ALERT: Sheriff’s Office Searching for Suspect in Hamilton

December 30, 2011 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on ALERT: Sheriff’s Office Searching for Suspect in Hamilton

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is currently searching for a wanted suspect in the area of the 30 block of West Colonial Highway in Hamilton.

The suspect, Joseph (Joe) Regan, age 24, is a White male and is wearing a dark colored sweatshirt with khaki pants. He has a thin build. The suspect is on foot
and was believed to be last seen in the area of Coachman Drive around 8:30 a.m. on Friday, December 30.

A Reverse 911 message has been initiated and activated to the immediate search area. If you see this suspect, call 911 immediately.

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of December 24, 2011

December 28, 2011 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of December 24, 2011

12/17/11 – 10:55 p.m. – S. 32nd St. – DUI – Katherine D. Forno age 39 of Purcellville was arrested.

12/17/11 – 12:03 a.m. – 100 block of N. 21st St. – Narcotic Violation, Liquor Law Violation and Drug Equipment Violation – Owen S. Looney age 18 of Bluemont and Robert J. Hilldrup age 20 of Hamilton were arrested.

12/18/11 – 11:07 p.m. – E. Main St / McDaniel Dr. – DUI, Liquor Law Violation and Narcotic Violation – Jarrett S. Orndorff age 20 of Purcellville was arrested. … Continue Reading

Local Students Graduate from York College of Pennsylvania

December 28, 2011 by Contributor Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Local Students Graduate from York College of Pennsylvania

The following local students graduated from York College of Pennsylvania on December 21. Tara Hemphill of Lovettsville graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Jaimie Sapp of Bluemont graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation and Leisure Administration.

Town of Purcellville Sports Funding Application

December 28, 2011 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Town of Purcellville Sports Funding Application

The Town of Purcellville is accepting applications from local organizations for the Annual Sports League Funding. There is $5,000 in this year’s budget. Send your completed application to (or call Jennifer Christie, Parks and Recreation Coordinator 540 751-2391): Town of Purcellville, Annual Sports League Funding, 221 S. Nursery Avenue, Purcellville, Virginia 20132. All applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on January 23, 2012.

Loudoun County Delegation 2012 General Assembly Public Hearing

December 28, 2011 by Contributor Government, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Delegation 2012 General Assembly Public Hearing

The Loudoun Delegation to the Virginia General Assembly will be holding a public hearing on Wednesday, January 4, 2012, seeking citizen input prior to the 2012 General Assembly session. A sign-up sheet will be provided at 6:30 p.m. for those wishing to speak before the delegation. This will take place Wednesday January 4, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the Loudoun County Government Center Board Room. Delegates Joe May, Tom Rust, Tag Greason, Jim LeMunyon, Barbara Comstock; Delegates Elect, Randy Minchew, David Ramadan

Senators: Mark Herring and Jill Holtzman-Vogel, Senators Elect, Barbara Favola, Dick Black will be attending the meeting.

Christmas Tree Recycling for the Town of Purcellville

December 27, 2011 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Christmas Tree Recycling for the Town of Purcellville

Christmas trees will be collected during the Town’s regular Wednesday collection on January 4 and 11, 2012. Have all trees placed curbside by 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday and placed in a mannerthat does not block or obstruct sidewalks or streets. … Continue Reading

Lobbyists

December 27, 2011 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Lobbyists
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“We are thoroughgoing liars, even to ourselves. Our most prized possession – language – not only strengthens our ability to lie but greatly extends its range.” Robert Trivers, The Folly of Fools [1]

In my November 13 article in the Blue Ridge Leader [2], I mentioned a pro-nuclear friend whom I had asked for information which might support the viability nuclear energy. At the time he had not delivered. Since then he recommended the World Council of Energy 2010 Survey of Energy Resources report [3] which is very useful, fact-based and loaded with content. The uranium and nuclear energy chapters were written by Hans-Holger Rogner, whom I’ve written about in prior articles and of whom I have high regard [4]. Not that I necessarily agree with him on any point but I do take his opinion seriously. I am preparing a few articles on his report chapters but it will take some time as research and fact checking is required. Rogner’s report is exactly the kind of information I was expecting from my friend. And it is exactly the kind of meaty information which is worth digging into. More recently, he sent me a link to a content free TV interview with a nuclear power industry lobbyist [5] with the comment: “This story will be of interest to you.” … Continue Reading

