Loudoun Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee Presents Lecture & Home Tour

May 7, 2011 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Loudoun Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee Presents Lecture & Home Tour

Loudoun Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee Presents Lecture & Home Tour

On Monday, May 23, the 150th anniversary of the local vote to ratify Virginia’s secession from the Union, Loudoun’s Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee will host a program to commemorate the history-changing event. Dr. Anne Sarah Rubin, professor of history at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will present a program about John Janney, president of the Virginia Secession Convention of 1861 and resident of Leesburg. The program will be held at the Loudoun County Courthouse at the intersection of King and Market Streets. The program begins at 8 p.m. and is free to the public. Before the lecture, tours of John Janney’s home on East Cornwall Street in Leesburg will be offered. Tour participants should meet by the Confederate statue in front of the Courthouse at 6:30 p.m. … Continue Reading

Dance Party at Lightfoot

May 5, 2011 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Dance Party at Lightfoot

The Loudoun Arts Council announces its first Annual Dance Party fundraiser at Lightfoot Restaurant on Thursday, June 2, 2011 from 7:30 – 11:00 p.m. Join the fun upstairs where we’ll be featuring DJ Rhythmix (complete with conga drums and disco lights), a silent auction with an arts experience theme, light-fare provided by Lightfoot Restaurant, and mingling with other Loudoun County arts supporters!

Fundraising proceeds will help ensure the Arts Council can continue their support of all the arts groups in Loudoun through Happenings!, the Loudoun Arts Directory and ArtShare – a granting program supporting other Loudoun County arts non-profits.

Tickets are $50 for one or $90 for two and can be reserved online at www.loudounarts.org or by calling 703-777-7838.

Special Fund-Raising Event: Salute to the Armed Forces

May 5, 2011 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Special Fund-Raising Event: Salute to the Armed Forces

On Sunday, May 22 at 3:00 p.m., The Loudoun Symphonic Winds will perform at the Franklin Park Arts Center in a benefit concert to support Loudoun Community Band Inc. Tickets are $12.00 for adults, $10.00 for students and seniors. Reservations can be made by calling the box office at 540-338-7973. Visit www.franklinparkartscenter.org for more information.

Musical Selections for this concert will include Glory of the Yankee Navy (Sousa), Marche Militaire Francaise (Saint-Saëns, arr. Hindsley), American Civil War Fantasy (Bilik), March from 1941 (Williams, arr. Lavender), American Salute (Gould), American Patrol (Miller, Whitney), Songs of America (arr. Werle) and The Chimes of Liberty (Goldman) … Continue Reading

Waterford Concert Series Presents

May 5, 2011 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Waterford Concert Series Presents

Waterford Concert Series presents The Bach Sinfonia on Sunday, May 8, at 4:00 p.m. at the Catoctin Presbyterian Church in Waterford.

The Bach Sinfonia and guest artist Ingrid Matthews will perform Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” in the first concert of the 2011 Waterford Concert Series.

The Bach Sinfonia and Ingrid Matthews are among the top U.S. performers of baroque music on period instruments, noted for their brilliant playing and scholarship. Their “Four Seasons” highlights Vivaldi’s musical drama and accompanying sonnets as vividly as when they first enchanted audiences. … Continue Reading

Fire-Rescue Honor Guard Welcomes Veterans

May 5, 2011 Events, Lifestyle, Uncategorized Comments Off on Fire-Rescue Honor Guard Welcomes Veterans

Loudoun County Fire-Rescue Honor Guard proudly participated in the Winnebago IOWA Honor Flight at Washington-Dulles International Airport on Tuesday, April 26. Three honor guard members, Capt. Scott Brazier, Lt. Steve Staley and FF Jeff Garner voluntarily attended to recognize these brave veterans and show our support for the Honor Flight Network. … Continue Reading

Fields of Athenry Presents…

May 4, 2011 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Fields of Athenry Presents…

Fields of Athenry’s “Farm to Community Health Outreach Series” presents – A very special Mother’s Day Treat…

Dr. Lolin Hilgartner offers her perspective on
“Women’s Cardiovascular Health” — Good Fats/Bad Fats

Dr. Hilgartner is a chiropractic physician with extensive training in clinical nutrition, functional medicine, and functional endocrinology. She is the Loudoun County WAPF chapter leader and will be a presenter at the 2011 Weston A. Price Conference this November. … Continue Reading

Advertising Salesperson(s) Wanted

May 4, 2011 Notices Comments Off on Advertising Salesperson(s) Wanted

The Blue Ridge Leader needs a couple of good-natured, outgoing people who can steer new advertisers our way. This job is best suited for spontaneous people who enjoy working independently.

You can work from home, or from your laptop at Starbucks, if you prefer! Commission based on sales–the sky’s the limit. Come join our casual, laid back staff and have fun while you make money. No experience required. Send an introductory email if interested to: CarolBRLeader@yahoo.com

“The Paxton Family and the Carlheim Mansion”

May 3, 2011 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on “The Paxton Family and the Carlheim Mansion”

The next event in the Lovettsville Historical Society 2011 Lecture Series will be a presentation on The Paxton Family and the Carlheim Mansion, by Lori Kimball and H. Vernon Davis of the Loudoun Preservation Society.

