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Good Character Takes Work

June 3, 2015 Columns, Samuel Moore-Sobel Comments Off on Good Character Takes Work
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By Samuel Moore-Sobel

How is character developed? It is a simple question that requires, I suspect, a somewhat complicated answer. New York Times columnist David Brooks gives us profiles of the mental and moral qualities distinctive to great leaders in his new book, “The Road to Character.” Brooks’ desire was to provoke a conversation about character, and ever since hearing him speak, I have certainly carried out his wish.

Brooks has been on a journey, one in which he examined the road to character and how others have navigated it. His journey began by pondering resume virtues, a list of skills and experience, and eulogy virtues, the ones that are discussed at a funeral. Most people readily admit that eulogy virtues are more important, but how often are they emphasized in our world today? … Continue Reading

No-Cook Play Clay

June 3, 2015 Columns, Kitchen Science Kids Comments Off on No-Cook Play Clay
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Big and small, there are lots of muscles in the human body, and they all have different jobs to do. Smooth cardiac muscles keep your heart beating, while large leg muscles allow us to run, and kick a ball. If it weren’t for muscles, we couldn’t actually do many of the things we enjoy, and when they aren’t working the way they are meant to, the things we do aren’t as comfortable. Let’s take writing and drawing with a pencil, for example. Some kids like to write because they have lots of thoughts to share, but don’t enjoy the pencil to paper part-and that may be because tiny hand and wrist muscles are not as strong as they could be. Finding fun ways to make those muscles stronger and looser may just make your writing and drawing more pleasant. … Continue Reading

The Summer Semester Is No Break

June 3, 2015 Columns, Mary Rose Lunde Comments Off on The Summer Semester Is No Break
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By Mary Rose Lunde

So, what should a college student do with their summer? The appropriate response is relax; summer is meant to be a break complete with sleeping until noon each day and marathons of episodes on Netflix. Instead of doing this however, many college students wake up earlier for internships that aren’t paid, jobs involving many hours or tedious summer classes. This is the price we have to pay to get experience and an advantage for potential jobs in the future. Yes, college students are sacrificing their summer to get ahead any way they can. … Continue Reading

Worried About Mid-life Crisis

June 3, 2015 Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Comments Off on Worried About Mid-life Crisis
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Dr. Mike,

I think my husband is going through a mid-life crisis, and I’m worried. It started about two years ago. He tries to get away from the kids and me every chance he gets on the weekend. He complains all the time none of us can do anything right anymore. He drinks a bottle of wine pretty much every night. He works out several hours a week and pampers himself with massages, facials and frequent shopping sprees at Nordstrom’s. He’s into teen popular music and has a new trendy hairstyle. He bought a new expensive and flashy sport car that no one can eat, drink or pretty much even breathe in. He puts down our house and where we live and always wants the bigger and the better of whatever. He has become more reckless and adventure seeking. Like he recently told me that he wants to plan to climb Kilimanjaro with his guy friends next summer because he “deserves it.” I don’t think he’s cheated on me (yet), but I have caught him looking at inappropriate things on-line a few times. Last weekend he told me that our lives are “lame” and that we live in “Lamedoun County.” He says that “getting crazy” should be more than shopping at Costco or getting a babysitter to eat out at Clyde’s or Ford’s Fish Shack with your wife. He’s 49 and doesn’t want to discuss or celebrate his 50th Birthday, and he’s completely miserable about it. I actually love my husband and my life with him, but the drastic changes in him over the past two years have taken a toll on the kids and me…and him. I miss the man I fell in love with and want him back. I plan on showing him what you write, so please get this right!

Concerned in Loudoun County … Continue Reading

Challenges for Blended Families

June 3, 2015 Amy and Dan Smith, Columns Comments Off on Challenges for Blended Families
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By Amy & Dan Smith

The blended family has become more the norm than the exception in our society. As with most second marriages, Amy and I came into our marriage with our own children, our own careers and our own estates. We have experienced the challenges of the blended family.
Typically, a parent in a second marriage has conflicting loyalties. There is the desire to provide for the well being of the second spouse while, often at the same time, there is a felt duty to preserve some part of the estate (especially, of that acquired before the second marriage) for his/her children of the first marriage. This conflict can be especially acute if there is a significant age difference between the spouses. Thus, the older spouse could provide a trust for the life of his/her spouse, but this could delay significantly the benefit to the children of the first marriage by many years. … Continue Reading

Belted Kingfisher – Streamside Rock Star

June 3, 2015 Columns, Wild Loudoun Comments Off on Belted Kingfisher – Streamside Rock Star
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It’s hard to say what you noticed first.

