Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, July 31, 2011

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Divine, Deputy Intervention

Hats off, once again, to a local Sheriff’s Officer who acted quickly this past week in saving a child from a three-story fall in Sterling. Deputy Casey Johnson pulled a four-year-old girl to safety on Tuesday night- after the youngster had climbed over the railing on an outside balcony; the child’s five-year-old cousin had already fallen after he’d evidently tried the same maneuver.

The boy reportedly escaped serious injury, as later determined after an emergency trip to Inova Loudoun Hospital at Lansdowne.

Deputy Johnson had answered a call after the first child fell, and noticed the little girl hanging from the same balcony as he arrived on the scene; he rushed up the stairs and pulled the child back, after gaining the attention from an adult occupant at the address. … Continue Reading

Rattlesnake Found in Round Hill

July 30, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns 6 comments
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Chris Pearson found this four foot long rattlesnake on July 28 shortly after 8:00 a.m. under the front steps of his house. According to Chris, this is the first siting of a rattlesnake in Round Hill in 15 years. Several friends in the area have also found rattlesnakes this summer. ” If it wasn’t for our family cat warning us of this, we would have never know it was there,” said Mr. Pearson.

If you encounter a rattlesnake, below are some tips from www.ehow.com.

  1. Stop immediately when you see or hear a rattlesnake. No matter if you are midstride, running for a bus or in the middle of your daily walk, do not take another step once you see the snake or hear his rattle. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Call for Community Participation

July 30, 2011 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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he Purcellville Police Department will be participating in the National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2. We will utilize a motorcade to visit participating communities and spend time with residents to get to know our community members. Currently in our motorcade there will be Purcellville Police, Town Officials, Support Team, Loudoun Emergency Management, Virginia State Police, and Purcellville Fire/Rescue.

Current Visitation Schedule

5:30 p.m. Main Street Commons Apartments – Swimming Pool

6:30 p.m. Dominion Terrace – Court Yard

7:00 p.m. Hirst Farms – Devonshire/Strawberry Ct.

7:30 p.m. Carver Center

The goal of the National Night Out program is to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness and to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnerships. We want to send a message to criminals letting them know that our neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

If your community would like to participate, call the Purcellville Police at 540-338-7422.

Three Suspects Involved in Attempted Robbery of Fast Food Restaurant in Custody

July 30, 2011 by Contributor Loudoun County, News Be the first to comment
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Three suspects were taken into custody early Tuesday morning after an apparent attempted robbery at the McDonald’s on South Sterling Boulevard in Sterling.

Around 1:45 a.m. a Loudoun Sheriff’s Deputy came across a 1998 Ford truck in the area of Enterprise Street. The vehicle matched the description of a vehicle believed to be involved in a larceny of license plates that was reported by a resident around 1:30 a.m. in the area of East Beech Road and North Irving Road. As the deputy attempted to make contact with the vehicle’s occupants, the vehicle sped off and a brief pursuit ensued. The vehicle lost control and rolled completely over before striking a building in the area of Enterprise Street. … Continue Reading

Governor McDonnell Signs “Ashley’s Law”

July 30, 2011 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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Governor Bob McDonnell ceremonially signed SB 762, also known as “Ashley’s Law,” which requires emergency vehicles proceeding through a traffic intersection to flash emergency lights and either sound a siren or horn, or yield the right-of-way, before proceeding. This law is named in honor of Ashley McIntosh who was tragically killed in 2008 when her vehicle was struck by an emergency vehicle as it went through an intersection. The legislation was signed during an afternoon ceremony at Sherwood Regional Library in Alexandria.

