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Governor Signs Senator Black’s Campus Sexual Assault Bill

June 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Around Virginia Comments Off on Governor Signs Senator Black’s Campus Sexual Assault Bill
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On Thursday, May 28, Sen. Richard Black traveled to Richmond for the bill signing ceremony of his bill, Senate Bill 712, the Campus Sexual Assault Bill. Black’s law will change the way that Virginia’s colleges and universities handle sexual assault cases. 

“When I heard about the Hannah Graham case, I began looking into how Virginia’s colleges and universities handle sexual assault reports and I was appalled to find that they handled them internally,” Black said.  “I do not think that expulsion is an acceptable form of punishment for rape and my bill will fix that.” … Continue Reading

McAuliffe Announces Movie To Film in Virginia

June 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Around Virginia Comments Off on McAuliffe Announces Movie To Film in Virginia
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Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia has been selected as the filming location for “Loving,” a motion picture based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a Virginia married couple who, in 1958, were arrested for violating a state law at the time prohibiting interracial marriage. The couple sued, and their case was ultimately heard in 1967 by the United States Supreme Court, becoming a landmark civil rights case in defense of marriage equality that is still relevant today.

“Loving is a significant American story that should be told, and I am happy to announce it will be filmed in Virginia,” McAuliffe said. “Attracting these projects to the commonwealth helps build the new Virginia economy by generating new revenues, creating good-paying jobs for our citizens and continuing to highlight Virginia’s historical significance.” … Continue Reading

Bipartisan Legislation Hopes To Reduce Wasteful Spending

June 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Around Virginia Comments Off on Bipartisan Legislation Hopes To Reduce Wasteful Spending
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U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Rand Paul (R-KY) have teamed up on a bipartisan proposal to empower federal workers to identify and cut down on unnecessary federal spending. The Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act of 2015 would build on existing law by expanding a program that allows U.S. government inspectors general to reward federal employees with a bonus for finding and reporting wasteful or fraudulent spending.

Under the proposal, that program would be expanded to include “unneeded or surplus” end-of-year funds. Spending at federal agencies in the last week of the fiscal year is 4.9 times higher than the weekly average the rest of the year but research shows that the quality of spending is lower than the rest of the year. Under the Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act, federal employees who identify unneeded or surplus funds will be eligible for a bonus worth 10 percent of the savings, up to $10,000. … Continue Reading

Governor McAuliffe Announces New Virginia Chief Information Officer

May 31, 2015 by Contributor Around Virginia Comments Off on Governor McAuliffe Announces New Virginia Chief Information Officer
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Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Nelson Moe has been appointed as the new Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Commonwealth of Virginia. As technology plays a more vital role in the Commonwealth’s day-to-day operations, Nelson will look to further modernize the state’s IT program so that taxpayers get the best service and greatest value possible for their dollar. Moe’s experience prior to coming to the Commonwealth includes serving as the CIO for the U.S. House of Representatives. … Continue Reading

Application Deadline April 30 for Young Women Leadership Program

April 28, 2015 by Contributor Around Virginia Comments Off on Application Deadline April 30 for Young Women Leadership Program
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U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-10th District) is taking applications from young women currently enrolled in middle school and high school to participate in the 10th Congressional District Young Women Leadership Program. This program provides an opportunity for young women to meet and interact with women who hold leadership roles and have built successful careers in government, business, medicine, media relations and other professions. … Continue Reading

LaRock Appointed to Northern Virginia Transportation Commission

April 8, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Around Virginia Comments Off on LaRock Appointed to Northern Virginia Transportation Commission
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House of Delegates Speaker Bill Howell this week appointed Delegate Dave LaRock as a member of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC). LaRock will be one of 20 members guiding the NVTC, taking the seat vacated by Congresswoman Barbara Comstock. … Continue Reading

Is Sound The Future Of Fire Fighting?

April 2, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Around Virginia Comments Off on Is Sound The Future Of Fire Fighting?
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– By Hannah Hager

What if you could extinguish fire with sound instead of carbon dioxide? That’s what two undergraduates at George Mason University have set out to do.

