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The Lion King Comes to Loudoun

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The Lion King roars into Purcellville on February 26. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to see Simba become king of the jungle on the stage at Blue Ridge Middle School. The Blue Ridge drama department, under the direction of Dolly Stevens, has once again created an incredible, fantasy-filled production full of characters, songs and all of the Disney magic that accompanies this timeless tale.

Blue Ridge is the first middle school in Loudoun County to perform The Lion King, Jr. Dolly Stevens, professional actor/director, has run the after-school drama program at BRMS for the past eight years. She teaches acting and musical theatre classes and directs the annual school musical. Stevens also maintains an active performing life as well as a private instruction studio in voice and acting – The Spotlight Studio for Musical Theatre. … Continue Reading

Students Create Posters for Breast Cancer Awareness

December 2, 2015 News, Schools Comments Off on Students Create Posters for Breast Cancer Awareness
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Forty sixth-graders from the Blue Ridge Middle School have partnered with the Loudon Breast Health Network to help spread awareness of breast cancer issues by creating posters illustrating insights in the following eight categories: Surviving Cancer Metaphor; Character Traits of Survivors; Empathy and Celebration; Journey Through Illness; How to Support Survivors; Awareness and Prevention; Message of Hope and Combination.

The posters were presented at LBHN’s Annual Survivor Tea held at the Carver Center in Purcellville on Nov. 14 and at a ceremony help on November 20 at BRMS. Breast cancer survivors selected first-place, second-place and third-place winners. The children’s efforts were directed by the teacher of their art class, Ms. Liz O’Neil. LHBN intends to exhibit the posters in other venues both in Loudon and elsewhere.

The Show Must Go On: Songwriting Team Triumphs Through Adversity

February 5, 2014 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on The Show Must Go On: Songwriting Team Triumphs Through Adversity
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The musical theater program at Blue Ridge Middle School has a reputation for excellence, thanks to the dedication of theater veteran Dolly Stevens. Last year was a banner year for Stevens and her drama students. Blue Ridge Middle School was the first public middle school in the eastern United States to take on a full production of CATS. Not only did the show sell out all four performances in advance, it was honored with four National Youth Arts awards.

The grand success of CATS only inspired Stevens to raise the bar for the next show. She decided to follow her dream of writing and composing a full-length musical. Stevens decided to expand on a small production that she and Tom Sweitzer co-wrote in 1995 titled “The Little Mermaid.” The show was an adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson fairy-tale. Stevens approached her CATS musical director, Jennifer Warren Baker, about arranging and scoring the show. Baker agreed, and the creative journey began. … Continue Reading

“The Little Mermaid” Comes to Blue Ridge

February 5, 2014 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on “The Little Mermaid” Comes to Blue Ridge
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Blue Ridge Middle School is presenting “The Little Mermaid,” the world premiere of an original musical opening Feb. 28. This musical, written and directed by veteran stage director Dolly Stevens, is based on the Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale of the same name.

Join Haley the mermaid as she turns 15 years old and leaves behind her seven mer-sisters and travels to the ocean surface with her trusty sidekick, Maxwell the puffer fish. She travels beyond the beautiful mer-world filled with goldfish, dolphins, rainbow fish, starfish and many other awesome sea world creatures. Along the way she encounters trouble as she falls victim to the underworld and Mona the sea witch with her singing seaweed and evil sharks. Haley and Maxwell make it to the surface and meet Prince Frederick, Alfred and the other “humans.” … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Middle School Solar Installation Ceremony

December 5, 2012 News, Schools Comments Off on Blue Ridge Middle School Solar Installation Ceremony
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The Blue Ridge Middle School in Purcellville celebrated the installation of the six solar light poles that adorn the lower parking lot with a brief ceremony and plaque presentation. The Solar Poles represent substantial work and focus from past principal, Roberta Griffith, past PTOs, Dr. Hatrick and Loudoun County Public Schools, Purcellville’s Mayor and town council, as well as the entire Blue Ridge Community. The installation of the poles culminates years of fundraising to bring not only light to the lower parking lot, but further the school system’s mission of conservation and smart campus energy use. … Continue Reading

Writing Excellence at Blue Ridge Middle School

July 5, 2012 News, Schools Comments Off on Writing Excellence at Blue Ridge Middle School
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Blue Ridge Middle School principal Brion Bell announced that several times this past year students have been recognized by local and national competitions and organizations for their excellence in writing.

Under the guidance of Mrs. White and Mr. Kursman, three eighth graders, Mary Callihan, Alexandra Van Zandt and Emily Baer were honored by Scholastic Writing Awards for the South Region-at-Large. Callihan won a Certificate of Merit recognizing the top 20 percent in each category, and Van Zandt received the Silver Key (top 15 percent). The highest award in regional competition is the Gold Key (top ten percent). This year, Blue Ridge has one Gold Key winner, Baer. … Continue Reading

Max Pyle Selected to Play in 2012 Brine National All-Star Lacrosse Academy and Brine National Lacrosse Classic

June 13, 2012 Sports Comments Off on Max Pyle Selected to Play in 2012 Brine National All-Star Lacrosse Academy and Brine National Lacrosse Classic
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Max Pyle, son of Steve and Tammy Pyle of Round Hill, an eighth grader at Blue Ridge Middle School, has been named as a 2012 Brine National All-Star and has been selected to represent the Washington DC region in the 2012 Brine National National All-Star Lacrosse Academy and National Lacrosse Classic to be held in Boyds, Maryland June 30-July 3. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

