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Restoring Hope

November 16, 2013 by Contributor Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on Restoring Hope
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By Mark Gunderman

Have you ever been depressed because of your finances? There’s a feeling of loneliness as well as one of being run over by a Mack truck. It’s not a good feeling. If that happens to you, don’t run away! Pick up the phone and get help. Financial matters are not rocket science; they just seem that way. There is a method to the madness of recovering from financial mayhem, no matter how bad you may think the situation has become. There is a proverb that states “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life” (Proverbs 13:12). This verse states that if you stay stuck where you are without reaching out and talking to someone, you are “deferring hope.” However, once you pick up the phone and see what your options are, you bring “life” to the situation. … Continue Reading

David’s Tent DC 2013 Seeks Worship Teams

September 25, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on David’s Tent DC 2013 Seeks Worship Teams
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David’s Tent DC is seeking worship teams as they meet on the Ellipse of the White House beginning September 24 – November 5 for a time of prayer in the Capital City. To sign up or to receive information on leading worship from the main stage, scheduled in two-hour time slots, switching on the odd hour, e-mail worship@davidstentdc.org.

The night-watch is unplugged and is particularly anointed. There is a city ordinance that disallows amplification from 9:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m. But the worship goes on! A good old-fashioned strings-and-hammers piano along with hand drums and acoustic guitars are made available. If you are interested in the uniqueness of acoustic sets and the draw of an intimate time with Jesus during the night-watch and wish to lead worship during the night hour, e-mail nightwatch@davidstentdc.org. … Continue Reading

A Request to Pray for Loudoun Schools

August 28, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on A Request to Pray for Loudoun Schools
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By Mark Gunderman

A call for intercessory prayer before school begins on September 3.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Matthew 19:14).

When I served as president of the Loudoun Education Alliance of Parents (LEAP) in 1999-2000, the Loudoun County Public School system comprised 44 schools with enrollment at 26,787. Nearly 15 years later, LCPS has almost tripled in student size and doubled in the number of schools. I am again compelled to begin the school year with community prayer. … Continue Reading

Healing Rooms Open 2 Days a Month

August 20, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on Healing Rooms Open 2 Days a Month

By Mark Gunderman

The Healing Rooms of Purcellville, located at 221 North 21st Street @ The Well in Purcellville, is directed by Alan and Linda Watkins is a ministry that exists to serve the community and the entire Church. The Healing Rooms are staffed by trained volunteers who pray for those who are sick. The ministry takes place in one of several designated healing rooms as ordinary people believe God for extraordinary answers to their prayers. Those visiting the Healing Rooms will receive focused prayer for approximately twenty to thirty minutes and are free to return for additional prayer as needed.

Healing Rooms believe that in the presence of God there is power for them to be healed in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ because His Word says so. 1 Peter 2:24…”By whose (Jesus) stripes we were healed.”

Kingdom authority rests on those who have believed and signs and wonders accompany those who have believed in His name. … Continue Reading

The Gifts Within

July 18, 2013 by Contributor Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on The Gifts Within
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Submitted by Linda Simpkins

Second Mount Olive Baptist Church of Hamilton will be sponsoring “The Gifts Within” – the second Annual Project Blessing Program and Family Entertainment Night to be held Saturday, July 20, at 6:00 pm. This event will be held at Tuscarora High School, 801 North King Street in Leesburg. Come out and enjoy this night full of family fun, featuring:

The Gospeliers, Manassas, Golden Tones of Northern Virginia, Berryville, Mt. Zion UMC Men’s Choir, Hamilton, Harmony UMC Choir, Hamilton, Soloist, Julia Braxton, Grace Annex UMC, Purcellville; Mimes, Dion and Djon, Herndon; Praise Teams, Calvary Baptist Church, Fairfax, and First Mount Olive Baptist Church, Leesburg. The evening will also include the Ushers’ Walk from First Mount Olive Baptist Church, Second Mount Olive Baptist Church, Mt. Zion UMC, and Providence Baptist Church, and much more! … Continue Reading

Christian Community Church at St. Paul’s to Celebrate 15 Year Anniversary

July 11, 2013 by Contributor Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on Christian Community Church at St. Paul’s to Celebrate 15 Year Anniversary

Pastor Roland England announces the church’s 15 year anniversary celebration for Sunday, July 28 at 10.00 a.m., Christian Community Church, affiliated with the United Church of Christ, held its first public service on the first Sunday of January, 1998, in Purcellville at the Loudoun Valley community Center. In May, 2000 the congregation moved to its present location to reopen the former St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, at 12623 Harpers Ferry Road, in western Loudoun.

The guest preacher for the occasion is Area Conference Minister, Marie Bacchiocchi; Adair McConnell will join organist Frank Lamm in playing for the service. The recognition and dedication of a number of recent improvements to the building and grounds will be included. The public is invited to the service and the pot luck dinner to follow; or stop by in the early afternoon to see the restoration work accomplished in 13 years since the church sat empty from 1970-2000.

Joshua’s Hands Donates Quilts to Boulder Crest Retreat in Bluemont

June 2, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on Joshua’s Hands Donates Quilts to Boulder Crest Retreat in Bluemont
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By Mark Gunderman

In January 2011, Joshua’s Hands gathered volunteers from around Loudoun County to work on quilts for wounded warriors. In a ten-day session, volunteers made twenty-nine quilts and realized that this would not be a one-time effort. People loved the opportunity to gather in support of our troops and to “do something” with tangible results to help. What they also appreciated was the opportunity to work with other volunteers of all ages and abilities in a mentoring environment. When the session was completed, everyone learned something and all involved felt deep satisfaction with the final product. … Continue Reading

Bible Marathoners Kick Off Spirit Filled Week

April 30, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on Bible Marathoners Kick Off Spirit Filled Week

By Mark Gunderman

Loudoun Awakening hosted the 6th annual Bible Reading Marathon Opening Ceremony on the Loudoun County Courthouse grounds in Leesburg. It began when the bells chimed at noon on the steps of the County Courthouse, and then moved over to the Loudoun Awakening tent positioned on North King Street on the north side of the Law Library at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. The readings will continue until midnight each evening and renew at 6:00 a.m. each morning until Thursday, May 2, when the marathon concludes at noon, to coordinate with the National Day of Prayer.

