Loudoun Author Barbara Curtis Dies

October 31, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader News Comments Off on Loudoun Author Barbara Curtis Dies

Loudoun blogger, author and activist Barbara Curtis of Round Hill, author of the blog Mommylife.net and nine books on parenting, faith and politics, died October 30. She suffered a hemoral stroke on Sunday.

Curtis was known locally and nationally for her Montessori training and advocacy for homeschooling. An outspoken advocate for people with Down’s Syndrome, she had four children – three of them adopted – born with the disorder. Curtis often wrote about her own experiences raising children and shared parenting expertise. At the same time, she did not shy away from campaigning on controversial national and local issues, most recently circulating a petition demanding that the county allow only Judeo-Christian displays on the grounds of the Leesburg courthouse.

In biographical information on her blog, Curtis shared her troubled California youth and her journey to overcome addiction and find meaning in religious and family life; she and her family moved to Loudoun County in 2003. The announcement of her passing on her blog was answered by dozens of comments by shocked and saddened readers.

“She was a testimony to God’s grace and transforming power. She had a wise, compassionate heart, and had such an amazing impact on so many people she didn’t even know. I have no doubt that she is now hearing the words that all of us long to one day hear: ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant.’ Rest in peace, Barbara. You will be greatly missed, and we won’t let all your work be in vain. We will keep up the fight,” reads the tribute by fellow blogger Rachel Bjorklund.

In addition to her twelve children, Curtis is survived by her husband Tripp.

Purcellville Recovers from Sandy

October 31, 2012 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Recovers from Sandy
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With the remnants of Hurricane Sandy moving out of the area today, Purcellville is recovering from the slow-moving storm’s significant rain and wind. Most people were spared heavy damage and are now dealing with debris cleanup and some flooded basements as a result of the estimated eight inches of rain received in the last twenty-four hour period.

The Town of Purcellville wishes to give special thanks to Fire, Rescue, Police, Maintenance and Utilities staff who worked throughout the incident to ensure public safety and uninterrupted services. With the recovery process underway, the Town will transition from its emergency operations starting at 5:00 p.m. today to having staff available on call to address any issues that may materialize overnight. You can reach this emergency contact at 540-338-7700. … Continue Reading

Patrick Henry College Offers Showers

October 31, 2012 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Patrick Henry College Offers Showers

To Residents of Purcellville and surrounding area:

For those who have lost power during the current storm, Patrick Henry College is opening its on-campus shower facilities. The use of these showers is offered at no charge between the hours of 7am and 9pm daily. Interested persons must check-in at the information desk located in the main lobby of The Barbara Hodel Center. Please call Campus Safety at 540-441-8888 with any questions. Please bring your own towel and toiletries. Facilities will remain open to area residents during through the period that power is out.

Patrick Henry College
Office of Campus Services

Purcellville Police Blotter – 10/22 – 10/28

October 29, 2012 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – 10/22 – 10/28
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10/22/12 – 8:00 a.m. – 37200 Block of Richardson Ln. – Burglary – Victim reported that sometime overnight someone broke into the business and stole several items. Case under investigation.

10/23/2012 – 2:35 a.m. – 300 Block of Locust Grove Dr. – Family Dispute – Complainant advised of options.

10/25/2012 – 6:47 p.m. – 400 Block of W. K St. – Disorderly / Family Dispute – Complaint worked out by police.

10/26/2012 – 10:18 a.m.– 100 Block of Hirst Rd. – Identity Theft – Victim reported that someone had tried to open a credit account in his name. Incident being investigated by financial institution. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Storm Update

October 29, 2012 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Storm Update
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As Hurricane Sandy continues its move toward our area, please make sure you are prepared for this extended weather event. We are expecting the worst wind and rain tonight from 5:00 p.m. until tomorrow morning. Since last night, the Maintenance staff has been monitoring roadways and ramping up equipment and resources.

Be sure to have flashlights and extra batteries, a battery-powered and/or hand-crank radio and extra batteries in case power goes out. Have food that does not need refrigeration and one gallon of water per person per day. Other important items are a first aid kit and medications, car phone charger, blankets and other supplies. … Continue Reading

LCSO Prepares Essential Personnel for Potential Severe Weather

October 28, 2012 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Prepares Essential Personnel for Potential Severe Weather

With the possibility that Hurricane Sandy may bring severe weather to our area, Loudoun County Sheriff Michael L. Chapman has notified all essential personnel within the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office of the county’s severe weather procedures. Loudoun County officials are also urging residents to prepare now for the possibility of high winds and heavy rains next week.

