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Job Well Done!

February 3, 2016 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Job Well Done!
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Kudos to Town Manager Rob Lohr and his awesome hard working staff. You did a fantastic job of snow removal throughout the Town of Purcellville this past week. Mr. Lohr had a crew on Monday working into the night clearing and even hauling the snow from 21st Street Downtown so we we’re all able to open for business the next day. Maybe the Town can have you consult with some other municipalities on how to get it done!
Michael Oaks
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Re-Love It, along with our fellow Downtown Merchants & the Citizens of Purcellville

Conflicts of Interest Real or Perceived Continue To Run Rampant

January 13, 2016 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Conflicts of Interest Real or Perceived Continue To Run Rampant
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The Conflict of Interest Act can be subject to interpretation by just about anyone looking to stand on the side of a politician or appointed public servant that decries there is nothing wrong with the issues that have been raised. Usually, it is the public that raises the question with anticipation the elected official will have the integrity to recuse themselves, or step down from their position for the good of the business of the people. Over the nearly nine years I have lived in Purcellville, residents registering Conflict of Interest concerns receive harsh criticism or are simply ignored. … Continue Reading

Where Is Representative Government in Purcellville?

January 7, 2016 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Where Is Representative Government in Purcellville?
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As I sit down to help my ninth grade daughter study for her World History test on government, I’m reminded how our own local government has forgotten the true meaning of representative government.

Citizens of Purcellville and neighboring Loudoun County residents banned together to send emails and speak at the December Purcellville Town Council meeting regarding the proposed annexation of property currently in the county – Purcellville Crossroads. The Kline property is zoned for 3-acre homes, but the landowner can make lots more money if he develops the land with higher density. To get the density the owners want, the property must come into the town. … Continue Reading

One-Sided Education

December 2, 2015 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on One-Sided Education
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Thank you, Nicholas Reid, recent graduate of a Loudoun County high school, for warning us about one-sided environmental teaching in Loudoun (“The Death of American Education,” November 2015).  He watched Al Gore’s movie, “An Inconvenient Truth” (2006) in his 7th grade PE/Health class.    John Stossel calls the film mostly “nonsense” that makes “so many odd claims.”   

I urge our School Board to mandate that if a teacher shows Al Gore’s movie about global warming, then that teacher must also show the documentary, “An Inconsistent Truth,” released in 2012.  The film shreds Al Gore’s claims.  E.g., students will learn that there is no consensus in human-caused global warming; thousands of scientists believe that the sun, not human activity, causes temperature change.   

An education must include both sides of an issue, especially this one that will greatly affect our lives.   Otherwise, dubious laws will cause our cost of living to soar while barely changing the global temperature, if at all.  

Rose Ellen Ray
Leesburg

Thank You for Another Successful Halloween Block Party

November 4, 2015 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Thank You for Another Successful Halloween Block Party
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The 5th annual Purcellville Halloween Block Party was the best attended to date with an estimated 6,000 descending on 21st street in Old Town this past Friday evening. Costume contest were held in five categories ranging from infants to adults. Prizes and trophies totaling over $2,000 were awarded to some of the most awesome and creative costumes we have had at the block party. The Judges, Geno Stampora, Karen Jimmerson, Scott Harris and Police Chief Cynthia McAlister had some tough decisions to determine the winners. Thanks judges for a job well done!  … Continue Reading

Ethics in Campaigning and Voting

November 1, 2015 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Ethics in Campaigning and Voting
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My Dad used to say it’s what you do when nobody is watching that counts. Over 80 percent of my “zoning permitted” and “land owner approved” and “well off the right of way” signs have already been stolen countywide. I believe incumbents whose own signs miraculously appeared in the exact same spot my signs disappeared have knowledge of who is pilfering them when nobody is watching. Isn’t that unethical? I see the word “experience” and trust the “winners” used quite often by incumbents. Really! Other than voters who blindly vote a party out of some national allegiance how can anyone not see the incredible increase in traffic congestion over the last 4 years? How can anyone stomach the easy acceptance of the COSTCO shooting or the Christian Sierra shooting by the incumbent Commonwealth Attorney (not to be mentioned) or the failure to charge the murderer of Erica Smith yet the case was closed when the suspect of two successive Sheriffs died or the refusal to charge the deputy accused by the Sheriff of embezzling $230,000? Are these “Experiences” not enough to wake up the community to the politics of this office rather than ethical execution of its duties? … Continue Reading

$17 Dollar Tolls-Ouch!

October 27, 2015 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on $17 Dollar Tolls-Ouch!
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Recently Gov. McAuliffe proposed $17 round trip tolls on I-66 inside the beltway with Chuck Hedges the Democrat nominee for the HOD 33rd district being the lone candidate from the western suburbs supporting it. For those of us working inside the beltway, this toll is ludicrous!

