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Eucharistic Procession To Pass Through Leesburg May 29

May 20, 2016 Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on Eucharistic Procession To Pass Through Leesburg May 29
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– By Mark Gunderman

Each year, Catholics around the world celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi (Latin for Body of Christ), symbolizing their belief in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. In the United States, the celebration of Corpus Christi is held on the Sunday after Trinity Sunday. This is a time when Catholics can demonstrate their love for Christ in the Real Presence by honoring Him in a very public way. It is also a wonderful approach in which they can also display a love for their neighbors by bringing Our Lord and Savior closer to the community. … Continue Reading

Creation and Evolution in Native American Spirituality

February 9, 2016 Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on Creation and Evolution in Native American Spirituality
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In celebration of Evolution Weekend, an annual event led by clergy to encourage serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science, St. James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville has invited Roger and Deborah “Turtle” Swartz to guide a discussion of traditional Native American Spirituality and its wisdom in celebrating human relationship to the earth. In a time of urgent concerns about a mission of stewardship, and sometimes sharp differences among people of faith in understandings of the ‘Creator’ and the ‘Creation,’ the discussion presents an opportunity to learn about another traditional approach to our relationship with the natural world.

The presentation and discussion will be held Sunday, February 14 at 11:00 am, followed by refreshments, at St. James United Church of Christ, 10 East Broad Way, Lovettsville, VA. All are welcome.

Roger is the author of two nationally acclaimed books dealing with the frontier history of Pennsylvania during the American Revolution; Turtle is a member of and clan mother for the Southeastern Woodland Indian Loyalist Confederacy. 

Evolution Weekend was founded in 2005 by The Clergy Letter Project to counter the undermining of evolutionary science and the belief that faith and science are incompatible. Attacks on evolution have often also defamed Charles Darwin as an enemy of compassion and morality, falsely associating his work with the unrelated concept of “social darwinism.” In fact, Darwin’s writing “reveals caring, love, moral evolution and education as the prime drivers” of human advancement toward justice and compassionate community, says the Rev. Don Prange, pastor of St. James UCC.

Purcellville Cross Serves as Beacon of Hope for Highway Travelers

November 9, 2015 Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on Purcellville Cross Serves as Beacon of Hope for Highway Travelers
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By Mark Gunderman
The Crux Gloria was erected and dedicated by St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church in November 1990.

If you’re traveling from Leesburg on Highway 7, passing through Purcellville just west of the Berlin Turnpike exit, you can look to your right and see a majestic metal cross sculpture. Within the cross, the shape of Jesus appears to have been creatively cut out by scissors.
Called the “Crux Gloria” (Cross Glorious in Latin), it resides at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church on St. Francis Court in Purcellville. No matter what religious beliefs one might avow, the cross impresses with a fantastic beauty, especially at night when the interior of the cross is illuminated, highlighting the outline of Jesus. The lights that brighten its interior automatically turn on every twilight and extinguish at each sunrise.

The sculptor of the Crux Gloria, Tomas Fernandez, was a member of St. Francis De Sales in 1988. He recalls being “literally woken up by God” sometime that year and being inspired to create the structure. “God told me, ‘My cross is a cross of light, and I want you to build one,’ ” Fernandez said. … Continue Reading

Gifts Within

August 8, 2015 Faith, Lifestyle 1 comment
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Second Mount Olive Baptist Church of Hamilton sponsored the very inspiring “Gifts Within” – the third Project Blessings Program and Family Entertainment Night on Saturday, July 25 at Tuscarora High School in Leesburg.

The MC for the evening was the Rev. Garrett Jackson of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Aldie.

Leesburg Mayor Kristen Umstattd provided a special welcome. Mayor Umstattd has previously attended the 2011 and 2013 events. “The Gifts Within event is always tremendously uplifting. It speaks to all of us who love Christ and want Him to be a constant presence in our lives. I always leave this very spiritual experience with a sense of joy and contentment,” she said. … Continue Reading

A Servant’s Heart Scholarships

July 1, 2015 Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on A Servant’s Heart Scholarships
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Joshua’s Hands was established in 1999 in memory of Joshua Guthrie, who was an enthusiastic community volunteer. Joshua’s years of service were cut short by his death at the age of 16. Joshua’s Hands seeks to continue to be his hands of service in the community and to encourage others to serve.

