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Warner Introduces Bill To Help Wells Fargo Victims Get Their Day in Court

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U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, introduced legislation to give Wells Fargo customers who were victims of a fraudulent account scheme their day in court. The bank was involved in a scandal this year after it was revealed that Wells Fargo employees secretly opened roughly 1.5 million bank accounts and issued 565,000 credit cards without customers’ consent. Wells Fargo is using the forced arbitration clauses it tucked away in the fine print of contracts customers signed when they opened legitimate accounts to block them from suing over the fraudulent accounts. … Continue Reading

History’s Holy Places: Four Local Sites Worth Exploring This Fall

September 7, 2016 Around Virginia Comments Off on History’s Holy Places: Four Local Sites Worth Exploring This Fall
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The Journey through Hallowed Ground is a 180-mile long, 75-mile wide trek from Gettysburg to Monticello, encompassing nine presidential homes and places, 18 national and state parks, and thousands of small and large historical sites.

Dozens and dozens of these sites and related museums are short ride from just about everywhere in Loudoun County. And, four of them – Dodona Manor, Rokeby, The National Sporting Library & Museum, and the Manassas National Battlefield Park — can be visited in one busy day or a more leisurely weekend. Maybe one will catch the eye of family or friends you might be entertaining as you enjoy the last bits of summer and the start of fall. … Continue Reading

Land Trust Receives Large Donation

August 23, 2016 Around Virginia Comments Off on Land Trust Receives Large Donation
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On August 22, The Land Trust of Virginia received a $10,000 gift from the Sharon D. Virts Foundation, based in Herndon. The presentation of this grant was part of the Foundation’s official launch event, held at Selma Plantation in Leesburg. Notable speakers included Sharon D. Virts, FCiFederal Founder and Chair, The Honorable Barbara Comstock (VA-10), and Phyllis J. Randall, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chair. … Continue Reading

Farmers Urged To Be On The Lookout For Marijuana

August 4, 2016 Around Virginia Comments Off on Farmers Urged To Be On The Lookout For Marijuana
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Farmers in Southwest Virginia are being urged to check their property for marijuana planted by trespassers. Within the past year, hundreds of marijuana plants have been discovered between rows of hay bales on farms in and around Pulaski County, according to the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force.

“Unfortunately this is a growing trend,” said Corporal Barbara Owens of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, a member of the task force. “Not only are the marijuana plants an issue, but what is more concerning is there are people trespassing on farmers’ property.”

Owens recently spoke at a Pulaski County Farm Bureau board of directors meeting to apprise area farmers of the issue.

Hay bales, which typically are left unattended during the summer, can provide good protection from the elements for strategically planted marijuana, Owens said. “We are asking farmers to take a look at the areas where they keep their hay bales and to just keep an eye out. If they see something suspicious, they should notify the authorities immediately.”

The Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force is made up of law enforcement officers from the Virginia State Police, Pulaski and Wythe counties and the towns of Pulaski and Dublin. In 2015, Virginia State Police marijuana eradication efforts resulted in destruction of 36,574 plants statewide.

State Senators Investigate University of Virginia’s $2.3 Billion Operating Surplus

August 3, 2016 Around Virginia Comments Off on State Senators Investigate University of Virginia’s $2.3 Billion Operating Surplus
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Senators Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax City) and Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach), are calling for an investigation into disclosures that the University of Virginia has accumulated a $2.3 billion operating surplus, now titled a “Strategic Investment Fund,” that is significantly larger than the Commonwealth’s own cash reserves. Both senators agree that the money, which the university admitted arises from its operating accounts, should be returned to Virginia students and families through lower tuition. … Continue Reading

Blood Donors Asked To Help Address Summer Shortage

July 23, 2016 Around Virginia Comments Off on Blood Donors Asked To Help Address Summer Shortage
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Virginia Blood Services is urging Virginians to help replenish an extremely low summer blood supply and asking eligible donors to visit any one of its area Community Donor Centers or mobile blood drives. “Summer is always a challenging time for blood collections,” says Virginia Blood Services Executive Director, Todd Cahill. “Maintaining a safe and adequate blood supply is our top priority. Currently, both local and national blood supplies are at significantly low levels.” … Continue Reading

