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Is It Okay To Spank Your Child?

October 1, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns 2 comments
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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.

When Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was recently arrested for beating his 4-year-old son with a tree branch, the response was passive and mixed. Initially, the Vikings benched Peterson for a single game but then immediately reinstated him. And it was only after further investigation and public outcry that the team placed Peterson on the exempt list until the completion of his legal case.

The facts involving the incident as presented in the media, if true, are very concerning. The beating allegedly caused numerous injuries to the child, leaving cuts and bruises all over his body, including injury to his scrotum. … Continue Reading

Dorm-Worthy Food

October 1, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Mary Rose Lunde Comments Off on Dorm-Worthy Food
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By Mary Rose Lunde

Space is essential to any college dorm room. Everything is shoved into packed corners so more and more can fit. It is a game of Tetris, one that all college students must master. The first decision a student makes as soon as they find out their roommate isn’t just about who brings what. It also includes planning where everything will fit. Will one person, both or no one loft their beds? In rare occasions (such as with my room) neither of beds are lofted. Trust me when I say that it is a lot more crowded when one bed isn’t lofted. Even with 2 extra feet of space (we were lucky) it is very compacted.

There is one thing though that we always sacrifice space to-food. My roommate is currently considering lofting so that she has more storage room for her food. Between the two of us, we have over 40 packages of ramen, 20 packages of easy mac, and a lot of snack food

The question remains what the staple dorm food is. For breakfast food, many people such as Alexis Medina prefer pop tarts which are convenient when you are running late. Julie Neumann prefers cereal because “it’s easy and can be eaten whenever.”

For the health conscious people, there are alternatives. One of my hall mates has a bowl full of granny smith apples that she uses as decoration to brighten the cement walls and for a healthy snack when she is hungry. One of my other friends, Erika Pleczinsky prefers “hummus with dipping goods [pretzel chips] because they are easy snack food and don’t [make her] feel terrible about [herself]. This is a common thought of being conscientious about heath due to the amount of carbs and hidden multiple servings in each snack pack of food.

The supposed “freshmen 15” is not actually a myth. It is easy to gain a few pounds in the first semester (Virginia Tech is known for their #1 dining service rating). With drinking opportunities and other unhealthy food exposure, many freshmen make the wrong decisions about what to eat. Avoiding the dreaded “freshmen 15” is actually easier than one would think. One could just as easily stop being lazy and walk up the stairs (even if they live on the fifth floor like I do) instead of taking the elevator. Also, one could not overwhelm (more than the body can handle) their system with alcohol. It’s all a conscious choice.

Personally, I do not drink and somewhat enjoy walking up and down the stairs. The philosophy of attempting to keep a healthy is still present in my mind as I order from the dining halls. Although, like most college students, I prefer ramen when I’m hungry and don’t feel like leaving my room. I even have a ramen cooker that I share with my roommate. Ramen provides good carbs for energy, and give me enough flavor not to mind the packaged food. I try not to eat them due to the amount of salt in the flavoring packet. Most times I only use half of the packet to decrease the intake of salt.

As it stands, food is important to college students. Whether it is health conscious or not, does not really matter in the splurge of a moment. A single bag of popcorn can feed four girls during a movie night. In any case, storage in dorm rooms is for school stuff, clothes, personal things and food. Above all, there is always room for more food.

Mary Rose Lunde is a freshmen at Virginia Tech and is majoring in biological science and creative writing. She is very involved in Chi Alpha on campus and loves her ramen cooker.

Amy & Dan Smith’s Planning for Life: The General Power of Attorney

October 1, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Amy and Dan Smith, Columns Comments Off on Amy & Dan Smith’s Planning for Life: The General Power of Attorney
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By Amy and Dan Smith

A power of attorney is a writing authorizing one person (the agent) to act for another person (the principal). The term “durable” is often used with power of attorney. This simply means that the power continues even if the principal becomes incapacitated. By law in Virginia now, all powers are durable unless they expressly state otherwise. … Continue Reading

