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Daniel vs. LaRock

September 24, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment
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Like many of the letter-writers who support Dave LaRock for delegate, I too found him a friendly, unthreatening guy when I met him. We were both passing out leaflets for candidates on a back-to-school night in Hamilton. Between waves of incoming parents we had a chance to chat. He spent most of that time trying, earnestly and sincerely, to convince me that America is in real danger from being taken over by Sharia, the religious laws of Islam. I expressed my doubts and he promised to send me the web pages with the evidence. I gave him my email address but I never did receive any evidence.

Is this really what we want our delegate in Richmond to be spending time and effort on? Mary Daniel, a practical moderate with enormous experience who wants to work to improve the lives of Virginians, not ride off on some ideological hobby horse, is whom I am supporting.

David Williams
Lincoln

Where’s the Beef

September 24, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Where’s the Beef
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When I hear Mary Daniel rehash over and over again how she’s a moderate just like our last moderate Delegate, I’m reminded of Walter Mondale and that old Wendy’s ad – “Where’s the beef?”

The beef isn’t in her approach to taxes, Daniel isn’t saying whether she’ll raise them, lower them, or try to keep them the same. She says the last tax hike wasn’t perfect, but she doesn’t want to change any of the bad parts, either.

There isn’t any beef on her website. There isn’t any in her interviews. I have yet to hear her even mention jobs or the economy, much less come offer a single suggestion as to how we’re going to improve our business environment here in the state. There’s not only no beef, there’s no bun. There isn’t even any lettuce. … Continue Reading

Supports LaRock

September 8, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion 4 comments
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Both candidates who willingly threw their names into the hat for the 33rd district race deserve accolades for their bravery! I have a lot of respect for the hard work and dedication it must take, and we should commend them for their service.

With that being said, I still have to choose a candidate to vote for in November. I believe Dave LaRock rather than Mary Daniel is the best choice to serve our commonwealth. I have never met Daniel and have only met LaRock a handful of times at events he has participated in around Berryville. Dave isn’t a career politician, nor does he have a desire to be. He wasn’t hand-picked by his party and given instructions about what type of campaign he should run. I have yet to see any real ideas come from Daniel’s campaign, but knowing she is a Democrat tells me where she stands on the issues. Dave has laid out the best plan for lowering taxes, spending wisely, and keeping Virginia a business friendly state. He deserves a shot at taking his ideas to Richmond to work with other politicians to help Virginia families prosper in the future!

Rives Bacon
Berryville

Why Not Support Educational Freedom

September 4, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment

Last week, Democrat nominee for the 33rd House race, Mary Daniel answered a question that I didn’t know anyone was asking. On the concept of parent-directed education, Daniel gave a resounding “no.” Her comments on taxes, public schools, and educational freedom show a rigid adherence to the status quo, and a surprising unwillingness to consider funding options that have been shown to have no negative impact on public schools when implemented in the real world.

By fighting against the ability of parents to pay for the educational choice that they think is right for their kids, Daniel is showing she’s really opposed to the concept of educational freedom altogether. If she’s already unreceptive to the idea of financial options for families with kids in school now, I don’t expect her to be more receptive if and when she’s elected.

As a soon to be parent I want what’s best for my child, and I want to be able to cast my vote for someone who also cares about giving our kids the best education. We can be trusted to do what’s best for our kids, but for the life of me, I don’t understand why Democrats insist that the only educational freedom we should have is the freedom to choose public schools.

Jesse Andrews
Lovettsville

Another Year, No More Excuses

September 4, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion 2 comments
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Dear Supervisor Clark:

I would like to direct your attention once again to three pressing issues which remain unresolved for the citizens of Purcellville North whom you represent. These issues are the negative impact of poorly routed traffic, unbridled noise and unabated lighting upon public safety and the general well being of our community.

The majority of these issues revolve around the Woodgrove High School complex. In general, there is a lack of enforcement of existing traffic regulations including speed which poses a danger to the public. Additionally, the considerable number of school buses, large trucks and motor coaches using Purcellville Road as a short cut rather than using the intended Rt. 690 are causing costly damage to our narrow road and creating a hazardous situation.

Specifically, the high noise level created by both traffic and school events has become a constant day and night time occurrence throughout the school year and the summer months as well. The noise problem can be resolved by adding outdoor sound absorbing materials, such as sound curtains, or sound barriers with noise absorbing materials to the complex; or with the use of natural barriers such as a berm built around the stadium similar to other schools. … Continue Reading

Thanks To the Loudoun Babe Ruth Baseball Team

September 4, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Thanks To the Loudoun Babe Ruth Baseball Team
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As many already know, there was an unfortunate and accidental collision at home plate during the World Series Game between Loudoun and Twin Cities, WA. The accident seriously injured Loudoun player Hank Biggs. The Twin Cities players (whom several Loudoun families were playing host to for the series) and their families were deeply concerned about Hank, especially their catcher, Kolby Steen. Out of care and concern, the Twin Cities players signed one of their ball caps for Hank along with a card. Loudoun followed later with a team-signed ball for Kolby. Kolby’s mother requested this note be forwarded onto the Loudoun Team. “The ball they signed really meant a lot to him (Kolby) and was such a special thing to do for him. We continue to think about Hank and pray for a complete speedy recovery. Thank you from the Steen family.” More than playing baseball, these boys were learning life lessons and forming bonds that stretch from Coast to Coast!

Mark Donofrio
Hamilton

We Need a Leader

August 28, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on We Need a Leader
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For over 20 years Joe May represented the people of the 33 district with commitment and dedication.

Joe and I may not have agreed on everything, but I know we both wanted to do what’s best for our community. Most importantly,I always knew where he stood on the issues.

