Loudoun Recognized for Excellence in Emergency Medical Services

May 31, 2012 by Contributor Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun Recognized for Excellence in Emergency Medical Services

Last week Loudoun County earned the following prestigious nominations in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) community:

  1. Assistant Chief Randy Breton of the Hamilton Volunteer Rescue Squad has been recognized with the 2012 Northern Virginia Regional Award for Excellence in EMS. The criteria for the award: An individual who exemplifies outstanding dedication and service to the statewide Virginia emergency medical services system, and has demonstrated a commitment to a comprehensive, integrated system of emergency medical services throughout the Commonwealth.
  2. Purcellville Volunteer Rescue Squad has been recognized as the 2012 Outstanding EMS Agency for the region. The criteria for the award: An EMS agency that exemplifies outstanding professionalism and service to its community; whose high level of patient care is evident by innovative training, community awareness, preventive health programs, public relations efforts and participation in local, regional and statewide EMS systems.

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The Greenhouse at Oatlands Celebrates 201 Years

May 31, 2012 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on The Greenhouse at Oatlands Celebrates 201 Years
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Oatlands Executive Director Andrea McGimsey announced today that Oatlands will be celebrating the 201st birthday of the greenhouse on Wednesday, June 20 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

The birthday party, complete with cake and balloons is free and open to the public. Oatlands staff will be on hand to provide information about the agricultural operations of 18th and 19th centuries. This event will feature vendors and concessions. Representatives from Willowcroft Farm Vineyards will also be providing tastings and selling wine by the glass. … Continue Reading

Kevin Gaquin Graduates from York College of Pennsylvania

May 31, 2012 by Contributor Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Kevin Gaquin Graduates from York College of Pennsylvania

Kevin Gaquin of Leesburg graduated from York College of Pennsylvania on May 19. Gaquin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering.

Join the LCPL Summer Reading Program

May 31, 2012 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Join the LCPL Summer Reading Program
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The Loudoun County Public Library summer reading program begins June 11 at all seven branches and runs through August 6. Register at your branch and pick up a challenge card filled with fun, interactive challenges for every age to complete during the program. All ages – from birth to senior citizens – are encouraged to join the invasion and participate in the fun. … Continue Reading

Jana Elizabeth Snelgrove of Purcellville Graduates from Clemson University

May 31, 2012 by Contributor Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Jana Elizabeth Snelgrove of Purcellville Graduates from Clemson University

Jana Elizabeth Snelgrove of Purcellville graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Arts in History. Snelgrove joined Clemson University’s largest-ever graduating class at three spring Commencement ceremonies at Littlejohn Coliseum Friday, May 11.

Rock the Field in Purcellville

May 30, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Rock the Field in Purcellville

The Town of Purcellville and the Purcellville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is once again offering their free rock music event, “Rock The Field” on June 9 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Town’s Fireman’s Field, 250 S. Nursery Ave, Purcellville, in the gazebo area behind the baseball stadium outfield fence.
Headlining this year’s event will be The Nighthawks, Legends of Blues and Rock. The Nighthawks have played locally and nationally for nearly 40 years with some of the biggest names in the business and have recently released a new CD. … Continue Reading

Vikings Dedicate Tree in Memory of Soldier

May 30, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Comments Off on Vikings Dedicate Tree in Memory of Soldier
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Tomorrow, Thursday, May 31 at 8:00 a.m. the Loudoun Valley High School Veterans Club will be presenting a Memorial Day service/tree dedication in memory of Michael Quin. We will gather at Michael’s tree, a 12 foot Maple located in front of the school between the brick LVHS sign and student parking lot. The tree was very generously donated by Southern States of Purcellville.

Two Brothers in War

May 29, 2012 by Contributor News, People Comments Off on Two Brothers in War
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By John P. Flannery

On Memorial Day, we remember those who served in war and acknowledge their sacrifice of time from family and friends, from young ambition, and from life itself, so that they could give to a nation to preserve and protect the freedom it represents.

These recruits were almost always young and that made their sacrifice the greater.

