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Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office Determines Long Lane Fire Accidental

January 29, 2014 by Contributor News, Our Towns Be the first to comment

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office reported that the fire that destroyed a single-family home on Long Lane in Lovettsville was accident due to a crack in the clay thimble leading to the chimney flue, which allowed the fire to extend into the structure. Damages to the home, which was destroyed in the fire, resulted in estimated $550,000 damage.

At 2:40 a.m., Friday, January 24, the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call for a house fire at 38064 Long Lane in Lovettsville. Fire and rescue personnel from Lovettsville, Lucketts, Purcellville, Leesburg, Hamilton, Moorefield, with mutual aid assistance from Frederick County, Maryland responded to the scene. … Continue Reading

Lovettsville Goes Berserkle

January 7, 2014 by Contributor News, Our Towns Be the first to comment

On New Year’s Day, the Town of Lovettsville hosted the second annual Berserkle on the Squirkle. This family-friendly 5 K fun run was a quirky and unconventional event. Participants ran, jogged, danced and shuffled through the 29 laps inside the Town Square to complete the 5 K fun run. Many were dressed in funny costumes or outrageous hats; there were also quite a few decorated strollers and dogs.

Participants were asked to bring in unwanted presents that they received throughout 2013 to donate to the pool of prizes. Every lap of the race had a winner, chosen at random by Mayor Robert Zoldos, and each winner received one of the dozens of eclectic treasures from the prize pool. … Continue Reading

Sixth Annual Lovettsville Christkindlmarkt

November 16, 2013 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

The Loudoun Valley German Society is sponsoring the sixth annual Christkindlmarkt (traditional European Christmas market) on December 7 and 8 at the Lovettsville Game Protective Association at 16 S. Berlin Tpk in Lovettsville. Hours are Saturday 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Featured are five musical ensembles playing traditional German, Austrian, Celtic, and Appalachian holiday music; warm typical German Christmas market foods, sweets, Glühwein (mulled wine), local
microbrews; over 25 local artists, crafters, and vendors; and free children’s face and hair painting and German Christmas storytelling by the Harmony Middle School German Language students and two German puppet theatre presentations.

Entrance to the market is $3 for 13 and older and free for all others and is good for both days. Net proceeds benefit the local cub scout pack that the LVGS charters and other local nonprofits.

The Lovettsville Co-Op Story

September 4, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Be the first to comment

By Jeanne Carlson

The Lovettsville Cooperative Market began in a local barn on a hot August night in 2010, when 30 people gathered to discuss how to bring fresh and local foods to Lovettsville. Most who attended had despaired of the town’s prospects for attracting a chain grocery store to the future Lovettsville Town Center development. They concluded that to have a grocery store in Lovettsville, they needed to start one themselves, using the cooperative business model. About 25 people committed that night to chip in $100 each to get things started, and by January 2011 the Lovettsville Cooperative Market was incorporated.

Community surveys conducted by the co-op organizers revealed strong demand for a grocery store in Lovettsville, with about 75 percent of respondents driving a 20-mile round trip at least weekly to buy food. There was particularly strong interest in healthy, organic and local food. While recognizing that the co-op could never carry the full range of brand, size and flavor choices of a big supermarket, residents indicated their preference for quality and convenience. … Continue Reading

Lovettsville Cooperative Market at Lovettsville’s Second Annual MayFest

May 5, 2013 by Contributor News, Our Towns Be the first to comment

The Lovettsville Cooperative Market will be selling fresh, locally made strawberry shortcakes at Lovettsville’s second annual MayFest on Saturday, May 25. In addition, the Co-op will refill any water bottle for free, so bring your water bottles, have fun, and don’t worry about being thirsty if the summer heat arrives in May like it did last year.

