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Salamander Resort and Spa Celebrates First Anniversary

August 19, 2014 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Salamander Resort and Spa Celebrates First Anniversary

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On Friday, August 29 – exactly one year after it opened its highly anticipated doors – the resort will host a Birthday Bubbles celebration from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Filled with bottomless sparkling wine, birthday sweets and live entertainment, the event will take place on the Grand Terrace and Lawn. Admission is $30 per person.

On Saturday, August 30, there will be numerous activities taking place throughout the day, including Carriage Rides, an Ice Cream Social and a Middleburg Scavenger Hunt, while the resort’s new Tree Top Zip Tour by Empower is offering special birthday pricing of $123 per tour. The day winds down with a Family Movie on the Grand Lawn beginning at 8:30 p.m. … Continue Reading

Motorcycle Poker Run Fundraiser & Awareness for Loudoun County Project Lifesaver

August 16, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Motorcycle Poker Run Fundraiser & Awareness for Loudoun County Project Lifesaver

Sunday, October 12, 2014
Each Poker Hand $20.00
Family Activities with food – Raffles – Live music -McGruff, Loudoun County Sheriffs Office Motor Squad Demos- Fire Apparatus, Vendors and much more!

100 Mile Poker Ride with Three Stops
Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. Hamilton Safety Center, Harmony Hall- Kickstands up at 9:00 am. Return to Hamilton Safety Center for Meal provided by Lowry’s Crab Shack of Hamilton.

Contact Leslie Lowry – Lowryscrabshack@verizon.net or for further info and pre-registration at www.Lowryscrabshack.com

Local Authors Sign Books at Hillsboro Farmers Market at the Old Stone School

August 7, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Farm and garden, Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Local Authors Sign Books at Hillsboro Farmers Market at the Old Stone School
Local author Bobbi Carducci signing a copy of one of her books during the Hillsboro Farmers Market at the Old Stone School

Reading enthusiasts had a wonderful time meeting local authors Bobbi Carducci and Marc Leepson during the Hillsboro Farmers Market at the Old Stone School on August 2. Additional activities for kids that focused on reading included storytelling lead by the Purcellville Library, a book sale from Around the Block Books, and a chance to talk with educational consultants with Usborne and Kane Miller children’s books.

Bobbi Carducci, Director of the Young Voice Foundation, had copies of two of her books on hand to sign. For young readers, she sold and signed copies of Storee Wryter get a Dog. She also had copies of her newly released book, Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver, available. Marc Leepson is a journalist, historian, and the author of eight books. His most recent book, What So Proudly We Hailed Francis Scott Key, A Life, is the first biography of the author of “The Star-Spangled Banner” in more than 75 years. Copies of that book and Lafayette: Lessons in Leadership from the Idealist General were both available at the market to purchase and have signed by the author.

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Woodgrove High School Debate Camp

July 15, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Woodgrove High School Debate Camp

Ms. Purvis’s WHS Debate Team is conducting a debate camp this summer from August 4 through August 8. It will be held each day from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Woodgrove High School and is open to students who will be attending Woodgrove HS or Loudoun Valley HS. The purpose of the camp is to introduce aspiringdebaters to the art of debate in three different formats: policy debate, Lincoln-Douglas debate, and public forum debate. The camp will feature guest counselors from regional high schools who are champions in their respective categories. … Continue Reading

Solas to Perform in Leesburg for Bluemont Concert Series

July 15, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Solas to Perform in Leesburg for Bluemont Concert Series
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The Bluemont Concert Series is proud to present Solas on Sunday, July 27th at 7:00 PM for the fifth of six Sunday evening concerts held on the grounds of the Old Loudoun Courthouse, located at 18 East Market St. in historic, downtown Leesburg.

All are welcome at these family-oriented events and are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on and a picnic to enjoy before the show. There is a requested donation of $5 per person, $4 for Bluemont Friends and seniors, and $2 for kids twelve and under. Proceeds go to support Bluemont’s year-round Artist-In-Education program in area schools. All Leesburg concerts begin at 7:00 pm. As at all Bluemont concerts, no pets, alcohol or smoking are allowed. In bad weather, the concerts will be held indoors at the Leesburg United Methodist Church Asbury Hall, located at 107 West Market Street.

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Johnny Cash Tribute Band Salutes 50 Years of Country Music

July 6, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle, Music Comments Off on Johnny Cash Tribute Band Salutes 50 Years of Country Music
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Direct from Nashville, A Johnny Cash Tribute Band will perform on Saturday, July 12th at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $20 for all seats and can be purchased online at www.franklinparkartscenter.org

This show will take you back to the time when country music was really “country.” This tribute band will perform classic hits as recorded by Hank Williams, Bobby Bare, Merle Haggard, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Randy Travis, George Strait & more in this full 2 hour concert culminating with a salute to America. Come & experience a nostalgic event you will never forget.

For more information visit www.franklinparkartscenter.org

Acoustic On The Green Presents Loudoun’s Own Guitarist Gary Smallwood – July 12

July 3, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle, Music Comments Off on Acoustic On The Green Presents Loudoun’s Own Guitarist Gary Smallwood – July 12
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Performing professionally since he was 16 and one of the series most requested artist, Gary Smallwood brings his acoustic blues and classic rock show to Acoustic on the Green for the eleventh year, Saturday July 12, 7-9 p.m. He has shared the stage with or supported acts such as Robin Thrower, Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush, the late great Jeff Healey, Elliott Easton (the Cars), Marshall Tucker Band, Molly Hatchet, Bret Michaels, Guster, Catfish Hodge, Michael Fath and many more. For more information on Gary Smallwood, visit www.garysmallwood.com or www.acousticonthegreen.com – Leesburg Town Green, 25 West Market Street, Leesburg.

