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Qualified Candidate

October 2, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment
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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
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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
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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
?Hamilton

Williams Misleading LTE

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

Who Will Help?

September 24, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment
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I am a resident on Paxson Road, Rt. 725, and am appalled at the weight of traffic that is using this road because of the Airmont Road closure and excess construction vehicles. Nobody is using the legal detour or going to Snickersville Turnpike to get to Purcellville and beyond.

I walk my dogs twice a day on Rt. 725 and have been doing so for eight years. It has always been a pleasure and a serene time for me and the dogs. I am now forced to pull over at least 6 times a walk in order to convenience cars exceeding the 25 mph speed limit. Why is this road not posted as “Access only?”

For conservancy issues, I have noticed during this time (one month), one deer killed, eight young snapping turtles flattened on their way to ponds beyond and, a protected species, an Eastern Box Turtle smashed by the excess of traffic. This is not a joke when volume is killing protected species. … Continue Reading

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


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Recently, I was asked: “I know we are putting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and scientists say that will warm the planet but there were also ice ages and warmer climates in the past before humans so what caused those …

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The Art of Memory

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel Still Alice. A movie that not only elicits tears, but naturally incurs reflection. This heartrending movie was the starting point of a personal wrestling with the implications of human memory. Remembering can bring us back to a …

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Dr. Mike, My husband has issues with money that are hurting our relationship and family. He makes a lot of money, but he spends more than he makes and we are in debt. He can’t just have a luxury car, …

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Conserve Water, Beat the Heat and Keep Things Blooming By Andrea Gaines It’s getting hot out there. And, there’s nothing more discouraging for a gardener that to come home after a weekend away – or miss a regular watering schedule …

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Thank You Purcellville Voters

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I would like to thank you, the Purcellville voters, for your tremendous support of my campaign for Town Council.  I appreciate that so many of you put signs in your …

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An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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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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June 2016
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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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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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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

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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

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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

19th Annual Cajun Festival & Crawfish Boil

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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

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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

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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

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Goats at BRNP

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Bring Dad to North Gate Vineyard

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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

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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

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

June Fourth Friday at Breaux Vineyards

Love, He Called It

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Love, He Called It

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Sip & Paint at Breaux Vineyards

Love, He Called It

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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

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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

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Troy and Paula Haag Perform at Old Stone School

9 Jun 2016

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Troy and Paula Haag, will appear on The Gap Stage at the Old Stone School on Saturday, June 18. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Dinner will be sold by Big Mike’s BBQ, drinks will be sold by the glass, and there will be desserts at intermission. Troy and Paula will be joined by Max Haag …

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Here’s To the Colorists, Manicurists and Blow Dry Mavens… Thanks for Listening!

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Sunday, June 26 is Beauticians Day, celebrating the cosmetology and other experts who keep us looking and feeling our best – whether it’s with a haircut and style, a facial, a manicure, or just some quiet and light conversation.

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Wait. Something That’s Really Healthy Can Be Really Fun … Too?

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Parents of small children, and property owners with pools, ponds and other water features know that swimming safety is a must. You need to have clear rules about how ponds, pools and other places are to be used, and when. Safety equipment needs to be up to date and accessible, and it is critical that there be a responsible adult …

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HUD Awards $2 Million in Housing Counseling Grants To Virginia

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Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that Catholic Charities USA, headquartered in Alexandria, will receive $951,150 in federal funding, and the Virginia Housing Development Authority, located in Richmond, will receive $1,040,918. This nearly $2 million grant by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) …

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Last month we encouraged our readers to consider visiting any one of five great destinations within just a stone’s throw of Loudoun’s history-lined borders – Berryville and Harper’s Ferry among them. This month we feature four destinations – two right here in our much-celebrated county, and two just over the …

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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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The Lady Vikings Earned Back-to Back Conference Title

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The Lady Vikings earned the back-to back conference title with a 4-1 win over Heritage in late May. The team earned a first round playoff bye finishing first in the conference and then went on to defeat Rock Ridge 12-0 in the conference semi-finals. The Lady Vikings ended their regular …

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Big Baseball Coming To Fireman’s Field

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