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Thanks To the Purcellville Community

March 4, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Be the first to comment
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As president of the Loudoun Valley Service Initiative (LVSI, formerly known as the Key Club), a service-oriented club at Loudoun Valley High School, I would like to thank the Purcellville community for a tremendously successful “Hygiene Drive.” In the month of January we conducted the drive and collected hygiene products for the needy in the community. We then gave the products to a liaison that works at the school for distribution. Thank you again, Purcellville.

Rob Fairfax
Purcellville

Lady Vikings Give Back

February 10, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Sports Be the first to comment

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 season. One Community, One Cause. The Lady Vikings beat the Wolverines 48-42.

Photo: Lady Vikings and their honorees.

An Evening of Folk and Fairy Tales

December 3, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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Presented By The Loudoun Valley High School Drama Department

The Loudoun Valley High School Drama Department will present an evening of folk and fairy tales on December 6 and 7 at 7:00 p.m. and December 8 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $7 and will be sold at the door.

Loudoun Valley’s production, titled “The Crane Wife & Other Tales,” includes three tales familiar to audiences worldwide. “The Crane Wife,” by Barbara Carlisle and directed by Loudoun Valley’s new Director of Theater, Russ Staggs, is the story of a young farmer in a small Japanese village who saves a beautiful crane from death and is rewarded with a beautiful bride. When the young farmer discovers his new wife’s ability to weave otherworldly cloth to sell at market, his greed overtakes him. Too late, the young farmer learns his wife’s true identity and the secret of her weaving…and loses everything he holds dear. This Japanese tale is followed by two of the Grimm Brother’s most famous stories: “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Rumplestiltskin,” adapted by Laura Agudelo and directed by LVHS seniors Amanda Barr and Emily Jackson, respectively. All three stories incorporate direction, costumes, and design influenced by the Kabuki theatre of Japan.

This production is a fun-filled evening for the whole family. Each production will take place in the Loudoun Valley High School Auditorium, and tickets will be sold at the door. Please call Russ Staggs at 540-751-2400 for further information.

LCPS Retains Attorney To Investigate Bullying By Principal

November 6, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Be the first to comment
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In late October, the Loudoun Education Association, representing 3,400 school employees, requested that the Loudoun County Public School system investigate allegations that Loudoun Valley High School’s principal had bullied teachers and pressured them to inflate grades. A group of more than 300 LVHS parents have joined a FaceBook page discussing the issue.

The principal in question, Sue Ross, indirectly addressed the issue during an announcement at LVHS. Ross was hired as principal at the school eight years ago.

LVHS Parent Teacher Organization President Karen Dillon is organizing a meeting anticipated to occur during the week of November 4, indicating on the group’s FaceBook page that the “ invitation will be extended to LVHS administration, all teachers, all parents and any children who would like to come. This meeting is not to answer all kinds of questions, it is to get information regarding the investigation.” … Continue Reading

BBQ Fundraiser Kicks off Cross-Country Bike Trip by Paralympian

July 18, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Be the first to comment
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During his 2012 deployment to Afghanistan, Marine combat engineer Rob Jones was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED), resulting in double above-knee amputations of both his legs.

On Monday, July 8, Rob and his partner, Oksana Masters, won the U.S. Para-Rowing Championships in Princeton, NJ, qualifying them to represent the USA at the World Championships in South Korea this August.

And this November, Rob will be embarking on a cross-country bicycle trip from Maine to Southern California to raise awareness and money for some of the charities that aided him in his recovery. … Continue Reading

Valley Students Teach D.C. Students about Nature on the Chapman DeMary Trail

June 15, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Loudoun County, News Be the first to comment
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More than 100 sixth graders from Charles Hart Middle School in Washington, D.C. connected with nature during a field trip to the Chapman DeMary Trail in Purcellville, Virginia on Tuesday, May 21. The field trip was sponsored by environmental nonprofit The Nature Generation and led by 20 juniors and seniors from Loudoun Valley High School (LVHS), along with LVHS teacher Liam McGranaghan and naturalist John DeMary. The sixth graders participated in hands-on activities to learn about trees on the trail, how to be quiet to experience all that nature has to offer, and the concept of Leave No Trace.

“It was magical to see the interaction between the high school student stewards and the middle school students. The high school students really got the younger ones engaged in learning about nature and enjoying their time on the trail,” said Amy Marasco Newton, founder and president of The Nature Generation, an organization dedicated to inspiring environmental stewards. … Continue Reading

Lady Vikings Advance to State Lacrosse Tourney

June 7, 2013 by Contributor Sports Be the first to comment
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Capping an impressive run in their final year in the Dulles District, the Lady Vikings have earned the right to compete for the state title. Despite their heartbreaking 11-10 loss in the Region II final Friday night to crosstown rival Woodgrove, both teams will advance to face the champions and runners up of the other three state regions in an eight team single elimination playoff at Westfield High School.

