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Hemstreet Presents Proposed Loudoun County Government Budget for Fiscal Year 2016

February 4, 2015 Government Comments Off on Hemstreet Presents Proposed Loudoun County Government Budget for Fiscal Year 2016
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Loudoun County Administrator Tim Hemstreet presented a proposed budget for the Loudoun County government for Fiscal Year 2016 (FY 16) to the Board of Supervisors today. The budget totals $2.2 billion in appropriations for the general county government and school system. Hemstreet said the proposed budget:

  • Continues progress on the Board’s strategic priorities, including economic development, fiscal responsibility, and transportation
  • Provides increased resources for the Loudoun County Public Schools
  • Provides a performance-based pay increase for the county workforce
  • Allocates staffing and funds to open all new scheduled capital projects
  • Enhances critical public safety services
  • Protects human services safety net programs
  • Incorporates innovative resource allocations to reduce local tax funded-enhancements

“I believe that the budget that I have submitted carries out your vision for Loudoun County and adheres to your strategic priorities while also meeting the needs of our community,” Hemstreet told the Board. … Continue Reading

Reston Style Development and Big Box Expansion on Planning Commission Agenda

February 3, 2015 Government, News Comments Off on Reston Style Development and Big Box Expansion on Planning Commission Agenda
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By Valerie Cury

Town planning staff is working with the planning commission to review and approve changes to the Planned Development Housing (PDH) district, adding commercial and other uses. Three communities in town are currently zoned as PDH districts: the Courts at Saint Francis, Courtland Square and Village Case. Town staff, along with the majority on the planning commission is pushing for these changes. Staff asserts that the overall purpose of a PDH district is to encourage innovative and creative design, and that adding commercial or mixed residential/commercial multi story buildings would serve this purpose. This is a development pattern common to places such as Reston and Ashburn where for example, condos, commercial and even entertainment businesses are bundled together in one dense development. … Continue Reading

Comstock Sworn-In To the 114th Congress

January 10, 2015 Government, News Comments Off on Comstock Sworn-In To the 114th Congress

ComstockCongresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA) issued the following statement on being sworn-in to the 114th Congress:
“It is an honor and a privilege to serve the people of Virginia’s 10th Congressional District in the 114th Congress,” said Congresswoman Comstock. “I am looking forward to working to solve our nation’s challenges as we start the new year. Constituent service will be one of my top priorities, the same way it was for Congressman Frank Wolf. Serving on three influential committees – Transportation and Infrastructure; Science, Space, and Technology; and House Administration, will afford me a seat at the table and allow me to advocate for the many priorities of the 10th District.”

Virginia’s 10th Congressional District stretches from McLean down to Manassas and Prince William County and out through Loudoun, Clarke, and Frederick Counties to the West Virginia border. Congresswoman Comstock serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee; Science, Space, and Technology Committee; and the Committee on House Administration for the 114th Congress.

York Will Not Seek Re-election

January 8, 2015 Elections, Government, Loudoun County, News Comments Off on York Will Not Seek Re-election
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Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott York (R-At Large) announced Wednesday during a county Board of Supervisors meeting that he will not seek a fifth term in office this November. York had previously announced late last year that he did plan to seek re-election.

York, who commenced his service first as a planning commissioner, then as Sterling District Supervisor, has led the county board for 15 years as chairman. Over the years he has run for office as a Republican, then as an Independent for one four year term, returning to run again as a Republican.

Leesburg attorney Charles King announced earlier this week that he would be seeking the Republican nomination for Chairman of the Board, presenting York with the prospect of a primary challenge. King recently represented Loudoun County Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R- Sterling) in a legal challenge stemming from a former employee’s allegations of misuse of office.

Mayor Fraser To Present State of the Town Address January 12

January 6, 2015 Government, News Comments Off on Mayor Fraser To Present State of the Town Address January 12
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Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser will present the annual state of the town address for the first time to the citizens on Monday, January 12, from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Purcellville Town Hall. The family-friendly address will be followed by a question and answer session. Mayor Fraser is optimistic on the challenges that lie ahead. “As stated in our newly adopted mission statement; as stewards worthy of community trust, we work to discern, define and implement an agenda to nurture and preserve our resident’s quality of life.  Our state of the town address is a step towards garnering that community trust via open communication with our citizens on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats that are before us, along with our plans to realize the vision of Purcellville where history and progress intersect and people prosper,” said Fraser.

The focus will be on key accomplishments, challenges, opportunities and goals for the next 12 months.  Sign up for the mayor’s town newsletter on PurcellvilleVa.com.

