Libraries To Celebrate National Library Week

March 31, 2011 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Libraries To Celebrate National Library Week

Join our nation’s libraries and librarians during National Library Week, April 10 through 16, and Create your own story @ your library! Loudoun County Public Library invites you to celebrate with a wide variety of special programs and events for all ages:

Just a Dream: The Green Play presented by Adventure Theatre
Caldecott-winning artist Chris Van Allsburg’s story Just a Dream tells us what the future may hold. Live performance recommended for all ages.
2:00 p.m., April 2, Rust Library, Leesburg
2:00 p.m., April 9, Ashburn Library
2:00 p.m., April 10, Cascades Library

Know Your Family Tree presented by Genealogy Library, LaVonne Markham
Learn how to research your family history using Ancestry Library Edition.
2:00 p.m., April 9, Middleburg Library
7:00 p.m., April 12, Ashburn Library
10:30 a.m., April 14, Rust Library

Instrument Petting Zoo with The Loudoun Symphony
An interactive program that allows children to hear, touch and play a variety of instruments. For ages six and up. Sponsored by The Loudoun Symphony and Melodee Music.
2:00 p.m., April 9, Rust Library

Get Caught Reading: Photo Fun
Share your digital photos of readers, books, or the library which will be displayed on your branch Facebook page. For more information and to submit your photo, go to and click on “Get Caught Reading.” For all ages.
April 10 through 16 at all branches

Children’s Mad Lib(rary) Stories
Pick up a Mad Lib story form, turn in your story at the children’s desk and receive a prize. For ages five to 11.
April 10 through 16, Ashburn Library

Tell Us Your Library Story!
Tell us why you like to visit the library. Your stories will be displayed in the library and posted on our Facebook page. For all ages.
April 10 through 16, Purcellville Library

Meet the Author, Chris Crutcher
Critically-acclaimed, young adult author, Chris Crutcher was named the 2000 recipient of the American Library Association’s Margaret A. Edwards Award for his ongoing devotion to young adults. He received the National Intellectual Freedom Award given by the National Council of Teachers and has been honored twice by the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents. For teens.
April 11, 7:00 p.m., Ashburn Library

Create Your Own Story Using a Story Bag
Select a bag prepared with various objects to create a unique story. Pick up a bag at the library. For ages six – 11.
April 11 through 16, Sterling Library

Meet Smartie and Birdie!
Bring a camera to take your photo with the library mascots. For all ages.
April 12, 2:00 p.m., Cascades Library

Loudoun County Public Library is the perfect place to discover new worlds and begin the next chapter in your life’s story. Visit your local branch or the library web site: to learn about all the programs, services and events available to you.

Historic Barn Demolished

March 30, 2011 by Valerie Cury Development, News, Our Towns 2 comments

Developer “Caught Off Guard”
Town of Purcellville “Had No Knowledge”

Confusion reigned in Purcellville earlier this week as contractors for Roadside Development, LLC – the Washington, DC-based company responsible for the Purcellville Gateway redevelopment project – mistakenly demolished a significant amount of the historic barn that was to be preserved.

Demolition started at approximately 8:00 a.m. on Monday morning. A representative from the Blue Ridge Leader newspaper was alerted by a neighbor and arrived at the scene at approximately 10:00 a.m. Both the barn and the old Cole farmhouse were to become part of the future Gateway project. The house was to be moved, and the barn was to be carefully dismantled, “relocated and restored” – both to a different part of the site. … Continue Reading

Construction Begins for New Town Hall

March 30, 2011 by Valerie Cury Government, News, Our Towns 1 comment

Removal of Old Oaks Surprise Many – More Trees to Come Down

Early last week construction for the parking lot for the new Purcellville Town Hall began. The building the new Town Hall will occupy (the old Purcellville Baptist Church) has only a limited number of parking spaces (six on-street spaces in the front of the building). To provide the sixty-seven spaces needed, the Town will take over the now gravel parking area at Fireman’s Field, requiring the removal of over twenty five mature white oak trees. … Continue Reading

