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Special Prosecutor Appointed to Investigate Allegations Against Delgaudio

November 9, 2012 Government, Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Special Prosecutor Appointed to Investigate Allegations Against Delgaudio
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According to a news release posted on the Loudoun County website, the Circuit Court of Loudoun County has appointed Arlington County Commonwealth’s Attorney Theophani Stamos as a special prosecutor in the matter of alleged misconduct by Sterling Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio. Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Plowman made the request on the basis of documentary support for the allegations that were given to Board Chairman Scott York in April by Delgaudio’s former staff aide Donna Mateer. That material had not been previously shared with either Plowman or Stamos, who had earlier been asked by Plowman to review Mateer’s complaint against her former employer “as a courtesy.” At the time, Stamos responded that the complaint alone did not provide enough evidence to justify further investigation.

In her complaint, Mateer alleged that Delgaudio mistreated staff and instructed her to engage in political fundraising while being paid by the county.

Plowman, in his motion before the court, asserts that the appointment of a special prosecutor is necessary because “the subject matter of the allegations, the individuals surrounding the complaint, and those that may be witnesses are County employees, prominent members of the community or elected members of the Board of Supervisors.”

Mateer’s allegations were first brought to light by a Washington Post article in late September.

Earlier coverage of this developing story is here.

Misuse of Office?

November 7, 2012 Government, Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Misuse of Office?
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In March of this year, a staff aide to Sterling Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio went to the county’s Human Resources Department to file a complaint against her employer. The aide, Donna Mateer, was fired later that day.

In an eight-page statement (pdf) written at the request of HR staff, Mateer described a hostile work environment in which she and her fellow aides were subjected to verbal abuse and tirades in which Delgaudio mocked racial minorities and homosexuals. She also says that she was instructed to spend most of her time making appointments for Delgaudio from a list of potential political donors, a violation of county policy. Mateer’s allegations, supported by other former aides and donors on the so-called “Igor list,” were made public in a Washington Post article at the end of September.

It was not until the publication of that article that Chairman Scott York acknowledged a March meeting with senior staff during which he and Vice-Chair Janet Clarke were informed of Mateer’s allegations. In a press release dated October 2, York stated: “When the Board’s leadership team was made aware of these allegations against Supervisor Delgaudio, we asked that the complaint filed against Mr. Delgaudio be given to the Loudoun County Commonwealth Attorney Jim Plowman for review. Mr. Plowman then referred the matter to the Commonwealth Attorney’s office in Arlington for an independent assessment. Based on the information provided at that time, the Arlington’s Commonwealth Attorney [Theo Stamos] did not recommend pursuing any charges against Mr. Delgaudio.”

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LCSO Honors Legacy of John B. Patton, Jr.

November 4, 2012 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on LCSO Honors Legacy of John B. Patton, Jr.
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The legacy of a longtime Loudoun County Sheriff’s Deputy and Loudoun resident was remembered Saturday during a dedication ceremony at the Eastern Loudoun Station. The community room at the Sheriff’s Office Eastern Loudoun Station was named in honor of John B. Patton, Jr. Patton, a 28-year law enforcement veteran, rose to the level of Lieutenant Colonel with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. He passed away in December 2008. The room was formally introduced to county leaders, members of the community and members of the Patton family by Loudoun County Sheriff Michael L. Chapman and Eastern Loudoun Station Commander Captain Allen Gabrielli. “John personified the meaning of service to your community,” said Sheriff Chapman during the ceremony. “He was a dedicated husband and father, church member, softball coach, and deputy. He will always be remembered for his devotion to the Sterling community and the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office,” Chapman added. Patton joined the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office in 1980 after serving the previous five years as the first full-time firefighter for the county with the Sterling Volunteer Fire Department. Patton, a longtime Sterling resident, was 52-years-old at the time of his death.

Local Rescue Dogs To Compete in the DockDogs World Championships

November 4, 2012 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Local Rescue Dogs To Compete in the DockDogs World Championships
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By Tamra Spink

Cash and Rachel were adopted from the Loudoun County Animal Shelter (Rachel in 2008, Cash in 2011). Both are Labrador Retrievers and love the water. Cash is an extremely high energy dog and needed an outlet. I came across the local dock diving club, Chesapeake DockDogs on the internet and decided to give it a try. Our first competion was in September 2011 and we have been hooked ever since. Its no wonder dock diving is the fastest growing canine aquatic sport. Dogs compete in three disciplines: Big Air, Speed Retrieve, and Extreme Vertical. There is also a forth competition called IronDog which tabulates scores from the three disciplines and the highest combined score wins.

