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Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament

September 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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Stoneleigh Women’s Golf Association’s is having their annual Rally for the Cure ™ golf tournament in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is a great opportunity to play at the golf course recently cited as being the prettiest golf course in Northern Virginia by Golf Magazine and recently awarded a 3.5 star rating by Golf Digest.

The format is a four-person scramble so men and women of all golf abilities are invited.

The Date is September 27 – registration is open and closes Wednesday, September 23.

To register call the Stoneleigh Golf Pro Shop at 540-338- 4653. Prizes, lunch and raffle follow the tournament. Guest fees of $75.00 include golf cart, lunch, green fee, and Rally for the cure ™ registration fee to be paid by check to Stoneleigh Women’s Golf Association.

Irish Sessions at Corcoran Brewing

September 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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Gina Faber and Tony Noerpel have started an “Irish Session” at Corcoran Brewing Company in Purcellville once a month on the second Sunday.

The next session will be from noon to 3:00 p.m. on September 13. It is an open session, and anyone can bring an instrument and play along.

Tony and his wife, Nancy, visited Ireland last year and were impressed by the Irish Sessions held in pubs, especially in Galway. They are informal gatherings of local musicians who enjoy the opportunity to play traditional Irish music together. Tony came home and discussed the possibility with Faber and they started the sessions.

They have attracted 11-17 musicians in the past.

For more information on Corcoran Brewing Company, go to http://www.corcoranbrewing.com/.

September Calendar

September 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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Ongoing events
Saturdays, September 12 to October 17, Interpreting Scripture Through Visual Arts, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Jonathan Holland, artist and youth pastor, will take you on a journey to create powerful and moving art rooted within the Bible. Cost is $105. Go to opusoaks.org.

On Saturday, September 12 at noon, Sunday, September 13 at 1:00 p.m., September 26 at noon and September 27 at 1:00 p.m., StageCoach Theatre Company presents “Puss in Boots” – Children’s Outdoor Theatre. Visit www.stagecoachtc.com.

September 8 to October 27, Tuesdays, Gentle Yoga at Middleburg Community Center, 300 W Washington St, Middleburg. For ages 55 and older. From noon to 1:00 p.m. Call 540-687-6375 to register.

September Events
September 3, Thursday, Blood Pressure Screenings from 11:00 a.m. – noon at the Lovettsville Community Center, E. Broad Way, Lovettsville. … Continue Reading

Annual Dog Swim September 12, Ida Lee Park

September 2, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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Saturday, September 12, Ida Lee Park will hold its annual Dog Swim at the AV Symington Aquatic Center.  Come on down to the pool with your four-legged friends for them to enjoy a swim and play off-leash. 

The pool will be open for the dogs-only swim from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Dog handlers must be 16 years or older and are limited to two dogs.  All dogs must be at least six months old, legally licensed, vaccinated and wearing a visible dog license. 

Children nine years old and younger will need to remain in the snack area of the pool deck.  The fee is $5.00 per dog, payable at the front entrance.  Handlers are responsible for their dogs and no food is allowed.

For more information go to www.idalee.org or call 703-777-1368.

46th Annual Bluemont Fair

September 2, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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Have some old fashioned family fun at a “Green” Country Fair featuring traditional crafts (juried), local art and authors, craft and farming demonstrations, music: traditional, blues and country, 10k race, free children’s fair, farm animals, llamas and alpacas, quilt display, colonial blacksmith, homemade food, fresh and dried flowers, pie-baking/pickle-making contest, antiques & collectables, local wine-tasting, breweries and gourmet treats, historic slide show, bee-keepers and hives, model railroad display and antique caboose, pre-Civil War Country Store, farmer’s market, and more, set in historic village in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. September 19 and 20- 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. No Pets. For more information go to bluemontfair.org or call 540 554-2367.

Purcellville Mayor Stage Side Chat

September 2, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser will be hosting a stage side chat at Carver Center on Wednesday, September 23, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. The purpose of this discussion forum, to which all residents and neighboring residents are invited, is to hear from our citizens on all matters concerning Purcellville. It’s an opportunity to openly voice issues, concerns, ideas, and solutions. “Please plan to attend, and let me hear from you,” said Mayor Fraser.

Carver Center September Events

September 2, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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The Carver Center is at 200 Willie Palmer Way in Purcellville. ?Call 571-258-3400 to sign up for the following programs.