These precautions include simple steps, such as:

  • Stock or re-stock emergency supply kits, including extra batteries, etc.
  • Clean out gutters and storm drains. Keep drains clear of trash, leaves and branches, so that rainwaters can easily flow, reducing possible flooding and ponding situations. … Continue Reading

Local Officials May Order Evacuations in Low-Lying Areas

October 27, 2012 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Local Officials May Order Evacuations in Low-Lying Areas

In advance of Hurricane Sandy, Governor Bob McDonnell issued a limited mandatory evacuation order for low-lying areas along the Virginia coast and Chesapeake Bay. The order grants local government officials authority to determine locations for evacuation and start times, based on local conditions. Any specific evacuation orders will be issued by local governments.

Those in eastern Virginia who live in low-lying areas (areas that typically flood) should be ready to evacuate if told to do so by local officials. Stay tuned to local TV and radio stations for instructions and additional information. The best source for information is local media and local government websites. … Continue Reading

The Psychology of Your Vote

October 26, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Comments Off on The Psychology of Your Vote

By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.
Ashburn Psychological Services

Polls show President Barak Obama and Governor Mitt Romney neck and neck in their race for the presidency. And with the election just days away, both gentlemen are working hard to secure your vote and a victory. The economy. Obamacare. Foreign policy. Medicare. Education. Social Security. But what if these political issues, or at least how you feel about them, are actually not entirely in your control? What if the vote you cast on November 6 turns out to be influenced more by your gray matter than by campaign ads, debates, career records or bus tours? Scientific research over the past several years has revealed some fascinating findings regarding the intersection between our biology and neurology and the way we vote. … Continue Reading

Prepare for Hurricane Sandy

October 26, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Public Safety Comments Off on Prepare for Hurricane Sandy
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Governor Bob McDonnell has declared a State of Emergency in Virginia in preparation for Hurricane Sandy which is anticipated to affect the Commonwealth over the weekend and early next week. As the potential severe weather from Hurricane Sandy and the expected nor’easter – like system moves into the region this weekend, the residents in the Town of Purcellville and Loudoun County can expect the possibility of high winds, heavy rain, flooding and the potential of street closures and property damage resulting from fallen trees. The Town of Purcellville and Loudoun County are asking you to take the following precautions to help you better prepare for this potential natural emergency:

  • Visit the Town’s website at www.purcellvilleva.gov and view the emergency preparedness guides that have been developed by the Town, County, other regional organizations and Dominion Virginia Power. … Continue Reading

AG Cuccinelli’s Response to Voter Registration Tampering Investigation Request

October 25, 2012 by Contributor Elections, News Comments Off on AG Cuccinelli’s Response to Voter Registration Tampering Investigation Request

Below is a letter Attorney General Cuccinelli sent to Sen. Donald McEachin regarding his public request for this office to investigate the alleged dumping of voter registration forms in Harrisonburg.

Dear Senator McEachin:

Over the past few days, I have read reports in the news media regarding your request for my office to investigate the alleged dumping of voter registration forms in Harrisonburg. An investigation into this matter is absolutely warranted, and the local authorities are currently conducting one. Tampering with voter forms is a serious crime, and I believe that this allegation should be thoroughly investigated. … Continue Reading

Oatlands and Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership Kick Off Living Legacy Project to Commemorate American History

October 25, 2012 by Contributor Business, News Comments Off on Oatlands and Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership Kick Off Living Legacy Project to Commemorate American History

Oatlands Historic House and Gardens and the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership have announced a joint initiative that will begin the JTHG Partnership’s Living Legacy Project. Oatlands will serve as the pilot site for this extensive commemorative tree planting program. Oatlands Board Chair Michael J. O’Connor also announced today that Leesburg, Va. landscaping firm Greenscapes by Design has been retained to source and plant the trees. As previously announced, Rhodeside & Harwell, a landscape architecture firm based in Alexandria, Va., has been commissioned to undertake the landscape design for the Living Legacy Project, including the pilot project at Oatlands. … Continue Reading

Registration for Winter Lacrosse Opens

October 25, 2012 by Contributor Sports Comments Off on Registration for Winter Lacrosse Opens

NoVa West in partnership with the Winchester SportsPlex are now accepting team and individual registrations for the two winter 2012/2013 indoor lacrosse league sessions. For more information visit http://www.novawestlax.com/NWILL/index.asp. All players registered will be entered into a drawing for a new pro7 helmet.

