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Work on Route 7-659 Interchange to Begin; Loudoun County Launches Web Page for Updates

September 15, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Work on Route 7-659 Interchange to Begin; Loudoun County Launches Web Page for Updates
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The Loudoun County government has issued a “notice to proceed” for the Route 7/Route 659 (Belmont Ridge Road) interchange and widening project. Work on the interchange at the intersection of Route 7 and Belmont Ridge Road is planned for 36 months. The county has launched a web page at www.loudoun.gov/Route7-659 to keep the public informed about the project as it progresses.

The Route 7/Route 659 intersection is currently an at-grade intersection with traffic signals. The intersection is being designed for a grade-separated interchange in accordance with the Countywide Transportation Plan. The project also includes approximately 1.4 miles of reconstruction of Belmont Ridge Road from two-lanes to a four-lane divided section from the interchange limits at Route 7 to Gloucester Parkway. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Board of Supervisors Schedules Special Meeting for September 21

September 10, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun Board of Supervisors Schedules Special Meeting for September 21
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The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors will hold a special meeting beginning at 7:00 p.m., Monday, September 21, in the Board Room of the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison Street, S.E. in Leesburg. The purpose of the meeting is to appoint an interim Broad Run District Supervisor whose term will end December 31, 2015. The official notice for the meeting and the agenda are online at www.loudoun.gov/specialmeeting.

The Board of Supervisors is accepting applications for candidates who are interested in serving as supervisor for the Broad Run District. For consideration, completed applications should be submitted by 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 15, 2015. More information about the process of selecting an interim supervisor is online here (http://www.loudoun.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2839).

The special Board meeting on September 21 will be broadcast live on Loudoun County Government Channel 23, Open Band Channel 40, and Verizon FiOS Channel 40 and available through the Loudoun County webcast system at www.loudoun.gov/webcast.

More information about the Board of Supervisors is online at www.loudoun.gov/bos.

BOS Accepting Applications for Vacant Seat

September 9, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on BOS Accepting Applications for Vacant Seat
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Deadline September 15 for Broad Run District

The Board of Supervisors will be accepting applications to fill the office of Broad Run District Supervisor. This position will be temporary, with the appointee serving until December 31. To be considered for this position, complete applications must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 15. In order to be eligible, applicants must currently reside in the Broad Run District and must be registered to vote in the Broad Run District.

Interested parties should email all application material to coadmin@loudoun.gov or submit them in person to the Offices of the Board of Supervisors located on the fifth floor of the Government Building at 1 Harrison Street, SE Leesburg, VA 20175. Applicants may be subject to a background check. … Continue Reading

Statement from Shawn M. Williams Following Resignation from Board of Supervisors

September 9, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Statement from Shawn M. Williams Following Resignation from Board of Supervisors
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Following his resignation from the Board of Supervisors Sunday Sept. 6, Shawn Williams released the statement below, which the county is publishing on his behalf:

“Yesterday I resigned my position as the Broad Run District representative on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. I want to apologize to my family, colleagues, neighbors, friends and constituents for this disappointment. My understanding is that a succession plan is currently being worked out that will ensure the Broad Run District has good representation on the Board of Supervisors through the end of the year. … Continue Reading

Supervisor Shawn Williams Resigns Board of Supervisors

September 6, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Supervisor Shawn Williams Resigns Board of Supervisors
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Broad Run District Supervisor Shawn M. Williams has resigned his position on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors effective immediately. Mr. Williams submitted his resignation to Chairman Scott York this afternoon. The resignation follows the arrest of Mr. Williams by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office on simple assault and unlawful entry charges early Sunday morning.

