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George Allen Statement on Election Results

November 7, 2012 by Contributor Elections, News Comments Off on George Allen Statement on Election Results
George Allen

George Allen released the following statement in response to the November 2012 election results:

“Tonight, after a hard-fought contest, we have been reminded how closely divided our state is politically. I am still glad we got off the sidelines and into the fight in this pivotal election – advocating for the voices of Virginians. I want to thank God for the love of my life, Susan, who worked tirelessly throughout the Commonwealth to share our positive message for America’s Comeback. And I thank God for our wonderful children—Tyler, Forrest and Brooke. We have never worked harder to motivate and inspire people for specific reforms to restore the American Dream. And thank you to the thousands of energetic volunteers throughout Virginia who gave their time, talents and treasure to support our cause. … Continue Reading

Yes to Allen, No to Kaine

November 3, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Yes to Allen, No to Kaine

America is in danger. We face unprecedented loss of liberty, weakened national security, ignored Constitutional firewalls, and an European fiscal future. My children will inherit a severely weakened country; and her future is more uncertain than ever.

The Senate election is just as critical as the Presidency; and my family’s choice is George Allen. Tim Kaine is an extreme Leftist/Progressive, albeit with a smooth Clintonian style. Electing him is asking for six years of Barack Obama and Harry Reid’s policies and tactics. … Continue Reading

The Psychology of Your Vote

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

By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.
Ashburn Psychological Services

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

Virginians’ Push For Property Rights

October 3, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, News Comments Off on Virginians’ Push For Property Rights

By Wayne F. Pryor

As county Farm Bureaus began holding this year’s annual meetings and picnics, their leaders began reminding members about the property rights referendum that will be on the November 6 ballot.

It’s a proposed amendment to Virginia’s constitution that would protect your land from eminent domain abuse, and many of our producer members are very familiar with it. A year ago, they signed nearly 14,000 postcards to their state legislators in support of the amendment.

That was a tremendous – if not surprising – effort, but the Farm Bureau won’t be finished working on getting this amendment passed until Election Day.

Your Farm Bureau organization has spent years building support for this amendment and shepherding it through two successive sessions of the state legislature. While it received bipartisan support, the ultimate decision will be made by Virginia’s voters. … Continue Reading

Town Elections Marked by Spirited Sign Contest, Write-in Campaigns

May 2, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, News, Our Towns 1 comment

The Town of Lovettsville saw a remarkable 38.24 percent turnout in the May 1 election, sweeping into office the “Friends of Lovettsville” slate of Robert Zoldos, Rodney Gray, James McIntyre and Michael Senate. The spirited coordinated campaign utilized a Facebook page and homemade yard sign contest to reach and energize voters, a strategy seen in the overwhelming presence of hand-lettered red signs throughout the town.

Purcellville resident Kelli Grim, despite entering the race as a write-in candidate for Mayor a mere five days before the election, garnered 271 votes to incumbent Robert Lazaro’s 571. Write-in candidates for Town Council seats are not reported individually in the unofficial results.

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Kelli Grim Announces Run as Write-In Candidate

April 27, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, News Comments Off on Kelli Grim Announces Run as Write-In Candidate

Purcellville resident and business owner Kelli Grim announced today that she has decided to run as a Write-In Candidate for Mayor.

“My decision to run as a Write-In Candidate for Mayor came late because my commitment to my community prevents me from allowing Mayor Lazaro to run unopposed again. There are many critical issues facing residents that jeopardize our quality of life, and I want to make a difference.

I am not funded or supported by any special interest groups or developers. It has always been my sincere intention to bring multiple views forward for discussion that would protect the existing residents and business owners. I found myself lied about and criticized by this current administration. In a democracy everyone should feel comfortable to voice their concerns and ask tough questions without the fear of retaliation, and this is the kind of leadership I will bring to the Town of Purcellville.”

