Lady Vikings On a Roll

March 31, 2012 by Contributor Sports Comments Off on Lady Vikings On a Roll
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The Loudoun Valley Lady Vikings Lacrosse team is officially on a roll. With home wins over Park View and Loudoun County this week, they improved their district record to 3-0 and now sit atop the Dulles District in first place. The extraordinary potential of this young team is obvious as they build momentum week after week.

Monday night, March 26, the Lady Vikings played host to the Park View Pride on a bitter cold and windy evening. It was all Valley all night long as the Lady Vikings got off to a scorching start in the first half. … Continue Reading

The 15 Craziest Stadium Food

March 31, 2012 by Contributor Sports Comments Off on The 15 Craziest Stadium Food

Opening Day is approaching, which means hungry sports fans will be making pilgrimages to support their favorite teams. But forget peanuts and Cracker Jacks—today’s stadium fare seems like it’s on steroids, becoming edible spectacles that have some enthusiasts traveling to watch other teams just to have a taste.

From the five-pound, salsa-chip-chili-doused burger at Michigan’s Fifth Third Ballpark to the pulled-pork-and-mashed-potato parfait at the Milwaukee Brewers’ Miller Park, The Daily Meal—the site that houses all things food and drink—has found the 15 Craziest Stadium Foods. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of March 24, 2012

March 31, 2012 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of March 24, 2012
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3/24/12 – 3/30/12

3/24/12 – 1:00 a.m. – 400 block of Plymouth Ridge Ct. – Larceny – Victim reports that some one stole items from their vehicle. Loss valued at $550.00.
3/24/12 – 5:30 p.m. – 100 block of N. Hatcher Ave. – Non-violent Family Dispute – Complaint worked by police and resolved.
3/25/12 – 8:10 a.m. – 100 block of S. Nursery Ave. – Destruction of Property – Victim reports that some one damaged their vehicle.
3/25/12 – 9:40 p.m. – 100 block of N. Maple Ave. – Warrant Service – Damian R. Wolfinger age 20 of Lovettsville was arrested.

Waterford Native Receives National Award from Marine Corps Heritage Foundation

March 29, 2012 by Contributor Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Waterford Native Receives National Award from Marine Corps Heritage Foundation

Marshal Ivan Kander, who grew up in Waterford, and currently resides in Silver Spring, Md., has been named the recipient of the 2012 Sergeant William Genaust Award, given for a documentary and short subject (40 minutes or less) dealing creatively with U.S. Marine Corps heritage or Marine Corps life. The award will be presented at the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s Annual Awards Ceremony April 21, 2012 at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Va. Kander is being honored for “Survive. Recover. Live.,” which documents the recovery process of his friend Rob Jones, who lost his legs in Afghanistan. … Continue Reading

Honor Award for Woodgrove Student

March 29, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Honor Award for Woodgrove Student

Ashley Morris, a freshman at Woodgrove High School, received a scholarship to attend Nature Camp in Vesuvius, Virginia located in the George Washington National Forest for the June 2012 session. This award, presented to her by The Garden Study Club of Loudoun marks her second year attending Nature Camp. In June of 2011 Ashley chose natural art, forestry and astronomy for her curriculum. She enjoyed nature hikes, morning bird walks and swimming in mountain pools and streams. Classes were held daily and workbooks were required on each subject. Only two students were selected for awards of excellence in the overall program, and Ashley was one of them.

An Honor Student at Woodgrove High School, Ashley lives with her family outside of Hillsboro.

You Won’t Believe What This Loudouner Found Tucked in the Toe of a Consignment Store Shoe!

March 29, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns 1 comment
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By Judy Harbin

The ReLove-It consignment store had just opened its doors for the day on Thursday morning when Wendy Bye and her son, Dylan, went browsing for Women’s Boots.

Wendy found some tall black leather boots and sat down to try them on. She slipped her right foot inside, but… “Wait! What’s that? There’s some paper stuffed in the toe…”

Not just any paper, as it turned out…to be NINE HUNDRED DOLLARS. … Continue Reading

LVHS Principal and Student Council Receive Awards

March 27, 2012 by Contributor News, Schools Comments Off on LVHS Principal and Student Council Receive Awards
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Principal Sue Ross was named the Virginia Student Council Association (VSCA) Secondary Principal of the Year at the VSCA Convention March 23- 24, 2012 in Williamsburg, Virginia. Nominated by the Viking Student Council, the surprise announcement was made at the convention’s March 24 banquet. Ms. Ross will receive the award at the spring conference of the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals, the co-sponsor of the award. … Continue Reading

2nd Annual Run Me Home 5K/10K Race and Fun Run in Leesburg

March 26, 2012 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on 2nd Annual Run Me Home 5K/10K Race and Fun Run in Leesburg

The Starting Gun Sounds for Run Me Home races, Saturday, April 30th, 2011 on the scenic W&OD trail in Leesburg, Virginia. 419 runners registerd for the 5K, 10K and Fun Run events, over 200 of which participated in the 5K race alone. See Photo courtesy/ Whritenour Family.

