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Mosby Heritage Area Association to Host a Talk on The VMI Cadets at the Battle of New Market

September 24, 2014 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Mosby Heritage Area Association to Host a Talk on The VMI Cadets at the Battle of New Market
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The Mosby Heritage Area Association will host a talk on October 19, on the VMI Cadets at the Battle of New Market and the Berkeley Family of Aldie. The talk will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Aldie Methodist Church, 39325 John Mosby Hwy in Aldie and after, a tour will be offered of the Berkeley House across the street at 39254 John Mosby Hwy.

Troy Marshall, Site Director of the Virginia Museum of the Civil War (of Virginia Military Institute) will speak on “Legacy of Valor – VMI in the Civil War.” Historian and author, Eric Buckland, will bring to life Edmund Berkeley Jr. who was born in Aldie, wounded with his fellow cadets at the Battle of New Market in 1864, and later was a Mosby Ranger. Local historian Wynne Saffer will discuss the Berkeley family of Aldie and a tour of Berkeley House will follow. Books will be for sale from local authors Dan Morrow, Murder in Lexington and Eric Buckland, Mosby’s Keydet Rangers.

Tickets are $25 for MHAA members and $35 for non-members, call MHAA at 540-687-6681 or use the calendar page at www.mosbyheritagearea.org.

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LVHS Senior to Open for Luke Brindley and Chris Ayer

September 22, 2014 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on LVHS Senior to Open for Luke Brindley and Chris Ayer

Local Loudoun Valley High School Senior Grant Frazier will open for Chris Ayer and Luke Brindley in a Buncearoo ‘curated event’ on Friday, September 26, at Catoctin Creek Distilling Co. on 120 W. Main Street in Purcellville. … Continue Reading

5K for Local Breast Cancer Patients

September 18, 2014 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on 5K for Local Breast Cancer Patients
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On Sunday, October 19, Wayside Farm Fun in Berryville is hosting a 5K to raise money for the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation, an amazing charity that helps local breast cancer patients.

The race is a 5K cross-country trail run/walk through the fields of Wayside Farm Fun at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Great Harvest Bread will be donating bread and Wayside is providing racers with pumpkins. After the race, participants are encouraged to use their free admission pass for hours of fun on the farm with LEGO Superhero corn maze, hay rides, 8 acres of u-pick pumpkins, pig races, the Barnyard Playground, and plenty of other fall activities. Children under ten are invited to participate in the Fun Run obstacle course around the Barnyard Playground. All proceeds will be donated to the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation, an organization that provides support to local women living with breast cancer. Visit www.waysidefarmfun.com for information about the farm.

Seasoned with Joy

September 18, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Seasoned with Joy
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As the seasons change and we start to bring another year to a close, Joshua’s Hands will again offer their annual Fall Festival as a free gift to the community – to celebrate the autumn and the change of seasons – a time to be grateful.

This festival has become a Loudoun tradition you won’t want to miss. Located on Rt. 9 just five miles west of Waterford, the Guthrie farm offers views of the mountains and a gathering place for festival goers.
Joshua’s Hands was established in January of 1999, after Joshua’s death (October of 1998) in a car accident. He was 16 and the second of seven children. Joshua’s Hands has a five-fold ministry – like the fingers on a hand: the Annual Fall Festival, American Heritage Education, Community Service, Teen Safe Driving and Scholarships. As part of the heritage programming, Joshua’s Hands offered quilting camps this summer. They also offered two Valiant Warrior Quilting Events that brought together the community (quilters and non-quilters) to make quilts for wounded warriors. In the process, friendships were made, skills were learned and quilts were sent to the front lines to comfort wounded warriors. (701 quilts since January 2011.) … Continue Reading

Ready, Set, Pull at Dulles Airport

September 3, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Feature Comments Off on Ready, Set, Pull at Dulles Airport
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Harness the power of teamwork at the 22nd annual Plane Pull September 20 benefiting Special Olympics Virginia.

