Loudoun Author Barbara Curtis Dies

October 31, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader News Be the first to comment
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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 Be the first to comment
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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 Be the first to comment

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.

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Purcellville Police Blotter – 10/22 – 10/28

October 29, 2012 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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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 Be the first to comment
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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 Be the first to comment
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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 Be the first to comment

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 Be the first to comment
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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.
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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 Be the first to comment
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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 Be the first to comment
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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 Be the first to comment
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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 Be the first to comment
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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 Be the first to comment
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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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Pungent Curry

9 Apr 2014

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The latest version of the IPCC report is published and once again it will go unread by the great masses of climate science deniers and unreported by the media. So it might be useful to revisit the fundamental physical realities …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Understanding Teen Suicide

1 Apr 2014

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Northern Virginia has recently experienced several teen suicides. Last month, two Langley High School students took their own lives just a day apart from one another, and this month it appears two students at Woodson High …

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Virginia Gardening

Spring Is Coming

4 Mar 2014

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By Donna Williamson March is an in-between month – some cold and the return of glorious warmth now and then. One way to bring some delight inside is forcing spring-blooming branches. You can cut branches of forsythia, cherry, crabapple, kerria, …

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Sushi's Corner

An Easter Swim

1 Apr 2014

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I felt like a silly nim “cow” poop with these Easter bows in our hair. Okay Nelly, maybe you didn’t because you’re a girl. But me, a Mighty Cairn Terrier male? – PLEASE! Pleasing Mrs. B for Easter pictures was …

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What Baseball Can Teach You About Financial Planning

1 Apr 2014

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Spring training is a tradition that baseball teams and baseball fans look forward to every year. No matter how they did last year, teams in spring training are full of hope that a new season will bring a fresh start. …

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Go Take a Hike

Blandy Experimental Farm

6 Jun 2012

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By Molly Pinson Simoneau It’s no secret that I love a challenging hike. I’ve written here about hiking sections of the Appalachian Trail and Shenandoah National Park. I’ve taken vacations with my family to Colorado where I’ve attempted to conquer a “fourteener” (a summit that is higher than 14,000 feet), …

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Real Estate Ticker

A Buying Opportunity?

6 Nov 2013

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By Carl Fischer As a direct result of the uncertainty that has arisen from national and regional politics, with its unsettling effect on the Northern Virginia area, for the past two months there has been a market slowdown which has …

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From the Farm

From the Farm

5 Jul 2012

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When the heat index reaches 110 degrees, as it has been doing recently, I try to keep in the shade, or stay indoors. But my lavender, about halfway from full bloom, seems to thrive in it. Hot and dry, I …

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Events

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: Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists -- Abstract painter Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and contemporary painter Sandra Iafrate

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Meet Evelyn and Sandra and other gallery artists during a free, open to the public reception for this month's Featured Artists' exhibit "Living Color,” showcasing two accomplished painters Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and Sandra Iafrate, in a vivid and dynamic presentation of color, shape and our surroundings.

Evelyn Lopez de Guzman’s vibrant paintings awaken the viewer to connect with nature and the modern world through an interplay of shape, color, and textural materials.

Sandra Iafrate’s combination of realistic and surrealist interpretation of flowers, foliage and landscapes on spacious canvases convey a sense of movement and playfulness.

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Easter at "The Park"

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April 19, 2014

Celebrate Easter at historic Morven Park with crafts for kids, an egg hunt in the formal gardens plus a traditional egg roll on the Davis Mansion lawn. Have a family photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Children should bring a basket for the hunt and a large spoon for the egg roll. $10/participating child (ages 2-12), $3/adult. Register at www.MorvenPark.org.

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VAL's Pals Kids Club

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April 30, 2014

Join Inova Loudoun Hospital as the present their Beamer the Dog Program.

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SCOUTING FOR BRICKS

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May 4, 2014

Scouting for Bricks is an exhibit showing the Love for everything LEGO® . Come see amazing LEGO® creations by Fans of LEGO®, LEGO® trains, Mindstorms robots. We will also have live Star Wars Stormtroopers and an interactive play area with over 100,000 LEGO bricks. Scouting for Bricks is fun for the Whole Family! Visit us at www.ScoutingForBricks.com.

