Blue Ridge Leader News – October 31, 2010

October 31, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader Tim Jon with BRLN Be the first to comment
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Check your Bags

We’ve been watching the planes coming into Dulles Airport with a more wary eye over the past several days; despite questionable inspection practices in some foreign countries, officials have reported no suspicious packages arriving at the local hub for a healthy number of international flights. The Metro Airport Authority announced an all-clear, as it were, at Reagan National, BWI and Dulles, the latter being the preliminary long haul hub for the Washington Metro Region. … Continue Reading

Watch Out for The Witches’ Brew!

October 29, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Sushi's Corner Be the first to comment

Trotting down the long farm drive toward Beaver Dam Creek my stout little nose could not help but pick up the scent of fall in the air.

While the soft breeze seems cooler, it is different somehow this year as the drought is really taking its toll on all that surrounds me. The ground is hard as a rock.

The trees just seem weepy and I don’t mean weeping willows. The trees are crying for water to lift their great arms back into the heavens above. As if that is not enough, I come down to the edge of the creek bed and the water sits, almost stagnant from lack of rain and movement.

Alas, it is early in the morning, the sun has not yet begun to rise above the crest of our ridge when who do I see peeking out from underneath the rock ledge where the water is still drifting in and out of a little cove but my old friend Tommy Toad!

“Top of the Morning to you Tommy,” I said in my happiest voice and flashed my best brilliant white tooth grin. Tommy croaked back in his deepest toady voice, “Good Morning Sushi – you brightened my morning as I was beginning to get down in the dumps about this lack of creek water.

“Easier for me to swim across dear Tommy”, I barked. Tommy laughed and plopped himself right out into the water and up onto the rocks ledge.

“You know Sushi,” I think it high time we do something about this rain dilemma. “And, just what do you suggest”? I asked. Just meet me down at the creek right before dusk and bring everyone you can think of.

“You’ve got it Tommy.” And off I trotted.

As I meandered further down the creek bed I came across Freddy Frog and shared with him Tommy’s request. Freddy assured me he would have all the big and little froggies at Tommy’s rock ledge.

Next, I wound up through the woods and back into the fields that led me to the Barn Yard. There, I gave word to those two ornery barn cats Hokie and Mountie.

Before I knew it the day was coming towards an end and all my barn yard friends headed for the rocks ledge on Beaver Dam Creek.

Together, with Hokie and Mountie leading the way, Gnarly Gander and the Goose gang, Mr. and Mrs. Bourbon Red Turkey, the farm ponies, Sadie, Toby and Tink, and a herd of sheep, all made our way down towards the creek.

What a sight it was – toads and frogs, deer and raccoons, squirrels on turtle’s backs, possums hanging by their tails from the trees and even the sly ones – Mr. and Mrs. Red Fox – had come to hear Tommy’s master plan to make it rain.

Flashing my best white tooth grin I barked “Call to order! Call to order! Tommy Toad would like to speak.” With that all the little toads and froggies gathered round.

The young animals were most curious as to what the great Tommy Toad had to say. Tommy Toad and Freddy Frog had quite the reputation. You see, they were the longest living amphibians to keep out of reach of Hattie the Witch’s Toad and Frog Stew!

Tommy cleared his toady throat and croaked “Now it is high time we praise the Lord and give thanks for all we have. I believe the Gods might think we have forgotten in our busy lives just how lucky we are to have roofs over our heads provided by the old sycamore, oak and poplar trees, to have shade and warmth provided by our ancient evergreen trees. Food and water created by our beloved Beaver Dam Creek.” “Hear! Hear!” Freddy Frog cheered.

“Now here is what I propose,” Tommy continued. All you young ones gather ‘round together by family. Look each other in the eye and give thanks first for the family you love. Next, gather paws, hoofs, tails and snails, and start thumping the ground with your feet. Turn in a circle around one another like this and lift your heads towards the heavens and cry out in your prettiest croaks the song of old –

“Rain, Rain, Rain! Oh Rain, Baby Rain! When the honey is slow … and bees don’t know where to go … we need rain baby rain! When the creeks are low and the water can’t flow, we need rain baby rain!

On they all chanted well into the night – dancing and thumping the ground to the depths below until dark cloud cover started moving in and the heavens rumbled in a croak deeper than Tommy’s.

Tommy Toad’s rain dance rang throughout the night and more and more animals gathered in great hopes of thanking the Gods above that rain would come and replenish their quickly dying woods. It was just about this time that Ol’ Mr. Moon was shining his brightest when suddenly a shrieking cackle could be heard high above the treetops and a black silhouette could be seen on a broomstick crossing Mr. Moon. A deathly silence quickly came across the joys of the rain dance – just as Hattie the Witch, cackling at her best, streaked across the moon, as the sky thundered and roared and the rains came pouring down.

All but the Frogs and Toads quickly gathered the young ones and headed for the shelter of their homes to hunker down and wait out the storm.

Now, Frogs and Toads love the rain and often when it is raining, you can see them leaping for joy along the roads as the wet weather brings a watery playground for them to dance in. All the big and little Froggies and Toads cheered and chirped and croaked until the woods rang loud in amphibious song.

“Oh now the witch is gone, the witch is gone, the witch is gone.”

“Oh now the witch is gone – and we can sing and play”

The joy in their croaking was something to hear! They all knew Hattie the Witch would not be out hunting while it rained. Old wrinkly Hattie with her ratty silvery hair and big wart on her crooked nose would melt away if she got a good dose of wetness. Since the time of Halloween was coming, they knew that each one of them could be her next victim for the terrible witches brew!

It was time for me to call it a night and off I trotted up the long farm drive to my home.

So, until Halloween comes and goes, I will pray the Gods above keep me and all of you, my friends, safe and warm from old Hattie the Witch and her magic spells.

I am really glad Cairn Terriers are not a high priority for Witches’ brew. So until next week I cannot wait to share with you the Halloween stories that are bound to happen in the depths of our great woods, down near Beaver Dam Creek!

Be Blessed and Stay Warm –

Sushi

The Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship

October 28, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader Loudoun County Be the first to comment

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always sought out places where I can feel completely alone, safe and familiar. Not always an easy task in Loudoun County, but, as they say, where there’s a will there’s a way.

I first heard about the Blue Ridge Center for environmental Stewardship when the County Government was mulling over the Purchase of Development Rights program- as a possible conservation easement candidate. I learned that this place contained almost 900 acres of the closest thing to publicly-accessible wilderness I was gonna find this side of the Blue Ridge. I think I used the first excuse I could find to cover a news story up there, back when Wage Radio in Leesburg still employed humans to tell stories.

I was hooked; the place had, for me, everything from the specific to the sublime. You could lose yourself watching a turtle in Wortman Pond –or in a meadow full of butterflies, or you could just stand gazing at the views of Short Hill Mountain to the east or the Blue Ridge to the West – and even some of the landscape which heads north to Harpers Ferry. Pretty fertile ground for the historic imagination. The place is also big enough, and filled with enough well-maintained trails, through hilly terrain, to provide about 9 miles of possibilities to fulfill an ambitious wanderlust. I still haven’t even walked the entire network of hiking paths, all these years after my initial discovery.