Columns

Pie in the Face (with remarks from Ron Paul)

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“In any field, the establishment is seldom in pursuit of the truth because it is composed of those who sincerely believe that they are already in possession of it.” E. T. Jaynes. Everybody prefaces Bernie Sanders name with “pie in …

Asterisk No More

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Moods come and go, but greatness endures.” These prescient words were uttered by President George H.W. Bush, a man who knows firsthand the truth of his own saying. In 1992, President Bush garnered only 37 percent of …

Second Bull Run

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It may not have been a battle, but – seeing as how it was my second attempt at getting a good look at Bull Run Creek – coupled with the fact that I’m a native Northerner – I felt a …

Snowmageddon III?  Seven Survival Tips for Parents

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. “snOMG,” “snowmageddon,” “snowpocalypse,” and “kaisersnoze” are a few terms to describe what just happened in Northern Virginia. The storm was reported to be the second worst storm on record. And while many children and teens gladly …

What Is a Sport?

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By Mary Rose Lunde On January 10, hundreds of talented dancers from across the East Coast competed at the Universal Dance Academy Regional Championship at West Springfield High School. Tensions were high and the stakes couldn’t have been greater. What …

Six Things to Know to Weather a Market Downturn

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It’s natural to be nervous when the markets head for negative territory. Keep a positive perspective with these six investing reminders. It can be very unsettling for investors when their portfolios and the markets start heading for the red and …

Editorial

Grief and Greed

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By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …

Op-ed

Oh No, It’s the Christians!

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By Nicholas Reid In the hours and days following every massacre perpetrated by radical Muslims, there is one unifying theme across most news coverage of the massacre, wherever it may …

Dear Editor

Job Well Done!

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Kudos to Town Manager Rob Lohr and his awesome hard working staff. You did a fantastic job of snow removal throughout the Town of Purcellville this past week. Mr. Lohr …

View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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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 …

Student News

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016

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Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

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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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Calendar

February 2016
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Loudoun Valley Boys Basketball Spirit Night at Coach's Corner

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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5K Race to Benefit Riverside High School Athletic Department

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Chocolate & Cabernet

Sweetheart's Soirée at Breaux Vineyards

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Celebrate Valentine's Day at North Gate Vineyard

Gallery Coffeehouse: READERS THEATRE "LOVE LETTERS" BY A. R. GURNEY

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Mad Cap Puppets: UNDER THE BONSAI TREE

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

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CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT: Year Of The Monkey

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Loudoun Symphony presents A LITTLE CHAMBER MUSIC

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

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Breaux Vineyards February Fourth Friday

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THE EDGE: Malone Benefit Concert

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Loudoun School of Ballet Winter Showcase

Our Love is Here to Stay

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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Merlot Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

North Gate Vineyard Wine Dinner with Chef Sebastian Oveysi

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theatre, 100 Lunches" by Jack Sharkey & Leo Sears

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Lifestyle

Creation and Evolution in Native American Spirituality

9 Feb 2016

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In celebration of Evolution Weekend, an annual event led by clergy to encourage serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science, St. James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville has invited Roger and Deborah “Turtle” Swartz to guide a discussion of traditional Native American Spirituality and its wisdom in celebrating human relationship to the earth. In a …

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Run and Walk To Your Nearest 5K Pregame Event Happening on Super Bowl Day In Leesburg

3 Feb 2016

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There is a new Running Company, the Pace Makers Running Company, in town and they are on a mission to help the local population with their health goals while raising money for selected charities. The race at The National Conference Center in Leesburg on February 7, is to help benefit the Riverside High School Athletic Department. The upcoming race on …

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Lovin’ Leesburg for All Its Beauty

3 Feb 2016

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By Hannah Hager We may be in the thick of winter, but this home on Cherry Spring Lane will melt your heart. Come spring you’ll fully be able to enjoy this simple, yet elegant brick home and its surrounding green pastures enclosed by miles of black wooden fences. Beyond your immediate yard are sweeping views of the mountains and valleys …

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Around Virginia

Education Savings Accounts Make Big Move in House

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The Virginia House of Delegates gave a strong push to House Bill 389, Delegate Dave LaRock’s (R-33rd District) innovative Education Savings Account legislation, as the House Education Committee voted 13-9 in favor of advancing the bill forward. “This is definitely an exciting development for parents and students in the Commonwealth,” …

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Kaine to Hold Hearing on Opioid Abuse

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On Monday, February 1, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, will hold a field hearing in Loudoun County to examine the ongoing fight against opioid misuse and abuse among older Americans. Kaine has met with families, law enforcement and business leaders across Virginia …

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Youth Can Apply for 2015 Livestock Exhibitor Scholarships

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Youth who exhibited beef cattle, sheep, meat goats or swine in the 2015 State Fair of Virginia 4-H and FFA youth livestock program are eligible to apply for 12 new scholarships being offered by the State Fair of Virginia. Scholarships will be offered in three age groups: Juniors (9-12), Intermediate …

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Sports

Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016

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The Western Loudon Volleyball Club U14 boys team, called the “Hitmen,” finished second in a tournament held January 17. This is the first ever boys team for the WLVBC (and only the second boys club in the area). Coach Allan Kotmel led the seven-member team. WLVBC started eight years ago, …

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ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines

2 Dec 2015

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The Old Dominion Football Club West boys and girls middle school travel soccer program scored big the weekend of November 21 and 22.  The girls Quest Premier 22 team took home the championship in the U12 Girls Premier Division of the Hunt Country Classic located in Fauquier County. The boys …

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