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Sadie’s Race 5K and Fun Run Scheduled for Sunday May 18

April 9, 2014 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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Sadie Smile Foundation is putting on the third annual Sadie’s Race/Walk and Kids Fun Run to Benefit Smile Train in Purcellville Sunday, May 18th this year. The race starts at 8:00 a.m. at the train station at 200 N 21st Street in Purcellville. Sign up at Active.com.

When Sara Ablard lost her five year-old daughter, Sadie, two years ago, she could not imagine a life without her. She thought about making a drastic move to a third world country to help those who have so little, as she suddenly felt like she had nothing, too. When her brother, Thomas suggested to not make any big decisions quickly, and that ‘maybe you could put on a race or something’, it planted a seed. That fall, Sara created Sadie Smile Foundation, a non-profit to raise money for Smile Train. To date, $105,000.00 has been raised and donated to Smile Train, who provides cleft lip and palate repair to children in developing countries. These surgeries are performed at no cost to families, and have an average cost of $250.00 each. Sara’s goal is to raise $478,250, a smile for each of the 1,913 days that Sadie lived. … Continue Reading

Dr. Joseph Rogers Dies at Family Farm

April 1, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Be the first to comment

Dr. Joseph Megeath Rogers, 90, died on Saturday March 8, 2014 at his Hillbrook Farm near Hamilton following a stroke.

Physician, farmer, businessman, rural land conservationist, philanthropist and expert horseman, Dr. Rogers was a tireless advocate and practitioner of country living whose contributions in a broad range of interests were made quietly and with little fanfare.

His public persona was most closely connected with remarkable success as an owner, trainer and rider of some of Virginia’s most successful steeplechase horses running under his familiar red with white cross sash silks. But his success in that rugged and dangerous sport was merely a visible extension of his commitment to protect Virginia’s rural countryside, a mission he often defined as a moral obligation. In pursuing that connection between equestrian sport and countryside preservation, he was a founder of the Oatlands Point-To-Point of the Loudoun Hunt, as well as of the Morven Park Steeplechase—the latter being the first race meet in the modern history of Virginia to offer pari-mutuel wagering. A long time member of the Board of Directors of the Westmoreland Davis Foundation, which operates the historic Morven Park estate north of Leesburg, Dr. Rogers was also a founder of the Morven Park Equestrian Institute, as well as a founder of the Loudoun County Pony Club, a founding director of the Museum of Hounds and Hunting and a founding director of the American Academy of Equine Artists. … Continue Reading

Zoldos Presented Citizen of the Year Award

April 1, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Be the first to comment
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At the biweekly March meeting of the Lovettsville Town Council, Mayor Bobby Zoldos was presented the 2013 Citizen of the Year from the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans. Presenting the award was Rick Adams, current president along with Board Member Peter Mullally and  Vice President Jeff Boogaard. Adams said, “On behalf of the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans, we would like to present the 2013 Citizen of the year to Mayor Zoldos for his support of our annual barn dance in Waterford, his impressive leadership in moving our town forward, and his dedication and service as a firefighter.”

The Lovettsville-Waterford Ruritans make a positive impact on the community through support and service.  Their fundraising efforts go directly back to the community in the form of college scholarships, grants, sponsorships and contributions to those in need.  They sponsor organizations such as Cub Scout Pack 962, the Lovettsville Dolphins, the Lovettsville food pantry, Loudoun Therapeutic Riding, Lovettsville Elementary School, Harmony Middle School and Woodgrove High School.   … Continue Reading

Eastern Cottontail or Easter Bunny?

April 1, 2014 by Andrea Gaines Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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The eastern cottontail is a darling little thing. With a white spot on the forehead, a reddish brown and white body and, of course, those distinctive upright ears – it’s hard not to smile as you see one darting to safety from the side of the road, or disappearing into the underbrush. Sometimes they freeze in place and move not a muscle. How do they not even blink an eye or bat an eyelash?

Cottontails are found all over Loudoun County and, indeed, the eastern United States. They are ubiquitous, occurring in every county in Virginia, and for two good reasons.

