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.

Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy
05/13/2019

Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy

The weather held out and we had a great time today at 2 locations in Waterford

Loudoun Free Clinic
05/13/2019

Loudoun Free Clinic

Mental Health Monday - Remember, new beginnings sometimes arise from painful endings. Breathe deep through the pain and have hope! #hope

The 2019 Loudoun Spring Farm Tour on May 18-19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.33 farms and 63 craft beverage producers will welc...
05/13/2019

The 2019 Loudoun Spring Farm Tour on May 18-19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

33 farms and 63 craft beverage producers will welcome you with open arms – don't miss it!

Bring some color to your life next weekend! Craft projects, local art displays, and Dragon Hops Brewing craft beer and food will all be at the #SunnyHillFarm! Just the excuse you've been looking for to get you and the kiddos out of the house and on to the Loudoun Spring Farm Tour.

May 18th & 19th from 10AM - 4PM. Don't miss it!🍻🎨

Hillsboro Charter Academy
05/10/2019

Hillsboro Charter Academy

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Check out our Wacky Tacky scholars and Wacky Tacky teachers. Make sure to click the video in the comments section. Ms. Schafer challenged her students to get creative with her alter-ego “Ms. Tacky!”

Loudoun Free Clinic
05/10/2019

Loudoun Free Clinic

Jorge Carrasco, LPN has been on staff at Loudoun Free Clinic over 10 years, providing top notch healthcare to our patients. We couldn't do it without you, Jorge! #rockstar #nurseappreciation

Purcellville Cannons
05/10/2019

Purcellville Cannons

Do you follow us on Instagram? Our handle is @purcellville.cannons ⚾️ This picture is from our insta-story today 😄

The 10th new person to follow us will win one free game day ticket to pick up at will call! What’re you waiting for? GO FOLLOW!

We broke this story ...
05/10/2019
Letter: Thomas L. Blackburn, Audubon Society Northern Virginia

We broke this story ...

Editor: The Audubon Society of Northern Virginia adds its voice to the chorus of organizations and private citizens who are concerned about Loudoun County’s failure to adequately regulate private landfills in the county. The mission of ASNV’s 4,500 members is to conserve and restore natural ecos...

05/10/2019
Leesburg Car Show

Leesburg Car Show

Reminder that tomorrow (Thursday) is the last day to pre-register and pay online.

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05/06/2019

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Loudoun County Animal Services
05/02/2019

Loudoun County Animal Services

Happy Wildlife Wednesday! Raccoons, trash pandas, Procyon lotor - regardless of what name you want to use we are sure you have seen these critters before! It is not uncommon to see raccoons during the day. They are opportunistic and are often out during daytime hours looking for food.

This week we received a call that three raccoons had gotten stuck in a dumpster. In most situations you can simply place a wood plank or other ramp into the dumpster which will give the raccoons an opportunity to climb out on their own. In this case however the raccoons were too frightened to walk up the plank. Officer Henry responded to the call and was able to lift each one out individually and let these three little friends continue on their way.

Purcellville Music & Arts Festival
05/02/2019

Purcellville Music & Arts Festival

Amazing art at the Purcellville Music and Arts Festival! The Purcellville Arts Council hosted the Art Hall inside the Bush Tabernacle during the festival on April 27. There were more than 50 works of art on display, 100 tiles were decorated, and representatives from the Waterford Quilters Guild, Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour, PetConnect Rescue, Round Hill Arts Center, Franklin Park Arts Center, Loudoun Empty Bowls were there with information and activities. There was also face painting by Hilt Face Painting, henna art by Hala Maria Henna, caricature artist Sydney Velandria, and live music by Jennifer Warren Baker, Kevin and Michael Gallagher, Annie Stokes, Everything in Between, and Willie White. What a great time! Check out posts with photos from the Fun Zone and from Dillon's Woods!

Purcellville Music & Arts Festival
05/02/2019

Purcellville Music & Arts Festival

There were loads of things for kids and families to do in the Fun Zone at the Purcellville Music and Arts Festival! On stage, there were performances by Britany and Marisa, Locrian Mode, Celtic Rhythm School of Dance, KAGE, Dance Academy of Loudoun, The Shamrockers, Ben Demase, and Dank Rice. While enjoying those performances, people could make sand art creations, meet live animals with Critters and Conservation and the Farm School, learn about traveling the world with Off to Neverland Travel, talk with folks from the Shenandoah Discovery Museum, the Purcellville Library, and the NOVA Creative Reuse Center, and test dog’s agility with Sit, Stay Dog Training and the Blue Ridge Veterinary Service. Marzy’s Facepainting and Charming Henna Design were there to create fun and beautiful designs. People could also paint a t-shirt with the Purcellville Music and Arts Festival logo thanks to the Purcellville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, MakerSmiths, and Michaels. Additionally, the Purcellville Business Association and the Purcellville Historical Society hosted the Historic Trolley Tours of Purcellville. Be sure to check out photos from other posts about the Art Hall and the Main Stages at Dillon's Woods!

