Missing Sterling Woman Latanger N. Gray Located Safe

January 30, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Public Safety Comments Off on Missing Sterling Woman Latanger N. Gray Located Safe

A Sterling woman reported missing last week was located safe on Saturday.

Latanger N. Gray, 47, was reported missing January 21 by family members after she was last seen during the early morning hours at her residence.

Gray was located on January 26 in Richmond.

Ashburn Man Charged with Use of Computer to Solicit a Child

January 28, 2013 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Ashburn Man Charged with Use of Computer to Solicit a Child
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On January 24 a 49-year-old Ashburn man was charged with one count of use of a computer to solicit a child less than 18-years-old. In December, a detective with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit began an investigation into allegations that an adult male was sending inappropriate messages to an underage female. The detective is assigned to the NOVA/DC Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and continued the investigation by posing as an underage female. During online communications, Lazaro C. Hernandez arranged to meet the underage female at a Leesburg area hotel for the purpose of sexual activity. Members of the Sheriff’s Office met Hernandez at the hotel where he was arrested without incident. The Criminal Investigations Division is continuing the investigation to determine if more charges will be placed. Hernandez remains held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center without bond.

LCSO Seeks Whereabouts of Missing Sterling Woman- Latanger N. Gray

January 28, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Seeks Whereabouts of Missing Sterling Woman- Latanger N. Gray
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance to help locate a missing woman from the Sterling area.

Latanger N. Gray, 47, was last seen by family members on January 21 at her residence on Pryor Square in Sterling. She is described as a Black female, 5’6” tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds.

Anyone with any information regarding her whereabouts is asked to call Detective S. Cumberledge at 703-777-0475.

Senator Black’s Lyme Disease Bill Passes Senate Committee 10 – 4

January 28, 2013 by Contributor Government, News Comments Off on Senator Black’s Lyme Disease Bill Passes Senate Committee 10 – 4

Senator Richard H. Black (R- Loudoun and Prince William Counties) was able to successfully pass Senate Bill 971 through the Senate Education and Health Committee by a vote of 10 – 4 with one abstention. SB 971 was introduced by Senator Black on behalf of the National Capital Lyme Disease Association in an effort to fight Lyme disease in Virginia.

According to the CDC, as of 2011, Lyme disease has now become the sixth fastest growing disease in the United States. Although Lyme has been reported throughout Virginia, the heaviest concentration is in Northwestern Virginia, hitting residents in Senator Black’s senate district particularly hard. … Continue Reading

Middleburg Academy Hires Long-Term Leader

January 28, 2013 by Contributor News, Schools Comments Off on Middleburg Academy Hires Long-Term Leader

The Board of Trustees of Middleburg Academy, Loudoun County’s only independent, coeducational, college preparatory high school, has completed its long-term leadership succession planning with the hiring of Colley W. Bell III as the next Head of School. Mr. Bell, currently Head of School at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, begins his tenure on July 1, 2013 under an initial five-year employment contract.

Middleburg Academy’s current Head of School, Dr. Ronald P. Sykes, will remain in his position through June 30, 2013, working closely with the incoming Head, the Board of Trustees, and administrative team to ensure a smooth transition in the six-month preparation for new leadership under Colley Bell. … Continue Reading

District Boundaries

January 28, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on District Boundaries
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In 2011, the Republicans got 60 percent of the vote while the Democrats received only 40 percent of the vote from statewide senate races. However, because the Democrats manipulated the districts, they were able to hold exactly half the seats in the senate. Thankfully Republicans in Richmond had the courage to fix the gerrymandering the Democrats had done to thwart the voters.

Democrats have been screaming “foul” because Republicans stood up for what was right and fixed it. When drawing district lines, lawmakers are supposed to keep areas of common interest together. What does Lowes Island have to do with Arlington? Democrats took a few thousand houses in Lowes Island (Sterling) and made them into an Arlington district that is represented by Senator Favola. It is gerrymandering like that, which the Democrats had hoped would go unnoticed or unchallenged, that erodes the integrity of our political process.

I hope the House passes the corrected lines so that Democrats aren’t able to thwart the will of the voters in future elections!

Jeff Brown
Leesburg

Catherine LeSourd Makes President’s List

January 25, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Catherine LeSourd Makes President’s List

Catherine LeSourd, daughter of Jeff and Nancy LeSourd of Purcellville has been named to the President’s list for the Fall 2012 semester at Elon University.

