views which were nothing less than stunning, our attention was drawn to the efforts around the kitchen. The layout for the Goodstone’s basically a lavishly refurbished historic estate- with guest rooms in what once were horse paddocks, cottages and even the Pre-World War II Manor House. The dining accommodations enjoy space in a more modern addition- built seamlessly into the existing ‘horse barn’ structures- with views opening out on the woodsy slope down to a tributary of Goose Creek and the corresponding opposite rise.

We were treated to a brief description (and demonstration!) of our meal by none other than Chef William- in the inner sanctum of his creative domain. What a treat to watch and listen as he prepared our first course- a bouchee of Main Lobster- freshly extracted pieces (too tender to be called chunks) of the crustacean, swimming in a heavenly concoction which included brandy ‘n cream- lovingly served in individual, hand-made puff pastry ‘bowls.’ The first taste demonstrated the importance of William’s precise judgment in balancing the brandy, cream and other delicate flavors (to emerge, but not overpower, the star status of the lobster). Seafood can often be chewy- if not downright tough- or, cooked into disintegration; Chef William proudly serves his lobster in a texture best described as velvety. I’ve never enjoyed the meat of this creature more. We must also pay homage to the future saint who prepared the home-made puff pastry- the perfect vehicle for a creamy seafood dish. And this was just the warm-up. I’m normally a very light eater during the noon hour, but I made an all-out exception for the Chef’s entrée': Harris Ranch Filet Mignon. This seemed to be an example of taking an exceptional ingredient (beef from Harris Ranch) and, while teasing and accenting and enticing the flavor- certainly not getting in the way of a good thing. The meat was magnificent: butter-knife tender, juicy, cooked to that perfect stage of doneness, and flavored with the natural goodness of the ‘open range.’ Chef William’s impressive truffle sauce made an appropriate accompaniment- possessing the strength to go the distance with the filet, but never attempting to take the crown from the king of the plate. The Chef’s freshly made Bearnaise provided an alluring richness to the last few pieces of our beef; the meat certainly needed no extra ‘sauce’ or ‘jazzing-up,’ but the golden cloyishness made for a wonderful supporting close to an astonishingly delightful meal.

We should say a word about the menu prices: sure, it’ll set you back a bit more than a trip to the Golden Arches, but you’ll get an experience to remember for a lifetime. Chef William and Justin Hunsaker (the Estate’s Food and Beverage Manager) will see to it. Tell ’em you heard about it from Tim Jon and The Blue Ridge Leader.

Enjoy a video tour of Goodstone Inn and their wine cellar
Enjoy a photo tour of Goodstone Inn

Questioning Sustainability

November 18, 2009 by Letter to the Editor Dear Editor Comments Off on Questioning Sustainability

Tony Noerpel’s reality is not mine.  He promotes the nihilistic environmental ideology fostered by:  sustainability. The premise of sustainability is that humans have exceeded the ecological  (or threshold) of the earth.  The threshold is determined by, of course, environmentalists, who profit handsomely from the exploding “being green” (sustainability) movement.  The problem is the opinion that we are using too many natural resources is just that, an opinion.

Even environmentalists have since trashed the pseudo-science of the influential Club of Rome’s 1972 book, Limits to Growth – A Report for the Club of Rome’s Project on the Predicament of Mankind. Nevertheless, environmentalists agreed growth was bad and would work to fulfill the book’s mission “to establish a condition of ecological and economic stability that is sustainable far into the future. “  They would save the planet from us.

Of course, how does one go about convincing the world that the earth is not ours to use.  United Nations provided a platform for countless meetings by a consortium of over 450 governmental and non-governmental organizations.  They came up with Agenda 21, the action plan to implement sustainable development worldwide, approved at the U.N.’s Earth Summit in Rio in 1992. Every aspect of our use of the environment would be scrutinized.  Women, children and youth, indigenous people, trade unions, business, farmers, heads of state, etc. would become involved. Richer nations would shed their profligate ways while poorer nations would receive wealth and technology transfers from the repentant.

Herman E. Daly even wrote a book describing sustainability in economic terms.  Government would decide the scope of the market—how much the world could produce to be below the sustainability threshold.  Knowing that production would be less than the masses would want, government would make an equitable distribution of what is produced.  The mantra of this movement became “a just, equitable and sustainable future.”  The rich would be poorer; the poorer, richer.

Now if you believe that such an outcome is obtainable, there is nothing I can write to convince you otherwise.

After years of studying this movement, I conclude that I am not willing to give up my economic system, my freedoms, my constitution, my beliefs for a U.N. chimera.  Some ideas on resource use may make sense, but I have found that environmentalists are never satisfied.  They have indoctrinated our children to hate their houses that use the land and capitalism that pays the bills.  It is pure hubris that we can “manage” the world’s climate whose only guarantee is that it will change.   This is my reality (and that of many of my friends and scholars I have read).

(The Club of Rome is now a partner of the United Nations.)

