The Blue Ridge Leader

The Blue Ridge Leader Local, family owned newspaper in western Loudoun County, Virginia

Family owned and locally staffed, The Blue Ridge Leader & Loudoun Today is a monthly tabloid newspaper and daily online news source serving western Loudoun County, Virginia since 1984. The Blue Ridge Leader is western Loudoun’s oldest dedicated newspaper.

Eastern Monarch Population Numbers Decrease 53% from Last Year | The Monarch Joint Venture
03/18/2020
Eastern Monarch Population Numbers Decrease 53% from Last Year | The Monarch Joint Venture

Eastern Monarch Population Numbers Decrease 53% from Last Year | The Monarch Joint Venture

The Monarch Joint Venture is a partnership of federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, and academic programs that are working together to support and coordinate efforts to protect the monarch butterfly migration across the lower 48 United States.

Loudoun County Government
03/17/2020

Loudoun County Government

The #Loudoun County Tourism Grant application for Fiscal Year 2021 is online. The deadline to apply is April 15, 2020. loudoun.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=5590

Loudoun County Government
03/17/2020

Loudoun County Government

The #Loudoun County Board of Supervisors holds a business meeting tonight, Tuesday, March 17, 2020,beginning at 5:00 p.m. The meeting will be televised on Comcast Government Channel 23, Open Band Channel 40 and Verizon FiOS Channel 40. You can also watch at loudoun.gov/webcast.

Loudoun County Government
03/17/2020

Loudoun County Government

The first #Loudoun County household hazardous waste collection event of 2020 is set for March 21 in Leesburg. The event format supports social distancing measures that help mitigate the impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Details here: loudoun.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=5599

Loudoun County Government
03/17/2020

Loudoun County Government

#Loudoun County is canceling the Route 15 South public meetings originally scheduled for March 25 and 28, 2020. Details here: loudoun.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=5601

Loudoun Free Clinic
03/17/2020

Loudoun Free Clinic

Mental Health Monday - Worry over the COVID-19 pandemic is causing anxiety and panic for many individuals. Check out this CDC article for how to manage stress surrounding this serious disease outbreak. Self-care is key!

http://ow.ly/JcCH50yMnED

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary
03/16/2020
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary

CDC is responding to the novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. See information on source, spread, risk assessment and the latest U.S. updates.

03/15/2020
Governor of Virginia

Governor of Virginia

I'm joining our public health officials to provide Virginians with the latest updates on COVID-19 in our Commonwealth.

03/15/2020
Governor of Virginia

Governor of Virginia

I'm joining our public health officials to provide Virginians with the latest updates on COVID-19 in our Commonwealth.

03/15/2020
Tony Buffington, Blue Ridge Supervisor for Loudoun

Tony Buffington, Blue Ridge Supervisor for Loudoun

Restaurants, Breweries, etc.

Last night I heard from a few of these small businesses in western Loudoun regarding a rumor that the County may require them to shut down.

The answer is NO. The County does not even have authority to do this as our authority comes from the state, and the state has not granted this authority to localities.

Therefore, any decision to do so would come from the state or federal level.

This morning, I’m told that at least one television news channel has reported that some states are considering closure of these types of businesses based on the specific circumstances in their states.

Currently I’m unaware of any indication from our state that Virginia is getting ready to do this. However, it is likely, that the state is considering this and similar future actions, should our state’s condition worsen to the point that this becomes a necessary life safety action.

Bottom line - no matter what happens, we’re all in this together, and together we will put it behind us.

03/14/2020
Purcellville Cannons

Purcellville Cannons

2020 Cannons Outfielder Pedro Martinez Jr. of @Nova Southeastern University gets his First Career Hit in his First Career At-Bat. Congrats on the RBI, we look forward to seeing more of this in Purcellville this summer.
#Cannons #VBL #Purcellville #ValleyBaseballLeague

Loudoun County, VA
03/14/2020
Loudoun County, VA

Loudoun County, VA

Loudoun County Announces Third ‘Presumptive Positive’ Case of COVID-19

03/14/2020
Purcellville Cannons

Purcellville Cannons

2020 Cannons Outfielder Pedro Martinez Jr. of @Nova Southeastern University gets his First Career Hit in his First Career At-Bat. Congrats on the RBI, we look forward to seeing more of this in Purcellville this summer.
#Cannons #VBL #Purcellville #ValleyBaseballLeague

03/14/2020

The Blue Ridge Leader's Carver Center Candidate Forum has been RESCHEDULED for Thursday, April 16 at 6 to 9 p.m.

