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September 2, 2015 Committees at a Glance, News Comments Off on Public Hearings
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Planning Commission And Town Council This Month
The Big Giveaway

At the Purcellville Town Hall on Thursday, September 3 at 7:00 p.m., the first of two public hearings on the proposed zoning use changes will occur to amend sections of the zoning ordinance. One big change to the C-1 District is to allow for the addition of general retail sales to this district which is along Hirst Road. Currently not allowing for “big box,” this district’s use is being proposed to up to 10,000 square feet and a special use permit for anything above. The stated purpose of the C-1 District is to provide for planned office parks, offices, and similar business buildings and is limited to office support uses – in attractive surroundings with types of uses, structures, plantings, and signs so controlled as to be generally compatible with medium or low density residential surroundings. According to the spring Town of Purcellville 2008 minutes, a pharmacy was allowed, but it was supposed to be located in an office building, not stand alone. In fact, the current Comprehensive Plan does not allow for uses like “big box” retail. Some of the current proposed additions for this area are: Retail sales, child care, financial institution, fitness center, hotel, parking lot and structure, recreation facility, and temporary food trucks and trailers. Further, Special Use Permits (SUPs) are proposed to be eliminated for eating establishments. … Continue Reading

Town Seeks Volunteers for Economic Committee

August 16, 2015 Committees at a Glance, Government, News Comments Off on Town Seeks Volunteers for Economic Committee
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The Town of Purcellville is seeking two (2) volunteers to serve on the Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC). The EDAC is an advisory committee that will assist Town Council and staff on matters pertaining to economic development and tourism including:

  1. Working on strategies for advancing economic development within the town which facilitates community sustainability in areas of business attraction, expansion and retention;
  2. Collaborating with other Town committees and business groups to establish economic development and tourism initiatives for the good of a sustainable community;
  3. Assisting the Town in building strategic relationships and alliances with regional stakeholder groups and other Town committees to foster new business opportunities and growth for the good of Purcellville.

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August Town Council

September 9, 2013 Committees at a Glance, Government, News Comments Off on August Town Council
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Purcellville Town Council Work
Session – August 27

Topic: Town Committee Vacancies

The August Purcellville Town Council Work Session began with closed session interviews for appointments to vacancies on various town committees. In the past, when the Blue Ridge Leader started attending the open interview process, the Purcellville Town Council changed the interviews to a closed session process.
On this day from 6:30 to 7:15 council members interviewed Steven Webber, Philip Rohrer and Melanie Fuller for the committee vacancies.

Topic: Services For O Street Project

The council voted to conduct preliminary engineering design and right of way survey services for the O Street project for an initial amount of $67,855.39. The town has already spent approximately $17,000 on a feasibility study for this area. This project, according to council, will provide for another entrance/exit for the 21 Street corridor. … Continue Reading

Committees at a Glance – November

December 5, 2012 Committees at a Glance, Government, News Comments Off on Committees at a Glance – November
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Purcellville Board of Architectural Review – November 20, 2012

Topic: Discussion on proposed Catoctin Creek Apartments

The Purcellville Board of Architectural Review (BAR) recommended delaying action on the proposed project known as the Catoctin Creek Apartments until the property is rezoned to a zoning district that allows apartments, and the applicant resubmits to the BAR for approval. (Note: The property is located near the corner of Hatcher and Hirst, near Taco Bell and the medical offices. Up until late October 2012, the property was reported as zoned Transition X. The property is now identified as zoned CM–1. The photo below shows the kind of development that is typically found in this zoning district. At the Old Dominion Valley HOA annual meeting in November [a residential neighborhood that overlooks this area], attorney and developer Mark Nelis, representing the developer of the proposed Catoctin Creek Apartments, held up an ariel image of an auto body shop, the implication being that if the apartments were not approved Dominion Valley residents might have a more industrial use as their neighbor. In fact, the CM–1 district has many uses, including the below photo of an office building, which is quite compatible with the current neighboring buildings.) … Continue Reading

Committees at a Glance – October

November 7, 2012 Committees at a Glance, Government, News, Uncategorized Comments Off on Committees at a Glance – October
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Board of Supervisors
Finance/Government Services and Operations Committee, October 22, 2012

Topic: Aldie Fire Station

At the October 22 Finance/Government Services & Operations Committee meeting, the supervisors resumed the discussion where to build a new Aldie Fire and Rescue Center. As one of its first actions in January, the new Board unanimously approved a motion by Blue Ridge Supervisor Janet Clarke (R) to reject the site purchased by the prior Board within the Little River Estates subdivision and initiate a more transparent public process by asking landowners to submit potential sites for consideration.

