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Citizens and County Continue Fight Against Rt 50 Power Line

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With the final decision resting with the State Corporation Commission, citizen groups, the Loudoun County Attorney and Supervisor Matt Letourneau (R–Dulles) continue to voice opposition to the alignment of the power lines in Dominion Power’s Poland Road 230kV Transition and Substation Project. The new line – a single pole structure approximately 4 miles long with a 100 feet wide right of way – is proposed, primarily, to service the needs of an expansive new data center on land owned by South Riding Nursery. A final decision on the alignment is expected at the conclusion of evidentiary hearings that will be held in June, in Richmond. … Continue Reading

160,000+ Sq. Ft. Telecom Building Proposed for Short Hill Mountain Preservation

May 4, 2016 Business, News 3 comments
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“On the agenda … is a project with huge implications for our mountains and rural Loudoun. It is about approval of a Commission Permit for a telecom 160,000 square foot building, 35 feet high and 433 long, with generators and air coolers on the Ridgeline of the Short Hill Mountain …”

So began the strongly-worded April 26 Planning Commission testimony of Al Van Huyck, who served on the County Planning Commission from 1992 to 2003. Van Huyck is a long-time Loudoun County preservationist and currently serves as the chair of the Loudoun County Preservation and Conservation Coalition, which represents over 30 of the county’s most active historic preservation and conservation-related organizations.
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President of Purcellville Company Pleads Guilty To Virginia Regional Transit Bribery Conspiracy

April 6, 2016 Business, News Comments Off on President of Purcellville Company Pleads Guilty To Virginia Regional Transit Bribery Conspiracy
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Thomas Eugene Ahalt, 71, of Berryville, pleaded guilty, April 6, to conspiracy to commit bribery concerning federal program funds for his role in a bribery scheme that caused over $500,000 in losses to the U.S. government.

According to the statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Ahalt has served as the President of Mobile Auto Truck Repair (Mobile Auto), an automotive repair business in Purcellville, since 2007. Mobile Auto provided repair services to Virginia Regional Transit (VRT), a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides transportation services throughout Northern Virginia. VRT is funded by a combination of federal, state and local grants, including from the U.S. Department of Transportation. … Continue Reading

Woodgrove’s Booysen Taking Savage Lacrosse To the Top

March 2, 2016 Business, News Comments Off on Woodgrove’s Booysen Taking Savage Lacrosse To the Top
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By Amanda Clark

Junior Lidell Booysen started his own lacrosse customization organization in 2012 and called it Savage Lacrosse. Savage Lacrosse provides players of all skill levels with the highest quality string jobs, dyes, and low prices on gear.

Booysen says, “I don’t really know how I got into lacrosse. It just kind of happened, and I went for it. I began to love the sport more and more as I played.” He became interested in stringing and customizing after he saw unique and colorful string jobs with each new player he met. He went home, learned how to do it, invested his money into supplies, and strung as many heads as he could. “After I worked hard, and a year or so passed, Savage Lacrosse blew up,” he said. … Continue Reading

DogGone Natural – One Seriously Fun, Seriously Dedicated Pet Store

March 2, 2016 Business, News Comments Off on DogGone Natural – One Seriously Fun, Seriously Dedicated Pet Store
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Pet storeowners Kim and CJ Correnti sure are enthusiastic about their busy and growing DogGone Natural pet store business. The Correntis opened their first DogGone Natural pet shop in Ashburn in 2007. In 2014 they opened a second location, this time off Route 7 on Catoctin Circle in Leesburg, and very special things happen – daily – at both locations. … Continue Reading

From Total Collapse To Spectacular Rebirth

March 2, 2016 Business, News Comments Off on From Total Collapse To Spectacular Rebirth
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Abernethy & Spencer Reopens In Spring-Like Splendor

“We will be ready for customers March 1 … “ So promised – and delivered – the indomitable David Lohman of Abernathy & Spencer Greenhouse in Lincoln, which re-opened for business this week after their traditional three-month winter hiatus … and a collapsed greenhouse. … Continue Reading

ISM Systems Expands Brand

March 2, 2016 Business, News Comments Off on ISM Systems Expands Brand
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By Nathaniel Stephens

ISM Weapon Systems, located at 748 East Main St. Purcellville, is managed by Mark Davis and is one of two locations that represent the ISM brand. The other is located in Carmichaels, Pennsylvania where their munitions manufacturer is as well.

