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

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

Not Your Father’s El Nino

15 Aug 2015

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NASA and other agencies now forecast the incipient El Nino conditions to continue at least into the winter and the early part of 2016. Figure 1 compares Pacific sea surface temperature anomaly for the El Nino of 1997- 1998 with …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Childhood and Adolescent Depression: Tips for Parents and Caregivers

2 Sep 2015

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), depression affects one in every 10 Americans.  And while the CDC’s data on depression currently shows that folks residing in the Commonwealth of Virginia fall slightly …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Suzanne Kane Nature Preserve

2 Sep 2015

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This innocuous little area lay smoldering in my semi-consciousness for several years – and after thousands of passings-by – I finally woke up one morning and just had to find out what was to be found out there. See – …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Morven Park

7 Aug 2015

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I think what strikes me most about this place – as over the top as it is in many ways – is how understated it really is; I know that’ll take some explaining. I’ve been to Morven Park hundreds of …

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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

What It Means To Be a Man

7 Aug 2015

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel As I have gotten older I have noticed that there are more and more young men who ask me for advice. To me it seems silly – I am often not much older than the person asking, …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

A Social Security Strategy Could Enhance Your Retirement Income Plan

7 Aug 2015

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By Amy & Dan Smith What do you think of when someone mentions Social Security? Many people consider Social Security and retirement as one and the same. More than 90 percent of working Americans plan for Social Security to replace …

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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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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

Getting Purcellville Out of the Conflicts of Interest Trap

7 Aug 2015

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Three Virginia laws address openness in government: the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA), The Virginia Public Records Act (VPRA) and The Virginia State & Local Government Conflict of Interests Act (VCOIA). VFOIA guides how public bodies conduct their meetings and regulates access to government records. VPRA establishes basic rules about what constitutes a public record and what the government’s …

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Lifestyle

46th Annual Bluemont Fair

2 Sep 2015

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Have some old fashioned family fun at a “Green” Country Fair featuring traditional crafts (juried), local art and authors, craft and farming demonstrations, music: traditional, blues and country, 10k race, free children’s fair, farm animals, llamas and alpacas, quilt display, colonial blacksmith, homemade food, fresh and dried flowers, pie-baking/pickle-making contest, antiques & collectables, local wine-tasting, breweries and gourmet treats, historic …

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Purcellville Mayor Stage Side Chat

2 Sep 2015

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Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser will be hosting a stage side chat at Carver Center on Wednesday, September 23, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. The purpose of this discussion forum, to which all residents and neighboring residents are invited, is to hear from our citizens on all matters concerning Purcellville. It’s an opportunity to openly voice issues, concerns, ideas, and solutions. …

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Call for Entries – Sticks and Stones

2 Sep 2015

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Individuals, families, community groups, students, regional artists and craftspeople are invited to participate in Sticks and Stones, an outdoor art show sponsored by the Friends of Franklin Park Arts Center in conjunction with the Art in the Park event. All works must be made entirely of naturally occurring or biodegradable materials. The artwork may take any form: sculptural, figurative, structural, surface covering, …

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Wild Loudoun

Dragonflies – To See Is To Believe

7 Aug 2015

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Shadow Darner. Unicorn Clubtail. Black Shouldered Spinyleg. Blue Dasher. Ebony Jewelwing. Calico Pennant. Sanddragon. Their names conger up some magical place inhabited by devils and demons, elegant queens, daring lovers – creatures you would need to see with your own eyes to believe really existed. But, each of these, including the Calico Pennant, is actually one of the most common …

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Around Virginia

Governor McAuliffe Launches Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship

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Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed Executive Order 47 establishing the Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship, which shall be responsible for coordinating and implementing youth entrepreneurship initiatives and fostering the growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem for young people in Virginia. “The foundation of the new Virginia economy rests on the strength …

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Congress and MWAA VS Loudoun Taxpayers

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By Delegate Dave LaRock It’s no secret that population growth and business development have left Loudoun County, especially busy areas to the east, with some pretty challenging traffic. The process of expanding the local network of roads and transit always seems to be playing catch-up, usually tied to availability of …

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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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Sports

Las Vegas Tournament Good for Loudoun Teams

2 Sep 2015

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D1 Sports & Athletics 15U Spartan Elite Boys basketball team won the Gold Elite Championship out of 158 teams from across the country at the Bigfoot Hoops Las Vegas Classic on July 26. D1SA Spartan Elite defeated Drive Bounce Elite from British Columbia, Canada, in the championship game with the …

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Drew Hunter Heading To Pan American Games

7 Aug 2015

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Loudoun Valley’s Drew Hunter placed second in the United States Track and Field 1500-meter run Junior National Championship. That earned him a spot on the United States Junior Team going to the Pan American Games in Edmonton, Canada in late July. Drew lost to college freshman Blake Haney of the …

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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

More Than a GPA

7 Aug 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde In school we are measured in every way based on a number system from a point scale resulting in grades then translated into a GPA that can’t be easily fixed in just one semester. Students are forced to think that all they have to achieve 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

Thank You Purcellville

7 Aug 2015

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I want to express my sincere appreciation for the outpouring of support by the local business owners and residents in relationship to my challenge to …

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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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