For these same reasons I am supporting Dave LaRock to represent us in Richmond. Like Joe May, I always know where Dave stands. He’s not afraid to take the tough stances needed to create jobs, grow our economy, and improve our children’s education.

In stark contrast, I have no idea what Dave’s opponent Mary Daniel stands for. Some people may be impressed by her uncanny ability to make statements that are devoid of any substance, but not I. We don’t need to elect another slick politician afraid to take a stand. We need a leader. We need Dave LaRock.

Carolyn Leeds
Berryville

Let’s Say No To a Zoning Change

August 6, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Let’s Say No To a Zoning Change
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I was dismayed by the number of “unconcerned citizens” not attending the July planning commission meeting. Perhaps it’s because many people still believe elected and appointed officials have our best interest at heart. What is the purpose of zoning if in just a few short meetings a developer can convince the town to abandon its highly touted friendly small town atmosphere?

A gated community of fifty houses on the Ball property (which is zoned for 20 homes on 10 acres by-right) on 32nd Street does not say neighborhood. It says don’t walk down my street. … Continue Reading

Walking for Those Dear to My Heart

August 2, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Walking for Those Dear to My Heart
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Little noticed by county residents, a troop of 35 walkers from around the country joined a dozen local climate activists on the lawn of the Loudoun County Government Center last week for the county’s first ever climate rally. The walkers were making a 100 mile journey from Camp David to the White House as a part of the Walk for Our Grandchildren, and were walking to generate the moral courage and determination policy makers need to create a greener world for future generations. They were invited to Leesburg by 350 Loudoun, a newly formed civic action group dedicated to issues related to climate. Ralliers chanted for climate action now, and called on the Board of Supervisors to dust off the county’s buried energy strategy.

I have the privilege of being a part of both 350 Loudoun and the Walk for Our Grandchildren. Over roadways and train tracks, along the river and into the nation’s capital, with blisters on my feet and sweat on my brow, I walked to lend weight to the message I want to send not only to the Board of Supervisors, but also to other leaders, businesses, and citizens around the county. … Continue Reading

350 Loudoun Demands Climate Change Policies

July 30, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on 350 Loudoun Demands Climate Change Policies
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Loudoun County is home to many successful companies that base their work on science and technology, from Orbital Sciences to Howard Hughes Medical Institute to Raytheon. Our community is thriving thanks to a well-educated work force, in sectors such as health care, intelligence, defense, biomedical, aerospace, information technology, data centers, and telecommunications, all of which depend on sound science and technology.

The National Academy of Sciences, our nation’s premiere scientific organization, has been trying to get the nation’s focus on the greatest scientific and technical issue of our time — human caused climate change. In May 2009 these preeminent scientists released a Joint Statement of the National Academies of Science ?for the G8 and Five Nations, “The need for urgent action to address climate change is now indisputable.”
Source: http://www.nationalacademies.org/includes/G8+5energy-climate09.pdf … Continue Reading

The Gospel According To Saul Alinsky

July 9, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment
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In the article by Andrea Gaines, Carolyn Lazaro is quoted as saying, “This land is God’s land and the farmer was just trying to keep it for himself.” If this is a correct quote, then Mrs. Lazaro does not believe in private property. It would be interesting to find out just how far she would take this belief. Should all property belong to the people? Should all you people who live in Purcellville sign over your deeds? But, sign over to whom? The people? Purcellville? Regardless, property must be managed. The “right people” would have to manage all of this property for the people. I assume that the Lazaro’s could help select those managers. Of course there may be problems along the way. The Castro brothers could describe some of the pitfalls that they have experienced in that paradise on earth called Cuba.

Why stop at land and buildings? What about cars, trucks, bicycles, even tricycles and strollers?

Private property ownership is one of the foundations of America that helps make us strong. Attacking that ownership is a tactic of nihilists, socialists and other true believers in the gospel according to Saul Alinsky.

Dan Mc Ginnis
Round Hill

Grand Jury, Denied Opportunity to Deliberate Indicting Eugene Delgaudio, Issues Report Detailing Gross Malfeasance

July 6, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Grand Jury, Denied Opportunity to Deliberate Indicting Eugene Delgaudio, Issues Report Detailing Gross Malfeasance
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Sterling Deserves Better is a group of Sterling residents committed to improving the governance of our community. We are incredibly disappointed that the Grand Jury, which convened for months to investigate Eugene Delgaudio’s misuse of office, was never given the opportunity to deliberate whether or not to indict Eugene Delgaudio. This appalling process justifies our campaign to remove Eugene Delgaudio from office by petition from the citizens. We suspected that we could not count on the system to hold other elected officials accountable, and that’s why we went directly to our neighbors to mount a recall campaign. We have collected sufficient signatures to petition the court to remove Eugene Delgaudio from public office, we will continue to work hard to organize our neighbors to demand better from our elected officials, and we will not be deterred by a rigged system that allows politicians to misuse our precious resources. … Continue Reading

The Delgaudio Dilemma

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Sterling Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio survived the criminal probe into his fundraising and due to a technicality, no indictment was issued. But, that’s not really the big news.

This week’s Grand Jury – a handful of people who don’t even live in Loudoun, and likely never heard of Eugene Delgaudio before now – took the initiative to issue a kind warning worthy of every resident in Sterling, or Loudoun County for that matter.

“This investigation has been an eye-opening experience for this Jury,” they wrote. “Individual voters need to increase their involvement in local politics. Local elections can significantly impact one’s life on a wide range of matters such as property taxes, education, local transportation, community services.” … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

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 …

Foxridge Park

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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 …

Dear Editor

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. …

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

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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

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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

The Plains’ charming restaurants, shops and sidewalks.

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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