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Wounded Warrior Retreat Opens

October 2, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Be the first to comment
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Boulder Crest Retreat had its grand opening on September 6. The 37-acre retreat in Bluemont will provide private accommodations and recreational and healing activities and resources to 250-500 military families each year.

The project was initiated over the kitchen table between Ken Falke and his wife, Julia, in 2007. The Falkes have a guest house on their property that they used to invite a few wounded military personnel and their families to come and stay and relax.  The guest house proved to be incompatible with the needs of their guests, which prompted their idea to take 37.5 acres of their farm and build the retreat. The retreat will be for any and all wounded warriors and their families.  The hope is that families will come for short couple of days to a week and enjoy the realization of the seclusion and a break from daily stress and routines.

The retreat was built from scratch with volunteers performing the sweat and labor. Donations include everything from major appliances and building materials to quilts and handmade furniture.

For more information on this project, go to ?http://bouldercrestretreat.org/.

Historic Village Prepares for Bluemont Fair

September 8, 2013 by Contributor News, Our Towns Be the first to comment
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The sleepy Blue Ridge village of Bluemont in western-most Loudoun County is preparing for the 44th Annual Bluemont Fair, September 21 and 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days, rain or shine. Admission is only $5/adults, under 10 free, with free parking available. One-way traffic and crosswalks will be enforced in the village to ensure pedestrian safety. As always, the the beautifully renoated Schoolhouse, grounds, and the entire village, will be alive with music, crafts, activities, and food.

Bluemont’s distinctive logo reflecting this year’s theme: “Mountain Streams and Native Plants” was created by Bluemont’s own Anna Small Billman. Her winning design suggests Butcher’s Branch, the stream that runs through the village, surrounding examples of native plants found in Bluemont and environs. The logo can be found on the poster, T-shirt, and other fair memorabilia. … Continue Reading

Bluemont BBQ Bash Celebrates National BBQ Champs & Rising Backyard Stars

July 10, 2013 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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The third annual Bluemont BBQ Bash and Blackberry Bonanza hosted by Great Country Farms on July 26-28 has quickly become a key step toward national prominence for BBQ enthusiasts and their fans. This official KCBS (Kansas City Barbecue Society) State Certified BBQ Competition is one of only a few Virginia events where competitors can qualify for the top national contests. Friends and fans can purchase tokens to preside at the People’s Choice Tasters Competition which donates the proceeds to the newly opened Boulder Crest Retreat for Wounded Warriors. Up and coming Pit Masters can learn the ropes of competing KCBS Style on Sunday, July 28 at the Backyard BBQ Competition. New competitor Kenny Jenkins notes, “This event attracts some of the top contenders in the US but everyone is extremely welcoming to newcomers. The judges and contenders share their experience and the Farm provides a beautiful setting and fun for the kids.” … Continue Reading

County Celebrates Opening of New Park and Renovated Community Center

October 11, 2012 by Contributor Loudoun County, News Be the first to comment

The Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services and the Department of Construction and Waste Management will hold two ribbon cutting ceremonies on Saturday, November 3. The opening of the newly renovated Bluemont Community Center will take place at 10:00 a.m. A ribbon cutting at Hampshire Park in Ashburn, VA is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend both events. … Continue Reading

And in the Process, We Can Save the Bluemont Post Office

October 9, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Be the first to comment

As outrageous as it is, in the scheme of the challenges we face, the decimation of the United States Postal Service is a small matter. But, like the unwelcome prospect of the closing of the Bluemont Post Office, it ain’t necessary. At all.

What is accelerating is the corporatizing of government. Corporate-run prisons, “charter’’ schools, “private’’ military contractors, corporate-run “traffic’’ cameras and police departments. And on.

In the case of the Post Office, the drive for corporate takeover had its first victory in 1970, prompting then-Sen. Ralph Yarborough of Texas to note, “This postal corporation bill is the `Tonkin Gulf Resolution’ of domestic legislation. I know of no precedent for this bill. The Constitution provides that Congress shall establish the Post Office and Post Roads. We abdicate this constitutional responsibility when we turn the function over to a corporation.’’ And we’ve been abdicating ever since.

