Lovettsville Resident Reminisces

September 28, 2011 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Lovettsville Resident Reminisces

Next in the Lovettsville Historical Society Lecture Series:
“The Way It Was: Reminiscence of Old Lovettsville”

Lifelong Lovettsville resident Glenn Grove will discuss life in Old Lovettsville, especially the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, as the next event in the Lovettsville Historical Society’s lecture series, on Sunday, October 9, at 2:00 p.m. at St. James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville. … Continue Reading

Live Improv Comedy Comes to Historic Downtown Leesburg

September 28, 2011 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Live Improv Comedy Comes to Historic Downtown Leesburg

The best comedic minds on the East Coast are coming to the Tally Ho Theatre in historic downtown Leesburg, Virginia on Friday, October 7 at 8:00 p.m.

In the same vein as the hit television series “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”, the professional performers of Last Ham Standing hit the Tally Ho stage the first Friday of every month to play interactive improv games incorporating audience suggestions and participation. This is part of the new “Friday Night Live” program at the Tally Ho Theatre, featuring live entertainment every Friday evening.

Tickets for this family-friendly show are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10. For more information, call 703-777-1168 or go to: www.TallyHoLeesburg.com.

George Washington’s Home Awards Inaugural Scholarship

September 28, 2011 by Contributor Schools Comments Off on George Washington’s Home Awards Inaugural Scholarship

Historic Mount Vernon selected future George Mason University student Matthew Jongema as the recipient of its inaugural John F. and Emma B. McDonnell Memorial Scholarship. Established in 2011, the $1,000 scholarship recognizes an outstanding college or college-bound student who demonstrates a solid record of community involvement and leadership. The scholarship program is open to active members of Mount Vernon’s staff, as well as their spouses, children, and grand children. … Continue Reading

GSA Walk for Shelter Enjoys Rainy Weather

September 28, 2011 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle 1 comment
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By Mark Gunderman

The Good Shepherd Alliance (GSA) Board Member James Trash provided the crowd with a pre-walk opening statement. James thanked the crowd for coming out and participating in the Walk. He acknowledged the importance of having everyone’s physical presence at the event. James explained how GSA has a passion for providing help and hope for the homeless and those in a time of greatest need. He believed that those walking with GSA shared that same passion.

Photo by Lisa Gunderman.

Down Syndrome Association Hosts its 7th Annual Buddy Walk

September 28, 2011 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Down Syndrome Association Hosts its 7th Annual Buddy Walk

The Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia (DSANV) is pleased to announce that it will host its 7th annual Buddy Walk fundraiser on Saturday, October 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville. The proceeds raised from this event will fund DSANV as it continues to promote understanding and acceptance of people with Down syndrome.

“Buddy Walk is DSANV’s flagship event — not only is it our most important fundraiser, it also brings our community together for a day of fun, inspiration, and celebration,” said Brian Ray, President of DSANV. “At Buddy Walk, every step we take and every dollar we raise helps us to provide emotional, educational, and social support to people with Down syndrome, their families, and the professionals who serve them.” … Continue Reading

New Ordinance Helps Curb Animals

September 26, 2011 by Contributor Government, News 1 comment

A change to the Loudoun County Ordinance pertaining to animals (Chapter 612) has been enacted to help deter animal behavior that is considered a “public nuisance.” The new ordinance section (612.28) was approved by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors on September 12 and will go into effect on October 1, 2011.

The new ordinance provides enforcement alternatives for repeat or habitual offenders, or for instances where an animal’s behavior or activities becomes a “public nuisance.” Examples of this type of behavior include incidents where dogs continue to bark for prolonged periods of time after a conviction for violating the dog noise ordinance; animals that are off their owner’s property and causing a traffic hazard; animals that create a disturbance by roaming and/or injuring companion animals, or an unsafe situation with free roaming dogs at a school or public park. … Continue Reading

Jennifer Wexton Challenges Jim Plowman to Debate

September 26, 2011 by Contributor Government, News Comments Off on Jennifer Wexton Challenges Jim Plowman to Debate

Candidate for Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney Jennifer Wexton has urged incumbent Jim Plowman to accept an invitation to a public debate in a letter sent to his office today. Wexton cited the clear differences between the two candidates and the importance of giving the voters an opportunity to hear those differences in a public forum. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Museum Seeks Volunteers for 20th Annual Hauntings Tours