September 8, Tuesday, Hearing Aid Presentation
10:30 to 11:00 a.m., non-members pay a $2 facility drop-in fee
(Ages 18 and older) Joan Cassidy of Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons (NVRC) will conduct a brief presentation on “Hearing Aids – What you should know before you buy!”

September 10, Thursday, Fall Supper Club
Wine Kitchen on the Creek, Frederick, Md.
4:00 to 8:00 p.m., registration closes at 4:00 p.m. September 3
(Ages 18 and older) Transportation available to and from restaurant from Carver Center for $6 fee. Each person pays for own dinner and tip. … Continue Reading

Historic Village Prepares for 46th Annual Bluemont Fair

August 25, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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The sleepy Blue Ridge village of Bluemont in western-most Loudoun County, Virginia, is bustling with activity as it prepares for the 46th ANNUAL BLUEMONT FAIR, September 19 & 20, 2015 from 10AM to 5PM both days, rain or shine. Admission is still only $5/adults, under 10 free, with free parking available. One-way traffic and crosswalks will be enforced in the village to ensure pedestrian safety. As always, the beautifully renovated Schoolhouse, grounds, and the entire village, will be alive with music, crafts, activities, and food.

Bluemont’s distinctive logo reflecting this year’s theme: “Farm Tools and Musical Instruments” was created by former Bluemonter, Jen Brady. Her winning design is created in a charming child-like style and graces the poster, T-shirt, and other fair memorabilia.

Always mindful of the natural beauty of the area and the need to provide good stewardship, Bluemont continues a “Green” approach to the Fair. Whenever possible recycled materials are used and easily identifiable receptacles encourage recycling of bottles and cans. Re-usable shopping bags with an abbreviated rendering of 2011’s popular Birds of Bluemont logo will be available for sale at a nominal price at various sites throughout the fair to encourage fairgoers to reduce use of plastic bags.

Fair weekend begins with the 37th Bluemont Road Race, beginning at 8AM. Terrain on the course is rolling at times, with a total ascent of 222 feet over mostly gravel and paved roads, beginning and ending at Great County Farms. Registration is $25 until Midnight, 8/30/15, $30 until midnight 9/13/15 and $35 on race day (exact change or check, please!) The awards ceremony will immediately follow and each participant will receive a Bluemont Race t-shirt with this year’s distinctive logo. More information and application can be found at www.bluemontfair.org

The 24rd Annual Pickle-Making/Pie-Baking Contest will take place on Saturday, September 19 at the E.E. Lake Store. Entries, labeled with the creator’s name and “contestant’s” title out of sight, should be delivered to the E.E. Lake Store by 11AM. Judging will take place at noon with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards for two categories of pie (fruit/other) and pickles (cucumber/other). First place winners in each category will receive a commemorative pickle or pie plate. All winners will receive ribbons and bragging rights. Afterwards slices of the pie “contestants” will be available for purchase at a nominal fee. More information can be found at www.bluemontfair.org Step next door into E.E. Lake Store for some delicious fresh baked goods and canned delights.

The Wine Tasting Venue and the Beer Garden, combined last year, was such a success we’re doing it again!! Enjoy your favorite libation in a relaxed setting with music, gourmet treats, and stunning views of the Blue Ridge. Entrance to the Wine and Beer Garden is free with admission to the fair, however you must be 21 to purchase alcoholic beverages. Souvenir beer and wine glasses will be sold for $5, with $1 for tastings and $5 for filled glasses. This is a great venue in which to relax mid-day or before heading home—by means of a designated driver, of course! You will also be able to purchase sealed products for home consumption.

The Snickersville Academy, a log cabin built in 1825 which was the first schoolhouse and house of worship in the village, will once again be open for free tours both days. The Hatcher family generously gave it to Friends of Bluemont in 2010 and the group has completely restored it.

Both days of the fair feature food, crafts, music and lots of activities for all ages throughout the historic village. On the Old Schoolhouse grounds will be scores of juried crafters displaying their wares. Many crafters offer demonstrations, including paper-maker, Joe Cunningham, as well as wood carvers, basket weavers, potters, word turners, quilters, and broom makers. Additionally, Ron Light of Lighthouse Woodworking has a new line featuring a re-creation of the first poster Bluemont Fair design depicting our beloved village up to the gap. The design will be available on trivets, hanging wall plaques and benches. The wide array of crafts and original art available for purchase include photography, hand-made brooms, baskets, spinning and weaving, birdhouses, wood carving, ceramics and pottery, jewelry, dolls, fiber arts, soaps and lotions, and much more. Artisans present include 2014-1st Place Juried Crafts winner, Pappy’s Wooden Dreams: “Handcrafted Toys for Big Imaginations”.