First, they are not picky eaters. In the spring, summer and fall when things are growing, they take advantage of everything from clovers to grasses to broad-leafed weeds and crops, as well as anything edible in your garden. As the weather gets colder, they eat buds, twigs, bark (sumac bark is a favorite) and leftover grains from farmers’ fields. … Continue Reading

Virginia At Its Most Beautiful

April 1, 2014 by Andrea Gaines Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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Virginia Garden Week takes place from April 26 to May 3 this year. It is one of the most legendary events in the state, treating visitors to over 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful garden, homes and historic landmarks.

In addition to beautiful gardens and homes, people on the tour can see hundreds and hundreds of spectacular flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members. The tour helps fund the preservation and restoration of the state’s historic gardens.

Sites local to our area include five properties in Middleburg and Upperville – Deerfield Farm, Gum Tree Farm, Glenbrook, Hickory House Farm and the National Sporting Library & Museum. The tour runs from Sunday, April 27, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Monday, April 28, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The headquarters for this local tour is Buchannan Hall, on Route 50 between Middleburg and Upperville. Full details, including how to purchase tickets and box lunches can be found at www.vagardenweek.org. (Photo by Missy James)

Spring Is in the Hair

April 1, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Style Be the first to comment
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By Tony Salahi

This spring, what’s old is new.

“What’s new?” Is the first question most clients ask when they sit in any stylists chair. They expect us to know (and we do) everything from new styles, new color, new trends to new products.

This spring all over the country, we’re seeing the classics being reinvented – from big and sexy Hollywood hair to short and sassy pixie cuts. The ever popular flat-ironed, straight hair is beginning to show more volume, height and texture. This can be accomplished with braiding, crimping, curling rolling and salon products. A great product to use for volume is Hair Mill’s no nonsense mousse. … Continue Reading

Kitchen Science Kids: Feathery Friends

April 1, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Be the first to comment
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By Leah Enright

Winter can be quiet, but with spring comes . . . birds! After spending winter in warmer places, birds return to our area looking to set up new homes, and create nests for their little ones. Making those tiny homes can be hard work for such a tiny animal. Some birds have to search for, and gather, tiny bits of useful materials to form into a safe place for keeping their eggs warm and protected from hungry animals. They use feathers, small sticks, leaves, dried grass, animal fur, pine needles and moss-or even bits of paper to create these cup-like creations. This kind of “shopping” can be tough for birds. Can we make their job a little easier? Yes we can. … Continue Reading

Jim Burton’s Book – The Pentagon Wars Re-Issued

April 1, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Be the first to comment
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Jim Burton’s 1993 book, The Pentagon Wars, has recently been reissued in e-book format by Naval Institute Press and is now available at Amazon.com for Kindle users and Barnes & Noble for Nook users as well as in other e-book formats.  Print on Demand paper copies will also be available shortly, as soon as the publisher corrects a technical problem with their equipment.

The Pentagon Wars won The Washington Monthly Political Book of the Year award for 1993 and was favorably reviewed in a number of publications, including The New York Times (October 3, 1993). It was made into an HBO movie in which Cary Elwes starred as Colonel Burton and Kelsey Grammar played a combination of four or five senior army generals. Over the last 20 years the book (and the movie, when the book was unavailable) has been used as a case study in ethics classes at the Air Force Academy and other institutions as well as military seminars. … Continue Reading

Let’s Celebrate Hamilton Day

April 1, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

By Carri Michon 

Mark your calendars to celebrate together at the annual town of Hamilton parade and festivities. This year Hamilton Day will be held Saturday, April 26.  The day begins with the new offering of a cross country run – the Hamilton Point to Point for children with the races beginning at 8:00 a.m. on the grounds of Hamilton Elementary School. All children grades kindergarten through eighth are invited to register for the races - a half-mile run for kindergarten through third grades with the second half mile race for grades four and five.  The final race will be a two-mile run for middle school students. Registration forms can be downloaded after April 2 from the Hamilton web site at  www.town.hamilton.va.us. Questions can be directed to Carri Michon at CLMichon@aol.com.

