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Christmas Auction at Trinity Episcopal Church

November 2, 2013 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Christmas Auction at Trinity Episcopal Church
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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 Comments Off on LCSO Cold Case Unit Investigates Murder of Ursula Haberland

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 Comments Off on 52nd ANNUAL HUNT COUNTRY STABLE TOUR MAY 28-29
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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 Comments Off on Update on Windy Hill Cottages

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 Comments Off on Ayrshire Farm Celebrates Farm Festival

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 Comments Off on Award Winning Musicians To Perform Upperville Event
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 Comments Off on Fluke Kills Horse and Injures Fans

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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Shell Games

16 Jun 2015

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“Let me be very very clear, for us climate change is real and it’s a threat that we want to act on. We’re not aligning with skeptics.” – Ben van Beurden, chief executive officer of Royal Dutch Shell [1] “What …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Supporting a Transgender Child

1 Jul 2015

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Ask Dr. Mike – By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, My husband and I are worried because our 14-year-old daughter thinks that “he” is transgendered. It’s true that she’s always been interested in more masculine activities, and this past year …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Mount Zion Church

1 Jul 2015

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– By Tim Jon So: You’ve never given the American Civil War a great deal of thought, much less walked the grounds of Gettysburg or some of the other, major battleground sites located in our region; you may not be …

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Brandon Park

3 Jun 2015

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Considering its location – amidst the swirl of transportation axes, commercial and industrial scenery, residential neighborhoods, and the shadow of the busy downtown section of Leesburg, I was surprised to have this quiet little oasis of (mostly) green to myself …

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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

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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

Saving The Art Of Letter Writing

1 Jul 2015

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– By Samuel Moore-Sobel This year a woman in France received a letter in the mail. What made her experience unique was that the letter had been written on January 27, 1877, and was intended for her great-grandfather. Steve Insekeep, …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

Challenges for Blended Families

3 Jun 2015

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By Amy & Dan Smith The blended family has become more the norm than the exception in our society. As with most second marriages, Amy and I came into our marriage with our own children, our own careers and our …

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Student News

Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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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

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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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Woodgrove High School Senior Garner Signs With Wheaton

2 Apr 2015

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Woodgrove High School senior, Kristen Garner, has signed to swim with Wheaton College in Ilinois She is the first Woodgrove swimmer to sign with a college and will compete on Wheaton’s NCAA Division III team. “I am incredibly honored to …

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Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.

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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015

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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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Editorial

How Did We Get Here And How Do We Get Out?? A Summary Of Purcellville’s Sewer Debt And Strategic Solutions

1 Jul 2015

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– By Kwasi Fraser, Mayor of Purcellville Many of our fellow citizens are baffled by the proposed increase in our already high water and sewer rates, and not just about the increase that was proposed for the Fiscal Year 2016 but also about the proposed increases over the next nine years. This quote from one of our citizens to a …

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Lifestyle

Kicking Off Farm To Fork With Music

1 Jul 2015

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Kicking off this year’s Farm-to-Fork Loudoun project is the second annual Farm, Fork & Art, with music added: a special concert from home grown, award winning folk and Americana singer-songwriter Andrew McKnight. Farm, Fork, Art & Music begins at 6 p.m. sharp at the unique Trinity House Cafe located at 101 E. Market St. in Leesburg on Wednesday, July 22, …

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Two Kitchen Cousins Present … Plate To Tempt, Plate To Tease

1 Jul 2015

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– By Lisa Wasson And Andrea Gaines Plating pulls a dish together, using color for visual appeal, showcasing ingredients and revealing the flavors and textures to be enjoyed. It isn’t so much about making something look pretty as it is about making it look appetizing. Here are the basics of good plating, along with some great examples. Good plating … …

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Relaxation In Horse Country’s Finest

1 Jul 2015

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– By Hannah Hager When temperatures hit the top of the thermometer there’s not much more to do than relax in the shade while sipping a cold glass of iced tea. This home is the perfect haven for escaping the humidity as it’s covered by mature trees that create a private cocoon. Before you start thinking that shade means no …

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Wild Loudoun

Ancient Oaks – The Great Providers

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines She feeds the birds. She shelters the mammal. She cools the air, provides us with shade and conserves the water and soil. She is the mighty old oak, an ecosystem unto herself. All except the smallest living things function as an ecosystem of sorts – whether harboring the bacteria and microscopic plants that break down organic …

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Around Virginia

Governor Signs Senator Black’s Campus Sexual Assault Bill

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On Thursday, May 28, Sen. Richard Black traveled to Richmond for the bill signing ceremony of his bill, Senate Bill 712, the Campus Sexual Assault Bill. Black’s law will change the way that Virginia’s colleges and universities handle sexual assault cases.  “When I heard about the Hannah Graham case, I …

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McAuliffe Announces Movie To Film in Virginia

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia has been selected as the filming location for “Loving,” a motion picture based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a Virginia married couple who, in 1958, were arrested for violating a state law at the time prohibiting interracial marriage. The couple …

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Bipartisan Legislation Hopes To Reduce Wasteful Spending

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U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Rand Paul (R-KY) have teamed up on a bipartisan proposal to empower federal workers to identify and cut down on unnecessary federal spending. The Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act of 2015 would build on existing law by expanding a program that allows U.S. government …

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Sports

Upper Loudoun Little League Pre-Game Ceremony

1 Jul 2015

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– By Carri Michon The Majors championship game for Upper Loudoun Little League dawned with prospects of stormy weather. Nonetheless, a nice crowd assembled for the pre-game ceremonies in the light rain. Following the announcment of the AL Royals and the NL Pirates teams, the ULLL Hometown Heroes scholarship given …

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WLVBC Ignite Takes 2nd at Tournament

13 May 2015

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Western Loudoun Volleyball Club U15 Team Ignite placed second at the NVVA 15’s Spring Fling Volleyball Tournament on Sunday, May 10 at Belmont Ridge Middle School in Leesburg. Ignite met the host team, NVVA 15 Fairfax Black, in the finals. “I’m proud of each player for pushing hard through 10 …

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015

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– 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

Locks Of Hope Easy, Helpful

1 Jul 2015

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– By Mary Rose Lunde I’m not the first one who has written about and done what I am about to describe, and I hope I’m not the last. It’s not an action that seems heroic, but it does make a difference. The best part is that no one is …

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Sarah's Closet

Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015

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– 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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Letters

Independence Won – Much Left To Be Done

1 Jul 2015

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With graduations behind us and summer vacations ahead, we have much to look forward to. My summer will be full of events and opportunities to …

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Reflections for Father’s Day, a Child’s Constitutional Rights

15 Jun 2015

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I’ve been a licensed attorney and a father since the late 80’s. Yet, I wonder about how many of our country’s legal theories – theories …

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Minimum Wage: A Wrench in the Gears

3 Jun 2015

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By Delegate Dave LaRock You may have read in the news recently that the second-largest city in the United States, Los Angeles, voted to raise …

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