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“Green Structure” By Fuog InterBuild Wins National Award

April 4, 2012 Development, News Comments Off on “Green Structure” By Fuog InterBuild Wins National Award
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A “green structure” built by Fuog /InterBuild, Inc., received the National Frame Builders Association “Judges’ Award” and the 2011 Building of the Year” at the March 1 2012 Frame Building Expo in St. Louis, MO. constructed using only sustainable wood species, energy efficient technology and as many recycled elements as possible, the St. Brides Horse Barn and Equestrian office “represents on the aesthetically and functionally exceptional barns in the Virginia Piedmont region” according to the NFBA. The St. Brides Barn will be part of the 2012 – 58th Annual “Upperville Barn Tour”. More than 1800 visitors are expected to tour the facility as part of the annual event. … Continue Reading

Home Identified As Part of the Original “Bush Meeting Grounds” Will Be Torn Down for Parking

March 7, 2012 Development, News Comments Off on Home Identified As Part of the Original “Bush Meeting Grounds” Will Be Torn Down for Parking

A private home listed as part of the original Bush Meeting Grounds – in the Historic Overlay District and purchased by the Town of Purcellville approximately one year ago – will be razed to provide additional parking for the Fireman’s Field/Town Hall complex.

The home is located next to what is known as the Bush Tabernacle, a structure with important Civil Rights/Purcellville history which was recently restored.

Bits of history associated with the home, including the fact that it was once owned by the Warner family in Purcellville, are part of archival records from the Thomas Balch Library in Leesburg.

Purcellville Plan: Build A Roundabout … Then Destroy It

February 2, 2012 Development, News 2 comments
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Plans Show Roundabout Will Be Built Then Razed And Replaced At a Later Date

Yes, that’s the plan for the Southern Collector roundabout – build it, destroy it and then rebuild it at taxpayer expense ninety-four feet west of the original location. As seen in the Town of Purcellville’s drawing on this page, which will be given out at the mandatory Southern Collector Road (SCR) pre-bidders conference on February 7, 2012 at the Town Hall, the original roundabout, which is currently being constructed by the developer of the Purcellville Gateway Project, is located below (east of) the final roundabout. The original roundabout will be proffered (at no charge to the Town) while the second one will be built with taxpayer money. … Continue Reading

Notaviva Vineyards joins alliance with Crooked Run Orchard; calls Town actions “malicious”

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The following was received as an open letter to the Purcellville Mayor and Town Council.

July 11, 2011

Mayor Lazaro, Purcellville Town Council Members:

I am writing to inform you of our alliance with Sam and Uta Brown, owners of Crooked Run Orchard, in their efforts to preserve their farm.

For some time now, we have followed with mounting disappointment and ire the news reports of their ongoing battle with the Town of Purcellville. Perhaps, like many others in the community, we held high hopes the issue would somehow “sort itself out” and that the Browns would prevail in their campaign. And perhaps, like many others in the community, we also held high hopes that their rights as citizens, rural business owners, and landowners would be preserved.

We reacted with shock as we learned of the Town’s aggressive tactics in removing the injunction preventing the seizure of the Brown’s property, and your subsequent acquisition of their land. In our opinion, you have violated a sacred American right, and we find it unconscionable that the Town of Purcellville has engaged in such actions.

Your quick-take was our tipping point, and we have committed ourselves to assisting the Browns in any way possible. In the short time we have known Sam and Uta, we have found them to be intelligent, passionate, honest and wise – stewards of the land with agricultural knowledge far surpassing our own. Such wisdom should be treasured, nurtured and preserved for Loudoun’s future generations, not abused like some inconsequential aggravation. It is a grave sign of Purcellville’s societal and political priorities that this situation has deteriorated to this point.

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County Implements Changes to Agricultural and Forestal District Program

July 13, 2011 Development, Loudoun County, News Comments Off on County Implements Changes to Agricultural and Forestal District Program
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Effective July 1, 2011, Loudoun County implemented changes to the Agricultural and Forestal District program in response to changes made by the Virginia General Assembly during the 2011 legislative session.

