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Local Bar Associations Prepare for 14th Annual Thomas D. Horne Leadership in the Law Summer Camp

June 6, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Schools Comments Off on Local Bar Associations Prepare for 14th Annual Thomas D. Horne Leadership in the Law Summer Camp

The Loudoun and Fauquier County Bar Associations are gearing up for the 14th Annual Thomas D. Horne Leadership in the Law Summer Camp, hosted by the Town of Leesburg. Twenty-four rising seniors from public and private schools across Loudoun and Fauquier Counties will participate in this week-long camp that provides in-depth training in the legal system, culminating in mock trials at the Loudoun County Courthouse on Friday, June 20, 2014.
Last year, Law Camp was renamed to honor retired Loudoun County Circuit Court Judge Thomas D. Horne, who initiated the project. Students prepare all week for their mock trials, working directly with local judges, lawyers, law clerks and other legal professionals. Local sitting judges preside over the mock trials, community leaders and other volunteers serve on the juries, and local attorneys demonstrate their dramatic skills as witnesses.

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Virginia Students Continue to Outperform Peers Nationwide on SAT

September 25, 2012 by Contributor News, Schools Comments Off on Virginia Students Continue to Outperform Peers Nationwide on SAT

Participation and Performance of Commonwealth’s Ethnic Groups Also Increase

Virginia’s 2012 public school graduates outperformed their peers nationwide on the SAT college-admissions test, according to results released today by the College Board. The commonwealth’s graduating seniors achieved at higher levels than public school students nationwide on all three SAT subsections:

  • The average reading score of 508 for Virginia public school students is 17 points higher than the national average.
  • The average mathematics score of 510 for Virginia public school students is five points higher.
  • The average writing score of 492 for Virginia public school students is 11 points higher.

In addition, Virginia public school students in all ethnic groups that the College Board reports, — American Indian, Asian, African American, Hispanic and White — outperformed their peers nationwide on all three SAT subsections.

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Board of Education to Revisit ESEA Objectives

August 30, 2012 by Contributor News, Schools Comments Off on Board of Education to Revisit ESEA Objectives

Board of Education President David M. Foster said today that he will ask the board at its September 27 meeting to revisit annual measurable objectives (AMOs) for mathematics achievement that were set in July using a methodology approved by the US Department of Education (USED). The methodology was included in Virginia’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Request, which waived certain No Child Left Behind-era mandates, that was approved by USED on June 29.

“The timeline for reviewing Virginia’s request necessitated both the Board of Education and USED approving a methodology for setting annual objectives for student subgroups before results from the rigorous new mathematics Standards of Learning (SOL) tests were available,” Foster said. “Now that we know the impact of the 2011-2012 tests on the mathematics AMOs, USED, Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright, Secretary of Education Laura Fornash and I agree that the board should revisit the methodology in order to set more aggressive annual goals for raising subgroup achievement and closing achievement gaps.” … Continue Reading

Back to School Transition

August 3, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools 1 comment

By Cynthia Hayes, Ph.D

The beginning of a new school year is a challenging time for the whole family. However, a little preparation and forethought can make a word of difference in helping the shift to go smoothly and can also help children feel secure and look forward to their school year.

?Sleep schedule-The easiest way to support your child’s transition to an earlier bedtime is to make it gradual. For example, if a child’s summer bedtime is 9:30, but she needs to turn in by 8:00 on school nights, parents can help her to make the change over several weeks. The first week she could shift to 9:00, then the second week, to 8:30, and finally to 8:00. … Continue Reading

Writing Excellence at Blue Ridge Middle School

July 5, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Comments Off on Writing Excellence at Blue Ridge Middle School

Blue Ridge Middle School principal Brion Bell announced that several times this past year students have been recognized by local and national competitions and organizations for their excellence in writing.