LEx is Here! Loudoun County Launches Loudoun Express Request Online System

December 20, 2014 Government, News Comments Off on LEx is Here! Loudoun County Launches Loudoun Express Request Online System
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Loudoun County citizens now have a new way to interact with the Loudoun County government. Residents and businesses are now able to submit requests and questions to county staff through an improved online tool, Loudoun Express Request (LEx). The new tool features an expanded selection of request types, a user-friendly interface and real-time updates from staff. Users of the system are also able to submit photos with their inquiries.

Request types span a variety of the county’s departments and services, including the Departments of Building and Development; Health; Transportation and Capital Infrastructure; Parks, Recreation and Community Services; and more. … Continue Reading

Comp Plan 101

December 10, 2014 Government, News Comments Off on Comp Plan 101
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Completed in 2006 after hundreds of hours of public input – including multiple formal public hearings – Purcellville’s Comprehensive Plan, as provided for in Section 15.2 of the Code of Virginia is intended “ … to provide guidance for the coordinated and harmonious development of the territory in accordance with present and future needs and resources that will best promote the health, safety, morals, order, convenience, prosperity and general welfare of the community.”

To this end, Purcellville’s Comprehensive Plan – while providing for flexibility through an amendment process – establishes, in broad terms, which areas are suitable for residential development and at what density, which areas are suitable for commercial development of various kinds (professional office, retail, industrial, etc.) and which areas that, based on historic and/or environmental considerations require specific protections. Comp plans also serve as the basis for a town’s zoning code, as these various uses are then controlled via detailed zoning regulations that guide things such as the height and size of buildings, lot sizes, parking requirements, the ratio of landscaping to pavement, etc. … Continue Reading

A Message from Delegate Dave LaRock

December 10, 2014 Government, News, Uncategorized Comments Off on A Message from Delegate Dave LaRock
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With Thanksgiving behind us and the days still growing shorter and colder, I’m thinking ahead to some relaxation time. It’s always nice to be able to sit down by the fire after a workday with a warm drink in hand, and maybe get the chance to read a book to one of my grandkids. I think we all really do appreciate the chance to catch up on what’s going on with friends and family, and there’s something about the cold that literally brings us all closer together! … Continue Reading

Zoning War Coming To a Head

December 10, 2014 Government, News Comments Off on Zoning War Coming To a Head
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Mayor Fraser: “I’m Tired of Just Talking about a Comp Plan Review”
– By Valerie Cury

At the November Purcellville Town Council Work Session, Mayor Kwasi Fraser, town council member Karen Zimmerman, and other newly elected officials of the town’s political leadership made their mark as the new “pro planning, pro citizen” contingent in town government.

As discussed, at issue was the legal and practical status of Purcellville’s Comprehensive Plan – whether the town can, at a developer’s request, make significant changes to the zoning designation that applies to specific properties; changes many see as inconsistent with the plan itself. … Continue Reading

Town and Browns Reach Settlement Avoiding Court Battle

November 5, 2014 Government, News Comments Off on Town and Browns Reach Settlement Avoiding Court Battle
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Farm Bisected By SCR Looks To Its Future

After two years of preparation for a trial that was supposed to begin November 17, the Town of Purcellville and Sam and Uta Brown, owners of Crooked Run Orchard farm, have settled the case with an award of one million dollars for the Browns with nearly three-quarters of the settlement – $742,180 – for damages caused by eminent domain by quick take. … Continue Reading

An Interview with Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser

November 5, 2014 Government, News Comments Off on An Interview with Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser
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Now over 100 days in office, Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser, along with his fellow town council members, is working hard to ensure his campaign promises become realities to the town’s citizens.  Recently, we sat down with the mayor to discuss his progress thus far.

BRL: What are the two most important things that have been accomplished during your first 100 days as mayor?

Mayor Fraser: The first is the Brown settlement, which eliminated the risk of our town possibly losing a jury trial in their eminent domain lawsuit, which might have resulted in a substantial financial burden from an unfavorable verdict or ensuing appeals. … Continue Reading

An Update from Delegate Dave LaRock – 33rd District

November 5, 2014 Government, News 4 comments
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By Dave LaRock

It’s an honor to serve you as Delegate of Virginia’s 33rd House District. I’m writing to give you an update on some of the issues I’ve been working on, but also to invite you to contact me with any questions, concerns, or requests for assistance that you may have. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Improves Online Format of Zoning Ordinance

October 8, 2014 Government, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Improves Online Format of Zoning Ordinance
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Loudoun County has implemented a new format for the online version of the 1993 Revised Zoning Ordinance. The changes are aimed at making the document easier to use by enhancing a website user’s ability to search the Zoning Ordinance as well as simplifying the posting of changes to the ordinance in the future. The changes include: … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