The opening ceremony was highlighted by Anglican Bishop John Guernsey; from the Mid-Atlantic Diocese who provided reflections and encouragement. Bishop Guernsey’s message included a reading from Psalm 19 that cites that the Word of God written in the Bible is more desirable than gold, sweeter than honey; it brings joy to the heart, enlightenment to the mind, and new life to the soul. … Continue Reading

St. James United Church of Christ To Host Evolution Weekend Celebration

February 2, 2013 by Contributor Events, Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on St. James United Church of Christ To Host Evolution Weekend Celebration
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St. James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville will participate in Evolution Weekend, an annual event led by clergy to oppose the undermining of science, and specifically the basic principles of evolution, in the name of religion. Organized eight years ago by The Clergy Letter Project (http://www.theclergyletterproject.org/) around the birthday of Charles Darwin,

“Evolution Weekend is an opportunity for serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science. An ongoing goal has been to elevate the quality of the discussion on this critical topic, and to show that religion and science are not adversaries. Rather, they look at the natural world from quite different perspectives and ask, and answer, different questions.” … Continue Reading

The Christ of Christmas

December 26, 2012 by Contributor Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on The Christ of Christmas
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“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” – Isaiah 9:6

Christian goal is to turn the eyes of all men upon the true Creator and Christ of Christmas.

God foretold his plan for humanity through the Hebrew prophets hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus Christ. Isaiah wrote, “The Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him and by his wounds we are healed.” … Continue Reading

Year of the Bible

September 25, 2012 by Contributor Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on Year of the Bible

By Rev. Dr. David Milam, Pastor

In October 2012, St Andrew Presbyterian Church, 711 West Main Street, Purcellville, will be starting on an exciting journey: The Year of the Bible is a comprehensive, congregation-wide program of Bible reading. We are challenging everyone at our church, along with our neighbors and friends, to read the entire Bible in one year. In addition to reading the Scriptures, there will be help along the way. Weekly sermons, small groups, Christian Education from kids to adults, worship and devotions are focusing on the Year of the Bible.

Our pastors David Milam and Jessica McClure Archer have put together a weekly reading guide. In addition to daily readings, each week will have an overview of the books of the Bible we’re reading, devotions, some thought-provoking questions to ponder, and space for your questions and journaling. This resource will be valuable for your own personal use and for use in small groups. The reading plan booklet is available for download from our church website at www.standrew-pres.org. Also, visit our Facebook page (St. Andrew Presbyterian Church) and like us to keep up to date with all that’s happening with the Year of the Bible. … Continue Reading

Homeless Walk through Historic Leesburg Coming September 15

August 15, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Faith, Lifestyle 1 comment
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Opportunities abound to bring your friends and family. Public School and Home School groups are invited. Churches, youth pastors, Sunday school classes, civic organizations, MOMS Clubs, etc. are all invited. Invite a group from your business, school, church or neighborhood. Wear your company or church T-shirt or display a company or church banner. We want to show our community that we care and raise support for homeless programs and services in Loudoun County.

GSA has served the homeless and those living in poverty in Northern Virginia since 1983.

The Good Shepherd Alliance 8th Annual Walk for Shelter … Continue Reading

Back to School Prayer Walk August 25

August 14, 2012 by Contributor Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on Back to School Prayer Walk August 25

By Mark Gunderman

Capital Community Church (CCC) will conduct its annual Back to School Prayer Walk on August 25 at 10:00 a.m. For the past several years CCC has prayed for the schools, families and surrounding communities prior to the start of the school year. Last year CCC covered almost 60 elementary, middle and high schools and facilities in various communities and townships throughout Loudoun County, which encompassed multiplied thousands of families and tens of thousands of souls.

Among the topics for which Capital Community prayed were, protection for students and staff of each school against all forms of harm; strength and wisdom for faculty and staff members; a fruitful and productive year for all; the strengthening of marriages and families in the surrounding communities; and restoration of broken homes. This year CCC would like to invite all interested churches in Loudoun County to join in as the body of Christ for this year’s walk. If you would like to have your church participate, e-mail CCC Prayer Coordinator Samantha Francis at Sfrancis@CapitalCommunity.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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Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale Returns with Bargains for Everyone

Friday Night Live with Emma Rowley & Saffron Gourmet Food Truck

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Book Signing: 'Beyond Jefferson's Vines' by Richard Leahy

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Live Music: Connor Duffy at North Gate Vineyard

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Live Music: Willie White at North Gate VIneyard

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Lovettsville Historical Society Lecture: "Hex Signs: the History and the Mystery"

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COFFEEHOUSE: LOVE, LOSS & WHAT I WORE

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Dinner and a Dive In

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Emily Guagliardi Live at North Gate Vineyard

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Mobile Hope’s “Back to School” Shopping Event Helps Loudoun Struggling Youth

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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

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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LCSO Announces 36th Citizens’ Police Academy

24 Aug 2015

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Loudoun County Sheriff Michael L. Chapman announced the formation of the 36th Citizens’ Police Academy, which will commence on September 15, 2015. Members of the class will participate in training classes taught by Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office personnel. The classes provide an overview of all the aspects of law enforcement within the agency. Members of the class may also have …

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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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