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Thanks To All For Annual Round Hill Festival

June 12, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Thanks To All For Annual Round Hill Festival
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The 2013 11th Annual Round Hill Hometown Festival, held on Saturday, May 25, was attended by hundreds. Families enjoyed the annual 5K race, parade, downhill derby, pie eating contest, arts and crafts in the park, amusement rides, cookouts, concerts, and the town feast in the park. The Festival could not have been a success without the support of our generous sponsors. As the sponsorship coordinator and on behalf of the Round Hill Hometown Festival committee, I would like to thank the following 2013 sponsors: … Continue Reading

Voters Abandoning Joe May

June 7, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Voters Abandoning Joe May
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I voted for Joe May in the past, but this year I paid more attention to the postcards, phone calls, and door knocks we received since Joe hasn’t had any real competition in a while.

I looked at Joe May’s website and voting record and decided he is hardly a “conservative” let alone a “Republican” as he really votes like a squishy liberal. See for yourself http://bit.ly/18DYQgZ.

With just a few more days left, until we go the polls and decide the fate of the 33rd district, it’s time you get serious about the facts.

Tax increases are bad news and Joe May has voted with liberal Democrats for every major tax increase since 1993. … Continue Reading

Vote Joe May

June 7, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Vote Joe May
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As a 35-year homeowner and businessman in Loudoun County, I have witnessed the transformation of our wonderful community over the years from a mostly agrarian community into what is considered by many to be the Internet Capital of the world. Most of these years, Loudoun has been one of, if not the fastest, growing counties in America.

I have had the pleasure of working with and supporting Delegate Joe May over the past 20 years.

He has unquestionably been a rock-solid asset to our community. This year, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce gave Joe an A+ rating and named him a “Champion of Free Enterprise.” In 2012, the Loudoun Times-Mirror named him “Citizen of the Year.”
Joe is well-known as a problem solver who cares about serving his constituents and the Commonwealth rather than taking the credit. … Continue Reading

Steve Stockman Endorses LaRock

June 7, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Steve Stockman Endorses LaRock
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I have known Dave LaRock and his family for over 27 years. Having served in public office myself, I am sure Dave has tremendous potential to be an outstanding elected leader. He has demonstrated this potential through his dedication to his family, the success of his business, and his selfless efforts to protecting our community from the effects of Government over-reach. I have watched with amazement as Dave and the teams he has helped form have move public opinion on issues that impact the community.

Dave has in recent years taken a growing interest in demanding accountability from our elected officials. He has been one of the leaders in fights against burdensome regulation, tax increases, and higher tolls. I know Dave will put his business, personal and political experience to work and be a great Delegate representing the 33rd District, but only if people will capture the opportunity by electing Dave. … Continue Reading

May’s Desperate Attacks

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I have been inundated by the mailers concerning the 33rd District Delegate Republican primary race between Joe May and Dave LaRock. I found it quite ironic that in a mailer Joe May accused Dave LaRock of having a negative campaign; since May has launched the most negative attack I have seen in a very long time. He accused Dave of being a “criminal”. Then he really did not tell you what Dave actually did. Perhaps that was because some of you would have applauded him for it. Let me tell you what I know about this “criminal” event. There was an illegal sign erected, a large sign for a West Virginia sex-related business. This sign was erected in the VDOT right of way on Route 9 in Loudoun County. Besides being place illegally, the major problem was that this sign was exceedingly graphic. My understanding is that many people complained about it and it appeared that no one in authority was going to do anything about it. However, based on all of the complaints and apparent lack of action, Dave removed and destroyed the sign. The owner of the adjacent land then filed a complaint against Dave and rather than spend tons on legal defense, he agreed to pay for the value of the sign. It is my understanding that the Judge accepted this deal. Actually, I had heard the story a long time ago and completely forgot about it. The story has been out there for quite a while. Here is a link to the story: http://virginiavirtucon.wordpress.com/2013/03/03/and-so-it-begins-smears-and-mudslinging-in-loudoun-county/ . … Continue Reading

Supports Delegate Joe May

June 4, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Supports Delegate Joe May
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Joe May knows how to bring home conservative results for our district.

Joe has been a leader in the state consolidating 19 state agencies, boards and commissions. He has also led the effort to keep over $700 million in our “rainy day fund” which has helped the state maintain its “AAA” bond rating. He has been a leader in cutting $7 billion from the state budget and led the effort to audit VDOT, saving the taxpayers hundreds of millions.  These are some of the reasons Virginia is one of only 12 states with a “AAA” bond rating.  