The changes include expansion of parcels eligible for membership in the program, the appointment of a program administrator, changes to the processing of applications, designation of new maps for submittal with applications, and expansion of parcels eligible for membership in the program. … Continue Reading

The Fight Goes on for Crooked Run Orchard

July 1, 2011 Development, News, Our Towns Comments Off on The Fight Goes on for Crooked Run Orchard

By Kelli Grim

Sam and Uta Brown have confirmed they recently finalized the real estate closing on the two parcels that had been jointly owned by Sam and his brother Tim Brown. The entire property is made up of three parcels equal to approximately 100 acres, and two of them were a part of the recent partition lawsuit between Sam and Tim Brown that was set to go to auction in June 2011.

Sam and Uta Brown have just purchased the two parcels from Sam’s brother Tim Brown, and now are the sole owners of the nearly 100 acre Crooked Run Orchard. The farm has been in the Brown family for over 250 years when Sam’s ancestor, Mahlon Kirkbride purchased it from Lord Fairfax in 1741. It has been continuously farmed by the Brown family, is a VA designated Century Farm, and currently operates as a “Pick Your Own” that is open to the public.

The Brown’s are determined to continue their efforts to “Preserve and Protect” their unique historic property which does not have any asphalt or concrete on it. It has been difficult for them to spend tens of thousands of dollars in attorney fees just to defend their home and business. They realize this is a great undertaking, and will now face even greater hardships since the Town of Purcellville recently took by “Quick Take” condemnation seven acres of the sixteen-acre parcel to build a southern by-pass road less than twenty feet from their 100+ year old home. … Continue Reading

Most Recent Press Release from Roadside Development

June 21, 2011 Development, News, Our Towns Comments Off on Most Recent Press Release from Roadside Development
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Roadside Development and general contractor, LF Jennings, have hired Allen Cochran (Cochran Stone Masonry & Timberframing) to perform some if the initial preparation of the Farm House, which includes the dismantlement of the existing porch, shed roof on the eastern side as well as the rear addition to the north. This work is scheduled to commence on June 15. In addition, the project’s structural engineer will be performing an inspection on the structure. Once complete, the professional house mover will arrive on site to continue the preparation and process.

Wednesday, May 18 Vote Scheduled: Virginia Secretary of Transportation Seeks Controversial Transportation Project

May 17, 2011 Development, News Comments Off on Wednesday, May 18 Vote Scheduled: Virginia Secretary of Transportation Seeks Controversial Transportation Project
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Another Fight to Protect Manassas Battlefield – This Time During the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War; Loudoun, Clarke and Fauquier Counties Vote to Oppose Highway Proposal

Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton and two Commonwealth Transportation Board members are seeking a vote on Wednesday to have a new north-south corridor from I-95 to Route 7 declared a Corridor of Statewide Significance. CTB members leading the push have been Gary Garczynski, a Prince William County developer appointed by Governor McDonnell to the Commonwealth Transportation Board, and Doug Koelemay of SAIC, appointed by Governor Kaine.

“The eleven Corridors of Statewide Significance that we have today were only approved after extensive technical review, consultation with local and regional governments and state agencies, and public meetings and input,” said Chris Miller, President of the Piedmont Environmental Council. “The Koelemay/Garczynski resolution would however designate the first brand new corridor and would do so without the important advance review applied prior to the designation of the current corridors.” … Continue Reading

INOVA Loudoun Signs Lease for Lovettsville Facility

May 14, 2011 Development, News Comments Off on INOVA Loudoun Signs Lease for Lovettsville Facility

Inova Loudoun Hospital has signed a five-year lease to occupy the former Lovettsville Post Office building located at 2 Broad Way.

“We have worked closely with Mayor Walker to identify a suitable location in Lovettsville to establish a primary care facility,” observed Randy Kelley, CEO of Inova Loudoun Hospital. “We are pleased, after five years, to have closed on a lease at the old post office and look forward to getting underway with the renovation and opening of the center.”

The Inova Medical Office – Lovettsville is anticipated to open September 1, offering primary care medical services in the evenings and on weekends. Inova will begin renovation immediately on the facility, building out four examination rooms. As with the Dulles South and Purcellville centers, hours will be adjusted accordingly based upon utilization.

