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Brand New Home for a Battle-Injured Soldier

May 6, 2015 Development, News Comments Off on Brand New Home for a Battle-Injured Soldier
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Construction on a brand new home for a battle-injured soldier is well underway in western Loudoun County.

The home is a project of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation of New York City, with secondary funding by the actor Gary Sinise’s foundation and the Building for America’s Bravest Foundation. Crews from Fuog/Interbuild, Inc. located in Purcellville and sub-contractors from western Loudoun have passed the half-way point in construction with a July target date for completion of the project outside Lovettsville.

John Fuog said his firm was awarded the contract by the foundation, “And we’re very happy to be a part of this historic project which honors a critically injured warrior, as well as a New York City fireman who lost his life trying to rescue people on 911 in the World Trade Center disaster.” … Continue Reading

Purcellville Meeting On Proposed Northern Collector Road – May 5 At Loudoun Valley High School

May 1, 2015 Development, News Comments Off on Purcellville Meeting On Proposed Northern Collector Road – May 5 At Loudoun Valley High School
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There will be a community meeting Tuesday, May 5, at 7:00 p.m. at Loudoun Valley High School to discuss plans for the Northern Collector Road study as well as the re-alignments. Many citizens see this proposed road as leading to further high density development, as most large parcels of land along this proposed route are undeveloped, and currently have low density zoning. Supervisors Janet Clarke (R-Blue Ridge) and Geary Higgins (R-Catoctin) have set up this meeting.

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Purcellville Community Meeting On Proposed Annexations – May 1

May 1, 2015 Development Comments Off on Purcellville Community Meeting On Proposed Annexations – May 1
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There is a meeting scheduled for Friday, May 1, 5:00 p.m. at 16932 Berlin Turnpike (Route 287), directly behind Carlyle and Anderson. This meeting is with the property owner, J. “Ron” Roncaglione, looking to get feedback from the community of his proposed annexation plans into the Town of Purcellville for development of 67 acres. Joe Bane gave a presentation at the Purcellville Town Council Work Session in January 2015. At the time he proposed the idea of data centers on this property. Roncaglione is asking for the neighbors to attend to voice their input. A public input session is usually customary prior to submitting an annexation application.

There will also be another meeting on Friday, May 1, 6:30 p.m. at the same location for another proposed annexation of 84 acres known as Purcellville West, LLC.

Zoning Administrator Rules Vineyard Square Project May Proceed Despite Expired Permits

April 3, 2015 Development, News 17 comments
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Decision Goes Into Effect Unless Challenged By April 13

In a surprising reversal of policy, Purcellville Zoning Administrator Patrick Sullivan is siding with Vineyard Square developers John Chapman and Mark Nelis and allowing their project to proceed, despite the fact that numerous dates for their project have expired.

Sullivan’s action is in direct conflict with a Purcellville Town Council vote in July 2014 denying an extension.

Background

Vineyard Square, a 5-6 story mixed use development planned for downtown Purcellville, obtained Certificate of Design Approval (CDA) permits from the Board of Architectural Review (BAR) to demolish certain buildings on 21st Street, each requiring a separate CDA.

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Study For The Northern Collector Road Advances

April 2, 2015 Development, News Comments Off on Study For The Northern Collector Road Advances
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At the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors (BOS) March 4 Business Meeting, the board unanimously approved the funding to complete the Northern Collector Road (NCR) study. The total amount approved was up to $166,883, which includes funding for two phases.
The concept study for the NCR will include the following areas: Allder School Road to the north, Purcellville Road (611) to the west, Berlin Turnpike (Route 287) to the east and Main Street in Purcellville to the south.

The present and future developments listed as the reasons why the study is needed include: the Wright Farm residential community, the Fields Farm School Complex, the Mayfair/Autumn Hill community (not yet built), the yet to be built Loudoun Youth Football Stadium, the yet to be built second access road to Woodgrove High School, the build-out of St. Francis de Sales Church and the future Route 690 interchange (projected to begin in 2025). Future build-out conditions for the town and the county will also be taken into consideration.
According to the March 4 BOS Business Meeting Action Item, Phase I of the study will determine if the NCR “is still needed given the level of actual and planned future development … ” This phase will cost approximately $123,544, and is estimated to take 8 months.

