2016 Friend of the Blue Ridge Mountain Award Recipients

2016: Jean Baderschneider and Kim Rapp learned of the plan to open a large beer drinking and entertainment venue in the middle of a residential neighborhood on an unpaved rural road in Bluemont.  It was seemingly a done-deal, as the brewery had the legal authority to locate there and the proper permits under current zoning.  Jean and Kim reached out to neighbors, and like-minded citizens and organizations.  Through their efforts, a team of people was assembled and moved into action.  Jean and Kim organized community meetings with lawmakers and encouraged contact with elected officials, while underwriting the legal costs of representation.  Jean and Kim continue their commitment to preserving what makes Western Loudoun special by advocating for noise abatement measures and changes to the Comprehensive Plan, which will influence the area’s future.

2016: Sam Kroiz, a mild mannered goat herder, entrepreneur with George’s Mill Dairy, aunnamednd musician  became a fired-up activist for conservation when AT&T proposed

constructing a monstrous building on top of the Short Hill. Sam stirred up opposition to their plan by setting up meetings with the staff  of the Loudoun County planning department, Lovettsville area citizens who were also outraged by this proposal, and by public appearances before the BOS. He even got Chair Randall to visit the goat farm so she c
ould see for herself how visible and out of place the buildig would be, even miles away. She commented, having heard many opponents of the plan at these board meetings thank the Supervisors for their attention to the proposal,  just prior to the vote, that “indeed, the Board thanks the citizens of the County for their time and attention, and the fact that they showed how much they care about the county.”




Mount Weather Constructions Public Notice and FBRM Position Statement

The Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains wants to make sure you are aware of the expansion at Mount Weather. We are not opposing it and realize it is not subject to public hearing, just encouraging FEMA and Homeland Security to maintain best practices policy on our Blue Ridge. Perhaps as a member you could provide some support for our position statement and share More

Planning for our Future: Friends Launches Educational Endowment

In 2015, Friends received a gift and a challenge. The gift was the generous offer, from a longstanding member of Friends, of seed money in the amount of $5,000 to start an endowment for the sake of ensuring that we could fund, over the indefinite future, the Jane Pratt Blue Ridge Mountains Education Award, a scholarship program inaugurated in 2014 to memorialize founding More

Annual Meeting 2016

You are invited to Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains 2016 Annual Meeting Join us for an autumn afternoon of good food and live music in celebration of Friends’ year in review Sunday, November 13th 2:30 – 5:00 p.m. at the Barns of Rose Hill 95 Chalmers Court, Berryville, VA 22611 Free parking is available next door at the Berryville-Clarke County Government Center More

Strategic Planning Update

As we enter the summer months, the Friends board and our committees have been checking in with our work plans. At our annual Strategic Planning meeting in February, when it was only a little colder than it was a couple of weeks ago, the board spent an afternoon sharing food, celebrating the successes of our organization, and discerning how we would like to More

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