But, back to the 21st Century and the Blue Ridge Center: I can never figure out why the place isn’t more crowded; their parking lot only accommodates a dozen or so cars, and I’ve only run into other people on the trails on one occasion- a friendly group on horseback.

In fact, the US Trail Riders should get a big plug for all the volunteer work they perform on the walking and/or riding paths at the Center. They place a high value on the availability of recreational trails in the region, what with a fast-disappearing natural landscape.

That’s where a guy like me fits in, I guess, since I come from an area of the country where I may have taken space and outdoor activity for granted. My former home along the Mississippi River afforded countless hours of healthy exploration and solitude; my boyhood farmstead had taught me the importance of having expansive places to roam.

I’m guessing that many of my neighbors don’t frequent venues like the Blue Ridge Center (and I know there are other outdoor playgrounds in
Loudoun County, but today’s story focuses on this giant up in the northwest hills) because they never developed a love for limitless space.

For me, it’s as important as the air I breathe. Maybe it is the air I breathe. Just as the horse riders value their experiences, I clutch onto those activities which cleanse the lungs, sharpen the vision, develop the appetite, expand the heart, and otherwise entice the senses with the knowledge that there’s always more horizon.

So, on the days when I have an extra couple of hours to myself, you may just find me traipsing the hills of the Blue Ridge Center –imagining myself an early American explorer, or maybe even one of the first Real Americans, before the ‘Discovery,’ or perhaps as a scout for one of the sides of the Civil War, take your pick. Or maybe I’m just little, mortal Tim Jon, facing slightly smaller, if no less personally important issues in my own life. Because this is the best place I can find to fix what ails me, and to make me strong enough to face the times I know
lie ahead. This is mine, for now.

You can have your shopping malls and luncheons. I’ll take the Blue Ridge Center and whatever it can throw my way: rain, snow, mud, tree limbs, etc.

And, you know, on second thought, maybe it’s not for everybody. Maybe eccentrics like me are in the vast minority here. That way, the parking lot will always hold just a dozen or so vehicles, and the only humans I encounter will be few, far between, and pretty darn friendly.

Tarara Winery Making an Old Winery New Again with Artisan Wines

October 28, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Vineyards Be the first to comment

It has been 21 years since Tarara Winery first opened its doors as one of the pioneer wineries in Loudoun County. Since its grand opening, much has changed in Loudoun and in the whole wine industry world. Many wineries want to rest on the idea of being one of the first, and want to continue to make wine as they always have. At Tarara Winery that is where things are different.

The first 20 years at Tarara Winery gave a great foundation for what they are able to do today. For twenty years Tarara Winery acted as a favorite for many wine styles and some fabulous events. In 2007, the team at Tarara Winery decided to take those loyal patrons that had visited for 20 years and offer them some new angles to their winery. Tarara Winery has since then been remodeling itself to be new again.

The first change that was made was that they worked harder at understanding their vineyards and what grows well in each of the vineyards they are partnered with. With this knowledge they have changed their wine line up to include classic varietals that are showing the best qualities and working to define the vineyard. This started Tarara Winery’s Vineyard Designate wine series that showcases the best vineyards. Some of the standout vineyards and wine that are starting to get released are Nevaeh Red and White, Tranquility Red, and Honah Lee Red and White. Nevaeh Red is a blend using Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot in varying quantities per year, and the Nevaeh White is a charming blend of Viognier and Chardonnay with some Pinot Gris in select vintages. Tranquility Red is a powerful blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Tannat coming from a steep slope just outside of Purcellville. Lastly, the Honah Lee White is dominated by Viognier but some vintages will also be blended with Rousanne, Petit Manseng and Chardonnay, and from the high elevation steep south west facing slope in Orange, VA, the red is a rustic and massive blend of Petit Verdot and Tannat with Pinotage sometimes making an appearance. Ultimately the idea is to recognize some of the best vineyard sites in Virginia and showcase them with Tarara’s minimalist but precise winemaking style.

Although there will not be many wines at Tarara created for their variety, but rather the vineyard, there will still be some added selections to showcase Virginia as a whole. The blended wines simply mean that the wine may have come from multiple vineyards to show top varietals in Virginia or unique styles. The Cabernet Franc, Three Vineyards Chardonnay and Viognier are expressions of how the grape variety can do all over the Commonwealth.

Long Bomb and Charval are unique blends crafted to showcase a style and please many palates. The Long Bomb is a tribute wine Tarara Winery’s founder Whitie Hubert who always went for the big play. It is crafted to be big, bold, complex and approachable, much like Whitie and normally contains Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Tannat and Petit Verdot. The Charval is their aromatic crisp blend that is equally suited to enjoy any day of the week by blending Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Viognier into s slightly off-dry, but crisp palate.

In 2010 Tarara Winery also released their newest luxury line of wines called the Commonwealth Collection. The wines include CasaNoVA, SuperNoVA, and TerraNoVA and are Tarara’s benchmark wines for showcasing terroir in Northern Virginia. These wines have already been sold out and were rebottled August 2010. The winery is now accepting requests to be added to the waiting list for an allocation of the 2009
vintage, being first showcased as barrel samples on October 10, 2010.

All of these changes with the wines have come in a full package with the winery’s new philosophy. Gone are the days of large festivals with face paintings and dunk tanks. Tarara Winery has strived to create only events that best showcase the finest vintages. Their Fine Vine … Just Say Viognier is a celebration of Viognier in Virginia. It is a five-course affair using all local and seasonal ingredients by local chefs paired with 5 of Virginia finest Viogniers, selected by an elite panel of wine writers and sommelier surrounding the DC metro area. Tarara
Winery also has continued their Toast to the Tunes Summer concert series where one can enjoy a bottle of Tarara’s most recent wines with the smooth sounds of local artists. The concerts occur every Saturday evening from the start of June until the first weekend of October
to kick off Virginia Wine Month.

With all of these changes Tarara Winery has also completely re-modeled its brand to best represent their ideas and their wine. The wines are showcased in elegant, yet simple wrap labels and an unassuming screw top closure. Their thought is that it is all about what is inside
the bottle that counts. The labels do showcase a striking piece of art painted by Martha Hubert that will change with each vintage. The art and wine seem to pair each other so well, and at Tarara they like to say they are “Artisan Wines.” With the launch of Tarara’s new brand and their new website that will be online.

Be sure to get online and check their website: www.tarara.com to see the latest happenings.

MMMM. MMMM. MMMM.

October 28, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Sushi's Corner Be the first to comment

Fall, Glorious Fall! In spite of the severe drought upon our Virginia farm land we still manage to have a wonderful show of fall colors. The wind swirls the leaves down, down, down, upon my well worn paths along Beaver Dam Creek. I am traveling home, wet, tired and cold from a hard day’s work chasing the Sly Ones. I am ready for a good night’s sleep.

