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Teachers for Dave LaRock

October 16, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Teachers for Dave LaRock

Having lived in Virginia since 1978, I’ve seen how education has evolved.

I’ve sat in a student desk, and after earning a graduate degree and a teaching certificate from a Virginia university, taught middle and high school in two counties.

I’ve personally seen the number of schools grow and accept children of all nationalities and religions in all shapes and sizes.

I’ve talked to many fellow teachers in teacher networks and other places and many know we could do better than the status quo. … Continue Reading

Vote for Mary Daniel

October 9, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Vote for Mary Daniel

Mary Daniel is the best choice, hands down, for Delegate in the 33rd district. She has the experience, she understands our region, she is committed to our quality of life. She is a moderate and fiscal conservative. She has worked on behalf of others as an elected official, volunteer, and as a guardian ad litem for children and the disabled. I am opposed to the radicalism of Mary’s Tea Party-connected opponent. There is no other candidate in this race with such a strong background of working for the community. Mary is the best.

Shirley Lyle Volberg

Will the Real Mary Daniel Please Step Forward?

October 9, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion 3 comments

Her office is putting out adorable flyers showing her as a cute little girl growing up in Berryville – that’s fine and certainly is her right. What surprises me after receiving such feel-good information is the follow-up mail and messages I’ve received sent out on her behalf by the Democratic Committee …it’s nowhere near as polite and even less flattering.

Mary’s been on the campaign trail for months now and her effort should be commended. Her message and platform however continue to say nothing about how she intends to make Virginia a better place to do business and improve our traffic. As a resident of Virginia’s 33rd District and registered voter, I want to hear about her plan as an elected Delegate to make positive changes for our community and state, not more election scare tactics.
This campaign can still be what it should be – a contest of ideas. Dave LaRock has offered plans that involve improving the state. I’m not voting to send someone to Richmond if all they can do is toe the party line and snipe at others. That’s not going to move our state forward at all.

Gregg S. Vest

Common Sense

October 6, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Common Sense

We residents in Northern Virginia don’t have to agree on every issue, and I’m sure we never will, but I will never understand trying to tear down a political candidate for being, gasp, a moderate.

Mary Costello Daniel may have ideas that are more moderate than her opponent Dave LaRock, but her greatest appeal for me is her common sense. She isn’t entrenched in a movement that alienates me as a woman or a philosophy of political factionalism. Mary understands that anyone who governs in America must govern for all the people and it takes reason, intellect, and courage to formulate nonpartisan ideas that invariably draw fire. Her willingness to reach across party lines in order to oppose extremes seems reasonable to me. … Continue Reading

Bankrupt Democrats Play Women’s Card in 33rd District

October 2, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Bankrupt Democrats Play Women’s Card in 33rd District

Now it begins. Like clockwork, four weeks before the general election for House of Delegates, the Democratic Party reaches into its bag of worn out tricks and pulls out its dog-eared “women’s card.”

Specifically, Democrat Mary Daniel—who has offered nothing but platitudes on how her party will help the over-taxed, unemployed, under-serviced and stuck-in-traffic voters of the 33rd district since she announced her campaign—has stooped to claiming via glossy flyers that Republican Dave LaRock wants to “force police to investigate women who suffer a miscarriage.” … Continue Reading

Daniel Has My Vote

October 2, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Daniel Has My Vote

Mary Daniel may have entered the contest for election to the 33rd House of Delegates seat late, but she is clearly the most qualified to represent this area in the same fiscally conservative mold as Joe May who lost to a conservative ideologue in June after serving this district so well for ?20 years.

Mary will work to preserve the quality of life we have come to enjoy in this part of Virginia — she has rural roots (born on the family farm in Frederick County). Her qualifications as a criminal prosecutor representing victims of abuse is well known. She will work across the aisle with Republicans and Democrats to maintain a strong business climate. She will, as well, work hard to ensure quality education that is fully funded, cut wasteful spending and hold the line on taxes.

Mary Daniel has my vote on November 5.

Jean Brown

Other People’s Money

October 2, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion 5 comments

I’m going to vote for the fiscal conservative on the ballot this fall, Dave LaRock. I think it’s an easy choice.
We live in a day when the government seems to be addicted to other people’s money. They spend like drunken sailors and then come back for more. They push us to the breaking point.

So now the Democrats want to hire/elect a collections lawyer to make sure they get every last nickel out of taxpayers who are already working hard to make ends meet?
Mary Daniel will bring her unique skill set as a collections attorney to Richmond and help refine their ability to get more of our money, if we elect her. That’s what her party stands for, and while she’s not really talking about what she will or won’t do as delegate, we have every reason to believe she’ll keep in line with what her party?demands. After all, she wasn’t even picked by voters in ?a primary.

