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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Shell Games

16 Jun 2015

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“Let me be very very clear, for us climate change is real and it’s a threat that we want to act on. We’re not aligning with skeptics.” – Ben van Beurden, chief executive officer of Royal Dutch Shell [1] “What …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Supporting a Transgender Child

1 Jul 2015

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– By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, My husband and I are worried because our 14-year-old daughter thinks that “he” is transgendered. It’s true that she’s always been interested in more masculine activities, and this past year she announced to …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

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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Brandon Park

3 Jun 2015

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Considering its location – amidst the swirl of transportation axes, commercial and industrial scenery, residential neighborhoods, and the shadow of the busy downtown section of Leesburg, I was surprised to have this quiet little oasis of (mostly) green to myself …

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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

Saving The Art Of Letter Writing

1 Jul 2015

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– By Samuel Moore-Sobel This year a woman in France received a letter in the mail. What made her experience unique was that the letter had been written on January 27, 1877, and was intended for her great-grandfather. Steve Insekeep, …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

The Marital Agreement

2 Jul 2015

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– By Amy & Dan Smith In Virginia, as in most states, a marital agreement can be entered into before or after marriage. It can cover a variety of topics but commonly addresses issues pertaining to the disposition of property …

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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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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

How Did We Get Here And How Do We Get Out?? A Summary Of Purcellville’s Sewer Debt And Strategic Solutions

1 Jul 2015

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– By Kwasi Fraser, Mayor of Purcellville Many of our fellow citizens are baffled by the proposed increase in our already high water and sewer rates, and not just about the increase that was proposed for the Fiscal Year 2016 but also about the proposed increases over the next nine years. This quote from one of our citizens to a …

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Lifestyle

Artist’s Profile: Michele Sommers, Mural Artist – The Beauty Of Life, Evolving Over Time

2 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines Two things defy reason when it comes to mural artist and painter Michele Sommers. The first is her irrepressibly humble attitude towards her talent. The second is the absolute divinity of her work. I knew that in writing about her in this way she would be thinking, Oh … come on … I’m not THAT good! …

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Kicking Off Farm To Fork With Music

1 Jul 2015

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Kicking off this year’s Farm-to-Fork Loudoun project is the second annual Farm, Fork & Art, with music added: a special concert from home grown, award winning folk and Americana singer-songwriter Andrew McKnight. Farm, Fork, Art & Music begins at 6 p.m. sharp at the unique Trinity House Cafe located at 101 E. Market St. in Leesburg on Wednesday, July 22, …

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Hillsboro Celebrates Independence Day July 3

1 Jul 2015

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Bring your friends and family to Hillsboro’s Old Stone School on Friday, July 3 for the annual Independence Day Celebration. The celebration will be preceded by the second of four seasonal outdoor markets which will open on July 3 at 4 p.m., and the Independence Day festivities begin at 6 p.m. at the Old Stone School located at 37098 Charles …

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Wild Loudoun

Ancient Oaks – The Great Providers

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines She feeds the birds. She shelters the mammal. She cools the air, provides us with shade and conserves the water and soil. She is the mighty old oak, an ecosystem unto herself. All except the smallest living things function as an ecosystem of sorts – whether harboring the bacteria and microscopic plants that break down organic …

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Around Virginia

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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Bipartisan Legislation Hopes To Reduce Wasteful Spending

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U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Rand Paul (R-KY) have teamed up on a bipartisan proposal to empower federal workers to identify and cut down on unnecessary federal spending. The Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act of 2015 would build on existing law by expanding a program that allows U.S. government …

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Sports

Upper Loudoun Little League Pre-Game Ceremony

1 Jul 2015

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– By Carri Michon The Majors championship game for Upper Loudoun Little League dawned with prospects of stormy weather. Nonetheless, a nice crowd assembled for the pre-game ceremonies in the light rain. Following the announcment of the AL Royals and the NL Pirates teams, the ULLL Hometown Heroes scholarship given …

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WLVBC Ignite Takes 2nd at Tournament

13 May 2015

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Western Loudoun Volleyball Club U15 Team Ignite placed second at the NVVA 15’s Spring Fling Volleyball Tournament on Sunday, May 10 at Belmont Ridge Middle School in Leesburg. Ignite met the host team, NVVA 15 Fairfax Black, in the finals. “I’m proud of each player for pushing hard through 10 …

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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

Locks Of Hope Easy, Helpful

1 Jul 2015

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– By Mary Rose Lunde I’m not the first one who has written about and done what I am about to describe, and I hope I’m not the last. It’s not an action that seems heroic, but it does make a difference. The best part is that no one 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

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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Minimum Wage: A Wrench in the Gears

3 Jun 2015

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By Delegate Dave LaRock You may have read in the news recently that the second-largest city in the United States, Los Angeles, voted to raise …

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