Barns and Farms of Loudoun County Art Show and Sale

October 13, 2012 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Barns and Farms of Loudoun County Art Show and Sale

The Franklin Park Visual and Performing Arts Center is seeking artwork for its 11th annual Barns and Farms of Loudoun County Art Show and Sale, an exhibition of original artwork by local artists dedicated to the visual power of Loudoun’s agricultural heritage. Both two and three dimensional artwork is welcome for entry. Entries will be accepted Monday, November 5 through Wednesday, November 7 from 9:00-5:00. To submit art, complete an entry form by visiting

The Show will be on display in the gallery at Franklin Park Arts Center from November 9 through January 2 weekdays from 9:00 am until 5:00 p.m. and weekends during performances.

The Arts Center hosts art shows throughout the year, and features individual shows by local galleries and artists. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Community Discusses Outreach Programs to Solve Hunger

October 13, 2012 by Contributor Loudoun County Comments Off on Loudoun Community Discusses Outreach Programs to Solve Hunger

Chairman Scott York, Congressman Frank Wolf and Lynn Chapman with congressional aides.

By Lisa Gunderman

Back in May of this year, five denominations around Loudoun County joined forces to organize “Love Your Neighbor, Feed Your Neighbor,” a countywide food drive that resulted in the collection of over 54,000 lbs. of food and over $12,000 in financial donations. This effort was widely supported by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors as they issued a proclamation declaring May 2012 as Hunger Awareness Month. The seemingly only logical next step from the enormous success of the county food drive was to continue to collaborate to find innovative ways of meeting the long term challenges of providing needy families with food. … Continue Reading

150th Anniversary of the Battle of Unison

October 13, 2012 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Unison

Unison Heritage Day this year will be a commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Unison and a celebration of the new Unison Battlefield Historic District, already being called one of the nation’s best preserved places.

The 8,000-acre, eight-mile-long battlefield, stretching from Philomont through Unison to Upperville, was placed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic places last fall.

A reenactment of the November 1-3, 1862, battle will fight through the village for over an hour, starting after 12:30 p.m., with federal and Confederate cavalry, infantry, artillery and costumed civilians. The fighting, which left the village in flames in 1862, will take place largely on Unison Road going past the Unison Store, where the festival is held. Reenactors from Valley Light Horse, Liberty Rifles, 1st Maine Cavalry, CVG, Kevin Yarzo Artillery and other living-history groups will camp in and around Unison Friday, Saturday and Sunday, staging mock battles on all three days, starting near Philomont and ending near Upperville. … Continue Reading

Second Annual Equestrian Trail Ride & Carriage Drive in Lovettsville Park

October 13, 2012 by Contributor Equestrian, Lifestyle Comments Off on Second Annual Equestrian Trail Ride & Carriage Drive in Lovettsville Park

The public is invited to bring their horses and horse carriages to ride or drive in Lovettsville Community Park on Sunday, October 21. 2012. Since the park is not currently open to the public, this trail ride will provide a unique opportunity to see the park property first-hand.

The Loudoun Horse Association, along with The United States Trail Ride, Inc., have joined forces to provide a fun event with the following goals:

  • Show the location of trails and facilities planned for the park once it is developed.
  • Give participants a look at the park’s future equestrian area.
  • Both organizations are donating the net proceeds from the ride to help develop the park’s public equestrian facilities.

On-site registration opens at 8:00 a.m. The registration fee is $35. A copy of each horse’s current negative Coggins report, a signed liability waiver form and an approved helmet are required for all participants. … Continue Reading

News from Berklee College of Music

October 13, 2012 by Contributor Lifestyle, People Comments Off on News from Berklee College of Music

Berklee College of Music announces that Kristen Bergner of Bluemont has earned placement on the Dean’s List for the summer semester of the 2012 academic year. To be eligible for this honor, a full-time student must achieve a grade point average of 3.4 or above; a part-time student must achieve a grade point average of 3.6 or above.

Property Rights Amendment

October 13, 2012 by Contributor Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment

There’s already a law on the books in the Virginia that stops the government from using its power of eminent domain to take someone’s home or farm or business simply because someone else wants to develop the land, but that’s merely a law, and if the General Assembly ever decides to change the rules, it can, at any time.

That’s why we need to vote “yes” on Question 1 on Nov. 6. Our property rights shouldn’t depend on the whims of politicians. We need to change the state Constitution to guarantee that state and local government can’t take our homes or farms or businesses and hand it over to some developer.