Engineering seniors Seth Robertson and Viet Tran have submitted a patent application that could potentially revolutionize the red fire extinguisher we’re all familiar with. The students’ version uses low-frequency sound waves to stymie a blaze instead of the messy, white foam.

The idea didn’t emerge out of thin air. The pair decided “to fight fire with sound waves” as part of a class project for a design course in which they built their own prototype using their own money, according to a university press release, which is also “free of toxic chemicals and eliminates collateral damage from sprinkler systems.”

The recent Daylight Savings Time is a reminder to turn back the clocks, but it should also be a reminder to switch out your smoke alarm batteries. The National Fire Protection Association reports that smoke alarms sounded in only half the home fires reported between 2007-2011 in the U.S., and three of every five home fire deaths were in homes with no or non-working smoke alarms.

Fighting fire with low frequency sound waves such as those used in the bass of hip-hop songs could one day prove to be another line of defense. The students aren’t alone in their thinking. Researchers at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and West Georgia University are also working on prototypes, according to the press release.

Prince William Mother, Daughter Killed In Germanwings Crash

April 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Around Virginia Comments Off on Prince William Mother, Daughter Killed In Germanwings Crash
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– By Hannah Hager

When a tragedy happens close to home it can be hard to find any semblance of comfort. Such may be the feeling of the family members and friends of the two Americans killed aboard the Germanwings flight that crash landed into the French Alps this week.

Nokesville mom and daughter Yvonne and Emily Selke were two of the 150 passengers that died on the flight that took off from Spain, but never made it to its destination in Germany. Nokesville is in neighboring Prince William County.

Father and husband Raymond Selke confirmed to the Washington Post that his wife and daughter were the two Americans on the ill-fated flight. A majority of the passengers were German and French. Details are still emerging around what exactly happened. It is believed that the co-pilot, 28 year-old German national Andreas Lubitz, locked the head pilot out of the cockpit after he momentarily left his seat. The co-pilot then intentionally grounded the plane into the mountains.

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Poe Museum Vows to Find the Next Edgar Allan Poe

April 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Around Virginia Comments Off on Poe Museum Vows to Find the Next Edgar Allan Poe
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Who will be the next Edgar Allan Poe? The Poe Museum in Richmond intends to find out. From June 21-27, the museum will host its annual Edgar Allan Poe Young Writers’ Conference for high school students. Designed and founded in 2004 by Edgar Award-winning author and Edgar Allan Poe’s cousin, Dr. Harry Lee Poe, the Edgar Allan Poe Young Writers’ Conference attracts students from across the country to take part in a unique and intensive writing experience. In addition to participating in daily workshops, the students will learn from writing professionals, including award-winning novelists, editors, journalists, poets, and playwrights. What makes the conference special is its Poe connection. Richmond was home to Edgar Allan Poe for 13 years, and it is here that he began his literary career. Students will learn from and be inspired by Poe by studying his craft as well as by visiting the sites that inspired or served as settings for his greatest works.

Past speakers have included Nero, Lefty, and Shamus Award-winning author Brad Parks; Hammett Prize-winning novelist and journalist Howard Owen; Edgar Award-winning biographer and educator Dr. Harry Lee Poe; and Theresa Pollack Award-winning editor Mary Flinn.
The conference is designed to empower students to be leaders, educators, and writing professionals. So far, past students have become published authors and have been accepted into prestigious university writing programs.

To learn more about the conference, please call the Edgar Allan Poe Museum at 804-648-5523 or tours@poemuseum.org.

New Carrier Stationed In Norfolk

April 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Around Virginia Comments Off on New Carrier Stationed In Norfolk
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The Virginia congressional delegation has announced that the U.S. Navy will position its newest carrier, the Gerald Ford, at Naval Station Norfolk for the next several years. This will provide an additional aircraft carrier to the region until 2018 when the USS Lincoln returns to its home port. The Navy has also decided to reverse an earlier decision and will maintain Little Creek as a deep water amphibious port and homeport four amphibious ships at Little Creek through 2020. The delegation worked with the Navy to fund critical infrastructure upgrades for Little Creek, including a $30 million electrical grid upgrade in 2012.

