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The Lion King Comes to Loudoun

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The Lion King roars into Purcellville on February 26. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to see Simba become king of the jungle on the stage at Blue Ridge Middle School. The Blue Ridge drama department, under the direction of Dolly Stevens, has once again created an incredible, fantasy-filled production full of characters, songs and all of the Disney magic that accompanies this timeless tale.

Blue Ridge is the first middle school in Loudoun County to perform The Lion King, Jr. Dolly Stevens, professional actor/director, has run the after-school drama program at BRMS for the past eight years. She teaches acting and musical theatre classes and directs the annual school musical. Stevens also maintains an active performing life as well as a private instruction studio in voice and acting – The Spotlight Studio for Musical Theatre. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Centre Theatre Brings Hairspray to Franklin Park Arts Center

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Join Tracy Turnblad as she turns her passion for dancing into a spot on the local TV dance program. Transformed into an overnight teen celebrity, Tracy teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration and fair play. Watch as a larger-than-life adolescent sings and dances her way to her true love – all without denting her do.

Actors from throughout Northern Virginia will perform this eight-time Tony Award winning Broadway musical. Weekend matinees and evening performances will be February 5 – 13 at Franklin Park Arts Center (36441 Blueridge View Ln. Purcellville, VA 20132). Tickets can be purchased online at www.thelct.org.

For more information, visit www.thelct.org or e-mail info@thelct.org.

Lucketts Concert Series Plays On

December 7, 2015 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Lucketts Concert Series Plays On
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The Lucketts Bluegrass Concert Series continues its 42nd season of weekly concerts at the Lucketts Community Center on Saturday, December 12, at 7:00 p.m. featuring Wendy Miller and Country Grass. Tickets are $15 at the door, show time is 7:00 p.m. and doors open at 6:00 p.m. Lucketts’ famous hot dogs, barbecue sandwiches, other snacks and drinks will be available at the kitchen. … Continue Reading

Franklin Park Christmas and New Year’s Eve Events

December 2, 2015 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Franklin Park Christmas and New Year’s Eve Events
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Holiday-related events dominate the December schedule at Franklin Part in Purcellville. A one-man performance of A Christmas Carol will be offered on Friday, December 18, a holiday sing-along is scheduled on the following day and a New Year’s Eve celebration is planned for Thursday, December 31. On Sunday, December 6, the park will be offering music from the Civil War, and a ?comedy improvisation event is slated for Saturday, December 26.

The Albuquer que Journal writes: “John Hardy’s one-man version of A Christmas Carol… a stunning work of theatrical virtuosity. Run to see this; take the whole family. You will be transfixed from the first moment…. This play brings the story to life…. I’ve seen this story many times but never like this… it will be as if you are seeing it for the first time.” The show begins at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $20.
The Loudoun and Fairfax Chapters of the Barbershop Harmony Society, along with the Chorus of the Old Dominion, the Fairfax Jubilaires and chapter quartets will perform classic holiday favorites at the holiday sing-along on Saturday, December 19. Hot chocolate and Apple cider will be served at intermission. There are shows at 2:00 p.m. and at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for adults are $15; the cost for seniors, students and those in the military is $12; kids of age 10 and under are free. Please call 540-338-7973 to reserve tickets. … Continue Reading

Award-Winning Valley Players Bring “A Christmas Carol” To Purcellville

December 2, 2015 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Award-Winning Valley Players Bring “A Christmas Carol” To Purcellville
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Nothing quite makes the Christmas season feel complete more than watching “A Christmas Carol.” And this year, the award-winning Loudon Valley High School Players will be performing this timeless holiday classic on December 4, 5 and 6.

“A Christmas Carol is one of my favorite stories,” said Valley’s drama director, Russ Staggs. “Its message is universal, its characters relatable, and it is relevant even today.”

Charles Dickens wrote “A Christmas Carol” as a novella in 1843, and since then it’s been made into numerous movies, performed on countless stages, and has created iconic characters like Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim, as well as memorable lines like, “God bless us, every one!”

Like any classic, it’s always a joy to see it performed again, and actors continue to find new ways to portray the story’s memorable characters. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Valley High School Viking Players

December 2, 2015 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Loudoun Valley High School Viking Players
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Come join the Loudoun Valley High School Theatre for the time-honored classic “A Christmas Carol.” Journey with Ebeneezer Scrooge as he rediscovers the true spirit of Christmas. Come ready to laugh, cry, and join in the fun on December 3, 4 and 5 at 7:00 p.m., and December 6 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $10.00 and will be sold at the door. Don’t be a hum-bug – come out to Valley Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol!”

