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Growing a Green Lawn

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From the Nature Generation

Winter is over, the flowers are blooming and the yard is teeming with wildlife. The fresh spring air lures us outside. Children come home from school, drop off their books, and head outside to play. Parents relax on the deck and invite friends and family over for cookouts. Now is the perfect time to transform tired brown winter lawns into lush green yards for all to enjoy. … Continue Reading

May in the Garden

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Showing Your Feelings with Color

It is as lovely to give flowers as it is to receive them.

Whatever the color, the most cherished bouquets are often the ones from your own garden, or that pretty little bundle a friend or your spouse picked up form a roadside stand. But, the giving – and the receiving and the picking and the arranging – is made all the more sweet with a little inside knowledge of what a flower’s color – be it a rose, a lily, or a wild thing growing on the side of the road – has come to symbolized over the years. … Continue Reading

April in the Garden: Be a Freestyle Beekeeper

April 6, 2016 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on April in the Garden: Be a Freestyle Beekeeper
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As the sun’s lengthening days settle us into the spring, newborn bees and their caretakers are emerging from their hives and going to work, collecting pollen and nectar and replenishing the colony’s food stores.

Along the way, any number of the 60,000 or so bees that make up a single hive may be stopping by your garden or yard to gather food from early-blooming flowers and trees – promoting biodiversity, setting seed and fruit production into motion and enhancing the overall health of your garden and landscape. … Continue Reading

Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival

April 6, 2016 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival
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Leesburg has scheduled its annual Flower and Garden Festival for April 16 and 17. Over 120 vendors will display their landscape designs, gardening supplies, outdoor living items, plants, flowers and herbs. The event runs from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. … Continue Reading

March in the Garden – Soil As the Gardener’s Canvas

March 2, 2016 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on March in the Garden – Soil As the Gardener’s Canvas
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Gardening is all about growing things, and growing things successfully is about cultivating healthy soils – the canvas upon which gardener visits their magic.

For the March gardener, this means working carefully to release and build upon the nutrients, textures and living things developed and stored in the soil over the winter. … Continue Reading

Growing Your 1-In-10,000 Four-Leaf Clover

March 2, 2016 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Growing Your 1-In-10,000 Four-Leaf Clover
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Botanists tell us that for every four-leaf clover you might find, there are 10,000 three-leaf clovers. That means that you will find at least 1 four-leaf clover in an area that is about, well, 13 square feet. Humm. That’s a lot of area to cover with your magnifying glass.
Instead, why not have some fun growing your own clover-type plant? … Continue Reading

George and Martha Waiting for Babies

March 2, 2016 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on George and Martha Waiting for Babies
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American bald eagles “George & Martha” are nesting in Loudoun County and as of late February had two eggs laid. The eggs will take about 35 days to hatch if successful. Follow the secret eagle cam – at an undisclosed location to protect the birds – at www.youtube.com/user/riverfarmeaglecam/live. … Continue Reading

Free Gardening Lecture – All About Water Gardening

February 19, 2016 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Free Gardening Lecture – All About Water Gardening
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Wouldn’t it be nice to add a water feature in your garden this spring? “All About Water Gardening” is the topic for the March 3, 2016 Extension Master Gardener lecture series at 7:00 p.m. at Rust Library, given by Richard M. Koogle, vice president of Lilypons Water Gardens in Maryland. … Continue Reading

6th Annual Loudoun Grown Expo February 27

February 3, 2016 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on 6th Annual Loudoun Grown Expo February 27
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It’s that exciting time of year again for the Sixth Annual Loudoun Grown Expo. The yearly event will take place at the Bush Tabernacle 250 South Nursery Avenue, Purcellville, on February 27 with new expanded hours starting at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

There will be wine and beer exhibitors, farm exhibitors, artisans and makers, restaurants and other rural economy entrepreneurs for all to enjoy. “We’re thrilled to promote such a worthwhile event that showcases Loudoun growers, Virginia wines, as well as hand crafted beer and local artists,” said Philip Message, co-sponsor of this sixth annual event. He continued, “People from all over Loudoun County as well as the D.C. metro area enjoy this event every year.”