This time of year, as the evenings bring on the foreboding signs of our winter to come, Mr. and Mrs. Red Fox are at it again. They love to chow down on the best free range, gourmet laying hens, at Fields of Athenry Farm! Those chicken predators really know a good deal when they find one – stealing, from where the good stuff lies, right across from their den. Okay, so I have it in for the foxes –but yes, I know, the raccoons, possums, mink and chicken hawks are to blame too. That list of chicken predators wears me out just thinking of the running I do to keep them all away. All in the name of my born and bred duties as the Small but Mighty Cairn Terrier – SUSHI!

On my little farm the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains where I live,I am ready to curl up, tired and worn, paws up on my favorite couch ( which by the way I never hop onto until Mr. B is sound asleep and snoring away – this is my cue that the coast is clear, then I dream of my morning to come! )

In the kitchen of the big white farm house Mrs. B is up bright and early.

Before the sun has even started to rise she is hustling and bustling, opening a cabinet here and a cabinet there. I watch curiously as she puts a little of this and a little of that in the huge pots that sit on top of the gas stoves. It’s a school morning and much needs to get done before the girls wake up and start their day. I lay diligently at my master’s feet in hopes of any morsels that might fall my way.

MMMM. MMMMM. MMMM. Oh, those smells. I’d know them anywhere. My taste buds are starting to tingle. My tongue is starting to drool. It is kind of an embarrassing dog thing –drooling. I try my best to lick my lips and show I am not too anxious, but oh, oh, oh, that lamb sausage gets me every time! I want to hug myself and float right up to the pot and snatch some of the good stuff right out of Mrs. B’s lamb chili!

Mrs. B continues to sprinkle a little of this and a little of that into the large pots. I know her stirring is bound to bring me a splash of something good, right to the very floor where I lay my obedient head.

Sure enough, Mrs. B starts to stir the big pots mixing her special blend of seasonings to get her concoction just right. As she stirs away, she yelps in mock surprise as she drops a little lamb sausage right in front of my very nose! I just love it when she “treats” me! Quickly I snatch up every morsel and lick the floor clean.

Why do I love this lamb sausage so much? Well, if you promise not to tell on me about sleeping on the couch I will share the infamous FOA Lamb Chili recipe with you. Then when you taste it you will know why I crave it. I do expect some kind of payback. When you come to visit the farm bring Big Doggie Bones. I love the lamb neck bones best … just FYI.

Or, a simple pat on the head. Or a good belly scritch will do. Mrs. B never gives out recipes, so please do not snitch me out. Lamb Chili – well it is a Fields of Athenry to die for staple on the farm.

Forgive me, but Mrs. B cooks everything up in large batches – that is how she keeps dinners on hand to feed so many on the farm at any given time.

So you take it from here, as I am doing the best that a Small but Mighty Cairn Terrier can do when my born and bred duties are to hunt foxes –NOT COOK DINNERS. Mrs. B’s secret Lamb chili recipe can be found below

Love, Sushi

Fields of Athenry Lamb Chili
Ingredients:

  • 10 lbs. Fields of Athenry Farm: Lamb Sausage Loose

  • 1 Bag of Chick Peas (cook according to instructions on back of bag – you need to soak overnight )
  • 2 Bags Red Kidney Beans (cook according to instructions on back of bag – you need to soak overnight )
  • 2 Jars Pimento
  • 1 Jar Capers
  • 1 Tablespoon Sea Salt
  • 100 cracks fresh Black Pepper(out of your pepper mill)
  • 8 cans Organic Stewed Tomatoes (easy to find at Natural Mercantile – Hamilton, or For Goodness Sake – Leesburg)
  • 2 Tablespoons Cumin Seed
  • 2 Tablespoon Paprika (remember if you are arthritic – paprika is a night shade plant – bad for arthritis – so you may want to substitute this – Yepper, I have learned a lot in this kitchen laying obediently at my masters feet)
  • 2 Tablespoons Chili Powder (Night Shade)
  • 1 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes (Night Shade)
  • ½ teaspoon Cayenne Pepper (Night Shade)
  • 1–2 Medium Onions diced
  • sauté before you throw into pot with everything else
  • 6 diced Green Peppers
  • 6 diced Red Peppers

Cooking Instrutions (and a few parting words from me):

  • In a separate pan, sauté the onions.

  • In a big pot, start slowly cooking up loose lamb sausage, drain off most of juice, leaving some for flavor (about a ¼ of lamb sausage
    juice).

  • When the lamb sausage is slightly browned and still moist (not over cooked – lamb is lean – you do not want to over brown! Juices run clear – it is ready – if not sure, call my master (703-926-8444) do not tell her who gave you the number! Or no more recipes! Really – trust me – she loves talking more than e-mails!)
  • After draining, add all the other ingredients and let simmer for a few hours on very low –until all the savory flavors blend. Let the big pot cool down and then chill in the refrigerator overnight. When you get to it, in the next day or two – portion out into containers to freeze for future meals, this way all the flavors settle in to great mouth watering Fields of Athenry Farm Lamb Chili!

Well, that’s a wrap for me – totally busted I know – we are talking CIA-material-muddy-waters-big-trouble-I-am-in –may have to take safe haven in a motel in Memphis …

So until next time – I really may have to try out a Fox Hole when Mrs. B finds out I am giving out family recipes … But they are so Way Good!

Do unto others as they would do unto you is my motto – so do not tell on me!

Love , Sushi

A Victorian Ball!

October 28, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader Schools Be the first to comment

December 19, 2010 –better known as 1860, at least in the world of Loudoun Valley High School’s History Club.

“Victorian Ball is History Club’s recreation of a 19th-century ball. It’s a way for members to experience the etiquette and characteristics of the Victorian era,” said History Club Treasurer Courtney Coombs, a senior.

History Club members who wish to participate in Victorian Ball must pay a small fee and attend dance and etiquette sessions to help set the Victorian mood on the night of the dance.

“Those interested in Victorian Ball must attend one dance practice and one etiquette training session. In addition, they must pay a fee of $25. It is expected that members attend in period costumes that can be purchased, rented, or self-tailored,” said President Kate Babcock, also a senior.

In order to recreate the Victorian era, the History Club rents out a period building and decorates it accordingly. This year, Victorian Ball will be held at Buchanan Hall, located in Upperville, Virginia, and will be a Christmas-themed masquerade.

“Dance instructors are brought in to teach students period dances such as the waltz. Music is provided by a group which plays instrumental pieces. Costumes, decorations, and etiquette allow our members to go back in time,” Babcock said.

Given the economic times, History Club officers are trying to cut down on the members’ expenses as much as possible.

“Currently, we’re finding inexpensive ways to make the costumes, which will be taught at our optional costume workshop,” Babcock said.

Practices for Victorian Ball will begin on November 9th and be held on various dates leading up to the dance.

“We currently have around thirty people interested in Victorian Ball, so we feel confident that people are still up to the challenge [of paying, attending practices and assembling the proper costumes],” said Babcock.