The cool blue streak of color. The piecing cry – a sharp rattle – here one second and gone the next. The splashy exit as a very spirited bird made off with a very unlucky fish.

These are the behaviors, sights and sounds of the belted kingfisher, one of our local waterways’ most dramatic avian hunters.
Belted kingfishers are loud, colorful and fast, but their noisy, bandit-like disruptions don’t last long. The bird spends most of its time perched above its watery kingdom scoping out the food sources in and around the streams, marshes, ponds, rivers and shorelines below – including small fish, crayfish and shellfish, salamanders, lizards and frogs. … Continue Reading

Galileo’s Telescope

May 13, 2015 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Galileo’s Telescope
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“Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.” Hanlon’s Razor [1]

We can be confident in the knowledge that humans are now in control of the Earth’s surface climate for three very good reasons. First, every national and international scientific organization in the world has endorsed this conclusion which summarizes the five IPCC reports. Many of these organizations have issued multiple independent reports of their own. Every knowledgeable scientist endorses this observation. Second, all of the denier arguments are uniformly stupid. As I’ve explained, I use “stupid” as a technical term appealing to Hanlon’s razor to indicate that the arguments are worse than Wolfgang Pauli’s characterization of bad science as “not even wrong”. A fairly complete list of these arguments can be found on the Skeptical Scientist web site with explanation and rebuttal. I’ve examined many in my articles. Third, there is no science which defends denial. If it existed you would have heard about it. It is not for lack of imagination that Charles Krauthammer argued to undermine the entire body of physical knowledge citing an uncertain report on the uncertainty of a technician’s ability to interpret a mammogram which Krauthammer probably didn’t read. It was for lack of any relevant science. If any denier finds some relevant science which supports denial, he will tell Krauthammer who will then let us know. … Continue Reading

Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Telegraph Springs Road

May 6, 2015 Columns, Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth Comments Off on Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Telegraph Springs Road
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There’s one guy out here who proudly informs all visitors arriving at his locked gate (at the end of a short driveway) that he owns a firearm and a backhoe; I’ve got a mental note to avoid this address at all costs after the sun goes down. Speaking of which, there are any number of places along this little lane where you can stand transfixed by that circular yellow orb and the splashes of light created by the not-so-random intervening objects. Warnings, and sunlight: Two key components of a journey up or down Telegraph Springs Road – which runs from Purcellville down to its junction with Snickersville Turnpike a half-dozen miles or so to the South. … Continue Reading

Should I Send My Sensitive Son to Camp?

May 6, 2015 Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Comments Off on Should I Send My Sensitive Son to Camp?
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Dr. Mike,
What do you think about overnight or stay away camps for 11 year-old boys? Our son is sensitive and has struggled a lot this year socially, and my husband feels that a couple of weeks away from home and with other kids at camp will help him to be “less soft.” My husband went away to camp at a young age and remembers it as being a great experience. I agree with my husband that our son is sensitive and that he lacks social skills for his age, but I’m afraid that the separation from us will be too upsetting for him. I also don’t trust that my 11 year old boy will be safe after all the camp counselor abuse stories that I’ve heard about in my life. Unless you or my husband can convince me that sending our anxious and sensitive 11 year old away all at once is the right decision, I am against the idea. Middle school is going to be hard enough for him next year. Your thoughts on this are appreciated.
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It’s Screen Free Week Loudoun County Parents

May 6, 2015 Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Comments Off on It’s Screen Free Week Loudoun County Parents
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By Michael Oberschneider

May 4 through May 10 is International Screen Free Week. In today’s technologically driven society, this is a time for us to unplug from our televisions, phones, computers and other gadgets and instead celebrate being in the moment. But the notion of our children playing, thinking, creating, reading, and being active without technology is difficult for many.