Plentiful food vendors will offer a variety of foods and treats, from down-home to international. This year the Bluemont Fair is pleased to host three new local food vendors including Cajun cooking from the Jambalaya Brothers, The Sprouted Spoon offering paleo-friendly options, and Tailgater Toby serving gourmet hot dogs and BBQ, along with our returning vendors that serve everything from apple dumplings to tzatziki. Antiques and other collectible treasures will be displayed by a variety of vendors at the Antique Flea Market. Be sure to stop by and see the alpacas, llamas, and sheep and consider purchasing articles made from their prized wool. Members of the local weavers guild will also be present to demonstrate their craft and provide hands-on opportunities. Ever-popular Organ Grinder,

Terry Bender and his mechanical friends, will perform musical selections on his large German street organ. Local bee-keepers will once again bring their working honey-bee colony – a fair favorite – with many varieties of honey and bee-related items for sale.

Bluemont’s railroad history is celebrated with an extensive model railroad display in the Shed behind the Community Center. The models come complete with replicas of Bluemont’s historic buildings. A special hands-on set will also be available for “engineers” of all ages to operate. Be sure to stop by and tour the genuine red Caboose ensconced on actual tracks behind the old schoolhouse. Once again the renovated Mill at the end of Railroad St., near the site of the long-gone Bluemont Train Station, will be open and offer an exhibit of railroad memorabilia. Also in attendance will be Rosemary, of Hair Cuts by Rosemary, to provide new coiffures to fairgoers.

At the E.E. Lake Store home-made jams, jellies and baked goods are available for purchase, along with Bluemont memorabilia. Be sure to also visit the Art Show and Sale and Children’s Art Exhibit in the Community Center. All young artists are invited to submit works for display at the Children’s Art Exhibit: more information at www.bluemontfair.org

Music and entertainment this year include new events: a square dance, Chorus of the Old Dominion serenading folks walking through the fair, and youth performers. We’ve got country, folk, blues, jazz, bluegrass, gospel, singer-songwriters, and rock n’ roll, plus two dance troupes on three stages (see schedule at end of release). Archeologist Dave Clark will also be on hand to share his display of found-objects and bones which evoke the area’s rich past.

The Bluemont General Store at the northern end of the village is a 150+ year old country store that was established prior to the Civil War and has operated almost continually thereafter, will offer the modern convenience of an ATM machine, in addition to food (including hormone-free milk in glass bottles, fresh eggs from the store-owned farm, local grass-fed organic beef, ice-cream, and sandwiches), souvenirs, and more music.

One of the most charming aspects of the weekend is the extraordinary Children’s Fair, Bluemont’s gift to its youngest visitors. Face painting, clowns, farm animals and lots of hands-on activities are offered for kids of all ages, most free of charge. Pony rides are available nearby for a small additional fee, as is the popular Rock-Climbing Wall, and pedal cars for very young drivers.

The 150+ year old Old Stone Church across from the Old Schoolhouse will house two very popular events. In the Sanctuary, an extensive Quilt exhibit, provided by the Waterford Quilters Guild, features antique quilts made in the 1880’s to new quilts made this year. Come see the contrast and harmony between the two in the beautiful church setting of wooden pews and stained glass windows. Meanwhile downstairs in the church basement the traditional slide shows of Bluemont’s past: “When the Trains Came to Bluemont” and “Bluemont: 1864” will be presented at 12:30, 1 and 1:30pm both days. The first show describes Bluemont’s heyday during the early 1900s when it was the last stop on the W&OD Railroad, now known mostly as the name of the bike trail which sits on its track bed. The second show describes an actual Civil War skirmish that occurred right in the center of the village!

The Bluemont Fair is sponsored by the Bluemont Citizens Association. Proceeds go toward paying for the village’s street lights, providing scholarships for local students, improvements to the village’s historic buildings such as the E.E. Lake Store and the Snickersville Academy, and community beautification. In addition, the BCA donates to local service organizations and provides display opportunities at the fair for local non-profit organizations, including The Friends of Bluemont, Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Boulder Crest Retreat for Wounded Warriors, and the Snickersville Turnpike Association.

Absolutely No Pets (except service animals) admitted.