It is exorbitant, solely designed to drive people from their cars. How many of you can afford another $85 per week?

It also does absolutely nothing to the expansion, improvement or maintenance of the road or any other road for that matter. In the plan, tolls collected are designated for quite a few projects from bike paths to promoting alternative transportation. Those bearing the toll will receive absolutely no benefit.

Lastly, this contrary to the concept of no tolls on the interstate system which was, from the beginning and with few exceptions, funded from federal and state taxes. To date there have been few exceptions and those roads predated the interstate highway system; I-66 inside the beltway was planned during the mid 1960’s.

Gov. McAuliffe, and Mr. Hedges, what are you thinking?

Matt Leeds
Berryville

Black Is a Straight-Talker

October 27, 2015 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Black Is a Straight-Talker
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Liberal Governor McAuliffe’s hand-picked senate candidate, Dr. Jill McCabe, has learned the hard way that ducking important issues doesn’t cut it with voters. It took her three weeks to figure out that the Governor’s $17 toll lanes were bad for commuters. She, like all the other Democrats, was waiting for the green light from the Governor to state her opposition. Once they got it, all the Democrat minions rushed to the microphone to video their statement at the same VDOT meeting – even sitting legislators who had previously voted for the tolls!

Now that Dr. McCabe is back-peddling, she released her 3-week-tardy video and claims that she was always against it. That’s simply not true. Just four days before said meeting, she was still ducking the issue on Facebook. Even her own supporter declared that he would not vote for her since she refused to oppose the $17 tolls. He plead for her opposition explaining his job was at stake and even that plea wasn’t enough to get Dr. McCabe to pledge her opposition. … Continue Reading

Supports Hedges for Delegate

October 17, 2015 Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment
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We need Chuck Hedges in the Virginia House of Delegates. On the day I met Chuck Hedges some years ago, I was walking him around my property when I happened to point out my driveway was in need of some new gravel. The next day, the very next day, I look out my window, and there is Chuck, standing in the back of his pickup truck, shoveling a new gravel compound onto the worst spots. He saw the problem. He had a solution. He just moved in and fixed it.

Over the years, I have seen this man, again and again, see a problem: someone needs a job, a curb needs fixing, sick folk need tending to; and there would be Chuck, moving in, cajoling local officials, making phone calls, visiting, checking up, and taking care of what was needed. I never knew him to expect anything in return, he just has this mind set—there’s a problem I can do something about, so I’ll do it. And now he’s running for a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates.

How wonderful to have someone in Richmond with Chuck’s attitude: Problem? Fix it!

To be honest, Chuck is a good friend. To be brutally honest, I would not vote for him just because he’s a friend, but I will vote for this friend because he is a man who so generously gives of himself to make life better for other folk. I must also admit that I would like to have a friend in Richmond. If he’s elected, he’ll be your friend too, and that’s a good thing.

Victor H Kryston
Lovettsville

LaRock Stands Against McAuliffe’s Misplaced I-66 Priorities

October 4, 2015 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on LaRock Stands Against McAuliffe’s Misplaced I-66 Priorities
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Recently, Governor McAuliffe proposed imposing a $17 toll on I-66 inside the Beltway. Funds raised through this toll would pay for “alternative travel options”, such as bike and pedestrian paths in areas such as Arlington.

What the Governor doesn’t understand is that commuters from outside the beltway (i.e. Loudoun, Clarke, etc) will bear the brunt of the toll burden, even though they won’t benefit at all from “alternative travel options” built 50 miles away in Arlington. To make matters worse, the Governor’s plan fails to include specific new lane capacities-which is the only thing that would actually reduce congestion in Northern Virginia. … Continue Reading

Breweries in Residential Neighborhoods – Wrong Location

October 4, 2015 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Breweries in Residential Neighborhoods – Wrong Location
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I wanted your readers to be aware of a disturbing new trend in Loudoun County. While most of us support efforts to keep open space in agricultural use, a loophole in the regulations has emerged that threatens the safety and tranquility of our neighborhoods.

In the middle of a quiet residential neighborhood on Foggy Bottom Road in Bluemont a brewery is under construction now that will serve beer until 10:00 p.m. Parking will be provided for at least a hundred cars, most of which will include multiple passengers.

This Bluemont neighborhood has narrow, winding dirt roads, traffic signs cautioning about the presence of horses and riders, children and cyclists. This is absolutely an inappropriate location for the opening of a beer hall. I call it a beer hall because they serve beer in a party-like atmosphere with music and entertainment. … Continue Reading

Thank You Purcellville

August 7, 2015 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Thank You Purcellville
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I want to express my sincere appreciation for the outpouring of support by the local business owners and residents in relationship to my challenge to the Vineyard Square development. Your kind words, visits, and support of my efforts have been overwhelming. The final decision will affect everyone.