Voter Redistricting Update

March 30, 2011 by Jim Burton Government, News Comments Off on Voter Redistricting Update

Dear Neighbor,

After much debate and not a little vitriol, the Board concluded its redistricting discussions with a narrow majority selecting a revised version of the Miller 5 Plan. The revisions include returning the Hillsboro precinct to my district, the transfer of both Hamilton precincts to Supervisor Kurtz’ district and the trading of two precincts between the districts represented by Supervisors Delgaudio and McGimsey. Although I was the lone vote against the plan when Supervisor Miller first submitted it in February, I was a reluctant 5th vote in favor of the plan’s selection on Tuesday [March 15th]. What changed my mind? … Continue Reading

Silent Movies with “Perfessor Bill Edwards” on Piano

March 29, 2011 by Contributor Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Silent Movies with “Perfessor Bill Edwards” on Piano

Franklin Park Arts Center will host a series of silent movies with live piano accompaniment by Bill Edwards, an internationally known ragtime piano virtuoso. The next performance will take place on Friday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, under 18 admitted free and may be reserved by calling the box office at 540-338-7973.

Join the magical ‘Perfessor’ Bill as he takes to the keyboard to play along to these great silent movie classics. Films on April 22 will include Three cartoons – Two of Felix the Cat, and a rare presentation of Puss and Boots by Walt Disney. Then enjoy hearing Bill talk about the making of the films and listen to more ragtime jazz as played by this internationally renowned pianist.

And it’s a bargain at only $5 per person!!

Bill has performed throughout the 2010-2011 season at Franklin Park Arts Center, and this will be his last show of the season.

The Franklin Park Arts Center opened on February 2, 2008 after more than a decade of fundraising and construction. The 2010/2011 season runs thru May 2011 and features local, national and international performers. Subscription and group discounts are available. For more information visit

Sign Stage On Tour Presents Winnie the Pooh

March 29, 2011 by Contributor Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Sign Stage On Tour Presents Winnie the Pooh

Professional Touring Group Speaks and Signs Their Lines

Sign Stage On Tour, a professional touring theatre company will present “Winnie the Pooh” on Saturday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors and may be purchased online at

Join Christopher, his best friend Pooh, and the whole animal crew for a delightful, eye-opening adventure told with the hands and voices of deaf and hearing actors. Follow Pooh and Piglet on a Heffalump hunt, watch Rabbit scheme to rid the forest of Kanga’s dreaded bathtub, and help Eeyore search for his tail. Along the way you just might pick up a few lessons in friendship, loyalty and acceptance. Featuring the brilliant talent of Sign Stage On Tour in its 15th touring year, this family production is signed and spoken simultaneously.

The Franklin Park Arts Center opened on February 2, 2008 after more than a decade of fundraising and construction. The 2010/2011 season runs thru May 2011 and features local, national and international performers. Subscription and group discounts are available. For more information visit

U.Va. Study: Horses Give State Economy a $1.2 Billion Ride

March 29, 2011 by Contributor Equestrian Comments Off on U.Va. Study: Horses Give State Economy a $1.2 Billion Ride
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The horse industry in Virginia has an annual economic impact of $1.2 billion, according to a study prepared by the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service and funded by the Virginia Horse Industry Board.

“The equine industry’s influence is felt in all parts of the state,” said U.Va. economist Terance J. Rephann, who headed the study – the findings of which were announced Friday by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. “We see a very positive effect on jobs, recreation, tourism, retail sales and state and local taxation.

“The horse industry in Virginia generates $65.3 million in state and local taxes,” Rephann said. The value-added income is $670 million, he noted, explaining that this economic measure is similar to gross domestic product.

Though the $1.2 billion annual economic impact to the state is sizable, the equine-related state tax revenue of $37 million is a very small part of overall general fund tax revenue of about $15 billion for fiscal year 2011 ¬ about two-tenths of 1 percent, Rephann said. It provides about the same proportion of local government revenue, he said.