McAuliffe Announces New Exports for Virginia Lumber Companies To the United Kingdom

July 20, 2016 Around Virginia Comments Off on McAuliffe Announces New Exports for Virginia Lumber Companies To the United Kingdom
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Governor Terry McAuliffe announced new export sales of Virginia wood products to the United Kingdom (U.K.) during a trade and marketing mission to Israel and the U.K. The sales were struck between four Virginia lumber companies and James Latham PLC, one of the oldest and largest wood importers and distributors into the U.K., the top customer of Virginia wood products in 2015. … Continue Reading

Governor McAuliffe Announces 105 New Jobs in the Town of Berryville and Clarke County

July 2, 2016 Around Virginia Comments Off on Governor McAuliffe Announces 105 New Jobs in the Town of Berryville and Clarke County
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Handsome Brook Farm, LLC to Invest More Than $6 Million to Establish Egg Processing Operation in Virginia

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that New York-based Handsome Brook Farm, LLC will invest $6.4 million to establish a new pasture raised egg processing operation in the Town of Berryville and Clarke County. The business has committed to purchasing over $50 million in Virginia-sourced eggs over the next three years, and plans to contract with over 100 Virginia farms. Virginia successfully competed against Pennsylvania for the project, which will create 105 new jobs. This is the largest jobs announcement for Clarke County on record, and the first economic development announcement in Clarke County during Governor McAuliffe’s administration.

“Recruiting Handsome Brook Farm’s new egg processing facility is a huge win for the Town of Berryville, Clarke County, and the Commonwealth’s thriving agriculture industry,” said Governor McAuliffe. “I commend Handsome Brook Farm for choosing to invest in Virginia, as this will not only create jobs here in Berryville and Clarke County, but will also give our farmers a new market for pasture-raised eggs. This project highlights the vital role agriculture plays in the Commonwealth and we will continue to support these kinds of entrepreneurial project as we build the new Virginia economy.

The New York based Handsome Brook Farm, LLC will purchase the old Winchester Cold Storage facility in Berryville and convert it into an egg processing facility. In 2015, Inc. Magazine cited Handsome Brook Farm as the fastest growing privately held egg company and the 14th fastest growing food company in the country. Handsome Brook Farm provides customers in 48 states with pasture raised eggs. The company’s high-quality eggs are available at many major retailers, including Harris Teeter, Kroger, Publix, and Wegman’s. Handsome Brook Farm is the only provider of 100% pasture raised eggs certified by the American Humane Association.

“Handsome Brook Farm’s innovative ideas and exceptional product make it a model for the role that agribusiness will play in helping to build the new Virginia economy,” said Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore. “The company’s commitment to buy Virginia-grown eggs will create new, robust market opportunities for Virginia’s farmers to diversify their on-farm income by adding pasture raised egg production to their portfolio. Indeed, Handsome Brook Farm’s investment will provide a significant boost to Virginia’s egg industry, which had farm cash receipts alone of almost $115 million in 2014.”

“Handsome Brook Farm is a welcome addition to Clarke County and to the agricultural sector in the Commonwealth,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. “We are pleased to provide the company with the tools to invest in a quality workforce and look forward to working with them in the future. Congratulations to the team, county and town for this new operation.”

The Commonwealth is partnering with Clarke County, the Town of Berryville, and Handsome Brook Farm, LLC on this project through the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund, which is administered by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. To help secure the project for Virginia, Governor McAuliffe approved a $200,000 grant from the AFID Fund, which Clarke County and Berryville are matching with local funds. The Virginia Economic Development Partnership assisted in securing this project for the Commonwealth, and will provide funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.

Betsy Babcock, Founder of Handsome Brook Farm, stated, “We are delighted to be in partnership with the Commonwealth of Virginia on this exciting project, and look forward to working together to further agricultural development in the Commonwealth.”

“Berryville is thrilled to welcome its newest corporate citizen, Handsome Brook Farm,” said Wilson Kirby, Mayor of the Town of Berryville. “Governor McAuliffe and Secretary Haymore went to bat for our community and helped ensure Handsome Brook Farm’s local investment of nearly six and a half million dollars and the creation of over one hundred new jobs in Berryville. The level of cooperation between state and local government and private enterprise was extraordinary.”