As the store name implies, Davis and his staff supply and service local enthusiast with various items they need, “We have gun sales, we teach classes for concealed carry permits, and we also do “gunsmithing” – but they also offer seasoned advice to beginners and experts alike. … Continue Reading

Middleburg Shops Offer Discounts During Town’s Winter Weekend Sale

February 3, 2016 Business, News Comments Off on Middleburg Shops Offer Discounts During Town’s Winter Weekend Sale
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Numerous shops in Middleburg will offer discounts on purchases of their merchandise during the town’s annual Winter Weekend Sale, to be held February 12, 13 and 14. The sale will be held Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on the Sunday hours posted by the various shops.

Discounts will be offered on shoes, children’s clothing, and fall and winter fashions. Some restaurants will offer reduced prices on dining. Tourist destinations in Middleburg include the National Sporting Library & Museum. The town hosts numerous fine restaurants, including The French Hound, the Red Fox Inn, Julien’s, Upper Crust Bakery and the Gold Cup Wine Bar.

Event details and updates are available at www.visitmiddleburgva.com or by calling the Pink Box Visitor Center at 540-687-8888.

Vino 9 Market: A New Way To Wine and Dine

February 3, 2016 Business, News Comments Off on Vino 9 Market: A New Way To Wine and Dine
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By Amanda Clark

Donnie Walker, owner of the local restaurant Vino 9 Market says: “I really enjoy the clientele and they love our food and our unique atmosphere.” Opened in June of 2013, Vino 9 Market sells wine, beer, artisan olive oil, organic basic grocery items, and good food. The market is located one block away from a bike trail and even sells food in to-go pint sizes for picnics. … Continue Reading

Medics USA Adds Primary Care Provider

January 7, 2016 Business, News Comments Off on Medics USA Adds Primary Care Provider
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Experts continue to warn that the nation is suffering a growing lack of primary care providers. That problem will be a little less severe in Western Loudoun with the addition of Carissa Dear to Medics USA’s Care Center in Purcellville.

Dear is a Board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with Bachelor and Master’s degrees in nursing from Georgetown University. She grew up in Vienna and graduated from Vienna’s James Madison High School. She has over 10 years’ experience as a registered nurse and then as a nurse-practitioner in Northern Virginia hospital emergency rooms and family practice facilities. She is especially interested in pediatric medicine and infectious diseases, as well as emergency medicine. … Continue Reading

Flynn New Medical Director at Blue Ridge Hospice

January 7, 2016 Business, News Comments Off on Flynn New Medical Director at Blue Ridge Hospice
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Blue Ridge Hospice is pleased to announce that Brendan Flynn, D.O. has joined this not-for-profit, locally based organization, which serves an eight-county area of the Shenandoah Valley, Piedmont, and the City of Winchester.

Dr. Flynn comes to Blue Ridge Hospice as its Medical Director from Lakeland, FL, where he served as staff physician with Good Shepherd and Lifepath Hospices. There he provided home hospice care, conducted daily inpatient hospice rounds, and palliative care consultations. He previously served with the Denver Hospice in Denver, CO, as well. … Continue Reading

Leesburg Family Receives Free Roof from DryHome Roofing

January 7, 2016 Business, News Comments Off on Leesburg Family Receives Free Roof from DryHome Roofing
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DryHome Roofing and Siding has selected Leesburg’s Sandy Leoni, a widow and mother of two elementary-aged children, as the recipient of a new roof through its 12th annual Free Roof for the Holidays program.

“Sandy and her children have struggled through so much hardship and loss. We hope this new roof lessens some of the burden. Knowing that they will spend the holidays safer and warmer makes this even more special for our team,” said Steve Gotschi, president of DryHome. … Continue Reading

Inova Loudoun Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Wins Statewide Award for Newsletter Excellence and Excellence in Programs

December 7, 2015 Business, News Comments Off on Inova Loudoun Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Wins Statewide Award for Newsletter Excellence and Excellence in Programs
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Inova Loudoun Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (ILNRC) has been selected for 1st place recognition in the 2015 D. A. “Woody” Brown Community Involvement Award for Facility Newsletter for excellence in producing a nursing facility or assisted living facility newsletter. In addition to the first place newsletter award ILNRC was selected for 2nd place recognition in the 2015 D. A. “Woody” Brown Community Involvement Award for excellence in celebrating National Nursing Home Week (NNHW) and National Assisted Living Week (NALW). The Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA) and the Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VCAL) present these awards annually in recognition of outstanding efforts of members of VHCA/VCAL. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 …

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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. …

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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

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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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

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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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