Chairman York and other members of the Board will work as quickly as possible to identify a process for naming a replacement. Under Virginia Code Section 24.2-228, the remaining members of the Board of Supervisors may appoint a replacement board member within 45 days of the vacancy. While an appointed board member typically serves until a special election can be held, in this case, under Virginia Code Section 24.2-226, no special election will be held because the general election occurs within 60 days of the end of the term to be filled. Therefore, if the Board makes an appointment to fill the remainder of Mr. Williams’ term in 2015, no special election is required and the appointed board member may serve until the person elected as the Broad Run District Supervisor in the general election takes office on January 1, 2016.

Library Helps Parents Pick Books, Apps

September 3, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Library Helps Parents Pick Books, Apps
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Loudoun County Public Library now offers customers access to Beanstack, a free online service that provides personalized recommendations of children’s books and apps.

Beanstack is an innovative new way to connect children and their families with books and educational apps that match each child’s specific age, interests, reading level and background.

Library customers can sign up at loudounlibrary.beanstack.org and use Beanstack from their home computer, mobile device, or in any of the library’s eight branch locations. Parents and caregivers create a Beanstack profile, including their child’s interests, reading level, and age (from zero to 12). Beanstack can offer suggestions for multiple children, tailored for each one. … Continue Reading

Is Loudoun the Happiest Place on Earth?

September 2, 2015 Loudoun County Comments Off on Is Loudoun the Happiest Place on Earth?
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By Hannah Hager

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be,” Abraham Lincoln once said.

If that’s the case, then it seems Loudouners consistently choose to be content. SmartAsset, a New York-based financial technology firm, last month released its official ranking of “The Happiest Places in America,” and Loudoun took the crown.

What does it mean to be happy? Personal definitions of happiness are expansive. Some measure it based on success in marriage, family planning, the obtainment of professional goals or robust participation in charitable works and community building. Considering the number of sweeping variations, it’s difficult to believe this adjective can describe one location in particular.

The firm’s analysts addressed this issue by identifying eight metrics to compare one county’s happiness level over another. Despite Loudoun’s population nearly tripling within the last 25 years, it still outranked approximately 1,000 counties in the study in six of the eight metrics considered. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Home Improvement Programs Help Loudoun Homeowners

August 22, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Home Improvement Programs Help Loudoun Homeowners
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Loudoun County has home improvement and repair programs which are designed to preserve and rehabilitate existing affordable housing.

  • The Loudoun County Home Improvement Program (LCHIP) is available countywide to low- and moderate -income homeowners who want to rehabilitate their primary residences.
  • The Home Repair Program for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities (HRED) is available countywide to homeowners with income that is at/or below 50 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI).

The LCHIP program provides funds to renovate and repair the primary residence of low-to-moderate income homeowners. Eligibility for the program is determined by income and loans are awarded based on credit worthiness. The home improvement loan has a ten-year term and may be forgivable and/or interest free. … Continue Reading

LCFR Graduates 31st Firefighter/EMT Recruit Class

August 19, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on LCFR Graduates 31st Firefighter/EMT Recruit Class
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On Friday, August 14 before several hundred family members and friends, twenty recruits graduated from Loudoun County Fire and Rescue’s 31st recruit academy. In an official ceremony held at Heritage High School in Leesburg, Gary M. Clemens, Clerk of the Circuit Court swore in the recruits in preparation for their assignment to the field.

Deputy Chief of EMS and Training Jose Salazar emceed the graduation ceremony. County Administrator Tim Hemstreet, Fire Chief W. Keith Brower, Jr., Assistant Chief Matthew Tobia, and Assistant Chief Keith Johnson were on hand to address the recruits, family members and friends. Each of the speakers commended the recruits on their hard work, recognizing their accomplishments as well as the family members who’ve supported them throughout this journey. … Continue Reading

LCPL Summer Reading Challenge Wraps Up August 29

August 16, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on LCPL Summer Reading Challenge Wraps Up August 29
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More than 16,000 Loudoun County residents have combined vacation fun, learning, and adventure through the Loudoun County Public Library’s Summer Reading Challenge.