Dave LaRock has promised to do his best to get our tax money back to this area instead of sending it who knows where. I think we ought to give Dave an opportunity to do that.

Carolyn Leeds

Mary Daniel Has What It Takes

October 2, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment

Pope Francis recently remarked in an interview, “The feminine genius is needed wherever we make important decisions,” and while I am not Catholic personally, I do weigh his perspective with respect.

Certainly there is a genius to many women’s abilities to consider the broad context of problem solving — especially women who have proven success in their combined family, professional and public services. Mary Daniel is such a woman. The Virginia legislature is a critical place where we, as a body politic, make important decisions that affect the lives of every Commonwealth citizen. … Continue Reading

LaRock Will Work for the People

October 2, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment

My sincere thanks go out to Dave LaRock for being willing to go to work for the people of the 33rd district.  I know enough about him to spot something unique. There is no doubt in my mind he is in it to work for the people, not the lobbyists and special interests, and that is refreshing.

Dave is a solid constitutional conservative which to me means he will protect our rights from the federal overreach that ignores the US Constitution. Dave has a business background that gives him the know-how to reign in the spending and tax increases that are crushing working people.

I don’t know much about the Democrat lawyer who popped up after the Primary.  I’ve looked at her website and she tells us almost nothing about her ideas and intentions.  She must have something to hide or realizes campaigning as a true Democrat will hurt her chances in this conservative district. The people spoke in the primary, and they want someone who is honest about their position and who will stand up for their constitutional rights.

John Grigsby

Qualified Candidate

October 2, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment

If I needed plumbing work done in my house, I would not call my insurance agent to do this (unless he/she were also a licensed plumber). I would not ask my eye Dr. to install a light fixture. I would not ask the contractor who built my home to file my income taxes. I think you get my drift. People are hired to do a job that they are qualified to do. Candidates should be elected for the same reason.

I believe Mary Costello Daniel, is the only qualified candidate in the 33rd District House of Delegates race. Mary Daniel is a practicing attorney who founded a successful multi-practice Law Firm she has managed for over 15 years. This is business, financial, human resources and legal experience taught by education and experience. As a member of and working with Berryville Town council members for the past six years no one paid more taxes. This is government experience and proof of being fiscally responsible with tax payer money. As an active member of several Rotary groups, she is also involved with many other civic and legal organizations. … Continue Reading

Supervisor Clarke, Step Up To the Plate

October 2, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Supervisor Clarke, Step Up To the Plate

Dear Supervisor Clarke:

Another month has passed us by while traffic related issues on Purcellville Road remain unabated and continue to mount. The officials to whom we entrust the public safety of our roads and traffic enforcement remain neglectful. We turn to you, Supervisor Clarke because you control the budgets of these agencies. As voters, we recognize that you hold ultimate responsibility for traffic safety and enforcement in our community.

Dr Adamo, Director of Planning and Legislative Services for Loudoun County Public Schools assured us in a public meeting, “School bus traffic will not be an issue because only those picking up and dropping off will be using Purcellville Road.” This is clearly not the case. In the morning, caravans of school buses unnecessarily travel Purcellville Road from Route 9 and from Hirst Road to the school complex. This past week we counted approximately 90 school bus trips per day between Hirst Road and Alder School Road. In addition to our woes, these school buses carrying our young students have often been seen exceeding the posted speed limit for which residents have requested additional traffic enforcement. … Continue Reading

Next Delegate To Send To Richmond

October 2, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment

As a 33rd District resident with children ready to enter college and the work force, I am hoping this fall we will elect a delegate who will make life easier for businesses in the Commonwealth, not harder.  How can that happen?  The next delegate we send to Richmond can make Virginia a better place to work by cutting taxes, not increasing them.  Our new delegate needs to get rid of needless bureaucracy and cut smothering regulations.  When heavy-handed bureaucracy and strangulating regulations are removed, business will thrive.  Virginians are entrepreneurs.  Our businesses will flourish on their own once state government gets out of the way and this District’s economy can grow.   Fortunately, we have a candidate who we know will fight for lower taxes, smarter spending and less regulation.  That candidate is Dave LaRock. I’m voting for Mr. LaRock this fall not just because he champions my values, but also on behalf of my children and their future.