We'll be posting a formal events notice on Facebook when everything is in order.

We hope everyone is safe, secure and healthy.

Take care!

Southern States Purcellville Poultry Page
03/14/2020

Southern States Purcellville Poultry Page

Oh my, everyone just about flew out the door today. I have a handful of gorgeous little Buff Minorca chicks left...these are pullets, and they will lay about 120 extra extra large white eggs a year. Plus they are totally glam!

We're expecting more chicks on Monday - Ameraucanas, Welsummers, New Hampshires, and Black Laced Red Wyandottes. On Thursday we're hoping for White Faced Black Spanish, Bielefelders, Buff Cochins, Black Cochins, and one of my alltime favorites, Mottle Javas. There have been a few schedule changes from the hatcheries and I will get the revised schedule out this weekend.

Loudoun Water
03/13/2020

Loudoun Water

"Flushable" wipes and baby wipes belong in the trash can and not in the toilet. Even if a product is labeled "flushable" that does not mean that they will break apart after being flushed as 2-ply toilet paper does.

These items can accumulate and build up in sewer pipes, which can hinder flow and even cause backups that are harmful to the environment and costly to homeowners and utilities. Next time you find yourself debating about whether to flush something other than toilet paper, simply put it into the trash can! Help keep your drains and our sewers clear of this debris: http://bit.ly/1UtJAIW

We did it! Loudoun Wildlife Purchases JK Black Oak Wildlife Sanctuary
03/12/2020
We did it! Loudoun Wildlife Purchases JK Black Oak Wildlife Sanctuary

We did it! Loudoun Wildlife Purchases JK Black Oak Wildlife Sanctuary

Dear , We are excited to share with you that we have officially closed on the purchase of JK Black Oak Wildlife Sanctuary! This marks the first time in our organization's history that we have owned property, giving us the unique opportunity to steward this globally rare wetland to pro...

Quite a few comments on our website re this recent rural landfills article ...https://blueridgeleader.com/no-county-acti...
03/12/2020
No County action on Gable Farm landfill, but state-level landfill legislation is heating up

Quite a few comments on our website re this recent rural landfills article ...

https://blueridgeleader.com/no-county-action-on-gable-farm-landfill-but-state-level-landfill-legislation-is-heating-up/#comment-1539

By Andrea Gaines Despite years of controversy, the County has taken no concrete action on the Gable Farm personal recreational field, a landfill, more than 30 feet high in some places and containin…

Southern States Purcellville Poultry Page
03/12/2020

Southern States Purcellville Poultry Page

If you can’t handle adorable, then don’t go near the store today! Cochins and Minorcas have arrived!

03/11/2020
Walking Tour to Highlight the Civil War in Loudoun County

Walking Tour to Highlight the Civil War in Loudoun County

Town of Leesburg news releases are automatically archived after 90 days. The website archive includes news releases from 2018 to the present. Older news releases can be found  on the Town's Laserfiche repository.

Loudoun County Government
03/11/2020

Loudoun County Government

#Loudoun County is preparing for the launch of the 2020 census. The census will be open March 12 - July 31, 2020. Details here: loudoun.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=5558

Loudoun County, VA
03/11/2020
Loudoun County, VA

Loudoun County, VA

County Continues to Provide Latest Information on Coronavirus Disease 2019

Franklin Park Arts Center
03/11/2020

Franklin Park Arts Center

MadCap Puppets presents: TWICE UPON A TIME
Wednesday, March 11 @ 10:00 am
(Ages 2 & up) Aiden Legend, an only child, is making funny faces into a mirror when it falls and breaks, accidentally propelling Aiden’s mirror image into the real world. Is there room in our world for two Aiden Legends? Can Aiden get the Accidental Twin back into the mirror!? A rollicking puppet adventure for the whole family!
--->Tickets: $5 Pay at Door

03/10/2020
Chair Phyllis J. Randall

Chair Phyllis J. Randall

Loudoun, we have learned that Loudoun now has our first presumptive positive of COVID-19. The person is a congregant at Christ Church, Georgetown in Washington, DC. The person is not in a high-risk group and has self-quarantined. As far as we know, they have not come in contact with high risk groups or with children. Currently, there is no plan for them to be hospitalized. There will be a press conference at the Loudoun Government Center at 1:30pm today, March 10.