Want to reverse this? Then we can’t plead to just have {our} ox not gored. … Continue Reading

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Fog-shrouded hillsides, historic landmarks, roads built upon ski-slope grades, and a peaceful calm seldom found in most of our 21st Century Loudoun County: all this- – just a few seconds away from the high-velocity traffic of Route Seven. I imagine that if there’s a perfect spot in which to read a spooky novel (my choice would be Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) in these parts- you could do far worse than a little crows-nest bedroom in one of the houses perched on the ladder-like geography of Bluemont. … Continue Reading

43rd Annual Bluemont Fair Seeks Poster Design

March 24, 2012 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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Organizers of the 43rd Annual Bluemont Fair, to be held September 15 and 16 2012 invite artists of all ages and abilities to submit designs for consideration as the logo for this year’s poster and brochure. The theme this year is “Old Time Country Fair”, incorporating scenes of Bluemont’s historic buildings, such as the old stone church.

Submitted designs should be rendered simply with minimal color that can be easily replicated on the Bluemont Fair’s distinctive poster, t-shirt, mug, etc. The artist’s name will be printed on the poster and his/her work acknowledged in Bluemont Fair publicity. All artwork should be submitted by May 1 to: Bluemont Fair Poster Art Competition, P.O. Box 217, Bluemont, Virginia, 20135. For further information or to arrange for in-person delivery of your entry: 540-554-2367 (voice mail) or www.bluemontfair.com .

Bluemont Dance to Feature The Fugitive Hedgehogs

January 14, 2012 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

Bluemont will hold its second of six old-time country dances on Saturday, January 21st at the Hillsboro Old Stone School. The dance will begin at 8:00 p.m., with a workshop for new and inexperienced dancers starting at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10.00 per person, $7.00 for Bluemont Friends, students, and seniors. Bring something special for the potluck refreshments (homemade cakes, brownies or other goodies) to share at intermission. The Old Stone School is located at 37098 Charles Town Pike in Hillsboro, near the intersection of Charles Town Pike and Route 690. For detailed instructions go to the Bluemont website, www.bluemont.org. … Continue Reading

42nd Annual Bluemont Fair

September 24, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Be the first to comment


42nd Annual Bluemont Fair – September 17 and 18 in the village of Bluemont

Celebrate Winter at Bluemont

December 9, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Our Towns, Vineyards Be the first to comment

Come on out to share a glass of wine with Celtic music and friends on Saturday, December 18 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Bluemont Vineyards. Bottles of local wine and a gift shop will be available for last minute shopping if your Santa chores are not completely done by that point.

Gina, Ray, Mike and Stuart will be playing Celtic tunes for your enjoyment, and of course, there will be a few songs to celebrate the Winter Solstice and Christmas. For more information, call Gina Faber at 540-338-2574.

Bluemont’s First Schoolhouse Gets New Start

October 11, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader Our Towns Be the first to comment

Old Bluemont village has a “new” historic site: the 185-year-old Snickersville Academy, originally built to serve the young village as a schoolhouse, church, and a community meeting hall.

In September, Tom and Betty Hatcher, along with Walter and Joyce Hatcher, gave the structure to Friends of Bluemont, a local citizens association focused on the community’s history. The Hatchers live in Florida, but have deep roots in Western Loudoun County.

“The historic Snickersville Academy has survived more than 185 years,” declared Friends of Bluemont president Susan Freis Falknor. “Now, with a lot of help from the community, it can continue for centuries more.”

“We hope to make the Snickersville Academy a site for visitors to learn about the village’s earliest history and experience the charm of a bygone time,” she added.

The Hatcher family who live in Florida, but have deep roots in Western Loudoun, made the gift in memory of Tom and Walter’s mother, Catalina Hatcher, a strong-minded and beloved figure in the village, who summered in the log structure through the 1990s.

Tom Hatcher remembers his mother’s love of the cabin, of the woods around it, and the feeling of “serenity” there. He recalls a story that one evening, when his mother was resting on the porch, a Bluemonter watched a bear ramble past the cabin and on into the village.

Says Hatcher: “The bear didn’t bother her, and she didn’t bother the bear.”

Friends of Bluemont, a preservation organization founded in 2003, has long hoped to save the Snickersville Academy. Friends of Bluemont founder and Loudoun schoolteacher Evelyn Johnson started off the formal effort with a fundraiser picnic in 1999.

“Snickersville,” the original name of the village, was replaced by the more dignified name of “Bluemont” in 1900, with the arrival of the railroad and upscale vacationers escaping the summer heat of the Capital Area.

