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Shooting in Costco Was Wrong

June 15, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader 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

Thanks To All For Annual Round Hill Festival

June 12, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Thanks To All For Annual Round Hill Festival
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The 2013 11th Annual Round Hill Hometown Festival, held on Saturday, May 25, was attended by hundreds. Families enjoyed the annual 5K race, parade, downhill derby, pie eating contest, arts and crafts in the park, amusement rides, cookouts, concerts, and the town feast in the park. The Festival could not have been a success without the support of our generous sponsors. As the sponsorship coordinator and on behalf of the Round Hill Hometown Festival committee, I would like to thank the following 2013 sponsors: … Continue Reading

Voters Abandoning Joe May

June 7, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Voters Abandoning Joe May
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I voted for Joe May in the past, but this year I paid more attention to the postcards, phone calls, and door knocks we received since Joe hasn’t had any real competition in a while.

I looked at Joe May’s website and voting record and decided he is hardly a “conservative” let alone a “Republican” as he really votes like a squishy liberal. See for yourself http://bit.ly/18DYQgZ.

With just a few more days left, until we go the polls and decide the fate of the 33rd district, it’s time you get serious about the facts.

Tax increases are bad news and Joe May has voted with liberal Democrats for every major tax increase since 1993. … Continue Reading

Vote Joe May

June 7, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Vote Joe May
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As a 35-year homeowner and businessman in Loudoun County, I have witnessed the transformation of our wonderful community over the years from a mostly agrarian community into what is considered by many to be the Internet Capital of the world. Most of these years, Loudoun has been one of, if not the fastest, growing counties in America.

I have had the pleasure of working with and supporting Delegate Joe May over the past 20 years.

He has unquestionably been a rock-solid asset to our community. This year, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce gave Joe an A+ rating and named him a “Champion of Free Enterprise.” In 2012, the Loudoun Times-Mirror named him “Citizen of the Year.”
Joe is well-known as a problem solver who cares about serving his constituents and the Commonwealth rather than taking the credit. … Continue Reading

Steve Stockman Endorses LaRock

June 7, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Steve Stockman Endorses LaRock
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I have known Dave LaRock and his family for over 27 years. Having served in public office myself, I am sure Dave has tremendous potential to be an outstanding elected leader. He has demonstrated this potential through his dedication to his family, the success of his business, and his selfless efforts to protecting our community from the effects of Government over-reach. I have watched with amazement as Dave and the teams he has helped form have move public opinion on issues that impact the community.

Dave has in recent years taken a growing interest in demanding accountability from our elected officials. He has been one of the leaders in fights against burdensome regulation, tax increases, and higher tolls. I know Dave will put his business, personal and political experience to work and be a great Delegate representing the 33rd District, but only if people will capture the opportunity by electing Dave. … Continue Reading

May’s Desperate Attacks

June 4, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion 2 comments
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I have been inundated by the mailers concerning the 33rd District Delegate Republican primary race between Joe May and Dave LaRock. I found it quite ironic that in a mailer Joe May accused Dave LaRock of having a negative campaign; since May has launched the most negative attack I have seen in a very long time. He accused Dave of being a “criminal”. Then he really did not tell you what Dave actually did. Perhaps that was because some of you would have applauded him for it. Let me tell you what I know about this “criminal” event. There was an illegal sign erected, a large sign for a West Virginia sex-related business. This sign was erected in the VDOT right of way on Route 9 in Loudoun County. Besides being place illegally, the major problem was that this sign was exceedingly graphic. My understanding is that many people complained about it and it appeared that no one in authority was going to do anything about it. However, based on all of the complaints and apparent lack of action, Dave removed and destroyed the sign. The owner of the adjacent land then filed a complaint against Dave and rather than spend tons on legal defense, he agreed to pay for the value of the sign. It is my understanding that the Judge accepted this deal. Actually, I had heard the story a long time ago and completely forgot about it. The story has been out there for quite a while. Here is a link to the story: http://virginiavirtucon.wordpress.com/2013/03/03/and-so-it-begins-smears-and-mudslinging-in-loudoun-county/ . … Continue Reading

Supports Delegate Joe May

June 4, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Supports Delegate Joe May
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Joe May knows how to bring home conservative results for our district.

Joe has been a leader in the state consolidating 19 state agencies, boards and commissions. He has also led the effort to keep over $700 million in our “rainy day fund” which has helped the state maintain its “AAA” bond rating. He has been a leader in cutting $7 billion from the state budget and led the effort to audit VDOT, saving the taxpayers hundreds of millions.  These are some of the reasons Virginia is one of only 12 states with a “AAA” bond rating.  