Brothers Charles and John enlisted in what many thought was the greatest war, the war against Hitler. Their parents were supportive. Irish friends thought, however, they should be helping Hitler instead – to beat the English for what the Brits did to Ireland. … Continue Reading

Lady Vikings Make it to Regional Semifinals in Lacrosse

May 29, 2012 by Contributor Sports Comments Off on Lady Vikings Make it to Regional Semifinals in Lacrosse
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The Loudoun Valley Ladies’ Lacrosse team made it to the Regional semifinals, but lost to crosstown rival and Dulles District champion Woodgrove, ending their season. With one of the youngest teams in recent memory, Valley surprised everyone with a highly successful season despite only returning 8 upperclassmen from last year’s team.

In dramatic fashion, the team had earned a bid to the Regional tournament with their overtime win over Tuscarora in Dulles District competition on Wednesday, May 16. The game was about as tense and exciting as it gets as both teams struggled to move on to qualify for the next round of play. The Lady Vikings, who beat Tuscarora handily just weeks ago in the regular season, took an early lead, but had their hands full as it was apparent the Huskies would not go quietly this time around. … Continue Reading

Town of Purcellville Tears Down Hundreds of Trees in Preparation for the Southern Collector Road

May 29, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Feature 2 comments
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In May 2012 the Town of Purcellville tore down hundreds of trees, including nearly 100 fruit producing trees, on the 250 year old working farm, Crooked Run Orchard. The Town of Purcellville condemned by quick take over half of the 16 acre parcel (one of three parcels of the working farm totaling over 90 acres), to build the Southern Collector Road, many say will facilitate more future development in the area.

This action has split the farm in two with Sam Brown not having access to farm his back 45 acres, which include a peach orchard. To date the town has no plans for Mr. Brown or his customers to gain access to the back portion of his pick your own farm.

Leadership Loudoun Accepting Applications

May 28, 2012 by Contributor Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Leadership Loudoun Accepting Applications
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Leadership Loudoun Youth, a non-profit organization devoted to developing future leaders out of Loudoun County’s rising sophomores, juniors and seniors, is now accepting applications for its experiential class this summer. Two sessions are being offered, the weeks of July 16 and August 6, 2012. Applications are due May 31, 2012 and can be downloaded from www.leadershiploudounyouth.org. Program tuition is $400 and entrance is competitive, as space is limited to approximately 25 youth.
Through the program, students will learn community leadership skills, how to work within all business sectors of the county, a developed knowledge of issues and challenges facing the county, and most important, an opportunity for personal growth and to develop a vision that they can one day translate into community change and action.

No To Partnership With MWAA

May 28, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on No To Partnership With MWAA

As a resident of Loudoun County, I am uncomfortable with a partnership with MWAA to extend a metro line into Loudoun. According to the 12 May article in Washington Times by David Sharfinski, an inspector general from the U.S. Department of Transportation has found MWAA “rife with mismanagement, a glaring lack of transparency and lavish spending habits that have included thousand-dollar dinners and a $9200 plane ticket to Prague…” Can we really afford to be partnered with this organization and not know our money will be spent? … Continue Reading

Landscaping Fraud Suspect Apprehended in Maryland

May 28, 2012 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Landscaping Fraud Suspect Apprehended in Maryland
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An investigation into a landscaper fraud case has led to the arrest of a Maryland man for construction fraud. The suspect, David W. Lawson, 35, of Hagerstown, MD, was apprehended in Washington County, MD, Tuesday, after detectives with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office obtained warrants for six counts of construction fraud (five felony charges) and one count of obtaining money by false pretenses. The suspect is accused of offering yard work from Dave’s Lawn Service and required a prepaid contract for the services to be completed. In most of the cases the suspect never completed the work, or failed to even start. Recent cases have been reported in the Wild Meadow Court area of Ashburn, Raspberry Falls and River Creek. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office began investigating the suspect in late April after receiving several complaints from the community. The investigation, including outreach to the community, uncovered numerous victims in Loudoun County, with approximately $15,000 in total losses to homeowners. If you believe you were a victim of this suspect, you are asked to contact Detective J. Halley of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475. Lawson remains held in Maryland pending extradition.

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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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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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