The county received four submissions of which two met the county’s requirements. The first proposal is a 14.66 acre lot to be subdivided from the larger parcel owned by Gilberts Corner, LP at the southeast quadrant of Gilberts Corner. It comes with a steep price tag of $3.5 million. At $238,745 per acre, it is about 1.5 times the amount paid for the original site. … Continue Reading

Committees at a Glance September

October 3, 2012 Committees at a Glance, Government, News Comments Off on Committees at a Glance September
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Committees at a Glance informs our readers about the inner workings of local government and how actions and decisions impact our everyday lives. Here we discuss meetings of the Purcellville Town Council and the County Government Reform Commission

Purcellville Town Council Regular Meeting Work Session
Sept. 25, 2012

Topic: 21st Street Streetscape Work

The staff report for this meeting focused on a part of Phase 2 of 21st/23rd streetscape improvements to include additional survey requirements and “Property line and right-of-way discrepancies.” … Continue Reading

Committees at a Glance – August

September 5, 2012 Committees at a Glance, Government, News Comments Off on Committees at a Glance – August

Committees at a Glance informs our readers about the inner workings of local government and how actions and decisions impact our everyday lives. Here we discuss actions of the Purcellville Economic Development Advisory, the Loudoun County Government Reform Commission and the Purcellville Planning Commission.

Purcellville Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC)
Aug 7, 2012

Topics: Facade grant allocation, Valley Springs II (Purcellville A Street) Proposed Development Update.

Owners of the property which houses the Ray Fields Antiques business were given a facade grant not to exceed $2,500. … Continue Reading

Committees at a Glance – July

July 31, 2012 Committees at a Glance, Government, News, Uncategorized Comments Off on Committees at a Glance – July

(Committees at a Glance is a feature of the Blue Ridge Leader informing our readers about the inner workings of local government and how actions and decisions impact our everyday lives – from our tax rates to that new development we see going in down the road. For this 3rd Edition we discuss recent actions and discussions at the Loudoun County Government Reform Commission (GRC) and various committees and actions of the Purcellville Town Council. (Note: The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors established the GRC and appointed its thirteen members on January 3, 2012. Chairman Scott York, who sponsored the initiative, laid out four goals: (1) identify efficiency opportunities; (2) explore innovative ways to lower costs; (3) consider privatization and outsourcing opportunities; and (4) identify ways to enhance government transparency, accountability, and customer service.) … Continue Reading

Committees at a Glance

July 5, 2012 Committees at a Glance, Government, News Comments Off on Committees at a Glance
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Purcellville Town Council Meeting,
June 12, 2012

Topics: Taxes, Changes in Town Code and Ordinances, Tourism Zone

The Council voted unanimously to amend the Town Code Ordinance: Levy of Tax. This was a “housekeeping” change that will allow the Town Council to amend the tax rate from time to time.

The Council approved the Budget and raised the meals tax from four percent to five percent (vote was 6-1 with Vice Mayor Joan Lehr voting against). Councilman Keith Melton said that this was the only opportunity to tax out of town residents. They did not vote on the water and sewer rates. Mayor Lazaro said, ” The Town of Purcellville’s water rates are reasonable.” … Continue Reading

Committees at a Glance

June 6, 2012 Committees at a Glance, Government, News Comments Off on Committees at a Glance
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Committees at a Glance is a new feature of the Blue Ridge Leader informing our readers about the inner working of local government and how actions and decisions impact our everyday lives – from our tax rates to that new development we see going in down the road. For this first edition we discuss recent actions and discussion by the Town Of Purcellville and several of its key committees for the month of May.