Both Cash and Rachel earned invitations to compete in the 2012 DockDogs Worlds Championships. Rachel will be competing in Novice Big Air, having earned her invite by becoming the Eastern Regional Novice Big Air Champion this summer. Cash will be competing in Turbo Speed Retrieve and Warrior IronDog. He earned his Speed Retrieve invitation at the DockDogs Eastern Regional Championships and his IronDog invite by being the top ranked Warrior competitor in the DockDogs Sanctioned Facilities rankings.

Photo: Cash, the black lab.

Three Injured at Lansdowne Resort

October 18, 2012 Loudoun County, News 1 comment

At approximately 9:00 a.m. Thursday, October 18, the Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management received a 9-1-1 call for a reported incident at the Lansdowne Resort located at 44050 Woodridge Parkway in Leesburg, Virginia. Fire and rescue personnel from Lansdowne, Ashburn, Leesburg, Cascades and Sterling Park were dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival, crews found that there had been a gas-related flash fire in the kitchen area of the resort.

Three persons were injured as a result of the incident. One adult male was flown to Washington Hospital Burn Center for treatment of burn injuries and two adult females were transported by ambulance to local hospitals for non-life threatening injuries. No fire department injuries are being reported.

The cause of the incident is under investigation by the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office. All occupants have been allowed to return to the resort.

LCSO Announces Expansion of Inmate Work Force Unit and Equipment Storage Facility

October 16, 2012 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on LCSO Announces Expansion of Inmate Work Force Unit and Equipment Storage Facility

Photo:(l-r) Sheriff Mike Chapman, Blue Ridge District Supervisor Janet Clarke, Ashburn Supervisor Ralph Buona, and Major Ricky Frye participate in a groundbreaking ceremony for an expanded storage facility for the LCSO Inmate Work Force Unit … Continue Reading

Loudoun Community Discusses Outreach Programs to Solve Hunger

October 13, 2012 Loudoun County Comments Off on Loudoun Community Discusses Outreach Programs to Solve Hunger

Chairman Scott York, Congressman Frank Wolf and Lynn Chapman with congressional aides.

By Lisa Gunderman

Back in May of this year, five denominations around Loudoun County joined forces to organize “Love Your Neighbor, Feed Your Neighbor,” a countywide food drive that resulted in the collection of over 54,000 lbs. of food and over $12,000 in financial donations. This effort was widely supported by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors as they issued a proclamation declaring May 2012 as Hunger Awareness Month. The seemingly only logical next step from the enormous success of the county food drive was to continue to collaborate to find innovative ways of meeting the long term challenges of providing needy families with food. … Continue Reading

County Celebrates Opening of New Park and Renovated Community Center

October 11, 2012 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on County Celebrates Opening of New Park and Renovated Community Center

The Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services and the Department of Construction and Waste Management will hold two ribbon cutting ceremonies on Saturday, November 3. The opening of the newly renovated Bluemont Community Center will take place at 10:00 a.m. A ribbon cutting at Hampshire Park in Ashburn, VA is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend both events. … Continue Reading

The Push for Central Water to Western Loudoun

October 3, 2012 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on The Push for Central Water to Western Loudoun

By Mary M. Bathory Vidaver

The following report documents discussions that occurred in the Government Reform Commission dealing with a subject extremely important to Western Loudoun Communities. This month we present an objective report of the discussion which occurred, without going into the possible consequences of some of the decisions. Next month we will go into detail about possible consequences, primarily to Western Loudoun, if the Commission and the Board adopt some of the suggestions being made.

The Government Reform Commission concluded its study of Loudoun Water governance at its September 26 meeting and adopted seven recommendations to forward to the Board of Supervisors. Much of the discussion centered on two proposals which were not included in the final recommendation. … Continue Reading

2012 Fill-the-Boot Kicks Off for Muscular Dystrophy

August 17, 2012 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on 2012 Fill-the-Boot Kicks Off for Muscular Dystrophy

As the end of summer approaches Loudoun County firefighters will once again be busy filling their boots for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Firefighters across the nation position at intersections to collect money to benefit the MDA and “Jerry’s Kids.” The Loudoun County Fire-Rescue System and the Loudoun Career Fire Fighters Association (LCFFA) Local 3756 are determined to help. During the week of August 21st through the 26th 2012, donations will be collected at various intersections across Loudoun County.