Question 1 specifies that eminent domain cannot be used unless it’s for a true “public use,” such as roads or schools, and it would ensure just compensation, including payment for lost access and profits. It also would prevent the government from taking more land than it needed. … Continue Reading

County Celebrates Opening of New Park and Renovated Community Center

October 11, 2012 by Contributor Loudoun County, News Comments Off on County Celebrates Opening of New Park and Renovated Community Center

The Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services and the Department of Construction and Waste Management will hold two ribbon cutting ceremonies on Saturday, November 3. The opening of the newly renovated Bluemont Community Center will take place at 10:00 a.m. A ribbon cutting at Hampshire Park in Ashburn, VA is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend both events. … Continue Reading

Oatlands Participates in the Loudoun County Fall Color Tour

October 11, 2012 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Oatlands Participates in the Loudoun County Fall Color Tour

One of Loudoun’s original farms appears on the Fall Color Tour for the first time this year! Explore the historic grounds of Oatlands on October 20 and 21, during the Loudoun County Fall Color Tour. Each day, visitors to Oatlands can walk the grounds, visit the historic Carriage House and learn about vintage carriages and farm equipment on display. Ayrshire Farm, a certified organic and humane farm located in Upperville, Va., will also exhibit their heritage breed farm animals under the centuries-old trees at Oatlands. A picnic area is available. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase in the gift shop. Additional paid activities, such as tours of the house and garden, are available for guests.

This event is free and open to the public.

Oatlands is a 360-acre self-supporting National Trust Historic Site. The site features a stunning landscape with magnificent gardens, 1804 mansion and 19th century brick dependencies, including the Oatlands greenhouse, the second oldest greenhouse in the nation.

For more information about Oatlands, call 703-777-3174 or visit

The Growing Stage Presents: The Sound of Music

October 11, 2012 by Contributor Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on The Growing Stage Presents: The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music

Community Theatre Production at Franklin Park Arts Center

The Growing Stage will present Rogers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” at the Franklin Park Arts Center on Friday, October 19 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, October 20 at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, October 21 at 3:00 p.m.. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased online at

The Loudoun foothills are alive with the Sound of Music and the von Trapps are not the only family singing. This fall, Growing Stage Inc. expanded to include adults, attracting families for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s famous hit.

“This is such a great opportunity for families to perform together. What better experience than to sing and dance with your children?” said director Karlah Louis. … Continue Reading

Cub Scouts Camp Out

October 9, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Cub Scouts Camp Out

Cub Scout Pack 1162 braved the cold weather on Saturday night, October 6, and held its annual Fall Camp Out. Over 40 scouts participated in the camp out. The Pack, lead by Kevin Bills, is accepting new members. More information can be found at

And in the Process, We Can Save the Bluemont Post Office

October 9, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on And in the Process, We Can Save the Bluemont Post Office

As outrageous as it is, in the scheme of the challenges we face, the decimation of the United States Postal Service is a small matter. But, like the unwelcome prospect of the closing of the Bluemont Post Office, it ain’t necessary. At all.

What is accelerating is the corporatizing of government. Corporate-run prisons, “charter’’ schools, “private’’ military contractors, corporate-run “traffic’’ cameras and police departments. And on.

In the case of the Post Office, the drive for corporate takeover had its first victory in 1970, prompting then-Sen. Ralph Yarborough of Texas to note, “This postal corporation bill is the `Tonkin Gulf Resolution’ of domestic legislation. I know of no precedent for this bill. The Constitution provides that Congress shall establish the Post Office and Post Roads. We abdicate this constitutional responsibility when we turn the function over to a corporation.’’ And we’ve been abdicating ever since.

Want to reverse this? Then we can’t plead to just have {our} ox not gored. … Continue Reading

Get Lost in Middleburg with Middleburg’s Scavenger Hunt

October 7, 2012 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Get Lost in Middleburg with Middleburg’s Scavenger Hunt

The Town of Middleburg invites all weekend warriors, thrill-seekers, explorers and history buffs to discover everything that the town has to offer during its first annual Scavenger Hunt on October 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 pm.

The Hunt begins at the Pink Box, Middleburg’s visitor center located at 12 North Madison St. This is where explorers can register to participate. The representatives at the Pink Box may also be able to provide some information to amateur explorers throughout the day. Registration for the Scavenger Hunt is free and includes a dining coupon for specials at participating Middleburg Restaurants. Scavenger Hunt participants must be 21 years of age or older. … Continue Reading

Open Letter to Chairman

October 7, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on Open Letter to Chairman

Dear Mr. Chairman,

I have read your statement earlier today regarding the alleged misconduct of Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio and am somewhat encouraged that the Board intends to look into this but I don’t see how, however well intended this effort may be, that the Board can “independently” investigate itself.

Accordingly, I have some observations and recommendations.

You must appreciate, how, even the appointment by the board of an “independent” counsel would be suspect if the Board was making the selection.

Given what has already transpired, according to your public statement, this appears to be a legitimate concern.

I am talking about the supposed criminal referral of Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio’s alleged misconduct as to, among other possible subjects of investigation, the misappropriation of public services. … 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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Ask Dr. Mike

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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