Increased Transfusions Leaves INOVA Blood Donor Services in Need of O Blood

December 22, 2011 by Contributor Public Safety Comments Off on Increased Transfusions Leaves INOVA Blood Donor Services in Need of O Blood

The amount of transfusions for babies and mothers in labor and delivery, trauma victims and surgical patients within Inova Health System’s hospitals has increased the need for blood while Inova Blood Donor Services is seeing a decrease in donations. In particular, O blood types are in critical shortage. O negative is the universal blood type, which means whenever a baby, adolescent or adult patient with an unknown blood type requires an emergency transfusion, they are given O negative red cells. With only seven percent of the US population having the O negative blood type, there is always high demand which leads to critical shortages of a very rare and much needed product. … Continue Reading

Happy Holidays

December 22, 2011 by Contributor Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Happy Holidays

We know that King Henry VIII, Mary Queen of Scots, and New England’s patriarch of the Salem Witch Trials, Cotton Mather, all preferred a Government-sponsored religion, for various reasons. But there is no evidence that Jesus did. In fact, He said, “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and unto God the things that are God’s,” (Mark 12:17) indicating a natural separation.

One of the Founding Fathers, Virginia’s own James Madison, wrote, “An alliance or coalition between Government and religion cannot be too carefully guarded against…… “We are teaching the world the great truth that Govts do better without Kings & Nobles than with them. The merit will be doubled by the other lesson that Religion flourishes in greater purity, without [rather] than with the aid of Gov.” [James Madison, Letter to Edward Livingston, July 10, 1822]. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, December 18, 2011

December 18, 2011 by Tim Jon News, Tim Jon with BRLN Comments Off on Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, December 18, 2011
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Older, if not Wiser

He just may double his age behind bars, and that’s probably all right with everyone close to this case; child sex abuse defendant- Brad Minor- pled ‘no contest’ this past week in connection to charges involving two four-year-old students at a local child care center. He faces up to 25 years in prison for aggravated sexual battery and custodial indecent liberties with children; Minor worked as an assistant at Chesterbrook Academy in Leesburg up until the time of his arrest this past July.

The Commonwealth Attorney’s Office reported sufficient forensic evidence to put the defendant away for quite a spell; Minor comes in for sentencing in March of 2012. … Continue Reading

Leesburg Executive Airport Releases FY 2011 Annual Report

December 17, 2011 by Contributor Business, News Comments Off on Leesburg Executive Airport Releases FY 2011 Annual Report

At the Leesburg Town Council meeting on Tuesday, December 13, Dennis Boykin, chair of the Leesburg Airport Commission, presented the Leesburg Executive Airport’s FY 2011 Annual Report.

In his presentation, Mr. Boykin highlighted the impact of the airport on the local Leesburg economy; several recently completed capital improvement projects, including the Instrument Landing System which became operational in March 2011; and plans for future improvements to the airport. … Continue Reading

Dogs Seized in Purcellville Awarded to Animal Services

December 17, 2011 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Dogs Seized in Purcellville Awarded to Animal Services

54 dogs and one cat seized from a Purcellville property on August 5, 2011 were awarded to the Loudoun County Department of Animal Services yesterday after a ruling by Circuit Court Judge Chamblin.

Animal Control Officers discovered the animals while visiting the Purcellville Road property on another matter. The dogs were owned by Bonita Clark of Annapolis, MD. Judge Chamblin ruled that Ms. Clark did not provide adequate care for the animals and not only awarded their custody to the County, but also restricted her from owning any animals in Virginia for at least two years. Ms. Clark was also ordered to pay restitution for the reasonable costs of care of the animals. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Sheriff’s Deputy Casey Johnson Recognized at 14th Annual WRAP Awards

December 17, 2011 by Contributor Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Loudoun Sheriff’s Deputy Casey Johnson Recognized at 14th Annual WRAP Awards

Loudoun County Sheriff’s Deputy Casey Johnson was recognized December 16, for his efforts in the fight against impaired driving at the 14th Annual Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) Awards.

