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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 Fall of James Arthur Ray on CNN, they began to bounce around my mind, leading towards a contemplation of the concept behind forgiveness.

There are some famous examples of forgiveness that paint the halls of our cultural collective conscious. A particularly poignant example can be found in Germany circa 1947. In speaking of her internment in concentration camps Corrie ten Boom told a crowd, “When we confess our sins, God casts them into the deepest ocean, gone forever.” Moments later, an opportunity presented itself to practice what she preached. A familiar figure approached — a brutal guard at Ravensbruck. Instead of extending his hand to inflict pain, he made a plea for forgiveness. Her initial hesitation led towards a startling realization. “Forgiveness is not an emotion … forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.”  … Continue Reading

A Rainy Romance

February 2, 2017 Columns, Samuel Moore-Sobel Comments Off on A Rainy Romance
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By Samuel Moore-Sobel

“If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all” – a simple phrase uttered in an acclaimed musical that helped birth a star. The movie’s Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds) catches his attention so completely that Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) pursues her. He works his way into her heart; and the rest is history.

With her recent passing, Debbie Reynolds has proven that Don Lockwood wasn’t the only one whose heart had been stolen. The moment seems historic not only because of her storied life, but because of what her performance represented in Singin’ in the Rain. The era of dancing featured in film has been long over. Reynolds was a living symbol of that seemingly modest time. … Continue Reading

Choosing a Different Lens

January 4, 2017 Columns, Samuel Moore-Sobel Comments Off on Choosing a Different Lens
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We have all heard, “A picture’s worth a thousand words,” maybe even said it aloud while perusing old photo albums or scrolling through Facebook timelines. Sometimes words fall short of adequately describing an emotion encapsulating a distinct moment. Pictures fill in the gaps when words fail us. Perhaps the flash of a camera can tell us just as much as the length of this column. … Continue Reading

America: Worthy of Our Trust

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel

My friend and I sit in a bar near our office. He is upset, bags under his eyes due to lack of sleep. Thursday, our weekly night to meet is usually a happy hour filled with intellectual exchanges, much laughter, even sarcastic wit. Yet on this night, my friend is talking in hushed tones, detailing his anxiety over the future of our country. My optimistic outlook, borne from a sense of hope that pervades my very soul, make it impossible for me to share his dim view. … Continue Reading

In Search of an Author’s Soul

November 2, 2016 Columns, Samuel Moore-Sobel Comments Off on In Search of an Author’s Soul
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By Samuel Moore-Sobel
Attending the National Book Festival has become a tradition for my mother and me. Attending the very first one, we heard Robert Caro speak on his latest tome about…you guessed it…LBJ. He was wooing the crowd with deep insights and strange tales of our flawed yet consequential 36th President.

Fourteen years later we return for a man wearing a distinctive black hat, his tall and lanky form betraying youth, despite his 59 years. He begins talking about his most recent work, Kill ‘em and Leave, In Search of James Brown and the American Soul, but promises to speak about The Color of Water, since “that is what everyone wants to hear about…” Unlike that unexpected New York Times bestseller, his new book was written under a bit of duress. “My wife…now ex-wife…decided she no longer wanted to be married to me,” he says, which was quite “costly financially.” The divorce came on the heels of his beloved mother’s death, making it one of the hardest years of his life. … Continue Reading

In Defense of ‘Adulting’

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel

Most friends transitioning from college to the workforce long for the days of college, wishing to be back in class and participating in campus life. To be honest, I may be in the minority, but I have trouble understanding the desire to return to the past. Yet the fear of adulthood persists.

The term “adulting’’ is often used by millennials in reference to the transition from college to the workforce. The urban dictionary defines it as, “to do grown up things and hold responsibilities,” such as paying bills and obtaining employment. More precisely, the appropriate moniker is #adulting. What else can one expect from a generation schooled in the ways of social media? Complicated feelings are diminished to an emoji. Our society was built upon the foundation of the written word. Now it has been reduced to a hashtag. #irony … Continue Reading