Photo: Sesha Evans

Calvary Fight Anniversary at Mt. Zion

June 25, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Calvary Fight Anniversary at Mt. Zion

As part of the 150th anniversary commemorations planned for the Calvary Fight at Mt. Zion Church, the Mosby Heritage Area Association and the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority are offering two special evening programs on July 5 and July 6, both at Mt. Zion Church, 40309 John Mosby Hwy, Aldie.

On Saturday, July 5 at 7:00 p.m., as part of the Conversations in History lecture series, Carol Bundy will speak on “Inglorious Warfare: Fighting the Gray Ghost.” Bundy, a Massachusetts historian, will discuss the California Battalion, the young Bostonians who confronted Mosby’s Rangers at Mt. Zion Church in 1864. Bundy is the author of “The Nature of Sacrifice, a biography of Charles Russell Lowe.” Tickets are $10 for adults and students are free. … Continue Reading

Western Loudoun Residents Invited to Have Coffee with Sheriff Michael L. Chapman at Bonnie’s Country Kitchen

June 24, 2014 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Western Loudoun Residents Invited to Have Coffee with Sheriff Michael L. Chapman at Bonnie’s Country Kitchen
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Loudoun County Sheriff Michael L. Chapman will continue his series of informal meetings with members of the community in Loudoun County to answer questions and discuss public safety concerns.

On June 27 at 9:00 a.m. members of the Western Loudoun County community are invited to have coffee with Sheriff Chapman at Bonnie’s Country Kitchen in Lovettsville.

Sheriff Chapman will discuss with residents public safety issues facing Western Loudoun, the progress of the Western Loudoun Station and other topics of interest. Western Loudoun residents are encouraged to attend and provide any comments or concerns regarding public safety and the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

28th Annual Leesburg Classic Car Show Cruises Into Leesburg on Saturday, May 31

May 10, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on 28th Annual Leesburg Classic Car Show Cruises Into Leesburg on Saturday, May 31
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The 28th annual Leesburg Classic Car Show will cruise into downtown Leesburg on Saturday, May 31. Sponsored by the Northern Virginia Rods and Classic Car Club and the Leesburg Downtown Business Association, the car show begins at 5 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m.

More than 200 classic autos, street rods, muscle cars and custom models will be on display, with proud owners on hand to answer questions. Trophies will be awarded to the Top 30 model year 1989 and older vehicles. In addition, vehicles will compete for the Mayor’s Choice and Merchants’ Choice trophies. Several specialty vehicles, including a Batmobile and an antique police “Paddy Wagon,” will also be featured.

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Paint the County Purple for Relay for Life

April 30, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Paint the County Purple for Relay for Life

Loudoun’s Relay for Life plans to paint the county purple until Monday May 12 and they need your help.

The Relay event will be at Heritage High School from May 31-June 1. It will involve more than 1,250 community members, and they hope to raise over $300,000.

They are asking local businesses and individuals to be involved in the fund-raising. For a minimum $25 donation, businesses will receive a donation bank and a flyer to display. Then the fund-raising can begin.

The mission of Relay for Life is to raise funds to improve cancer survival, decrease the incidence of cancer, and improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their caretakers.

Businesses and individuals should contact RFL.Loudoun.County@live.com to participate.

Sadie’s Race 5K and Fun Run Scheduled for Sunday May 18

April 9, 2014 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Sadie’s Race 5K and Fun Run Scheduled for Sunday May 18
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Sadie Smile Foundation is putting on the third annual Sadie’s Race/Walk and Kids Fun Run to Benefit Smile Train in Purcellville Sunday, May 18th this year. The race starts at 8:00 a.m. at the train station at 200 N 21st Street in Purcellville. Sign up at Active.com.

When Sara Ablard lost her five year-old daughter, Sadie, two years ago, she could not imagine a life without her. She thought about making a drastic move to a third world country to help those who have so little, as she suddenly felt like she had nothing, too. When her brother, Thomas suggested to not make any big decisions quickly, and that ‘maybe you could put on a race or something’, it planted a seed. That fall, Sara created Sadie Smile Foundation, a non-profit to raise money for Smile Train. To date, $105,000.00 has been raised and donated to Smile Train, who provides cleft lip and palate repair to children in developing countries. These surgeries are performed at no cost to families, and have an average cost of $250.00 each. Sara’s goal is to raise $478,250, a smile for each of the 1,913 days that Sadie lived. … Continue Reading

Virginia At Its Most Beautiful

April 1, 2014 by Andrea Gaines Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Virginia At Its Most Beautiful
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Virginia Garden Week takes place from April 26 to May 3 this year. It is one of the most legendary events in the state, treating visitors to over 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful garden, homes and historic landmarks.

In addition to beautiful gardens and homes, people on the tour can see hundreds and hundreds of spectacular flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members. The tour helps fund the preservation and restoration of the state’s historic gardens.

Sites local to our area include five properties in Middleburg and Upperville – Deerfield Farm, Gum Tree Farm, Glenbrook, Hickory House Farm and the National Sporting Library & Museum. The tour runs from Sunday, April 27, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Monday, April 28, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The headquarters for this local tour is Buchannan Hall, on Route 50 between Middleburg and Upperville. Full details, including how to purchase tickets and box lunches can be found at www.vagardenweek.org. (Photo by Missy James)

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Sustainable Planet

Shell Games

16 Jun 2015

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“Let me be very very clear, for us climate change is real and it’s a threat that we want to act on. We’re not aligning with skeptics.” – Ben van Beurden, chief executive officer of Royal Dutch Shell [1] “What …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Supporting a Transgender Child

1 Jul 2015

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– By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, My husband and I are worried because our 14-year-old daughter thinks that “he” is transgendered. It’s true that she’s always been interested in more masculine activities, and this past year she announced to …

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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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