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Waterford Fair Returns for its 70th Year

September 8, 2013 by Contributor News, Our Towns Be the first to comment
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Virginia’s oldest juried crafts fair marks its 70th anniversary this year when the annual Waterford Homes Tour & Crafts Exhibit, also known as the Waterford Fair, returns on October 4, 5 and 6. The fair is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, located in the charming, historic village of Waterford.

The weekend will feature 160 renowned artisans (many nationally known) demonstrating a variety of traditional crafts. In addition there will be a variety of lively musical performances; reenactments by Colonial and Civil War era militia and cavalry; and art and photography exhibits. Fairgoers can visit some of the restored historic homes and buildings with more than 12 homes on tour (different homes open daily), and can also walk through Civil War and Quaker cemeteries. On Friday, a special reenactment of a day in an 1880s classroom will take place in Waterford’s original, one-room schoolhouse. Check the website for specific homes on tour, the entertainment schedule and other activities (www.waterfordfoundation.org). … Continue Reading

Waterford Homes Tour & Crafts Exhibit To Be Held October 5-7

August 26, 2012 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

One-hundred fifty-five artisans demonstrating techniques of traditional craftsmanship; one of a kind tour of preserved homes and buildings, Civil War and Quaker cemeteries; reenactment of a day in an 1880 classroom in a one-room schoolhouse on Friday, October 5. Three floors of juried handcrafts for sale in a restored brick mill; vintage barns will act as galleries for different art pieces. The Country Store will offer homemade baked goods, tote bags, candles and ornaments; continuous traditional music and dance, Colonial era militia encampments, marching fife and drum corps, Civil War re-enactors including cavalry with skirmishes and lots of activities for children throughout the weekend. Enjoy a Wine Garden featuring eight fine Loudoun wineries. Sunday, October 7, come out to enjoy lively bluegrass music from The Seldom Scene.

Commemoration of Founding of Independent Loudoun Virginia Rangers

June 5, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the formation of the Independent Loudoun Virginia Rangers, the Waterford Foundation is co-sponsoring with the Lovettsville Historical Society and two Union Veterans’ groups a Reunion of Ranger descendants on June 23. The Waterford portion of this event is free and open to the public.
The Independent Loudoun Virginia Rangers were the only organized cavalry command from present-day Virginia to fight with the United States Army during the Civil War. This event will honor their formation on June 20, 1862, when Waterford miller Samuel Means began mustering in his command on Waterford’s main street.

Festivities will begin with registration at the Waterford Old School between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. Attendees will be able to mingle with mounted Loudoun Ranger re-enactors who will perform cavalry demonstrations. Local historians Taylor Chamberlin and John and Bronwen Souders will be available to sign their books about the Civil War in Waterford and its surroundings. There will be a guided tour of Civil War sites in the village to include the Sam Means House and the Union cemeteries. … Continue Reading

Mystery Solved! Loudoun Farms Dairy Bottle: An Update

May 2, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Uncategorized, What's That Be the first to comment
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Well, the mystery is a mystery no more. After sifting through e-mails and phone calls, we now know from whence the elusive milk bottle stamped “Loudoun Farms Dairy” (our March What’s That! puzzler) originated …

An e-mail from Gene Schneider, son of a former milk deliveryman; and a phone conversation with Kathleen McDaniel Beaver from Purcellville, laid this story to rest.

The Loudoun Farms Dairy was the name of Kathleen’s father’s creamery business in Purcellville, which dates to the 1940’s and 50’s. … Continue Reading

Waterford Native Receives National Award from Marine Corps Heritage Foundation

March 29, 2012 by Contributor Lifestyle, People Be the first to comment

Marshal Ivan Kander, who grew up in Waterford, and currently resides in Silver Spring, Md., has been named the recipient of the 2012 Sergeant William Genaust Award, given for a documentary and short subject (40 minutes or less) dealing creatively with U.S. Marine Corps heritage or Marine Corps life. The award will be presented at the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s Annual Awards Ceremony April 21, 2012 at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Va. Kander is being honored for “Survive. Recover. Live.,” which documents the recovery process of his friend Rob Jones, who lost his legs in Afghanistan. … Continue Reading

Waterford Foundation Wins “Nonprofit of the Year” Award from Loudoun Chamber of Commerce

November 7, 2011 by Contributor Business, News Be the first to comment
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The Waterford Foundation received the prestigious Nonprofit of the Year Award this month by the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce. This award was added to the Chamber’s Small Business Award Program three years ago in recognition not only of the vital role that Loudoun’s nonprofits play in the economy of our community, but to honor the very real entrepreneurial talents of the professional staff and volunteer leadership that are driving these organizations. … Continue Reading

“Furniture-Making in Lovettsville and Waterford”

November 1, 2011 by Contributor Lifestyle, People Be the first to comment

Dr. Fred C. Johnson, the acknowledged expert on Loudoun County’s rich heritage of local furniture-making, will be the next featured speaker in the Lovettsville Historical Society’s lecture series, on Sunday, November 13, at 2:00 p.m., at St. James United Church of Christ.