The ingredients for the shortcakes are as fresh and local as possible. This year, traditional biscuit and pound cake slices will be provided by Sugar & Spice Bakery of Lovettsville, while A Better Choice Bakery of Brunswick will supply vegan and gluten-free options. Fresh-picked strawberries from Wegmeyer Farm, in Lincoln, will make for the perfect blend of homemade strawberry shortcakes well on their way to local fame. … Continue Reading

No Hazard Found at Lovettsville Elementary School

April 30, 2013 by Contributor News, Our Towns Be the first to comment

Around 9:00 a.m., Friday, April 26, Loudoun County Fire-Rescue received a 9-1-1 for a possible hazardous materials incident at Lovettsville Elementary School involving a package containing a powder-like substance. Staff was in the process of opening an expected package containing magazines, when a powder-like substance fell out of the package. Three individuals, who were in close proximity to the package when opened, were isolated as a precaution. The remaining staff and students were evacuated from the building and remained on premises while the hazardous materials team made entry into the facility to test and evaluate the product.

Fire-rescue personnel determined that the powder-like substance was a byproduct of shrink wrapping and no hazard was present. The occupants were allowed to return to the school around 10:30 a.m.

Let’s Play Ball

April 30, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Sports Be the first to comment

By Carri Michon

The past two glorious Saturdays have found many a family at the baseball diamond. Games have begun and with that Opening Day ceremonies for Little League baseball around our small towns here in western Loudoun. A snapshot includes:

Parades: Both Lovettsville and Hamilton had parades. Erik Rohs, a AAA Reds player said, “My favorite thing about Opening Day is riding in the parade with my team through town.” A young Hamilton T-baller, Maggie Mills, who was in the parade for the first time highlighted that she “liked riding in the truck!” That statement was seconded by her little brother, Jack, who added, “and the candy!”.

Ceremonies: Lovettsville, Hamilton, Round Hill and Purcellville all held individual Opening Ceremonies. The colors were officially presented in Lovettsville by Colonel Wesley Fox of the Young Marines and in Hamilton by the US Navy Presidential Color Guard. Around the towns, National Anthems were sung by elementary school students, a mayor’s daughter as well as by the barbershop quartet, Mint Condition, in Round Hill. Purcellville included a tribute to the late Don Rose, Sr. It was noted that there have been many instrumental people over the 53 years of Upper Loudoun Little League who have keep the league running so that the children can play the great game of baseball. … Continue Reading

St. James United Church of Christ To Host Evolution Weekend Celebration

February 2, 2013 by Contributor Events, Faith, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

St. James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville will participate in Evolution Weekend, an annual event led by clergy to oppose the undermining of science, and specifically the basic principles of evolution, in the name of religion. Organized eight years ago by The Clergy Letter Project (http://www.theclergyletterproject.org/) around the birthday of Charles Darwin,

“Evolution Weekend is an opportunity for serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science. An ongoing goal has been to elevate the quality of the discussion on this critical topic, and to show that religion and science are not adversaries. Rather, they look at the natural world from quite different perspectives and ask, and answer, different questions.” … Continue Reading

An Interview with Robert “Bobby” Zoldos II, Mayor of Lovettsville

December 5, 2012 by Tim Jon Government, News, Uncategorized Be the first to comment
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Robert J “Bobby” Zoldos II began his first term as Mayor of Lovettsville this past spring; he served four terms on Town Council prior to his current position. His day job- Firefighter for Fairfax County Fire and Rescue- has placed him on international missions of mercy to earthquake and other disaster areas- as Task Force Leader on Virginia Task Force One (commonly known as the Urban Search and Rescue Squad). Robert Zoldos has had a couple of very good mentors in public service: his father- Robert Zoldos Sr- has served as Leesburg Town Councilman (and Firefighter), and previous Lovettsville Mayor Elaine Walker- who served 20 years as Mayor and 10 years on Council.

