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 County Animal Services
12/29/2019

Loudoun County Animal Services

Are you out and about braving the rain? Come say hello to Barney the Bunny! He is hanging out on the mobile adoption bus by Pet Valu Purcellville from 10-2pm today! His adorable floppy ears and sweet personality will surely brighten your day!

12/29/2019
Franklin Park Arts Center

Franklin Park Arts Center

All planetarium shows for Sunday 12/29 are
SOLD OUT.
Our next planetarium date is Monday, Jan 20. Call us to register 540-338-7973

Loudoun County Animal Services
12/28/2019

Loudoun County Animal Services

Our staff woke up to an extra special holiday surprise! Mooshi's adopters had sent us an update! They wrote: "He is doing great and is the sweetest little snuggle bug. He has had his first bath and is eating & sleeping like a champ! He loves the sunshine and loves to roll around in the grass. Smiling is also his favorite. He also enjoyed the story of Helen Keller. 🥰 All of us adore him and are so thankful to have him in our home."

We are so happy to see that Mooshi has found a wonderful forever home in time for the holidays! We hope everyone is enjoying the season with their two and four-legged family. Happy Holidays!

Loudoun County Animal Services
12/28/2019

Loudoun County Animal Services

Oh baby!
12/19/2019

Oh baby!

Update - Adopted! Mooshi has his stocking hung up, his festive scarf on and he is waiting for Santa to bring him a family of his very own, to help turn the tables on a very hard year.

Mooshi came to us with two other Chihuahuas, all of whom were in such critical condition, that his former owner has been charged with three counts of failure to provide adequate care. His brother Poppy was not able to survive his conditions. His brother Angelo continues to struggle to overcome a severe infection with one of our transfer partners. And Mooshi is here, deaf, blind, and without any teeth, but, after some hard work from our medical team, he is feeling better than he has in a long time.

Now Mooshi just needs someone to love him the way he deserves to be loved. He wants a lap to call his own, and a warm bed to snuggle up in. Are you ready to grant Mooshi’s Christmas wish? We are open until 5pm for adoptions today, 11:30-5pm tomorrow and 11:30-7pm on Friday.

Loudoun County Animal Services
12/18/2019

Loudoun County Animal Services

Do you know me? This adventurous younger, brown lab-type dog was found wandering through Ashburn near Blossom Hill Terrace. If you know his family have them give us a call at 703-777-0406.

This is such a cool holiday vibe.
12/18/2019

This is such a cool holiday vibe.

Our Home for the Holidays adoption event was a busy day - We had 38 animals find their homes! The week before Home for the Holidays was very busy as well with 32 adoptions leading up to the event! Thank you to our Friends of Loudoun County Animal Services group for providing snacks, hot chocolate and cheer! And as always, thank you to our community for fostering, donating and braving the rain to come out to adopt!

Loudoun County Animal Services
12/14/2019

Loudoun County Animal Services

We are seeking information concerning recent suspicious events involving the cutting of horses’ tails. On December 5th, between the hours of 8am and 1pm in the area of St. Louis, a horse’s tail was cut off while the horse was out in the pasture. There have been other occurrences of similar incidents. More than just for looks, the tail serves as a communication tool with other horses and provides a line of defense against biting insects. It can take up to a year for a tail to regrow to its normal length.

LCAS is encouraging anyone who has experienced a similar incident to please call Loudoun County Animal Services at 703-777-0406.

12/11/2019
Loudoun County Animal Services

Loudoun County Animal Services

Squirrel had a blast making snow angels in the front yard today! The frosty cold wasn't going to stop him from having fun! Looking for a snow day buddy? Squirrel is available to adopt! We are open from 11:30 - 5pm today for adoptions - come on in!

Christmas in Purcellville
12/11/2019

Christmas in Purcellville

Here's where you will find Santa this Saturday in Purcellville!

This topic is covered in the December issue of the Blue Ridge Leader ...
12/11/2019

This topic is covered in the December issue of the Blue Ridge Leader ...

Christmas in Purcellville
12/11/2019

Christmas in Purcellville

Here the route for this year's Christmas in Purcellville parade held this Saturday, December 14 starting at noon!

