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LaRock Condemns Massive I-66 Toll

October 4, 2015 Government, News 5 comments
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Delegate Dave LaRock went on the record condemning Governor McAuliffe’s proposal to enact heavy new tolls on I-66 inside the beltway.

“This plan is outrageous,” LaRock stated. “Hard on the heels of a massive transportation tax hike only two years ago, the citizens of Northern Virginia are being told they will have to pay as much as $17 a day, $4250 a year, just to drive to work. This is highway robbery, and it’s being done in plain sight.”

The Governor’s plan amounts to alleviating congestion by tolling at such an outrageous rate that it forces people off one of the busiest stretches of Route 66. Expansion of the actual highway is not even up for consideration until 2025, and may wait as long as 2040. Instead, the Governor proposes that highway tolls would be spent on bike and pedestrian paths, additional bus service, and metro upgrades. … Continue Reading

Bonfils Sworn In As Interim Broad Run Supervisor

September 30, 2015 Government, News Comments Off on Bonfils Sworn In As Interim Broad Run Supervisor
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James G. Bonfils has been sworn in as the interim Broad Run District supervisor for Loudoun County. The swearing-in ceremony was conducted by Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary Clemens. Bonfils was appointed to the position by the Board of Supervisors.

“It’s a real honor to serve as Broad Run District supervisor,” said Bonfils. “I look forward to doing my best to serve my district impartially.”

Bonfils was accompanied to the ceremony by his wife, Terri. Also on hand for the ceremony were Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Scott York, Vice Chairman Ralph Buona, House of Delegates member Randy Minchew, and County Administrator Tim Hemstreet.

Bonfils will serve on the Board of Supervisors through December 31, 2015. The candidate who is elected as Broad Run District Supervisor in the November general election will take office on January 1, 2016. Bonfils was one of 12 people from the Broad Run District who applied for the position which became vacant September 6 when Shawn Williams resigned.

More information about the Board of Supervisors is online at www.loudoun.gov/bos.

Jim Bonfils Sworn in as Interim Broad Run District Supervisor

September 24, 2015 Government, News Comments Off on Jim Bonfils Sworn in as Interim Broad Run District Supervisor
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James (Jim) G. Bonfils has been sworn in as the interim Broad Run District supervisor for Loudoun County. The swearing-in ceremony conducted by Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary Clemens occurred at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Loudoun County Courthouse, following Bonfils’ appointment to the position by the Board of Supervisors Monday evening.

It’s a real honor to serve as Broad Run District Supervisor,” said Bonfils, following this morning’s ceremony. “I look forward to doing my best to serve my district impartially.” … Continue Reading

Stover Appeal Goes To Circuit Court

September 3, 2015 Government, News Comments Off on Stover Appeal Goes To Circuit Court
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Acting on behalf of Purcellville resident and 21st Street business owner Mary Ellen Stover, attorney Frank Bredimus of Hamilton filed an appeal in early August to the Loudoun County Circuit Court challenging the decision of Purcellville’s Board of Zoning Appeals. The BZA ruled that the Town of Purcellville Zoning Administrator, Patrick Sullivan, was correct in his determination that the Vineyard Square project had commenced.

Background

Vineyard Square, a five story mixed use development planned for historic downtown Purcellville, obtained Certificate of Design Approval (CDA) permits from the Board of Architectural Review (BAR) to demolish certain buildings on 21st Street, each requiring a separate CDA.

To proceed with the project John Chapman and Mark Nelis had to meet time limits on each CDA. At the time, zoning administrator Patrick Sullivan said, “Each of the CDAs has a time limit of one year that is imposed by ordinance (Chapter 54 Section 54-78 (f) of the Town Code). The CDAs will expire and a new CDA will have to be applied for if the applicant does not commence construction on each CDA prior to its expiration date.” The deadlines laid out in Sullivan’s May 29, 2014 memo were as follows: … Continue Reading

