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All Points Broadband Buys Loudoun Wireless

April 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Business, News Comments Off on All Points Broadband Buys Loudoun Wireless
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All Points Broadband has announced it will acquire Loudoun Wireless.

“We are excited to welcome Loudoun Wireless and its customers to the All Points network,” said Jimmy Carr, CEO of All Points Broadband. “This acquisition dramatically expands our service area and will give more homes and businesses in western Loudoun access to the next level of broadband service.”

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Leadership Loudoun Youth Attended by 50 Local Teens

August 11, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Business, News Comments Off on Leadership Loudoun Youth Attended by 50 Local Teens
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Friday, August 10 was a very positive conclusion to a very stimulating week for aspiring young leaders in Loudoun County The two classes of Leadership Loudoun Youth in July and August extended an opportunity to 50 teens from Loudoun County public, private and home schools to explore their leadership capabilities, learn about their communication styles, connect with local business and government leaders and to discover the economic and cultural diversity of their county.

A physical challenge on the high ropes course on day one established confidence some didn’t know they had. But on to the communication workshop and the teens were surprised to discover their communication strengths and weaknesses and learn to more effectively listen to and reach others. … Continue Reading

Merchants Unite Over Shared Meals

July 31, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Business, News Comments Off on Merchants Unite Over Shared Meals

The dinners started in April and have continued on the third Wednesday of each month. The gatherings began as local merchants felt the need to discuss where the town of Purcellville was going with its downtown enhancement project on 21st Street, which includes a major hotel project on land owned by John Chapman and Mark Nelis.

Mary Beth Barbagallo, owner of Above Ground Winery, heard the concerns of her business neighbors and decided to invite them and Mr. Chapman to the dinner. This gave business owners an opportunity to ask Chapman directly about his proposed hotel and what it might mean – good and bad – for their businesses. … Continue Reading

Certification Class Offered for Home-Based Food Production

June 22, 2012 by Contributor Business, News Comments Off on Certification Class Offered for Home-Based Food Production
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It happens all the time. Someone makes Grandma’s pickles or Aunt Betty’s chow-chow and people admire it and say, “You should sell this.” But producing acidified foods such as pickles may not be as easy as it sounds, and if not done properly, harmful bacteria may be present in the foods. Thanks to the Food Science and Technology Department of Virginia Tech and Virginia Cooperative Extension, there is help on the horizon. … Continue Reading

Leesburg’s 2012 Business Award Winners Announced

May 24, 2012 by Contributor Business, News Comments Off on Leesburg’s 2012 Business Award Winners Announced
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The Town of Leesburg has announced the winners and honorable mentions for the 11th Annual Business Appreciation Awards

Nearly 300 people were in attendance at Leesburg’s 11th annual Business Appreciation Reception for the annual business awards presentation on Tuesday, May 15. At the reception, the Leesburg Town Council and Leesburg Economic Development Commission honored businesses and business owners in eleven award categories.

“The nominees and winners represent the best of Leesburg. To be voted a winner by a committee of your peers is to stand apart in distinguished way,” said Marantha Edwards, the Town’s Economic Development Manager. “The range and diversity of industries included among the winners speaks volumes about the strength of the Town’s business community.” … Continue Reading

The Ladies Board Celebrates 100 Years by Giving Record $123,600 in Scholarships

May 24, 2012 by Contributor Business, News Comments Off on The Ladies Board Celebrates 100 Years by Giving Record $123,600 in Scholarships

The Ladies Board of Inova Loudoun Hospital celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, along with the hospital. In celebration of this big event The Ladies Board has awarded 77 scholarships for a record amount of $123,600. This includes two anniversary scholarships of $5000 each. The winners of these special scholarships are Gina Harrison, Nurse Manager of the Pediatric Emergency Department at Inova Loudoun Hospital, and Bonnie Parker, Educator in the Loudoun County School of Practical Nursing at C. S. Monroe Technology Center.

The quality of applications this year was exceptional, and the diversity of the students is evident. Recipients are enrolled in LPN, RN, BSN, MSN and DNP programs at 28 different schools. Awards range from $800 to $5000. … Continue Reading

Exhibitor Space Is Available at YouthFest 2012

May 20, 2012 by Contributor Business, News Comments Off on Exhibitor Space Is Available at YouthFest 2012

Free exhibit space at YouthFest 2012 is still available to non-profit organizations that provide programs and services to middle and high school students in Loudoun County. Additional free space is available to teen vendors to sell crafted items, CD’s or original artwork. YouthFest 2012 will be held June 16, 2012 from 3:00 -8:00 p.m. at the Brambleton Town Center. The festival will feature a performance by national headliner, The Ready Set, along with local teen bands, attractions, interactive games, and more. … Continue Reading

The Builder’s Wife: The Evolution of Green

May 2, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Your Money Comments Off on The Builder’s Wife: The Evolution of Green
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By Cathy Little

There’s a lot of talk these days about Going Green. But, how much of it is reasonable and useful to do?  Can we be kinder to the environment and reduce our utility bills without spending too much green to go green?!