When we see politicians on the national level allowing spending to get out of control it is good to know our local leaders are keeping the state responsible.  Joe is also 100 percent pro-life and has been endorsed by Congressman Frank Wolf.  On June 11th join me in voting for Delegate Joe May.

Alice Farris
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Many Thanks from Harmony Odyssey of the Mind

June 1, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Many Thanks from Harmony Odyssey of the Mind

Harmony Middle School’s Problem 2 Odyssey of the Mind team would like to thank the members of our community who supported our recent trip to World Finals in East Lansing, Michigan. We could not have made the trip without your help!

Support from the Harmony Middle School community was critical to our success. We greatly appreciate the generous donation from the Harmony PTA, the financial sponsorship of the Harmony SCA, and the time and energy expended on our behalf by Principal Dr. Edgar Markley, bookkeeper Barbara Means, and Odyssey coordinator Samantha Berman. Thank you too to the numerous students and faculty who purchased our fundraiser lollipops! … Continue Reading

Town Intimidation

May 3, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment
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Dear Editor:

I cannot stand by and allow Purcellville Mayor Bob Lazaro to disparage the good reputation of yet another resident of this town. Call it silly and old fashioned, but I expect elected officials to actually uphold the Purcellville Standards of Conduct and Code of Ethics.

I attended the April 9th town council meeting, which was a public hearing for the proposed budget. I spoke about my concerns, and a few other residents came forward to speak about their concerns regarding spending, borrowing, and the proposed tax increase.

One of the residents who spoke is very well known for his strong fiscal conservative principles. This resident suggested that there were areas that could be cut from the budget for savings of roughly $650,000. He also disagreed with the 17 percent tax increase from the new Fireman’s Field tax district, and he asked why the town needed to hire its own detective when the Sheriff’s Department provides this valuable resource to our community when it is needed. Besides, just how often does Purcellville experience crimes that require a full time detective?

Near the end of the meeting, the mayor accused some residents of having made negative statements about the police chief and Purcellville Police Department, and said they had suggested that the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Department take over law enforcement in Purcellville. Those accusations are completely untrue and outrageous. The absolute truth is that not one person that spoke said a single negative word about Chief Smith or the Police Department. That is completely made up.

There are enormous consequences when you express dissent of any kind against the policies, lack of transparency, or budget of the Town of Purcellville.

So, I salute the brave residents and business owners that stand up and speak out in Purcellville. Unfortunately it has become too obvious that Mayor Lazaro has a problem with the free speech provisions of our Constitution. It is sad and shocking that there are those that still provide support and cover for such bad behavior.

– Kelli Grim, Purcellville

Choose Your Delegate Wisely – June 11

April 21, 2013 by Contributor Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment
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When Republicans consider who to cast a vote for in the June 11 primary, they should check the facts to make sure they are voting for a true conservative.

A true conservative Republican ought to adhere closely to the principles of put forth in the Republican Party platform. They are, “lower taxes, less government, personal responsibility, creating opportunities for anyone, protection of life, empowering families, and defending freedom and liberty.”

Joe May has supported four huge tax and fee increases since he began his 20 year career as a Delegate. He broke ranks with Republicans in 2004 to join Gov. Mark Warner and cast the swing vote for higher taxes. High taxes work against families and businesses while diminishing liberty. High taxes also have the effect of impeding opportunity for working men and women. … Continue Reading

Endorsement of Dave LaRock, 33rd District State Assembly

April 18, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment
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State Assemblyman Joe May’s latest campaign flyer calls on Republicans to vote for him because he is “a pro-life conservative standing up for our values.” It is illustrated by a fat and happy baby, looking very cute, clutching an iconic red apple in chubby little hands, and a list of Joe’s “pro-life votes” in the General Assembly.

Pro-life is a buzz word used by Republican politicians who want to sit on the fence concerning the question of whether it is morally licit for society to allow the murder of babies growing in their mothers’ wombs. The other buzzword in the matching set is pro-choice, which is used by Democratic politicians who also want to obfuscate the issue of whether abortion amounts to the morally illicit taking of a human life.

In 1993, when I ran for the State Assembly as an independent candidate against Joe May, the Republican, and Jean Brown, the Democrat, I asked each of them in every public event during the campaign if they supported abortion. Ms. Brown aggressively asserted she was pro-choice. Mr. May’s answer, word for word, was that “abortion is a matter between a woman and her doctor.” He repeated this position in front of community meetings, press conferences, in debates, and in discussions with high school students throughout the campaign. … Continue Reading

Relay Recess of KWC

April 7, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Relay Recess of KWC

Eighty-nine students, along with sixty family members and friends joined the fight against cancer at the 4th Annual Relay Recess of KWC on March 8, 2013. The Cat in the Hat led the parade of fourteen survivors with their families around KWC for the first lap of the Relay while everyone else cheered for them! Family members and friends touched by cancer were honored and/or remembered with decorated Luminaires bags that lined the hallway.