Piano 2 Go: Lessons and Entertainment To Go

September 2, 2015 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Piano 2 Go: Lessons and Entertainment To Go
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Sometimes, experimentation is necessary to refine one’s business vision. Exploring new avenues brings clarity to one’s purpose. That is exactly what Purcellville piano-teacher and composer Jennifer Warren-Baker did in 2014. She had been selected as the resident pianist for Salamander Resort & Spa’s opening year, and her wedding and party piano business seemed to be booming. She was playing three to four nights per week at venues such as Salamander, The Masonic Temple in Alexandria, The Organization of American States, and The National Press Club. She also played in private homes for parties. Weekend gigs offered her the opportunity to be home with her children on weekdays. Jennifer took her gigging success as a cue to take a break from teaching, but as time went on, there was a void. She didn’t want to admit that she missed teaching, but she did. … Continue Reading

Dinosaurs, Jurassic World, and Liberalism

August 7, 2015 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Dinosaurs, Jurassic World, and Liberalism

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If there was anything that you might have thought was immune from the ever-increasing aggressiveness of the American left, you might think of the dinosaurs. Unfortunately this is not the case. Liberalism has stained dinosaurs just as it has stained so many other aspects of American life.

One recent example of this was the attacks on the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum for accepting money from David H. Koch in order to fund a much needed renovation of the Smithsonian’s dinosaur hall in turn for the new hall being named after him. Koch’s money (about $35 million) will transform the fossil wing of the museum from a poorly lighted space with mopey-looking dinosaurs dragging their tails around the floor to a much more vibrant, well-lit space. Despite this, a group of scientists developed a petition to the museum, urging them to retract their support from Koch, describing him and his brother as “those who profit from fossil fuels or fund lobby groups that misrepresent climate science.” … Continue Reading

Kids Across Loudoun County to Perform in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr.

June 18, 2015 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Kids Across Loudoun County to Perform in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr.
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Kids from more than 17 elementary, middle, and high schools from across Loudoun County will be spending their summer “under the sea” as part of Loudoun Centre Theatre’s summer production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr. “We had no idea that kids would come from all over the county to audition for the show,” explains Jeffrey Taylor, Loudoun Centre Theatre’s executive director. “We couldn’t be happier with the degree of talent that has come together. It is turning out to be quite an amazing experience.”

The kids will sing and dance as Ariel, Flounder, and other characters in this abbreviated version of the classic movie-turned-stage production. Matinees and evening performances will be on July 24 and 25 at Franklin Park Arts Center (36441 Blueridge View Ln. Purcellville). Tickets can be purchased online at www.thelct.org.

About Loudoun Centre Theatre
Loudoun Centre Theatre is a 501c3 Non-profit Loudoun County-based theatre organization dedicated to delivering excellent live theatre and providing arts education through its Academy for the Arts.

For more information, visit www.thelct.org, email info@thelct.org, or contact the theatre at 540-514-3332.

June Middleburg Concert Highlights Nationally Renowned Tenor

May 25, 2015 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle, Uncategorized Comments Off on June Middleburg Concert Highlights Nationally Renowned Tenor
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During the very successful inaugural concert of the Middleburg Concert Series in March the audience rose twice during the performance for standing ovations. One audience member remarked that it was thrilling to enjoy Kennedy Center level talent without fighting traffic on I66 or purchasing expensive tickets.

On Sunday, June 14, at 4:00 p.m., the Concert Series again returns to the sanctuary of the Middleburg United Methodist Church, located on the corner of Washington and Pendleton Streets, to present a journey through vocal chamber music. The goal of the Middleburg Concert Series is to provide an opportunity for area residents and visitors to enjoy virtuoso performances and to foster a love for the arts in historic Middleburg. … Continue Reading

Once Upon a Mattress at Franklin Park

April 10, 2015 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Once Upon a Mattress at Franklin Park
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Spring arrives to Franklin Park Arts Center with Once Upon a Mattress, a musical comedy for all ages. By staging this retelling of The Princess and the Pea, Main Street Theater contrasts its fall production of Oliver! With its colorful set, funny plot twists, quirky characters and fantastic costuming, this production is the perfect exclamation point to end the season.