Key findings from the U.Va. equine survey include:

  • The horse industry’s largest areas of economic impact continue to be in Northern Virginia, with more than 1,600 horse-related jobs in Fauquier and Loudoun counties.
  • The largest employment impact in the state is in Rockbridge County, the location of the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington. More than 1,330 jobs are industry-related in Lexington and Buena Vista.
  • The industry generated more than 16,000 jobs in 2010 in Virginia, with the greatest effects in the agricultural and agricultural services sectors, and a lesser effect in the areas of trade and construction.
  • Horse owners spend $873 million annually on horse-related expenses, including feed and bedding, boarding, training, tack, capital improvements and labor. These expenses average $4,060 per horse.
  • Nearly 1,200 horse shows and events were held in Virginia in 2010, generating $25 million in revenue.
  • Some 939,000 people attended Virginia horse shows and competitions last year. Out-of-state participants spent an average of $3,100 per event.
  • Virginia’s equine population ranks 12th in the nation.
  • According to the Census of Agriculture Statistics, while the number of farms in Virginia decreased between 1997 and 2007, the number of farms with horses actually increased from 10,972 to 13,520 during that same period, offsetting a more significant decline in farms in general.
  • Virginia has an estimated 215,000 equines and some 41,000 equine operations.

“While I am glad to see these very impressive figures on the economic impact of the horse industry in the commonwealth, I didn’t need a statistical survey to prove how important horses are in Virginia,” said Matthew J. Lohr, commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. “My father-in-law has three horses on his farm, and both of my children enjoy riding them around his property. Horses add so much to our lives on a personal level, but when I look at the big picture, I see just how much they contribute to our state’s economic well-being, as well.”
The full study is available on the University of Virginia Weldon Cooper Center website [], and highlights of the survey can be found on the Virginia Horse Industry Board website [].

The Virginia Horse Industry Board, based at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, comprises 12 representatives from various sectors of the industry throughout the state. The board’s mission is the promotion and economic development of the equine industry in the commonwealth.

Blue Ridge Leader News – March 27, 2011

March 28, 2011 by Tim Jon News, Tim Jon with BRLN Comments Off on Blue Ridge Leader News – March 27, 2011
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Taking Care of Elaine

If I know Elaine Walker, she’s probably working on some form of Town business at the time of this writing, as well as anytime you choose to read it. The Lovettsville Mayor’s recovering from a heart attack, which she suffered on Thursday evening- just prior to a Town Council Meeting.

Physicians at Inova Loudoun Hospital implanted three stints, and the Mayor was doing well in intensive care at last word.

Elaine is in her early 70’s and has been absolutely tireless in the 14 years I’ve known her.

She’s the only current Mayor in Loudoun County who was already serving in that capacity when I moved here in 1997.

In addition to her energy level, Elaine possesses Southern Charm from the old school.

She’s the type of elected leader who remembers everyone’s name and welcomes you into her community.

Now, I know that a lot of people oppose some of the projects she’s backed over the years- like the circle-in-the-square ’roundabout,’ as well as the housing development on the west side of Town.


But, the time has arrived for the Citizens of Lovettsville to let their Mayor know how grateful they are that- not only has she been serving at the helm for 20 years, but it’s been great just to have her around- politics aside.

Elaine used to drive from Lovettsville to Leesburg to stop in at Wage Radio during my time as News Director- roughly a 30-minute drive each way.

I’m sure she put forth similar effort in her other personal and professional relationships.

Now’s the time for the rest of us to do the driving, Elaine- at least for awhile.

I’d like to go to the Lovettsville Oktoberfest in about 10 years and still be able to sit down and have a bratwurst and an adult beverage with Elaine Walker- even though she’ll probably just have soda.

Here’s to your health, Elaine.

Just Like Crazy, Mixed Up Kids

Let’s see: Algonkian, Ashdowne and Dean are new, and Broad Run isn’t what it used to be. I’m sure lots of residents are undergoing culture shock at either living in an Election District with a new name, or trying to get their arms around the changes made in the past weeks by the Loudoun County Board.