Speaking about “Ashley’s Law,” Governor McDonnell remarked, “It is a sobering moment as I sign this legislation today that results from a tragic traffic accident that took the life of a young Fairfax woman with a bright future. We are constantly evaluating how we can improve public safety to protect our citizens, law enforcement and first responders. It is because of the care, concern and activism of Ashley’s family and friends that this change in the law has become a reality, and for that I commend the great work of everyone who advocated for the passage of this bill. Virginia’s streets are safer because of ‘Ashley’s Law.’” … Continue Reading

LVHS Aerospace Scholars Graduate NASA Academy

July 30, 2011 by Contributor News, Schools Be the first to comment
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Loudoun Valley High School seniors Connor Bluhm, Emma Thomson and Ben Baker are proud graduates of the Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars Summer Academy. The three students attended the third session, in which they were tasked with planning in minute detail every aspect of a human mission to Mars. Bluhm and Baker worked long hours on the “Getting There” team, which was responsible for safely transporting all equipment, crew and other payload to the Red Planet. Thomson was a key player on the “Living There” team, which planned how the crew would survive in the harsh conditions of Mars. … Continue Reading

DIY Savings: Cleaning Fine Rugs

July 29, 2011 by Contributor Running Totals 1 comment
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When we lived in Denver, a girlfriend used to take her rugs to Robert Mann Oriental Rugs for cleaning. She had a beautiful antique rug and a several high quality woolen pieces that she’d clean about every six months, owing to her son’s severe asthma. This quality conscious friend, owner of many fine antiques and the most beautiful linens I have ever seen, informed me that Robert Mann’s was the best place in town for expert rug repair and cleaning. The best. … Continue Reading

Local Residents Graduate from the College of William & Mary

July 29, 2011 by Contributor Lifestyle, People Be the first to comment

The following local residents recently graduated from the College of William & Mary:

* Zoe Grotophorst from Hamilton graduated with a BA degree.
* Stephen Ammann from Hamilton graduated with a BS degree.
* Mark Nauta from Purcellville graduated with a BS degree.
* Jordon Ross from Purcellville graduated with a BS degree.
* Joan Robillard from Purcellville graduated with a MAC degree.
* Jessica Hannah from Round Hill graduated with a BA degree.

Lasting Impact of Hispanic Youth Institute Evident at Virginia Event

July 29, 2011 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle 1 comment
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Program alumni and volunteers motivate new generation of Latino high school students

Last week more than 200 volunteers traveled to the campus of Virginia State University from July 20-23 to mentor the 159 participants of this year’s Virginia Hispanic Youth Institute (HYI) Kick-Off. The program motivates local Latino high school students to pursue a college degree and become professionals who give back to their communities. Students from the Commonwealth of Virginia, Maryland, and even Michigan, participated in the program and will now enroll in year-round programming designed to help them progress towards their college and career goals. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Lyric Opera Receives Grant

July 29, 2011 by Contributor Behind the Scenes Be the first to comment
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By Molly Pinson Simoneau

The Loudoun Lyric Opera Company recently received a $5000 Tier 1 Project Grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts. This grant is awarded to new and emerging arts organizations. In a political climate where arts funding is at great risk, a grant like this one can mean life or death to a fledgling company like LLO, which was founded in 2007. “Without start-up funding from VCA, Loudoun Lyric Opera would never have made it to our fifth season this year, ” says Pamela Butler, President of the opera company. … Continue Reading

INOVA Loudoun Hospital Mobile Health Services for August

July 29, 2011 by Contributor Loudoun County, News Be the first to comment
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Inova Loudoun Hospital Mobile Health Services will be providing countywide blood pressure screenings at a variety of locations during the month of August. Mobile Services will also be at several community events including the Ladies Board Rummage Sale Donation Day, Family Fest, Rock N Back to School, and the AARP Job Fair. Individuals must be at least 18-years-old for all health screenings. Children that visit the Mobile Health Van in Purcellville can see educational displays and receive a small memento.

For further information or to schedule a flu shot clinic call the Mobile Health Services hotline at 703-858-6609 or visit at www.inova.org/mobilehealth. … Continue Reading

Possible Mountain Lion Sighting in Round Hill

July 28, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns 19 comments

By Andrea Gaines

In the early morning hours of Sunday, July 17, Donna Mihalco’s dog started going absolutely crazy – barking incessantly and practically throwing itself against a glass door that led out to her back yard.