The 2019 Valley League Annual is Available NOW!
12/11/2019
The 2019 Valley League Annual is Available NOW!

The 2019 Valley League Annual is Available NOW!

The day has finally arrived: The 2019 Valley League Annual is now available to purchase! Coming in at 85,000 words and 265+ pages, the Annual is an awesome early Christmas gift and keepsake for all…

Above Loudoun
12/11/2019

Above Loudoun

The Aldie Mill - a gristmill from the early 1800's that still stands today. Its original brick and working pieces make it suitable for interpretive talks and demonstrations on how life used to be in Loudoun County. It sits just a few feet from Route 50 in Aldie, Virginia.

12/11/2019
Save Rural Loudoun

Save Rural Loudoun

Hooray for the Rural Economic Development Council! They've just sent a letter to the Board of Supervisors recommending that the County take urgent action to preserve the prime agricultural soils that are being eaten up by "clustered" rural subdivisions.

We'll be posting the letter shortly on the Save Rural Loudoun website (saveruralloudounNOW.org).

Need your posts by 12/14!Can you help us interview with Santa?Calling all kids 12 and underHello my friends,we are Chest...
12/09/2019

Need your posts by 12/14!

Can you help us interview with Santa?
Calling all kids 12 and under

Hello my friends,we are Chestnut Flutterley and Zip Winterton, white tail deer from Loudoun County. It’s been our lifelong dream to help Santa pull his sleigh on Christmas Eve. Nowwe know that Santa –traditionally –has only reindeer pulling his sleigh;but wereally think that we–as authentically wild Virginia whitetails –would be a great additionto his crew. Can you help us make this dream a reality? We need your help in writing a letter to get Santa’s attention.Please send a letterpostmarkedno later thanDec.14, oremail no later than 5 p.m.,Dec. 14–explaining why we would be a good choice for the sleigh team. You can [email protected],or mail your submissions to Blue Ridge Leader, P.O. Box 325,Purcellville, VA 20134.No submissions will be considered after the above date and time.The first placereceives $100 cash, second receives $50,and third receives $25.Thank you. Please make sure to put your name, phone number, email and addressin your submission. This is limited to writers aged12and under.Winners will be contacted on Dec. 19.From left to right: Chestnut and Zip. Photo: Brock Miele.

12/07/2019
Loudoun County Animal Services

Loudoun County Animal Services

The first round of transfer dogs has arrived! These pups will be heading to foster homes this weekend to rest and relax before our big adoption event. Thanks to the outpouring of responses to our request for temporary fosters, we were able to bring in double our usual number of transfers!

Keep an eye on our website for these dogs to become available and we hope to see everyone at Home for the Holidays - Fee Waived Adoption Event!

12/05/2019
M.E. Flow, Inc.

M.E. Flow, Inc.

For our friends in Frederick and Clarke County who are thinking about adopting a pet...you can get your pet adoptions fees paid for! Check out this event at SUBARU of WINCHESTER! They are hosting a FREE PET ADOPTION EVENT during the Subaru Share the Love Event with support of the ASPCA and Subaru. The pet adoption event will feature adoptable pets from the SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke. See the event below. 🐶😍👍

Fly Home Birdhouses
12/05/2019

Fly Home Birdhouses

Everyone’s in the spirit at the Bizarre Bazarre. Come visit us in booth #546 at the Richmond Raceway Complex..

The Gable Farm landfill – still polluting, still alarming neighbors, still unresolvedBy Andrea Gaines As we reported ele...
12/05/2019

The Gable Farm landfill – still polluting, still alarming neighbors, still unresolved

