Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, July 31, 2011

July 31, 2011 by Tim Jon Tim Jon with BRLN Comments Off on 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

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

  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 Comments Off on Purcellville Police Call for Community Participation

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 Comments Off on Three Suspects Involved in Attempted Robbery of Fast Food Restaurant in Custody

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 Comments Off on Governor McDonnell Signs “Ashley’s Law”

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 Comments Off on LVHS Aerospace Scholars Graduate NASA Academy

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 Uncategorized 1 comment
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By Cat Morris

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 Comments Off on Local Residents Graduate from the College of William & Mary

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

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 Comments Off on Loudoun Lyric Opera Receives Grant
Lyric Opera

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 Comments Off on INOVA Loudoun Hospital Mobile Health Services for August

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 … 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 Comments Off on Middleburg Boy Receives Award at Randolph-Macon Academy

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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Trusting Science

14 Nov 2015


“The Four Corners of Deceit: Government, academia, science, and media. Those institutions are now corrupt and exist by virtue of deceit. That’s how they promulgate themselves; it is how they prosper.” – Rush Limbaugh [1] I previously reported [2] on …

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Some Thoughts on Veterans Day

13 Nov 2015


By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Veterans Day is a time to honor those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, and it is also a time to reflect and remember with gratitude. America is a free and democratic nation today, …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Phil Bolen Memorial Park

4 Nov 2015


I never knew Phil Bolen as the Loudoun County Government Administrator; I never even got to know him as Director of Parks and Recreation, and I certainly never knew Phil Bolen the teacher and coach at Loudoun Valley High School. …


Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Willisville

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You may never feel the urge to travel to this little, unincorporated community; it’s not exactly a conduit for commuter traffic, and there aren’t really any places to shop, or gas up, or procure much of anything else from a …

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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


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

Choosing To Live in the Present

4 Nov 2015


By Samuel Moore-Sobel I love a good story. I love telling stories and hearing other people’s stories. Our experiences bring meaning to our lives, and help shape us into the people we are today. Yet inherent in storytelling is the …

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Amy and Dan Smith’s Planning for Life: Trusts

4 Nov 2015


A common estate planning device is the trust. A trust is simply an agreement between two people: the person who establishes the trust, who may be called the Settlor, the Grantor or the Trustor, and the person or institution who …

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Student News

8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015


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


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


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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Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery

Eighth Annual Lovettsville Christkindlmarkt

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery

Eighth Annual Lovettsville Christkindlmarkt

Christmas Concert


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery

Come paint with us at Breaux Vineyards


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery

Chorus of the Old Dominion Holiday Concert and Sing-A-Long

Chorus of the Old Dominion Holiday Concert and Sing-A-Long


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery

Holiday Brunch at Breaux Vineyards


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery

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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 …



Mosby Heritage Area Association Recognizes Three Heritage Heroes

28 Nov 2015


The Mosby Heritage Area Association, the Northern Virginia Piedmont preservation and education organization, has selected three individuals to receive the organization’s annual Heritage Hero Award. The Heritage Hero award is given to individuals or groups in the Mosby Heritage Area who have demonstrated stewardship responsibility over many years. The awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, December 8, at 5:30 …

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Breakfast with Santa

28 Nov 2015


Bring the kids and enjoy breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 12 from 8:00 to 10:30 a.m. at the Between the Hills Community Center at 11762 Harpers Ferry Rd, Purcellville (Neersville). A delicious menu of eggs, sausage, home fries, sausage gravy and biscuits, pancakes,a special french toast dish, coffee cake, fruit, and more. Free will offering. Call 540-668-6504 for more …

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2015 Loudoun 10K Trail Race Raises over $30,000 to Support Boulder Crest Retreat and Our Nation’s Veterans

16 Nov 2015


“I continued to be humbled by our community and all they do to make Boulder Crest Retreat a success. Jim Schatz and his team at Loudoun Road Runners are amazing. This trail run is in alignment with the rural nature of Boulder Crest Retreat and we look forward to the event every year. My personal appreciation goes out to all …

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Wild Loudoun

Wild Loudoun: of Chipmunks and Chestnuts

4 Nov 2015


Chipmunks are small, beautifully elegant little creatures, with large glossy eyes, a sleek brown body, a short, pointy head, dainty white stripes above and below the eye, and a series of black land white lines down their sturdy little backs. They have a very sweet posture – sitting upright and holding food with their two perfectly formed front feet, while …

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Around Virginia

Comstock Speaks on Syrian Refugees


Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (VA-10) released the following statement on the current terrorist attacks in Paris: “After September 11, 2001, we tragically learned that al Qaeda was at war with us, but we weren’t at war with them. Again, with the recent murderous terrorist attacks in Paris, we have learned that …

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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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Middleburg Wins State Championship

28 Nov 2015

Middleburg Academy volleyball

Middleburg Academy’s Girls’ Volleyball team won the Virginia Independent School Athletic Association Division 2 state championship at November 11th’s finals. The 3-0 victory over Peninsula Catholic (#2) capped a season for the Dragons who finished with an impressive 30-2 record. Key wins in their season were home and away victories …

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Funding Sought for Scholarship for Loudon Students Participating in Youth Sports

4 Nov 2015


The Don Rose, Sr. Youth Scholarship Fund is seeking financial support to provide scholarships at college, technical or trade school. Applicants from public, private, and home schools are eligible to receive the scholarship, provided they participated in youth sports within Loudoun County. The fund aims to award two $500 scholarships …

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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

Behind Closed Doors

4 Nov 2015

Lunde new

By Mary Rose Lunde It’s sad to say that the norm now is to wonder about the next school shooting. For a student it is the most terrifying thing, the next shooter could come at any moment, and any day could be the day that you die. It could be …

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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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Thank You for Another Successful Halloween Block Party

4 Nov 2015


The 5th annual Purcellville Halloween Block Party was the best attended to date with an estimated 6,000 descending on 21st street in Old Town this past Friday evening. Costume …

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Ethics in Campaigning and Voting

1 Nov 2015


My Dad used to say it’s what you do when nobody is watching that counts. Over 80 percent of my “zoning permitted” and “land owner …

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$17 Dollar Tolls-Ouch!

27 Oct 2015


Recently Gov. McAuliffe proposed $17 round trip tolls on I-66 inside the beltway with Chuck Hedges the Democrat nominee for the HOD 33rd district being …

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