Purcellville Cannons
05/02/2019

Purcellville Cannons

We are officially a MONTH away from the best day of the year - OPENING DAY! Get excited! Who is going to be at our home opener on May 31st? 😁⚾️

The first person to comment the name of this player and the team that drafted him will win two free game day tickets!

PC📸: CWernle Photography

Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy
05/01/2019

Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy

We are proud and excited to share a few pictures of our Sunday, April 28 event. We had a great turnout supporting our publication for local birders and enthusiasts of all levels. Our bird atlas features 262 in-depth species accounts by 85 volunteers. The book is still for sale on our website.

Love Loudoun's Farmers Markets!
05/01/2019
Leesburg Farmers Market

Love Loudoun's Farmers Markets!

Choose the food less traveled.
Our mission is to promote authentic local, sustainable and organic food choices

Yeah!  They are back!  Farmers markets are opening up all over the County.  Here's one.  Will post more details on other...
05/01/2019

Yeah! They are back! Farmers markets are opening up all over the County. Here's one. Will post more details on others ...

Spring Surprises!
04/30/2019
Spring Surprises!

Spring Surprises!

April 27, 2019  |  By Leslie Sturges In Baturday News A new Virginia species arrives! This is Nog, a Brazilian Freetail. These bats are popping up in Virginia recently. Photo by L. Sturges for The Save Lucy Campaign Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week! Save Lucy has been getting lots of ne...

Purcellville Cannons
04/30/2019

Purcellville Cannons

Who is ready to see your 2019 Cannons Roster? Roster Reveal Fundraiser this Friday Night at Old 690! How could you pass up on baseball and beer? Hope to see you there! ⚾️🍻

Our May issue comes out this week.  Watch for coverage of last week's Comp Plan public hearings, learn about the Olympic...
04/30/2019

Our May issue comes out this week. Watch for coverage of last week's Comp Plan public hearings, learn about the Olympic hopeful speed skater in our midst, enjoy fun Mother's Day stories, plan your May family outings – 32nd Annual Leesburg Classic Car Show coming up!

Get out there and enjoy Garden Week!
04/30/2019

Get out there and enjoy Garden Week!

Leesburg Car Show
04/30/2019

Leesburg Car Show

The Virginia Public Access Project
04/30/2019
The Virginia Public Access Project

The Virginia Public Access Project

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Hillsboro Charter Academy
04/30/2019

Hillsboro Charter Academy

HCA scholars were challenged today to complete the Tomatosphere Project by First the Seed Foundation. Each class received two packs of tomato seeds. One pack was flown on the International Space Station and the other pack is normal tomato seeds.
The scholars learned about the ISS and experiment overall and then had a special tomato-growing assembly by the fabulous Meadows Farms Nurseries and Landscape Jay Meadows! We learned all about what helps tomatoes to grow, differences in tomato pigment and how to grow tomatoes from the expert!
We can’t wait to observe and record our Tomatosphere data!
Space Station Explorers
#HCA212 #E3 #TomatosFromSpace #CASIS

Sam Kroiz for Catoctin Supervisor
04/20/2019

Sam Kroiz for Catoctin Supervisor

From Loudoun Now

New Revelations in the Father Escalante Saga
04/20/2019
New Revelations in the Father Escalante Saga

New Revelations in the Father Escalante Saga

By Valerie Cury In November of 2018, Father Ronald S. Escalante, Pastor of Saint Francis de Sales Church in Purcellville, was placed on administrative leave by the Catholic Diocese of Arlington. Th…

Blue Ridge Wildlife Center
04/18/2019

Blue Ridge Wildlife Center

As we get further into Spring and Summer, many baby animals will start exploring the world around them. This time of year, we begin getting phone calls from concerned finders wanting to know what to do about baby birds they see on the ground.

If you find a bird that is naked or has only fluffy down feathers, that bird requires a nest. These babies typically have eyes closed and are unable to stand or perch on their own. If you can reach, the babies can be placed back in the original nest.

If you cannot reach or locate the nest, you can create a makeshift nest out of small baskets, or plastic berry/yogurt containers. It does not need to be as high as the original nest - as high as you can reach is fine.

You may not see the parents come back, but if the babies are still bright and alert after 24 hours, you can assume parents are feeding. Please do not check the nest more than once per day as your presence can deter parents from returning. See photo captions for more details on renesting.