Lauren Pichon is a senior at Loudoun Valley High School. She is involved in the History Club and school newspaper and hopes to pursue a career in print journalism.

A Celebration of Color!

October 28, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader Farm and garden Be the first to comment

By Donna Williamson

It’s one of those blue sky days in Virginia, rare and exquisite –a perfect day to check on the ginkgo grove at the State Arboretum of Virginia at Blandy experimental Farm in Boyce. For weeks, I have swung by there, watching the slow departure of chlorophyll from the leaves of the ginkgo trees, While not so noticeable at other times of the year, the autumn show is spectacular.

Ginkgoes are among the most beautiful trees for the landscape. The leaf shapes are exquisite, pests and diseases seem to leave them along, and they grow very well in our climate. They hold their beautiful yellow autumn color and then, drop their leaves almost all at once. No dribble of leaves to rake over weeks – just one deluge!

A usually large and broad shade tree, some varieties of ginkgo are unusual, like Princeton Sentry, a large tree that is distinctly upright or Jade Butterflies, a dwarf, getting only 12 feet tall in 10 years, perfect for most one-story homes.

Most folks select male ginkgoes for their landscapes since female ginkgoes bear fruit with a fleshy covering (over a nut) that is so stinky, containing some of the same chemicals as vomit. One year when I was a docent at Blandy, we went out and collected these fruit for a demonstration by Asian experts who treasure the nut within the fruit. I wish I had remembered that event earlier in the day.

My dog Lucy needed a good walk so she came along and as I walked around taking photos, she found it delightful to roll in the stinky fleshy coverings of the fallen ginkgo nuts. Of course she did. Dogs love to roll in stinky things that smell like death or vomit. She was so proud!

The ride home was breezy with all the windows open. Of course, I won’t remember this next year when I am watching to see the ginkgoes go yellow – I will think – what a great day to take the dog to the arboretum for a walk. Not a thought in my head except – with a blue sky like this, the ginkgoes must be fabulous!

Donna Williamson is a master gardener, garden designer, and garden coach. She has taught gardening and design classes at the State Arboretum of Virginia, Oatlands in Leesburg, and Shenandoah University. She’s also the founder and editor of Grandiflora Mid-Atlantic Gardening magazine, and the author of “The Virginia Gardener’s Companion: An Insider’s Guide to Low Maintenance Gardening in Virginia.”

Belt-tightening Homeowners Discover the Value of Do-It-Yourself Painting

October 28, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader Business, News, Your Money Be the first to comment

By Debbie Zimmer

Declining home values, tight credit, and concern about the jobs picture are causing homeowners to scale back their remodeling plans, according to industry sources. At the same time, more consumers are discovering the satisfaction and cost-savings to be had with do-it-yourself painting. “While economic stress has taken its toll on consumer spending, people still want their homes to look attractive,” says Debbie Zimmer, spokesperson for the Paint Quality Institute. “For many homeowners, the solution is to take things into their own hands and do their remodeling with paint.”

The economic benefit of sprucing up with paint is apparent when you consider the average cost of remodeling a kitchen or bath – two rooms that homeowners frequently focus on. According to the latest survey by Remodeling magazine, a mid-range bathroom remodel costs $16,142, while a “minor” kitchen remodel runs $21,411.

“By way of contrast, you’d be hard-pressed to spend more than $100 or so repainting a bathroom or kitchen yourself … For a few dollars more, you could even go one step further and repaint the cabinets and woodwork to give the room a totally new look. Granted, repainting would still leave the existing fixtures and appliances in place, but in terms of appearance, a fresh coat of paint can do wonders in remaking a room,” says Zimmer.

The story’s the same when it comes to exterior remodeling. Take the front door, for example. “The average cost of installing a new fiberglass entry door is nearly $3,500, but you could easily repaint an existing door for $30 or so in just a couple hours’ time,” Zimmer says.

Bigger savings are possible for those willing to tackle their exterior walls. Rather than spending more than $13,000 on average to have a contractor install vinyl siding, for example, the do-it-yourselfer’s cost for materials to repaint existing wood, vinyl, or aluminum siding would likely be well under $1,000.

“Do-it-yourself painters are the ones who reap the greatest savings, but big savings are available even to those who hire a professional painter to do the work,” says Zimmer. “It might cost $800 to hire a contractor to repaint a bathroom, but that’s a far cry from the $16,000 average cost to remodel the room.” For those who want to save the most and do their own painting, Zimmer offers some tips:

  • Spend time doing good surface preparation before starting to paint. Make sure all the surfaces are clean and free of dirt and rime, mildew, and flaking or peeling paint …

  • Use high quality brushes and rollers, and when working outdoors, use quality spraypainting equipment. Better tools and equipment apply the paint more evenly, make the work go faster, and produce a better-looking paint job. vUse top quality 100 percent acrylic latex paint.

Zimmer explains: “Since these paints have better hiding characteristics, they’ll cover even dark colors in fewer coats, and many of them function as both primer and paint. As a result, they offer a lot of built-in cost savings. Top quality 100 percent acrylic paints are also easy to apply and they produce a tough, durable finish that will last for years, making them a great value in terms of cost-per-year-of-service.”

According to Zimmer, the trend toward do-it-yourself painting, and painting in general, will likely continue. “Recent surveys indicate that consumers’ spending habits will be permanently changed as a result of today’s tough economic conditions. As time goes on, we expect more people to discover that repainting is a very affordable, and very effective, way to beautify their homes,” she says.

For more detailed information about surface preparation, paints, and painting, visit the Paint Quality Institute website at www.paintquality.com.

Lights at Franklin Park

October 28, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader Loudoun County, Our Towns Be the first to comment

What’s the story with the lighted ball fields at Franklin Park?

Over the years, three different Boards of Supervisors formally considered putting lights at Franklin Park. each of these three Boards, the Barton Board (1991-1995), the Meyers Board (1996-2000), and the York Board (2004 to 2008) decided the price was too high given that there is a time restriction on the use of lights and tight county budgets gave a higher priority to such things as schools and fire stations.

Today those lighting-use restrictions remain and budgets are even tighter, necessitating laying off some county employees.

Although the text of the Master Plan for Franklin Park has no mention of lighted ball fields, and Appendix indicates that if lights are put on the ball fields, the costs would be $260,000 (not including engineering costs) in 1991 dollars.

Over the years, these costs have increased and have ranged from $750,000 to $1 million.

According to the 1995 Special exception which approved Franklin Park, any future lights on any ball fields must be turned off at 9:00 p.m. weekdays and 10:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. No lights are permitted on Sundays.

The present board has now approved funds for an upgraded power line leading to the ball fields and funds to light one 90-foot baseball diamond.

The funds for this project will come from leftover construction funds from Scott Jenkins Memorial Park in the Catoctin District. As it now stand, the lights on the field at Franklin Park will be installed after Scott Jenkins Memorial Park has been finished.