Because it was just 5:30 a.m., the sun was not yet fully up. But even in the dim light, outside she could see the outline of a very large animal, sitting on a small rise. As her eyes adjusted she quickly determined that it was not another dog … or a bear … not a coyote … nor bobcat. It was quite tall and a long tail was clearly visible, and its large, reflective eyes shone bright against the dark outline of its head. Donna didn’t want to believe it. But, from her point of view, she was looking at a mountain lion! … Continue Reading

Middleburg Boy Receives Award at Randolph-Macon Academy

July 27, 2011 by Contributor Lifestyle, People Be the first to comment

Tanner Zyontz, the son of Richard and June Zyontz of Middleburg, was recognized at an end-of-year ceremony for outstanding achievement at Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA). He received the Certificate for Battle of the Books and the Good Conduct Award.

Thomas was an eighth grade student at Randolph-Macon Academy during the 2010-11 school year

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Pungent Curry

9 Apr 2014

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The latest version of the IPCC report is published and once again it will go unread by the great masses of climate science deniers and unreported by the media. So it might be useful to revisit the fundamental physical realities …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Understanding Teen Suicide

1 Apr 2014

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Northern Virginia has recently experienced several teen suicides. Last month, two Langley High School students took their own lives just a day apart from one another, and this month it appears two students at Woodson High …

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Virginia Gardening

Spring Is Coming

4 Mar 2014

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By Donna Williamson March is an in-between month – some cold and the return of glorious warmth now and then. One way to bring some delight inside is forcing spring-blooming branches. You can cut branches of forsythia, cherry, crabapple, kerria, …

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Sushi's Corner

An Easter Swim

1 Apr 2014

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I felt like a silly nim “cow” poop with these Easter bows in our hair. Okay Nelly, maybe you didn’t because you’re a girl. But me, a Mighty Cairn Terrier male? – PLEASE! Pleasing Mrs. B for Easter pictures was …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

What Baseball Can Teach You About Financial Planning

1 Apr 2014

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Spring training is a tradition that baseball teams and baseball fans look forward to every year. No matter how they did last year, teams in spring training are full of hope that a new season will bring a fresh start. …

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Go Take a Hike

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By Molly Pinson Simoneau It’s no secret that I love a challenging hike. I’ve written here about hiking sections of the Appalachian Trail and Shenandoah National Park. I’ve taken vacations with my family to Colorado where I’ve attempted to conquer a “fourteener” (a summit that is higher than 14,000 feet), …

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A Buying Opportunity?

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By Carl Fischer As a direct result of the uncertainty that has arisen from national and regional politics, with its unsettling effect on the Northern Virginia area, for the past two months there has been a market slowdown which has …

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From the Farm

From the Farm

5 Jul 2012

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When the heat index reaches 110 degrees, as it has been doing recently, I try to keep in the shade, or stay indoors. But my lavender, about halfway from full bloom, seems to thrive in it. Hot and dry, I …

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Events

April 2014
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: Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists -- Abstract painter Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and contemporary painter Sandra Iafrate

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Meet Evelyn and Sandra and other gallery artists during a free, open to the public reception for this month's Featured Artists' exhibit "Living Color,” showcasing two accomplished painters Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and Sandra Iafrate, in a vivid and dynamic presentation of color, shape and our surroundings.

Evelyn Lopez de Guzman’s vibrant paintings awaken the viewer to connect with nature and the modern world through an interplay of shape, color, and textural materials.

Sandra Iafrate’s combination of realistic and surrealist interpretation of flowers, foliage and landscapes on spacious canvases convey a sense of movement and playfulness.

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Easter at "The Park"

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April 19, 2014

Celebrate Easter at historic Morven Park with crafts for kids, an egg hunt in the formal gardens plus a traditional egg roll on the Davis Mansion lawn. Have a family photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Children should bring a basket for the hunt and a large spoon for the egg roll. $10/participating child (ages 2-12), $3/adult. Register at www.MorvenPark.org.

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VAL's Pals Kids Club

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April 30, 2014

Join Inova Loudoun Hospital as the present their Beamer the Dog Program.

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SCOUTING FOR BRICKS

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May 4, 2014

Scouting for Bricks is an exhibit showing the Love for everything LEGO® . Come see amazing LEGO® creations by Fans of LEGO®, LEGO® trains, Mindstorms robots. We will also have live Star Wars Stormtroopers and an interactive play area with over 100,000 LEGO bricks. Scouting for Bricks is fun for the Whole Family! Visit us at www.ScoutingForBricks.com.