To follow the progress of the preservation of the Snickersville Academy, see www.BluemontVA.org or www.friends-of-bluemont.org.

County Unveils Center Plans

April 24, 2009 by Blue Ridge Leader Loudoun County, Our Towns Be the first to comment

April 24, 2009

Next week residents will have a chance to preview and comment on the county’s plans to renovate the community centers in Lucketts and Bluemont. The Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services and the architectural firm Bargmann Hendrie + Archetype, Inc., will host public presentations of the design concepts for renovating the historic buildings, each of which was originally a schoolhouse. The sessions will provide an opportunity for public review and comment on the preliminary plans.

County representatives and members of the design team will be at the Lucketts Community Center on Tuesday, April 28, at 7:00 p.m., and at the Bluemont Community Center on Wednesday, April 29, at 7:00 p.m.

For more information, e-mail prcs@loudoun.gov or call 703-777-0343.

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Sustainable Planet

Pungent Curry

9 Apr 2014

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The latest version of the IPCC report is published and once again it will go unread by the great masses of climate science deniers and unreported by the media. So it might be useful to revisit the fundamental physical realities …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Understanding Teen Suicide

1 Apr 2014

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Northern Virginia has recently experienced several teen suicides. Last month, two Langley High School students took their own lives just a day apart from one another, and this month it appears two students at Woodson High …

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Virginia Gardening

Spring Is Coming

4 Mar 2014

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By Donna Williamson March is an in-between month – some cold and the return of glorious warmth now and then. One way to bring some delight inside is forcing spring-blooming branches. You can cut branches of forsythia, cherry, crabapple, kerria, …

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Sushi's Corner

An Easter Swim

1 Apr 2014

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I felt like a silly nim “cow” poop with these Easter bows in our hair. Okay Nelly, maybe you didn’t because you’re a girl. But me, a Mighty Cairn Terrier male? – PLEASE! Pleasing Mrs. B for Easter pictures was …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

What Baseball Can Teach You About Financial Planning

1 Apr 2014

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Spring training is a tradition that baseball teams and baseball fans look forward to every year. No matter how they did last year, teams in spring training are full of hope that a new season will bring a fresh start. …

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Go Take a Hike

Blandy Experimental Farm

6 Jun 2012

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By Molly Pinson Simoneau It’s no secret that I love a challenging hike. I’ve written here about hiking sections of the Appalachian Trail and Shenandoah National Park. I’ve taken vacations with my family to Colorado where I’ve attempted to conquer a “fourteener” (a summit that is higher than 14,000 feet), …

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Real Estate Ticker

A Buying Opportunity?

6 Nov 2013

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By Carl Fischer As a direct result of the uncertainty that has arisen from national and regional politics, with its unsettling effect on the Northern Virginia area, for the past two months there has been a market slowdown which has …

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From the Farm

From the Farm

5 Jul 2012

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When the heat index reaches 110 degrees, as it has been doing recently, I try to keep in the shade, or stay indoors. But my lavender, about halfway from full bloom, seems to thrive in it. Hot and dry, I …

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Events

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: Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists -- Abstract painter Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and contemporary painter Sandra Iafrate

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Meet Evelyn and Sandra and other gallery artists during a free, open to the public reception for this month's Featured Artists' exhibit "Living Color,” showcasing two accomplished painters Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and Sandra Iafrate, in a vivid and dynamic presentation of color, shape and our surroundings.

Evelyn Lopez de Guzman’s vibrant paintings awaken the viewer to connect with nature and the modern world through an interplay of shape, color, and textural materials.

Sandra Iafrate’s combination of realistic and surrealist interpretation of flowers, foliage and landscapes on spacious canvases convey a sense of movement and playfulness.

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Easter at "The Park"

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April 19, 2014

Celebrate Easter at historic Morven Park with crafts for kids, an egg hunt in the formal gardens plus a traditional egg roll on the Davis Mansion lawn. Have a family photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Children should bring a basket for the hunt and a large spoon for the egg roll. $10/participating child (ages 2-12), $3/adult. Register at www.MorvenPark.org.

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VAL's Pals Kids Club

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April 30, 2014

Join Inova Loudoun Hospital as the present their Beamer the Dog Program.