When we see politicians on the national level allowing spending to get out of control it is good to know our local leaders are keeping the state responsible.  Joe is also 100 percent pro-life and has been endorsed by Congressman Frank Wolf.  On June 11th join me in voting for Delegate Joe May.

Alice Farris
Hamilton

Many Thanks from Harmony Odyssey of the Mind

June 1, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Many Thanks from Harmony Odyssey of the Mind

Harmony Middle School’s Problem 2 Odyssey of the Mind team would like to thank the members of our community who supported our recent trip to World Finals in East Lansing, Michigan. We could not have made the trip without your help!

Support from the Harmony Middle School community was critical to our success. We greatly appreciate the generous donation from the Harmony PTA, the financial sponsorship of the Harmony SCA, and the time and energy expended on our behalf by Principal Dr. Edgar Markley, bookkeeper Barbara Means, and Odyssey coordinator Samantha Berman. Thank you too to the numerous students and faculty who purchased our fundraiser lollipops! … Continue Reading

Town Intimidation

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Dear Editor:

I cannot stand by and allow Purcellville Mayor Bob Lazaro to disparage the good reputation of yet another resident of this town. Call it silly and old fashioned, but I expect elected officials to actually uphold the Purcellville Standards of Conduct and Code of Ethics.

I attended the April 9th town council meeting, which was a public hearing for the proposed budget. I spoke about my concerns, and a few other residents came forward to speak about their concerns regarding spending, borrowing, and the proposed tax increase.

One of the residents who spoke is very well known for his strong fiscal conservative principles. This resident suggested that there were areas that could be cut from the budget for savings of roughly $650,000. He also disagreed with the 17 percent tax increase from the new Fireman’s Field tax district, and he asked why the town needed to hire its own detective when the Sheriff’s Department provides this valuable resource to our community when it is needed. Besides, just how often does Purcellville experience crimes that require a full time detective?

Near the end of the meeting, the mayor accused some residents of having made negative statements about the police chief and Purcellville Police Department, and said they had suggested that the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Department take over law enforcement in Purcellville. Those accusations are completely untrue and outrageous. The absolute truth is that not one person that spoke said a single negative word about Chief Smith or the Police Department. That is completely made up.

There are enormous consequences when you express dissent of any kind against the policies, lack of transparency, or budget of the Town of Purcellville.

So, I salute the brave residents and business owners that stand up and speak out in Purcellville. Unfortunately it has become too obvious that Mayor Lazaro has a problem with the free speech provisions of our Constitution. It is sad and shocking that there are those that still provide support and cover for such bad behavior.

– Kelli Grim, Purcellville

Choose Your Delegate Wisely – June 11

April 21, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment
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When Republicans consider who to cast a vote for in the June 11 primary, they should check the facts to make sure they are voting for a true conservative.

A true conservative Republican ought to adhere closely to the principles of put forth in the Republican Party platform. They are, “lower taxes, less government, personal responsibility, creating opportunities for anyone, protection of life, empowering families, and defending freedom and liberty.”

Joe May has supported four huge tax and fee increases since he began his 20 year career as a Delegate. He broke ranks with Republicans in 2004 to join Gov. Mark Warner and cast the swing vote for higher taxes. High taxes work against families and businesses while diminishing liberty. High taxes also have the effect of impeding opportunity for working men and women. … Continue Reading

Endorsement of Dave LaRock, 33rd District State Assembly

April 18, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment
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State Assemblyman Joe May’s latest campaign flyer calls on Republicans to vote for him because he is “a pro-life conservative standing up for our values.” It is illustrated by a fat and happy baby, looking very cute, clutching an iconic red apple in chubby little hands, and a list of Joe’s “pro-life votes” in the General Assembly.

Pro-life is a buzz word used by Republican politicians who want to sit on the fence concerning the question of whether it is morally licit for society to allow the murder of babies growing in their mothers’ wombs. The other buzzword in the matching set is pro-choice, which is used by Democratic politicians who also want to obfuscate the issue of whether abortion amounts to the morally illicit taking of a human life.

