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It’s Not “Time For Compromise”

July 2, 2013 by Andrea Gaines Columns, View From the Ridge 28 comments
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The photo op tents are in place and the state and local government officials, local business leaders and more are lined up – current and former mayors of Purcellville, Virginia Transportation officials, members of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, local developers.

The press is here, and a broad white ribbon has been pulled across part of the Southern Collector Road. Bob Lazaro, the Mayor of Purcellville has conducted his ceremonial ribbon cutting signaling that the road is open, and a muted moment of hand-clapping has blown off into the warm June breeze.

Yes, the Southern Collector Road is open and ready for our cars and trucks and commercial vehicles. And, it’s a big, beautiful wide and majestic road. … Continue Reading

Ribbon Cutting for the Southern Collector Road

July 2, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Development, News Be the first to comment
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The Town of Purcellville had the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Southern Collector Road on June 28.  Mayor Bob Lazaro (in the middle of the photo) is flanked on the left by Sean T. Connaughton, secretary of transportation for the commonwealth of Virginia and on the right by Blue Ridge Supervisor Janet Clarke and Chairman Scott York.  Also joining the mayor were present and former council members and former Purcellville Mayor John Marsh.  Dave Stegmaier, director of community outreach for Congressman Frank R. Wolf’s office, was also in attendance. 

Southern Collector Road

January 16, 2013 by Contributor News, Our Towns Be the first to comment
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Continued Phased Roadway Construction across Purcellville Gateway entrance at Main Street

As an update to the previous notifications released regarding the roadway construction of the Southern Collector Road project, the Town of Purcellville’s Contractor will be continuing to implement traffic work zone patterns. Starting on or around Monday, January 21, and continuing for a period of approximately one week, the contractor will be utilizing lane closures to install underground storm sewer pipe work across the entrance of the Purcellville Gateway shopping plaza along Main Street. During this period the contractor will be working in the entrance from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Note that while installing this required work, a single lane will be open and the contractor will be utilizing flaggers to direct traffic in the appropriate direction through the entrance.

In cases of inclement weather this work may be extended or postponed. … Continue Reading

Not Built for Earthquakes

November 7, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Be the first to comment
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Our house is shaking. You can feel the floors vibrate when you walk on them, or the chair shaking as you sit and write a letter. The glasses on the shelves rattle against one another with a delicate tinkling sound. It happens every day of the week, for hours on end.

Only once did I feel the same kind of vibration in the house. That was the August before last, when for several seconds, the 5.8 earthquake near Mineral Virginia shook the house for a few seconds, at most. My son came downstairs and we looked at each other and I said, “Is that what an earthquake feels like?” And he nodded, (*having lived for years in L.A.), “That’s exactly what it feels like.”

Now it’s constant. Heavy machinery much too close to our 1908 house to be safe for the foundation, building a road, pounding the earth, crushing whatever is below, including whatever archeological artifacts that might have been recovered (two arrowheads have been found on the farm). And, it will continue for many more weeks.

The house has stood for over one hundred years. It’s a very well-built house. But then, it wasn’t built for earthquakes.

Uta Brown
Purcellville

The Real Meaning of Aloha … Lost

November 7, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Be the first to comment
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I have come full circle from Moloka’i, Hawai’i back to the old Quaker Brown Family Farm, where I once lived and worked in the late seventies. Much has remained the same, but there are some drastic changes.

The heritage of the farm dates back 250 years. By all rights it should be made a state if not a national treasure in our historical records of Virginia.

The farm is still alive with orchards of apples, pears, blackberries and cherries. Stands of walnut trees date back to the early part of the last century. Families and droves of school children come to enjoy a day of picking, picnicking, and learning about the orchards.

However, due to the blind vision of local officials, the Brown Farm is being split in two by ambitious, unnecessary road construction.

It saddens my heart that this once quiet, peaceful farm is being disturbed by the sound of heavy equipment and construction cutting through the tranquil orchards. I am left with the bittersweet thankfulness that Howell and Irma Brown, who I consider my second parents, are not here to see their farm devastated by so called progress and disregard of private property.

Officials may often be blinded by false progress and revenue. Perhaps they need to take a stroll though the rows of Quaker Heritage and find the real meaning of Aloha.

John David Myers
Purcellville

From the Farm

July 5, 2012 by Uta Brown Columns, From the Farm Be the first to comment
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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 walk by the lavender patch and smell the pungent odor. (I can smell the fennel also, but its more subtle.)

