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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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Human Fingerprints on Climate Change

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Presented to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors – June 23, 2016 Recently I was asked whether humanity’s fossil fuel use was the cause of the current global warming. This is a good question and I’m not surprised that there …

Ice house, Hot House and Mad House

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Recently, I was asked: “I know we are putting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and scientists say that will warm the planet but there were also ice ages and warmer climates in the past before humans so what caused those …

Sugar Crash

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Sugar runs inside our body and fuels our very being. In biology they teach us that sugar is really glucose which is broken down in the body to produce ATP (adenine tri-phosphate). So why bring this up? Well, sugar is …

The Art of Memory

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel Still Alice. A movie that not only elicits tears, but naturally incurs reflection. This heartrending movie was the starting point of a personal wrestling with the implications of human memory. Remembering can bring us back to a …

Living in Debt

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Dr. Mike, My husband has issues with money that are hurting our relationship and family. He makes a lot of money, but he spends more than he makes and we are in debt. He can’t just have a luxury car, …

June in the Garden

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Conserve Water, Beat the Heat and Keep Things Blooming By Andrea Gaines It’s getting hot out there. And, there’s nothing more discouraging for a gardener that to come home after a weekend away – or miss a regular watering schedule …

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Grief and Greed

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By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …

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Oh No, It’s the Christians!

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By Nicholas Reid In the hours and days following every massacre perpetrated by radical Muslims, there is one unifying theme across most news coverage of the massacre, wherever it may …

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It is with great anticipation that I look forward to Monday, June 27, 2016. On that day new Purcellville Town Council members will be sworn into office, at Town Hall. …

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An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input …

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Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016

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Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

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8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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Rummage Sale Trailers Open July 9

27 Jun 2016

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78th Annual Ladies Board Rummage Sale Ready For Donations The Ladies Board of Inova Loudoun Hospital is officially accepting donations for the annual Rummage Sale. The first Donation Day of the summer will be on Saturday, July 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Inova Loudoun Hospital, 44045 Riverside Parkway, Leesburg, and at Inova Loudoun Medical Campus – Leesburg, …

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Troy and Paula Haag Perform at Old Stone School

9 Jun 2016

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Troy and Paula Haag, will appear on The Gap Stage at the Old Stone School on Saturday, June 18. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Dinner will be sold by Big Mike’s BBQ, drinks will be sold by the glass, and there will be desserts at intermission. Troy and Paula will be joined by Max Haag …

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Here’s To the Colorists, Manicurists and Blow Dry Mavens… Thanks for Listening!

1 Jun 2016

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Sunday, June 26 is Beauticians Day, celebrating the cosmetology and other experts who keep us looking and feeling our best – whether it’s with a haircut and style, a facial, a manicure, or just some quiet and light conversation.

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HUD Awards $2 Million in Housing Counseling Grants To Virginia

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Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that Catholic Charities USA, headquartered in Alexandria, will receive $951,150 in federal funding, and the Virginia Housing Development Authority, located in Richmond, will receive $1,040,918. This nearly $2 million grant by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) …

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Four Hop, Skip and a Jump Local Destinations

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Last month we encouraged our readers to consider visiting any one of five great destinations within just a stone’s throw of Loudoun’s history-lined borders – Berryville and Harper’s Ferry among them. This month we feature four destinations – two right here in our much-celebrated county, and two just over the …

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Out and About Loudoun and Beyond

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Five Stone’s Throw Spring and Summer Destinations By Andrea Gaines Bordered by the Potomac River to the north and beautiful mountains to the west – and with easy access to Rt. 95, the Dulles Toll Road and Route 66 – Loudouners have no short list of fun spring places to …

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The Lady Vikings Earned Back-to Back Conference Title

1 Jun 2016

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The Lady Vikings earned the back-to back conference title with a 4-1 win over Heritage in late May. The team earned a first round playoff bye finishing first in the conference and then went on to defeat Rock Ridge 12-0 in the conference semi-finals. The Lady Vikings ended their regular …

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Big Baseball Coming To Fireman’s Field

1 Jun 2016

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Got Your Father’s Day Gift Lined Up Yet? The Purcellville Cannons’ Brett Fuller couldn’t be happier. He’s the owner of one of the most popular teams in the Valley Baseball League. The team, up until recently was called the Charles Town Cannons but now calls Purcellville its home.

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