State of Sophistry

September 25, 2014 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on State of Sophistry
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There is a particularly sophistic science-denial argument which has been around since 2004. This popular argument cites a paper published in the journal Science in 2003 by Nicolas Caillon and colleagues [1] and then badly misinterprets it. It seems unlikely that whoever originated the argument read or understood the paper and it seems equally unlikely that they expected anyone else to read the paper either because the Caillon paper contradicts the argument. The reason this is relevant to us still is that denier and forest ecologist Daniel Botkin used this argument earlier this year in testimony to congress [2]. If we first discuss the actual science and then examine the Botkin canard in that light, we can better appreciate its irrationality. … Continue Reading

A New Climate Regime

September 9, 2014 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on A New Climate Regime
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(To be presented to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisor Public Input Session September 17, 2014)

Figure 1 shows the NASA/GISS surface instrument temperature record since 1880 [1]. I draw your attention to the fact that the coldest year of the last ten years, 2008, was actually warmer than every single year up to and including 1997. At the time, 1997 was the warmest year in this data set. This is true despite the fact that 2008 as a La Nina year and in the trough of the solar intensity cycle should have been one of the coldest years in the record. Not only has the Earth surface not stopped warming in 1998, we have entered a new climate regime where even our coldest years are now warmer than any years prior to 1998. We are literally no longer experiencing our father’s weather. It is just a matter of time, a few years perhaps, when we will be wishing for the cool weather of 1998. … Continue Reading

The Grumpy Old Troll Continued…

September 3, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on The Grumpy Old Troll Continued…
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By Sushi

Now my friends if you have not read July’s Tails from the Barn Yard please visit www.brleader.com before you read the ending here. It is there you will read of a little girl by the name of Adele and her adventure when she came to visit the Fields of Athenry farm. … Continue Reading

Nature, Moving from Season To Season on a Wing and a Prayer

September 3, 2014 by Andrea Gaines Columns, Wild Loudoun Comments Off on Nature, Moving from Season To Season on a Wing and a Prayer
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The term “on a wing and a prayer,” or “coming in on one wing and a prayer” is a WWII reference to the hardships pilots faced desperately trying to guide their disabled aircraft home and land safely, rather than be lost between the last place they were seen and the home base they were so desperately trying to reach. Using their wits, their instincts, any tools at their disposal and their desire to live, they make do with what they have to survive another day.

While it is not a reference to nature, the term on a wing and a prayer is very relevant to the life around us as we leave summer’s warm temperatures and abundant food sources and head into the lower temperatures and scarcity of fall and winter. … Continue Reading

Amy and Dan Smith’s Planning for Life: Do Not Resusitate Order (“DNR”)

September 3, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Amy and Dan Smith, Columns Comments Off on Amy and Dan Smith’s Planning for Life: Do Not Resusitate Order (“DNR”)
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The DNR is a written order issued by a physician to withhold cardiopulmonary resuscitation for the patient in the event of cardiac or respiratory arrest. The DNR is now referred to officially as a “Durable Do Not Resuscitate Order.” The term “Durable” simply means that the order remains applicable even if the patient is for any reason incapable of making an informed decision. … Continue Reading

Addressing Robin Williams’ Suicide As a Teachable Moment with Your Child

September 3, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Comments Off on Addressing Robin Williams’ Suicide As a Teachable Moment with Your Child
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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.

Dr. Mike,
My husband and I were both shocked by Robin Williams’ suicide. We’ve loved him since “Mork and Mindy” but don’t get how a guy who has everything could end his life like he did. It doesn’t make sense. I feel badly about what happened, but my husband says he has lost respect for Mr. Williams because “he was selfish” and “took the easy way out” even though he had everything. Our 10-year-old son knew Robin Williams from “Hooked” and “Jumanji,” and he has heard my husband’s negative comments about Mr. Williams now and has even made similar such comments of his own. I told my husband that he needs to be more sensitive about the topic of suicide around our little guy. Any thoughts on the topic?
A Concerned Parent
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Kitchen Science Kids: Polymers

September 3, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Kitchen Science Kids Comments Off on Kitchen Science Kids: Polymers
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By Leah Enright