A full briefing including constituent questions on COVID-19 will take place tomorrow at 5pm in the Board Room of the Government Center. I will continue to keep you informed. Thank you.

Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy
03/09/2020

Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy

ACTION ALERT: The Purcellville Town Council is having their next meeting, Tuesday, March 10th at 7pm. Currently, the Town of Purcellville is conducting maintenance (including welding) on the water tower adjacent to Loudoun Valley High School, and there is an active raven nest approximately 75 feet away.

What you can do to help:
- monitor raven behavior at the nesting site and report any changes due to ongoing work
- submit your comments to the Mayor and Town Council: https://www.purcellvilleva.gov/524/Mayor-and-Council-Members

Background: Ravens have been nesting at the water tower for 8 years. The Town is updating the communications equipment to improve cell coverage in Purcellville. The current project is already 18 months behind schedule. The Town is conscientious of the ravens, and they have scheduled more intensive work until after the nesting season. However, the ravens are currently incubating eggs on the nest. Their incubation period is 18-21 days, and young will fledge from the nest in 5-6 weeks.

Concerns: We are concerned that welding activity at the water tower will negatively impact the nesting ravens and cause them to abandon the nest. The town would like empirical evidence that their activity is disturbing their nesting before they consider further delays to the project. However, the only evidence we may see is the ravens abandoning the nest.

So, we need volunteers to monitor the nest to see if the ravens seem stressed, so work can be stopped before it's too late. Concerned citizens can contact the Purcellville Town Council ahead of, or at, the meeting tomorrow evening. While they welcome input from out of town residents, voices from Purcellville residents carry more weight.

Every year, we are notified of actions that impact nesting birds, we need to collectively stand up to let our decision makers know that we care about protecting wildlife, and our municipalities should lead by example to protect habitat and breeding wildlife.

Southern States Purcellville Poultry Page
03/09/2020

Southern States Purcellville Poultry Page

The Blue Copper Marans did not hatch, I'm sorry to say, but they sent us some Blue Jersey Giants and Black Orpingtons in their place (both straight run). We also have a very small number of Ayam Cemani that the hatchery was able to send. All breeds that we received are listed below, along with the shipment we expect on Thursday! Open till 7pm tonight!

Franklin Park Arts Center
03/09/2020

Franklin Park Arts Center

Sunday funday! We still have a few spots available for the 4:30 pm planetarium show today. Pay at door $8/person. Ages 4 and up.

Comedy Cult Coffeehouse at 6:30 pm. Doors open at 6 pm. Pay at door $8/ person.

03/09/2020
Loudoun County Animal Services

We report on the plight of these eagles in our website. What a great human, wildlife and rehabilitation story!

Link to story: https://blueridgeleader.com/?s=eagles

We were honored to be invited to the release of the bald eagle our Animal Control Officer's responded to last month. Thanks to the help of Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and passing motorists, this eagle was rescused and transported to Blue Ridge Wildlife Center for treatment for high lead levels. Thankfully, they were able to help her before any permanent damage occured.

This weekend, she was released at her found location. Thank you to everyone who helped her along the way. For more photos and information, please visit Blue Ridge Wildlife Center's page! As always, remember to enjoy our amazing wildlife from a distance and if you see an animal in need give us a call at 703-777-0406.

Chair Phyllis J. Randall
03/09/2020

Chair Phyllis J. Randall

Loudoun, as was reported a First Responder had contact with a person who was diagnosed with COVID 19. That initial person DOES NOT live in Loudoun. The contact with that person DID NOT happen in Loudoun. The First Responder immediately self quarantined, they ARE NOT symptomatic and HAVE NOT had contact with the public. We will have a full briefing on Wednesday at 5:00. In addition I, and other Supervisor are gathering your questions and sending them to the appropriate departments. The answers to all questions will be posted on the County's webpage.
Loudoun.gov/Coronavirus Page as well as various other locations. Thank you everyone.