As the runners up of the dominant Dulles District, the Lady Vikings were heavily favored to win their first two rounds against Loudoun County and Kettle Run. They delivered as promised Monday night, May 20th against County, doubling up the Raiders 20-10 and putting away Kettle Run two days later 19-8 to qualify for the state tourney and play for the Region II title. … Continue Reading

Lady Viking Laxers on Five Game Win Streak

May 1, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Sports Be the first to comment
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By Mac Shuford

The Loudoun Valley Lady Vikings Lacrosse team moved to 10-2 on the season with wins over John Champe (22-1) and Dominion (23-5) and three win earlier: Monday, April 15 over Potomac Falls (14-7), April 17 over Kettle Run (17-10), and April 18 over Briar Woods (16-7).

The young John Champe team was no match for the Lady Vikings on Monday as they cruised to an easy victory. Sophomore Samantha Mendiguren led all scorers with four goals while juniors Corley Simons and Anna Munford added three each. On Thursday, the Titans of Dominion proved more challenging, but not by much as Valley won easily 23-5. Junior captain Ashlyn DiLoreto led all scorers with four goals and three assists while sophomore Maya Ebrahimnejad tossed in four and juniors Courtney Schollian and Megan Williamson added three goals apiece and two assists. Haley Shuford was impressive in goal stopping six. … Continue Reading

Two Local Students Compete in High School Alpine Ski Racing Championships?

April 3, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Sports Be the first to comment
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The Eastern High School Ski Championships (EHSC) were held at Cannon Mountain in New Hampshire from March 8 to 10. Loudoun Valley High School Sophomore Andrew McAlister and Tuscarora Sophomore Sarah Wyly are members of the Southern Alpine Racing Association (SARA) high school championship race team, which is made up of high school students from Virginia and West Virginia. The competition is an annual event that highlights the end of the ski season with competitive racing against the top high school skiers in the East, and is the only race of its kind in the United States.

Sarah Wyly trains and races for the Wintergreen Resort Race Team while Andrew McAlister trains and races for the Bryce Resort Race Team. This year’s SARA race team was comprised of seven girls and six boys. The SARA racers competed against 10 teams from the Mid-Atlantic, the Northeast as well as a Wisconsin team. Most racers were high school juniors and seniors. The SARA Team had three juniors and one senior. The team was coached by Wintergreen Race Team coaches Paul Given and Robert Sandy. … Continue Reading

Read Across America Comes to Culbert Elementary

March 6, 2013 by Contributor News, Schools Be the first to comment
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Every year, Culbert Elementary celebrates reading in a big way. The students began the Read Across America Week with a fabulous assembly and a reading challenge. Many community members visited Kenneth Culbert, participated in the assembly and read to students after the assembly. The Loudoun Valley Girls’ Basketball Team helped open the assembly, and School Board Vice Chairwoman Jill Turgeon lead in reading the oath. The challenge this year is for students to read a total of 100 minutes during the week. If they meet that goal, a check to the American Cancer Society will be written for $510 ($1 for each student) on behalf of Culbert Elementary. This year, Read Across America challenge is linked directly to the Mini Relay for Life which will begin on that Friday, March 8, at Culbert Elementary right after school.

The Read Across America Event was very successful and full of lots of smiling faces.

Loudoun Valley Students Accepted at Coastal Carolina University

November 30, 2012 by Contributor Lifestyle, People Be the first to comment
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The following Loudoun Valley high school students have been accepted at Coastal Carolina University for the Fall 2013 semester.

Steffanie May plans to major in Elementary Education.

Connor Chiles plans to major in Marine Science.

Morgan Hammer plans to major in Psychology.

Loudoun Valley Veterans Club to Hold Especially Meaningful Celebration

November 7, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Be the first to comment
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By Andrea Gaines

Veteran’s Day celebrations take many forms, from the quiet graveside service to the marching bands and potluck dinners. This Veteran’s Day, which the nation will celebrate on Friday, November 9 will be marked in an especially significant way by the Loudoun Valley High School (LVHS) Veterans Club as the school welcomes guest speaker and 2003 LVHS graduate Sgt. Rob Jones. A veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Jones lost the lower half of both legs as he was trying to disarm an IED (improvised explosive device) in 2010. Crushed but not broken, Jones went on to win a gold medal in the 2012 London Paralympics with rowing partner Oksana Master, an orphan from Ukraine who was brought to the United States in 1997. … Continue Reading

Vikings Through the Decades

October 21, 2012 by Contributor Schools Be the first to comment
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To celebrate Loudoun Valley High School’s 50th Anniversary, “Vikings Through the Decades” has been published and is currently available to students, parents, faculty and staff, the community and alumni.

The 28-page color booklet covers major school events throughout the school’s history and includes remarks by coaches on the school’s state championship teams, a listing of the school’s principals and their tenures, community and school ties and so much more.

An outcome of The Senior Project, an initiative in the 2011-2012 school year, the booklet was produced primarily by 2012 graduates Kristina Anderson and Chloe Spillane, who were also the 2012 yearbook editors. In the winter they planned the publication and its design, while sorting through materials saved over the years.
After the completion of Advanced Placement exams in May, they worked full-time the two and half weeks prior to graduation interviewing, writing and placing content. They continued their work on the project into the summer until leaving for college. In August, 2013 Saga Editor Katie Pownall picked up the project, polishing it and working on the proofs this fall. Both Anderson and Spillane are studying communications at Virginia Tech. … Continue Reading

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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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