“Clarke County and Berryville have worked diligently for decades to grow in a sustainable fashion while preserving our rural character,” added David Weiss, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors for Clarke County. “Handsome Brook Farm’s commitment to sustainability and innovation in agriculture is a perfect fit with Clarke. The incentive package that Governor McAuliffe’s team put together made this investment in our community come to fruition. This was a great team effort.”

Delegate Dave LaRock added, “This business is a perfect fit for Clarke County, and will be a great boost to the already vibrant rural agriculture economy in this beautiful part of Virginia. The legislature has worked hard to promote the rural economy, including vineyards, farm wineries and breweries, and this project adds a great new opportunity for local farmers. I look forward to ongoing growth in local agriculture.”

HUD Awards $2 Million in Housing Counseling Grants To Virginia

June 23, 2016 Around Virginia Comments Off on HUD Awards $2 Million in Housing Counseling Grants To Virginia
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Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that Catholic Charities USA, headquartered in Alexandria, will receive $951,150 in federal funding, and the Virginia Housing Development Authority, located in Richmond, will receive $1,040,918. This nearly $2 million grant by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is intended to provide families and individuals in Virginia with counseling services to improve their housing conditions and help them meet the responsibilities of tenancy and homeownership. … Continue Reading

Four Hop, Skip and a Jump Local Destinations

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Last month we encouraged our readers to consider visiting any one of five great destinations within just a stone’s throw of Loudoun’s history-lined borders – Berryville and Harper’s Ferry among them.

This month we feature four destinations – two right here in our much-celebrated county, and two just over the county line to the north and northwest

Long Branch Plantation: Long Branch is country property near the beautiful village of Millwood in Clarke County. … Continue Reading

Out and About Loudoun and Beyond

May 4, 2016 Around Virginia Comments Off on Out and About Loudoun and Beyond
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Five Stone’s Throw Spring and Summer Destinations
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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 visit in our area.

We’ve picked out Berryville, Winchester, Harper’s Ferry, WV, the quaint Village of the Plains and Brunswick, Md. for cool places to visit, highlighting some of the more interesting things to see and do. So, take a break, and take advantage of these stone’s-throw-away suggestions for getting Out & About this month: … Continue Reading

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

April 21, 2016 Around Virginia Comments Off on 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.
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Search efforts in the Shenandoah National Park were suspended Thursday afternoon (April 21, 2016) with the discovery of female remains within the park property. At approximately 2:00 p.m. a ground team of National Park Service and Virginia State Police personnel discovered a body in a remote location more than a mile from the Whiteoak Canyon parking area and about 330 yards from the trail in treacherous rocky terrain. National Park Service and Virginia State Police are currently still processing the scene.

National Park Service and Virginia State Police personnel will conduct a press conference at Whiteoak parking area at 7:30 p.m.

Virginia Trooper Shot and Killed at Richmond Bus Terminal

April 1, 2016 Around Virginia Comments Off on 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 the front doors of the bus station. During the course of talking with the male subject, the male pulled out a handgun and shot the trooper multiple times. As the male subject continued firing his weapon, two state troopers, who were nearby, returned fire. The male suspect then moved into the terminal’s restaurant. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

Columns

The Grim Reaper and the Great Barrier

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(to be presented to the Board of Supervisors in January) “The recent frequency and intensity of mass coral bleaching are of major concern, and are directly attributable to rising atmospheric greenhouse gases.” [1]

Pearl Harbor

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By Nicholas Reid Seventy-five years ago this December 7, to quote President Franklin D. Roosevelt, “the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” It will have been 75 …

Early Returns: How U.S. Markets Reacted to the Presidential Election

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On November 8, 2016, Republican candidate Donald J. Trump won a closely contested election for president of the United States. Late on election night, when it became evident that Trump was likely to win, despite consistently trailing in the polls, …

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 …

South Riding

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I should have known that this one would take me far from my contemplative, Zen-inspired comfort zone; after I’d traversed more construction projects than I wanted to tally, competed with hurried, coffee-driven commuters with no time for mere existence, and …