By Andrea Gaines

As we reported eleven months ago, the Gable Farm “personal recreational field” turned dump located just outside of the Town of Hamilton should never have been approved, stands in violation of Loudoun County land use law, and – potentially – threatens the groundwater and safety of surrounding properties.
Despite the seriousness of the property owner’s apparent violations of zoning law, neither the County nor the owner has taken responsibility for what had been going on at the site for years. The property owner has stopped the dumping. But a formal plan to rectify the situation, promised now for months, is nowhere to be seen. The only information the County seems willing to share is that the matter is with the County Attorney’s office. But there is currently no agreed to plan to fix the problem.
Cattail, LC, a limited partnership of family members with over 800 acres of farmland under Nature Conservancy easement outside of Hamilton, shares a boundary with the Gable Farm dump.
Cattail wrote the County in January, expressing their concern. Their letter was accompanied by a stunningly raw video showing what can only be described as massive landfill activity, “masquerading,” says the partnership, as what is known as a “Personal Recreational Field.” That field is, in fact, an 18-acre tract of land – 30 feet high in some places – and strewn with piles of dirt, massive chunks of concrete and asphalt, construction debris, plastic waste, and, in some places, liquid waste, noted the Cattail.
Parts of the site now carry waste material piled 14 feet higher than that agreed to by Gable Farm when it got approval for the personal recreational field.
“The landfill rises more than 30 feet and dominates a quarter-mile-long boundary with our land,” said Cattail. We estimate, conservatively, that the volume of the ‘approved’ landfill is at least 220,000 cubic yards. Recent surveys suggest that it may actually contain over 420,000 cubic yards of waste: a total of about 28,000 truckloads that originated off the site. The revenue from dumping this much waste is potentially in the millions of dollars.”

Inova Mobile Health Services ScheduleInova Loudoun Hospital Mobile Health Services will be providing countywide blood pr...
12/05/2019
Inova Loudoun Hospital Mobile Health Services | Inova

Inova Mobile Health Services Schedule

Inova Loudoun Hospital Mobile Health Services will be providing countywide blood pressure screenings at a variety of locations during the month of December. For further information call the Mobile Health hotline at 703-858-8801 or visit www.inova.org/mobilehealth

Monday, December 2, 10 a.m. – noon
Madison House
25 Monroe St., Leesburg
BP Screenings

Tuesday, December 3, 9 a.m. – noon
Dulles South Multipurpose Center
24950 Riding Center Dr., South Riding
BP Screenings

Wednesday, December 4, 10 a.m. – noon
Leesburg Senior Center
102 North St. North West, Leesburg
BP Screenings

Saturday, December 7, 2 p.m.
Middleburg Christmas Parade, Middleburg

Tuesday, December 10, 9 a.m. – noon
Cascades Senior Center
21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling
BP Screenings

Wednesday, December 11, 10 a.m. – noon
Waltonwood
44141 Russell Branch Pkwy., Ashburn
BP Screenings

Saturday, December 14, 9 – 11 a.m.
Jingle Bell Rock & Run
One Loudoun
20626 Easthampton Plaza, Ashburn
First Aid & Heating/Cooling

Saturday, December 14, noon
Purcellville Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 14, 6 p.m.
Leesburg Christmas and Holiday Parade

Monday, December 16, 9 – 11 a.m.
William Watters House
22365 Enterprise Street, Sterling
BP Screenings

Wednesday, December 18, 10 a.m. – noon
Wingler House
30900 Runnymeade Terrace, Ashburn
BP Screenings

Thursday, December 19, 10 a.m. – noon
Carver Center
200 E Willie Palmer Way, Purcellville
BP Screenings

Monday, December 23, 9 a.m. – noon
Cascades Senior Center
21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling
BP Screenings

Inova Loudoun Hospital Mobile Health Services brings health screenings and other preventive and wellness efforts to the communities of Loudoun County.

An Evening with Paul and Sophia – Dec. 18 The annual Trinity Episcopal Christmas Service Wednesday Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. wil...
12/05/2019