“This is tremendously good news for Virginians and for the Navy. Not only will this create thousands of jobs in the region, but Virginia is home to the world’s best shipbuilders and contractors. Aircraft carriers are vital to projecting the country’s strength, and there is no better place to homeport the Gerald Ford than Norfolk,” Sen. Mark Warner said. “I want to commend the delegation, the Navy, and local leaders for this strong partnership that has resulted in securing funds for critical upgrades. I am especially pleased with the decision to maintain Little Creek as an amphibious port. These two important commitments demonstrate the Navy’s confidence in Virginia’s world class ports.”

“Combined with our successful effort last year to restore funding for the refueling and overhaul of the USS George Washington, the Navy’s decision to homeport the USS Gerald Ford in Norfolk is welcome news for Hampton Roads,” said Sen. Tim Kaine. “The temporary addition of another carrier will bring thousands of new sailors and their families to the region and our shipyards and shipbuilding industry will benefit greatly from the opportunity to take on more projects in support of our nation’s Naval forces.”

“The Navy’s decision to position the USS Gerald R. Ford at Naval Station Norfolk is great news for Hampton Roads,” said Rep. Bobby Scott. “The Ford will be the pride of the fleet, largely in part due to the talented work of Virginia’s shipbuilders. Our region’s local, state and congressional leadership has worked together on maintaining a strong Navy presence in Hampton Roads and this decision, as well as the decision to maintain Little Creek as a deep water port, is a testament to that collaborative work.”

“The Navy’s decision to homeport the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), our nation’s most advanced carrier and the first in its class, in Norfolk is welcomed news. Hampton Roads, which is home to more men and women in uniform than any other region in the country, undeniably leads in defending our nation, and remains the best place for any command to call home,” said Rep. Scott Rigell, who noted that the move will spur economic growth and stimulate short and long-term job creation.

Loudoun Getting Out–And–About

April 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Around Virginia Comments Off on Loudoun Getting Out–And–About
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Longer Days Have Us Eyeing Our Calendars

– By Andrea Gaines

Last fall the Farmer’s Almanac predicted that the mid-Atlantic region’s impending winter would be “cold, wet and white.” And, that was pretty accurate.

Now, though Loudouners are shaking off the snowflakes and making plans.

With so much right here – from historic towns and villages … to great retail shops and galleries … farms, wineries, distilleries and breweries … historic spots, mountainside trails, parks and more – it’s hard to decide what to do first. Here are some ideas as we all head into April …

Wait … How Many Daffodils?

Nature lays out a carpet of everything pink, green, yellow and lavender as Loudoun heads into April, and great flower and garden-related events abound.

52nd Annual Upperville Garden Club Daffodil Show is April 14. With thousands of daffodils of all sizes, colors and forms, this American Daffodil Society show will not disappoint (www.uppervillegardenclub.org).

25th Annual Leesburg Flower And Garden Festival is April 18 & 19. Described as an annual “rite of spring” – with everything from music to plant sales to a wine and beer garden to landscaping displays and kids’ entertainment – the festival has something for all (www.flowerandgarden.org). The Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy Native Plant Sale is also April 18 at Morven Park (www.loudounwildlife.org).

Virginia Garden Week is April 18–25. Known as “America’s Largest Open House,” Virginia Garden Week is another rite of spring, welcoming visitors at hundreds of magnificent homes, gardens and historic sites throughout the state. There are several sites in the Leesburg area, and/or an easy drive from here in Winchester, Warrenton and Front Royal (www.vagardenweek.org).