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Planning Commissioner Raises Red Flag for Second Time

April 1, 2015 Development, Government, News Comments Off on Planning Commissioner Raises Red Flag for Second Time
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Ogelman Challenges Significant Rezonings And “Muzzling” Of Zoning Debate

– By Andrea Gaines

Planning Commissioner Nedim Ogelman is not afraid to put it in writing.

In passionately worded statements entered into the March Purcellville Planning Commission record, Planning Commissioner Nedim Ogelman called out his colleagues for taking actions in direct contradiction to the Purcellville Comprehensive Plan. Ogelman also challenged one town council member’s characterization of recent proceedings as negative and unproductive, saying “Sometimes we confront positions with which we disagree, but that doesn’t make them negative … I read that as short-hand for trying to muzzle debate.”

Ogelman’s statement comes in response to a long series of Planning Commission and Purcellville Town Council sessions where developers have pushed for sweeping zoning changes via what is essentially a closed door administrative process, versus the public process called for by Comp Plan defenders, including Mayor Kwasi Fraser and Town Council member Karen Jimmerson.

At issue is whether the major changes proposed should happen piecemeal and in contradiction of the Comp Plan, or whether the changes should be delayed to allow the public to participate as part of the plan’s mandated 5-year review.

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Phase II of Downtown Project Will Commence in Spring

March 4, 2015 Development, News Comments Off on Phase II of Downtown Project Will Commence in Spring
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The Purcellville Town Council voted unanimously to authorize town manager Rob Lohr to execute the contract with Jefferson Asphalt Products Company for Phase II 21st Streetscape improvements and also to GeoConcepts Engineering.

The project has changed from the initial concept. There will be no loss of parking on the east side. The project will consist of drainage work starting at the lowest point – from near the train station and moving up to close to the Pancost building, which is near the White Palace Restaurant. The work will be done from 10:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m., starting Sunday and stopping Friday morning 10:00 a.m. … Continue Reading

Board of Architectural Review Discusses Duplex Design of M/I Homes Proposed “Cottages at 32nd Street”

March 4, 2015 Development, News Comments Off on Board of Architectural Review Discusses Duplex Design of M/I Homes Proposed “Cottages at 32nd Street”
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Purcellville’s Board of Architectural Review on February 17 heard from M/I Homes’ representatives regarding their proposed duplex development on S. 32nd Street, in the town’s historic overlay district. The property is currently zoned for 19 homes and M/I Homes has applied for a comprehensive plan amendment as well as a zoning amendment to allow for a density increase to 42 units on 10 acres. Each unit is proposed to be between 2,500 to 2,800 square feet with a price tag of $450,000 to $500,000. BAR Chairman Pat Giglio noted that M/I Homes’ application is currently undergoing review by town staff. Representatives of the developer presented plans for four building models that would consist of two units each. They displayed drawings of the duplex designs, showing that each unit making up one building would have different architectural features. Architect David Robbins described the building design plans to the BAR, saying the developer is incorporating multiple features to reflect design patterns seen on the existing neighborhood’s homes. BAR members, however, having heard the presentation informed the M/I Homes representatives that among other things their design “has many inconsistencies with BAR guidelines,” “is too busy,” “is of a mass and design inconsistent with S. 32nd Street and Purcellville,” and “is inconsistent with architecture throughout the town.” … Continue Reading

York Flips – Deciding Vote To Approve 189 Foot Red Hill Road Water Tower

November 10, 2014 Development, News Comments Off on York Flips – Deciding Vote To Approve 189 Foot Red Hill Road Water Tower
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The Red Hill Road water tower saga took yet another surprising turn at the Board of Supervisors November 5th business meeting. Reversing his Transportation/Land Use Committee vote against the towers, Board Chairman Scott York (R-At-Large) failed to support Blue Ridge District Supervisor Janet Clarke’s (R) motion to deny Loudoun Water’s application to build two 189-foot, million-gallon water storage tanks alongside rural unpaved Red Hill Road. Instead, he voted against Clarke’s motion and then offered an alternative motion to approve a single 189-foot, million-gallon water tank on the property. Community members and their supporters watched surprised and stunned, as a majority of the Board voted to approve York’s proposal. Clarke, Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling), Geary Higgins (R-Catoctin), and Ken Reid (R-Leesburg) voted against the towers.