The annual parade will begin at 11 a.m. at the Hamilton Safety Center through town and end at the corner of Reid Street and W. Colonial Highway (by Lowry›s Crab Shack and the LDS church).   Welcomed are all decorated bicycles, walking costumed children, 4H, ball teams, local businesses, antique cars and tractors, etc.  Any interested participants for the parade can contact Cheryl Campbell at cbikowski@burkinc.com. … Continue Reading

Found Object Sculptor John Raymond: Whimsy With A Good Dose Of Engineering

April 1, 2014 by Andrea Gaines Lifestyle, People 2 comments
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Old water main plungers. Blacksmith tongs. Scallop net hardware. Bicycle sprockets. Wagon wheel rims. Tractor seats. Shovels and rakes. Lawn mower blades.
They were once used in one person’s profession or trade. Now they are brought back to life in the found object sculpture of Lincoln resident John Raymond.

As John describes it, “I grew up in the house you don’t want to live next to, but I loved it. Dad was a junk collector, so growing up I was surrounded by metal ‘art supply.’ “

As we walked around Raymond’s studio/shop (Lincoln Smithy) he introduced me to the kinds of machinery one needs to cut, shape, torch, melt and manipulate metal, including an old 1920s milling machine and a broad wood and metal table (purchased at a Loudoun County public school system sale) complete with tools and slots that hold metal objects in place so they can be honed and shaped. … Continue Reading

Fishing with the Right Lure Makes a Big Difference

April 1, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Be the first to comment
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Mark White lives in Hawaii on the island of Kauai and makes fishing lures that can be used all over the world.

The lures are for deep sea, near shore and fresh water. He designs and manufactures a variety of shapes and sizes of trolling heads and surface plugs. Each lure is made with great care and attention to detail—from the mixing of materials for the ceramic body and glazes to the several firings necessary to complete each piece. He and his wife, Nancy, have also been operating a pottery studio for over 30 years.

“The lure is a small sculpture that I can add color to and the ideas I get from making them are endless,” White said. “They are small art work, and the format provides infinite possibilities.”

It all started about 18 years ago when White’s then four-year-old son wanted to start fishing. They got bamboo poles and headed to their local streams and reservoirs with earth worms for bait. They had a lot of fun until they started hooking up Peacock Bass using baby Tilapias for bait.

On one occasion, while battling a large Peacock Bass, his son was nearly pulled in. Fortunately for him White didn’t know much about knots at the time. He discovered you really need a spinning gear to effectively fight those kinds of fish. Their passion for fishing grew, and they started reading everything they could about fishing.
As White honed his skills, he started salt water fishing for Trevally under and over 10 pounds and Ulua, and other near shore species. He became very interested in top water plugs and started making some out of his porcelain clay body for fun. He said he quickly realized some of the benefits of using a ceramic material over plastic or wood. The ceramic lures produced increased casting distance, because of the weight to mass ratio which gave him more territory to attract the attention of predatory species. He got friends to work as early test team members. Over the past six years he has been testing different formulas to improve the fracture toughness rating of the ceramic body. The lures can handle the stress of both fish and fisherman, he said. These lures are nearly indestructible and come with a life-time warranty.

“Because we are potters by trade, for over 30 years, we really enjoy making objects that are useful – a fishing lure that can put food on someone’s table as well as produce the excitement of hooking up a great fish – this is a huge use. The things we make have to look nice, but if they are not functional, we aren’t interested in making them,” said White.

More information is at www.markwhitelures.com or e-mail Mark at info@markwhitelures.com.



Gardening Tips, April 2014

April 1, 2014 by Andrea Gaines Farm and garden, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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Getting Ahead Of Those Garden Undesirables

It’s hard to imagine – after the winter we’ve had – that spring is here, or at least not far behind.

The weather is slowly getting warmer, the days are getting longer and the early daffodils and crocuses are forcing their way up, even if peeking out from of remnants of snow.

I’d be happy just to pull up a lawn chair, relax and enjoy spring’s arrival. But, I’ve made that mistake before, and, before I know it my wild mint has taken over, grass is sprouting up and smothering the daffodils, and tree seedlings, too, are taking hold in my garden. … Continue Reading

Congregation Sha’are Shalom To Host “Walkin’ With Gabriella” Walk-a-Thon for International Good Deeds Day

March 27, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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Congregation Sha’are Shalom will participate once again in the International Good Deeds Day on April 6, 2014 by hosting the “Walkin’ With Gabriella” walk-a-thon in memory of childhood cancer advocate Gabriella Miller.