If you love lavender we will be cutting the long stems and tying bunches up during pick-your-own. I will never forget the wonderful lavender-rhubarb tea that Judith Thieman made me years ago. Although I grow both lavender and rhubarb, I haven’t a clue as to how she made it. … Continue Reading

Farmer Forced to Detour Through Town

July 5, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Be the first to comment

Sam Brown is forced to take his farm vehicle on a dangerous 2+ mile detour to access his back fields.

Temperature … Temperature

June 6, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, From the Farm Be the first to comment
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By Uta Brown

Everyone knows that it has been a strange year weather wise. Growers feel this even more intensely, as the broccoli you usually plant and watch go seedy too soon is doing fine this year. The lettuce is booming but the asparagus, even though it showed up early, is now slowing down. Since seeds need temperatures about 10 degrees higher to germinate than they need to “grow on”, it’s tricky to plant them outside if you don’t get a sufficient warm period. Soaking the bean seeds for two hours hurries the germination. But, if the nights dip into the mid-thirties or low forties, they might not make it. … Continue Reading

From The Farm – June

June 5, 2012 by Uta Brown From the Farm Be the first to comment

Everyone knows that it has been a strange year weather wise. Growers feel this even more intensely, as the broccoli you usually plant and watch go seedy too soon is doing fine this year. The lettuce is booming but the asparagus, even though it showed up early, is now slowing down. Since seeds need temperatures about ten degrees higher to germinate than they need to “grow on”, it’s tricky to plant them outside if you don’t get a sufficient warm period. Soaking the bean seeds for two hours hurries the germination but if the nights dip into the mid-thirties or low forties, they might not make it. … Continue Reading

Little Lambs Visit Crooked Run

May 20, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Farm and garden, Lifestyle Be the first to comment


Little Lambs pre-school group from Round Hill made a visit to Crooked Run Orchard and helped plant a raised bed of carrots, lettuce and beans. They also walked with Uta Brown across the creek (getting their feet very wet on purpose) and picked mulberries and tried some raw asparagus straight from the field in back. They enjoyed all of Crooked Run’s hidden treasures.

Goodbye Kieffer

May 15, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Be the first to comment

A Kieffer tree, planted in 1910 by my grandfather, Edwin Brown. was killed to make way for the SCR. It was 102 years old. Kieffer is an old time favorite found by many older homes and farmsteads. One stands behind Mary Eleen Stover’s houses on Maple Ave. In its makeup, the pear has genes from Asian pears. It is a gritty pear and my father used it to make pear sauce for his breakfasts. I shall miss this tree.

Sam Brown
Crooked Run Orchard
Purcellville

“Mr. Lazaro, Tear Down This Wall!”

August 4, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader Editorial, Opinion 6 comments
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When President Ronald Reagan uttered his famous words at the Berlin Wall in 1987 asking Chairman Gorbachev of the Soviet Union to “Tear down this wall,” he was responding to the despicable cold war symbol of oppression.

Well, we have our own “Berlin Wall” right here in Purcellville. As these photos show, the Mayor and the Purcellville Town Council have decided to erect a “Berlin” wall around the land they annexed by “quick take” for the Southern Collector Road.

Just look at these pictures of the hundreds of feet of the fence the Town put up and how it prevents the Browns from freely operating their 250 year old working farm.

The fence goes right across the road Sam uses to access the remainder of his property. This stops Sam from farming and harvesting his crops on the southern forty four acres and conducting the annual hayrides that thousands of children have loved over the years. … Continue Reading

Update: Crooked Run Condemnation Hearing Scheduled for Jan. 11

January 12, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader News Be the first to comment

*UPDATE: At last night’s Purcellville Town Council Meeting January 11, 2011, a public hearing was held regarding Condemnation-Quick Take of the Crooked Run Orchard property. Over 50 Town and County residents attended, and more than 20 people spoke at the hearing. Only two speakers were in favor of the agenda item. In a 7-0 vote, the Purcellville Town Council voted to Condemn via quick take condemnation powers over seven acres of Crooked Run Orchard for the Southern Collector Road. (the parcel is 16 acres)

Town Council members kept repeating that this was the “original” alignment. It is not, it is an entirely new alignment. The road has been moved entirely onto the Brown property, locating the road less than 75 feet from their home and making the annexation of the O’Toole property unnecessary. In preparation to seek State and Federal funding the Town has submitted documents for 4 lanes and 40 mph. The original alignment only required 3.08 acres, the new alignment will take almost half the 16 acres and destroy the main barn and farm road to the back 40 acres.

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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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