In addition to an annual Fall Festival that is free to the community, American heritage education programs – which includes our Valiant Warrior Quilts, community service and teen safe driving education, the organization offers A Servant’s Heart Scholarship. The scholarship is essay based and open to all seniors in Loudoun County. To date, the organization has awarded $27,000 in scholarships.

The 2015 recipients are from varied backgrounds with diverse interests. Emma Appleton (Woodgrove High School) will pursue a degree in secondary education at JMU in the fall. In her essay she wrote about bringing lessons from foreign volunteer efforts back home to her family and community.

“One of the biggest lessons that I learned about serving was to bring my growing love for God home and serve my family,” Emma said. “I have found that it is really hard to humble yourself before the family you live with all the time – the people whose faults you know well. In Bolivia, it was easy to help clean up after meals. Our ‘fights’ were over who got to serve and wash the dishes. It was easy to give up space to my teammates. But as I started to look at my Bolivian ‘family,’ I realized that I was not as eager to serve my own family back home. God really challenged me to take the servant’s heart I had in Bolivia back to Virginia with me.”

The winning essay from Freedom High School was written by Peyton Aspinwal, who learned about service on a Nicaraguan soccer field. She wrote: “One of my favorite things about Nicaragua is the love the kids have for each other and the joy that radiates from each smile. It is a love that is geared towards serving, sharing, and doing. They are each so quick to give up what little they have for someone else who has less.”

Loudoun Valley High School’s Henri Brown learned about a servant’s heart as he used his musical talents to inspire others as he served in his community and as he built hurricane resistant walls in Belize. The message hit home when a poverty stricken child in Belize placed three of his cherished marbles in Henri’s hand as a parting gift. In his essay he noted that a mission or volunteer effort might only make minor changes in an environment or slightly improve conditions for those in need, but it changes the volunteer forever.

Joshua’s Hands Valiant Warrior Quilting Event is July 17-26 to make quilts for our wounded warriors. This event is free and open to the public. For more information about the organization, the Valiant Warrior Quilting Project or A Servant’s Heart Scholarship visit the website: www.JoshuasHands.org

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Saint John the Apostle Roman Catholic Church Eucharistic Procession Walks through Leesburg

June 8, 2015 Faith, Lifestyle 1 comment
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By Mark Gundrman

Saint John the Apostle Roman Catholic Church held a Eucharistic Procession on the Feast of Corpus Christi on Sunday, June 7. Gospel readings, prayer and singing were emulated at stations along the procession route.

The procession was comprised of clergy, First Communicants in their communion clothes, Knights of Columbus in their 4th degree regalia, Altar Servers in their cassocks, members of all parish ministries and lay people and their families. The Holy Eucharist was contained in a processional monstrance protected by a decorated canopy. The procession with the Blessed Sacrament under guarded canopy proceeded through the church property, St. John’s cemetery and down Church Street, with a stop at the County Courthouse. The procession returned to St. John’s via North King Street. … Continue Reading

Over 50,000 Meals Packaged at Western Loudoun County Stop Hunger Now Event

April 27, 2015 Events, Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on Over 50,000 Meals Packaged at Western Loudoun County Stop Hunger Now Event
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On Saturday, April 11 over 300 volunteers from across the county met at Round Hill Elementary School to support the 5th Annual Western Loudoun County Stop Hunger Now event. Enthusiastically working in highly organized production lines, they packaged 50,328 meals in less than 3 hours against a background of music and cheers as production goals were met. Volunteers included a wide range of individuals and families from across Loudoun County as well as community groups from several churches, Boy and Girl Scout troops, sports teams, school groups, and emergency services organizations.

This annual event is sponsored and organized by Round Hill United Methodist Church.