Taking a break from screens every now and then is a good thing for us all, and it’s especially good for our children and teens. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children two years and younger should not engage in any screen time. … Continue Reading

Brook Trout – Colorful Aquatic Gems

May 5, 2015 Wild Loudoun Comments Off on Brook Trout – Colorful Aquatic Gems
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In his 2006 book The Road, author Cormac McCarthy writes a beautiful passage about a lush, living landscape that once was, as a father tells his son about what had lived in a now spoiled waterway. “Once there were brook trout in the streams in the mountains … You could see them standing in the amber current where the white edges of their fins wimpled softly in the flow. They smelled of moss in your hand … On their backs were vermiculate patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming …” … Continue Reading

Espadrilles – A Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Summer Favorite

May 5, 2015 Columns, Sarah's Closet Comments Off on Espadrilles – A Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Summer Favorite
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By Sarah Nearis

The beauty of espadrilles – a centuries-old shoe – is that they are made of our favorite fabrics and materials – silk shantung, jute, cotton, linen and leather – but are at the same time easy to wear … taking us from breakfast to lunch to dinner in one easy motion.

Lauren Bacall’s character in the film noir classic Key Largo wore them. Yet, Bacall herself said: “Put a ruffle on me and I’m finished,” describing her fashion sense as “studied carelessness.” The message there is, don’t overthink fashion. And, that goes double for espadrilles. Wear them in a way that makes you feel comfortable in your own skin. Here’s how: … Continue Reading

Planting an Allergy-Free Garden

May 5, 2015 Columns, Virginia Gardening Comments Off on Planting an Allergy-Free Garden
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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 included information about 3,000 different species that we plant in our landscapes and grow in seasonal gardens. His ranking system relates to the level, size, stickiness, and potency of pollen produced. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

The Company We Keep

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“Truly important and significant hypotheses will be found to have assumptions that are wildly inaccurate descriptive representations of reality and, in general, the more significant the theory, the more unrealistic the assumptions.” – Milton Freidman [1] “I am increasingly convinced …

What Happens To My Stuff When I Die?

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Amy and Dan Smith Only in the rarest of circumstances will the state receive the property of a decedent. Joint tenancy. If you hold property jointly with another person “with survivorship,” it is presumed that the survivor is entitled to …

Integrated Scientific Discovery

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By Mary Rose Lunde Many suggest that science is the gateway to the future. The rise in scientific discovery has driven more and more funding for research. The fact of the matter is, however, that science is far more complex …

A Man on the Move: Supervisor Ralph Buona, Vice Chairman Board of Supervisors

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel I first met Ralph Buona when I was a senior in high school. A “Youth in Government” day event allowed us to meet with our local supervisors. Chosen to sit next to the supervisor for my district, …

Dulles Air and Space Museum

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You ever have those dreams, that (back – probably when you were a kid) you could fly? Not in any kind of man-made craft, mind you – I mean possessing the ability to levitate and travel the skies at will. …

New Book Helps Balance Children’s Screen-Time and Play Time

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By Amanda Clark Michael Oberschneider, a clinical psychologist and founder/director of Ashburn Psychological Psychiatric Services, has just released a book titled Ollie Outside. This book addresses the very timely and important topic of screen- and media-time management for children. Ollie …

Defending the Over-Pampered

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“The purpose of studying economics is to learn how not to be deceived by economists.” Joan Robinson, Professor of economics at Cambridge University, Basel Lecture, 1969. “[W]hereas classisists [economists] turned the spotlight on change, flow, process and dynamics, the neoclassicists …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

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Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

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Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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Calendar

September 2016
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August 29, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 30, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 31, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

September 1, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 2, 2016

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September 3, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

Dear Creek Live at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Snaggy Mountain Boys

September 4, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 5, 2016

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September 6, 2016

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September 7, 2016

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September 8, 2016

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September 9, 2016

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September 10, 2016

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A PLACE TO BE: A THOUSAND STEPS

September 11, 2016

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Silk Scarf Painting with Penny