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Purcellville, VA
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Please report on town raven nest and construction on water tower contrary to town promise to not disturb ravens nest that has eggs during nesting season. People are out now Sunday 3/7 monitoring the workers since at least 8:00 a.m. this morning. Concern ravens will abandon nest. Game warden has been contacted and the emergency town number this morning.
Trying really hard to get in touch about the concert at Franklin Park next Friday 3/6 - emails bounce :( Best way to connect? Thanks in advance!
Dear Loudoun County Residents, Please Sign This Petition to Bring Father Escalante Back to Saint Francis de Sales Parish NOW A group of wonderful Parishioners have put together an online petition that will be delivered directly to the Bishop. We are looking to have everyone sign it, to include all of your family members. Please feel free to forward it on to any other parishioners/friends. Also, please tell them to just sign the petition and hit the "Sign Petition" button. Please Do Not donate money on the second page. You can access the petition at the following link: https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/bishop-burbidge-bring-father-escalante-back-to God Bless
36th annual Fall Festival by Joshua's Hands - a jewel of an event in LoCo! FREE! https://www.facebook.com/events/184815058843653/
36th annual Fall Festival by Joshua's Hands - a jewel of an event in LoCo! FREE! https://www.facebook.com/events/184815058843653/
From protest 8/25
I wanted to inform everyone about a Mission of Remembrance over upcoming Memorial Day weekend called, Ruck to Remember. This 3 day mission has been going on over the last 6 years from Harper’s Ferry, WV to Arlington National Cemetery. Those involved are active duty, veterans, first responders, and every day ordinary citizens. The mission starts on the Appalachian Trail, winds its way to Purcellville, VA on Day 1, then onto Ashburn, VA on Day 2 via the W&OD Trail and then eventually to Arlington National Cemetery at the beginning of Day 3. There are stories of valor that are told by those rucking over the course of the 3 days. There is a full 60 mile option and also a 6 “Final Miles” option that goes around all of the memorials on the National Mall. We look forward to seeing you out there and for more information please see the web site,
I wanted to inform everyone about a Mission of Remembrance over upcoming Memorial Day weekend called, Ruck to Remember. This 3 day mission has been going on over the last 6 years from Harper’s Ferry, WV to Arlington National Cemetery. Those involved are active duty, veterans, first responders, and every day ordinary citizens. The mission starts on the Appalachian Trail, winds its way to Purcellville, VA on Day 1, then onto Ashburn, VA on Day 2 via the W&OD Trail and then eventually to Arlington National Cemetery at the beginning of Day 3. There are stories of valor that are told by those rucking over the course of the 3 days. There is a full 60 mile option and also a 6 “Final Miles” option that goes around all of the memorials on the National Mall. We look forward to seeing you out there and for more information please see the web site,
Main Street Theater has been astounding Loudoun County for five years with quality performances, becoming a celebrated, go-to source for family entertainment. We have brought you shows such as Willy Wonka, Once Upon a Mattress, Oklahoma!, and many others over the last half-decade. Each year, we also put together an original production featuring the strengths of our performers and offering a sampling of music from theater through the ages. This year, we are taking you to the Tony Awards highlighting songs from award-winning shows of yesterday and today. You won’t want to miss this musical extravaganza woven together with humor and surprises as only Main Street Theater can do. We invite you onto the Red Carpet for a show like never before. Tickets available at ShowTix4U.com February 16-18, 2018, at Franklin Park Arts Center
Only one more week to take advantage of our special offer: Want a romantic date idea for Valentine’s weekend? Main Street Theater has the ideal date night experience. “Take Two Goes to the Tonys” will take you to Broadway with musical numbers from award-winning shows spanning decades. Enjoy a variety of tunes from shows like “My Fair Lady”, “Les Misérables”, “Dear Evan Hansen”, and many more performed by your Main Street favorites woven together with fun and laughs done only the way Main Street Theater can. You can bring the whole family or make it an exclusive night for you and someone special. Get your tickets on ShowTix4U.com before January 31st for the Friday or Saturday night performance, and you can receive a long-stem rose and a cookie for your date. Just visit our page @MainStreetTheaterInc, like the page, and add a comment with your full name and the date you are attending the show to receive this special offer.
🎉 Announcing a Valentine weekend date opportunity!!! 🎉 Main Street Theater presents "Take Two Goes to the Tonys" Upon arrival at the theater, receive a long-stem rose and a cookie to share with your sweetie ❤️! Simply purchase tickets 🎫 for February 16th or 17th at ShowTix4U.com before January 31st, like 👍 our page, and leave a message with your name and which “Take Two” performance you are attending. Buy your tickets now! ShowTix4U.com