Town of Purcellville Ways and Means Committee Meeting, May 7, 2012

l Topic: Appointments To The Purcellville Planning Commission … Continue Reading

Transparency Dead on Its Long Arrival To the Purcellville Town Council

March 7, 2012 Committees at a Glance, Government, News Comments Off on Transparency Dead on Its Long Arrival To the Purcellville Town Council
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The ongoing pursuit for open and transparent government policies that resident and business owner, Kelli Grim and others asked Purcellville to adopt over a year ago has come to a dead stop. “Real Parties of Interest Disclosure” – which requires that the names of individuals and businesses with interests in zoning and/or legislative matters before governmental bodies be available to the public – died in the Purcellville’s Ways and Means Committee, after going back and forth from the Council to the Committee to the Purcellville Business Association and back. Purcellville Town Councilwoman Joan Lehr said that there would be no way to enforce the disclosure, and that Council members are already subject to some disclosure requirements. Supporters of the Real Parties of Interest – in force at the county level in Loudoun since 2007 and the standard for countless other counties, cities and towns in the Commonwealth, as well as at the Virginia State level – argue that not only are such requirements easily enforceable, but that Purcellville’s current minimal disclosure requirements prevent the public from seeing a full and complete list of all parties with an interest in a particular development project. Purcellville’s current rules, for example, effectively exempt from disclosure the names of the attorneys, engineers, architects and other professionals involved in a particular project, in some cases masking the name of either the effective owner of a property and/or other individuals with a financial stake in the outcome of Town Council decisions. They also fail to shed light on any possible conflicts of interest, in cases where companies or individuals have made financial contributions to an elected official’s political campaigns.

Water Bill Increases Hit Some Businesses Hard

June 5, 2011 Committees at a Glance, Government, News Comments Off on Water Bill Increases Hit Some Businesses Hard
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By Ryan J. Cool

The Purcellville Infrastructure Committee has recommended a huge increase in water rates to commercial users. The commercial increases will allow the town to hold down the increase to the smaller users to approximately 10%. But, some commercial users will see their rates more than double in a budget that many see as failing to justify the increase in water rates.

Last year, Water Fund income and expenses showed a break even budget. Expenses have not changed for the coming year, yet some users face a 35 percent increase in water rates overall.

Examples of rate increases across different levels of users include:

  • Users of up to 20,000 gallons (bi-monthly) will see an increase of 11 percent (most residential users fall into this
    category);

  • Users of up to 100,000 (bi-monthly) will see an increase of 22 percent+ (this might represent a small to medium business);
  • The largest users – 450,000 to over 600,000 gallons (bi-monthly) – will see rates go up between 76 percent+ and 137 percent (this category includes large and institutional users).

In financial terms, the new bi-monthly bill for a commercial user of 300,000 gallons would increase from $4,160 to $5,752 and the accompanied sewer charge would go up an additional $516.

The sewer rates will all go up by 17 percent. (State law dictates that sewer rates are uniform for each utility, hence there is no opportunity for the Town to disproportionately distribute the sewer costs to large users.) The sewer system has added the capacity for over 1,600 new single family homes with recent upgrades.

The Town of Leesburg Public Input Meeting May 18

May 11, 2011 Committees at a Glance, Government, News Comments Off on The Town of Leesburg Public Input Meeting May 18
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The Town of Leesburg is conducting a Parks and Recreation Service and Needs Analysis and would like to hear from all community residents, business owners, sports groups, and any other interested parties. The Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting a public meeting on Wednesday, May 18,from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Ida Lee Park Recreation Center (60 Ida Lee Drive NW). Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

The goal of this analysis is to evaluate current service levels and future needs for parks and recreation programs, facilities and amenities provided by the Leesburg Parks& Recreation Department. The final report will provide summary findings from all of the public engagement methods (focus groups, public meeting, and surveys) that can be used to inform decision making by the Town Council and department staff. … 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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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
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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”

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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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