Flower And Garden Classes, Demonstrations And Exhibits. Our area has many opportunities for both intensive and everyday gardening classes. Three great sources are Blandy Experimental Farm, State Arboretum of Virginia (blandy.virginia.edu), Rust Nature Sanctuary (www.audubonnaturalist.org), and master Gardeners of Loudoun County (FaceBook).

Wait … How Many Calories ?Would I Burn?

It varies by your age, height, weight and sex, of course. But, on average, a person burns 150 calories per hour during a slow walk, almost 500 hiking cross country, 245 walking the dog, 200 bird watching, and 200 pushing a stroller or walking with their children. With 27 county parks and 11 community centers, 8 region parks and easy access to both the WO&D bike trail and the 2,174-mile Appalachian Trail – Loudouners have lots of opportunities to get moving. We also have some of the most advanced private heath clubs in Northern Virginia.

So, here are some tips for finding that perfect recreational opportunity this spring …
A good source for area fitness clubs is the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce (www.loudounchamber.org).

Earth Day’s 45th Anniversary is April 22. Three organizations with local events are: Earth Day Loudoun (www.earthdayatloudoun.org), The Nature Generation (www.natgen.org) and the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy (www.loudounwildlife.org).

A quick search of parks, trails and community centers at www.loudoun.gov will connect you with Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve, Claude Moore Park, Potomack Lakes Sportsplex and other great opportunities for individual and family recreation.

For more information on nearby access points for the Appalachian Trail go to www.appalachiantrail.org. For the WO&D Bike Trail go to www.wodfriends.org.
For camping, hiking, and canoeing try Watermelon Park (www.watermelonpark.org).
Wait … George Washington ?Really Did Sleep Here?

George Washington did indeed sleep here – at Middleburg’s 1728 Red Fox Inn & Tavern. Loudoun County is a magnet for local and visiting history buffs alike. Here are some ideas for how Loudouners can get out and about to enjoy our local history and hospitality this spring.

Loudoun’s historic towns and villages are a great place to visit. Old-fashioned county stores, where you can grab some lunch, also anchor many of our historic villages – including Bluemont, Philomont, Waterford and Middleburg. Go to www.loudoun.gov and search “county historic districts” – lots of things to explore, there.

The Loudoun Museum cares for and displays approximately 8,000 local artifacts – from documents signed by Presidents Washington and Monroe, to a schoolgirl’s 18th Century sampler (www.loudounmuseum.org).

A sampling of other museums and historic libraries include: The National Sporting Library and Museum (www.nsl.org), Thomas Balch Library (www.balchfriends.org), The Winmill Carriage Museum at Morven Park (www.morvenpark.org), and The George C. Marshall House (www.georgecmarshall.org). A little further afield but worth the drive is the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum (www.discoverymuseum.net).

The Loudoun County Bed & Breakfast Guild 6th Annual Open House & Self-Guided Tour is coming right up, too, on May 4. The tour features 10 Bed & Breakfast stops as well as helpful hints about the nearby wineries, lunch stops and farm shops you can visit along the way (www.loudounbandb.com).

Enjoy, and look for more out-and-about opportunities in our May issue.

Comstock Announces 10th Congressional District Military Academy Day

March 13, 2015 by Contributor Around Virginia Comments Off on Comstock Announces 10th Congressional District Military Academy Day
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Congresswoman Barbara Comstock has announced the annual 10th Congressional District Military Academy Day. This year’s Military Academy Day will be held Saturday, April 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Loudoun County Public School Administration building located at 21000 Education Court, Ashburn, . The event is free and open to all students, parents and guidance staff who are interested in learning more about the nation’s military service academies. … Continue Reading

LaRock Announces Re-Election Bid

March 8, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Around Virginia Comments Off on LaRock Announces Re-Election Bid
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Del. Dave LaRock confirmed that he will seek re-election as delegate of Virginia’s 33rd House District.

