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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

Stony Point Ruins Are Special

July 2, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Stony Point Ruins Are Special
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I enjoyed Tim Jon’s pensive piece in the June issue on the Stony Point Ruins of the Potts-Neer Mill. Indeed, it is a very special landmark. The Keating family who live next door and are stewards of the ruins, are very interested in seeing these stabilized, and have met with experts in the field to review the possibilities. They care, in particular, because these are the most visible ruins from the massive Union burning raid of 1864. Once a going grist mill built in 1842 by E. D. Potts (whose name still graces a stone on the mill ruins), it was bought by his neighbor Nathan Neer in 1842. It was he and his wife who worked the mill in 1864 when it met its untimely destruction in time of war. … Continue Reading

Why Protest? Why Even Be There?

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When the Southern Collector Road finally opened the other day, I stood there with Sam Brown and a few friends holding up signs protesting the road that cut Sam’s 250 year old farm in two so a few commuters could cut their hour commute by 4 or five minutes. I know … what a waste of a Friday morning, I am sure most people say. You cannot stop progress. Today I spent 20 minutes held up on the back road going from Hamilton to Lincoln by a VDOT crew paving over the gravel road that had carried Loudounites between the two villages for centuries. Once again, progress, which cannot be stopped. Someone’s Lexus was getting dust on it. But why bother? It is a good question. … Continue Reading

Stony Point Ruins Are Special

June 15, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Stony Point Ruins Are Special
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I enjoyed Tim Jon’s pensive piece in the June issue on the Stony Point Ruins of the Potts-Neer Mill. Indeed, it is a very special landmark. The Keating family who live next door and are stewards of the ruins, are very interested in seeing these stabilized, and have met with experts in the field to review the possibilities. They care, in particular, because these are the most visible ruins from the massive Union burning raid of 1864. Once a going grist mill built in 1842 by E. D. Potts (whose name still graces a stone on the mill ruins), it was bought by his neighbor Nathan Neer in 1842. It was he and his wife who worked the mill in 1864 when it met its untimely destruction in time of war. … Continue Reading

Shooting in Costco Was Wrong

June 15, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion 4 comments
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About two weeks ago two male Loudoun county deputies shot and killed a 38-year-old female pizza server inside the Sterling Costco.

After reading she was armed with a pair of scissors and an unknown type of knife, I assumed our local papers would be filled with letters and at least one editorial asking why this mother of two was shot to death. Rather than subdued with mace, tackled or clubbed with night sticks.

Maybe she was acting strangely and did threaten the deputies. Yes she may have threatened them, but with scissors and a kitchen knife, not a rifle.
Even if it was a butcher knife, they decided killing her and shooting inside a crowded store was the best solution? A life was taken for nothing!

Yet, not one letter in The Loudoun Times Mirror, Blue Ridge Leader, Leesburg Today or Purcellville Gazette. Not one passionate liberal letter asking about police brutality.

Not one passionate conservative letter asking about out of control government police. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

Columns

Pie in the Face (with remarks from Ron Paul)

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“In any field, the establishment is seldom in pursuit of the truth because it is composed of those who sincerely believe that they are already in possession of it.” E. T. Jaynes. Everybody prefaces Bernie Sanders name with “pie in …

Asterisk No More

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Moods come and go, but greatness endures.” These prescient words were uttered by President George H.W. Bush, a man who knows firsthand the truth of his own saying. In 1992, President Bush garnered only 37 percent of …

Second Bull Run

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It may not have been a battle, but – seeing as how it was my second attempt at getting a good look at Bull Run Creek – coupled with the fact that I’m a native Northerner – I felt a …

Snowmageddon III?  Seven Survival Tips for Parents

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. “snOMG,” “snowmageddon,” “snowpocalypse,” and “kaisersnoze” are a few terms to describe what just happened in Northern Virginia. The storm was reported to be the second worst storm on record. And while many children and teens gladly …

What Is a Sport?

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By Mary Rose Lunde On January 10, hundreds of talented dancers from across the East Coast competed at the Universal Dance Academy Regional Championship at West Springfield High School. Tensions were high and the stakes couldn’t have been greater. What …

Six Things to Know to Weather a Market Downturn

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It’s natural to be nervous when the markets head for negative territory. Keep a positive perspective with these six investing reminders. It can be very unsettling for investors when their portfolios and the markets start heading for the red and …

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

Job Well Done!

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Kudos to Town Manager Rob Lohr and his awesome hard working staff. You did a fantastic job of snow removal throughout the Town of Purcellville this past week. Mr. Lohr …

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

February 2016
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Loudoun Valley Boys Basketball Spirit Night at Coach's Corner

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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5K Race to Benefit Riverside High School Athletic Department

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Chocolate & Cabernet

Sweetheart's Soirée at Breaux Vineyards

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Celebrate Valentine's Day at North Gate Vineyard

Gallery Coffeehouse: READERS THEATRE "LOVE LETTERS" BY A. R. GURNEY

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Mad Cap Puppets: UNDER THE BONSAI TREE

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

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CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT: Year Of The Monkey

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Loudoun Symphony presents A LITTLE CHAMBER MUSIC

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

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Breaux Vineyards February Fourth Friday

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THE EDGE: Malone Benefit Concert

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Loudoun School of Ballet Winter Showcase

Our Love is Here to Stay

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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Merlot Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

North Gate Vineyard Wine Dinner with Chef Sebastian Oveysi

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theatre, 100 Lunches" by Jack Sharkey & Leo Sears

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Lifestyle

Creation and Evolution in Native American Spirituality

9 Feb 2016

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In celebration of Evolution Weekend, an annual event led by clergy to encourage serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science, St. James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville has invited Roger and Deborah “Turtle” Swartz to guide a discussion of traditional Native American Spirituality and its wisdom in celebrating human relationship to the earth. In a …

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Run and Walk To Your Nearest 5K Pregame Event Happening on Super Bowl Day In Leesburg

3 Feb 2016

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There is a new Running Company, the Pace Makers Running Company, in town and they are on a mission to help the local population with their health goals while raising money for selected charities. The race at The National Conference Center in Leesburg on February 7, is to help benefit the Riverside High School Athletic Department. The upcoming race on …

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Lovin’ Leesburg for All Its Beauty

3 Feb 2016

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By Hannah Hager We may be in the thick of winter, but this home on Cherry Spring Lane will melt your heart. Come spring you’ll fully be able to enjoy this simple, yet elegant brick home and its surrounding green pastures enclosed by miles of black wooden fences. Beyond your immediate yard are sweeping views of the mountains and valleys …

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Around Virginia

Education Savings Accounts Make Big Move in House

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The Virginia House of Delegates gave a strong push to House Bill 389, Delegate Dave LaRock’s (R-33rd District) innovative Education Savings Account legislation, as the House Education Committee voted 13-9 in favor of advancing the bill forward. “This is definitely an exciting development for parents and students in the Commonwealth,” …

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Kaine to Hold Hearing on Opioid Abuse

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On Monday, February 1, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, will hold a field hearing in Loudoun County to examine the ongoing fight against opioid misuse and abuse among older Americans. Kaine has met with families, law enforcement and business leaders across Virginia …

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Youth Can Apply for 2015 Livestock Exhibitor Scholarships

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Youth who exhibited beef cattle, sheep, meat goats or swine in the 2015 State Fair of Virginia 4-H and FFA youth livestock program are eligible to apply for 12 new scholarships being offered by the State Fair of Virginia. Scholarships will be offered in three age groups: Juniors (9-12), Intermediate …

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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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