Due to industry innovation many green technologies have improved in efficiency and come down in price in the last few years.

Others are not yet practical options for Northern Virginia. … Continue Reading

Butterfly Gourmet Opens Doors

April 24, 2012 by Contributor Business, News 2 comments
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The Butterfly Gourmet, located in Old Town Purcellville at 148 N. 21st Street, opened its doors on April 15. The Mayor Purcellville Mayor Bob Lazaro and several council members including Joan Lehr and Tom Pricilla were there to take part in the ribbon cutting ceremony.

The gourmet shop carries uniquely wonderful dog bones and sells refillable containers for balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Fresh cupcakes and drinks are available for hungry shoppers and there are many unique kitchen tools, beautiful linens, imported serving trays and hard-to-find food items. Debra will be serving lunches to go and teaching classes to cooks who want to learn new techniques and enjoy sharing with other local “foodies.” … Continue Reading

Greenway’s 7th Annual Drive for Charity

April 20, 2012 by Contributor Business, News Comments Off on Greenway’s 7th Annual Drive for Charity
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As part of the 7th annual Drive For Charity, 100% of tolls collected on the Dulles Greenway on Thursday, May 17, will be donated to five local charities and the Dulles Greenway High School scholarship program, Toll Road Investors Partnership II, L.P. (TRIP II), owners of the concession, announced today.

Several local dignitaries and charities are scheduled to attend the Dulles Greenway kickoff rally at Clyde’s Willow Creek Farm, on May 10 at noon, to support the Greenway’s annual fund-raising effort, which has raised $1,266,810.75 over the past six years. … Continue Reading

“Green Structure” By Fuog InterBuild Wins National Award

April 4, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Development, News Comments Off on “Green Structure” By Fuog InterBuild Wins National Award
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A “green structure” built by Fuog /InterBuild, Inc., received the National Frame Builders Association “Judges’ Award” and the 2011 Building of the Year” at the March 1 2012 Frame Building Expo in St. Louis, MO. constructed using only sustainable wood species, energy efficient technology and as many recycled elements as possible, the St. Brides Horse Barn and Equestrian office “represents on the aesthetically and functionally exceptional barns in the Virginia Piedmont region” according to the NFBA. The St. Brides Barn will be part of the 2012 – 58th Annual “Upperville Barn Tour”. More than 1800 visitors are expected to tour the facility as part of the annual event. … Continue Reading

The Charm and Economic Power of Loudoun’s B&Bs and Country Inns

April 4, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Business, News Comments Off on The Charm and Economic Power of Loudoun’s B&Bs and Country Inns
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Loudoun’s country accommodations businesses are represented by the Loudoun County Bed & Breakfast Guild, which has 25 members and approximately one dozen partners, including wineries and restaurants.

These exquisite places are known for their charm and beauty. Representing nearly 100 beds, what is not quite so well known is the economic punch they pack, and the critical role they play in the County’s rural economy. … Continue Reading

Mailboxes! Finally!

April 4, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Comments Off on Mailboxes! Finally!
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After a nine month wait, businesses in downtown Purcellville have their mailboxes (mid March 2012) making good on a request made in July of 2011.

Most businesses in the downtown area had P.O. boxes, which presented a problem because many business-related items – from supplies to customer orders to large deliveries – will not ship to P.O. Boxes. In addition, the physical addresses listed on local business websites are different than the P.O. Box address. So, even payments and important correspondence were being marked “return to sender” or listed as “no such address.” … Continue Reading

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Sustainable Planet

Shell Games

16 Jun 2015

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“Let me be very very clear, for us climate change is real and it’s a threat that we want to act on. We’re not aligning with skeptics.” – Ben van Beurden, chief executive officer of Royal Dutch Shell [1] “What …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Supporting a Transgender Child

1 Jul 2015

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– By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, My husband and I are worried because our 14-year-old daughter thinks that “he” is transgendered. It’s true that she’s always been interested in more masculine activities, and this past year she announced to …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Mount Zion Church

1 Jul 2015

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– By Tim Jon So: You’ve never given the American Civil War a great deal of thought, much less walked the grounds of Gettysburg or some of the other, major battleground sites located in our region; you may not be …

