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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Behind the Scenes Comments Off on Loudoun Lyric Opera Receives Grant
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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 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 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 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









2016 Energy Summit – George Washington University


On Friday evening, October 28, George Washington University, Virginia Campus in Ashburn will host the 10th annual Don Sandros Energy Summit in cooperation with local businesses and non-profits. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for a reception with wine donated by …

Attributing Disaster


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By Michael Oberschenider Psy.D. Dr. Mike, We recently signed our four-year-old daughter up for gymnastics. It wasn’t cheap, but her friends from the neighborhood do it, and she has been begging us to go. It turned out to be a …

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By Mary Rose Lunde It is general knowledge that when people think about illnesses, they don’t think about illnesses that aren’t physically apparent. Sure, people know about conditions such as multiple sclerosis and other diseases with visible symptoms, but many …

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Looking back, now – I’m glad it wasn’t what most people would’ve considered a nice day; I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my share of hot and sunny to last me for at least a generation (especially since …

Are Your Estate and Financial Plans Shock-Proof?


Don’t wait until “what if?” becomes “what is.” Where will you live as you age? Think about your housing options now, so you have choices and won’t have to make a hasty decision should an unexpected health event force you …

In Defense of ‘Adulting’


By Samuel Moore-Sobel Most friends transitioning from college to the workforce long for the days of college, wishing to be back in class and participating in campus life. To be honest, I may be in the minority, but I have …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016


Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016


Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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Virginia Outdoors Foundation 50 years of Conservation Celebration

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Barefoot Puppets: Dreamtime, Tales From Down Under

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Loudoun Centre Theatre: The Scamps Of Scapin!

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Harvest Celebration & Fall Farm Tour


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Leesburg-Daybreak Rotary Club Sends Supplies and Funds to Haiti

24 Oct 2016


The Rotary Club of Leesburg-Daybreak shipped water purification supplies and emergency funds to Haiti following the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew. Partnering with an anonymous local corporation, the club shipped 3,000 water purification tablet packages via FedEx to Haiti. These packages, which were sent to an area battling a cholera outbreak, will clean 3,000 liters of unsafe water. Instructions translated …

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Veteran’s Day 10k Raises Funds for Veteran Causes

13 Oct 2016


On November 6, the Loudoun County Road Runners Club will again conduct the annual Loudoun 10K Trail Race in order to raise funds for veteran causes. Since it’s origin in 2011, the trail race has generated more than $90,000 with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to veteran’s charities, specifically Boulder Crest Retreat and Pets for Vets.

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FBRM Clean-Up Day at Blue Ridge Regional Park

6 Oct 2016


Join Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains for an Autumn clean-up to remove invasive vegetation from Blue Ridge Regional Park on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Some tools and equipment will be provided, but please bring your clippers, pruning shears, or saws if you can. Directions: From Leesburg, drive west on Route 7 past the turnoff …

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Grief and Greed


By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …


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Metro Money Mess Pushing West


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Land Trust Receives Large Donation

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On August 22, The Land Trust of Virginia received a $10,000 gift from the Sharon D. Virts Foundation, based in Herndon. The presentation of this grant was part of the Foundation’s official launch event, held at Selma Plantation in Leesburg. Notable speakers included Sharon D. Virts, FCiFederal Founder and Chair, …

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Farmers Urged To Be On The Lookout For Marijuana


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Hunter’s First Professional Race

7 Sep 2016


Drew Hunter and Loudoun Valley classmates at his first professional race, Sir Walter Miler in Raleigh, NC in early August , l to r:  Marcos Pierce, Matt Slook, Drew Hunter, Max McNerney. Hunter finished with a time of 3:57.15. Hunter turned professional and signed with Adidas.

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Let’s Make Some Memories

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American Legion Baseball At Fireman’s Field, August 3 – 7 By Andrea Gaines American Legion Baseball is here at Fireman’s Field in a big way, featuring five consecutive blockbuster Mid-Atlantic Tournament games – August 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Our local Leesburg Post 34 Rangers had some nice wins …

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