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View From the Ridge

Rural Loudoun Is Different, and We Say Dark Skies Do Matter

4 Mar 2014

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In February of this year a sell out crowd gathered at the county public seat in Leesburg to provide feedback to the Loudoun County Planning Commission on the idea of adding additional sports lights to the upper athletic fields at Franklin Park. Franklin Park includes a really wonderful performing arts …

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Editorial

Steady and Nobull

4 Mar 2014

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Park and Ride Lots for Western Loudoun

4 Mar 2014

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In 2003, the county purchased 22 commuter buses to serve a growing demand for bus service to Washington D.C. The demand has grown exponentially ever since. The county now owns or leases 65 large commuter buses (with plush seats and on board restrooms) and more are being added every year. The buses are often filled to standing room only as …

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Lifestyle

Sadie’s Race 5K and Fun Run Scheduled for Sunday May 18

9 Apr 2014

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Sadie Smile Foundation is putting on the third annual Sadie’s Race/Walk and Kids Fun Run to Benefit Smile Train in Purcellville Sunday, May 18th this year. The race starts at 8:00 a.m. at the train station at 200 N 21st Street in Purcellville. Sign up at Active.com. When Sara Ablard lost her five year-old daughter, Sadie, two years ago, she …

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Dr. Joseph Rogers Dies at Family Farm

1 Apr 2014

Dr. Joseph Megeath Rogers, 90, died on Saturday March 8, 2014 at his Hillbrook Farm near Hamilton following a stroke. Physician, farmer, businessman, rural land conservationist, philanthropist and expert horseman, Dr. Rogers was a tireless advocate and practitioner of country living whose contributions in a broad range of interests were made quietly and with little fanfare. His public persona was …

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Zoldos Presented Citizen of the Year Award

1 Apr 2014

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At the biweekly March meeting of the Lovettsville Town Council, Mayor Bobby Zoldos was presented the 2013 Citizen of the Year from the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans. Presenting the award was Rick Adams, current president along with Board Member Peter Mullally and  Vice President Jeff Boogaard. Adams said, “On behalf of the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans, we would like to present the …

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Around Virginia

Wolf Won’t Seek Re-election

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Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) today announced that he would not seek election to an 18th term in 2014. He released the following statement announcing his decision: “I have decided not to seek re-election to the U.S. Congress in 2014. It has been an honor to serve the people of northern …

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Virginia Can and Should Work Harder to Combat Hunger

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By Congressman Frank Wolf Last year, the USDA reported a record number of Americans are struggling to put food on their tables. Across the nation, 49 million people – including 17 million children and six million seniors – are going hungry, a number that has grown substantially over the last …

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Kaine Statement on Navy Yard Shooting

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U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on today’s shooting at the Washington Navy Yard: “My thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted by today’s tragic shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. As we learn more about the horrific events that unfolded this morning, my deepest sympathies go out …

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Sports

Nominate Your Hometown Hero

9 Apr 2014

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Upper Loudoun Little League’s Hometown Heroes scholarship closes on April 21, 2014. The application is available online at ULLL.org. The scholarship is open to all graduating seniors who played baseball for ULLL at some point in their growing up years.

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Lady Vikings Give Back

10 Feb 2014

The Loudoun Valley Girls basketball team held an event on Friday, February 7 at LVHS. The Lady Vikings celebrated “Pink Night” by honoring those who are battling breast cancer or have been affected by breast cancer. The event was held in conjunction with an event held at Woodgrove earlier this …

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Letters

Medicaid Expansion Battle Heating Up

4 Mar 2014

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Did you know that there’s a very real possibility that a DC-style budget battle and government shutdown could come to Virginia? The Medicaid expansion battle …

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Endorsing for Profit Businesses?

4 Mar 2014

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I recently received an automated email message from the Town of Purcellville soliciting nominations for volunteer award recipients in cooperation with the Purcellville Business Association …

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Another Vote To Overrule Purcellville’s Board of Architectural Review

4 Mar 2014

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The Purcellville Town Council, foolishly, in the view of many and perhaps most, has overruled its Board of Architectural Review and approved Mark Nelis’s and …

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