May’s Electronic Tracking Bill Passes Both Houses on Way to Governor

February 27, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Government, News Comments Off on May’s Electronic Tracking Bill Passes Both Houses on Way to Governor

HB 1981, a bill to make it illegal to use electronic tracking devices to track a person’s location using “intentionally deceptive means and without consent,” has cleared the House and Senate and is on its way to the Governor to be signed into law. Using such a device illegally could result in up to a $500 fine. The bill is a product of a JCOTS study in the Legislature and was four years in the making.

The bill originated when a constituent of May’s reported that an electronic tracking device had been secretly installed in his car to track his whereabouts. He was told by police and the Commonwealth’s Attorney that the act was not illegal, so he requested May’s help in making it so.

“I’m particularly proud of this legislation because it is one more step toward creating rules and regulations for beneficial use of technology so that technology is our servant, not our master,” said May. May chaired the House Science and Technology Committee for eight years and the Joint Commission on Technology and Science for 8 years before becoming Chair of the House Transportation Committee.

Purcellville Passion Play Returning to Firemen’s Field

February 27, 2013 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Purcellville Passion Play Returning to Firemen’s Field

On Palm Sunday, March 24, the Purcellville Passion Play will stage its 26th annual performance in Purcellville. The Play will take place at 3:00 p.m. at Firemen’s Field, adjacent to the Historic Bush Tabernacle across from the Purcellville Town Hall on Nursery Avenue.

The Passion Play was last performed at Firemen’s Field in 1999. Since then, it has been staged at Franklin Park and at Yaxley and A streets, behind Purcellville Baptist Church.

“We are all very excited about the play returning to Firemen’s Field where it was a key fixture of the Easter season in Purcellville for so many years,” said Peter Buck, one of the producers. “The intimate setting of Firemen’s Field really encourages the audience to be part of the story not just spectators,” Buck added. … Continue Reading

Wolf Takes to House Floor To Address Role of Media Violence in Mass Shootings

February 27, 2013 by Contributor Government, News Comments Off on Wolf Takes to House Floor To Address Role of Media Violence in Mass Shootings

Following a recent report that police found violent video games in the home of Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza, Rep Frank Wolf (R-VA) today spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives to stress the need to examine the role that violent media play in mass shootings.

According to the Hartford Courant, detectives are exploring whether Lanza might have been emulating a scenario from a video game during his rampage.

This new development in the Sandy Hook case comes in the wake of a National Science Foundation report requested by Wolf, which revealed three main factors associated with recent mass shootings: exposure to violent media, access to guns and mental health. … Continue Reading

Willowsford Named 2013 Community of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders

February 27, 2013 by Contributor Business, News Comments Off on Willowsford Named 2013 Community of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders

Naturally Planned Community Received Top Honors at ‘The Nationals’

Willowsford, a naturally planned new home community in Loudoun County, Va. inspired by the county’s farming heritage and a commitment to natural community design, was named Community of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders at the NAHB International Builders Show in Las Vegas.

“It’s an honor to receive such high recognition from the NAHB,” stated Brian Cullen, who is leading the Willowsford development team. “This has been an outstanding year for Willowsford and the inspired lifestyle it promotes within the community. We, and our partners, have worked tirelessly to convey the unique qualities of this special community, and to have those efforts be so richly rewarded is really wonderful.” … Continue Reading

Straight Talk about Propane

February 24, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Business Comments Off on Straight Talk about Propane

What’s In Your Tank?
By Dale Schulz

Question: Where does propane come from?

Answer: Propane is a by-product of drilling for oil and natural gas. Propane, along with methane, butane, and others are separated at the well head and furthered processed at a refinery. Virtually all propane currently used in North America is produced in North America. The day is rapidly approaching where the U.S. will be a net exporter of natural gas and propane.

Question: Why do I have propane and not natural gas? … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Sheriff Discusses Immigration Reform Policies at the White House

February 22, 2013 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Loudoun County Sheriff Discusses Immigration Reform Policies at the White House

In early February, Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman joined Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; senior law enforcement officials from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); and former New York, Los Angeles, and Boston Police Chief Bill Bratton Wednesday at the White House. They discussed strides made in securing US borders, immigration issues affecting local police forces, and the importance of immigration reform.

Sheriff Chapman and other front line law enforcement officials discussed the roles, responsibilities, concerns and impact local law enforcement has with undocumented immigrants in their respective communities. … Continue Reading

Cake Baking Contest for Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s 88th Birthday

February 22, 2013 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Cake Baking Contest for Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s 88th Birthday

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is hosting a cake baking contest in honor of its 88th birthday on Saturday March 2 from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the ATC Visitor Center in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Last year over 100 local residents and business owners were in attendance. This event is free and open to the public.

