ALERT: Sheriff’s Office Searching for Suspect in Hamilton

December 30, 2011 News, Public Safety Comments Off on ALERT: Sheriff’s Office Searching for Suspect in Hamilton

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is currently searching for a wanted suspect in the area of the 30 block of West Colonial Highway in Hamilton.

The suspect, Joseph (Joe) Regan, age 24, is a White male and is wearing a dark colored sweatshirt with khaki pants. He has a thin build. The suspect is on foot
and was believed to be last seen in the area of Coachman Drive around 8:30 a.m. on Friday, December 30.

A Reverse 911 message has been initiated and activated to the immediate search area. If you see this suspect, call 911 immediately.

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of December 24, 2011

December 28, 2011 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of December 24, 2011

12/17/11 – 10:55 p.m. – S. 32nd St. – DUI – Katherine D. Forno age 39 of Purcellville was arrested.

12/17/11 – 12:03 a.m. – 100 block of N. 21st St. – Narcotic Violation, Liquor Law Violation and Drug Equipment Violation – Owen S. Looney age 18 of Bluemont and Robert J. Hilldrup age 20 of Hamilton were arrested.

12/18/11 – 11:07 p.m. – E. Main St / McDaniel Dr. – DUI, Liquor Law Violation and Narcotic Violation – Jarrett S. Orndorff age 20 of Purcellville was arrested. … Continue Reading

Local Students Graduate from York College of Pennsylvania

December 28, 2011 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Local Students Graduate from York College of Pennsylvania

The following local students graduated from York College of Pennsylvania on December 21. Tara Hemphill of Lovettsville graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Jaimie Sapp of Bluemont graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation and Leisure Administration.

Town of Purcellville Sports Funding Application

December 28, 2011 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Town of Purcellville Sports Funding Application

The Town of Purcellville is accepting applications from local organizations for the Annual Sports League Funding. There is $5,000 in this year’s budget. Send your completed application to (or call Jennifer Christie, Parks and Recreation Coordinator 540 751-2391): Town of Purcellville, Annual Sports League Funding, 221 S. Nursery Avenue, Purcellville, Virginia 20132. All applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on January 23, 2012.

Loudoun County Delegation 2012 General Assembly Public Hearing

December 28, 2011 Government, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Delegation 2012 General Assembly Public Hearing

The Loudoun Delegation to the Virginia General Assembly will be holding a public hearing on Wednesday, January 4, 2012, seeking citizen input prior to the 2012 General Assembly session. A sign-up sheet will be provided at 6:30 p.m. for those wishing to speak before the delegation. This will take place Wednesday January 4, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the Loudoun County Government Center Board Room. Delegates Joe May, Tom Rust, Tag Greason, Jim LeMunyon, Barbara Comstock; Delegates Elect, Randy Minchew, David Ramadan

Senators: Mark Herring and Jill Holtzman-Vogel, Senators Elect, Barbara Favola, Dick Black will be attending the meeting.

Christmas Tree Recycling for the Town of Purcellville

December 27, 2011 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Christmas Tree Recycling for the Town of Purcellville

Christmas trees will be collected during the Town’s regular Wednesday collection on January 4 and 11, 2012. Have all trees placed curbside by 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday and placed in a mannerthat does not block or obstruct sidewalks or streets. … Continue Reading


December 27, 2011 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Lobbyists

“We are thoroughgoing liars, even to ourselves. Our most prized possession – language – not only strengthens our ability to lie but greatly extends its range.” Robert Trivers, The Folly of Fools [1]

In my November 13 article in the Blue Ridge Leader [2], I mentioned a pro-nuclear friend whom I had asked for information which might support the viability nuclear energy. At the time he had not delivered. Since then he recommended the World Council of Energy 2010 Survey of Energy Resources report [3] which is very useful, fact-based and loaded with content. The uranium and nuclear energy chapters were written by Hans-Holger Rogner, whom I’ve written about in prior articles and of whom I have high regard [4]. Not that I necessarily agree with him on any point but I do take his opinion seriously. I am preparing a few articles on his report chapters but it will take some time as research and fact checking is required. Rogner’s report is exactly the kind of information I was expecting from my friend. And it is exactly the kind of meaty information which is worth digging into. More recently, he sent me a link to a content free TV interview with a nuclear power industry lobbyist [5] with the comment: “This story will be of interest to you.” … Continue Reading

Increased Transfusions Leaves INOVA Blood Donor Services in Need of O Blood

December 22, 2011 Public Safety Comments Off on Increased Transfusions Leaves INOVA Blood Donor Services in Need of O Blood

The amount of transfusions for babies and mothers in labor and delivery, trauma victims and surgical patients within Inova Health System’s hospitals has increased the need for blood while Inova Blood Donor Services is seeing a decrease in donations. In particular, O blood types are in critical shortage. O negative is the universal blood type, which means whenever a baby, adolescent or adult patient with an unknown blood type requires an emergency transfusion, they are given O negative red cells. With only seven percent of the US population having the O negative blood type, there is always high demand which leads to critical shortages of a very rare and much needed product. … Continue Reading

Happy Holidays

December 22, 2011 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Happy Holidays

We know that King Henry VIII, Mary Queen of Scots, and New England’s patriarch of the Salem Witch Trials, Cotton Mather, all preferred a Government-sponsored religion, for various reasons. But there is no evidence that Jesus did. In fact, He said, “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and unto God the things that are God’s,” (Mark 12:17) indicating a natural separation.