According to Pastor Witt, this year’s event once again exceeded expectations. Fund raising goals needed to pay for the food and packaging materials were met and volunteer turnout grew for the fifth consecutive year. Round Hill UMC began sponsoring this community event after church members were introduced to the Stop Hunger Now organization in 2010 at their annual conference. The first Western Loudoun County Stop Hunger event at Round Hill UMC in 2011 packaged 25,000 meals. Community support for this annual project grew rapidly and the event was moved to the much larger Round Hill Elementary School location in 2013. Over the past 5 years, the Western Loudoun Stop Hunger Now campaign has packaged more than 350,000 individual meals for shipment to Uganda, Haiti, Philippines, and Burkina Faso.

During this year’s event, volunteers assembled and packed individual meals by manning a series of measuring, weighing, filling, sealing, and packing stations. Each dehydrated rice/soy meal is designed to be nutritionally sound and culturally acceptable across the globe. Meals are also fortified with 23 essential vitamins and nutrients since research shows that one in three people in developing countries suffer serious vitamin and mineral deficiencies. The meals packed at this year’s event were transferred to a holding warehouse in Lynchburg VA to await mid-May shipment to a priority third world location to be selected by the Stop Hunger Now organization.

This event is part of a much larger effort to relieve hunger in some of the world’s most distressed areas. The Raleigh NC-based Stop Hunger Now organization was founded in 1998 by Ray Buchanan, an ordained United Methodist minister with the vision of ending hunger in his lifetime. Buchanan, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam, previously founded and spent 18 years as co-director of the Society of St. Andrew, a Virginia-based domestic food relief organization. Since inception, Stop Hunger Now has provided over 180 million meals in 65 countries by engaging the support of over 500,000 corporate, student, civic and faith-based volunteers to package meals. This year, Stop Hunger Now expects to package over 45 million meals, and ship over $9 million in donated aid consisting of mainly vitamins and medical supplies to worldwide locations.

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International Easter Banquet

March 22, 2015 Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on International Easter Banquet
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By Mark Gunderman

Invitation to an International Easter Banquet in Leesburg:
Sunday March 29 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Leesburg Community Church, 835 Lee Avenue SW in Leesburg.

Come, taste and experience what Easter is all about! And come find out what it means that God gave up His Son for the world.

International Learning Center – NoVA (ILC-NoVA*) and the churches of the Leesburg area are together hosting a banquet celebrating a very important holiday in America and all over the world. Come with your family and befriend our ESL/international families, and please invite your friends from other nations. We will have testimonies and singing in many different languages Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Hindi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu & of course, English. Childcare is also provided. … Continue Reading

Holidays – The Season of Giving

December 10, 2014 Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on Holidays – The Season of Giving
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By Mark Gunderman

Besides the many commandments in the Torah instructing us to love our fellow man, there is also an explicit commandment to open your hand to the poor and to give or loan them whatever they need to keep from spiraling into poverty. In Judaism, giving to the poor is not considered a generous act; it is called “Tzedkah,” the Hebrew word for charity, and is seen as simply an act of fairness. The word “tzedakah” is derived from the Hebrew root “Tzadei-Dalet-Qof,” meaning righteousness or justice. Four thousand years ago ancient Hebrews paid an obligatory tax to provide for the needy. Today many renowned charities of the world have their roots in the efforts of charitable-hearted Jews. … Continue Reading

LINK Thanksgiving Program News

November 20, 2014 Faith, Lifestyle 1 comment
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Members of Sigma Mu Mu of Loudoun County, VA Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity volunteered at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church in Sterling on Saturday, November 15 to support the LINK Thanksgiving Food Distribution program. The men’s group managed traffic control for the steady flow of 55 family pick-ups an hour as shopping carts totaling over 50,000 pounds of non perishable groceries, and 750 pounds of frozen meat and 300 pounds of vegetables and fruit were loaded into needy family vehicles from our local neighborhoods. LINK was able to provide three to five days worth of supermarket food and a grocery gift certificate to 776 families (3,880 people) at both Christ the Redeemer and Trinity Presbyterian in Herndon during the all day event. Sterling United Methodist Church also distributed 2,500 winter coats, hats scarfs and mittens.
Photo courtesy of Kevin Wiggs.