A Man on the Move: Supervisor Ralph Buona, Vice Chairman Board of Supervisors

September 7, 2016 Samuel Moore-Sobel Comments Off on A Man on the Move: Supervisor Ralph Buona, Vice Chairman Board of Supervisors
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By Samuel Moore-Sobel
I first met Ralph Buona when I was a senior in high school. A “Youth in Government” day event allowed us to meet with our local supervisors. Chosen to sit next to the supervisor for my district, I got the sense that he was a kind and thoughtful man, someone who possessed a strong intellect and a powerful sense of right and wrong. As we sat on the dais, he quietly motioned towards the cameras positioned in the back. He told me to tell my “relatives” that I was “on television,” informing me that the meeting could be viewed on the local county channel. It was said with a sense of excitement mixed with idealism. The honeymoon period after his election had yet to wear off. … Continue Reading

Remembering the Man Who Never Forgot

August 3, 2016 Columns, Samuel Moore-Sobel Comments Off on Remembering the Man Who Never Forgot
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By Samuel Moore-Sobel
“God is God because He remembers.” The implication being that the defining element separating humans from God is the Divine’s inability to forget. Elie Wiesel was defined in part by his willingness to remember, along with his insistence that the world never forget. The overarching struggle that came to define his life in many ways was with the God who remembers. … Continue Reading

Brotherly Love

July 7, 2016 Columns, Samuel Moore-Sobel Comments Off on Brotherly Love
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– By Samuel Moore-Sobel

There he was. A small, innocent being entering the world for the very first time. Can I touch him? Nervously, I lean forward. He seems so perfect, so completely serene. He is loved instantly.

The last two months have been replete with graduations. Friends and relatives reaching this landmark moment which encapsulates four long years of academic achievement and hard work. Out they will go to meet an exciting world in which they will be tested; yet, the hope is that the lessons learned will sustain them in college, the workforce, and for the rest of their days. Admittedly, sometimes this is wishful thinking. Life has a way of beating down its most active participants. Yet there is one recent graduate who I have no doubt is more than ready to face whatever life throws his way.

I remember the day my brother was born as if it were yesterday. The excitement over a baby brother had been building for months. My mother spent hours preparing me for a sibling. She was more than patient with my incessant questions, a patience to her credit she has maintained even to the present. Though I could not conjure up the image of what it would be like to have a sibling, at the age of 3, I felt it was time to have someone else in the family. I always have loved an audience. Or maybe I just wanted someone else to love. No matter the reason, it was impossible to predict the many ways in which the trajectory of my life was positively altered by this wonderful new addition to our close-knit family.
I am proud that this once small boy is not only my brother but also my best friend. Noah and I have always been close from the very beginning. We have laughed together, cried together, shared life together. His wit and wisdom never ceases to shine through. Like the time he jokingly informed me of my unhealthy obsession with the presidency. When I asked him how to overcome this supposed malady, he flashed a smile and said, “Become one.” Easier said than done.

It was with great pride that I watched my brother, Noah Moore-Sobel, graduate high school on June 16. As he stood on stage, I could not help but reflect upon the past. Many memories flooded through my head, too many to recount. Looking upon the life my brother has led and the choices he has made, I could not help but feel both awe and affection. Watching his beaming smile in response to finally reaching this milestone, I reflected upon his courage. After spending two years as president of his class at Stone Bridge High School, he courageously transferred to Rock Ridge High School in order to start anew. The reasons were complicated and completely undue to any actions on his part. Not a choice he would have made willingly if circumstances had not demanded it. He flourished despite the obstacles, and in the process built a legacy that is far-reaching, touching the lives of students across the county and even the world.

The past few weeks have seemingly been consumed with traveling along the graduation circuit. I attended plenty of graduation parties, listening to future plans and dreams. Many are excited, full of plans for the future. Yet doubt lingers. Perhaps they have watched their older siblings struggle under the crushing weight of student loan debt. Maybe they have seen the many young adults who have failed to obtain jobs after graduating with a college degree.

Despite the obstacles that await the Class of 2016, there is hope for the future. Sitting in the bleachers, I scanned the sea of graduates. I pondered all of the accomplishments amassed by the class, both collective and individual. It will not be easy, but the initiative shown by these students indicates a bright future. When we were much younger Noah made a habit of asking me in moments of doubt, “Can we win? Can we win in life?” I always responded in a reassuring tone, “We are going to win, I just know it.” He would always smile. In that moment, watching him on his graduation day, I wanted to tell him he had won, with many more victories to come.