It was a very difficult decision for me to make when I filed the original appeal. I had no doubt it was the right thing to do, and I knew if this was not addressed now I was not the only business that would be critically impacted and suffer irreparable harm.

But, the process has been frustrating, as I understood it would be when I filed the appeal with my attorney arguing my case against the actions of Purcellville’s zoning administrator. I was most shocked and disappointed that Board of Zoning Appeals member Eric Zimmerman – who represented one of the note holders on the Vineyard Square project – refused to recuse himself from the proceedings despite that obvious conflict of interest. It was a bad judgment, and destroys the public trust in appointed members of the community on so many levels.

I am holding out hope that the mayor and town council will not remain silent. The stage is now set and critical development precedents will be established for the developer of Vineyard Square and all future developers if these issues are not addressed now. So, I must move forward and defend and protect my business from devastating consequences, and stand up for the rule of law in our beautiful town no matter what the cost. My “Save Old Town Pville” Go Fund Me campaign will be the way I am able to keep moving forward. Thank you for your support, Purcellville!

Mary Ellen Stover, Purcellville

Independence Won – Much Left To Be Done

July 1, 2015 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Independence Won – Much Left To Be Done
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With graduations behind us and summer vacations ahead, we have much to look forward to. My summer will be full of events and opportunities to meet with people out in the community and on their doorsteps. My family and energetic team of volunteers are excited to be participating in three local parades celebrating Independence Day, the day when our forefathers asserted in the Declaration of Independence that, “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” entitled them to cast off the oppressive rule of Britain and to fight for their belief that they were, “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The good guys won so here we are!

I wish all was bright and happy for patriotic Americans. There is a cloud, however, hanging over the weekend’s festivities. This past week brought bad news for those of us who believe in the rule of law and respect for the United States Constitution. Obviously many leaders do not share a commitment to those principles which have made America great.

Obamacare remains a mess. Virginia families have seen firsthand the negative impacts of Obamacare: Cancelled plans, skyrocketing premiums, higher out-of-pocket costs and stunted job markets as businesses are leery of hiring. The Court’s decision provides no prescription for these ills.

The Supreme Court’s decision does not have to be a lost opportunity. Congress can and should still act to replace this broken law with real health reform that puts patients and doctors back in charge, lowers costs and gives states more flexibility to care for our most vulnerable citizens without expanding entitlements.

Along with other Republicans in the House of Delegates, I remain committed to protecting Virginians from the side-effects of Obamacare by doing everything we can to keep costs under control and provide flexibility to families and businesses.

We also remain committed to strengthening our health care safety net without expanding our broken Medicaid system. Just this past week, I received a letter from the Loudoun Free Clinic’s Executive Director thanking members of the General Assembly for helping them better serve the low-income families who rely on the clinic for help. The increased funding for the clinics came after local legislators toured the facility and conveyed the need for increased funding to lawmakers in Richmond.

The legal gymnastics used by the Court do not change the fact that the Affordable Care Act is an unworkable and unaffordable disaster.

Along the same lines, the Court’s 5-4 decision that ruled that the Constitution requires states to recognize same-sex marriages was another swing-and-a-miss. For the vast number of Virginians that hold to the belief that marriage is a union between one man and one woman, the ruling sends the simple message that their right to be represented by an elected legislature is subject to the personal preferences of five unelected individuals. Moving forward, it is of critical importance that the religious liberties of all Virginians be respected. We must also ensure that the constitutionally guaranteed right to the free exercise of religion remains undiminished.

The court’s rulings are not the final word. The patriotic spirit that we know exists in America remains active, and I for one will not sit idle while well-meaning advocates of social change persist in reducing the Constitution to a set of intangible and ever-morphing guidelines. Constitutional proponents are fighting for sound, uniform rule of law, and we will work to reclaim the ground that has been taken. We can start by renewing our resolve to respect the legislative process of our nation and our respective states and to move our great nation in the right direction by being well-informed and voting our values.

Delegate Dave LaRock

Delegate Dave LaRock represents the 33rd House District, including parts of Loudoun, Clarke and Frederick Counties, and the towns of Leesburg (partial), Purcellville, Berryville, Lovettsville, Round Hill, Hamilton and Hillsboro. LaRock serves on the Transportation Committee, the Science and Technology Committee and the Courts of Justice Committee. Dave and his wife, Joanne, have lived in Loudoun for 29 years, building a successful family-owned general contracting business. The LaRock’s reside near Hamilton with Laura, Abby and John, the youngest of their seven children. Please call me for help anytime at 703 751-8043.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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
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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”

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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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