New Organ To Highlight Christmas Music Service at Middleburg United Methodist Church

November 16, 2014 Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on New Organ To Highlight Christmas Music Service at Middleburg United Methodist Church
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Middleburg United Methodist Church will dedicate their new organ at their annual Christmas music service Sunday, December 21 at 11:00 a.m.. The clear, rich sounds of the new organ will be enhanced by string accompaniment provided by Alan Saucedo on cello and Cynthia Saucedo on violin. The new organ is a gift from the Donald Taylor family in memory of his late parents Margaret and Chester Taylor and from the estate of Janis E. Combs, a longtime choir member at the church. Allen Organ Company, the largest and best-known purveyor of church organs in the United States, supplied the powerful new instrument, which embodies the most advanced technology available. The quality of the sound is that of a large, complex pipe organ, and can replicate various types of organs such as baroque European models. The organ can also play the notes of other musical instruments such as trumpet, piccolo, and chimes. … Continue Reading

“God’s Work. Our Hands”

September 9, 2014 Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on “God’s Work. Our Hands”
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“God’s work. Our hands.” is the day that offers the opportunity for the community to share the love of God with neighbors. This event, sponsored by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), is one dedicated day of service when nearly 10,000 ELCA congregations put their faith into action by engaging in service activities. New Jerusalem Lutheran Church will be starting this community service at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 7, at New Jerusalem Lutheran Church, 12942 Lutheran Church Road in Lovettsville. We welcome all members of the Lovettsville community to participate in this event and help with one of the activity stations, which include a food drive, quilting, and cemetery stone repair. Please come by and see what “God’s work. Our hands” Sunday is about and feel free to join us. Any donations to the Western Loudoun Food Pantry would be appreciated during the hours of 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

LINK Update

February 10, 2014 Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on LINK Update
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By Mark Gunderman

During 2013 Holiday programs in November and December, LINK was able to provide groceries for three – five days to more than 7,400 individuals (110,000 pounds of canned, boxed and frozen food) turning Christ the Redeemer Catholic and Trinity Presbyterian Churches into makeshift supermarkets. Attached photo is courtesy/ Matt Harmon.

During the entire 2013 year, LINK served in excess of 4,515 families (21,220 individuals), distributed more than 350,000 pounds of food and provided $89,944 in financial assistance and grocery gift cards. LINK is about Christians helping their neighbors. As in the story of the Good Samaritan, LINK assists those in need, regardless of race, religion or creed. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Trump Effect

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“Corals are marine magicians. As colonies of the tiny ocean organisms grow, they transform the calcium that circulates in seawater into enormous limestone reefs. These reefs—which can extend for more than 1,000 miles and provide homes for crabs, eels, sea …

Six Tips To a New Year and a New You in 2017

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By Michael Oberschenider, Psy.D. Research has shown that as many as 45 percent of us make New Year’s resolutions, but only about eight percent are actually successful in achieving them. And it seems that age is a factor: about 39 …

Investing in the Family Stock

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Family relationships are usually not considered under the rubric of “investments”. Yet, the personal gain and loss from family relationships is much more significant than economic return from stocks and bonds. Taking time out to relate to a person without …

Choosing a Different Lens

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We have all heard, “A picture’s worth a thousand words,” maybe even said it aloud while perusing old photo albums or scrolling through Facebook timelines. Sometimes words fall short of adequately describing an emotion encapsulating a distinct moment. Pictures fill …

Freedom Park

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A great name for a great place, this public space shows us – in my opinion – what’s best about Leesburg, Loudoun County and our country. Freedom Park – just off the Dulles Greenway on the South side of Town …

The Grim Reaper and the Great Barrier

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(to be presented to the Board of Supervisors in January) “The recent frequency and intensity of mass coral bleaching are of major concern, and are directly attributable to rising atmospheric greenhouse gases.” [1]

Pearl Harbor

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By Nicholas Reid Seventy-five years ago this December 7, to quote President Franklin D. Roosevelt, “the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” It will have been 75 …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

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Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

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Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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Family New Year’s Eve Celebration

January 1, 2017

New Year's Day Musikabend

Restore & Renew

January 2, 2017 January 3, 2017 January 4, 2017 January 5, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