Dr. Johnson’s 2003 book, Nineteenth Century Loudoun County, Virginia Chair Manufacturing, grew out of his long-time passion for 19th century furniture, and it is the definitive guide to identifying local chairs, rockers, and other types of furniture that were made locally a hundred or more years ago. … Continue Reading

September’s Towns and Villages

August 30, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns, Uncategorized Be the first to comment
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Bluegrass and Barbeque at the Waterford Fair: Mike Marshall, Seldom Scene, and Patent Pending

One of the many attractions of the Waterford Fair is the music fair-goers enjoy throughout the Village of Waterford. Included in the price of admission is a wide variety of music groups who perform on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 7, 8, and 9. This year, fair-goers are in for some special treats. … Continue Reading

Towns & Villages

July 1, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Be the first to comment

HAMILTON – By Terry Moon

East and West Colonial Highway is experiencing milling and paving at night from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. through July 8. Hopefully, the sounds of diesel engines and beeping of truck as they reverse won’t cause too much lost of sleep. We can always be grateful that the paving will provide a quieter street surface when completed. Maybe VDOT will surprise us and finish early.

The Pavilion at the Hamilton Community Park maybe reserved through the town office. It is strictly first come, first serve. The date will be posted on the sign at the entrance to the park. Please plan ahead to ensure it is available when you wish to use it.

It’s wonderful to see folks out walking their dogs around town. Please remember it is your responsibility to pick up your dog’s fecal material. This is unpleasant to step in and a public health hazard. … Continue Reading

Civil War Day in Historic Waterford

May 9, 2011 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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Enjoy a day of Civil War history in a Unionist Town in Confederate Virginia on May 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Color Guard provided by Loudoun Rangers Cavalry Re-enactors and Sons of Confederate Veterans and Sons of Union Veterans

10:00 – Dedication of Independent Loudoun Rangers historic marker at John Wesley Community Church

11:00 – Dedication of “Waterford: Unionist Stronghold” Civil War Trails sign at Waterford Baptist Church … Continue Reading

Waterford Old School Construction to Begin July 1

April 26, 2011 by Contributor News, Our Towns Be the first to comment

The Waterford Foundation announced today that construction will begin on July 1, 2011 on the new Waterford Old School auditorium.

“None of us who stood in the yard of the Old School on that cold January day in 2007 will ever forget the sight of the fire that damaged the Old School and destroyed the auditorium,” said Bonnie Getty, president of the Waterford Foundation. “It has been a long four years of fundraising and planning, but I am thrilled to announce that last night the Board of Directors voted unanimously to move forward with the rebuilding of the Old School auditorium.” … Continue Reading

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April 21, 2011 by Contributor News, Our Towns Be the first to comment

By Ed Good, President, Waterford Citizens’ Association
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Fire! Fire!

The screams cascaded through the Village of Waterford on January 25, 2007. Four years ago, we lost a big piece of ourselves: The auditorium of the Waterford Old School burned to the ground. Firefighters from nearly a dozen fire companies from across Loudoun County, Brunswick and Frederick, Maryland, and Mount Weather in Virginia made a strategic decision: let the auditorium burn; it was beyond salvation; instead, play defense and save the classroom building.

The strategy worked. The Old School was saved; the auditorium was reduced to ashes. … Continue Reading

New playground for Waterford Elementary

April 10, 2009 by Blue Ridge Leader Business, Schools Be the first to comment

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Under sunlit skies, the students of Waterford Elementary (WES) officially dedicated their new playground in a festive ribbon cutting ceremony last week. Members of the Waterford community turned out in full force to celebrate the happy and long-awaited occasion. Fundraising efforts for the new playground began in November 2007 with a student walk-a-thon, followed by bake sales, a silent auction, a 5K race and more. Over $50,000 was raised through the generosity of WES families, the Lovettsville-Waterford Ruritan Club, local businesses and anonymous donors. Many parents also helped with the installation of the new structure.

Under sunlit skies, the students of Waterford Elementary (WES) officially dedicated their new playground in a festive ribbon cutting ceremony last week. Members of the Waterford community turned out in full force to celebrate the happy and long-awaited occasion. Fundraising efforts for the new playground began in November 2007 with a student walk-a-thon, followed by bake sales, a silent auction, a 5K race and more. Over $50,000 was raised through the generosity of WES families, the Lovettsville-Waterford Ruritan Club, local businesses and anonymous donors. Many parents also helped with the installation of the new structure.

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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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