The Fill-the-Boot drive is the result of a partnership between MDA and the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). Over fifty-five years ago, the IAFF pledged to assist MDA in any way possible until a cure was found. Research and assistance for individuals suffering from neuromuscular disease can be an incredible financial burden on a family. For example, it costs: … Continue Reading

74th Annual Ladies Board Rummage Sale Ready for Donations

July 29, 2012 Loudoun County Comments Off on 74th Annual Ladies Board Rummage Sale Ready for Donations

The Ladies Board of Inova Loudoun Hospital needs your donations for the annual rummage sale. Donations will be collected on Saturday, August 11 from 8:00 a.m. to
4:00 p.m. at Inova Loudoun Hospital, 44045 Riverside Parkway, Leesburg, and at Inova Loudoun Medical Campus – Leesburg, 224 Cornwall Street. Signs will be posted to direct traffic to the specially designated trailers.

All donations received will be offered for sale at the 74th Annual Ladies Board Rummage Sale on Friday, Oct. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012 at Morven Park – Tutt Lane entrance, 41793 Tutt Lane (off Route 15) in Leesburg.

“We especially need furniture, household items, career clothing and school-age clothing” said Sue Clewis, co-chairman of the event. “The community has always been so generous. We are optimistic that we’ll have seven or eight tractor trailers full by October. ” … Continue Reading

TLC’s DC Cupcakes To Visit Loudoun County Fair

July 16, 2012 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on TLC’s DC Cupcakes To Visit Loudoun County Fair

TLC’s DC Cupcakes will be at The Loudoun County Fair on Tuesday, July 24 and Friday, July 27 to film an episode of their popular show. Sisters and business partners Sophie LaMontagne and Katherine Kallinis run Georgetown Cupcake, a small Washington, D.C., cupcakery that they’ve transformed into a sweeping success. The Loudoun County Fair will be held July 23 through July 28 at the Loudoun County Fair Grounds. The fairgrounds are located at 17558 Dry Mill Road, Leesburg.

The Loudoun County Fair is holding a Cupcake Baking Contest on Friday, July 27 at 4:00 p.m. The sisters from TLC’s DC Cupcakes will judge the contest. For more information on how to participate in the cupcake baking contest, visit www.loudouncountyfair.com. The sisters from TLC’s DC Cupcakes will be participating in various fair activities including the hay bale toss and egg toss as well as visiting the various exhibits. … Continue Reading

County Reaches Multimillion Dollar Redskins Deal

July 5, 2012 Loudoun County, News 1 comment

By Mary M. Bathory Vidaver

On June 19, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors voted 8-0-1 to enter into an 8-year marketing agreement with the Washington Redskins at a cost to the County of $2 million, payable in $500,000 installments over the first four years. The agreement is part of a $12.4 million initiative spearheaded by Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R).

McDonnell announced the initiative as a multi-part deal to retain the Redskins corporate headquarters, training facilities, and summer training camp in Virginia and to assist with a planned $30 million expansion of the team’s training facilities. All three are currently located at Redskins Park in Ashburn. According to a press release from the governor’s Office, the Redskins have agreed to keep their headquarters and training facilities at the current location. However, the summer training camp will shift to the City of Richmond beginning in 2013. The City of Richmond has agreed to contribute $400,000 to McDonnell’s initiative. In a 2010 presentation to the Board of Supervisors, county staff and the Redskins calculated that the summer training camp generated 20,000 visitors and an estimated $1.13 million in spending annually. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

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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
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

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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

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner
April 2, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”

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Sterling Library Moving To New Location

25 Mar 2017

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Sterling Library’s current location, 120 Enterprise St., Sterling, will close beginning Saturday, March 25, to prepare for the opening of the new Sterling Library on Saturday, April 15. Patrons can return library materials using the drop box at the new location, 22330 S. Sterling Boulevard.

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Middleburg Gallery Presents Country Pursuits Exhibit

25 Mar 2017

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The Gallery on Madison in Middleburg is presenting an exhibit of Brian Whelan’s (a London Irish painter now settled in Waterford) ) transcriptions of a gallery of paintings by Thomas Gainsborough, ‘Mr. and Mrs. Andrews’ through April 2. The exhibit includes 23 paintings, two masks, two graphics, and nine preparatory drawings.

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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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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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McAuliffe Vetoes LaRock’s Public Assistance Eligibility Legislation  

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On March 28, Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed Del. Dave LaRock’s (R-33) House Bill 2092, which would have required any applicant for public assistance to undergo a full review of death records, incarceration status, employment status, lottery winnings, and all income. Recently, an Arlington woman was arrested on four counts of welfare fraud for …

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Virginia Schools Kick Off Statewide Campaign To Encourage Safe Teen Driving

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More teen drivers in Virginia will be involved in traffic crashes between the months of May and August than any other time of the year, statistics show. To help save lives and prevent such crashes during the high-risk warm weather months, Virginia schools are kicking off a statewide teen safety …

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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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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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