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Two More Purcellville Residents Announce Write-In Campaigns

April 27, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, Feature, News Comments Off on Two More Purcellville Residents Announce Write-In Campaigns

Since Monday, two more Purcellville residents have joined Bill Conover in launching write-in campaigns for Town offices: Mary Beth Barbagallo has announced her candidacy for Purcellville Town Council, while Kelli Grim will be challenging incumbent Mayor Bob Lazaro.

The write-in candidates are hosting two Meet on Main Street events where voters can learn more about their campaigns:

  • Friday, April 27th, at Purcellville Family Restaurant (also known as Fran’s) for coffee 8:00am – 9:30am.
  • Saturday, April 28th, in front of 105 E. Main St. (across the street from old town hall and next door to Valley Energy building), from 10:00am – 12:00pm.

Democrats Gather

January 7, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, News Comments Off on Democrats Gather

The Loudoun Democrats showed up in record numbers on Saturday January 7,2012 for their bi-annual re-organization meeting. So many Democrats showed up at the Lansdowne Conference Center that the basic membership had to be increased to include them all.

Outgoing Chairman Mike Turner handed over his gavel with an unbowed and unapologetic challenge to the many voters who, for whatever reason, did not come out to vote on election day. He warned that they may soon be forced “to recognize the nightmare they have created for this county.” Of the Republicans who now control the Board of Supervisors outright, he said, “They now have no one to blame but themselves” and he promised that the Democrats will “as the rational, mature adults in the room” carefully monitor their actions “and be a voice on behalf of all the people of Loudoun.” Foremost among the concerns voiced was protection of the current zoning ordinances and the rural economy of Western Loudoun, particularly the endangered transition zone between West and East.

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Wolf Kicks Off Campaign

January 6, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, News Comments Off on Wolf Kicks Off Campaign

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) will kick off his 2012 re-election campaign at his biennial “Birthday Party” celebration on January 26 at the Washington Dulles Airport Hilton.

The event starts at 7:00 p.m. and tickets are $30 each. To make reservations, contact the Wolf for Congress Committee at 703-817-9691. Every Wolf for Congress event in 2012 the campaign will be collecting canned goods and nonperishable food for local food banks and pantries.

Wolf, the most senior of Virginia’s 11 members of Congress, has been involved in nearly every major transportation initiative in northern Virginia over the last 30 years, including reducing HOV restrictions on I-66 and getting the full funding to complete the original 103-mile Metrorail system. He played a key role in securing the funding to replace the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and has been the driving force behind the effort to extend rail to Dulles airport and Loudoun County. He also pushed for the additional westbound lane on I-66 inside the Capital Beltway, which is now open, and worked to permanently open the Monument Avenue and Stringfellow Road slip ramps on I-66. In addition, he continues to draw attention to the high tolls on the Dulles Greenway and is a vocal proponent for distance pricing on the road.

Wolf also has worked to protect the region from violent gangs, to increase awareness about the risks of Lyme disease and to keep the shelves of area food banks and pantries stocked.

Over the last six years Wolf has been widely recognized for his role in focusing attention on getting the nation’s fiscal house in order. In addition, Wolf is often praised for his record on speaking out for human rights abuses around the globe and is the co-chairman of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in the House.

Wolf was re-elected in 2010 with nearly 63 percent of the vote.

Where the Race Stands

October 7, 2011 by Contributor Elections, News Comments Off on Where the Race Stands
Debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon, 1960. Until we know who the 2012 candidates are, this vintage photo will have to do.

The Republican debate that was held on September 12 revealed many things as to what is developing in the race for the Republican Presidential nomination. Michele Bachmann, who was first in the straw polls in Iowa, is losing momentum and knows it, Ron Paul has been doing well in his race and fares nicely with the public, Mitt Romney seems like the most significant threat to Rick Perry’s current lead in the opinion polls, and the public has seen how Rick Perry defends his views when questioned about them. … 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

pot of gold

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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