Established in Israel in 2007, Good Deeds Day celebrates the value and importance of giving back to the community in which we live and is celebrated in countries across the globe. Proceeds from the walk-a-thon will go to Smashing Walnuts, the organization founded by the Miller family to raise awareness and funds to battle childhood cancer. … Continue Reading

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Pungent Curry

9 Apr 2014

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The latest version of the IPCC report is published and once again it will go unread by the great masses of climate science deniers and unreported by the media. So it might be useful to revisit the fundamental physical realities …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Understanding Teen Suicide

1 Apr 2014

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Northern Virginia has recently experienced several teen suicides. Last month, two Langley High School students took their own lives just a day apart from one another, and this month it appears two students at Woodson High …

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Virginia Gardening

Spring Is Coming

4 Mar 2014

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By Donna Williamson March is an in-between month – some cold and the return of glorious warmth now and then. One way to bring some delight inside is forcing spring-blooming branches. You can cut branches of forsythia, cherry, crabapple, kerria, …

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Sushi's Corner

An Easter Swim

1 Apr 2014

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I felt like a silly nim “cow” poop with these Easter bows in our hair. Okay Nelly, maybe you didn’t because you’re a girl. But me, a Mighty Cairn Terrier male? – PLEASE! Pleasing Mrs. B for Easter pictures was …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

What Baseball Can Teach You About Financial Planning

1 Apr 2014

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Spring training is a tradition that baseball teams and baseball fans look forward to every year. No matter how they did last year, teams in spring training are full of hope that a new season will bring a fresh start. …

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Go Take a Hike

Blandy Experimental Farm

6 Jun 2012

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By Molly Pinson Simoneau It’s no secret that I love a challenging hike. I’ve written here about hiking sections of the Appalachian Trail and Shenandoah National Park. I’ve taken vacations with my family to Colorado where I’ve attempted to conquer a “fourteener” (a summit that is higher than 14,000 feet), …

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Real Estate Ticker

A Buying Opportunity?

6 Nov 2013

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By Carl Fischer As a direct result of the uncertainty that has arisen from national and regional politics, with its unsettling effect on the Northern Virginia area, for the past two months there has been a market slowdown which has …

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From the Farm

From the Farm

5 Jul 2012

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When the heat index reaches 110 degrees, as it has been doing recently, I try to keep in the shade, or stay indoors. But my lavender, about halfway from full bloom, seems to thrive in it. Hot and dry, I …

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Events

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: Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists -- Abstract painter Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and contemporary painter Sandra Iafrate

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Meet Evelyn and Sandra and other gallery artists during a free, open to the public reception for this month's Featured Artists' exhibit "Living Color,” showcasing two accomplished painters Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and Sandra Iafrate, in a vivid and dynamic presentation of color, shape and our surroundings.

Evelyn Lopez de Guzman’s vibrant paintings awaken the viewer to connect with nature and the modern world through an interplay of shape, color, and textural materials.

Sandra Iafrate’s combination of realistic and surrealist interpretation of flowers, foliage and landscapes on spacious canvases convey a sense of movement and playfulness.

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Easter at "The Park"

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April 19, 2014

Celebrate Easter at historic Morven Park with crafts for kids, an egg hunt in the formal gardens plus a traditional egg roll on the Davis Mansion lawn. Have a family photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Children should bring a basket for the hunt and a large spoon for the egg roll. $10/participating child (ages 2-12), $3/adult. Register at www.MorvenPark.org.

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VAL's Pals Kids Club

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April 30, 2014

Join Inova Loudoun Hospital as the present their Beamer the Dog Program.

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SCOUTING FOR BRICKS

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May 4, 2014

Scouting for Bricks is an exhibit showing the Love for everything LEGO® . Come see amazing LEGO® creations by Fans of LEGO®, LEGO® trains, Mindstorms robots. We will also have live Star Wars Stormtroopers and an interactive play area with over 100,000 LEGO bricks. Scouting for Bricks is fun for the Whole Family! Visit us at www.ScoutingForBricks.com.