The program is in its final weeks, but participants can still pick up summer reading challenge cards at their local branch. When they’re completed, readers can win weekly prizes and will be entered into a grand prize drawing.

The program concludes Saturday, August 29, with events at all eight Library branches. This year’s theme, “Every Hero Has a Story,” highlighted superhero fun, celebrated local heroes, and encouraged readers to “escape the ordinary” through summer reading. … Continue Reading

50th LVHS Combined Reunion September 18, 19 and 20

August 7, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on 50th LVHS Combined Reunion September 18, 19 and 20
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By Andrea Gaines

“We’ll be catching up, reminiscing, and going back to a more simple time. A time when we were a little more carefree.”
So promises event organizer Judy Arbogast Fisher in describing the upcoming 50th Loudoun Valley High School Combined Reunion, to be held over three days in September.

The Friday, Saturday and Sunday event will celebrate the high school’s three original classes of 1964, 1965 and 1966. Highlights of the three-day extravaganza include a golf outing on Friday morning at the Loudoun Golf & Country Club in Purcellville, a Friday night break-the-ice mixer at the Beautiful South restaurant in Hamilton, a Saturday night dinner dance and a catered BBQ picnic on Sunday at Franklin Park. A tour of today’s Loudoun Valley High School is another of the festivities planned for Sunday. “Loudoun Valley has doubled in size in the years since we attended the school,” said Fisher. “When I attended we had no cafeteria – we’d bring brown bag lunches to school. We had no auditorium and the gym was not yet completed. People will love to tour the current high school and see how far it has come.” … Continue Reading

Freeing The Stories Of Loudoun’s Enslaved Americans

July 2, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Freeing The Stories Of Loudoun’s Enslaved Americans
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– By Andrea Gaines

Pastor Michelle Thomas couldn’t believe what she was seeing.

While doing research on land in Landsdowne where her church planned to build a new sanctuary, she came across county records of some 40 former slaves who had been buried on the property. The documents included bills of sale, repossession documents tied to specific individuals, and wills that mentioned the enslaved person’s name. “I had driven by this spot,” she said – near the corner of Belmont Ridge Road and busy Route 7 – “dozens and dozens of times … but never did I imagine that I was driving by such a sacred, unknown place.”

“It did not sit well with my spirit,” she continued. “We call these people slaves, but they were not slaves, they were an enslaved people, taken by force from their homeland and sold as common property.”

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“We Did Not Expect The Legal Firestorm” – Farm Family Facing A Neighbor’s Lawsuit

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– By Andrea Gaines

When they moved to their 10-acre Philomont farm four years ago, Alexa Warthen and her husband made sure the plans they had for their land were in compliance with each of the property’s covenants and zoning regulations. They got some chickens – “natural pest control,” said Warthen – and they put in gardens, new fruit trees, blueberries, raspberries and more – all to provide their family with a supply of fresh, healthy food.

Everything changed when, with the help of Alexa’s mom, they erected specialty hops trellises and poles and planted 2 of their 10 acres in the crop, intending to sell to local microbreweries. A short time later they received a letter of complaint about the hops from neighbor Sandra Dingus, followed by a cease and desist order demanding that the poles come down and the hops come out. “We did not expect the legal firestorm over the hops issue,” said Warthen. “We even made sure to use untreated wooden poles to help protect the environment.”

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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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Calendar

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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
March 6, 2017 March 7, 2017 March 8, 2017 March 9, 2017 March 10, 2017 March 11, 2017 March 12, 2017
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Wine & Chili Weekend

Wine & Chili Weekend
March 19, 2017

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale
March 20, 2017 March 21, 2017 March 22, 2017 March 23, 2017 March 24, 2017

March Fourth Friday

March Fourth Friday
March 25, 2017 March 26, 2017

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch
March 27, 2017 March 28, 2017 March 29, 2017 March 30, 2017 March 31, 2017 April 1, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”
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Lifestyle

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 …

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 …

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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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