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Lincoln Elementary on the Chopping Block Again?

January 11, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools 4 comments
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By Andrea Gaines

The possible closing of Lincoln Elementary – one of the Loudoun County’s smallest and oldest schools – was one of the hottest topics at this week’s Loudoun County’s School Board discussions. The school serves 136 students and is approximately 86 years old.

The discussion took place in the context of the board’s Capital Assessment Preservation Program, which outlines the school district’s maintenance priorities for the next five years. The program calls for $310,000 worth of upgrades and improvements to the Lincoln Elementary building, including a new fire alarm system ($70,000), a new electrical system ($200,000) and the replacement of seven rooftop HVAC units ($40,000). Most of the improvements are needed to satisfy county safety and electrical codes.

The issue of closing of many of the county’s smallest schools – also some of the county’s oldest schools ¬– has surfaced regularly over the last several years. In each case, community opposition to the closings won the day. … Continue Reading

Violent Storm Blows Through Loudoun

July 1, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Be the first to comment

Friday night’s storm resulted in downed trees and power outages throughout Loudoun County and beyond. Over 450,000 people in the region lost power. Pictured are trees down on Main Street in Purcellville and surrounding areas. Purcellville was working to clean up tree debris around the town on Saturday morning.

Celebrated Local Photographer Donates Landmark Book

May 2, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People, Uncategorized 1 comment
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Sarah Huntington, a local photographer famous for her brilliant black and white, portrait, wedding and historical photographs has donated a copy of the book “In Their Own Words, Recollections of an Earlier Loudoun”, to the Woodgrove High School library. Sarah published this oral and photographic history of Loudoun County with Gale Waldron in 2002.

School Budget Cuts Subject of Public Hearing

February 2, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools 2 comments
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Citizens Speak Out Against Closing Small Western Schools and Bus Driver Benefits Cuts

The Loudoun County School Board room was packed with Loudoun County Public School (LCPS) employees and residents who spoke during the public comments on January 31, 2011. Many of the more than eighty citizens and employees who signed up to speak were concerned with the proposed budget cuts that would, among other things, affect part-time employees. Still others were concerned about the possibility that budget cuts would force the closing of western Loudoun County’s four small public schools – in Aldie, Middleburg, Hillsboro and Lincoln. … Continue Reading

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth – January

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The bucolic, little community of Lincoln – just south of Purcellville – contains all kinds of visual (and otherwise sensory) appeal, whether to the casual visitor or its longtime residents: unique, historic homes, meeting places and commercial structures, quiet, tree-covered lanes, the stately hush of still churchyards, even its diminutive size lends a kind of ‘cute’ quality to the whole picture. Yep, Lincoln’s a special place where you just feel good to merely ‘be’ for a spell.

But, for me – and me alone, I imagine – there is one star attraction. Probably not at the top of everybody else’s list – or anyone else’s, for that matter – which pops up when I think of little old Lincoln. … Continue Reading

Towns and Villages

December 1, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Be the first to comment
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LINCOLN by Anne Tiffany

The weather at the end of October almost turned the fourth annual pumpkin decorating contest into a chance to design a snowman. Nevertheless, there were twelve participants and their pictures can be seen on our new website: www.lincolncommunityleague.org. The top winners were Mike Rohrer for Most Traditional; Phillip Bennett for the Funniest; Alex Dukes for the Scariest; Alex Lyons for the Most Original; and Lego White for the Overall Most Wonderful. The Lincoln Community League wishes to thank Warren Watt and his wife, Ann for organizing this event; and thank you to Mike and Lilian Rohrer for lining the Lincoln sidewalks with luminaries for the Halloween trick or treaters. … Continue Reading

Towns and Villages – November

November 1, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Be the first to comment
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Waterford’s Ed Good is out of the country this month, and so is his column! Look for Ed in December.

Lincoln by Ann Tiffany

The Lincoln Community League wishes to thank Ard Geller and his son-in-law, Michael Pawlak, for putting together our new website. You may view this at any time by going to www.lincolncommunityleague.org. The LCL also want to thank Ard and Michael for all their hard work in providing our bulletins/posters for our upcoming events. … Continue Reading

September’s Towns and Villages

August 30, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns, Uncategorized Be the first to comment
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Bluegrass and Barbeque at the Waterford Fair: Mike Marshall, Seldom Scene, and Patent Pending

One of the many attractions of the Waterford Fair is the music fair-goers enjoy throughout the Village of Waterford. Included in the price of admission is a wide variety of music groups who perform on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 7, 8, and 9. This year, fair-goers are in for some special treats. … Continue Reading

August Towns and Villages

August 2, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Be the first to comment
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Lincoln by Anne Tiffany

Lincoln’s Fourth of July parade, picnic, and festivities were a huge success. There were 27 entries in the parade, and almost as many in the two dessert contests, for the adults as well as the kids. We consumed 140 grilled hot dogs and made short order of the Bar-B-Q beef. The kids enjoyed games, many of which included buckets and balloons of water. 2011 is an odd year so The Pink Flamingos once again brought up the rear of our parade. After several patriotic readings, we were treated, for the third year in a row, to the lively music of the Acoustic Burgoo. Many flags lined our street, and our little village looked proud and quite festive in red, white, and blue.

The Lincoln Community League wishes to thank to all of you who had anything to do with our patriotic celebration – whether you came and were part of the enthusiastic audience, or you helped coordinate the entire celebration. It was such fun because so many of us took part in the day. … Continue Reading

Towns & Villages

July 1, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Be the first to comment

HAMILTON – By Terry Moon

East and West Colonial Highway is experiencing milling and paving at night from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. through July 8. Hopefully, the sounds of diesel engines and beeping of truck as they reverse won’t cause too much lost of sleep. We can always be grateful that the paving will provide a quieter street surface when completed. Maybe VDOT will surprise us and finish early.

The Pavilion at the Hamilton Community Park maybe reserved through the town office. It is strictly first come, first serve. The date will be posted on the sign at the entrance to the park. Please plan ahead to ensure it is available when you wish to use it.

It’s wonderful to see folks out walking their dogs around town. Please remember it is your responsibility to pick up your dog’s fecal material. This is unpleasant to step in and a public health hazard. … Continue Reading

Lincoln

April 21, 2011 by Contributor News, Our Towns Be the first to comment

By Anne Tiffany

About 60 folks gathered in the Goose Creek Meeting House on Sunday afternoon, March 20 to hear Appalachian story telling and music by Mike Hayslett and his son, “Banjo Boy” Corbin. The event was put together by the Lincoln Community League. Mike told us stories that were significant of the times, starting from the Revolutionary War period to the 1930’s; while his son, 17 year old Corbin, entertained us with music, also representing those span of years.
Mike would accompany him on bones, jaw harp and jug. Mike’s stories drew many laughs from the audience, but all of us were held in awe as Corbin shared with us the progress of the banjo, tunes, and songs that were indicative of the different periods of history. (He also played the mandolin and guitar) I later asked Corbin how long he’s been playing, and he said that he took lessons for about a month when he was ten years old, but then his teacher moved. Corbin is basically self taught; he has already cut two CD’s, has won numerous awards for his competitive banjo skills, and has been on NPR radio. … Continue Reading

Springdale Owners File Suit

March 27, 2009 by Blue Ridge Leader Loudoun County Be the first to comment

March 27, 2009

The unanimous decision by the Board of Supervisors rejecting the special exception for a Montessori school at Springdale near the Village of Lincoln apparently didn’t settle the matter.

Benny and Jane Nordahl, owners of the Springdale property, are suing the county, contending that the board was swayed by pressure from neighbors.

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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

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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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