International Flautist Jonathan Snowden Builds Flute Studio at Shenandoah Conservatory

January 25, 2013 by Contributor Lifestyle, Music Comments Off on International Flautist Jonathan Snowden Builds Flute Studio at Shenandoah Conservatory

Shenandoah University welcomed premiere flutist Jonathan Snowden to the faculty of Shenandoah Conservatory this fall. Snowden brings tremendous expertise, including a rich and multifaceted background in orchestral playing. This English native has graced the principal chairs of top orchestras and soloed under the direction of gifted conductors. He has performed for royalty and pop stars, and performed as a featured soloist on blockbuster movie soundtracks. His boundless enthusiasm for music and the flute have afforded Snowden a colorful music career that has taken him across the globe as a soloist, collaborator and teacher, landing him right here in Winchester. … Continue Reading

2013 Loudoun Grown Expo Ready To Go

January 25, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on 2013 Loudoun Grown Expo Ready To Go

The exhibitor lineup for the 2013 Loudoun Grown Expo has been finalized and this year’s event has expanded again! The 2013 Expo has 36 exhibitors including nine wineries, five CSAs, many producers and other rural economy entrepreneurs including Purcellville’s own Catoctin Creek Distilling Company and Corcoran Brewing. New to the event this year are food vendors that will be located outside the Tabernacle so guests can have a meal while enjoying the event. Food can be purchased from Fun Country Kettle Corn, Good Grubbin’, and Magnolias at the Mill, Monk’s BBQ, and the Roving Italian. … Continue Reading

Wolf Pushes Attorney General To Use Current Funding for Bipartisan Programs to Reduce Gun Violence

January 25, 2013 by Contributor Government, News Comments Off on Wolf Pushes Attorney General To Use Current Funding for Bipartisan Programs to Reduce Gun Violence
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Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) today called on the Obama Administration to use existing funds to improve the nation’s background check system and to create a national center for campus public safety.

In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Wolf, chairman of the subcommittee that funds the Justice Department, said improvements to the background check system that were included in Wolf’s House-passed FY 2013 Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) bill could be funded through existing funding in the 2012 continuing resolution. … Continue Reading

Around the Block Books Sponsors Open Mic Nights

January 25, 2013 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Around the Block Books Sponsors Open Mic Nights

Around the Block Books is proud to sponsor an Open Mic Night for our local High School students – Grades 9 through 12. Every Friday night in February, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., at the store. We look forward to seeing what creative talent our local students will share with the community.

If you are interested in sharing your music, poetry or short stories, call Jodi or Laura at 540-751-9161 or e-mail atbb2013@gmail.com to schedule a Friday date and time slot.

LCSO to Hold Community Meeting to Address Burglaries in Western Loudoun

January 25, 2013 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO to Hold Community Meeting to Address Burglaries in Western Loudoun
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In light of a series of burglaries in Western Loudoun County, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office will hold a community meeting on January 31 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting stems from a series of burglaries in Western
Loudoun, Middleburg and Fauquier County that are possibly related.

The community meeting will be held at Banneker Elementary School located at 35231 Snake Hill Road in Middleburg. Members of the community are invited to attend to learn more about the burglary cases from Loudoun County Sheriff’s Detectives as well as crime prevention measures residents can take to help protect their home. … Continue Reading

Senator Kaine Casts First Vote in Senate

January 25, 2013 by Contributor Government, News Comments Off on Senator Kaine Casts First Vote in Senate
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U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement following his first vote as a senator. Kaine voted in favor of the compromise reached to reform the filibuster:

“I was honored tonight to cast my first vote as the Commonwealth’s newest U.S. Senator and I’m pleased it comes in favor of a measure to reduce some of the gridlock that has frustrated all Virginians. The Senate has been in desperate need of filibuster reform and today’s compromise will make it more difficult for a vocal few to block common sense legislation for political gain. While I have long supported a talking filibuster, I believe these reforms will help the Senate function in a more transparent and expeditious way.”

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Sustainable Planet

The Noisy Economist

25 Jul 2015

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“[W]hereas classisists [economists] turned the spotlight on change, flow, process and dynamics, the neoclassicists [economists] spend their time analyzing states of rest, balance, equilibrium.” – Yanis Varoufakis [1] Updating the evolving global surface temperature anomaly monthly for the Loudoun County …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Help for Shark Phobia

8 Jul 2015

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Dr. Mike, We go to the Outer Banks every summer as a family, but our seven-year-old daughter is now freaked out by the reported shark attacks at the Outer Banks. Thanks to her older siblings teasing her about sharks, she …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Mount Zion Church

1 Jul 2015

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– By Tim Jon So: You’ve never given the American Civil War a great deal of thought, much less walked the grounds of Gettysburg or some of the other, major battleground sites located in our region; you may not be …

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Brandon Park

3 Jun 2015

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Considering its location – amidst the swirl of transportation axes, commercial and industrial scenery, residential neighborhoods, and the shadow of the busy downtown section of Leesburg, I was surprised to have this quiet little oasis of (mostly) green to myself …

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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