Bluemont is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge on Snickersville Turnpike (Rt. 734) about one hour west of the District of Columbia, 17 miles west of Leesburg and east of Winchester via Route 7. For more information, call: 540-554-2376 (voice mail), write: Bluemont Fair, P.O.Box 217, Bluemont, VA 20135, or visit www.bluemontfair.org

MUSIC SCHEDULE 2015

COMMUNITY CENTER

Saturday
11 am– SpaceCanoe
12 noon– Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers
1 pm– Justin Trawick and the Common Good
2 pm– Esther Haynes
3 pm– Celtic School of Dance

Sunday
11 am– Spiritual Harmonizers
12 noon –- the plate scrapers
1 PM–– Jake and the Burtones
2 PM–– Atoka Chase
3 PM–- I-IV-Vs

FLEA MARKET

Saturday
11 AM–– Julia Kasdorf
12 noon–– Beako
1 pm– Sometimes Sisters
2 pm–Square dance workshop
Featuring the Plank Stompers
3 pm–Square dance workshop
Featuring the Plank Stompers

Sunday
11 am– Mink’s Miracle Medicine
12 noon– Celtic Union
1 pm– Caitlin Schneiderman
2 pm– Annie Stokes
3 pm– Billy and Bob

STONE’S FIELD
Saturday
10 am– The Immortals
12 noon– TBA
1 pm– KIDS GAMES
2 pm– Bach to Rock Lansdowne

Sunday
10 am– students of Julia Kasdorf
12 noon– Oaktones Youth Band
1 pm– KIDS GAMES
2 pm– Shamrock Music Showcase

Register for Rally for the Cure™

August 24, 2015 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Register for Rally for the Cure™
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Want to participate in a fun tournament for a great cause? Then sign up to participate in the Stoneleigh Women’s Golf Association’s annual Rally for the Cure ™ golf tournament in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! This is a great opportunity to play at the golf course recently cited as being the Prettiest Golf Course in Northern Virginia by Golf Magazine and recently awarded a 3.5 star rating by Golf Digest.

The format is a four-person scramble so men and women of all golf abilities are invited!

The Date is September 27, 2015 – registration is open NOW and closes Wednesday, September 23.

To register, call the Stoneleigh Golf Pro Shop at 540-338-GOLF (4653). Prizes, lunch and raffle follow the tournament. Guest fees of $75.00 include golf cart, lunch, green fee, and Rally for the cure ™ registration fee to be paid by check to Stoneleigh Women’s Golf Association. Receipts will be available at registration.

LCSO Announces 36th Citizens’ Police Academy

August 24, 2015 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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Loudoun County Sheriff Michael L. Chapman announced the formation of the 36th Citizens’ Police Academy, which will commence on September 15, 2015.

Members of the class will participate in training classes taught by Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office personnel. The classes provide an overview of all the aspects of law enforcement within the agency. Members of the class may also have the option of participating in a ride-a-long with a deputy after completing the academy. … Continue Reading

Martinsburg Jazz Orchestra to Perform in Winchester for Bluemont Concert Series

August 22, 2015 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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The Bluemont Concert Series is proud to present Martinsburg Jazz Orchestra on Friday, August 28th at 7:30 PM for the final of nine Friday evening concerts held at the Old Frederick County Courthouse (Old Courthouse Civil War Museum) on the downtown mall in historic Winchester.

Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on, and a picnic to enjoy before the show. All Winchester concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, $4 for Bluemont friends and seniors, $2 for kids under twelve. As at all Bluemont concerts, no pets, alcohol or smoking are allowed. In case of bad weather, the concerts are held indoors at the Winchester First Presbyterian Church, located at 116 S Loudoun St. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Hosts First Northern Virginia Regional CIT Coalition Meeting

August 16, 2015 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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The Loudoun County Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) recently hosted the first-ever regional meeting of Northern Virginia agencies to further develop resources and establish instruction and collaborative efforts between the CIT teams.

The Northern Virginia Regional CIT Coalition meeting included instructors certified in crisis intervention from the law enforcement community, the mental health community, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and private citizens that share their stories on what it is like to have a mental illness. … Continue Reading

Carver Center August Events

August 7, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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The Carver Center is at 200 Willie Palmer Way in Purcellville. Call 571-258-3400 to sign up for the following programs.

August 12, Wednesday
Fall Class and Activity Registration for Seniors from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Registration Day for all PRCS fall trips, classes and activities.

August 12, Wednesday
Excursion with Ken – Wilson’s Wild Animal Park from 12-2:30 p.m. Non-members pay a $2 drop-in fee. For ages 55 and older.