Franklin Park Big Band to Perform at Franklin Park Arts Center

October 25, 2012 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Franklin Park Big Band to Perform at Franklin Park Arts Center
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Western Loudoun’s community based musical ensemble, The Franklin Park Big Band, will provide two performances at Franklin Park Arts Center on Saturday, November 3 at 8:00 pm, and Sunday, November 4 at 3:00 pm. Tickets are $5 per person or $10 per family and will be available at the door. Tickets can be reserved by calling the box office at 540-338-7973, or purchased online at www.franklinparkartscenter.org

The Franklin Park Big Band was founded with support provided by the Franklin Park Arts Center. The group plays Big Band music for dances, weddings, charities, and other occasions. Our members are community instrumentalists from all walks of life who have a passion for their instrument and audience-pleasing music. … Continue Reading

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Trusting Science

14 Nov 2015


“The Four Corners of Deceit: Government, academia, science, and media. Those institutions are now corrupt and exist by virtue of deceit. That’s how they promulgate themselves; it is how they prosper.” – Rush Limbaugh [1] I previously reported [2] on …

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Some Thoughts on Veterans Day

13 Nov 2015


By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Veterans Day is a time to honor those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, and it is also a time to reflect and remember with gratitude. America is a free and democratic nation today, …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Phil Bolen Memorial Park

4 Nov 2015


I never knew Phil Bolen as the Loudoun County Government Administrator; I never even got to know him as Director of Parks and Recreation, and I certainly never knew Phil Bolen the teacher and coach at Loudoun Valley High School. …


Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Willisville

30 Sep 2015


You may never feel the urge to travel to this little, unincorporated community; it’s not exactly a conduit for commuter traffic, and there aren’t really any places to shop, or gas up, or procure much of anything else from a …

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Sushi's Corner

March Sushi

4 Mar 2015

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Hello everyone, this is Hokie Cat from Fields of Athenry Farm. Sushi is in big trouble as we speak and is residing in doggy dungeon. I am here to fill you in on what took place. My brother Mountie loves …

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Virginia Gardening

Planting an Allergy-Free Garden

5 May 2015


By Donna Williamson Tom Ogren has a long-time interest in allergy-inducing plants. He has written several books on the topic and in February released his latest The Allergy Fighting Garden. He explains why plants can stir up allergies and has …

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Samuel Moore-Sobel

Choosing To Live in the Present

4 Nov 2015


By Samuel Moore-Sobel I love a good story. I love telling stories and hearing other people’s stories. Our experiences bring meaning to our lives, and help shape us into the people we are today. Yet inherent in storytelling is the …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

Amy and Dan Smith’s Planning for Life: Trusts

4 Nov 2015


A common estate planning device is the trust. A trust is simply an agreement between two people: the person who establishes the trust, who may be called the Settlor, the Grantor or the Trustor, and the person or institution who …

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Student News

8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015


Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015


Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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Blue Ridge Middle Places 11th In National Science League

1 Jul 2015


Blue Ridge National Science Day Declared Tuesday, June 10 has been officially been declared Blue Ridge National Science Day. At a recent Purcellville Town Council Meeting, Mayor Kwasi Fraser and members of the town council signed a proclamation designating this …

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November 2015

Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Notaviva Vineyards Haunted Vineyard Tours


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Notaviva Vineyards Haunted Vineyard Tours

Red, White, & Boo!

Mrs. Lucketts’ Haunted Garden & Playground


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Notaviva Vineyards Haunted Vineyard Tours

Red, White, & Boo!

Steve Potter Live at North Gate Vineyard

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Elementary Drama Camp

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Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists – painter Karen Hutchison and glass artists David and Dale Barnes


Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event


Kipyn Martin Live at North Gate VIneyard

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The Essential Elvis Tribute Show


Christmas Bazaar

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The Capitol Steps


3rd Annual Bluemont (Juried) Holiday Craft Show

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event


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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015


Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input sessions June 4, 11 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. at town hall for the proposed sweeping zoning changes. These major …

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Good Government Reinforces the Family – Another Perspective

4 Oct 2015


By Malcolm Baldwin Who can disagree with the title to Dave LaRock’s September article in the Blue Ridge Journal – “Good Government Reinforces the Family”? But sadly he largely misunderstands what government has done and ought to do for such reinforcement. Many of his prescriptions would harm families while others would forestall any improvement in family conditions. His conclusions become …



2015 Loudoun 10K Trail Race Raises over $30,000 to Support Boulder Crest Retreat and Our Nation’s Veterans

16 Nov 2015


“I continued to be humbled by our community and all they do to make Boulder Crest Retreat a success. Jim Schatz and his team at Loudoun Road Runners are amazing. This trail run is in alignment with the rural nature of Boulder Crest Retreat and we look forward to the event every year. My personal appreciation goes out to all …

