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 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
Meredith Bean McMath

Meredith Bean McMath

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.

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.

Click here to learn more about winter camps.

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

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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Some Thoughts on Veterans Day

13 Nov 2015


By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Veterans Day is a time to honor those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, and it is also a time to reflect and remember with gratitude. America is a free and democratic nation today, …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Phil Bolen Memorial Park

4 Nov 2015


I never knew Phil Bolen as the Loudoun County Government Administrator; I never even got to know him as Director of Parks and Recreation, and I certainly never knew Phil Bolen the teacher and coach at Loudoun Valley High School. …


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You may never feel the urge to travel to this little, unincorporated community; it’s not exactly a conduit for commuter traffic, and there aren’t really any places to shop, or gas up, or procure much of anything else from a …

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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

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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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Choosing To Live in the Present

4 Nov 2015


By Samuel Moore-Sobel I love a good story. I love telling stories and hearing other people’s stories. Our experiences bring meaning to our lives, and help shape us into the people we are today. Yet inherent in storytelling is the …

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Amy and Dan Smith’s Planning for Life: Trusts

4 Nov 2015


A common estate planning device is the trust. A trust is simply an agreement between two people: the person who establishes the trust, who may be called the Settlor, the Grantor or the Trustor, and the person or institution who …

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8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015


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


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


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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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


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

Notaviva Vineyards Haunted Vineyard Tours


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

Notaviva Vineyards Haunted Vineyard Tours

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

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An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input 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 …



2015 Loudoun 10K Trail Race Raises over $30,000 to Support Boulder Crest Retreat and Our Nation’s Veterans

16 Nov 2015


“I continued to be humbled by our community and all they do to make Boulder Crest Retreat a success. Jim Schatz and his team at Loudoun Road Runners are amazing. This trail run is in alignment with the rural nature of Boulder Crest Retreat and we look forward to the event every year. My personal appreciation goes out to all …

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Purcellville Cross Serves as Beacon of Hope for Highway Travelers

9 Nov 2015

Crux St. Francis de Sales

By Mark Gunderman The Crux Gloria was erected and dedicated by St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church in November 1990. If you’re traveling from Leesburg on Highway 7, passing through Purcellville just west of the Berlin Turnpike exit, you can look to your right and see a majestic metal cross sculpture. Within the cross, the shape of Jesus appears to …

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Carver Center November Events

4 Nov 2015


The Carver Center is at 200 Willie Palmer Way in Purcellville. Call 571-258-3400 to sign up for the following programs. November 6, Friday Lunch and movie Still Alice 12-2 p.m. (ages 55 and up).  To sign up call 571-258-3459. November 9, Monday AARP Driver Safety Class 9 a.m. – 5:00 p.m (ages 50 and up). Pre-registration required. AARP members $15, …

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Wild Loudoun

Wild Loudoun: of Chipmunks and Chestnuts

4 Nov 2015


Chipmunks are small, beautifully elegant little creatures, with large glossy eyes, a sleek brown body, a short, pointy head, dainty white stripes above and below the eye, and a series of black land white lines down their sturdy little backs. They have a very sweet posture – sitting upright and holding food with their two perfectly formed front feet, while …

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Around Virginia

Comstock Speaks on Syrian Refugees


Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (VA-10) released the following statement on the current terrorist attacks in Paris: “After September 11, 2001, we tragically learned that al Qaeda was at war with us, but we weren’t at war with them. Again, with the recent murderous terrorist attacks in Paris, we have learned that …

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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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Funding Sought for Scholarship for Loudon Students Participating in Youth Sports

4 Nov 2015


The Don Rose, Sr. Youth Scholarship Fund is seeking financial support to provide scholarships at college, technical or trade school. Applicants from public, private, and home schools are eligible to receive the scholarship, provided they participated in youth sports within Loudoun County. The fund aims to award two $500 scholarships …

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Leesburg Ladies Tennis Team Wins State Tournament

4 Nov 2015


Ida Lee Park Tennis Center’s Ladies Singles 2.5 Team, Simply Smashing, won the USTA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship tournament, held October 16-18, at the Virginia Beach Tennis and Country Club. Simply Smashing members include team captain Beth Cioni, Debbie DeLadurantaye, Jennifer Fox, Robin Haast, Holly McMullen and Deja O’Malley. They train …

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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

Behind Closed Doors

4 Nov 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde It’s sad to say that the norm now is to wonder about the next school shooting. For a student it is the most terrifying thing, the next shooter could come at any moment, and any day could be the day that you die. It could be …

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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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Thank You for Another Successful Halloween Block Party

4 Nov 2015


The 5th annual Purcellville Halloween Block Party was the best attended to date with an estimated 6,000 descending on 21st street in Old Town this past Friday evening. Costume …

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Ethics in Campaigning and Voting

1 Nov 2015


My Dad used to say it’s what you do when nobody is watching that counts. Over 80 percent of my “zoning permitted” and “land owner …

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$17 Dollar Tolls-Ouch!

27 Oct 2015


Recently Gov. McAuliffe proposed $17 round trip tolls on I-66 inside the beltway with Chuck Hedges the Democrat nominee for the HOD 33rd district being …

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