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Town Seeks Input on East Market Street Corridor Future Development

March 22, 2016 Development, News Comments Off on Town Seeks Input on East Market Street Corridor Future Development
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Community members are invited to participate in the planning process by completing a short survey on the Leesburg Listens online forum.

The Leesburg Planning and Zoning Department recently kicked off “Envision East Market Street,” a planning process to reconsider the land use designations within the East Market Street corridor, from the Route 15 Bypass to the eastern Town limits (see map below). … Continue Reading

Help Plan Purcellville Second Round Comp Plan Workshops

March 2, 2016 Development, News Comments Off on Help Plan Purcellville Second Round Comp Plan Workshops
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Everyone interested in the future of Purcellville is invited to attend one of the two public workshops being held by the Purcellville Planning Commission on Saturday, March 19 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in Town Hall, 221 South Nursery Avenue, Purcellville.

Short staff presentations will be given every 30 minutes reporting on the results of the first round of public exercises and research on existing conditions within the town.  Attendees will spend the remaining time moving between stations that each focus on specific areas in and around Purcellville.  The Planning Commission wants to know what the public does and does not like about each area currently as well as what the public would and would not like to see in each area. … Continue Reading

Community Input Charette for Purcellville Crossroads

February 28, 2016 Development, News 7 comments
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March 3, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. at The Carver Center – 200 Willie Palmer Way, Purcellville

Pleasants Kline, the applicant of Purcellville Crossroads Annexation application is having a community input charrette March 3 from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. at the Carver Center in Purcellville. … Continue Reading

Lovettsville Invests In Its Future

February 3, 2016 Development 1 comment
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By Nathaniel Stephens

If you have not passed through Lovettsville lately then you may be surprised at the major facelift the town has received over the past year; and if you have, then you are more than acquainted with the traffic jams stemming from the work. That once sleepy little town, mere pit stop for commuters, is now busy with construction crews expanding roads. … Continue Reading

Plan To Reduce Congestion on I-66 Approved

January 7, 2016 Development Comments Off on Plan To Reduce Congestion on I-66 Approved
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The Commonwealth Transportation Board approved new travel choices to ease congestion and improve reliability on I-66 inside the Beltway during rush hours.  Improvements will move more people with fewer vehicles by increasing transit, carpooling and other multi-modal options and allowing single-occupant drivers access to the facility for a toll. 

“After years of exhaustive study and public input, we finally have a pragmatic solution that can be can be implemented quickly and provide real results to improve traffic flow on one of the nation’s most congested roadways,” said Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne. “The CTB supported the McAuliffe administration’s proposal to deliver reasonable solutions to ease congestion in Northern Virginia.” … Continue Reading

Another Annexation Proposal in for Purcellville

December 2, 2015 Development, News 6 comments
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The Warner Brook Annexation proposal has been submitted to the Town of Purcellville, bringing the current annexation proposals to two.

The Warner Brook annexation proposal is for 131.29 acres. It is located across from Brookfield Mayfair (formerly Autumn Hill) and the address of the property is 17100 Purcellville Road. The property is currently in the county and is zoned JLMA-3 – one house per three acres. If developed at its current zoning it would allow for approximately 43 homes on the property.

The owners of the property are requesting an annexation into the Town of Purcellville for the available utilities which would allow the property to be developed at a much greater density. When community residents asked Jim Herbert, who is representing the owners, to develop the property by-right, he said that the owners want more money and are interested in more density on the property. This is the same answer that the representatives of the Kline property are giving. … Continue Reading

Save Old Town Purcellville Organizer Goes To Court December 4

December 2, 2015 Development, News Comments Off on Save Old Town Purcellville Organizer Goes To Court December 4
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Purcellville resident and 21st Street business owner Mary Ellen Stover is ready for the big day. Her attorney Frank Bredimus of Hamilton will be in Loudoun County Circuit Court Friday to argue her August 2015 appeal challenging the decisions of Purcellville’s Board of Zoning Appeals.

