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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 Comments Off on Ribbon Cutting for the Southern Collector Road
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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 Comments Off on Southern Collector Road
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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 Comments Off on Not Built for Earthquakes
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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 Comments Off on The Real Meaning of Aloha … Lost
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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 Comments Off on From the Farm
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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 Comments Off on Farmer Forced to Detour Through Town

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 Comments Off on Temperature … Temperature
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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 Uncategorized Comments Off on From The Farm – June

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 Comments Off on Little Lambs Visit Crooked Run


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 Comments Off on Goodbye Kieffer

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 Comments Off on Update: Crooked Run Condemnation Hearing Scheduled for Jan. 11

*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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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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Ask Dr. Mike – 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 …

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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

Challenges for Blended Families

3 Jun 2015

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By Amy & Dan Smith The blended family has become more the norm than the exception in our society. As with most second marriages, Amy and I came into our marriage with our own children, our own careers and our …

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Student News

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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Woodgrove High School Senior Garner Signs With Wheaton

2 Apr 2015

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Woodgrove High School senior, Kristen Garner, has signed to swim with Wheaton College in Ilinois She is the first Woodgrove swimmer to sign with a college and will compete on Wheaton’s NCAA Division III team. “I am incredibly honored to …

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Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.

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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

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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Two Kitchen Cousins Present … Plate To Tempt, Plate To Tease

1 Jul 2015

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– By Lisa Wasson And Andrea Gaines Plating pulls a dish together, using color for visual appeal, showcasing ingredients and revealing the flavors and textures to be enjoyed. It isn’t so much about making something look pretty as it is about making it look appetizing. Here are the basics of good plating, along with some great examples. Good plating … …

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Relaxation In Horse Country’s Finest

1 Jul 2015

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– By Hannah Hager When temperatures hit the top of the thermometer there’s not much more to do than relax in the shade while sipping a cold glass of iced tea. This home is the perfect haven for escaping the humidity as it’s covered by mature trees that create a private cocoon. Before you start thinking that shade means no …

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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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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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