Ashley Ziviello, co-chair of the No Red Hill Water Towers Coalition, commented in an e-mail, “I left the Boardroom feeling totally disgusted with this process. Some Supervisors forgot who they were elected to represent. They had the chance to affect change and hold Loudoun Water accountable but they chose to reward them instead. Where is the accountability?”

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Hirst Road Developers Continue Push for Quick – Fix Zoning

November 5, 2014 Development, News Comments Off on Hirst Road Developers Continue Push for Quick – Fix Zoning
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Special Treatment vs Full Comprehensive Plan Review

At the Purcellville Planning Commission over the past several months, town staff has addressed significant zoning changes along Hirst Road.

The properties set for development are along Hirst Road east and west of Hatcher. One of the parcels was recently proposed for comprehensive plan amendments and zoning amendments to accommodate the Tilley Entertainment and 178 unit apartment complex (Catoctin Creek Town Center) that was eventually withdrawn because of community opposition. The community wanted the zoning to stay as CM1 light industrial similar to the building the town leases for the police department. … Continue Reading

High Density Rezoning Again Proposed for S 32nd Street

November 5, 2014 Development, News Comments Off on High Density Rezoning Again Proposed for S 32nd Street

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MI Homes is proposing to rezone the 10-acre Ball property on 32nd Street (S 690) to PDH-5. The property is zoned R-2 which means two houses per acre (19 single family homes) of low-density single family ?detached residential development. The current zoning is consistent with the neighborhood which is single family detached residential houses. This neighborhood is in the Historic Overlay District. … Continue Reading

Update On Red Hill Road Water Towers

October 31, 2014 Development, News Comments Off on Update On Red Hill Road Water Towers
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Board Vote On Nov. 5

The Red Hill Road Water Towers story took a surprising twist at the Board of Supervisors’ Transportation / Land Use Committee meeting on October 17, when committee members Scott York (R-At-Large), Janet Clarke (R-Blue Ridge), and Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) voted to send the application to the full board with a recommendation that the board turn down Loudoun Water’s proposal for two 189-foot, 1 million-gallon water tanks alongside unpaved Red Hill Road. Committee Chairwoman Suzanne Volpe (R-Sugarland Run) was the sole vote in opposition; the committee’s fifth member, Geary Higgins (R-Catoctin), was absent from the meeting.

The committee’s action means a final vote will occur at the board business meeting on November 5 with at least four Supervisors aligned against the project. Clarke, Higgins, and Delgaudio voted against the application at the Board’s Public Hearing in September. York’s decision not to support the application now leaves tower opponents within one vote of their goal. The Blue Ridge Leader attempted to contact the remaining supervisors, but only reached Ralph Buona (R-Ashburn), who commented, “At this point I am still evaluating my position.”

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Public Encouraged to Vote for Favorite Name for Silver Line Stations in Loudoun

October 20, 2014 Development, News Comments Off on Public Encouraged to Vote for Favorite Name for Silver Line Stations in Loudoun
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The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors is seeking public input into the naming of the Route 606 and Route 772 Silver Line Metro stations that will be constructed in Loudoun County. The names under consideration for the stations are:
Route 606 Station
Broad Run
Dulles Gateway
Loudoun East
Loudoun Gateway
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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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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
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Wine & Chili Weekend

Wine & Chili Weekend
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Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale
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March Fourth Friday

March Fourth Friday
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Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

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”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 …

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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 …

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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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