If you find a baby bird standing or hopping on the ground with most of its feathers, but it doesn’t or is unable to fly - that’s a fledgling! These guys DO NOT need your help. See the photo caption for more details on fledglings.

As always, if a baby has an injury, is lethargic or cold to the touch, is covered in bugs/fly eggs, or has been in a cat’s mouth, it will need assistance. Please call the Center before intervening with baby wildlife - we can help you assess whether that baby truly needs help!

#BabyBirds #BabySeason #WildlifeAdvice #RenestIsBest

Chair Phyllis J. Randall
04/17/2019

Chair Phyllis J. Randall

In advance of the votes on the Comprehensive Plan we're out driving the entire Transition Policy Area. Laura sees a Turtle, hits the breaks, jumps out the car and saves a little Turtle life. I love my staff

Save Rural Loudoun
04/15/2019

Save Rural Loudoun

Following up on the previous post, here is a chart showing the acreage under cultivation in Loudoun over the past 30 years. Sadly, the loss of land accelerated in the USDA's most recent census.

If this matters to you, please sign up to speak at one of the County Board of Supervisors' upcoming meetings (see previous post)!

04/15/2019
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy

Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy

In honor of Leave No Trash, please watch this inspirational video from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics #LeaveNoTrash
Let's all do our part for Nature!

Lincoln Preservation Foundation
04/08/2019

Lincoln Preservation Foundation

More Grace. Allen Cochran gets things started.

Lincoln Preservation Foundation
04/08/2019

Lincoln Preservation Foundation

Grace.

04/08/2019
The Pink Line Project

The Pink Line Project

“Artist Lee Mingwei’s (born Taiwan, 1964) practice explores the connections between individuals. His work, which depends on trust and the willingness to engage with strangers, encourages people to discover the intimacy brought about by shared experiences.

In the participatory performance Sonic Blossom, a singer approaches a museumgoer with the question, “May I give you the gift of song?” If the gift is accepted, the two will move to the National Portrait Gallery’s Great Hall where the visitor will receive the transformative gift of one of Franz Schubert’s five lieder: Du bist die Ruh (D. 776), An den Mond (D. 193), Frühlingsglaube (D. 686), Nacht und Träume (D. 827), or Auf dem Wasser zu singen (D. 774)."

You can experience this performance at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution Thursdays through Sundays noon to 4 PM.

Purcellville Cannons
04/06/2019

Purcellville Cannons

The Cannons are jacked about the opening of the Purcellville Pub this summer! It’s business owners like this that make it possible for the rest of us to enjoy America’s National Pastime all summer long at Fireman’s Field. Thanks again to Kevin Bednarz for his continued support of our local 9!

Great stories in our April issue, including citizens' opportunity to weigh in on the draft Comp Plan.  Go to www.bluerid...
04/06/2019

Great stories in our April issue, including citizens' opportunity to weigh in on the draft Comp Plan. Go to www.blueridgeleader.com and click on archives, April 2019.

Features include Planning Commission recommendations for more data centers in the TPA (page 1), a great and inspiring story about Lincoln Elementary School (page 3), interviews with Blue Ridge District Republican Party primary candidates (page 4), Charles Houston (page 6), Al Van Huyck on the draft Com Plan (page 9), Gable Farm landfill update (page 15), Gentle Harvest (page 21). Thank you for your support of our local newspaper!

Loudoun Free Clinic
03/25/2019

Loudoun Free Clinic

Loudoun Free Clinic is blessed to have Dr. John Cook III as a long time volunteer physician and Board of Directors member and supporter. He has supported the clinic for many years. Thank you for your service!

Hillsboro Charter Academy
03/24/2019

Hillsboro Charter Academy

HCA Drama Club, led by teacher Addie Schafer, put on an awesome performance last night of Peter and the Lost Kids! 🌟 What a great collaborative, kid-made show! We are so proud of everyone! 🎭

Thank you to our community for their support and a HUGE thank you to everyone that helped make it a success!

HCA Teacher Beth Fuller also hosted a Family Art Night to follow the performance. What a fun evening at HCA!

#AinSTEAM

03/24/2019
Appreciate

Appreciate

This cat dog siblings are the cutest together 😍😭

Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy
03/24/2019

Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy

Our LWC volunteers and Friends of the Blue Ridge volunteered for wildlife on this beautiful, blustery day. Volunteers planted trees, cleaned a pollinator plot and planted 150 native plants.

Loudoun Free Clinic
03/20/2019

Loudoun Free Clinic

Spring is finally here, which means blossoms and warm weather are ahead. Breathe deep, and be grateful for the blessings of each day!

Crooked Run Orchard
03/20/2019

Crooked Run Orchard

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