Under the guidance of Mrs. White and Mr. Kursman, three eighth graders, Mary Callihan, Alexandra Van Zandt and Emily Baer were honored by Scholastic Writing Awards for the South Region-at-Large. Callihan won a Certificate of Merit recognizing the top 20 percent in each category, and Van Zandt received the Silver Key (top 15 percent). The highest award in regional competition is the Gold Key (top ten percent). This year, Blue Ridge has one Gold Key winner, Baer. … Continue Reading

New Lessons After Graduation

June 6, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Samuel Moore-Sobel Comments Off on New Lessons After Graduation

By last four years well.

Graduation is almost here! The day we have all been waiting for. During the beginning of June hundreds of high school seniors are graduating, moving onto college and out into the world to make an impact. I feel so blessed to have made it this far, especially since there wasn’t always a guarantee that I would.

On September. 1, 2009, I was in an accident involving sulfuric acid. I was hired for a day to help some people move furniture and boxes. We were cleaning out the shed when a box that contained a glass jar of sulfuric acid exploded, and I suffered second and third degree burns on my face and arms. … Continue Reading

Speaker for Local HS Seniors Awards Ceremony a Secret ‘Til the Last Moment

June 6, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools 1 comment
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By Andrea Gaines

Former United States Secretary of State Madeline Albright made a surprise appearance at the Woodgrove High School Senior Awards Ceremony on June 1, 2012.

Secretary Albright was exceptionally well-received at the gathering. But, the “back story” of how she came to speak at Woodgrove that day was the most interesting part of her visit. … Continue Reading

Jana Elizabeth Snelgrove of Purcellville Graduates from Clemson University

May 31, 2012 by Contributor Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Jana Elizabeth Snelgrove of Purcellville Graduates from Clemson University

Jana Elizabeth Snelgrove of Purcellville graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Arts in History. Snelgrove joined Clemson University’s largest-ever graduating class at three spring Commencement ceremonies at Littlejohn Coliseum Friday, May 11.

Lady Vikings Make it to Regional Semifinals in Lacrosse

May 29, 2012 by Contributor Sports Comments Off on Lady Vikings Make it to Regional Semifinals in Lacrosse

The Loudoun Valley Ladies’ Lacrosse team made it to the Regional semifinals, but lost to crosstown rival and Dulles District champion Woodgrove, ending their season. With one of the youngest teams in recent memory, Valley surprised everyone with a highly successful season despite only returning 8 upperclassmen from last year’s team.

In dramatic fashion, the team had earned a bid to the Regional tournament with their overtime win over Tuscarora in Dulles District competition on Wednesday, May 16. The game was about as tense and exciting as it gets as both teams struggled to move on to qualify for the next round of play. The Lady Vikings, who beat Tuscarora handily just weeks ago in the regular season, took an early lead, but had their hands full as it was apparent the Huskies would not go quietly this time around. … Continue Reading

Abhimanyu Aggarwal named Ideal Bonaventure Student at St. Bonaventure University

May 24, 2012 by Contributor Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Abhimanyu Aggarwal named Ideal Bonaventure Student at St. Bonaventure University

Abhimanyu Aggarwal of Leesburg, was named an Ideal Bonaventure Student during Commencement Weekend 2012 activities at St. Bonaventure University.

Aggarwal was recognized on Saturday, May 12, at the university’s Honors Ceremony and again Sunday, May 13, during St. Bonaventure’s 152st Commencement Exercises.

The Ideal Bonaventure Students exemplify the spirit of St. Bonaventure and the ideals of St. Francis through community service and academic excellence. They are selected by a committee that considers nominations from the campus community. … Continue Reading

Emily Swan of Purcellville Graduates from Champlain College

May 17, 2012 by Contributor Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Emily Swan of Purcellville Graduates from Champlain College

Emily Swan of Purcellville recently graduated from Champlain College. Swan received a BS degree in Applied Psychology with a possible specialization and/or minor.
Champlain College’s 134th Commencement took place at Memorial Auditorium in Burlington on Saturday, May 5. In all, 451 undergraduates and 66 graduate students earned their degrees.

Dublin scholar, Dr. Patrick Masterson delivered the Commencement address to degree candidates. Andrea Rogers, founder and former director of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, spoke in honor of the three honorary degrees that were conferred.

