Blue Ridge Leader News – October 10, 2010

October 10, 2010 Tim Jon with BRLN Comments Off on Blue Ridge Leader News – October 10, 2010
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A local high school mourns the loss of a student, to violence in Honduras; news recently surfaced that 18 year old Jimmy Gerardo Portillo Oliva died late last month from gunshot wounds in his native country. He was on a trip to secure a Visa in order to finish his high school education at Heritage in Leesburg. … Continue Reading

Ayrshire Farm Celebrates Farm Festival

October 6, 2010 Farm and garden, Loudoun County Comments Off on Ayrshire Farm Celebrates Farm Festival

Ayrshire Farm, 21846 Trappe Road, Upperville, will be open to the public for an old-fashioned apple festival and family day on the farm on Saturday, October 16 and Sunday, October 17 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day.There is no charge for admission. All are welcome, but pets should be left at home and will not be admitted.

Ayrshire Farm is a certified organic, certified humane producer of heritage breed livestock, including Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs; Scottish Highland and White Park cattle; and Bourbon Red, Standard Bronze, and White Holland turkeys, many of which will be on display. Ayrshire Farm’s antique carriage collection will also be on display. The famous Ayrshire Farm Shire horses will be providing the “horsepower” for a rare, antique stone cider press as well as pulling the wagons for hayrides around the farm.

Children will find plenty to see and do, with a variety of children’s activities and games, including face painting, pumpkin and apple decorating. There will also be lots of baby farm animals to see.

Local apple growers will be on hand, offering tastings of apples, cider and selling their products. An apple-baking contest will be held each day for the public. Entry categories are “Best Apple Pie”, “Best Apple Dessert”, “Best Apple Savory Dessert”, and “Most Creative Use of an Apple”. To enter, email your name, address, telephone number, and email address along with your entry category to info@ayrshirefarm.com. Prizes in each category will be awarded each day and entries must be on the judges’ table by noon each day of the festival.

“October is traditionally the month when farm communities come together to celebrate the harvest. This is a great opportunity to show we are doing right here in Loudoun with certified organic, certified humane, local agriculture and our work for the preservation of traditional-breed livestock,” stated Sandy Lerner, owner of Ayrshire Farm. “We at Ayrshire Farm have been working for more than a decade to bring our farm and our community together in support of our local, family farms and to provide this community with more wholesome food, reduced food miles, and make our shared environment a healthier place to live and grow.

Farm food will be available for sale and will include Sloppy Joes, pork BBQ and hot dogs — all featuring Ayrshire Farm’s organic, humanely raised meats and other produce.

Blue Ridge Leader News – October 3, 2010

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Counting Our Blessings

At a time when others are studying the effects of poverty in their neighborhoods, our locality might just be counting its blessings. Loudoun County saw its median household income climb by 10 percent in the past four years- to almost $115,000, as the economies of nearby suburbs and urban areas witnessed a growing phenomenon of families with children living in increasingly challenging conditions. … Continue Reading

Enjoy the Fall Feast at Hunter Oaks Farm

October 2, 2010 Loudoun County Comments Off on Enjoy the Fall Feast at Hunter Oaks Farm
Fall Feast volunteers prepare hearty brunswick stew for Saturdays festival.

Fall Feast volunteers prepare hearty brunswick stew for Saturday's festival.

Roszell Chapel United Methodist Church will be sponsoring a Fall Feast at Hunter Oaks Farm on Saturday, October 9 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Featuring chili, brunswick stew, hot-dogs, salad, and dessert, the farm is 4-1/2 miles south of Purcellville on Rt. 690, 19530 Silcott Springs Rd. The church is asking for a free-will offering for this old-fashioned family-fun country time. For further information, call 540-338-5861.

Fire Prevention Week Kicks Off with “Smoke Alarms, A Sound You Can Live With!”

October 2, 2010 Public Safety Comments Off on Fire Prevention Week Kicks Off with “Smoke Alarms, A Sound You Can Live With!”

“Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With!” is the 2010 Fire Prevention Week campaign, supported by the Loudoun County Fire-Rescue system during the week of October 3-9, 2010. Once again, the fire-rescue system is partnering with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to promote fire prevention and safety. NFPA has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for 88 years.

“Many homes in Loudoun County may not have any smoke alarms, not quite enough smoke alarms, alarms that are too old or alarms that are not working,” says Interim Fire Chief W. Keith Brower, Jr. “We want residents to understand that working smoke alarms are needed in every home and on every level, including the basement.”

Smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death in a fire. NFPA statistics show that properly working smoke alarms increases the chance of survivability from home fires. But they must be working properly to do so. The association’s data shows that many homes have smoke alarms that aren’t working or maintained properly, usually because of missing, disconnected or dead batteries. Roughly two-thirds of all home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

In recognition of Fire Prevention Week, many Loudoun County fire stations will host open houses that will provide many activities geared toward fire prevention and community awareness. Most events are free to the public, however, food may have a minimal cost. The open houses are as follows:

10/2 Leesurg Fire Open House 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 61 Plaza Street, NE, Leesburg
www.leesburgfire.org

10/3 Purcellville Fire & Purcellville Rescue Open House Noon – 4:00 p.m. 500 N. Maple Ave, Purcellville
www.purcellvillefire.org

10/3 Ashburn Fire & Rescue Open house Station 6 Noon – 4pm 20688 Ashburn Road, Ashburn
www.ashburnfirerescue.org

10/9 Sterling Volunteer Fire and Sterling Volunteer Rescue Open House – Station 11/15, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 104 Commerce Street, Sterling RainDate 10/10.
www.sterlingfire.org

10/9 and 10 Purcellville Rescue town tag sale participation/fund raising. Old station 14. 211 20th Street South, Purcellville
www.purcellvillerescue.org

10/10 Arcola Volunteer Fire-Rescue Open House Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 24300 Gum Springs Road, Arcola
www.arcolavfd.org

10/16 Aldie Fire 55th Anniversary Celebration and Firequacker Duck Race 8:00 a.m. 39459 John Mosby Hwy, Aldie
www.aldiefire.org

10/23 Hamilton Safety Center Auxiliary’s 1st Annual Car Show. 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 39071 E Colonial Hwy, Hamilton

For more information about the fire or rescue station in your community or fire prevention tips, contact your neighborhood station or visit the Loudoun County Fire-Rescue homepage at www.loudoun.gov/fire.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Truly forgiving is the ability to say, ‘Thank you for giving me that experience.’” James Arthur Ray vaulted into fame on the Oprah Winfrey Show back in the mid-2000’s. Stunned hearing these words while watching The Rise and …

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, I’m a manager at a large tech company and my boss has directed me to fire someone on my team, but as a Christian, I just can’t do it. It’s true that the employee …

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Speaking Truth to Power

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“With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed.” Abraham Lincoln On Thursday evening, February 23, I requested the Board of Supervisors pass a proclamation resolving to support the March for Science on Earth Day, April 22 [1]. …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

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Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

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Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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Sterling Library Moving To New Location

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Sterling Library’s current location, 120 Enterprise St., Sterling, will close beginning Saturday, March 25, to prepare for the opening of the new Sterling Library on Saturday, April 15. Patrons can return library materials using the drop box at the new location, 22330 S. Sterling Boulevard.

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Loudoun Workforce Resource Center Presents STEM Career Fair March 28

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The Loudoun Valley Vikings are the boy’s runner-up at the VHSL 4A State Indoor Track and Field Championships at Roanoke College.  During the 2015-2016 school year, the Loudoun County School Board approved Indoor Track and Field as a Tier 2 (self-funded) sport.  The seven boys competing scored 48 points, second …

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WLVBC U14 Boys Finish 3rd at VA Beach Event

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The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys Team garnered 3rd place in their first travel tournament of 2017, the Virginia Beach Invitational. This event was held Feb. 18-19 and featured more than 24 teams from the U14 to U18 age group. The team was second on their net on day …

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