From the moment the show opens, theater goers find themselves in the middle of a fairy tale they won’t want to leave. Winifred’s ironically hilarious song “Shy” as sung by Abby McDonough will bring the house down in the first few minutes of the show. But not to be outdone is Prince Dauntless (Matt Curtis) spelling out his love for Winnifred, better known as F-R-E-D in the robust and hilarious drinking song. Perhaps what is most amusing is that Matt Curtis, who has just become a daddy in real life, plays a prince who has never really grown up. Dressed in a bib, footie pajamas and reigning in a regal high chair, what a difference from Fagin, the wily thief, in Oliver!

The second romance is between Lancelot-like Knight Harry (Justin Mohay) who has more than wooed Larkin. As Harry, Mohay is hilarious especially since this knight’s armor is anything but shining. As Lady Larkin, Alie Campbell displays her versatility in the female ingénue role. Mohay and Campbell’s duet of “In a Little While” and “Yesterday I Loved You” are beautifully melodic and show off their vocal skills.

The Jester (Zoe Lucas) brings a quirkly intelligence to the role as she interprets for the muted and spell-bound King (Will Stewart). Queen Aggravain (Beth Jacobsohn) as the overbearing mother mows down Dauntless as well as the entire audience, until Winnifred arrives. Jacobsohn shows anything but “Sensitivity” as she belts all the way to the ball fields of Franklin Park.

With a kingdom cast in Crayola colors, songs equally as bright and cheerful, fifteen princesses from all over the world accompanied by knights in shining armor, Director Karlah Louis offers up a family-friendly feast fit for a king. And if (borrowing the title of Fred’s song), you don’t find yourself “Happily Ever After,” it’s your own fault!

Show Dates: April 24-26 and May 1-3, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm. Sundays at 2pm.
Ticket Prices: Student/Senior 65 and older $20. Adults: $23.
Website: mainstreettheaterproductions.org with direct online ticket link at ShowTix4U.com (Search Main Street Theater – Mattress)

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Shrek: The Musical Comes To Loudoun Valley High School

April 2, 2015 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Shrek: The Musical Comes To Loudoun Valley High School
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– By Kimberly Rinehart

The award-winning Loudoun Valley Viking Players will perform the hugely popular Shrek: The Musical at Loudoun Valley High School over two weekends in April.

The family-friendly musical tells the hilarious story of the lovable ogre, Shrek, and his quest to rescue Princess Fiona and bring her to Duloc to be married to the pint-sized Lord Farquaad.

“Shrek has a great message,” said Christian Jost, who plays Shrek. “The show teaches kids to be comfortable in their own skin. Self-esteem is a big struggle for kids and I think that few other productions deal with this subject in a positive way. Rather than having the beautiful princess marry the handsome prince, this story shows that no matter what you look like or how you act, there can be a happy ending for everyone.”

“It’s a fairy tale with a twist,” added Lauren Harris, who plays the Dragon. “The music is great and the show is incredibly well cast.”

The production is the collaboration of more than 100 students, teachers, parents and volunteers throughout the community.

“This is by far the most elaborate show I have ever been part of in terms of sets and costumes,” said Matt Merline, who plays Lord Farquaad. “The cast is so funny and positive, and I think this really enhances the performances.”

Theater Director William “Russ” Staggs, who directed the musical, said that, “this experience has been truly inspiring.”

“The hard work everyone has brought to the process makes this one of the strongest musical theatre pieces I’ve had the honor to be part of. From top to bottom, this is a must-see show,” he said.

Shrek: The Musical will be performed in the Loudoun Valley High School auditorium. Showtimes are:

Friday April 10 and Saturday, April 11 at 7 p.m.;
Sunday, April 12 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, April 18 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 19 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and will be sold at the door or online at ?www.lvhsvikingplayers.ticketleap.com/shrek/.

Jazz&Co Dance Present Benefit Concert

March 15, 2015 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Jazz&Co Dance Present Benefit Concert
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The Loudoun School of Ballet’s pre-professional JAZZ&CO DANCE presents its spring concert as a benefit for The Teri & Shari Malone Foundation at the Franklin Park Arts Center, Friday, March 27 at 7:30, Saturday, March 28 at 3:00 & 7:30 and Sunday, March 29 at 3:00. Admission is at the door, $12 adults, $8 children/students/seniors.

The dances in this year’s concert cover the full range of contemporary dance from modern to jazz funk, including an original works by Seniors Emily Pavelko and Rachel Walton who is a past Malone Foundation scholarship winner.