Public Hearings

September 2, 2015 Committees at a Glance, News Comments Off on Public Hearings
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Planning Commission And Town Council This Month
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At the Purcellville Town Hall on Thursday, September 3 at 7:00 p.m., the first of two public hearings on the proposed zoning use changes will occur to amend sections of the zoning ordinance. One big change to the C-1 District is to allow for the addition of general retail sales to this district which is along Hirst Road. Currently not allowing for “big box,” this district’s use is being proposed to up to 10,000 square feet and a special use permit for anything above. The stated purpose of the C-1 District is to provide for planned office parks, offices, and similar business buildings and is limited to office support uses – in attractive surroundings with types of uses, structures, plantings, and signs so controlled as to be generally compatible with medium or low density residential surroundings. According to the spring Town of Purcellville 2008 minutes, a pharmacy was allowed, but it was supposed to be located in an office building, not stand alone. In fact, the current Comprehensive Plan does not allow for uses like “big box” retail. Some of the current proposed additions for this area are: Retail sales, child care, financial institution, fitness center, hotel, parking lot and structure, recreation facility, and temporary food trucks and trailers. Further, Special Use Permits (SUPs) are proposed to be eliminated for eating establishments. … Continue Reading

Weekly Water Demand Report Now Online

September 2, 2015 Government, News Comments Off on Weekly Water Demand Report Now Online
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By Kwasi Fraser, Mayor of Purcellville

As you all know, our Water Utility Fund accounts for over $40 Million of our total town debt.  During our budget cycle, I made the commitment to focus on identifying and implementing solutions to reduce this debt without negative impact on our water capacity or the environment.  One such solution is the pilot program for the bulk sale of water to companies and other entities.  So that you can be aware of the impact of such sales on our water capacity and safety, we will be publishing online a weekly report of our water demand and supply across each source, clearly showing water output and available quantity.  Figure 1 shows a draft of the Weekly Water Demand Report. … Continue Reading

Town Seeks Volunteers for Economic Committee

August 16, 2015 Committees at a Glance, Government, News Comments Off on Town Seeks Volunteers for Economic Committee
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The Town of Purcellville is seeking two (2) volunteers to serve on the Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC). The EDAC is an advisory committee that will assist Town Council and staff on matters pertaining to economic development and tourism including:

  1. Working on strategies for advancing economic development within the town which facilitates community sustainability in areas of business attraction, expansion and retention;
  2. Collaborating with other Town committees and business groups to establish economic development and tourism initiatives for the good of a sustainable community;
  3. Assisting the Town in building strategic relationships and alliances with regional stakeholder groups and other Town committees to foster new business opportunities and growth for the good of Purcellville.

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Purcellville Town Council Member McConville Takes Job With Bowman Consulting

July 1, 2015 Government, News Comments Off on Purcellville Town Council Member McConville Takes Job With Bowman Consulting
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At the June Purcellville Town Council meeting, council member Patrick McConville formally announced that he had started a new job with Bowman Consulting.

Founded in 1995, Bowman offers its clients a wide variety of services related to land development, transportation, mining, power and energy, structural design, wastewater, construction management and surveying. It also provides clients with zoning and regulatory expertise at the local, state, and federal levels. While its headquarters are in Chantilly, it has dozens of offices nationwide and operates in 11 other states, including Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Texas.

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Stage Is Set For Purcellville’s July 7, 8, 9 Zoning Debate

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No-Size-Limit Big Box Stores, By-Right Drive-Thrus And More On Developers’ Wish List

The Purcellville Planning Commission has finalized its agenda for the approximately 229 zoning regulations that will be the subject of three major public input sessions in early July.

The commission’s agenda ranges from uses that will remain unchanged in residential, commercial and industrial zones, to new uses that would now fall into the by-right category, eliminating requirements for public input before a particular project can proceed. These by-right uses include drive-thrus, no-size-limit big box stores, and high-density town center-style developments.

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Planning Commission Public Input Sessions Zoning District Use Changes

June 22, 2015 Government, News Comments Off on Planning Commission Public Input Sessions Zoning District Use Changes
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The Town of Purcellville Planning Commission will hold public input sessions on July 7, 8, and 9 to hear comments on proposed changes to the Purcellville Zoning Ordinance regarding permitted and special uses in the R-2 Single Family Residential District, R-3 Duplex Residential District, R-3A Office Residential District, R-8 Townhouse Residential District, R-15 Apartment Residential District, RT Single Family Residential District, C-1 Office Commercial District, MC Mixed Commercial District, C-4 Central Commercial District, CM-1 Local Service Industrial District, M-1 Limited Industrial District, PDH Planned Development Housing, X Transitional District, IP Institutional and Public Use District, and AC Agricultural Conservancy/Commercial District. … Continue Reading

Proposed Water and Sewer Rate Increase – Not Good For Our Citizens and Businesses

June 3, 2015 Government Comments Off on Proposed Water and Sewer Rate Increase – Not Good For Our Citizens and Businesses
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By Kwasi Fraser, Mayor of Purcellville

