ALERT: Sheriff’s Office Searching for Suspect in Hamilton

December 30, 2011 by Contributor 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 by Contributor 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 by Contributor 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 by Contributor 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 by Contributor 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 by Contributor 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 by Tony Noerpel 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 by Contributor 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 by Contributor 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 by Tim Jon 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 by Contributor 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 by Contributor 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 by Contributor 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

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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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