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Christmas Auction at Trinity Episcopal Church

November 2, 2013 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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This year’s Christmas Auction will be held in Cox Hall at Trinity Episcopal Church located on Route 50 in Upperville on Sunday, December 8, at 11:30 a.m. A cocktail party and preview of the auction items will be held Friday, December 6 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the church’s many ministries to local, regional and international communities.

“This is a wonderful event that benefits our community by providing support to our neighbors who need some timely help,” says Rob Banse, Rector at Trinity Episcopal Church. Trinity’s Food Closet supplies non-perishable food items, English as a Second Language classes teach English and provide fellowship and dinner, and the Thrift Shop provides financial assistance for basic needs. The parish hall hosts weekly meetings of both Alcoholics Anonymous and Co-Dependents Anonymous, and houses The Community Music School of the Piedmont, which offers classes, programs, instruction and music therapy. Four times a year Trinity participates with the Churches of Upperville Outreach Food Basket program. The church supports the Piedmont Child Care Center by providing funds to the John Levis Scholarship Fund. … Continue Reading

LCSO Cold Case Unit Investigates Murder of Ursula Haberland

August 28, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Public Safety Be the first to comment

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Unit announced today the continuing investigation of the murder of Upperville resident Ursula Haberland.

Haberland was found murdered inside her home 11-years-ago, on Thursday, August 23, 2001. She was 81-years-old at the time of her death.

The Cold Case Unit of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance with the investigation of Haberland’s death. “Detectives with the Cold Case Unit believe that there is outstanding information which could be the key to solving this senseless act of violence,” said Loudoun Sheriff Mike Chapman. … Continue Reading

52nd ANNUAL HUNT COUNTRY STABLE TOUR MAY 28-29

May 26, 2011 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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Virginia Horse Country Open House

Estates in Virginia horse country open their gates to visitors for the 52nd annual Hunt Country Stable Tour. This unique opportunity provides a rare glimpse into horse breeding and competition in one of the most scenic regions of the country. From foals (baby horses), to jumpers to polo ponies, and even horses swimming for exercise, you’ll see how equine athletes are bred, trained, fed and cared for.

Ticket sales and a country fair are taking place at Trinity Episcopal Church, 9114 John S. Mosby Highway in Upperville on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. … Continue Reading

Update on Windy Hill Cottages

October 23, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader Our Towns Be the first to comment

The Windy Hill Foundation conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony October 16 to celebrate completion of a $644,500 renovation of 11 single-family cottages on Windy Hill Road at the western edge of Middleburg.

Participants in the ribbon cutting ceremony included Loudoun County Supervisor Jim Burton, Windy Hill Foundation Board members, officers of the Windy Hill Development Company which managed the construction project, the owner and officers of Linden Contracting who did the renovation work, cottage residents, and guests.

As a result of the project, the cottages have not only been brought up to current building codes, but also certified as “Green Buildings” by EarthCraft Virginia. In addition to new roofs, new siding, and all new energy-efficient windows, every cottage also received Energy Star® high-efficiency central heating and cooling systems and Energy Star® appliances throughout.

One third of the funding for this project ($200,000) came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Another $392,500 was contributed to the project from the Loudoun County Housing Fund and the balance, $52,000, came from Windy Hill Foundation’s local fund raising.

“With help from Loudoun County and the Stimulus Package, this renovation makes these cottages some of the most energy-efficient buildings in the County.” said Kim Hart, President of the Windy Hill Development Company.

“And the real benefit is to our low-income residents who will have their monthly energy bills cut in half,” said Hart. The cottages are a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom units. Rents range from $400 to $750 per month.

The Windy Hill Foundation mission is to provide safe, decent, and affordable housing to low and lower income families and the elderly from the surrounding Middleburg/Upperville area and to encourage self-sufficiency and independence among tenant residents. Proceeds from this event will help Family Development Committee programs including emergency rental assistance, help with medical and dental bills, computer and internet training, parenting classes, and on-site access to a trained Loudoun County social worker.

Windy Hill is a 501(c)3 organization. For more information on the Windy Hill Foundation, call 540-687-3997.

Ayrshire Farm Celebrates Farm Festival

October 6, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader Farm and garden, Loudoun County Be the first to comment

Ayrshire Farm, 21846 Trappe Road, Upperville, will be open to the public for an old-fashioned apple festival and family day on the farm on Saturday, October 16 and Sunday, October 17 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day.There is no charge for admission. All are welcome, but pets should be left at home and will not be admitted.