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Brandon Park

3 Jun 2015

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Considering its location – amidst the swirl of transportation axes, commercial and industrial scenery, residential neighborhoods, and the shadow of the busy downtown section of Leesburg, I was surprised to have this quiet little oasis of (mostly) green to myself …

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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

Saving The Art Of Letter Writing

1 Jul 2015

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– By Samuel Moore-Sobel This year a woman in France received a letter in the mail. What made her experience unique was that the letter had been written on January 27, 1877, and was intended for her great-grandfather. Steve Insekeep, …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

The Marital Agreement

2 Jul 2015

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– By Amy & Dan Smith In Virginia, as in most states, a marital agreement can be entered into before or after marriage. It can cover a variety of topics but commonly addresses issues pertaining to the disposition of property …

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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

How Did We Get Here And How Do We Get Out?? A Summary Of Purcellville’s Sewer Debt And Strategic Solutions

1 Jul 2015

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– By Kwasi Fraser, Mayor of Purcellville Many of our fellow citizens are baffled by the proposed increase in our already high water and sewer rates, and not just about the increase that was proposed for the Fiscal Year 2016 but also about the proposed increases over the next nine years. This quote from one of our citizens to a …

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Lifestyle

Artist’s Profile: Michele Sommers, Mural Artist – The Beauty Of Life, Evolving Over Time

2 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines Two things defy reason when it comes to mural artist and painter Michele Sommers. The first is her irrepressibly humble attitude towards her talent. The second is the absolute divinity of her work. I knew that in writing about her in this way she would be thinking, Oh … come on … I’m not THAT good! …

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Kicking Off Farm To Fork With Music

1 Jul 2015

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Kicking off this year’s Farm-to-Fork Loudoun project is the second annual Farm, Fork & Art, with music added: a special concert from home grown, award winning folk and Americana singer-songwriter Andrew McKnight. Farm, Fork, Art & Music begins at 6 p.m. sharp at the unique Trinity House Cafe located at 101 E. Market St. in Leesburg on Wednesday, July 22, …

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Hillsboro Celebrates Independence Day July 3

1 Jul 2015

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Bring your friends and family to Hillsboro’s Old Stone School on Friday, July 3 for the annual Independence Day Celebration. The celebration will be preceded by the second of four seasonal outdoor markets which will open on July 3 at 4 p.m., and the Independence Day festivities begin at 6 p.m. at the Old Stone School located at 37098 Charles …

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Wild Loudoun

Ancient Oaks – The Great Providers

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines She feeds the birds. She shelters the mammal. She cools the air, provides us with shade and conserves the water and soil. She is the mighty old oak, an ecosystem unto herself. All except the smallest living things function as an ecosystem of sorts – whether harboring the bacteria and microscopic plants that break down organic …

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Around Virginia

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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McAuliffe Announces Movie To Film in Virginia

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia has been selected as the filming location for “Loving,” a motion picture based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a Virginia married couple who, in 1958, were arrested for violating a state law at the time prohibiting interracial marriage. The couple …

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Bipartisan Legislation Hopes To Reduce Wasteful Spending

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U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Rand Paul (R-KY) have teamed up on a bipartisan proposal to empower federal workers to identify and cut down on unnecessary federal spending. The Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act of 2015 would build on existing law by expanding a program that allows U.S. government …

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Sports

Upper Loudoun Little League Pre-Game Ceremony

1 Jul 2015

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– By Carri Michon The Majors championship game for Upper Loudoun Little League dawned with prospects of stormy weather. Nonetheless, a nice crowd assembled for the pre-game ceremonies in the light rain. Following the announcment of the AL Royals and the NL Pirates teams, the ULLL Hometown Heroes scholarship given …

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WLVBC Ignite Takes 2nd at Tournament

13 May 2015

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Western Loudoun Volleyball Club U15 Team Ignite placed second at the NVVA 15’s Spring Fling Volleyball Tournament on Sunday, May 10 at Belmont Ridge Middle School in Leesburg. Ignite met the host team, NVVA 15 Fairfax Black, in the finals. “I’m proud of each player for pushing hard through 10 …

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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

Locks Of Hope Easy, Helpful

1 Jul 2015

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– By Mary Rose Lunde I’m not the first one who has written about and done what I am about to describe, and I hope I’m not the last. It’s not an action that seems heroic, but it does make a difference. The best part is that no one 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

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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Minimum Wage: A Wrench in the Gears

3 Jun 2015

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By Delegate Dave LaRock You may have read in the news recently that the second-largest city in the United States, Los Angeles, voted to raise …

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