Imagine a necklace made of a string of beads. I can pull the string firmly and admire my beads, or roll the necklace into a ball and stick it in my pocket. Why, because the necklace is made of many parts, held together by a string. We can see the beads and string, but scientists work with materials that have many parts, and can be stretched and rolled, but the many parts are so tiny they can’t be seen without a special microscope. They are called polymers. Common polymers include fabrics, such as nylon, plastics, and even the proteins in your hair and fingernails. What do all of those have in common? They can bend or stretch, and go back to the way they were – polymers are amazing. (The word polymer comes to us from Greek and means many parts.) … Continue Reading

Goldenrod – A Major Fall Beauty

September 3, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Virginia Gardening Comments Off on Goldenrod – A Major Fall Beauty
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By Donna Williamson

It’s easy to think that goldenrod causes autumn sniffles. It’s a native with species that tolerate all kinds of conditions, from full sun to shade, from moist soils to hot and dry. And it blooms everywhere around the same time that the real culprit – ragweed – is blooming and full of pollen.

Ragweed is a tall, coarse plant with tiny greenish flowers and huge quantities of yellow pollen. It’s a plant so non-descript and inelegant that many have never looked at it carefully. Ragweed just seems to be a green thing in the background of many paths and along the road. (And it’s not that very tall plant with yellow daisy-like flowers that bloom along the road – that’s called frost weed. If you look carefully at the stems you will see wings or thin, papery tissue along the stem. Frost weed got its name for erupting with ice at the base of the plant during the first frosts of the season. Harmless.) … Continue Reading

Bloomfield

September 3, 2014 by Tim Jon Columns, Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth Comments Off on Bloomfield
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Maybe it’s just my imagination (most people who know me stress that it’s one of my stronger – or maybe, stranger – traits), but I’d swear that there are places around this unique county of ours where the past not only still lingers in distant memories and references in musty documents, but it practically reaches out and grabs you. You probably think of some of the same places I’d list – if that’s what I were setting out to do here; you drive, walk or ride past some of your favorite landmarks and feel as if you’d just spent some time not only in another place – but in another era. … Continue Reading

What It Means To Make a Comeback

September 3, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Samuel Moore-Sobel Comments Off on What It Means To Make a Comeback
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By Samuel Moore-Sobel

What is a comeback? Merriam Webster gives a number of definitions for this word including, “a new effort to win or succeed after being close to defeat or failure.” This definition seems to capture the essence of the word. Making a comeback is forcing one’s way out of the jaws of defeat, overcoming tragedy and the determined refusal to blink in the face of adversity. Successful comebacks involve hard work and perseverance, the conquering of past demons and the ability to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Comebacks are celebrated in America. We like the notion of the underdog, of overcoming the odds and triumphing in the face of great challenges. America likes to see its sports teams come from behind and win. Some of our most celebrated sports heroes are known for their comebacks. San Francisco quarterback Joe Montana embodied the word “comeback” throughout his career most notably when he led his team to a 38-35 win over the New Orleans Saints despite trailing by 28 points at halftime. Joe Montana is often considered one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time, and his ability to come from behind is one of the qualities that helped set him apart. … Continue Reading

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Sustainable Planet

Not Your Father’s El Nino

15 Aug 2015

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NASA and other agencies now forecast the incipient El Nino conditions to continue at least into the winter and the early part of 2016. Figure 1 compares Pacific sea surface temperature anomaly for the El Nino of 1997- 1998 with …

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Ask Dr. Mike

At Wits End

7 Aug 2015

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Dr. Mike, My sister’s son is autistic, but she is in complete denial. I’ve done my research and he fits a diagnosis of autism. He is three years old and doesn’t talk or socialize. He has meltdowns that are out …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Morven Park

7 Aug 2015

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I think what strikes me most about this place – as over the top as it is in many ways – is how understated it really is; I know that’ll take some explaining. I’ve been to Morven Park hundreds of …

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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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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

What It Means To Be a Man

7 Aug 2015

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel As I have gotten older I have noticed that there are more and more young men who ask me for advice. To me it seems silly – I am often not much older than the person asking, …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

A Social Security Strategy Could Enhance Your Retirement Income Plan

7 Aug 2015

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By Amy & Dan Smith What do you think of when someone mentions Social Security? Many people consider Social Security and retirement as one and the same. More than 90 percent of working Americans plan for Social Security to replace …