“And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, ‘Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.’ And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them” (Mark 10:13-16 ESV). … Continue Reading

43rd Annual Bluemont Fair Seeks Poster Design

March 24, 2012 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on 43rd Annual Bluemont Fair Seeks Poster Design
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Organizers of the 43rd Annual Bluemont Fair, to be held September 15 and 16 2012 invite artists of all ages and abilities to submit designs for consideration as the logo for this year’s poster and brochure. The theme this year is “Old Time Country Fair”, incorporating scenes of Bluemont’s historic buildings, such as the old stone church.

Submitted designs should be rendered simply with minimal color that can be easily replicated on the Bluemont Fair’s distinctive poster, t-shirt, mug, etc. The artist’s name will be printed on the poster and his/her work acknowledged in Bluemont Fair publicity. All artwork should be submitted by May 1 to: Bluemont Fair Poster Art Competition, P.O. Box 217, Bluemont, Virginia, 20135. For further information or to arrange for in-person delivery of your entry: 540-554-2367 (voice mail) or www.bluemontfair.com .

Valley Vikings Beat Heritage

March 24, 2012 by Contributor Sports Comments Off on Valley Vikings Beat Heritage
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On perhaps the nicest afternoon yet this year, the Loudoun Valley High School Ladies’ Lacrosse team played host to the Heritage Pride in their district opener on Thursday night, March 22. Coach Tracey Albro’s Lady Vikings came ready to play treating the Valley faithful to an exciting game in what turned out to be their best game yet. … Continue Reading

Volunteers Needed for Purcellville Clean Up

March 23, 2012 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Volunteers Needed for Purcellville Clean Up
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Saturday, April 14, 2012 is the Town of Purcellville’s Annual Town-wide Beautification Day from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Purcellville invites all citizens, families, individuals, scout and church groups to participate in this worthy effort. This event will include planting flowers and roadside clean ups. Rain Date Scheduled for: April 21, 2012.

Area leaders assign roads; provide safety vests, instructions, and sturdy orange bags for trash removal. Please contact Hannah Backman, the Town of Purcellville’s area leader. She can be reached at 540-338-3728 or via e-mail at srbackman@msn.com or Jennifer Hough, Public Works Department at 540-751-2334 or e-mail her at jhough1@purcellvilleva.gov for more information.

Winners of the 2012 Hussa Basketball Tournament 6th Grade Girls Champions

March 21, 2012 by Contributor Sports Comments Off on Winners of the 2012 Hussa Basketball Tournament 6th Grade Girls Champions


Western Loudoun Basketball League 6th grade All Stars: Coach Ahlers, Sydney Ahlers, Natalie Blankenship, Paige Williamson, Taylor Donches, Katie Cox, Maddie White, Caroline Roden, Maddy Hegerich, Virginia Carpenter, Assistant Coach Carpenter

The Potomac Frontier: The Mosby Heritage Area in the Winter of 1861-62 Conversations Lecture Series at Mt. Zion Historic Park

March 21, 2012 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on The Potomac Frontier: The Mosby Heritage Area in the Winter of 1861-62 Conversations Lecture Series at Mt. Zion Historic Park

“The Potomac Frontier: The Mosby Heritage Area in the Winter of 1861-62” is the topic of the next lecture in the Conversations lecture series, co-sponsored by Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority and Mosby Heritage Area Association. Scheduled for Sunday, March 25th at 3 p.m., the program will feature guest speaker Richard T. Gillespie, Director of Education for the Mosby Heritage Area Association. It will be held at Mt. Zion Historic Park at 40309 John Mosby Highway in Aldie. … Continue Reading

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Sustainable Planet

Not Your Father’s El Nino

15 Aug 2015

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NASA and other agencies now forecast the incipient El Nino conditions to continue at least into the winter and the early part of 2016. Figure 1 compares Pacific sea surface temperature anomaly for the El Nino of 1997- 1998 with …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Childhood and Adolescent Depression: Tips for Parents and Caregivers

2 Sep 2015

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), depression affects one in every 10 Americans.  And while the CDC’s data on depression currently shows that folks residing in the Commonwealth of Virginia fall slightly …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Suzanne Kane Nature Preserve

2 Sep 2015

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This innocuous little area lay smoldering in my semi-consciousness for several years – and after thousands of passings-by – I finally woke up one morning and just had to find out what was to be found out there. See – …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Morven Park

7 Aug 2015

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I think what strikes me most about this place – as over the top as it is in many ways – is how understated it really is; I know that’ll take some explaining. I’ve been to Morven Park hundreds of …