Deputy Johnson was among several law enforcement officers from the region recognized by WRAP for their outstanding commitment in the fight against drunk driving. … Continue Reading

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Sustainable Planet

Not Your Father’s El Nino

15 Aug 2015

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

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Ask Dr. Mike

At Wits End

7 Aug 2015

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

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Morven Park

7 Aug 2015

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

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Mount Zion Church

1 Jul 2015

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

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Sushi's Corner

March Sushi

4 Mar 2015

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

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Virginia Gardening

Planting an Allergy-Free Garden

5 May 2015

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

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Samuel Moore-Sobel

What It Means To Be a Man

7 Aug 2015

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

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

A Social Security Strategy Could Enhance Your Retirement Income Plan

7 Aug 2015

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

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Student News

8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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Blue Ridge Middle Places 11th In National Science League

1 Jul 2015

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

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Friday Night Live with Emma Rowley & Saffron Gourmet Food Truck

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Book Signing: 'Beyond Jefferson's Vines' by Richard Leahy

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Lovettsville Historical Society Lecture: "Hex Signs: the History and the Mystery"

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COFFEEHOUSE: LOVE, LOSS & WHAT I WORE

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Mobile Hope’s “Back to School” Shopping Event Helps Loudoun Struggling Youth

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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input sessions June 4, 11 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. at town hall for the proposed sweeping zoning changes. These major …

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Editorial

Getting Purcellville Out of the Conflicts of Interest Trap

7 Aug 2015

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

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Lifestyle

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

28 Aug 2015

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

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Historic Village Prepares for 46th Annual Bluemont Fair

25 Aug 2015

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

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Register for Rally for the Cure™

24 Aug 2015

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

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Wild Loudoun

Dragonflies – To See Is To Believe

7 Aug 2015

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Shadow Darner. Unicorn Clubtail. Black Shouldered Spinyleg. Blue Dasher. Ebony Jewelwing. Calico Pennant. Sanddragon. Their names conger up some magical place inhabited by devils and demons, elegant queens, daring lovers – creatures you would need to see with your own eyes to believe really existed. But, each of these, including the Calico Pennant, is actually one of the most common …

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Around Virginia

Congress and MWAA VS Loudoun Taxpayers

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

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Governor Signs Senator Black’s Campus Sexual Assault Bill

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

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McAuliffe Announces Movie To Film in Virginia

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia has been selected as the filming location for “Loving,” a motion picture based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a Virginia married couple who, in 1958, were arrested for violating a state law at the time prohibiting interracial marriage. The couple …

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Sports

Drew Hunter Heading To Pan American Games

7 Aug 2015

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

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American Legion Post 34 Hosting Mid-Atlantic Regional Baseball Tournament

5 Aug 2015

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

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines Loudoun County was heavily invested in the fight for independence from Great Britain. Loudouner Francis Lightfoot Lee was one of 56 delegates to sign the Declaration of Independence. More Loudouners served in General George Washington’s army than any other county in Virginia, and the county’s enormous …

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Mary Rose Lunde

More Than a GPA

7 Aug 2015

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

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Sarah's Closet

Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015

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– By Sarah Nearis Look at these sweet and summery pink blouses and tops. Don’t you want to try one on? Some women are afraid to wear pink, thinking it’s a bit too feminine. But, pink comes in such a wide variety of shades – from soft mauves to fuchsias …

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Letters

Thank You Purcellville

7 Aug 2015

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I want to express my sincere appreciation for the outpouring of support by the local business owners and residents in relationship to my challenge to …

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Independence Won – Much Left To Be Done

1 Jul 2015

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

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

15 Jun 2015

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

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