Prior to the decrease in rates last year, our citizens and businesses had experienced over six years of increasing water and sewer rates.  This decrease in rates, although small when compared with the double digit increases Purcellville citizens and businesses faced for years, was well received and deserved.  The question remains – were those increases politically driven or strategically done with a plan to enable us to cover the lower rate?  With the agreed to connection fees from the Mayfair project along with our debt refinancing and restructuring, the lower rates from last year were financially supported by fees throughout the year.  ?In addition, following financial analysis and modeling of our water and sewer operations, our consultant, Municipal & Financial Services Group, recommended no increases or decreases in rates for Fiscal Year 2016, but increases of three percent in water rates and five percent in sewer rate starting in Fiscal Year 2017.   The town paid the Municipal & Financial Services Group over $12,000 for their analysis and recommendation.  A few of our council members, however, have decided to ignore the recommendation of our paid consultants at the Municipal & Financial Services Group and raise rates in this new Fiscal Year. … Continue Reading

Planning Commissioner Raises Red Flag for Second Time

April 1, 2015 Development, Government, News Comments Off on Planning Commissioner Raises Red Flag for Second Time
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Ogelman Challenges Significant Rezonings And “Muzzling” Of Zoning Debate

– By Andrea Gaines

Planning Commissioner Nedim Ogelman is not afraid to put it in writing.

In passionately worded statements entered into the March Purcellville Planning Commission record, Planning Commissioner Nedim Ogelman called out his colleagues for taking actions in direct contradiction to the Purcellville Comprehensive Plan. Ogelman also challenged one town council member’s characterization of recent proceedings as negative and unproductive, saying “Sometimes we confront positions with which we disagree, but that doesn’t make them negative … I read that as short-hand for trying to muzzle debate.”

Ogelman’s statement comes in response to a long series of Planning Commission and Purcellville Town Council sessions where developers have pushed for sweeping zoning changes via what is essentially a closed door administrative process, versus the public process called for by Comp Plan defenders, including Mayor Kwasi Fraser and Town Council member Karen Jimmerson.

At issue is whether the major changes proposed should happen piecemeal and in contradiction of the Comp Plan, or whether the changes should be delayed to allow the public to participate as part of the plan’s mandated 5-year review.

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Mike Turner To Run For Supervisor, Ashburn District

April 1, 2015 Government, News Comments Off on Mike Turner To Run For Supervisor, Ashburn District
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Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Mike Turner has announced he will run for the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors seeking to represent the Ashburn District. On his website, www.MikeTurnerForAshburn.com, Turner notes that he is the first resident of Lansdowne Woods, formerly known as Leisure World, ever to run for the county board.

“We all share a common desire to see our neighborhoods grow and prosper,” Turner said.  “We all strive to create a nurturing environment for our children that promises a bright future built upon a high-quality education.  We all support an energetic and prosperous marketplace.  And we have a reasonable expectation of safe and efficient travel everywhere in Loudoun County. These goals are achievable, but only when our elected officials place public service to the families of Loudoun County first above all other considerations. This is my promise to the citizens of Ashburn District: I work for you!  My entire professional life reflects this enduring commitment.”

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The Company We Keep

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“Truly important and significant hypotheses will be found to have assumptions that are wildly inaccurate descriptive representations of reality and, in general, the more significant the theory, the more unrealistic the assumptions.” – Milton Freidman [1] “I am increasingly convinced …

What Happens To My Stuff When I Die?

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Amy and Dan Smith Only in the rarest of circumstances will the state receive the property of a decedent. Joint tenancy. If you hold property jointly with another person “with survivorship,” it is presumed that the survivor is entitled to …

Integrated Scientific Discovery

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By Mary Rose Lunde Many suggest that science is the gateway to the future. The rise in scientific discovery has driven more and more funding for research. The fact of the matter is, however, that science is far more complex …

A Man on the Move: Supervisor Ralph Buona, Vice Chairman Board of Supervisors

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel I first met Ralph Buona when I was a senior in high school. A “Youth in Government” day event allowed us to meet with our local supervisors. Chosen to sit next to the supervisor for my district, …

Dulles Air and Space Museum

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You ever have those dreams, that (back – probably when you were a kid) you could fly? Not in any kind of man-made craft, mind you – I mean possessing the ability to levitate and travel the skies at will. …