“My promise is to stay focused on encouraging job creation and rebuilding our economy, improving transportation, reforming our education system and fostering affordable healthcare options,” LaRock said. “I’m running to help the citizens of Clarke, Frederick and Loudoun County with positive answers to the challenges we face. We still have work to do to keep Virginia and the 33rd District on the road to economic recovery.” … Continue Reading

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Sustainable Planet

The Noisy Economist

25 Jul 2015

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“[W]hereas classisists [economists] turned the spotlight on change, flow, process and dynamics, the neoclassicists [economists] spend their time analyzing states of rest, balance, equilibrium.” – Yanis Varoufakis [1] Updating the evolving global surface temperature anomaly monthly for the Loudoun County …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Help for Shark Phobia

8 Jul 2015

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Dr. Mike, We go to the Outer Banks every summer as a family, but our seven-year-old daughter is now freaked out by the reported shark attacks at the Outer Banks. Thanks to her older siblings teasing her about sharks, she …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Mount Zion Church

1 Jul 2015

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– By Tim Jon So: You’ve never given the American Civil War a great deal of thought, much less walked the grounds of Gettysburg or some of the other, major battleground sites located in our region; you may not be …

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Brandon Park

3 Jun 2015

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Considering its location – amidst the swirl of transportation axes, commercial and industrial scenery, residential neighborhoods, and the shadow of the busy downtown section of Leesburg, I was surprised to have this quiet little oasis of (mostly) green to myself …

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Sushi's Corner

March Sushi

4 Mar 2015

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Hello everyone, this is Hokie Cat from Fields of Athenry Farm. Sushi is in big trouble as we speak and is residing in doggy dungeon. I am here to fill you in on what took place. My brother Mountie loves …

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Virginia Gardening

Planting an Allergy-Free Garden

5 May 2015

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By Donna Williamson Tom Ogren has a long-time interest in allergy-inducing plants. He has written several books on the topic and in February released his latest The Allergy Fighting Garden. He explains why plants can stir up allergies and has …

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Samuel Moore-Sobel

Saving The Art Of Letter Writing

1 Jul 2015

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– By Samuel Moore-Sobel This year a woman in France received a letter in the mail. What made her experience unique was that the letter had been written on January 27, 1877, and was intended for her great-grandfather. Steve Insekeep, …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

The Marital Agreement

2 Jul 2015

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– By Amy & Dan Smith In Virginia, as in most states, a marital agreement can be entered into before or after marriage. It can cover a variety of topics but commonly addresses issues pertaining to the disposition of property …

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Student News

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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Blue Ridge Middle Places 11th In National Science League

1 Jul 2015

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Blue Ridge National Science Day Declared Tuesday, June 10 has been officially been declared Blue Ridge National Science Day. At a recent Purcellville Town Council Meeting, Mayor Kwasi Fraser and members of the town council signed a proclamation designating this …

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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015

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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 sessions June 4, 11 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. at town hall for the proposed sweeping zoning changes. These major …

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Editorial

How Did We Get Here And How Do We Get Out?? A Summary Of Purcellville’s Sewer Debt And Strategic Solutions

1 Jul 2015

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– By Kwasi Fraser, Mayor of Purcellville Many of our fellow citizens are baffled by the proposed increase in our already high water and sewer rates, and not just about the increase that was proposed for the Fiscal Year 2016 but also about the proposed increases over the next nine years. This quote from one of our citizens to a …

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Lifestyle

Artist’s Profile: Michele Sommers, Mural Artist – The Beauty Of Life, Evolving Over Time

2 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines Two things defy reason when it comes to mural artist and painter Michele Sommers. The first is her irrepressibly humble attitude towards her talent. The second is the absolute divinity of her work. I knew that in writing about her in this way she would be thinking, Oh … come on … I’m not THAT good! …

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Kicking Off Farm To Fork With Music

1 Jul 2015

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Kicking off this year’s Farm-to-Fork Loudoun project is the second annual Farm, Fork & Art, with music added: a special concert from home grown, award winning folk and Americana singer-songwriter Andrew McKnight. Farm, Fork, Art & Music begins at 6 p.m. sharp at the unique Trinity House Cafe located at 101 E. Market St. in Leesburg on Wednesday, July 22, …

