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Autumn Hill/Mayfair – The Real Reason Behind Annexation

December 3, 2013 Editorial, Opinion 5 comments
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In 1991 the County approved the Autumn Hill rezoning request that would allow the development of 492 multi-family residential units just north of Purcellville. The proffers or legal agreements that were approved required that the development be served by town water and sewer service which could only occur if the property were annexed into the town. Since the town refused to annex and provide the utilities, the current landowner sought and received a permit from the Loudoun County Health Department (which is a state agency) to construct an on-site alternative sewage system rather than use town utilities.

The Health Department’s permit expired November 15. The permit stated explicitly that “Any proposed construction or other action in furtherance of or pursuant to this permit shall be subject to and must comply with all applicable state and local ordinances or regulations, including without limitation, any applicable zoning regulations, proffers, or conditions, any applicable comprehensive plan conformance review requirements, and applicable inter-jurisdictional agreements.” … Continue Reading

From “Affordable Housing” To “Food, Fun and Games”

November 6, 2013 Editorial, Opinion 1 comment
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By Karen Jimmerson

As promised in late summer, lawyer Mark Nelis has repackaged his proposal for the controversial 178-unit Catoctin Creek Apartment complex. Inappropriate development can come to growing towns like Purcellville with lightening speed, greased by a wink and a nod by those who are (supposedly) charged with the public trust and the developer’s “sales force” – insiders who know the soft spot citizens have for terms such as “family friendly,” “low-cost housing,” and “open [air] space.” But, an increasingly well-educated and wary public, I hope, will see through the language being used to try and get this project over the finish line.

In October, the Town of Purcellville received a revised concept plan application for the construction of an approximately 178-unit apartment complex on Hirst Road along with a large outdoor and indoor “entertainment complex” to also include retail. The project includes different properties under different owners now lumped into one application. … Continue Reading

What the Current Board of Supervisors Could – But Probably Won’t – Do for a Better Loudoun

October 2, 2013 Editorial, Opinion 5 comments
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By Malcolm Baldwin

Over the past 21 months, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has proclaimed its interest in improving Loudoun’s economy, business friendliness and fiscal soundness, while actually working in many ways counter to a sound vision of a vibrant Loudoun County. Despite glimmers of hope in a few areas, future prospects look dim for our board to reverse itself in time to promote a better, sounder vision for Loudoun during its current term.

So, what should citizens know? How can they encourage the board to redirect its efforts and further the vision that most Loudoun citizens could favor and benefit from? … Continue Reading

Virginia Retirement System Stiffs BOS Board Aides

September 4, 2013 Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on Virginia Retirement System Stiffs BOS Board Aides

By Mary M. Bathory Vidaver

County staff has long relied on support from the Virginia Retirement System (VRS) in upholding Board of Supervisor aides’ “non-employment” status. In a 2009 e-mail to an aide inquiring about the process, VRS Legal Affairs and Compliance Coordinator Brian J. Goodman wrote, “Based on a review of your e-mail and the Staff Aide Policies … it appears that these staff aide positions do not function as employees of Loudoun County. In fact, it appears from the underlined portions of the FLSA [Fair Labor Standards Act] … that the staff aides would not qualify for their exclusion from FLSA coverage if they were indeed employees of Loudoun County.”

VRS manages retirement, life insurance, and disability plans for the state’s civil servants, a select group of state-level political appointees, public school teachers, and many local government employees. Virginia law requires local governments participating in the plan, as Loudoun County does, to enroll all eligible employees and defines eligible employees as “officers and employees of the political subdivision who are regularly employed full time on a salaried basis and whose tenure is not restricted as to temporary or provisional appointment.” In addition, “officers and employees of an organization other than a public school board that functions solely within the boundaries of a county, city, or town shall be deemed to be officers and employees of the county, city, or town, and not of the organization.” Either dimension would seem to encompass the Loudoun County Board of Supervisor’s (BOS) aides. … Continue Reading

Guest Opinion: Supervisor Delgaudio’s Dishonor

August 8, 2013 Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on Guest Opinion: Supervisor Delgaudio’s Dishonor
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By John Flannery

Sterling Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio’s dishonor is self-dealing, with little respect for those he was elected to serve or work with, and, all the time, pretending otherwise.