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View From the Ridge

Rural Loudoun Is Different, and We Say Dark Skies Do Matter

4 Mar 2014

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In February of this year a sell out crowd gathered at the county public seat in Leesburg to provide feedback to the Loudoun County Planning Commission on the idea of adding additional sports lights to the upper athletic fields at Franklin Park. Franklin Park includes a really wonderful performing arts …

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Editorial

Steady and Nobull

4 Mar 2014

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Park and Ride Lots for Western Loudoun

4 Mar 2014

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In 2003, the county purchased 22 commuter buses to serve a growing demand for bus service to Washington D.C. The demand has grown exponentially ever since. The county now owns or leases 65 large commuter buses (with plush seats and on board restrooms) and more are being added every year. The buses are often filled to standing room only as …

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Lifestyle

Sadie’s Race 5K and Fun Run Scheduled for Sunday May 18

9 Apr 2014

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Sadie Smile Foundation is putting on the third annual Sadie’s Race/Walk and Kids Fun Run to Benefit Smile Train in Purcellville Sunday, May 18th this year. The race starts at 8:00 a.m. at the train station at 200 N 21st Street in Purcellville. Sign up at Active.com. When Sara Ablard lost her five year-old daughter, Sadie, two years ago, she …

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Dr. Joseph Rogers Dies at Family Farm

1 Apr 2014

Dr. Joseph Megeath Rogers, 90, died on Saturday March 8, 2014 at his Hillbrook Farm near Hamilton following a stroke. Physician, farmer, businessman, rural land conservationist, philanthropist and expert horseman, Dr. Rogers was a tireless advocate and practitioner of country living whose contributions in a broad range of interests were made quietly and with little fanfare. His public persona was …

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Zoldos Presented Citizen of the Year Award

1 Apr 2014

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At the biweekly March meeting of the Lovettsville Town Council, Mayor Bobby Zoldos was presented the 2013 Citizen of the Year from the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans. Presenting the award was Rick Adams, current president along with Board Member Peter Mullally and  Vice President Jeff Boogaard. Adams said, “On behalf of the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans, we would like to present the …

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Around Virginia

Wolf Won’t Seek Re-election

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Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) today announced that he would not seek election to an 18th term in 2014. He released the following statement announcing his decision: “I have decided not to seek re-election to the U.S. Congress in 2014. It has been an honor to serve the people of northern …

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Virginia Can and Should Work Harder to Combat Hunger

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By Congressman Frank Wolf Last year, the USDA reported a record number of Americans are struggling to put food on their tables. Across the nation, 49 million people – including 17 million children and six million seniors – are going hungry, a number that has grown substantially over the last …

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Kaine Statement on Navy Yard Shooting

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U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on today’s shooting at the Washington Navy Yard: “My thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted by today’s tragic shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. As we learn more about the horrific events that unfolded this morning, my deepest sympathies go out …

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Sports

Nominate Your Hometown Hero

9 Apr 2014

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Upper Loudoun Little League’s Hometown Heroes scholarship closes on April 21, 2014. The application is available online at ULLL.org. The scholarship is open to all graduating seniors who played baseball for ULLL at some point in their growing up years.

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Lady Vikings Give Back

10 Feb 2014

The Loudoun Valley Girls basketball team held an event on Friday, February 7 at LVHS. The Lady Vikings celebrated “Pink Night” by honoring those who are battling breast cancer or have been affected by breast cancer. The event was held in conjunction with an event held at Woodgrove earlier this …

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Letters

Medicaid Expansion Battle Heating Up

4 Mar 2014

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Did you know that there’s a very real possibility that a DC-style budget battle and government shutdown could come to Virginia? The Medicaid expansion battle …

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Endorsing for Profit Businesses?

4 Mar 2014

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I recently received an automated email message from the Town of Purcellville soliciting nominations for volunteer award recipients in cooperation with the Purcellville Business Association …

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Another Vote To Overrule Purcellville’s Board of Architectural Review

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The Purcellville Town Council, foolishly, in the view of many and perhaps most, has overruled its Board of Architectural Review and approved Mark Nelis’s and …

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