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Purcellville Cross Serves as Beacon of Hope for Highway Travelers

9 Nov 2015

Crux St. Francis de Sales

By Mark Gunderman The Crux Gloria was erected and dedicated by St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church in November 1990. If you’re traveling from Leesburg on Highway 7, passing through Purcellville just west of the Berlin Turnpike exit, you can look to your right and see a majestic metal cross sculpture. Within the cross, the shape of Jesus appears to …

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Carver Center November Events

4 Nov 2015


The Carver Center is at 200 Willie Palmer Way in Purcellville. Call 571-258-3400 to sign up for the following programs. November 6, Friday Lunch and movie Still Alice 12-2 p.m. (ages 55 and up).  To sign up call 571-258-3459. November 9, Monday AARP Driver Safety Class 9 a.m. – 5:00 p.m (ages 50 and up). Pre-registration required. AARP members $15, …

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Wild Loudoun

Wild Loudoun: of Chipmunks and Chestnuts

4 Nov 2015


Chipmunks are small, beautifully elegant little creatures, with large glossy eyes, a sleek brown body, a short, pointy head, dainty white stripes above and below the eye, and a series of black land white lines down their sturdy little backs. They have a very sweet posture – sitting upright and holding food with their two perfectly formed front feet, while …

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Around Virginia

Comstock Speaks on Syrian Refugees


Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (VA-10) released the following statement on the current terrorist attacks in Paris: “After September 11, 2001, we tragically learned that al Qaeda was at war with us, but we weren’t at war with them. Again, with the recent murderous terrorist attacks in Paris, we have learned that …

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Tourism Revenues Topped $22.4 billion in 2014


Statewide data shows increase of 4.1 percent compared to 2013 Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia’s tourism revenues topped $22.4 billion in 2014, a 4.1 percent increase over 2013. In 2014, tourism in Virginia supported 216,949 jobs, an increase of nearly 700 jobs to the previously reported forecast estimate of …

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Good Government Reinforces the Family


By Delegate Dave LaRock Working as the elected Delegate for the 33rd House District has renewed my understanding of the value of a strong family. After decades of raising my family of mom, dad, and seven children and building my family’s business, which provided countless opportunities for mom, dad and …

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Funding Sought for Scholarship for Loudon Students Participating in Youth Sports

4 Nov 2015


The Don Rose, Sr. Youth Scholarship Fund is seeking financial support to provide scholarships at college, technical or trade school. Applicants from public, private, and home schools are eligible to receive the scholarship, provided they participated in youth sports within Loudoun County. The fund aims to award two $500 scholarships …

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Leesburg Ladies Tennis Team Wins State Tournament

4 Nov 2015


Ida Lee Park Tennis Center’s Ladies Singles 2.5 Team, Simply Smashing, won the USTA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship tournament, held October 16-18, at the Virginia Beach Tennis and Country Club. Simply Smashing members include team captain Beth Cioni, Debbie DeLadurantaye, Jennifer Fox, Robin Haast, Holly McMullen and Deja O’Malley. They train …

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015


– By Andrea Gaines Loudoun County was heavily invested in the fight for independence from Great Britain. Loudouner Francis Lightfoot Lee was one of 56 delegates to sign the Declaration of Independence. More Loudouners served in General George Washington’s army than any other county in Virginia, and the county’s enormous …

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Mary Rose Lunde

Behind Closed Doors

4 Nov 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde It’s sad to say that the norm now is to wonder about the next school shooting. For a student it is the most terrifying thing, the next shooter could come at any moment, and any day could be the day that you die. It could be …

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Sarah's Closet

Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015


– By Sarah Nearis Look at these sweet and summery pink blouses and tops. Don’t you want to try one on? Some women are afraid to wear pink, thinking it’s a bit too feminine. But, pink comes in such a wide variety of shades – from soft mauves to fuchsias …

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Thank You for Another Successful Halloween Block Party

4 Nov 2015


The 5th annual Purcellville Halloween Block Party was the best attended to date with an estimated 6,000 descending on 21st street in Old Town this past Friday evening. Costume …

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Ethics in Campaigning and Voting

1 Nov 2015


My Dad used to say it’s what you do when nobody is watching that counts. Over 80 percent of my “zoning permitted” and “land owner …

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$17 Dollar Tolls-Ouch!

27 Oct 2015


Recently Gov. McAuliffe proposed $17 round trip tolls on I-66 inside the beltway with Chuck Hedges the Democrat nominee for the HOD 33rd district being …

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