A Habitable Planet

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“At the moments when we are able to separate ourselves from our daily concerns and ponder deeply, most of us have encountered fundamental questions of our existence as human beings. Where do we come from? What happened before humans appeared …

Choose Joy, Don’t Go Negative

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Sometimes life is pleasant and it is easy to smile, other times it is not. The real question is how do you react and live your life when you are going through trials? What do you do when you feel …

Character Outlives Us All

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“Brains are like muscles, you can rent them by the hour, but at the end of the day all you have left is your character.” This statement was uttered by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a phrase his father used …

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You know, I can still taste those sausages: The first early-spring bratwurst cooked over an open flame in a beautiful setting among good friends; nothing so surprising, really, in recalling a good meal in classic context. The thing is, though …

Planning for Life Disclosure and Other Family Issues in Estate Planning

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What do we tell the kids? Questions of how much and what type of information to give the children often arise during consultation. The answers depend on the circumstances of each family – the ages and maturity of the children …

A Look Into What Is Learned in High School English

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By Mary Rose Lunde English is the arguably the most important subject for a student in high school to learn. The most successful people in the world have one thing in common — being able to communicate effectively. This is …

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 …

Op-ed

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 …

Dear Editor

Isn’t Loudoun Better Than This?

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More than forty years I have watched a rising tide of development flowing from the east across Loudoun. Once it was thought the western mountains would be spared the flood. …

View From the Ridge

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 …

Student News

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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Calendar

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CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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Lobster Day with Chef Seb at North Gate Vineyard

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Spring Wine Glass Painting with Penny

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

TGIF @ North Gate Vineyard!

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

The Sprouted Spoon Food Truck at North Gate Vineyard

Nathaniel Davis Live at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Celebrate Mother's Day at North Gate Vineyard!

Mother's Day Brunch at Breaux

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Dog Day at Breaux Vineyards

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Senior Caregiver Training

Hillsboro Ruritan Club Dinner Meeting

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Strawberry Afternoon Tea

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Strawberry Afternoon Tea

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Land Trust of Virginia Annual Garden Party

BRASS EXTRAVAGANZA

Waterford Concert

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

A Taste of Paris and View of Normandy at Breaux Vineyards

Annie Stokes Live at North Gate Vineyard

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Paella by Carlos at North Gate Vineyard

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Free Gardening Lecture

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Yard Sale

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

PAUL REISLER TRIO WITH LEA MORRIS AND MARSHALL KEYS

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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New Concert Series Comes to Purcellville

20 May 2016

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On Sunday, June 5 at 4:00 p.m., internationally recognized pianist Brian Ganz will present an all-Chopin recital at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 711 W. Main Street in Purcellville. The recital will feature several of Frédéric Chopin’s studies for solo piano, including the renowned “Revolutionary” Etude, among other works by the Romantic master. Ganz, who recently moved to Purcellville from Annapolis, …

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Eucharistic Procession To Pass Through Leesburg May 29

20 May 2016

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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 …

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Art in the Burg, Middleburg’s Town-Wide Arts Celebration

12 May 2016

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Sponsored by the Middleburg Arts Council and the Town of Middleburg On Saturday, May 21, the Middleburg Arts Council and the Town of Middleburg will host the fourth town-wide arts celebration, Art in the Burg. Artwork from more than 20 local and regional artists of different styles, forms and subject matter will be on display at 108 East Washington Street, …

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Around Virginia

Out and About Loudoun and Beyond

The Plains’ charming restaurants, shops and sidewalks.

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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Update: Remains Located in Shenandoah National Park; Search Efforts Suspended

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Update: Body preliminarily identified as Nicole K. Mittendorff, 31, of Woodbridge. The physical and digital evidence collected during the course of this investigation includes a note recovered from the car leads investigators to believe there was no foul play involved in her death. ——————– Search efforts in the Shenandoah National …

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Virginia Trooper Shot and Killed at Richmond Bus Terminal

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A Virginia State Police trooper has died as a result of his injuries after being shot on March 31 at the Greyhound Bus station in the 2900 block of North Boulevard in Richmond. At approximately 2:40 p.m., Virginia State Police Trooper Chad P. Dermyer approached a male subject just inside …

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Sports

Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016

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The Western Loudon Volleyball Club U14 boys team, called the “Hitmen,” finished second in a tournament held January 17. This is the first ever boys team for the WLVBC (and only the second boys club in the area). Coach Allan Kotmel led the seven-member team. WLVBC started eight years ago, …

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ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines

2 Dec 2015

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The Old Dominion Football Club West boys and girls middle school travel soccer program scored big the weekend of November 21 and 22.  The girls Quest Premier 22 team took home the championship in the U12 Girls Premier Division of the Hunt Country Classic located in Fauquier County. The boys …

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