“Inova has honored their commitment to the residents of Lovettsville. It’s been a long process but, working together to identify not only the services needed but a suitable location, we are happy to announce that medical services are coming to Lovettsville,” commented Mayor Elaine Walker, Town of Lovettsville.

Farm House Expected to Be Relocated in June

May 14, 2011 Development, News Comments Off on Farm House Expected to Be Relocated in June
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Roadside Development is pleased to provide the Purcellville community with updated information about the relocation and renovation of the existing Cole Farm House at the Purcellville Gateway project. Starting on Monday, May 23, the Purcellville Gateway development team will be starting the preparation work necessary to relocate the Farm House to its new home near the intersection of Main Street and Berlin Turnpike in Purcellville. The first order of business will be the removal of asbestos, lead based paint and other non-compliant materials that do not meet the necessary code for inhabiting the house once it has been moved and renovated. In addition, during the first two weeks of June, citizens will see that the existing porch, small shed roof on the eastern side of the house and the rear addition will be removed. This is necessary for the stabilization of the structure. Prior to the actual moving of the house, residents of Purcellville will see the pouring of the new foundation in the House’s new location. The Farm House will be moved using a system of four hydraulic house moving dollies connected to a structural grid to support activity. All of this work will be performed by a professional house mover and under the guidance of the structural engineer for the project. The actual House moving activities are scheduled for the third week in June.

Once the House has been established on its new foundation, renovation work will start which will include the creation of the new wrap-around porch. The renovation work will coincide with the completion of the Harris Teeter as well as the entire project which is scheduled to open in mid-2012.

Real Estate Ticker

April 27, 2011 Development, News Comments Off on Real Estate Ticker

By Heather Elias

There has been so much talk in the national media about the dismal real estate market across the country. Let me be clear about this…you can’t forecast the real estate market on a national level any more than you can create a national weather forecast. All real estate is local, based on supply, demand, and local economic conditions. Here’s how things are looking in Loudoun right now…

That’s three years worth of data for median price. The top line is single family homes, and the bottom line is the combined condo/townhome market. Pretty steady, huh? Median condo/townhome pricing has risen from around $255,000 in April 2009 to roughly $285,000 two years later; by my math that’s an 11 percent increase in two years. Single family homes have gone from $545,000 in April 2009 to about $555,00 now, which is only a two percent gain…but again, this is taking a snapshot across the county, so certain neighborhoods and home types could be outperforming (or underperforming) others. Given the volatility of the market (and the huge drop in home prices) from 2006 to 2008, I’d consider stability or a gain of a couple percent a win. If you are thinking about making a move this year, reach out to a real estate agent and get market data specific to your situation, so that you can make informed decisions. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Challenges Effort To Revive Controversial Outer Beltway

April 26, 2011 Development, Loudoun County, News, Uncategorized Comments Off on Loudoun Challenges Effort To Revive Controversial Outer Beltway

Fights Potential Diversion of Critical Transportation Revenues

Loudoun County residents and members of the County Board of Supervisors have discovered that Secretary Connaughton and two members of the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) have sought to revive the controversial Western Bypass and make it a top priority for funding as a new “Corridor of Statewide Significance.” Several residents attended Monday night’s Board of Supervisors meeting to speak in favor of a Loudoun County Board of Supervisors resolution which:

  • Protests the CTB’s lack of public process;
  • Calls for extensive consultation with the county; and,
  • Calls for a focus on the county’s much more critical transportation needs in terms of east-west travel.

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Breaking Ground for the Erin Peterson Subdivision

April 20, 2011 Development, Loudoun County, News, Uncategorized Comments Off on Breaking Ground for the Erin Peterson Subdivision

Ground breaking for the Erin Peterson Subdivision Saturday April 16 at 10:00 a.m. in the Village of St. Louis. The Erin Peterson Subdivision is being developed in honor of Erin Peterson, a Virginia Tech freshman who tragically lost her life in the April 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech. Loudoun Habitat for Humanity, along with financial supporters, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Housing Fund and HUD Community Development Block Grant, and many others broke ground on the four home subdivision. Construction will begin in May 2011. The first home will go to the Burks family.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

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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
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
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Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

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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 …

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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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