Leesburg Offers Free Downtown Parking for the Holidays

November 30, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader Business, News Be the first to comment
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Parking in the Town Hall parking garage and at all on-street parking meters will be free from Wednesday, November 23, 2011 through Monday, January 2, 2012

The Town of Leesburg will be offering free parking throughout the holiday season in the Town Hall parking garage and at on-street parking meters in the Historic Downtown. The two-hour limit at on-street meters will remain in effect during the free holiday parking promotion. Free parking will begin on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 and will continue until 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2012. The tradition of providing free holiday parking in downtown Leesburg began in 2005. … Continue Reading

Governor Volunteers at Foodbank

November 30, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader Around Virginia Be the first to comment
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Governor McDonnell, Mrs. McDonnell and their children Sean, Bobby and Rachel volunteered today at the Central Virginia Foodbank in Richmond. While there, Governor McDonnell also stopped to thank others working to sort food donations, including Jason Anderson who was helped by the food bank and a local shelter after losing his home during Hurricane Isabel. He now works for the Central Virginia Foodbank and says he is grateful to be part of the company, giving back.

To learn more about the Central Virginia Foodbank, visit https://feedmore.org/food-bank

Photo Courtesy of Michaele White, Governor’s Photographer

International Cesarean Awareness Network To Meet

November 30, 2011 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) of Loudoun will be holding their December Chapter Meeting at the Rust Library in Leesburg on Monday December 12 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The address is 380 Old Waterford Rd., NW, Leesburg.

ICAN aims to promote evidence-based information regarding pregnancy, birth, cesarean recovery and VBAC as well as offer emotional and educational support to mothers and families in Loudoun County. The chapter meeting creates opportunities for women of like minds to meet in a safe place to share their experiences and receive support and encouragement. The topics this month will be cesarean recovery and VBAC preparation in an open discussion format. Newcomers warmly welcomed.

Little League Registers in December

November 30, 2011 by Contributor News, Sports Be the first to comment
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Upper Loudoun Little League will begin on-line registration for their Spring 2012 youth baseball season on December 15, 2011. All players ages 5 – 12 years old as of April 30, 2012 are eligible to register. This spring season we are also beginning a Challenger division. For more information and to begin the registration process, access the ULLL website at ulll.org.

Schools Cleared To Give Excess Food to Local Food Banks

November 30, 2011 by Contributor Around Virginia Be the first to comment

In an effort to help food banks and food pantries across the country collect more food, language specifically allowing public schools to donate unused food has been included in the annual spending bill that funds the Department of Agriculture, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) announced today.

Wolf pushed for the language after learning many school districts are not donating excess food out of concern they were not covered under the Good Samaritan Act, which protects donors who give to food banks in good faith from all liability. Wolf’s language amends the law that created national school lunch program that provides free or low-cost lunches to needy children. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Symphony Orchestra Announces Holiday Spectacular

November 30, 2011 by Contributor Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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The Loudoun Symphony Orchestra will hold its Holiday Spectacular Concert on December 10 at the Virginia Academy in Ashburn, located at 19790 Ashburn Road, Ashburn. The event will feature the Washington Soloist Ensemble, guest conductor Dr. Yeong Su Kim, vocalist Jason Labrador and the Loudoun’s Got Talent Winner, Somok Yoo. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. and the String Workshop will perform at 7:00 p.m.. Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.loudoun symphony.org or at the door. Pricing is Adults $22/$25, Seniors $18/$20, Students $10/$15, and Youth under 12 free. Tickets are also available at Melodee Music in Sterling and the Loudoun Visitors Center in downtown Leesburg. … Continue Reading

Leesburg Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony Kicks Off First Friday Celebration on December 2

November 30, 2011 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

The Town of Leesburg invites locals and visitors to enjoy “the most wonderful time of the year” and experience a little holiday magic in historic downtown Leesburg. On Friday, December 2, at 6:00 pm, join friends and neighbors and celebrate the start of the holiday season in Leesburg at the annual Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting on the Town Green (25 West Market Street). … Continue Reading

Leesburg’s Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Show Offers Holiday Shopping at Its Best!

November 30, 2011 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

Need a gift for that person who has everything? Want a great hostess or teacher’s gift that goes beyond just a gift card? Then the 21st annual Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Show is the place to find it.

The Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Show will be held on main and lower levels of Ida Lee Park Recreation Center on Saturday, December 3, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and on Sunday, December 4, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The show will feature over 90 local and regional artisans selling a variety of one-of-a-kind items like candles, stained glass, carved wood, jewelry, food products, table linens, and much more. More than 25 new vendors will be featured this year, alongside local favorites including Chase Your Tail Bakery, Gypsy Hill Dips and The Chile Man. … Continue Reading

Body of Missing Boater Recovered in Beaverdam Creek Reservoir

November 29, 2011 by Contributor Loudoun County, News Be the first to comment
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The body of a missing boater was recovered just before noon on Monday, November 28, in the Beaverdam Creek Reservoir.

The victim, Anthony M. DiGiovanna, 49, of Ashburn, was canoeing with his 7-year-old son and a dog Sunday afternoon when around 2:30 p.m. their boat
capsized. Loudoun County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 42500 block of Mount Hope Road in Ashburn, Virginia to assist Loudoun Fire, Rescue and
Emergency Management with a water rescue. The 7-year-old, who was wearing a life jacket, was assisted to the shore by nearby witnesses. He was taken to a local
hospital as a precaution and was released on Monday. The adult male was not immediately located. … Continue Reading

Meet the Authors at Loudoun County Public Library

November 28, 2011 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

Loudoun County Public Libraries will be hosting a number of Meet the Author gatherings.

2:00 p.m., December 10, Purcellville Library
Author, Maria Elizabeth McVoy, will discuss her book, Thirteen Years of Christmas a short story collection about discovering the spirit of Christmas. … Continue Reading

Christmas Comes to Purcellville

November 28, 2011 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

The Town of Purcellville will be celebrating its 8th Annual “Christmas in Purcellville” on Saturday, December 10 with fun throughout the day for the whole family.

There will be many exciting activities that day starting with “Breakfast with Santa,” a Lego Train Display, face painting, ornament making, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus and many other activities. … Continue Reading

“Local First” Purcellville Christmas Bingo Blast

November 28, 2011 by Contributor Business, News Be the first to comment
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Local Purcellville independent businesses have rolled out a “Loyal Local” program to reward their regular shoppers. In addition, these 24 unique businesses hope to attract new customers.

Between November 25 and December 20, 2011 a shopper can pick up a FREE Bingo card at any of the participating businesses listed below. Purchases will be validated by the merchant with a unique stamp in the business’s space on the card. Wild spaces allow a shopper to go back to a favorite shop. When the shopper gets Bingo in any direction, they bring their card to Purcellville Tropical Smoothie, Little GREENe Dress, or 29 Vines Winery Tasting Room to be validated and have their name entered into the drawings to be held on December 21, 2011. … Continue Reading

Get in the Holiday Spirit in Historic Hillsboro

November 26, 2011 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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Start your holiday season with three wonderful events at Hillsboro’s Old Stone School: the Hillsboro Community Association’s (HCA) Greens Workshop and the Hillsboro Town Tree Lighting and Potluck, both on Sunday, December 4; and annual Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, December 10.

Greens Workshop on Sunday, December 4 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.—Learn how to make traditional holiday wreaths and arrangements using fresh greens, like those featured on the Christmas in Hillsboro Historic Homes Tour held every other year (the next homes tour is planned for 2012), at the HCA’s Greens Workshop. You purchase what you make to decorate your own home. Small arrangements and wreaths are $15; large arrangements and wreaths are $20. Remember to bring your own gloves and clippers. Registration is free but required. Register for this workshop before November 28 by e-mailing contact@HillsboroVa.com.

Hillsboro Town Tree Lighting and Potluck on Sunday, December 4 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.—Start your holiday season with friends and neighbors while we light up the Hillsboro Town Tree in front of the Old Stone School. Bring your favorite finger foods to share for the second annual tree lighting, co-sponsored by the Hillsboro Community Association and the Town of Hillsboro. RSVP for this event before November 28 by e-mailing contact@HillsboroVa.com.

Annual Holiday Craft Fair—Saturday, December 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.—Find unique, hand-crafted items for friends and family…and an indulgence or two for yourself…at the HCA’s annual Holiday Craft Fair! This year’s craft fair will include alpaca clothing and products, jewelry, pottery, holiday decorations, home décor, and artwork such as sculpture, replica miniatures of Loudoun landmarks, and illustrations. Crafters will be in both Hillsboro’s Old Stone School and Hillsboro Elementary School.

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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

Blandy Experimental Farm

6 Jun 2012

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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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Real Estate Ticker

A Buying Opportunity?

6 Nov 2013

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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

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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

4 Mar 2014

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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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