Ida Lee to Offer Two NFL Flag Football Leagues in Spring 2014

December 30, 2013 by Contributor Sports Comments Off on Ida Lee to Offer Two NFL Flag Football Leagues in Spring 2014

Registration for both leagues is now open.
Registration for the Spring 2014 NFL Flag Football League at Ida Lee is currently open and filling fast.  The Town is excited to offer for the first time two great leagues: Ida Lee NFL Flag Football House League and the Ida Lee NFL Flag Football Elite League.  These two leagues will provide opportunities for players of all skill levels. … Continue Reading

Ashburn Driving Instructor Charged with Sexual Abuse of Two Students, LCSO Seeks Possible Additional Victims

December 28, 2013 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Ashburn Driving Instructor Charged with Sexual Abuse of Two Students, LCSO Seeks Possible Additional Victims

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office arrested a driving instructor for the sexual abuse of at least two students and believe there may be other victims who have not come forward.

Khawaja S. Vohra, 63, of Ashburn, was charged with taking indecent liberties with a child by a person in a custodial relationship and three counts of sexual battery of an adult student. Vohra is the owner and operator of AALI Fastrack Driving School and worked with teenagers across the region.

The first incident was reported in September after the suspect made inappropriate comments to an 18-year-old victim and inappropriately touched her during two driving lessons. During the course of the investigation, detectives learned of a juvenile victim in October. … Continue Reading

Gardening Class Starting in February

December 28, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Gardening Class Starting in February

Expand your gardening toolbox by covering gardening, pruning, and landscape basics with four weeks of solid, no nonsense garden information and activities, then go on to design a real garden. Classes will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, from February 5 to March 26 in the Tasting Room at the Village Winery & Vineyard on Brown’s Lane in Waterford. The first class on basics runs from February 5 to Feb. 26. Fee is $96. Registration is required. The fee for all 8 classes is $180. Class size is limited. The class is taught by Donna Williamson. For more information, go to the and click on classes, call (540) 877-2002, or e-mail

These classes will help you sort through mountains of bewildering and conflicting gardening and plant information to understand the approaches and tasks that really work in Virginia. You can make a big difference in your landscape and environment, saving bees, butterflies and birds in the process. Gardening with deer and the latest in vegetable gardening will be included. Ornamental and native plants can coexist beautifully in your landscape for more interest.

Purcellville Police Blotter

December 28, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter
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12/19/2013 8:53a.m 200 blk Misty Pond Terrace Domestic Dispute

Police called to the scene of an ongoing domestic situation that had been going on for several weeks. The situation was mediated and the police left when incident had calmed down.

12/19/2013 2:07 p.m. 100 blk. N. 16th St. Assault

Two acquaintances involved in an ongoing dispute that had become physical and one party had assaulted the other. No serious injuries were reported and the injured person was going to seek charges.

12/19/2013 9:13 p.m. 100 blk. Hatcher Ave. Destruction of Property

An off-duty officer observed a vehicle that had been damaged in a possible act of vandalism and reported it to on-duty police personnel. The damage was reported at $100. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Department Warns Residents

December 28, 2013 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Department Warns Residents
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At 3:00 a.m. on December 27, the Police Department was dispatched to a vehicle tempering in the area of Pickwick Dr and Drawbridge Way. The victim of the vehicle tampering got into a physical altercation with the suspect. The suspect was described as a white teenage male wearing blue jeans, a black Nike sweat shirt and had brown hair. Another person of interest with the suspect, was described as a white teenaged male wearing blue jeans, white sweatshirt and sandy blonde hair, ran from the scene with the suspect.

Anyone with any information call the Purcellville Police Department at 540-338-7422.

The Purcellville Police Department reminds all residents to secure their vehicles at all times.

Morven Park Hosts Free Seminars on Equine Health Topics

December 21, 2013 by Contributor Equestrian, Lifestyle Comments Off on Morven Park Hosts Free Seminars on Equine Health Topics

For the average horse owner, knowing in advance how to respond to a favorite equine’s medical emergency can provide enormous peace of mind. As a service to the community, Morven Park   a three-part equine health series at no charge to participants, who will complete the program armed with the skills they need to provide their horses with the best care possible.
All segments of the January 16, February 20, and March 20 series begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be led by Dr. Jay Joyce, owner of Total Equine Veterinary Associates of Leesburg and an expert in lameness diagnosis and treatment. … Continue Reading

Grove Homeroom Best for First Quarter at Woodgrove

December 21, 2013 by Contributor Schools Comments Off on Grove Homeroom Best for First Quarter at Woodgrove

The Woodgrove High School Student Council Association continued rewarding Wolverines that deserve it during the past month.

