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.

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"In recent weeks, well-known local developer Casey Chapman, with Martinsburg Plaza LCC and Loudoun West Investments LLC,...
10/20/2020
Chipping away at charm … one brick at a time

"In recent weeks, well-known local developer Casey Chapman, with Martinsburg Plaza LCC and Loudoun West Investments LLC, presented a rendering of his vision for a major new residential/commercial development on Hatcher Ave. in Purcellville. Most residents would consider Hatcher Ave. to be the start, so-to-speak, of the old part of Town."

Chipping away at charm … one brick at a time October 1, 2020 Blue Ridge Leader Featured By Valerie Cury What happened there? … a new – or old resident of Purcellville might say. In recent weeks, well-known local developer Casey Chapman, with Martinsburg Plaza LCC and Loudoun West Investm...

There is nothing like an adorable dog to brighten your day!
10/14/2020
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Just ask Stella!

There is nothing like an adorable dog to brighten your day!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Just ask Stella! October 1, 2020 Blue Ridge Leader Featured This photo of an adorable pooch hiding in the leaves is your cue to let your buddy out for a run around—or into—the leaf pile in your yard. If he needs coaxing after too much time in quarantin...

"COVID-19 has had a profoundly negative impact on many married couples.The combination of working from home, virtual lea...
10/09/2020
Divorce rates spike after COVID-19: some tips for couples

"COVID-19 has had a profoundly negative impact on many married couples.The combination of working from home, virtual learning for our children, social distancing, financial hardship, stress, less quality time to relate, illness or the deaths of a loved one, etc., has been difficult for a lot of people with divorce rates spiking as a result."

Divorce rates spike after COVID-19: some tips for couples September 30, 2020 Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.   COVID-19 has had a profoundly negative impact on many married couples.The combination of working from home, virtual learning for our children, social distan...

"Anytime Fitness in Purcellville has just reopened in its new location at 609 E. Main St. near Advance Auto Parts. As a ...
10/07/2020
Say goodbye to the Quarantine 15

"Anytime Fitness in Purcellville has just reopened in its new location at 609 E. Main St. near Advance Auto Parts. As a coaching facility, Anytime Fitness offers personal training in a group setting Their professional coaches encourage and motivate you to get the most out of every workout and provide as much support as you need."

Say goodbye to the Quarantine 15 September 30, 2020 Blue Ridge Leader Community, Lifestyle As if the stress of working from home and teaching the kids at the same time weren’t enough, many of us are now wrestling with the Quarantine 15—those extra pounds we’ve put on since March. Maybe you’v...

"Members of the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System and the Loudoun Career Fire Fighters Association Local 37...
10/05/2020
Support Loudoun firefighters as they fill-the-boot for Muscular Dystrophy virtually

"Members of the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System and the Loudoun Career Fire Fighters Association Local 3756 will join the Muscular Dystrophy Association to promote the 2020 virtual “Fill-the-Boot” campaign."

Support Loudoun firefighters as they fill-the-boot for Muscular Dystrophy virtually October 1, 2020 Blue Ridge Leader Government Members of the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System and the Loudoun Career Fire Fighters Association Local 3756 will join the Muscular Dystrophy Association to p...

"In June 2020, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) signed an executive order making Juneteenth a permanent paid state holida...
10/03/2020
Onward, Opal Lee, “Grandmother of Juneteenth”

"In June 2020, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) signed an executive order making Juneteenth a permanent paid state holiday in Virginia."

Onward, Opal Lee, “Grandmother of Juneteenth” September 30, 2020 Blue Ridge Leader Government On September 23, 93-year-old Opal Lee delivered to Congress a petition signed by more than 1.54 million people seeking to rally senators and representatives to support legislation that would make June 1...

Vote “No” on $29M Bond Question #5 Philomont Does Not Need a New Firehouse!
09/29/2020

Vote “No” on $29M Bond Question #5 Philomont Does Not Need a New Firehouse!

“By God, there’s an old bridge back here! (at least, I think it’s a bridge …Yup, sure Is …)” I came to this highly intel...
09/23/2020
Just like nothing (else) on earth: Branchriver Road

“By God, there’s an old bridge back here! (at least, I think it’s a bridge …Yup, sure Is …)” I came to this highly intellectual conclusion very early one morning (just about dawn, actually) – at least five years after I’d first driven past the aforementioned, ancient and all-but-forgotten structure.