Dedication for the New Woodgrove High School

October 28, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader Loudoun County Be the first to comment

The dedication for Woodgrove High School took place in the school’s new gym on October 20, 2010.

No stranger to controversy, Woodgrove High School was the subject of multiple lawsuits initiated by the Town of Purcellville, which resulted in years of delay and caused overcrowding at Loudoun Valley High School.

In his dedication address, Superintendent Dr. edgar B. Hatrick quoted his “Aunt Gloria”, saying “It’s important to know the past, but don’t dwell on it”. He went on to say “You can’t change what happened but you can look to the future.”

In his conclusion, Dr. Hatrick affirmed that Woodgrove High School is part of the Loudoun County family.

The morning included acknowledgments to the Board of Supervisors, specifically Blue Ridge Supervisor Jim Burton for his efforts to get the school built.

Closing remarks were given by Kelsey Briel and Mark Bland, SCA co-presidents of Woodgrove High School. In his speech, Mark stated, “I am so proud and moved by the energy and spirit that I see within the school and I look forward to the memories and the legacy that Woodgrove will create for us all.” Mark was followed by Kelsey Briel who commented, “I would like to start out by offering a sincere thank you to the Woodgrove High School administration, staff and student body for being so positive and helpful during the opening of this school.

Teen Fashion… It’s All About

October 28, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader Business Be the first to comment

By Helen Sim
BP Department Manager
Nordstrom Tysons Corner Center

Let Me Get Right Into It!
… It’s all about versatility and comfort this season with fun, bright colors.
… Loose boyfriend fit tees and blazers mixed with fitted jeans are all the rage. Mixing and layering is a huge part of this season whether it be a tank, a cardigan or a scarf.
… Pairing something old with something new and modern, mixing something masculine with something feminine for that unexpected
twist is what it’s all about.

Two words:
walking contradiction is the biggest TREND.
… One rule of thumb: It’s quality versus quantity. If you are going to purchase an item, you NEED to be able to create three different looks with that specific item or it’s not worth your money.

Sportswear:
… As I mentioned before, looser fit tees, tunics and tanks are the basic necessities one should have this season. Why? Because of it’s comfort and versatility from a casual day look to something trendy at night.
… Military inspired cardigans and jackets are also huge because of it’s classic quality –it will never go out of style.
… You can pair these with a cute tee, skinny jeans and flat boots for a day look and switch it up a bit a night by pairing it up with a pencil skirt and pumps for a night out of town.
… Lace detailed tops are also huge because of it’s fun, feminine quality. Pair a lace tank with a skirt and a cute blazer and you are styling in school or pair up a lace tank with a floral top for that added texture look.
… Leather jacket is a must have. Just like everyone needs a LITTLE BLACK DRESS, everyone must own a leather jacket. It’s something that can easily make an outfit look edgy and chic. Wear it with a floral dress and tights, wear it with a boyfriend tee and cargo jeggings, wear it with a tank and a skirt, or wear it with black slacks and a crisp white collar shirt for more of a business casual look. The options are endless.

Denim:
… Military inspired denim and cargo pants are huge this season. Whether it’s flared or boot cut, they are great to make an outfit look more edgy and put together. You would always want to pair something with a feminine edge with these types of denim since they have a masculine quality to them. Remember, you want to always have a balance between masculine and feminine for example: chiffon peasant top, lace – detailed top.
… Skinnies denim and jeggings continue to be a huge part of anyone’s wardrobe because of it’s versatility. You can wear it with flats, pumps or boots b/c of their tapered hem. Girls constantly are attracted to skinnies because it’s easy and comfortable to wear it with just about anything. Wear it with a dress or wear it with a cute tunic or wear it with a basic tee and scarf.

Farm Color Tour Sparkled!

October 28, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader Farm and garden, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

The Loudoun County Farm Color took place on Saturday and Sunday October 16 and 17. The weather was perfect! The crowds were huge! And, this special annual event celebrating Loudoun County’s agriculture heritage was a huge success, with people coming from far and wide.

The 2010 Participating Farms included Alpacas of Higgly Farm, Ayrshire Farm, Baileywyck Farm, Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, Chicama Run, Crooked Run Orchard, Donkey Meadows, Fields of Athenry Farm, Grandale Farm, Ivandale Farm, Loudoun Nursery –Bellwether Farm, North Gate Vineyard, Overlook Farm, Philomont General Store, Moutoux Orchard, Sunny’s Corner Farm, Ticonderoga Farms, and Wegmeyer Farms. (Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, Donkey Meadows, Fields of Athenry Farm, Overlook Farm, Moutoux Orchard, and Ticonderoga Farms were new to the tour this year.)

Many visitors have made the Farm Color tour a family tradition, and this year there was a greater than ever variety of stops to choose from –with wonderful, fresh and local foods such as baked goods, lamb sausage, ribs, ciders, apple butters and more. Donkey Meadows was a big hit –their baby donkeys, cuter than cute, thrilled the kids. Hay rides at the 90-acre Crooked Run Orchard, which took families on a tour of apple orchards, Crooked Run Creek, the historic Manassas Gap Railroad Bed, the farm’s extensive berry patches and more gave visitors the opportunity to see a large agricultural operation right in the Town of Purcellville. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company –new to Loudoun County –had some of the longest lines, the beautiful horse barns at Ayrshire Farm were not to be believed, and Fields of Athenry Farm delighted visitors with tours of the farm, fresh sausages right off the grill, harvest your own eggs activities for children, a wine tasting and more.

Wineries made the day special, too, with wine tastings and opportunities to take in the scenery from cozy outdoor seating accompanied by fresh breads, cheeses and chocolates.

Mark your calendar for Farm Color Tour 2011.

The annual Farm Color Tour is organized by the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development. For further information, including other events taking place throughout the year, visit www.loudounfarms.org. A full calendar of Loudoun County events can also be found at www.loudoun.gov.

Special Investigative Report: New Town Hall Cost Approaching $6 million

October 28, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Be the first to comment

With the design plans now 98% completed (although not yet available for public viewing) the cost for Purcellville’s new Town Hall is approaching $6 million.

Once the package is ready for bid, the plans become available to the public. The Town is estimating there will be a bidders meeting by the first week of November. A budget of $2,600,000 was the most recent cost estimate to pave the Fireman’s Field parking lot (as required for Town Hall zoning to have a parking lot for staff, and residents attending night meetings), with a net loss of 20% of the parking spaces. No percentage breakdown has been determined for the Town Hall’s portion of the parking lot cost. There were no records showing that the parking lot was going to be paved until the new Town Hall building was purchased – then parking had to be provided according to Town zoning guidelines.