Under the new leadership of sophomore David Fischer, the Wolverine Spirit Plate committee got going in full swing for the year. Fischer heads up the group that makes recommendations on what events should be used as class competitions and then tackles the painstakingly slow task of crunching through all the collected results once the homeroom tallies come in. … Continue Reading

Wolf Won’t Seek Re-election

December 17, 2013 by Contributor Around Virginia, News 1 comment

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 Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley. I thank my constituents for giving me the privilege of representing them in Congress for 34 years. … Continue Reading

Healing H2O Celebrating Red Sunday in Sterling

December 14, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on Healing H2O Celebrating Red Sunday in Sterling

The Temple of Healing Waters COGIC ( will hold its 6th Annual Red Sunday Celebration on Sunday, December 22, starting at 3:00 p.m.

The 2013 celebration will be held at The Temple of Healing Waters (Healing H2O), 44900 Acacia Lane, Suite 105, Dulles, VA 20166.

Red Sunday is a way for the Church to give back to their community, especially those who are struggling during the Holiday Season. Healing H2O’s goal for 2013 is to feed 600 hungry people and the congregation is confident in reaching this objective with the support of the local community. … Continue Reading

Are We Sufficiently Science Literate?

December 10, 2013 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet 4 comments

“The only thing that stands between a man and being free is this foolish thing called greed” – “Greed”, a song by Buddy Dunlap.

The widening gap between the reality of human-caused or anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and its eventual severity on one hand and public opinion on the other in the United States is confounding. The debate is not between advocates of multiple competing hypotheses attempting to explain the observed phenomena, which is what happens in science. Rather it is an asymmetric confrontation between scientists using evidence to discover a signal and ideologues generating noise. Finding a denier signal if it exists within their noise is much more difficult than one might think [1]. However, it has been my personal experience that anybody with sufficient scientific literacy who may have been skeptical can be easily convinced of the truth of AGW by the evidence as well as by lack of evidence supporting whatever skeptical views they might have previously held. By contrast it is not easy to convince deniers because they do not know what evidence is, a sad reality which the fossil fuels industry exploits [2]. It is only by meticulously avoiding evidence that deniers can frame their case at all. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Fire-Rescue System Applauds Efforts of Local Loudoun Boy in Toys for Tots Campaign

December 9, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Loudoun County Fire-Rescue System Applauds Efforts of Local Loudoun Boy in Toys for Tots Campaign

Friday, December 6, various members of the Loudoun County Fire-Rescue System, the Loudoun Co. Marine Corps League and the Loudoun Co. Local Firefighters IAFF Chapter 3756 gathered at the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company while 11 year old Matthew Newcomer dropped off hundreds of toys he’s collected for this year’s Toys for Tots campaign.

Matthew and his family have actively participated in the campaign since 2006 and have donated thousands of toys for the less fortunate children in our area. Matthew continues to go above and beyond to grow his collection campaign year after year. Aside from reaching out to family and friends for help, he has enlisted the assistance of the Loudoun County Public School System and recently opened up the family home as a donation center complete with a train city for donating individuals to enjoy. … Continue Reading

A Few More Facts About The Autumn Hill Development

December 4, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on A Few More Facts About The Autumn Hill Development
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To continue the discussion at the point where Bob Lazaro and Janet Clarke left off. “Chestnut Overlook residents bought [land] next to something that was already approved, 20 plus years ago.”

Yes, we did. We bought land in a Joint Land Management Area (JLMA) that was governed by the Purcellville Urban Growth Area Management Plan (PUGAMP). And this area was set in a County that has regulations for all developments in western Loudoun to be on home sites of at least three acres and to be horse properties. This was in place to ensure that the agricultural traditions of the area remain in keeping with its roots within the character of “This Hallowed Ground.” Additionally, Purcellville was a town that at one time outlawed drive throughs. Purcellville was a town that valued its 21st Street, and “Don’t Fairfax Loudoun” was a very popular bumper sticker. The approved 500 unit complex was placed in as a defensive measure because it was so absurd that the town’s people would never want that. The people I knew in town, liked a low crime, low density, rural small town that valued its old family farms and the traditional western Loudoun life. … Continue Reading

Insensitive Coworker

December 3, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Comments Off on Insensitive Coworker

By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.

Dr. Mike,
I was recently at a work related social gathering where someone jokingly called another coworker in our group, “Aspie.” As you probably know, Aspie is a term for Asperger’s Disorder, and the person who was joked about is admittedly socially awkward. However, my son has Asperger’s Disorder, and I was deeply offended by the comment. A part of me wants to confront this individual for a lesson in sensitivity training but he will likely not get it. While I don’t want to upset my co-workers, I also don’t want to carry around resentment and anger everyday. Thoughts?
Concerned in Loudoun County
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Sustainable Planet

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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