The Supervisor’s latest decisions left those still recovering from the recent re-districting process in another tizzy: not only are the borders to these sections all changed around, apparently some of them need new names.

I’m gonna see if I can figure out how this works: Algonkian essentially replaces Sugarland Run, Ashdowne sorta combines Ashburn and Lansdowne, Broad Run includes the real-world Broad Run watershed, and Dean’s pretty much where Dulles used to be.

Thank God we still have Blue Ridge, Catoctin, Leesburg and Sterling.

Now, you’re sure we don’t need to update those names to- respectively- Aquamarine Hills, Western Creekside, Big Town and Homogeneity?

Ok, we’ll leave those alone for now.

Anyway, the the 2011 titles are set to stick around for another decade, at least.

Back to those new names, the one requiring a bit of an explanation is Dean: the District’s titled after Jennie Dean- the founder of an early African-American church- Prosperity Baptist- in the old community of Conklin, near South Riding.

Jennie Dean transformed her earthly existence from a life of enslavement to that of a leading evangelist of her time; in the afterlife, she’s the first African American after which a Virginia municipality has named an election district.

I hope we live up to the standards she set.

Our Robins of Loxley?

And, speaking of the wisdom of our elected leaders, the ever-lovin’ County Board did shave off a little bit of real money from the massive school budget, which perhaps saved enough to preserve some cost-of-living increases for government employees. The Supervisors reduced the educational component by $7.7 million; that’s a mere one percent of the School Board’s not-so-humble request.

The School Budget, as proposed, included a $55 million increase in local tax funding.

Reportedly, the County’s decision to reduce the monster by just one percent may allow them to settle on a tax rate of $1.29.5, but they need to shift a lot more sand before taking the final vote.

The Loudoun Supervisors- so far- have left intact a proposal to provide government employees a 3% raise- which includes those in the public school system.

That item represents about $6.6 million in the County budget- of which the total number goes to $1.6 billion.

And, that’s about as much data as I can stand on a Sunday morning- hope it satisfies the most discerning reader.

If you need more brain work, pick up a copy of Finnegan’s Wake.

Looking Under Rocks

Some recent arrests by the local Sheriff’s Office should justify the fear and anger building up over the past decade against illegal aliens, if my assumptions are correct. A sting operation in conjunction with Immigration and Customs Enforcement netted 20 individuals in Loudoun County.

They focused on undocumented people with criminal records, but the dragnet also picked up some who just didn’t have their proper papers- or if they did, they’d committed a crime in the interim, which gives probable cause for processing by authorities.

Those 20 arrests in Loudoun included 11 individuals from El Salvador, two from Honduras, and one person each from the Ivory Coast, South Korea, Peru, Bolivia, Laos, Canada and the United Kingdom.

I’m sure we have residents who’d like to see lots more individuals rounded up and shipped off- perhaps by the hundreds, even thousands.

Maybe we could just start eradicating people based on our judgment of their outward appearance.

“He looks like an alien.”

“Get him!”

How knows?

Maybe I look like an alien.

I’m not in favor of giving our country away to those who would come in undocumented and tax-free.

But I’d like to see just a bit of thought and consideration before we act upon some of our baser impulses.

Call me crazy.

Waiting to Save Time

And, for those looking for the perfect way to get around in Leesburg, things could get a little worse before they get better, depending on an upcoming decision on transportation improvements. The Town Council plans to vote in early April on some plans to finish up the northern section of Battlefield Parkway- the portion between Fort Evans and Edwards Ferry Road.


But there’s a catch: in order to do this, and to get it done prior to the next school year, workers would need to close down the intersection at Battlefield and Edwards Ferry for about six weeks.

So far, the plan would mean detours from the third week in June until about August 19.

The closure at that crossing would allow road crews a bit more elbow room to get both lanes done on Battlefield at the same time, instead of doing them piecemeal, which would extend the timeline on construction.

I say go for it- get ‘er done.

But then, I live just south of the Historic District- off Catoctin Circle.

I pass through that intersection about once or twice a year.

I’m sure the residents who live nearby have other opinions.