In 1993, when I ran for the State Assembly as an independent candidate against Joe May, the Republican, and Jean Brown, the Democrat, I asked each of them in every public event during the campaign if they supported abortion. Ms. Brown aggressively asserted she was pro-choice. Mr. May’s answer, word for word, was that “abortion is a matter between a woman and her doctor.” He repeated this position in front of community meetings, press conferences, in debates, and in discussions with high school students throughout the campaign. … Continue Reading

Relay Recess of KWC

April 7, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Relay Recess of KWC

Eighty-nine students, along with sixty family members and friends joined the fight against cancer at the 4th Annual Relay Recess of KWC on March 8, 2013. The Cat in the Hat led the parade of fourteen survivors with their families around KWC for the first lap of the Relay while everyone else cheered for them! Family members and friends touched by cancer were honored and/or remembered with decorated Luminaires bags that lined the hallway.

Due to the generosity of the KWC community, fund raising events at Jersey Mike’s Subs & Tropical Smoothie, the Relay Recess sponsored Croc Shop, Jeans Week for the faculty, and the KWC Read Across America Challenge, almost $4,000 was raised for the American Cancer Society at the 2013 Relay Recess. The KWC community has now contributed over $12,000 to the American Cancer Society in four years. … Continue Reading

BOS Public Comment Time Limits

April 5, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on BOS Public Comment Time Limits
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For a very long time, Loudoun residents who wished to speak before the Board of Supervisors during public comment sessions of hearings or meetings, were limited to three and sometimes five minutes. It depended on the number of sign-ups or whether meetings were running late. Those representing organizations were often given five minutes or longer to speak, because they spoke on behalf of large numbers of residents. But no longer.

Board Chairman York, citing ‘time constraints’ and other excuses decided some time ago that comments be limited to two minutes, or even one minute (when certain agenda items drew in many speakers). The only individuals for whom this does not apply are usually public officials and those who have submitted applications to the County, such as developers. This time limit applies even when the Board is considering highly complex and detailed proposals such as the current debate over the stadium on Rt. 7, or major transportation initiatives, etc. Thus, although the current BOS considers itself responsive to the public, it is anything but. … Continue Reading

Cut-Through Traffic in the Country Club Hills Neighborhood and the Planned Route7/690 Interchange

March 9, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Cut-Through Traffic in the Country Club Hills Neighborhood and the Planned Route7/690 Interchange
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I want to share some eye-opening statistics on the volume of traffic that cuts through the Country Club Hills Community on a normal week day and respectfully ask that folks please consider the safety and quality of life of the residents and not cut-through this neighborhood. In 2010 traffic data was collected by the town and showed an average volume on a normal weekday at 889 vehicles/day. Traffic data was again collected by the town during the first week of March 2013 and the results showed that on a normal weekday the volume has increased by ~23.61 percent to 1127 vehicles/day. I realize these are public roads and anyone can use them. However, this 50+ year old neighborhood with narrow roads and no sidewalks was not designed for this amount of traffic and presents safety issues for the residents. This traffic volume will only increase as the population grows and with the construction of a planned interchange at Route 7/690. The town needs another interchange to relieve traffic congestion, but at what expense to the Country Club Hills Community? I encourage the residents along this cut-through gauntlet (33rd St., Country Club Dr., Ashleigh Rd.) to contact the Mayor and Supervisor Clarke with any concerns you might have and let’s start addressing this topic now before it is too late. Thank you to the folks that will consider this request and not cut-through the neighborhood and to the fellow residents for getting involved if concerned with this ever-growing issue in the community.

Bill Conover
Purcellville


 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

The Holocene Climate

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(Public Input Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, 7 March, 2017) Figure 1 shows the climate variation over the last million years. The low points on the curve correspond to ice ages when glaciers up to a mile thick covered New …

Choosing To Forgive

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Truly forgiving is the ability to say, ‘Thank you for giving me that experience.’” James Arthur Ray vaulted into fame on the Oprah Winfrey Show back in the mid-2000’s. Stunned hearing these words while watching The Rise and …

Five Key Retirement Questions

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Beyond asking yourself where you see yourself and even what your lifelong goal are, effective retirement and longevity planning begs some very big questions. Review the points below and consider how housing, transportation and health considerations all play a role …

Work Woes

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, I’m a manager at a large tech company and my boss has directed me to fire someone on my team, but as a Christian, I just can’t do it. It’s true that the employee …

Joy or Suffering

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By Mary Rose Lunde No one likes to suffer. When given the chance, many people would choose to laugh rather than cry, to sit in silence with their friends rather than talk through their feelings, because not even their friends …

Wage Radio

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I will always remember – very fondly – the first time I ever set foot on the property at 711 Wage Drive Southwest in Leesburg, Virginia. It was a warm, sunny July morning in 1997, and I’d driven all the …