Rally your fellow weekend warriors and pull a 164,000 pound Airbus at Dulles International Airport from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Teams of 25 will compete to see who can pull the airplane 12 feet the fastest. Teams must raise a minimum of $1,500 to participate. Prizes will also be awarded to the teams who raise the most money, teams who show the most enthusiasm, the lightest and the heaviest teams and even the slowest team.
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Purcellville Tag Sale October 11

September 3, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Purcellville Tag Sale October 11
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The Purcellville Town Wide Tag Sale, which draws approximately 8,000 bargain shoppers, will take place Saturday, October 11 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

There will be more than 175 vendors at Fireman’s Field, Everyday Elegance and Auctions on Main Street. A select number of inside spots are available at The Tabernacle, but will sell out quickly.  Plenty of homeowners along Main Street will be participating as well.  Prime booth spaces at the three core locations are available for a fee at www.bushtabernacle.com/tag_sale. “Philip and I, along with the Purcellville Business Association, look forward to organizing this popular annual event for the town, said Dan Abramson,” the Purcellville Business Association president.  “We want to thank Greg Wagner for his vision in starting the Town Wide Tag Sales 12 years ago.” Wagner recently moved to the midwest for work. … Continue Reading

Convoy of Hope Hosts $1 Million Giveaway in Leesburg

August 29, 2014 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Convoy of Hope Hosts $1 Million Giveaway in Leesburg

Convoy of Hope, a faith-based charitable organization, will partner with local businesses, churches, government agencies and non-profit organizations on Saturday, September 13, to host a community celebration that will feature a variety of free goods and services for guests.

The Convoy of Hope celebration will take place at the Shenandoah Building (102 Heritage Way NE, Leesburg, VA 20176). Gates open at 10:00 a.m. The event will take place rain or shine and will last until supplies run out. … Continue Reading

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

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Sustainable Planet

Not Your Father’s El Nino

15 Aug 2015

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NASA and other agencies now forecast the incipient El Nino conditions to continue at least into the winter and the early part of 2016. Figure 1 compares Pacific sea surface temperature anomaly for the El Nino of 1997- 1998 with …

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Ask Dr. Mike

At Wits End

7 Aug 2015

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Dr. Mike, My sister’s son is autistic, but she is in complete denial. I’ve done my research and he fits a diagnosis of autism. He is three years old and doesn’t talk or socialize. He has meltdowns that are out …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Morven Park

7 Aug 2015

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I think what strikes me most about this place – as over the top as it is in many ways – is how understated it really is; I know that’ll take some explaining. I’ve been to Morven Park hundreds of …

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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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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

What It Means To Be a Man

7 Aug 2015

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel As I have gotten older I have noticed that there are more and more young men who ask me for advice. To me it seems silly – I am often not much older than the person asking, …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

A Social Security Strategy Could Enhance Your Retirement Income Plan

7 Aug 2015

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By Amy & Dan Smith What do you think of when someone mentions Social Security? Many people consider Social Security and retirement as one and the same. More than 90 percent of working Americans plan for Social Security to replace …

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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

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

Loudoun Health Officials Remind Septic System Owners of Need to Pump Out

28 Aug 2015

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The Loudoun County Health Department reminds owners of septic systems that routine pumping out of their systems can extend the system’s life and reduce the risk of untreated sewage surfacing or backing up into a house. Loudoun County requires owners of conventional onsite septic systems to have their tanks pumped out at least every five years. Tanks must be pumped …

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Historic Village Prepares for 46th Annual Bluemont Fair

25 Aug 2015

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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 …

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Register for Rally for the Cure™

24 Aug 2015

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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 …

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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

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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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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Sports

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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American Legion Post 34 Hosting Mid-Atlantic Regional Baseball Tournament

5 Aug 2015

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Batter up! Chartered in 1919 by an act of Congress, the American Legion is one of our country’s oldest, largest and most prestigious veteran’s organizations – dedicated to mentoring youth, sponsoring community programs, promoting national security and supporting veterans and members of the armed forces. Specific programs include scholarships, scouting, …

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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

More Than a GPA

7 Aug 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde In school we are measured in every way based on a number system from a point scale resulting in grades then translated into a GPA that can’t be easily fixed in just one semester. Students are forced to think that all they have to achieve is …

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Sarah's Closet

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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