Support Group Help Needed

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Dr. Mike, My son was diagnosed with ADHD two years ago, and his pediatrician at that time recommended we try a social skills group for his “immaturity” and “impulsivity.” We did that, and our experience was horrible. The kids in …

The State of Corals

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(Presented to the Board of Supervisors December 6, 2016) “Events as severe as the 1998 event, the worst on record, are likely to become commonplace within 20 years.” – Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, 1999 [4] Tony Noerpel

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

December 2016
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November 28, 2016 November 29, 2016 November 30, 2016 December 1, 2016 December 2, 2016 December 3, 2016

Holiday Open House

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

December 4, 2016

Holiday Open House

December 5, 2016 December 6, 2016 December 7, 2016 December 8, 2016 December 9, 2016

Christmas Market and Trolley Tours

December 10, 2016

Holiday Open House

13th Annual Purcellville Christmas Parade

Barrel Tasting Event Saturday

December 11, 2016

Christmas Market and Trolley Tours

December 12, 2016 December 13, 2016 December 14, 2016 December 15, 2016 December 16, 2016 December 17, 2016

Intro to Essential Oils

December 18, 2016
December 19, 2016 December 20, 2016 December 21, 2016 December 22, 2016 December 23, 2016 December 24, 2016 December 25, 2016
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Family New Year’s Eve Celebration

January 1, 2017

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Farm Bureau President Hopes for Immigration Reform

5 Dec 2016

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Virginia Farm Bureau President Wayne F. Pryor told county delegates at the organization’s annual convention in Hot Springs that immigration reform “is an issue that has been delayed too long.” He noted that: “Work will begin on the 2018 Farm Bill next year. This is the most complex federal legislation farmers face, and it typically takes at least two years …

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Northern Virginia Chamber To Host Congressional Roundtable

5 Dec 2016

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The Northern Virginia Chamber will host its annual Congressional Roundtable on Monday, December 12, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Northern Virginia Chamber in Tysons (7900 Westpark Drive, Suite A550). The dialogue will cover several issues at the intersection of federal policy and business – federal spending, energy, trade policy, the sequestration and the effect on Northern Virginia, transportation, …

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Ugly Christmas Sweater Fad Keeps Growing

30 Nov 2016

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Since 2012, the Re-Love It consignment shop, at 138 N. 21st Street in Purcellville, has developed the reputation as the place to get your Ugly Christmas Sweater in the Metro D.C. area. In that time, Re-Love It has sold more than 3,000 vintage Ugly Christmas Sweaters.

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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

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 …

Dear Editor

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 …

It’s Our Right

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On December 6, the Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on a “Minor Special Exception” proposal we submitted earlier this year concerning our Catesby Farm property. Unfortunately, our limited …

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 …

Around Virginia

Warner Introduces Bill To Help Wells Fargo Victims Get Their Day in Court

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U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, introduced legislation to give Wells Fargo customers who were victims of a fraudulent account scheme their day in court. The bank was involved in a scandal this year after it was revealed that Wells Fargo employees secretly …

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History’s Holy Places: Four Local Sites Worth Exploring This Fall

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The Journey through Hallowed Ground is a 180-mile long, 75-mile wide trek from Gettysburg to Monticello, encompassing nine presidential homes and places, 18 national and state parks, and thousands of small and large historical sites. Dozens and dozens of these sites and related museums are short ride from just about …

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Land Trust Receives Large Donation

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On August 22, The Land Trust of Virginia received a $10,000 gift from the Sharon D. Virts Foundation, based in Herndon. The presentation of this grant was part of the Foundation’s official launch event, held at Selma Plantation in Leesburg. Notable speakers included Sharon D. Virts, FCiFederal Founder and Chair, …

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Sports

Accepting Applications for Sports League Funding

30 Nov 2016

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Purcellville is accepting applications from local organizations for its annual sports league funding program. Organizations must serve the Town of Purcellville area, have citizens of the Town of Purcellville as players, and provide a letter to the Town from the IRS confirming the organization’s tax exempt status in order to …

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Woodgrove High Student Will Pursue Track and Field at George Mason

30 Nov 2016

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Puneet Kaur of Woodgrove High School has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her track and field career at George Mason University. Kaur has held the school record in shot put since her sophomore year and is looking to throw shotput, hammer, discus and maybe even the javelin …

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