Due to the generosity of the KWC community, fund raising events at Jersey Mike’s Subs & Tropical Smoothie, the Relay Recess sponsored Croc Shop, Jeans Week for the faculty, and the KWC Read Across America Challenge, almost $4,000 was raised for the American Cancer Society at the 2013 Relay Recess. The KWC community has now contributed over $12,000 to the American Cancer Society in four years. … Continue Reading

BOS Public Comment Time Limits

April 5, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on BOS Public Comment Time Limits
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For a very long time, Loudoun residents who wished to speak before the Board of Supervisors during public comment sessions of hearings or meetings, were limited to three and sometimes five minutes. It depended on the number of sign-ups or whether meetings were running late. Those representing organizations were often given five minutes or longer to speak, because they spoke on behalf of large numbers of residents. But no longer.

Board Chairman York, citing ‘time constraints’ and other excuses decided some time ago that comments be limited to two minutes, or even one minute (when certain agenda items drew in many speakers). The only individuals for whom this does not apply are usually public officials and those who have submitted applications to the County, such as developers. This time limit applies even when the Board is considering highly complex and detailed proposals such as the current debate over the stadium on Rt. 7, or major transportation initiatives, etc. Thus, although the current BOS considers itself responsive to the public, it is anything but. … Continue Reading

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Sustainable Planet

The Noisy Economist

25 Jul 2015

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“[W]hereas classisists [economists] turned the spotlight on change, flow, process and dynamics, the neoclassicists [economists] spend their time analyzing states of rest, balance, equilibrium.” – Yanis Varoufakis [1] Updating the evolving global surface temperature anomaly monthly for the Loudoun County …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Help for Shark Phobia

8 Jul 2015

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Dr. Mike, We go to the Outer Banks every summer as a family, but our seven-year-old daughter is now freaked out by the reported shark attacks at the Outer Banks. Thanks to her older siblings teasing her about sharks, she …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Mount Zion Church

1 Jul 2015

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– By Tim Jon So: You’ve never given the American Civil War a great deal of thought, much less walked the grounds of Gettysburg or some of the other, major battleground sites located in our region; you may not be …

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Brandon Park

3 Jun 2015

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Considering its location – amidst the swirl of transportation axes, commercial and industrial scenery, residential neighborhoods, and the shadow of the busy downtown section of Leesburg, I was surprised to have this quiet little oasis of (mostly) green to myself …

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Sushi's Corner

March Sushi

4 Mar 2015

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Hello everyone, this is Hokie Cat from Fields of Athenry Farm. Sushi is in big trouble as we speak and is residing in doggy dungeon. I am here to fill you in on what took place. My brother Mountie loves …

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Virginia Gardening

Planting an Allergy-Free Garden

5 May 2015

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By Donna Williamson Tom Ogren has a long-time interest in allergy-inducing plants. He has written several books on the topic and in February released his latest The Allergy Fighting Garden. He explains why plants can stir up allergies and has …

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Samuel Moore-Sobel

Saving The Art Of Letter Writing

1 Jul 2015

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– By Samuel Moore-Sobel This year a woman in France received a letter in the mail. What made her experience unique was that the letter had been written on January 27, 1877, and was intended for her great-grandfather. Steve Insekeep, …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

The Marital Agreement

2 Jul 2015

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– By Amy & Dan Smith In Virginia, as in most states, a marital agreement can be entered into before or after marriage. It can cover a variety of topics but commonly addresses issues pertaining to the disposition of property …

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Student News

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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Blue Ridge Middle Places 11th In National Science League

1 Jul 2015

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Blue Ridge National Science Day Declared Tuesday, June 10 has been officially been declared Blue Ridge National Science Day. At a recent Purcellville Town Council Meeting, Mayor Kwasi Fraser and members of the town council signed a proclamation designating this …

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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015

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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 sessions June 4, 11 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. at town hall for the proposed sweeping zoning changes. These major …

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Editorial

How Did We Get Here And How Do We Get Out?? A Summary Of Purcellville’s Sewer Debt And Strategic Solutions

1 Jul 2015

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– By Kwasi Fraser, Mayor of Purcellville Many of our fellow citizens are baffled by the proposed increase in our already high water and sewer rates, and not just about the increase that was proposed for the Fiscal Year 2016 but also about the proposed increases over the next nine years. This quote from one of our citizens to a …