Saving The Art Of Letter Writing

1 Jul 2015

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– By Samuel Moore-Sobel This year a woman in France received a letter in the mail. What made her experience unique was that the letter had been written on January 27, 1877, and was intended for her great-grandfather. Steve Insekeep, …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

The Marital Agreement

2 Jul 2015

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– By Amy & Dan Smith In Virginia, as in most states, a marital agreement can be entered into before or after marriage. It can cover a variety of topics but commonly addresses issues pertaining to the disposition of property …

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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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Lovettsville Historical Society Lecture: "Hex Signs: the History and the Mystery"

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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

How Did We Get Here And How Do We Get Out?? A Summary Of Purcellville’s Sewer Debt And Strategic Solutions

1 Jul 2015

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– By Kwasi Fraser, Mayor of Purcellville Many of our fellow citizens are baffled by the proposed increase in our already high water and sewer rates, and not just about the increase that was proposed for the Fiscal Year 2016 but also about the proposed increases over the next nine years. This quote from one of our citizens to a …

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Lifestyle

Artist’s Profile: Michele Sommers, Mural Artist – The Beauty Of Life, Evolving Over Time

2 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines Two things defy reason when it comes to mural artist and painter Michele Sommers. The first is her irrepressibly humble attitude towards her talent. The second is the absolute divinity of her work. I knew that in writing about her in this way she would be thinking, Oh … come on … I’m not THAT good! …

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Kicking Off Farm To Fork With Music

1 Jul 2015

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Kicking off this year’s Farm-to-Fork Loudoun project is the second annual Farm, Fork & Art, with music added: a special concert from home grown, award winning folk and Americana singer-songwriter Andrew McKnight. Farm, Fork, Art & Music begins at 6 p.m. sharp at the unique Trinity House Cafe located at 101 E. Market St. in Leesburg on Wednesday, July 22, …

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Hillsboro Celebrates Independence Day July 3

1 Jul 2015

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Bring your friends and family to Hillsboro’s Old Stone School on Friday, July 3 for the annual Independence Day Celebration. The celebration will be preceded by the second of four seasonal outdoor markets which will open on July 3 at 4 p.m., and the Independence Day festivities begin at 6 p.m. at the Old Stone School located at 37098 Charles …

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Wild Loudoun

Ancient Oaks – The Great Providers

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines She feeds the birds. She shelters the mammal. She cools the air, provides us with shade and conserves the water and soil. She is the mighty old oak, an ecosystem unto herself. All except the smallest living things function as an ecosystem of sorts – whether harboring the bacteria and microscopic plants that break down organic …

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Around Virginia

Governor Signs Senator Black’s Campus Sexual Assault Bill

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On Thursday, May 28, Sen. Richard Black traveled to Richmond for the bill signing ceremony of his bill, Senate Bill 712, the Campus Sexual Assault Bill. Black’s law will change the way that Virginia’s colleges and universities handle sexual assault cases.  “When I heard about the Hannah Graham case, I …

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McAuliffe Announces Movie To Film in Virginia

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia has been selected as the filming location for “Loving,” a motion picture based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a Virginia married couple who, in 1958, were arrested for violating a state law at the time prohibiting interracial marriage. The couple …

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Bipartisan Legislation Hopes To Reduce Wasteful Spending

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U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Rand Paul (R-KY) have teamed up on a bipartisan proposal to empower federal workers to identify and cut down on unnecessary federal spending. The Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act of 2015 would build on existing law by expanding a program that allows U.S. government …

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Sports

Upper Loudoun Little League Pre-Game Ceremony

1 Jul 2015

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– By Carri Michon The Majors championship game for Upper Loudoun Little League dawned with prospects of stormy weather. Nonetheless, a nice crowd assembled for the pre-game ceremonies in the light rain. Following the announcment of the AL Royals and the NL Pirates teams, the ULLL Hometown Heroes scholarship given …

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WLVBC Ignite Takes 2nd at Tournament

13 May 2015

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Western Loudoun Volleyball Club U15 Team Ignite placed second at the NVVA 15’s Spring Fling Volleyball Tournament on Sunday, May 10 at Belmont Ridge Middle School in Leesburg. Ignite met the host team, NVVA 15 Fairfax Black, in the finals. “I’m proud of each player for pushing hard through 10 …

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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

Locks Of Hope Easy, Helpful

1 Jul 2015

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– By Mary Rose Lunde I’m not the first one who has written about and done what I am about to describe, and I hope I’m not the last. It’s not an action that seems heroic, but it does make a difference. The best part is that no one is …

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Sarah's Closet

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

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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Minimum Wage: A Wrench in the Gears

3 Jun 2015

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By Delegate Dave LaRock You may have read in the news recently that the second-largest city in the United States, Los Angeles, voted to raise …

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