August 13, Thursday from 4-8 p.m.
Summer Supper Club goes to Alexander’s in Buckeystown, Md. Transportation costs $6. Call 571-258-3400 to register.

August 19, Wednesday
Big Bad Drama Company Presents A Simple Task by Alan Haehnel from 12:30-2 p.m. Free, but school supply donations accepted. For all ages.

August 19, Wednesday
Lunch Bunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to the Cheesecake Factory in Sterling. Transportation cost is $4. For ages 55 and older. Call 571-258-3400 to register.

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8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

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Blue Ridge Middle Places 11th In National Science League

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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

Getting Purcellville Out of the Conflicts of Interest Trap

7 Aug 2015

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Three Virginia laws address openness in government: the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA), The Virginia Public Records Act (VPRA) and The Virginia State & Local Government Conflict of Interests Act (VCOIA). VFOIA guides how public bodies conduct their meetings and regulates access to government records. VPRA establishes basic rules about what constitutes a public record and what the government’s …

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Lifestyle

Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament

3 Sep 2015

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Stoneleigh Women’s Golf Association’s is having their annual Rally for the Cure ™ golf tournament in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is a great opportunity to play at the golf course recently cited as being the prettiest golf course in Northern Virginia by Golf Magazine and recently awarded a 3.5 star rating by Golf Digest. The format is …

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Irish Sessions at Corcoran Brewing

3 Sep 2015

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Gina Faber and Tony Noerpel have started an “Irish Session” at Corcoran Brewing Company in Purcellville once a month on the second Sunday. The next session will be from noon to 3:00 p.m. on September 13. It is an open session, and anyone can bring an instrument and play along. Tony and his wife, Nancy, visited Ireland last year and were impressed by …

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September Calendar

3 Sep 2015

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Ongoing events Saturdays, September 12 to October 17, Interpreting Scripture Through Visual Arts, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Jonathan Holland, artist and youth pastor, will take you on a journey to create powerful and moving art rooted within the Bible. Cost is $105. Go to opusoaks.org. On Saturday, September 12 at noon, Sunday, September 13 at 1:00 p.m., September 26 at noon and September 27 …

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Wild Loudoun

Dragonflies – To See Is To Believe

7 Aug 2015

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Shadow Darner. Unicorn Clubtail. Black Shouldered Spinyleg. Blue Dasher. Ebony Jewelwing. Calico Pennant. Sanddragon. Their names conger up some magical place inhabited by devils and demons, elegant queens, daring lovers – creatures you would need to see with your own eyes to believe really existed. But, each of these, including the Calico Pennant, is actually one of the most common …

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Around Virginia

Good Government Reinforces the Family

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By Delegate Dave LaRock Working as the elected Delegate for the 33rd House District has renewed my understanding of the value of a strong family. After decades of raising my family of mom, dad, and seven children and building my family’s business, which provided countless opportunities for mom, dad and …

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Governor McAuliffe Launches Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship

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Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed Executive Order 47 establishing the Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship, which shall be responsible for coordinating and implementing youth entrepreneurship initiatives and fostering the growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem for young people in Virginia. “The foundation of the new Virginia economy rests on the strength …

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Congress and MWAA VS Loudoun Taxpayers

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By Delegate Dave LaRock It’s no secret that population growth and business development have left Loudoun County, especially busy areas to the east, with some pretty challenging traffic. The process of expanding the local network of roads and transit always seems to be playing catch-up, usually tied to availability of …

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Sports

Las Vegas Tournament Good for Loudoun Teams

2 Sep 2015

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D1 Sports & Athletics 15U Spartan Elite Boys basketball team won the Gold Elite Championship out of 158 teams from across the country at the Bigfoot Hoops Las Vegas Classic on July 26. D1SA Spartan Elite defeated Drive Bounce Elite from British Columbia, Canada, in the championship game with the …

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Drew Hunter Heading To Pan American Games

7 Aug 2015

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Loudoun Valley’s Drew Hunter placed second in the United States Track and Field 1500-meter run Junior National Championship. That earned him a spot on the United States Junior Team going to the Pan American Games in Edmonton, Canada in late July. Drew lost to college freshman Blake Haney of the …

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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

Perfection and Expectation in High School

3 Sep 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde If you think about high school, what do you think about? Do you think about the sports and how important they are to some students whose only dream of getting into college is a scholarship? Do you think about the high school student struggling for an …

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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

Thank You Purcellville

7 Aug 2015

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I want to express my sincere appreciation for the outpouring of support by the local business owners and residents in relationship to my challenge to …

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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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