January 6, 2017 January 7, 2017

Core Purpose, Core Practice Yoga

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

January 8, 2017
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AUDITIONS - SEUSSICAL

January 10, 2017 January 11, 2017

Beale Street Puppets: Dig Those Dinosaurs

January 12, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

January 13, 2017 January 14, 2017

THE IMMORTALS

January 15, 2017

Come Paint with Us at Breaux Vineyards

January 16, 2017 January 17, 2017 January 18, 2017

Virginia Opera: Deep River- The Marion Anderson Story

January 19, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

January 20, 2017

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

January 21, 2017

DANNY KNICELY CONCERT

January 22, 2017
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January 27, 2017 January 28, 2017 January 29, 2017
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February 3, 2017 February 4, 2017

CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater

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Upcoming Waterford Concerts Feature St. Lawrence String Quartet and Four Other Acts

18 Jan 2017

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Subscriptions and tickets are now on sale for five upcoming concerts, the Waterford Concert Series announced. All concerts begin at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoons in the Waterford Old School auditorium, 40222 Fairfax Street in Waterford. The concert series begins March 19 with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, known for exalted performances and joyful connection with audiences. First violinist Geoff …

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Historian Rich Gillespie Speaks on Haunts on the Loudoun Landscape

12 Jan 2017

The Mosby Heritage Area Association announced an event in conjunction with the Purcellville Library on January 29, at 2:00 p.m,. which will feature Rich Gillespie, Historian Emeritus of the Mosby Heritage Area Association, speaking on the “Haunts on the Loudoun Landscape.” The stories are all from the personal experiences of long-time local historian and teacher Rich Gillespie, or from close …

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Help Joseph … and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

4 Jan 2017

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Blue Ridge Middle School’s PTO is seeking help with its drama department, working diligently on the production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamboat. The children in the show are enthusiastic and very talented. And, the school has a long history of first class productions with recent shows such as The Lion King, which won 11 National Youth Arts Awards …

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Editorial

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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Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

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– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

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– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

Dear Editor

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception

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We are a group of Loudoun County citizens who will be adversely affected if the board grants a special exception for the Catesby Farm property at your upcoming meeting. You …

It’s Our Right

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On December 6, the Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on a “Minor Special Exception” proposal we submitted earlier this year concerning our Catesby Farm property. Unfortunately, our limited …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm

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By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

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Office Building on Capitol Square To Be Named After Civil Rights Pioneer Barbara Johns

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Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the newly renovated state building located at 202 N. 9th Street on Capitol Square in Richmond (currently known as the 9th Street Office Building) will bear the name of civil rights pioneer Barbara Johns. The building, which reopened last year, houses the Virginia Attorney General’s …

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Rep. Comstock’s Key Top Priority Legislation Initiatives

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Signed into Law in Her First Term Rep. Barbara Comstock, who serves the 10th congressional district in Virginia, recently reviewed the achievements of her first term in office, identifying 17 legislative initiatives that she supported that were adopted. She said: “My staff and I have met with stakeholders, local elected …

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Man Killed Walking To Gas Station on I-95

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Virginia State Police Trooper M.J. Kryznefski is investigating a fatal pedestrian crash in Prince William County. The crash occurred at approximately 4:10 a.m., on Monday, December 26, on Interstate 95 near Exit 158B. Three males were traveling south on Interstate 95 when their Honda CRV ran out of gas. They …

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Sports

Ida Lee Spring NFL Flag Football Registration Filling Fast

18 Jan 2017

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Deadline for the House League registration is February 13. Registration for the Spring 2017 NFL Flag Football League at Ida Lee is currently open and filling fast. We are excited to offer again two great leagues: Ida Lee NFL Flag Football House League and the Ida Lee NFL Flag Football …

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Woodgrove Grabs First at Glory Days

10 Jan 2017

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The Woodgrove Varsity Gymnastics took first place in the red division of the Glory Days Invitational at Park View High School on Saturday, January 7. Woodgrove competed against Rock Ridge, Potomac Falls, Loudoun Valley and Heritage high schools. Host team Park View came in first in the lower blue division. …

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