Parking will be at the Fireman’s Field parking lot, Emerick Elementary, Loudoun Valley Community Center and the Town of Purcellville’s public parking areas.

Three Virginia Young Farmers Receive National Honors

January 18, 2016 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Three Virginia Young Farmers Receive National Honors
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For the first time ever, Virginia Farm Bureau Federation had finalists in all three Young Farmers & Ranchers competitions at the annual American Farm Bureau Federation convention.

Chris Van Vlack of Loudoun County took home top honors Jan. 12 in the Discussion Meet competition at the 97th annual AFBF event. Sam and Ashley Gardner of Bedford County were runners-up for the Achievement Award, Mindy McCroskey of Washington County was a runner-up for the Excellence in Agriculture Award. … Continue Reading

Where Do I Begin? Tips on Fall Home Improvement Projects

November 4, 2015 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Where Do I Begin? Tips on Fall Home Improvement Projects
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Lawn care, storm windows, roof and gutter repair, chimney sweep, painting touch ups, furnace check, green upgrades – the fall home improvement list can sure seem endless, can’t it?

While the weather is still pretty warm out, prioritize the outdoor tasks you need to do yourself. For the inside tasks, consider organizing them now, and making up a list that holiday guests or neighbors might be able to help you complete. If you need professional help for certain tasks … make those appointments, if you haven’t already.

Here are some seasonal tips:

Caulking and weather stripping of windows are two pretty easy projects and will pay dividends not only this winter, but in the warm summer months, too. Make this a priority. … Continue Reading

Friends of Blue Ridge Mountains

November 4, 2015 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Friends of Blue Ridge Mountains
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November 7, Saturday 10:00 to 3:00 p.m, join Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains for an autumn clean-up as we continue our work to remove invasive species from Blue Ridge Regional Park. Blue Ridge Regional Park is located off of Rte 601. Go to www.friendsofblueridge.org.

Copeland Homestead Farm Celebrates 250 Years of Same-Family Ownership

November 4, 2015 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Copeland Homestead Farm Celebrates 250 Years of Same-Family Ownership
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The Copeland Homestead Farm is celebrating its Sestercentennial Anniversary — the farm has been owned by the same family for 250 years. The farm is currently owned by seventh generation family member, Patric Copeland. Patric and his wife, Maura Walsh-Copeland’s children, Sean, Jameson and Caitlin Copeland, are the quintuple great grandchildren of David and Deborah Copeland, who built the original portion of the Homestead in 1765.

The Copeland Homestead, located on the northeast side of Short Hill Mountain just south of the Town of Hillsboro corporate limits, is one of the oldest dwellings in the area. According to Loudon County and Copeland family records, George Washington surveyed “The Grand Line” between Thomas 6th Lord Fairfax’s Piedmont and Shannondale Manors, from the mouth of the Rappahannock, running through the Town of Hillsboro to Harper’s Ferry and the Potomac River. This Grand Line still serves as the western boundary of the Copeland Farm. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

A Habitable Planet

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“At the moments when we are able to separate ourselves from our daily concerns and ponder deeply, most of us have encountered fundamental questions of our existence as human beings. Where do we come from? What happened before humans appeared …

Choose Joy, Don’t Go Negative

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Sometimes life is pleasant and it is easy to smile, other times it is not. The real question is how do you react and live your life when you are going through trials? What do you do when you feel …

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 …

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You know, I can still taste those sausages: The first early-spring bratwurst cooked over an open flame in a beautiful setting among good friends; nothing so surprising, really, in recalling a good meal in classic context. The thing is, though …

Planning for Life Disclosure and Other Family Issues in Estate Planning

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What do we tell the kids? Questions of how much and what type of information to give the children often arise during consultation. The answers depend on the circumstances of each family – the ages and maturity of the children …

A Look Into What Is Learned in High School English

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By Mary Rose Lunde English is the arguably the most important subject for a student in high school to learn. The most successful people in the world have one thing in common — being able to communicate effectively. This is …

Editorial

Grief and Greed

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By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …

Op-ed

Oh No, It’s the Christians!