Just like nothing (else) on earth: Branchriver Road September 6, 2020 Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Just like nothing (else) on earth By Tim Jon “By God, there’s an old bridge back here! (at least, I think it’s a bridge …Yup, sure Is …)” I came to this highly intellectual conclusion very ea...

"In a recent article philosopher Adrian Bardon argues that “Humans are hardwired to dismiss facts that don’t fit their w...
09/21/2020
“Alternative Facts” Destroy Truth

"In a recent article philosopher Adrian Bardon argues that “Humans are hardwired to dismiss facts that don’t fit their worldview”. This explains for Bardon and many others why people believe the coronavirus is a hoax, deny climate change, the safety of GMOs and are anti-vaxxers. If we accept this assumption about people, it puts the blame for denial onto the people themselves and onto scientists and others for not “messaging” the science better. I have been pushing back on this assumption and offering an alternative explanation."

“Alternative Facts” Destroy Truth September 20, 2020 Blue Ridge Leader Columns “When greed is seen as acceptable, even praiseworthy ,there is clearly something wrong with our collective value system.” Dalai Lama Beyond Religion, Ethics for a Whole World. Tony Noerpel In a recent article phil...

"All Points Broadband and Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative have reached an agreement that will support All Points’...
09/18/2020
All Points Broadband and NVEC announce partnership to extend broadband in Northern Loudoun

"All Points Broadband and Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative have reached an agreement that will support All Points’ efforts to extend fiber-to-the-home broadband service to more than 1,000 homes in northern Loudoun County. The initial locations targeted for service are within or adjacent to NOVEC’s service territory. Those sites do not currently have access to fiber-optic, gigabit-capable broadband."

All Points Broadband and NVEC announce partnership to extend broadband in Northern Loudoun September 7, 2020 Blue Ridge Leader Business, News All Points Broadband and Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative announce a partnership to extend fiber-to-the-home broadband in Northern Loudoun County.  All...

"Watson (pictured left) and Cian are selling bracelets for a charity on Main Street in Purcellville throughout September...
09/17/2020
Local Hockey players sell bracelets for charity

"Watson (pictured left) and Cian are selling bracelets for a charity on Main Street in Purcellville throughout September. They are Loudoun Knights 10U hockey players from ION International Training Center in Leesburg, and have picked the charity Players Against Hate. The charity Players Against Hate, works to increase racial injustice awareness and change for ice hockey."

Local Hockey players sell bracelets for charity September 7, 2020 Blue Ridge Leader Community Watson (pictured left) and Cian are selling bracelets for a charity on Main Street in Purcellville throughout September. They are Loudoun Knights 10U hockey players from ION International Training Center i...

"Ray and Keriann, the new owners, love their work, “We love what we do, and treat every client like family.” They offer ...
09/15/2020
Treat your best friend to Purcellville’s Doggie Wash

"Ray and Keriann, the new owners, love their work, “We love what we do, and treat every client like family.” They offer facials, mud baths with massage, charcoal and keratin treatments, and in fact a huge line of show dog quality products. Baths and grooming are available for all breeds and all sizes are welcome. They also offer grooming, haircuts, de-shedding, toe nail clipping and more. Curb side pickup is available."

Treat your best friend to Purcellville’s Doggie Wash September 7, 2020 Blue Ridge Leader Community If you want the best spa experience and treatment for you, oops, I mean your doggie, consider making an appointment at Purcellville’s own Doggie Wash, located at 609 E. Main Street, Unit W, 540 338...

Today is the 19th anniversary of 9/11. Today, we pause to remember every life that was lost. The people who lost friends...
09/11/2020

Today is the 19th anniversary of 9/11.

Today, we pause to remember every life that was lost. The people who lost friends, family, and loved ones. Those who faced great tragedy and terror. May we continue to push forward as one nation. May we never forget.

The Purcellville Tag Sale will be held October 10, 2020. 8AM to 6PM rain or shine!For any questions about participation,...
09/06/2020

The Purcellville Tag Sale will be held October 10, 2020. 8AM to 6PM rain or shine!