The BZA ruled that Town of Purcellville Zoning Administrator, Patrick Sullivan, was correct in his determination that the proposed Vineyard Square project had “commenced” when the developer tore down two small brick historic structures connected to the project. But, Stover’s attorney says the BZA failed to determine whether or not Patrick Sullivan had the authority and jurisdiction to administer and enforce Chapter 54 of the Town Code, which controls such issues. Bredimus will also argue the BZA failed to provide written notice to adjacent property owners, including Mary Ellen Stover as is required, as well as a number of other illegalities. … Continue Reading

Town of Leesburg To Celebrate Opening of Hope Parkway

December 1, 2015 Development, News Comments Off on Town of Leesburg To Celebrate Opening of Hope Parkway
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At 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 3, Leesburg Mayor Kristen Umstattd, members of the Town Council and representatives from Loudoun County, VDOT and K2M will celebrate the opening of Hope Parkway with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The ceremony will take place near the intersection of Hope Parkway and Oaklawn Drive.

Construction of the 1,400 linear foot extension of Hope Parkway, from Whipp Drive to Miller Drive, began in June 2015 and is completed less than a year after Governor McAuliffe announced the K2M Global Headquarters expansion. The total cost of construction was an estimated $1.8 million. The Virginia Department of Transportation provided an Economic Development Access Fund grant of $650,000 in conjunction with the construction of K2M’s new global headquarters facility. The Oaklawn development will reimburse the Town for the remaining costs of construction. The design engineer was Paciulli, Simmons & Associates, and the construction contractor was Phillips Construction, LLC. For more information about the project, visit the Town of Leesburg website at www.leesburgva.gov/government/departments/capital-projects/current-projects/streets/hope-parkway-extension.

Denstock Real Estate Investments Eyeing Property in Purcellville

November 4, 2015 Development, News Comments Off on Denstock Real Estate Investments Eyeing Property in Purcellville
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In October, Purcellville Vice Mayor Ben Packard disclosed that he and town council member Joan Lehr had met with Denstock Real Estate Investments of Charlottesville to discuss a potential new development near the western entrance to town.

The company is interested in the O’Toole property, located on Main Street across from Crooked Run Orchard. The company is looking into putting luxury apartments on the parcel, which also borders the Southern Collector Road.

Denstock Real Estate Investments describes their focus as “primarily [on] multifamily development,” building “Class A luxury communities.” Per its website, the company claims to have “created significant value for both our investors and our residents,” focusing on establishing apartments near medical facilities.

Other Denstock developments include the 170-unit Meadow Branch Apartments complex in Winchester (under construction), the 155-unit Stonegate Apartments at Zion Crossroads, the 204-unit Apartments at Goose Creek in Fishersville (under construction) and the 348-unit Lakeside Apartments in Charlottesville.

Purcellville Crossroads Proposal Moves Forward

November 4, 2015 Development, News Comments Off on Purcellville Crossroads Proposal Moves Forward
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In early October, Vice Mayor Ben Packard proposed to put the Purcellville Crossroads Application on the October 27 Town Council Work Session Agenda for discussion. His reason for doing so was to have any additional questions answered so council could make a decision on whether or not to annex the property. Typically, it is the applicant that requests this process.

Background

Pleasants Kline, along with two other property owners, is requesting that Purcellville annex and bring into town approximately 50.4 acres of farmland rezoned for residential use. The property is currently within the Purcellville/County Joint Land Management area and zoned JLMA-3 (one house per three acres). It is located at the northwest corner of the intersection of Berlin Turnpike (Route 287) and Harry Byrd Highway (Route 7) and along St. Francis Court. … Continue Reading

Defiant Planning Commission Sends Zoning Changes To Town Council

September 30, 2015 Development, News 1 comment
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In a dramatic 5-1-1 vote, the Purcellville Planning Commission has put the ball squarely in the Purcellville Town Council’s court, recommending dozens of sweeping zoning changes fought for tooth and nail by developers. The vote shifts the focus of the debate from the Planning Commission to Town Council meetings and public hearings scheduled to start in October.

Planning Commissioner Nedim Ogelman was the sole dissenter in the Planning Commission’s dramatic volley, voting no on the proposed changes. Planning Commissioners Chip Paciulli, Theresa Stein, Edward Van Istendal, Doug McCollum and Gil Paist, voted yes, with planning commissioner Chris Bledsoe absent for the vote.