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By Nicholas Reid In the hours and days following every massacre perpetrated by radical Muslims, there is one unifying theme across most news coverage of the massacre, wherever it may …

Dear Editor

Isn’t Loudoun Better Than This?

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More than forty years I have watched a rising tide of development flowing from the east across Loudoun. Once it was thought the western mountains would be spared the flood. …

View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input …

Student News

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016

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Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

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8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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Calendar

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Hamilton Town Hall

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CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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Lobster Day with Chef Seb at North Gate Vineyard

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Spring Wine Glass Painting with Penny

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

TGIF @ North Gate Vineyard!

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

The Sprouted Spoon Food Truck at North Gate Vineyard

Nathaniel Davis Live at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Celebrate Mother's Day at North Gate Vineyard!

Mother's Day Brunch at Breaux

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Dog Day at Breaux Vineyards

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Senior Caregiver Training

Hillsboro Ruritan Club Dinner Meeting

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Strawberry Afternoon Tea

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Strawberry Afternoon Tea

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Land Trust of Virginia Annual Garden Party

BRASS EXTRAVAGANZA

Waterford Concert

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

A Taste of Paris and View of Normandy at Breaux Vineyards

Annie Stokes Live at North Gate Vineyard

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Paella by Carlos at North Gate Vineyard

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Free Gardening Lecture

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Yard Sale

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

PAUL REISLER TRIO WITH LEA MORRIS AND MARSHALL KEYS

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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Movies in the Park Return to Ida Lee This Summer

25 May 2016

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“101 Dalmatians” kicks off the season on Thursday, May 26. Get the popcorn ready! The Town of Leesburg will once again be hosting Movies in the Park this summer. This free series will feature an evening movie on the third Thursday of each month throughout the summer, hosted at Ida Lee Park.

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New Concert Series Comes to Purcellville

20 May 2016

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On Sunday, June 5 at 4:00 p.m., internationally recognized pianist Brian Ganz will present an all-Chopin recital at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 711 W. Main Street in Purcellville. The recital will feature several of Frédéric Chopin’s studies for solo piano, including the renowned “Revolutionary” Etude, among other works by the Romantic master. Ganz, who recently moved to Purcellville from Annapolis, …

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Eucharistic Procession To Pass Through Leesburg May 29

20 May 2016

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– By Mark Gunderman Each year, Catholics around the world celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi (Latin for Body of Christ), symbolizing their belief in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. In the United States, the celebration of Corpus Christi is held on the Sunday after Trinity Sunday. This is a time when Catholics can demonstrate their …

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Around Virginia

Out and About Loudoun and Beyond

The Plains’ charming restaurants, shops and sidewalks.

Five Stone’s Throw Spring and Summer Destinations By Andrea Gaines Bordered by the Potomac River to the north and beautiful mountains to the west – and with easy access to Rt. 95, the Dulles Toll Road and Route 66 – Loudouners have no short list of fun spring places to …

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Update: Remains Located in Shenandoah National Park; Search Efforts Suspended

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Update: Body preliminarily identified as Nicole K. Mittendorff, 31, of Woodbridge. The physical and digital evidence collected during the course of this investigation includes a note recovered from the car leads investigators to believe there was no foul play involved in her death. ——————– Search efforts in the Shenandoah National …

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Virginia Trooper Shot and Killed at Richmond Bus Terminal

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A Virginia State Police trooper has died as a result of his injuries after being shot on March 31 at the Greyhound Bus station in the 2900 block of North Boulevard in Richmond. At approximately 2:40 p.m., Virginia State Police Trooper Chad P. Dermyer approached a male subject just inside …

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Sports

Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016

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The Western Loudon Volleyball Club U14 boys team, called the “Hitmen,” finished second in a tournament held January 17. This is the first ever boys team for the WLVBC (and only the second boys club in the area). Coach Allan Kotmel led the seven-member team. WLVBC started eight years ago, …

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ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines

2 Dec 2015

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The Old Dominion Football Club West boys and girls middle school travel soccer program scored big the weekend of November 21 and 22.  The girls Quest Premier 22 team took home the championship in the U12 Girls Premier Division of the Hunt Country Classic located in Fauquier County. The boys …

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