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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.

"Supervisor Caleb A. Kershner (R– Catoctin District) made the following statement on July 7, in response to the Loudoun ...
07/12/2020
Kershner slams Loudoun County Board for removing historic courthouse statue, reminds Democratic colleagues of their party’s ties to slavery

"Supervisor Caleb A. Kershner (R– Catoctin District) made the following statement on July 7, in response to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors’ debate on removing the Silent Sentinel statue." (cont.)

Supervisor Caleb A. Kershner (R– Catoctin District) made the following statement on July 7, in response to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors’ debate on removing the Silent Sentinel statue. “D…

"What library patrons should know:- Face masks are required for all people 10 and older.- Patrons should follow directio...
07/11/2020
Loudoun County Public Library branches reopen

"What library patrons should know:

- Face masks are required for all people 10 and older.

- Patrons should follow directions on signs and floor markers to help ensure physical distancing of at least six feet.

- Computer stations are available by appointment. Patrons should call their local branch for more information. Computers will be sanitized between uses.

- Printing and copying are available.

- Patrons are encouraged to check out materials at the self-checkout stations."

After months of closure because of the coronavirus pandemic, Loudoun County Public Library branches reopened June 24, with limited services. All branches, with the exception of the Law Library, are…

"Detours will be in place for ten months while new grade-separated interchange is under construction."
07/10/2020
Battlefield Parkway closure at Route 7 scheduled to begin in late July

"Detours will be in place for ten months while new grade-separated interchange is under construction."

Detours will be in place for ten months while new grade-separated interchange is under construction. The Virginia Department of Transportation’s Northern Virginia District detailed detour plans for…

"Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration on July 2."
07/09/2020
Governor Northam announces administration appointments

"Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration on July 2."

Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration on July 2. Office of the State Inspector General Michael Westfall, State Inspector General Michael C. Westfall has bee…

Loudoun’s Black History Matters. “No one experiences a place in the same way. We perceive a place through our own histor...
07/06/2020
Loudoun’s Black History Matters

Loudoun’s Black History Matters.

“No one experiences a place in the same way. We perceive a place through our own history and relationship to that place, including our racial and cultural experiences and those of our ancestors. That is why, when it comes to learning African American history and bridging divides, we have a lot of gaps to fill in."

Learning about the past helps us understand the present By Laura Longley “It’s always a question of education.” L. Douglas Wilder, the nation’s first elected black governor and former mayor of Rich…

Today was certainly a beautiful day for a Fourth of July parade in Purcellville!
07/05/2020

Today was certainly a beautiful day for a Fourth of July parade in Purcellville!

Happy Independence Day from our entire team! We hope you all continue to have a wonderful and safe evening.
07/04/2020

Happy Independence Day from our entire team! We hope you all continue to have a wonderful and safe evening.

"On Friday, June 19, Purcellville conducted its first drive-through testing for coronavirus, becoming the second program...
07/04/2020
Aperiomics conducts Covid-19 tests in Purcellville

"On Friday, June 19, Purcellville conducted its first drive-through testing for coronavirus, becoming the second program Purcellville has developed to ensure the health of the community. The Town has also launched a water treatment program to test for coronavirus in the local water supply."

On Friday, June 19, Purcellville conducted its first drive-through testing for coronavirus, becoming the second program Purcellville has developed to ensure the health of the community. The Town ha…

"Nutrient and carbon credits were a major topic of discussion in Purcellville’s recent election cycle. The essence of th...
07/03/2020
Aberdeen application – “Let’s get to it and get it done” – Councilmember Ryan Cool

"Nutrient and carbon credits were a major topic of discussion in Purcellville’s recent election cycle. The essence of these nutrient and carbon credits: monetizing nature’s environmental services. Proponents of these programs say they are good for the Town’s coffers and greenspace."

By Valerie Cury Nutrient and carbon credits were a major topic of discussion in Purcellville’s recent election cycle. The essence of these nutrient and carbon credits: monetizing nature’s environme…

"The Virginia Department of Transportation has approved the Town of Hillsboro’s request to extend the existing full clos...
07/03/2020
Hillsboro extends full road closure to August 15

"The Virginia Department of Transportation has approved the Town of Hillsboro’s request to extend the existing full closure of Rt. 9 in the Town through August 15, ensuring that no additional full closures will occur during the ReThink9 traffic-calming and pedestrian safety project in 2020."

The Virginia Department of Transportation has approved the Town of Hillsboro’s request to extend the existing full closure of Rt. 9 in the Town through August 15, ensuring that no additional full c…

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06/22/2020

The Blue Ridge Leader's cover photo

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!

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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