New Book Helps Balance Children’s Screen-Time and Play Time

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By Amanda Clark Michael Oberschneider, a clinical psychologist and founder/director of Ashburn Psychological Psychiatric Services, has just released a book titled Ollie Outside. This book addresses the very timely and important topic of screen- and media-time management for children. Ollie …

Defending the Over-Pampered

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“The purpose of studying economics is to learn how not to be deceived by economists.” Joan Robinson, Professor of economics at Cambridge University, Basel Lecture, 1969. “[W]hereas classisists [economists] turned the spotlight on change, flow, process and dynamics, the neoclassicists …

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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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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October 1, 2016

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

October 2, 2016
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Virginia Outdoors Foundation 50 years of Conservation Celebration

October 9, 2016
October 10, 2016 October 11, 2016 October 12, 2016

Barefoot Puppets: Dreamtime, Tales From Down Under

October 13, 2016 October 14, 2016 October 15, 2016

Loudoun Centre Theatre: The Scamps Of Scapin!

October 16, 2016

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theatre

October 17, 2016 October 18, 2016 October 19, 2016 October 20, 2016 October 21, 2016

Anthony Semiao Live at North Gate Vineyard

JAZZ&CO DANCE CONCERT

October 22, 2016 October 23, 2016
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Artwork Sought for W & OD Trail Exhibit

27 Sep 2016

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Regional artists and craftspeople are invited to enter their original artwork in the W & OD Trail Exhibit and Sale at Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville. This exhibit celebrates the beauty and historical nature of the Washington & Old Dominion Trail, a 50-mile linear park managed by NOVA Parks that begins in Loudoun County and ends in Alexandria. The …

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Skate ‘Til Midnight at the Catoctin SkatePark Closing Party

23 Sep 2016

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Catoctin SkatePark will host a late night skate on Sunday, September 25, 2016, from 7:00 p.m. to midnight, before closing for construction. Enjoy one last ride at the original Catoction SkatePark! Construction of the new concrete skate park will begin in early October, but before the old skate park closes, you can celebrate the end of an era. On Sunday, …

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Middleburg Film Festival Announces “La La Land” As Its 2016 Centerpiece Film

20 Sep 2016

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The Middleburg Film Festival announced the highly anticipated film La La Land as its 2016 Centerpiece selection. La La Land, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, will screen on Saturday, October 22 with Oscar-nominated director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) in attendance. The Festival runs October 20 through October 23.

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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 …

Op-ed

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 …

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Comstock Understands National Security

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On 9-11, I attended three ceremonies throughout Loudoun County honoring and remembering those 2,977 souls that we lost on that day of infamy. Our Congresswoman, Barbara Comstock was also there …

Lessons from Short Hill

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It’s been a little over two weeks since the Commission Permit for the proposed AT&T facility on Short Hill was overruled by the Board of Supervisors. This is just about …

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 …

Around Virginia

History’s Holy Places: Four Local Sites Worth Exploring This Fall

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The Journey through Hallowed Ground is a 180-mile long, 75-mile wide trek from Gettysburg to Monticello, encompassing nine presidential homes and places, 18 national and state parks, and thousands of small and large historical sites. Dozens and dozens of these sites and related museums are short ride from just about …

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Land Trust Receives Large Donation

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On August 22, The Land Trust of Virginia received a $10,000 gift from the Sharon D. Virts Foundation, based in Herndon. The presentation of this grant was part of the Foundation’s official launch event, held at Selma Plantation in Leesburg. Notable speakers included Sharon D. Virts, FCiFederal Founder and Chair, …

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Farmers Urged To Be On The Lookout For Marijuana

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Farmers in Southwest Virginia are being urged to check their property for marijuana planted by trespassers. Within the past year, hundreds of marijuana plants have been discovered between rows of hay bales on farms in and around Pulaski County, according to the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force. “Unfortunately this …

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Sports

Hunter’s First Professional Race

7 Sep 2016

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Drew Hunter and Loudoun Valley classmates at his first professional race, Sir Walter Miler in Raleigh, NC in early August , l to r:  Marcos Pierce, Matt Slook, Drew Hunter, Max McNerney. Hunter finished with a time of 3:57.15. Hunter turned professional and signed with Adidas.

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Let’s Make Some Memories

3 Aug 2016

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American Legion Baseball At Fireman’s Field, August 3 – 7 By Andrea Gaines American Legion Baseball is here at Fireman’s Field in a big way, featuring five consecutive blockbuster Mid-Atlantic Tournament games – August 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Our local Leesburg Post 34 Rangers had some nice wins …

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