September 26, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader Notices Comments Off on Loudoun Museum Seeks Volunteers for 20th Annual Hauntings Tours

The Loudoun Museum is searching for dedicated volunteers to help make this year’s 20th Annual Hauntings Tour a great success. Proceeds from the event benefit the Loudoun Museum. Each year, guides lead guests on the popular 1½ hour walking tour through historic downtown Leesburg to various homes and businesses where historically costumed storytellers relate the history and “spirited” tale connected to to each site. This year’s walking tours will be on Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29 from 6:00 -10:00 p.m. The museum needs volunteers in all areas of the event. Volunteer opportunities include tour guides, storytellers and museum visitor services help. All talents are welcome.
Persons interested in volunteering for Hauntings 2011, please call the Museum at 703-777-7427 or e-mail hauntings@loudounmuseum.org.

Virginia Earthquake Shakes U.S. Awake to Nuclear Power Danger

September 25, 2011 by Contributor Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Virginia Earthquake Shakes U.S. Awake to Nuclear Power Danger
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This article is republished from the August 19, 2011 edition of the San Francisco BayView with their kind permission and that of Dr. Janette Sherman.

Dr. Sherman is an internist and toxicologist. She is the contributing editor of “Chernobyl – Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment.” The information in the book will help you understand the serious and continuing hazards from nuclear power. She can be reached at www.janettesherman.com and toxdoc.js@verizon.net. … Continue Reading

Middleburg Elementary Celebrates 100 years

September 25, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Comments Off on Middleburg Elementary Celebrates 100 years

Middleburg Elementary celebrated 100 years Saturday September 24. The Centennial Celebration kicked off at 10:00 a.m. with the unveiling of a cornerstone etched with the year 1911. It was followed by a musical, “This Is Your Life MES”, put on by the Middleburg students and the Middleburg Players. A lunch of fried chicken with mac and cheese, barbecue and taco salad was on the lunch menu. The school was opened for a tour and there was a display of items from alumni, young and old.

Regional Marching Bands Take the Field in Purcellville

September 25, 2011 by Contributor Notices Comments Off on Regional Marching Bands Take the Field in Purcellville
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Loudoun Valley High School Band Parents Association hosts the 4th Annual Marching Band Showcase and Field Competition, featuring the marching bands of Strasburg HS, Tuscarora HS, Woodgrove HS, Park View HS, Freedom HS, Stone Bridge HS, Jefferson HS and Loudoun Valley HS on Saturday, October 1, from 2:00 until 5:00 p.m. (Loudoun Valley High School 340 N. Maple Ave., Purcellville, VA. )

If you love marching bands, don’t miss this exciting afternoon of music and performances by these award winning bands!

Gates open at 11:30 a.m., concessions open at noon. Bring the family for a day filled with fun and entertainment.

42nd Annual Bluemont Fair

September 24, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Comments Off on 42nd Annual Bluemont Fair


42nd Annual Bluemont Fair – September 17 and 18 in the village of Bluemont

Sheriff’s Office Seeks Whereabouts of Missing Ashburn Jessica A. Martin

September 24, 2011 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Sheriff’s Office Seeks Whereabouts of Missing Ashburn Jessica A. Martin
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance to help locate a missing teenager.

Jessica Ashley Martin, 16, of Ashburn was reported missing on September 15 but was reportedly seen in the Sterling park area this week. Jessica attended school on September 15 but did not return home. She is known to frequent the Sterling
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Sustainable Planet

Not Your Father’s El Nino

15 Aug 2015

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NASA and other agencies now forecast the incipient El Nino conditions to continue at least into the winter and the early part of 2016. Figure 1 compares Pacific sea surface temperature anomaly for the El Nino of 1997- 1998 with …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Childhood and Adolescent Depression: Tips for Parents and Caregivers

2 Sep 2015

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), depression affects one in every 10 Americans.  And while the CDC’s data on depression currently shows that folks residing in the Commonwealth of Virginia fall slightly …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Suzanne Kane Nature Preserve

2 Sep 2015

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This innocuous little area lay smoldering in my semi-consciousness for several years – and after thousands of passings-by – I finally woke up one morning and just had to find out what was to be found out there. See – …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Morven Park