Ayrshire Farm is a certified organic, certified humane producer of heritage breed livestock, including Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs; Scottish Highland and White Park cattle; and Bourbon Red, Standard Bronze, and White Holland turkeys, many of which will be on display. Ayrshire Farm’s antique carriage collection will also be on display. The famous Ayrshire Farm Shire horses will be providing the “horsepower” for a rare, antique stone cider press as well as pulling the wagons for hayrides around the farm.

Children will find plenty to see and do, with a variety of children’s activities and games, including face painting, pumpkin and apple decorating. There will also be lots of baby farm animals to see.

Local apple growers will be on hand, offering tastings of apples, cider and selling their products. An apple-baking contest will be held each day for the public. Entry categories are “Best Apple Pie”, “Best Apple Dessert”, “Best Apple Savory Dessert”, and “Most Creative Use of an Apple”. To enter, email your name, address, telephone number, and email address along with your entry category to info@ayrshirefarm.com. Prizes in each category will be awarded each day and entries must be on the judges’ table by noon each day of the festival.

“October is traditionally the month when farm communities come together to celebrate the harvest. This is a great opportunity to show we are doing right here in Loudoun with certified organic, certified humane, local agriculture and our work for the preservation of traditional-breed livestock,” stated Sandy Lerner, owner of Ayrshire Farm. “We at Ayrshire Farm have been working for more than a decade to bring our farm and our community together in support of our local, family farms and to provide this community with more wholesome food, reduced food miles, and make our shared environment a healthier place to live and grow.

Farm food will be available for sale and will include Sloppy Joes, pork BBQ and hot dogs — all featuring Ayrshire Farm’s organic, humanely raised meats and other produce.

Award Winning Musicians To Perform Upperville Event

January 23, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader Behind the Scenes Be the first to comment
Hardy and  Orkis are Principal Cello and Principal Keyboard in the National Symphony Orchestra and will perform in Upperville on February 21.

Hardy and Orkis are Principal Cello and Principal Keyboard in the National Symphony Orchestra and will perform in Upperville on February 21.

Two Grammy Award-winning performers, David Hardy and Lambert Orkis, will present a classical music program at the Third Annual Candlelight Concert in Upperville on Sunday, February 21 at 4:00 p.m. Both Hardy and Orkis are members of the National Symphony Orchestra and have been performing together since 1983. The concert will feature music from Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Brahms and will be held in Buchanan Hall located at 8549 John Mosby Highway. The performance is a fundraiser for The Community Music School of the Piedmont and a special reception with the musicians will follow at the Blackthorne Inn at 10087 John Mosby Highway in Upperville.

“We are absolutely thrilled to host Mr. Hardy and Mr. Orkis for our Third Candlelight Concert. This is a wonderful opportunity to attend a world-class performance in the middle of winter right here in our back yard.” Says CMSP Executive Director, Martha Cotter.

For more information, call the Community Music School of the Piedmont at 540-592-3040 or visit www.piedmontmusic.org.

Fluke Kills Horse and Injures Fans

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

March 27, 2009

This year’s Piedmont Races at the Upperville Show Grounds ended in a way
no one could have expected.

It was no surprise that Quick Line led the field to the finish and crossed the line first: he won the Blue Ridge Races and came in second at Casanova earlier this season. But on Saturday the 13-year-old gelding suffered a ruptured aorta in the final second of the race and careened out of control as he crossed the finish line, trampling through a tailgate party.

Five spectators were injured; two were taken to Winchester Hospital, two were airlifted to Inova Fairfax Hospital, and one was treated at the scene. When the horse collapsed, jockey Noel Ryan was thrown through a fence.

Piedmont Equine Practice veterinarian Paul Diehl said that he knew the horse had suffered a heart attack as soon as it began to stagger. “He went down very quickly,” Diehl said. “I ran forty yards but he was already dead when I got there.”

Ryan and co-owner Julia Butcher were devastated by the horse’s death. They bought Quick Line in October and had recently taken him for a physical, which showed no health problems. But horses are vulnerable to sudden heart attacks just like people, according to Diehl. Ryan confirmed that last year he saw a horse drop dead playing polo.

Loudoun Fire and Rescue did not release the names of the victims, and as of this writing their condition is unknown.

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Sustainable Planet

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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