On the Board of Supervisors, Mr. Delgaudio inextricably intertwined his “private” business with Public Advocate, concerned with Mr. Delgaudio’s infamous gay-bashing, with his job as supervisor. Mr. Delgaudio had his Public Advocate staff telling his county board staff what to do. Mr. Delgaudio also engaged in abusive practices in hiring and running his office and had a low regard for the citizens who he was elected to serve. When Mr. Delgaudio gave Donna Mateer a job interview to join his staff, he did it at Chick-Fil-A. He inappropriately asked her what her religious beliefs were, also her views on marriage and on homosexuals.

After she was hired, Mr. Delgaudio put the other staffers down, and the other supervisors as well. He said the other supervisors were “idiots” and he was “the only hope for Loudoun County.” Ms. Mateer said Mr. Delgaudio made racial remarks about Asian people, making fun of the way they spoke, calling them names, and he did as much with Hispanic and black citizens. Mr. Delgaudio also used his county staff to set up meetings for him to raise funds to pay his campaign debts; so he had taxpayers underwriting his personal fund-raising efforts.
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The SCR Roundabout – A Dangerous and Costly Intersection

August 7, 2013 Editorial, Opinion 2 comments
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By Valerie Cury

It didn’t take long for the first of many accidents to happen after the Purcellville roundabout near the Harris Teeter Shopping Center opened. The photo below, snapped by a bystander, shows the typical accident that occurs in a roundabout … sideswiping. This occurs when a car entering a roundabout fails to yield to one that’s already in the roundabout. The accident highlights a common problem when roundabouts are introduced into the traffic pattern of a community, as most drivers in Virginia don’t have regular experience with roundabouts.

In many states and areas of the country, roundabouts are common, in Virginia, they are relatively new. In order to accustom drivers to a new roundabout, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) recommends that a single lane rather than a double lane roundabout be used initially, so that drivers can learn how to yield and avoid accidents. … Continue Reading

Guest Opinion: Of School Discipline

July 30, 2013 Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on Guest Opinion: Of School Discipline
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By Bob Ohneiser

Let me state upfront that I found nothing incorrect or misleading about John Flannery’s article about school discipline. Only because I spent eight years directly involved with Loudoun County Public School’s discipline do I have the need to go a bit farther in detail than John’s article.

As a fellow attorney I too am disturbed by the overreaching done by LCPS especially when critical “exigent circumstance” justifications are not present. We should all appreciate that with almost 2,000 individuals in a high school there are plenty of interactions which could be objectionable depending on one’s sensitivities.

When an emergency occurs such as a shooter in the building, fire or bomb Threat, absolute control is necessary to move everyone to safety while
diminishing the threat which may need to be done in seconds depending on circumstances. This could be easily resolved by fronting discipline policies with the phrase “other than in exigent circumstances” the parents/guardians of a student being disciplined should be contacted prior to being interrogated by school staff. … Continue Reading

Guest Opinion: Answer To Mayor Lazaro Supporting More Gun Laws

June 4, 2013 Editorial, Opinion 3 comments
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By Kecia Brown

As a Loudoun County resident, parent and owner of a business dedicated to training women how to properly and safely use a firearm for their own personal protection, I read Purcellville Mayor Bob Lazaro’s recent editorial “Senate Must Pass Sensible Life Saving Gun Laws” with great interest. 

The literary cornerstone of Mayor Lazaro’s appeal for “sensible” legislation is his reference to an armed attack in 1993 on the Long Island Railroad that left six people dead.  He states,  “… we must do everything in our power to prevent these tragedies.”

The details of the attack left out in the Mayor’s editorial? The Long Island Railroad killer was a man by the name of Colin Ferguson. Ferguson purchased the firearm used in his rampage in the state of California after undergoing a background check and a mandatory 15-day waiting period.  … Continue Reading

Guest Opinion: Juvenile Injustice in Our Schools

April 18, 2013 Editorial, Opinion 1 comment
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By John P. Flannery

Many students and parents are rightly upset that school principals, administrators and counselors conspire and combine with police assigned to the schools (called “resource officers”) to make schools more like prisons.