Being my younger brother is far from easy. There are moments in which I believe my brother feels that the outsized personality of his older sibling outshines him. After he was elected president of his class, a teacher told him, “Wow, you’re a freshman and you are already freshman class president. You’re just like your brother: A leader.” Yet Noah has become a leader in his own right, serving in far more leadership positions than I ever held. He has grown into a man of quiet strength. His patience is admirable, best exemplified by his willingness to enjoy the journey instead of intently focusing on the destination. Observing my own goal-oriented personality has led Noah to warn more than once, “You can’t force your narrative.” He possesses wisdom far beyond his years. I guess one of his middle names is Solomon for a reason.

For his final news show, Noah gave a speech to all Rock Ridge students that had spent the last two years watching him report the news. He recounted how our mother sent him out the door each morning saying, “Have a good day. And remember, Rock Ridge should be a better place because you are there. Make a difference.” Noah, you have made a difference, and for that, I could not be any prouder.

With all this in mind, I humbly offer a heartfelt congratulations to the Class of 2016. May you enter the world with a clear mind and a kind heart, coupled with a steely resolve to face the adversity bound to come your way. Congratulations, Noah Moore-Sobel. Know that I will always be grateful for everything that you taught me, and will be cheering you on as this new exciting chapter is begun. Your life reflects character. May you never forget where you came from, while traveling to new heights completely unimagined. Your life is an occasion; rise to it.

Samuel Moore-Sobel is very proud of his brother and loves him dearly. He cannot wait to see the ways in which he, along with his fellow members of the Class of 2016, will make the world a better place.

The Art of Memory

June 1, 2016 Columns, Samuel Moore-Sobel Comments Off on The Art of Memory
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By Samuel Moore-Sobel

Still Alice. A movie that not only elicits tears, but naturally incurs reflection. This heartrending movie was the starting point of a personal wrestling with the implications of human memory. Remembering can bring us back to a moment of sheer happiness, or a time of intense pain. Over time memories may fade. Yet the effect that memory has on our lives is unmistakable. Reminiscing reminds us of who we are, allowing us to linger for albeit a few moments with the parts of ourselves that may have been lost along the way. … Continue Reading

Character Outlives Us All

May 4, 2016 Columns, Samuel Moore-Sobel Comments Off on Character Outlives Us All
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“Brains are like muscles, you can rent them by the hour, but at the end of the day all you have left is your character.” This statement was uttered by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a phrase his father used to tell him when he was a child. This past February, at the age of 79, Antonin Scalia met what can only be termed an untimely demise. Sadly, the aftermath of this man’s death quickly turned into a political circus. Two months ago, the Republican presidential candidates began debating whether or not President Obama should be allowed to select a nominee to fill the seat seemingly moments after Scalia’s passing. The past few weeks in Washington have been consumed with the battle over the President’s nomination of Merrick Garland. Life must go on, but Antonin Scalia rightly deserves more than a mere moment of reflection.
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Remembering Nancy Reagan

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel

The passing of Nancy Reagan, a former First Lady who completely transformed the role and helped catapult her husband to greatness, marked the end of an era. Her death also happened to coincide with a turning point in the party that she and her husband helped resuscitate.

Born Anne Frances Robbins in 1921 in New York City, her mother eventually left in pursuit of an acting career, leaving Nancy to fend for herself at a young age. Perhaps it made her feel lacking, but according to an article written by her daughter Patti Davis, she never let on. As Davis described it, Nancy revised “her own history with pale sweet colors.” Sometimes the pain of the past is best concealed by cleverly constructed distortions of the truth. … Continue Reading

Playing the Market

March 2, 2016 Columns, Samuel Moore-Sobel Comments Off on Playing the Market
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By Samuel Moore-Sobel

Part of growing up involves the achievement of self-sufficiency. My parents breathed a huge sigh of relief when I obtained a job last fall because they knew that after 22 years they were finally off the hook. Or so they hope. Although I still live with them, so I guess not completely … I digress. Anyway, part of self-sufficiency involves deciding what to do with the money you earn. There is not always a simple answer, and there are inherent risks involved in this process. One can choose to leave their money in a savings account in which a painfully small amount of interest is accumulated each month. Or they can roll the dice and choose to invest a slice of their hard earned cash in the both beloved and reviled stock market. Even after reading Flash Boys by Michael Lewis, my continual frustration by the lack of interest accumulating in my savings account won out. I chose to roll the dice.  … 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

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
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March Fourth Friday

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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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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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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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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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