That Council vote comes up on April 12, so I’m told.

Tim Jon for the Blue Ridge Leader

Lyme Task Force Hears Stories of Loss

March 26, 2011 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Lyme Task Force Hears Stories of Loss

Governor Bob McDonnell’s appointed Lyme Disease Task Force held its fifth public testimony hearing Tuesday night in Springfield, Virginia, to allow residents to share concerns about the spread of Lyme disease in the commonwealth. Twenty-five patients and caregivers testified to eight members of the panel before 120 attendees including health department officials, legislators’ representatives, and interested Virginia residents. … Continue Reading

Purcellville destroys 250 year old White Oaks for Town Hall parking

March 26, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader Development, Government, News, Our Towns 1 comment

VIDEO: March 22, 2011. Town of Purcellville cutting down 250-300 year old White Oak Trees at Fireman’s Field. The trees were removed to make way for more parking for the new Town Hall.

Lovettsville Mayor treated for heart attack

March 25, 2011 by Contributor Government, News, Our Towns Comments Off on Lovettsville Mayor treated for heart attack

Lovettsville Mayor Elaine Walker is being treated at INOVA Lansdowne Hospital after suffering a heart attack Thursday evening.

The Town Hall is coordinating with the family to collect messages for the mayor; a get-well card is available for well-wishers to sign at the Town Hall, and messages may be sent to or to P.O. Box 209, Lovettsville, VA 20180. The town office can be reached by phone at 540-822-5788.

Mayor Walker is currently serving her tenth term.

Middleburg Academy Presents “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown”

March 25, 2011 by Contributor Behind the Scenes, Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Middleburg Academy Presents “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown”

Middleburg Academy’s Performing Arts Department presents its spring musical, “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” April 8-10th in The Hill School’s Shelia C. Johnson Performing Arts Center, Middleburg. The Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:00 p.m.; Sunday is at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the door and are $10 for adults; $5 for students. Families with children are especially encouraged to come and enjoy these favorite cartoon characters brought to life.

“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” is a popular musical based on Charles Shultz’s beloved comic strip with many of the original strips’ stories appearing as scenes in the show.  Audience members will enjoy lots of smiles and laughs as they tag along with “the peanuts gang” through their everyday lives.  The well-known “Charlie Brown” theme song is sprinkled throughout the show, along with other recognizable tunes including “My New Philosophy” and the closing number, “Happiness.”

Under the direction of Middleburg Academy’s Choral Director and Drama Instructor Laurelyn Morrison, the cast is as follows. Snoopy ( Lucy Edwards, junior); Charlie Brown (James Jarvis, freshman); Sally Brown ( Lili Klainer, senior); Lucy Van Pelt (Cecilia Gallagher, sophomore); Linus Van Pelt (Abby Greene, sophomore); Shroeder (Abner Mondoloka, freshman); Pig Pen (John Swiatek, senior); Woodstock (Thadeus Edwards, freshman); ReRun (Calvin Bauer, freshman); Franklin ( Tarik Thompson, freshman); Patty, as well as Linus understudy (Natalie Wiley, freshman); Marcie, as well as Sally understudy (Haley Staples, freshman). The performance runs approximately two hours, including intermission. For further information about the performances, call Middleburg Academy at 540-687-5581.

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


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


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

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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

Painting with Penny - Fall Style


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

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

Historic Wheatland Farm to Mark New Milestone with Opening of State-of-the-Art Equestrian Center at Annual Gala Event


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


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

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show



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


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

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show


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

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

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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


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

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show


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


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

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show


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


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

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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




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

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show


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


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

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show


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


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

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show



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

Art in the Foothills



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

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

Art in the Foothills

Main Street Theater Production - THE WIZARD OF OZ


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


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

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show


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


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

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show



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


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

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show



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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015


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

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Good Government Reinforces the Family – Another Perspective

4 Oct 2015


By Malcolm Baldwin Who can disagree with the title to Dave LaRock’s September article in the Blue Ridge Journal – “Good Government Reinforces the Family”? But sadly he largely misunderstands what government has done and ought to do for such reinforcement. Many of his prescriptions would harm families while others would forestall any improvement in family conditions. His conclusions become …



Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company to host Open House October 17

4 Oct 2015

Loudoun County Fire Rescue

LVFC Opens Its Doors to Meet and Greet Firefighters, for Education and Fun to Kick off National Fire Prevention Week The Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company (LVFC) has rescheduled their annual Fire Prevention Open House to Saturday, October 17, from noon – 4:00 p.m. at Fire Station 20, located at 61 Plaza Street, NE. Due to the impending hazardous weather, the …

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Sponsors and Participants Needed for 10K Race To Benefit Boulder Crest

30 Sep 2015


On November 8 the Loudoun Road Runners Club will once again conduct the annual Loudoun 10K Trail Race at scenic Camp Highroad located outside Middleburg to benefit Boulder Crest Retreat and the courageous wounded warriors it serves. Boulder Crest Retreat is a privately funded rural wellness center dedicated exclusively to improving the physical, emotional and economic wellbeing of these returning …

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Franklin Park Fall Fest

30 Sep 2015


Franklin Park and Franklin Park Arts Center are teaming up to present a Fall Fest of programs, classes and performances to celebrate the autumn season. In fact, you can take a hike on Sunday, October 4 at 9:00 a.m. along 1.5 miles of the trails to look for signs of autumn and art, as the Sticks and Stones outdoor sculpture …

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Wild Loudoun

Dragonflies – To See Is To Believe

7 Aug 2015


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

Governor McAuliffe Announces Tourism Revenues Topped $22.4 billion in 2014


Statewide data shows increase of 4.1 percent compared to 2013 Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia’s tourism revenues topped $22.4 billion in 2014, a 4.1 percent increase over 2013. In 2014, tourism in Virginia supported 216,949 jobs, an increase of nearly 700 jobs to the previously reported forecast estimate of …

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Good Government Reinforces the Family


By Delegate Dave LaRock Working as the elected Delegate for the 33rd House District has renewed my understanding of the value of a strong family. After decades of raising my family of mom, dad, and seven children and building my family’s business, which provided countless opportunities for mom, dad and …

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Governor McAuliffe Launches Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship


Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed Executive Order 47 establishing the Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship, which shall be responsible for coordinating and implementing youth entrepreneurship initiatives and fostering the growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem for young people in Virginia. “The foundation of the new Virginia economy rests on the strength …

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ODFC Quest Wins Dulles National Soccer Tournament

30 Sep 2015


The ODFC Quest U12 girl’s soccer team won their bracket during the 24th annual Dulles National Soccer Tournament at Moven Park in August. The team is based in western Loudoun and is coached by John Regan.  Photo (l-r): Back row: Delilah DeMark, Catherine Kelly, Mackenzie Shores, Maggie Sheridan. Middle: Hannah …

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Las Vegas Tournament Good for Loudoun Teams

2 Sep 2015


D1 Sports & Athletics 15U Spartan Elite Boys basketball team won the Gold Elite Championship out of 158 teams from across the country at the Bigfoot Hoops Las Vegas Classic on July 26. D1SA Spartan Elite defeated Drive Bounce Elite from British Columbia, Canada, in the championship game with the …

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015


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

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Mary Rose Lunde

Prepare for the Plague

30 Sep 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde This is not a bubonic plague epidemic like in ancient history, thankfully. No, this is just a common cold that hybridizes into something that can turn a student’s life into a living hell. Known at Virginia Tech as the Blacksburg Plague, this cold is the breaking …

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Sarah's Closet

Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015


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

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LaRock Stands Against McAuliffe’s Misplaced I-66 Priorities

4 Oct 2015


Recently, Governor McAuliffe proposed imposing a $17 toll on I-66 inside the Beltway. Funds raised through this toll would pay for “alternative travel options”, such …

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Breweries in Residential Neighborhoods – Wrong Location

4 Oct 2015


I wanted your readers to be aware of a disturbing new trend in Loudoun County. While most of us support efforts to keep open space …

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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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