At the Planning Commission public hearing Mayor Kwasi Fraser said, “A vast majority of the proposed changes will increase the value of a few property owners by granting by right use…while other citizens will lose out on the ability to obtain value added conditions for development that might compliment the lifestyles and environment they cherish in Purcellville … the majority of the residents with whom I have spoken … are recommending that we suspend making these drastic changes to the zoning uses … all energy should be on the Comprehensive Plan review; you have the attention of the citizens so let’s do it.”

A few of the changes proposed by the Planning Commission include:

  • Allowing completely new uses in select districts.
  • Eliminating Special Use Permits for many uses.
  • Increasing limits on restaurant size.
  • Adding big box retail up to 10,000 square feet to the C-4 and C-1 Districts to name a few.

Noted dissenting commissioner Nedim Ogelman, “We said we would not change the purposes of the districts to avoid claims we are engaging in rezoning, yet the draft ordinance amendment before us … is essentially rezoning … We are tasked with advising the Town Council on planning issues. My advice to the Town Council is to listen to what citizens have been telling us in our information sessions, through correspondence, in our public hearing, and in the town survey … that we table the draft zoning use changes until after we have a Comprehensive Plan Review.”
Many citizens spoke at the Planning Commission public hearing including Ed Need who highlighted the negative effects of rezoning.

Developer interests, however, presented a very different point of view. Attorney Mark Nelis, representing Jiffy Lube and others continued to press for a reduction in the number of zoning districts and a reduction in the number of special use permits required for various uses; the goal? – to save his clients time and money.

At the Town Council work session in late September, Councilmember Ben Packard made a motion to put the proposed zoning changes on the Oct. 13 town council meeting agenda.

Mayor Kwasi Fraser and Councilmember Karen Jimmerson objected, with the mayor noting that over the last three months he had sent numerous questions about the Planning Commission’s long list of zoning changes to Commissioner Gil Paist, but, had received no answers.

Said Mayor Fraser “ … we have a Planning Commission that refuses to answer fundamental questions about the economic, social, and environmental impacts of their recommended zoning use changes … There seems to be this continuous push to erect buildings without careful thought about supporting infrastructure and the impact to the surrounding environment … experts in the field of town planning warn [that] it is poor practice and could result in legal trouble for a community to adopt a zoning ordinance first and then write up a town plan.”

Planning Commissioner Nedim Ogelman, town council member Karen Jimmerson, Mayor Fraser and others are also expected to continue to push for a thorough Comprehensive Plan review before any major zoning changes are put in place.

PDH Districts Go Down, More Big Box Stores and Restaurants

August 7, 2015 Development, News Comments Off on PDH Districts Go Down, More Big Box Stores and Restaurants
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You win some you lose some. But, citizens participating in three days of Purcellville Planning Commission public input sessions held their own in expressing concerns about the large number of town zoning use changes being proposed by the commission.
With more than 200 zoning regulations up for debate – covering everything from alterations to the purpose of the Planned Development Housing Districts (PDH) to additional permitted uses in the Commercial, Mixed-Use Commercial, Industrial and other designations – the tenor of the three public input sessions – held July 7, 8 and 9 – reflected the polarized zoning debate taking place in Purcellville, pitting the preferences of most citizens against the special interests of a few. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Crossroads Developers Seek 50+-Acre Annexation

August 7, 2015 Development, News Comments Off on Purcellville Crossroads Developers Seek 50+-Acre Annexation
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Developers are requesting that some 50 acres at the intersection of Route 287 and St. Francis Court be annexed into the Town of Purcellville for the purpose of developing an intensive residential and commercial project known as Purcellville Crossroads. Proposed in conjunction with the Tilly’s Entertainment Company, the development would bring in dense commercial and residential uses – including national chain restaurants, a hotel, go-carts, commuter parking and other uses. The area is now predominated by 3-acre residential properties, and farms and wineries consistent with distinctly rural uses. As such, Purcellville Crossroads is drawing the ire of the homeowners and rural businesses in the area. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Look Into What Is Learned in High School English