One of the Founding Fathers, Virginia’s own James Madison, wrote, “An alliance or coalition between Government and religion cannot be too carefully guarded against…… “We are teaching the world the great truth that Govts do better without Kings & Nobles than with them. The merit will be doubled by the other lesson that Religion flourishes in greater purity, without [rather] than with the aid of Gov.” [James Madison, Letter to Edward Livingston, July 10, 1822]. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, December 18, 2011

December 18, 2011 News, Tim Jon with BRLN Comments Off on Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, December 18, 2011
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Older, if not Wiser

He just may double his age behind bars, and that’s probably all right with everyone close to this case; child sex abuse defendant- Brad Minor- pled ‘no contest’ this past week in connection to charges involving two four-year-old students at a local child care center. He faces up to 25 years in prison for aggravated sexual battery and custodial indecent liberties with children; Minor worked as an assistant at Chesterbrook Academy in Leesburg up until the time of his arrest this past July.

The Commonwealth Attorney’s Office reported sufficient forensic evidence to put the defendant away for quite a spell; Minor comes in for sentencing in March of 2012. … Continue Reading

Leesburg Executive Airport Releases FY 2011 Annual Report

December 17, 2011 Business, News Comments Off on Leesburg Executive Airport Releases FY 2011 Annual Report

At the Leesburg Town Council meeting on Tuesday, December 13, Dennis Boykin, chair of the Leesburg Airport Commission, presented the Leesburg Executive Airport’s FY 2011 Annual Report.

In his presentation, Mr. Boykin highlighted the impact of the airport on the local Leesburg economy; several recently completed capital improvement projects, including the Instrument Landing System which became operational in March 2011; and plans for future improvements to the airport. … Continue Reading

Dogs Seized in Purcellville Awarded to Animal Services

December 17, 2011 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Dogs Seized in Purcellville Awarded to Animal Services

54 dogs and one cat seized from a Purcellville property on August 5, 2011 were awarded to the Loudoun County Department of Animal Services yesterday after a ruling by Circuit Court Judge Chamblin.

Animal Control Officers discovered the animals while visiting the Purcellville Road property on another matter. The dogs were owned by Bonita Clark of Annapolis, MD. Judge Chamblin ruled that Ms. Clark did not provide adequate care for the animals and not only awarded their custody to the County, but also restricted her from owning any animals in Virginia for at least two years. Ms. Clark was also ordered to pay restitution for the reasonable costs of care of the animals. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Sheriff’s Deputy Casey Johnson Recognized at 14th Annual WRAP Awards

December 17, 2011 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Loudoun Sheriff’s Deputy Casey Johnson Recognized at 14th Annual WRAP Awards

Loudoun County Sheriff’s Deputy Casey Johnson was recognized December 16, for his efforts in the fight against impaired driving at the 14th Annual Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) Awards.

Deputy Johnson was among several law enforcement officers from the region recognized by WRAP for their outstanding commitment in the fight against drunk driving. … Continue Reading









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


“Humans are likely to create a catastrophe, and possibly an associated disaster, that vastly exceeds our own ability to recover from it. In the face of all our efforts, it will persist.” – Richard Guthrie [1] “Here we show that …

Concerned Parent


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 …

Invisible Illnesses

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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 …

Robinson Park

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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 …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016


Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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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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October 1, 2016

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Virginia Outdoors Foundation 50 years of Conservation Celebration

October 9, 2016
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Barefoot Puppets: Dreamtime, Tales From Down Under

October 13, 2016 October 14, 2016 October 15, 2016

Loudoun Centre Theatre: The Scamps Of Scapin!

October 16, 2016

Harvest Celebration & Fall Farm Tour


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Anthony Semiao Live at North Gate Vineyard


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Come Paint with us at Breaux Vineyards

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2 Pound Sterling Live at North Gate VIneyard

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Music With A Cause - Music of Colonial America

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OysterFest at North Gate Vineyard

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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 …


Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!


– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West


– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

Dear Editor

New Proposed Uses for Western Loudoun

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If you live in the middle or western part of Loudoun where you enjoy a parcel of open space near your property (which probably was put into an open space …

Bennett Knows How To Make Economy Work for All


In the election for the 10th District House seat, only one candidate has a more than three decades of success growing a local business. As the owner of a successful …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm


By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

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History’s Holy Places: Four Local Sites Worth Exploring This Fall


The Journey through Hallowed Ground is a 180-mile long, 75-mile wide trek from Gettysburg to Monticello, encompassing nine presidential homes and places, 18 national and state parks, and thousands of small and large historical sites. Dozens and dozens of these sites and related museums are short ride from just about …

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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


Farmers in Southwest Virginia are being urged to check their property for marijuana planted by trespassers. Within the past year, hundreds of marijuana plants have been discovered between rows of hay bales on farms in and around Pulaski County, according to the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force. “Unfortunately this …

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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

3 Aug 2016


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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