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New Hours for Loudoun County Building & Development

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The Loudoun County Department of Building and Development Permitting and Land Development service counters will have new hours of operation beginning Friday, July 1, 2016. The counters will open at 8:30 a.m. and close at 5:00 p.m. … Continue Reading

Citizens and County Continue Fight Against Rt 50 Power Line

May 4, 2016 Business, News Comments Off on 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 4 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


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

Human Fingerprints on Climate Change

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Presented to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors – June 23, 2016 Recently I was asked whether humanity’s fossil fuel use was the cause of the current global warming. This is a good question and I’m not surprised that there …

Ice house, Hot House and Mad House

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Recently, I was asked: “I know we are putting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and scientists say that will warm the planet but there were also ice ages and warmer climates in the past before humans so what caused those …

Sugar Crash

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Sugar runs inside our body and fuels our very being. In biology they teach us that sugar is really glucose which is broken down in the body to produce ATP (adenine tri-phosphate). So why bring this up? Well, sugar is …

The Art of Memory

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel Still Alice. A movie that not only elicits tears, but naturally incurs reflection. This heartrending movie was the starting point of a personal wrestling with the implications of human memory. Remembering can bring us back to a …

Living in Debt

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Dr. Mike, My husband has issues with money that are hurting our relationship and family. He makes a lot of money, but he spends more than he makes and we are in debt. He can’t just have a luxury car, …

June in the Garden

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Conserve Water, Beat the Heat and Keep Things Blooming By Andrea Gaines It’s getting hot out there. And, there’s nothing more discouraging for a gardener that to come home after a weekend away – or miss a regular watering schedule …

Editorial

Grief and Greed

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

Op-ed

Oh No, It’s the Christians!

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

Dear Editor

Thank You

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It is with great anticipation that I look forward to Monday, June 27, 2016. On that day new Purcellville Town Council members will be sworn into office, at Town Hall. …

View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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

Student News

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016

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

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8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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

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Calendar

June 2016
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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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

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

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

Free Gardening Lecture

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

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

Yard Sale

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

PAUL REISLER TRIO WITH LEA MORRIS AND MARSHALL KEYS

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

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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

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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

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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

19th Annual Cajun Festival & Crawfish Boil

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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

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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

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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

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

Goats at BRNP

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

Bring Dad to North Gate Vineyard

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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

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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

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

June Fourth Friday at Breaux Vineyards

Love, He Called It

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

Love, He Called It

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

Sip & Paint at Breaux Vineyards

Love, He Called It

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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

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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

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Dancing Through Color

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Dancing Through Color

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Rummage Sale Trailers Open July 9

27 Jun 2016

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78th Annual Ladies Board Rummage Sale Ready For Donations The Ladies Board of Inova Loudoun Hospital is officially accepting donations for the annual Rummage Sale. The first Donation Day of the summer will be on Saturday, July 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Inova Loudoun Hospital, 44045 Riverside Parkway, Leesburg, and at Inova Loudoun Medical Campus – Leesburg, …

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Troy and Paula Haag Perform at Old Stone School

9 Jun 2016

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Troy and Paula Haag, will appear on The Gap Stage at the Old Stone School on Saturday, June 18. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Dinner will be sold by Big Mike’s BBQ, drinks will be sold by the glass, and there will be desserts at intermission. Troy and Paula will be joined by Max Haag …

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Here’s To the Colorists, Manicurists and Blow Dry Mavens… Thanks for Listening!

1 Jun 2016

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Sunday, June 26 is Beauticians Day, celebrating the cosmetology and other experts who keep us looking and feeling our best – whether it’s with a haircut and style, a facial, a manicure, or just some quiet and light conversation.

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Around Virginia

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) …

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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 …

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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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Sports

The Lady Vikings Earned Back-to Back Conference Title

1 Jun 2016

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The Lady Vikings earned the back-to back conference title with a 4-1 win over Heritage in late May. The team earned a first round playoff bye finishing first in the conference and then went on to defeat Rock Ridge 12-0 in the conference semi-finals. The Lady Vikings ended their regular …

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Big Baseball Coming To Fireman’s Field

1 Jun 2016

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Got Your Father’s Day Gift Lined Up Yet? The Purcellville Cannons’ Brett Fuller couldn’t be happier. He’s the owner of one of the most popular teams in the Valley Baseball League. The team, up until recently was called the Charles Town Cannons but now calls Purcellville its home.

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