An Evening with Paul and Sophia – Dec. 18
The annual Trinity Episcopal Christmas Service Wednesday Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. will feature an exciting and fresh approach to Lessons and Carols this year by offering a two piano concert featuring the classical duo, Paul & Sophia. The concert will include traditional lessons entwined with the magic of two professional pianists performing carols arranged by Paul and Sophia for Trinity’s festive holiday tradition. Their core belief about their music is that “it is a great unifying force for the world. It crosses all cultural boundaries and speaks to the heart”. They are excited to share their love for Christmas, Lessons, and Carols for everyone this sacred holiday season. This concert is free admission. All are welcome.
Sophia Pavlenko-Chandley was born in Siberia to classically trained musicians, Pavlenko-Chandley – was raised in Ukraine, and grew up in the Musicians’ Residence in downtown Kiev. There she attended the Lysenko Conservatory and the famous Gliere Conservatory where she studied under Lydia Nikolayevna Kovtiukh. She has traveled extensively throughout the world, and her original compositions have been performed by the Kiev Symphony and Chorus and the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra.
She is a favored arranger and accompanist for the Emmy award winning tenor, John Fowler, the American bass-baritone soloist Jason McKinney, and the upcoming operatic tenor, Jeff Gwaltney. Currently Pavlenko-Chandley is a standing judge for North Carolina Piano Concerto competition, a founding board member of Opera Experience Southeast, and a member of the Mid-Ohio Opera Company.
Dr. Paul Chandley grew up in North Carolina. He has an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a master’s and doctoral degree in performance from the Kansas City Conservatory of Music. He also studied at the Mozarteum Conservatory in Salzburg, Austria. His successful competitions include the International Beethoven Piano Sonata Competition and the Czarny Foundation Piano Competition.
He was director and general manager of the Bayside Opera Company, New York City. He has played both at the Metropolitan Opera House and on Broadway. He is currently the Executive Director of Trinity Music Academy in North Carolina and the music director and conductor of the Mid-Ohio Opera Company. He has been a guest (and standing) conductor for the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra, the Kiev Symphony, the Rockhill Opera Company, the Kansas City Opera Company, and the Opera Company of North Carolina.

Calling all kids 12 & under ... Can you help us interview with Santa?Hello my friends, we are Chestnut Flutterley and Zi...
12/05/2019

Calling all kids 12 & under ... Can you help us interview with Santa?
Hello my friends, we are Chestnut Flutterley and Zip Winterton, white tail deer from Loudoun County. It’s been our lifelong dream to help Santa pull his sleigh on Christmas Eve. Now we know that Santa – traditionally – has only reindeer pulling his sleigh; but we really think that we – as authentically wild Virginia whitetails – would be a great addition to his crew. Can you help us make this dream a reality?
We need your help in writing a letter to get Santa’s attention. Please send a letter postmarked no later than Dec. 14, or email no later than 5 p.m., Dec. 14 – explaining why we would be a good choice for the sleigh team. You can email [email protected], or mail your submissions to Blue Ridge Leader, P.O. Box 325, Purcellville, VA 20134. No submissions will be considered after the above date and time.
The first place receives $100 cash, second receives $50, and third receives $25. Thank you.
Please make sure to put your name, phone number, email and address in your submission. This is limited to writers aged 12 and under. Winners will be contacted on Dec. 19.
From left to right in photo: Chestnut and Zip. Photo: Brock Miele

Christmas in Purcellville
12/03/2019

Christmas in Purcellville

Mark your calendar for all the wonderful festivities happening in Purcellville for the holidays!

Guys and Dolls show dates Dec. 13 and 14 at BRMS     Blue Ridge Middle School in Purcellville is putting on the show Guy...
12/03/2019
Theatre / Guys and Dolls Jr. Information

Guys and Dolls show dates Dec. 13 and 14 at BRMS

Blue Ridge Middle School in Purcellville is putting on the show Guys and Dolls JR. on Dec. 13 through Dec. 15. The show times are Dec. 13-14 at 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 14-15 at 2 p.m.
Said Director Tabitha Jablonski, “I am so excited for the community to see the students of Blue Ridge Middle School take on this show. Guys and Dolls is a fun, old-fashioned, and high-energy show from the Golden Age of Broadway. These kids make it feel fresh and put their own style into this timeless classic. You will definitely leave this production with a smile on your face, and hopefully, a song stuck in your head.”
Jablonski is a drama teacher at John Kerr Elementary School in Winchester, VA.
The setting is in Damon Runyon’s New York City. Guys and Dolls JR. follows gambler Nathan Detroit as he tries to find the cash to set up the biggest crap game in town, while the authorities breathe down his neck.
Meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide laments that they’ve been engaged for fourteen years without ever getting married.
Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson for the dough, but Sky ends up chasing the strait-laced missionary, Sarah Brown.
Guys and Dolls JR. takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, but everyone eventually ends up right where they belong.
Tickets are on sale at: ShowTix4U.com/events/BRMS.

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