7 Aug 2015

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I think what strikes me most about this place – as over the top as it is in many ways – is how understated it really is; I know that’ll take some explaining. I’ve been to Morven Park hundreds of …

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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

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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

What It Means To Be a Man

7 Aug 2015

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel As I have gotten older I have noticed that there are more and more young men who ask me for advice. To me it seems silly – I am often not much older than the person asking, …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

A Social Security Strategy Could Enhance Your Retirement Income Plan

7 Aug 2015

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By Amy & Dan Smith What do you think of when someone mentions Social Security? Many people consider Social Security and retirement as one and the same. More than 90 percent of working Americans plan for Social Security to replace …

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Student News

8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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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

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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

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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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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015

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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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Editorial

Getting Purcellville Out of the Conflicts of Interest Trap

7 Aug 2015

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Three Virginia laws address openness in government: the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA), The Virginia Public Records Act (VPRA) and The Virginia State & Local Government Conflict of Interests Act (VCOIA). VFOIA guides how public bodies conduct their meetings and regulates access to government records. VPRA establishes basic rules about what constitutes a public record and what the government’s …

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Lifestyle

Amelia Brown Joins NSHSS

2 Sep 2015

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The National Society of High School Scholars has selected Amelia Brown, a Woodgrove High School junior from Waterford, for membership. The society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment. “On behalf of NSHSS, I am honored to recognize the hard work, sacrifice and commitment that Amelia has demonstrated to achieve this exceptional level of academic …

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Annual Dog Swim September 12, Ida Lee Park

2 Sep 2015

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Saturday, September 12, Ida Lee Park will hold its annual Dog Swim at the AV Symington Aquatic Center.  Come on down to the pool with your four-legged friends for them to enjoy a swim and play off-leash.  The pool will be open for the dogs-only swim from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Dog handlers must be 16 years or older …

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46th Annual Bluemont Fair

2 Sep 2015

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Have some old fashioned family fun at a “Green” Country Fair featuring traditional crafts (juried), local art and authors, craft and farming demonstrations, music: traditional, blues and country, 10k race, free children’s fair, farm animals, llamas and alpacas, quilt display, colonial blacksmith, homemade food, fresh and dried flowers, pie-baking/pickle-making contest, antiques & collectables, local wine-tasting, breweries and gourmet treats, historic …

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Wild Loudoun

Dragonflies – To See Is To Believe

7 Aug 2015

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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 Launches Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship

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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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Congress and MWAA VS Loudoun Taxpayers

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By Delegate Dave LaRock It’s no secret that population growth and business development have left Loudoun County, especially busy areas to the east, with some pretty challenging traffic. The process of expanding the local network of roads and transit always seems to be playing catch-up, usually tied to availability of …

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Governor Signs Senator Black’s Campus Sexual Assault Bill

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On Thursday, May 28, Sen. Richard Black traveled to Richmond for the bill signing ceremony of his bill, Senate Bill 712, the Campus Sexual Assault Bill. Black’s law will change the way that Virginia’s colleges and universities handle sexual assault cases.  “When I heard about the Hannah Graham case, I …

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Sports

Las Vegas Tournament Good for Loudoun Teams

2 Sep 2015

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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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Drew Hunter Heading To Pan American Games

7 Aug 2015

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Loudoun Valley’s Drew Hunter placed second in the United States Track and Field 1500-meter run Junior National Championship. That earned him a spot on the United States Junior Team going to the Pan American Games in Edmonton, Canada in late July. Drew lost to college freshman Blake Haney of the …

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015

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– 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

More Than a GPA

7 Aug 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde In school we are measured in every way based on a number system from a point scale resulting in grades then translated into a GPA that can’t be easily fixed in just one semester. Students are forced to think that all they have to achieve is …

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Sarah's Closet

Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015

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– 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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Letters

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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Independence Won – Much Left To Be Done

1 Jul 2015

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With graduations behind us and summer vacations ahead, we have much to look forward to. My summer will be full of events and opportunities to …

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Reflections for Father’s Day, a Child’s Constitutional Rights

15 Jun 2015

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I’ve been a licensed attorney and a father since the late 80’s. Yet, I wonder about how many of our country’s legal theories – theories …

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