Loudoun Sketch Club Exhibits Artwork

October 30, 2011 by Contributor Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Loudoun Sketch Club Exhibits Artwork

Original Paintings on Display November 11 – December 13

The sixth annual Loudoun Sketch Club art show and sale opens November 11 at the Hillsborough Winery and includes a wide variety of original work – paintings, drawings and photographs – by dozens of Loudoun artists, both established and emerging. The exhibit, juried by artist/instructor Dean Taylor Drewyer, is on display through December 13.

Come meet and talk with the artists during an Opening Reception on November 13 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Light refreshments and Hillsborough wines will be served. … Continue Reading

Attorney General Cuccinelli Talks Eminent Domain Abuses, Property Rights at NAACP Event

October 30, 2011 by Contributor Around Virginia Comments Off on Attorney General Cuccinelli Talks Eminent Domain Abuses, Property Rights at NAACP Event

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli addressed more than 200 attendees today at the NAACP State Convention in Richmond, discussing government abuses of eminent domain and the property rights constitutional amendment currently pending in the General Assembly.

The attorney general spoke about eminent domain and urban renewal, a project in the 1960s in which the government would raze blighted or poor neighborhoods, transforming the land for public use. This process displaced thousands of families and individuals, often in African-American neighborhoods, forcing them to give up their homes, businesses, and property, and forcing many into public housing. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of October 23, 2011

October 30, 2011 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of October 23, 2011

10/23/11 – 1:51 p.m. – 100 block of N 16th St. – Larceny – Victim reports that some one stole items from their house. Loss valued at $100.00.
10/23/11 – 3:00 p.m. – 500 block of E. G St – Destruction of Property – Victim reports that some one drove through their yard. Damage valued at $100.00.
10/27/11 – During the night – 200 block of S. Maple Ave. – Destruction of Property – Victim reports that some one threw a rock through their window. Damage valued at $50.00.

Purcellville To Host First Annual Halloween Block Party

October 29, 2011 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle 1 comment

UPDATE: This event has been rescheduled to Sunday, October 30.

Everyone loves Halloween… kids, adults, even pets bring ‘em all to 21st Street in Old Town Purcellville. We’re throwing our First Annual Halloween Block Party on Sunday night October 30 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. filled with fun for the whole family.

Enter the whole family in the Costume Contest and win cash prizes. … Continue Reading

To Question Uranium Supply

October 28, 2011 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on To Question Uranium Supply

“However it is conducted, mining will bring destruction as well as wealth.” Editorial “Beyond Mining”, Nature Geoscience, Vol. 4, October 2011.

Tony Noerpel

On November 11, 2011, Friday evening starting at 6:00 p.m., at George Washington University Virginia Campus, Ashburn, off of Route 7, the Piedmont Environmental Council, George Washington University and Sustainable Loudoun are hosting a discussion forum on uranium mining in Virginia. The public is invited free of charge and there will be some food. No advanced registration is required. This article is extracted from my presentation. … Continue Reading

Pond Rescue in Middleburg

October 28, 2011 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Pond Rescue in Middleburg

At approximately 8:10 a.m. Wednesday October 26, 2011, fire rescue units from Middleburg, Aldie, Philomont and Leesburg were dispatched to Atoka Chase Lane and St. Louis Road for an auto accident with a sinking vehicle. Units arrived on scene to find a partially submerged vehicle and an adult male floating in a large pond.

The engine and medic crews from Middleburg acted quickly, throwing rescue rope to the driver and pulling him to safety. The medic crew immediately removed the patient from the cold and into the ambulance. He was transported to Cornwall hospital for moderate hyperthermia and was being admitted for observation. … Continue Reading

Thomas Balch Library to Host 19th Annual Loudoun History Awards on Sunday, November 13, 2011

October 28, 2011 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Thomas Balch Library to Host 19th Annual Loudoun History Awards on Sunday, November 13, 2011

The 19th annual Loudoun History Awards, sponsored by the Thomas Balch Library Advisory Commission, will honor four individuals who have made long-term contributions to local history research and writing. The awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the lower level meeting room at the Thomas Balch Library, located at 208 West Market Street in Leesburg.

This year’s honorees are: … Continue Reading

Call For Entries: Barns and Farms of Loudoun County

October 28, 2011 by Contributor Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Call For Entries: Barns and Farms of Loudoun County

The 10th annual Barns and Farms Show has a new dimension this year! Loudoun’s sister-county, Main Taunus Kreis (MTK), near Frankfort, Germany on the Rhine River, has invited the Franklin Park Arts Center to coordinate an exhibition of artwork depicting our agricultural region, to be displayed in their government center gallery in the spring of 2012. The artwork to be sent to the exhibition will be chosen from the pieces submitted to the Barns and Farms show. Loudoun has an enormous amount of local talent and the Arts Center is excited for the opportunity to showcase this talent internationally. Participation in the traveling show is optional; artists may enter the Barns and Farms show and chose not to be part of the selection process.

For an entry form, visit www.franklinparkartscenter.org/exhibitions.

The exhibit will be on display in our gallery from Friday, November 18 through December 30.

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 19th from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m.