Police are assigned to almost every school with one principal function being to criminalize what used to be student discipline, to stigmatize young students, to compromise their futures – what schools they may attend and what jobs they may aspire to have.

Nor is this some informal arrangement between the school and the police. It’s the law. Virginia Code Annotated Section 22.1-279.3:1 spells out how student discipline at the school transmogrifies into a crime. … Continue Reading

You Have a Target on Your Back

February 6, 2013 Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on You Have a Target on Your Back
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Those who live in the proposed Purcellville Joint Land Management Area (JLMA) are in the target area for the future growth of Purcellville. If this growth area is approved as part of the County’s Revised General Plan, sooner or later you will become part of Purcellville, or, as the Loudoun Times Mirror called it “The Ideal Town.”

Unfortunately, the newspaper didn’t mention the almost $70 million debt that the town carries (about $9,000 per person). Nor did it mention the town water and sewer bills that increase approximately 25 percent annually. As reported here in January, Purcellville wants you in its JLMA … regardless of your feelings on the subject. … Continue Reading

Reducing Threats To Our Rural Economy

February 6, 2013 Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on Reducing Threats To Our Rural Economy
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By Malcolm F. Baldwin

Our Board of Supervisors has made lowering property taxes a key objective, to be balanced by higher commercial tax revenues. Several supervisors recently noted that each new Loudoun residence costs $1.61 in schools and other public services for every dollar it contributes to property tax revenue, while commercial development costs only $0.31 for every revenue dollar it contributes. The board justifies its approval of Metro into Loudoun by plans to ensure net positive returns from new commercial development around the two Ashburn Metro stations, despite cries of dismay and coming taxpayer doom. … Continue Reading

Doing the Wrong Thing … In Private

February 6, 2013 Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on Doing the Wrong Thing … In Private
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By Kelli Grim

No citizen should have to go to the time and expense of a formal Freedom of Information Act request to find out the basics of what their local government is doing. However, because the Town of Purcellville routinely conducts public business under the shroud of private emails and other communications – as opposed to open discussion in committees where citizens can listen in – it has also become routine for ordinary citizens to have to avail themselves of the protections of FOIA, just to understand what is going on …
For example, a recent FOIA request produced the following emails and letters on the subject of Hirst Farm II – an 84-acre parcel of undeveloped land outside of the Purcellville town limits directly across from the entrance to the original Hirst Farm development on 690. There has been no mention of this subject in a single town council or committee meeting. However, the correspondence clearly reveals that this issue has been discussed by the town council and staff in numerous emails, letters, meetings, and closed sessions. … Continue Reading

PUGAMP’s Days Are Numbered – What Does that Mean to You?

January 9, 2013 Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on PUGAMP’s Days Are Numbered – What Does that Mean to You?
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By Andrea Gaines

At the December 19 public hearing, the Loudoun County Planning Commission voted to forward to the Board of Supervisors an amendment to the revised general plan to terminate Purcellville’s 1994 Annexation Agreement with the county and the eliminate the 1995 Purcellville Urban Growth Area Management Plan (PUGAMP).

The last step in the process will be a vote by the full Board of Supervisors to terminate the agreement and eliminate PUGAMP.

The consequences for the people of Purcellville, both in the near and distant future, are significant, and time is running short for citizens of the town and the surrounding area to voice their opinions to the Board of Supervisors on this issue. A few of the possible consequences are:

  • Traffic: The Route 287 corridor from the Route 7 by-pass to Business 7 will become a traffic nightmare. The Harris Teeter shopping center, the planned retail/office space on the Southern Collector Road (at the entrance to Purcellville on the O’Toole property), the planned Catoctin Corner shopping center (across from the Harris Teeter shopping center), and the expansion of Patrick Henry College to 1,600 students plus 400 faculty and staff will saturate this short stretch of road. (According to its own traffic analysis, Patrick Henry College alone will generate approximately 3,800 vehicle trips per day, some 50 percent more than Woodgrove High School – a project the Town of Purcellville fought for 2 years because of what it described as the traffic burdens it would bring.) … Continue Reading

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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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
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March Fourth Friday

March Fourth Friday
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Spring Brunch

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”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

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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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