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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

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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

A Man of Character

3 Sep 2015

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “I thought it would be appropriate to reiterate my thoughts on power and quote something from Frederick Douglass that I believe is quite true,” Manfred Kory wrote to me after reading Lonnae O’Neill’s June 29 column in …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

When To Take Social Security: Timing Is Everything

3 Sep 2015

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As you approach retirement, there are several decisions that can impact the level of income you will receive when you stop working. One such decision will be about claiming your Social Security retirement benefit. More than half of eligible Americans …

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Student News

8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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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

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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

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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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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015

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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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Editorial

Getting Purcellville Out of the Conflicts of Interest Trap

7 Aug 2015

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Three Virginia laws address openness in government: the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA), The Virginia Public Records Act (VPRA) and The Virginia State & Local Government Conflict of Interests Act (VCOIA). VFOIA guides how public bodies conduct their meetings and regulates access to government records. VPRA establishes basic rules about what constitutes a public record and what the government’s …

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Lifestyle

Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament

3 Sep 2015

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Stoneleigh Women’s Golf Association’s is having their annual Rally for the Cure ™ golf tournament in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is a great opportunity to play at the golf course recently cited as being the prettiest golf course in Northern Virginia by Golf Magazine and recently awarded a 3.5 star rating by Golf Digest. The format is …

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Irish Sessions at Corcoran Brewing

3 Sep 2015

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Gina Faber and Tony Noerpel have started an “Irish Session” at Corcoran Brewing Company in Purcellville once a month on the second Sunday. The next session will be from noon to 3:00 p.m. on September 13. It is an open session, and anyone can bring an instrument and play along. Tony and his wife, Nancy, visited Ireland last year and were impressed by …

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September Calendar

3 Sep 2015

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Ongoing events Saturdays, September 12 to October 17, Interpreting Scripture Through Visual Arts, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Jonathan Holland, artist and youth pastor, will take you on a journey to create powerful and moving art rooted within the Bible. Cost is $105. Go to opusoaks.org. On Saturday, September 12 at noon, Sunday, September 13 at 1:00 p.m., September 26 at noon and September 27 …

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Wild Loudoun

Dragonflies – To See Is To Believe

7 Aug 2015

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Shadow Darner. Unicorn Clubtail. Black Shouldered Spinyleg. Blue Dasher. Ebony Jewelwing. Calico Pennant. Sanddragon. Their names conger up some magical place inhabited by devils and demons, elegant queens, daring lovers – creatures you would need to see with your own eyes to believe really existed. But, each of these, including the Calico Pennant, is actually one of the most common …

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Around Virginia

Good Government Reinforces the Family

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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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Governor McAuliffe Launches Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship

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Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed Executive Order 47 establishing the Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship, which shall be responsible for coordinating and implementing youth entrepreneurship initiatives and fostering the growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem for young people in Virginia. “The foundation of the new Virginia economy rests on the strength …

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Congress and MWAA VS Loudoun Taxpayers

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By Delegate Dave LaRock It’s no secret that population growth and business development have left Loudoun County, especially busy areas to the east, with some pretty challenging traffic. The process of expanding the local network of roads and transit always seems to be playing catch-up, usually tied to availability of …

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Sports

Las Vegas Tournament Good for Loudoun Teams

2 Sep 2015

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D1 Sports & Athletics 15U Spartan Elite Boys basketball team won the Gold Elite Championship out of 158 teams from across the country at the Bigfoot Hoops Las Vegas Classic on July 26. D1SA Spartan Elite defeated Drive Bounce Elite from British Columbia, Canada, in the championship game with the …

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Drew Hunter Heading To Pan American Games

7 Aug 2015

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Loudoun Valley’s Drew Hunter placed second in the United States Track and Field 1500-meter run Junior National Championship. That earned him a spot on the United States Junior Team going to the Pan American Games in Edmonton, Canada in late July. Drew lost to college freshman Blake Haney of the …

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015

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– 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

Perfection and Expectation in High School

3 Sep 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde If you think about high school, what do you think about? Do you think about the sports and how important they are to some students whose only dream of getting into college is a scholarship? Do you think about the high school student struggling for an …

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Sarah's Closet

Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015

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– 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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Letters

Thank You Purcellville

7 Aug 2015

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I want to express my sincere appreciation for the outpouring of support by the local business owners and residents in relationship to my challenge to …

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Independence Won – Much Left To Be Done

1 Jul 2015

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With graduations behind us and summer vacations ahead, we have much to look forward to. My summer will be full of events and opportunities to …

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Reflections for Father’s Day, a Child’s Constitutional Rights

15 Jun 2015

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I’ve been a licensed attorney and a father since the late 80’s. Yet, I wonder about how many of our country’s legal theories – theories …

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