Tim Jon: Your predecessor- Elaine Walker- led the Town for many years and certainly left her stamp on local government; what’s your vision for Lovettsville’s future- and how much of a shift in direction do you see?
Robert Zoldos II: Our vision for Lovettsville is a small-town environment while providing for more of the needs of the town. We feel those needs take place in four categories: Transportation, Economic Development, Education, and Participation in Government. We don’t believe that you will see a shift in direction as much as an increase in speed and engagement in new methods. … Continue Reading

Sunday Afternoon House Fire

November 13, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Be the first to comment

At approximately 2:30 p.m. on Sunday the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center dispatched a structure fire on Anita’s Lane in Lovettesville. Units from Lucketts, Lovettesville, Leesburg, Hamilton, Purcellville and Frederick County responded to find a single family home with active fire showing on multiple floors. Once crews confirmed there were no occupants inside, a defensive attack ensued. There are no civilian or fire department injuries being reported. Two adults are being displaced and are staying with friends. The Loudoun County Fire Marshals Office is on scene conducting their investigation. Although the house has been deemed a total loss, estimated dollar loss is unavailable.

Second Annual Equestrian Trail Ride & Carriage Drive in Lovettsville Park

October 13, 2012 by Contributor Equestrian, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

The public is invited to bring their horses and horse carriages to ride or drive in Lovettsville Community Park on Sunday, October 21. 2012. Since the park is not currently open to the public, this trail ride will provide a unique opportunity to see the park property first-hand.

The Loudoun Horse Association, along with The United States Trail Ride, Inc., have joined forces to provide a fun event with the following goals:

  • Show the location of trails and facilities planned for the park once it is developed.
  • Give participants a look at the park’s future equestrian area.
  • Both organizations are donating the net proceeds from the ride to help develop the park’s public equestrian facilities.

On-site registration opens at 8:00 a.m. The registration fee is $35. A copy of each horse’s current negative Coggins report, a signed liability waiver form and an approved helmet are required for all participants. … Continue Reading

Lovettsville Awarded $426,000 in Grant Funds for Bike Path Project

August 26, 2012 by Contributor News, Our Towns Be the first to comment

Work continues on the design and permitting of the Lovettsville Bike and Pedestrian trail to be located on the west side of Berlin Pike within the incorporated limits of Lovettsville. The Trail has been a wish list item for the Town since back in the 90’s and finally with the newest award of $426,000 in additional grant funds from the VDOT Enhancement Grants, Phase I of the Bike Path can move forward into the Right of Way acquisition phase and then construction. Phase I will extend from the Town Center south to a point where the Heritage Highlands Subdivision plans to install Bike Path along their frontage.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is administering the Bike Path project on behalf of the Town. A Public Hearing following the requirements of the grant funding was held in April of 2012, fulfilling a major milestone for the project. Once the detailed design work is completed, the project will enter into the Easement Acquisition phase in the fall of 2012 with construction expecting to occur in 2014.

September Suspense: Lincoln’s Union in Peril

July 30, 2012 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

By Dennis E. Frye, Chief Historian, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

On Sunday, August 12, the Lovettsville Historical Society’s 2012 Lecture Series will feature prominent Civil War historian Dennis Frye speaking on the grave crisis that confronted the nation in Summer and Fall of 1862, which is the subject of his latest book, September Suspense: Lincoln’s Union in Peril.

In September of 1862, Confederate General Robert E. Lee invaded Union soil, capturing Harpers Ferry and panicking entire cities, especially in western Maryland. The Confederate advance caused the North to rethink the fight, questioning whether it were better to redouble the war effort, or give up and let the South pursue its own course. As Mr. Frye puts it: “For three weeks in September, the air was electric, nerves were at the breaking point, and the whole of the North held its breath.” … Continue Reading

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Pungent Curry

9 Apr 2014


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


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


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


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), …


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

From the Farm

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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April 2014
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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"


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


April 30, 2014

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

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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


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 …



Steady and Nobull

4 Mar 2014

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Park and Ride Lots for Western Loudoun

4 Mar 2014


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 …



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

9 Apr 2014


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


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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Wolf Won’t Seek Re-election


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


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


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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Nominate Your Hometown Hero

9 Apr 2014


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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Medicaid Expansion Battle Heating Up

4 Mar 2014


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 …


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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