Photo: Claire Deaver (Loudoun Valley HS), Emily Maroni (Loudoun Valley HS), Emily Pavelko (Heritage HS), Rachel Walton (Loudoun Valley HS and Loudoun Academy of Science)


 

 

 

 

Columns

Pie in the Face (with remarks from Ron Paul)

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“In any field, the establishment is seldom in pursuit of the truth because it is composed of those who sincerely believe that they are already in possession of it.” E. T. Jaynes. Everybody prefaces Bernie Sanders name with “pie in …

Asterisk No More

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Second Bull Run

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It may not have been a battle, but – seeing as how it was my second attempt at getting a good look at Bull Run Creek – coupled with the fact that I’m a native Northerner – I felt a …

Snowmageddon III?  Seven Survival Tips for Parents

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What Is a Sport?

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By Mary Rose Lunde On January 10, hundreds of talented dancers from across the East Coast competed at the Universal Dance Academy Regional Championship at West Springfield High School. Tensions were high and the stakes couldn’t have been greater. What …

Six Things to Know to Weather a Market Downturn

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It’s natural to be nervous when the markets head for negative territory. Keep a positive perspective with these six investing reminders. It can be very unsettling for investors when their portfolios and the markets start heading for the red and …

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 …

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Oh No, It’s the Christians!

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Dear Editor

Job Well Done!

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Kudos to Town Manager Rob Lohr and his awesome hard working staff. You did a fantastic job of snow removal throughout the Town of Purcellville this past week. Mr. Lohr …

View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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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

February 2016
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Loudoun Valley Boys Basketball Spirit Night at Coach's Corner

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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5K Race to Benefit Riverside High School Athletic Department

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

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Sweetheart's Soirée at Breaux Vineyards

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Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Celebrate Valentine's Day at North Gate Vineyard

Gallery Coffeehouse: READERS THEATRE "LOVE LETTERS" BY A. R. GURNEY

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Mad Cap Puppets: UNDER THE BONSAI TREE

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

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CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT: Year Of The Monkey

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Loudoun Symphony presents A LITTLE CHAMBER MUSIC

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

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Breaux Vineyards February Fourth Friday

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THE EDGE: Malone Benefit Concert

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Loudoun School of Ballet Winter Showcase

Our Love is Here to Stay

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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Merlot Vertical Tasting

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

North Gate Vineyard Wine Dinner with Chef Sebastian Oveysi

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theatre, 100 Lunches" by Jack Sharkey & Leo Sears

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Lifestyle

Creation and Evolution in Native American Spirituality

9 Feb 2016

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In celebration of Evolution Weekend, an annual event led by clergy to encourage serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science, St. James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville has invited Roger and Deborah “Turtle” Swartz to guide a discussion of traditional Native American Spirituality and its wisdom in celebrating human relationship to the earth. In a …

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Run and Walk To Your Nearest 5K Pregame Event Happening on Super Bowl Day In Leesburg

3 Feb 2016

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Lovin’ Leesburg for All Its Beauty

3 Feb 2016

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By Hannah Hager We may be in the thick of winter, but this home on Cherry Spring Lane will melt your heart. Come spring you’ll fully be able to enjoy this simple, yet elegant brick home and its surrounding green pastures enclosed by miles of black wooden fences. Beyond your immediate yard are sweeping views of the mountains and valleys …

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Around Virginia

Education Savings Accounts Make Big Move in House

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The Virginia House of Delegates gave a strong push to House Bill 389, Delegate Dave LaRock’s (R-33rd District) innovative Education Savings Account legislation, as the House Education Committee voted 13-9 in favor of advancing the bill forward. “This is definitely an exciting development for parents and students in the Commonwealth,” …

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Kaine to Hold Hearing on Opioid Abuse

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On Monday, February 1, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, will hold a field hearing in Loudoun County to examine the ongoing fight against opioid misuse and abuse among older Americans. Kaine has met with families, law enforcement and business leaders across Virginia …

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Youth Can Apply for 2015 Livestock Exhibitor Scholarships

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Youth who exhibited beef cattle, sheep, meat goats or swine in the 2015 State Fair of Virginia 4-H and FFA youth livestock program are eligible to apply for 12 new scholarships being offered by the State Fair of Virginia. Scholarships will be offered in three age groups: Juniors (9-12), Intermediate …

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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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