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Lifestyle

Artist’s Profile: Michele Sommers, Mural Artist – The Beauty Of Life, Evolving Over Time

2 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines Two things defy reason when it comes to mural artist and painter Michele Sommers. The first is her irrepressibly humble attitude towards her talent. The second is the absolute divinity of her work. I knew that in writing about her in this way she would be thinking, Oh … come on … I’m not THAT good! …

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Kicking Off Farm To Fork With Music

1 Jul 2015

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Kicking off this year’s Farm-to-Fork Loudoun project is the second annual Farm, Fork & Art, with music added: a special concert from home grown, award winning folk and Americana singer-songwriter Andrew McKnight. Farm, Fork, Art & Music begins at 6 p.m. sharp at the unique Trinity House Cafe located at 101 E. Market St. in Leesburg on Wednesday, July 22, …

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Hillsboro Celebrates Independence Day July 3

1 Jul 2015

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Bring your friends and family to Hillsboro’s Old Stone School on Friday, July 3 for the annual Independence Day Celebration. The celebration will be preceded by the second of four seasonal outdoor markets which will open on July 3 at 4 p.m., and the Independence Day festivities begin at 6 p.m. at the Old Stone School located at 37098 Charles …

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Wild Loudoun

Ancient Oaks – The Great Providers

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines She feeds the birds. She shelters the mammal. She cools the air, provides us with shade and conserves the water and soil. She is the mighty old oak, an ecosystem unto herself. All except the smallest living things function as an ecosystem of sorts – whether harboring the bacteria and microscopic plants that break down organic …

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Around Virginia

Governor Signs Senator Black’s Campus Sexual Assault Bill

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On Thursday, May 28, Sen. Richard Black traveled to Richmond for the bill signing ceremony of his bill, Senate Bill 712, the Campus Sexual Assault Bill. Black’s law will change the way that Virginia’s colleges and universities handle sexual assault cases.  “When I heard about the Hannah Graham case, I …

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McAuliffe Announces Movie To Film in Virginia

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia has been selected as the filming location for “Loving,” a motion picture based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a Virginia married couple who, in 1958, were arrested for violating a state law at the time prohibiting interracial marriage. The couple …

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Bipartisan Legislation Hopes To Reduce Wasteful Spending

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U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Rand Paul (R-KY) have teamed up on a bipartisan proposal to empower federal workers to identify and cut down on unnecessary federal spending. The Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act of 2015 would build on existing law by expanding a program that allows U.S. government …

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Sports

Upper Loudoun Little League Pre-Game Ceremony

1 Jul 2015

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– By Carri Michon The Majors championship game for Upper Loudoun Little League dawned with prospects of stormy weather. Nonetheless, a nice crowd assembled for the pre-game ceremonies in the light rain. Following the announcment of the AL Royals and the NL Pirates teams, the ULLL Hometown Heroes scholarship given …

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WLVBC Ignite Takes 2nd at Tournament

13 May 2015

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Western Loudoun Volleyball Club U15 Team Ignite placed second at the NVVA 15’s Spring Fling Volleyball Tournament on Sunday, May 10 at Belmont Ridge Middle School in Leesburg. Ignite met the host team, NVVA 15 Fairfax Black, in the finals. “I’m proud of each player for pushing hard through 10 …

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines Loudoun County was heavily invested in the fight for independence from Great Britain. Loudouner Francis Lightfoot Lee was one of 56 delegates to sign the Declaration of Independence. More Loudouners served in General George Washington’s army than any other county in Virginia, and the county’s enormous …

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Mary Rose Lunde

Locks Of Hope Easy, Helpful

1 Jul 2015

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– By Mary Rose Lunde I’m not the first one who has written about and done what I am about to describe, and I hope I’m not the last. It’s not an action that seems heroic, but it does make a difference. The best part is that no one is …

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Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015

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– By Sarah Nearis Look at these sweet and summery pink blouses and tops. Don’t you want to try one on? Some women are afraid to wear pink, thinking it’s a bit too feminine. But, pink comes in such a wide variety of shades – from soft mauves to fuchsias …

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Letters

Independence Won – Much Left To Be Done

1 Jul 2015

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With graduations behind us and summer vacations ahead, we have much to look forward to. My summer will be full of events and opportunities to …

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Reflections for Father’s Day, a Child’s Constitutional Rights

15 Jun 2015

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I’ve been a licensed attorney and a father since the late 80’s. Yet, I wonder about how many of our country’s legal theories – theories …

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Minimum Wage: A Wrench in the Gears

3 Jun 2015

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By Delegate Dave LaRock You may have read in the news recently that the second-largest city in the United States, Los Angeles, voted to raise …

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