This year’s contest will be judged in three categories: best Appalachian Trail (A.T.) design, best tasting and most creative cake. The entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges and the most creative cake will be judged by the public. Prizes, including ATC gear and apparel, will be awarded to the top submissions. … Continue Reading

Doug Parsons and Tracey Shiflett Join Town of Leesburg Staff

February 22, 2013 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Doug Parsons and Tracey Shiflett Join Town of Leesburg Staff

The Town of Leesburg recently hired new staff members in two key positions for the Town.

Doug Parsons has joined the Town as Business Development Manager. In this position, he will be primarily responsible for the Town’s business retention efforts, but will also assist with recruiting new businesses and the development of entrepreneurial programs. Doug comes to Leesburg from Weston, West Virginia, where he was the Executive Director of the Lewis County Economic Development Authority from 2001 to 2012. Previous positions include grant writer with the Region VI (WV) Planning and Development Council, assistant director with the Jackson County (WV) Development Authority, and membership sales with the Charleston (WV) and Myrtle Beach (SC) Chambers of Commerce. Doug holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from West Virginia University. … Continue Reading

Leesburg to Hold Youth Career Expo on March 16

February 22, 2013 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Leesburg to Hold Youth Career Expo on March 16

On Saturday, March 16, the Town of Leesburg will hold a Youth Career Expo at ProJet Aviation, located at the Leesburg Executive Airport (957 Sycolin Road SE, Leesburg, VA 20175). The Expo hours will be noon to 3:00 p.m.

About 80 to 100 local businesses are expected to participate, and many will be hiring on the spot for both permanent and summer positions.

“This year’s event is actually the third job fair aimed at recent college and high school graduates, as well as current high school students, that has been held in Leesburg in recent years, although it is the first to be sponsored by the Town,” explained Leesburg Town Council Member Kelly Burk. … Continue Reading

VPHC Awarded Virginia Bred Program Grant from The Virginia Horse Industry Board

February 22, 2013 by Contributor Equestrian, Lifestyle Comments Off on VPHC Awarded Virginia Bred Program Grant from The Virginia Horse Industry Board

The Virginia Paint Horse Club, Inc. (VPHC) recently announced they have been awarded a Virginia Bred Program grant from the Virginia Horse Industry Board (VHIB).

VHIB awarded $5,000 to VPHC as incentive for participants of their Virginia Bred Program. The Programs purpose is to promote the Virginia horse industry by recognizing and rewarding quality paint horse breeding in the Commonwealth. Grant funds provided by VHIB will be used exclusively to reward owners and breeders of American Paint Horse Association (APHA) registered horses foaled in Virginia. The program was designed to increase the opportunity of Virginia bred paint horses to be recognized and rewarded based on their performance in the show ring.

Several Bills Pass Senate As Session Draws To an End

February 22, 2013 by Contributor Government, News Comments Off on Several Bills Pass Senate As Session Draws To an End

As things at the General Assembly slow down a bit as the session is approached its end, several bills brought forth by Senator Richard H. Black, of the 13th District, made their way through the Senate and on to the House and subcommittees.

Senate Bill 715, regarding motor vehicle titles, would allow for said titles to be transferred to a designated beneficiary upon the unfortunate death of the owner. Currently it is set up so that upon someone’s death their vehicle(s) goes to an heir or someone designated in their will. However, with this bill, people would be able to go to the DMV and designate anyone as the new title-holder of the vehicle(s) if something were to happen to them. This would be helpful considering many people do not have a will and in some cases their vehicle is the largest asset they have to give their heirs; the title will now be transferred without the hindrance and expense of probate. … Continue Reading

Lyme Disease Legislation Passes

February 22, 2013 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Lyme Disease Legislation Passes

Physicians to disclose information to patients

After long debate and discussion regarding what draft of the Lyme disease bill ought to pass, a very strong version passed through the Senate with a vote of 28Y-9N.

The patron of SB971 was Senator Richard H. Black (R) of Loudoun and Prince William Counties. Delegate Comstock had a separate bill pertaining to Lyme disease, HB1933, running through the House, but it was a weaker version. Senator Black convinced the Senate Education and Health Committee to conform her bill to comparable language as found in his. … Continue Reading

Spring 2013–Change Your Clock, Check Your Battery

February 22, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Public Safety Comments Off on Spring 2013–Change Your Clock, Check Your Battery

As daylight savings time begins Sunday, March 10th, Loudoun County Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management reminds residents to check their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Check the manufacturer’s expiration date on the label, replace batteries if needed and clean off any dust or debris. Smoke alarms have become such a common feature in U.S. homes that it is easy to take them for granted. Smoke alarms are appliances, just like toasters, televisions and furnaces. Unlike other appliances, these devices function quietly in the background. Its alarm, in response to a real smoke situation or to testing, is the only evidence that it works. A stereo that does not play will not lead to tragedy, but a worn-out smoke alarm, failing to sound in a fire, could. Hence the reason that all smoke alarms (hard-wired and/or battery powered) should be replaced every ten years. … Continue Reading

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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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