Speaking Truth to Power

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“With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed.” Abraham Lincoln On Thursday evening, February 23, I requested the Board of Supervisors pass a proclamation resolving to support the March for Science on Earth Day, April 22 [1]. …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

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Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

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Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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Calendar

March 2017
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February 27, 2017 February 28, 2017 March 1, 2017 March 2, 2017 March 3, 2017

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV
March 4, 2017

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
March 5, 2017
March 6, 2017 March 7, 2017 March 8, 2017 March 9, 2017 March 10, 2017 March 11, 2017 March 12, 2017
March 13, 2017 March 14, 2017 March 15, 2017 March 16, 2017 March 17, 2017 March 18, 2017

Wine & Chili Weekend

Wine & Chili Weekend
March 19, 2017

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale
March 20, 2017 March 21, 2017 March 22, 2017 March 23, 2017 March 24, 2017

March Fourth Friday

March Fourth Friday
March 25, 2017 March 26, 2017

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch
March 27, 2017 March 28, 2017 March 29, 2017 March 30, 2017 March 31, 2017 April 1, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
April 2, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”
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Lifestyle

Loudoun Workforce Resource Center Presents STEM Career Fair March 28

16 Mar 2017

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Anyone interested in a career in the rapidly growing field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is encouraged to attend an upcoming STEM Career Fair in Loudoun. The Loudoun Workforce Resource Center, in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC)’s Loudoun campus and NOVA SySTEMic Solutions, is holding a STEM Career Fair Tuesday, March 28, from 1:00 to 4:00 …

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Keep Loudoun Beautiful—Greater Lovettsville Area Volunteers Needed

16 Mar 2017

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The Keep Loudoun Beautiful spring clean-up takes place the entire month of April and greater Lovettsville needs volunteers. Bags, vests, gloves and grabbers are available at the Lovettsville Community Center during normal business hours, Monday-Friday. This is a great group or individual activity that can be scheduled around your availability. E-mail Lovettsville Area Leader, Laura Lieberman, for details and to …

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National Awkward Moments Day

8 Mar 2017

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?Laughing at Yourself Is the Best Medicine No one knows who invented National Awkward Moments Day, Saturday, March 18. That’s no surprise, since it probably came about as the result of one stunningly awkward moment that the owner of that moment was hoping to forget. We surveyed our readers and friends to ask them about their most awkward moments, sharing …

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Editorial

Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

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Appointment Shocks Many On January 3 Supervisor Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge) nominated Tom Priscilla for the Loudoun County Planning Commission to represent the Blue Ridge District. Priscilla was …

Op-ed

Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

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– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

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– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

Dear Editor

Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved

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Today, most residents of Loudoun County know nothing about Williams Gap, even those living on Williams Gap Road (Route 711). Knowing who “Williams” was, why a gap in the Blue …

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception

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We are a group of Loudoun County citizens who will be adversely affected if the board grants a special exception for the Catesby Farm property at your upcoming meeting. You …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm

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By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

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Protecting Free Speech

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By Dave LaRock (R-33) As elected officials and members of the legislature, our most fundamental responsibility is to protect God-given constitutionally protected rights. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits the government, including governmental public colleges and universities, from infringing on free speech and the free exercise of …

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Walbridge To Run for State Delegate in the 33rd District

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Tia Walbridge announces her run for the District 33 seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Walbridge is a wife and mother of two daughters and an active member of the Round Hill community. “Like many people in our district, my family has found its prosperity in a Virginia-based small …

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Office Building on Capitol Square To Be Named After Civil Rights Pioneer Barbara Johns

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Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the newly renovated state building located at 202 N. 9th Street on Capitol Square in Richmond (currently known as the 9th Street Office Building) will bear the name of civil rights pioneer Barbara Johns. The building, which reopened last year, houses the Virginia Attorney General’s …

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Sports

Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017

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The Loudoun Valley Vikings are the boy’s runner-up at the VHSL 4A State Indoor Track and Field Championships at Roanoke College.  During the 2015-2016 school year, the Loudoun County School Board approved Indoor Track and Field as a Tier 2 (self-funded) sport.  The seven boys competing scored 48 points, second …

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WLVBC U14 Boys Finish 3rd at VA Beach Event

23 Feb 2017

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The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys Team garnered 3rd place in their first travel tournament of 2017, the Virginia Beach Invitational. This event was held Feb. 18-19 and featured more than 24 teams from the U14 to U18 age group. The team was second on their net on day …

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