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Hillsboro Celebrates Independence Day July 3

1 Jul 2015

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Bring your friends and family to Hillsboro’s Old Stone School on Friday, July 3 for the annual Independence Day Celebration. The celebration will be preceded by the second of four seasonal outdoor markets which will open on July 3 at 4 p.m., and the Independence Day festivities begin at 6 p.m. at the Old Stone School located at 37098 Charles …

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Wild Loudoun

Ancient Oaks – The Great Providers

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines She feeds the birds. She shelters the mammal. She cools the air, provides us with shade and conserves the water and soil. She is the mighty old oak, an ecosystem unto herself. All except the smallest living things function as an ecosystem of sorts – whether harboring the bacteria and microscopic plants that break down organic …

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Governor Signs Senator Black’s Campus Sexual Assault Bill

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On Thursday, May 28, Sen. Richard Black traveled to Richmond for the bill signing ceremony of his bill, Senate Bill 712, the Campus Sexual Assault Bill. Black’s law will change the way that Virginia’s colleges and universities handle sexual assault cases.  “When I heard about the Hannah Graham case, I …

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McAuliffe Announces Movie To Film in Virginia

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia has been selected as the filming location for “Loving,” a motion picture based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a Virginia married couple who, in 1958, were arrested for violating a state law at the time prohibiting interracial marriage. The couple …

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Bipartisan Legislation Hopes To Reduce Wasteful Spending

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U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Rand Paul (R-KY) have teamed up on a bipartisan proposal to empower federal workers to identify and cut down on unnecessary federal spending. The Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act of 2015 would build on existing law by expanding a program that allows U.S. government …

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Sports

Upper Loudoun Little League Pre-Game Ceremony

1 Jul 2015

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– By Carri Michon The Majors championship game for Upper Loudoun Little League dawned with prospects of stormy weather. Nonetheless, a nice crowd assembled for the pre-game ceremonies in the light rain. Following the announcment of the AL Royals and the NL Pirates teams, the ULLL Hometown Heroes scholarship given …

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WLVBC Ignite Takes 2nd at Tournament

13 May 2015

Ignite Takes Silver at Spring Fling resized

Western Loudoun Volleyball Club U15 Team Ignite placed second at the NVVA 15’s Spring Fling Volleyball Tournament on Sunday, May 10 at Belmont Ridge Middle School in Leesburg. Ignite met the host team, NVVA 15 Fairfax Black, in the finals. “I’m proud of each player for pushing hard through 10 …

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines Loudoun County was heavily invested in the fight for independence from Great Britain. Loudouner Francis Lightfoot Lee was one of 56 delegates to sign the Declaration of Independence. More Loudouners served in General George Washington’s army than any other county in Virginia, and the county’s enormous …

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Mary Rose Lunde

Locks Of Hope Easy, Helpful

1 Jul 2015

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– By Mary Rose Lunde I’m not the first one who has written about and done what I am about to describe, and I hope I’m not the last. It’s not an action that seems heroic, but it does make a difference. The best part is that no one is …

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Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015

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– By Sarah Nearis Look at these sweet and summery pink blouses and tops. Don’t you want to try one on? Some women are afraid to wear pink, thinking it’s a bit too feminine. But, pink comes in such a wide variety of shades – from soft mauves to fuchsias …

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Letters

Independence Won – Much Left To Be Done

1 Jul 2015

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With graduations behind us and summer vacations ahead, we have much to look forward to. My summer will be full of events and opportunities to …

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Reflections for Father’s Day, a Child’s Constitutional Rights

15 Jun 2015

Bob Ohneiser

I’ve been a licensed attorney and a father since the late 80’s. Yet, I wonder about how many of our country’s legal theories – theories …

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Minimum Wage: A Wrench in the Gears

3 Jun 2015

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By Delegate Dave LaRock You may have read in the news recently that the second-largest city in the United States, Los Angeles, voted to raise …

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