Franklin Park Big Band To Perform at Franklin Park Arts Center

October 28, 2011 by Contributor Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Franklin Park Big Band To Perform at Franklin Park Arts Center

Community Swing Band Returns For Two More Concerts

Western Loudoun’s newest community based musical ensemble, The Franklin Park Big Band, will provide two performances at Franklin Park Arts Center on Saturday, November 12 at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, November 13 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person or $10 per family and will be available at the door. Tickets can be reserved by calling the box office at 540-338-7973. … Continue Reading

Thanks from the Yeatts Family

October 28, 2011 by Contributor Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment

Words cannot express our gratitude for the overwhelming support and kindness we’ve received since our home was destroyed by fire on September 26. We wish to express our deep appreciation for the generosity that the Loudoun community has showered on us since the fire– the gifts of food, furniture, toys, clothing and funds are helping us to rebuild our lives. We especially wish to thank the hard working firefighters and emergency responders who tried to save our home. We also wish to thank those who organized, donated to and attended the fundraiser for us on October 15 including Philip Message of the Bush Tabernacle for use of the Purcellville Skating Rink to host the event, Brian Damewood of Tillett and Damewood Auctioneers for conducting the live auction, the Purcellville Merchants Association (especially Dan Abramson of Belle Maison, Scott Kinney of Shamrock Music Shoppe, Michael Oakes of ReLoveIt, Kelli Grim of the Little Green Dress Shop, and Jennifer Alves of Jazzy Jenn Designs) for organizing the event along with many volunteers and many generous contributors to the silent auction, especially John & Robin Heyner of Round Hill.

This outpouring of support has made us ever more aware how fortunate we are to live in Purcellville, among such loving neighbors and friends. There is no substitute for small town kindness. We hope to see you in our store, Its Bazaar on 21st Street in Purcellville, so that we can thank you for your kindness in person, and hope you will celebrate with us in 8 to 12 months time when our permanent home is rebuilt.

With our deepest gratitude,
The Yeatts Family: Bill & Rebecca, Hunter, Chase, MacKenzie and Aideendale

November is Happy Cats Month

October 28, 2011 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on November is Happy Cats Month

November is a time to give thanks, and the Loudoun County Animal Shelter hopes to make a feline friend one of your blessings with the Happy Cats-giving program.

All cats adopted from the Loudoun County Animal Shelter in November will be spayed/neutered for free (if necessary). That means that all kittens will have a $40 adoption fee! Cats aged six months to seven years will have a $20 adoption fee, and all cats over seven years will only be $10.

Cats outrank dogs as America’s # 1 pet, and it is easy to see why. They may have the reputation for being aloof, but that’s often far from true. Cats are affectionate, playful, and loyal. They make wonderful pets, and their natural independence often means they are easier to care for and adapt to our busy schedules. … Continue Reading

Sheriff’s Office Seeks Whereabouts of John Thomas Gallihugh, Wanted for Felony Child Abuse

October 28, 2011 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Sheriff’s Office Seeks Whereabouts of John Thomas Gallihugh, Wanted for Felony Child Abuse

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a suspect wanted for child abuse.

John Thomas Gallihugh, 30, of no fixed address, is a White male, 6’ tall, 185 pounds, with blue eyes and a shaved/bald head. … Continue Reading

Alex Keepers Memorial Sculpture Dedicated

October 25, 2011 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Alex Keepers Memorial Sculpture Dedicated

Family, friends and coworkers gathered Sunday October 9 to witness the dedication of a sculpture honoring a lost firefighter, friend, brother and son. Alex Keepers, a lieutenant with Loudoun County Fire-Rescue, who tragically lost his life while on his way to work the morning of December 31, 2007, will be forever memorialized at the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Training Center.

Alex was hired by Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Management on January 31, 2002. He worked his way up the ranks from firefighter to Technician and was promoted to Lieutenant in July of 2007. Alex was assigned to Middleburg Fire Station #3 at the time of his death and had previously worked in Aldie, Arcola, Loudoun Rescue and Lovettsville. … Continue Reading

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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

30 Sep 2015


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 V. Smith's Money Talks

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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November 2015

Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Notaviva Vineyards Haunted Vineyard Tours


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Notaviva Vineyards Haunted Vineyard Tours

Red, White, & Boo!

Mrs. Lucketts’ Haunted Garden & Playground


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Notaviva Vineyards Haunted Vineyard Tours

Red, White, & Boo!

Steve Potter Live at North Gate Vineyard

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Elementary Drama Camp

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Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists – painter Karen Hutchison and glass artists David and Dale Barnes


Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event


Kipyn Martin Live at North Gate VIneyard

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The Essential Elvis Tribute Show


Christmas Bazaar

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The Capitol Steps


3rd Annual Bluemont (Juried) Holiday Craft Show

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event


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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 …



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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Purcellville Cross Serves as Beacon of Hope for Highway Travelers

9 Nov 2015

Crux St. Francis de Sales

By Mark Gunderman The Crux Gloria was erected and dedicated by St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church in November 1990. If you’re traveling from Leesburg on Highway 7, passing through Purcellville just west of the Berlin Turnpike exit, you can look to your right and see a majestic metal cross sculpture. Within the cross, the shape of Jesus appears to …

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Carver Center November Events

4 Nov 2015


The Carver Center is at 200 Willie Palmer Way in Purcellville. Call 571-258-3400 to sign up for the following programs. November 6, Friday Lunch and movie Still Alice 12-2 p.m. (ages 55 and up).  To sign up call 571-258-3459. November 9, Monday AARP Driver Safety Class 9 a.m. – 5:00 p.m (ages 50 and up). Pre-registration required. AARP members $15, …

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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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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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Leesburg Ladies Tennis Team Wins State Tournament

4 Nov 2015


Ida Lee Park Tennis Center’s Ladies Singles 2.5 Team, Simply Smashing, won the USTA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship tournament, held October 16-18, at the Virginia Beach Tennis and Country Club. Simply Smashing members include team captain Beth Cioni, Debbie DeLadurantaye, Jennifer Fox, Robin Haast, Holly McMullen and Deja O’Malley. They train …

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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

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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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