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Sustainable Planet

Dear Loudoun County Supervisors

27 Aug 2014

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We know three things with near certainty: Human-caused global warming is real The consequences of the business as usual scenario will be catastrophic Positive local action is required. All knowledgeable climate scientists have explained this reality to us in great …

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Ask Dr. Mike

A Concerned Parent

22 Aug 2014

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My husband and I are going through a nasty divorce, and my son’s therapist is refusing to appear in court to help us. His position is that he’s a therapist, not an expert and he isn’t comfortable coming to court. …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Shreve Mill Road

6 Aug 2014

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It’s quintessential Loudoun County in transition: In less than two miles, this sleepy, little country road passes by decrepit, abandoned structures (apparently just waiting for demolition and development), some surprisingly tranquil waterways, and stretches of mature forest that would entice …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Blue Ridge Mountain Road

3 Jul 2014

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It wasn’t until I saw it all under heavy fog that this place really came to speak to me; sure, I’d seen it in rain, snow, sleet and just about every other condition you could name, but before that blanket …

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Virginia Gardening

Tomato Harvest and Other Joys

6 Aug 2014

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By Donna Williamson Ah, it’s tomato time. As usual, I planted and grew many heirloom and newer varieties of tomato plants and am loving every minute of the harvest. Those little cherry tomatoes are so delicious and refreshing while working …

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Sushi's Corner

The Grumpy Old Troll

6 Aug 2014

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By Sushi One day not long ago a little girl by the name of Adele came to visit the farm. She was a spirited little thing with long flowing blonde hair. She loved to twirl and dance in the wind. …

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Samuel Moore-Sobel

Why I Still Believe in America

6 Aug 2014

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel I love the fourth of July. It happens to be my favorite holiday. It’s not just the fireworks and the wonderful blueberry pie that my mother makes each year. It is a day when partisanship can be …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

Healthcare Decision Making

6 Aug 2014

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Amy and Dan Smith’s Planning for Life By Amy and Dan Smith Because of the evolution of the law, documents relating to medical decision making have a variety of names, which together are confusing if not downright bewildering. The Advance …

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Student News

Loudoun Student Awarded Environmental Scholarship

6 Jul 2014

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American Disposal Services is proud to announce Allison Arpajian, the Loudoun County recipient of their Annual American Disposal Services Inc. Scholarship. Applications were distributed to all public high schools in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties. One winner was chosen from each …

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Local Residents Graduate from the College of William & Mary

3 Jul 2014

The following residents recently graduated from the College of William & Mary: Alexander Graeme Thomson, from Hamilton (20158), with a BS degree. Gabrielle Alana Graves, from Middleburg (20117), with a BA degree. Kathleen Warren Hale, from Middleburg (20117), with a …

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Kevin Sherman Graduated from Ithaca College

3 Jul 2014

Kevin Sherman, a native of Middleburg, Va., graduated from Ithaca College’s School of Health Sciences and Human Performance with a degree in Sport Studies. The degree was awarded in May 2014.

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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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July 28, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

The Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers are offering two, fun summer camps!  If you've never clogged before, join us July 28 - Aug 1 for our Novice Camp.  Hours are 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you are an experienced clogger, join us Aug 4 - Aug 8 from 9:00am - 12:00pm for our Experienced Camp.  Ages 8 through adult.  $50 per camp.

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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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July 29, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

The Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers are offering two, fun summer camps!  If you've never clogged before, join us July 28 - Aug 1 for our Novice Camp.  Hours are 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you are an experienced clogger, join us Aug 4 - Aug 8 from 9:00am - 12:00pm for our Experienced Camp.  Ages 8 through adult.  $50 per camp.

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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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July 30, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

The Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers are offering two, fun summer camps!  If you've never clogged before, join us July 28 - Aug 1 for our Novice Camp.  Hours are 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you are an experienced clogger, join us Aug 4 - Aug 8 from 9:00am - 12:00pm for our Experienced Camp.  Ages 8 through adult.  $50 per camp.

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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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July 31, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

The Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers are offering two, fun summer camps!  If you've never clogged before, join us July 28 - Aug 1 for our Novice Camp.  Hours are 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you are an experienced clogger, join us Aug 4 - Aug 8 from 9:00am - 12:00pm for our Experienced Camp.  Ages 8 through adult.  $50 per camp.

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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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August 1, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

The Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers are offering two, fun summer camps!  If you've never clogged before, join us July 28 - Aug 1 for our Novice Camp.  Hours are 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you are an experienced clogger, join us Aug 4 - Aug 8 from 9:00am - 12:00pm for our Experienced Camp.  Ages 8 through adult.  $50 per camp.

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Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) Child Safety Day

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August 2, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd.
Leesburg, 20175
USA

Saturday, August 2 from 12pm-4pm  FREE

Get up close to awesome rescue squad vehicles and cool interactive displays! Enjoy music, inflatables,  prizes and giveaways and more fun. Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for full schedule.

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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August 2, 2014

Notaviva Vineyards
13274 Sagle Rd
Purcellville, 20132
540-668-6756

Notaviva Vineyards presents their monthly Bluegrass Jam a FREE event held the first Saturday of every month!

An event for all ages featuring Ashby Run. Open to players of every skill level

3pm-6pm Saturday 7/5

Wine available by the glass and by the bottle, lite snacks available. Must be 21 to drink alcohol.

Summer Saturdays

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August 2, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd SE
Leesburg, 20175
USA
5712912288

Village at Leesburg presents a music concert series. Come listen to various artists on Saturday July 19th, Saturday August 2nd, Saturday August 9th, Saturday August 16th, Saturday August 30th, Sunday August 31st, and Monday September 1st at Village at Leesburg in Fountain Court. There will be performances by Paul Pfau & Connor Pledger (R&B former The Voice contestants), Julian Roso (Acoustic Pop), Todd Wright Band (Alternative Pop Covers), Poorhouse Rd (Americana Blues), Music Bone (Electric Rock/Jazz), Gina de Simone & The Moaners (Swing/Dance), AJ Sith & The Apollo (Indie Rock) on alternating nights. For the full music schedule please visit villageatleesburg.com

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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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August 4, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

The Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers are offering two, fun summer camps!  If you've never clogged before, join us July 28 - Aug 1 for our Novice Camp.  Hours are 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you are an experienced clogger, join us Aug 4 - Aug 8 from 9:00am - 12:00pm for our Experienced Camp.  Ages 8 through adult.  $50 per camp.

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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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August 5, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

The Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers are offering two, fun summer camps!  If you've never clogged before, join us July 28 - Aug 1 for our Novice Camp.  Hours are 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you are an experienced clogger, join us Aug 4 - Aug 8 from 9:00am - 12:00pm for our Experienced Camp.  Ages 8 through adult.  $50 per camp.

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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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August 6, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

The Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers are offering two, fun summer camps!  If you've never clogged before, join us July 28 - Aug 1 for our Novice Camp.  Hours are 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you are an experienced clogger, join us Aug 4 - Aug 8 from 9:00am - 12:00pm for our Experienced Camp.  Ages 8 through adult.  $50 per camp.

VAL Movies Under the Stars

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August 6, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd.
Leesburg, 20175
USA

FREE VAL Lawn Chair or Picnic Blanket for the first 50 families each week! Check out your film favorites at our NEW summer outdoor movie series. Grab refreshments from your favorite VAL restaurant, bring your own lawn chair and have fun! Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for full schedule. For inclement weather updates, visit Facebook.com/VillageAtLeesburg. One giveaway per family, while quantities last.