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By Mary Rose Lunde English is the arguably the most important subject for a student in high school to learn. The most successful people in the world have one thing in common — being able to communicate effectively. This is …

Remembering Nancy Reagan

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel The passing of Nancy Reagan, a former First Lady who completely transformed the role and helped catapult her husband to greatness, marked the end of an era. Her death also happened to coincide with a turning point …

How To “File and Suspend” Before It Is Too Late

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With the recent changes to Social Security rules, filing and suspending will soon be phased out, but there’s still time to take advantage of the strategy. Here’s a quick guide to maneuvering this rule while it still lasts, but as …

Concerned Parent

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, We are concerned about some habits our nine year old son demonstrates and would love some advice from you.  We are unsure whether it’s anxiety, nervousness, or just nervous/an excess of energy.  A few …

Temple Hall Farm

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I only met the late AV (Val) Symington once; it was a Sunday evening in my first year or two at Wage Radio (this would be the late ‘90’s) and I was putting things in order for the next morning’s …

Am I an Enabler?

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Dr. Mike, My husband thinks that I’m harming our son for life because of the way I parent. Our son is 12 years old and he was diagnosed with ADHD in the 1st grade. My husband calls me “the enabler” …

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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 …

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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 …

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Campaign of Untruths

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Elected officials have done some pretty despicable things while serving in office. They range from bribery, beating a spouse, cheating on a spouse, obstruction of justice, and various forms of …

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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CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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Lobster Day with Chef Seb at North Gate Vineyard

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Spring Wine Glass Painting with Penny

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

TGIF @ North Gate Vineyard!

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

The Sprouted Spoon Food Truck at North Gate Vineyard

Nathaniel Davis Live at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Celebrate Mother's Day at North Gate Vineyard!

Mother's Day Brunch at Breaux

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Dog Day at Breaux Vineyards

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YMCA of Loudoun County to Hold Job Fair

30 Apr 2016

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The YMCA is hiring summer camp Site Supervisors, Sr. Camp Counselors, Camp Counselors, and Jr. Camp Counselors who will work with children ages 5-12 in Loudoun County in our summer day camp programs. Site Supervisors will be responsible for supervising a summer camp program with 30-70 children and for planning, coordinating, and implementing all summer camp activities under the guidelines …

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5K and 10K “Ringing in Hope” Race Slated for Memorial Day

27 Apr 2016

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The third annual “Ringing in Hope” 5K and 10K race will be held on Memorial Day (Monday, May 30) at One Loudoun. A 1K fun run/walk will also be held. The 5K begins at 8:00 a.m., the 10K at 8:10 a.m. and the 1K at 9:30 a.m. Proceeds will benefit Boulder Crest Retreat, a retreat for America’s seriously wounded warriors …

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Bluegrass Performers Reno and Harrell To Appear at Lucketts on April 23

15 Apr 2016

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The Lucketts Bluegrass Concert Series continues its 42nd season of weekly concerts at the Lucketts Community Center on Saturday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. with a show featuring Reno and Harrell. Tickets are $15 at the door, and the doors open at 6:00 p.m. Hot dogs, barbecue sandwiches, snacks and drinks will be available at the kitchen.

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Around Virginia

Update: Remains Located in Shenandoah National Park; Search Efforts Suspended

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Update: Body preliminarily identified as Nicole K. Mittendorff, 31, of Woodbridge. The physical and digital evidence collected during the course of this investigation includes a note recovered from the car leads investigators to believe there was no foul play involved in her death. ——————– Search efforts in the Shenandoah National …

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Virginia Trooper Shot and Killed at Richmond Bus Terminal

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A Virginia State Police trooper has died as a result of his injuries after being shot on March 31 at the Greyhound Bus station in the 2900 block of North Boulevard in Richmond. At approximately 2:40 p.m., Virginia State Police Trooper Chad P. Dermyer approached a male subject just inside …

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Designation of Four New Virginia Main Street Communities

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Governor Terry McAuliffe has announced the designation of four communities in the Virginia Main Street (VMS) program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The newly-designated communities include the town of Wytheville, the cities of Danville and Lexington and Gloucester Courthouse in Gloucester County. The communities …

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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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