ART IN THE PARK

September 12, 2016

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September 13, 2016

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September 14, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 15, 2016

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September 16, 2016

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September 17, 2016

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September 18, 2016

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Artist Reception - Penny Hauffe

September 19, 2016

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September 20, 2016

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September 21, 2016

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BLUE SKY PUPPETS: BARKER OF SEVILLE

September 22, 2016

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September 23, 2016

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September 24, 2016

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UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING WORKSHOP

FOBR Annual Meeting

5th Annual Leesburg Fine Art Festival

September 25, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

5th Annual Leesburg Fine Art Festival

Music With A Cause - Pas de Deux

Gallery Coffeehouse: The Comedy Cult Improv

September 26, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 27, 2016

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September 28, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 29, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 30, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

October 1, 2016

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

October 2, 2016
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Artwork Sought for W & OD Trail Exhibit

27 Sep 2016

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Regional artists and craftspeople are invited to enter their original artwork in the W & OD Trail Exhibit and Sale at Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville. This exhibit celebrates the beauty and historical nature of the Washington & Old Dominion Trail, a 50-mile linear park managed by NOVA Parks that begins in Loudoun County and ends in Alexandria. The …

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Skate ‘Til Midnight at the Catoctin SkatePark Closing Party

23 Sep 2016

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Catoctin SkatePark will host a late night skate on Sunday, September 25, 2016, from 7:00 p.m. to midnight, before closing for construction. Enjoy one last ride at the original Catoction SkatePark! Construction of the new concrete skate park will begin in early October, but before the old skate park closes, you can celebrate the end of an era. On Sunday, …

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Middleburg Film Festival Announces “La La Land” As Its 2016 Centerpiece Film

20 Sep 2016

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The Middleburg Film Festival announced the highly anticipated film La La Land as its 2016 Centerpiece selection. La La Land, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, will screen on Saturday, October 22 with Oscar-nominated director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) in attendance. The Festival runs October 20 through October 23.

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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

Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

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– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

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– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

Dear Editor

Comstock Understands National Security

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On 9-11, I attended three ceremonies throughout Loudoun County honoring and remembering those 2,977 souls that we lost on that day of infamy. Our Congresswoman, Barbara Comstock was also there …

Lessons from Short Hill

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It’s been a little over two weeks since the Commission Permit for the proposed AT&T facility on Short Hill was overruled by the Board of Supervisors. This is just about …

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 …

Around Virginia

History’s Holy Places: Four Local Sites Worth Exploring This Fall

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The Journey through Hallowed Ground is a 180-mile long, 75-mile wide trek from Gettysburg to Monticello, encompassing nine presidential homes and places, 18 national and state parks, and thousands of small and large historical sites. Dozens and dozens of these sites and related museums are short ride from just about …

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Land Trust Receives Large Donation

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On August 22, The Land Trust of Virginia received a $10,000 gift from the Sharon D. Virts Foundation, based in Herndon. The presentation of this grant was part of the Foundation’s official launch event, held at Selma Plantation in Leesburg. Notable speakers included Sharon D. Virts, FCiFederal Founder and Chair, …

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Farmers Urged To Be On The Lookout For Marijuana

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Farmers in Southwest Virginia are being urged to check their property for marijuana planted by trespassers. Within the past year, hundreds of marijuana plants have been discovered between rows of hay bales on farms in and around Pulaski County, according to the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force. “Unfortunately this …

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Sports

Hunter’s First Professional Race

7 Sep 2016

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Drew Hunter and Loudoun Valley classmates at his first professional race, Sir Walter Miler in Raleigh, NC in early August , l to r:  Marcos Pierce, Matt Slook, Drew Hunter, Max McNerney. Hunter finished with a time of 3:57.15. Hunter turned professional and signed with Adidas.

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Let’s Make Some Memories

3 Aug 2016

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American Legion Baseball At Fireman’s Field, August 3 – 7 By Andrea Gaines American Legion Baseball is here at Fireman’s Field in a big way, featuring five consecutive blockbuster Mid-Atlantic Tournament games – August 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Our local Leesburg Post 34 Rangers had some nice wins …

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