  • August 6 – Fan Favorite – vote on Facebook or at the movies for your favorite flick!
    • Superman (original) PG   151 mins
    • Willy Wonka G 98 mins
    • Surf’s Up  PG 85 mins
    • Smurfs  PG  102 mins

Movies Under The Stars

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August 6, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd SE
Leesburg, 20175
USA
5712912288

Come enjoy free movie screenings at Village at Leesburg. July 23rd Despicable Me (Rated PG) will be shown. August 6th will be the winning fan favorite vote. Choices are: Superman (original-Rated PG), Willy Wonka (Rated G), Surf's Up (Rated PG), and Smurfs (Rated PG). Vote on Facebook!August 20th Frozen (Rated PG) will be shown. Free event chair or picnic blanket will be given to the first 50 families!

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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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August 7, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

The Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers are offering two, fun summer camps!  If you've never clogged before, join us July 28 - Aug 1 for our Novice Camp.  Hours are 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you are an experienced clogger, join us Aug 4 - Aug 8 from 9:00am - 12:00pm for our Experienced Camp.  Ages 8 through adult.  $50 per camp.

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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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August 8, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

The Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers are offering two, fun summer camps!  If you've never clogged before, join us July 28 - Aug 1 for our Novice Camp.  Hours are 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you are an experienced clogger, join us Aug 4 - Aug 8 from 9:00am - 12:00pm for our Experienced Camp.  Ages 8 through adult.  $50 per camp.

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Summer Saturdays

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August 9, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd SE
Leesburg, 20175
USA
5712912288

Village at Leesburg presents a music concert series. Come listen to various artists on Saturday July 19th, Saturday August 2nd, Saturday August 9th, Saturday August 16th, Saturday August 30th, Sunday August 31st, and Monday September 1st at Village at Leesburg in Fountain Court. There will be performances by Paul Pfau & Connor Pledger (R&B former The Voice contestants), Julian Roso (Acoustic Pop), Todd Wright Band (Alternative Pop Covers), Poorhouse Rd (Americana Blues), Music Bone (Electric Rock/Jazz), Gina de Simone & The Moaners (Swing/Dance), AJ Sith & The Apollo (Indie Rock) on alternating nights. For the full music schedule please visit villageatleesburg.com

Acoustic on the Green Presents Two-Time Grammy Award Winner Jon Carroll

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August 9, 2014

Leesburg Town Green
25 West Market Street
Leesburg, VA

Jon Carroll’s long and diverse career has garnered him recognition in the Washington, D.C. area. He is a multiple Wammie winner (Washington Area Music Association) as a vocalist, player and songwriter as well as national notoriety and a two-time Grammy award winner with Starland Vocal Band (“Afternoon Delight”) for his vocal arranging and as Best New Artist. Additionally, in 2011 the Washington Area Music Association named Carroll Musician of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Pop Rock Instrumentalist of the Year. After recording five albums with Starland Vocal Band, he worked with a myriad of artists, penned two musicals and had his songs recorded by artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Tom Jones and Kenny Rogers. He released recently his first solo album in over a decade, “Love Returns.” For more information on Carroll, visit http://www.joncarroll.org/home.html.

Free and open to the public. Picnics are encouraged. Please no smoking, alcoholic beverages or pets. For more information, visit http://www.acousticonthegreen.com or info@acousticonthegreen.com or call 703-737-7144.

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Red Cross Blood Drive

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August 11, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd.
Leesburg, 20175
USA
314-602-1325

Schedule your appointment online or call 1-800-Red Cross.

Space next to Swoon and across from AT&T

2 - 7:30 p.m.

  • Monday, August 11

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FREE Live Music - Adam Bruno

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August 16, 2014

Notaviva Vineyards
13274 Sagle Rd
Purcellville, 20132
540-668-6756

Singer/songwriter Adam Bruno is a Tampa native, now living in Loudoun County. Adam has a powerful, soulful sound, blending all the best of pop, rock and acoustic music. His melody-driven songs and thoughtful lyrics make you an immediate fan!

Notaviva Vineyards will have wine for purchase by bottle or glass to any customers 21 years of age or older. Lite snacks are also available for purchase, or feel free to bring your own lunch and enjoy a picnic while listening to the tunes of Adam Bruno

Summer Saturdays

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August 16, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd SE
Leesburg, 20175
USA
5712912288

Village at Leesburg presents a music concert series. Come listen to various artists on Saturday July 19th, Saturday August 2nd, Saturday August 9th, Saturday August 16th, Saturday August 30th, Sunday August 31st, and Monday September 1st at Village at Leesburg in Fountain Court. There will be performances by Paul Pfau & Connor Pledger (R&B former The Voice contestants), Julian Roso (Acoustic Pop), Todd Wright Band (Alternative Pop Covers), Poorhouse Rd (Americana Blues), Music Bone (Electric Rock/Jazz), Gina de Simone & The Moaners (Swing/Dance), AJ Sith & The Apollo (Indie Rock) on alternating nights. For the full music schedule please visit villageatleesburg.com

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VAL Movies Under the Stars

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August 20, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd.
Leesburg, 20175
USA

FREE VAL Lawn Chair or Picnic Blanket for the first 50 families each week! Check out your film favorites at our NEW summer outdoor movie series. Grab refreshments from your favorite VAL restaurant, bring your own lawn chair and have fun! Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for full schedule. For inclement weather updates, visit Facebook.com/VillageAtLeesburg. One giveaway per family, while quantities last.

  • August 20  – Frozen (sing along) PG  108 mins

 

 

Movies Under The Stars

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August 20, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd SE
Leesburg, 20175
USA
5712912288

Come enjoy free movie screenings at Village at Leesburg. July 23rd Despicable Me (Rated PG) will be shown. August 6th will be the winning fan favorite vote. Choices are: Superman (original-Rated PG), Willy Wonka (Rated G), Surf's Up (Rated PG), and Smurfs (Rated PG). Vote on Facebook!August 20th Frozen (Rated PG) will be shown. Free event chair or picnic blanket will be given to the first 50 families!

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Artful August

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August 23, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd SE
Leesburg, 20175
USA
5712912288

Village at Leesburg presents the 2nd annual juried Art Show. Free Application. Free display space. Free contest entry. Submit up to five (5) artworks for judging by jury and show attendees for The People's Choice Awards. Free festival for all! July 3rd applications are opened, artists will be notified of acceptance within 14 days of application. Jury selected winners will be announced August 23rd at 6:30 PM.  August 20th People's Choice winners will be announced. For more information please visit villageatleesburg.com/artfulaugust

Notaviva Vineyards presents Emma Bailey

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August 23, 2014

Notaviva Vineyards
13274 Sagle Rd
Purcellville, 20132
USA
540-668-6756

FREE admission music event featuring Emma Bailey at Notaviva Vineyards. Wine available for purchase by glass and the bottle. Tastings $8. Must be 21 to consume alcohol.