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View From the Ridge

Rural Loudoun Is Different, and We Say Dark Skies Do Matter

4 Mar 2014

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In February of this year a sell out crowd gathered at the county public seat in Leesburg to provide feedback to the Loudoun County Planning Commission on the idea of adding additional sports lights to the upper athletic fields at Franklin Park. Franklin Park includes a really wonderful performing arts …

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Editorial

Steady and Nobull

4 Mar 2014

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Park and Ride Lots for Western Loudoun

4 Mar 2014

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In 2003, the county purchased 22 commuter buses to serve a growing demand for bus service to Washington D.C. The demand has grown exponentially ever since. The county now owns or leases 65 large commuter buses (with plush seats and on board restrooms) and more are being added every year. The buses are often filled to standing room only as …

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Lifestyle

Sadie’s Race 5K and Fun Run Scheduled for Sunday May 18

9 Apr 2014

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Sadie Smile Foundation is putting on the third annual Sadie’s Race/Walk and Kids Fun Run to Benefit Smile Train in Purcellville Sunday, May 18th this year. The race starts at 8:00 a.m. at the train station at 200 N 21st Street in Purcellville. Sign up at Active.com. When Sara Ablard lost her five year-old daughter, Sadie, two years ago, she …

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Dr. Joseph Rogers Dies at Family Farm

1 Apr 2014

Dr. Joseph Megeath Rogers, 90, died on Saturday March 8, 2014 at his Hillbrook Farm near Hamilton following a stroke. Physician, farmer, businessman, rural land conservationist, philanthropist and expert horseman, Dr. Rogers was a tireless advocate and practitioner of country living whose contributions in a broad range of interests were made quietly and with little fanfare. His public persona was …

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Zoldos Presented Citizen of the Year Award

1 Apr 2014

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At the biweekly March meeting of the Lovettsville Town Council, Mayor Bobby Zoldos was presented the 2013 Citizen of the Year from the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans. Presenting the award was Rick Adams, current president along with Board Member Peter Mullally and  Vice President Jeff Boogaard. Adams said, “On behalf of the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans, we would like to present the …

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Around Virginia

Wolf Won’t Seek Re-election

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Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) today announced that he would not seek election to an 18th term in 2014. He released the following statement announcing his decision: “I have decided not to seek re-election to the U.S. Congress in 2014. It has been an honor to serve the people of northern …

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Virginia Can and Should Work Harder to Combat Hunger

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By Congressman Frank Wolf Last year, the USDA reported a record number of Americans are struggling to put food on their tables. Across the nation, 49 million people – including 17 million children and six million seniors – are going hungry, a number that has grown substantially over the last …

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Kaine Statement on Navy Yard Shooting

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U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on today’s shooting at the Washington Navy Yard: “My thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted by today’s tragic shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. As we learn more about the horrific events that unfolded this morning, my deepest sympathies go out …

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Sports

Nominate Your Hometown Hero

9 Apr 2014

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Upper Loudoun Little League’s Hometown Heroes scholarship closes on April 21, 2014. The application is available online at ULLL.org. The scholarship is open to all graduating seniors who played baseball for ULLL at some point in their growing up years.

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Lady Vikings Give Back

10 Feb 2014

The Loudoun Valley Girls basketball team held an event on Friday, February 7 at LVHS. The Lady Vikings celebrated “Pink Night” by honoring those who are battling breast cancer or have been affected by breast cancer. The event was held in conjunction with an event held at Woodgrove earlier this …

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Letters

Medicaid Expansion Battle Heating Up

4 Mar 2014

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Did you know that there’s a very real possibility that a DC-style budget battle and government shutdown could come to Virginia? The Medicaid expansion battle …

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Endorsing for Profit Businesses?

4 Mar 2014

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I recently received an automated email message from the Town of Purcellville soliciting nominations for volunteer award recipients in cooperation with the Purcellville Business Association …

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Another Vote To Overrule Purcellville’s Board of Architectural Review

4 Mar 2014

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The Purcellville Town Council, foolishly, in the view of many and perhaps most, has overruled its Board of Architectural Review and approved Mark Nelis’s and …

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