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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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Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale Returns with Bargains for Everyone

Friday Night Live with Emma Rowley & Saffron Gourmet Food Truck

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Chef Sebastian Oveysi's Saffon Gourmet Food Truck at North Gate VIneyard

Book Signing: 'Beyond Jefferson's Vines' by Richard Leahy

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Live Music: Connor Duffy at North Gate Vineyard

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Live Music: Willie White at North Gate VIneyard

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Lovettsville Historical Society Lecture: "Hex Signs: the History and the Mystery"

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COFFEEHOUSE: LOVE, LOSS & WHAT I WORE

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Mobile Hope’s “Back to School” Shopping Event Helps Loudoun Struggling Youth

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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

Getting Purcellville Out of the Conflicts of Interest Trap

7 Aug 2015

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Three Virginia laws address openness in government: the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA), The Virginia Public Records Act (VPRA) and The Virginia State & Local Government Conflict of Interests Act (VCOIA). VFOIA guides how public bodies conduct their meetings and regulates access to government records. VPRA establishes basic rules about what constitutes a public record and what the government’s …

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Lifestyle

Historic Village Prepares for 46th Annual Bluemont Fair

25 Aug 2015

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The sleepy Blue Ridge village of Bluemont in western-most Loudoun County, Virginia, is bustling with activity as it prepares for the 46th ANNUAL BLUEMONT FAIR, September 19 & 20, 2015 from 10AM to 5PM both days, rain or shine. Admission is still only $5/adults, under 10 free, with free parking available. One-way traffic and crosswalks will be enforced in the …

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Register for Rally for the Cure™

24 Aug 2015

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Want to participate in a fun tournament for a great cause? Then sign up to participate in the Stoneleigh Women’s Golf Association’s annual Rally for the Cure ™ golf tournament in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! This is a great opportunity to play at the golf course recently cited as being the Prettiest Golf Course in Northern Virginia by …

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LCSO Announces 36th Citizens’ Police Academy

24 Aug 2015

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Loudoun County Sheriff Michael L. Chapman announced the formation of the 36th Citizens’ Police Academy, which will commence on September 15, 2015. Members of the class will participate in training classes taught by Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office personnel. The classes provide an overview of all the aspects of law enforcement within the agency. Members of the class may also have …

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Wild Loudoun

Dragonflies – To See Is To Believe

7 Aug 2015

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Shadow Darner. Unicorn Clubtail. Black Shouldered Spinyleg. Blue Dasher. Ebony Jewelwing. Calico Pennant. Sanddragon. Their names conger up some magical place inhabited by devils and demons, elegant queens, daring lovers – creatures you would need to see with your own eyes to believe really existed. But, each of these, including the Calico Pennant, is actually one of the most common …

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Around Virginia

Congress and MWAA VS Loudoun Taxpayers

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By Delegate Dave LaRock It’s no secret that population growth and business development have left Loudoun County, especially busy areas to the east, with some pretty challenging traffic. The process of expanding the local network of roads and transit always seems to be playing catch-up, usually tied to availability of …

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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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Sports

Drew Hunter Heading To Pan American Games

7 Aug 2015

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Loudoun Valley’s Drew Hunter placed second in the United States Track and Field 1500-meter run Junior National Championship. That earned him a spot on the United States Junior Team going to the Pan American Games in Edmonton, Canada in late July. Drew lost to college freshman Blake Haney of the …

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American Legion Post 34 Hosting Mid-Atlantic Regional Baseball Tournament

5 Aug 2015

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Batter up! Chartered in 1919 by an act of Congress, the American Legion is one of our country’s oldest, largest and most prestigious veteran’s organizations – dedicated to mentoring youth, sponsoring community programs, promoting national security and supporting veterans and members of the armed forces. Specific programs include scholarships, scouting, …

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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

More Than a GPA

7 Aug 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde In school we are measured in every way based on a number system from a point scale resulting in grades then translated into a GPA that can’t be easily fixed in just one semester. Students are forced to think that all they have to achieve is …

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Sarah's Closet

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

Thank You Purcellville

7 Aug 2015

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I want to express my sincere appreciation for the outpouring of support by the local business owners and residents in relationship to my challenge to …

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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

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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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