Laura Battle

Williams Misleading LTE

October 2, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Williams Misleading LTE

I am responding to David Williams misleading letter that appeared in several local papers criticizing Dave LaRock for discussing the threat of radical Islam with him. Dave LaRock was not at the Hamilton back-to-school night this year, so that story from Mr. Williams is either made up or from years ago when people were more focused on terrorism. Dave’s campaign has been focused on the economy, jobs and improving transportation and education.

Kristen Kalina









2016 Energy Summit – George Washington University


On Friday evening, October 28, George Washington University, Virginia Campus in Ashburn will host the 10th annual Don Sandros Energy Summit in cooperation with local businesses and non-profits. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for a reception with wine donated by …

Attributing Disaster


“Humans are likely to create a catastrophe, and possibly an associated disaster, that vastly exceeds our own ability to recover from it. In the face of all our efforts, it will persist.” – Richard Guthrie [1] “Here we show that …

Concerned Parent


By Michael Oberschenider Psy.D. Dr. Mike, We recently signed our four-year-old daughter up for gymnastics. It wasn’t cheap, but her friends from the neighborhood do it, and she has been begging us to go. It turned out to be a …

Invisible Illnesses

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By Mary Rose Lunde It is general knowledge that when people think about illnesses, they don’t think about illnesses that aren’t physically apparent. Sure, people know about conditions such as multiple sclerosis and other diseases with visible symptoms, but many …

Robinson Park

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Looking back, now – I’m glad it wasn’t what most people would’ve considered a nice day; I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my share of hot and sunny to last me for at least a generation (especially since …

Are Your Estate and Financial Plans Shock-Proof?


Don’t wait until “what if?” becomes “what is.” Where will you live as you age? Think about your housing options now, so you have choices and won’t have to make a hasty decision should an unexpected health event force you …

In Defense of ‘Adulting’


By Samuel Moore-Sobel Most friends transitioning from college to the workforce long for the days of college, wishing to be back in class and participating in campus life. To be honest, I may be in the minority, but I have …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016


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


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


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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September 26, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

October 1, 2016

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

October 2, 2016
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Virginia Outdoors Foundation 50 years of Conservation Celebration

October 9, 2016
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Barefoot Puppets: Dreamtime, Tales From Down Under

October 13, 2016 October 14, 2016 October 15, 2016

Loudoun Centre Theatre: The Scamps Of Scapin!

October 16, 2016

Harvest Celebration & Fall Farm Tour


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Anthony Semiao Live at North Gate Vineyard


October 22, 2016 October 23, 2016

Come Paint with us at Breaux Vineyards

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October Fourth Friday

October 29, 2016

2 Pound Sterling Live at North Gate VIneyard

October 30, 2016

Music With A Cause - Music of Colonial America

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Glenfiddich Farm Pottery Annual Fall/Holiday Sale

OysterFest at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Spaghetti Dinner

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner

November 6, 2016

Glenfiddich Farm Pottery Annual Fall/Holiday Sale

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Leesburg-Daybreak Rotary Club Sends Supplies and Funds to Haiti

24 Oct 2016


The Rotary Club of Leesburg-Daybreak shipped water purification supplies and emergency funds to Haiti following the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew. Partnering with an anonymous local corporation, the club shipped 3,000 water purification tablet packages via FedEx to Haiti. These packages, which were sent to an area battling a cholera outbreak, will clean 3,000 liters of unsafe water. Instructions translated …

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Veteran’s Day 10k Raises Funds for Veteran Causes

13 Oct 2016


On November 6, the Loudoun County Road Runners Club will again conduct the annual Loudoun 10K Trail Race in order to raise funds for veteran causes. Since it’s origin in 2011, the trail race has generated more than $90,000 with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to veteran’s charities, specifically Boulder Crest Retreat and Pets for Vets.

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FBRM Clean-Up Day at Blue Ridge Regional Park

6 Oct 2016


Join Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains for an Autumn clean-up to remove invasive vegetation from Blue Ridge Regional Park on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Some tools and equipment will be provided, but please bring your clippers, pruning shears, or saws if you can. Directions: From Leesburg, drive west on Route 7 past the turnoff …

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Grief and Greed


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 …


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


– 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


– 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 …

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New Proposed Uses for Western Loudoun

Loudoun County Seal Color

If you live in the middle or western part of Loudoun where you enjoy a parcel of open space near your property (which probably was put into an open space …

Bennett Knows How To Make Economy Work for All


In the election for the 10th District House seat, only one candidate has a more than three decades of success growing a local business. As the owner of a successful …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm


By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

Around Virginia

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


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


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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Hunter’s First Professional Race

7 Sep 2016


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


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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