Lady Vikings On a Roll

March 31, 2012 by Contributor Sports Comments Off on Lady Vikings On a Roll

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

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

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
Ms. Ross and the student council join Mr. Dick while he announces the awards to the student body

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

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 .

Valley Vikings Beat Heritage

March 24, 2012 by Contributor Sports Comments Off on Valley Vikings Beat Heritage

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
town of purcellville sign

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 or Jennifer Hough, Public Works Department at 540-751-2334 or e-mail her at 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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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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