Champlain College President David Finney noted a long list of accomplishments that graduating students had already achieved while working, serving and playing at Champlain. “Over 50 percent of the graduating class will be starting jobs within their field of study in the next week,” he recognized, “and eleven have already created their own businesses while at Champlain.”

Teacher of the Year Named

May 6, 2012 by Contributor News, Schools Comments Off on Teacher of the Year Named

Shenandoah University will present its Teacher of the Year Award to Shannon Allen, a keyboarding teacher at Blue Ridge Middle School, at the meeting of the Loudoun County School Board on May 8, at 6:30 p.m., at the Loudoun County Public Schools Administration Building, 21000 Education Court, in Ashburn, Va. Allen will be honored for her commitment to her students and to the community. … Continue Reading

What’s New at Woodgrove

April 28, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns Comments Off on What’s New at Woodgrove

Hit the Lights! The Show is About to Start

Once Upon a Mattress, a musical comedy made famous by comedian Carol Burnett.
May 3, 4, and 5 at 7:00 p.m. and on May 6 at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets are $10
Proceeds will benefit the Theatre and Choral departments.
Watch for upcoming productions dates from Theatre Arts II, III and IV as well as a very special stand-outs senior showcase. … Continue Reading

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Sustainable Planet

Trusting Science

14 Nov 2015


“The Four Corners of Deceit: Government, academia, science, and media. Those institutions are now corrupt and exist by virtue of deceit. That’s how they promulgate themselves; it is how they prosper.” – Rush Limbaugh [1] I previously reported [2] on …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Some Thoughts on Veterans Day

13 Nov 2015


By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Veterans Day is a time to honor those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, and it is also a time to reflect and remember with gratitude. America is a free and democratic nation today, …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Phil Bolen Memorial Park

4 Nov 2015


I never knew Phil Bolen as the Loudoun County Government Administrator; I never even got to know him as Director of Parks and Recreation, and I certainly never knew Phil Bolen the teacher and coach at Loudoun Valley High School. …


Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Willisville

30 Sep 2015


You may never feel the urge to travel to this little, unincorporated community; it’s not exactly a conduit for commuter traffic, and there aren’t really any places to shop, or gas up, or procure much of anything else from a …

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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


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

Choosing To Live in the Present

4 Nov 2015


By Samuel Moore-Sobel I love a good story. I love telling stories and hearing other people’s stories. Our experiences bring meaning to our lives, and help shape us into the people we are today. Yet inherent in storytelling is the …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

Amy and Dan Smith’s Planning for Life: Trusts

4 Nov 2015


A common estate planning device is the trust. A trust is simply an agreement between two people: the person who establishes the trust, who may be called the Settlor, the Grantor or the Trustor, and the person or institution who …

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Student News

8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015


Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015


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


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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November 2015

Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Notaviva Vineyards Haunted Vineyard Tours


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Notaviva Vineyards Haunted Vineyard Tours

Red, White, & Boo!

Mrs. Lucketts’ Haunted Garden & Playground


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Notaviva Vineyards Haunted Vineyard Tours

Red, White, & Boo!

Steve Potter Live at North Gate Vineyard

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Elementary Drama Camp

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Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists – painter Karen Hutchison and glass artists David and Dale Barnes


Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event


Kipyn Martin Live at North Gate VIneyard

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The Essential Elvis Tribute Show


Christmas Bazaar

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The Capitol Steps


3rd Annual Bluemont (Juried) Holiday Craft Show

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event


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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015


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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Good Government Reinforces the Family – Another Perspective

4 Oct 2015


By Malcolm Baldwin Who can disagree with the title to Dave LaRock’s September article in the Blue Ridge Journal – “Good Government Reinforces the Family”? But sadly he largely misunderstands what government has done and ought to do for such reinforcement. Many of his prescriptions would harm families while others would forestall any improvement in family conditions. His conclusions become …



2015 Loudoun 10K Trail Race Raises over $30,000 to Support Boulder Crest Retreat and Our Nation’s Veterans

16 Nov 2015


“I continued to be humbled by our community and all they do to make Boulder Crest Retreat a success. Jim Schatz and his team at Loudoun Road Runners are amazing. This trail run is in alignment with the rural nature of Boulder Crest Retreat and we look forward to the event every year. My personal appreciation goes out to all …