For any questions about participation, vendor space, or posting information about a yard sale at their private residence please visit www.purcellvillevatagsale.com

Thomas Balch Library’s Loudoun History Awards have been suspended due to COVID-19.Library Director Alexandra S. Gressitt...
08/30/2020

Thomas Balch Library’s Loudoun History Awards have been suspended due to COVID-19.

Library Director Alexandra S. Gressitt said that after discussion and consideration of all other options the Thomas Balch Library Advisory Commission realized it would be impossible to hold this year’s event.

The Loudoun History Awards honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the preservation of Loudoun’s past through collection of county documents and memorabilia, preservation of historic landmarks, visual arts, writing, and long-term involvement in local history organizations.

The Loudoun History Awards have been held for 26 years with only one other interruption when the Library moved back into its refurbished facility in 2000.

The Commission looks forward to resuming this program when social distancing permits. Any nominations already in hand for 2020 may be submitted next year. For more information, contact Alexandra S. Gressitt at 703-737-7195 or [email protected].

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office (FMO) attributed the cause of Friday night’s house fire that displaced four res...
08/23/2020

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office (FMO) attributed the cause of Friday night’s house fire that displaced four residents to a faulty lithium ion battery inside the garage.
At approximately 7:11 p.m. Friday, August 21, 2020, the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting heavy smoke and visible flames coming from the garage of a home in the 25000 block of Trilobite Court in Aldie.
Fire and rescue crews from Kirkpatrick Farms, Dulles South, Aldie, Brambleton, Moorefield, Sterling and Fairfax County were dispatched to the incident. When firefighters arrived on scene they encountered heavy fire on both floors of the single family home and all residents located safely outside.
Firefighters quickly attacked the fire from the exterior as additional crews simultaneously used master stream devices to cool and protect neighboring homes from heat and flames. Once the exterior attack brought the fire under control, improved conditions allowed firefighters to make entry to the home and extinguish the remaining fire. Crews remained on scene for an extended period of time ensuring all hot spots were extinguished and salvaging items for the residents.
A family of four, two adults and two children, were displaced as a result of the fire. The American Red Cross was contacted to offer support and assistance. One adult resident suffered minor burns to the arms. The resident initially declined EMS transport, but subsequently sought care at a local area hospital. There were no injuries to fire and rescue personnel.
The FMO’s investigation into the incident has determined the cause of the fire to be a faulty lithium ion battery in a remote control car that was charging in the garage. Damages to the home are estimated at $958,000.
Lithium ion batteries supply power to many kinds of devices including smart phones, laptops, scooters, toys, and even cars. Take care when using them. In rare cases, they can cause a fire or explosion. Stop using the battery immediately if you notice an odd odor, change in color, excessive heat, a change in shape, leaks, or odd noises. If it is safe to do so, move the device away from anything that can catch fire and call 9-1-1.

Helpful Lithium Ion Battery Safety Tips

- Purchase and use devices that are listed by a qualified testing laboratory.
- Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Only use the battery that is designed for the device.
- Put batteries in the device the right way.
- Only use the charging cord that came with the device.
- Do not charge a device under your pillow, on your bed or on a couch.
- Keep batteries at room temperature. Do not place batteries in direct sunlight or keep them in hot vehicles.
- Store batteries away from anything that can catch fire.

For additional fire prevention and life safety information, please visit Loudoun.gov/fireprevention or call our Public Education Manager Lisa Braun at 571-258-3222.

Loudoun County, VA (August 21, 2020) – A 27-year-old man has been charged with sexually assaulting a juvenile victim whi...
08/23/2020

Loudoun County, VA (August 21, 2020) – A 27-year-old man has been charged with sexually assaulting a juvenile victim while at a gathering at a Sterling home.

The suspect, Yosuar L. Maradiaga Pena, of Sterling, was arrested Thursday afternoon after an investigation conducted by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit. Maradiaga Pena, who was an acquaintance of the victim’s family, was charged with rape and aggravated sexual battery of a juvenile. The age of the victim is not being released to help protect the child’s identity.

The assault was reported to have occurred inside a residence on W. Church Road on August 16. The victim was later taken to a local hospital by family when authorities were contacted.