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SCOUTING FOR BRICKS

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May 4, 2014

Scouting for Bricks is an exhibit showing the Love for everything LEGO® . Come see amazing LEGO® creations by Fans of LEGO®, LEGO® trains, Mindstorms robots. We will also have live Star Wars Stormtroopers and an interactive play area with over 100,000 LEGO bricks. Scouting for Bricks is fun for the Whole Family! Visit us at www.ScoutingForBricks.com.

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View From the Ridge

Rural Loudoun Is Different, and We Say Dark Skies Do Matter

4 Mar 2014

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In February of this year a sell out crowd gathered at the county public seat in Leesburg to provide feedback to the Loudoun County Planning Commission on the idea of adding additional sports lights to the upper athletic fields at Franklin Park. Franklin Park includes a really wonderful performing arts …

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Editorial

Steady and Nobull

4 Mar 2014

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Park and Ride Lots for Western Loudoun

4 Mar 2014

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In 2003, the county purchased 22 commuter buses to serve a growing demand for bus service to Washington D.C. The demand has grown exponentially ever since. The county now owns or leases 65 large commuter buses (with plush seats and on board restrooms) and more are being added every year. The buses are often filled to standing room only as …

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Lifestyle

Sadie’s Race 5K and Fun Run Scheduled for Sunday May 18

9 Apr 2014

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Sadie Smile Foundation is putting on the third annual Sadie’s Race/Walk and Kids Fun Run to Benefit Smile Train in Purcellville Sunday, May 18th this year. The race starts at 8:00 a.m. at the train station at 200 N 21st Street in Purcellville. Sign up at Active.com. When Sara Ablard lost her five year-old daughter, Sadie, two years ago, she …

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Dr. Joseph Rogers Dies at Family Farm

1 Apr 2014

Dr. Joseph Megeath Rogers, 90, died on Saturday March 8, 2014 at his Hillbrook Farm near Hamilton following a stroke. Physician, farmer, businessman, rural land conservationist, philanthropist and expert horseman, Dr. Rogers was a tireless advocate and practitioner of country living whose contributions in a broad range of interests were made quietly and with little fanfare. His public persona was …

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Zoldos Presented Citizen of the Year Award

1 Apr 2014

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At the biweekly March meeting of the Lovettsville Town Council, Mayor Bobby Zoldos was presented the 2013 Citizen of the Year from the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans. Presenting the award was Rick Adams, current president along with Board Member Peter Mullally and  Vice President Jeff Boogaard. Adams said, “On behalf of the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans, we would like to present the …

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Around Virginia

Wolf Won’t Seek Re-election

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Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) today announced that he would not seek election to an 18th term in 2014. He released the following statement announcing his decision: “I have decided not to seek re-election to the U.S. Congress in 2014. It has been an honor to serve the people of northern …

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Virginia Can and Should Work Harder to Combat Hunger

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By Congressman Frank Wolf Last year, the USDA reported a record number of Americans are struggling to put food on their tables. Across the nation, 49 million people – including 17 million children and six million seniors – are going hungry, a number that has grown substantially over the last …

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Kaine Statement on Navy Yard Shooting

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U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on today’s shooting at the Washington Navy Yard: “My thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted by today’s tragic shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. As we learn more about the horrific events that unfolded this morning, my deepest sympathies go out …

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Sports

Nominate Your Hometown Hero

9 Apr 2014

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Upper Loudoun Little League’s Hometown Heroes scholarship closes on April 21, 2014. The application is available online at ULLL.org. The scholarship is open to all graduating seniors who played baseball for ULLL at some point in their growing up years.

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Lady Vikings Give Back

10 Feb 2014

The Loudoun Valley Girls basketball team held an event on Friday, February 7 at LVHS. The Lady Vikings celebrated “Pink Night” by honoring those who are battling breast cancer or have been affected by breast cancer. The event was held in conjunction with an event held at Woodgrove earlier this …

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Letters

Medicaid Expansion Battle Heating Up

4 Mar 2014

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Did you know that there’s a very real possibility that a DC-style budget battle and government shutdown could come to Virginia? The Medicaid expansion battle …

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Endorsing for Profit Businesses?

4 Mar 2014

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I recently received an automated email message from the Town of Purcellville soliciting nominations for volunteer award recipients in cooperation with the Purcellville Business Association …

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Another Vote To Overrule Purcellville’s Board of Architectural Review

4 Mar 2014

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The Purcellville Town Council, foolishly, in the view of many and perhaps most, has overruled its Board of Architectural Review and approved Mark Nelis’s and …

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