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Purcellville Cross Serves as Beacon of Hope for Highway Travelers

9 Nov 2015

Crux St. Francis de Sales

By Mark Gunderman The Crux Gloria was erected and dedicated by St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church in November 1990. If you’re traveling from Leesburg on Highway 7, passing through Purcellville just west of the Berlin Turnpike exit, you can look to your right and see a majestic metal cross sculpture. Within the cross, the shape of Jesus appears to …

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Carver Center November Events

4 Nov 2015


The Carver Center is at 200 Willie Palmer Way in Purcellville. Call 571-258-3400 to sign up for the following programs. November 6, Friday Lunch and movie Still Alice 12-2 p.m. (ages 55 and up).  To sign up call 571-258-3459. November 9, Monday AARP Driver Safety Class 9 a.m. – 5:00 p.m (ages 50 and up). Pre-registration required. AARP members $15, …

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Wild Loudoun

Wild Loudoun: of Chipmunks and Chestnuts

4 Nov 2015


Chipmunks are small, beautifully elegant little creatures, with large glossy eyes, a sleek brown body, a short, pointy head, dainty white stripes above and below the eye, and a series of black land white lines down their sturdy little backs. They have a very sweet posture – sitting upright and holding food with their two perfectly formed front feet, while …

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Around Virginia

Comstock Speaks on Syrian Refugees


Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (VA-10) released the following statement on the current terrorist attacks in Paris: “After September 11, 2001, we tragically learned that al Qaeda was at war with us, but we weren’t at war with them. Again, with the recent murderous terrorist attacks in Paris, we have learned that …

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Tourism Revenues Topped $22.4 billion in 2014


Statewide data shows increase of 4.1 percent compared to 2013 Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia’s tourism revenues topped $22.4 billion in 2014, a 4.1 percent increase over 2013. In 2014, tourism in Virginia supported 216,949 jobs, an increase of nearly 700 jobs to the previously reported forecast estimate of …

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Good Government Reinforces the Family


By Delegate Dave LaRock Working as the elected Delegate for the 33rd House District has renewed my understanding of the value of a strong family. After decades of raising my family of mom, dad, and seven children and building my family’s business, which provided countless opportunities for mom, dad and …

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Funding Sought for Scholarship for Loudon Students Participating in Youth Sports

4 Nov 2015


The Don Rose, Sr. Youth Scholarship Fund is seeking financial support to provide scholarships at college, technical or trade school. Applicants from public, private, and home schools are eligible to receive the scholarship, provided they participated in youth sports within Loudoun County. The fund aims to award two $500 scholarships …

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Leesburg Ladies Tennis Team Wins State Tournament

4 Nov 2015


Ida Lee Park Tennis Center’s Ladies Singles 2.5 Team, Simply Smashing, won the USTA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship tournament, held October 16-18, at the Virginia Beach Tennis and Country Club. Simply Smashing members include team captain Beth Cioni, Debbie DeLadurantaye, Jennifer Fox, Robin Haast, Holly McMullen and Deja O’Malley. They train …

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015


– 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

Behind Closed Doors

4 Nov 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde It’s sad to say that the norm now is to wonder about the next school shooting. For a student it is the most terrifying thing, the next shooter could come at any moment, and any day could be the day that you die. It could be …

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Sarah's Closet

Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015


– 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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Thank You for Another Successful Halloween Block Party

4 Nov 2015


The 5th annual Purcellville Halloween Block Party was the best attended to date with an estimated 6,000 descending on 21st street in Old Town this past Friday evening. Costume …

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Ethics in Campaigning and Voting

1 Nov 2015


My Dad used to say it’s what you do when nobody is watching that counts. Over 80 percent of my “zoning permitted” and “land owner …

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$17 Dollar Tolls-Ouch!

27 Oct 2015


Recently Gov. McAuliffe proposed $17 round trip tolls on I-66 inside the beltway with Chuck Hedges the Democrat nominee for the HOD 33rd district being …

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