Rose Ellen Ray
Leesburg

Purcellville’s Debt Load

November 18, 2009 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Comments Off on Purcellville’s Debt Load

Below you will find a graph of the per capita debt load for the Town of Purcellville. The debt load is compared to Loudoun County and the Federal Government.  Loudoun is drastically cutting their capital plans, but Purcellville is going ahead with theirs.   … Continue Reading

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Not Your Father’s El Nino

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NASA and other agencies now forecast the incipient El Nino conditions to continue at least into the winter and the early part of 2016. Figure 1 compares Pacific sea surface temperature anomaly for the El Nino of 1997- 1998 with …

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At Wits End

7 Aug 2015

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Dr. Mike, My sister’s son is autistic, but she is in complete denial. I’ve done my research and he fits a diagnosis of autism. He is three years old and doesn’t talk or socialize. He has meltdowns that are out …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Morven Park

7 Aug 2015

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I think what strikes me most about this place – as over the top as it is in many ways – is how understated it really is; I know that’ll take some explaining. I’ve been to Morven Park hundreds of …

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Mount Zion Church

1 Jul 2015

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– By Tim Jon So: You’ve never given the American Civil War a great deal of thought, much less walked the grounds of Gettysburg or some of the other, major battleground sites located in our region; you may not be …

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Sushi's Corner

March Sushi

4 Mar 2015

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Hello everyone, this is Hokie Cat from Fields of Athenry Farm. Sushi is in big trouble as we speak and is residing in doggy dungeon. I am here to fill you in on what took place. My brother Mountie loves …

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Planting an Allergy-Free Garden

5 May 2015

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By Donna Williamson Tom Ogren has a long-time interest in allergy-inducing plants. He has written several books on the topic and in February released his latest The Allergy Fighting Garden. He explains why plants can stir up allergies and has …

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Samuel Moore-Sobel

What It Means To Be a Man

7 Aug 2015

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel As I have gotten older I have noticed that there are more and more young men who ask me for advice. To me it seems silly – I am often not much older than the person asking, …

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A Social Security Strategy Could Enhance Your Retirement Income Plan

7 Aug 2015

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By Amy & Dan Smith What do you think of when someone mentions Social Security? Many people consider Social Security and retirement as one and the same. More than 90 percent of working Americans plan for Social Security to replace …

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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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Blue Ridge Middle Places 11th In National Science League

1 Jul 2015

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Blue Ridge National Science Day Declared Tuesday, June 10 has been officially been declared Blue Ridge National Science Day. At a recent Purcellville Town Council Meeting, Mayor Kwasi Fraser and members of the town council signed a proclamation designating this …

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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015

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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 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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Editorial

Getting Purcellville Out of the Conflicts of Interest Trap

7 Aug 2015

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Three Virginia laws address openness in government: the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA), The Virginia Public Records Act (VPRA) and The Virginia State & Local Government Conflict of Interests Act (VCOIA). VFOIA guides how public bodies conduct their meetings and regulates access to government records. VPRA establishes basic rules about what constitutes a public record and what the government’s …

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Lifestyle

Loudoun Health Officials Remind Septic System Owners of Need to Pump Out

28 Aug 2015

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The Loudoun County Health Department reminds owners of septic systems that routine pumping out of their systems can extend the system’s life and reduce the risk of untreated sewage surfacing or backing up into a house. Loudoun County requires owners of conventional onsite septic systems to have their tanks pumped out at least every five years. Tanks must be pumped …

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Historic Village Prepares for 46th Annual Bluemont Fair

25 Aug 2015

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The sleepy Blue Ridge village of Bluemont in western-most Loudoun County, Virginia, is bustling with activity as it prepares for the 46th ANNUAL BLUEMONT FAIR, September 19 & 20, 2015 from 10AM to 5PM both days, rain or shine. Admission is still only $5/adults, under 10 free, with free parking available. One-way traffic and crosswalks will be enforced in the …

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Register for Rally for the Cure™

24 Aug 2015

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Want to participate in a fun tournament for a great cause? Then sign up to participate in the Stoneleigh Women’s Golf Association’s annual Rally for the Cure ™ golf tournament in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! This is a great opportunity to play at the golf course recently cited as being the Prettiest Golf Course in Northern Virginia by …

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Wild Loudoun

Dragonflies – To See Is To Believe

7 Aug 2015

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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 Launches Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship

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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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Congress and MWAA VS Loudoun Taxpayers

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By Delegate Dave LaRock It’s no secret that population growth and business development have left Loudoun County, especially busy areas to the east, with some pretty challenging traffic. The process of expanding the local network of roads and transit always seems to be playing catch-up, usually tied to availability of …

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Governor Signs Senator Black’s Campus Sexual Assault Bill

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On Thursday, May 28, Sen. Richard Black traveled to Richmond for the bill signing ceremony of his bill, Senate Bill 712, the Campus Sexual Assault Bill. Black’s law will change the way that Virginia’s colleges and universities handle sexual assault cases.  “When I heard about the Hannah Graham case, I …

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Sports

Drew Hunter Heading To Pan American Games

7 Aug 2015

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Loudoun Valley’s Drew Hunter placed second in the United States Track and Field 1500-meter run Junior National Championship. That earned him a spot on the United States Junior Team going to the Pan American Games in Edmonton, Canada in late July. Drew lost to college freshman Blake Haney of the …

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American Legion Post 34 Hosting Mid-Atlantic Regional Baseball Tournament

5 Aug 2015

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Batter up! Chartered in 1919 by an act of Congress, the American Legion is one of our country’s oldest, largest and most prestigious veteran’s organizations – dedicated to mentoring youth, sponsoring community programs, promoting national security and supporting veterans and members of the armed forces. Specific programs include scholarships, scouting, …

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015

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– 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

More Than a GPA

7 Aug 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde In school we are measured in every way based on a number system from a point scale resulting in grades then translated into a GPA that can’t be easily fixed in just one semester. Students are forced to think that all they have to achieve is …

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Sarah's Closet

Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015

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– 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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Letters

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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Independence Won – Much Left To Be Done

1 Jul 2015

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With graduations behind us and summer vacations ahead, we have much to look forward to. My summer will be full of events and opportunities to …

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Reflections for Father’s Day, a Child’s Constitutional Rights

15 Jun 2015

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I’ve been a licensed attorney and a father since the late 80’s. Yet, I wonder about how many of our country’s legal theories – theories …

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