Maradiaga Pena is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on no bond.

Loudoun County Animal Services, in collaboration with Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police, is cond...
08/20/2020

Loudoun County Animal Services, in collaboration with Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police, is conducting an investigation into the posting of videos and photographs portraying graphic and disturbing acts of animal torture on Instagram. The individual posting the videos is seen committing heinous acts of animal cruelty, while demanding that viewers send them money in order to prevent future acts of cruelty from occurring.

Although the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses attached to the videos indicate that the incidents occurred in and around Ashburn, the ongoing investigation has determined that these videos likely originated outside the United States. Loudoun County has no jurisdiction for prosecuting animal cruelty cases that occur outside the U.S.; however, the county will notify local authorities if the location in which the videos were produced can be identified.

Animal cruelty videos of this nature are considered state and federal felonies, with penalties to include a fine and up to seven years of incarceration, in addition to state penalties relating to financial crimes.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with direct knowledge of this case or any case involving animal-related crimes is encouraged to call Loudoun County Animal Services at 703-777-0406.

The Purcellville Police Department responded on August 18, to a reported accidental shooting in the 100 block of W. O St...
08/20/2020

The Purcellville Police Department responded on August 18, to a reported accidental shooting in the 100 block of W. O Street, which occurred at approximately 10:53 p.m. The victim stated he was unloading his gun when he unintentionally discharged the weapon, injuring himself in the process. Officers assisted the male until medical personnel arrived and transported the individual to a local INOVA hospital for non-life-threatening injuries due to a single gunshot. Due to the nature of the wounds, the incident is currently being investigated by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

08/12/2020

Purcellville rocks with painted rock scavenger hunt!

The Purcellville Parks and Recreation Division has introduced Purcellville Rocks – a scavenger hunt for painted rocks in parks, trails, and other places in the Town of Purcellville. The scavenger hunt will start on Saturday, Aug. 15 and end on Oct. 4. Ten participants of Purcellville Rocks will win two $10 vouchers to use at any of the Purcellville businesses participating in the voucher program.

A second drawing for another set of two $10 vouchers will be held for all who correctly answer the bonus question on the registration form. Information about how to participate in the scavenger hunt is below.

1. Twenty rocks have been painted specifically for this challenge.

2. Every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday, from Aug, 15 through Sept. 28, a new painted rock will be placed in one of the parks, trails, or other public places in Purcellville.

3. A photo of the painted rock will be posted on the Purcellville Parks and Recreation page at 10 a.m. each of the days and along with a clue about where it is located.

4. Find the painted rock.

5. Take a photo holding the rock and post it in the comments section of the post on the Purcellville Parks and Recreation page for that specific rock (this is optional, but will add to the fun).

6. Find the secret unique code on the bottom of the rock and write it down. Keep track of all the codes you find to be able to register for a chance to win the prize.

7. Put the rock back in the same place for others to find.

8. Repeat for all twenty of the painted rocks.

9. Between Sept. 28 and Oct. 4, complete the online registration form where you will write in all twenty codes for a chance to win two $10 vouchers. Only one form may be submitted per family/household. Ten winners will be randomly drawn from submissions with all twenty codes correctly listed.

10. Answer the bonus question on the registration form for an extra chance to win two $10 vouchers.

The Purcellville Parks and Recreation Division will put out one painted rock at a time and leave those that were previously placed in their original location. By Sept. 28, all twenty rocks will be hidden in Purcellville. The online registration form to enter all twenty codes will be available from Aug. 15 at 8 a.m. through Oct. 4 at 5 p.m. The link to the registration form will be available on the Events and Activities page of the Town website and posted on the Purcellville Parks and Recreation page on Monday, Sept. 28.

Thank you to local artist Marion Esposito for painting the twenty rocks for this effort.

Be sure to check the Purcellville Parks and Recreation page for daily posts with activities, historical information, feature videos, and more, which are all part of the Purcellville Strong initiative.

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PO Box 325
Purcellville, VA
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Support the vote for the new station in Philomont. The station is out-grown, does not have adequate facilities for women, is not ADA compliant, does not have a fire suppression system, and can not be enlarged on the current site. The alternate site will be free to the County and remains in the village.
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/
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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.