Music from 2-6pm this Saturday

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Summer Saturdays

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August 30, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd SE
Leesburg, 20175
USA
5712912288

Village at Leesburg presents a music concert series. Come listen to various artists on Saturday July 19th, Saturday August 2nd, Saturday August 9th, Saturday August 16th, Saturday August 30th, Sunday August 31st, and Monday September 1st at Village at Leesburg in Fountain Court. There will be performances by Paul Pfau & Connor Pledger (R&B former The Voice contestants), Julian Roso (Acoustic Pop), Todd Wright Band (Alternative Pop Covers), Poorhouse Rd (Americana Blues), Music Bone (Electric Rock/Jazz), Gina de Simone & The Moaners (Swing/Dance), AJ Sith & The Apollo (Indie Rock) on alternating nights. For the full music schedule please visit villageatleesburg.com

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Donna Clark "Mindscapes"

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August 31, 2014

6474 Main Street
The Plains, 20198

 August 31 - September 28, 2014, “Donna Clark - Mindscapes” A unique solo exhibit by acclaimed regional artist Donna Clark.  “I paint in series - images that are not place specific.  I consider them personal dreamlike mindscapes of imagined locations in my natural world.”  The public is invited to an opening reception on Sunday, September 7, 5:00 - 7:00PM.  In addition, Clark will demonstrate her distinctive painting technique on September 14 at 2:00PM.  This is a great opportunity to watch her paint and ask questions of this very talented artist.

Summer Saturdays

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August 31, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd SE
Leesburg, 20175
USA
5712912288

Village at Leesburg presents a music concert series. Come listen to various artists on Saturday July 19th, Saturday August 2nd, Saturday August 9th, Saturday August 16th, Saturday August 30th, Sunday August 31st, and Monday September 1st at Village at Leesburg in Fountain Court. There will be performances by Paul Pfau & Connor Pledger (R&B former The Voice contestants), Julian Roso (Acoustic Pop), Todd Wright Band (Alternative Pop Covers), Poorhouse Rd (Americana Blues), Music Bone (Electric Rock/Jazz), Gina de Simone & The Moaners (Swing/Dance), AJ Sith & The Apollo (Indie Rock) on alternating nights. For the full music schedule please visit villageatleesburg.com

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I Wanna Uh-Uh-Uh-Uh-Uh-Undo It

6 Aug 2014

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There’s a popular country western song that tells the story of a young woman who gets swept up in a night of partying and wakes up to find she has a ring on her finger, a new last name and a new husband. Knowing she had been duped but determined …

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Editorial

War Madness

25 Jul 2014

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The Dying Gaul By John P. Flannery In a world that prefers to war, can’t get enough of it, innocents are killed, and those senseless incidents in turn provoke more war. It happened in the Ukraine and the testosterone is running high. Ukraine calls to the West to put up or shut up with military force, not just economic sanctions. …

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Bed and Breakfasts – Boon or Threat to the Rural Economy?

3 Jun 2014

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By Malcolm and Pamela Baldwin Breaking news, in case you missed it: the Board of Supervisors has created new rules for bed-and-breakfast establishments in Loudoun, among them an increase in the number and frequency of events – such as weddings – B&Bs are allowed to host on their properties. At the same time, the board also tightened fire safety, building …

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Lifestyle

Convoy of Hope Hosts $1 Million Giveaway in Leesburg

29 Aug 2014

Convoy of Hope, a faith-based charitable organization, will partner with local businesses, churches, government agencies and non-profit organizations on Saturday, September 13, to host a community celebration that will feature a variety of free goods and services for guests. The Convoy of Hope celebration will take place at the Shenandoah Building (102 Heritage Way NE, Leesburg, VA 20176). Gates open …

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Salamander Resort and Spa Celebrates First Anniversary

19 Aug 2014

Activities On Friday, August 29 – exactly one year after it opened its highly anticipated doors – the resort will host a Birthday Bubbles celebration from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Filled with bottomless sparkling wine, birthday sweets and live entertainment, the event will take place on the Grand Terrace and Lawn. Admission is $30 per person. On Saturday, August 30, there will …

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Legally Blonde Coming to Franklin Park August 21-23

18 Aug 2014

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By Sarah Smith What do Harvard law students, UCLA sorority girls, and a group of high school thespians from Loudoun County have in common? They all are in Piedmont Arts Foundation’s summer production of Legally Blonde the Musical. The show takes the stage on August 21 at 7:30, August 22 at 7:30, and August 23 at 2:30 and 7:30. Every …

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Wild Loudoun

Mighty Little Crayfish

6 Aug 2014

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Several years ago I was walking along W&OD Trail in Reston when I saw a mighty little thing – maybe two inches long – strutting directly toward me in a very menacing way. It was moving pretty fast and had two large claws raised. I didn’t know if this was how this thing behaved – vulnerable and out in the …

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Around Virginia

VDOE Names Chief Academic Officer

Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples today announced that John William “Billy” Haun of Charlottesville will become the Virginia Department of Education’s chief academic officer, taking the position of assistant superintendent of instruction on September 1. “I am delighted that Billy is bringing his knowledge, leadership and innovative ideas …

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LaRock Appointed to Joint Commission on Technology and Science

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Speaker of the House William Howell has appointed Delegate Dave LaRock as a member of the Joint Commission on Technology and Science (JCOTS), effective immediately and lasting for the duration of his term in the House of Delegates. The Commission meets several times throughout the year to “Study all aspects …

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Virginia Earns Top Special Education Rating from U.S. Department of Education

Virginia is one of only 18 states and territories earning a “meets requirements” designation under the US Department of Education’s (USED) new results-driven accountability model for rating state compliance with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Previously in rating states, USED focused on procedural requirements such as timelines …

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Sports

Little League Season Update

8 Aug 2014

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By Carri Michon This spring 2014 Upper Loudoun Little League season found drenching rains making fields unplayable on a regular basis. Over 100 games were rescheduled due to wet, soggy fields, said league president, Norris Beavers. “The most I have ever remembered in my 28 years of volunteering with Upper …

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Ida Lee NFL Flag Football League Registration Ends July 28

20 Jul 2014

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Registration for the Fall 2014 NFL Flag Football league is currently ongoing for boys and girls, ages six to 14, and spots are filling fast. To secure a spot in the league, participants must register by Monday, July 28, 2014. The Ida Lee NFL Flag Football League is the premier …

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Letters

Good News – Virginia Budget Passed

3 Jul 2014

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I hope folks have heard the good news that Virginia has passed a two-year budget, and passed it without allowing our new governor to force …

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T-Mac Does an O’Bama

24 Jun 2014

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Everyone by now has heard that the Virginia Legislature was able to pass a budget without medicaid expansion. This has infuriated the Governor who has …

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De-couple Medicaid Expansion from the Commonwealth’s Budget

11 Jun 2014

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At a September 25, 2103, debate sponsored by the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, then Mr. McAuliffe declared, “No budget will be shut down in Virginia …

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