Charles Rupert Paxton was a wealthy industrialist from Pennsylvania who came to Loudoun after the Civil War and contributed significantly to the local economy. By the time he died in 1889, he owned about 7800 acres in Loudoun, most of it prime farmland along the Potomac River. He also owned the Waterford Mill.

Charles and his wife, Rachel, built their Second Empire-style mansion, Carlheim, in Leesburg. Completed in 1872, it was the focal point of the estate and the center of many social events up until Rachel’s death in 1920. In her will, she established the Margaret Paxton Memorial for Convalescent Children. Named after their daughter, it initially served as a center for children recovering from surgery. Later it became an orphanage and then a child care center. Today the property is leased by The Arc of Loudoun and is known as Margaret Paxton Memorial Learning and Resource Campus.

Round Hill Readies for Hometown Festival

May 3, 2011 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Round Hill Readies for Hometown Festival

Volunteers in the Town of Round Hill are putting the finishing touches on plans for the Ninth Annual Hometown Festival, to be held this year on Saturday, May 28.
From the 5K and parade in the morning to the community feast and evening concert in the park, the fun-filled family-friendly event features something for everyone.
Registration is open now for the 5K race, which begins at 8:00 a.m. at the Round Hill Elementary School on Evening Star Drive and winds through the streets of town before finishing back at the school. Prizes will be awarded to the first overall male and female finishers and the top two male and female finishers in eight age group classes. … Continue Reading

The Corporate Brain

May 3, 2011 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on The Corporate Brain

“I hope we shall …crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of the land.” Thomas Jefferson, 1816 [1].

“As Adam Smith pointed out in the Wealth of Nations, when ownership is separated from management (i.e. the actual production process required to obtain the capital), the latter will inevitably begin to neglect the interests of the former, creating dysfunction within the company. Some maintain that recent events in corporate America may serve to reinforce Smith’s warnings about the dangers of legally protected collectivist hierarchies.” Wikipedia entry [2] … Continue Reading

Wine Country Half Marathon Training Run

May 2, 2011 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Wine Country Half Marathon Training Run

The Loudoun Roadrunners will be hosting a half marathon training run on May 8. Come out and join the Loudoun Roadrunners for an early morning run. Water stops will be provided, and there will be 8, 10, and 12 mile options on a beautiful, rolling course along the scenic backroads near Doukenie Winery. Meet here at the winery at 7:30 a.m. for registration. The run is free to all participants, and starts at 8:00. Afterwards, stop in the winery for our Mother’s Day event. For more information, visit the Loudoun Roadrunners website at www.loudounroadrunners.org.

Wolf’s Statement on Death of Osama Bin Laden

May 2, 2011 Government, News Comments Off on Wolf’s Statement on Death of Osama Bin Laden

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) today released the following statement on the death of terrorist Osama bin Laden:

“Justice, indeed, has been served. The killing of Osama bin Laden is critically important in the United States’ fight against terrorism and I want to congratulate and thank the hard working men and women in our Armed Services and in the intelligence community who have dedicated themselves day-in and day-out to bringing our enemies to justice. I also want to congratulate President Obama and President Bush for their leadership. Hopefully the demise of Osama bin Laden will bring closure to the families who lost loved ones on 9/11. We must remain vigilant, however, as we continue to fight terrorists around the globe. The threat remains very real and we should not let down our guard.”

Round Hill Town Park Clean Up Scheduled for May 14

May 1, 2011 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Round Hill Town Park Clean Up Scheduled for May 14

The Round Hill Junior Women’s Group is holding its annual Town Park cleanup on Saturday, May 14, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. With the help of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, local Girl Scout troops and other volunteers, the group will be planting spring annuals, picking up trash, and spreading mulch donated by Blake Landscapes. Anyone interested in helping out is encouraged to come. See www.rhjwg.org for more information.








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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

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Sterling Library Moving To New Location

25 Mar 2017


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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Middleburg Gallery Presents Country Pursuits Exhibit

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The Gallery on Madison in Middleburg is presenting an exhibit of Brian Whelan’s (a London Irish painter now settled in Waterford) ) transcriptions of a gallery of paintings by Thomas Gainsborough, ‘Mr. and Mrs. Andrews’ through April 2. The exhibit includes 23 paintings, two masks, two graphics, and nine preparatory drawings.

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Loudoun Workforce Resource Center Presents STEM Career Fair March 28

16 Mar 2017

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Anyone interested in a career in the rapidly growing field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is encouraged to attend an upcoming STEM Career Fair in Loudoun. The Loudoun Workforce Resource Center, in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC)’s Loudoun campus and NOVA SySTEMic Solutions, is holding a STEM Career Fair Tuesday, March 28, from 1:00 to 4:00 …

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WLVBC U14 Boys Finish 3rd at VA Beach Event

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